Why is linking Israel to George Floyd’s murder an antisemitic conspiracy theory?

Posted On Sep 4 2021 by

first_imgThe article, in which Peake said that anyone who couldn’t vote for Labour because of Jeremy Corbyn had “voted Tory”, included this line: “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.” This was later accompanied by a factual clarification to the contrary, inserted by the paper.While the political focus of the last week has been on the consequential sacking of Long-Bailey from the shadow cabinet, it is imperative that this antisemitic conspiracy fantasy which the scandal has amplified exponentially be taken on directly. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Fundamentally, whatever the ill in the world, antisemitism will find a way to place Jews behind it.  This is not good enough. And her subsequent article, without apology or significant explanation, is still not good enough either. Why is linking Israel to George Floyd’s murder an antisemitic conspiracy theory? Peake has since retracted her comment, stating that she was “inaccurate in my assumption of American police training and its sources” and that she abhors racism and antisemitism. This is obviously welcome, but it is deeply disappointing that the actor so naively engaged in it.  The Israeli police too are clear that kneeling on someone’s neck is not taught or encouraged. Nor is it official policy. The originator of the exchange programme between the US and Israel has explained that it in fact arose from fears for American unpreparedness in the wake of the September 11 attacks.  No questions have been raised since Floyd’s death about other countries in which US police train. Read into that what you will.   More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Thursday 2 July 2020 9:18 am This was the case with the Black Death of the fourteenth century, and is the case with Covid-19 today. Jews are blamed for spreading diseases or accused of running conspiratorial plots using epidemics. It was the case with the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter in 2018 who blamed Jews for aiding the “great replacement” — that is, importing migrants to displace so-called white “indigenous” populations.  But Israel did not teach racist, violent police in America how to kill black men.  It is also the case when those in online conspiracy forums blame Jews for beginning a race war, and thus inspiring anti-black racism.  The main evidential base for this allegation is a 2016 report from Amnesty International about US police training with the Israeli military and secret services to learn about counter-terrorism tactics. However, no one is suggesting that the officers who killed Floyd thought he was a terrorist.  Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked from the shadow cabinet for tweeting an interview which included an antisemitic conspiracy theory (Getty Images) Also Read: Why is linking Israel to George Floyd’s murder an antisemitic conspiracy theory? Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked from the shadow cabinet for tweeting an interview which included an antisemitic conspiracy theory (Getty Images) Also Read: Why is linking Israel to George Floyd’s murder an antisemitic conspiracy theory? These things cannot go unchallenged. And that is why, if Long-Bailey is not going to thoroughly debunk the myth herself, people like me will have to do it for her.center_img Last week, shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey tweeted public support for a newspaper interview given by the actor Maxine Peake.  whatsapp And so we come full circle.Meanwhile, a “legitimate criticism of Israel” side-show is also running. Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell waded in to say in Long-Bailey’s defence that “criticism of the practices of the Israeli state is not antisemitic”. That McDonnell fails to see that this is not an example of criticism of Israel, but rather a conspiracy drawing Israel into a racist murder, might be why the party under his and Corbyn’s leadership failed so woefully to understand and address a culture of anti-Jewish racism.   Opinion Share Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked from the shadow cabinet for tweeting an interview which included an antisemitic conspiracy theory (Getty Images) 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. Depressingly, anti-Jewish racism draws from the resistance to it. So the easily muttered conspiracy has now been shared countless number of times. Together with the sacking of Long-Bailey, it has fuelled another antisemitic conspiracy: that her dismissal was part of a Jewish plot to rid the Labour party of particular political elements, restrict criticism of Israel, and — in some cases — pit antisemitism against the Black Lives Matter Movement. Main image credit: Getty In the conspiracy voiced by Peake and amplified by Long-Bailey, responsibility for the death of George Floyd, the black man brutally murdered and who inspired recent Black Lives Matter protests across the globe, is placed on Israel. For the purposes of this conspiracy, the sole Jewish state is uniquely evil. Danny StoneDanny Stone is chief executive of the Antisemitism Policy Trust As for Long-Bailey herself, she has tweeted a clarification suggesting she posted the article because of Peake’s achievements and the latter’s argument to stay in the Labour party. She said it “wasn’t intended to be an endorsement of all aspects of the article”. She later tweeted again with a long thread, stating she “learned many people were concerned by reference to international sharing of training and restraint techniques between police and security forces”. Moreover, Amnesty has now clarified that not only does its report not show “neck kneeling” as a technique taught in Israel, but the Minnesota police cannot be said to have received such training at all.  Long-Bailey failed to do the one thing that conspiracy theories demand of us: to debunk and ridicule them. As of writing, she has still not properly explained the conspiracy to her 150,000 Twitter followers and many more people now looking in.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsAll Things Auto | Search AdsBuick’s New Lineup Is Truly StunningAll Things Auto | Search AdsMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTrendscatchersBill Gates Finally Reveals a Secret Behind A Huge Fight With Steve Jobs Long Time AgoTrendscatchersBigGlobalTravelCelebrities That Are Still Married TodayBigGlobalTravelMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorylast_img read more


