Rodong Sinmun Marks Third Anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s Death

first_img SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News Facebook Twitter Rodong Sinmun Marks Third Anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s Death There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News By Daily NK – 2014.12.17 2:43pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News last_img read more

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Squid fishing complicated by ‘200-Day Battle’

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2016.07.01 5:25pm Facebook Twitter Squid fishing complicated by ‘200-Day Battle’ News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News NewsEconomycenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE AvatarChoi Song Min News Squid fishermen intending to get to work inthe East Sea have had their businesses put on hold by the “200-Day Battle” andthe extra burden required to bypass it. Cadres, for their part, areeffortlessly collecting revenue from residents who depend on squid fishing to sustain them for the year.A source in South Hamgyong Province toldDaily NK on June 22 that while squid season has started in earnest on theeastern coast of North Korea, unlike past years, factory enterprise employeeshave been blocked from going out on the water because of stipulations relatedto the “200-Day Battle.”“Consequently, residents are required to paybribes to the relevant cadres [in exchange for time] to catch squid. Others,unable to afford the requisite bribes, are finding excuses [fabricated medicalrecords, proof of employment change, etc.] for sanctioned work leave oroutright resignation,” he said.“Fishing instruments can be pricey, costinghundreds of thousands of North Korean won. And then on top of this, it can costmillions of North Korean won to get all the requisite signatures, includingfrom the head of the work group, the manager, and the factory [Party]chairperson. After this, you need to obtain a sea entry permit from the StateSecurity Department, which also costs money.”In this fashion, many fisherman are diggingdeeper into their pockets to bribe cadres, making it harder for them to eke outa living. “The authorities are using the ‘200-Day Battle’as a pretext to extort money from the residents, he said, adding that most people regard squid fishing as a veritable “battle to live” and the “200-Day Battle” as a gratuitous burden.In coastal regions,namely North and South Hamgyong Provinces and Kangwon Province, most residentsmake their living by fishing between June to October, surviving on the profitsin the intervening months. A thriving squid population and relaxedregulations made last year a particularly successful one for North Koreans, andthis year they had hoped to expect more of the same; however, only those withenough funds to navigate the corrupt bureaucracy blocking them from going outto sea will prevail this year. In fact, university students are evenissuing money to professors and other university elites for permission to skip classand participate in the business. “The duration of time students are excusedfrom school is commensurate with the amount of money offered. To maximize theirexcused time off, students are approaching donju (nouveau riche) in order to secureloans,” he explained.Portside towns have also drawn in tollprocessors, panic buyers, and other workers looking to get involved in the squidfishing industry. Thousands of people from cities including Sinpo andDancheonhang in South Hamgyong Province or as far as away as Pyongyang gatherat seaside towns to search for jobs as crew members on the fishing expeditions,creating a confusing and bustling atmosphere, according to an additional source in South Hamgyong Province.At present, the source added, seaside regions housemore workers from outside the area than local ones, an environment unlikely to change for the duration of the squid fishing season. Some have even sold off the rights totheir home in order to purchase 8-horsepower wooden ships and rent a home orroom in the vicinity of the docks.  US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

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Electric ‘aero-ambulance’ developed at University of Sydney

