first_imgAs a result of a combination of ownership concentration and political alignment, all of Singapore’s mainstream media content themselves with repeating the government’s messages. The few bloggers or news sites such as New Naratif that try to provide reliable reporting are subjected to harassment and intimidation, often initiated by the prime minister himself. Follow the news on Singapore Singapore uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Singaporean prime minister’s office to drop its absurd “illegal election activity” complaint against the New Naratif website over five Facebook posts in the run-up to last July’s elections, as a result of which the police have already interrogated the site’s managing director and searched his home. Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review April 10, 2020 Find out more New Naratif recognizes “boosting” a total of 13 posts during the run-up to the elections, but points out that that AsiaOne, a media outlet that is majority-owned by a government-controlled press group, “boosted” no fewer that 240 posts during the official campaign period alone (from 30 June to 10 July), of which at least 150 were about the elections and the ruling party. None of these sponsored posts were regarded by the authorities as “illegal election activity.” The SED got the five posts taken down on the grounds that they were “paid advertisements” and therefore amounted to “illegal conduct of election activity” that violated the Parliamentary Election Act, although the act contains no precise definition of what constitutes “election activity.” December 6, 2019 Find out more News “We call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s office to immediately drop the pathetic charges it has brought against New Naratif,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “What credibility can his government claim if it was the result of elections in which the independent media were carefully prevented from doing their work. New Naratif’s only crime was providing Singapore’s citizens with independently-reported information instead of government propaganda.” News October 2, 2020 Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Coloured black on the map Organisation center_img After falling seven places in the space of a year, the Singaporean city-state is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index and is now one of those that are coloured black on the RSF press freedom map because the situation is classified as “very bad.” Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources The police acted in response to a complaint by the Singapore Elections Department (SED), a direct offshoot of the prime minister’s office, over five articles about the 10 July general elections that were posted on Facebook between 26  April and 6 July and were “boosted” financially by New Naratif to push them higher in subscriber news feeds. And the blogger Leong Sze Hian continues to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence on a criminal defamation charge simply for sharing an article from the Malaysian website TheCoverage.my on Facebook in November 2018. News to go further Receive email alerts SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment Pathetic charges SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment October 15, 2020 Find out more It seems that covering an election campaign can lead to arrest in Singapore. This, at least, is the bizarre experience of New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin. The police summoned and questioned him for four and a half hours on the morning of 21 September and then searched his home, seizing his mobile phone and laptop. New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin was summoned and questioned by the police for four and a half hours (photo courtesy of Dr Thum). News An army of lawyers was deployed in September 2019 against Terry Xu, the editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, over an article that supposedly caused “loss and damage” to the prime minister.last_img read more

first_imgWhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsResearch reveals a surge in awareness of importance of clinical trials in Ireland during Covid-19 pandemicBy Staff Reporter – December 16, 2020 152 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Twittercenter_img Email Previous articleA Beautiful Dance is set to be a Christmas hitNext articleNew Cardiology Procedure at UHL Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash New research undertaken by Cancer Trials Ireland shows that 73% agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of clinical trials.77% of participants in the research study affirmed that clinical trials are a good idea, rising to 87% amongst those who have had a cancer diagnosis.New research undertaken by Cancer Trials Ireland shows that 80% of people in Ireland understand the importance of clinical trials, an increase of 7% since 2009.New trial aimed at high-risk prostate cancer patients to open in Ireland in January 2021.NEW research undertaken by Cancer Trials Ireland (and Spark Market Research) has shown that 73% of the public agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of clinical trials.77% of participants in the research study affirmed that clinical trials are a good idea, rising to 87% amongst those who have had a cancer diagnosis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 80% of those surveyed claimed to have an understanding of the clinical trial process (an increase of 7% since a similar study in 2009), rising to 87% for those who have had a cancer diagnosis.1 in 2 people would now be open to participating in a trial themselves, with the majority of those respondents willing to participate being motivated to do so in order to contribute to the advancement of treatments and therapies.Cancer Trials Ireland, in partnership