UK readies application to join Pacific trade partnership

first_imgLONDON (AP) — It may be on the other side of the world but the U.K. is to apply to join a trade partnership involving many of the economics around the Pacific Ocean. A year after it formally left the European Union, the government said Saturday that wants to join the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will speak to officials in Japan and New Zealand on Monday to formally make the request. Negotiations are expected to commence this year. Supporters of Brexit said one of the main benefits lies in the ability of the country to forge its own trade deals with anyone around the world.last_img read more

ODLIB Educates Adolescent Girls on Teenage Pregnancy, Others

first_imgA local Non-governmental Organization, One Dream Liberia Incorporated (ODLIB) has conducted a one day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for adolescent girls on the danger of teenage pregnancy, negative peer pressure and rape as well as teen prostitution and drugs abuse.The event took place in the slum community of New Kru Town where many of the young people of the area are highly affected by those negative vices that eventually destroy the future. The workshop, which was held recently in the Township, brought together over 30 adolescent girls and young women from 12 communities in the area.In her keynote address, Naomi Falika, who proxy on behalf of the president of the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC), Estella Nelson; said the program is an awarding one which young people (girl) need to take advantage of.According to her, teen age pregnancy, peer pressure and drug abuse are affecting Liberian gradually and it is now time that young people be educated on these things.Ms. Falika also noted that these things are gradually destroying Liberia and its leading young girls to have babies at an early age.However, Ms. Falika said that the government and other international partners need to create more awareness for these young people, adding that if prompt action is not taking Liberia will left vulnerable without future leader of this country.She then expressed her gratitude to the organizer for such a brilliant program which was meant to spotlight these issues to them.Speaking earlier, the founder and executive director of One Dream Liberia, Emmanuel B. Lavelah, who gives the overview of the program, said the organization first started operating in 2001, Accra, Ghana, was known as Liberia dance troupeAccording him, the aimed of the organizational is to create awareness of the richness of the Liberia cultural heritage and to educate young people on issues that are undermining their development.Mr. Lavaleh said that they first started with the culture awareness and later on they added another component of the program, including the health sector, peace and as well as computer educations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reactions to Garoppolo’s near disastrous mistake in 49ers win

first_imgThanks to a fortuitous Lions penalty, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo avoided going from G.O.A.T. to goat in the minds of some on Sunday.Garoppolo seemed to throw an inexcusable interception with 3:21 left that appeared to put Detroit in position to overcome a 17-point deficit and stun San Francisco.Then came relief in the form of a yellow flag. Away from the play, a holding penalty was called on Quandre Diggs. Gone was Tracy Walker’s stunning interception and subsequent return to the …last_img read more

San Miguel to debut new import vs ‘team to beat’ Ginebra

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Austria defended the team’s change of import. He said the team wanted an import who can be a complementary piece to reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam“What we’re thinking is to have a player who can matchup with the import of other teams like Justin Brownlee. What we want is somebody who an attack in the middle, shoot from the outside and who can bring down the ball. At least not a one-dimensional player,” he said.“Wendell is a good import, but he and June Mar play almost the same position. June Mar is already healthy that’s why want someone who can complement him, we want someone who can shoot from the perimeter,” he added.Austria expects war against Gin Kings, who he believes as this conference’s favorites.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “The new import is already here. We was just not able to play because he still needs to accomplish necessary papers,” he said after the Beermen snapped a two-game slide with a 103-96 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.READ: PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But definitely, we will have a new import next game.”The Beermen made an eyebrow-raising move when they sent Wendell McKines home and took flak when Bridgeman underperformed, scoring only two points in his PBA debut in a loss to Alaska Saturday. MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria said his new import Terrence Watson will make his debut against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.Austria said Watson, who was tapped to replace Terik Bridgeman, arrived in Manila Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT “Ginebra is playing really well and for me, they are the team to beat because of the arrival of Greg Slaughter.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Photos: Texas A&M’s Kyle Field Now Has Grass

first_imgview of Texas A&M's Kyle Field.@12thManFor much of the offseason, the playing surface at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field has looked more like a parking lot than it has a football field. With the Aggies’ renovating their stadium, Kyle Field has been without grass for months. The grass is back. Texas A&M has been installing its playing surface at Kyle Field over the last day or so. It looks great. Real spot! The NEW Kyle Field!! #12thman #GigEm pic.twitter.com/d8OIn7sOyQ— Jeff Banks (@jbsttamu) July 29, 2015West side almost done #kylefield pic.twitter.com/kNNkm2yMF8— Mendl (@CzechMendl) July 31, 2015Took a tour of Kyle Field at Texas A&M this morning. Impressive stuff. Largest SEC stadium. pic.twitter.com/GDOstRYXn1— Jarom Jordan (@jaromjordan) July 31, 2015 @12thMan@12thManLooking good, Aggies. Texas A&M’s first home game is set to take place Sept. 12 against Ball State.last_img read more

ESPN’s Mike Golic Will Attempt To Eat 36 Mini-Doughnuts In 1 Hour Tomorrow

first_imgESPN's Mike Golic.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Sports media personality Mike Golic attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN radio host Mike Golic will attempt an interesting feat Thursday morning. Golic, in response to a bet from Jon “Stugotz” Weiner over at The Dan Le Batard Show, will try to eat 36 mini-doughnuts in an hour, live on-air during Mike & Mike. Stugotz accomplished the feat in a three-hour time period last week, but had a rough time in the process. Tomorrow, @espngolic will attempt to eat 36 powdered mini donuts in ONE HOUR! Retweet if you think he will do it. https://t.co/x9qtyV0uaC— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) November 11, 2015Wondering just how big these doughnuts are? Here’s a shot of Stugotz’ plate before he started chowing down.Happy Thursday from the @LeBatardShow!!! pic.twitter.com/KMf6a53O2F— Charlie Hulme (@charlie_hulme) November 5, 2015The stakes? Should Golic finish the doughnuts in an hour, Stugotz will have to shave his head. If Golic cannot get through them, he’ll have to do something on the Le Batard Show’s “Grid Of Death.”Will he pull it off? We’ll find out tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Rep Runestad to host coffee hour sessions in July and August

first_img Categories: Runestad News 06Jul Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour sessions in July and August State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, July 14 and Friday, Aug. 18.The coffee hours are at the following locations and times for both dates:8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake;10 to 11 a.m. at Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland; andNoon to 1 p.m. at Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road in Milford.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Runestad at 517-373-2616 or via email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov.#####last_img read more

TV App Agency and settop box maker Humax have par

first_imgTV App Agency and set-top box maker Humax have partnered to deliver an Android TV Operator Tier solution for an unnamed major telco.TV App Agency leveraged its TV App Engine and TV App Template solutions to build operator apps across multiple smart TV devices, then used the TV App Engine to generate the Google Android TV Operator Tier launcher.“It has been a pleasure working with Humax, their outstanding hardware matched the quality of our launcher to deliver an amazing product,” said Bruno Pereira, co-founder TV App Agency.last_img read more

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

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org 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

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