Senior Ontario chief says help needed for Oxy addicts

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe highly addictive drug OxyContin has been taken off the pharmacy shelves in Ontario and replaced it with a new one.The new form called OxyNeo is harder to crush, making it difficult for those addicted to opiates to inject or inhale.Chiefs are calling for government to put proper plans in place to deal with withdrawals of OxyContin and they are issuing a warning that crime rates are likely to increase.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith sat down with Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee to discuss the issue.Madahbee’s organization represents 39 First Nations in Ontario.last_img

CAF President: WAC Was Subject to Refereeing Injustice

Rabat – CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has commented on the course of the African Champions League final between Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) and Esperance Sportive de Tunis (ES Tunis), saying that the Moroccan team was subject to a refereeing injustice.He added that “the CAF had an agreement with the VAR company, but at the last moment, we were told that we cannot adopt it for technical reasons.” According to sources from Royal Moroccan Football Federation FRMF, the CAF Executive Committee will hold an urgent meeting in Paris to discuss the possibility of re-playing the game in a neutral country. Read also: FIFA Investigating Corruption, Sexual Assault Allegations against CAF PresidentThe CAF Champions League final was a disgrace to African football as the referee showed clear partiality to the Tunisian club after refusing a valid goal of WAC on the basis of an inexistent offside.Subsequently, WAC players requested the referee consult the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) which turned out to have technical issues.FIFA regulations stipulate, however, that the match should not begin if the VAR is not functional.As a result, Wydadi players refused to continue the match until the problem was fixed. After more than an hour of interruption, the referee, Bakari Gassama, declared ES Tunis as the winner of the 2019 Champions League title. This left the African continent and the world in shock.Read also: ES Tunis Broke VAR Rule for 2nd Time in CAF Champions League FinalsToday, WAC president Said Naciri has stated that he will exhaust all ways to bring justice to his team. Naciri declared that he will take the case of the poor refereeing decision to  FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. read more

Nearly 500000 fewer Iraqi children suffering from malnutrition UNICEF says

The report says malnutrition rates fell to 4 per cent this year, down from a high of 11 per cent in 1996, translating into an estimated 480,000 fewer Iraqi children going hungry each day, UNICEF said.The new data comes from a UNICEF-supported household survey of malnutrition among children under five that was conducted by the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the Central Statistical Organization last February.The survey also shows that the number of children who are underweight fell, from a 1996 high of 23 per cent to 9 per cent this year.According to UNICEF, the improvements were due to the continuing expenditure by Iraq of the majority of oil-for-food money on food, the UN’s lifting of a cap on oil sales, nutrition screening and two good years of rainfall and bumper crops.”Despite improvements there are still close to one million children under the age of five suffering from chronic malnutrition in Iraq today – that’s nearly a quarter of all children of that age,” said Carel de Rooy, the head of UNICEF in Iraq.The monthly government food ration received by virtually the entire Iraqi population has made the greatest impact in reducing child malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Under the UN oil-for-food programme, the Iraqi Government is permitted to sell a limited amount of oil within the framework of UN sanctions in order to purchase food, medicine, and other essential supplies.The programme budget is allocated by the Government, which spends more than $1.25 billion on food every six months. The food ration distribution is among the largest of its kind in the world, UNICEF said.In 1991 the food ration per person in Iraq amounted to just 1,090 calories each day. A result of the increased revenue from the UN humanitarian programme had raised the daily ration to 2,215 calories per day in 2002. read more

Regular assessment of bird flu vaccine in poultry needed after reported virus

A reported change in the bird flu virus comes as no surprise but underscores the need to assess regularly vaccines currently in use for poultry, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.According to a report in last week’s Proceedings of the United States National Academy of Sciences, a new H5N1 virus sublineage in poultry, called Fujian virus, appears to have become the dominant strain of bird flu in parts of Asia. In a joint statement with the Paris-based inter-governmental World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) FAO noted that there is a wide variety of avian influenza strains in animals, and influenza viruses in general have a high rate of change from season to season and from year to year.“OIE Director-General Bernard Vallat and FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech warn that with new antigens developing continually in avian influenza viruses, vaccines currently in use for poultry need to be assessed regularly,” FAO said in a news release. The two organizations continue to recommend that vaccination control measures need to be accompanied by surveillance and post-vaccination monitoring. They also stressed the need to immediately report to veterinary authorities any unexpected poultry deaths. More information on control programmes based on vaccination in countries where the virus is endemic or where there is a high risk of introduction of the virus is needed, they said, calling for more research funding to better understand the epidemiology and genetic changes of the H5N1 virus. It is essential during outbreaks that pathogens, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, be isolated from clinical cases and that any changes in the character of the virus be monitored to ensure that vaccine manufacturers are producing vaccines complying with OIE standards which are effective against virus strains in circulation, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech warned. Although well over 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling, there have so far been only 256 human cases, 152 of them fatal, since the current outbreak started in South East Asia in December 2003, and these have been ascribed to contact with infected birds. But experts fear the virus could mutate, gaining the ability to pass from person to person and, in a worst case scenario, unleash a deadly human pandemic. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide by the time it had run its course two years later. read more

