Delegates from 114 countries agrees to take action against tuberculosis

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By Sanjiv Das on November 18, 2017 The announcement came at the first WHO global ministerial conference in MoscowIn an attempt to eradicate Tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end the world’s deadliest disease. The announcement came at the first WHO global ministerial conference in Moscow on ending tuberculosis.“Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end TB,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer,” Ghebreyesus said.Global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent. However, progress in many countries has stalled, global targets are off-track, and persistent gaps remain in TB care and prevention. As a result, TB still kills more people than any other infectious disease. There are major problems associated with antimicrobial resistance, and it is the leading killer of people with HIV.“One of the main problems has been a lack of political will and inadequate investment in fighting TB,” Ghebreyesus said. “Today’s declaration must go hand-in-hand with increased investment,” he added. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care appcenter_img Share News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Delegates from 114 countries agrees to take action against tuberculosis Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Hearts break Edubiase’s home record

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak broke the unbeaten home record of News Edubiase Fc when they chalked a 2-0 victory over their opponents in their 27th Week Glo Premier League match at the Gyamfi Park at Asante Bekwai on Wednesday.Hearts who played a highly spirited game have thus escaped from the relegation zone.Edubiase who played their hearts out in the opening minutes of the game had a chance to open the scores but Ebenezer Ofori’s shots at goal was easily saved by goalkeeper Laud Quartey in the third minute.The ball from then moved from one end of the field to the other until Hearts Douglas Nkrumah broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute.Both sides came from the recess stronger but it was Hearts who had the upper hand as they went ahead to increase their goal tally to two in the 55th minute through Moro Abubakari.Hearts after the second goal, took absolute control of the game and tried as much as possible for more goals but all their attempts at goal eluded them until the referee brought proceedings to an end. Source: GNAlast_img read more

Grassroots Effort to Increase Reading Proficiency in NC

first_imgMore than one million adults in North Carolina have difficulty with reading and writing and a new initiative announced this week in the state aims to address illiteracy early in life.The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation is working with United Way of the Greater Triangle and other community coalitions to provide resources to existing organizations to support early-childhood reading.Lisa Finaldi, community engagement leader for the NC Early Childhood Foundation, says advancing reading proficiency takes efforts from the public and private sectors.“It really is a community effort,” she said. “This isn’t something that parents or schools can do by themselves, and when the whole community is aligned and working together, that’s when we’re going to be successful.”The partnership specifically offers help to programs in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties, where only 40 percent of economically disadvantaged children have average grade-level reading proficiency, compared with 58 percent for all students. The Partnership will offer a combined initial investment of $700,000.Experts and bodies of research suggest that to be successful readers by third grade, children need a healthy start from birth, with high-quality learning environments from birth to age eight.Finaldi says the future of the state hinges on improving reading proficiency for all socioeconomic groups.“It is an issue for the whole economy and the future of our workforce that we need to work with kids,” she added. “And we know that if you’re not reading at grade level by the end of third grade, you’re more likely to not graduate from high school, not advance in your career.”Finaldi adds that by 2020, 67 percent of jobs in North Carolina will require post-secondary education.last_img read more

New Jersey Enacts Deduction for Foreign Income, Amends Combined Reporting and Alternative Surtax Provisions

