214 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Assam says MoS Health

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 214 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) were reported in Assam till July 18 this year, Minister of State for Health, Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Responding to a question over what measures were initiated by the Centre to address the outbreak, the minister said the central teams have visited Assam between June 30-July 1 and July 8-10 to review the situation and provide technical assistance to the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The teams observed that Japanese Encephalitis (JE) transmission is going on in the state but at the same time transmission of other pathogens like scrub typhus, leptospirosis is also observed. “The state health authorities have already taken large number of actions to tackle the problem. However, issues related to over suspicion of AES and over diagnosis of JE, testing algorithm, treatment protocol and vector management were observed and state and District Health Authorities were advised accordingly,” Choubey said in his reply. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn the logistic and technical support extended to the state government to tackle the situation, the minister said there are 28 sentinel site hospitals and 1 apex referral laboratory identified for which 143 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) IgM ELISA kits have been supplied till July 18. The funds have been provided for establishment of 10 bedded pediatric ICUs (PICUs) for 8 of 10 high endemic districts. Four PICUs are functional till date, Choubey said. Funds have been provided for strengthening of two Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Departments in Assam’s two districts, he said.last_img read more

Disasters UN report shows climate change causing dramatic rise in economic losses

The findings, published by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), also show that people in low- and middle-income countries are seven times more likely to die from natural disasters than those in developed nations.“This puts a big emphasis on the need to…make sure that we curb greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ricardo Mena, UNISDR chief, in charge of implementing the Sendai Framework.This puts a big emphasis on the need to…make sure that we curb greenhouse gas emissions – Ricardo Mena, UNISDR chiefFailing to do this, risks letting climate-related hazards get out of control, he told journalists in Geneva, before calling for greater investment in disaster risk-reduction measures, “so that we do not allow for countries to create new risk”.In terms of the impact of disasters on the global economy between 1998 and 2017, affected countries reported direct losses of $2.908 trillion. That’s more than twice what was lost in the previous two decades.Illustrating the growing threat from climate change, extreme weather events now account for 77 per cent of total economic losses, $2.245 trillion, the report notes.This represents a “dramatic rise” of 151 per cent compared with losses reported between 1978 and 1997, which amounted to $895 billion.Poorer countries most vulnerable, worst-hitThe increased vulnerability of poorer countries to disasters is illustrated by the fact that, in the last 20 years, only one officially high-income territory – the island of Puerto Rico – has featured in a league table of the top 10 economic losses as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).Last September, devastation in the US-dependency caused by Hurricane Maria contributed to overall losses since 1998, of more than $71 billion; the equivalent of 12.2 per cent of Puerto Rico’s GDP. Apart from Cuba, which is classified as an upper-middle income country in the 20-year review, the other top 10 worst-hit nations, as a percentage of their output, are all lower-income.Haiti – where a deadly 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the north-west of the island just four days ago – recorded the highest losses, at 17.5 per cent of GDP.In terms of fatalities from disasters, the report indicates that more than 747,000 people – 56 per cent of the total – died in the last two decades during major seismic events, a total of 563 earthquakes and related tsunamis.Overall, however, more than 90 per cent of all disasters in the last 20 years were in fact floods, storms, droughts and other extreme weather events.Heatwaves are next climate change ‘explosion’Heatwaves are an increasing global threat for which solutions need to be found in the next five to 10 years, warned report co-author Professor Debarati Guha, from the Institute of Health and Society (IRSS), part of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL).“The next one that is going to hit us with an explosion is heatwaves,” she said. “It’s going to be both in poor countries, remember, human beings have a limit, a thermal resistance limit…it is also going to be a huge problem in the wealthier countries.” “We emphasize the need to reduce existing risk to strengthen the resilience of people and nations. Otherwise the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is going to be a very elusive target”, UNISDR’s Ricardo Mena said. read more

