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first_imgAlmost three-quarters (73%) of small businesses have been paid late in the last 12 months, according to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).The survey showed that 43% of FSB members are currently waiting for payments of up to £4,999 and, in the past year, 56% have written-off invoices worth up to £9,999 because of non-payment.Because small firms do not have the same cash-flow buffers as larger businesses, being paid late causes a vicious circle, said the FSB, with 38% of respondents who are paid late then paying their suppliers late.The government’s commitment to pay all invoices to small firms within 10 days has improved payment times, it added, but the survey showed that 18% of respondents were still being paid late by the public sector. Over 50% of small business owners said they spend between one and six hours per week chasing late payments.John Walker, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “In the current economic climate, every penny counts and, for small businesses, a late invoice can mean not being able to pay their staff. We need to see all businesses ensuring they make payments on time if the private sector is to get on with the job in hand of strengthening the recovery.”last_img read more

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Yale professor examines unconscious biases by whites

first_imgAccording to Yale Professor John Dovidio, “Whites spend a lot of time pretending they don’t see race.” But, he said, unconscious bias is pervasive, and unconscious biases by whites impact nearly every aspect of black lives, including vital areas such as health care and employment.Dovidio, the Carl Iver Hovland Professor of Psychology at Yale University, was the guest speaker at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ second Diversity Dialogue of the year. “But I Don’t See Color! Consequences of Racial Color-Blindness” was held Dec. 2 at Harvard Hillel.Biases are built into our society and it’s normal to absorb them, said Dovidio to the audience of more than 150. “Subtle bias by well-intentioned people is one of the hardest things to overcome.”Prejudice is embedded in the way people think, which makes it insidious, he said. “If I see a person of color and I claim to be color-blind, what color do I see? White. And that’s racist.”Dovidio cited several studies that showed disparities in interactions between physicians and patients. He said a 2003 study found, “Race-discordant visits are shorter, involve less positive affect, and are less participatory.” Another study, he noted, reported that 57 percent of blacks say they experience discrimination “often” or “very often” in interactions with white physicians.Implicit bias by white physicians, he said, results in fewer verbalizations, shorter visits, and faster speech. They are less patient-centered. In response, the patient is less involved and there is less clinician respect. Further, the patient does not like or trust the clinician, and lacks confidence in him or her, according to the studies cited by Dovidio.In the workplace, Dovidio said he does not buy managers’ arguments that “We tried to have a diverse [field] of candidates, but couldn’t find any” when filling job positions. He said senior leaders should not care about good intentions, but only about results.“If you value something, it’s the outcome that matters,” he said. “If you want diversity in the workplace, you have to fight for it.”Dovidio said unconscious bias in the workplace frequently prevents blacks from getting jobs. He cited research that showed that in a pool of black and white candidates who may be slightly deficient in qualifications for the same job, the white candidates are more likely to be chosen. White deficiencies are more likely to be overlooked or forgiven. Hiring managers often cite the deficiencies in the black candidates to justify not hiring them. In other words, he said, “White candidates get the benefit of the doubt. If there is some ambiguity, the black person suffers.”“Whether we like it or not, or whether we are even aware of it, we bring our perspectives and opinions with us when we come to work each day,” said Andrea Kelton-Harris, FAS senior human resources consultant and one of the organizers of the Diversity Dialogue. “Consciously or unconsciously, they can affect how we interact with each other, how we make decisions about colleagues, and how we communicate with one another while we’re at work,” she said.Most whites will not discriminate, Dovidio said, because, “We want to do the right thing.”Returning to his extensive research regarding race and white bias against blacks, Dovidio cited what he called “aversive racists” who “sympathize with victims of past injustice, support principles of racial equality, and genuinely regard themselves as non-prejudiced, but at the same time possess conflicting, often non-conscious, negative feelings and beliefs about blacks.”These negative feelings, Dovidio said, “are rooted in basic psychological processes [e.g., social categorization] that promote racial bias. In addition, the negative feelings that aversive racists have toward blacks do not reflect open hostility or hatred. Instead, aversive racists’ reactions typically involve discomfort, anxiety, or fear.”Dovidio concluded that contemporary bias is subtle and unconscious. But he said there are ways to confront it. He suggests that organizations create strong diversity committees, involve people of color, and make diversity part of employee performance reviews.For Naisha Bradley, director of the Harvard College Women’s Center, Dovidio’s presentation had a strong impact. “He eloquently captured the complexity of race in America and helped Harvard University administrators better understand how detrimental color-blindness is, and highlighted how it prioritizes harmony over equality,” she said.“But I Don’t See Color! Consequences of Racial Color-Blindness” was the second of three FAS Diversity Dialogues for the academic year. The final talk, “Identity Threat at Work,” will be on March 31. The Diversity Dialogues, which are free and open to the public, are offered through the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications.last_img read more

