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Auditor general takes aim at Liberals fighterjet plan with new probe

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgOTTAWA — Six years after the Harper government blew up its own plans to buy F-35 stealth fighters without a competition, auditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s tumultuous attempts to buy new fighter jets.This time, the focus is expected to be on the long-term implications of the Trudeau government’s handling of the file, which includes adopting several stopgaps while taking its time on a competition to buy new planes for the Canadian Forces.Ferguson is expected to report specifically on the financial and technological costs of flying Canada’s venerable CF-18s — plus a handful of second-hand Australian jets — into the early 2030s, at which point the aircraft will be nearly 50 years old.The auditor general is also expected to train a spotlight on the air force’s problems recruiting and retaining fighter pilots.Ferguson’s report follows years of criticism of the Liberals’ decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s, which first started flying in the 1980s and were supposed to be retired by 2020.The Liberals, who plan to invest more than $1 billion to extend the lives of the CF-18s and buy 25 used Australian fighters, insist they are taking an appropriate amount of time finding replacements.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN official arrives in Afghanistan to review aid effort

By on October 12, 2019

18 February 2007A senior United Nations humanitarian official today began a five-day visit to Afghanistan to see how the world body can better deliver relief aid to the war-torn country. A senior United Nations humanitarian official today began a five-day visit to Afghanistan to see how the world body can better deliver relief aid to the war-torn country.During her fact-finding mission, Margareta Wahlström, the Assistant Secretary-General for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, will be looking at how to ensure civilians are better protected and how to best provide support and aid to people in areas that are affected by conflict, the UN said.Ms. Wahlström will be visiting Kandahar province to see how projects are progressing there. In addition, she will meet with representatives of the Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). read more

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Foreign exchange rates

By on October 8, 2019

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Monday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9924Brazil real 0.3976China renminbi 0.1853Euro 1.4565Hong Kong dollar 0.160268India rupee 0.01943Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01127Malaysia ringgit 0.2925Mexico peso 0.07075N.Z. dollar 0.9300Norway krone 0.1561Peruvian new sol 0.3853Russia rouble 0.02084Saudi riyal 0.3336Singapore dollar 0.9188South Africa rand 0.09647South Korean won 0.001122Sweden krona 0.1521Switzerland franc 1.3224Taiwanese dollar 0.04127Thailand baht 0.03745Turkey lira 0.3518U.K. pound 1.6303U.S. dollar 1.2512Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

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Differences arise in Parliament over PM question time

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He said that officials of the respective Ministries who need to gather information related to the questions asked from him, cannot gather the information in 24 hours. Differences arose in Parliament today over the Prime Minister’s question time with some members objecting to the procedure.The opposition said that questions submitted by them to the Prime Minister was not being entertained. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe however said that some questions reach him late and so he is unable to respond to some of them. The Prime Minister however said he cannot entertain questions closer to the ‘Prime Minister’s question time’ day in Parliament and if there is an issue then the process can be scrapped.Dissanayake however objected to the conditions placed by the Prime Minister. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the issue can be discussed and resolved. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister said that the questions must be sent to him in writing or through email by the Parliamentarians the Friday before the day he is scheduled to respond to the questions in Parliament.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake however said that submitting a question almost five days before the Prime Minister’s question time in Parliament will not be effective. read more

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Ban shocked at collapse of Gaza ceasefire urges maximum restraint by all

