All Eyes on Japan in TPP Negotiations

first_img Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman testified before House committees Friday that Japan is the problem in completing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. Froman says all eyes are on Japan as they continue to keep sensitive products – including ag products – off the table for negotiations. He says it’s time for Japan to step up to the plate and agree to the same level of ambition as other TPP countries. Vilsack says the U.S. must see increased market access or there may not be a deal – or Japan may not be part of the deal. Froman says one country can’t feel entitled to exclude vast areas of market access while other countries put everything on the table. Vilsack Afraid Antidumping Case Could Cause Problems with MexicoThe U.S. has been negotiating with Mexico on a variety of agricultural issues. Most recently – Mexico agreed to accept U.S. potato imports. The country is also importing large amounts of high fructose corn syrup from the United States. The Hagstrom Report reports during a House Ag Committee hearing last week – Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers he fears the legal case U.S. sugar producers have filed asking for corrective action could affect other negotiations with Mexico. Vilsack says he has a positive relationship with Mexican officials and doesn’t want to jeopardize that relationship – and Mexican officials have expressed their unhappiness with the U.S. to him. American Sugar Alliance spokesman Philip Hayes says the action by the Mexican government was temporary and too little, too late. Hayes says the case is designed to force the government to enforce U.S. law against subsidized imports. Under NAFTA – Mexico has the right to ship unlimited amounts of sugar to the U.S. – but other trade laws say the shipment of subsidized sugar is illegal.Source: NAFB News Service All Eyes on Japan in TPP Negotiations Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News All Eyes on Japan in TPP Negotiations Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Apr 6, 2014 Previous articleSonny Beck Discusses Indiana Expansion PlansNext articleUSB Salutes Father of Green Revolution Andy Eubanklast_img read more

RSF calls for measures in response to blogger’s murder

first_img Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention February 22, 2021 Find out more Asia – PacificBangladesh ImpunityViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet News RSF_en News Samad was returning home after attending classes at Jagannath University when he was attacked by three unidentified individuals, who hacked at him with machetes while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). One of them finally shot him point-blank and then they fled on a motorcycle. The police said that, while they had not confirmed the motive for this targeted murder, the injuries were similar to those inflicted on other bloggers and activists in a series of attacks by members of Islamist groups since early last year. Samad had criticized Islamists online. Friends said he had used social networks to campaign for secularism. In a post on the eve of his death, he had voiced concern about law and order in Bangladesh. “After this latest act of barbarity, we call on the authorities to move quickly not only to arrest its perpetrators and instigators but also to come up with solutions to end this wave of attacks against secular bloggers,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Four bloggers were killed in a series of similar attacks in 2015. The first victim was Avijit Roy, the founder of the Mukto-Mona website. He was followed by Washiqur Rahman, Ananta Bijoy Das and Niloy NeelNiloy Neel. All criticized religious fundamentalism and advocated tolerance, free speech and freedom of thought in their blogs. Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Asia – PacificBangladesh ImpunityViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet News February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Bangladeshi government to adopt concrete measures to protect secular bloggers after Nazim Uddin Samad, 27, became the latest fatal victim when he was stabbed and shot yesterday in a southern suburb of the capital, Dhaka. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage May 19, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation News Follow the news on Bangladesh Receive email alerts April 7, 2016 RSF calls for measures in response to blogger’s murderlast_img read more

Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society

first_img Here are the Pets of the Week available for adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society this week: Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Community News This is Nick (A469922), a 4-year-old black cat who is quite the looker and easily a staff favorite. He enjoys the company of people and other cats alike. He loves when staff members rock him like a baby; he looks into their eyes and gently pats their faces affectionately. When no people are around, Nick can be seen playing with other cats in the cat communal room. We recommend that he is adopted with another feline friend because Nick can get lonely. Visit him today at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before being adopted.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.View photos of adoptable pets at Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. HerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News More Cool Stuffcenter_img Osze (A469807) is a 12-year-old Chihuahua who is very affectionate but takes a little time to open up. He seems to be a shy dog who just loves a good cuddle session now and again. Once he’s on your lap, good luck getting him off! He is always eager to accept treats that are given to him and he is overall a gentle and sweet dog. Osze shares a kennel with his son, Guerro (A469808), who is 9 years old. Osze likes spending time with his son but also loves interacting with other dogs he’s met on Wiggle Waggle Waggin’ field trips. He walks great on leash, likes to be carried, and would be a great new best friend. Visit Osze and his son, Guerro, today at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.View photos of adoptable pets at Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 11:22 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Breach Of Promise To Marry Amounts To Rape? Question To Be Considered Is If Accused Actually Wanted To Marry Or Made A False Promise Only To Satisfy His Lust : Kerala HC

