1 December 2008The United Nations health agency today called for $2 million for a three-month assault on Zimbabwe’s worst cholera epidemic in over 15 years, including emergency health supplies, water purification equipment, portable diagnostic kits and trained personnel. More than 11,700 cases have been recorded since August, 473 of them fatal, giving a fatality rate of 4 per cent nationally. That rate reached 50 per cent in some areas during the early stages of the outbreak, compared with a benchmark rate of below 1 per cent, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported.“Cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe have occurred annually since 1998, but previous epidemics never reached today’s proportions,” WHO said in its latest update today. “The last outbreak was in 1992 with 3,000 cases recorded.” WHO has been airlifting emergency stocks from the UN Humanitarian Resource Depot in Dubai and mobilizing additional drugs and supplies through the WHO country office in South Africa as well as deploying a full outbreak and investigation response team, including logisticians, epidemiologists, communications officers and specialists in water and sanitation.Cholera, an acute intestinal infection caused by food or water contaminated with the bacterium vibrio cholerae, has a short incubation period from less than one to five days and causes copious, painless, watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. WHO is seeking to reduce the epidemic’s spread by ensuring access to safe water and maintaining safe isolation and infection controls in health centres, and to reduce mortality through early detection and improved access to health care and feeding support. Just last week, UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg urged donors to generously support an overall $550 million appeal to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the Southern African country, which she warned would get much worse without massive international assistance. Zimbabwe is mired in a crisis brought about by a confluence of factors, including three years of failed harvests, bad governance and hyperinflation, among others.
Video shows the monk who led the protest against the mosque responding to allegations against him. A group of angry monks stormed the mosque after Friday prayers last week and demanded that it be removed by tomorrow. They also warned the police against intervening in the event the monks and protestors are forced to remove the mosque by force. (Colombo Gazette) The monks said that the mosque and other non Buddhist religious centers cannot function in the area as it has been declared a Buddhist sacred area.Local television also showed some monks making fun at the mosque, acting in an unruly manner and even threatening the authorities saying if the mosque is not removed by tomorrow then they will remove it by force. The protest was led by a chief priest of a Buddhist Temple in the area who is already facing allegations of bringing disgrace to the robe. A mosque in Dambulla which was sealed on Friday following protests by several Buddhist monks and several protestors, has been reopened following the intervention of some Muslim government Ministers.Ministers A.H.M Fowzie and Rishard Baduhudeen visited the mosque yesterday and had it reopened and later assured the Muslims in the area that the situation will be resolved peacefully.
Dhammika Ranatunga was seen intimidating one journalist at the court premises before he went inside the building.A group of journalists later filed a complaint with the Keselwatta police over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) The chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dhammika Ranatunga was issued a severe warning by the court today for threatening journalists recently and was released on bail.A group of journalists had filed a police complaint against Ranatunga over the incident. Th journalists were taking visuals of Dhammika Ranatunga at the court premises when he had arrived to attend a court hearing into the arrest of his brother Nishantha Ranatunga. The journalists claimed that he had threatened them when they were doing their duty outside the Colombo High Court recently.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the end of the programme, UNTAET head Sergio Vieira de Mello said that the educators would play a crucial role in the construction of a new East Timor, by strengthening public consciousness of rights and responsibilities.Mr. de Mello also said that the trainers should pay particular attention to women and youth, since those groups would play a fundamental role in building peace, democracy and stability in East Timor. Fifty-two representatives from all 13 of the territory’s districts took part in the training, which focused on the upcoming Constituent Assembly election, human rights, peace, stability, security and democracy. Participants will form district teams of trainers and serve as community facilitators for a civic education campaign.
US stocks open lower day after a big jump; price of oil falls again after hitting six-year low by The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2015 7:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stock prices are opening lower as the market gives back some of its big gains from the day before.Weight Watchers sank 5 per cent early Tuesday after Credit Suisse downgraded its rating on the stock, saying the company faces tough competition from free and low-cost weight loss applications.The price of oil fell again a day after hitting a six-year low.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 95 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 17,880. The Dow jumped 228 the day before.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell six points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,074. The Nasdaq composite lost seven points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,922.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.07 per cent.