By on October 2, 2019

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency humanitarian snapshot. Click to open full snapshot. Credits: OCHAFurther to the statement, the Secretary-General expressed deep concern about the resumption of Israeli attacks on Gaza and the killing of over 70 Palestinians this morning. “Instead of giving both sides, especially Gazan civilians, a much needed reprieve to let them attend to their injured, bury their dead and repair vital infrastructure, this breach of the ceasefire is now leading to a renewed escalation,” he said.“The Secretary-General urges both sides to show maximum restraint and return to the agreed 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that tragically lasted such a brief period of time,” said the spokesperson, adding that the UN chief also urges those with influence over the parties “to do everything” to convince them to observe the humanitarian ceasefire.Earlier in the day, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process expressed deep concern about the serious consequences that could arise following the violation by the parties to the Gaza conflict of the humanitarian ceasefire.In a statement issued in Jerusalem, Robert Serry said he was informed by the Israeli authorities of a serious incident this morning after the start of the humanitarian ceasefire, involving a tunnel behind IDF lines in the Rafah area of the Gaza Strip. Two soldiers Israeli were reportedly killed, as well as a number of Palestinians.“The United Nations is not in a position to independently confirm these reports. However, if corroborated, this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian ceasefire in place since 8 am this morning by Gazan militant factions, which should be condemned in the strongest terms,” he said.Mr. Serry urged the Palestinian parties to last night’s understanding to urgently reaffirm their commitment to the humanitarian ceasefire and pledged to continue his efforts to contain the violence and the risk of renewed escalation.According to the UN, nearly four weeks of conflict have left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead and 6,000 injured. Israel has faced rocket fire, and hostilities have resulted in the deaths of 3 civilians and 56 soldiers, with dozens injured.Meanwhile, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, James W. Rawley, along with the Minister of Social Affairs and Agriculture of the State of Palestine, Shawqi Issa, have appealed for $369 million to meet urgent needs in Gaza.“Ongoing hostilities in Gaza, including bombardment and combat in heavily populated areas, have severely limited the ability of medical staff to save lives, of aid workers to meet needs, or for technicians to repair damage to infrastructure vital to the population. This must stop,” Mr. Rawley urged.The Gaza Crisis Appeal focuses on supporting access to health and water as well as catering for the needs of the displaced people in Gaza, including food assistance, blankets and mattresses as well as psychosocial support. “A strong mobilization of resources is required to meet the most urgent needs, particularly those stemming from the massive number of displaced persons and those arising from wide-scale damage to infrastructure,” said Mr. Rawley.“But resources will mean little if the blockade on Gaza and the denial of Palestinian rights continue. As a first step, all humanitarian agencies should receive safe passage or safe access.”The Appeal is the first step of humanitarian community to meet the most urgent needs that have arisen as a result of the current emergency in Gaza. The immediate focus is delivering life-saving supplies to the most vulnerable namely displaced persons, the injured, the elderly, children, women, and farmers and fishermen who have lost their livelihoods. “He is shocked and profoundly disappointed by these developments,” said Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, reading out a statement at UN Headquarters on the collapse of a humanitarian ceasefire brokered by the UN and the United States to help end nearly a month of violence. On Thursday, the UN reported that all parties had agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the conflict in the Gaza Strip, brokered by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry. A halt in fighting would allow for the immediate and necessary delivery of aid to civilians deeply affected by the recent violence. Underscoring that the UN has no independent means to verify exactly what happened to derail the pause, the spokesperson said that, according to the latest reports, two Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers were killed and one taken captive after the humanitarian ceasefire came into effect.“This would constitute a grave violation of the ceasefire, and one that is likely to have very serious consequences for the people of Gaza, Israel and beyond,” he said, adding: “Such moves call into question the credibility of Hamas’ assurances to the United Nations. The Secretary-General demands the immediate and unconditional release of the captured soldier.” read more

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UK automotive supply chain success continues

