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Amazon Web Service looks to give startups in social sectors a boost

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgKolkata: Amazon Web Services (AWS), a division of Amazon Internet Services Private Limited, will help start-ups in the social sector like education, healthcare, agriculture, e-governance and MSME by providing them with learning content and promotional credits.State Finance minister Amit Mitra said that this was the result of the MoU signed between WEBEL and AWS in Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS). He said that Amazon should also look at setting up a logistics hub in the state like Flipkart, which is both labour-intensive and IT-driven and also has the potential to generate high employment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra said that the state government is also leveraging AWS for issuance of birth and death certificates while using block-chain technology for the public distribution system (PDS). Rahul Sharma, president-public sector (India) of Amazon Internet Services Private Limited, said that the initiative is a part of AWS’ global programme, which focuses on providing learning content, learning paths as well as promotional credit to start-ups working in these sectors. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe told reporters that AWS will provide USD one lakh promotional credit to identified start-ups and help them to grow their businesses in the MSME vertical in the state. The programme would also help the start-ups get access to the AWS platform and subsequently connect to the various government departments, he said. Sharma added that the idea is to make an intervention in these social sectors, with the help of Amazon technology.last_img read more

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Family of 19yearold Good Samaritan shot and killed in Hamilton sue paramedics

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgHAMILTON – The family of Yosif Al-Hasnawi, the 19-year-old Good Samaritan who police say was killed while trying to stop an altercation, is suing Hamilton’s paramedics and alleging they failed to properly treat the teen.Al-Hasnawi — described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing — was shot and killed last month after he tried to help an older man who was being accosted by two men outside his mosque.The two men have since been charged in connection with the death, and a criminal investigation into paramedics’ handling of the incident was launched last month and is being carried out by a neighbouring police force.Witnesses to the interaction criticized paramedics at the scene, saying that they took too long to treat and transport Al-Hasnawi and instead accused him of acting like his wounds were worse than they were.Al-Hasnawi’s father and two brothers have now launched a civil lawsuit, claiming that their tight-knit family is suffering from mental distress over the loss of the teen and that they suffered extreme emotional and mental distress as they watched Al-Hasnawi suffer while emergency crews allegedly failed to act.In addition to paramedics, the lawsuit names Hamilton police, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the two men charged in the shooting.A statement of claim provided by the family’s lawyer alleges that paramedics and police were negligent and incompetent when they failed to administer first aid or promptly transfer him to hospital.“The fact that the plaintiffs witnessed the condition of their brother-son in a critically ill situation with no assistance from the defendant ambulance crew members or the police was devastating,” read the statement of claim.The family is seeking $10 million in compensation for their personal and economic losses, as well as compensation for funeral and legal expenses.“The deceased also worked part-time to assist his father, the plaintiff Majed and his minor plaintiff brothers, Mahdi and Ahmed. The deceased intended to … assist his father and brothers towards attaining a comfortable standard of living,” read the statement of claim, which also noted the Al-Hasnawi was studying medicine at Brock University.“The untimely and tragic death of the deceased at the age of nineteen deprived his father and minor plaintiff brothers of his care, companionship, and guidance and also prevented him contributing to and elevating the standard of living of his (father and brothers).”Hamilton spokeswoman Allison Jones said the city has received notice of the lawsuit from the family and is preparing a statement of defence.last_img read more

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Morocco to Take Part in ASEAN Summits in Laos

By on October 12, 2019

Vientiane – Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, is paying a working visit to Laos to attend the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits, which is being held in September 6-8 in Vientiane.During this visit, Morocco, which is the first African and Arab country to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) of ASEAN, will sign the instruments of accession to this agreement.On the sidelines of the visit, Bourita met Monday with Laos’ Foreign Minister, Saleumxay Kommasith. The talks focused on bilateral relations and the development of Morocco-ASEAN relations. read more

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Afghan opium trade soars to frightening record levels UN reports

