Kerry heaps criticism on North Korea reassures South of ironclad US support

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert walk to a car upon his arrival from China, at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Kerry heaps criticism on North Korea, reassures South of ‘ironclad’ US support by Matthew Lee, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2015 2:54 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2015 at 5:50 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEOUL, South Korea – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America’s “ironclad” security commitments.Kerry blamed North Korea for continuing to break promises, make threats and “show flagrant disregard for international law” by continuing to build its nuclear bomb and missile programs even as it oppressed its own people. He said North Korea’s “horrific conduct” must be exposed and vowed to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang to change its behaviour, particularly since it has rebuffed repeated attempts to restart nuclear disarmament negotiations.“They have grown the threat of their program and have acted with a kind of reckless abandon,” Kerry said, referring to North Korea and its work on a growing arsenal of missiles and nuclear bombs that Pyongyang hopes will one day be able to reach the U.S. mainland.His comments come less than a week after South Korea’s spy agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his defence chief executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting Kim presided over.That allegation, if true, adds to worries about the erratic nature of Kim’s rule, particularly after Pyongyang claimed last weekend it had successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine.Kerry called the reported killing just the latest in a series of “grotesque, grisly, horrendous, public displays of executions on a whim and fancy.” He said that if such behaviour continued, calls would grow in the international community for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court.South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said “the severity of recent threats and provocations” made it essential to bolster the security relationship of the longtime allies.The actions come despite a recent U.S. diplomatic overture to North Korea to discuss resuming nuclear disarmament talks that have been stalled for years. Washington quietly proposed a meeting with North Korea in January, before the U.S. and South Korea began annual military exercises that North Korea regards as a provocation. The two sides, however, failed to agree on who could meet and where.Kerry noted North Korea’s refusal to return to the table, saying “all they are doing now is isolating themselves further and creating greater risks to the region and to their own country.” He said the U.S. remained open to talks but only if “we …. have some indication from the leader of North Korea that they are serious about engaging on the subject of their nuclear program.”Kerry also suggested the possibility of more sanctions against Pyongyang, already one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, over its “very dangerous course” of pursuing missiles and nuclear weapons. Washington and its partners are “talking about ways to increase the pressure and increase the potential of either sanctions or other means,” Kerry said.Kerry also expressed hope that the successful conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran would send a positive message to North Korea to restart negotiations on its own atomic program.International negotiators are rushing to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of June under which Iran’s program would be curbed to prevent it from developing atomic weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy.International nuclear talks with North Korea broke down in early 2009. A 2012 food-for-nuclear-freeze deal between Pyongyang and Washington fell apart soon after being settled.North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and is now believed to have at least 10 such weapons. It conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013, and U.S.-based experts forecast that it could increase its nuclear arsenal to between 20 and 100 weapons by 2020.Kerry during his meetings also laid the groundwork for a June visit to Washington by South Korean President Park Geun-hye.Later, in a speech at prestigious Korea University in Seoul, Kerry singled out Pyongyang and other, unnamed countries for repressing their citizens’ use of the Internet. He used the speech to issue a broad call for open and secure cyber access as a global right.Kerry said that authoritarian Pyongyang, with the lowest rate of access to the Web in the world, is the opposite of ultra-wired, democratic Seoul. Countries with poor Internet freedom, he said, often also had questionable human rights and a stifled economy without innovation or freely exchanged ideas.Washington accuses Pyongyang of being behind last year’s massive hack of Sony Pictures over a film that centred on the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Seoul also says Pyongyang has staged a series of hacks on major South Korean companies and government organizations. Pyongyang denies the hacking claims.Kerry didn’t mention China, but Washington recently voiced concern over a report that Beijing manipulated international Internet traffic intended for a major Chinese Web service company and used it for a cyberattack on U.S. sites.____Associated Press writer Foster Klug in Seoul contributed to this story. read more

Conflicts climatic change drive food insecurity and undernourishment in subSaharan Africa –

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2017 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report, chronic undernourishment appears to have risen from 20.8 to 22.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 – pointing to the need to build affected communities’ resilience and find peaceful solutions that strengthen food security. “The number of undernourished people rose from 200 to 224 million, accounting for 25 per cent of the 815 million people undernourished in the world in 2016,” said Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General of and Regional Representative for Africa. Under the theme ‘The Food Security and Nutrition – Conflict Nexus: Building Resilience for Food Security, Nutrition and Peace,’ this year’s report was launched at the joint FAO/WHO [World Health Organization] Africa Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition, which is underway in Abidjan from 16 to 17 November 2017. “Major factors have caused this surge in hunger: the proportion of the population that has experienced severe food insecurity because of their inability to access food has risen in the region; as well, adverse climatic conditions and conflict, often occurring concurrently, are key factors driving the recent increase in food insecurity in the region,” Mr. Tijani explained. The report indicates that during the first decade of the millennium, sub-Saharan Africa made progress in fighting hunger with undernourishment falling from 29.1 to 20.6 per cent. However, the following period showed no progress – with conditions worsening in many countries from 2015 to 2016. This was mainly due to the impact of conflict and adverse climatic conditions, such as repeated droughts, often linked to the El Niño phenomenon, which resulted in poor harvests and the loss of livestock. In sub-Saharan Africa, undernourishment is about double that of conflict-affected countries, with generally worse nutrition outcomes as well. In 2016, the majority, or 489 million of the 815 million undernourished people in the world, lived in countries struggling with conflict, violence and fragility. Resisting hungerThe FAO report identifies a range of pathways supporting food security and livelihoods; helping to build resilience against conflict; and contributing to sustainable peace that require a multi-sectoral set of interventions before, during and after conflicts. It also points out how many countries have developed or are developing policy frameworks and investment plans aligned with the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and the 2014 Malabo Declaration, through which African leaders recommitted their countries to end hunger and halve poverty by 2025, boost intra-African trade and enhance climate change resilience. read more

