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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Tiger Summit and the "Tiger State"

The Tiger Summit and the "Tiger State"

With as few as 3200 tigers in the wilds of the world as many as thirteen tiger-range countries met in November 2010 in Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg in an effort to save the species.  They committed around $ 300 million during the next five years towards doubling the current world population of the species by 2022. Hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, governments concerned capped a year-long political process with new funding to support the plan, known as the Global Tiger Recovery Programme


"Too often, conservation efforts languish for lack of political will," said WWF Director General Jim Leape. "At the Forum here in St. Petersburg we have seen political will at the highest level - heads of government committing themselves to saving the tiger, and laying out concrete plans to turn those commitments into action on the ground... We have never before seen this kind of political support to save a single species," Leape said. "We now have the strategy needed to double tiger numbers and real political momentum." Putin in course of a conversation even quoted Mahatma Gandhi who, according to him, had said "A country which is good for the tiger is good for everybody".


While concern for the tiger was perceptible the world over, the same was somewhat missing in India, the country that hosts almost 40% of the species. Not only the Indian delegation to the Summit was lightweight and even the political will that Leape talked about seemed to be wanting in India. For instance, the Prime Minister, who is the chairperson of the National Board of Wildlife, summoned its meeting in March 2010 after a lapse of almost two years. Likewise, barring the honourable exceptions of the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Gujarat (which has Asiatic lions), other chief ministers are as uncommitted towards conservation of wildlife. No wonder, a prominent conservationist, Belinda Wright, moaned that unless the chief ministers were on board it would be difficult to save the tiger. She was apparently, right as some, like the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh (MP), appear to be not quite friendly towards the campaign for saving the tiger.


This was exemplified by his recent alarming articulation. That he was not in favour of creating a buffer zone as mandated by the Central Wildlife Protection Act and as directed by the Prime Minister in his letter of April 2010, especially in the Panna Reserve, has been well known as some of his political cronies have mining interests within the proposed buffer area. A buffer zone, unlike the core area of a reserve, is not inviolate, is protected from major changes in land use and people living in it are provided alternative livelihood options. Mining operations, certainly cannot take place in it. What was alarming was that, siding with his political cronies, he asserted that he could not "sacrifice Panna for the sake of survival of the tigers" as humans were more important than tigers (even in a tiger reserve). The uproar that his statement caused made him back off. Nonetheless, his disinclination towards tiger conservation became evident by his reluctance to talk at some length to the movie icon Amitabh Bacchan during the recent finale of New Delhi Television's "Save the tiger" campaign. No wonder, he has now opposed the centrally approved conversion of Ratapani Sanctuary into a tiger reserve.


Besides, his government is fighting tooth and nail the pending case filed in the MP High Court by "Prayatna", an environmental advocacy group, regarding banning of tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Indian Tiger Conservation Authority. Soon after the petition was filed his Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life) exhorted all the tourism players, hoteliers, tour operators, etc to oppose the case. This he did in defiance of the specific directions given by the Prime Minister in his letter to the chief minister referred to above. That unrestricted tourism has been a bane for the tiger reserves in the state has been acknowledged by many tiger experts.  What the state promotes is a vicious kind of uncontrolled tourism with its infamous "tiger shows" that corral tigers with dozens of vehicles and elephants loaded with tourists who are hardly wildlife enthusiasts – something which "irresponsible tourism".


The state had a study conducted in 2003 for determining the carrying capacity of tourists in its tiger reserves. Mentioning excessive tourism pressure in the reserves, the report made detailed recommendations hardly any of which have been implemented. In its affidavit against the pending petition the government has mentioned that tourism, inter alia, effectively protects tigers and provides employment to locals. These are hypocritical statements as despite uncontrolled tourism in the Panna Reserve all its tigers were poached between 2005 and 2009. "The best model for wilderness is no visitors at all" and, if they must come, better to have "high price and low numbers" says the South African safari pioneer, Colin Bell. And, instead of being made stake holders, the locals are given only menial jobs, if at all. Their knowledge of the forests' biodiversity is never made use of.


The state's forest department is trying to relocate tigers to the same Panna Tiger Reserve from where all its tigers were poached between 2005 and 2009. Nothing much has changed since then to warrant an effort to repopulate the Tiger Reserve. Even post-2009 for want of adequate care by the foresters a couple of cubs (out of four) born to a relocated tigress went missing and were later presumed to be dead. A relocated male developed its homing instinct soon after relocation and moved out of the Reserve unnoticed by the foresters and travelled tens of kilometres over hills and valleys, across rivers, farms and urban habitation towards its home in Pench Tiger Reserve at great risk to itself.


Again, earlier this month the Department had to abandon its plans to relocate two tigresses from the Kanha Tiger Reserve which were brought up in an enclosure having been orphaned early in their life. Though they are said to be about six years old they are, perhaps, not yet mature enough. Initially they were kept in a small enclosure which was later expanded to comprise an area of about five hectares. Not nurtured under parental guidance, their ability to fend for themselves and hunt on their own in a strange habitat is, therefore, questionable. In the unchanged circumstances in the Reserve they would be sitting ducks for poachers. This is no way of perpetuating a species.


While the Government of India's Ministry of Forests and Environment is trying to do its best to save the tigers but Madhya Pradesh, the Tiger State, is not quite on board. The state has been steadily losing its tigers. Tourism occupies centre stage but not enough is being done to protect the tigers – forgetting that once the tigers disappear tiger-tourism would simply collapse. The forest guards are far too few, far too old and are not fighting-fit to pose a challenge to those who stalk the tigers in the forests. The Tiger Protection Force, approved by the Prime Minister in 2007 is nowhere sight.


