Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Thursday rejected demands for his resignation in the wake of 16 Congress-JD(S) MLAs quitting, which has pushed his 13-month old coalition government to the brink of collapse. His response comes a day after the Karnataka unit of the BJP, led by its chief B S Yeddyurappa, staged a protest at the Vidhan Soudha, demanding the resignation of Kumaraswamy, who they claimed had lost majority in the House. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “Why should I resign? What is the necessity for me to resign now?,” Kumaraswamy shot back to reporters here, amidst the speculation that he could put in his papers in the wake of the crisis. He recalled that in 2009-10, 18 MLAs, including some ministers, had “opposed” the then chief minister BS Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but he had not resigned. The chief minister held discussions with senior Congress leaders on Thursday, after the coalition government headed by him suffered a fresh jolt with two more Congress legislators resigning on Wednesday, talking the tally of MLAs who have put in their papers to 16. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition faces the threat of losing its majority in the Assembly if the resignations are accepted as its current tally is 116 in the 224 member House. Congress MLAs MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar submitted their resignations to Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar at his chamber in Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, on Wednesday. Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders had petitioned the governor in connection with the political developments in the state. Of the 16 MLAs who have resigned, 13 are from the Congress and three from the JD(S). The coalition’s strength in the House is 116 (Congress 78, JD(S) 37 and BSP one), besides the speaker. With the support of the two independents, who resigned from the ministry on Monday, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the halfway mark is 113. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.
Rabat – Weekly magazine Maroc Hebdo recalled its latest issue on homosexuality, whose cover asked “Should we burn homosexuals?”, after it was deemed by many as homophobic.The cover depicts two young men at a swimming pool, looking ‘intimately’ into each other’s eyes, with the banner headline “Shall we burn homosexuals?”Maroc Hebdo said on Friday it “decided to withdraw this issue from sale and its site on the internet given the particularly strong reactions [it caused] through social media.” “Sure it’s an individual right. But what about moral and religious values,” the sub-head added.The magazine’s latest issue caused outrage on social media, with many online commentators describing it as “homophobic”. But, the magazine said it was designed to provoke debate.In a statement the magazine said that “it presents at the same time its apologies to all readers who were offended by this theme and it stresses it has no other requirement other than to continue to work for the expansion of a national debate.”
A school in Galewala was closed this morning for the staff to attend a wedding, reports said.The upper Dikwela School in Galewala closed at around 9.55 this morning and the school principal and teachers had then departed to attend a wedding. Reports said that there are 11 teachers in the school and just 90 students.However the Education Ministry said the school principal had not obtained prior permission to close the school.
The Price of Petrol 92 Octane has been increased by Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) and Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC).CEYPETCO said the price of Petrol 92 Octane has been increased by Rs 3.00 per litre LIOC said it has increased the price of Petrol 92 Octane by Rs 7.00 per litre. The price of the other three fuel categories will not be increased.The revision is part of the monthly review under the fuel price formula. (Colombo Gazette)
A warming oceanClimate change also threatens the well-being of the world’s ocean and seas, which are critical to the economies and traditions of the Pacific.“Oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, causing coral bleaching and reducing biodiversity” the UN chief told the Forum, stating that global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius would cause “severe damage to tropical reefs”. Moreover, if warming reached two degrees Celsius or more, “it would be catastrophic for marine life and humans alike” he said. “Food security would decline. Economic growth would suffer”.But seas and marine life are also under attack from other directions. Mr. Guterres painted a picture of overfishing; underwater deserts in effect, with no oxygen; seas filled with poison and trash, and species becoming extinct within decades. “Every year, more than eight million tonnes of harmful plastic waste end up in the ocean” he said. “According to one recent study, plastic could outweigh fish in our seas by 2050”.While many countries are finally rejecting single-use plastic, the UN chief underscored that “we must do even more” to address the unsustainable levels of stress on marine and coastal ecosystems.He commended Pacific countries for ensuring the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, saying that his Special Envoy for the Ocean, Fiji’s Peter Thomson, is promoting the SDGs and the outcomes of the UN Ocean Conference. Needed: ‘Urgency, will and ambition’ UN Photo/Mark Garten | Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji on 15 May 2019.“The Pacific has a unique moral authority to speak out” he said. “It is time for the world to listen”.