Jeremy Hunt says time running out to save Iran nuclear deal

first_imgMonday 15 July 2019 10:12 am Read more: UK deploys second warship to gulf amid rising Iran tensions They said they were concerned that the deal “further unravels under the strain of sanctions imposed by the United States” and “ Iran’s decision to no longer implement several of the central provisions”. whatsapp Harry Robertson Hunt is meeting European Union foreign ministers to try to reach a solution to tensions with Iran, which were heightened when the UK seized an Iranian oil tanker it says was bound for Syria. “Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb. There is still some closing, but small window to keep the deal alive,” the foreign secretary said as he arrived in Brussels.  In response to the US’s withdrawal, Iran has said it will break the terms of the deal and increase its uranium enrichment activities. Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt this morning insisted the Iran nuclear deal can still be salvaged as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting on the crisis. Jeremy Hunt says time running out to save Iran nuclear deal (Image credit: Getty) The UK, France and Germany today said: “The time has come to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the escalation of tensions and resume dialogue.” “We will continue our active engagement with all interested parties, in the interest of the preservation of international peace and security,” they said. His words followed the release of a joint statement by the UK, France and Germany this morning which reiterated the countries’ commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, which was agreed four years ago. Called the joint comprehensive plan of action, the deal saw Iran promise to limit its nuclear activities in return for the easing of economic sanctions. But the US pulled out of the agreement in 2018. LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 08: Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, gestures as he answers a question during a press conference with the Bishop of Truro Philip Mounstephen about the Bishop’s final report into the Foreign Office’s support for Persecuted Christians around the world on July 8, 2019 in London. (Photo by Alastair Grant – WPA Pool/Getty Images) Read more: Iran urges UK to release seized oil tanker as tensions escalate The US has re-imposed sanctions on Iran, which the UK has been accused of enforcing for the Trump administration by intercepting the Iranian oil tanker. Britain has insisted it was enforcing sanctions on Syrian oil imports. Share whatsapplast_img read more

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People / Saudia Cargo CEO Omar bin Talal Hariri joins IATA cargo committee

first_img Saudia Cargo Chief Executive Officer Omar bin Talal Hariri has been selected as a member of the Cargo Committee of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The committee of 19 members represents different global airlines companies.The Cargo Committee is one of six IATA main industry committees along with: Finance, Environment, Industry Affairs, Legal and Operations.The Cargo Committee advises the Board of Governors, the Director General and other relevant IATA bodies on all air cargo industry issues including cargo security and safety; cargo technology and automation; cargo handling; cargo distribution; cargo-related regulatory developments, cargo trade facilitation and agent and carrier relations.Appointed as CEO of Saudi Airlines Cargo Company LLC in February 2018, Hariri is a seasoned and accomplished Saudi executive who has held senior positions in several companies during his career, with considerable expertise in transportation, supply and logistics services. By LoadstarEditorial 09/07/2018last_img read more

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Canadian equities were worst hit asset type for fund managers in Q1, report says

first_img Related news Thematic funds thrived during pandemic, but watch long-term performance: report 40556994 - close up image of stock market data on a computer monitor. 123RF Keywords Private equity,  Investment researchCompanies CIBC Mellon Canadian DB plans returned 9.2% in 2020: report Canadian equities were the worst performing traditional asset category in the first quarter, according to a report that sizes up the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and concurrent decline in world oil prices during the first three months of 2020.The CIBC Mellon report says Canadian equities in the BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe had a first-quarter median return of minus 20.10%. Private equity has been slow to go green, but that may be changing That was nearly three times worse than a decline of 7.23% in the broader universe tracked by BNY Mellon, which is a partner with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.Working together, they monitor $233.6 billion worth of investment assets that provide a comparison between 84 Canadian corporate, public and university pension plans.The S&P/TSX Composite Index was down 20.90% in the quarter.CIBC Mellon says the private equity asset category delivered the highest performance for the quarter, returning 9.64%. Real estate was also a positive investment option, with a median return of 3.30% during the quarter ended March 31.It says other categories of equity investment were also down, including international (minus 15.35%) and U.S. equity (minus 13.5%). That compares to the S&P 500 Index’s 11.75% decline.Fixed income fell a modest 0.13% in the quarter, while hedge funds were down 1.47%.The FTSE Canada Bond Universe Index returned 1.56% in the first quarter. IE staff, with files from Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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St. Thomas Business Sector Urged to Increase Production

