Juncker backs creation of UN Special Representative for Safety of Journalists

first_img At a joint press conference yesterday with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed support for the creation of the position of a UN Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists. May 17, 2018 Juncker backs creation of UN Special Representative for Safety of Journalists Help by sharing this information RSF_en Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expressionUnited Nations Organisation “We have proposed to our friend to appoint a Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists because it is a subject that worries us more and more in Europe and beyond,” Juncker said. More than 130 media outlets, NGOs and labour unions throughout the world support the #ProtectJournalists campaign for a special representative that was launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “As Europe is the continent where press freedom is guaranteed best, the European Commission’s support provides significant additional weight to a campaign already backed by dozens of UN member states,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “As we have unfortunately seen in recent months, the dangers to journalists are growing in Europe, to the point that two have been murdered, in Malta and Slovakia.” European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans voiced his support for the #ProtectJournalists campaign in a letter to RSF on 7 December. He did so in response to an appeal by RSF to European governments and institutions to do more to protect journalists in the wake of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder in October. Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Freedom of expressionUnited Nations Newslast_img read more

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Higher court costs causing bigger insurance premiums – Judge

first_imgNewsHigher court costs causing bigger insurance premiums – JudgeBy Staff Reporter – January 12, 2017 836 TAGSfeaturedhigh courtinsuranceJudge Gerald Keyslimerickpremiums Previous articleMan admits child porn charges in LimerickNext articleYour Key to Thrive Q&A Evening Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Government must act to the rising costs of insurnaceLimerick Circuit Court heard that premiums may drop if insurance companies changed adopted different court strategiesPREMIUMS would drop if insurance companies agreed to personal injury cases being heard at lower courts with unlimited jurisdiction on awards, a judge said.That was the view expressed by Judge Gerald Keys after he heard an application by a Limerick woman who suffered a serious soft tissue injury in a “significant” car accident in October 2012.The application before Limerick Circuit Court sought to have the assessment of damages transferred to the High Court.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick woman, who is now 25, sustained a significant soft tissue cervical spine injury and suffered from psychological issues as a result of the accident. She was a child care worker for children with special needs and was likely to have long-term or permanent symptoms from her injuries.Her legal representative Ciara Daly said that damages would exceed the maximum award allowable by the Circuit Court according to the new book of quantum used to assess personal injury awards.She said that up to €77,900 could be awarded for a severe to permanent injury of this type. Her client already had injections for pain relief, 30 physiotherapy sessions, acupuncture and visits to a chiropractor.The injury was also effecting her in respect of work and that she would be also claiming for a loss of opportunity.  Special damages, covering medical expenses, were already in excess of €5,000.There were also psychological issues and the woman was also prescribed anti depressant medication.Despite objections from counsel for her insurers, Judge Keys ruled that the case should go to the High Court as the award could exceed the threshold.He said that because of the ongoing problems and the likelihood that the injury could be prolonged indefinitely, he had to take the woman’s case “at its best if all her evidence was to be accepted and unchallenged.“However this could all be avoided if insurance companies agreed to unlimited jurisdiction on awards. There are mechanisms in place to allow them recoup their costs should a claimant not reach the expected award.“All of this cuts down on the costs of sending things to the High Court unnecessarily. It’s a simple solution and if they did that then insurance premiums might drop”, he added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Linkedincenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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Continued Economic Growth Vital for Still-Challenged Markets

first_imgSubscribe  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago December 15, 2015 1,144 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Potestivo & Associates Expands with New Office Next: TRID: Putting the Spotlight on Vendor Management About Author: Brian Honea Share Save Tagged with: Foreclosure Alternatives foreclosure sales HOPE NOW Non-foreclosure solutions Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Foreclosure Alternatives foreclosure sales HOPE NOW Non-foreclosure solutions 2015-12-15 Brian Honea Continued Economic Growth Vital for Still-Challenged Markets Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Foreclosures and solutions have been on the steady decline for years, which means many housing markets are improving—and the key is sustaining that growth, according to a report released by HOPE NOW on Tuesday.In October 2015, the industry offered approximately 30,000 permanent loan modifications, compared with 39,000 the previous October (a 23 percent decline). Short sales dropped off by 37 percent in October year-over-year, from 10,400 to 6,600. Also declining substantially from October 2014 to October 2015 were deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (2,300 down to 1,500, a 35 percent drop), foreclosure starts (65,000 down to 57,000, a 13 percent drop), foreclosure sales (39,000 down to 26,000, a 33 percent drop), and serious delinquencies (1.91 million down to 1.67 million, a 13 percent drop), according to HOPE NOW.“Our data has always been about finding significant trends so that our member and partners are best equipped to offer the right solution to the right borrower,” HOPE NOW Executive Director Eric Selk said. “Sustainability is the key as the housing market continues to improve across the nation.”The total number of non-foreclosure solutions in October 2015, including permanent loan modifications, short sales, deeds-in-lieu, and other workout plans, totaled 109,000, which still outpaced foreclosure sales during the month (26,000) by a ratio of approximately 4 to 1.“We are pleased to see that total solutions are still significantly outpacing foreclosure sales on a consistent basis,” Selk said. “We are close to pre-crisis levels and that is good news. By reviewing the data from a year ago, we are also happy to see double digit decreases in foreclosure numbers and delinquency volume.”To the end of achieving sustainability in housing markets, HOPE NOW—a voluntary, private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers and non-profit counselors—has hosted a series of loss mitigation events in the areas hit hardest by the crisis to connect struggling borrowers face-to-face with mortgage servicers, housing counseling agencies, and local non-profit agencies and civic organizations. Year-to-date, 2,300 borrowers have received assistance at nine events; in the last event, which took place in New York City and included Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the government’s Making Home Affordable program, 375 borrowers received assistance.“As I have stressed each month, the focus of our industry members is largely on markets experiencing a slower recovery,” Selk said. “Additionally, as loss mitigation efforts slow down—which is a good thing—HOPE NOW is looking at improving communities in this post-recession environment. We have taken a large role in neighborhood stabilization initiatives, abandoned property issues and holistic community revitalization. Our borrower outreach efforts have been complemented by high level roundtables with elected officials and community leaders.” The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Continued Economic Growth Vital for Still-Challenged Markets Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Hyman to lead Society for Neuroscience

first_imgSteven E. Hyman, former provost and Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard, has been named president-elect of the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization of brain and nervous system scientists and physicians, effective at the 2013 annual meeting to be held this fall in San Diego.A 1980 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Hyman pursued basic neurobiological research, focusing on drug addiction and the molecular origins of mental illness. By 1994, he became the first faculty director of Harvard University’s Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to study how nervous system disease relates to human behavior. Shortly thereafter, the director of the National Institutes of Health recruited Hyman to lead the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). But in 2001, Hyman left the NIMH to become the University’s provost, a position he held until 2011.A faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Hyman’s career has been a rare combination of neuroscience and academic leadership.Hyman will assume the presidency at the 2014 annual meeting.last_img read more

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U.S. Grants Helicopters to El Salvador

first_imgBy Dialogo October 18, 2012 The United States granted three helicopters to the Salvadoran Air Force on October 16 to strengthen authorities capabilities in combating organized crime and to support the population in the event of natural disasters, informed the Ministry of Defense. During a ceremony at the Ilopango Air Base in San Salvador, U.S. Ambassador, Mari Carmen Aponte, granted the MD-500E aircrafts to the Salvadoran Minister of Defense General Atilio Benítez. “The donation is valued at $9 million, including the parts and maintenance for these aircrafts,” explained the Minister of Defense in a statement. The MD-500E aircrafts – high capacity helicopters – can reach speed of 158 miles per hour; they are capable of carrying 696 kg and have four seats aboard. According to the Ministry of Defense, the aircrafts will be used for Air Force personnel training missions and for “supporting the population in natural disaster missions, and in the fight against crime and organized crime.”last_img read more

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Maine-Endwell CSD staff member tests positive for virus, school year unaffected

first_imgStaff are working remotely. The quarantine for possible infected persons ends Aug. 28. Staff return to the school on Sept. 7 and students start their first day on Sept. 14. However, a spokesperson for the school says the positive case will not affect the beginning of the school year.center_img ENDWELL (WBNG) — A staff member at the Maine-Endwell School District tested positive for the coronavirus, district officials say.last_img

