News / ‘BJ’ leaves Coyne Airways, while regional rival National looks to be cutting jobs

first_img“We would like to take this opportunity to thank John for his contribution to Coyne Airways and working on this assignment to restructure the company. We wish him well for the future,” said CEO Larry Coyne.Mr Batten will remain in Dubai as an industry consultant. Ms Coyne, pictured, was not available for comment.Meanwhile, rival National Air Cargo, which like Coyne has specialised in US military work in Afghanistan, is believed to have made about 20 staff redundant in Afghanistan.While reports on the redundancies have not yet been confirmed by The Loadstar, it seems likely that National would be looking to scale back its Afghanistan operations.The carrier, which suffered a fatal crash a year ago this month in Bagram, has been operating with just two 747Fs since then, along with two passenger 757s. With a rapid decline in US military work for CRAF airlines, observers had questioned whether National would be able to make a transition from that business.One source claimed that National and competitor Kalitta had been “very aggressive” in the repatriation of equipment to the US, “but it’s not clear where they go when that is completed.”The redundancy reports follow the closure earlier this year of other CRAF carriers, Evergreen International and World Airways.The US Department of Defense has not responded to questions on the future of the CRAF programme and its airlines. By Alex Lennane 16/04/2014 In a surprise move, John Batten, known as BJ, is to leave Coyne Airways with immediate effect, after just eight months as managing director of the Dubai-hubbed airline.Appointed at a time when Coyne was moving into African markets and reducing its dependency on military operations, Mr Batten’s move from head of cargo at Swissport was seen as something of a coup for the all-cargo carrier.The airline has announced that Liana Coyne is to become chief operating officer as part of a restructuring move. Ms Coyne, a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie before joining the carrier in 2010, had been widely tipped for promotion. She is to head five new divisions: Iraq, the Caspian and Central Asia, Afghanistan, Africa, and contract logistics.last_img read more

News / Asian air cargo rebounds and freighter operators eye a profitable peak season

first_img Asia’s freighter operations are expected to be more profitable this year, as the aircraft – and the air cargo market – appear to be enjoying something of a resurgence.From the orders for 29 at last week’s Paris Air Show to today’s news that China Southern is bringing two 747-400Fs out of retirement, the appetite for widebody maindeck space has risen.In part, the air cargo market enjoyed a rebound from the US west coast port congestion at the end of last year and in Q1 this year. But, if there is a peak season in 2015’s third and fourth quarters, freighters could “finish the end proud of themselves”, according to Cathay Pacific’s general manager cargo sales and marketing, Mark Sutch.“For the first time in a few years, at this point we have broken even with our freighter operations and are seeing a profit we are happy with – given the air cargo environment,” he said. By Alex Lennane 23/06/2015 “Assuming a strong, or at least traditional, peak, then I think the freighters will finish the end proud of themselves. In addition, I hope we are adding nicely to passenger aircraft profitability – after all, 56%, by tonnage, of my cargo in now in bellies.”The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reported today that air cargo demand, in FTKs, increased 2.9% in May, year-on-year, with the Asian airlines recording a 6.3% increase in international air freight demand over the first five months.Capacity in Asia, however, also rose, by 5.1% year-on-year, in May, leading to a slight decrease in load factors, at 63.5% for the month.“Transpacific is better for us, but the low fuel price means that many carriers are not rationalising capacity, as has been the case in the last few years,” said Mr Sutch.He added that the summer months would “not be fun” for the airlines, but Cathay expected to increase transpacific frequencies for the peak season.“Additional capacity coupled with a weaker China export market means the market is fairly soft right now, and I don’t see much hardening up over the summer, hence a tough few months ahead.”He added that Cathay had had “good success” in renewing its year-round blocked space agreements, but the spot rate market, in particular between Asia and Europe, would be “tough”.“We have an opportunity to ramp Europe up to 11 frequencies over the summer, but I suspect we will put that on hold and look eastbound from HK,” he said.“Ex-Europe, we are performing well with double-digit year-on-year revenue growth in euros, particularly in products such as pharma. But the weak euro is not helping in terms of conversion back into US dollars, in which we hold our main costs.”China Southern, however, is ramping up its European operations, with freighter services now to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris and London, which, combined with passenger flights, gives the Guangzhou-based carrier 1,200 tons of cargo capacity to Europe each month, with distribution boosted by road feeder services.Not only is the carrier bringing two 747-400Fs out of retirement in July and August, but it is receiving three more 777Fs in June and July, which will give it the world’s largest 777F fleet, at 12 aircraft.The carrier said: “Through these direct links shipments such as healthcare products, milk powder, crab, salmon, mail and electronic instruments from the UK and luxuries such as fresh oysters and red wine from France can be transported to China more conveniently and faster. And through our intensive flight network in Guangzhou, these products can be transhipped to South-east Asia, Japan, Korea, North America and Australia as soon as possible.“As for air cargo exported from Guanzhou in 2014, France was the third biggest destination, while Germany and the Netherlands ranked first and second.”Cathay Pacific noted that India was performing well, and was a key strategic route for Cathay, along with the transpacific and intra-Asia, where the carrier has increased transhipment traffic. And Mr Sutch added that Cathay was expecting a peak. “We are still confident it will come around,” he said.The AAPA’s director general, Andrew Herdman, agreed the outlook was good.“The demand environment for air cargo markets remains positive, although the pace of expansion appears to be moderating. Asian carriers are continuing to strive for further operating efficiencies with an eye on improving overall profitability this year after some disappointing results in 2014.”last_img read more