After bribery episode, Bristol-Myers overhauls sales practices in China

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

first_imgPharmalotAfter bribery episode, Bristol-Myers overhauls sales practices in China Leave this field empty if you’re human: Novartis offices in South Korea raided over bribery concerns Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Related: Bristol-Myers Squibb has ended certain business practices in China that reportedly involve making payments to physicians, among other things. The move comes five months after the drug maker agreed to pay more than $14 million to resolve charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making illegal payments to health care providers in the country.Chinese social media reported the drug maker announced a clampdown on using expenses and speaker fees to reward physicians, according to Reuters. By email, a Bristol-Myers spokesman would only tell us that the company “voluntarily stopped certain initiatives in China as the company continues to review its activities and build upon its business model in China.” He did not respond when asked to be specific. Please enter a valid email address. @Pharmalot Former employees explained it was an “open secret” that health care providers in China rely upon such income, and one sales rep characterized the expenses as a “departmental development fee,” according to the SEC. Despite having such information, the drug maker failed to sufficiently investigate “numerous irregularities,” according to the agency, and continued to record the payments as legitimate expenses.The internal crackdown comes amid ongoing scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry and its efforts to build market share in numerous countries. Bribery concerns gained prominence three years ago after an episode in China, where GlaxoSmithKline was eventually found guilty by a Chinese court of bribing doctors, hospitals, and other nongovernment personnel, and was fined more than $490 million.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine.center_img Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman March 8, 2016 Reprints [email protected] As we noted previously, some Glaxo employees in China were accused of using travel agencies to issue bogus receipts and to channel bribes to government officials, hospitals, and doctors in order to sell more of its drugs at higher prices. Ultimately, five of the company’s managers, including its former top China executive, received suspended jail sentences, and about 110 employees were fired.The scandal in China, however, was watched particularly closely for signs of how the country — which is an increasingly important market for global drug makers — may have tried to boost its own domestic drug makers while simultaneously trying to crack down on corruption.The pharmaceutical industry, meanwhile, has run into difficulties elsewhere. Just last month, South Korean authorities raided Novartis’s offices in search of evidence the company provided bribes to local doctors. A Novartis spokesman acknowledged an investigation was under way. And Glaxo has opened internal investigations in various countries, including in Jordan and Lebanon.In the United States, concerns about the extent to which drug companies seek to influence medical practice and research spurred the Obama administration to create the Open Payments database, which is publicly accessible and lists payments made by drug companies to doctors. Privacy Policy About the Author Reprints Tags Bristol-Myers SquibbChina As we noted previously, Bristol-Myers was charged with paying health care providers at state-run hospitals in China between 2009 and 2014 in hopes of increasing prescriptions for various medicines, according to this order filed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC charged the drug maker also lacked internal controls to monitor interactions between employees and health care providers, some of whom were given cash, jewelry, meals, travel, and entertainment.advertisementlast_img read more


New CDC school opening guidelines fail to ‘follow the science’