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Australian state to deploy military, impose hefty fines to enforce virus isolation

first_imgAustralia’s second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday military personnel will be deployed to enforce COVID-19 isolation orders, with anyone caught in breach of those rules facing tough new fines.Victoria earlier this week imposed a night curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s daily movements and ordered large parts of the local economy to close to slow the spread of coronavirus.But nearly a third of those who had contracted COVID-19 were not home isolating when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday. Topics : Andrews said 500 military personnel will this week deploy to Victoria to bolster enforcement of self-isolation orders, with fines of nearly A$5,000 ($3,559.00) for breaching stay at home orders. The only exemption will be for urgent medical care.”There is literally no reason for you to leave your home and if you were to leave your home and not be found there, you will have a very difficult time convincing Victoria police that you have a lawful reason,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne .Victoria on Tuesday reported 439 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. Andrews said 11 people had died from the virus since Monday. In total, Australia has recorded nearly 19,000 COVID-19 cases and 232 fatalities, far few than many other developed nations.last_img read more

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Steelers trample Broncos, must face explosive Bengals

first_imgThen came the second half and an entirely new Steelers offense took the field, well, after Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to the wrong team to give Denver a 10-7 lead. But then he came back in just four plays to get that touchdown back, passing for 56 yards, with Rashard Mendenhall adding 24 on the ground leading to a 3-yard touchdown reception by Hines Ward to take a 14-10 lead. The Steelers never looked back from that point as the defense, behind James Harrison and Troy Polamalu, dominated the Broncos, holding them to three and out while picking up two interceptions, one by Polamalu and a second by Carter.If it had not been for the two miscues by Roethlisberger, the game probably would have been a blowout. On one play he was stripped of the ball leading to a 54-yard touchdown by D.J. Williams, and the other play was after driving down to the 15 yard line where he threw the ball behind Ward, which led to an interception-killing the drive.The offense, however, looked very impressive in the second half as the Steelers controlled the ball with a time of possession of 24 minutes to Denver’s 7. Roethlisberger was 21 of 29 for 233 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, evenly distributing the ball to his three wide receivers, although he didn’t go to tight end Heath Miller as much as in the past. After only one reception in the previous game, Ward had seven receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns, Santonio Holmes had six for 93 yards and rookie sensation Mike Wallace had four for 69 yards and one touchdown. Miller only had three for 18 yards.The key to the game, however, was the blocking of the right side of the line led by Willie Colon, Trai Essex and Justin Hartwig, who not only protected the quarterback, but opened big holes for Mendenhall who took full advantage of any little crease as he had his second best game of his short career with 156 yards on 22 carries. This was against the number one defense in the league entering the game.While the Steelers were accumulating 173 yards rushing they held the league-leading Broncos to just 27. Kyle Orton was 23 of 38 for 221 yards passing and was forced into three interceptions, after giving up only only one coming into the game. Brandon Marshall did look impressive with 11 catches for 112 yards but most were in the middle of the field, and none turned into a touchdown.Now the 6-2 Steelers will face the surprising Bengals in Heinz Field this Sunday with first place in the AFC North on the line. The Bengals kept the pressure on the Steelers Sunday by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 17-7 in a game that was much more lopsided than the score indicates. Carson Palmer is looking impressive and he and Chad Ochocinco are really beginning to click as he was 20 of 33 for 224 yards and one touchdown, with Ochocinco grabbing five for 66 yards and Laveranues Coles six for 72 yards. One huge loss for Cincinnati is the other wide receiver, Chris Henry, who is out for the season with a broken arm. This will put a lot more pressure on Ochocinco to produce against double teams. Someone else will have to step up.The Bengals not only have an impressive passing game but Cedric Benson is second in the league in rushing as he picked up 117 yards on 34 carries against the stiff Baltimore defense. They are no longer a one-dimensional team; their defensive unit is just as impressive as the offense, holding a potent Ravens offense that had been averaging 30 points a game to just 7 points.The winner will have sole passion of first place in the division and pretty much be in the driver’s seat.In the next four games the Steelers will face the Kansas City Chiefs (1-7), the Baltimore Ravens (4-4), Oakland Raiders (2-6) and the Cleveland Browns (1-7). The Bengals will face the Raiders, the Browns, the Detroit Lions (1-7) and the Minnesota Vikings (7-1).Note: Tyrone Clark did not play due to health reasons. The fact that he considered playing is amazing. One game or an entire season is not worth your life. The Steelers put together their best second half of the season and by far their best fourth quarter to hand the Denver Broncos their second loss, setting up their biggest game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals.The Broncos controlled the first half but still trailed 7-3 as a result of a Tyrone Carter 48-yard interception for a touchdown. AGELESS—Hines Ward celebrates with offensive tackle Willie Colon after Ward caught a touchdown pass against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 28-10 victory in Denver. last_img read more

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Watch: Neymar sends Strasbourg defender to the shadow realm with insane skill

first_imgAdvertisement 2ohNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs37dfiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dWould you ever consider trying this?😱5uhCan your students do this? 🌚c3bg1ysRoller skating! Powered by Firework Neymar Jr. is having a relatively tough time at Paris as the PSG fans feel betrayed by the wantaway attitude Neymar has displayed over the summer.Advertisement After coming back from injury Neymar started his first game , against Strasbourg this weekend and despite the jeers , Neymar scored a mesmerizing overhead kick goal to silence his haters.Advertisement The Brazilian looks very sharp after his recovery and a brief moment of him fizzling out from a defender’s pressure with dazzling skills has surfaced online and we can’t stop ourselves from savouring it on repeat.Watch it here :Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Watch UFC 248 – ADESANYA VS ROMERO

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Jean Barton: Everything you need to know about next week’s Beef ‘n Brew

first_imgTehama County CattleWomen and the Downtown Red Bluff Business Association invite the public to their 7th annual Beef ‘n Brew on Saturday, Sept. 17 starting at 5 p.m. when 60 craft beers and 22 different beef appetizers will be served at 30 business locations on Walnut, Washington, Oak and Main streets. Cone Kimball Plaza will be the site for dancing and listening to the music of Northern Heat 7-10 p.m., enjoying a tri tip wrap and a cup of craft beer.Your favorite craft beer will be served …last_img read more

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Mandela birthday song a group effort

first_img30 May 2012 Nelson Mandela will have a pleasant surprise a month before his 94th birthday when the recording of the song, in which South Africans across the spectrum sing Happy Birthday to him, goes viral. The father of South Africa as a democratic state was serenaded for his upcoming birthday – on 18 July – at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday.Video: South Africans sing Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela This initiative by Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the Shout Foundation was supported by Brand South Africa, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly SA. It brought together a crowd of over 400 people to record a birthday song for Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known. Present at the event were basic education minister Angie Motshekga, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa; and musicians, TV personalities and sports stars. Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Thanks to all the South Africans from all walks of life who took their time to join us and sing to our wonderful Madiba.” The recording of the song will go viral on 18 June 2012, a month before his birthday.An icon honoured Moss Mashishi, former president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said: “If you consider how Madiba is a world icon and how he has helped the brand called South Africa then this is just a good gesture from us to tell our hero that we love him and wish him a happy birthday.” Young and old were in attendance and made sure they lent their voices to the recording by singing loudly and filling Nelson Mandela Square with joyful ululating. Mpho Selepe, from Orlando in Soweto, said: “I work in Melrose but I had to come and be part of this great initiative for an icon.”South Africans come together South Africans need no second invitation to gather for a cause, as they did in Nelson Mandela Square, in a spirit of camaraderie. Soni said: “This is just wonderful, giving South Africans an opportunity to come together and they’ll never cease to amaze you – happy birthday, Madiba.” Soni was reiterating the fact that South Africans can put aside other things happening in the country when asked to rally together – another such occasion was when thousands gathered in the same location to give the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, a memorable send-off to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Turning 94 after becoming president in 1994 Lesley Sedibe, CEO of Proudly SA, said: “We are celebrating a man who, when he came out of prison, brought South African together through his own humility when naysayers thought that South Africa was on the brink of collapse. “This one is very special as Madiba turns 94 and he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.” Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa on 10 May 1994, after the country’s first free general election had taken place on 27 April. The latter date is now commemorated as Freedom Day in South Africa.Mandela Day celebrated worldwide Dlamini-Zuma said: “Your presence here shows just how much Madiba is loved and we welcome it. We are calling on all South Africans to take 67 minutes of their day to do good on his birthday.” She was referring to the annual International Mandela Day, proclaimed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly. On this day, 18 July, people across the globe are urged “to take action to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, build a global movement for good”. They are urged to take just 67 minutes of their lives to contribute to making the world a better place for the next person. In South Africa, International Mandela Day was launched on 23 May 2012 at Tlhatlogang Junior Secondary School in White City Jabavu, Soweto. Here, singer Danny K, rapper and presenter ProVerb, model and presenter Bonang Matheba and fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee painted the walls of two container classrooms at the school. They were joined by officials from the UN Information Centre as well as employees of several large corporates. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Fransman winds up Latin America tour

