Archie Musical Is Coming to Broadway

first_img View Comments Archie and the Riverdale gang are heading to Broadway! Writer and director Adam McKay will adapt the popular comic book series into a musical. The comedy video site Funny Or Die has teamed up with Archie Comics as a presenting partner. No word yet on casting or dates for a bow on the Great White Way.McKay has directed the Anchorman series, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, all of which he also co-wrote with Will Ferrell. He also directed Ferrell in the Tony-nommed You’re Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.“Archie represents a bygone era of America,” McKay said in a statement. “And like all bygone eras, there are elements we miss and elements that should be bygone. This will be a musical that deals with both those realities in a bright, colorful and slightly demented way.” Archie, created by the late artist Bob Montana and writer Vic Bloom, follows a group of teenagers, including the titular redhead, the obsessive Betty Cooper, the absurdly wealthy Veronica Lodge and best friend Jughead Jones. The first issue was published in 1942.This would not be the first musical inspired by a comic: previous shows include Li’l Abner, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Addams Family. This also wouldn’t be the first musical inspired by a redhead comic strip icon.last_img read more

I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too

first_imgBy Julia Angwin, ProPublicaSome people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me up at night. After all, as a journalist, it’s important for me to give my sources assurances that I will keep their communications confidential. And in today’s world, that is an ever-more-difficult task.Everyone — journalists or not — faces an increasing array of attacks on our security and privacy. Even if you’re not the U.S.’s intelligence chief, whose email was recently hacked, it’s smart to up your game. So this year, I thought I’d share my resolutions.1. Software updatesIt’s not sexy, but at the top of my list is updating my software to the latest versions. Nothing else matters – not fancy encryption or strong passwords – if you’re using software that contains gaping holes that any criminal or spy can penetrate.And I hate to break it to you, but all your software is as holey as Swiss cheese. The software updates you receive are just patches for the holes that have been discovered so far. More holes will be discovered later. What’s more, updates are basically red alerts to hackers, pointing them to the holes.So I’ve just updated my phone and computer operating systems, as well as all my Web browsers, software and phone apps.2. Ditching old, buggy softwareNext up is ditching old, unused or poorly maintained software. Using software is a commitment. If you don’t update it, you are wearing a “hack me” sign on your forehead. So if there are programs or apps that you don’t use, delete them.This year, I decided to ditch my instant messaging client Adium. I was using it to enable encrypted chats. But like many cash-strapped open source projects, it is rarely updated and has been linked to many security vulnerabilities.Instead, I switched to Tor Messenger, an encrypted messaging program that is run by the Tor Project, a nonprofit that makes the anonymous Web browser that I already use. By the sad standards of underfunded open source security tools, Tor is relatively well-financed and so I have some hope that its tools will continue to be updated.Tor Messenger links up with my existing Gmail and Jabber chat accounts, and is encrypted and anonymous by default.For even more privacy, I also signed up for Ricochet, an encrypted chat program that runs on the so-called Dark Web. One downside: You can only chat with other Ricochet users. So far, I have all of two buddies on it. [INSERT SAD EMOJI HERE!]3. Upgrading my passwordsPasswords are, of course, the definition of unsexy. But you gotta have ‘em, and they should be long and unique (no re-using between websites). I use a password manager, 1Password, to generate most of my passwords.But for my most important accounts, such as email and my bank, I use a method called Diceware to generate passwords that are about 30 characters long and made up of dictionary words that I can remember. (Thank you Chase for allowing 30-character long passwords — not all banks do, strangely.)If your passwords are long and unique, you don’t need to change them every few months, as most companies incorrectly force employees to do. But I’d been using the same Diceware passwords for a few years now — and I figured it was time to create new ones.4. Upgrading my encryption keyAfter getting all the basics out of the way, I finally got to the fun stuff: Secret coded messages! Who doesn’t love encryption? Modern crypto scrambles your communications so well that FBI Director James Comey has spent the past year complaining that it’s too hard to crack.Most of my encrypted communications take place on Signal, an easy to use phone app. But for email, I use Gnu Privacy Guard, a much older and more complex program.I’ve long been haunted by the fact that when I set up GPG four years ago, I didn’t create my encryption key in the most secure way. This year, I decided to finally fix it. To set up my keys correctly, I had to find a computer that never touches the Internet and follow the instructions in this helpful guide: “Creating the Perfect GPG Key Pair.”My new key seemed all pristine and shiny. And my old key – which I am now revoking – was like an old sweater that I was tossing. It had served me well, but it was time to go.In fact, closet cleaning is probably the best analogy for my New Year’s security project. At the end, I felt cleaner and lighter — the same way I do when I toss out old clothes. And perhaps that feeling was its greatest benefit. I may not be able to foil all the hackers and spies across theInternet. But I can sleep better at night knowing I have tried my best.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