first_imgNews UpdatesBreach Of Promise To Marry Amounts To Rape? Question To Be Considered Is If Accused Actually Wanted To Marry Or Made A False Promise Only To Satisfy His Lust : Kerala HC Viswajith Anand7 July 2020 9:59 PMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court, while considering a bail application seeking pre arrest bail for the offences under Sec 376 (2)(n) and 506 IPC, observed that every case of breach of promise to marry will not amount to rape.Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan through his judgment observed that, “The question to be considered in such cases is whether the accused had actually wanted to marry the victim or had…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court, while considering a bail application seeking pre arrest bail for the offences under Sec 376 (2)(n) and 506 IPC, observed that every case of breach of promise to marry will not amount to rape.Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan through his judgment observed that, “The question to be considered in such cases is whether the accused had actually wanted to marry the victim or had mala fide motives and had made a false promise to that effect only to satisfy his lust”. “If the materials, prima facie, suggest that the prosecutrix agreed to have sexual intercourse on account of her love and passion for the accused and not solely on account of the misconception created by accused, or where an accused, on account of circumstances which he could not have foreseen or which were beyond his control, was unable to marry her despite having every intention to do, such cases will not fall within the ambit of rape and will have to be considered differently”, the Court observed. Reliance was placed on the SC precedent Dr.Dhruvaram Muralidhar Sonar v. State of Maharashtra & Ors for these observations.The facts of the case transpired as, the informant is a married woman with a girl child residing separately from her husband due to some marital discords. The accused used to contact her and bring her food and other items. As per the informant, the accused raped her when her daughter was not around and made her pregnant. When this fact was mentioned to the petitioner, he is alleged to have assured her that he would marry the lady as and when she gets a divorce from her husband. Later when the petitioner stopped contacting the lady, she approached the Police and set the law in motion.The Counsel for the Petitioner  Advocate Biju C.Abraham had argued that there is no element of false promise and no material evidence exist there to suggest that the consent to have sexual intercourse was vitiated by a ‘misconception of fact’ arising out of a promise to marry.The Court allowed anticipatory bail to the accused, observing that it was “difficult to accept at this stage that a false promise was given to engage her in a sexual relationship and that it was under such misconception of fact that she had acceded to the wishes of the petitioner”. The Court held that custodial interrogation of the accused was not necessary, and allowed pre-arrest bail on condition that he should cooperate with the investigation and shall appear before the Investigating Officer on all Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., for two months or till the final report is filed, whichever is earlier.Distinction between Rape & Consensual SexIn Dr. Dhruvaram(Supra), the Court had held,”if the accused has not made the promise with the sole intention to seduce the prosecutrix to indulge in sexual acts, such an act would not amount to rape. There may be a case where the prosecutrix agrees to have sexual intercourse on account of her love and passion for the accused and not solely on account of the misconception created by accused, or where an accused, on account of circumstances which he could not have foreseen or which were beyond his control, was unable to marry her despite having every intention to do. Such cases must be treated differently.” Also in another decision, Deepak Gulati v. State of Haryana, (2013)7 SCC 675, the court had explained the distinction between Rape and Consensual Sex. “the physical relationship between the parties had clearly developed with the consent of the prosecutrix as there was neither a case of any resistance nor had she raised any complaint anywhere at any time, despite the fact that she had been living with the accused for several days and had travelled with him from one place to another. The Court further held that it is not possible to apprehend the circumstances in which a charge of deceit/rape can be levelled against the accused. “, the Court held. Case DetailsTitle : Tijo Varghese v State of Kerala Case No : Bail Application No.3839/2020Order Date : 02/07/2020Next Storylast_img read more

