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  1. An Oxfam shop is seen in London, Britain, February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON: The aid sector needs an independent database and whistleblower system to stop workers accused of sexual misconduct hiding such allegations to find jobs with other charities, experts said, as a *** scandal sparked by Oxfam ricochets through the industry. Senior aid officials have been able to duck complaints and confirmed cases of sexual harassment and abuse, and continue to work in the sector knowing charities might hide such information for fear of losing support and funding, industry experts said. The deputy director of the United Nations children?s agency UNICEF, Justin Forsyth, resigned on Thursday after apologizing for inappropriate behaviour towards women in 2011 and 2015 in his previous role as chief executive of Save the Children UK. On Friday, the UN agency for HIV/AIDS said deputy head Luiz Loures had decided not to renew his contract when it ends in March. A spokesman said it was not reasonable to link his departure to an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual harassment. Charities are pledging to overhaul their approach to dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct in light of a scandal that hit headlines after reports that staff at British charity Oxfam paid for *** while working in Haiti after an earthquake in 2010. Yet reforms must go beyond individual charities and lead to sector-wide action to stop ?serial perpetrators floating around the system,? said Megan Nobert, founder of Report the Abuse, a group that collects data on sexual abuse against aid workers. Reducing risk ?We need to figure how we develop mechanisms where we can share information,? said Lindsay Coates, head of InterAction, a 180-strong alliance of US-based charities and aid groups. ?(We need to) reduce risk so that individuals are not shifted from one organization to another,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. An independent whistleblowing mechanism would allow the ?vast majority of good aid workers to report the horrible actions of their colleagues,? said Andrew MacLeod of Hear Their Cries, a charity fighting *** abuse in the aid sector. The ex-Oxfam official at the heart of the *** abuse scandal, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, got a job with Action Against Hunger in 2012 despite being fired from medical charity Merlin in 2004 and investigated for sexual misconduct by Oxfam in Haiti in 2011. In the case of Forsyth, UNICEF said it had not been aware of the complaints made against him at Save the Children ? where internal reviews led to ?unreserved? apologies to the women. A Save the Children spokeswoman said the charity gave basic information about Forsyth?s employment history, and that there had been no findings of misconduct or sanctions against him. ?It has become increasingly obvious in the last few weeks that the charity sector needs a more robust system,? she said. Britain?s aid ministry and charity watchdog say they will next month hold a safeguarding summit to meet with aid groups and discuss measures such as an aid worker accreditation scheme. More than 120 staff from leading global charities were fired or lost their jobs last year over sexual misconduct, found an exclusive survey this week by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  2. A man uses an e-cigarette at an outlet in London, Britain, January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Files LONDON: Vaping, or using e-cigarettes, poses only a fraction of the health risk of tobacco smoking and should be encouraged among smokers to reap substantial health benefits, British public health experts said on Tuesday. In a review of evidence on e-cigarettes commissioned by the government-backed authority Public Health England, experts said e-cigarettes could already be helping some 20,000 UK smokers a year to quit tobacco ? and possibly, many more. The report said there was ?much public misunderstanding? about nicotine, with fewer than 10 percent of adults understanding that the vast majority of the harms from smoking are not caused by nicotine. It said the evidence does not support concerns that e-cigarettes are a gateway into tobacco smoking among young people. ?Our new review reinforces the finding that vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95 percent less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders,? John Newton ? a professor and director for health improvement at PHE ? said. ?It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety.? The PHE report comes a few weeks after a U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on e-cigarettes. Summarizing data from hundreds of scientific studies, that report also said e-cigarettes are likely to be far less harmful than regular tobacco cigarettes. PHE called on smokers and health authorities to act now on the evidence reviewed in these latest reports. Any smoker who has struggled to quit should try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help, it said, adding, ?The greatest quit success is among those who combine using an e-cigarette with support from a local stop smoking service.? It also called on Britain?s National Health Service to ensure e-cigarettes are available in hospital shops along with other nicotine replacement products such as gum and lozenges. The UK campaign group Action on Smoking and Health welcomed the report, saying it was part of a growing scientific consensus that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco. ?We hope this reports will... encourage the 40 percent of smokers who?ve failed to quit but never tried vaping to go ahead and switch,? it said in a statement.
  3. The move is part of a bid to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022 in the Nordic nation where 38 percent of parliamentarians are female - above the global average - including Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir LONDON: Other countries should follow Iceland which has become the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women, politicians and equal rights campaigners said on Wednesday. Iceland has been widely praised for introducing legislation on Jan. 1 that imposes fines on any company or government agency with over 25 staff without a government certificate demonstrating pay equality. The move is part of a bid to eradicate the gender pay gap by 2022 in the Nordic nation where 38 percent of parliamentarians are female - above the global average - including Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir. ?Iceland is ranked as world?s most gender equal country by (the World Economic Forum) ... Clearly Iceland is very serious about gender equality,? former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark wrote on Twitter. Equal rights researchers said they hoped Iceland?s legislation would encourage others to follow suit in tackling the gender pay gap while also highlighting the need to address the lack of women politicians globally. The World Economic Forum reported last year reported an economic gap of 58 percent between the sexes and forecast women would have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace. This gap was highlighted amid growing concerns about the lack of female lawmakers globally as figures show only about one in four parliamentarians is a woman and fewer than one in five government ministers is female. Data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the international organization of parliaments, showed women held 23.6 percent of seats in 193 parliaments on September 2017. ?The new law by Iceland can help change attitudes to women in business as well as in politics, and inspire other countries to do the same,? said Virginie Le Masson, a research fellow at the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI). ?Ample evidence shows that women work as much as men and are still paid less,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. US independent Bernie Sanders, a leading liberal voice in the Senate, called on the United States to follow Iceland?s example. ?We must follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Iceland and demand equal pay for equal work now, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality,? he wrote on his Facebook page. Iceland, with a population of about 335,000, ranked top of the World Economic Forum?s Global Gender Gap Index in 2017 for the ninth consecutive year after closing more than 87 percent of its gender gap and top performer on political empowerment.
  4. Experts suggest less than 2 hours screening time for children under the age of eight Medical experts have urged smartphone users to limit excessive usage as this may lead to damage to eyes in the long term because of the many hours spent staring at screens. As much as we depend on our mobile devices for viewing and responding to emails, checking the weather, reading headline news, and posting status updates on Facebook, our smartphones may be causing us some vision problems. Health expert, Dr Sharaif Astori said long-term blue-light exposure may lead to juvenile macular degeneration and soon, a point may come when the eye cannot see real colours properly. He said, short-term and immediate effects include the formation of a red eye, lack of concentration and sleep, body ache, change in psychological attitude, etc. According to some studies, experts suggested less than 2 hours screening time for children under the age of eight. If a visual skill is lacking or not functioning properly, a child will have to work harder. This can lead to headaches, fatigue and other eyestrain problems. Parents and teachers need to be alert for symptoms that may indicate a child has a vision problem. Eye specialist, Dr Sadia Ahmed said the number of cases is increasing and more youngsters are coming to us with this problem. "Exposure to blue lights leads to stress, cataract, unstable concentration, headache and retinal degeneration." Youngsters are advised to spend less time on video gaming. "They should wear protective glasses, reduce the brightness of the electronic devices and avoid small screen phones. One should keep the fonts big to avoid strain on the eyes," Dr Sadia added. She suggested to blink eyes again and again, minimize glare, take breaks while using smartphones, adjust brightness, tweak text size and contrast and keeping a clean screen.
