Did rapid brain evolution make humans susceptible to Alzheimers?

first_imgOf the millions of animals on Earth, including the relativehandful that are considered the most intelligent — including apes, whales,crows, and owls — only humans experience the severe age-related decline inmental abilities marked by Alzheimer’sdisease.To BruceYankner, professor of pathology and neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS),it’s pretty clear that evolution is to blame.“Something has occurred in evolution that makes our brainsusceptible to age-related change,” Yankner said in a talk last nightsponsored by the HarvardMuseum of Natural History as part of its “EvolutionMatters” lecture series.Yankner, whose HMS lab studies brain aging and how gettingold gives rise to the pathology of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, said Alzheimer’s isone of the most rapidly emerging diseases of this century. As medical sciencelengthens human lifespan, the proportion of the population that is elderly isgrowing. Considering that as many as half of those over age 85 developAlzheimer’s, there is a growing urgency to understand the disease more fullyand to develop more effective interventions.“It is clear that cognitive impairment and decline is one ofthe emerging health threats of the 21st century,” Yankner said.Yankner said that scientific evidence shows that somecognitive decline — beginning in middle age and accelerating after age 70 — isnormal as we grow older. This decline is also seen in other animals, includingmice and monkeys. It is marked by wide variation among individuals, with someindividuals maintaining cognitive abilities similar to those much younger.The puzzling question, Yankner said, is why humans developthe severe disabilities of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies of other creatures showno sign of similar conditions even in our closest animal relatives. That meanssusceptibility to Alzheimer’s evolved recently, likely during a period markedby a rapid increase in our brain size. Size alone probably isn’t thedetermining factor, though, Yankner said, since other animals are known to haveeven larger brains, including whales, elephants, and even our extinct relativethe Neanderthal.Instead, he said, it is likely that brain complexity and thenew large number of cells in the human brain have something to do with it.Recent research, in Yankner’s lab and elsewhere, has usedgenetic tools to probe the differences between young and old brains in humans,monkeys, and mice. The work shows that gene function in the aging brain slows —dramatically in ones with Alzheimer’s — and that the genes that shut off themost are those that protect the brain against genetic damage from environmentaland other factors.Yankner said he believes that cognitive decline is due to aslow accumulation of genetic damage in the aging brain, with Alzheimer’sshowing the most severe form of this damage, called double strand breaks.Though the source of the damage is not yet clear, one culprit, he said, may bethe accumulation of metals in the brain over time, particularly iron.Neurons use more energy than most other cells, Yankner said.With the brain’s increase in complexity over time, its energy demands alsorose. Iron plays a key role in a cell’s energy-producing mitochondria, and soiron accumulation leading to genetic damage could be a byproduct of ourneuron-rich, energy-gobbling brains.“Aging is a balance between wear and tear and repair. Whereyou wind up in that balance determines how you do,” Yankner said.last_img read more

London 2012: Uruguay’s Rodolfo Collazo hopes to leave a mark

first_img MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Sacrifice defines the relationship between Rodolfo Collazo and rowing. The 29-year-old physical education teacher is about to compete in his third Olympics, in the lightweight double sculls category, with Emiliano Dumestres, 25. Since rowing is an amateur sport in Uruguay – making it impossible for an athlete to earn a living off it – Collazo had to find time to train after the school day. “Rowing takes a lot of initiative,” said Collazo, a resident of Colonia who will carry the Uruguayan flag at the Opening Ceremony on July 27. “Though we now have support from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Municipality of Colonia and the Uruguayan Olympic Committee, it only covers specific competitions. We don’t receive ongoing support or have a deal with a sports brand that would sponsor our training for the rest of the year.” Collazo qualified for the London Games by winning the bronze medal at the Latin American Olympic Qualification Tournament this past March in Tigre, Argentina. Collazo also took home gold medals at the South American Games in Buenos Aires (2006) and Medellín (2010). The men’s lightweight double sculls event involves a two-person racing scull, with each rower – who can weigh up to 70 kilograms (154 pounds) – using two oars. Rowing is the sport that has earned Uruguay its highest number of Olympic medals – three bronze (1932, 1948 and 1952) and a silver (1948). Since Dumestres lives 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Colonia, they had to travel to train together on the Arroyo de las Vacas in Carmelo, 250 kilometers (155 miles) northwest of Montevideo. Collazo’s goal in London is to beat the teams competing at the same level as Uruguay, such as Argentina, Hong Kong, Egypt and Japan. “Bringing home a medal would be great, but we have to be realistic – we’re a long way off,” he said. “We’ll be competing against ourselves and trying to place first in Group C (composed of the 13th to 18th place finishers) or even make it into Group B (composed of the sixth to 12th place finishers).” Collazo will be competing in his third consecutive Olympics with different partners. He competed in Athens 2004 with Joe Rebolledo, finishing in 18th before placing 15th with Javier García four years later in Beijing. Collazo’s experience led to him being named his country’s flag bearer, according to Uruguayan Olympic Committee (COU) President Julio César Maglione. “[I accepted being the flag bearer] with a great deal of happiness and joy because it feels similar to qualifying for the Olympic Games,” he said. “I made a lot of sacrifices and gave up a lot in order to achieve my goals in sports. Receiving an honor like this is a cause for celebration, because it’s a way to reward the efforts we make every day. To be the flag bearer for a nation is not something many people get to experience and the fact that I was granted this responsibility makes me extremely happy.” By Dialogo July 27, 2012last_img read more

‘El Chapo’ capture praised by Latin American leaders

first_img Government leaders from throughout Central and South America have congratulated the Mexican government for the capture of fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The presidents of Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica were among the international leaders who lauded the arrest. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said during a press conference that the arrest represents “a success in the fight against international drug trafficking. (El Chapo) was one of the most wanted criminals in the region and in all the world. Those who engage in crime have to answer sooner or later, because as long as they are unpunished they will continue to be pursued.” The arrest of El Chapo could lead to important intelligence concerning the operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America, Perez Molina said. More than 80 percent of the cocaine which is smuggled into the United States is transported through Central America, according to a 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report issued by the U.S. State Department. The Sinaloa Cartel has been active in Guatemala for at least two decades. The transnational criminal organization often forms alliances with local gangs to smuggle drugs and to fight Los Zetas, which also operates in Guatemala. Mexican Marines and police captured El Chapo inside a Mazatlan condominium at about 6:40 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2014. El Chapo was curled up in bed with his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, according to published reports. Security forces arrested El Chapo without firing a single shot. The capture, which ended a thirteen-year search for the fugitive drug lord after he escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001, is considered a major blow to a drug trafficking network that extends not only throughout the Western Hemisphere but to Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia as well. The capture of El Chapo negates rumors that the Mexican government was favoring the Sinaloa Cartel, and will help improve security throughout Latin America said Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico City. “With the capture of El Chapo, the hypothesis of supposed negotiations by the Mexican government with the Sinaloa Cartel breaks down and confirms that the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto is focused on the fight against drug trafficking kingpins,” Benitez Manaut said. “Among drug traffickers, El Chapo is the King of Kings, a high-value target. His capture is a hard-hitting blow to the Sinaloa Cartel.” Security forces in Latin America and Mexico must remain vigilant, the security analyst said. “When someone of this stature is captured, organized crime operatives may respond with a wave of kidnappings and dramatic violence,” Benitez Manaut said. “There may be many violent Sinaloa Cartel cells which try to survive.” Thank you for your article that helps eliminate these BLOODTHIRSTY AND OUTCAST people from our society… as well as him, whose name I shouldn’t mention for being so unworthy of having it. There are others in the societies, NOT EVEN DEATH WILL BE THE WORST PUNISHMENT… Reading the news of this great newspaper is very gratifying. Very good article. CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT GREAT SERVICE THAT BENEFITS MANKIND…WE HOPE THAT IT CAN SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS…AND MAKE THEM RECONSIDER THEIR ACTIONS… YOUNG PEOPLE CELEBRATE INTERNALLY THIS ACT OF INTELLIGENCE SO WORTHY OF ADMIRATION… Idiots, he helped a lot of people and also he never stole or took anything from anyone for you to arrest him. But he is smarter than all the military men combined, and soon will be released. As long as governments financed by drug trafficking exist, they can stop another 1000 Chapos and things will remain the same or worse. Very objective!! It’s a great example that our authorities should learn. If the small thieves rule and live like kings in prison, imagine the luxuries and accommodations that Chapo Guzman must have in his jail. It is the bloodiest spectacle that Mexico has had in a while, some due to negligence such as the explosions that occurred in the sites contaminated with gasoline, or the recent earthquake. The problem is not the capos and the company themselves, but the demand and wealth that the value of the product generates. Other capos and companies will come, money has no limits. It’s a matter of legality, if it was controlled by the states they wouldn’t sacrifice the people as much as the Mexicans had to. What nature gives us, the bank won’t lend us. Reflect, enough with this circus, scientists and politicians, let’s look for the lesser evil… I disagree with the capture of El Chapo. There will be more violence everywhere, Los Zetas will grow even more and will invade the entire Mexico. This capture shadows the situation in Mexico. With the entry of transnationals who arrive to Mexico, exploit poor people and take away big amounts of dollars. I think the Mexican president is mediocre. This type of delinquents should never be free, especially when the result of their activity is harm to the health and life of many youngsters throughout the world, not to mention the blood spilled and the tears of the victims’ families. Similarly, one should aspire for sanctions to the full extent of the law, with no hesitation or considerations. Capturing and sanctioning drug traffickers is the least they can do to free the world from this monster called DRUG ADDICTION, that leads to other felonies such as assassinations, trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, usury. Well done by the government and the Mexican police. Only God knows why he does things. Have him sent to the North American justice that he’s been requesting. In Mexico he can escape again, just like other bloodthirsty cartel chiefs who corrupt justice administration. Every arrest of a drug kingpin helps eradicate the affliction of drug trafficking. Once El Chapo serves his sentence, criminals will receive him like a hero. That is if he comes out alive; he caused so much pain to humanity that he deserves to be guillotined, so that a precedent is set. It’s a significant progress for the safety of the cities afflicted by this disease. it’s good that they captured him The military high command are in agreement with drug traffickers, the latter give lots of money to the soldiers who are not good patriots. They capture poor people and pretend that they are drug traffickers. Soldiers should be investigated, you’ll see that out of 100.000 there will only be 5 left, because the rest will go to prison. Everything was planned because his position with president Peñas Nieto is very good. The actor that was chosen to take him was very well trained, and El Chapo is just as good in his performance. Analyze the videos carefully. Very interesting information about the biggest narc in the world. Mexican people and government, congratulations on your big achievement; just like you are trying to find a way to stop that affliction, the US should do the same. Maybe that way things will go better, since there are more and better resources. Too bad they captured him. Keep writing those articles, they are very informative and that’s how people find out about what’s really happening in the area and in the world. Thank you. This guy has to get the maximum penalty, for being corrupt and for poisoning the young with his damned drugs. Congratulations to the authorities, in this case the Mexican ones, for capturing this individual. ON THE ONE HAND IT;S GOOD THAT THE WHOLE CRIMINAL GROUP COLLAPSES BUT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HELP THE POOR PEOPLE BY USING THE FORTUNES OF THE DRUG LORDS. DON’T LET THE WHITE COLLAR POLITICIANS KEEP ALL AND THEN LET EVERYONE ELSE GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES; NO RESPECT FOR THE DRUG LORD. One has to be prudent when analyzing this information because we know how corrupt the political parties, the army and the Mexican police are. They had to incorporate the Navy to combat drug trafficking. Who knows if this gentleman was a nuisance to the financiers of these cartels. How many great drug lords have fallen and drugs increasingly continue to flow? While the influx of dollars from the colossal north continues we shouldn’t give much importance to this news. The North American drug-consumption market is strongly backed by dollars to maintain this influx. We have yet to witness the capture of a great drug lord in the U.S. Maybe the drugs go directly to each consumer from Mexico. Right now it’s good. Although it’s lacking a final ending. What will happen? What mystery will there be? That’s very important. I would like you to do justice for your country and not in the U. S. because only they will cover the sun with a finger and that is not fair. Actually it’s not fair for those that were hurt by el Chapo. What took them so long to capture this guy? Is it that the Mexican authorities are as corrupt or more than the Colombian ones? They must keep working, because el Chapo is not the only bandit. I bet there are thousands more. Good job, Mexicans. What a pity, right? The fight against drug trafficking should be relentless, and it should set an example for those who think they can live with impunity. It’s not only drugs that cause damage, but also the violence they generate. This is good news for the world. Good Good for Mexico, less drugs on the