Students foster awareness of illnesses

first_imgBagels, hot coffee and educational brochures about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) welcomed students filing into DeBartolo Hall on Monday morning. ND Fighting NTDs is raising awareness this week about diseases that plague undeveloped countries around the globe. Club president Emily Conron said these diseases do not receive enough attention because people are not educated about their severity. “When people watch the news, they hear about diseases like AIDS and malaria, not schistosomiasis, and so they think that NTDs are obscure,” Conron said. “Actually, NTDs affect more people than AIDS and malaria combined.” The most common NTDs include leprosy and trachoma, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 1.4 billion people in developing countries suffer from these illnesses, which could easily be treated in a wealthier country like the United States. “All seven NTDs that we focus on can be treated with safe and effective drugs that already exist and which cost about 50 cents per person,” Conron said. Lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease that causes grotesque swelling of the limbs, has already infected more than 120 million people worldwide, Conron said. Treatment is limited in some of the areas that need it most. “The problem is getting these drugs to the people in need,” Conron said. The club’s work on campus is a reminder of the global mission to eliminate NTDs, Conron said, and Notre Dame students can advocate for change. “If the global community makes NTDs a priority, then there is no reason why we wouldn’t be able to eliminate them,” Conrod said. “NTDs are the equivalent of a best buy in global health.” ND Fighting NTDs is putting on a series of events and lectures this week to educate students about ways to fight NTDs. “Our goal is to try to get people talking about NTDs who might not have known or cared about them before,” Conron said. To raise awareness, Five Guys at Eddy Street Commons will donate 15 percent of Wednesday’s profits from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to NTD charities. Fundraisers around campus this week will include a dessert sale in the LaFortune Student Center on Thursday, a face-painting booth on Irish Green on Friday and a collection at all Masses on Sunday. “Donations are important, but outreach is key,” Conron said. “Contact your government representatives, advocate to pharmaceutical companies and spread the word however you can.” Conron said the club wants to engage the student body in new ways during NTD Awareness Week. “NTDs are an issue that we take very seriously,” Conron said, “But as college students, we recognize that in order for people our age to become fully invested in a cause, they need to be able to approach it in creative and unforeseen ways.”last_img read more

UK Court Directs Vijay Mallya to Pay $90 Million to Singapore Firm

first_imgIn latest legal blow to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the UK High Court on Feb. 12 ordered him to pay an estimated $90 million to Singapore-based aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation in claims. The case, dating back to 2014, is related to the leasing of aircraft by Mallya’s now defunct Kingfisher Airlines.In a judgement dated Feb. 5 at the Business and Property Courts of the High Court in London, Justice Picken ruled that “the defendants have no real prospect of successfully defending the claim,” PTI reported. The defendants in question were Kingfisher Airlines Ltd and United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd. in the claim slapped by BOC Aviation in Singapore and BOC Aviation (Ireland) Ltd.The leasing agreement between Kingfisher Airlines and BOC Aviation involved four planes, of which three were delivered. The fourth one was apparently withheld because of unpaid amounts due under agreement. According to BOC Aviation, the security deposit was also inadequate to cover payments that Kingfisher was “contractually bound” to make.Justice Picken awarded BOC Aviation the amount overdue with interest payments and legal costs, making the sum owed by Mallya a total of $90 million. “The Second Defendant [United Breweries] shall be jointly and severally liable with the First Defendant [Kingfisher Airlines] to pay the Claimants [BOC Aviation] half of the said costs liability,” the court order said.While there was no immediate response from Kingfisher, a spokesperson for BOC Aviation in Singapore said that they are “pleased” with the judgement. They did not comment further on the case.The extradition case of the 62-year-old business tycoon to India to face fraud and money laundering charges over alleged loan defaults by Kingfisher Airlines of around Rs 9,000 crore will be heard in Westminister Magistrates’ Court in London on March 16, with a judgement on the case expected to come in May. Mallya is currently on a £650,000 bail bond. The bail bond was extended to April 2 during the last hearing in the extradition case in January. The businessman, who was arrested by Scotland Yard in April 2017, has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016, and had said that he would not return to India.Mallya also has another litigation slapped on him by 13 Indian banks for freezing of his $1.5 billion worth assets worldwide, as per documents submitted to the UK High Court last year. The case is expected to be heard at Queen’s Bench Division of the commercial court in England’s High Court of Justice after April 11. Related ItemsKingfisher AirlinesSingaporeVijay Mallyalast_img read more