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Hey, Ukraine, that crackdown is gonna cost you

2019年7月17日 | 苏州美甲 | Permalink

WASHINGTON — United States and European Union officials made clear this week that they would be prepared to move ahead with targeted sanctions against the government of embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych if his security forces continued using live ammunition against the protesters clogging the streets of most of the country’s major cities.

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With events on the ground in Ukraine changing almost by the hour, the Obama administration and its allies began imposing a limited set of punitive measures and laying the groundwork for a more extensive campaign. This week, the State Department barred 20 Ukrainians from getting American visas. A senior State Department official wouldn’t name the people, but said it included “the full chain of command” of Ukrainian government and security personnel involved in the crackdown that left 26 people dead and hundreds injured earlier this week. The official stressed that the United States and the EU were prepared to take further measures if the situation in Ukraine doesn’t improve.

In one highly-visible sign of the new consensus, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who dismissed the idea of sanctions just weeks ago, reversed course this week and said that EU foreign ministers would discuss imposing sanctions. Merkel said sanctions would show that the EU was serious about pressing for a political solution in Ukraine, at a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, who also threw his support behind sanctions.

The cooperation on sanctions marks a sharp change for U.S. and EU leaders, who have been bitterly divided about how to respond to the Ukrainian political crisis. U.S. leaders have been preparing sanctions for weeks, but EU officials opposed sanctioning Kiev and had instead preferred to provide Ukraine with financial assistance designed to boost its moribund economy. European leaders, in an about face from their earlier opposition, have now joined the U.S. chorus calling for sanctions against Ukrainian officials.

The acrimony of the U.S.-European divide was revealed in discussions among senior diplomats about the two sides, which leaked two weeks ago. In a now infamous conversation posted to YouTube, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told the American ambassador to Ukraine that Europe was taking too soft a line with Yanukovych. “F— the EU,” she said.

In a separate conversation, which was also leaked, Helga Schmid, a senior German diplomat, told the EU ambassador to Ukraine that it was “very annoying that the Americans are going around criticizing the EU and saying we are too soft.”

The violence in Kiev seems to have papered over those rifts, but it’s not yet clear what shape a sanctions regime would take or whether the measures would be effective. Some U.S. policymakers have been pushing for targeted financial sanctions against government officials and wealthy businessmen close to the regime since violence first broke out. Those kinds of measures are widely believed to have brought Iran to the negotiating table to discuss rolling back the country’s nuclear program.

Future sanctions against Ukraine would almost certainly be far more limited than what has been in place against Iran, out of concern that the sanctions could hurt ordinary Ukrainians and push public opinion toward embracing an alliance with Russia. Sanctions would likely focus solely on Ukrainian officials and their supporters. They would also be less effective because Russia would likely not join in on measures targeting one of its closest allies. The current crisis began late last year when Ukrainians took to the streets after Yanukovych rejected an EU trade deal in favor of a bailout from Russia.

(c) 2014, Foreign Policy.

NT pharmacists to immunise patients

2019年7月17日 | 苏州美甲 | Permalink

In a national first, pharmacists in the Northern Territory will soon be able to immunise people against the flu and measles.

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But doctors say pharmacists can’t control their conflict of interest and this will be to the detriment of patients.

On Wednesday the NT government introduced changes to the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act, which will allow pharmacists, nurses, midwives and Aboriginal health practitioners to immunise patients.

The NT is the first Australian jurisdiction to legislate such a change, although Queensland is currently conducting a similar trial.

There, a $25 fee has been proposed for a pharmacist-administered vaccination in Queensland, although it’s not yet known if the NT would follow a similar pricing scheme.

“In cost there’s almost certainly an advantage for consumers, and in convenience there’s definitely an advantage for consumers, because it becomes a one-stop shop,” said Greg Turnbull, spokesman for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Pharmacies would require a private consulting room to administer vaccinations and to begin with they would only be immunising adults.

But the head of the Australian Medical Association NT says patients being vaccinated in a pharmacy will miss out on continuity of care.

“Doctors usually ask about other issues, they know about preventative health and make sure the patient’s long term health is going to be managed,” Dr Peter Beaumont told AAP.