According to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), two rockets fired from the general area of El Khiam in southern Lebanon around 7 a.m. local time and impacted in the vicinity of Kiryat Shimona in northern Israel. The IDF returned 32 rounds of artillery fire directed at the area from where the rockets had originated. No casualties or damage have been reported from either side, and there has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket attack. UNIFIL, in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), is investigating the incident.“The Secretary-General appreciates the cooperation of both the Lebanese and Israeli authorities with UNIFIL’s efforts to prevent further escalation of this incident, as well as their continued commitment to the cessation of hostilities along the Blue Line [Israeli-Lebanese border],” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General urges all actors to exercise maximum restraint and prevent further incidents with destabilizing and escalatory potential in the region.”UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Paolo Serra, who was immediately in contact with counterparts in the LAF and IDF commands, has also urged the parties to exercise maximum restraint to prevent any escalation of the situation. “This is a very serious incident in violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701 and is clearly directed at undermining stability in the area,” Maj.-Gen. Serra said, referring to the resolution which ended the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah. “UNIFIL’s first imperative is to ensure that there is no further escalation of the situation and I have been assured by the parties of their full cooperation with UNIFIL in this effort and of their continued commitment to the cessation of hostilities.”He added that UN peacekeepers on the ground are working with the LAF to reinforce security and locate the rocket launching site. UNIFIL has also intensified its patrols across its area of operations to prevent any further incidents.Established in 1978, UNIFIL is tasked with ensuring that the area between the Blue Line and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets. It also cooperates with the LAF so they can fulfil their security responsibilities.
“Dr Seuss was a genius at getting young children to read by using very simple language and very short words. The cat from The Cat In The Hat, by Dr Seuss Dame Nemat Shafik, who held the position of deputy governor until February this year, told the Hay Festival that the US author’s stories were used as a training tool. “And so we did a little research at the Bank of England on the linguistic complexity of our publications and found that our typical publications, like our inflation report,… From Green Eggs and Ham to The Cat in The Hat, Dr Seuss books have helped generations of children to read. But they have also served another, more unlikely, purpose: teaching Bank of England staff how to write reports on inflation and quantitative easing. Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo
Dilip Buildcon Ltd (DBL) in consortium with VPR Mining Infrastructure Private Limited has been awarded the contract of Mine Developer cum Operator (MDO) for the development and operation of Pachhwara Central Coal Block located at Rajmahal Coalfield, District Pakur, Jharkhand for Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL).As per the terms of contract DBL Pachhwara Coal Mines Private Ltd (a Special Purpose Vehicle- SPV) was incorporated by DBL having shareholding of 74% and VPR having shareholding of 26% for execution of the project. The contract is valid for 55 years and is valued at INR 32,156.04 Crores.The Punjab State Power Corporation is the power generation and distribution company in the state of Punjab and is fully owned by the Government of Punjab. PSPCL owns three thermal power plants in the state of Punjab – Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (Bathinda), Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (Ropar) and Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (Lehra Mohabbat) with installed capacities of 460 MW, 1,260 MW and 920 MW respectively. The Pachhwara Coal Block has a balance reserve of 382 Mt to be excavated for 55 years at a peak rated capacity of 7 Mt/y.
DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THE disappearance of Caroline Graham say they are following numerous new lines of inquiry and have now launched a murder inquiry into her death.Caroline was 19 years old and was living with her boyfriend in Hanover Street at the time of her disappearance but was originally from the Newry area. It’s understood she was living in the Portadown area for around two years before she disappeared.Officers have carried out a number of extensive searches in the area surrounding her home including waste ground in the Carleton Street area of Portadown.Specialists from a variety of disciplines helped with the search to determine whether or not Caroline’s remains were buried at the location. Police searched the site previously but with the advancement of science and technology wanted a renewed search of the ground.Their main focus is to find Caroline’s remains but the search will also play a significant role in the overall investigation into the teenager’s murder.Police search an area of waste ground in Portadown, Co Armagh, for the remains of Caroline Graham this week. Paul Faith/PA WireThroughout every stage of the investigation, Caroline’s parents, sister and brother are being kept informed of the PSNI’s plans. They are also assisting police in the hope that someone will come forward with information which would bring much-needed closure for them.PSNI are asking anyone with information about Caroline’s disappearance to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or directly on 028 9070 0727 or the office mobile on 075 8522 8283. Alternatively, people can provide information without giving their details to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: Caroline Graham: Search for missing teen suspended after new information >
16 Comments By Sean Murray Coordinator for Irish rights group among 57 arrested ahead of protests in Belarus The head of the main opposition party was also arrested by police ahead of the protests in Minsk. Share40 Tweet Email 11,042 Views http://jrnl.ie/3306587 Mar 25th 2017, 3:24 PM Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 3:24 PM Image: Sergei Grits AP/Press Association Images Short URL Image: Sergei Grits AP/Press Association Images AUTHORITIES IN BELARUS raided the offices of a prominent rights group and detained dozens of people ahead of a planned protest later today.Police also arrested the leader of the main opposition party in the country, as well as detaining dozens of protesters on the streets of the capital Minsk.Viasna, a non-governmental association, said in a statement that fifty-seven of its observers were “physically searched, put onto a bus, and brought to be detained” at a local police station in Minsk.The group said that the numbers detained included international observers, representatives of foreign media and human rights organisations.The protection coordinator for Irish organisation Front Line Defenders, Masha Chichtchenkova, was among those detained by police.Viasna’s lawyer Anastasiya Loika said that all those detained were released shortly after their unexplained arrest.She said: “After we were brought to a gym, they started searching everyone. The policemen then read out the names and released us by threes”.Scores of people that turned up for the 2:00 pm (11:00 Irish time) rally in Minsk were grabbed by riot police and placed in vans, including several journalists. Some were beaten, an AFP correspondent observed.Today’s protest was the latest in a series of events against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.Thousands have attended rallies in recent weeks to oppose a controversial new tax on those who work less than six months a year, as the country suffers an economic slump, with the swell in protests alarming the government.Authorities late yesterday told organisers that the event would be illegal. Today, scores of armoured police trucks and water cannons, as well as officers armed with automatic rifles could be seen in the city.Heavy police presence Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe square where the protest had been set to start was blocked by heavy police presence, with the metro exits sealed.Police detained people at the scene, putting them in vans, but several hundred managed to walk with Belarusian red-and-white flags shouting “Shame!” before being broken up as riot police lined up to block main streets brandishing their shields.Several journalists were also detained in Minsk and in Gomel, a city in southeastern Belarus, according to the Belarus Association of Journalists NGO. The team from Belsat, an opposition channel based in Poland, had their camera smashed, it said.The Amnesty International rights group said on its Russian-language Twitter account that dozens of people were grabbed off the street “indiscriminately”.Opposition leader Vladimir Nekliayev, who was set to speak at the protest, was stopped at the border Saturday morning on his way to Minsk, his wife told AFP.