Northern invests £26.5m in Fox’s

first_imgNorthern Foods is to plough £26.5m into its Fox’s Biscuits brand, with new automated technology replacing hundreds of jobs. The firm plans to introduce automated equipment at its Batley, Kirkham and Uttoxeter sites, resulting in a reduction of approximately 220 employees “mainly through voluntary redundancy”. In its half-year results, the company said key investments over the next 18 months would include a new Creams line at Kirkham, new automation for its Melts line at Batley and a new wrapping system at Uttoxeter.For the 26 weeks ended 26 September 2009, its bakery division revenue rose by 3.9%, with profits up 26.2% to £8.2m. A £2m marketing drive for the Matthew Walker pudding brand will be launched ahead of the Christmas period.last_img

Speech: Commentary on curriculum research – phase 3

first_img Sompting Village Primary School West Sussex Community School Primary Read Amanda Spielman’s commentaries on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Ofsted’s curriculum research. Ringway Primary School Northumberland Community School Primary The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School Herefordshire Voluntary Aided School Secondary Overall effectiveness Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Total Core 3c Leaders at all levels, including governors, regularly review and quality assure the subject to ensure it is implemented sufficiently well   Horndean Technology College Hampshire Community School Secondary 6b There is a model of curriculum progression for every subject Ravensbourne School Havering Academy Special Converter Special 3a Subject leaders at all levels have clear roles and responsibilities to carry out their role in curriculum design and delivery 5d Leaders ensure interventions are appropriately delivered to enhance pupils’ capacity to access the full curriculum Corsham Primary School Wiltshire Academy Converter Primary Castle Manor Academy Suffolk Academy Converter Secondary Lakenham Primary School Norfolk Foundation School Primary Arts 4 9 6 2 1 22 8 The curriculum is successfully implemented to ensure pupils’ progression in knowledge – pupils successfully ‘learn the curriculum’ Total 3 15 20 23 3 64 Below average 3 3 2 8 Indicator 6a: The curriculum has sufficient depth and coverage of knowledge in subjects.  One of the secondary schools visited was an all through school. Only 2 subject reviews were carried out in the secondary phase for this visit. Technology includes computer studies.Arts subjects (art, music and drama) appeared particularly strong, with 10 out of 13 arts departments scoring a 4 or a 5. However, some subjects were still being implemented weakly compared with English and mathematics. In modern foreign languages, many of the features of successful curriculum design and implementation were absent or limited due to the lack of subject specialists. History was also less well organised and implemented in a number of schools, often to the detriment of a clear progression model through the curriculum. A lack of subject expertise, especially in leadership roles, contributed to these weaknesses.The research visits to the 2 special schools in the sample showed that the curriculum indicators worked equally well in this context. We are unable to give more detail about the curriculum quality in these schools as it would be possible to identify which schools we are referring to. This would violate our research protocol and our agreement with the schools.Ofsted grade, disadvantage and progressFigure 4: Curriculum overall banding by the overall effectiveness judgement of the schools visited at their last routine inspection Trinity Catholic High School Redbridge Voluntary Aided School Secondary Modern foreign languages – – 2 1 3 6 In contrast, those schools that scored much better for implementation than for intent were all secondaries (bottom right). Again, it is not hard to imagine why that might be. Weak central leadership and lack of whole-school curriculum vision were more easily made up for in some of the secondary schools, particularly large ones, by strong heads of departments and strong teaching. This could also be a consequence of GCSE exam syllabuses playing the role of curricular thinking in the absence of a school’s own vision. This is another nuance that inspectors will deal with under the new framework.The variation between intent and implementation scores suggests that our research model is valid. It appears to be assessing the right things, in the right way, to produce an accurate and useful assessment of curriculum intent and implementation.Despite the fact that relatively few schools scored highly across the board on these measures, particularly at primary, it is worth reiterating our commitment to keeping the overall proportions of schools achieving each grade roughly the same between the old framework and the new framework. We are not ‘raising the bar’. That means explicitly that we will not be ‘downgrading’ vast numbers of primary or secondary schools. Instead, we recognise that curriculum thinking has been deprioritised in the system for too long, including by Ofsted. We do not expect to see this change overnight. The new framework represents a process of evolution rather than revolution. To set the benchmark too high would serve neither the sector nor pupils well. Instead, we will better recognise those schools in challenging circumstances that focus on delivering a rich and ambitious curriculum. At the same time, when we see schools excessively narrowing and gaming performance data, we will reflect that in their judgements.Looking towards the EIF 2019Through the autumn term, we have been piloting inspections under the proposed new framework. These pilots have drawn heavily from our curriculum research, including the indicators listed below. When we consult on our proposals in January, we will have behind us: PE – 1 1 1 3 6 Winklebury Junior School Hampshire Community School Primary Humanities 7 7 11 5 – 30 No. Indicator Indicators 1 to 2 are indicators framed around curriculum intent; 3 to 7 are implementation indicators and 8 to 9 relate to impact.Figure 10: Categories applied in the rubric for scoring the curriculum indicators Science 2 4 6 1 1 14 The 2 special schools are included in the secondary school data.Figure 1 shows a clear difference in the distribution of the overall bandings between primary and secondary schools. Only 8 out of 33 (around a quarter) primary schools scored highly, i.e. a 4 or a 5 overall, whereas 16 out of 29 secondaries (over half) did.Only 18 out of 64 schools scored poorly, i.e. a 1 or a 2, which is more encouraging than our phase 1 research might have suggested.When we dig down into the subject-level data, we can begin to see why this might be.Figure 2: Indicator 6a by subject departments assessed during the 33 primary schools visits Maths – – 3 6 5 14 Science – – 2 4 2 8 English 1 – 3 6 6 16 Humanities 4 2 6 6 8 26 Arts – 1 2 4 6 13 Figure 6 shows the link between published progress data and the overall curriculum banding given to each school. The vast majority of those scoring a band 4 or 5 have above average or average progress scores (20 out of 24). But there are clearly some schools in our sample where despite having strong progress scores, we found their curriculum to be lacking. It would be wrong to speculate on the reasons for this, but it is clearly something that inspections under the new framework would look to explore.Intent and implementationWe