Namiaz Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:26:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Namiaz 32 32 Global personal medical records software markets of $ 14.87 million increase Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:44:40 +0000

Dublin, November 29th, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The “Report analyzing the market size, share and trends of Personal Health Record software by component (software and mobile apps, services), by deployment mode (cloud, web-based) , By Architectural Type and Segment Forecasts, 2021-2028 “report was added to to offer.

The global personal health data software market is expected to reach USD 14.87 million by 2028, an annual growth rate of 9.9%.

A high level of adoption of advanced technologies, a growing demand for centralization and rationalization of health information, an increasing patient awareness of the storage and management of medical information as well as increasing government initiatives will support the market growth during the forecast period.

In October 2019, for example, the Indian Union Ministry of Health developed an app called “My Health Record”, with which users can save their previous prescriptions, detailed health profiles, laboratory records and diagnoses on one platform and share it with specialists if necessary. The COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live, forcing health groups to share individual medical records in a meaningful and easily accessible format.

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, together with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has issued two new rules that will come into effect in April 2021 electronically through widespread technical standards. While the other prohibits “information blocking” where health organizations place undue practical, cost, and technical barriers to the exchange of health information.

The North America region held the largest revenue share of over 55% in 2020 due to government initiatives for eHealth and an increased need to follow government guidelines and contain rising healthcare costs. The Europe region held the second largest market share in 2020 due to lower care costs and the forecast of a possible medical emergency.

The main players invest in many strategic initiatives such as acquisitions, mergers, partnerships and product launches in order to maintain a competitive advantage in the market, among other things. For example, in March 2020, Knapsack Health launched a free personal health record for individuals, families and caregivers.

Health Record Software Market report highlights

  • The high level of acceptance of advanced technologies to meet growing customer needs and the expansion of digital healthcare have made a significant contribution to market growth
  • In terms of revenue, the Software & Mobile Apps component segment dominated the market in 2020 due to increased government support initiatives
  • The cloud-based delivery mode segment is expected to record the fastest CAGR in the forecast period due to the technological upgrade in the healthcare sector and the increasing focus on digitization of the healthcare sector
  • The standalone architecture types segment had the largest share of sales in 2020 as it is widely used due to its advantages such as data protection control
  • Major players in the Personal Health Data Software market are focused on different strategies such as: B. new product developments and business expansions to achieve better market penetration
  • For example, in September 2020, PicnicHealth raised $ 25 million for its medical record management service; thereby strengthening the market position

Key topics covered:

Chapter 1. Methodology and scope

Chapter 2. Summary

Chapter 3. Market Variables, Trends and Scope

Chapter 4. Impact of COVID-19 on the Personal Health Data Software Market

Chapter 5. Personal Health Record Software Market: Component Estimates and Trending Analysis

Chapter 6. Personal Health Record Software Market: Deployment Mode Estimates and Trending Analysis

Chapter 7. Personal Health Record Software Market: Architectural Type Estimates and Trending Analysis

Chapter 8. Personal Health Record Software Market: Regional Estimates and Trending Analysis

Chapter 9. Competitive Analysis

Chapter 10. Competitive Landscape

  • Health spec
  • Health companion
  • NoMore clipboard
  • Patient ally
  • Records for Life, Inc.
  • Practice Fusion, Inc.
  • SoftClinic software
  • Backpack health
  • 75Health (Kaaspro)
  • Zapbuild
  • Valid

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		Meet the Hilltops Candidates: Brian Ingram |  The young witness
		Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:02:00 +0000


What made you choose to stand for election? Under my leadership, the council has laid solid foundations for the future of Hilltops. There is still much to be done and if I am elected I will continue to do my best and work every day to keep the Council’s promises to the community. There are many projects that I have been committed to that I would like to see realized, along with many more in the future. I am a strong leader with the best interests of the community at heart, and have the experience, knowledge, and commitment to ensure Hilltops Council continues to be viable and successful.

What would you like to change? The most necessary change that is required are the steps that need to be taken to ensure that Hilltops Council is financially sustainable now and in the future. For this to happen, the new council must focus on financial sustainability. There will be difficult decisions to be made, and the implementation of those decisions will require strong councilors who work closely with the general manager and the executive to enforce them.

What was your biggest challenge in life? I have had many challenges in my life and they have all taught me valuable lessons.As many residents know, I had some health problems last year that I have fortunately overcome.There were some tough days on the trip and they reminded me to cherish life and make the most of every opportunity.

How can we encourage more women to run for the council?

I actively encouraged anyone who felt they could contribute to our community and make a positive contribution to the council to nominate themselves, regardless of gender. I have to say that I was most disappointed with the lack of nominations for this election as I felt that there were many more people who could have made a positive contribution to our community than just those who nominated .

