South Africa unveils new HIV/Aids plan

first_img1 December 2011 South Africa’s new national HIV/Aids plan aims to drastically cut new infections by further extending antiretroviral treatment while tackling the epidemic together with TB and addressing related human rights and stigma issues. President Jacob Zuma launched the new National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV/Aids 2012-2016 in Port Elizabeth on World Aids Day, 1 December. The plan proposes to deal with HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and tuberculosis (TB) together by adopting a holistic approach which includes preventative and therapeutic measures. It also promises to do much more to tackle related issues of violence against women.Five goals, four aims The plan brings together five succinct goals and four aims, whose combined purpose is to quash new HIV infections. The five goals are: To address social and structural barriers to HIV, STI and TB prevention, care and impact.To prevent new HIV, STI and TB infections.To sustain health and wellness.To increase the protection of human rights and improve access to justice. The NSP’s four goals are: The ‘three zeros’ – plus one more Launching the plan at the Wolfson Stadium in KwaZakhele, Port Elizabeth, Zuma said South Africa had also adopted the “three zeros” agreed to at the United Nations high level meeting in New York this June as a vision for the next 20 years. “In addition, we added, as a country, a fourth zero, which aims to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child,” Zuma said. “The four zeros are: ‘zero new HIV and TB infection; zero new infections due to mother to child transmission; zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and TB, and zero discrimination associated with HIV and TB.”Tackling violence against women The President was pleased that the issue of violence against women was reflected in the new plan. Recent research in South Africa showed that the country could prevent HIV infections in young women if they were not subjected to violence or intimidation by their partners. “Government is prioritising the fight against the abuse of women and children through law enforcement as well as education and awareness,” Zuma said. “We must also enhance our socio-economic interventions to deal with poverty, unemployment, food insecurity and inequality… These either contribute to the spread of HIV or worsen impact of the epidemic.” The new plan will be implemented from April from 2012.‘Everybody needs to get on board’ Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet said that, for the strategy to work, everybody needed to get on board. “Let’s ensure that these initiatives included in the NSP don’t go to waste but take us forward,” Kiviet said. “We hope that the information shared today will make a difference to the youth and assist us to achieve the triple zeros accordingly.” Welcoming the launch of the new plan, Prudence Mabela, who has been living with HIV for 22 years, said everyone had to “walk the talk” when it came to implementing the plan. She urged other infected people to take treatment, and those who had not tested to go find out their status. “You can trust the public hospitals, I’m using them and they are helping,” Mabela said. “With the treatment you can live longer. I’ve taken TB treatment for six months and it’s effective, including the ARVs.” Source: BuaNews To reduce new HIV infections by at least 50% by using a combination of prevention approaches.To Initiate at least 80% of eligible patients on antiretroviral treatment, with 70% being alive and on treatment five years after initiation.To reduce the number of new TB infections as well as deaths from TB by 50%.To ensure an enabling and accessible legal framework that protects and promotes human rights in order to support the implementation of the plan.To reduce self-reported stigma related to HIV and TB by at least 50%.last_img read more

USDA extends deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage, Market Facilitation programs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline to Dec. 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been Dec. 13. USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through Dec. 20.“2019 has challenged the country’s ag sector — prevented or late planting followed by a delayed harvest has been further complicated by wet and cold weather,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “Because some of our producers are still in the field, time to conduct business at the local USDA office is at a premium. We hope this deadline extension will allow producers the opportunity to participate in these important programs.”Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill and available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), the program offers reasonably priced protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.The Market Facilitation Program is part of a relief strategy to support American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally. MFP payments are aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.For more information, visit the DMC webpage, the MFP webpage or a local USDA service center. .last_img read more

