ACVs 50 BOGO deal offers sun savings in Mexico Caribbean

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: ACV&ME, BOGO, Caribbean, Mexico, Promotions ACV’s 50% BOGO deal offers sun savings in Mexico & Caribbeancenter_img Posted by MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is reminding agents that its Buy One, Get One at 50% promotion with deals for summer travel expires Feb. 24.Clients can save on departures June through September 2019, to Mexico and the Caribbean.The offer is applicable to new bookings with nonstop flights in Economy Class on select Flight & Hotel packages and departure dates only, and with a minimum seven-night stay.ACV’s travel protection plans, CareFlex and CareFree, can be added to the booking for more flexibility and peace of mind, as well as extra commission.With the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels and groups will receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3-6 nights and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME loyalty points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or Visa gift cards. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 last_img read more

Rep Lightner announces January office hours

first_img State Rep. Sarah Lightner invites residents to join her for local office hours this month.“I always encourage residents to share their thoughts and concerns on matters of state government,” Rep. Lightner said. “As a legislator, I strive for solutions that help us work toward a better Michigan for our children and grandchildren.”Monday, Jan. 14: 11 a.m. to Noon at Cambridge Township Hall, 9990 M 50 in Onsted.Monday, Jan. 21: 11 a.m. to Noon at Eaton Township Hall, 3981 E. Clinton Trail in Charlotte.Monday, Jan. 28: 11 a.m. to Noon at Biggby Coffee, 3039 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Lightner at 517-373-1775 or via email at SarahLightner@house.mi.gov. 07Jan Rep. Lightner announces January office hours Categories: Lightner Newslast_img read more

Catch 22 Disneyowned Hulu has reintroduced 4K str

first_imgCatch 22Disney-owned Hulu has reintroduced 4K streaming to the platform.The announcement came quietly in a response to a user concern from the Hulu Support Twitter account. The tweet confirmed that users will be able to watch any of Hulu’s original shows – such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Catch-22 and Castle Rock – in 4K UHD.UHD streaming is only available to Google’s Chromecast Ultra and Apple TV 4K devices, but there will be no support for HDR. 4K was previously a feature of Hulu, before being surreptitiously dropped in 2018 with no explanation.  Hulu has been some way behind competitors Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which both offer support for 4K UHD HDR for a selection of films and TV shows.The streamer was fully acquired by Disney in May, with the company and Comcast entering into a “put/call” agreement regarding NBCUniversal’s 33% ownership stake in the platform. Disney has previously spoken about its intention to make a big push into 4K HDR with Disney+, launching in November, and it is safe to assume this is a mentality that will be carried through to Hulu.last_img read more

Gerry Anderson who has died at the age of 69 Trib

first_img Gerry Anderson who has died at the age of 69.Tributes are being paid to Derry man Gerry Anderson, one of Northern Ireland’s best-known television and radio presenters, who has died aged 69 following a long illness.Announcing his passing on BBC Radio Foyle this morning, his colleague, Enda McClafferty, described him as a broadcasting “legend” who brought joy to the lives of people here during the “dark days” of the Troubles.Joe Mahon, former manager at Radio Foyle and presenter of the highly popular UTV series “Lesser Spotted Ulster,” said: “He had a public persona certainly, and that was performance,” Mr Mahon said. “He put his heart and soul into it, but he also kept an awful lot of himself to himself and to his family.”Deputy Martin McGuinness said he was “very saddened” to hear of his passing, said his loss to broadcasting will be “very, very deeply felt.”Gerry Anderson” a broadcasting “:legend.”Former UTV presenter Gerry Kelly, now with Radio Ulster, described him as “one of the most innovative and clever broadcasters” he had ever known.In a career spanning 30 years, hosted radio and TV programmes for BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle. Gerry Anderson started working as a radio presenter in 1984 and went on to become a household name in Northern Ireland.He began his broadcasting career with BBC Radio Foyle in his home town, famously renaming it “Stroke City.”His show was chosen by BBC Radio Ulster and he formed a successful on-air partnership with fellow broadcaster, Séan Coyle, also from Derry.Anderson also made a number of TV series and documentaries for BBC Northern Ireland, including the chat show “Anderson on the Box” in which he interviewed some of the biggest names from the worlds of entertainment and sport.He had a brief spell in London as a presenter on BBC Radio Four.He was named as the Best Regional Presenter at the Royal Television Society journalism awards in 2004.The following year, he received the ultimate accolade for his services to broadcasting when he was inducted into the “UK Radio Hall of Fame.”Born in Derry in 1944, he was educated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers after which he worked as an apprentice tool-maker and a clerk in a shipping firm.In 1963, having taught himself the guitar he moved to Manchester where he worked the clubs.A tour of Scotland, England and Canada followed, with the showband The Chessmen.In 1972, whilst in Canada, Anderson joined a band called Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks.He then returned to Ireland where he gained a degree in sociology and social anthropology and a postgraduate diploma in continuing education.He started broadcasting at BBC Radio Foyle in 1985.In 1990, he was named Gold Sony Award 1990 for Best Regional Broadcaster and Broadcaster of the Year at the Entertainment and Media Awards, 1991, 1992 and 1993 and following year was named Regional Presenter of the Year by the Royal Television Society.His semi-autobiographical, “Surviving Stroke City, was published in 1989, charting  his adventures in showband land, his rock ‘n’ roll years in America and his return to Ireland. DEATH OF GERRY ANDERSON: TRIBUTES TO A BROADCASTING “LEGEND” was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags:center_img ShareTweet andersonbbcbroadcastingDerrydiesgerryradiotributesulsterlast_img read more

