Email [email protected] The UK strongly condemns the Israeli authorities’ advancement on 5 April of plans and tenders for yet more settlement units across the West Bank. This follows the announcement in December for over 2,000 units. Settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution. I call on Israel to halt such counterproductive action, and for all parties to commit to further efforts to de-escalate current tensions and create the right environment for a just and lasting peace. Acting Minister for the Middle East Mark Field commented: Further information Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries For journalists
Back in 2014, members of the Grateful Dead teamed up with The Disco Biscuits for an unprecedented musical fusion. Drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart joined the Biscuits during their set, accentuating a number of Grateful Dead classics for the performance.Though their performance at Gathering of the Vibes was probably the most hyped of the run, the band had played together for two nights at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. They’d also collaborate with Hart and Kreutzmann the following year when they joined the Biscuits at Red Rocks just a couple months prior. Still, this last of the four Grateful Biscuits performances was something special, as the Vibes crowd cheered on the drummers and band to great effect.The show opened with a Biscuits original, “Story of the World”, before segueing into James Brown’s “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I’ll Get It Myself)”. After a couple more originals, the Biscuits introduced Hart and Kreutzmann before jamming into “West L.A. Fadeaway”. Tracks like “I Know You Rider”, “Eyes of the World”, “Shakedown Street”, and more over the course of this great set of music. They closed out with the traditional “We Bid You Goodnight”, wrapping things up with a heartfelt conclusion. You can watch full-set footage below, courtesy of mk devo:The Disco Biscuits w/ Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann – 8/2/14 – Full SetSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Gathering of the Vibes | Seaside Park | Bridgeport, CT | 8/2/14Story of the World, I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I’ll Get It Myself), Confrontation, Home Again, West LA Fadeaway, I Know You Rider, Eyes of the World, That’s It For The Other One, Shakedown Street, Viola Lee Blues, I-ManE: And We Bid You Goodnight[Originally published 8/2/15]
Organizational partnerships, the training of local medical personnel, and increased engagement by academic medical centers to deliver care where it’s needed are all important if the present push to improve global health is to have lasting results, according to speakers at a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) symposium.The all-day event, “Broadening the Response: The Role of Academic Medical Centers in Global Health,” was held on Friday (Nov. 12) at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and attracted prominent speakers such as U.S. Sen. John Kerry; Paul Farmer, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and co-founder of the nonprofit Partners In Health; and Bruce Walker, professor of immunology and infectious diseases and head of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. Speakers also included health care officials and researchers from several developing nations, including Liberia, Uganda, and South Africa.Though progress has been made in improving global health in recent years through programs and organizations such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Partners In Health’s pioneering work in Haiti, Rwanda, and other developing nations, much work remains to be done, speakers said.Kerry, who as chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations has played a prominent role in passing key global health-related legislation, praised the work of many in the room and said that improving health is important not just for humanitarian reasons, but for strategic ones as well. The world is more interconnected than ever, and those countries with healthier populations are more stable, making them stronger partners for the United States as it seeks to carry out its aims around the world.Indeed, with modern transportation moving people across faraway borders in just hours, Kerry said, American lives may well depend on other nations’ abilities to keep their people healthy and meet emergencies caused by ailments such as SARS, avian flu, or drug resistant tuberculosis.Though much has been done by the U.S. government, including PEPFAR and the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, Kerry called on the audience to join the battle not just on global health’s front lines, but in Washington, D.C.With the recent election putting a Republican majority in the U.S. House, Kerry added, funds spent on global health programs and for government organizations like the U.S. Agency for International Development will be questioned anew and will need champions like those at the symposium to make the case for why they’re needed.The event was hosted by David Bangsberg, director of the MGH Center for Global Health and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Bangsberg said that an important question concerns how academic medical centers, which are engaging in global health in growing numbers, can best make a difference.Walter Gwenigale, on leave from his post as minister of health and social welfare of Liberia, described the difficulties facing