More Geocaching Vacation Destinations Closer to Home

first_imgIn the time-honored geocaching tradition, it’s a map that helps tell the story. Check out the blue pins scattered across the world on the Geocaching GeoTours map. Each marker is a GeoTour location. Each GeoTour is a chance to explore a unique destination as only geocaching can unveil it. Local experts in each destination pick out the best places to hide new geocaches, including historic sites, parks, cities and more.Nearly 40 GeoTours offer geocachers custom-crafted adventures in locations like the Islands of Bermuda, New Caledonia or the Hochkönig region in Austria. And if you’re interested in a driving tour of North America, more than two dozen GeoTours provide unforgettable experiences.Where will geocaching take you this year? Let us know in comments below. SharePrint RelatedNow Boarding for Geocaching GeoToursJuly 1, 2013In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Vacation Destinations – Weekly NewsletterOctober 4, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”5 tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingJuly 31, 2017In “GeoTours” THE HIGHKING CODE GeoTourPasseport pour le Nord GeoTourBermuda Conservation GeoTour GeoTours Deliver Geocaching Adventure Around the Globe Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

‘Bharat Mata’ temple to come up in Haryana

first_imgThe Haryana government will build a ‘Bharat Mata’ temple at Kurukshetra as part of its attempts to develop the city as a tourist destination of international standards and a centre of religious faith, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday.“The ‘Bharat Mata’ temple will be constructed on five acres at a place between Jyotisar and Brahamsarovar. The plan is at the initial stage, and the modalities will be worked out soon,” he said at a press conference meant to announce the schedule for the International Gita Mahotsav-2019, being organized in Kurukshetra from November 23 to December 10. Uttrakhand is the partner State for the Gita Mahotsav, in which 15 countries are participating. “Delegations from the U.K., Mauritius, Australia and Canada are also visiting Kurukshetra for the event. Besides scholars of the universities in Haryana, those of foreign Universities and ambassadors of several countries will take part in the event,” the Chief Minister said. The Government of India had given its consent to the use of the logo of ‘Atulya Bharat’ (Incredible India) during the Gita Mahotsav.Mr. Khattar said the government was also mulling over a plan to offer plots, measuring 1,500-2000 square metres, in Kurukshetra on concessional rates to the States planning to construct ‘Bhawans’ for their pilgrims visiting the city.last_img read more

Pakistan’s Mystery Abductions: Slain Salman Taseer’s son Shahbaz still remains untraceable

