Poison control centers are getting a surge of calls about ‘natural’ painkiller kratom

first_img Synthetic marijuana drives a growing number of overdoses nationwide [email protected] About the Author Reprints Related: General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people’s lives. The Drug Enforcement Administration has classified kratom as a drug of concern, but that does not prevent its sale or use. And the FDA has little power to regulate any supplement, including kratom, unless it starts causing widespread harm.“Companies don’t have to prove that something is safe, the FDA has to prove that something is unsafe. But the FDA doesn’t do that,” said Dr. Edward Boyer, a toxicology specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Center.He and other specialists worry that what is being sold as kratom could also contain other potentially harmful substances. In fact, they say consumers run that risk with all dietary supplements, given how lightly the FDA regulates the industry.“If you think you’re getting echinacea, you better guess again,” Boyer said. “It could be echinacea or it could be grass from the side of the highway. There’s nothing that prevents them from doing that.” In many cases called into the poison control centers, the side effects of kratom were relatively mild: nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and agitation. But there was one death, of a patient who took other drugs along with kratom. Other patients who took multiple substances suffered serious side effects — like the middle-aged Massachusetts man whose story was reported as a case study in the journal Addiction. Tags CDCkratomopioidssubstance abuse The number of calls to poison centers about problems stemming from kratom ingestion have increased tenfold over five years. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Kratom comes from the glossy leaves of a tree grown in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Traditionally, in countries like Thailand, the leaves have been crushed or brewed into tea and used as a painkiller or a replacement for opioids. That’s because a few of the chemicals in the leaf stimulate the same brain receptors as drugs like oxycodone and morphine.advertisementcenter_img Popular weight loss supplements contain controversial stimulant, FDA warns @ericboodman The herbal supplement seemed like a miracle. Trying to kick an opioid addiction, the middle-aged man found he could soothe his cravings with a tea made from an Asian plant called kratom. It relieved his pain and made him more alert.But when he combined it with a stimulant, it also gave him a seizure that landed him in a Boston-area emergency room.Those kinds of stories are on the rise, according to a study published Thursday in a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of calls to poison centers about problems stemming from kratom ingestion have increased tenfold over five years, from 26 in 2010 to 263 in 2015.advertisement By Eric Boodman July 28, 2016 Reprints Related: Kratom is marketed as a natural herbal supplement, but it can be highly addictive. And clinicians and researchers worry about opioid users who try to wean themselves off drugs using kratom rather than seeking professional help.“They want to turn their lives around, they want to get back on track, they turn to kratom,” said Oliver Grundmann, a pharmacologist at the University of Florida who was not involved in the report on poison control calls. “They take more and more and more, but it doesn’t do the job, and then they turn to heroin.”Little is known about the exact workings of kratom on the brain, but it seems to function as a stimulant at low doses and a depressant at high doses, said Royal Law, an epidemiologist at the CDC and a coauthor of the study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The new tally of poison center calls comes as kratom has emerged as a significant public health concern.Six states have banned kratom, and others are considering restrictions, according to the website of the American Kratom Association. The Food and Drug Administration has banned its importation. But it is still widely available online, in tea or capsule form. Some researchers have even found packets of it sold in gas stations. Eric Boodman HealthPoison control centers are getting a surge of calls about ‘natural’ painkiller kratom last_img read more

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U.S. government sues Facebook, says company must be broken up

