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Luxury Villa Construction Booming

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE News By Kim Tae Hong – 2010.10.26 7:02pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Luxury Villa Construction Booming RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]An unusual level of remodeling and reconstruction of official buildings and special villas is going on across North Korea, according to sources. One such source inside North Korea reported today that after demolishing the No. 15 Official Residence, located in vicinity of Kim Jong Il’s current office in Pyongyang, the authorities began construction of a new building in July, a claim which has been confirmed by satellite images. The No. 15 Official Residence was where Ko Young Hee, Kim Jong Eun’s mother, used to live. The location is linked to Kim Jong Il’s office and other official buildings by underground tunnels fitted with an electronic train. When Kim Jong Eun was a child, he also lived there. However, the source said he believes that the prime real estate may be undergoing a change of use.The source also reported that in December, 2009, Kim Jong Eun ordered the destruction of another special villa in Kyungsung, North Hamkyung Province, a place famous for hot springs, and the building of a new conference hall and villa with imported construction materials in its place. Approximately ten kilometers of road and rail construction has also been going on so that the area can be reached more conveniently, the source added. According to the source, around 1,200 soldiers have been mobilized alongside residents of Chongjin and Hoiryeong for the work. In addition, each household in the area has had to provide ten buckets of rocks for construction and pay 500 won for their delivery. Regarding this work, North Korea Reform Radio reported in July, “During construction of Kim Jong Eun’s special villa in Kyungsung, the authorities diverted the flow of a stream flowing through Haonpo-ri in Kyungsung, burying farms and angering residents.” Reconstruction of another villa and conference hall at the coastal Songdowon Resort in Wonsan, Kangwon Province is also ongoing. This construction is reportedly a gift for Kim Jong Il on the orders of Kim Jong Eun. The construction consists of two large, circular buildings. One of them has a lot of separate rooms, while the other has just one big hall, according to rumors. [imText2]Therefore, the source assumed that the finished building might be a similar to Kim Jong Il’s Seoho Villa, the No. 72 Villa in Nakwon, South Hamkyung, which is rumored to have one room extending 100m below the ground. A South Korean architect estimates that the construction of the three facilities and railroad will cost a total of around $180 million dollars, an amount which, according to the current international market price of corn, $300/ton, is enough to buy 600,000 tons of corn, enough to feed 2.3 million North Koreans for two months. According to documents the South Korean military and intelligence authorities provided for submission to a hearing of the Diplomacy, Commerce and Unification Committee of the National Assembly by lawmaker Yoon Sang Hyun, there are 33 luxurious villas in beautiful mountainous areas and along the coasts of North Korea. Since 2008, 13 out of 33 sites have been under maintenance work, according to intelligence. There are also 28 stations for the exclusive use of Kim Jong Il across North Korea. In North Korea, in general, around two or three facilities are remodeled per year, but the current degree of widespread construction and remodeling suggests that Kim Jong Eun may be set to use the villas in the future. On this, an anonymous expert with a national policy institute suggested that it does not portend a scaling back of the Kim family ruling style. “Seeing Kim Jong Eun’s luxurious life pattern,” he said, “he seems set to follow his father’s conventional method of dictatorship.”[imText3][imText4]center_img AvatarKim Tae Hong News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomy Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Por qué el Banco Central de Corea del Norte eliminó a…