Posted On Jun 23 2021 by

first_img Tags Coronaviruseducationgovernment agencies A teacher instructs students with a camera projector from her desk at Freedom Preparatory Academy in Provo, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images Vladimir Kogan By Vladimir Kogan and Vinay Prasad Feb. 20, 2021 Reprints Related: To justify this tiered approach, the CDC guidelines cite a “likely association” between community transmission levels and the risk of exposure in the schools. But the evidence for this is flimsy. The CDC relies almost exclusively on a U.K. study that examined Covid-19 cases and outbreaks — defined as two or more linked cases — in educational settings in England during June and July. The CDC summarizes the study by noting: “For every 5 additional cases per 100,000 population in regional incidence, the risk of a school outbreak increased by 72%.”While technically true, that increases is the relative risk, which obscures the study’s key finding about absolute risk: School outbreaks were vanishingly rare in this study —just 0.02% among schools that were open daily during this period — even in areas with high rates of community transmission. And if the CDC had looked at the next figure in the article, focusing on individual infections rather than outbreaks, no association was seen between the number of single infections in school and broader rates of community spread.The CDC’s school opening guidelines also ignore the experience of at least two U.S. states. Schools in North Carolina and Wisconsin were open during periods of high community transmission (red zone), and both saw far fewer cases in schools than outside of them. The Wisconsin study was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC’s own journal. If the state had taken the CDC’s advice, it never would have done the study in the first place. Moreover, if there is less viral spread in schools than in the community, we want them open precisely during periods of high community spread, when the comparative risks outside of school are highest.Do schools drive the spread of Covid-19 in the larger community? The CDC guidelines cites two studies. One, using national data, found no overall increase in hospitalization in counties where schools opened this fall, relative to trends during the same period in areas where schools remained closed. For counties with the highest rates of Covid-19 spread when schools reopened, some estimates showed an increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations, but these effects were quite modest, on the order of 2% to 3% above baseline levels of hospitalization. Even if this difference is real, it is quite small and unlikely to overwhelm the health care system unless it is already at the breaking point.A second study, focused on Michigan and Washington, suggested that schools can contribute to transmission when exiting case counts are high. But this analysis was vulnerable to a classic research problem of reverse causality: school reopening may have led to more frequent testing and detection of infections that would have otherwise gone unrecorded.Put together, the available evidence offers little reason to believe that in-person learning is particularly risky to students, educators, or people in the community. We believe the benefits of school far outweigh these concerns, and this is especially true as vulnerable people get vaccinated. Should learning mode depend on community transmission levels?The new school opening guidelines advise schools to open or close (or operate in “hybrid” mode) based on a four-tier color-coded system. Each color is tied to the number of new Covid-19 cases during the previous week. The red, or most restrictive category, is more than 100 cases a week per 100,000 people. By this metric, more than 90% of the country is currently in the most restrictive tier, ruling out full-time, in-person learning for elementary-aged students and any sort of in-person school for older children without screening tests.Yet many schools in such communities already have in-person school — and have done so for months — without issue.advertisement Related: President Biden vowed to “follow the science” in an effort to get kids back to school. But that’s not what the latest school opening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do.The two core pillars of the guidelines — that schools should decide whether to open based on community transmission and that students should strive to be spaced 6 feet apart — aren’t supported by science.While there are many prudent recommendations in the document, these two demands will keep schools closed much longer than necessary, harming kids.advertisement Vinay Prasadcenter_img Is 6-foot distancing really required?The CDC guidelines say that schools should try to keep kids 6 feet apart. This guidance, however, appears to be based on decades-old research on the travel distance of large respiratory droplets.The insistence on 6 feet was controversial from the start. One of the early skeptics was physician Rochelle Walensky, who was recently appointed to lead the CDC. She advised her local school district last summer that “it is quite safe and much more practical to be at 3 feet” as long as everyone is masked. (Three feet of distancing is also recommended by the World Health Organization.)When asked to explain this about-face during a recent interview with CNN, Walensky argued that the larger distance in the CDC guidance was justified by new research published since last summer and the increase in case counts since then.The newest evidence actually seems to argue against requiring strict adherence to a 6-foot rule, however. First, it is increasingly clear that transmission of Covid-19 is not explained by the droplet model — the idea that bigger drops of secretion fall in the first few feet around someone, as was thought when the original social distancing guidelines developed. Second, a meta-analysis on Covid-19 and other closely related coronaviruses showed that the benefits of increasing the distance from 3 to 6 feet is marginal in contexts where the risk of infection is low, as would be the case in a classroom with universal masking.Most on point is a recent study that examined the dynamics of in-school transmission in Ohio. Working with seven school districts that offered in-person learning in late November and early December of last year, near the peak of daily recorded infections in the state, researchers identified all students and teachers who had tested positive. They then repeatedly tested both their close contacts — other students who were exposed for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 6 feet — as well as a comparison set of students who kept their distance, including several hundred attending other classes within the same school. The rates of infection among close contacts and students who stayed more than 6 feet away were nearly identical in both elementary and high schools, suggesting minimal value from strict adherence to a 6-foot distancing rule as long as masks are worn consistently and correctly.Three feet versus 6 might sound trivial, but it really matters. Given the limitation of classroom size, maintaining 6 feet of distance will thwart many schools from operating at full capacity, meaning that students would be able to attend part-time at best, using a hybrid model.This requirement also complicates transportation. Although the main CDC guidance does not discuss transportation in detail, an accompanying handout advises districts to “skip a row if possible” on school buses. The busing constraint is particularly binding in large urban districts, where many students attend charter or magnet schools far away from their homes and rely on district-provided transportation.Going backward on reopeningRather than moving the ball forward on Biden’s goal of getting elementary and middle schools reopened as soon as possible, the new CDC guidelines will work to provide political cover for interest groups and districts that want to delay in-person school.They also come when many states were acting to loosen their own guidelines to encourage schools to reopen. Just days before the CDC announcement, the state of Massachusetts announced the elimination of school bus capacity limits as long as bus windows remain open at least 2 inches. Nevada, which already allowed closer spacing on school buses, also loosened its requirements further. But, the new CDC guidelines would thwart these pragmatic efforts. The conflicting CDC guidance only creates confusion, putting districts in the difficult position of deciding whether to follow state or federal recommendations.Most worrisome is that the stringent CDC criteria will likely increase pressure to reduce in-person learning in many places that have been operating at full capacity and with older students. As recent test score data from Ohio show, moving from in-person to hybrid formats will exacerbate learning losses, compounding the both the social and academic harms students have already experienced during the pandemic.A truly science-based analysis must recognize the difficult tradeoffs involved — including the long-term of interests of children who are most directly affected — and carefully weigh modest increases in Covid-19 infection risk to educators and broader community members against the harms of school closures.By promoting slavish adherence to arbitrary benchmarks and distancing requirements, the new CDC school opening guidelines do a disservice to science and kids.Vladimir Kogan is an associate professor of political science at the Ohio State University. Vinay Prasad is a hematologist-oncologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Ventilation should be part of the conversation on school reopening. Why isn’t it? Kids don’t need Covid-19 vaccines to return to school [email protected] @vkoganpolisci First OpinionNew CDC school opening guidelines fail to ‘follow the science’ @vprasadmdmph [email protected] About the Authors Reprintslast_img read more


