Guidance: Reporting requirements for medicine shortages and discontinuations

first_imgDaSH portal: reporting a discontinuationDaSH portal: reporting a discontinuation This guidance is for medicines marketing authorisation holders (MAHs). It gives them an overview of how to report medicines shortages to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) under the January 2019 regulations. MAHs should report supply issues, including potential shortages and discontinuations, to DHSC via the discontinuations and shortages (DaSH) portal. DaSH portal: user managementDaSH portal: user managementContactsIf you have any questions about ensuring the flow of medical supplies into the UK, you can contact the relevant government team for your sector: DaSH portal: action notes and documentsDaSH portal: action notes and documents DaSH portal: creating and responding to actionsDaSH portal: creating and responding to actions Medicines contingency (for EoTP-related returns or queries): [email protected] Medicine shortages or discontinuations reporting: [email protected] Medical Devices and Clinical Consumables (MDCC) contingency team: [email protected] Clinical trials: [email protected] Vaccines and countermeasures: [email protected] Blood and transplants: [email protected] Non-clinical goods and services: [email protected] DaSH portal: registrationDaSH portal: registration Complete the MAH and administrator set-up form with details of MAH-nominated DaSH portal users Email your completed form to [email protected]center_img DaSH portal: password resetDaSH portal: password reset DaSH portal: navigation overview (admin)DaSH portal: navigation overview admin DaSH portal: reporting a shortageDaSH portal: reporting a shortage DaSH portal: navigation overviewDaSH portal: navigation overview The document ‘DHSC reporting requirements for medicine shortages and discontinuations’ replaces the best practice guidelines that were published in 2007.Setting up administrators on the DaSH portal If you cannot access the DaSH portal, contact the Medicine Supply Team at [email protected] guidanceYou can watch these video guides on how to use the DaSH portal. DaSH portal: amending company detailsDaSH portal: amend company detailslast_img read more