first_imgElectric ‘aero-ambulance’ developed at University of Sydney ‘Vertiia’, designed to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane, will improve patient transfer times and safety. It aims to be the most efficient and longest range eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft globally.CareFlight’s Dr Toby Fogg with AMSL Aero Founder & CEO Andrew Moore. Credit: CareFlight.Vertiia in its hangar at Bankstown Aerodrome.Electric-powered ‘aero-ambulances’ that safely transport emergency patients from rural and regional areas to hospitals will become a reality in the next few years.Start-up company AMSL Aero, in collaboration with research partner the University of Sydney, autonomy and sensing specialists Mission Systems, and Australian aeromedical company, CareFlight, has developed Vertiia, an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.Due for commercial release in 2023, Vertiia will be the world’s most efficient eVTOL aircraft for passenger and aeromedical transport.Launched today at Bankstown Aerodrome by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Vertiia is the result of a $3 million federal government Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grant.Deputy Prime Minister McCormack said: “What we’re seeing here today is a revolution in aeromedical support. In the Northern Territory, for example, an aircraft that travels at 300 kilometres per hour, as Vertiia does, can reach 98 per cent of the population. What [Vertiia creator] Andrew Moore is doing is saving lives.”The invention is in line with the government’s recently released National Aviation Policy Issues Paper on Emerging Aviation Technologies, which encouraged the uptake of drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles by industry.Andrew Moore, Founder & CEO of AMSL Aero, explained the key benefits of the aircraft: “Its low operating cost and high speed will reduce rural and regional road trips, reduce transport fatalities, and reduce the cost of maintaining and building new transport infrastructure.“Vertiia’s use of hydrogen [in addition to electricity] will put us at the forefront of de-carbonised transport development globally. It will also provide air transport that is resistant to global oil price fluctuations and interruptions.”Vertiia is currently piloted, yet the team is working on technology to make it autonomous, to provide landing capabilities in low visibility and bad weather. University’s electric addition L-R: USYD graduate and AMSL Aero engineer Joshua Clement-Churn, USYD engineering student Kieran Crayn, Associate Professor Dries Verstraete, USYD graduate and AMSL Aero engineer John Wilson.University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Duncan Ivison said: “We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with AMSL Aero on the development of Vertiia, a technology which has the potential to rapidly de-carbonise air travel and improve patient transport.“‘The collaboration between the University, AMSL Aero, CareFlight, Mission Systems, [intellectual property commercialisation company] the IP Group and the Commonwealth government’s CRC-P scheme is an exemplar of the kind of collaboration we need to drive innovation in Australia.“Leading the project from the University of Sydney is Associate Professor Dries Verstraete and his team, who are deep experts in hydrogen fuel cell propulsion and multidisciplinary optimisation.”Associate Professor Verstraete, an aerospace engineer, is leading the effort to increase the aircraft’s efficiency and reduce overall operating costs.“My team has used computers to design and algorithms to optimise the aircraft structure and its propellers. This will ultimately allow AMSL Aero to reach their ambitious range and speed targets for Vertiia,” he said.Vertiia has been designed to travel efficiently from point-to-point. It will cruise at a speed of 300 kilometres per hour; twice the speed of a helicopter, and similar to that of an airplane.It is far safer than helicopters and is significantly quieter than combustion engine aircraft like helicopters – similar to Teslas versus regular cars.Associate Professor Verstraete said: “Regional and remote patient transfer can often be complicated and slow: often, patients must be taken to the airport in an ambulance, transferred onto a plane, and then back into another ambulance, whereas Vertiia aims to transfer patients from door-to-door.” CareFlight’s contribution Back view of Vertiia.Project partner CareFlight, believes the innovative technology will bring significant benefits to patient outcomes: with Vertiia, clinical services can be delivered faster, particularly in conditions adverse to traditional aviation such as poor weather and unprepared landing sites in remote areas.The company’s General Manager of Operations, Craig Gibbons, said: “CareFlight’s long history of innovation and advancement in aeromedical solutions goes back more than 30 years. Vertiia’s use of hydrogen power – and future use of pilotless aircraft technology – is ingenious. The solution will be of great benefit to patients, and with its tiny carbon footprint, has the bonus of being great for the planet.”Vertiia test flights will take place at its facility in Narromine Airport in regional New South Wales.Declaration: This research was funded by a federal government Cooperative Research Centres Projects grant. /University Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Air transport, Australia, Bankstown, carbon footprint, commonwealth, Deputy Prime Minister, Engineering, federal government, Government, infrastructure, Moore, Narromine, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Prime Minister, Sydney, university, University of Sydneylast_img read more

