此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close zoom Luka Koper’s Management Board President Gašpar Mišič hosted LI Yong, Director General of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on 9th April 2014.Following the presentation of the port and its development plans Mr LI Yong concluded that Luka Koper is well organised and not important only for Slovenia but also a wider Central European region.“My attention was in particular attracted by the fact that you work 24/7, throughout the year which enhances your competitive advantage. After what I have seen, I feel confident that you have a bright future,” said Director General LI Yong who is of Chinese origin.In December last year Mr. Mišič visited Ningbo. During his tour, he explained the guest the importance of Chinese market to Luka Koper; all key investments in port infrastructure that are currently underway or in the company’s short-term plans are intended to increase cargo throughput between Far East and Koper.Indeed, north Adriatic provides the shortest logistics route for ships connecting Far East and Central Europe. “Our plans are very ambitious but feasible. Luka Koper doesn’t have problems but just challenges. In the next month, the depth of Basin I will reach 14 metres which will allow the arrival of large container vessels. By 2018, our Container Terminal will handle over a million containers a year. We are focused on the development and growth whilst expecting the state to invest in transport infrastructure, in particular the construction of the second railway track Divača-Koper,” was clear Management Board President Gašpar Mišič.During his visit to Luka Koper, UNIDO’s Director General LI Yong was accompanied by his close associates as well as the representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development headed by Marjan Hribar, Director General of Tourism and Internationalisation Directorate, and Blanka Jamnišek, the Ambassador of Slovenia and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the International Organisations in Vienna. Luka Koper, April 10, 2014 My location
New Delhi: Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla is all set to become the new Home Secretary with the government on Wednesday appointing him as Officer on Special Duty in the high-profile ministry. Bhalla, a 1984-batch Assam Meghalaya cadre IAS, is likely to take over from incumbent Rajiv Gauba, who will demit the office on August 31, on his superannuation. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the appointment of Bhalla as OSD in the ministry with immediate effect. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Even though the order did not mention that Bhalla will be the next home secretary but according to convention, an OSD is appointed for smooth transition of the charge from the incumbent, officials said. Bhalla will have a fixed two-year tenure as the union home secretary till August 2021. In a major reshuffle of senior bureaucratic officials, Atanu Chakraborty, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, was appointed as new Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs succeeding S C Garg, who will be the new Power Secretary. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAnil Kumar Khachi, a 1986-batch IAS from Himachal Pradesh cadre will be the new Secretary, Disinvestment succeeding Chakraborty, a government order said. Anshu Prakash, 1986-batch UT cadre IAS officer, was appointed Secretary in the Department of Telecommunication while his batch-mate from West Bengal cadre RS Shukla will join as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs, it said. Ravi Capoor, a 1986-batch Assam Meghalaya cadre, was appointed Secretary, Textiles while his batch-mate Atul Chaturvedi was sent to Animal Husbandry and Dairying department in same capacity. Another Gujarat cadre officer P D Vaghela, 1986-batch, will be the new Secretary in Department of Pharmaceuticals, the order said.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier is calling a horrific murder-suicide involving a former Canadian soldier almost six months ago “a tragic event,” but the province is still not prepared to call a public inquiry — yet.Stephen McNeil said any steps to investigate the deaths further wouldn’t be taken until family members and the province’s medical examiner are briefed on the findings of an internal health-care system review in the Lionel Desmond case.“The family is being briefed and it is, in my view, the right place to start,” he told reporters Thursday. “The family deserves the accounting first.”Nova Scotia Health Authority officials will meet with Desmond’s family next week to share the findings of the confidential review into how the province’s health system dealt with the former soldier before he killed his family and himself in January.Desmond’s sisters have said their brother told them he was turned away from a hospital when he sought help from its mental-health unit in the days before the shootings, although a hospital spokesman has denied similar claims from other family members.McNeil didn’t rule out a public inquiry Thursday, but he said the province needs to “let the process happen.”“This has been a tragic event in that community. The health authority has gone through the process and they will inform the family of their findings,” he said, adding that “the decision (on whether to hold an inquiry) will be made from there.”Justice Minister Mark Furey said that while he does have the authority to call a fatality inquiry, the province’s medical examiner, Dr. Matthew Bowes, would be in a “better position” to make such a call.“Dr. Bowes, with his expertise as the medical examiner for the province, will have an opportunity to be informed of the findings as well as have inclusions with the family,” he said. “He then would be in a better position to make a decision about whether or not he chooses to call an inquiry.”Furey said “the public should be informed on these circumstances” of the murder-suicide.Bowes told The Canadian Press this week that he’s reluctant to call public inquiries if there are other means to examine the issues — even if they’re behind closed doors.He also said when he came to the province 14 years ago, senior bureaucrats told him that judicial reviews “ought to be more of a decision on the part of the minister.”Furey refused Thursday to commit to a public investigation into the deaths.“The minister has the authority at the end of the day to call an inquiry but there are steps to be taken before we would ever come to that,” he said.“There is an opportunity here for us to put a grey lens on it and think outside the box for the best interest of the public at large.”Public inquiries are rare in Nova Scotia. The most recent judicial fatality inquiry wrapped up in late 2010 when provincial court Judge Anne Derrick presented a 460-page report on the jail cell death of Howard Hyde, a mentally ill man who died after jail guards restrained him on the floor during a psychotic episode.Lionel Desmond, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, took his own life after shooting his 52-year-old mother Brenda, his 31-year-old wife Shanna, and their 10-year-daughter Aaliyah. Since then, friends and family members have complained he did not get the help he needed after he was medically discharged from the military in 2015.
Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson wants his company to move faster.In China, Starbucks is opening a store every 15 hours as it tries to stay ahead of cheaper competitors.At home, Johnson is creating smaller teams to speed product development. Starbucks’ new Cloud Macchiato was developed, tested and approved in four weeks last spring. That process used to take months.Those moves may help Starbucks improve store traffic, which was down worldwide in the most recent fiscal year. But other pitfalls remain. For example, the Seattle-based chain could face significant backlash if its former Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz decides to run for president.Johnson, a former technology executive, joined Starbucks Corp.’s board in 2009 and became CEO in 2017. He recently discussed the company with The Associated Press. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.Q. New drinks bring customers in, but how do you balance that with satisfying customers who want familiar drinks?A. We serve over 100 million customers a week in 30,000 stores around the world. Many times customers come in because they have their favourite beverage, and so we’ve oriented our beverages around our core platforms, whether it’s brewed coffee or espresso, Teavana or our Refreshers. And then we’ll take a core beverage platform like macchiato and we’ll do a little twist or something a little special.Q. Howard Schultz’s announcement puts Starbucks in a tough spot. How can you support the company’s longtime leader but also distance yourself?A. He’s no longer the CEO or the executive chairman. He’s independent in his own views and what he’s doing. Our focus is staying on the business of Starbucks. We don’t get involved in national political elections.Q. One of your most visible actions as CEO was your decision to close all U.S. stores for a day last spring for racial bias training after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. Has that action led to lasting change?A. Closing all of our stores and putting together all of the anti-bias training was the beginning of a journey. Since then we’ve added to that with what we call pour-over sessions and other training that we do every month across the company. I would say that this will always be a journey for us. The actions that we took and the actions we continue to take are making us a better company.Q. You spent 32 years in the tech sector before assuming your current role. How has your background in technology informed your work at Starbucks?A. I learned about how to how to unify people around a common mission and pursue that particular mission. In addition to that, I spent years understanding how technology is reshaping the consumer. Starbucks has over 16 million active Rewards members and a total of 30 million digitally connected customers. We’re bringing in technology in a way that complements the human connection and the in-store experience. And that is a big part of what we believe is essential for every retailer.Q. Starbucks recently launched delivery in the U.S. through UberEats. But it has always commanded a premium because it has well-designed stores and hand-crafted drinks. How does that change if more customers start using delivery?A. One of the design criteria we had when we introduced Starbucks Delivers was to make sure that opening up the delivery channel does not negatively impact the experience in our stores. We’ve had the processes tuned in a way that we have seamless interface from the UberEats technology into our in-store technology. And we use the processes that we use for mobile ordering to figure out how we can meet demand without impacting those customers who are ordering in our stores. So thus far we’ve had a very good rollout. This phenomenon of delivery is taking place around the world, and so this this concept of ordering Starbucks for delivery is one that will start to shape itself globally as we go forward.Q. What advice would you give to your younger self?A. Well, if I think back in my life journey the advice I would give the younger version of myself is be authentic. I went through life maybe not having the courage to show vulnerability or the confidence to really be who I was and as I got later in my life I figured out that authenticity is the fastest way to create human connection and to lead people. That means having the courage to show vulnerability, show empathy and compassion and in doing that, you’re demonstrating something that every single one of us on this planet has in common. That is the human experience and that is what makes great leaders.De-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press
