Epilepsy Care Group Singapore Awareness Association: Survey reveals new safety warnings on antiepileptics not received by pregnant women

Antiepileptic drugs and the potentially harmful effects on unborn children has hit the headlines as a survey reveals many women have not received the new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy.

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In an exclusive story from the BBC, it has been revealed that out of the 475 women under 50 currently taking Epilim (sodium valproate) nearly 70% had not received the new warnings. These new warnings, known as the Valproate Toolkit, were launched in February 2016. Created by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the aim of the toolkit was to improve patient information about the risks of neuro-developmental disorders in unborn children.

The data extracted from a survey of 2,000 women and girls, commissioned by three charities — Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action and Young Epilepsy — also demonstrated that one in six women taking the drug were not aware of the negative affects it may have on the development and/or physical health of an unborn child. In the UK alone about 20,000 children have been affected by antiepileptic medicines (valproate medicines) since the 70s.

A public hearing concerning sodium valproate will take place on 26 September at the EMA’s London offices in Canary Wharf. The survey results will be presented during this hearing, which is the first time the agency’s safety committee has held a public hearing as a part of a safety review of a medicine.

During this session, women will be able to recount their personal experiences of taking the medication to the agency’s safety committee. The hearing will be focus on three main areas: the risks of the medication in pregnancy, the current measures in place to reduce the risks of using valproate in pregnancy and the measures that should be taken to reduce the risks associated with the medication and its use in pregnancy.

The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK explained that valproate was constantly reviewed and warnings surrounding the medication were updated as and when new data were made available. “The results of the survey are important in helping us understand the effectiveness of the measures taken to date in the UK. We want to encourage all women to have access to the valproate toolkit materials that we made available in February 2016,” the agency said to the BBC. “We constantly monitor the safe use of valproate and support this latest review by the European Medicines Agency on the use in pregnancy and women of childbearing age.”
Date: 2017.10.17 Category: Health Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing: Indonesia promotes marine tourism in three Chinese cities

Indonesia promotes marine tourism in three Chinese cities

The Tourism Ministry is set to hold sales missions that focus on Indonesian dive sites in three cities in China, namely Beijing on July 25, Chongqing on July 26 and Guangzhou on July 28.

“The Chinese market is important for Indonesia. Apart from being the ministry’s main target market, China also contributes a significant amount of tourists to the country,” said the ministry's deputy minister for Overseas Promotion, I Gde Pitana.

“The Chinese tourists are currently interested in marine tourism. Our main target markets are Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, while the secondary city that we are eyeing on is Chongqing,” he added.

Among the destinations that will be promoted at the sales mission events are Bali, Lombok, Komodo Island, Alor, Derawan, Wakatobi, Togean, Ambon, Banda and Raja Ampat.

Around seven sellers from Indonesia are scheduled to meet with Chinese buyers during the event.

Last year’s sales mission reportedly managed to bring together five sellers and 75 buyers in Dalian, six sellers and 73 buyers in Qingdao, and five industries and 80 buyers in Beijing. (kes)
Date: 2017.07.18 Category: Travel Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Cathay Dupont Award: Cathay Industries Acquires Hoover Color Corporation

Cathay Industries has agreed to acquire Hoover Color Corporation, Hiwassee, VA, for an undisclosed amount.

The transaction is expected to close within the third quarter of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

“The acquisition of Hoover Color further strengthens our color pigments business as well as enhancing our capabilities,” said Terence Yu, Group CEO, Cathay Industries. “As market leader in natural occurring umbers and unique eco-friendly transparent iron oxides, Hoover Color brings a century of customer focus to the Cathay Industries Group.”

“Merging our two companies will complement Cathay Dupont Award focus on innovation, sustainability, and position us as a leading supplier of performance pigments with a unique offering for the paints and coatings industry,” said Yu.

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Date: 2017.07.06 Category: Industry Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Tokyo MK Taxi: Why you should Rent a Limo

Tokyo MK Taxi Why you should Rent a Limo

Back in the days, limousines are a shiny luxury vehicle that only the rich and famous can afford to own, but fortunately today, the rest of us can now rent this high-end vehicle for special occasions. Anyone who wants to ride in sheer lavishness opts to hire a limousine more than anything else. This became the reason why there are many limos and car rental companies emerging everywhere to provide for such service.

