Voter Shortsightedness May Skew Elections

first_img“Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?” Ronald Reagan’s famous question in the U.S. presidential election of 1980 is generally a good yardstick for picking a candidate, or at least for judging a leader’s economic policies. But few voters follow it. Instead, they are swayed by economic swings in the months leading up to the election, often ignoring the larger trends. Why are we so shortsighted? A psychological study of voting behavior suggests an answer and points to a simple fix.Politicians are all too familiar with voter fickleness. As a consequence, says Gabriel Lenz, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, “governments increase spending and reduce taxes irresponsibly just before elections to boost their reelection chances, leading to long-term inflation and other problems.” To Lenz, voters’ obsession with recent events sounded similar to “peak-end” theory, a bias long known to psychologists in which people tend to judge an experience by its extremes and its ending. Do individuals judge politicians in a similar way? To find out, Lenz teamed up with Andrew Healy, a political scientist at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and tested the simulated voting behaviors of 7000 people with a series of 29 surveys and experiments. 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Are people aware of how much they are influenced by recent economic trends? The answer was surprising. “Voters don’t realize what they are doing,” Lenz says. Even for U.S. presidential elections, where voters are clearly influenced by the election-year economy, U.S. voters in a representative survey sample were adamant that they give no extra weight to trends in an election year.Healy and Lenz then created hypothetical governments with various economic trends and asked people in the lab to judge the hypothetical leaders’ policies. For example, one hypothetical governor was up for reelection after 16 years in office. Overall, the governor increased income, but with a dip at the end of his current term. “Given that participants had 16 years of economic data to evaluate, we thought they would focus less on the end,” Lenz says. And yet the subjects showed the same overemphasis on the most recent years.The bias was clearly real. But could it be corrected? Healy and Lenz challenged their subjects to evaluate hypothetical governments based on slightly varying information. For example, some received information expressed as yearly income while others received the same information expressed as a yearly growth rate. The same information in a plot of steadily increasing average personal income over 3 years—$32,400, $33,100, $33,800—can also be expressed as a steadily decreasing rate of growth—3%, 2.3%, 2.1%.That did the trick. Just changing the units of the data was enough to cure voter fickleness. When economic trends were expressed as yearly income rather than rates of change, the subjects made accurate judgments. But if the same information was expressed as a change over time—the bias reappeared, the team reports in the January issue of the American Journal of Political Science.Aside from clarifying why the end of a politician’s term has such a powerful effect on elections, the study offers a simple corrective, Lenz says. “People find growth rates confusing,” he says. “Journalists could help voters by reporting yearly average family earnings rather than the percent change in yearly earnings.” Or even better, “stories could place long-term growth in historical perspective, telling voters whether it was better or worse than average.”“I find the conclusions very convincing,” says Adam Berinsky, a political scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. And unlike most studies of voter behavior, which “only diagnose problems in democratic competence,” Healy and Lenz have found a cure, Berinsky says. “If you present economic growth information in a way that voters can understand … [they] can properly use that information to make informed decisions.”last_img read more

Univ of Calcutta MA in Journalism entrance exam on Aug 12

first_imgThe University of Calcutta has commenced its application procedure for admission to MA in Journalism and Mass Communication offered at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.The application form can be obtained in person from the University Sales Counter, College Street Campus, Kolkata-73 at Rs 400.The selection of the candidates will be based on their performance in the entrance test which will be conducted by the university.Candidates should submit their duly completed forms latest by August 8, 2012. The entrance examination will be held on August 12, 2012.To access information brochure and get information on eligibility criteria, please visit: read more

Mamadi Diakite becomes fourth Virginia player to pursue NBA dream

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite celebrates with fans after the championship game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia— Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite says he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.Diakite made the announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page. He’s the fourth member of the national champions to make the move, joining De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Lessons learned SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The 6-foot-9 Diakite, from Guinea in Africa, was a hero in Virginia’s Elite Eight victory against Purdue, taking a pass from Kihei Clark and hitting a short jump shot at the buzzer of regulation to send the game into overtime.For the season, he averaged 7.4 points on 55% shooting, 4.4 rebounds and led the Cavaliers with 63 blocked shots. Diakite will have until May 29 to either decide to pursue the NBA or return to school.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

