New car sales down over 50% in Donegal

first_img Google+ By News Highland – December 2, 2009 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleDonegal based asylum seeker admits Dublin arson threatNext articleCoughlan’s Swiss expenses in the spotlight News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week News WhatsApp Twitter New car sales down over 50% in Donegal WhatsAppcenter_img Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE Pinterest Facebook Donegal has the state’s third highest level of car imports from the North and Great Britain at almost 4,400, with only Dublin and Cork importing more.Figures released by show that new car sales in Donegal have fallen by 57% since the beginning of the year, while imports have fallen by only 7%. This compares to a national fall in imports of 24%.Shane Teskey of says new laws which linked VRT with CO2 emissions have had an impact on the market here, and at present, the cropss border trade is all in one direction. Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegallast_img read more

Vaccine close, but it likely won’t be a silver bullet

first_img International forum cites strong government response as key in battle against COVID The trick is getting a splintered America to act as one, Fauci says “We still know the basics of what we must do to bring this epidemic under control, and that also includes preparing people for a vaccine,” Farmer said. “I have some optimism about this. There is a lot of mistrust, a lot of miscommunication that needs to be cleared up. Some of this will last well into the coming year, but there is a good chance that we can prepare communities for — and enlist the support of communities — in rolling out this vaccine.”Farmer, Fauci, and Kim appeared at a webcast event on Monday, “COVID-19 Reflections and Updates,” examining lessons from the pandemic so far. Organized by Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the event was hosted by HMS Dean George Daley, who said that focusing on the prospect for a biomedical “silver bullet” in the form of a vaccine or therapeutic risks losing sight of the importance of social, political, public health, and other society-wide systems that have affected the course of the pandemic here.“I fear that in our breathless race for the next biomedical silver bullet, for the curative drug, the lifesaving vaccine, we risk losing sight of the systemic forces at play … without which we cannot learn the lessons in the future that will allow us to avert another, similar, disaster,” Daley said. Containment works, but a vaccine is still needed Paul Farmer on Partners In Health, ‘Harvard-Haiti,’ and making the lives of the poor the fight of his life “Why would you send $6 trillion or $5 trillion out into the world and really put in nothing for the only thing that has actually worked to stop the virus anywhere, which is the full public health response: social distancing with masks, testing, tracing, isolation and, of course, treatment of the sick?” Kim said, adding that business leaders may still not appreciate those measures’ importance. “I don’t think they understand — these business leaders — how difficult it is, even when we get a vaccine or better therapeutics, to deal with this particular virus. That’s what worries me. We still have not emerged from the magical thinking that says, ‘Once we get a vaccine, this is over.’”Fauci said, however, the prospect of gaining a vaccine plays a critical psychological role in the fight, even if success may not mark a clear end to the problems. Many are feeling fatigued by the months of strict daily adherence to public health measures. Having the sense that a vaccine is near, he said, may be important in encouraging people to remain vigilant.Farmer agreed the feeling of making progress is important and that we have learned much from earlier pandemics, specifically Ebola in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo — where there was resistance to an Ebola vaccine — on how to control outbreaks and promote vaccines. “I think what people need to understand more than they do is that the vulnerable are not just in the nursing homes.” — Anthony Fauci Related Five simple steps would tame COVID-19center_img Medical experts called the idea that a coronavirus vaccine would allow life to immediately return to normal “magical thinking,” describing instead a slow process of inoculating the public during which public health measures like masking and distancing would still be needed.Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and a leader of America’s coronavirus response, said Monday a vaccine is “just around the corner” and that it represents the clearest path toward ending the U.S. coronavirus pandemic. Even so, former Harvard Medical School professor and former World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned against pinning hopes on it for a quick end to the pandemic.Even if a vaccine is 75 percent effective, Kim said, skepticism about it may mean that as little as half of the population would take it. So it would fall far short of reaching “herd immunity” threshold, at which enough people are protected from infection to interrupt transmission.“We’re not at herd immunity with that level, so you still need to chase down every single outbreak,” Kim said.Kim, Fauci, and Paul Farmer, Harvard’s Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, agreed that the basic public health measures that have been employed since the beginning of the pandemic will still be needed. In addition, Kim called for added investment in those measures, expressing astonishment that those steps were left out of stimulus packages that focused instead on mitigating economic harm. “We still have not emerged from the magical thinking that says, ‘Once we get a vaccine, this is over.’” — Jim Yong Kim, World Bank president He urges social distancing, being realistic about children in summer, focusing on vulnerability of African Americans, and awareness that federal help will be limited ‘To be horrified by inequality and early death and not have any kind of plan for responding — that would not work for me’ Fauci offers mayors candid advice on what to expect as nation begins to reopen Fauci was critical of recent support for the idea of attempting to reach herd immunity in the U.S. without a vaccine by allowing the virus to spread among the healthy, low-risk population while enhancing protections for those at high risk of serious illness and death. While many think the high risk population is largely elderly and living in nursing homes, experience has shown that comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are also significant risk factors for developing serious illness and are present in many age groups.“I think what people need to understand more than they do is that the vulnerable are not just in the nursing homes. A substantial proportion of the population falls within the risk category,” Fauci said. “How do you put a safety net around 30 percent of the population in a community?”Panelists also discussed the nation’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization, with Fauci saying he hopes the group reforms itself in a way that makes its control more centralized. Kim, who led its HIV/AIDS division in the early 2000s, said the U.S.’ expertise and resources are critical to WHO’s efforts. He also said that, even flawed, the WHO performs a vital role in the world.“I hope we can resolve it going forward,” Kim said. “As faulty as these institutions are, as many holes as there may be, if we got rid of them, we’d have to invent them again.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Adani Project in Australia ‘Hits a Solar Wall’

