New solutions urgently needed to tackle smoking worldwide: experts to convene in Poland at the Global Forum on Nicotine

GFN23 WARSAW, Poland, June 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — International public health specialists, scientists, doctors, regulators, consumers and manufacturers are convening this week in the Polish capital to discuss new ways of tackling global smoking-related death and disease. Over four days, 70 speakers and hundreds of delegates at the tenth annual Global Forum on Nicotine (21 – 24 […]

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Tobacco harm reduction can hasten an end to smoking-related death and disease. Copyright-free photo by Mathew MacQuarrie on Unsplash.

WARSAW, Poland, June 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — International public health specialists, scientists, doctors, regulators, consumers and manufacturers are convening this week in the Polish capital to discuss new ways of tackling global smoking-related death and disease. Over four days, 70 speakers and hundreds of delegates at the tenth annual Global Forum on Nicotine (21 – 24 June) will focus on tobacco harm reduction, which encourages adults who cannot quit smoking to switch to safer nicotine products.

Despite decades of tobacco control efforts, a billion people still smoke worldwide, with eight million smoking-related deaths each year. Four in five smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, least able to cope with the resulting burden of disease, and smoking is a major cause of health inequalities in higher income countries. The thousands of toxins released when tobacco burns cause smoking-related diseases, not nicotine, which is a comparatively low-risk substance.

Vapes (e-cigarettes), pasteurised snus, nicotine pouches and heated tobacco products enable people to use nicotine without burning tobacco, significantly reducing health risks compared to continued smoking. Global estimates suggest 112 million people use these products, despite inconsistent regulation and outright prohibition in some countries. Smoking prevalence is falling faster where these products are available and appropriately regulated, such as in the UK, Sweden, Japan and New Zealand.

GFN23 will tackle the opportunities and challenges of tobacco harm reduction, including the development of regulatory systems that enable adult smokers to access safer products, while reducing youth uptake. Open to all, free live-streamed sessions from the event, translated from English to Spanish and Russian, will cover the last decade of science around safer nicotine products and their efficacy in smoking cessation, the environmental impact of safer products in comparison to combustible cigarettes and the detrimental impact of moral stances and ideology on science and regulation.

While it supports harm reduction for HIV/AIDS prevention and substance use, the World Health Organization opposes harm reduction for tobacco. Ibero-American experts at GFN23 will discuss the upcoming WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control COP10 in Panama this November, where decisions on the future of safer nicotine products may have grave implications for global public health.

Ahead of GFN23, Gerry Stimson, Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London and the event’s co-founder, called for international tobacco control leaders to adopt rational and pragmatic approaches that prioritise saving lives: “Ideology must be set aside and people must be supported to quit by all available means.”

The Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) is the only international conference to focus on the role of safer nicotine products that help people switch from smoking, in an approach called tobacco harm reduction. Find out more and register to watch online sessions free at https://gfn.events/

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/feaca847-b6e8-4140-9da8-e5658737df26

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SAABSOFT introduces new property listing from Bitrix24 CRM

SAABSOFT is leading digital transformation for Real Estate sector DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bitrix24 partners with Dubai-based SAABSOFT company to drive the digital transformation in the MENA region. It has been announced on 1st April, 2022 that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership to layer new technology […]

SAABSOFT is leading digital transformation for Real Estate sector

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bitrix24 partners with Dubai-based SAABSOFT company to drive the digital transformation in the MENA region. It has been announced on 1st April, 2022 that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership to layer new technology into business strategy and operations of SMEs in the UAE and MENA region.

As a result of the agreement, SAABSOFT has implemented Bitrix24 CRM successfully for more than 300+ real estate companies in UAE. Due to high demand in the real estate sector, UAE’s market has witnessed an increase in real estate start-up companies which leads to high competition in the market.

On 1st April 2023, SAABSOFT has launched the latest integrated solution with Bitrix24 for the real estate sector to publish and manage property listings from Bitrix24 to all the popular real estate portals as a part of digital transformation efforts.

Mr. Ashraf Alsaab – CEO and Founder of SAABSOFT said, “The future is bionic, and it’s already here. It’s a new paradigm, powered by technology and harnessed by people. To thrive, you must focus on outcomes that will make a difference. Each company needs to achieve the best automation process that can save time, cost and the best performance.”

Saabsoft company – The Bitrix24 Dubai, Bitrix24 UAE and MENA region partner – is a leading software company that exists remarkably in the field since 2018, based in Dubai, UAE and founded by IT experts with over 20 years of experience in technology. Saabsoft offers services in key areas of: Digital Transformation, Software Development, Software Solutions, Business Automation, Digital Marketing and Research & Data Analysis.

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Pakistan Arrests 12 Suspects in Connection with Greek Boat Tragedy

Pakistan said Monday that it has arrested 12 people suspected of being traffickers in connection with the migrant boat that capsized last week off the coast of Greece.Pakistan has only confirmed that 12 Pakistanis lost their lives when a fishing trawle…

Pakistan said Monday that it has arrested 12 people suspected of being traffickers in connection with the migrant boat that capsized last week off the coast of Greece.

Pakistan has only confirmed that 12 Pakistanis lost their lives when a fishing trawler reported to be carrying about 750 men, women, and children capsized in the Mediterranean five days after leaving Libya for Italy

Pakistani media said Sunday that nearly 300 Pakistanis died in the incident.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has declared Monday a national day of mourning in honor of the Pakistanis who did not survive the tragedy.

Greek officials said 104 people were rescued from the trawler and 78 bodies were retrieved.

Thousands of young Pakistanis, seeking a better life in Europe, pay human smugglers for the trip across the Mediterranean that all too often ends in tragedy.

