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Government launches public consultation into UK health

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Government launches public consultation into UK healthOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The Government has begun a wide-ranging public consultation on the nation’shealth, looking at how best to tackle issues such as obesity, smoking andsexually-transmitted diseases. The process is set to lead to the framing of a White Paper on public health,which will be published later this year. Health secretary John Reid said he wanted contributions from as wide a fieldas possible, including health professionals. “We need a big debate about the relative roles of Government,individuals and industries in tackling this vital challenge,” he said. “We need to find the right balance, rejecting both the nanny state andthe Pontius Pilate state that washes its hands of its citizens’ health,”he added. The Department of Health (DoH) is keen to examine what its role should be inproviding health and support, but also what role food retailers and advertisersshould be playing in offering and promoting healthier alternatives. Peter Tiplady, chairman of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) publichealth committee, said action to tackle the crisis in public health wasoverdue, with a law banning smoking in workplaces and public areas a priority. He also called for speedier access to genito-urinary clinics forsexually-transmitted infections, and to giving children more access to exerciseand healthier foods. Deborah Arnott, director of the anti-smoking charity Ash, said: “Such ameasure would not only safeguard the health of everyone against the hazards ofsecond-hand smoke, but has popular support. This one measure would also resultin fewer heart and cancer disease deaths and a better quality of life forall.” And Dame Yve Buckland, chairwoman of the Health Development Agency, said therewere roles for the health services and local and national government in makingit easier for people to make healthy choices. read more

Utah State Football’s Home Game Against Nevada Kickoff Announced

first_img Brad James Tags: LSU/Mountain West Conference/Nevada/Utah State Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday Utah State football announced its kickoff time for a home game against Nevada on October 19 will be 8:15 pm.The 3-2 Aggies are coming off a 42-6 loss to LSU Saturday as they seek to improve to 3-0 in Mountain West Conference against the Wolf Pack following an October 12 bye.The Aggies are 32-18 (.640) all-time at home in their Mountain West Conference history and have won 11 of their last 13 Mountain West games.Utah State has won each of their last nine home games by double digits. Written by October 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football’s Home Game Against Nevada Kickoff Announcedlast_img read more

Statistics suggest Oxford is more competitive than Cambridge

first_imgThe latest admissions statistics show that more students applied to each Oxford place than each Cambridge one.In 2011, Cambridge University offered 25.3% of its undergraduate applicants places to study at the university compared to only 17.6% at Oxford. According to official statistics from respective university websites, Oxford received a total of 17,343 applicants, giving 3047 offers whilst Cambridge received 15,344 applications and gave 3879 offers.The Various university league tables annually rate Oxford and Cambridge differently. For example, the 2012 QS World University Rankings placed Cambridge at second behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Oxford down in fifth place. However, the Times 2012 World University Rankings place Oxford at second after the California Institute of Technology, with Cambridge five places behind at seventh. One second year Cambridge student commented, “Statistics can be so subjective. Looking at the proportion of offers to applicants shows nothing about the true and varied calibre of students that apply to both institutions. Frankly there are so many fronts where Cambridge is stronger than Oxford and looking at things like this just ignores that fact.”However some students do not see the two universities as directly comparable due to a belief that Oxford is generally more suited for Arts and Humanities students whereas Cambridge is one better based around Maths and Science. As one second year PPE student stated, “If you’re good at science and staying indoors go to Cambridge. If you don’t melt in the sunlight and want to be able to speak, come to Oxford.”In recent years, Cambridge have surpassed Oxford’s attempts to increase the proportion of state educated students within the university, this year’s new undergraduates being made up of 63.3% state school pupils compared to only 57.7% at Oxford.However both universities present roughly equal statistics in terms of male-female split amongst first year undergraduates. One Spanish student claimed that, “To be honest stats are irrelevant. Cambridge is like Jeremy Kyle, I only go there when I want to feel better about my life”.This latest batch of admissions statistics have not only shown a difference university wide but also at a subject level. In various subjects there is significant discrepancy in the proportions of offers made compared to applications between the two universities. One example is Classics where 54% of applicants were successful at Cambridge compared only 40% earning a place at Oxford. Courses sharing the same title regularly differ between the two institutions.One second year Classics student from St Anne’s stated, “Classics at Oxford is harder in the sense that it’s really ancient language based whereas at Cambridge it’s basically a glorified English lit degree.last_img read more