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27 August 2007Opium production in Afghanistan, a $3-billion-a-year trade accounting for more than 90 per cent of the world’s illegal output, soared to frightening record levels this year, concentrated mainly in the strife-torn south where the ousted Taliban, which once banned poppy cultivation, now profits from the drugs trade, the United Nations reported today. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2007 Annual Opium Survey showed that the area under opium cultivation rose to 193,000 hectares from 165,000 in 2006, while the total opium harvest will soar by more than a third to 8,200 tonnes from 6,100 tonnes last year.The amount of Afghan land used for growing opium is now larger than the combined total under coca cultivation in Latin America – Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. No other country has produced narcotics on such a deadly scale since China in the 19th century, the report said. But the number of opium-free provinces in the centre and north of the country more than doubled from six to 13 compared to 2006, revealing an intensification of markedly divergent trends between the north and south. “The Afghan opium situation looks grim, but it is not yet hopeless,” UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said, calling for a more determined effort by the Afghan Government and the international community to combat the twin threats of drugs and insurgency by building upon promising developments in the north and reacting to the dismal failures in the south. In the centre and north, where the Government has increased its authority and presence, cultivation is dropping. In Balkh province cultivation collapsed from 7,200 hectares last year to zero. By contrast, 80 per cent of opium poppies were grown in a handful of southern provinces on the border with Pakistan, where instability is greatest. In volatile Helmand, where the Taliban insurgency is concentrated, cultivation rose 48 per cent to 102,770 hectares. With a population of just 2.5 million, Helmand has single-handedly become the world’s biggest source of illicit drugs, surpassing the output of entire countries – like Colombia (coca), Morocco (cannabis) and Myanmar (opium) – which have populations up to 20 times larger.Poverty could not be used as an excuse for growing poppy, Mr. Costa said. Some of the most fertile regions in the south have become the opium-producing heartland while poorer provinces in the centre and north, where per capita income is half that of the south, are opium-free. Rather poppy growing is closely linked to insecurity. “Opium cultivation is inversely related to the degree of Government control. Where anti-Government forces reign, poppies flourish,” he added, noting that the Taliban had reversed its religious edict of 2000 banning cultivation. “What used to be considered a sin is now being encouraged.” But UNODC village surveys indicate that the main reason farmers choose not to grow poppies is that they consider it against Islam. “It would be an historic error to let Afghanistan collapse under the blows of drugs and insurgency,” Mr. Costa said. “Only 14 per cent of the population is involved in opium cultivation. The vast majority of Afghans want to turn their country away from drugs and crime. They deserve our support.” He called for higher rewards for non-opium farmers to demonstrate that there are viable alternatives to illicit crops. “Assistance is plentiful but not being disbursed fast enough. I see a risk of some provinces sliding back to poppy cultivation,” he noted. He also underlined the need for greater deterrents to dissuade farmers from planting opium, and an end to collusion that enables rich landlords from evading eradication. A no-opium pledge should be embedded in all development aid programmes. He urged the Government to get tough on corruption – the lubricant that oils the wheels of the drugs trade. “Short-term greed is undermining the long-term needs of Afghanistan,” he warned.Building on experience in the north and centre, UNODC sees making half of the country’s 34 provinces opium-free in 2008 as a plausible target.Mr. Costa called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which is seeking to restore stability in the country through the International Security Assistance Force, to more actively support counter-narcotics operations.“Since drugs are funding insurgency, Afghanistan’s military and its allies have a vested interest in destroying heroin labs, closing opium markets and bringing traffickers to justice. Tacit acceptance of opium trafficking is undermining stabilization efforts,” he said. read more

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WatchCity of Vancouver Squamish Nation Trans Mountain pipeline challenges dismissed by top

By on October 7, 2019

VICTORIA — The City of Vancouver and Squamish Nation have lost legal challenges aimed at quashing an environmental assessment certificate issued by the British Columbia government for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The B.C. Supreme Court issued separate written judgments Thursday in the cases.The previous B.C. Liberal government issued the certificate in January 2017, about two months after the federal government gave the project the green light.The city argued the province failed to engage in proper public consultation or take into account relevant environmental considerations in seeking an order to set aside the certificate.But Justice Christopher Grauer ruled the province’s decision to issue the certificate was reasonable as he dismissed the petition and ordered the city to pay costs to Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada.He also found the province conducted appropriate and sufficient consultation with the First Nation.The judge said in the city’s case, the B.C. government took a “very limited position and made no submissions on the merits of the judicial review.”The province’s NDP government opposes the pipeline. Premier John Horgan said his government reviewed the litigation after it took power last summer and received legal advice that it had a responsibility to defend the integrity of the Crown.“We found ourselves on the opposite side of Squamish and Vancouver,” he said.Since the NDP came to power last summer, the provincial government has also joined a legal challenge of the federal approval of the pipeline expansion, which was heard by the Federal Court of Appeal last fall. A decision has not yet been released. read more