What needs to be done to get residents between the ages of 18 and 40 to stand? Again, I have encouraged people of all ages to run for the Council if they feel they can make a positive contribution. Unfortunately we only have one candidate in this age group this year, but the candidates chosen are chosen to represent the entire community, not just those of their age. The Hilltops Youth Action Group acts as an advisory body to the council, relaying the needs and wants of the youth demographic across the region to ensure they continue to be represented.

What are the benefits of being a local government representative? For me it means giving something back to the community and the feeling of pride and achievement when you see the difference you are making. During my time on the council, I have been involved in many community and infrastructure projects as well as road and bridge improvements, and I am very proud that these are being carried out for the community.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the next council? Without a doubt, and as mentioned above, the long term financial sustainability of the council will be the greatest challenge and top priority for the new council. The current Council has taken a number of decisions in this regard, which must be implemented in the framework of the new Council. There are still some decisions to be made that will not be easy, but if the right steps are taken, Hilltops Council can be very successful in the long run.

Meet Brian Ingram, who is running in the upcoming Hilltops Council local election. Photo: file.

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Ethiopian government troops do not control Chifra: State media | news Sun, 28 Nov 2021 19:24:14 +0000

Corpses seen “all over the streets” of the city in the Afar region as Al Jazeera gains exclusive access to the front line of escalating conflict.

Ethiopia’s state broadcaster said government forces were in control of the city of Chifra in the Afar Tigray region.

Since the outbreak of war between Ethiopian federal and allied troops and the Tigrayan troops in November 2020, tens of thousands of people have died and millions displaced. The conflict has also created a massive humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands are threatened with famine.

Tigrayan forces captured Chifra on the border between the northern regions of Afar and Amhara after fighting intensified last month.

“The Ethiopian Defense Forces and Afar Special Forces have controlled Chifra,” said the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation on its Twitter account on Sunday, without giving any further details.

There was no immediate comment from the Tigrayan Forces.

“Corpses Everywhere”

Much of northern Ethiopia is closed and journalists’ access is severely restricted, making it difficult to corroborate allegations on the battlefield. However, Al Jazeera was given exclusive access to Chifra, the first international news organization to do so.

Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Mohammed Taha Tewekel reported from the “heart” of the city, saying that Tigrayan troops had been “driven out of this strategic area” by pro-government militias in the Afar region, but also noted that “ Shots from everyone could be heard ”. Directions ”for hours.

“It [Chifra] has been the epicenter of military operations for the past 40 days, “said Tewekel during a live broadcast while gunfire rang out in the background.

“The scenes we saw are very terrifying. Corpses all over the streets. It is living proof of the cruelty of the fighting. There are clear indications of the lack of humanity in this conflict. The city’s commercial businesses were completely destroyed, and even the mosques were not spared. All residents have fled for their lives and the city has turned into a military barracks for the Afari fighters, ”he added.

The Afari fighters “have taken the city” and are now advancing towards the cities of Bati and Kombolcha, the correspondent said.

Chifra is west of the city of Mille, which has been captured by the Tigrayan troops for weeks because it is on the highway that connects the interior of Ethiopia with Djibouti, the most important port in the Horn of Africa.

The state broadcaster Fana reported on Friday that Abiy was on the front line with the army fighting against Tigrayan troops in Afar.

“The morale of the army is very exciting,” he said in the comment broadcast on Friday, promising to catch Chifra “today”.

After months of tension, Abiy sent troops to Tigray in November 2020 to remove the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF dominated the federal government for almost three decades until Abiy took office in 2018.

The Prime Minister promised a quick victory, and in late November government forces took Tigray’s capital, Mekelle. By June, however, the Tigrayan forces had recaptured most of the region and had advanced into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar.

The Tigrayan forces recently reported large territorial gains, claiming they captured a city just 220 km (135 miles) from the capital, Addis Ababa, this week.

International concern about the escalating conflict has intensified. Several foreign countries urged their citizens to leave the country as mediation attempts by the United Nations and the United States have so far been unsuccessful.

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The Nagoya Protocol should not shield the hoarding of pathogens Sun, 28 Nov 2021 11:06:34 +0000

TThis week, health officials from around the world are meeting – virtually – in Geneva to discuss plans for a global pandemic preparedness contract. This is an essential endeavor as the world struggles to find a way through the current pandemic, in a race against time to get vaccines to everyone who needs them.

this Special session The World Health Assembly will be an opportunity to share lessons from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for tackling the next major outbreak.

While finding solutions to equal opportunities in vaccines is a crucial consideration for the assembly, it is also important that it learn from it how innovations have led to the provision of safe and effective vaccines in record time. Innovation is closely related to preparing for a pandemic, and the role of pathogen exchange in support of that innovation is a priority to be considered.


In the interests of global public health, researchers need to be able to share information on dangerous viruses, bacteria and other pathogens across borders as soon as an outbreak is detected. When researchers withhold or delay the exchange of pathogens, they increase the severity of an outbreak.