Support grows for fossil fuels divestment campaign

first_imgThe campaign to make Oxford University ‘fossil free’ has gained extensive support from common rooms, ahead of a planned march on Oxford council and the University on Saturday 31st May.19 common rooms have so far pledged support for the campaign, including nine JCRs and 10 MCRs.A motion was also passed in support of ending the University’s fossil fuel investments at OUSU Council in January. ‘The Fossil Free Future’ demonstration currently has over 150 people attending the event on Facebook.The rally is planned to begin at 11am by the Radcliffe Camera, with the demonstration proceeding through Oxford to Bonn Square. It seeks to bring together students, university academics and local activists.The organisers have arranged several speakers for the event, including Dr Brenda Boardman, who is co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre.The OUSU Environment and Ethics Campaign adopted fossil fuel divestment as its main project for the 2013-14 academic year, in Trinity term 2013. The campaign believes a negative screening process should be applied to fossil fuel investments.Campaigners are also calling for a list of the University’s investments to be published, in order to enhance transparency and student engagement.In March 2014, the University’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee agreed to canvass the opinions of stakeholders on the question of possible divestment from companies ‘that participate in exploration for and/or extraction of fossil fuel reserves’.The Oxford fossil free divestment campaign is part of an international effort to end investment in fossil fuels and invest in more sustainable business models. Eleven US colleges and universities, including Stanford University, have so far committed to pursue fossil free divestment.Michaela Collard, a DPhil student at University College, commented, “As students, we come to Oxford and hear from its academics about the devastating effects of climate change and the need for action. It is clear, though, that the people who hold the power to change how our energy system works, the fossil fuel companies and politicians, are failing to heed the scientific warnings.“By divesting from fossil fuels, Oxford University can show true moral and intellectual leadership. It can signal to our political leaders the need to follow its example and tackle climate change head on. The alternative is we stay quiet and stick with the status quo until it really is too late.”James Rainey, a second year Biologist at Balliol College, said, “By investing in an industry intending to exploit four times more fossil fuel reserves than can be burned ‘safely,’ our University is unintentionally undermining our future. Divestment is needed to protect the integrity of Oxford, and build political pressure to prevent the carbon budget from being exceeded.”last_img read more

Spice rack: Lavender

first_imgFiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from Leiths School of Food and Wine Why not try adding some lavender to a chocolate cake recipe, as it goes very well with chocolate. Also, add a little lavender sugar to petticoat tails and sprinkle the top with a little more when it comes out of the oven.You could also try making individual shortbread biscuits substituting a third of the flour with ground rice and a quarter of the sugar with lavender sugar. A word of warning: a little goes a long way and the effect and taste is lovely, but too much and it will be too perfumed and overpowering. Lavender has been used as a culinary flavouring for several centuries, although it is probably closer to a herb than a spice. The French are known for their lavender syrup, made using extract of lavender, and lavender flowers can be candied or crystallised and used as decorations on cakes. For most recipes, use lavender sugar, which is caster sugar mixed with dried culinary lavender buds. Scones can be made using the usual recipe, but add a little lavender sugar. Make a lavender cake similar to a lemon drizzle by adding some lavender sugar to the recipe and to the syrup. Finally, pour over glacé icing that contains some dried lavender buds, or decorate the iced cake with crystallised lavender.last_img read more

