By Luis Alberto Facal / Voice of America / edited by Diálogo Staff December 11, 2019 The crisis in Venezuela is urgent and must be given a sense of urgency, said Carol Thompson O’Connell, principal deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, on October 31.“When almost 5 million people have been forcibly displaced and have had to flee their country to find the basic necessities of life, shelters, food, water, security, there is nothing that can describe it, but urgency to face the political situation in Venezuela,” Thompson O’Connell said.The official spoke at a telephonic press briefing about the results of the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis, held in Brussels October 28-29.“Countries in the region have been dealing with this crisis for months, and at times for years. They have done a phenomenal job in helping Venezuelan refugees and migrants. But the rest of the world must understand the magnitude of this crisis and must understand that this is not just a regional crisis. It’s a crisis that affects the countries of the rest of the world and should be treated as such,” said Thompson O’Connell.The State Department official said the United States is proud to lead worldwide efforts to provide humanitarian assistance. During fiscal year 2019, the U.S. government contributed nearly $9.3 billion to support humanitarian crises, she said.“When I was in Brussels, I announced an additional $10 billion in economic and development assistance that will provide treatment for HIV, critical vaccinations, and support for activities to counter human trafficking,” Thompson O’Connell added.The aid comes in addition to the nearly $119 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuela U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in late September.The U.S. government’s total response to the crisis involves more than $650 million, of which almost $473 million goes to humanitarian assistance to save the lives of people affected and to promote stability in Venezuela and the region, the U.S. official said.The United States has been the largest financial contributor to the Venezuelan crisis.“Almost 4.5 million Venezuelans have escaped from Venezuela due to the actions of the Maduro regime,” she said.The United States has said it is working with international and nongovernmental partners to complement the efforts of governments that receive Venezuelan refugees.“Our system also increases the original capacity of the asylum authority and provides legal support to Venezuelans seeking asylum. The program also helps Venezuelans to integrate into the communities that host them by finding them employment and access to education and health care,” said Thompson O’Connell.She stressed that during her recent visit to Colombia, she was able to see her assistants in action, caring for Venezuelan refugees who had arrived in the country. “I met with children in Colombia who have been able to go to school and receive an education, because access to education provides hope, and it helps children find stability and normalcy in very difficult situations.”She also thanked European partners for their response to the crisis, and urged them to increase their support for the Venezuelan people, in response to the “tyranny of the Maduro regime.”“This is a global crisis that requires a global solution,” she added.The Brussels conference, she said, “demonstrates that Europeans are focused on this problem and are willing to consider new ways to try to solve the crisis Maduro caused.”
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Charlie Austin returns to the QPR starting line-up for the game against Championship leaders Brighton at Loftus Road.As expected, Austin comes back in with Matt Phillips switching to the flank and Karl Henry dropping to the bench.Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, has not started a match for more than a month.Meanwhile, former QPR striker Bobby Zamora is among the Brighton substitutes.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Sandro, Faurlin; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Henry, Polter, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas.Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Calderon; van La Parra, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy; Wilson, Hemed.Subs: Maenpaa, Chicksen, Huenemeier, Crofts, Forster-Caskey, Manu, Zamora.See also:QPR needed Henry’s experience – HasselbainkAustin lined up for QPR return against BrightonQPR’s Hill passed fit for Brighton gameAustin will not be rushed back – HasselbainkFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Tags:#Location#NYT#web We first wrote about Factual in September and I’ve been excited about it ever since. The company’s location data seems to be getting good reviews from data consumers, but there are clearly sets that need cleaning up, too.Have you spent any time on Factual? What’s your assessment of the site’s viability? The company has assembled a very strong team, but it’s in a crowded market, too. If it can build a community of human editors, business users willing to write-back changes to its data set and strong technology to do the bulk of the heavy lifting and judgement calls on credibility, we may find the web using Factual to describe the world much like users use Wikipedia today to discuss and learn about it. That would be an exciting platform. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Imagine an online community that combines user contributions, editing and fact checking like Wikipedia, with automated data extraction like Google and complex artificial intelligence to create a rich description of the world around us that is continually refined over time. That’s what well-backed data startup Factual is aiming to create and every time I learn more about it, I fantasize about getting in and contributing to that community just like early contributors to Wikipedia did.While Wikipedia is a huge destination site, however, Factual is a data service that will be used as a platform by other sites that want to borrow the data it has captured and refined about places, people and things in the real world. Founder Gil Elbaz, one of the inventors of the technology that became Google’s advertising platform and the leader who raised money from red hot investors Andreesen Horowitz for Factual, did a fascinating interview with GPS Business News this morning where we learned more about the technology behind his site.Elbaz tells interviewer Ludovic Privat that any partner site or individual can submit a data set, a data point or an opinion about a data point.