Transgender students should not have to declare birth gender when applying to

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The NUS will vote on the abolition of the monarchyCredit:Paul Grover Malia Bouattia, the NUS president Transgender students should not have to declare their birth gender when applying to university sports clubs, the National Union of Students (NUS) is expected to rule.At the moment transgender or intersex students are only allowed to join the teams that they were assigned to at birth rather than the gender that they identify with now.This can act as a “barrier” from transgender students which can sport “inaccessible” and “unwelcome”, according to a motion due to be debated on Tuesday at the NUS annual conference in Brighton.The motion proposes that “trans and intersex students should be able to train and compete in whichever sports team best fits their gender identity”. Other motions due to be debated at the NUS annual conference include the abolition of the monarchy, and launching an inquiry into the effect of “no platform” and “safe space” policies on free speech. Malia Bouattia, the NUS presidentCredit: Facebook The NUS will vote on the abolition of the monarchy It adds that trans and intersex students should not be asked to disclose their legal gender or personal medical information to participate in university sport, including details regarding hormone replacement therapy.The motion suggests that the NUS follows the lead of Durham University’s new policy on inclusivity, whereby trans and intersex students are allowed to compete and train in whichever team “best fits their gender identity”.Noorlann Shahid, the NUS LGBT+ officer, said the motion is likely to receive huge support, adding that inclusion in sports has emerged as a major issue for transgender students.  “We have made great strides in terms of trans inclusion in the last couple of years,” Shahid said. In addition to its two LGBT+ officers, the NUS last month elected a dedicated trans officer to head up campaigns relating to transgender students. Delegates at the conference will also attempt to ban clapping and whooping at all future NUS events, on the basis that these are not accessible to disabled students.A motion calls for “reduced cheering or unnecessary loud noises on conference floor, including whooping and clapping” and warns of “consequences for those who ignore this requirement”.last_img read more

Nissan cuts electric car battery charging time to 10 minutes

first_imgElectric cars that can travel hundreds of miles on a single charge are starting to appear, but they still have a number of major hurdles to overcome. They include cost, range, and charging times. Solve any two of those three problems and electric vehicles suddenly become a lot more viable. And it seems Nissan may have solved one already.Working with Kansai University in Japan, the car manufacturer has managed to get the charging time of a typical electric car battery down from hours to 10 minutes. Although still longer than a typical gas fill up, it brings the time down to a point where you wouldn’t mind stopping on a journey regularly to recharge.The breakthrough that made such a short charge possible is a simple change of material used for the electrode in the battery capacitor. Typically, carbon is used, but Nissan switched it out for tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide. By doing so, it was possible to greatly improve upon the power transfer to the battery.By managing to achieve such a short charge time Nissan may have also gone a long way to solving the pricing issue too. As existing batteries take hours to charge you typically need an expensive charger installed at home to fill the battery overnight. But 10 minutes makes a trip to a local gas/electric station viable, so no home charger is needed.The only bad news about this breakthrough is the time it will take to come to market. We could be waiting a decade before the first 10 minute charge battery makes its way into a vehicle we can buy.More at NYDailyNews.comlast_img read more

Seagate Rescue and Replace will recover your data and replace your hard

first_imgSeagate is a name associated with providing storage devices and in particular hard drives. But today the company is introducing a new service that aims to protect the data you put on hard drives as well as the drives themselves.Seagate Rescue and Seagate Rescue and Replace will offer consumers the ability to protect the data stored on a hard drive as well as guaranteeing a replacement for a hard drive if it fails, data gets corrupted, or you accidentally delete something. And this isn’t limited to just Seagate-branded storage devices, Seagate will recover data from and/or replace any brand of drive.Unlike data backup services, Seagate Rescue will recover the data stored on a hard drive that has stopped working. So if you forgot to backup, or a backup failed before the drive failed, Rescue still gives you a good chance of recovering your data. Alternatively, Rescue and Replace will not only recover the data, it will provide you with a replacement hard drive with the data on so you can carry on as normal.The costs associated with these services depend on which you want and for how long. Rescue will cost $29.99 for a 2-year plan, $39.99 for 3 years, and $49.99 for 4 years. Rescue and Replace is understandably more expensive, and costs $39.99, $49.99, or $59.99 for the same 2, 3, or 4 year coverage. Even so, $50 to get data recovery and drive replacement for 4 years is not expensive in my opinion.Seagate intends to roll out this service slowly. You’ll see it first offered via Seagate.com in Canada and across Europe, and then rolled out as actual retail protection packages through a number of retailers. It is expected they’ll be packaged with actual hard drive purchases in store, and are sure to be tempting to a lot of people. Seagate is aiming to have Rescue and Replace available pretty much everywhere by the middle of next year.last_img read more

