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  • High Court agrees to hear PIL for population control in India

    first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a PIL seeking directions to the Centre to implement measures to control the country’s rising population on the ground that it was the root cause behind rise in crimes, pollution and dearth of resources and jobs.The petition was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi which allowed it to be listed for hearing on Wednesday. The plea by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who is also a lawyer, has sought implementation of the recommendations for population control made by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) headed by Justice Venkatchaliah. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The NCRWC, after making immense efforts for two years and elaborate discussion, had suggested addition of Article 47A in the Constitution and formulation of Population Control Law. “Till now the Constitution has been amended 125 times, hundreds of new laws have been enacted, but population control law, utterly required for country, is not made, though it will curtail more than 50 per cent problems of India,” the petition said. It also sought an order from the court declaring that the Centre “may set two-child norm, as a criteria for government jobs, aids and subsidies, and, may withdraw statutory rights viz. right to vote, right to contest, right to property, right to free shelter, right to free legal aid”, for not complying with it. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe plea claims that the population of India has “marched ahead” of China, as about 20 per cent the population does not have Aadhaar and therefore, is not accounted for, and there are also crores of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living illegally in the country. Upadhyay, in his plea, has also claimed that “population explosion is also the root cause of corruption”, apart from being a contributory factor behind heinous crimes like rapes, domestic violence, etc. He has also claimed that without population control, campaigns like clean India and save the girl child would not succeed.last_img read more

  • Lawyers take Quebec to court over abrupt closure of 18000 immigration files

    first_imgMONTREAL — Lawyers argued today in favour of an injunction reversing the Quebec government’s decision to cancel more than 18,000 immigration applications waiting to be processed.Representatives of an association of Quebec immigration lawyers say the province is ignoring laws currently in place in anticipation of a new law, Bill 9, that would overhaul the system for selecting newcomers to the province.The 18,139 outstanding applications involve skilled workers’ cases, which are managed by the province.Doug Mitchell, a lawyer representing those affected, told the court the province’s move essentially amounts to ignoring the law of the land, causing great prejudice to those affected.Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled Bill 9 on Feb. 7, setting out a framework that would permit the province to be more selective with immigrants, ensuring they speak French, respect Quebec values and meet labour market needs.People whose applications were already being processed were informed they would have to start afresh under the new system. They are seeking a certificate from the Quebec government that would allow them to obtain permanent residency in Canada.The request being heard today in Quebec Superior Court involves Seeun Park, a Korean woman in Montreal, but it is being argued on behalf of all of those who have seen their applications set aside. They want the Quebec Immigration Department to be ordered to resume processing their applications.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Senator Brazeau confident hell be cleared in living allowance probe

    first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Embattled Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau says he is confident a three-person Senate panel created to investigate his use of a $20,000 living allowance will clear him of any wrongdoing.The panel is comprised of Conservative Senator Elizabeth Marshall, who is the chair, Liberal Senator Larry Campbell and Conservative Senator Gerald Comeau.The Senate committee on internal economy, budgets and administration created the bipartisan panel after a CTV report questioned whether Brazeau was eligible to receive the allowance by claiming a home in Maniwaki, Que., as a primary residence.The CTV report said Brazeau also lives in a rented house with his girlfriend in Gatineau, Que., which sits across the Ottawa River from Canada’s capital city.Brazeau said in a Twitter message to APTN National News that he welcomed the investigation and he was confident it would clear him.“I welcome it,” said Brazeau in the Twitter message. “I am confident it will clear me.”Brazeau, an Algonquin Senator, is currently leading a Senate human rights committee study into off-reserve First Nation people.last_img read more

  • Maintenance on the Taylor Bridge resumes July 17th 2019

    first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Dawson Road Maintenance – North Peace will be continuing repairs on the Taylor Bridge.Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm expect single lane alternating traffic crossing the bridge with delays up to 20 minutes according to the company.Dawson Road Maintenance – North Peace apologizes for any inconvenience.last_img

