NIH: We’re Conflict Averse

first_imgWorried that the U.S. Congress will force its hand because of public concern, the National Institutes of Health is moving to change its rules on financial conflicts of interest for scientists who receive its grants. A new set of regulations could be ready in 6 months to 1 year, according to acting NIH director Raynard Kington at a meeting on Friday in Bethesda, Maryland. Last week, NIH submitted a draft list of questions to the White House on which it wants public input, which will help them shape the new rules:–How to define whether a financial interest is “significant.” Should the current definition, which exempts any financial conflict worth less than $10,000, get replaced with a more stringent limit or no lower limit at all?–Whether NIH should strengthen its policing to make institutions comply by requiring independent confirmation of institutions’ reports?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)–Whether NIH should look for conflicts involving financial agreements between universities and companies–Whether NIH should require investigators to disclose any and all of their  financial interests The last possibility prompted Christine Seidman, a professor of medicine and genetics at Harvard Medical School in Boston, to observe that new requirements could mean that the amount of paperwork required to disclose financial ties could “very quickly exceed the scientific content” of a grant application.She spoke at a meeting of the NIH director’s advisory committee, which was webcast and should soon appear archived online. The questions will be released soon for public comment, officials said.Current regulations require NIH grantees to submit “significant” financial conflicts to their institution, which then must report the conflict to NIH and assure that it has been managed or eliminated. This year, NIH reviewed 20 cases of alleged failure to follow the rules. Six are still being investigated, but so far, NIH has found just one case in which rules were broken: that of a psychiatrist at Emory University in Atlanta who allegedly failed to report payments he received from drug and device companies.last_img read more

Parliamentary panel on Lokpal gets two months’ extension

first_imgThe Parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal Bill has got two months’ extension till September. It is the second extension given to the panel after it could not finish its work by last month end.The 31-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, is examining the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014.”We have got time till September 30 to complete our work and submit report,” Natchiappan told PTI.The amendment bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 18, last year, after which it was referred to the Committee on December 22. It was asked to submit its report by March 25 this year. The panel had sought extension, which ended on July 30, to complete the task. The report has to be submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill provides for establishment of an anti-corruption watchdog Lokpal for the Union and Lokayuktas for the states to inquire into graft charges against public functionaries.The amendments include the one for allowing the leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha, in the event there is no Leader of Opposition in the House, to be part of the selection panel for appointment of the chairperson and members of Lokpal.The Lokpal selection committee headed by the Prime Minister has as its members the Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of the Opposition in the Lower House, the Chief Justice of India or a judge of the apex court nominated by him, and an eminent jurist who could be nominated by the President or any other member.advertisementMeanwhile, the panel has sought views from all recognised political parties on exclusion of assets detail of a government employee’s spouse and dependent children in mandatory property declarations filed under the provisions of Lokpal amendment Bill.As per rules, every public servant shall file declaration pertaining to his assets and liabilities, including those of his spouse and children, as on March 31 every year or on or before July 31 of that year. The bill seeks to exempt government employees from giving details with regard to assets belonging to the wife and children of government employees.All political parties have been asked to give their opinion on amendment to Section 44 of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 by August 14, Natchiappan said. The political parties have been asked to depute any of their office bearers for presenting further input before the panel which is scheduled to meet on August 18, he said.Bureaucrats have been demanding exemption from filing assets details of their spouse and dependent children.”Our main objection is that such information, which will be made public under the provisions of the Act, may pose security threat to their family members and could be prone to misuse,” a senior government official said.last_img read more

