You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSFocus on CongressRep. Val DemingsThe Mueller Report Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleWell, It’s Not Illegal!’ Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Focus on CongressFrom the office of Rep. Val DemingsOn Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke for the first time about the contents and context of his report.Said Rep. Demings, “The president’s false claim that he has been exonerated is not true. In fact, Special Counsel Mueller, who rarely speaks in public, wrote letters and called today’s press conference to make absolutely sure that the American people fully understand that he did not clear the president of criminal activity.Rep. Val Demings“Mr. Mueller found that Russia attacked our election, and President Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack. The Mueller Report documented 11 instances of obstruction of justice, but Mr. Mueller was barred from criminally charging the president for his corruption and criminal cover-up. President Trump and his collaborators, five of whom have pleaded or been found guilty of federal crimes, sold out our country for their own gain.“This is a challenging time for our country, but also a great opportunity. Congress must secure our elections against future interference and hold President Trump accountable. Our families, freedoms, and futures depend on building a country where the rule of law matters. Our republic is a fragile thing, but worth protecting. We have a chance in the coming months to prove that in America, truth, justice, and accountability really do matter.”BackgroundRep. Demings has previously explained her position on opening impeachment hearings.Special Counsel Mueller, in his statement today, said, “if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”Mr. Mueller went on to explain that “under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office,” and that “it would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution.”As such, “charging the president with a crime [or accusing him of one] was therefore not an option we could consider.”However, Mr. Mueller explained that investigating the president was still important, and he laid out two reasons why.“…that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could be charged now.” Indeed, five of the president’s close associates, including his Campaign Manager, Deputy Campaign Manager, National Security Advisor, and personal lawyer, have now been found guilty or pleaded guilty to federal crimes, and President Trump’s personal lawyer implicated the president in those crimes.“…the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” In other words, any effort to hold a president accountable is the responsibility of Congress, and Congress needs evidence of wrongdoing in order to proceed.Selected Mueller Report ExcerptsVol 1, Pg. 1: “Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.”Vol 1, Pg. 1: “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, [and] the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts…”Vol 1, Pg. 5: “The presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (“Trump Campaign” or “Campaign”) showed interest in WikiLeaks ‘s releases of documents and welcomed their potential to damage candidate Clinton.”Vol 1, Pg. 9: “the investigation established that several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign lied to the Office, and to Congress, about their interactions with Russian-affiliated individuals and related matters. Those lies materially impaired the investigation of Russian election interference.”Vol 1, Pg. 9: “some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated—including some associated with the Trump Campaign—deleted relevant communications or communicated during the relevant period using applications that feature encryption or that do not provide for long-term retention of data or communications records.”Vol 2, Pg. 1: a traditional prosecution or declination decision entails a binary determination to initiate or decline a prosecution, but we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment…The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) has issued an opinion finding that ‘the indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President’ [is impermissible].”Vol 2, Pg. 2: “we determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgement that the President committed crimes,” because it was unfair to “potentially [reach] that judgement when no charges can be brought.”Vol 2, Pg. 2: “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgement.”Vol 2, Pg. 8: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice…The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.”Vol 2, Pg. 76: “the President had a motive to put the FBI’s Russia investigation behind him…the evidence does indicate that a thorough FBI investigation would uncover facts about the campaign and the President personally that the President could have understood to be crimes or that would give rise to personal and political concerns.”Vol 2, Pg. 78: “According to notes written by Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.’ The President became angry and lambasted the Attorney General for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating, ‘How could you let this happen, Jeff?’ The President said the position of Attorney General was his most important appointment and that Sessions had ‘let [him] down,’ contrasting him to Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy. Sessions recalled that the President said to him, ‘you were supposed to protect me,’ or words to that effect.”Vol 2, Pg. 154: “The evidence concerning this sequence of events could support an inference that the President used inducements in the form of positive messages in an effort to get Cohen not to cooperate, and then turned to attacks and intimidation to deter the provision of information or undermine Cohen’s credibility once Cohen began cooperating.”Vol 2, Pg. 157: “Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations. The incidents were often carried out through one-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels.” Please enter your comment!
