PM launches programme to vaccinate 500 million livestock

first_imgMathura (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in livestock. With 100 per cent funding from the central government till 2024, the Rs 12,652 crore programme aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against the FMD. The programme also aims at vaccinating 36 million female bovine calves annually in its fight against Brucellosis disease. The programme, launched by the prime minister here, has two components to control the diseases by 2025 and eradication by 2030. Modi also launched the National Artificial Insemination Programme before interacting with farmers. During his visit, he joined women in segregating plastic from waste at the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Players Meet With Los Angeles Kids To Discuss Values

first_imgAt an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children’s lives and development around the world.Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Andres Iniesta speak with children during an an event organized by FC Barcelona and UNICEFCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1797/Gallay/Getty ImagesFC Barcelona players Iniesta and Ter Stegen had the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences with the young attendees. When asked by a girl in the audience what the UNICEF logo on the FC Barcelona jersey means to the players, Iniesta responded: “For us as individuals, and as a club, it’s an honor to wear the jersey because of the values that UNICEF represents. Alongside UNICEF, we want to reinforce the importance of providing the most vulnerable children with access to education. Especially as parents, we are aware that children are the most precious things in our lives. It’s difficult knowing that there are children in other countries who don’t have the same opportunities.”Ter Stegen underscored the importance of studying to achieve one’s dreams: “I had a lot of coaches and each of them advised me how to reach my goals. But it’s not enough to have coaches or just to play soccer. Education has been really important for me.”U.S. Fund for UNICEF Regional Managing Director Amber Hill said: “All children have the right to learn. The focus of the FC Barcelona and UNICEF partnership is creating a world inspired by the power of quality education, where sports and play are key elements in the development of all children.”“The UNICEF projects that we support are based on strengthening children’s education through the integration of play and sports in countries such as Brazil, Ghana, China and South Africa. Through these programs, more than 300,000 children are being reached,” said Albert Soler, Director of Professional Sports of FC Barcelona.UNICEF and FC Barcelona kicked off a partnership in 2006 to raise awareness and funds benefiting millions of children. FC Barcelona supports UNICEF programs that integrate sports and play into education as catalysts to unlock a child’s potential.last_img read more

Federal government vows to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsGussie Bennett’s funeral was Friday.The 14-year-old was from Nain in Labrador.And it’s believed he died from tuberculosis last weekend.“My heart goes out to the family of the young boy who died,” Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.Obed was joined by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott Friday in Ottawa where it plan was announced to eliminate tuberculosis.Rates among Inuit are 300 times higher than elsewhere in Canada.Neither wanted to talk about Gussie.“I’m not in a position where I want to confer any of the details around that case,” said Philpott. “But as I said to you the rates are outrageously high. And young people, teenagers, are getting active tuberculosis in Canada.”The announcement follows money from this year’s budget to fight TB, such as $27.5 million over five years for enhanced prevention, screening and treatment.“This should absolutely not happen. It’s an entirely preventable and treatable condition,” said Philpott. “But the stories of young people dying of tuberculosis in Canada in the 21st Century are part of what drives us to this commitment we’re making today.”But poverty and overcrowded housing will be roadblocks.“You have a house with two bedrooms and there’s ten people living in the same house, the fact that someone has TB can easily spread from one person to another,” said Dr. Thomas Wong, chief medical officer for First Nation Insurance Health Benefits program.The goal is to cut TB rates in half by 2025 and completely by 2030.There were 100 new active cases of tuberculosis in 2017 in Nunavut, whose population is 85 per cent Inuit, along with at least 300 latent cases, Philpott said.If caught early enough, tuberculosis can be treated with antibiotics and typically only requires at most two weeks of quarantine.The higher infection rate among Inuit in the North is in part attributed historical government policies of forced relocation, partly to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. Oftentimes, Inuit were moved off the land and into crowded, substandard housing, in which the airborne disease was much more easily passed from person to person.A stigma has grown around the disease and around the health system that purports to fight it, which has created a barrier to seeking treatment within Inuit Nunangat, Obed said.That stigma includes an aversion to being labelled with tuberculosis and also a mistrust of the health-care system that has caused such lasting damage to Inuit culture and files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jody WilsonRaybould resigns from federal cabinet