In This Issue Flight to safety but was it nec

first_imgIn This Issue. * Flight to safety, but was it necessary??? * STL Fed Head Bullard says we are at a turning point… * China lets the renminbi rise… * Australian officials bypass the US$… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A questionable flight to safety… Good day… It was a ‘risk-off’ day in the currency markets yesterday as traders continued to digest data suggesting manufacturing in both the Chinese and European economies is slowing. Currency investors moved back into the ‘safe haven’ currencies of the Japanese yen and US$, pushing the yen up over 1% and the dollar index to a weekly high. I mentioned the Chinese report yesterday morning, but failed to give many details. The report was produced by HSBC Holdings PLC and Markit Economics and reported an index of factory output in China dropped to 48.1 in March. As with most of these indexed reports, a number below 50 indicates a contraction. China continues to be the globes economic engine, so any report that shows that engine is slowing causes drama in the markets. Readers of the Pfennig can probably surmise that I think the markets were over-reacting to this report. The Chinese government stated last year that they were looking to ‘tap the brakes’ and wanted to see their economies rapid growth slow. They knew there was a serious risk of inflating bubbles in their markets, and a slowdown was needed. To their credit, they were transparent in their intentions to slow growth from the red hot double digits to a more sustainable 7.5%. But ‘traders’ make money on volatility, and the release of the HSBC/Markit report gave them an opportunity to push the markets around. The commodity based currencies were the worst hit, and the damage continued through most of morning. Numbers released out of Europe only increased currency traders concern regarding the global recovery. A report from the UK yesterday showed retail sales fell more than expected in February and a report from Ireland showed that countries economy slipped back into recession in the fourth quarter. All of this data had investors running for cover yesterday morning, and the yen and US$ were the two currencies they sought out for shelter. But a funny thing happened in late trading yesterday as the dollar reversed its earlier gains and started to move lower. I couldn’t find anything in particular which drove the dollar down, but it may have been sparked by comments made by St. Louis Fed President James Bullard who was in Hong Kong. Bullard suggested US monetary policy may be at a turning point, suggesting our days of ultra easy money may be coming to an end. With policy currently “on pause, it may be a good time to take stock of whether we may be at a turning point,” Bullard said in a speech. “As the US economy continues to rebound and repair,” further action “may create an over commitment to ultra-easy monetary policy.” Bullards comments sent a warning to the markets that the low interest rates which they have become addicted to are not going to last forever. While some would think higher US rates should push the dollar up (interest rate differentials have been one of the main drivers of currency markets in the past), higher rates could also put our recovery in jeopardy which worries investors. Data released in the US seemed to support Bullard’s thoughts that the US is passing through a turning point. Initial jobless claims were a bit lower than expected, at 348k compared to an adjusted 353k new claims last week. Leading indicators were also positive, moving up .7% compared to economist’s expectations of a .6% increase. This morning we will get a report of new home sales for February which are predicted to have increased 1.3% during February after falling .9% last month. A couple of the ‘big boys’ announced changes to their currency opinions yesterday. Goldman Sachs recommended investors should sell the US$ vs. the Japanese yen to take advantage of a possible reversal of the recent movement in these two currencies. “There is a substantial risk that the sharp move in the yen will reverse at least partially in the new fiscal year,” Goldman Sachs analysts wrote. “Seasonal patterns point in that direction. The surprise improvement in the February trade balance in Japan supports our view and we are now also coming very close to fiscal year end in Japan.” So the folks over at Goldman are going against the grain and believe the yen will appreciate. Perhaps this report was one of the reasons the yen jumped over 1% yesterday (The folks over at Goldman certainly still swing the big stick in the markets). Citigroup adjusted the allocations of the currencies which make up their ‘Model Portfolio’, increasing the percentage allotted to the Swedish krona and decreasing the weighting of the Canadian dollar. Currency analysts at Citi believe the Swedish currency is relatively cheap compared to its European peers. They also feel the Canadian dollar is near enough to the top of its trading range that it is prudent to take some profits. I guess they wish they would have made the call on the loonie a few days ago, as the Canadian dollar fell to parity with the US$ yesterday for the first time in nearly two weeks. A report showed retail sales grew slower than predicted during the month of January and this combined with another drop in the price of crude oil caused the loonie to fall nearly 1% in the past two days to settle in just above parity. The Chinese currency surged higher overnight as the PBOC increased the fixing rate by the largest margin this year. The central bank also cut reserve requirements for its rural banking system in order to boost lending. Officials in China believe the economy will bottom in the first or second quarter and that the country has already passed through the tightest credit conditions in this cycle. And Moody’s Investor Services helped boost confidence in the Chinese banking system saying Premier Wen Jiabao’s policies will limit the increase in bad debt that analysts say will mar profit reports this month. Moody’s said Wen’s efforts to curb property speculation are “having the desired effect”. Chuck has been detailing the efforts of China to gain acceptance of their Chinese Renminbi for use in global trade. One of the ways they have been pushing their currency into the markets has been through the use of ‘swap agreements’ with some of their major trading partners. The countries use these swap agreements to bypass the US$ which is typically used for global trade, and instead use the local currencies. China has entered into these swap agreements with several of their trading partners (20 to be exact) the largest of which was Brazil. But they had not entered into a swap agreement with any of the ‘major’ countries until yesterday when the Reserve Bank of Australia announced they had agreed to a $31 billion currency swap with China. According to a statement from the RBA, “The main purpose of the swap agreements are to support trade and investment between Australia and China, particularly in local currency terms, and to strengthen bilateral financial co-operation.” The amount of $31 billion isn’t dramatic in the big picture of global trade, but it is quite obvious China is looking to decrease their reliance on US$, and therefore decreasing the globe’s dependence on the greenback. The RBA statement went on to say “The agreement reflects the increasing opportunities available to settle trade between the two countries in Chinese renminbi and to make RMB-denominated investments.” The US$ is slowly losing its grip on its ‘reserve currency’ status. And the impact won’t just a hit to our nation’s collective ego. Our status as the globe’s reserve currency has kept our interest rates down and demand for our currency up. Countries across the globe have to have dollars in order to trade as most of the major commodities are traded in dollars (OIL is a prime example). This forces these countries to hold dollars in reserve, as they will need them to trade, and they purchase our treasury instruments in order to ‘park’ these dollars. So having the dollar as the reserve currency has allowed the US to continue to issue bonds at lower rates than we would be able to if we weren’t home to the world’s reserve currency. China doesn’t ‘have it in’ for the dollar, but are obviously looking to give the Renminbi a higher profile in the global economy. Then there was this… Jack Stapleton, my good friend and the new Director of our EverBank Infinity Banking Program here sent me a story yesterday morning which suggests the stronger CAD$ may be having a positive impact on US auto manufacturing. The story which was written by Peter Wadkins over at ThomsonReuters detailed the data on Canadian and US manufacturing numbers and compared them to automobile sales. Canadian auto sales are up, but wholesale sales (most of which are shipped to the US) were down. At the same time, US manufacturing in the Midwest has rebounded higher over the past few months – mostly due to increased auto and auto parts manufacturing. Wadkins theorizes that the strong CAD$ has the big 3 auto manufacturers beginning to shift production back to the US. If this becomes a trend, we could see Canadian leaders start trying to do something about the strength of the Canadian dollar. To recap… The US$ rallied yesterday morning as investors moved into the US$ and yen as safe havens. The reason for the big exodus from ‘risk’ trades was the report I wrote about yesterday which suggested China will be slowing. The US$ reversed course midway through the trading day and continued to fall overnight. Goldman Sachs suggested investors should sell the US$ vs. JPY and Citigroup increased their allocation to Swedish krona while reducing the Canadian dollar. The Chinese currency surged overnight and the RBA and PBOC announced a swap agreement which bypasses the US$. Finally, a story shared by one of my coworkers suggests the big 3 automakers may be moving some of their manufacturing back to the US. Currencies today 3/23/2012. American Style: A$ $1.0402, kiwi .8128, C$ $1.0045, euro 1.3249, sterling 1.5856, Swiss $1.0992. European Style: rand 7.7253, krone 5.7640, SEK 6.74, forint 222.37, zloty 3.1480, koruna 18.6995, RUB 29.3398, yen 82.66, sing 1.2639, HKD 7.7658, INR 51.2175, China 6.3076, pesos 12.8333, BRL 1.8192, Dollar Index 79.453, Oil $105.93, 10-year 2.26%, Silver $31.6725, and Gold $1,650.91. That’s it for today… And the end of a relatively calm week for the currency and metals markets. It was kind of nice not having to deal with any wild market swings, and the Euro debt problem barely made an appearance in this week’s Pfennig. We are marching toward our T24 conversion next weekend, which will mark the successful end of a 4 year project. Looking forward to spending some time with my family this weekend, hopefully the rain which is starting this morning will push through by this evening. Everyone go have a Fantastic Friday, and a wonderful weekend!! Thanks for reading the Pfennig! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