first_img12 September 2013South African International Relations Deputy Minister Marius Fransman arrived in Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday for the final leg of his four-nation trip to Latin America and the Caribbean.Fransman’s tour, geared at strengthening political, social and economic relations, has already taken in Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.On Tuesday, he concluded a two-day working visit to Cuba, where he co-chaired the 10th South Africa-Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism – established in 2001 to coordinate cooperation between the two countries – with his Cuban counterpart, Marcelino Medina.According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Fransman thanked Cuba for its ongoing support for South Africa through joint programmes in health, labour, social development, housing and infrastructure.Cuba has sent doctors, engineers and technical experts to South Africa as part of various programmes, and over 1 400 South African medical students recently underwent training on Cuban scholarships.The department said a further batch of medical students would arrive in Cuba for training in September. “The number of South African students will grow to well over 2 000,” the department said in a statement this week.On Monday, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa signed an agreement with her Cuban counterpart, Ines Maria Chapman Waugh, that will see Cuban engineers assisting South Africa in the area of geo-hydrology in rural and disadvantaged areas.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward to

first_imgChelsea hero Pat Nevin: Big 2019 to look forward toby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin believes the club has plenty to look forward to in 2019.He wrote for the club’s website: “Obviously changing a manager is a stressful business, but rarely has that change looked so smooth than it has with the introduction of Maurizio Sarri. “The football is as pleasing on the eye as you could hope for much of the time and the club certainly looks to have taken on board most of the modern technical and tactical football ideas out there.”Maybe the best thing about where we are now at the end of the year is the excitement about the year to come. It will be interesting, enjoyable, entertaining and hopefully successful. It will of course have its ups and downs, but what would I wish for most in the year to come at Chelsea? Like many of us in 12 months’ time I hope once again to be saying the phrase, ‘Eden Hazard has had another great year for Chelsea’. If we can say that, then we will probably have some more silverware too.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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When Did Florida State, Jimbo Fisher First See Video Of Dismissed QB De’Andre Johnson Punching Woman?

first_imgDe'Andre Johnson seen on camera punching a woman.De’Andre Johnson Florida StateOn Monday, Florida State dismissed four-star freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the dual-threat QB punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar in June. Some were critical of FSU and head coach Jimbo Fisher for taking until Monday night to dismiss the talented prospect. Fisher and Florida State officials, though, claim they see the video tape until it was published online yesterday. Via @JShankerESPN: #FSU officials didn’t see video of Johnson punching woman until it was published on Tallahassee Democrat site Monday— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015#FSU official said Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher didn’t see video until Monday night because he was traveling in West Virginia— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 7, 2015In the end, all that really matters is that Johnson was dismissed and justice gets served. But that’s pretty hard to believe.last_img read more

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Special Police Observer expresses satisfaction over preparedness in poll bound Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dubey on Monday expressed his satisfaction over the preparatory work done by the district and police administration in connection with the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.Dubey, who reached the city on Sunday evening, held a video conference with the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of five districts in the state, which are going to polls in the first two phases. “I took stock of the ongoing work regarding the elections and also asked them about any requirement. They are doing well,” he told reporters after the conference. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDubey, who held a series of meetings during the day, had a short interaction with the media in the afternoon, where he reiterated that the Election Commission will take all possible measures to ensure free and fair elections in the state. “It is not correct that all booths in the state are sensitive, as claimed by some political parties. They can claim so but they have to furnish evidence,” Dubey said. Sources in the commission said that Dubey, who gave a patient hearing to the political parties, asked them to provide evidence against their claims so that the commission can take action against them. Dubey’s advice came in the wake of some political parties alleging partiality of the state administration and police. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen asked whether there will be Central Forces in all the booths, the IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh said: “We are yet to decide on the deployment pattern. We will see the existing state forces and then examine the availability of Central Forces and strategise the force management.” Dubey began his day by holding a meeting with all political parties in the state. He followed it up with an extensive discussion with the senior BSF and CRPF officials at the Port guest house, strategising the possible deployment of forces in the first two phases of election. He then accompanied Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab to Nabanna. Subsequently, Dubey held a meeting with state Chief Secretary Malay De in presence of state Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya. He then held a detailed meeting with DG Virendra on the pending arrests warrant. The Police Observer ended his day with the video conference. He will again meet the state officials on Tuesday before flying to Jalpaiguri. Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress delegation led by MLA Tapas Roy made a number of complaints against BJP for making provocative statements and trying to instill a sense of fear among the voters. “They are making statements in a manner that is giving the impression that the commission and the Central Forces are functioning under their instructions. I have brought this to the notice of the Police Observer,” Roy said. Mukul Roy, who led the BJP delegation to the CEO’s office, claimed that the CEO was acting in a partial manner. It has been learnt that the CEO was not present when Roy interacted with the Observer, though he was present during the meeting with the political parties. When asked to comment on Roy’s claim, Additional CEO Sanjoy Basu said: “I shall not say anything on this because it goes against the protocol and decorum.”last_img read more

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Rafale deal BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of contempt of court

first_imgNew Delhi: Accusing Congress president Rahul Gandhi of gross contempt of court, the BJP on Wednesday said he attributed to the Supreme Court what it had never said in its order on the Rafale deal. Addressing a press conference, senior party leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The Congress president probably doesn’t read even half a paragraph of the court’s order, but here, by saying that the court has has said ‘chowkidaar chor hai’, it is verging on contempt of court.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The president of a party which has been in power for so many years has shown his frustration by attributing words to the apex which were not uttered, she said. The minister added that the court order was limited to whether it should consider the documents the government said were illegally obtained by petitioners. Taking a potshot at Gandhi, she said he is out on bail and was accompanied at his nomination filing in Amethi by “the family” — as described Christen Michel, an alleged middlemen in VVIP chopper deal. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Gandhi has crossed the line of decency in his comments on the court, she said, adding that he is repeatedly misleading people on the Rafale fighter jet deal. Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Gandhi claimed the apex court has made it “clear” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”. Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Asked whether the court order is a setback for the government, Sitharaman said, “Not at all.” She said things would now become crystal clear.last_img read more

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Spain satisfied over Moroccos ratification of fisheries agreement with EU

first_imgMadrid – The Spanish government expressed “satisfaction” over Morocco’s ratification of the fisheries agreement with the European Union, stressing that this is “a sustainable agreement from the economic, social and environmental angles that will benefit both sides.”The agreement, which “fulfills better technical conditions than the previous protocol” will allow around 90 Spanish ships, mostly traditional ones” and around 715 crew members, says a release of the Spanish ministry of agriculture, food and environment.The source went on that this “totally sustainable” agreement will benefit the coastal population and contains provisions that guarantee human rights. The four-year agreement signed last July allows fishing vessels from 11 EU countries to fish in Moroccan waters in return for an annual compensation of 30 million Euros, including 14 million earmarked to support the Moroccan fisheries sector.last_img read more

