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WHO’s reaction to H1N1 influenced by drug companies, reports claim

  • Posted on March 19, 2018 at 3:11 am

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Reports suggest the World Health Organisation’s declaring a swine flu pandemic was an error driven by drug companies, and lead to unjustified fear. A year after the swine flu pandemic was declared, stocks are left unused and governments try to abandon contracts, pharmaceutical companies have profited at least £4.6billion from the sale of vaccines alone.

Reports by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) and the Council of Europe claim that The World Health Organisation reaction to H1N1 was influenced by pharmaceutical companies and that key scientists behind advice had financial ties with firms Roche and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). These conflicts of interest have never been publicly disclosed by WHO, an apparent violation of its own rules.

The World Health Organisation issued H1N1 guidelines in 2004, recommending countries to stockpile millions of doses of antiviral medication. The advice prompted many countries around the world into buying up large stocks of Tamiflu, made by Roche, and Relenza manufactured by GSK.

A joint investigation with the BMJ and the BIJ, found that scientists involved in developing the WHO 2004 guidance had previously been paid by Roche or GSK for lecturing and consultancy work as well as being involved in research for the companies. “The WHO’s credibility has been badly damaged,” BMJ editor Fiona Godlee said in an editorial.

A report by the health committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a 47-member human rights watchdog, found that the WHO’s reaction was influenced by drug companies that make H1N1 antiviral drugs and vaccines. It criticised WHO lack of transparency around the handling of the swine flu pandemic and says the public health guidelines by WHO, EU agencies and national governments led to a “waste of large sums of public money and unjustified scares and fears about the health risks faced by the European public.”

We’re still in the pandemic

A spokesman for WHO said the drug industry did not influence its decisions on swine flu. Margaret Chan, the organisation’s director, had dismissed inquiries into its handling of the A/H1N1 pandemic as “conspiracy theories” earlier this year, she had said: “WHO anticipated close scrutiny of its decisions, but we did not anticipate that we would be accused, by some European politicians, of having declared a fake pandemic on the advice of experts with ties to the pharmaceutical industry and something personal to gain from increased industry profits.”

Yesterday, a 16-member “emergency committee” consisting of advisors from the World Health Organisation said that the H1N1 pandemic is not yet over. The WHO has refused to identify committee members, arguing that they must be shielded from industry pressure, so possible conflicts of interest with drug companies are unknown. The BMJ report also reveals that at least one expert on the “emergency committee” received payment during 2009 from GSK.

In related news, Reuters reported, Pfizer Inc, the world’s biggest drugmaker, is selling its swine vaccine business to Chinese Harbin Pharmaceutical Group for $50 million.

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Wikinews tours London Paralympic Village wheelchair repair workshop

  • Posted on March 19, 2018 at 3:02 am

Saturday, September 1, 2012

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London, England — Yesterday Wikinews had the opportunity to tour the Ottobrock wheelchair repair workshops at the Paralympic Village in London.

It is one of a network of workshops at every Paralympic venue. They are run by Ottobrock, which has been repairing wheelchairs at the Paralympics since 1988. The workshop opened on August 22 and will remain until September 10.

The Ottobrock employees include people from 20 countries. Between them, they speak 23 languages. They liken themselves to the pit crew of motor sport — except that they have no idea what sort of equipment they will have to work with. The store room contains 15,000 spare parts, with everything from spare carbon fibre running blades to spare tyres — over 2,000 of them. They stock Ottobrock parts and their competitors’ too, as they have no idea what will arrive at the workshop next. Athletes from around the world bring in all manner of equipment.

The prosthetic technicians have to deal with everything from flat tyres to broken spokes to full-scale rebuilds. They have to be expert problem solvers. They frequently collaborate on determining how best to effect a repair. The objective is to get the wheelchair repaired and back in service as soon as possible.

Wheelchairs vary somewhat in design, depending on the sport. Those for wheelchair basketball and rugby have cambered wheels so they can spin around. Aluminum and titanium parts are used for strength. Ottobrock has a welding workshop where frames are repaired; the teams’ equipment managers understandably cannot bring such heavy equipment with them to the games, so they rely on the workshops. When a repair job is required, it is often required in a hurry. At the Turkey vs United States game, a chair was repaired during the match.