that African nation after years of civil war. Gwenigale said Liberia is currently rebuilding its medical school, hospitals, and research labs, and though health is one of the top expenditures in the country’s budget, the nation needs additional funds to meet its needs. As important, however, is medical training. Many health professionals fled the country during the fighting, so Liberia needs help from institutions like MGH to rebuild its corps of doctors, nurses, and health workers, Gwenigale said.With MGH’s 200th anniversary coming next year, President Peter Slavin said that the hospital’s work in global health is just an extension of its history of helping communities in and around Boston. Slavin quoted from a letter by its founding physicians, who wrote, “when in distress, every man becomes our neighbor.” The doctors were talking about Boston’s poor in making their argument to establish the nation’s third general hospital. Slavin said the argument applies to MGH’s surrounding communities and to those needing medical care around the world.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York To say that 1994 was a monstrous and defining year in music is an understatement.“Grunge” was in full swing. “Alternative” and “indie” rock flooded the airwaves. Punk and punk-inspired ethos reverberated from amplifiers, not just within countless garages, but across arena-sized stages.The very spirit of rock was seemingly undergoing a resurgence, a rebirth, a resurrection. New bands, fueled generally by pure, authentic rage, angst and hell, frustrated boredom, exploded. Older bands along the same vein re-emerged, were re-discovered or continued to be ignored (which in some cases was sort of a good thing since nearly every once-overlooked, secret killer band were now open to being lip-synced by drunk Danny Ponces whenever they came on the jukebox at pretentious bars). It was that rare moment in music where the anti-heroes became mainstream—in a way, delivering this colossal, sonically distorted F-You to the entire system itself.Lollapalooza was in its fourth year. Woodstock ’94 happened. Kurt Cobain killed himself.1994 also birthed a slew of albums that now, 20 years out, can easily possess the titles “Quintessential,” “Epic” and “Classic.” These were not just big chart-toppers—well, they were, in many cases, catapulting groups from near obscurity to international stardom seemingly overnight—but rather, many of these records captured, as most truly great albums somehow do, the very essence of the time, its aura, its being, its, for lack of a better word, zeitgeist.They’re just really, really great fkn records lol—and as time moves along, as it always does, they somehow, impossibly only get even better.A few of them released that year:Green Day’s Dookie. Weezer’s self-titled “Blue Album.” Soundgarden’s Superunknown. Alice In Chain’s Jar of Flies, Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, Sonic Youth’s Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, Built to Spill’s There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain by fkn Pavement.Jeff Buckley’s Grace was dropped. Beck’s Mellow Gold. Parklife, by Blur. Oasis’ Definitely Maybe. Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell and Under the Table and Dreaming by Dave Matthews Band (if we’re going to add in some mega-chart-toppers, though obviously not in line with the third graph of this article).Also that year, was Live’s Throwing Copper.Though not as groundbreaking, immortal, or perhaps even as respected (sorry) as some of the aforementioned drops, the 14-song collection by York, Pa. quartet Live, was, for many then-high school and college students, the soundtrack of that year. Or at least, it was a cherished part of it.The disc was loaded with hits. Rockers “I Alone,” “Selling the Drama” and “All Over You” (not to mention the stage presence, theatrics and vocal emotional intensity of Live’s lead singer and songwriter, Ed Kowalczyk, who often performed shirtless) propelled the disc to multi-platinum status.The album remains one of that year’s biggest sellers (more than eight million copies) and is forever inextricably seared into the soundtrack of countless dorm rooms, whether you were a fan or not.“Lightning Crashes” was perhaps its most sparkling gem, or at least the one most ingrained into the minds of those around to hear it. Catchy, bizarre and haunting, the number was a slow burn that caught fire somewhere along the way before exploding and becoming completely engulfed in flames—Kowalczyk in a controlled feverish fury by its last few chords—before it simply disappears in an ill-fated attempt at wiping away the chaos that had just been unleashed.Though wiping away the chaos, and pain, of his 2009 split with his former Live bandmates, Kowalczyk has been embracing his future as a solo artist.Currently touring in support of his second and most recent solo record The Flood and the Mercy—and celebrating the 20th anniversary of Throwing Copper—he’ll be searing new infectious songs into the minds of all those in attendance Saturday, August 2 at The Paramount in Huntington, creating new memories to a new soundtrack, one forged from the saving turmoil of his split with Live, and also in celebration of his heartfelt and timeless music.Of course, he’ll be pouring his soul into Throwing Copper’s hits, too—conjuring up all those feelings, all those emotions, all those priceless swirling colors and nights out and friends and loves and irreplaceable moments that so defined 1994 for so many.Damn, what a year.
