Matt Hancock: Covid data glitch did not affect policy decisions

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5Definitionmaternityweek.comArchie Issued New Birth Certificate After Harry’s Title Revokedmaternityweek.comPast FactoryLiz’s Granddaughter Looks Like Her ReincarnationPast FactoryBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider Matt Hancock: Covid data glitch did not affect policy decisions The glitch occurred last week and led to contacts of the positive cases not being traced, meaning thousands of people may have had the virus without knowing it. Labour shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth estimated that the number of contacts not traced was 48,000 people. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Matt Hancock: Covid data glitch did not affect policy decisions A technical glitch that resulted in almost 16,000 positive Covid cases not recorded in the official data last week did not affect the government’s policy decisions, according to health secretary Matt Hancock. Monday 5 October 2020 5:08 pm whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Matt Hancock: Covid data glitch did not affect policy decisions Hancock told MPs today that the glitch happened due to a “failure of the automated transfer of data” between Covid testing labs and Public Health England, and that the Joint Biosecurity Centre believed “this has not impacted decisions about local action that was taken last week”. whatsapp Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Hancock added: “This incident should never have happened, but the team has acted swiftly to minimise its impact. Share “This is not just a shambles, it’s so much worse than that,” he said. “The just under 16,000 cases were essentially evenly spread, so it hasn’t changed the shape of the epidemic – it has changed the level in terms of where we are finding the epidemic and in what sorts of groups,” he said. Ashworth hit out at the government for its handling of the data loss. The government implemented more stringent lockdown restrictions in the North West last week, including in Liverpool, but the health secretary said no other measures would have been implemented if the glitch did not happen. (AFP via Getty Images) “As of 9am this morning 51 per cent of these cases have been contacted by the contact trace system and their contacts are contacted immediately after that initial contact – so concurrently,” he said. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com “The problem emerged in a PHE legacy system and we had already decided in July to replace this system and I commissioned a new data system to replace the legacy one and contracts were awarded in August and work on the upgrade is underway.” “And it gives me no comfort to say it – it’s putting lives at risk, and he should apologise.” Stefan Boscia Show Comments ▼ The health secretary said only about half of the contacts had been traced so far.last_img read more

World’s first Covid-19 study injecting people with virus. begins in London

first_img Human challenge trials involve exposing participants to the virus but can help in the development of COVID-19 vaccines (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images) Also Read: World’s first Covid-19 study where people are infected with virus to begin in London Open Orphan is the only company and the UK the only country approved to do the human challenge trials. Around 90 people will be selected between the ages of 18 and 30 for the study, hosted in Whitechapel. whatsapp “Many countries stumbled with their reactions to this pandemic, especially the UK, but history won’t remember that. It will remember how people came out of the pandemic and the UK is leading the way on that.” whatsapp The UK’s Vaccines Taskforce, Imperial College London and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust are also helping to deliver the study. It will be run by clinical company hVIVO, a subsidiary of FTSE-listed medical firm Open Orphan. Human challenge trials involve exposing participants to the virus but can help in the development of COVID-19 vaccines (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images) Also Read: World’s first Covid-19 study where people are infected with virus to begin in London The trial will give the young participants the less-contagious Covid-19 strain from early in the epandemic and then monitor them 24 hours a day. Government funding of around £33m was given to the human challenge trial. This will give it a competitive advantage Friel said, as health ministries look to “second generation” vaccines. “Human challenge trials will be necessary for these next rounds of vaccines for variants because unlike the first time around there won’t be a large population out there with the virus naturally circulating within it”. Shares in Open Ophan, which manages medical trials for a range of pharma companies and universities, are up more than seven per cent on the news. Open Orphan chief executive Cathal Friel said the world first was a “huge vindication” for the UK.center_img A vindication The goal of the trial is to further understand how our body’s immune system reacts to Sars-Covv-2, its transmission and aid the development of vaccines and treatments. “We expect these studies to offer unique insights into how the virus works and help us understand which promising vaccines offer the best chance of preventing the infection.” World’s first Covid-19 study where people are infected with virus to begin in London In a world first, humans taking part in a Covid-19 study will be injected with the virus, at a site on the fringe of the City of London. Human challenge trials involve exposing participants to the virus but can help in the development of COVID-19 vaccines (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images) Clive Dix, interim chair of the Vaccines Taskforce, said: “We have secured a number of safe and effective vaccines for the UK, but it is essential that we continue to develop new vaccines and treatments for Covid-19. Share Josh Martin Wednesday 17 February 2021 1:04 pm Show Comments ▼ The UK’s Research and Ethics Committee has approved a human challenge study. where young and healthy participants are infected with Covid-19. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com Tags: Pharmaceuticalslast_img read more

