Some Holes Cannot Be Climbed Out Of

first_imgJust days ago I urged journalism teachers to force students to learn about business and finance. In particular, I want students to understand debt financing, which has put a stranglehold on many publications.My hope is that by understanding the murderously difficult environment in which many publishers operate, students will made better decisions about their career path.To that end, I offer a reading assignment. Reuters has published a lengthy and well-reasoned article showing that it will be damn near impossible for Sam Zell to avoid a default at the Tribune Co., which is groaning beneath $4 billion of debt and some tough-to-meet debt covenants. You can check out the article here. Students who take the CliffNotes approach to study can get everything they need from PaidContent’s take.Those of us in b-to-b should avoid the urge to feel smug about the nightmare that is newspaper finance. In our end of the industry, things are likely just as bad. But since so many of our major players are privately held, we just don’t know how ugly the balance sheets may be.And as I’ve said before, I’m worried.Read more here …last_img read more

Foxconn to Produce Xiaomi Smartphones in India

first_imgFollowing Foxconn Technology Group’s recent announcement to shift some of its manufacturing operations to India from China, it has been learnt that Taiwan’s tech giant will produce Xiaomi smartphones in Andhra Pradesh.The world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer will make about 10,000 phones per day for Xiaomi at a leased facility in Sri City, located in southern part of Andhra Pradesh, a source told The Economic Times.Foxconn is also planning on making smartphones, tablets, televisions, routers, set-top boxes and printers in India, said a source.Earlier, Apple iPhone assembler Foxconn had said it would set up 10 to 12 manufacturing units in India by 2020. The electronics contract manufacturer seems to be in discussions with its top client Apple on the proposed investments in India.Each facility is expected to employ at least 10,000 people and the company plans to invest about $2 billion (₹12,700 crore) towards setting up these facilities over the next five years.”India is the top priority for the company, which is why Foxconn is already holding talks with various state governments,” said the source.Confirming initial talks with the Indian authorities, a source close to the development said the company is weighing options to start manufacturing units in various states, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.Currently, Foxconn manufactures iPhones and iPads for Apple and Kindle e-book readers for Amazon Inc, besides making electronics equipment for top global tech firms such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.Foxconn wants to shift its operations to India due to rising wages in China.In April, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi had also announced to set up manufacturing units in India as it saw robust demand for its phones in the world’s third largest smartphone market.”Our manufacturing plans are still a work-in-progress. Until we finalise on them, we won’t be able to comment on speculation,” said Xiaomi India spokesperson.Founded in 2010, Xiaomi witnessed rapid growth to emerge as the top smartphone vendor in China, the world’s second largest smartphone market. The company’s smartphone shipments more than tripled to 61.1 million units last year, with revenues seeing a two-fold increase.last_img read more

Plans For New Psychiatric Hospital Unveiled In Houston

first_imgImage courtesy of UTHealthRendering of the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health.Plans for a new psychiatric hospital in Houston were unveiled Friday.The name of the facility will be UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health. It is a joint project of the Texas State Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).The facility, which will be located in the Texas Medical Center, is greatly needed because one in 25 adults in Harris County has a serious mental illness and there aren’t enough beds for those requiring hospitalization.The campus was created with $125 million in state funds approved by the 2017 Legislative Budget Board and Gov. Greg Abbott to HHSC. It is part of a large initiative to improve behavioral health across the state.Once complete, the campus, which includes the new hospital and UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC), will become the largest academic psychiatric  hospital in the United States.Stephen Glazier, chief operating officer of UTHealth’s Harris County Psychiatric Center, will oversee the new hospital. He said the hospital will hopefully take pressure off of facilities that aren’t able to meet demand — especially in crisis cases, which fall under acute care. “We absolutely need more acute care beds,” Glazier noted, “and this building is going to address that.”With an additional 240 beds arranged in 10 units, the new hospital will focus on reducing rapid readmissions and improving outcomes for super utilizers – those with four or more stays per year.The facility will also have subacute care units for patients who need a longer stay to heal.Glazier said they will break ground on the hospital this summer and hopefully complete construction by the end of 2021.Editor’s Note: Based on information provided by UTHealth’s Media Relations Department, the original version of this story incorrectly reported the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health is the first psychiatric hospital built in Houston in the last 30 years. However, the Menninger Clinic opened a psychiatric hospital located near the Texas Medical Center in April 2012. This story has been updated. Sharelast_img read more

