Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) 2009 Abridged Report

first_imgCentum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2009 abridged results.For more information about Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug)  2009 abridged results.Company ProfileCentum Investment Company Limited is a Kenyan-based private equity firm specialising in providing investment opportunities for public and private companies in Uganda. This includes managing investment growth, development capital and buyouts. The private equity firm invests in companies which serve the needs of the domestic markets in sub-Saharan Africa and invests in both listed and non-listed companies in various sectors, including; banking, insurance, education, healthcare, energy, agriculture, industrial production, telecommunications, real estate, beverage manufacturing, automotive assembly, in-flight catering and dry-cell manufacturing. Investments in commercial services include Mumias Sugar Company Limited, Kenya Airways and Carbacid Investment Company. Centum Investment Company was founded in 1967 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Centum Investment Company Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Sonny Bill Williams claims the New Zealand Heavyweight boxing title

first_imgWednesday Feb 8, 2012 Sonny Bill Williams claims the New Zealand Heavyweight boxing title Sonny Bill Williams went five from five as he defeated American Clarence Tillman III in the first round of their New Zealand Professional Boxing Association championship bout in Hamilton.The fight was stopped after Williams connected with a strong left before following up with a flurry of punches that left Tillman hanging on the ropes. SBW was ecstatic with the win.“It’s massive. On the world stage it’s just a blip for me, coming where I have in a year-and-a-half it’s massive. People love me or hate me but I can’t dwell on the negatives, I’m very happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error random Related Articles 445 WEEKS AGO Steve Hansen discusses Andrew Hore incident… 446 WEEKS AGO Italy vs Australia – Live stream 446 WEEKS AGO Catch up with Ken Cowen and School of Hard… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Biden Nominates Vilsack to Serve as Ag Secretary Again

first_img Biden Nominates Vilsack to Serve as Ag Secretary Again Home Indiana Agriculture News Biden Nominates Vilsack to Serve as Ag Secretary Again By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 10, 2020 Previous articleThe HAT Soil Health Podcast- Discussing Soil Health Practices With Your Ag Lender Part 2Next articlePurdue Faculty Provide Insight on Critical Issues Facing Farmers in 2021 Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE President-elect Joe Biden has officially nominated former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to serve in that position once again.Vilsack served as head of USDA for eight years under the Obama administration. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) had expressed interest in running the nation’s agriculture department, but instead has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.“Vilsack is committed to ensuring the USDA promotes true equity and inclusion in every mission it has,” Biden said.Plenty of agricultural organizations have offered their words of support for Vilsack returning to his previous position.“The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomes the news that Tom Vilsack will be nominated to be Secretary of Agriculture. His leadership as the 30th Secretary of Agriculture and as Governor of a state reliant on agriculture is evidence of his qualification to serve in this role,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Tom Vilsack understands that the agriculture sector is far more complex than most people understand. He believes in a ‘big tent’ philosophy that supports all types of production and understands the importance of respecting farmers and ranchers as partners worthy of support in the race to achieve sustainability goals.”“We congratulate Mr. Vilsack and are pleased that the Biden transition team has chosen such a steadfast champion of rural America to lead USDA,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “After years of public and private service to the agriculture community, Vilsack is intimately familiar with the benefits biofuels present for reaching a net-zero carbon future and the economic vitality the industry provides to rural America.“The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Secretary Vilsack on his nomination to lead USDA. In his eight years leading the Department during the Obama administration corn farmers appreciated his willingness to listen to the input from growers across the country and his steadfast commitment to agriculture, renewable fuels, our environment and USDA’s food and nutrition programs,” said NCGA President John Linder. “He’s been an outspoken advocate for rural America and we look forward to working together again, along with President-elect Biden, to build long-term demand for our product, mitigate the impact of climate change, seek new markets around the globe, and continue to feed and fuel the world.”Julie Anna Potts, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute, said, “Secretary Vilsack brings experience and leadership to the Department of Agriculture at a critical time when the meat and poultry industry works to put food on American’s tables and to keep the farm economy working in a pandemic. We look forward to working closely with Secretary Vilsack in his new role to ensure our industry remains a valuable partner to livestock producers, an efficient supplier to consumers and competitive in the international marketplace.” Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Grenade attack on Tamil newspaper in Jaffna