Clearly, the attitude of state government and its forest officials is out of sync with the worldwide concern for the depleting numbers of this ecologically vital species.  From what is happening in the state, it looks like the prognosis of the Tiger Summit that tigers were likely to become extinct by 2022 may well come true, at least, in Madhya Pradesh, if not elsewhere.


 



A retired senior civil servant of the Government of India based at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. I do free-lancing, writing mostly on topical and environmental issues.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Five Goals For The Obama Health Summit

Five Goals For The Obama Health Summit
President Obama is holding an necessary Health Summit at the White House to workshop his plans and ideas for health reform with a big selection of influential stakeholders. Hopefully he will keep his blackberry switched on because this is often currently one of the rising new tools commonly used to deliver healthcare. President Obama, along with his promotion of knowledge technology, broadband networks and electronic health records, is poised to accelerate several positive changes in healthcare, thus what goals ought to be identified for this Summit?

Let's look initial at some of the current forces for change.

The business of eHealth on the Net is expanding rapidly. 2 recent reports from the Pew Foundation and Harris Interactive have confirmed that seventy five-eighty per cent of United States Web users utilize the Net for health information and healthcare - that is around one hundred forty million folks per year. This can be over sixty five% of the entire adult population of the USA - a median of eight million folks each day. Not surprisingly those people who are carers, who have chronic sicknesses, who have recently been diagnosed with a medical condition or who have broadband Net connections use the Web for healthcare a lot of commonly than alternative Web users, and their searches for health info are becoming an everyday habit, often several times per month.

Business sees the healthcare sector as a particularly enticing trade that will benefit from web-based mostly technologies as a result of of its enormous size, inefficiency and data intensity, and firms like Google, Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, similarly as the telecommunications giants like ATT and Verizon, all have major health plans. Moreover, the healthcare trade is notably fragmented with a massive variety of participants, together with general practitioners and primary care clinicians, specialists, institutions (public and private hospitals and diagnostic firms), health funds, pharmaceutical firms, retail pharmacies and, of course, patients.

Our population is ageing with "baby-boomers" demanding better quality healthcare. They're also determined to own home-based mostly health care, and will pay to avoid going into nursing homes. At the same time employers are trying to cut back the escalating value of health care. Everyone recognizes that the use of electronic medical records is a approach of improving the standard of care and making patient data a lot of available where it counts, at the time of the doctor-patient consultation. There's a widespread understanding that we need to shift the center of gravity of care far from expensive hospitals and clinics, and back to the home. It is not solely cheaper to treat individuals at home and on-line, with less hospital bills at thousands of greenbacks per day, but patients can also become additional involved in their own care. With one keystroke patient, primary physician, specialist and residential health nurse will be brought together.

Many homes within the US have broadband Web, or cable TV, each of that will be used to deliver electronic home care in future. The core infrastructure for healthcare is shifting from bricks and mortar to bits and bytes. Corporations like Intel are already developing technologies to be employed in the home for the elderly in particular - for the baby boomers. These involve multiple health monitoring options - not only to collect obvious health information like blood pressure, weight or pulse rates for patients with heart conditions, however to monitor patients with Alzheimer's as they move throughout their home, undertake survey responses from relations via television, and as alarm systems for any medical emergency. Telecommunications and cable television companies are the doubtless future infrastructure providers of tomorrow's health setting as they replace hospital beds with homecare accessibility.

Therefore what goals should the summit take into account?

1. All patients should have access to their electronic records and their health info in a secure and privacy protected manner, most likely involving a distinctive healthcare identifier

2. Top quality Net based healthcare systems and networks ought to be any developed, with the Internet being recognized as core health infrastructure

3. All health suppliers should move into the Information Age, and be supported and trained to use electronic systems for clinical work

4. Electronically mediated homecare, also healthcare prevention and monitoring should receive more focus

5. Healthcare must become a a lot of collaborative information based mostly business, with major players from the Data Technology world being recognized as core partners and infrastructure suppliers

This can be an exciting time for the health trade, and a time when the proper decisions can create very positive health reform to assist current and future generations of Americans.


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Friday, October 20, 2017

Legal Question Emerges After Missouri DUI Summit

Legal Question Emerges After Missouri DUI Summit

Opponents of drunk driving in the great state of Missouri have a new ally in the fight on drinking and driving. International brewer, Anheuser-Busch, has teamed up with the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services to present a statewide course entitled "Guarding America's Roadways". The course, held for prosecutors and law enforcement officers, is designed as refresher course on changes to Missouri laws that impact drunk driving arrests and prosecution. One of these new laws is causing a great debate among those invited, and its impact could have huge consequences for Missouri's citizens.


Earlier in the year, Missouri voted for and approved a new law who's aim was to "steer first-time offenders toward alcohol treatment programs instead of prison and to ensure that repeat offenders are punished severely." While the law was being drafted, some parties pushed for the inclusion of a provision that would have allowed local law enforcement to draw blood samples from suspected drunk drivers without a warrant. Conversely, that condition was not part of the law that was eventually approved.


The law that did pass happened to contain an elimination of the exclusion that had in past had prohibited state police officers from drawing blood (for the purposes of testing) from suspects who refused. It is the belief of at least one Kansas City personal injury lawyer that the origination of confusion over the new law is previous Supreme Court rulings that support the drawing of blood after refusal and without a warrant.