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Charter boat captains file lawsuit to stop government GPS tracking regulations June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Websites, apps globally hit by major internet outage June 9, 2021 CALIFORNIA (CNN) – Dozens of states and the U.S. government sued Facebook Wednesday in twin antitrust lawsuits, alleging the social media company has abused its dominance in the digital marketplace and engaged in anticompetitive behavior.In particular, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking a permanent injunction in federal court that could, among other things, require the company to divest assets, including Instagram and WhatsApp, effectively breaking up Facebook as we know it.The agency also wants to require Facebook to seek prior notice and approval for future mergers and acquisitions. “Personal social networking is central to the lives of millions of Americans,” said Ian Conner, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, in a statement. “Facebook’s actions to entrench and maintain its monopoly deny consumers the benefits of competition. Our aim is to roll back Facebook’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition so that innovation and free competition can thrive.” Trump banned from Facebook and Instagram until 2023 June 7, 2021center_img AdvertisementThe parallel lawsuits are months in the making, and represent an unprecedented challenge to one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful corporations. The complaints zero in on Facebook’s taking and control over Instagram and WhatsApp, two key services in its social media empire.The suits come over a year after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office was leading a group of attorneys general in investigating Facebook for potential anticompetitive practices. Over 40 attorneys general ultimately signed onto Wednesday’s complaint.Meanwhile, the FTC has been conducting its own antitrust investigation of Facebook since June 2019. “For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition,” James said at a press conference Wednesday. “By using its vast troves of data and money, Facebook has squashed or hindered what the company perceived to be potential threats.”The state suite calls for a court order requiring Facebook to notify state officials of future acquisitions worth $10 million or more.Facebook said in a tweet after the lawsuits: “We’re reviewing the complaints & will have more to say soon. Years after the FTC cleared our acquisitions, the government now wants a do-over with no regard for the impact that precedent would have on the broader business community or the people who choose our products every day.”Much of the scrutiny of Facebook concerns the companies it has purchased to build up a very large audience that now totals more than 3 billion users across its portfolio of apps, according to its financial statements. That dominance has raised questions by some legal experts, including U.S. lawmakers, about whether Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, set out to neutralize competitive threats by gobbling them up.As the drumbeat in Washington against Facebook has grown louder, the company has had years to prepare for a showdown. It’s moved to tightly integrate its apps on a technical level, a decision some critics have suggested is a strategy to frustrate any potential breakup. It’s increased its hiring of lawyers with antitrust and litigation experience. The company also has fine-tuned its talking points, settling on a narrative that Facebook welcomes regulation but that cracking down too hard could risk giving other countries like China a competitive edge in the fast-moving technology sector.Facebook has also argued that regulators reviewed the WhatsApp and Instagram deals at the time and did not see a reason to block them then. Instagram was acquired particularly early on in its lifecycle before many came to view it as the successful giant it is today.Wednesday’s legal action makes Facebook the second global tech company to be taken to court by US and state government officials this year over antitrust concerns. In October, the Justice Department and 11 states filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that it had stifled competition to maintain its powerful place in online search and search advertising. (Google has called the suit “deeply flawed” and that consumers use Google’s platform because they choose to, not because they are forced to.) The last major tech antitrust suit before that, experts say, dates back to the US government’s landmark case against Microsoft in the late 1990s and early 2000s.Facebook and Google aren’t the only tech companies of concern among policymakers. US officials have increasingly probed the entire tech sector for potential anticompetitive behavior, giving particular focus to the big four firms that now touch every corner of our lives. The scrutiny has ranged from Apple’s control over the iOS app ecosystem to Amazon’s treatment of independent sellers on its e-commerce platform.In Facebook’s case, government officials will need to prove in court that the company’s alleged misconduct led to real-world, measurable harms to consumers or competition, said Hal Singer, an economist and antitrust expert at George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy.“It doesn’t have to be a price effect; it could be some privacy thing,” Singer said. “But you have to show it causally.”According to the state suit, Facebook’s alleged misconduct has resulted in consumers being harmed. Internet users have fewer choices among social media platforms and poorer experiences, the complaint said, while the tech industry has suffered from “reduced investment in potentially competing services.”In another critical allegation, state officials said Facebook opened its platform to third-party app developers to draw them into the company’s orbit, then cut off their access to Facebook’s services once Facebook perceived them to be a competitive threat.Singer said if Facebook is ultimately deemed to have violated the law, the company could try to forestall a breakup by arguing that its services are too tightly integrated to be unwound. But, he said, it would be up to the courts to determine whether that is a persuasive argument.As the Microsoft case showed, antitrust lawsuits can take years to play out. But they can ultimately have an enormous impact. Experts credit the Microsoft suit, which was eventually settled, with paving the way for Google’s rise.Similarly, a court ruling that breaks up Facebook or imposes certain behavioral limitations could have wide-ranging effects on what new startups may emerge — and what products consumers see in the marketplace.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: cnnFacebookLawsuit RELATEDTOPICS Arkansas woman suing police after short chase ends with state trooper flipping her car June 11, 2021last_img read more

