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Booming house prices defy talk of cooler times

first_img Show Comments ▼ UK HOUSE prices continued their summer boom into September, official figures say, but other sources show price growth slowing.House prices shot up by 12.1 per cent in the year to September 2014, up from 11.7 per cent in the year to August, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday.It marks the fastest annual house price inflation since July 2007. London had the quickest price growth at 18.8 per cent. Excluding London and the south east, UK prices rose 9.1 per cent.The continuation of the summer’s housing boom is at odds with data from Hal­­ifax and Nat­ionwide which both point to the market coming off the boil after August. Survey data from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors also shows new buyer enquiries plummeting in recent months – especially in London – signalling a market cooldown.“Although ONS annual figures show healthy growth, there is little doubt that house prices have lost some mom­entum in recent months,” said Jonathan Hopper, managing director of property search consultancy Gar­rington.“The market is likely to stumble rather than stride into the New Year – estate agents are already starting to see a drop off in viewings, although a large part of this will be down to the traditional seasonal slowdown.” Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory Booming house prices defy talk of cooler times center_img whatsapp Tags: UK house prices Tuesday 18 November 2014 8:10 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapplast_img read more

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News / Kuehne + Nagel prepared to miss out on major deals to chase $400 profit per teu

first_img Kuehne + Nagel has told investors and analysts it is prepared to walk away from contracts from major shippers if customers press for freight rates that are deemed too low.It looks to maintain a gross profit of $400 per teu on each container booked, chief executive Detlef Trefzger told analysts assembled at the company’s capital markets day in LondonHe said that over the past year KN had discontinued negotiations with several major box shippers.“Key accounts are always under pressure. We have a minimum margin that we target on shipments and we have handed back major customers because the rates were not high enough.“And in this market shipping lines are in competition with us, and in our value-added services to clients there are 14-16 touch points; if some of these haven’t been honoured by clients then we tend to concentrate on other clients,” he added.According to Macquarie Research, KN is forecast to handle 3.871m teu this year, and to push past the 4m teu barrier in 2015. The bank calculates that this year KN’s gross profit per teu is likely to be $375 per teu, down from the 2008 peak when it earned $491 per teu on the 2.67m teu it booked.Macquarie also estimated KN’s share of the global sea freight market at 2.2%, which it expects to remain largely unchanged in the next couple of years.Kuehne + Nagel chief executive Detlef Trefzger By Gavin van Marle 22/09/2014 Mr Trefzger argued that despite KN being the largest sea freight forwarder in the world, a diminutive market share was also an advantage.“We have small market share in sea freight of about 2%, so there are a lot of opportunities out there which we should be able to grab – if we had a 20-30% market share I would be a lot more cautious, but the majority of our business is centred on SMEs.“As it is, we can be selective about customers. Big names don’t always tempt us. We would walk away in certain cases – we don’t like surprises in the late stages of negotiations,” he said.Asked if the firm had considered using hedging as a way of mitigating the volatility in freight rates, Mr Trefzger said: “We do hedge on named accounts where we have major volumes committed and we go to carriers to bloc book space, but we don’t hedge speculatively by booking 20-30,000teu space and then trying to sell it.“We are considering hedging on currency; we have our ideas but we have not yet implemented them.Despite the volatility, he maintained that the company would continue to target a gross profit of around $400 per teu.“We will maintain the $400 target and with the solutions approach we could even improve on that.“Also, it helps that volumes are still there. And although there is overcapacity from the carriers on some trades, on others there isn’t – on the transatlantic capacity is tight, and you have more demand and missing capacity on that route,” he said.Mr Trefzgar earlier revealed that the transatlantic sea freight trade was one that the company had singled out to focus growing its volumes and presence as part of a strategy overhaul for its next phase of development.last_img read more