Lancaster statistician to develop revolutionary new AI for use in autonomous cars and cybersecurity

first_imgLancaster statistician to develop revolutionary new AI for use in autonomous cars and cybersecurity A Lancaster University researcher will conduct ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) research to revolutionise the use of AI in autonomous vehicles and cybersecurity, as part of a prestigious Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship.As technology advances, there is a growing need to collect vast quantities of data easily and inexpensively, and to use these data to deliver significant benefits across a wide range of applications such as energy consumption and public health.A key challenge in AI research is to extract meaningful value from these data sources to make decisions that can be trusted and understood to improve the way society functions. Dr Christopher Nemeth, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University and member of the Data Science Institute, aims to develop an ‘end-to-end framework’, from data collection to decision-making, that naturally accounts for data, modelling and decision uncertainties to provide transparent and interpretable decision-making tools with a wide range of uses.“This research will develop new AI-powered tools capable of automatically gleaning deeper insights from complex data,” says Dr Nemeth. “Our research will lead to new ways of assessing the safety of driverless vehicles for UK roads, as well as developing new AI systems to enhance the UK’s cybersecurity.“This Turing AI Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for our research team to collaborate closely with key strategic partners, including GCHQ and the Transport Research Laboratory, and will help support the UK’s leading position in AI development.”The research programme, called Probabilistic Algorithms for Scalable and Computable Approaches to Learning (PASCAL) offers new ways of unlocking the tremendous potential for innovation and technological development in AI. This can be achieved through the development of probabilistic algorithms to provide deep and critical insight into the increasingly large and complex data sources that fuel our everyday lives.This research will be undertaken in collaboration with project partners: Transport Research Laboratory, the Heilbronn Institute of Mathematical Research, GCHQ, the University of Washington and engagement with the Alan Turing Institute.Funded with a £20 million cash boost from the Government, the prestigious Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will give fifteen of the UK’s top AI researchers the resources to work with academia and industry to drive forward their ground-breaking research and technologies and bring their innovations to the real world, from speeding up medical diagnoses to increasing workplace productivity. These pioneering projects could enable the UK to meet some of its most pressing challenges such as reducing carbon emissions, while helping to transform industries across the UK economy, including healthcare, energy and transport.As a result of government investment, Fellows will work with academia and industry to help elevate their world class research and transfer their innovations from the lab to the real world. These innovations have the potential to change how people live, work and communicate, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution.Science Minister, Amanda Solloway said: “The UK is the birthplace of artificial intelligence and we therefore have a duty to equip the next generation of Alan Turings, like Lancaster’s Dr Christopher Nemeth, with the tools that will keep the UK at the forefront of this remarkable technological innovation.“The inspiring project we are backing today will use AI to help inform decision making in key sectors, from cybersecurity to autonomous vehicles, transforming the way we live and work, while cementing the UK’s status as a world leader in AI and data.”Digital Minister, Caroline Dineage, said: “The UK is a nation of innovators and this government investment will help our talented academics use cutting-edge technology to improve people’s daily lives – from delivering better disease diagnosis to managing our energy needs.”The fellowships form part of a major government investment in AI skills and research, including sixteen Centres for Doctoral Training in AI and conversion courses to train the next generation of AI experts, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in October 2019.Named after British AI pioneer, Alan Turing, the £20 million fellowship scheme will be delivered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute and Office for Artificial Intelligence.EPSRC Executive Chair Professor Dame Lynn Gladden said: “The Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will support some of our leading researchers to progress their careers and develop ground-breaking AI technologies with societal impact.“By enhancing collaboration between academia and industry and accelerating these transformative technologies they will help to maintain and build on the UK’s position as a world leader in AI.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:artificial intelligence, Boris Johnson, carbon emission, cybersecurity, Engineering, Government, healthcare, intelligence, Lancaster University, mathematics, Prime Minister, public health, research council, UK, university, University of Washington, Washingtonlast_img read more