County Wins Three National Awards

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comThree Prince George’s County government agencies received awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) during their 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition.  These national awards recognize programs that are innovative by improving services for residents. “We are working to make you proud, bringing efficient, effective and award winning government services that utilize [innovation] to further enhance the quality of life for all our citizens,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsoborooks through a public statement. The agencies that were honored are the County’s Department of Corrections, the Department of the Environment and the Office of Community Relations.  Alsobrooks’ “Clean County” campaign garnered a significant boost after it was recognized for the impact of the “Piloting Food Scrap Collection to Improve Organic Waste Recovery at the County Level” program.Prince George’s County won three awards from the National Association of Counties during their 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition. (Courtesy Photo0This program, which started in 2013 as a year-long pilot for 500 County households receiving residential curbside waste collection services, has helped reduce it’s continuous waste diversion and zero waste goals.   A recent “Waste Characterization Report” determined that 31.3 percent of the trash currently dumped at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill in Upper Marlboro includes food scraps and other decayed organic material than can be used as a plant fertilizer.  The program diverts materials that are accepted and composted at the Prince George’s Organics Composting Facility which is touted as the largest municipal facility on the east coast. Food scraps are combined with the County’s collected yard trim and turned into a landscaping product called Leafgro. Approximately 172,000 households in the County and have their grass clippings, leaves, brush, small branches, and Christmas trees delivered to the facility. Once the yard trim is delivered, it is ground, placed in windrows and processed into compost which is sold to wholesalers in bulk.  For that effort, the program earned NACo’s “County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability Award.”After developing the 311 on the Go program, Prince George’s County won the “2019 Achievement Award for Civic Engagement and Public Information.”  The program increases citizen engagement and builds a more informed public through aggressive community outreach. It is designed to be the bridge that connects citizens, businesses and visitors to County information and resources.  They partner with other government agencies and County Council representatives that provide residents with the tools and resources which are designed to advocate for their needs.  The Department of Corrections’ Employee Support Unit earned NaCo’s “Achievement Award in the Personnel Management, Employment and Training” category.   Correctional facilities across the country are facing challenges, whose professional environment leads to a higher risk for health risks. Addiction, depression, anxiety, domestic violence and diabetes have contributed to physical issues that impede these County employees quality of life.Family engagement of correctional employees is at the core of this program, because they often share their stress and are recipients of the burden of parents or spouses who face difficult work hours in a challenging environment to their mental health. The Department hosts family tours throughout the year to give family members an opportunity to see how the correctional facilities operate and gives those loved ones a chance to address their concerns.  The Unit was honored for creating programs to deal with these issues by using a holistic approach to meet the needs of the staff with an onsite staff psychology coordinator, workshops and peer support groups.last_img read more

Did You Know

first_imgStory Links Did you know…?An institution may provide entertainment on an official visit for a prospective student-athlete and up to four family members accompanying the PSA only within a 30-mile radius of the institution’s main campus, this includes our Belknap Campus and Health Sciences Campus (pictured above). It is not permissible to entertain friends (including dates) of a PSA at any time at any site. It is permissible for the institution to provide entertainment expenses to the entire team. See Bylaws 13.6.7.1 and 16.7 below for more information.13.6.7 Entertainment/Tickets on Official Visit. [A]13.6.7.1 General Restrictions. [A] An institution may provide entertainment, pursuant to Bylaw 13.6.7.5, on the official visit for a prospective student-athlete and up to four family members accompanying the prospective student-athlete within a 30-mile radius of the institution’s main campus. Entertainment and contact by representatives of the institution’s athletics interests during the official visit are prohibited. It is not permissible to entertain friends (including dates) of a prospective student-athlete at any time at any site. [R] (Revised: 10/28/97, 11/1/00, 4/23/14, 1/15/16 effective 8/1/16)13.6.7.1.1 Meals and Lodging While in Transit. [A] It is permissible for an institution to pay a prospective student-athlete’s actual costs for reasonable expenses (e.g., meals, lodging) incurred while traveling to and from campus on the official visit. In basketball, an institution may pay the actual costs for meals and lodging for a prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardians (expenses for up to two people) that are incurred while traveling to and from campus to accompany the prospective student-athlete on his official visit. (Revised: 10/27/11 effective 8/1/12, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13, 4/25/18)13.6.7.1.1.1 Meals and Lodging in Transit for Family Members—Bowl Subdivision Football. [FBS] In bowl subdivision football, an institution may pay the actual costs for meals and lodging for a prospective student-athlete’s family members (expenses for up to two people) that are incurred while traveling to and from campus to accompany the prospective student-athlete on his official visit. (Adopted: 4/28/16 effective 8/1/16, Revised: 4/25/18)16.7 Entertainment. [A]An institution, conference or the NCAA may provide reasonable entertainment (but may not provide cash for such entertainment) to student-athletes during the playing season, outside the playing season during the academic year when classes are in session and during the period in which they are required to participate in summer athletic activities pursuant to Bylaw 17.1.7.2.1.5. [R] (Revised: 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13, 8/7/14, 1/20/17 effective 8/1/17)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