SCI to post net profit of Rs 450 cr in FY16: Gadkari

first_imgMumbai, Jan 22 (PTI) State-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) may report a post-tax profit of Rs 450 crore for the current fiscal, Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.”I am told by the Chairman and Managing Director that SCI will report a profit of Rs 450 crore this fiscal,” Gadkari said while speaking at a Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry event here.The company has reported a profit of Rs 325 crore in the first half of the fiscal year.Last fiscal, it reported a net profit of Rs 200 crore on a revenue of Rs 4,310 crore.Gadkari has been repeatedly stressing on the need for government enterprises to be profitable. Last week, he said that the dozen companies under his ministry, including 10 major ports and two shipyards, will report a profit of Rs 6,500 crore.Meanwhile, in order to save expenditure on dry-docking faced by domestic ship owners, Gadkari said the government is at an advanced stage of setting up dry-docking facilities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.The total investment in the facility will be around Rs 1,600-1,800 crore and the government will make the entire investment, he said.He said at present the ships go to Singapore for this purpose and the same job can be done at Andaman and Nicobar Islands for tenth of the cost.According to a senior government official, the process for setting up the facility has already been initiated and it is at the DPR (detailed project report) stage.It may take another two years before the project comes up, the official added. PTI AA HV SDL ABMadvertisementlast_img read more

Keeping up with acquaintances: The simple marketing tool you keep forgetting

first_imgAll freelancers understand the importance of networking. But many screw up how to stay in touch with the people they’ve met.There are certain people who are worth developing a personal relationship with. When I say “worth developing,” I mean that when you meet them, you have a natural connection. You see that they can help you in your business or you can help them in theirs. This relationship can be built over one-to-one emails, plans to get coffee, sharing gigs and resources.These relationships take a hell of a lot of time.That time is, of course, well-spent. But for busy business owners, it’s challenging to maintain even 10 of those personal-business relationships. You end up leaving the 100+ other business cards you have in a stack on your desk, gathering dust.You may get 70% of your clients from that core group of 10 contacts and past clients. But don’t lose these “loose” connections. This is your largest audience. This is the foundation on which you’ll build your wider influence.Just remember the now-famous study by Mark Granovetter, who in the early 1970s interviewed a few hundred job seekers and to his surprise, found that people get jobs from information passed on by people they weren’t particularly close to. When he asked people where they got their current job, they kept saying, “Not a friend, an acquaintance.”It’s crucial for your business that you keep in touch with your acquaintances. So here’s what to do with those 100+ business cards: keep an email list and email them all (the same email) once a month or once a quarter.An email list is a scalable system. Once you see how valuable it is to collect & use email addresses of people you’ve already met, you can then build tools to get people to subscribe on social media and from your website. It will become your most effective marketing tool.Email is still the most powerful tool in your beltNo, social media has not killed email as a marketing channel. Email marketing has a 4,300% ROI and is the #1 preferred channel by customers (and clients) for marketing messages. It costs less than any marketing you will do and will take you less than two hours a month after you set it up.Like it or not, most of us spend our our working days in our inboxes. That’s where your future clients are.Don’t overthink itYou don’t need to come up with a fully-developed email marketing plan. You don’t need to create stunning graphics and headers. The most important thing is that you do it.All you need is 1 goal. “I want to share 1 useful tip with my contacts so they remember who I am and remember that I’m smart and on top of industry trends” is a great one.Take an article you read and comment on it. Share something you’ve learned on a project (without violating your NDA). Share something you’ve seen work really well in your industry. Share a productivity tip. I’ve listed 10 different kinds of emails freelancers can send to clients here.I’ve tried to write an example of how simple this can be. This is not a perfect email, but it accomplishes a few key things:“Hey [FIRST NAME],This month, I’ve been thinking about simplicity and how effective it is in business.Time and again, I see companies with a complicated marketing message that they think demonstrates expertise, but is really just confusing. They assume that 4 benefits is better than one core benefit.Here’s what I mean: what would you rather buy?EXAMPLE AEXAMPLE BI’ve been discussing this on @twitterhandle recently and got a few interesting comments, like @thatperson, who said “Interesting quote.” I’d love to hear what you think.”How long did that take me to write? 5 minutes. I demonstrated that a) I’m thinking deeply about business topics, b) I’m on social media (so they can follow me if they don’t), and c) I’m inviting further participation. Even if only a few contacts actually do this, it demonstrates that you’re an active, connected, thoughtful person.If you want to learn how to set up your email contact list and start emailing in less than an hour, read this post about email marketing 101.How do you use email?Want more posts like this? Join Freelancers Union now and never miss a post.last_img read more

