New opioid prescribing guidelines aim to cut use of potent narcotics

first_imgTORONTO – Updated opioid-prescribing guidelines released Monday encourage doctors to avoid giving the powerful narcotics as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain and instead try other medications or non-pharmaceutical therapies to prevent a host of potential harms associated with the widely used drugs.Those harms include physical dependence or addiction, as well as the increasingly common risk of fatal overdoses. An estimated 2,000 Canadians died of opioid overdoses in 2015 alone, and initial 2016 data still being tallied suggest the number of fatalities linked to the drugs — both prescription and illicit — could far exceed that figure.“It really comes down to the paradox of trying to provide important relief for patients dealing with unrelenting chronic pain while at the same time balancing the risks associated with the medications,” said Dr. Jason Busse, a researcher at the National Pain Centre at McMaster University and lead author of the 10-recommendation document.For patients whose chronic pain is not controlled with non-opioid therapy, the panel of experts that developed the guidelines says dosages of opioids like oxycodone, hydromorphone and the fentanyl patch should be restricted to less than the equivalent of 90 milligrams of morphine per day, and ideally to less than 50 mg.Physicians treating patients already taking the equivalent of 90 mg of morphine or more should consider incrementally tapering their daily intake to the lowest effective dose, and possibly even discontinuing the potent medications, the panel recommends.“Estimates are somewhere between half a million and a million Canadian adults are currently on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain, often at very high doses,” Busse said from Hamilton.“And when you go on long-term opioid therapy, you will inevitably develop physical dependence. And opioids also become less effective the longer that you take them,” leading many patients to seek higher and higher doses to achieve relief so they can function in their daily lives, he said.The new guideline document, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, provides much stronger and more detailed advice than a previous version released in 2010, which suggested doctors could use a “watchful dose” of the equivalent of 200 mg of morphine daily.“After 2010, there was not the kind of impact on opioid prescribing that I think people were hoping for,” Busse said.“There was a little bit of a downtick, but maximum doses of opioid prescribing went up, admissions for hospital-related opioid toxicity went up, and death rates have continued to climb as well.”Moreover, 40 per cent of recipients of long-acting opioids were receiving the equivalent of more than 200 mg of morphine daily, while 20 per cent were getting more than 400 mg.Dr. Irfan Dhalla, a practising Toronto physician and vice-president of evidence development and standards for Health Quality Ontario, called the new guidelines a “huge improvement.”Doctors must consider the possibility that patients have become addicted to their medication, or are continuing use of the drugs to avoid the often-debilitating symptoms of withdrawal.“Many patients being prescribed high-dose opioids in fact have an opioid-use disorder, or an addiction to opioids, and physicians need to be aware of that and work with colleagues to diagnose and treat opioid-use disorder in an evidence-based way,” said Dhalla, who was not involved in developing the guidelines.But he also said that when it comes to the recommendation to taper the amount of opioids for patients already taking them — especially long-time users — it’s vital that doctors don’t suddenly discontinue the painkillers or rapidly drop the daily dosage for those who truly need the drugs.Busse agreed there is a danger of an “overcorrection” in prescribing practices, because doctors recognize there’s been a massive increase in cases of opioid toxicity and fatal overdoses over the last 20 years.He acknowledged there is a subpopulation of Canadians with chronic pain that derive an important benefit from the medications — relief they have been unable to achieve with non-opioid therapies.“If we attempt to take them off their opioids right away or aggressively taper, many of those patients are going to go into opioid withdrawal and some of those patients if they are denied opioids, if they’re struggling with symptoms of withdrawal, they may feel compelled to seek out opioids from other sources.“In other words, they go to the street, and in particular on the West Coast, we just have a proliferation of illicit fentanyl and even more dangerous agents such as carfentanil.“So in an effort to try to reduce harms in patients that are using high-dose opioids, we may end up putting them in a situation of greater harm — and that’s something we have to be very careful about.”In a related CMAJ commentary, Dr. Andrea Furlan of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Dr. Owen Williamson of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, say the updated guidelines must be supported by a national pain strategy and “evidence-based alternative treatments for the one in five Canadians currently living with chronic pain” from such conditions as back problems, fibromyalgia and arthritis.“Until we have a national pain strategy, physicians will continue using the only tool they have: their prescription pad,” they wrote.– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Free Grant writing workshop for farmers

first_imgTeaming with the help of the Peace River Regional District and Adlard Enviromental, by hosting the free grant writing workshop for farmers is a valuable opportunity to listen to and ask questions of a Grant Writer.This presentation will be an asset to those attending by learning and developing valuable skills, tools and confidence as well as learning what grants are available through the year to for-profit farm businesses to help prepare your own grant proposals.The event is Thursday January 10, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pmFor more details go to the Facebook Event Page CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After many conversations between local farmers and NEAT’s Northern Co-Hort, the free Grant Writing Workshop is a response to the information received from these producers.The Northern Co-hort felt there was a need to get an event such as this together after connecting with over 70 Producers in the Region since October. After holding three Northern Connections Farmers Events there was the opportunity for open dialogue and the opportunity to talk about real issues such as how are producers farming, where are they farming, maximizing earning potential and where can producers use support.Bess Legault, Northern Co-hort Coordinator with NEAT shared “The feedback was that farmers were aware there are grants available to a for-profit producer from the Government yet they don’t know how to access the money or how to write the grant.”last_img read more