IIROC to scrap fee premium for “risky” firms

Posted On Jun 18 2021 by

first_img After cutting the risk component of its fee methodology to zero due to the pandemic, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) is proposing to do away with it for good.“Historically, the objective of this risk component was to allocate, to high-risk firms, some portion of the costs associated with the additional time spent … to oversee such firms, and to act as an incentive to change their high-risk behaviour,” the self-regulatory organization (SRO) said in a notice. James Langton However, the SRO has found that the added fee doesn’t provide much of an incentive for better behaviour, the risk premiums are relatively small and the added administrative effort isn’t worth it.IIROC reported that annual risk premiums amount to only about 0.1% of overall fees, having a tiny impact on fee allocations.Additionally, since the methodology was first adopted in 2012, IIROC has shifted its approach to allocating compliance resources to particular firms, “which is now based not only on their risk but also on the impact to their clients and to the financial system,” it said.This year, the SRO set the premium charged to “high-risk” firms to zero as part of its pandemic response effort. Now, it’s proposing to eliminate it outright, effective April 1, 2021.The proposal is out for a 45-day comment period, which ends Feb. 1, 2021. coin stacks with letter dice - fees zerbor/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  Regulatory feesCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Related news Singapore’s financial regulator invests in innovation FSRA’s costs heading higher Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issueslast_img read more


