Lifeline Express

first_imgGrateful patients bearing small bags of fruit and vegetables are common along the railway platforms where Lifeline Express — the world’s first hospital on rails — halts for three-week camps across rural India. So when a distraught parent dropped a bundle into Zelma Lazarus’s lap at one of the stations and begged her to help his son who had lost his arms in a threshing machine accident, the CEO of Impact India, the foundation that created Lifeline, took it in stride — until she opened the bag and found the severed limbs.“The rural poor often slip through the gaps in the public health system,” Lazarus says. “Lifeline Express is like a magic train to them, and they expect us to perform miracles.” In this particular case, the “magic train” couldn’t help, but Impact India could: The foundation brought the boy to Mumbai, where he was fitted with a pair of artificial limbs. The mission of Lifeline Express is to vanquish avoidable blindness, deafness and physical handicaps. After 19 years and nearly 600,000 surgeries, the train and its 100,000 volunteers have not even scratched the surface of disability in India. Impact India’s chairman, A. H. Tobaccowala, estimates that the train has reached less than 10% of the population in need of medical attention.When the Impact Foundation was set up in 1981 by Sir John Wilson — a prominent British supporter of the disabled who himself was blinded in a laboratory accident at school — three United Nations agencies threw their weight behind the organization, with the understanding that it would be run as a public-private partnership. Accordingly, Impact India was founded in 1983 with managerial and technical support from the Tata Group conglomerate. Tobaccowala and Lazarus, who were respectively chairman and general manager of corporate affairs at a Tata Group company called Voltas, were seconded to the new foundation and have been there since.Making TracksImpact India initially focused on immunization and prevention of diseases such as polio and malaria. In 1989, it started “Cure on Wheels,” a van that traveled around the hinterland, dispensing medical and surgical treatment to people beyond the reach of the state-funded basic health service. But the care the van was able to provide was still too little and, often, too late. Impact wanted to extend medical services to larger numbers of people in even more remote parts of the country. The challenge, however, was that sterile facilities for the surgeries and post-operating recovery were needed, while procedures had to be consistently replicable across the country. This was clearly a task beyond what a van could do. So Impact turned to India’s railway system — all 109,000 kilometers (68,000 miles) of it. Three old, wooden carriages were donated by Indian Railways and renovated to the foundation’s specifications. An air-conditioned operating theater with three adjustable tables, a diagnostic center, a sterilization chamber and a post-operative recovery room were installed in one carriage. The other two contained the living quarters, pantry, office and pathology lab. Funding for the overhaul came from international charities, such as the Ford Foundation, USAID and Impact UK. On July 16, 1991, Lifeline Express rolled away from Mumbai to Khalari in Bihar state, then the smallest railway station in India.The present Lifeline Express has five customized carriages that were unveiled in 2007. Indian Railways once again provided the carriages, and Impact UK funded their overhaul. The new train has state-of-the-art facilities, including an auditorium, public announcement system and closed-circuit cameras. There is also a second, self-contained, two-table operating theater, which can be detached from the rest of the train and function as a standalone unit in the event of a disaster.The train may be new, but the procedures have remained much the same since the early days. Lasting three to four weeks, each project serves nearly 5,000 people and relies on community participation. At every stop, local villages and non-governmental organizations offer various assistance, from food and laundry services to crowd control (polite patients waiting in line and disorderly mobs are equally common) to finding accommodations for post-operative patients and family who accompany them.The train has only a few permanent staffers, such as the cook, a technician in charge of maintaining the pathology lab and computers, an operating theater assistant and a driver. All medical specialists — surgeons, doctors, nurses, anesthetists — are volunteers, providing the equivalent of $80,000 of donated time for every project. At any given moment, a 20-person medical team is on the train, working 15 hours a day.Remote ControlEach project costs the foundation about $65,000. Typically, the sponsor — generally companies such as Tata and Mahindra & Mahindra or state governments — decides the location of the camp. Impact India’s only condition is that it must be in a suitably remote location. Project work starts a month before the train reaches the station. The Lifeline team liaises with the district administration to make sure all the red tape — permits and so forth — and publicity are dealt with before the train arrives. Town criers, flyers, clowns on stilts and poster-draped elephants spread the news about the train and urge people to register at the nearest community welfare center or primary health center. Once selected, patients are called to a local school or marriage hall, which serves as a makeshift waiting room.The train treats “avoidable disabilities,” which means the focus is on ear and eye ailments, as well as orthopedic and facial handicaps, such as illnesses caused by polio and cleft palates. Typically, each specialty is run as a week-long camp. Other ailments are also examined. Last year, a British clinic sponsored a dental unit on the train and volunteered its services. Neurosurgeons have begun treating epilepsy, while counseling superstitious, often illiterate villagers about why the afflicted are not cursed or possessed by evil spirits. Perhaps the greatest advantage Lifeline Express has over other health services for the poor is its ability to reach “the doorstep of the patient,” says G. Chandrasekhar, medical director of K.B.H. Bachooali Charitable Ophthalmic & ENT Hospital in Mumbai. “My hospital also performs free surgeries, but patients have to reach here. Lifeline Express takes me to the patient.” Chandrasekhar has volunteered as an ophthalmic surgeon for the train in 2005 and 2007, and says he’s waiting to be called again.Three Lifeline Express trains now operate in China and Zimbabwe, while hospital river boats based on the India model have been set up to tend to patients in Bangladesh and Cambodia. Lifeline has inspired other projects in India, too. In 2007, the government launched Red Ribbon Express to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS, and Science Express to promote science among students.Tobaccowala may regret the large numbers that remain untreated, but there is a consolation: The country’s government wouldn’t have reached even a small fraction of the people helped by Lifeline Express. India’s public health system is dangerously overstretched and large parts of the country have limited or no access to basic medical care. Government spending on health, at 3% of total its budget, is among the lowest in the world. There is one doctor to every 870 people.A recent government report notes that the low number of trained medical professionals in India has led to a shortage of one million nurses, 600,000 doctors and 200,000 oral surgeons. The scarcity is especially pronounced in rural areas. “Many of the people we treat have never been to a doctor before,” Lazarus says. “People are so desperate for medical treatment they lie on the tracks to stop the train from leaving.”Seeking SustainabilityDespite all this, Lazarus says she wishes that the train would become defunct. Why? “The train arrives at the platform, treats as many people as it can and then leaves. It is not a sustainable solution for these people’s health care needs. Once that is attained, there will be no need for a Lifeline Express.” To address health care needs over the longer term, Impact India started an initiative in 2005 in Maharashtra state. The grassroots program aims to reduce disability by improving community health and neonatal and maternal care by focusing on malnutrition, sanitation, hygiene and family planning. To get the message across, mobile clinics are equipped with LCD screens showing film clips about health-related issues, while a local art form called Warli painting is used on posters, clothing, walls and even water pots to spread the word.“Hospitals are already overworked treating patients. They can’t focus on prevention and awareness,” says G.V. Rao, country director of Orbis India, a blindness-prevention nonprofit. “That can be done by trains and planes to draw attention to these preventable and easily treated ailments.” Orbis’s Flying Eye Hospital travels the world with volunteer surgeons, who treat patients and train local specialists in eye care. In India, Rao says, Orbis has screened more than 3.5 million children over the past eight years, treated nearly 600,000 people and performed more than 60,000 surgeries. “Policy-level changes are needed,” Rao says. “Children should be screened for basic health issues during school enrollment. Diet and nutrition issues should also be tackled at the primary level.”For India’s rural poor, prevention is essential because the chance for a cure may never arrive. More than budgetary support, it requires an approach to rural health care emphasizing nutrition and immunization. Until that happens, there will always be offerings of fruit and flowers for the doctors on board Lifeline Express.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth Pulls Out of PBL to Focus on International Events