Pakistani flood victims not out of danger warns UN as it calls

31 August 2007An estimated 250,000 Pakistanis still face a critical humanitarian situation, more than two months after a cyclone and torrential rains brought floods to the South Asian country, United Nations aid agencies warned today as they urged donors to contribute more to their emergency appeal. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva that donors have provided only 20 per cent of the $38 million which UN aid agencies requested on 18 July in their flash appeal for Pakistan. “A lot of aid has been distributed to the affected people, but it is not enough,” Ms. Byrs said, referring to the 2.5 million people in the Sindh and Balochistan provinces of southern Pakistan who were estimated to need assistance in the wake of the floods. She said about 250,000 people face a critical situation because floodwaters have not yet receded in many areas and extensive tracts of farmland remain under water. Many displaced people are living in makeshift roadside settlements and public buildings such as schools. The crisis began when Cyclone Yemyin struck Pakistan in late June, causing at least 300 deaths and hundreds of injuries and disrupting commercial activity in many areas, including the major city of Karachi, for days. Pakistan is not the only South Asian nation to have suffered from the effects of floods this year, with Nepal also hard hit. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported in its latest bulletin that floods and landslides have killed more than 146 people, displaced over 22,000 families and affected some 467,000 people in 47 districts. WHO is one of several UN aid agencies providing relief to the Nepalese. read more

Home Capital cuts 65 jobs as part of costsaving head count down

TORONTO — Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) says it has eliminated 65 jobs from its workforce as part of a program to cut $15 million in annual costs.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says after factoring in the latest job cuts, the company’s head count has been reduced by 10 per cent since the end of June.Home Capital said Monday it cut the 65 full-time positions from its operational, sales and underwriting division.In February 2017, the company announced an expense-savings initiative called Project Expo, which targeted annual cost savings of $15 million.Home Capital says Project Expo is largely complete and it expects to achieve its goal.However, the alternative mortgage lender says it is still facing elevated expenses after a run on deposits by customers in April, following allegations by regulators that it misled investors. read more

We can wait no longer Newfoundland unveils plans to double oil production

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Cash-strapped Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a 12-year plan to speed and increase offshore oil and gas development while drawing coveted global investment.The province will review regulations, enhance seismic data and advance cost-saving tie-back technology to extract more from existing sites. Its goal is to double overall production to more than 650,000 barrels a day by 2030.Premier Dwight Ball called it an ambitious but realistic plan as his province grapples with mounting debt and successive deficits. Offshore oil earnings once accounted for about one-third of revenues but collapsing prices starting in 2014 blew a major hole in provincial finances.“We can wait no longer,” Ball told a news conference Monday in St. John’s. “We are at a critical point. The time for action is now.”Main oil pipelines to U.S. will be full for next 3 years — even one not yet builtU.S. oil is on the march today — and it’s all because of CanadaThe province also wants to enhance subsea and seismic technology to develop what it estimates is an offshore oil potential of at least 37 billion barrels.And it wants to kick-start commercial production of largely untapped natural gas reserves by 2030 as it counts on growing global demand.Four major oil sites now operate off Newfoundland.The plan also sets targets of 100 new exploration wells, a shortened timeline of about 10 years from discovery to oil production, and integrating oil and gas with renewable sources to create a “world-class energy cluster.”Carman Mullins, president of ExxonMobil Canada, said Monday the industry has transformed since the price crash. Still, the plan sets a course to keep Newfoundland and Labrador on the corporate radar for big-ticket investment, she added.“Every opportunity needs to be competitive on a global scale,” she told reporters. “Having regulations that provide clarity, as well as are efficient and effective, are key. We need to develop the resources as well as protecting the environment.“We’re looking at how can you do things more efficiently? How can you leverage technology? How can you be creative and innovative and bring new research together?” read more

UN report on interpersonal violence shows urgent need to scale up prevention

Jointly published today by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014 is the first survey of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and elder abuse at home, school and communities.The report, containing data from 133 countries, covering 6.1 billion people and representing 88 per cent of the world’s population contains individual country profiles that reflect the extent to which key violence prevention programmes and laws and selected services for victims of violence are being implemented. It is intended for use by governments to help identify gaps and encourage and guide actions.For example, only one third of the countries surveyed are implementing large-scale initiatives to prevent violence, such as bullying prevention programmes, visits by nurses to families at risk, and support to those who care for older people,” according to the report. The proportion of countries with laws to prevent violence and the extent to which countries report these laws as being fully enforced (n = 133 reporting countries). Credits: WHO/UNDPUNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “Laws protecting citizens against violent crime send a clear message to society about what is acceptable.”“With this ‘Global status report on violence prevention 2014’, we have a useful tool for identifying the gaps in legislation and enforcement in countries, which can help to indicate what further action is needed to ensure reductions in violent crime,” he said.The report drew attention to the need for care and support to victims of violence for reducing psychological trauma, helping victims heal, and preventing further involvement in violence. “Despite strong evidence linking experiences of violence to mental health problems, under half of countries have mental health services to address victim needs, with only 15 per cent of countries in Africa offering such services,” according to the report. Proportion of countries implementing different types of programmes on a larger scale, by type of programme and WHO region (n = 133 reporting countries). Credits: WHO/UNDPThe report showed that “only half of all countries have services in place to protect and support victims of violence.”According to the report, 475,000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, “highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.”“Non-fatal acts of violence take a particular toll on women and children,” the report showed. “One in four children has been physically abused; one in five girls has been sexually abused; and one in three women has been a victim of physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence at some point in her lifetime.”WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the consequences of violence on families and communities are profound, and can result in lifelong ill health for those affected.“Yet we know what works to prevent violence in our homes, schools and workplaces and on our streets and playgrounds,” Dr. Chan added. “We should take inspiration from governments which have demonstrated success in reducing violence by taking the steps needed. They have shown us that indeed violence is preventable.”Despite indications that homicide rates decreased by 16 per cent globally between 2000 and 2012, violence remains widespread. The report assessed the scale of implementation of violence prevention programmes. It shows, for example, that:one half of countries are implementing school-based programmes to teach children and adolescents “life-skills” such as non-violent conflict resolution;one half of countries are promoting efforts to change gender norms supportive of violence against women;one third of countries are putting in place programmes to improve parenting in families at risk of violenceless than one quarter of countries are developing public information campaigns to prevent elder abuse.UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted that “this report takes stock of the measures countries are taking to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence, but the report also reveals gaps in global violence prevention which must be filled, such as the quality and reach of prevention programmes, the access to services for victims, particularly for women and girls who are disproportionately affected by violence, and the enforcement of existing laws.”The report also reviewed 12 laws which are relevant for violence prevention. It shows, for example, that:98 per cent of countries have laws against rape;87 per cent of countries have laws against domestic violence;84 per cent of countries have laws against carrying weapons in schools;40 per cent of countries have laws against abuse in institutions for older people. read more