WG, J-E football earn wins; Skaneateles outscored by General Brown

first_imgA third scoring drive led to a second Brumfield TD on a one-yard plunge, which made it 19-0. But just before halftime, F-M found the end zone to cut into that margin, setting up a tense second half.Another Wildcats scoring drive in the third quarter led to Brumfield going seven yards for his third TD, part of a night where he gained 149 yards on 27 carries.The Hornets countered by finding the end zone twice and following up with two-point conversions, but WG’s defense made enough late stops to preserve its first Class AA-2 division win of the fall.Jordan-Elbridge managed to top West Genesee in terms of the numbers it put up in the first quarter to quickly put Port Byron/Union Springs away.It took barely three minutes for the Eagles to get its first touchdown, Tyler Scott scoring from one yard out. Less than three minutes later, it was 13-0, Alex Pond going deep and finding Erik Ryan on a 61-yard pass.Joining in the fun, J-E’s defense earned points when Caleb Rouse intercepted a Panthers pass and returned it 46 yards for six points. When Avante Brown scored on a 42-yard run and Trent Thomas hit Dakota Holbrook for two points, the Eagles had earned 28 points in less than seven minutes.More big plays on both ends followed, Rouse returning a second interception 65 yards for a TD and, in the third quarter, Pond going deep to Ryan for a 78-yard scoring play.J-E will ride this momentum into next Friday’s regular-season finale, when it hosts a Skaneateles side that suddenly finds itself in its own slump as the 40-0 defeat to Cato-Meridian was followed by a wild battle with General Brown at Hyatt Stadium.Despite its 2-3 record going into the game, the Lions got on the board first, with the Lakers countering late in the opening period on Evan Brunelle’s five-yard TD run, but that was just the appetizer for the point barrage to follow.Three touchdowns were scored in less than two minutes early in the second period, but even with Jacob Nesbitt returning a kickoff 81 yards for a TD, Skaneateles found itself trailing 28-14 when it put together a drive that Brunelle capped by going 14 yards to the end zone with less than a minute left in the half.James Musso then drove the Lakers to the GB two-yard line before scrambling home to tie it 28-28 early in the third quarter. Less than two minutes later, the Lions led again, and a Musso interception led to another GB touchdown.So it was 42-28 going to the final period, which stared with Nick Wamp going five yards for the TD, but continued with GB driving twice more against a porous Skaneateles defense to build its margin to 56-35 with barely five minutes to play.Still not done, the Lakers had Nick Wamp go 85 yards for the team’s second kickoff return to the end zone. After some defensive stops, it moved to the Lions’ 17, from where Musso hit Max Wamp with 1:06 left.GB held on, though, and Skaneateles fell to 4-2, now needing a win at J-E to regain its confidence in time for the sectional playoffs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Just in time, the West Genesee football team stopped a month-long skid and kept its post-season hopes alive.The Wildcats rode a big second quarter Exavier Brumfield to a 26-22 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius Friday night at Mike Messere Field, which meant that, it it wins at Rome Free Academy next weekend, it could still find itself in the Section III Class AA playoffs.Also returning to the win column, Jordan-Elbridge broke a two-game skid when it went to Port Byron/Union Springs and scored four touchdowns in the first quarter on the way to defeating the Panthers 48-8. By contrast, Skaneateles, once 4-0 and ranked no. 2 in the state in Class C, suffered its second consecutive defeat, putting up lots of points, but surrendering more to General Brown in a 56-49 loss.West Genesee had lost three in a row since beating Corcoran 28-12 on Sept. 13. It could not afford any more setbacks and, with that urgency, proceeded to jump all over Fayetteville-Manlius following a scoreless first quarter.Early in the second period, quarterback Braeden McNeil scrambled 19 yards to the end zone to put the Wildcats on the board. Even bigger was Exavier Brumfield taking a handoff at his own 26 and dashing down the right sideline 76 yards for a touchdown.center_img Tags: footballJordan-ElbridgeskaneatelesWest Geneseelast_img read more