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsFederal Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced in a tweet Tuesday morning that she is resigning from cabinet.In an open letter Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first Indigenous Justice minister and Attorney General, said that she ran for office “with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics.“My resignation as a Minister of the Crown in no way changes my commitment to seeing that fundamental change achieved. This work must and will carry on.”Read the full letter here: Jody Wilson-RaybouldThe announcement comes amid growing pressure for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould to publicly address allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Wilson-Raybould, in her time as attorney general, to help Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing and Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege when asked to explain what happened.In her letter Tuesday Wilson-Raybould says she is “in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter.”With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet…— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) February 12, 2019She named Thomas Albert Cromwell as her counsel. Cromwell told APTN News that he would not be making any statements on the issue.The PMO released a statement Tuesday saying Wilson-Raybould informed Trudeau Monday evening of her resignation, and that the prime minister then convened a meeting Tuesday morning to inform cabinet.Trudeau will hold a press conference in Winnipeg Tuesday evening to answer questions from the media.On Tuesday afternoon, Wilson-Raybould’s sister Kory Wilson told APTN she has been with her sister “through a difficult time since Thursday,” when the Globe and Mail first published a story containing the SNC-related allegations against the PMO.Since that time, Wilson-Raybould has been the subject of both scrutiny and support.Scrutiny for not divulging what exactly transpired between her and the PMO, and support for allegedly being put in the position.“It’s obviously horrible to see all the things that people have said about her. But she did the right thing,” Wilson said. “I’m proud of how she has carried herself since Thursday.”Wilson said her sister’s voice “will be missed” in cabinet “because there is no other Indigenous woman’s voice at that table.“And any time you have a room or a space where those from other equity-seeking groups or marginalized groups are not represented, [that] ensures there isn’t a full and wholesome discussion with all perspectives represented. So I think it’s very challenging.“When you’re the first of something, often it’s hardest,” Wilson said. “The first person paves the way for those who will come behind.“She opened that door and I guarantee that there is a whole slew of Indigenous women and young women out there that will take up the fight and continue to ensure that the voices of the others are heard.”Meanwhile, at the request of two NDP members, the federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the matter.Recent statements from unnamed Liberal party insiders to the Canadian Press criticizing Wilson-Raybould’s character have prompted backlash from all corners.(Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail in 2015) The Canadian Press quoted the sources as saying the minister, who is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation, had been “a thorn in the side of cabinet,” “difficult to get along with,” and “known to berate fellow cabinet members at the table.”Last month Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice and attorney general portfolios and into veterans affairs, which many consider a demotion.Prior to Wilson-Raybould’s announcement, First Nation leaders in B.C. published an open letter to Trudeau calling on the prime minister to “immediately and categorically publicly condemn the racist and sexist innuendo…being spread by unnamed elected officials and staff of your government in media reports.”The letter, from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs’ executive, says the recent statements by reported Liberal party insiders are “cowardly, low blows aimed at discrediting the staunch work ethic Minister Wilson-Raybould has maintained.“They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women cannot be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic. These comments from your staff must be recognized for what they are – blatant sexism,” the letter reads.Wilson-Raybould, 47, won her seat for Vancouver-Granville in the 2015 federal election.She then became Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister and Attorney General.Prior to her entry into federal politics Wilson-Raybould, a UBC-trained lawyer, served as a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation and as a regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.She also worked as a crown attorney and advisory for the B.C. Treaty Commission.Addressing the comments from unnamed Liberal insiders directed at Wilson-Raybould, Wilson said she and her sister were “raised and taught that if you have something to say you say it publicly and openly, and you stand behind what you say.”She also said her sister “doesn’t get down into the weeds and worry about what people say or think about her because she knows in her heart what she’s doing is the right thing, and that she’s, as she said, speaking truth to power.” read more

Boost agroecological farming to feed world and save climate UN expert says

22 June 2010Agroecological farming, which improves food production and farmers’ incomes while at the same time protecting the soil, water and climate, could feed an estimated world population of nine billion people by 2050 and go a long way to save the climate, if implemented now, experts at a United Nations seminar concluded today. The two-day international meeting on agroecology, held in Brussels, was organized under the auspices of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, and featured many world experts on the subject.Reporting on their findings, Mr. De Schutter said that today, most efforts to boost food production focus on large-scale investments in land and towards a “Green Revolution” model: improved seeds, chemical fertilisers and machines. But scant attention has been paid to the more effective agroecological methods, he said.Agroecological farming approaches include agroforestry (planting trees and crops on the same parcel), biological control of pests and diseases through the use of natural predators, water harvesting methods, intercropping, green manure cover crops, mixed crops, livestock management, and a range of additional practices.The widest study ever conducted on the subject found that agroecological approaches resulted in an average crop yield gain of 79 per cent. The study covered 286 projects in 57 developing countries, representing a total surface of 37 million hectares.Such “agroecological success stories” abound in Africa. In Tanzania, where the western provinces of Shinyanga and Tabora were once known as the “Desert of Tanzania,” agroforestry techniques and participatory processes allowed some 350,000 hectares of land to be rehabilitated in two decades. Profits per household rose by up to $500 a year. Similar techniques are being used successfully in Malawi.This is in contrast to the methods which have made modern agriculture a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – accounting for 14 per cent of total annual emissions, with changes in land use, including deforestation for agricultural expansion, contributing another 19 per cent.“With more than a billion hungry people on the planet, and the climate disruptions ahead of us, we must rapidly scale up these sustainable techniques,” Professor De Schutter said. “Even if it makes the task more complex, we have to find a way of addressing global hunger, climate change, and the depletion of natural resources, all at the same time. Anything short of this would be an exercise in futility.”The experts in Brussels based their conclusions on the experiences of countries such as Cuba and Brazil, which have pro-agroecology policies, and on the successful experiences of such international research centres as the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi – as well as on the programmes of La Via Campesina, the transnational peasant movement, which runs agroecology training programmes.“What is needed now is political will to move from successful pilot projects to nation-wide policies,” the Special Rapporteur said. To that end, would ask the Committee on World Food Security to work, during its October session, on the policy levers to scale up agroecology.“This is the best option we have today,” he added. “We can’t afford not to use it.”Professor De Schutter was appointed the Special Rapporteur on the right to food in May 2008 by the UN Human Rights Council. In that capacity, he is independent from any government or organization and serves in an unpaid capacity. read more