Moral Passion by Evolutionists Makes No Sense

first_img(Visited 393 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 One needs a timeless, universal standard to declare what people should do. Evolution has no such thing.The classic picture of the Scientist is a dispassionate person in a white lab coat looking at a test tube, then recording the data on a clipboard, which journals report in boring text. Real scientists are ordinary people with biases, passions and worldviews that color how they look at things. Quite often, they have strong feelings about what their fellow human beings should do. The word “should” implies moral standards.Philosophers try to see if ideas comport with each other. Incongruent ideas are illogical by nature. Consider the conundrum of the evolutionary biologist (or any secular scientist, for that matter). Are their propositions consistent?1. All things came into being without purpose or goal.2. People should change their behavior.There is no “should” word in the Stuff Happens Law of Darwinism. If the human race goes extinct, so be it. If the world heats up and we all die, tough luck. Stuff happens. Without a universal, timeless canon of right and wrong—a moral guide star—scientists’ opinions about what people should do have no force. They are just empty opinions that will evolve over time like everything else. Yet in spite of that foundational belief, scientists and journals frequently engage in “should-ing” everyone else. That makes no sense.Greta’s Hellfire SermonA case in point is the widely-publicized outburst by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish student partaker of the Students’ Climate Strike on September 20th. She spoke in urgent, tearful tones before the United Nations, demanding that the world fix climate change before we all die in 12 years, blaming adults for ruining the Earth and the future for her generation. Assuming she is an evolutionist, that makes no sense. Stuff happens. We all die. So what? Some conservative commentators judged her outburst a pathetic example of the results of indoctrination. Not so the left. Here we watch the major secular scientific establishments rush to follow her crusade, agreeing that human beings “should” fix the climate. Not to do so is a “moral failure,” they say.An ethicist weighs in on our moral failure to act on climate change (The Conversation). In this piece, Monique Deveaux, ethicist at the University of Guelph, jumps to Greta’s defense, speaking about “moral responsibility.” No foundation for morals is provided.Climate change: The girl inspired by Greta to help the planet (BBC News). Entranced by Greta’s outburst, the BBC featured another young girl doing her moral duty to “help the planet” in tangible, if not small, ways. It doesn’t matter if her efforts would not amount to a drop in the ocean; she means well. That’s a good moral thing, even if illogical.Hundreds of thousands join children’s climate strikes in Europe (Phys.org). A headline like this could, scientifically, lead to an unbiased recounting of statistics. There is a distinct flavor, however, of moral euphoria in the article. Everybody is happy about the strike. The reporter speaks to no one who represents a contrary opinion, or thinks the strike is misguided. It harks back to the Children’s Crusade of 1212 that ended in dismal failure, with children starving along the way or getting sold into slavery by Muslim pirates, despite the well-wishers who had cheered them on at the start. Note the similarities:It was easy for an hysterical boy to be infected with the idea that he too could be a preacher and could emulate Peter the Hermit, whose prowess had during the past century reached a legendary grandeur. Undismayed by the King’s indifference, he began to preach at the very entrance to the abbey of Saint-Denis and to announce that he would lead a band of children to the rescue of Christendom. The seas would dry up before them, and they would pass, like Moses through the Red Sea, safe to the Holy Land. He was gifted with an extraordinary eloquence. Older folk were impressed, and children came flocking to his call. After his first success he set out to journey round France summoning the children; and many of his converts went further afield to work on his behalf. They were all to meet together at Vendôme in about a month’s time and start out from there to the East….Neurologist explains why Greta Thunberg is so powerful (Phys.org). A dispassionate scientist could evaluate the Greta phenomenon in unbiased terms, explaining why her words were influential in the same way a crow’s caw might cause a reaction in the flock. But the piece is filled with morality words: moral intuitions, moral framing, moral conflict, moral sensitivities, moral narratives, and moral systems. But if such morals are only “moral systems humans have developed,” they are merely cultural conventions for the present time. As such, they could evolve into other moral systems, like bright shiny things that catch the attention of packrats. There’s no beef in such moral systems, no force that should cause people to change their ways.Are We Really Running Out of Time to Stop Climate Change? (Live Science). Rafi Letzter agrees that climate science is too complex to boil down to a 12-year deadline, but reasons that using the 12-year number is justifiable if it promotes action. Do those ideas comport with each other? Should governments and scientists use immorality (lying) to promote morality (saving the earth)? On what basis?Graphic by J. Beverly Greene.Other Moral Murmurings in ScienceWealthy Couple Gives UCLA $20 Million to Find the ‘Antidote’ to an Unkind World (Live Science). How did kindness evolve? Is it a timeless, universal principle in Darwinism? Certainly not. Evolution just as strongly promotes survival of the fittest, selfishness, and nature red in tooth and claw (listen to a reading from Matti Leisola’s book Heretic on ID the Future about how Darwinism, like phlogiston theory, explains opposite things). Oblivious to this incongruence, reporter Nicoletta Lanese embraces the touchy-feely view, rejoicing that the UCLA evolutionists are only so happy to take the money and spend it to support inconsistent ideas.The scholars have settled on a definition of kindness, according to the Los Angeles Times: Kindness is “an act that enhances the welfare of others as an end in itself.” Though performing acts of kindness reportedly benefits the do-gooder by reducing their stress levels and risk of succumbing to infection or serious illness, good deeds should be intended to benefit the recipient alone. Kindness requires selflessness, and humans require kindness to succeed as a species, said Daniel Fessler, UCLA anthropology professor and the institute’s inaugural director.Where does altruism come from? Discovery of ‘greenbeard’ genes could hold the answer (The Conversation). Here comes another attempt to explain away true selfless behavior using Darwinian storytelling. In this instance of that broken record, Laurence Belcher (U of Bath) belches out an old story plot by Richard Dawkins: the “greenbeard gene” theory. An individual that has a prominent or unusual trait like a green beard, the story goes, gives a signal that directs altruistic behavior to others in the population with the trait, and is therefore more likely to pass on its weird beard gene. (This plot works for algae as well as humans.) But as Belcher burps out at the end of his article, such a gene could just as easily have a dark side and promote selfish behavior. So what is the answer to “Where does altruism come from?” Belcher surely doesn’t know, nor do other Darwin storytellers.The study of greenbeard genes is still very much in its infancy, and we don’t truly know how widespread and important they are in nature. In general, kinship has a special place at the heart of the evolution of altruism, because it is through helping relatives that a gene can ensure it is helping copies of itself. Perhaps our focus on the enigmatic social lives of birds and mammals has driven this view, as the social lives of these groups tend to revolve around families. But the story could be very different for microbes and marine invertebrates.It all depends on the species, in other words. There is certainly no moral ‘content’ to whatever happens in algae, microbes, birds, mammals, or humans. Along that line, evolutionary altruism is a contradiction in terms: at its core, altruistic actions are mere manifestations of Darwinian selfishness.Ideological differences in the expanse of the moral circle (Nature Communications). Jonathan Haidt and three friends are still at it, trying to explain human morality in evolutionary terms. He’s been trying for a long time (2007, 2012). Here, he and his buddies decide that “liberals, relative to conservatives, express greater moral concern toward friends relative to family, and the world relative to the nation.” But of course he’s going to support that idea; he’s a liberal. He wants to look good. Nothing more needs to be considered in his empty claims, despite 103 instances of the word “moral” in the paper, because his ideas are incongruent from the get-go. If morality evolves, it is not moral. It’s cultural convention. What’s moral today could be immoral tomorrow, or in another culture. Nobody could judge either as better.Important book proving that Darwinism is not just amoral, but anti-moral.Don’t waste time on elitist gobbledegook. The Bible provides a timeless, universal moral compass. Some Bible followers will make moral mistakes, but it’s not the compass’s fault. But if someone talking morality has no timeless, universal, certain moral compass, nothing but nonsense will come of it. When a secularist does act consistent with Bible morality, it’s only due to the conscience that was put into all human hearts by the Creator, who implanted His image in all humans. That conscience is defiled and corrupted, and sometimes can be seared beyond repair. Its presence, however, is the only thing that explains the universal recognition that some things are inherently right, and other things are inherently wrong. In evolution, morality makes no sense at all.last_img read more

