Found effective drug combination to cure COVID-19 patients: Bangladeshi doctors

first_imgFound effective drug combination to cure COVID-19 patients: Bangladeshi doctors The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article By Press Trust of India on May 18, 2020 The doctors are preparing a paper on the development of the drug for an international journal, as required for scientific review and acknowledgementBangladeshi medical team led by a senior doctor has claimed that their research on the combination of two widely used drugs has yielded astounding results in curing the patients with acute symptoms of the coronavirus that has created havoc worldwide and claimed the lives of over 312,000 people globally.According to a report by Anisur Rahaman of PTI,The claim by the Bangladeshi medical team, which includes prominent physicians from the country, comes amidst the desperate global attempts for a remedy to the deadly coronavirus.“We have got astounding results. Out of 60 COVID-19 patients, all recovered as the combination of the two drugs were applied,” said Professor Dr Md Tarek Alam, the head of Medicine Department at private Bangladesh Medical College Hospital (BMCH).Alam, a reputed clinician in Bangladesh, said a frequently used antiprotozoal medicine called Ivermectin in a single dose with Doxycycline, an antibiotic, yielded virtually the near-miraculous result in curing the patients with COVID-19.My team was prescribing the two medicines only for coronavirus patients, most of them initially reporting with respiratory problems with related complaints, later to be tested COVID-19 positive, he said.Bangladesh has so far reported 20,995 coronavirus cases. A total of 314 people have lost their lives in the country due to the disease.“Claiming that the efficacy of the drug developed by them was such that patients recovered from the virus within four days,” he said, adding that there were no side effects of it.“We first ask them to be tested for COVID-19 and when found coronavirus positive we apply the drugs. They are recovering within four days. The repeated or second tests, in line with the procedure, reconfirmed them COVID-19 negative in all the cases under the research which found the combination to have no side effects on patients either,” he said.“We are hundred per cent hopeful about the effectiveness of the combination, ” he said, adding they have now contacted the concerned government regulators and are preparing to exhaust international procedures for acknowledgement of the drugs for the COVID-19 treatment,” he said.Alam said his team was preparing a paper on the development of the drug for an international journal, as required for scientific review and acknowledgement.Alam’s associate Dr Rabiul Morshed said despite being a non-COVID-19 facility a huge number of patients directly and indirectly end up in BMCH, the country’s premier private general hospital.But all of them have shown remarkable recovery being (COVID-19) negative in four days and 50 per cent reduction of symptoms in three days, he said. News Public Health Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Comment Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Comments (0) BangladeshBangladesh Medical College HospitalCOVID-19 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Sharelast_img read more

Four Teachers Honoured by Kiwanis

first_imgAdvertisements Four Teachers Honoured by KiwanisJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Four teachers from western Jamaica, who also served the Kiwanis International Clubs as Faculty Advisors for a combined 67 years, have been awarded for their exemplary and dedicated service to the Movement.They were lauded and presented with gift packages at the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 25 100th Anniversary Service Leadership Programme Youth Awards Ceremony, held at the Montego Bay High School, in St. James, on January 21, under the theme: ‘Serving the children of the world’.Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Division 25, Lisa Golding, told JIS News that the awardees were selected and specially trained by Kiwanis International.“The Kiwanis Service Leadership Programme is anchored in the schools by our teachers, who act as Faculty Advisors for Kiwanis International. They are usually specially trained by the Kiwanis to represent the parent body in the respective clubs and to guide them into carrying out their community service and also to do their administration,” Mrs. Golding said.She informed that they were specially honoured and awarded for their invaluable service within the five parishes of Trelawny, St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth.The four awardees are: Velma Cohen from the Albion Primary and Junior High School, who has worked with the Kiwanis movement and specifically with the Builders Clubs for over 20 years; Nella Perrier, Principal of the Supreme Prep School in Montego Bay, 12 years; Janet Fearon from the Sandy Bay Primary K Kids Club, five years; and Sonia Leebert from the William Knibb High School in Trelawny, 30 years.In his address at the ceremony, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, noted that for hundreds of years, Jamaicans have demonstrated their leadership capabilities at various levels of the country’s governance and even in other lands.“I implore you as youth leaders to remember that you are here at this time because you have been given a leadership role to play … it is going to be in your hands to ensure that you achieve this. Be reminded also that it is not what you achieve in life that will ultimately determine your success in life, but what you give to others, ultimately making their lives and environment better,” Mayor Harris said. RelatedGirl Guides Urged To Get Into Primary Schools Early RelatedParents Urged to Save for Children’s Tertiary Educationcenter_img RelatedPartnerships Vital to Uplift the Youth – Education Minister Four Teachers Honoured by Kiwanis EducationJanuary 23, 2015Written by: Glenis A. Rose Story HighlightsFour teachers from western Jamaica, who also served the Kiwanis International Clubs as Faculty Advisors for a combined 67 years, have been awarded for their exemplary and dedicated service to the Movement.They were lauded and presented with gift packages at the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 25 100th Anniversary Service Leadership Programme Youth Awards Ceremony, held at the Montego Bay High School, in St. James, on January 21, under the theme: ‘Serving the children of the world’.Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Division 25, Lisa Golding, told JIS News that the awardees were selected and specially trained by Kiwanis International. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, presents Faculty Advisor, Sonia Leebert, with her plaque and gift package during the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 25 100th Anniversary Service Leadership Programmes Youth Awards Ceremony, held at the Montego Bay High School in St.James on January 21, under the theme: ‘Serving the children of the world’. Some 100 youth leaders as well as four Faculty Advisors were recognized and awarded during the ceremony.last_img read more