Ahead of poll UN joins in policing DR Congo capital against armed

“The objective of these patrols is to prevent risks of armed clashes in Kinshasa by verifying the implementation of the prohibitive measure against armed troops’ movement,” the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) said in a statement on the operation dubbed ‘Kinshasa, city without weapons.’“The patrols will control anyone moving on the public highway or in public places with firearms.”The patrols follow an agreement between President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, the two candidates in the 29 October run-off presidential poll that is intended to seal the vast country’s transition from a disastrous six-year civil war to peace and democracy. The new joint patrols comprise elements of the Congolese National Police, Military Police of the DRC’s Armed Forces, the Formed Police Unit (MONUC’s maintenance of order unit), MONUC’s Western Brigade and EUPOL, which provides technical assistance at the request of the European Force in the DRC. read more

Shayla Cooper provides spark from off the bench for Ohio State womens

OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe buzzer sounded in the Schottenstein Center with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter during the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s matchup against Purdue on Jan. 17.Crouched near halfcourt below the scorer’s table was the substitute preparing to join the action for the Buckeyes.“Now entering the game for Ohio State, No. 32, Shayla Cooper,” the public address announcer told the crowd on hand for the midseason action.After checking in, the junior forward would go on to drill a career-high four 3-point field goals, finishing the contest with 16 points in 22 minutes and helping lead the Scarlet and Gray to a 90-70 win over the visiting Boilermakers.It was a quintessential performance from Cooper, as she has been an essential piece to the Buckeyes’ roster, though she doesn’t even stand on the hardwood at the tip. The 6-foot-2 forward was penciled into the starting five the first nine games of the season, but she was then moved to the bench for strategy.“Coach (Kevin) McGuff thinks I come off the bench with a lot of energy and that I bring the spark that the team needs,” Cooper said. “As a player you want to start, you want more minutes, but in reality I realized that, for the team, it was best for me to come off the bench.”Throughout the Buckeyes’ 2015-16 campaign, Cooper has been more than a spark when she enters the game, ranking No. 26 in the Big Ten in scoring with 13.5 points per game and ranking seventh in rebounds, grabbing 8.4 boards per game.These contributions recently earned Cooper second-team All-Big Ten, an impressive achievement for a bench player.Against Princeton on Dec. 18 was the first game that McGuff decided to move Cooper out of the starting lineup. The Buckeyes would go on to defeat the Tigers 90-70, and Cooper proved that her play off the pine was still effective, scoring 10 points and having a team-high six rebounds.“She gave us a real boost off the bench with great energy,” McGuff said after the Princeton game. “She scored some points certainly, had some tough rebounds, and I thought played pretty good defense, too.”From that point on, Cooper has been the Buckeyes’ sixth woman, always being the first player to check in the game for a substitution.Starters and bench players have different mentalities when attacking certain situations. Cooper has shown that she can play in both roles, adjusting to the change seamlessly and continuing to showcase her productivity.“I had to be more focused and more ready,” Cooper said of the transition to being a reserve. “When you’re on the bench, you get to see the game a little bit longer, and you know what you need to do to impact the game when you come in.”OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) takes a shot during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThis season marks Cooper’s first full campaign suiting up with the Buckeyes. She had to follow the NCAA transfer regulations when she made the move to Columbus from Georgetown, resulting in her missing the first 12 games of her sophomore season.“It was quite challenging not being able to play,” Cooper said. “Sitting on the bench and watching your team struggle and knowing you could do something to contribute … that was the hardest part.”On the flip side, the extra time off gave Cooper the opportunity to improve her game on the court and her game in the classroom. Not being able to travel with the team gave her no choice but to either live in the gym or hit the books.Cooper, coming from a strong and challenging academic institution like Georgetown, knew from the get-go that academics were important for a Division I student-athlete. Yet it was the community of OSU that attracted her to the campus.“Everywhere I went, when I was traveling to visit schools, in the airport, I would see at least three to four people with something Ohio State on it,” Cooper said. “It’s a great community … a huge community.”Cooper donned the scarlet and gray jersey for the first time on Dec. 22, 2014, when the Buckeyes hosted West Virginia in a nonconference matchup. She would finish her debut with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while adding six rebounds, one assist and a steal.The Buckeyes finished the 2014-15 season in the second round of the NCAA tournament, falling to North Carolina in the final minutes. Cooper would end the year averaging 10.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, setting herself up nicely for her junior season.Fast forward back to present time with only mere days until OSU’s first game of the conference tournament, and Cooper said she cares about one thing, and one thing only: winning.“We want rings,” Cooper said. “Right now I think we are in a very good place to win the Big Ten championship … we are going to take it one game at a time.”Cooper and the Buckeyes are set to begin their quest for a Big Ten championship on Friday when they take on the winner of 10th-seeded Rutgers and seventh-seeded Nebraska. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. read more