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Stop the Insanity & Plan Your Go-To-Market-Strategy of the Future

first_imgReddIt Twitter Share TAGS3-Tier DistributionBrian RosenExpert EditorialfeaturedMarketingRosen RetailThree TierThree Tier TalkThree-Tier System Home Wine Business Editorial Three Tier Talk Stop the Insanity & Plan Your Go-To-Market-Strategy of the FutureWine Business EditorialThree Tier TalkStop the Insanity & Plan Your Go-To-Market-Strategy of the FutureBy Brian Rosen – January 22, 2015 28 0 Email Linkedincenter_img Facebook Pinterest Advertisement AdvertisementOur business, this adult beverage trade that we all work in, is undergoing an enormous shift. We talk about the Internet impacting our business; we talk about DTC as if it is a panacea, and we mention a three-tier bottleneck casually over coffee like we are speaking about the Golden Globe speeches.Talking about the retail landscape is commonplace at baseball fields all over Napa and Sonoma. But nothing ever changes.I have been consulting with all three tiers in the alcohol beverage business for the better part of a decade and, having no “skin” in the game, this allows me a fresh perspective.There is no time like this in our history where change will come as quickly as it will, and we will measure small victories as if they were seismic.This is a battle cry for my brethren in business. The wineries, the distributors, and the retailers need to look long and hard at the landscape and ask themselves; who will Sherpa them through the coming change?In the last week alone, I have talked with leadership of Bacardi, Nomacorc, IRI, Veev, Glazers, Southern and more. The one point that runs center down the list is that go-to-market-strategy is changing.Distributors are not brand builders, DTC is helpful – but not a silver bullet, and the web is a huge opportunity that no one can figure out how to attack well, legally, and consistently.So as the afore mentioned list grows, many of today’s readers choose decision paralysis over active response.It is easier to do the same that we have always done, than to embrace pending change and even, heaven forbid, welcome it for financial benefit.Best Buy, Pets.com, Barnes & Noble, and Blackberry did nothing wrong. It was just that someone came around and did it better.Our dependence on the distribution channel without embracing other opportunities is brand suicide. Distributors are trimming labor heads and can only focus on top tier movers.That said, if you are 50-150,000 case sellers, there is a good change that your distributor and your brand are not simpatico in sales goals.Out of 100% inventory at the distributor, 20% of the goods account for 80% of the sales, thus the distributor devotes 80% of sales resources to selling 20% of their goods. If I’m outside that 20 percentile, even by 1%, that’s not a model I want to depend on.DTC will be a wonderful additive to the three tier system, but the key will be customer capture, social engagement, and digital property alignment. That means changing the ways we engage the guest in our tasting rooms, mailing lists, and socially.Off premise communication is critical to selling out of distribution into retail. The only problem is that after chains, grocery, and big box; all that is left is a spider web of 140,000 independent retailers in America.They are a difficult sell and incredibly fragmented. But they will be a salvation to wineries and brands when the chains, big boxes, and grocery start to dictate pricing back up the three-tier systemNot possible, you say; won’t happen, you chuckle. It will happen, and it has begun.There are only x number of places to sell goods. Brands are stealing customers from each other, as we are not creating new drinkers or new shoppers. When the retail places, bars, and restaurants close their doors, and the customer is buying 3 bottles at a time from DTC, we will be at the whim of the very monster we clammer to sell to today.Rosen Retail is not suffering from Chicken Little syndrome, and we will all be just fine in the scheme of things, but the handwriting is on the wall. When my clients, many smarter than me, ask why? and how? and when? It gives me pause.I can bring you all to the edge of the river, but at some point you need to drink. If you continue to do the same thing over and over again, and expect different results. That is the true definition of insanity.Expert Editorialby Brian Rosen, Rosen Retail MethodRosen Retail for Alcohol Beverage offers support to retailers and suppliers alike, having created Supplier Boot Camp and Retailer Boot Camp and other award-winning programs that increase gross margin for retailers and cases sold for suppliers. Brian Rosen can be reached at [email protected] or twitter @rosenretail. Previous articleAfternoon Brief, January 21Next articleFirst Annual Oakland Wine Festival Set for July 18, 2015 Brian Rosenlast_img read more