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Kidambi Srikanth on Monday pulled out of the upcoming Premier Badminton League (PBL) to focus on international events ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The 26-year-old from Guntur, who had guided Bangalore Raptors to their maiden title win in the last PBL, will not feature in the fifth edition scheduled to be held from January 20 to February 9. “It’s a tough road ahead. Need to go full throttle and fulfill the expectations that lie on me. Hence, I won’t be playing PBL this year to focus more on international events. Wish @blr_raptors all the very best and hope for a smashing season this year as well,” Srikanth wrote on his twitter handle. It’s a tough road ahead. Need to go full throttle and fulfill the expectations that lie on me. Hence, I won’t be playing PBL this year to focus more on International events. Wish @blr_raptors all the very best and hope for a smashing season this year as well.— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) November 25, 2019 2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsbadmintonIndia First Published: November 25, 2019, 6:12 PM IST Srikanth is currently enduring a winless streak since claiming four titles in 2017. He had reached the finals of India Open earlier this year.He has been battling form and fitness issues and has slipped to world no 11. He made it to the semifinals of Hong Kong Open earlier this month.London Games bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who is also going through a bad patch, had withdrawn from the PBL on Sunday to prepare herself for the next international season.Being the pre-Olympic year, shuttlers across the globe are trying to stock up ranking points to make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020.The Olympic qualification period is between April 29, 2019 and April 26, 2020 with the ranking list published on April 30 to be used to decide the spots. last_img read more