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Thomas business sector is being urged to increase production, as part of the national thrust to boost exports to meet development goals.Assistant Director for Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Allison Stone, in her address at a trade sensitisation forum held recently at the Morant Villas Hotel, noted that “foreign trade offered the business sector in St. Thomas the opportunity to earn foreign exchange, which helps the individual and the parish to meet developmental goals.”“Foreign trade in rural areas can be a reference point for job creation particularly for the farming sector,” she told the gathering of farmers, small and medium business representatives, teachers and students.The forum, organised by the Ministry, is part of a series of discussion sessions being held across the island, to sensitise Jamaicans about the need to increase the country’s trade in goods and services, as the preferential markets the country once enjoyed are now either operating under new rules or have been diminished.“We have been successful in securing money for our traditional industries that are in transition,” informed Carol Lee of the Ministry’s Foreign Trade Department. “This allows us to look at, for example, bananas more productively and at the by-products of those industries,” she noted.According to Miss Stone, with the erosion in the competitiveness of products such as sugar and bananas, more emphasis would have to be placed on diversification and finding new markets. “There are new markets existing for our bananas because it’s organically grown, so there is an important niche market in Europe”, she pointed out.She said that mango was one product that could be produced for export, but noted that it would face a lot of competition from other tropical countries. “What you have to ask is what is different about our mangoes from St. Thomas .as well as at the feasibility of exporting the crop,” she pointed out.She suggested that farmers and other entrepreneurs could work with agencies such as the Jamaica Agricultural Society, JAMPRO and the Ministry of Agriculture, to see what products they could produce or manufacture competitively. RelatedSt. Thomas Business Sector Urged to Increase Production St. Thomas Business Sector Urged to Increase Production UncategorizedMay 5, 2006 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedSt. Thomas Business Sector Urged to Increase Production RelatedSt. Thomas Business Sector Urged to Increase Productionlast_img read more

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Entries open for 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

first_imgEntries open for 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards It’s time to recognise the outstanding work early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura do to support children and young people to succeed, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says.The 2021 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are now open through until April 16.“The past year has reminded us how important teachers and kaiako are and how their work impacts the lives of all New Zealanders. These awards celebrate exceptional teaching practices that are making a difference not just to learners, but to their whānau and communities as well,” Chris Hipkins said.“Teaching that changes us all starts with a story – if your team is achieving great things for learners, it’s time to share your story and inspire others to follow in your footsteps.”There are four main award categories: Excellence in Engaging, Excellence in Leading, Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Excellence in Wellbeing Education. The Prime Minister’s Supreme Award is given to the best overall entry from these four categories.There is also an Education Focus Prize which this year will be awarded to an education service that can demonstrate excellence in environmental and sustainability education. The prize celebrates teaching and learning that empowers children and young people to develop critical thinking skills as they explore the impact that people have on the environment and encourages them to take action for a sustainable future.Finalists will be notified in June and the winners will be announced at an award ceremony dinner in September. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Award, children, education, environment, future, Government, Impact, Minister, New Zealand, Prime Minister, sustainability, sustainable, wellbeinglast_img read more