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Ageless garden favorite

first_imgBy Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaThe Incas of Peru and Mayas of Mexico were growing tomatoes morethan 3,000 years ago. When Spanish conquistadors introduced themin Europe in the mid-16th Century, they caught on first in Italy.Can you imagine spaghetti now without tomato sauce?Tomatoes are popular worldwide now. In North America, though,early settlers regarded them as poisonous plants.It was centuries before they found favor here. In the early1900s, U.S. scientists were still trying to convince people oftheir safety and their value as a source of vitamins A and C.Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) are warm-season annualplants. They grow best when days are around 75 degrees and nightsabout 65. Most people consider the tomato a vegetable.Botanically, though, it’s a fruit.In your gardenCountless tomato cultivars are available now. New ones are beingadded every year. For your garden, select varieties based onearly to late fruiting, insect and disease resistance, fruitsize, color and flavor.In general, there are two types of tomato plants. Determinate, orbush tomato plants, stop growing once they flower. Mostcommercial varieties are determinate.Indeterminate plants keep growing until frost or disease getsthem. Many of the popular salad and cherry varieties, such as”Better Boy” or “Roma,” are indeterminate.Always choose cultivars with disease resistance. The label willindicate resistance with capital letters such as F (fusarium), V(verticillium), N (nematodes) and T (tobacco mosaic).The right stuffTomatoes require well-drained soils, full sun and good aircirculation around each plant and among plants. Don’t plant inlow areas or where water tends to stand after rain or watering.You can grow tomato plants from direct seed or transplants, butyou’ll likely be more successful with the latter.Choose healthy, vigorous transplants. After transplanting,immediately stake or cage the plants to avoid future injuries tobranches and root systems. Apply mulch, and pick weeds by hand aswell. Tomatoes are extremely sensitive to herbicide damage.Keeping the soil uniformly moist all season is a must forsuccessful tomato growing. Letting the moisture go back and forthfrom too wet to too dry will lead to fruit disorders, such ascracking and blossom-end rot, and more disease problems.Tomatoes are heavy feeders. They require a constant but notexcessive supply of nutrients. It’s best to base your fertilizerprogram on a soil test analysis. Any University of GeorgiaExtension Service county office can provide a soil test.Once they’re harvested, tomatoes may change color, but they won’timprove in nutrition or flavor. They can accomplish this onlywhile they’re still attached to the plant.So, pick your tomatoes just before you eat them. Truly vine-ripetomatoes will have the best taste and the bonus of a highercontent of vitamins A and C.(Marco Fonseca is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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How to pick the perfect pumpkin

first_imgOne of the surest signs that fall is upon us is the appearance of pumpkins for sale along roadsides. If the pumpkins are ready for harvest, frost can’t be far behind. The search for the perfect pumpkin has become almost as important as scouring the woods for the perfect Christmas tree. Pumpkins come in many shapes and sizes, and people’s preferences vary. Check the local roadside marketsSo where do we find the one “Great Pumpkin” that will satisfy our holiday desires? The best pumpkin may only be an afternoon’s drive away. Or it could be waiting at the local supermarket. Many roadside stands and local grocers offer pumpkins. A growing number of local farms, too, offer hayrides to the field and let customers pick their own pumpkins. This is akin to the stroll in the forest looking for the right Christmas tree or the Thanksgiving morning turkey hunt for the day’s main course. So how do you pick a great pumpkin? The American Phytopathological Society suggests the following tips:• Check for moldy areas or soft spots on the fruit (remember to check the bottom). Choose one with a hard rind. • Check the stem attachment. Healthy stems are green and securely attached. • Most pumpkin varieties are a dull to bright-orange when mature. • Keep the pumpkin in a dry, shady place, and try to prevent it from freezing. • To help a Jack-o-Lantern last through Halloween, don’t carve it until a few days before the event.• Pick pumpkins before frost. Leave at least 3 to 4 inches of stem on the fruit.Most Georgia-grown pumpkins grown in the northDon’t expect to always find a pumpkin that is locally grown. Georgia farmers only grow about 600 acres of them each year, although that figure has been rising. Most of the pumpkins grown in Georgia are in the northern third of the state, although there are a few south Georgia growers. Plant viruses and insect pressure have traditionally made growing pumpkins in south Georgia hard to do. However, in recent years, new varieties developed by the University of Georgia show promise for disease resistance.For harvest near Halloween or Thanksgiving, pumpkins must be planted in early to late June, depending on the variety. Don’t expect to break the world record (more than 1,000 pounds). It’s virtually impossible to grow competitively large pumpkins in Georgia’s climate. Limit your competition to local and state fairs.last_img read more