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Tata Trusts upgrading government hospitals in Maharashtra, UP

first_img Related Posts By EH News Bureau on May 14, 2020 Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Tata Trusts upgrading government hospitals in Maharashtra, UP Each hospital will be armed with critical care capabilities, minor operation theatres, basic pathology, radiology, facilities for dialysis, blood storage and telemedicine unitsTata Trusts is upgrading four government hospital buildings, two in Uttar Pradesh and two in Maharashtra, into COVID-19 treatment centres. The facilities, including both in-patient and out-patient wings, are permanent and will enduringly enhance healthcare in their locations, even after the immediate purpose is met.The Trusts’ intervention follows the Ratan N Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts statement that “Urgent emergency resources need to be deployed to cope with the needs of fighting the COVID-19 crisis, which is one of the toughest challenges the human race will face.”In Maharashtra, the hospitals are at Sangli (50 beds) and Buldhana (106 beds), and in Uttar Pradesh at Gautam Buddha Nagar (168 beds) and Gonda (106 beds). The treatment centres in Uttar Pradesh are in collaboration with a partner organisation. The decision to upgrade existing infrastructure was to bring speed and make use, wherever possible, of existing capabilities and services. The Trusts are attempting to hand over the facilities by June 15, 2020.Each hospital will be armed with critical care capabilities, minor operation theatres, basic pathology and radiology, facilities for dialysis and blood storage and telemedicine units.Tata Trusts is harnessing its experience in establishing cancer care facilities and connected service providers to modernise these hospitals. The construction is being done by Tata Projects, the design is by Edifice Consultants, and equipment are being sourced from leading manufacturers. This is the third such intervention of the Trusts to support India in its COVID-19 response.The Trusts have already begun donating to State Governments and individual hospitals personal protection equipment, including coveralls, N95 / KN95 masks, surgical masks, gloves and goggles. Thus far, PPE supplies have gone out to about 26 states and Union Territories.The Trusts have also done a pan-India community outreach to induce adoption of health practices, as promoted by the Government of India, in rural areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning March 31, the exercise is expected to have already reached about 21 million people in 21 states. For wider deployment by any interested organisation, the Trusts have made publicly available through social media about 300 such videos and audio messages, in different languages, and dialects like Dongri, Kumaoni, Ladakhi, Garhwali, Santhali, Mundari, Kutchi (Gujarat) and Koborok (Tripura). All of them are available in the playlist here . The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share Comments (0) COVID-19Government hospitalMaharashtraTata TrustsUttar Pradesh WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 News Add Commentlast_img read more

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Jamaicans Learn Best Practices In Disabilities Policy