The dollar index closed at 8376 in lateafternoon

first_img The dollar index closed at 83.76 in late-afternoon trading in New York on Monday…and then traded more or less sideways until 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and the subsequent rally peaked out at 84.20 about 10:20 a.m. in New York.  Then, in less than three hours, the index fell to its low of 83.70 at precisely 1:00 p.m. EDT…giving up all of its earlier gains…and a few basis points more.  The index closed at 83.76…unchanged on the day. The gold price fell $40 as the dollar index rose 41 points between 2:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…and 10:20 a.m. in New York…but when the dollar index declined 52 basis points during the following two and half hours, the gold price only rose by about $15. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column…but not too many ones related to precious metals…and a couple of them are must reads. What is your “fair Share” of what someone else has worked for? – Thomas Sowell I was hoping for better price action than we got yesterday, considering the impressive key reversals all four precious metals painted.  But that was not to be…and gold’s attempt to break above the $1,400 spot price mark in late afternoon trading in Hong Kong got smacked immediately.  But the moves we actually got in all four precious metals were out of all proportion to the antics of the dollar index…a fact that I wrote about further up. The only ‘good’ thing about yesterday’s price action was the fact that, if all the data is reported in a timely manner, this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report should be something to see, as yesterday at the close of Comex trading was the cut-off for it. As Ted pointed out in his commentary above…and as last COT Report showed…the precious metals are configured for a major move higher.  It only remains to be seen if JPMorgan et al will show up as long sellers/short sellers of last resort as prices rise through their critical moving averages. All we can do is wait it out. At the moment, gold and silver prices are miles below their current 20-day moving averages…the first moving average of any consequence [according to Ted] as far as the mega-short technical funds are concerned.  But sooner or later it will be pierced, either by price action or the passage of time, and then the technical funds who use this average as a target, will start heading for the exits. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver with their respective 20 and 50-day moving averages… (Click on image to enlarge) Gold chopped around the $1,375 spot mark through most of Far East trading on their Wednesday, but about ten minutes before London opened, the gold price popped for about ten bucks.  It was the same story in silver, but it only moved about 15 cents during that same period.  As I write this paragraph, London has been open ten minutes, so we’ll see what happens once the trading day has a couple of hours under its belt. Volumes are pretty light…at least compared to the volumes we’ve seen lately at this time of day.  Most of it is still of the HFT variety…but there’s not a lot of it. The dollar index is up about 7 basis points. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time, nothing much has changed since I wrote the above paragraph.  Gold is up about twelve bucks…and silver is up two bits.  The dollar index is flat…and volumes, although understandably higher now, are still pretty light all things considered. I haven’t the foggiest idea how the rest of the trading day will turn out, but we’re set up for a rally of biblical proportions if “da boyz” don’t show up…and it’s just a matter of when, not if, that rally begins.  Then, in very short order, we’ll find what their intentions are. See you on Thursday. The gold shares gapped down almost 4 percent at the open…hit their low at 10:00 a.m. EDT when gold hit its low…and then rallied until around 1:00 p.m. in New York, before selling off into the close as gold did the same.  The HUI finished down 2.75%. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 18 gold and 10 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. GLD had another withdrawal yesterday. This time it was 270,710 troy ounces…and as of 11:38 p.m. last night, there were no reported changes in SLV. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 217,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories, there was big movement in silver inventories on Monday.  They received 968,451 troy ounces…and shipped 1,119,034 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Monday, these depositories didn’t receive any, but shipped 32,033 troy ounces out the door…and the link to that activity is here. Here is today’s “cute quota”… The silver chart looked similar…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 2.37%. Silver was under selling pressure right from the New York open on Monday evening…and was down about 50 cents by 9:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  It rallied until around 2:00 p.m…and then, like gold, went into a slow decline, with the low also at the London p.m. gold fix…10:00 a.m. EDT in New York. And also, like gold, rallied until noon before selling off a bit into the close.  The noon low, according to Kitco, printed $22.00 spot. Silver closed at $22.43 spot…down 49 cents on the day.  Gross volume was a chunky 63,000 contracts.center_img The platinum and palladium charts looked mostly similar. (Click on image to enlarge) Sponsor Advertisement As last COT Report showed, the precious metals are configured for a major move higher After an exciting day on Monday, trading in the Far East was very quiet…and the attempt to break through the $1,400 spot mark around 1:30 p.m. Hong Kong time was the start of a long, slow sell-off that ended at the London p.m. gold fix.  The low tick at that point was, according to Kitco…$1,359.00 spot. The subsequent rally lasted until noon in New York…and that was it for the day. Gold closed at $1,376.00 spot…down $24.10 from Monday.  Net volume was very heavy…around 195,000 contracts. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project.last_img read more

Disabled people could be at risk of violence and