Turkana Boy Hurts Evolutionary Narratives

first_imgTurkana Boy Debate ContinuesScientists cannot conclude even basic information from the most complete human skeleton ever foundby Jerry Bergman, PhDThe Turkana Boy or ‘Nariokotome Boy’ discovery was recently mentioned by Tomkins[1] and a popular website that deals with human evolution.[2] Called a “nearly complete” skeleton and well preserved (though missing most all of the hand and foot bones), it is actually only 40 percent complete based on the assumption that bones from one side of the body can accurately determine the traits of the bones on the other side. They thus can be used to construct some missing bones. Actually, aside from Lucy, Turkana Boy is the most complete evolutionary pre-human skeleton ever discovered. Most claimed early-man fossils consist of a few teeth, plus broken skull and other bone fragments. From these, entire species and populations are concocted by Darwinians.Consequently, finding a 40-percent-complete skeleton is a significant discovery.  The bone count of Turkana Boy is 108 bones out of an average of 206 for modern humans, but the count may include some broken bones. From this lone skeleton an entire race of people has evolved, at least in the stories told by others, such as Professors Alan Walker and his wife Pat Shipman.[3] The possibility that Turkana Boy was an unusual looking child in his culture was rarely considered. Instead, he is portrayed as typical of his people – just one of many unwarranted assumptions in the Turkana Boy story.This, one of the most complete so-called ancient man skeletons ever found, reveals that this ancient man is close to identical to modern men, actually within the range of modern humans.[4] As usual, even in this case, much disagreement exists about his scientific classification. Some paleontologists label him an Homo erectus  and others regard him as distinctive enough to be regarded as a separate species, which they call Homo ergaster.[5] Professor Walker went further and even called him the “proverbial missing link between apes and humans.”[6] This exaggerated claim is a good example of confirmational bias, meaning that one sees what one wants to see in the evidence. Comparisons of the bones with modern human bones show that claim is manifestly untrue except possibly for the skull, which will be discussed shortly. If only a few fossil bone fragments are discovered (as is the norm), usually even more controversy erupts about the status of the fragments. Controversy about early man fossils is the norm.The public press on Turkana Boy has been minuscule compared to that of Lucy, likely because this find was claimed to be 1.4 million years old by some experts and as old as 1.9 million Darwin years by others.[7] By implication, little or no human evolution has occurred in 1.9 million years. This is a major blow to classical evolution. As far as we can tell, the only difference between Turkana Boy and modern humans is some Neanderthal traits in the skull. We now know, however, that Neanderthals are simply another human variation within Homo: i.e., another people group. The date of Turkana Boy illustrates that some of the other putative evolutionary ancestors cannot be our ancestors because they were close to contemporary with some modern humans such as Turkana Boy!In spite of its completeness, much debate still exists even on basic data, such as its age, the cause of death, and even its sex. For example, it was postulated that Turkana Boy suffered from some congenital disorder, either dwarfism or scoliosis because the rib bones appeared asymmetrical to the spine due to what appeared to be skeletal dysplasia.[8] From this observation, the conclusion was his vertebrae were diseased, causing a subtle curvature and probably slow movement which may have contributed to his death. A 2013 study shows that, if the rib bones were more carefully arranged, the rib bones were actually symmetrical to the spine, disproving the skeletal dysplasia claim.[9] Who’s right? Is the specimen normal, or disabled?Background of the Find and ControversyTurkana Boy was discovered by Kamoya Kimeu in West Turkana, Kenya, in 1984. The skeleton’s completeness has allowed scientists to learn a lot about body size, body shape, and growth rates of people of its time, though much of it still debated.[10] Pelvis evaluation shows he was possibly male, but due to damage on the hip bones, the inference is not firm. Because his second molars had erupted, but not the third molars called wisdom teeth, he was determined to be a pre-adolescent. Microscopic teeth analysis indicates he was eight or nine years old, but other experts put his age at 11–12 years old based on known rates of bone maturity.[11] He was about 5 feet 3 or 5 feet 5 inches tall and likely weighed 106 pounds.Turkana Boy’s cranial capacity was estimated as small as 700 cc by some, to as large as 900 cubic centimeters by others. It would probably have reached well over 900 to 1,100 cubic centimeters if he had grown into an adult. By comparison, modern humans living today have an average brain size of about 1,350 cubic centimeters and Neanderthals 1,500 cubic centimeters.