first_imgRepresentatives of organisations that provide support to the disabled community recently got the opportunity to learn from best practices in disabilities policy when they travelled to the United States (US) to observe the execution of that country’s disabilities act.The visit was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) International Visitor Leadership Project under the theme: ‘Advocacy and Inclusiveness for the Disabled’.The five-member delegation got the opportunity to observe the application of the over two decades old Americans with Disabilities Act, even as Jamaica prepares to implement similar legislation.Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Christine Hendricks, said the visit was “very insightful” especially since the JCPD will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the National Disabilities Act.“The act will enable us (the JCPD) to be a body corporate while still reporting to the Minister of Labour and Social Security. We (the JCPD) will have the responsibility to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are upheld, that (adequate) service is being provided and that discrimination does not take place,” she informed.In addition, a disabilities rights tribunal will be attached to the JCPD that will have the responsibility to hear complaints of persons with disabilities and adjudicate where necessary. The council will also be charged with the drafting of codes of practice and regulations.Project Coordinator at Junior Achievement Jamaica, Stephanie McIntyre, who was among the delegation to the US, said the experience changed her perspective on disabilities.“I realized that (the term) disability is so broad and not just confined to the physical but there are mental and intellectual disabilities. We also learned to look at HIV, asthma, cancer and anything that affects your major function in life as a disability,’ she noted.Acting Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy, Robert Piehel, said the visit provided the perfect opportunity for the group to experience the day-to-day application of policies that promote the rights of the disabled.“We saw here in Jamaica, as the disabilities act was winding its way through Parliament that it was time for (them to see) the programmes we have and to leverage that and be a force multiplier, and to help the population here,” he said.Mr. Piehel also added that having a disability does not mean that a person is not able to effectively contribute to society, noting that “we should unearth what those persons can contribute and make the best use of their skills”.“There are many people, who have physical disabilities (but) they are very capable in many ways, and for society to function properly it is better if everybody, who can contribute (does so),” he told JIS News.In the meantime, Mrs. Hendricks said that while she is hopeful for “a Jamaica that is… all inclusive” there is major work to be done to change the attitude of the public towards the disabled.“People are sometimes skeptical because they do not know and understand. With the awareness, hopefully overtime, (person’s mindset and attitudes) will change since that is something that cannot be legislated,” the JCPD head stated. RelatedNCDA Calls for Partnership to Address Youth Substance Abuse Photo: JIS PhotographerExecutive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, Christine Hendricks (left), shares experiences from her recent visit to the United States (US) to observe the execution of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as Jamaica prepares to implement its own disabilities legislation. Listening (from 2nd left) are: Transition Officer at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Kimberley Sherlock; Head, Physiotherapy Department, South East Regional Health Authority, Suzanne Harris Henry; and Project Coordinator, Junior Achievement Jamaica, Stephanie McIntyre, who also participated in the trip to the US from July 23 to August 9. Jamaicans Learn Best Practices In Disabilities PolicyJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Transition Officer at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Kimberley Sherlock, who also participated, stated that the transformation is not only for the abled in society but also for those who are disabled, especially those in the deaf community, who sometimes struggle to communicate.Head, Physiotherapy Department, South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Suzanne Harris Henry, shared that consideration must also be given to persons, who may have acquired a disability throughout their lifetime and need a sense of hope to be re-integrated into society.The participants also said that while they will continue to train and sensitize the public, it is also just as important for the trainers and those at the helm, who will lead the execution of the disabilities act, to remain informed of the services and technologies that exist to serve the disabled community.The project, administered by the Institute of International Education, was conducted from July 23 to August 9, 2014 across three states in America. Jamaicans Learn Best Practices In Disabilities Policy Health & WellnessSeptember 3, 2014Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsRepresentatives of organisations that provide support to the disabled community recently got the opportunity to learn from best practices in disabilities policy when they travelled to the United States (US) to observe the execution of that country’s disabilities act.The visit was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) International Visitor Leadership Project under the theme: ‘Advocacy and Inclusiveness for the Disabled’. Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Christine Hendricks, said the visit was “very insightful” especially since the JCPD will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the National Disabilities Act. 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Mothers Urged to Breastfeed for Six Months

