Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj in critical condition in Guantanamo

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders voiced “deep concern” today about Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj, a Guantanamo detainee since June 2002, whose lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, said yesterday after recovering his notes from US military censors that his client’s health has worsened considerably in recent days. Referring to the death of four prisoners in just over a year, Al-Haj told him he feared for his survival.“We strongly condemn the reprisals applied to Al-Haj and other prisoners for choosing to go on hunger strike,” the press freedom organisation said. “We do not encourage them to pursue this desperate course, but the US military does not have the right to feed them by force. It is also unacceptable that interviews between lawyers and their clients in Guantanamo are monitored and censored. We hope Al-Haj will finally be released and his constitutional rights will be guaranteed.”Stafford Smith saw his client in Guantanamo in early July but his notes were not returned to him until last week and they came with many deletions. He said in a statement that Al-Haj was suffered from intestinal problems and has lost 18 kilos since beginning his hunger strike last December. This was disputed by Guantanamo spokesman Rick Haupt, who said Al-Haj’s weight was “ideal.”Stafford Smith said his client’s mental condition had also worsened. He said Al-Haj had difficulty concentrating and expressing himself in English when they met. He was also very anxious and subject to paranoia attacks, and feared dying if his situation does not improve.“Sami Al-Haj asks for just one thing, to be granted a fair trial and to be released,” Stafford-Smith said in a message to Reporters Without Borders. “But the US military are just as determined to deny him this right. When I saw him recently, he was in a bad physical and mental condition and was talking of his death. It is now more urgent than ever that he should be freed.”Al-Haj told his lawyer that the conditions in which he was being held had become much worse and the guards often punished the hunger-strikers by, for example, putting them in more painful chains. “I never caused the military any problems, but they punish me over time.”He also told Stafford Smith that often-inexperienced “nurses” inflicted injuries on the detainees during force-feeding by using large-diameter tubes or by inserting them into the lungs instead of the stomach.Haupt insisted that, thanks to the medical team’s efforts, none of the hunger-strikers was in danger of dying. But Al-Haj said the doctors were useless and have not granted any of his requests. “We have more confidence in the guards than the doctors, who have not done anything for our health,” he said. Four prisoners have died in Guantanamo since June 2006 as a result of hunger-strikes and force-feeding.A Sudanese newspaper recently reported that the US authorities planned to release Al-Haj soon, but Stafford Smith said the Sudanese government has advised his family to pay no attention to these “rumours.”Aged 38 and the father of a small boy, Al-Haj was working as an assistant cameraman for the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera when he was arrested by Pakistani security forces at the Afghan border in December 2001 and was handed over to the US military six months later. No charges have ever been brought against him. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en to go further Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas News Help by sharing this information News United StatesAmericas The physical and mental health of Guantanamo detainee Sami Al-Haj has become much worse in recent weeks, according to his lawyer, who visited him in July. The Sudanese cameraman has been on hunger strike for several months and is being force-fed by the US military. He fears he will not survive much longer if he is not freed. April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts August 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj in critical condition in Guantanamo Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistslast_img read more

Press release: Queen approves appointment of Suffragan Bishop of Penrith

first_imgThe Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Dr Emma Gwynneth Ineson, BA, MPhil, PhD, Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, to the Suffragan See of Penrith, in the Diocese of Carlisle in succession to the Right Reverend Robert John Freeman, BSc, MA, who resigned on the 5 April 2018.last_img

