The Dirty 11: Panel Names Pathogens That Pose Biggest Security Risk for Research

first_imgA United States federal panel of scientists and security experts has identified 11 microorganisms that it wants designated as Tier 1 select agents, a new category of biological agents that would be subject to higher security standards than other pathogens and toxins used in biomedical research. The category would include anthrax, Ebola, Variola major and Variola minor (the two viruses that cause small pox), the Marburg virus, the virus that causes foot and mouth disease, and bacterial strains that produce the botulinum neurotoxin. At the same time, the panel has recommended dropping 19 pathogens and six toxins from the broader list of 82 agents that are currently governed by the select agent program. The Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel, led by biodefense expert George Korch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and veterinarian Gregory Parham of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was formed after President Barack Obama issued an executive order in July 2010 announcing that the government would overhaul the select agent program . The order said that select agents would be categorized by risk with a view to tightening security for the most dangerous pathogens while eliminating burdensome restrictions for agents that don’t pose a serious threat. The panel’s report, released on 14 June, makes a host of recommendations aimed at reducing the so-called “insider threat”—the possibility that a rogue researcher might use select agents to cause deliberate harm, as U.S. Army researcher Bruce Ivins allegedly did with anthrax. 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The panel also recommends that foreign nationals be screened against terrorist databases on an ongoing basis rather than the current norm of once every 5 years. Researchers working with Tier 1 agents would undergo more rigorous screening and monitoring. According to one recommendation, foreign nationals in the United States who want to do research involving Tier 1 agents  could be required to furnish a criminal background check conducted by authorities in their home country. The panel proposes periodic checking of credit statements and other financial records for personnel with access to Tier 1 agents. The panel does not rule out the use of behavioral assessment tools to determine if researchers are psychologically fit to work with pathogens such as anthrax. It is now up to the Administration whether to accept or ignore the panel’s specific recommendations. Once that process is completed, the government will issue a notification spelling out proposed changes to the select agent program. That is expected to happen in the coming months. *This item has been corrected to reflect that the panel, as reported in the previous version, did not recommend creating a new mental health database.last_img read more

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With Only Trace Evidence to Go On, Experts Discuss Drugs in the Water

first_imgLONDON—Pharmaceuticals in drinking water: it’s a made-for-TV topic that can stir up public outcry faster than you can say “barely detectable residues.” With little data on how much excreted and dumped medicines are in the environment, and even less showing a cause-effect relationship between an active ingredient and an adverse effect, researchers, health and environmental agencies, and water-quality regulators have been playing hot potato with the question for decades. But now it’s getting serious attention from the European Commission and some pharmaceutical companies. A conference convened with the University of Verona met at the Royal Society of Medicine here on Monday to discuss whether increased monitoring of medicines’ effects on the environment, or “ecopharmacovigilance,” warrants more intense scrutiny, and what, if anything, can be done to green an increasingly drug-dependent world. “Pharmaceuticals are new pollutants,” said Yves Levi of the University of Paris-Sud. What makes them different, he said, is that the whole point of a drug is to have a very targeted effect from the lowest dose possible. Doctors and pharmacists should keep in mind the potential for unintended exposure, said Christian Daughton of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, comparing drug waste in water to doctors prescribing a cocktail of unknown medications to healthy people at random. 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Only a few studies have shown cause-effect relationships. For instance, wide use of the animal growth promoter avoparcin, which chemically resembles vancomycin, is believed to have enabled the evolution of vancomycin-resistant enterococci, which can cause intestinal infections. And in several rivers around the world, endocrine disruptors such as ethinyl estradiol (EE2), the main component in most oral birth control pills, have been linked to the feminization of male fish. (Some research questions whether this has any effect on the fishes’ ability to reproduce, however.) No studies have shown any effects on human health or on developing fetuses, potentially the biggest causes for concern. While some governments have been concerned, E.U. leaders have not seen pharmaceutical pollution as a priority in the past. Right now, the European Commission requires an environmental risk assessment to be performed prior to drug approval. For veterinary products, approval can be denied based on environmental hazard (although this has never happened). Human medicinal product approval cannot be denied for this reason. But Sweden, for one, is taking the issue seriously. Over the past decade, Sweden has begun monitoring the environment for approved pharmaceuticals and instituted a national classification system that ranks drugs based on their possible toxic effects and potential to build up, or bioaccumulate, in the tissues of organisms. The government disseminates this information to doctors and pharmacies (state-owned in Sweden) to encourage environmentally sound decisions. At the conference, Åke Wennmalm of the consulting agency Sustainpharma in Stockholm presented part of a new, expanded classification system that analyzes the environmental impacts of a drug—where data are available—as it travels through manufacturing, disposal, and human waste. But Sweden does not set threshold limits for any drug. Other countries are now getting into the game. Partly in response to public demand, France recently tasked its environmental and health ministries with instituting a national action plan to reduce pharmaceuticals in the environment. The “scientific supergroup,” headed by Levi, will compile a list of drugs approved in France, their toxicity, and options for risk management. The project began in May. While he welcomed government attention to environmental research, Levi said that researchers need to be careful not to overstate their concerns. Seeing that public interest was growing, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report in July on pharmaceuticals in drinking water, encouraging everyone to keep a level head and encouraging more research. The report concluded that, given what is currently known, “trace quantities of pharmaceuticals in drinking water are very unlikely to pose risks to human health.” It said that routine monitoring was not recommended or necessary, and, most of all, that concerns about these chemicals “should not divert the attention and valuable resources of water suppliers and regulators” from pathogenic microbes and chemicals such as lead and arsenic. One of the conference organizers, Klaus Kuemmerer of Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany, said that it was a “pity” that the WHO report’s headline suggests that there isn’t a problem. But he emphasizes that the report calls for more research into drugs’ effects on fetal development and drug interactions. All agree that upstream prevention would be best: fewer drugs should be prescribed overall, more biodegradable ones are needed, and doctors should be persuaded to favor degradable ones. Several groups, including one headed by Kuemmerer, are trying to develop more biodegradable drug products. AstraZeneca ecotoxicologist Gisela Holm announced that the company has just begun their own ecopharmacovigilance program to monitor drugs postlaunch. This includes steps such as watching the literature, studying bioaccumulation, and being cognizant that their products may spread in environments where water standards and irrigation practices differ from those in developed countries. If AstraZeneca’s action is an indicator, regulation may be imminent. The European Commission is revising its Water Framework Directive, which is due out next year. It contains a phrase that John Fawell, an independent water-quality consultant on the WHO report, calls a catchall requirement to monitor any chemical that could be a risk. Three pharmaceuticals, the birth control chemical EE2 among them, may fall into this category. Fawell told ScienceInsider after the meeting that he was concerned about this move to get pharmaceuticals into the updated water framework directive. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” he says. The cost of putting activated carbon filters, for instance, on effluent streams to clean them would be extraordinarily high, he says, and targeting a few drugs with these specific methods can’t solve all the problems. Essentially, he says, these drugs would have to be banned. “If you take precipitous action, then you’re likely to cause more problems than you’re going to solve.” Frank Mastrocco, Pfizer’s director of environmental toxicology, agrees. The fears about drug waste having a direct effect on the environment and suggested legislation “presupposes there is a problem,” and the cost of removing substances or banning them may be “just plain impractical,” he said at the meeting. For instance, if the Water Framework Directive lists EE2 as a priority hazardous substance, under its current language “emissions” of EE2—and oral birth control by proxy—would need to be phased out within 20 years. “The Vatican could get behind that, but I don’t know about the rest of us,” Mastrocco said. The directive’s wording is “ill designed for pharmaceuticals” he says. Pharma companies would favor investigations into drugs’ effects, he said, but asked that drug producers and other stakeholders be included in decision-making. *ScienceInsider corrected this item to clarify its interpretation of a statement by Frank Mastrocco.last_img read more