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Sri Lanka rebels pledge not to recruit child soldiers UNICEF reports

By on October 6, 2019

A rebel group in Sri Lanka has assured the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that it will not recruit anyone under the age of 18 years into their armed forces, the UN agency said today. The agreement between UNICEF and the Liberation Tamily Tigers Eelam (LTTE) complies with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, which prevents the recruitment of child soldiers. Under this common understanding, reached between Mr. Pulithevan of the LTTE’s political wing and senior officials of UNICEF, the UN agency would maintain a central information system of all confirmed cases of underage recruitment for a follow-up during regular discussions between the two entities. While actively advocating for the prevention of under age recruitment by the LTTE, UNICEF has also been taking up the cases of children who have been already drafted, resulting in the successful disengagement of over 60 young Sri Lankans from the rebel group. read more

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Spectre of famine still looms for fragile Malawi UN envoy warns

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Continuing his week-long, five-nation mission in southern Africa, James Morris, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in the region, said yesterday that despite rapid response from the international community, the crisis is “far from over and the situation remains so fragile that gains could be easily eroded.” HIV/AIDS, late rains and floods are threatening this year’s upcoming harvest, placing millions of people at risk of starvation. The envoy, who travelled to one of the worst flood-affected districts during his visit to Malawi, said that along with the converging HIV/AIDS and hunger crises, floods earlier this month caused by Cyclone Delfina wreaked havoc throughout the country, destroying hundreds of acres of desperately needed maize, the staple food. More than 30,000 people were displaced by the floods, which also caused significant damage to roads, bridges and railway lines. Mr. Morris said that at the root of the humanitarian crisis in Malawi, along with erratic weather and chronic poverty, “is the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which is threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.” About 14 per cent of the country’s population is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The virus worsens the effects that famine has on people due to their weakened immune systems. read more

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Donors pledge 600 million to bolster UNled aid response to South Sudan

By on October 2, 2019

International donors today pledged more than $600 million dollars in aid to South Sudan at a conference hosted by Norway and the United Nations aimed at preventing famine and upholding human rights in the world’s newest country which has been ravaged by months of fighting.“These generous pledges will, once paid, translate into life-saving relief to the most vulnerable people in South Sudan and to those who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, who co-chaired the conference with Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende.“The UN and our humanitarian partners must now do our part and deliver,” she urged. Before the conference, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said about $1.26 billion was still needed to meet the total needs of $1.8 billion for this year. The additional funding would allow aid groups to provide food, water and shelter.South Sudan has been enmeshed in a crisis which began in mid-December 2013 as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy president, Riek Machar, who had been forced from office earlier that year.The in-fighting has since erupted into a deadly conflict forcing tens of thousands of people to seek refuge at UN bases around the country. The political rivals signed an ‘Agreement to Resolve the Crisis’ last month with the aim of ending the violence. “We expect the parties to the conflict to honour their agreement signed 9 May. The fighting must stop so that people can plant and tend to their livestock,” said Foreign Minister Brende. “Humanitarian access must be guaranteed so aid organizations can reach more people in need.”Briefing the Security Council earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that by the end of this year, half of South Sudan’s 12 million people will be either in flight, facing starvation, or dead.As a result, a third of the country’s population is severely food insecure. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that there is a high likelihood that the situation could worsen during the second half of 2014. Some 50,000 children are at serious risk of dying of malnutrition, especially those who have been displaced, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) added.Today’s conference “is the last best chance for donors to help aid agencies,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer.The funding is urgently needed before the situation unravels further, OCHA has warned. In conflict-affected states such as Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity, the planting season has been disrupted, and people now only have one month left to plant their crops. In addition, in many areas, people are still recovering from the effects of the 2013 floods making them particularly susceptible to food insecurity and malnutrition.“The first rains have arrived and the window for bringing in aid by road is almost shut. Expensive airlifts might be the only answer until the dry season returns,” noted Vincent Lelei, the head of the OCHA office in South Sudan. The rains will soon render 60 per cent of the country inaccessible by road.If nothing is done, the number of displaced could rise to 1.5 million, according to the UN agency, with one out of every two South Sudanese displaced, sick or starving by December 2014. read more