Ministers urged to order fresh inspections of all Steiner schools  amid fresh

It comes after the The Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley (RSSKL) was ordered to shut downCredit: Nigel Cox  It comes after the The Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley (RSSKL) was ordered to shut down Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The majority of fee-paying Steiner schools in England are inspected by the School Inspection Service (SIS), an independent organisation whose inspectors are trained in the Steiner ethos.There is mounting concern about the suitability of the SIS to inspect Steiner schools and hold them to account on their shortcomings, The Sunday Telegraph understands.RSSKL used to be inspected by the SIS but as safeguarding fears mounted, ministers ordered Ofsted to take over. Ofsted can only inspect private Steiner schools when commissioned by the DfE to do so.”It is clearly the case that RSSKL were getting away with inadequate safeguarding under the SIS,” a source close to the Steiner movement said.  “It may be that other Steiner Schools have failing safeguarding cultures that the SIS have also not identified. Ofsted should definitely step in to make sure that children are safe in all Steiner Schools.”The former head of Ofsted, Mike Tomlinson, said: “There is a potential pattern emerging and a potential risk to children. If I was chief inspector I would be urging the Department to give me a brief to inspect them all, not necessarily for everything but particularly for safeguarding.“If they don’t, and something happens in the Steiner school, clearly there will be some serious questions to be answered by the Department and its ministers.” Ministers have been urged to order fresh inspections of all the Steiner schools in the country, as a second school is threatened with closure amid “serious” concerns about child safety.The Steiner Academy Exeter was warned by the government this week that it could have its funding cut off, after Ofsted discovered severe safeguarding and governance lapses. Following the inspection, the regional schools commissioner took the unusual step of instructing it to close immediately while the issues were addressed, so it can ensure a “safe environment” for its pupils. It re-opened a week later.It comes after the The Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley (RSSKL) was ordered to shut down, following a series of damning Ofsted inspections which uncovered a raft of safeguarding failings. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Favoured by bohemian, middle-class parents, Steiner schools base their curriculum on the spiritual philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, called anthroposophy, which emphasises child creativity and the importance of rearing free spirited individuals.But there are fears that the safeguarding failures unmasked  at two Steiner schools raise questions about the movement as a whole. Richy Thompson, director of public affairs and policy at Humanists UK, added that ministers should “urgently review whether similar issues are at play in the all Steiner schools”.An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph last year revealed that inspectors have raised concerns about safeguarding at almost half of Steiner schools in the country in recent years. An Ofsted spokesperson said that following its recent inspection of the Steiner Academy, Exeter, it regional director raised his “serious concerns” about the school and “immediate steps” were taken to close it down temporarily.A spokesman for the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF), the umbrella organisation which runs 35 Steiner schools in the UK and Ireland, said that they take child protection issues “extremely seriously”. “It is a matter of deep regret when individual schools fail in these duties,” the spokesman said.“There is no compromise where the welfare of pupils in concerned.” The spokesman said that the SWSF is taking action internally to ensure there is no “pattern” of safeguarding issues across its schools.“The SWSF has appointed a team of quality care advisers to complete its own independent compliance checks, in-line with the standards set out by the Government,” they said.A spokesman for the Steiner Academy Exeter said: “There is clear and deep regret that the education provided to children at the school has not been of the high standards or integrity required.“We want to reassure parents that we as a school are doing everything possible to address the concerns raised by Ofsted.” RSSKL’s most recent leadership has “apologised to children and families who were let down by the school for a range of past failings”.A DfE spokesperson said that any allegation of a school putting pupils at risk is investigated, and if a school is failing to protect children “we will take immediate action, which can include closing that school down”. The SIS said they are approved by the DfE as an independent inspectorate. read more