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The Automotive Council has today (18 September) published a report on the rising value of the UK’s automotive supply chain. Findings show that there has been a 5% increase in UK content in cars between 2011 and 2015, meaning that 41% of the content in cars is made at home. Due to rising production, this translates to a total growth of 32% in sales from suppliers to manufacturers in the UK and annual sales of UK-made parts to UK car manufacturers is now approaching £9.5bn – up £3.14 billion from 2011.Commenting on the report, Business Minister Anna Soubry said:“Automotive manufacturing is one of our nation’s biggest industrial strengths, but the hard work never stops to keep attracting new investment to the UK and building up our supply chain. It’s a big boost that more manufacturers are choosing UK-based suppliers and that their share of the market has increased by over £3 billion.”Nigel Stein , Chair of the Automotive Council, said:“This report shows that UK vehicle makers’ previously stated intention to increase local sourcing is becoming a reality. To secure further growth in domestic content it is vital that OEMs and Tier Ones continue to strengthen collaboration and cooperation with suppliers further down the supply chain to provide them with the confidence they need to invest in machinery, R&D and product development.”Read the report in full.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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UPDATE Salesforcecom to Acquire Buddy Media for 689 Million

By on September 14, 2019

first_imgAfter the news broke via AllThingsD last week, Salesforce.com officially announces it will acquire Buddy Media for approximately $689 million, paid in cash and salesforce.com equity. According to Salesforce’s website, the deal is expected to close during the company’s third fiscal quarter ending October 31, 2012.While AllThingsD had originally pegged the deal at $800 million (while other sources predicted a higher price tag), the social media marketing company will be sold for $467 million in cash, $184 million in salesforce.com common stock and $38 million in vested salesforce.com options and restricted stock units. Buddy Media will be combined with Salesforce’s other recently purchased property, social media “listening platform” Radian6 to “deliver the first comprehensive Marketing Cloud that will allow customers to listen, engage, gain insight, publish, advertise and measure social marketing programs.” The deal is expected to bring in an additional $20 to $25 million in revenue for Salesforce during fiscal year 2013.  Like Salesforce, Buddy Media has made a name for itself throughout the magazine industry. Prevention used Buddy’s services to add sweepstakes and newsletter registration to its Facebook page, while Hearst partnered with the company to create branded social media applications (“sapplets”) for several of its titles.last_img read more

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Fort Monroe LRA Takes Fresh Look at Redevelopment Strategy during Retreat

By on September 13, 2019

first_imgThe Fort Monroe Authority board on Thursday deliberated over the future of the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, with a particular focus on whether the authority should sell land at Fort Monroe or lease it as it moves forward with development efforts.While an economic analysis introduced last year by Executive Director Glenn Oder indicated that a hybrid approach may be the best course economically for the authority, many board members said they generally were opposed to sales, reported the Daily Press.One board member argued that private ownership would help leverage the authority’s limited funding for preserving the site’s 110 buildings.The board also broached the question of whether the installation, which was designated a national monument by President Obama in November 2011, should also be made a state park. Such a move would allow the state to charge an entry fee and help Fort Monroe become financially sustainable, said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward.Another board member emphasized the need for the authority’s development plans to be made in close coordination with the National Park Service.“If the bottom line is, can this place be economically successful and not permanently dependent on appropriations from the General Assembly, I think the only way that’s true is if this is operated as a wholly unified monument complex that is a federal-state joint venture,” he said.The board chairman, former Rep. Jim Moran (D), proposed turning the post into a college campus for baby boomers, a suitable use for many of the buildings and a way to attract a wealthy population.“I think this could be a really exciting campus for lifelong learning,” Moran said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Erdogan gains sweeping powers after vote triumph