CBI has become BJPs policing agency alleges Mamata Banerjee

first_imgNew Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday alleged that the Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has become the BJP’s policing agency. The Trinamool Congress chief’s remarks come amid the ongoing spat between two top officers of the agency. “CBI has now become so called BBI (BJP Bureau of Investigation) – very unfortunate!” Banerjee tweeted. The government has divested CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana of all powers amid the ongoing spat between them, sources said, calling it the first such case in the history of the agency. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The prime minister-led Appointments Committee Tuesday night gave charge of the director to Joint Director M Nageshwara Rao with immediate effect, a government order said. According to the law, the CBI director is appointed for a fixed tenure of two years. Earlier, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wondered if Verma was “sacked” for his keenness to probe the “layers of corruption” in the Rafale scam and sought an answer from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was no immediate comment either from the government or the ruling BJP on the allegations levelled by opposition parties.last_img read more

Two arrested in Kolkata for betting on World Cup match

first_imgKolkata: Two people were arrested here for illegal betting in the cricket World Cup 2019 match between India and West Indies, a Kolkata Police official said on Friday. “Acting on a tip off, a team of officials conducted raids in different parts of the city on Thursday night and arrested Md. Inam alias Guddu from Tantibagan Lane area for allegedly betting on the match,” Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime) Praveen Tripathi said. Two mobile phones used for betting were also seized from him. “Further raids were conducted based on the accused’s statement and one more person, Rajkumar Shaw was arrested on the same charges from Topsia area,” Tripathi added. A desktop and mobile phones used by Shaw for betting have been seized.last_img read more

Uruguay approves samesex marriage in historic vote

first_imgNo related posts. Uruguay’s legislature voted Wednesday to allow same-sex marriages nationwide, making it only the second Latin American country to do so.The vote, with 71 of the 92 members of the lower House backing the measure, was welcomed with cries of “freedom, freedom” and “equality” from members of the public who burst into applause.The Senate last week approved a bill legalizing marriage between “two people of different or the same sex.”“Tomorrow, we will have a more just, more equal society with more rights for everyone,” said Sebastian Sabini, a lawmaker from the Frente Amplio ruling coalition.Uruguay’s move came after Argentina approved gay marriage in 2010. Same-sex marriage has been permitted in Mexico City, but not the rest of the country, since 2009.The Catholic Church appealed during Easter week for the defense of the institution of marriage, but only eight opposition senators voted against the bill, while 23 voted in favor.“Today, the Uruguayan state recognizes a form of love that is different from heterosexual love but just as valid,” said Federico Grana of the Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep) collective representing gays, lesbians and transvestites. “This victory is a victory for all social groups fighting for a fairer and egalitarian society.”An emotional Michelle Suárez, the country’s first transsexual lawyer and author of the initial equal marriage bill, expressed “profound joy” at the “substantive” vote.On May 1 Square in front of the Legislative Palace, dozens of supporters waved rainbow flags, while electronic music played in the background.“Last night, I could not sleep. I’m very excited,” said Roberto Acosta, 62, dressed in gold from head to toe and wearing a hat with gay pride colors. “It’s amazing to fight for so long and to win.”Silvina, who declined to give her last name because her parents do not know her sexual orientation, said that more tolerance was still needed despite the milestone.“Supposedly, we are a tolerant country. But I had rocks thrown at me just a few weeks ago just for laughing with someone in the street,” she said. “But I do hope this starts to make people aware of things now. At least the legal side of things will be taken care of.”Over the past six years, Uruguay has legalized civil unions for homosexuals and the adoption of children by same sex couples, as well as opened the military to gays.The new law allowing same-sex marriage also includes other changes that apply to all regardless of sexual orientation, including some concerning divorce, inheritance and adoption.The minimum age for legal marriage will increase to 16 for all instead of the current 12 for women and 14 for men.Same-sex couples who adopt will be allowed to choose the order in which a child uses family names.The new law will take effect 90 days after its enactment. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The silver equities traded almost in lock step wit