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Alderweirelds situation getting complicated

first_imgToby Alderweireld is not about to sign a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur and it seems that he will leave this summer – and he won’t get much playing time until then.Mauricio Pochettino insisted that he won’t change the system or his decision just because the player needs more playing time before the World Cup and Alderweireld is no longer his number one choice for the centre back.The former Southampton coach spoke about his side’s defender as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:“I need to pick the players that I believe are the best players to win against Chelsea and then against Stoke. I cannot play with more than 11 and you need to choose.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I am agreed that the players need to play and compete but for me, first of all, every single player needs to show in the training session that they are better than their team-mate and then at that moment I pick.”“Toby in the last four months has struggled with his injury. I am not going to change the system because Toby needs games for the World Cup.”“I need to pick two centre-backs and if you are happy you keep the couple of players and he needs to wait.”last_img read more

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Hughton admits Brightons signings havent played well yet

first_imgFor the Brighton and Hove Albion manager, only one of the ten players the team bought during the summer transfer window has worked well: Alireza JahanbakhshDuring the summer transfer window, Brighton and Hove Albion spend almost £60m on 10 new players.And manager Chris Hughton admits the new signings have yet to make an impact in the English Premier League.“I think it would be fair to say they haven’t hit the levels required yet,” said Hughton to Sky Sports.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“They all have different circumstances. One is about the form of the players. In Florin Andone’s situation, he came with an injury and had a couple of little problems that stopped his progress being as quick as he would have liked.”“Bernardo is a real talent at left-back and I think has got a bright future for us – but my choices have been a bit different and that can happen,” he added.“Of course if the team is doing well enough – and we have stated okay – you don’t make those changes. But I fully expect the new players we brought in to play a big part this season.”“I think that’s normal,” he said. “The progress of new players can be down to so many things; a settling in period, how well the team is going, what position they play etc.”last_img read more

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Barcelona wont stop until they also sign Matthijs de Ligt

first_imgAfter finally landing Frenkie de Jong’s transfer for next summer, FC Barcelona won’t stop until they have also sealed the deal for Matthijs de Ligt.At the very start of the season, there was a number of publications that talked constantly about FC Barcelona signing both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt as a duo.After the midfielder was announced earlier this week, the Catalan club has already secured one of the two players they were after and they are now ready to keep their assault on the other main target.Defender Matthijs de Ligt recently spoke to NU Sport after his teammate Frenkie was announced, he revealed that he is feeling very happy for the decision De Jong has made and he didn’t deny the rumors that still tie him to FC Barcelona.The player knows that trying to go against those rumors can only make things worse for him, so he decided to keep working hard on the squad and just wait for any possible development about his future to fall into his lap.The whole negotiation process might prove to be even more complicated than Frenkie’s because the “cat’s out of the bag” in regards to Barcelona’s intentions, and several other clubs are also after Ajax’s young skipper.#VÍDEO Matthijs de Ligt declara su amor al @FCBarcelona_es 😍 #FCB #FCBLive #Mercado pic.twitter.com/OJ6af1MbFW— Mundo Deportivo TV (@Multimedia_MD) January 25, 2019While talking to NU Sport about the possibility of signing a new contract with Barcelona, Matthijs de Ligt revealed the following: “I can’t stop journalists from discussing the rumors, that is part of football,” said De Ligt on NU Sport.“Now that Frenkie has sealed his transfer, rumors about me getting stronger is a possibility but all I care about is playing my games for Ajax right now and that is the only thing I care about at the moment.”“I will just keep doing my thing and everything will be okay. I do think that any player would love to play for a club like FC Barcelona sometime in his career.”“We will see where I end up, right now I’m happy at Ajax and I hope I can have a great season here. Or maybe even more than just one season.”“I think it’s great for Frenkie to play for FC Barcelona. He deserves it and it’s fantastic for him to finally be able to stop talking about the affair, although his transfer negotiations didn’t really affect his concentration with us.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“My replacement? Lisandro Magallan has proved that he is an experienced player, he knows exactly what the club wants from him as a defender,” he concluded.”Todos querrían ir al Barcelona”.– De Ligt pic.twitter.com/iz9nyCQRyu— Blaugrana FC (@BlaugranaFC10) January 25, 2019For FC Barcelona signing Matthijs won’t be easy at all because the rest of the clubs that were after Frenkie de Jong, will obviously double down on De Ligt as some of them considered that the Catalan club beat them to the punch in the race to sign the midfielder.Paris Saint-Germain in specific is very troubled against Barcelona, as they have not only beaten them to sign De Jong but they have also rattled the cage with Adrien Rabiot and practically forced the player to not sign a new contract extension.Nasser Al-Khelaifi has the plan of going after Philipe Coutinho next summer according to Diario Sport, he wants to take one of the best players the Catalan club has and find a replacement for all the missing midfielder the French club has at the moment.They will not only come after the Brazilian, but they will also attempt to take De Ligt out of Barcelona’s hands if they can.To those who don’t remember, this whole war between both clubs started when FC Barcelona tried to sign Italian Marco Verratti and wasn’t able to complete the deal.PSG then came to sign Neymar in revenge for that, and Barcelona now has landed the second blow against PSG.1/2 Sólo falta De ligt @FCBarcelona_es pic.twitter.com/mAnXlVYKAK— Pablo👽 (@P4bloT) January 25, 2019Which club would be better for Matthijs de Ligt to continue his professional career, FC Barcelona or PSG? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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School teacher shot dead by unidentified miscreants

first_imgKolkata: A school teacher from Raghunathpur area in Purulia was shot dead by unidentified miscreants on Friday evening.The incident took place when the victim, Chinmoy Mondal, was returning home after buying some sports equipment for his school. According to the police, the victim was riding his motorcycle when the miscreants stopped his way. He was just a few metres away from his house at Raghunathpur when he was shot at. Mondal tried to flee the spot when one of the miscreants took out a gun and shot at him. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim received bullet injuries on his face and fell on the ground. The miscreants fled the spot immediately after the incident. After hearing the sound of the gunshot, locals gathered at the spot and found him lying in a pool of blood. He was immediately rushed to the Raghunathpur Super-specialty hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The body was later sent for postmortem examination. The police are yet to confirm the motive behind his murder. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA teacher of a local school at Raghunathpur, the victim had gone to a nearby market to buy sports equipment for the school. He was returning home at around 10.30 pm. His wife, Papia, told the police that the victim had no personal rivalry with anyone. She demanded a probe into the incident. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprits who were behind the attack. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that an old rivalry might have led to the incident. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.last_img read more

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North Bengal Development Dept completes tender process for projects worth Rs 700

first_imgDarjeeling: The North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) has completed the tender process for projects amounting to Rs 700 crore. Besides this, tenders for projects amounting to Rs 300 crore are also scheduled to be completed by March.”With each passing year, the allocation of funds to this department is being increased by the state government. This is a clear indication of the state’s focus on North Bengal,” stated Rabindranath Ghosh, minister in charge of North Bengal Development department. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalChief Minister Mamata Banerjee always stresses on North Bengal and reiterates her government’s commitment towards the development of this region. The above tenders will facilitate around 300 development projects. Earlier, meetings were held where the District Magistrates of the eight districts of North Bengal were directed to ensure that the projects are speedily completed without compromising on the quality of work. “Completion of tender processes ensures timely completion of development works as well. We are also ensuring that the ongoing projects are in no way halted in between. For this, we have increased skilled manpower specially engineers. We are also engaging retired engineers so that there is no shortage,” added the minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn 2011, the North Bengal Development Department came into existence with an allotment of Rs. 180 crore. The present allocation of fund is to the tune of Rs. 660 crore. The funds are used to construct roads, bridges, school, colleges, community halls and haats (market places.). In Cooch Behar, the department has taken up a number of projects. In Malda, a bridge is under construction at a cost of Rs 132 crore. “We have created committees in each district to ensure even distribution of projects in all the districts of North Bengal,” stated Ghosh. Taking a step further, each block of North Bengal will be allotted Rs 2 crore for development projects from the NBDD. “With this amount the blocks can take up development projects within an upper-cost limit of Rs 30,000,” informed the minister. The number of projects being taken up by the department is steadily on the rise. “Owing to this we are recruiting 20 sub-assistant engineers,” Ghosh added.last_img read more

