Beginning of End of Print Journalism as The Independent Announces End

By Jonathan WalshRabat – The Independent, one of the most well-known British newspapers, will cease to exist in print format starting in March this year, and will continue only as an online service, the paper’s owner has said.In its prime 25 years ago, around 428,000 copies were being sold per day. Today that figures stands closer to 28,000. What does this mean for print journalism? Is it doomed to a slow, irreversible decline or is this simply a one-off? Can we still write balanced, informed news pieces and gain popularity, or are uninformative ‘shock’ headlines the only means of survival?Some more subdued commentators have claimed that all print media are destined to go the way of The Independent.Speaking on BBC the day before the move was confirmed, Independent co-founder Stepehen Glover claimed this was the beginning of the end for many print news outlets:“The Financial Times and the Guardian could also stop producing print editions within the next few years, and in 10 to 15 years there would not be very many printed newspapers,” he said.Journalism expert Brian Cathcart used his article in the Guardian to back up this view. “No one can say in what order it will happen, but it will happen to the most venerable titles, even to the top-selling Sun and Mail.”From a personal perspective, I believe the change has come around for three key reasons: time, cost and attention span.The Internet age has made the vast majority of people less willing to wait for services when they don’t necessarily need to. Why walk to the local newsstand to buy a newspaper when a potentially more updated version of events is already available online or on your phone?The cost of newspapers is also an avoidable expense. Currently, tabloid paper ‘The Sun’ is the biggest seller in Britain, and costs only 40p. The Independent, on the other hand, costs £1.60.Obviously the Sun can afford this, as the style of journalism they produce is less subtle, and subtlety doesn’t sell. The blatantly inflammatory ‘1 in 5 Muslims’ headline they printed in November of last year, claiming that 20 percent of Muslims sympathize with jihad, is a great example of this. The fear that this was true encouraged sales, as it made people feel unsafe, and they felt they needed to protect themselves. Obviously The Sun had to apologize, as it was revealed the accusation was false, but they knew that even before they published it.More serious news-oriented papers like The Independent cannot print that sort of headline. People would generally have to be interested in the paper before buying it. This makes their job more difficult.For the reasons of time and cost as I stated above, I can’t personally say I buy newspapers other than the occasional purchase of The Independent’s cheaper and more compact sister paper ‘The I’, though even with the same price of 40 pence this doesn’t achieve anywhere near the sales of the Sun. Does this mean that journalism can no longer exist unless it is dumbed down, and informed discussion is dead? Perhaps not.For me, online sources of information such as Twitter, alongside online news, generally popularize the sorts of discussions papers like The Independent encouraged, displaying opinions in new and varied ways.If the death of printed broadsheet journalism is nearly here as so many predict, it is important to see that their function of informing discussion has not become obsolete, but only the format in which they present it. read more

Ban hails work of UNICEF chief after she announces plan to step

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to Ann Veneman, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), after she announced that she will not be seeking a second five-year term in the top post at the UN agency.Mr. Ban learned “with great regret” that Ms. Veneman does not plan to pursue a second term next spring, the Secretary-General said in a statement issued this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York.Ms. Veneman, a former United States agriculture secretary who has been Executive Director since May 2005, will be leaving a legacy of “an organization that is financially and intellectually strong and well-equipped to meet the challenges children face in the 21st century,” according to the statement.“She has fulfilled her mandate with immense dedication, and I have been impressed by her extraordinary energy and determination to improve children’s health, education and well-being around the world,” Mr. Ban said.“Under her leadership, UNICEF has become a catalyst for global action to help children reach their full potential, promoting collaborations that deliver the best possible results for children based on expert knowledge, sound evidence and data.“She has been a champion of UN coherence and a strong voice for children as well as MDG implementation,” Mr. Ban added, referring to the eight Millennium Development Goals – such as slashing poverty and hunger, improving maternal health and boosting environmental sustainability – which world leaders have agreed to strive to achieve by 2015. 23 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to Ann Veneman, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), after she announced that she will not be seeking a second five-year term in the top post at the UN agency. read more