Bruce Springsteen Blasts US Immigration Ban Onstage In Australia [Watch]

first_imgBruce Springsteen has never been shy about his political views. He was a close friend and vocal supporter of Barack Obama during his presidency and even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama late last year. He was also a staunch advocate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election season. Even after Clinton’s electoral loss, Bruce indirectly made a strong statement to Donald Trump by playing a farewell show at the White House for Obama while the Springsteen cover band Trump booked for an inauguration gala pulled out of the performance out of respect for The Boss’s views.Springsteen’s passionate views have only gotten louder since Trump took office. Over the weekend, he once again took shots at the President, this time in response to Trump’s recent executive order denying entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, including refugees and green card holders. At a concert in Adelaide, Australia, Springsteen took a break between songs to decry the executive order, calling it “anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American” after calling America a “nation of immigrants.”Springsteen continued, “Tonight, we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees.” He followed his statement with a rendition of what he referred to as “an immigrant’s song,” “American Land.” Originally from his 2006 release We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, the song is inspired by a poem by immigrant steelworker Andrew Kovaly entitled “He Lies in the American Land.”You can watch Springsteen speak out against the immigration ban below, via his Twitter: Bruce continues his Australia run on February 2nd with a performance at AAMI Park in Melbourne.[Photo via Billboard]last_img read more

PowerProtect Data Manager – Modern Cloud Data Protection Innovation

first_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:11Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. It has often been said that necessity is the mother of invention. Perhaps she is the mother of digital transformation too. Two years of digital transformation activities have been compressed into the last two months as organizations of all sizes attempt to rebound from unprecedented economic disruption.At the core of this transformation is data. Data enables organizations to tailor the digital experience to engage and meet the needs of their customers, partners and employees. It is critical to ensure that data is always protected, secure and available wherever it lives.A year ago we announced the general availability of PowerProtect Data Manager as a transformative, next generation data management platform to help you ensure the protection of your critical data assets for any workload across any cloud environment, while simplifying data protection, reducing costs and helping you focus on what’s important – serving your customers.For many organizations, serving customers means anticipating their needs by bringing innovative services to market more quickly. To accomplish this, forward thinking organizations are turning to cloud-native solutions, such as containers, to iterate, innovate and rapidly deploy new application services to enhance the customer experience, drive loyalty and generate new income streams.With the introduction of protection of Kubernetes containers on VMware via PowerProtect Data Manager, you now have the flexibility to deploy workloads on virtual machines or containers using the VMware management tooling you are already familiar with. The outcome is simplified protection and recovery of critical data assets across hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure. In addition to VMware, you can now leverage PowerProtect Data Manager to protect Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) as well as several additional open source hypervisor platforms. You also have access to powerful search capabilities to perform granular, rapid data recovery. And to mitigate the risks of cyber threats, the PowerProtect Cyber Recovery platform has been integrated with PowerProtect Data Manager to provide you with a highly secure, isolated air-gapped copy of your critical data to ensure you can rapidly recover from a cyber attack.As businesses consume IT resources differently, they need a powerful, efficient and modern solution to protect their data assets, particularly across hybrid cloud environments. To ensure your data is protected and remains available, the introduction of cloud DR support to PowerProtect Data Manager complements its backup-to-cloud and long-term retention cloud capabilities. And for organizations with workloads deployed in AWS, you now can deploy PowerProtect Data Manager in the AWS Marketplace, providing in-cloud protection.We continue to focus on providing a broader and richer hybrid and multi-cloud experience as well as ensuring simplified consumption of cloud data protection. The availability of PowerProtect Data Manager via subscription is an example of consuming technology within Dell Technologies On Demand, which offers a range of flexible consumption and as-a-service solutions across the full portfolio.Organizations continue to look for ways to automate tasks to simplify IT. With that in mind, you have access to a robust set of REST APIs to fully leverage the PowerProtect Data Manager platform.These are just a few of the examples of how we have taken your input and delivered quarterly enhancements and new capabilities to PowerProtect Data Manager since its inception last summer. Your participation in supporting the evolution of this offering continues to inspire us, which has resulted in an ambitious roadmap to deliver even more enhancements and features to meet your ever-evolving data protection requirements.For example, we plan to continue investing in solutions to make data protection more efficient as data growth continues to soar across edge, core and multi-cloud environments.And we will continue to add support for a broader range of traditional and modern workloads to enable you to centralize and consolidate data protection management for further operational simplicity and efficiency.We also plan to deliver further automation into PowerProtect Data Manager by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to perform routine data protection and recovery tasks, to enable IT professionals to spend more time on innovation and less time on IT housekeeping.While we are thrilled with what we have enabled organizations to accomplish in these rapidly changing times via PowerProtect Data Manager, we are even more excited about what the future holds for helping our customers and partners transform, modernize and compete more effectively in the data era.Learn more about PowerProtect Data Manager here.center_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:17Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:17 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