When you start speaking with some of the prosecutors involved in the summit, you get a whole new batch of reasons. In what some deem a divisive analysis of this change in law as well as previous Supreme Court decisions, Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson claims that, "There is a good number of people that believe that as of today ... upon the arrest of someone for driving while intoxicated or for drugs, you have the authority under the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to take that person and have a blood sample drawn — even if they refuse."


If this is the case, why did Missouri feel the need to change their law, asks a Kansas City personal injury lawyer. Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson has an answer for that one as well. "Many of us believe that the legislature did that for a reason, and that reason was to allow the warrantless drawing of blood from a person that you've arrested for driving while drugged or intoxicated," Richardson said.


Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson has some unusual beliefs as to why blood tests are more sought after by prosecution in drunk driving cases. "{TV shows} convince everyone that we're always gonna have scientific evidence in every single criminal case we prosecute, which is largely untrue," claims Richardson. "So they're gonna compare you to that officer on the screen, who's actually an actor."


Regardless of where you stand on the warrantless blood testing debate, this summit was put on with the good intentions of saving lives in Missouri and heavily dissuading repeat offenders according to a Kansas City Personal Injury attorney who was in attendance. "We have children," Beverage Distributor Joe Scheppers said. "We have relatives and loved ones out on the roads. Nobody wants to share the roads with inebriated, drunk drivers. It's not something anyone wants to be part of."



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

India Tour Packages: The Summit of Extravagance

India Tour Packages: The Summit of Extravagance

Anyone who is travelling on a holiday wants a fulfilling experience. The whole idea of investing time and money into a travel experience should be able to bring a heart's content of thrill, adventure, relaxation and fun. This is just what India Tour Packages have for you. A country which is so ancient that it is almost timeless, a culture which is diverse and rich and only grows with every passing moment, and people so loving that you feel welcome instantly makes this experience memorable. India Tour Packages have been instrumental in augmenting the appeal of holidays in India.


Received immensely, Tour Packages India continues to become more and more popular each year. Awesome delights that inspire ardent art lovers, historians and wildlife enthusiasts alike, the multitude of offerings within India bring travellers back for more. People often wonder what necessitates the need for an India Tour operator. This is typically true for those who are visiting for the first time. Often, they really do not understand the enormity and complexity of the country and tend to underestimate it.


India Tours are elaborate and need a thorough understanding, or the guidance of a professional to enable you to enjoy every minute of your holiday. The vastness of the country and sheer numbers of the attractions that are on display can unnerve you. In this event, it is most important to have an experienced hand tell you how to go about ravaging India. The first thing a tour operator in India will do is get an understanding of the tour you are looking for.


The key determinants to this include the duration of your holiday, your budget and your preferences. This will give them an idea of the kind of arrangements that would need to be made for you. Additionally, they would also request your travel preferences and look for specifics you want to include. This only forms a basic sketch which allows your tour operator to work out some alternatives to present before you.


Closer to your trip, he would also give you more options on the kind of sights you want to see, the places you would like meals set at, and any particular cultural experiences you are looking to have. India is travelled extensively by people from all over the world. The rush of visitors is no longer confined to holiday seasons alone. Given this truth, it is often difficult to be able to arrange for travel, accommodation, food and sightseeing all by yourself, even though the internet has become a convenient platform.


Tour operators in India are well networked to be able to get you confirmed reservations even on sold out dates, and offer you great discounts and special facilities. Trust in an Indian travel agent and watch the bliss of India double manifold. Travel packages India have no meaning if they are not experienced in comfort, leisure and indulgence. With the expertise that there is to offer, you are in the safest hands.



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Climate Summit In Copenhagen Was Opened Recently

Climate Summit In Copenhagen Was Opened Recently

The host states with efforts from each country towards one direction, agreement about the climate change could be reached , already 110 leaders have showed their commitments of attendance then.Design sabo charms on Doll's Festival


At local time, 10 a. Last Week My Father Chose eye care for My Motherm. on 7th Dec, the much concerned 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins officially in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen.


This Nordic city shrouded in a mist on the opening day. The weather was not as cold as we thought due to the impact of moist maritime climate though it was December in winter.


This climate summit which will continue to December 18 has an official attending registers of 15,000. While the actual attendees in Copenhagen is far more than this number, estimated to 25,000 people at present.


In the past period of time, people were once pessimistic for the Copenhagen conference. But just before the summit, all seemed to begin a sudden turn with the United States and China the world's two largest emitters of greenhouse gases separately making the specific targets of relative and absolute reduction, with the subsequent India.


Therefore, the meeting host, Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Rasmussen made his opening remarks on the day. "New climate change agreement can be reached. And with cooperation among every country, we can accomplish the goal we must achieve."


He remarked that heads of states and governments from over 110 countries would come to Copenhagen, providing forces to drive forward the realization of a new global treaty.


"Their arrival is an unprecedented mobilization of political will to response to climate change." Rasmussen said.


Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer expressed that, the ideal Copenhagen deal should include 3 parts: First is to execute actions including slowling down, accommodating, financing, technology and capacity building. The 2nd was to implement ambitious emission reduction promises and actions, including a $ 10 billion emission reduction fund each year provided by developed countries and long-term arrangements of financing. Last but not least, all parties reach an agreement in regard of long-term cooperation and the common target to deal with climate change.


"The Copenhagen Conference is successful only for considerably taking immediate actions soon after the Summit." De Boer emphasized at last in the speech.


With respect to long-term financing, Yvo de Boer had already said in the previous be-in-touch meeting on 6th December, "I think at least we can reach one consensus that the developing countries will need 100 billions dollars per year in the long run."


