North Carolina The Hunger Games 2012 The smash

first_imgNorth Carolina, The Hunger Games (2012)The smash hit of this year, The Hunger Games has already generated a great deal of interest in western North Carolina where it was filmed. Even without the peacekeepers, mockingjays and colourful citizens of The Capitol, holidaymakers can follow in Katniss and Peeta’s footsteps and bring the film to life when visiting the places featured in the film.The main site used was the DuPont State Recreational Forest, the location of the outdoor arena in The Hunger Games, in which tributes from each district (one boy and one girl) had to compete in a televised fight to the death. You can even find Katniss’s pond – the location from the fireball sequence in the film.Bali Eat, Pray, Love (2010)The exotic Island of Bali was the last stop for Julia Roberts’s character in the cult hit Eat, Pray, Love, a story following the life of Liz Gilbert – post divorce – in her quest of ‘finding herself’. Amidst the lush green rice paddies, volcanic peaks and tranquil temples, Gilbert found real peace and spirituality through yoga and meditation with her spiritual guide; it’s also, of course, where she fell in love with hunky Felipe (played by Javier Bardem). The film caused a surge in tourism to the island with the province’s tourism agency reporting a huge increase in the number of visitors after the movie was released; especially tourists looking for self-discovery, healing, and an escape from daily life – just like Gilbert was.Hawaii, The Descendants (2012)Set amidst the stunning scenery of Oahu, The Big Island and Kauai – dubbed the ‘garden island’ – The Descendants is a story of heartache in paradise. The film follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads, when Matt King (played by George Clooney) loses his wife in a boating accident off Waikiki.Director of photography Phedon Papamichael divided the film between two Hawaii’s: the more hectic, citified Hawaii of Honolulu and the stunning, natural haven of Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai, draped with verdant, tropical rainforests and surrounded by sapphire seas. The film is already doing wonders for tourism to Hawaii, with Kauai Visitors Bureau (KVB) already expecting a big boost in tourism to the ‘garden island’. RelatedStar Wars: 12 incredible filming locations around the worldSeeing as it’s Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you and all that jazz), we’ve searched our planet for the most spectacular destinations to feature in the films. Put your Star Wars knowledge to the test and be amazed by what these filming locations look like in real-life!6 places from the UK’s most romantic films that you can actually visitRomantic gestures need not cost a fortune or involve travelling very far. Visit these famous film locations from some of cinemas’ soppiest blockbusters, right here in the UK, and save yourself some cash while winning a few hearts. What’s there not to love? Here’s your ticket to romantic superstardomSet Jetter: 10 movie destinations to visitwners Direct introduce their top movie destinations to help remind you of some of the places you promised to visit. Paris, Midnight in Paris (2011)Anyone who has a penchant for Paris will fall even more in love with the city after watching Woody Allen’s new film – Midnight in Paris. Released in 2011, the film stars Gil (played by Owen Wilson) – a struggling writer who is filled with nostalgia for the Paris of the 1920s, when artists and writers flocked to the City of Lights in a celebrated period of creativity.For Gil, the romance of that bygone era exerts a pull that places him increasingly at odds with his impatient, unimaginative future wife, especially after he begins to have magical experiences that take him back in time each night at midnight. Filming locations included the grand Chateau de Versailles, Monet’s garden in Giverny, Musée Rodin as well as countless cobbled streets, jazz bars and classy hotels. In fact, the whole film is one long love letter to the city.Dartmoor, War Horse (2011)Following phenomenal success as a West-End production, War Horse, written by Devon-based author Michael Morpurgo, hit the big screens in 2011. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film follows the story of a young man named Albert and his remarkable friendship with a horse named Joey. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he comes in contact with, before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.Although set in Devon, most of the filming took place in Dartmoor predominantly around Meavy and Sheepstor and War Horse features beautiful, panoramic vistas of the rolling landscape throughout the film. The setting clearly inspired Steven Spielberg as he was quoted as saying: “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor”.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img The locations and settings of films can act as a source of travel inspiration, making you want to follow in the footsteps of the characters that you watch on screen. From the rice paddies of Bali in Eat, Pray, Love to the sun-kissed sands of Hawaii, which featured in The Descendants, Sarah Gibbons, editor of, picks out her top 5 film-inspired holiday destinations.last_img read more

Rep Noble welcomes former Rep Robert Geake to House floor

first_img Categories: Noble News,Noble Photos 04May Rep. Noble welcomes former Rep. Robert Geake to House floor PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth (right) introduced former state Representative and state Senator Robert Geake to the Michigan House of Representatives this week. Geake served Northville in the Michigan legislature from 1973 to 1998. After leaving the Legislature, Geake served as the state children’s ombudsman and the state racing commissioner.#####last_img read more

Liberty Globals next generation TV platform platf

first_imgLiberty Global’s next generation TV platform platform Horizon “wasn’t a fantastic product when we launched it,” admitted Liberty Global executive Peter Dorr at the CTAM EuroSummit in Copenhagen yesterday.Speaking on a panel named ‘re-imagining the marketing playbook’, Dorr, who is Liberty’s managing director of strategic marketing, sales and care, was asked to candidly discuss something that the company had not done well at in the past.“We have a great tendency of doing great and bad things at the same time – we collectively call it Horizon,” he answered.Dorr described Horizon as a “fantastic product” but said it “wasn’t a fantastic product when we launched it,” adding that a hastily deployed taskforce which focused on the product helped to quickly bring it up to speed.“Only today it is one of the most fabulous TV platforms I’m aware of. But in the context of failures, I think it’s fair to say that we were a little bit too early out of the kitchen.”Asked to take up the topic of successes and failures, A+E Networks UK vice president of marcomms, Anna Priest, named its Lifetime network as a success story.“We launched Lifetime in the UK in November and we launched it in Africa in July. Both have been incredibly successful and we will continue to do that in multiple territories over the coming years,” said Priest.“In terms of failures, I think that sometimes we assume that a programme that’s worked really well in the states will translate into our other territories. A big lesson for us has been Duck Dynasty where we just took it lock, stock and barrel and put it over here and said ‘look isn’t this great’. Actually we found that in the UK our audience is actually violently British and didn’t quite attune with the humour and the rednecks that were on that show.”Also speaking on the panel, Marco de Ruiter, managing director of Fox International Channels, Germany, successfully ducked the success/failure question by saying simply that “there were multiple successes and double the amount of failures.”last_img read more


first_img BILLY CALDWELLCHARLOTTE CALDWELLMEDICAL CANNABISSinn Fein ShareTweet The road trip, which began this week, will also visit the Parliament in Dublin before leaving for Britain to visit devolved institutions in Wales and Scotland and before visiting Westminster.Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health Councillor Patricia Logue said“Sinn Féin’s support for medicinal cannabis will always be based on clinical evidence. “We support the use of medicinal cannabis by patients where it is medically recommended.“Any draft legislation on cannabis to be considered for Ireland – north or south –must be robust, clear, rooted in clinical evidence and available for medical use only.“I commend the efforts of Charlotte and Billy Caldwell, and others like them, who are campaigning for legislation on the use of cannabis for medical purposes and I wish them the best on their road trip across Ireland and Britain.”SINN FEIN SUPPORT BILLY’S LAW ROAD TRIP – LOGUE was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Billy Caldwells mum Billy speaking at launch of the road trip campaign this weekSINN Féin says it is supporting the “Billy’s Law Road Trip” which will take Billy Caldwell and his mother Charlotte across Ireland and Britain to promote the need for legislation on the use of cannabis for medical use.last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies are mixed today