The visit by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), follows the release earlier this month of a report by the Kenyan Government and its partners showing a rapid decline in food security among some agricultural households.The report found that the number of people needing food and other assistance jumped by 50 per cent in just six months, from 1.6 million in August 2010 to 2.4 million in February 2011. During his visit, Mr. Nwanze will discuss issues such as the need to boost the incomes of smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs and better equipping them to manage risks, which will enable them to both feed their families and contribute to economic growth and food security in the country. He will also address new opportunities for business in rural areas presented by changing agricultural markets. These will require more investment to help rural people deal with issues such as food price volatility, risks posed by severe weather such as the drought and long-term uncertainties due to climate change. In addition to meeting with Government officials, Mr. Nwanze will also visit projects IFAD is supporting in the central and eastern parts of the country, including those focusing on improving rural livelihoods, especially among women. He will also inaugurate a new maternity facility, a borehole and a water treatment plant built with project funds.Mr. Nwanze will also review the progress of several initiatives on Mount Kenya, including one that works with community groups to address rising poverty linked to deterioration of natural resources, particularly water, related to poor agricultural practices.Since 1979, IFAD has invested more than $214 million to support Kenyan Government efforts to reduce rural poverty. 24 March 2011The head of the United Nations rural development agency is set to arrive in Kenya on Saturday to offer assistance to the Horn of Africa nation, where nearly 2.4 million poor people in rural areas are struggling to get enough to eat as a result of the recent drought.
Sri Lanka has made a pledge of USD 50,000 to assist Rohingya refugees, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.OCHA said the international donor community had announced pledges for more than US$360 million to urgently ramp up the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh. The UN and partners have launched a response plan for six months (Sept 2017 – Feb 2018) to meet the needs of a combined 1.2 million newly arrived and existing refugees and their Bangladeshi hosts. The appeal requests $434 million. (Colombo Gazette)Download (PDF, 429KB) “Humanitarian donors have expressed their solidarity and compassion with the families and communities in need. These very generous pledges must now quickly translate into life-saving relief for the vulnerable refugees and support to host communities who have been stretched to the limit,” said Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Funding was also pledged for the humanitarian response inside Myanmar where violence, insecurity and growing humanitarian needs have sent nearly 600,000 Rohingya from the northern Rakhine state into Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh since 25 August. A ministerial-level pledging conference was held in Geneva on 23 October. Co-hosted by the European Union and the Government of Kuwait, and co-organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and OCHA, it aimed to raise the necessary resources to enable the humanitarian community to meet the most urgent needs of Rohingya refugees who sought shelter and safety in Bangladesh.The Government of Bangladesh, local charities and volunteers, the UN and NGOs have been working around the clock in recent weeks to help the stateless refugees who depend on humanitarian assistance for food, water, shelter, health services and other essentials.
