US — #WeeklyAddress September 18 – September 24: Trump still attacking “fake news” media for reporting on Russian election interference

first_img News United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States to go further Trump denounces Russia investigation as “Fake News” On Friday, September 22, President Donald Trump tweeted at 5:44am: “The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?” At 6:26am he tweeted: “The greatest influence over our election was the Fake News Media “screaming” for Crooked Hillary Clinton. Next, she was a bad candidate!” These tweets followed the news that Facebook released thousands of ads linking Russian companies to congressional committees as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump maintains the belief that Russian meddling in the 2016 election did not happen; the CIA, NSA, FBI, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence have all concluded that Russia interfered with the 2016 election. Sean Spicer threatens reporter who emailed him questions On Thursday, September 21, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer threatened to report Axios AM reporter Mike Allen to “the appropriate authorities” after Allen emailed Spicer asking for information to use in an article. The article Allen was working on speculated that the FBI was interested in notebooks Spicer kept, detailing his time in the White House. When Allen, who claims to be a close friend of Spicer, texted him for more information, Spicer replied “Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore…Should you do it again I will report you to the appropriate authorities.” The former Press Secretary was criticized heavily for his inflammatory statements against the press, from calling credible articles “fake news” to accusing reporters of “deliberately false reporting”. Fox News host wants reporting leaked information to be illegal On Wednesday, September 20, Fox News host Julie Banderas stated on air that reporting on top-secret information should be “illegal,” a claim that would make it impossible for reporters to cover stories based on information given to them by whistleblowers. During Fox News’ segment “Happening Now”, Banderas questioned her guest, reporter Howard Kurtz, on reporters’ ability to use classified information. In their discussion, she said: “Where do these media organizations start to take responsibility for meddling in our U.S. government? This evidence is top secret. It’s illegal to leak this stuff. It should be illegal to report on it if you’re reporting on top-secret information.” The topic of the segment discussed leaked information from the Justice Department indicating that Special Investigator Robert Mueller might indict former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for his alleged role in Russian interference with the 2016 election. Court revives Rolling Stone defamation suit On Tuesday, September 19, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Rolling Stone can be sued for defamation over the infamous 2014 article on an alleged fraternity gang rape at University of Virginia. The article, written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was retracted after inconsistencies with the story appeared. While the article did not use the perpetrators’ real names, they claim in their lawsuit that enough information was given to deduce their identities. There has been a trend in lawsuits against reporters, media outlets, and companies for their stories. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is currently fighting a defamation lawsuit from CEO Robert Murray over a critical segment on Murray Energy Corporation. Hollywood Reporter sued for defamation over Sony hack article On Wednesday, September 20, Nicole Basile filed a lawsuit against the Hollywood Reporter and parent company Eldridge Companies for defamation. The suit claims that an article, written by Gregg Kilday and Tatiana Siegel in March of 2014, falsely implicated her as the perpetrator of the infamous 2014 Sony hack. Over the span of several weeks in 2014, a group called the Guardians of Peace leaked unreleased movies and other valuable insider information from Sony. Shortly after the article was published, the FBI announced that the North Korean government was responsible for the hack as retaliation for The Interview, whose plot was the assassination of Kim Jong Un. Basile is suing Sony for five million USD. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. September 25, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress September 18 – September 24: Trump still attacking “fake news” media for reporting on Russian election interference Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of September 18 – September 24: Receive email alerts RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News News Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Suspected plot revealed against journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