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greeting supporters gathered above a balcony at the headquarters of the AK Party in Ankara, on 24 June. Photo: AFPTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning sweeping new powers in a decisive election victory, as his main rival accepted the outcome despite complaints over an unequal campaign that alarmed the EU.A night of triumph for Erdogan saw the man who has dominated Turkey for the last 15 years declared winner of Sunday’s presidential poll without needing a second round and take his ruling party-led alliance to an overall majority in parliament.Erdogan vowed to “rapidly” implement the new presidential system approved in an April 2017 referendum that opponents fear will give him autocratic powers and keep him in office for two five-year mandates to 2028.The new system puts Erdogan at the top, giving him the power to appoint cabinet ministers and dispensing with the office of prime minister.The president, 64, declared victory in Istanbul before returning to Ankara to deliver a triumphant speech at 3:00 am to tens of thousands of supporters from the balcony of the headquarters of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).“Turkey has given a lesson in democracy to the entire world,” he added, pointing to a turnout of 88 per cent.‘One-man regime’His main rival Muharrem Ince of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), who had challenged Erdogan with an energetic campaign, broke an uncharacteristic overnight silence to concede defeat Monday.“I accept these election results,” Ince said, adding that Erdogan should represent all of Turkey’s 80 million people and be “president for us all”.Ince expressed alarm over the powers Erdogan assumes under the new government system which he described as “a one-man regime”.The White House urged Turkey to “take steps to strengthen democracy” but spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also announced that president Donald Trump would likely call Erdogan “to reaffirm our strong bond.”As with other US allies and NATO, Turkey’s relations with Washington have been strained by Erdogan’s insistence on going his own way, especially on relations with Russia and on policy in Syria.International election monitors said the election allowed voters a “genuine choice” but decried the lack of “equal” conditions for candidates to campaign.The EU issued a notably chilly statement that did not congratulate Erdogan or mention him by name and asserted that campaign conditions were “not equal”.German chancellor Angela Merkel meanwhile said she looked forward to working with Turkey, especially with “a stable and pluralist Turkey in which democratic participation and rights are reinforced.”Berlin’s ties with Erdogan have been fraught but Merkel noted Turkey’s importance in solving Europe’s migrant problem and “a longstanding friendship”.‘Great authority’In contrast, congratulations for Erdogan flooded in from Turkey’s partners in the Islamic world and allies who also have tetchy relations with the West, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin who praised Erdogan’s “great political authority”.The Kremlin statement even noted the “mass support of the course conducted under his leadership”.Others congratulating Erdogan included Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban and Hamas chief Ismail Haniya.Erdogan has transformed Turkey first as prime minister from 2003 to 2014 and then as president, giving Islam a greater role in public life and giving the country a much more assertive profile on the international stage.But critics accuse him of ruling with an iron grip, especially after a failed coup in July 2016 which was followed by a state of emergency that has seen tens of thousands of people arrested.The poll outcome relieved investors who had feared a prolonged period of uncertainty if the election went to a second round, but the Turkish lira pared initial sharp gains against the dollar.‘Biggest injustice’According to results published by the state news agency Anadolu, Erdogan won 52.6 per cent of the vote, with Ince on 30.6 per cent.Erdogan, who enjoys sky-high support in parts of the Anatolian heart of the country, improved on his 51.8 per cent score from 2014.The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidate Selahattin Demirtas came third with 8.4 per cent, a performance all the more remarkable given he has been jailed on charges of links to Kurdish militants since November 2016.With Turkey holding parliamentary and presidential elections on the same day for the first time, Erdogan was also able to enjoy an overall majority in parliament with the help of his allies from the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).The AKP won 295 seats in the 600 MP chamber but the MHP did far better than expected, winning 49 seats and giving their alliance a clear majority, according to results published by Anadolu.The HDP easily broke through the 10 per cent minimum vote threshold to pick up 67 seats, sparking wild celebrations in its Kurdish-majority stronghold of Diyarbakir.In a tweet, Demirtas hailed a “great victory” despite suffering “the 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Suu Kyis Nobel Peace Prize wont be withdrawn