first_img Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists March 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Grenade attack on Tamil newspaper in Jaffna July 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News News Follow the news on Sri Lanka July 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by a grenade attack on the headquarters of the Tamil daily newspaper Uthayan in the northern city of Jaffna at about 11 p.m. last night. The grenade exploded in the patio of the building, causing considerable damage and injuring a police guard.“This was yet another attempt to stop distribution of Uthayan and comes less than a month after the arrest of N. Vithyatharan, the editor of the Tamil daily Sudar Oli, an Uthayan press group publication,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The use of violence and intimidation against the staff of Sudar Oli and Uthayan is absolutely unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation added. “We urge the Sri Lankan authorities to carry out a thorough investigation with the aim of arresting those responsible and bringing them to trial.”Tamil media voiced the suspicion that the orders for the attack on Uthayan came from within the government. Senior officials had reportedly just told news organisations not publish reports about civilian victims of the fighting in the northern district of Vanni or to reproduce interviews which the Tamil Tiger rebels have given to foreign news media. Uthayan and other newspaper, Valampuri, had nonetheless printed photos of children killed in Vanni.A member of the Uthayan staff said the grenade attack was an attempt to sabotage the newspaper’s operations. The newspaper was nonetheless able to bring out today’s issue. Receive email alerts News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge RSF_en Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Reporters Without Borders is outraged by a grenade attack on the headquarters of the Tamil daily newspaper Uthayan in the northern city of Jaffna at about 11 p.m. last night. The grenade exploded in the patio of the building, causing considerable damage and injuring a police guard. last_img read more

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Video: The Bread of Life: Strength for the Journey

first_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Sermons and Lessons Video: The Bread of Life: Strength for the Journey Delivered by Rev. Wilma Jakobsen, All Saints Church Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | 5:23 pm More Cool Stuff Business Newscenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy This sermon was delivered by Rev. Wilma Jakobsen, Senior Associate at All Saints Church on Sunday, 12th of August 2012. Wilma Jakobsen was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a former high school physical science and math teacher. In the mid 1980s she sojourned in Pasadena for 3 years where she obtained a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, and discovered the energy and joy of All Saints Church, where she led the junior high group, Taize prayers and worked with Clarke Oler in the newcomer ministry.Wilma was the first women deacon and priest ordained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. She worked for 15 years in the Diocese of Cape Town, in parishes ranging from black townships to the cathedral to a rural parish with fishing communities and farm communities. She was involved as an anti apartheid activist in church and faith based organizations, and has some interesting stories to tell from her stint as chaplain to Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his last 2 years of office.All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 796-1172 or visit www.allsaints-pas.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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City and Soul: Brian’s ‘straight ahead’ view of Shannonside hospitality