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FDCI celebrates 10th year of India Couture Week

first_imgExtravagant showcasing of opulence and craft, the India Couture Week 2017, is back again this year in a seven day affair from July 24-30 at the Taj Palace Hotel.The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is pleased to announce the dates for the country’s most extravagant showcasing of opulence and craft at the India Couture Week 2017, as it ushers in 10 years of this venerable fashion event.For the first time ever, the most coveted names of the fashion industry will bring alive, unmitigated splendour at a few off-site locations in the capital. The ramp at the Fashion Design Council of India’s flagship event will be enlivened when top 14 designers in the industry will set the mood for trends that will remain relevant in a country that loves to celebrate life with sheer abundance, colour and unabashed shine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnnouncing the dates of this biggest couture event in the country, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “This is a momentous year for us, 10 years of Couture Week has been an incredible journey, which has been the only event in the country to offer a prestigious platform to couturiers to showcase their talent in offering irrepressible indulgence. The journey would not have been possible without the support of board members and the FDCI team. We look forward to presenting many more editions of this magical event as we take it to a new high with seven days.”A non-profit organisation, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), is the apex body of fashion design in India, represented by over 400 members. Founded on the premise of promoting, nurturing, and representing the best of fashion and design talent in the country; its prime objective is to propagate the business of fashion. FDCI stays true to its commitment to promote the ‘Make in India’ label as handlooms take center stage.last_img read more

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Parental controls dont stop teens from watching porn

first_imgParents, take note. If you think that Internet filtering tools – such as parental controls – will stop your teenage child from accessing explicit sexual content online then you may be wrong, a new study suggests.The findings, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, indicated that Internet filtering tools are ineffective.According to the researchers from the University of Oxford in Britain, the use of Internet filtering tools is widespread but there has been no conclusive evidence on their effectiveness until now. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s important to consider the efficacy of Internet filtering. Internet filtering tools are expensive to develop and maintain, and can easily ‘underblock’ due to the constant development of new ways of sharing content,” said co-author Victoria Nash.The research team presented two studies – one exploratory analysis of secondary data collected in the European Union and one preregistered study focused on British adolescents and caregivers – with nearly 15,000 participants. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We were also interested to find out how many households would need to use filtering technologies in order to stop one adolescent from seeing online pornography,” said co-author Andrew Przybylski.”The findings from our preliminary study indicated that somewhere between 17 and 77 households would need to use Internet filtering tools in order to prevent a single young person from accessing sexual content,” Przybylski added.The results from follow-up study showed no statistically or practically significant protective effects for filtering. The researchers noted that there should be more research done to solidify these findings.last_img read more

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Costa Ricas Postal Service unveils stamps to honor La Sele in World

first_imgCorreos de Costa Rica, the company that manages the country’s postal service, on Thursday launched a special limited edition of 30,000 stamps to commemorate Costa Rica’s participation in the upcoming World Cup Brazil 2014.The stamp series called FIFA World Cup 2014 portrays the tournament mascot, the World Cup trophy and Costa Rica’s National Team, known as “La Sele.”The series comes in two editions of ₡500 and ₡710 ($1 and $1.30), available at the agency’s main facilities in downtown San José, the Zapote branch (east of the capital) and online at www.correos.go.cr.At a presentation ceremony Thursday, Correos de Costa Rica General Manager Álvaro Coghi appointed coach Jorge Luis Pinto and president of the Costa Rican Football Federation Eduardo Li as “Honorary Mailmen.” Both received a certificate and a mail bag.Assistant coaches and former World Cup players Paulo Wanchope and Luis Marín also attended the event. The special edition comes in two designs of ₡500 and ₡710. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Paulo Wanchope named new coach of Costa Rica national soccer team Costa Rica can go far, says coach Pinto Portugal’s last-second draw is US’ most-watched soccer game Music legend Rubén Blades writes Editus to praise Costa Rica’s World Cup achievementslast_img read more

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Digital Presence This commonly includes your IP a

first_img Digital Presence: This commonly includes your IP address (which can often pinpoint you to a precise physical address), email account, online file storage, and the components of personal/business websites. Last, I will leave you with a primer on internationalization with Doug Casey. Income: The structuring of your cash flows to reduce dependence on any one source in any one jurisdiction. Establishing additional sources of revenue, international investment opportunities and trends, and setting up an offshore company. Yourself: Obtaining a second passport from another country and establishing legal residency in foreign countries. As many of you may know, International Man has its roots in the book of the same name. It was first published in 1978 by best-selling author, speculator, and renowned world-traveler Doug Casey.last_img read more

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The mainstream media are falling over themselves t

first_imgThe mainstream media are falling over themselves talking about Russia’s just-signed “Holy Grail” gas deal with China, which is expected to be worth more than $400 billion. But here’s what I think the real news is… and nobody’s talking about it—until now, that is. China’s President Xi Jinping has publicly stated that it’s time for a new model of security, not just for China, but for all of Asia. This new model of security, otherwise known as “the new UN,” will include Russia and Iran, but not the United States or the EU-28. This monumental gas deal with China does so much more for Russia than the Western media are reporting. First off, it opens up Russian oil and gas supplies to all of Asia. It’s no coincidence that Russian President Putin announced the gas deal with China at a time when the tensions with the West over Ukraine were growing. Putin has US President Obama exactly where he wants him, and it’s only going to get worse for Europe and America. But before I explain why that is, let’s put this deal in terms we can understand. The specific details have not been announced, but my sources tell me that the contract will bring in over US$10 billion a year of revenue to start with. The 30-year deal states that every year, the Russians will deliver 1.3 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas to China. The total capital expenditure to build the pipeline and all other infrastructure for the project will be more than $22 billion—this will be one of the largest projects in the world. You can bet the Russians won’t take payment in US dollars for their gas. This is the beginning of the end for the petrodollar. The Chinese and Russians are working together against the Americans, and there are many countries that would be happy to join them in dethroning the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This historic gas deal between Russia and China is very bad news for the petrodollar. Through this one deal, the Russians will provide about 25% of China’s current natural gas demand. In a word, this is huge. It’s also not a coincidence that Putin sealed the deal with China before the Australian, US, and Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals are completed. If you read our recent Casey Energy Report issue on LNG, you know to be wary of the hype about LNG’s “bright future.” Take note: this deal is a serious negative for the global LNG projects. I also stated in our April 2012 newsletter: Putin has positioned Russia to play an increasingly dominant role in the global gas scene with two general strategies: first, by building new pipelines to avoid transiting troublesome countries and to develop Russia’s ability to sell gas to Asia, and second, by jumping into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) scene with new facilities in the Far East. Pretty bang on for a comment that was made over two years ago in print, don’t you think? So, what’s next? Lots. Putin will continue to outsmart Obama. (Note to all Americans: the Russians make fun of you—not just for your poor choice of presidents, but also for your failed foreign policy that has led to most of the world hating America. But I digress.) You will see Russia announce a major nuclear deal with Iran, where the Russians will build, finance, and supply the uranium for many nuclear reactors. The Russians will do the same for China, and then Syria. With China signing the natural gas deal with Russia and the president of China publicly stating that it’s time to create a new security model for the Asian nations that includes Russia and Iran, it’s clear China has chosen Russia over the US. We are now in the early stages of the Colder War. The European Union will be the first victim. The EU is completely dependent on Russia for its oil and natural gas imports—over one-third of the EU-28’s supply of oil and natural gas comes from Russia. I’ve been writing for years about this, and I’m watching it come true right now: the only way out for the EU countries is to use modern North American technology to revitalize their old proven oil and gas deposits. I call it the European Energy Renaissance, and there’s a fortune to be made from it. Our Casey Energy Report portfolio has already been doing quite well from investing in the European Energy Renaissance, but this is only the beginning. If Europe is to survive the Colder War, it has no choice but to develop its own natural resources. There are naysayers who claim that Europe cannot and will not do that, for many reasons. I say rubbish. Of course, to make money from this European dilemma, it’s imperative to only invest in the best management teams, operating in those countries with the political will to do what it takes to survive… but if you do, you could make a fortune. Doug Casey and I plan on doing so, and so should you. For example, two weeks ago in this missive, I discussed “The Most Anticipated Oil Well of 2014,” where if you invested, in just two weeks you could be up over 40%. Not only did I write in great detail about the company, I even interviewed the CEO because of the serious potential this high-risk junior holds. I said in that Dispatch that the quality of the recorded interview wasn’t first class, but the quality of information was. The company just put together a very high-quality, professional video showing its potential, and I include it here for all to watch. Since my write-up, the company has announced incredible news. It’s only months away now from knowing whether or not it has made a world-class discovery. Subscribers to the Casey Energy Report are already sitting on some good, short-term profits with this story, but it keeps getting better. The more the tension is building in Ukraine (and it’s going to get worse), the more money we’re going to make from the Colder War. There’s nothing you can do about the current geopolitical situation, but you can position yourself and your family to benefit financially from the European Energy Renaissance. Now You Can Take the Lead… We Make It Simple We expect great things from this company and other companies that are exposed to the European Energy Renaissance. You can read our ongoing guidance on this and our other top energy stocks every month in the Casey Energy Report. In the current issue, for example, you’ll find an in-depth report on the coal sector, uranium, and updates on all of our portfolio companies that are poised to benefit most from the European Energy Renaissance. There’s no risk in trying it: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money within your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund. Even if you miss the cutoff, you can cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. You don’t have to travel 300+ days a year to discover the best energy investments in the world—we do it for you. Click here to get started. Additional Links and Reads Cambridge House Conference Appearance I am speaking at 3 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 1 in Vancouver at the Cambridge House conference. Since I’m the hometown boy and have the hometown advantage, the Cambridge House crew put me in the Diversified Hall, and to make sure the rooms were evenly filled with attendees, my competition during that time slot is a panel with four of my friends in the Mining Hall (Brent Cook, Eric Coffin, John Kaiser, and Lawrence Roulston). As Elvis said about the Beatles, “They’re good, but there is four of them and only one of me.” Thank ya, thank ya very much… Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium 2014 My friend, mentor, and partner Rick Rule is hosting this Symposium July 22-25. Rick has selected most of the companies, and I helped with some of my favorite ones also. I’ll be there, as will Doug Casey, Louis James, and Olivier Garret. It’s a great time of the year in Vancouver, and it’s definitely a show worth seeing. I’ll share more details in upcoming Daily Dispatches, but you may want to reserve your ticket now, as the Symposium is expected to sell out. When you do register, make sure you mention that you got referred by Casey Research. P.S. Don’t tell them I told you this, but the conference always has great wines at the end of each day, when you get to mingle with the speakers—so you’re guaranteed to see Rick, Doug, and me with a glass or two of fine vino in the late afternoon.last_img read more

