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Estimating the cost-effectiveness of needle-syringe programs in Australia

Estimating the cost-effectiveness of needle-syringe programs in Australia | Global News | Scoop.it

Latest mathematical model from Australia probably broadly applicable also to the UK suggests that needle and syringe programmes have cost-effectively saved/improved lives, and in the long run save the health service money due to averted HIV and hepatitis C infections. But in both countries adequately curbing hepatitis C requires much more.


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Behind Muslim "Hurt Feelings" Is Islamic Law

Behind Muslim "Hurt Feelings" Is Islamic Law | Global News | Scoop.it

If a Muslim commits blasphemy against the Prophet, this is an act of disbelief which takes him out of the fold of Islam. Allaah Says (what means): {Make no excuse; you have disbelieved [i.e. rejected faith] after your belief. If We pardon one faction of you—We will punish another faction because they were criminals.}[Quran 9:66]

 

If joking is considered as an act of apostasy, then it is more confirmed for one who is saying it intentionally. If the blasphemer does not repent, he should be killed for his apostasy. However, if he sincerely repents to Allaah, Allaah will accept his repentance. Repentance expiates all sins, even Shirk (associating partners to Allaah). Allaah Knows best." [Blasphemy against the Prophet is an act of apostasy. Islam Web Fatwa Center, Fatwa No. 17316, December 11, 2007]


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ECOWAS UNDERSCORES NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE, INTEGRITY OF ELECTORAL MANAGEMENT BODIES

ECOWAS UNDERSCORES NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE, INTEGRITY OF ELECTORAL MANAGEMENT BODIES | Global News | Scoop.it

 

The ECOWAS Commission has underscored the centrality of the independence, professionalism, fairness and integrity of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) to the collective efforts to nurture democratic culture in West Africa.   In a keynote address to the third General Assembly of the Network of Electoral Commission in West Africa (ECONEC), on Tuesday 23rd October 2012 at the Commission’s Abuja headquarters, the Vice-President of the Commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, noted that “as the principal arbiters in electoral processes, EMBs can decide the fate of a nation between war and peace.”

 

This realization, he said, inspired ECOWAS to encourage networking among EMBs to promote peer learning, capacity building, setting of regional norms, and the spread of best practices in domain of electoral management in the region.

 

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Why Are Finnish Kids So Smart?

Why Are Finnish Kids So Smart? | Global News | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has scored at the top of every category and has increasingly been held up as a model for educational reform. But, why? Producer Eric Bombicino explores Finland's unique education system.

 

"The Finnish system's success is built on the idea that: "less can be more." This may appear counter-intuitive to many within other educational systems in which standards and effectiveness are measured in standardised data and evidence trails. The absence of corrosive competition and an egalitarian ethos inherent in the Finnish culture has surely played a role in shaping this very impressive system."

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