CP Rail CEO Hunter Harrison agrees to oneyear contract extension to 2017

CP Rail CEO Hunter Harrison agrees to one-year contract extension to 2017 by The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 6:12 am MDT Canadian Pacific Rail CEO Hunter Harrison is pictured in Calgary, May 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) said Wednesday that chief executive Hunter Harrison has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the railway until 2017.He was hired as CEO in 2012 after a bitter proxy fight led by activist investor Bill Ackman’s hedge fund, Pershing Square Capital Management.Ackman picked the former chief executive at Canadian National Railway to turn around Canadian Pacific, which had been under performing.“When Hunter was brought in to lead the transformational change of this iconic company, the agreement was for four years, plus an option for an additional year,” CP Rail chairman Gary Colter said in a statement.“In seeing CP’s rapid turnaround under Hunter’s leadership, the board was unanimous in wanting him to stay on until 2017 and we are extremely pleased he has accepted.”CP Rail shares have more than doubled since Harrison was officially hired in June 2012.Since joining the railway, the 69-year-old Harrison has made wide-ranging changes at CP Rail, which has seen improved financial results.However, Harrison said there is still work to be done.“Even though CP has experienced phenomenal success in a short period of time, there remains a lot to accomplish over the next three years to grow this company even further with our customers and shareholders,” he said.Harrison hired former CN executive Keith Creel last year to be his second-in-command as president and chief operating officer.Creel has been seen as Harrison’s likely successor when he retires. read more

No room for complacency UN says urging vigilance in Ebola fight as

One year has passed since Ebola began spreading in West Africa, ravaging villages and local economies, and yet, amid dramatic improvements in the three most affected countries, the United Nations can now report progress in the fight against the deadly virus, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today as he urged the global community to help the region regain its footing following the unprecedented outbreak. Delivering remarks to an informal UN General Assembly meeting on Ebola earlier today, the Secretary-General told a host of delegates and UN senior officials that his recent trip to West Africa convinced him that defeating the outbreak is ultimately possible but that the challenge remains in prevailing quickly and in minimizing overall suffering. This, he added, would demand ‘collective determination and clarity of focus’ by all international actors and national stakeholders. The Secretary-General briefed Member States alongside General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, as well as Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), and the UN Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, who both joined in via videoconference. “Strong national leadership with local community engagement and international support is slowing the incidence of news cases in many places,” Mr. Ban said. “Through all our efforts, we have learned that our response must be regional in nature to avoid a risk of re-transmission.” According to the latest data from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the three hardest hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – have all reported their lowest weekly total of new cases in months.Guinea reported its lowest weekly total of new cases since 17 of August 2014. Liberia has had no confirmed cases nationally for the final two days of the week ending the 11th of January 2015. And Sierra Leone has recorded its lowest total of new cases since 31 August 2014.However, despite peaking optimism and “massive support” from the international community, the Secretary-General also urged caution, noting that Ebola remained a versatile and fearsome adversary. Pockets of the disease, in fact, are alive in certain parts of West Africa with the western part of Sierra Leone still suffering from high incidences of transmission. “The outbreak has taught us that there is no room for complacency,” he continued. “Resources continue to be required to adjust the response, monitor chains of transmission and end the outbreak.”Mr. Ban warned that his Trust Fund dedicated to Ebola response efforts had been “depleted to fund priority gaps” and he called on Member States “to sustain the tremendous momentum” achieved so far in fighting the epidemic. At the same time, he noted, post-Ebola recovery efforts would also have to be considered in an effort to help revive those communities debilitated by the disease.“The virus has eaten away at the fabric of society,” he concluded, “at how people live, how they love, how they die and care for loved ones in their final days.”“We must, collectively, take stock of how we can build longer-term resilience to withstand future outbreaks.”Echoing this sentiment, Assembly President Kutesa lauded the Ebola response for having made “significant improvements” in reducing the spread of the disease through case identification and contact tracing, isolation and treatment, as well as safe burials and social mobilization. But, he warned, the rippling aftereffects of the outbreak were “not yet over.”“As we shift from the immediacy of the initial outbreak, we must now direct our attention to the region’s long-term recovery effort,” he explained. Throughout West Africa, Mr. Kutesa continued, markets for essential goods struggle to remain open, children are missing critical school time, and ‘critical’ planting cycles have been missed. “The impact of Ebola is being felt all the way down to the village level,” he added. From Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in his first briefing to the Assembly, said that in the few weeks he has headed up UNMEER, he has travelled to all the affected countries and met with their respective presidents, as well as UN global response partners and religious leaders, Ebola survivors and care workers. Over UNMEER’s first 90 days in existence, significant progress has been made in slowing and containing the world’s largest-ever Ebola outbreak. “Only three months ago, the epidemic was ravaging West Africa, with 4,000 people infected [in October] alone, and caseloads were doubling every three weeks,” he said, but, thanks to the global response, the most dire scenario – that 10, 000 people would be infected every week by December – the epidemic had been slowed.“We are now beginning to see an overall decline in the number of new cases,” he said, echoing the Secretary-General’s feeling that the goal of ending Ebola in Liberia is within reach. At the same time, the Government is aware that it must not give in to complacency. While western areas of Sierra Leone were still seeing new cases, thanks to the response plan enacted by that country’s Government, the virus was slowing its spread.Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that much of the progress to date was due to the actions of the affected communities themselves. Indeed, those communities had changed their behaviours and djusted traditional practices that increased the likelihood of virus transmission, such as the washing of bodies of the deceased pre-burial. Further, thanks to national, regional and global health workers, thousands of West Africans now knew how to spot the symptoms of Ebola and knew what to do to prevent the virus’ spread.“The concerted efforts of the international community, the United Nations and its partners have also made a crucial contribution,” he continued, adding that the common thread exposed by the virus has been a truly global response to bring it to an end. “Donors have provided nearly $2.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and many countries have provided medical teams and logistical capacities to support the response,” he added, thanking, particularly the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as the many national and international non-governmental organizations working on the front lines to tackle the virus.“However…stopping this outbreak will still require significant efforts,” he said, declaring that the philosophy that would guide his work from here on would be what he termed his ‘three c’s’ approach: recognizing the leadership of the countries affected; engaging communities; and coordinating effectively.For his part, Dr. Nabarro, addressing the Assembly via videoconference from Paris, said that he had returned just last week from his sixth visit to the West Africa region and was now visiting potential supporters to try to mobilize more assistance. “We have heard how the outbreak has had a devastating impact on West Africa, but we have also heard positive news; this week with Mali being declared free of Ebola, yet another example, after Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Senegal,” he said, adding that the Assembly had also heard how the outbreak is evolving and diminishing in the three most-affected countries. Dr. Nabarro said that week after week, the incidence of new cases is dropping. “And the outbreak feels different now. It’s no longer a single outbreak spreading from a central point: it’s a collection of ‘micro outbreaks’, each with its own character and specific needs,” he said, likening the current state of the crisis to kicking logs on a fire and scattering the embers. “Some are burning hot. Others are dying out. So it is with the Ebola outbreak.”As such, he said the response has evolved along with the virus. It focused on being nimble, flexible and adaptable. “It’s responding to the special conditions of densely populated urban areas, rural communities and border areas,” said Dr. Nabarro, adding further that all parts of the response are committed to treating people with Ebola and, increasingly, to hunting the virus, wherever it is found, through rigorous case-finding and contact tracing.“We are looking to the end of the outbreak. To supporting swift recovery; to schools, markets and businesses needed to open and open safely; to health systems being built back stronger in the affected countries and beyond,” he said, adding that the response community is also looking forward to an important meeting to be convened jointly by the European Union and the UN on 3 March in Brussels, where the current state of the response and recovery would be considered. As for what is now required to get to zero Ebola cases, he echoed other speakers stressing the need to ensure that communities are at the centre of the response; that skilled people get to where they are most needed; that coordination, led by national governments and supported by international experts, is fully effective; that there is real-time information and data on Ebola epidemiology and anthropology; and that the material and financial support is available for medical facilities, treatment, comfort, logistics and transport for all responders. read more