Joe Burrow leading candidates for backup quarterback role

OSU redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow (10) hands the ball off during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn 2015, redshirt junior Cardale Jones and then-redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett were firmly No. 1 and No. 2 on the depth chart at quarterback. It was a matter of who would win the job. But there was another quarterback behind them. Enter sophomore Joe Burrow who is now the most likely among potential candidates to serve as backup to starting quarterback Barrett this season.In the spring, the race appeared to be a much more tightly contested battle between Burrow and redshirt junior Stephen Collier. But a season-ending ACL tear to Collier gave Burrow his opportunity in the spring game.In his first action with the Buckeyes, Burrow led the Gray team to victory while impressing the crowd of 100,000-plus with 196 passing yards for three touchdowns.“I took a big step this spring,” Burrow said following the spring game. “And I’m going to have to take a big one before fall camp.”Freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins arrived on campus in June for the summer to battle for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. At least in the eyes of quarterback coach and co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck, Burrow is viewed as the favorite.“That battle is moving along,” Beck said. “I think Joe is ahead because of his experience. I’m really pleased by his development right now.”Coach Urban Meyer knows better than anyone that a consistent backup quarterback is a vital piece in the team’s success.In Meyer’s first season with OSU in 2012, then-quarterback Braxton Miller went down with a shoulder injury in a home game against Purdue. Backup Kenny Guiton stepped in to deliver an improbable come-from-behind victory to preserve an undefeated season.In 2014, Barrett took over the starting role just a couple weeks before the first game when Miller reinjured his shoulder. Barrett racked up the Big Ten offensive player of the year accolade and then was replaced by Jones who led the team the rest of the way to a national title.The No. 2 quarterback must constantly be prepared to enter into the game and perform at an adequate level once called upon or his team could suffer for it. At the moment, Burrow said he’s still making strides to get to that level.“The backup’s job is to be ready at any moment, and if I’m not ready then I’m not doing my job,” Burrow said. “I’m not ready yet.”There are many things a quarterback must do to prepare for this situation. As Burrow has noted, it is important that to be ready, he must put in “more reps, more studying, just everything” to be sure he is ready to get in the game should he receive the call.“After spring, I still had a lot to prove and I still have a lot to get better,” Burrow. “I think it was like the second scrimmage in the spring when I threw three or four touchdowns. That’s when I knew I could play here and play here at a high level.”A big part of his preparation process is to learn from the veterans on the team. That starts with taking notes from Barrett.“(Barrett’s) really understanding and he’s a really smart guy,” Burrow said. “How he goes about the game, how he watches film, how he takes notes, how he reads the defense.”Of course as exciting as Barrett is, many have been waiting to see what the new guy brings to the table. ranked the four-star Burrow 305th best of all class of 2015 prospects and 14th best in the state of Ohio. Of course, acquiring the nickname “Mr. Football” in the state of Ohio has done little to lessen the excitement.But despite all the hype from evaluators, he has somehow flown under the radar. To Burrow, this has not been a hinderance, but rather something to help his performance.“From the start in high school recruiting, I was under the radar from Athens, Ohio,” Burrow said. “That’s how I kind of played my entire career. I played with a chip on my shoulder.”From a scouting perspective, Burrow is not the typical college-style quarterback. Instead of a dual threat like Barrett, Burrow has been described as a ‘Pro-Style Quarterback’ by 247sports, and most evaluators agree that his legs are not as much of a threat as most other college signal-callers.This is further enhanced by his stats from high school. Between 2012 and 2013, Burrow accumulated 94 touchdowns and 6,971 yards while completing 420 passes in 631 attempts. In that time span, Burrow attempted 262 rushing attempts and racked up 1,425 rushing yards, an average of 5.44 yards per carry, a modest average for most high school quarterbacks. “No, I can’t be a run-first guy,” Burrow said. “I could break one for maybe 15 or 20, but I won’t break one for 40, 50 or 60. I can be effective, but I can’t break a big one.”Burrow and the rest of the OSU football team will take on Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at noon. read more

Theresa May welcomes British athletes to Number 10

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes British athletes, coaches, and support staff from the recent World Athletics and World Para Athletics Championships for a reception in Downing Street.last_img

EYEWITNESS Horse manure…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Transparent…August 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Between a rock and a hard place…February 20, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: One people…October 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …on oil developmentsCitizens are finally waking up to what your humble Eyewitness has been warning about for almost two years now: Guyanese must be told about details of the production contract the Government’s signed with Exxon.One analyst just complained the just revealed two per cent royalty rate is just too low. The original contract, signed in 1999, was to last for 10 years with two three-year extensions…bringing the expiration to 2015 – just when oil was struck.Just in time for the new deal to be negotiated with the new government. Your Eyewitness doesn’t believe there was any gunman on any knoll when JFK was assassinated – and in general, doesn’t give too much credence to conspiracy theories.But on this one, he has to wonder! Hey, Dear Reader, your Eyewitness has been around the block and then some in the world of business.It’s not by accident their motto is “caveat emptor” – buyers beware! It’s the same sign that should be hung on the necks of tigers and lions – they have no malice in their hearts when they snap the necks of their prey. That’s just the way they were made. Businesses will do what it takes to make the most profits. And as far as the well-published “contributions”? They get to write them off their profits as tax deductions!!So we have to expect that Exxon will bargain with no holding back…and so should we. No hard feelings!! While landlocked Uganda – which we were partnered with to be tutored on oil – differed on the extraction of oil part, their economics was spot on when it came to observing the cardinal rule of taxation: “plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.”Even then, we pointed out that Uganda had a 12.5 per cent royalty – off the gross production – and Trotman should shoot for that. Why did we now learn that Trotman only got two per cent?? Unless it’s made up in other ways, that’s the lowest rate of royalty on oil production in the world!! Why? Did he renegotiate the “up to 75 per cent of the oil” that Exxon can claim to cover exploration and production costs (cost oil) down to the 40-50 per cent rate like Uganda??? And on the taxation of Exxon’s profit, did he raise it beyond our 27.5 per cent corporate rate?If as, we suspect, the answer is “NO!”, we’ve gotten the short end of the stick and that explains why Trotman’s so coy about the contract’s details. The big question is still “why?”.Sherlock Holmes advised, “Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.”Conspiracy? Or venality?…and protectionOn assuming office, the Government promised to throw everything – including the kitchen sink – at the crime wave then washing over the land. Your Eyewitness soon realised they probably meant that literally. They claimed they’d “received credible information related to a potential domestic security threat and will be putting troops in certain targeted areas…Citizens can expect to see helicopters providing aerial coverage…drones, surveillance cameras, etc, etc”.But what warmed the cockles of the hearts of citizens was their vow to bring back horses and dogs in the fight against crime. All those weaponry and armament scared citizens, but horses and dogs, ironically, “humanised” the crime fighters.But now we learn while $1 million was paid for a horse, both the horse and the money have disappeared!! While the details are kinda sketchy, your Eyewitness wonders if the horse was spirited away by rustlers.Your Eyewitness expects that some of our crack (NOT “cracked”) crime sleuths would pick up the trail of the purloined horse!…and money launderingSeems the Ministry of Public Security paid $7.5 million up front for an “industrial washing machine” to handle the laundry from the Camp St Jail – but never received the machine.Apart from prisoners wearing dingy clothes, is this a case of “money laundering” for SOCU? read more