carried out further statistical analyses of our research model. Although we had 25 indicators in the model, our analysis showed that the relationship between the scores for each one and the relationship to the overall banding really boiled them down to 2 main factors: intent and implementation.Figure 7 visualises this statistical model of curriculum quality and the relationship between intent and implementation. There is more detail on how we calculated this in the main report.Figure 7: Scores for the intent and implementation indicators at the individual school-level, grouped by phase School name Local authority Type Phase Secondary – 3 10 17 1 31 Churchmead Church of England (VA) School Windsor and Maidenhead Voluntary Aided School Secondary Technology 6 4 4 2 2 18 Foundation Total 18 20 24 62 Ditton Park Academy Slough Free School Secondary Good 2 7 9 12 – 30 2b Curriculum principles include the requirements of centrally prescribed aims Maths 1 1 8 6 1 17 Overall effectiveness judgements are based on data at time of sampling. Figure 4 shows that there is a positive correlation between the banding schools received on their curriculum and their current Ofsted grade, albeit a weak one. This was being driven in part by relative curriculum weakness of the primary schools in the sample. The 3 schools that achieved the highest curriculum score all do have a current outstanding grade. However, we also assessed 9 outstanding schools as band 2 or 3 and 9 good schools as band 1 or 2.It is worth remembering that some of the outstanding schools have not been inspected for over a decade, which means that the validity of that ’outstanding’ grade is not certain.A quarter of the RI schools visited were assessed as band 4, a high score. We know that under the current system it is harder to get a good or outstanding grade if your test scores are low, even if this is primarily a result of a challenging or deprived intake. This research suggests that some RI schools may in fact have strong curricula and should be rewarded for thatFigure 5: Curriculum overall banding by the income deprivation affecting children index quintile of each school Sir Thomas Boughey Academy Staffordshire Academy Converter Secondary Linton Heights Junior School Cambridgeshire Academy Converter Primary 1b Rationale and aims of the curriculum design are shared across the school and fully understood by all The Marston Thorold’s Charity Church of England School Lincolnshire Voluntary Aided School Primary No data 7 3 2 12 Read the phase 3 report ‘Curriculum research: assessing intent, implementation and impact’. Total 3 15 20 23 3 64 The Cottswold School Gloucestershire Academy Converter Secondary Ixworth Free School Suffolk Free School Secondary Total 3 15 20 23 3 64 St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School Bristol Voluntary Aided School Secondary Quintile 2 – 4 5 3 2 14 1a There is a clear and coherent rationale for the curriculum design  2d Mathematical fluency and confidence in numeracy are regarded as preconditions of success across the national curriculum Figure 8 expands on the model and shows that the scores for intent and implementation factors for most schools were well linked. However, there are some schools in the top-left and bottom-right sections in which inspectors were able to see a difference in quality between the intent and the implementation. This reinforces the conclusion above that intent and implementation can indeed be distinct. It should also dispel the suggestion by some commentators that our inspectors will be won over by schools that ‘talk a good game’ but do not put their intent into practice.Most of the schools that scored well for intent but not so well for implementation (top left) were primaries. It is not hard to see primaries, particularly small ones, being less able to put their plans into action. It is difficult in many areas to recruit the right teachers. In small primaries, it is asking a lot of teachers to think about and teach the curriculum right across the range of subjects and even across year groups. Inspectors will of course consider these challenges when making their judgements.Figure 8: List of curriculum indicators in the research model Round Diamond Primary School Hertfordshir Community School Primary Outstanding – 2 7 7 3 18 the pilots our curriculum research research on lesson observation and work scrutiny an interrogation of the academic literature on educational effectiveness Filey Church of England Nursery and Infants Academy North Yorkshire Academy Converter Primary Birches Green Infant School Birmingham Community School Primary 2c Reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer Chapelford Village Primary School Warrington Academy Converter Primary St Augustine’s Catholic College Wiltshire Academy Converter Secondary Babington Academy Leicester Academy Converter Secondary 1d Curriculum coverage allows all pupils to access the content and make progress through the curriculum Figheldean St Michael’s Church of England Primary School Wiltshire Academy Converter Primary In phase 3, which is the subject of this commentary, we wanted to find out how we might inspect aspects of curriculum quality, including whether the factors above can apply across a much broader range of schools. Elmridge Primary School Trafford Academy Converter Primary Requires improvement 1 6 4 4 – 15 In January, I will consult on our new education inspection framework (EIF). As I have already announced, the heart of our proposals will be to refocus inspections on the quality of education, including curriculum intent, implementation and impact.To ensure that inspection of the quality of education is valid and reliable, I commissioned a major, 2-year research study into the curriculum. I would like to thank the school leaders and teachers who have contributed to this work. We visited 40 schools in phase 1, 23 schools in phase 2 and now 64 schools in phase 3. When you add the focus groups, reviews of inspection reports and other methods, it’s clear that this is a significant study and we can be confident in its conclusions. Parley First School Dorset Community School Primary Marfleet Primary School Kingston upon Hull Academy Converter Primary Earlsdon Primary School Coventry Community School Primary Soar Valley College Leicester Community School Secondary Kettering Park Infant School Northamptonshire Academy Converter Primary Lansdowne School Lambeth Community Special School Special We also wanted to move beyond just looking at curriculum intent to looking at how schools implemented that thinking and what outcomes it led to. There has been some debate since we published my commentary on phase 2 about whether this would lead to an Ofsted-approved curriculum model. However, to reiterate there will be no ‘Ofsted curriculum’. We will recognise a range of different approaches.Phase 3 of our curriculum research shows that inspectors, school leaders and teachers from across a broad range of schools can indeed have professional, in-depth conversations about curriculum intent and implementation. Crucially, the evidence also shows that inspectors were able to make valid assessments of the quality of curriculum that a school is providing. Both parties could see the distinction between intent and implementation, and inspectors could see differences in curriculum quality between schools and also between subject departments within schools.Importantly, what we also found was that schools can produce equally strong