  5. WASHINGTON/MOSCOW: The United States announced sanctions on two North Korean officials behind their country?s ballistic missile program on Tuesday, while Russia reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. The new US steps were the latest in a campaign aimed at forcing North Korea ? which has defied years of multilateral and bilateral sanctions ? to abandon a weapons program aimed at developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States. The US Treasury named the officials as Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol. It said Kim was reportedly a key figure in North Korea?s efforts to switch its missile program from liquid to solid fuel, while Ri was reported to be a key official in its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. ?Treasury is targeting leaders of North Korea?s ballistic missile programs, as part of our maximum pressure campaign to isolate (North Korea) and achieve a fully denuclearized Korean Peninsula,? Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The largely symbolic steps block any property or interests the two might have within US jurisdiction and prohibit any dealings by U.S. citizens with them. The move followed new United Nations sanctions announced last Friday in response to North Korea?s Nov. 29 test of an ICBM that Pyongyang said put all of the US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. Those sanctions sought to further limit North Korea?s access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad. North Korea declared the UN steps to be an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade. The standoff between the US and North Korea has raised fears of a new conflict on the Korean peninsula, which has remained in a technical state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Washington has said that all options, including military ones, are on the table in dealing with North Korea. It says it prefers a diplomatic solution, but that North Korea has given no indication it is willing to discuss denuclearization. Kremlin offer On Tuesday, the Kremlin, which has long called for the two sides to hold negotiations, said it was ready to act as a mediator if the US and North Korea were willing for it to play such a role. ?Russia?s readiness to clear the way for de-escalation is obvious,? Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Asked to comment on the offer, a spokesman for the US State Department, Justin Higgins, said the US ?has the ability to communicate with North Korea through a variety of diplomatic channels". ?We want the North Korean regime to understand that there is a different path that it can choose, however it is up to North Korea to change course and return to credible negotiations," he added. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who made a similar offer on Monday, told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Tuesday that ?Washington?s aggressive rhetoric? and beefing up of its military presence in the region had heightened tensions and was unacceptable, Russia?s foreign ministry said. It said Lavrov underscored the need for ?the fastest move to the negotiating process from the language of sanctions.? Another State Department spokesman, Michael Cavey, said Washington remained open to talks, but the onus was on North Korea ?to take sincere and meaningful actions toward denuclearization and refrain from further provocations.? He said North Korea had ?made clear through its words and actions it is not interested in dialogue at this stage.? South Korea?s Unification Ministry forecast on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States next year while continuing to seek recognition as a de facto nuclear power. Washington has stressed the need for all countries, especially Russia, and China ? North Korea?s main trading partner ? to fully implement sanctions, including by cutting off oil supplies. According to Chinese customs data, China exported no oil products to North Korea in November, apparently going above and beyond UN sanctions imposed earlier this year. Beijing also imported no North Korean iron ore, coal or lead in November, the second full month of those trade sanctions, the data showed. Beijing has not disclosed its crude exports to North Korea for several years but industry sources say it still supplies about 520,000 tonnes, or 3.8 million barrels, a year to the country via an ageing pipeline. North Korea also sources some of its oil from Russia. Trade between North Korea and China has slowed through the year, particularly after China banned coal purchases in February. Chinese exports of corn to North Korea in November also slumped, down 82 percent from a year earlier to 100 tonnes, the lowest since January. Exports of rice plunged 64 percent to 672 tonnes, the lowest since March. China has expressed concern about the humanitarian effects of sanctions and has repeatedly called for constructive efforts to ease tensions.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that legal experts have proven that there is no change in the Khatm-e-Nabuwat [finality of Prophethood] clause of the Elections Act 2017. ?There has been no change in the Khatm-e-Nabuwat [finality of Prophethood] clause,? he remarked, adding that no one can even think about changing this clause. He also shared that it was saddening to see the allegations leveled against former law minister Zahid Hamid. As soon the ?clerical error? was pointed out, Hamid ensured that the mistake was rectified, he added. While speaking to media in Islamabad, Iqbal remarked that some elements are trying to cause strife on the basis of the issue. ?The enemy is focusing on dividing the nation on basis of religion,? he said. The prolonged sit-in The sit-in at Faizabad interchange, between the twin cities, was started by a religious group against the amendment made to the finality of Prophethood declaration. Although the 'clerical mistake' was corrected, a protest was carried out with the demand for the removal of Zahid Hamid from the position of law minister. On the other hand, the Islamabad High Court had given an ultimatum to the protesters to end the sit-in. However, since the interchange was not cleared, an operation was conducted by the Islamabad administration, which drew a reaction from the protesters. As a result, protests and clashes took place not only in the federal capital, but also in other parts of the country. Protesters also caused damage to public installations. The sit-in was finally called off and protesters dispersed after their main demand ? of law minister resigning ? was fulfilled.
  7. Premier League clubs risk the possibility of demotion and being prosecuted under the new Criminal Finance Act, a leading city firm told AFP. Under the new law, which came into force on September 30, any company, which includes football clubs, can be held responsible for their employees or agents with whom they do business if tax evasion becomes an issue. The new legislation places the onus firmly on clubs to carry out due diligence on players and agents, says Tom Shave, partner in business tax at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group. "If a case goes to a jury the reputational damage is already done. Being seen as a facilitator of tax evasion in the current environment is viewed dimly," he told AFP in an interview at the firm's city headquarters. "It depends how the English Premier League see it if you have a criminal prosecution in relation to your activity. "This criminal prosecution for tax evasion remains to be tested as it has just come in but you would imagine there are implications for a club should such a case proceed." Peter Fairchild, also a partner at Smith & Williamson, with a long list of top level footballers as clients, says the EPL might take a very dim view if one of their members was found to be guilty of facilitating tax evasion. "The Premier League will want to maintain its reputation with fans and sponsors. We?ve seen point deductions where clubs have entered administration and parallels can be drawn," he said. "The club in question will not have planned for this and as a result will suddenly see cash payments to them being withheld which will strangle cash flow and their players needing to be paid each week." - 'No short cut' - Fairchild said many clubs don't seem yet to be aware they could be hit hard by the legislation. "It is seriously scary the criminal element of the legislation," he said. "I am a bit surprised we haven't had more enquiries. Many clubs are only just getting to grips with the problem, perhaps thinking that it doesn?t apply to them or that there is a short cut. "But there is no short cut. (The tax authorities) will come and ask their questions and if you don't have a robust defence the weight of legislation will be used against you." Fairchild sees the forthcoming transfer window in January being even more hectic and intense with the new legislation having come into effect. "When it comes to January 31st those clubs that are struggling, or trying to get deals done, won't want to be told have you taken the time to go through the proper process and complied with the check list regarding the player they are targeting. "The only thing a Premier League club, battling for survival, will want to do is buy a key player and preserve their EPL status. "The prepared clubs will be asked key questions such as 'have you done this due diligence?'. "They'll speak to external parties and potentially hire additional staff. Those clubs who don't take it seriously could find themselves facing an HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) investigation in a year or two. "If that investigation finds problems then they could suffer an unlimited fine."
  8. The European Parliament called Thursday for a committee of outside experts to investigate sexual harassment. Photo:AFP file. STRASBOURG, FRANCE: The European Parliament called Thursday for a committee of outside experts to investigate sexual harassment at the institution, as the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood continues to make waves at the EU. The parliament?s procedures for dealing with allegations of unwanted sexual advances have come under scrutiny this week amid increasing talk of harassment within the EU, including so-far anonymous reports of rape and abuse of power among parliamentary staff. MEPs passed a resolution calling on the parliament?s chief and administration to "urgently and thoroughly examine the recent media reports on sexual harassment and abuse in the European Parliament". They said the parliament should "set up a task force of independent experts... to examine the situation of sexual harassment and abuse in parliament" and suggest any necessary changes to the existing complaints procedure. The motion highlighted the vulnerable position of parliamentary assistants who are often young and could be reluctant to report incidents for fear of damaging their career prospects. It said that "all too often" such assistants are afraid to speak out as a special "loss of trust" clause in their contracts means they can be sacked at very short notice. A spokeswoman for the European Parliament has said that cases of rape and sexual harassment have been reported, and "sanctions and disciplinary measures" have been taken, but these did not involve MEPs or their assistants. "In the European Parliament there is not more harassment than elsewhere, but nor is there less," French socialist MEP Edouard Martin said. The European Commission, the EU?s vast executive arm of roughly 32,000 employees, said on Wednesday it had received an average of one complaint a month about "inappropriate behaviour" from staff over the past five years.