first_imgMothers Urged to Breastfeed for Six Months Health & WellnessOctober 1, 2014Written by: Peta-Gay Hodges FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Mothers Urged to Breastfeed for Six MonthsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay The Ministry of Health is urging mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively up to the age of six months where possible, particularly in light of current economic conditions.Director of Nutrition in the Ministry, Sharmaine Edwards, speaking at a recent Breastfeeding Week seminar, explained that food security is becoming more of a concern, based on the increase in worldwide hunger since 2008, as a result of skyrocketing food and fuel prices.“Mothers need to remember that the economic climate is undermining food security, yet the breast is there ready with milk anytime, any place, at the right temperature with all the right nutrients for the infant,” she explained. The Director pointed out that there is no need to incur additional cost by purchasing formula for a baby that is under the age of six months, once the necessary conditions are right.Mrs. Edwards said that another important reason to maintain a recommended breastfeeding regimen is to build resistance to diseases later in life.She pointed out that according to both the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), optimal infant feeding is the single most important intervention in public health that can impact on disease outcome and survival.The Director highlighted the fact that “19 per cent of deaths and chronic diseases can be prevented by infant and young child feeding practices.” Mrs. Edwards said that in Jamaica there are some poor feeding practices, including introducing babies to solid food from as early as 6 days old.“Although many campaigns have taken place outlining good feeding practices, we are still below the international breastfeeding targets. We have achieved the international target for six weeks, which is 50 per cent; however, we are at 35 per cent for three months and at 23.8 per cent for six months,” she added.Mrs. Edwards noted that the rate for 6 months has improved over the 15 per cent recorded in 2005.Pointing to the new Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy that was recently passed by Cabinet, the Director said the Ministry believes the policy will help to change the environment.She cited inadequate support in the workplace and  inappropriate marketing practices for breast milk substitutes as some barriers to infant feeding, adding that the policy will put some measures in place to monitor what is happening in that regard.Participating in the seminar were expectant, nursing and more experienced mothers, fathers, health professionals, and special interest groups. RelatedProposal for Redesign of Primary Health Care System for Cabinet RelatedNurses Get More Training as Improvements in Primary Health Care Continuecenter_img Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Health is urging mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively up to the age of six months where possible, particularly in light of current economic conditions. Director of Nutrition in the Ministry, Sharmaine Edwards, speaking at a recent Breastfeeding Week seminar, explained that food security is becoming more of a concern, based on the increase in worldwide hunger since 2008, as a result of skyrocketing food and fuel pricesThe Director highlighted the fact that “19 per cent of deaths and chronic diseases can be prevented by infant and young child feeding practices.” RelatedMedical Professionals Receive Training Under Maternal and Child Health Programme Photo: JIS PhotographerActing Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr. Marion Bullock-DuCasse engages Holly Lee, one of the panelists at a Ministry of Health Breastfeeding Forum and Mrs. Sharmaine Edwards, Director of Nutrition in the Ministry of Health in conversation. Also pictured is the infant daughter of one of the many attendees. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak May. 20, 2020 at 5:00 amCovid-19EnvironmentStudy: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peakAssociated Press1 year agocarbon pollutionpandemic peak SETH BORENSTEINAP Science WriterThe world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found.But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back toward normal, the brief pollution break will likely be “a drop in the ocean” when it comes to climate change, scientists said.In their study of carbon dioxide emissions during the coronavirus pandemic, an international team of scientists calculated that pollution levels are heading back up — and for the year will end up between 4% and 7% lower than 2019 levels. That’s still the biggest annual drop in carbon emissions since World War II.It’ll be 7% if the strictest lockdown rules remain all year long across much of the globe, 4% if they are lifted soon.For a week in April, the United States cut its carbon dioxide levels by about one-third. China, the world’s biggest emitter of heat-trapping gases, sliced its carbon pollution by nearly a quarter in February, according to a study Tuesday in the journal Nature Climate Change. India and Europe cut emissions by 26% and 27% respectively.The biggest global drop was from April 4 through 9 when the world was spewing 18.7 million tons (17 million metric tons) of carbon pollution a day less than it was doing on New Year’s Day.Such low global emission levels haven’t been recorded since 2006. But if the world returns to its slowly increasing pollution levels next year, the temporary reduction amounts to ”a drop in the ocean,” said study lead author Corinne LeQuere, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia.“It’s like you have a bath filled with water and you’re turning off the tap for 10 seconds,” she said.By April 30, the world carbon pollution levels had grown by 3.3 million tons (3 million metric tons) a day from its low point earlier in the month. Carbon dioxide stays in the air for about a century.Outside experts praised the study as the most comprehensive yet, saying it shows how much effort is needed to prevent dangerous levels of further global warming.“That underscores a simple truth: Individual behavior alone … won’t get us there,” Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann, who wasn’t part of the study, said in an email. “We need fundamental structural change.”If the world could keep up annual emission cuts like this without a pandemic for a couple decades, there’s a decent chance Earth can avoid warming another 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) of warming from now, study authors said. But getting the type of yearly cuts to reach that international goal is unlikely, they said.If next year returns to 2019 pollution levels, it means the world has only bought about a year’s delay in hitting the extra 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) of warming that leaders are trying to avoid, LeQuere said. That level could still occur anywhere from 2050 to 2070, the authors said.The study was carried out by Global Carbon Project, a consortium of international scientists that produces the authoritative annual estimate of carbon dioxide emissions. They looked at 450 databases showing daily energy use and introduced a measurement scale for pandemic-related societal “confinement” in its estimates.Nearly half the emission reductions came from less transportation pollution, mostly involving cars and trucks, the authors said. By contrast, the study found that drastic reductions in air travel only accounted for 10% of the overall pollution drop.In the U.S., the biggest pollution declines were seen in California and Washington with plunges of more than 40%.Tags :carbon pollutionpandemic peakshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentJump, now owned by Lime, pulls out of Santa MonicaWestside School of Ballet in danger of closingYou Might Also LikeCovid-19FeaturedNewsCovid protocols could persist in some business settingsMatthew Hall1 week agoCovid-19FeaturedHealthLifeNewsLA’s unhoused population plagued by an epidemic of mental illnessClara Harter2 weeks agoCovid-19FeaturedHealthNewsPfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12Guest Author1 month agoCovid-19HealthNewsUS health panel urges restarting J&J COVID-19 vaccinationsAssociated Press2 months agoCovid-19HealthNewsCOVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizensAssociated Press2 months agoCovid-19FeaturedHealthNewsVaccineHomeless Americans finally getting a chance at COVID-19 shoteditor2 months agolast_img read more

