From airships or supersonic jets, air travel is about to change forever

first_imgBut for most, the key to the rebirth of mass market air travel will be reimagining the experience, leveraging technology to recreate the serenity and serendipity of flying’s golden age throughout the customer’s journey: slower, more spacious, serene, and sustainable. At the other, for those fortunate few who can afford to pay a premium, supersonic travel may make a return, through accelerated adoption of “son-of-Concorde” aircraft from manufacturers such as Boom Supersonic and Aerion Supersonic. Opinion From the passenger perspective, the entire end-to-end experience of air travel needs to be transformed for the sake of public health. Space constraints and social distancing require a radical rethink of the airport and flying experience, from retail to dining and drinking, boarding aircraft, and collecting luggage. The sheer volume and pace of air travel are unlikely to be the same again. The key to the rebirth of mass market air travel will be reimagining the experience, leveraging technology to recreate the serenity and serendipity of flying’s golden age: slower, more spacious, serene, and sustainable. (AFP via Getty Images) Michael DaviesMichael Davies is lead at the New Technology Ventures Program at London Business School whatsapp With fewer flights, electric aircraft, economic incentives, and customer preferences that force airlines to reconfigure their fleets and retire inefficient aircraft, we can all reap the benefits of reduced carbon emissions.   Indeed, the collision of the Covid-19 pandemic with the challenges the civil aviation industry was already facing is certain to precipitate the mother of all root and branch transformations in air travel.  whatsapp Even as the experience of flying must evolve on the ground, with technological innovations such as the introduction of touchless kiosks — scanning via a code, or through voice commands — and high-speed testing at terminals, it is in the air that the most significant changes must come. Achieving acceptable levels of separation makes today’s rack ’em and stack ’em seating infeasible. Inevitable lower load factors will drive up costs per passenger mile, necessitating higher prices. Yet with the arrival of highly scalable, point-to-point flights, enabled by new aircraft such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350, air travel continued to grow apace. This growth was driven by many more people flying with low-cost carriers, with fewer — if any — empty seats. The phrase “a perfect storm” is frequently overused. But when it comes to aviation, it is no exaggeration.  And Covid-19 is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the industry. The long-term viability and sustainability of air travel has long been under threat, and this new crisis has only exacerbated deep-seated existing issues. Share From airships or supersonic jets, air travel is about to change forever The big civil aviation manufacturers, such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce, have acknowledged the drop in demand and acted swiftly, shedding thousands of jobs. Covid-19 will be much more transformative than the events of two decades ago. The current crisis is not just about the pandemic — it’s also about a collapse in demand on a scale not seen since the 1930s, and significant shifts in consumer preferences towards safety and sustainability. Moreover, despite assurances from the boss of Airbus that aircraft cabins benefit from extremely clean air, there is widespread recognition that securing public trust is another critical battle. Will travellers feel comfortable spending hours in a confined space breathing the same recycled air as other passengers? Following the 9/11 terror attacks and the SARS epidemic, many predicted the end of mass market air travel altogether. Certainly, new security measures made flying a very different (and often much worse) experience from the glory days at the end of the twentieth century.  So what does a viable, sustainable future for air travel look like, and how do industry players take this giant leap into new territory? We have all seen the impact. Vulnerable carriers such as FlyBe and Virgin Australia are already bankrupt. Heavyweights like Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad have had to adapt rapidly — Emirates is cutting jobs, and both are refocusing on freight.  City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. At one end of the spectrum, regional airlines might consider investing in slow but sustainable electric aircraft, such as Eviation’s Alice which works well for short-haul hops. Thursday 11 June 2020 6:41 am Given how quickly the industry bounced back then, it might be easy to assume the same will be true now. However, today’s challenges are far more long-lasting. Put together, Covid-19’s challenges are set to become a catalyst that sparks a longer-lasting rejection of modern mass-market air travel — a rejection already underway thanks to concerns about carbon footprints, reflected in the #flygtsam movement (a Swedish word that translates roughly as “flight shame”).  Recent research suggests that if the cabins are comfortable enough, many would embrace that experience. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? 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(AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: From airships or supersonic jets, air travel is about to change forever While journalists today write glibly about “travel corridors” and “air bridges” and excitedly report that web searches for July holidays to Italy and France have exploded over the past few days, it is worth noting that flights to and from Europe are currently still down 90 per cent compared to last year. And now that we have all become so used to conducting meetings via Zoom, business travellers too will be increasingly reluctant to pay the price of a wearisome long-haul flight. Getting up in the middle of the night for a call with another time zone is not pleasant, but it’s often preferable to a brutal red-eye flight. 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Maybe companies such as British-owned Airlander will soon be taking passengers on long-duration flights to distant destinations such as Australia and the Far East. Whatever happens, air travel is about to change forever. Main image credit: Gettylast_img read more