Kilkenny woman found safe and well

first_imgKilkenny woman found safe and well Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance. Short URL GARDAÍ HAVE FOUND a woman who was missing from Kilkenny.Joanne Donoghue was missing from her home in Loughboy.Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance.Read: Have you seen this man? Arthur Candalish has been missing from Meath since Monday> Mar 30th 2017, 8:31 PM http://jrnl.ie/3315979 8 Comments By Cliodhna Russell Share20 Tweet Email 26,210 Views Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 8:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Slam YouTube propose maintenant des battles de vidéos

first_imgSlam : YouTube propose maintenant des battles de vidéos Avec sa nouvelle page Slam, YouTube offre la possibilité de confronter des vidéos pour élire la meilleure et ce, selon différentes catégories telles que “musique” ou “vidéos bizarres”.L’idée a de quoi plaire aux utilisateurs de YouTube toujours en quête des meilleurs vidéos. Le leader des sites d’hébergement de vidéo vient en effet de lancer une toute nouvelle page baptisé Slam. Projet auquel a participé Google Search, celle-ci propose des vidéos classées selon les catégories suivantes: vidéos les plus craquantes, musique, vidéos bizarres, comédie. À lire aussiQuand un père envoie le jouet favori de son fils dans l’espaceLe principe est alors simple : l’internaute doit visionner deux vidéos opposées l’une à l’autre afin de voter pour celle qu’il préfère. Une sorte de battle vidéo finalement, un duel, comme il risque d’y en avoir des millions, étant donné le nombre de vidéos aujourd’hui disponibles sur Youtube… Les sélections évoluent chaque semaine et vous pouvez même, en tant que jury, bénéficier d’un classement à points (si vos vidéos choisies sortent vainqueurs). Une façon de voir les capacités de chaque “joueur” à élire les vidéos les plus populaires, relève Clubic.com. Mais on ne sait pas trop ce qu’il apportera à un utilisateur de finir premier, si ce n’est une satisfaction personnelle à choisir la tendance du moment. Si vous ne saviez plus quoi faire de vos heures perdues, YouTube Slam (lien non disponible) semble donc être la solution…Le 28 décembre 2011 à 16:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Free Mobile près de 80 des Français envisagent de souscrire

first_imgFree Mobile : près de 80% des Français envisagent de souscrireUne semaine après le fracassant lancement de Free sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile, la grande majorité des Français s’intéressent de près aux offres du nouvel opérateur, dont les prix défient toute concurrence. Ils seraient aujourd’hui 78% à envisager de souscrire un abonnement chez Free Mobile.Le 10 janvier dernier, Xavier Niel levait enfin le voile sur sa révolution promise. Free a fait son entrée sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile avec des prix défiant toute concurrence, et déjà, le nouvel opérateur serait proche du million d’abonnés. Séduits, les Français sont nombreux à envisager de migrer à leur tour vers Free Mobile. À lire aussiRéseau 4G de SFR : tout sur les forfaits, les lancements et les prixD’après un sondage GFK publié lundi, 97% des Français ont entendu parler de l’arrivée de ce quatrième opérateur. Free peut déjà se féliciter du succès médiatique de son offre mobile, et se frotter les mains à l’évocation des 78% de sondés qui ont affirmé être près à souscrire chez Free. Parmi eux, 14% envisagent de migrer vers l’opérateur dans l’immédiat, 39% préfèrent patienter quelques mois, et 25% attendent la fin de leur engagement chez leur opérateur actuel.Mais ces chiffres pourraient bien vite chuter, au gré des soucis que rencontre le tout nouvel opérateur mobile. Soupçons au sujet de son réseau , problèmes de portabilité des numéros, et polémique autour de l’utilisation de l’expression “en bon père de famille” pour l’utilisation du forfait illimité : l’engoouement a déjà fait place à la perplexité pour certains des premiers abonnés de Free Mobile.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Spalletti on Coppa Italia and Benevento