The writer notices that so great many participants make Denmark, the small country which lies on Jutland, beyond its reception capacity. Many attendants had to lodge in neighbor Sweden across a sea, and even in family inns. We could say Copenhagen bore too many hopes of the world.


We hope that all this is worth it.


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

MDG SUMMIT - DREAMS AND EXPECTATIONS

MDG SUMMIT - DREAMS AND EXPECTATIONS

Something worth dreaming about. Worth chersihing, worth relishing. But it seems impossible, improbable to materialise even in the distant future.


Keeping desires or hopes for a better tomorrow than the present one is always good, worth emulating. Flames of hope everyone must keep close to his/her mind. Whenever these flames or sparks die down one mulls ending his/her life sometimes reel under depression or frustrations often taking refuge in mental asylums.


Tomorrow, Monday 20th September, the second Summit to be attended by more than 140 nations across the world under the auspices of United Nations begins to discuss and to find out solutions for the biggest threat the world faces as part of the Millenium Development Goals in NewYork, USA. Adherents of divergent views and outlooks including nations like US and Iran who are at loggerheads on nuclear issue converge there. Yes, poverty transcends national barriers and hence it always remains topic of discussions across the nations. It remains a perennial headache to almost all of them including developed, developing and least developed nations in the face of various threats in the form of terrorism, wars, ehtnic clashes, conflicts, communalism, xenophobia, all are one in striving to lessen the number of poverty-stricken citizens in their respective countries. In addition to it many other poverty related subjects like malnutrition, particularly affecting under five year old, health, education, empowerment of women - all are believed to come up for heated discussions among the participants.


In 2009 the number of poverty-stricken people around the world was estimated to be 1.2 billion. A minor decrease of 1.2 percent brought down the numbers to 924 million as per FAO (Food & Agricultural Organization) reports, owing to good monsoons, resulting in bumber harvest around the world in 2010. But in 2011 the numbers once again are feared to go up due to a massive drought in Russia, a massive flood in Pakistan devastating a large area under cultivation. Lack of good monsoon, massive droughts, devastating floods across the world the climate continues to remain volatile hence apprehensions always haunt all especially agriculturists like the proverbial sword of Democles. Nature ventilates its fury depending upon its whims and fancies causing large-scale destruction as a result of exploiting it since decades by vested interests ignoring the shape of things to come or all that waiting to be in the wings. Ecological plunder is a bane of our times causing unexpected floods, droughts, rising sea-levels threatening the very existence of countries like Mauritius and if we are threatened with such hardships sit and ponder over the fate awaiting Generation X. Besides all these facts keeping a deaf ear to the cries for disaster management adds to the woes. Poverty and climate change are always inter-related.


Heated discussions and also debates are certain to surface in the course of the summit especially at a moment the US, world's most developed country and the European community remaining in the grip of recession and the developing nations and least developed nations demanding generous international aid and other aid agencies. Ban-Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General will have a tough time persuading all parties to reach a consensus on the most sensitive matters like poverty and nuclear issue and I don't know whether under pressure from the big brother US, he is going to be forced to discover or arrive at a face-saving device like the one he arrived at the historic Copenhagen - Denmark Summit 2009 which was a 'historic failure'. The only difference being the Copenhagen summit was on Climate Change and on the present one relating to poverty. Is it possbile to halve the number of poverty-stricken by 2015. Let's dream so. Let's hope so.



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At the very outset,let me introduce myself to you. My name is K.R.Surendran,hailing from a village called Pulluvazhy near Perumbavoor.Five books in Malayalam are there to my credit now,and they are "Pooviriyumkunninte- Santhathikal"(Stories),Gloriyayude Dinarathrangal"(Stories), "Mumbai- Sketchukal"(Novelettes), and "Indiayude Bhoopadam" (Novel) and "Pulluvazhy" (Novel).  An English novel penned by me -"Some Grassway Realitites With A Romantic Touch"- has been published recently.

Finding a Summit, NJ Realtor who Listens

Finding a Summit, NJ Realtor who Listens
The real estate market is extremely competitive now. With this economic situation, many people are looking to change their income or to add to it by selling real estate. Many of these would-be Realtors, though, don’t have the training or the experience to be able to serve their clients in the best possible way. That’s why, when you’re searching for a Summit, NJ Realtor, it is extremely important that you make sure that you hire one who is there to work for you and who actually listens to you.

The Importance of Listening If you’ve got children, you know how frustrating it can be to have to tell your child to do something three times. You ask them to clean their room once, then a bit louder the second time, and then, by the third time, you’re so frustrated you start getting really loud and the “mean” parent comes out. Imagine how frustrating it would be to try to speak to your Summit, NJ Realtor and to not have them listen to you? Surprisingly this happens far too often. A real estate client will hire a Realtor without speaking to them very much and will then discover that they have hired a Realtor who doesn’t listen to them. They’ll tell them one thing and the Realtor will disregard whatever they said in order to do what the Realtor wants to do, not what the client wants. This can be extremely frustrating to deal with, especially when you’re someone who likes to ask a lot of questions or who likes to be really involved in the entire real estate process.


So the logical thing to do is to make sure that you hire a Summit, NJ Realtor who takes the time to listen to you. It’s surprising to many to discover that not all Realtors are alike. Of course they’re not! A Realtor is a person just like anyone, and they all have their different attitudes and opinions. If you find a Realtor who meshes with you, then things can work well. If, however, you find a Realtor that you don’t mesh with, you may want to search for a new one, as the chances of you and this Realtor working together well are fairly slim.