curricula regardless of the level of deprivation in their communities, which suggests that our new approach could be fairer to schools in disadvantaged areas. This is distinctly encouraging as we move towards the new inspection framework. You can read the full findings of this research study. I have summarised the research design and main findings below.Curriculum study – phase 3In phase 3, we wanted to design a model of curriculum assessment that could be used across all schools and test it to see whether it produced valid and reliable results. Based on the phase 2 findings, discussions with expert HMI and our review of the academic literature, we came up with several hypotheses (detailed in the full report) and 25 indicators of curriculum quality to test (detailed at the end of this commentary). These indicators will not be directly translated into the new inspection framework. First, they were only tested in schools, not early years provision or further education and skills providers. Second, 25 indicators is too many for inspectors to use on an inspection, especially given the short timescales of modern inspection practice. What we were aiming to do was first to prove the concept (i.e. that it is possible to make valid and reliable assessments of quality) and second, to find out which types of indicators did that most clearly.The 25 indicators were underpinned by a structured and systematic set of instructions for inspectors about how to use them for the research. Using conversations with senior leaders and subject leaders and collecting first-hand evidence of implementation, inspectors were able to make focused assessments of schools against each of the indicators. Inspectors used a 5-point scale, where 5 was the highest, to help distance inspectors’ thinking from the usual Ofsted grades. The full descriptors are at the end of this commentary, but by way of illustration: Crossley Hall Primary School Bradford Community School Primary PE 1 – 2 6 1 10 Quintile 3 – – 5 5 1 11 6c Curriculum mapping ensures sufficient coverage across the subject over time 7a Assessment is designed thoughtfully to shape future learning. Assessment is not excessive or onerous Above average 3 4 8 15 Chingford CofE Primary School Waltham Forest Voluntary Controlled School Primary Primary 3 12 10 6 2 33 1c Curriculum leaders show understanding of important concepts related to curriculum design, such as knowledge progression and sequencing of concepts 4a Leaders ensure ongoing professional development/training is available for staff to ensure curriculum requirements can be met 5 4 3 2 1 Carville Primary School North Tyneside Foundation School Primary List of schools visited Other 2 – 5 4 4 15 Progress Band 1 or 2 Band 3 Band 4 or 5 Total Fowey River Academy Cornwall Academy Sponsor Led Secondary Within each school, inspectors looked at 4 different subjects: 1 core and 3 foundation. This allowed us to look at the level of consistency within each school, but also to find out more broadly which subjects, if any, had more advanced curricular thinking behind them. Inspectors also gave each school an overall banding, again from 5 to 1.This gave us 71 data points for each school, based on all the evidence gathered. While this approach would not be suitable for an inspection, what it allowed us to do was to carry out statistical analyses to look at the validity of our research model and to refine and narrow the indicators to those that more clearly explained curriculum quality.We visited 33 primary schools, 29 secondaries and 2 special schools. The sample was balanced in order to test the validity of our curriculum research model across a range of differing school contexts. The main selection criteria were: previous inspection judgements (outstanding, good and requires improvement (RI) only), geographical location (Ofsted regions) and school type (local authority (LA) maintained/academies), although we over-sampled for secondary schools and schools that were judged outstanding or RI at their last routine inspection. We ensured a wide spread in terms of performance data. Importantly, we also took care to select a range of institutions across an area-based index of deprivation. This meant that we had roughly equal numbers of schools in more and less deprived areas.Primary/secondaryFigure 1: Curriculum overall banding by school phase King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford Essex Academy Converter Secondary 7c There is no mismatch between the planned and the delivered curriculum Arnold Woodthorpe Infant School Nottinghamshire Community School Primary Subject area Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Total Chetwynde School Cumbria Free Schoo Secondary Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Catholic Primary Cumbria Voluntary Aided School Primary New Haw Community Junior School Surrey Academy Converter Primary City Academy Birmingham Birmingham Free School Secondary 9 The curriculum provides parity for all groups of pupils Cosgrove Village Primary School Northamptonshire Community School Primary The Barlow RC High School and Specialist Science College Manchester Voluntary Aided School Secondary Eden Girls’ School Coventry Coventry Free School Secondary Pennington CofE School Cumbria Voluntary Controlled School Primary IDACI Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Total St Katherine’s Church of England Primary School Essex Foundation School Primary Broadwater Primary School Wandsworth Community School Primary 2a The curriculum is at least as ambitious as the standards set by the National Curriculum / external qualifications  Deprivation is based on the income deprivation affecting children index. The deprivation of a provider is based on the mean of the deprivation indices associated with the home post codes of the pupils attending the school rather than the location of the school itself. The schools are divided into 5 equal groups (quintiles), from ‘most deprived’ (quintile 5) to ‘least deprived’ (quintile 1). Figure 5 shows that there is no clear link between the deprivation levels of a school’s community and a school’s curriculum quality. In fact, there are more schools in the top 3 bands that are situated in the most deprived communities (69%) than there are in the least deprived (62%), although the numbers of schools in each quintile are small. This is encouraging as we move towards the new inspection framework. It suggests that a move away from using performance data as such a large part of the basis for judgement and towards using overall quality of education will allow us to reward schools in challenging circumstances that are raising standards through strong curricula, much more equitably.Figure 6: Curriculum overall banding by key stage 2 and key stage 4 progress measure bandings Princetown Community Primary School Devon Foundation School Primary Total 21 26 45 32 10 134 Harris Girls Academy Bromley** Bromley Academy Converter Secondary Average 5 10 12 27 Sir Robert Pattinson Academy Lincolnshire Academy Converter Secondary Quintile 5 (most deprived) 1 3 3 6 – 13 JFS Brent Voluntary Aided School Secondary 5a Curriculum resources selected, including textbooks, serve the school’s curricular intentions and the course of study and enable effective curriculum implementation The North Halifax Grammar School Calderdale Academy Converter Secondary Quintile 4 1 4 3 5 – 13 Subject area Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Total Fir Vale School Sheffield Academy Converter