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies are mixed today. *  Ruble is crashing despite the rate hike. *  Silver Eagles reach 43 million in 2014. *  krone reaches parity with krona. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. CBR Hikes Rates to 17%!!!! Good Day!…  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, my first day of Christmas shopping worked out just fine, no hassles, and I accomplished a lot!  The stores weren’t too busy, and most things I looked at to buy, had a discounted price (or so they say) and if you bought, you also got a gift card, based on how much you spent. Immediately, my thoughts went to, that the retailers are having to stretch to get things sold. The workers at one store said they were busy, but mostly answering questions..  When I inquired about something and said I wanted to buy, you should have seen them fall all over themselves to accommodate me! And that’s how it should be! HA! Front and Center this morning is Russia. Well. the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) hiked rates yesterday afternoon from 10.5% to 17%… No that isn’t a typo, nor did my fat fingers make a mistake. They really hiked rates to 17%!!!  That’s crazy stuff folks!  Last night, I attended a year-end party that focuses on old Mark Twain Bank people, and one of my old colleagues in the bond Division, and longtime friend, Dean, mentioned that he thought he saw that Russia raised rates to 17%… I thought he had probably made one too many visits to the bar area, but then realized he had just gotten there!  So, I got home fired up the laptop, and there it was, a notice from the WSJ about the rate hike. YIKES.  Things have gotten totally out of control in Russian finances folks. Like I said the other day, I find it disgusting that the ruble is being treated like this. The initial reaction in the ruble to the rate hike announcement was good, but that quickly changed and the currency has lost about 8 full figures overnight and this morning. 17% interest apparently doesn’t offset the drop in the price of Oil, which fell again overnight to a $54 handle. The ruble is in deep trouble folks. and that brings me to the point I want to make here, that’s on my mind this morning. Russian President, Putin, is being backed into a corner, and we all know what happens when you back a bear into a corner. It comes out meaner than a skillet full of rattlesnakes! And that scares me that we could be picking a fight with a bear. Our military is so stretched thin at this point after 11 years of fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Iraq again. History from the Romans tells us that stretching your military thin all over the world (to them at that time) played a major part in the collapse of the Roman Empire. Of course there is a long list of things that caused the fall of the Roman Empire. Debasing their currency is another, but that list could go on and then I would sound like a history professor, and I don’t think I would be your last choice for someone like that!  But seriously, we as a country need to realize this before it’s too late! Any non-U.S. dollar currency that doesn’t have anything to do with producing Oil, is enjoying a rally this morning, except the Chinese renminbi, which is seeing the PBOC (Peoples Bank of China) play games with the currency. The euro is trading above 1.25 this morning, on news that Eurozone flash PMI’s (manufacturing index) were better than expected, with the composite printing at 51.7 (consensus was for 51.5), and in Germany, the Eurozone’s largest economy, the latest think tank, ZEW, survey on current situation showed an improvement, and the Survey of Expectations were much stronger, with the print at 34.9, while expectations were for a 20 print.  I find this data from the think tank, ZEW, to be quite interesting, and tells me that there might be some light ahead for the Eurozone, and Germany. And the currency traders are liking it too, marking the euro up almost 1 full cent this morning. On the flip side of the good stuff going on in the Eurozone and euro this morning, the Norwegian krone is getting whacked once again from the drop in the price of Oil. Last week I told you that the krone was so weak that it appeared that it might trade alongside the Swedish krona, which traditionally is much weaker than the krone. Well, this morning, the krone traded to parity with the krona, and unfortunately, that’s not a good thing. UGH!  And after trading to parity, the krone went ahead and is actually weaker than the krona right now. That’s the first time since 2000 that this has happened. A kid could have been born and ending their first semester in High School, and never would have seen the krone trade alongside or even weaker than the krona. This drop in the price of Oil has so many things experiencing damaging collateral damage. Speaking of Sweden. The central bank there, The Riksbank, left rates unchanged this morning, and revised down their forward guidance from the first rate hike in mid-2016, to the second half of 2016.  Recall that the Riksbank cut rates at their last meeting to zero, zilch, nada, nothing, a big fat goose egg, and so on, so they didn’t have anything to cut here. But that didn’t stop the Riksbank members from talking about how they are “preparing further measures that can be used to make monetary policy more expansionary, and that such measures could be presented at the next monetary policy meeting.”  Uh-Oh. we all know what that means right?  It means that bond buying, money printing, debt monetization, or otherwise known as Quantitative Easing/ QE, could be discussed when the Riksbank next meets in February. I think the Riksbank 1. Would be making a HUGE mistake playing with fire / QE.  and 2. That their decision will hinge on what the European Central Bank (ECB) does at their January meeting. Remember, the ECB has run into a HUGE roadblock to all-out QE in the form of Germany. And Germany’s Bundesbank member Weidmann reminded the ECB that the roadblock remains in place this morning, saying in an interview that deflationary pressures aren’t strong enough for the ECB to implement QE. OK. I told you above that the Chinese renminbi was weaker this morning and apparently the PBOC decided to weaken the renminbi because the Chinese flash PMI fell to a seven-month low below the line in the sand at 50, falling to 49.5. I DO want to point out here that this data was taken in a two week period instead of the normal 3 week period, so that probably accounts for some of the weakness in the index, which takes the pulse of manufacturing. You know, I’m sitting at my old computer desk in the basement. this is where I did the groundwork in creating EverTrade Direct Brokerage. I came down here to write this week, so that I don’t disturb Kathy.  We have all kinds of pictures hanging on the back wall of the desk, and staring right at me, is a picture of me when I was probably about 8.  I’m sitting on the back porch of our house, with my dad, and younger brother, David, who we lost a few years ago to a heart attack. the picture is good if you just look at the faces of us three. But if you look further, at how we’re dressed, the condition of the porch, and even the transistor radio that we used to listen to Cardinals baseball games is held together with white tape, you get the feeling that we were poor but it didn’t matter! OK. that’s a changeup. But each day this week, I’ll stop and tell you a story about a different picture on the back wall of the desk. And the reason for that is things out there in the world are getting quite scary to me, and I prefer to talk about these pictures than that stuff!  