first_imgNews Desde el día 1 de agosto , Corea del Norteha eliminado a Kim Il Sung de los billetes de 5000 won. De acuerdo a fuentesinternas en el país, los nuevos billetes muestran en el anverso la casa deMankyundae, lugar de nacimiento de Kim Il Sung, y en el reverso la Exposición Permanente de Amistad Internacional,en el monte Myohyang. Hastaentonces, cada vez que Corea del Norte sacaba un nuevo billete, siempre poníael retrato de Kim Il Sung en los billetes de gran valor nominal. Sin embargo,la imagen ha sido eliminada de los billetes de 5000 won, hecho que ha generadodiversas opiniones. Desdelos primeros días tras asumir el poder, Kim Jong Eun ha imitado los pasos de suabuelo, más que los de su propio padre, Kim Jong Il: el modo de caminar,vestuario y corte de cabello, incluso la forma de aplaudir. Ha invocado lanostalgia de los norcoreanos por Kim Il Sung para compensar por su falta deexperiencia como líder. Por este motivo, la remoción de la imagen del “GranLíder” es un hecho inaudito. Kim Jong Eun ya no necesita estar a la sombra deKim Il Sung y puede gobernar por derecho propio, ahora que ha tomado el controldel Partido, del gobierno y de las fuerzas armadas. Esto ocurrió a fines delaño pasado, cuando Kim Jong Eun asumió estos poderes, tras la purga de su tíoJang Song Thaek, y la eliminación de miembros del antiguo gabinete.Porotro lado, a través de la remoción del retrato de Kim Il Sung se vería unintento propagandístico por mostrar una imagen nacional más abierta y ‘normal’de Corea del Norte, país aislado de la comunidad internacional. Unespecialista en asuntos norcoreanos ha comunicado a Daily NK que “Kim Jong Eunbusca alcanzar logros económicos, y al mismo tiempo dejar atrás la era de laindustria pesada de Kim Il Sung y Kim Jong Il, para concentrarse en laconstrucción de apartamentos en Changjeon St, en Munsu Water Park (un parqueacuático ubicado al este de Pyongyang) y en Masikryong Ski Resort (una estaciónde esquí localizada en la provincia Kangwon). Si bien él no puede negar oficialmentea Kim Il Sung, sí puede introducir algunos cambios para resaltar su imagen delíder”. Comoya se ha señalado, cada vez que Corea del Norte emite papel moneda, el billetede mayor valor incluye la imagen del Gran Líder. En relación con esto, se haobservado que existe la posibilidad de que un nuevo billete (de 10,000 won) seaemitido, el que llevaría el retrato de Kim Il Sung. Lamercantilización está aumentando en Corea del Norte y, con ello, la inflación.En este sentido, la emisión de un billete de valor más elevado parece ser unaopción inevitable. Con la caída del valor del papel moneda norcoreano, pareceque este es el único camino que le queda a Kim Jong Eun para dar resultadoseconómicos. Porotra parte, con respecto a las reacciones de la ciudadanía, la fuente alinterior del país comunicó que se vieron “reacciones de incredulidad” enalgunas personas sobre la posibilidad de que el billete de 10,000 won seapuesto en circulación. “ No creo que eso (la creación del nuevo billete) suceda”. Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Por qué el Banco Central de Corea del Norte eliminó a Kim Il Sung de los billetes de 5 North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News SHARE By Kang Mi Jin – 2014.08.04 2:47pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] Porúltimo (y como ya ha sido mencionado previamente), existiríaun afán propagandístico enel hecho de mostrar el lugar de nacimiento de Kim Il Sung en el anversodel nuevo billete. En efecto,  la casa deMankyundae es considerada como parada obligatoria para los visitantes en Coreadel Norte. Por otro lado, el reverso muestra la Exposición Permanente de Amistad Internacional,que reúne una colección de regalos otorgados a Kim Jong Il por visitantesextranjeros en el país. Este lugar también forma parte de la ruta turística enCorea del Norte, y es usado para promocionar la “vida modelo” de losnorcoreanos. last_img read more

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Applications for CARICOM Visa for CWC 2007 on the Rise

