Why invasive species are on the rise in Southeast

first_imgEnvironment | Outdoors | SoutheastWhy invasive species are on the rise in SoutheastJuly 24, 2018 by Liam Niemeyer, KRBD Share:Victoria McDonald holds up a piece of Tansy Ragwort she picked in Ward Cove in 2018. (Photo by Liam Niemeyer/KRBD)Across the Lower 48, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year to stop the spread of invasive species. Ketchikan biologists say the isolation and unique climate of Southeast Alaska protects the region from most of those.But in the coming decades, Southeast Alaska in general can expect more invasive species in the future, potentially hurting local fisheries and native wildlife.On a recent afternoon in July, Dorica Jackson is on the side of North Tongass Highway in Ward Cove. She’s in a ditch, deep in the weeds. She has gloves on, a small shovel and a focused look. She’s keeping her eyes open for a plant with a specific color.“We call it the ‘evil yellow,’”Jackson said.She opens a yellow plastic bag full of green stalks with yellow flowers budding on top.“This is what I got right in front of the Pioneer Home. I was having lunch with a friend, and she said she saw some in front of the Pioneer Home, so we went and pulled it up.”Dorica Jackson holds a piece of tansy ragwort, showing the yellow flowers in 2018. (Photo by Liam Niemeyer/KRBD)This “evil yellow” weed is called tansy ragwort, an invasive plant that made its way to Southeast in the ‘90s. Jackson and Victoria McDonald help lead the Cooperative Weed Management Area group in Ketchikan, a volunteer organization that helps pick invasive weeds in the area.The green stalks and yellow flowers are everywhere in Ward Cove, and McDonald spots them easily.“You haven’t seen the big areas. Now there’s one — here’s a young guy. Your eye becomes attuned to the plant after a while,” McDonald said.Tansy ragwort is considered “evil” by the two because it’s actually toxic. Livestock in the Lower 48 that eat it can die. It can cause a rash if touched by people. And it out-competes native plants like salmonberries.Jackson remembers reading about tansy ragwort for the first time from a newspaper article in the ‘90s.“I saw this flower on the side of the road and thought ‘oh isn’t that pretty– oh wait, I think that’s the one I saw in the paper.’ And sure enough, it was,” Jackson said.What started as a few plants has become fields of the yellow blossoms in Ward Cove. Jackson and McDonald pick thousands of pounds of the weed every year to burn because it spreads so easily.And in the coming decades, the spread of invasive weeds like tansy ragwort and Japanese knotweed might grow for multiple reasons.Patti Krosse is the invasive species manager for the Tongass National Forest. She said climate change predictions indicate Southeast will be warmer and wetter in the future. And invasive plants in general adapt better to changing climates.“Some years, you’ll have really wet climates, some years you’ll have really dry climates. But the thing is about those non-native plants is that they seem really resilient to those changes in particular. So they may end up winning the day, if you will, in regards to those native plants,” Krosse said.Krosse said along with climate change, disturbance in areas because of new construction and mining also help invasive plants spread. But it takes a combination of these factors for invasive plants to have an advantage.That means remote rainforest is probably protected. But other places like Prince of Wales Island? Not so much.“Prince of Wales Island is the number one place. Why? We’ve got lots of roads, we’ve got lots of disturbances going on in terms of extractions of commodities, and we’re going to see within that landscape, and it already is, highly altered.”Marine invasive species in Southeast are another concern.Gary Freitag works with the Marine Advisory Program of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His problem is the European green crab, an invasive that is marching up the West Coast toward Ketchikan.“They’ve done more damage on the East Coast to fisheries than about any other invasive species. They’re talking about the shellfish industries in Oregon and Washington have really been hit hard in the order of $50 million-type of impacts. I expected it two years ago, and I haven’t found any yet,” Freitag said.Freitag said the European green crab could hurt the shellfish industry in Southeast. A warmer climate in Southeast means warmer waters, and warmer waters could help green crab larvae survive.“If they can breed, and that is what I mean by the larvae surviving, then you’ve got an issue. You can actually establish colonies, and then they can impact our Dungeness fisheries or our clams.”Community involvement is crucial in containing invasive species in general, Freitag said. That’s what Dorica Jackson and Victoria McDonald hope to encourage with their efforts.Jackson plans to keep picking invasive plants until she physically can’t anymore because she simply wants to protect the environment.“You see one plant along the side of the road, and it’s just one, if you get that, you got the pioneer. And if you get the pioneer, you don’t get a colony. And if you don’t get a colony, you don’t get the town,” Jackson said.Share this story:last_img read more