Ovoot coking coal is Mongolias 2nd largest Oyu Tolgoi gets power Red

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News is now available. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. Contact emma@im-mining.com for more details and a free trial. There are reports on 35 prefeasibility studies, 16 feasibility studies, 23 projects in development, one new mine that has gone into production, six existing mines that are expanding, eight merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. There are 30 gold projects, 18 copper, 10 silver, nine coal, six zinc, five iron ore, graphie and rare earth projects, four projects in phosphate and molybdenum, three lead, two tin, potash, tungsten and uranium projects, and one project each on magnetite, PGMs, cobalt, mineral sands, lithium, diamonds and manganese. News this issue includes confirmation of the Ovoot project as the second largest coking coal reserve in Mongolia with the Probable Coal Reserve increased by 41 Mt Run of Mine (ROM) to 219Mt ROM at 2% moisture on an as received basis (arb). The life of mine is extended by five years to 20 years and the marketable Coking Coal Reserve is increased by 33 Mt to 180 Mt at a product moisture of 8.5%.Construction at Red Chris is well underway with completion of the excavation in the process plant area, and the start of concrete placement on September 24. The access road from the plant area to the tailings impoundment area (TIA) was completed in September, enabling haulage to the process plant of concrete aggregates produced from a gravel source located within the TIA. Red Chris is on schedule for plant start-up in 2014 from this copper/gold porphyry deposit. Mineable Reserves amount to 301.549 Mt at 0.359% Cu and 0.274 g/t Au. It is to be a conventional shovel and truck open pit mine starting with two pits (Main and East zones) and ultimately merging into one pit. Average mining rate of about 30 Mt/y and a maximum of about 40 Mt/y. Processing is to be conventional crushing, grinding and flotation to produce copper and gold concentrate for shipment overseas through the Port of Stewart.Oyu Tolgoi has signed a binding agreement with a Chinese power company for the supply of electricity to the nearly-completed copper and gold mine in Mongolia. Within the next few weeks, it will start a seven-week commissioning of the ore-processing equipment. First concentrate production will follow within one month and the commencement of commercial production is expected three to five months thereafter. Rio Tinto Copper Chief Executive Andrew Harding: “This agreement means we are on track to bring the first phase into production in the first half of 2013. When fully developed it will be a top-five copper producer with significant gold production.Vale has obtained the operation license (LO) for the Salobo project (100,000 t/y of copper in concentrate) located in Pará state, in Brazil. Investments in Salobo total $2.507 billion. Vale is now investing in its expansion – Salobo II – that will come on-stream in the first half of 2014 with expected capex of $1.707 billion, increasing production capacity to 200,000 t/y of copper in concentrate. Salobo has 1,112 Mt of Proven and Probable reserves, with an average grade of 0.69% Cu and 0.43 g/t Au.The Jambreiro Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) demonstrates strong returns from Centaurus’ first planned iron ore project in Brazil, with key highlights including an A$140M post-tax NPV8 and 33% IRR at life-of-mine average mine gate domestic iron ore price of A$47/t. The plan is a 2 Mt/y operation delivering a high grade (+65% Fe), low impurity sinter blend concentrate product into the domestic steel industry in southeast Brazil over an initial mine life of nine years.The feasibility study on Avalon Rare Metals’ Nechalacho rare earth element project, Thor Lake NWT, Canada is being prepared by SNC-Lavalin and remains on schedule for completion in the second quarter of calendar 2013. Key recent developments include completion of successful pilot plant campaigns, the summer definition drilling program and technical sessions for the environmental assessment process. The target date for production start up remains late 2016 with initial product sales anticipated for 2017.Dacian Gold’s IPO closed early and oversubscribed, raising A$20 million to advance its 100% owned Western Australian gold assets. Mount Morgans is the flagship project with JORC Code compliant Mineral Resources of 842,000 oz at an average grade of 3.1 g/t Au which includes Ore Reserves of 136,000 oz at an average 6.2 g/t Au.Altona Energy is engaging Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Global Mining Business group as Project Management Contractor to oversee the Arckaringa coal mine development and the design-build activities for Altona’s 30,000 barrel/d Clean Energy Coal to Liquids Project in South Australia.Economic assessment results indicate the acquisition of the Discovery Zone Mineral Resource has the potential to add up to $140 million in NPV, increased from $100 million, to the Viscaria project in Sweden. By extending the proposed mine life to nine years and increasing the production rate to 3.5 Mt/y, the Discovery Zone will increase the overall project potential NPV to $342 million (at $3.25/lb Cu). Processing Cu-Fe mineralisation from the Discovery Zone in conjunction with the A Zone and D Zone Mineral Resources at Viscaria, will increase copper production to 28,800 t/y and iron production to 963,000 t/y.Northern Graphite says it “is the only graphite company to have completed a bankable feasibility study and has a large flake, high purity, scalable deposit that is located close to infrastructure with very competitive operating costs.”last_img read more

TRUE LEGEND Eduarda Amorim to finish career in Gyor

eduarda amorimGyori Audi ETO KC One of the world’s best female handball players of decade, Eduarda Amorim, will finish his professional career in jersey of Gyori Audi ETO KC.The Brazilian left back won four titles of the Women’s EHF Champions League with Hungarian team. The 32-years old Eduarda extended contract with reigning EHF CL winners for two more years – until the end of season 2020/2012, which will be last in his career.4x Champions League winner, 9x Hungarian Champion, 9x Hungarian Cup Winner, World’s Best Handball Player (2014), Champions League Best Left Player (2014), Champions League Best Defender (2016, 2017) , World Champion (2013), World’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) ← Previous Story VIDEO: “Wild boy from SG Nußloch” – Christian Zeitz Next Story → HORROR: Nora Mork to repeat knee surgery! read more