Louis Vuitton names designer Nicolas Ghesquiere to replace Marc Jacobs at fashion house’s helm PARIS – Louis Vuitton has named Nicolas Ghesquiere as its new artistic director, replacing the outgoing Marc Jacobs with the designer best known for his ties to the Balenciaga fashion house.Louis Vuitton announced the appointment on its official Twitter account with a black-and-white photo of Ghesquiere.Jacobs parted ways with Louis Vuitton last month, although his namesake brand still falls under LVMH umbrella. His replacement has been the subject of intense interest, both among investors for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and in the fashion world.Ghesquiere left Balenciaga in 2012 after a 15-year run in which he successfully refocused attention on the brand and drew in celebrities such as Beyonce and Rihanna. He is being sued by Balenciaga for breach of confidentiality clause for speaking negatively of the house. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 8:51 am MDT
LONDON – Flights have been cancelled across Britain as thick fog blankets much of the country for a second day.London’s Heathrow Airport says it has cancelled 45 flights Monday morning, about 10 per cent of departures. Flights also were scrapped at London’s City and Gatwick airports and at Manchester Airport in northwest England.The fog is also affecting road traffic, and Highways England has urged drivers to slow down or stay home.Dozens of flights were also cancelled because of fog Sunday.Weather forecasting body the Met Office says the fog covering central and southern England is expected to lift later Monday. Dozens of flights cancelled, drivers warned as heavy fog blankets Britain by The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2015 4:46 am MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Image: Shutterstock/Ruth Black The 5 at 5: Monday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Ruth Black EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1.#DISCIPLINED Schools will now be required to report all complaints made against them. 2.#DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Harrowing report into violence in the home reveals how thousands of families are suffering in silence. 3.#DONE DEAL Gardaí accept pay deal offered by the Labour Court as threat of strike action now officially averted.4.#BUTCHER OF BOSNIA Serbian commander Ratko Mladic up in court for genocide.5.#TOY SHOW DISASTER Schoolkids left devasated after they were cut from TV3′s Toy Show following a “technical issue”.Comments have been disabled due to ongoing legal proceedings Monday 5 Dec 2016, 5:02 PM Share Tweet Email No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3121378 Dec 5th 2016, 5:02 PM 8,132 Views Short URL By Garreth MacNamee
Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls How about that PlayStation 4, huh? Sony is no stranger to success in the video game hardware business (at least when it comes to consoles, handhelds are another story). But after utterly dominating with the first two PlayStations, the company’s arrogance kind of bit them in the butt with the PlayStation 3. While that console ultimately sold pretty well, the high price, complicated architecture, and fierce rivals in the form of the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii left the PS3 struggling for most of its life.And that was a struggle Sony was determined to not to repeat with the affordable, powerful, PlayStation 4, which has sold an impressive 73.6 million units since launch in 2013. So chances are if you’re a gamer reading this you already own a PS4. But if not, why not consider this limited edition Days of Play PS4?Days of Play is an event Sony is running from June 8 to June 18th, nicely corresponding with E3 2018 where Sony is sure to announce tons of exciting PlayStation news. The campaign includes demos, discounted prices for games (God of War) and subscriptions (PlayStation Vue) and accessories (PlayStation VR), and now this limited edition version of the console.For $300 you’ll get a PlayStation 4 Slim with 1TB of storage, so not the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro. However, this console does have a custom blue paint job emblazoned with big sparkly gold versions of the classic PlayStation square, triangle, X, and circle buttons. It also comes with a similarly blue and gold Dualshock 4 controller. And honestly, if you don’t have a 4K TV, you won’t be missing that much not getting a Pro.Since this is a special limited edition PS4 for Days of Play, act fast if you want it. By the time you realize this’ll be your best chance to play Death Stranding the way Kojima, Reedus, Mikkelsen, and Del Toro intended, it might already be too late.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Information from an Illinois Soybean Association press release.The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is donating more than 800 children’s books to more than 70 Chicago-area libraries. This week ISA collaborated with Chicago Public Library, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois legislators to present books at Better Boys Foundation.“Literacy is critical to creating an economically vibrant Chicago, and by donating these books to Chicago Public Library, the ISA has shown its commitment to supporting the education of Chicago’s children,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an ISA news release.Each library received three copies of “Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic” and 10 copies of “Soybeans: An A-Z Book.” According to the Educational Testing Service, more types of reading materials in the home correlate with higher student reading proficiency. ISA is proud to contribute to the variety and number of books available to Chicago-area children and to help educate them about food and farming.“Illinois agriculture provides our children with many occupational opportunities,” said Duane Dahlman, a Marengo, Ill., farmer and ISA director, in the news release. “We are working to make agriculture more visible among children and viable as a career choice.”Agriculture is Illinois’ No. 1 industry in terms of economic impact and, according to the USDA. Illinois soybeans contribute about $5.9 billion to the state’s economy annually. Directly and indirectly, the Illinois agriculture industry creates about 1.5 million jobs, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Guntur: Home minister Mekathoti Sucharita said village volunteer system was the first step by the state government in establishing Grama Swarajyam (villages self-rule). She addressed a meeting held in the Montessori School in Guntur rural mandal in connection with training programme conducted for village volunteers on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Sucharita said that the aim of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in bringing in village volunteer system was to extend benefits of welfare schemes to all the eligible people. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us “They village volunteers should be self-less in rendering services to the people. They should go to houses allotted to them and identify problems and solve them with the cooperation of village secretariats within 72 hours. They are the bridge between the people and the government,” she said. The home minister said village secretariats, which would start functioning on October 2, were aimed at provide better services to the people. As many as 172 village volunteers have been appointed in the Guntur rural mandal District collector I Samuel Anand Kumar said that the village volunteers should solve problems of the people and added they should have commitment to render selfless service to the people. Zilla parishad chief executive officer Surya Prakash, Guntur rural mandal parishad development officer Sujatha were present.