Some 578 million Africans protected by antimalaria nets UN reports

But new commitments for malaria control appear to have levelled off in 2010 at $1.8 billion, still far short of the estimated $6 billion required for the year in the battle against a disease that kills a child in the world every 45 seconds, nearly 90 per cent of them in Africa, the World Malaria Report 2010 says. The survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that indoor residual spraying protected 75 million people, or 10 per cent of the population at risk in 2009, and describes how the drive to provide access to anti-malarial programmes to all those who need them is producing results. “The results set out in this report are the best seen in decades,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said. “After so many years of deterioration and stagnation in the malaria situation, countries and their development partners are now on the offensive. Current strategies work.” But although significant, the recent gains are fragile and must be sustained. “It is critical that the international community ensure sufficient and predictable funding to meet the ambitious targets set for malaria control as part of the drive to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” WHO said in a news release, referring to the ambitious targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 to slash a host of social ills, including malaria. In Africa, a total of 11 countries showed a greater than 50 per cent reduction in either confirmed malaria cases or malaria admissions and deaths over the past decade, the report shows. A decrease of more than 50 per cent in the number of confirmed cases of malaria was also found in 32 of the 56 malaria-endemic countries outside Africa during the same period, while downward trends of 25 per cent to 50 per cent were seen in eight additional countries. Morocco and Turkmenistan were certified by WHO in 2009 as having eliminated malaria. In 2009, the WHO European Region for the first time reported no cases of Plasmodium falciparum malaria, which has the highest rate of complications and mortality. “The phenomenal expansion in access to malaria control interventions is translating directly into lives saved, as the WHO World Malaria Report 2010 clearly indicates,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers said. “The strategic scale-up that is eroding malaria’s influence is a critical step in the effort to combat poverty-related health threats. By maintaining these essential gains, we can end malaria deaths by 2015.” Inexpensive, quality-assured rapid diagnostic tests are now available that can be used by all health care workers, including at peripheral health facilities and at the community level. Using these tests improves the quality of care for individual patients, cuts down the over-prescribing of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and guards against the spread of resistance to these medicines. While progress in reducing the burden of malaria has been remarkable, resurgences in cases were observed in parts of at least three African countries, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, and Zambia. The reasons are not known with certainty but illustrate the fragility of malaria control and the need to maintain intervention coverage even if case numbers have been reduced substantially. The report stresses that much work remains to attain international targets for malaria control. Financial disbursements reached their highest ever in 2009 at $1.5 billion, but new commitments for malaria control appear to have levelled off in 2010, at $1.8 billion. In 2010, more African households (42 per cent) owned at least one ITN, and more children under five years of age were using an ITN (35 per cent) compared to previous years. Household ITN ownership reached more than 50 per cent in 19 African countries. The percentage of children using ITNs is still below the World Health Assembly target of 80 per cent partly because up to the end of 2009, ITN ownership remained low in some of the largest African countries. By the end of 2009, 11 African countries were providing sufficient courses of ACTs to cover more than 100 per cent of malaria cases seen in the public sector; a further five African countries delivered sufficient courses to treat 50 to 100 per cent of cases. These figures represent a substantial increase since 2005, when only five countries were providing sufficient ACT to cover more than 50 per cent of patients treated in the public sector. The number of deaths due to malaria is estimated to have decreased from 985,000 in 2000 to 781,000 in 2009. Decreases in malaria deaths have been observed in all WHO regions, with the largest proportional decreases noted in the European region, followed by the Americas. The largest absolute decreases in deaths were observed in Africa. 14 December 2010A massive scale-up in malaria control programmes between 2008 and 2010 has resulted in the provision of enough insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to protect more than 578 million people at risk in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a United Nations report issued today. read more

More refugees from Central African Republic flee into Chad UN reports

The influx, steadily increasing over the last four days, brings the total number of refugees and returning Chadians around towns and border villages to an estimated 21,000 people. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that plans are underway to set up a camp for the refugees and to transport the returning Chadians home. Following a fresh government offensive against rebels in the northern part of the CAR last week, Elike Segbor, the UNHCR’s Representative for the CAR and Chad, estimates that as many as 1,000 people a day – some of them wounded and many others near exhaustion from walking over 200 kilometres to safety – are streaming across the border into neighbouring Chad. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency is making arrangements to re-establish a presence in Chad following the closure of its office there more than a year ago. This morning, a staff member attached to the Chadian Government’s National Refugee Committee (NRC) was sent from the capital, Ndjamena, to the southern border areas to continue monitoring the situation and to help with preparations to transport Chadian nationals to their areas of origin, mainly in the Salamat prefecture. UNHCR is also preparing to deploy an emergency team consisting of a site-planner, legal personnel and field staff who are expected to establish a new camp for the Central African refugees. read more

UN food aid agency drops lifesaving supplies for refugees in South Sudan

On Wednesday afternoon, 32 metric tons of wheat was flown to refugee settlements in Maban County in the year-old nation’s Upper Nile State, WFP’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, said in a statement. The UN official has been in the country for the past two days. There are some 170,000 Sudanese refugees currently in South Sudan, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with more arriving from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states every day after fleeing conflict and food shortages. Most of the new arrivals are dehydrated and malnourished. Ms. Cousin, who has been meeting with refugees assisted by the WFP, said that today’s wheat shipment was flown in from Ethiopia and was enough to feed 2,100 people for a month, but the ultimate aim was to build resiliency.“WFP’s goal is not just to meet the immediate needs of those we serve, but to work to ensure that these mothers can, in time, feed their own children,” she said “Building the resilience of the people is foremost in our minds as we work in partnership with the South Sudanese Government.” South Kordofan and Blue Nile, which lie on the border with South Sudan, have been beset by fighting between Sudanese forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) since last year. The SPLM-N was previously part of the rebel movement that fought for the independence of South Sudan. read more