Syrian conflict has now lasted longer than World War II – UN

The situation is particularly concerning in eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus, where some 400,000 men, women and children are living in besieged towns and villages, and extremely high prices have put food and basic supplies beyond reach. There are fears that conditions could get much worse as winter closes in and temperatures could plummet to freezing.“[They have been through] a seven-year war, longer than the second World War,” Jan Egeland, the Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told journalists after a meeting of the Humanitarian Task Force in Geneva. “With little, if any, reserves, no heat in their houses and living amid ruin, [for them] it will be a horrific winter,” he warned. Since September, eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the capital, Dmascus, has been completely cut off and the sole life-line for those still there are humanitarian convoys which, when successful in getting to the location, brings in food and medical supplies. There are also growing numbers of acutely malnourished children, noted Mr. Egeland, calling on the parties to the conflict to allow medical evacuation urgently. An estimated 400 patients – about three quarters of whom are women and children – need to be evacuated. “We have confirmation that seven patients died because they were not evacuated and a list of 29 critical cases […] including 18 children, among them young Hala, Khadiga, Mounir and Bassem […] they all have a name, they all have a story, they all have to be evacuated now,” stressed the Senior Advisor. Evacuation, is however, not the solution, he stressed, calling for the fighting and shelling to stop. Further, the UN envoy informed that the situation is equally dire in Berm, a desolate area in south-east Syria, where as many as 55,000 civilians are in need of assistance but the last time relief was able to reach them was in June. Also in his remarks, Mr. Egeland also said that a trilateral mechanism, initiated by Russia, and having the UN and Syria onboard, offers hope to help address problems. “[The mechanism] had its first meetings. It still hasn’t produced the results needed, but it is our strong feeling that Russia wants us to get the access and wants to help us, so we are hopeful that this trilateral mechanism will yield results soon,” he added. read more

Health Sciences prof new CPI faculty associate

Madelyn LawThe Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the Service-Learning Resource Centre welcome Madelyn Law as the University’s new faculty associate for Service-Learning.Law, who teaches in Health Sciences, takes over the position from Prof. Gail Cook of the Goodman School of Business, who has supported service-learning initiatives for the past two years.The faculty associate assists the university community with service-learning curriculum initiatives and projects. Prof. Law assumes the position for a two-year term and will work closely with the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the Service-Learning Resource Centre to assist faculty with integrating service-learning into courses and programs.Learn more about service-learning at Brock University.