Health Checks

first_imgLatest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like School bus wrecks A school bus is seen after being uprighted following a wreck on Pike County Road 2243 in Goshen, Ala., Friday,… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Health Checks Sponsored Contentcenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration KidCheck event specialists set up the needed computer hardware and managed the wireless technology components of the screening.In May 2011, the Verizon Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Sight Savers America with allowed SSA to create the new, customized wireless program that is being used for the SSA KidCheck Plus school system. The wireless program allows SSA KidCheck Plus to automate the screening and vision referral process.“At the end of the screenings, each student was given a printed out parent report letter to take home to their parents outlining the results of the screenings,” Stiles said. “Every child failing a vision screening will be referred to Sight Savers America that will follow up to ensure the child receives any necessary eye care services, regardless of their ability to pay.”Stiles said about 600 eye care professionals across the state do pro-bono work for Sight Savers America. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Troy University senior nursing student Kristine Williams checks Sean Bassett’s ears during the free Sight Savers America KidCheck Plus Health Screenings at Banks Middle School on Monday. (Photo/Jaine Treadwell)Grant helps provide free screenings for studentsStudents at Banks Primary and Middle schools received free comprehensive health screenings Monday.The students participated in the Sight Savers America KidCheck Plus Health Screening Program. By The Penny Hoarder Next UpMiranda Stiles, KidCheck event specialist, said each child with parental permissionparticipated in height and weight, vision, dental, eyes, ears, nose and throat, chest and abdomen and skin and musculoskeletal screenings. The health assessments were administered by senior nursing students from the Troy University School of Nursing.“The KidCheck Plus Health Screening program provides free screenings for students and provides a hands-on learning opportunity for the nursing students,” Stiles said. “The screenings provide data that identifies abnormalities and also pinpoints reoccurring abnormalities in this population area.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel SSA KidCheck state partner, ALL Kids, provides public health insurance applications and other informational materials for all SSA KidCheck events.“This is a way to help identify uninsured children in Alabama and to provide parents with resources to enroll eligible children in Medicaid and ALL Kids,” Stiles said.The SSA KidCheck Program is the only program of its kind in the country and has received numerous awards and recognitions for its accomplishments in improving quality and access to healthcare for underserved children in Alabama.The health screenings will be performed at Goshen Elementary School on Jan. 30, bringing the number of participating kindergarten through eighth-graders in Pike County to 750. Published 6:31 am Tuesday, January 24, 2012last_img read more

Personnel Today Awards 2008: Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with Business

