Foodies to avail perks of Gourmet Passport

first_imgDineout – India’s largest dining out and restaurant tech solutions company launched its premium membership program Gourmet Passport, in Kolkata, on April 16. The service was launched by Ankit Mehrotra, CEO, Dineout and Rocky Mohan, Founder and Mentor, Gourmet Passport and a renowned food columnist in India.Gourmet Passport by Dineout is a subscription based premium membership program that offers unbeatable value to diners with its incredible Buy 1 Get 1 offer at 1000+ top restaurants across India. It enables dining at top restaurants more accessible to food connoisseurs who are looking for a great dining experience and at the same time enjoying unmatched savings of up to 50% on their dining bills. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainDineout has partnered with more than 100 restaurants across Kolkata for Gourmet Passport including the city’s luxury and fine dining restaurants and five star hotels. Some of its most exclusive partner restaurants are Pa Pa Ya, Ping’s Cafe Orient, JW Kitchen and The Salt House among others, where Kolkata’s foodies can enjoy the privileges of their Gourmet passport subscription. “Our expansion into Kolkata is a part of our commitment to meet the growing demands of our consumers. Gourmet Passport is a premium membership program that caters to evolving taste of Indian foodies and has a membership base of close to 260K members. We look forward to enhancing the gastronomic experiences of Kolkatans by bringing them the most exclusive dining options across the city”, said Ankit Mehrotra, CEO and Co-founder, Dineout. Expressing his thoughts on the launch, Rocky Mohan, Founder and Mentor, Gourmet Passport said that, “People of the City of Joy love to dine out and want to experiment with their food choices. Gourmet passport is a tailor-made product for food connoisseurs who are looking to discover premium dining experiences at best of the restaurants.”last_img read more

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Met department warns of strong winds

Meanwhile in its sea area forecast the department of meteorology said that winds will be from South-westerly direction and speed will be 30-40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50-60 km/hr at times in the Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off North-eastern, Eastern and South-Eastern coasts.The Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off the North-eastern, Eastern and South-Eastern coasts will be rough at times. The department of meteorology has warned of strong winds in some areas today together with heavy rain.In a weather forecast issued early this morning the department of meteorology said that there will be showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle, Matara and Kurunegala districts. It said that monsoonal winds may strengthen (up to 60 km/hr) at times particularly in Western slopes of Central hills. read more

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Loblaw plans to close 52 unprofitable stores in next 12 months

Loblaw plans to close 52 unprofitable stores in next 12 months Loblaw Companies Ltd. said it plans to close 52 unprofitable stores across a range of its banners and formats in a move that will cut sales but boost its operating profit.The company said the closures will take place over the next 12 months and reduce its sales on an annual basis by about $300 million.“In the year since our acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, we have reviewed in detail all of our 2,300 locations. Through the process we identified 52 consistently under-performing and unprofitable stores that we will close,” Bob Chant, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication, said.However, Loblaw said the closures will mean an improvement in operating income of $35 million to $40 million.The company announced the closures as it reported a second-quarter profit of $185 million or 45 cents per share in its latest quarter compared with a loss of $456 million or $1.13 per a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw said it earned $350 million or 85 cents per share in the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $297 million or 74 cents per share a year ago.Revenue grew to $10.54 billion, up from $10.31 billion a year ago.Chant said the list of stores to close includes “gas bars, Joe Fresh standalone stores and select pharmacies and grocery stores.  With the previously announced plan of $1.2 billion in capital spending, we are on track to grow the number of jobs in our network of stores this year.“Out of respect for our many stakeholders, including colleagues, vendors, landlords and others, we are not disclosing specific locations at this time.” A Loblaw employee brings in shopping carts in Toronto on Feb. 18, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 23, 2015 7:46 am MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Potter script sells more than 2 million copies in 2 days