Closing of BEV Processors Low prices bureaucratic red tape among nixing

BEV Processors IncThe decision to close BEV Processors, even if it means leaving almost 400 persons without jobs at the shrimp processing factory, was made due to its owner’s fear of incurring heavy losses and huge debts in the near future.This is according to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) following an engagement between them and the entity’s Director, Bruce Viera on Thursday, in keeping with obligations outlined by the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act and the Trade Union Recognition Act.““The Company explained that several factors influenced its decision to close operations. Mr Vieira contended that in the last few months there has seen a substantial decline in the prices being received from his customers locally and abroad. The low prices have resulted in the Company having some 600,000 pounds of shrimp on hand,” a statement by the Union explained.Moreover, Viera expounded that his Company is required by year-end to have Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, which was described as a tedious process that takes almost 18-months to complete.To this end, he posited that sales to overseas markets would be severely curtailed unless the MSC certification is obtained.“Vieira was also concerned whether the Government would renew at year-end the concession through which fishing companies are allowed to purchase fuel under arrangements whereby lesser taxes are paid. Mr Vieira, in the circumstances, expressed deep fear that his Company could suffer heavy losses and huge debts,” GAWU said.Nevertheless, it was agreed by the company’s Managing Director and GAWU that apart from the statutorily required redundancy payments, the Company will give its workers for their full year’s annual leave, though their year’s of service would be incomplete when operations cease.“The workers would receive too their full incentive payment for July, 2018 though the Company would end operations around July 15, 2018. Also, the Company agreed to pay the workers 100 hours of their pay rates they would usually receive during the closed season despite the shuttering of the Company’s operations before the season commences. The closed season, which would last from August to October, sees a temporary cessation of fishing operations to allow fish to spawn,” GAWU in a press statement said.Furthermore, Viera has undertaken to secure jobs for the employees who will be leaving in a month’s time.“Some of the workers may have an opportunity to be employed by Noble House Seafoods Limited, an entity where GAWU also enjoys bargaining rights. This possibility will be confirmed early next week. Additionally, BEV is reaching out to other employers with a view to secure jobs for the now redundant workers.”BEV’s shrimp processing plant will be closed as at July 15 2018 and some 390 workers attached to the plant will be affected.The workforce is largely made of up females, many of whom are single parents, are already hard pressed with the circumstances of life. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBEV Processors to close shrimp processing plantJune 5, 2018In “Business”Jagdeo blasts Gov’t over impending decision to close LBI estateApril 14, 2016In “latest news”T&T trade union calls on gov’t to rescind decision to shut down oil refineryAugust 29, 2018In “Regional” read more

Global meeting of Outotecs copper and nickel Flash Smelting licensees in China

first_imgThe world’s copper and nickel smelting experts meet this week in Shanghai, China at the 12th International Flash Smelting Congress organised by Outotec for the licensees of its Flash Smelting technology. The congress is a users’ meeting where the participants can learn about new smelters, capacity expansion and modernisation projects, as well as new technologies and improvements, and they can exchange their start-up and other experiences. They also have the opportunity to visit upgraded or new smelters. Outotec organises Flash Smelting congresses for its licensees every three years. The 12th International Flash Smelting Congress, held October 26-31 in China, has 110 participants from 20 countries. The key topic of the event is Smart Smelting, and other topics to be discussed are environmental control, Flash Smelting safety and integrity, process control and use of on-line measurements. In addition to technical papers, the program includes visits to three Chinese smelters: Jinlong Copper’s upgraded copper smelter in Jinlong, Jiangxi Copper’s new Flash Smelting line in Guixi and Xiangguang Copper’s new Flash Smelting – Flash Converting plant in Yanggu.“Today’s high energy prices together with increasing environmental awareness require smart smelting methods. Innovation has been Outotec’s driving force throughout its history. The process, the cleanest smelting method in the world, is an excellent example of our innovativeness and technological leadership”, said Tapani Järvinen, CEO of Outotec, in his opening speech and continued: “The Flash Smelters are environmentally sound, energy-efficient and cost-effective, as we can see when visiting the Chinese smelters. The Yanggu copper smelter and sulphuric acid plant designed by Outotec represents the latest technology in terms of environmental safety.”  Originally Outotec’s former parent company Outokumpu developed the Flash Smelting technology for its own use. In 1949 Outokumpu introduced autogenous Flash Smelting of copper concentrates at its facility in Harjavalta, Finland. The technology has been continuously developed to meet industry needs. After the spin-off of Outokumpu Technology from Outokumpu Group in 2006 and the name change of the company to Outotec in April 2007, the Flash Smelting Process became part of a wide range of proprietary technologies owned and marketed by Outotec.  Today Flash Smelting technology is used all over the world, thanks to its efficiency, versatility and environmental benefits. The process has become a primary means of copper and nickel production and the standard for smelting activities throughout the world. Half of the world’s sulphide ore based primary copper and nickel is produced by the Flash Smelting process. Outotec’s Flash Smelting is a process in which dried metal sulphide concentrates are blown with oxygen or oxygen-rich air into a hot furnace so that the particles react rapidly with the oxygen to generate heat needed to melt the products, partially (controlled) oxidising the concentrates and producing a molten matte phase containing the metal values, which will be further processed, and a molten slag. The historical importance of the Flash Smelting technology lies in its economic impact on the materials world and its impressive impact on the global environment.Outotec’s Flash Smelting technology has been named by the European Union as the Best Available Technique (BAT) that achieves the best environmental standards in industrial production. In China there are four smelters using Outotec Flash Smelting Process: – Xiangguang Copper’s copper smelting and converting plant in Yanggu, commissioned in 2007 – Jiangxi Copper’s copper smelter in Guixi, first built in 1982, the second line commissioned in 2007 – Jinlong Copper’s copper smelter in Tongling commissioned in 1997 and Jinchuan Non-ferrous Metals’ nickel smelter in Jinchang, commissioned in 1992.last_img read more