first_img The silver equities traded almost in lock step with their golden brethren—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.73%. Palladium didn’t do much until shortly before 11 a.m. in Zurich.  The tiny rally from there tacked a percent on the price, but the traders in New York cut that gain in half by the close—and palladium finished up another four bucks at $869.00 spot.  They’re certainly not letting this metal, and platinum, run away to the upside, which is what they both want to do. First Majestic is a mining company focused on silver production in México and is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets. The Company presently owns and operates five producing silver mines; the La Parrilla Silver Mine, the San Martin Silver Mine, the La Encantada Silver Mine, the La Guitarra Silver Mine, and the Del Toro Silver Mine. Production from these five mines is anticipated to be between 12.70 to 13.35 million ounces of pure silver or 14.85 to 15.60 million ounces of silver equivalents in 2014. Please visit our website for more information. It was a Groundhog Day in platinum After the obligatory sell-off at the New York open on Monday evening, the gold price headed a bit lower in Far East trading on their Tuesday—and didn’t rally until 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, an hour before the London open.  That rally, such as it was, got dealt with in the usual manner by a seller of last resort once the London p.m. gold “fix” was in.  The low came around noon EDT—and from there it rallied gently until 4 p.m.—and then traded flat from there. The high and low tick were recorded by the CME Group as $1,325.70 and $1,314.30 in the August contract. Gold finished the Tuesday trading session at $1,319.60 spot, down 40 cents from Monday’s close.  Net volume was pretty light at 96,000 contracts. Silver also had the same obligatory sell-off at the New York open on Monday night.  Silver traded lower until a rally began at the noon silver fix in London—and that rally got stepped on minutes after the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open.  The HFT boyz did the rest once the p.m. gold fix was done.  Silver’s low was also at noon in New York—and the subsequent rally made it back to Monday’s close minutes after 4 p.m. in electronic trading, before selling off a few pennies. The high and low were recorded as $21.245 and $20.955 in the September contract. Silver finished the day at $21.015 spot, down 3 cents from Monday.  Volume, net of July and August, was very robust at 44,500 contracts. The gold stocks gapped up a bit at the open—and stayed up until the HFT boyz took gold down at the London p.m. gold fix.  From that point the stocks slid into negative territory, with the low of the day coming minutes after 11:30 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally took the stocks back into positive territory, hitting their absolute highs around 2:30 p.m. in New York—and then traded sideways into the close.  The HUI finished up 1.49%. Platinum had a similar trading pattern on Tuesday as it did on Monday—and the price finished exactly on its Monday close as well—$1,491.00 spot—and a dollar off its Friday close.  What are the chances that these were free market events? As you can see, we’re still chopping sideways in price in both metals waiting for some sort of resolution to this this current overbought situation—and the now wildly bearish COT numbers, especially in silver.  I’m also aware that there may be a ‘black swan’ out there—and just as much as a precious metal shortage would end the price management scheme, the same can be said for some other potential “long tail” events that are unknown to us at the moment. Yesterday at the close of Comex trading, was the cut-off for Friday’s COT Report—and just looking at the five day reporting period on the charts above, I would guess that we’ll see more deterioration in the Commercial net short position in both gold and silver, but mostly in gold.  I’ll be happy to wrong, but that’s the way I’d bet ten bucks if forced to. As I type this paragraph, it’s about 45 minutes to the London open.  All four precious metals are up a bit from their respective closes on Tuesday.  Gold volume is pretty light, but higher than it was this time yesterday.  Silver volume is light as well—and lower that it was on Tuesday at this time.  The dollar index is flat. And as I prepared to send this out the door at 4:45 a.m. EDT, I note that not a lot has changed since I wrote the above paragraph a bit over two hours ago.  All four precious metals are hanging onto some or all of their gains from back then—and volumes are more or less what I expect at this time of day when there isn’t much going on from a price perspective.  