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100,000 Patrons Expected at Denbigh this Year

first_img100,000 Patrons Expected at Denbigh this Year UncategorizedJuly 26, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), organizers of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, has set a target of 100,000 patrons to attend the 55th staging of this year’s show, up from the 80,000 target that was set last year.The highly anticipated event will be held over three days from August 4 to 6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon. This year’s theme will explore the use of technology in Agriculture – ‘Agro-Technology: Advancing National Development’.Speaking at a ‘Think Tank’, on (July 25) at the head office of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), 58A Half-Way-Tree Road, President of the JAS, Senator Norman Grant pointed out that this year’s show would cost the organization some $25 million.According to Senator Grant, the theme for this year was chosen because technology played a critical role in the advancement of agriculture and “we feel that it has a tremendous impact on national development.”Additionally, he said that the agricultural sector in the region must be adaptable and therefore make changes to keep abreast of current trends in order to gain a competitive edge in international trade.“It’s the only means of survival at this time. While we complement what we do in conventional agriculture, we will have to increase the use of technology to drive the development of the sector. The use of technology in agriculture is deemed a blessing at this time and a remarkable opportunity to increase productivity and improve the quality of agricultural produce,” he added.The President said that the JAS and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands have been pro-active in introducing a number of technology driven methods to transform the sector, including green house technology and tissue culture, areas which would be showcased at Denbigh.Senator Grant also pointed out that overseas delegations are anticipated from countries such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands to participate in the show.Meanwhile, patrons entering the venue will pay $500 on each day, while the fee for children is $200.Attractions will include horticultural exhibitions; a farmers’ market; a kiddies’ village; an international village, featuring promotions by the Jamaica Tourist Board; an educational forum on agriculture; the national farm queen competition, and a gospel concert. Related100,000 Patrons Expected at Denbigh this Year Related100,000 Patrons Expected at Denbigh this Yearcenter_img Advertisements Related100,000 Patrons Expected at Denbigh this Yearlast_img read more

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Farmers Get Assistance to Improve Production and Marketing Opportunities

first_imgRelatedFarmers Get Assistance to Improve Production and Marketing Opportunities RelatedFarmers Get Assistance to Improve Production and Marketing Opportunities RelatedFarmers Get Assistance to Improve Production and Marketing Opportunities FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Twenty farmers from Seven Rivers in St. James are benefitting from a $3 million project, which is aimed at strengthening production standards and post-harvesting techniques and improving marketing opportunities.The project is being implemented as a pilot by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), through funding by the United Kingdom-based humanitarian organisation, OxFam.President of the JAS, Senator Norman Grant, speaking at the launching ceremony for the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show in Montego Bay Wednesday March 25, said that some 100 farmers were surveyed for the project and 20 from the Seven Rivers Association of Branch Societies were selected.He informed that the objective is to “connect those farmers, with the assistance of the JAS and RADA (Rural Agricultural Development Authority), with the hotels, so that everything that they produce is produced within a framework and a quality standard that meets the demand and requirements of the hotels, and every single pound of produce will be purchased by the hotels”.He said that the project will run for six months and “already, we are speaking about funding for other areas, funding for other groups, and once this project is successful, it will give us the ability to access even larger lines of funding that will be able to help to create the capacity that we need in Jamaica’s agriculture.”Project Officer for OxFam, Cleve Scott, explained that “what we are doing is that we have been collecting information about small farmers in Montego Bay, particularly farmers, who have been selling fruits and vegetables to the hotels”.“We are working with them to improve the system, looking at the challenges that they have and how we can assist them to improve the quality of their produce and the consistency of their supplies,” he told JIS News.He said that the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is providing support in the initiative.In the meantime, Mr. Scott informed that a model project targeted at small farmers, which was developed in St. Lucia, is being looked at for modification and introduction in Jamaica.center_img Advertisements Farmers Get Assistance to Improve Production and Marketing Opportunities AgricultureMarch 26, 2009last_img read more