first_imgAdani Project in Australia ‘Hits a Solar Wall’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sophie Vorrath for Renew Economy:If the Queensland Labor government’s final all-clear of plans to develop the world’s largest new thermal coal mine in the Galilee Basin signifies anything, it is that Australia’s major political parties are not yet ready, or willing, to let go of the fossil fuel dream.But while the Palaszczuk government seems determined to keep the coal fires burning, even Adani – the Indian energy giant behind the much-derided Carmichael development – appears to have moved on. Largely, to solar.As we write, Adani Group is reportedly hovering over the Indian solar assets of America’s SunEdison, as the former PV giant lurches towards bankruptcy.coal importAnd in Australia, the company is showing more active interest in the potential development of a large-scale solar plant in the heart of another Queensland coal region, the Bowen Basin.RenewEconomy reported last October that Adani executives had been meeting with landowners in the Isaac Regional Council to gauge their interest in hosting a large solar farm.Since then, the company has confirmed it is chasing investment opportunities in Australia’s solar generation sector, with a focus on potential opportunities in Queensland and South Australia.Meanwhile, Adani responded to the news of the state government approval of the Galilee Basin coal project by pushing it out yet another year.That is because, as Fairfax media’s Michael West has rightly pointed out, a green light from the Queensland Labor – dispiriting though it may be – means very little in the big scheme of this project.As Adani well knows, the true hurdle for this project – and it’s a big one – is finding the $10 billion-odd of financial backing required to progress the mine and connected port and rail expansion, in a market where coal prices and demand are falling off a cliff.As IEEFA analyst Tim Buckley wrote here in February, the Indian government’s draft Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) policy guidelines, released in December 2015, formally acknowledged that the capital construction cost of coal-fired power generation rose by 35-40 per cent over the last five years or so, mainly on the requirement for modern ultra-super critical (USC) power plant technologies with full emissions controls built in.“By comparison, the cost of renewable energy is forecast to continue to decline at a rate of 5-10 per cent per annum over the next decade. This follows a staggering 25 per cent year-on-year decline in unsubsidised installed solar costs in India in the year to January 2016 to a new record low of Rs4.34/kWh (US$64/MWh).”The world over, Buckley writes, “financing for old coal-fired power plants is progressively disappearing, just as debt and equity financing for new coal mines across Australia, America and Indonesia has evaporated over the last year and bankruptcies progressively claim most of the US industry. As capital flight from the global coal sector continues, the stranded assets risks increase.”Certainly, Australia’s big four banks – not to mention a number of international financial groups – have signalled they want little to do with the project, which is about as environmentally toxic as it is financially risky.Full article: Adani’s great big coal mine gets green light, but hits solar walllast_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend: Vardy, Firmino and Kenedy named in best XI