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first_imgAung San Suu KyiThe Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings of Muslim Rohingya, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Wednesday. On Monday, UN investigators said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent”, and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law. Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads the Myanmar government and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for campaigning for democracy, has been criticised for failing to speak out against the army crackdown in Rakhine State. “It’s important to remember that a Nobel Prize, whether in Physics, Literature or Peace, is awarded for some prize-worthy effort or achievement of the past,” said Olav Njoelstad, the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for democracy and freedom up until 1991, the year she was awarded the prize,” he said.  The rules regulating the Nobel Prizes do not allow for a prize to be withdrawn, he added. The Norwegian Nobel Committee consists of a panel of five Norwegians, mostly former politicians and academics, that reflect the different forces in the Norwegian Parliament. The other Nobel prizes are awarded in Sweden. Last year, the head of the Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, also said it would not strip the award after previous criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi’s role in the Rohingya crisis.  “We don’t do it. It’s not our task to oversee or censor what a laureate does after the prize has been won,” she said in a television interview.”The prize winners themselves have to safeguard their own reputations.”last_img read more

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Can Prescribing Fewer Painkillers Curb The Opioid Epidemic Doctors At Baylor Think

By on September 2, 2019

first_img Share President Trump called the opioid crisis in the United States a national emergency last week, and Texas has joined a coalition of states to investigate the role pharmaceutical companies have played in creating and prolonging the epidemic.Most experts agree, though, the opioid problem is the result of a confluence of factors – and some doctors are scrutinizing the part they played as well, debating the need to prescribe opioids at all. They say rethinking how patients recover from surgery might help curb a national drug crisis.The KERA Radio story. Enhanced recovery after surgeryHeroin use has skyrocketed fivefold in the past decade, and many health and addiction experts attribute that surge to the lax prescription of pharmaceutical opioids like hydromorphone, oxycodone and morphine. They also go by their brand names like Dilaudid, Percocet, Oxycontin and Norco.“These are the drugs that patients may start on for legitimate reasons, but [they] continue taking those drugs long term and develop a drug addiction problem,” said Dr. Walter Peters, chief of colorectal surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.According to a CDC report from March of this year, the transition from an initial prescription to chronic use of pharmaceuticals or illegal drugs like heroin can happen very quickly. Even a one-day opioid prescription carries a 6 percent risk of use a year later. That’s why more doctors, like Peters, are working to prescribe opioids – also called narcotics – more responsibly.At Baylor, he helped usher in what the medical field calls Enhanced Recovery After Surgery.“It’s a series of interventions that are designed to reduce the physical and psychological impact of surgery for our patients,” Peters said.Before surgery, doctors provide education and try to control recovery expectations that patients may have. They emphasize regular eating, early movement and less dependency on narcotics after surgery.Enhanced recovery programs originated in Europe around the turn of the century and have recently gained traction in American hospitals. Baylor began its program a year ago and has extensively studied its outcomes. The primary goals were to shorten the average hospital stay, reduce costs and help patients recover faster after surgery.“What we were somewhat pleasantly surprised to learn was that our enhanced recovery program also resulted in a substantial reduction in the number of narcotic prescriptions we had to write and the amount of opioid drugs our patients were taking to control their pain,” Peters said.Prescribing for painAbout a year into the program, narcotic use among patients recovering from colorectal surgery at Baylor is about 50 percent of what it was before. He expects that number to improve as enhanced recovery protocols expand to other surgical departments in the hospital.Emily Saeler is the colorectal outcomes manager, who gathered this data through Baylor’s pharmacy.