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Nominations open for community reference group: New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme

first_imgNominations open for community reference group: New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme Sunshine Coast CouncilThe group will play an important role in shaping community engagement opportunities as council prepares its new planning scheme, which is expected to be completed in 2024.A planning scheme is a regulatory document used to guide and manage future growth and development within our local government area.Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said establishing a CRG was an important step to informing the preparation of a new planning scheme.“The main purpose of the CRG will be to provide input and guidance to council about the best ways to engage with the community during preparation of the new planning scheme,” Mayor Jamieson said.“I made an election commitment last year that I would be proposing that council establish a CRG to inform the community engagement and participation process associated with the development of the new planning scheme and I am delighted that council has agreed to proceed down this path.”Mayor Jamieson said it was important to get input from a diverse range of community voices and ensure that everyone had an opportunity to be heard during this important task.“Our council wants our community to play a meaningful role in the preparation of the new planning scheme,” Mayor Jamieson said.“Community engagement is the foundation of good decision-making and is mutually beneficial to the community and council when this is done well.“The CRG is just one of the ways that interested members of the community will be able to get involved in the New Planning Scheme Project.“There will be many opportunities for the community to have their say and council will progressively keep the community informed on consultation activities as the project progresses.”Mayor Jamieson said the CRG would consist of an independent chair and up to 10 community members.“The community members are intended to represent a range of interests and demographics to ensure we form a group that is representative and inclusive of our diverse Sunshine Coast population,” Mayor Jamieson said.“We want to see people from a wide variety of interests and professions register their interest to join our CRG, such as the education, business and industry sectors, disability advocacy groups, pastoral groups as well as youth, older residents and representatives of our Traditional Owners and Descendants of South Sea Islanders.“We want a Community Reference Group that draws on local knowledge and enhances the community voice in shaping our planning scheme as it develops.“The CRG will meet up to three times before preliminary consultation on the new planning scheme starts with the community.“Our council fully anticipates that the CRG will provide useful insights and assist council in enabling the community to remain well-informed throughout this process.“Forming a CRG is a tried and tested approach – as we saw with the Biosphere nomination and the development of the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy – and council anticipates significant outcomes can be realised through this initiative.”Visit council’s New Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme Project webpage (www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/newplanningscheme) for details and to download an Expression of Interest pack.Expressions of interest are due by 4.30pm on Friday 18 June 2021.There are several ways to submit your expression of interest: /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, community, community engagement, council, Download, education, election, future, Government, industry, Jamieson, outcomes, planning, project, QLD, Queensland, Sunshine Coast, voicelast_img read more

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Kia offers sneak peek of production-spec Telluride ahead of Detroit debut

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Kia Telluride  Handout / Kia Designed in California and built in Georgia, the Telluride will compete with three-row offerings from other manufacturers such as the Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent. Expect it to land at dealerships early 2019. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The offroad-inspired toys do more than give the vehicle a rough-and-tumble look — they are a throwback to Maxwell’s roots in Texas, where his mother used to drive him to school in a Kia Sedona.For Maxwell, Kia runs deep; the partnership between them is more than just a fashion accessory, it is an opportunity to help the children of Marfa, Texas receive the education they deserve by funding technological purchases, and educational programs, and also extending to providing vehicles for teacher use. See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 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”center_img RELATED TAGSKiaTellurideNews Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22020 Kia TellurideHandout, Kia Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › A special version of the new Kia Telluride has made it’s first public appearance ahead of its official debut at the North American International Auto Show next January.Sporting adventure-ready accessories, the customized Telluride was influenced by Brandon Maxwell, a fashion designer who paired the vehicle with his Texas-inspired runway collection. The Telluride is longer and wider than Kia’s current family hauler, the Sorento, and it will feature a new V6 engine and eight-passenger seating.Saddle-inspired leather accents are peppered around this one-off model, along with natural wood interior trim. Front and rear bumper guards, skid plates, and side sills give the impression of an adventure-ready machine, while the ladder, roof rack, and rear-mounted spare tire further the narrative. We can only hope these accessories will make it to the dealership. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisementlast_img read more