TAGSNursing Master’s Degree Previous article7-Eleven Celebrates Grand Opening of New Apopka StoreNext articleDemings, Murphy, and Soto push back on Florida Legislature’s handling of the Affordable Housing Trust Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR If you are a nurse who is looking to broaden their horizons and climb the career ladder, obtaining a master’s in nursing may be the perfect path for you to go down. The main purpose of an MSN degree is to teach nurses advanced clinical skills and knowledge in a range of areas of nursing. While completing a BSN or AND degree may help when it comes to getting closer to your personal and professional goals, studying for an MSN degree instead can provide you with many perks you may not have ever considered. To help make your mind up, here are ten reasons why we think you should obtain a master’s in nursing.Increase in SalaryUnderstandably, one of the main reasons why nurses pursue an MSN degree is for the immediate increase in salary. Nurses who study for an AND degree tend to earn roughly $67,000 per year, while nurses who obtain a BSN degree take home $80,000 per annum. Those who go the extra mile and obtain an MSN degree can expect to earn up to $92,000 per year on average.Command More RespectNo matter the nursing career you want to obtain, it’s only natural that you will want to have support, guidance, and respect from your peers. If you decide to pursue an MSN degree, you will earn admiration from healthcare professionals and your colleagues, which can help you feel more confident in your abilities and help make people take you more seriously. After completing your masters in nursing, you may find that your peers respect your thoughts and opinions more, as well as come to you for support and guidance.Become an EducatorIf you have a passion for helping others and want to play a part in educating the nurses of the future, many individuals pursue an MSN degree to become a nurse educator. Nurse educators can work in a variety of settings, including:UniversitiesHospitalsVocational schoolsNursing schoolsTo succeed as a nurse educator, it’s important that you have the right skillset behind you to help you stand out from your peers. Some of the key traits required include:Excellent communication skillsListening skillsInterpersonal skillsTime management skillsMore Flexibility at WorkAs an MSN holder, you will tend to be ranked among the most experienced and qualified nurses in the workplace, meaning you can enjoy more flexibility at work than most LPNs or RNs. This means that you can request shifts that are more convenient to your needs, as well as take more time off than other nurses.Study OnlineAs a nurse, trying to balance your work life, social life, and family life can be a challenge. If you’re looking to go back into education, you may be wondering how you will fit your studies around your day to day life. Thankfully, there are various online schools who deliver RN to MSN nurse practitioner courses, providing you with the flexibility you need. Other benefits of online learning include:Study at your own paceLearn from the comfort of your own homeLower total costs and fees24/7 access to course materialsEnter Leadership RolesIf you are a nurse who likes to take charge and make a difference, obtaining an MSN degree could put you at the forefront of securing leadership and managerial positions within the nursing world. To stand out from the crowd, it’s crucial that you possess the key traits needed to succeed in leadership, such as:Ability to delegatePositive attitudePassion and commitment to the roleCreativityConfidenceSense of humorThroughout your MSN degree, you will be taught a range of management strategies and advanced clinical skills that can be highly useful when it comes to supervising employees. Many MSN degree holders go on to run departments and lead nursing teams.Affordable TuitionEven if you have your heart set on obtaining an MSN degree, having the finances to fund the course may be what’s stopping you from fulfilling your dream. While obtaining an MSN degree will be a large financial commitment, you may not be aware of the options you have available which can keep costs down. You may be able to transfer credits, or complete the course in a shorter period of time, as well as apply for grants and scholarships. Expand Your Professional NetworkThroughout an MSN degree, you will have the opportunity to engage with your peers, professors, and key figures in the nursing sector. The more connections you make throughout your studies, the better chance you have of securing a new job. During your learning, you may discover a field that sparks your interest, which can lead to you completing a doctoral program. Expand Your Knowledge BaseNo matter what career path you plan to go down after completing an MSN degree, it’s important that you develop key skills and traits that are needed in any aspect of nursing. Developing a deep knowledge of the field you’re interested in can help you feel more confident and prepared when it comes to applying for roles. Also, you will learn time management skills when completing coursework which can be adapted into the workplace.Increased ResponsibilityIt goes without saying, the more experience and credentials you have, the more responsibility and power you will have in the nursing sector. Many nurses like to have a high degree of responsibility after completing an MSN degree, with many highly skilled and experienced nursing having the opportunity to oversee the overall functioning of a facility or department. No matter the field you’d like to go down, being in charge can be challenging, so you will need to learn how to work well under pressure.If you’re interested in applying for leadership and management positions within the nursing sector, obtaining an MSN degree can help employers take you more seriously, as well as equip you with all the necessary traits and soft skills needed to succeed. Regardless of your career plans, make sure that you look into course specifications and entry requirements before signing up to ensure you’ve made the right decision. Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 The future of the charity sector and its continued ability to fundraise and support its clients and beneficiaries hardly figured in any of debate and coverage of the EU referendum. Now the public has made its decision, how might this affect charities and their fundraising? UK Fundraising has gathered a selection of the early reactions. How the charity sector is reacting to the UK’s vote to leave the EU Advertisement Howard Lake | 27 June 2016 | News 22 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Home Indiana Agriculture News Good Planning is Important Before Planting, and Seed Treatments are Part of… SHARE Facebook Twitter Good Planning is Important Before Planting, and Seed Treatments are Part of a Good Plan By Andy Eubank – Mar 21, 2019 Previous articleUSDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, Communities Affected by Midwest FloodingNext articleSouthern Indiana Co-op Leading Way in Providing Broadband Over Power Lines Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitter Seed-treatment-benefitsWith spring officially here, the annual dance with the weather begins for farmers getting set to plant. Will it be too wet and muddy, too cold, or plenty dry and warm when the farmer wants to get to the fields? There is a whole lot of time and potential weather issues ahead, but so far this spring in Indiana it has been mostly par for the course.“We’ve been really lucky compared to other parts of the country, flooding and so forth out west and some of the cool conditions that they’ve had down in Texas and the south. So far here things are good,” says DEKALB and Asgrow technical agronomist Kirsten Thomas-Garriott. Regardless of weather, she is promoting robust seed treatments heading into planting, especially on soybeans.“One trend that we’ve seen on the upswing the last several years is earlier planting of beans, and lots of growers have had great yields going earlier,” she said. “But again, one thing we need to be mindful of is the increased stress this puts on the crop, so using a robust seed treatment, though that’s not new advice, continues to be one of the best things you can do to get that solid stand establishment. I think we can pretty much count on having some tough conditions at some point when we’re planting early.”With a goal of uniform stands in both corn and soybeans, Thomas-Garriott says additional value-added seed treatments are worth consideration.“Some of the newer products that help defend against pests as well as help the crop establish a strong root system and use nutrients more efficiently, those are all things to look at and ask your treatment provider about. A lot of our Indiana folks treat on demand, so you can ask your treatment provider even at this point, what are the treatments that will benefit me the most on my farm, and kind of hone that decision at this point in the game.”Being nimble, flexible is a must going into planting season. So have a game plan and also sharpen up the Plan B for when curve balls come your way.
Reporters Without Borders expressed “extreme concern” today at a threat to kill two kidnapped French journalists and called on the country’s top religious authorities – the Sunni Committee of Muslim Ulemas and the Shiite leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani – to help free them.The so-called Islamic Army of Iraq, which last week executed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, said on 28 August it would kill reporters Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot if the French government did not end its ban on Muslim headscarves in schools within 48 hours.The group’s video demand was broadcast by the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera. The film showed the two reporters, who said they were both in good health.The worldwide press freedom organisation said it was “deeply shocked that journalists, who are protected civilians under the terms of the Geneva Conventions, are being used in this kind of blackmail.”Chesnot, a freelance with Radio France Internationale and Radio France, and Malbrunot, a senior reporter with the dailies Le Figaro and Ouest France, disappeared on 20 August. Baldoni, of the Italian daily Diario della Settimana, was killed when Italy refused the kidnappers’ demands that Italy withdraw its troops from Iraq. February 15, 2021 Find out more News December 16, 2020 Find out more News Members of the Islamic Army of Iraq threatened to execute kidnapped French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot. Reporters Without Borders expressed extreme concern and called for their release. News Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Organisation Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts August 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders appeals to religious chiefs to help save kidnapped French journalists
Print This Post Share Save Job Openings at Highest Level Since 2001 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Economy Employment Job Hires Job Openings Jobs U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-10-13 Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Economy Employment Job Hires Job Openings Jobs U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported there were 4.8 million job openings (3.4 percent) nationwide on the last business day in August, which was the highest level of job openings since January 2001.The number of job openings for August is an increase from 4.6 million openings on the last day of July, according to the BLS. Industries that experienced the most monthly gains in job openings were nondurable goods manufacturing, healthcare, social assistance, accommodation, and food service, while there were declines in the number of state and local government job openings, BLS reported.The number of hires was down in August, however. The 4.6 million new hires in August (3.3 percent) was down slightly from the 4.9 reported in July, according to BLS. The number