Secondary 7b Assessments are reliable. Teachers’ ensure systems to check reliability of assessments in subjects are fully understood by staff Quintile 1 (least deprived) 1 4 4 4 – 13 This aspect of curriculum underpins/is central to the school’s work/embedded practice/may include examples of exceptional curriculum This aspect of curriculum is embedded with minor points for development (leaders are taking action to remedy minor shortfalls) Coverage is sufficient  but there are some weaknesses overall in a number of examples  (identified by leaders but not yet remedying) Major weaknesses evident in terms of either leadership, coverage or progression (leaders have not identified or started to remedy weaknesses) This aspect is absent in curriculum design Holway Park Community Primary School Somerset Community School Primary Westwood College Staffordshire Academy Converter Secondary Key stage 4 progress 8 data (2018) and key stage 2 mathematics data (2017) have been merged for statistical disclosure control purposes. Proportion of schools in each banding differ between the various progress measures. Bandings and the key stage 4 progress measure encompasses more subjects than the single-subject measures used at key stage 2.Data for the 2 special schools is not included.Schools with no data are newly opened schools or infant schools.The progress bandings shown are based on the 5 progress measure bandings calculated by the Department for Education. ‘Above average’ combines ‘above average’ and ‘well above average’; ‘Below average’ combines ‘below average’ and ‘well below average’. Parkside Primary School East Riding of Yorkshire Community School Primary 3b Subject leaders have the knowledge, expertise and practical skill to design and implement a curriculum Lanchester Community Free School Hertfordshire Free School Primary Penryn College Cornwall Academy Converter Secondary Foundation The proposals will be detailed and firmly grounded in evidence.It will be a full consultation and we genuinely welcome proposals for refinement. As the curriculum research has shown, there are still some challenges for us, particularly how we calibrate our judgement profile. Our aim over the spring term will be to listen to as many of you as possible, to address your concerns and hopefully hear your positivity about this new direction too. This research has given us a lot of confidence that our plans to look beyond data and assess the broader quality of education are achievable and necessary.Figure 9: List of curriculum indicators in the research model a score of 5 means ‘this aspect of curriculum underpins/is central to the school’s work/embedded practice/may include examples of exceptional curriculum’ a score of 1 means ‘this aspect is absent in curriculum design’ Technology – 2 2 2 2 8 Cowley International College St Helens Community School Secondary St John the Divine Church of England Primary School Lambeth Voluntary Aided School Primary 4b Leaders enable curriculum expertise to develop across the school  Core 6a The curriculum has sufficient depth and coverage of knowledge in the subjects  School phase Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Total To recap, in phase 1 of the research, we attempted to understand more about the current state of curricular thinking in schools. We found that many schools were teaching to the test and teaching a narrowed curriculum in pursuit of league table outcomes, rather than thinking about the careful sequencing of a broad range of knowledge and skills. This was disappointing but unsurprising. We have accepted that inspection itself is in part to blame. It has played too great a role in intensifying performance data rather than complementing it.Having found that some schools lacked strong curricular thinking, phase 2 sought to look at the opposite – those schools that had invested in curriculum design and aimed to raise standards through the curriculum. Although we went to schools that had very different approaches to the curriculum, we found some common factors that appear related to curriculum quality: 5c Curriculum delivery is equitable for all groups and appropriate Ken Stimpson Community School Peterborough Community School Secondary **The list of schools visited was amended on 19 December as Harris Academy Beckenham was included in error. 5b The way the curriculum is planned meets pupils’ learning needs Ormiston Park Academy Thurrock Academy Sponsor Led Secondary the importance of subjects as individual disciplines using the curriculum to address disadvantage and provide equality of opportunity regular curriculum review using the curriculum as the progression model intelligent use of assessment to inform curriculum design retrieval of core knowledge baked into the curriculum distributed curriculum leadership English – 1 6 9 1 17 Indicator 6a: The curriculum has sufficient depth and coverage of knowledge in subjects.   Includes 2 subject reviews conducted in the primary phase of an all through school.Technology includes computer studies. Figure 2 shows that when we look at subject depth and coverage in primary curricula, there are few low scores for the core subjects – just 8 scores of 1 or 2 out of 46 assessments. English and mathematics scores are particularly good. This would appear to be a result of two factors.First, especially in key stage 1, literacy and numeracy are extremely important. Children cannot access other subjects if they do not have those basic reading, writing and calculation skills. This was recognised, albeit imperfectly, in the national strategies, which have given rise to the current modus operandi of many primary schools: English and mathematics in the morning and everything else in the afternoon.Second though, it is a truism that what gets measured gets done. English and mathematics are what are measured in primary schools. It is hardly surprising, then, that they get the most lesson time and most curricular attention from leaders. It is clearly possible to do this badly, as we found in phase 1 where some schools were practising SATs as early as Christmas in Year 6 and focusing on reading comprehension papers rather than actually encouraging children to read. However, our results here appear to suggest that many more primary schools are doing it well.Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the foundation subjects. It is disappointing to see so few higher scores in technology subjects, humanities and arts.In phase 2 of our research, we saw that almost all of the primaries used topics or themes as their way of teaching the foundation subjects. However, the ones that were most invested in curriculum design had a clear focus on the subject knowledge to be learned in each subject and designed their topics around that. What appears to happen more often, though, is a selection of topics being taught that do not particularly link together or allow good coverage of and progression through the subjects. Figure 2 shows that 7 schools had a complete absence of curriculum design in humanities for example.The picture appeared much stronger in secondary schools than in the primary schools we saw. There was considerably less difference between how well foundation subjects were being implemented compared with the core subjects.Figure 3: Indicator 6a by subject departments assessed during the 29 secondary schools visits Modern foreign languages 1 – 3 4 – 8 Upminster Infant School Havering Academy Converter Primary Total 8 6 27 37 36 114last_img read more