first_img 11 11 5. Left back: Kenedy (Chelsea) – The Brazilian may have gone slightly unnoticed this weekend given the dramatic results elsewhere, but the youngster put in an excellent performance for the Blues. It was a shock that Jose Mourinho dropped Cesar Azpilicueta for the clash against the Canaries, with Kenedy’s first team experience limited. He wasn’t fazed by the occasion, however, and could feature more often. 6. Right midfield: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Firmino scored his first goal for Liverpool, with his combination play with Philippe Coutinho leaving supporters drooling with excitement as the season heats up. The Brazil international looks to be relishing life under Jurgen Klopp, which is promising news with Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke also hoping to return to full fitness. 3. Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) – Alderweireld is one of many Spurs players excelling under Mauricio Pochettino, and it was another impressive display from the Belgium international against the Hammers. The 26-year-old has added some much needed discipline to Tottenham’s back line and is surely one of the first names in the starting line up. 11 2. Right back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) – The England international is enjoying a superb season in a Spurs shirt after returning from injury, and his 250th appearance for the club was one to remember. Walker was not only solid in defence, but scored a fine goal with the outside of his foot. 7. Centre midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton) – After disappointing last season, Barkley looks to be back to his best this term. Following his brace against Aston Villa, the England international now has five goals and four assists. With his confidence high, expect this tally to continue to rise. 11. Left wing: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – This was a no-brainer. Vardy is in the form of his life and simply cannot stop scoring. He now has 13 goals this season, with his last equalling a record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games that had been held for 12 years by Ruud van Nistelrooy. The England striker certainly won’t be looking to ease up, and will be out to break the record in the Foxes’ next game against Manchester United. 11 11 11 11 11 8. Left midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – The Brazilian now has four goals in his last three games for the Reds, as the playmaker is finally beginning to show consistency in his performances. Coutinho is one of the in-form players in the Premier League, and he could only get better under Klopp. 11 4. Centre back: John Stones (Everton) – The England international is one of the classiest centre backs in the Premier League, with his ability and desire to surge forward a rarity in the modern game. He was his usual calm self as his stock continues to rise. 1. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – to find out who else makes the team, click the arrow above – The Spaniard made a number of key saves to keep Watford at bay, including one spectacular stop to deny a shot that deflected off the head of Chris Smalling. It’s clear to see why Louis van Gaal stubbornly refused to give in to the demands of Real Madrid in the summer window. 9. Right wing: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – After a disappointing start to the campaign, there were concerns that Kane may have been a one-season wonder. The England international, however, has rediscovered his goalscoring boots, and is proving that such doubts wrong. 11 11 The Premier League made its long awaited return after the international break this weekend, and it arrived with a bang. Manchester United kicked things off at Vicarage Road, with David De Gea making some spectactular saves to ensure that Louis van Gaal’s men took home the three points.The weekend, however, belonged to Jamie Vardy.The Leicester City striker’s fairytale continued, as he scored his 13th goal of the season to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 12-year record of scoring in 10 consecutive games in England’s top flight. But who else stood out?Take a look at talkSPORT’s team of the weekend by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  10. Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – The Belgian looks to be improving with each game this season, and if he can continue to find the back of the net regularly, he could even challenge for the Golden Boot. There are few powerful centre forwards like Lukaku in the Premier League, and his performances continue to prove a joy to watch. last_img read more

More speculation over the future of QPR star Phillips

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Chelsea… The Daily Express claim QPR winger Matty Phillips could be heading for Aston Villa or Leicester. West London Sport recently revealed that West Brom had a bid for Phillips, 24, rejected and more recently that Rangers director of football was refusing to budge on the asking prices for Phillips and Charlie Austin.That led to reports that Albion boss Tony Pulis was ending his interest in the winger and focusing on other targets.Talks between the two clubs are ongoing and Pulis is hopeful a deal can be agreed.However, amid speculation that West Brom are no longer pursuing Phillips, the Express suggest Leicester and Villa have been boosted.Related West London Sport stories:  QPR reject £7m bid from West Brom for Phillips (7 July) No Newcastle approach for Austin – Les (14 July )Phillips impressed for Rangers during the second half of last seasonMeanwhile, the Daily Mail pick up on Crystal Palace’s £3m bid for QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Related West London Sport story: McCarthy bid rejected but Palace still keen (15 July)And the Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will fly out to Russia personally to secure the signing of Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders’ Antonio Brown pleads guilty to driving 100 mph, but pays measly $25 fine

first_imgBrown, who ranks second … Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown slowed down enough Tuesday to resolve his speeding case.Brown, traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Raiders in March, was clocked in excess of 100 mph in a 45-mph zone just outside of Pittsburgh in November, according to TMZ Sports.Hey, what are sleek black Porsches for?Brown blew off his February court date at which point he was found guilty of reckless driving and fined more than $700, Sports Illustrated reported.last_img read more