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has revealed his ambitions to win the Coppa Italia ahead of their clash with Benevento.Spalletti’s men may set up a quarter-final clash with Lazio if they end up beating the underdogs but the former Roma man has called for caution ahead of the tie.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” the Coach told Inter TV and cited on Football Italia.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Inter don’t have home advantage either, because it will be played behind closed doors due to repeated racist chanting from their fans.“It’ll seem a lot more like a training ground exercise, as without the crowd there, we lose the passion and emotional strength this sport gives you.“It was right to send a strong message, but also to reflect on what can be done, because we end up penalising people who have nothing to do with these incidents.”With Inter out of the Champions League in the group stage, can the Coppa Italia be their best chance of silverware?“It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.”last_img read more

Defense Bill Talks Drag On

first_imgThe House and Senate Armed Services committees are still engaged in negotiations to hash out a compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill as an agreement on a handful of issues has proven unattainable to date.“No question we’re close,” House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told CQ. Thornberry said he has remained in contact with his Senate counterpart, John McCain (R-Ariz.). “I mean, we could be done anytime, but we’re not,” he said.Military compensation, including increases in Tricare co-pays and retirement benefits, has been one of the thorniest issues so far.“We’re still having discussions,” said McCain. “Honestly, I’m not sure whether we’re going to be able to get it or not,” he said.Meanwhile, conferees settled on language to overhaul the military procurement process, Thornberry said. One of the key questions the two sides tackled was whether to give the military service secretaries the power the defense secretary now has over initiating multibillion-dollar weapons programs.The House chairman said the two different versions of the annual defense policy bill “have blended together well,” without elaborating further. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

MISSING LIZARD 35 Foot Pet Lizard Missing In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A 3.5-foot long black and white tegu lizard named “Tiggs” escaped from his outdoor enclosure on Tuesday, July 31 at the corner of Salem Street and Woburn Street.“Please be on the look out for my boy! He is a loved family pet and we are seriously concerned about him,” writes the owner. “If seen, please call 857-928-3140.”TiggsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CAT: Have You Seen Mic?In “Missing Pets”MISSING DOG: Have You Seen Poquito?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Loki?In “Missing Pets”last_img read more

Hong Kong police arrest six after new night of clashes

first_imgHONG KONG: Six people were arrested during overnight clashes in Hong Kong between riot officers and anti-government protesters, police said Monday, as the political violence rocking the international hub shows no sign of abating. The city has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history following a month of huge marches as well as separate violent confrontations with police involving a minority of hardcore protesters. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The rallies were sparked by a now-suspended law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but have since morphed into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory. Sunday night saw fresh political violence break out in the district of Mongkok as police baton-charged small groups of masked, largely young protesters who were walking along roads and refused to disperse following another massive, peaceful rally earlier in the day. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us In a statement issued early Monday morning, police said the group were taking part in an “unlawful assembly” and had been warned that officers would take action. “Some protesters resisted and police arrested five persons for assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer in the execution of duties,” the statement said. Activists hit out at the police tactics, saying the protesters in Mongkok had remained peaceful as they made their way home and that violence was started by a shield wall of riot officers that had blocked the crowd’s path. Advertise With Us “Hong Kongers joined rally peacefully against extradition bill result in being beaten and assaulted by HK Police,” democracy activist Joshua Wong wrote in a tweet accompanying pictures of at least two protesters with bleeding head wounds.”Just another example of excessive force used by the police,” he added in another tweet. Public anger has soared against the city’s pro-Beijing leaders and its police force after officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters outside parliament last month. Since then the chaos has only escalated. Last Monday, anger peaked as hundreds of youth-led demonstrators successfully stormed and trashed the city’s parliament. Those unprecedented scenes and renewed huge marches have failed to persuade the government, whose sole concession so far has been to suspend the loathed extradition bill. Protesters are demanding the bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, amnesty for those arrested, and for the city’s unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down.They have also demanded authorities stop characterising protesters as “rioters”, a definition that carries much steeper jail terms. Beijing has thrown its full support behind the embattled Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes. Despite repeated requests, police have not released a breakdown of how many people have been detained in the last month of protests. A tally kept by AFP shows at least 72 people have been arrested but it is not clear how many have been charged.last_img read more