Potter script sells more than 2 million copies in 2 days by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2016 4:17 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This July 30, 2016 photo shows the Palace Theatre in central London which is showing a stage production of, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The script “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication, Scholastic announced Wednesday, Aug. 3. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Not even “Hamilton” can keep up with these numbers.The script to the London stage production “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication, Scholastic announced Wednesday.That’s well below the 8.3 million copies sold in 2007 for the first day of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” J.K. Rowling’s then-presumed finale for her fantasy series. But it’s still among the fastest-selling works in history and a remarkable number for the script to a play and for a project that only partially involved Rowling. A text edition of “Hamilton” has also been a bestseller this year.Meanwhile, the British publisher Little, Brown Book Group announced that over 680,000 print copies sold in the first three days in the United Kingdom. Waterstones buying director Kate Skipper said in a statement that no hardcover had sold so quickly in the U.K. since Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” in 2009.Reviews for the “Cursed Child” book have been mixed, but the new Potter has topped the bestseller lists of and Barnes & and brought in readers worldwide last weekend for midnight store parties celebrating the release.Several previous Rowling books also reached high on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble lists in recent days.Sales for the e-edition for “Cursed Child,” released through Rowling’s Pottermore website, have not been announced. The script is based on a Rowling story and co-written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. read more

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Eliminating sheep and goat plague will boost livelihoods and nutrition says UN

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) aim to tackle the disease, known as Ovine Rinderpest – or Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) – and free hundreds of millions of rural families from one of the major risks to their food security and livelihood.“The positive impact on the livelihoods of farmers and food and nutrition security for all communities, Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations’ Zero Hunger Challenge will be substantial,” said the FAO Assistant Director-General for Africa, Bukar Tijani, as he opened the International Conference for the Control and Eradication of PPR.The disease, which can kill up to 90 per cent of the animals it infects, was first diagnosed in Côte d’Ivoire in the 1940s and has expanded rapidly in the past 15 years, reaching 70 countries across South and East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and threatening Europe.Livestock health experts from the FAO and the OIE say the technical tools, including an inexpensive, safe and reliable vaccine and simple diagnostic tests already exist, and they have a developed a three-pronged strategy to control and eradicate PPR focusing on targeting the approach, strengthening veterinary services and looking at other diseases that might be priorities in a given country or region.The two organizations worked together on a previous joint campaign which eradicated bovine rinderpest, a catastrophic cattle plague that was responsible for famines and the collapse of empires, and which remains the only animal disease to have been eradicated. There are key similarities that experts think make PPR an apt target for a campaign aimed at outright eradication.“First of all, the viruses belong to the same family. Some of the tools that were developed for rinderpest have actually been adapted to be used for Peste de petits ruminants,” said Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary officer in Rome. “Other aspects of the rinderpest campaign were regional networks that became so, so important to implement the strategy. Well, the same will be done for Peste de petits ruminants. So certainly there are a lot of lessons that can be learned from that.”There are ample economic incentives to learn those lessons and apply them to targeting the complete eradication of PPR, not least the $1.45 billion to $2.1 billion of losses directly attributable to the disease as well as much more stemming from restrictions on trade and livestock mobility triggered by outbreaks.In addition, over 2 billion small ruminants worldwide, 80 per cent of which are in affected regions, represent an important asset for a third of poor rural households in developing countries. Sheep and goats readily adapt to harsh environments, provide year-round protein and dairy products, and income from wool and leather, and they contribute to greater gender equity because of the role women play in tending to them.“Sheep and goats – or, goats at least – are often referred to as the poor person’s cow,” said Mr. Lubroth. “So, if you are a poor farmer or in poor communities, the role of sheep and goats is very, very important.”Funding for and political commitment to the campaign would be vital, not least because the global price tag for poorly-targeted PPR vaccinations are anyway likely to run between $4 and $5.5 billion over the next 15 years. FAO and OIE believe that focusing on elimination will reduce the costs currently associated with battling outbreaks and new incursions.“One of the lessons of rinderpest was that we did not have the financial resources to be able to do a faster job among the countries or the continents affected,” said Mr. Lubroth. “We want to avoid some of those lessons and be able to get the financial resources available now, during and in the post-PPR campaign to ensure the world is free from PPR.” read more