Dec 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the United States rebounded slightly this year after a sharp drop in 2004, signaling that the disease is here to stay, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).A total of 2,744 WNV cases were reported to the CDC from January through Dec 1 this year, compared with 2,359 for the same period in 2004, a 16% increase, the CDC says in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Both totals are far below the 9,862 cases reported in 2003.”The increase in reported cases of WNV disease in 2005 compared with 2004 suggests that endemic transmission of WNV in the United States will continue for the foreseeable future,” the report states.Of this year’s cases, 42.5%, or 1,165, were West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis), the CDC said. Another 52.2% (1,434) of cases were West Nile fever, and 5.3% (145) were unspecified. West Nile caused 98 deaths, CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson told CIDRAP News.Almost 19% of the nation’s counties—596 counties in 42 states—reported cases.California was hit hard this year, with 854 cases, 31% of the national total, which included 285 cases of WNND, or 25% of the national total, the CDC says. Other states with high numbers of WNND cases were Illinois, with 133; Texas, 107; and Louisiana, 100.The incidence of neuroinvasive cases was highest in the central part of the country, with 4.8 cases per 100,000 people in South Dakota, 2.1 per 100,000 in Nebraska, and 1.9 per 100,000 in North Dakota.The report did not address whether Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states saw a big increase in WNV cases this year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and other storms. Health agencies feared that standing water left by the storms would breed unusual numbers of mosquitoes, leading to a wave of West Nile cases.Pearson couldn’t give a specific assessment of the hurricanes’ effects on case counts, but she said the numbers in the Gulf states in the relevant period “were consistent with typical late summer activity” for WNV.Louisiana had an increase in cases, but there was no surge related to the hurricanes, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported in a news release last month. As of Nov 17, the state counted 155 cases, compared with 114 in 2004 and 122 in 2003, the department said. (Because of lags in reporting, the CDC often lists lower state case numbers than state health departments do.)”Despite seeing a few cases in the affected areas, there was no spike in West Nile because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” Louisiana State Eipdemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard said in the news release. “The majority of cases this year have occurred in North Louisiana, which was not directly affected. Overall, the 2005 West Nile case count is similar to what we have seen in the past two years.”In Texas, the Department of State Health Services reported 158 WNV cases as of Nov 28, as compared with 119 cases in 2004. A CDC map of WNV activity as of Dec 6 shows 70 cases in Mississippi, 10 in Alabama, and 21 in Florida.The CDC estimates that about 80% of all WNV infections cause no symptoms, about 20% cause West Nile fever, and fewer than 1% cause WNND. The high percentage of WNND cases this year (42.5%) reflects underreporting of West Nile fever and lack of reporting of asymptomatic infections, the report says.WNND was made a nationally notifiable disease in 2002, but West Nile fever was not listed as nationally notifiable until this year. “The true incidence and public health impact of WNF [West Nile fever] remains underestimated by national surveillance,” the article says.The virus has been found in more than 300 species of birds since it first surfaced in North America in 1999, the CDC reports. Sixteen species were newly identified as carriers this year.CDC. West Nile virus activity—United States, January 1–December 1, 2005. MMWR 2005 Dec 16;54(49):1253-6 [Full text]See also:CDC’s West Nile virus sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htmDec 29, 2004, CIDRAP News story “West Nile cases dropped sharply in 2004″Nov 17 Louisiana news releasehttp://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/news.asp?ID=145&Detail=742
(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – There are no perfect pandemic precautions. We need to say so—and push hard for imperfect precautions.If you’ve been following the pandemic preparedness issue, here are some things you already know:Social distancing should help a least a little, but we’re not sure how much. Nor do we know how far people will need to be from each other. The necessary distance is a lot greater for aerosol transmission than for droplet transmission, and we don’t know how big a piece of the problem each sort of transmission will be.Handwashing won’t help protect people from inhaling droplets or aerosols. But it will help keep people from getting or passing along the flu via doorknobs, elevator buttons, telephones, and the like. Objects that can transmit a disease are called fomites. We don’t know how big a piece of the problem fomites will be either. But unlike trying to keep people away from each other, hand-washing has no real downside.The usefulness of masks will also depend on which transmission routes matter most. Surgical masks help prevent droplet transmission. But masks can actually be fomites; touching a used mask is a risk. Preventing aerosol transmission requires N-95 masks, which are hard to fit and uncomfortable to wear—and will be in very short supply.Antiviral drugs will also be in very short supply. And they may not work. Or they may work only at the outset of the pandemic, before resistant strains of the virus emerge. Or they may work only if taken very early in the course of the illness.Developing and mass-manufacturing a tailor-made vaccine will take time; we don’t really know how long. It may make sense to