Ukraine fears further attacks

first_imgUKRAINE said yesterday it feared unrest could spread beyond territory held by pro-Russian separatists, after an explosion killed two people at a memorial rally in an eastern city far from the front line.Kiev said it arrested four people who had been armed and trained in Russia after the blast, which killed a policeman and a demonstrator at the rally in Kharkiv, the biggest city in the east, 200 km (125 miles) from the war zone. Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsUndoGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementUndoMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationUndozenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndo Monday 23 February 2015 12:13 am Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapTig Notaro Never Looks Right in ‘Army of the Dead’The Wrap Sharecenter_img whatsapp whatsapp Express KCS Tags: NULL Ukraine fears further attacks last_img read more

GAA ‘hopeful’ for a return to club training for adults in May

first_img Council Pinterest Electric Picnic GAA ‘hopeful’ for a return to club training for adults in May Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 8th April 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Home Sport GAA GAA ‘hopeful’ for a return to club training for adults in May SportGAA TAGSclubGAA center_img Electric Picnic WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleCall for Laois performers to take part in major community variety show for new mental health charityNext articleGardai continuing investigation into alleged assault in Laois graveyard Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. In Laois, the issue many of the 2020 club championships still remains unresolved.Those games must be completed before the 2021 championships will proceed.You can check out all the remaining fixtures below:OUTSTANDING FIXTURESFOOTBALL Senior Football (Semi Finals)Emo v GraiguecullenBallyfin v PortarlingtonIntermediate Football (Completed)Clonaslee champions Junior ‘A’ Football (Semi Finals)Portlaoise v The HeathPark-Ratheniska v Ballyroan-AbbeyJunior ‘B’ Football (Final)Spink v GraiguecullenJunior ‘C’ (Final)Colt v KilcottonHURLING Senior Hurling (Final)Borris-Kilcotton v Clough-BallacollaPremier Intermediate Hurling (Final)Portlaoise v The HarpsIntermediate Hurling (Final)Rathdowney-Errill v TrumeraJunior ‘A’ Hurling (Semi Finals)The Harps v CastletownPortlaoise v AbbeyleixJunior ‘B’ Hurling (Semi Finals)Camross v Rathdowney-ErrillPortlaoise v The HarpsJunior ‘C’ Hurling (Completed)Rosenallis champions SEE ALSO – Laois Hire sold in multi-million deal The GAA are ‘hopeful’ that adult club players will be permitted to return to training in May.All club activity has been suspended at adult level since October 2020 – seven months ago.In the April edition of the GAA’s monthly newsletter, they outlined how they feel the club shutdown may end next month.They said: “There is no fixed date on when adult club training can resume but it is hoped that this might follow soon after some time in May if government permits.”Club training in Northern Ireland can resume on April 12 but no definitive timeline has been given to clubs down south yet.Inter-county training has been permitted to resume on April 19 with non-contact juvenile training allowed from April 26.The Camogie Association and the GAA, for both hurling and football, are set to confirm their fixture schedules for 2021 in the coming days.It appears as if there will be some sort of national league action in May with a championship following afterwards. Twitter Twitter Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Crackdown on superstitious behavior leads to life sentence for unlucky fortune…