first_imgDisabled people could be at risk of violence, and even “killings and euthanasia”, because of their portrayal by the UK government and media as “parasites” who live on benefits, according to unpublished comments by the chair of a UN committee.Theresia Degener, who chairs the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, warns in the interview that such portrayals of disabled people are “very, very dangerous”.Her comments are even more critical and highly-charged than those she and her committee colleagues made during last month’s two-day public examination in Geneva of the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Degener herself had told the UK government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, comments that were repeated by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in yesterday’s prime minister’s questions (see separate story).But her comments in the interview with a BBC journalist – which are believed to have not been broadcast – go even further.Degener (pictured) says that cuts to social security have been so severe that they have become “life threatening to many disabled people”, and she then talks about the impact of the austerity cuts on public attitudes to disabled people.She says in the interview that “disabled people being portrayed as parasites, living on social benefits, and welfare and the taxes of other people” was “very, very dangerous”.She says that such attitudes “will later on lead to violence against disabled people, we know it, if not to killings and euthanasia”.She stressed later to Disability News Service (DNS) that she was not comparing the situation in the UK to the propaganda used in Nazi Germany, where disabled people were often referred to by the state as “useless eaters” who led “burdensome lives” as a justification for the killing of as many as 275,000 disabled people by doctors.She told DNS: “I did not draw a comparison with Nazi Germany in the 1930s/40s because the current UK situation is in no way comparable to Nazi Germany.“I meant to alert more generally to the danger of dividing disabled people from the general population by ‘othering’ them as ‘parasites’.“There have been killings (disguised as mercy killings) based on such irrational thinking.”She says in the BBC interview: “I am not saying that [this violence] is happening right now in the UK, but this is why governments have to stop this kind of attitude.”Degener, who herself is German and a professor of law and disability studies, says that “although we would never as a human rights treaty body favour censorship, we think that media and the government have some responsibility in this regard”.Her comments follow concerns raised in the committee’s report about “the persisting occurring incidents of negative attitudes, stereotypes and prejudice against persons with disabilities… as well as concerning their social protection entitlements”.Her colleague Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had said during the public examination that disabled people in the UK were “most concerned” about negative attitudes towards disabled people on benefits which were “fuelled” by the media and “government representatives”.Disabled activists and opposition politicians have repeatedly raised concerns that ministers or civil servants have briefed newspapers in a way that encourages them to report inaccurate and misleading articles, with headlines such as “75 per cent of incapacity claimants are fit to work” and “Disabled benefit? Just fill in a form”.In 2012, a report by Disability Rights UK found that disabled people increasingly believed that coverage of welfare reform and other disability issues in national newspapers was helping to fuel hate crime, with many of the respondents blaming rising hostility towards them on “government spin and distortion” and “rhetoric from the government about scroungers and benefit cheats”.The previous year, a letter from the Disability Benefits Consortium to Maria Miller, then the minister for disabled people, accused the government of causing disabled people “significant alarm” by releasing information about disability living allowance (DLA) that led to “misleading” media coverage.The letter warned her of the government’s obligations under the Equality Act not to “generate stigma, persecution or harassment of disabled people requiring support from the welfare system”.Degener also says in the BBC interview that, compared to other countries with “less economic power” and less advanced equality and discrimination legislation, the UK’s austerity policy was “less human rights oriented”, so that “UK appears to be a strong country when it comes to equal rights but a very, very weak country with relation to economic, social and culture rights”.She says the UK’s record on disability rights “is going backwards in a pace and to an amount that it worries us a lot” and that the evidence in front of the committee was “overwhelming”.Degener was not available this week to expand on her remarks, but she has given permission for them to be used by DNS.She made the comments in an interview recorded for BBC News on 31 August, following the publication of the committee’s “concluding observation” on the UK.The comments were recorded by the UN because the interview took place at the end of a press conference.BBC News has given DNS permission to quote from the interview, which appears to have been intended for its News at Ten programme but was not broadcast.A DWP spokeswoman did not respond directly to Degener’s comments, but repeated the government’s previous response to the committee’s concluding observations.She said: “We’re disappointed that this report does not accurately reflect the evidence we gave to the UN, and fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives.“We spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“We’re committed to furthering rights and opportunities for all disabled people, which is why it is encouraging that almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work in the UK over the last four years.“We’re also a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.”She said the UK has “some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected”.She added: “This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”She also directed DNS to the concluding remarks of Karen Jochelson, who heads the Office for Disability Issues and led the UK delegation at the public examination in Geneva, and which can be watched here from 3:04:41.*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canadalast_img read more