Tokyo passes strict anti-smoking laws ahead of Olympics

first_imgTOKYO, Jun 27, 2018 (AFP) Tokyo’s city government today passed strict new anti-smoking rules ahead of the 2020 Olympics, leapfrogging national legislation on lighting up that has been watered down after opposition from pro-smoking MPs. Japan has long been an outlier in the developed world, considered a smoker’s paradise where lighting up is allowed in most restaurants and bars. The city’s new laws ban smoking entirely on school premises from kindergartens to high schools, although a space can be created outside university and hospital buildings for smokers. Lighting up will be outlawed at restaurants in the capital, regardless of size. Restaurants can set up a separate indoor smoking space but customers cannot eat or drink inside the smoking area. Smokers who repeatedly flout the new rules, and offending restaurant owners, will face fines of up to 50,000 yen ($455). “We are now ready to be the host of mega sporting events like the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Olympics,” said Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who has frequently vowed to clean up the city’s act ahead of the Games. “The Tokyo one is stricter (than the national law) but from the perspective of global standards, I have to add that there are other countries that adopt far stricter rules.” The move came as lawmakers prepare a nationwide version of the smoking ban that has faced criticism for falling far short of measures needed to restrict lighting up indoors. The new national law will ban smoking at schools and hospitals, but there are loopholes allowing smoking outside the facilities.advertisementSmoking will also be banned inside large restaurants, but unlike the Tokyo city rules, establishments smaller than 100 square metres — about half the restaurant sector — will be exempt. Big restaurants and newly opened eateries can build a separate smoking space but have to ensure smoke will not escape the area. The health ministry had proposed a strict anti-smoking bill, aiming to stub out smoking at most indoor establishments. But the plan encountered staunch opposition from members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s own Liberal Democratic Party, many of whom openly back the tobacco industry and smokers over health advocates. Struggling to win support from its own party, the government was forced to water the bill down several times. Japan’s government earns billions of dollars annually in cigarette tax revenue, and owns a one-third stake in Japan Tobacco, the world’s third largest tobacco company. The firm, which includes brands like Winston, Camel and Benson & Hedges, said they welcomed laws protecting against second-hand smoke but opposed “excessive” restrictions. “We strongly wish initiatives would respect people’s ‘freedom of choice,’ embracing difference and diversity of opinions and choices of various people,” JT spokeswoman Reimi Kawato told AFP. Ironically, smoking in the street is already banned in many places in Japan, under local regulations that impose hefty fines on violators. Cigarettes cost only around 440 yen ($4) a pack in Japan and carry modest health warning labels. The World Health Organization has given Japan its lowest rating for efforts to prevent passive smoking, and it even scores poorly in the region compared with countries like China and South Korea. Despite that, however, tobacco use in Japan has been falling, in line with a broader global trend. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