first_img Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Crackdown on superstitious behavior leads to life sentence for unlucky fortune teller in North Korea News By Mun Dong Hui – 2019.04.30 12:36pm Facebook Twitter NewsEconomy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News center_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Residents of Pyongyang in Kim Il-Sung square participate in a show of support for Kim Jong-Un’s New Year’s message in January. Residents of Pyongyang in Kim Il Sung square participate in a show of support for Kim Jong-Un’s New Year’s message in January. Image: Rodong SinmunFollowing reports of a public execution of a fortune teller in December last year in Chongjin, Daily NK has learned that another fortune-teller received a life sentence in Pyongsong in February this year. Until October 2018, those charged with engaging in superstitious behavior were typically sentenced to 1-2 months in a correctional labor camp, but the crime now carries severe penalties, including the possibility of execution.  “In February, a woman who was living in Munhwa-dong, Pyongsong, was placed on public trial for fortune-telling. Many party executives, state security officials, and police officers went to see her during their business trips or mobilization activities. The authorities made an issue out of it and gave her a life sentence,” a source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK.North Korea’s penal code stipulates that a person who engages in superstitious behavior can receive a maximum of three years of correctional labor (Article 256). However, the lady in question received punishment grossly exceeding what the law stipulates.A separate source in South Pyongan Province who corroborated the news said, “When an important order is handed down in North Korea, there is always a demonstration of that order and the fortune-teller was just unlucky.“When the authorities decide to make an example out of someone, those with power can escape, but powerless people such as fortune-tellers are punished,” he explained, alluding to the fact that the party executives, state security officials, and police officers who visited her were not punished.The “important order” referred to by the source is an order issued in December by Kim Jong Un, mandating strict punishment for superstitious behaviors. In North Korea, the supreme leader’s opinions often manifest as harsher punishments for those out of luck.For example, in October last year, those who were arrested for superstitious behaviors in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province, typically received two months of correctional labor work. However, in December of the same year, sentences for the same charge in Chongjin and Onsong in North Hamgyong Province included the death sentence and 18 years of correctional labor. And in February this year, the aforementioned fortune teller in Pyongsong received a life sentence. It is thought that the reason behind the severe crackdown on superstitious behaviors is to prevent any distraction from idolization of the ruling Kim family.  The North Korean regime has maintained its grip on power by keeping the population in a state of fear through the use of public trials against perceived anti-party, anti-state, anti-socialism and anti-socialist elements.  According to the sources, members of major subsidiaries of the Worker’s Party such as the city’s Socialist Women’s Union of Korea, General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea and Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League participated in the public trial. In July last year, the regime declared superstitious behavior as “an act that does not follow the party,” and “an act that deviates the party and public” and ordered that violators be “strictly punished” by the law. (Related article: North Korea cracks down on superstition… “Four people arrested for seeing fortune-teller”   Workers’ Party subsidiaries such as the Socialist Women’s Union, Trade Union and Youth League serve to control and educate residents. The North Korean authorities appear to have an overall strategy of trying to increase cohesion and ideological thoughts within the population, while implementing measures to crack down on superstition and alternative modes of thought.  *Translated by Yongmin Lee SHARE AvatarMun Dong HuiMun Dong Hui is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