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La Center Wildcats Team Preview 2019

first_imgLa Center Wildcats Team Preview 2019Posted by Paul ValenciaDate: Wednesday, September 4, 2019in: Sportsshare 0 La Center Wildcats, La Center, La Center High School, Trico League, high school football, Tom Lambert, John Lambert, Max Muffett, Andrew ScottCoach: John Lambert2018: 4-6, 4-1 Trico League, lost in district playoffLa Center quarterback Tom Lambert prepares to take a snap at practice as head coach John Lambert keeps an eye on the play. Tom Lambert has spent a lifetime learning the La Center offense. Photo by Mike SchultzLa Center quarterback Tom Lambert prepares to take a snap at practice as head coach John Lambert keeps an eye on the play. Tom Lambert has spent a lifetime learning the La Center offense. Photo by Mike SchultzBiggest offseason news: The best news is no news. Oh sure, the Wildcats are working hard, like always, but nothing too dramatic over the offseason. And that is just fine. This is John Lambert’s 21st season. The program has a ton of talent returning after going with 20 new starters last year. Most of the team is back, and so is most of the coaching staff. Which just means it is time for La Center to get back to being La Center. At stake in 2019: La Center Wildcats, La Center, La Center High School, Trico League, high school football, Tom Lambert, John Lambert, Max Muffett, Andrew ScottAfter back-to-back final four appearances at state, the Wildcats struggled early last season with that new lineup but managed to finish second in the league. Then they came so close in the district playoff. That just means expectations are very high this season. This program is used to winning. “We had a reset last year,” Lambert said. “We’ve had a year of growth. If you saw film of us from Week 1 to Week 10, it was not the same team. That set in motion what we’re looking for this year.”Spring/Summer standouts and stories: Three players really stood out, according to the coach. Max Muffett, Mike Adams, and Tom Lambert have added muscle and increased their max lifts 20 to 25 percent. They got it done in the weight room. The Wildcats went to the Shoreline camp and had a blast. There was a lot of football, with scrimmages and learning how to watch game video to improve one’s game. But the Wildcats also had basketball games and wrestling matches. “It’s not just about football,” the coach said. “It’s about growing as a team, and coming back as a family.”The La Center Wildcats look to win a Trico League title after finishing second last season. Photo by Mike SchultzThe La Center Wildcats look to win a Trico League title after finishing second last season. Photo by Mike SchultzSkill position players of note:Tom Lambert. The quarterback has a lifetime of experience with this offense and now is in his second year as the starter. He became a weight-room warrior, which also helped him become a true leader. “Having someone around the program since he was born is invaluable,” his coach (and father) said. Look for the Wildcats to pass a bit more this year and next, too.Tom Lambert, a junior, will be the starting quarterback for the second year in a row. That year of experience should lead to bigger and better things this season. Photo by Mike SchultzTom Lambert, a junior, will be the starting quarterback for the second year in a row. That year of experience should lead to bigger and better things this season. Photo by Mike SchultzNic Budke and Bryten Schmitz will get the first opportunities to become the top option in the famous La Center running game. The Wildcats do have a lot of returners, but one graduate was Wyatt Dodson, who was one of the best running backs in the county last year. At La Center, though, it’s all about the next wave of talent. Andrew Scott. A tall receiver with great hands, look for Scott to make a lot of plays downfield with the improved passing attack. A tall, quick wide receiver, look for Andrew Scott to be en emerging threat as La Center could look to pass more this season. Photo by Mike SchultzA tall, quick wide receiver, look for Andrew Scott to be en emerging threat as La Center could look to pass more this season. Photo by Mike SchultzJeremy Humphrey. A linebacker on defense and a Jack-of-all-trades on offense. A fullback. A wingback. A slot receiver at times. Very savvy player.   Linemen of note: Micah Adams. A tight end and a defensive end. A natural athlete. He can do a back-flip just standing on the field. (Not that that is something a football player needs or would even want to do, but it tells you the kind of athlete he is.) Coach said if there is one player who stands out, who just looks like a football player, it is Adams, who is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. Max Muffett. With a year under his belt now, the coaching staff expects Muffett to be a force on offense. He is a beast when he pulls, looking for a defender to destroy. A competitor, too, he has the perfect lineman’s mentality.  Max Muffett is one of the La Center Wildcats’ top linemen, and a weight-room warrior this past offseason. Photo by Mike SchultzMax Muffett is one of the La Center Wildcats’ top linemen, and a weight-room warrior this past offseason. Photo by Mike SchultzSam Kitchel. He was the center a year ago, but now will move to guard. Clearly a strength of the team is the offensive line. Add tackle Sam Wilmot as another player the Wildcats expect huge things from this season. Coach Talk:  La Center had never started 0-4. Then the Wildcats put themselves in position to still win a league title, but came up just short against Stevenson.“It bothered some of the guys this offseason (Stevenson). It was one we felt we put ourselves in position to win, and they took it from us. We want to perform better. …  I think we can compete better this year than we did last year with those guys. Our guys … want to get after it.”The present and the future look bright for the La Center football program. Photo by Mike SchultzThe present and the future look bright for the La Center football program. Photo by Mike SchultzBiggest games on the schedule: That Stevenson rematch is a big one. Stevenson might have lost a lot of talent to graduation, but Stevenson is the defending league champion. Yep. A big one. But the Wildcats also enjoy their non-league games against close rivals Ridgefield and Woodland. Those will be tests against bigger schools. 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Looking to learn a language?