Highway 93 South Community Visioning Workshop Planned

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Whitefish planning officials are continuing to cull public comment on the corridor plan to help inform the future of land use for the city’s southern gateway.The Highway 93 South Corridor Plan Steering Committee and the City of Whitefish have scheduled a public visioning workshop to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 6340 Highway 93 South in Whitefish. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.“The purpose of the workshop is to get a wide variety of opinions and viewpoints about what is special about the highway corridor and needs to be preserved, and what needs to change and improve in the years ahead,” John Middleton, chairman of the steering committee, said. “Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The more citizens participate, the better the plan will be.”The plan will focus on future land use for Highway 93 South from Sixth Street to Blanchard Lake Road south of Montana 40. The corridor is primarily zoned secondary business with some mixed use and residential land uses included.The creation of a Highway 93 South corridor plan has long been a priority project for the city as set by Whitefish City Council.The workshop is part of an ongoing public process that included an open house in September 2018 and will include a third public meeting later this spring. It will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation and group exercises.An online survey will also be introduced as part of the workshop and be available for the public to take in January and February on the city’s Long-Range Planning webpage at cityofwhitefish.org. The corridor plan will focus on Highway 93 South from 6th Street to Blanchard Lake Road south of Highway 40. The corridor is primarily zoned for highway commercial use with some adjacent residential land uses.“We are very excited to have the public participate in this visioning workshop for Highway 93 South,” Dave Taylor, Whitefish Planning and Building director, said. “The plan will focus on future land uses, economic performance, transportation, design, and aesthetics. Come talk to your neighbors and help us shape the future of this important gateway into Whitefish that we all either live near, shop in, or drive through.”The steering committee was created to work through the planning process with city staff to create a plan that would serve to guide future development along the corridor. The nine-person committee consists of two Whitefish City Council members, one city Planning Board member, two business owners in or adjacent to the corridor, two owner-occupants of residential property in or adjacent to the corridor, and two at-large city residents.Planning staff outlined a draft timeline for a corridor plan that included creating a steering committee for the plan last spring, developing policies and the plan during the summer, having a review draft completed in the fall and a final draft potentially going before the planning board in February 2019.The draft corridor study map includes an area with a northern boundary of East 6th Street south to Blanchard Lake Road. The eastern boundary is generally one block off the highway in the northern portion and then generally follows the Whitefish River south. The proposed western boundary stays to the east of Karrow Avenue.Comments concerning the project may be mailed to: Hilary Lindh, City of Whitefish, Planning & Building, P.O. Box 158, Whitefish, MT 59937. Comments may also be submitted by email to [email protected] Participants attending the public workshop meeting are welcome to submit comments at that time.last_img read more