Consider how the rapid exchange of information affected the course of the Covid-19 pandemic: Just two days after researchers in China identified a novel coronavirus as the cause of the disease, they have posted the genetic sequence from SARS-CoV-2 into a public database.


A few weeks later, several biopharmaceutical companies had identified their first vaccine candidates. And less than a year after the novel coronavirus was discovered, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for use in the United States today. 23 vaccines are approved worldwide and more than 100 more are in clinical development. All of this is possible because scientists were quick to exchange information about the novel coronavirus and its subsequent variants.

Had scientists withheld the virus and information about its mutations, efforts to develop and use vaccines and therapeutics – and track the spread of the virus – would have been set back months or even years. The death toll from Covid-19 would be immeasurably higher and the world could still be locked almost permanently.

In the context of future pandemic preparedness, any possible delay in the exchange of pathogens and their information would run counter to the efforts of the Group of Seven – supported by the life science industry – to develop vaccines, diagnostics and treatments within 100 days.

Unfortunately, a scenario in which harmful pathogens could be hoarded and used as bargaining chips by countries that could spark a pandemic in the world is not a fiction. Actually, under certain interpretations an international agreement commonly known as Nagoya Protocol, Countries could choose to keep pathogen data and samples to themselves. This potential scenario and the need for a rapid exchange of information will be considered in the World Health Assembly’s pandemic preparation discussions.

The Nagoya Protocol is a supplement to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Its declared aim is to enable countries to preserve biodiversity and to share in all the advantages that result from the use of their “genetic resources” – be it plants, fungi or different types of wild animals. It is a laudable goal.

but several nations interpreted the Nagoya Protocol to extend to pathogens and issued guidelines preventing the exchange of pathogen samples or data on them, even if doing so would save lives.

During a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak that began in 2012, Saudi Arabia refused to share samples of the virus with researchers. A similar instance Pathogen reluctance occurred after an Ebola outbreak began in West Africa towards the end of 2013. In each of these cases, the ability of the scientific community to contain outbreaks, track the spread of disease, and treat patients has been hampered.

Besides being deeply worrying, these actions completely misinterpret the Nagoya Protocol. Pathogens do not belong to any country and do not deserve the protection or reward of biodiversity. We shouldn’t try to preserve their biodiversity – on the contrary.

Nor are they “genetic resources” as a seed or an animal could be. They pose a public health threat and should be eradicated like landmines. It is ridiculous to create a situation where a country is allowed to exercise sovereignty over dangerous pathogens – especially when it threatens human life. However, by failing to specifically exclude pathogens, the Convention on Biological Diversity has enabled countries to do just that.

Given the way some governments interpret the Nagoya Protocol, the world is lucky that China does not claim sovereignty over SARS-CoV-2. It is madness to leave such an important subject to chance. In the event of another pandemic, one country could exercise its “rights” to virus samples and keep the rest of the world in the dark.

The upcoming Geneva meeting is a valuable opportunity for political leaders to send a clear message on behalf of public health and global health security. To that end, members of the World Health Assembly must ensure that a strong commitment to the exchange of pathogens and information is part of any international pandemic preparedness agreement. Such a requirement would make it mandatory that data on dangerous viruses, bacteria and microorganisms be published as soon as possible after a new pathogen is discovered – regardless of where that discovery took place.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to make clear, infectious diseases are crossing borders. This is why a pandemic preparation agreement is such an important tool in getting it right. While we still have a lot to learn about how to respond to future pandemics, the obligation to share pathogens and their information is one thing that we know will make a significant difference in the future. It must be adopted by all countries participating in the World Health Assembly.

Let us hope that all countries that apply the principles of the Nagoya Protocol to human pathogens will reconsider their position, exempt pathogens from the bilateral rules of any relevant legislation and related negotiations, and commit to prompt and predictable access to pathogen samples and information to facilitate.

Thomas B. Cueni is General Director of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations. The opinions expressed here are his own.

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Experts urge parents to educate themselves about safe sleep practices for infants Sat, 27 Nov 2021 20:00:00 +0000

According to, sudden infant death syndrome is the inexplicable death of a healthy baby who is less than a year old. SIDS usually occurs while sleeping.

“It is extremely important to practice safe sleeping habits for children to reduce their risk of SIDS,” said Emily Woodley, manager of the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Family BirthPlace. “I think we find out in life that prevention is key to many things.”

Jamestown Regional Medical Center in Jamestown, North Dakota has taught new parents tactics and practices to euthanize their newborns. Woodley has taught proper practices to parents of newborn babies for more than a decade.

Woodley said staff at the medical center educate newborn parents about safe sleep practices while they are in hospital and give them a booklet on postpartum “baby blues” after giving birth and caring for an infant.

In 2018, the North Dakota Department of Health named the medical center the first hospital to receive gold from the Cribs for Kids Safe Sleep program, which encourages hospitals to educate and model the safest sleeping practices for an infant.