Take a bit of extra time when you’re hiring your Summit, NJ Realtor. Make sure that your Realtor’s level of expertise is high enough to make you comfortable, and that their attitude is one that you can mesh well with. When you start talking to potential Realtors, make sure that you note if they’re listening to you or not. If they look you in the eye while you’re talking, and if they actually carry on a conversation with you, and don’t just parrot back information, then you have found a Realtor who will take the time to listen to what your needs are. This will greatly increase the chances of you getting the home that you’ve always wanted to have, and in selling your own home the way that you wanted to.



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

What To Know More About The Earth Summit 2002?

What To Know More About The Earth Summit 2002?

The Earth Summit, aka The World Summit on Sustainable Development aka (for those in the know) Rio plus 10, is the follow up conference from The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio, Brazil in 1992.


The theme of this summit is people, planet and prosperity and the summit is aiming to produce a practical plan for governments to work on and, unlike with previous summits, will be looking to do this in partnership with business, NGOs and civil societies movements.


So what is the grand plan?


We don't know yet but the summit aims to cover a very ambitious range of topics, some people think too ambitious and in this sense the summit may be setting itself up to fail.


In Rio, a plan of action was drawn up for governments to tackle urgent global issues in sustainable development- such as Climate Change, bio-diversity, health, poverty and corporate responsibility.


But Rio has failed to deliver on much of its promise and this summit presents a second chance for the world to get it right before it really is too late.


What is this Sustainable Development business?


Sustainable Development is one of those catch all terms that can mean everything or nothing. Essentially it's about balancing social, environmental and economic concerns so the interests of one are not furthered at the expense of the others.


It's also about ensuring the resources we currently use in industrial nations are not at the expense of poorer people and that developments must ensure the current gap between rich and poor is narrowed. The most accepted definition comes from the World Commission on Environment and Development, which defines sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


What are the critical issues for the upcoming Johannesburg Earth Summit?


The summit is expected to come up with concrete and practical ways to achieve the targets in sustainable development that came out of the Rio summit. The plan is expected to include more imaginative and inclusive ways for governments to work in partnership with ngos and the private section. Kofi Annan (Secretary General, United Nations) has identified five priority areas for the summit to cover. These are water, energy, agricultural productivity, bio-diversity and health. Tied in with this is the overall issue of poverty reduction, seen as perhaps the most controversial area for the summit.


Poor nations, especially those in Africa, feel Rio and the priorities addressed since then have marginalized the issues of poverty, pointing to the fact that in the last 10 years the gap between rich and poor has widen. African per capita income in 1980 was 10% greater than it was in 2000 and throughout the world almost 1.2 billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day.


The other critical issues on the agenda include:


Energy and climate change


Education and literacy


Use of new technology and closing the gap between North and South


Corporate accountability


Globalisation


Peace



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

5 Goals For the Obama Health Summit

5 Goals For the Obama Health Summit

President Obama is holding an important Health Summit at the White House to workshop his plans and ideas for health reform with a wide range of influential stakeholders. Hopefully he will keep his blackberry switched on because this is now one of the emerging new tools commonly used to deliver healthcare. President Obama, with his promotion of information technology, broadband networks and electronic health records, is poised to accelerate many positive changes in healthcare, so what goals should be identified for this Summit?


Let's look first at some of the current forces for change.


The business of eHealth on the Internet is expanding rapidly. Two recent reports from the Pew Foundation and Harris Interactive have confirmed that 75-80 per cent of United States Internet users utilize the Internet for health information and healthcare - that is around 140 million people per year. This is over 65% of the entire adult population of the USA - an average of 8 million people every day. Not surprisingly those individuals who are carers, who have chronic illnesses, who have recently been diagnosed with a medical condition or who have broadband Internet connections use the Internet for healthcare more commonly than other Internet users, and their searches for health information are becoming a regular habit, often several times per month.


Business sees the healthcare sector as a particularly attractive industry that will benefit from web-based technologies because of its enormous size, inefficiency and information intensity, and companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, as well as the telecommunications giants like ATT and Verizon, all have major health plans. Moreover, the healthcare industry is particularly fragmented with a large number of participants, including general practitioners and primary care clinicians, specialists, institutions (public and private hospitals and diagnostic companies), health funds, pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies and, of course, patients.


Our population is ageing with "baby-boomers" demanding better quality healthcare. They are also determined to have home-based health care, and will pay to avoid going into nursing homes. At the same time employers are trying to reduce the escalating cost of health care. Everyone recognizes that the use of electronic medical records is a way of improving the quality of care and making patient information more available where it counts, at the time of the doctor-patient consultation. There is a widespread understanding that we need to shift the center of gravity of care away from expensive hospitals and clinics, and back to the home. It is not only cheaper to treat people at home and online, with less hospital bills at thousands of dollars per day, but patients can also become more involved in their own care. With a single keystroke patient, primary physician, specialist and home health nurse can be brought together.


Many homes in the US have broadband Internet, or cable TV, both of which can be used to deliver electronic home care in future. The core infrastructure for healthcare is shifting from bricks and mortar to bits and bytes. Companies such as Intel are already developing technologies to be used in the home for the elderly in particular - for the baby boomers. These involve multiple health monitoring options - not only to collect obvious health data such as blood pressure, weight or pulse rates for patients with heart conditions, but to monitor patients with Alzheimer's as they move throughout their home, undertake survey responses from family members via television, and as alarm systems for any medical emergency. Telecommunications and cable television companies are the likely future infrastructure providers of tomorrow's health environment as they replace hospital beds with homecare accessibility.


So what goals should the summit consider?