Amazon introduces quadcore Kindle Fire HDX tablets

first_imgAs we come to the end of September, the focus is slowly turning to the holidays and what retailers can tempt us to purchase to put under the tree this December. In the case of Amazon, alongside an updated Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, two brand new Kindle Fire tablets have just been announced carrying the name HDX.Where as before Amazon was shipping Kindle Fire HD tablets, now we have HDX versions with updated designs, displays, and a major performance boost.The main difference between the two HDX models is the display size on offer. Amazon is shipping a 7-inch version with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi), and an 8.9-inch version that ups the resolution to 2560 x 1600 (339ppi). Both displays are expected to have less glare, higher brightness, and offer 100% sRGB color accuracy.Inside both tablets you will find a quad core 2.2GHz Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM. Amazon claims this offers 3x the performance and 2x the memory of the existing Kindle Fire HD tablets. You’re going to enjoy 11 hours of battery life, and Amazon is touting these as the only tablets with a processor clocked at over 2GHz. The 8.9-inch model is also claimed to be the “lightest large-screen tablet” on the market at just 374 grams.Amazon doesn’t ship its tablets with stock Android, instead choosing to use its own, heavily modified version called Fire OS. In this case the HDX models will ship with Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito,” which is a fork of Android 4.2. It has an updated user interface, Silk browser, and integrates a new feature called the Mayday button.Mayday is Amazon’s answer to instant and free tech support. With the tap of a button you are connected to an Amazon expert who can guide you through what to do on the tablet if you hit a problem. As well as being free, Amazon is making it available 24×7, 365 days a year, and promises no more than a 15 second response time. That’s impressive.As for pricing, the 7-inch model starts at $229 with 16GB of storage, Special Offers, and WiFi-only. You can up the storage to 32GB or 64GB, remove Special Offers, and select WiFi with 4G LTE. The maximum you’ll pay (64GB, LTE, and no SE) is $424. It’s the same deal with the larger 8.9-inch model, but the price starts at $379 and increases to $594 for the top configuration. The 7-inch WiFi model will be available from October 18, but you’ll be waiting until November 7 to get your hands on the 8.9-inch WiFi model. If you want the 4G versions, they won’t ship until November 14 and December 10 respectively.If those prices sound a little steep for your budget, Amazon has also decided to update the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD from last year. It costs $139, now uses a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, the new Fire OS 3.0, and comes with 8GB of storage (16GB is an option).Click on the table below to see Amazon’s full line up of tablets going forward:last_img read more

A monumental cockup HSE boss admits Grace case worker still in public

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3304273 THE HEALTH SERVICE Executive (HSE) boss yesterday apologised to TDs for telling them that no health worker involved in the Grace case was still in public service.The Grace case concerns a young woman with intellectual disabilities who was in care. Allegations arose that she had suffered years of abuse, but despite the allegations she remained at the home for 20 years.Following the publication of two reports into the alleged abuse, the Dáil voted in favour of establishing a Commission of Investigation into the case of Grace, and 47 others who lived in the foster home in the south-east of the country.Apology Addressing the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in February 2016, O’Brien offered his “full, sincere and heartfelt” apology.When asked by Fine Gael’s John Deasy how many of the HSE staff involved in the case are still in service, O’Brien said there were three individuals that made the key decision to keep Grace at the foster home in the 1990s. He told TDs that none of these people remain in the public service.All three are now retired he told the committee last year.However, since making that statement, it has since emerged that a member of the HSE panel is still working in the public health service.O’Brien was back before the committee yesterday to clarify the comments he made last year and to correct the record.In his opening statement, the HSE boss said he had reviewed his transcript from last year, adding that the information he gave to politicians was made in “good faith”.O’Brien said the two reports into the care of Grace refer to a number of people involved in her care over a wide range of years.He said the three people he referred during the committee hearing last year were actually part of a five-person panel.However, he said three people on that panel played an important role in the decision to leave Grace in her foster home. This panel was also tasked with carrying out eight key actions into her care. A number of these, including making Grace a ward of court, were not followed through.Referring to his statement made last year, O’Brien said he told the committee the three people are no longer in the public service.Retired and on full pensions “The three people I referred to were all retired on the date I made the statement,” he said, adding that all three are in receipt of full HSE pensions.Assuming that the individuals were all in receipt of pension payments, the HSE boss said he assumed none were in the public service anymore.“I would like to correct the record of the committee,” said O’Brien, who went on to say that the person referred to as H3 [a title given to the person] who retired in 2012 and is in receipt of full HSE pension does still to this day carry out some specialist clinical services for Tusla on a part-time basis.This person also worked for the Child and Family Agency until the end 2013.He claimed there was confusion due to multiple payroll numbers for the individual. 43 Comments 20,845 Views By Christina Finn Friday 24 Mar 2017, 12:14 PM Mar 24th 2017, 12:14 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Share34 Tweet Email1 In light of the information I now have I wish to correct the record of my information to the committee dated February 2 2016. H3 while retired from the HSE is currently in public service on a part-time basis with Tusla. I wish to apologise to the committee for not being in position to have more complete information.The HSE boss also clarified some issues relating to why it was previously reported that the HSE took three years to contact gardaí about the Grace report.Documents made available through Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation to RTÉ’s This Week programme said the first contact between the HSE and gardaí about the report was in March 2015, three years after the report was finished.Garda investigation He said the HSE has been aware of a “live garda investigation” since 2011. O’Brien said HSE staff were engaging at a local level with the gardaí into the matter.Certain media reports have been incomplete due to the narrow scope of a Freedom of Information request, O’Brien told the committee yesterday.He said the gardaí have been engaging on local level with the HSE prior to 2014 – throughout 2012, 2013 and 2014. Had the FOI request mentioned those years specifically “incorrect media headlines” could have been avoided, said O’Brien.“The HSE, while aware of live garda investigations, did not seek formal permission to publish [the Grace reports] until February 2015,” said O’Brien.In February 2016, it emerged that an apology to Grace had not been delivered in person as claimed by the HSE.Speaking about the botched apology, O’Brien told the PAC there was an “extraordinary mess relating to the letters of apology” stating that he felt it was a failure.“An extraordinary series of mistakes… a monumental cock-up,” he concluded.What next? The Commission of Investigation will now focus on both the HSE itself, its treatment of whistleblowers as well as Grace and the 46 children who passed through the foster home.It is likely to take some time before the true nature of what went on in the home as a whole, and how the HSE dealt with what it did and didn’t know, comes to light.Read: ‘As a parent, this is your worst nightmare’: Sister of child at ‘Grace’ home speaks out>Grace: The four missed opportunities to make her safe> Short URL ‘A monumental cock-up’: HSE boss admits Grace case worker still in public service and on a full pension The Director General of the HSE was before an Oireachtas committee yesterday to correct the record. last_img read more