“He is in a detention facility in Brest,” Olga Nekliayeva said, referring to the city in southwestern Belarus close to the Polish border.Dozens had already been arrested ahead of today’s event, as state television aired reports of alleged weapons caches discovered while police armed with automatic rifles were in the city centre for the first time in decades.Many had planned to travel to the capital from the provinces for the protest. Belarusian railway monopoly halted online sales for several hours overnight Friday to Saturday, ostensibly due to “technical works.”With reporting from AFP – © – AFP, 2017Read: ‘It is inevitable we will identify more examples of bad practice’: Garda CommissionerRead: London attacker: What we know so far about Khalid Masood Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Conor McCrave Tech giant Huawei announces €70m for research plans in Ireland Huawei currently employs around 220 people directly in Ireland, having first landed in 2004. 27 Comments 22,460 Views CHINESE TECH GIANT Huawei has announced the expansion of its Irish operation with a €70 million investment in research and development (R&D) over the next three years. The company revealed plans to grow its R&D division in Ireland by funding research in areas of video, artificial intelligence, and engineering, at its locations in Cork, Dublin and Athlone. Huawei currently employs around 220 people directly in Ireland, having first landed in 2004, and has been supporting research partnerships or a number of years through programmes at Trinity College Dublin, DCU and Science Foundation Ireland.Speaking to reporters, including TheJournal.ie at its Schenzhen headquarters in China today, rotating chairman and senior executive Guo Ping said Ireland is an ideal location for the broader expansion of its operations across Europe.“In 2008 when many European countries were combating the economic crisis, I think Ireland did very well. it was the first country to [recover], so that shows the Irish economy has great resilience.“If Ireland continues to maintain its smooth exchanges with other countries like the US, China, the UK and Japan, in terms of technologies… it will help Ireland maintain a strong position among European Union countries and become a technological hub.” Ping also said the effect of Brexit on Ireland will have a positive impact for the tech industry as multinationals try to maintain access to markets and industries across Europe. “As the UK is leaving the European Union, I think there is a great opportunity for Ireland to become a window for other companies to enter the European Union market.He added, “Ireland is a very open country and it has a very sound environment for investments, and it has a lot of outstanding talent… In the next three years we plan to invest €70 million in Ireland through these R&D centres.”The announcement comes amid ongoing tensions with the US over allegations that the company is involved with the Chinese government and its products pose a threat to cyber-security.It has led the US to restrict Huawei’s access to US markets, along with US officials urging other countries to place a ban on Huawei from rolling out its latest 5G infrastructure, claiming it would leave them vulnerable.Hauwei has repeatedly denied these allegations with both Ping and the company’s founder Ren Zhengfei arguing the US has not produced any evidence to back it up.Some 88,000 people work in R&D for Huawei, with 100 of those based in Ireland, while the rest are divided across its other centres in China and locations in other countries including India and Canada. https://jrnl.ie/4783775 Short URL Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 12:59 PM Share52 Tweet Email3 Image: Conor McCrave By Conor McCrave Aug 27th 2019, 1:00 PM
Julianna Marler, new Port of Vancouver CEO Julianna Marler’s role as CEO of the Port of Vancouver was cemented Tuesday when the board of commissioners voted 2-1 to approve the terms of her employment.Marler is the first female CEO in the port’s 105-year history.As compensation for leading the port, Marler will receive a $202,801 annual salary, a $500 monthly car allowance, a deferred compensation totaling 15 percent of her salary for a four-year term and a severance agreement valued at six months’ salary.“I look forward to working with our commissioners to ensure the port continues to be an economic engine and a good partner in building a strong and vibrant community,” Marler said in a news release.Commissioners Eric LaBrant and Brian Wolfe voted in favor of the package. Commissioner Jerry Oliver voted no.Oliver spoke highly of Marler’s credentials and leadership abilities but didn’t want the severance agreement to be included.“I’m troubled when public executive employees have rich agreements that may not in any way reflect what staff would have. It seems eminently unfair to me,” he said.Marler’s predecessor as CEO, Todd Coleman, received an annual salary of $212,000. His deferred compensation was 10 percent of his salary over four years.Coleman didn’t have a termination agreement.As CEO, Marler wants to complete the port’s $275 million West Vancouver Freight Access project early next year. Among other goals are finishing the 125,000-square-foot Centennial Industrial Building and leasing it this summer, and progressing Terminal 1 along the Columbia River in downtown Vancouver toward redevelopment.