  • Is Achraf Hakimi on the Verge of Leaving Real Madrid

    Rabat – Despite being listed as one of the top 50 most promising under-20 players in Europe, Achraf Hakimi might not be on French coach Zinedine Zidane’s list of Real Madrid players for the upcoming season.According to Spanish media Mundo Deportivo, the Moroccan player apparently did not convince Zidane of his value.  The coach is seriously thinking about replacing Hakimi, when his contract end in June.“He did not feel comfortable in his position on the side and showed some inaccuracies, especially in defense,” said the newspaper which closely followed Hakimi’s performance during the Real Madrid-Bayern Munich (2-1) match at the Bernabéu. “Achraf is here, he is a very young player, his first year with the first team. We must go slowly with him, we will see what we do Tuesday,” said Zidane after the game.According to the same source, the Real Madrid’s coach may choose to replace Hakimi with Lucas Vasquez in the right-back position against Bayern-Munich on Tuesday.Despite his recent performance, the footballer delivered a great performance with the Atlas Lions during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, and is highly likely to be among the players who will represent Morocco in the World Cup next summer.The Moroccan sensation made his official debut at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 1, when Real Madrid’s key defender Dani Carvajal couldn’t play due to injury. The footballer netted his first goal for his Spanish team on December 10 against Sevilla, becoming the first Moroccan ever to score for Real Madrid.Hakimi is very proud of being able to play with one of the best football teams in the world.In October, the young athlete told beIN Sports “I am very happy to play with the best team in the world.” He also expressed his gratitude to Los Blancos’ coach Zidane for selecting him to play in decisive games in La Liga. read more

  • Sudan UN aims to curb injuries suffered by women enduring prolonged labour

    12 June 2007The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is leading a global effort to end obstetric fistula – an abnormal hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without speedy medical attention – in Sudan, where 5,000 new cases occur every year. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is leading a global effort to end obstetric fistula – an abnormal hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without speedy medical attention – in Sudan, where 5,000 new cases occur every year. Obstetric fistula, which leaves women with chronic incontinence and in most cases a stillborn baby, is almost entirely preventable. However, there are only three health centres for fistula across in the vast country. Occurring disproportionately among impoverished girls and women, it occurs when emergency obstetric care is not available to women developing complications during childbirth. Many Sudanese women live far from the reach of medical services. In Southern Sudan – where reproductive health problems such as fistula are the leading cause of death and illness for women of childbearing age – there are only eight qualified midwives, and seven of the ten States have none. Further compounding the risk of developing obstetric fistula is the fact that there are fewer than 30 general practitioners in all of Southern Sudan. The Campaign to End Fistula, which started in 2003 and currently operates in over 40 countries, aims to end fistula worldwide by 2015 to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of targets to slash poverty and other ills. The initiative trains doctors, nurses and other health workers in live-saving obstetric care, and focuses on the three crucial areas of prevention, treating affected women and supporting them after surgery. “Prevention is at the heart of this Campaign,” Saira Stewart, UNFPA Media Officer, told the UN News Service. “In the long run, prevention also entails tackling underlying social and economic inequities through efforts aimed at empowering women and girls, enhancing their life opportunities and delaying marriage and childbirth.” The Campaign also works to provide care for women already living with fistula. A simple surgical procedure – at an average cost of $300 – will repair the injury in most cases, with 90 per cent success rates among skilled surgeons. The UNFPA scheme channels funding for the provision of free surgery to women who need it. “Fistula treatment goes far beyond the surgical repair,” Ms. Stewart noted. “Many patients, especially those who have lived with the condition for years, will need emotional, economic and social support to fully recover from their ordeal.” Sudan was one of the first countries the Campaign reached out to, primarily because of the high rates of obstetric fistula occurring yearly. The Campaign works in tandem with its partners on the ground in Sudan to bolster health services for fistula repair surgery and rehabilitation, providing “a much-needed boost to Sudan’s health system as a whole, particularly since it has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world,” Ms. Stewart observed. The Sudanese Ministry of Health has partnered with UNFPA to conduct a month-long training session for health care workers in the Upper Nile, Northern Bahr El Gazal, Lakes and Jongolei States, currently underway. In addition, UNFPA experts based in New York are on a two-day visit to Juba as part of the Campaign, and will meet with health officials and health care providers to stress the importance of preventing obstetric fistula. Last year, in Western Darfur, UNFPA helped open the region’s first comprehensive fistula centre, a 16-bed facility with the capacity to treat almost 1,300 women yearly. In Pakistan, where like Sudan, approximately 5,000 new cases of obstetric fistula occur annually, UNFPA has since last year been aiding seven regional centres to treat women suffering from the condition. As of last month, around 375 women were operated on free of charge, and the agency predicts twice as many women to be treated in the next 12 months. Although obstetric fistula has almost entirely been eliminated in countries where emergency care is widely available, it still affects at least 2 million women worldwide and between 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop every year. “We’ve made remarkable progress since 2003, but the needs are great,” Ms. Stewart said. “Ending fistula worldwide will demand political will, additional resources, and strengthened collaboration between governments, community groups, NGOs and health professionals.” read more