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Brocks Youth University celebrates 10 years of inspiring curiosity

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To encourage the natural curiosity of kids, Youth University offers more than 50 unique camp themes and provides youth access to unique resources.Brock University is celebrating 10 years of Youth University summer camps this year.Since its start in July 2005, more than 5,000 youth have been mentored by Brock students in a variety of activities while experiencing a taste of post-secondary life. To encourage the natural curiosity of kids, Youth University offers more than 50 unique camp themes and provides youth access to unique resources such as science labs, computer classrooms, robotics design equipment and a high ropes challenge course.“Over the last 10 years every youth and staff member has contributed something special of themselves to make our camp program what it is today,” says Kate Cassidy, director and founder of Youth University. “We’re proud to serve Niagara with such an inspiring and inclusive space to have fun, learn and develop key 21st century transferable skills.”Olivia Di Guilio was a camper with Youth University during those early years (2008) and returned to join the Youth University team as an instructor this year.“Coming to Brock as a camper had a significant influence on my desire to study here, and coming back as an instructor has really been a full circle experience for me,” says Di Guilio. “I’m able to provide youth with the same inspiration and motivation for learning that I received all those years ago.”As part of Brock’s 50th anniversary celebrations this year, Youth University (formerly known as CATI) will continue to mark their anniversary with an alumni event. All former instructors and volunteers are invited to come enjoy an afternoon of climbing at the Challenge Course and see what has changed since their early years.For more information about how to register for Youth University’s summer camp or the alumni event please visit the website.(Above): Olivia DiGuilio first came to Brock University in 2008 as a Grade 7 student attending Science Camp. (Below): She returned this year as a Youth University mentor now entering her second year of concurrent education at Brock. read more

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Artwork honouring Robertsons to be unveiled at Brock Monday

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It was a painting Joe and Anita Robertson fell in love with. They were so impressed by the massive work of art that Anita took the couple’s daughter Laura to see it in the barn studio where it was being stored.Sadly, that visit to artist Alexander Rasmussen’s studio came just days before Joe, Anita and Laura were killed in a 2018 airplane accident on their way to a family vacation on the east coast.Veteran picture framer Roger Shanks (centre) steadies the patient as Brock employees Rick DeMoel and Ted Costanzo assemble a giant framework for the new mural, called Samosas, that will be unveiled in Market Hall on Monday, April 29. Seated to the right is the artist Alexander Rasmussen.As a tribute to the three victims, Rasmussen gave the eight-feet-tall by 24-feet-wide painting, which he called Samosas, to Joe and Anita’s sons Taylor and Clark.On Monday, April 29, the painting will be unveiled at its permanent home — Market Hall at Brock University.The Brock community is invited to join Taylor and Clark, Rasmussen, and Brock senior administration to mark the Robertsons’ gift to the University.Joe Robertson was a successful businessman who spent a decade on the University’s Board of Trustees and served as Chair from 2012-14. Anita was an active volunteer with the University and in the Niagara community. Laura was following in her parents’ footsteps and was an active volunteer and had joined the Niagara-on-the-Lake Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services just prior to her death. The 24-year-old had also just been hired to work in Brock’s athletics and recreation department.The permanent installation for Samosas­ will include a memorial plaque dedicated to the family, which will also be displayed at the event.What: Robertson family artwork unveilingWhen: Monday, April 29, 4 to 5 p.m.Where: Market Hall, Brock UniversityWho: Taylor and Clark Robertson, artist Alexander Rasmussen and Brock senior administration read more

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Mens hockey Buckeyes prepare for two nonconference clashes with Arizona State