Sofa store DFS not lazing about on solid London market debut

first_imgWednesday 11 March 2015 10:01 pm Share whatsapp whatsapp SHARES in sofa chain DFS rose on their debut on the London stock exchange yesterday, the second new listing this week to gain on its first day of trading. DFS, which set its listing price at 255p, saw shares rise by as much as 3.4 per cent to a day high of 263.91p before settling down to close at 258p. Although not as dramatic as the price climb of challenger bank Aldermore, which rose 12 per cent on its debut on Tuesday, the positive debut for DFS stock is in contrast to the poorer first-day record of other floats this year.Tools group HSS Hire fell from its float price of 210p down to 200p, while John Laing also inched down from an issue price of 195p to 192.25p. Banks had originally set a price range of 245p to 310p on the DFS float, but priced it at the lower end of the range last week. Sofa store DFS not lazing about on solid London market debut Tags: NULLcenter_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comFinancial 10See The Wife Of The World’s Richest BillionairesFinancial 10NoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.com Show Comments ▼ Express KCS last_img read more

News / AF-KLM Cargo strikes a note of optimism as freight figures improve

first_imgThe group, which has in previous years suffered heavy losses in cargo, sounded a note of optimism.“During the second quarter, the improvement in the cargo performance was driven by a 2.7% increase in traffic, resulting in a 0.7pt increase in load factor. The trend in unit revenue, down 1.3% during the second quarter, continued to improve compared to previous quarters, confirming the gradual turnaround.”Air France KLM announced last week that it was buying Richard Branson’s 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic, a move that has been welcomed by forwarders, and will give AF-KLM some short-haul feeder traffic it has keenly wanted.It is part of a wider equity change, with Delta, which already owns 49% of Virgin, buying 10% of AF-KLM, and China Eastern also buying 10%.“It could be good,” said one European air freight forwarder. “AF-KLM is one of our major suppliers. For me, the fewer suppliers we have to deal with the better.”Another industry observer believed “it could only be a good thing for Virgin”.Minor equity investments in other airlines do not always seem to play out well, as Etihad is discovering. And post-Brexit, Virgin could find itself on the wrong side of foreign ownership rules, being 80% under foreign control. Nevertheless, the transatlantic joint-venture, which includes cargo, could simplify operations for forwarders.One, however, warned: “Providing Virgin doesn’t get caught in the AF-KLM ‘CRM’ pricing control, it will be a good thing.” Air France KLM Cargo claims to have turned the tide in its freight fortunes.But while volumes grew 1.4% in the second quarter, to 286,000 tonnes, they remained flat over the first half, at 558,000 tonnes.Despite the slight volume rise, revenues fell to €506m in the second quarter, down 0.2%, while they fell 2.5% in the first half, or down 3% like-for-like, to €1 bn.Capacity, measured in available tonne km (ATK) rose 0.3% in the first half. Unit revenue per ATK fell 2.5% in the first half to €0.13, while unit revenue per RTK fell 3.8% to €0.22. The group now operates four 747-400 freighters and two 777 freighters, after a series of cutbacks. By Alex Lennane 31/07/2017last_img read more