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Just days after the start of the Single Domestic Space on 1 February 2007, news has come that in just one month, 7000 applications were received for the Special CARICOM Visa which is required by nationals of some countries to visit 10 Caribbean countries as the world prepares to flock to the Region for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007.The visa is being issued by Caribbean immigration officials who are posted in major cites of London, England; New Delhi, India; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Canada; Miami and New York in the United States. A satellite site s now in full operation at the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Venezuela while others will soon be opened in Geneva, Switzerland; Beijing, China; Brussels, Belgium Berlin, Germany.Chair of the CARICOM Sub Committee on CWC security and Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados the Honourable Mia Mottley, informed that between January 1 and February 3rd 2007, 7 694 people had applied for visas. Of these, 5 735 were issued, with the remaining being processed.She also revealed that 17 visa applications have been denied. An extensive vetting process involving multiple checks against the CARICOM, United Nations and Interpol Watch lists as well as other intelligence gathering mechanisms ensures full screening of visa applicants…“The CARICOM Special Visa is not the normal rubber stamp visa. It is a secure visa,” said Ms Mottley.In order to meet the growing demand for the CARICOM Special Visa, the visa issuing sites have increased staff levels to handle the extra load.“To issue all these visas is a tremendous amount of work but we will continue to forge ahead,” she said, noting that their turnaround time for processing visas was three days, exclusive of courier or pick-up times,” said the Barbados Deputy Prime Minister.For details on the CARICOM Special Visa are available at www.caricomvisa.com or www.caricomimpacs.org or contact: Rose Blenman, Public Education Coordinator at [email protected] RelatedApplications for CARICOM Visa for CWC 2007 on the Rise RelatedApplications for CARICOM Visa for CWC 2007 on the Rise Advertisementscenter_img RelatedApplications for CARICOM Visa for CWC 2007 on the Rise Applications for CARICOM Visa for CWC 2007 on the Rise UncategorizedFebruary 8, 2007last_img read more

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New technology diagnoses sickle cell disease in record time

first_imgPublished: Oct. 15, 2020 • By Oksana Schuppan Above: Assistant Professor Xiaoyun Ding in the Biomedical Microfluidics Lab. Top: Acousto Thermal Shift Assay devices being assembled.Diseases of the blood, like sickle cell disease, have traditionally taken a full day, tedious lab work and expensive equipment to diagnose, but researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Colorado Anschutz have developed a way to diagnose these conditions with greater sensitivity and precision in only one minute. Their technology is smaller than a quarter and requires only a small droplet of blood to assess protein interactions, dysfunction or mutations.Assistant Professor Xiaoyun Ding of the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Professor Michael Stowell of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at CU Boulder, along with Associate Professor Angelo D’Alessandro of the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Medicine, Division of Hematology at CU Anschutz, co-authored a paper about the technology, now featured as the front cover of Small.  This project began when Ding realized that a technology developed in his lab could increase the speed of cell protein analysis performed by Stowell and his research group. As Stowell and D’Alessandro got involved, new applications emerged, including disease diagnosis.“In Africa, sickle cell disease is the cause of death in 5% of children under 5 years old for lack of early diagnosis,” said D’Alessandro. “This common, life‐threatening genetic disorder is most prevalent in poor regions of the world where newborn screening and diagnosis are rare.”Sickle cell disease affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. In some areas of the world where malaria is endemic, variants of hemoglobin have evolved that can cause red blood cells to assume a crescent, or sickle, shape.“Almost all life activities involve proteins,” said Ding. “We thought if we could measure the protein thermal stability change, we could detect these diseases that affect protein stability.”Proteins have a specific solubility at a specific temperature. When one bonds to another or when the protein is mutated, the solubility changes. By measuring solubility at different temperatures, researchers can tell whether the protein has been mutating.A completed Acousto Thermal Shift Assay device shown next to a quarter for size comparison. This tiny lab-on-a-chip device can detect protein thermal stability change to diagnose sickle cell disease in one minute. Before recent developments, Stowell and his group, including researcher Kerri Ball, used Thermal Shift Assays to assess protein stability under varying conditions. Now, with the new technology, an Acousto Thermal Shift Assay, they can do the same but faster and with greater sensitivity.The ATSA utilizes high-amplitude sound waves, or ultrasound, to heat a protein sample while concentrating the proteins that don’t dissolve. Device components include a channel where the sample is deposited and two electrodes on each side to generate the wave that applies acoustic heating and concentration.For both a traditional TSA and ATSA, samples are collected and heated from 40 to 70 degrees Celsius. The traditional TSA measures how much of the protein has dissolved at set points over the course of the temperature increase, while the ATSA measures data continuously, recording how much of the protein has dissolved at every fraction of change in degrees Celsius.“Our method is seven to 34 times more sensitive,” said Ding. “The ATSA can distinguish the sickle cell protein from normal protein, while the traditional TSA method cannot.”Another benefit of the ATSA is cost reduction in terms of human labor and equipment.“The traditional methods for thermal profiling require specialized equipment such as calorimeters, polymerase chain reaction machines, and plate readers that require at least some technical expertise to operate,” said Ball. “These instruments are also not very portable, requiring samples to be transported to the instruments for analysis.”Ball said the ATSA requires only a power source, a microscope and a camera as simple as the one on your smart phone. Because the protein is concentrated, there is also no need to apply a florescent dye as is sometimes required to highlight protein changes in a traditional TSA.Ding said it is thanks to his collaborators, experts in biochemistry and hematology, that they now know the full impact of the technology.“This technique is an exciting development, because it represents a new and promising point-of-care platform for a rapid and highly sensitive diagnostic tool of sickle cell disease, and maybe for other hemoglobinopathies such as beta thalassemia too,” said D’Alessandro.By working with the engineering team, Ball said she and her research group created tools to accomplish their goals in new and better ways.Categories:BiomedicalMicro/NanoscaleOutreachTags:Xiaoyun Ding Share Share via FacebookShare via TwitterShare via LinkedInlast_img read more