first_img Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Mexico February 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspected plot revealed against journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the revelation of a plot apparently targeting Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, a freelance journalist and contributor to the daily La Voz del Caribe in Cancún, eastern Mexico.Recordings of compromising telephone conversations between textile magnate, José Camel Nacif, and political figures, were published by the press on 14 February 2006. Some extracts from these discussions show a desire to silence the journalist and influence a “defamation” case against her, the press freedom organisation said.“If they are confirmed, these conversations show the intention to destroy the career and reputation of Lydia Cacho Ribeiro”, it said. “We call on the judicial authorities of Quintana Roo province in eastern Mexico responsible for investigating and trying Lydia Cacho for defamation in a case brought by José Camel Nacif, to be extremely vigilant in the face of political pressure that is being applied to this case.”“We also urge that these recordings be authenticated as quickly as possible and that, if necessary, an investigation is opened into the political figures involved,” it added.The daily La Jornada and W Radio on 14 February published and broadcast the contents of 12 telephone recordings delivered to the two media by an anonymous messenger.The series of recordings are of several phone conversations in which José Camel Nacif, speaks in turn to the governor of Puebla in central Mexico, Mario Marín, and Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía of Chiapas in the south; to other textile bosses, including “Hubert”, a French national; Luis Angel Casas, financial co-ordinator of Mario Marin’s election campaign; Lebanese compatriot, Hanna Nakad Bayeh, known as “Juanito”; and with a journalist on a national daily and radio, with the first name Andrés or “Muñeco”.These recordings, of which Reporters Without Borders has received a copy of the transcripts, show a clear and concerted intention to bring down Lydia Cacho Ribeiro. The journalist is being sued for libel by José Camel Nacif, after she referred to his alleged involvement in a paedophile ring in her 2004 book The Demons of Eden.According to the recordings, José Camel Nacif had apparently struck a deal with the authorities in Puebla state where the libel case was first lodged, for Lydia Cacho to be imprisoned. She was detained there in December 2005 for 24 hours . The discussions are often very insulting, even obscene and one of them turns out to be threatening. José Camel Nacif raises the question of the journalist’s conditions of detention and says he hopes she will be sexually abused in prison.In these same recordings, he also raised the impact her trial could have on that of Jean Succar Kuri, a Lebanese friend, currently imprisoned in the United States for his alleged involvement in the paedophile network the journalist exposed.Valentin Meneses, spokesman for the governor, Mario Marín, refused to confirm if one of the voices on the recording was that of the governor. During an interview given to W Radio, Meneses said that the recordings violated the laws on protection of private life and said Marín had nothing to do with the case.The broadcasting of the recordings provoked an outcry in Mexico. Felipe Calderón, a member of the National Action Party (PAN) of head of state Vicente Fox and a candidate for the presidential elections of 2 July 2006, has called for an investigation to be opened. News RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas News to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Organisation Reports News April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by revelations of a possible plot against journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (photo), who in 2004 exposed the existence of a paedophile ring. Two media have made public compromising telephone conversations between public figures determined to bring about her downfall, including two state governors. last_img read more

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A reflective Justice Breyer

first_imgNever let it be said that a U.S. Supreme Court justice doesn’t keep his work close to his heart. During a lunchtime question-and-answer session at Harvard Law School (HLS) on Tuesday, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a small white booklet.“This a great document, the Constitution of the United States,” said Breyer. “It’s a fabulous document. I don’t know they how they wrote it. It’s brief. It has general principles. Fabulous.”Breyer visited his alma mater and former employer for an informal chat with HLS Dean Martha Minow and to take a handful of questions from students. Back on campus to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his appointment to the high court, he also took part in a panel discussion later in the day with several HLS professors who examined his tenure and some of his most notable opinions.During the afternoon session, one young woman asked a question many students in the crowd were likely wondering: “What does it take to become a Supreme Court clerk?” The answer is: a lot of work.There are roughly 8,000 cases pointed toward the court each year, said Breyer, who broke down some of the court’s internal workings. Four law clerks for each justice review the cases and write detailed memos about each petition. The justices then review those memos and choose which ones to hear in a process that requires four votes to grant a writ of certiorari, or judicial review.The final list typically includes about 80 cases. Contrary to what some people think, the justices’ decisions on which cases to hear aren’t based on how much “fun” they think a case might be, said Breyer.“Our real object is to decide in those cases that require a uniform federal decision, which almost always is where the lower courts have come to different conclusions on the same question of federal law,” he said.“Mechanics play an important role” in the selection of cases and the decision process, said Breyer. “We’re not there to make some theory about something. We’re there to decide cases. That’s the job.”Throughout the hourlong talk, Breyer was as quick with an easy joke as he was with a complicated legal argument. When describing his job to his teenage son several years ago, Breyer said: “I read and I write. … So if you do your homework really well, you get a job, and you can do homework for the rest of your life.”During the discussion, Minow worried that without an explicit emergency clause in the U.S. Constitution addressing wartime and executive power cases, there’s “a risk of the executive powers just stretching and stretching and stretching and never going back to the size it was when it wasn’t an emergency.”“Yes, absolutely,” said Breyer, saying that the Roman statesman Cicero’s argument that in an emergency people “forget the law” is never the right approach. Instead, Breyer argued for using due process in this age of terrorism to address complicated cases involving enemy combatants. But with such cases, he added, the guiding principle should be the understanding that “the Constitution does not write the president a blank check.”Asked by one student what the judge’s job meant to him, Breyer responded that it was both a source of fear and enormous pride.“In the first three years, you are frightened to death. You think, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen; how do I know I can do this?’ And then after three years, you think, ‘Well, maybe I can, maybe I can’t, but this is the best I can do.’ … It’s a very, very interesting job. But more than that, it matters to people, and that is a tremendous source of satisfaction if you can continuously recognize that and just do your best.”The dynamic on the nine-member court changes with each new justice, said Breyer, who has seen several new faces beside him on the bench since President Bill Clinton nominated him and the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination in 1994. But the mood, he added, is always the same.“In that [weekly] conference, it’s still true, I have never heard a voice raised in anger, and I have never heard someone say something mean about somebody else, not even as a joke. It’s professional. We go around the table and we state our views and listen to the others.”last_img read more