Emily Woodley, director of Family BirthPlace at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, shares the right way to put a baby in a crib to sleep.  Woodley also spoke about the safety issues with cots.  John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Emily Woodley, director of Family BirthPlace at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, shares the right way to put a baby in a crib to sleep. Woodley also spoke about the safety issues with cots. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

The center also offers anytime anywhere training on YoMingo, a pregnancy app that provides access to valuable information, according to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center website. New YoMingo users can register on the website and get access to evidence-based education for new and expectant parents, information about an expectant mother’s arrival and whereabouts, community health resources, and a list of available courses and support groups and other tools.

Woodley said that any caretaker – babysitters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or older siblings – should know the best practices for getting a child to sleep.

“Probably the hardest part for parents is staying strong with caregivers … because they grew up in a different time,” she said. “Times have changed, things have changed. We want you to be able to do things to protect our children. “

New parents can be overwhelmed with a lot of information at once, and it’s nice to have nurses and the Family BirthPlace share information on how to properly get a baby to sleep, said Shannon Klatt. Klatt is the Director of Health Promotion and Certified Car Seat Technician in the Central Valley Health District of Jamestown and the mother of an infant.

“I learned a lot from the nurses at Jamestown Regional Medical Center,” she said. “It’s best to go back and have nothing in the cots, blankets or other items. Just the baby on her back in the cot. “

Woodley recommended that infants sleep on their backs up to 1 year of age

“Then the risk of SIDS goes down,” she said. “And in fact, the highest SIDS risk is from zero to four months.”

She said that infants usually begin to roll constantly around 4 to 5 months of age, that is, when they are in a sleeper or sleeping bag with no swaddles.

“If you always start by laying them on their backs when they turn around, that’s fine,” she said. “You have more head control. You will be able to free yourself from the unsafe situation. “

Even after a child is one year old, parents should still lay babies on their backs when they fall asleep, Woodley said.

“But by then the children are moving so much that many of them either run or stand in their cots,” she said.

What to do and not to do

Woodley said cots shouldn’t have bumpers because infants could get caught in them and strangle or suffocate. She said cribs with spindles should not be used.

“The spindles are too far apart and you can put your head in there,” she said. “All of these cribs have been recalled, but of course some people might have them.”

The medical center has pack-and-play cots that it makes available to parents who do not have a safe cot to sleep in.

“We’re offering this in partnership with the Central Valley Health District,” said Woodley. “We work with them and I can get cots from them if necessary.”

Fuzzy blankets shouldn’t be used because they can stand up over an infant’s mouth and suffocate the baby, she said. When sleeping, nothing should be on an infant’s head, as this can also get through the mouth and cause suffocation.

Jamestown Regional Medical Center gives each new parent a sleeping bag, which is a portable blanket and an alternative to keeping a child warm without using loose blankets in a cot. Woodley recommended sleeping bags from HALO, the founder of which lost his first newborn to SIDS. According to its website, HALO’s SleepSack portable sleeping bag replaces loose blankets in cots that could cover an infant’s face and impair breathing.

A baby doll is wrapped in a sleeping bag and safely placed in a cot to sleep.  John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

A baby doll is wrapped in a sleeping bag and safely placed in a cot to sleep. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

If an infant is in a sleeping bag and begins to roll, a caregiver should take the baby out, Woodley said.

She said that there should be no other items such as toys in the crib as toddlers should lie on their backs and have their own bedroom with a sleeping bag and nothing else. It is not recommended for infants to lie on their side or on their stomach when falling asleep, she said.

“Babies need tummy time during the day when they’re awake,” said Woodley. “This gives you some of your motor power, but you want to make sure the baby is always on its back to sleep.”

She said babies should always be placed on their backs when a caretaker is getting them to sleep.

“If the baby is turning on its own, it’s okay to leave,” she said. “When a baby starts to turn around, I would only put it in a sleeping bag, not a sleeping bag. Otherwise the sleeping bag will keep you nice and warm and that is a safe sleep for you. “

Woodley said breastfeeding is known to reduce the risk of SIDS. She also said offering a pacifier to sleep on can help.

“You don’t have to force it in, but if a baby takes this and then falls out, it’s okay to leave that one item (the crib),” she said.

She also said you can’t sleep together – if the carers have a baby in the same bed as you. She said it is recommended that infants be in the same room as their parents, but in a different bedroom with a firm mattress.

“You think you won’t run over them, but people do,” she said. “We have soft, fluffy pillows and blankets and all of those things and that’s just not safe for babies.”

It’s okay to hold babies while they sleep because they’re wrapped up and in the presence of a caretaker, Woodley said.

“If you go to sleep alone, you should be back in your own room and on your back,” she said.