  9. Karachi is passing through a critical phase with regard to heritage preservation, as our heritage is being decimated and this is resulting from callous neglect, a seminar was told on Tuesday. Amir Chaudhry, chairman of the Karachi chapter of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan was addressing ?Preserving Karachi?s Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities? at a local hotel. In his welcome note, he said heritage buildings gave us a sense of place, and it should be our maximum endeavour to work tirelessly to preserve our heritage. ?This can only be achieved through pragmatic dialogue.? He lamented that a long neglect had brought the city to the brink of disaster, since it was growing with rapid pace but without any direction. ?There?s a need to initiate dialogue and learn from peers all over the world in order to contribute to the urgent task of bettering this city.? Henry Squire, partner at Squire and Partners, a third-generation architectural practice in London, said: ?Heritage and modernity work together. Heritage is more than just preserving buildings. It is about cultural identity.? He said people wanted to pursue local heritage in an age of globalisation, adding that architectural contemporary expression and heritage should work together, as modern technology could help us re-imagine things. ?Context is the most important thing in architecture, so if I am designing a building in Karachi, it would be different from designing a building in London.? The opening remarks were followed by panel discussions. The first one involved Squire, town planner Arif Hasan and British architect Hamish Brown. ?Heritage: International Context? was moderated by Hameed Haroon, CEO of the Dawn Media Group. Haroon said that these matters should be incorporated in the curriculum. ?We have to be practical and save what needs to be saved. We need to have a look at our region and try to have architecture.? Hasan said that in Karachi, we had moved from housing to retailing and commercialisation, adding that things were rapidly changing on account of a degraded environment. During his talk later on, he decried the absence of appropriate laws as well as weak implementation of the existing ones, whereby certain capitalist syndicates were wreaking havoc on heritage and environment. As a corollary to that, Marvi Mazhar, founder and principal architect at Marvi Mazhar & Associates, described the unlawful demolition of the Jufel Hurst School, a heritage building in Saddar Town, within three hours. She asked how one could just trespass into a building with a bulldozer and demolish the structure. There is no law on earth that would allow such a thing, she said. The second panel discussion ? ?Heritage: Karachi Context? ? was moderated by Tariq Hasan, and the panellists included Dr Noman Ahmed, Dr Kaleemullah Lashari, AR Fazal Noor and Agha Maqsood Abbas. Dr Ahmed of the Department of Architecture and Planning at the NED University asked: ?Can heritage conservation become a business? If it evolves into a business, then perhaps it would be a better state of affairs.? Abbas, the director general of the Sindh Building Control Authority, was of the opinion that controversies between successive provincial and local governments had delayed important projects. He emphasised on devising a new strategic and master plan for the city. ?The listing criteria for heritage buildings were finalised only three years ago, but they should be revisited and opinions of all stakeholders should be sought on how to preserve and conserve the city?s heritage.? Noor, an urban specialist, described the problems arising in the city from the mass influx of Muslims from the other side of the dividing line and the mass exodus of Hindus from what is now Pakistan. He traced the history of Karachi from the earliest times when the city was a sight of hunter-gatherers and how, over the centuries, fishermen?s and agro-based communities emerged. The third panel discussion ? ?Prevailing Laws for Heritage Buildings and Districts? ? was moderated by Ramiz Baig, and the panellists included Hasan, Dr Ahmed, Marvi and Haider Waheed. They highlighted the rigidity of laws and lack of stakeholders? involvement during the process. They also emphasised on the need to motivate people for preservation of heritage buildings. Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhter said: ?Architects play a key role in preservation of heritage. There is a need to address urban recognition and suitability of heritage and the challenges associated with it. We are [trying] to harmonise the efforts of preservation. The state has limited resources, so public-private partnership has to play a pivotal role.?
  10. The new study suggests, however, that man's best friend may be very well aware of the reaction a scowl or grin will elicit from its master. Photo: AFP file Your dog may be a master manipulator, deliberately making puppy eyes to pull at your heart strings, according to a study Thursday into a ploy many mutt owners have long suspected. The research suggests that dogs may be in control of their facial expressions, using them to communicate, researchers reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Until now, it was assumed that dog expressions were involuntary. The new study suggests, however, that man's best friend may be very well aware of the reaction a scowl or grin will elicit from its master. "The findings appear to support evidence... that expressions are potentially active attempts to communicate," said study co-author Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth. In a series of experiments with different types of pet dogs, the team discovered that the animals "move their faces" more when humans were paying attention to them. Raising the brows, which makes the eyes appear bigger to produce heart-melting "puppy dog eyes", was the most commonly-used expression, the researchers found. When humans had their backs turned, or were distracted, the dogs' faces were much less active ? regardless of whether the human was offering a food treat or not. Previous research has shown that dogs are aware of how attentive humans are. One study, for example, showed they stole food more often when a human had their back turned or eyes closed. "We now know dogs make more facial expressions when the human is paying attention," said Kaminski. It was too soon, however, to state categorically that dogs have a perception of what a human may be thinking or feeling ? a state of awareness considered a sign of high intelligence displayed by humans, the team added. Research in non-human primates has suggested some of our far-flung cousins may also be aware that others can read their facial expressions ? which changed when they had an audience.
  11. A wrestling camel is paraded through the main street in the western Turkish town of Selcuk January 15, 2005. PHOTO: Reuters GENEVA: The fight against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed at least 722 people over the past five years, is honing in on its target: camels. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012 but has now been traced back in camels to at least 1983. Almost all the outbreaks so far originated in the Arabian Gulf, but MERS-CoV could infect humans wherever there are one-humped dromedary camels - two-humped Bactrians are not affected. That means people across a swathe of Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and South Asia are potentially at risk. So the hunt is on for vaccinations - both for humans, and camels. ?The virus is in camels everywhere. The virus is in Qatar, it?s in the United Arab Emirates, it?s wherever we look,? said Maria Van Kerkhove, a disease outbreak expert at the World Health Organization (WHO), where 130 experts gathered last week to collaborate for the first time on tackling the disease. ?I know so much more about camels than I ever thought I would,? she said. People have probably caught MERS in Africa but the absence of outbreaks recorded there may be due to poor disease surveillance, less contact with camels, or lower rates of underlying conditions like obesity and heart problems that make MERS more severe. Saudi Arabia has been heavily criticized for not being transparent about MERS, but Van Kerkhove said that had totally changed. It is now testing 70,000 human samples a year and generating a vast amount of research. Drive-Thru MERS is hard to spot, and far more deadly than other acute respiratory infections, killing one in three sufferers. It has a habit of infiltrating Saudi hospitals via patients visiting for regular dialysis or cardiac appointments, causing outbreaks that have killed patients and health workers alike. Hospitals are raising their game. ?One hospital even has a drive-thru. Literally a drive-thru in their emergency department,? said Van Kerkhove, explaining how patients are vetted before being allowed in. ?You drive up in the car to the person in the booth and they ask you three questions. It takes less than 13 seconds.? A dozen human vaccines are in development, with vaccine coalition CEPI expected to announce soon which it will fund. But the key to stopping human deaths is controlling MERS in camels. Two camel vaccines have been developed, but only one, developed by the Jenner Institute, is in field trials. The other, developed at the Erasmus Medical Centre, is still seeking funding. The WHO MERS program is also under-funded, Van Kerkhove said. At last week?s meeting, hosted by the WHO, animal health body OIE and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Saudi and Qatari experts were ?happy to talk to each other? despite their governments? diplomatic friction, she said. Collaboration is vital, because camels must be diagnosed, quarantined and vaccinated as they enter the Gulf from the Horn of Africa. The virus must be tracked like bird flu is in birds, Van Kerkhove said. But there is a long road ahead. ?I?ve never seen a really good map showing where camels move,? she said.