[12] Of course, there is very little relationship between cranial capacity of normal adult humans and human intelligence, so attempts to prove missing-link status by brain size are questionable.His disability, if it existed,  could have hindered his movement. He had long legs and narrow shoulders, typical of humans living in hot, dry climates. His bones indicate he did not die from a predator attack because his skeleton shows no damage from either predators or scavengers. His jaw indicates that he had a diseased gum in the location where a deciduous molar, a baby tooth, was shed. An infection could have set in and he may have died of septicemia (blood poisoning), but others dispute this conclusion.Turkana Boy likely made and used stone tools including both stone cores and flakes and even large cutting tools such as hand axes. The term “Ergaster” is derived from the Greek word for “workman,” in reference to the comparatively advanced Acheulean technology this group developed. From this observation, a novel was completed by a French author claiming that Turkana Boy was on the brink of modern human evolution.[13]Racism Continues in Evolutionary AnthropologyArtwork of Turkana Boy, as illustrated below, shows him with exaggerated African traits. This shows racism, because traits like skin color and nose shape are not preserved in fossils. Thus, the racial inference is due to artistic license. The artwork continues a long Darwinian tradition that assumes blacks are less evolved than whites, as believed by racists and the Ku Klux Klan for the last century. The main so-called ‘primitive’ traits include low sloping forehead, strong brow ridges, and the absence of a chin – traits typical of Neanderthals.This image may not be used in any context outside of mainstream science without the express permission of Atelier Daynes. Permission must be cleared for use by museums, in exhibitions, private use and front covers. No use in articles about Elisabeth Daynes or the Atelier Daynes.Turkana Boy model. Reconstruction of Turkana Boy, a specimen of the hominin Homo ergaster. Also known as Nariokotome Boy, this specimen is catalogued as KNM-WT 15000. It consists of an almost complete fossil skeleton, and dates from around 1.5 million years ago. It was found in 1984 near Lake Turkana in Kenya. This specimen is sometimes classified as Homo erectus. Reconstruction by Elisabeth Daynes of the Daynes Studio, Paris, France. Wikimedia CommonsSummaryEven when a largely complete, well-preserved skeleton of a claimed ancient man is located, much debate still arises about even the basic facts about the human that possessed it. One must remember that a skeleton is only 15 percent of the human body, and because most human fossils consist of only small fragments, it is much more difficult to extrapolate facts from the fragments.[14] Consequently, 85 percent of the body cannot be evaluated, and interpretations and extrapolation must be made from the 15 percent available for study.References[1] Jeffrey Tomkins. “Homo Erectus: The Ape Man that Wasn’t.” Impact, October 2019,pp. 11-13.[2] Factsanddetails.com[3] Walker, Alan  and Pat Shipman. 1996. The Wisdom of the Bones: In Search of Human Origins. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.[4] Tomkins, p. 11.[5] Maina Kiarie. “Homo Ergaster & Homo Erectus.” http://www.enzimuseum.org/the-stone-age/stone-age-ancestors/homo-ergaster.[6] Walker, Alan and Pat Shipman.1996. Book jacket.[7] Homo ergaster. 2018. ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/homo_ergaster.htm.[8] MacLarnon, Ann M. 1993. “The vertebrate canal,” in: Alan Walker, Richard Leakey (Eds.). The Nariokotome Homo Erectus Skeleton. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 359–390.[9] Schiess, R., and M. Haeusler. 2013. “No Skeletal Dysplasia in the Nariokotome Boy KNM-WT 15000 (Homo erectus)—A Reassessment of Congenital Pathologies of the Vertebral Column.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 150 (3): 365–374.[10] Brown, F. J. Harris, R. Leakey and A. Walker. 1985. Early Homo erectus skeleton from west Lake Turkana, Kenya. Nature, 316(6031):788–792.[11] Walker, Alan; and Richard Leakey. 1993. The Nariokotome Homo erectus Skeleton. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Nature Group, p. 235.[12] Clinton, Keely. 2015. “Average Cranium/ Brain Size of Homo neanderthalensis vs. Homo sapiens.” https://www.cobbresearchlab.com/issue-2-1/2015/12/24/average-cranium-brain-size-of-homo-neanderthalensis-vs-homo-sapiens.[13] Beauchemin, Jean-François and Jessica Moore. 2012. Turkana Boy. New York, NY: Talonbooks, p. 62.[14] Dilthey, Max Roman. 2018. “What Percentage of Body Mass is Bone?” https://www.livestrong.com/article/368497-percentage-of-body-mass-bone/.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 720 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Florida Lands No 4 Player In Country Vernon Hargreaves