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ISL: Zico laments lack of potent striker for struggling FC Goa

first_imgFC Goa succumbed to an embarrassing 0-2 loss against FC Pune City on SundayFC Goa’s marquee manager Zico today admitted that his team lacks a potent striker, which is the reason for their three defeats in four games in the Indian Super League.Goa lost 0-2 to FC Pune City in their away game on Sunday.”The team is missing someone who can score a goal. Football is all scoring goals and we don’t have a guy who can score. Today, we had four chances to score, but there was no one to score,” the Brazilian legend lamented at the post-match press conference.Asked about if Robert Pires’s absence due to suspension made the difference, Zico said,”We shouldn’t be worried about who is there and who is not there on field. With him (Pires) on the field, we lost two matches and drew one, so I don’t how to answer that question of yours.”What was the difference between his team and Pune, pat came the reply, “Well, when we were playing well, we didn’t score and they scored.”Was it a case of defensive lapse, he said, “It wasn’t a defensive lapse. It was mistake that happens in football. At moments where we couldn’t do anything they scored. It is normal thing to happen in football. So we need someone to score a goal.”Zico was impressed with the performance of Afghanistan’s national team captain Haroon Amiri.”This is the first time I saw him playing. He is a player that made me happy with his game. He played very well. He wants to win to game. So it might be possible that he might be played in future matches. I like players like him in my team.”advertisementPune goalie Bellardi hada great time under the bar and Zico was as impressed as the others.”I know him very well because played for four years in a team that I used to play.”Quizzed how much of a loss will it be Gabriel Fernandes’ injury, the manager said,”The doctor hasn’t said anything yet. We don’t know what the status is. I hope it is not very serious because he left the field in lot of pain.last_img read more

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SPORT-3RD LD NARSINGH 2 LAST

first_imgSports Minister Vijay Goel said he will react on the Sports Minister Vijay Goel said he will react on the development tomorrow after gathering all the relevant input. The Sports Ministry though earlier issued a statement to confirm a failed dope test by a wrestler but desisted from giving out Narsinghs name. “One wrestler has been detected by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) as dope positive. An Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) has been constituted by NADA under its rules for hearing the case. Its first hearing was held yesterday in which the wrestler was given an opportunity to defend himself,” the Ministry said. “After the hearing, the panel has asked NADA for some further reports. After these reports are received, the panel would hold further hearing in the matter. ADDP is headed by a legal expert and includes doctors and sportspersons. NADA is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to check doping in sports,” the Ministry stated. “India is committed to the World Anti-Doping code and follows prescribed procedures. Government does not interfere in the day-to-day functioning of NADA and is committed to total transparency and objectivity in matters relating to doping,” it added. Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta ruled out the possibility of Sushil benefitting from the episode, saying that the last date for sending Olympic entries, July 18, is well behind them now. “As far as Sushil Kumar is concerned, I think there is practically no chance for him (to replace Narsingh). Everything is closed as far as entry of athletes is concerned,” he said. WFI sources said Narsingh had been discouraged from attending the preparatory camp in Sonepat given the acrimony leading up to his selection in the Olympic team. “But he still went ahead,” said the source. Narsinghs sponsors JSW Sports backed the 26-year-old. “This is someone playing dirty – we are getting it sorted. he is a biggest hopeful – he is shaken up – sad how in India we cant even allow our athletes to train in peace,” JSW Cement MD tweeted. Sushils mentor Satpal Singh, meanwhile expressed disappointment with the controversy and said Sushil would be ready to step in if need be in the Olympics. PTI PDS/CM PM MRM AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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USWNT defender O’Hara out 8-12 weeks after ankle surgery

