A new chapter powered by a global coalition: SNOMED International releases its 2020 Annual Report

London, UK, June 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 2020 has been a year like no other in the world’s recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health and well-being of a global community, and, in doing so, has necessitated shifts in the way the world conducts business, engages with colleagues, and, at a personal level, connects with family and friends. The continued dedication and service of healthcare providers globally, despite the new demands placed on them as a result of the pandemic, cannot be overstated.

SNOMED International’s 2020 Annual Report, “A new chapter powered by a global coalition,” demonstrates the vast breadth of progress made possible by the will of a growing and committed community. The start of the year was marked by the delivery of necessary COVID-19 terminology to equip healthcare systems globally in their management of the pandemic, an activity which continued steadily throughout the year. Further, 2020 marked the first year of a new five-year strategy, the focus of which tackled many imperatives for the organization’s product and services enhancement and innovation.

The organization continued to strengthen its connections with Members through refreshed statements of the value SNOMED CT delivers to its complement of stakeholders, further underlining the case for investment in SNOMED CT — a product uniquely positioned to support innovation in medicine with artificial intelligence and personalized medicine playing an increasingly prevalent role in safe and informed care delivery.

As SNOMED International continues to satisfy the mission and vision that guide its new strategy, the organization is energized by the desire for innovation and commitment to excellence observed from Members, governance bodies and the SNOMED CT Community of Practice.

SNOMED International is proud of its collective achievements in 2020 and looks forward to sharing them with the global SNOMED CT community. Read SNOMED International’s 2020 Annual Report and contact info@snomed.org with inquiries.

About SNOMED International

SNOMED International is a not-for-profit organization that owns and develops SNOMED CT, the world’s most comprehensive healthcare terminology product. We play an essential role in improving the health of humankind by determining standards for a codified language that represents groups of clinical terms. This enables healthcare information to be exchanged globally for the benefit of patients and other stakeholders. A Member oriented organization, we are committed to the rigorous evolution of our products and services, to deliver continuous innovation for the global healthcare community. SNOMED International is the trading name of the International Health Terminology Standards Development

Kelly Kuru
SNOMED International

BAND Royalty Is Changing the NFT Landscape

NEW YORK, June 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — BAND Royalty today announces its placement in an editorial published by NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”), one of 50+ trusted brands within the InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”), a multifaceted financial news and publishing company for private and public entities.

To view the full publication, “NFTs Flipping the Script, Bringing Value Back to Music Artists,” please visit: https://nnw.fm/dvON4

Currently retail investors can only get exposure to the music industry by buying stock in a public music label, investing in funds that buy/sell music royalties, or via websites that auction royalty rights, often well into the six-figure dollar range. In what many perceive as a ground-floor opportunity, BAND Royalty is changing the landscape and making it accessible for retail investors to participate by owning NFTs.

After a private sale of music NFTs that generated almost $1 million, BAND launched its own NFT sales platform on its website, creating the first music NFT-only platform this month. The company opened up access to the first series of 3,000 BAND NFTs on its platform, staggering the release based on rarity. The company’s plan is to keep the NFT count tight, much like other popular NFT projects such as CryptoPunks and Hashmasks, both of which have had secondary market sales in the millions of dollars. The long-term intention is to have a maximum of 12,000 BAND NFTs across four different series to be released over the next 18 months.

About BAND Royalty

BAND Royalty lets music lovers and fans take their enjoyment of music to the next level by offering blockchain-secured BAND NFTs that enable holders to earn crypto from some of the world’s most popular songs. This unique opportunity allows individuals to share in income streams each time a song in the BAND music catalog is performed. The name BAND is derived from the initials of its co-founders, blockchain experts Barnaby Andersun (BA) + Noble Drakoln (ND).

To learn more about the company, visit https://BandRoyalty.com

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BAND Royalty muda cenário da NFT

NEW YORK, June 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — BAND Royalty divulgou hoje que foi incluída em um editorial publicado pela NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”), uma das mais de 50 marcas de confiança da InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”), uma empresa editora de notícias financeiras multifacetada para entidades privadas e públicas.