Hot Jupiter!  Exoplanets Found Very Close to Stars

first_imgTwo examples of Jupiter-size planets have been found by the European Southern Observatory.  They are so close to their parent stars, they orbit in less than two earth-days each.  Mercury would be 17 times farther out than one of them.  They belong to a new class of exoplanets scientists are terming “hot Jupiters.”A few years ago, solar system models would have always put the small, rocky planets close in and the gas giants farther out.  Discoveries like this have caused a major rethink of the old nebular and planetesimal hypotheses (see 05/16/2003 headline).  Ideas are floating around, seriously, that gas giants could form in just hundreds of years, and if the nebula doesn’t disperse fast, could be dragged into the parent star in just thousands of years.  Our solar system is looking rare or unique (see 07/21/2003 headline).  Are we privileged?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africans to be honoured with 2016 National Orders

first_img28 April 2016Notable citizens and prominent foreign nationals who have played a significant role in building a free democratic South Africa, as well as have had a noteworthy impact on improving the lives of South Africans, will receive National Orders today.The ceremony takes place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, on 28 April 2016, a day after Freedom Day. The orders are presented by President Jacob Zuma, as the Grand Patron of the country’s National Orders.The honours include the Order of Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.Watch an awards ceremony:The Order of Mendi for Bravery recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery.Recipients this year include:Hermanus Gabriel Loots (aka James Stuart), Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) operative As a lifelong ANC member and Umkhonto we Sizwe anti-apartheid operative, Loots was a member of the first Lusaka delegation to meet South African business in 1986 to begin plans to democratise the country. He was a member of Parliament in the first democratic parliament, from 1994 to 1999. He passed away in January 2016.Maqashu Leonard Mdingi, trade unionist and political detaineeAn important proponent of the trade union activism during apartheid, Mdingi retired from politics during the late 1990s to become a traditional tailor in Bizana, Eastern Cape. He passed away in 2013.Ulysses Modise, MK veteran and head of Northern Cape Province National Intelligence Agency during apartheidInstrumental in the formation of the Military Veteran Association in 1990s democratic South Africa, Modise is being recognised for his contribution to the struggle for liberation. He died in 2007.Peter Sello Motau, Soweto MK commander during apartheidMotau was killed during an ambush by covert apartheid police forces in Swaziland in 1987. The presidency is recognising his contribution to the liberation struggle through selfless sacrifice, bravery and thirst for freedom and democracy at the cost of his own life.Wilson Ngcayiya aka Bogart Soze, MK veteranHe is recognised for his contribution to the fight for the liberation of South Africa, courageously placing his life in constant danger and inspired by a solid conviction in a democratic South Africa after apartheid.Joseph “Mpisi” Nduli, MK operative and Robben Island prisonerAfter a long career serving the ANC, Nduli was the first post-apartheid chairman of the ANC Durban Central branch. He was assassinated in 1995. The Presidency is honouring his contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa, with a steadfast belief in the equality of all citizens.Sam Ntuli, Civic Association activist and ANC operativeNtuli’s contribution in the field of peace-building during the violent and delicate final years of apartheid is being honoured by the Presidency. He paid with his life for his activism and dedication to democracy when he was assassinated in 1991.Major General Jackie Refiloe Sedibe, ANC Women’s League veteran and former Defence Force chief director of corporate communicationsWidow of the first democratic defence minister, Joe Modise, Sedibe fought for the liberation of the South African people and selflessly sacrificed home comforts to ensure that all South Africans lived as equals. Sedibe stills serves in the national defence force.Dr Sizakele Sigxashe, first post-apartheid director-general of the National Intelligence AgencySigxashe passed away in 2011 and has been awarded the National Order for his bravery and courage of conviction. He left his home and loved ones for distant lands to fight for democracy.Major General Peter Lesego Tshikare, MK operative, post-apartheid military intelligence representative from 1994 until retirement in 1998Tshikare died in 2008.The Order of Ikhamanga recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.Recipients this year include:Laurika Rauch, Afrikaans singer/songwriterFor more than 40 years, Rauch and her music have made outstanding contributions to raising awareness of the country’s political injustices. She has and continues to use her artistic talents to highlight injustices and promote humanity.Thomas Hasani Chauke, Xitsonga singer/songwriterChauke has been responsible, for more than 40 years, for the development and promotion of Xitsonga traditional music in the country and on the continent. His prolific songwriting and performances have brought Xitsonga music and culture to a wider audiences.Sylvia “Magogo” Glasser, cultural activist and dance instructorGlasser opened the first non-racial dance studio in 1978 and against all odds and the apartheid government, enjoyed strong support from all South African communities for her skills in building up young people and passionate efforts to create social cohesion.Marguerite Poland, authorPoland has been at the forefront of the promotion of indigenous languages, particularly in children’s literature, as well as anthropological studies. Her works are taught widely in South African schools.Benedict Wallet Vilakazi, isiZulu author and poetVilakazi was the first black South African to receive a PhD in literature, in 1935. He published the first book of isiZulu poetry shortly thereafter. The world- famous street in Soweto, on which both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived, is named in his honour. Vilakazi died in 1947.Professor Rosina Mamokgethi Phakeng, mathematician and educatorIn 2002, Phakeng became the first black female South African to obtain a PhD in mathematics education. She is