first_imgU.S. women’s national team defender Kelley O’Hara will be sidelined 8-12 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday.O’Hara will miss the team’s friendlies next month against Scotland and Portugal, which will be the USA’s final two games of 2018. Despite the injury, O’Hara remains upbeat about her prognosis heading into 2019. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It’s all good. These kinds of things come with the territory,” O’Hara said in U.S. Soccer release.”This is just the best time to get the procedure done so I’m 100 per cent heading into 2019 and physically ready to perform at the level I want to and need to.”It’s a bummer that I won’t get to Europe, but the most important thing is to be healthy for next year.” The injury continues a frustrating 2018 for the 30-year-old, who missed much of the NWSL season with the Utah Royals due to a hamstring problem.O’Hara did not feature for the USWNT between March and her return to the side for a friendly in September against Chile. The right back did start four of the team’s five matches in the recently completed Concacaf Women’s Championship, which the U.S. won while also qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.last_img read more

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JLR unveils Ratan Tatas passion project Range Rover Velar

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Mar 2 (PTI)Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled new Range Rover model Velar, a passion project of Ratan Tata, as part of its ambitious expansion plans to ramp up production of its luxury brands despite the challenges posed by Brexit.Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, credited the final product to the passion of Tata Group chairman emeritus Ratan Tata at a grand ceremony at Londons Design Museum yesterday evening.”I would like to thank Ratan Tata. Ever since he saw the first sketch of the Velar, he became a passionate advocate of it,” McGovern said at the unveiling.”Design has the power to enrich peoples lives… this is avehicle with emotionally charged DNA and unquestionable pedigree,” he added.Described as one of the “hottest products this year”, the Velar is now open to orders from around the world, including India, and is priced at around 45,000 pounds.The UK car industry had backed the remain campaign during the Brexit referendum last year because the European Union remains by far the countrys biggest market, something that could be directly affected by the final trade deal struck as Britain exits the economic bloc.”Brexit is a significant challenge and we want our respective governments to support our industry. The last year was undoubtedly a very, very successful year for the industry but there is a lot of uncertainty with one of our biggest market, the EU,” Mike Hawes, the chief of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), had said recently.advertisementIn a boost to British manufacturing, JLR announced that the Velar will be built exclusively at JLRs flagship Solihull plant in the West Midlands region of England.”The expansion of our product range and building this British designed and engineered car in the UK is a sign of our confidence in British manufacturing. We are leading the global premium car industry with our commitment to our home market and our heart, soul and headquarters will always be in the UK,” said JLR CEO Ralf Speth.The Range Rover brand has been heralded as Britains greatest luxury export since the 1970s and includes the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque.Together they have helped transform the fortunes of the UKs largest vehicle manufacturer, accounting for 85 per cent of all premium cars produced in Britain and contributing 10 billion pounds to the UK economy every year, JLR said.Built using JLRs leading lightweight aluminium architecture and powered by the latest ultra-clean UK-built Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the new Velar is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.The Range Rover Velar is the third model to be launched at the Solihull manufacturing plant in two years.It follows an injection of 1.5 billion pounds in new facilities and technologies at the plant, which began with the Jaguar XE and F-PACE.Production of all JLR models at the four UK manufacturing plants directly supports more than 40,000 British jobs and a further 250,000 in the supply chain, a JLR statement said.In the past six years, the company has more than doubled its workforce to support global demand for its products.Last year, Jaguar Land Rover sold 583,313 cars ? more than one every minute, 44 per cent of which were Range Rovers.The Range Rover Velar will be sold in more than 100 markets globally and is available to order from later this year.The Velar will be on display at the Design Museum in London until March 6 for customers who are eager to see the model before buying it.The car will also form the centrepiece of a new exhibition documenting 45 years of Range Rover, Velar to Velar which opens at the Solihull manufacturing plant at the end of March.It will be doing the motor show circuit around the world, starting with Geneva this month. PTI AK UZM AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace approach Chelsea about Batshuayi availability

first_imgCrystal Palace approach Chelsea about Batshuayi availabilityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have sounded out Chelsea about the availability of Michy Batshuayi.The Mirror says Palace have asked Chelsea about taking Batshuayi on loan for the second half of the season.The Belgian has spent the first half of it on loan at Valencia.But the La Liga side are expected to cut short his time in Spain and send him back to Stamford Bridge.That will pave the way for Palace, who are considering a move for the player in a bid to bolster their attacking options.Batshuayi has managed just three goals in 20 appearances for Valencia this season and, according to reports in Spain, will be returned to his parent club next month. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona defender Pique: We’d love Valverde to stay

first_imgBarcelona defender Pique: We’d love Valverde to stayby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique admits the players want coach Ernesto Valverde to continue next season.Off contract in June, Valverde has cast doubt over his future in recent days.After victory at Getafe, Pique said: “Continuity is Valverde’s decision and it will be respected no matter what, but we would love to continue with him.”While his deal has a 12 month option, El Chiringuito reports Valverde has told Barca directors he expects to leave at season’s end.Sunday’s win sees Barca five points clear at the top of the table. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain retires from international football

