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Josep Borrell slammed for ‘Greta syndrome’ remark

first_imgThe EU’s foreign affairs chief is under fire for calling into question the commitment of young climate activists.”The idea that young people are seriously committed to fighting climate change — we could call it the ‘Greta syndrome’ — allow me to doubt that,” Josep Borrell said at a debate in Brussels on Wednesday, referencing teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.”I would like to know if young people demonstrating in Berlin calling for measures against climate change are aware of what such measures will cost them,” Borrell said, “and if they are willing to lower their living standards to offer compensation to Polish miners, because if we fight against climate change for real they will lose their jobs and will have to be subsidized.” The Green group in the European Parliament said Friday that Borrell’s comments were “unacceptable for a representative of the EU” and they will “be asking for a full explanation from him next week.”Carles Puigdemont, former Catalan regional president and now MEP, said on Twitter that he had sent a formal letter to the European Commission, asking whether Borrell’s remarks on young climate change activists “are the official opinion of the Commission on the issue?” Puigdemont also asked how such views fit with the EU’s new Green Deal plan.Borrell, a staunch opponent of Catalan independence, took to Twitter on Friday to say that youth movements fighting climate change “have my full support and inspire politicians & societies.”He also tweeted an apology on Saturday “to anyone that may have felt offended by my inappropriate reference to the important youth movement fighting #climatechange.”This article has been updated. Also On POLITICO Greta Thunberg gets UK royal seal of approval By Stephen Brown Greta Thunberg calls Trump criticism ‘just funny’ By Paul Dallisonlast_img read more

PAHO Director says Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic Must Include Chronic Disease Care

first_img Tweet 49 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!                                                         Dr. Carissa EtienneThe Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne,  Tuesday said the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region of the Americas must include chronic disease care, as 1 in 4 people are at increased risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 due to underlying non communicable diseases (NCDs).Noting that more than 2.4 million cases and over 143,000 deaths have made the Americas the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Etienne said during a media briefing today, “as cases continue to rise in our region, our efforts to protect those with underlying conditions must intensify.”In South America, “we are particularly concerned that the number of new cases reported last week in Brazil was the highest for a seven-day period, since the outbreak began. Both Peru and Chile are also reporting a high incidence,” she said. For most countries in the Americas, “now is not the time to relax restrictions or scale back preventive strategies. Now is the time to stay strong, remain vigilant and aggressively implement proven public health measures,” Dr. Etienne said.“We have never seen such a deadly relationship between an infectious disease and Non-Communicable Diseases. Some of the data are truly alarming. Especially for our region, where NCDs are pervasive,” she said.  “We need aggressive preventive measures to protect people with diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases from the new coronavirus.”Persons with diabetes are twice as likely to have severe disease or die, and 28 percent of cancer patients who contracted COVID-19 died, compared with 2 percent of overall patients, she said, citing recent studies. Smoking also increases the chance of severe disease from COVID-19.Stay at home measures, disruptions in provision of health care services, as well as the fear of attending care facilities have resulted in reduced elective clinic visits and lower access to renal dialysis, cancer care, and delays in high priority treatments for patients with NCDs, Dr. Etienne said. Many health workers who normally provide care for people with chronic disease “have been redirected to the COVID-19 response, adversely impacting the timely diagnosis and treatment of NCDs,” PAHO’s Director added.Lower access to care from disruptions in health care services “puts patients at higher risk of complications and death from diseases which we know how to treat,” and health systems must find ways to respond “or we will be faced with a parallel epidemic of preventable deaths of persons with NCDs,” Dr. Etienne said.Prior to COVID-19, 81 percent of all deaths in the Region of the Americas were due to NCDs and 39 percent of these deaths were premature, occurring before 70 years of age. PAHO’s Director said it was important to find safe methods of delivering essential clinical care for people with NCDs during the pandemic. “For example, many countries are quickly scaling up telemedicine, prioritizing scheduled appointments to avoid crowded waiting rooms and providing services in novel ways.”Dr. Etienne said that countries should ensure that supply chains for essential NCD medicines are protected and continue to function efficiently, and that these products are distributed to the people who need them.“We also must ensure timely access to care for chronic diseases to prevent them from becoming life-threatening. PAHO is working with countries in the region and providing guidance to help plan and implement these measures. As cases continue to rise in our region, our efforts to protect those with underlying conditions must intensify,” she emphasized. Sharecenter_img CoronavirusLocalNewsRegional PAHO Director says Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic Must Include Chronic Disease Care by: – May 27, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Remote Controlled Real Time Spectrum Analyzer from 0.8 to 8 GHz

first_imgNarda Safety Test Solutions, a leading provider of measuring equipment for the EMF Safety, RF Testing and EMC sectors, has introduced a remote-controlled version of the SignalShark real-time spectrum analyzer which provides a powerful and versatile means of carrying out radio monitoring for organisations such as regulatory authorities, mobile phone network operators, police and security services, intelligence agencies and the armed forces.Covering the frequency range 8 kHz to 8 GHz, the SignalShark 3320 Remote Unit is capable of detecting, analysing and classifying a wide range of signals, as well as locating the source of transmissions using either automatic direction finding or TDOA (time difference of arrival) techniques. The instrument uses advanced FFT computations to achieve a 40 MHz real-time instantaneous bandwidth with a 100% probability of intercept (POI) for signals longer than 3.125 µs, which means that there are no gaps in the frequency span and every signal event can be detected reliably, even if it is extremely brief and transient. The unit is also able to capture the spectrum over the full frequency span of 8 kHz to 8 GHz in a single measurement at the impressively fast scan rate of 50GHz/s.Featuring an integrated computer running Windows 10, the 3320 provides a very flexible GUI with four task modes to support a wide variety of measurement applications, namely scan mode, real-time spectrum mode, auto DF mode and real-time streaming mode. Measurements are visualised by means of different views. For example, the user can choose to display the frequency domain and channel level at the same time by selecting a spectrum view and a level meter view. One particularly useful feature is the persistence view in real-time spectrum mode, which makes it very easy to spot interfering signals even if they are only transmitted sporadically. The source of the interference can then be tracked down using dedicated SignalShark direction finding antennas. The 3320 unit is equipped with an excellent RF front-end delivering outstanding sensitivity and dynamic range. It also provides four switchable RF inputs, which allow several different antennas – covering different frequency bands, for example – to be connected at the same time without the need for a complex switch that conventional single-input analysers require for this purpose.Available in either stand-alone or 19in. rack-mount versions, the SignalShark 3320 is accessed with remote desktop software via a network and can also be operated locally by means of an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Utilising the SCPI remote control protocol and VITA 49 compliant I/Q streaming, the unit will integrate easily into almost any software environment.last_img read more