Is Rihanna wearing a saree in her new music video?

first_imgAfter Beyonce’s appearance as an Indian actress in Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend video evoked more than mere interest, now pop sensation Rihanna seems to be taking a whiff of India in her latest music video.The Work singer, who never fails to live up to her reputation of being the experimental and phenomenal artist that she is, is seen donning a saree-inspired, orange-hued outfit in the music video of the track, Sledgehammer.Also Read: Sonam Kapoor, Mumbai and Beyonce come together for Coldplay’s new track The song that features in the upcoming Hollywood movie, Star Trek Beyond, has Rihanna crooning to the powerful lyrics penned by the Chandelier artist, Sia.Also Read: Unlike you, Barack Obama knows all the lyrics to Rihanna’s Work Work Work Rihanna weaves magic, stirs up a storm and gives a literal translation of the word interstellar–all this with that saree-like thing on her (because, who else but Rihanna could’ve pulled this off?)Having confessed her love for the Star Trek franchise previously, Rihanna sports a series of patterns painted on her face, that seem to go well with her overall attire in the video for Sledgehammer.Watch the video here:last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018

first_imgJasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, with a total of 131 wickets in 2018, and counting, became the most successful pace trio in a calendar year in Test cricket history on Saturday.Bumrah, Shami and Ishant broke the 34-year-old record set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 130 wickets in 1984.Third on that list would be the South African pace trio of Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn with 123 wickets in 2008.Bumrah has been the most successful of the three Indian pacers with 46 wickets from 9 Tests so far, along with Shami who took his 46 wickets from 12 Tests. Ishant Sharma on the other hand has taken 39 wickets form 11 Tests.The wickets tally of all three pacers is set to increase with the Boxing Day Test still going on between India and Australia.Another feat achieved by the Indian cricket team is the highest haul of wickets ever in a calendar year, with 257 wickets in 14 matches, bettering the previous record of 237 wickets from 17 games in the year 1979.Bumrah, who broke multiple records on the third day with his 6-wicket haul, producing his first 8-wicket haul in a Test match.On Day three, Bumrah surpassed Dileep Doshi’s record of most wickets (40 wickets in 1979) in a debut year in Tests as well.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not dolast_img read more