Dáil wont allow Rabbitte to disclose breakdown of RTÉ payout over homophobia

first_imgAN INDEPENDENT TD has been prevented from asking Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte for details of RTÉ’s controversial payout to members of the Iona Institute and the columnist John Waters after comments by drag queen Panti on the Saturday Night Show.Catherine Murphy put down a parliamentary question last week seeking details of the amount paid by the national broadcaster to external parties as settlements for alleged defamatory broadcasts in the wake of the recent controversy.RTÉ paid out an €85,000 settlement to Waters and members of the Iona Institute who had issued legal proceedings in the wake of comments made by Panti, aka Rory O’Neill, in relation to homophobia on the chat show last month.However, the Dáil’s Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett disallowed the question from Murphy on the basis that Rabbitte has “no official responsibility to Dáil Éireann for this matter” as it is an operational issue for RTÉ.Rabbitte has already ruled out “interfering” in the controversy and RTÉ’s decision to settle.Murphy said she would be submitting more questions and said that she did not think it was good enough.She said that while she accepts there is a line between operational matters and ministerial interference “there is something bigger at stake here”.“It’s about public discourse and it’s about shutting down public discourse on issues that may well suit one side of an argument,” she told “I think there is a bigger issue at stake here that the Minister does have to take some responsibility for and that is where the line is between operation and the broader good of society.” The controversy has been raised a number of times in the Oireachtas in recent days, with Senator Averil Power discussing it in the Seanad last week, and David Norris speaking about it yesterday.Socialist MEP Paul Murphy has also made comments – under privilege – in the European Parliament. Labour deputy John Lyons tried to raise the matter as a Topical Issue, tweeting yesterday:Catherine Murphy also questioned Rabbitte on the measures available to the Oireachtas and the government to ensure that RTÉ does not act in contravention of its public service obligations.In a column for this website last week, Murphy said that RTÉ had a duty to be balanced and challenge opinions that promote inequality.In his written answer this week, Rabbitte said that the broadcaster is obliged under Broadcasting Act to prepare a public service statement every five years and this is reviewed on an annual basis by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).“The Authority is required to submit to me, as Minister, a report which is to include recommendations in regard to the adequacy of funding of the corporation,” he explained.He added that the report and recommendation of the BAI as well as his response are laid before TDs and Senators in the Houses of the Oireachtas.Latest: RTÉ’s head of television explains Iona payout decision to staffRead: Rabbitte won’t ‘interfere’ in RTÉ’s Panti paymentsColumn: Panti Bliss controversy raises major questions about RTE’s role in public discourselast_img read more