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Road Map to Fall 2020: July 30 update

first_img Published: July 30, 2020 Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Community See Prior Road Map UpdatesJuly 23July 16July 9July 2June 25June 18Social Distancing VideosSocial Distancing: 8-foot HexagonSocial Distancing: Hallways, Elevators and Signage Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Announced at the end of May, the CU Boulder community is making preparations for a COVID-19-ready campus for the fall semester, with classes beginning on Aug. 24. Three groups were established to assist in the implementation of the Road Map to Fall 2020:COVID-19-Ready Campus TeamAcademic Instruction TeamResource Alignment TeamThese teams are hard at work building the infrastructure and procedures that will be necessary to mitigate risk and facilitate research and teaching this fall. As part of this iterative process, the teams are committed to sharing regular updates on their progress.News from the COVID-19-Ready Campus TeamThe facilities task force and Office of the Registrar have collaborated to lock in classroom space for roughly 80% of in-person classes. The HVAC subgroup is analyzing Dining Services and cafe areas to ensure systems are operating sufficiently ahead of students’ return.The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC, risk mitigation document is published on the Infrastructure Mitigation Efforts webpage.The cleaning subgroup created standard operating procedures for use of disinfecting foggers. These machines are a complementary measure to primary disinfection of high-touch surfaces, helping with fabric, seating, chairs and underneath tables. Training of custodial staff on use of foggers will begin soon.The outdoor/transportation demand management subgroup is working with B-Cycle on additional bike rental stations at the CINC building, Farrand Hall and Bear Creek Apartments, as well as an expansion of the station at SEEC. The opening weeks of contactless pickups at Norlin Library are going well. The opening date for the Gemmill Library, or math library, has been tentatively set for Aug. 10, and the William M. White Library, or business library, is set to open prior to the fall semester with safety measures continuing to be in place for both. The University Libraries are collaborating with Facilities Management to set up nine classroom spaces in Norlin Library to help accommodate campus needs for classrooms.In relation to the updated Student Code of Conduct, Student Affairs is now working on training and open forums related to how faculty can address situations where students are not complying with campus health and safety measures, such as wearing facial coverings in class. The COVID-19 course has been launched through Canvas and as of 6 a.m. on July 27, 18,488 students had taken the course. The deadline is Aug. 1 for all students.Contact tracing has officially begun on the CU Boulder campus. Protect Our HerdThe first set of operational and safety-related signage (over 90,000 signs) for the Protect Our Herd campaign has been ordered and is due to arrive Aug. 5. Facilities Management is coordinating with building proctors and managers to post the signage in time for the return of students to campus.The Protect Our Herd website launched, and will continue to be updated with information and resources for the campus community.The Downtown Boulder Partnership has agreed to provide Protect Our Herd signage/banners for the Pearl Street Mall in collaboration with Strategic Relations and Communications. The Protect Our Herd Campaign is developing signage for campus outdoor spaces and digital signage in various campus buildings like the UMC.The Protect Our Herd campaign is developing tactics to boost awareness and completion of the Daily Health Questionnaire required of all students, faculty and staff prior to coming to campus each day. News from the Academic Instruction TeamThe Office of the Registrar, in conjunction with the schools and colleges and the Program in Exploratory Studies, has completed pre-registration of first-year students in selected courses within their academic cohorts. First-year student enrollment in additional courses is taking place July 20-31 (by assignment). Registration for all new and continuing students will reopen on Aug. 3.
The facilities task force has completed its evaluation of non-traditional spaces on campus that can be converted to classroom use in fall 2020, and is adding these spaces to the campus inventory. The Office of the Registrar is completing revisions to the class schedule that include these new classroom options.OIT is installing Crestron Mercury X video conference systems to bring the total campus inventory to 406 remote-capable classrooms. In these upgraded spaces, instructors, using their own computer and dongle, will be able to teach both in-room and remote students at the same time, and to record the class for students to view at a later time.
The Office of the Registrar has completed most class schedule updates from the initial requests submitted by departments and programs through their schools and colleges, and plans to finish these updates and complete most room assignments by Aug. 3. New requests by departments and programs for added classes and sections will be completed next. Room assignments will continue to be made and modified over the next few weeks based on changes to the classroom inventory and on newly updated technology capabilities of instructional spaces. 
The implementation team will soon be issuing the fifth edition of academic instruction guidance. This edition will focus largely on topics important to individual faculty, instructors, lecturers, graduate part-time instructors and teaching assistants as they finish planning their fall 2020 classes. These will include health and safety protocols related to faculty and student illness; guidelines and syllabus statements for student conduct in the COVID-19 era; attendance policies; and effective teaching practices in the remote classroom, the hybrid classroom and the in-person masked classroom.News from the Resource Alignment TeamThe Resource Alignment Implementation Team (RAIT) approved the purchase of 250 stand-mounted hand sanitizing stations that can be easily relocated around campus as needed. The team approved a plan to expand hybrid-remote ready classrooms on campus through an agreement between the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Leeds School of Business. The agreement includes 14 centrally scheduled Leeds classrooms, bringing the inventory of hybrid-remote classrooms on campus to 406. The Leeds School manages the classrooms and recently upgraded touch panels, and RAIT approved funding to purchase 14 cameras that would bring the classrooms up to OIT’s standards for hybrid-remote teaching. RAIT also approved funding for new signage for the classrooms.Do you have a question or comment about implementation team work on the Road Map to Fall 2020? Submit a question or comment.last_img read more