Radiation therapy can lower risk of breast cancer recurrence in patients with

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 30 2018A subset of patients with low-risk breast cancer is highly unlikely to see cancer return following breast conservation surgery but can lower that risk even further with radiation therapy, finds a new long-term clinical trial report. These 12-year follow-up data from the only prospective, randomized trial to compare recurrence outcomes after treatment for low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were presented last week at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).In this long-term update, patients with “good risk” DCIS — defined by the research team as cancer found only on mammogram or incidentally during a breast biopsy for another reason — continued to experience extremely low recurrence 12 years after breast conservation surgery. Those who underwent whole breast radiation therapy (WBRT) and those who also opted to take tamoxifen experienced the lowest recurrence rates, but even those who received no further treatment following surgery did not experience any life-threatening consequences.”I think the most surprising thing was that the recurrence rate in patients randomized to receive radiation therapy was so low. Radiation reduced recurrence by more than 70 percent, and this was a much more profound impact than we expected,” said Beryl McCormick, MD, FASTRO, lead investigator of the NRG Oncology/RTOG multi-center trial, Chief of the External Beam Radiotherapy Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a professor of radiation oncology at Cornell University in New York.Since none of the tumors that recurred in either group appeared to pose a life-threatening risk, however, Dr. McCormick said it was reasonable for patients to determine, in consultation with their physician, whether continued treatment following surgery was something they wanted to do.”Not all DCIS is the same,” said Dr. McCormick. “This type of cancer will not impact life expectancy. We found that radiation does significantly reduce the risk for recurrence, but you are starting with an extremely low recurrence rate even without radiation. Therefore, there should be a meaningful discussion between patient and doctor about whether additional treatment is something the patient wishes to pursue.”DCIS is a cancer of the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast. It accounts for roughly one-fourth of all new breast cancers for an estimated 60,000 cases diagnosed in the United States each year. The currentEligible tumors were 2.5 centimeters (cm) or smaller, with margins of three millimeters or less, and of low or intermediate nuclear grade. From 1999 to 2006, 636 patients were randomly assigned to receive WBRT with standard doses or to an observation arm. The use of tamoxifen for five years was optional. Initial results, including seven years of follow-up, were reported in 2013 andRelated StoriesUsing artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patientsImmune system could be blamed for ineffectiveness of high-dose radiation against lung cancerRadiation associated with increased risk of adverse cardiac events in lung cancer patientsThe new analyses include long-term follow-up data for 629 patients whose median age was 58 years, including 76 percent post-menopausal women. Mean pathological tumor size was 0.60 centimeters (61 percent 0.5 cm or smaller, 65 percent with a margin width of 1.0 cm or larger or a completely negative re-excision specimen). The highest nuclear tumor grade was 1, found in 44 percent of patients; grade-2 tumors were diagnosed in the remaining 56 percent. Tamoxifen was used by 58 percent of patients on the WBRT arm and 65 percent of those on the observation arm (p=0.05).Median follow-up time was 12.4 years. After 12 years, the cumulative incidence of local recurrence was 2.8 percent (95% CI 1.1, 5.6) for those in the WBRT arm and 11.4 percent (7.7, 15.8) for those in the observation arm (hazard ratio (HR) 0.26, 95% CI 0.13, 0.54; p=0.0001). The 12-year cumulative incidence of invasive local recurrence was 1.5 percent (95% CI 0.4, 4.0) for those in the WBRT arm and 5.8 percent (3.2, 9.5) for those who did not receive radiation (HR 0.34, 95% CI 0.14, 0.85; p=0.016).In multivariate analysis, only those who received both WBRT (HR 0.25, 95% CI 0.12, 0.53; p=0.0003) and tamoxifen (HR 0.50, 95% CI 0.27, 0.91; p=0.024) experienced reduced local recurrence. Neither age nor pathological tumor size were significant for predicting local recurrence or invasive local recurrence. There were no significant differences between treatment arms for overall survival, disease-free survival or mastectomy use.During the additional five years following surgery, noted Dr. McCormick, “there was a slight creeping up of local recurrence rate.” For those who received WBRT, the rate increased by just under 1 percent, bringing it to nearly 3 percent post-surgery. For those who did not receive radiation, the recurrence rate increased by one percentage point each additional year of follow-up, climbing from just under 7 percent to just under 12 percent after 12 years.These results “should inform a meaningful patient-physician discussion that includes risks, benefits and the patient’s own degree of comfort,” Dr. McCormick concluded.”All of us have a different definition of what is an acceptable risk,” she said. “Some patients with DCIS will still want radiation therapy. But for others, the risk is so low they may opt not to treat, and that should be considered a viable option.”Source: https://www.astro.org/News-and-Publications/News-and-Media-Center/News-Releases/2018/Radiation-therapy-cuts-low-risk-of-recurrence-by-nlast_img read more