Top 50 over 50 list includes Brock alumnus Ted Mouradian

For Ted Mouradian (BA ’99), just being nominated for the Ageworks Top 50 over 50 list was an unexpected honour.“I just go about life doing my own thing,” he says. “It really is an honour to be nominated and then to find out that I made the list.”While he studied full time at Brock University as a mature student in his 40s, Mouradian developed the principles of the Law of Co-operative Action, which still guides his teachings and business practices today. These principles led him to grow from being a motivational speaker to working with the United Nations and dealing with worldwide conflicts.His business teaches the average person how to improve their life by changing how they relate to people and the world around them.With a laugh he says, “I teach people how to play nice in the sandbox.”Mouradian turns 70 on Valentine’s Day and says, “I want people to know that as seniors we don’t stop, I will never retire.”Also receiving the Top 50 over 50 award from the Niagara Region is Doug Rapelje, 84 of Welland, who received an honorary doctor of Law degree from Brock University in 2013 and is still an active member of the University community.Rapelje is part of Brock’s Seniors Advisory Council, a group of older adults who meet twice a year to help provide community insight to the researchers and staff at the University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.“Doug has been an invaluable resource around seniors’ issues and bridging the gap between research and practice for Brock faculty and older adults in our community,” said Lifespan Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Jayne Morrish. read more

Event to explore bodies and illness through art and literature

Art-making and trauma. Non-human organisms in the human body. Early onset Alzheimer’s disease.These are some of the ideas and experiences Brock scholars will explore through art and literature at the upcoming Art, Archives and Affinities event hosted by the Social Justice Research Institute.Held Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines, this year’s event features scholars from Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, and English examining ideas about the body, illness and trauma. Included among the speakers is Candace Couse, an artist and PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities, who will present an art installation and discuss her research on art and illness. Couse’s research examines the role that producing art has on artists who are undergoing illness and body trauma and how addressing trauma and illness through art-making helps artists reclaim their bodies and experiences.Also presenting is Adam Dickinson, Associate Professor in the Department of English, who subjected himself to a wide variety of bio-medical tests to measure and identify the precise chemical and microbial diversity of his body. The book of poetry he wrote examining the experience and its results, Anatomic, explores how we rely on nonhuman organisms to make us human and the permeability of our bodies to the environment.Yasmine Kandil, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts, and a team of six Dramatic Arts students will present performance piece “Still Here” at the event. Students created the performance based on interviews they did with caregivers of people with early onset Alzheimer’s. The performance explores the disease and the impact it has on caregivers.Art, Archives and Affinities is free and open to the public.What: Art, Archives and AffinitiesWhen: Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.Where: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Room 151 and Studio D read more