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Narayana Health City successfully completes 1000+ BMT in Bengaluru

first_imgNarayana Health City successfully completes 1000+ BMT in Bengaluru MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app 1000th BMT patient is a 10-year-old boy from Kolar, Karnataka who was diagnosed with aplastic anaemiaThe state-of-the-art bone marrow transplant (BMT) unit at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center at Narayana Health City has successfully treated 1000 patients, which is the largest number in Karnataka and one of the largest in the country. This unit has emerged as a referral centre for national and international patients for both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants. 1000th BMT patient is a 10-year-old boy from Kolar, Karnataka who was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia. He found a matching donor after persistent search by Narayana Health team at the Germany registry and his treatment was funded by ESI and partly by crowdsourcing.Over 100 unique BMT cases were felicitated at the event by Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Dr Devi Shetty, Dr Sunil Bhat and Dr Sharat Damodar.Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon, said, “I am proud to be part of this journey to build one of India’s largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centre. This centre today has become a case study for many and we hope to play a crucial role in eradicating blood related diseases in the near future by offering world class treatment.”Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman and Executive Director, Narayana Health, said, “In India there are over one lakh patients with serious blood related disorders diagnosed every year and the only long-lasting line of treatment for them is Bone Marrow Transplant. We started this unit in 2004 with a vision to offer world class treatment and today I am proud that our Bengaluru unit alone has successfully treated 1000 BMT cases. This is just the beginning and the journey to provide BMT treatment to all the beneficiaries still has a long way to go.”Dr Sharat Damodar, Clinical Director – Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center and Sr Consultant Hematologist & Head – Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Narayana Health City, said, “There is a huge demand supply gap for bone marrow transplant in our country. Currently we have close to 2 lakh registered donors and to address the current demand deficit we need at least 10 Lakh donors to register.”“In the current capacity, our unit can treat 150 patients per year. Our vision is to increase the current bed capacity from 18 to 25 in next two years which will help us in treating close to 300 patients per year. We also plan to start Cellular Immunotherapy, a process that harnesses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer by 2020 to further strengthen our treatment facility. From the first treatment of a four-year-old thalassemia child way back in 2004 to the 1000th treatment of aplastic anaemia 10-year-old boy from Kolar, Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre has emerged as a centre of excellence for BMT in our country,” adds Dr Damodar.Dr Sunil Bhat, Head – Paediatric Oncology, Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, Narayana Health City, said, “The number of haematological disorders is on a rise in our country and every year at least 80,000 to 1 lakh kids are born with serious blood related disorders. Out of the overall blood related disorders diagnosed every year almost 5-8 per cent cases are from the Karnataka region. Out of the 1000 BMTs performed at our center, approximately 60 per cent are paediatric cases (with babies as young as few weeks old) as there are more indications for bone marrow transplant in children. These indications range from cancerous conditions like leukemia to non-cancerous genetic conditions like immunodeficiency and thalassemia.”“The conditions which can be potentially cured with BMT are on a rise. One of major advances has been use of unrelated donors and haplo-identical (half matched) donors for those lacking full matched family donors. We have one of the largest experiences of half matched transplants using never techniques like TCR Alpha/Beta depletion with excellent results,” adds Dr Sunil Bhat.Currently, BMT is not covered under government health schemes like Vajpayee Arogya and Ayushman Bharat and a fraction of the support is available only through the PM / CM fund. Narayana Health is working towards making a representation to the state government to include BMT under the national health scheme that will help bring a larger group of beneficiaries under the treatment modality. 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“Nothing More Deceptive than an Obvious Fact”