of hires in non-farm, private, and government jobs remained virtually unchanged while the education field saw a decline in new hires.The number of separations (also referred to as turnover), which include quits, layoffs, discharges, and other separations, totaled 4.4 million (3.2 percent) for August, BLS reported. The number of quits, or voluntary separations initiated by the employee, was at 2.5 million (1.8 percent) for August, little changed from the previous month. August was the seventh month in a row the quits rate was reported at 1.8 percent, according to BLS. There was little change in quits for private and government jobs, but there were declines in quits reported in the healthcare and social assistance industries, according to BLS.The number of layoffs and discharges totaled 1.6 million (1.1 percent) for August, also little changed from the previous month. The number of other types of separations (387,000) was little changed in August, according to BLS. Other types of separations may include retirement, death, or disability.Overall, BLS reported a 2.5 percent net employment gain for August, with hires totaling 56.2 million for the 12-month period ending in August 2014 and separations totaling 53.6 million for that same 12-month period. Those numbers may include workers who were hired and/or separated more than once during that period. Home / Daily Dose / Job Openings at Highest Level Since 2001 About Author: Brian Honea October 13, 2014 1,057 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Report: Tampa Area Accounts for 3.3 Percent of Nation’s Foreclosure Completions Next: Zombie Foreclosures Result in Millions of Delinquent Tax Revenue Dollars
FairtradeHow many of us have bought organic chocolate thinking it was fairtrade too? I’ll admit I was surprised to learn that only one Green & Black’s product, Maya Gold chocolate, was fairtrade. Both organic and non-organic food can be fairtrade, but being organic alone doesn’t mean a product is fairtrade – it’s only fairtrade if it carries the fairtrade symbol. ClimateWhen it comes to carbon dioxide emissions, the difference between foods lies more in how they get to the consumer than the way in which they were farmed. Both organic and conventionally farmed items need diesel-fuelled farm machinery, and when grown abroad, both types of crop need to be imported by boat or by air. The arguments for and against organic get complicated when talking about carbon dioxide and methane, but on the whole, the two types of farming produce about the same amount of greenhouse gas. Nutrition Most research so far shows that organic and conventionally produced foods have much the same nutritional content, although a few studies show that some organic foods are more nutritious. Flavonoids (antioxidants) have recently been in the news for being at levels nearly twice as high in organic than conventional tomatoes. The researchers think that this is because the conventional tomatoes were over-fertilised; they didn’t need to produce the flavonoids to take up nitrogen from the soil. The organic lobby complains that conventional crops are soaked in pesticides that are bad for our health, but studies have found pesticide residues on conventionally grown foods are almost always nil. TasteBetter taste is highly-trumpeted claim by organic retailers, but taste more often depends on the variety or breed, country of origin and the season than whether it’s organic or not. Of course organic chestnut mushrooms will taste better than conventional button mushrooms; button mushrooms have no flavour anyway. The same goes for strawberries – the only conventional variety available in supermarkets all year round is the cardboard-flavoured ‘Elsanta’, any other variety, be it organic or not, will taste better than that excuse for a fruit. So what’s the verdict?There are good reasons to buy and not to buy organic, but if you do want to be more ethical on a student’s budget, the ‘Red Tractor’ symbol and fairtrade mark are the one’s you should be looking for. Photo taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/panos_voudouris/1295208738/Cherwell24 is not responsible for the content of extrenal sites By Emma King Many consumers believe that ‘organic’ is synonymous with being more nutritious, better for the environment and tastier than conventionally grown food, but how do the two really compare? The Environment At first glance, organic appears to win the points for environmental protection. The range of pesticides and fertilisers available to organic farmers is restricted to a handful of natural chemicals and their use is limited. This should mean less fertiliser run-off into rivers and fewer chemicals persisting in the food chain. But using ‘natural’ rather than ‘synthetic’ chemicals in organic farming doesn’t necessarily make organic farming superior. A natural chemical may be just as harmful to the environment as a man-made one, and synthetic compounds may be just as benign as natural ones. Also the amounts of chemicals used in conventional farming vary widely depending on the crop. For example a cotton field needs many more pesticides than an olive grove. So we shouldn’t assume than a conventionally produced crop is necessarily more damaging to the environment than any organic crop. Organic farming is also less efficient. Conventional crops give greater yields so less land is taken up than for organic crops. Less land for agriculture means more land that could be set aside for nature. WelfareOrganic retailers often boast about the benefits of being organic to animal welfare, but it would be somewhat unfair to think that conventional farmers don’t look after their animals too. A recent report comparing dairy farms in the UK found no significant difference in animal welfare between organic and conventional farms: organic farms were found both at the top and the bottom of the table for lameness, a big problem in dairy farming. The UK’s organic laws do ensure a minimum standard of animal welfare, but so does the ‘Red Tractor’ symbol on conventionally produced food.