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Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternAfter opening the new year with a split series last week against No. 4 Penn State, and cracking the top 10 in the USCHO.com rankings, the 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (10-4-4) is set for two nonconference meetings against Arizona State (6-13-0) on Friday and Saturday.The Sun Devils’ hockey program is in just its second year of existence, but has performed well against good opponents. With the Sun Devils facing another top-10 opponents this weekend, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said that win or lose for Arizona State, the Sun Devils impact may be bigger off the ice.“I think it’s really important what they’re doing. They’re the face of expansion,” Rohlik said. “It could be the door out West, and I think all of us in college hockey are hoping for their success because we love to see this game grow.”The Sun Devils are fresh off three straight losses to ranked opponents, including being swept by No. 1 Denver last weekend. Coach Greg Powers’ squad is allowing an average of four goals per game this season, and has been outscored by its opponents 84-47 in 19 games.Despite that, Rohlik said ASU is a quality opponent, and he anticipates two tough games.“I know they work extremely hard, are well-coached. They just started Division I, but they’ve played some awfully good teams pretty darn well,” he said. “They’ve won some games, and I’m impressed with what they’re doing on tape.” Freshman forward Tanner Laczynski returns to the Buckeyes following his appearance with the United States hockey junior team for the World Junior Championships in Canada, where the Stars and Stripes defeated the hosts in the gold medal match in a shootout, 5-4.Headed into the matchup with the Sun Devils, Laczynski said being a newcomer makes them an unfamiliar opponent, but added that he expects them to come ready to work.“They’re going to try to get in the Big Ten in the next couple years, so this is a big game for them,” he said. “They’re going to be ready to play, and we can’t take them lightly. So we’ve got to be ready, just like every game, and play a full 60 minutes both games.”Puck drop at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, and 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. read more

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Three in four NHS areas are failing on maternity new rankings show