Council invites input on Parkes Shire Housing Issues Paper and Housing Survey

first_imgCouncil invites input on Parkes Shire Housing Issues Paper and Housing Survey Parkes ShireParkes Shire Council is in the process of preparing a housing strategy to plan for the future housing needs in the Parkes Shire.The Parkes Shire Housing Strategy will set a 20 year vision for housing in the shire, in line with the NSW Government’s Local Housing Strategy Guideline and the Parkes Local Strategic Planning Statement 2041.The strategy also aims to address the full range of housing needs for the community, with a focus on areas where there are gaps in the housing market. A draft version of the Parkes Housing Strategy will be ready for public exhibition in later 2021.A Housing Issues Paper has been prepared to share the findings of Council’s preliminary investigations and encourage discussion and inputs from the wider community. The issues paper draws on a range of inputs, including demographic, housing and economic data, housing policy guidelines, housing sector strategies and studies undertaken for other places.Mayor of Parkes Shire Cr Ken Keith OAM said, “As Parkes attracts more residents, the provision of well located, diverse and good-quality housing is important to ensure that our Shire continues to increase its high standards of living and remains welcoming and accessible to a wide variety of people.“Council has a role to play in facilitating the supply of new housing that better matches the community’s preferences and needs. To plan for the future needs of our community, Council must set a strategic direction for housing policy to better inform land-use zoning and other planning controls,” added Cr Keith.Council is inviting the community to submit comments on the Parkes Shire Housing Issues Paper that is currently on public exhibition until 31 March 2021, as well as complete the Housing Preference Survey to help plan for the housing needs for Parkes Shire now and into the future.To have your say, visit Your Say Parkes to view the issues paper and to complete the survey before Wednesday 31 March 2021. Alternatively, you send a written submission to Council, at PO Box 377 Parkes NSW 2870. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at Parkes Shire Council’s Administration Office at 2 Cecile Street, Parkes. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, council, Exhibition, future, Government, housing, Keith, local council, market, NSW, Parkes, Parkes Shire Council, planning, survey, visitlast_img read more

Crime Watch – vandalism now

first_imgHomeBad BehaviorCrime Watch – vandalism now Oct. 02, 2020 at 6:00 amBad BehaviorCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime Watch – vandalism noweditor8 months agoAnthony Ledesma On September 15 at approximately 9:24 p.m.An SMPD night K9 officer responded to a radio call of “vandalism now” near the 2200 Block of Broadway. The reporting party relayed to the civilian dispatcher that the suspect was still at the location and was throwing objects at the entryway glass doors. Upon arrival, the officer encountered a suspect standing on the sidewalk near the broken glass door. While the suspected appear to be very agitated, the officer was able to communicate calmly with the suspect and gain compliance. Upon checking the identification provided, it was determined the suspect provided a false name and was later positively identified as Anthony Ledesma, 32 years old. Gonzalez was booked for 594(a)(2)pc – Vandalism, transported to the Santa Monica Jail and issued a citation.Tags :Anthony Ledesmashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentIn NYC and LA, returning pupils face battery of virus testsSMC professor finds himself amongst the starsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