Para ver a publicação completa, “NFTs Flipping the Script, Bringing Value Back to Music Artists” visite: https://nnw.fm/dvON4

Os investidores de varejo atualmente só podem se expor à indústria da música comprando ações de uma gravadora de música pública, investindo em fundos que compram/vendem royalties de música, ou através de sites que leiloam direitos de royalties, muitas vezes bem na faixa de seis dígitos. No que muitos percebem como uma oportunidade privilegiada, a BAND Royalty está mudando o cenário, possibilitando que os investidores de varejo tenham acesso à compra de NFTs.

Após uma venda privada de NFTs de música que gerou quase US$ 1 milhão, A BAND lançou sua própria plataforma de vendas de NFTs no seu site, criando a primeira plataforma NFT de música somente este mês. A empresa abriu acesso à primeira série de 3.000 NFTs da BAND na sua plataforma, escalonando o lançamento com base na raridade. O plano da empresa é limitar o número de NFTs, como em outros projetos populares de NFTs, como CryptoPunks e Hashmasks, que alcançaram milhões de dólares com vendas no mercado secundário. A intenção a longo prazo é emitir no máximo 12.000 NFTs da BAND em quatro séries diferentes nos próximos 18 meses.


A BAND Royalty permite que os amantes e os fãs da música levem seu prazer musical para o próximo nível, oferecendo NFTs da BAND protegidas por blockchain que permitem que seus proprietários ganhem cripto de algumas das músicas mais populares do mundo. Esta oportunidade única permite que os indivíduos compartilhem fluxos de renda cada vez que uma música no catálogo de música da BAND é executada. O nome BAND é derivado das iniciais de seus cofundadores, especialistas em blockchain Barnaby Andersun (BA) + Noble Drakoln (ND).

Para mais informação sobre a empresa, visite https://BandRoyalty.com

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Efforts Underway to Address Challenges in Tigray, Says Interim Admin

(ENA) The Interim Administration of Tigray region has been undertaking extensive efforts with a view to curbing the challenges being encountered in the region, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Interim Administration, Abreham Belay Said.

The CEO made the remark today during his meeting with House of Federation’s Democratic Unity, Constitutional Education and Peace Building Affairs Standing Committee.

The discussion focused on efforts being carried out to ensure the peace and stability of Tigray as well as activities to address the challenges in the region.

During the meeting the Interim Admin  CEO, Abreham Belay said efforts are being underway with a view to curbing the challenges being encountered in the region.

The standing committee for its part pledged to provide the necessary supports to the interim admin in a bid to sustainably resolve the existing problems in the region.

Discussions were also held on conditions of budget adjustment to the regional state as the current situation won’t allow the region to collect its own revenue due to the existing challenges, it was indicated.

Directions have been set to rehabilitate persons displaced due to security problems in the region.

In related news, the CEO further discussed with the managements of the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise on ways to resuming operation of Shire and Axum Airports after the essential maintenance.


Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Regional Training On Transparency Provisions Of The WTO SPS Agreement Conducted For National Notification Agents/NNA/ And National Enquiry Points /NEP/Of IGAD Member States

24-28th May, 2021 (Entebbe, Uganda): Under WTO SPS agreement, countries are required to publish all sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS measures) and notify changes to SPS measures. Therefore, countries are required to identify a single central government authority to be responsible for the notification requirements of the SPS Agreement (the notification authority). They are further required to establish an enquiry point responsible for answering questions from other countries about SPS measures and related issues (the enquiry point) to facilitate trade.

In comparison with other geographical regions and major trading partners in agricultural commodities such as Europe and Asia, Africa’s contribution of global notifications on SPS measures was 3% since the establishment of the WTO until September 2019, while the region continues to enact new legislations and regulations, and develop new standards that impact on agricultural trade. Due to this poor notification performance, IGAD/ICPALD in partnership with AU-IBAR organized a 5 days regional training for the NNA, NEP and the private sector from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda from May 24-28, 2021 in Entebe, Uganda. The training was officially opened by Richard Okot, Commissioner of Trade of the Republic of Uganda and attended by 28 trainees. The training is believed to enhance reporting; transparency and trade.