Having a fan that isn’t blowing directly on the child in the room also helps circulate the air and is known to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Smoking around a child increases the risk of SIDS from exposure to secondhand smoke, she said.

She said keeping babies healthy by taking them to appointments and getting vaccinations will also help reduce the risk of SIDS.

Safety in the car seat

Klatt said that children should face backwards in car seats because it is safest in a vehicle and protects their spinal cord, which is still very fragile.

“There isn’t necessarily a law that says they have to stay rear-facing for a specific amount of time, but every manufacturer usually has a policy for doing this,” she said. “So if you look up the instruction manual for a car seat, it’s generally two years, but we also recommend that parents hold their child backwards until they reach the maximum height or weight limit for the seat itself, as set by the manufacturer.”

Klatt said it is safe for a toddler to sleep in the car seat in a car, but it is not safe for the baby to sleep in the car seat when not in the vehicle.

“The reason for this is that a properly installed car seat in the car in a tilt position will ensure the baby can breathe, while when you take it out of the car the tilt may not be correct and choking can happen,” she said. “That is why it is very important that no baby sleeps in the car seat after it has got out of the vehicle.”

Woodley said babies should wear their normal clothes when strapped into a car seat.

“You should never put a toddler in a big snowsuit or large fluffy coat and pull them inside because the harness won’t be tight enough and it will be loose for it to pop out,” she said. “Another thing that is overlooked a lot is that the breast clip is not pulled high enough. It should be at armpit level and often left on the stomach, and if you have a car accident they just come out. “

Klatt said that all of the car seats available in any store are safe because they have gone through very extensive crash safety tests.

Central Valley Health has three car seat technicians and provides car seat safety checks and car seats to all those in need.

“Anyone who has a question about the safety of car seats, we are always there to answer any questions,” said Klatt. “We take calls. We make appointments. We’re pretty flexible for everyone. “

Woodley said the Jamestown Regional Medical Center has five to six car seat technicians who can answer questions about car seat safety. The Stutsman County Sheriff’s office also has a car seat technician who can perform a safety inspection.

Sarawak DAP hits back on another PH partner, saying it should focus on its 47 seats, which it will contest, not grabbing seats | Malaysia Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:07:16 +0000

DAP state chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the state PKR shouldn’t waste valuable time and energy winning seats. – Borneo Post online picture

KUCHING, Nov. 27 – Sarawak DAP today beat back its partner PKR in Pakatan Harapan (PH), saying it should focus on his 47 seats in the state elections on the 18th.

DAP state chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the state PKR should not waste valuable time and energy winning seats and losing the overall goal of winning the war against Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the state elections.

He reminded the state PKR that the three partners – DAP, PKR and Amanah – signed an agreement on the allocation of seats on January 2nd of this year after many rounds of negotiations.

“Not only the then PKR state chairman Larry Sng, but also several other leaders, including the PKR state secretary Joshua Jabeng and the PKR deputy chairman Abang Zulkilfy Abang Engkeh, were regular participants in the negotiations,” said Chong. when he responded to the state PKR leadership’s allegations against the state DAP.

He said Sng signed the seat allocation agreement on behalf of the PKR Leadership Council in the presence of other PKR state council members.

“That was the decision of the entire PKR state leadership council, not Sng’s alone,” said Chong, adding that the decision was still valid even though Sng had left the party.

“That’s not how an agreement works. It is an agreement between party to party; the change of an office holder does not affect the validity of the agreement.

“We for our part also gave up some seats to reach this agreement on January 2nd of this year,” he said.

In a statement yesterday evening, the PKR state leadership council accused the DAP of Sarawak of being difficult in the seat negotiations for the upcoming state elections.

It accused Sarawak DAP of refusing to negotiate openly and transparently on certain seats and not responding to requests for talks.

In particular, the state PKR mentioned negotiations on the seat in Kemena and the seats in Senadin and Piasau in the parliamentary constituency of Miri.

The state PKR claimed that Kemena was originally a PKR seat “loaned” to the DAP for the 2016 state polls, which the DAP eventually lost, and that a new, more suitable Dayak candidate for the seat has since been identified by them.

“We presented our candidate’s KPI and dossier to the chairman of Sarawak PH, but he refused to even read or acknowledge them. Even more puzzling was that the PH chairman refused to tell us who he had in mind as a DAP candidate in Kemena.

“To the best of our knowledge, there has been no grassroots work led by the DAP in Kemena for over three years,” said the PKR state council, referring to the state PH and state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

The council explained how Senadin and Piasau’s seats were similarly lost by the DAP after it was defeated in 2016 polls, before claiming that the PKR has the stronger base in these predominantly Chinese and Dayak constituencies .

The council then questioned the Sarawak DAP’s sense of camaraderie and consensus building, saying that this could only be done transparently, openly and respectfully.