streets in the world. Joel Benigni Drugs are the main enemy – social evil. They are no good and should come to an end. Everything that’s happening throughout the hemisphere is healthy for our countries. The whole world aspires and expects the exemplary punishment for the government of Maduro. We must all go against this oppressing mismanagement. The government of Colombia shouldn’t tolerate the guerrilla people in Cuba. This is old news, you should publish recent ones. I don’t like it. Yes, I DON’T like it, El Chapo is the public figure of the cartel, but who is behind him? What politicians, military chiefs, police offers and diplomats are behind him, to make them so infallible??? Send him to a U.S. prison, DEATH PENALTY Publish the news of the escape along with this one… they congratulate Mexico for the capture of El Chapo.. and then they criticize it for the escape hahahaha CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THIS CAPTURE. WITH EFFORT AND PATIENCE WE WILL TAKE THEM ALL DOWN. GOD BLESS THE GOOD MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS LAND. It’s good that they continue capturing that plague, however the question is: where do the millions of dollars seized by the authorities end up, do they turn everything in? Check the pockets of the government officials, of their families and friends and more importantly of the politicians. My opinion is the following:1- If you start using drugs, first take care of your nutrition, don’t lose weight or height.2- If you start using drugs, make sure to have a clear sense of your emotional behavior, if you lose this sense, WORRY!3- Keep in mind very clearly that you need to find an intelligent link in order to dive into any hallucination, etc, to achieve the sweet high, am I clear?…OK4- As you keep going, you will realize what you can do to earn money, a little of it or a lot. What you are reading is the main requirement coming from a friend, a great friend!5- If you see this, you see it all – Kisses and hugs. It’s a very important capture to fight organized crime. That capture is an important achievement, what comes next? VERY GOOD, THIS WAY WE’LL PUT AN END TO ALL THE CRIMES THAT HURT THIS WORLD IN TURMOIL. What Diego Alberto says is true!!!!! And they think that by negotiating the surrender of Guzman, drug trafficking is over????? Haha, the Sinaloa Cartel keeps working like a clock. Everything is the same and the politicians and “authorities” are more corrupt than shit. That’s the reality, corruption is everywhere, and that’s why drug trafficking will keep on going. CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY DRUG TRAFFICKERS AREN’T CAPTURED IN THE U.S.A. SINCE THAT’S WHERE THE DRUGS ARE USED? OR ARE THEY IMPORTED THROUGH INVISIBLE SKYLIGHTS? A tough blow for drug trafficking and for those who benefit from it…. It’s very clear that, when institutions act in a correct manner and in compliance with their obligations, for which they were elected for and trusted with, everything falls into place. Even the mightiest mobsters and criminals in the world can be taken down. Crime and drug trafficking last as long as enabled by the complicity or convenience of the people responsible in the countries. It’s a good start for a cleanup. Congratulations to the Mexican government for capturing the biggest criminal in the world, because the drugs that are being trafficked throughout the world harm and kill the millions of youngsters that use them. And so I encourage the Mexican government, and I pray to God to give them strength and courage to continue fighting drug trafficking and organized crime. FOR ME, DRUG TRAFFICKING IS WHAT HELPS SURVIVING IN THIS WORLD. LET’S NOT FORGET HOW MANY PEOPLE IN MEXICO ARE UNEMPLOYED. HOW MANY CORRUPT POLICEMEN ARE THERE, BECAUSE THEY DECIDE TO JOIN DRUG TRAFFICKING? BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT PAYS THEM WELL OR BECAUSE I think that yet another episode of the Sinaloa Cartel ended with the capture of Chapo Guzman, but it’s not the end of drug trafficking…. THAT’S GOOD, CHEERS FOR THAT CAPTURE. The only way to fight drug trafficking and the war in Colombia and Central America is by legalizing drugs. That way it will stop being such a profitable business and its marketability will decrease. You think that what he’s doing is OK? It’s good to have this kind of excellent news. This business will never end. Tell me how many capos are there in the US, and how many are they capturing in the country that consumes the most drugs in the world. There is only one way out, which is Jesus Christ. Justice had to be done one day, because God is powerful. Nothing will happen to him. Everyone is afraid of him. They captured him but the bribe money is already on its way. Nothing will happen to him. If they wanted to eliminate drug trafficking, they would have done it by now. The capture of drug trafficker Chapo Guzman is important. The world is now free from an evil that affects mankind. Your comment on Buenos Aires is very good. I like the OVA thing. The authorities are doing a good job fighting drug trafficking. Congratulations. THIS PERSON, BESIDES BEING A DRUG TRAFFICKER, IS ALSO AN ASSASSIN AND MAYBE HAS COMMITTED MANY MORE CRIMES. THEREFORE, HIS CAPTURE IS FULLY JUSTIFIED AND HE WILL HAVE TO FACE THE TRIAL THAT HE DESERVES WITH ALL THE LEGAL GUARANTEES IN HIS FAVOR. A really good report. I like reading news like this one. The capture is interesting, but this problem is still the same or worse, just like cancer… Very interesting information. I don’t know him nor am I from his country. But the world needs people like EL CHAPO, he feeds many and people should be thankful to this man. The only thing that pains the U.S. is that they’ll take the money to another country, because they are the biggest consumer, who needs it the most. HOORAY FOR EL CHAPO, GO LOS CAPITOS. I am Colombian. It’s a tough blow on drug trafficking worldwide, since this guy had alliances with many criminal cartels around the world. Congratulations to the Mexican armed forces and I beg them to continue this great work of capturing all these plagues that hurt our youth so much. This is a very good thing, congratulations to the Mexican government for their work. Too bad that when they stop one, there are already 5 more lined up to take his place. But it’s good. Congratulations to my brothers in the Mexican armed forces and also to the Mexican police. Excellent comment. Congratulations from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Congratulations, Mexico, a lot of blood has been shed by your people. We are all to blame. Your border is gold for the drug traffickers of the world. The U.S. is the biggest consumer. The politicians and authorities of the world love easy money but they can control firearms to prevent the bloodshed of so many people who are misled for not realizing how beautiful life is. This is a very good thing, may they keep fighting drug traffickers…Let them rot…. The document is good. IT’S INTERESTING THAT AFTER JUSTICE WAS MOCKED BY THIS MAN, JUSTICE PROVED THAT CRIME DOES NOT RULE, AND WILL NEVER GO UNPUNISHED. These hits are excellent … the problem is the corruption among the big leaders of the ffmm and the politicians. All bad things end someday, but we must never forget these bad attitudes deep within our conscience. Reading this comment is truly baffling. What can we expect from such crazy, illiterate and insensitive heads like yours? Have you stopped to measure your words? If not, I can’t think anything else but that humanity is on the verge of collapsing. yes, very good How true is it? Why don’t you seize their illegal assets, their children keep bragging about his power, crimes and fortune. It all seems a farce. Extradite him to the U. S. It sucks that the Mexican police captured El Chapo, as if there are any saints in this world. Tell me, who is a saint? capturing that individual is very good THIS COMMENT IS VERY GOOD FOR ALL OF LATIN AMERICA.BUT THEY KEEP FINDING MORE AND MORE DRUGS, THIS WON’T BE OVER SOON.ONLY THE DEATH OF THESE DRUG TRAFFICKERS COULD HELP SAVING THE WORLD FROM DRUGS. Finally, it