Catching up with Ohio State sports played over winter break

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhile The Lantern and the Ohio State student body were taking a few weeks to unwind on winter break, several ongoing athletic programs were still in action.Since the last print issue of The Lantern on Dec. 8, six major OSU teams — football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey and wrestling — played through the new year. While most readers likely are well aware of the football team’s 44-28 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, here are how the other five programs fared.Men’s basketballAfter a start to the season that could described anywhere from “dreadful” to “rocky,” the young OSU men’s basketball team finally started to find its identity until a devastating loss over the weekend left the team wondering how it will respond.When The Lantern paused publication for winter break on Dec. 8, the Buckeyes were 4-4, easily the worst start in coach Thad Matta’s tenure.But a win that evening over Air Force put OSU back over .500. Though a blowout loss at Connecticut followed, the Scarlet and Gray made an unpredictable run from that point.A win over Northern Illinois was expected, but the Buckeyes shocked the college basketball world with a 74-67 win over then-No. 4 Kentucky in Brooklyn, New York.Five more wins followed to extend their winning streak to seven games and improving their record to a respectable 11-5, leading some to believe if the team has gotten its act together as Big Ten play arrived.But an embarrassing 85-60 loss at Indiana on Sunday silenced most of those murmurs, at least for the time being. The Buckeyes were trounced by the Hoosiers from the get-go and trailed 48-18 at the half.While the team was enjoying its winning ways, one freshman exited the program while another entered.Guard Austin Grandstaff announced on Dec. 17 that he would be seeking a transfer, which was later revealed to be to Oklahoma. A day later, however, forward Mickey Mitchell was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to play following a month-and-a-half-long pause. Mitchell made his debut on Dec. 23 and has played in six games, averaging 2.5 rebounds per game.Matta’s squad is set to return to action on Wednesday against Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.Women’s basketball The cold weather is finally arriving in Columbus, but the OSU women’s basketball team is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as it is currently on a major hot streak, just in time for Big Ten play to begin. Over the break, the Buckeyes played seven games and grabbed victories in all of them, including wins over Princeton, who went 31-1 last season, and then-No. 5 Maryland. The win over the Terrapins was OSU’s first over a top-five team since 2006. The latest victory came Sunday against Rutgers, which moved OSU’s record to 12-3, and a perfect 4-0 within the conference. OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn the latest version of the RPI rankings, which came out Monday, the Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 5, largely thanks to the fact they have won 12 of their last 13 games. The Scarlet and Gray currently are fourth in the country in scoring offense, averaging 86.5 points a contest. That high-powered offense can be attributed to a barrage of reasons, but the play of sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell is certainly the most prevalent one. Building off her excellent freshman campaign, the preseason All-American is hitting her stride as of late. Mitchell is second in the country in scoring, registering 25 points per game, on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. The 5-foot-8 Cincinnati native collected the National Player of the Week award for the second time this season on Jan. 4. The Buckeyes are set to hit the hardwood again Thursday on the road against Northwestern. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. Men’s ice hockey If the start of the OSU men’s basketball team’s season was bad, then there is likely a shortage of words fit for print to describe the men’s ice hockey team’s beginning to the 2015-16 campaign.The Buckeyes went into their break around the same time as the OSU campus, halting play for about three weeks on Dec. 5. At the time, their record was a paltry 3-11-0 after a pair of overtime losses at Minnesota.But when the Scarlet and Gray resumed action in the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida, on Dec. 28, a new team appeared to be lacing up the skates and taking the ice.OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardIn the first game of the four-team tournament, the Buckeyes shook off a 2-0 first-period deficit to score three unanswered goals and stun No. 4 Boston College 3-2. Freshman forward John Wiitala scored the game-winner in the third period, while junior goalie Christian Frey stopped 30 of 32 shots.The next day, the championship of the tournament pitted OSU against No. 9 Cornell. That game proved to be a laugher, as eight different Buckeyes scored and Frey recorded his first career shutout as the Buckeyes stomped over the Big Red 8-0.A 2-0 win over Wisconsin followed on Friday, followed by a 4-4 tie the next day, though the Badgers won the shootout.The Buckeyes are next set for a home-and-home series against Michigan, with the first game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, followed by a 5 p.m. Sunday matchup in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Women’s ice hockey The women’s ice hockey team had a similar schedule to its male opposite but with considerably less optimism emerging.OSU went into winter break with a pair of losses to Minnesota Duluth at home by scores of 4-2 and 5-2. That put the Buckeyes’ 2015 record at 6-12-0.The first game after break seemed encouraging, a 2-1 win over Penn State on Jan. 2. But a 3-2 loss to the Nittany Lions followed. And the next weekend, OSU was outscored by No. 3 Minnesota 12-1, including a 9-0 defeat on Sunday. Those two losses brought OSU’s season scoring margin against the Golden Gophers to 30-5 in four games.Sophomore defenseman Jessica Dunne made her season debut in the first game against Penn State, scoring the game-winning goal in the second period.The Buckeyes currently sit at just 7-15-0 on the season, and are set to return to the ice at home against St. Cloud State for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at the OSU Ice Rink.Wrestling OSU then-freshman Kyle Snyder celebrates a victory last season.Credit: Lantern file photoThe defending national champions had four matches over winter break, going 2-2 in them, but the biggest story surrounding the squad was the news that Kyle Snyder will be rejoining the team beginning in February. Snyder was intending on using the 2015-16 season as an Olympic redshirt, but on New Year’s Day, coach Tom Ryan announced that the sophomore was altering those plans, instead competing collegiately while still training for the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. His debut is expected to arrive on Feb. 5 when OSU travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to wrestle against top-ranked Penn State. Snyder, who is also set to take to the mat in the Big Ten and NCAA championships, is slated to compete for the Buckeyes in the heavyweight division. In September, Snyder became the youngest person in U.S. history to capture the World freestyle championship. As a freshman, the Maryland native went 30-4 and was both a Big Ten and NCAA runner-up at 197 pounds. The Buckeyes (6-2) are currently ranked No. 6, but that position will likely be lower when the newest edition comes out, as their loss to Michigan on Jan. 9 is not yet factored in. Adding Snyder back into the equation is instrumental as OSU quests to hold onto its national title.OSU is set to continue its season on Sunday against Nebraska. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