Recommended for you Bahamas to Feature Prominently at China Conference Callenders Lawyers to Attend Shanghai Wealth Planning Forum Related Items:Bahamas Maritime Authority and Ship Registry, Bahamian aviation law expert, Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, 15 Jul 2015 – A Bahamian aviation law expert who has been invited to address an international conference said today The Bahamas is moving in the right direction toward the launch of an international aircraft registry at a time when the industry is experiencing explosive growth and new ICAO regulations are likely to add impetus to the business of private jets. “The aviation industry, particularly the business jet division, is experiencing unparalleled growth. Each new aircraft that rolls off the assembly line has to be registered somewhere and The Bahamas, which is working toward establishing a registry, is an ideal jurisdiction,” explained Callenders law firm partner Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright. “Right now, there are more than 12,000 registered jets in the U.S. alone and other jurisdictions are doing unprecedented business. While we do not yet have the legal framework in place as do competitive jurisdictions, I feel that we are taking deliberate steps in the right direction.”It was just over three years ago that Boyer-Cartwright along with the Bahamas Financial Services Board met with government officials in an effort to revive interest in establishing an international registry. Such a registry was first proposed by the BFSB more than a decade before. Now Boyer-Cartwright is concerned that this country’s window of opportunity is closing.Other jurisdictions are reaping the benefits, said the leading proponent of an international registry that would do for aircraft what the Bahamas Maritime Authority and Ship Registry do for vessels.“Ireland, which was the original aircraft registry, just announced it has launched a separate register dedicated to business jets (prefix EJ). The Irish Aviation Authority is a top notch regulator and is a world leader in aircraft registration,” said the former commercial pilot who has been practicing law for more than 20 years. The benefits of Ireland and its EJ Registry are many, Cartwright believes, including high standards of regulatory oversight, lower insurance premiums, a well-established law base, finance and taxation expertise and Cape Town Convention compliance that provides asset security for financiers. “Isle of Man, which is the fastest growing aircraft registry in the world, just registered its 796th aircraft, according to its Director of Civil Aviation Simon Williams who made the announcement last month. At that same conference on June 25, he reported that Isle of Man registered five aircraft in one hour a few weeks earlier.”Boyer-Cartwright also cited an article he received today, July 14, written by a colleague, former Isle of Man Civil Aviation Director (Acting) Brian Johnson, who noted that new ICAO (aircraft regulatory body) and European regulations for the first time separate private jets from general aviation and as of August will impose even higher standards on third country registries – something, he said, that would provide an additional layer of security and comfort for owners and financiers. A Bahamian international aircraft registry would be part of a booming aviation sector that is reported to support 4.6 million jobs and generates $107 billion in revenue across Latin America and the Caribbean.Boyer-Cartwright has been invited to speak at the 5th Annual Offshore Aircraft Aeropodium Conference in Grand Cayman in October. In December 2013, he was invited to address a major conference in Aruba and in April 2014, he was a special guest speaker at the Caribbean Aviation Symposium in Panama.“I’d like to be able to update the conference on movement in The Bahamas – the creation of an independent Civil Aviation Authority, the status of the new radar installation, negotiations with the FAA over air space,” he said.“These are exciting times and the business is knocking at our doors. A registry could open up so many new economic avenues in financing, leasing, insurance, maintenance, repairs, providing opportunities not just for employment but for entrepreneurship. And the beauty of a registry is that it does not threaten or consume natural resources. It is all good and the aviation world is waiting for us to take our rightful place on the field. My goal is to see The Bahamas secure a foothold in this industry. I believe that this country can be as competent and competitive as the rest of the major players.”