“We actually looked at it within the first 24 hours. How much did they get in the OR, how much did they get in the [post-anesthesia care unit]. And then if they went to the floor within 24 hours, how much did they get prescribed on the floor?” Saeler said. “And then we looked at up to post-op Day One and then their entire stay. And then we just compared. Is it more or less? Do we need to give them as much as we’re giving them? That’s not what we saw.”They also saw another interesting trend.“During this time period, our patient satisfaction scores with regard to pain control have remained stable,” Dr. Peters said.That’s a significant discovery, he said, given that conventional pain management with opioids was a direct result from conditions in the 1990s, when there was a push for doctors to take pain more seriously – to treat it like a vital sign, as if it was as important as blood pressure and pulse rate.As a result, doctors felt pressure to prescribe more powerful painkillers. But nearly 20 years later, the CDC reports people are taking four times as many prescription opioids as they did in 1999. Peters said enhanced recovery is tempering that trend, and employing painkillers most people already have at home: Advil, Motrin and Tylenol. That’s what 28-year-old Matthew Peterson was given after his surgery in May, when he had 11 inches of his small intestine removed to treat his Crohn’s disease.“I was kind of expecting something stronger, but I ended up feeling good enough where I was just on Tylenol the rest of the time – like the max amount of Tylenol that I could for I think two days.”Peterson said back in college, he got hydrocodone, a prescription opioid, after breaking his leg. And he remembers a stark difference in his recovery. On hydrocodone, he felt hazy, groggy and sick. He didn’t have the energy to move, eat or talk. On Tylenol, he said he definitely felt more alert.“There were nurses that would come in, and we’d spend a good chunk of our day having full-blown conversations while I was in recovery at the hospital,” Peterson said. “I felt more with it, and together and able to communicate and a whole lot better.”As part of the enhanced recovery program, doctors had him up and walking the day of his surgery, and he was out of the hospital two days later. Peterson said he learned a lot about his body and how much pain he could actually tolerate. Sure, it might have been easier initially to pop a fast-acting opioid, he said, but he’s glad he could avoid more serious complications down the road – like addiction.Opioids as a last resortPrescription and illegal opioids have accounted for more than 60 percent of overdose deaths in the U.S., and the CDC reports more than 33,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015. That same year, Texas saw nearly 1,200 opioid-related deaths.But not everyone is like Matthew Peterson – and not everyone who uses prescription opioids becomes addicted. Some in the medical community fear cutting patients off from needed prescriptions would hardly solve the opioid crisis and would make them suffer for no reason.The current CDC guidelines say opioids should only be prescribed after considering other drugs and other treatments that don’t involve drugs. If a doctor does have to prescribe opioids, they should discuss the risks and likely benefits with the patient and start with low doses and shorter durations. These guidelines, during public comment in 2015, faced sharp criticism.Dr. Jayne Ballantyne advised the CDC on these guidelines. She’s a professor at the University of Washington and is president of PROP, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. The group advocates caution in prescribing opioids, which they believe are often essential for easing suffering at the end of life – but are not the solution for every type of pain.“There were decades where everybody believed so strongly that the only reasonable pain treatment were opiates, that they lost touch with the fact that some of these other analgesics are very effective after surgery,” Ballantyne said.She said though opiates can be necessary for some, they often rob people of other safe options.“The complex pain, the kind of pain that’s very distressing and destroys peoples’ lives, that sort of pain needs intensive, multi-disciplinary pain treatment – including psychological treatments and physical treatments. It’s very labor-intensive and expensive, but that’s the only thing that works.”Baylor’s Dr. Walter Peters said pain treatment is not one-size-fits-all; it’s all about managing expectations.“Our expectations is not that we can provide pain-free surgery. That just doesn’t exist, but we have to explain that we want to control their pain to where it’s manageable,” he said “We’re not cruel. We don’t want people to suffer, and for some patients there is no other way than to give narcotics, to give opioids. So we haven’t completely banned the use or eliminated the use of narcotics.”Rather, the push these days is for doctors to see opioids as a last resort. Copyright 2017 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.last_img read more

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Philippines President says dont use condoms because theyre not pleasurable