200,000 hospitality workers to lose jobs this weekend, industry body warns

first_imgFriday 16 October 2020 2:37 pm Also Read: London lockdown: 200,000 hospitality workers to lose jobs this weekend, industry body warns “If you go into level three you are getting support if you are closed so at least we would have something to pay the teams and a grant to cover overheads and costs,” Nicholls told the BBC. Yesterday Nicholls said the London lockdown restrictions would be the “death knell” for the industry.  “There is bound to also be an impact on retail. Jessica Clark Pret a Manger has already announced today that the second wave of infection and subsequent lockdown has led to it cutting a further 400 roles in London, on top of the more than 2,000 jobs axed since the pandemic began.  London lockdown: 200,000 hospitality workers to lose jobs this weekend, industry body warns Tags: Coronavirus Meanwhile, Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce, said central London will be particularly impacted by the lockdown as people reduce public transport use. Show Comments ▼ “With no non-household mixing allowed indoors and a reduction in journeys on public transport requested, Tier 2 will hit London’s hospitality sector hard, particularly in its centre,” he said. UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said the tier 2 lockdown, which prohibits people from separate households from mixing, is a “maximum squeeze on revenue with no support”. “Otherwise you are going to have about 200,000 people in central London losing their jobs this weekend.” “Hospitality businesses are between the rock and hard place. Their trade is impacted by the restrictions, yet there’s not sufficient support available to help them to stay open.  Share “The pain of tier two is that you have no government support, and that’s what we need the government to urgently address. About 200,000 hospitality workers in central London will lose their jobs this weekend as tier 2 coronavirus lockdown restrictions are imposed, the industry body’s chief executive has warned. Also Read: London lockdown: 200,000 hospitality workers to lose jobs this weekend, industry body warns “So for businesses in this part of the capital it would probably be better to be closed.  whatsapp She said it would be better for some businesses in central London to be forced to close under tier 3 restrictions in order to access government funding  “Many would rather be in a Tier 3 area, as at least if they were required to close by law they would be able to access grants and the more generous furlough scheme.” whatsapplast_img read more

Hargreaves Lansdown share price drops as profits fall

first_img Tags: Company Hargreaves Lansdown More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the whatsapp Catherine Neilan Hargreaves Lansdown’s share price has fallen more than 5.8 per cent after profits fell two per cent in the second half of last year.Revenues rose 24 per cent to £197.2m, but commission and bonus payments soared 228 per cent, while other operating costs were up 10 per cent, eating into the company’s bottom line. That left operating profit down two per cent at £101.4m. Pre-tax profit was also down two per cent to £101.9m.The IFA grew assets under management by 4.7 per cent to £49.1bn, with total net inflows of £2.25bn for the six month period.This was lower than the preceeding six months however, when £2.8bn was invested through the firm.Hargreaves Lansdown said it had performed well against a “sluggish” retail environment.It also noted that it was up against tough comparisons. Last year “enjoyed the dual boost” of rising stock markets and interest in the Royal Mail share offer.However, client growth “has remained excellent, even without these important stimuli”, Hargreaves Lansdown said.Investors disagreed though. Hargreaves Lansdown was the biggest loser on the FTSE 100 this morning.Chief executive Ian Gorham said: “In a muted six months for both stock markets and retail investing, Hargreaves Lansdown has managed to buck the trend with £2.25bn of net new assets and further growth in clients to 675,000.“We now look forward to the important tax year end period, and the introduction of exciting new pension freedoms on 6 April 2015.” Share Hargreaves Lansdown share price drops as profits fall Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 4 February 2015 5:32 am whatsapplast_img read more