‘A very illuminating meeting’In his closing remarks, the UN chief reiterated that because Pacific Island States are “leading by example”, they have “the moral authority” to tell the world that climate change needs to be reversed.While lauding some of the innovations mentioned over the last two day, Mr. Guterres warned that “we are not yet winning the battle in relation to climate change and we are not yet winning the battle in relation to oceans”. “We will not give up and we want the Summit that we are convening in September to be a reaffirmation of this objective and its feasibility and the request for the political will to be in place, especially from those countries that are contributing more to climate change” he underscored.Noting the linkages between climate change, oceans and development, the UN chief stressed that “we must mobilize the whole multilateral system” and “the international community” to address climate change “in the context of all the other problems that we are facing and all the other battles that we are not winning”.According to the UN chief, the Forum’s final message is “to clearly say, we are determined to address the challenge of climate change but it’s not only the Pacific that is at stake, it’s the whole planet and even the most developed countries in the world will face dramatic impacts.” “What we ask for is not solidarity, it’s not generosity, it is enlightened self-interest from all decision-makers around the world”, concluded the Secretary-General. “The Pacific region is on the frontline of climate change”, he said. “That means you are also our important allies in the fight against it”.The UN chief said that he was there “to see the region’s climate pressures firsthand, and to learn about the work being undertaken by communities here in Fiji and elsewhere to bolster resilience”.Noting that the last four years were the hottest on record, Mr. Guterres highlighted recent ice losses in Greenland and Antarctica, saying that “sea levels will rise a full meter by 2100”. FAO/Rudolf Hahn | A community forest conservation area in Dalaikoro, Fiji. Forest cover is vital to maintain the ecosystem in the region, which is in turn critical for communities in the Pacific island nation.“To address the intertwined challenges of climate change and ocean health, we need smart and far-reaching steps” that require action aligned with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, which makes full use of tools, such as the Convention on the Law of the Sea, according to the UN chief.“We have the blueprints, frameworks and plans” he stated. “What we need is urgency, will and ambition”.Mr. Guterres spoke of his Climate Action Summit in September at UN Headquarters, as an opportunity “to scale up” pledges to halt emission increases 2020, and “dramatically reduce” them to net-zero emissions by mid-century.He also stressed the importance of gender diversity in decision making as climate change has impacts on women, citing as an example that food salinization affects the health of pregnant women and newborns.Pacific region leadership criticalCome September, Mr. Guterres said that sustainable development will be centre-stage as SDG progress will be reviewed and finance mobilization discussed.He lauded Pacific countries’ commitment to promote their vision of a “Blue Continent” and maintained that their voices “remain crucial in global negotiations”. UN Photo/Mark Garten | Secretary-General António Guterres arrives in Suva, Fiji, on 14 May 2019.In the Pacific specifically, he said that sea-levels are set to rise in some countries four times above the global average, posing “an existential threat to some island States”.Providing “ample evidence of the region’s vulnerability” the UN chief cited recent damage caused by Tropical Cyclones Gita, Josie and Keni as well as by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and other extreme weather events in the region.“Climate change will further worsen the risks”, he spelled out, noting that the salinization of water and crops is endangering food security and escalating the impact on public health.He maintained that climate change also brings “clear dangers” for international peace and security, pointing to the 2018 Boe Declaration, which reaffirms climate change as the single greatest threat to the wellbeing of the Pacific.Mr. Guterres said that he recently appointed a task force to coordinate UN initiatives to address these challenges. “Military strategists see clearly the possibility of climate impacts increasing tensions over resources and mass movements of people”, he continued. “As coastal areas or degraded inland areas become uninhabitable, people will seek safety and better lives elsewhere”.Recalling that more than 24 million people in 118 countries and territories were displaced by natural disasters in 2016, he told Pacific leaders their islands and communities “are in the forefront of global climate negotiations”.He vowed the UN’s strong commitment “to supporting your response to climate change and reversing the negative trends that have put your cultures and very existence at risk”.There are 2 major challenges facing Pacific islands today:1 > climate change, which wreaks havoc through extreme weather2 > rising oceans, which threatens to submerge the islands.Here are the key takeaways from @UN chief @AntonioGuterres’s visit to Fiji: pic.twitter.com/qX3mNO9Ic3— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) May 15, 2019
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorMany dream, but only few get the opportunity to play the game they love for a living. After a successful four years stepping on the court for the Ohio State women’s basketball program, Ameryst Alston will now have the chance to do just that.Alston, a 5-foot-9 combo guard, was selected as the No. 24 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 WNBA draft Thursday evening by the New York Liberty. With the WNBA’s season beginning June 5, Alston will move out to New York City to begin the new chapter in her basketball career.As a Buckeye, Alston was an essential piece to the roster, immediately having an impact on the team’s success when she arrived to Columbus.Not only did Alston help lead the Scarlet and Gray to wins, but also solidified her name in the program’s record books.To start, Alston scored her 2,000th career point in her senior campaign, finishing as the No. 4 scorer in program history with 2,165 total points. She also ranks No. 7 in career assists with 455 and No. 3 in games played with 134.The Canton native was recognized throughout her collegiate career at the conference and national levels. Alston was selected to the All-Big Ten freshman team her first year with OSU, honored on the All-Big Ten first team three times and earned national player of the week for the week of Feb. 15.Alston is the first Buckeye to get drafted in the WNBA since Samantha Prahalis in 2012, who was selected as the sixth overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury.