Photo Credit: The Tribune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – A shameful attempt to explain away the misuse of over $1 billion says the Free National Movement. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the FNM said the lengthy presentation in the House of Assembly by PM Perry Christie is not going to distract the FNM as the party plans to launch a proper investigation into the use of the Value Added Tax revenue.Turnquest said the Prime Minister and Finance Minister in his statement yesterday acted as if he were doing the Bahamian people a favor by accounting to them the use of VAT. Turnquest called it an attempt to swing the public adding that the only thing the PM did not do to the Bahamian people in that presentation was flip the bird at them. Turmquest surmised that the presentation and explanations were ‘disgraceful’.#MagneticMediaNews#VATpresentationdisgraceful#PLPexplainVATspending#FNMrespondstoVATpresentation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FNMrespondstoVATpresentation, #magneticmedianews, #PLPexplainVATspending, #VATpresentationdisgraceful
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami Beach 911 dispatcher was recognized for helping a family deliver their baby via phone.7’s Rosh Lowe first covered the story in The Lowedown, Thursday night. That dispatcher was honored the next morning.Amy Rosen answered a call from a father whose wife was in the process of giving birth at home. The newborn wasn’t breathing, and Rosen’s quick thinking helped save that child’s life.The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce gave Rosen plenty of praise at its annual “Heroes Pillar Breakfast,” Friday morning.“She did an excellent job, and it’s great to be recognized,” said a male 911 operator as he stood next to Rosen. “Usually with 911 operators, because we operate in the background, we don’t usually receive the recognition these folks deserve from the job that they do, so thank you again.”The chamber has a tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding individuals doing brave work in the community.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami doctor was arrested, Monday morning, in connection to abusing elderly people and falsifying records in Monroe County.According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 66-year-old Raul Arcadio Tamayo was arrested at his Miami Beach home and charged with two counts of neglect of an elderly or disabled adult. A caregiver who worked with Tamayo, 47-year-old Amarylis Maristan, is wanted for the same charges.47-year-old Amarylis MaristanBoth Tamayo and Maristan, police said, knowingly owned and operated two elderly living facilities that were unlicensed. The locations are: 173 Ocean Drive in Plantation Key and Eighth Avenue B in Key Largo.The first location was operated from April to October 2016, while the other from October to December 2016.Investigators have been working on this case since November 2016, according to officials, and it began once a report of possible elderly abuse was received by the Florida Department of Children and Families.Mariner’s Hospital in Tavernier had taken in an 85-year-old woman who was undergoing cardiac arrest. She was revived and transferred to Homestead Hospital, investigators said, where she died.Autopsy reports discovered the 85-year-old suffered from malnutrition and seizures. Dr. Tamayo was aware, police said, of her medical conditions and billed the government for seizure medication that was never given to the patient. When asked by officials, Maristan, the caregiver, was asked if Tamayo was caring for the elderly victim. Investigators said Maristan confirmed the victim was seen by the doctor.Investigators later found out that Tamayo falsified medical records that showed he cared for the victim.Tamayo’s bond has been set at $200,000.If you have any information on the whereabouts of the caregiver, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
New Delhi: Doctors at the the Hindu Rao Hospital in north Delhi continued their agitation on Tuesday to demand adequate security deployment inside the campus, a day after they met civic authorities and decided not to go on strike. A meeting was currently underway among representatives of the hospital’s Resident Doctors Association (RDA), Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA), senior civic and police officials, said Rahul Chaudhary, president of RDA. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Doctors at the North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run hospital have been protesting since Sunday and had threatened to go on strike from Monday after two of their colleagues were allegedly beaten on Saturday night by relatives of a patient who had died at the facility. On Monday, they had met civic authorities, who had assured them that their demands will be met. Post the assurance, the doctors had decided not go on strike. Agitating doctors have been demanding augmentation of security deployment and setting up of a police ‘chowki’ inside the campus of the hospital. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “We had threatened to go on a strike from Monday if our demands were no met. But, senior officials of the NDMC met us this afternoon to discus the ongoing situation,” the president of the hospital’s RDA had said on Monday, and claimed, “NDMC officials gave us assurance in writing that our demands will be met”. The clash on Saturday had allegedly broken out between doctors and relatives of a deceased patient at the hospital, the largest and oldest facility run by a civic body here. Chaudhary on Monday had said, after the “written assurance” from authorities, the RDA had decided to not call any strike and “wait and watch till 24 hours”. Advertise With Us “The authorities have assured to strengthen security deployment, including posting of a guard near the emergency department, setting up of a police chowki on the hospital campus, among other demands put forth by us,” he had said. “If they do not do something concrete in 24 hours, we will be forced to go on strike,” Chaudhary had said. The RDA’s primary demand is “presence of senior doctors” in emergency department at night time as well, as things get out of control in such situations and relatives wish to speak to senior doctors in crisis time, Chaudhary added. Two doctors Rajesh Kumar and Pranay were allegedly beaten up by the relatives of the deceased patient, a woman, who was brought to the hospital on Saturday, police had said on Sunday. Earlier this month, a similar incident had taken place in Kolkata. Junior doctors at the state-run NRS Medical College were allegedly assaulted by the relatives of a 75-year-old patient after he died due to alleged negligence.