first_imgIn general the published results on the origin of life continue to ignore two important factors, thereby giving the illusion of progress. First is the problem of interfering cross-reactions, i.e., what we called the “concerto effect.” (See Chapter 4.) Second is the problem of information, i.e., specified complexity, which is supplied by doing the necessary configurational entropy work (Chapter 8).  Editor’s note: The profoundest mystery and thus the deepest inspiration is life itself. Discovery Institute Press has just published a greatly expanded edition of the 1984 classic of intelligent design science literature, The Mystery of Life’s Origin. Below is an excerpt adapted from an update for the Hungarian edition, published in 1997. “Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing,” answered Holmes thoughtfully, “it may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different… There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists DNA is called an informational molecule because its unique structure functions as the central part of an elaborate communication system within the cell. This code aspect was hinted at by Francis Crick and James Watson in their modest announcement of the famous double helix structure of DNA. An early written statement of this idea was recorded in a letter that Crick wrote on March 19, 1953 to his son Michael: “Now we believe that the D.N.A is a code. That is, the order of bases (the letters) makes one gene different from another gene (just as one page of print is different from another).” In the Epilogue we considered various alternatives to the dominant paradigm of the Oparin Hypothesis. It was clear to the authors that there is something odd and unusual about the informational molecules, nucleic acids, and proteins. They are in a class by themselves among molecules. No other molecules possess the characteristic of storing and transmit- ting information. So striking was this feature to us that we eventually concluded that the structure of these molecules fits the pattern that our experience shows resulted only from intelligence.  Recommended Molecular biology has discovered a structural identity between the genetic messages on DNA and the written messages of a human language. This discovery opened the way for the application of information theory to biology. Information theory applies to any symbol system, regardless of the elements of that system. The so-called Shannon information laws apply equally well to human language, Morse code, and the genetic code. Hubert P. Yockey notes in the Journal of Theoretical Biology:  Because so many examples of orderly pattern had been investigated and shown to be the result of natural causes, the notion of an ordering intelligence was recognized as not needed, except possibly in the remote sense of an intelligence standing behind the natural process, as many theists believe. But with the discovery of informational molecules, DNA and protein, which are characterized by specified complexity instead of order, the situation has changed dramatically.  RNA World Hydrothermal Sea Floor Vents and Pyrite Formation Clay Life Order, Complexity, and Information Intelligent Design  Stumbling on Mount Rushmore We now make the case directly for intelligent design, without a distinction between origin science and operation science. In order to show the legitimacy of intelligent design, we review first some relevant episodes in the history of science.  Read the rest in The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy, from Discovery Institute Press. What Experience Shows About Natural Phenomena  The Planetary Society has initiated its Billion Channel Extraterrestrial Assay (BETA) scan of the heavens using the world’s largest receiver, an 84-foot radio telescope set up in Harvard, Massachusetts. The goal of this heavenly scan is to receive intelligent messages that some advanced civilization could be beaming our way. It is a program going on within the borders of legitimate science. It is safe to put the objection aside that modern science is opposed in principle to the notion of intelligent cause.  Intelligent Design “Nothing More Deceptive than an Obvious Fact”Charles ThaxtonApril 6, 2020, 5:33 AM Whether the beautiful patterns in crystals, the soapy swirl down the drain, or the order evident in a spiral nebula, the forces of physics have been demonstrated which produce order.  For generations theologians and philosophers had argued that order requires an ordering intelligence, which they called God. Over the course of the development of modern experimental science, western culture learned to rely on sensory experience to gain knowledge about natural phenomena. By following experience scientists learned to infer causes from effects, i.e., to work backward from the character of the effect to the cause. A cause is that necessary and sufficient condition that alone can explain the occurrence of a given event. And it does not matter if the cause is natural or intelligent. In the words of David Hume, who gave a formal analysis of this approach, “From causes which appear similar we expect similar effects.” (Emphasis his.) Later in the same book he added, “the same rule holds, whether the cause assigned be brute unconscious matter, or a rational intelligent being.” Following the method of experience