Confed Cup ticket sales accelerate

first_img28 May 2009Ticket sales for the 2009 Confederations Cup are fast approaching the 400 000 mark, with just three weeks left before the kickoff of Fifa’s “Tournament of Continental Champions”.Some 383 506 tickets, or 63% of the total 640 000 tickets available, had been sold by 21 May, according to Fifa. Of those sold, 25 000 had been bought over the counter since the opening of ticketing centres in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg.Johannesburg is in the lead, with 33 509 tickets purchased and collected at its ticketing centre at the Sandton Isle, in Sandton.According to Fifa, tickets for several matches in various categories are sold out:Match 1 (South Africa vs Iraq): category 3 and 4;Match 3 (Brasil vs Egypt): category 4;Match 4 (USA vs Italy): category 4;Match 7 (USA vs Brasil): category 2, 3 and 4;Match 11 (Brasil vs Italy): all categories;Match 14 (semifinal, Johannesburg): category 4; andMatch 16 (final, Johannesburg); category 4Category four tickets are the cheapest tickets and are available exclusively to South African residents in rands. For the group matches and the third place match, category four tickets go for R70 only. Categories one to three tickets are available in American dollars to football fans living outside the country.Category one tickets are for seats alongside the pitch, between the goal lines. Category two tickets are for seats next to category one seats, in the corners; and categories three and four tickets are for seats behind the goals or in the corners.TeamsNew Zealand, Iraq and Spain and host nation South Africa will slug it out for top spot in Group A, while the United States, Egypt, Brazil and Italy will fight it out in Group B.The opening and final matches of the tournament, which kicks off on 14 June, will be played at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium, while Tshwane’s Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Mangaung’s Free State Stadium, and Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace will host group and semifinal matches.People can still apply for tickets through FNB branches. At bank branches, buyers must:Collect official ticket application forms from any FNB branch across the country;Fill out the application form, subject to the household limitations on ticket purchases – a maximum of four tickets per household, up to a maximum of seven matches. You must also choose which games you would like to attend, as well as supply personal details of the main applicant and guests;Return the ticket application form to an FNB teller, keeping the ticket purchase card as proof of payment;Wait to receive an SMS confirming the outcome of your application;Pay for tickets when advised that the request for tickets was successful; andCollect your tickets using your card at various points in the four host citiesTickets can also be bought online:On the Fifa website, register your request for tickets;Monitor the outcome or status of your ticket application online;Go online when advised that your ticket application was successful; andCollect tickets using your Visa payment card from various points in the four host citiesTickets can also be bought over the counter at ticketing centres in each host city. Simply walk into a ticketing centre with cash, credit or debit cards and buy tickets over the counter or through vending machines. The vending machines, which take only credit and ticket purchase cards, give customers step-by-step instructions on buying tickets, which are printed out.Once ticket applications have been approved, the tickets can be collected from inside FNB branches during normal FNB trading hours, as well as other designated collection points available at each host city.At all locations, customers need to bring along:Their payment card, if they used the card to buy their tickets via the Fifa website;Their ticket purchase card from their hard ticket application form, if they used the paper application form to buy their tickets; andProof of identity to confirm they are the person who ordered the ticketsSource: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Minister Chabane and Brand South Africa to highlight South Africa’s competitiveness in the UAE