Think Tanks to Apply for the Lights, Camera, Liberty! program

first_imgThink Tanks to Apply for the Lights, Camera, Liberty! program ← Fiber Optic Valley Challenges You to Boost Innovation 3.0 Deadline: 1 September 2015Open to: think-tanks, but also not-for-profit and public charities of any country can apply for the programBenefits: workshops in L.A, on-site training, financial support for video/technology equipment, eligibility to compete in annual film festival competition in New York City with cash prizes for winnersDescriptionAtlas Network is a non-profit organization connecting a global network of more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty. Their vision is a free, prosperous and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property and free markets. Their mission is to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by cultivating a highly effective and expansive network that inspires and incentives all committed individuals and organizations to achieve lasting impact.You and your organization could make a considerable investment in time, talents and resources developing and researching important public policy solutions. Through participation in this program, you will become even more successful at reaching and engaging new and larger audiences in a way that impacts their thinking and transforms lives for the better.This program offers a year of workshops, on-site training, equipment and technology support and a film festival competition for organizations committed to more effectively sharing the freedom message with key audiences through online video.If accepted to the program, your organization will receive:Complimentary registration and accommodations for the annual Lights, Camera, Liberty workshop in Los Angeles with Hollywood insiders;Financial support for video equipment and technology improvements;Multi-day on-site training at your headquarters for multiple staff;Access to a private message board year-round where film and video experts will answer your questions, review your work and offer tutorials and tips;Eligibility to compete in their annual film festival competition in New York City with cash prizes for the winner.EligibilityAtlas Network invites think-tanks, both U.S. and international, to apply for the Lights, Camera, Liberty program. Nonprofits and public charities from any country are eligible to submit an idea.The Atlas Network also highly favor organizations who have participated in Atlas Leadership Academy and, in particular, those who have completed Think Tank 101, a free online course offered throughout the year within the Academy. Applicant organizations should also be partners of the Atlas Network, thus review here the respective partners.Benefits/FundingThis program is designed to benefit, not just video production personnel, but your organization’s entire team. Multiple staff, including members of the senior team, are encouraged to participate in on-site training and the workshop in L.A. These opportunities emphasize the overall strategy and creative process of developing a message and delivering that message through video. The exercises can be transformative for the way you market your ideas. Past applicants and participants are welcome to reapply.Finalists and winner of the film competition within the program are to be granted receive travel grants to attend Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner November 11-12, 2015 in New York City, and present their video before an audience of international donors, peers and allies. The winner will also receive a USD 1,000 cash prize.How to apply?Deadline for application is 1 September 2015. You should start the application process HERE. Aside, before you proceed, you will be asked to become a partner of the Atlas Network as it is a pre-condition to proceed with your application.All interested non- profit organizations or individuals can apply online. Questions? Contact [email protected] more information please visit the official website. The Fifth International Conference of Roma Women → Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. July 10, 2015 Published by branka Pocket +1 Share 0 LinkedIn 0 Reddit Tweet Similar Stories last_img read more