  • UNbacked radio station in DR Congo recognized for courageous reporting

    Radio Okapi is a partnership between the UN mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization (NGO).The station first went on the air eight years ago with the aim of contributing to the consolidation of peace in the DRC through the free flow of information. It broadcasts daily in five languages, including the country’s four national languages. Most of its programming is in French.Currently, an estimated one third of the DRC’s population tunes in to Radio Okapi daily.The station, said IPI Interim Director Alison Bethel McKenzie, is “a shining example not only for media in other conflict or post-conflict areas, but for radio stations around the world. Their professionalism, high standards, and courage have borne fruit – in the form of an incredible 20 million listeners.”Radio Okapi has paid a high price for its reporting. In June 2007, news editor Serge Maheshe was killed. He and his colleagues at the station’s Bukavu office had received threats due to their reporting on clashes between rebels and Government forces.The following year, Didace Namujimbo, another Radio Okapi journalist, was murdered, possibly because of his reporting on Mr. Maheshe’s death and the subsequent trials.Previous recipients of the Free Media Pioneer award include Novaya Gazeta of Russia (2009), the United States-based blog Talking Points Memo (2008), and the Mizzima News Agency of India and Myanmar (2007).This year’s award will be presented at the opening ceremony of the IPI’s World Congress in Vienna, which kicks off on Saturday. 9 September 2010The United Nations-sponsored radio station based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa, is the winner of this year’s Free Media Pioneer award bestowed by the International Press Institute (IPI), it was announced today. read more

  • UN agency touts potential of smallscale dairy production to curb poverty

    A new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls for unlocking the potential of small-scale dairy production in reducing poverty, raising nutrition levels and improving the livelihoods of rural people in many developing countries.“Global milk demand is growing by 15 million tons per year, mostly in developing countries,” said Samuel Jutzi, Director of FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division.If the increased volume was produced by smallholder dairy farmers, 3 million new jobs would be created annually, he said.“Judicious development of the dairy sector could thus make a substantial contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goal [MGD] of eradicating hunger and poverty,” Mr. Jutzi noted.According to the new study, published jointly with the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), there are some 150 million households – or roughly 750 million people – engaged in small-scale dairy production, with the vast majority in developing countries.Globally, the mean dairy herd size is around two cows providing an average of 11 litres per farm daily.Worldwide, there are around 6 billion consumers of milk and milk products, FAO said.Small-scale producers have very competitive productions costs and therefore, if organized, have the potential to compete with large-scale, capital-intensive and high-tech dairy farming systems, the report found.Smallholder farmers are also comparatively resilient to rising feed prices since they only use small amounts of purchased feed for their cows.The publication calls for better farm management practices, expanding dairy herd sizes and increasing milk yields so as to enhance smallholder labour productivity, which is low.For this to happen, several challenges – including poor access to production and marketing advice, as well as limited access to capital – must be overcome, it added.“Smallholders are generally very resource-efficient,” said Joachim Otte, one of the report’s co-editors. “Access to credit, improved animal genetic resources and animal health services, together with supportive political measures enabling them to participate in changing markets, are crucial.” 29 September 2010A new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls for unlocking the potential of small-scale dairy production in reducing poverty, raising nutrition levels and improving the livelihoods of rural people in many developing countries. read more