first_imgJohannesburg, 3 December 2013 – Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane will on Wednesday 4 December 2013 profile South Africa’s competitiveness to Emirati business and tourists when Brand South Africa hosts a roundtable discussion in Dubai.Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya, CEO Miller Matola and Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama will join Minister Chabane in deliberations with participants at the round-table which will profile South Africa’s infrastructure.As the country’s reputation management and marketing agency, Brand South Africa will bring together a range of stakeholders in Dubai ranging from South Africans who are now resident in the country as well as Emirati businesspeople and investors to deliberate on South Africa’s value proposition. This includes, amongst others, our favourable investment climate, developed transport and telecommunications infrastructure, and a social structure that is free of gender or religious discrimination.The discussion in the UAE complements Brand South Africa’s recent hosting of the country’s inaugural Competitiveness Forum which aimed to ignite the conversation around what needs to be done to improve the country’s reputation domestically and internationally.Speaking from the UAE, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa’s competitiveness and reputation must be driven by what we do rather than what we say. Each citizen in the country and outside therefore has a role to play in improving our country’s reputation. We each need to play our part and do best so that South Africa is seen as a reliable destination for international investors and tourists. Through this we can ensure our country’s grows economically and our social conditions can improve through the creation of jobs generated from these inward flows of investment.”The conversation in the UAE can be followed on @Brand_SA on hashtag #SA_UAETalk.Note to editorsSouth Africa’s infrastructure build programmeSouth Africa’s investment in infrastructure gained momentum in the years leading up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and is set to expand as the foundation of a national growth and development strategy. The country’s electricity, water, transport and telecommunications networks are being extended, education and health capacity is being expanded, and human settlements are being built and upgraded to strengthen the fabric of communities.Over the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period, budgeted and approved public-sector projects total R844.5 billion. As announced in the State of the Nation Address 2013, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission gives new impetus to the planning and implementation of major capital projects, raising the level of investment spending and contributing to industrial and regional development. All public-sector infrastructure projects will be subject to rigorous assessment to determine their feasibility and government chooses the most cost-effective projects that provide optimal long-term benefits.In response to the challenge of facilitating fast-tracked government-led infrastructure investment, cabinet established the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC).The PICC is mandated by Cabinet to plan and coordinate a National Infrastructure Plan. It is driven by the highest levels of political will and dedication to harmonise infrastructure planning and implementation across all spheres of the Government of the Republic of South Africa, State agencies as well as social partners. PICC interventions are cross-cutting yet targeted, seeking to crowd-in investment and mobilise efforts.South Africa is integrating and phasing investment plans across 18 Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) which have five core functions: to unlock opportunity, transform the economic landscape, create new jobs, strengthen the delivery of basic services and support the integration of African economies.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa. Follow Brand South [email protected]_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/[email protected] #DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Arahna SinghBrand South Africa Communications Tel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332 Email: [email protected] Endslast_img read more