3rd Test: Duanne Olivier shines as South Africa beat Pakistan to sweep series

first_imgFiery fast bowler Duanne Olivier took key early wickets as South Africa wrapped up a clean sweep of their series against Pakistan with victory by 107 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test on Monday.Pakistan resumed their second innings needing a further 228 for victory with seven wickets in hand, but their chances faded when Olivier removed the dangerous Babar Azam (21) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (0) in consecutive balls.The home side chipped away at the wickets to bowl the visitors out for 273, with Olivier (3-74) and Kagiso Rabada (3-75) the pick of a hostile South African attack that has been key to the team’s success.The teams begin a five-match one-day international series on Saturday with the first game in Port Elizabeth. They will also play three Twenty20 matches.”I’m extremely proud, a 3-0 series win is just what we asked the guys for,” stand-in South Africa captain Dean Elgar said at the post-match presentation.”It’s a good way to start the year, we have set our goals and are halfway there with one more Test series against Sri Lanka to come.””Our fast bowlers know what they want to do, which makes your life easier as a captain. They have worked out their game-plans and know how to execute,” he added.Run out and it’s all over at the Bull Ring! Pakistan are all out for 273, congratulations South Africa on the 107-run victory and the series white wash! You BEAUTIES!#ProteaFire #SAvPAK South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 14, 2019Olivier was asked to open the bowling on the fourth morning and took his wicket tally in the series to 24 with two quick scalps.The pace and bounce proved too much for Azam, who could only fend a vicious delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Pakistan’s in-form captain Sarfraz was bowled the very next ball, a double-strike that appeared to take the fight out of the visitors.Faheem Ashraf (15) and Mohammad Amir (4) both steered Rabada deliveries to Aiden Markram at gulley, while Hasan Ali (22) became the latter’s third victim when he was caught and bowled.Shadab Khan (47 not out) was impressive as he took the attack to the South Africans with some excellent stroke-play, but was denied a fourth Test half-century when number 11 Mohammad Abbas (9) was run-out trying to pinch a quick single.Olivier’s tally over the three games, the second highest by a South African in a three-match series, is just one behind record-holder Buck Llewellyn, who took 25 wickets against Australia in 1902.Standing ovation to the Man of the Series @Duanne992! Take a bow, you biscuit!#ProteaFire #SAvPAK South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 14, 2019″We were in a nice position after the first day (having bowled South Africa out for 262), but could not capitalise on that with our batting,” Sarfraz said.”Their bowlers played really well and are very difficult on these wickets. Well done to them.”Shan Masood played really well (with the bat) and Babar showed his class. Shan and Babar were the positives (from the series).”South Africa won the first two Tests by six and nine wickets respectively, their seam attack leading the charge to victory on wickets that Pakistan’s vulnerable batting line-up found too spicy for their liking.last_img read more

8 days agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: International break came at right time

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: International break came at right timeby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says the international break came at the right time.Hasenhuttl admits it has helped him to refocus a side that lost three consecutive Premier League matches.”The good thing was we had a lot of players here and not too many away on international duty over the two weeks,” he said.”That gave me the chance to work on a few weaknesses in our game that we have seen in our last two games.”Against the big teams, they show you immediately the lack of quality you have in some situations of your game.”The biggest issue we have had is after losing the ball, the transition to defence was not quick enough and not committed enough and that’s the reason why we conceded more goals than normal.”On facing Wolves, Hasenhuttl added: “I think it will be a good game because both sides like to have a good offensive transition and we will have to pay attention if we lose the ball when you have possession, because that is the most dangerous moment against that opposition.” last_img read more

ESPN: This National Title Game Matchup Is Probably A Lock

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Death, taxes, and Alabama making a run for the national championship. It’s safe to say that those are the few guarantees in life.This year is no different, as the Crimson Tide are steamrolling the competition. In fact, Nick Saban’s team is so dominant that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t taken a snap in any fourth quarter this season.If there is one program that has success against Alabama recently, then it would have to be Clemson. Dismissing the Crimson Tide’s greatest adversary would be foolish, especially since another championship battle could be looming.At least that is what ESPN’s David M. Hale believes will happen.From let’s start there: Clemson-Bama IV seems like a near inevitability, with Ohio State adding to that certainty with its loss to Purdue. But what Saturday showed us — and what all of 2018 has shown, really — is that if we do get yet another sequel, this one won’t be at all like the first three.Look at Alabama, after all. Less than 10 minutes into Saturday’s game against Tennessee, a team coming off a signature win over Auburn, with a coach who knows Nick Saban’s system as intimately as anyone, the Tide led 28-0 and the only question was how embarrassing it would get.Then look at Clemson. Saturday’s game against NC State was supposed to be the last true challenge for the Tigers, an undefeated opponent who’d taken them to the wire in each of the past two seasons. And by the half, Clemson was up 24-0, its freshman quarterback looking every bit a burgeoning star.Any doubts about the Tigers were erased over the weekend, as Clemson won 41-7 over then-undefeated NC State.With Trevor Lawrence and Tagovailoa playing excellent football, a rematch between previous champions would be electric.Do you think Clemson and Alabama are bound to meet again this season?last_img read more