1. All patients should have access to their electronic records and their health information in a secure and privacy protected manner, most likely involving a unique healthcare identifier


2. High quality Internet based healthcare systems and networks should be further developed, with the Internet being recognized as core health infrastructure


3. All health providers must move into the Information Age, and be supported and trained to use electronic systems for clinical work


4. Electronically mediated homecare, as well as healthcare prevention and monitoring must receive more focus


5. Healthcare must become a more collaborative information based industry, with major players from the Information Technology world being recognized as core partners and infrastructure providers


This is an exciting time for the health industry, and a time when the right decisions can create very positive health reform to help current and future generations of Americans.



This article is based on excerpts from the recently published book "Your Health in the Information Age - how you and your doctor can use the Internet to work together" by Peter Yellowlees MD. Available at http://www.InformationAgeHealth.com and most online bookstores.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

BIO-DIVERSITY SUMMIT AND THE CANCUN SUMMIT

BIO-DIVERSITY SUMMIT AND THE CANCUN SUMMIT

Summits after summits, Conferences after conferences, at national as well as international levels, concerning welfare of the mankind are being held on a day today basis across nations transcending boundaries. Terrorism, Climate- change, Bio-diversity, Economy, all are subjects needing urgent attention besides other subjects of importance. Negotiations, deliberations, consultations through interactions are the only ways out for something substantial to come out, something positive to emerge albeit slowly and gradually. Besides the aforesaid subjects, sports, cultural activities, tourism etal are all prominent avenues towards improving relations between nations.


In the run-up to the Cancun Summit on Climate-change, a summit on bio-diversity Conference on Bio-Diversity (CBD) was recently held at Nagoya, Japan attended by 193 nations. Heated discussions, arguments, debates, took place amidst concerns of bio-diversity facing serious threats under a hostile environment. Many of them already extinct due to the criminal apathy of mankind. As the threat of extinctions looming large before everyone's eyes, naturally the seriousness of the situation dawned upon each nation belatedly and all began to think on the lines of rescuing the bio-diversity from total extinction. Hence the discussions, debates, consultations and deliberations hold the centre-stage. While the discussions and deliberations gain momentum, the ways of tackling the threat came up and the need for technical and financial assistance to the needy countries naturally came up, still coming up among the nations assembling at the venue. All countries are supposed to be genuine in their approach, unfortunately the severe recession across US and European nations are pointed out as reasons for tightening their purse-strings. Naturally notwithstanding the gravity of the situation, here I refer the dwindling bio-diversity, the needy countries often end up receiving peanuts from those responsible ones. At present Asian and South East Asian countries comparatively better placed than their Western counterparts being aware of the serious consequences of the threat to bio-diversity do their utmost to save the situation. For instance Japan reportedly has earmarked US $ 2 billion dollars exclusively for protecting bio-diversity. Similarly a country like India known for its rich bio-diversity on facing serious threats due to variety of reasons is very particular in rescuing its rich 'wealth'. Moreover environmentalists and social activists like Medha Patkar, Arundhati Roy, Ramaswamy R Iyer, Sunitha Narayan, Sugatha Kumari and Dr.R.V.G.Menon, are vigorously keeping a close vigil and whenever ecological plunders by greedy men are being committed, never do such men care for the future of mankind, these environmentalists and social activists plunge into the arena and launch massive protests and agitations thus forcing the plunderers to withdraw from the scene. In addition to the environmentalists and activists many an environmentalist across the country has taken upon the mission of protecting our environment by the anti-environmentalists who claim round the clock, they are for development and for the development in society we should have to make sacrifices hence blindly opposing the 'pro-developmentalists' like them is foolish. But they infact, never care to ponder over the long-term consequences of destruction of forests and lush greenery, flora and fauna and other biological organisms getting choked to death by the venomous effluents being pumped into the rivers by the river-side factories waiting to affect us badly. Progress of a society infact means sustained development and that means co-existence of environment and progress. For the sake of one, one need not be and should not be sacrificed at the altar of development.


When I first happened to read about the Conference on Bio-Diversity Development (CBD), I was somewhat embarassed as whenever I thought about bio-diversity and the importance of protecting it that which naturally came to my mind was Climate-Change and Global warming. Actually bio-diversity and climate-change are in one way or other interlinked, the disaster caused by climate-change and global warming, naturally affects bio-diversity. The depletion of Ozone layer due to the greenhouse carbon emissions and the resulting rise of sea-levels posing threats to a few countries below sea-level getting submerged, the melting glaciers causing massive floods, destroying vast areas of crops across the nation followed by sweltering heat which brings about wide-spread droughts, rivers getting dried-up causing mass harm to bio-diversity, farmers forced to leave farming with the paddy and wheat fields turning barren, driving people to starvation and deaths, farmers finding no way out to continue with their tradition of farming, also due to their inability to remit their debts for the loans availed of from financial institutions often end up in availing loans from modern day Shylocks at sky-rocketing interest rates and upon arrears go on mounting up day by day find salvation in deaths by consuming pesticides or by hanging. All the aftermaths of man-made destruction of ecology in the name of progress. The climate-cycles like upset apple-carts, violate rules affecting the majority and also the rich bio-diversity.


CopenHagen Summit 2009 held in Denmark was a failure, a Himalayan failure, except for some platitudes, nothing positive worth mentioning emerged even after conferences after conferences - held in Delhi it was held by BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries sometime back, later in China it was held and our Minister for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh attended the conference and after the discussions and deliberations Jairam Ramesh then and there predicted that 2010 Cancun Summit in Mexico in November will most certainly be another Copenhagen as he was not expecting a positive result. I think he went all the way to China to predict the outcome even before it being held to praise China and to make a dig at our Home Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram.