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FEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover

first_imgFEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover trailer homes in Texas.The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the trailers for temporarily homeless families after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. But not all of them were used. Now FEMA is auctioning the leftovers online to the public with a minimum bid of $100 for trailers that range from 1 bedroom units, valued at $57,354, to 3-bedroom units with a value of $70,965.This practice is controversial (more on that later).And it brings up the question: What happens to surplus humanitarian aid?Bassam Michel Ibrahim, head of global logistics for the Norwegian Refugee Council, an international aid group, says that a surplus of humanitarian supplies should be a rare occurrence. In his experience, relief organizations are consistently up against a lack of funding and a lack of supplies.According to Ibrahim, aid missions usually go through an intense planning process to ensure that all supplies are delivered and used as intended. This detailed process allows aid groups to report to their donors exactly how their money is being used, and it means there are almost never leftovers.If there is a surplus, Ibrahim says it’s usually because problems arise that are outside of their control – like conflict breaking out or a landslide cutting off the only road to a village – that prevent them from delivering the aid. Nonetheless, surpluses do occur.Guillaume Brumagne, a logistics supervisor at Doctors Without Borders, says that the medical aid group deals with leftover supplies on a regular basis because their teams bring a lot of items – including drugs, medical equipment and shelters – when they arrive in a country to address a health crisis. Once the crisis is over and it’s time to scale down, they must figure out what to do with what’s left.”The general rule within [Doctors Without Borders] is always to try to see how can these items benefit another partner within the country,” says Brumagne.Brumagne says that whether the item is a used tent or unused medical equipment, they try to donate it to a similar actor in the area – possibly the ministry of health, a local health clinic or another medical charity. If they can’t find someone in the medical field who can use the item, they donate it in a way that still helps the local population. For example, Doctors Without Borders has donated tents to create more classroom space for schools.The one thing they try to avoid is giving supplies to someone who will then sell them.”The foundation of what we do is bringing aid to people that is completely free, accessible and without any kind of discrimination,” Brumagne says. “Even if in the end we don’t use the aid ourselves, we want to find a way for it to benefit the people it’s supposed to benefit, without them having to pay for it.”Both Ibrahim and Brumagne say they’ve never seen a reason to sell aid instead of donate it.”Why would we?” says Ibrahim. “There are always more needs than we are able to meet.”Other aid agencies, including those that are part of the U.S. government, also try to donate surplus property from disaster relief efforts. But in some instances, as in Texas, arms of the U.S. government do sell things off. In fact, there are official channels for them to do so, whether the excess supplies are trailer homes, tents, office supplies or other items. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), federal agencies may sell unneeded property to the public through GSA’s auction system if no other government agencies or qualified voluntary organizations are interested in it.The official policy FEMA sent NPR says that when the agency’s trailer homes are deemed “unsuitable for disaster survivors elsewhere,” FEMA can either put them up for auction or sell them to the current occupants.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, FEMA was criticized for selling trailer homes at “cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage.” Since then, the agency has said they sell mobile homes at an “adjusted fair market value,” not cut-rate prices or for pennies on the dollar. The official policy that FEMA provided to NPR does not address at what age or in what condition the units are put up for sale.Although the U.S. government willingly sells certain disaster-relief supplies, regulations prohibit the sale of government-issued military and humanitarian meal rations. So if you see them offered by an online retailer, for prices like $100 for a case of 10 meals on eBay, they’re likely being sold by the recipients themselves by the company that makes them.Janet Nelson, who co-owns TheEpicenter.com – an Oregon-based company that sells emergency supplies – says her company only carries overstock humanitarian daily rations from manufacturers. When the government doesn’t purchase the entire order placed with a manufacturer, the manufacturer repackages the kits for civilian use and sells them to dealers like Nelson’s company. She says the last time they sold humanitarian daily rations was right after Hurricane Katrina.And then there are the reports that FEMA tents were used at the failed Fyre Festival – a luxury music festival held on a Bahamian island in April 2017 that quickly spiraled into an epic fail, from lodging to meals to security.The mainstream media and social media widely reported that leftover FEMA disaster-relief tents were the accommodation for festival-goers, who spent thousands of dollars to attend. That claim is repeated in two new documentaries about the festival.But that’s not the case. Clay Kimsey, a sales representative for the manufacturer (Shelter Systems) says the tents were purchased brand-new through a third-party vendor that was “not any type of humanitarian group.””Yes, those were our structures,” he says, and they have on occasion sold their tents to relief organizations and government agencies. In the case of the Fyre Festival, they were sold for recreational use at an event that turned out to be a disaster.Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter: @joannelu Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Three times a week 66yearold Tod Gervich inject