More Than Half Of Texans Polled Wanted Stricter Gun Laws And That

first_imgREUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/The Texas Tribune Candles are lit behind images of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School during a vigil in League City on May 20, 2018.Hey, Texplainer: What do Texans really think about gun control?The national debate on gun control reignited Friday, when a 17-year-old opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe High School, killing at least 10 people and leaving another 10 wounded.In the aftermath, Republican leaders placed blame on a slew of factors: unarmed teachers, far too many doors to guard in schools and a lack of mental health services.“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said at a press conference Friday, adding that schools have far too many entrances and exits to safeguard. “We’re gonna have to be creative.”Democrats, on the other hand, advocated for swift action on guns, including universal background checks and funding federal research on gun violence.“What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those who won’t harm themselves or someone else,” Democrat Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, wrote in a Medium post. “Close all loopholes and exceptions. Every single gun purchase has a background check.”Texas is as gun-friendly a state as they come. But how do voters feel about gun control, according to recent polls?Like most issues, folks are divided.The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, released in October, found that Texans are split on whether people carrying more guns will make for a safer environment. And as with many issues, the biggest divide was along party lines.More than 60 percent of surveyed Republicans said they believed the country would be safer if more people carried guns. Only 5 percent of Democrats said they felt the same way.“Republicans and Democrats tend to look at the same tragedy from very different perspectives,” Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said Monday. “Democrats look at Santa Fe and their most popular answer tends to be that gun control is the correct response to keep this from happening in the future. Whereas Republicans don’t see it that way. They don’t believe gun control would have any impact or is even germane.”Texans are also split on who, or what, to blame for mass shootings. Of those surveyed, most (24 percent) said the primary cause is a failure of the mental health system, which was closely followed by current gun laws. Thirteen percent of respondents focused much of their ire on extreme views on the internet, while 10 percent blamed various forms of media (i.e. the spread of “extremist points of views” on the internet and “media attention given to perpetrators of mass shootings”).Increased access to mental health services seems to be one solution both Republicans and Democrats turn to in the wake of such tragedies. After Friday’s shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touted a 4-year-old project run by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a potential statewide model to reduce gun violence. The program works to identify junior high and high school students most at risk for committing violence in schools and intervene before it happens.Another thing Texans seem to agree on? Overall, more than half of registered voters surveyed said gun control laws should be more strict. Only 13 percent of surveyed Texans said existing laws should be less strict than they are now, and 31 percent would prefer to leave current gun laws unchanged.Democrats, however, are more likely to want to toughen current gun laws. While just about half of surveyed Republicans opt to leave them as they are now.There’s also a racial divide: Black and Hispanic voters in Texas overwhelmingly said they preferred stricter gun control laws. Only 43 percent of white voters agreed.You see this racial divide nationally as well. A national survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of African-Americans and 29 percent of Hispanics found gun violence to be a “very big problem” in their local communities. Just 11 percent of white respondents said the same thing.The results of the latest UT/TT poll showcases a slight shift on who voters blamed for mass shootings just two year prior. In November 2015, the majority of surveyed Texans also blamed mental health issues and gun laws on mass shootings. Respondents also pointed to unstable families, however.“In the wake of mass shootings, what you see in elected officials is often a reflection of what their own voters think,” Joshua Blank, the manager of polling and research of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said Monday. “In the wake of these mass shootings, what you see is partisans talking mostly to their voters and, in turn, also reinforcing what voters already think about the causes of these problems.” Forty-one percent of Texans surveyed in November 2015 said they believed gun laws should be more strict, compared to 18 percent who said they should be less strict. Overall, this is a small uptick from a February 2015 UT/TT Poll, where 36 percent of respondents said they wanted stricter gun control laws and 22 percent wanted those laws made less strict.So what’s accounting for the trend of public opinion in Texas?“The main driver in changing gun attitudes is the increasing frequency of mass shootings both in Texas and elsewhere. With each one of these shootings, what you tend to see is a major uptick in attitudes in favor of greater gun restrictions,” Blank said. “With each additional tragedy, there tends to be more people who further embrace the possibility of more gun restrictions.”The bottom line: Texans are split on whether more people carrying guns will make for a safer environment. But there’s an increasing number of people who think existing gun laws should be more strict. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin and Rice University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