We need to invest in public health to keep America great

first_img Public health efforts appear headed for the chopping block under the Trump administration’s recently released budget. That’s a threat to national security.A warning to the president and Congress: A nation cannot be great if it isn’t healthy. Public health, that often invisible science that promotes the well-being of families and communities, is a bulwark of strong defense. We need the hard power of health to keep Americans safe.Advances in public health have helped Americans live an average of 25 years longer than they did a century ago. Widespread immunization, better control of infectious diseases, declining tobacco use, healthier foods, and road safety are among the CDC’s picks for the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Such triumphs produce healthy children, strong families, and a military prepared to protect its people.advertisement For health community, an unexpected bright spot in Trump budget: vaccines As Trump said during his campaign, we must start to build again. Now is the time for him to back those statements with action by making cost-effective investments in community health centers, water systems, public transportation, walkable cities, disease monitoring, supply chains that carry nutritious foods, safe housing, and much more.We should commit to curbing diabetes, which afflicts 30 million Americans and consumes one out of every three Medicare dollars. Let’s lower the infant mortality rate instead of tolerating one that puts us behind 26 other wealthy countries. We need to craft innovative information systems that tell us whether our programs and practices are working and conduct timely surveillance to pinpoint looming infectious diseases.This is the moment to give our public health agencies the resources they need to respond to imminent dangers like bioterrorism but also to perils that don’t grab headlines but do steal lives. Not having enough public health workers is a persistent problem, so directing more funding and greater respect to the field is also an essential job-creating opportunity.The president’s current budget proposal is not altogether bleak for public health. A new Federal Emergency Response Fund would make resources immediately available when the next Zika or Ebola virus strikes, as it certainly will. The budget would also preserve a four-year, billion-dollar commitment to Gavi, the global vaccine alliance. Such inclusions suggest that some people in the Trump administration do recognize the sizable return on public health investment.Let’s listen more closely to those voices. Public health can help Trump keep his promise to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and make America safe. Healthy Americans create a prosperous and secure nation. Let’s give them the resources they need to get to work.Ruth J. Katz is the executive director of the Aspen Institute Health, Medicine, and Society Program and a former dean of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Strengthening public health doesn’t require dramatic scientific breakthroughs or elegant research. What it does take is strategic thinking, long-term vision, and the political will to allocate resources today in order to reap benefits tomorrow. The math is simple. Every 10 percent increase in local public health spending reduces mortality rates by between 1.1 and 6.9 percent. Provide lead-free drinking water or pay for a lifetime of developmental delays. Support surveillance to detect early signs of flu virus mutation or confront a treatment-resistant epidemic later. Spend modestly to prepare for a natural disaster or bear the costlier burden of coping with it afterward.advertisement Related: The Trump administration’s proposed 19 percent reduction in the National Institutes of Health budget would undermine biomedical research, with its potential to advance knowledge of the brain, repair genetic defects, and find cures for cancer. The budget would also “reform” the CDC, the nation’s premier public health agency, apparently by diverting federal funds to the states.And there’s more. Drastic spending cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency endanger efforts to address the increasingly apparent health consequences of climate change. Worker safety would be undermined if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s training grants are eliminated. And echoing presidential priorities, Congress has threatened to shut down the $1 billion-a-year Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was part of the Affordable Care Act.Instead of making deep investments in public health, and thus public safety, we allocate pennies. Americans spend more per capita on health care than any other country in the world, but less than 3 percent of all health spending goes to public health. The CDC’s budget has declined slightly over the past decade, and funding cuts at the state and local levels have been “drastic,” says Trust for America’s Health. We have neglected our public health infrastructure just as we have neglected our transportation infrastructure. Will we let our health deteriorate as we have seen our roads and bridges crumble? Related: First OpinionWe need to invest in public health to keep America great [email protected] By Ruth J. Katz March 28, 2017 Reprints Ruth J. Katz David Greedy/Getty Images About the Author Reprints The business case for public health is also compelling. Healthy workers are the drivers of America’s economic engine. Chronically ill employees lose 450 million more work days than healthy ones, according to Gallup polling data. The Institute of Medicine estimated the indirect costs of preventable chronic illness at more than $1 trillion a year. Reducing what employers pay for health insurance makes it cheaper to produce goods and services for global markets. Trump budget calls for slashing biomedical and science research funding @AspenInstitute Tags public healthlast_img read more