In addition to wheelchairs, the workshops handle all manner of work with prostheses. Carbon fibre running blades are adjusted. Broken feet and legs are a challenge. The Chinese Boccia team brought in its power chairs to have the electronics adjusted. In that sport, having the controls working perfectly is all-important.

There are 4,200 athletes at the Paralympic games. So far, the workshops have carried out 1,100 repairs.

Wikinews tours London Paralympic Village wheelchair repair workshop

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Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics

  • Posted on March 19, 2018 at 2:51 am

Monday, December 3, 2007

At Thanksgiving dinner David Shankbone told his white middle class family that he was to interview Reverend Al Sharpton that Saturday. The announcement caused an impassioned discussion about the civil rights leader’s work, the problems facing the black community and whether Sharpton helps or hurts his cause. Opinion was divided. “He’s an opportunist.” “He only stirs things up.” “Why do I always see his face when there’s a problem?”

Shankbone went to the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem with this Thanksgiving discussion to inform the conversation. Below is his interview with Al Sharpton on everything from Tawana Brawley, his purported feud with Barack Obama, criticism by influential African Americans such as Clarence Page, his experience running for President, to how he never expected he would see fifty (he is now 53). “People would say to me, ‘Now that I hear you, even if I disagree with you I don’t think you’re as bad as I thought,'” said Sharpton. “I would say, ‘Let me ask you a question: what was “bad as you thought”?’ And they couldn’t say. They don’t know why they think you’re bad, they just know you’re supposed to be bad because the right wing tells them you’re bad.”


  • 1 Sharpton’s beginnings in the movement
  • 2 James Brown: a father to Sharpton
  • 3 Criticism: Sharpton is always there
  • 4 Tawana Brawley to Megan Williams
  • 5 Sharpton and the African-American media
  • 6 Why the need for an Al Sharpton?
  • 7 Al Sharpton and Presidential Politics
  • 8 On Barack Obama
  • 9 The Iraq War
  • 10 Sharpton as a symbol
  • 11 Blacks and whites and talking about race
  • 12 Don Imus, Michael Richards and Dog The Bounty Hunter
  • 13 Sources
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Explore Your Creative Abilities With A Graphic Design Programme

  • Posted on March 19, 2018 at 2:38 am

Explore your creative abilities with a Graphic Design programme



When you commute to office every day, huge billboards looking down upon you seem attractive enough to command your attention and you end up reading the content on it. Behind these fascinating designs, is the shrewd brain and hard work of graphic designers who with their creativity rule the world and our minds to a considerable extent?

A career in designing is exciting and highly creative. You can unleash your creativity in creating things like advertisements, brochures, billboards, magazines and newspaper layouts and in many more allied industries which require designing. A student of a designing course gets to play with colors, patterns to give the promotion of a product a highly illustrative look. Your innovative thinking will enable you to grab wonderful opportunities in the competitive field of graphic. With marketing getting competitive day by day, there is a high demand for designers who can think out of the box. Moreover, digital marketing is a booming profession which requires a large number of graphic designers having the requisite knowledge and skills which can be acquired after doing a

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The course curriculum is industry oriented and developed in association with seasoned professionals who have had their share of success in this booming industry of advertising and still going strong! The students at this design institution get a hands-on experience by working part-time in the industry and are able to grab the skills of designing taking into account its aesthetic and commercial aspects. They also get to learn about the client s demands and ability to create/modify their work accordingly. This is possible with its Traineeship Advantage program which provides the students the opportunity to work in the industry right from the beginning of the course. For more information on the program, feel free to visit http://www.wlcidesign.in/

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State of emergency in Sri Lanka remains despite calm returning after violence

  • Posted on March 19, 2018 at 2:21 am

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Schools reopened on Monday in Sri Lanka and the government said they had arrested hundreds of people for participating in anti-Muslim riots. A state of emergency remained in effect in the island nation which had been gripped by widespread violence which started in the Central Province. At least two people died. At least eleven mosques were reported torched and 200 homes and businesses burned when the violence was at its peak.

Police reported 230 arrests, both for direct involvement and for spreading anti-Muslim hate speech on the internet. Police said to expect more arrests in coming days. Lifting of the state of emergency was expected, according to Al Jazeera, but had not occurred as of Monday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Kandy District over the weekend and told reporters victims will be compensated for damages.

Ever since a nearly three decade long civil war came to an end in 2009, relations between Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese Buddhist majority and Tamil Sunni Muslim minority have remained tense, but largely peaceful until this month.