first_imgArgentina striker Gonzalo Higuain retires from international footballGonzalo Higuain made 75 appearances for Argentina, scoring 31 goals. His last appearance was in the 2-1 win over Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup.advertisement Reuters New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 09:01 IST Gonzalo Higuain has had to shoulder fierce criticism for his performances with Argentina (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHiguain made 75 appearances for Argentina, scoring 31 goalslast appearance was in the 2-1 win over Nigeria in the 2018 World CupThe 31-year-old had joined Chelsea on loan from AC Milan in January this yearChelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has retired from the Argentina national team with immediate effect, ending an eventful international career which included three losing major final appearances.”My cycle with the national team is over, now I’m watching things from the outside, to the joy of many people,” Higuain said in an interview with Fox Sports on Thursday.”I spoke with (Argentina coach Lionel) Scaloni and gave him my point of view, the decision has been taken, it’s what I think is the best thing for me.”The 31-year-old made 75 appearances for Argentina, scoring 31 goals. His last appearance was in the 2-1 win over Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup.Higuain, who joined Chelsea on loan from AC Milan in January, began his career with River Plate and has since played for Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus.Yet he has had to shoulder fierce criticism for his performances with Argentina.The striker missed a clear opportunity to open the scoring in the 2014 World Cup final, which Argentina lost to Germany.He also spurned a goalscoring chance in the 2015 Copa America final against Chile and missed a penalty in the shootout which his side lost.He also performed disappointingly in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final against Chile, where his side also lost on penalties.Higuain defended his performances for his country and pointed to his goal in the 1-0 win over Belgium in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.”People remember the goals I missed and not the ones I scored. I’m sure everyone celebrated the goal against Belgium,” he said.advertisement”When you criticise someone maliciously it hurts everyone. I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team.”It’s one thing to say that the national team did not achieve our objectives, but when people talk about failure it’s very hard.”Also Read | Lionel Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Gonzalo HiguainFollow Higuain retiresFollow argentina national team Nextlast_img read more

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Gujarat court convicts Asarams son Narayan Sai in rape case

first_imgAhmedabad: A Gujarat court Friday convicted Narayan Sai, son of jailed self-styled godman Asaram, in a rape case. The sessions court in Surat which convicted Narayan Sai will pronounce the sentence on April 30. In 2013, two Surat-based sisters approached police alleging they were raped by Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. One of them had accused Narayan Sai of repeatedly raping her between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at his ashram. Asaram has been convicted in a rape case in Jodhpur and is serving a life term.last_img read more

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Moroccan Artist Accused of Plagiarism Gives Morocco World News his Side

Casablanca – Achraf Baznani is a self-taught, Marrakech-born photographer and artist. He received international recognition by winning a number of prizes in Morocco, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and elsewhere. He also featured in a number of prominent international magazines, such as The Times, National Geographic, the Spanish Mambo, and the Korean Photoplus.  Moroccan-French news website, Le Desk shared an article on September 11 titled “Achraf Baznani: Le Mauvais génie plagiaire de la photographie” (Achraf Baznani: The Evil Genius Plagiarist of Photography). The article accused Baznani of copying the work of Canadian artist Joel Robison. Le Desk, whose Facebook fan page had been blocked for 18 hours, also held him responsible for the block.Morocco World News contacted the artist for more information on the issue. MWN: Le Desk says that you ignored their request for an interview when the subject of Joel Robison was brought up. How do you respond to that?Achraf Baznani: I will tell you the story from the beginning. I received a call from a female journalist when I was overseas. I promised to get in touch with her later on. I didn’t have regular access to the internet in the country that I was in and my schedule was also very busy.When I came back to Morocco, I was shocked to see Le Desk’s article. I don’t know what they based their judgment on, especially considering the journalist in question is not an arts reviewer.MWN: In what ways can you invalidate the allegations that you copied the work of others?Achraf Baznani: There are many ways in which I can prove the authenticity of my work. First of all, like I previously said, the journalist lacks background in arts that would enable her to judge the quality of my work.The artistic trend I contribute to is called surreal photography, and it began toward the second half of the previous century. If you search for surrealist photos, you’d see that many artistic works look to the untrained eye as reproductions of each other. Only judges sometimes can tell the difference.To say that I plagiarized the work of another artist is to say that I have fooled the judges that have awarded me with my various titles. That’s impossible because commissions of internationally renowned professionals who employ meticulous criteria in their assessment are the ones to administer these international contests I participated in. Sometimes they ask the artists to submit the original ‘draft’ of the photos, and I have submitted mine several times. Therefore, it is absurd to think that these professionals could not detect plagiarism when a journalist with no training in art couldThe same thing applies to the international expositions I participated in and the prominent magazines I was featured in such as National Geographic, The Times, Shooters, Mambo in Spain, Photoplus in Korea, and so on. The photos that these professional magazines share submit to strict assessment criteria before selection.I do my work with my own hands; I create stories where I am the hero. I have created between 450 and 500 surrealist photos, and I have obtained international awards for many of them, like Into the Abyss, and My Small World.MWN: The CEO of LeDesk says that you signaled the news website’s Facebook fan page, and Facebook subsequently blocked the page. Achraf Baznani: The lady in question and other individuals from the same news source have insulted me openly and accused me of plagiarism. Although the claims are too huge that they require a judicial process to intervene, I abstained from responding and I certainly did not signal the pageI guess Facebook necessitates many people to signal a specific page before it decides to take it off. I cannot do it all by myself, especially becasue I am extremely busy. I did not even report those who attacked me personally and the proof is on their Facebook profiles.MWN: How do you feel about this experience with LeDesk’s accusations? Achraf Baznani: I have not lost any fans on my Facebook fan page. Many people have sympathized with me after they have understood the predicament that I have been put in. However, I feel a great deal of injustice since the news website, and many others did not cover my successes, nor did they talk about my achievements. It is quite sad that I’m celebrated by international media, and demeaned by some Moroccan websites. read more

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UN tourism agency meets to build support on climate change

