first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A number of major news sources (among them Russian Television, Fox Business News, Sky News, New Scientist and the Daily Mail) are reporting a shocking finding published in a recently released WHO (World Health Organization) report. The report claims that over half of new HIV infections in Greece are the result of individuals self-infecting themselves with the virus in order to qualify for a state benefit worth 700 euros a month. “HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug substitution programmes.” – stated the final report entitled “Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region”. However, as pointed out by the website mediamatters.org, the study cited in the WHO as the source for the figure actually makes no such claim. Specifically the figure in the WHO report supposedly comes from a 2011 study published in the renowned British Medical Journal Lancet. While this paper does note a significant increase in HIV infection rates in recent years, it attributes this largely to increases in prostitution rates and rates of unsafe sex among high-risk groups. Cases of individuals ‘self infecting’ are only limited to a ‘few individuals’: Specifically, the Lancet study claims that “The latest data suggest that new infections will rise by 52% in 2011 compared with 2010 (922 new cases versus 605), with half of the currently observed increases attributable to infections among intravenous drug users. …Many new HIV infections are also linked to an increase in prostitution (and associated unsafe sex).22 An authoritative report described accounts of deliberate self-infection by a few individuals to obtain access to benefits of €700 per month and faster admission onto drug substitution programmes.” The Lancet study under the title: “Health effects of financial crisis: omens of a Greek tragedy”, was published in September 2011. How the WHO arrived at the “half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted” is anyone’s guess and the organisation is likely to come under serious criticism for publishing such a misleading claim as fact. As a result of this, the erroneous fact is being repeated across the internet at breakneck speed, adding to the narrative that Greece is full of benefit cheats who will stop at nothing to scam the system. The World Health Organisation responding to a written question from the Greek news site The Press Project International has admitted its error by saying: “WHO wishes to point out that the statement in the report “Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO Europe Region” is the consequence of an error in the editing phase of the document. The original source for the statement is a correspondence published in the Lancet by Alexander Kentikelenis and colleagues in September 2011. WHO recognizes that there is no evidence suggesting that “deliberate self-infection with HIV” goes beyond few, anecdotal cases.” Source: thepressproject.netlast_img

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first_imgJacob Whitehead looks ahead to the first weekend of autumn Tests in the northern hemisphere for 2020 “It’s been a long time and the players are excited. We can’t wait now. It’s a game to get us back into our stride.” Head coach Wayne Pivac discusses key talking from today’s team announcement. #FRAvWAL ⑊ #HWFN pic.twitter.com/vku2HLRtdZ— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) October 22, 2020Some had thought Pivac may use the France game as an opportunity to experiment, but the former Scarlets boss has gone with experience – Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, George North and Leigh Halfpenny all start.Davies, who is back after a long-term knee injury, is forming a new centre pairing with Nick Tompkins, which is sure to excite Welsh fans.The big news though? Louis Rees-Zammit is set to be given his first taste of Test rugby having been named on the bench. It’s a good thing this game isn’t under the roof in Cardiff – things might just get a little too hot with the Gloucester man’s searing speed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland back new faces against ItalyInternational rugby is back in the northern hemisphere! The next two weeks will see the Six Nations finally finished – a competition which began on the 1 February and will see its champion crowned on Halloween. There could have been babies conceived, born and picked as an apprentice by Eddie Jones in that timeframe.And then it’s out with the old and in with the new as the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup kicks off, with Fiji and Georgia coming into the mix for four straight weeks of Tests.This first weekend of rugby is a bit of a strange one, with one Six Nations fixture mingling with friendlies, but there’s still plenty to be looking forward to as Test rugby kicks off once again…Ireland back