Category: Health and safety

health and safety

Prevent is stopping free speech on campus and demonising Muslims

…Since its inception, students and staff have warned about the potential for Prevent to have an impact on free speech on campus, in particular that of Muslim students and staff. The latest statistics regarding university events and speakers affected by the Prevent duty not only demonstrate that it must be scrapped, but that politicians and the media must listen to and amplify the voices of students rather than dismiss them as “snowflakes” when they speak…..more” the guardian

FDA approves an oncology drug that targets a key genetic driver of cancer, rather than a specific type of tumor

Image result for FDA approves an oncology drug that targets a key genetic driver of cancer, rather than a specific type of tumorThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Vitrakvi (larotrectinib), a treatment for adult and pediatric patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature (biomarker).This is the second time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker across different types of tumors rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated. The approval marks a new paradigm in the development of cancer drugs that are “tissue agnostic.” It follows the policies that the FDA developed in a guidance document released earlier this year…more: FDA.GOV

Dramatic photo shows husky dogs walking on water in Greenland

Husky dogs appear to be walking on water in northwest Greenland. Pic: SteffenMalskaer and the Danish Meteorological InstituteThey say “a picture paints a thousand words” – and that was indeed the case when a Danish meteorologist tweeted a photograph of what appeared to be husky dogs walking on water in northwest Greenland.

Steffen M Olsen captured the image, which has gone viral, showing sled dogs, ankle-deep – which he said were “running on sea ice flooded by surface melt water” – in the Inglefield Bredning fjord…..more skynews

Fear in Sri Lanka as monk calls for stoning of Muslims

A Muslim woman reacts next to a burned motorbike and her house after a mob attack in Kottampitiya, Sri Lanka in May [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]Muslims in Sri Lanka say they fear new attacks after a top Buddhist monk called for violence against members of the religious minority, claiming a Muslim doctor had sterilised thousands of Buddhist women. Activists, politicians and members of the Muslim minority said Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero’s speech last week was likely to fan communal tensions, weeks after Buddhist mobs attacked scores of Muslim homes and businesses…Aljazeera