Most intense Ebola transmission in West Africa reported in western Sierra Leone

“Infections in Liberia’s Eastern border region have spiked recently as tight-knit cross-border communities spread the disease across the often porous border,” the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a press release, adding that 49 new Ebola cases had been recorded in the border county of Grand Cape Mount in December, including 12 in the past four days.UNDP Director for Liberia, Kamil Kamaluddeen, was quoted as saying that “the official border crossings from Sierra Leone into Grand Cape Mount are all patrolled, however, there are a number of places where it’s possible to cross without detection.”Motorbikes, tents, communications equipment and personal protective equipment will be also be provided for eight border crossings in remote areas bordering Sierra Leone, which will allow immigration as well as health workers to operate at the border, according to the development agency.The outgoing head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, has acknowledged the difficulty in getting response workers to some of the remote areas, but noted the importance being present out in the districts. Mr. Banbury’s tour of duty ends on January 3, 2015 and he will be succeeded by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as the head of UNMEER.WHO, in its latest update issued today, said the number of Ebola cases was fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week. WHO also said there are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. “However,” it noted, “the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.” To date, Ebola has affected more than 20,000 people with over 7,800 deaths, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “Interventions in the three countries continue to progress in line with the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response aim to conduct 100% of burials safely and with dignity, and to isolate and treat 100 per cent of EVD [Ebola Virus Disease] cases by 1 January, 2015,”according to WHO.A total of 678 health-care workers are known to have been infected with Ebola up to the end of 28 December 2014, according to WHO, 382 of whom have died. The total case count includes 2 healthcare workers in Mali, 11 in Nigeria, 1 infected in Spain while treating an Ebola-positive patient, 1 in the United Kingdom who became infected in Sierra Leone, and 3 in the United States including 1 infected in Guinea, and 2 others infected during the care of a patient in Texas.WHO also reported that the so-called Western Area Surge – an operation by the Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and UN partners – is intensifying efforts to curb the disease in the western parts of the country, particularly Freetown and neighbouring areas, to break chains of transmission, identify cases for early isolation and treatment, and conduct safe burials. UNMEER said that in support of the Western Area Surge, USAID airlifted two urgently needed ambulances from Monrovia to Freetown, and the World Food Programme (WFP) has taken a series of measures to strengthen the capacities of its forward logistics bases.The UN Mission also reported that the logistics commission of the National Ebola Response Cell of Guinea has said it needed more than 4,300 thermometers, including the thermo-flash, no-contact variety for medical facilities country-wide, as well as some 5.6 million pairs of surgical gloves for all health facilities. In Guinea, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) handed over 10 ambulances to national authorities for the fight against Ebola, and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) more than $1 million worth of materials, including kits for Ebola survivors and pregnant women, as well as hand washing kits for maternity and youth centres. The donation also included 222 bikes and 36 motorcycles to facilitate contact tracing in affected communities. read more

Overtime goal inches OSU closer to conference title

The Ohio State women’s soccer team seems to have a flair for the dramatic.For the second time in as many home games, the Buckeyes earned a 1-0 win with a goal in either the last minute of regulation or in overtime. The most recent thriller came Sunday when OSU came away with an overtime victory against Purdue. The Boilermakers came into the game with a seven-game winning streak against the Buckeyes, and coach Lori Walker understood the importance of breaking that streak.“Since 2004, Purdue has really manhandled us,” Walker said. “For us to finally steal a win back from Purdue is huge on a day like today.”The first 20 minutes provided several chances for OSU, including two corner kicks. However, Jenny Bradfisch, the Boilermaker goalkeeper, continually turned the Buckeyes away.Neither team could muster up much offensively for the remainder of the half, as the teams entered the locker rooms for halftime in a scoreless tie. The second half brought much of the same. OSU recorded six shots in the half, only one of which was on goal. As Purdue seemed content to sit back and play defense, the Buckeyes again failed to capitalize on a number of chances deep in Purdue’s zone. “It was a little frustrating,” sophomore defender Colleen Brady said. “We just kept our heads up, and we were dominating so we knew [a goal] was coming. We could feel it.”At the end of regulation, the score remained tied 0-0, but Walker said her team wasn’t upset about the missed opportunities.“What we’ve tried to work on this year, and something we’ve struggled with in the past, is we get frustrated when things don’t go our way,” Walker said. “Now we’ve learned to celebrate every opportunity, celebrate little things like earning a corner kick, because that can be the difference in the game.”The game-winning goal came when Brady headed in a corner kick just over a minute into the overtime period. “[Junior Lauren Steuer] took the kick from the left side,” Brady said. “We all lined up, and it just came right to my head. I headed it and watched it roll into the back of the net right past the keeper.”The win moves OSU to 13-2-2 for the season and 6-1-1 in the Big Ten, keeping them at the top of conference standings. With two games to go on the schedule, the Buckeyes are closing in on a conference championship, and Walker said it has everything to do with their effort on the field.“This team is meeting all of its expectations,” Walker said. “I’m just pleased that we are creating those opportunities, and they are making all the difference.” read more