new faces against Italy Ireland v Italy, 3.30pm, Saturday 24 October, Aviva Stadium, Live on ITVSpring is usually the time to freshen up, but Andy Farrell resisted the temptation to make any wholesale changes from the Joe Schmidt era back in February. His first game in charge, a 19-12 win over Scotland, saw only the debuts of No 8 Caelan Doris, who was unfortunate to go off early with a head injury, and hooker Ronan Kelleher, who was a late introduction off the bench.In contrast, Saturday afternoon’s Six Nations game against Italy in Dublin has seen a raft of players given a chance, with Leinster players in particular rewarded for rich provincial form.Hugo Keenan, fresh from beating Beauden Barrett’s bronco during lockdown, starts on the left wing. A graduate of Ireland’s sevens programme, his pace is almost as impressive as his rugby nous – he reminds me of Australia’s Dane Haylett-Petty.Powerful openside Will Connors will make his debut alongside Doris and CJ Stander in a back row that is an impressive carrying unit.Without wanting to get drawn into a debate on rugby’s residency rules, by far the most controversial selection decisions have taken place at half-back. Ulster’s John Cooney didn’t make Farrell’s squad for the autumn after a drop in provincial form. His replacement is Jamison Gibson-Park, who has represented the Maori All Blacks and is selected on the bench for this match ahead of Leinster team-mate Luke McGrath.There are a couple of other interesting selections in the Irish team. Jacob Stockdale will fill in at full-back after Jordan Larmour’s injury, while Tadhg Beirne is given a chance to nail down the second-row berth alongside James Ryan. It would take a braver gambler than me to bet against Beirne staking his claims for the Lions in the coming games.Finn Russell in untested waters Scotland v Georgia, 7.30pm, Friday 23 October, BT Murrayfield, Live on ITV4Look back to February and the world seemed all so very different. Social distancing was something you did to avoid small talk at parties, Wasps were languishing in the bottom half of the Premiership table and Finn Russell wasn’t being considered for international selection.Moving forward: Scotland coach Gregor Townsend with fly-half Finn Russell (Getty Images)It’s a story we all know well – a fallout on the eve of the Six Nations between Russell and Gregor Townsend saw the fly-half sent home.Yet Scotland still had an impressive start to the Six Nations. They lost to Ireland in a game they really could have won (how long ago does it seem since Stuart Hogg dropping the ball was a thing?!), and were only narrowly beaten by England in a pestilence of rain one week later.A 17-0 beatdown of Italy followed, before Russell’s replacement, Adam Hastings, played brilliantly well in an impressive 28-17 win over leaders France. Second place in the championship is a real possibility.Relationships often need space, and lockdown provided that breathing room for Townsend and Russell to get their partnership back on track, with the Racing stand-off returning to the squad for the autumn fixtures. But what will Scotland look like now?We know from his time at Racing that Russell stars when he is the boss – a team he can quarterback, built in his image. Will he ever be able to have this level of control for Scotland again? And what about Hastings, who will surely not be content to roll over and lose the shirt, a man who Townsend will justifiably feel some loyalty towards after his Six Nations exploits?Hastings has the start on Friday night against Georgia, with Russell on the bench. Can the Glasgow man hold off Russell’s challenge for the all-important Wales clash at the end of the month? Or could the pair be named in the same back-line at ten and 12, as discussed in the current issue of Rugby World magazine? Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Curious GeorgiaScotland v Georgia, 7.30pm, Friday 23 October, BT Murrayfield, Live on ITV4After every lopsided Italy loss comes the guttural call from certain corners to include Georgia in the Six Nations. They’re not quite there yet – but the next few weeks are their best chance to make it. Like a twirling ballerina, the spotlight is upon them – let’s hope for some style as well as scrummaging.Remember, this is what Georgia have been asking for. With this warm-up against Scotland before four Autumn Nations Cup fixtures, they’ll be playing five top-tier nations in a row – a far cry from the odd International or a World Cup every four years.Starter at ten: Tedo Abzhandadze on the attack for Georgia (Getty Images)Coach Levan Maisashvili has said his team will treat the Murrayfield clash as a warm-up – the Lelos playing an experimental team, with only six players retained in the starting XV from their final World Cup match against Australia last year. They’ve also got some interesting new coaching appointments, with ex-Gloucester