 


 


 



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2011 China Electronics Industry Summit

2011 China Electronics Industry Summit
Next year will be held January 9-10, "2011 China Electronics Industry Summit", is this session of the Beijing Book the highlight of all activities, from the topics and speaker line-up will be the scene of view, this is a real sense of the e-book industry summit. Similar forums in the past is different is that the summit is not only gathered so many HW terminal operators and technology providers of hardware, but also attract a large number of Gucci outlet often overlooked in the past content providers peace summit Taiwanese, especially those with a large number of traditional publishing high-quality content resources providers, this summit is not only concerned about the electronics, more concerned about the book.
The two-day summit is divided into four of four themes, namely, Present and Future of China's e-book industry, digital transformation of traditional publishing strategy of choice, e-book market, distribution problems, as well as e-books and other copyright tangle. Reporter learned from the Summit Organizing Committee, the summit will focus on five major focus.
How the Chinese book market collapsed?
U.S. e-book market in 2010 has reached 10 billion U.S. dollars of the scale of the mass book market has accounted for 10%, and increased to 50% within five years. The scale of the world's electronic reader the second in China, but not only electronic books, tiny e-book market, basically the whole e-book industry did not start Gucci outlet online in the impasse, the crux of the problem and where is? Momochi Academy of newly published research by several Ph.Ds this is known as a professional research team, spent nearly a year, which has been systematically studied, the results of their research, "2011 Report of the Chinese book industry" will be in the published on the summit. It is reported that they proposed a simple framework and full explanatory power: why the United States can be interpreted as e-book industry so successful? Why the Chinese e-book industry is so intertwined? E-book industry, but also how the Chinese Bureau of suggestions broken, and the future of China and the world to make e-book industry outlook and forecast. This should be the first rigorous study on the e-book industry, concerned about the books people would like to preview.
Dangdang eBook distribution platform to become a boss it?
As we all know, Amazon is the largest U.S. book sales platform, accounting for more than 70% market share of e-books. China's e-book platform, who is the boss? China is the original Amazon Amazon or Amazon Knock Dangdang China? Dangdang just in the United States, to enter the market before Dangdang high-profile e-book market, the CEO of any pro-Li Guoqing, general manager of digital publishing. Li Guoqing, the summit will serve as guest speakers. As China's largest e-commerce book sites, e-books in China next year Dangdang industry is how to layout? E-book industry in China What is the role?
At the same time, traditional bookstores also like finding a place in the e-book distribution pattern. In fact the traditional bookstore market opportunities in the e-book is far less pessimistic than imagined, the largest U.S. bookstore chain Barnes & Noble's electronic bookstore NooK super-company market share than Apple's iBook is also high. Chinese version of the Association Deputy Secretary-General Mark K. Huang, Xinhua Bookstore, the largest Phoenix, Zhou Bin, president of Xinhua in Hong Kong and China market and opened the first e-book, the Xinhua Bookstore - Zhang Jian, Asics Shoes director of information Winshare will share their ideas.
How to quickly complete the traditional publishing digital transformation?
The rapid development of the United States a successful e-book experience is that traditional publishers have mostly completed the digital transition quickly to keep up with the rapid development of e-book market. Langdon and other major publishers such as e-book income this year has reached 10% of its GDP. E-book market in China is an important reason for the deadlock digital transformation of traditional publishing house far behind, how can we accelerate? How to choose transformation mode and path? How to use technology to promote effective change? Publication Management Division of GAPP Oh Sang of the Shanghai Century Publishing Group President Chen Xin, CEO Hefei Peng Cite Taiwan, China Science Publishing Group chairman Liu Jianyao, Commercial Press, general manager at Lee Hall, the king of CITIC Publishing House Bin, president of Shen Haobo sharpens iron culture, the world's leading provider of digital publishing technology such as PTC Wang Xia, Senior Manager, guests will focus on these issues.
Copyright knot how to crack e-book?
No country is more complex than the Chinese e-book issues, why technology providers peace Taiwan has spent so much money can not buy a decent eBook rights? Why does not the publisher of the Chinese as foreign publishers have most power out of copyright? Why is the introduction of Chinese books generally do not have e-book version of copyright? How to license and access to e-book copyright, senior expert on copyright, the Copyright Division inspectors and Publication Administration Xu Chao, Deputy General Manager of the Big Apple copyright Lv Guangdong, Wang Jing, general manager of the Phoenix Hachette, Kodansha, general manager of China Liu Yue , text book, co Zhang Hongbo, Yang Hongying super best-selling author will provide the professional interpretation.
Digital reading how the market upgrade?
Web-based and mobile digital reading is a unique digital publishing landscape is different from abroad, despite the rapid growth of the market hot, but they invariably encounter a problem that bottlenecks and market growth ceiling, how to upgrade to better quality and more the larger the value of the reading market is the next challenge they face? Original literary Chinese largest book site grand Chinese Hou Xiaoqiang, CEO, China's largest base of mobile reading platform for mobile reading, general manager of Dai and Zhong, China, Xiao Wei, general manager of telecommunications base Tianyi read how to think and respond?


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Friday, September 1, 2017

The Internet Millionaires Summit Rocked!

The Internet Millionaires Summit Rocked!