International Research Fellowships at Paris Institute for Advanced Study

first_img LinkedIn 0 European Blind Union full time Project Coordinator. Similar Stories International Research Fellowships at Paris Institute for Advanced Study YOUNG LEADERS – 2021 EDITION a letter of cooperation signed by a member of a university or research institution based in France. Preference will be given to projects conducted in cooperation with the partners of the IAS (see list below). The planned collaborations may include the organization of conferences and series of lectures or the preparation of a research project to be submitted to an international funding agency (like the ERC or the EU H2020 program);in the case of Junior Fellows, two letters of recommendation from French or international researchers.For more information please visit the official website. World Forum for Democracy 2020: Call for Initiatives Deadline: 3 April 2018Open to: researchers from all countriesBenefits: housing, a monthly remuneration and round-trip ticket to ParisDescriptionThe Paris Institute for Advanced Study is launching two calls for applications for research fellowships in 2019-2020 open to researchers of all nationalities.one call for 5 or 10-month fellowships in the “Blue Sky Research” program, open to all disciplines and themes in the humanities and social sciences.one call for 5 or 10-month fellowships in the “Brain, Culture and Society” program. This call is for researchers willing to conduct a project at the interface between neuroscience, cognitive science and the humanities and social sciences.EligibilityResearchers from all countries are eligible.This call for applications is open to:Junior scholars with or without a permanent position in a university or research institution, who have received their PhD no later than April 1st 2016. The applicants who have held their PhD for more than 9 years will be considered as senior researchers;Senior researchers holding a position in a university or research institution, or emeritus professors, having a minimum of 10 years of research experience after their PhD (received before April 1st 2008);The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English;Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the application (that is, between February 15th, 2015 and February 15th, 2018) are not eligible.BenefitsThe Paris IAS provides its fellows with housing and a monthly remuneration (or complement of remuneration). It also pays for their round-trip ticket to Paris.HousingThe Paris IAS provides apartments in the Pavillon Victor Lyon at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. This building, entirely refurbished, offers 1-room to 5-room apartments, a conference room and other services.Status and remunerationFellows who maintain their status in their home institution benefit from a stipend. For others, the Paris IAS proposes a short term research contract with salary. In all cases, the remuneration depends on the fellow’s personal and professional situation and on whether she or he continues to receive pay from her/his home institution. The benchmark pay scale corresponds to prevailing standards in French academia.TravelTravel costs from the fellow’s home to Paris and back are covered by the IAS (economy class).InsurancesThe IAS’ fellows will need to get a personal insurance covering all risks during their stay, for themselves as well as the persons accompanying them.Support for researchDuring their stay, the fellows will have an office in the premises of the Paris IAS, in the 17th Century Hôtel de Lauzun, with a computer, Internet access, and printer. The IAS provides meeting and conference rooms.The fellows may receive financial support for their work and scientific activities, including the organization of events (colloquia, seminars, lectures, etc.). Help for the translation and publication of their research texts can also be proposed.The Paris IAS and its partner institutions have signed agreements enabling the fellows to enjoy special access and borrowing privileges in the main Paris university-based research libraries. In addition, the fellows can have most books and documents delivered directly from the libraries to the institute.How to Apply?The application, in English or French, must be submitted via an online application system (see the guide “How to apply“). Mail or e-mail applications are not accepted.The application consists of an online form with the following attached documents:a curriculum vitae (10 pages maximum) including a list of publications and a list of the 5 publications considered as the most important by the applicant;a detailed research proposal (25 000 characters maximum, spaces included, bibliography not included). The proposal should include:theme;state of the art in the field, innovative character of the proposal;methodology or theoretical framework;expected outcomes;work planning, timescales;existing or planned scientific cooperation and contacts in France;bibliography (books and articles cited); February 27, 2018 Published by Ivona center_img Pocket Reddit Share 0 Tweet +1 ← The future of solidarity in Europe – Student Contest Homeoffice – Political Internship at FOMOSO →last_img read more

STEM industry urged to purposely embrace gender diversity

first_img TAGSSchneider Electricskills developmentwomen in power Previous articleIs oversaturation in the digital space giving you anxiety?Next articleEskom might shelve loadshedding for the weekend, or not Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This has included internal hidden bias learning programmes to educate employees on how to be more inclusive, flexibility at work programmes, and everyone covered by global family leave programmes. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Webinar recording: Fostering women leadership representation in the power industry To truly challenge the status quo, companies need to better assess how they take action towards gender parity. According to Schneider Electric, culture is key. Despite the business case for gender diversity, women remain severely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields, highlights energy solutions company Schneider Electric. Watch the ESI Africa women in energy series on YouTube Fifteen years ago, women at Schneider Electric represented just 5% of its top 1,000 leaders. Today, women make up 23% of the company’s global leadership, and 36% of its board members are women. As South Africa celebrates women’s month this August, the engineering and technology industry is urged to embrace this time as an occasion to look at how organisations can bridge gender diversity in these sectors. Read more: Will ‘generation equality’ rise to new heights post-COVID-19? UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Nobuhle Mzobe, channel marketing manager at Schneider Electric South Africa, also had her interest in technology piqued at a career expo. “I was lucky to be exposed to the idea of an engineering career early in life. I was introduced to the concept and went on to get my B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering,” she explains. Further, three of the company’s five major country regions are led by female executive committee members. While there is still progress to be made, the business has experienced success by prioritising creating a culture in which diversity thrives and everyone feels included. Transformation is possible Finance and Policycenter_img She adds: “Diversity, in my opinion, is exactly where our strengths lie. We need to be unapologetic about the change we want to see in our environment.” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Access to information helps “Exposing young women to technology careers is invaluable in encouraging more women into the industry. When technology-related career opportunities come up, women are not first to mind. We typically take up softer, supportive roles, and we have accepted this stereotype. I see too many female colleagues second guessing themselves, downplaying their perspectives and expertise, where in fact this should be celebrated,” states Myeza. A 2017 study revealed that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity in leadership were 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability. In conclusion, the energy solutions company points out that there are huge positives for any organisation that perseveres towards gender parity, adding that “in an increasingly complex business environment, finding a way to blend diversity in thought and ideas not only makes an organisation more human, more competitive, and more fun, but it might be the only way to achieve sustained business success.” BRICS Generation This is widely understood, and many companies have strong intentions to encourage women into technology and leadership, however, there remains a big disconnect between what is being said, and what is being done. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Encouraging women in the field Featured image: Stock “Aside from the gender stereotypes regarding ‘suitable professions’, I think much of the problem in achieving gender parity lies in a lack of information. Companies need to get out there and expose the younger – female – generation to what kind of technology careers are available to them. Engineering is a broad field and I don’t think this is widely understood by university applicants,” says Mzobe. “Diversity makes us a better company; it helps us understand issues from perspectives we haven’t considered before. And we’re more creative as a result,” explains Angel Myeza, Vice President (Field Services) – Anglophone Africa, Schneider Electric. Myeza is a qualified mechatronics engineer and found her interest in STEM after a high school career expo.last_img read more