News story: Parents encouraged to be aware of scarlet fever symptoms

first_img National levels of scarlet fever this season have remained relatively low compared to the past 5 seasons. We continue to advise parents to look out for the symptoms such as a sore throat, fever and rash, and to contact their GP or NHS 111 if they spot symptoms or have concerns. Scarlet fever, which mainly affects young children, is not usually a serious illness and can be easily treated with appropriate antibiotics. Patients with scarlet fever usually present with flu-like symptoms including a sore throat, fever and headache, as well as a characteristic rosy rash – usually on the patient’s chest initially. Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that generally affects children under 10 more than teenagers or adults. It is very contagious but can be quickly and effectively treated with a full course of antibiotics. GPs would also recommend patients to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and use antihistamine tablets or calamine lotion for relief of symptoms related to the rash. Latest updateThe latest report by Public Health England (PHE) on seasonal levels of Group A streptococcal infection, published on Friday 10 May 2019, shows that 9,887 cases of scarlet fever have been reported since mid-September 2018, compared to an average of 14,128 for the same period over the last 5 years.There were 247 cases reported for the most recent week (29 April to 5 May 2019).Dr Theresa Lamagni, Senior Epidemiologist at Public Health England, said: Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: Previous updatesThursday 28 March 2019The latest report by Public Health England (PHE) published at midday, Thursday 28 March 2019, shows that 7,854 cases of scarlet fever have been reported since mid-September 2018, compared to an average of 9,617 for the same period over the last 5 years.There were 456 cases reported for the most recent week (18 to 24 March 2019).Thursday 28 February 2019The latest report by Public Health England (PHE) shows that 6,316 cases of scarlet fever have been reported since mid-September 2018, compared to an average of 6,680 for the same period over the last 5 years. There were 409 cases reported for the most recent week (18 to 24 February 2019).Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness but it is highly infectious so PHE is advising parents to be on the lookout for symptoms, which include a sore throat, headache and fever with a characteristic fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel. If signs of scarlet fever are suspected, it is important to contact your local GP or NHS 111.Early treatment with antibiotics is important as it helps reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and the spread of the infection to others. Children or adults diagnosed with scarlet fever are advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.Dr Theresa Lamagni, Senior Epidemiologist at Public Health England, said:center_img It’s not uncommon to see a rise in cases of scarlet fever at this time of year. Scarlet fever is contagious but not usually serious and can be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications and spread to others. We are monitoring the situation closely and remind parents to be aware of the symptoms of scarlet fever and to contact their GP for assessment if they think their child might have it. PHE is investigating possible reasons for why there has been a rise in scarlet fever cases over the last few years by studying the strains of bacteria causing disease and the spread of infection in different settings and patient groups. We have seen more cases of scarlet fever in the last few years than we’ve been used to – we’re unsure why this is, but if a patient thinks that they, or their child, might have symptoms, then they should seek medical advice. BackgroundFor further information on scarlet fever visit the NHS website.Guidelines for the management of scarlet fever are also available from PHE.last_img read more

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first_imgTo avoid wasting water, use a hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation to water trees, shrubs and flowers. Water at a rate the soil can absorb rather than a high rate that runs off the intended area. To learn more, visit the Web site www.urbanagcouncil.com. University of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Georgia urban agriculture industry urge citizens to go green. Following are tips they developed to help Georgians do this.Before planting a landscape, take the time to construct a plan.Test the soil. A soil test will tell you how to improve the soil to enhance nutrient uptake by plants. Soil testing is available through your local county UGA Cooperative Extension office and some retail garden centers. Identify primary source of water. Explore alternative ways of obtaining water for irrigating plants, such as harvesting and storing rainwater and air conditioner condensate and installing rain gardens. Put the right plant in the right place. When selecting plants, make a list of the plants based on their water needs and sunlight requirements. Group plants with similar water and light needs together in the landscape. Use land wisely. When planning your landscape, place plants with lower water needs at higher elevations and plants with higher water needs in flat areas or at lower elevations. After planning, plant properly. Add soil amendments. Soil amendments are yard waste, weeds, composted twigs or composted livestock manure. Composted material is sold in bags at garden centers.Mulch, mulch, mulch. For trees and ornamentals, apply 3 to 5 inches of fine-textured mulch on the soil surface after planting. Mulch conserves moisture, maintains a uniform soil temperature and reduces weeds. Water in threes. When planting, first water the plants in their containers (be sure to do this over turfgrass or a planting bed to share any water). As you fill the planting hole with soil, add water to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Water again after planting. Be extremely careful when planting around established plants. Avoid digging under established trees or shrubs and injuring their roots. Prune roots. If you remove a plant from its pot and see a mass of tangled roots, use a knife to make four to six vertical cuts around the root ball, then use your hands to pull apart the roots. This encourages new roots to form, allows water to move into the root ball and results in more rapid plant establishment. After plants are in the ground, manage them wisely.Use your eyes. Water plants only when they require it. Timing is everything. The best time to irrigate is between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. This conserves moisture and reduces evaporation. Call your local water provider for authorized watering times.Test the soil again. A soil test provides the best gauge for fertilization requirements in the landscape. Know your fertilizer. A slow-release fertilizer or compost results in more uniform plant growth rates.Keep mulching. Maintain an average mulch depth of 3 to 5 inches. This may require you to add 1 to 3 inches of additional mulch each year. Keep grass tough. Regardless of drought conditions, allow the grass to dry and become stressed before applying irrigation. This causes the grass to explore deeper soil depths for moisture and nutrients. Periodically aerate and raise the mowing height to the upper recommended limits. last_img read more