11th IAS Conference on HIV Science to take place at Messe Berlin

first_img Source:https://www.iasociety.org/ Feb 28 2019Berlin is the host city of the 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021), the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced today. The city hosted the 9th International AIDS Conference in 1993, but this is the first time that it will host the IAS Conference on HIV Science.IAS 2021 will take place at Messe Berlin on 18-21 July 2021. It is expected to convene 6,000 scientists, clinicians, public health experts and community leaders from over 140 countries.“HIV remains an important issue on our national and international agenda,” Germany’s Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, said. “To further reduce the spread of HIV, we have made HIV self-testing widely available in Germany and will pass a bill to provide PrEP prescriptions free of charge for people with substantial risk of infection.“Further research, concerted efforts and innovations are needed to end AIDS by 2030. We will therefore continue to invest in HIV research to find a vaccination and cure for HIV, and we are delighted that the IAS Conference on HIV Science in 2021 will bring together the renowned scientific community in Berlin to share state-of-the-art knowledge that contributes to preventing new HIV infections and to improving the lives of people living with HIV.”Germany is highly regarded for its leadership in HIV research and its capital is also home to the first and only reported case of a sterilizing cure for HIV, commonly known as the “Berlin patient”. German doctor Gero Hütter from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin treated Timothy Ray Brown, an HIV-positive man, with acute myeloid leukaemia. Hütter led the process of a bone marrow transplant of haematopoietic stem cells from a naturally HIV-resistant donor, and Brown has continued to be free of readily detectable virus in the absence of therapy for 12 years. This case continues to serve as a scientific landmark suggesting that HIV infection might one day be curable.“It is the evidence-based approaches that help us tackle the most complicated health challenges,” IAS President-Elect Adeeba Kamarulzaman, who will be the IAS President in 2021, said.Related StoriesHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defenseStudy: HIV patients continue treatments if health care providers are compassionateTwo new studies develop algorithms to identify patients at risk of acquiring HIV“The innovative research that is presented at the IAS Conference on HIV Science provides the insight and data we need to tackle the most critical barriers facing our world today. This science is key to understanding how to address issues such as ending the epidemic among people who inject drugs and other vulnerable populations, developing a safe and effective HIV vaccine, and new prevention and treatment tools. There is no better role model than Berlin to help us focus on these challenges.”Harm reduction is a pillar of the German national drug strategy; it has more needle and syringe vending machines than any other country – 160 at last count. Additionally, Germany recently made HIV self-testing kits easily available for sale throughout the country with the aim of supporting more people to learn their HIV status as early as possible and seek out early treatment.The lack of these harm reduction interventions in Russia in particular has made the bordering Eastern Europe and Central Asia region home to the fastest growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in the world, with new infections rising by 57% a year from 2010 to 2015. The epidemic in the region is concentrated mostly in key populations, such as men who have sex with men, LGBT communities, sex workers and migrants. It is especially prevalent among people who inject drugs, who made up 39% of new HIV cases in 2017.“We are very proud to host the world’s most influential meeting on HIV research,” the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, said. “It represents Berlin’s commitment to investing in cutting-edge and evidence-based approaches to ensure quality of life and equal access to treatment and prevention services. We look forward to working with the IAS to advance science and research needed for the global fight against HIV/AIDS.”Berlin joins a diverse line-up of cities that have hosted the IAS Conference on HIV Science, including Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sydney and Vancouver.last_img read more