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgA further 144 areas are deemed in need of improvement, with 53 assessed as performing well and one judged as top performing.The ratings examined stillbirth and neonatal mortality, maternal smoking at the time of delivery, women’s experience of maternity services and women’s choice.Elizabeth Duff, senior policy adviser at the National Childbirth Trust, said: “These figures starkly highlight areas where improvement is needed. For example, it is very disappointing that in some parts of the country barely half of women get the maternity care of their choice.”However, she said parents-to-be should not use the figures in isolation to decide where to have a baby.”They are baseline ratings which don’t take into account every aspect of care,” she said. Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is a significant amount of data which the RCM will need to consider carefully.”I do, however, welcome the openness and transparency in publishing these ratings. This is a positive step and one that could help women to be informed about the quality of services where they live, and empower them to make more informed decisions about their care.”“Hopefully these ratings will be used to help CCGs learn from the best and to improve quality where that is shown to be needed. “Mr Hunt said: “The government has delivered on its commitment to publish Ofsted-style ratings for key NHS services – the result is transparency which will empower patients and ultimately drive up the quality of care.“We want the NHS to be one of the safest places in the world to have a baby and we recently announced an increase in funding, more training and the ambition to halve levels of stillbirth.“There is more to do, but this is the first time we can see in black and white that in the crucial area of CCG spending we are fulfilling our commitment on parity of esteem, with mental health funding rising faster than overall increases.”Dr Matthew Jolly, NHS England’s national clinical director for maternity, said: “It has never been safer to give birth in this country and the vast majority of women report a good experience, but there is more that we can do.“The ratings published today will help local areas identify where they are doing well and importantly where improvements can be made – helping to ensure women and their families have a good experience wherever they live.”Meanwhile, new analysis of births published by the Office for National Statistics suggests that middle-class women are having more children than those in traditional working-class jobs.Only 17 per cent of babies born in England and Wales last year were to mothers in “routine” or “semi-routine” occupations, while 50 per cent had mothers classed in white-collar professional, managerial or intermediate positions. Another third either did not work or could not be classified.Among older mothers the distinction was even more marked. The figures also showed a fall in the fertility rate among immigrant mothers.A recent audit of maternity services exposed widespread shortages of hospital consultants on labour wards. Britain has one of the highest levels for stillbirths in the Western world Credit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA  ‘It is very positive that the Government will be listening to disabled people and their parents on how the NHS can better support families when serious issues do occur during birth’James Taylor, disability charity Scope Baby Joshua Titcombe died after hospital staff failed to provide antibiotics for an infection  Three quarters of NHS maternity services are failing, according to the first ever Ofsted-style rankings which reveal just one area has been placed in the top category.The data has been published as part of a transparency drive by Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, in an effort to improve Britain’s “shocking” place in international league tables.The UK has higher rates of stillbirth than Poland, Croatia and Estonia, and compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunders in childbirth have tripled in a decade.The new rankings show that 74 per cent of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are providing services which are in need of improvement.The remainder are deemed to be performing well, with just one area – NHS West Kent – achieving the best ranking.The rankings identify 11 areas as the worst for maternity services. They are: Milton Keynes; South Warwickshire; Wolverhampton; Nottingham City; East Riding of Yorkshire; Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield; South Tees; Bradford Districts; Hull; Slough and South Gloucestershire. babies feet center_img Joshua with sister Emily  Almost half of hospitals had no senior doctors at weekends, while three quarters had no consultants working on maternity units at night. Last week Mr Hunt announced new initiatives which aim to improve the safety record of Britain’s maternity units.The Health Secretary said more than 1,000 babies could be saved each year if every NHS trust could match the performance of the best.Promising extra funding for safety training, and today’s ratings of maternity services, Mr Hunt said the UK had higher rates of stillbirth than Poland, Croatia and Estonia.“We are in the bottom third of a global league table of 164 countries for progress on reduction of stillbirths,” he warned, in a speech in London.Mr Hunt said midwives needed to do more to listen and act when concerns were raised by mothers-to-be.Health officials also published rankings of mental health services. These found 60 per cent of areas were in need of improvement, with 34 per cent performing well and just 6 per cent top performing.Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, said: “This new level of local transparency is unprecedented for any mental health service anywhere in the world.”Over the next five years, we want to see major improvements in NHS mental services. These figures for last year transparently lay out the starting baseline against which everyone will be able to judge whether the NHS is getting better in each and every town, city and county across England.”In a speech to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Mr Hunt last week said changes were needed to foster a culture of transparency.“Our stillbirth rates are still amongst the highest in Western Europe and many on the front line say there is still too much of a blame culture when things go wrong – often caused by fear of litigation or worry about damage to reputation and careers.” Last week, a report by the Care Quality Commission found that 37 per cent of maternity services were “inadequate” or “require improvement”.Britain has one of the worst stillbirth rates in the Western world, according to international rankings.In November a national study found half of stillbirths occurred after women contacted maternity units because they were fearful that their baby’s movements had slowed, changed or stopped.The clinical commissioning groups with the worst maternity servicesMilton KeynesSouth WarwickshireWolverhamptonNottingham CityEast Riding of YorkshireDurham Dales, Easington and SedgefieldSouth TeesBradford DistrictsHullSlough and South Gloucestershire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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16 multimilliondollar contracts awarded Cabinet

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Lot # 2 – Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ $66,443,575.00 Caribbean Medical Supplies Incorporated Eureka Medical Laboratories Incorporated GuyAmerica Construction Incorporated Western Scientific Company Limited Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 noted the award of 16 multi-million-dollar contracts by the procurement entities and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). Trans Continental Medical Products Limited Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) For the procurement of Eagle Reagents  for Standard and Technical Services Mohamed Ramzanalli Khan Construction MEECO Services Deutschland GMBH (Germany) Ministry of Public HealthProcurement: $17,746,250.00 For the procurement of HIV Determine and Unigold Test Kits for the National Public Health Reference Laboratory US$369,000.00 US$112,420.65 $27,302,260.00 Procurement: For the procurement of HIV 1 +II Determine Test Kits and Unigold Test Kits for the Standard and Technical Services Pan American  Health Organisation (PAHO) For the procurement of Becton Dickinson Reagents for the National Public Health Reference Laboratory $27,738,960 $62,037,300.00 For the transportation of fuel and lubricants for the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) for the period July to December 2017 in  Essequibo Isalands – West Demerara (Region Three), Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) and Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five) Ministry of CommunitiesInfrastructural development:For the construction of roads, drains, structures and the installation of a pure water distribution network in  Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four)Lot # 1 – Farm, East Bank Demerara For the procurement of vaccines  for  the Maternal and Child Health Unit Seeram Civil Engineering and Woodworking Establishment For the procurement of HIV 1+II Determine Test Kits  for the NAPS Ministry of Public HealthProcurement: Lots #1-5 NAREI stations in  Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four), Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight) and Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) For the procurement of vaccines and syringes for the Maternal, Child Health Unit US$117,500.00 For the construction of  the Paruima Primary School, Upper Mazaruni, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) For the procurement of Biokit and Biorad Reagents for the NAPS Eron Lall Civil Engineering Works $909,000.00 US$174,260.25 $19,551,671 US$94,659.08 $92,100,000.00 US$84,875.00 Trans Continental Medical Products Limited Diamed-Caribbean  Incorporated Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ Guyana Energy Agency For the supply and installation of five photovoltaic systems for the Ministry of Agriculture – the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) US$154,154.92 For the construction of the Baramita Nursery School, Barima-Waini (Region One) B and S Contracting Service Trans Continental Medical Products Limited Trans Continental Medical Products Limited For the procurement of Sysmex Reagents for  the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) For the procurement of Alere Dengue Test Kits for the Standard and Technical Services US$86,240.00 Ministry of CommunitiesInfrastructural development: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCabinet notes award of 32 multi-million-dollar contractsJanuary 3, 2018In “latest news”Cabinet notes award of 20 multi-million-dollar contractsJuly 5, 2018In “Business”Cabinet notes award of 57 multi-million-dollar contractsApril 28, 2018In “Business” read more