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Afternoon Brief, June 5

first_imgHome Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, June 5Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, June 5By Editor – June 5, 2019 124 0 Linkedin Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief ReddIt Trending Story:New Privacy Law Puts California Wineries at a Competitive DisadvantageThe California Consumer Privacy Act is intended to help consumers safeguard their online identities and sensitive information. In e-commerce, where many digital platforms are funded through personalized ads, there should be greater transparency in how data is used, and greater protection of sensitive consumer information …Today’s News:Bill to Extend the Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Board and Pierce’s Disease Control Program Heads to AssemblySenator Mike McGuire has introduced SB 449 to continue the PD/GWSS Board and PDCP for another five years, to provide continuing protection from Pierce’s disease (PD) and enable the industry to continue to support research and outreach on PD and other serious pests and diseases of winegrapes …Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Viticulture: Can It Be an Alternative Source of Nutrient-Rich Water?Water scarcity is a global problem, which leads to unprecedented pressure on water supply in arid and semi-arid regions. Treating wastewater is an alternative and valuable water resource, therefore its reuse for agricultural irrigation has been growing worldwide since the beginning of the 21st century …Trade War Is Hurting U.S. WineriesAmerican wine, beer and spirits producers are worried. Trade disputes between the U.S. and China, Mexico and the European Union are all impacting their businesses. And there’s no end in sight to the battles …California Association of Winegrape Growers Applauds Federal Funding for Smoke Exposure ResearchMisleading Move to Monetize Historic Legacy in the Famed Napa ValleyWine Crop in Napa County Tops $1B in 2018Washington State University Tri-Cities Partners with Spanish WinerySonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Hosts Sold-Out Crowd to Celebrate the Premium Wine Region with Iconic Industry LeadersSonoma County Department of Agriculture/Weights & Measures June UpdateCalifornia Association of Winegrape Growers Statement on Passing of $19.1 Billion Disaster Assistance Bill by House of RepresentativesUltimate Wine Challenge Announces 2019 Results 31 Exceptional Wines Are Awarded the Chairman’s Trophy, the Highest AccoladeBrown-Forman Invests Above the Line, Expects U.S. Growth to AccelerateConegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces Total Ban on the Use of GlyphosateDan Berger: A Look Back Over the Past 40 YearsBlogs:Selling to Different Generations: Silent Generation and Baby BoomersIs Riesling the World’s Most Under-Rated Premium Grape Variety?How Does the Concept of Sustainability Translate into Everyday Consumer Behaviour?Napa Sonoma Magazine: The Podcast!Sommelier Roundtable: Do You Need a Degree to Be a Sommelier?WineIndustry.Jobs:Craft Beer and Wine PackagingThe Can Van – San Francisco, CA, USATasting Room AssociateFlying Goat Cellars – Lompoc, California, USABilingual Vineyard Manage-Vineyard Development SupervisorClendenen Vineyard Management, LLC – Healdsburg, CA, USAMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Gay Pride Month: Three Openly Gay Winemakers Tell Their StoriesChampion of Virginia Wine Industry David King DiesThe Art of Wine: A Conversation with Winemaker Mark FosterA Visit with Shauna Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wine CompanyKrista Scruggs Is Making the Wine of the FutureSupplier News:Create a Unique Look Tailored to Your BrandThe Digest: A Great Tool for Evaluating New MarketsChanging Sales Tax Nexus Rules: What They Mean for Online Sellers in 2019Using DTC Data to Drive Business DecisionsMore Supplier News…Vineyard & Winery:Old Stone Winery at Monte Rosso, Damaged in 2014, Headed for DemolitionPurple Wine + Spirits Adds Bourbon and Rye to Its Redwood Empire Portfolio of Premium American Craft WhiskeysScheid Family Wines Announces Winners of 2019 Scholarship ProgramMadrigal Family Winery’s Sausalito Tasting Salon & Gallery Presents Mike Moir’s “The Transcendental Power of Nature”Iron Horse Vineyards Wine Served During Trumps’ Elaborate Dinner for Prince Charles TAGSCaliforniaCalifornia Association of Winegrape GrowersClendenen Vineyard ManagementCoeur de Terre VineyardDan BergerDavid KingFlying Goat CellarsIron Horse VineyardKrista ScruggsMadrigal Family WineryMark FosterMaverick EnterprisesNexternalRieslingRock Wall Wine CompanyScheid Family WinesShauna RosenblumSpainThe Can VanTHE DIGEST OF WINE & SPIRITS LAWVirginiaWashingtonWineDirect Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook Share Email Pinterest Previous articleSonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Hosts Sold-Out Crowd to Celebrate the Premium Wine Region with Iconic Industry LeadersNext article2019 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition Winners Announced Editorlast_img read more