first_imgNewsBusinessCommunityVideoCity and Soul: Brian’s ‘straight ahead’ view of Shannonside hospitalityBy Rose Rushe – February 23, 2019 1327 Linkedin WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print TAGSbusinessCommunityfeatureInterviewLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Previous articleJohn Kiely makes wholesale changes for Cork clashNext articleDelay in funding for hospital unit deemed “betrayal of the people” Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Email Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Facebook Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Advertisement Brian Harrington. Photo: Cian ReinhardtWORKING in the Dunraven Arms as a schoolboy was a defining experience for Brian Harrington, regional boss of the Irish Hotels Federation and manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa.As far as his future career was concerned, the Adare man’s mind was made up.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I’m afraid, I never looked to my right or left after that,” he says.After training at the Galway Institute of Technology, his tour of duty embraced Ryan Hotels, Lynch Hotels and Jurys in Dublin. Then an ill-fated mid-2000s investment in the Castletroy Park Hotel and the Marriott on Henry Street led to a sharp drop at the brow of the recession.As a managing partner, Brian had no job and no income. He had to face burnt creditors in his own county, losing everything when the Castletroy hotel closed in 2009. Staff there and at the Marriott on Henry Street were subsequently employed by the new owners.He became a consultant to the Ennis-based Lynch Hotels Group and was later retained by examiner Price Waterhouse Cooper to run the West County Inn when NAMA swallowed the loss.He counts himself lucky and is now happily ensconced in the calm, luxe environment of the Radisson Blu on Limerick’s Ennis Road.The career hotelier has been chairperson of the Shannon branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) for two years and prior to that was secretary.Continue reading below…So, what is the purpose of Shannon IHF?“The Federation has a number of branches throughout the country and I represent the Shannon region with some 42 properties – but that wouldn’t be full coverage of the industry. There’s a whole variety literally, from guest houses to five star properties.“The Federation is a forum for them to come together to discuss  things of common interest. It provides a great resource concerning issues, for example getting the nine per cent VAT rate down from 13.5 per cent. We had that for seven years.”As chairman, he links branch activities and concerns to national council meetings ten times in the year, airing local issues. In turn, he brings issues of national importance to the local audience.What is on the table at those meetings?“The rising cost of insurance which works against reinvesting. The whole employment scenario. The Federation runs a programme called The Quality Employment Programme and sets out best practice for hotels and a lot of members are in that.”“Brexit? Already this industry has suffered. In 2017  our British market fell by seven per cent across the whole country – that’s about a quarter of a million people who did not come here. After that I think it rebounded slightly in 2018, by one per cent to six per cent.”“We have been fortunate that the American and European market replaced that almost equally, in fact total figures across the country show they exceeded that in 2018.”How have we become attractive to those markets? He looks at the big picture, “Worldwide, tourism is growing by four to five per cent each year. Yes, we are lucky, as there is now far more access into Ireland than heretofore.”“Dublin brings in 30 million passengers a year. That is huge. That figure is for 2018 and for Shannon Airport, it’s less than 2 million. American business and transatlantic business was up last year.”“The whole uncertainty really bothers the industry,” he states.“Some Irish Hotel Federation members are holding off on capital investment so Brexit is concerning, certainly.”Sterling’s loss in value is another challenge.The influx from countries that visit in droves through Dublin skewers their lucrative spend to the East.“The western seaboard depends on a thriving Shannon Airport. If you look at how developed our road network is now, more and more people are happy to land in Dublin and radiate out in trips – you can go to the Cliffs of Moher in a day.”“We are not getting any stay from that kind of customer and are losing out on  a huge amount of bednights.”“I am concerned about the third runway at Dublin Airport. That will provide it with greater capacity to snaffle any future growth of inward travel. I would like to see regional targets set for us rather than national tourism numbers. The National Planning Framework called for greater growth in the regions.” He makes the point that the burgeoning international industry in the Mid-West hinges on easy air access to the US and other destinations.Scan for digital editor Cian Reinhardt’s interview on Brexit knocks, and sector CPD opportunities in the Mid West: Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic last_img read more

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US plans to reengage with UN rights council, reversing Trump