first_imgNew Jersey has enacted a corporate business tax deduction that mirrors the federal deduction allowed under IRC Sec. 250 relative to income derived from certain foreign assets. Additionally, the enacted legislation:– modifies dates with respect to dividend exclusion formulas;– amends certain provisions regarding the tax base and operative dates relating to combined reporting under recently-enacted legislation (TAXDAY, 2018/07/03, S.14);– adjusts the tax base and provides clarifying definitions with respect to the corporate business tax surtax; and– clarifies the gross income tax treatment of certain tax credits approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority prior to July 1, 2018.Conformance to IRC Sec. 250IRC Sec. 250 allows a taxpayer to claim a deduction relative to the tax on shareholders’ global intangible low-tax income (GILTI) and on foreign derived intangible income (FDII). For privilege periods beginning on and after January 1, 2018, taxpayers are allowed a deduction equal to the federal deduction under IRC Sec. 250. However, any deduction is only allowable in computing entire net income to the extent that the relevant income has not been otherwise excluded or exempted under the Corporation Business Tax Act.“Net Worth” and Dividend Exclusion ModificationsFor purposes of determining “net worth” under the corporate business tax, the allowable reduction for investment in capital stock of one or more subsidiaries is reduced to from 100% to 50%.Additionally, certain operative dates relative to the dividend exclusion are modified by the legislation. For a taxpayer that owns 80% or more of a subsidiary, the dividend received deduction may be claimed at:– 100% for periods beginning on or before December 31, 2016;– 95% for periods beginning January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (with three-year average allocation factor relief); and– 95% for periods beginning on and after January 1, 2019.Net Operating Losses and Changes in OwnershipThe legislation also extends the operative dates to privilege periods ending prior to July 31, 2019 (rather than July 1, 2018), for:– the net operating loss deduction; and– the prior net operating loss conversion carryover.Further, where there is a change in 50% or more of the ownership of a corporation because of redemption or sale of stock and the corporation changes the trade or business giving rise to the loss, no net operating loss sustained before the changes may be carried over to be deducted from income earned after such changes. If the Direction of the Division of Taxation determines that the acquisition was for the primary purpose of taking advantage of the net operating loss carryover, the director may disallow the carryover. However, this provision does not apply between members of a combined group reported on a New Jersey combined return.Combinable Captive Insurance Companies Pursuant to the enacted legislation, a combinable captive insurance company, meaning a captive insurer that is more than 50% owned by a single entity and with gross receipts of 50% or less from insurance premiums, is not exempt from the corporate business tax.Combined Reporting ChangesThe effective dates of the combined reporting requirements are extended and are now scheduled to commence for privilege periods ending on and after July 31, 2019 (previously, January 1, 2019). Additionally, for each member of a combined reporting group filing a mandatory or elective New Jersey combined return, the minimum corporate business tax is set at $2,000 for the group privilege period.Furthermore, required adjustments under the interest expense addback provisions do not apply to transactions between related members included in a combined group reported on a New Jersey combined return.In addition, the exemption from combined reporting requirements for certain utilities is extended to corporations with respect to rates charged to customers for water and wastewater services.Corporation Business Tax Surtax AmendmentsWith respect to the corporation business tax surtax, the legislation provides that “allocated taxable net income” means allocated entire net income for privilege periods ending before July 31, 2019, or taxable net income for privilege periods ending on and after July 31, 2019. Further, the term “taxpayer” is defined as a business entity that is subject to the corporation business tax.Treatment of Economic Development Authority CreditsFinally, the term “gross income” does not include gains or income from the sale or assignment of a tax credit transfer certificate under the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program, for any sale or assignment of a tax credit approved by the Economic Development Authority on or prior to July 1, 2018, regardless of the date the sale or assignment occurs. This provision is applicable to credits approved prior to July 1, 2018.Ch. 131 (A.B. 4495), Laws 2018, effective retroactive to January 1, 2018, and applicable as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Foulkes Blasts PLP for its Criticism of Bahamians Landing Jobs

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 19, 2018 – Nassau – Sadly, but not surprising, the Progressive Liberal Party finds the nerve to criticize the Labour On The Blocks initiative held on Grand Bahama this past Saturday at Columbus Park, Freeport, and the launching of three related events carried out in New Providence several weeks ago.The Progressive Liberal Party left the economy of Grand Bahama in a devastated state, and by extension, the Bahamas on the brink of yet another downgrade.  Thousands of Bahamians remain jobless as a result of the PLP’s shameful mismanagement in government.  Labour On The Blocks has realized 800 jobs for Bahamians in New Providence.  A number of Grand Bahama residents were hired on the spot on Saturday.About 1,300 job seekers were added to the Department of Labour’s database on Grand Bahama as a result of Saturday’s event.  This database is most important as a significant number of job opportunities are set for Grand Bahama in the near future.  The revitalized Ginn project in West Grand Bahama, major oil refinery development in the East, and the reopening of the Grand Lucayan Resort are on schedule to create significant employment.We again take this opportunity to thank the many corporate entities on Grand Bahama and from throughout the Bahamas for joining forces with the Ministry of Labour to ensure the success of Labour On The Blocks.As the FNM government continues with its commitment to revive Grand Bahama and grow our national economy by empowering Bahamians, we will not be distracted by the PLP.  Labour On The Blocks is making headway while a desperate Opposition seeking to return to power is trying to make misleading headlines.Press Release: Ministry of Labourlast_img read more

Inspiring Art Indigenous Australia

first_imgBrilliant abstractions and quaint forms come together in an intriguing suite of works celebrating Indigenous Australia at the NGMA Delhi on Friday, June 15.The best thing about Adwaita Gadanayak’s tenure as DG, NGMA is that he keeps us guessing and always has something up his sleeve.International exhibitions give us an eye into global traditions and techniques and present a robust and resonant realm of artistic practices.Jean Baptist Apuatimi’s Yirrikapayi is a mosaic toned work in earth tones that combines terrestrial as well aerial elements. At first look it is surreal and intricate for its details that are fine and arduous in labour intensive strokes. Created in the year 2007, this work has been created in a place called Nguiu, on Bathurst Island, belonging to the Northern Territory,of Australia. It has been created with natural earth pigments on canvas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEqually enchanting in tenor and the power of the form is the versatile Alec Mingelmanganu’s Wandjina created as far back as 1980. This too has been created from natural earth pigments and it is a mud brown textured oil on canvas that seems to hold within the many infleunces and narratives of stories of the past and the mythic moorings that have defined the indigenous dwellers who lived to tell their tales.Gorgeously detailed and expressionist to the core is the tribal kangaroo by the famed Yirawala (c.1901 – 1976)
 entitled Kundaagi – Red Plains Kangaroo. Created in the year 1962,
the beauty of this is work is the manner in which the artist has melded both mediums of natural earth pigments and the abundantly found Eucalyptus bark .The orientation of kangaroo and ingenious idea of creating him in a posture of poise in the vertical format makes this a work of rare splendor. The most famous story of the bush fires and the two sons who were punished because they had killed and eaten a kangaroo is one that comes alive in a sanguine way in the work of the genius Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932 – 2002). The work Warlugulong created in 1977, out of 
synthetic polymer paint, oil and natural earth pigments on canvas is one that holds within its grainy tints and tenor the sadness of death and the eventuality of brutality towards animals. This acrylic painting is a strikingly original work that depicts the Warlukurlangu or Bushfire Dreaming. The concentric circles at the centre of the glowing fire-burst, which conveys the explosive nature of the fire, indicate Warlukurlangu, the place west of Yuendumu where the fire began. The charcoal-grey areas indicate the burnt-out country and white dots represent ash. The work, which measures 710 mm x 555 mm, is by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and is historic in its very existence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAmongst contemporary flavoured works is a mesmeric multi hued striationed abstract work by Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (1926 – 1998).The 
Untitled (Rain Dreaming at Nyunmanu) created in 1994, is a dreamy creation that has been moulded into its momentuous magical magnificence with synthetic polymer paint on linen. The show has many things to offer and in many ways speaks to us about the evolution of artistic thought from early years to now.You can walk away with many things even the image of the shield from the rainforest by an anonymous artist which has been created with jewel toned warm colours and at once treasures both the past as well as the present.Show continues till August 26, at NGMA.last_img read more