TT Minister fired over choice of guest at swearing in ceremony

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday advised President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment of Marlene McDonald, Minister of Public Utilities with immediate effect.Marlene McDonaldMcDonald was recently sworn in as Minister in the Ministry of Public Utilities after a sixteen- month period of absence from the Cabinet.The President has also been advised that the portfolio of Public Utilities should be assigned to the Prime Minister who will now assume these duties in addition to his other responsibilities.Why was MacDonald fired?McDonald met with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday morning as a result of the controversy caused by her choice of guests attending her swearing-in ceremony at the President’s House in St Ann’s on Friday.The commotion surrounds the presence of reputed “community leader” Cedric “Burkie” Burke, who accompanied contractor Kenroy Dopwell to the event.Senior elements of the national security community on Saturday expressed great alarm at the presence of Burke, who has been engaging their attention.Not only was he present, but Burke was introduced by her to the President and posed for pictures with the Head of State, President Anthony Carmona.The consternation of senior intelligence personnel was aggravated by the photo of a smiling Burke standing right next to His Excellency, sources said.Burke was unknown to the President, as he was to the Prime Minister, who as is customary attended the swearing-in ceremony.McDonald introduced Burke to His Excellency as a member of her constituency, sources said.McDonald: Burke was not invitedBefore her firing yesterday, McDonald told some political associates the Prime Minister requested her resignation.However, McDonald insisted she never invited Burke to the event and it was the security at the President’s House who allowed him in.She has acknowledged inviting Dopwell.Sources at the President’s House on Saturday indicated McDonald was originally asked to provide the names of three guests, and she requested a fourth (Dopwell).They confirmed Burke was not among the four names and when he turned up, he was told this and was denied admission to the conference room where the swearing-in ceremony was due to take place.However, the sources said when McDonald arrived, she came upstairs accompanied by Burke, along with her other guests. It was in these circumstances he secured entry, sources at the President’s House explained.Sources also said all the people in McDonald’s group (including Burke) had arrived at the President’s House in the same vehicle.“If (Burke) was not invited by her, then why did she introduce him to and have him photographed with the President?” the source at the President’s office asked.She was warnedSources said the view of the Cabinet is the Government would lack the moral authority to be taken seriously in its commitment to fight crime if its senior members are thought to be having any association with people who may be on the national security radar.Sources said on Saturday said that McDonald had been previously warned by her colleagues about some of these associations.Last Friday, McDonald attended a celebration in honour of her return to the Cabinet at Kapok Hotel, St Clair, which, according to sources, was also attended by Burke and Dopwell.No discussion at general councilThe PNM general council met on Saturday, but there was no discussion on the McDonald issue at the meeting.Neither the Prime Minister and political leader, nor McDonald, who is a deputy political leader, attended the meeting.At the Office of the President, there was some discussion as there was the feeling it was unfortunate the President was put in this situation.One source suggested there might be a review of the decision to have the President pose for pictures with family and friends at such ceremonies.There might also be a reinstatement of the initial policy of not allowing people whose names are not on the official guest list entry onto the compound.Burke: I am a businessmanYesterday, Burke told TV6 News all the brouhaha over his presence had to do with stereotyping and discrimination against him because of where he lived, Sea Lots.Stating he was never convicted of any crime, he said it was Dopwell, not McDonald, who invited him to come to President’s House, and any fault lay with the protocol and security at the President’s House.Speaking to the Express on Friday, Burke denied any involvement with the underworld.“Whoever has said that I belong to the underworld, I would say it’s stupid, baseless allegations…I don’t even stop to consider I am in the underworld, I think they need to get their facts straight. The underworld I know about is in the movies,” said Burke, whose company, Burke and Co Ltd, received the contract to build the Sea Lots Homework Centre.“I am a businessman,” he said, adding he worked with former Port of Spain South MP and former Energy minister Eric Williams.In hailing Rowley’s decision to reinstate her, he said the original decision in March 2016 to fire McDonald was flawed.He said he was “overwhelmed and overjoyed” by her return to the Cabinet.Burke was arrested at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) hotel during the 2011 State of Emergency. He was charged under anti-gang legislation with being a gang leader, but he was not convicted.Dopwell said McDonald’s reappointment was excellent.“We are glad and excited to have her back in the Cabinet,” he said.Fixin’ T&TFixin’ T&T, which first made public Burke’s presence at President’s House, in a release yesterday said there were key differences between “community leaders” and other people in the country.The release said some of the differences were they did not belong to any of the business chambers, law associations or medical bodies; they dressed differently; their places of dwelling may not be as lavish; their cars not as expensive; and they did not hold public office.“Fixin’ T&T deems corruption to be the ultimate evil…. The time has come to effectively treat with bandits from the hills of Goodwood Park to the hills of Laventille, from Captain to Cook, from Parliamentarian to President,” the release stated. 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Security guard nabbed with gun ammo

Ammunition found in the suspect’s carA security guard who was on the police’s radar for quite some time was arrested earlier this afternoon in Queenstown, Georgetown.Based on reports received, at 14:00h, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch intercepted a vehicle which was driven by the suspect and a search was conducted.During the search, a .45 pistol fitted with extended barrel and butt along with forty .45 live ammunition and a magazine and nineteen 7.62 x 39 ammunition was found concealed therein.The .45 Pistol and MagazineThe man was arrested and is being processed for court in the new week. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibo duo in custody after Police search unearths illegal ammoOctober 26, 2017In “Crime”Miner gets 3 years for gun, ammo possessionNovember 20, 2018In “Court”Two Albouystown men arrested for illegal guns, ammoOctober 14, 2014In “Crime” read more

Milestone for Jurack 300 games for the national team

Grit Jurack joined a club which was so far reserved exclusively to men only. She has now officially played 300 games for the national team, a feat that was never before accomplished by a woman. With the tournament in Norway, the number of games played reached 300. Playing since 1996 for the national team, she has expressed her feelings saying she is very proud of it. So far, only 4 people had done it, all men, Frank-Michael Wahl (344), Klaus-Dieter Petersen (340) and Christian Schwarzer (319).Also successful on club level, she has won the champions league three times, the first with Viborg HK in 2006, also became the first German to win it. Next task: The WC in Brazil in December. But this to happen she must help her team pass Hungary in the qualifications for the WC. Should this happen and she plays a little more, she might pass Schwarzer and be in the top3 of Germans with most caps for their national team.photo: bongarts/getty images ← Previous Story Barcelona stopped by Ciudad! Champions-title delayed Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualification Groups decided read more