Canadian financial companies linked to cluster munitions investments

first_img Environmentalists press Bank of Canada to be more active on climate change Keywords Responsible investing Mike Blanchfield University of Waterloo will teach sustainable financial management Four Canadian financial institutions invested $565 million in the companies that manufacture cluster bombs, a weapon that is banned under a UN treaty that Canada has ratified, says a report released Thursday. The report was released in Ottawa by the Dutch peace group PAX, part of the international coalition against the indiscriminate weapons that have been widely linked to the deaths of civilians. The companies are among 158 worldwide that invested $28 billion in companies connected to the weapons between June 2012 and April 2016, the report said. Paul Hannon, executive director of Mines Action Canada, is calling on the Trudeau government to issue guidelines that would ban such investments by Canadian institutions. Canada has ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and while it doesn’t explicitly ban the investments, Hannon said they can be viewed as “a form of assistance” in the use of the weapon. “These are inhuman and indiscriminate weapons and no financial institution should be investing in them,” said Hannon. “Whether it’s because they don’t realize that they’re doing this, whether it’s because they’re such huge corporations, and one arm doesn’t realize what the other arm is doing, that’s fine. But they now need to understand.” The report names the Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial Corp., Sun Life Financial Inc. and CI Financial Corp.; CI says it no longer holds any shares in the U.S. company that is cited in the report. The report says Royal Bank invested $132 million and Manulife $48 million in the U.S. firm Textron, a leading manufacturer of cluster bombs that have been linked to recent attacks in the ongoing conflict in Yemen. In a statement, RBC said it takes pains to vet those operations to which it lends money, and is taking steps to broaden its policies. “RBC is a responsible lender and practices a high level of due diligence prior to lending funds,” the bank said. “Our policy prohibits directly financing equipment or material for cluster munitions. We are currently working towards extending this policy beyond lending.” Neither Manulife nor Sun Life responded to a request for comment. The rights watchdogs, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have documented the use of Textron-made cluster bombs in attacks that have injured or killed Yemen civilians, including children, by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition that is fighting Shiite Houthi rebels. Last month, Amnesty reported 16 civilian casualties, including nine children after a Saudi cluster bomb attack. In February, Human Rights Watch also reported numerous civilian casualties in cluster bomb attacks in Yemen. Suzanne Oosterwijk, the report’s author, singled out Textron, noting that the report documents $12 billion worth of investment in the company by 49 global firms during the four-year time frame. She said that “really underlines the urgency of our call here today for financial institutions to stop these types of investments.” The vast majority of the firms named in report — 138 out of 158 — are from countries that have not joined the cluster bomb convention, including the United States, China and South Korea. Oosterwijk said Royal Bank has taken positive steps to ban investments in cluster munitions, “but their policy contains loopholes.” center_img CPP Investments launches sustainable energy group Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

ADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSME

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica is a country in transition and expansion. Our second city Montego Bay, is in the forefront. As you look around, you will see the many signs of infrastructural development. I ask for your understanding and we must apologize for any inconvenience.As a tourism centre, Montego Bay is an example of how trade in services has become central to many of our CARICOM economies. Please make sure you take some time out during your stay to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of this fast growing city.Friends, this is a crucial year for CARICOM in our external economic negotiations as we seek to consolidate the Single Market and move towards the Single Economy.Our objectives in all these areas are integrally related.Prime Minister Arthur and I recognized early that our two Sub-Committees must work closely together if the Region is to achieve these objectives. It is for that reason we agreed to convene this historic Joint Meeting. This Meeting is historic for two reasons. First, it brings together the discussions of our internal and our external efforts at fostering our development around one explicit regional development vision.Secondly, it provides a practical demonstration of the capacity and flexibility of our institutional structures to adapt in the effort to achieve our common goal. This Joint Meeting has one agenda – not two agendas or one agenda in two parts.It is directed to one purpose – the best way to achieve and sustain progress for the Caribbean people.We are a small region, of small countries, blessed with people of great ambitions and big hearts. Our people have always recognized the need to embrace the wider world to our advantage. In order to do that, we need to have shared goals. It is for this reason that the common vision we will consider in St. Vincent and the Grenadines next week is so important.The vision requires us to use our collective resources to advance our collective interests. The implementation of our Single Market must make the resources of the region, wherever they are, available to all the countries of the region to use effectively in accordance with the provisions of the Revised Treaty.It is the access to, and the effective use of our collective resources, which will make us internationally competitive as a region.It is the responsibility of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations to ensure that we have the most receptive and fair international environment in which to implement this vision and to compete.In order to negotiate the best external conditions, and with the most appropriate country or group of countries, we must know how the region intends to use its productive resources.Our Trade Ministers and Officials met for the past two days and what has become clear is the wide-ranging and demanding agenda for external trade negotiations that lies before us.Emerging from their deliberations, we are charged to give careful thought to a number of issues. We must come to firm decisions on some key matters, including:1) The strategic focus and direction of our negotiations in the context of the ACP/EU EPA;2) The nature of CARICOM’s relationship with the wider Caribbean Basin Community including the Dominican Republic. More generally, we need to decide on how we wish to approach our bilateral relations;3) The implications of the resumption of multilateral trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization;4) Our approach to the Region’s export trade in sensitive primary commodities like banana and sugar; and,5) Our approach to our trade and economic relations with our North American neighbours – the United States and Canada.We must be guided by the goals and objectives for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Our challenge is to build a community based on a unity, which is not imagined, but which is real. That unity of purpose must be directed to a new vision for our region and society.In these changing times, we are committed to building new ways of communicating among ourselves, especially, where there could be conflicting national objectives. I look forward to a frank exchange of views over the next two days and I hope to witness our new institutional innovation at work, as we share thoughts on the range of issues before us in this Joint Meeting.The recognition that the mandates of the different institutions in the Community are inter-dependent should be the essential element which drives our interaction not only in this Meeting or Meetings of Heads of Government, but at the Ministerial level as well.You will note that our agenda includes not only an exchange of views on the development vision for the Caribbean Community but also on Governance.I believe it will afford us the occasion not for more academic thinking, but for practical stocktaking.Given the establishment of the CSM in January 2006, there is now the need in our discussions to begin to audit the extent to which our primary goals and objectives of integration are leading to the building of community.We all know the admonition – integrate or perish. In deepening our integration and governance processes, it is time for us to look to a more creative approach to structuring our institutions and our inter-state relations. We need to forge our own unity and norms as we seek to extend our borders and economic and trading interests with the wider region, the hemisphere and the world.Our trade negotiators must always remember that our people should be at the centre of the policy process. Poverty alleviation is a crucial goal in all that we do.Trade agreements, in their various forms, must contribute in a real way to bettering the quality of the day-to-day lives of our CARICOM citizens. Simply put we need to balance people’s lives as we balance the books.I suggest colleagues, that we have a major task ahead of us and it is this: How do we meet our historical obligation to ensure that Caribbean people, wherever they are, participate in creating a social and economic landscape that is a significant improvement on the experience of earlier generations?As we work through our agenda, I would challenge all of us to keep in view our historical obligation and the central objectives of the integration process that are now finding expression in the CSM.Let us, in addition to striving to deepen the socio-economic and cultural elements in all our countries, also seek to bring to the fore the best in all our nation-states. Let us work to transform our several economies into a more efficient, coherent, cohesive and competitive region.I must use this opportunity to say that I look forward to you returning for the Opening Ceremony of Cricket World Cup. On March 11, we launch our most ambitious cooperative endeavour yet. That will be a unique chance to showcase not only the strength of our unity, but the best this Region has to offer the world.We will succeed, with all of us – Leaders and citizens – working together.Once again, a very warm welcome to Jamaica, and to Montego Bay where the regional integration process began taking shape almost fifty years ago.One Love and God bless you all. RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSME RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSMEcenter_img RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSME ADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. 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Most popular American movies depict an unhealthy diet, Stanford researchers find