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Ohio State receiving unit shows signs of promise in spring game

OSU freshman Austin Mack battles for the ball in the 2016 OSU spring game. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorJust a year ago, Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith had a lot to look forward to. A potential first-round pick in Michael Thomas lined up on the outside, poised for a season improving from his 54 receptions, 799 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2014. It’s the type of go-to weapon that transformed good OSU teams into great ones. Ted Ginn Jr. was that guy in 2006, Devin Smith filled the role on the 2014 national-championship team, and Thomas did a more-than-adequate job in 2015.Comprised of Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson, Corey Smith and Braxton Miller, the 2015 receiving core seemed to be one of the most dangerous groups in the nation. Fast forward to 2016 and three of the six big names from coach Urban Meyer’s receiving core remain among a cluster of new, young faces.OSU’s annual spring game provided the first opportunity for many of the team’s young wideouts to be in the spotlight. Stepping in front of a crowd of 100,189 — a national spring-game record — the atmosphere provided a perfect platform for many players’ first experiences in Ohio Stadium.“You got to find out how guys perform in those kind of arenas, and those kind of situations,” Meyer said.Based off of Saturday’s performance, Meyer and the coaching staff has to be pleased with how his receivers performed. Playing without redshirt sophomore Noah Brown, Samuel, Wilson and Smith, who are coming back from injuries suffered last season, players like redshirt sophomores Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson and true freshman Austin Mack all had notable afternoons.Campbell, who failed to grab a catch last season after starting versus Virginia Tech in the 2015 opener, hauled in an 11-yard pass from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett on his first target of the game on Scarlet’s first drive. Campbell was only targeted four times on the day, but he displayed an ability to run by defenders. The redshirt sophomore found himself on the receiving end of a 40-yard pass in the third quarter and a 55-yard completion in the fourth.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Campbell “had to make that catch at the end of the game.”“You do that in practice, it’s not that big of a deal,” Meyer said of the play. “He has to do that in game, and I saw him do it, so there’s a bunch of really good things.”Staring for the Gray team were Gibson and McLaurin, who combined to collect 10 of 14 receptions from redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow.A member of the 2014 recruiting class and a former four-star recruit, McLaurin was a constant deep threat for Burrow all game. Totaling four receptions, 111 yards and one touchdown, McLaurin said postgame that Meyer is really counting on the unit not to have a drop off this season after losing much of its core from 2015.“Coach Meyer put a big emphasis on who is going to take that role, who’s going to be the deep threat,” McLaurin said. “As a whole unit, we want to make plays whenever your number is called. That’s one of our core concepts, making the play when your number is called.”Absent all of last year, it wasn’t difficult to notice No. 6 on Gray Saturday. The former five-star recruit Gibson made headlines last fall when it was announced that he would be playing wide receiver for the near future. After failing to see the field in 2015, Gibson seemed to be the go-to target for Burrow.Gibson received 11 targets, reeling in six of them for 50 yards while also pushing the ball over the goal line twice, the second of which came on reverse. Recruited as more of an athlete out of high school, Gibson showed off his impressive display of agility and size, seemingly able to run by defenders with ease. He dropped the ball once in the end zone, showing his youth at the position, but there’s no question that at 6-foot-4 with a 35-inch vertical, Gibson will likely see time at the position come September.Early-enrollee freshman Austin Mack, who was the first member of the 2016 recruiting class to have his black stripe removed, made his debut for the Buckeyes. Mack was looked to often by Barrett, mostly on a deep ball, but only totaled three receptions and 22 yards in his first game in the ‘Shoe.Barrett said he was encouraged by the performance of the wide receiver group and feels like he can count on them during the season.“Those guys, they definitely showed that they’ll be able to make plays in front of a crowd like this,” Barrett said.When players like Brown, Wilson, Samuel and Smith are healthy and practicing again, McLaurin said that it’s important to take the momentum the unit has from the spring game and carry it over into the summer and fall.“I would say this is the hungriest group that I’ve been apart of in three years,” McLaurin said. “We know what’s at stake and we hope to take that next step forward because we want to be the best group in the country.”OSU will look to take that step on Sept. 3, when it is scheduled to begin its season against Bowling Green at the ‘Shoe. read more