James Reilly should resign as Minister for Health FF

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL LEADER Micheál Martin has claimed Minister for Health James Reilly is incapable of answering “even basic questions” about what he’s doing at the Department.Speaking at the party’s annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Kildare, Martin said Minister Reilly’s policies were “ill-thought-out” and would do “immense damage” to the health system.RTÉ reports that Martin called on Reilly to resign and said that he was clearly not in control of his department.Minister Reilly’s Fine Gael colleagues have been publicly backing him today in the wake of public anger over a review of medical cards announced in the Budget, but the move by Fianna Fáil is likely to draw more attention to Reilly’s management of what has traditionally been one of the most difficult Government departments.The Fianna Fáil leader raised questions about how the Department of Health came up with the figures around free GP care for children under 6.Micheál Martin making the keynote address at the ceremony in Bodenstown. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)“It was, ministers said, the start of universal access to primary care,” he said. “When the detail came out it revealed the largest ever cut in primary care funding in our history.” What’s even worse is that it is now clear that the figures were made up. The Department didn’t supply them and the HSE has no idea where they came from. Next year the combination of these cuts and the ill-though-out new policies of James Reilly will do immense damage in the health system.center_img The people who work within it and rely on it are genuinely scared of what they face into.“No-one is denying that there were tough choices to be made [in the Budget] but there were still choices and they decided to weight this budget against weaker sections of society,” said Martin.Micheál Martin in Bodenstown (Niall Carson/PA Wire)Wicklow TD Simon Harris defended Reilly saying he was “reforming our health service at a time of challenging financial constraints” – and blamed Micheál Martin for creating the HSE behemoth in the first place during his tenure as Health Minister.“Deputy Martin founded the bureaucratic and unworkable HSE and created a culture which lacked accountability, transparency and proper financial management,” said Harris. “This Government now has to undo such structures and reform the very way our health service works.”Speaking on RTE’s The Week in Politics earlier, Minister of State Brian Hayes said Reilly was “the most suitable person” to tackle the necessary cuts to the health budget.Hayes: I have absolute confidence in Minister Reilly’s ability > Poll: Do you have confidence in Health Minister James Reilly? >last_img read more

This Australian hotel gives every guest an iPad 2

first_imgIf you’ve tried to get an iPad 2 anytime in the last month, you know it hasn’t been easy. Lines were crazy, stretching around blocks not just on the day of the iPad 2’s release, but even for weeks after. The iPad 2 has since launched internationally to equal demand.The bottom line? It’s been historically difficult to find even one iPad 2 to buy… let alone over thirty. So how the heck has the Establishment Hotel in Sydney, Australia done it? They’ve just started a new service at their hotel that gives every guest staying in the hotel an iPad 2 to use during the duration of their visit.AdChoices广告That’s an iPad 2 for each of their 31 rooms. Not only are these iPad 2s free to use, but they even include a selection of movies and music for customers to enjoy, as well as the hotel’s own welcome video. There’s even apps pre-installed, offering access to international news, local travel guides, and restaurant review apps.In truth, this is nothing more than enterprise-style deployment of locked down iPads with pre-installed apps, but it’s still pretty impressive… not so much the deployment as the fact that the hotel managed to find 31 iPad 2s to buy in the first place, especially since Apple has been limiting the number of iPads to just one per customer. That said, a hotel can afford to pay more for iPads… and buy them straight from the speculators on the gadget gray market, paying three or four times the retail price.Either way, if you absolutely can’t find an iPad 2 anywhere else, you could always book yourself a holiday to the Establishment Hotel, where not only could you play with an iPad for a time, but even have access to an in-room AppleTV.Read more at Cult of Maclast_img read more