first_imgMost popular American movies depict an unhealthy diet, Stanford researchers find Stanford researchers examined the 250 top-grossing American movies of recent decades and found the on-screen foods and beverages largely failed U.S. government nutrition recommendations and U.K. youth advertising standards.View video here. By Vignesh Ramachandran It’s no surprise that most people in the U.S. don’t follow a healthy diet. But Stanford psychologists wanted to go deeper to find out why people don’t eat healthier even when they know it’s better for them. So they looked at an influential force in American popular culture – movies – to see how they depict foods and beverages on-screen to the public.It turns out: not very well.In a new study, the Stanford researchers looked at the 250 top-grossing Hollywood movies between 1994 and 2018 – including “Black Panther,” “Avatar” and “Titanic” – to quantify the foods and beverages shown on-screen and see how well they align with what the government recommends people eat and what Americans are actually eating.“Movies portray the types of foods and beverages that are normative, valued and reflective of our culture, so the foods and beverages that the film industry decides to depict matter,” said study lead author Bradley Turnwald, a postdoctoral researcher in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences. “Audiences look up to famous celebrities, superheroes and role models, and we’re watching what they’re eating and drinking on screen.”The study, published in the Nov. 23 issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, discovered on-screen diets failed federal recommendations for saturated fat, fiber and sodium, and depicted frequent instances of high sugar content and alcoholic beverages. Snacks and sweets, including baked goods, candies and processed salty snacks, were the types of foods that showed up on screen most frequently. About 40 percent of beverages in these movies were alcoholic. Even among the G-rated movies – the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) lowest classification for general audiences with no age restrictions – 20 percent of beverages were alcoholic. A majority of the 250 films analyzed – 88 percent – were accessible to youth with MPAA ratings of G, PG or PG-13.“The movie-depicted diet largely failed across the board for U.S. government recommended daily intake levels – and it was similar in a lot of ways to what Americans actually eat, which we know to be a mostly unhealthy diet,” said Turnwald. “Movies show unhealthy foods as being stereotypical, which Americans then see, which reinforces what is normative. You get this cycle that just spins round and round.”A clear messageTo determine just how unhealthy the on-screen foods actually are, the researchers looked to other countries like the United Kingdom that are beginning to restrict the types of food and beverages advertised to youth. Advertising unhealthy foods and beverages is restricted in the U.K. if 25 percent or more of an audience includes youth under age 16. The Stanford researchers applied the U.K. rating system to the set of American movies and found that over 70 percent of movies received food ratings that would be illegal to advertise to youth under the U.K. standard. For beverages, over 90 percent of movies received ratings that would fail U.K. advertising standards.“What we commonly eat and drink and seem to enjoy shapes what movie production studios decide to depict. At the same time movies shape our preferences, our behaviors and our imaginations,” said Hazel Rose Markus, psychology professor and a senior author on the study. “Restricting which foods and beverages are depicted in cultural media, and thus regulating artistic expression, would be an unpopular and un-American solution. Yet given the demonstrated recent culture-shifting power of movies in so many domains – think gender, race, sexual orientation – there is reason for optimism that movies could come to play a major role portraying that Americans eat more than just cake, candy and chips, and in the process, promote healthier food and beverage consumption.”While this study didn’t measure how viewers actually respond to seeing these foods on-screen, the researchers note that prior research has found that when people are exposed to violence, racial bias, binge-drinking and smoking in movies, it can actually increase their engagement in these problematic behaviors.“We have poured countless resources into educating people about the importance of eating well and providing more access to healthy foods. But these methods only take us so far,” said Alia Crum, assistant professor of psychology and senior author on the study. “The foods depicted in popular movies send a clear message – not only about what is common to eat but also about what foods are appealing or cool to eat. If our favorite actors and superheroes aren’t eating salads, why should we?”Interestingly, despite the rising trend of explicit advertising and product placement in movies, the researchers found that only about 11.5 percent of the foods depicted in the movies they analyzed were branded.“A lot of research has shown that branded product placements for unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks are common in media. However, we were surprised to see that when it comes to movies, 88.5 percent of observations were not branded,” Turnwald said. “This shows that it’s not just branded candy bars and sodas that drove down nutrition scores in movies. Depiction of nutrient-poor foods in popular media extends far beyond branded product placements.”An opportunityIn the analysis, water showed up onscreen only slightly more than sweetened beverages. And fruits were the second-most common food depicted in movies. Turnwald believes it’s because fruits were often used as a scene prop in a dining room, office or grocery store setting, but says the team is working on a follow-up study to see which on-screen foods are actually eaten in the films.The researchers say their study is a first step toward being able to quantify what our popular culture considers normative now and lays the groundwork for future studies to track how that changes in the coming years and decades. “Just like no diet is totally undermined or defined by any one food or one food decision, it’s really about our behaviors and our patterns over time,” Turnwald said. “In this study, we found no evidence that movie nutrition scores were improving over the past 25 years, but there is an opportunity moving forward for the film industry to depict healthier diets in the coming years.”Turnwald notes that in Marvel’s Iron Man trilogy, for example, as Tony Stark’s character evolves, so too does his diet, from cheeseburgers and heavy drinking in Iron Man 1 to fruits, green smoothies and raw vegetable plates in later releases.“The point is not to say that kids shouldn’t ever be allowed to view people eating a cheeseburger – that’s not realistic,” said Crum. “Putting the question of regulation aside, I think there is a great opportunity here for movie producers and actors to be empowered by these findings – to be more mindful of and take responsibility for the foods they portray on their screens for millions of people to see.”Other Stanford co-authors on the study, titled “Nutritional Analysis of Foods and Beverages Depicted in Top-Grossing American Movies, 1994-2018,” include lab manager Isaac J. Handley-Miner and research assistant Natalie A. Samuels.The research was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, american, Government, healthy foods, Hollywood, industry, medicine, nutrition, production, Professor, regulation, research, resources, Stanford University, sugary drinks, United Kingdom, university, violencelast_img read more