Florida coach Will Muschamp landed his highest ranked recruit in his short time as the Gators’ coach in Vernon Hargreaves III, the fourth-rated best player in the country.A five-star prospect, Hargreaves tweeted: “I can officially say I am committed to THE University of Florida ! #GoGators CHOMP CHOMP”.The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back chose Florida over Clemson, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and Miami.Hargreaves, who has already committed to play in the Under Armour All-America game in January, becomes the highest-ranked Florida commit. Seventeen of Florida’s 18 verbal commits are rated four-star prospects or higher, and 12 are listed on the ESPN 300.In his junior season, Hargreaves had 49 tackles, two interceptions and a sack on defense, while adding 13 receptions for 313 yards and three touchdowns for a Wharton program that finished the season with a record of 5-6 after advancing to the FHSAA Class 8A state playoffs in 2011.The son of Vernon Hargreaves, Jr., an assistant under Skip Holtz at South Florida, he gave his father’s school some consideration. At the same time, his sister, Karina, attends Florida, and she was definitely pro-Gator.                          “All day. Whenever she texts or calls me, it’s ‘come to Florida,’” Hargreaves said. “It’s funny, though.”                   Asked who recruited him harder, his dad or his older sister, Hargreaves answered without hesitation.“My sister, definitely,” he said.It also helped Florida that Hargreaves gained an affection for Florida assistant Travaris Robinson, who was in charge of recruiting him.“He’s a good guy, he’s funny, energetic and he’s telling me the truth about Florida,” Hargreaves said. “He’s not telling me lies – not saying I’m going to come in and start or anything crazy like that.”Although Hargreaves continues to be on pace to graduate from high school early, he revealed on Saturday afternoon that it was not certain he would actually enroll in college for the spring semester at this time. read more