By on August 29, 2019

first_imgDuterte was addressing a crowd of returned Filipino migrant workers when he started talking about the country’s population boom. It was at this point he made the controversial comments.‘Avoid condoms because condoms aren’t pleasurable,’ he told the crowd.Duterte encouraged women to take oral contraception, available for free.‘Here, try eating it without unwrapping it,’ the president said putting a candy still wrapped in plastic in his mouth.‘Eat it. That’s what a condom is like.’Advocate groups and fellow politicians slammed Duterte’s comments.The Philippines has one of the highest rates of new HIV cases in Asia. The HIV epidemic has been labelled a ‘national emergency’.New HIV cases jumped a ‘terrifying’ 140% in only six years from 4,300 new cases in 2010 to about 10,500 in 2016.‘President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health,’ said Senator Risa Hontiveros in a statement. ‘President Duterte seems to be overly concerned with pleasure. There is nothing pleasurable or funny about the rise in our cases of HIV and teen pregnancy.’Not a ‘humorous aside’International advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the president’s comments.‘For Duterte’s supporters, the comment was just the latest of his “humorous asides” – like when he supposedly wisecracked about emulating Hitler in enshrining mass murder as state policy or joshed about the gang rape and murder of an Australian nun,’ said one of HRW’s Asia Division researchers, Carlos Conde.‘But it’s irresponsible for the Philippine president to downplay the importance of condoms at a time when the Philippines is experiencing the fastest growing epidemic of HIV in the Asia-Pacific region.’The Philippines is a largely Catholic nation. For a long time the Catholic Church has wanted to restrict access to condoms.It is at the center of UNAIDS anti-HIV strategy because they are ‘cost-effective tools for preventing [HIV and] other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies’.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte eats a candy still wrapped in plastic. | Photo: YouTube Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has come under fire for discouraging people from using condoms, labelling them ‘not pleasurable’.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- New HIV cases up 3,147% in the Philippines as crisis gets worse‘Outright discrimination’ as Philippines cuts funds to LGBTI youthPhilippines’ president Duterte favors civil unions over same-sex marriageRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/philippines-president-duterte-says-dont-use-condoms-theyre-not-pleasurable/last_img read more

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Btrfs makes multiple performance improvements to be shipped in the next Linux

By on August 26, 2019

first_imgIn order to prepare for the Linux 4.20 release, there are multiple performance improvements made to the Btrfs file-system. These changes are to be shipped in the next Linux kernel release. Btrfs is a modern ‘copy on write’ filesystem for Linux. It offers a lot of features not readily available in other in-tree Linux file-systems such as fault tolerance, repair, and easy administration.  However, its performance has been degrading for some time (partially because copy-on-write by default damages some workloads). However, with performance improvements for the Linux 4.20 release, there should be multiple speed-ups to Btrfs. Improvements include more files/sec in fsmark, better perf on multi-threaded workloads (filebench, dbench), fewer context switches and overall better memory allocation characteristics (multiple benchmarks). Apart from general performance, there’s an improvement for qgroups + balance workload. Performance improvements Btrfs has deprecated the blocking mode of path; only the spinning mode is used. Blocking mode of path is eliminated because it resulted in unnecessary wakeups and updates to the path locks. Improvement for qgroups + balance workload include speedup balancing with qgroups, as well as skip quota accounting on unchanged subtrees. The overall gain is about 30+ % in runtime. A small improvement has been made to rb-tree to avoid pointer chasing. rb-tree with cached first node is now used for several structures. Btrfs now has better error reporting, after processing blockgroups and whole device. It continues trimming block groups after an error is encountered. It also has less interaction with transaction commit that improves latency on slower storage (eg. image files over NFS). Cleanups in Btrfs Unused struct members and variables are removed Function return type cleanups are performed Delayed refs code refactoring is done Protection is provided against deadlock that could be caused by crafted image that tries to allocate from a tree that’s locked already These are just a select few updates. Read the full list of changes in a post by David Sterba. Read Next Linux 4.19 kernel releases with open arms and AIO-based polling interface; Linus back to managing the Linux kernel. KUnit: A new unit testing framework for Linux Kernel bpftrace, a DTrace like tool for Linux now open sourcelast_img read more

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Airstrike hits market north of Yemens Aden over 45 killed