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Stay on target Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Tweets Tease Possible ‘Breaking Bad’ Reunion’Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and Netflix The rumors are true: A Breaking Bad film is coming to the big screen soon.According to the New Mexico Film Office, the film Greenbrier will begin production in Duke City, New Mexico from mid-November through February, reported the Albuquerque Journal. The film office didn’t disclose if this new project was a Breaking Bad film, but a source affiliated with the project said it was the speculated flick everyone’s been talking about.This will be the first project for Vince Gilligan, the creator of the hit TV series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, after he signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures Television this summer. Greenbrier’s logline said it tells the story of a kidnapped man and his journey to freedom. Details on which Breaking Bad characters will be in the movie were not confirmed yet, but we might learn more within the next few weeks.“We are happy to welcome ‘Greenbrier’ and Sony Studios to New Mexico,” said Nick Maniatis, New Mexico State Film Office’s director. “For years, we’ve built up the film industry in New Mexico and strengthened our film incentives; now, we’re seeing success after success for the film industry in our state.”Previously, the New Mexico film industry and Sony Pictures Television collaborated on filming for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. The new flick is allegedly employing roughly 300 New Mexico crew members, 16 New Mexico actors, and 450 New Mexico background talent for production.More on Geek.com:‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Avengers’ Top Survey of Movies to Watch in 4K7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were Great11 Superhero Movies Still Stuck in Development Hell
Stolen from a ramshackle temple in a sleepy village of Uttar Pradesh that landed in the hands of an art collector in Paris, an exquisite 10th-century stone sculpture of the Yogini, the female emblem of India’s mystical cult, is now the prized possession of National Museum.The museum will celebrate the homecoming of the 4.5-foot-tall Vrishanana Yogini, the nearly 400-kg sculpture of a female deity with the buffalo-shaped head by holding a unique, first-of-its kind exhibition based on a single object. ‘In the past, National Museum has organised exhibitions focusing on specific themes, but it is for the first time that it is holding an exhibition on a single artefact,’ said Dr Venu V, the museum Director General. ‘Although the exhibition focuses attention on an object, there are multiple themes that underpin it.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition is to be jointly inaugurated by Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid at the museum on 19 September at 3 pm.Dr Venu said a major objective of the exhibition is to increase awareness of the fascinating history of Yoginis and the elaborate rituals of their worship. ‘More importantly, it aims to bring into spotlight the disturbing reality of the continued illicit trafficking of India’s priceless cultural artefacts,’ he added.
Kolkata: Kolkata Metro received its first foreign-made rake in the form of a Chinese AC rake that arrived at the Noapara maintenance base, the trail run of which would be done later this month.The Metro Railways authorities on Thursday officially put the rake on display at Noapara. Around 13 other rakes would soon come to the city. The other rakes would be sailed for Kolkata in various phases. The rake was being carried in two tiers of the vessel’s deck. After the cargo anchored at Kolkata Port, special cranes were engaged to lift the coaches and load them on to a container. The coaches were then assembled in the Port area to form the rake before it was taken to Noapara by a diesel engine. A Chinese company is manufacturing low-maintenance rakes for Kolkata Metro. Earlier, the Metro rakes used to come from the Integral Coach Factory in Perambur, near Chennai. Altogether, 14 Chinese rakes will replace the snag-prone old non-AC Metro rakes and will also help in reducing the burden on the existing ones that are plied in the North-South corridor. The new rakes will also be used in the expanded network of the Metro. It may also be mentioned here that the Noapara-Airport and Noapara-Baranagar-Dakshineswar lines are scheduled to be commissioned by next year. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Chinese trains will be able to run at an average speed of 65 kmph, 10 kmph faster than the rakes that are in use. The new rakes will reduce energy consumption too. The doors will be 20 cm wider than the existing AC rakes, a senior Metro official said. There will be fire extinguishers installed in the coaches and also CCTVs installed inside. Metro officials could not confirm when the new rakes would start their commercial runs.
Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.” *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
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