with the wider research community, are calling for the streamlining of the clinical trial approval process in Ireland.Eibhlín Mulroe, CEO of Cancer Trials Ireland, said: “The environment that we are living in today, with unprecedented levels of media coverage on clinical trials worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has undoubtedly brought about a wider understanding of the process behind the development of new treatments and therapies. It is very encouraging for us to see a considerable increase in the number of people that would be open to taking part in trials since 2009.There is a clear appreciation for how this process allows us to develop new and innovative treatments that could go on to save lives and reduce the burden of cancer for future generations.”The research also revealed that 63% of people being aware of Cancer Trials Ireland, attributed to the work of the late Pat Smullen, who raised €2.6m for pancreatic research in 2019.Meanwhile, last month Cancer Trials Ireland launched a petition calling for the Minister for Health and Department of Health to expedite amending and enacting all relevant legislation for Centralised National Research Ethics and increase ethical review capacity for all health research in Ireland. The petition has had almost 600 signatures to date.58% of the public recognise that trials undergo an ethical review process (up 8%1) and 62% agree trials have many safeguards in order to minimise risks.[i]“We are calling on the minister to expedite relevant legislation and centralise ethical approval urgently, by establishing one harmonised, central location to manage the process. Since ethics reviews were introduced at the turn of the century, the number of research applications seeking review has grown and grown while capacity to review them has not changed.“If we can’t put a definite timeline on how long the approval process takes, that impacts planning – and ultimately makes Ireland a less attractive location for research,” said Eibhlín Mulroe.Clinical Lead with Cancer Trials Ireland, Professor Ray McDermott said: “The critical importance of clinical trials has never been clearer. Our funders – including the Health Research Board, the Irish Cancer Society – have been crucial to this work. For people living with cancer in Ireland, access to trials can offer the opportunity to access treatments when the standard treatments are not working.”Seven in ten people (72%) agree that trials provide patients with access to treatments not otherwise available, and one in six people (15%) would participate in a trial to access such treatments.“It is very heartening to see such an acute understanding of the purpose of clinical trials among the public, because they are hitting the nail on the head –  the number one reason doctors open clinical trials is to access the newest treatments for their patients.The fact that 27% strongly agree with that, and 15% cite it as a reason for participating in a trial shows people have a strong grasp of that facts.”With new treatments and better patient outcomes at the forefront of the current and future trials being undertaken, in January 2021, a new clinical trial aimed at high-risk prostate cancer patients (DASL-HiCaP) will open in Ireland.Typically, high-risk prostate cancer is treated through a combination of treatments, namely: hormone deprivation, radiotherapy and the option of surgery, chemotherapy, or both.This trial is designed to see if adding a new well-tolerated hormonal therapy can help standard therapy and prevent high risk localised disease from spreading to other parts of the body. The trial will open in up to eight hospital sites around Ireland, with a target of recruiting at least 80 patients.The hope is that DASL-HiCaP might show new ways of improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer. More than 3,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in Ireland. This means that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.Irish Cancer Society Director of Research Dr Robert O’Connor said: “We are delighted to be able to support this latest important project by Cancer Trials Ireland. As we close off another year of raising awareness around prostate cancer in November it is great to see that men in Ireland are getting access to world class research and the hope of even better outcomes.“We are happy to see a shift in public awareness around these important topics and a focus on supporting one another in order to develop more positive outcomes for anyone living with cancer.”Vance Harris, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer nine years ago and is supporting this campaign and the work of Cancer Trials Ireland:“I am proud to have taken part in two cancer trials which has prolonged my life and given me time back. I have never felt like I am just a number- the staff and care I have received has been amazing. People who take part in trials are paving the way for new cancer treatments to become available in the future and I am incredibly grateful to be part of such a positive legacy.”Cancer Trials Ireland will be opening a further five haematology cancer trials in 2021, that will collectively recruit up to 181 patients with blood cancers. Recently Cancer Trials Ireland opened a new trial for pancreatic cancer (recruiting up to 43 patients) while the DASL-HiCaP described above will recruit up to 80 patients.In all, more than 300 cancer patients could have the options of new treatments next year, with further announcements on breast cancer trials expected early in the new year.The Just Ask 2020 campaign is the fourth iteration of the Just Ask campaign, run by Cancer Trials Ireland each year since 2017. Just Ask 2020 is supported by unrestricted grants from Pfizer Healthcare Ireland; Novartis; AbbVie; MSD; Roche; and Bayer.Other findings at a glance60% would participate in a non-drug study.70% of respondents would be willing to take part in a trial if they were very ill wasPeople are also more willing to donate blood to be used for clinical research (76% – up 6% since 2009) – and we see a corresponding drop in people saying they would NOT be willing to donate blood for research. 