Freshman quarterback Tate Martell (10) warms up prior to the 2017 season opener against Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerhide | Photo EditorHere is a position-by-position breakdown of Ohio State’s offense in 2018. The years provided by the players indicates grade in the 2017 season. QuarterbackGraduating: J.T. BarrettReturners: Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, Tate MartellAdditions: Matthew BaldwinThe situation: In 2018, Ohio State will have to replace redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the most productive quarterback, statistically speaking, in program history. Luckily, it has an ample amount of potentially fruitful options in two quarterbacks with game experience and a former top recruit who redshirted. Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins appears to be the frontrunner since he served as Barrett’s primary backup this fall. The strong-armed pocket-passer played in eight games and passed for 565 yards. Haskins also helped the Buckeyes come back and defeat Michigan, giving him valuable end-of-game experience. Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow suffered a broken hand days before the season opener and has played sparingly. But he was Barrett’s backup in 2016 and passed for 226 yards and rushed for 58 yards in the role. Freshman Tate Martell, who has not taken a collegiate snap — his role has been limited to the scout team — and redshirted, entered Ohio State as a highly regarded dual-threat prospect from high-school powerhouse Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). Ohio State will have to prepare for the possibility one of the three transfers after not winning the starting spot. Projected starter: Tate MartellThe Reasoning: It will not be easy for Martell to earn the opening game nod. Head coach Urban Meyer greatly values the snaps Haskins and Burrow have played over the past two seasons. But Martell offers the potential to be a dynamic, potentially game-changing playmaker on the ground and in the passing game. Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day have talked glowingly of his improved work ethic from when he first joined the program. Martell’s teammates have laughed in awe of his runs at practice. Would it be a surprise if Haskins or Burrow won the job? Absolutely not. Haskins possesses the strongest arm and quickest release of any Ohio State quarterback and won the backup job this year, albeit due to the timing of Burrow’s injury. Burrow provides the Buckeyes with the most familiarity, having been with the program the longest and drawing the most comparisons to Barrett. But both have drawbacks. Haskins would not offer the Ohio State offense a dynamic running ability, which Meyer prefers his quarterbacks to have, and Burrow does not possess a standout trait. Martell has the potential to be Ohio State’s next great dual-threat playmaking quarterback and will have ample opportunity to earn the starting spot in the offseason. Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs past defenders in the of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorRunning backGraduating: N/AReturners: Mike Weber, J.K. Dobbins, Antonio Williams, Demario McCallAdditions: Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead, Master TeagueThe situation: Not much changes at running back if Mike Weber returns another season. He declined after the Cotton Bowl Friday to expound on whether he will leave early for the NFL. But he might after an injury-filled season and freshman J.K. Dobbins’ ascendance, which would result in a continued decrease of touches for the 2016 starter. Sophomore Antonio Williams has a similar build to Weber and could slide into the co-starter’s role if he left for the draft. But Williams likely will return as Ohio State’s third-string running back. Redshirt freshman Demario McCall has dealt with a nagging groin injury, which kept him from a larger role in the Buckeyes’ offense in 2017. When healthy, McCall has the potential to be one of Ohio State’s top playmakers. Whether as a running back or H-back, he should be more involved in the offense in next year. A trio of incoming freshmen — Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead and Master Teague — will enter a crowded backfield and likely will spend most of their freshman seasons on special teams. Snead and Teague are pure running backs, but Gill’s future will likely be as an H-back in Meyer’s offense.Projected starters: J.K. DobbinsThe Reasoning: If Weber were to return to Ohio State, Dobbins would again split carries. Dobbins’ quick, game-breaking style combined with Weber’s power would once again give Ohio State an intriguing combination of speed and power. But Weber will likely declare early for the NFL draft, leaving Dobbins as the unquestioned starter. Given another year of physical development and mental maturity, Dobbins will become a bellcow starting running back. Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWide receiverGraduating: Elijah GoinsReturners: Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, Jaylen Harris, Ellijah GardinerAdditions: L’Christian Smith, Kamryn Babb, Cameron BrownThe situation: A crowded receiver room this year will remain crowded next year, and also could become even more jam-packed. Ohio State lists six receivers — Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack — as starters, and all six might return next year. Dixon could declare for the NFL draft due to his injury history and Campbell might decide to leave early, but the rest of the group will likely be back in 2018. A similar challenge to this year’s will arise. Ohio State’s offensive staff must decide whether to use them similarly to this season — with more than two or three starters and all wideouts playing similar snap counts — or to shrink the rotation. The Buckeyes’ duo of 6-foot-4-plus freshmen — Harris and Gardiner — also could push for more reps given the natural physical and mental maturity of a year in a collegiate offense. L’Christian Smith, Kamryn Babb and Cameron Brown will join Ohio State, but are unlikely to factor much into the Buckeyes’ plans next year.Projected starters: Austin Mack, Terry McLaurin, K.J. HillThe Reasoning: With most wideouts likely to return in 2018, the group will likely have a similar composition to last season, which means Ohio State will likely use multiple starters for the second year in a row. Hill proved to be the Buckeyes’ most reliable pass-catching option and finished the season with the most catches on the team. Even if Campbell returns, he would have a large role. McLaurin and Mack both offer impressive blocking skill, which Ohio State values, and grew into larger receiving roles as the season progressed. The Buckeyes need one of them, or Victor, to take a step forward and become a downfield threat.Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) celebrates after running the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTight endGraduating: Marcus BaughReturners: Rashod Berry, Luke Farrell, Jake HausmannAdditions: Jeremy RuckertThe situation: For the first time since 2015, Ohio State will have a new starting tight end, since redshirt senior Marcus Baugh will graduate. Redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry has served as Baugh’s backup this season, but he will have to battle a bevy of tight ends to earn the starting spot in 2018. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Berry caught six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns this year. Redshirt freshman Luke Farrell played sparingly, but is listed third on the depth chart and will have a chance to earn the starting gig. Redshirt freshmen Jake Hausmann is unlikely to be featured prominently in Ohio State’s 2018 plans. Though he will be a true freshman, Jeremy Ruckert has a chance to break into the Buckeyes’ rotation and earn playing time, if not the starting spot. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound tight end is the top-ranked tight end in his class.Projected starter: Rashod BerryThe Reasoning: Since he has worked with co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who is in his first season as Ohio State tight ends coach, Berry holds the edge to become the next starter. Wilson gushed about Berry’s athleticism earlier in the season. The tight end won an offseason dunk contest and is built like a defensive end, but runs like a receiver. In fact, Berry played tight end when he arrived at Ohio State, but was moved to defensive end before returning to the offense. Ruckert, Alexander and Farrell will push for playing time alongside Berry.Ohio State redshirt sophomore right guard Branden Bowen and junior right tackle Isaiah Prince (59) embrace prior to the Buckeyes’ 62-14 victory against Maryland on Oct. 7. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOffensive tacklesGraduating: Jamarco JonesReturners: Isaiah Prince, Thayer Munford, Kevin Feder, Joshua AlabiAdditions: Max WrayThe situation: For the second year in a row, senior Jamarco Jones served Ohio State well protecting Barrett’s blind side and serving as a grader in the run game. His loss presents the Buckeyes with a difficult predicament. Junior Isaiah Prince could remain at right tackle for his third and final season as a starter instead of moving to the left side due to his lack of consistency in pass blocking, but he might get a chance to protect to blind-side on the left side of the line. Freshman Thayer Munford was listed behind Jones and earned consistent praise from coaches and teammates. Redshirt sophomore Joshua Alabi, a defensive lineman before being moved to offense in the preseason, offers an intriguing option, for he will be in his fourth year at Ohio State and rose on the depth chart recently. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Feder did not play a snap in 2017 and is not expected to contribute much next year.Projected starter: Branden Bowen (left tackle), Isaiah Prince (right tackle)The Reasoning: Without many eye-catching options, redshirt sophomore Branden Bowen could slide from right guard back to his original position and become Ohio State’s next left tackle. Though he is a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle, Bowen impressed the coaches with his consistency and physicality and earned a starting right guard spot. With an open slot at starting left tackle, moving Bowen back to his original position — one that suits his body type better — might be the Buckeyes’ best option. Ohio State sophomore offensive lineman Michael Jordan (73) sets up prior to a play in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOffensive guards and centerGraduating: Billy PriceReturners: Michael Jordan, Branden Bowen, Matt Burrell, Brady Taylor, Demetrius Knox, Malcolm Pridgeon, Josh Myers, Jack Wohlabaugh, Gavin Cupp, Wyatt DavisAdditions: Matthew JonesThe situation: For the second year in a row, Ohio State must replace a multiple-year starter and first-team All-American at center. And unlike last year, it will not be able to slide an All-American from guard to center to fix the issue. Sophomore Michael Jordan will return as starting left guard, but who will join him on Ohio State’s interior line remains a mystery. Brady Taylor, a center, will be in his fifth season as a Buckeye and earned praise from Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa earlier in the season. He backed up redshirt senior Billy Price this season and will have the inside track to replace him. Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox played well in the latter half of the season, but will have to fight to keep the starting job in 2018. Knox, Bowen, redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon are among the primary options at right guard, as they were this season. But with a year of collegiate experience, freshmen and former highly regarded prospects Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis also will also for playing time. Redshirt freshmen Jack Wohlabaugh and Gavin Cupp have not played and are unlikely to compete for the starting spots.Projected starters: Michael Jordan (left guard), Brady Taylor (center), Demetrius Knox (right guard)The Reasoning: Considering his experience as the primary backup, Taylor likely will have the first opportunity to replace Price as Ohio State’s next center and join Jordan on the interior of the line. Burrell has snapped with the centers before games and might battle Taylor for the starting position, but he has not earned a starting spot yet, despite partaking in three position battles. The right guard spot remains a mystery. Myriad candidates could earn the starting spot. But if Bowen moves to tackle, Knox will have the best shot at retaining his position.Check out the preview of Ohio State’s defense.