first_img This award is aimed at HR teams that can demonstrate they have achieved genuine strategic status within their organisations. Entries outlined the business strategy and the contribution of HR to meeting objectives. The judge assessed the HR team’s own strategy, how this was devised and implemented, the involvement of senior staff and what results have been achieved so far. Entrants explained how the team identified priorities and how HR measured the benefits.Our sponsorNorthgateArinso is a leading global human resources software and services provider offering innovative HR business solutions to employers of all sizes, including blue chip companies, public sector organisations and many small to medium enterprises. It helps organisations optimise their HR service delivery through smarter process and more efficient technology, supporting key HR areas like workforce administration, payroll, benefits, recruitment, learning, and talent management.Its highly skilled employees are dedicated to HR excellence through strategic business consulting, outsourcing services, systems integration and best-of-breed software solutions.  The judgePeter Reilly, director of HR research and consultancy at the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) joined the firm in 1995 as a senior research fellow after 16 years with Shell. At the IES, he leads the work on reward and performance management and on the HR function. He has co-authored several books, including Strategic HR: Building the Capability to Deliver.The shortlisted teamsBig Lottery FundThe team: HRNumber in team 18Number of people in organisation 1,000About the organisationThe Big Lottery Fund (BLF) is a grant-making organisation, responsible for giving out half the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes. The challengePrior to 2006, BLF’s HR strategy was not aligned with business strategy and was seen as a remote and largely transactional service. There was a need to develop a joined-up business partnering approach to support the business and develop the capabilities of HR systems, processes and people.What the organisation did Spoke to senior managers to understand the business agenda and explore ways HR could support it Produced a three-year HR strategy supported by annual HR business plans. Its key themes included: managing change by introducing business partners, building capacity by empowering managers and employees, and increasing efficiency through innovative IT solutions to deliver HR services Implemented a organisation-wide competency framework, performance management system, suite of HR policies and procedures, online HR systems, management development and talent management procedures and competitive reward and recognition arrangements. Benefits and achievements Enhanced profile and status of HR function, with members of the team regularly attending senior management meetings and a board member has been given a specific HR brief Significant progress in developing competence across all employees, with indicators of employee health increasing Impressive employee opinion results, with 83% of employees saying BLF is a good place to work Achieved IiP status and has been recognised as ‘one to watch’ in the 100 best companies. The judge says: “When a business restructuring was required, HR was seen to be ill-equipped to deliver. Through close engagement with management, an HR strategy was developed that linked to business need. The corporate results dashboard is glowing green as a result.”Ealing Homes LtdThe team: HRNumber in team 9Number of people in organisation 310About the organisationEaling Homes Ltd manages tenanted and leasehold properties on behalf of Ealing Council.The challengeA new people strategy was needed to provide vision and direction to deliver the high-performing, motivated individuals Ealing Homes needed. The ‘People Strategy’ needed buy-in from all staff and unions, and alignment with the business plan and core objectives. What the organisation did Listened to staff and unions in confidential workshops and commissioned a consultancy to provide objective gap analysis Developed an action plan and strategy taking into account staff survey results and IiP assessment Held roadshows to tell staff what was learnt from the workshops, surveys, IiP assessment and the gap analysis Developed new HR policies and improved performance management processes, including a competency framework Got each director to sponsor one of the five strands of the strategy, with a six-monthly review to track progress. Benefits and achievements Sickness absence reduced by 50%, efficiency saving of £280,000 since 2005 Improved communication and engagement by establishing: Team Managers’ Forum, Joint Negotiation and Consultation Committee with the trade unions, staff roadshows and briefings from the chief executive Maximised self-learning through resource library, online induction, e-learning packages, and organisational and individual learning and development plans aligned to business needs and evaluated by managers for return on investment Increased overall customer satisfaction levels from 69% to 79%. The judge says: “A new direction for the organisation was needed that required better leadership, communication and staff management. The HR function consulted thoroughly with stakeholders and delivered an action plan that has produced impressive business and people results, including a staggering 50% reduction in sickness