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Altura Mining ships first lithium concentrate to Chinese offtake partner

By on September 24, 2019

first_imgThe first shipment of spodumene concentrate from Altura Mining’s lithium project in Western Australia has set sail from Port Hedland.The vessel, ‘MV Clipper Tenacious’, was loaded with approximately 5,000 t of concentrate and is headed for Altura’s offtake partner Lionergy in China.The focus for Altura is now the ongoing ramp-up of production to the nameplate capacity of 220,000 t/y of 6% LiO2 concentrate and regular shipments, Altura said, with the next shipment expected to depart in late October.Altura Mining Managing Director James Brown said the company was now part of the “lithium-ion battery revolution”.“A little bit of the Pilbara will now be found in the car, mobile phones and static storage batteries of the future.”It was only in July, Altura declared first concentrate output from its mine, 16 months after the company broke ground on the project and two months since crushing operations began.last_img read more

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Womens EC Qualification Ukraine with two points from Iceland

By on September 22, 2019

Portugal21 France40 Greece18 Belarus25 Czech Republic21 Austria28 Serbia32 Croatia34 Lithuania25 Russia24 Montenegro31 Switzerland20 Romania38 Turkey36 Hungary28 EUROPE: European Championship – Women – Qualification Slovenia29 Denmark27 Ukraine21 The qualifications for the Women’s Euro Championship in Netherlands 2012 brought no surprises as all the favorites won their games, the only exception being Ukraine taking points from Iceland… Below you can find the scores. Poland27 Sweden30 Azerbaijan16 Spain29 Iceland20 Macedonia28 Slovakia23 Great Britain16 Italy22 Germany34 ← Previous Story Champions League Round 4: Review Next Story → Bundesliga: Huttenberg with first win; Balingen surprises Lemgo read more

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Man released without charge following €4m heroin seizure

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first_imgA MAN HAS been released without charge following the seizure 27 kilos of heroin.Two people appeared before court yesterday in connection with the discovery, thought to have a street value of €4 million.The pair, a man and a woman, were arrested during a garda operation on the M1 near Drogheda, Co Louth, on Thursday when the gardaí stopped and searched an articulated truck.A file will be sent to the Direct of Public Prosecutions following the man’s release.Read: Man and woman to appear in court in connection with €4m heroin seizure >last_img read more