The dollar index, which had been flat, dipped within spitting distance of the 80.00 level about forty minutes before the London open, but a buyer of last resort was there to save the day. I haven’t the foggiest idea as to what the rest of the Wednesday trading session will bring—and nothing will surprise me when I look at the gold chart later this morning. Enjoy your day—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 80.22—and it rose to its 80.29 ‘high’ by 11:15 a.m. BST in London.  By noon in New York it was at its 80.15 ‘low’ by noon in New York.  It didn’t do much after that—and finished the Monday session at 80.17—down a whole 5 basis points. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 25 gold and 40 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  Jefferies was the issuer on all of them in both metals—and the stoppers were “all the usual suspects”—and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another deposit into GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant added 67,372 troy ounces.  And as of 9:47 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Just as a matter of interest, since the rallies in both gold and silver began a bit over a month ago, there has been 424,653 troy ounces of gold added to GLD—and 10.31 million troy ounces of silver withdrawn from SLV.  There have been no deposits of silver at all—only withdrawals.  Ted Butler says that SLV is owned about 8 million ounces. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 2,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—-and 130,000 silver eagles. The Royal Canadian Mint posted its Q1-2014 report on its website the other day—and here is what they had to say about bullion sales on pages 5 and 6—“Sales of Gold Maple Leaf (GML) coins declined 34.6% to 176,000 ounces compared to 269,000 ounces in the same period in 2013. Sales of Silver Maple Leaf (SML) coins increased 24.2% to 8.2 million ounces from 6.6 million ounces in the same period last year. The decline in GML sales reflects the lack of volatility in the gold price during the fourth quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014 as well as continuing activity in the gold bullion secondary market. The increase in SML sales reflects continued strong demand in North America, Europe and emerging markets such as Southeast Asia.“ “Refinery revenues were up slightly in the thirteen weeks to March 29, 2014. Gold rough deposits increased as the Mint competes successfully for a growing market share. This was partially offset by a decline in silver rough deposits due to increased competition in the silver refining sector. Also contributing to this growth was an increase in sales of 1 kg gold bars, which increased 525% to 18,099 bars, which offset a contraction in sales of 100 oz silver bars, which decreased 25% to 12,562 bars.“ Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday there was a decent amount of gold deposited, as HSBC USA took in 32,092 troy ounces.  None was reported shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. As is almost always the case, the activity in silver was far bigger.  Only 9,903 troy ounces were reported received, but a very decent 1,157,462 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that action is here. I have a far more reasonable number of stories today—and there should be at least a couple in here that you’ll find of interest. It was one of the largest three week Commitment of Trader changes in memory for gold, as more than 97,000 commercial contracts were sold on a $70 gold price rally since June 10. Most notable was that the raptors accounted for 80,000 contracts of the commercial selling and the technical funds 88,000 contracts of the buy side. Never have two distinct groups controlled so much of the positioning.   In COMEX silver futures, the 9,100 contract increase put the total commercial net short position at 52,000 contracts. This is highest level of commercial shorts in COMEX silver since December 18, 2012. I hope everyone knows that “highest” here means, in COT terms, most bearish. I must point out that in December 2012 silver was around $34; whereas today the price is near $21 and below the cost of production for many primary silver miners. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 07 July 2014 Another day—and another non-for-profit seller in both gold and silver at the London p.m. gold fix—and it was a Groundhog Day in platinum.  Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver updated with Tuesday’s trading data. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more