Opinion We need a fair and transparent system for deciding which expensive

first_imgOpinion: We need a fair and transparent system for deciding which expensive new drugs to fund If the drugs bill keeps growing – we will have to cut funding for home care packages, primary care services or maternity care, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin. Short URL 6,585 Views 11 Comments Share3 Tweet Email1 By Maebh Ní Fhallúin Friday 8 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Mar 8th 2019, 7:01 AM center_img In choosing what to fund, they must consider the ‘opportunity cost’, that is, all of the alternative things that could have been funded with the same money.How does the state decide which new drugs to fund?In Ireland, the job of the HSE’s National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), is to review new drugs that have met EU safety standards.It decides whether or not to recommend the new drug and make it available to Irish citizens by funding it through the public health system.This work involves an examination of the cost-effectiveness of a drug to see if it provides significant benefit to patients above and beyond similar treatments on the markets and whether that benefit is commensurate with the cost the pharmaceutical manufacturer is charging for the drug.The measurement of the drug’s value is in QALYs (quality-adjusted life years). This considers the number of additional years a drug might potentially add to a person’s life and the quality of life the patient can expect.Ireland’s policy is similar to the UK’s.The NCPE has a cost-effectiveness threshold, a price per QALY over which treatments are less likely to be recommended.This provides a consistent framework against which the benefit of all new drugs can be measured, while still allowing scope for special consideration for conditions such as rare diseases.What happened with Orkambi?The pharmaceutical company Vertex developed the drug Orkambi to treat cystic fibrosis and ran clinical trials of the drug with Irish patients. Ireland has the highest incidence of the disease in the world.The Orkambi drug then passed EU drug safety standards and, in Ireland, it was referred to the NCPE to assess its potential benefit in the context of the Irish population.In 2016, the NCPE concluded that Orkambi did not demonstrate sufficient additional health benefits to patients over and above existing drugs at the price it would cost the state.The decision of NCPE was reported widely in the media. Many patients who had participated in the drug trial and who were already taking the drug were told they would not have access to Orkambi in the future as the state would not cover the cost.At the time, the final decision regarding the allocation of funding for new drugs rested with a single individual, the Minister for Health.The NCPE decision prompted a vocal campaign by families of people with CF, and trial participants publicly expressed their fears over the drug being withdrawn from them.The ensuing media coverage and political scoring by opposition parties put the minister under pressure to ignore the advice of the state’s expert committee, and he eventually relented.It was a positive result for CF sufferers, but it highlighted serious weaknesses in the drugs approval process. After the Orkambi experience, the Minister announced that responsibility for making decisions on funding new drugs would be transferred back to the HSE.What happened with Pembro?During the summer of 2018, Dr David Fennelly, an oncologist, advocated through the media for funding to trial the new cervical cancer drug Pembrolizumab.Dr Fennelly was treating Vicky Phelan with the drug, which was approved by the FDA in America in June 2018 for some women with advanced cervical cancer but had not yet been licensed to treat cervical cancer by the European Medicines Agency.The FDA caveated the announcement warning it was an accelerated approval and that further studies were required to confirm the drug’s clinical benefit in patients with advanced cervical cancer.Ms Phelan, who campaigned successfully to secure access to the drug for women affected by the CervicalCheck affair, continued advocating for the state to extend access to the drug to others suffering from cervical cancer.In December 2018, over-ruling its own policy of allowing the HSE’s expert committee, NCPE, to decide on the overall benefits of the drug to the population, the government announced its decision to approve Pembro for all women with cervical cancer.Where do we go from here?Few would begrudge a person with a life-threatening illness access to life-saving treatment.For that reason, we need strong policies in place, policies that we as a society agree on so that funding decisions are not made arbitrarily where they can be strongly influenced by media or exploited by the pharmaceutical sector.These recent events reveal some serious weaknesses in how we allocate critical state resources in one area of healthcare.The Helsinki Declaration (1964), the gold standard ethical guidance document for all research conducted in human subjects, recommends researchers leading clinical trials to inform a Research Ethics Committee in advance about what will happen to the trial patients’ treatment once the trial is finished.Given Irish patients participated in the Orkambi drug trial, could it have been foreseen the state would be on the back foot in any negotiation on the price of the drug if the trial was successful and trial participants had not received any guarantee from the manufacturer that they would have access to the drug post-trial?Although the QALY (quality-adjusted life year) approach to inform decision-making is not without criticism, as yet, we have no better framework for comparing the benefit of drugs for different diseases.If politicians do not adhere to the guidelines set out, the decision-making process becomes compromised, politized and unfair.Furthermore, the inconsistency in its decision-making process strengthens the hand of pharmaceuticals in negotiations around drug pricing. One might also ask, what is the point in having a committee and protocols when we don’t stick to them?The Pembro story raises important ethical questions around doctors advocating for drugs for individual patients or specific groups of patients, especially without discussing the broader questions of opportunity cost, and fair and transparent allocation of resources in healthcare.What happens when the money runs out?The Sunday Business Post reported last week that the State has almost fully committed its 2019 budget for new drugs.Is there a danger that funding will be redirected from other essential services to meet our growing drugs bill?It is the duty of the state to allocate funding in a way that is fair, efficient and transparent and we need a system that can do this in a consistent and robust way.From a citizen’s perspective, we need to think about what is the best way to do this and whether we can reach a consensus on the key principles to underpin the distribution of limited funds.We also need to consider what we are willing to do without if the drugs bill keeps growing. Will we reduce funding for home care packages, primary and community care services, improved maternity care?Maybe we need to focus our debate on the right to affordable medicines, not just the right to medicines. All countries have to make incredibly difficult choices in healthcare, to decide what drugs and services to fund and how to do that in a justifiable, ethical, and cost-effective way. Maebh Ní Fhallúin THE NATURAL RESPONSE of an individual or the family of a person with a life-threatening disease is to advocate for funding for the best drug that could save their life.That is exactly what you do when you’re fighting for your life or the life of a loved one. That drug might be Orkambi, Pembro or Spinraza.But what is the role of the state in those complex decisions around funding new drugs, where individual rights may conflict with broader principles concerning the distribution of state resources?Is it possible to achieve an objective process that citizens can agree on and politicians will comply with?New ‘high-tech’ drugs are extremely expensive, too expensive for countries to pay for all of them at the prices quoted by drug manufacturers. If they did, there would be no money left over for healthcare services.Moreover, research shows that many new drugs, such as cancer drugs produced during the last decade, do not show sufficient improvement on existing drugs to justify public funding. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

DR Armed Forces bolstering border ahead of UN pullout

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDominican Republic, May 11, 2017 – Dominican Republic Armed Forces Minister Reuben Paulino has announced the positioning of 1000 more soldiers at the DR/Haiti border as the country prepares for the withdrawal of UN Peacekeepers from its neighbor. Already, there are 1,500 soldiers who regularly patrol the border. Paulino says the new troops are meant to protect against predicted increases in smuggling of drugs and weapons and illegal immigration. The 2,400 UN Peacekeepers are scheduled to leave Haiti in October.  #MagneticMediaNews#MinisterReubenPaulino#DRarmedforcesbolsteringborder Related Items:#DRarmedforcesbolsteringborder, #magneticmedianews, #MinisterReubenPaulino Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