first_imgPolicemen inspect the car that Shahbaz Taseer was driving when he was abducted in Lahore.Shahbaz Taseer, the billionaire son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer noticed the black Landcruiser and motorcycle shadowing him around 10 a.m. on August 26. By then, it was too late. Four unidentified men dragged the,Policemen inspect the car that Shahbaz Taseer was driving when he was abducted in Lahore.Shahbaz Taseer, the billionaire son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer noticed the black Landcruiser and motorcycle shadowing him around 10 a.m. on August 26. By then, it was too late. Four unidentified men dragged the 28-year-old out of his shiny two-seater Mercedes sports car in Lahore’s posh Gulberg area and bundled him into their vehicle. They tossed his laptop and mobile phones back into the Mercedes roadster before driving away.Police said Shahbaz was driving to his office in Gulberg without his usual police escort. A Taseer family driver later spotted the Mercedes parked in the middle of the road, doors ajar. No group claimed responsibility for the sensational kidnapping and no ransom call was made. A high-ranking law enforcement official told India Today on condition of anonymity that Shahbaz was kidnapped by intelligence agencies as they “doubted his loyalty” to the nation. The agencies have, in the past, illegally detained people on mere suspicion.Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped on August 26Kidnapping for ransom has now spilled over from Karachi, Peshawar and the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan, to enter Lahore. Children, tourists and middle or upper class Pakistanis and businessmen are common targets for ransom that range from Pakistani Rs 20 lakh to Rs 10 crore.Shahbaz’s is the third high-profile kidnapping in the past two months. A Swiss couple, Divid Oliver Och and Daniela Widmer, were abducted from their camping van in Quetta on July 1, allegedly by gunmen belonging to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). An American aid official, Warren Weinstein, 70, was also kidnapped from his Lahore home by six assailants on August 13. No ransom calls were made in any of these cases. This has led to speculation of political motives behind the kidnapping.advertisement”The agencies abducted more than a hundred innocent people during the Pervez Musharraf era and the practice continues,” says Amna Janjua, chairman of an NGO, Defence of Human Rights. Janjua’s husband, Masood Janjua, an educationist, went missing in May 2005. Janjua claims he has been detained by security agencies.Swiss couple Daniela Widmer and Dividoliveroch were abducted from their camping van in Quetta on July 1.However, the Federal Investigation Agency and police have claimed that they have arrested a dozen suspects and are pursuing investigations into the Shahbaz kidnapping. Some theories linked the abduction to extremists who are seeking the release of Shahbaz’s father’s assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, now lodged in Adyala jail in Rawalpindi. Shahbaz was a vocal critic of Pakistan’s harsh anti-blasphemy laws. An official of Pakistan’s Investigation Bureau said three of the arrested suspects belong to the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa group, a charity arm of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, and frequently visited Qadri in prison.”Shahbaz’s kidnapping is an eye-opener. Where are the government, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies?” said a member of the Taseer family on condition of anonymity. “The government has failed to safeguard the lives and property of people,” she added.Shahbaz took over as the director of the family’s businesses, founded by his father, following the latter’s assasination on January 4. They include real estate firm Pace Pakistan, brokerage firms First Capital Equities and First Capital Securities Corporation, as well as Media Times that controls the leading English newspaper Daily Times, Urdu Daily AajKal, kids channel Wikkid Plus and satellite channel Business Plus. He and his wife Maheen Ghani were offloaded from a New York-bound flight at San Francisco on August 19 last year when a hoax caller said they were potential hijackers. The couple filed a lawsuit against the airline in March this year.The kidnapping of the scion has sent a wave of fear and anger across the country, particularly in the ruling PPP, of which Salman Taseer was a member. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani contacted Shahbaz’s mother and assured her of the government’s support. He directed the Punjab police chief to take all measures to find the missing billionaire. President Asif Ali Zardari also telephoned Shahbaz’s mother and assured her that efforts would be made to find her son. A hurried meeting called by the Chief Minister of Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, was attended by the chief secretary, home secretary and inspector general of police. Police have apprehended two suspects who were allegedly shadowing Shahbaz.The case has clearly embarrassed the Punjab provincial police. Chief City Police Officer of Lahore, Malik Ahmed Raza, denied police negligence. He said Shahbaz did not use his security cordon of 17 policemen. Provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah blamed Shahbaz for leaving his security detail at home.advertisementThe Crime Investigation Branch says that 47 people were kidnapped for ransom last year. Thirteen people were kidnapped in the first three months of 2011. The principal suspects are militant groups who kidnap high value targets, such as businessmen, and use the ransom to purchase arms and ammunition from Afghanistan and Iran.last_img read more