IIAC steps up best interest fight

first_imgJames Langton FPSC proposes “duty of loyalty” for financial planners Following its annual general meeting in Toronto on June 8, the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) laid out its priorities for the coming year, which are headlined by plans to argue against a best interest standard for advisors. The industry trade association says that a best interest standard would, “not add substantively to the targeted reforms for investor protection, and may result in unrealistic expectations among clients and unnecessary costs to clients and the industry.” In terms of the so-called “targeted” reforms that the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) proposed for consultation back in April, the IIAC indicates that it will argue for “a balanced approach leaving sufficient professional discretion and flexibility for firms, and ensuring reforms are practical and cost-efficient.” The trade group also aims to tackle some of the fundamental issues facing the industry generally, particularly small and mid-sized dealers, through its new Committee on Industry Structural Change. “As we have throughout our ten years of existence, the IIAC will continue to engage constructively with securities regulators and governments to fight for cost-effective rules, fight against rules that interfere with business activity and market efficiency, and promote incentives for capital formation and growth,” said the trade group’s president and CEO, Ian Russell, in a statement. The other issues on the IIAC’s agenda include working with the self-regulators, “to provide greater rule harmonization and enable easier integration of operations unto a single dealer platform through ‘parallel’ registration (eliminating the 270-day rule) and [Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)] incorporation,” it says. It will also seek to address cybersecurity; reduce market data and other market structure costs; and provide industry input to the ongoing effort to create a cooperative securities regulator. In addition to laying out its agenda for the year ahead, the IIAC also announced that John Chambers, CEO of Calgary’s FirstEnergy Capital Corp., has been elected chair for 2016-2017; and, that Sandy Cimoroni, senior vice president shared services & chief operating officer at Toronto’s TD Wealth, has been elected vice chair. OSC prepared to go it alone with best interest standard CSA proposes best interest standard No consensus on CSA’s best interest proposal Response Read the response to this article from Advocis: Only the profession itself can interpret a best interest standard, investmentexecuitve.com, June 14, 2016 Photo copyright: Bloomberg Share this article and your comments with peers on social media U.S. firm offers training for meeting DOL fiduciary standard Related newscenter_img FAIR Canada seeks clarity on client-focused reforms Keywords Best interest standardCompanies Investment Industry Association of Canada The investment industry is girding for a fight against the introduction of a proposed best interest standard in Canada. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

The risk of a sudden, severe correction remains: ESMA

first_imgBusiness chart with glowing arrows and world map peshkov/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The primary threat remains a sudden revaluation of risk “amid the general decoupling of securities prices from economic fundamentals,” said the regulator.Indeed, the report noted that valuations in most market segments are now at, or above, their pre-pandemic levels.“[Valuations] remain highly sensitive to events and volatility, as shown by the market movements related to Gamestop and the impact that a potentially slow roll-out of vaccines had on equity prices,” ESMA said.At the same time, ongoing monetary policy support has pushed fixed income valuations “far above” their pre-Covid-19 levels, ESMA said, reiterating that a sudden risk reassessment remains the primary threat to these markets too.“Looking ahead, ESMA anticipates a prolonged period of risk to institutional and retail investors of further – possibly significant – market corrections and sees very high risks across its whole remit,” the agency noted.Alongside the elevated market risks, ESMA said credit risk is also likely to increase due to rising corporate and public debt levels.“The extent to which these risks will further materialize will critically depend on market expectations on monetary and fiscal policy support as well as on the pace of the economic recovery,” said the regulator. The current high risk of a market correction won’t be easing anytime soon, warns the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).In a new report, ESMA said it currently sees an array of high risks to financial markets. Elevated risks are here to stay: ESMA Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Risk managementCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority James Langton Pandemic turns banks into preppers Related news Market risk remains high, ESMA cautionslast_img read more

