On this day 179 years ago, the valiant struggle by Africans for human dignity and respect was advanced a step further with the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended the most brutish system of man’s injustice towards another. Freedom from chattel slavery not only set in train a series of events proving to the world the indomitable spirit of the newly freed, and the capacity of human fellowship across racial diversity, but that of self-determination in charting a course for further upliftment and development. The nation will recall the dogged pursuit of economic freedom, via the Village Movement, that saw the purchasing of plantations to establish communities and local government, build stability, familial and otherwise, and advance development. This sense of thrift not only proved beyond a shadow of doubt a people’s capability, who – though for hundreds of years toiled and lived under inhumane conditions, whips raining down on their backs, families torn asunder, treated as property not human beings – in the four years of Amelioration (1834-1838) were able to achieve what others thought impossible.The achievements must not only be testimony of the ability to self-determine, but also determination not to be enslaved or constrained by past unpleasantries. Heirs and beneficiaries of these struggles, sacrifices and gains must engage in redoubling of efforts, vigilance and insistency to be allowed to continue the forebears’ work. Zealously defending, protecting, strengthening and deepening what was bequeathed and leaving a firmer foundation for future generations must become the mantra and solemn pledge. Freedom is not free; it requires eternal vigilance and continuous sacrifices. To the extent where Africans are deprived of equality in the social, cultural, political, civic and economic environment, all-out efforts must be made to secure these. And let it be said, in the pursuit of said determination, it must matter not the identity or diversity of those who suppress or support the cause. The only thing that must matter is the cause, for it speaks to and solidify the inalienable rights of all humankind. To ignore this would be unlike the ancestors who worked with others in furtherance of their interests and resisted any who participated in their enslavement and deprivations. With determination and commitment, anything is possible, and descendants of the enslaved must continue the unfinished journey to freedom. Emancipation merely marks an attainment, significant though it is, it is not the final marker/finishing post for freedom. The struggle must continue!read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The patent losses come at a particularly fortuitous time for retail pharmacies because the industry is facing Medicaid cuts that analysts say will crimp profits. The new Medicare drug benefit is also expected to negatively affect earnings initially but opinions are divided about its long-term impact. “Without a doubt the generic benefit will offset what else is going on in the industry,” said Meredith Adler, an analyst at Lehman Brothers. Still, she doesn’t see the benefits from increased generic use outweighing the Medicare and Medicaid changes at least until 2008 for Walgreen or CVS Corp. Drugstores earn an average of $11 in gross profit per prescription on a generic drug, while brand-name treatments carry an $8.50 gross profit, according to Mark Husson, an analyst at HSBC Securities. Adler estimates that the average gross profit is $5 more for generics than for brand-name drugs. That’s because health care providers such as insurers and pharmacy benefit managers provide drug stores with financial incentives of good reimbursement rates to dispense generic drugs. They do that because using generic drugs saves vast amounts of money, as they are substantially cheaper than their brand-name counterparts. Also contributing to the higher profit margins are generics’ low acquisition costs and rebates manufacturers provide to the stores, according to a report by Scott A. Mushkin, an analyst at Bank of America Securities Physicians aren’t always aware that generic drugs are available so pharmacists often call doctors to see whether they would approve a switch. Such transactions cost money, which is one reason for the incentives, said CVS Corp. Chief Financial Officer David Rickard. NEW YORK – Often in business, one industry’s loss is another’s gain. As the pharmaceutical industry suffers through a period of extensive losses of patents on key drugs, retail pharmacies are reaping the benefit because they earn substantially more money dispensing generic medicines than brand names. Last week, Walgreen Co. said higher sales of generic drugs helped push its first-quarter profit up 5 percent, besting Wall Street’s estimates and increasing its stock price. Sales of generic drugs were driven higher by nonbranded versions of Sanofi-Aventis Group allergy medication Allegra, Walgreen said. Benefits from patent losses are expected to accelerate because the pharmaceutical industry entered a period of intense patent losses last year. Lehman Brothers estimates that branded drugs with total sales of $70 billion in 2005 through 2010 will face generic competition. This year, Lehman anticipates the industry will relinquish $11.8 billion in sales to generics as numerous drugs including two of the 10 top-selling drugs in the United States – Merck & Co.’s cholesterol pill Zocor and Pfizer Inc.’s antidepressant Zoloft – lose exclusivity. Zocor and Zoloft lose patent protection in June so Rickard said the benefit from those switches won’t really manifest themselves until late in the year with the primary effect coming in 2007. Lehman says the pharmaceutical industry will lose an additional $14.9 billion to generics next year, led by Pfizer Inc.’s blood pressure drug Norvasc. Cuts to Medicaid, the health program for the poor funded by the federal and state governments, are slated to begin in 2007 so the generic benefit is well-timed, Rickard said. He added that it is difficult to assess the full extent of the Medicaid cuts because drug stores might be able to negotiate higher fees from the states to compensate for losses in federal funding. Still, Rickard believes the boost in profits from generics will compensate for losses caused by Medicaid changes. Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled, added a prescription drug benefit that began this year. Now individuals who were receiving drug benefits from Medicaid but are also eligible for Medicare will get their medications through the latter. Known as “dual eligibles,” they were automatically enrolled in a Medicare plan beginning Jan. 1 if they didn’t choose one. That’s bad news for pharmacies because Medicaid pays better than Medicare. Rickard said that will hurt profits in the first half of the year. However, he said as more individuals sign up for the drug benefit it should help profits. That’s because one-third of people picking up a prescription buy something else while in the store. “I think economically the Medicare drug benefit is good for the industry,” Rickard said. Adler doesn’t disagree with Rickard’s logic, but says the program is just too new and there are just too many variables involved in the program to deem it a positive yet. She estimated that the impact from Medicare and Medicaid would cost CVS 12 cents per share in earnings during 2007, while generics would add 9 cents to earnings per share. Walgreen will also add 9 cents per share from the generic benefit, but changes in the two government programs will cost it 10 cents per share. However, in 2008, the 16 cents of earnings per share Walgreen will earn from generics will be more than the 12 cents per share it will lose from Medicare and Medicaid. And the 16 cents per share CVS will earn from generics will outweigh the 13 cents loss per share from Medicare and Medicaid. “Without the impact from generics, things would have looked a whole lot worse,” Adler said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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France Griezmann reminded of Atletico by Luxembourg’s ‘beautiful’ warriors Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 06:40 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Twitter (@FIFAWorldCup) France Antoine Griezmann France v Luxembourg Luxembourg World Cup WC Qualification Europe The European minnows somehow kept out the likes of Griezmann, Mbappe and Giroud to take an historic point in Sunday’s qualifier France star Antoine Griezmann said the “beautiful” performance of Luxembourg to earn a 0-0 draw in Toulouse reminded him of the toil usually exerted by his club Atletico Madrid.Griezmann hit the crossbar with a first-half free-kick, just one of 34 shots that failed to find a way past goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert.Luxembourg’s point was just their fifth of the campaign, but it proved enough to lift them off the foot of Group A, which France lead by a solitary point from Sweden. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina European WCQ odds hereFrance had smashed Netherlands 4-0 on Thursday and Griezmann thought the tight turnaround contributed to their struggles, but took nothing away from Luc Holtz’s men.#WCQ | Group A (EUROPE)Netherlands 3-1 BulgariaBelarus 0-4 SwedenFrance 0-0 Luxembourg pic.twitter.com/rF3cdF4a4T— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 3, 2017He told Canal+: “Two matches in three days, it was difficult especially for me it was because I was suspended during my last club match. “We had 11 warriors in front of us, and for me, it was beautiful to see because it reminds me a bit of my club, but we will continue to work.”France captain Hugo Lloris was also effusive in his praise for a heroic showing from the visitors, while expressing frustration at the failure to win.”After the Netherlands win, we had the first place with a three-point lead, here we lost two,” Lloris told reporters.”The only thing that keeps us positive is that we are in a better situation than we were, but it is true that this is a big disappointment tonight.”We have to stay calm, there are still two matches to play, including a tough trip to Bulgaria.”We had to do more, to be more of a killer in the box, to be a little more thoughtful in the last choices and the last passes, everything happened in the last metres.”They had a lot of luck and were heroic.”read more
A group effort of many hands makes short work of this project. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] May 16, 2005Construction crew and workshop participants help with the concrete pour of new benches in front of the Ceramics Apse. Concrete is mixed behind the apse…. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]Construction crew and workshop participants help with the concrete pour of new benches in front of the Ceramics Apse. Concrete is mixed behind the apse…. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] …. and moved in wheel barrows down the grassy slope [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa] The top of the benches will be scrubbed with a hardy brush before the concrete sets, to bring the rough grain of gravel to the surface. The next part of this project will be to raise the level under and directly in front of the benches to the level of the concrete walkways around it. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & Text: sa]read more
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new HD package, Optimalniy HD, which will be available to all subscribers to the operator’s basic digital service. The package will include a range of Ukrainian and international channels, priced at UAH119.90 (€11.15) and will be available in the cities in which Volia currently offers HD services – Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Poltava, Rivne, Sevastopol, Sumy, Kherson, Khmelnytsky and Cherkasy.
KidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids programming block in Central and Eastern Europe in June 2013.The NBC Universal and Corus Entertainment co-owned children’s channel will air the block of shows – through a partnership with NBCU-owned science fiction channel Syfy – at peak times and fully dubbed.The partnership, which was first announced last month, will see new content including original programming and recently acquired titles air in the co-branded block.These include a first-run exclusive of KidsCo’s original production Zuzu & the Supernuffs (Matchbox Pictures). KidsCo has also acquired the rights to Corus-owned Nelvana Enterprises’ Di-Gata Defenders and Z-Squad for Syfy Kids.The content will launch on KidsCo in territories including Russia, Turkey, Greece, Hungary and Romania.“Launching first in Central and Eastern Europe, we will be rolling out the fully dubbed programming block across KidsCo territories throughout 2013. We are now in the process of looking at third-party content to complement the line up later in the year,” said KidsCo managing director Hendrik McDermott.read more