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Covid-19: R /Madrid open up Bernabeu as Lagos converts Onikan stadium

first_imgReal Madrid have offered the use of the Bernabeu to help the fight against coronavirus. The club, in collaboration with the High Council for Sport, have launched a project in the city to help supply and distribute medical supplies. Their vast Bernabeu ground will offer a space equipped to store donations of medical supplies which will be passed on to the Spanish health authorities. Real Madrid will also provide a facility for organisations and businesses, particularly those belonging to the sports sector, to leave money or material donations that they wish to make to the Ministry of Health. Spain is suffering terribly in the grip of the pandemic. The death toll in the country has now surpassed China and is the second highest in the world behind Italy. The pandemic which is holding the world to the jugular has seen corporate world and individuals donating money and materials all aimed at arresting the scourge.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCOVID-19 Pandemic Has Significantly Improved Air QualityThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img Suspension of leagues across the globe and the effect of the ravaging coronavirus has forced the conversion of certain sporting arena to medical and semi-medical centres. The Onikan stadium to serve as isolation centre Nigeria, one of the African countries that has been hit by the pandemic especially the city of Lagos which is not only one of the gateways of the country but also the commercial nerve Centre has been forced to convert the Onikan stadium now called Mobolaji Johnson Sports Arena into isolation Centre. About six of such Centres are being established in the Centre of Excellency which some have now dubbed ‘Centre of anxiety’ following the rising number of cases. Read AlsoOmeruo’s Leganes gift €200k to local hospital in coronavirus battle Only two cases were initially reported in the state but has since risen to 65 with indicators that the number may further increase this week when the initial 14 days gestation period would have elapsed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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BREAKING: Liverpool hit Chelsea 5-3 in Anfield thriller

first_imgLiverpool held off a Christian Pulisic-inspired comeback as the runaway Premier League champions defeated Chelsea 5-3 ahead of the trophy presentation at Anfield on Wednesday night. Advertisement Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Apocalyptic Scenarios That Could Happen TodayWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Jurgen Klopp’s title winners got into the party spirit as they were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Merseyside in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though there was little sign of the late drama to come when they led 4-1.Naby Keita’s right-footed rocket opened the scoring, and there was a long-awaited home goal for Roberto Firmino – his first in the league since March 2019 – early in the second half.Roberto Firmino finally ended his home goal drought in the Premier League as Liverpool saw off Chelsea at Anfield.Read Also: Man Utd move closer to UCL spot after West Ham drawThe impressive Pulisic helped the Blues battle back to 4-3, raising hopes of clinching the draw they required to make certain of a top-four finish, but Liverpool had the last word, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slamming home to secure the win. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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WATCH: Bike riders indulge in a fist fight in the middle of a race; Authorities hand them two-year suspension