first_img Previous articleUnited States Steel Corporation Announces Pricing of Upsized Senior Notes OfferingNext articleTulsa looks to extend streak vs Tulane Digital AIM Web Support US plans to reengage with UN rights council, reversing Trump By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 TAGS  Twitter Local NewsUS News WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced plans Monday to reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, as the Biden administration reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements. Announcing the new approach from Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the pullout in June 2018 “did nothing to encourage meaningful change, but instead created a vacuum of U.S. leadership, which countries with authoritarian agendas have used to their advantage.” “The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality,” he said in a statement. “Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision.” The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community, who have derided the council and echoed Trump administration complaints that it was too quick to overlook abuses by autocratic regimes and governments — and even accept them as members. Blinken said President Joe Biden had instructed the State Department to “reengage immediately and robustly” with the council, but he acknowledged it still needs work. “We recognize that the Human Rights Council is a flawed body, in need of reform to its agenda, membership, and focus, including its disproportionate focus on Israel,” he said. Blinken said the council, when it works well, “shines a spotlight on countries with the worst human rights records and can serve as an important forum for those fighting injustice and tyranny.” “To address the council’s deficiencies and ensure it lives up to its mandate, the United States must be at the table using the full weight of our diplomatic leadership,” he added. Trump pulled out of the council due to its disproportionate focus on Israel, which has received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country, and because it failed to meet an extensive list of reforms demanded by then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Besides the council’s persistent focus on Israel, the Trump administration took issue with the body’s membership, which currently includes China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Venezuela, all of which have been accused of human rights abuses. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the U.S. decision, calling the council “the world’s leading forum for addressing the full range of human rights challenges,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “The United Nations looks forward to hearing the crucial voice of the United States across the council’s urgent work,” the U.N. chief’s spokesman said. Hillel Neuer, the executive director of advocacy group UN Watch, which often decries the council’s excessive focus on Israel, said the Obama administration had had a “tendency to become a cheerleader for the council” — and called on the Biden team to avoid it, and instead call out the council’s “abuses.” “The cost of the U.S. decision to rejoin is that it gives legitimacy to a council where tyrannies and other non-democracies now comprise 60% of the membership,” Neuer said. “In exchange, the U.S. must demand serious reform, removing despots from the council such as Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro regime, holding dictators to account, and removing the agenda item that targets Israel in each session, the only one to focus on a single country,” he added. The council’s next session — the first of three each year, and the only one to feature a “high-level segment” that often lures top diplomats — runs from Feb. 22 to March 23. Although the U.S. will have only nonvoting observer status for now, U.S. officials say the administration intends to seek one of the three full-member seats left vacant when the current council terms of Austria, Denmark and Italy — from the “Western Europe and other states group” — expire at the end of 2021. The U.N. General Assembly makes the final choice in a vote that generally takes place in October every year to fill vacancies in three-year terms at the 47-member-state council. U.S. engagement with the council and its predecessor, the U.N. Human Rights Commission, has been something of a political football between Republican and Democratic administrations for decades. While recognizing its shortcomings, Democratic presidents have tended to want a seat at the table while Republicans have recoiled at its criticism of Israel. Trump’s withdrawal from the UNHRC, however, was one of a number of U.S. retrenchments from the international community during his four years in office. He also walked away from the Paris Climate Accord, the Iran nuclear deal, the World Health Organization, the U.N. education and cultural organization, UNESCO, and several arms control treaties. Trump also threatened to withdraw from the International Postal Union and frequently hinted at pulling out of the World Trade Organization. Since taking office last month, Biden has rejoined both the Paris accord and the WHO and has signaled interest in returning to the Iran deal as well as UNESCO. ——— Keaten reported from Geneva. Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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OHS students head to Carnegie Hall