WRI Launches Project on Climate Finance and the Private Sector

first_imgThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that our best chance of containing global temperature rise to 2°C is to keep atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide below 450 parts per million (we’re currently at 390 ppm). In addition to several other climate mitigation strategies, sticking to this cap will require significant new investment in low-carbon infrastructure and activities in developing countries.Experts estimate the cost of funding this development to be about $300 billion annually by 2020, growing to $500 billion by 2030. The problem is, there’s a huge funding gap when it comes to meeting these costs—industrialized nations have only committed to mobilize $100 billion of new funds annually by 2020 to meet these needs. The world will need to figure out a way to come up with the rest of the funding if we’re going to prevent developing nations from feeling climate change’s most severe impacts.Introducing WRI’s Climate Finance and the Private Sector ProjectTapping into the private sector is one way to bridge the climate finance funding gap. The World Resources Institute’s new Climate Finance and the Private Sector (CFPS) initiative has been designed to specifically address how the public sector can leverage private investment in a low-carbon future.Private sector investors – individuals; private equity firms or venture capitalists; and larger institutional investors like pension funds, insurance companies, or sovereign wealth funds – currently control several trillions of dollars worth of assets. Financial institutions have the capacity to provide resources for infrastructure development and other activities. The challenge will be to channel these resources towards climate-relevant investments in developing countries, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and other activities that help nations mitigate or adapt to climate change.One way to make sure funds are directed to these kinds of investments is to improve the investment attractiveness of climate-relevant projects. This is where the public sector can play a significant role.CFPS seeks to help the public sector understand and fill the roles it has to play in attracting private capital to low-carbon development projects, while also serving as a translator between private sector investors and public sector policymakers. The CFPS project will attempt to address the following questions:What types of public support best address private sector needs?How can the public sector ensure that private capital is leveraged at the lowest cost to the public while generating the greatest environmental benefits?How can governments and public-private initiatives work together to leverage private capital in markets where access to finance is the most challenging?How successfully have existing sources of finance from development banks, international mechanisms (like the Global Environment Facility and the Climate Investment Funds), and public-private funds leveraged private capital?What lessons can be learned from past successes and failures?Download WRI’s working paper, Moving the Fulcrum: A Primer on Public Climate Financing Instruments Used to Leverage Private Investment. Look for Our Series of PublicationsThe CFPS complements ongoing WRI research in areas related to climate change mitigation, adaptation, and finance. We aim to present our findings through a series of working papers that speak to the challenge of mobilizing private capital for climate-relevant investments.Our first paper, Moving the Fulcrum: A Primer on Public Climate Financing Instruments Used to Leverage Private Investment, is now available. This working paper frames the issue of leveraging climate-relevant private investments and provides context for the subsequent papers in the series. It outlines how the public sector can foster attractive investment conditions by addressing investment risks in developing countries through the targeted use of public financing instruments. For example, governments could correct energy-pricing distortions that work against renewable energy, directly assist low-carbon projects in a transition phase, or provide loan guarantees and other financial instruments that can help mitigate perceived investor risk.The second paper in the series, Public Financing Instruments to Leverage Private Capital for Climate-relevant Investment, is forthcoming. This paper will examine some public financing activities, with specific reference to multilateral agencies such as the international climate funds and multilateral development banks. It will include case studies of how public financing institutions have worked together to increase private sector participation in a project.Subsequent papers will look at the activities of other public institutions, including bilateral, national, and regional development banks; government agencies; and public-private partnership funds. By gaining a broad understanding of the instruments and mechanisms that have been employed to date by various agencies, we can learn lessons about how the public sector can best leverage private sector climate finance in developing nations.You Can Provide FeedbackIn addition to our series of working papers, we’ll be publishing short blog pieces like this one to provide snapshots of the work CFPS is doing and explore different aspects of the climate finance agenda. If there are specific topics you would like to see addressed in such a forum, please let us know in the comments section below. You may also contact Giulia Christianson ( or Aman Srivastava ( for more information.last_img read more

NYC Live Streaming & Fixtures/Results

first_imgThe NYC has begun! Tournament fixtures and results for the Harvey Norman National Youth Championships and the Alliance Cup can be found on the NYC website.All games played on field 1 will be live streamed here. Be sure to follow us on social media for updates on all games.Website – – – – – live stream all games played on field 1 visit- LinksNYC Fixtures/Resultslast_img

10 months agoMartinez: Chelsea star Hazard most decisive player behind Messi & Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Martinez: Chelsea star Hazard most decisive player behind Messi & Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Eden Hazard is the most decisive footballer in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.Hazard’s international boss believes the 27-year-old is experiencing the best season of his career this year.He told The Times: “At international level, I have only seen a player playing at the very top consistently. “If you take Ronaldo and Messi away, I don’t think you can find another player as decisive. “Eden has won the league at Lille, a team that didn’t have the right to win it.”And he has won the league at Chelsea in two different projects. “He’s been the leader of a nation at a World Cup who got the bronze medal. “The consistency is there, and he is at the best moment of his career right now.” last_img read more