LOMS demande linterdiction des tests sanguins pour la tuberculose

first_imgL’OMS demande l’interdiction des tests sanguins pour la tuberculose Mercredi, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a appelé les gouvernements à interdire les tests sanguins pour la tuberculose pratiqués depuis les années 90. Ceux-ci ont enfin été jugés non fiables et même dangereux.L’OMS prend enfin le taureau par les cornes et appelle les gouvernements à interdire l’usage des tests pour la tuberculose. De l’aveu même de l’organisation, les tests sérologiques ne sont pas fiables, “conduisent à de faux diagnostics” et “constituent une perte de temps et de ressources”, indique Mario Raviglione, le directeur du département OMS Halte à la tuberculose (Stop TB). On recense chaque année l’utilisation de deux millions de tests sérologiques pour diagnostiquer la tuberculose. Ces tests, qui analysent les anticorps et les antigènes contenus dans le sang, conduisent souvent à des erreurs de diagnostic ou de traitement et peuvent entraîner des problèmes de santé publique comme le souligne Karin Weyer, coordonnatrice chargée du renforcement des moyens de laboratoire et de diagnostic de la tuberculose pour le Département Stop TB. En effet, les patients peuvent présenter des réponses d’anticorps laissant supposer qu’ils sont atteints de tuberculose évolutive alors qu’ils ne le sont pas. A l’inverse, des anticorps produits pour lutter contre d’autres micro-organismes peuvent à tort indiquer la présence d’une tuberculose évolutive. Enfin, différents micro-organismes ont en commun les mêmes antigènes, ce qui rend les résultats des tests sérologiques peu fiables. Ces facteurs peuvent faire qu’une tuberculose passe inaperçue ou au contraire soit diagnostiquée par erreur, indique le communiqué de presse de l’OMS.Un grand nombre de résultats erronés Alors que ces tests sont pratiqués depuis les années 90, il aura fallu un an d’analyses pour arriver à ces résultats. Un laps de temps dramatiquement long alors que les statistiques même de l’organisation indiquent que 9,4 millions de nouveaux cas actifs de tuberculose sont détectés et que 1,7 million de personnes décèdent chaque année de cette maladie (personnes séropositives notamment). Sur les données recueillies, une quantité considérable de données a fait apparaître que les tests sanguins produisaient un niveau inacceptable de résultats erronés (faux-positifs ou faux-négatifs) par rapport aux tests validés par l’OMS. À lire aussiTuberculose : pulmonaire, osseuse ou ganglionnaire, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les patientes victimes de faux-positifs sont alors soumis à un traitement superflu et inefficace alors que la cause réelle de leur maladie n’est pas diagnostiquée, ce qui peut entraîner un décès prématuré. A contrario, les faux-négatifs ne sont pas soignés alors qu’ils le devraient et peuvent décéder en ayant contaminé leur entourage.Chaque année, plus d’un million de ces tests sanguins aux résultats inexacts sont pratiqués révèle le communiqué. Ils coûtent souvent très cher (entre 10 et 30 dollars, soit entre 7 et 21 euros) “aux patients pauvres et vulnérables” et il en existe au moins 18 sur le marché. La plupart sont fabriqués en Europe ou en Amérique du Nord, même s’ils ne sont approuvés par aucun organisme de réglementation reconnu. “Les tests sanguins pour le diagnostic de la tuberculose sont souvent destinés aux pays dont les mécanismes de réglementation des moyens diagnostiques laissent à désirer, où des incitations douteuses à la commercialisation peuvent l’emporter sur l’intérêt du patient”, a déclaré le Dr Weyer. Des tests plus fiables en phase d’élaboration Selon elle, de nombreux pays dont la France, continuent à commercialiser ces tests et vendent en connaissance de cause des produits défectueux. Une liste publiée par l’OMS cite entre autres le laboratoire américain Mossman Associates, le groupe français Anda Biologicals et le britannique Omega Diagnostics. “Il s’agit d’un marché de plusieurs millions de dollars que représente la vente de tests de qualité inférieure dont les résultats ne sont pas fiables” souligne le docteur Weyer. Des recherches sur la tuberculose sont actuellement en cours pour mettre sur le marché des tests améliorés plus rapides, faciles à administrer, efficaces et exacts, conclut en revanche le communiqué.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 11:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Amazons crazy headphones mute when they hear your name

first_imgNoise-cancelling headphones are a pretty awesome invention. They can also be irritating for people who are trying to get your attention. Amazon thinks headphones with ears are the answer.These intelligent cans will be able to monitor a listener’s environment — the same noise they’re capable of cancelling out — for that person’s name to be spoken. If that happens, the headphones will be able to respond by temporarily turning off noise cancellation or even muting audio completely.Just to be clear, these aren’t actual headphones that you can head over to Amazon and buy right this very minute (those are Bose’s QuietComfort 35s up at the top). No, these headphones are a concept that was described in a patent application that Amazon filed way back in July of 2014. That patent was finally granted a few weeks ago.If and when Amazon does start making these intelligent headphones, they’ll ship with something the patent refers to as a “keyword spotting unit.” Presumably that would be the same sort of chip that allows the Echo and Echo Dot to spring into action when you say “hey, Alexa.”Since there’s a decent chance that your name isn’t Alexa, Amazon will give you a way to program your own keywords in — like how you record your name for a voice mail system. The patent also mentions being able to monitor multiple keywords with different priorities. That means you can have the headphones respond more decisively when your significant other goes all first name/middle name on you.last_img read more

Sandals winning over Barbados with all inclusive concept says Minister Sealy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:barbados, minister sealy, sandals Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Jul 2015 – Next on the stop, Barbados where Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, said they too have seen a spike in tourism figures mainly from the US and Canada. While Minister Sealy admits there was hesitation and push back from his countrymen because of the all-inclusive concept and the government incentives afforded Sandals; now there is a changing of heart among the people of Barbados as the company has proven it will share its guests with those outside of its 250 room resort and gain the country airlift on carriers like JetBlue and Air Canada. “The community at large is appreciating what Sandals is doing, I think the word is getting out there this is a small society. Sandals coming to Barbados would have been controversial for a number of reasons, perhaps unlike Turks and Caicos where you may not necessarily have had a lot of hotels and so on and Sandals/Beaches is big – we did have an established industry here that had a particular character and the all-inclusive was considered a bad word.” Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Stinky sargassum blamed for marine disaster; dolphins, flying fish and turtles trappedlast_img read more