was about time. There are a thousand more chapos behind him, the problem is deeper than that and it will never end. The authorities need to pay more attention to the new generations. They did good by capturing him. It’s good that they caught him, but keep looking for the other cartels. Why do you talk about narc guerrillas instead of talking, investigating, chasing after and putting behind bars that group of politicians that rule the country of Colombia, mainly since they are in a political conflict because of the presidential elections. Talk about current things, about Mr. Alvaro Uribe Velez, who is the president of Colombia. When he was the Director of the Civil Air Force, he would lend planes to Pablo Escobar to transfer coke, he created the Convivir organizations, then called on the paramilitary, and afterwards the self-defense forces who are now known as Bacrin, without leaving behind the program Agro Ingreso Seguro; Colonel Santollo, who would instruct the paramilitary and the chief of bodyguards of Uribe Velez, the false positives among others, and now this Ivan Zuluaga who wants to be president when he used to be the Ministry of Treasury and requested the congress to withdraw the Victim Repair Act because it wasn’t necessary. GOOD JOB, MEXICO, BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT FOLLOW HIM IN HIS GROUP???? CHILDREN, PARTNERS, AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEIR DRUG LABS?? GOOD LUCK WITH THE EVIL THAT IS KILLING CHILDREN AND DESTROYING AND CONTAMINATING THE YOUTH WITH VANDALISM ACTIVITIES. I think the Mexican police has rattled the wasps. There will be a strong reaction from drug trafficking with attacks, kidnappings, assassinations, and who knows what other barbarities. Without a leader, they are more dangerous than with a chief on the loose. The actions that accompany this detention must be quick and well planned in order to prevent bigger mishaps. It’s interesting. Because of this capture, maybe some of the many children won’t do drugs, and some won’t be influenced. This evil is spreading very fast and it’s alarming to know that it’s not easy to eliminate it. The negative attitude that a child must have towards drugs will depend on the advice, care or vigilance from each father or mother of the family, who, by making a great effort in spite of the many counteracting factors such as the socioeconomic one, will prevent yet another person from falling prey to drugs. With + STRENGTH It’s a big blow for drug trafficking, but there’s plenty of copycats. We wish there were many more accomplishments of this kind, although capturing this type of harmful people for society does not end this evil, instead we should implement new education policies for our children in all of Latin America. I’m very happy that they captured him. I hope they catch all the others in Colombia as well as the ones vacationing in Cuba. By capturing this drug trafficker, young people won’t be influenced by drugs and it will reduce the proliferation of this worldly evil while showing the improved actions of the police, who is being more efficient. So we strongly support the police and we support all the forces that are fighting drug trafficking. We believe in performing good actions, so that the new generation rejects and disavows the actions of drug traffickers, actions that raise awareness on the harm caused by this type of people. Besides bankrupting the drug lords, the Mexican police needs to become interested in bankrupting the drug lords who are infiltrated in the different governments of the different countries. It’s very important to find a solution and put an end once and for all to drug trafficking in the world. EL CHAPO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY MORE DEATHS. COCAINE KILLS AND DESTROYS HOMES. I’M HAPPY FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THOSE WHO ARE MOVING FORWARD IN THE WORLD, I HOPE THE SAME HAPPENS HERE IN PARAGUAY. The issue is that those who call themselves leaders have destroyed the system of Spanish-speaking countries. It’s plain embarrassing, they’ve only served to destroy our nations. I don’t know if it’s that our political system has only left corrupt military systems. They all do as they please, they are worthless and only serve to suck up and get us in debt. Very good article on the capture of the year. We hope for continuity of El Deber regarding this sensitive issue, or on other drug traffickers and their international nets. It’s an opportunity to know what is happening in the world. Very good El Chapo is the most important man in the world, more so than Pablo Escobar. But in Nicaragua, many of the government officials felt sad because of the risk of being exposed. Since the days of Pablo Escobar (in the 80’s), the Sandinistas have had strong links with the Varones de la droga, and that’s where the wealth of many officials comes from, not just from Nicaragua but from many countries and bankers who launder dirty drug money. One more battle that is won. What hurts most is that during those operations we lose many people, more valuable than those criminals. How lucky that they captured that criminal! Why doesn’t the U.S. government control its border with Mexico better, and stop invading other countries to steal their oil, and start fighting the addicts of its country. Capturing el Chapo is a very good thing, but don’t forget that there is Another One behind him, who is probably ready to continue with his wrongdoings. We must use Intelligence and prevent this from happening. We need a MOSSAD, for this not to happen, thank you. This whole drug trafficking thing is easy. The U.S. can, but doesn’t want to. The millions of dollars that leave the U.S., DO NOT RETURN, so they need to handle the issue. The DEA and the CIA act as partners to control the supply and the demand as well as ensure that the dollars return to the U.S. I hope China grabs the bull by the horns. The U.S. would think twice, because it’s not in their best interest to get involved in that matter. The OPM is cynical to declare the capture of El Chapo a success,. He had already captured him some years ago, and released him in exchange for a large amount of money. He is trying to extend his mandate for two more years, and keep doing what he wants, both he and his partner. This kind of human beings only harm society in a terrible way, they especially harm young people, who are the future of humanity. They shouldn’t be mixed with the honorable and responsible citizens, but be separated from the wider society. What goes up must come down, like the saying goes. That’s why the power of these criminals HAD A BEGINNING AND HAS TO HAVE AN END, even though it requires the commitment of the administrations of the states infected by that plague. This capture is very important, and in my opinion, he has to pay with more than prison for the death of thousands of people. Good information for the people. I like this article. Diego Caceres Rojas de Caaguazu It seems like they thought they were doing a good job, but it looks like they were wrong. It’s a good thing that they captured that drug trafficker. I think El Chapo made a deal with the Mexican justice to get protection. Don’t be fools. The information is very good as long as it’s reliable. In my country Honduras, drug traffickers are common. Currently they are even in politics and in the congress as legislators of the people and I think even in the executive power as President of the Republic, and the worst part is that no one says anything. It’s so good that they captured him. Drug trafficking will continue, when they take down one head, two more will grow, and if they cut two, four more will come out; the road will continue like this, because as long as there is corruption, there will be drug trafficking. Regards, a corrupt person. Many believe that the government is doing a good job but they are wrong. As long as there are capos, drugs will continue to circulate. Also, the police is corrupt. If you want to live in peace, let the drug traffickers do their job. Let’s keep working hard to change…there’s no other way. ALTHOUGH IT’S TRUE THAT THE CAPTURE OF DRUG TRAFFICKERS IS IMPORTANT, THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM IS THE CONSUMPTION OF DRUGS WITHIN THE USA, AND THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T DO ANYTHING OR HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO RAISE AWARENESS AMONG ITS PEOPLE AND DECREASE THE DEMAND. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF THERE’S NO DEMAND, THEN THERE’S NO SALE. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. There’s always someone who wants the job. How many years will pass before they capture the next one? This will never end. I hope you understand that after capturing a BIG ONE like EL CHAPO, the next ones in command start to fight for the supremacy and respect of the others, and many crimes are committed among them while finding a leader. You’re such hypocrites! In 13 years? It’s pretty clear that the government helped, don’t be fooled by those compliments. El Chapo Guzman does and undoes along with all the country leaders. Who’s more of a liar and mobster than Peña Nieto? A comment from Venezuela where the people are realistic and everyone knows how things roll. The information is very explicit with little text. Capturing El Chapo was a good thing but there are many drug traffickers. This will go on all over the world. The thing with El Chapo will never end. They can keep him in jail for a thousand years and he will always be the same, only he knows who it is. Why hoard so much money, if when you die, it all remains. Security successes in Guatemala In recent years, Guatemalan security forces have scored a number of successes against the Sinaloa Cartel faction, including the May 2013 arrest of Samuel Escobar, a key alleged operative for El Chapo in the department of San Marcos. El Chapo himself has long been associated with Guatemala. In 1993, El Chapo fled Mexican security forces and tried to hide in Guatemala. The Guatemalan Army captured El Chapo near Tapachula, close to the Guatemala–Mexico border. President Perez Molina, who at the time was an Army intelligence officer, participated in the pursuit and capture of the drug lord. El Chapo was quickly extradited from Guatemala to Mexico, where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. However, in 2001 he escaped from prison while hidden in a laundry cart. Since then there have been periodic reports that he was hiding in Guatemala. In February 2013 there were reports that El Chapo had been killed in a gun battle with Guatemalan security forces near the Mexican border, but the reports turned out to erroneous. Praise from Colombia and Costa Rica center_img A dramatic capture with important ramifications By Dialogo February 25, 2014 Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos also expressed satisfaction with the capture of the fugitive drug lord. “I just spoke (by telephone) with the president of Mexico, (Enrique) Peña Nieto. I congratulated him on the great blow to drug trafficking represented by the capture of Chapo Guzman”, the Colombian president wrote in his Twitter account. Colombia Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón joined in the congratulatory messages to Mexican authorities. “This kind of capture generates satisfaction internationally,” Pinzon said at a Feb. 22, 2014 press conference. “Anyone who succeeds in the effort to affect the curse of drug trafficking, in one way or another is contributing not only to the interests of the fight against crime, but to the interests of the Colombian people who end up being affected by the marketing of narcotics.” Pinzón noted that Colombia and Mexico have long been cooperating in sharing information about the Sinaloa Cartel and other transnational criminal organizations. “The truth is that the effort of the Colombian authorities has also been focused on sharing all our experience, knowledge and intelligence. But it also should be said that this is an operation of the Mexican authorities that deserves our congratulations and appreciation to them,” Pinzon said. “The truth is that the effort of the Colombian authorities has also been focused on sharing all our experience, knowledge and intelligence. But it also should be said that this is an operation of the Mexican authorities that deserves our congratulations and appreciation to them,” Pinzon said. El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel have long maintained ties with Colombia drug trafficking organizations who produce most of the cocaine that the Mexican cartel smuggles into the United States, Europe and other areas. El Chapo and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a guerilla group which also controls at least half of all cocaine production in Colombia, have strengthened their ties in recent months, according to published reports. El Chapo had become the primary customer and financier for the FARC’s cocaine operations. The president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, also praised Mexican authorities for the capture of El Chapo. “Congratulations to Mexico authorities for the arrest of the most wanted man in the center of violence and corruption that is drug trafficking,” Chinchilla said via her Twitter account. Costa Rica has increasingly served as a drug smuggling corridor for the Sinaloa Cartel, the Knights Templar and other Mexican transnational criminal organizations. In 2013, Costa Rican security forces seized 18 tons of drugs, double the amount – 8.9 tons – seized in 2011, according to press reports. The Costa Rican government has increased the number of Coast Guard vessels from 30 to 70 and increased the number of maritime bases along the coast. It has also expanded its use of radar to detect drug flights, officials said. last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events for January 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York JANE PAULEYThe New York Times bestselling veteran broadcast journalist will be signing copies of her latest book, Your Life Calling: Re-Imagining the Rest of Your Life, filled with hopeful and inspiring tales of mid-life “reinventions” based on her award-winning “Your Life Calling” segment on The Today Show. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. www.bookrevue.com 7 p.m. January 7COTT REICHFifty years after JFK’s assassination, his message of citizenship still resonates. Reich, a New York attorney, believes a rededication to civic duty will shine a path for a brighter future and will be signing copies of his book, The Power of Citizenship, which makes this case. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. www.bookrevue.com 7 p.m. January 9HYE-JIN KIM & JOAO LUIZLive and in the Sky Room, this is a must-not-miss sonic multicultural collision that will inspire and move. Virtuosos Kim and Luiz—on violin and guitar, respectively—combine forces for an intimate program rooted in classical music and inspired by dance, mixing creations by Niccolo Paganini, Astor Piazzolla and Paquito D’Rivera with original arrangements of traditional folk songs from their native lands, Korea and Brazil. Bring a loved one or go it alone—you will want to catch this! Cinema Arts Centre, cinemaartscentre.org $20 members/$25 public. 7:30 p.m. January 10AGAINST ME!Touring in support of their latest, the Butch Vig-produced White Crosses. With fellow punks The Sidekicks & The Shondes. Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn. $20 ADV/$22 DOS. 8 p.m. doors/9 p.m. show. January 9DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAMThe Brit-rock legend steams into Huntington for a night of Traffic hits, including deep album cuts from 1967’s Mr. Fantasy and ’68’s Traffic albums, plus classic Mason tunes and new material. Can you say “Wow!?” Just did. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. January 10BOB NELSONPresented by The Paramount Comedy Series, the rubber-faced funnyman from Massapequa will unquestionably leave all those in attendance in absolute stitches, yet the question remains: Who will assist Nelson at this special evening of bring-down-the-house hilarity!? Jiffy Jeff? Eppy Epperman? Perhaps Wilby Stuckerson and Mr. Pingyeh? If Jacques-Yves Cousteau shows up, or Nelson unleashes his infamous “Football Act” (YouTube it!), then the laughs will linger long after this gig, for sure. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20 & $30. 8 p.m. January 11DANCE PARTY 2.0Leave those inhibitions at home and simply surrender to the thumpin’ and bumpin’ and grindin’ second season of celebrity DJs spinnin’ the most infectious house, hip hop and rock this side of Sunrise Highway into the wee hours of the morn’. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15; $10 for the ladies. 9:30 p.m. January 11JOHN PINETTEThe actor/funnyman’s impressions are absolutely spot-on hilarious. Will he perform his famous Gollum impression now that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has taken over the theaters!? We sure hope so. If not, his infamous Ewok or Marlon Brando will do, too. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. January 11 & 12JAY ZHova will be weaving his multi-layered web of spitfire rhymes and grooves in support of his Magna Carter World Tour and will no doubt be in top form. (The mega superstar invades Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Jan. 19, too; nassaucoliseum.com $27.50-$191.60. 8 p.m.) Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $40.75-$200.45. 8 p.m. January 12 & 13SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCKMoMA’s Ben Model will accompany the 1921 silent comedy live on CAC’s Miditzer organ. Cinema Arts Centre, cinemaartscentre.org $7 children under 12/$9 members/$14 public. 7:30 p.m. January 14NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZIThe foul-mouthed former MTV Jersey Shore train wreck got pregnant and allegedly stopped partying. She’ll be signing copies of her new memoir about the life-transforming experience of becoming a mother and caring for her son Lorenzo, titled Baby Bumps. Does the book tackle what she’s going to do when the ‘lil tike gets older and sees footage of his mommy acting like a slovenly louse (to put it politely) in her old digs? Probably not. It does, apparently, include passages about drunken nights out at the clubs (where she met her son’s father) and the time she discovered her breast milk was alcoholic. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. www.bookrevue.com 7 p.m. January 15JOE ELY & ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDOTwo renowned singer/songwriter guitarists, performing together. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $60, $65. 8 p.m. January 16BERNIE WILLIAMSThe New York Yankees’ five-time All Star and four-time World Series champ also plays a mean guitar (he used to keep it alongside his uniform in his locker or even in his equipment bag). His 2003 debut The Journey Within reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart and his latest, Moving Forward, which he’s currently touring in support of, reached No. 2. Expect a grand slam. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. www.thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$125. 7 p.m. doors/8 p.m. show. January 17ARETHA FRANKLINRadio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave., Manhattan.$55-$172.30. 8 p.m. January 17 & 18.38 SPECIALThe Southern rock journeymen tear through tracks spanning their nearly 40-year career, undoubtedly including breakthrough hit “Hold On Loosely” and chart-toppers “Caught Up in You” and “If I’d Been the One.” Expect one hell of a show. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50, $65 & $75. 8 p.m. January 17THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPSChoreography, harmony and electrifying style collide as these two legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Motown powerhouses unleash their time-tested vocal soundscapes of doo-wop, R&B, soul and jazz, dazzlin’ and wowin’ as they do. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. January 18BIG BAD VOODOO DADDYThe groove-heavy jazzmen swing into Huntington for a skankin’ good time. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington.paramountny.com $25-$60. 8 p.m. January 18IN THIS MOMENTThe Albany metal hellraisers aim to burn down the house at this loaded gig, the latest stop on The Hellpop Tour II. With Butcher Babies, Devour the Day & All Hail The Yeti. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $23, $25 & $40. 7 p.m. January 19THE PIXIESThe alt-rock pioneers recently replaced founding bassist Kim Deal’s replacement, Kim Shattuck of The Muffs, with Paz Lenchantin of A Perfect Circle/Zwan, and will be tearing through songs from their three-decades-long career, along with those from their latest collections, EP-1 and EP-2, which includes “Bag Boy” and “Indie Cindy,” along with “Blue-Eyed Hexe,” “Magdalena,” “Greens and Blues” and “Snakes.” Not-to-be-missed! The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. $59.50. 7 p.m. doors/8 p.m. show. January 19POLAR PLUNGEStrip down for the Fifth Annual St. James Polar Bear Club Plunge and take a dive to help raise money for children in need. Be a hero! Long Beach State Park Beach, Nissequogue. 631-949-8184. Stjamespolarbearclub.org Minimum donation $100, to support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 10 a.m. January 19DISNEY ON ICEJoin Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck and way too many other lovable characters to list here (65 from 18 different stories) in this not-to-be-missed skating spectacular as they celebrate “100 Years Of Magic!” Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. $24.20-$117.35. Various times; check website for full schedule. January 22, 23, 25 & 26DAVID SANBORNThe multi-Grammy Award-winning saxophonist has been painting moving soundscapes and melding the realms of pop, R&B and straight-up jazz for more than three decades. What translucent visions will he conjure at this intimate performance? Only one way to find out. Not to be missed. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $60, $65. 8 p.m. January 23OTHER DESERT CITIESWhat secrets could have this family so up in arms that they’d go to such extreme lengths to protect it!? Only one way to find out! Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. Engemantheater.com $55. Thurs. & Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. January 23 through March 9MARC COHNGrammy Award-winning folk-rock singer best known for “Walking In Memphis.” Expect remakes off his latest, Listening Booth, 1970—which includes hits from Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles—along with many of his originals. With Rebecca Pidgeon. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. www.thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$64.15. 7 p.m. doors/8 p.m. show. January 24LOTUSWith The Werks. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. www.thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$23-$28.36. 7 p.m. doors/8 p.m. show. January 25SANDRA BERNHARDThe one-woman rock and roll-performance art-cabaret-standup comedy show diva dishes smorgasbords of laughs in support of her Sandyland Comedy Tour. Another helping, please! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$250. 8 p.m. January 25MS. LAURYN HILLRescheduled from Dec. 26, the former Fugees member and multi-Grammy Award-winning singer brings a whole lotta groove, soul and heart to Huntington, performing rhymes and melodies from her colorful career and hopefully several from 1998’s mega-hit The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Fresh off a three-month stint for tax evasion, she’s come to educate, and of course, mesmerize. Not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75 & $100. 9 p.m. January 26NEUTRAL MILK HOTELThe indie folk-rock gods continue their much-dreamed-about reunion tour with the original In the Aeroplane Over the Sea lineup. Expect all the classics, including “Holland, 1945,” “The King of Carrot Flowers (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” “Two-Headed Boy” and “Oh Comely,” along with who knows what other magical collages of Anne Frank’s diary and Jeff Mangum’s imagination they happen to birth live. Remember to sing the horn parts. With psychedelic folk-rock mutants Elf Power. (Also playing The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester Jan. 22; $36. 