first_img Published: Aug. 1, 2018 Begin, continue or extend your language adventure! With no stress from earning a grade, the only priority is learning. The Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC) is pleased to offer multiple levels of French, Italian and Spanish in fall 2018, along with Directed Independent Language Study courses in Danish, Indonesian, Swedish, Thai and Tibetan. Register today!Non-credit language classesALTEC language classes are non-credit and for enrichment only. Classes run for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 10 and meet once a week for two hours.Community members can register for these classes at a rate of $200 per class. Current CU faculty, staff and graduate students receive a 50 percent discount. Payments can be made by credit card, cash or check. Interdepartmental invoices are also accepted, should a department wish to sponsor tuition. Students have access to a large collection of foreign language materials at the ALTEC Multimedia Library, located in Hellems 159.Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, closing on Friday, Aug. 31. Learn more on the ALTEC language classes webpage.Directed, independent study coursesWith smaller class sizes and more individualized attention from the instructor, the Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) program makes possible the study of less commonly taught languages. This fall, ALTEC will offer 3-credit-hour classes in Danish, Indonesian and Swedish and non-credit courses in Thai and Tibetan.University staff can use their tuition benefit to register online in MyCUInfo for the Danish, Indonesian and Swedish courses. Staff may take the Thai and Tibetan classes for free by emailing [email protected] the DILS program page to learn more.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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India’s ivy league healthcare management programme launched

first_img News Share Read Article India’s ivy league healthcare management programme launched MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on November 29, 2017 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalscenter_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Aims to build managerial and leadership skills among healthcare professionals and transform them to future business leadersColumbia University’s Department of Health Policy & Management, announced ivy league healthcare management programme for senior doctors. Better Health Systems: Global Management Program for Healthcare Executives (GMPHE) is an 11-month programme that aims to build managerial and leadership skills among healthcare professionals and transform them to future business leaders who can shape better health systems in India. The programme is launched in collaboration with TPL.The ivy league programme will help professionals learn best practices in global healthcare markets and apply those lessons to Indian marketplace. The participants learn how to explore underlying opportunities through innovative solutions and become adept at managerial and administrative skills. They will also learn how to start and operate complex healthcare institutions such as hospitals and then better administer them.On the occasion, Michael Sparer, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management, Columbia University commented, “If you want to innovate within the healthcare system, this programme will give you the tools and skills to impact change and participants will be well positioned to lead the effort. We are committed to advancing theory and practice throughout the healthcare industry and to produce a better health system.”Anish Srikrishna, President, TPL, said, “As an industry poised to grow exponentially in the near future, healthcare will witness unprecedented challenges and unimaginable opportunities. Our collaboration with the Columbia University will assist senior executives and professionals from the sector to meet those challenges head-on and thrive”.In this programme, participants travel twice to the campus in New York to undergo a rigorous learning experience that includes site visits, executive round tables and simulations apart from classroom sessions. There are two immersions in Mumbai where the faculty travel to India to interact with the professionals and there are live interactive sessions across the country throughout the course of the programme. The learning topics are focussed on policy, strategic and organisation choices, quality, leadership challenges and implementing performance management. The programme ends with an ivy league convocation! Related Postslast_img read more

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Contracts approved for security services for NWC

first_imgRelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedContracts approved for security services for NWC By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON – Three contracts, valued at $397,500,040.81, have been approved by Cabinet for the provision of security services to the offices of the National Water Commission (NWC) for a period of three years. Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure at yesterday March 16 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House. The awards were made to Vanguard Security Services Limited in the sum of $254,838,782.16; Ranger Protection and Security, $81,896,885.28; and Alpha Security Services, $60,764,373.37. The Minister informed that Vanguard Services Limited will be providing services to Zone one, which incorporates Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas, St. Catherine, St. Mary/Portland, Manchester/St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland/Hanover, St. James/Trelawny and St. Ann. Ranger Protection and Security Services will cover Zone two – Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas; while Alpha Security Services will cover Zone three offices in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas, Clarendon.         The contracts were awarded on the recommendations of the National Contracts Commission and the Infrastructure Subcommittee. Contracts approved for security services for NWC InformationMarch 17, 2011 RelatedContracts approved for security services for NWC Advertisementslast_img read more