Wenco fleet management system commissioned at Meadowbank mine in Nunavut

first_imgWenco International Mining Systems has commissioned a fleet management system at the Agnico Eagle Meadowbank gold mine in Nunavut Territory, Canada. Meadowbank is a low Arctic operation located about 2,600 km northwest of Toronto. Wenco MobileOT™ hardware and software components were installed on a total of 38 pieces of equipment, including eight high-precision BenchManager™ systems on excavators, loaders, and backhoes.“Our fleet management system will give Meadowbank mine enhanced ability to maximise worker health and safety while improving productivity and availability of equipment and personnel,” explained Wenco Vice President of Sales and Marketing Glen Trainor. “Additionally, our ruggedised hardware can operate without difficulty in the extreme cold weather environment of the low Arctic.” Meadowbank began producing gold in 2010 and is expected to produce over 1 Moz/y of gold from 2013 to 2015, with an expected mine life through to 2018.last_img read more

3996 3997 3998… will today be the day that Tony McCoy makes

first_imgTONY MCCOY IS within touching distance of an extraordinary landmark after a double at Kempton took him to 3,998 career victories, two short of an unprecedented 4,000.With beautiful symmetry McCoy’s historic moment could come later today at Exeter, the track where he rode his first British winner more than 19 years ago.The 18-time champion jockey is pencilled in for three rides with Jonjo O’Neill’s point-to-point winner Flemenson seemingly his best chance in the day’s opener (1.50pm).McCoy also rides novice hurdler Keen Eye (2.2opm) and Well Hello There in a handicap hurdle (3.50pm) for O’Neill.Bookmakers Paddy Power make him a 4/1 shot to reach the milestone today while they are as short as 8/11 that lucky number 4,000 comes during racing on Wednesday.McCoy, 39, is the only jump jockey to ride more than 3,000 winners with Richard Johnoson next best in all-time standings with more than 2,500.November tests set to give economy €60 million boostlast_img read more

Damien Kiberd Drop the goodytwoshoes approach to economic policy

first_imgTHE IRISH PEOPLE alone are expected to sigh aloud every time a global medicine comes ‘off patent’ thereby making that medicine cheaper for a sick person to use.As a nation we appear more interested in what’s known as the ‘patent cliff’ than we are in healing the sick. That’s because over-priced medicines are a central part of our ‘export miracle’.Their price reflects the use of intelligent tax planning by multinational corporations. We allow these firms to register high pharmaceutical prices, high profits and low profits taxes. Output per employee in Irish chemical plants is so high that it is absurd.Deep inside economists know that Ireland export statistics are of little or no use. For decades our export totals have been pumped up by ludicrous ‘success’ stories. We’ve recorded quite improbable sales of erectile dysfunction tablets, cola concentrate and internet advertising space to name but a few of our star performers.So why do we get worried when part of the tax planning edifice begins to collapse, as is happening with the ‘patent cliff’?And if our export numbers are so unreliable then maybe some of our other measures of prosperity are of less value than we thought.The government’s latest six-year forecast says that Ireland is about to enter a long wave of substantial economic growth.The outlook is predicated on a ‘baseline’ forecast of growth that averages 3.5% per year from 2017 onwards, following growth of about 2.4% a year between 2014 and 2016.The numbers make for welcome reading after six years of decline. But are they correct?The ordinary citizen is understandably cautious. This is not the first time we have been told that we are ‘about to turn the corner’ only to see our hopes dashed.Yet confidence is growing. On Thursday the CSO lifted spirits, reporting that GDP in the third quarter of 2013 was 1.5% up on the second quarter. This followed bullish predictions from both IBEC and the ESRI that we will see growth of circa 2.75% in 2014.Underpinning this optimism is one incontrovertible fact. There are 58,000 more people at work today than there were a year ago. That’s a hefty increase of 3% in the numbers at work. These are real people in real jobs that pay real wages.If we can create an extra one thousand new jobs (net) each week in 2013 then Kenny and Gilmore may be right when they claim that a further 238,000 jobs can be created in the medium term, taking the rate  of unemployment down to below 8%.But there’s a problem. Rather, there is a series of problems. And unless the problems are resolved, then it is hard to buy into the official version.Consider the following key issues: Consumer spending is flat as a pancake. Even Thursday’s CSO numbers showed ‘personal expenditure’ down again. Retail sales are on the floor, 2% lower in value terms than they were a year ago.Demand is so poor that we are suffering from effective deflation. The government is pushing up prices by raising college fees, by increasing health insurance costs and by imposing more tax on alcohol. Yet the rate of inflation is a derisory 0.3% and falling.Our exporters are selling into a relatively good market in Britain but the opposite is the case in the Eurozone where activity has contracted by an average 0.4% in 2013.Irish households are not convinced that good times have arrived. The affluent households are saving large amounts and paying off old debts. Household debt peaked at €204bn in 2008 and has been falling sharply since. The savings ratio remains above 10%. Other poorer households have hit a wall and 13% of mortgages are over 90 days in arrears.The government is draining the economy of cash. Marginal income is being taxed at 52%, or even 55% and there are new taxes on property and water.The banks have ignored all of the government’s instructions to provide credit to small firms and appear more or less indifferent to the public interest.So where is the growth going to come from? Ideally the government needs three things: a big bounce back in building and construction, a surge in exports and a mood swing in the domestic economy that unleashes a wave of spending by Irish consumers.Building has always been able to absorb huge amounts of low-skilled labour, and quickly. It’s becoming obvious that the Greater Dublin area has run short of houses and apartments already. But would-be builders cannot get access to development finance and would-be house buyers can’t get mortgage loans.At its peak the output of new housing was worth circa €18bn a year gross. We won’t be going back there in a hurry but we could sustain building activity at about a third of this level. This alone would give a big boost to jobs and growth.The government controls the supply of credit right now, it controls the planning system and it knows the scale of the housing problem. So why can’t it act in the public interest and crank up the building sector?In relation to the very necessary mood swing recent good news is helping. But the government’s scorched earth tax policy is choking off demand at every turn. And it has failed completely to honour its promises on upward only rents.Is the government running the economy for ordinary people and for business or is it pandering to risk-averse property owners?The goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy won’t get us very far. This should be blindingly obvious to Kenny and Gilmore after last week’s blunt admission by EC chiefs that they never ever intended to help Ireland in relation to bank bailout costs as they promised they would in June 2012.last_img read more