first_img Karthik Nair First Published: 25th March, 2019 15:11 IST 1 year ago WATCH: Rahul Gandhi renews Congress’ 47-year-old ‘Garibi Hatao’ vow, announces Rs. 72,000/year Minimum Income Guarantee scheme with porous details Last Updated: 25th March, 2019 17:44 IST WATCH: Bike Riders Indulge In A Fist Fight In The Middle Of A Race; Authorities Hand Them Two-year Suspension All hell broke loose at the Costa Rica National Motorbike Championship when two riders Jorge Martinez and Marion Calvo were involved in an ugly fist fight while the race was in progress. WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US While the incident had taken place in February, the Costa Rican federation have now announced their punishment to both the riders for their atrocious behaviour during the middle of the race. Both Martinez and Calvo have been handed two-year suspensions.  SUBSCRIBE TO US Just over a month after the fans witnessed insane scenes during Costa Rica National Motorbike Championship, which saw Jorge Martinez and Marion Calvo indulge in an ugly fist fight between the race, both the riders have been banned for a period of two years from the event.As the two riders jockeyed for position, Martinez’s bike had a collision with Calvo’s bike. The bike halted and a furious Martinez confronted Calvo before the duo engaged in a fist fight while the other riders zoomed past. The race was red-flagged before they were showed their way out fof the race.Here’s the video the fight which broke out between the two riders. LIVE TV Written By WE RECOMMEND 1 year ago WATCH: Tajinder Bagga hits back at Priyanka Vadra over her ‘BJP leaders busy in marketing t-shirts’ comment; sends her one as a gift 1 year ago Moto G7 launched in India with glass body, dual rear cameras and 15W TurboPower charging: Specs, features and everything to know COMMENTlast_img read more

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Republican Convention contested question

first_imgIf the Republicans have a contested National Convention what do you think should happen? Give the nomination to Trump because he still has the most delegates. Give the nomination to Cruz because he has the momentum. Start over and pick a new nominee like Paul Ryan. Call Hillary and tell her the election is hers. View Results  Loading …Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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The battle against Big Pharma for cheap drugs