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FDA puts off closing lab-test ‘loophole,’ leaving decision to Congress and Trump

first_img Saurabh Das/AP WASHINGTON — After arguing for months that certain medical tests led to patients being mistakenly told they had illnesses and undergoing pointless treatment, the Obama administration Friday dropped its plans to regulate them.The Food and Drug Administration said a decision on whether and how to regulate the tests would be left to Congress and the new president.The diagnostics, known as laboratory developed tests, are designed, manufactured, and used within a single laboratory, often in a hospital. They range from simple tests that measure levels of sodium to ones that analyze DNA and help diagnose genetic diseases.advertisement Related: Critics say the lack of regulation is a loophole that allows labs to market unproven tests through physicians and other clinicians that they claim can help patients customize their diets or workout regimens.In a hearing one year ago, nearly to the day, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, told a congressional committee that without oversight, LDTs can be high-risk and give the health care providers who rely on them inaccurate information. Some misdiagnosed patients were steered away from treatments that might have helped them, he said.advertisement How genetic testing of dubious value is infiltrating the world of sports Watch: Genetic tests promised to help me achieve peak fitness. What I got was a fiasco Some modern, complex LDTs are akin to medical devices, and that industry called for the tests to be regulated similarly to devices.“As Congress weighs various proposals to reform LDT oversight, we urge lawmakers to recognize that FDA involvement does not mean a threat to patient access,” wrote AdvaMed, a medical device trade group, in a letter to Congress last April.Michigan Representative Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, praised the FDA’s decision to delay, citing ongoing bipartisan discussions on an approach for how the agency should handle the tests.“We appreciate FDA’s decision to refrain from finalizing its guidance on LDTs,” Upton said in a statement. “It was the right call. Our committee has consistently believed that applying medical device regulations to LDTs via non-binding guidance documents is not the best approach.“Diagnostics, regardless of whether they are developed in a lab or by a manufacturer, are critical to advancing precision medicine and raise complex policy issues the committee has been grappling with on a bipartisan basis,” he said. “We look forward to discussing our efforts to date with additional stakeholders and completing our work next year.”Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said in a statement, “I am glad that the FDA has listened and will delay making final its current draft guidance that could have halted more than 60,000 lab-developed tests in their tracks, and will work with Congress and the new administration on next steps.”Sharon Begley contributed reporting.center_img PoliticsFDA puts off closing lab-test ‘loophole,’ leaving decision to Congress and Trump Related: By Sheila Kaplan Nov. 18, 2016 Reprints “Public health concerns raised by these and other examples of defective LDTs require that FDA implement a more proactive oversight policy,” Shuren said at the time. He noted that the FDA would issue its final guidelines by the end of 2016.But on Friday, FDA spokeswoman Tara Goodin said that while the agency continued to believe that rules are needed to ensure patients and health care providers get reliable tests, the agency’s approach needed more work — and input from the incoming Trump administration and Congress.“We have been working to develop a new oversight policy for laboratory developed tests, one that balances patient protection with continued access and innovation, and realize just how important it is that we continue to work with stakeholders, our new Administration, and Congress to get our approach right,” Goodin said. “We plan to outline our view of an appropriate risk-based approach in the near future. It is our hope that such an approach will help guide continued discussions.”The draft proposal was met with opposition from many quarters, among them research hospitals, biotech companies, the American Clinical Laboratory Association, and the Association for Molecular Pathology.Dr. Roger Klein, professional relations chair for the Association for Molecular Pathology, said in an interview that the proposed regulations “would likely have resulted in diminished access to the tests by some patients because many labs couldn’t have afforded the costs associated with complying with those regulations.”He added that problems cited by the FDA “were anecdotes, some of which came from newspaper reports. Many were outliers or part of questionable medical practice that would have occurred anyway.” Tags diagnosticsFDAgenetic testingpolicylast_img read more