FTSE rises as energy firms expect Opec to cut production – London Report

first_img whatsapp FTSE rises as energy firms expect Opec to cut production – London Report Tags: Oil prices Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Express KCS Share BRITAIN’S top share index yesterday climbed to a seven-week high, helped by bet­ter-than-expected German in­v­es­tor sentiment data and a rally in energy stocks on speculation that oil prod­ucing countries may agree to cut output.The blue chip FTSE 100 index closed up 0.6 per cent at 6,709.13 points after rising as high as 6,714.12, the highest level since late September. The index has surged more than 10 per cent since a low in mid-October.The UK oil and gas index rose 1.1 percent, the top sectoral gainer, with oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell A, up 1.38 per cent at 2,236p, Tullow Oil, rising 3.55 per cent to 475p, and BP gaining 1.19 per cent to 437.60p, mainly on expectations that the Organisation of Oil Producing Countries (Opec) could agree on an output cut at next week’s meeting in Vienna to prop up tumbling prices.Bullish updates from some firms also supported prices. British Land rose 1.63 per cent to 749p after posting an 11.8 per cent rise in half-year net asset value, reaping the benefits of London’s booming property market. whatsapp Tuesday 18 November 2014 7:57 pmlast_img read more

Glades County man arrested for April golf cart hit and run crash

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Advisors urged to push back against unnecessary regulation

first_imgMegan Harman Keywords ProfessionsCompanies Independent Financial Brokers of Canada “It’s over, for now,” Dargie said. The bill had proposed to regulate all advisors who receive commissions or remuneration for advice in Ontario (with certain exceptions), holding all advisors to the same proficiency standards, code of conduct and continuing education requirements. It also proposed the formation of a new regulatory body, which would have the power to create regulations, enforce the code of ethics and levy fines against registered advisors. The IFB has been vocal in publicly opposing the bill, arguing that it would duplicate the existing framework of insurance and securities regulators, and would fail to improve consumer protection. It would ultimately lead to additional red tape for advisors who already follow the rules, while failing to effectively keep fraudsters out of the market, according to the association. “We don’t need extra layers of governance,” Dargie said. “We are professional people. We are not the bottom of the barrel.” Although the Ontario bill will not be moving forward given the looming election, however, Dargie noted that proposals similar to Bill 157 are currently being floated in other parts of Canada. He said it’s critical for advisors to speak out against reforms that add to the regulatory burden without properly addressing consumer protection concerns. “What we’ve seen here in Ontario has given us a glimpse of into what our future as advisors might look like if we don’t work together and make our voice heard,” Dargie said. Financial advisors do not need additional layers of governance, and should push back against attempts to unnecessarily increase regulation, according to John Dargie, chairman and president of Independent Financial Brokers (IFB). Speaking at the IFB Spring Summit in Toronto on Tuesday, Dargie said he was pleased that Bill 157: An act to regulate financial advisors died on the order paper when the Ontario election was called earlier this month. Insurance industry challenged by regulatory reform Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Planners should keep pushing for official recognition: List Related news Demand for professional financial advice expected to riselast_img read more

INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE BRUCE GOLDING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA , SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 AT KING’S HOUSE

first_imgRelatedINAUGURAL ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE BRUCE GOLDING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA , SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 AT KING’S HOUSE RelatedINAUGURAL ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE BRUCE GOLDING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA , SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 AT KING’S HOUSE FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Today, I assume the office of Prime Minister of Jamaica. I do so with deep humility, knowing well that while it is one of the highest offices of the land, it demands the highest service. The word “Minister” is a Latin word which means “servant”. Therefore, today, I have become the chief servant of the people of Jamaica. I thank the people of Jamaica for the honour that has been bestowed on me to serve. I pledge to serve them diligently and faithfully, to work, as our National Pledge behoves us, “with the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind and the strength and vigour of my body”, to enable them to enjoy a better life. I pledge to the people of my country to at all times do what, in my best judgement, is right for Jamaica.I ask God’s blessings on our nation. I ask for His guidance on the government that I will lead as we face the challenges of the future. I know that we can’t even walk without Him holding our hands.Today, I pay tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller. She is the first woman to lead this nation and while her tenure was relatively short, her passion for our country knows no bounds. In our two pairs of hands rest so much of the hopes of the people of Jamaica. We have a choice. Those hands can engage in hand-to-hand combat or we can join those hands together to build a nation that is strong, just, peaceful and prosperous. I want to sit down with you, Portia. Let’s talk about Jamaica. Let’s talk about the dream that I believe we share for a Jamaica whose people are at peace with each other, where equality and justice reign supreme, where (as I said so often during the campaign) every child can go to a good school and every adult to a decent job, where everyone might not be rich, but no one has to be poor.The result of last Monday’s election has reinforced the need for a new paradigm, a new approach to governance that converts the energy generated by competitive politics into nation-building power. While we take pride in the remarkable capacity of our democracy to effect change and facilitate the peaceful and orderly transfer of power, we must enrich the value of that democracy by seizing this opportunity to bring our people back together. We must, by word and deed, actualize the ideal that we are one nation under God, with one government serving one people. We must ensure that those who may think that they did not win are reassured that they have not lost. We must retire the culture where one set of Jamaicans speak of “the government dem” as if it were a hostile, alien force. I want to see a new order in which all the people will regard the government, no matter which party forms it, as “our government”.And what are going to be the priorities of our government?The protection of the rights of our peopleThe reduction of crime, so that Jamaicans can feel safe and secureThe creation of an educated, productive workforceAttracting investments that create real jobs, generate prosperity and ensure that that prosperity is shared among the peopleTransparency and accountability in government and the elimination of corruptionA strong Parliament and more effective political representationThe elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy and waste of public resources and the efficient delivery of government services.The policy initiatives to achieve these goals are outlined in the Manifesto we presented to the electorate. Over the next 100 days, action will be taken on a number of these initiatives, not only because we regard as compelling the urgency of their implementation but also because it is important for us to validate the sincerity with which these commitments were made.I ask the Jamaican people to appreciate that the commitments we intend to honour during the first 100 days are, of necessity, those which do not require significant outlay of government expenditure. The financial constraints and fiscal challenges that we face are well known and the medium and long term solutions will have to be pursued over time. But there is much that can be done to improve the quality of governance and the quality of people’s lives that do not require large spending. It requires political will. We will demonstrate that political will as we assume the responsibilities of government.Today, I assure the nation that notwithstanding these constraints and challenges, I will this week take the necessary steps to honour our commitment to abolish tuition fees in all government high schools. I also reiterate the commitment that we have made to abolish the fees charged to public hospital patients with effect from April of next year.One of our immediate tasks, unanticipated as it was, is to deal with the lingering impact of Hurricane Dean. There are thousands of persons who lost or suffered damage to their homes, farmers whose crops were totally destroyed, not to mention schools and other public buildings, roads and infrastructure that were badly affected. The assessments have not yet been completed, the estimates not yet finalized.We are grateful for the assistance we have received from friendly countries and the local private sector. We will seek to expedite the processes involved so that we can help those who were affected to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. We must move swiftly to clean up our streets, to remove the debris which Dean left behind. The government cannot do it alone. We will need the active support of the people in the various communities and within the next few days I will announce plans for a national Hurricane Dean clean-up day and invite members of the public, especially civic and community-based organizations, to join with us in a national effort to clean up our communities. We have to put the nation’s house back in order.We have placed at the top of our agenda the creation of a new framework for good governance. It involves many elements that we regard as important for us to move forward:the entrenchment of a new Charter of Fundamental Rightsthe establishment of a Citizens Protection Bureau to defend the rights of our citizens and secure redress where their rights are violateda single, independent authority to investigate instances of abuse by members of the security forcesthe reform of our justice system as recommended by the Justice System Reform Task Forcethe curtailment of the powers of the Executive and the strengthening of Parliament, so that it can exert greater control over the governmentthe strengthening of the role and authority of the Opposition in that Parliament, because in our Westminster system the strength of the Parliament depends on the strength and effectiveness of the Opposition.Corruption in Jamaica is much too easy, too risk-free. We are going to make it more difficult, more hazardous with stiff