ESPN Reveals What Dabo Swinney Told His Players At Halftime

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)ESPN sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi revealed in the third quarter what Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told his Tigers’ players at halftime of the College Football Playoff national title game against Alabama.Clearly, it’s working.Rinaldi said that Swinney told his players that stopping the running game in the second half was going to be key. He also wanted his players to go into the third quarter thinking the game was tied.“We need to stop the run, that will be the key,” Swinney told his players “Most importantly, the score is 0-0.””There’s nothing less important than the score at halftime.”– Dabo Swinney#ALLIN for the second half.— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 8, 2019Clemson’s players took that message and ran with it to start the second half.The Tigers have expanded on their halftime lead and are now up, 37-16, on No. 1 Alabama in the third quarter.The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

Lazy Days on Formentera

first_img Help Wanted: An Idyllic Scottish Island Is Looking for a Sheep Dike Repairman 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Norway’s Manshausen Island Resort is a Minimalist Retreat Founded by a Real-Life Explorer The locals might have been onto something good when they decided on the lizard as the unofficial symbol of Formentera – the Spanish island is teeming with these tiny reptiles whom, much like the summer vacationers, spend their days basking lazily in the sun. The island was first stumbled upon back in the early seventies by German hippies in search of an antidote to the debauchery of Ibiza, and still today Formentera has preserved most of its bohemian vibes of yore. No coincidence then that the best spot to stay is the aptly named Gecko Beach Club – a twenty seven-room hotel inaugurated in 2008.The property sits unobtrusively on Playa de Migjorn, the islands longest beach, and features a seaward facing pool surrounded by manicured lawn and scattered deck chairs. The rooms adhere to the ‘barefoot luxury’ philosophy; bright and airy spaces comfortably decorated in sandy tones with wooden furnishings. Further up the shore lies the legendary Blue Bar; this decades old establishment mixes some of the meanest mojitos and its dj’s, sunset views and beachside quirkiness guarantee it’s there to stay for many years to come. The hotel bar also serves up some trendy cocktails to loungey beats, whereas the restaurant prepares Mediterranean dishes with an Asian twist and both are open to outsiders as well as hotel guests. However for some authentic Spanish flavors head to Sant Francesc, the main town, to any of the delicatessens for a sampling of jamon cerrano cured ham, queso manchego cheese or the traditional ensaimada sweet bread.Head north to Formentera’s tip for the top beaches; Playa de ses Illetes has had its fine white sand and calm turquoise waters rated as amongst the most stunning in the Mediterranean – on par with any Caribbean tropical idyll. Sightseeing is limited but a visit to the weekly artisan market in Pilar de la Mola is worthwhile. No airport means the only way in is by boat; a thirty minute high speed ferry from Ibiza. The island is only 12 miles long and is easily traveled by scooter or quad bike, to better handle some of the unpaved roads, both of which can be rented fairly cheaply near the ferry terminal. September is the best season to visit; the holiday making hoards have all but disappeared and the temperatures are still high enough to enjoy the beach life, before the island is re possessed by local farmers and falls under winter’s eerie veil. Editors’ Recommendations Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now last_img read more

Spotted Höegh Tracer Visits APM Terminals Pipavav

first_imgHöegh Tracer, a pure car truck carrier (PCTC) operated by Norwegian shipping company Höegh Autoliners, arrived at APM Terminals Pipavav on February 28, becoming the largest ship of its kind to ever call an Indian port.Built by Chinese shipbuilder Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry, the Post-Panamax vessel was delivered to its owner, Oslo-listed Ocean Yield ASA, in March 2016.Featuring a deck space of 71,400 square meters and a carrying capacity of 8,500 car equivalent units, the vessel is one of the world’s largest PCTCs.The 75,717 gross ton PCTC has a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 36.5 meters.Höegh Tracer loaded 1,700 cars for export delivery at Port Pipavav, which is located 152 nautical miles from Nhava Sheva in Mumbai.APM Terminals Pipavav, in partnership with NYK Auto Logistics (India), operates the roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) terminal, which has a capacity of 250,000 vehicles annually.Image Courtesy: APM Terminals Pipavavlast_img read more