  • UN war crimes tribunal jails Kosovo witness who refused to testify

    16 September 2011The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia today convicted a man of contempt of court charges and sentenced him to two months in jail for refusing to answer questions on two occasions during trials related to Kosovo in 2007. The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia today convicted a man of contempt of court charges and sentenced him to two months in jail for refusing to answer questions on two occasions during trials related to Kosovo in 2007.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) heard that the convicted man, Shefqet Kabashi, was supposed to be a witness in the trial and re-trial of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who was charged with crimes against humanity for his actions as commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during its conflict with Serb forces in 1998-99.“By contumaciously refusing or failing to answer questions as a witness, Mr. Kabashi deprived the Haradinaj et al. Trial Chamber of evidence relevant for an effective ascertainment of truth in the adjudication of that case,” said Judge Alphons Orie, delivering the ICTY judgement today in The Hague.The trial chamber found that any of the motives submitted by defence lawyers for Mr. Kabashi over his refusal or failure to answer questions remained vague and could not be considered in determining the appropriate sentence.The court considered as mitigating factors his family situation and the fact that, according to medical documents, Mr. Kabashi suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder which worsens in a prison environment.Although the trial chamber considered Mr. Kabashi’s apology and his guilty plea as genuine, the weight of his remorse was reduced by the fact that he had failed to come before the tribunal to face the charges against him for more than four years.The ICTY acquitted Mr. Haradinaj in 2008 of charges of murder, rape, torture, abduction, cruel treatment, imprisonment and the forced deportation of ethnic Serbian and Kosovar Roma civilians. But appeals judges partially quashed the acquittal last year, calling for a re-trial because the trial chamber had not done enough to ensure the testimony of Mr. Kabashi and another witness who experienced “serious witness intimidation,” thus depriving the prosecution of vital support for its case. The original trial had heard how many witnesses felt unsafe. read more

  • Contaminated water concerns in Long Point

    The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit will investigate now that flooding in Long Point is a chronic problem.Concerns have been expressed to local health officials that periodic inundations  could be flooding the cottage community with contaminated water.“Hopefully, through investigation and study, we can come up with a remedy for these people,” Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele told the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health this week.“I hope we don’t end up with a water-quality crisis in Long Point.”Water in Lake Erie is currently at record-high levels and shows no sign of receding. The lake is so high that even mildly windy conditions are blowing water inland.This has given rise to contamination concerns on a number of fronts. These include:Septic beds: Low-intensity flooding means pools of water are left standing over septic beds. This creates the conditions for septage to rise to the surface. This raises questions about the safety of walking through mildly flooded areas. Water wells: Some cottages and businesses have well points. Flood water filled with septic contamination eventually seeps back into the ground where many draw their drinking water. Holding tanks: Half-empty holding tanks are buoyant in the presence of flood water. This creates the conditions for breakage and contaminated backwash once pipes are positioned contrary to design specifications. Masschaele said some cottagers have responded to the flooding with high-capacity pumps in their backyards.Water is pumped to the road where it flows down the street for a spell, Masschaele said, and eventually drains onto adjoining properties. Some wonder if this is spreading filth throughout the community.Kwesi Douglas, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s environmental health program manager, said his staff will look into the read more

  • UN Official meets with Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners

    At a meeting on Thursday in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Oluyemi Adeniji, told the Commissioners that the UN had worked closely with the Government to meet the challenge to establish transitional justice organs in Sierra Leone, spokeswoman Hua Jiang explained. Both the UN Mission and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had worked closely to ensure that experienced and capable persons were appointed as commissioners, according to Mr. Adeniji.The Special Representative also informed the commissioners that fund raising for the Commission had not been as successful as hoped – less successful than the similar appeal set up to support the Special Court for Sierra Leone – and he voiced hope that more donors would come forward so the Commission could meet its mandate.The seven-member Commission, composed of four national and three international commissioners, was set to be inaugurated today by the President of Sierra Leone, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. read more