Cherokee Nation files lawsuit targeting CVS and other pharmacies in opioid crisis

first_img Tags addictionHealth Disparitieslegalopioidspharmaceuticalsstates Jeff Lautenberger/Tulsa World via AP News Editor Cherokee Nation is suing CVS Health, Walgreens, and other drug companies and retailers, alleging the companies didn’t do enough to stop prescription painkillers from flooding the tribal community and creating a crisis of opioid addiction.The lawsuit, filed in tribal court on Thursday, alleges that the companies failed to properly monitor opioid prescriptions and orders. The tribal government alleges that those patterns should have raised red flags that the companies are legally responsible for reporting to federal officials.“These drug wholesalers and retailers have profited greatly by allowing the Cherokee Nation to become flooded with prescription opioids,” the lawsuit alleges. “They have habitually turned a blind eye to known or knowable problems in their own supply chains.”advertisement Related: By Megan Thielking April 20, 2017 Reprints ‘It can tear a family apart’: The opioid crisis sweeps through Cherokee Nation Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. “As we fight this epidemic in our hospitals, our schools, and our Cherokee homes, we will also use our legal system to make sure the companies, who put profits over people while our society is crippled by this epidemic, are held responsible for their actions,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a statement.There have been a slew of lawsuits filed by local governments accusing drug makers of contributing to the opioid epidemic by downplaying the addictive properties of painkillers and improperly encouraging doctors to prescribe the drugs.In February, for instance, Erie County, N.Y., sued four companies — Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Endo International — for costing the county government millions of dollars each year to fight the opioid crisis.“The goal is to get justice for the Cherokee Nation and to recover the extraordinary losses they’ve suffered as a result of the opioid epidemic,” said Fields.Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly asserted that Cherokee Nation’s suit was the first in the US to target pharmacies. Megan Thielking [email protected] Please enter a valid email address. Related: The rate of drug-related deaths among American Indian and Alaska Native people has nearly quadrupled since 1999, according to the Indian Health Service. It’s now double the rate in the US as a whole. Oklahoma — home to most of the 120,000 citizens of Cherokee Nation — leads the country in prescription painkiller abuse.Cities and counties across the US have filed similar lawsuits against drug companies. West Virginia included several pharmacy chains as well in a case brought against opioid distributors. But this is the first case brought by a tribal nation seeking to hold those dispensing prescriptions responsible for an epidemic of opioid addiction.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: Privacy Policy About the Author Reprints No opioids, please: A growing movement lets patients refuse prescriptions @meggophone In a statement to STAT, CVS Health said it has “stringent policies, procedures and tools to ensure that our pharmacists properly exercise their corresponding responsibility to determine whether a controlled substance prescription was issued for a legitimate medical purpose before filling it.”Walgreens declined to speak on pending litigation.Under the Controlled Substances Act, pharmacies and drug distributors are legally responsible to flag federal officials when they see suspicious orders or prescriptions for controlled substances such as opioids.Those suspicious orders can take several forms. They could involve patients filling multiple opioid prescriptions from different doctors — known as “doctor shopping” — or an order for opioids that’s disproportionately large for the local population.“Pharmacists have a duty only to fill scripts that are for a legitimate medical purpose,” said Richard Fields, a D.C.-based lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the tribe. “If a doctor is engaged in prescribing opioids illegally, that doesn’t relieve the pharmacy of liability.”In 2015, an estimated 845 million milligrams of opioids were distributed in the 14 counties that span Cherokee Nation, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. That averages out to between 360 and 720 pills per year for every prescription opioid user in the Cherokee Nation, the lawsuit says.By 12th grade, nearly 13 percent of American Indian teens have used OxyContin, according to the American Drug and Alcohol Survey. And 2.6 percent of American Indian students in 12th grade have used heroin, nearly double the rate of the general population. HealthCherokee Nation files lawsuit targeting CVS and other pharmacies in opioid crisis last_img read more