Arc Bio launches unique NGSbased metagenomics platform for pathogen detection

first_imgWe performed a retrospective study of the Galileo™ Pathogen Solution NGS pipeline for the detection and quantitation of DNA viruses in my lab using residual samples from transplant patients. The Galileo test has shown to be a promising new technology with excellent proof of principle analytical data that has the potential to revolutionize many areas of clinical microbiology.”Benjamin Pinsky, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Clinical Virology, Stanford Healthcare & Stanford Children’s Health Source:https://www.arcbio.com/ Galileo™ Pathogen Solution consists of a software component, Galileo™ Analytics, and Sample Preparation reagents and provides healthcare professionals with a research tool that gives them the power to perform sophisticated analyses without requiring bioinformatics expertise. Galileo™ Pathogen Solution can quickly and efficiently provide quality control data from an NGS run and detect and quantify pathogens from unbiased metagenomic sequencing data, yielding a viral load for calibrated pathogens and a quantitative metric for all others.Galileo™ Analytics is a cloud-based proprietary software that provides quick and reliable results, an intuitive user interface that does not require bioinformatics expertise, and detailed, actionable reports. Just as GalileoTM AMR was launched to provide a solution for the growing epidemic of antimicrobial resistance, Galileo™ Pathogen Solution – Transplant has been designed to address the need for more reliable and comprehensive viral detection and quantification.Related StoriesFACS-based CRISPR screening shows how Chlamydia bacterium invades host cellsStudy shows how bacteria can destroy host cells from the insideApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchThe number of transplants in the U.S. is growing at approximately 4 percent yearly, and of the more than 57,000 transplants each year about 30 percent of all recipients will get a viral infection. The average cost to treat a viral infection from a donor organ or reactivation post-transplant per patient is about $400,000.Arc Bio’s goal is to provide products that will help provide better care and reduce these costs.Arc Bio, founded by leading geneticists and bioinformaticians, plans to continue to launch a full suite of NGS-based metagenomics research solutions — under its GalileoTM product line – that will provide improved tools for fast, accurate and cost-effective analyses in the field of infectious diseases.center_img Apr 12 2019Arc Bio – which debuted last year with its GalileoTM AMR antimicrobial resistance detection software – today revealed the second offering in its GalileoTM product line: a comprehensive next-generation sequencing (NGS) test to provide data to aid in the monitoring of post-transplant patients, who are at high risk for infection or reactivation of potentially fatal viral infections.The company revealed its launch plans this week at the 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases in Amsterdam. Galileo™ Pathogen Solution – Transplant will officially launch at the ASM Clinical Virology Symposium in May and will initially be made available as a Research Use Only test that laboratories can purchase and validate as a Laboratory Developed Test.With the current standard of real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) technology, only one virus can be detected per test, despite there being hundreds of different viral strains that can infect transplant patients.Galileo™ Pathogen Solution is one comprehensive test able to detect common viral infections as well as rarer ones – including Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), BK virus (BKV) and human adenovirus (hADv) –  and provide a quantitative signal. Galileo™ Pathogen Solution offers the ability to detect antiviral resistance genes, coupled with simultaneous quantitative detection of these viruses comprised of greater than 350 curated viral strains. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to provide cutting edge tools that will help combat the global challenges of infectious disease and antibiotic resistance. With this and future additions to our GalileoTM product line, our aim is to provide innovative tools that can be used to implement NGS detection that aid in diagnostic management.”Arc Bio Chief Executive Officer Dr. Todd Dickinson, a Founding Scientist of Illuminalast_img read more

GM to close Canadian factory putting 3000 jobs at risk report

first_imgGM has announced plans to reduce its workforce across North America to save money through voluntary redundancies The decision is linked to the American automaker’s plans for a comprehensive global restructuring, the channel reported Sunday, citing multiple anonymous sources.The plant in Oshawa, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of Toronto, was built in 1953, according to the manufacturer’s website.It currently employs approximately 2,800 people and assembles Chevrolet and GMC pickups as well as Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans.”I’m hoping it’s just a rumor,” Oshawa Mayor John Henry said. “Until we hear something, we don’t know.”GM has three other sites in the province of Ontario. It is unclear whether they will also be affected.Last month, the company announced plans to reduce its workforce across North America to save money through voluntary redundancies, and did not rule out the possibility of layoffs.The plans stand to affect 50,000 employees across the US, Canada and Mexico. About 18,000 of them, or 36 percent of the workforce, are eligible for voluntary redundancy.GM’s earnings for the quarter ending September 30 were $2.5 billion, eclipsing expectations in the latest quarter, despite the impact of tariffs and slipping sales volume. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. GM reports strong profits, lifting shares © 2018 AFPcenter_img General Motors is expected to announce on Monday the closure of a factory in the Canadian city of Oshawa, putting almost 3,000 jobs at risk, Canadian channel CTV reported. Citation: GM to close Canadian factory, putting 3000 jobs at risk: report (2018, November 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-gm-canadian-factory-jobs.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Wirecard deal with AUTO1 first fruit of SoftBank alliance

first_imgFILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Wirecard AG, an independent provider of outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payment transactions is seen in Aschheim near Munich, Germany April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Michael DalderFRANKFURT (Reuters) – German payments company Wirecard AG said on Thursday it was teaming up with car-dealing platform AUTO1 Group to offer digital financial services to consumers, in its first alliance with a company backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group. Wirecard struck an alliance in April with SoftBank, whose Vision Fund is behind ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Didi Chuxing, Grab and Ola. As part of the pact, SoftBank is also buying $1 billion in convertible bonds from Wirecard. The investment by the world’s biggest private technology company marked a vote of confidence after Wirecard faced allegations of fraud in a series of investigative reports by the Financial Times. AUTO1, the Berlin-based car trading platform, will offer individual financial services via Wirecard’s boon smartphone payments and banking app, the companies said in a joint statement. Wirecard has told shareholders it sees profit potential of between 209 million euros and 273 million euros (188.9 – 246.7 million pounds) from its SoftBank alliance over five years. The Japanese conglomerate had invested $460 million in AUTO1 last year. Reporting by Douglas Busvine, Editing by Sherry Jacob-PhillipsOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Barry Becomes a Hurricane Barrels Toward Louisiana Coast