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LiPad arrive en France

By on September 20, 2019

first_imgL’iPad arrive en FranceFrance – L’iPad débarque ce vendredi dans l’Hexagone. Son lancement avait été retardé d’un mois en raison de son important succès aux États-Unis.Apple lance demain sa tablette internet iPad en France. Suite au succès rencontré aux États-Unis, les dirigeants de la firme à la pomme avaient décidé de retarder son exportation en Europe. Ils s’attendent aujourd’hui à un net succès concernant leur nouveau produit destiné, comme l’iPhone, à devenir incontournable. À lire aussiExposition Toutânkhamon : 3 choses que vous ignoriez (peut-être) sur le pharaonLa France n’est pas l’unique destination que l’iPad s’apprête à conquérir demain : l’Australie, le Canada, l’Allemagne, l’Italie, le Royaume-Uni, la Suisse, l’Espagne et le Japon feront eux-aussi connaissance avec le dernier né d’Apple. L’iPad est une tablette servant à surfer sur Internet, écouter de la musique, lire, regarder des vidéos et jouer à des jeux vidéo. En France, son prix d’entrée est de 499 euros et peut monter jusqu’à 799 euros selon sa capacité de stockage et sa connexion internet. Il sera en vente dans les deux Apple Store français (Paris Louvre et Montpellier) ainsi que dans les magasins agréés par Apple.Le 27 mai 2010 à 12:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Kiggins runs to retain wastewater position

By on September 19, 2019

first_imgDenny Kiggins plans to seek to retain his seat as a Clark Regional Wastewater District commissioner.Kiggins made the announcement in a news release. He touted the district’s regionalization with the Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission system as it greatest achievement.“This investment to connect our communities and stimulate next level economic growth was the result of collaborative, multi-agency planning that spanned nearly a decade,” Kiggins said in a release. “This project opened up huge economic development in that area.”Clark Regional Wastewater District is accredited by the American Public Works Association and serves more than 81,000 people.For more in formation about Kiggins and his campaign, visit www.DennyKiggins.com.last_img read more

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Give More 24! exceeds fundraising goal

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first_imgGive More 24! raised a record $1.35 million Thursday for Southwest Washington nonprofits.The 24-hour giving spree broke its goal of $1.2 million at 9:41 p.m., said Maury Harris of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, the event’s host.“I think the really big thing that stood out for us as the organizers was the momentum of the day,” he said. “I think also there was just a lot more excitement and energy with our nonprofits. They did a good job getting our community excited.”Peer-to-peer fundraisers, a new feature for the event, were successful. One person’s fundraiser attracted 27 new donors to the Lower Columbia School Gardens in Longview, Harris said. Another peer-to-peer fundraiser raised $9,150 for Family Promise of Clark County, an ecumenical nonprofit supporting homeless families that looks to open its doors this winter.Although Give More 24! surpassed its financial goal, it fell short of getting 4,000 donors. In total, 3,692 individuals donated money to regional charities.Harris said the Community Foundation reached out to a large list of potential donors.“We see some people who donate every year to the event and some people who donate one year and don’t come back,” he said.Donors raised nearly $326,000 more than last year’s effort. This was the fifth year of Give More 24!.School raises mostOur Lady of Lourdes Catholic School raised the most money overall, $82,204, and garnered the largest number of donors among large-sized nonprofits, 161.last_img read more

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Minister Urges Bahamians to Collect Passports at Anatol Rodgers Gym

By on September 17, 2019

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Nassau – A Passport Issuance Centre has been set up on the campus of the Anatol Rodgers Junior High School on Faith Avenue off Carmichael Road. During a tour of the facilities on Thursday, July 20, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield urged Bahamians to make use of the service.“You might be aware that February 2016 was the International Deadline for all Hand-Written Passports,” said Minister Henfield: “This created a rush at Passport Offices throughout the Commonwealth for all persons still not in possession of the Electronic Passports, since the inception of the Government’s e-passport system December 2007.He said that this ‘urgency’ coupled with the normal last minute summer rush, prompted the birth of the Anatol Rodgers Passport Issuance Project.He said that during the months of July and August 2016, three thousand six hundred and sixty-four e-passports were successfully issued to the Bahamian Populace. He said that this year, a decision was made to provide an alternative site for the collection of passports.“Similarly, during the year 2017, it was discovered that in spite of every effort by Passport Staff to prompt recent e-passport applicants to retrieve their documents from our Thompson Boulevard/University Boulevard Location, over 3,269 e-passports remained at Passport Office awaiting collection by members of the Public,” said the Minister. He said bearing that in mind, the Government decided to once again initiate the Anatol Rodger’s Gymnasium Issuance Centre on 3rd July 2017 for the sole purpose of issuing New E-Passports. Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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