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Township 7 Vineyards & Winery & BC Hospitality Foundation Collaborate on…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Township 7 Vineyards & Winery & BC Hospitality Foundation Collaborate on Support,…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessTownship 7 Vineyards & Winery & BC Hospitality Foundation Collaborate on Support, Ship & Sip CampaignBy Press Release – March 31, 2021 70 0 Pinterest AdvertisementB.C. Winery financially assists hospitality workers & establishes new wine industry education fund with the BCHFPENTICTON, BC – March 31, 2021 – Township 7 Vineyards & Winery is proud to deepen their relationship with the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) this spring with the 2nd Annual Support, Ship & Sip campaign. The charity campaign raises funds for both hospitality workers in financial distress and for the new British Columbia Wine Industry Scholarship & Education (BC WISE) fund. The scholarship is designated for students in winemaking, viticulture and wine business administration. It was launched January 15, 2021, with the inaugural awards to be presented in May.“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has been going for over a year now and workers in the hospitality industry have faced tremendous economic challenges with all of the closures and restrictions placed on their businesses. Given Monday’s three-week closure announcement by the BC government, we hope charity efforts like ours and others in the wine community will help lighten their financial burdens, at least in some small way,” said Mike Raffan, Township 7 Vineyards & Winery General Manager. “When we approached the BCHF last summer with the idea for a new wine industry scholarship, we were thrilled with their wholehearted encouragement. They have been fantastic in launching BC WISE earlier this year and in working with us and others in the industry to promote it to prospective students. There is a significant human resources shortage of skilled workers in our industry, particularly in the Okanagan Valley. We believe that BC WISE will help foster the next generation of wine industry talent and hope it encourages people to pursue their career here in B.C. We hope our $10 donation for each online order with Support, Ship & Sip will be as successful this April as it was a year ago.”The BCHF’s Executive Director, Dana Harris, says, “Our charity is honoured that Township 7 has partnered with the BCHF to support the important work that we do to help individuals in the hospitality and tourism business that are struggling financially because of a health condition. The bonus of our promotion is this new BC WISE scholarship will also help bring qualified individuals into the winery workforce in BC.”To that end, Township 7 is building on last year’s successful campaign that saw the winery contribute $5,000 to the BCHF to assist hospitality workers in distress, and are relaunching their Support, Ship & Sip charity campaign. This April for every online order, Township 7 will donate $10 towards the BCHF with the goal of reaching $5,000.About Township 7 Vineyards & Winery:We have a singular focus. It’s only about quality wine! We believe premium winemaking starts in the vineyard. We carefully select specific sites throughout B.C. for their unique characteristics. Our fine wines reflect the special terroir of each vineyard and this is expressed in the bold flavours of the wine. Handcrafted to cellar, we hope you enjoy our robust reds and aromatic whites with loved ones. www.township7.comAdvertisement Share Linkedin TAGSBC Hospitality FoundationTownship 7 Vineyards & Winery ReddIt Email Facebook Previous articleNielsenIQ Beverage Alcohol Update for Week Ending March 20, 2021Next articleAfternoon Brief, March 31st Press Release Twitterlast_img read more