The so-called Davos Declaration, reached last month in the Swiss town of the same name, urges the tourism industry to “rapidly respond to climate change, within the evolving UN framework, if it is to grow in a sustainable manner.”The declaration also stresses the role that tourism can play in tackling climate change to help promote both sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the series of ambitious anti-poverty targets that world leaders have committed to try to achieve by 2015.Participants at the Davos meeting concluded that the tourism sector must lessen its greenhouse gas emissions, derived from transport and accommodation activities; spur tourism businesses and destinations to adapt and alter their practices; utilize technology to bolster energy efficiency; and obtain financial resources to assist poor regions and countries.Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is hosting today’s ministerial summit, said “tourism is a central part of our society, our economic progress and our contribution to the war on poverty.”Mr. Frangialli added that today’s meeting is designed to “put a ministerial seal on the Davos Declaration” and ensure that the tourism industry is at the leading edge of global efforts to combat the effects of climate change.The Davos Declaration will form a key part of the UNWTO’s submission to next month’s UN-organized summit in Bali, Indonesia, on how to deal with global warming. That meeting seeks to determine future action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change for the period after the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol – the current global framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions – in 2012. 13 November 2007More than 100 government ministers are meeting today in London at a United Nations-organized tourism summit to consider ratifying a declaration on climate change that has been recommended by environmental experts. read more

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Regional approach crucial to bring Somali pirates to justice says UN anticrime

“Gunboats are necessary, but not sufficient,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said of the European, Indian and United States warships now seeking to provide protection from the rampant piracy that has seen scores of ships hijacked for ransom, including those carrying vital UN food supplies for hundreds of thousands of hungry Somalis.“These bandits can be defeated in the courts, the banks, the ports as well as on the high seas using the weapons of international law and multilateral cooperation,” he added, also proposing development aid to improve local administration and create job alternatives in Somalia itself as a way of going after the pirates on land and destroying their coastal bases and support networks. Strict steps must also be taken to track down their proceeds in the international finance system.“Pirates cannot be keel-hauled or forced to walk the plank, nor should they be dumped off the Somali coast; they need to be brought to justice,” he said. In the face of the collapse of Somalia’s own justice system, the unwillingness of ship-registering countries like Liberia, Panama and the Marshall Islands to deal with crimes committed thousands of miles away, and possible legal problems for trial in countries providing the warships, a more realistic option would be for the pirates to be tried in the region after being arrested by local policemen deployed on the warships.Under such a deal, similar to the Caribbean drug operation, an officer from Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania or Yemen would join a warship off the coast as a ‘ship rider,’ arrest the pirates in the name of his or her country, and then have them sent to their national court for trial. “Regional cooperation is essential,” Mr. Costa said. “A few years ago, piracy was a threat to the Straits of Malacca. By working together, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand managed to cut the number of attacks by more than half since 2004.”Pirates must also be fought on land by having their coastal bases in Somalia and their support networks dismantled in exchange for development aid to create job, he stressed. “Shipping and insurance companies should provide assistance to prevent further attacks instead of exacerbating the problem by paying ransoms,” he added.Finally Mr. Costa proposed going after the financial flows. “Somali pirates are in it for the money, so we should try to capture their treasure. Unlike buccaneers of old, Somali mafias are not burying their booty in the sand. While some transactions are made in cash or the hawala (informal transfer) system, pirates are increasingly working through intermediaries in financial centres. This is where we need to hit them,” he said. 16 December 2008The United Nations crime-fighting agency today proposed a regional approach to bringing pirates off the Somali coast to justice similar to one that has proved successful in fighting drug traffickers in the Caribbean. read more

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UN agency reaches out to Haitians to jumpstart postquake recovery

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has employed almost 400 Haitians to give the local economy a boost and swiftly deliver urgently-needed humanitarian aid following the catastrophic earthquake which struck the Caribbean country last week.By week’s end, the cash-for-work programme will be expanded to include another 700 people to remove rubble and bring essential infrastructure, such as electricity, back online.“Time is of the essence in getting early recovery after a major disaster,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, who visited Haiti on Sunday.The 7.0 magnitude tremor is believed to have affected one third of Haiti’s population of 9 million.She called for donor support to get people back to work as quickly as possible. “This will accelerate early recovery and prepare for the longer-term rebuilding when it takes place.”The programme, which has received $5 million so far from UNDP and the Spanish Government, allows people to receive $5 per day and hopes to ultimately involve 220,000 people, indirectly benefiting 1 million people. The cash-for-work scheme is essential, not only because it augments humanitarian activity, “but also because people are able to be not only spectators, but actors” in relief efforts, Rebecca Grynspan, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, told reporters in New York.The success of the initiative hinges on community organization, she stressed.It will focus first on Carrefour-Feuilles, a neighbourhood just south of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and will soon be rolled out in other hard-hit areas, including Leogane and Jacmel.As part of a wider UN flash appeal, UNDP is calling for over $36 million and is working with the Haitian Government and partner agencies to assess damages and needs and devise plans for rebuilding.Miss Clark underscored the enormity of the challenges ahead, pointing out that “the overall task of rebuilding a devastated capital – with a population of this size – is huge.”UNDP’s past cash-for-work schemes in Haiti have laid the groundwork for the programme currently under way. Following the succession of hurricanes that battered the impoverished nation in 2008 that claimed 800 lives and left 165,000 families homeless, the agency launched cash-for-work projects to help people rebuild their lives. 20 January 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has employed almost 400 Haitians to give the local economy a boost and swiftly deliver urgently-needed humanitarian aid following the catastrophic earthquake which struck the Caribbean country last week. read more

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Closing Bell TSX ends flat Bernanke warns on fiscal cliff fallout