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Kim Visits Kangdong Precision Machine Plant

first_img By Daily NK – 2015.01.16 1:16pm Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News SHAREcenter_img Kim Visits Kangdong Precision Machine Plant AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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North Korea holds lecture in border region highlighting need to eliminate…

first_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News By Lee Chae Un – 2021.03.17 1:34pm North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% AvatarLee Chae Un SHARE Facebook Twitter News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsHeadlineSino-North Korean BorderPolitics North Korea holds lecture in border region highlighting need to eliminate anti-socialist acts Among many other claims, the lecturer said that “there has been a deeply concerning increase in criminal behavior among women and minors” North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) North Korean authorities recently held a lecture for people in the Sino-North Korean border region that officially announced the creation of an agency that will monitor and control “non-socialist and anti-socialist behavior” while calling on everyone to participate in an operation to “sweep away” such elements.“A political lecture was held for people along the [Sino-North Korean] border in Hoeryong on Mar. 7,” a North Hamgyong Province-based source told Daily NK yesterday. “The lecture emphasized that everyone needs to participate in the struggle to suppress and eliminate anti-socialist and non-socialist acts.”The lecturer claimed that “mercilessly sweeping away all sorts of anti-socialist and non-socialist acts that are appearing with intensity throughout society is a vital and serious socio-political issue that is key to protecting the socialist system,” according to the source.The lecturer noted that a “combined command” had been created after the second plenary meeting of the Eighth Party Congress as part of efforts to thoroughly rid the country of anti-socialist and non-socialist behavior. In short, the lecturer made clear that this new organization would monitor such activity and deal out punishments in order to protect North Korean-style socialism.Lecture materials calling on people to “smash anti-socialist and non-socialist behavior” published in July 2019. / Image: Daily NKAccording to the source, the lecturer further claimed that there has been a “dramatic rise in anti-socialist and non-socialist behavior” in the midst of the country facing “disorder in its legal system,” and proceeded to list anti-socialist and non-socialist behavior found recently throughout the country.Along with the prevalence of drug use and adherence to superstitions, the lecturer claimed that there have been cases of people who have committed crimes after being “seduced by religion and superstition.” The lecturer also claimed that there has been a drastic rise in murders and burglaries, which have “damaged society’s development” and “tarred public sentiment.”The lecturer went on to claim that “there has been a deeply concerning increase in criminal behavior among women and minors,” and that “anti-socialist and non-socialist behaviors are polluting the new generation and putting [our] future at risk.”The lecturer further stated that, most of the time, “young people are the ones who are becoming seduced by bad propaganda publications and are either using the way of speaking of the puppets [South Korea] or imitating such a way of speaking.” According to the lecturer, there are many cases where “young people are committing various crimes, including murders and burglaries, and using illicit drugs.”The lecturer further stated that anti-socialist and non-socialist behaviors – including gambling, family in-fighting, the production and illegal sale of counterfeit currency, loans with excessively high interest rates, the production of medical products and other products, illegal medical treatments, and people selling goods out of their vehicles – have emerged in almost all areas of life in North Korea.The lecturer concluded by saying that people should “clearly understand that committing anti-socialist and non-socialist behaviors will lead you to act against the Party and motherland, which birthed and nurtured you,” and thus should “never engage” in such acts.Daily NK understands that the activities of the “anti-socialist and non-socialist combined command” are taking their cue from the “anti-reactionary thought law” passed in December of last year. The combined command appears to be focused on implementing a variety of measures to prevent people from “breaking away ideologically” through contact with “foreign culture,” including South Korean movies, dramas and music.Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean News last_img read more