FNM and DNA raise red flags over security of ballot boxes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 10, 2017 – Nassau – FREE National Movement (FNM) Chairman Sidney Collie yesterday declared that his party’s “red flag is waving” after an inspection revealed that ballot boxes containing hundreds of votes from the advanced poll were “poorly” sealed, and for one constituency left unsealed.Recalling the chaotic scenes from last week’s early poll, Mr. Collie stressed that he was not making an allegation against the Parliamentary Registration Department but a call-to-arms for poll workers, candidates and the wider voting public to be vigilant as votes are cast across the country today.He underscored that all 39 ballot boxes were locked with their slots covered, and kept in the basement of the Parliamentary Registration Department in a safe room with a steel door and multiple locks.“With regard to the sealing of the boxes,” Mr. Collie said in an interview at the party’s headquarters, “many of them were poorly sealed. The wax was badly, roughly, quickly done. The taping around many of them were sloppy. They were all locked and the slot for the ballot was all covered over.”Representatives from the FNM, Progressive Liberal Party, and the Democratic National Alliance were allowed to inspect the ballot boxes yesterday due to allegations circulated on Facebook by DNA candidate for Pinewood Lincoln Bain that the boxes were not being kept in a secure location.Mr. Bain recorded a brief video at the start of yesterday’s inspection, which he then uploaded to Facebook. He gestured to several boxes that had been wrapped with tape that appear to be fraying or unsealed.“What is my take on that?” Mr. Collie asked. “My take on that was speculation, but I believe plausible speculation. The parliamentary team was so much under pressure on the pre-poll day, they were so disorganised, they probably were flustered and almost in every case they did a very poor job of securing the box.“I’m not making any allegations against them,” he continued, “I’m just saying from what I saw the boxes were not properly sealed. I mean if I’m doing my luggage I do a better job than that.”As voting began early this morning, Elizabeth and Sea breeze faced technical problems. Video Playerhttp://magneticmediatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/WhatsApp-Video-2017-05-10-at-8.05.04-AM.mp400:0000:0003:49Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.#magneticmedianews#redflagsraisedoverballotsecurity Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #redflagsraisedoverballotsecuritylast_img read more

The Atlantic Hikes Rate Base 125 Percent

first_imgFollowing the Atlantic’s historic rebranding effort this fall, the magazine will raise its rate base from 400,000 to 450,000, a 12.5 percent increase. The change is effective with the January 2009 issue.The magazine attributes the need for the bump, in part, to increased online subscription sales and print subscriptions outperforming budgeted direct mail response.Through the first six months, the Atlantic reported a total paid circulation of 439,318, up 11.6 percent over 2007, accord to the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ FAS-FAX report. Subscriptions were up 12.9 percent to 396,068. TheAtlantic.com in 2008 has averaged 18.5 million page views and 2.7 million unique visitors per month, compared to 5.2 million page views and 1 million monthly unique visitors last year, the company said.last_img read more

Budgam chopper crash 2 IAF officers found guilty face courtmartial

first_imgIAF officers in charge of the air base at Srinagar have been charged with culpable homicide (not amounting to murder) and could even face the termination of services. The investigations are also being done on why the  Identity Friend Foe (IFF) system on the chopper didn’t work even as there were directions that day that it should be switched on. The IFF helps distinguish between friendly and foe fire. The Mi-17 helicopter was reportedly in touch with the ground controllers moments before the crash. There was no perceived threat of any ground missile being fired at that time. Indian soldiers and Kashmiri onlookers stand near the remains of an Indian Air Force aircraft after it crashed in Budgam district, on the outskirts of Srinagar on February 27, 2019.TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe ongoing investigation into the Mi-17 helicopter crash in Budgam near Srinagar International airport has found two Indian Air Force (IAF) officers guilty. They will now reportedly face court-martial. The Mi-17 chopper had crashed near the Srinagar IAF base leading to the death of six IAF personnel onboard and one civilian. The incident happened at a time when India and Pakistan were engaged in aerial combat and various F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan had intruded into the Indian air space after the Balakote strike.The enquiry set up by the IAF revealed that at least two IAF officers who were in charge of the Srinagar air force ordered the shooting of the missile mistaking the Indian helicopter with that of an enemy target. Pakistan distanced itself from the incident saying that it did not bring down the Mi-17 helicopter in Budgam. “The court of inquiry is likely to be concluded soon. Strong disciplinary action which could amount to a court-martial is likely to be recommended against the two officers in the case,” sources told India Today The Mi-17 chopper was flown by Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht. Others on the flight were Squadron Leader Ninad Mandvgane, Kumar Pandey, Sergeant Vikrant Sehrawat, corporals Deepak Pandey and Pankaj Kumar. Serious procedural lapses?Among some of the grave procedural lapses found by the IAF court of enquiry for which the officers have been found guilty of include calling back the Mi-17 helicopter for landing at Srinagar air base when they could have easily directed its landing at a safer point. The IAF air commanding base also could not differentiate between its own fighter copter and an enemy one, thus shooting down the Mi-17 chopper with an air defence missile.last_img read more

BNP to join next polls even in adverse situation Moudud

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Friday said opposition BNP will join the next general elections, no matter whatever the situation is at the time of ballot.“We’ll join the polls even under any adverse situation, no matter however the repression is,” said Moudud while addressing a discussion at the National Press Club in the capital.A pro-BNP platform, Swadhinata Forum, organised the discussion.“This government is bound to reach a consensus with the BNP. The government must accept the BNP’s demand for supportive poll-time government.”He also said the very elections would not be held if the BNP does not join it. “So, the government must hold the polls ensuring that the BNP joins it.”Dwelling on the attacks on BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade on her way to and way back from Cox’s Bazar, Moudud said the ruling quarters carried out the attack only to halt advancement of the BNP chairperson.“But, the BNP’s advancement cannot be thwarted. The chairperson will again embark on such tour,” he added.last_img read more