8 p.m.) Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St., Manhattan. www.websterhall.com $38.50. 8 p.m. doors/9 p.m. show. January 27 & 28JOHN FOGARTYThe legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and wildly successful solo artist brings his timeless brand of swamp-rock and good ole-fashioned rock and roll to the ‘Mount, for two nights! Expect all the hits, from ‘68’s “I Put a Spell on You” straight on up through this year’s “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” off the album of the same name. Do not miss these gigs! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75-$149.50. 8 p.m. January 29 & 30JASON ISBELLThe former Drive-By Trucker, sober, determined, and armed with another new album of songs, titled Southeastern, shares his emotionally visceral introspective brand of alt-country, and as always, they’re a collection of visions crafted on his own terms. With Nashville singer/songwriter Holly Williams. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. www.thespaceatwestbury.com $20-$25. 7 p.m. doors/8 p.m. show. January 31THE FRAYPresented by WALK 97.5. With American Authors & Great Big World. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$210. 8 p.m. January 3118TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF BANDS CYSTIC FIBROSIS BENEFITAlthough not until February, this annual mega-show is worth a plug now. It’s a full day (and night) of music from typically more than two dozen local bands, with endless food and drinks and prizes, all for a great cause—to end cystic fibrosis. Thousands of dollars are raised each year to help with this mission. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage. mrbeerys.com Noon till whenever. February 16last_img read more

Prepaid cards in line to complement corporate credit

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jeff FaulkCorporate expenses have long been the realm of credit cards, but prepaid could soon be breaking through (or at least making a dent) in that barrier.Currently, Javelin reports 42 percent of corporate card spending is done via corporate credit cards. For smaller companies, that total comes to 25 percent. The percentage falls to 18 percent for businesses showing earnings between $100,000 and $1 million per year.Managing expenses more efficiently, controlling and/or restricting employee spending and simplifying expense reporting are just three benefits to using prepaid for corporate expense accounts. Administering funds via one main account and gaining greater control over expense tracking without putting an employer’s personal credit on the line or paying high interest rates also make prepaid an attractive option. This can be particularly true for small- to mid-size businesses where credit availability and access may be limited.Of course this doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” proposition. Using a combination of both credit and prepaid would be appropriate and beneficial for a number of businesses. Bringing prepaid into the fold “makes cards available for employees that may not have a robust credit history and where daily stipends are more controllable from a centralized corporate body,” Javelin Senior Payments Analyst Nick Holland said in a recent paymentssource.com article. continue reading »last_img read more

South Korea raises H5N1 alert as outbreak reports rise

first_imgApr 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) –Agriculture officials in South Korea said today they had received new reports of suspicious bird deaths at seven different sites, as the number of confirmed H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks grew by three, to 15.The suspected outbreaks are in North and South Jeolla provinces in the southwestern part of South Korea, not far from the sites of other recent outbreaks, according to a report from Reuters today.Yesterday South Korea raised its bird flu alert to its second highest level, as 200 military personnel were dispatched to cull birds in Pyeongtaek, in Gyeonggi province, about 37 miles south of Seoul, Reuters reported.A report that South Korean officials submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Apr 15 detailed 11 outbreaks, two of which had been previously reported. The new outbreak reports ranged from Apr 6 to Apr 12. Two of the latest outbreaks occurred at duck farms, five at laying-chicken farms, one at a parent-stock chicken farm, and one at a restaurant with backyard poultry.All chickens and ducks in a 3-km radius around the infected sites were slaughtered, and all ducks in a 3-to 10-km area around the sites were also stamped, according to the OIE report. The summary said 326,000 birds have been destroyed; however, media reports have placed the number of culled birds at closer to 3 million, according to Reuters.South Korea has been battling the quickly spreading outbreaks since early April, when the virus hit chickens at a commercial farm in Gimje, a town in the southwestern part of the country.The H5N1 outbreak was the country’s first in just over a year.No human H5N1 infections have been reported with the latest round of bird outbreaks, and the country has never recorded any H5N1 cases or deaths.See also:OIE reports on South Korea’s 2008 H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 cases in Vietnam and Egypt, global malaria guidance, meningococcal disease

first_imgApr 24, 2009Vietnamese woman dies of H5N1 infectionVietnam’s health ministry announced today that a 23-year-old woman from the northern part of the country died on Apr 22 from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Officials said they haven’t determined the source of her infection. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms her illness and death, it will bring the country’s official H5N1 toll to 111 cases and 56 deaths.Egypt reports H5N1 death, new caseEgypt’s news agency, quoting the country’s health ministry, reported an H5N1 avian influenza death in a previously reported patient and a new H5N1 infection in 34-year-old woman from a town north of Cairo, according to reports today from Agence France-Presse (AFP). A 33-year-old woman from Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, previously reported as Egypt’s 64th case, died today, the country’s third H5N1 death this week. She was hospitalized on Apr 15, received oseltamivir (Tamiflu) the same day, and had been listed in critical condition. Meanwhile, the ministry said Egypt’s latest case, the 34-year-old woman, was hospitalized on Apr 21 with a high fever and is in stable condition after receiving oseltamivir. She reportedly had close contact with infected poultry before she got sick. If the WHO confirms the death and new case, Egypt’s total will rise to 69 H5N1 cases, 25 of which have been fatal.Global group releases malaria control guidanceThe Malaria Elimination Group, a global body of researchers, policy experts, and country program managers, today announced the release of new guidance on malaria eradication, according to a press release from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). The guidance consists of two documents, one intended as a roadmap for frontline workers and the other a policy digest for policymakers. The group will unveil the documents tomorrow in Geneva in conjunction with World Malaria Day. In other developments, the WHO reported that the largest-ever evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria revealed that they vary widely, with some detecting even low parasitic densities in blood samples, while others only able to detect parasites at high densities. The WHO said the findings will help countries make informed choices among the dozens of commercially available diagnostic tests.[Apr 24 UCSF press release][Apr 24 WHO press release]More than 100 suspected meningococcal deaths in ChadIn an update of a meningococcal disease outbreak in Chad, the country’s health ministry said that, as of Apr 5, there have been 922 suspected cases and 105 deaths from the disease since Dec 29, the WHO reported yesterday. Illnesses have exceeded the epidemic threshold in three districts, including a district in the capital, N’Djamena.[Apr 23 WHO statement]last_img read more