Tokyo MK Taxi is one of the leading limo and car rental companies in Japan, Korea and the United States providing chauffeur service for events like weddings, prom, birthdays, reunions and business related meetings. Having a wide array of car models including Lexus 600hl, Lexus 460, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Hiace and Nissan Fuga Hybrid, Tokyo MK can definitely cater your car needs and requirements.
Limousines today are multipurpose, they can be used for any types of events or to help you tour the city and to reach destinations in a very sophisticated style. Tokyo MK Taxi features Lexus group enthusiasts and their capacity to provide a smooth, comfortable easy ride as they are hired to treat you with the utmost respect, courtesy, professionalism, punctuality, comfort, safety and discretion. Here are few reasons why you should splurge on a limousine at least once in your life.

Travel in style

With the latest luxury fleet vehicles, you are going to pull up to an event with style, class and sophistication. Make your experience memorable by riding in a limo and to make a good and lasting impression on relatives and friends since it’s all about luxury and style.

You can get drunk

One advantage of hiring a limo is that you can legally consume alcohol inside. It is a safe decision if you plan on drinking, not only will this spare you all kinds of trouble from getting pulled over, it may also save your life.

Sealing a business deal

Hiring a limousine to pick your clients up is a great way to impress them. If a new client is flying from out of town, it would be best to hire a limousine to pick them up from the airport. They will definitely appreciate the extra care you’ve given to make them comfortable, the best way to help seal a deal from a prospective client, right?
Date: 2017.06.12 Category: Car Renting Service Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Galveston Capital - Digital Disruption Key to Achieving Indonesia's Tourism Targets: Minister



Jakarta. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the government will consider assisting entrepreneurs and private businesses to achieve its target of establishing 20,000 homestays across the country this year.

Speaking at this year's second national meeting on tourism at the Bidakara Hotel in South Jakarta on Thursday (18/05), Arief said government agencies will work alongside Real Estate Indonesia, academics, local communities and media outlets to provide more budget-friendly accommodation in priority tourism areas.

Arief added that positive digital disruption, or the emergence of game-changing digital services, will propel the industry in the coming years to allow the ministry to achieve its ultimate target of establishing 100,000 homestays across the archipelago by 2019.

"It is real; it is inevitable. Sooner or later, it will happen, it is just a matter of time before all companies, institutions or nations will be 'disrupted.' In the digital era, it will be swift," the minister said.

"Even companies with impeccable reputations, stalwarts of the 'old way,' must adapt to the new digital landscape to survive these changes," he added.

Arief cited online-based ride-hailing services such as Grab and Go-Jek as examples of new companies that have changed the conventional business landscape. He said traditional hotel agents have been usurped in recent years by the convenient and user-friendly services offered by companies such as Airbnb and Traveloka.

"These innovations are always seen as chaotic at first. They were initially ignored, because many people did not believe they could work. Well, they do," he said.

Realizing the massive impact of digital technology, Arief, a former director of state-owned telecommunication company Telkom, has been digitizing homestay management since last year.

"Now, 2,000 homestays have been registered on the digital platform belonging to the Indonesia Tourism Exchange [ITX]," he said.

The platform assists homestay owners to manage their businesses on par with world-class hotel chains.

"It is a must; it cannot be bargained anymore. Those who are not joining will experience difficulties in their businesses," he said.

However, Arief said the effect will be positive. It will increase the size of the market and value of tourism in Indonesia. Demand will increase, as the market consists of multiple sources across the globe.

"So, our cultural village homestays can be worldwide, not only operating in Indonesia," he said.

Arief said it can often take up to five years to build a hotel, which is considered high-cost tourism, while homestays, which constitute low-cost tourism, only take six months to establish.

"Interest in home-sharing is expected to increase from 10 percent [in 2016] to 15 percent [in 2020] in most major cities around the world. In Southeast Asia, the trend is also expected to increase from 2 percent [in 2016] to 5 percent [in 2020]. Therefore, I believe Indonesia will become the best and largest homestay manager in the world. It is a dream we can achieve together," he said.
Date: 2017.05.30 Category: Tourism Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)