BTs ad campaign for BT Sport UK cable provider Vi

first_imgBT’s ad campaign for BT SportUK cable provider Virgin Media has asked Ofcom to pause the current Premier League TV rights auction until the broadcast regulator has concluded an investigation into the process. Virgin yesterday filed an ‘application for interim measures’ with Ofcom, calling for a temporary halt on the auction of live UK television rights to top flight English football.Virgin said that Ofcom could do this under the Competition Act to “prevent significant damage to a particular person or category of person”, in this case fans who want to watch live football on TV, calling for a the auction process to be suspended until Ofcom concludes its investigation into Premier League rights sales process in March.“The Premier League has pushed ahead with its early sale of TV rights despite Ofcom’s investigation. With 18 months until those deals begin, there is plenty of time for Ofcom to pause the auction process while it completes its inquiries,” said Virgin Media’s chief corporate affairs officer, Brigitte Trafford.“Failure to do so will leave fans, who already pay the most to see the least amount of football in Europe, facing yet another big rise in the cost of watching live football on TV.”Ofcom launched its investigation into how the English Premier League sells live TV rights for its matches back in November, following a complaint by Virgin Media.Ofcom is considering whether there is a breach of the UK and/or EU competition law prohibition on agreements and decisions that restrict or distort competition.The current Premier League auction could be concluded as early as next month and covers TV rights for the period 2016 to 2019.In July 2012 Sky and BT paid £3 billion (€4 billion) to carve up the matches between 2013 and 2016, with the price likely to increase during the current round of negotiations – something that has the potential to have a knock-on effect on the cost to viewers.However, in a blog post today, Sky defended its investment in sports over the years, with Sky Sports’ managing director Barney Francis claiming that “nowadays, viewers have never been so well served.”“In the month before Sky Sports began, just 27 hours of sport were shown on TV. Only half of an England football international was shown because of a clash with Neighbours. And Botham’s Ashes in 1981 was interrupted for kids’ TV shows. Back then, sport was under-funded and under-valued. Surely no one would want to turn back the clock,” said Francis.Sky claims to offer 5,000 hours of sport a month across seven channels and says that, to date, it has invested “more than £15 billion in sport, providing a much-needed injection of funding at all levels.”“The debate around sport on television is an important one but often harks back to a bygone era. These days, pay TV is far from a niche product enjoyed by the few. Well over half the UK population subscribes to a pay TV service and Sky Sports is readily available in all those homes,” said Francis.According to a recent Bloomberg report, Discovery Communications will join the auction for Premier League rights in the UK, competing against Sky and BT.last_img read more

University of Dallas Students Make Lasting Change Through Capstone Consulting Experience

first_img Last Updated Nov 15, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer A group of MBA students at the University of Dallas Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business recently made a lasting change for the town of Greenwood, Louisiana, through the university’s Capstone Consulting Experience (CCE).A team of UD MBA students was put to the task of collecting and and analyzing community input that would ultimately lead to the creation of a new logo for the town. This included extensive market research work to help students “discover what makes Greenwood, Greenwood.” The MBA students conducted online surveys, asked for community input through social media, and attended town hall meetings.“I enjoyed getting the responses to the surveys and talking with the citizens,” Mary Weisse, MBA ’17, and one of the students on the Greenwood consulting team, said. “The people were interested in moving their town forward—even though there were several points of view on how to do that. On the last day of the semester,w e gave our presentation to the mayor and city officials. The consulting team of MBA students was the result of the university’s Capstone Consulting Experience, a requirement of all MBA students in their final year. During this project, students will apply their knowledge and skill to an organization as it faces a business challenge.After the MBA students gathered the research, results were sent to a branding company that designed the new logo around the community input. The logo was revealed at the 38th annual Pioneer Heritage Festival, a community gathering which celebrates the town’s heritage.“In the Capstone Consulting Experience, we look to help any organization that needs our students’ expertise. In this case, the town of Greenwood didn’t have the resources to hire a marketing research firm, so they turned to us,” commented Scott Wysong, a UD associate professor of marketing who served as faculty adviser for the project. “The mayor and other leaders of Greenwood were very pleased with all of the data collected and the recommendations made by the students. RelatedUT Dallas Alumni Speaks about Customer-Driven MarketingStudents at the University of Dallas – Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business recently had the opportunity to learn about customer-driven marketing from an expert in the field, MBA alumnus Steve Springer. Springer, who earned his MBA from the University of Dallas in 2004, currently serves as the Regional…March 23, 2016In “Featured Region”The Top Consulting And Strategic Management Chicago MBA ProgramsWhile industries such as investment banking may be attracting fewer MBAs, that’s not the case for consulting. Year-after-year it continues to be the top draw for MBA graduates. The 2015 Prospective Student Survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) revealed that a job in consulting services or management consulting upon…January 30, 2017In “Featured Home”The Best Dallas Consulting And Strategic Management MBAsYear after year, consulting and strategic management careers are a top draw for MBA students. In fact, 41 percent of millennials and 27 percent of Generation X MBA candidates place a job in consulting services or management consultation as their first choice, according to the 2015 Prospective Student Survey conducted by…May 22, 2017In “Advice”center_img University of Dallas Students Make Lasting Change Through Capstone Consulting Experience regions: Dallaslast_img read more