absence.”McDonald’sThe team: Reputation teamNumber in team 10Number of people in organisation 67,000About the organisationMcDonald’s has more than 30,000 restaurants across the world serving 52 million people a day. The burger behemoth operates in 115 countries.The challengeMcDonald’s needed to transform its reputation and reclaim the phrase ‘McJob’. Enhancing the brand would bring about improvements in recruitment, retention, customer and staff satisfaction and profitability.What the organisation did Friends and family contract – enabling two friends or family members to cover each other’s shifts A hard-hitting campaign of press advertising and in-store posters highlighting their attractive benefits and signed off with the strapline ‘Not bad for a McJob’ – a lifestyle, career and personal development website for staff, including the chance to gain GCSE-level literacy and numeracy qualifications through online learning A public petition to change the dictionary definition of McJob McTime – an online schedule enabling restaurant staff to check their shifts without having to contact the store directly Designer uniforms to increase confidence and pride. Benefits and achievements Accreditation in early 2008 from the QCA granting McDonald’s UK awarding body status Crew turnover reduced by 20% since reputation work began 84% said their perception of McDonald’s had improved as a result of seeing the McJob campaign, with a 25% increase in those saying they would recommend it as an employer 73% said they feel motivated in their job The McDonald’s UK Brand Index Corporate Score rose 16 points (the biggest sector rise of the 1,500 companies monitored). The judge says: “The company organised a well planned and executed response to the ‘McJob’ slur. HR was at the forefront of developing a new corporate reputation. An impressive list of initiatives has led to even more impressive results in transforming its internal and external profile.” Pfizer UK LtdThe team: HRNumber in team 29Number of people in organisation 1,600About the organisationPfizer is a leading pharmaceutical company, operating in 180 countries worldwide.The challengeA business transformation driven by internal and external pressures was needed to put the customer at the heart of Pfizer’s operating model. HR needed to lead a reorganisation to develop new ways of working with less resource and flatter structures that would deliver sustainable business growth.What the organisation did Developed an integrated business strategy, recognising people as the foundation to success and clarifying new business goals, priorities, plans and metrics Introduced targeted leadership programmes to develop a talent pipeline in support of the model Held a ‘One Pfizer’ launch conference to engage line managers and colleagues Recruited 9% of workforce as behavioural champions to work closely with management and the board to change practices. Benefits and achievements Coaching programme for all line managers is on target for 95% completion Latest revenue forecast is at 105% of budget Embedded two of the new behaviours to the extent that 60% (behavioural index count) of all staff believe the behaviours have become part of ‘Ways of Working’. The judge says: “A business transformation required cost cutting and a focus on the customer. Particular emphasis in HR’s response was given to job redesign, account management and behavioural change. The success of the programme is seen in the improved business results and in a ringing endorsement by the managing director.”Thomson ReutersThe team: HRNumber in team: 500 (globally)Number of people in organisation: 53,000About the organisationThomson Reuters is one of the world’s largest sources of intelligence information for business and professionals. It employs staff in 93 countries. In 2007, the Thomson Corporation merged with Reuters Group to form Thomson Reuters.The challengeSupporting a global merger impacting nearly 53,000 staff based in 550 facilities in more than 100 countries was the challenge facing HR in 2007.What the organisation did Designed and started implementation of a new global HR function, integrating the two HR functions Put in place mechanisms for monitoring staff morale through regular ‘pulse checks’ Hand-picked experienced Thomson and Reuters staff to lead 16 workstreams – for example, talent, recruitment, benefits Ensured top team ownership of key processes – for example, the CEO wrote ‘guiding principles’ to inform line managers’ behaviour when appointing staff Provided universal access to all jobs across Thomson Reuters by integrating recruitment systems and reinforcing Thomson Reuters as ‘one organisation’. Benefits and achievements Delivered a globally consistent redundancy process Rolled out a single performance management system in time for mid-year reviews Agreed and delivered a single compensation framework by day one Helped appoint more than 500 people to new roles by day one. The judge says: “The merger of these two famous names presented their respective HR teams with a real challenge. The systematic response with 16 workstreams to address both internal HR organisation and HR policy issues was impressive. The volume of deliverables over a short space of time was even more so.” Personnel Today Awards 2008: Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with BusinessBy Dawn Nolan on 14 Nov 2008 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Nadine Dorries’ statement on the Paterson Inquiry report