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Revision of Building Codes to be Fast-Tracked

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has issued instructions that the revision of the country’s building codes and regulations should be fast-tracked. In a statement to the House of Representatives on October 30, on preliminary estimates of the cost of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy across key sectors, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the speedy revision “will allow us to prevent persons from building in unsafe areas, and to legislate forced evacuation.” “I do not believe we should allow people to build on gully banks, up on hills where you could have slippage, and riverbeds, and then call on Government to do something about it, and we do not know how they got the approval to build in those areas. We should legislate to ensure that there are certain areas where no one will be able to put up even a shack, and we are very serious about this,” Mrs. Simpson Miller emphasised. She noted that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Ministry of Local Government and other Ministries and agencies are already collaborating on the issue. The Prime Minister pointed out that the law will, in addition to preventing persons from building in certain areas, make provisions for forced evacuation. “Sometimes when governments make an appeal (and ask) persons to leave a particular area, they (residents) are waiting until great danger sets in, and then they expect our first responders to respond, not understanding they are putting the lives of other persons in danger. They need to understand when we say there is a threat, move immediately,” she added. Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that the legislative measures will ensure that the country is better prepared in the future for natural disasters, such as hurricanes. A Bill to establish the Building Act (2011) to facilitate the adoption and efficient application of the National Building Code, was tabled in the House of Representatives last September. The Bill will, among other things, confirm the Bureau of Standards Jamaica as the standards authority with power to specify the version of the international codes that are to be used as the national code and to promulgate application documents in respect of those codes. As the standards authority, the Bureau will also be empowered to recognise building standards and approve, list or certify building products, construction methods, building components and systems. RelatedWork Commences on Granville to Retirement Road in St. James RelatedRevision of Building Codes to be Fast-Trackedcenter_img RelatedRevision of Building Codes to be Fast-Tracked Revision of Building Codes to be Fast-Tracked TransportNovember 2, 2012last_img read more

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Hungarian operators splurge $400M on 5G

first_img Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 MAR 2020 Bulgaria faces legal challenge to 5G allocation Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Home Hungarian operators splurge $400M on 5G Author Tags Magyar Telekom, Vodafone Hungary and Telenor Hungary poured HUF128.5 billion ($400 million) into acquiring 5G spectrum licences, following an auction process which completed this week.The National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) opened the bidding process on 11 March, with the auction closing yesterday (26 March). Up for grabs were 15-year licences for spectrum in the 700MHz, 2100MHz and 3600MHz bands.Magyar Telekom acquired two blocks of 10MHz in the 700MHz and 2100MHz bands, with a 120MHz block in the 3600MHz sector. In a statement, the operator revealed its outlay totalled HUF54.2 billion, which it plans to pay during Q2. It is targeting a swift launch of 5G services after receiving its licences.Vodafone won two 10MHz blocks of 700MHz, 5MHz of 2100MHz and 50MHz in the 3600MHz band. Telenor gained two 5MHz blocks of 700MHz and 140MHz of 3600MHz. The pair are yet to provide details of the sums tendered.NMHH noted intense rivalry for the 700MHz frequency band, which will become available on 6 September at the earliest.Operators will have the option to extend access to the spectrum usage rights for five years after the initial period expired, for an additional one-off payment.Hungary’s regulator encouraged operators to install 5G at locations of social importance, including hospitals, campuses and key transport routes.In a statement, NMHH claimed Hungary will be among the first countries to take advantage of the next-generation networks, noting the auction opened opportunities for innovations in industry, health, agriculture, transport and logistics.The authority said the auction was conducted under special circumstances due to the ongoing Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, with participants offered protective equipment and health monitoring systems in place. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleTelia cuts investor payout on expected virus impactNext ArticleSouth Africa seeks lockdown spectrum boost Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Ofcom completes 5G spectrum allocation 4iG Hungary for slice of mobile market 5G auctionHungaryMagyar TelekomTelenor HungaryVodafone Hungarylast_img read more

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