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“Declaration of War”: Pacific Islands Break COP26 Promise | News on the climate crisis Sat, 27 Nov 2021 02:59:52 +0000

The United Nations COP26 climate change conference, held in Glasgow this month, was seen as the last chance to save the future of life on earth by ensuring that global warming was 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit ) does not exceed.

There were notable pledges from participating nations to phase back the use of coal and fossil fuels, halt deforestation, and encourage the move to zero-emission modes of transport.

But for many Pacific Islanders, the summit failed because of crucial measures needed to ensure global warming is contained and denied justice to the nations most at risk of climate-induced poverty.

“Glasgow missed the 1.5 degree target. It was the expectation of the Pacific that this would be firmly and irrevocably secured in Glasgow, ”Satyendra Prasad, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations in New York, told Al Jazeera. “We are now dependent on large emitters to offer deeper emissions reductions. But the second part of the equation is more important. These countries have fewer and fewer years to reach the cuts before 1.5 degrees are permanently lost. “

The 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold can only be reached if global CO2 emissions are reduced to net zero by 2050, said UN climate scientists.

“To everyone in the world who still listens to the Pacific, I would like to remind you that 1.5 is the last possible compromise the Pacific can offer the world,” added Prasad. “You also ask your leaders to reject the right to exist as countries on our common planet. Losing 1.5 is a declaration of war on Pacific governments, it is a declaration of war on our communities and our peoples. It’s that simple – period. “

In July, three months before the summit opened, Pacific Island leaders attended a preliminary meeting of the Pacific-UK High-Level Climate Dialogue with Conference President Alok Sharma. They called for nations’ emissions reduction targets to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2025 – in their view, the mid-century deadline is too late – and that developed countries deliver on their 2009 promise to raise US $ 100 billion. To provide dollars per year to finance climate protection and adaptation to climate change in more vulnerable countries.

To set a precedent, the parties to the summit confronted the fossil fuel issue with a group of 190 nations, regions, and organizations who agreed to accelerate the transition from unabated coal-fired power.

The island nations in the Pacific are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis, as Kiribati atoll chain officials warn that the country could become uninhabitable within 60 years [File: David Gray/Reuters]

In another pact, more than 100 nations have pledged to stop and reverse forest destruction and land degradation by 2030. Governments and automakers, including Ford, General Motors, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz, have also committed to making zero-emission vehicles more accessible and affordable. Road traffic is responsible for 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Countries including Denmark, Japan, Great Britain, the United States and New Zealand have also pledged to reduce aviation emissions and invest in the development of low-carbon and carbon-free aircraft.

“Above all, we have to thank the major issuers for making significant commitments. The combined actions between the energy, transport, agriculture and shipping sectors are important. You will shape the industry and the individual and get them to do more…. Climate protection is good business. I think Glasgow really showed that, ”said Prasad.

Ashwini Prabha-Leopold, chairman of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network, told Al Jazeera that the agreement to phase out coal does not go far enough.

“After 30 years, governments finally had the courage to speak openly about the fossil fuel dependency problem at COP26, but failed to include a bold solution in their final results. Future COPS must build on the small steps taken in the Glasgow Accords and go beyond mild language that ultimately serves the interests of fossil fuels, ”said Prabha-Leopold.

Scientists estimate that the collective pledges made in Glasgow would result in an estimated global temperature rise of 2.4 degrees Celsius (4.3 degrees Fahrenheit).

The islanders believe this would be devastating for countries like Papua New Guinea (PNG).

“We would continue to experience warmer than normal air temperatures, as we are currently seeing, and sea levels are rising. Our economy, particularly the fishing industry, could be at risk. Coral bleaching will continue to increase and PNG will see an increase in flooding due to extreme weather conditions, “Ksolel Posanau, climate research officer for PNG’s National Weather Service in Port Moresby, told Al Jazeera.

Climate inequality

Much of the anger and frustration expressed by Pacific Islanders stems from the injustice of their predicament. While the Pacific Islands region has only contributed 0.03 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions, they face rising sea levels, increasing ocean waves, king floods and regular destruction from cyclones on a daily basis.

More than half of the population of the Pacific Islands with around 12 million inhabitants live less than a kilometer from the sea. Extreme climates and weather affect people’s access to food and fresh water. And ocean acidification is likely to affect fishing, a critical industry that islanders depend on for food, income and national exports.

“PNG’s weather and climate have changed in the past ten, even five years,” said Posanau. “I work with climate data every day and see this trend. Our rainy and dry seasons no longer fall within the normal transition months, and there have also been high incidences of dengue fever, malaria, viral infections and even heat rashes. “

The Pacific is also experiencing wilder storms, including more cyclones [File: Fiji Ministry of Information via Reuters]

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that “it is clear that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land” and is affecting weather extremes in every part of the world.

Many Pacific island nations argue that the long-term climate finance pledge of $ 100 billion a year is therefore crucial for them to build resilience.