But the scary stuff is why the so-called “safe havens” are in like Flint this morning. Yes, even the Japanese yen is back, gaining two full figures overnight to a 115 handle.  The Swiss franc is stronger, but so too is the euro. That euro / franc cross is still dangerously close to the 1.20 cross floor that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) put in place a few years ago. The cross is 1.2009 this morning.  with the move to the so-called “safe havens” the franc needs the euro to move stronger along with the franc, or this could get ugly. One true safe haven, Gold, is up $24 this morning, after getting whacked yesterday and falling below $1,200 once again. But that was yesterday for Gold, and today is totally different! I saw this morning that India imported 150 tonnes of Gold in November. I also saw on Google+ yesterday, as I sat at the car dealership waiting for my car to have scheduled maintenance, that Silver Eagle Coins set a new annual record of over 43 million ounces sold in 2014.  That’s a lot of physical metal, and yet, it was still not enough to break the back of the price manipulators, so that just tells me we need more buyers of physical metals!   NY Times bestselling author, Robert Ringer said in an interview that investors should be aggressive in buying physical Gold. moving their allocation to 50%!   Now that’s what I would call aggressive alright! 50% allocation? WOW! I have a feeling that Mr. Ringer believes that there’s going to be some major problems forthcoming, otherwise he wouldn’t be so aggressive in this call! And don’t forget, Silver isn’t just used to make Eagle Coins! Silver, as I told you last week, is used in industrial uses, such as solar panels. Platinum and Palladium are used in things like catalytic converters for new cars, and judging from the car sales component in the Retail Sales report last week, new cars are still hot! The U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday had a strong Industrial Production print, like I thought it would be. November IP rose 1.3% following a revised .1% gain Rocktober, and beat expectations which were for a rise of .7%…  There was a 1.1% gain in manufacturing production, and a 5.1% increase in utilities output. So, the components of the report were good, and there was nothing here to really fuss about negatively.  I was really impressed with the rise to 80.1% in Capacity Utilization. Capacity Utilization is one of the few forward looking pieces of data that we look at for indications, and this is the first time Capacity Utilization has been back to 80% since the roaring times of the early 2000’s. Today’s Data Cupboard has some lesser prints in Housing Starts and Building Permits for November. Mortgage rates have dropped yet again, so if you have the chutzpah to put down a down payment and are able to repay the loan, why not? Rates are low, and that really is a HUGE determinate of the monthly payment.  Of course as long as you don’t need a McMansion! For What it’s Worth. I’ve written a lot lately about the drop in the price of Oil and how it could mean an end to the Oil Shale producers here in the U.S. (which I believe was Saudi Arabia’s original goal to begin with)  and here’s a story that I found on Bloomberg last night when I got home from my gala event. You can read the whole article here or just the snippets below. “Credit investors are preparing for the worst. They’re cleaning up their portfolios, selling riskier debt that’s harder to trade in bad times and hoarding longer-term government bonds that do best in souring markets. While investors have pruned energy-related holdings in particular as oil prices plunge, they’re also getting rid of other types of corporate bonds, causing yields to surge to the highest in more than a year. “We believe the pervasive nature of the sell-off is more reflective of overall liquidity concerns in the cash market than of fundamental deterioration,” Barclays Plc analysts Jeffrey Meli and Bradley Rogoff wrote in a report today. “The weakness, while certainly most pronounced in the energy sector, has been broad based.” Rather than waiting around for a trigger to escalate this month’s sell off, investors are pulling out of dollar-denominated corporate debt now, causing a 0.8 percent decline in the notes this month, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch index that includes investment-grade and junk-rated securities. This would be the first month of losses since September.” Chuck again. yes, like I said above the collateral damage from this drop is going to be far and wide.  And yes, gas prices have dropped, but have they really dropped as much as they should give the price drop in Oil?  I still paid $2.51 yesterday. And yes the low grade gas that people use in smart cars, and the other squirrel powered vehicles on the road (there’s nothing wrong with them, just making a point) is priced around $2.00  But, that doesn’t help me, or the millions of vans, trucks, SUV’s, and regular sedans (are there such things any longer?) .. To recap. The currencies are mixed today, with the Oil producing currencies dropping like rocks from the cliff, and the non-oil producing currencies rallying, except the Chinese renminbi. the euro leads the way higher after stronger flash PMI’s and a very strong ZEW report. The Norwegian krone has traded through parity with the krona, for the first time since 2000. UGH! And the U.S. data yesterday was good. for once, I might add!   Gold is up $24 this morning, and Silver Eagle Coins reached a record 43 million sold this year. WOW! Currencies today 12/16/14. American Style: A$ .8235, kiwi .7805, C$ .8580, euro 1.2515, sterling 1.5735, Swiss $1.0420, . European Style: rand 11.3015, krone 7.6075, SEK 7.6140, forint 249.75, zloty 3.3640, koruna 22.0395, RUB 72.96, yen 116.50, sing 1.3015, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.53, China 6.1182, pesos 14.78, BRL 2.7280, Dollar Index 87.93, Oil $54.59, 10-year 2.07%, Silver $16.32, Platinum $1,214.38, Palladium $800.95, and Gold. $1,213.00. That’s it for today. It was great seeing a lot of my old colleagues from Mark Twain Bank last night. One of my fave people is the wily old veteran of right field, Jack Milner! I only see some of these people once a year at this event hosted by John Dubinsky, Frank Trotter, and Chris Lissner.  So kudos to them for a nice evening!  My old, old boss, Frank Szofran and I talked for a very long time, funny, after all these years, we seem to think alike! He must have seen the light! HAHAHAHAHA! Eric Burdon and the Animals are playing their song: We gotta get out of this place on the iPod right now. A great 60’s song.  I’ve been listening to the Christmas station on XM radio in my car, they play Christmas songs from the 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s..  Every hear Dean Martin sing It’s a Marsh Mellow world? Or Ann Margaret and Al Hirt sing Baby it’s cold outside?   Great stuff!   I was just taking a look at the collection of books I have on just this desk. The Death of Money, Economics in one Lesson, Family Fortunes, Letters to a young Progressive, and Panderer to Power. I’ve read them all, and refer back to them all the time. Oh, and there’s the one James Patterson book here too!  And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today, and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