Lalimentation des futures mères influerait sur lADN des bébés

first_imgL’alimentation des futures mères influerait sur l’ADN des bébésSelon une récente étude internationale, l’alimentation des femmes durant leur grossesse altère l’ADN des futurs bébés et peut également augmenter le risque d’obésité des nourrissons.Pendant la grossesse, l’alimentation des futures mères doit être surveillée. C’est ce dont ont toujours averti les médecins et spécialistes. Pourtant, il semblerait que l’impact soit beaucoup plus important que ce que l’on imaginait jusqu’ici. En effet, une étude internationale publiée dans la revue Diabetes, révèle qu’un régime pauvre en hydrates de carbone, c’est-à-dire en sucres ou en amidon, influerait directement sur l’ADN du foetus. Plus important encore, une alimentation ainsi appauvrie conduirait à un risque accru d’obésité pour le futur enfant.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Aujourd’hui, de nombreuses recherches visent à comprendre les liens entre l’environnement et les gènes. Au cours d’études précédentes, les scientifiques avaient déjà montré que des changements de régime alimentaire pouvaient provoquer des altérations des gènes ou “changements épigénétiques”. Pour étudier l’influence sur l’ADN du bébé, les chercheurs internationaux sont donc partis à la recherche de marqueurs épigénétiques dans des échantillons de cordon ombilical. Ils ont alors découvert que ceux-ci étaient plus fréquents chez les bébés nés de mères ayant consommé peu d’hydrates de carbone pendant la grossesse. Puis ils se sont aperçus que ces marqueurs étaient associés à un poids plus important voire une survenue de l’obésité entre l’âge de six et neuf ans.”Ce qui est surprenant c’est que cela explique un quart des différences de corpulence observées six à neuf ans plus tard chez les enfants”, a expliqué à la BBC le Pr Keith Godfrey, chercheur à l’Université de Southampton au Royaume-Uni qui a conduit l’étude. Selon leurs résultats, l’effet serait même “considérablement plus important” que le poids du bébé à la naissance et ne dépendrait pas de la corpulence de la mère. Plus précisément, les changements interviendraient sur le gène RXRA qui code pour le récepteur de la vitamine A et est impliqué dans les processus cellulaires traitant les graisses.Une alimentation mieux surveillée”Toutes les femmes qui tombent enceintes reçoivent des conseils sur leur alimentation, mais ce n’est pas toujours haut placé dans l’agenda des professionnels de santé. Ces recherches suggèrent donc que les femmes devraient suivre les conseils dans la mesure où cela peut avoir une influence à long terme sur la santé de leur bébé, une fois né”, a ajouté le Pr Godfrey. Ainsi, la British Heart Foundation a appelé à un meilleur soutien nutritionnel et de l’hygiène de vie des femmes enceintes.Le 19 avril 2011 à 16:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SoCal Pre Apprenticeship Program at San Diego City College

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 2:01 PM June 20, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Pre-apprenticeship program at San Diego City Collegeat was developed to provide academic knowledge and skills training tailored to specific occupations for a variety of industries that need skilled workers in entry-level jobs: health care, information technology, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail.To apply click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom SoCal Pre Apprenticeship Program at San Diego City College Posted: June 20, 2019last_img read more