NHS and social care funding

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgNHS and social care funding Thank you very much Madam Deputy Speaker, and with permission, I’d like to make a statement on the support we’re giving to the NHS and social care to help recover from the pandemic.But before turning to that, I would like to also update the House on vaccine supply and the roll-out, and set out the facts, given some of the speculation that we have seen overnight.Vaccine supplyLet me set out the position absolutely straightforwardly.Throughout the vaccination programme the pace of roll-out has always been determined by the availability of supply.As I’ve said to this House many times: supply is the rate-limiting factor.The process of manufacturing vaccines is complicated and subject to unpredictability.And because we get supplies out into the field so fast, and run a highly lean delivery system.Changes in future supply schedules impact on the weekly availability of vaccine.This has been true throughout.We make public commitments to the goals we can reach according to our best estimates of future supply.That supply goes up and down.We are currently, right now, in the middle of some bumper weeks of supply.We have now reached the milestone of 25 million vaccinations – within the first 100 days of roll-out – and we have therefore been able to open up invitations to all people aged 50 and above.And yesterday, for example, we delivered over half a million vaccines – and we will do so again today.In April, supply is tighter than this month – and we have a huge number of second doses to deliver.During April, Madam Deputy Speaker, around 12 million people including many colleagues in this House will receive their second dose.These second doses cannot be delayed as they have to be delivered within 12 weeks of the first dose.In the last week, we have had a batch of 1.7 million doses delayed because of the need to re-test its stability.Events like this are to be expected in a manufacturing endeavour of this complexity, and this shows the rigour of our safety checks.And we have a delay in a scheduled arrival from the Serum Institute of India.Now I want to put on the record my gratitude to the Serum Institute of India for the incredible work that they’re doing producing vaccine – not just for us in the UK but for the whole world.Their technology and their capability, which has been approved by the MHRA, is remarkable.The Serum Institute of India are producing a billion doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine this year.It truly is a partnership that we can be proud of.I also want to put on the record my thanks to both AstraZeneca and Pfizer, who have been remarkable partners in this historic endeavour.We have committed to targets — on which it is vital to say — that those targets to offer the vaccine to everyone aged 50 and over by the 15 April and to all adults by the end of July.I can confirm that we are on track to meet both of these targets.I also want to clear up some rumours that have been circulating — and give people reassurance.There will be no weeks in April with no first doses.There will be no cancelled appointments as a result of supply issues.Second doses will go ahead as planned.Most importantly, the vaccine data published yesterday show the life-saving impact of this vaccine.It’s not just that the vaccines are safe — it’s that they make you safe.You are much safer having had one.And shortly, the MHRA will be saying more on this matter, which they of course keep under constant review.GibraltarMadam Deputy Speaker, I know the House will also want to hear some good news from Gibraltar.Throughout this crisis we have provided Gibraltar with PPE, testing and a sovereign guarantee for their COVID spending.We have also provided Gibraltar with vaccines — as we have all other British Overseas Territories.And I am delighted to be able to tell the House that yesterday, Gibraltar became the first nation in the world to complete its entire adult vaccination programme.I want to pay tribute to all Gibraltarians, for their fortitude during this crisis, and the kind words of First Minister Fabian Picardo, who said yesterday:The United Kingdom has played a blinder on vaccinations, and we are among the beneficiaries in the British Family of Nations.I agree.The vaccination programme has been a success thanks to a team spirit across the British Family of Nations.It hasn’t always been easy.Of course there are challenges thrown at us, in what is the biggest civilian undertaking in history and that affects every single one of us.The whole House pays tribute to those who’ve helped to make it happen, including Emily Lawson and Kate Bingham, Maddy McTiernan, Ruth Todd, Nikki Kanani, Professor Jonathan van Tam, Sir Chris Whitty, Sir Patrick Vallance, Wei Shen Lim, Sarah Gilbert, Andy Pollard, Pascal Soriot, my officials in the department, colleagues across this House, and so many others who’ve made this a success.Health and care fundingWith 25 million people vaccinated, and a clear roadmap out of lockdown, we are taking careful steps out of this pandemic.Now Madam Deputy Speaker, there are 7,218 people in hospital with COVID across the UK – down from a peak of almost 40,000 just 7 weeks ago.The rate of hospitalisations has halved in just the past 16 days.And, thankfully, the rate at which people are dying has fallen by a third in the last week.As a result, I can tell the House that we are – from today – writing to all those clinically extremely vulnerable people, to let them know that shielding will come to an end on 31 March.I want to thank all those who have shown such fortitude – and all those who have done so much to look after the most vulnerable.The shielding programme truly has been Britain at its best – pulling together to help those most in need.And Madam Deputy Speaker, I know that colleagues in the NHS and social care are beginning cautiously to look to the recovery ahead.I know everyone in this House is proud of the life-saving work we’ve seen in hospitals across the county.Yet we also know that our battles against COVID-19 have meant there are things we’ve not been able to do – like routine treatments and operations.And the challenges of COVID are still with us.We must continue to treat patients with the disease, bolster our vital mission of infection control, while also laying the groundwork for a recovery that gets us back to where we need to be.NHS fundingWe’ve backed the NHS at every point in this pandemic, so they can treat patients, stay safe and save lives.And I’m delighted to inform the House that we’re backing them again today with a further £6.6 billion of funding for the first half of this coming financial year.This money is in addition to the £3 billion committed at the Spending Review last November to help the NHS meet the additional costs of COVID, while critically starting the work on the elective recovery ahead.Due to the pandemic, the waiting list for elective treatment in January was almost 4.6 million, and 304,000 people are waiting more than a year for an operation or diagnostic.Before the pandemic, we reduced the number of 52 week-waits – so people waiting more than a year – from 20,000 in 2010 to 1,600, and we were in fact on track to get that number to zero Madam Deputy Speaker, before the pandemic hit.This backlog of elective work is an inevitable consequence of the pandemic, and I know how NHS colleagues are as determined as I am to put it right.We’re also putting £594 million towards safe hospital discharge.Over the last year, the NHS’s existing discharge programme freed up over 6,000 beds – and with it the valuable time of 11,000 NHS staff.We’re grateful, we can be grateful that we’re seeing so many people leave hospital, and our discharge programme has shown the way forward, ensuring people can get the very best care outside of our hospitals, helping them off our wards and into the right settings with the right support at the right time.Our £500 million mental health recovery package will help tackle the challenges that the pandemic has wrought in access to mental health services.And I can also confirm that we will be extending enhanced discharge arrangements for mental health patients, getting patients safely from hospital into healthy community settings, providing better care and freeing up thousands of beds.And this challenge of mental ill health is so important.We all need to keep looking out for each other and doing all we can to strengthen our mental health.Tackling mental ill health is a core objective of our NHS long Term Plan.And this government is committed to seeing mental health treated on a par with physical health, and deliver on the long-needed reforms that we have set out.Adult social care fundingMadam Deputy Speaker, I remain equally committed to supporting the vital work of our colleagues in adult social care.Last Monday, we reopened care homes to visitors, with a careful policy of a single regular visitor who will be tested and wear PPE.I know how important this is – and I know colleagues will be cheered by the stories we hear each day of more and more residents safely reunited with the people they love.It means everything to them.I can today announce a further £341 million to support adult social care with the costs of infection prevention control and testing that will make sure visits are safe for everyone.This takes the total infection control fund and testing support to more than £1.6 billion, alongside the free PPE that care homes receive.Future support and closeMadam Deputy Speaker, the pandemic has tested our NHS and our social care system like never before.That they have risen to meet the challenges of the past year is down to the incredible dedication and hard-work of colleagues.They have our thanks. We will deliver on our commitments.We will build 40 new hospitals.We will hire 50,000 more nurses.We will vaccinate this country ahead of almost all others.We will back our NHS and social care, as we build back better for everyone.And I commend this statement to the House. /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. 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To Drive Economic Reactivation and Mitigate Pandemic’s Negative Effects