DoR David Humphreys joining as a high-performance consultant for the tournament.Keep an eye out for fly-half Tedo Abzhandadze. He’s only 21, but is a player capable of some quite gorgeous touches – the Georgian Jalibert.Which of France and Wales can kick their year back into gear? France v Wales, 8.10pm, Saturday 24 October, Stade de France, Live on ITV4 & S4CMomentum is massive in sport. France had plenty of it in this Six Nations until a Mohamed Haouas punch, a loss to Scotland and an enforced seven-month break from rugby almost destroyed their best chance of a Six Nations title in a decade.Back in: Vincent Rattez returns to the France line-up to face Wales (Getty Images)Still, coach Fabien Galthié can call on an almost identical XV from the spring, with wing Vincent Rattez the only personnel change from France’s Six Nations game against Wales, coming in for centre Arthur Vincent, who moves to the bench – remarkable consistency after such a long break.They will also come into the game against Wayne Pivac’s side with confidence, their 27-23 triumph over Wales in February arguably their most impressive performance since the 2011 World Cup.Speaking of momentum, Wales are desperate for a little of their own. The Six Nations saw them slump to three successive defeats in games against Ireland, France and England, meaning next weekend’s game against Scotland is suddenly crucial if they want to avoid a fifth-place finish. Taking charge: Andy Farrell at Ireland training ahead of the Italy game (Inpho) last_img

first_imgCelebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp Previous articleBeauty and the ballNext articleFree art exhibition Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie LIMERICK will soon enter the Age Friendly County programme, a nationwide initiative aimed at making Irish counties a great place in which to grow old. The programme, which works from the premise that older people are a valuable resource to their communities and to society in general, was widely welcomed by both city and county council. The initiative will seek to form on alliance of senior managers across the local authorities, health service, police, business community, voluntary organisations and academic institutions, with representatives from the Older People’s Forum, chaired by the county/city manager. For more information see www.agefriendlycounties.comSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Printcenter_img #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter Email Linkedin TAGSAge FriendlyagefriendlycountiesMusic Limerick Facebook NewsLocal NewsAge-friendly LimerickBy Guest Writer – May 10, 2013 527 New Music: 40Hurtzlast_img

first_img View post tag: Armidale Australia, Serco Change Terms of Armidale Deal Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia, Serco Change Terms of Armidale Deal View post tag: Australia Australian Government and Serco Group have reached an agreement to amend the terms of the company’s contract to provide in-service support to the Navy’s fleet of Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB). The company has negotiated to shorten the onerous contract which previously ran to 2022. According to the company’s statement the contract will now end in 2017. Under the terms of the Settlement and Amendment Deed, both parties have agreed to a mutual release of claims they may have had against each other prior to the point of contract amendment.Serco will provide maintenance and remediation work on an agreed cost recovery basis, but under improved standards, as the agreement states.The ACPB contract was subject to an Onerous Contract Provision (OCP) which had Serco pay USD 206,1 million at the end of 2014, reflecting anticipated future losses through to 2022, together with a further charge of USD 100 million relating principally to the impairment of receivables.Although a detailed assessment of Serco’s contracts subject to OCPs will be carried out at the year end, the company expects the ACPB contract amendment will result in a significant decrease in the overall level of the Group’s provisions against future contract losses.Rupert Soames, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:Today’s amendments represent an equitable solution for both parties. We remain absolutely focused on delivering the highest standard of operational performance on this challenging contract and continuing to support the Australian Defence Force as we have for nearly twenty years.The provisions against the ACPB contract represented approximately 30 percent of the Group’s OCPs charged at the end of 2014 and ACPB was the single largest OCP. The Group utilised USD 24,2 million of the ACPB provision in the first half of 2015.Image: Australian Navy November 11, 2015center_img View post tag: deal View post tag: Serco Share this article Authoritieslast_img

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