CVPS reports fourth quarter loss, annual gain

first_imgRUTLAND, VT — (Marketwire) — 03/13/09 –Source: Released: 03/13/09 04:59 AM EDT Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV Central Vermont Public Service reported consolidated annual earnings of $16.4 million, or $1.52 per diluted share of common stock for 2008, compared to $15.8 million, or $1.49 per diluted share of common stock for 2007. CV reported fourth-quarter 2008 consolidated losses of less than $0.1 million, or 1 cent per diluted share of common stock, compared to earnings of $5.3 million, or 50 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the same period last year.Highlights: — Annual earnings of $16.4 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, up 3 cents compared to last year — Fourth-quarter loss of less than $0.1 million, or 1 cent per diluted share, 51 cents lower than last year — Increased annual resale revenues of $9.7 million and increased annual earnings from affiliates of $9.8 million contributed favorably — Retail rate increase of 2.3 percent effective Feb. 1, 2008 — Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) approved alternative regulation plan effective Nov. 1, 2008 — Deferred $4.1 million of Dec. 2008 ice storm costs for recovery over one-year beginning July 2009 — Common stock issuance of 1,190,000 shares provided $21.3 million of net proceeds — 2009 earnings guidance of $1.40 to $1.60 per diluted share.”Extremely high storm restoration costs due to a historic ice storm in December would have significantly affected our fourth-quarter and annual earnings, but we received a favorable Public Service Board regulatory decision, with the Department of Public Service’s endorsement, under our alternative regulation plan and were able to defer $4.1 million of those costs,” President Bob Young said. “Restoring service after the ice storm cost the company more than $5 million. Despite the tremendous costs and challenges, the storm showcased the incredible spirit and professionalism of our employees, who rose to the occasion and restored service to all customers quickly and safely. What could have been a disaster operationally became one of our finest hours.”Year-end 2008 results compared to 2007Annual operating revenues increased $13.1 million, including $9.7 million in resale revenues, $1.3 million in retail revenues and $2.1 million in other operating revenues. Resale revenues increased due to higher average prices and an increase in excess power available for resale. We had more power available for resale because retail sales volume decreased 2.6 percent, while output from Vermont Yankee, Independent Power Producers and our owned and jointly owned generating units increased compared to 2007.The increase in retail revenues included $5.7 million from the 2.3 percent rate increase and $2.2 million from higher average unit prices resulting from customer usage mix and rate redesign. This was partially offset by a $6.6 million decrease in sales volume. The volume decrease reflects lower average usage resulting from a slowing economy and energy conservation, and the effect of the loss of three industrial customers due to plant closures. Other operating revenues increased largely due to the sale of transmission rights.Purchased power expenses increased $4.7 million due to increased purchases of output from the Vermont Yankee plant, Independent Power Producers and short-term purchases, partially offset by reduced deliveries from Hydro-Quebec due to a 5 percent decrease in the annual load factor. Vermont Yankee operated at nearly full capacity during 2008 with the exception of a few derates and the scheduled refueling outage in the fourth quarter of 2008. The plant had a scheduled refueling outage in the second quarter of 2007, and a derate and unplanned outage in the third quarter of 2007.Other operating expenses increased $8.3 million. This was largely the result of higher transmission-related expenses, due to higher rates under the New England transmission tariff and costs from Vermont Transco LLC (“Transco”) for its capital projects and increases in its operating costs. As a result of a favorable regulatory decision from the Public Service Board, pursuant to our alternative regulation plan, we were able to defer $4.1 million of service restoration costs resulting from the ice storm in December 2008. We also had higher tree trimming and employee-related costs, higher net regulatory amortizations and reserves for uncollectible accounts, partially offset by lower professional service costs. In 2007, Other operating expenses included $3.5 million of service restoration costs related to the so-called Nor’icane.Other factors impacting 2008 results compared to 2007 include a $9.8 million increase in equity in earnings from affiliates as a result of the additional $53 million investment in Transco that we made in December 2007, partially offset by the related income taxes, a $2.3 million decrease in other, net, principally due to a decline in the cash surrender value of variable life insurance policies held in trust to fund supplemental retirement plans, which are affected by the equity markets, and a $3 million increase in interest expense largely due to the $60 million first mortgage bonds issued in May 2008.Fourth-quarter 2008 results compared to 2007Operating revenues decreased $3.2 million in the fourth quarter, including $3 million of lower resale revenues, $0.4 million of lower retail revenues, and $0.1 million of provision for rate refunds, offset by $0.3 million of higher other operating revenues. Resale revenues decreased due to less power available for resale due to planned nuclear refueling outages and lower average prices. Less power was available for resale due to the planned refueling outages at the Vermont Yankee and Millstone Unit #3 plants. Retail revenues decreased $0.4 million due to lower volume and customer usage mix, which were partially offset by the 2.3 percent retail rate increase effective Feb. 1, 2008.Purchased power expenses increased $0.5 million related to higher short-term purchases for replacement power during the planned nuclear plant outages and increased output from Independent Power Producers, partially offset by decreased output from the Vermont Yankee plant. Independent Power Producers consist primarily of hydro facilities and output levels are dependent on weather conditions.Other operating expenses increased $4.1 million due to transmission-related expenses principally due to higher rates under the tariff, partially offset by higher reimbursements under the New England open access transmission tariff. Other items are the same as those described above.Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $2.4 million, interest expense increased $0.8 million, and Other, net decreased $0.1 million due to the reasons described above.2009 Earnings GuidanceCV anticipates 2009 earnings in the range of $1.40 to $1.60 per diluted share. As part of an alternative regulation agreement approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, the company’s allowed rate of return on equity is 9.77 percent, but due to the earnings sharing provisions of the agreement, the actual return on equity from utility operations can fall between 10.21 percent and 8.77 percent.WebcastCV will host an earnings teleconference and webcast on March 13, 2009 beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. At that time, CV President and CEO Robert Young and CV Chief Financial Officer Pamela Keefe will discuss the company’s financial results, as well as progress made toward achieving its long-term strategy.Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the “Q4 2008 Central Vermont Public Service Earnings Conference Call” link on the investor relations section of the company’s website at www.cvps.com(link is external). The dial-in number is: 1-877-407-0782. An audio archive of the call will be available at approximately 1 p.m. EDT at the same location or by dialing (Toll Free) 1-877-660-6853 or (International) 1-201-612-7415 and entering Passcodes: Account #: 286 and Conference ID #: 314464.About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.Form 10-KToday the company filed its annual 2008 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of that report is available on the investor relations section of our web site, www.cvps.com(link is external). Please refer to it for additional information regarding our condensed consolidated financial statements, results of operations, capital resources and liquidity.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.Reconciliation of Earnings Per Diluted Share Three Twelve Months Ended Months Ended December 31 December 312007 Earnings per diluted share $ 0.50 $ 1.49 (Lower) higher operating revenues (0.17) 0.73 Higher equity in earnings of affiliates 0.13 0.54 Higher purchased power expense (0.03) (0.27) Higher transmission expense (0.01) (0.25) Higher interest expense (0.05) (0.17) Higher other operating expenses (1) (0.21) (0.21) Other (2) (0.17) (0.34) ———– ———–2008 (Loss)/Earnings per diluted share $ (0.01) $ 1.52 =========== ===========(1) Includes higher tree trimming, employee-related and net regulatory amortizations, offset by lower service restoration costs, largely due to the April 2007 Nor’icane.(2) Includes higher loss on life insurance policies, affected by the equity markets, and higher income taxes related to equity in earnings. Central Vermont Public Service Corporation – Consolidated Earnings Release (unaudited) (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31 December 31 2008 2007 2008 2007 ———- ———- ———- ———-Condensed income statementOperating revenues: Retail sales $ 71,732 $ 72,083 $ 283,073 $ 281,819 Resale sales 8,211 11,254 48,641 38,935 Other 2,741 2,520 10,448 8,353 ———- ———- ———- ———-Total operating revenues 82,684 85,857 342,162 329,107 ———- ———- ———- ———-Operating expenses: Purchased power – affiliates and other 41,132 40,590 165,451 160,722 Other operating expenses 42,059 37,946 153,403 145,119 Income (benefit) tax expense (947) 1,443 4,878 5,291 ———- ———- ———- ———-Total operating expense 82,244 79,979 323,732 311,132 ———- ———- ———- ———-Utility operating income 440 5,878 18,430 17,975 ———- ———- ———- ———-Other income: Equity in earnings of affiliates 4,022 1,618 16,264 6,430 Other, net 13 92 (879) 1,379 Income tax expense (1,512) (183) (5,862) (1,458) ———- ———- ———- ———- Total other income 2,523 1,527 9,523 6,351 ———- ———- ———- ———-Interest expense 2,968 2,149 11,568 8,522 ———- ———- ———- ———-Net (loss) income (5) 5,256 16,385 15,804Dividends declared on preferred stock 92 92 368 368 ———- ———- ———- ———-Earnings available for common stock $ (97) $ 5,164 $ 16,017 $ 15,436 ========== ========== ========== ==========Per common share dataEarnings per share of common stock – basic $ (0.01) $ 0.51 $ 1.53 $ 1.52Earnings per share of common stock – diluted $ (0.01) $ 0.50 $ 1.52 $ 1.49Average shares of common stock outstanding – basic 10,863,926 10,222,378 10,458,220 10,185,930Average shares of common stock outstanding – diluted 10,863,926 10,380,808 10,536,131 10,350,191Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.92 $ 0.92Dividends paid per share of common stock $ 0.23 $ 0.23 $ 0.92 $ 0.92Supplemental financial statement dataBalance sheet Investments in affiliates $ 102,232 $ 93,452 Total assets $ 626,126 $ 540,314 Notes Payable $ 10,800 $ 63,800 Common stock equity $ 219,479 $ 188,807 Long-term debt (excluding current portions) $ 167,500 $ 112,950Cash Flows Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period $ 3,803 $ 2,799 Cash provided by operating activities 28,400 34,092 Cash used for investing activities (40,498) (76,620) Cash provided by financing activities 15,017 43,532 ———- ———- Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 6,722 $ 3,803 ========== ==========last_img read more