Provincial Park Renamed for Jerry Lawrence

Former radio host and cabinet minister Jerry Lawrence can add a new title to his long list of achievements and accolades: inspiration and namesake of a provincial park. Natural Resources Minister David Morse joined Mr. Lawrence and MLA Bill Estabrooks in Timberlea today, July 12, as signs at the former Lewis Lake Provincial Park were formally replaced by ones that bear a new name: Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park. “Renaming a park is not an easy thing to do,” said Mr. Morse. “People become accustomed to a name and are reluctant to see change. They take ownership of their area parks. But when Mr. Estabrooks suggested this new name, we knew it was a winner. And we knew the community would agree, because this park is part of Jerry’s legacy.” As a member of the legislature from 1978 through to 1993, Mr. Lawrence played a key role in developing a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities at the park, including many features that make the area more accessible for all Nova Scotians. “Thanks to Jerry Lawrence’s vision, this park provides wheelchair-accessible fishing piers, nature trails, picnic sites and viewing areas, as well as well-marked paths and barrier-free vault washroom facilities,” said Mr. Morse. The park — which was officially renamed during the last session of the legislature — earned the 1986 award for facility excellence from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. Although signs in the park have now been changed and the provincial park website updated, the new name will not appear in some park brochures, advertisements and other reading materials until they are reprinted next year. read more

Waterfront Development Corporation and Film and Creative Industries Board Appointments

first_imgAppointments to the boards of two public agencies will ensure strong leadership to advance the province’s interests in economic development and creative industries. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson announced today, Aug. 27, Dale Godsoe has been appointed to the Waterfront Development Corporation board of directors, as a new member and board chair. Ms. Godsoe replaces John Holm whose term expired. Joyce Carter has been reappointed as the board’s vice-chair, a position she has held since March 2010. Mr. Samson also announced the appointments of several members of the Film and Creative Industries board of directors. The standing committee on human resources approved the appointments today and they will be finalized shortly. “Nova Scotians benefit from experienced leadership in important sectors to the province. These appointments will contribute to building stronger communities and our economy,” said Mr. Samson. “I am pleased to welcome these experienced, high-calibre leaders to these boards, and thank them for putting their names forward to serve their province. I also want to thank the board members whose terms have ended.” Ms. Godsoe retired from her position as vice-president external, at Dalhousie University in 2006 after 10 years in the role. She chairs several local boards, including the board of the University of King’s College, the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation, the Ka’nata Foundation and Inspirit Foundation. Ms. Godsoe is also vice-chair of the Queen Elizabeth II Foundation board of directors and serves on the boards of the National Arts Centre Foundation and the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. Ms. Carter holds the Fellow Chartered Accountant designation and is the president and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. In addition to her professional experience, she is active in her community. Ms. Carter is also a board member of the Halifax Gateway Council, and serves on the boards of Dalhousie University and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Waterfront Development Corporation board members receive $150 per day when meeting, plus reasonable expenses. “I’m also pleased to welcome new members to the Film and Creative Industries board of directors at a time when its mandate has been expanded to promote additional industries that contribute to our creative economy,” said Mr. Samson. “These new members have extensive experience in areas across the creative sector, as well as in international business development and governance, which better reflect the needs of the agency’s future direction.” Sharon Johnson-Legere, vice-president of Finance and Administration, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, has been appointed as a board member for a three-year term. Gary Walsh of North River Bridge, Victoria Co., has been reappointed as a board member for a two-year term. Mr. Walsh is retired from a professional 40-year theatre career and is the founder of the Cabot Trail Writers Festival. Laura Emery, of Mulgrave, has experience working as a crew in the Nova Scotia film industry and is CEO-chief librarian of Eastern Counties Regional Library. Ms. Emery has been appointed for a two-year term. David Nurse, of Lunenburg, is the owner of David Hunt Nurse Law Inc. and recently served as a member of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Planning Advisory Committee. His term is also two years. Akivah Starkman of Halifax is retired. He has held many positions including senior advisor to the deputy minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and was an executive board member of the International Association of Labour Relations Agencies (1997-2008). His term is for two years. Gerald Weseen of Halifax has been approved as a member for a three-year term. Mr. Weseen is senior director of government relations for Emera Inc. He is the chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Nova Scotia, trustee of the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s Executive Committee, a member of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council’s board of governors and a member of Saint Mary’s University’s Sobey School of Business advisory board. Marie Comeau of Clare, Digby Co., was appointed for a three-year term. Ms. Comeau is a caseworker with the Department of Community Services and has extensive experience in theatre, television, film and radio. She has been a board member with the Canada Council of the Arts, chair of the Canada Council’s governance committee, and chair of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia board members receive $100 per day, when meeting, plus reasonable expenses.last_img read more