first_img OHS students head to Carnegie Hall WhatsApp Twitter TAGS  Twitter Pinterest Facebook From left, 18-year-old senior bassoon player Zachary Brown, 17-year-old junior percussionist Luke Kidd, and 16-year-old percussionist sophomore John Alex Cisneros pose in the Odessa High School band hall Tuesday morning. The three have been invited to play at to play at Carnegie Hall in New York. A small group of Odessa High School students will be heading to New York City to participate in the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Zachary Brown, a senior bassoon player, and percussion players John Alex Cisneros, a sophomore, and Luke Kidd, a junior, will be in the Big Apple Feb. 7 through Feb. 11. Assistant Band Director Jimmy Olague said WorldStrides Educational Student Travel arranges the trip. “All the kids are put in groups of about 15, so they will meet the folks in their group which are usually in the same ensemble that they will be performing with. It’s an international event. What they do what they do is they arrive and then they have three rehearsals with a well-known conductor. Then they perform in concert that Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall. In the evenings, evenings they have they either visit the sights, or they go to a Broadway show, or they’ll go to (the) 9/11 (memorial); whatever New York’s got to offer. They’ll try to do the touristy stuff with these kids in the evening,” Olague said. Musicians from OHS have been taking part in the honors series for about eight years. “The talent has really gone up since then and the difficulty in making it has increased, as well,” Olague said. “Students submit a recording of required etudes or listed solos that they’ve worked on in the past. They submit these back in late September/early October. They have either professors at universities or conductors in New York listen to these tapes and they pick by the quality of the performance (on) the tape,” Olague said. An Honors Performance news release said they received more than 18,000 nominations this year and selected nearly 700 students. The students going this year are “fantastic,” Olague said. “They are talented folks. They are excited about it,” he said. Brown is also part of the group of all-state musicians that is going to the Texas Music Educators Association convention about a week after the New York trip. “That’s the quality of kid that this program is enticing,” Olague said. Cisneros said he’s looking forward to going because last time he went, he got sick. “I’m glad to get to go again,” Cisneros said. He added that it was “pretty shocking” to find out he was selected and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. “Being a musician and wanting to travel the world, this is a really big opportunity. I couldn’t pass it down, so I’m very excited about it,” Kidd said. “I’ve never traveled the world before. I’ve never left Texas before. I was really, really excited about it,” Kidd added. “There’s been a lot of sleepless nights where I can’t stop thinking about going. I was very excited when I even heard about it.” Kidd said he’s looking forward to seeing The Julliard School and Carnegie Hall. “That’s probably going to be the most exciting thing for me and then playing in Carnegie Hall. It’s just crazy. I’m probably going to cry, but that’s OK,” Kidd added. He said he’s never seen Carnegie Hall and hasn’t looked at it online. “I don’t want to look at anything until I get there. I’m just waiting. I have an idea of probably what it looks like, but I really want to wait just to really be surprised,” Kidd said. Brown said in a previous interview that he’s going to Carnegie Hall for the second time. “I think it’s exciting,” he said in a previous interview. “(There are) people from all over the world.”center_img Facebook Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local News WhatsApp Previous articleGIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Odessa High falls late in close contest to Midland LeeNext article010318_UTPB_WT_A&M_men_04 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Pilot program to address high STD rates