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgTo Drive Economic Reactivation and Mitigate Pandemic’s Negative Effects In its Fiscal Panorama 2021, ECLAC indicates that a transformative recovery post-COVID-19 necessitates a new strategic orientation for public spending and revenue.Presentation by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary (in Spanish).At the thirty-third edition of the Regional Seminar on Fiscal Policy – taking place on April 21-23 – ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, presented virtually the Fiscal Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2021, which analyzes the fiscal dynamics in 2020 along with the main challenges in 2021 in a context marked by great uncertainty regarding the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic and social trajectories of the region’s countries.According to the report, growth dynamics in 2021 will not be sufficient to offset the drop in economic activity experienced in 2020 or to roll back the increases in poverty and inequality. Similarly, it foresees a slow recovery in employment levels that will not make up for the sharp job losses incurred last year, with women affected the most as their labor participation suffered a 10-year setback. Meanwhile, the persistence of the pandemic, the asymmetries in the availability of vaccines and uncertainty about their effectiveness, along with the uneven and divergent paces of economic reactivation, cast doubt on the speed and sustainability of the economic recovery.“It is important to extend the packages of fiscal measures in 2021 given the fragility of the economic recovery process and to continue mitigating the negative social, productive and economic effects of the pandemic,” Alicia Bárcena explained. Along with the need to sustain fiscal policies in the emergency, in her presentation ECLAC’s Executive Secretary analyzed the two major challenges facing fiscal policy in the region’s countries: generating financing to maintain public spending amid the pandemic, and strengthening the sustainability of expansionary fiscal policy. Both challenges necessitate rethinking the orientation of public spending and revenue policies, she indicated.According to the report, in 2020, Latin America and the Caribbean was the developing region most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, while structural gaps intensified in terms of inequality, limited fiscal space, low productivity, informality and fragmentation of social protection and health systems. To address the pandemic’s social and economic effects, the region’s countries adopted expansionary fiscal policies. The fiscal efforts announced in 2020 represented 4.6% of GDP on average for the countries of the region. These efforts were aimed at strengthening public health systems, supporting families and protecting the productive structure. The main instruments used to mitigate the social and economic impacts of the pandemic were subsidies and cash transfers.The expansion of public spending to tend to the crisis along with the drop in tax collection entailed significant increases in fiscal deficits and debt levels in the region, with gross central government public debt averaging 56.3% of GDP. Furthermore, the region is one of the most heavily indebted in the world and has the highest ratio of external debt service to exports of goods and services (59%).“Linking the emergency to the reactivation is essential for boosting the role of public spending on the path to inclusive and sustainable development. This involves tying attention to short-term demands in with sustainable and employment-intensive investments, especially for women, promoting a productive transformation and the strengthening and universalization of social protection systems,” Alicia Bárcena emphasized.According to the report, with regard to fiscal revenue, changes will be needed in the taxation structure to increase the tax burden, progressivity and to have a greater impact on improving income distribution. This is essential for being able to maintain public spending trajectories in a context of fiscal sustainability. In this sense, the Fiscal Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2021 analyzes the challenges related to bolstering direct taxes, in particular the wealth tax and its potential for strengthening tax collection and the progressivity of tax policy in a scenario of countries’ heightened financing needs.The document adds that the widespread rise in indebtedness has increased financing needs in the region. That is why it is essential that international cooperation, through financing for development, support the expansion of countries’ fiscal space in the short and medium term. This entails the “expansion and redistribution of global liquidity, debt relief, strengthening the lending capacity of development banks, and the use of innovative financing instruments,” Bárcena stated.The Fiscal Panorama 2021 also addresses the fact that fiscal policy is not gender neutral and poses the importance of mainstreaming a gender perspective in the design of fiscal policies by analyzing the distributive effects on women of revenue, spending and investment policies, while also highlighting the importance of incorporating a gender approach throughout the entire budget cycle, and ensuring that budget reallocations or cuts do not affect financing for gender equality policies.Prior to the presentation of the report, in the framework of the XXXIII Regional Seminar on Fiscal Policy, a meeting of Finance Ministers from the region was held on Tuesday, April 20, drawing the participation of Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Directors of technical areas from 14 countries in the region. ECLAC’s Executive Secretary posed to authorities the fiscal policy challenges that are analyzed in the Fiscal Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2021, stressing the centrality of the role of the State and of fiscal policy, not only for managing distinct contingencies – for example, those related to health or natural disasters – and the economic and social effects they cause, but also for promoting inclusive and sustainable development. /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. 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Statement on devastating violence in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_imgStatement on devastating violence in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza From: Global Affairs CanadaCanada is appalled by the ongoing violence, rising tensions, and the devastating loss of life. The toll -particularly on civilians, including women and children – has already been too great. Canada continues to express grave concerns over the escalating violence in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza. Canada joins its allies and friends in urging all parties to take steps to immediately end all violence, prevent further loss of life, protect all civilians, and de-escalate tensions. All parties must uphold international law.Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:“Canada is appalled by the ongoing violence, rising tensions, and the devastating loss of life. The toll -particularly on civilians, including women and children – has already been too great. Canada continues to express grave concerns over the escalating violence in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza. Canada joins its allies and friends in urging all parties to take steps to immediately end all violence, prevent further loss of life, protect all civilians, and de-escalate tensions. All parties must uphold international law.“Canada reiterates the fundamental importance of protecting journalists and press freedom. Journalists and media workers are the cornerstone of any fair, strong and vibrant society and must be free to do their work without fear. Any violence against journalists is completely unacceptable, especially in volatile contexts where they are risking their lives to do their jobs. Further, it is completely unacceptable to see humanitarian workers and facilities under fire. Their safety and security must always be ensured.“The continued indiscriminate barrage of rocket attacks fired by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad into Israel against civilians is completely unacceptable and must cease immediately. Those foreign entities which support Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad must end their material and financial support to these groups. Canada supports Israel’s right to live in peace with its neighbours within secure boundaries and fully supports Israel’s right to assure its own security. This right also comes with immense responsibility and obligation to act in accordance with international law. The use of force has led to significant civilian loss of life and we urge utmost restraint.“Canada remains gravely concerned by the continued expansion of settlements, demolitions, and evictions, including the ongoing cases in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. These actions impact families and livelihoods, do not serve peace and are a violation of international law. Unilateral actions that prejudge the outcome of direct negotiations and further jeopardize the prospects for a two-state solution must be avoided.“Canada is alarmed by the clashes and violence among Arab and Jewish communities in parts of Israel. We implore all authorities and citizens alike to help maintain calm, reduce tensions, and help keep the peace while respecting human rights. We stand firmly with the Israeli and Palestinian people in their right to live in peace, security, with dignity, without fear, and with their human rights respected.“Canada has observed an increase of hatred, including antisemitism and Islamophobia, at home and around the world. It is our collective responsibility to fight hatred and condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Canada is committed to standing against hatred and discrimination in all their forms and is committed to working with our domestic and international partners to promote and defend pluralism, inclusion and human rights at home and abroad.“Canada is committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel. We will always stand ready to support efforts for a two-state solution.“The loss of life in this conflict is heartbreaking. For decades, this conflict has caused much pain to both Palestinian and Israeli families and impacted the social fabric in the region. This is all the more reason for the parties to urgently find a sustainable resolution to the conflict. The spiral of violence and hatred must immediately stop. Mutual recognition and respect are the critical foundation for a lasting peace.“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and with Israeli and Palestinian youth and future generations top of our mind, we urge all parties to renew their commitment to peace and security and encourage the Security Council to remain engaged on efforts to bring an end to the violence.” /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. 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Honouring Our Ancestors at Emancipation Vigils