LG K12 Plus to launch alongside LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019

first_imgLG K12 Plus to launch alongside LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019The LG K12 Plus is likely to come with a notchless display with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1,440 pixels.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 16:09 IST Image Courtesy: Tiger MobilesHIGHLIGHTSLG will unveil the LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019.LG will also unveil its first 5G smartphone at MWC 2019.LG is expected to unveil the LG K12 Plus at MWC 2019.LG has already confirmed that it will launch its G-series flagship device- the LG G8 ThinQ- at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that is scheduled to take place later this month in Barcelona. The Korean electronics giant has also confirmed that it will unveil its first 5G phone at its special event that will take place on February in Barcelona. But a 5G-enabled phone, possibly the LG V50 ThinQ, and the LG G8 ThinQ are not the only two phones that the company is planning to show off during the mobile mega fest. Word is that LG could unveil a third phone, the LG K12 Plus, during the event.The news comes as a courtesy of Tiger Mobiles, which has not only shared the technical specifications of the device but also given us a glimpse of what the LG K12 Plus could look like.The LG K12 Plus, as per the report, will come with 3GB RAM and run on Android 8.1 Oreo. It feature HD+ screen resolution with 720 x 1,440 pixels and a screen density of 280 DPI. The LG K11+ successor is likely to be powered by MediaTek MT6762 processor, which makes us believes that it will come with MediaTek Helio P22 processor.Additionally, the phone may feature a notchless screen with top bezels housing the earpiece and the front camera. It is also likely to sport large bezels on the top and bottom and narrow bezels on the sides.As mentioned before, LG is slated to launch its G7 ThinQ successor in Barcelona later this month. The company has already confirmed that the LG G8 ThinQ will come with a Time-of-Flight sensor that will not only improve the quality of its selfie portraits but also increase the accuracy of its 3D face scanning system.advertisementApart from this, rumours suggest that the phone will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in its core and come with 6GB RAM and a memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB memory card. It is also likely to fall short of an earpiece in the front, which if reports are to believed, will be replaced by sound-on-display technology. Additionally, it is likely to come with a secondary attachable screen. So far there is no confirmation on how, if at all LG ships the screen with G8 ThinQ, it would work. We will have to wait for the company to make the formal announcement later this month to see what all features make it to the LG G8 ThinQ in the end.ALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ to come with a 3D front camera for better selfies and 3D face unlockALSO READ: | LG G8 rumour roundup: Attachable screen, sound on display and everything else we know so farALSO READ: | LG to unveil its first 5G smartphone with Snapdragon 855 at MWC 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow LG smartphonesFollow LG G8 ThinQFollow LG K12 Pluslast_img read more

Fashion Council Could Help More Canadian Designers Go Global

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A fashion council is a governing body that helps keep some of the world’s major major fashion cities relevant from year to year. Canada is indeed lacking this major missing link that would unify all fashion cities in the country from coast to coast. In last week’s blog post by Megan Sibley, the article went in depth about what will make the Canadian fashion industry stand up on its very own two feet!.In the wake of all the current fashion weeks, we have just seen some of the major spring summer 2017 collections from New York and London, to Milan and Paris. All different locations have showcased collections with different markets, all still flourishing. In my previous blog post, I briefly touched on New York and the CFDA.In Britain, they have the BFC, also known as the British Fashion Council. It was founded in 1983. The BFC is a not-for-profit organization in place to further the British fashion industry and its designers. The council is funded by commercial sponsors, industry attendees and the British government. Advertisement Advertisement Let’s not forget that the BFC also furthered the careers of many designers through the college council, which continues to offer many scholarships, grants and countless initiatives for womenswear, menswear, jewellery, millinery, businesses and fashion showcases (including fashion weeks). Facebooklast_img read more

UN chief calls for end to violence in Egypt

26 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all Egyptians today to ensure that political protests do not lead to further violence, and called on the Government to see this “as an opportunity to engage in addressing the legitimate concerns of the people,” his spokesman said. According to media reports, police fought with thousands of Egyptians who defied a government ban to protest against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old rule, firing rubber bullets and tear gas and dragging away demonstrators.“The United Nations is closely following the evolving protests and tensions in Egypt and the broader region,” spokesman Martin Nesirky said.“The UN will continue to monitor the situation in Egypt and in other parts of the region and stands ready to help.”