Social media push for antidengue drives

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will embrace social media in a big way to boost its dengue drive this year. People of the city particularly the young generation are very active on social media so planned use of the social media platform is expected to widen the civic body’s reach in creating awareness. The step will help to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.”We will start our campaigns on Facebook and Whats app and for this we have already started discussions with experts associated directly with these social platforms. We are in the process of preparing a strategy for our campaign,” said Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, who is also in-charge of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Health department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Health department of KMC has already been undertaking drives to prevent mosquito-borne diseases in the city with special emphasis on visiting households which had witnessed dengue cases last year. The civic body is armed with a map of those addresses across the city. The team from the KMC visited Chatubabu Lane and Ananda Palit Road area under ward 55 which are dominated by slums. We have come across a number of vacant plots which are privately owned or belong to the Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT) or WAKF land which needs to be cleaned up. We have identified the owners and will soon slap notices to them under Section 496 A of the KMC Act. We will be cleaning up the places but the owners have to pay charges against it,” Ghosh said. The KMC team spoke to patients who had dengue last year and advised them on how to keep their premises clean. The team of KMC’s Health department was accompanied by the ward councillor, borough chairman and officials from the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC.last_img read more

Little Mixs Jade helped this couple come out and it was so

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Little Mix member Jade Thirlwall has long been a supporter of LGBTI rights. Her latest birthday party was drag-themed where she debuted her own alter-ego, Shaneeda Nibbles. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . — Pia (@PialovesLM) April 26, 2018Along with a totally adorable photo, she tweeted: ‘Jade! Me and @libbymae00 are now out to everyone! Thank you so much for your tweet and your support.’Luckily, the singer saw the tweet and quoted it.You two are beautiful together ♥️ jade x https://t.co/IyefodY6eF— Little Mix (@LittleMix) April 26, 2018She told the couple they’re beautiful together.Pia’s girlfriend Libby added her own thanks (and another great photo).‘Thank you for helping us come out! It’s so amazing to be out to everyone now.’Jade thank you for helping us come out! It’s so amazing to be out to everyone now Also we’re coming to your Maidstone show in July so get to see you together for the first time @PialovesLM pic.twitter.com/YcRUOvc9ZZ— Libby (@libbymae00) April 26, 2018Happy endings are the best.A little something extraTo show her love for the community a little more, someone brought Disney’s new pride Mickey ears to Jade’s attention.Her response? ‘Need.’Need https://t.co/q25tUzCcMM— Little Mix (@LittleMix) April 26, 2018 Well, recently on Twitter, she did one better.Early this year, Jade hosted a Q&A on the official Little Mix account.Twitter user @PialovesLM responded with a personal question that many can relate to. She wrote: ‘Me and @libbymae00 want to come out to our parents but we’re kinda scared and don’t know how! Any idea as to how we could? x’Me and @libbymae00 want to come out to our parents but we’re kinda scared and don’t know how! Any idea as to how we could? x— Pia (@PialovesLM) January 30, 2018Jade responded in the best, most supportive way.‘Anyone who truly loves you will accept you for who you truly are. Be brave and be yourself. I think you will have nothing to worry about x’Anyone who truly loves you will accept you for who you truly are. Be brave and be yourself ♥️ I think you will have nothing to worry about x— Little Mix (@LittleMix) January 30, 2018So what happened?That exchange occurred at the end of January.Yesterday (26 April), Pia updated Jade on the status of their coming out. Guess what? They did it!Jade! Me and @libbymae00 are now out to everyone! Thank you so much for your tweet and your support pic.twitter.com/bv3sdbiSiN eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pia and Libby, the happy out couple | Photo: Twitter @PialovesLM Dear pop world: more girlbands please. Sincerely, one devoted gayFifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui offers encouragement to LGBT+ fansLittle Mix’s new music video is a lesbian love story with a fantasy twistRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/little-mix-jade-helped-couple/last_img read more