LETTER: Out-of-Control Spending Destroying Our Economy

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The country is divided into two halves. The one half of the population that pays all the income taxes, and thus pays for all the governments programs, and the other half that pays no income taxes and uses most of the entitlement programs. Out-of-control government spending is going to destroy the economy. The massive debt the federal government has accumulated is unsustainable. The middle class is disappearing. We have gone from being the largest creditor nation to the largest debtor nation. In 1965 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the cost for Medicare would increase to $60 billion dollars by 2010. The actual Medicare cost today is $480 billion, eight times the CBO’s estimate. With the health care bill, Congress has just passed the largest increases in entitlements in 50 years. The CBO now says this will actually reduce the country’s debt. If you believe that there is a bridge for sale in Brooklyn. John VailWhitefish Emaillast_img read more

Deputy CMO thanks public for compliance on St. Patrick’s Day

first_imgThe Deputy Chief Medical Officer is expressing gratitude to the millions of people who complied with public health measures on St. Patrick’s Day.Dr. Ronan Glynn’s acknowledging the fatigue, frustration and exhaustion that people are feeling with the current restrictions.He’s apologising to anybody who feels at the ‘end of their tether’ over his comments on Thursday, when he asked people to do a little bit more.Dr. Glynn says they aren’t blaming people but the virus is the problem:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/RGlynn10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest By News Highland – March 20, 2021 Facebook Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleInishowen Councillor says Buncrana Area Plan must reflect needs of localsNext articleKnock Shrine elevated to international status News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Pinterest Deputy CMO thanks public for compliance on St. Patrick’s Day DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction last_img read more

The OECD’s 2012 Global Youth Video Competition

first_img Deadline: 31 March 2012Open to:  All interested  between the age of 18 and 25 years during the period of this competition (14 December 2011 to 31 March 2012)Prizes: An all expenses-paid trip to Paris, France to attend the OECD Forum on 22-24 May 2012DescriptionThe Challenge is to make a short video (no more than 3 minutes) that responds to the Competition theme.The theme of this Competition will be announced on 14 December 2011, following a public vote to choose one of the following topics:DevelopmentEducation and SkillsInequalityUnemploymentAbout your VideoYour video must be no more than 3 minutes in length.Any spoken language used in your video that is not English or French must be accompanied by the relevant subtitles in English or French.Your video must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organizations. Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.Your video must be your own original creation – no copyrighted music, video, or images may be used.Your video must not infringe on any third party rights.Your video must not have been produced for compensation or posted previously on any OECD Web page.EligibilityTo be eligible for prizes, you must be aged 18-25 years during the period of this competition (14 December 2011 to 31 March 2012). That means you must have been born on or between 15 December 1985 and 1 April 1994. Proof of identity will be required from all finalists.If you are a member of OECD staff (either permanent or temporary, current or former), intern, contractor, sponsor, or an immediate family member of any of the foregoing, you may participate, but are not eligible to win.PrizesThe video author (or a nominated representative, if a team effort) of each winning video will be invited to Paris to attend the OECD Forum on 22-24 May 2012. Travel costs to and from Paris, hotel accommodation and a living allowance will be provided for the duration of the Forum.ApplicationComplete and submit this electronic Registration Form (including a link to your video on YouTube) by Midnight (Paris time) on 31 March 2012. Any Registration Forms received after this date will not be considered for a prize, under any circumstances.After the competition closes at midnight on 31 March 2012, qualifying videos will be judged on adherence to the competition challenge through their creativity, originality, message content and overall presentation (sound and picture quality).Subsequently, three winning videos will be selected by a special Jury.The competition winners will be announced on 16 April 2011 and notified by e-mail, as well as published on the OECD competition website.Here you can read the Terms and Conditions of the Contest.For more information please contact [email protected] Official Website ← Eurofound Graduate Traineeship Programme 2012 Share 0 Tweet The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest 2021 Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge New Technologies for Youth Leaders, Czech Republic → LinkedIn 0 December 14, 2011 Published by Site Default center_img 212 Photography Istanbul Similar Stories Reddit The OECD’s 2012 Global Youth Video Competition Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Pocket +1last_img read more