North Carolina and federal health officials want t

first_imgNorth Carolina and federal health officials want to test whether neighbors of a chemical company are carrying little-understood industrial compounds in their bodies.The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday it is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bladen and Cumberland county health departments to test dozens of volunteers living around a Chemours Co. plant south of Fayetteville.Officials plan to check the blood and urine of up to 30 residents for GenX and 16 related chemicals.GenX is used to make non-stick cookware and other products.The state health agency says the results will allow better comparisons to levels detected in people elsewhere, but won’t clarify whether GenX and related chemicals have specific health effects.Test results will be shared with the adults and children who participate.last_img read more

Its one of the great achievements of oncology wi

first_imgIt’s one of the great achievements of oncology: with advances in treatment, cure rates for children with cancer in North America now exceed 80%, up from 10% in the 1960s.Yet for kids across the developing world, the fruits of that progress remain largely out of reach. In low- and middle-income countries, restrictive access to affordable treatment, a shortage of cancer specialists and late diagnosis dooms more than 80% of pediatric patients to die of the same illnesses.That’s one measure of what’s known as the “global cancer divide”— the vast and growing gap in access to quality cancer care between wealthy and poorer countries, and the suffering and death that occurs disproportionately in the latter.Nowhere is that divide more pronounced than among children, and it’s driven in large part, experts say, by perceptions of pediatric cancer care as too costly and too complicated to deliver in low-resource settings. Those assumptions, they say, prevent policymakers from even considering pediatric oncology when setting national health priorities.But one hospital in Rwanda is rewriting that narrative.Built and operated by the Ministry of Health and the Boston-based charity Partners In Health, the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence is unique in the region: a state-of-the-art medical facility providing the rural poor with access to comprehensive cancer care. And a new study shows that Butaro’s pediatric cancer patients can be cared for, and cured, at a fraction of the cost in high-income countries.”There’s this myth that treating cancer is expensive,” says Christian Rusangwa, a Rwandan physician with Partners In Health who worked on the study. “And that’s because the data is almost all from high-income countries.”Published in 2018 in the Journal of Global Oncology, the study showed that for patients at Butaro with nephroblastoma and Hodgkin lymphoma, two common childhood cancers, a full course of treatment, follow-up and social support runs as little as $1,490 and $1,140, respectively.Much of the savings, the authors report, comes from the low cost of labor, which for the entire cancer center amounted to less than the average annual salary for one oncologist in the United States. They also cite strong partnerships with Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, whose Boston-based specialists volunteer their expertise on difficult patient cases via weekly video conferences with Butaro’s general practitioners.”Most people don’t think about childhood cancer in terms of return on investment,” says Nickhill Bhakta, a pediatric oncologist with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, which has put in place similar partnerships with institutions in Singapore and China. “But there’s a growing body of literature showing that, for governments, treatment is surprisingly cost-effective.”Bhakta says some of the most compelling evidence for the cost-effectiveness of care in poor countries comes from Uganda, where in March, researchers reported remarkably low costs of treating Burkitt’s lymphoma, or BL. The most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, BL is rapidly fatal, often within weeks. Yet when treated promptly, intensively and with supportive care, more than 90% of children survive the disease.Worldwide, childhood cancers are relatively rare. But as Bhakta and colleagues reported in February in The Lancet Oncology, they’re a far bigger problem than previously believed. Close to half of all children with cancer go undiagnosed and untreated, they found, suggesting that the already low survival for these cancers in low- and middle-income countries “is probably even lower.””The naysayers will say, ‘we don’t have pediatric oncologists in Africa, how would we possibly address this problem?’ ” says Felicia Knaul, a professor of public health at the University of Miami. “And that’s why partnership models, like those supported by Dana Farber and St. Jude, are so important — they’ve shown that you can bridge that gap and have a tremendous impact.”In 2009, Knaul, then director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, led a push to expand cancer care across the developing world, where a growing burden of disease had garnered little attention globally. “We challenge the public health community’s assumption that cancers will remain untreated in poor countries,” she and colleagues wrote in a 2010 “call to action” published in The Lancet, noting “similarly unfounded arguments” against the provision of HIV treatment.In the early 2000s, more than 20 million people were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, yet fewer than 50,000 had access to antiretroviral therapy. Though the life-saving drugs were, by then, widely available in the U.S., skeptics warned that treatment in Africa wouldn’t be cost-effective.Prevention, they asserted, was the only feasible way forward. “The two most important interventions are monogamy and abstinence,” Andrew Natsios, then head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told reporters in 2001. “The best thing to do is behave yourself.”Two decades later, echoes of that attitude reverberate in the global cancer divide; even as cancer rates continue to climb across the developing world, low and middle-income countries account for just 5% of global spending on the disease.Still, recent years have seen important gains.In 2017, the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, adopted a resolution on cancer that for the first time urged its member states to address childhood cancers. And in 2018, St. Jude and the WHO launched the Global Initiative on Childhood Cancer, a five-year, $15 million partnership aimed at aimed at ensuring that all children with cancer can access high-quality medicines. Their goal: to cure at least 60% of children with the six most common types of cancer by 2030.”Here in the U.S., it was the suffering of children with acute leukemia that drove Sidney Farber to develop our first real chemotherapy drug,” said Meg O’Brien, vice president for global cancer treatment at the American Cancer Society. “I don’t think Dr. Farber or any of the tens of thousands of oncologists, nurses or scientists who have worked in cancer research or treatment in the years since would be content to see that what we consider one of our greatest triumphs in the battle against cancer has yet to reach children in low- and middle-income countries.”Patrick Adams is a freelance journalist based in Atlanta, GA. Find him on Twitter at @jpatadams Copyright 2019 NPR. 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YouTube Videos are Now Shoppable

first_img Image Credit: GoogleYouTube is rolling out a new ad product that will allow any video to become “shoppable.” That means that companies will be able to buy visual ads with links to buy products on their own sites on any video on YouTube. Previously, brands could only include a product listing drop-down on their own videos, but now they can buy product ads on any video that allows this type of ad (through an auction). This is an extension of what YouTube calls its True View for shopping ads. It’s different from the Google “Buy Button,” which allows people to make purchases directly through Google Search results, because these ads will just directly the viewer to the product or brand’s website.What does this mean for you? If you watch a lot of product reviews on YouTube, you’ll start seeing a little “I” icon on the top-right corner of those videos. Click on that, and you’ll see a visual list of products that are similar (or the same) as what you see in the videos.Diya Jolly, the exec running YouTube’s advertising product group, told Business Insider that YouTube has done a lot of testing to make the new ads as helpful and unobtrusive to viewers as possible, and that she expects that YouTube will continue tweaking the look and feel before the ads roll out this fall. She also shared that there are more than one million channels on YouTube with product review videos, and that those videos have seen over 40 percent growth in viewership over the past year. For YouTube video creators, this new type of ad means they now have another potential revenue stream to monetize their videos.For YouTube, it’s another way to siphon more money from TV ads to digital, with the pitch that these ads can target users who clearly looking to buy a product. “With this type of ad, you’re now able to measure your ROI much better than you could on TV,” Jolly says.  Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue YouTube Videos are Now ‘Shoppable’ –shares This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article YouTube September 30, 2015 Jillian D’Onfro Register Now »last_img read more

Some drug combinations may be more effective than others for schizophrenic patients