Mobile Content Gets More Personal

first_imgA father gets into his car, starts the engine, and turns to the back seat where his three year old sits in her car seat. He chooses an app from his phone, hands her the device, and drives. She spends the ride touching the screen – she knows this app — and the term “audience engagement” takes on new meaning.That kind of sharing is becoming more common as digital offerings grow, become more portable, and zero in on user interests, says Ira Wolfman, SVP of editorial at Weekly Reader, who relays the story he heard from the father. “Digital opens up a whole world for us” and one to which WR’s young and increasingly tech-savvy readership demands to have access, he says.Weekly Reader reaches more than 250,000 teachers, who are its main venue for getting its publications into the hands of 8 million students from pre-K to grade 12. “The first way children encounter our materials is when the teacher hands them out,” Wolfman says. Next, is when the teacher uses an interactive whiteboard to connect to WR’s Web site and bring up a digitally optimized magazine to complement a lesson.”Every kid walking into school is so technologically sophisticated that they demand to be taught on new technology,” Wolfman says. As a result, Weekly Reader is now developing a third way to engage kids via an educational game app based on one of its magazine’s popular science-trivia departments. WR is working with VPG Integrated Media to turn the content into a game for the iPad and iPod Touch, with a launch date as early as this summer. “We know that there is a lot going on where parents and kids are sharing devices,” Wolfman says. WR, which has been directed toward schools for more than a century, is tapping into that and sees mobile and tablet apps as opportunities to further expand its reach outside of the classroom. “We know we can make educational content engaging, but what we’re now doing is seeing if we can adapt material so that it’s not just for teachers in class,” Wolfman says. WR plans to develop a variety of educational games for pre-school children and up. “Our digital magazine is geared toward the classroom, and the app is a more personalized approach,” says Susanne Goebel, WR fulfillment director. WR manages billing, renewals, as well as customer service through Advantage Computing System’s Access Management and Billing software. The system also allows WR to offer online access to archived issues, Goebel says.Meanwhile, regional magazine 360 West, a controlled-circulation lifestyle and luxury startup, launched iPhone and iPad apps last year as an extension of its brand. “We definitely saw a spike in total page views,” says Jerry Scott, publisher of the two-year-old magazine. “We had been tracking up about 60% year-over-year in page views anyway, but when we launched the iPad it spiked up a little more.”The apps are customized versions of the print magazine with additional functionality. The publisher also has a digital replica of the magazine on its Web site. “All our digital versions are renditions of the print magazine, so an advertiser gets the dual audience,” Scott says.The publisher uses digital publishing firm Blue Toad to turn its PDFs into digital content. “As a small start-up magazine, we don’t have a Web developer and we’re not going to go to an agency to do it,” Scott says. Blue Toad charges on a per-page issue to host the digital edition, he adds.306 West’s apps are free. “I’m not sure that regional magazines are going to create much demand for paid, but may be they will. It doesn’t mean any ad money for us,” he says. “This is a better fit for controlled,” as it potentially makes the content accessible to a broader audience, he adds.Many publications are debating the issue of whether and how best to monetize mobile content. The Guardian News & Media announced earlier this year that the advertiser-supported U.S. version of its iPhone app will be offered as a free download. However, outside the U.S., the app is a subscription-based service offered without advertising.The publisher is offering full access for [British pound sign]2.99 for six months and [British pound sign]3.99 for a year. Non-U.S. readers can download the “intro” app, which offers the option to subscribe. The Guardian is using Urban Airship to power the subscription function.”With the new app we’ll be launching more frequent updates, offering a broader range of content and bringing you a better experience,” Jonathon Moore, Guardian product manager of Mobile & Emerging Devices, said in a Guardian blog post earlier this year. “This means ensuring we can meet the associated development costs. The best way to provide this in the longer term, we believe, is to move to a subscription model.”From the standpoint of how content is consumed-whether on a Web site or digital device–scholarly journal publishers are further ahead on the pricing issue than consumer publications, says Dan Heffernan, VP of sales and marketing at Advantage, whose clients include academic journals such as Duke University Press. That’s because scholarly publishers have been getting paid via pay walls for online publishing for well over a decade. “This type of publisher’s customers are generally libraries and research institutes that buy site licenses,” Heffernan says. Also, these journal publishers have long had their content hosted “in such a way as to allow for linking and citing and other cool features that only the digital world can allow. Consumer publishers haven’t really done this yet,” Heffernan says.Beyond the pricing issue, one of the biggest challenges for all of industry is how quickly the mobile content market is changing and how quickly major players are emerging-from tablet providers to digital newsstands, Heffernan says. “It’s all changing so fast it’s hard for the publication to figure out which horse to hook their wagon to.” That, he adds, is probably one of the few things that most everyone agrees on.last_img read more