By on August 18, 2019

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels hit a local marketplace in Yemen, killing over 45 civilians on Monday, security officials and eyewitnesses said.More than 50 civilians were also wounded in the strike in Fayoush, a suburb just north of the southern port city of Aden, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information otherwise. “I came right after the explosion and saw dozens of dead strewn about and a sea of blood, while the wounded were being evacuated to nearby hospitals,” resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi said. “(There was) blood from people mixed with that of the sheep and other livestock at the market.”The officials, who said they do not identify with either the rebels, known as Houthis, nor the camp of the exiled president, said Saudi-led airstrikes against the rebels continued across the country, with nine provinces and the capital hit.The fighting in Yemen pits the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now based in Saudi Arabia. The rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, in September. In March, a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition began launching airstrikes against the rebels and their allies.The conflict has left 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and uprooted over one million people from their homes, the United Nations said. Last Wednesday, it declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in the country, where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Jobs Data Means Good and Bad News for Housing

By on August 15, 2019

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News October 7, 2016 553 Views Employment Federal Reserve Jobs 2016-10-07 Seth Welborn Sharecenter_img Analysts praised the September Employment Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) despite another month in which job gains fell slightly below expectations.In all, 156,000 jobs were added during September, which fell short of predictions by about 20,000, according to Thomson Reuters. The unemployment rate ticked up to 5.0 percent and average wage growth for hourly employees bumped up by six cents from August up to $25.79.An upward revision for August’s job total and a downward revision to July’s resulted in a combined total of 7,000 fewer jobs created for those two months—but the monthly average job gain total for July through September is still close to 200,000 (192,000).The industry may be experiencing some déjà vu with the average monthly job gains for July through September, since they were basically the same for the same period last year, but will September’s Employment Summary deter the Fed from raising the short-term interest rates for the first time since December? Not likely, but September’s employment data is both positive and negative for housing, according to one economist.“Today’s numbers were strong enough to keep a rate hike from the Federal Reserve likely before the end of the year, and we are already seeing mortgage rates move in that direction,” Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “That’s both bad and good: Higher mortgage rates will make buying a home more expensive, but they will also likely make home loans accessible to more prospective buyers—a problem that has plagued the market for years. The current level of job creation should lead to continued strong household formation, which will keep demand for homes high. And as long as rates move gradually, consumers will be able to mitigate some of the effects of the rate uptick by shifting to a different mix of shorter fixed-rate term products and buying discount points.  In the short term, demand could be boosted by those consumers most concerned about higher rates moving up their plans.”According to Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan, the employment data might not stop the Fed from voting to raise the short-term interest rates this year—but other economic conditions might.“Interestingly, the three-month average gains in both nonfarm payrolls and private payrolls were exactly the same as those in September 2015, a couple of months before the first rate hike this cycle,” Duncan said. “While labor market conditions by themselves are not a hurdle for the Fed to raise the fed funds rate this year—something Fed officials said they want to do—several weak spots in the economy and the lack of inflation pressures may curb the Fed’s enthusiasm. Businesses are struggling with declining profits and lackluster productivity growth, and housing seems to have hit a soft patch, with residential investment likely posting a second consecutive quarterly decline last quarter despite positive labor market and mortgage rate trends. The labor report did include an increase of 23,000 construction jobs and a 3.4 percent annual gain in construction wages, suggesting a coming improvement in housing supply.”“The September employment data met expectations, roughly speaking,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist with the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). “While job growth was slightly less than anticipated, key areas like labor force participation and wage growth ticked up. The results keep the Fed on track to raise rates in December.”Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, a voting member on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the monetary policy-making arm of the Fed, said on CNBC’s Squawk Box that the September Employment Summary is a “solid labor market report. . . This is very consistent with what we expected to see.”The next FOMC meeting will conclude November 2, which will be followed by the Committee’s final meeting of the year on December 14.Click here to view the complete September Employment Summary from the BLS. Jobs Data Means Good and Bad News for Housinglast_img read more

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By on August 10, 2019

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