  12. BEIJING: China's seismic service CENC on Saturday detected a zero-depth, 3.4-magnitude earthquake in North Korea, calling it a "suspected explosion". The epicentre is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow earthquake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, the official Xinhua news agency said. The earthquake comes after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's regime over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that has raised international alarm. There seemed to be some initial difference of opinion, however, with Seoul´s Korea Meteorological Agency (KMA) saying that it had registered a tremor of a similar size, but judged it a "natural quake". The quake comes amid soaring tensions over Pyongyang's weapons programme, with the firing of two missiles over Japan in recent weeks and its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month. The September 3 test was North Korea's most powerful detonation, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China. This week marked a new level of acrimony in a blistering war of words between Kim and Trump, with the North Korean leader calling the American president "mentally deranged" and a "dotard". Trump has dubbed Kim a "madman" and sought to ratchet up sanctions against the isolated regime, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of invasion. Pyongyang later said it had tested a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a missile - an assertion that no foreign government has so far confirmed. The move prompted global condemnation, leading the UN Security Council to unanimously adopt new sanctions that include restrictions on oil shipments. Hydrogen bombs, or H-bombs, are thermonuclear weapons far more powerful than ordinary fission-based atomic bombs and use a nuclear blast to generate the intense temperatures required for fusion to take place. Kim on Friday threatened the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in a tirade against Trump´s warning that Washington would "totally destroy" the North if the US or its allies were threatened. Monitoring groups estimate that the nuclear test conducted in North Korea earlier this month had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the US bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea´s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, building on new tough United Nations sanctions aimed to choke Pyongyang of cash. Russia and China have both appealed for an end to the escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. But on the fringes of the UN meeting this week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho upped the tensions further, telling reporters Pyongyang might now consider detonating a hydrogen bomb outside its territory.
  13. United Nations sanctions on North Korea?s important textiles industry are expected to disrupt a business largely based in China and pose compliance headaches for clothing retailers in the United States and around the world. The UN security Council imposed a ban on North Korea textile exports and a ceiling on the country?s imports of crude oil on Monday, ratcheting up sanctions designed to pressure North Korea into talks about its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Retailers in the United States and other countries have intentionally limited their exposure to North Korea in recent years, as tensions over the country?s nuclear program have increased. The industry has sought to strengthen control over its supply chain since a textile factory collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 people in 2013. Larger retailers, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, have the ability to keep North Korea-produced goods out of their stores. But smaller brands may face enforcement challenges, said Marc Wulfraat, president of supply chain consulting firm MWPVL International. ?There are still hundreds and thousands of companies that are sourcing from overseas that don?t have the wherewithal or the resources or people or money to chase after these issues,? Wulfraat said. Textiles were North Korea?s second-biggest export after coal and other minerals in 2016, totaling $752 million, according to data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. Nearly 80 percent went to China. Enforcement of the textile ban along North Korea?s 1,400-km (870-mile) border with China - where goods are sometimes smuggled across, often on boats at night - could be challenging, North Korea experts say. ?In the past, we have seen shows of quite convincing enforcement in the major centres, such as at Dandong,? said Chris Green, a North Korea expert at Leiden University in the Netherlands, referring to the largest trading hub on the China-North Korea border. Goods still slip through in less visible areas, he said. Trade in non-banned goods, including food and other daily necessities, continues between China and North Korea. ?Enforcement will depend a lot on China,? said Paul Tjia, an outsourcing specialist who regularly visits North Korea. ?So far, a lot of the North Korean textiles trade to Europe and other places goes via China.? ?It will be up to Chinese companies that deal in the North Korean textile trade to take action and up to the Chinese government to ensure the Chinese companies are taking action.? On a recent visit to the Chinese border with North Korea, several Chinese traders told Reuters the Chinese government is strictly enforcing UN sanctions to the point that some businesses that rely on trade with North Korea have already gone bankrupt or traders have had to start trading in non-sanctioned goods. MORAL QUESTION Another challenge is that clothes can be partly made in China and partly in North Korea with a ?Made in China? label attached to the finished product. ?Even if a label says ?Made in China,? some parts of the product are allowed to be made in North Korea and other places,? Tjia said. ?For example, the buttons may come from Italy, the cotton may come from Australia or India, the labour may come from North Korea or China, the accessories may come from Bangladesh.? A spokeswoman for Target Corp said the company has taken steps to keep even unfinished goods from North Korea out of its supply chain. ?We?re aware of the accusations and have clear guidelines and standards in place for our vendors and suppliers,? said spokeswoman Jenna Rack. ?We don?t source any products from North Korea or any apparel products from Dandong.? North Korea does not release statistics on the number of people involved in the textiles industry, but experts estimate at least 100,000 people are employed at North Korean textiles factories, producing goods both for export and the domestic market. Cheng Xiaohe, a North Korea specialist at Beijing?s Renmin University, estimates the figure may be as high as 200,000 people. Wages at textiles factories grew tenfold around 2010 when North Korea was experimenting with economic reforms, according to Green, so people suddenly went from earning 30 North Korean won to 300 won. ?They were suddenly getting a reasonable wage,? said Green. Supply chain consultant Tjia said North Korea textile workers will be hit by the trade ban. ?If the goal of the sanctions is to create difficulties for ordinary workers and their ability to make a livelihood, then a ban on textiles will work,? he said.
  14. Health experts have advised people to avoid eating excessive red meat during Eid-ul-Azha as it can increase the risk of various diseases. Excessive red meat can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular, kidney, liver, diabetes and gastroenteritis diseases. Dr Arif Majeed said eating excessive meat during Eid-ul-Azha could have negative impacts on health and especially for those who stored this meat for several months. He added that use of frozen meat could be harmful as it may affect kidneys and cause cardiac problems. Dr. Wasim Khawaja of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said, while speaking to The News, that overeating could cause gastric irritation, high cholesterol, acidity, abdominal contraction, nausea, diarrhea, heart problems, and constipation. ?We, the doctors, don?t stop people from consuming high-calorie food and drinks but as they say excess of everything is bad, all that should be taken modestly. A small intake of meaty food with lots of salad is strongly advised,? he said. Khawaja added the people should not skip meals during Eid days as taking balanced food and drinks at regular intervals would help keep cholesterol level in control. He said compared with fizzy beverages, use of water was better, as it could help avoid intake of excessive liquid calories. He also suggested tea after meals during Eid days. Dr. Masood Ahmad, a dietitian at a private hospital, also recommended low-fat dishes during Eid and said that would help the people enjoy the festival to the maximum. He said since most of the food on Eid-ul-Azha was meat-based, use of fat and high-calorie sauces in their preparation should be avoided. Ahmad added that the people?s focus should be on Eid celebrations and not stuffing themselves with meat and opt for stroll after a meal to burn calories. Suggesting use of oral saline for diarrhea and antacid for gastric problem, he added that in case of any serious condition, a doctor should be consulted without delay.
  15. File photo ISLAMABAD: Authorities must ensure the proper disposal of offal as soon as possible to prevent the spread of diseases. Health and environmental experts have stressed the importance of properly removing blood, offal and other waste after an animal has been sacrificed. Failure to do so may lead to health problems and environmental pollution. Civic agencies involved in keeping an area clean should not throw offal and animal wastes into drains, green areas and in garbage trolleys, but keep these left over at open places near their houses for easy collection by sanitation staff. Citizens should also cooperate with sanitation staff as the health of people depends on the timely removal of leftovers from the sacrifice. Senior physician Akram Sheikh said that animal remains should be dumped at special dumping points in an environment-friendly manner and covered with soil and lime. It is also recommended that the public especially those handling animals and meat wear protective gear, he added.
