Johnson & Johnson will split into two companies

(ANSA) – NEW YORK, NOV 12 – Johnson & Johnson splits into two listed companies. The giant, at the height of its 135 years and with more than 136,000 employees, opts for the spin off of its consumer products division, known for patches, shampoos for children and Neutrogena products. The separation will take place in 18-24 months and is “the best way to accelerate efforts to serve our patients, consumers and healthcare professionals,” as well as “push growth,” says CEO Alex Gorsky.

The group plans to complete the separation within 18-24 months, a statement read.

J&J will retain the pharmaceutical and medical equipment divisions. The divisions are expected to generate revenues of approximately $ 77 billion in 2021.

The stock was up 5% in the US pre-market in the wake of the news

12th November (2021): World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day (12 November) provides an annual forum for the world to stand together and demand action in the fight against pneumonia. More than 100 organizations representing the interests of children joined forces as the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia to hold the first World Pneumonia Day on 2 November 2009. Save The Children artist ambassadors Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Laurie, Charles MacCormack of Save The Children, Orin Levine of PneumoADIP, Lance Laifer of Hedge Funds vs. Malaria & Pneumonia, the Global Health Council, the GAVI Alliance, and the Sabin Vaccine Institute joined together in a call to action asking people to participate in World Pneumonia Day on 2 November. In 2010, World Pneumonia Day falls on 12 November.

Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease that sickens 155 million children under 5 and kills 1.6 million each year. This makes pneumonia the number 1 killer of children under 5, claiming more lives in this age group than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Yet most people are unaware of pneumonia’s overwhelming death toll. Because of this, pneumonia has been overshadowed as a priority on the global health agenda, and rarely receives coverage in the news media. World Pneumonia Day helps to bring this health crisis to the public’s attention and encourages policy makers and grassroots organizers alike to combat the disease.

In spite of the massive death toll of this disease, affordable treatment and prevention options exist. There are effective vaccines against the two most common bacterial causes of deadly pneumonia, Haemophilus influenzae type B and Streptococcus pneumoniae, and most common viral cause of pneumonia, Orthomyxoviridae. A course of antibiotics which costs less than $1(US) is capable of curing the disease if it is started early enough. The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) released by the WHO and UNICEF on World Pneumonia Day, 2009, finds that 1 million children’s lives could be saved every year if prevention and treatment interventions for pneumonia were widely introduced in the world’s poorest countries.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. The fourth of these goals is to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate. Because pneumonia causes such a large number of under five deaths (almost 20%), in order to achieve MDG 4, the world must do something to reduce pneumonia deaths.

12th November 2021: it came out the new album of Silk Sonic ♬ Blast Off

Today (12th November) it came out the new album of Silk Sonic: “an evening with silk sonic”. to celebrate this album, that I considere very nice, I post this song:

LYRIC

Clouds are blowin’, don’t know where we’re goin’
But we’re levitatin’ up in this room (Ah-ah-ah)
All these colors just like rainbows in summer
Got us smilin’ like our dreams just came true (Yeah)

I took a little somethin’ to get here, yeah, yeah
I got a little more if you’re ready, we can have it all

Oh, let’s tip-toe to a magical place
Blast off and kiss the moon tonight
And watch the world go crazy from outer space
Blast off into the sky

As we’re flyin’, stars are multiplyin’
We’re up so high, we’d be fools to look down
Shapes turn paisley, this is so amazin’
Destination, pure sensation startin’ right now (Woo)

I took a little somethin’ to get here, yeah, yeah
I got a little more if you’re ready, we can have it all

Oh, let’s tip-toe to a magical place
Blast off and kiss the moon tonight
And watch the world go crazy from outer space
Blast off into the sky

Into the sky
Into the sky
Dance all night on Saturn’s ring
If you got some friends that you wanna bring, then come on
It’s time to take this party up and beyond

Let’s tip-toe to a magical place (Come fly with me)
Blast off and kiss the moon tonight (To the moon and the stars above)
And watch the world go crazy from outer space
Blast off into the sky

Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah, come on)
Blastin’ off straight to some good vibrations
Can we take it higher? (Oh yeah)
All the way from the stratosphere
Sendin’ love from up above
Happy trails, baba

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True

Today’s selection comes from Ivar Husa from Washington State, but the photos are from Arizona. Ivar’s captions and ID’s are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them. These photos were taken near Buenos Aires NWR southwest of Tucson. I might add  near our southern  border. Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus) are birds…

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True