Government ministers know their fitness for work

first_imgGovernment ministers know their “fitness for work” system is making disabled people’s health worse, and is increasing the risk of suicides, the award-winning film director Ken Loach has told Disability News Service (DNS).He was speaking ahead of the national release of his critically-praised new film, I, Daniel Blake, which tells the story of a man with a heart condition who becomes caught up in the work capability assessment (WCA) system.The film (pictured), which won the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, also addresses links between the complexity, unfairness and cruelty of the social security system and the increase in the use of foodbanks.Loach also backed the idea of seeking a criminal investigation into the failings of former Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling.The Scottish-based grassroots group Black Triangle – supported by DNS – is seeking to persuade Police Scotland to investigate the refusal of Duncan Smith and Grayling to act on a letter written by a coroner weeks before the 2010 general election that warned ministers that the WCA process risked causing further deaths of people with mental health conditions.Black Triangle, other disabled activists, and the families of at least two claimants who are believed to have died as a result of those uncorrected flaws, want to see the ministers prosecuted for the Scottish offence of wilful neglect of duty by a public official because they failed to act on that letter.Loach told DNS that such a prosecution “sounds a good way of challenging them”, although he stressed that he did not know whether there was enough evidence to justify taking such a case.But he said: “I think they know what they are doing. They know they are making people’s health worse. They know they are increasing the risk of suicide.”The idea for the film came, says Loach, from the “extraordinary” stories he and his writing partner Paul Laverty kept hearing about the WCA, which he said came “one after the other” in the newspapers, through online campaigns and via Twitter.As they investigated the issue, Loach and Laverty visited about six towns and cities, including London and Glasgow, but mostly across the Midlands and the north of England, where they heard “story after story”.They also talked to organisations like Black Triangle, and individual disabled people, which Loach said was “hugely valuable in covering the ramifications and the details of the system”.Following that research, Laverty developed the two main characters, and then wrote the first draft of the script.Loach said the most striking aspect of what they were told was the “perversity” of the system, which he said was the “common denominator” of people’s stories.“You would find one route blocked off, so you would turn somewhere and go along another path to get resolution or solve a problem or get someone to speak to you and that would cut out and you would find somewhere else,” he said.“And the hours and the effort that goes into dealing with the bureaucracy that is actually going to bring you back to square one…“It’s snakes and ladders all the time. You go up a ladder and then you’re down a snake.“That was the common denominator that came time and time again.”The character at the heart of the film, who has to deal with the WCA system, is not, says Loach, “an extreme case”.“There are so many stories we could tell, so many different perspectives, much harsher experiences than there are in the film,” he said.“We were very conscious that we didn’t want to make it an extreme case.“We wanted to say to people who haven’t been through it, ‘This could happen to someone like you, as well as someone who has plainly got a serious health issue.’”He said he hoped that disabled people and those with health conditions who have been through the WCA system will feel that their experiences have been “recognised” by his film.He said: “I would hope they would feel that somebody was expressing a little bit of what they experienced, that there is something that rings true to them, given their experience, and they feel at least acknowledged.”And he said he hoped that it would encourage them to join people in similar situations and “make their voices heard” and campaign for change, and “just feel confident enough to carry it further”.Loach’s films stretch back over five decades and are known for their strong focus on issues of social justice, illustrating his own socialist principles, including Up The Junction, Poor Cow, and more recently Raining Stones, Bread and Roses, The Wind That Shakes The Barley – which also won the Palme D’Or – and Land and Freedom.But I, Daniel Blake is also released 50 years after Cathy Come Home, the hugely-influential film Loach directed for the BBC in 1966, and which led to the formation of Crisis, the charity for single homeless people.Loach said there was a “common denominator” between the two films.“The common denominator is a state that knows – in the 60s it was a housing issue that we made the film about – the social problems that they have created; they refuse to do anything about them to solve the fundamental issues, so they punish the people who are suffering because of it.“It was the same in housing [in the 1960s]; they weren’t building houses, they chose not to, and they dealt with people who were therefore homeless very harshly, and it destroys families, and they would sooner do that than solve the problem.”But Loach stressed that the film had to be character-driven, despite the many distressing stories and information they had heard about.“You just start with the stories you hear and try and tell the truth of the situation,” he said.“Once you have done the general research, which Paul did most of, and you have written the characters, then all the research is there to inform how you tell the story, but what’s going to drive it is the people in the film and they have to be individuals and not ciphers to make an argument.“You just want to tell a story that gets to the heart of it, to the essence of it.“There’s a million details and a million stories if you want to make an academic treatise of the situation, but just tell one story with a couple of people that gets to the nub of the situation if you can.”Meanwhile, Black Triangle used a local premiere of the film in Newcastle this week to launch a new campaign, in association with fellow grassroots network Cross Border Alliance.Their Cradle 2 Grave campaign – backed by both Loach and Laverty – highlights “the violation and systematic abuse of human rights of those unfortunately relying on the state for health and financial assistance”.They say that “time is running out” to save the NHS, the social security system, pensions and public services for future generations, and that health and public services are “overrun by an ideology where money and profits come before lives”. They hope to raise money through crowdfunding to launch a national poster campaign, with posters “in every town and city across the UK”. Donations can be made through the Cradle2Grave website.last_img read more