  16. This NOAA GOES-16 satellite handout image released August 30, 2017 shows a geocolor image of Tropical Storm Harvey the afternoon of August 29, 2017 approximately 80 miles south-southwest of Port Arthur, Texas - AFP PARIS: Scientists say the devastating intensity of hurricanes such as Harvey is consistent with global warming trends -- rising seas, warming oceans, hotter air -- and warn of "bigger and stronger" storms to come. Here are their answers to questions about the link between climate change and the tropical storms known variously around the world as cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons. Does warming bring more cyclone rain? "The rarity of hurricanes, coupled with the difficulty of measuring rainfall, makes this highly problematic. Harvey's rainfall near Houston is more like a thousand year event. But we expect hurricane rainfall to increase substantially this century as a consequence of warming oceans and atmosphere." Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT "A logical consequence of global warming is a global increase of extreme rainfall events. In the case of Harvey, it is the heavy rain -- and the resulting flooding -- which is the greatest threat. A global increase of daily rainfall records is indeed seen in the rainfall observations. This trend will continue as long as we keep pushing up global temperatures by emitting greenhouse gases." Stefan Rahmstorf, Co-chair, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research "When storms like this one move inland, they tend to die off. However, lingering near the coast, Hurricane Harvey maintained a healthy energy supply and has been able to continue picking up moisture and dumping it over land through sustained and intense rainfall." Richard Allan, Professor of Climate Processes, University of Reading. A group of Houston residents walk through waist deep water while evacuating their homes after severe flooding following Hurricane Harvey in north Houston August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas - AFP Is the poleward shift of cyclones significant? "In the poleward migration we see a definite climate signal that matches our expectations... We think that as the century progresses, places that are on the poleward margins of hurricane zones (for example, Japan and New England) may experience more frequent and more intense hurricanes." Kerry Emanuel "The poleward drift -- 53 kilometres (33 miles) per decade in the northern hemisphere, and 62 km (39 miles) in the southern -- is highly relevant to society -- arguably as much as changes in intensity. Places that are more accustomed to these storms and are better prepared for them may see less exposure, but places that are less well prepared may see more." James Kossin, scientist, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Center for Weather and Climate Rescuers go house-to-house checking for anyone that may need rescue in the Bear Creek neighborhood after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas - AFPneighborhood after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas - AFP Harvey: aberration or harbinger? "The two most noteworthy aspects of Harvey are the rapid intensification -- aided by the heat in the ocean, some of which is due to global warming -- before landfall, and the stalling over land." James Elsner, atmospheric scientist, Florida State University "Harvey is unusual because it continued to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico until it made landfall... It is also unusual because the swirling winds in a tropical cyclone usually bring up cooler waters from below, which makes a stationary tropical cyclone decay quite quickly -- but this did not happen." Brian Hoskins, Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London "When we build a city or build a dam, we must understand and deal with possible vulnerability to flooding at that point... Hurricane Harvey, unfortunately, shows yet again how decades of development and politics, which do not factor in environmental extremes, then causes a disaster." Dr Ilan Kelman, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London Will cyclones change in the future? "We expect that Category 3, 4, and 5 storms will become more frequent globally as the climate warms. But this will vary from place to place. Some places may even see a decrease." Kerry Emmanuel "The strongest hurricanes will get stronger as the seas continue to heat. Per-storm losses of life and property will rise. James Elsner "Whether we can attribute Harvey to global warming -- as with any individual weather event -- is a questionable proposition. But it is very likely that many more storms like Harvey and Katrina and bigger ones yet are on the way." Jeffrey Kargel, professor, University of Arizona
  17. Red rice is the new trend in food and dining that is slowly; but surely, gaining pace and favour amongst food enthusiasts, chefs and F&B outlets. But, what's the whole deal with it anyway? I decided to take the discussion to 11 food experts, including chefs, dieticians and FMCG entrepreneurs, to tell you everything you probably need to know about red rice because we know you're going to want to experiment, taste and see what all the fuss is about. © Traditions Wild Rice by Foodhall The Facts Ragini Mehra, Founder, BeautySource.in—an ecommerce wellness website that pioneers the sale of Bhutanese Red Rice—enlightens us, stating, “It (red rice) is a trend as far as a sudden boost in people's awareness of its many incredible benefits is concerned; but, as such, red rice has been a staple for many healthy families particularly in the mountainous regions of India and Bhutan.” The rice derives its colour from anthocyanins, which deliver protective antioxidant properties and anti-carcinogenic activities that aid in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer prevention. In comparison studies of different rice varieties, red rice has shown the most promising health results. It is said to have 10 times the antioxidants that brown rice has and nutrient dense with 20 percent of the daily values for magnesium, phosphorus, and molybdenum. © The Perfect Pantry Red rice is specifically typical to Himalayan Mountains, southern Tibet, Bhutan, as well as southern India says Abhishek Basu, Executive Chef at The Park, New Delhi. “We get our red rice from Original India Table.” Ashutosh Nerlekar, Executive Chef, The Park Chennai informs us that the concept of red rice is, indeed an old but forgotten one. Neeraj Tyagi, Executive Chef, Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi, adds by saying that before the concept hit mainstream food culture, red rice was popular in Bhutan as Bhutanese red rice and was the staple food of Bhutan. “It has only its hull removed and retains the bran and germ and is not polished as excessive polishing removes much of the nutritional value of any rice,” he explains. Sagar S Bajaj, Chef, at Lazeez Affaire, breaks it down further, stating that its use was started by few small nations in 1990 and has been followed by others ever since. “There has been an ongoing conversation around red rice and Bhutanese red rice and how each contributes towards a healthy lifestyle.” Which brings me to my next question: What's the difference between the two? © BeautySource The Bhutan Connect Mehra tells us that the red rice grown in Bhutan is of an extraordinary quality. Bhutan is the world's first country that is working towards being 100 per cent organic very soon and so the rice has been grown without any chemical pesticides or herbicides. The incredibly rich quality of the rice is because of the location of the paddy fields 9000 ft above sea level irrigated by the mineral-rich waters of the glaciers. “I have known about the benefits of red rice for a long time and when I got an opportunity to bring Bhutan's premium brand of red rice to India, it was a no-brainer for me,” she quips. Bhutanese Red Rice is grown only in Bhutan at 8,000 feet in the fertile soil in the eastern Himalayas. “It is red japonica rice that is semi-milled and some of the reddish bran is left on the rice,” explains Tyagi. The whole grain rice has high nutritional value and cooks faster. Bajaj further adds, saying that “The quality of grains is what differentiates red rice from Bhutanese red rice. When cooked, Bhutanese red rice is pale pink, soft and slightly sticky.” © Spicie Foodie According to Chef Saurabh Udinia, Head Chef – Masala Library, Farzi Café & MasalaBar, Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd., each serving of Bhutanese red rice offers 2 percent of your recommended daily allotment for iron, 80 percent for manganese, 20 percent for magnesium, 20 percent for phosphorus, 35 percent for molybdenum and 6 percent for zinc. Whereas, the red bran layer of red rice contains 95% of the minerals and dietary fibre of the whole rice, which contains iron, zinc, potassium, sodium, manganese and so forth. Inner white portion contains predominantly carbohydrate and proteins. How Healthy Is It? Mehar Rajput, Dietitian and Nutritionist, Fitpass goes on to list out the many health benefits of consuming red rice. “Being loaded with fibre, red rice helps you decrease your desire to eat more and may cause you to feel jam-packed for a longer period of time. It's full of zinc which accelerates the healing of wounds and maintains the mechanism of your body to help it function effectively. It also helps in reducing your body's level of total cholesterol, improves bowel movement and reduces the symptoms of constipation and assists in weight control,” she says. “Being rich in complex carbohydrates, it reduces the risk of many metabolic disorders like diabetes, obesity, PCOS, hypothyroidism and cardiovascular diseases. Red rice also helps in fighting asthma, reduces the elevated sugar level, builds immunity, is considered good for bone health. It is high in antioxidants which counteracts free radicals and improves blood circulation and digestion,” she further adds. © Miso-Sesame Shredded Salad with Red Rice & Gingered Carrots Blue Apron 100 grams of red rice is supposed to contain 405 kilocalories, 7 grams protein, 86.7 grams carbs, 2.7 per cent fibre, 5.5 milligrams iron, 3.3 milligrams zinc and 6 milligrams sodium. Rajput suggests consuming it with a variety of meat curries, exotic salads, pulses and vegetables. “It can be followed up with any kind and variety of cuisines.” The Relish Because red rice also tastes absolutely fantastic and can be used to cook a mind-boggling variety of dishes, its rich, nutty flavour and lovely soft and chewy texture makes it a favourite for anyone who tries it. “Red rice is not only flavourful but also nutritious and that's what we are using to make people healthy without them even suspecting it,” Mehra reveals. “This russet-coloured whole grain goes well with most meats and vegetables, or when served as a pilaf or salad,” says Tyagi. “Because it is a good source of fiber and fulfills the iron needs of the body I am always looking for ways to offer the item