first_imgIntroductionThis morning, the independent inquiry into the issues raised by the disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson published its report.The inquiry was tasked with reviewing the circumstances surrounding the jailed surgeon’s malpractice that affected so many patients in the most appalling way.As the report states, between 1997 and 2011 Paterson saw 6,617 patients of whom 4,077 underwent a surgical procedure in the independent sector, and between 1998 and 2011 Paterson saw 4,424 patients at HEFT of whom 1,207 underwent mastectomy.ApologyThe report contains a shocking and sobering analysis of the circumstances surrounding Ian Paterson’s malpractice. It sets out the failure in the NHS, the independent sector and the regulatory and indemnity systems. As a result of these failures, patients suffered unnecessary harm. Their testimony in this report makes harrowing, appalling reading.As such it makes for harrowing reading and it is with deep regret that we acknowledge the failure of the entire healthcare system to protect patients from Ian Paterson’s malpractice and to remedy the harms.Nothing I can say today can lessen the horrendous suffering that patients and their families experienced and continue to go through. I can only start to imagine the sense of violation and betrayal of patients who put their trust in Ian Paterson when they were at their most vulnerable. That the inquiry reports today, on World Cancer Day, makes this all the more poignant.I apologise, on behalf of the government and the NHS, for what happened, not least that Ian Paterson was able to practise unchecked for so long.The patientsI would also like to pay tribute to the bravery of all those former patients who came forward to tell their stories to the inquiry and whose anonymised accounts have been recorded in the report. I know this will make for difficult reading, as it highlights the human cost of our failure to detect and put a stop to Ian Paterson’s malpractice.There was a catalogue of failings that resulted in harm to thousands of patients, causing devastation to countless lives. Some of these patients were let down several times, not least by the providers and the regulatory system that should have protected them, and by the failure of the medical indemnity system to provide any kind of redress at the first time of asking.The reportFrom the outset Bishop Graham wanted patients and their families to be central to the inquiry’s work and to be heard. It was right therefore that patients and their families saw the report first, early this morning, shortly before it was presented to Parliament.Two aspects of the report are particularly striking to me: that the various regulatory bodies failed in their main tasks, and the absence of curiosity by those in positions of authority in the healthcare providers in the face of concerns voiced by other healthcare professionals.The report presents a tangled set of processes. Accountability was not exercised when it should have been. Some of the problems arose from not following through on established procedures, as opposed to insufficient procedures being in place. So, we must take full responsibility for what happened in the past if we are to provide reassurance to patients about their protection in the future.Government responseI am therefore very grateful that the suite of recommendations, based on the patient journey, present a ‘route map’ for government. The recommendations are extremely sensible, and we will study them in detail. I can promise the House a full response in a few months’ time.That response will need to consider the answers to some very important questions that cut right across the healthcare sector. Because – unequivocally – regardless of where patients are treated, and regardless of how their care is funded, all patients should be confident the care they receive is safe, meets the highest standards, with appropriate protections, and that they are supported by clinicians to make informed decisions about the most appropriate course of care.I am also very aware that it is not the first time that regulatory failure has been highlighted in an inquiry report.We have done much to make the NHS a safer system in recent years: revalidation, a reformed CQC, and work by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, to establish the Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework, to oversee medical practitioners in the independent acute sector.In the case of Ian Paterson the system did not work for patients. Recent events at Spire show there are still serious problems to address.Patient safety is a continual process of vigilance and improvement. The inquiry does not jump to a demand for the NHS and the independent sector to invent multiple new processes, but to actually get the basics right, implement existing processes, and for all professional people to behave better and to take responsibility.NHSE/I published a new patient safety strategy last summer, led by the National Patient Safety Director, Dr Aidan Fowler. It focused on better culture, systems and regulation. Very sensible yet familiar words. All things today’s inquiry says were not delivered. What we need now is action across the NHS and its regulatory bodies, and the same determination to change in the independent sector.ConclusionTo conclude, we are absolutely committed to ensuring lessons are learned and acted upon from the findings of this shocking inquiry, in the interests of enhancing patient protection and safety, both in the NHS and the independent sector.For today, I apologise again on behalf of the government and the NHS and send my heartfelt sympathy to the patients and their families for the suffering they have endured.last_img read more