Study investigates influence of different opioids on driving performance

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 5 2018Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to specific opioids only. A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study found that the influence of single analgesic doses of methadone and buprenorphine–two different opioids–on driving performance was mild and below the impairment threshold of a blood alcohol concentration of 0.5 mg ml-1.Related StoriesOpioids are major cause of pregnancy-related deaths in UtahStudy: Dozens of counties in the U.S. are at highest risk for opioid deathsParental opioid use doubles the risk of suicide attempts by their childrenBoth opioids produced impairments of cognitive task performance and increased sleepiness at the highest dose, however. Four out of the 22 participants in the study stopped their on-road driving test while under the influence of either opioid due to sleepiness.The findings indicate that it is impossible to state that use of buprenorphine and methadone will not impair driving in any patient. Consequently, patients should always be informed about the potential driving impairment that might be caused by buprenorphine and methadone.”For the first time an actual on-road driving study has been performed to investigate the acute effects of opioids in drug-naïve persons on driving. The results tell us that caution is required when initiating treatment with these drugs,” said lead author Dr. Maren Cecilie Strand, of Oslo University Hospital, in Norway. Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/british-journal-clinical-pharmacology/study-examines-effects-different-opioids-drivinglast_img read more

FDA grants clearance to Hologics assay for detection of common sexually transmitted

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 23 2019Hologic, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance for its Aptima® Mycoplasma genitalium assay, the first and only FDA-cleared test to detect this under-recognized but increasingly common sexually transmitted infection (STI). This newest Aptima assay joins a growing suite of market-leading tests offered by Hologic to help combat the rise of STIs in the U.S.Hologic’s first-in-category assay, cleared through the FDA’s De Novo request process, provides laboratories with a highly sensitive and specific molecular diagnostic method to identify infections and enable effective treatment.First discovered in the early 1980s, Mycoplasma genitalium (M. genitalium) was listed as an emerging public health threat by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015. Current estimates indicate that M. genitalium may affect more than 15 percent of men and women in certain high-risk populations, and its prevalence is growing.3 Because of the lack of an FDA-cleared test until now, M. genitalium has often been misdiagnosed as other STIs and, in some cases, treated with the wrong antibiotics. This often leaves the underlying infection untreated, which can lead to increased transmission and recurrent infections.”Although Mycoplasma genitalium is typically more common than gonorrhea, there is very little public awareness of this rising sexually transmitted infection, which can cause serious and potentially devastating health problems,” said Damon Getman, Ph.D., senior principal research scientist and director of research at Hologic. “The introduction of the Aptima Mycoplasma genitalium assay gives healthcare professionals the opportunity to provide optimal care for their patients and reflects Hologic’s commitment to developing innovative solutions that address emerging public health threats.”In men, M. genitalium symptoms may include urethritis, the swelling and inflammation of the urethra. In women, M. genitalium has been linked to cervicitis, the swelling and inflammation of the cervix. If left untreated, infections can lead to infertility in women and increased risk of HIV acquisition and transmission. Patients infected with M. genitalium may be asymptomatic or experience symptoms similar to those associated with a chlamydial infection, so accurate diagnostic tests are critical to help healthcare professionals and their laboratory partners identify these bacterial infections and treat them appropriately. Research has shown as many as 50 percent of women and 42 percent of men with M. genitalium may have an antibiotic-resistant strain, further emphasizing the importance of early detection and regular screening.Related StoriesChronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brainPipettes of the Future: Automation for AccelerationBioTek introduces new Scratch Assay Starter Kit”We are tremendously proud of the team of scientists and engineers who developed this assay,” said Tom West, Hologic’s division president, Diagnostic Solutions. “They exemplify Hologic’s dedication to help arm laboratories and healthcare professionals with superior diagnostic tools to identify harmful infections, and this FDA clearance represents another milestone in furthering that mission.”In published research, Hologic’s ribosomal RNA-based M. genitalium assay displayed greater sensitivity than lab-developed or CE-marked DNA-based tests . Hologic introduced the first FDA-cleared diagnostic test kit for STIs in the 1990s using its innovative RNA-based technology. Since then, Hologic has expanded its Aptima STI portfolio to include assays for chlamydia, gonorrhea, human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes simplex viruses (HSV 1&2), trichomonas, and Zika virus. The Aptima virology portfolio also includes quantitative assays for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B and C (HBV and HCV). All are available on Hologic’s fully-automated Panther® system. In 2017, the Aptima assays helped an estimated 40 million patients obtain fast, high-quality test results.Including the first IVD for the detection of Mycoplasma genitalium, Hologic’s Panther and Panther Fusion® system now offers 14 FDA-cleared or approved assays that detect more than 20 pathogens, making it the only high-throughput molecular diagnostic platform in the United States to combine comprehensive sexual health, cervical health, viral load, respiratory testing and open channel10 functionality on a fully automated system.Source: https://www.hologic.com/last_img read more