first_imgLocal News Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Pilot program to address high STD rates Medical Symbol logo wide A new approach will be pursued this summer to meet community health needs and expand services for testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. The Ector County Health Department was given the go-ahead for a pilot program that is expected to take some of the burden off the county clinic. Two full-time registered nurses are currently on staff, but Health Department Director Gino Solla said it has not been enough to assist the number of patients walking through the door. He said his staff placed a sign outside of the facility Tuesday morning that notified the public they were closed within 25 minutes of opening and began diverting residents to the afternoon to manage the patient load. “They’ll probably be diverted again because we only have one nurse, the other one is out today,” Solla said. The health department’s website warns the public that this situation might occur due to the limited number of employees. Services the clinic provides, like testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, have increased from 2017 to 2018. The total number of patients tested for the three STDs mentioned rose from 3,125 patients in 2017 to 3,235 patients last year, an increase of 110 people requesting screening.  Data from the health department does not include people that sought testing elsewhere but merely those who they were able to accommodate with services. For example, 873 confirmed chlamydia cases in Ector County were reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services surveillance program in 2017, but the health department only reported 221 chlamydia cases confirmed by laboratory testing in their 2017 annual report. “The levels of certain STIs, like chlamydia, have always been high, however, there are always spikes with the influx of new residents coming into the community,” Solla said. Cristina Penon, a family medicine resident at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, approached Solla about conducting further STD education, testing and treatment throughout Ector County after local data caught her eye. “Rates here are really high compared to the state of Texas and rates in the United States,” Penon said. “The age range that’s most affected is 15 to 24 year olds so I wanted to do something with the school district and with the colleges.” Penon said Saturday clinics will be a primary way to try to reduce rates in the county while offering the most convenience and accessibility to that targeted age group. “Texas Tech is already in the Ector County Independent School District providing some sex education so this would enhance that as well because it’s a three-tiered kind of approach: education, going out and screening and treating,” Solla said. The one-year pilot program will cost the county about $5,000, which is a matching amount of what has been pledged by TTU, to add manpower to Ector County’s health services. Penon said about 10 TTUHSC residents and medical students will help address what she describes as a “great need for this community” at the Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin office in Odessa, located at 701 W. Fifth St. The pilot program is anticipated to officially start around July 6 and will specifically serve those within the age ranges of 15 to 24 years of age.center_img TAGS  Twitter Facebook Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleGOOD NEWS: MIDLAND COLLEGE SPRING GRADUATESNext articleTexas Senate approves school finance reform bill, but opts not to fund it with a sales tax hike Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Breaking: J&K HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Domestic Violence Cases Amid Lockdown; Issues Guidelines [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: J&K HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Domestic Violence Cases Amid Lockdown; Issues Guidelines [Read Order] Akshita Saxena18 April 2020 4:28 AMShare This – xThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday took suo moto cognizance of plight of victims in domestic violence cases amidst lockdown and issued notices to the concerned authorities to submit an action taken report. A division bench led by Chief Justice Gita Mittal noted that due to lockdown, victims of domestic violence have been trapped at homes with their abusers and have no access…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday took suo moto cognizance of plight of victims in domestic violence cases amidst lockdown and issued notices to the concerned authorities to submit an action taken report. A division bench led by Chief Justice Gita Mittal noted that due to lockdown, victims of domestic violence have been trapped at homes with their abusers and have no access to friends, family, public spaces, legal institutions, etc. In this backdrop the bench has issued notices to the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and to the Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority to submit a report with regard to the steps taken by them regarding domestic or any other kind of violence being faced by the women on account of the implementation of the COVID-19 lockdown. To grant “immediate assistance” in this regard, the following measures have been proposed by the court: Creation of dedicated funding to address issues of violence against women and girls as part of the COVID-19 response by the Union Territories of the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh;Increased availability of call-in services to facilitate discreet reporting of abuse;Increased tele/online legal and counseling service for women and girls;Designated informal safe spaces for women, say grocery stores and pharmacies, where they can report domestic violence/abuse without alerting the perpetrators.Immediate designation of safe spaces (say for instance empty hotels/education institutions etc) as shelters for women who are compelled to leave their domestic situation. These shelters must be treated as accessible shelters.Giving urgent publicity to information regarding all of the above measures as also the availability of the facilities for seeking relief and redressal against the issues of domestic violence. Increasing awareness campaigns on all aspects of the issues. Additionally, all the courts in both the UTs have been directed to treat cases of domestic abuse as ‘urgent’ and to proceed with the matters in accordance with the procedure, while ensuring that all norms of social distancing are followed. The matter was taken up suo moto after Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres called for all the governments across the globe to make prevention and redress of violence against women a key part of their national response plans for COVID-19. As per Guterres, females were not only at a higher risk of losing jobs but were also being burdened with exponentially enhanced “unpaid care” as a result of school closures and the increased needs of elder people. He further pointed out that problems of women got exacerbated as many of them are now trapped at home with their abusers, struggling to reach out to services and are suffering from cuts and restrictions. Considering these remarks, the bench also comprising of Justice Rajnesh Oswal has urged the policy makers that women’s leadership and adequate contributions must be at the heart of the COVID-19 planning and implementation measures so as to ensure adequate means and tools to address domestic violence to victims in the two Union Territories. The bench has also asked the JKSLSA to call for list of all cases involving cases of domestic violence which are pending as complaints with the police stations in the Union Territories or in the courts and ascertain the safety and well being of the complainants, with the assistance of police and para legal volunteers. Advocate Monika Kohli has been appointed as amicus curiae Case Details: Case Title: In Re: Court on Its Own Motion v. Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Quorum: Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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