Drugs costing just eight pence a day could be denied to NHS patients under “devastating” new rationing plans, charities have warned.Under the plans, health officials will be able to delay introducing life-extending treatments for up to three years, after they have been found to be effective.The cap is likely to affect one in five new treatments, with cheap drugs which could help large numbers of patients affected, as well as high cost drugs.Under the new rules, any medications likely to cost the health service more than £20m a year will be subject to a new tier of bureaucracy.At present, the NHS has 90 days to make drugs available to patients, once they have been given the green light by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice).The new system will allow health officials an extra three years to introduce drugs, during which time they will try to negotiate cost reductions.Last night charities accusing the Government of abandoning a manifesto pledge to speed up access to drugs, which could leave patients to die while vital treatment was kept out of reach.Seven treatments authorised in the last two years for more than 250,000 patients would have been hit by the cap, analysis shows.They include a heart disease drug for 160,000 patients, with a monthly cost of just £27 a month, and a treatment for prostate cancer, which received the go-ahead from Nice last year after a three year battle.Sightloss drugs with an annual NHS cost of £22m and a £90 a month treatment for chronic heart failure. recommended for more 65,000 patients would also fall foul of the new restrictions.The Alzheimer’s Society last night expressed horror at the new plans, warning that such changes could be devastating for future dementia treatments.If a drug were to be discovered that could help all 680,000 people with dementia in England, it would have to cost less than £30 a year – 8 pence a day – to fall under the cap, the charity said. Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said the changes agreed by Nice’s board yesterday were “scandalous” and a breach of a manifesto pledge to increase the use of cost-effective new medicines.“It’s truly disgraceful that this Government is prepared to deprive sick patients of the life-saving treatment they require because of their refusal to properly fund our NHS,” he said. Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry said:”Thousands of patients will wait longer for treatment for conditions like heart disease, cancers and diabetes while medicines which stand to benefit the most people are caught up in the system.”Use of new medicines in the UK is already poor with patients seven times more likely to get a newly launched medicine in places like Germany or France.” Patients could die while waiting for the right treatmentCredit:Paul Grover Health officials said they hoped to negotiate reductions in drug prices Cancer, diabetes and asthma patients are all likely to be hit by the plansCredit:Geoffrey Kidd/Alamy Sir Andrew Dillon, Nice chief executive, said: “We hope, and we think it is perfectly possible, that for some treatments which exceed the £20m budget impact in their first three years, there will be commercial agreements between companies and NHS England which will at least minimise and in some cases avoid completely the need for any delay for access for patients.”NHS England had committed to ensuring some patients received the drugs during a “phased implementation period” when there were delays, he said.NHS England’s acting director for specialised commissioning, John Stewart, said it was “committed to working closely with companies that are willing to price their products responsibly”.He said the “new flexibility will help us develop innovative win/win/win agreements – good for patients, good for taxpayers and good for those companies that are willing to price responsibly.”Other changes agreed by the Nice board will see the introduction of a new fast-track option for treatments which cost under £10,000 per year of good quality of life to patients.Such treatments will be appraised within six months, instead of nine. 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Cancer Research UK said the plans were “unacceptable” and could cost lives.Sarah Woolnough, the charity’s executive director of policy and information, said: “If Nice thinks a cancer treatment is clinically effective and represents value for money, then patients should receive it without delay.”A system that could add up to a three-year delay before patients can access treatments deemed clinically and cost effective is unacceptable,” she said.Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said the changes could have a “devastating” impact on patients, adding to existing delays accessing drugs.In the last decade, Nice has only approved three out of 13 treatments for breast cancer.“This proposal could be a significant, additional barrier in getting new and effective treatments to those patients who so desperately need them, including patients living with incurable breast cancer who are relying on access to new drugs to give them additional, quality time with their loved ones.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A drop in local hotel prices as well as feelings of solidarity for their “beleaguered Greek brethren” has seen the number of Balkan and Russian visitors to Greece surge since early June, with the most popular destinations being the coasts of northern regions including Halkidiki, Pieria, Skiathos and Corfu.And, according to estimates, arrivals from the former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union are expected to increase significantly over the next few months. By the number of visa applications it has processed, the desk of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) in Moscow estimates that more than 550,000 Russians will be choosing Greece for their summer holidays this year, while the country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry sees that number being closer to 700,000. “The Russians are increasingly discovering Greece as a holiday destination,” one tourism professional specialising in the Russian market told Kathimerini. “The reasons are the obvious ones, but this year Greece has become more attractive thanks to a drop in the price of package deals but also – as odd as it may sound – because of the crisis. The Russians are sympathetic toward Greece and are somewhat fed up with the treatment it has received in the international press and would like to offer their support if only by choosing it for their holidays.” Serbians, it seems, see the situation in a similar way and are doing what they can for Greece, which offered Serbia a good deal of support during its own dark chapter of history in the early 1990s. Figures published in Belgrade suggest that this year, Greece can expect some 700,000 arrivals from Serbia, a rise of 200,000 compared to last year. Moreover, a recent poll carried out by Serbia’s National Association of Travel Agencies found that 62 per cent of respondents are ready to holiday in Greece. A Serbian journalist told Kathimerini that “even though Croatia is closer, the majority of Serbs will choose Greece for their holidays. Even Bosnian Serbs – who mostly opt for Montenegro – will be coming to Greece in large numbers this year as part of package tours. In part, this does have to do with the sympathy Serbs feel for Greeks, whom they see as their closest friends.” Exact figures are not known for the number of holidaymakers coming to Greece from bordering countries like Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), as improvements in northern Greece’s road networks as well as those across the borders mean that thousands descend every day over the summer to enjoy the beaches of Halkidiki and Pieria and even the Ionian. A general decrease of 10-15 per cent in package holiday prices has been catalytic in increasing the number of visitors to Greece this year. According to Grigoris Tasios, president of the Halkidiki Hoteliers’ Association, “the price cut has brought results since the winter from the markets of the Balkans and Russia.” But, he warned, “things will go a lot better for tourism if there is calm all over Greece.” Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Only some 6 billion of the 11.5 billion euros in spending cuts proposed by the Greek government has been accepted by the troika, which is pressing for public sector sackings as one of the policies Athens should turn to in order to make up the shortfall.Representatives of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund met with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday and informed him of their skepticism about some of the coalition’s measures.Some 2.2 billion euros worth of cuts, which include about 1.2 billion euros in savings from reductions in operating costs in the public sector and 500 million euros in savings from financing for local authorities, has been rejected outright by Greece’s lenders.The cuts also included 437 million euros from arms programs but the troika was not convinced this would lead to permanent savings. According to sources, the troika’s refusal to accept these savings surprised the government as it had designed the savings to be of a permanent nature.The inspectors also asked for more details about some 3.5 billion euros’ worth of cuts. “We are trying to convince them about our position. The effort continues,” said Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras.The minister will accompany Premier Antonis Samaras on his visit to Frankfurt on Tuesday to meet ECB President Mario Draghi. Samaras will return for talks with his coalition partners in Athens on Wednesday. The three party leaders will discuss other ways to meet the troika’s target. Samaras met on Monday with the ministers of defense, administrative reform, health and interior and asked them to come up with new suggestions for savings.A Finance Ministry source said that the troika insists that some savings should come from immediate sackings in the public sector. The inspectors argue that employees at public organizations that are closed down should be fired. The government had been hoping to avoid direct sackings through a process of voluntary redundancies and a labor reserve scheme. Sources said that the troika has also suggested cuts to low-level pensions claimed by farmers and a further rise in the retirement age by a year or two.Stournaras is to present the updated measures to fellow finance ministers at a Eurogroup meeting in Cyprus on Friday. The eurozone ministers were expected to take a decision on the disbursement of Greece’s next loan tranche when they meet on October 8 but a European official in Brussels told Kathimerini that this would only happen if the troika has completed its progress report on the Greek program by the end of September. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new president and board will be elected for the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) at their annual general meeting on Sunday 25 November, however, it looks likely that things will stay the same as there is no indication from the so-called opposition that they will contest the election. This year, the GOCMV marked a substantial profit that included the $2 million capital government grant for the cultural centre and the proceeds from the sale of one of their Footscray properties. Bill Papastergiadis, president, GOCMV, told Neos Kosmos that the “actual profit is about $150,000 for the year”. “In light of the significant preliminary works we are undertaking to commence the construction of the cultural centre, I think is a remarkable effort because we’ve had to pay quite a few consultants and deal with a number of government agencies with a fair amount of fees involved,” he says, “so I think we’ve achieved a terrific result in circumstances where we have expenses outside of what is normally expected by the community.’ According to the GOCMV’s annual report for the financial period 2011/2012, advertising for the community increased by $21,383 from last year. Mr Papastergiadis says this is a testament to the increased activity and community engagement of the GOCMV. “What we’ve got now is a series of four festivals throughout the year which we didn’t two years ago or even last year,” he explains. “We have a renewed focus on the food festival, the writers festival, the actual Glendi itself and the film festival, and the cultural seminars series which run for almost 20 weeks. We advertised every single one of those events and I think we ran another 20 or so events within the community,” adding, the advertising goes “purely to the Greek media” to inform the Greek community of events and the renewed surge of interest in the four festivals. “[GOCMV] had a year that’s been largely successful in terms of cultural product and in terms of reinventing the profile of the community not only within the Greek Australian population but the broader population and that’s been reflected in audiences at our events – including the writers festival and the film festival.” The president has even been told by journalists from Greek that the GOCMV is the most vibrant of the global Greek diaspora communities. Regarding the upcoming election of the GOCMV board and presidency, Mr Papastergiadis agreed that it has been “quiet” from any opposition, but says this may be likely because the current board are transparent, work with the community and have ensured that “no favourites are being played” adding the cohesion of the current board as another positive outcome for the Greek community.
WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Several injuries were reported after a tractor trailer jackknifed during a crash involving several cars on Interstate 75.The incident occurred in Weston just after 7 a.m., Friday, and shut down four southbound lanes as workers cleaned up a fuel spill that resulted from the collision.All lanes reopened by the early afternoon.Florida Highway Patrol troopers said there were several injuries reported, but they were not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Wednesday afternoon for the Kenai Peninsula due to increased smoke activity from the Swan Lake Fire. Dense smoke is impacting Cooper Landing down to Seward. This will continue into Wednesday. The Western side of the Peninsula will also continue to see air quality and visibility impacts especially at night and in the early mornings. High concentrations of smoke can trigger a range of symptoms.Anyone may experience burning eyes, a runny nose, cough, phlegm, wheezing and difficulty breathing.If you have heart or lung disease, smoke may make your symptoms worse People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. South central Alaska is being impacted by the smoke from multiple wildfires in the surrounding area. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Pay attention to local air quality reports. As smoke gets worse, the concentration of particles in the air increases – and so should the steps you take to protect yourself. If you begin to notice health effects from smoke, you are encouraged to follow the “actions to protect yourself” listed below. To check air quality and smoke in your area: https://tools.airfire.org/websky/v1/run/standard/AK-12km/2019082118#viewer