Police officers who delayed attending a 999 call to go to McDonalds

first_imgThe delay in attending was not justified, you should have proceeded to the address straight awayAkbar Khan, Chairman The officers did not attend the call immediately (stock image)Credit:Alamy  Chairman Akbar Khan said: “This matter arises from an incident that took place on the 15 April 2015 when PC Bateman, the driver and PC Stephenson was the operator.”The allegations are admitted by both, they accepted a breach of standard of professional behaviour.”However they state that the behaviour amounted to only misconduct and then gross misconduct.”The late attendance should not be conflated with the sad death of Miss Begum.”Turning therefore to the facts, by accepting the CAD (computer aided dispatch) you indicated that you were en route to Miss Begum’s address.”You were not acting in accordance with the user manual because you were not actually en route.”The delay in attending was not justified, you should have proceeded to the address straight away.” As the panel delivered it’s ruling PC Bateman’s dad, who sat at the back of the room, gave a sigh of relief.The chairman said: “It was accepted that the IPCC concluded that the call should have been graded an ‘I’ grade from the outset, however no weight should be placed on this.”An ‘S’ grade requires a police officer at the scene within 0-60 minutes, but this does not mean you have 60 minutes to get there, this is the maximum you should take.”Both officers accepted poor judgement in decision to have tea on the go instead of going straight to the address and this poor decision making was no more than an honest mistake, the panel accepts these submissions.”On the balance of probabilities that officers have breached the standards as alleged by the appropriate authority.”In all of the circumstances the breach of standards of professional behaviour in relation to police officers amounts to misconduct only and not gross misconduct.”  Police car Two police officers who delayed attending a 999 call about a suicide to get refreshments from McDonald’s are likely to keep their jobs, a disciplinary hearing has ruled. PCs Gavin Bateman and Tony Stephenson, of the Metropolitan Police,  spent half-an-hour drinking tea and filling out paperwork before attending the home of a 22-year-old woman who had sent a suicidal message to a friend. But Fahima Begum was found dead when the officers arrived at her home, almost 40 minutes after a friend had called 999 and asked for an ambulance.  On Monday the disciplinary hearing accepted that the officer’s actions were an “honest mistake” and concluded that they had committed misconduct, but not gross misconduct meaning they will likely stay in the force.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Who says Greeks dont work hard

first_imgEvery new year sees a whole lot of statistics and reports on the previous year. The 2017 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook reviews with all the recent labour market trends and short-term prospects in OECD countries has just been released, including the statistical annex on the average annual hours actually worked per person in employment.The report shows significant differences between certain countries. According to the annex, Mexicans are at the top of the list clocking in far longer shifts than any other country per anum hitting a total of 2,246 hours on average. As Forbes reports Mexicans work 467 more hours than the average American every year and for less than a fifth of the pay.South Korea remains in second place with a good 2,113 hour shift per average person every year and not much further stands Greece with its citizens working 2,042 hours a year, the most annual hours compared to any country in Europe. Even though Greece’s financial crisis has many a time been connected to its people’s “laziness” statistics prove otherwise. Meanwhile, it is not only Greeks in Greece that tend to work more; diaspora Greeks also present more hours of work per year than their colleagues.In the U.S. workers do a 1,779 per year; in Canada 1,691 while in France the average amounts to 1,482 hours of work. Germany, however, has its workers clock about 1,371 hours yearly on average; that is 40 per cent less than a Greek citizen. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sane believes Sterling will continually improve

first_imgLeroy Sane has tipped Raheem Sterling for greatness as he believes his Manchester City team-mate will only continue to get better in the future.Sterling notched in 18 Premier League goals to help City claim the title at a canter last term.The England international has been in superb form this season having scored nine in 14 league appearances as Guardiola’s men aim to defend their crown.Sane feels his fellow forward’s return is a testament to his hard work in training, leading to him becoming even more clinical in front of goal.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He scores a lot of goals and helps us in every way,” the Germany international said in an interview with CityTV and cited on FourFourTwo.“He’s a really good guy, a humble guy but also someone who is motivated to improve in his own game.“This has what has pushed him to get better and better. If he keeps going like this every year, he will soon be one of the best players.“You can see that he is taking his chances much more than last season, and last season he still scored a lot of goals.”last_img read more

ASA Applauds House Override of WRDA Veto

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds the House of Representatives 361-54 vote to override the President’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Yesterday’s House vote was well over the two-thirds majority needed to negate a presidential veto. ASA is optimistic that the Senate will also override the veto given the Senate approved WRDA by a vote of 81-12 in September. The Senate is expected to cast its override vote this week.ASA has worked for years to secure passage of WRDA legislation because it provides much-needed improvements to waterways that are vital to the transport of U.S. soybeans. “Soybean growers applaud Members of Congress for taking action to authorize long-overdue improvements to America’s waterways,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean grower from Waterloo, Iowa.More than 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports move to world ports through the Upper Mississippi and Illinois river systems so WRDA is key to soybean growers. United States waterways are the most economical and environmentally friendly way to move U.S. soybeans to domestic and foreign markets. WRDA legislation will authorize funding for construction of seven new locks and other critical improvements on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers. More than 50 percent of U.S. locks and dams have aged beyond their life cycle and many are crumbling. In addition, many are unable to handle today’s barges that are twice as long as when the system was built in the 1930s. Because many barges must be split, higher transportation costs, lower commodity prices and fewer international sales for U.S. farmers occur.last_img read more