first_img Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoSoGoodlyThey Were Named The Most Beautiful Twins In The World, Wait Till You See Them TodaySoGoodlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndo 5 Things Hurricane Sandy Changed for Good Hurricane Katrina History and Numbers (Infographic) A History of Destruction: 8 Great Hurricanes Hurricane Barry is barreling northwest toward Louisiana, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), with heavy rain, storm surges and dangerous winds expected along the northwest Gulf Coast. As of 11 a.m. ET, Barry was moving northwest in the Gulf of Mexico at 6 mph (9 km/h), and its eye was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Lafayette, Louisiana, and about 50 miles (80 km) west of Morgan City, Louisiana. Hurricane forecasters expect the hurricane to lose strength over the next few hours, getting downgraded back to a tropical storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a hurricane warning from Louisiana’s Intracoastal City to Grand Isle, meaning hurricane conditions are expected somewhere in that area over the next 36 hours or so.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65932-hurricane-barry-barrels-toward-louisiana.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Barry is expected to turn toward the north-northwest tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Sunday (July 14), NOAA said. The center of the storm is forecast to move through southern Louisiana today and central Louisiana tonight. Then on Sunday, it should be churning through northern Louisiana, NOAA forecasts. “A lot of rainfall still yet to come out in the Gulf of Mexico,” NOAA National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham said during a Facebook Live at 11 a.m. ET. The rainfall will then start to impact portions of Louisiana, including New Orleans, he said. Because of the high winds, there’s a chance of tornadoes spinning off Barry. “A few tornadoes are possible through tonight across the southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama,” according to NOAA’s forecast.last_img read more

Opening up the skies

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS COMMENT There were developments in aviation during Vajpayee’s tenure, which still have an impact on the sector SHARE death Those associated with the civil aviation sector in India will remember former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for a number of reasons. This is particularly so since the aviation sector is back in the news, because of the Government’s failed attempts at finding a buyer for the cash-starved Air India.In his last tenure (from 1999 to 2004), the Vajpayee’s Government tried to sell the erstwhile Air India, an attempt that failed. At that time, Air India and Indian Airlines were run as separate entities. They were merged during the tenure of Manmohan Singh, who succeeded Vajpayee.Vajpayee’s government was also the first to attempt to create airport infrastructure. The Narendra Modi Government is trying to do something similar now, with its regional connectivity scheme of taking flying to small, un-served and under-served airports.Laying a road mapThere were other developments too in aviation during Vajpayee’s tenure, which still have an impact on the sector. During his government’s tenure, former Cabinet Secretary Naresh Chandra headed a Committee, which prepared a report on a roadmap for the aviation sector. The Committee looked at various issues, including allowing domestic airlines to start flying on international routes, thereby breaking the monopoly that Air India and Indian Airlines enjoyed. The eight chapters that the report tackled included areas such as fiscal issues, airports, private sector participation in aviation and air traffic control. Even today, this report forms a significant part of any discussion on the aviation sector.While the committee was still at work, Vajpayee, while addressing a meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bali in 2003, announced an open sky agreement with the regional grouping.What this meant was that airlines from the regional grouping could launch a daily service to each of the metro cities in India. Besides, they were also allowed to launch as many flights as they liked to 18 tourist destinations in India. This is something which continues till today.Concessions were also given to the less developed countries among ASEAN. So a carrier, say, from Myanmar was allowed to stop in India and pick up passengers before taking them to, say, Bangkok or other tourist destinations in the region.Regional co-operationWithin a few months of Vajpayee’s impromptu announcement, the Indian Government concluded an open sky agreement with Sri Lanka that was part of the opening up of the Indian skies with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.The SAARC open sky agreement meant that Sri Lankan Airlines, which was then being run by Dubai-based Emirates Airlines, became the largest foreign carrier operating flights to and from India.It was also during Vajpayee’s tenure that the Government followed a limited open sky policy mainly during winter that allowed foreign airlines to operate more flights from India to ensure that flyers did not suffer because of bad weather conditions in some parts of the country, especially North India.But there were some lapses as well.Like the Vajpayee government’s attempts to sell stake in Air India came to naught after the Tata-Singapore Airlines consortium, the lone bidder that was left in the fray, withdrew its bid.Further, attempts initiated by his Government to allow private sector carriers from India to fly abroad could not be cleared in the agenda of the last Cabinet meeting. It was the Manmohan Singh Government which came to power in 2004 that cleared the proposal to allow Jet Airways and Air Sahara to begin international operations. This broke Air India’s and India Airlines’ monopoly of flying international. August 16, 2018last_img read more

Anwar meets fishermen over PSR says he will speak with Penang CM

first_img Anwar , fishermen , Penang South Reclamation , PSR Nation 05 Jul 2019 Chow: DoE has okayed Penang South Reclamation scheme GEORGE TOWN: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has met with fishermen here who are concerned that their livelihoods may be affected by the upcoming Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.The PKR president also said that he would arrange a meeting with Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow next to discuss these issues.However, he did not state when this meeting would take place.Anwar said the meeting would allow him to obtain more information about the PSR project and its effect on the livelihood of fishermen. Related News “I will discuss with the Chief Minister and ask if we can guarantee the fate of the fishermen.”I know this is hard because I do not know of any large-scale reclamation project worldwide where the  future of the fishermen is secure,” he said during a visit to the Sungai Batu Fishermen’s Unit in the southern coastline of Penang Island on Saturday (July 13).Anwar added although the PSR’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from the Department of Environment (DoE) was approved, the project could still be reviewed.On Friday (July 12) Anwar raised the issue during a meeting with Dr Mahathir Mohamad and had told the Prime Minister that he would be meeting those who might be impacted by the PSR.The PSR project involves the development of three man-made islands with a total size of over 1,800ha, with parts of the islands to be put up for sale.The proceeds from the sales would then be used to fund projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), a RM49bil mega project aimed at solving traffic congestion on the state’s island side.Penang Fishermen Association chairman Nazri Ahmad and several state leaders were also present. Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Worry over fishermen’s livelihoodcenter_img Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr M: Govt to look into fishermen’s grouses over Penang reclamation project {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Tags / Keywords:last_img read more