  • Lebanon needs full support in face of Syrian conflict says UNbacked group

    Lebanon needs strong, coordinated support in response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the crisis in Syria, which has brought an inflow of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and has stoked inter-communal conflict, a United Nations-backed international group warned today.The International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG), first convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September to help the country tackle its multiple challenges, including hosting over 800,000 refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict, met at UN Headquarters in New York under the auspices of Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.Participants in the meeting noted the many ongoing pressures on Lebanon and again underlined the importance of burden sharing. They regretted the lack of progress on Government formation in Beirut and encouraged all Lebanese parties to engage positively in the effort given the urgency of the security, humanitarian and development challenges facing Lebanon. UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly and representatives of the World Bank, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) briefed the group.In addition to the Permanent Representative of Lebanon, the meeting was attended by the original participants in the September meeting – the Permanent Representatives of China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States, the Head of Delegation of the European Union and the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States.The Permanent Representatives of Italy and Germany, which has given a lead on admission programmes to receive Syrian refugees, were also present. Participants welcomed the prospect of expanding engagement with a range of stakeholders, including through broader high-level meetings. Participants noted that the next UN Regional Response Plan for refugees from Syria, due to be completed in December, would also address the immediate needs of host communities and underlined the importance of the pledging conference the Secretary-General will convene in Kuwait on 15 January. The number of people fleeing Syria is growing as the conflict continues unabated. An estimated 4.25 million Syrians are now displaced within their own country, while a further 2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, mainly Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, since the fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. read more

  • Football Revamped Ohio State Student Appreciation Day planned for April 8

    Urban Meyer speaks at the 2016 Student Appreciation Day on April 2 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter reaching the College Football Playoff in the 2016-17 season, the Ohio State football team and coach Urban Meyer are looking for more ways to engage students. On April 8, the Buckeyes will be holding the annual Student Appreciation Day inside the Woody Hayes Athletics Complex, from noon to 2 p.m., during the Sibs and Kids Weekend at OSU.This year, OSU said it is looking to create a more engaging and dynamic experience for fans and students. On top of watching the standard practice and being allowed a short period to meet their favorite players, students will get a “more up-close look” at the team and the practice facilities. “I just love to (do) anything to keep the students going,” Meyer said during a meeting with The Lantern and members of Greek Life and Student Life. “Let them know that it’s their team.” There are plans for a DJ, in addition to free subs and ice cream sandwiches provided by Meijer, along with water bottles with gift cards enclosed. There is the possibility of a giveaway to a select number of the first students in attendance, although more details should arise closer to the event.There will be competitions held after practice has concluded such as the fastest student event, along with designated areas where students can have their picture taken with the national championship trophy and Brutus. Students can also have their picture taken with band equipment and football gear like shoulder pads and helmets.An expected Snapchat filter and hashtag will be implemented closer to the date of the event, and students will be chosen at random from a to-be-determined Twitter hashtag to win prizes.Last year, OSU’s Student Appreciation Day drew an estimated 2,500 students to the team’s practice facility, where all in attendance watched an hourlong scrimmage. Free food was provided, and a fastest student competition was held.OSU said it’s hoping for a much larger turnout this year, and is looking to give students a chance to feel like a football player for a day, while competing for prizes from the university. A previous version of this story stated 11 a.m. as the start time for the event. read more

  • Man charged with rape of two young girls after extradition from US

    first_imgA 33-YEAR-OLD British national has been remanded in custody for a week, charged with a series of sexual offences against two young girls in the North East, after appearing this afternoon at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Dublin’s Parkgate Street.The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims, was extradited from Florida after being arrested by the US Marshals Service last week.He is accused of carrying out 33 offences, including three counts of rape, against the two girls.The offences are alleged to have happened between 2010 and 2011 in Louth and Dublin when the alleged victims were aged between 10 and 13 years.Detective Garda Michael Scanlon of Ardee Garda Station told Judge James Faughnan in court this afternoon that he took custody of the accused in Florida last night, and that he was charged at 9.49am at Dublin Airport this morning.The accused’s British passport was also handed over by US authorities to Scanlon.The man — originally from England — had planned to be in the US for a number of weeks, and had been residing in Chile for the last number of years, Scanlon said.The counsel for the DPP objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges in question, the nature of the evidence and the accused’s lack of ties to the country.Additionally, the accused had substantial funds at his disposal, increasing the chances of him fleeing the jurisdiction and returning to Chile — which has no bi-lateral extradition treaty with Ireland, the Judge was told.Justice Faughnan said he agreed with the DPP counsel’s concerns, and refused bail. The man is due to appear again before Cloverhill Distinct Court on Wednesday of next week.Read: Palestinian family finds missing son ‘by chance’ – in YouTube video of his deathRead: Protest to support Dublin pensioner couple facing evictionlast_img read more