Deliveroo pays compensation to settle riders employment status claims

first_imgFood delivery organisation Deliveroo has paid compensation to 50 of its couriers to settle legal action regarding whether they should be classified as workers or self-employed independent contractors, and whether riders can therefore access employment rights, such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.The legal action, which was brought by law firm Leigh Day, argued that couriers working for Deliveroo are workers rather than independent, self-employed contractors. As workers, the couriers would be entitled to employment rights that self-employed contractors do not have access to, such as the right to be paid the national minimum wage and the right to receive holiday pay.According to Leigh Day, Deliveroo stipulated that riders had to be available to work at least two weekend shifts each week and that they had to wear Deliveroo’s uniform while completing shifts. Poor attendance was disciplined using warnings or dismissals and Deliveroo reportedly reduced couriers’ shifts as a punishment for poor attendance or performance.Deliveroo monitors its riders and produces weekly performance statistics, with performance management led by line managers through one-to-one meetings. These could include formal warnings suggesting that, if riders did not improve, their contracts would be terminated. Managers also told couriers that they could not arrange cover for their shifts without first obtaining permission from Deliveroo.In November 2017, The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) ruled that Deliveroo riders are self-employed and are not entitled to be represented by a trade union, receive holiday pay or be paid the national minimum wage. However, earlier this month, the High Court overturned a previous decision, ruling that trade union Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) could proceed with its collective bargaining case against the organisation.Annie Powell, solicitor in the employment department at Leigh Day, said: “Deliveroo has paid out a material sum to settle these claims. In our view, this shows that Deliveroo knew that they were very likely to lose at the Employment Tribunal.“This settlement will make a real difference to our clients’ lives. Some of the riders we represented were on the bread line, earning hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds below the national minimum wage over the time that they worked for Deliveroo.“However, there are thousands of other Deliveroo riders who have not yet received any compensation for Deliveroo’s refusal to provide basic employment rights. We are calling on Deliveroo to change their practices now, to ensure that riders are paid at least the minimum wage and receive holiday pay.“We also believe that Deliveroo should implement a compensation scheme for all riders who worked under the contract in question in this case, and all previous contracts. This scheme should compensate riders for Deliveroo’s failure to pay the national minimum wage as well as paid holiday. If Deliveroo fails to compensate riders voluntarily, then current and former riders can bring further claims.“We hope that the current Parliamentary inquiry into Deliveroo’s practices will consider such a compensation scheme as well as the experiences of the riders who brought this claim.”Deliveroo was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

MD Anderson Cited For Patient Care Safety Problems

first_img Share Google MapsFederal authorities will exercise more aggressive oversight of MD Anderson Cancer Center.MD Anderson Cancer Center will be subject to more aggressive federal oversight after authorities found the facility in violation of serious hospital requirements for patient care and safety.The clampdown on MD Anderson follows an “adverse event” involving a blood transfusion that was reported in December, the Houston Chronicle reported.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, noted the problems this month in letters and reports issued following investigations at the facility.“These deficiencies have been determined to be of such a serious nature as to substantially limit your hospital’s capacity to render adequate care,” one of the letters said.Details of the deficiencies are contained in the CMS reports, which won’t be made public until CMS submits a corrective actions report next week. The letters, which are public, provide only a general summary.The cancer center would not say whether a patient died during the event in question, but said the issues regarding the blood transfusion didn’t involve mislabeling.“We have policies and procedures in place to protect our patients,” MD Anderson officials told the newspaper. “However, in rare instances, severe reactions occur. The transfusion of blood and blood products from human to human carries inherent risks — from mild to severe.”MD Anderson reported the event in question to the Food and Drug Administration, which referred the case to CMS. The agency, along with the Texas Department of State Health Services, conducted investigations from March 29-April 5 and May 13-17.Those investigations revealed serious problems related to nursing, laboratory services, patient rights, quality assurance and performance issues, and institutional oversight.MD Anderson will be under state and federal authority until it demonstrates compliance with the CMS conditions of participation. After that, it can reapply for deemed status — a component of Medicare participation — with its accrediting agency, the Joint Commission.Earlier this year, another Houston hospital — Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center — was accused of violating patient safety and quality care requirements following investigations when a patient died after getting the wrong type of blood in a transfusion.In an email to the newspaper, MD Anderson officials said the cancer center is “absolutely” safe and that its staff would remain “unwavering in our commitment to provide the highest standard of care to our patients.”last_img read more

Spice and Sula sunshine

first_imgWhen we talk about the food palette, you can’t separate Indians from their spice. Connoisseurs will have you known that a particular wine must be paired correctly with the specific type of food to bring out the right flavour. At Shiro, we got a chance to experience exactly that with the spicy and sweet combinations of food and wines.We were greeted with the sparkling Sula Brut Rose NV Champagne which went quite well with the Korean chilli potato and Malaysian sambal chicken. After, we headed to the live grill where the chef served Thai baby corn, Teriyaki mushroom, misho fish and chicken satay paired with Cono Sur Pinot Noir. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The sushi served included spicy avocado maki, spicy tuna maki and spicy chicken shiitake maki and  was paired with Hardys Riesling Gewurztraminer from Australia. The Sula Riesling complimented the hot chicken and coriander dim sums perfectly. The dessert platter of chocolate sushi, coconut and pecan tart was paired with Sula late Harvest Chenin Blanc. Commenting on the wines presented, Cecilia Oldne, the global brand ambassador of Sula said, ‘We have especially arranged this to show how our wines go well with the Indian taste which mostly consists of spicy food. Usually wines are a little difficult to pair with spicy food but the wines we have exhibited hear have a high sugar content which compliments well with the spicy flavour and helps neutralise it.’last_img read more