penalties for violations. We intend to:impose criminal sanctions for breaches of the rules governing the award of government contractsestablish a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute persons involved in corruptionenact legislation for the impeachment and removal from office of public officials guilty of misconduct, corruption, abuse of authority or betrayal of public trustintroduce whistleblower legislation to protect persons who provide information on wrongdoing on the part of public officialsreview the libel and slander law to ensure that it cannot be used as a firewall to protect wrongdoers.We are today graced with the presence of a number of Caribbean leaders. They have done me a great honour by being here and I thank them most sincerely.Questions have been raised as to what will be the posture of the new government toward CARICOM. Let me state firmly that Jamaica remains committed to CARICOM. We recognize that the world in which CARICOM was born is vastly different from the world that exists today. We have no choice but to recognize these changes and to recalibrate our approach toward regional integration.I have long maintained that we cannot continue to stare at each other, each with our own pair of eyes, that the future of CARICOM, indeed the future of our individual countries requires that we look at the world with 15 pairs of eyes. If two eyes are better than one, thirty eyes must be considerably better than two.Not much can be gained by redistributing the limited wealth that exists within the region. Much more can be gained by developing the synergies and the capacity to create new wealth by exploiting the opportunities that exist in the rest of the world – opportunities which, individually, may be beyond our reach but, together, may be within our grasp.The Caribbean is facing exciting and challenging times and I look forward to making Jamaica’s contribution in charting the way forward to a better life for all Caribbean people.As we begin this new chapter in the life of our nation I am mindful of the challenges that we face:the enormous debt that we owe that must be repaid, even as we try to improve the delivery of critical services to our people;the high level of crime that must be tackled, not just at the back end where it hurts, but at the front end where it originates;the jobs and other economic opportunities that must be created so that our young people, in particular, are not confronted with a blank wall of hopelessness and despair.the persistent cry for justice from so many of our people to which we cannot continue to be deaf, to which we must respond. Justice for every citizen is not a benevolent gift to be bestowed. It is a right that must be guaranteed.But I have an abiding faith in our capacity as a people to face these challenges, to beat the odds, to be victorious. We have in our genes the brilliance of an Asafa Powell and a Veronica Campbell. But neither Asafa nor Veronica became world champions just so. Their triumph is the result of hard work, fixity of purpose, a dream of the champions they could become and a determination to fulfill that dream.We must be no different. We must resist the temptation because of past failures to lower our expectations of ourselves, to lose faith in our own capacity. We cannot afford to excuse failure, to celebrate mediocrity. We must rate ourselves on what we should be achieving, what our competitors are achieving. We must stop taking comfort in how much worse things could have been.I believe that we can create a social order in which that youth, whether in Majesty Gardens, Tivoli Gardens, Olympic Gardens or Arnett Gardens, whatever the colour of his skin, no matter how shabbily he may be dressed, however uneducated he might be, can be assured that his rights will be protected and his dignity respected no less than the man in his tailored suit and fancy car. That doesn’t cost money. That doesn’t endanger the fiscal deficit. It takes political will. We will demonstrate that political will.I believe that the babies that were born today at the Victoria Jubilee, the Savannah-la-Mar Hospital or the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital have the potential to become the best scientists, the best engineers, the best doctors, the best technicians, the best entertainers if we provide them with the right environment and the appropriate opportunities. We have a duty to do so. I don’t believe that any youth in the ghetto was destined to be a gunman. I believe that if he had choices, if the society provided him with real alternatives – real opportunity – he would be a law-abiding, productive citizen, would become a good partner and a good father and that he would contribute to Jamaica’s growth and development.I believe that our farmers can be productive, that they can feed the nation and help feed the rest of the world, that hard work doesn’t have to mean hard life. But they need help and direction. We must provide that help and direction.I believe that we can construct a social and economic ladder that enables the poor and the ignored to climb their way out of poverty. We can enable the “nobody” to become “somebody”, to enjoy a better life, to be assertive in his dignity, proud of himself and proud of his country. The task before me is enormous. But the Lord is the strength of my life. Of nothing shall I be afraid.Today, September 11th is being celebrated as the Ethiopian New Year and, according to the Julian calendar, the start of a new millennium. It is an important day for the Rastafarian movement. It is an important day for me, for it is the start of a new mission to lead this country to a better life.I want to thank my friend, Mrs. Mitsy Seaga, who visited me yesterday and brought me a prayer. It encapsulates my innermost feelings and I wish to share it with the people of Jamaica as I embark on the awesome responsibilities of leading this nation.O God, grant that in all the public work which has been given to me to do, my only motive may be to serve You in serving my fellowmen.Help me to set loyalty to the right things above all loyalty to party or to class.Grant that the importance of my work may never make me self-important but rather that it may make me humbly eager to serve and to help the people I am chosen to represent.Give me wisdom in my mind, clarity in my thinking, truth in my speaking and always love in my heart, so that I may try always to unite our people and never to divide them.Help me always to set the interests of the community above those of the individual, the interests of the nation above those of the community and faithfulness to You above everything else.And grant that at the end of the day I may win the approval of my own conscience, the respect of my fellowmen and that Your will is done.All this I ask for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, who, among his fellowmen, was one who served. AMEN.May God bless Jamaica! May God bless all the people of Jamaica! RelatedINAUGURAL ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE BRUCE GOLDING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA , SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 AT KING’S HOUSEcenter_img INAUGURAL ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE BRUCE GOLDING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA , SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 AT KING’S HOUSE UncategorizedSeptember 11, 2007 Advertisementslast_img read more