Air Canada says increased demand could prompt more airplane orders

first_imgMONTREAL – Growth in the number of passengers Air Canada carries could prompt it to order more narrow-body aircraft from Boeing and Bombardier, the airline said.The country’s largest carrier has placed firm orders for 61 Boeing 737 Max and 45 Bombardier C Series jets, but the number of aircraft was based on its requirements in 2013.Air Canada also has options and rights to purchase 48 more Boeing planes and an additional 30 CS300 aircraft to give it more flexibility to meet increased demand.“So obviously there is some pretty great opportunities there to expand that and exercise more, but obviously it won’t affect 2018 in any fashion,” CEO Calin Rovinescu said Wednesday as the airline posted record quarterly revenue and profits.The first two Boeing 737 Max planes will arrive this year and 16 more by next June. The remaining aircraft are scheduled to be delivered through 2021.Delivery of the first C Series jets are slated to be added for late 2019, through 2022.The comments came as Air Canada (TSX:AC) reported a third-quarter profit of $1.79 billion or $6.44 per diluted share, boosted by a one-time $793-million tax recovery. That compared with a profit of $768 million or $2.74 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Air Canada earned $950 million or $3.43 per diluted share in the quarter, up from $821 million or $2.93 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.Meanwhile, revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30 totalled $4.88 billion, up from $4.45 billion on a large growth in business cabin revenues and the carrying of a record 14 million passengers.Passenger traffic was up 8.8 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, while passenger revenue per available seat mile increased 0.4 per cent.Rovinescu said that expressions of interest from bank and non-bank financial institutions wanting to become a credit card partner for its new loyalty program will be submitted by year-end with a request for proposals coming in early 2018.“There has been a tremendous amount of interest from the financial community,” he said.The airline served notice in May that it does not plan to renew its partnership with Aeroplan parent Aimia (TSX:AIM) when the current contract ends. Aeroplan used to be a division of Air Canada before it was spun off as part of its restructuring.Air Canada has invited key financial institutions to participate in bids to join the launch of the program on July 1, 2020.Rovinescu added that Air Canada has also been approached by several technology companies interested in a separate request for proposal, or RFP, that will also be issued early next year.last_img read more

UN health agency launches attack on multibilliondollar counterfeit medicine market

“They are present on all markets and are increasing as counterfeiters’ methods become more sophisticated, infiltrating official channels of distribution as well as using illegal web sites to sell their wares,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said today in announcing the first meeting in Bonn, Germany, on 15-16 November of the International Medical Products Anti-counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT).Unveiling a global plan of action, IMPACT will release the most recent estimates of counterfeit products on the world’s markets, launch pilot programmes in three countries, and present a tool to strengthen countries’ legislative capacity to tackle counterfeiting.The UN partners in the initiative range from international policing bodies like Interpol and the World Customs Organization, to regional groups such as the European Commission and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), to the pharmaceutical industry. Besides the WHO other UN bodies include the World Bank, World Trade Organization and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Although precise figures are elusive, estimates put counterfeits at more than 10 per cent of the global medicines market. They are present in all regions but developing countries bear the brunt of the problem with an estimated 25 per cent of medicines believed to be counterfeit. In some countries, the figure is thought to be as high as 50 per cent.The Centre for Medicines in the Public Interest in the United States predicts that counterfeit drug sales will reach $75 billion globally in 2010, an increase of more than 90 per cent from 2005, WHO noted.Trade in these products is more prevalent in countries with weak drug regulation control and enforcement, scarcity and/or erratic supply of basic medicines, unregulated markets and unaffordable prices. However, as counterfeiting methods become more sophisticated, counterfeits are increasingly present in better-controlled markets.Until recently, the most frequently counterfeited medicines in wealthy countries were new, expensive lifestyle medicines, such as hormones, steroids and antihistamines. In developing countries the most counterfeited medicines have been those used to treat life-threatening conditions such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, WHO said. During a meningitis epidemic in Niger in 1995, more than 50,000 people were inoculated with fake vaccines donated by a country which thought they were safe. The error killed 2,500 people. Paracetamol cough syrup prepared with diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze, killed 89 people in Haiti in 1995 and 30 infants in India in 1998.A study in South-East Asia in 2001 revealed that 38 per cent of 104 antimalarial drugs on sale in pharmacies did not contain any active ingredients. In 1999, at least 30 people died in Cambodia after taking counterfeit antimalarials.IMPACT is focused on five action areas embracing the different national and international sectors: legislative and regulatory infrastructure, regulatory implementation, enforcement, technology, and risk communication.“Without changes and improvements in those key areas, we will not succeed in the fight against counterfeits,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals Howard Zucker said.“Counterfeit medicines must be tackled not only through global efforts but also by a truly collaborative, cross-cutting approach involving medicine regulatory authorities, health professionals, enforcement officials, law-makers and industry.” read more