first_imgSouth Africa’s new patent law, once it is signed, will help to lower the cost of medicines and improve healthcare for all South Africans. (Image: EU Commission)• Southern Africa remains free of Ebola • Doctors on the forefront of innovation • New laws to cure health costs • Leading African researchers hunt down Ebola • Healthcare in South Africa Sulaiman PhilipSection 27 of the South African Constitution guarantees everyone the right to access to health care. However, the government has not been able to follow the success of its antiretroviral (ARV) programme with similar programmes for other chronic diseases, especially endemic tuberculosis and hepatitis.One of the biggest stumbling blocks to good universal health care has been the cost of patented prescription drugs. The national government has formulated a new patent law that would make it more difficult for pharmaceutical companies to be granted new patents for old drugs, but the new law has been held up for a year, in part by pressure from those companies.Morgan Scholtz is gaunt; it sounds like he uses every ounce of strength just to speak. Even then, words escape his skeletal frame in wheezy, whispered gasps. Depending on the dosage he needs to treat his extremely drug resistant TB (XDR-TB), he spends between R12 000 and R24 000 a month on the seven different antibiotics he needs to stay alive. “I am one of the lucky few,” he whispers. “I was still covered by my parent’s medical aid when I was originally diagnosed but they can’t keep paying that. A single linezolid tablet costs R700 – the generic costs R75 but it’s not available in South Africa.”A report released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2013 showed that linezolid was effective in treating XDR-TB, including in patients who were also HIV-positive. Linezolid was one of a small number of drugs that did not compromise the effectiveness of HIV treatments – a crucial factor in a country where many TB patients are co-infected with HIV, as is the case in South Africa.For TB treatment to be effective, a patient needs to be in treatment for at least six months. The national Department of Health pays drug maker Pfizer R287 per 600mg dose; to treat one patient it costs the department R52 377. Private patients pay R589, plus mark ups, for a single dose at a cost of R123 000.Pfizer holds multiple patents on linezolid and has renewed its patent since 2001, when the drug went on the market in Africa. It is the best antibiotic to treat drug resistant pneumonia, soft and deep tissue infections. But Pfizer has threatened to restrict use of linezolid if the country amends its patent laws to allow cheaper generics into the domestic market.As long as you pay the filing fee with the correct paperwork you will be granted a patent in South Africa. This patent registration system allows drug companies to “evergreen” (register new patents for old drugs to which minor changes have been made or for which new uses have been found) existing drugs, and creates monopolies and drives up the price of medication in the country.A 2013 Indian court victory could give South Africa precedent when faced with the legal threats from pharmaceutical companies. Indian law makes provision for the granting of new patents only if a drug has a new molecule and not simply a new formula for an existing drug. This has allowed India’s home-grown pharmaceutical industry to manufacture a wide range of cheaper generic alternatives to expensive life-saving drugs.Novartis, the manufacturer of the cancer drug Gleevec, wanted to prohibit Cipla from manufacturing a generic version of the drug costing R800 per tablet by applying for a new patent on a reformulated compound. The Indian Supreme Court ruled that the country had the right to reject Novartis’s new patent as frivolous and re-affirmed the country’s right to produce cheap life-saving drugs for India as well as continue to supply 80% of the drugs used in Africa.At the time of the ruling MSF’s Julia Hill said drug prices impoverished people with life-threatening diseases and kept life-saving drugs from the poor. “If South Africa develops a strong legal framework for its new patent law patients could have much better access to affordable life-saving medicines,” she said.India’s patent law is not unique among South Africa’s Brics partners. Brazil, China and Russia all have legislation in place that sets a higher bar for new patents. By incorporating a patent examination system with stricter criteria and allowing for opposition to new patents, Brics partners have created home-grown pharmaceutical industries as well as given citizens access to cheaper medication.They have also put into place research exceptions. Western pharmaceutical companies tend to search for cures for diseases from which they can profit – as in the case of Ebola, found in Africa but until recently unknown in the West, with research done by one small company. Similar issues abound with many curable diseases rampant in the developing world.Liver cancer caused by hepatitis B is the most common cancer in men in Africa. It affects African men between the ages of 20 and 30 and causes about 1.3 million deaths a year. Treatment exists. Entecavir treats chronic hepatitis but costs R4 500 a month, and you need to take the treatment for life. The patent for Entecavir lapsed in 2001 but a new patent was granted, which also prevented the importation of an existing generic, which costs a tenth of the original.International law allows South Africa flexibility in public health initiatives through the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips). Negotiated in 2001 in Doha, it allows countries to issue licences for life-saving drugs and to adopt stricter standards for issuing patents to older compounds filed as new drugs.Access to cheaper generics is a public health care right. In 2001, there was a waiting list to receive ARV medication. At the time, it cost R75 000 a year to treat an HIV-positive patient. Thirty nine pharma companies banded together and sued to prevent the importation of cheaper generics.That South Africa can now afford the world’s largest ARV programme and can treat patients for R1 500 a year became possible when that industry group backed down. It was a public relations disaster for Big Pharma, but it was the wariness over releasing pricing guidelines and profit margins that brought an end to court proceedings.Public health activists learned lessons from that backtracking and are using them to push back against attempts to block the signing of the new National Policy on Intellectual Property. Among the many benefits of the new Act would be achieving National Development Plan objectives of a 50% reduction in TB deaths and having at least 80% of eligible patients on ARVs. It would also improve the wider health system, if resources were properly allocated.Andaleeb Rinquist has XDR-TB. Too weak to walk, she left hospital expecting to die at home, surrounded by her family. The public health system could not afford to dispense the linezolid needed to treat her, so her husband took out personal loans of R70 000. He is now forced to work overseas to pay for ongoing treatment and to pay back the original debt.“All I want to say is this: the government needs to prioritise people over the profits of pharmaceutical companies. Why should my family be broken up for the sake of their balance sheet?”last_img read more

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Halong Bay Floater — Geocache of the Week