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Georgia Kale

first_imgA “green superfood” is making its way into the mainstream and into the fields of southwest Georgia farms, according to a University of Georgia vegetable expert.In the past, kale has been grown for use as a garnish for salad bars. Increased consumer demand in connection with its many health benefits has Georgia farmers planting, and selling, more of the leafy green, said University of Georgia Extension horticulturist Tim Coolong.Georgia growers who have traditionally cultivated collard, mustard and turnip greens have now added kale.“Consumer demand has increased, so large growers have been asked to grow it,” Coolong said. “They can sell what they’re growing, and because of the demand, they can sometimes market it at a higher price point than other greens. If consumers demand it, growers will grow it.”Kale is typically grown like other greens, making it easy for existing growers to incorporate it into their farming systems, he said. Kale has a similar flavor to traditional greens, and there are multiple ways to prepare it. Its growing popularity is linked to its perceived health benefits, according to Coolong.“Researchers have focused on the impact of lutein levels in kale, with some studies showing that a lutein-rich diet, featuring vegetables such as kale, can help slow macular degeneration along with a number of other positive health attributes,” Coolong said. “Although many associate high levels of carotenoids with more colorful vegetables, kale has long been known to have abundant levels of carotenoids, among the highest levels of all vegetables.”According to the National Institutes of Health, dietary carotenoids are thought to decrease the risk of disease, particularly certain cancers and eye disease.“Leafy crops are good to eat, and other greens can be just as nutritious as kale,” Coolong said.Judy Harrison, UGA Extension food and nutrition specialist, says kale has been grown for centuries, but its resurgence is due to a greater emphasis on healthy diets.“I think the emphasis on eating more fruits and vegetables and including a variety of these in our diets has helped people rediscover kale,” she said.Kale is a member of the cabbage family, contains no fat or cholesterol and is low in sodium. It provides an abundance of vitamins A and C, which Harrison says help ensure bodies work properly.“Increased intakes of fruits and vegetables may help prevent obesity and may help to reduce risk of chronic diseases, like Type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease,” she said.With such a high demand placed on kale, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers are evaluating a wider selection of varieties that growers may plant. Seed supplies of some of the more traditional varieties have been short due to the increase in popularity, Coolong said.“We’re still working on the variety trials,” he said. “Some new selections are working well, but we have only a few seasons of data.”To incorporate kale in your diet, Harrison suggests adding it to stir-fry, using it as a smoothie ingredient or baking kale chips.(Jordan Hill is an intern with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Uruguayan and Peruvian Troops Provide Security for Haitian Elections

first_imgThe Uruguayan and Peruvian contingent maintained ongoing oversight before, during, and after the opening and closing of the polls, which included conducting patrols and ensuring security at polling centers and for those who voted. To ensure direct technical coordination with the Chief Military Liaison Officers (CMLOs), the Haitian National Police (HNP), UNPOL, and electoral authorities who worked under and reported directly to the Force Commander of the UN Mission, Liaison officers were also deployed in the departmental capitals. The URUPERBAT is protecting the Haitian voting process while MINUSTAH is aiming to consolidate peace nationwide, with the goal being a gradual and phased reduction of the mission’s Military component, in accordance with UN Resolution 2180, of 2014. “As part of the security strategy, Peruvian and Uruguayan Troops in Haiti have been leading efforts since July 15 to obtain the necessary information to facilitate the fulfillment of the mission to ensure security for the presidential and parliamentary elections,” Col. Gentini told Diálogo. Uruguayan and Peruvian Soldiers serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are cooperating through the Ecclesia plan to provide security throughout the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections. The 410-member URUPERBAT, which began deploying the Ecclesia plan in mid-July, started monitoring and improving security at polling stations primarily in the Northeast and Central departments during Haiti’s first round of parliamentary elections on August 9. They established a Temporary Operating Base (TOB) in the village of Hincha, in the central part of Haiti; it was operated by about 100 Soldiers from the Uruguayan contingent’s Combat Team Alpha. Meanwhile, Bravo Combat Team which is made up of the Peruvian URUPERBAT troops, assumed its role in the Northeast department. During the voting on October 25 — and again on December 27, if the presidential election goes a second round — the Uruguay-Peru Battalion (URUPERBAT) will maintain public safety throughout Haiti, contributing 246 Uruguayan and 164 Peruvian Troops to the total of 2,300 Troops and 2,339 police officers participating in the effort. By Dialogo October 13, 2015 It’s a good newspaper it has everything Time of transition “The military presence during the first round of parliamentary elections acts as a deterrent, and no incidents were reported. The military operation was rated as a success by national and international authorities. The Ecclesia plan was put to the test in this first round of elections.” “There will be centralized planning for the elections, with significant autonomy and opportunities to take the initiative within the guidelines provided by the military commander,” Colonel José I. Gentini, URUPERBAT’s Battalion Commander, told Diálogo. “A tiered strategy involving the participation of local authorities, the United Nations Police (UNPOL), and the military components from Brazil and Chile will be employed as part of the Ecclesia plan.” Within this context, the UN proposed that Brazil and Chile lead the final phase of the Military operation in Haiti, which will begin to wind down in 2016, after the completion of the presidential election. Protecting voting centers “We are proud to be part of the contingent that has led to the development of a democratic life in Haiti that will allow its own authorities to take charge of their country,” Col. Gentini said.last_img read more