John Anderson Takes $32,500 Darnell & Co. Grand Prix

first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Langley, BC (August 14, 2009) – The “Masters” Tournament at Spruce Meadows gets underway starting September 9, 2009, and it appears that Calgary’s John Anderson is ready. Thirty one riders took to the grass for the $32,500 Darnell & Co. Lawyers Grand Prix at Thunderbird Show Park on Friday, August 14. Seven riders advanced to the jump-off, but only three would post double clear rounds and just over a second would separate first from second. In the end it was John Anderson and Terrific who came out on top.An early clear round by Emily George and Ramila, followed soon after by Bryna Closson and Rip Tide, promised good things for the competitors, but the course, set by international course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. of Germany, was tough. Challenging turns and two technical combinations resulted in rails for the majority of the field. Spectators would watch 18 riders go, some with high fault rounds, before the next clear round from Jeff Campf and London. Four more, in a row, would take seven riders into the jump off.First into the ring was Emily George on Ramila. Delivering a perfect round, her time of 47.95 would be the one to beat. Bryna Closson tried, but she had a rail, while Jeff Campf on London had two. Rich Fellers, one of the world’s finest speed riders, thrilled the crowd with a quick trip on Kilkenny Rindo. Fast when he could be and careful when he needed to be, all the rails stayed up, even after a good rub on fence two.Fellers’ position atop the leader board didn’t last long. John Anderson and Terrific had turf flying as they sped through the course and stole the lead with a time of 41.65. Jennifer Crooks finished with eights faults, while Gary Brewster and Royal Viali had four.Terrific, a Dutch-bred nine-year-old gelding, shows great promise in the grand prix ring. Aboard this horse, Anderson has been rising through the ranks for the second time in his career. First propelled onto the international stage at 19, over twenty years ago, Anderson is headed for the top once again. For Terrific, coming to Thunderbird provides the experience and miles needed to tune both himself and his horses for Spruce Meadows.$32,500 Darnell & Co. Grand Prix – Top 81. John Anderson London Clear 41.652. Rich Fellers Kilkenny Rindo Clear 42.753.Emily George Ramila Clear 47.954. Bryna Closson Rip Tide 4 Faults 44.695. Gary Brewster Royal Viali 4 Faults 47.166. Jeff Campf London 8 Faults 43.287. Jennifer Crooks SF Sadin 8 Faults 47.62Emily George Quidam’s Ramiro 1 Fault in first roundThunderbird Show Park is mid-way through the Summer Classic Tournament. The Park hosts the $10,000 International USHJA Hunter Derby on Saturday, August 15, at 4:30 p.m. and the $55,000 Warsteiner World Cup at 2 p.m. on August 16. Next week, the Park will host the $25,000 Tommy Bahama Grand Prix at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21, the $10,000 Province Speed Challenge at 4:30pm on Saturday, August 22, and the $75,000 Keg Steakhouse & Bar Grand Prix at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 23. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Ukraine gives strong mandate to Poroshenko