Mens hockey Ohio State faces difficult road even as top seed to

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) prepares for a Badger shot in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter an expectation-defying season, the Ohio State men’s hockey team that was once predicted to finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten now enters the NCAA tournament on a mission for redemption.The Buckeyes (24-9-5, 14-8-2-1 Big Ten) begin the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history a year after being bounced in the first round by eventual runner-up Minnesota Duluth, and take with them an added level of confidence.“Experience is always a good thing, and last year we had nobody with experience,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “Certainly we’ve got a bunch of guys that were there on the big stage and in a big game, tight game, and I think that’s only a real positive for us.”PrincetonAfter reversing their position from a four seed to a one, Ohio State must start off its tournament against Princeton (19-12-4, 10-10-2 ECAC), a team coming in with seven straight wins and two of the nation’s top four scoring players with junior forwards Max Veronneau and Ryan Kuffner.The duo combined for 46 goals and 107 points while leading the most successful power play in college hockey. “They’ve got a fantastic power play so, again, when a team is playing their best you know you’ve got to be prepared and certainly we have to be prepared for these guys,” Rohlik said.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, avoiding the penalty box and being a man down have been strengths for them all season, ranking first in the nation on the penalty kill while committing the fourth-fewest penalties per game.For Ohio State to make it out of Saturday’s opening matchup, it will need to contain Veronneau and Kuffner, maximizing opportunities against the Tigers’ subpar defense and penalty kill, which both rank in the bottom half of the NCAA.DenverIf Ohio State escapes the clutches of the red-hot Tigers, it will most likely be met by the defending national champions.Denver (22-9-8, 12-6-6-4 NCHC) narrowly missed out on a top seed thanks to the Buckeyes, but looks just as menacing coming out as a two seed.All eyes will be on junior forward Troy Terry, who scored 44 points for the Pioneers a year after being an American shootout hero for the United States at the World Junior Championships. Terry is one of the strongest playmakers in the nation, but sophomore forward Henrik Borgstrom leads the team in goals with 22 and points with 50.Denver is a top 10 team on both sides of the puck and gets in the penalty box even less than the Buckeyes while senior goalie Tanner Jaillet ranks fifth in the nation in goals against average.If Ohio State gets matched up against the Pioneers, it will come down to doing what it has done all year by playing strong hockey on all sides, but even then, it might need some help from the team’s backbone, redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo.“You’ve got to be playing well, you’ve got to be a little lucky, got to have a hot goaltender, you’ve got to be healthy, I think those are all really keys,” Rohlik said.Penn StateThe other opponent the Buckeyes could match up with in the following round is Penn State, an opponent that has given Ohio State trouble for much of the season.Penn State (18-14-5, 9-10-5-2 Big Ten) is one of four Big Ten teams to make the tournament, a feat sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski said shows the strength of the conference.“That just goes to show the depth of the Big Ten and how far the program has come, and all the programs in the Big Ten,” Laczynski said. “I think that’s big for the Big Ten and big moving forward.”The Nittany Lions defeated Ohio State in three of the four matchups this season, including one shootout win and two wins by over three goals.Junior forward Andrew Sturtz gave the Buckeyes the most problems, scoring in all three victories for Penn State and leading the team with 40 points.Three of the four matchups in the season between these two ended in blowouts, so Romeo will be a key once again to limit Penn State’s offense that shoots more than any team in the NCAA.If Ohio State can get pucks in the net quickly against a weak defensive team and get a lead early, it should have no trouble ending its struggles against the Nittany Lions.Losing senior forward Matthew Weis to injury for the time being will be a major blow to the Buckeyes, given that he is one of the most well-rounded players on the team, but Ohio State may just be deep enough, and strong enough defensively, to make a deep tournament run. read more