Bhavya MunjalPR HandoutBhavya Munjal, a 22-year-old dietitian, nutritionist and owner of the company BFitWorld from Delhi, India has been changing the dynamics of health and well-being game from the past 10 years. His sole initiative has been to learn and grow in the same field.Bhavya’s diet consulting proficiency spans most nutrition sub-specialities like pediatrics, adolescent, adult and sports. He is dedicated to forging and maintaining a balanced bond with food. Be it a special diet for running your next marathon, modifying your lifestyle for certain medical condition, or simply staying in shape, Bhavya can guide you from the beginning to the finish line.Bhavya in the recent years has gained a vast amount of exposure for himself and his company BFitWorld, by consulting clients against supplement but natural nutrition usage.Bhavya Munjal strongly believes in the fact that most people don’t need to take vitamin supplements and are able to get all the vitamins and minerals they need by eating a healthy, balanced diet. He believes, by taking supplements, people are harming their own body as many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects in the body. This could make them unsafe in some situations and hurt or complicate people’s health. According to him, supplementing your diet without a proper consultation can cause weight gain and more harm to health.He has Worked with clients from all walks of life, from mothers, families, businessmen, sportsmen to artists and celebrities. Bhavya believes that healthy eating habits are determined by choice, not compulsion. He also believes that taste should not be sacrificed to make way for health. In order to guarantee clients great results, he takes into account clients’ full medical history, their personal preferences along with their health goal and plans their diet and modifies their lifestyle.
At the end of February, theRainforest Alliance announced that a cattle farm in Turrialba was the first in Costa Rica to receive its certification. This sounded like good news for the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, better known as CATIE, the organization that owns the farm. But what does it mean to be Rainforest Alliance certified?The Rainforest Alliance is an environmental nonprofit based in New York City that aims to conserve biodiversity and encourage responsible land use. The organization has a strong presence in Latin America, where it assesses farms for sustainable practices and offers certification to companies that meet their standards, which include an on-site education program, ecosystem preservation (trees in particular), water conservation, wildlife protection, progressive labor practices and a digestible diet for cows to reduce methane emissions. The standards are set by the Sustainable Agricultural Network (SAN), a separate coalition of conservation groups.“Earning Rainforest Alliance certification is a significant accomplishment for CATIE,” said José Joaquín Campos, CATIE’s general director, in a statement. “This farm will now serve as a training and education resource that will allow us to demonstrate that it is possible to produce a quality product while conserving the environment.”Costa Rica’s CATIE arm is based in Turrialba, but the organization has branches in a dozen countries, from Bolivia to the Dominican Republic. The certification only applies to the cattle farm in Costa Rica.What is significant about Costa Rica’s CATIE farm is its size and influence: The Turrialba farm consists of more than 1,490 acres of land, and products include coffee, dairy, sugarcane, beef and lumber. CATIE supplies milk to Dos Pinos, one of the nation’s staple dairy companies.While other types of farms in Costa Rica have garnered certification from the Rainforest Alliance, not a single livestock farm has succeeded until now. In the world of sustainable agriculture, cattle farms are cumbersome. Cattle produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas, and farmers routinely siphon manure into rivers. Ideally, the manure is reused as a natural fertilizer, but many farms find it cheaper to dump bovine waste and buy synthetic fertilizers.