Korean dancers enthrall Delhiites at DIAF

first_img12th Delhi International Arts Festival witnessed gala performance of ‘echo of South and North traditional music and dance’ by South Korean artists in its opening ceremony at Purana Quila.It was the first time in India that South and North Korean dance performances were presented on the same stage. This performance was special in its way as it gave a strong message of unity and peace to the world. The leading performer, Choe Shin-ah, is a North Korean defector who was dance director in North Korea, and now she is a South Korean national and is leading a dance troupe in South Korea. She has been performing from last 26 years and founded her own troupe in 2015 in South Korea. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter Korea got divided into north and south respectively, dance style also has been changed as the time passed. Both the south and the north dance have their own characteristics which the performing group performed on one single stage. The stage performance published the beauty and the excellency of Korean culture. The team comprised of S. Korean dance, N. Korean dance and Korean traditional music. There group prepared over all 12 performances. The opening day witnessed four performances which included dance and songs. The first performance was ‘Tri-colored fan dance’. In this using 2-metre-long fan a splendid and dynamic dance was displayed which amazed the audience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSecond performance was Teapyung dance. 3rd dance Love song from Chunhyang story – The third performance is known as Pansori. Pansori is the representative style of music where the two people involved namely the ‘gosu’ who leads the rhythm and sets the melody and a ‘sorykkun’ singer who shares descriptive stories have a musical conversation with each other by weaving the two aspects into one. Forth performance was Seosonal dance. Another performance included ‘Jeanggang dance, it is the representative dance of North Korea. In this dance performers wore steel bracelets and danced to the rhythm of merry tunes. The performers also presented ‘Chukwon dance’. This extravagant style is danced during happy occasions, and when foreign envoys visit. There was also ‘Jindo drum dance’ It is the representative dance of South Korea in which the performer dances while thrashing the sticks with both hands. The other performances included Janggo solo dance, Cutting gourd from Heungbu song, Longing Gangnam, Teapyung dance, Nangamhanae, Beautiful country and Sesonal dance.last_img read more

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first_imgImage: JS Innovations Wireless for real this time.Image: JS innovationsBy Team CommerceMashable Deals2017-12-06 23:35:31 UTC Image: js innovationsThere’s also JS Innovations’ Wireless Charging Power Bank. This one works like a traditional power bank, minus the annoying cables. It works with any Qi-enabled device or device equipped with a Qi receiver (yep, it’ll work with the new iPhone 8 and X), giving you multiple ports (wireless, USB, and micro USB) so you can charge up to three devices at the same time. And you’ll get up to four cycles of charging before you need to give the power bank itself a charge.Whichever one you choose, they’re both 30% off at the Mashable Shop, available for a limited time at $52.50. Plus, you can get an extra 15% off when you use the coupon code GIFTSHOP15 at checkout.center_img Charging cable rage: it’s real. They’re never long enough, they’re always tangled, and they fall apart if you even look at them the wrong way. The good news is that as our smartphones get smarter, so do our chargers.Case in point: JS Innovations’ iPhone Charging Dock and Power Bank. Place the dock anywhere, put your iPhone on it, and get a wireless charge at any angle up to 90 degrees. You can make calls, check your texts, scroll through instructions for making gingerbread cookies, whatever. And don’t worry, you can just plop it on — your phone doesn’t need to be perfectly aligned on the dock for it to charge.last_img read more

Travel Agents can still join Qantas class action

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A The Federal Court of Australia has issued travel agents with a 15 November deadline to make a claim against Qantas for unpaid fuel surcharge commissions.Last month, Qantas lost a High Court application to appeal a ruling that found the airline failed to include fuel surcharges when calculating the commission paid to agents on international tickets sold between 2004 and 2007.Travel agents can join the class action and make a claim against Qantas if, between 11 May 2004 and 9 May 2007, they met the following conditions:they were incorporated and their principal place of business was in Australia;they were a party to the IATA Passenger Sales Agency Agreement;they sold international published fares on behalf of Qantas, British Airways and Air New Zealand; andthey have not lodged an Opt Out Notice with the Federal Court.Thus far, joining the “successful” claim are “mums & dads” agents including franchisees and members from Harvey World Travel, Jetset Travelworld Group and Travelscene American Express, according to Slater & Gordon lawyer Steven Lewis.“The order from the Federal Court is an important step forward in the travel agents being paid what they are owed by Qantas,” Mr Lewis said.“For almost four years travel agents have been involved in a David and Goliath legal battle against one of Australia’s biggest companies,” Mr Lewis said.“Now, after a historic win that will reverberate around the airline industry, they will start to receive what they are owed.”Qantas have reportedly claimed it will cost up to $26 million “just to cover the additional commissions owed to travel agents” between 2004 and 2007.Upon the completion of the Qantas proceedings, similar claims against British Airways, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Cathy Pacific will be heard.To make a claim, travel agents can contact either Slater & Gordon directly or approach the Federal Court, New South Wales Registry.last_img read more