“The basic fact is that the rich world has failed, Fiji has proposed, with considerable support, that the post-2025 package should have a lower limit of $ 750 billion and that small frontline states have a special one Should have a financing window of 10 percent of it. Fiji has also said that most of the climate finance for small frontline states should come in the form of grants rather than loans, “said Prasad of Fiji.

The financing of climate-related damage is also demanded by many in the region.

“Loss and damage are life and death in the Pacific region and the political will of world leaders is required to support the Pacific island nations as they are already losing everything to the devastating effects of climate change. The failure of global leaders to address this key area is very disappointing and unsatisfactory, ”Tanya Afu, a climate activist in the Solomon Islands, told Al Jazeera.

In light of the results in Glasgow, Prasad said, “Has the world secured a path to the end of the fossil fuel age? No. Has the world ensured intensive and concentrated climate protection measures to the extent necessary in this decade? No…. However, there is hope that the world can reach 1.5 degrees when its leaders meet in Egypt. “

The next climate summit will take place in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh in a year.

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Soldier’s wish helps veteran and family after an accident | WIVT Fri, 26 Nov 2021 00:37:54 +0000

HILLCREST, NY – A family of Lisle’s are grateful to the local military community and supporters for coming to their rescue after a terrible accident this summer.

Blake Stanton and his teenage son Drew burned leaves with gasoline last July when their hearth exploded in flames.

Blake was burned sixty-nine percent of his body, Drew thirty-two percent.

Blake is a retired Marine and National Guard who has been unable to work as a bricklayer since the accident.

And the medical bills for both are staggering.

When Hugh Becker of the local section of Soldier’s Wish learned of the family’s plight, he worked with other local veterans’ groups to throw a spaghetti dinner for the Stanton family.

“We are so proud to be able to support this military family. Many people think that the American Legion is just sitting around drinking cheap drinks. And yes we do. But our main job is to care for that one percent of the population who raise their right hand and have sworn to support and defend the United States Constitution, ”he says.

The October benefit took place at the American Legion Post 80 in Binghamton and was supported by Legion Post 1194, VFW Post 478, the Marine Corps League and Soldier’s Wish.

Soldier’s Wish is similar to Make-A-Wish in that it fulfills wishes to active military and veteran families in need.

“Once you’re in the military and you go to a military establishment, you’re like a brother. It doesn’t matter what industry you were in, it’s a nice brotherhood, ”Stanton said.

The benefit, which included 100 raffle baskets and a DJ, earned the Stantons $ 12,000 to help them pay their bills.

Blake spent eight weeks in Upstate Medical’s intensive care unit and burn units in Syracuse, while Drew spent four weeks in Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Blake’s wife, Melissa, had to split her time between the two of them.

She says support from family and friends can be expected, but not complete strangers.

“When people send checks and give you money from places you don’t know, people you don’t know, it’s very humble and warm. And like Blake and Hugh both said, our military community here is very strong and we’ve seen that. They have come in droves to help us in some way, ”she says.

Melissa says Blake still has a long way to go in recovery.

He is in constant pain and not sure if he can go back to work.

If you’d like to support the Stantons or Soldier’s Wish and would like the post to stay local, email the Upstate Ambassador at

Colorado Springs City Council: Known List of Leaders Vying to Fill Seat Vacated by Skorman | Content for subscribers only Thu, 25 Nov 2021 19:30:00 +0000

The list of candidates vying for the seat of City Council Richard Skorman in January is long and includes a few well-known community leaders such as Sallie Clark, Terry Martinez and Promise Lee.

Skorman was re-elected in April to represent District 3, the city’s southwest sector, but is stepping down in December to focus on his downtown businesses, including a restaurant, cafe and bookstore. Skorman – who was in office from 1999 to 2006 and then again from 2017 – is one of four council members who tend to favor more progressive politics, despite the fact that the positions are non-partisan.

The Council will appoint his successor from a list of around 25 applicants. The council expects to reduce the group based on the written applications due Tuesday and then interview the finalists, said Alex Ryden, a council spokesman.

One of the most famous candidates is Clark, who was most recently appointed director of rural development for Colorado at the US Department of Agriculture by former President Donald Trump. She also served on the city council from 2001 to 2003 and then served as Commissioner for El Paso County for 12 years.

Lee is the Senior Pastor of the Relevant Word Christian Cultural Center, an author and church leader who was active during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year. His book – “Pardoned” – describes how he shot and killed a boy in 1974, his time in prison, his Christian ministry and his work in crime prevention, so the book summary.

He ran the Hillside Neighborhood Association – a group that successfully reduced violent and property crime in the area – worked on affordable housing and promoted small businesses.

Martinez, former principal of Will Rogers Elementary School, has made several forays into politics, running for city council and a seat in the state. He is currently a member of the city’s Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission, a body recently formed to address concerns raised during the Black Lives Matter protests.