On March 4, in the village of Teldeniya a traffic accident escalated into a fight wherein a group of young Muslim men beat a Buddhist man, who later died, according to Al Jazeera. On March 5, hundreds of Sinhalese, whom local residents and officials said were from outside the city, took to the streets of Kandy. The mob targeted Muslims’ homes and businesses, setting several of them on fire. A Muslim man’s dead body was found inside one of the burned buildings.

By March 6, the Sri Lankan government had declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew on the region. The emergency declaration by President Maithripala Sirisena allowed the army to be called into action. Nevertheless, the unrest and violence spread to several towns surrounding Kandy. Government officials surmised the rioters were coordinating their attacks at specific locations through social media. Internet access was cut off for the province, and social media including Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber were blocked for the entire country.

“Technology created to bring people together is being used to pull people apart. Social media websites […] have been used to destroy families, lives and private property,” said Harin Fernando, the Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, according to Sri Lanka Mirror.

On March 7, the curfew was expanded to be around-the-clock after, officials said, a hand grenade went off while a man was carrying it and killed him as well as injuring at least eleven other people. Police said they identified a hardline Buddhist nationalist who posted an anti-Muslim video, which was thought to be a source of incitement, on social media. Reports of violence spread as far as Weligama, which is on the southern coast of the island, some 240 km (150 miles) south of Kandy.

The next day, Thursday, mobs of rioters burned shops and threw Molotov cocktails at a mosque as religiously-fueled violence continued. The government arrested, by their account, Amith Weerasinghe, a hardline Buddhist-nationalist known for his anti-Muslim sentiments, as the suspected main agitator behind the violence.

Friday prayers at mosques were conducted under heavy police protection, without incident according to authorities. Also on Friday, hundreds of protesters, including Buddhist monks, gathered in the capital city Colombo and denounced the riots and violence. Saturday, President Sirisena announced an investigation of the violence in Kandy with a tribunal of retired judges. Kandy lifted curfew Saturday, but kept emergency powers in place.

Early Sunday morning, a restaurant in Anamaduwa, North Western Province was attacked despite heightened police presence, breaking a lull in violence since Thursday. Police arrested seven suspects in connection with the predawn petrol bomb attack on the restaurant. Meanwhile, in the Central Province, where the violence began over a week ago, the Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake announced schools would reopen Monday after being closed during the violence last week.


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Interview: Drupal founder Dries Buytaert balances community and company interests

  • Posted on March 18, 2018 at 3:17 am

Sunday, February 24, 2008

In the year 2000, Dries Buytaert created Drupal, a freely licensed and open source tool to manage websites, as a bulletin board for his college dorm. Since Dries released the software and a community of thousands of volunteer developers have added and improved modules, Drupal has grown immensely popular. Drupal won the overall Open CMS Award in 2007, and some speakers in Drupal’s spacious developer’s room at FOSDEM 2008 were dreaming aloud of its world domination.

Buytaert (now 29) just finished his doctoral thesis and has founded the start-up Acquia. The new company wants to become Drupal’s best friend, with the help of an all-star team and US$7 million collected from venture capitalists. Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent sat down with Dries in Brussels to discuss these recent exciting developments.


  • 1 The interview
    • 1.1 On FOSDEM
    • 1.2 On Drupal
    • 1.3 Acquia: company-community interaction
    • 1.4 The future, near and far
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  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links
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How To Choose A Gynecology Treatment Abroad}

  • Posted on March 18, 2018 at 3:12 am

How to Choose a Gynecology Treatment Abroad


Daniel Royale

Womens reproductive health is a fragile thing. A lot of things can cause an imbalance in the body so that the woman remains infertile. Aside from that, there are numerous other things to look out for: STDs, cysts, yeast infections, adenomyosis, and adhesions. All of those can cause serious conditions for the woman, and some of those may even turn cancerous. Once discovered, these problems can be treated through therapies (usually medications), or, in more severe cases, through surgery.

Whatever it is that you need, when looking for a gynecology treatment, you have two options:

-Find local gynecologist Women usually prefer to have their own gynecologist, someone they can trust and who they can visit regularly. Talking about the private parts is never pleasant, and many women have a problem with opening up to someone who they have not known for some time. This is why many women choose a local gynecologist, someone who will always be close.