Charlotte County deputies search for missing 15-year-old girl

first_imgSkateboarder causes $3,500 in damages at Charlotte County Catholic school June 5, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Charlotte County Sheriff’s OfficeMissing ChildMissing teen Missing Collier teen seen with man at Fort Myers Publix June 11, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 15-year-old Alexus Szuba. She left her home on February 15 and has not been back since. It is unknown what she was wearing. Law enforcement said she could be in the North Port area. Szuba is 5’1 and 138 lbs with Hazel eyes and red shoulder length hair. Any information about Szuba can be called into the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013. Advertisement Englewood mother joins teenage son behind bars for involvement in accidental shooting June 16, 2021center_img Advertisement Man arrested after offering young girls money for sex act June 2, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Suspicion of North Korea-Syria Nuclear Connection “A Storm on the Inside”

first_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion AvatarPark Hyun Min Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter By Park Hyun Min – 2007.09.17 7:53pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Analysis & Opinion [imText1]The North Korean disarmament experts’ team, while organizing a 5-day itinerary for their visit to North Korea, was preparing a detailed draft for a method of disarmament. However, in the midst developing a roadmap, the suspicion of a “North Korea-Syria Nuclear Connection” surfaced. The New York Times quoted a US leader, who requested anonymity, on the 12th as saying, “Israel had recently carried out reconnaissance flights over Syria, taking pictures of possible nuclear installations that Israeli officials believed might have been supplied with material from North Korea.” He added that “Israeli officials believed that North Korea might be unloading some of its nuclear material on Syria.” (The New York Times, published By MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER on September 12, 2007) Furthermore, the Washington Post used an anonymous source to report that “ initial reports of suspicious activity are frequently reevaluated over time, and some were skeptical that North Korea and Syria, which have cooperated on missile technology in the past, may have a joint venture in the nuclear arena.” (The Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler on September 13, 2007)Such reports by the U.S. media exploded suddenly with North Korea’s recent implementation of the initial phase of the “February 13th Agreement” and with the upcoming phase of “disabling nuclear facilities” and “reporting all nuclear programs.” As a result, the related nations of the Six Party Talks, including the U.S., are perplexed. In light of the fact that the North Korean nuclear experts’ team returned from their five-day visit on a successful note, this news is even more surprising. The North, during the team’s visit, offered a design and map of the Yongbyun nuclear facility and demonstrated a reformed posture of cooperation. Of course, North Korea’s true intentions can only be verified over time, but to the related countries of the Six Party Talks, including the U.S., their cooperative attitude was enough to raise expectations up a notch regarding the abandonment of nuclear weapons. The disablement experts’ team, with the U.S at its center, investigated in detail facilities they had been wanting to view. The “draft for disablement” of North Korean nuclear weapons, agreed on by the team, will most likely be concluded at the Six Party Talks, which are to be held on September 19th; but the suspicion of North Korea’s sales of nuclear materials to Syria is slated to be presented as another variable at the talks. The U.S. delegate to the Six Party Talks and Assistant-Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Christopher Hill, is reported to have said on the 15th that proliferation of nuclear materials, facilities, and programs is a significantly-related part of the Six Party Talks. Hill goes on to clarify his intent to include this issue on the agenda. In response to the question of whether North Korea must report nuclear engineers and techologies shared with other countries, Assistant-Secretary Hill emphasized that there is a need to seize all nuclear programs, and that any spread of these technologies must be made known. The U.S. Bush administration, after North Korea’s nuclear experiment in October, 2006, changed its direction to resolving the nuclear weapons issue through the Six Party Talks and other diplomatic efforts. However, North Korea’s proliferation of nuclear materials or technology to third-parties was a red line which North Korea should never have crossed.”Thus, in the case that suspected North Korean sales of nuclear materials to Syria is revealed as a fact, the situation can only get worse.However, few percieve that the Six Party Talks will immediately be stranded due to the North Korea-Syria nuclear connection issue. The question that has been gaining strength is whether U.S. domestic hard-liners have been leaking intelligence to intercept President Bush’s efforts to produce a diplomatic outcome by the end of his term by urgently compromising with North Korea, which has subsequently casted a negative influence on Israel, who has to deal with Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. When confronted about the possible connection between North Korea and Syria on the 16th, the UN deputy from North Korea, Kim Myong Kil, strongly denied the allogations stating, “These are groundless stories and I have nothing else to say.” Experts predict that as long as the Bush administration decides on a course of action to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue through diplomatic efforts before the end of the term, the U.S. policy toward North Korea is not likely to change, so long as “real evidence” does not increase. One South Korean expert on North Korea said, “It is proposed that North Korea is selling nuclear materials to Syria, but this has not been confirmed yet. The U.S.’ fundamental position is that it will never allow the proliferation of nuclear weapons, so the issue can be urgently addressed at the Six Party Talks. However, this is not a situation that will turn the progressive atmosphere between the US and North Korea upside down.” “As long as definitive information or real evidence is not brought forward, the U.S., through the Six Party Talks, will continue its efforts to carry out the roadmap for the abandonment of North Korean nuclear ambitions.” he said. “The pivotal issue is to what extent North Korea will faithfully report extracted plutonium or the uranium enrichment programs (UEP).” Suspicion of North Korea-Syria Nuclear Connection “A Storm on the Inside” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? SHARE Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center last_img read more