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KIF Kolding in big troubles Players five months without salaries

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 10 SCORERS: Csaszar leader, but Ilic-Gensheimer-Lazarov to decide Next Story → FC Barcelona Lassa without Lasse Andersson until end of season! – It is unfortunately the way it is here, it is one of the challenges we have. It is not the first time that we have such a large deficit, but of course it is my and everyone’s ambition that we also make black figures on the bottom, says KIF sports director Lasse Boesen to TV3 Sport.Club is blacklisted by Danish Handball Federation so won’t be able to sign new contracts before financial troubles is resolved. The home defeat against Hungarian Tatabanya 26:29 put Danish KIF Kolding Copenhagen on the edge of elimination at Men’s EHF Cup Group Stage. With three points from four matches, team led by Spanish coach Antonio Carlos Ortega, are far away from quarter-finals, behind SC Magdeburg (7) and Tatabanya (6), but it looks that Danes have much bigger problems around 40x20m court – the financial one.According to TV3 Sport, several players said should not have been paid for several months.– Some of the foreign players in KIF Kolding Copenhagen have not been paid for up to five months, while others of the Danes still have up to two months – said sources of TV3 Sport. read more

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The Hurt Locker piracy lawsuit dismisses 90 percent of defendants

first_imgApproximately 90% of defendants in a piracy lawsuit launched by the producers of movie The Hurt Locker have been dropped from the case.It is unclear whether the majority of defendants settled out of court, or whether there have been problems tracing their identities from IP addresses, but the case now has a little over 2,300 defendants, down from 24,583 at its height.The case is one of the most ambitious of its kind, with all defendants accused of illegally downloading or sharing the movie on P2P file sharing networks. Despite the majority of the defendants being dismissed from the case, Voltage Pictures – the production company behind the movie – is still pursuing prosecutions through the Washington DC District Court.This case – and others like it – is controversial because of the way the claimants seek to establish a direct personal liability for specific P2P activities (in this case downloading The Hurt Locker) based on nothing more than an IP address. The court has received many letters from defendants – including a 70 year old woman – protesting their innocence, with many citing an open Wi-Fi network as the possible reason for the infringement. Another defendant pointed out that he operated a time-share resort in Michegan with 46 residential units, all of which shared a single Internet connection and IP address, and that he could not be reasonably expected to monitor the Internet activity of all of his guests.The case highlights some of the complexities of identifying and punishing those who break the law using computers. While IP address tracing has been used successfully to catch fraudsters and other online criminals in the past, the method is far from infallible.Read more at The Register and Ars Technicalast_img read more