Tracking journey of Covid-19 virus from animals to humans

first_imgUntil 21st century, Coronaviruses were of major health concern only for livestock, and they caused merely “common cold” in humans .But Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2),responsible for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic ,which has unleashed mayhem worldwide,is the third pathogenic Coronavirus in last two decades which has jumped from animals to humans  .Almost entire scientific community is presently focussed on unravelling mysteries surrounding the new virus .Since  January,  nearly a thousand  papers  about  the  virus  have  been  posted  online .  More  than thirteen-hundred coronavirus genome  sequences, from patients around the  world,  have been  shared in  public databases. The comparisons of available genetic and structural data of the virus gives clues about its evolutionary track.In the midsts of current global health emergency, an understanding  about the journey of SARS-CoV-2 from animals to humans, will help in preventing future such outbreaks.SARS-CoV caused the 2002-03 SARS pandemic, which resulted in 8000 human infections worldwide,with 10 percent fatality rate. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), reported in 2012, causes a respiratory disease like SARS, in sporadic ongoing outbreaks .This virus has infected about 2500 persons so far from 27 countries,with 35 percent fatality rate. The SARS-CoV  and the MERS-CoV  were  transmitted  directly to humans from market civets ( a mongoose-like animal eaten in China) and Arabian camels, respectively . Both the viruses are thought to have  originated in bats. Though the direct animal source ,called intermediate host, of SARS-CoV-2 human infections is yet to be established, but its ancestor too is  believed to be a bat Coronavirus .Bats are one-fifth of the living mammalian species, and their own species also vary widely . They form large colonies, fly long distances and are present on every continent.  Bats harbour a large number of coronaviruses, without getting sick themselves . They can infect the humans directly or through  intermediate hosts. The SARS-like Coronaviruses have been found in 7 percent of horseshoe bats in China.About 160 potentially pathogenic SARS-like CoVs have been documented from bats in China.Due to high contact rate in bat colonies, these viruses find free run for their multiplication – providing ample opportunities for mutations, and even exchange of pieces of their genomes.The genome of coronaviruses is RNA rather than DNA ,which makes them highly adaptable and prone to mutations. They  jump the inter-species hurdles via evolution more quickly than other virus families, with their ability to recombine and acquire mutations in their genomes. A particular region in the genome of Coronaviruses  ,which makes spike protein- the component on the surface of the virus that gives it a crown-like appearance and is also crucial in its inter-species jumping , is prone to more frequent changes through mutation and recombination. The structure,shape and relationship of a specific site, called receptor-binding  domain  (RBD) in the  spike protein , to the cell it infects, is instrumental in understanding how the virus attacks the human body .The animal Coronaviruses need to overcome the main hurdle of crossing over to humans by acquiring, through evolution, specific proteins,like a key, to recognise and bind to the structures, known as receptors,like the locks , on specific human cells – with that , the virus unlocks,  enters the cells , replicates and infects humans . This unlocking, in case of SARS-CoV-2, happens  in two steps:RBD latches on to the angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2) receptors on human lung cells ; and the virus then  uses the human enzyme, furin to lacerate itself at specific site, called cleavage site on the spike protein, to fuse with the cell membrane, for efficient transfer of its genome into the lung cells – broadly, RBD acts as an appropriate size key for the keyhole ,and the levers in the lock itself help evolve matching key-teeth, for unlocking . The SARS-CoV-2 RBD can also bind with ACE-2 of wild and domestic animals, having similar ACE-2 structure and shape , indicating existence of intermediate host .So far,a bat SARS-like CoV, reported from China in 2013, has been found genetically closest (96 percent similarity) to the  SARS-CoV-2. With the background of a 2017 report,which found capabilities of bat Coronaviruses to infect human cells directly ,the bats could have passed the  SARS-CoV-2 to  humans ,but the  RBD site of these two viruses doesn’t match .This suggest that the bat virus of 2013 may have undergone mutations in other bat colonies,and then maybe in some intermediate host ,before infecting humans.The RBD of the Coronavirus from Malayan pangolin , an ant-eater mammal smuggled in China for its scales and meat, has been  found 99 percent identical to RBD of SARS-CoV-2 ,but their whole-genomes match only 91 percent .On this basis, pangolin can’t be taken as intermediate host of SARS-Cov-2 .A higher genetic similarity is needed for ascertaining the source ,as SARS-CoV shared 99.8 percent of its whole-genome with a civet coronavirus, which  is  why  civets  were  considered  the  source. The pangolins can not be ruled out either, as there may be some other pangolins yet to be traced, which might harbour a closely matching  SARS-CoV-2 .Based on the closest similarities  to the shape and structure of human ACE2,a recent study reports the likelihood of intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2 being either from family of  rodents,including hamsters,rats and mice or from Bovidae – a family of cloven-footed animals.With the flurry of ongoing scientific activities,the direct source of human SARS-CoV-2 infections is likely to be traced sooner than later.However,most important would be to learn lessons from this biggest human tragedy, after the Second World War . The scientists have repeatedly emphasised  that pandemics can be prevented to a large extent by adopting behavioural distancing from wildlife and nature , and by establishing early warning mechanisms through monitoring potential viruses. We can thus save ourselves from such public health tragedies and trillion-dollars of economic losses.last_img read more