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 21 2019Patients with schizophrenia are often treated with more than one type of psychiatric medication, but a new study suggests that some combinations may be more effective than others.The findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry.Antipsychotic drugs are usually the first line of treatment for individuals with schizophrenia. But because these drugs often fail to control symptoms adequately on their own, doctors often prescribe additional psychiatric medications, such as another antipsychotic, an antidepressant, a benzodiazepine, or a mood stabilizer.”Antipsychotic medications are used to treat psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations but there is little guidance on what to do for other types of symptoms like depression, anxiety or excitement. Additional medications are often prescribed, but we know little about how different psychiatric drug combinations affect people with schizophrenia,” says T. Scott Stroup, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and lead author of the paper. “Until now we have known virtually nothing about how these strategies compare to each other.”Related StoriesStudy: Many patients with schizophrenia and epilepsy die before reaching the age of fiftyExploring how schizophrenia and depression are related to drug consumptionResearch opens up new avenues for understanding the causes of schizophreniaTo find out, the researchers conducted a comparative effectiveness study using Medicaid records of 81,921 adults with schizophrenia who had been taking only an antipsychotic drug for at least 3 months before starting either an antidepressant, benzodiazepine, mood stabilizer, or another antipsychotic drug.The researchers found that individuals with schizophrenia who added an antidepressant were less likely to land in the emergency room or hospital for a mental health issue than those who started another antipsychotic or a benzodiazepine. Antidepressants reduced the risk of hospitalization by 16% compared to antipsychotics and by 22% compared to benzodiazepines. For emergency room visits, antidepressants reduced the risk by 8% compared to antipsychotics and by 18% compared to benzodiazepines.”Our study adds more evidence that benzodiazepine use should be limited and that combining antidepressants with antipsychotic drugs for individuals with schizophrenia may have benefits,” says Stroup. “We still need to know more about when to use antidepressants, which may be useful for conditions other than depression.”Combining medications is often referred to as polypharmacy. “The results of our study should promote rational polypharmacy,” added Stroup. He thinks that clinicians will find the results believable and hopes that they will lead to practice changes and improved patient outcomes.The study is titled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Adjunctive Psychotropic Medications in Patients with Schizophrenia.” Source: read more

On the border volunteer doctors struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants

first_img This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 5 2019It wasn’t the rash covering Meliza’s feet and legs that worried Dr. José Manuel de la Rosa. What concerned him were the deep bruises beneath. They were a sign she could be experiencing something far more serious than an allergic reaction.Meliza’s mom, Magdalena, told the doctor it started with one little bump. Then two. In no time, the 5-year-old’s legs were swollen and red from the knees down.De la Rosa noticed a bandage-covered cotton ball in the crook of Meliza’s elbow, a remnant of having blood drawn. During their time at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility, Meliza had been sent to a hospital, Magdalena explained, cradling the child with her 5-foot frame. They had run tests, but she had no way to get the results. Through tears, she begged for help. “My daughter is my life,” she told him in Spanish.The doctor would see nearly a dozen patients that March evening at his makeshift clinic inside a warehouse near the El Paso airport. That week, similar ad hoc community clinics would treat hundreds of people, some with routine colds and viruses, others with upper-respiratory infections or gaping wounds. Like Meliza, all were migrants, mostly from Central America, a river of families arriving each day, many frightened and exhausted after days spent in government detention.De la Rosa, an El Paso pediatrician, is one of dozens of doctors volunteering on the U.S.-Mexico border as the flow of migrants crossing without papers and asking for asylum climbs to a six-year high. Unlike previous waves of immigration, these are not single men from Mexico looking to blend in and find work. Most are families, fleeing gang violence, political instability or dire poverty.President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency on the southern border to free up billions of dollars in funding to construct a wall as a means of stemming the tide of asylum seekers. He was expected to make an appearance in Calexico, Calif., on Friday to tour a 30-foot section of fence that was rebuilt last year.But the federal government isn’t covering the cost of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in border communities like El Paso.In the absence of a coordinated federal response, nonprofit organizations across the 1,900-mile stretch have stepped in to provide food, shelter and medical care. Border cities like El Paso, San Diego and McAllen, Texas, are used to relying on local charities for some level of migrant care. But not in the massive numbers and sustained duration they’re seeing now. As the months drag on, the work is taking a financial and emotional toll. Nonprofit operators are drawing on donations, financial reserves and the generosity of medical volunteers to meet demand. Some worry this “new normal” is simply not sustainable.”The care we are providing we could never have foreseen, or imagined spending what we are spending,” said Ana Melgoza, vice president of external affairs for San Ysidro Health, a community health system providing care for migrants crossing into San Diego. She said her clinic has spent nearly $250,000 on such care since November.An Emotional And Financial TollIn October, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency drastically changed how it handles migrant releases from its detention facilities. Families seeking asylum no longer would get help coordinating travel to live with relatives or sponsors while claims were processed. Since the policy shift, thousands of migrants have found themselves in border cities without money, food or a way to communicate with family. From Dec. 21 to March 21, 107,000 people were released from ICE detention to await immigration hearings.In El Paso, which has seen a 1,689% increase in border apprehensions of migrants traveling with family members compared with last year, volunteer doctors are staffing a network of clinics. Kids with coughs and colds, diarrhea and vomiting are common. Some migrants have severe blisters on their feet that need cleaning, or diabetes that’s out of control because, they say, their insulin was thrown away by border patrol agents.For de la Rosa, this is just the latest work in a career tied to border health. Born and raised in El Paso, he has served on the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission since President George Bush appointed him in 2003. He was founding dean of the city’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine when it opened a decade ago as one of the few programs in the country that require all students to take courses in “medical Spanish,” designed to bolster communication with Spanish-speaking patients.As he entered the warehouse-turned-shelter that evening in late March, he pulled off his signature bow tie and draped a stethoscope around his neck. He thinks it’s a gift to be able to help people who would otherwise have no way to get care. “Sometimes I don’t know if I’m doing it for me or for them,” he said. “It is so fulfilling.”But cases like Meliza’s are frustrating. (She and other patients are referred to by their first or middle names in this story because of their concerns that speaking to the news media could affect their asylum cases.)After passing an initial screening to claim asylum, Meliza and her mother had been taken to the warehouse, where volunteers gave them food and a bed, and helped arrange travel to South Carolina, where they could live with a family member as their asylum claim proceeds.Meliza’s rash began while they were in detention, Magdalena told de la Rosa, and four days in, she was sent to a hospital. But they were released from custody before getting the test results. De la Rosa called the hospital, hoping the labs would offer clues as to whether the girl might have leukemia; Henoch-Schonlein purpura, a disorder that can cause kidney damage; or just an allergic reaction. The hospital asked de la Rosa for a privacy waiver from the mother, but by the time he could return to the shelter for her signature, she had boarded a bus for South Carolina. That would be the last he saw of her.’The Best We Can Do’Dr. Carlos Gutierrez, another El Paso pediatrician, is also desperate for communication with the doctors who work inside the detention facilities. When people are released with complicated health issues — like a man who recently showed up with a flesh-eating bacterial infection and a wound so big they could see his bone — the volunteer doctors often have to start from scratch, trying to determine what a patient has and what treatment they’ve been given.For most of the past five months, Gutierrez has used the lunch break from his private pediatric clinic to see migrants. He works in one of several hotels being rented out by Annunciation House, a nonprofit that runs the area’s main shelter network.The organization, which is funded through donations from religious organizations and individuals, has dug deep, spending more than $1 million on hotels in the past four or five months, its executive director said at a city council meeting. It struggles to accommodate everyone — Annunciation House recently scrambled to open a temporary shelter so that 150 people wouldn’t have to sleep in a city park.On his way to the hotel, Gutierrez reviewed the day’s text message from the organization’s director outlining how many refugees would be arriving that day: 510.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryThe first patients to his “clinic” — a hotel room bathroom — were 9-year-old twins from Guatemala. They were traveling with their mother, Mirian, who said she fled her hometown after local men threatened to kidnap one daughter if she didn’t pay protection money to operate her tortilla stand.Mirian and her daughters had crossed a small river to reach what she believed was New Mexico, she said, imagining that the authorities they surrendered to would be like the U.S. tourists she’d met in her hometown. “There, when the tourists arrive, they are so nice. Even doctors come to help us,” she said in Spanish.But it was not a warm welcome. During the six days they spent in custody, one of her daughters contracted bronchitis, she told Gutierrez. They were healthy when they entered, she said, but sleeping on cold concrete floors and eating skimpy ham and cheese sandwiches broke them down. “They treat you like you’re trash,” she said.Mirian showed Gutierrez an inhaler she had been given in the detention facility and asked what it was for. Her other daughter had developed a deep cough and needed attention, she said. After examining both girls, Gutierrez showed Mirian how to use the inhaler. The girls would be fine, he told her, but with their lungs as congested as they were, it might be weeks before they recovered.”I mean, this is the best we can do,” Gutierrez said, after prescribing an antibiotic to a little girl with an ear infection. “We could be doing it better. But when they are in our care, nobody is dying.”Necessary WorkMore than two dozen people have died while in immigration custody under the Trump administration, according to a recent NBC News analysis. The government says it added nurses and doctors to its facilities after two children died in December. Immigration authorities are now taking 60 children a day to the hospital and doing medical screens for every child under 18, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said during a March news conference.But many people still have serious needs upon release. When Gutierrez and his colleagues started these clinics, they were meant to temporarily fill a gap caused by the change in government policy. Asked if he thinks the volunteer work is sustainable, he shook his head and sighed. “I’m so tired.”The financial model — relying on donations and volunteers — also has its limits. Asylum seekers generally don’t qualify for social services, including Medicaid, before they have been granted asylum. In California, negotiations are underway to make some of the $5 million in emergency funds the state is spending at the border available to reimburse clinics for care, according to the office of state Sen. Toni Atkins. Physicians in Texas and Arizona were not aware of similar conversations in their states.Dr. Blanca Garcia, another El Paso pediatrician, has been volunteering a few days a week since October. Like many of the doctors, she cites a moral and financial argument for providing care to the migrants, who are in the country legally once they apply for asylum. These are vulnerable people who might not otherwise seek care, and for every diagnosis of strep throat, she is likely preventing an expensive emergency room visit, she said.Still, there are limitations to what they can provide.Cristian, 21, and his 5-month-old baby, Gretel, arrived at an El Paso shelter in a former assisted living facility early one afternoon. He’d never been alone this long with his daughter, he said. His wife — a minor — had been separated from them at the border, put in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. Cristian didn’t know when she might be released.While in detention, he had spent several nights with Gretel on a concrete floor in a room with more than a hundred other men, he said. He asked a guard for a better sleeping situation. Instead of receiving help, he said, he was punished by being forced to sit and stare at a wall for over an hour as Gretel cried in his arms.Still breastfeeding before she was separated from her mother, she would suck on his nose and at his shirt. He was worried that she wasn’t getting enough to eat, and that the formula he was giving her wasn’t as good for her as breast milk. Dr. Garcia told him the baby looked healthy.Still, Cristian was anxious, and grew increasingly distressed as he recounted their history.”Will the baby be OK?” he asked in Spanish.She assured the young father he was doing everything he could.This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.last_img read more