“A cattle farm is also asked to counter the impact of deforestation,” said Ana Lucía Corrales, manager of certification at Rainforest Alliance.Managers have started to catalog wild animals in the area, especially endangered species living on or near the property. Because CATIE is the first cattle farm in Costa Rica to receive the certification, Corrales hopes that other operations will be inspired to follow suit.The certification can have lucrative benefits to CATIE. Corrales has seen businesses in other countries flourish, such as a group of Brazilian farms whose stewardship won them a contract with the designer Gucci. CATIE may be able to negotiate prices, just as certified organic companies do in the U.S., but this will depend on the market.The toughest hurtle lies ahead: Certification is only valid for three years, when the Rainforest Alliance will inspect operations again. Even sustainability needs to be sustained. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts, sends ash 3 km high Police catch Costa Rica orchid thief red-handed US experts tracking wildlife trade help train Costa Rican customs inspectors Scandal-hit VW to cut investments by €1 billion, says CEO
“Birdman” is also a favorite for Best Film, and actor Michael Keaton and supporting actors Emma Stone and Edward Norton are all up for awards.If Emmanuel Lubezki takes the Oscar for cinematography, he’ll make history for winning a second Oscar in a row, following his win for “Gravity.”The Iñárritu-Lubezki duo, working together for the first time, was instrumental in giving the comedy the appearance of a single fluid scene, which infuses speed and vertigo into the story.Nearly the entire team behind “Wild Tales,” with director Damián Szifrón at the head, will arrive from Argentina for an exciting night that could give the country its third Oscar ever for Best Foreign Film. “Wild Tales” intertwines six stories charged with violence and black humor, played by actors Ricardo Darín, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Rita Cortese and Érica Rivas, among others. The film has beaten the national record for ticket sales at Argentinian theaters and has won praise from critics. “Wild Tales” won a “Goya” and other awards at the film festivals of San Sebastián and Palm Springs, and it was nominated at Cannes.Brazil returns to the nomination field with the documentary “The Salt of the Earth,” by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, about the journeys of his father, Sebastião Salgado, to capture virgin territories around the world on camera. Locations include the Brazilian Amazon, Papua New Guinea and the Arctic Circle, which appear in “Génesis,” Sebastião Salgado’s last book.Nicaragua is also celebrating the nomination of the documentary short “The Reaper,” directed by Gabriel Serra, about the work of Efraín Jiménez, a taciturn butcher on the outskirts of the Mexican capital. Serra is a talented 30-year-old Nicaraguan photographer who moved to Mexico in 2008 to work on his projects.“The Reaper,” which could win him a prized gold statuette, cost $3,000 to make. Related posts:‘The Salt of the Earth’ focuses on photographer Sebastião Salgado Divided Latin America pits fast-growing Pacific nations against lagging Atlantic ‘El Codo del Diablo’ forces viewers to rethink narrative of Costa Rica’s democratic past Beyoncé and 4 other celebrities who visited Costa Rica during 2014 Facebook Comments HOLLYWOOD, California – Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu will be Latin America’s biggest figure at this year’s Oscars thanks to his film “Birdman.” But Mexican photographer Emmanuel Lubezki (“Birdman”), the Argentinian film “Wild Tales” and documentaries from Brazil and Nicaragua will also represent the continent at Sunday’s gala.The Nicaraguan film “The Reaper” is up for best documentary short.After winning numerous awards this festival season, everything indicates that González Iñárritu will head home with several statuettes out of the nine categories for which his first black comedy was nominated. If he wins for Best Director, he’ll follow friend and fellow Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, who won the award last year for “Gravity.”