Money makes a difference in cholesterol management

first_imgA program that offered financial incentives to both patients and their physicians to control low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol could be a cost-effective intervention for patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study showed that the shared incentive program provided reasonable value even when accounting for additional costs, such as electronic pill bottles to monitor drug adherence, more frequent cholesterol measurements, administrative expenses, and the actual cash incentive, which maxed out at $1,024 per year, split between the doctor and patient.“Financial incentive interventions are only effective sometimes. When these programs show health benefits, the next question should be whether the health gains are worth the added costs, which is what we modeled in this study,” said lead author Ankur Pandya, assistant professor of health decision science.The study was published today in JAMA Network Open.CVD is the leading cause of death and health care costs in the U.S. The use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, which are cheap in their generic form, are proven to help prevent CVD. Yet long-term adherence to these medications is below 50 percent. One proposed strategy to improve adherence rates and lower LDL cholesterol — often referred to as “bad” cholesterol — is offering financial incentives, but it’s unclear if such programs are worth the costs.To determine the cost-effectiveness of financial incentives, the Harvard Chan researchers, along with colleagues from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, developed a model-based analysis that simulated CVD progression.They applied this analysis to data from a 2015 clinical trial involving statins in which patients were randomized to one of four groups: no financial incentives; financial incentives for only the patient; financial incentives for only the doctor; or a financial incentive shared between the patient and doctor. That study showed the shared incentive group was superior at reducing LDL cholesterol, but it did not examine whether the health gains represented good value given the added costs. The 2015 study was also limited in that it only followed up with patients three months after the study ended.Chan School researchers used the CVD model, developed by corresponding and senior author Thomas Gaziano, to simulate lifetime CVD progression among a cohort of 1 million patients that mirrored the 2015 study population. Results showed that the shared incentives program had an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of $60,000 per quality-adjusted life year (QALY), a metric that reflects how much money is required to produce one year of high-quality life with a particular intervention. Under current standards, ICERs between $50,000 and $150,000 per QALY represent “intermediate value.” The researchers said the findings demonstrated that the shared financial incentives program provided reasonable value for the health gains it produced compared with programs that offered financial incentives to only the patient or only the doctor or offered no financial incentive at all.Importantly, the researchers found that the cost-effectiveness of the shared incentives intervention hinged on how long the LDL benefits persisted. They concluded that the shared incentives strategy with at least five years of follow-up warranted a large-scale study in a real-world setting by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or private health care payers.“Combining financial incentives for providers and patients with advanced technologies to monitor compliance, including electronic pill bottles, has the potential to improve patient care while remaining cost-effective, and this strategy should be further evaluated,” said Gaziano, assistant professor in the department of health policy and management at the Chan School and director of the global cardiovascular health policy and prevention unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Other Chan School authors included Stephen Sy, Milton Weinstein, and Meredith Rosenthal.Funding for this study came from National Institute on Aging grant RC4 AG039114 and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute grant 5R01HL104284-03.last_img read more

How to handle the investments of aging parents

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The best time to discuss a financial plan is before your parents’ cognitive abilities start to declineby: Kate StalterThere’s been plenty of attention on aging baby boomers and their lack of preparedness for retirement. However, boomers are also finding themselves in delicate situations when it comes to their parents’ finances. It’s not unusual for financial advisors and counselors to see elderly clients who no longer have the cognitive abilities to handle all aspects of their finances, including their investments.Vicki Van Horn is executive director of the New Mexico Project for Financial Literacy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She teaches a course in financial caregiving, providing families with strategies to help older relatives successfully manage their money. She says a common scenario is one in which a wife allows her husband to take care of all the couple’s financial matters. Over time, if his cognitive abilities become impaired, his wife and adult children may not recognize the signs.Van Horn cites the example of a friend whose father passed away, leaving his wife unaware that the house was in foreclosure and that he had maxed out seven credit cards. Although he suffered from dementia, his wife continued to let him control the couple’s finances.“An issue is that when people suffer cognitive decline, they become resistant. They become overconfident,” Van Horn says.At least one academic study has confirmed the problem of financial overconfidence among senior citizens. In November, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston University released a study called “The Causes and Consequences of Financial Fraud Among Older Americans.” The researchers found, among other things, that overconfidence regarding financial knowledge puts a person at greater risk of being victimized by financial fraud. The authors also cite earlier studies that show overconfidence to be a factor in poor investment decisions. continue reading »last_img read more

3 things you should stop wearing to work

first_img 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Every workplace is different. Some are more relaxed and casual and others are more traditionally structured. Even if you work in an informal environment, you can be sure that there are certain articles of clothing your boss is not a fan of. Here are 3 things you should never wear to work, no matter how casual your work culture is.Revealing clothingWhether it’s a skirt that is too short, a cleavage-baring top, or just an unbuttoned dress shirt that’s showing a little too much chest hair, be sure to keep yourself fully covered while at work. Any article of clothing that reveals too much can be viewed as distracting. You want to be judged by your work performance and not by your appearance.Too much perfume, cologne, aftershaveJust as inappropriate clothing can be a distraction, so can too much of a strong scent. If your coworkers or boss can catch your smell before you walk in the room then you are overdoing it. Be respectful to others in the office and go light on the fragrance. That way you won’t have to worry about getting on anyone’s bad side.WrinklesYou should ALWAYS be sure your clothing looks professional and put together. If you arrive at work in wrinkled clothes, you may be perceived as unorganized and sloppy. Don’t let others view you as unkempt because it will be an easy jump for them to also assume the work you are doing is subpar.last_img read more