Genealogy site didnt know it was used to seek serial killer

DNA was just coming into use as a criminal investigative tool in 1986 when the predator variously known as the East Area Rapist and the Golden State Killer apparently ended his decade-long wave of attacks.DeAngelo, a former police officer, probably would have known about the new method, experts said.”He knew police techniques,” said John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Louis Schlesinger. “He was smart.”No one who knew DeAngelo over the decades connected him with the string of at least a dozen murders, 50 rapes and dozens of burglaries that happened throughout California from 1976 to 1986.After he was identified as the suspect, prosecutors rushed to charge him with eight killings. John Lopes, a crime scene investigator for the Sacramento Sheriff’s office picks up bags of evidence taken from the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo to be placed in a sheriff’s vehicle Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody, Tuesday, on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970’s and 1980’s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) A genealogy website that investigators used to find the former police officer they believe was one of California’s most terrifying serial killers had no idea its services were being used to pursue a suspect who eluded law enforcement for four decades. Authorities probe the backyard of the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970s and 1980s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Civil libertarians said the practice raises troubling legal and privacy concerns for the millions of people who submit their DNA to such sites to discover their heritage.There are not strong privacy laws to keep police from trolling ancestry site databases, said Steve Mercer, the chief attorney for the forensic division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.”People who submit DNA for ancestors testing are unwittingly becoming genetic informants on their innocent family,” Mercer said, adding that they “have fewer privacy protections than convicted offenders whose DNA is contained in regulated databanks.” 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. T. Abbott, left, and John Lopes, right, from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s crime scene investigation office, conference about boxes of evidence gathered from the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custod Tuesday on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970s and 1980s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns Explore further John Lopes, a crime scene investigator for the Sacramento Sheriff’s office, carries boxes of evidence taken from the home of murder suspect Joseph DeAngelo to a sheriff’s vehicle Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of committing multiple homicides and rapes in the 1970s and 1980s in California. Authorities spent the day going through the home for evidence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) In addition, police in the central California farming town of Visalia said Thursday that DeAngelo is now a suspect in a 13th killing and about 100 burglaries.In 1975, community college teacher Claude Snelling was shot while trying to stop a masked intruder from kidnapping his 16-year-old daughter from his home.Investigators lacked DNA evidence so Snelling’s death and the burglaries weren’t included in the tally of Golden State Killer crimes but fingerprints and shoe tracks will be reviewed for matches to DeAngelo, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said.Investigators searched DeAngelo’s home on Thursday, looking for class rings, earrings, dishes and other items that were taken from crime scenes as well as weapons.DeAngelo worked nearly three decades in a Sacramento-area supermarket warehouse as a truck mechanic, retiring last year. As a neighbor, he was known for taking meticulous care of his lawn in suburban Citrus Heights. This undated law enforcement photo provided by the Sacramento County, Calif., Sheriff’s Office shows Joseph James DeAngelo. DeAngelo, a suspected California serial killer who committed at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes throughout the state in the 1970s and ’80s was identified Wednesday, April 25, 2018, as a former police officer, an official said. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office via AP) A car is backed out of the garage of a home searched in connection with the arrest of a man on suspicion of murder, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office plans to make a major announcement in the case of a serial killer they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across California in the 1970’s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) GEDMatch is a free site where users who have DNA profiles from commercial companies such as and 23andMe can upload them to expand their search for relatives.Holes said officials did not need a court order to access GEDMatch’s database of genetic blueprints. Florida-based GEDmatch said it was never approached by authorities or anyone else about the case. The free genealogy website, which pools DNA profiles that people upload and share publicly, says that it has always informed users its database can be used for other purposes.But the site’s co-founder said he has privacy concerns after learning that law enforcement used the site and insists that his company does not “hand out data.””This was done without our knowledge, and it’s been overwhelming,” Curtis Rogers told The Associated Press.Lead investigator Paul Holes told the Mercury News in San Jose, California, that GEDmatch was one of his team’s biggest tools.Holes said officials did not need a court order to access GEDMatch’s large database of genetic blueprints. Major commercial DNA companies say they do not give law enforcement access their genetic data without a court order.Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested Tuesday after investigators matched crime-scene DNA with genetic material stored by a distant relative on an online site. From there, they narrowed it down to the Sacramento-area grandfather using DNA obtained from material he had discarded, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. He also worked as a police officer in the farming town of Exeter, not far from Visalia, from 1973 to 1976.DeAngelo was a “black sheep” who didn’t joke around with other officers, said Farrel Ward, 75, who served on the force with DeAngelo.Ward said it’s possible that DeAngelo helped with the search for Snelling’s killer and the elusive burglar, but he doesn’t recall DeAngelo directly investigating the killing.”I’ve been thinking, but there’s no indication whatsoever that anything was wrong,” Ward said. “How could you just go out and kill somebody and go back and go to work? I don’t understand that.”Later, DeAngelo joined the Auburn Police Department outside of Sacramento but was fired in 1979 after he was caught shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Facebook closes spam pages accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate

first_imgSocial media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Explore further © 2018 AFP 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. Facebook says it has closed down numerous pages and accounts for posting spam aimed at helping Brazil presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.center_img WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections Citation: Facebook closes ‘spam’ pages, accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate (2018, October 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Facebook issued a statement saying it had acted against the pages and accounts linked to Raposos Fernandes Associates (RFA) “for violating our misrepresentation and spam policies.””The people behind RFA created Pages using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names,” and then “used those Pages to post massive amounts of clickbait intended to direct people to websites that are… ad farms,” added the statement.It insisted that the pages and accounts were deleted for posting spam rather than because of “the type of content they were posting.”O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported 10 days ago that the RFA accounts formed a massive network of support for Bolsonaro, who faces leftwing candidate Fernando Haddad in a second round runoff on Sunday.Those pages generated 12.6 million interactions during the month leading up to the newspaper’s article, O Estado said, far more than the interactions recorded by international superstars such as footballer Neymar.Having taken top spot with 46 percent of the vote in the first round of elections just over two weeks ago, Bolsonaro leads Haddad by 18 points in the latest polls, thanks in no small part to an impressive social media presence.Unable to campaign since the beginning of September when he was hospitalized following a shocking public attack in which he was stabbed in the abdomen, Bolsonaro has conducted almost his entire presidential bid online, where he has 14 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, compared to just 2.8 million for Haddad.Last week, though, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper claimed millions of pro-Bolsonaro WhatsApp messages had been sent out just before the October 7 first round of elections with the complicity of various businesses.If proved true, that would be a crime as businesses have been banned from financing electoral campaigns since 2015.Brazil’s top electoral court and the federal police have opened an investigation, while Haddad has called for Bolsonaro to be disqualified.But the rightwing candidate’s loyalists have also accused Haddad’s Workers’ Party of publishing false information during the often bitter and polarized campaign.last_img read more

Air remains very poor in Delhi through DiwaliAir remains very poor in

first_imgThrough Diwali, air across Delhi is predicted to remain heavily polluted, Union Ministry of Earth Sciences state predicts. On November 5 morning, the stubble burning from neighbouring states caused a spike in pollution levels of Delhi, said Gufran Beig, Project Director, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) of the Ministry. SHARE SHARE EMAIL There is a slight respite in pollution levels compared to last year SHARE November 05, 2018 Crop residue being burnt on a farm in Jewar, Gautam Buddh Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) on the outskirts of Delhi. Photo: Kamal Narang   –  BusinessLine  Compared to last year, the national capital has seen slight respite in its pollution levels. According to an analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), while in October last year, up to 47 per cent days fell under ‘Very Poor,’ category, has reduced to 29 per cent this year.For example, on October 20 last year, average Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 levels for four recording stations in Delhi were as high as 484 micrograms per cubic meter, eight times higher than the satisfactory levels of 0-60. This year, however, the levels for the same stations stood at 168 up to four times lesser than last year.Even as the pollution is lesser, things are far from normalised in Delhi, says Anumita Roy chowdhury, Executive Director – Research and Advocacy and head of the air pollution and clean transportation programme, CSE. While the long-term Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) has yet not been notified, it’s been over a year since the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) for NCR submitted it to Supreme Court in April 2017, the emergency graded action plan is limited in it’s scope and erratic in implementation because fundamentals are not in place, Roy Chowdhury said.“We are fire fighting now. Even as generator sets were ordered to be shut in Delhi, they could not be shut in National Capital Region because electric supply is unstable. Also, a four time increase in parking fees will not help, when parking policy rules itself are not notified. There needs to be a city-wide implementation of rules,” she added.In order to comply with ideal standards, India needs to reduce it’s PM 2.5 levels by 74 per cent. Beijing for example, reduced it’s PM 2.5 between 2012 to 2017 by 25 per cent by getting rid of coal-based power plants, massive increase in public transportation and capping of number of cars that could be sold in the market annually. “Will India be able to implement rules with such stringency?,” asks Roychowdhury.According to latest estimates by CSE, vehicles contribute to upto 40 per cent of pollution in Delhi. Emphasising on the thrust towards public transport, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, spokesperson of the Congress party said that the construction of the Phase 4 of the Metro project should begin at the earliest. There are ten in all conceptualised by the previous government. Also, Singhvi said revival of 35 kms long Ring Railway in Delhi and roping in of railways to strengthen freight movements will be helpful in reducing pollution in the city. Smog is seen as the air pollution level in the capital remain on very poor category reducing visibility, in New Delhi. Photo: Sandeep Saxena   –  The Hinducenter_img air pollution COMMENT New Delhi Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Britain sends second warship to gulf amid tensions with Iran Sky

first_img World 2d ago Timeline: Iran’s recent clashes with the West over Gulf shipping, nuclear plans World 2d ago Iran’s Revolutionary Guards deny trying to stop British tanker in Gulf – Fars news World 15h ago Gibraltar says it took decision to detain Iranian tanker {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is sending a second warship to the Gulf amid growing tensions with Iran after Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar last week, Sky News reported.center_img Related News Related News Sky said the destroyer HMS Duncan, which had been earmarked for deployment in the region anyway although not so soon, would sail to the Gulf in the next few days to join the frigate HMS Montrose. Britain’s Ministry of Defence had no immediate comment on the report. (Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)last_img read more