to guests in a way that suits their lifestyle.” © Kale and Millet +Red Rice Soup by Smoke House Deli “Red rice is both a treat to the eyes and the palate; and it has a higher nutritional value than polished rice. Along with that, it's earthy taste and complex flavor makes it a preferable choice for the consumers,” explains Glyston Gracias, City Chef at Smoke House Deli, who adds that the item definitely attracts customers. “I do not think it's a trend. Awareness is what is making it sound trendy.” Bajaj brings up a unique element about the item. “It is definitely the new attraction for food photography for its scrumptiousness and visual appeal on a plate,” he says. “It's more ‘instaworthy' and well, we all like capturing the beauty served to us while dining.” © Red rice salad with pickled cucumber, cauliflower & corn by The Roseate “Diners, today, are increasingly conscious of the food they consume and are gravitating towards healthier substitutes, especially when they dine out,” reasons Udinia. “I am extremely glad that people are going back to basics, in terms of their grains selection, cooking techniques and meal balance.” He is of the opinion that rice's unique colour and flavour, coupled with its distinct crunch is what spikes the interest of diners. Chef Nishant Choubey, Corporate Chef, Roseate House and The Roseate New Delhi, reasons that people tend to prefer red rice because it does not break easily and gives a great crunch once consumed. Although, Choubey adds, “As a Chef, I would prefer brown rice to red rice since the availability of the same is not an issue. It has a very consistent supply and guest feedback for it is very positive, too.” The Verdict © Pinterest Nerlekar is of the view that red rice is more of an acquired taste. “Also there has to be conscious effort towards wellness which should be on a continuous basis to achieve result,” he adds. Tyagi explains that there is less awareness about it but since people are moving towards use of organic products and healthy eating. “The chefs are willing to experiment and wish to come up with red rice inspired dishes. There is no way one can go wrong with red rice,” he expresses. Gracias describes it as getting “back to the basics”. Rajput warns people suffering from problems related to indigestion against trying red rice as it is said to be high in complex fibre and can further lead to heaviness in the stomach and severe indigestion. “A healthy life is important but so is a happy one, thus it is all about striking a balance between taste and nutrition when it comes to food,” says Mehra. “But, overall, it's delicious, healthy and suitable for any cuisine. What's not to love?” Options Worth Checking Out 1. Karnataka's Bisibelebath Arancini Served At: Fire, The Park, New Delhi © Karnataka_s Bisibelebath Arancini at Fire by The Park New Delhi 2. Red Rice Kedgeree with Smoked Salmon & Edamame Served At: The Park, Chennai 3. Red Rice with Fish Curry Served At: Tamra, Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi 4. Red Rice Nasi Goreng with Green Peas and Egg Served At: The Roseate, New Delhi © Red rice Nasi Goreng with green peas & egg by The Roseate 5. Red Rice Risottos Served At: Whiskey Samba, Gurgaon 6. Kefir-Soaked Chicken + Organic Red Rice + Brown Rice Flakes (Salad) Served At: All Smoke House Deli outlets across India © Smoke House Deli 7. Scottish Salmon with Red Rice Served At: Lazeez Affaire, New Delhi © Scottish Salmon with Red Rice by Lazeez Affaire 8. Chicken Mizo Stew Served At: Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
  18. Nawaz Sharif. Photo: Reuters file Following the much-awaited Panama case verdict announced by the Supreme Court early Friday, legal analysts expressed their opinions on the decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister. Speaking to Geo News, barrister Salahuddin Ahmed said the SC?s verdict based on Sharif not declaring his United Arab Emirates (UAE) company FZE Capital?s income in his nomination papers was puzzling, as this was not a legal basis to dismiss the premier. ?Basic accounting principles dictate that company?s use the accrual system whereby all income ? whether received or not ? is declared,? Ahmed explained. ?However, individuals use the cash-basis system, which allows them to not declare any un-received income.? Based on accounting principles alone, the SC?s judgment holds no legal ground for dismissal, Ahmed said. He further added that all misdeclarations can?t be grounds for disqualification from holding public office. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/722c3935453921ebbaac2fb47f97cf8d.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8yOS8yMDE3IDk6MzI6MTggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1qOTlIMnoxMk0rTkNqakpaMk5OR0d3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Adding to the analysis on the Supreme Court?s verdict based on article 62 (1)(f), constitutional expert and senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Abid Hassan Minto expressed his disappointment on the decision. ?It is disheartening to see how things are being manipulated,? Minto said. ?Since judges of the country?s highest court are on the deciding end, it leaves no room for contesting or appealing for the defendant.? In response to a question if Sharif could challenge the lifetime ban on holding public office, the seasoned lawyer said that the more pertinent question was where would the former premier challenge the decision of the country?s highest court. ?The constitution says an individual can?t be disqualified for life till a legal provision to do so is present,? Minto stressed. The lawyer added that contradictions in the judgment are ?upsetting legal minds.? Weighing in on the SC?s decision, barrister Masroor Shah said the ?Supreme Court has picked a very dangerous sword in its hands i.e. article 62.? He added that fair trials throughout the world give the defendant right to one appeal including Pakistan?s constitution as per article 10-A, however, the SC has opened a ?Pandora?s box by disqualifying the prime minister on a ground as vague as article 62.? Discussing articles 62 and 63 ? that became the basis for Nawaz Sharif?s disqualification in the Panama case decision -- human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jehangir highlighted the contradiction in the said parts of the constitution while speaking on Geo News? program Naya Pakistan with Talat Hussain. ?If you are convicted on moral grounds, the disqualification remains effective for a few years, but when 62 (1)(f) becomes the basis of disqualification i.e. you are not Sadiq and Ameen, then the disqualification is for life and the individual can only be a political party?s leader and not member as per the constitution.?
  19. <p>Foodies around the world, there's a new food trend that's been doing the rounds for quite some time now and it's black! If you're any bit familiar with social media and have a penchant for keeping up with the latest foods to try, then you know better than most about the charcoal-infused food trend that's been taking not just restaurant owners and chefs; but also, Instagram users and foodies, by storm.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-1-1501077839.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-1-1501077839.jpg" />© Bahn Mi Sliders by Freshmenu (Veg)</p> <p>The first time I heard about a black burger was roughly two years ago when Burger King and Carl's Jr were introducing their signature black burgers—that's what we lesser informed called them—in India. Today, since we're better informed, we know that charcoal has become a trendsetting food fad that cafes, restaurants and chefs are experimenting with. And it's not just limited to burgers anymore. From freakshakes to icecreams and every edible morsel in between, charcoal is painting our palates black.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-2-1501077868.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-2-1501077868.jpg" />© Inquisitr</p> <p>“Pitch-black indeed is the new food colour with the evolution and inclusion charcoal powder as an ingredient in dishes. It adds a unique character to the presentation like color, texture, and flavor which enhances the aesthetic appeal of the dish,” says Saurabh Udinio, Chef de Cuisine at Modern Indian Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.</p> How Is It Created? <p>The activated charcoal used as an ingredient in foods, is a bi-product of burning coconut shells, wood, or other plant materials. Nishant Choubey, Corporate Chef, The Roseate and New Roseate House, tells us, that activated charcoal should not be heated directly. “One can make it easily at home by burning wood, coconut shell or coal. The ash can then be filtered with calcium chloride and used. Activated charcoal tablets can also be easily sourced from chemists. Unless used properly it might get the dish totally wrong,” he says. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-3-1501077897.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-3-1501077897.jpg" />© Theory</p> <p>According to Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, a family practice physician and certified nutritional specialist, the charcoal is ‘activated' due to the negative charge which is basically the substance's ability to bind positively charged ions (such as chemicals) together, removing them from the body.</p> <p>For some more in-depth information on charcoal as a food ingredient, we decided to catch up with some of the most popular and prominent names in the food business at the moment to get the lowdown on what's the big deal about charcoal. And here's everything they said, that you need to know.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-500" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-4-1501077915.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-4-1501077915.jpg" />© Reddit</p> Why Is Charcoal Suddenly So Cool? <p>“The use of activated charcoal in food is not just different but a completely new ball game altogether,” says Sohrab Sitaram, CEO & Director, Keventers. “Using activated charcoal along with milk to create a brilliant milkshake concoction is beyond one's normal thought process. This surprise element, according to me, makes this new food trend inspiring and intriguing at the same time.”</p> <p>“As a chef while making a menu, we always look at adding a few dishes that stand out and give the ‘wow' element, or the ‘oomph' factor to give to enthusiastic customers,” reasons Rashmi Daga, Founder & CEO, Freshmenu. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-5-1501077948.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-5-1501077948.jpg" />© Charcoal Crystal Dimsum at Kiyan The Roseate</p> <p>Choubey sheds some more light on the subject, “The trend of activated charcoal is great because it is natural, odorless and very healthy as it removes toxins from the body when taken in adequate quantity.” Choubey who curates the menu for Kiyan, at The Roseate, is the brain behind a cleverly devised charcoal-based menu at the outlet, which includes preparations, like Charcoal Chicken Breast with lime, Charcoal Mojito, Charcoal Gnocchi with sage butter sauce, Charcoal Crystal Dimsum and Charcoal Crusted Rare Reared Salmon, just to name a few.