Oil and gas industry: Coal plants no more secure than pipelines

first_imgOil and gas industry: Coal plants no more secure than pipelines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:More than 300,000 miles of natural gas transmission lines crisscross the United States, fueling electricity and industrial plants and heating homes, while also providing an alluring target for hackers looking to disrupt the American economy. Now those pipelines are at the center of a debate in Washington about the future of the power grid, as Energy Secretary Rick Perry argues that an increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threat makes relying on natural gas to the exclusion of coal and nuclear plants a disaster waiting to happen.“You have a greater reliance on natural gas than you’ve ever had before,” Bruce Walker, assistant secretary of electricity and energy reliability, said in an interview. “Because of the interdependence on the gas infrastructure, if you take out a pipeline you can also take out 10 to 15 [power] generators.”The administration’s concern about cybersecurity comes as the White House considers next steps in its bid to halt the closure of coal and nuclear power plants, which have come under increasing economic pressure from the huge glut of cheap gas coming out of shale fields in Texas and other states, as well as increasingly efficient renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.That has set the administration and Perry in direct conflict with natural gas producers, many of whom believe the administration is raising the issue of cyber security of gas pipelines to justify bailing out a coal sector that President Donald Trump has promised to revive.Lobbyists for oil and gas companies are fighting to head off such action, arguing in meetings on Capitol Hill that pipelines are as well protected from cyber threats as any U.S. industry and the administration’s talking points amount to another attempt to bail out the coal sector.“To single out gas infrastructure, it misses the point. All the energy sector is being targeted by bad actors,” said Todd Snitchler, director of market development at the American Petroleum Institute. “The oil and gas industry takes our cybersecurity very seriously. It’s being managed all the way up to the board level.”More: Is focus on pipeline cyber security ruse to prop up coal?last_img read more

Bethpage Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspected hit-and-run driver was arrested for allegedly causing the death of a 59-year-old Seaford man in North Massapequa over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Francis Ossandon, 77, of Bethpage, was driving northbound on Hicksville Road when he struck a bicyclist and fled the scene at 6:26 p.m. Sunday, police said.The victim, Francis Llanos, was taken to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police found Ossandon at his residence and placed him under arrest.Ossandon was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