City Manager Steve Stuart issues formal Declaration of Emergency in Ridgefield

first_img Here is a compilation of our coverage for Covid-19Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19Ridgefieldshare 0 Previous : Evergreen Public Schools: Delivering on its promise to feed students Next : Clark County hospitals gear up for COVID-19 patientsAdvertisementThis is placeholder text COVID-19 Information and links City Manager Steve Stuart issues formal Declaration of Emergency in RidgefieldPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, March 17, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 City adopts further operational steps to assure continuing service and the safety of residents and staff RIDGEFIELD — In order to rapidly respond to the developing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart today issued a formal Declaration of Emergency and adopted further operational steps to assure continuing service and the safety of residents and city staff. These actions follow operational changes announced last Friday in Ridgefield which were enacted in coordination and consultation with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), Clark County Public Health, Clark County, and the cities within Clark County, The declaration will be reviewed by the Ridgefield City Council at their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thu., March 26. The declaration gives the city the flexibility and authority to respond quickly to changing needs with access to federal, state and local emergency resources and funds. Any emergency orders and actions taken under the declaration are anticipated to be done in coordination with a regional response. Clark County, cities in Clark County, and the state of Washington have also made similar declarations of emergency. The city of Ridgefield is also partially activating its Emergency Operations Center to better coordinate its response efforts locally and is participating in a Joint Information Center established by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA). Effective Wed., March 18, the city will implement the following changes to its operations and services as preventative measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 among employees and the community: City facilitiesCity Hall, city offices at the RACC and the Police Department lobby will be closed to the public, with access by appointment only. Online services will remain available and phones will be answered during normal business hours. Employees are being encouraged to work remotely when possible, provided it does not interfere with vital operations. City servicesCity services will be modified as follows: • All public events and park reservations will be cancelled. • Public parks will remain open, and while sheltering in place, social distancing if residents use the parks is still recommended, Public Works will also regularly sanitize City playground equipment and public benches. • There will be no late fees assessed for water bills until further notice, and there will be no water shutoff during this timeframe. Utility payments can be made online at, by phone (360)887-3557, by mail, or in person through the drop box at City Hall. Start/Stop/Move Utility services are also available by phone. City public meetingsAll non-essential public meetings will be cancelled. City Council meetings will continue but may change to virtual meetings. City businessesDue to the statewide restrictions on business operations, the city will be working with local businesses to understand those restrictions and communicate with residents about which businesses and services are still available. These measures will be in effect until the threat of COVID-19 to public health and safety has abated, as determined through continued local, regional, statewide, and national evaluation. For more information about the city’s response to COVID-19, visit provided by city of Ridgefield.More coverage:center_img Posted by|Sunday, March 15, 2020 |in : HealthCOVID-19 Information and links last_img read more