Source: Voice of America

Pakistan Formed High-Level Committee To Probe Boat Tragedy Off Greece Coast

Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, yesterday formed a high-level committee, to probe the tragic incident of a migrant boat that capsized off the coast of Greece, killing at least 79 people.Sharif instructed law enforcement agencies, to trace tho…

Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, yesterday formed a high-level committee, to probe the tragic incident of a migrant boat that capsized off the coast of Greece, killing at least 79 people.

Sharif instructed law enforcement agencies, to trace those involved in human smuggling in Pakistan.

“In an unfortunate incident, on Jun 14, a boat, carrying migrants, capsized off the coast of Greece, resulting in the deaths of Pakistanis, along with other nationals. The number of casualties is still being ascertained,” according to a notification by the prime minister’s office.

The committee was tasked with identifying loopholes and lapses in the law enforcement mechanism, which led to Pakistanis being exposed to human trafficking, in this case and other similar cases of the past, according to the notification.

It would analyze past similar incidents and actions taken so far, and take stock of the existing legal framework, enforcement measures and international coordination, to control and punish human smuggling and to prepare short- and long-term recommendations, to apprehend human smugglers, said the notification.

Separately, Sharif, while expressing his grief on the tragic incident, ordered a day of mourning today, with the national flag to be flown at half-mast.

Source: Nam News Network

Imran Khan back in play

Cricket star turned politician Imran Khan was a popular prime minister in Pakistan until he was deposed from his position in 2022. Since then, Khan has faced a host of legal problems that he has blamed on the military-backed government. His recent arre…

Cricket star turned politician Imran Khan was a popular prime minister in Pakistan until he was deposed from his position in 2022. Since then, Khan has faced a host of legal problems that he has blamed on the military-backed government. His recent arrest sparked outrage across Pakistan, prompting mass protests and violence between Khan's supporters and the country's security forces. But why is Khan facing charges in the first place? Are Khan's allegations of military and government corruption true? The M.O.'s Manila Chan delves into this topic with Pakistani journalist Hamza Azhar Salam.

Source: Russia Today

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to Meet Today to Sight Zil Hajj Moon

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to convene today in Karachi to sight the moon of Zil Hajj, the final month of the Islamic lunar year.Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, the chairman of the moon sighting committee, will preside over the meeting…

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to convene today in Karachi to sight the moon of Zil Hajj, the final month of the Islamic lunar year.

Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, the chairman of the moon sighting committee, will preside over the meeting.

Simultaneously, zonal committees in various cities, including Islamabad, Lahore, and Peshawar, will also gather to observe the sighting of the Zil Hajj moon.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meets on the 29th day of every Islamic month to determine whether the crescent moon has been sighted or not.

Eidul Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the two Eid festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide, commemorating the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah Almighty.

It is traditionally observed by the ritualistic slaughter of animals, with the meat being shared among family members and the less fortunate.

Saudi Arabia has officially announced Eid Al-Adha 2023 dates after the Dhul Al-Hijjah crescent moon was sighted in the country on 18 June. According to the official announcement, Arafat Day will be observed on Tuesday 27 June followed by Eid Al-Adha on Wednesday 28 June.

In the United Kingdom, Muslim believers will celebrate Eid ul Azha on different days. The Central London Mosque has announced that it will observe Eid ul Azha on June 28, while Markazi Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat UK has declared Eid ul Azha on June 29.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Gujranwala’s Goat Wins the Title of the Most Beautiful Goat in Pakistan

A goat from Gujranwala emerged as the champion at the 25th All Pakistan Goats Award.Known as Ghulam-e-Mustafa, the heavyweight goat outperformed all other competitors, earning the title of the most beautiful goat.Here is the image of the goat.Image Co…

A goat from Gujranwala emerged as the champion at the 25th All Pakistan Goats Award.

Known as Ghulam-e-Mustafa, the heavyweight goat outperformed all other competitors, earning the title of the most beautiful goat.

Here is the image of the goat.

Image Courtesy: 24News

This winning goat belongs to the Rajanpur breed, renowned for their exquisite white color and long ears.

The owner of the victorious goat ensured it received the best care and nutrition.

The goat’s diet consisted of nutritious foods such as milk, yogurt, butter, lassi, ghee, and jams. The owner, who treated the goat like his own child, even hired two workers to assist with its upbringing.

In recognition of its achievement, the winning goat’s owner received a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 200,000.

Upon returning to Gujranwala, a festive welcome was organized for the champion, attracting people from all across the city who were eager to catch a glimpse of the remarkable goat.

Note: The featured image used is only for illustration purposes.

Source: Pro Pakistani

PMD Warns Citizens of Intense Heat Wave This Week

Temperatures are likely to rise gradually in most parts of the country during the week and heat wave-like conditions may develop in parts of the country, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted.According to the latest PMD alert, due…

Temperatures are likely to rise gradually in most parts of the country during the week and heat wave-like conditions may develop in parts of the country, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted.

According to the latest PMD alert, due to the presence of high pressure in the upper atmosphere, the day temperatures are likely to increase gradually in most parts of the country from 20 to 24 June.

Day temperatures are likely to remain 04-06°C above normal in upper and central Punjab, Islamabad, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, and 02-04°C above normal in Sindh, South Punjab, and parts of Balochistan.

Occasional dust/thunderstorm with rain at isolated places (in pockets) is expected in the plains of the country and hilly areas during the period.

Due to the rise in temperature power and water demand will increase in the coming days. Judicious use of electricity and water is requested in all aspects of life.

Farmers are advised to manage the watering of crops accordingly. The general public is advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight.

Source: Pro Pakistani