first_img Kayak is parked. Time to search! Kayaking to the cache Location:Halong Bay, VietnamN 20° 51.047 E 107° 05.280 Share with your Friends:More View from the cache! “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”    —Doc BrownHalong Bay is known as the most beautiful destination in all of Vietnam. There are no roads to the geocache Halong Bay Floater, only multi-day junk boat and kayak tours. This will allow you to maneuver emerald green waters between countless limestone karst formations. Talk about a D5/T5 adventure of a lifetime!   After hopping onboard your vessel, take time to marvel at the unique landscape filled with majestic Sea Eagles and the extremely rare Cat Ba Langur. Pro Tip: once you dock south of Ti-Tov (Titop) Island, kayak as close as you can to the coordinates then search for the cache from there. You’ll undoubtedly pass one of the countless fishermen who live in floating villages within about 579 square miles (932 km) of Halong Bay.Although Halong Bay is a World Heritage Site, there are still locals that dump their trash in the bay. For this reason, it is important for geoachers to represent the tourism and geocaching communities well and show their best Cache in and Trash Out skills. If you have any questions, Cache Owner, thetourguide, has led thousands of people to this gorgeous location and may be able to answer them!SNKR2006On a wonderful holiday we visited this place and found this cache. We love Vietnam and say thank you to the owner of the cache for showing us this place. Halong Bay was awesome and we meet some friendly people. We did a 3 day boat trip and had plenty of time.Best wishes from German cacherTiago.OKAsia Adventure Tour!!!!! Amazing place. It is incredible, fantástic, magic…Found with my love Xuxu.mafas and our Portuguese good friends and Geocaching godfathers: Ladas112, scosta911.TFTCThanksJ+J.auWe stayed anchored on a boat very close so we were able to hire a kayak and take a paddle to this cache, the waters here are mirror surfaced making paddling very easy and enjoyable. As we were paddling we saw a school of 5 very big fish swim past us.Everywhere you look there are picture opportunities. TFTCWhat has been the most exotic location that you have found a geocache? Happy cacher Sea Eagle Junk boats at dusk Halong Bay on a sunny day Looking for the cache Fish delivery! TraditionalGC1Q54Nby thetourguide Difficulty:5Terrain:5 Floating fishing village Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. SharePrint RelatedGeoTour Spotlight: Heritage Hide’n’Seek in OntarioAugust 18, 2016In “GeoTours”An open letterJuly 9, 2019In “Community”Concrete floats! — Betonschiff Redentin (GC15D8C) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Salesforce.com Teams Up with Black Eyed Peas for Free Chatter.com Launch

first_imgTags:#cloud#saas klint finley Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Salesforce.com announced today that the free Chatter.com software-as-a-service will be generally available January 31. Chatter.com makes the core features of Salesforce.com’s enterprise social software offering Chatter available for free. Chatter.com users will have nearly all the features that paid Salesforce.com users have, with the exception of reporting dashboards and access to the AppExchange marketplace. A few new features are being rolled out to all Chatter users as well.Twitter-style @replies and trending topics and Facebook-style “likes” are all being added to both Chatter.com and regular Chatter users.Like Yammer company accounts, Chatter.com company accounts can be created by anyone with an e-mail address from a particular company. That user can then invite other users to the company Chatter.com account. Unlike Yammer, user access can be moderated without paying for a premium account. The first user becomes the moderator, and can create other moderators. If a company discovers that employees have created a Chatter.com account without management and IT approval, Salesforce.com will add managers as moderators free of charge.Update: Yammer did not respond to our request for clarification regarding its access control policy yesterday, but Yammer Director of Communications DeeAnna McPherson has contacted us with a correction:Any user (it doesn’t have to be a moderator) can suspend another user. When that happens, an email is sent to the suspended user’s email address asking them to re-confirm their account. If they no longer have email access, they no longer have Yammer access. In the premium version, Yammer can be synced with Active Directory to automate the process of removing former employees.We make it easy to police the free accounts by surfacing employees whose company email addresses are bouncing.One drawback to Chatter.com is that all users must have an e-mail address with the company’s domain name. Unlike Huddle, another enterprise collaboration SaaS with freemium accounts, there is currently no way to add an external collaborator without first giving them a company e-mail account.As a side note, Salesforce.com’s relationship with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas continues to flourish. Salesforce.com will air a commercial for Chatter.com starring animated caricatures of The Black Eyed Peas during the Super Bowl. The ads will bookend the half-time show, which will feature a live performance by The Black Eyed Peas. will.i.am seems to have quite a fondness for tech companies – earlier this week Intel announced that will.i.am will be its new director of creative innovation.For some, Super Bowl adds with companies with “dotcom” in the name brings back uncomfortable memories of the dotcom boom and bust.Chatter was released to all Salesforce.com users last year, and the company calls it its most successful product launch to date. Dell deployed Chatter to over 100,000 users. Other customers with over 5,000 include Bank of America and Deloitte.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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