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On Lošinj, most Slovenians are satisfied with the actual nights

first_imgMali Lošinj Tourist Board has launched a marketing campaign “Lošinj – your island oasis” in key emitting markets; Austria, Germany and Slovenia, and it is from these markets that most guests stay on the island. With 670.319 overnight stays and 83.488 arrivals in the first seven months of this year, Lošinj achieved 54,2% of last year’s overnight stays and confirmed its position in the top ten leading Croatian destinations with the highest number of overnight stays. This year, the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board launched an action FERRY FREE with the aim of attracting visitors in the month of September. So to the visitors who will be staying in September for more than seven nights, The Tourist Board co-finances the return tickets of the ferry in the facilities that responded to the invitation. More attached. “We believe that guests have recognized all the advantages of Lošinj as an island of vitality in these new circumstances. The most popular segments in the choice of accommodation are the camps, which provide guests in the natural environment with additional security and isolation. Holiday homes and numerous villas with high quality service also record very good results”Said the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Dalibor Cvitković. The leading market is Slovenia with a share of 38,6% in total overnight stays and achieving 73% of last year’s results. They are followed by Germans with a share of 17,5%, domestic guests with 17,2%, Austrians with 6,9%, Italians with 5,8%. Other countries have a share of 14%. In the segment of tourist accommodation in the current part of the year, the most popular are camps with a share of 33,1% and achieving 53% of last year’s result. This is followed by a visit to household facilities with a share of 21,7% and a realization of 66% compared to last year. In July, a tourist turnover of 474.601 overnight stays was recorded on Lošinj, which represents the realization of 67,3% of last year’s result. center_img Most tourists from Slovenia Other catering facilities for accommodation achieved a share of 11,9% and recorded a realization of 58%, while hotels accounted for 9% of overnight stays and 22,6% of last year’s turnover. 24,4%. Out of a total of 670.319 overnight stays, 82,9% were realized by foreign tourists. The achievement of such indicators is the result of the promotion of key attributes of the image of the island of Lošinj, pleasant climate, rich diversity and natural beauty as well as the efforts and activities of all stakeholders in the destination, emphasizes Cvitković and adds: “Through intensified promotional activities in all markets, communicating the real situation on the island and appreciating the very good response to the marketing campaign Ferry Free for September, we expect a successful continuation of the tourist year.” / / / TZ MALOG LOŠINJA CO-FINANCES RETURN TICKETS FOR FERRY – FERRY FREE Photo by: Sandro Taribalast_img read more

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COVID-19: Indonesia to provide financial incentives for frontline doctors, nurses