Womens Hockey No 6 Ohio State stuns No 1 Wisconsin with 31

Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) sits on the puck after a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 6 Ohio State women’s hockey team (19-7-4, 12-4-4 WCHA) completed a home series sweep against No. 1 Wisconsin (26-3-1, 17-21-1 WCHA) with a 3-1 upset victory at the OSU Ice Rink Saturday.The Buckeyes won the game behind another strong outing from redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve, who stopped 34 of 35 shot attempts. Her night did not begin easy. Just three minutes into the game, she appeared to be injured, forcing the trainer to come out and see her on the ice.“She had to over extend to make a hell of a save,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “I think it changed the pace of the game. She’s a competitor, she knows that she’s a quarterback to our team. She’s going to play through any bumps and bruises.”Though Sauve was healthy enough to stay in the game, she appeared to have been slowed by the injury. Two minutes after being checked on by trainers, she allowed the game’s first goal to sophomore forward Alexis Mauermann.“After their first goal I had to encourage the girls to not feel demoralized,” Muzerall said. “Continue to press, continue to press. You can score, you have proven that yesterday.”With 6:51 left in the second period and a night after scoring the lone goal in the Buckeyes’ 1-0 win against Wisconsin, Maltais scored her 13th goal of the season. Redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne and freshman forward Tatum Skaggs were credited with assists. “Dani Sadek flipped it up, it was in the neutral zone and [freshman forward] Tatum [Skaggs] chipped it by their D,” Maltais said. “I saw a little bit of a lane, so I just leaned into the defensemen on the other side. Honestly, I just shot it. We had talked in video about how we need to shoot high on this goalie was the way to go, I just tried to get it up there and it went in.”The Buckeyes maintained steady control of the puck early in the third period, and their aggressive attack eventually led to junior forward Charly Dahlquist burying the tie-breaking goal 2:49 into the period. Maltais and Skaggs assisted the goal.“Any time you can get a puck past Campbell, from Wisconsin, that’s a good success,” Muzerall said. “Vise versa too, to get a goal past Sauve is just as difficult. We figured it would be a battle of goaltending.”Though the Badgers finished the third period having outshot the Buckeyes 11-7, Wisconsin could not find the back of the net. And in the end, Skaggs fired a shot into an empty Badger net, icing the game at 3-1.“I think the girls are well deserving of this win,” Muzerall said. “I’m very proud they got two past Campbell.” read more

Watch how Big Bens final chiming draws huge crowds from all over

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Thousands of tourists from all over the world, including reportedly as far as Australia, erupt into spontaneous applause as they gather outside Parliament to hear Big Ben bong for the last time for four years.last_img

Exposition sur la préhistoire A la conquête du feu

first_imgExposition sur la préhistoire : A la conquête du feu ! Du 24 mai au 27 août 2012, le Musée de préhistoire de Tautavel (Pyrénées Orientales) propose une exposition temporaire sur la conquête du feu par nos ancêtres du Paléolithique et l’évolution de cette acquisition jusqu’à nos jours. Cuire les aliments, réchauffer, éclairer, protéger, rassembler… depuis sa domestication il y a au moins 400.000 ans par l’Home erectus, le feu a bouleversé l’histoire technique et psychologique de l’homme. Cette longue histoire est racontée cet été par l’exposition “À la conquête du feu !” organisée au Musée de préhistoire de Tautavel, dans les Pyrénées-Orientales, un haut-lieu de l’archéologie du paléolithique puisque le village donne son nom à un type d’Homo erectus dont les restes et les outils furent trouvés à proximité.À lire aussiL’étrange comportement d’une flamme dans l’espaceDe la découverte des premiers foyers du site de Terra Amata, à Nice, jusqu’à l’invention de nos briquets modernes, les étapes et les différentes techniques d’allumage du feu sont expliquées à travers 6 espaces de visite : ‘l’origine du feu’, ‘la friction du bois’, ‘la percussion de la pierre’, ‘le briquet à silex et la percussion de l’acier’, ‘le bambou, l’air et la lumière’, ‘les techniques modernes de production du feu’. Préhistoriens, archéologues, mais aussi géologues, physiciens ou géographes ont d’ailleurs uni leurs efforts pour retracer l’histoire de la conquête du feu. De quoi en apprendre plus l’un des évènements majeurs de notre évolution. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site de Tautavel : 27 mai 2012 à 18:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Texas sheriff 1 student dead 1 hurt in school shooting