-Find gynecologist abroad On the other hand, sometimes it is important to look for a second opinion or find a treatment which is not available in the womans home country. For these options, you can always choose to travel abroad and find a good gynecologists clinic.

However, whatever it is that you choose, whether to go locally or to go abroad, you absolutely have to be completely informed about the gynecologist that you are going to visit. All the gynecology procedures carry with them a risk that something might go wrong. Even a misdiagnosis of a problem can cause significant problems in and of itself.

How to make an informed decision?

It is important to be well informed about the gynecologist that is to perform medical procedures on you, simply because that will mean more trust and, if the gynecologist is qualified, less risk of getting into more problems.

What to look for when researching gynecologist?

Qualifications and experience It is always better to choose a more experienced gynecologist. During their service, they have seen more things that the newer ones and they are familiar with more situations. Always check for how long the gynecologist has been working. You should also check their licenses and credentials and see how qualified they are to perform the kind of service that you need.

Pricing and inclusions Most of local gynecologist procedures are covered through health insurance. However, sometimes that is not enough and we have to go to another clinic or even travel abroad. When that is the case, it is always wise to see everything that the package entails. This way, you will know exactly what you are paying for and what you should prepare extra money for.

Check the facilities Aside from choosing a good gynecologist, you have to check what conditions they are working in. A great gynecologist can only do so much with bad and old equipment, and poor facilities. Take a look at the videos and pictures of the medical center where the gynecologist works, as it will give you a better idea about how well equipped they are.

Questions to ask before booking

Does the gynecologist have all the certifications and qualifications to treat people? There is a large number of uncertified gynecologists everywhere, especially in private practice. Make sure that the one you choose has gone through all the tests necessary to obtain a license to work.

How much will the treatment package cost me? If you choose to pay for your treatment, then you should know exactly what you are paying for. The cost of the package will depend on a number of things, including the experience of the gynecologist, the state of their offices, and the complexity of the procedure.

How much will other expenses, like travel and stay cost me? If you choose to travel abroad for the procedure, then you should definitely know whether the traveling costs are a part of the package or not. You should also see how much the stay at another city will cost you. Also, see what else is included/not included in the package you are choosing, as it might have some hidden costs, although, if you choose wisely, that should not be the case.

Where will the gynecologist perform the procedure? Some gynecologists work out of their own specialized offices, while others work at local clinics. A gynecologist with their own offices might have more time to work with you, although that is not always the case.

What do their former patients have to say? Try to find someone who has already visited that same gynecologist that you are looking at. There is no better indicator than the first-hand experience. And since one experience can be different from another, try to find as much of these as possible, so that you may get an idea of what to expect.

Choosing a gynecologist is not something that should be taken lightly. The future of your reproductive health depends on it, as a single mistake (whether when diagnosing or treating) can have profound impact on your reproductive organs. This can be avoided through making informed decisions when choosing who will treat you. We are always here to help if you need any further information about either the medical centers or gynecologists.


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Wikinews discusses the H1N1 pandemic with the CDC

  • Posted on March 18, 2018 at 2:24 am

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a US government agency. In an interview with Wikinews, Jeff Dimond, a member of the Division of Media Relations for the CDC, answered a few question regarding the current situation of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

The CDC reported that during week 42 (October 18–24) of this year, the swine flu activity increased in the United States with 19 confirmed deaths by swine flu, while week 43 (Oct. 25–31) faced 15 confirmed deaths.

((Wikinews)) How does the CDC feel the media has handled the H1N1 flu pandemic?

Jeff Dimond: Media coverage has been quite good.

((WN)) What measures are the CDC taking to combat the swine flu?

JD: Public health information is being distributed nationwide, scientists worked hard to identify the H1N1 virus and produce a vaccine in record time.

((WN)) What areas around the world are affected most by the swine flu?

JD: This is a question for the WHO (World Health Organization).

((WN)) Are the current anti-flu vaccines effective and how sufficient is the current supply?

JD: All current anti-flu vaccines are effective. Manufacturers are producing doses as fast as possible. Spot shortages may occur, but there is not an overall shortage of vaccine. For the most severe cases, a drug called Peramivir has been authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

((WN)) How can one avoid infection and how deadly is this disease?