Twitter Heading into the new year, the RIAA has updated its list of the albums that moved the most units—where does your favorite artist rank?Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 27, 2018 – 12:24 pm As the sun sets on 2018 and the music industry looks forward to the year ahead, the Recording Industry Association Of America has updated its list of gold and platinum album sales, providing a look in the rear view mirror.The battle for the top spot continues, as the Eagles and Michael Jackson both jockey for No. 1. The Eagles dethroned the King of Pop this past summer—in terms of album sales, that is— when the RIAA certified Their Greatest Hits as 38x platinum, edging out M.J.’s Thriller at 33x platinum. The latest top five includes another Eagles album, Hotel California, at 26x platinum, as well as Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II and Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV with 23x platinum sales each.Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 classic, Rumours, rounds out the top 10, followed closely by Shania Twain’s Come On Over, making Twain’s 1997 hit the highest ranking album by a female solo artist. Both albums sold over 20 million copies.The folks at Digital Music News took the list a step further, compiling the top-selling artists of all-time, according to RIAA’s certified gold and platinum sales data. The Beatles top that list with 178 million certified units, followed by Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, the Eagles, and Led Zeppelin rounding out the top 5. Women in the top 20 include Barbra Streisand (No. 12), Madonna (No. 16), Mariah Carey (No. 17), and Whitney Houston (No. 19).Looking ahead, the RIAA has a big change of its own coming in 2019. Longtime chairman and CEO Cary Sherman is retiring after over 20 years with the organization, leaving behind an admirable legacy as a true music champion as an advocate for empowering music to thrive in the digital marketplace. With all the industry’s changes, one wonders who will top this list in another 20 years.Warner Music Group’s 2018 Revenue Exceeds Company HistoryRead more Facebook The 100 Best-Selling Albums Ever: Eagles, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain & More The 100 Best-Selling Albums Of All-Time 100-best-selling-albums-ever-eagles-michael-jackson-shania-twain-more Email News
Here is why you may want to skip this month Windows Updates by Martin Brinkmann on May 05, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: May 06, 2018 – 109 commentsPatch Tuesday is just around the corner; Microsoft pushes out security updates and other updates for all of its products on the second Tuesday of the month.While that is a good thing usually, Windows 10 users who have not upgraded systems to the new Windows 10 version 1803 “The April 2018 Update” may want to configure their devices to skip that update.Microsoft plans to push the new feature update for Windows 10 to eligible PCs and devices this Tuesday.While you can start the update to Windows 10 version 1803 already if you really want to as it was released on April 30, 2018, Tuesday marks the beginning of the general rollout phase.Right now, you will have to become active to get the update, but from Tuesday on the update is offered automatically through Windows Update.In other words: if you don’t block the upgrade to the feature update, your devices may be upgraded to it starting this Tuesday. May, because the update is pushed out in chunks starting with the most modern PCs that are most likely to update without larger issues and then to older machines.If you have not followed the release of the update, you may wonder why you should block the upgrade at this point in time.It is simple: the update is riddled with bugs. I upgraded one PC to Windows 10 version 1803 and ran into a good dozen major issues; Edge or Windows Defender won’t load, I can’t right-click on taskbar items, no microcode update for Windows 10 version 1803 to patch the Spectre security issue is available, and shutdown is broken unless you disable Fast Restart.Those are just the issues that I ran into. Other users reported Chrome, Cortana and other software program freezes, out of disk space warnings because the recovery partition got a drive letter suddenly, lots of Alienware PCs that lock up, and a lot more.You can go back to the previous version if a device is updated automatically to the new version of Windows.It is likely that Microsoft will release fixes for some of the issues but since those are provided on Tuesday the earliest, there is no time to test them before systems might get upgraded to the April 2018 Update.So, with all the problems and issues associated with the Windows 10 version 1803 update, you may want to think hard about upgrading to the new version right now.Instructions for delaying Windows 10 feature upgrades can be found here. In short:If the device is powered by Windows 10 Pro, Education or Enterprise: Open Settings > Windows Update > Advanced Options and select to defer the feature update for 30, 60 or even 90 days.If the device is powered by Windows 10 Home: set your network connections to metered under Settings > Network & Internet.Alternatively, use third-party tools like Block Windows 10 Updates or Windows 10 Update Switch instead.In either case, it is recommended that you create a backup of the system partition so that you can go back on your own terms and don’t have to rely on built-in functionality for that.You can roll back in the first ten days by visiting Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.Now You: What’s your experience with the new Windows 10 feature update?Related articlesThe hidden gems of the Windows 10 April 2018 UpdateWindows 10 version 1803: removed or deprecated featuresSummaryArticle NameHere is why you may want to skip this month Windows UpdatesDescriptionPatch Tuesday is just around the corner; Microsoft pushes out security updates and other updates for all of its products on the second Tuesday of the month.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Configure Two-Step Authentication for Firefox Accounts by Martin Brinkmann on May 23, 2018 in Firefox – 2 commentsAnyone may create a Firefox Account. The account is used for a number of purposes such as syncing browser data between different profiles or devices, commenting or rating add-ons on Mozilla’s add-on site, and other interactions with Mozilla and Firefox services.Firefox Accounts did not support two-factor authentication up until now but that changes with yesterday’s announcement by Mozilla.Starting today, we are beginning a phased rollout to allow Firefox Accounts users to opt into two-step authentication. If you enable this feature, then in addition to your password, an additional security code will be required to log in.Two-step authentication adds a second step to the sign in process. Instead of signing in with username and password only, users are required to provide a code in a second authentication step to complete the process.Mozilla selected the Time-based One-Time Password authentication standard which is support by numerous authentication applications such as Google Authenticator or Authy.Tip: You can protect other accounts using two-step verification as well including Amazon Accounts, LastPass data, Instagram accounts, Microsoft accounts, Facebook logins, Google Accounts, WhatsApp accounts, and Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, Dropbox and Linkedin accounts.Enable Two-Step Authentication for your Firefox AccountYou may not see the new Two-step authentication option if you open