currently the vice principal: research and development at Unisa. She is recognised for her contributions to science education and world-renowned research work.The Order of the Baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.Recipients this year include:Professor Helen Rees, scientist and HIV/Aids activistAs founder and director of the Wits University Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Rees’s groundbreaking research has helped to turn the tide on HIV/Aids in South Africa. Rees is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge universities and is using her work in South Africa to beat the disease across the world. She has been recognised for her tireless efforts in educating and assisting local communities affected by the disease.Marina Nompinti Maponya, businesswoman and gender activistAs a cousin of Nelson Mandela and the wife of eminent Soweto businessman Richard Maponya, Maponya played a vital role in developing and teaching gender equality in society and business during the 1980s. She is also recognised for her entrepreneurial success and contributions to society during apartheid. She died in 1992.The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.Recipients this year include:Suliman “Babla” Saloojee, early political activistA legal clerk and community activist, Saloojee was a member of the Picasso Club civil disobedience collective made up of politically active South African Indians opposed to apartheid. It included future ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada. Saloojee was arrested in 1964. He became the fourth person to die in detention.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, political activist, parliamentarian and struggle heroineRecognised for her lifelong contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela bravely withstood constant harassment by the apartheid police and challenged their brutality at every turn. She has become a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle and of the bravery and determination of the oppressed to gain their freedom, against all odds.Brian Francis Bishop, civil rights activist and progressive politician during the 1980sBishop was killed in a car accident in 1985, along with Molly Blackburn, one of South Africa’s most prominent white campaigners against apartheid.Msizi Harrison Dube, KwaZulu-Natal community leader and anti-apartheid activistDube is recognised for his excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation and his persistent pursuit of justice and better living conditions for his community and the people of South Africa in general. Dube was murdered during protest action in 1983.Rev Dr Simon Gqubule, former United Democratic Front member, cleric, academic and community leaderGqubule still serves the Nelson Mandela metropolitan area as a youth councillor and community leader striving for the improvement of society.Mac Maharaj, ANC stalwart, post-apartheid government minister and former spokesman for the PresidencyMaharaj is recognised for his courage through the struggle years and his activism against the despotism of the oppressive apartheid government, as well as for playing an integral role in the first democratic government.Mary Thipe, KwaZulu-Natal activist and former vice-chairperson of the ANC Women’s LeagueThipe was involved in the Cato Manor Beer Hall March in 1960. She is posthumously recognised for her contribution to the liberation struggle and the fight for social justice.Amy Rietstein Thornton, activist and founder member of the Modern Youth Society during apartheid, as well as a member of the South African Communist Party and the ANCJohn Zikhali, Cosatu trade unionist and former president of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union in the 1990sZikhali is recognised for his contributions to challenging unjust labour laws through union development and galvanising workers. Zikhali died in a car accident in 2006.Cleopas Madoda Nsibande, defendant in the 1956 Treason Trial, founder member of the South African Congress of Trade Unions and trade unionistNsibande was a steadfast fighter for workers’ rights during and after apartheid. He died in 2008.The Order of Mapungubwe recognises South African citizens for achievements that have had an international impact and have served the interests of the republic.There is one recipient this year:Zwelakhe Sisulu, journalist, editor and first post-apartheid head of the SABCSon of ANC stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Sisulu is recognised for fighting for the rights of journalists and the freedom of speech. In 1986, he founded the New Nation newspaper, one of the few independent newspapers in apartheid South Africa. It was responsible for exposing the cruelties of apartheid and encouraging unity among people of different political persuasions to fight for liberation. Following a later career as an executive in various media businesses, Sisulu died in 2012.The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is an order of peace and co- operation and is an active expression of solidarity and support.Recipients this year include:Noureddine Djoudi, Algerian career diplomat and former ambassador to South AfricaThe Presidency is honouring Djoudi’s steadfast support of the South African liberation movement during apartheid and his solidarity with stalwarts of the liberation struggle for the realisation of democracy.Maria Kint, Dutch arts and culture managerRecognised for her upliftment of arts and culture during and after apartheid, Kint was a founder member of the Arts & Culture Task Group in 1993. It was responsible for incubating the thriving art, dance, drama and other cultural facets of a nation and all its people in transition. She ultimately made South Africa her home, and is recognised her courage to challenge policies that violated human rights.President Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Chilean presidentA lifelong human rights activist, Jeria was an outspoken critic of Chile’s Pinochet government, an act that led to her detention and exile by the oppressive regime. After the fall of Pinochet, Jeria entered national politics and used her powers to change her country’s policies on gender rights and fair trade. Jeria was the first director of the UN’S Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She has been a good friend to South Africa, both as a staunch anti- apartheid activist and later as a political ally in global politics.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei

first_imgClutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas will parade the same lineup it used against Japan when it faces Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Leading the way for the Philippines are naturalized center Andray Blatche and star guard Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Also part of the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Kiefer Ravena.READ: Gilas shakes off Japan to start World Cup qualifiers campaignFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines is coming off a 77-71 win over Japan on Friday in Tokyo to start its campaign in the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei hopes to bounce back after suffering a humiliating 104-66 loss to Australia in its home court. View commentslast_img read more

Rethinking Referral Systems

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 3, 2010June 20, 2017By: Ann Blanc, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by: Ann BlancOver the last 2 ½ days, the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-hosted a consultation on “Rethinking Referral Systems”. The meeting gathered together a group of professionals working on improving referral systems in low resource settings, including people from the maternal and newborn health, transport, roads, and emergency medicine fields.The Director of AMDD, Lynn Freedman, started the meeting by posting a quote from Albert Einstein, who said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” She used this quote to encourage the participants to expand our thinking about referral systems for maternal and newborn health to embrace a “systems perspective” – a perspective that recognizes that systems are complex and non-linear, that they adapt to innovation and respond to feedback. This perspective recognizes that the parts of a system can’t be separated from the whole. These are abstract ideas but we had the opportunity to translate them into more concrete terms by drawing pictures in small groups of a maternal and newborn health referral system – trying to incorporate its structures, viewpoints, responsibilities, and processes.Once the drawings were completed, it was obvious that the groups recognized the complexity of referral systems – these were messy, dense drawings! But, it was also obvious that there were many entry points at which improvements could be made – starting at the community level and reaching into comprehensive emergency obstetric care facilities. We spent the next two days discussing these issues, listening to fascinating presentations about work going on in the field (cell phone applications, electronic medical records, GIS modeling, call centers), and working on a decision guide, and research agenda.It was a stimulating couple of days and we all came up with follow up actions we planned to take within our own organizations. My commitment was to share this information with those who read our blog and make sure you know where to get the materials presented at the meeting as well as some great background resources. Click here for these materials and check back because a report on the meeting and other materials will also be added shortly.Share this:last_img read more