JD: Proper hand sanitation and avoidance of individuals who have flu-like symptoms is the best way to avoid becoming ill. To date more than 1000 Americans have died from LABORATORY CONFIRMED cases of H1N1 and of those 129 are under the age of 18. The most at-risk populations are pregnant women, younger people in the 18–49 age group and those with other complicating conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes and morbid obesity.

((WN)) What efforts have the CDC made to insure vaccines are available for those with no or poor health-care?

JD: Distribution of vaccine is up to the state health departments. CDC is not a regulatory agency.

((WN)) If someone suspects they have swine flu what would the best course of action be?

JD: They should seek medical attention.

((WN)) When will the swine flu die down and cease being a pandemic?

JD: No idea.

((WN)) Besides the CDC, what other entities, governmental and private, are involved in stopping this disease and how?

JD: All public health and medical agencies with a stake in H1N1 are cooperating to control the spread of H1N1.

((WN)) Is there a significant risk of H1N1 mutating and becoming more deadly?

JD: Flu viruses are unpredictable so there is no way of answering this question. The CDC is constantly monitoring these viruses.

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UK drivers urged not to panic buy during delivery strikes

  • Posted on March 17, 2018 at 3:23 am

Friday, June 13, 2008

British drivers have been urged not to panic buy fuel because of the 4-day walkout by delivery drivers working for companies delivering to Shell petrol stations. The 600 workers have walked out over pay disagreements, wanting an increase to their current pay of £36,500, however their union Unite turned down a last-minute offer of £41,500.

Hoyer UK, which employs tanker drivers for Shell, said, “We extended our offer to the very limits that our business could sustain.” However Unite said in a press release that, “this dispute could have been resolved if Shell had advanced a fraction of the billions of pounds in profit they make every month”, continuing to say, “one of the world’s richest companies is prepared to play Pontius Pilate and see the British public inconvenienced rather than settle this dispute for a sum smaller than the chairman’s pay increase last year”

Shell admitted that the walkout could leave some of its 1,000 forecourts without fuel, but the UK Petrol Industry Association, which represent oil refiners, said that forecourts would have around 4 days of supply, maintaining usual stocking levels. Shell also commented that the strike impact would be “significant”, as the company runs around 1 in 10 of all petrol stations in the UK.

British Business Secretary, John Hutton, said that “the strike, which will have a disproportionate effect on people in Britain, cannot be justified,” and urged both sides to resume negotiations in order to settle the dispute. “We have been working closely with industry to put in place detailed contingency plans to reduce as far as possible the disruption for the driving public,” he added. Unite’s press release also confirms that “provision has been made for fire, police and the emergency services.”

Tanker drivers on strike have set up picket lines at many of Shell’s UK refineries, including those in Stanlow, Avonmouth, Plymouth, Pembroke, Cardiff, Kingsbury, Basildon, Grangemouth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Jarrow and Luton Airport.

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Choosing The Best Elder Care In Avon, Ct

  • Posted on March 17, 2018 at 2:22 am

byAlma Abell

When the time comes to move a loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility, everyone wants to ensure that they choose the best possible place. Whether you are looking into a home in Hartford or Elder Care in Avon, CT, there are many ways to rest assured that your elder family member is happy, healthy, and certainly well-cared for.

Before you select the home or facility you would like to use, it could be helpful to ask around. We all trust the words of friends over those of the internet, right? If someone you know has recently made the same difficult decision, they may have a thing or two to tell you about local Connecticut options. Find out all you can: are there activities to do? A friendly and caring staff? How are the meals? All of these are very important things to keep in mind when searching for elder care.

When it comes to activities, keep your loved one’s interests in mind. Did she or her enjoy the out of doors? Perhaps find a home near a park or body of water, with options for outdoor activities. Social butterfly? Find a facility with plenty of game nights, visits, and options for getting to know other residents. Family man? Make sure you choose a nursing home or assisted living facility that permits babies and young children to visit (as some do not). Fortunately, there are many options for Elder Care in Avon, CT to meet your requirements.

Finally, it can be important to set a budget ahead of time. If you are not financially able to put your loved one in the most extravagant facility, don’t. While harsh, it is imperative that you know what is feasible within your means, and think with your head, not your heart. Check out Shadyoaksassistedliving.com for many top notch facilities that are great and affordable.

Choosing to move a parent or relative from his or her home is tough decision. Luckily, with some knowledge and planning, you can sleep well knowing that he or she is well taken care of.