Is Indian system of Medicine in its right way?

first_imgThe recent notification from Central Council of Indian medicine has been the debate in the medical sector for providing opportunities for the Ayurveda postgraduates to do a list of surgical procedures, that had been already practised by the Allopathic doctors for centuries.The National Medical Council recently came into Act on August 2019, is a regulatory body for medical education and medical professionals. The bill came into action despite the nationwide protest against it. The Allopathic doctors(modern doctors) were against it since the beginning.The Act gives provisions for the Crosspathy, making other Indian medicine branches like AYUSH to practice Allopathy, with an integrated curriculum from the beginning of the course. After the MCI was repealed in September 2020 and NMC making its way, has made a very big decision within 2 months of its formation.The AYUSH doctors are already practising Allopathic medicine since ages. The Ayurvedic Pgs are now allowed to learn Allopathic procedures legally which in turn have given them all rights to practice the same. For an easy understanding- the Ayurvedic pgs who were only taught with Ayurvedic method of treating of diseases with little inputs from the modern side is now allowed to do the modern way of treatment of the diseases. In such case what difference will that make between an Ayurvedic doctor and an allopathic doctor?This has questioned the authenticity of the AYUSH branches. It is expected that very soon the other branches of AYUSH like Homoeopathy, Unani, Siddha will also be allowed to do the treatments of modern medicine. We can expect certain fields like Obstetrics and Gynaecology will also be included in their curriculum very soon and they will be allowed to practice Caesarean section and Hysterectomy.Govt of India under the big political party is trying to bring the Indian medicine systems from drowning to make their systems an independent modality of treatment. But this notification clearly raises the doubt of soundness of Indian medicines and raises questions over their success on their treatment methods. Govt of India should fund in research projects and infrastructural development in our Indian system of medicines, rather than trying to club the systems like clubbing the banking sectors.Indian system of medicines has proved their way in many diseases where allopathy is competing to beat them. Indian system of medicines roots a long time, very old than the current allopathy, raising the question for the need of myopathy. Is the Indian system of medicines not fully developed enough to treat the diseases and is taking help from the Allopathy?.When Allopathy doctors cross the NEET/NEXT to become doctors to practice modern medicine, the Ayurvedic pgs have been given a free toll to pass to practice modern medicine.Sushruta (father of Surgery) born in 7th century B.C. was the first known to practice surgeries, while the fathers of modern surgery like Joseph lister, John Hunter are from a few centuries ago. Whether the allopathy developed from Indian system of medicines or the Indian system of medicines are learning surgeries from Allopathy has to be seen. When the ancient methods have done surgeries the newer methods might have developed from the old ones. But this alone doesn’t give them the freedom to practice modern medicine.Unfortunately, many allopathic doctors use Ayurvedic/homoeopathic doctors in their hospitals and practices for the benefit of less pay when compared to an allopathic doctor. Will Indian Medical Association (IMA) consider this before raising concerns over the recent government orders?The practitioners who learnt Indian medicine and practising Allopathy are rising and when the young pgs from Indian medicines are allowed to learn Allopathic medicine, in a long run this will not rise Indian branches rather suppress it, thereby paving the way to its downfall. When the foreign countries are showing interests in Indian medicines, the myopathy is raising concerns over its legacy.The govt of India has already been showing interests over the growth of Ayurvedic department like “The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Act, 2020”, making Ayurvedic institutes of National importance, providing 4000 crores under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ for the cultivation of medicinal plants and supporting farmers.When Associations like Indian Medical Association and several associations of Resident Doctors are protesting against the moves by NMC in view of future of Allopathy, these moves by the government will not only question the future of Allopathy but also Indian system of medicines!last_img read more