Flights from India now paused as Australia sends emergency medical supplies

first_imgFlights from India now paused as Australia sends emergency medical supplies Prime MinisterThe Morrison Government has agreed a number of new measures to protect Australians from the increased risk of the COVID-19 outbreak in India, while also providing significant new support to assist the Indian Government in their humanitarian response.We recognise the challenging COVID-19 crisis that India is currently battling and we stand ready to provide more support to our friends in India and Indian Australians during this difficult time.On advice from the Chief Medical Officer, India has been determined to be a high-risk country for the purposes of travel arrangements.Australia will implement a temporary pause on direct passenger flights between India and Australia for two weeks, with consideration of further flights to be made by 15 May 2021.Passengers on all future flights will be required to have both a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result and a negative Rapid Antigen test result prior to taking off.Once flights restart, the Government will prioritise the return of vulnerable Australians. Already almost 20,000 registered Australians have returned from India since the pandemic began.Restrictions have been placed on outbound travel exemptions to high-risk countries to strictly essential travel only (national interest, medical exemption and COVID-19 purposes).For indirect flights through Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), the Government is aware that flights to and from these transit points and India have been paused by respective governments.As a close friend and comprehensive strategic partner, Australia stands with India as it battles a surge in COVID-19 cases.Following consultation with the Indian Government, Australia will provide emergency medical supplies.The initial package of support includes rapid deployment of 500 non-invasive ventilators, with capacity to deploy up to a total of 3,000 ventilators.Our Government is also supplying a significant package of personal protective equipment (PPE), including one million surgical masks, 500,000 P2/N95 masks, 100,000 surgical gowns, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields.The Government has agreed to commence procurement of 100 oxygen concentrators, along with tanks and consumables.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will manage the movement of PPE and equipment over the next week.Our Government is standing with Australians in India and we recognise the difficulties they face. The Hardship Program and Consular Support continues to be available to Australians in India.The current restrictions will be under regular review, as we look to find a solution for those seeking to return to Australia. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:antigen, Australia, covid-19, Emergency, Foreign Affairs, Government, Humanitarian, India, Kuala Lumpur, Morrison, Morrison Government, Outbreak, pandemic, personal protective equipment, Prime Minister, Singapore, ventilatorslast_img read more

Jeff McCreary to lead Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region

first_imgJeff McCreary to lead Ducks Unlimited’s Western RegionPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, December 17, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 Organization’s Western Region has an office in VancouverDucks Unlimited (DU) has named Jeff McCreary as the next director of operations for DU’s nine-state Western Region.Located in Rancho Cordova, Calif., DU’s Western Region office was established to help restore and protect diminishing wetland habitat in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.DU’s Western Region also has smaller offices in Vancouver, and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as biologists and engineers in strategic locations throughout the Pacific Northwest and California Central Valley.Jeff McCrearyJeff McCreary “I am pleased to announce that Jeff will be leading Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts in our Western Region,” said DU Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop. “Jeff’s experience and passion for the DU mission make him the right person for the job. DU and its partners have conserved more than 984,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S. portion of the Pacific Flyway alone, focusing on the top conservation priority areas in this flyway, including the Central Valley and Pacific coast of California, the Pacific Northwest and the western boreal forest. I know Jeff’s leadership will help us continue that success.”McCreary, who assumed his new position Dec. 1, received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of California at Davis, and his master’s degree in wetland ecology from Duke University.Jeff began his DU career in 1999 as a biologist covering Idaho, eastern Nevada and Utah. In 2004 he became an outreach biologist in California, working closely with the DU regional directors and state volunteer leadership teams spreading the word about DU’s conservation successes.“Jeff’s commitment to Ducks Unlimited is just one of the reasons I am confident he will lead our Western Region to even greater success,” said DU CEO Adam Putnam. “He has been a vital part of Team DU for more than 20 years and the director of conservation programs for the Western Region since 2010. He is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts in the Pacific Flyway.”In his spare time, McCreary, a National Conservation Leadership Institute fellow, and his wife, Holly, tend a small Chinese medicinal herb hobby farm. He also enjoys time in the duck blind with Ginger, his golden retriever.“Since my first day working for DU it’s been more of a lifestyle than a job,” McCreary said. “It’s still that way, but now even more so. I’m honored to still be part of this incredible team, in the Western Region and Team DU as a whole. I look forward to our future success.”About Ducks UnlimitedDucks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved nearly 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information, visit www.ducks.org. Follow DU’s Twitter feed – @DUNews1937 – to get the most up-to-date news from Ducks Unlimited.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Citizens given additional time to volunteer for two Interstate Bridge advisory groups Next : Ridgefield students compete in style decorating contestAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