Bay Shore Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver struck the vehicle that the victim was a passenger in on Thursday night in Brentwood, Suffolk County police said.Zoila Ortega, 32, of Brentwood, was backing a Toyota out of a driveway on Crooked Hill Road when the vehicle was struck by a Nissan driven by 33-year-old Wilson Nieves, also of Brentwood, at 10 p.m., police said.Nieves, Ortega and her passenger, Maria Alfaro of Bay Shore, were all taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where Alfaro died and the two drivers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Nieves was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a vehicle. Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Sport will rebound in China but coronavirus exposes flaws

first_img“This could happen anywhere in the world and federations and organizers need good contingency plans, especially in an Olympic year, where athletes are still qualifying for the Games (Tokyo 2020),” said Luer.”I think that’s a global learning for major sports organizations to be ready and have a good Plan B in case something like this happens again in the future anywhere in the world.”Honestly, I don’t think any sport or event had a Plan B in place.”Professor Simon Chadwick echoes that sentiment.Chadwick, director of the Centre for the Eurasian Sport Industry based in Shanghai, also said that European football clubs in particular had failed to grasp the opportunity to show support for China and its people.”The current health issues have exposed how distant many international sport stakeholders are from China, in terms of both geographic distance and cultural understanding,” Chadwick said.”Furthermore, it appears that many are rather too dependent upon second-hand information, suggesting that most don’t have people on the ground to provide accurate insight and first-hand experience.”He added: “If they are going to successfully engage in business in China, then they need to better understand the nuances and complexities of working there.”Another Galacticos moment?China says that preparations for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing remain on track, despite a test skiing event being cancelled over coronavirus fears.China has been here before, with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2002-2003, but at that time the country hosted nothing like the number of international sporting events it now holds.In the summer of 2003, a Real Madrid squad boasting “Galacticos” David Beckham, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo visited China, the first time the Spanish giants had come to the country.China is now a regular summer destination for top European football teams, but this year’s tours will fall by the wayside if the coronavirus continues to spread in the coming months.”When they appeared at Beijing Workers’ Stadium, the panic effect caused by SARS disappeared instantly… the stadium was full and the city’s confidence returned,” said a recent column in the Oriental Sports Daily, reflecting on Real’s morale-boosting landmark trip.”This is the power of sports!” said the column, declaring that China’s sporting life will similarly bounce back with renewed vigor after the coronavirus subsides.”The confidence of life, the confidence of the city, the confidence of the government and the good use of the spirit of sports culture will surely return quickly.” Topics : The coronavirus exposes an ignorance of China’s lucrative sports market and poor contingency planning, experts say, after Formula One became the most high-profile casualty of a mass pullout from the country.Formula One chiefs are scrambling to fit the Shanghai race into this season’s schedule after the April 19 grand prix last week joined the World Athletics Indoor Championships and European Tour and LPGA golf tournaments in being shelved because of the deadly outbreak.The Formula E Grand Prix, badminton, skiing and Olympic qualifying events have all been cancelled, postponed or moved elsewhere in recent weeks.center_img All activity in the country’s two most popular sports — football and basketball — has been suspended, but the obliteration of the sporting calendar is regarded as unavoidable given the circumstances.The virus, which emerged in December in the central city of Wuhan, has killed more than 1,800 people, almost all in China, and sparked global alarm.The world’s most populous country has become a major sporting destination in the last decade and top clubs and organizations, among them the Premier League, FIFA and NBA, have courted fans — and their money — in the world’s second-largest economy.Marcus Luer, founder and chief executive of sports marketing agency TSA (Total Sports Asia), said that it will be business as usual once the virus clears but a lesson has been learnt that extends beyond China.last_img read more