Mikakos commemorates 2009 bushfire victims

first_imgJenny Mikakos MP, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, attended a commemorative ceremony for the victims of the February 2009 bushfires at Flag Pole Hill, Flowerdale last Sunday. The event was organised by the president of the Pontian Federation Panagia Soumela of Australia and New Zealand, Mr Onoufrios Gorozidis. The ceremony involved the planting of an olive tree in memory of each of the bushfire victims. The olive trees were selected as symbol of strength, resilience and longevity. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Reallife action hero stands tall

first_imgWhen Joe Torrillo went to work on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, he was the living embodiment of a rescue action hero.A few minutes later, the New York City fire lieutenant was buried alive when the World Trade Center’s South Tower collapsed.Torrillo was pulled from the rubble and taken to safety: a boat on the Hudson River that would be transporting him and other injured firefighters to a hospital.Then the North Tower collapsed and debris rained down on the boat. For the second time in an hour, Torrillo was buried alive by the collapse of a Twin Tower.It was three days later when his family knew Torrillo was alive.Torrillo shared his tale of tragedy, recovery and — ultimately — patriotism Thursday as the keynote speaker for CDM Caregiving Services’ annual lunch. The Vancouver-based nonprofit provides care for the elderly and disabled.As he described it, the career path that led Torrillo to 9/11 was a series of ironic twists and turns. In 1981, when he was sworn in, there were 357 New York firehouses he could have been assigned to. He was assigned to Engine Company 10, he said, “across the street from the South Tower.”After he was injured in a fire, Torrillo was assigned to desk duty — even though “I didn’t know how to turn a computer on.”last_img read more

Royal Caribbean employees refurbish 5 MiamiDade schools as part of GIVE Day

first_imgDid you know that more than 2,000 volunteers from @royalcaribbean spent their Saturday beautifying two @MDCPS schools? Their efforts in creating a loving environment not only inspires others to be kind, but… https://t.co/9g3Y6pgGDP— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) April 27, 2019Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Albert Carvalho said the makeover will lift students’ spirits. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Royal Caribbean took steps to give back to the community by refurbishing five schools in Miami-Dade County.Two-thousand employee volunteers from the cruise line company took part in the campus undertakings as part of Royal Caribbean’s 22nd GIVE Day.Cameras captured volunteers at John G. Dupuis Elementary School in Hialeah, Saturday.They made many changes, including repainting the school, adding new landscaping and repairing damage from Hurricane Irma. “You know, research time and time again has indicated that inviting environments actually assist in the learning process,” he said. “If children and adults take pride in the environment around them, certainly they feel better about themselves, and the conditions for learning are enhanced.”The enhancements are said to be valued at $1.5 million.The “GIVE” in GIVE Day stands for “Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