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Staceys eternal summer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Stacey Stouraitis’ Manley beach restaurant Ash’s Table is busy year round, but its beachside location sees it double its trade in summer. “Our winter trade is good too but summer trade is full on from 7am until 10:30pm,” owner of eight years, Stouraitis says. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, seats 50 people outside and 50 people inside and only closes on Christmas Day. “We’re consistently busy for weekend breakfasts and brunches and we have some crazy dinner nights. During summer we have like five out of seven nights where we’re full and we’ll turn the restaurant over two, three times, which is a big effort, that’s 300 people in a night, 700 people in a full day,” Stouraitis says. Location is a big part of the restaurant’s appeal, he says. “Manly is about the only place in Australia I’ve experienced where it feels like being on the Greek islands,” Stouraitis says. “You have so many international tourists and visitors here, French, Greeks, Germans, Brazilians, English, Americans, the list goes on. It’s very cosmopolitan and Manly itself is a real hub in terms of restaurants, hotels, bars. It’s a great place for tourists and for families.” Breakfast trade is constantly booming, Stouraitis says, adding that the ritual has become iconically Australian. “It’s a big cultural thing and has become that way, to come out and just see a buzz of people having big breakfasts. I have a lot of staff working for me who are from overseas and the first thing they do when their parents or friends come from overseas is bring them down to witness the Australian breakfast culture,” he says. Local born celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue who are snapped breakfasting and brunching in Sydney hotspots may have triggered the trend, he adds. It’s definitely an Australian custom though. “I was in Paris a few years ago and I ordered bacon and eggs for breakfast, and the waiter told me they only had croissants, so I said ‘give me five then’! Europeans are amused at us having bacon and eggs followed by muesli and fruit and yogurt, pancakes; it is a cultural thing.” Ash’s Table serves modern Australian cuisine. “It’s rather eclectic though. We do Moqueca, the traditional palm oil based Brazilian seafood curry, we do Italian dishes like pasta and pizza, we do some Asian influenced dishes as one of my sous chefs is Japanese. We have a bit of South American, European, and Anglo. It’s a lot of variety for a lot of different people.” Success comes down to swiftness of service and skill, Stouraitis says. “My dad was really a fusspot and believed fast service was good service. I get complimented heaps on the efficiency of the place and the consistency. Whenever you come in and get eggs benedict or steak, it’s always going to be exactly the same, it doesn’t matter which chef is cooking it, which I like. It’s the same with our coffees, we do great coffee and go through about 70 kg a week.” The restaurant’s menu stand at the front and the specials board that hangs from the ceiling outside are both crucial elements for attracting customers, Stouraitis says. “I don’t do full on advertising, I rely on word of mouth because during the winter. We have faithful locals who will just come to us, then they send people from overseas to come out and see us as well. The word of mouth is important; it’s good to have that reputation amongst customers.”last_img read more

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Mayoral help for immigrants

first_imgGreek mayors gave their support on Thursday to the government’s emergency plan for dealing with an increased influx of immigrants, as long as their contribution is funded by the state.The pledge followed a meeting between Alternate Immigration Policy Minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou and members of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), including Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis.Christodoulopoulou asked local authorities to propose venues and facilities where groups of between 20 and 100 immigrants could be temporarily accommodated. The aim is to quickly identify several such locations around the country to allow the swift transfer of hundreds of immigrants from islands in the eastern Aegean. The minister told Kathimerini she had requested European Union funding for the chartering of ferries to relocate the migrants and would look into securing additional money for facilities proposed by local authorities.The government is also working with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) to ensure that all new immigrant arrivals undergo tests for potentially infectious diseases, she said.Underlining that most of the migrants arriving in Greece are from war-torn states, and therefore merit protection as refugees, Christodoulopoulou called on authorities at all levels to help tackle the problem. “The dilemmas we face are dramatic and our choices restricted,” she said. “We call on all of you to offer something, and not to create a panic,” she said.Mayor Kaminis said municipal authorities could offer food and seek to borrow military facilities to accommodate the migrants but he stressed the importance of the EU shouldering some of the burden. He also warned against allowing city squares to fill with homeless immigrants again, highlighting the risk of “resurrecting the fascist, racist movement on a political level”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ASA Cheers Court of Appeals Stay on WOTUS Rule