Mazda updates 2018 CX-5 with more fuel-sipping tech

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS It has been a mere nine months since the latest CX-5 has gone on sale in North America, and Mazda is already giving it a handful of updates for 2018.In the U.S., all 2018 CX-5s will come with Mazda’s 2.5-litre SkyActiv four-cylinder gasoline engine now equipped with cylinder deactivation technology to improve fuel economy at cruising speeds. This will effectively make the cylinder engine a two-cylinder, at times. Output is still rated at 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque, and it’s coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.Base CX-5s in Canada will continue to be offered with Mazda’s 2.0L four-cylinder paired to a six-speed manual, while opting for the six-speed automatic nets the 2.5L engine without cylinder deactivation. Mid- and top-trim CX-5s will come with the 2.5L engine and cylinder deactivation as standard fare. All entry-level CX-5s will now come standard with 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth. Safety equipment will include Mazda’s i-Activesense package, adding a host of safety features available on base models, and standard on upper trim levels.Pricing and availability for Canada has not been announced, however the new CX-5 will be available some time in December.  Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Mazda CX-5 ‹ Previous Next ›center_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSCX-5MazdaCUV / CrossoverLos AngelesL.A. Auto ShowNew VehiclesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive ShowsAutomotive TechnologyBluetooth SIG Inc.CanadaCars and Car DesignConsumer ElectronicsCrossoverCulture and LifestyleElectronicsInternal Combustion VehiclesMazda Motor CorporationScience and TechnologyTechnology advertisementlast_img read more