George Osborne has announced that two new medical research centres focusing on developing treatments for cancer and other diseases are to open in Oxford. The University of Oxford will be part of a £32m consortium for a new centre which will analyse large medical data sets to improve treatments for sufferers.The university will also be involved in a £138m unit for research targeted at patients who are in the early stages of cancer. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust will also be involved in the two projects.Part of the funding will be provided by the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund as well as various industry and charity organisations which will also be contributing money for the project. Cancer Research UK is helping to fund the city’s £138m centre.Dr Ian Foulkes, who is the executive director of research funding at Cancer Research UK, was enthusiastic about the project, telling Cherwell, “Cancer Research UK is delighted to support this ambitious research initiative in Oxford, which will bring together world-class scientists to help propel forward research into personalised cancer treatments.”He hopes the centre will help build on recent advances in cancer research, explaining, “our understanding of the faults that drive many cancers has increased exponentially in recent years, opening the doors to powerful new treatments which target the specific faults within individual tumours.”“This new centre will help ensure that patients can start benefitting from these advances as soon as possible.”Professor Gillies McKenna of the Department of Oncology at Oxford University, who will lead the new centre outlined the stumbling blocks the researchers hope to overcome, commented, “Potential new cancer drugs have traditionally been first tried out in patients with end-stage disease and results are often disappointing. “We want instead to look at how new drug candidates might be combined with the latest surgery or radiotherapy techniques, still the mainstays of curative cancer treatment.Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, indicated other advantages of the project, arguing that the centres will draw the “best and the brightest” researchers to the area.In March 2011, Cancer Research UK opened up a building on Roosevelt Drive which serves as a link between the University of Oxford, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK. Last year the charity spent nearly £23m on research in Oxford.George Osborne has announced that two new medical research centres focusing on developing treatments for cancer and other diseases are to open in Oxford. The University of Oxford will be part of a £32m consortium for a new centre which will analyse large medical data sets to improve treatments for sufferers. The University will also be involved in a £138m unit for research targeted at patients who are in the early stages of cancer. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust will also be involved in the two projects.Part of the funding will be provided by the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund as well as various industry and charity organisations which will also be contributing money for the project. Cancer Research UK is helping to fund the city’s £138m centre.Dr Ian Foulkes, who is the executive director of research funding at Cancer Research UK, was enthusiastic about the project, telling Cherwell, “Cancer Research UK is delighted to support this ambitious research initiative in Oxford, which will bring together world-class scientists to help propel forward research into personalised cancer treatments.”He hopes the centre will help build on recent advances in cancer research, explaining, “our understanding of the faults that drive many cancers has increased exponentially in recent years, opening the doors to powerful new treatments which target the specific faults within individual tumours. This new centre will help ensure that patients can start benefitting from these advances as soon as possible.”Professor Gillies McKenna of the Department of Oncology at Oxford University, who will lead the new centre outlined the stumbling blocks the researchers hope to overcome, commenting, “Potential new cancer drugs have traditionally been first tried out in patients with end-stage disease and results are often disappointing. We want instead to look at how new drug candidates might be combined with the latest surgery or radiotherapy techniques, still the mainstays of curative cancer treatment.’Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, indicated other advantages of the project, arguing that the centres will draw the “best and the brightest” researchers to the area.In March 2011, Cancer Research UK opened up a building on Roosevelt Drive which serves as a link between the University of Oxford, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK. Last year the charity spent nearly £23m on research in Oxford.