“So if you go to one of our tables and double click into a cell, you’ll find a rich history of opinions about what, for example, is the right phone number for a business. Then it’s our job to examine all these opinions and look for some sort of consensus or pattern that leads us to believe that one of them is right and one is wrong. “The job of cleaning this data, looking for spammy submissions, analyzing the sources or users that are submitting this data and then trying to boil it down into the right answer requires a lot of technology…It also comes from a sophisticated machine-learning stack that can leverage a significant proportion of the web and use various natural language technologies to structure unstructured or semi-structured data that’s on the web and pull facts from the web to validate them. “It is a living, breathing database in the sense that our partners and end-users can access our write-to API and correct things in the database in real-time and our developers have real-time access to these corrections.”Elbaz says the company is incentivizing partners to participate in the refinement of the data, including through a program where users of the data can opt-in to sharing any improvements they make back with Factual. The company announced partnerships with Facebook Places and the wildly popular social game MyTown by Booyah, earlier this month. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – The Board of Directors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) announces the appointment of Mr. Graham Whitmarsh who assumes the position of Interim Managing Director effective 19th of February 2018. Mr. Whitmarsh will report to the NHIA Board of Directors and lead the expanded and accelerate implementation of NHI in the Bahamas. The Board expects a permanent Bahamian Managing Director will be appointed to lead NHI within 2 to 3 years. Mr. Whitmarsh previously worked on NHI with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is familiar with the opportunity and challenges associated with expanding and improving health care in the Bahamas.Mr. Whitmarsh has an exceptional breadth of experience in healthcare, finance, aviation and technology at the CEO level in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Whitmarsh has held two of the most senior positions in the Government of British Columbia: Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board. Prior to his stint in the public sector both in Canada and the USA. He also served as Director of First Nations Health Authority.Mr. Whitmarsh is a graduate of the University of Leeds, UK, and Dartmouth Royal Naval College. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Public Companies, Not for Profits and Government Committees. Mr. Whitmarsh began his career as a Submarine Officer in the Royal Navy.The Board recognizes the contributions of the NHI Implementation Team who played a pivotal role in the launching of the Primary Care phase of the NHI program.Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made huge strides since he replaced Jose MourinhoThe Red Devils named Solskjaer as interim coach for the remainder of this season following Mourinho’s dismissal this month.Under the Norwegian, United have secured convincing wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town over the past week.Now Shaw, who himself had a difficult relationship with Mourinho at times, believes Solskjaer has made an instant impact on the squad.“I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.“He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”As for how he found out about Solskjaer’s appointment, Shaw said: “The truth? My girlfriend told me.“I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.“I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”Solskjaer will take charge of his third game on Sunday when United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
A student of Dhaka University’s political science department has been suffering from dengue for last 10 days. He is being treated at the university’s medical centre. Photo: Prothom AloThe authorities of Dhaka University have shut down dengue fever detection activities following a shortage of kits.On the other hand, eight more students were diagnosed with the mosquito-transmitted virus dengue taking the toll to so far 21 on the second day (Thursday) of the dengue test, making a huge outcry among the student communities on the campus.The university’s chief medical officer (CMO) Sarwar Jahan said that the Dhaka University jointly with Bangladesh Association of Clinical Biochemists had begun the initiative of detecting dengue patients.The physicians at the university medical centre, he added, identified 13 dengue patients among 168 students on the first day (Wednesday) of the test while eight more were diagnosed on Thursday.“The dengue test activities were shut down for weekend (Friday and Saturday). The activities will remain closed for Monday as well due to a shortage of test kits,” Sarwar Jahan added.The associate organisation has said that they are out of kits, said Sarwar adding, “When contacted, the government departments concerned also said no kits would be available before 6 August.”Earlier on 26 July, Dhaka University’s finance department student Firoz Kabir died of dengue fever that panicked the entire student community on the campus.Following the outcry, the authorities decided to test dengue among the university students.