18% in 2009 vs 9% now.People are more willing to share personal medical information if it is kept confidential (72% – up 7% since 2009) – again we see a corresponding drop among people who were unwilling to share their personal medical information from 19% in 2009 to 11% today.77% think clinical trials are a good idea – with this sentiment higher amongst those who have an experience of cancer.72% understand clinical trials are when drugs/medicines are tested on humans, rising from 60% in 2009.About one in five (22%) expressed willingness to participate in a trial as it would mean ‘taking an active role in my own health if I was ill’Side effects were cited as the biggest reason for not participating in a trial (76% of those who would not – or 18% overall).For further information on cancer trials in Ireland visit cancertrials.ie or follow the conversation on Twitter @cancertrials_ie. 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Modi reaches out to Oppn hopeful of fruitful winter session

first_img“People of the country have given us responsibility to run the government, but they have also given the responsibility to all those sitting in Parliament to run the country,” Modi told reporters outside Parliament House on the first day of the Winter session.Praising the “positive role” played by the opposition in running the budget session, Modi sought the “same” cooperation from the lawmakers.”I have confidence that a lot of good work for the betterment of the people will be done with a cool mind and in a cool atmosphere,” the Prime Minister said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIModi said he believes that those who have responsibility of running the government and those having the responsibility of running the country will together work for the country’s progress.”I hope this session will be fruitful and result oriented,” he said.”In the last session, the positive role of the opposition has resulted in good work, I am hopeful that this time too we will experience the same,” Modi said.His statement assumes significance as several Opposition parties have decided to oppose the insurance bill and corner the government on black money issue, raising the spectre of a stormy session.Modi, while addressing an all-party meeting on the eve of the session yesterday, assured them that collectively all important issues can be taken up and hoped that the month-long session will go “very well” like the last budget session.last_img read more

Best displays get recognition at IHGF fair spring

first_imgThe prestigious Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards for the best designed and displayed stands were distributed on the concluding day of 43rd edition of IHGF-Delhi fair spring 2017 in 12 product categories such as Furniture and Home accessories, home textile, furnishing and floor coverings, carpet and rugs, lamps and lighting products, houseware, decorative and gifts, educational toys and games, decorative, gifts [including corporate gifts], candles, incense sticks, aromatics, stationery and paper including handmade paper products, leather bags and cases, christmas decorations, candles and incense sticks and fashion jewellery and accessories. One award in each category was given. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards were instituted in the memory of late Mr Ajay Shankar, former Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) who was one of the major motivators for establishing this fair. The Award for the Best design and display stand in the category of Furniture and Home accessories was given to M/s Haswani Handicrafts, Jodhpur and M/s Cross Country, Jodhpur and was received by Mr Prakash Haswani and Mr Dinesh Jhanwar respectively. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the category of Home textiles, Furnishing and Floor coverings, the award was given to M/s Art Age Pvt. Ltd., Jaipur and was received by Mr Yogesh Sharma. Ajay Shankar Memorial Award for the Best design and Display Stand in the category of carpet and rugs was given to Essgee Leather Goods Pvt. Ltd, Agra and was received by Mr Vikas K Gupta. M/s India International Exporters, Moradabad received an award in the category of houseware, decorative and gifts.Ajay Shankar Memorial Award for the Best design and Display Stand in the category of Fashion jewellery and accessories was given to M/s Amrish Creations, Delhi and was received by Ms Komal. The award in the category of Christmas decoration, candles and incense sticks was given to M/S A.T.S.S. Enterprises, Delhi and was received by Mr Mohd. Azeem. M/s Afterskool Toys & Games Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata won an award in the category of educational toys and games and was jointly received by Ms Nidhi Agarwal and Ms Neha Agarwal. For the Best design and Display Stand in the category of lamps and lighting products, Ajay Shankar Memorial award was given to M/s Decolite, Moradabad and was received by Mr Shoaib Chowhury. In the category of candles, incense sticks, potpourri and aromatics, Mr Tantry received an award on behalf of M/s Acharya Exports, Mumbai. The Award for the Best design and Display Stand in the category of stationery and paper was given to M/s Alka Pandey Packaging Pvt. Ltd, Jaipur and was received by Mr Alka Panday. In the category of decorative, gifts [including corporate gifts] Mr Sanjay Gupta, on behalf of M/s Parkland India, Moradabad received the award.Ajay Shankar Memorial Award for the Best design and Display Stand in the category of Leather bags and cases was given to M/S Ecoline, Noida and was received by Mr Surinder Singh Sahni.last_img read more