Data cleaning is the worst part of data analysis say data scientists

first_imgThe year was 2012. Harvard Business Review had famously declared the role of data scientist as the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’. Companies were slowly working with more data than ever before. The real actionable value of the data that could be used for commercial purposes was slowly beginning to uncover. Someone who could derive these actionable insights from the data was needed. The demand for data scientists was higher than ever. Fast forward to 2018 – more data has been collected in the last 2 years than ever before. Data scientists are still in high demand, and the need for insights is higher than ever. There has been one significant change, though – the process of deriving insights has become more complex. If you ask the data scientists, the first initial phase of this process, which involves data cleansing, has become a lot more cumbersome. So much so, that it is no longer a myth that data scientists spend almost 80% of their time cleaning and readying the data for analysis. Why data cleaning is a nightmare In the recently conducted Packt Skill-Up survey, we asked data professionals what the worst part of the data analysis process was, and a staggering 50% responded with data cleaning. Source: Packt Skill Up Survey We dived deep into this, and tried to understand why many data science professionals have this common feeling of dislike towards data cleaning, or scrubbing – as many call it. Read the Skill Up report in full. Sign up to our weekly newsletter and download the PDF for free. There is no consistent data format Organizations these days work with a lot of data. Some of it is in a structured, readily understandable format. This kind of data is usually quite easy to clean, parse and analyze. However, some of the data is really messy, and cannot be used as is for analysis. This includes missing data, irregularly formatted data, and irrelevant data which is not worth analyzing at all. There is also the problem of working with unstructured data which needs to be pre-processed to get the data worth analyzing. Audio or video files, email messages, presentations, xml documents and web pages are some classic examples of this. There’s too much data to be cleaned The volume of data that businesses deal with on a day to day basis is in the scale of terabytes or even petabytes. Making sense of all this data, coming from a variety of sources and in different formats is, undoubtedly, a huge task. There are a whole host of tools designed to ease this process today, but it remains an incredibly tricky challenge to sift through the large volumes of data and prepare it for analysis. Data cleaning is tricky and time-consuming Data cleansing can be quite an exhaustive and time-consuming task, especially for data scientists. Cleaning the data requires removal of duplications, removing or replacing missing entries, correcting misfielded values, ensuring consistent formatting and a host of other tasks which take a considerable amount of time. Once the data is cleaned, it needs to be placed in a secure location. Also, a log of the entire process needs to be kept to ensure the right data goes through the right process. All of this requires the data scientists to create a well-designed data scrubbing framework to avoid the risk of repetition. All of this is more of a grunt work and requires a lot of manual effort. Sadly, there are no tools in the market which can effectively automate this process. Outsourcing the process is expensive Given that data cleaning is a rather tedious job, many businesses think of outsourcing the task to third party vendors. While this reduces a lot of time and effort on the company’s end, it definitely increases the cost of the overall process. Many small and medium scale businesses may not be able to afford this, and thus are heavily reliant on the data scientist to do the job for them. You can hate it, but you cannot ignore it It is quite obvious that data scientists need clean, ready-to-analyze data if they are to to extract actionable business insights from it. Some data scientists equate data cleaning to donkey work, suggesting there’s not a lot of innovation involved in this process. However, some believe data cleaning is rather important, and pay special attention to it given once it is done right, most of the problems in data analysis are solved. It is very difficult to take advantage of the intrinsic value offered by the dataset if it does not adhere to the quality standards set by the business, making data cleaning a crucial component of the data analysis process. Now that you know why data cleaning is essential, why not dive deeper into the technicalities? Check out our book Practical Data Wrangling for expert tips on turning your noisy data into relevant, insight-ready information using R and Python. Read more Cleaning Data in PDF Files 30 common data science terms explained How to create a strong data science project portfolio that lands you a joblast_img read more