Harvard-led global study to look at stunted cognitive development

first_imgA comprehensive global study of the educational and economic impact of stunted cognitive development due to childhood illnesses and other adversities has been launched by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), with colleagues from across Harvard and other partner institutions.With an award from the “Saving Brains” program of Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the government of Canada, the researchers will use comprehensive data sources to develop comparable national, regional, and global estimates of the effects of major risk factors on childhood development, educational attainment, and the economic impact of those effects.Risk factors to be studied include adverse health and nutrition during pregnancy, childhood infections and nutritional status, along with maternal depression and low education, which may result in inadequate child nurturing and stimulation. In addition to global and country-level analyses, more detailed examination will be done for two focus countries, Pakistan and Tanzania, where project collaborators have close ties and established working relationships.Led by Wafaie Fawzi, professor and chair of HSPH’s Department of Global Health and Population and Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London, the project brings together a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, economists, epidemiologists, nutritional scientists, psychologists, disease and risk factor modelers, and statisticians. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Fingerprints and hurdles in security

first_imgI remember the first time I heard about using your fingerprint in place of a password.I was pumped.Passwords and I do not get along well.  Ten characters. At least one capital letter. At least one number. At least one special character.How many variations of Go Penn State! can you create?Ah, but the fingerprint would solve this!Or maybe not.  5.6 million fingerprints have been stolen. And those are the ones we know about.The fingerprint technology was an improvement. But it was no silver bullet. It raised the bar, and “the bad guys” stepped up their game.But here’s the thing. There are no silver bullets. In the world of security, there will always be better forms of security. But there isn’t a safe that cannot be cracked. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia reports 4 H5N1 deaths

first_imgMar 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian health official said today that four more people have died of H5N1 avian influenza over the past month, as an Indonesian newspaper reported two more deaths possibly due to the disease.Bayu Krisnamurthi, head of Indonesia’s National Bird Flu Commission, gave few details about the four victims . Two were siblings from the city of Bogor in West Java province, and the two others were women from Bekasi, a suburb of Jakarta, and Surabaya in East Java province, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the cases, the country’s count will rise to 145 cases and 119 deaths. For now, the total stands at 141 cases and 115 deaths.Krisnamurthi said all four of the victims were believed to have had contact with sick poultry. He told Reuters that all four died in February.Mike Coston, who authors the Avian Flu Diaryblog, provided a round-up today of additional details about the four cases, based on information that he and flu reporters at the FluWiki and FluTrackers blog sites have gleaned over the past several weeks from Indonesian media reports and other online sources.He wrote that the siblings from Bogor appear to have been a 30-year-old man and his sister who died in mid January. A third sibling reportedly had a high fever, but refused medical treatment. The woman from Surabaya was most likely an 18-year-old who died at Sutomo Hospital in Surabaya in late January, Coston wrote. He added that five healthcare workers there were reportedly quarantined with severe flulike symptoms, but there was little follow-up news other than that two of them tested negative for the H5N1 virus.Several reports of suspected H5N1 cases have come out of Bekasi over the past 2 months, making it difficult to infer the identity of the Bekasi woman mentioned in Krisnamurthi’s total today, Coston wrote.Indonesia’s last H5N1 cases were reported on Jan 22. One was in a 29-year-old woman from Tangerang district in Banten province who died in mid December, and the other was in a 5-year-old girl from Bekasi who got sick in late December and died on Jan 2.Last June, Indonesia announced that it would no longer provide immediate announcements of individual avian flu deaths, opting instead to give periodic updates.In other developments, the Indonesian Republika newspaper today reported two more H5N1 deaths, both which occurred over the weekend near Jakarta, Reuters reported. The patients were a 5-year-old girl from Depok and an 8-year-old boy from Bekasi. The National Bird Flu Commission said the children’s samples were sent to Jakarta to confirm the cause of death.Indonesia has had more H5N1 cases and deaths than any other nation. The WHO’s current global H5N1 count, which doesn’t yet reflect the four Indonesian case-patients, stands at 409 cases, 256 of them fatal.See also:Mar 3 Avian Flu Diary blog postJan 21 CIDRAP News story “2 Indonesian cases push global H5N1 death toll over 250″WHO global H5N1 case countlast_img read more