  • Support for Cyprus reaffirmed

    first_imgLast Sunday saw the conclusion of the annual conference of the Federation of Cyprus Communities of Australia and New Zealand and of the Pan Australian Coordinative Committee for Justice of Cyprus (PASEKA), that took place at the premises of the Cypriot Parish and Community of St Andrew in Sunshine, Victoria.In the presence of the High Commissioner of Cyprus to Australia Mr Yiannis Iakovou and of local state MPs and dignitaries from both sides of politics, representatives of the Cypriot Communities in Australia and New Zealand discussed all the major issues that affect the community and the motherland. The involvement of young people in the affairs of the community, the retention of their cultural identity, issues affecting the seniors, and the expression of support to the people of the crisis hit Cyprus, as well as to the efforts of the Cypriot government to reach an agreement with the Turkish Cypriot side now that the reunification dialogue has resumed, were high on the agenda.The resolution adopted at the end of the annual conference calls for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus issue and expresses amongst others the appreciation of the community for the continued support Australia gives to Cyprus, and especially for its contribution to the peace keeping forces of the island, since 1964. The delegates at the conference also decided to renew their effort to put the Cypriot issue on the map of public interest, by placing an emphasis amongst others to the rich cultural heritage of Cyprus. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Inégalités face aux soins dentaires la Cour des comptes montre les dents

    first_imgInégalités face aux soins dentaires : la Cour des comptes montre les dentsFrance – La Cour des comptes dénonce les inégalités constatées dans l’accès aux soins dentaires.La Cour des comptes est sévère envers la Sécurité sociale : gestion, remboursement… Dans sa ligne de mire, les soins dentaires sont particulièrement visés. D’après elle, ces derniers seraient beaucoup trop élevés et surtout, pas assez bien remboursés. Résultat : ils sont aujourd’hui inaccessibles pour de nombreux Français. Soixante-trois pour cent des renonciations à des actes médicaux en raison de leur coût concerneraient ainsi des soins dentaires, d’après l’enquête “Santé et protection sociale” de l’Irdes (Institut de recherche et de documentation en économie de la santé).Soigner le mal à la racine La Cour des comptes dénonce également l’opacité des tarifs de remboursement appliqués aux soins et aux prothèses. En effet, pourquoi rembourser seulement 75 euros une prothèse facturée au patient jusqu’à 760 euros ? La Cour est formelle : il y a urgence à agir. Elle propose pour ce faire plusieurs pistes : entre autres, donner plus de poids aux mutuelles, élargir le rôle des assistantes dentaires et rendre plus accessibles les informations tarifaires et financières. Le 10 septembre 2010 à 11:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Acerbi Lazio cant underestimate AC Milan

    first_imgLazio defender Francesco Acerbi warned his teammates to not let their guard down against an injury-hit AC Milan sideManager Gennaro Gattuso will be without at least nine members of his squad ahead of Sunday’s Serie A showdown with Lazio.Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli and star striker Gonzalo Higuain are among the absentees for what could be a potentially crucial game for Milan.But Acerbi will not be taking them lightly with Milan just a point behind fourth-place Lazio in the Serie A table.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I’ve already talked about it with [Gigio] Donnarumma,” said Acerbi, according to Football-Italia.“The Rossoneri have some important players out with injury, but they still have great quality and they’ll definitely come to Rome to win.“We can’t underestimate Milan, or we risk looking bad.”Sunday’s game will take place at the Stadio Olimpico with kick-off to begin at 18:00 (CET).last_img read more