PAHO/WHO Commits Support to Reduce Tobacco Use in Jamaica

first_imgRelatedGovernment to Explore All Economic Opportunities at Diaspora Conference RelatedForeign Affairs State Minister Confident of Uptick in FDI RelatedAmbassador Vasciannie Meets with Diaspora Groups Ahead of June Conference FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has committed to continue its support of the Government’s efforts to reduce tobacco use in Jamaica. This assurance comes from PAHO/WHO Representative in Jamaica, Margareta Sköld, who says the organisation stands ready to assist the administration in its quest to, among other things, advance the passage of Tobacco Control Regulations. “PAHO/WHO strongly supports the Government of Jamaica in its efforts to protect and safeguard public health by reducing exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco use, not least, through the passing of new Tobacco Control Regulations,” she said in a message marking World No Tobacco Day on May 31, which was read by PAHO/WHO Health System and Services Development Advisor to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda, Marilyn Entwistle, at a National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) forum at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew. Ms. Sköld noted that the proposed legislation aims to institute safeguards against unwanted tobacco exposure. Further that it is expected to form an integral part of the government’s bid to address the economic and social impact which the heightened prevalence of non-communicable diseases, partly consequent on tobacco use, currently poses. She advised that the move to initiate the legislation is consistent with obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which Jamaica ratified in 2005. In welcoming the forum’s staging, Ms. Sköld said the event provided stakeholders and other participants with an opportunity to deliberate over practical solutions aimed at reducing tobacco use; improving the health and welfare of persons affected by non-communicable diseases, while seeking to reduce the incidence of these; and stimulating sustainable economic development. Meanwhile, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the government is mindful of the fact that tobacco smoking “remains the most avoidable cancer risk.” As such, he assured that the administration continues to pursue policies and programmes that will reduce tobacco smoking and protect the health of the population. These, he pointed out, include instituting tobacco legislation, “which we are assiduously working on completing.” “Soon, I expect that we will have the legislation in place to ban smoking in public spaces,” the Minister said. On May 31 each year, countries affiliated with the WHO observe World No Tobacco Day, which highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use, and provides a platform advocating effective policies to reduce its consumption. This year’s global theme: ‘Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship’, stems from Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which requires a comprehensive ban of all advertising, promotional and sponsorship activities, that would result in a reduction in tobacco products consumption. The local theme focused on the nation’s young people, and was aptly coined: “Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Save Our Youth’. According to the PAHO/WHO, tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats globally. It kills nearly six million people each year, of whom more than five million are users and ex users, and over 600,000 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Data shows that at least one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco, and that this accounts for one in 10 adult deaths. CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDScenter_img PAHO/WHO Commits Support to Reduce Tobacco Use in Jamaica Foreign AffairsJune 3, 2013 Advertisementslast_img read more