Mainland Spain records first day with no coal-fired electric generation

first_imgMainland Spain records first day with no coal-fired electric generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Argus Media:Spain has registered its first full day without any coal-fired power generation in its peninsular system, as wind output hit a record high, grid operator REE said today.Mainland Spain went coal free from 23:50 local time on 13 December until 21:20 on 15 December, Preliminary data show — making 14 December the first day of no coal burn since REE records began. The historic development was achieved only in the peninsular system, as coal-fired output continued in the non-peninsular area of the Balearic islands.Wind power generation in peninsular Spain reached its highest daily volume on 13 December, at an hourly average of 16.41GW, with strong output continuing into the morning of 14 December.Coal-fired generation on 14 December was originally forecast at 252MWh in hour 1, 251MWh in hour 2 and 180MWh in hour 3 on the PBF day-ahead basic schedule, but was later dropped to zero for all hours in the final schedule for the day.Spain registered periods of very low coal-fired generation last summer, but did not go coal free in any single hour because of technical constraints in the distribution network in the northern region of Asturias.[Juan Weik]More: Mainland Spain registers first coal-free daylast_img read more

Drugs Seminar Gathers Civilians and Military Members at FIU

first_img Francisco Dall’Anese, a representative of the Guatemalan International Commission against Impunity, created in 2006 with the approval of the United Nations to investigate serious crimes in that country, suggested the free distribution of drugs. He explained that “only by reducing the financial power and consequently the corrupt force of criminal organizations can there be a drop in the price of drugs and criminal activities.” The distribution of free drugs to addicts at specialized government clinics was one of the many suggestions presented during a conference on September 21, 2012, at the south campus of Florida International University (FIU), in Miami, in an effort to prevent the proliferation of transnational criminal organizations (TCO). The seminar served as a forum to talk about a better understanding of the drug problem and how to fight it. By Dialogo September 26, 2012 According to Bruce Bagley, professor of International Affairs at theUniversity of Miami, not only the United States, but all countries must make an effort to mitigate the demand and the internal trade of small weapons. In his opinion, the war on drugs can only prevail “if there is awareness that this is an issue of co-responsibility, not only at a regional level, but rather global.” Representing Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Anthony Bryan, who has done extensive research on the regional security in Caribbean countries and in the Americas, displayed concern about the weapons that have been “left behind by the drug traffickers,” who use the region as a transit point for drugs. He stated, however, that the Caribbean has been partnering to fight TCOs, and that regional initiatives, such as the CARICOM IMPACS, a program dedicated to reduce crimes particularly involving firearms, should be implemented in other countries. center_img For his part, Colombian Army Colonel Jorge H. Romero discussed the origin of guerrilla movements such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). According to the Colombian liaison officer at the United States Southern Command, despite the substantial reduction in their numbers in the last few years – from 16,000 to approximately 8,000 FARC members, and from 7,000 to 3,000 ELN members – these groups still represent a serious threat to the country and their neighbors. However, Col. Romero believes that the peace talks, which are scheduled to begin in October between President Santos’s government and the leaders of the FARC, will help minimize the guerrilla problem in Colombia. The conference, titled “Regional Perspective on Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean” was jointly organized by the Center of the Administration of Justice – FIU and the United States Special Operations Command. It gathered leaders from the field of security and military members from regional countries, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The consensus reached by attendees at the conference was that a promotion of the region’s sustainable development and a change in its cultural norms will only be possible through a substantial reduction of the criminal activities in the Caribbean and South and Central America. For the participants, it was clear that TCOs are a threat to democracy and other government systems in the Americas, and that no effort must be spared to destroy them.last_img read more