first_imgThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati on Friday issued a stay that temporarily blocks enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in all 50 states. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the ruling and noted that the federal court used the same argument advanced by the nation’s soybean growers—the misapplication of the rule’s significant nexus test, or how connected a body of water in question is to a body of water under Clean Water Act jurisdiction—as a key reason for its decision. ASA President Wade Cowan, a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas, commended the court for its decision and called on EPA to pull the rule and commit to working with farmers on more practical ways to meet the nation’s water quality goals:“The stay granted by the Sixth Circuit this morning only underscores what soybean farmers have been saying about this rule since day one: it is unnecessarily broad, incorrectly applied, and entirely unworkable for American agriculture. The Court pointed to the same misinterpretation of the Supreme Court’s significant nexus test that ASA had identified in its public comments months ago, and allows for additional time to evaluate the application and implication of this rule.“Moving forward, we propose that EPA abandon the rule as written and start over with farmers at the table. Find out what we’re doing on our farms and at the state and regional levels in watersheds like the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake and the Mississippi, and craft a rule that covers what we don’t. Let’s put something in place—together—to improve water quality nationwide.”last_img read more

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Gonoforum to put up resistance against govt says Reza Kibria

first_imgReza KibriaGonoforum general secretary Reza Kibria on Tuesday said their party will intensify its anti-government role both in parliament and outside, reports UNB.”Gonoforum is a party of people. We stand here in protest against the increase in gas price. We’ll oppose this government’s all unfair and repressive acts where we can. We’ll do it even if we get an inch of space,” he said.Speaking at a protest rally, Reza Kibria further said, “We’ll oppose the government in parliament, and outside, including on the streets, in cities and villages.”Gonoforum arranged the programme in front of the National Press Club protesting at the recent gas-price hike decision.The Gonoforum general secretary alleged that the government took the anti-mass decision of raising the gas prices since it was not elected by people. “They (govt) are taking away Tk 80 billion (Tk 8,000 crore) from our pockets by increasing the tariffs of gas and electricity.”Reza Kibria, an economist and son of slain former Awami League finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, said people would not have to give Tk 80 billion (Tk 8,000 crore) from their pockets, had huge amount of money not been plundered from different government projects.”He also said the government needs to check plundering of public money instead of hiking the tariffs of utility services. “The government’s every step is exposing its corruption and incapability and failure to run the country.”Gonoforum executive president Subrata Chowdhury criticised the government for what he said rise in the incidents of killing, rape and repression. “Bangladesh is now being identified as a country of rapists. Children and women are killed and raped while the minorities are repressed.”He said some people ‘usurped’ parliament by ‘vote robbery’, and placed an anti-people budget.Subrata Chowdhury said people are going through immense sufferings as the prices of essentials continue to increase. “People now no longer want to see (Sheikh Hasina) in power.”Later, the party brought out a precession registering its protest against the hike of gas tariff.last_img read more

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Drugmakers Spent Millions Promoting Opioids To Patient Groups Senate Report Says