More thunderstorms likely across North Staffordshire as weather warning issued

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore thunderstorms are expected across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire later this week as the Met Office issued a new Yellow Weather Warning. Residents across Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas were woken up in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday July 24) following an impressive display of lightning across a vast swathe of the country that followed a long hot day as a heatwave continues across the UK. The storm brought down branches and a number of trees across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – with the heavy rainfall that accompanied it lifting a number of drain covers. Shortly before 11am today the Met Office confirmed they had put a new Yellow Weather Warning for thunderstorms in place for much of England – including Stoke-on-Trent, elsewhere in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MoreDriver in critical condition after accident on A520 Punter found hiding in bushes Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Massive thunderstorms erupted across Staffordshire in the early hours of the morning (Image: Judie Tingle) Police search for missing woman What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.   The warning is in force from 3pm tomorrow (Thursday July 25) until 4am on Friday (July 26). The latest warning states:  “Following a hot day (in places exceptionally so), scattered thunderstorms are likely to break out from late afternoon onwards. While some areas, particularly in the south of the warning area may well avoid the storms, where they do occur they could produce 20-30 mm of rain in less than an hour, along with frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds. “Perhaps the main focus will be later in the evening and into the first part of the night across northern England and southern and eastern parts of Scotland, where storms could be more widespread and locally intense.” Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Google to charge a licensing fee from Androidbased smartphone vendors in the

first_imgIn compliance with the EU regulations set up when Google was fined $5 Million in July, for breaching EU antitrust laws, Google has made major changes to its licensing policy. Last week, Google filed its appeal against the Commission’s decision at the General Court of the European Union. While the appeal is pending, they have now informed the European Commission of the changes made in their policy. Read More: A quick look at E.U.’s antitrust case against Google’s Android Google is splitting the license for its standard apps from Chrome and the official search app. This means that if a company wants to use some of Google apps (Gmail and YouTube for instance) but also use other competing apps (Bing for search and Firefox for browsing), they can do so in the European Economic Area (EEA), albeit with an associated cost. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President, Platforms & Ecosystems, mentioned in the Google blog, “Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the EEA. He also points out that, “ Android will remain free and open source.” Google will also offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome. They will also provide commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome, although Google noted that pre-installed competition was already possible. Android vendors in the EEA are also allowed to make forked versions of Android while still distributing Google apps. All the licensing changes will be effective for devices launched after October 29th. It is also likely that companies in Europe that would have to pay for Google apps, may pass the licensing fee to consumers in the form of higher device prices. Lockheimer added that they will continue with their commitment to the Android ecosystem saying, “We’ll be working closely with our Android partners in the coming weeks and months to transition to the new agreements. And of course, we remain deeply committed to continued innovation for the Android ecosystem.” Read the official announcement on the Google blog. Read Next OK Google, why are you ok with mut(at)ing your ethos for Project DragonFly? Google takes steps towards better security, introduces new API policies for 3rd parties and a Titan Security system for mobile devices. Google reveals an undisclosed bug that left 500K Google+ accounts vulnerable in early 2018; plans to sunset Google+ consumer versionlast_img read more

American Airlines follows Delta by bringing back free meals

first_img Posted by Share Tags: American Airlines DALLAS — American Airlines says it will offer free meals to everyone in economy on certain cross-country flights starting May 1.The decision at the world’s biggest airline copies Delta Air Lines, which announced a month ago that it would restore free meals in economy on a dozen long-haul U.S. routes this spring.American said Tuesday that it will open the kitchen on nonstop flights between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline says that passengers will get a continental breakfast or a sandwich wrap, chips and dessert, or they can pick a vegetarian meal or a fruit-and-cheese plate.That leaves United as the biggest carrier with no plans yet to bring back free meals on any domestic flights. United didn’t comment immediately on American’s announcement. American Airlines follows Delta by bringing back free mealscenter_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, March 15, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Ricas coffee harvest could drop by 20 percent due to fungus

first_imgExperts are warning that an ongoing plague of rust fungus could cause Costa Rica’s coffee production to drop by 20 percent in 2014.The fungus has already caused coffee harvests to decrease by seven percent in 2012, the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) said.Ministry officials expect some 1.8 million sacks – of 46 kilograms each – will be produced during the 2013-2014 harvest, a decrease from 2.2 million sacks in the 2012-2013 period. To help mitigate damage, some 33,000 coffee growers have received an agrochemical package provided by MAG and the Costa Rican Coffee Institue (ICAFE) to fight the rust, a fungus that attacks the leaves of a coffee bush until it completely dries the plant.But some 35 percent of coffee growers still have not received the agrochemicals. According to MAG officials, the gap in distribution of fungus-fighting chemicals is due to a lack of access to information and a delay in the arrival of one of the chemicals that is part of the package.ICAFE officials said the product will arrive in the country this week. They expect the number of coffee growers that will be covered to total 75 percent of all producers, and the aid program will continue through this month.According to MAG data, some 52,000 coffee producers in Costa Rica were affected by rust fungus, of which 92 percent is small producers. It has caused Costa Rican coffee exports to decrease by 13 percent in the last harvest season. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