World Bank approves USD 100 million for water supply sanitation

first_imgDHAKA: The World Bank has approved USD 100 million to improve water supply and sanitation system in 30 Bangladesh municipalities. The “Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation Project” will help about 600,000 people living in small towns to get safe water through piped water supply systems, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. In the selected 30 municipalities that currently do not have piped water systems, the project will install water infrastructures, including water treatment facility, water storage, transmission and distribution pipe network, house connections including meters, and others, said the Washington-based lender in a statement. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us In Bangladesh, about 87 per cent households have access to various improved water sources, but only 10 per cent have access to piped water supply. “With Bangladesh’s rapid urbanization, both small towns and big cities need to improve their infrastructures, including water and sanitation systems, to cater to the growing population,” said Mercy Tembon, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “Water and sanitation systems are an integral part of a modern city. This project will contribute to the government’s goal of expanding piped water coverage in municipal areas.” The project will also help the participating municipalities improve sanitation and drainage systems. This will include investments in septage management, public toilets, septage disposal, and critical drainage infrastructure. The project will also provide equipment and training to cleaning workers for fecal sludge management.last_img read more

Kabir Singh box office collection Shahid Kapoors movie beats Salman Khans Bharat

first_imgKabir Singh beats Bharat lifetime box office collection.TwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh, which has been having a splendid run at the box office, has now beaten Salman Khan’s Bharat in the race. The movie has crossed lifetime collection of Bharat at the Indian box office.Kabir Singh crossed Rs 200 crore at the domestic market in just 13 days, and still earning huge numbers even on weekdays. The movie conveniently crossed Bharat’s lifetime Indian business on its second Thursday.Kabir Singh’s total Indian box office collection now stands at Rs 213.20 crore, while Bharat’s lifetime collection was Rs 210.68. It is a huge feat for a small budget film like Kabir Singh.”#KabirSingh continues to flex its muscles at the BO… Packs a solid total… Will emerge highest grossing #Hindi film [2019] in Week 3… [Week 2] Fri 12.21 cr, Sat 17.10 cr, Sun 17.84 cr, Mon 9.07 cr, Tue 8.31 cr, Wed 7.53 cr, Thu 6.72 cr. Total: ₹ 213.20 cr. India biz,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.It has not only become Shahid’s biggest hit, it has entered the club of Bollywood’s highest grossing movies. Beating Bharat, Kabir Singh has now already become the second highest grossing Hindi movie of 2019 so far.Kabir Singh now eyes at beating Uri: The Surgical Strike box office collection to become the biggest hit of 2019 so far. Uri: The Surgical Strike’s lifetime Indian collection is Rs 245.36 crore. Considering the craze around Kabir Singh and its pace at the box office, the film is likely to make this achievement as well soon.Kabir Singh still holds 3,000 screens across the country, and since no other major release happening this Friday, it is also being expected that the movie might reach Rs 300 crore. However, the ongoing Cricket World Cup might be a hurdle in this journey for the film.last_img read more

Artificial light at night found to cause stunting and shorter metamorphic phase

first_img Explore further © 2018 In recent years, a lot of studies have focused on the impact of light introduced artificially at night on animals that live in impacted areas. But as Dananay and Benard note, most such research has centered on a single stage of life. They were curious about the impact of ALAN on creatures that undergo profound changes as part of their life cycles. The American toad, for example, experiences a metamorphic phase as it grows from a swimming tadpole into a hopping toad. To learn more, they constructed an artificial environment, added toads, and studied what happened.The artificial environment consisted of multiple artificial ponds situated in areas where night lighting could be controlled. The researchers introduced toads and watched as they progressed from eggs to tadpoles to adults under a variety of light conditions. In comparing the toads with those raised in naturally unlit areas, the researchers found that they experienced a shorter metamorphic phase. They also found that given the choice, the toads would inhabit only darker ponds.In a secondary experiment, the researchers studied toads in an artificial indoor environment that allowed for 24-hour lighting conditions. In so doing, they found that toads responded to the ALAN conditions by continuing to be active during what would normally be their night instead of resting. Such toads, they found, grew more slowly into smaller than normal adults, possibly as a result of their nearly nonstop activity. They also found that juvenile toads that had been exposed to ALAN during their larval stage also demonstrated an increase in activity, even if they were allowed to live as juveniles without ALAN conditions.The researchers conclude by suggesting their experiments show that the impact of ALAN has a direct, as opposed to indirect, effect on toads and likely other animals. They note also that such effects can persist throughout the various stages of life. A pair of researchers with Case Western Reserve University in the U.S. has found that artificial light at night (ALAN) causes stunting and shortens metamorphic duration in toads. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Kacey Dananay and Michael Benard describe their study of the American toad living under artificial lighting conditions and what they learned by doing so. Citation: Artificial light at night found to cause stunting and shorter metamorphic phase in toads (2018, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Bcenter_img Biologists discover cane toads have a heightened sense of balance to aid in landing More information: Kacey L. Dananay et al. Artificial light at night decreases metamorphic duration and juvenile growth in a widespread amphibian, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0367AbstractArtificial light at night (ALAN) affects over 20% of the earth’s surface and is estimated to increase 6% per year. Most studies of ALAN have focused on a single mechanism or life stage. We tested for indirect and direct ALAN effects that occurred by altering American toads’ (Anaxyrus americanus) ecological interactions or by altering toad development and growth, respectively. We conducted an experiment over two life stages using outdoor mesocosms and indoor terraria. In the first phase, the presence of ALAN reduced metamorphic duration and periphyton biomass. The effects of ALAN appeared to be mediated through direct effects on toad development, and we found no evidence for indirect effects of ALAN acting through altered ecological interactions or colonization. In the second phase, post-metamorphic toad growth was reduced by 15% in the ALAN treatment. Juvenile-stage ALAN also affected toad activity: in natural light, toads retreated into leaf litter at night whereas ALAN toads did not change behaviour. Carry-over effects of ALAN were also present; juvenile toads that had been exposed to larval ALAN exhibited marginally increased activity. In this time frame and system, our experiments suggested ALAN’s effects act primarily through direct effects, rather than indirect effects, and can persist across life stages. Common Indian Toad. Bufo melanostictus. Credit: L. Shyamal/Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Backup Program Macrium Reflect 72 released with lots of changes