Crime Watch

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeCrime Watch Aug. 27, 2018 at 5:00 amCrimeCrime Watchnews3 years agocrimeCrime Watch On August 8, at about 5:49 p.m.Officers responded to the Jack-In-the-Box – 802 Santa Monica Blvd regarding a subject attempting to open car doors with a key in the parking lot. The subject left the location and was followed to the Main Library by the reporting party. Officers learned the subject exited the restaurant and walked into the parking lot. The subject walked in between several parked cars and attempted to open several car doors with a key. The subject tried to open the reporting party’s car. The reporting party yelled out to the subject. The subject fled the location. The reporting party was desirous of prosecution for vehicle tampering. The subject was taken into custody. Clifford Foster Bogaty, 33, from Los Angeles, was issued a citation for vehicle tampering.Tags :crimeCrime Watchshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEight Pico Neighborhood Projects Selected for Wellbeing Microgrants Pilot ProgramExpanded cell service subject of City Hall appealYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press13 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Samsung leads US, LatAm smartphone markets

first_img Devices AppleCounterpoint ResearchLGMotorolaSamsung AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 AUG 2017 KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Previous ArticleAlibaba profit nearly doubles in fiscal Q1Next ArticleLenovo slips to first quarterly loss in 2 years Michael doesn’t want to admit that he has been a journalist and editor for close to 20 years covering a diverse set of subjects including shipping and shipbuilding, fixed and mobile telecoms, and motorcycling…More Read more Tags Samsung topped smartphone shipments in the US and Latin America (LatAm) in Q2, fending off Apple in the former and achieving a record high market share in the latter, Counterpoint Research announced.In the US, the South Korea-headquartered vendor achieved a 31.3 per cent market share during the quarter, narrowly ahead of Apple on 28.2 per cent.Research director Neil Shah said Samsung prospered in the US despite shortages of its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models: “It’s mid and entry portfolio also gained share within prepaid channels and national retail.”Shah added a series of promotions aided Apple during the quarter, helping to “alleviate a post paid slowdown pre-refresh”, apparently a reference to a traditional slowdown in Apple sales ahead of the launch of a new iPhone model.The slowdown was offset by increases in prepay shipments, which Shah credited to “a new low point of sale price of $49 of its older 5S model”. Indeed, some 30 per cent of total US iPhone shipments during Q2 were comprised of iPhone 5S, 6S and SE models, Shah noted.Counterpoint Research placed LG Electronics in third place on a 15.4 per cent market share, with ZTE fourth (11.5 per cent), and TCL-Alcatel fifth (4.8 per cent).LatAmWhile Samsung faced a fight with Apple in the US, it emerged as the clear market leader in LatAm, with a market share of 41 per cent during the quarter.LG Electronics ranked in second place with a share of 10.1 per cent, though the vendor faces a growing challenge in the form of Motorola, which Counterpoint Research said was the fastest-growing vendor in the region after increasing its share by 65 per cent year-on-year to end the quarter on a 9.9 per cent market share.Huawei ranked in fourth place with an 8.5 per cent share, and Apple fifth on 3.9 per cent.Counterpoint Research said an improved macroeconomic climate in key markets including Brazil and Columbia contributed to a 9 per cent year-on-year rise in total smartphone shipments in the region.Columbia registered the greatest year-on-year growth in smartphone shipments during Q2 (up 26 per cent), which senior analyst Tina Lu credited to the entry of new brands including Meizu, Infinix and Xiaomi.Lu said greater availability of LTE smartphones was another factor in the broader growth in LatAm shipments during Q2: “Almost nine out of ten smartphones sold in LatAm was LTE capable and instrumental in driving up the replacement rate, and feature phone to smartphone upgrade rates.”Counterpoint Research did not reveal unit shipment figures in either announcement.center_img HomeDevicesNews Samsung leads US, LatAm smartphone markets Related Google taps retail with NYC store Author Apple faces 5G modem wait Michael Carroll last_img read more