People in richer countries more likely to die from cancer says new

first_img Source: The Lancet“Our report found cancer to be the second most common cause of death globally in 2017, accounting for 26% of all deaths,” Dr Gilles Dagenais, Emeritus Professor at Laval University, Quebec, said in a statement. Diseases like cancer, pneumonia and lung disease were all less likely in poor countries. However, mortality rates remained the highest in poor countries – four times higher than wealthier countries. Dr Salim Yusuf, the Professor of Medicine in McMaster University, who led the study, called on governments in low and middle-income countries to respond to the growing issue of heart disease. “Governments in these countries need to start by investing a greater portion of their GDP in preventing and managing non- communicable diseases,” he said. Heart disease A second study, also published in The Lancet, found that metabolic risk factors – medical traits and conditions that increase your liklihood of developing heart disease – are the predominant cause of heart disease worldwide, followed by behaviour and the environment.In low-income countries, poor diet, pollution and a person’s strength were the major drivers of death – but this was not mirrored in richer countries.Similarly, low levels of education were much more closely linked to death for people in low-income countries compared to high-income countries. In richer countries, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes were all more likely to cause heart disease. “There is an opportunity now to realign global health policies and adapt them to different groups of countries based on the risk factors of greatest impact in each setting,” Sumathy Rangarajan, the coordinator of the study, said.  Share6 Tweet Email Short URL Sep 3rd 2019, 10:06 AM Image: Shutterstock/fusebulb 15,564 Views Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 10:05 AM center_img CANCER IS NOW the leading cause of death in the world’s richest countries, according to a new medical study of over 150,000 adults. It also could also soon overtake heart disease – currently responsible for 40% of deaths worldwide – as the leading cause of death.Cancer is increasingly becoming a major cause of death globally. However, there are differences depending on where you live – people in richer countries are now twice as likely to die from cancer than you are of heart disease. The new study, published in The Lancet journal, followed around 163,000 adults in 21 high-income, middle-income and low-income countries between 2005 and 2016. The countries included Argentina, Brazil, China, India and Sweden. The study reveals that heart disease is two and half times more likely among middle-aged adults in low-income countries compared to high-income countries. This detail – surprising because people in low-income countries face much fewer risks related to heart disease – can be partially explained, the study’s authors suggest, by differing levels of healthcare in poorer and wealthier countries. People in richer countries more likely to die from cancer, says new study In poorer countries, heart disease remains a leading cause of death. 14 Comments Image: Shutterstock/fusebulb Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Dominic McGrathlast_img read more

Gerard Pique set to make 300th La Liga appearance

first_imgGerard Pique will his make 300th La Liga appearance when Barcelona take on Real Valladolid tonight, reports MarcaThe 31-year-old made his league debut in 2006, while on loan at Real Zaragoza from Manchester United.Pique got his name on the scoresheet in that match and has since added another 24 goals to his account.In 299 league appearances, Pique has had:220 wins54 draws25 defeats79 yellow cardSeven red cardsPique signed a new contract at Barcelona last season that will keep him at the club until 2022.Preparats per demà. #fcbarcelona #laliga Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) August 24, 2018Meanwhile, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is expecting a tough time against Valladolid.“Last week Valladolid were very solid against Girona, since last season they are very well organised, with the lines keeping close together and they counter quickly,” he explained.“I expect it to be a similar game. This time we are playing away from home and it will be more difficult as there will be plenty of enthusiasm in the stadium with the club back in the top flight.”The league match will take place at the Camp Nou at 22:15 (GMT+2).last_img read more

Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Charges have been dropped against the Oscar