Lance Armstrong Stripped Of Tour de France Titles Amid

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to strip cyclist Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life.The harsh punitive measure follows Armstrong’s decision drop the fights against the drug charges that have followed him for years and figures to tarnish his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest ever.Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter USADA’s arbitration process because he had simply grown tired of the allegations of cheating that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests he passed over the years as proof of his innocence while winning Tour titles from 1999-2005.“There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ ,” he said Thursday. “For me, that time is now.”Armstrong called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,”he said. “The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.”USADA reacted quickly, treating Armstrong’s decision as an admission of guilt before saddling him with the label of cheater. Under the World Doping Code, Armstrong could also lose other awards, event titles and cash earnings, while the International Olympic Committee could possibly look at revoking the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.USADA contends that Armstrong has used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster EPO and steroids, as well as blood transfusions to boost his performance.Armstrong walked away from the sport in 2011 without being charged following a two-year federal investigation into many of the same accusations he faces from USADA. The federal probe was closed in January, but USADA announced in June that it had its own evidence of Armstrong’s wrong-doing. The agency also claimed it had 10 of Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal Service teammates who were ready to testify against him.Armstrong became a household name in America after his Tour wins and storied comeback from testicular cancer and helped lift the sport to unprecedented popularity.Created in 2000, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. read more

Urban Renewal Summer Campers Put on a Performance at Closing Ceremony

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 3, 2017 – Nassau – Summer Camp came to a close for over 700 campers who participated in a three-week programme put on by the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development.  The camp officially closed during a ceremony at Loyola Hall, July 31.Children from 5 to 15 years engaged in wholesome activities including needlework, ceramic painting, sports, liturgical dance, field trips, decorative arts and more at nine Urban Renewal Centres throughout New Providence.  The theme for the camp was “It’s a Bahamian Thing.”The closing ceremony was attended by the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development; Vaughn Miller, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development; Members of Parliament, camp facilitators and parents.The inner-city urban campers represented their centres and performed songs, cultural dances, dramatization, and choral speaking during the three-hour event.In her address, Minister Rolle emphasized the importance of working together.  “More than anything I want all of you to take from this experience the fact that the only thing that is going to make us stronger and better as a community is team work,” said Minister Rolle.She informed the campers that the Government is here to provide opportunities for them to realize their dreams and help to develop The Bahamas.An exhibition highlighting the work of the campers followed the ceremony.Story by: Kathryn CampbellRelease: BISBIS Photos/Patrick HannaPhoto CaptionsHeader: Children put on a dance routine at the Closing Ceremony1st Insert: At right, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, and other Government officials are pictured as they cheer campers following a performance at Urban Renewal Summer Camp’s Closing Ceremony.2nd Insert: The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, speaks at the closing ceremony of Urban Renewal Summer Camp. Related Items:last_img read more