• Eli Manning Odell Beckham Jr have to be discus

first_img• Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. have to be discussed in Giants GM interviews (ESPN NFL Nation)The candidates’ backgrounds, plans to turn around the franchise, general philosophies and major changes they will make if handed the job will undoubtedly be discussed during the interview process. So will a variety of other topics, the most pressing of which are the futures of the team’s two most popular players.• Why New York Giants should shut down Landon Collins (G-men HQ)“I have no regrets about having him play. He doesn’t either. He tweaked it again and he just wasn’t able to go. He’s going to go if he can go. He’s a warrior. Love that man. But, he just wasn’t able to go at a certain point.”Tuesday, December 19• This is the Giants’ quick-fix plan (New York Post)This has been one of the most miserable, trying, ripping seasons of John Mara’s football life.It must seem as if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men have to put his Giants back together again.• Eli Manning just gave Giants definitive statement on his future (New York Post)If this is truly Eli Manning’s Last Stand with the New York Football Giants, there is no doubt that the Eagles and their fans will be happy to see him go. • Giants bring back young pass-rusher for a two-game look (New York Post)Perhaps Romeo Okwara in the final two games can salvage something from a lost 2017 season.Okwara on Tuesday was activated from the reserve/injured; designated for return list. He has not played since the fifth game of the season, placed on IR with a knee injury.• Compiling Giants’ long Christmas wish list: Next franchise QB, new offensive line, and more (New York Daily News)With all that has gone wrong, the Giants are going to be asking for a lot this holiday season as they try to restore stability and a winning culture back within the organization.If they have a Christmas wish list, it probably looks like this:• Giants’ Eli Manning nominated for FedEx Air Player of the Week award (New York Daily News)Manning was nominated on Tuesday as a finalist for the FedEx Air Player of the Week after completing 37 of 54 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-29 loss to the Eagles.• Giants closing in on most losses in franchise history (Newsday)With two games remaining, this 2017 squad faces the very real possibility of becoming the first Giants team to lose more than 12 games in a season. They’ve already tied the franchise record for most losses in a season with 12, matching the depths plumbed in 1966 (1-12-1), 1974 (2-12), 1980 (4-12), 1983 (3-12-1) and 2003 (4-12). Apple, 22, has already been benched. He’s been fined and reprimanded. He’s rubbed coaches, teammates and management the wrong way since the start of the season.• All eyes on Tom Quinn and the Giants’ special teams after latest loss (ESPN NFL Nation)Where do you even start? Quinn is the Giants special teams coordinator and just about every part of his group was a mess. They looked woefully unprepared as they had a field goal, extra point and punt blocked. Quite the trifecta.• Fixing New York Giants Offensive Line in 1 Offseason (Bleacher Report)If getting the right general manager and coaching staff are priorities No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for the New York Giants, fixing their offensive line is a close third on the top offseason list. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   • Kevin Abrams makes pitch for interim Giants GM job to be permanent (New York Post)Kevin Abrams, the only candidate who has publicly expressed his desire for the Giants’ general manager job, got his chance Friday to convince the team hierarchy the interim role he currently holds should be turned into a permanent position. He is the fourth candidate to interview this week, following Marc Ross, Dave Gettleman and Louis Riddick.Thursday, December 21• Giants interview Dave Gettleman for GM job; Louis Riddick up next, source says (ESPN NFL Nation)Former Carolina Panthers executive Dave Gettleman was the second candidate to interview for the vacant New York Giants general manager job. Gettleman has ties to the Giants, where he spent 15 years in their personnel department before joining the Panthers as general manager.• Giants QB Davis Webb gets first-team reps in practice (NFL.com)Webb remains the team’s third-string passer behind Manning and Geno Smith, but his work with the first-team signals that he could be active for the first time in his career Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals.• The unlikely centerpiece of the Giants’ offensive line: Brett Jones (NorthJersey.com) What Giants fans endured this season was an organizational meltdown the likes of which only Browns fans can comprehend.Only old-timers who witnessed The Fumble back on Nov. 19, 1978, can recall such a soul-crushing crumbling of Giants Pride that has left a gaping hole in all Big Blue hearts.• Star college QB trying to force his way to Giants (New York Post)UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, one of the projected top picks in next year’s draft, prefers the Giants to the Browns and may stay in college another year if it becomes clear Cleveland would take him No. 1, according to an ESPN report.• Sources: Giants GM search likely to extend past first round of interviews (ESPN NFL Nation)The first round of interviews for New York Giantsgeneral manager is complete. The candidates had their time to blow away ownership.The next step appears to be another round of options. Multiple sources in and around the Giants’ search told ESPN the process is expected to continue, likely into the new year.Saturday, December 23• Family problems are impacting Giants’ pariah Eli Apple (New York Post)He’s been benched, made inactive, embarrassed in a team film session and sparred with a teammate through the media. Through all of it, there was one obvious issue in his personal life that Apple has been dealing with: His mom, Annie Apple, recently underwent brain surgery. If you thought the Arizona Cardinals have had a trying season, take a look at what the New York Giants have gone through.The Giants have placed 18 players on injured reserve this year, including All-World wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. They fired their head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese. This came one week after the organization made the curious decision to bench quarterback Eli Manning — who had led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and had started 210 straight games — in favor of Geno Smith. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Fast forward to today, and Jones is not just the starting center for the Giants, having assumed the role when Weston Richburg went out with a concussion in the Oct. 4 loss at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.In a lost season during which so much has been made about what the Giants can do to fix their line going forward, Jones has emerged as the unlikeliest of centerpieces.• Giants rookies cook up nice gifts for veterans (New York Post)Sitting in front of every defensive lineman’s locker was one large box containing a Big Green Egg grill, described as “the ultimate cooking experience,’’ with a slew of accessories, including a large bag of 100 percent natural Oak and Hickory Lump Charcoal.Wednesday, December 20• Why Sam Darnold would thrive with Giants: ex-USC teammate (New York Post)A California quarterback coming cross-country to become the new face of the franchise — can you see it?• Landon Collins is the only Giants player to make the Pro Bowl (New York Post)Collins’ play was not nearly as spectacular in 2017, but he was the only Giants player selected Tuesday to the Pro Bowl, named the NFC’s starting strong safety. His team is 2-12, and that sours some of the sweetness of the personal achievement. • Giants’ desert trip can prove last week wasn’t a mirage (New York Post)Ho, ho, ho, will daddy bring home from the desert a victory? Does it matter? As luck would have it, the Giants are on the road — far out on the road — for Sunday’s Christmas Eve game against the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.• One Giant has proven he’s a big part of the future (New York Post)Amid the wreckage of this 2-12 campaign, however, is one distinct bright spot: the continued emergence of wide receiver Sterling Shepard.Despite everything that has happened — all the losing, the injuries to top receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, the multiple quarterback changes — Shepard has had a strong second season, further cementing his status as a future organizational linchpin.• 2018 NFL Draft: Top 10 RBs New York Giants should target (G-men HQ)New York’s next general manager is likely to select a running back at some point during the 2018 NFL Draft. Whether that’s in the first-round or seventh-round is unknown, but that shouldn’t stop Giants fans from taking a closer look at some of the top running back prospects in this year’s class.Friday, December 22 • Eli Manning loves the NFL rule that everyone hates (New York Post)“I was watching the game live, you see it, and it doesn’t look like an incompletion at all,’’ Manning said. “Once they slow it down and see him going to the ground and the ball hitting the ground, incompletion.’’• The Giants GM search begins in-house (New York Post)The Giants began their interview process for general manager, keeping things in house by speaking Monday with Marc Ross, their vice president of player evaluation.• The complicated Eli Manning-Giants relationship is likely to continue — for better or worse (Daily News)But unquestionably the primary topic coming off of this game will be Eli Manning, who complicated the plans for whoever becomes the next GM and coach of the Giants for how to proceed at quarterback by throwing for more than 400 yards for the first time without Odell Beckham Jr.’s help since Sept. 8, 2013.• Landon Collins says tweaked sprained ankle is ‘sore,’ status for Sunday vs. Cardinals uncertain (Newsday)Landon Collins gave a one-word update on his sprained ankle as he walked through the Giants’ locker room on Monday.“Sore,” he said.• Giants safety Landon Collins: Eli Apple has to grow up (ESPN NFL Nation) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Giants’ busy week complete as Kevin Abrams interviews for GM job (ESPN NFL Nation)A week of interviews concluded Friday with interim general manager Kevin Abrams meeting with the New York Giants for the full-time job. ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, former Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and current vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross also interviewed for the job earlier this week.• Davis Webb to be inactive versus Cardinals; Landon Collins, JPP could play (ESPN NFL Nation)Safety Landon Collins and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul barely practiced this week, while rookie quarterback Davis Webb received some first-team reps in drills. That isn’t exactly indicative of what will likely happen this Sunday when the New York Giants play the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.• Season always about more than trophy for Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Post)The season is more enjoyable when you’re in contention for the playoffs. But it can’t be all about the trophy.“Sometimes you just play for pride, Giants pride,” he said. “It’s really not about us. It’s about what has come through here. This might be one of the worst seasons ever in Giants history, but we’ve got to look past it and get ready for Sunday and then next year.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That didn’t work out well. In fact, nothing has for the 2-12 Giants, who head to University of Phoenix Stadium since 2011, when they beat the Cardinals 31-27 behind two touchdown passes by Manning in the final 3:37 of the game. In fact, the Giants are unbeaten in Glendale — 3-0 overall — including a historic 17-14 win over the unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.All week, we’ll give you an update on what’s going on with the Giants as they prepare for their Week 16 matchup against the Cardinals on Christmas Eve.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Sunday, December 24• Landon Collins brushes off Pro Bowl criticism (New York Post)Based on the standard he set last year, Landon Collins has not come close to duplicating that performance this season. He was a legitimate 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate. This year, he was voted into a second consecutive Pro Bowl and heard on social media that he did not deserve the honor.• Giants-Cardinals: What you need to know on game day (NorthJersey.com)Catch up on all the matchups, story lines and stats before the Giants take on the Cardinals.• The writing was on the wall from beginning for this Giants disaster (New York Post)last_img read more