Below are the follow up steps and recommendations from the training:


  1. Follow up steps for ensuring the formulation and or the activation of the regional;
  • National Notification Authority
  • National Enquiry Points
  • SPS Regional or National Committee
  • Standard Operating Procedure
  1. IGAD member states should register for attendance of the online WTO SPS Committee meetings including as observers.


  1. National and regional capacity building trainings for private sector and regulatory authorities on:
  • SPS issues
  • Transparency and NEPs
  • Registration and use of the ePing alert
  1. IGAD and AU-IBAR should organize a South to South learning tour for NEP and NNA IGAD members states to e.g. Kenya and South Africa). The learning to include:
  • Operation of the NEP and NNA
  • Coordination with the other relevant agencies, partners and private sector
  • Surveillance procedures where a ban has been imposed
  1. IGAD adapt from AfCFTA an IGAD notification form and procedure for members;
  2. IGAD should develop the work program for the regional SPS Committee to tackle issues affecting the members i.e. assessment of key issues; regular meetings to provide a forum for discussion on the progress and challenges. This will help build capacity for the participation of members at the continental and WTO level for SPS matters.


Source:  IGAD

US Diplomat Raises Concerns about Political Crackdown and Chinese Base in Cambodia

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the most senior U.S. official to visit Cambodia in almost a decade, voiced concern about a possible Chinese military base in the Southeast Asian nation and urged Phnom Penh to drop “politically motivated” court cases against opponents and critics, the State Department said.

Sherman met Prime Minister Hun Sen, ruler of Cambodia since 1985, as well as opposition leader Kem Sokha, who remains in political limbo awaiting trial on unsubstantiated treason charges after his arrest in 2017 kicked off a broad government crackdown against the opposition, civic activists and journalists.

A State Department statement on Sherman’s meetings in Phnom Penh said she also took issue with a naval base China is helping to fund and build near where U.S.-built facilities had been demolished.

“Deputy Secretary Sherman expressed serious concerns about the PRC’s military presence and construction of facilities at Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand,” said a department spokesman.

“She sought clarification on the demolition of two U.S.-funded buildings at Ream without notification or explanation and observed that a PRC military base in Cambodia would undermine its sovereignty, threaten regional security, and negatively impact U.S.-Cambodia relations,” the spokesman added.

In a weekend interview with RFA’s Khmer Service, Cambodia’s Minister of Defense Tea Banh confirmed that Ream Naval Base in the southwestern coastal city of Sihanoukville was being refurbished and China is helping “with the construction of a maintenance facility, renovation of the port, the gate.”

The minister declined to disclose further details on the scope of Chinese assistance in developing Ream Naval Base, a point of friction between Phnom Penh and Washington since reports of a secret deal to allow the Chinese to use part of the base for 30 years, and the release of satellite imagery that showed Cambodia had built facilities near two U.S.-built maintenance facilities were demolished last year.

“China helps us without any strings attached. They also bring their forces to help,” he told RFA.

“Once it is completed, they will hand over the facilities to Cambodia. It is Cambodia that has full rights to use the base. Hence, there is nothing strange, as such development has been practiced by many others,” said Tea Banh.

‘Politically motivated’ charges

A naval base at Ream on the Gulf of Thailand would provide China with its first naval staging facility in Southeast Asia and allow it to significantly expand patrols on the South China Sea. Beijing claims much of the waterway, parts of which are also claimed by Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

“Under the Constitution, Cambodia has the right as the owner to conduct cooperation with superpowers, except for (hosting) military bases,” said Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Chhim Phalvarun.

“Cambodia is implementing it correctly and there are no foreign soldiers or military bases,” he told RFA.

Advisor Koul Panha of the Cambodian election watchdog group COMFREL said he believes the United States, as well as Japan are trying to use diplomacy to persuade Cambodia not to “turn deeper and deeper” to China’s embrace.

“But looking at the Cambodian side, it seems to show clear bias towards China, because it sees that the countries of the free world have set conditions and do not seem to fully support the current Cambodian government. The problem is that democracy in Cambodia is seriously undermined and human rights are not being respected properly.”

Sherman also raised Hun Sen’s crackdown on the opposition and civil society, the main factor causing Phnom Penh’s ties with the U.S. and European Union to deteriorate while the strongman has moved closer to Beijing.

Sherman “emphasized the importance of human rights and the protection of fundamental freedoms as integral to our bilateral relationship,” the spokesman said.