FCA could drop the Dodge Grand Caravan for a new low-cost Voyager: analyst

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada Trending Videos Minivan sales have been on a steady decline due to the influx of SUVs, but FCA isn’t ready to let other manufacturers take all the sales. “They just can’t afford to risk that foothold that they have in the minivan space, I think there’s more of a risk in killing the Caravan and having only one Pacifica and having too many trim levels where they lose the high-end Caravan buyer to a higher-sized Pacifica,” according to industry analyst Joe McCabe.“That’s where we see the risk. They have to make sure they backfill the more cost-conscientious Caravan buyer.”If not for the introduction of a minivan with a lower price point, FCA would at least have to offer better packages and larger rebates on the Pacifica after the Grand Caravan goes away, in order to keep those customers in the fold. That’s the thinking of Ryan Tessier, general manager of Drumheller Chrysler in Alberta, who said a cheaper van is “pretty important.” Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” As part of a massive retooling of the Chrysler Windsor plant to build a new Chrysler Pacifica, FCA may also plan to bring back the Voyager minivan as an entry-level option.Automotive News Canada reports that FCA plans to invest $350 million into the Chrysler Windsor plant over the summer in order to handle the production of a new all-wheel-drive version of the popular Pacifica minivan.The next step could be to use the extinct Voyager nameplate on an entry-level version of the Chrysler Pacifica, in order to maintain a foothold in the cheap minivan segment after the likely exit of the Dodge Grand Caravan. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 1984 Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan started the minivan segment.  FCA advertisement See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSChryslerMinivanNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

TECHNIA partners with B Braun

first_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article B BraunPLMTECHNIA TECHNIA will deliver a product lifecycle management solution to more than 13,000 users at B BraunTECHNIA, a knowledge leaders in PLM, has entered into a strategic partnership with B Braun, a leader in medical products, systems and services to the global healthcare market. The partnership will leverage digital applications and practices to enable B Braun to improve their product offering, efficiency, quality and collaboration in their supply chain while securing regulatory compliance.Under the business agreement, TECHNIA will deliver a product lifecycle management solution to more than 13,000 users at B Braun, enabling digital continuity between PLM, ERP and CRM. The PLM solution uses Dassault Systèmes’ industry solution experience ‘License to Cure’ based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The ‘License to Cure’ industry solution experience is augmented by TECHNIA’s software and delivered by our world leading life sciences consulting team.“It´s an honour to be selected by B Braun to be their global PLM partner. B Braun is a true leader in the healthcare business and our partnership will enable them to increase their efficiency, innovation and compliance to existing and new regulations worldwide. TECHNIA and Dassault Systèmes’ Life Sciences team will work in close co-operation together with the B Braun team to secure fast business benefits for B Braun based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform,” says Jonas Gejer, CEO, TECHNIA.“We are facing major challenges due to increasing regulatory requirements and market demands. We believe that PLM will be the enabler to overcome these hurdles. We selected Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and TECHNIA to leverage their life sciences knowledge with a strategic partnership for our broad product portfolio. We’re happy to embark together on this digital journey,” says Gerd Niehage, CIO, B Braun.“The 3DEXPERIENCE platform and our ‘License to Cure’ industry solution experience are tailor-made to help companies eliminate scattered processes and data and embed regulations as an asset, optimising quality and compliance,” says Claire Biot, Vice President, Life Sciences Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “It is all about bringing innovative medical devices faster to patients and physicians while reducing cost. TECHNIA is one of our largest Life Sciences system integrators worldwide and we will work closely together to deliver business transformation to B Braun.” Share TECHNIA partners with B Braun By EH News Bureau on December 4, 2019 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Related Posts Add Commentlast_img read more