stockpile a generic H5N1 vaccine—but the vaccine will lose potency over time, and if the H5N1 virus mutates sufficiently, the vaccine may not work at all. Including H5 antigen in the annual flu shot might help—or might not. It would amount to “stockpiling” vaccine in people’s bodies, and it would use up capacity that could otherwise be preventing cases of the seasonal flu.All of this uncertainty is profoundly unsatisfying. Most people prefer solutions that solve problems, that take them off the table. “There. That’s done. What’s next?” A solution that might go part of the way toward ameliorating a problem has a lot less appeal. I’m tempted to say this disdain for halfway solutions is typically American. But it turns out to be typically human.Imagine two equally dangerous diseases. Medicine A is a perfect cure for one of the two diseases, but doesn’t touch the other. Medicine B is 50% effective against both. The two medicines prevent an equal number of deaths. When psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky studied situations like this, they found that people would pay substantially more for Medicine A than for Medicine B. Why? Medicine A eliminates one of their two worries altogether. B just cuts both worries in half. Cutting two worries in half feels a lot less valuable than taking one worry off the table.Halfway solutions are a pain. But in pandemic preparedness, halfway solutions are all we’ve got. And despite the important research now under way to improve our knowledge of how well various pandemic precautions are likely to work, halfway solutions are probably all we’ll ever have.So we have to steer clear of two risk communication dangers.One danger is to imply that because a pandemic precaution isn’t going to work perfectly, and may not work at all, it isn’t worth our time, effort, and money. I see this non sequitur all the time. It’s pernicious. You should calculate the wisdom of a precaution by judging as best you can how likely it is to work, how much good it will do if it works, and how much it will cost (in money, time, discomfort, civil liberties, etc) to try. You don’t eliminate an option because it isn’t guaranteed.The other danger is to imply that a pandemic precaution is actually guaranteed. Overselling the efficacy of a precaution has three main downsides. First, people who believe you will overinvest in that precaution at the expense of others. Second, people who believe you at first only to learn later that the precaution can fail will lose heart, lose confidence in you, and lose all interest in taking the precaution you’re recommending. And third, lots of people won’t believe you even at first; they’ll sense that you’re overselling the precaution and turn elsewhere for guidance.Here is a typical example of overselling a precaution, based on virtually no data, from the Alberta (Canada) Government’s “Health and Wellness” Web site (www.health.gov.ab.ca/influenza/influenza_washing.html): “Next to immunization, the single most important way to prevent influenza is to wash your hands often.”All too often pandemic communicators make both mistakes at once—criticizing any precaution they oppose on the grounds that it’s not perfect, while overselling any precaution they support by pretending that it is perfect. Here’s an all-too-realistic hypothetical example: “Individuals should not stockpile Tamiflu. It might not even work when it’s needed. Instead, people should wash their hands as often as possible. What’s that? You’ve heard that handwashing won’t help prevent transmission via droplets or aerosols? That’s a technical issue beyond the scope of today’s presentation.”Good pandemic risk communication means making the case for pandemic precautions that are uncertain and incomplete. It also means empathically acknowledging that people would greatly prefer definitive solutions, if only there were some. We need to learn to say things like this: ‘Unfortunately, the following precautionary measures are the best we’ve got. They might help a lot. They might help only a little. They might not help at all. And they’re worth trying!”An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site (www.psandman.com/). For an index of pandemic-related writing on the site, see http://www.psandman.com/index-infec.htm.
Iohannis declared a state of emergency on Monday.Restaurants and coffee shops are closed and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. Flights to and from Italy and Spain have been suspended.With the Easter holiday on the horizon, Iohannis advised the Romanian diaspora — more than four million people — to avoid returning home.”With sadness, but with sincerity, we must say that you shouldn’t return home this year,” he said, adding: “It’s basically impossible to travel throughout Europe.” Around 3,800 people have been placed in quarantine in Romania, mostly people returning from high-risk areas or those who have had contact with a confirmed or suspected coronavirus patient.”We can’t accept that irresponsible citizens who should be isolated don’t respect the rules, walk around freely among others and risk making other people sick,” Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said.The eastern European country has so far recorded 227 confirmed cases of the virus but no deaths, with 25 people having made a recovery.”The numbers will go up for sure,” President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday during a videoconference with the prime minister and regional leaders. Topics : Romanians face up to 15 years in prison if they violate measures imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced on Thursday.An emergency decree lays down the harshest punishment for those who know they have the disease and flout the rules — up to 15 years if someone gets infected and dies as a result of their actions.Anyone failing to respect quarantine rules could face up to three years in prison, going up to five if their actions lead to the infection of another person.