Prestigious halal certificate from today in Crikvenica hotels Katarina, Omorika and Esplanade

first_imgThe Crikvenica tourist company Jadran dd continues to raise the quality and improve its tourist offer. By meeting strict criteria, it received a halal quality certificate that adorns their three hotels: Katarina, Omorika and Esplanade, and thus made an important business step into the halal market worth two trillion US dollars.Jadran dd from Crikvenica, a tourist company that owns eight hotels, two campsites and a tourist resort on the Crikvenica Riviera, has met high requirements for implementation and received a halal quality certificate – which guarantees guests Katarina, Omorika and Esplanade accommodation, gastronomy and wellness by strict halal standards. After complying with the sophisticated halal rules on Thursday, September 14 in the congress hall of the Esplanade Hotel, the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd Dino Manestro was solemnly presented with a halal quality certificate awarded by the Center for Halal Quality Certification at the Islamic Community in Croatia.This important business step towards the markets of Arab-Islamic countries whose high-paying clientele requires halal services and gastronomy is a consequence of the development and investment cycle that has been intensively implemented in the company Jadran dd since 2014 with the aim of raising the quality of hotel facilities from 2 * to 3 * that is, at 4 *. ‘Raising quality and enriching tourist facilities with halal services and gastronomy is a strategic business move, as it is a market whose global economic scope – according to the world’s leading agency Thomson Reuters – has exceeded the annual value of 3,6 trillion US dollars. Of that, $ 1,66 trillion goes to food, cosmetics and tourism, and the remaining $ 4 trillion goes to the Islamic financial sector. Halal market is definitely confirmed as the fastest growing market in the world where we see our motive and opportunity to position ourselves in this market with our three newly renovated hotels Katarina 4 *, Omorika 4 * and Esplanade 4 * and fight for our share of the cake. In addition to the new challenging market of Arab – Islamic countries, we are focused, of course, on attracting halal clientele from the European Union and our neighborhood. An additional motive of the Management in achieving this goal is to position the newly renovated Hotel Katarina with a new XNUMX-star categorization on the market as a hotel for health tourism ‘, said Dino Manestar, President of the Management Board of Jadran ddDuring the demanding process of obtaining a halal certificate, three hotels from the Crikvenica company Jadran dd had to meet six strict settings necessary for the certification of halal products and services. For halal (permitted) products, it is necessary to control and prevent the risk of their mixing and contact with those who are considered ‘haram’ or illegal in the Islamic world. When it comes to food products, Crikvenica’s Katarina, Esplanade and Omorika hotels have pledged to provide critical control points for ‘haram’ in order to prevent or eliminate the possibility of ’embarrassment’ of halal products. At the same time, this implies supervision that ensures that food is procured exclusively from certified suppliers. The authorized person then checks whether all the required conditions have been met, and only after this check can the food with a visible halal label be stored in a space that must be physically separated from the ‘haram’ of the food.In order to maintain the prestigious halal certificate, an important link in the chain are the chefs and support staff who must take care to use only halal raw materials when preparing meals and not to mix them with illegal (haram) raw materials. It is crucial to thoroughly wash and disinfect utensils and dishes, tools and machines used to prepare halal dishes. Namely, the same utensils and dishes and tools and machines for preparing halal dishes cannot be used for ‘haram’ dishes at the same time. These procedures should be physically or temporally separated to avoid contamination and ‘embarrassment’ of the food. Also, before serving halal dishes (buffet) they must be additionally marked with the halal quality mark and must not be served in the same dish together with other dishes.Hotels that have a halal quality label must also take into account the services they offer to their target clientele. Namely, when preparing accommodation in a hotel room, the direction southeast (direction of rotation during the prayer ceremony) must be marked with a pointing arrow that reads Qibla. A prayer mat (serjada), a prayer book (Quran) and a rosary (tesbih) must be provided in the room, and the exact schedule of daily prayers (vakti) must be ensured.It is extremely important to empty the mini-bar in the room of alcoholic beverages and change the price list of the mini bar in accordance with the changed content. Then, halal-certified personal hygiene products should be provided in the bathroom. Also, paintings with portraits or faces of persons that Islamic believers consider forbidden are not allowed in the room because according to their interpretation they belong to the imitation of God’s creation.The sixth setting necessary to ensure halal quality in the three Crikvenica hotels concerns wellness services that include a swimming pool, spa, beauty salon and gym. Accordingly, wellness centers should provide a separate section for women and men, and if this is not possible it is necessary to provide a different timetable for the use of services for women and men. It is also necessary to follow strict rules that female staff take care of female guests and male staff take care of male guests. In this case, too, the staff in the wellness centers should take care that all cosmetic and other products they use should be halal certified.last_img read more