first_imgHost Kevin Spacey speaks onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City.Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards ProductionsA shocking turn of events has granted embattled actor Kevin Spacey a reprieve. Reportedly, Massachusetts prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against actor Kevin Spacey, a week after a man who accused him of assault pleaded the fifth on the witness stand.Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said the decision was made “due to the unavailability of the complaining witness,” according to a court filing.The “Usual Suspects” actor fell from grace when he was named in the #MeToo movement by Actor Anthony Rapp. Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him in 1986 when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26.But Spacey found himself in real legal trouble when he was accused of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar. Spacey, faced a criminal charge of indecent assault and battery in connection with a July 2016 incident.  Host Kevin Spacey speaks onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City.Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards ProductionsThe alleged victim, who CNN is not naming, exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a July 8 pre-trial hearing focused on the disappearance of a cell phone he used the night of the alleged assault and questions about whether he deleted text messages.”My client and his family have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances,” Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney who represented the young man, said Wednesday. This is certainly good news for the Oscar winner but seems like a big step back for the #MeToo movement. Kevin Spacey was kicked off the Netflix hit “House of Cards” after these sexual assault allegations came to light. Kevin Spacey took a step back and has been out of the public eye for a while. Now that the charges have been dropped, maybe the actor will make a return to Hollywood.last_img read more

Make food safety a social movement

first_imgSpeakers at a discussion styled ‘Safe food for all’ organised by Prothom in association with USAID and chain-shop Shwapno at its Karwanbazar office in the capital. Photo: Syful Islam/Prothom AloInadequate international standard accreditation labs and food testing facilities, and lack of awareness among farmers and consumers have made food safety a big challenge for Bangladesh.The country is also failing to export food items to the European market due to lack of international standards in food safety, said discussants at a roundtable.Prothom Alo organised a discussion at its office on ‘Safe food for all’ in cooperation with the chain shop Shwapno and USAID.Speakers pointed out that though the government had drawn up the Safe Food Act-2013, enactment of laws relating to food safety, food adulteration and use of toxic pesticides remained a concern for the country.Chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque said, the government had placed emphasis on creating awareness among farmers, educating and training them to ensure food safety.To inspire a healthy competition among different markets of the city, some would be given the status of ‘Healthy Market’ based on their performance, he added.He also stressed to make food safety a social movement by including the private sector in government efforts.Media personality and agriculture activist Shykh Seraj said, excessive and indiscriminate use of pesticides has damaged organic elements of the soil in our country.He urged the government and private sector to focus on high yielding crops and greenhouse agriculture for the future.Prof of Dhaka University’s chemistry department Dr Iqbal Rauf Mamun said, food security is a holistic approach. It should be checked at every level from the field to the wholesale market.Executive director of ACI logistics limited Sabbir Hasan Nasir said, government bodies should stress participation of private sector representatives in decision making bodies to ensure food safety.Senior vice president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kamrul Islam, private sector adviser of USAID Bangladesh Aniruddha Hom Roy, chief of party of agricultural value chain project of USAID Paul Bandick, Md Shahiduzzaman of Bangladesh Agricultural University, ICDDR,B’s Mustafa Mahfuz, food safety consultant Abhilash Gorhe, Shwapno’s head of business Md Mahdi Faisal and Saiful Islam, a farmer from Jhenidah, also spoke at the discussion.Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated the roundtable.last_img read more

Full Show Voter Registration Challenges And Sylvia Garcia Candidate Interview Sept 4

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:24 On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: The Louisiana Cajun Navy helped with rescue efforts after Harvey, and now they’re headed to Mississippi in anticipation of Tropical Storm Gordon. We hear from the group’s founder.Then, with just weeks to go until the midterm elections, local Democrats and Republicans are sparring over who gets to vote. Are challenges to voter registration hurting voter turnout? News 88.7’s Allison Lee has more.Also this hour: We continue our series of interviews with candidates running in the November election with a conversation with Sylvia Garcia, candidate for Congressional District 29.And we discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Samsung Promises Fix to Nintendo Switch Smart TV Issue