first_imgThree times a week, 66-year-old Tod Gervich injects himself with Copaxone, a prescription drug that can reduce the frequency of relapses in people who have some forms of multiple sclerosis. After living with the disease for more than 20 years, the self-employed certified financial planner in Mashpee, Mass., is accustomed to managing his condition. What he can’t get used to is how Medicare’s coinsurance charges put a strain on his wallet.Unlike commercial plans that cap members’ out-of-pocket drug spending annually, Medicare has no limit for prescription medications in Part D, its drug benefit. With the cost of specialty drugs increasing, some Medicare beneficiaries could owe thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket drug costs every year for a single drug.Recent proposals by the Trump administration and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would address the long-standing problem by imposing a spending cap. But it’s unclear whether any of these proposals will gain a foothold.The 2006 introduction of the Medicare prescription drug benefit was a boon for seniors, but the coverage had weak spots. One was the so-called doughnut hole — the gap beneficiaries fell into after they accumulated a few thousand dollars in drug expenses and were then on the hook for the full cost of their medications. Another was the lack of an annual cap on drug spending.Legislative changes have gradually closed the doughnut hole so that this year beneficiaries no longer face a coverage gap. In a standard Medicare drug plan, beneficiaries pay 25 percent of the price of their brand-name drugs until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Once patients reach that threshold, the catastrophic portion of their coverage kicks in, and their obligation drops to 5 percent. But it never disappears.It’s that ongoing 5 percent that hits hard for people, like Gervich, who take expensive medications.His 40-milligram dose of Copaxone costs about $75,000 annually, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In January, Gervich paid $1,800 for the drug, and he paid another $900 in February. Discounts that drug manufacturers are required to provide to Part D enrollees also counted toward his out-of-pocket costs. (More on that later.) By March, he had hit the $5,100 threshold that pushed him into catastrophic coverage. For the rest of the year, he’ll owe $295 a month for this drug, until the cycle starts over again in January.That $295 is a far cry from the approximately $6,250 monthly Copaxone price without insurance. But, combined with the $2,700 he had already paid before his catastrophic coverage kicked in, the additional $2,950 he’ll owe this year is no small amount. And that assumes he needs no other medications.”I feel like I’m being punished financially for having a chronic disease,” he says. He has considered discontinuing Copaxone to save money.His drug bill is one reason Gervich has decided not to retire yet, he says, adding that an annual cap on his out-of-pocket costs “would definitely help.”Drugs like Copaxone that can modify the effects of the disease have been on a steep upward price trajectory in recent years, says Bari Talente, executive vice president for advocacy at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Drugs that five years ago cost $60,000 annually now cost $90,000, she says. With those totals, Medicare beneficiaries “are going to hit catastrophic coverage no matter what.”Specialty-tier drugs for multiple sclerosis, cancer and other conditions — defined by Medicare as those that cost more than $670 a month — account for more than 20 percent of total spending in Part D plans, up from about 6 percent before 2010, according to a report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a nonpartisan agency that advises Congress about the program.Just over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in Part D plans who did not receive low-income subsidies had drug costs that pushed them into catastrophic coverage in 2015 — more than twice the 2007 total — according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.”When the drug benefit was created, 5 percent probably didn’t seem like that big a deal,” says Juliette Cubanski, associate director of the Program on Medicare Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Now we have such expensive medications, and many of them are covered under Part D — where, before, many expensive drugs were cancer drugs” that were administered in doctors’ offices and covered by other parts of Medicare.The lack of a spending limit for the Medicare drug benefit sets it apart from other coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, the maximum amount someone generally owes out-of-pocket for covered drugs and other medical care for this year is $7,900. Plans typically pay 100 percent of customers’ costs after that.The Medicare program doesn’t have an out-of-pocket spending limit for Part A or Part B, which cover hospital and outpatient services, respectively. But beneficiaries can buy supplemental Medigap plans, some of which pay coinsurance amounts and set out-of-pocket spending limits. Medigap plans, however, don’t cover Part D prescription plans.Counterbalancing the administration’s proposal to impose a spending cap on prescription drugs is another proposal that could increase many beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs.Currently, brand-name drugs that enrollees receive are discounted by 70 percent by manufacturers when Medicare beneficiaries have accumulated at least $3,820 in drug costs and until they reach $5,100 in out-of-pocket costs. Those discounts are applied toward beneficiaries’ total out-of-pocket costs, moving them more quickly toward catastrophic coverage.Under the administration’s proposal, manufacturer discounts would no longer be treated this way. The administration says this would help steer patients toward less expensive generic medications.Still, beneficiaries would have to pay more out-of-pocket to reach the catastrophic spending threshold. Thus, fewer people would likely reach the catastrophic coverage level at which they could benefit from a spending cap.”Our concern is that some people will be paying more out-of-pocket to get to the $5,100 threshold and the drug cap,” says Keysha Brooks-Coley, vice president of federal affairs at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.”It’s kind of a mixed bag,” says Cubanski of the proposed calculation change. “There will be savings for some individuals” who reach the catastrophic phase of coverage. “But for many, there will be higher costs.”For some people, especially cancer patients taking chemotherapy pills, the lack of a drug-spending cap in Part D coverage can seem especially unjust.These cutting-edge, targeted oral chemotherapy and other drugs tend to be expensive, and Medicare beneficiaries often hit the catastrophic threshold quickly, says Brooks-Coley.Patty Armstrong-Bolle, a Medicare patient who lives in Haslett, Mich., takes Ibrance, a pill, once a day to help keep in check the breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. While the medicine has helped send her cancer into remission, she may never be free of a financial obligation for the pricey drug.Armstrong-Bolle paid $2,200 for the drug in January and February of last year. When she entered the catastrophic coverage portion of her Part D plan, the cost dropped to $584 per month. Armstrong-Bolle’s husband died last year, and she used the money from his life insurance policy to cover her drug bills.This year, a patient assistance program has covered the first few months of coinsurance. That money will run out next month, and she’ll owe her $584 portion again.If she were getting traditional drug infusions instead of taking an oral medication, her treatment would be covered under Part B of the program, and her coinsurance payments could be covered.”It just doesn’t seem fair,” she says.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Neither KHN nor KFF is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter: @mandrews110. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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More than 130 people in the US die of an opioid