first_imgBackup Program Macrium Reflect 7.2 released with lots of changes by Martin Brinkmann on October 31, 2018 in Software – 28 commentsMacrium Reflect 7.2 is a new version of the popular backup software for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The new version adds a host of new features and improvements to the application; reason enough to take a quick look at it.Existing versions of the application should pick up the update as they run regular update checks (configure the option under Help > Configure Update Check). The new Macrium Reflect 7.2 version is also available for download on the official project site. It can be installed over an existing installation or anew.Installation is straightforward and holds no surprises.We reviewed Macrium Reflect in 2008 for the first time and took a look at the major version 7.0 release of the backup software in 2017.Macrium Reflect 7.2The new version of the backup program improves the updating process. Update notifications and downloads of updates may run in the background starting with Macrium Reflect 7.2.The application displays update information in a system tray icon now to alert users about updates.As far as new features are concerned, there are quite a few that need to be mentioned. The build-in rescue media builder supports the creation of Windows Recovery Environments with WiFi support in the latest version; useful in situations where a device is only connected to a wireless access point and not with an Ethernet cable.Select Other Tasks > Create Rescue Media and in the window that opens the “show more” link. The WIM Settings should list whether WiFi is supported and whether WiFi profiles are copied automatically.The developers of the backup program improved the Image Guardian component in the new release. Image Guardian protects Macrium backups from all kinds of manipulation including deletion.The component does not depend anymore on a Windows service and displays a popop notification when blocking events occur. The notification includes a link to the Settings to adjust the functionality. You may also access these under Other Tasks > Macrium Image Guardian Settings.Note that Image Guardian is not included in the free version. Users of the free version of Macrium Reflect may upgrade to a trial version of the paid versions of Macrium Reflect for 30 days to test functionality; this works from within the application and users may extend the trial period by 7 days once it expires and go back to the free version afterward or purchase a paid license to stay on the commercial version of the backup program.The option to start the free trial is displayed when you access a feature restricted to commercial versions, e.g. when you open the Image Guardian settings.Other changes in Macrium Reflect 7.2Option to get email notifications on warnings, success, and failure resultsChanged Block tracker driver to support Windows Restart Persistence.Option to attempt to browse backup sets that are damaged or corrupt.Scheduled backups can only be modified by administrators.Passwords are stored using AES 128 Bit.Closing WordsMacrium Reflect 7.2 introduces new useful functionality to all users and some to commercial customers. The inclusion of WiFi data if available in rescue disks is a welcome addition to the application and so are some of the other changes or features introduced in the new version.Now You: Which backup software do you use mainly? (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameBackup Program Macrium Reflect 7.2 released with lots of changesDescriptionMacrium Reflect 7.2 is a new version of the popular backup software for Microsoft’s Windows operating system; it includes Windows Recovery Environment improvements and other changes.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Leading Real Estate Finance and Credit Industry Law Firm Expands with New

first_img Potestivo & Associates, P.C., recently announced the hiring of its 27th attorney, local lawyer Anthony J. DeClercq. Joining the firm’s other 26 attorneys and more than 100 team members—who serve in offices across three states—DeClercq began his new role as an Associate Attorney supporting the Litigation Department on January 30. He is based in Potestivo’s downtown Rochester, Michigan, headquarters.DeClercq earned his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in History from Central Michigan University. He completed several significant clerkships and internships, such as serving as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Kathryn A. Viviano at the Macomb County 16th Judicial Circuit Court. DeClercq also brings a wealth of real estate and finance experience gained from past positions, such as working as a mortgage underwriter for a wholesale mortgage company.This background and proven work ethic made DeClercq a great fit for Potestivo & Associates, which provides legal solutions to the real estate finance and credit industry. “We are very pleased to welcome Anthony,” said Brian Potestivo, President-Managing Attorney. “He brings the industry knowledge, experience, and initiative to serve our clients.”A member of the Michigan State Bar and a certified Notary Public, DeClercq also applies his talents to support philanthropic efforts. Leading Real Estate Finance and Credit Industry Law Firm Expands with New Associate Attorney in Headlines, Media, News Sharecenter_img Anthony J. DeClercq Brian Potestivo Juris Doctor Kathryn A. Viviano Michigan State Bar P.C. Potestivo & Associates themreport 2017-02-22 Staff Writer February 22, 2017 500 Views last_img read more

Related Flights to Colombo to be reintroduced by E

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