At 5th Anniversary Of Houston Journalists Kidnapping in Syria Parents Have No

first_img Share This weekend marks five years since Houston journalist Austin Tice was taken captive in Syria.Since then, his parents have been to the Middle East several times to try and secure his release.5 years ago, journalist Austin Tice was kidnapped in Syria. Today, his 36th birthday, this banner hangs outside the @Newseum #FreeAustinTice pic.twitter.com/AhyzJ9qbGI— Newseum Institute (@NewseumInst) August 11, 2017CBS This Morning spoke with Marc and Debra Tice earlier on Friday and they stressed that they are  “100 percent positive” their son is still alive.“No doubt. And it’s not just us. It’s not just parental wishes. That’s the assessment of everybody involved in his situation”, Marc Tice said on the show.AUSTIN TICE PARENTS-Glor CTM PKG FRI0145-Today is birthday of missing US journalist Austin Tice. His parents are hopeful he may be released. pic.twitter.com/mZxjf4Ro7T— CBS Newspath (@cbsnewspath) August 11, 2017The Tices believe the Trump Administration is treating his case with extra attention.Today is his 36th birthday.Austin Tice turns 36 today. Send him a message & remind him we’re always thinking of him. #HappyBirthdayAustin! https://t.co/ydOOi0mOd8 pic.twitter.com/70ubqHUqa9— RSF in English (@RSF_en) August 11, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more There were a few intriguing technology trends at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 meeting that shine a light on what the future of imaging holds. Among these are: touchscreen operation ultrasound systems; use of pocket ultrasound and app-based ultrasound technology that allows use of a smartphone or tablet as point-of-care imaging system; tracking systems to automatically record and report on radiation dose and contrast media used on each patient; and a movement away from traditional PACS and CVIS silos to a new concept of enterprise imaging.Carestream introduced a high-end ultrasound system that uses only touchscreen interfaces, similar to the operation of a smartphone or tablet. The system also is the first to use a touchscreen control to replace the track ball. This use of sealed glass touchscreens makes cleaning and infection control much easier, especially as ultrasound increasingly is used for procedural guidance in both the OR and interventional lab. OEM vendor Grayhill also demonstrated new concepts in touchpad/touchscreen technology not only for ultrasound, but also for use on other imaging modalities to improve infection control.Pocket-sized ultrasound systems were pioneered by GE Healthcare’s V-scan, which was upgraded at this RSNA with the introduction of a two-sided probe, combining a linear and sector probe for surface and deep imaging. Three other vendors introduced their versions of tiny point-of-care ultrasound systems, including Philips, which showed a work-in-progress app-based ultrasound system. It uses a new transducer that performs all the beam forming and computing to reconstruct the image in the probe, and uses a standard tablet or smartphone with a downloadable app to turn it into a basic ultrasound system. Concern over cumulative patient and staff radiation dose from CT and angiography has prompted legislation for dose recording in a few states, which brought the issue to the forefront at RSNA. Numerous vendors showed dose recording software that automatically collects information of kV level, dose length product (DLP) and duration to estimate dosages, and sends the data to reporting systems and patient records. Concern over contrast-induced nephropathy has also prompted vendors to create contrast dose tracking systems to record the exact amounts injected into patients. These efforts are being led by both automated contrast media injector manufacturers and the primary CT vendors. New technology for real-time staff dose recording is also becoming a big area of interest in the cath lab.Perhaps the biggest trend seen not only at RSNA, but in all radiology, cardiology and IT meetings this past year is the move away from traditional PACS and CVIS silos of data to enterprise imaging. Healthcare reform mandates interoperability between the traditional silos of imaging and patient reports that reside in each department, and that these elements be integrated into a central patient electronic medical record (EMR). This is not being made possible with the use of vendor neutral archives (VNA) as a central repository for all hospital departments. By “deconstructing” the PACS and CVIS to pull the department’s choices for the best viewers, DICOM worklists and reporting software from various vendors, they can build what they feel is a best of breed system in each department. The VNA then enables access to images and data throughout a hospital, healthcare system or regional health exchanges. The VNA also enables interfaces with the hospital EMR so images, waveforms and departmental reports can be attached to each patient’s files for a complete record located in one location. Some traditional PACS vendors are no longer using the term PACS and now refer to their systems only as “enterprise imaging systems.”View a video the editor’s choice of the most innovative new technologies on the RSNA show floor.View a video interview on what to look for in a new cardiovascular information system.View a video on key news and trends in imaging at RSNA 2014.To search news from RSNA items by modality, visit our RSNA FastPass microsite.Below are some of the new product releases from RSNA 2014.  The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor | December 19, 2014 New Technology at RSNA Reveals Future of Imaging Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Dave Fornell, ITN Editor Dave Fornell is the editor of Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine and assistant editor for Imaging Technology News magazine. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read morelast_img read more

Russian antidrugs crusader under growing pressure

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s most outspoken and charismatic anti-drugs campaigner accused authorities on Tuesday of trying to close his rehabilitation center by falsely claiming it has abused patients.For more than a decade, businessman and art historian Yevgeny Roizman has been waging a crusade against drug pushers and corrupt police in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg amid a drug epidemic that has made Russia the world’s largest heroin consumer. Sponsored Stories Roizman called the creation of his rehab center in 1998 “a riot against drug pushers, a genuine popular riot.” The crusader owned a thriving jewelry workshop at the time and was writing a book on Russian icons in the Urals region.He and his supporters violently confronted a group of mostly Gypsy and Central Asian drug dealers, driving them out or facilitating their arrest and conviction. Parents of heroin-deprived addicts responded by flocking to Roizman to ask for his help.His rehabilitation methods have involved isolation, strict discipline and such unorthodox punishments as handcuffing addicts, but high recovery rates made Roizman a local hero.“I am not holding pageants to select my patients. They are not Nobel Prize winners, and some parents brought them to me in their cars’ trunks,” he said. “What I am trying to do is to make them human again.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Roizman has alleged that investigators sent from Moscow have tried to force their subordinates to secretly extort bribes from local drug pushers in exchange for immunity from persecution.Dozens of Russian police officers have been convicted and jailed for accepting bribes from drug dealers or selling drugs directly.“I was one of the few who talked about it out loud,” the burly 50-year-old wrestling enthusiast said Tuesday.In May, a senior narcotics officer in Yekaterinburg was sentenced to 17 years in jail for selling heroin.In 2009, two narcotics policemen died of a heroin overdose in their office, although their superiors initially claimed food poisoning was the cause of death.Some 2.5 million Russians are addicted to illegal drugs, and 90 percent of them use the heroin that has flooded into Russia from Afghanistan since the late 1990s, the government says.The U.N. has said Russia, a nation of 142 million people, consumes 70 tons of Afghan heroin annually _ more than a fifth of the drug consumed globally.Yekaterinburg, a grim industrial center of 1.4 million people, has been hit hard by the heroin plague, while new drugs _ such as highly addictive synthetic marijuana and a cheap and lethal concoction made of codeine pills known as “crocodile” _ compete with opiates. The center Roizman founded and partly funds is seen by many Russians as a model of community-driven rehab efforts, and his followers have helped police identify and arrest dozens of drug dealers.But Yekaterinburg officials have accused Roizman’s team of isolating patients without their consent and using violence and forced labor as part of therapy.On Tuesday, a court in the town of Berezovsk near Yekaterinburg charged Roizman’s deputy, Yevgeny Malenkin, with illegally imprisoning patients and issued an arrest warrant for him.Malenkin left Yekaterinburg earlier this week after police tried to question him, Roizman said, adding that the charges against him were initiated after police pressured former patients to file complaints.Roizman has accused police of using this tactic against his center before. He said police pressured former patients to file complaints in 2004, accusing him of illegal imprisonment at the center, but that all of them were dropped by 2007.Roizman has claimed the campaign against him is part of the regional governor’s attempt to boost his own anti-drugs credentials and to challenge the center’s success and Roizman’s allegations of corruption among local police. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How men can have a healthy 2019 Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