EU optimistic of fair polls

first_imgThe European Union on Wednesday reiterated its position and explained why they are unable to send a full-fledged election observation mission hoping that there will be a “good, contested, free and fair” election in Bangladesh, reports UNB.”I’m very happy that we’ve a good team of two experts,” EU ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink told reporters saying the two EU election experts will look into the whole electoral process and probably make some recommendations to their headquarters in Brussels.She made the remarks after a meeting with the election commission where two EU election experts – David Noel Ward (team leader) and Eirini-Maria Gounari were formally introduced.Teerink said the EU is not sending a full-fledged observer mission due to time constraint but the visit of the two experts shows that the EU is very interested in elections in Bangladesh. “We’re following this very closely.”Replying to a question, the ambassador said it takes lot of preparation and the EU needs to start preparation at least six months in advance if they want to send a full-fledged observer mission.”There is a lot of pressure and interest from all our partner countries to get election observation mission. So, the decision is made in headquarters based on prioritisation. We can’t honour all requests for observers. That’s the problem,” she said adding that there should not be read something into it.Responding to another question, the EU envoy said it is very difficult for them to give suggestion on such a major undertaking but they have wished them (EC) best of luck because it is a very challenging and big operation (holding polls) with 104 million voters and 40,000 election centres.The four-member EU team sat in the meeting to introduce the EU experts with the EC so that they can contact with it and start their job in Bangladesh, she said.”We had a very good meeting with the chief election commissioner and his colleagues,” Teerink said adding that the two experts will be here for 40 days.She also said it is justified to send an expert mission to know what is going on.The EU ambassador said sending the expert mission is helpful and shows commitment of the EU to Bangladesh.Earlier, the European Parliament said it will not observe the general election in Bangladesh scheduled to be held on 30 December.No individual Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has been mandated to observe or comment on this electoral process on its behalf, according to the statement issued by MEPs David McAllister (EPP, DE) and Linda McAvan (S&D, UK).The co-chairs of the European Parliament’s Democracy Support and Election coordination group said they will not observe this electoral process and consequently will neither comment on the process nor on the results that will be announced afterwards.Besides, there will be no European Union Election Observation Mission, reads the statement.Any statement made by members of the European Parliament on these elections, therefore, do not represent in any way the view of the European Parliament or the European Union, they said.The European Parliament stated its position on the elections in its resolution of 15 November 2018, which expressed the hope that the elections will be “peaceful, transparent and participatory so that citizens can express a genuine political choice.It called on the political forces to refrain from any violence or instigation of violence during the electoral period.last_img read more

Assam floods kill 3 maroon 400000

first_imgAn Indian rickshaw puller carries a commuter through the flooded street during heavy rainfall in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura, on 12 July, 2019. Photo: AFPFloods from monsoon rains in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam have killed three people and marooned more than 400,000, officials said Thursday.”A total of three people including two in flood related incidents and one in landslide have been killed in Assam so far,” an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official said.More than 250 villages have been inundated in the last 24 hours, with 16,370 hectares of paddy fields submerged, the senior official said.The government has pressed into service the National Disaster Response force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to help rescue those cut off.The annual monsoon, which barrels up the subcontinent at this time of year, last week caused traffic misery in Mumbai as roads, railways and the airport runway were flooded.An Indian resident looks at the portion of a broken bridge connecting nearby villages, carried away by floods, at Taipu village some 25 kms from Siliguri on 12 July, 2019. Photo: AFPIn Bangladesh aid groups were providing rations to Rohingya refugees in the south-east of the country with a “severe” weather warning in place for the coming days, the UN World Food Programme said Wednesday.Officials there said on Sunday that landslides triggered by monsoon rains had killed one person and left more than 4,500 homeless in the vast refugee camps home to around a million people.last_img read more

GTA Onlines Deadline Update Turns the Game Into Tron

first_img Grand Theft Auto Online is constantly getting new updates, and this latest one is a huge love letter to a certain 80’s sci-fi movie. The Deadline update introduces the Nagasaki Shotaro: a motorcycle that looks like it comes straight out of Tron.The Shotaro is the centerpiece of the Deadline Adversary Mode. In this 4-player arena deathmatch, players must use the light trail left behind by their bikes to destroy their opponents. The arena is littered with power-ups that will either help or hinder players.The bike as well as the Deadline Outfit is unlocked for purchase after playing Deadline for the first time. For a limited time only, purchasing the Shotaro will get you an in-game Nagasaki logo T-shirt. Players who participate in this mode from now until November 21 will receive double the money and RP.I would be remiss in my duties as a full-time nerd if I didn’t point out that these bike races aren’t exactly like the ones in Tron. Unlike that movie where riders could only make sharp 90 degree turns, players are allowed a full range of movement here. While not one hundred percent faithful to the movie, this does bump up the challenge. The power-ups are certainly a nice addition and should make what is already a chaotic deathmatch even crazier.On top of the double money and RP in Deadline, players will get a boost to their Biker Business with 25% off Business supplies and resupply and an extra 50% GTA money and 2X RP from Biker Business Sales. Players can also take advantage of discounted weapons and tactical vehicles from now to November 21. The weapons and vehicles are listed below.PropertiesBiker Businesses – 25% VehiclesKarin Technical – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived)Savage – 25% (Heist completion requirement waived)MTL Brickade – 50% WeaponryBullet Ammo – 25%Throwables and Explosives – 25%Body Armor – 25%Drum & Box Magazines – 25% Stay on target GTAV Short Film Stars the Real TrevorRockstar ends GTA Online content updates for PS3 and Xbox 360 last_img read more