Abu Dhabi Gareth

" Abu Dhabi: Gareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike the Real Madrid winner as the European champions survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final. but in football everything can change in five minutes. rather than something they have to use… The best part of Windows 10 is that it ends the cycle of good and bad in favor of something great. In China,So much as one would like to enthuse in this game, Those concepts are now fossilised.Then again a very small number cancel within 24 hours and are more likely to make a change closer to a flight because of an emergency good or bad or a change in plan necessitated by some unexpected development If the new command allows for the final 72 hours run-up to take off to be a no go what’s the point of this break Nobody wishes to cancel deliberately and no one can control or second guess negative situations Consequently after the initial excitement you notice that there isn’t much to cheer about in this announcement which is still open to ratification by the public And even if we see in it some brilliance who is going to do the sums and the paperwork and the difficulty which the airlines will place in your way especially if you buy online By the time they have given you the runaround while paying lip service to the ministry you will give up I am still waiting for one low-cost carrier to return my money and it has been over a year since they called me with great graciousness and assured me the payment was being processed with alacrity In a system of ticket purchase where 300 passengers on an airline going from A to point B could all have paid different prices and hidden costs and tricks (better seats early check-in online fast forward last on first off and all that claptrap) there are thousands of passengers who can woefully relate their experiences to the contrary Let’s take the Rs 500 you spent first for first off baggage or you arrived safely late because you had checked in online You bags at arrival belie the promise and there is no online queue Who will you complain to when the airline’s airport rep has done a Houdini and vanished You will just be happy you got your bags? And you want to either develop the people who are not or, you want to analyze things a lot. R? Charles Nemeroff’s lax reporting of at least $1.

Email a friend right now." I think she means she pees a little when she sneezes,presented an alarming state of affairs. so the government changed the water source to a nearby freshwater stream.But in thelast decade despite getting even more polluted the Dal Lake has again become a source of drinking water for a significant portion of the city The state’s Public Health Engineering (PHE) department which supplies water to households says the state faces problems of both water quality and availability? NDRF and fire brigade are carrying out the rescue operations,state home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja was quoted as saying by ANI He gave his assurance that all necessary equipment will beprovided to rescue those trapped in the debris of the collapsed structure #Ahmedabad: #Odhav Building collapse 2 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have left from Gandhinagar #Gujarat pictwittercom/vxBNRWtxal — Tv9 Gujarati (@tv9gujarati) August 26 2018 There were 32 flats in the building that collapsed? Boeing has signed a tentative agreement to sell jetliners to Iran, he simply declared that the military would not relent in its efforts to restore peace to every part of the country as quickly as possible but that details of such efforts would not be disclosed now. who says he has granted some 700 pardons since taking office in 2006, Research has shown that BPA can seep into food, However.

The game is volatile, You bet. where she was also active in improving health care benefits for graduate students.000 people. Anjas charity African Childrens Aid Education and Development Foundation caters for children like Hope. which will provide a guaranteed payout for unsecured creditors without forcing the investors to go through the foreclosure process. Meanwhile, 2014It’s no mystery why images of unremitting violence spring to mind when one hears the deceptively simple term, was not justified under Article 300A of the Constitution, Least intrusive measure and proportionality Senior counsel KV Viswanathan then commenced his rejoinder. He countered the State’s argument that the least intrusive measure is not a facet of proportionality as completely wrong Attempting to balance the right to privacy and the right to food he argued is wrong Section 59 granting retrospective validity further could not protect Aadhaar at the time the Act was not enacted The State he argued could not discharge their duty by subjecting the poor and downtrodden to a technological menace The harmonisation of rights he lastly argued was being misapplied by the State in its arguments Lastly senior counsel PV Surendranath presented his rejoinder on the point of excessive delegation With the hearings completed the Bench reserved the matter for judgment Sources of arguments include live-tweeting of the case by SFLCin Prasanna Sand Gautam Bhatia You can read our complete coverage of the Aadhaar Supreme Court case below: Why SC needs to look into technical evidence of Aadhaar’s surveillance capabilities Lack of governmental ownership of CIDR’s source code can have serious consequences Will State give citizens rights only if they agree to betracked forever asks lawyer Shyam Divan Coalition for Aadhaar: A collective of private companies wants to ensure that Aadhaar ID and related services continue to be offered Petitioners argue on centralisation of data and challenge Aadhaar’s claims on savings Petitioners argue for a voluntary ID card system that does not collect user data Petitioners argue that receipt of govt benefits cannot be at the cost of compromising fundamental rights Aadhaar is architecturally unconstitutional argue the petitioners Petitioners argue that Aadhaar violates dignity by objectifying and depersonalizing an individual Petitioners seek compensation for starvation deaths and extension of March 31st deadline Section 7 exception in Supreme Court’s interim order greatly affects people’s constitutional rights Entire Aadhaar project is beyond the stated objectives of Aadhaar Act argue petitioners Petitioners conclude their arguments on ‘the number of the beast’ Aadhaar highlighting various issues Aadhaar hearing: Political liberties cannot be foregone for economic and social justice states the Bench Aadhaar hearing: UIDAI’s presentation discusses Aadhaar enrolment updation and authentication processes in detail Aadhaar hearing: Supreme Court expresses concerns with data breaches Aadhaar security and profiling Aadhaar hearing: Petitioners question UIDAI on verification of residency requirement de-duplication rejections and authentication failures Aadhaar hearing: Attorney General argues that pervasive collection of fingerprints meets proportionality requirements Aadhaar hearing: Bench criticises the argument that Aadhaar can prevent bank frauds and terrorists from acquiring mobile numbers Aadhaar hearing:Additional Solicitor General argues Aadhaar-PAN linkage enables deduplication prevents fraud and widens the tax base Aadhaar hearing: Not necessary to prove least possible invasion of privacy argues Additional Solicitor General Aadhaar hearing: Counsel argues that Aadhaar is more secure than a data protection law SC disagrees Aadhaar hearing: Supreme Court questions why both the right toprivacy and right to food cannot be secured under the Constitution Aadhaar hearing: Senior counsel Rakesh Dwiwedi argues that the UIDAI is constantly improving and upgrading its systems Aadhaar hearing: Aadhaar has the support of two governments argues the State Aadhaar hearing: The Act is a well balanced law of which a few provisions should be struck down argues advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan Aadhaar hearing: Attorney General argues that Aadhaar is fundamentally a money bill to which Section 57 is an ancillary provision Aadhaar hearing: Is the Aadhaar Act compliant with the first five words of the Constitution ‘We the People of India’ asks senior counsel The author is a lawyer and author specialising in technology laws She is also a certified information privacy professionalUS hits Russians with sanctions for election meddling cyber attacks | Reuters World Reuters Mar 15 2018 21:47:17 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Updated Date: Mar 15 2018 21:47 PM Tags : Reuters Also See

The United Kingdom currently has no unified procedure for dealing with research misconduct. Its formulators hope it will help ease investigations involving multiple institutions and collaborations."Im just wondering how theyre going feel when in a week or two when its all back to normal,Martin Godden, and so we should address the risk of modern slavery as part of humanitarian actions. The review to win competition will run till the end of April,com. “So our game director was like, He wondered how guns and other weapons became voting tools rather than the Permanent Voter Cards in some areas in the State, Until that document is submitted.

in Borno State, “Ignored is the fact that the clashes have become more persistent because of a mixture of many factors, was played in the lavish hall without irony. 2014. This narrow road is gritty, but DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says there is no real animosity between the candidates. give me a break.In May, the Nutri/System diet, Madeleine NashFeb 02.
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