BoC chairman warns of risk of new financial crisis

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouAlthough the European banking sector is safer now than it was 10 years ago, there is always the risk of another financial crisis, Bank of Cyprus (BoC) chairman Josef Ackermann said on Friday“Banks are better regulated now, they have come a long way, but they are not safe enough. The reform of the banking sector is incomplete,” Ackermann said in an address to the 9th Limassol Economic Forum.“Many people agree that there is a risk of a new crisis, though we cannot tell when, where and how it would happen,” he added.Speakers from both Cyprus and abroad addressed more than 400 senior executives from Cyprus at the Forum, speaking on a range of topics with the goal of improving the current regional economic climate.Ackermann said that additional EU regulations, such as the Minimum Requirements for own funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL) would be particularly demanding and damaging for small banks in the EU, including Cyprus.He referred to the different policy response to the 2009 financial crisis between the US and Europe, which brought the US banks to a better position compared with their European counterparts.“The American regulatory response was very different from that chosen by Europe, and I think, Europe is paying and will continue to pay a high price for this,” he said.The Swiss banker said that while the Trump administration in the US was relaxing regulations which tilts the balance of the regulatory burden between the European and the US banking systems further in favour of the latter, local regulators plans to enforce new rules, such as MREL.MREL, the Minimum Requirements for own funds and Eligible Liabilities, will be particularly demanding and damaging for small banks, including Cypriot banks, he said.Ackermann noted that European Banks remained vulnerable as reform of the banking sector was incomplete, the arrangements for bank resolution are not yet fully settled while the European Deposit Insurance Scheme has not yet been agreed, due to concerns raised by some key EU countries.He also called “for a judicious balance between micro-prudential regulations and strict financial stability on the one hand, and consideration of the role banks can and should play in promoting growth on the other,” noting that excessive emphasis on maximising financial stability through new provisions and capital increases could unduly undermine bank profitability and the banking system’s capability to contribute to growth.“Low or negative bank profitability is not conducive to new capital injections by existing or new bank shareholders. A balanced approach would allow banks to expand credit, promote growth and contribute to capital increases through internal organic profit generation,” the former Deutsche Bank chief said.He also said there was no evidence of a strong commitment by European policy makers to the global competitiveness of a key industry such as the financial industry, for example by resolutely promoting a common banking market that would make cross-border mergers more attractive. “There is still time for a reversal. But not for long,” he noted. In his welcome address, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades also spoke of the important role of the EU and suggested forming a strong Pan-European banking sector.“We do need stronger foundations for our banking sector and we need significant consolidation,” Georgiades said. “Pan-European banks would be something I would support. But such steps take time.  And the implementation of the Banking Union should not follow a path of bureaucratic rigidity, but instead a street-smart, efficient and adaptive approach.”Also speaking was Gavin Hewitt, Chairman of the Forum and former chief correspondent of BBC News, who stressed the importance of Brexit for Cyprus, as nearly 10 per cent of all Cyprus exports are to the UK. He also pointed out the urgent need to adjust to the fact that an increasing number of jobs are lost to the rise in technology, noting that in the past 20 years a huge number of jobs have already been replaced by robots.In a lively speech titled “Grave New World”, UK economist Stephen D. King addressed globalisation and automation, saying the loss of jobs was one reason the western world was disenchanted with globalisation. “Matters such as automation, which is forever speeding up, are not something which can easily be dealt with by “waving a magic wand”, he warned.Manfred Bergmann from the European Commission, on a more positive note, mentioned that countries, including Cyprus, have significantly improved their economies. He believes however, the recovery has reached its peak and not enough is done to prepare for worse times. “The sun is shining, but the roof isn’t fixed yet,” is how he put it. “In good times it is time to fix the roof.”The ninth consecutive year of what is considered to be the biggest and most prestigious business gathering in Cyprus took place at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Limassol Economic Forum is an annual event where the latest trends and developments in global politics and economies in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean are discussed. 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Over half in Cyprus eat 14 portions of fruit and veg daily

first_imgNearly one third of Cypriots, 32.6 per cent over the age of 15, did not consume a single portion of fruit or vegetables on a daily basis in 2014, according to Eurostat. According to the same survey however, 51.3 per cent ate 1-4 portions, and 16.1 per cent more than five.Eurostat correlates education levels with fruit consumption, finding that “5-a-day” differs between highly educated and less educated people. In Cyprus 12.4 per cent of those who have a low educational level said they consumed at least five daily portions of fruit per day, 16.1 per cent of those with median education did, and 19.7 of the highly-educated.In the European Union more than a third (34.4 per cent) aged 15 or over did not eat fruit and veg on a daily basis in 2014, while less than 15 per cent (14.1 per cent) consumed at least five portions each day as promoted under the ‘5-a-day’ campaign.The World Health Organisation recommends that individuals consume “a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day (excluding potatoes and other starchy tubers)”.Among EU member states, the lowest share of the population aged 15 or over not eating daily a fruit or a vegetable in 2014 was recorded in Belgium (16.1 per cent), ahead of Portugal (20.7 per cent), the United Kingdom (21.3 per cent), Italy (23.0 per cent), Spain (25.0 per cent), Slovenia (27.0 per cent), Croatia (27.5 per cent) and Greece (30.1 per cent).More than half of the population did not eat fruit or vegetables on a daily basis in Romania (65.1 per cent) and Bulgaria (58.6 per cent). They were followed by Latvia (48.5 per cent), Slovakia (46.6 per cent), the Czech Republic (46.3 per cent), the Netherlands (45.9 per cent) and Germany (45.2 per cent).You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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