“That just cannot and will not happen when people’s health is chopped up in pieces and they have vaccinations in pharmacies.”

He said pharmacists faced a conflict of interest when they advise, prescribe, sell and administer medications to patients.

“We know that pharmacists just push unproven vitamins and supplements… They’ve shown they don’t know how to control their conflict of interest, seeing as how if they can make a profit out of something they will sell it when they know there’s no evidence of the benefits for most people.”

But Mr Turnbull said vaccinations were within the scope of a pharmacist’s practice, although it was not yet included in their curriculum.

“There are all sorts of protocols and safeties – it’s certainly not a bonanza for pharmacists, it’s not turf-stealing by pharmacists against doctors, it’s just a common sense thing,” he said.

“Doctors just keep trying to build a bigger moat around their castle and unfortunately they’re at odds against common sense and the trend in the western world.”

He said pharmacies are already empowered to administer vaccines in every state of the US, in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Simone Rocha on her feminine inspired line

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Fashion designer Simone Rocha wants to explore where femininity started.

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Rocha showed her Autumn/Winter 14 collection at London Fashion Week on Tuesday and her line included plaid, gold and animal-print material with decadent ruffles.

An Elizabethan inspiration was evident and the fashion star revealed why she felt compelled to create her latest pieces.

“I actually went to see a show in the National Portrait Gallery of 16th Century Oil paintings and that was where I originally started thinking about it. I always look at femininity and I really wanted to look back and see where it started,” she told harpersbazaar广西桑拿,.

Key looks included a bright red dress with mesh panels and a structured skirt.

There were also shimmering shorter frocks with extravagant detailing on the luxe fabric.

“It was really pulling highlights from references of the paintings, something monochrome would have a pink or red highlight coming through and I wanted to take that angle and really flesh it out in the collection,” she said.

Rocha thinks the girls who wear her designs are “young, strong, modern and feminine”.

She loves to add special touches to her pieces, something she believes strongly in.

“Yes it’s super important. For me I really want every piece to be really special and to have so much more than you might expect,” she said.

Rocha, 27, is one of the most sought-after designers right now and recently it was revealed she is collaborating with J Brand on a collection.

J Brand’s CEO Jeff Rudes explained why he picked the talented star.

“Simone has developed such a strong aesthetic in a very short space of time” he previously said. “Her maturity and sense of direction as a designer is unparalleled for her generation; we are thrilled to have Simone creating a capsule collection with us.”

The collection will be available at the end of this year.

Indiana deal Granger at NBA trade

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The Indiana Pacers, sitting atop the NBA’s Eastern Conference, obtained swingman Evan Turner from Philadelphia in exchange for Danny Granger in the biggest deal on Thursday at the league’s trade deadline.

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The Pacers, who obtained forward Lavoy Allen as well in the swap, also sent the 76ers a 2015 NBA Draft second-round pick in the deal.

Turner, who will be a free agent after the season, was the second selection in the 2010 NBA Draft and is averaging 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season.

Granger has spent his entire nine-year career with the Pacers, averaging 17.6 points a game.

At 41-13, the Pacers are two games ahead of Miami for the best record in the East and a home-court playoff edge throughout the conference playoffs, but have lacked scoring punch at times, relying on a tough defence.

Other East teams fighting for playoff positions despite losing records made moves to tweak their roster as well.

The Atlanta Hawks (25-28) obtained veteran forward Antawn Jamison from the Los Angeles Clippers for the rights to Turkish swingman Cenk Akyol, who plays for Galatasaray in his homeland.

Jamison, in his 16th NBA season, averages 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds a game in a reserve role.

Washington (26-28) obtained veteran point guard Andre Miller from Denver in a three-team deal in which the Wizards sent Czech forward Jan Vesely to Denver and guard Eric Maynor to Philadelphia, which also took future second-round draft picks from each club.

Miller will provide solid bench support for Wizards playmaker John Wall, the NBA slam dunk contest winner.

Philadelphia also traded centre Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers for forward Earl Clark, centre Henry Sims and two 2014 second-round draft picks, and the 76ers acquired centre Byron Mullens from the Clippers for a draft pick.