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-6-1501077980.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-6-1501077980.jpg" />© Charcoal Crusted Rare Reared Salmon at Kiyan The Roseate</p> <p>For many centuries, ancient Chinese medicine used activated charcoal to improve intestinal health and soak up poisons. Now, activated charcoal is enjoying its moment in the spotlight in the food & beverages industry. This black, odourless additive is now making its way into people's food & drinks. “Due to its tasteless nature, it's one of the easiest ingredients that I have had the chance to play with! At Shizusan Shophouse & Bar our dishes are inspired by local ingredients from across Southeast Asia, given its extensive use in ancient Chinese culture, it became inevitable for us to jump onto this bandwagon,” quips by Chef Paul Kinny, Culinary Director Bellona Hospitality.</p> <p>“Activated carbon boasts of wide potential to do so much in terms of giving food a new look,” says Clyde Comello, Chef de Cuisine, Theory. “The inspiration for me is to be different and have a different look at presentation.” </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-7-1501078003.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-7-1501078003.jpg" />© Instagram</p> <p>Choubey further elaborates to us that since the element doesn't really have any taste of its own, it mixes very well with any flavour, or raw material and is visually appealing as well with its black colour that never goes out of fashion. Sitaram seconds this, adding that “black, as a colour has always attracted food curators and enthusiasts across the world, to be able to create a delicacy, which is tasty, flavourful and to top it all - black makes it more appealing.” </p> Why Is It So Popular? <p>Comello iterates, “The whole idea of seeing something different gives customers something different to order; it instils a sense of curiosity.” But, what happens once the curiosity dies down? Here, SItaram reasons that charcoal-infused food is more of a visual treat than a recipe, which has been created to lure taste buds. “Moreover, black is not a very warm and quick appeasing colour, so I would rather interject that charcoal based food is not everyone's cup of tea,” he explains. “But, for the thrilling, bold adventure seekers who want to live life one day at a time, it's a great palate experiment that I would highly recommend they indulge in.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-8-1501078131.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-8-1501078131.jpg" />© Ashen Kulfi - Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra</p> <p>Udinia reasons that while such dishes have seen an increase in interest amongst customers, the regulars will always come back for signature preparations. “But, more than a gimmick, it is important to impress customers with the taste and services at our restaurants,” he adds. According to Comello, the trend is still relatively new to the Indian F&B market and so, is taking its own sweet time to make its presence felt.</p> <p>Sitaram explains, “Food prepared with activated charcoal is very attractive to consumers; especially the Gen Y who are always on the lookout for newer and cooler things to try. But again, like all good things in life, food with activated charcoal is an acquired taste and one will need to revisit it multiple times before it stays with you.” For Shizusan, Kinny informs that the trend has worked. He reasons, “The ratio between special to regular menu is almost 7:3 considering it's just a 2017 fad. Also, the limited time that it is available for the specialties creates that buzz and demand.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-9-1501078152.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-9-1501078152.jpg" />© Lamborghini Burger (Non Veg) by Freshmenu</p> Is It Safe, Though? <p>Charcoal is known to be great for skin and is a good detox agent. But, how healthy, or risky is it in your food?</p> <p>While the trend has been approved by the HACCP—Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point—as well as the FSSAI—Food Safety and Standards Authority of India—and the experts agree that activated charcoal in your food is safe, a lot of them advise trying the trend in a limited portion to test the waters. Daga informs that, at Freshmenu, they're limiting the infusion of activated charcoal to their breads. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-10-1501078175.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-10-1501078175.jpg" />© Carbon bhaji, carbon pao at MasalaBar</p> <p>Chef Kinny opines, “Like everything else in small quantities, activated charcoal is perfectly safe to consume. However, it is good idea to wait a few hours after taking prescribed medicines since it's tough to judge how the body will process it.” Udinia if of the opinion that the trend can be overdone in a particular food preparation—and that becomes something consumers need to look out for.</p> <p>Here, Chef Kinny shares some interesting insight of his own encounter. “While I experimented with it when working on the menu, at Shizusan, I found that when I added too much of the charcoal powder, it gave the sushi a bitter taste. Hence, if you see our Jamaican Maki Roll it's brownish and not jet black.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-500" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-11-1501078206.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-11-1501078206.jpg" />© Jamaican Roll at Shizusan</p> <p>Sitaram firmly believes that when one is experimenting with new trends in the food space, limiting the use of such things to small quantities is most important. “It is always advisable to not, over indulge in the experiment and the same thought holds for any food fusion with activated charcoal,” he says.</p> <p>Comello adds to this by saying that while activated carbon is safe, it should be consumed within a prescribed limit, or in accordance with a recipe. “If a person is on medication, activated carbon should not be ingested as a food as they will neutralize the effects of the medication,” he further informs. “The substance is good at absorption. Hence, it may give a good look to food but may also absorb the nutrients and minerals from the food itself. It should be used perfectly while making a dish; too much of something is never good.”</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-12-1501078257.jpg" alt="Food Experts Tell You All About The Charcoal Food Trend" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/food-experts-tell-you-all-about-the-charcoal-food-trend-740x400-12-1501078257.jpg" />© Miso marinated black cod, bonito and parmesan risotto at KODE</p>
  20. Officials bringing in the JIT's final probe report to the Supreme Court on Monday. Photo: Geo News Leading legal experts are of the opinion that it has become nearly impossible for the prime minister to save himself from being disqualified after the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report. Barrister Farogh Naseem claimed the premier?s disqualification is writing on the wall. ?It is better if he resigns as he cannot escape disqualification,? he said. Advocate Faisal Chaudhry said the Supreme Court cannot do anything but disqualify the prime minister following the JIT?s report. ?It was the prime minister?s mistake to not appeal the minority judgment of two Supreme Court justices in the Panama Papers case,? opined Advocate Rashed A Rizvi. JIT recommends filing of reference against PM Nawaz, daughter and sons with NAB JIT cites Nab Ordinance Sectio 9(a)(v) in its report The JIT, in its final probe report into the Sharif family?s assets submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday, held that the prime minister and his three children ? Maryam, Hussain and Hasan ? have accumulated wealth beyond their own known sources of income. The next hearing of the case is on July 17.
  21. ISLAMABAD: Health experts on Friday expressed concern and urged those responsible to formulate a Chikungunya management plan along with providing technical support to hospitals and creating awareness among the public to prevent being affected by the disease. According to them, concerned departments need to improve their reporting systems, provide training on clinical management and diagnosis and vector control strategies. They said it was high time develop and maintain the Highlighting the need to build capacity to detect and confirm cases, manage patients and implement social communication strategies to reduce the presence of the mosquito vectors, was the need of the hour. According to Dr Wasim Khawaja from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) the viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes causes fever and severe joint pain while other symptoms include muscle pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue and rashes. He added, that the joint pain caused by Chikungunya is often debilitating and can vary in duration, from a few days to a few weeks. Since the disease shares some clinical signs with dengue it can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. The virus can cause acute, subacute or chronic disease, he added. What is Chikungunya Dr Wasim Khawaja said that after the bite of an infected mosquito, the onset of illness occurs usually between four and eight days but can range from two to 12 days. While most patients recover fully, in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years according to Dr Khawaja. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. He said that serious complications are not common, but in older patients, the seriousness of the disease can reach serious levels. Often symptoms in infected individuals are mild and the infection may go unrecognised, or be misdiagnosed in areas where similar diseases - such as Dengue - occur. He said that both prevention and control rely heavily on reducing the number of natural and artificial water-filled container habitats that support the breeding of mosquitoes. Dr Sharif Astori from the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) said that basic precautions should be taken by people travelling to high-risk areas. He recommended using repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants and ensuring rooms are fitted with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering. For those who sleep during the daytime, particularly young children, or sick or older people, insecticide-treated mosquito nets afford good protection, Dr Astori advised. Mosquito coils or other insecticide vaporisers may also reduce indoor biting, he added. He advised to use clothing which minimises skin exposure to the day-biting vectors for protection during outbreaks of chikungunya and repellents can be applied to exposed skin.