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system. There are reports of inadequate medical supplies and the deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge.An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist from Bekasi, West Java, died on Saturday at Persahabatan Hospital in East Jakarta. Another doctor, a 34-year-old neurologist, died at the same hospital in the early hours of Sunday. A 70-year-old surgeon from Bogor, West Java, died at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on Saturday.“I would like to offer my deepest condolences over the passing of the doctors, nurses and health workers. They have dedicated their energy to mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. On behalf of the government, the country and the people, I would like to thank them for their hard work,” the president added.The government distributed 105 pieces of protective health equipment on Saturday to hospitals across the archipelago. Medical aid from China arrived in Jakarta on Monday morning as part of government-to-government cooperation.As of Sunday, Indonesia recorded 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 48 fatalities. (rfa)Topics : As health workers across the country are dealing with dwindling medical supplies because of the recent surge of COVID-19 patients, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government would provide financial incentives, on top of protective gear, to ensure their safety and security while they do their jobs.The government is to provide a Rp 15 million (US$886.79) incentive to medical specialists, Rp 10 million to physicians and dentists, Rp 7.5 million to nurses and Rp 5 million to other medical staff members, he added.“We will also provide a total of Rp 300 million for compensation in case of death. This is applies to regions that have declared a state of emergency,” Jokowi said on Monday.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Help Pittsburgh Women’s Center and Shelter

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a $5 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will help fund much needed improvements to the building housing the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. All three floors of the 38,000-square-foot building will be updated, allowing the shelter to expand and enhance its programs for abused women and their children.“The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh performs vitally important work with care and compassion,” said Governor Wolf. “The much-needed improvements to their building will help the organization assist more people in more ways, and will position it to serve women and children in need for many years.”In 1994, the Women’s Center and Shelter purchased and renovated a former automobile showroom to serve as its administrative office, non-resident counseling space, and residential facility for domestic abuse victims, also providing care for children of the residents. The 36-bed facility is no longer large enough to support the current demand for its programs. Last year, for instance, the center was forced to turn away 262 women and 234 children due to its limited space.This building rehab initiative by the Women’s Center and Shelter is aimed at providing additional capacity so the organization can meet current and future demand for its services. The project will expand the shelter to 48 beds, enhance living spaces, create administrative and therapy areas, enlarge children’s areas, provide security and safety systems, update parking and storm water systems, and incorporate a LEED-certified, energy efficient design.“The Women’s Center and Shelter runs primarily off donations. So these tax credits provided by Commonwealth Cornerstone Group will help the group preserve its financial reserves by addressing funding gaps in its construction plan,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “We’re glad we can help the shelter continue its important work in Pittsburgh’s North Oakland neighborhood and throughout the region.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.This project is expected to support 25 full-time construction jobs at an average wage of $42.50 an hour. Once construction is completed, it’s expected the shelter will hire 3 new permanent employees at a wage of $16.82/hour to support its operations. It will retain 47 current full-time jobs. Economic estimates predict this project will create 23 indirect and induced jobs providing $1,129,000 in added wages for the region.In addition to the $5 million in New Markets Tax Credits being provided by Commonwealth Cornerstone Group, an additional $7 million in tax credits is being provided by Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives.About the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater PittsburghFounded in 1974, the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WCS) was one of the first six shelters in the United States for battered women. Since that time, the WCS has created and implemented programming aimed at preventing domestic violence and providing sanctuary and services to domestic violence victims. Today, the WCS provides not only shelter services, but also a domestic abuse hotline, non-resident counseling to women and children, off-site counseling to men seeking help for abusive behavior, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, and meals for residents. Last year, the WCS served 6,229 individuals through its various programs.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. March 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Help Pittsburgh Women’s Center and Shelterlast_img read more

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US face transplant man ‘recovering well’ after surgery

first_imgLead surgeon Eduardo Rodriguez: ”He put the mirror down and thanked me and hugged me”A man who was given a face transplant after living for 15 years as a recluse is recovering well, US doctors say.Richard Lee Norris is beginning to feel his face and is already brushing his teeth and shaving, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.Last week he was given what physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever carried out, including new teeth, nose, tongue and jaw.He has also regained his sense of smell, his doctors say.The 37-year-old cut himself off from the rest of the world and wore a mask whenever he went outside after suffering horrific injuries in a gun accident.The surgery was funded by the US Navy, which hopes the techniques will help casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.Surgeons who carried out the 36-hour operation said it was part of a series of transplant operations lasting 72 hours, using organs from one donor in five patients, including Mr Norris.He lost his lips and nose in the accident, and only had limited movement of his mouth.Lead surgeon Eduardo Rodriguez said Mr Norris would now get his life back.“Our goal is to restore function as well as have aesthetically pleasing results,” he said.The US government estimates that 200 wounded troops might be eligible for face transplants. The first face transplant was performed in France in 2005 on a woman who was mauled by her dog. In 2010 surgeons in Spain carried out the world’s first full-face transplant.BBC News Share Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint US face transplant man ‘recovering well’ after surgery by: – March 29, 2012center_img 54 Views   one comment Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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