Medellín security initiatives lower homicides by organized crime

first_img Two drug trafficking organizations, the Oficina de Envigado and the Clan de Usuga, are responsible for much of the violence in Medellín, according to Security forces have inflicted serious damage against both in recent months. Law enforcement officers in Medellín captured a man known as “Saya” or “Peluca” August 8. Saya is a suspected member of the Oficina de Envigado, which the Colombian National Police suspects of ordering the killings of two police officers with the Directorate of Drug Enforcement. And on August 7th, security forces in El Poblado captured Juan Pablo Taborda – also known as “Yordi” or “El Gomelo.” He is the leader of the Odín La Terraza organized crime group, El Colombiano reported. The arrest of Yordi was a cooperative effort that included the Directorate of Drug Enforcement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, and the Public Prosecutor’s Office No. 24 attached to the National Campaign against Emerging Criminal Groups. Improved public safety in Medellín Thanks to increased patrols and innovative use of technology, police in Medellín are making great strides in reducing homicides related to organized crime. Civilians have also proven responsive to community outreach efforts, providing information about criminal activity as law enforcement officers spend time in neighborhoods and build trust with the residents. Consequentially, the number of homicides in Medellín during the first half of 2014 dropped significantly compared to the same period in 2013 “This is the lowest murder rate in decades, and it is something positive,” said Gutiérrez Zuluaga, a former member of the Medellín City Council. He is a consultant for the Ministry of Security in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and for the city of Celaya, Mexico. There were 369 homicides related to organized crime in the Antioquian capital this year between January 1 and June 30. That’s down from 562 killings during the same time period in 2013. The rate of killings during the first half of the year declined from 23 per 100,000 residents in 2013 to 15 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014. ‘Great strides’ in reducing violence Several police initiatives have helped reduce organized crime violence in Medellín: “Medellín has become an example in many areas relating to security and organized crime. The authorities should keep up this fight, we’re past the worst of it, and we can’t afford to go backwards,” said Gutiérrez Zuluaga. “We have to create a very human police force, one that is close to the public and effective, in cooperation with the justice system and the Public Prosecutor,” said Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno. He spoke August 26th during a meeting in Medellín attended by the Mayor of Medellín, Aníbal Gaviria Correa, and the director of the National Police, General Rodolfo Palomino. The defense minister ratified the start up of the special task force made up of prosecutors and members of the Technical Investigation Body (CTI) and the support of the Judicial Police in order to fight against extortion, micro-trafficking, micro-extortion and theft, according to a press release from the Medellín Mayor’s Office. “We have a duty to have a stronger presence with the tools we have, and the Mayor and the public have to duty to bring other elements to the solution in order to make this a more comprehensive response.” I like it to know about other things that are going on I NEED THEM TO GIVE MORE SECURITY TO THIS COUNTRY It’s all very positive for Medellín. Security is crucial!!!! Battling the Oficina de Envigado and the Clan de Úsuga center_img By Dialogo September 19, 2014 Since 2012, authorities have added an additional 2,000 police officers in Medellín. The ratio of police officers to inhabitants rose from one officer per 1,348 inhabitants at the start of 2012 to one officer per every 518 inhabitants in 2014. Innovations in technology, including the placement of additional security cameras throughout the city. Authorities increased the number of security cameras in Medellín from 233 in 2011 to 822 by June 30, 2014. The creation of a new laboratory to conduct firearms examinations, which can link guns to specific crimes, and quickly analyze forensics evidence, such as fingerprints. Improved gathering and analysis of intelligence. For example, authorities have created an intelligence center for the Metropolitan Police of the Aburrá Valley (MEVAL). “Medellín has made great strides and has resisted all forms of violence. The violence comes in many forms. Homicide is the crime with the highest impact because it affects people’s lives,” Gutiérrez Zuluaga said. Most homicide victims are between 18 and 26 years of age, and homicides are generally committed on the street and at night. During the first six months of 2014, homicides committed with firearms accounted for 63 percent of the killings in Medellín. Homicides committed with bladed weapons accounted for 17 percent of the killings. Initiatives reduce violencelast_img read more