Potpisan memorandum o razumijevanju o uspostavi partnerstva za naukovanje u Hrvatskoj – “Partnerstvom do kvalitetnijeg naukovanja”

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism reports that yesterday the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli participated in the signing ceremony of the “Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a partnership for apprenticeship in the Republic of Croatia” which formalized the establishment of a partnership for apprenticeship between the signatories: Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship. and Crafts, the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the Ministry of Tourism, the Agency for Vocational Education, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Crafts.The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is implementing the Erasmus + project “Join EP4A: European Partnerships for Apprenticeship”, which aims to promote apprenticeships by building partnerships between relevant stakeholders in vocational education and training, and its president, Dragutin Ranogajec The Chamber of Crafts has been taking care of education for crafts for 25 years, together with its craftsmen, with the support of the ministry in charge of crafts.Minister Gari Cappelli emphasized in his address the importance of the apprenticeship partnership for Croatian tourism. “Tourism is a dynamic industry that requires flexibility and rapid adaptation to market changes. That is why this project is extremely important because practical knowledge is a crucial factor for competitiveness in tourism. I believe that through this partnership we will strengthen and more effectively implement work-based learning and strengthen entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurial thinking with an emphasis on innovation and thus make a great contribution to the success of Croatian tourism, and thus the entire Croatian economy.Said Cappelli.Photo: MintThe importance of the document, which will give new impetus to cooperation in order to promote the importance of vocational education and training, was recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, which was confirmed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister, Ph.D. Martina Dalić, who announced the amendments to the Law on Crafts that should be in the legislative procedure during the second quarter of this year, and which will be aimed at restoring good but forgotten practices, especially those related to passing exams and supervision of professional classes with craftsmen, ie in the economy.Minister of Science and Education prof.dr.sc. Blaženka Divjak, expressed satisfaction with the signing of the Memorandum and pointed out: “We have launched the long-awaited reform of vocational education. Amendments to the Law on Vocational Education are in the parliamentary procedure, which will provide almost a billion kuna from EU funds for the Centers of Competence. Vocational education reform will provide modern schools and advanced learners and ultimately link education to the labor market.”Minister of Labor and Pension System mr.sc. Marko Pavić, welcomed the signing of the Memorandum, which he sees as a step forward in the direction of harmonizing the education segment with the labor market. “The issue of ensuring a quality and sufficient workforce in the labor market is the biggest challenge for employers in Croatia. The government has provided 2,5 billion kuna for employment programs, of which 1 billion for active employment policy measures. Almost all measures to encourage employment include education, and some are focused on apprenticeships and crafts. This kind of support is a signal that this Government is seriously working on it, and I am sure that we will succeed in that.“, izjavio je.At the end of the meeting, a “Statement of Support to the Apprenticeship Partnership” was signed by representatives of the Croatian Employment Service, vocational schools, the county and employers.last_img read more