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Jamaican is 2006 Recipient of Black Heritage Image Award

first_imgRelatedJamaican is 2006 Recipient of Black Heritage Image Award RelatedJamaican is 2006 Recipient of Black Heritage Image Award Jamaican is 2006 Recipient of Black Heritage Image Award UncategorizedOctober 19, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaican Ephraim Martin is the recipient of the 2006 Black Heritage Image Award (BHIA) for excellence in international relations.The prestigious award, which recognises outstanding contribution to black heritage in the United States, was presented to Mr. Martin at a gala held recently in Illinois.Mr. Martin, who is based in Chicago, is the president, founder and executive producer of the annual International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), the Chicago Music Awards (CMA), the African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL) and the Caribbean Festival (CAF), Chicago.The father of one child, Dana, and husband of Illinois Appellate Court Justice Shelvin L.M. Hall, Mr. Martin is also a panel member of the weekly W.L. Lilliard-Straight Talk on TV 25, which airs every Thursday evening across Chicago.In a citation read by Mary Swopes, President of the Mahogany Heritage Foundation, Mr. Martin was credited for more than 25 years of work in advancing the music, culture, arts, crafts and lifestyle of the people of the Caribbean, Africa and other parts of the world.The citation noted further, that over the last two decades, he helped to bridge the gap among peoples of different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. In 1999, he established and hosted the Hands of Love event, in which church groups were encouraged to join hands and say a prayer against inner-city violence.In May of this year, Martin’s Inter-Culture organisation produced the 25th anniversary of IRAWMA at the world-famous Apollo Theatre in New York City. The event, which featured Damion Marley, drew rave reviews from a worldwide TV audience.The BHIA is a celebration of achievement, honouring outstanding leaders whose work and contributions perpetuate the dignity and depth of black heritage.Previous recipients include: the Hon Rosa Parks, who is credited with starting the civil rights movement in the United States; Dr. Mae Jemison, first black female astronaut; Congressman Danny K Davis; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; outstanding athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee; and Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Lagos, Nigeria.center_img RelatedJamaican is 2006 Recipient of Black Heritage Image Award Advertisementslast_img read more

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RSPCA NSW welcomes parliamentary inquiry findings

first_imgRSPCA NSW welcomes parliamentary inquiry findings RSPCA NSW welcomes the NSW Government response to the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the administration of state animal cruelty legislation.The NSW Government supports RSPCA NSW’s role in enforcing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTAA).“This inquiry reinforces the relevance of RSPCA NSW in enforcing POCTAA, and we are pleased that the NSW Government has seen fit that our Inspectorate continues their vital work,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.“We welcome the recommendations made which we hope will build on the special skills, strengths and expertise our Inspectorate has developed over the last 90 years.”“The inquiry has also put a spotlight on animal cruelty laws in NSW and what needs to be done to improve the welfare of animals in our state, and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide valuable insight into RSPCA NSW’s critical role in that.”“RSPCA NSW continues to perform absolutely vital functions for the people and animals of NSW. Not only are we an enforcement agency, we are an organisation that delivers community education and assistance to animal owners in need, provides shelter and urgent treatment to animals and takes action in in the event of natural disasters.”The report made the following recommendations:That the NSW Government consider increased penalties for animal cruelty offences That the NSW Government investigate data collection and sharing between enforcement agenciesThat the NSW Government increase funding to more adequately resource and staff RSPCA NSW and AWL NSW inspectoratesThat the NSW Government develop a quantitative funding model indexed with CPI That the NSW Government investigate and fund an education program for improving animal welfare outcomes That the NSW Government ensures that POCTAA and the animal welfare framework are overhauled to meet community expectations and understanding of animal welfare That the NSW Government reviews statutory time limits for the prosecution of animal cruelty-related crimesThat the NSW Government amends the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 to require approved charities to table their annual reports in both Houses of Parliament and comply with GIPA requests RSPCA NSW remains committed to the mission of preventing cruelty to animals and promoting animal welfare and looks forward to working with the NSW Government, enforcement agencies and the community to achieve these goals in the interest of all animals. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal, Animal cruelty, animal welfare, community, education, Government, investigation, legislation, meet, NSW, outcomes, parliament, penalty, prosecution, RSPCA, RSPCA NSWlast_img read more

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Toyota unveils Targa-top Supra and Tacoma trailer concepts for SEMA