Shannon Wright for NPRMounting research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed late because of bias on the part of health care providers or a lack of information among patient families.Sherry Alvarez says she knew there was something different about her son since he was about 9 months old. Back then Sherry says his pediatrician told her there was nothing to worry about, ” ‘Boys are a little slower than girls, so let’s just wait until his second birthday.’ ” We aren’t using Sherry’s son’s name to protect his privacy.By her son’s second birthday, Sherry says she was getting desperate. She didn’t know why he wasn’t talking yet or showing affection like other kids. At 2 1/2, he was referred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.There, after four hours of tests, Sherry says the doctor handed her a 20-page report explaining his autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, among others. She says she was paralyzed by emotion.ASD is a disease that affects people of all races and ethnicities, but research shows that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed at older ages than white children, giving them less of an opportunity for proper intervention and treatment.This is especially true of minimally verbal kids like Sherry’s son and there are many possible reasons for a late diagnosis. Some families face healthcare access issues and prohibitive costs for treatment, and some families just don’t know how important it is to get diagnosed to move on to the treatment phase. The dialog between doctors and minority families during the diagnosis process is critical.A recent study from Georgia State University found that African-American parents reported fewer concerns about behaviors like delayed speech and repetitive behaviors, even though their children showed a greater severity with these symptoms, overall. But, of course, it isn’t all up to parents.“There are very likely parent aspects of this and very likely clinician aspects of this,” says Meghan Rose Donohue, a lead researcher on the study. Perhaps families, like Sherry’s, don’t have the information necessary to really push physicians, but it is also possible that doctors don’t take these cases seriously enough from the beginning.Families and doctors, alike, can mistake ASD for simple bad behavior, especially in boys, as research has shown over the past couple of decades. A 2001 study at McGill University in Montreal found that doctors were more hesitant to diagnose ASD in minority families.In 2007, a study by a team at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania, found that African-American children were 5.1 times more likely to be misdiagnosed with conduct disorders before being diagnosed with ASD.When Sherry was growing up, she had a cousin who the family thought of as “different,” she says. “He was basically hidden. We didn’t talk about it as a community.” He had autism. “We have to retrain ourselves. It’s not OK to hide our kids.”Regional Centers in Los Angeles, which offer services to the developmentally disabled, are now starting to look at the diagnosis disparity problem. Westside Regional Center in Culver City just received a grant from the state to look at how autism diagnosis disparities manifest within their intake and treatment programs.“We’ve implemented a series of trainings with intake counselors on cultural awareness and sensitivity, and we’re starting to have a lot of conversations about biases,” says Tom Kelly, Westside’s chief psychologist.One of the apparent biases among intake counselors at the center stems from the difference in the documentation that arrives with each new child. African-American families tend to arrive at the center with lots of documentation detailing behavior issues from their child’s school or social services. With all those official papers sitting in front of them, it’s much easier for a counselor to think “behavior disease” rather than “autism,” says Kelly.And that disparity exists in dollars spent, as well. As reported in a 2017 survey, South Central Regional Center spends $8,000 less per client than the Westside location and the racial disparity persists statewide.But there are more resources for minority families today than compared to when Sherry’s son was young. The Autism Society of Los Angeles runs a hotline to help parents navigate the diagnosis and healthcare landscape and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles now employs liaisons to help families connect with the right resources. But, the spending gap persists.Today, Sherry says her now 15-year-old son is happy. He attends Hamilton High School and communicates almost solely through a typing device. “This is the time in his life where those early treatments could have made a difference,” she laments.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Share Two teenagers from Atascocita High School were killed and a driver was hurt when a car struck a tree and the force of the collision caused the vehicle to break in two. Harris County Sheriff’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit has charged Jaggar Clayton Smith, 17-year-old, with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. HCSO Traffic Investigators Charge 17 Year Old with Two Counts of Intoxication Manslaughter — full release: https://t.co/CE6stAOtRh#HouNews pic.twitter.com/682xvXkGmA— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) July 25, 2018Authorities said on approximately 12:05 a.m. July 25, 2018, Smith was operating his Nissan Altima in the 18300 block of Timber Forest with two 16-year-old girls, Salma Gomez and Chloe Robison. Smith failed to drive in a single lane and left the roadway traveling southeast into the center median of the roadway rotating counter-clockwise. The right side of the Smith’s vehicle struck a tree and the force of the collision caused the vehicle to break in two. The defendant was transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and arrested on two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter.Teens involved in this accident were close friends and students at @HumbleISD Atascocita High School. #hounews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 25, 2018