Williams, an engineer, is a former Colorado Springs councilor who served on the Pike Peak Area Council of Governments and the Fountain Creek Watershed District.

Toby Gannet, an executive with experience on community boards, is another prominent name. In 2018, he was named Global Practice Chairman of Board and CEO Services for N2Growth, a Philadelphia-based consulting and executive search firm, the Gazette reported. He was also President and CEO of BCR Management, a consulting firm based in Colorado Springs, for seven years. He was also Partner and CEO of Palisades Senior Housing for four years and Partner and Vice President of Dunn and Associates for 12 years. His leadership experience in the community includes serving on the boards of the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corp and Silver Key Senior Services.

Two city council candidates who ran for Skorman’s seat in April are also running – Arthur Glynn, a former Navy Emergency Response Liaison Officer, and Olivia Lupia, a performing artist and proofreader.

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All options are fraught with risk when Biden confronts Putin about Ukraine | US foreign policy Thu, 25 Nov 2021 11:48:00 +0000

Joe Biden is preparing for a virtual summit with Vladimir Putin to stave off the threat of another Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The summit was announced by the Kremlin. The White House has not confirmed this, but a spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said that “high-level diplomacy is a priority for the president,” referring to the conference call meeting with Xi Jinping in early November.

The stakes could hardly be higher. China is threatening Taiwan, while Russia is arming Ukraine with military force. In either case, the US could be drawn into conflict, with potentially disastrous consequences.

Ukraine’s defense intelligence chief Brigadier General Kyrylo Budanov told the Military Times on Saturday that Russia has more than 92,000 soldiers at Ukraine’s borders and is preparing to attack in January or February. Others say the threat is not so immediate and that Russia has much to lose in invading Ukraine, but few, if any, experts would completely rule out an invasion.

When confronted with Putin over Ukraine, every political option Biden has at his disposal is fraught with risk.

In a statement on Wednesday commemorating the Holodomor famine in Ukraine in the early 1930s, Biden affirmed “our unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”. Such statements of support are intended as a deterrent, but every time they are repeated they exacerbate the dilemma Biden will face when Putin announces his bluff.

“I am honestly concerned that if we, the United States, continue to make ironclad commitments to Ukraine, putting ourselves in a position where we are bound to defend it or not to defend it, and appear utterly weak “We’re going to be in a very difficult position,” said Rajan Menon, professor of political science at the City University of New York.

CNN has reported that there is an urgent political debate in the government over whether to step up supplies of weapons such as Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. Some in the government say such weapons add to the cost of any Russian military incursion and thereby affect Putin’s calculations. Others argue that this is a dangerous escalation and would increase fears of an attack by the US or NATO, which is the basis of Russia’s aggressive military stance.

“You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” said Fiona Hill, a former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council.

Hill helped prepare Donald Trump’s summit meetings with Putin and advised the Biden team ahead of his first meeting as president with the Russian head of state in June. She said new conversations were urgent and essential, but contained pitfalls that Biden should avoid.

“The problem right now is the way Russia presents the Ukraine issue as a very blatant decision: The United States capitulate to Ukrainian sovereignty – not just over the heads of Ukraine, but also across Europe – or risk one all-out war, ”said Hill. called. She added that the Kremlin has long wanted to return to the Cold War paradigm, in which the two superpowers sit down and decide on spheres of influence.

One of the solutions being circulated is to allay Russia’s fears by excluding Ukraine from future NATO membership and curtailing its military capabilities, but Hill says doing so will render Ukraine’s sovereignty pointless and set a harmful precedent would create.

“We can hold a virtual summit. We can sit with the United States and Russia, but Ukraine cannot be on the negotiating table. We can talk about strategic stability, but we are unable to negotiate Ukraine away, ”said Hill. “And it can’t just be the United States. The Europeans have to take that seriously. “

Menon, co-author of the 2015 book Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order, suggested that the immediate threat was exaggerated. He said that well before the current crisis, there were 87,000 Russian soldiers in the region bordering Ukraine, and that region is broad. Some of the troops are currently more than 700 kilometers from the actual border, he said.

“Even assuming that Russia could throw 100,000 soldiers into battle, it would not have calculated the numerical advantage (generally 3: 1) to overwhelm a Ukrainian army that, for all its flaws, is now better trained and equipped is and has better morale than in 2014, “he said.

“Also, the further west Russia will advance, the more it will expand its supply lines, risk hit-and-run attacks aimed at disrupting them, and encounter areas with a greater proportion of (unfriendly) ethnic Ukrainians. These problems and the fact that Putin would burn all bridges to the West by invading Ukraine are either ignored or neglected in the prevailing narratives here. “

That doesn’t mean that Putin would ultimately not launch an invasion if Russia’s red lines were crossed, Menon said.

“We shouldn’t think that the going gets tough when they say we won’t allow Ukraine to join NATO … that they’re just bluffing. I don’t think they’re bluffing. “

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