How to take kids from a Guatemala dump and turn them into

first_imgBy taking snapshots of their everyday lives, children from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Guatemala city began to express themselves. Courtesy of Fotokids GUATEMALA CITY – Surrounded by 40 acres of toxic garbage in the middle of Central America’s largest and most dangerous landfill isn’t exactly where most people gain inspiration. However, for former Reuters photojournalist Nancy McGirr, the smell of burning plastic, combined with the sight of cardboard houses and gardens of sewage, is where Fotokids first began.Originally called “Out of the Dump,” the project was founded in 1991 with the aim of using photography to break the cycle of poverty.“I first went to the dump to photograph a story for an Australian magazine,” says McGirr. “There were 3,500 people living, working and scavenging for food. and 1,500 of them were kids who followed me wanting to see through my camera lens. The thought occurred to me: If they had the camera, what would they see through that lens?”Armed with three cheap, plastic cameras, the first group of six students aged 5-12 began their enrollment process: taking photos of everything and censuring nothing. The students, who all lived in Guatemala City’s sprawling garbage dump, took pictures of whatever fell beneath their lens: drugs, violence, death.McGirr soon realized their photographs could be used as a teaching tool to show the kids they didn’t have to be a part of a gang to be in a group, and that cameras are a more effective weapon against poverty than guns.By taking snapshots of their everyday lives, children from some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city began to express themselves. Children who at the age of 7 had been exposed to more pain and suffering than anyone should witness in a lifetime could start to dream.“I originally thought the project would last six months to a year, but it just took off,” McGirr says. “We started in July, and by September we had already appeared in The Washington Post.”A couple of months later, Konica Minolta Japan sent supplies and asked the kids to exhibit in Tokyo. The Fotokids became cover stories in several magazines around the world, and even had a film crew from London come out to record two TV episodes for a children’s arts show. From the initial six students who entered the after-school program, hundreds have now passed through it, each receiving a camera, food, photography classes and educational scholarships – while having their work displayed in exotic locations in the process.From meeting the Dalai Lama to working on the set of “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones,” and exhibiting alongside Brazilian master photographer Sebastian Salgado, Fotokids has created a future for many underprivileged children and is a tool with which they can escape their lives of perpetual poverty, drugs and gang violence.“I never imagined going on a plane,” says Evelyn Mansilla, who first started with Fotokids 20 years ago. “But at 15 I went to Spain, then to Australia and San Francisco.”Evelyn, who grew up near the garbage dump, now works as the administrative director of the project and believes the experience changed her life: “Without it I’d never have finished school, gone to university or been able to give back to my community.”Giving back is an integral part of Fotokids’ philosophy. Many of the students later become the teachers and work in the school in Guatemala City or in outreach programs across the capital or further afield in Santiago Atitlán and Honduras. The staff is made up of Fotokids graduates who often go back to their own communities, mentoring children and showing them what can be achieved if they work hard at school and stay in the program.“We all want to branch out and take the project to more places in the city. There are so many children of all ages here that need our help,” says Mansilla. “Around 7 years old is a good time to start – that’s when gangs start recruiting.”As well as dealing with the threat of gangs, one of the main challenges Fotokids faces is convincing parents to let their children stay in the project. Parents often fail to see the long-term benefits of keeping children in education beyond sixth grade and would rather they start contributing to the family income.To tackle this problem teachers have started working directly with communities,  going into some of the most dangerous barrios in Guatemala City and giving classes to children while building relationships with their families.“Of course they don’t all go on to become photographers,” McGirr says. “Photography just gives them a face and a platform” for other opportunities they would never otherwise have had.To read more, follow the Fotokids blog at: www.fotokidsinsider.wordpress.com. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Ex-dictator Ríos Montt to face genocide charges for 1980s abuses Reading between the lines: Reporting under threat in Guatemala Guatemala fights to retain favored trade status with Europe Extradited Guatemalan ex-President Portillo due in U.S. court Tuesdaylast_img read more