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Tuesday with traders disinclined to build on a strong gain as U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told markets not to count on the central bank to clean up the mess if politicians fail to head off a looming fiscal crisis.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,046.28 +5.88 +0.05%S&P 500 — 1,387.81 +0.92% +0.07%Dow —12,788.51 -7.45 -0.06%Nasdaq — 2,916.68 +0.61 +0.02%The S&P/TSX composite index added 5.88 points to 12,046.28 after jumping 163 points Monday while the TSX Venture Exchange declined 7.66 points to 1,242.3.The Canadian dollar shed 0.07 of a cent to 100.27 cents US.U.S. indexes were also held back in part by major earnings disappointments from tech giant Hewlett Packard and electronics chain Best Buy.The Dow Jones industrials slipped 7.45 points to 12,788.51 after surging 208 points a day earlier, the Nasdaq inched up 0.61 of a point to 2,916.68 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.93 of a point to 1,387.82.Markets had rallied strongly Monday amid relief that U.S. politicians appeared to be taking a more conciliatory stand ahead of negotiations to avert the imposition of deep spending cuts and steep tax hikes at the start of 2013.Going over the so-called fiscal cliff would deliver a severe shock to the economy and likely send it into recession.Bernanke warned during a speech to the Economic Club of New York that uncertainty about heading off steep spending cuts and tax increases at the first of the year is already holding back spending and troubling investors.He also made it clear that the Fed couldn’t do much to minimize the damage from a failure to deal with the crisis.“If the economy goes off the broad fiscal cliff, I don’t think the Fed has the tools to offset that,” he said.Bernanke added that worries about another round of negotiations on raising the federal debt limit in February are also contributing to uncertainty.Analysts also cautioned that markets aren’t in the mood to wait very long for progress from negotiations next week after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is out of the way.“At some point the market is going to say, OK well enough talk, let’s see what you have,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“The closer it gets to the end of the year, the markets aren’t going to wait for Dec. 31 to react. If they don’t do something right after Thanksgiving, if they don’t see something within the first week, some progression, then the market will sell off again.”Shares in Hewlett-Packard Co. plunged 11.95% to US$11.71. The tech giant is taking a US$8.8-billion charge in its latest quarterly results as it said there were “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy Corporation PLC,” which HP bought last year.HP’s net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter amounted to US$6.85-billion, or $3.49 per share. That compares with net income of US$239-million, or 12 cents per share, in the same period last year.Electronics chain Best Buy Co. reported another dismal quarter on Tuesday, recording a loss of $10-million or three cents per share in the third quarter, hurt by a continued sales slump and charges related to restructuring. That compares with net income of $156-million, or 42 cents per share in the prior-year period and its shares dropped 13% to $11.96.Commodity prices slipped following big gains Monday.The gold sector off about 0.7% with December bullion was down $10.80 to US$1,723.60 an ounce. Centerra Gold fell 37 cents to $9.17 while Agnico-Eagle Mines faded 84 cents to $54.36.The consumer staples sector also pressured the TSX with convenience store chain Jean Coutu Group fell 39 cents to $14.52.December copper closed down one cent at US$3.52 a pound following an eight-cent jump Monday. The base metals sector declined 0.28% as Thompson Creek Metals dropped 14 cents to$2.68 while Turquoise Hill Resources dropped 21 cents to $7.46.The energy sector was flat as word of a possible ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas leadership that controls Gaza helped push the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.53 to US$86.75 a barrel. Prices had run up sharply over the previous two sessions on worries that fighting could spread, jeopardizing oil shipments from the Mideast. Cenovus Energy gave back 37 cents to $32.62 and Imperial Oil shed 32 cents to $43.48.A late day rise in the financial sector limited losses, rising 0.8% as Royal Bank was up 87 cents to $57.40 and Sun Life Financial was ahead 45 cents to $26.69.Traders also looked to the eurozone after France lost its AAA credit rating.Moody’s Investors Service cited concerns over France’s prospects for economic growth and its exposure to Europe’s financial crisis in announcing its downgrade.This is the second ratings downgrade to have hit France this year: Standard & Poor’s agency lowered its score in January.In other corporate developments, Research In Motion Ltd. drifted 11 cents higher to $9.70. It had traded as high as $10.02 after Jeffries tech analyst Peter Misek upgraded the stock from underperform to hold. He said he was surprised by the strongly positive initial feedback on RIM’s new BB10 handset from carriers. The BB10 is expected to be launched Jan. 30.Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., the parent company of Sirius XM Canada Inc., said Tuesday it will pay a special cash dividend of 8.25 cents per class A subordinate voting share and 2.75 cents per class B voting share. The broadcaster will also pay begin paying a quarterly dividend of the same amount and its shares surged 18.37% to $5.80.Here’s the news investors were watching today:HP takes massive $5-billion charge for Autonomy acquisition, claims wrongdoing at the software firmFiscal cliff battle could plunge U.S. into recession: BernankeRIM stock rises on optimistic BlackBerry 10 report from JefferiesSoros bets big on gold as prices expected to hit record highsON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 410,000 new claims, down from last week 8:58 a.m.Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (Nov): Economists expect a reading of 51, almost flat with last month 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan consumer sentiment index (Nov): Economists expect a reading of 84.5, about flat with last month 10 a.m.Leading indicators (Oct): Economists expect a 0.1% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESDeere & Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.88 a share read more

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China lowers yuans trading range but currency stabilizes

BEIJING — China has lowered the trading range for its currency again, showing its potential for use as a trade weapon against Washington, but the exchange rate steadied following declines that alarmed financial markets.The central bank on Thursday set the starting point for the yuan’s daily trading at 7.0039 to the U.S. dollar — the first time since 2008 that the level was set below the politically sensitive level of seven to the dollar.The yuan was trading at 7.0435 in mid-afternoon, but that was stronger than the previous day’s level.Beijing alarmed investors Monday by allowing the yuan to fall to an 11-year low against the dollar.The central bank has assured companies it will not permit sharp declines to continue and the exchange rate will be kept stable.The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State prepares to go allin against Dayton in 2nd round of