Houston sent reserve guard Aaron Brooks to Denver for swingman Jordan Hamilton as the Rockets, 37-17 and winners of eight in a row to stand third in the Western Conference, add support for bearded sharpshooter James Harden.

The Charlotte Bobcats, 25-30 to hold the eighth and final East playoff spot, obtained guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour from the NBA-worst Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien.

Reigning NBA champion Miami traded reserve guard Roger Mason to the Sacramento Kings for a 2015 second-round draft pick.

Smith ready for return to NRL action

2019年6月17日 | 苏州美甲 | Permalink

Melbourne NRL skipper Cameron Smith says he’s the fittest and freshest he’s been in recent seasons despite coming off a World Cup.

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Smith will get back into action in the Storm’s final trial match against Canterbury in Brisbane on Sunday.

The Test captain led Australia to victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final in late November and has only been back in full training for about a month.

He said last year his holiday was a little too long and he paid the price early.

“I had nearly 11 weeks off and I probably came back underdone and I was carrying a little bit of weight around the belt.

“I feel really good this year, probably the best I’ve felt in two or three seasons.

“I feel like my fitness is well ahead of where I was last year at the same time.”

Test fullback Billy Slater, as well as Kiwi international Jesse Bromwich, will face the Bulldogs however Kangaroos halfback Cooper Cronk is out following post-World Cup shoulder surgery.

Cronk was originally pencilled in for round two but Smith is expecting him to play in their season opener against Manly at Brookvale on March 8.

“He’s certainly very fit, he’s doing extra running after our sessions and he’s looked after himself during the break,” Smith said.

Former Eel Ben Roberts has been named at halfback for the trial, while Ben Hampton takes over at five-eighth following the departure of England international Gareth Widdop, who has joined St George Illawarra.

With Cronk still not confirmed Smith said it was important for the halves to put on a good show against the Bulldogs.

Smith said the team was stung by its early exit from the NRL finals series last year, losing to South Sydney and then Newcastle.

His message this season is about consistency.

“This club is renowned for that and last year was very patchy,” he said.

“A lot of people said it was un-Storm-like the way we finished and I agree; it was very disappointing to be bundled out in straight sets.

“We don’t want to be the most flashy team; we want to turn in high quality football each week and we’ve learnt that if we do that then you’re going to find yourself up the top of the ladder.”

Aust scientist fights superbugs with laser

2019年6月17日 | 苏州美甲 | Permalink

An Australian scientist has found a way to use a laser-gun device in the war against superbugs.

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It blasts apart specimens from patients, quickly determining if they have a drug-resistant infection.

When a bug is identified, lab workers promptly alert doctors and nurses, who start the correct treatment and put the patient into isolation.

The test, which uses a device available in most pathology laboratories, gives results in one day rather than four or five. It also comes at a cost of less than a dollar, says Dr Paul Griffin, the microbiologist who came up with the concept.

Dr Griffin, has set up the device, the MALDI-TOF machine, to detect the antibiotic-resistant VRE bacteria, which is common in Australian hospitals.

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a huge problem around the world, says Dr Griffin, who is presenting his concept at a Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) conference in Melbourne on Friday.

Although Australia has good measures in place to control them, the number of cases of superbugs is rising.

The test is mostly requested for seriously ill people in hospital, but Dr Griffin says GPs and patients should also be aware of it.

In theory the concept could be used anywhere in the world.

However, problematic bug strains differ from country to country and it is labour-intensive to set up, says Dr Griffin, who has published a study of his concept in the international Journal of Microbiology.

“It has worked well for more than 12 months now,” he says.

* Clifford Fram travelled to the conference courtesy of the RCPA

Big AFL guns return for Lions

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The cavalry has arrived for Brisbane ahead of Sunday’s AFL pre-season clash with Gold Coast in Townsville.

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But Lions critic Matthew Lloyd might struggle to provide an accurate pre-season assessment of Brisbane this weekend after the Suns lived up to their promise of resting their stars.

Essendon great Lloyd was scathing of an understrength Lions after their opening 131-point trial loss to powerhouse Hawthorn last week, saying they looked set to be in a “world of pain” in 2014.