the Firefox Account settings page right now as Mozilla decided to roll out the feature over time.You can load https://accounts.firefox.com/settings?showTwoStepAuthentication=true, however, to unlock it for your account right now. When you visit the URL, you will see the new Two-step authentication option on the Firefox Account preferences page.Select the “enable” button next to the feature to start the configuration process. A QR code is displayed on the page afterward that you need to scan using one of the supported authenticator applications.Authy users need to select Menu > Add Account, and then Scan QR Code to scan the code and generate the first two-step authentication codes for verification.Once you have typed the code to verify the setup, you are presented with a set of recovery codes. These codes are one-time use only and designed to provide access if you lose access to the mobile device or authentication application account.You can download the codes to your local system, copy them, or print them right then and there (it is also possible to use copy and paste to copy them, or create a screenshot of them).The preferences page should display enabled under “current status”. You find options to generate new recovery codes and to disable two-step authentication again on the page after you have configured the second authentication step for the Firefox account.What happens when you sign in to a Firefox account?When you sign in to a Firefox account after enabling two-step authentication, you are asked to supply a code after you enter the username and password of the account.You need to open the authentication application that you configured two-step verification in for the Firefox account and type the code that it presents to you in the code field to verify account ownership.You may use the “use recovery code” option if you don’t have the mobile device or application near you.Closing Words SummaryArticle NameConfigure Two-Step Authentication for Firefox AccountsDescriptionFirefox Accounts did not support two-factor authentication up until now but that changes with yesterday’s announcement by Mozilla.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay News | PACS | December 19, 2018 Infinitt Showcases New RIS/PACS Features at RSNA 2018 Infinitt North America highlighted a range of healthcare information technology (IT) products and applications at the… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more With study volumes exceeding 700,000 annually, Central Florida’s Radiology and Imaging Specialists (RIS) needed to replace their legacy PACS to reach a new level of patient care. They set the following goals:Improve study management, access, and control across a diverse network of facilities, reading groups, partnering hospitals, and physician practices.Unify patient records across their ecosystem breaking the proprietary lock older PACS architectures and referring facilities had in place.Allow referring physicians and radiologists to have full access to a patient’s care record including prior studies. Support for DICOM and non-DICOM formats was required including support of advanced visualization tools.Positively impact study interpretation, diagnosis, and patient satisfaction; all key performance indicators for RIS.To read the case study, click on the PDF link below. 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A little boy was impressed with @LarryFitzgerald’s stiff-arm vs Green Bay. Watch what Larry does next.#AZCardinalshttps://t.co/tOX2lxdSEH— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) February 4, 2016 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories While his entire season was great, there was one play that stands out above the rest.It happened during the team’s Wild Card Round win over the Green Bay Packers, and at this point, you probably know which one we’re talking about.Beginning the first drive of overtime at their own 20, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer eluded the pass rush, spun around and found a wide-open Fitzgerald, who raced down the field and stiff-armed would-be defenders on his way to the Green Bay five. Two plays later he punched it into the end zone on a shovel pass, but it was the long pass play that really changed the momentum of the game and set the Cardinals up for victory.Really, it was as memorable play as you are likely to find in an NFL game, which is why it’s not surprise a young fan who saw Fitzgerald at the Waste Management Phoenix Open brought it up to the star receiver.“Nice stiff-arm you gave to the Packers,” the fan said. “Nice stiff-arm you gave.”How Fitzgerald responded to the fan might catch people off guard, but for anyone who has followed the player’s career, it really shouldn’t. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Larry Fitzgerald, please don’t ever change.The Arizona Cardinals receiver will go down as one of the greatest players in franchise history and is likely to one day enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.This past season, when many thought he was incapable of posting the kind of numbers he did during his prime years, the 32-year-old caught a career-best 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season, and then in the playoffs caught 12 passes for 206 yards and one score. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The Acapulco Destination Marketing expressed its regrets concerning the events that recently took place in Acapulco. Tourism officials confirmed that no domestic or international tourists were involved or injured in these incidents. Despite reports to the contrary appearing in the US press, it is important to note that the area where these unfortunate events took place, known as “Traditional Acapulco,” the area where Acapulco’s tourism first flourished in the 1950’s, is primarily a residential neighborhood today, located on the opposite end of the city from the main tourism districts of Acapulco, the Diamante and Golden zones.As with all countries around the world, City, State and Federal government offices throughout Mexico are constantly working to improve security measures and emergency services to safeguarded both tourists and residents. The local government in Acapulco continues to work in conjunction with State and Federal Authorities to increase the city’s resources in order to ensure that all tourist areas within Acapulco remain safe, well lit and clean, in accordance with new safety measures that went into effect throughout the city in March 2009.As a popular vacation destination for Canadian and US travelers, Acapulco is committed to the safety and well being of its visitors and to offering a flawless travel experience. Acapulco continues to distinguish itself from other tourism destinations with its timeless beauty, upscale services, innovative cuisine and a plethora of ambitious new developments, such as the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, W Las Brisas Hotel, and Grupo Habita’s Hotel and Boca Chica. In addition to this spectacular new developments, Acapulco also welcomes the new shopping destination of La Isla Shopping Village, which opened its door in December 2008 in the Diamante zone as well as the renovated Port of Acapulco Terminal, which greets visitors arriving via cruise ships with a fresh new look and increased security measures in 2009.Despite recent events, all daily tourism services as well as local businesses remain open and are fully operational. In a show of support and in the effort to lure visitors back to Acapulco, many hotels and cultural attractions are offering special incentives and travel packages.www.visiteacapulco.com