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) looks towards the basket for a layup during a game against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament March 14. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThis one means a little more.This one — and all the rest from here on out — could be the swan song for two of a program’s most tenured and successful players.This one is the mentor against the pupil. The 14-year head coaching veteran against the young, up-and-coming fireball looking to continue making a name for himself.This is old teammates now sitting on opposing benches after wearing the same colors for two seasons.This is an in-state battle, a major conference against a mid-major adversary.This is Ohio State and Dayton.The No. 6-seed Buckeyes (25-9, 12-9) and No. 11-seed Flyers (23-10, 11-7) are set to battle to take another step forward toward the ultimate goal of winning the 2014 National Championship, Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y. The second game of the South region (Albany defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 71-64, in the First Round Tuesday), the game is the official kickoff for the second round of the tournament.“For us, and for Dayton, you win or you go home,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Wednesday. “There’s not a whole lot more than that.”Matta is slated to face off against one of his old assistants in Archie Miller, who spent two years in Columbus before jumping to Arizona with his older brother Sean and ultimately landing the head coaching job at Dayton.“That’s Columbus, and that’s where they are. It’s a powerful, powerful place. I was very fortunate to spend a couple of years there and feel that and understand it,” Miller said Wednesday. “But at the same time, a place like ours has its own special tradition, has a great program, an unbelievable fan base. In my opinion, the best fan base in the state of Ohio for basketball.”The similarities between Miller’s Flyers and Matta’s Buckeyes lie in the groundwork each set prior to tournament time this season. Both squads dropped five games in January, each peppered with four-game losing streaks within. Both have four players averaging at least eight points a game, and use substitution rotations of nine players. Each team won three games on a neutral floor this season, much like the one they are scheduled to play on at the First Niagara Center.Dayton redshirt-junior guard Jordan Sibert left OSU following the 2011-12 season to get more playing time, and now leads the team in scoring. Two of Sibert’s former teammates, senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., have played in a combined 22 NCAA Tournament games. That’s compared to a combined four games of NCAA Tournament experience for the entirety of Dayton’s roster — two games for Sibert his freshman year at OSU, and two for redshirt-senior guard Vee Sanford, one in both his freshman and sophomore years at Georgetown.Being a senior with tournament experience helps a lot, Craft said.“Just knowing what the routine is, being able to know when you have to concentrate and get things done,” Craft said Wednesday. “Lenzelle and I have been here for four years now. Just because we’ve had a little bit of success before doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll have success now, but I think it helps us prepare ourselves mentally for what the NCAA Tournament means and what it’s about.”The last meeting between the two schools was also a postseason affair, albeit in the 2008 NIT. OSU won that game, 74-63, in Columbus, before any member of either team was in college.Smith Jr. said his tournament experience is going to help him personally come tipoff Thursday.“I’ve seen everything,” Smith Jr. said Wednesday. “I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum from winning tough games to losing tough games. I just think it helps me mentally prepare better and know what to expect, especially when you get into the tournament.”The game between OSU and Dayton is set to be Miller’s first in the NCAA Tournament at the helm of a program. Going up against another member of his extensive coaching tree in such a situation doesn’t seem to mean much to Matta, however.“I honestly won’t even know he’s down there. It’s the game, it’s what’s going on there,” Matta said. “Before the game, you shake hands. After the game, you shake hands. But in between there, I don’t know what he’s doing or anything like that.”Experienced or not, power conference or mid-major — it all goes by the wayside come tipoff.“The experience isn’t going to put the ball in the basket for us this year,” Craft said. “It’s a balance of understanding it’s a new year and it’s a new team, and it’s a new experience that you’ve got to try to make the most of.” read more

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English Heritage accused of pinching celebrities after blue plaque book cover features

first_imgEnglish Heritage has been accused of “pinching” celebrities from other parts of the country after a book to honour those who have been awarded a blue plaque featured five people who were not born in the capital on its cover.The newly-released Lives and Homes of London’s Most Interesting Inhabitants features a cartoon of Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Amy Johnson, Winston Churchill and Sylvia Pankhurst standing among the capital’s most famous monuments on the front. Yesterday, residents in Liverpool and Hull criticised English Heritage and said its decision to use five people who were not born in London was “disappointing and insulting”.    The newly-released Lives and Homes of London's Most Interesting Inhabitants features a cartoon of Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Amy Johnson, Winston Churchill and Sylvia Pankhurst standing among the capital's most famous monuments on the front Diana Johnson, the MP for Hull North, said it was “disappointing and insulting” that English Heritage “had failed to recognise Amy’s true Hull heritage”.She added: “It is bad enough that Amy’s gypsy moth airplane Jason is displayed in London rather than Hull, but it adds insult to injury to paint Hull entirely out of Amy Johnson’s life. Amy Johnson was many things but a Londoner was not one of them.”Rick Welton, who is setting up a charitable trust in Hull to celebrate Ms Johnson’s legacy, said: “It seems a little far-fetched to describe her as Londoner though I can understand London wanting to make the most of our Hull heritage.”English Heritage said the blue plaque scheme, which it took over the running of in 1986, was designed to celebrate not just those born in London but also notable figures who have lived or worked in the capital. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They pointed out that Pankhurst came from Manchester, Johnson was born and bred in Hull while Lennon’s Merseyside roots were celebrated in some of the The Beatles’ most famous songs.Churchill, meanwhile, was born in Oxfordshire while Gandhi lived in Hammersmith and Fulham for less than three years while a law student.Dave Gannon, who runs the Lennon Bar near Liverpool’s legendary Cabin Club, said the decision was “ridiculous” as he claimed: “I never thought London was short of celebrities so I don’t know why they need to pinch one of ours.”center_img I never thought London was short of celebrities so I don’t know why they need to pinch one of ours.Dave Gannon It is one of the oldest schemes in the world, with more than 900 plaques issued in the last 150 years. In order for a plaque to be approved, 20 years must have passed since a candidate’s death and the building within Greater London must survive in a recognisable form.In Lennon’s case, a plaque was issued at 34 Montagu Square in 2010 as it was the first home the musician had shared with Yoko Ono. It was also the flat when the naked photograph of the couple was taken for the Two Virgins album cover.Meanwhile, a plaque was awarded to Johnson – who was the first female pilot to fly solo from England to Australia – as she had spent several years living in London, where she learnt to fly. She also departed on her record-breaking journey from Croydon.A spokesman for English Heritage added: “The London Blue Plaques Scheme celebrates not just people who were born in London but Londoners in a wider sense (defining Londoner as ‘a native or inhabitant of London’).”All of those featuring on the front cover have lived in London. No official complaints have been made about the £16.99 book, which will act as a portable guide for the scheme. The newly-released Lives and Homes of London’s Most Interesting Inhabitants features a cartoon of Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Amy Johnson, Winston Churchill and Sylvia Pankhurst standing among the capital’s most famous monuments on the frontCredit:English Heritagelast_img read more