Brisbane fielded 17 players with less than 20 games of AFL experience against the Hawks along with nine getting their first taste of senior footy.

However, the Lions have brought back the big guns for the Townsville trial, making 11 changes including captain Jed Adcock, deputy Tom Rockliff, dual club champion Joel Patfull, Daniel Rich and Pearce Hanley.

Jack Redden, Daniel Merrett, Matthew Leuenberger, Brent Moloney, Claye Beams – back from a knee reconstruction – and ex-Richmond utility Luke McGuane have also been picked.

However, it might still be hard to gauge the Lions’ 2014 prospects when they line against a Suns outfit resting inspirational captain and 2013 Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett, Michael Rischitelli, Jaeger O’Meara, Trent McKenzie and David Swallow.

Still, Lions head of coaching and development Peter Schwab said their next two trials – including a March 8 clash with Sydney on the Sunshine Coast – were key stepping stones toward the 2014 AFL season.

“The next two games are critically important for us,” he said.

“We want to get the best possible team on the paddock and to get the gameplan flowing from there.”

Asked if his side were demoralised by the opening loss to Hawthorn, Schwab said: “Not at all.

“It was an extraordinary learning experience. That is what they have to aspire to.

“They can only improve. They are not going to get worse, I can tell you that.”

For the Suns, Harley Bennell makes his first pre-season appearance after nursing a tight calf in recent weeks.

Karmichael Hunt has also been named in an extended squad.

Charlie Dixon, Tom Lynch and Sam Day will again spearhead their attack.

Schwab had no problem with the Suns copying the Lions’ tactic and resting their stars.

“Each club will take a different approach (in the pre-season),” he said.

“The Gold Coast are on the improve. They have an outstanding midfield. They have been able to secure some great talent over the last few years.”

Brisbane boast 1201 games of senior AFL experience.

Former skipper Jonathan Brown (foot), Ash McGrath (calf) and Brent Staker (calf) were not considered by the Lions.

Venezuela deploys paratroopers

2019年6月17日 | 苏州美甲 | Permalink

The Venezuelan government has ordered paratroopers to a border city where growing student protests began over two weeks ago, with President Nicolas Maduro angrily rejecting US calls for dialogue.

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The nationwide demonstrations, led by students and the opposition, have left at least four people dead and dozens hurt in the biggest challenge to Maduro since he took power from the late Hugo Chavez last year.

There have been near-daily protests and rallies, some of them violent, in the capital Caracas and other cities, over what Maduro’s critics say are deteriorating economic conditions, rampant street crime, corruption and bleak job prospects.

Maduro’s leftist government – which is sitting on the world’s largest proven oil reserves – rushed a battalion of paratroopers to the city of San Cristobal, birthplace of the demonstrations that began on February 4.

The military response came in response to claims from the government that Colombians were crossing the border there “to carry out paramilitary missions” in Venezuela.

Shops were closed and streets eerie in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, where there have been almost daily clashes between protesters and security forces.

Maduro meanwhile threatened to block CNN over what he called the US broadcaster’s “propaganda war,” and shot back at US President Barack Obama, who has urged Venezuela to release detained protesters and address the “legitimate grievances” of its people.

Maduro’s government said it “emphatically repudiates” Obama’s remarks, accusing the US president of “a new and crude interference in the internal affairs of our country”.

On Sunday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US diplomats, accusing them of meeting student leaders to conspire under the guise of offering them visas. Washington denies the allegations.

Maduro also came under attack from US pop icon Madonna, who Thursday accused Maduro’s government of “fascism” over its handling of the roiling demonstrations.

Prominent opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who has helped spearhead the protests, is being held at a military jail where his lawyers say he could remain for up to 45 days awaiting trial.

Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist, has been charged with instigating violence, property damage and criminal association.

Govt to move steadily on IR change: Abbott

2019年6月17日 | 苏州美甲 | Permalink

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the government won’t be rushing into broad changes to workplace laws beyond the reforms it took to the 2013 election.

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The government will next week bring to parliament a bill to give effect to coalition promises on changes to Labor’s Fair Work Act and will announce details of a Productivity Commission review of the Act.