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BD organises awareness campaign on safe insulin practices

first_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” On Insulin Injection Day, experts emphasise on correct insulin injection technique for better management of diabetesUnderstanding the importance of managing diabetes, BD-India, a leading medical technology company organised an awareness campaign emphasising on the right technique for insulin injection. The campaign witnessed participation of leading endocrinologists and diabetes educators emphasising on insulin injection technique for better management of diabetes.Dr Manoj Chadha, Endocrinologist, PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre Mumbai and Hope and Care Centre, Vashi and FITTER India Scientific Advisory Board Member, said “Mostly people are unaware of the complications that may arise due to incorrect insulin administration. According to recent observations, about 60-70 per cent of people haven’t received proper education in terms of how to give an insulin shot correctly. I appreciate BD-India’s efforts to enhance awareness on right injection techniques for insulin that will help patients to comply with their regime and prevent any complications that may arise due to incorrect techniques.”Dr Anushree Mehta, Diabetologist-Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Mumbai added, “I have been on insulin therapy for the past 22 years. My journey with insulin injections was comfortable only because I had an amazing doctor and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to guide me with proper knowledge about the correct insulin injection technique. This has helped me manage my condition well and today I live a very healthy lifestyle. I am happy to contribute towards this awareness campaign as I feel it is essential to impart proper knowledge about diabetes and guidelines on using correct insulin injection technique for patients.”The right technique of insulin injection is crucial for patients to avoid complications. In this regard, Forum for Injection Technique and Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) India 2017 laid emphasis on the importance of good injection practices including barriers to insulin injection therapy and its preventive measures, recommendations on device specifications, insulin injection practices in indoor settings, adverse safety outcomes of faulty techniques and measures to enhance awareness of the good injection practices among HCPs and patients.Highlighting their role as a partner committed to diabetes care, Pavan Mocherla, Managing Director-BD India and South Asia said, “Insulin delivery technique education is a critical factor in effective diabetes management. BD is committed to helping improve the injection experience for people living with diabetes, through continuous patient education, and innovating high-quality technologies that make a difference. We have been a leader in diabetes injection devices for almost 95 years and Insulin Injection Day is a perfect occasion for us to encourage talking about best practices in managing insulin therapy. I am sure with such collaborative efforts to raise awareness on the right insulin injection technique, we will be able to achieve improved patient outcomes going ahead.” News Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals BD organises awareness campaign on safe insulin practices center_img Related Posts By Prabhat Prakash on January 9, 2019 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