Investec targets EU institutional investors with alternatives platform

first_imgInvestec Asset Management has launched an alternatives platform in Luxembourg to cater for EU-based institutional investors.The platform is designed to offer investors access to a range of strategies under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), with offerings tailored to specific client groups.The first product on the platform is an unconstrained multi-asset credit fund, run by Jeff Boswell and Garland Hansmann. The pair already manage roughly $400m (€342m) in the strategy through other vehicles.Investec also planned to launch a defensive version of the strategy aimed at German institutional investors, a spokeswoman for the asset manager said. John Green, global head of client group, said: “This move underlines our commitment to providing our European clients with solutions tailored to their specific requirements – an example being investors’ dual requirements for yield enhancement and capital preservation given uncertain markets.“Our multi-asset credit strategy actively manages exposure across the credit spectrum to build a diversified portfolio which aims to be high-yielding yet comparatively defensive, with low volatility and low sensitivity to interest rates.”Investec’s existing Luxembourg fund range includes 47 products with more than €31bn in assets.The spokeswoman said the move was unrelated to its Brexit preparations. Similarly, she said the firm had no specific plans to add staff in its Luxembourg office.Companies including M&G and Columbia Threadneedle have transferred assets out of UK-based funds to Luxembourg in preparation for the UK leaving the EU in March, while several other asset managers have expanded their resources in offices in Ireland or Luxembourg.AIFMD is a European directive covering hedge funds, real estate, private equity and other alternative investment categories.Access IPE’s November 2017 Credit Special Report here.last_img read more

Vacant lot values in Brisbane have jumped 9% in 12 months

first_imgMedian price per square metre. Quarterly Market Insights report – Oliver Hume Oliver Hume are the sales and marketing agents for a number of projects around SEQ, including Tribeca’s OTTO project at Coomera; Carver’s Reach project at Park Ridge for Golden Gate Property, the Arcadia Park Ridge project for developer Goldengrove; and a soon-to-be-launched project at Ripley. They will also be launching a new campaign for Oliver Hume Property Fund’s The Verge project at Logan Reserve.Locally, Oliver Hume Queensland general manager Matt Barr said southeast Queensland, like most major markets, was seeing an increasing demand for smaller lots.Mr Barr said declining lot sizes meant the median price for any one market does not always reflect the true scope of price changes. To get a more accurate picture of prices, Oliver Hume tracked the average value rate of land, or the price per square metre for sales.As at the March quarter the average in the Brisbane LGA was $961 a square metre, which was up 0.4 per cent for the quarter and 11 per cent for the year. Oliver Hume national head of research George BougiasMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“The improvement is gradually helping to lift the state’s share of national output with the state returning to trend as one of Australia’s faster growing jurisdictions,” he said. “These factors have been the only thing supporting the southeast Queensland market in recent times.”Greater certainty following the election coupled with expectations of a rate cut, the decision to wind back the serviceability criteria imposed on banks and the promise of a new federally-funded first home buyer incentive is also expected to create momentum in the market, Mr Bougias said.“These factors combined with robust population growth and a stable employment market create the perfect recipe for some solid growth in volumes and sales.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50HOUSE values may have dipped, but vacant lots of land remain a property gold mine.Buyers are even snapping up old, rundown houses in bluechip suburbs only to knock them down and build their dream home. New research from Oliver Hume has revealed that the median price for a vacant lot in the Brisbane local government area increased 9 per cent in the past 12 months. You’re not dreamin’. Land values in the Brisbane LGA have jumped 9 per cent in 12 months.Not far behind with 7 per cent growth was the Gold Coast LGA, where the median lot price has risen to $341,200.Land in Ipswich (3%), Logan (2%) and Redland (1%) also experienced price growth, while the Moreton Bay property powerhouse saw its median price for lots fall 3 per cent over the quarter, and 5 per cent over the year.Oliver Hume national head of research George Bougias said the Queensland economy was continuing to improve, buoyed by gas exports, tourism and population growth.center_img Vacant land close to the Brisbane CBD may be scarce, but it hasn’t stopped buyers from snapping up available land on its outskirts The Ipswich LGA was the most affordable region, with an average value rate basis of $498 a square metre.While the Brisbane LGA experienced the greatest increase in average value rates (11%), the Moreton Bay LGA experienced the greatest relative decline in lot sizes, which were down 8 per cent. Land ranging from 300 to 400sq m continue to be the most popular lot sizes. “In recent years an increasing share of smaller lots have been sold. For example over the period from the December quarter 2017 to the March quarter 2019 the share of lots sold sized 601 tp 1000 sqm has decreased from 14 per cent to 9 per cent,” Mr Barr said.“Over the same period the share of lots sold sized below 300 sqm has increased from 6per cent to 10 per cent.” Oliver Hume’s Quarterly Market Insights (QMI) report, to be released today, will reveal that the median price for land has continued to edge higher in the March quarter, adding to the gains achieved over the last 12 months. The Brisbane LGA recorded the strongest growth, with the median lot value increasing 9 per cent from $352,375 to $385,375 in the year to the end of March. last_img read more