CARPHA Certified as First Pharmaceutical Lab in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: #Jamaica, December 29, 2017 – Kingston – The Caribbean Public Health Agency-Drug Testing Laboratory in Jamaica (CARPHA-DTL) has been certified by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), as the first pharmaceutical laboratory in the island.   Accreditation of CARPHA for laboratory testing and calibration techniques is in compliance with the ISO 17025 standard, and marks a significant endorsement of the agency’s capabilities to test the quality of pharmaceutical finished products in order to ensure safe and consistent care of patients.   These products include capsules, tablets, creams, ointments, suspensions, syrups, and lotions.The JANAAC certification will allow the agency to act as the gatekeeper to test and prevent illegal/counterfeit prescriptions, drug, medicines and other pharmaceuticals being circulated in Jamaica and the wider region.   As the single regional public health agency for the Caribbean, CARPHA’s international accreditation for laboratory testing will mean that access to healthcare and essential quality medicines/pharmaceutical products will be improved and be of greater standard. This is critical for the Caribbean population’s well-being and optimal health.CARPHA’S Executive Director, Dr. C. James Hospedales, says the agency stands to benefit greatly from the certification, which, he notes, distinguishes it from other pharmaceutical quality-control facilities.   He says the agency plays a critical role in providing valuable information that informs decision-making and influences policy across the region in order to strengthen health systems, thereby promoting healthy lives and well-being.Dr. Hospedales, who was speaking at the accreditation ceremony held recently at the lab’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew, says that the initiative aligns with CARICOM’s strategy of advancing initiatives for health and wellness by ensuring access to safe, reliable medicines.   He notes that member States will have access to data to undertake evidence-based approaches to enable early warning, risk reduction and management of national public health risks.He says, further, that the accreditation can advance health tourism in Jamaica. “The future of health tourism is real, and Jamaica, through CARPHA, can be the forerunners in the region in this arena,” the Executive Director says.Meanwhile, Dr. Hospedales informs that CARPHA will be introducing a new surveillance programme in 2018.   This, he informs, will allow the laboratory to monitor medicines such as those used for the control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Chairman of the JANAAC Accreditation Council, Simon Roberts, says the entity is pleased to celebrate the achievement with CARPHA.“The accreditation certificate signifies that you’ve not only received recognition from JANAAC but (also), by extension, the signatories to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA),” he notes.He explains that ILAC MRA provides “significant technical underpinning to the calibration, testing, medical testing and inspection results of the accredited conformity assessment bodies, and, in turn, delivers confidence in the acceptance of results”.   This supports the provision of local or national services such as safe food and clean drinking water, energy, and delivering healthcare and social care.Mr. Roberts adds that the endorsement from the governing body puts Jamaica and CARPHA well on the international radar of healthcare.“In addition, the ILAC MRA enhances the acceptance of products across national borders.   By removing the need for additional calibration, testing, medical testing and/or inspection of imports and exports, technical barriers to trade are reduced.   In this way, the ILAC MRA promotes international trade, and the free-trade goal of ‘accredited once, accepted everywhere’ can be realized.  This offers potential for the growth of the commerce industry,” he points out.He is urging the CARPHA team to “seek to expand the scope of tests at your earliest to ensure that the other unaccredited tests will enjoy the same approval”.Others commending CARPHA include Director of the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), Professor John Lindo; and Technical Officer for Accreditation, CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), Stephen Farquharson.JANAAC was incorporated in 2007 as the National Accreditation Body of Jamaica, offering services to the country and the entire Caribbean region.The only internationally recognized accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean, it is a full member of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and ILAC.   The entity has signed multilateral arrangements with the IAAC and MRAs with the ILAC that allow for international acceptance of the results from JANAAC-accredited laboratories to the ISO/(International Electrotechnical Commission) IEC 17025 standard for testing labs, and the ISO 15189 standard for medical labs.It supports the effective development of the Jamaican economy by providing Conformity Assessment Bodies, such as testing laboratories with internationally recognized accreditation services, thereby fostering global confidence and facilitating trade between Jamaica and its regional and international partners.By: Peta Gay Rowe (JIS)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

ChoupoMoting hoping for Neymars swift recovery

first_imgParis Saint-Germain winger Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting fears that Neymar’s injury might be a big miss as he wished him a speedy recoveryThe Brazil skipper was taken off after only eight minutes of action, though replacement Richarlison netted the solitary goal of the game.Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar eased fears over Neymar’s fitness, telling SporTV: “It does not appear to be a serious injury”. However, he said a scan will be needed on the injury.PSG face Liverpool in a crunch Champions League clash on November 28, with Neymar’s fellow forward Kylian Mbappe also injured on international duty.Choupo-Moting may be included in the starting XI if either attacker were injured for any length of time, but he has his fingers crossed for Neymar.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“It would be worrying because he is a very important player, as all the players are,” he said, as quoted by FourFourTwo via Daily Mail.“No player is more important than the team. He’s a great player though and I hope he is not injured for a long time.“I talked quickly to him but it was just after the injury. I think it’s not too serious. I hope he will be ready next week for us.“He wanted to play. He really had an injury and felt something.”last_img read more