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_imgRelatedHonouring Our Ancestors at Emancipation Vigils RelatedHonouring Our Ancestors at Emancipation Vigils RelatedHonouring Our Ancestors at Emancipation Vigils Honouring Our Ancestors at Emancipation Vigils CultureJuly 30, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Over the years, thousands of Jamaicans have been flocking to the Emancipation Jubilee, a national heritage festival, to pay tribute to their African ancestors. The event is celebrated each year on July 31 at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann’s Bay.This year it should be no different. Thousands are expected to attend the event scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and run through to Emancipation morning, Sunday, August 1, under the theme, “Ancestral Reflections . A Bridge to the Future.”Emancipation vigils are held in all parishes on the same day. The event is hosted by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).Now in its 14th year, the idea to start the ceremony began in 1987 when the JNHT was contemplating an activity to commemorate Emancipation Day.“We were doing some archaeological work at Seville Heritage Park and we were actually trying to find the slave village at the Park itself,” Technical Director of Archaeology at the JNHT, Dorrick Gray, tells JIS News.He says that excavation work was conducted at the Seville plantation by the JNHT, in collaboration with a team from the Syracuse University, USA, between 1987 and 1997.“We were lucky in that, we were not only able to find the village and the foundation of these houses, but we were able to find the remains of our ancestors that were buried in the back yard,” Mr. Gray reveals.In 1997, he says a decision was taken to re-bury the four remains at the front yard of the great house, with a massive celebration at Seville Park.“It was just phenomenal, in terms of how the Jamaican people turned out to that event and stayed all night until morning,” Mr. Gray remembers.“This was in fact the first activity we had, and it was an all night Nine Night. In the morning they had a service and then the re-burial, which brought together all the main traditional groups and organisations,” he states.Mr. Gray says the event was significant, as it was the first time in the western hemisphere that “we were able to find not only the village of Africans on the plantation, but we were also able to find four remains – three males and one female.”According to him, analysis carried out at the site and on the remains, by local and overseas investigators, revealed that there about 270 enslaved Africans, how they lived and other aspects of their lives.“Most of the houses they lived in were 10 feet x 10 feet, and we were able to find the foundation of 24 houses and their associated artifacts with them,” he says. The houses had thatched roofs and limestone floors. Some of the artifacts included pen knives and smoking pipes.Investigations also revealed that the four remains were all buried facing the east. Mr. Gray says that this was an important phenomenon, noting that burials were done in a similar way in some rural areas.“This was, basically, a tradition for a lot of enslaved Africans in the western hemisphere. You bury your dead facing east, because it was the view that some day they will go back home. In fact when they die, they will go back home which was in the east,” he explains.Since 1997, he said the heritage festival has been held each year under a different theme, featuring music, dancing, fashions, foods and exhibitions and dramatization. There is an all night vigil with the reading of the emancipation proclamation at midnight, and the laying of floral tributes to honour these ancestors.The focus is not only on the ceremony, but persons are encouraged to wear their African dress to the event. There is also on display a variety of traditional foods, handed down from ancestors.One of the highlights of the event is the free Jamaican chocolate tea, which is served all night in enamel mugs.“You carry your mug and you get free chocolate tea all night,” Mr. Gray adds.Noting the importance of the celebrations on Emancipation Day, Mr. Gray says that it was the only day, between January and December, when Jamaicans have the opportunity to honour their African ancestry.“This is the day, the 31st of July, that we look at their lives, their resilience on the plantation and, of course, we try and learn from them as to how we, the present, can organise and move ourselves forward,” he adds. Advertisementslast_img read more