COVID-19 is a unique opportunity to reform our public health sector: Dr Sujeet Ranjan

first_img Add Comment By EH News Bureau on October 6, 2020 Comments (0) Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Anaemia Mukt BharatmalnutritionPOSHAN AbhiyaanThe Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Health policies Interviews News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article Related Posts Dr Sujeet Ranjan, ED, The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security reflects on the effects of malnutrition on the life of the child, their family, and what does it mean for a country and the significant bottlenecks in the Government’s policy plans. While estimating the socio-economic burden of malnutrition in the post COVID era, he suggests ways to break the cycle of inter-generational malnutrition by focusing on two important target groups: children under two years of age and women, especially adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers The Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey: 2016-18 shows that 34.7 per cent of children under five years of age are stunted (low height for age), 17.3 per cent are wasted (low weight for height), 4.9 per cent severely wasted and 33.4 per cent are underweight (low weight for age). Another figure which alarming is that every second child is anaemic in our country. Please reflect on the effects of malnutrition on the life of the child, their family, and what does it mean for a country? India’s greatest state treasure is our people. Although we have made tremendous advances in many other fields, malnutrition remains unacceptably high. Poor nutrition is a major cause of other health problems in the country, including severe wasting and prevalence of anaemia during pregnancy.Malnutrition remains a major threat to the survival, growth, and development of children. Cost benefit analysis of nutrition interventions report a return of Rs 18 on investment of Rs 1 per child. Adults undernourished as children earn at least 20 per cent less than those that were not. With adult height, a 1 cm increase in stature is associated with 4 per cent increase in wages for men and 6 per cent increase in wages for women (Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey: 2016-18).Child and maternal malnutrition are by far the largest nutrition related health burden in the country. Malnutrition in the first two years of life reduces the education potential of the children. Asia and Africa lose 11 per cent Gross National Product (GNP) every year owing to poor nutrition. Cost benefit analysis of nutrition interventions report a return of Rs 18 on investment of Rs 1 per child. Undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies cost up to $2.1 trillion per year. Adults undernourished as children earn at least 20 per cent less than those that were not. With adult height, a 1 cm increase in stature is associated with 4 per cent increase in wages for men and 6 per cent increase in wages for women (Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey: 2016-18). We know that malnutrition is a problem which is a multifaceted and multi-dimensional issue, affected by poverty, insufficient food consumption, inequitable food supply, inappropriate infant and child feeding and care practices, equity, and gender disparities, poor hygienic and environmental settings and inadequate access to quality health, social services and education. What are the possible solutions to deal with this problem? We recognise malnutrition as a complex and multi-dimensional issue, affected by poverty, inadequate food consumption, inequitable food distribution, improper infant and child feeding and care practices, equity and gender imbalances, poor sanitary and environmental conditions and limited access to quality health, education and social servicesFor a long time, all the key stakeholders have been working in silos. POSHAN Abhiyaan is bringing all the partners together. There are lot of repetitions of work, somewhere synergies are required as the agenda that we are all working is the same. Information technology can be leveraged for ensuring many services related to maternal and child health such as machine learning and AI. Nutri garden should be largely promoted so that mothers can participate in income generation activities and hence cater to the nutrition of their child and themselves. GIS tracking to identify hotspots at the block and sector level can also be done to take required actions. Nutrition needs to be integrated into universal health coverage as an indispensable prerequisite for improving diets, saving lives and reducing healthcare spending, also highlighted in the Global Nutrition Report.What are the policy initiatives that the government has undertaken, and what were the significant bottlenecks in those policy plans?Though Government of India has taken some initiatives like Poshan Abhiyaan, Aspirational Districts Programme, Anaemia Mukt Bharat for taking the agenda of nutrition in a mission mode, and while we hope that these initiatives will bring good results in the coming days, it may still take some time to achieve the desired outcomes. Government of India is committed to improving the nutritional status of children and women through POSHAN Abhiyaan. The mission mode approach provides the impetus to strengthen implementation and its monitoring. There are core programmatic