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch The latest video game hardware craze isn’t called the Nintendo Switch for nothing. The device’s entire gimmick is about switching between playing it on the go as a tablet and playing it at home as a console docked to your TV. And performing that switching is very seamless and cool.What isn’t so seamless and cool is an issue Switch owners have been experiencing when plugging the machine into their new Samsung Smart TVs. One of the features that make these recent televisions so smart is their ability to change HDMI inputs on their own. So in theory, if you have multiple devices plugged in, the TV will automatically and conveniently switch to that device when you turn it on.The only problem is, even when it sleep mode, it appears a docked Switch still sends a signal to a Samsung TV, causing it to unexpectedly switch even when there’s nothing on the screen. Since it’s out of players’ control, this could be pretty annoying, especially if the TV is switching away from whatever they were actually watching or playing. Imagine preparing to finish off a tough Dark Souls battle only for the TV to decide it’s time for you to die. Affected customers sent in their complaints to Samsung since similar issues involving devices like Apple TV demonstrate this isn’t a Nintendo-exclusive problem.Fortunately, Samsung has listened. In a statement given to The Verge, the company said, “we will be issuing a Firmware update early this summer that will address this behavior and provide the level of convenience that was intended.”Good news! Soon enough you can enjoy Zelda, and all the other Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda hooked up to your Samsung Smart TV without fear. Your home electronics should only switch when you say so.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Stay on targetlast_img read more

Borderlands 3 Gives You Ungodly Amounts of Guns This September

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Borderlands ruled the roost in 2009 when it came to looter shooters. Along with its striking cartoon art style and… divisive sense of humor, Gearbox’s open-world shoot ‘em up RPG franchise delighted players with a seemingly endless amount of new guns for you and friends to collect across the wasteland. But then Destiny launched in 2014 taking that “Diablo with guns” concept to a new level, basically forcing Borderlands into hiatus for half a decade.But no more! Borderlands 3 is real and it’s coming real soon. Last week Gearbox’s pervy magician founder Randy Pitchford showed off the first footage of the game in a barely functioning PAX presentation. And now new details give us more faith in this ungodly orgy of firearms.Like past entries in the series Borderlands 3 drops you into a radical post apocalyptic planet Pandora to fight for dominance and hunt for treasure in the vaults. This time over a billion potential guns are at your disposal, like guns with legs. New villains include the Calypso Twins, gaining power by uniting disparate bandit clans. And to take them down players can choose new classes like mech soldier Moze, Amara and her ghost fists, a hitman who can clone himself, and a robot with pets. We expect to learn even more when Gearbox shows official Borderlands 3 gameplay footage next month.Borderlands 3 launches on September 13 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and PC, where it’ll be an Epic Games Store exclusive for six months adding more fuel to the increasingly hot PC game store wars. It’ll be available in various different special edition packages. In the meantime you can also buy the new remaster of the original Borderlands available now.For more on loot shooters here’s why we think Anthem shows what’s wrong with the games as service model, and check out our review of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.last_img read more

Playa Mujeres on Isla Mujeres mainland approved for restoration

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Q.R. — Beaches of the municipality of Isla Mujeres outside the city of Cancun have been given the go-ahead for a rescue project.Desarrolladora Inmobiliaria Hotelera Playa Mujeres, SA de CV has been given the green light to move forward with a beach rescue project at mainland Isla Mujeres. The project will see the Playa Mujeres area in front of the residential building, Marina 1 and 2, restored to prevent further erosion.The company has received approval from environmental authorities to begin adding beach filler, two breakwaters and an artificial dune that will not only see the restoration of the beach, but also prevent further deterioration.Part of the project will include an artificial dune that will be nearly 357 meters in length as well as 400 meters of beach fill that will bring the beach back to its near-original state.The general directorate of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources authorized the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA), noting the company will invest nearly 32 million peso for the beach restoration and that the company must comply with all environmental regulations to keep their authorization.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Second Airport not the only option Borghetti

first_imgVirgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti Although not opposed to building a second airport, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti stressed it was not the only option to resolving Sydney’s aviation requirements.Recently speaking at the Centre for Economic Development of Australia, Mr Borghetti said that more can be done to create additional capacity at Sydney Airport, The SMH reported.‘‘The answer isn’t one or the other, the answer is both,’’ Mr Borghetti told a Centre for Economic Development of Australia,” Mr Borghetti said. ‘‘What I am saying is extract the maximum value of the current asset that you have got, just like any business would.’’Mr Borghetti explained that the government forced curfew and limit of 80 aircraft movements per hour were ‘‘inhibitors to additional capacity coming in’’.Sydney Airport believes the airport has sufficient capacity to handle the expected increase in passenger arrivals until 2045. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more