“She called on authorities to promptly drop the politically motivated charges against members of the political opposition, journalists, and activists” and “pressed the government to reopen civic and political space in advance of the 2022 commune and 2023 national elections,” added the statement.

The main opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was banned and its leader Kem Sokha arrested in late 2017, allowing Hun Sen’s ruling party to win every parliamentary seat in 2018 elections, drawing international criticism and EU trade sanctions.

Kem Sokha was put on trial in January 2020, but the hearings were suspended two months later on the pretext of containing the spread of COVI-19. Hun Sen has hinted that the trial may not resume for years, and may not conclude until 2024, long after the next election cycle.

Kem Sokha’s lawyer Pheng Heng told RFA that the final outcome of his case will depend on politics in a country where the U.S State Department said in an annual human rights report that “the government did not respect judicial independence, exerting extensive control over the courts.”

Kem Sokha welcomes Sherman

Speaking to RFA on Monday, Sok Eysan, the main spokesman for the CPP, rejected foreign pressure on what he called a judicial issue.

“How can [she] propose to the Prime Minister to drop the charge against Kem Sokha, because he is not the one, who charged him. It is the court and the case is in the court, so the proposal is not acceptable,” he told RFA.

In a post on Facebook after Tuesday’s meeting, Kem Sokha said he “welcomed and thanked Wendy Sherman and delegates who visited Cambodia and spent time discussing important issues with me,”  but did not mention any details of the talks.

Hun Sen “expressed gratitude for U.S assistance toward Cambodia and its contributions toward Cambodia’s peace and development,” said a statement on the prime minister’s Facebook page.

He also called for bilateral discuss on Cambodian debt to the United States that started with $274 million in aid to the then government during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s but has doubled in size as interest accrued in the decades since.

Hun Sen urged the U.S. to accept terms including that interest be capped at 1 percent and that 70 percent of its debt be converted to aid for education, culture, and removal of war-era mines and unexploded ordnance, he said on Facebook.


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Outspoken Chinese Dissident Detained by Police in Guangzhou

Authorities in the southern province of Guangdong are holding a prominent dissident in criminal detention on suspicion of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” a charge often used to target critics of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Wang Aizhong was detained at his home in Guangdong’s provincial capital, Guangzhou. His apartment was searched by police, who confiscated reading materials and computer devices, Wang’s wife Wang Henan told RFA.

She said police had used another pretext to persuade him to go downstairs to the parking area of his apartment building.

“Wang Aizhong told me that someone had called him to say that his car had been scraped, and told him to come down and deal with it,” Wang Henan said. “He then wondered in passing whether it was a deliberate ploy [by police].”

“He said something about sending my mother down to take a look, but then he went downstairs holding our daughter,” she said. “Then he was taken away by a bunch of people.”

Wang Henan said around a dozen officers had come to the family home later, and taken 29 books, two computers and a mobile phone away with them.

“They searched the place for more than an hour,” she said. “They also took me down to the Wushan police station to make a statement.”

Wang, 45, was a key activist during protests in Guangzhou in January 2013 that were sparked by the rewriting of a New Year’s Day Southern Media Group editorial calling for constitutional government.

Activists, journalists and academics faced off with the authorities for several days after the Southern Weekend newspaper was forced to change a New Year editorial calling for political reform into a tribute praising the CCP.

The protest was one of the first overt calls by members of the public for political freedom since large-scale pro-democracy demonstrations were crushed in a military crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Wang Henan said her husband was detained for his outspokenness.

“The police told me Wang Aizhong was being detained mainly because of things he had said, and and for giving interviews to foreign media organizations,” she said.

After she received the official notification of Wang’s criminal detention, Wang Henan sent it out on social media to publicize the news more widely, she told RFA.

“About two hours later, I got another call from the police station,” she said. “They wanted me to go over there … and they asked me why I did that, and told me I should think about the possible consequences.”

A fellow social media user who gave only a surname Liu said Wang had done nothing but tell the truth.

“In this system, telling the truth isn’t allowed,” Liu said. “If you do, they turn you into a criminal.”

“Jail awaits you, even if you do everything according to the laws and regulations,” he said.


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