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London is fed up of knife crime says weeping father of youth

Instagram photos of the unnamed teenager, released by the CPS to the Evening Standard, showed him posing with a samurai sword and a hunting knife. One photo, believed to have been uploaded less than three weeks before the fatal stabbing, read: “Always moving aggy wen i’m pokin.” Prosecutors told the Old Bailey the language was a boast by the teenager he was aggressive when armed with a knife. Rather than back off, Smith closed in on the fallen rider before picking him up and plunging the knife into his chest, puncturing his lung. Smith was arrested on Oct 19 and admitted to officers that he was at the scene, but claimed he acted in self-defence and had no idea the youngster was armed. The 17-year-old killer, who cannot be named because of his age, was jailed for eight years.Credit:Crown Prosecution Service/PA The teenager ran towards Munster Road, where he ‘disposed’ of the knife, but was arrested by police within about 15 minutes of the brawl.The youth, from the Durham area, denied – and was cleared of – murder. During the violent confrontation, Mr Saidy was attacked with a blade and kicked as he lay defenceless on the ground. Despite emergency treatment, he died at the scene at around 8.30pm from the loss of blood. Mr Oluwafemi rode up on the pavement on his moped to try and drive the pair off, but crashed into a number of parked cars. He added: “It doesn’t matter to him – you let him out tomorrow, he will kill again.”Smith and the juvenile, now 17, were both cleared of the murder of Mr Saidy. However, the youth was convicted of manslaughter, while Smith was convicted of wounding Mr Oluwafemi with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.Judge Anne Molyneux admitted the pictures of the teenager “demonstrate an unhealthy fascination with knives”. She told Smith that “the court concluded that you do not pose a significant risk of serious threat”.Jurors heard the two victims had also been carrying knives. Prosecutor Timothy Cray said Mr Saidy made a decision that “set off a chain of events” which led to “terrible consequences for himself and for his family”, by opting to confront the drug-dealing duo. The jury were not shown these photos during the trial, nor were they informed the teenager had brandished a machete during a 2016 robbery, carried a lock knife in his sock and took a weapon to school when he was 12. Speaking at the court, Mr Saidy’s father, Majid, said: “Because of knife crime, so many families are now going through hell since all these kids are carrying knives.”Youths are not considering what is really happening to the families who are affected, who are crying every day over lost family. Everyone in London is watching these young kids being killed. London is fed up and the sentences should be harsh.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 17-year-old killer, who cannot be named because of his age, was jailed for eight years. Majid Saidy, leaving the Old Bailey London is fed up of knife crime, the father of a youth worker stabbed to death while chasing drug dealers has said.Omid Saidy, 20, was trying to stop a 16-year-old and his friend selling drugs outside his Fulham home on Oct 16 last year when he was attacked.While chasing the  teenager, who has an “unhealthy fascination with knives”, and Shafiq Smith, 20, Mr Saidy called his friend, Omotosho Oluwafemi, 18, to help to tackle the suspected drug dealers. After a confrontation, the teenager, whose identity is protected by a court order, stabbed Mr Saidy in the neck, torso and backside while Mr Oluwafemi was stabbed by Smith.Just four days before the killing, Smith was stopped in Mitcham, south London, where he was found to have a 30cm knife tucked in his trousers.  Majid Saidy, leaving the Old BaileyCredit:ED WILLCOX read more

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Incident investigation course from Centre for Mining Safety Health Excellence

first_imgThe Centre for Mining Safety & Health Excellence has announced the next in its series of professional development short courses. Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis (IIRCA) is being held from April 23-25, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The course is described as “appropriate for safety and health professionals, frontline and senior managers, consultants, as well as any employee interested in accurate problem-solving.”The Centre statement comments that “its philosophy of safety and health excellence through systems, culture and leadership optimisation makes this more than a basic course on incident investigation and root cause analysis. This ‘whole systems’ management technique increases the effectiveness of investigation strategies. Through hands-on analysis of industry case studies, safety and health professionals and corporate managers learn how to incorporate the latest investigation techniques with corporate leadership principles.”The IIRCA training is designed for employees new to incident investigation and root cause analysis, as well as experienced professionals looking for a refresher course with a current perspective. This course takes participants through the practical aspects of the incident investigation process and covers various techniques for conducting root cause analysis. It also emphasises the importance of using RCA data in the assessment of safety and health management system effectiveness and culture enhancement. There is a strong emphasis on experiential (hands-on) learning through case studies. More information is available at www.safetycenter.utah.edulast_img read more

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