Remote Surveys for DNV GL Classed Ships Now a Reality

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL All DNV GL classed vessels are now able to use the possibility of remote surveys for some inspections through the Veracity data platform, the classification society said.This means that for a range of surveys, a DNV GL surveyor will not be required to travel to a vessel.Instead, by using an online connection or video streaming link, a team of remote surveyors can provide support to vessels anywhere in the world with documentation, images, video and input provided by clients and crewmembers.“This is another big step forward in using the power of digitalization and increased connectivity to deliver smarter and more efficient services,” Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, commented.“Remote surveys allow us to free up time for our customers… In addition, cutting down on unnecessary travel can result in lower costs, less waiting, and more operational up-time. We’ve had a great response from our customers and support from major flag states, and we are deeply appreciative of the feedback provided to us to make this project a great success,” he added.More than 1,000 remote surveys were completed in the pilot and scaling up phase by the Direct Access to Technical Experts (DATE) units based in the Maritime Operational Centre in Høvik, alongside units in Hamburg, Singapore, Houston and Piraeus.Technology testing began in 2017, with the first production pilots in June 2018, and now the entire DNV GL fleet is able to take advantage of the service.The Scorpio Group was one of the first remote survey users. “We saw this as a way to utilize the extensive competence within DNV GL. Now we can apply DNV GL’s competence wherever we are, while also involving our own expertise in the process. Remote surveying makes both the process and the expertise mobile,” Francesco Bellusci, Scorpio Group managing director said.“Our technical team and senior management recently met with DNV GL at their Maritime Operational Centre in Høvik and were impressed with the demonstration of the society’s infrastructure and technology to support their remote survey capability,” John Ramage, Chief Operating Officer of International Registries, noted. “The Marshall Islands Registry recognizes this is an innovative solution and is pleased to support DNV GL in improving service delivery to our mutual clients,” he continued.When a client makes a survey request through DNV GL’s fleet portal on the Veracity platform, they may, for some survey types, be given the option by the system to choose to carry out the survey remotely.All such survey requests are then evaluated by a remote surveyor to make sure that the survey can be offered remotely. The remote survey regime has been constructed to ensure that the level of assurance is equivalent to an onboard survey, as explained by DNV GL.“We are running the remote surveys through our … DATE hubs. This gives us consistency in how the surveys are handled and the ability to offer around the clock service anywhere in the world,” Ørbeck-Nilssen further said.“In addition, the introduction of electronic certificates for all vessels, which allows us to publish and transmit the survey results immediately, has been pivotal to our successful launch of remote surveys.”The types of surveys able to be offered as remote surveys include occasional surveys that fall between periodical surveys, documentation-based surveys, testing and witnessing systems during normal operation, and surveys not ordered together with annual surveys.Periodical surveys like the annual survey of a vessel are not part of the remote survey programme as they require a surveyor onboard.Read more: Klaveness: World’s 1st Digital Survey Carried Out on Containershiplast_img read more

North Sea Port to Get New RoRo Terminal

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: North Sea Port Turkish logistics company Ekol Logistics and Belgian freight forwarder Transuniverse Forwarding have decided to construct a 40-hectare multimodal site at Kluizendok in Ghent, part of the Dutch-Belgian North Sea Port.North Sea Port and the two companies have recently signed a letter of intent to develop the new site.As informed, the new site will include a 10-hectare roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) terminal, a 10-hectare cross-docking platform and a 20-hectare rail terminal.As the containers and trailers heading for the United Kingdom will be moved by ship, Ekol Logistics and Transuniverse are building a RoRo terminal building at Kluizendok.“This terminal will be operated by a third party. Negotiations are already underway,” Frank Adins, Chairman of Transuniverse Forwarding Group, said. “The growth opportunities for cargo transshipment between Ghent and the United Kingdom are considerable. Brexit is expected to cause major congestion in the Channel ports. This will create opportunities to organise transport by ship to more northerly ports in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with rail connections to and from the European hinterland.”The planned developments are said to be in line with North Sea Port’s objectives since the port aims to further develop Kluizendok as a multimodal logistics hub in Europe.Transuniverse Forwarding expects to significantly increase its capacity by building an intermodal hub for goods flows between the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Northwest Europe. The company currently operates a so-called cross-dock center in Ghent for its groupage shipments to and from the whole of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.Thanks to the new facilities at Kluizendok, the company would be able to double these activities within five years.Related:North Sea Port: We Are Ready to Invest in Hydrogen as Fuellast_img read more

First Lady to participate in Early Childhood Education Project

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGeorgetown, Guyana – (June 3, 2016) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, participated in the Guyana Early Childhood Education Film Project, which is aimed at encouraging parents and guardians to participate more in recreational activities with their children, particularly in the area of reading. The filming was done at State House.Ms. Quenita Walrond, Nursery Technical Coordinator for the Guyana Early Childhood Education Project within the Ministry of Education, in an invited comment, said that from the inception of the project, Mrs. Granger has been a staunch supporter.The project, Ms. Walrond said, looks at how the gaps can be closed in children’s performance in the public school system; children from the hinterland as compared to the performance of children from the coastland.“We found that there were certain key areas where we could work to help our children and families from the hinterland to improve those education outcomes and literacy and numeracy specifically. So the project has three actionable components, one of which includes a mass media campaign that is targeting all parents and caregivers across Guyana that says parents and caregivers spend the most time with their children and so they are their first and best teachers. And that is where the First Lady comes in,” she said.Mrs. Granger, who has always been a firm believer in early childhood education, said she was happy to participate in the project, noting that it is education which will ultimately lead to a nation’s growth and development.last_img read more