inputs including funding, human resources, supplies, and infrastructure that are critical to functioning of these POSHAN Abhiyaan pillars. Overall across the States, there are gaps that require immediate attention to strengthen the inputs and the pillars of POSHAN Abhiyaan as highlighted in the progress report of Transforming nutrition in India: Poshan Abhiyaan, September 2019 by NITI Aayog. The binding constraints in the implementation of the Abhiyaan are gaps in human resources, particularly at the supervisory level, procurement of growth monitoring devices and smartphones and likelihood of attrition in the quality of data collected through ICDS-CAS, fund utilisation, convergence at grassroot level, capacity building etc.This pandemic has further entrenched and magnified the structural problems present in society, one of which is malnutrition. What would be the socio-economic burden of malnutrition looks like in the post COVID-19 era? How far low has this pandemic set back our battle with malnutrition? India has to not only deal with the present health crisis but also with the already existing problems of unemployment, low incomes, rural distress, malnutrition, and widespread inequality which is in a state of aggravating further. The situation has added to the miseries of the poor, with massive job losses and rising food insecurity. Our food systems are already stressed by increasing climate extremes. Containing the virus has caused food and nutrition shortages and driven governments to reduce social services, such as school nutrition programmes, that the most marginalised rely upon. Levels of hunger and malnutrition could double within the space of just a few weeks as highlighted in the Global Nutrition Report 2020 that is likely to increase load of hospitalisation for severe acute malnourished children in the NRCs/MTCs. Undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies cost up to $2.1 trillion per year (CNNS 2016-18). This is likely to increase further due to COVID. Due to the fear of infections amid COVID, screening of children to identify acute malnutrition has been long halted posing a likely scenario of increased burden of malnutrition than before, also immunisation was at halt for some time. The need to suffice the hunger always comes first in such a scenario and hence the nutrition component, the ensuring of which has taken numerous efforts of advocacy tools like behaviour change communication etc was undermined and hence is definitely a setback to the progress made so far. How do you seek to strengthen adolescence nutrition to break the cycle of inter-generational malnutrition?Adolescence is a period of intense social, psychological, and physiological change, particularly for girls. Nutritional deficiencies in adolescent girls are common and have far-reaching implications for them as young women, and for their children when they become mothers. Evidence and programming experience show that significant improvements in nutrition will require sustained changes in behaviours. Particularly important are changes in the areas of breastfeeding, complementary feeding and care of women before and during pregnancy. However, this requires addressing social and cultural issues, such as the status and value of women and girls, son preference etc. This means that empowerment efforts will need to be combined with nutrition education and behaviour change activities.Promote the improvement of girls’ and women’s nutritional status as a top political and programmatic priority at all levels. Successful programming experience and health and nutrition evidence show that overcoming the curse of malnutrition will require focusing on two important target groups: children under two years of age and women, especially adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The first two years of life represent the critical window of opportunity to break the inter-generational cycle of malnutrition.How do you see the role of civil society organisations / NGOs in the New Normal? Role of civil societies organisations today and in coming days will be very important. Even with so much of negativity, there is a silver lining for sector which will make the country stronger and make its own place much relevant in coming years. The crisis brought us together again, with more focused deliverables and objectives. To make India a stronger country and how we should learn managing its human resource. COVID-19 is a unique opportunity to reform our public health sector. A strong public health system will benefit everyone, and there is no better time than now to make it a reality. To boost public-private partnership (PPP), build a data culture, engage communities, and engage private healthcare services. If we reform our public health system now, it creates an opportunity for ripple effects in other areas too: for instance, nutrition and water and sanitation etc.Involve communities in the planning and implementation of efforts to improve the nutrition of adolescent girls, including involving teachers, peer groups, self-help groups, and other community groups and resource persons. Strengthen the knowledge and skills of frontline workers (especially AWWs, ASHAs, ANMs and teachers) through results focused training, communication materials and job aids, as well as their support systems. 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Nokia begins latest Asha sales