first_img Share Toby Talbot/APA single company, Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, funneled $4.7 million to advocacy groups over the five-year period, according to the report.Drugmakers gave millions of dollars to pain-treatment advocacy groups over a five-year period beginning in 2012, in effect promoting opioids to individuals most vulnerable to addiction, according to a new report released Monday by a U.S. senator.The 23-page report, put out by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, sheds light on the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to shape public opinion and to fuel demand for such lucrative and potentially addictive drugs as OxyContin, fentanyl and Vicodin. These drugs have played a key role in the addiction crisis that has swept the U.S. in recent years, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives.Fueling an Epidemic: Exposing the Financial Ties Between Opioid Manufacturers and Third Party Advocacy Groups describes how the arrangement between pharmaceutical makers and advocacy groups “may have played a significant role in creating the necessary conditions for the U.S. opioid epidemic.”“The pharmaceutical industry spent a generation downplaying the risks of opioid addiction and trying to expand their customer base for these incredibly dangerous medications, and this report makes clear they made investments in third-party organizations that could further those goals,” McCaskill said. “These financial relationships were insidious, lacked transparency and are one of many factors that have resulted in arguably the most deadly drug epidemic in American history.”Jacquelyn Martin/APSen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., announces her findings from an investigation into opioid prescriptions, in September, on Capitol Hill. A full report was released Monday.The report follows a similar investigation in 2012 carried out by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that looked into financial ties between drugmakers and medical providers who helped establish guidelines for prescribing opioids. That investigation was ultimately shelved.“It looks pretty damning when these groups were pushing the message about how wonderful opioids are and they were being heavily funded, in the millions of dollars, by the manufacturers of those drugs,” Lewis Nelson, a Rutgers University doctor and opioid expert says, according to the Center for Public Integrity.But some of the groups and companies say they’ve changed their practices as the toll of opioid abuse has become clear.Bob Twillman, the executive director of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, says in an email to NPR that his organization in recent years has focused on improving access to methods other than opioids to control pain. Those include physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and acupuncture.“Insurance coverage has been a big barrier to greater use of these, because patients often have to pay out of pocket,” he says. “That’s what we’ve emphasized — a position that, if anything, should DECREASE opioid prescribing.”Still, he says, some people need opioids to control their chronic pain and the AIPM also tried to ensure they are able to get the medication they need.Paul Gileno, the founder and president of the U.S. Pain Foundation, says the bulk of the money his organization received, $2.5 million, goes to a copay assistance program.“The program is designed to ensure that people with cancer pain and breakthrough cancer pain have help paying the copays for prescribed analgesics,” he says by email.The new report says that nearly all health advocacy groups accept funding from drug manufacturers, adding, “These financial relationships — and the lack of transparency surrounding them — have raised concerns regarding the information and initiatives patient advocacy organizations promote.”The report cites the Journal of the American Medical Association as saying that 8 percent of such patient groups responding to one study “reported [that] pressure to conform their organizations’ positions to the interests of industry funders is of concern.”A single company, Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, funneled $4.7 million to advocacy groups over the five-year period, according to the report.Purdue Pharma says it has stopped marketing OxyContin to doctors altogether. The company will still sell the drug, but its representatives will no longer peddle it when visiting physicians. The company has come under fire in recent years for what some say were aggressive and misleading claims about whether its drug was as addictive as other opioids.Also cited in the report are Depomed, which markets the narcotic Nucynta, the brand name of the opioid pain reliever tapentadol, and three makers of fentanyl, a powerful and potentially addictive pain reliever: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Mylan and Insys Therapeutics, whose founder was charged in October for using bribes and kickbacks to promote unacceptable uses of the company’s flagship fentanyl spray, Subsys.The companies gave more than $10 million between 2012 and 2017 to 14 advocacy groups and affiliated doctors, the report says.In that period, Insys gave $2.5 million to the U.S. Pain Foundation for one of the group’s patient assistance programs, the report says.The U.S. Pain Foundation said, “Any funding we receive has never nor will it ever influence what we will do to help people with chronic pain,” according to a statement published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The Associated Press writes: “The findings [in the report] could bolster hundreds of lawsuits that are aimed at holding opioid drugmakers responsible for helping fuel an epidemic blamed for the deaths of more than 340,000 Americans since 2000.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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Watch YouTube Rewind 2018 Recaps the Year in Trends Memes

first_img It was a year dominated by Fortnite, K-pop, the Kiki challenge, the Olympics… and the yodeling Walmart kid?Every year, YouTube recaps the highlights of the year with a Rewind video, which features the biggest moments and memes as presented by the most popular YouTube creators. The 2018 video, which was released Thursday and is the longest Rewind to date, opens with an appearance by Will Smith (recreating birthday Grand Canyon video), and features celebrity appearances by John Oliver, Trevor Noah, and Olympic skater Adam Rippon.YouTube personalities such Casey Neistat, Lilly Singh, Emma Chamberlain, Markiplier and Ninja are featured in the video, which tasked the creators with “controlling Rewind.”AdChoices广告YouTube posted on its official blog:“In 2018, you danced your heart out to Drake, yodeled in Walmart, and played a lot of Fortnite. As we prepare to head into 2019, it’s time for our annual look back at the year that was in video and the trends that you made possible.This year was marked by surprising celebrity moments. In February, Kylie Jenner surprised the world with “To Our Daughter,” an 11-minute film detailing her pregnancy and the birth of baby Stormi, which was watched over 53 million times on its way to becoming YouTube’s global #1 Top Trending Video of 2018. Will Smith vlogged all over the world. Oh, and he also jumped out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon on a dare. Rihanna started her own “Tutorial Tuesdays” makeup series. And, of course, Beyoncé’s livestream from Coachella took #Beychella worldwide.”More on’s Top Earner Is a 7-Year-Old That Made $22 MillionDisney Unveils ‘Star Wars’ Animated ShortsMr. Rogers and YouTube Culture LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, GoogleYouTube Star Grant Thompson Killed in Paragliding Accident Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Violence still disrupting Egypts tourism