Education Minister Says Changes Coming

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedEducation Minister Says Changes Coming RelatedEducation Minister Says Changes Coming RelatedEducation Minister Says Changes Comingcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says he will be working assiduously to effect a number of critical changes to the country’s educational framework, in an effort to create a quality system, which will benefit the children of Jamaica.     Speaking at a press briefing at his Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on December 12, Rev. Thwaites pointed out that one such change relates to the transfer of teachers throughout the education system to areas where they are most needed. “We have to transform the system and we can no longer do it at a slow pace. We can no longer postpone it, if we are going to benefit from the investment that we continue to make every year,” the Minister emphasized.     He pointed out that since teachers are tenured to the school Boards and not the Ministry of Education, a real challenge is presented when a teacher is to be transferred to another school. He said this has created an imbalance in the system in many cases, resulting in an oversupply of teachers in some areas, but an obvious shortage in others. “Where, for example, we may have an oversupply of teachers and another school nearby needs teachers, we don’t have the ability to move them from one school to the other and this is an area of change that has to be on the agenda going forward,” the Minister said. Rev. Thwaites informed that data unearthed by the Ministry’s statistician show that there are currently some 1,100 “fully-paid” teachers in the system, who are either under-utilised or not working at all. “But, we cannot move them to the places where we really need them under the present regulations. Now, this is not an efficient approach,” he lamented. “If a school needs a Math teacher, for example, it isn’t possible to just send a Math teacher, where you have an extra one, to another school and supplement it there. What we have to do is to find a specialist from within the Ministry or from a separate pool and then offer that person either a full time or part time post, which constricts your ability considerably,” the Minister added. He said the Ministry is currently in discussions with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to determine a way forward. “We do not wish to remove any benefit from any teacher – let that be quite clear – but at the same time there must be flexibility to meet the needs of the children. After all, the education system is not for the benefit of any Minister or for any staff member or teacher. It is for the benefit of the children and the upliftment of the nation,” the Minister said. Education Minister Says Changes Coming EducationDecember 13, 2012last_img read more


Vodafone could spend an extra £3B on 4G after VZW deal

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_img Author Home Vodafone could spend an extra £3B on 4G after VZW deal Previous ArticleVodafone confirms $130B Verizon Wireless saleNext ArticleMicrosoft inks €5.4B Nokia Devices & Services buy Vodafone has spelled out how it will spend the £6 billion it has earmarked from the sale of its Verizon Wireless stake for a wide-ranging investment programme called Project Spring.Between 45 per cent and 50 per cent of the investment will be used to accelerate 4G deployment, with the aim of reaching 90 per cent population coverage in the operator’s five main European markets by 2017. There will also be greater investment in 3G for emerging markets.The Project Spring programme will run over the next three financial years. The investment is in addition to the £6 billion Vodafone currently injects each year.“Now is the right time to step up investment and move ahead of the pack,” Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao (pictured) explained on a conference call.After 4G, the next largest priority (20-25 per cent) will be fixed broadband, with plans for an extended NGN and VDSL resale deployment. Again the focus is on European markets, although there could be selective fibre in some emerging markets.Vodafone is setting aside between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of the £6 billion for enterprise investments in IP-VPN, cloud, hosting and M2M.The company will invest a similar proportion to modernise and standardise customer support systems.Finally, it intends to reserve five to ten per cent of the sum to upgrade its distribution network, both physical stores as well as its online presence. It will set aside some of this tranche for a wider deployment of mobile payments services, in particular its M-Pesa service for emerging markets.“The opportunity in Egypt and India is enormous,” said Colao, referencing two markets (one where M-Pesa has launched recently and another where it has been mooted). The funds will back a faster deployment of agents and services.The sale of Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless will deliver total proceeds of $130 billion (£84 billion). From this total, £2.3 billion is subtracted because Vodafone is taking over Verizon’s 23 per cent in Vodafone Italy. In addition, Verizon is assuming £1.6 billion of Vodafone’s net liabilities. And tax accounts for £3.2 billion.Of the resulting £76.9 billion, Vodafone is returning 71 per cent to shareholders. Of the remaining £22.6 billion, the operator has earmarked £6 billion for Project Spring, while spending £3.2 billion on Verizon loan notes and £13.4 on the reduction of net debt. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 SEP 2013 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Related Tags Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Richard Handford Verizon WirelessVodafonelast_img read more