This weekend just passed I attended the Internet Millionaire's Summit in London, hosted by George Brown and BA Wealth. For those of you who do not know George, perhaps you know of Google Sniper or Traffic Ultimatum, both of which he wrote. He is a 19 year old millionaire from England, who left school at 17 and started work moving furniture!! Fast forward two years and George is living the dream; travelling when he wants, where he wants.


All because of the internet! George is a softly spoken, friendly, likeable 19 year old. He is just someone who wasn't happy with what he was doing in life and used the internet to change it. And by him doing that, he is showing you, me and anyone who has the strength of character to DO something about their life, that it is achievable. Even if you don't want to be a millionaire, but just want to pay your mortgage or your car payments, this could change your life!


And George wasn't the youngest at the Summit earning money online. One 15 year old girl spoke for a few minutes about the blog she had created about homework. She had incorporated some adverts, and was making some money online!! Some of these young people are going to be earning more than their mother and father put together, because it is all possible on the internet!!


At the other end of the spectrum, there were a plethora of 50, 60 and even 70 year old men at the Summit, many of whom already had websites up and running and had come to get the knowledge to make more money with them. And some women too! Not so many for some reason. Come on ladies, let's not let the side down. You can make serious money on the internet. Just start learning how! You need to be proactive! Age, gender, race, religion, profession; none of that matters online. You are just yourself.


So what have I learned at this Summit? So much that it is keeping me awake at night! I have learned that it is amazing to go to events! The people you meet for a start. We met so many friendly, open, excited and optimistic people who were interested in talking to us!


I have learned that it is not about your list, it's about the relationship you build with your list! That's a biggy for me and definitely something I will be spending more time on; putting more of myself into my emails.


I learned that I am doing some things right. I learned that some things I am doing will just need a tweak!! And I learned that some ways of driving traffic I thought were useless are in fact incredible! I also learned that as soon as we know something new on the internet, we should teach it to others!


The speakers were inspirational. All of them! From the energising, enthusiastic 'little Chinese man' (his words!), Tom Hua, "if a little Chinese man can do it, so can you" to the vivacious, glittery(!) awe-inspiring Donna Fox and every single one in between, they all gave us tremendous value; so much information that we can use immediately to build an income online, so that we can follow in their footsteps!


So would I do it all again? Absolutely! The long journey by train, the hectic underground, the carrying of suitcases up and down hundreds of steps? The 3 long days of information cramming; the sore fingers from writing it all down? The sore behind from sitting for so long; the missed breakfasts? The utter exhaustion on the return train journey?


Yes, it was all completely worth it; this stuff is life changing! Thanks so much George Brown!


 


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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Other Iberoamerican Summit

The Other Iberoamerican Summit

Besides the now famous spat between President Chavez and King Juan Carlos and the evil empire bashing of the People's Alternate Summit, what actually happened at the Iberoamerican Summit that took place in Santiago last week? Why did the leaders of 33 countries go to so much trouble to meet together for three days of intensive reunions in Chile?


Leaving aside the drama, the intended theme was social cohesion. The choice was made by Chile in its capacity as the host of the summit and is a clear reflection of the priorities of the Bachelet administration's emphasis on long-term social planning.


The concrete fruit of the reunion were eleven documents; a declaration, a plan of action, and nine special communiqués. The combined focus of these documents can be reduced to five categories; human development, economic development, the environment, defense and security, and political dialogue.


Human development received the most attention, specially emphasizing the role of the region's youth in long term development. There was a clear enunciation of the challenges of the 21st century and a clarion call made to invest in the future through improved public education systems, increased educational exchanges, gender parity in government, minority inclusion, and women's and children's rights. The summit reaffirmed the region's goal of meeting targets set out by the millennium challenge by 2015.


Climate change and environmental management were also big issues discussed at the meeting. With the recent flooding in Tabasco and Chiapas as well as the brutal hurricane season in the Caribbean and Central America, the specter of global warming hung like a proverbial heavy cloud over the conference. Concerned that man made pollution was increasing the severity of these natural disasters, leaders agreed to promote energy conservation and improve local environmental laws to help curb pollution. Mexico proposed the creation of a regional emergency response team with the capacity to coordinate relief efforts in affected areas as well as the creation of a rainy day fund for natural disaster relief.


In terms of economic development the issues were similar to those expressed in other regional forums. The obligatory declarations were made about the need to improve infrastructure, combat corruption, enact fiscal reform, and overhaul regional tax systems, but no concrete measures were approved or even proposed to begin doing this. It was only agreed to call attention to the issue and lend moral support to those countries daring enough to take these practical steps on their own.


Security and defense were a minor part of the talks, but they were brought up. Two symbolic resolutions were passed urging the United Kingdom and Argentina to come to an agreement over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands dispute and another condemning the US-Cuban trade embargo. The group made a symbolic statement rejecting the use of terrorism, as well as the need to increase cooperation in the field of crime reduction and military defense cooperation.


Perhaps the most important result of the meeting came not in the form of a specific resolution, but through the restatement of core regional values emphasizing the need for a human focus in regional development. The recognition of youth and their role in the success of this movement as well as the need to focus on long term social solutions like improved education, health care, social welfare, and increased spending on research and development, infrastructure, and interconnectivity were all important parts of the message that came out of the summit.


By highlighting the ways in which increased cooperation can improve the quality of social services and reduce the combined cost of development, the reunion served to call attention to regional needs without losing site of the bigger picture. The inclusion of "soft" social issues in debates over political and economic growth ensures that leaders do not forget that the real purpose of development is not abstract economic success but the improvement of human lives.


By Nathan Gill



Nathan Gill is the editor of Southern Affairs, an online magazine offering news and analysis of political events in Latin America.

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