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Toyota has unveiled a concept Supra with a Targa-style top, along with a TRD-Sport Trailer based on the back end of a Tacoma pickup.The car and trailer would normally have been unveiled to a live audience at the giant SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) auto aftermarket show in Las Vegas in November – except that COVID-19 turned it into a virtual event.The two concepts are part of Toyota’s “second wave” of 2020 SEMA creations. The first included two Supra drift cars, a hand-painted one, and a customized Tacoma. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Unfortunately, like many of the vehicles and accessories built for the SEMA display, it looks like neither the Sport Top nor the camper trailer are destined for production. Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Toyota GR Supra Sport Top  Toyota RELATED TAGSSupraTacomaToyotaConvertibleCoupePickup TruckAWD / 4x4FlexPerformanceNew VehiclesPerformance VehiclesPickup trucksall-wheel driveCampingFlexInstagramPickup TruckPickup TrucksSEMASupraTacomaToyotaTrailer The TRD-Sport Trailer concept has a scissor lift, operated by a remote, that raises a platform up out of the bed. The trailer also includes a four-person tent with awning, fishing pole holders, trash can, custom-build toilet, refrigerator, water heater, and a slide-out sink and stove. Toyota advertisement The 2021 GR Supra Sport Top was inspired by the GR Supra Heritage Edition that Toyota debuted at SEMA last year. The car’s frame was reinforced so the roof could be cut off, and the two removable composite panels can be stored in the trunk.It includes a black canopy over the seatbacks, and the basket-handle wing and round taillights from the Heritage Edition.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Toyota TRD-Sport Trailer Concept COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

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68th annual Conference on World Affairs 2016 speakers announced

first_img“Our selection committee has been hard at work for the past several months to bring together a group of speakers who we believe will bring civil discourse to the major issues facing our world today,” said Stephanie Rudy, Program Committee chair. “We hope the community and the university will join us to be entertained, to listen to different viewpoints and to broaden their world view.” Categories:ConferencesEvents & Exhibits The University of Colorado Boulder’s 68th annual Conference on World Affairs will host a full complement of speakers from around the world April 4-8.This year’s program will feature a diverse collection of nearly 100 speakers, including musicians, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, authors and more. Participants travel from locations across the globe including: the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Tanzania, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Boston to list a few, aligning with the conference’s mission of “Bringing the World to Boulder.”For the full list of 2016 speakers confirmed to date, visit the Conference on World Affairs website.The Conference on World Affairs is an annual spring event that brings ideas and inspiration to the CU-Boulder campus through panel discussions featuring a variety of subjects with speakers from around the world. A committee of student and community volunteers select returning participants as well as new speakers to attend the event each year.“Our selection committee has been hard at work for the past several months to bring together a group of speakers who we believe will bring civil discourse to the major issues facing our world today,” said Stephanie Rudy, Program Committee chair. “We hope the community and the university will join us to be entertained, to listen to different viewpoints and to broaden their world view.”The week of events is free and open to the public. Additional information, including speaker profiles, complete schedule and keynote speaker, will be released prior to the event.Faculty members are encouraged to submit requests for panels concurrent with the day, time and topic of their classes or request a CWA panelist to visit their classes. Faculty requests are due Feb. 8. For more information or to submit a request contact Amanda Roper at [email protected]: 68th Annual Conference on World AffairsWhen: April 4-8, 2016Where: University of Colorado BoulderAdmission: Free and open to the publicContact:Stephanie Rudy, Conference on World Affairs, [email protected] Rain, Conference on World Affairs, [email protected] Miller-Huey, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Published: Jan. 27, 2016 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Vital Strategies releases public education resources to accelerate GoI END TB strategy