first_imgMore than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.”It’s important to have multiple different treatment options for different patients, different circumstances,” says Carolyn Bogdon, a family nurse practitioner who oversees outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.Some use methadone, which they get every day. Others use Vivitrol, which can be injected once a month. And many use buprenorphine, which comes in tablets and a dissolvable film that people take once or twice a day. Buprenorphine is an opiate, but it blocks the cravings associated with addiction without giving people the same high.A handful of patients at the university’s clinics have moved to a form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that’s injected just once a month. And if the company that makes Sublocade gets its way, the drug will be the only long-acting buprenorphine on the market for five more years.FDA and ‘orphan drugs’That’s because a quirk in federal law may prevent a competing drug called Brixadi from going on sale until 2024. “It’s ready for market now,” says Mike Derkacz, CEO of Braeburn, which makes Brixadi. “We are deemed safe and effective by FDA, but we are unable to make the product available to patients during this crisis.”Sublocade was approved for sale in 2017 and, like any new drug, was granted three years of exclusive access to U.S. markets. That time is up next year. But in December, the Food and Drug Administration told Braeburn it might have to wait four more years because Sublocade was designated an “orphan drug,” which gives it seven years of exclusive access. Sublocade, which is made by Indivior, isn’t an orphan drug in the traditional sense. Normally, these are medications that treat illnesses affecting fewer than 200,000 people a year. Opioid addiction is not a rare disease.In 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. were addicted to prescription opioids or illicit opiates such as heroin, and 47,000 people died of an overdose.The Trump administration declared opioid addiction a public health emergency that same year — just a month before Sublocade hit the market — and made helping people get medication-assisted treatment a priority.That’s why the makers of Brixadi were shocked when the FDA gave their product only tentative approval in December. Derkacz says it doesn’t make sense, in the middle of what many call an epidemic, to treat buprenorphine drugs as if they treat a rare disease.”There have been studies that show a reduction in mortality by 40% with buprenorphine,” Braeburn’s CEO says. “That keeps people alive. That gives people a chance to get back to their lives and recover fully.”A back-door approachSo why is Sublocade considered an orphan drug? Like many things related to prescription drugs, the reasons are wonky and sort of irrational.Indivior created its first buprenorphine-based drug, called Subutex, in the 1990s. At the time, treating addiction with other drugs wasn’t mainstream. There were methadone clinics in some U.S. cities, but they were heavily regulated by law.The company asked the FDA to give it orphan drug status — but instead of saying there weren’t many potential patients, Indivior said it had little hope of earning back its investment in Subutex and needed extra time with no competition. Few drugs have ever received orphan status this way. But at the time, it made sense to the FDA.The orphan designation was granted, and Subutex hit the market in 2002.Since then, Indivior has made billions in revenue from sales of the drug and its successors, Suboxone and Sublocade, partly because the orphan designation is automatically attached to every new formulation of buprenorphine the company makes.Indivior’s executives declined to be interviewed for this story. But in response to written questions, the company says, “Indivior stands by FDA’s decision, which was supported by both the law and the facts at that time.”Derkacz says Braeburn has asked the Food and Drug Administration to revoke Sublocade’s orphan status. And an FDA spokeswoman says the agency is actively considering that request.The right drug ‘can save their life’Long-acting, injectable treatments for addiction have some advantages over tablets and dissolvable films. Patients don’t have to remember to take medication each day, and they can avoid the drugstore.”It provides a little bit more anonymity for patients that don’t want to disclose that they have an opiate use disorder,” says Michelle Lofwall, a psychiatrist and medical director at two University of Kentucky clinics that treat patients struggling with opioid addiction.”Some patients have felt stigmatized when going to the pharmacy, like they don’t feel like they’re necessarily treated all that well once they show their prescription,” she says.Lofwall participated in Brixadi’s clinical trial, so she’s one of the few health care providers who has used both medications. She says they’re slightly different and that she’d like to have the choice to offer her patients.”From a public health perspective, and just as a provider physician trying to treat patients, they need to have all the options,” Lofwall says. Being on the right drug “literally can save their life.””As a clinician, it’s always important for me to have more tools,” Andrea Barthwell, an addiction treatment specialist, wrote in public comments on Braeburn’s FDA petition. “Moreover, there are gaps in care from the current buprenorphine treatment options that Brixadi may fill.”Brixadi can be used weekly as well as monthly, allowing doctors to see their patients more frequently and monitor them more closely at the start of treatment, according to several comments.Another issue is cost.Sublocade costs about $1,580 per month, according to marketing materials from Indivior, and some insurance companies won’t pay for it. “In Kentucky,” Lofwall says, “we haven’t been able to get it for patients who are on several different Medicaid managed-care programs.”By contrast, a generic version of the buprenorphine film costs about $140 a month, according to the website GoodRX.com.Daniel Smith, who leads the medication-assisted treatment program at Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., says he doesn’t know any doctors who use Sublocade now.”Long-acting buprenorphine is definitely advantageous over short-acting for many reasons, but cost and availability have been the challenge,” he says.But if a competitor drug came on the market, Smith says the price of Sublocade might fall, and he might then be willing to prescribe it to his patients. 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A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Two opposition parties are writing urgent letters to work and pensions secretary Esther McVey – while a third is demanding an investigation – about a possible cover-up over documents linking the “fitness for work” test with the deaths of benefit claimants.Senior figures from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats said this week that they were writing urgently to McVey to ask whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had shown the documents to the independent expert the government commissioned to review the work capability assessment (WCA) in 2013 and 2014.The Green party’s co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, said the failure to be clear about what happened with the documents had “all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up”. He has called for an independent investigation.The SNP also said it would be seeking answers from DWP.Dr Paul Litchfield (pictured) was commissioned by DWP to carry out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has so far refused to say if he was shown letters written by two coroners and a number of secret DWP internal “peer reviews” into deaths linked to the WCA regime.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last month’s birthday honours, published the two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of them mentioned the documents, all of which link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.A spokesman for Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said she would be writing to McVey “as a matter of urgency”.Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat shadow work and pensions spokesman, said: “I will be writing directly to the secretary of state, Esther McVey, to seek clarification whether or not her department, the DWP, ever showed [Litchfield] the documents linking the WCA to the deaths of benefit claimants.“The public has a right to know, particularly now he’s been awarded a gong.”Neil Gray, the SNP’s social justice spokesman at Westminster, added: “This issue has thrown up a number of questions for the DWP and we need a clear and definitive statement on what people knew and when. We will be seeking those answers.”Even though DWP possessed all the coroner’s letters and peer reviews, it has claimed in a freedom of information response that it holds no information in its records on whether they were shown to Litchfield while he was reviewing the WCA.Since Disability News Service (DNS) revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that DWP and its ministers deliberately covered-up evidence of the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people.The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013 and each warned of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.The call for evidence for Litchfield’s second review was issued on 10 June 2014, five months after coroner Mary Hassell had written to DWP following an inquest into the death of Michael O’Sullivan, who had had significant, long-term mental health problems.Hassell had told DWP that the trigger for O’Sullivan’s suicide had been the conclusion by civil servants that he was fit for work, but she said that neither DWP nor the Atos doctor who had assessed him through the WCA process had asked his GP, psychologist or psychiatrist for information about his mental health.Hassell told DWP that it needed to take action “to prevent further deaths” like Michael O’Sullivan’s.But despite that urgent call, Litchfield’s second review failed to mention Hassell’s letter or a similar letter sent to DWP by another coroner in 2010 following the suicide of Stephen Carré.Litchfield’s two reviews also failed to mention the peer reviews.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”.One of the aims of these reviews is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.Litchfield has so far refused to comment about the documents.But Professor Malcolm Harrington, the independent expert who carried out the first three reviews of the WCA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has already told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter (the second letter had not yet been written by the time he completed his third review) nor any WCA-related peer reviews.Bartley said this week: “If the Department for Work and Pensions failed to show Dr Litchfield vital documents linking the work capability assessment with the deaths of benefit claimants, DWP are clearly implicated in a cover-up.“If he was shown them but didn’t mention them in his reports, then so was he.“This has all the hallmarks of a deliberate cover-up over the fatal impact of the assessment on sick and disabled people. “There is no justification for secrecy, it is clearly in the public interest for the truth to be told and there should be an independent investigation of what happened.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “As we’ve previously said, this was an independent review, and DWP provided information alongside other stakeholders – on request.“Any evidence used was referenced in the review.”last_img read more

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Academic says hes being scapegoated in Facebook data case Update

Facebook has expressed outrage over the misuse of its data as Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the centre of a major scandal rocking the social media giant Meanwhile, Britain’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that data protection laws require services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on measures to protect user privacy—or Congress may step in.Kogan’s work involved modeling human behavior through social media. In collaboration with Cambridge Analytica, he developed a Facebook-based personality survey called “This Is Your Digital Life” and paid about 200,000 people to take part. As a result, participants unknowingly gave the researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users.Kogan said Cambridge Analytica approached him to gather Facebook data and provided the legal advice that this was “appropriate.””One of the great mistakes I did here was I just didn’t ask enough questions,” he said. “I had never done a commercial project; I didn’t really have any reason to doubt their sincerity. That’s certainly something I strongly regret now.”He said the firm paid some $800,000 for the work, but it went to participants in the survey.”My motivation was to get a dataset I could do research on; I have never profited from this in any way personally,” he said. Alexandr Kogan, a psychology researcher at Cambridge University, told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him for violating the social media platform’s terms of service, even though Cambridge Analytica ensured him that everything he did was legal.”My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica,” he said. “Honestly, we thought we were acting perfectly appropriately, we thought we were doing something that was really normal.”Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating the alleged improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political research firm. Facebook shares have dropped 9.2 percent, lopping more than $50 billion off the company’s market value, since the revelations were first published, raising questions about whether social media sites are violating users’ privacy.The head of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, was suspended Tuesday after Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast hidden camera footage of him suggesting the company could use young women to catch opposition politicians in compromising positions. Footage also showed Nix bragging about the firm’s pivotal role in the Trump campaign.Nix said Cambridge Analytica handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” for the Trump campaign, and used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make the firm’s role more difficult to trace.”There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge Analytica’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm, and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Facebook itself is drawing criticism from politicians on both sides of the Atlantic for its alleged failure to protect users’ privacy.On Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data, but company officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that the company is currently focused on conducting its own reviews. Explore further Citation: Academic says he’s being scapegoated in Facebook data case (Update) (2018, March 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-app-scapegoat-facebook-row.html An academic who developed the app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday that he had no idea his work would be used in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and that he’s being scapegoated in the fallout from the affair. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Cambridge Analytica: firm at the heart of Facebook scandal This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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