Ignoring outrage, Trump makes good on WHO pullout

first_imgThe withdrawal of the key WHO founding member is effective in one year — July 6, 2021. Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent in November elections, vowed he would immediately end the pullout if he won the White House.”Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” Biden wrote on Twitter.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus responded to the news with a one-word tweet — “Together!” — as he linked to a discussion by US health experts on how leaving the global body could impede efforts to prevent future pandemics.In line with conditions set when the WHO was set up in 1948, the United States can leave within one year but must meet its remaining assessed financial obligations, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. ‘Total control’ In late May, Trump said that China exerted “total control” over the WHO and accused the UN body led by Tedros, an Ethiopian doctor and diplomat, of failing to implement reforms.Blaming China for the coronavirus, Trump, a frequent critic of the UN, said the United States would redirect funding “to other worldwide and deserving, urgent, global public health needs.”Democratic lawmakers have accused Trump of seeking to deflect criticism from his handling of the pandemic in the United States, which has suffered by far the highest death toll of any nation despite the president’s stated hope that the virus will disappear.”To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic and incoherent doesn’t do it justice,” said Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.”This won’t protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick and America alone,” he said.Representative Ami Bera, himself a physician, said that the United States and World Health Organization had worked “hand in hand” to eradicate smallpox and nearly defeat polio.”Our cases are increasing,” Bera said of COVID-19. “If the WHO is to blame: why has the US been left behind while many countries from South Korea to New Zealand to Vietnam to Germany return to normal?”Even some of Trump’s Republican allies had voiced hope that he was exerting pressure rather than making a final decision to abandon the World Health Organization.The investigative news outlet ProPublica reported last month that most of Trump’s aides were blindsided by the WHO withdrawal announcement, which he made during an appearance about China. The Trump administration has said that the WHO ignored early signs of human-to-human transmission in China, including warnings from Taiwan — which, due to Beijing’s pressure, is not part of the UN body.While many public health advocates share some criticism of the WHO, they question what other options the world body had other than to work with China, where COVID-19 was first detected late last year in the city of Wuhan.The anti-poverty campaign ONE said the United States should work to reform, not abandon, the WHO.”Withdrawing from the World Health Organization amidst an unprecedented global pandemic is an astounding action that puts the safety of all Americans the world at risk,” it said. President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally started the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization, making good on threats to deprive the UN body of its top funding source over its response to the coronavirus.Public health advocates and Trump’s political opponents voiced outrage at the departure from the Geneva-based body, which leads the global fight on maladies from polio to measles to mental health — as well as COVID-19, at a time when cases have again been rising around the world.After threatening to suspend the $400 million in annual US contributions and then announcing a withdrawal, the Trump administration has formally sent a notice to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a State Department spokesperson said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wesley Primary School student wins national reading competition

first_img 228 Views   4 comments Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimary Wesley Primary School student wins national reading competition by: – July 4, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Winner of the competition; Aidan Bruney of the Wesley Primary SchoolAidan Bruney of the Wesley Primary School has copped the 2012 Dominica Broadcasting Cooperation (DBS Radio)/Ministry of Education National reading competition sponsored by Courts Dominica.Ten students participated in the final leg of the competition at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday.Each finalist read two pieces in two categories; narrative and news segments.Bruney also copped the prizes for “best reader” in both categories.She was followed by 1st runner up Aidicia Burton of the Salybia Primary School, 2nd runner up Rashad Valentine of the Convent Preparatory School and Zende Charles of the Roseau Primary School in 3rd runner up position.1s runner up; Aidicia Burton of the Salybia Primary SchoolThe other students who participated were; Elliot John of the Salisbury Primary School, Gabrielle Robinson of the Pioneer Preparatory School, Kelsey Leblanc of the St. Martin’s Primary School, Michaela Warrington of the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, Naomi Francis of the Christian Union Primary School and Claire-Ann Telemaque of the Lighthouse Christian Academy.Bruney will also receive a computer from Courts Dominica and financial rewards among other prizes.The competition was judged by a two woman, three man panel including former education minister Sonia Williams and head of the University of the West Indies open campus Dominica Francis Severin. Bruney will represent Dominica later this year in the regional leg of the competition.2nd runner up; Rashad Valentine of the Convent Prep.Dominica’s Shaniah Edwards, student of the Massacre Primary School also won the regional competition last year.Meantime, Diane Telemaque Williams of Wesley walked away with a trophy and $150.00 after capturing the prize of “best reader” in the “over forty mini reading competition”.Beverly Leblanc of Penville placed 1st, Robert John of Salisbury, 2nd followed by Mary Toussaint of Vieille Case.The audience did the judging in that segment of the show.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Savage dominant in Quincy Stock Car win

first_imgBy Jack WalbringQUINCY, Ill. (May 11) – Brandon Savage dominated the Powder Coat Plus IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature event Sunday at Quincy Raceway as he was never seriously challenged by the rest of the field.Terry Houston scored the second spot followed by Beau Tayler in third, Abe Huls in fourth and Jim Lynch in fifth.The Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA SportMod main event was marred by the caution flag during the opening laps but the race to the checkered flag was a great one as the field found its rhythm. Brad Holtmeyer picked up his first-ever feature event win as held took to the high side to blast his way through the field to take over the lead from Tanner Klingele. Klingele lost the second spot to Tony Dunker on lap seven with Dunker then applying the pressure to Holtmeyer.Holtmeyer held Dunker at bay to the checkered flag with Dunker settling for the second spot fol­lowed by Jim Gillenwater in third, Bobby Anders Jr. in fourth and Klingele in fifth. Austen Becerra made it 10 feature wins in a row at Quincy in the $200 to win IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact special event.Becerra worked his way through the field in one lap to take the lead from Kimberly Abbott on the second circuit. Bercerra then cruised away to take the win with Pat Dunker in second, Abbott in third, Brandon Lambert in fourth and Bryce Baker in fifth.last_img read more