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FCC begins inventory of Chinese kit

first_img Tags FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Related Previous ArticleJazz, Telenor agree Pakistan wallet tie-upNext ArticleMTN Uganda, Vodacom Tanzania sign remittance pact AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 FEB 2020 Diana Goovaerts Federal Communications Commission (FCC)HuaweiZTE Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US?center_img Home FCC begins inventory of Chinese kit Latest Stories Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began collecting information from operators about how much Huawei and ZTE equipment is currently in use in their networks, as it presses ahead with an effort to force the replacement of their kit.Operators were asked to report whether they own or employ equipment and services from the vendors and, if so, what these are. They are also being asked for details of the original purchase and installation costs, along with estimates of how much it would cost to remove and replace it.Reporting is mandatory for operators which receive federal subsidies from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund (USF) and voluntary for those which do not. Responses are due by 22 April.The FCC branded Huawei and ZTE as security threats in 2019 and moved to ban the use of their gear in domestic networks. It wants operators receiving government funds to replace any equipment already in use.In a statement, FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the regulator is “moving forward quickly to identify where equipment and services from these suppliers are embedded in our communications networks and, where they do have a foothold, to be in a position to help remove them”.The FCC said the inventory take will help it better assess reimbursement requirements for removal of the equipment.In its original order, the regulator tentatively estimated the average cost to replace existing kit would fall between $40 million and $45 million per operator. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author ZTE pushes flexibility, simplicity in private 5G networkslast_img read more

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Protest to take place outside LUH today against maternity restrictions

first_img Previous articleFive-day moving average of Covid-19 down 12%Next articleNew walk-in Covid test centre opening in Carndonagh today News Highland By News Highland – May 11, 2021 Protest to take place outside LUH today against maternity restrictions Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+center_img Twitter WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A protest is being held outside Letterkenny University Hospital this morning to highlight how Covid-19 restrictions are affecting maternity patients and their partners.Maternity advocacy group AIMS will be holding similar protests at Holles Street and The Coombe in Dublin and Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, Co. Louth.They’re calling for an easing of restrictions that prevent partners from attending scans.Further protests are planned for later this week in Cork, Killkenny, Westmeath, Laois, Limerick, Wexford and Sligo. Pinterest Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews WhatsApplast_img read more

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