What history gives the present

first_imgEight Harvard historians gathered at Emerson Hall Wednesday night with an ambitious goal in mind: to explain — in eight minutes or less ­apiece — that “everything is history and history is everything.”Without historical inquiry, they suggested in their short presentations, people may be ill equipped to take on the most daunting challenges of the age, including the financial malaise, climate change, the state of American democracy, and the role government should play in citizens’ lives.“We study history in order to see more clearly into the situation in which we are called upon to act,” said the financial historian Niall Ferguson, quoting R.G. Collingwood at the Harvard History Department-sponsored discussion titled “Everything is History — History is Everything.”History is too chaotic and unpredictable to tell the future, but it can help to understand possible futures, said the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History and author of “The Ascent of Money.” “As historians, we can offer rough analogies, which may be more useful than deterministic models.”To a large extent, history can be defined by the ways that humans interact with the unpredictable — including disasters both human-created and natural.“We cannot properly understand human society if we treat people separate from the natural world,” said Professor Ian Miller, historian of modern Japan and author of “The Nature of the Beasts.”History has helped people to understand disasters better, like the recent Hurricane Sandy, Miller said. But history may also have helped to produce disaster. As the tempo of disasters picks up, perhaps powered by factors such as global warming, it seems that “we are in fact manufacturing the conditions of our own suffering.”Can this way of life continue? It’s an open-ended question, Miller said. But history is in the distinct position to help people find an answer. But the answers that people choose to act upon — the possible futures they choose for themselves — must wind their way through the democratic process. So the issue becomes a political question, Ferguson said.On the heels of Tuesday’s presidential election, the democratic process was on the mind of James Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History.“There are so many variables when it comes to the study of democracy in America,” Kloppenberg said. Why do we even have elections? Why do we exclude some people from the voting process? What about term limits?What people take to be natural and inevitable has instead emerged through a process of historical development, Kloppenberg said. “If you want to understand democracy in America, the only way you can do that is by looking at the institutions, looking at the ideas, and looking at the practices of democracy by studying them in history.”“All elections are historic,” said Emma Rothschild, Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History. “The U.S. election of 2012 was historical in the very particular sense that the disputes — and they were many — held to an unusual extent on U.S. economic history.”The two large economic ideas on which so much of the election turned involved government and the market, or the state and free enterprise, said Rothschild.If the difficult questions facing people, such as Social Security, health insurance, and climate change, are to be addressed, this will mean either continuing to increase the size of government and regulation, or increased effectiveness.The history of the market in relation to the state is the great subject for economic and political historians, historians of economic thought, or cultural historians of economic life, said Rothschild.Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and moderator of the event, defined history as “the account of the whole past in time, the story of the entire life of humanity.”“In other words,” she added, “everything is history and history is everything.”Also on the bill were University Professor Laurel T. Ulrich, Assistant Professor Kelly A. O’Neill, and Professor Maya Jasanoff.Professor Maya Jasanoff was among the eight professors to offer her insight on history.last_img read more

26 ‘Gardening in Georgia’

first_imgVolume XXXIINumber 1Page 26 More information about topics on the current show.A preview of upcoming shows.Links to publications.Soil temperature information.Tips on soil testing and many other gardening topics. “Georgia gardeners need Georgia gardening information,” said show host Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, radio talk show host and popular gardening writer.”I will make sure every segment has things gardeners can do in Georgia gardens,” Reeves said, “that are simple to understand, easy to do and based on Georgia research and success.””Gardening in Georgia” has been on the air since 1998. But recent seasons have been reruns. The new season starts Saturday, April 7, featuring Reeves and experts from around Georgia, showcasing Georgia gardens. It gives how-to advice and highlights the latest UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research.”For ‘Gardening in Georgia’ fans, this year’s series will continue to bring a blend of design, problem-solving and interviews with experts sure to make your garden the best you’ve had in years,” Reeves said.”One new thing this year is a ‘Garden Philosophers’ segment featuring good Georgia gardeners,” he said. “We’ll ask them questions about how they became the gardeners they are. We’ll find out how they developed their skills, share tips and tell good stories about gardening.””Gardening in Georgia” will also have an improved Web site where viewers can go to get: By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia gardeners longing for a gardening television show on Georgia growing conditions and soils, look no further. “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” will be back on Georgia Public Broadcasting with a new season of original shows in April. “Viewers won’t want to miss the new Q&A feature on some shows,” Reeves said. “I’ll answer frequently asked questions on the air using the RM2 Garden Satellite Receiver pointed at the Dawg1 satellite in the southern sky.”The “Gardening in Georgia” 2007 season will premiere April 5 on local GPB stations throughout Georgia. Shows will air Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. through October. The show is coproduced by the UGA CAES and GPB. It’s underwritten by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries.(Faith Peppers is a news writer for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