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National Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon

first_imgRelatedNational Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon RelatedNational Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that a National Commission on Mathematics is to be established soon.Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on May 3, Mr. Holness informed that the National Council on Education (NCE), an advisory body on education, will be charged with assembling the Commission.“What we will be charging the NCE to do is to look islandwide at all the resources that we have, all the technical resources, all the teaching resources, and select a representative group, and that body will become the National Commission on Mathematics,” he said.The Minister further informed that the Commission, which will have a defined life-span, will be provided with terms of reference, “and we will expect it to report to us on the strategies, systems, and methodologies that we should employ in coming to grips with our math problems.”He said it is expected that the terms of reference and the names of the members of the Commission will be announced by the end of the month.The decision to establish this body, follows the published results of the Grade Four Literacy Test, which showed that many students performed poorly.The Minister noted that though the problem has been identified, it is necessary to determine what the causes are. “Is it just the teachers, is it something cultural, is it something psycho-social?,” he questioned.“We have been doing Math, but our education system was never historically universal, and we always had a system that filtered the best. Now we have a system of universal primary education, where all our students are being tested and bench-marked against each other,” he noted.He pointed out that it is for this reason that the Government established the Grade Four Numeracy Test, as part of a benchmark examination. “It is not a placement exam, nor is it an achievement test. It is more used to determine the state of readiness of the child and to help in diagnosing problems and developing teaching strategies,” the Minister explained.Stressing the importance of having mastery in Mathematics, Mr. Holness said that being numerate, being able to compute and to manipulate data in modern society is a critical function that determines whether or not one can develop in a cognitive way and contribute in a meaningful way to the society.“So, what we are now doing, is to once and for all, figure out what are all the variables that affect the performance of all our students. For many years, we have not paid the level of attention strategically, to the development of Math skills, particularly at the foundation level, at primary school, and early childhood. But we have acted with alarm sometimes, we have been reactionary. But for the first time, I think we are now in a position where we have placed a plan strategically to the nation,” he said.This plan, he noted, started with the release of the Grade Four Numeracy Test results. “So, what we have decided to do, is to give the public information, real information, empirical data on which they can discuss the problem. It was intended to give empirical data to start the bench-marking process, to give voice to all the stakeholders and to start Jamaica thinking about how we can solve our Math problems,” the Minister said.Highlighting one particular finding that he was “deeply worried” about, the Minister pointed out that the data shows that boys are at a significant disadvantage in some areas of Grade Four Numeracy.“It shows also, that whilst the private schools manage to attain 77 per cent, if you were to compare that to what they attained or achieved in the literary test, they achieved 97 per cent in the literacy test. It shows clearly, that there is a general problem, even where we have resources available. There is a general problem with Mathematics in the country,” he said.The Minister said going forward, there are plans to do more development work, noting that work has already been done in developing a curriculum, the test, and putting in place numeracy specialists, coaches and teachers. RelatedNational Commission on Mathematics to be Established Sooncenter_img National Commission on Mathematics to be Established Soon EducationMay 5, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Focus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools

first_imgAdvertisements Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, speaking about the anti-doping initiative in schools at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on July 23. Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says the focus of Government’s anti-doping initiative in schools, will be concentrated more toward promoting the importance of good nutrition and discouraging doping, rather than testing every young athlete.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 23, Mrs. Neita-Headley  said since the Prime Minister made a statement on the topic, “there has been quite a bit of controversy and that is as a result of persons not being very clear on what was meant.”Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, informed the House of Representatives on July 16, that the Government would begin testing young athletes in schools. She noted however, that this system would be introduced in conjunction with public education and sensitization programmes.Minister Neita-Headley explained that the Government’s plan will focus on assisting young athletes to understand the importance of good nutrition, in an effort to eliminate the temptation of taking food supplements.“Currently, young athletes are being tested as part of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Games and Penn Relays. What is not happening is that we are not conducting those tests on a wide scale here in Jamaica, as part of our championships,” the Minister added.She emphasized the need for young athletes to be knowledgeable about banned substances and food supplements and to take full responsibility for what goes into their bodies, adding that a lot of what is packaged into supplements can be found in our local everyday ground provisions, including yams.Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr.Warren Blake, said that young athletes who give outstanding performances are subjected to tests when they perform at the national level.“The approach to test exceptional young athletes is a means of validating our track and field programme, to show that this is obtained through genuine endeavours and competitiveness and not the result of illegal substances in sports,” Dr. Blake said.He further informed that the programme of anti-doping education in high schools will be strengthened.“The education programme has been going on in the high schools for some time, and when strengthened it will inform the young athletes on what to expect,” Dr. Blake pointed out. RelatedInformation on Missing Children to be Placed on Electronic Billboards RelatedFocus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools Story HighlightsGovernment’s anti-doping initiative in schools, will promote the importance of good nutrition Young athletes need to be knowledgeable about banned substances and food supplementsYoung athletes who give outstanding performances are subjected to testscenter_img RelatedFocus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools Focus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in SchoolsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Focus on Good Nutrition in Anti-Doping Initiative in Schools JIS Think TankJuly 26, 2013Written by: Tashika McCarthylast_img read more