first_imgEgypt is at risk of being removed from global touristic brochures if revolts in Tahrir Square continue long term.According to the Egyptian Federation of Tourism Chambers head Elhami Zayat, violence is affecting the country’s tourism, witnessing a big drop in the number of reservations to Egypt from the US, Ahramonline reported.”I do not agree with Egypt’s minister of tourism who said that the country’s tourism is not affected by the Tahrir events,” Mr Zayat told the newspaper.”The Egyptian government did not support the tourism sector.”While Mr Zayat notices a decline in travel to the country, hoteliers in Cairo have told the source that although occupancy rates remain at a maximum of 15 percent the majority of their bookings are made by journalists looking for a story and not travellers.Disruptions in Egypt commenced late January/early February this year when locals revolted against then President, Hosni Mubarak Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Minister of Railways launches Clean My Coach service

first_imgThe Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launched ‘Clean My Coach’ service with New Delhi/Northern Railway, Mumbai Central/Western Railway and Lucknow Junction/North Eastern Railway. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Minister of State for Railways was especially present on the occasion. On behalf of the Indian Railways, Chairman, Railway Board, A.K. Mital, Member Mechanical Hemant Kumar and other board members were present on the occasion. Several public representatives and senior officials from the sides of New Delhi/Northern Railway, Mumbai Central/Western Railway and Lucknow Junction /North Eastern Railway stations participated in the occasion.As per the scheme, for any cleaning requirement in the coach, the passenger sends an SMS on a mobile number 58888. Alternatively, the passenger can also use android app ‘Cleanmycoach Indian Railways’ or web page ‘’ for logging the request. Apart from this, dustbins have been put in the non-AC coaches. At the launch, Prabhu harped on how it is the equal responsibility of the railway administration and citizens of the country to maintain cleanliness in and around railway premises. He further said that Indian Railways is on the fast track in the field of digitisation, cleanliness, passenger amenities, coach designs, mechanised laundries, on board services, social media etc. He assured more passenger friendly services in the near future for better travelling experience in trains.Speaking on the occasion, Manoj Sinha said that the Indian Railways has adopted Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat Campaign’ in a big way. He said that launching of ‘Clean My Coach’ Service itself fixes responsibility of onboard staff to ascertain cleanliness in trains. He said that Indian Railways who works as the team will leave no stone unturned to bring the railways to world standard.last_img read more

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Manhunt after exchange robbed of €10000

first_imgPaphos police launched a manhunt on Wednesday afternoon to locate and arrest a man who robbed a money transfer and currency exchange bureau of €10,000 inside the town’s mall.Police said the incident took place at around 6.30pm. The man, wearing a cap, entered the bureau holding a bag and an object, which resembled a gun.He asked the female employee to sit in the corner as he emptied the till. The perpetrator then fled the scene, as police launched a manhunt for his arrest.Officers were also going through security camera footage in a bid to find leads as to the suspect’s identity.  You May LikeApartments | Search AdsSearching for a New Apartment? Your Search Just Got EasierApartments | Search AdsUndoDirect HealthyClint Eastwood Has A Lot Of Memories With This HouseDirect HealthyUndoInfo-life.xyzTop 10 Best Concept Cars In The WorldInfo-life.xyzUndo Protest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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