  • Vilsack Discusses Railway Woes with Obama and Senators Introduce STB Reform Bill

    first_imgRailway issues, including shortage of cars, delays and the possible impact on farmers as a new crop harvest begins this season were high priorities in discussions on The Hill this week.As the backlog of rail cars in the upper Midwest continues, and elevators are still full of 2013-crop grain ahead a record 2014 harvest, both farmers and lawmakers worry the backlog will create a grain storage crisis as a new crop harvest begins.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this week and discussed the railway issues. Vilsack said he is “deeply concerned with the record harvest underway,” and described the problem to the president, telling him while BNSF is taking steps in the right direction, the Canadian Pacific still has a ways to go.  Vilsack also said Agriculture Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Services Ed Avalos wrote a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) underscoring USDA’s concerns.Last week, ASA Director Lance Peterson, a soybean farmer from Underwood, Minn., represented ASA and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association at the STB hearing on the rail car issues in Fargo, N.D. Peterson re-emphasized points he made at a previous STB hearing in the spring, calling for “adequate and timely rail service.” Also testifying for soybean growers at the hearing was Eric Broten, representing the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on freight rail service.  Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., the chairman, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the ranking member, introduced legislation to reform the STB and improve rail service beyond the Midwest.In a news release, Rockefeller and Thune said that the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014 would increase the STB’s investigative authority to launch its own investigations before a complaint is filed; improve rate review timelines to make it easier for board members to communicate and improve alternative dispute resolution practices and more.last_img read more