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Jamaica Continues to Safeguard the Rights of Asylum-Seekers

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerJamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie. FILE Advertisements Jamaica Continues to Safeguard the Rights of Asylum-SeekersJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay US Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke in her opening remarks pointed out that with the rise of conflict in Africa and Caribbean cultural transition, more than 2 million refugees have arrived in US over the past 20 years.  Refugees comprise about 10 per cent of the total annual immigration into the United States.  She said that many of those seeking asylum are of African and Caribbean descent.The panel discussed the issues facing immigration and refugees, along with potential recommendations for improving the refugee system in the US.The panelists included Chief of Asylum Division, United States Citizens and Immigration Service John Lafferty; Director of Refugee Protection Human Rights First, Eleanor Acer; Senior Advisor Government Relations at the United Nations, Jana Mason; Executive Director, Black Alliance of Just Immigration, Opal Pomeit; and Associate Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, Dr. Yvonne Captain. The group made presentations on how the US Immigration system affects persons from Africa and the Caribbean. Jamaica Continues to Safeguard the Rights of Asylum-Seekers Foreign AffairsSeptember 28, 2014Written by: Derrick Scott RelatedMinister of Foreign Affairs And Foreign Trade to Attend 69th UN General Assembly Story HighlightsJamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, has reiterated that the Government of Jamaica is committed to the rule of law in its relations with the international community. Ambassador Vasciannie emphasised that Jamaica’s treatment of refugee issues exemplifies the country’s good faith efforts to meet its international treaty commitments, and to satisfy generally accepted norms and standards of international human rights.In a wide-ranging review of refugee issues in Jamaica, Ambassador Vasciannie identified a range of factors to be considered in the treatment of asylum-seekers, and pointed out that Jamaica’s formal refugee policy document, implemented in 2009, seeks to address these factors in keeping with the United Nations Refugees Convention and Protocol. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, has reiterated that the Government of Jamaica is committed to the rule of law in its relations with the international community.Ambassador Vasciannie emphasised that Jamaica’s treatment of refugee issues exemplifies the country’s good faith efforts to meet its international treaty commitments, and to satisfy generally accepted norms and standards of international human rights.He was speaking at a panel discussion hosted by the United States Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th annual legislative conference under the theme ‘Protection from Persecution: The Flow of Asylum Seekers of African Descent’, at the Walter E. Washington convention center on Friday, September 26.“Jamaica, as a small, developing country which seeks to promote human rights and the rule of law in practice, has sought to safeguard all the rights specified in the Refugees Convention for persons who come to our shores…for us, this is work in progress, but we must remain committed to protecting persons facing persecution,” Ambassador Vasciannie argued.In a wide-ranging review of refugee issues in Jamaica, Ambassador Vasciannie identified a range of factors to be considered in the treatment of asylum-seekers, and pointed out that Jamaica’s formal refugee policy document, implemented in 2009, seeks to address these factors in keeping with the United Nations Refugees Convention and Protocol. RelatedClowns Without Borders for Therapy Workshops RelatedOver US$80 Million in Medical Supplies and Services from Atlanta-Montego Bay Health Missionlast_img read more

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