Adidas loses EU court battle over three stripe design

first_img The three parallel stripes seen adorning everything from running shoes to sports bags and the sleeves of t-shirts are “an ordinary figurative mark”, the General Court of the European Union ruled.The court, the EU’s second highest tribunal, upheld a 2016 ruling by the bloc’s intellectual property regulator cancelling the registration of the three-stripe design as a trademark following a challenge by a Belgian shoe company.”The General Court of the EU confirms the invalidity of the Adidas EU trade mark which consists of three parallel stripes applied in any direction,” the court said in a statement.Adidas had not proved the motif had acquired a “distinctive character” throughout the 28 countries of the bloc that would qualify for legal protection, the court said.”The mark is not a pattern mark composed of a series of regularly repetitive elements, but an ordinary figurative mark,” the court said.The ruling is the latest round in a long legal tussle between Adidas and Belgian rival Shoe Branding Europe, which as far back as 2009 won trademark status for a two-stripe design, triggering court action from the German firm.Adidas said in a statement it was “disappointed” with the ruling, but said it only applied to one specific version of the motif—three thick black lines in parallel separated by two thinner white lines.The ruling “does not impact on the broad scope of protection that Adidas has on its well-known 3-Stripe mark in various forms in Europe,” the company said.”Whilst we are disappointed with the decision, we are further evaluating it and are welcoming the useful guidance that the court will give us for protecting our 3-Stripe mark applied to our products in whichever direction in the future.”Adidas said it had not decided whether to appeal against Wednesday’s decision at the European Court of Justice, the bloc’s highest court. German sportswear giant Adidas on Wednesday lost a legal battle to trademark its “three stripe” motif in the EU, as a court ruled the design was not distinctive enough to deserve protection. Adidas won’t lose its stripes, but could lose the ability to prevent competitors from using similar designs in the EU Louboutin wins EU court battle over red-soled shoes © 2019 AFPcenter_img Citation: Adidas loses EU court battle over ‘three stripe’ design (2019, June 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-adidas-eu-court-stripe.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

I will continue to fight for the people says Dr Wee

first_img JOHOR BARU: Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong will continue to fight for the people’s rights and help voters in his constituency despite being in the opposition and with limited resources.The MCA president said he has served as Ayer Hitam MP for more than 15 years and owed it to voters for giving him the mandate to continue serving them.“I will try my best to help those who need my assistance no matter their race or religion,” he said in a Facebook posting.When visiting the area, Dr Wee met with leaders from Parent-Teacher Associations, Islamic schools, residents associations, Hindu temples and Indian youth groups within Yong Peng at his service centre. Southern & Eastern Region {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 07 Jul 2019 Was government-owned land granted CCCC, asks Dr Wee Dr Wee (third from left) having a coffee chat with Chinese non-governmental organisations and religious groups at a coffee shop in Taman Kota Yong Peng in Johor. Related News Nation 09 Jul 2019 Dr Wee: Why congestion charges when Pakatan promised to do away with tolls? Tags / Keywords: Related News A coffee session with Chinese non-governmental and religious groups was also held at a coffeeshop in Taman Kota Yong Peng.In addition, Dr Wee visited widow Zaiton Ali and her son at her house in Jalan Lama Yong Peng.“During these 15 years, some of my constituents have become my friends. I have seen their children grow up and those children have their own families now.“I hope to keep these ties,” he added.Dr Wee also visited an old friend who has a durian orchid in Tangkak and together, they enjoyed some durians at the foothills of Gunung Ledang. Metro News 20 May 2019 Dr Wee: Govt agrees to allocate RM2.8mil for two mosqueslast_img read more

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