BLOG: Republicans Say No To Funding State-Related Universities Schools That Teach, The Blog We need a real budget – one that is balanced, fixes the deficit and invests in education at all levels. Unfortunately, House Republican leaders are still not serious about the budget.Today, they tried to enact new funding for the state-related universities without paying for it. This comes on the heels of their budget that was $500 million out of balance, would grow the deficit to over $2.3 billion and would have cut funding to K through 12 education by $95 million.Investing in higher education is important and Governor Wolf has been fighting to restore the cuts made by Republicans to education at all levels, including our state-related universities. The reality is that the Republican math does not add up.The time for political posturing is long over – it is time for House Republicans to pass a balanced budget that fixes the deficit and truly funds education. By: Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks). SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 11, 2016
THE Far North may just escape a subdued building and construction forecast this year.Master Builders deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said 2019 was predicted to be a year of daunting legislative changes for the industry. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data revealed a 2.1 per cent drop in building approvals as 2018 drew to a close.The drop is a continuation of the fall from the highs experienced in 2016.But the Far North region recorded a boost in building approvals of 6.3 per cent between November and December last year, climbing to 102 from 96.Yearly comparison though showed a drop of 4.6 per cent from 1503 to 1440.However, the tropics outperformed Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays region. Mr Bidwell said a tightening in lending requirements could hit the Queensland regional sector hardest. “We expect the residential sector to slip slightly from the 42,000 commencements in 2018 to 40,000 in 2019,” he said. “Worryingly, the drop will be largely in the detached housing sector, with the impact to be felt across the state“Tightening in finance requirements is largely to blame; however, we hope this is a passing phase, due to solid underlying market fundamentals of employment growth, rising wages and a rising population growth rate. “While regional Queensland was looking up in 2018, this has also begun to turn, with regional areas particularly vulnerable to tightening lending conditions. “But large scale resource and renewable energy projects and the tourism sector has boosted hopes for some areas of the state, including the Far North.“This should drive some construction demand and prevent a return to the grim conditions from which the regional industry has only just emerged,” Mr Bidwell said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoNon-residential building activity is also expected to fall and construction in the retail and wholesale trade sectors is set to decline significantly over the coming year. “The tourism and office sector will also fall away. However, there is some good news for commercial builders in the health, aged care, industrial and transport sectors,” Mr Bidwell said. “But as well as dealing with tricky economic conditions, the industry will need to cope with a wave of legislative change. “It’s clear that Minister Mick de Brenni is determined to introduce Project Bank Accounts into the private sector sometime in the second half of 2019. “Master Builders is also expecting the state government to continue with the next tranche of additional reforms. This includes the introduction of new Minimum Financial Requirements, a shake-up to building certification, mandatory Continuing Professional Development and further refinements to the nonconforming building product regimen. These changes, all of which will make it a challenging year for the building industry to tackle.“Our message to the state government will be to consider the outlook for our industry when making any further policy decisions.”
The defense chief said the enactment ofa stronger law amending Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007 isa better option than martial law extension. MANILA – After the Department ofNational Defense, the Philippine National Police (PNP) also said the martial law inMindanao may not need to be extended for the fourth time. “Sangayon, nakikita natin na maaari na rin talagang tanggalin ang martial law sa Mindanao,” Banac said. “Mananatili lamang mataas ang alert leveldoon sa bahagi ng Sulu.” According to Banac, the securityofficials have yet to discuss the matter of implementing martial law inselected areas in the region as suggested by the Office of the PresidentialAdviser on the Peace Process. Banac, however, said that PNP’s finalrecommendation on the matter will be known by December but said that heightenedalert status is still needed in some parts of the island. PNP spokesperson Brigadier General BernardBanac said Tuesday the crime rate in Mindanao has declined and security forcesare able to control the proliferation of loose firearms in the area. On Monday, Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana said that he is not keen to recommend another extension of martiallaw in Mindanao, which will expire on Dec. 31, 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte declaredmartial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following attacks launched by theIslamic State-linked Maute Group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. It has since been in effect afterCongress, in special joint sessions, voted to approve its extension thrice —from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2017; from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018; and from Jan. 1 toDec. 31, 2019./PN