first_img Starting today, Vital Strategies is airing the PSA, ‘Cough’ on national digital platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Hotstar and Voot for four weeks in 17 languages across IndiaOn World TB Day, Vital Strategies released two new communication resources to support the Government of India’s effort to END TB once and for all.India accounts for the highest number of TB cases in the world, as per affecting over 2.6 million Indians every year. Tobacco further exacerbates the TB epidemic in India—about 14 per cent of TB patients in India use tobacco, as per the India TB report. To help tackle this leading killer, and simultaneously address TB and tobacco, strong and consistent communications and public messaging will be critical.As per a press note, this launch includes two new public education resources, “Responses to Public Service Announcements about Tuberculosis” which provides insights into four tested campaign messages that when integrated into TB programming, will encourage behaviour change including increasing knowledge of symptoms, reducing stigma and discrimination, enhancing health service utilisation, and improving treatment adherence. One concept in particular, ‘Cough’ is the first-ever campaign highlighting the link between TB and tobacco use and was rated as one of the highest in terms of potential effectiveness for TB prevention and treatment.“End Tobacco to Eliminate TB: Communication Toolkit”, launched in collaboration with the National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), is an extensive collection of resources, creatives, and guidelines to drive social sharing campaigns on TB-tobacco. It is a handy, ready to use tool to help government institutions, program managers, health care providers, communities, civil society organisations, and health resource agencies to effectively reach key audiences. Further, the toolkit provides pre-tested public service announcement, ‘Cough’ in 17 national and regional languages.Shri Vikas Sheel, Joint Secretary (NTEP & Policy), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, said, “The ‘Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP)’ has been renamed the ‘National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme (NTEP)’ on January 1st, 2020 with a commitment as emphasised by Hon PM Shri Narendra Modi to ‘End TB by 2025’, five years ahead of the global target. Mass media campaigns are an effective tool for achieving this target, and campaigns can ensure that relevant messaging is in the public domain to help in amplifying cross-linkages between NTEP and other programs to influence TB control. I am sure that this white paper will serve as evidence to create compelling behavior change communication campaigns for ending TB emergency. We also congratulate Vital Strategies and The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease to bring out this ready-to-use communication toolkit to help build knowledge about the increased risk of TB infection due to tobacco use”.Dr. Nandita Murukutla, Vice President, Vital Strategies, said, “We’re proud to support efforts to END TB, a leading killer in India. Our new research assessing the impact of media messages on knowledge of TB is first-of-its kind. It will lead to more efficient and effective campaigns that encourage people to seek treatment. The complementary resources will further the Government of India’s efforts and policies to reduce TB. We are pleased to partner with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, the Union and Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai, and commend their efforts to encourage public education campaigns as a critical means to ending the tobacco and the TB epidemic.”Starting today, Vital Strategies is airing the PSA, ‘Cough’ on national digital platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Hotstar and Voot for four weeks in 17 languages across India.Prof. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Surgeon, Department of Head Neck Surgery, Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, said “In India, tobacco kills more than 1 million people each year, accounting for 9.5 per cent of all deaths. Implementing mass media campaigns is an effective strategy to combat the menace of tobacco. I congratulate Vital Strategies for the successful launch of these communication materials as well as the launch of campaign “Cough” on digital media. We are happy to collaborate with Vital Strategies by providing a testimonial to amplify the warning against the deadly harms of tobacco use in any form.”Dr. Rana J Singh, Deputy Regional Director, The Union South-East Asia, said “Many studies show that tobacco consumption is an important risk factor for TB infection and TB disease. There is an urgent need to integrate tobacco control strategies in TB control programs at policy, implementation and reporting levels. We hope that this ready to use communication toolkit will be a very useful resource to run successful campaigns for jointly addressing the dual epidemic of tobacco use and Tuberculosis.Aimed to facilitate better understanding of TB among relevant stakeholders, the resources also aim to support central and state governments in ensuring optimum fund allocation and utilisation for media campaigns. Government and public health leaders can use these resources to generate greater awareness and develop strategic health communications not only for TB programs but also for TB and tobacco control integration initiative. 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