Mustard Seed Opens New Facility for Children in the West

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A new Mustard Seed facility for children with severe disabilities and HIV/AIDS, and of teen-age mothers, was officially opened and dedicated on January 18 in St. James. The home, ‘Blessed Assurance’, is located on a five-acre property in the Windsor Lodge area, and will serve communities in north western Jamaica.It currently houses and supports some 32 children, and when expansion work is fully completed, the facility will be able to accommodate 75 children.In his address at the ceremony, Executive Director of the Mustard Seed Communities, Father Gregory Ramkissoon, called for more volunteers to assist in the mustard seed facilities, pointing out that there was a great shortage of qualified persons to work with the children.“We are suffering badly from a shortage of qualified people,” he said, adding that efforts are being made to correct this shortage through collaborations with the University of Technology (UTech) and an overseas university.He also appealed for more intensified government focus in this area, and pointed out that there is a need to revisit the whole national approach as to how children with mental and physical disabilities are treated. Father Ramkissoon emphasised that there should be a facility to deal with these mentally and physically challenged children when they reach the age of 18 years.“When these children reach 18, when they cross that line, there is almost no place that these children can continue their training. Chronologically, they are over 18, but as we know sensibly and developmentally, they are still at the age of 12 to 15 years,” he said.Meanwhile, Roman Catholic Bishop of Montego Bay, Right Reverend Charles Defour, quoting from a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, pointed out that there are more than 37,000 Jamaican children living with some form of disability. He said that according to the report, the majority of them are in the five to 14 age group, which makes them of school age, yet only 10 per cent of them are enrolled in the formal education system or other programmes.Rev. Defour said this situation is contrary to the Convention of the Rights of the Child. He also called for a national change in approach to these children, pointing out that the level of stigma attached to them continues to be a major contributor to their exclusion.Mustard Seed is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which has been in operation since 1978. It operates a total of 11 homes in Jamaica.The land to establish the ‘Blessed Assurance’ home was donated by Montego Bay businessman, Winston Dear. RelatedMustard Seed Opens New Facility for Children in the West Advertisements RelatedMustard Seed Opens New Facility for Children in the Westcenter_img RelatedMustard Seed Opens New Facility for Children in the West Mustard Seed Opens New Facility for Children in the West UncategorizedJanuary 20, 2008last_img read more

Jamaican Youth to Partcipate in One-Day Development Workshop

first_imgRelatedJamaican Youth to Partcipate in One-Day Development Workshop RelatedJamaican Youth to Partcipate in One-Day Development Workshop FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An all day workshop, which focusses on teaching young people how to create a vision to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Organisation of American States (OAS) Human Prosperity Goals, is being organised for 75 National Secondary School Student Council (NSSC) leaders, youth ambassadors, and members of community youth organisations and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica.A one-day event, dubbed: ‘Taking Personal Responsibility ‘Educulture’ Workshop Forum, will take place on Friday, October 16 at the International University of the Caribbean, 47 Old Hope Road, Kingston from 8:30 am to 3:30pm.While highlighting some of the objectives of the United Nations and the OAS development focus, the workshop will discuss areas, which countries such as Jamaica are pursing in order to overcome challeneges of poverty, hunger and issues impacting national well-being.Delegates at the conference will target the creation of a vision to respond to challenges of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, as well as ensuring environmental sustainability. They will also focus on ways of achieving a global partnership for development.Jamaica will once again welcome 16-year-old Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Vizion and youth social activist, Choc’late Allen and her team, which includes a number of young Jamaicans, who participated in the recently held Fifth Summit of the Americas Youth Forum in Trinidad. A mandate from that forum, which also dealt with issues of development, was to identify how the themes affect and impact young people across the region and to educate them accordingly.The workshop is supported by UNESCO, UNAIDS, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, National Council for Youth Development and Scotia Bank Limited.As a follow up to Choc’late Allen’s 2008 ‘Children Must Be Seen and Heard’ school and community tour of all 14 parishes in Jamaica, the workshop will also encourage young people to accept the challenge of taking personal responsibility for their future prosperity.Caribbean Vizion is an organisation that lobbies for cultural and economic cooperation between Caribbean citizens and their Governments. The organisation was founded in 2001 and has been endorsed by the CARICOM Secretariat and the CARICOM Heads of Government. RelatedJamaican Youth to Partcipate in One-Day Development Workshopcenter_img Jamaican Youth to Partcipate in One-Day Development Workshop CultureSeptember 11, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

Terrorist Attacks in Niger

first_imgTerrorist Attacks in Niger The United States strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attacks in Niger, the most recent of which tragically killed 137 civilians on March 21 in the Tahoua region. We are deeply concerned by the increasing violence against civilians and call for those responsible to be held accountable to the full extent of the law.The United States stands with the Nigerien people as they enter a period of mourning for the victims. We remain committed to working together with the Government and security forces of Niger to counter violent extremism and ensure security and prosperity for all Nigeriens. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Department of State, Government, law, Niger, security, United States, violencelast_img read more