Restrictions Ease Further, Beaches Open

first_img Share 520 Views   no discussions CoronavirusHealthLifestyleLocalNews Restrictions Ease Further, Beaches Open by: – May 6, 2020 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet The Ministry of Health, moments ago, announced a further relaxation of guidelines imposed just over a month ago to contain the spread of Covid19.Clothing and textile stores as well as appliance and electronic stores can now open.All authorised businesses can now operate on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.Beaches and rivers are now open for “stress management” from 8am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays, according to the Hon Health Minister.Strict guidelines apply to those trips including no music, alcohol, picnics or gatherings of 10 or more. The police will continue their patrols.At this point, full home lockdown remains in effect on Sundays and from 6pm to 6am on other days.Watch the full statement herelast_img read more

Elderly Man Faces Charge After “Social Distancing” Elevator Push in Miami Beach

first_imgEfforts to social distance in an elevator recently led to a confrontation between two elderly South Florida men.Surveillance video shows 72-year-old Nachum Gross appearing to push another senior who was trying to enter the elevator.Gross is now charged with battery on a person 65 or older.However, his attorney says he was simply defending himself.“In this world of COVID… every human being right now is a loaded weapon,” explains Michael Grieco, the attorney representing Gross. “There was no unlawful touching. He was completely within his rights to defend himself and defend his wife.”The video was captured on June 22 at Portofino Towers in Miami Beach.The building is practicing social distancing by limiting elevator capacity to two people at a time.The video shows Gross and his wife in the elevator. A man tries to enter as the elevator door opens on the 32nd floor.At that point, Gross holds up two fingers, referring to the two-person limit, but the man still tries to come into the elevator.Gross pushes back, sending the other man, identified as 86-year-old Gerald Steiglitz, stumbling back.Courtesy: Miami-Dade County“He was aggressive and he shouldn’t have been aggressive,” Steiglitz claims.Steiglitz says when he tried to get on the elevator, he thought his neighbor of more than 20 years was just saying hello.“I thought this was peace,” he adds. “I didn’t know what it meant.”“He thought this was peace and he give him the elbow to say hello and you see Gerry is smiling, but then he pushed him,” explains Salome Steiglitz, Gerald’s wife. “He pushed so hard that he came out of the elevator.”Steiglitz ended up with a bruise from hitting the corner of a table.“I was all black and blue on the back side,” he says.Soon thereafter, Steiglitz went to the police.That led to Gross surrendering at the Miami Beach Police Department and being booked into jail last week.He posted bond several hours later.“This is a self defense case through and through,” Greico says. “This thing is ridiculous and I don’t see any scenario where the state attorney could ever file this.”Portofino Towers released a statement, saying they have strict rules regarding social distancing and they limit the elevators to only two people at a time.last_img read more

Guyana Female Under-19 departs for T&T today

first_imgTHE Guyana Female Under-19 squad departs for Trinidad and Tobago today to take part in the Regional Invitational Under-19 tournament.The tournament consists of four teams namely; Barbados, Guyana, Windward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago.Guyana will have its first round of matches on Wednesday.They will first play hosts Trinidad and Tobago from 09:00hrs before taking on the Windward Islands from 14:30hrs.The female Under-19 squad will play three rounds of matches with two matches being played daily.The team is scheduled to return on August 7.Shabika Gajnabi will lead the squad. The coach is Tremayne Smartt and Manager Heema Singh.The squad is as follows: Shabika Gajnabi – Captain, Sheneta Grimmond, Plaffiana Millington, Lafona Gilgeous, Omadevi Matadin, Marian Samaroo, Aleema Arokium, Russhanna Alika Lynch, Mandy Mangru, Yougeeta Balkishun, Abigale Scott, Casey Anna Charles, Bibi Tasleema Bacchus and Cherry-Ann Fraser.last_img read more