Since the conflict began in 2011, 11 million people have fled their homes and 6 million of those are still sheltering inside Syria.Britain has been at the forefront of the response to the Syria crisis and we have delivered 21 million food rations, 8.8 million relief packages, 3.3 million vaccines against deadly diseases and 8.1 million medical consultations for those in need in Syria.UK aid continues to provide vital food, water and shelter to those most in need – including in Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people are under siege by the Asad regime, and in Idlib, where more than 300,000 people have fled their homes in the last two months.The package of support announced today will provide fuel and oil to open 49 pumping stations to get clean drinking water to 575,000 people in over 122 villages in Idlib. This will give a vital lifeline to hundreds of thousands that have fled their homes in recent weeks and face death, disease or serious illness without a clean water supply.It will also send water trucks, hygiene kits and emergency supplies to the most vulnerable people if the fighting intensifies to the point that they cannot get access to the water that they so desperately need.Notes to editors Mercy Corps is an independent, neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation with a mandate to deliver urgent aid to civilians in need, irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. For more, visit: http://www.mercycorps.org.uk The scale of fear and suffering in Syria, as well as the extreme measures people are taking to survive the relentless conflict, has been confirmed by a new report from global aid organisation Mercy Corps, backed by the Department for International Development, which has been released today (22 February 2018).Speaking at the launch of the report, Middle East Minister Alistair Burt called out the “callous” Asad regime for using food as a weapon of war and announced an emergency UK aid package to provide safe water to 575,000 people in Idlib, where violence against innocent Syrians has intensified in recent weeks.As the crisis enters its eighth year, the new report reveals that 9 in 10 people live in daily fear for their own safety and the safety of their families.It finds that military attacks continue to affect millions of innocent men, women and children still living in Syria. They typically experience serious violence – which would result in death, injury or destruction of property – twice a week.Desperate parents are taking extreme measures, such as selling their homes and sending children to work in order to raise money, while a few have even joined armed groups and forced young daughters into marriage.Speaking at the launch of the report, Middle East Minister Alistair Burt said: ENDS The research shows how civilians have learned to adapt. Although, more than two-thirds of those surveyed have lost their jobs, at least a third of those have been able to find new sources of income.However, two in three households still don’t know where their next meal is coming from, underlining the importance of getting immediate and unfettered aid access to stop people starving.One family told Mercy Corps that they suffered from poisoning after eating animal fodder because it was the only way they could feed themselves.Arnaud Quemin, Country Director for Mercy Corps in Syria said: ‘The Wages of War’ report published today (Thursday 22 February) was produced by Mercy Corps and is backed by the Department for International Development. It is the result of surveys with 1600 people in more than 120 communities across Syria, including areas under siege. The report can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2EEypBJ If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. For more information on the UK’s humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/factsheet-the-uks-humanitarian-aid-response-to-the-syria-crisis As well as delivering vital aid, we have helped renew United Nations Security Council resolution 2165, which allows aid to be delivered cross-border into Syria without the consent of the regime. Since the UK sponsored the resolution in 2014, it has allowed desperately needed aid to reach over 3 million people. The UK aid package announced today will provide up to £15 million for an NGO to deliver clean water to people in the region of Idlib. It is a new allocation from the UK’s response to the Syria crisis. For safety and security reasons, DFID does not name a number of our partners operating in Syria. As the brutal conflict enters its eighth year, this important report lays bare the horrific reality of daily life in Syria. With food still being used as a weapon of war by the callous Asad regime, families are driven to desperate measures to survive and their bravery and resilience are clear. Millions of innocent Syrian men, women and children rely on UK aid and they need our help now more than ever. That’s why we’re providing emergency clean water to hundreds of thousands of people that have fled the violence in Idlib, to help keep them alive and stop the spread of deadly and preventable diseases. But aid alone is not enough. All parties must stop the bloody violence, protect civilians, respect international law and allow immediate and unhindered access for much needed aid convoys to get to those in need. Whilst the international community works towards a political solution to the conflict, which is in all our interests, emergency aid is the only way to alleviate the crisis inside Syria. The UK is a leading donor in the humanitarian response. To date we have committed over £2.46 billion in humanitarian funding to the region. We have already delivered 20.9 million food rations, 8.8 million relief packages, 3.3 million vaccines against deadly diseases and 8.1 million medical consultations for those in need in Syria. General media queries (24 hours) Email [email protected] Telephone 020 7023 0600 This study backs up with evidence what we have seen in our daily work in Syria. The resourcefulness of people in the midst of extreme violence is remarkable and a testament to the immense adaptive power of humanity. These are dire events, and yet there are still glimmers of hope. With the vital support of UK aid, Mercy Corps has been helping Syrians since the war began almost seven years ago, and has saved many lives. We believe that the findings from this report offer us new ways to adapt that support to help Syrians in the best way possible.