first_imgA desire by parties to regroup after the presidential election may determine whether parliamentary elections are set for November – the date usually talked about – or for later. Another influence on the date of the election is the passage of constitutional reforms. The EU, the United States and Russia called for constitutional reforms when they held four-way talks with Ukraine in Geneva on 17 April. The government’s aim is for the draft proposals, which were passed to parliament on 15 May, to be read and amended by the Verkhovna Rada before the summer break, enabling the reforms to be pushed through in September.The debate about constitutional reform will also be shaped by an ongoing series of national roundtables championed by the EU and the US. The reforms under discussion centre on political decentralisation, reform of the judiciary and the balance of power between the presidency and parliament. Russia had pushed for the separatists to be included, and has repeatedly called for the country to adopt a federal system. Ukraine’s presidential election were won decisively in the first round on Sunday (25 May) by Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire businessman and politician.His victory, though not yet officially confirmed, has already been accepted by his principal rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, who had threatened during the election campaign that she would launch a “third round of the revolution” if Poroshenko won.The European Union and the United States had warned Russia, in light of its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March, that disruption of the elections would trigger economic sanctions. In the event, disruption was limited to districts in Donetsk and Luhansk controlled by separatist militia for much of the past three months. Turnout nationally was 60%, rising to 78% in the western region of Lviv.Poroshenko now needs to address two immediate challenges: to Kiev’s control of Ukraine, and to Ukraine’s energy supply. Immediately after his victory, Poroshenko called for the separatist threat in eastern Ukraine to be crushed within “hours”, lending his authority to a military operation launched shortly before the election.The chances that the election might help to ease the tensions with Russia have been improved by a decision by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – reiterated on Monday (26 May) by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov – that Russia would recognise the election result. However, there is as yet no sign of a resolution of a dispute over gas supplies, which Russia has threatened to cut off or reduce from 1 June if Ukraine does not agree to pay for gas in advance.The European Union has welcomed the conduct of the election – judged to be free, fair and largely in line with international standards by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – but, in their official response, the presidents of the European Council and Commission, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, refrained from mentioning an EU-Ukraine trade deal, which is ready for signing but which has been a major bone of contention in relations with Russia.Poroshenko’s overwhelming victory, with 54% of the vote, has swept aside talk of an unbridgeable east-west divide in Ukraine, since he came out on top almost everywhere. One district in the Kharkiv region was carried by Mykhailo Dobkin, a former governor of the region, and polling was impossible in most districts in Donetsk and Luhansk.The election dispelled notions of a significant far-right dimension to Ukrainian politics, with the candidates of the far-right gaining just over 2% of the vote. The result also suggests that the Party of Regions – the party of the former president, Viktor Yanukovych – will have great difficulty rebuilding itself. The election could in addition lead to fissures within the leading party in the interim government, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), which was created by Tymoshenko. Balázs Jarábik of the think-tank FRIDE predicts that Arseniy Yatsenyuk will remain prime minister, but that Poroshenko will remove several of Tymoshenko’s allies.last_img read more

Dark Star Jubilee Will Return In 2015

first_imgDark Star Orchestra’s festival, Dark Star Jubilee, has announced their return in 2015. Held from May 22-24 over Memorial Day weekend in Thornville, OH, the festival will see three headlining performances from DSO, and “25 more bands” that will be added in the coming days.“Pre-lineup” pre-sale tickets are currently available for $110, and VIP pre-sale tickets are going for $220. More ticketing information can be found via Mission Tix.last_img

For First Time Ever, Renewables Overtake Coal As #1 Energy Source in ‘Europe’s Biggest Economy’

first_imgCoal burning, on the other hand, accounted for only 38% of the nation’s energy in 2018.RELATED: The Best Environmental News of 2018 — Earth Seems to be in Good Hands After AllWith a 5.4% increase, Reuters says that wind power contributed 20.4% of German power output, making it the second largest source of energy in the country at 111 terawatts of electricity.The data reflects a milestone in Germany’s ambitious goal of having renewable energy sources account for 65% of their energy output by 2030.Come February, the German coal commission will be presenting its plan to phase out coal energy for good.Power Up With Positivity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Facebook – Photo by Vince O’Sullivan, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the first time ever, renewable energy sources have overtaken coal as the leading source of power in Germany.In 2018, studies show that wind, solar, biomass, and hydro power sources produced 4.3% more power than they did in 2017, accounting for 40% of the nation’s total energy output.The increase marks an exciting improvement from renewables producing only 19.1% of their power in 2010.last_img read more