UK Pensions Infrastructure Platform adds solar as fund launch nears

first_img“It is important we do everything we have to do in describing this novel concept [to the FCA],” he said.“We should benefit by the fact we are investing in very simple products – real tangible assets, not complex structured derivative instruments. “We might lose in consideration by [the PIP’s] being a new, different structure with founding investor pension schemes backing the concept.”For the FCA authorisation, Weston said it was essential to have appropriate people within the company, adding that it was currently recruiting for an investment director with direct dealing experience in infrastructure assets.There are also plans to add a head of risk function and investment analytical support for the team. Weston said headcount would grow as assets under management did.The PIP is also set to launch a multi-strategy infrastructure investment fund, which has been already developed by the organisation and will be launched once FCA authorisation is given.Over the long term, Weston said he expected the PIP to hold a mixture direct and indirect investments – using the two external funds as a starting point.In addition to the PPP Equity Fund, managed by Dalmore Capital, the PIP has arranged to host Aviva Investors’ Solar PV fund, which invests in solar panels and power generation.The Dalmore fund has already invested £255m (€209m) of PIP founding investor capital in 42 assets and increased the cap of the fund to £600m, which will close in September this year.Dalmore said it expected to increase its fund AUM from £350m currently to £500m by April, while the solar fund has yet to be launched but has a cap of £250m.Weston also said the PIP would like to grow and become more able to invest in large-scale UK infrastructure projects and that discussions had taken place over a bid for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a £4.8bn project to update London’s ageing sewer network.The PIP originally set its target size of £2bn based on £200m commitments from its original 10 founding members.Weston admitted there was a long way to go to raise the capital.However, he said the “controlled expansion” of the platform would allow for this to happen.He also said the PIP was working on the challenge of being able to accept commitments of any size from UK pension funds – and that assets would match those required by insurance companies so pension schemes could still approach buyouts.Only five of the 10 founding investors have committed capital to the Dalmore PPP Equity fund, as three funds left the platform altogether, and two refrained from infrastructure equity.Read Taha Lokhandwala’s analysis on how the PIP and similar projects in Europe are working for pension funds The UK’s Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) has added a solar investment fund to its portfolio as it builds up internal capacity and awaits regulatory approval to become a fully fledged asset manager.The PIP was set up, backed by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), in 2011 as a method of channelling pension fund investment into UK infrastructure, avoiding the market fee structure and general partner/limited partner set-ups.After making its first allocations in public/private partnership (PPP) infrastructure equity assets in 2014, the PIP is set to finalise its approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and begin managing assets in-house.Mike Weston, chief executive at the PIP, said gaining authorisation would be the third and final key stage in the fund’s long-term plan to become a ‘one-stop shop’ for pension fund infrastructure investment.last_img read more

Koolmees: ‘Balanced transition’ most difficult challenge of new pensions contract

first_img“For sure, there will be serious discussions about the valuation of pension rights during the transition,” he said.The fact that parliamentary elections are coming up in March next year only complicates matters further. “There will be serious discussions about the valuation of pension rights during the transition”Wouter Koolmees, Dutch social affairs minister “This means time is short to draft the required legislation,” Koolmees acknowledged, adding he is not sure the current parliament will be able to vote through all required legislation in time.Right of appealAnother contentious topic is the question of whether pensioners will have the opportunity to object against the eventual decision by their pension fund on how to convert their pension rights from DB to DC.The minister is of the opinion that cutting pension rights is possible in the public interest, provided the individual is not disproportionately burdened by the reduction.While the legislation will thus not foresee in an individual right of appeal, “we want to strengthen the collective right of appeal,” vowed Koolmees.Pension funds’ accountability bodies will get a central role in this strengthened right of appeal, but the minister added the relevant legislation is currently being developed.Responding to a questions by a pensioner, Koolmees could not give a definite answer on whether pension funds’ accountability bodies will also get a “right of rejection” in addition to their “strengthened right of appeal”.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Ensuring a balanced transition to the new defined contribution (DC) pensions contract, that will result in an outcome that’s acceptable to all generations, will be the most difficult challenge for the new pensions agreement, the Netherlands’ social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said.In a live webinar (in Dutch) during which he answered questions of readers of Dutch publication Pensioen Pro, Koolmees acknowledged the precarious financial position of many pension funds in the Netherlands – many of which have coverage ratios below or close to 90% – that will make the upcoming transition from defined benefit to DC plans “a complex affair”.If pension schemes’ funding ratios are still below 100% at the moment of transition, they will have no choice but to cut pension rights. Koolmees vowed to do everything in his power to ensure “transparency” in pension funds’ decision-making.Under the new pension law, which is yet to be drafted, pension funds will be required to ensure a “balanced” transition that takes into account the interests of all scheme members.last_img read more

Bloodied Ferguson shows off wounds in hospital selfie

first_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role ModelsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingTop 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Tony Ferguson seemed in good spirits as he posted a photo in hospital after he suffered a broken eye-socket in his shock defeat to Justin Gaethje at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 249)Ferguson suffered his first defeat in eight years on Saturday night against Gaethje, in an event where he was originally scheduled to face unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.But after receiving a bruising from Gaethje in front of an empty arena in Jacksonville, Florida, the referee waved off the fight in the fifth-round and Ferguson was rushed to hospital. Despite the loss, the 36-year-old smiled for a selfie with wife Cristina to celebrate Mother’s Day in the US. He captioned his Instagram: ‘Love You Babygirl. Thanks for Taking Care of Me #Happy Mother’s Day Toots.’  Ferguson also posted a video dancing in hospital, saying: ‘When You’re About To Get Discharged From The Hospital #LetMeOut.’ Gaethje delivered the performance of his career and dominated from start to finish, securing a fifth-round stoppage and thus a shot at the title against Khabib. The unbeaten Russian congratulated the victor on Twitter afterwards, saying: ‘It was so impressive, congratulations. Very smart fight.’ Gaethje landed 143 significant strikes, 100 of those to the head, as he outfought Ferguson to win the interim lightweight crown. UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Ferguson sustained an orbital fracture in the process.Battered Tony Ferguson recuperating after bloody fightFerguson himself was full of praise for Gaethje, though admitted the uncertainty surrounding his opponent at the behind closed doors event made preparation difficult. ‘It was a long camp. The weight cut had nothing to do with it. Justin’s a tough son of a b***h, I’ll be realRead AlsoWWE: Asuka, Otis win MITB briefcases after Mysterio is thrown off the roofIt was Ferguson’s first loss since 2012 and despite contesting the stoppage, his facial wounds were evidence of the beating he suffered in the main event, with White admitting: ‘I thought Tony Ferguson looked off tonight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more