gives us a way to approach phenomena without a prior assumption of the nature of the cause. It is a method that is completely open to either natural or intelligent causes. The assignment of causal category depends on the character of the effects. To illustrate the method, suppose we are detectives investigating someone’s death. Is this a case of death by natural causes (accident) or death by design (murder or suicide)? We do not know the answer in advance. We must investigate to find out. If we announced before beginning our investigation that death must have been accidental (natural), others would be justified in objecting that we had illegitimately restricted the field of possible causes. An important purpose of the investigation is to determine whether this was a case of intelligent cause (murder or suicide) or natural death. We need a method that is open to either possibility. Experience gives us the greatest probability of determining which category of cause it was, whether natural or intelligent.  Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share The Case of DNA We are not dealing with anything like a superficial resemblance between DNA and a written text. We are not saying DNA is like a message. Rather, DNA is a message. Even though logic indicates a message sender, a result that has obvious philosophical and spiritual implications, it is important to note that it was not reached by philosophical or spiritual presuppositions. It may be an unwanted or unpopular result in some quarters, but scientists do not have a reputation of advocating only what is wanted or popular. We seek the truth.  On the other hand, were we to hike in the Black Hills of South Dakota and come upon granite cliffs bearing the likenesses of four United States Presidents, we would quickly identify Mount Rushmore as the work of artisans instead of a product of wind and erosion. Our accumulated reservoir of experience enables us to discriminate types of effects we see and to distinguish a natural process from an intelligent cause. Walking farther along and finding “John loves Mary” etched on a rock, what do we conclude? Again from experience, we infer that someone, perhaps John or Mary, left this sign of his affection. We would not conclude it to be the work of erosional forces, since we are able to discriminate causes. This ability is what led anthropologists to eventually change their judgment regarding eoliths. Charles ThaxtonFellow, Center for Science and CultureCharles Thaxton received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University. He completed two post-doctoral programs, one in history of science at Harvard University and the second in the molecular biology laboratories of Brandeis University. He has specialized in the origin of life and in science’s relationship with Christianity through history.Follow CharlesProfile Share It is important to understand that we are not reasoning by analogy. The sequence hypothesis [that the exact order of symbols records the information] applies directly to the protein and the genetic text as well as to written language and therefore the treatment is mathematically identical. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide DNA, with its alphabet of four bases, and protein, with an alphabet of twenty amino acids, represent two different languages related by a code. When the cell constructs proteins, a translation takes place be- tween one language and the other; the sequence in DNA codes for and determines the sequence in protein. center_img Why then do scientists no longer accept intelligent design in nature? The short answer is that science can show many examples of natural processes producing order in addition to that displayed in the regular course of the planets, which was a primary concern of scientists in the early development of modern science. Many natural processes have been discovered, and their amazing power catalogued.  Shannon Information Laws Intelligent Design  The second group of informational molecules is proteins. They are long chain-like molecules composed of amino acids linked together end to end, which fold up into very complicated shapes. The specific sequence of amino acids in a protein is what determines its overall three-dimensional shape and function.  Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis As we come to the close of this update chapter for The Mystery of Life’s Origin, it is well to remember that for centuries it seemed to be an obvious fact to many that life resulted from spontaneous generation. Today we no longer accept spontaneous generation. For many today, however, it is considered an equally obvious fact that life resulted by the quite natural outcome of chemical and physical processes, either on this planet or somewhere else before it came to earth. Without direct evidence, all such cases are based on circumstantial evidence. Even though many cases have been settled on this basis, let us recall what that venerable detective Sherlock Holmes noted in another baffling mystery, “The Bonscombe Valley Mystery” (1892): DNA and proteins, and, of course, living organisms, are rich in information. Other structures that are characterized by specified complexity, or high information content, are linguistic messages, bridges, paintings, computer programs, and other human artifacts.  … We will organize our presentation under the following headings:  There is an identity of structure between DNA (and protein) and written linguistic messages. Since we know by experience that intelligence produces written messages, the implication, according to established experimental method of inferring causes from effects, is that an intelligent cause most probably produced the informational pattern in DNA and protein. The significance of this inference lies in the security of it, for it is much stronger than if the structures were merely similar.  History  The Venerable Sherlock Holmes Eoliths are chipped flints that, for a time, had been considered indicators of early man. Later it was discovered that such chips and scars on rocks can result from tumbling in a stream. This change in the assignment of cause was on the basis of additional experience. According to the scientific picture, even if we consider the total universe as a thermodynamically isolated system, one where energy will eventually run down, there are still pockets within the total system of the universe where energy flow may sustain order over long periods. That is all the defense that materialists needed in order to satisfy themselves against the classic order-means-design and design-means-a-designer argument.  Since the publication of The Mystery of Life’s Origin, additional results have been reported that make our case even stronger. Yet most review articles and popular expositions continue to portray origin-of-life research as a vibrant and flourishing field of inquiry, with much progress being made. The optimistic state of affairs is precisely what led us to write our critical assessment. In our opinion nothing has happened in this field to upset our original position; therefore, we are adding this update material instead of offering a new edition.  Despite the above explanation, many scientists suggest that science may not entertain intelligent causes. This notion is certainly mistaken. The reasoning involved in the application of the method of experience is analogical, and is very much at home in modern science. Analogical reasoning is routinely used by NASA scientists as they explore the heavens looking for signs of intelligence in their SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) program. If signals from space conveyed artificial electromagnetic pulses sent in code to give, for example, the first thousand digits in the transcendental number π (3.14159…), this would be considered so improbable an occurrence that we concur that intelligence had sent it. If scientists ever receive radio signals that are distinguished from noise and have the indicia of intelligence, we can surely expect a jubilant announcement from Washington.  Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsBillion Channel Extraterrestrial AssayBlack HillsCharles ThaxtonDNAeolithsFrancis CrickHubert P. Yockeyinformational moleculesintelligent designJames WatsonJournal of Theoretical BiologyMassachusettsmolecular biologyMount RushmoremurderNASAnucleic acidsOparin Hypothesisorigin of lifephilosophersPlanetary SocietyproteinsSETISherlock HolmesSouth Dakotaspecified complexitysuicideThe Bonscombe Valley MysteryThe Mystery of Life’s Origin,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Throughout the last four hundred years orderly phenomena of nature have been accounted for by inferential linking of the observed phenomena to natural causes.  For nineteen hundred years of western history, the presence of order was held to require an ordering intelligence to account for it. The dominant view of the twentieth century in scientific cultures is that an ordering intelligence is no longer needed. Natural processes have been demonstrated to account for many types of order in the world, and it is assumed that natural processes will be found to account for all the remaining examples of unexplained order.  Let us now apply the method of inferring causes from experience to a few examples. Strolling along a wave-swept beach we notice ripple patterns in the sand. The first time it may seem mysterious, but after repeated experiences, we associate the ripple patterns and the waves. We are so accustomed to making this assignment of cause that if we saw photographs of similar ripple patterns in sediments that geologists had dated as three billion years old, we would infer water as the natural cause. Likewise deep channels or rills on the Martian surface are so similar to what we know by experience to be the result of running water, that we would associate the natural cause of the channels with water — even if there is no water on Mars today. Thus scientists at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have concluded that water must have been on Mars sometime in the past. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Heresy it might be called, but it was not a conclusion that we had imposed upon the data. We drew the conclusion that DNA had an intelligent source from the striking pattern within the DNA itself. In presenting our case about an intelligent cause, we introduced a distinction between origin science and operation science, a distinction that is unnecessary to present the case for intelligent design.  A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

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