Chicago jail reports 450 coronavirus cases among staff, inmates

first_img“Sheriff’s officers and county medical professionals are aggressively working round-the-clock to combat the unprecedented global coronavirus pandemic,” the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement on Thursday.Those measures include opening an off-site 500-bed “quarantine and care facility” for prisoners, an effort to move as many inmates as possible from double to single cells, and the opening of a testing site at the jail.”Front line” staff members were being checked for fever at the start of each shift and issued protective equipment if they interact with inmates, according to the sheriff’s department.Across the United States more than 16,600 people have died from COVID-19 and 463,000 positive cases have been confirmed, despite unprecedented “stay-at-home” orders in most states. Some 450 inmates and staff have tested positive for coronavirus at Chicago’s largest jail, county corrections officials said on Thursday, representing one of the nation’s largest outbreaks of the respiratory illness at a single site so far in the pandemic.The surge of cases at Cook County Jail marks the latest flare-up of COVID-19 at jails and prisons in major cities across the United States, where detainees often live in close quarters.The situation gained national attention earlier this week when inmates posted handmade signs pleading for help in the windows of their cells overlooking a public street. In Monroe, Washington, inmates at a minimum-security prison vandalized the facility in a protest on Wednesday evening after officials announced that six prisoners had tested positive for COVID-19, according to Washington state’s Department of Corrections. State and local police and corrections officers quelled the disturbance at the prison 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Seattle using pepper spray, sting balls and rubber pellets, the corrections department said.Despite evidence that the spread of the illness has slowed in the larger US population, a Reuters investigation found that prisons and local lockups have reported an accelerating spread of COVID-19 and have taken a varied approach to protecting the inmates in their charge.Thousands of inmates are being released from detention, in some cases with little or no medical screening to determine if they may be infected by the coronavirus and at risk of spreading it into the community, Reuters found.US Attorney General William Barr declared on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons was facing emergency conditions that had prompted the agency to begin releasing more inmates out of custody and into home confinement.Topics :last_img read more

A 100 year old Queenslander set to go under the hammer

first_img43 Joynt St, Hamilton.A LOT has changed since the home at 43 Joynt Street, Hamilton, was constructed in 1910, but the front still harks back to the classic look from more than 100 years ago.The classic style of the house was one of the things that Robyn Blacklock liked about it back when her family moved in 28 years ago. A classic Queenslander, the home sits on a 910sq m allotment in the street that is close to the river and other local landmarks including Crosby Park. 43 Joynt St, Hamilton.“When we did the extension I was thinking of the children growing. I wanted to be able to see what they are up to when they got older,” she said.The back yard, which was just some grass and chicken coops, was excavated to fit an inground pool, covered entertainment area and a landscaped garden that is at the highest point on the property.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17“You still get the beautiful breezes that come off the bay,” Mrs Blacklock said.The three-bedroom home will be auctioned on site by Dwight Ferguson and Alexander Shean, Ray White Ascot, tomorrow at 10am. 43 Joynt St, Hamilton.“We’ve retained the character, whatever we did (inside) needed to work well, but not try to emulate, the front of the house,” she said.About two thirds of the interior of the home was changed, with old carpets taken out in favour of sleek polished floorboards, and the flow of the home was changed to a more open floor plan. center_img Robyn Blacklock at her Hamilton home which she is taking to auction. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.“(The street) is in a horseshoe sort of shape so it was like a hidden spot,” Mrs Blacklock said.“So if anyone comes here it is usually because they are coming to visit someone here or they live here.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe home was significantly renovated over years, but the front of the home, with its french doors and expansive wooden deck overlooking the suburb has stayed almost the same, something Mrs Blacklock said was deliberate.last_img read more

Friendly futsal match between B&H and Montenegro

first_imgThe futsal team of B&H has won against Montenegro at yesterday’s friendly futsal match that was played at the sports hall in Sokolac. B&H won against Montenegro with the result of 6:2. The players that secured our victory against Montenegro were Nijaz Mulahmetović, Anel Radmilović, Alen Lalić and Nermin Kahvedžić.Our futsal representation will join the players of the Montenegro futsal team tomorrow for another friendly match in Goražde at 16:30 p.m.last_img