USNS Comfort Brings ‘Continuing Promise’ Humanitarian Mission to El Salvador

first_imgIn addition to providing medical and dental care to thousands of Salvadorans, the mission also has an educational component, not only for physicians but also veterinarians. For example, seminars are planned for mission partners and NGOs about women’s health, vector management, and education about mosquitoes for personnel at the Central Military Hospital and the Jorge Mazzini Hospital in the department of Sonsonate. Professional and cultural exchange The anxiously awaited two-week medical outreach campaign began when physicians from different branches of the United States Armed Forces descended from the ship. They’ll provide health care to 12,000 Salvadoran nationals – 600 appointments per day – and perform 100 surgeries in the ship’s modern facilities. “We are thrilled to be in El Salvador,” said CP-15 mission commander Captain Sam Hancock. “This is the sixth of 11 stops, and we will work here together with our Salvadoran partners and colleagues to provide medical assistance and relief to those who need it.” “We have received the visit of an extraordinary Naval unit from an allied nation with a shining history of humanitarian assistance,” Munguía Payés said. “And now we Salvadorans have the privilege of benefiting from their goodwill with significant aid to our people.” This humanitarian initiative began in 2007. CP-15 is the seventh such mission carried out under the guidance of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Treatment and gratitude The arrival of the Comfort is an historic moment in the history of military cooperation El Salvador and the United States have developed over decades, said Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés. Planning for the humanitarian mission began in 2014. The USNS Comfort left the state of Virginia in late March and has already stopped in Belize, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Jamaica. The vessel sails the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean for a period of six months every two years, with about 1,000 U.S. Navy doctors, nurses, and dentists. “I trust what this good doctor has prescribed for the pain in my hands; I had truly lost faith. I am very grateful for how lovingly they have treated me, and for the medicine they have given me. God bless them.” “We cannot wait to work with our friends and partners during this part of our mission to strengthen our ties in support of the lasting friendship between the United States and El Salvador,” Capt. Hancock said. “This friendship underscores our common values, our interests, and our commitment to this unit and to regional security.” On the morning of June 17, as classical music played in the background courtesy of the famous United States Fleet Forces Brass Band Uncharted Waters, patients waited calmly for their turn to see the doctors and dentists. In addition, a team of U.S. veterinarians, working with their Salvadoran counterparts, will visit communities in throughout the department to provide treatment for farm animals and pets. Acajutla Mayor Hugo Arriola said the people waited several months for this mission, ever since they learned the ship’s arrival date. “So I extended my sincerest gratitude to those who made this dream possible.” María Paz Pérez, 25, brought her 8-month-old daughter, Sofía, who had a fever the previous few nights. Physicians aboard the ship will provide medical and dental care to Salvadorans until June 25. In the coming months the vessel and its physicians will travel to Colombia, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti to continue providing medical care. CP-15 is scheduled to conclude its mission in September. Doctors will conduct surgeries in four of the 12 operating rooms on board the hospital ship. The vessel is equipped with rooms for brain surgery, an intensive care unit, and facilities to take X-rays and store blood. There is also a heliport above deck to quickly transport patients when necessary. Medical personnel on the ship will provide treatment in gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, cardiology, and dentistry. By Dialogo June 29, 2015 When will they open up access through Sogamosoa Yopal? As soon as the vessel arrived in El Salvador, physicians and dentists aboard the vessel set up a medical base at the Dr. Eduardo Enrique Barrientos School Center, in the department of Sonsonate, to begin providing medical and dental services to Salvadorans. An historic moment To facilitate communications between patients and doctors, 120 university students served as interpreters at each appointment. “I wouldn’t know how to explain how thankful I am for these doctors, who have come so far to help us,” Pérez said through tears. “They’ve already examined my daughter. She has an ear infection, and they gave me medicine to cure it. This is priceless for a poor, single mother like me.” Physicians aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort are providing medical and dental care to thousands of Salvadorans at the halfway point of the “Continuing Promise” (CP-15) humanitarian mission. The U.S. Navy ship dropped anchor on June 15 at the Port of Acajutla in El Salvador before hundreds of children and parents who look to this mission to seek free medical and dental care. Dozens of domestic and foreign journalists also visit the port every day to view the impressive ship and the scope of the humanitarian mission. Similar sentiments were expressed by Juan Antonio Díaz, a former carpenter in his 70s who suffers from arthritis in his hands and lives in an impoverished and remote area of the municipality of Acajutla. Unchartered Waters will perform various concerts in the municipalities of Santa Ana, Sonsonate and San Salvador, as well as during each of the outreach events, so the patients and other residents can enjoy the band’s extensive musical repertoire. “This is an experience I will never forget. I am helping these good doctors to alleviate the suffering of my countrymen,” said Juan Marcos Martínez, a student at the University of El Salvador (UES). “The patients’ gratitude and happiness for the help they’ve received show on their faces. These are two feelings I’m sure the doctors understand without my assistance.” last_img read more