The law changes will impose new limits on union officials’ access to workplaces and ensure that the setting of so-called greenfield agreements on pay and conditions for workers on new major projects is sped up.

They will also ensure that enterprise agreements cannot restrict the use of individual flexibility arrangements (IFAs) which are currently allowed under the Fair Work system.

An IFA allows employers and workers to set flexible hours and other conditions which suit personal needs.

At the moment some enterprise agreements set out conditions that cannot be varied by an IFA.

Mr Abbott said no one should get over-excited about the Productivity Commission review and the implementation of workplace changes would be done in an orderly and timely fashion.

cleaning up union corruption was the government’s first term workplace priority, he said.

“Our priority is to ensure we have honest unions and honest union officials,” Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra on Friday.

The government has anti-corruption laws currently before parliament and a royal commission is gearing up to start gathering evidence.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor supported workplace laws that provided a win-win for employers and employees.

“The problem with the Abbott government is they’ve never seen someone on a penalty rate or a reasonable wage that they wouldn’t kick or try and cut their conditions,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Geelong.

“Australia’s future involves a race to the top, not a race to the bottom.”

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver said another review of industrial relations laws is unnecessary.

“We are deeply concerned about the Productivity Commission looking into IR (industrial relations) because they have … been out there expressing views about wages, conditions and penalty rates which we know are under the gun by this government,” Mr Oliver told ABC radio.

Employment Minister Eric Abetz said any recommendations out of the Productivity Commission inquiry would not be acted upon until after the next election.

Australian Industry Group chief Innes Willox said he expected penalty rates, leave loading and other entitlements would be reviewed by the Commission.

“That doesn’t mean there’ll be changes,” he said.

“It just means that they’ll be examined to see what impact they do make on the productivity of Australia’s workplaces.”

Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt said it was a predetermined review to justify the government’s reintroduction of Work Choices.

“We will not support legislation that removes people’s rights at work,” he said.

RAAF to acquire eight new aircraft

2019年5月17日 | 苏州美甲 | Permalink

Australia is to acquire eight new Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, able to watch over a vast area of ocean and if necessary attack enemy ships and submarines.

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But Prime Minister Tony Abbott doubts they will have a role in stopping the flow of asylum seeker boats.

“We expect the first one to be in operational service by 2017 and I think the boats will be stopped by then,” he told reporters in Canberra.

Under the $4 billion deal, the RAAF will replace its 19 elderly Lockheed AP-3C Orion aircraft with the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, a design based on the widely used Boeing 737-800 airliner. There’s an option for four more.

Poseidons are now entering service with the US and Indian navies.

They can be equipped with Harpoon missiles to attack ships and torpedoes and depth charges to attack submarines. They can also conduct search and rescue missions. Onboard systems will give Poseidon a very advanced electronic surveillance and intelligence-gathering capability.

After inspecting a US Navy Poseidon at Canberra airport, Mr Abbott acknowledged these were a long time coming.

In 2007, the former coalition government gave initial approval to acquire Poseidon. Australia subsequently contributed $150 million to join the P-8A development program, later adding a further $100 million.

In Australian service, the new Poseidons will eventually operate in conjunction with proposed Triton unmanned surveillance aircraft in a $7 billion upgrade to maritime surveillance capabilities.

As a new aircraft, the Poseidon has experienced problems, with the Pentagon last month deeming US Navy Poseidons ineffective at their primary jobs of reconnaissance and submarine hunting because of problems with the radar and other systems.

However, Mr Abbott said he understood these difficulties had been resolved and the aircraft would be further upgraded.

He said these advanced aircraft were needed because Australia’s economic zone comprised four per cent of the world’s oceans and the search and rescue zone 11 per cent.

“It’s an enormous part of the Earth that we are required to supervise and if necessary control and these aircraft are going to be a very important part of our capacity to do that in the decades to come,” he said.

Defence Minister David Johnston said this was a cutting edge capability which would replace Orions which had been in RAAF service since the late 1960s.

“This a phenomenal strategic capability for Australia,” he said.

RAAF chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown said this was the world’s most advanced maritime surveillance aircraft and a worthy successor to the Orions.

“The P-8 gives us an unprecedented capability to find, fix and track both surface ships and submarines,” he said.