  22. Desi gym trainers have some high flying degrees - starting from a post graduate degree in how to **** biomechanics up to a degree in selling steroids and unwanted supplements to young chaps; they know everything. Their practices are just as ridiculous as are their juiced physiques. Thanks to their ignorant attitude, people are more often at the doctor's than at the gym. Injuries like slipped disc, dislocated shoulders and spondylitis have become common, when working under desi trainers. More than 80% of the total trainers working in the Indian fitness industry are still far from being certified. If your trainer is making you do these things, it's time to hire a qualified person. 1) Cardio Before Workout © YouTube A very common ritual followed in desi gyms is that they make you work on cardio before your weight training. According to desi trainers, cardio before weight training ‘warms you up'. Well, sure it does but don't keep doing it for hours. They ask their clients to run on the treadmill or use spin bikes for at least half an hour and then they push them to do weight training. By the time they are in the weights section, their energy levels are already dusted. This results in ineffective weight training. You are not able to lift as many weights as you could have, if you did weight training before cardio. The logic is simple- when you are full of energy, hit the weights. If you've got energy left, get some cardio in. 2) Hitting A Weak Body Part Everyday © YouTube Have weak biceps? Do biceps daily. This is the solution that desi trainers have for weaker muscle groups. Though their concept is simple, it's also hugely flawed. By doing this, you are hardly giving your muscles time to recover from the trauma that it received from the previous workout. Muscles don't grow when you train them. They grow when they are at rest. Rest is just as important as training. Maybe, even more in some cases. Since desi trainers don't know the concept of slow twitch fiber and fast twitch fiber or muscle imbalances, they hardly know why you have a weak muscle and how to make it grow. They think that weak muscles will only grow by lifting heavy weights daily. Now this may be true for someone who is fast twitch fiber dominant but for people who are slow twitch fiber heavy, more number of reps with lighter weights might do the trick. 3) Make you lift too heavy, too early © YouTube Another unwarranted thing that desi trainers are obsessed with is ‘beast mode'. Since a majority of them are always on the juice, they tend to push amateurs equally as hard. That's idiotic, at best. Of course they have no idea who's an amateur, a beginner, an intermediate and an expert level client. Since they lift heavy and experience gains, they are eager to make their clients lift heavy weights in every session. Desi trainers themselves are ego lifters and that's exactly what they pass on to their clients as well. Guys, beware of these desi trainers who are post graduates in Bro Science/Bullshit. Please Beware! Not every guy who has huge biceps and wears a T-shirt that has trainer written on it is a professional. More than half of these desi trainers call themselves trainers just because they work in a gym and not because they hold a degree or certification in fitness. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  23. A Saudi family embraces as members arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the US Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administrations' emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court's criteria for who can be barred from entering the United States under President Donald Trump's travel ban may confuse the US officials overseas charged with implementing it and trigger a new round of lawsuits, experts said. People with a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity" in the United States are spared from the temporary ban affecting people from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees that the justices on Monday allowed to go partially into effect. "There's no precedent for something like this that I'm aware of," said Jeffrey Gorsky, a former legal adviser to the State Department's Visa Office, referring to the new "bona fide" standard. Gorsky said the standard is likely to sow confusion among US consular officials who have to make visa decisions and could require another court decision to determine what constitutes a connection to the United States sufficient to allow entry. The Supreme Court agreed to decide the legality of Trump order in its next term, which begins in October. Justice Clarence Thomas argued that the court should have granted Trump's request to implement the travel ban in full while the legal fight continues. "Today's compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding ? on peril of contempt ? whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country," Thomas wrote, joined by two fellow conservative justices. In Monday's ruling, the court gave a few examples of connections that qualify. For individuals, a close family relationship is required. Bona fide connections to entities, it said, must be "formal" and "documented." That would include students who have been admitted to a US school and workers who have accepted an offer of employment from an American company, the court said. It noted that Trump's executive order already allowed for case-by-case waivers for people with connections to the country. On the other hand, the justices said, relationships created for the purposes of evading the travel ban will not be considered valid. For instance, an immigration agency cannot add foreigners to client lists "and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion." The March 6 order called for a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees to enable the government to implement stronger vetting procedures. Trump cited national security concerns as the reason for the order. Litigation predicted Stephen Legomsky, chief counsel for US Citizenship and Immigration Services under former President Barack Obama, said lawsuits could claim that a bona fide relationship was ignored. While Legomsky said he believes the vast majority of cases will be clear cut, courts will have to determine whether visiting a close friend or taking part in a wedding could also qualify. "In theory, you could say if somebody is coming for tourism and has made a reservation for a hotel, there's now a US interest in bringing them to the United States. The hotel is a US entity," Gorsky said. Some lawyers also said the vagueness of the "bona fide" standard was license for the Trump administration to interpret it broadly. "It's just like a green light to the government to do what it wants to do," said Kiyanoush Razaghi, a Maryland-based immigration attorney who deals with primarily Iranian clients. "Who is going to tell us what is the definition of 'bona fide relationship?'" The difficult job of judging foreigners' claimed connections could land back in the lower courts in Maryland and Hawaii that had originally blocked Trump's travel ban, said Stephen Vladeck, a professor University of Texas School of Law. "We could have dozens of these cases between now and September," Vladeck said, adding that the Supreme Court would not be likely to weigh in on them on a case-by-case basis. David Martin, a former US Department of Homeland Security official and now a professor at the University of Virginia, said the ruling was "carefully tailored" and should be manageable for officials to enact. Part of the reason, Martin said, is the case-by-case waiver process that was already envisioned in the executive order. "I think there will be some litigation over the extent of the reach of this bona fide relationship but I don't think it will be as burdensome as the dissenters suggest," Martin said.
  24. WASHINGTON: Six top health advisors have resigned from Donald Trump´s advisory council on HIV/AIDS, complaining that the US president doesn´t really care about combatting the illness. In a letter published Friday in Newsweek, Scott Schoettes said the Trump administration has "no strategy" on AIDS and that he and his five colleagues will be more effective advocating for change from the outside. Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director at Lambda Legal, resigned Tuesday from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, along with Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados. The council can have up to 25 members. "The Trump administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and -- most concerning -- pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease," Schoettes wrote. "If we do not ensure that US leadership at the executive and legislative levels are informed by experience and expertise, real people will be hurt and some will even die," he said. "Because we do not believe the Trump administration is listening to -- or cares -- about the communities we serve as members of PACHA, we have decided it is time to step down." PACHA, which was created in 1995, includes public health officials, researchers, health care providers, faith leavers, HIV advocates and people living with HIV. Its helps inform the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which was last revised in 2015. Schoettes noted that Trump failed to appoint a head of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, a senior advisory position, and took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website the very day he took office -- on January 20 -- and has yet to replace it. He also stressed that changes Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress are seeking to the sweeping health care reform initiated by former president Barack Obama would be "extremely harmful" to people living with HIV or AIDS. Schoettes cited data showing that only 40 percent of people living with HIV in the United States can access life-saving medications.
  25. The biggest battle of the cricketing world is set to take place on Sunday when arch-rivals Pakistan and India face each other in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval. A resurgent Pakistan and defending champions India look to outclass and outplay their opponent ? with both teams eyeing the trophy. The highly anticipated thriller will showcase Pakistan?s formidable bowling and India?s firm batting. Can the ?predictably unpredictable? turn the tables and make history? Our experts will share their opinion with you. A joint-production of Geo News (Pakistan) and Aaj Tak (India), Takra, hosted by Shahzaib Khanzada and Vikrant Gupta will feature Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Yousuf, Ramiz Raja and Sikandar Bakht from Pakistan and Saurav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin from India.