  • Centralizing Social

    first_imgWhether or not social media is a function that needs to be centralized varies among publishers. Some consider it an audience development operation, others keep it with the editors. Still others are building specific teams that interface with the other departments and create standardized approaches and strategies for how social media is handled from brand to brand.Hearst has recently formed a dedicated social media group and has promoted Brian Madden to head it up as its general manager. Here, FOLIO: checks in with Madden to find out why the company has taken this approach and how the group serves the its 20 magazine brands.FOLIO: Why was the group created and what are its primary responsibilities?Brian Madden: It starts with how big social really is—850 million people on Facebook, 7 hours a month on the site; 250 million tweets a day; and Pinterest crossed the 10 million unique visitor mark faster than any other standalone site in history. It is obviously important to our brands and to our company. The social media team is a small one, and what we’re focused on is turning insights into action. We’re trying to connect the dots between our social communities and our brands to grow and engage our audiences.We also want to look at ways of driving additional revenue from the social platforms. On a day-to-day basis we’re constantly sharing insights; developing best practices; revising best practices; finding new ways to work with our brands; experimenting; digging into analytics; and monitoring and keeping track of the new emerging social platforms. In doing this, we work closely with all of the brands, the digital groups, and the rest of the corporation.FOLIO: How is the group is structured?Madden: There are three of us, so a lot of what we do is in conjunction with the digital team and other departments within the company. But some of the things we do on a regular basis are having working sessions with the general managers on each of the verticals and working closely with the ad sales team. We’re building out social packages and finding ways social can be part of an advertiser’s campaign because it’s really important for them and they understand how engaged and passionate our social community is. They are very interested in tapping into that. We also work with the e-reader group and the app team, as well as consumer marketing.We go broader, too. In March we had a large company meeting on Pinterest to make sure that everyone—publishers, editors and the digital team—knew what it was and how we are engaging on it. Since we started tracking Pinterest in the middle of February we saw an over 500 percent increase in the number of followers. FOLIO: Does your group own social? Or is each brand responsible for its own stuff?Madden: We work with them jointly. We lead the strategy and help them understand what’s working and what’s not, but as far as editorial voice or content voice, each of the brands oversee that. They can speak specifically for the voice of Cosmo or the voice of Harper’s Bazaar. We work with them on what works, what doesn’t, what’s important, and what is less important.FOLIO: What has gelled by forming this group for Hearst?Madden: I think it says a lot about the importance of social for Hearst. We want to be where our audience is, and we want to be able to interact with them there. So having a strong social strategy is really important for this. We’re seeing a growing number of traffic from social sites. So I think that might have been the tipping point as we’re seeing traffic from social to continue to grow. As the social networks grow, having a group that is focused on that was important. We also want to find ways to drive additional revenue from the platforms as well.FOLIO: Can you quantify that traffic growth in percentage terms?Madden: We have seen an over 250 percent increase from 2010 to 2011. And our goal for next year is even more than that—over 300 percent. FOLIO: Talk about the revenue opportunities. Does that break down across audience or sales?Madden: It’s both and it’s still forming. It’s going to be a focus of this group to figure out from both a consumer standpoint and from an ad sales and sponsorship model how we’re going to drive additional revenue from our social platforms. FOLIO: Why does it make sense to form a core group that drives social?Madden: When you focus on what’s working on a lot of brands you can draw some connections. You can get a sense of if we do it this way for this brand it will work really well for another. We’re focused on audience, and how we can drive them, how we can reach them. It is also on us to make sure we stay on top of any social trends, make sure we bring a Pinterest to the brands before it’s too late, for example. Being there at the right time is important. And then it’s just best practices across the organization. I think having that standardized list of things that work and constantly monitoring it is important.FOLIO: Do those standards evolve?Madden: Yes, what works one month may not work the next month. What works for one brand may not work for another brand. Our specific audiences act differently with different platforms.It is important to us that each brand has its own persona. You can’t standardize too much or you end up sounding the same. But, we did find that there are some things that work across the board, and we try to look at what the brand’s take on that is. For example, having a Facebook app that’s engaging and useful is important.We have made all of our content on the sites very easily shareable—liking, sharing, plusing—and we are working on adding pinning. So those sorts of things roll out across all of our sites to make sure we encourage social interaction. The other thing that we standardized to some degree is what key metrics we’re looking at. We’re looking at the topline metrics: Followers, fans, how much traffic we’re getting back to our site. But you can dig into much more. Facebook, for example, has datasets that have over 1,000 columns of data in them, which is just an incredible amount of information.Engaged users are also very important for us to measure on Facebook—people talking about a specific item, for example. As I said earlier, what is being shared on our sites is important. People are coming to our sites and consuming our content. What they are actively sharing themselves guides us in understanding what may work, and what sort of editorial themes to take onto our social platforms. I would say that this sort of approach is definitely paying off well. We have 5.3 million Facebook fans across all of our brands, and we set a new record in March with over 630,000 new Facebook fans for that month. FOLIO: What doesn’t work very well for publishers on the social Web? What tactics have you tried that fell flat with users?Madden: I think being overtly direct, saying ‘hey, do this’ or ‘buy this.’ That is not a conversation, it’s one way, and it doesn’t work. When we don’t speak in that brand voice, and be authentic with the brand, it doesn’t work well. Having Cosmo’s take on a story is going to be different than Elle’s or Esquire’s, and I think that’s why people come to our communities and follow our brands. They want to hear what our unique take is on what’s happening, either with our magazines, our brands or in general. FOLIO: How do you see social media continuing to evolve?Madden: There are five things that are important trends that I am seeing:The first is social as a source of traffic. As I said earlier, we are going to continue to see that grow. We have very strong goals for continued growth. More users are spending more time on social, and more of our traffic is going to come from social.Number two would be social content recommendations—your Pinterest and your StumbleUpon. Users used to find our content through search. Now more and more are finding it through social, and we will get new users that never visited our sites because they are on these other platforms. We’re going to see a lot of it from this sort of content discovery/content recommendation growth.Number three would be social commerce. I think this one is still a little bit of a mystery, but we will figure it out in 2012. I think it’s going to play a role, I don’t know if people will be actively buying products and magazines on Facebook, but it will definitely be a larger and larger part of influencing purchases across Hearst’s brands.Four would be Facebook’s open graph. I think the possibilities with it are endless, but finding the right sort of fit and value proposition for each of our brands is key. And finally, Google+. The intersection of search and social will become more and more important, and we are seeing that with recommendations and people searching and seeing what their friends have searched.last_img read more

  • The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Honor Dr Anne O Emery

    first_imgDr. Anne O. Emery, an educator and force of nature in the Baltimore community for decades was honored last weekend during an event at the Forum Caterers in Baltimore. Sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the celebration was chaired by Diane Hocker, the AFRO’s director of community and public relations and the group’s second Vice President. Dr. Emery, at the center in purple, is surrounded by several members of 100 Black Women, a group for which she is charter president. Please see the Race and Politics column for more on the remarkable life of Dr. Emery.(Photo by Sean Yoes)last_img