first_img Steve Costello HMD expands connectivity efforts HomeDevicesNews Nokia begins latest Asha sales Nokia is this week beginning sales of its Asha 501 device, the first powered by the vendor’s new Asha Platform, which will be available at a sub-$100 price point.The new handset will be available initially in Thailand and Pakistan, with India “soon to follow”. It will subsequently rollout across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America.Nokia previously said it expects to sell 100 million of its “new generation Asha” devices in the future.The launch comes at a point when the company is facing fierce competition from a number of low-cost Android smartphone makers targeting emerging markets.Asha 501 has a 3-inch touch screen, includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and will be available in both single and dual-SIM versions. It also has a 3.2 megapixel camera.The device lacks 3G support.It has two main screens: Home, which offers a traditional application launcher, and Fastlane, which “adapts to display recent activity on the phone as well as upcoming events”, and integrates with Facebook and Twitter.It also includes Nokia’s Xpress Browser, which compresses data by up to 90 per cent. Previous ArticleAT&T looks at range of M&A options in Europe – reportsNext ArticleTelefonica inks Ireland sale deal with 3 Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 24 JUN 2013 Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more center_img Devices HMD Global upgrades value-focused Nokia range Nokia warns of jump in IoT device infections Tags Author AshaNokialast_img read more

MTN to chase digital inclusion ahead of 5G

first_img Previous ArticleMinister calls for Africa-wide digital effortNext ArticleVodafone Germany takes 5G challenge to DT Money Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more HomeM360 Africa 2019 – News MTN to chase digital inclusion ahead of 5G Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 JUL 2019 Tags Related Vodacom poised to widen m-Pesa availability MTN exec bullish on mobile money growth prospects MTNMTN Rwanda LIVE FROM MOBILE 360 – AFRICA, KIGALI, RWANDA: MTN Rwanda CEO Bart Hofker (pictured) placed efforts to increase digital inclusion above deploying 5G in terms of priorities for the operator, though insisted it would not dawdle regarding the latest generation technology.“On 5G MTN will be testing,” he said. “We will be awake, we will not miss the boat, we will be in the front in Africa. But the focus is digital inclusion to get as many [people as possible] into the digital world.”Achieving the latter aims involves MTN expanding existing coverage and pushing down the cost of basic data access. Another of the most pertinent barriers hampering inclusion in Africa’s largest markets, Hofker said, is the continued high cost of 3G and 4G devices, which he highlighted as possibly the biggest single issue.The executive added his unit had made progress towards MTN’s so-called Chase strategy, which seeks to address issues it deems to stand in the way of financial inclusion: coverage; handsets; affordability; services; and education.Hofker said the operator had made significant network investments to improve coverage, brought to market discount handsets, data-saving tariffs and apps, and helped in education programmes.But, he added, to further increase efforts around this would require partnerships with authorities, suppliers and regulators in all of the aspects of the programme.Hofker said he hoped to bring the benefits of a connected life to a greater number of citizens including access to the job market, e-learning platforms and social media, a platform he described as enabling social connectivity. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Authorlast_img read more

IWDG says one Rossknowlagh whale has not re-appeared

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ By News Highland – August 26, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter The Donegal Irish Whale and Dolphin Group say one of the Bottlenose Whales which were discovered stranded at Rossnowlagh beach last week has not reappeared.They are appealing to people to be vigilant and contact them if the whale is spotted along the shore.The group says they are keen to get samples from the whale as it will form part of their investigation and will help identify if the pod was a family group or juveniles who were part of the same population. WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNewscenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Previous articleIFI responding to the impact of Brexit and Covid-19Next articleMcGinty gets nod for Republic U21 Squad News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic IWDG says one Rossknowlagh whale has not re-appeared Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more