2 schoolteachers among 10 killed in road crashes

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo schoolteachers among 10 people were killed in separate road accidents in Bagethat, Pabna and Sirajganj districts on Wednesday night and early Thursday.Two teachers were killed as a speeding truck hit the motorcycle they were in on the Bagerhat-Mawa highway at Joydihi village in Mollahat, Bagerhat on Wednesday night.The deceased are Rafiqul Islam, 45, assistant teacher of Sorospur Government Primary School and Baharul Alam Molla, 43, of Sorospur Dakkhinpara Government Primary School, both from Sorospur village.Sub-inspector of Katakhali Highway police camp Malay Ray said the truck hit the motorcycle around 10pm at the place, leaving the duo severely injured.The injured were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital where duty doctors declared them dead around 10:30pm.In Sirajganj, six people were killed in two separate road accidents.Two people were killed in a head-on collision between two trucks at Soyedabad in Sadar upazila early Thursday.Other four people were killed in another a head-on collision between two a truck and a bus at the Coddarmore intersection of the district. The identities of the deceased could not be known as yet.Abdul Hamid, deputy assistant of Sirajganj Fire Service and Civil Defense, said the former took place around 1:00am when a Northern region-bound iron rod-laden truck from Dhaka collided head on with another truck, leaving two people dead on the spot and two others injured.On information, a firefighting unit went to the spot and recovered the bodies.The injured were taken to a local hospital.In Pabna, a woman and her daughter were killed and another was injured when a trolley hit a van carrying them at Char Bangania in Sadar upazila on Thursday.The deceased are Rini Khatun, 35, wife of Akbar Ali and her daughter Barsha, 7 of the village.Obaidul Haque, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said the accident took place around 9:00am when a brick-laden trolley hit the van, leaving two people dead on the spot and van puller Akbar injured.The injured was taken to Pabna General Hospital.last_img read more

UTTT Poll Few Texas Voters Believe Education Spending Is Too High

first_img Share UT/TT PollWhile small numbers of Texas voters believe spending on public and higher education is too high, pluralities think the state is not spending enough, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.In both cases, 27 percent of voters said the state is spending about the right amount.Almost half of Texas voters — 47 percent — would spend more on public education, while only 10 percent said the state is spending too much already, the poll found. Republican voters were the most satisfied, with 41 percent saying the state spends about the right amount on public education. There was a split in the ranks, with 47 percent of Tea Party Republicans saying spending was about right, compared with 28 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans. Most Democrats — 69 percent — said the state is spending too little on primary and secondary education.The numbers were softer for higher education, but a plurality — 36 percent — said the state spends too little on its colleges and universities, while 17 percent said the state is spending too much. Again, Democrats led the spending pack: 59 percent said the state doesn’t spend enough. More than a third of Republicans said state spending on higher education is about right, but Tea Party Republicans were evenly split between “too much” and “about the right amount.”Most Texas voters would oppose reducing state funding for higher education — 54 percent oppose that, 33 percent support it — and a plurality oppose taking the power to set tuition away from the public colleges and universities and giving it to the Legislature. While 34 percent would give the job to lawmakers, 44 percent oppose that idea.Those ideas are somewhat linked, and some of the differences in opinion are partisan. Half of Republican voters would support reducing higher education funding by the state, and Republicans split 40 percent to 40 percent on letting the Legislature or the colleges set tuition rates. Three-quarters of the Democrats oppose cutting state funding for higher education, and 47 percent of them would leave tuition in the schools’ control.School vouchers — using private money to pay for private schooling — fell short in the regular legislative session, and voter opinion is divided. Almost half of Texas voters — 48 percent — oppose “redirecting state tax revenue to help parents pay for some of the cost of sending their children to private or parochial schools,” while 42 percent support doing that. Some feel strongly about it: 16 percent of them in favor, 33 percent against.As with other issues, party flags make a difference. Among Republicans, 55 percent support vouchers and 35 percent oppose them. Among Democrats, 27 percent support them and 61 percent oppose. Among voters with kids in public schools, 48 percent support vouchers and 43 percent oppose them.The governor’s push for pre-kindergarten programs has a constituency out there: 61 percent of Texas voters said they would support increased state spending on pre-K. But they’re not the governor’s voters: 82 percent of Democrats like the idea, as do 43 percent of Republicans. The more conservative they are, the less they like it: 56 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans favor higher pre-K spending, but only 31 percent of Tea Party Republicans do. Among that last group, 60 percent oppose expanding pre-K.The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from June 2 to June 11 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.last_img read more

Dakshineswar skywalk A new landmark

first_imgDakshineswar: Dakshineswar skywalk, an elevated pathway constructed to link the suburban railway station in Dakshineswar with the Kali temple, was thrown open for the public from Monday evening following its inauguration by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.A brainchild of the Chief Minister, the skywalk has been named after Rani Rashmoni and has come up at an approximate cost of Rs 80 crore. It is a steel pedestrian bridge 340 metre in length and 10 metre in width which will accommodate around 137 shops and utility rooms. It has its initiation point at the gate of Dakshineswar railway station and terminates near the main gate of the temple. The portion of the skywalk structure on Rani Rashmoni Road (270 metre stretch) is supported on steel portal frames and the rest of the portion near the rotary and railway station is a cantilever steel structure stretching over 70 metre. The structure is covered with circular arch-type roofing of polycarbonate sheet. There are several elevators at various points, each having a capacity to carry about 20 people. There are around 14 escalators and 6 stairs including a fire exit. The skywalk is equipped with a fire fighting mechanism. CCTV cameras have been installed at various points to keep a vigil in and around the elevated corridor. LED tunnel type lights have been installed on the skywalk for better illumination. One of the main objectives of the project was to decongest the area by segregating the pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It will also provide safety and comfort to the pedestrians. The state government had faced difficulties to complete the project. Lots of existing and overhead utilities were there, the shifting of which had been a serious challenge for the government. This had also delayed the completion of the project. The footfall at the temple is likely to go up following the construction of the new pedestrian bridge, expects the Dakshineswar temple trust.last_img read more