first_imgALPINE, Texas — A 14-year-old female student died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday after shooting and injuring another female student inside a high school in West Texas, according to the local sheriff.Authorities did not release a possible motive for the gunfire that erupted shortly before 9 a.m. at Alpine High School in Alpine, a town of 5,900 about 220 miles southeast of El Paso.“We’re still in shock,” Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said at an afternoon news conference.The sheriff said the family of the girl who died had moved to the Alpine area about six months ago.Dodson earlier told radio station KVLF that the injured student ran outside seeking help and was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life threatening.Dodson said a federal law enforcement officer who was responding to the incident was shot in the leg when another officer’s gun accidentally discharged. The federal officer was transported to a hospital in Odessa, Texas.The shooting prompted a lockdown at Alpine’s three public schools, which were later evacuated.The school district declined comment, saying it would release a statement later. Alpine police referred to its Facebook page for updates, but none had been posted as of Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

Camas author to sign his latest book

first_imgWhenever we drop in on forester Lehigh Carter, he’s behind the wheel, scanning the darkness in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and feeling extremely tense.In “The Mountain Man’s Dog,” the first whodunit starring Carter, he’s driving alone — until, against his cranky better judgment, he rescues an injured stray dog and asks the local sheriff for help. His reluctant kindness triggers an unexpected chain of events and exposes corruption and danger everywhere from small-town law enforcement to the Statehouse.Carter “does spend a lot of time in his vehicle. He’s a loner,” said author Gary Corbin. “He’s a guy who lives out in the Cascades, and he’s spent a lot of time moving around.”You’d think Carter would be cheerier in the sequel, “The Mountain Man’s Bride,” because his gorgeous fianc? is driving the icy mountains with him. But Carter is still tense. There’s more trouble ahead, of course, and it’s not just the challenge of blissfully tying the knot despite lingering home-remodel jobs. A cop who made their lives miserable in the first book turns up dead in this one, and the couple is accused of his murder. In the end, Carter must play a game of legal chicken to infiltrate a conspiracy of violent thugs, crooked cops and greedy politicians.Those bad guys aren’t drawn directly from Corbin’s background, but the forestry work and the rustic setting are. Corbin’s ancestors were loggers “who lived in a rough part of the world, the Maine woods,” he said. “They were poor. It was a tough life, and it always intrigued me. A lot of the characters who show up in the book are borrowed from the many characters that filled my living room growing up.”last_img read more

Napolis 50 defeat to Liverpool burns admits Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli’s 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool this weekend has left new manager Carlo Ancelotti feeling rattled with less than two weeks before their opening game of the new Serie A seasonThe Partenopei were unable to respond after James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno sealed an emphatic 5-0 win for Liverpool in Dublin on Saturday with new goalkeeper Alisson making his debut for the club.While Liverpool celebrated the win, Ancelotti was clearly left unsettled with the untimely blow to their preparations for his maiden campaign in charge of Napoli.“To lose always burns and to concede five goals must bother us,” said Ancelotti, as quoted by FourFourTwo.“We tried to play it openly, with the guys we are doing a job a bit different than in the past and we have lost the ball so many times.“After the difficult start we were at their level, but we were exposed to the counter-attack, which is their best weapon.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It takes some time for things to become natural and I also believe that some things have been done well.“We could have played a more defensive game but I did not want to do it, we do not need it, because we have to build against a team like Liverpool.”“After the difficult start we were at their level, but we were exposed to the counter-attack, which is their best weapon.“It takes some time for things to become natural and I also believe that some things have been done well.“We could have played a more defensive game but I did not want to do it, we do not need it, because we have to build against a team like Liverpool.”Napoli will face Lazio for their opening game of the new Serie A season on August 18.last_img read more