Chelsea vs Qarabag: Team news & TV

first_imgUEFA Champions League Chelsea vs Qarabag: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 20:30 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcos Alonso Chelsea celebrate Getty UEFA Champions League Chelsea Chelsea v Qarabağ Qarabağ The Blues missed out on the competition last term and will be aiming to make up for that absence by challenging for the trophy Chelsea make their return to the Champions League with a home clash against Azerbaijani champions Qarabag on Tuesday.The Premier League champions did not qualify for the competition last season and will be hoping to leave their mark during this campaign as they contemplate further games against Atletico Madrid and Roma.Chelsea -2 at 17/20 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Antonio Conte won the competition as a player with Juventus in 1996, but has yet to get his hands on it as a manager and he will be optimistic about his side’s chances as they kick things off at Stamford Bridge. Game Chelsea vs Qarabag Date Tuesday, September 12 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Cesc Fabregas ChelseaIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport ESPN as well as being available to stream online via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport ESPN BT Sport app In the US, the game is being shown later in the day at 22:00 (ET) on FS2, but it can be watched live using Fox Sports GO, Fox Soccer Match Pass, or WatchESPN. The game will be also broadcast live on a variety of local and regional television channels. US TV channel Online stream FS2 (delayed) Fox Sports GO/ Fox Soccer Match Pass / WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Cahill, Luiz, Alonso, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Clarke-Salter Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Willian, Scott Forwards Morata, Batshuayi Eden Hazard could potentially return to the Chelsea starting XI after making his return to action from the substitutes bench on Saturday.New signings Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater could also feature, but the latter is fighting to recover from a calf injury and may be forced to wait.Potential starting XI: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Rudiger; Alonso, Moses, Kante Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Morata. Position Qarabag players Goalkeepers Kanibolotskiy, Magomedaliyev, Sehic, M. Huseynov Defenders Medvedev, Sadygov, Dashdemirov, Agolli, A. Huseynov, Yunuszada, Turabov, Rzezniczak, B. Huseynov Midfielders Garayev, Amirguliyev, Ismayilov, Guerrier, Diniyev, Quintana, Michel, Henrique, Almeida Forwards  Ndlovu, Madatov, T. Elyounoussi, Ramazanov, Sheydaev Qarabag goalkeeper Anton Kanibolotskiy is a former team-mate of Willian from their time together at Shakhtar Donetsk.Manager Gurban Gurbanov can call upon the experience of former Sporting Gijon and Getafe midfielder Michel as he attempts to stifle Conte’s men.Potential starting XI: Kanabolotskiy; Sadygov, Agolli, Medvedev, B. Huseynov; Amirguliyev, Michel, Ismayilov, Diniyev; Ndlovu, Madatov.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Alvaro Morata Chelsea 09092017Chelsea are 1/10 favourites to triumph according to dabblebet, with Qarabag priced at 28/1 to defeat the reigning Premier League champions. A draw is available at odds of 15/2.Check out all the available markets for Chelsea’s Champions League game against Qarabag here.GAME PREVIEW Antonio Conte ChelseaAfter suffering a disappointing defeat to Burnley in their opening Premier League game of the season, Chelsea have gone on a three-game winning streak and come into their Champions League opener in good form.Conte has managed to shake off suggestions that his Blues would struggle this season by beating Tottenham, Everton and Leicester, but they will face an altogether different challenge on the continental stage with matches against Atletico Madrid and Roma on the horizon.First though, they commence their European odyssey against Azerbaijan’s Qarabag, who are the lowest seeds in the group, but who Conte believes represent a “tricky” task for his players.”I don’t know,” the former Juventus boss told reporters when asked if he thought Chelsea could win the Champions League. “If you ask me the chances of winning the title in England last season it was zero. Instead, we totally changed people’s opinions.”When you play this type of competition you try to do your best and try to win every game, to go step by step. I think we’re building something important for the present, but above all for the future.”You start the competition in the same way as the other teams.”last_img read more

Lobby Continues for Support of Wage Restraint

first_imgMinister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, says efforts are continuing to lobby support for the public sector wage restraint agreement by unions not yet on board.The three-year agreement, which was signed earlier this month, will see the island’s civil servants forgoing major wage increases for the period 2013 to 2015.This forms part of the stipulations outlined by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the Government of Jamaica to fulfill, in their efforts to conclude a four-year IMF Extended Funding Facility (EFF), to support the country’s economic programme.To date, unions representing over 80 per cent of the public sector workforce have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing this arrangement.Responding to questions about a possible timeframe in which the remaining unions are anticipated to sign the agreement, Mr. Dalley said the Ministry will continue discussions with them in the hope that “the national interest will prevail and that they will understand the need to come on board.”Regarding unions deemed to be “sticking to their ground” and not wanting to endorse the agreement, Mr. Dalley said based on the prevailing developments, “there is no group that can receive any increase in wages during this period.”“The eighty-odd per cent of the public sector workers who have agreed to sign on…to the call from the government, to help in this difficult period, we (greatly) appreciate, and that sacrifice is monumental. (However) no other group can, or will be treated differently,” he stated. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Jerry Lewis Honoured By Australian Boy At Melbourne International Film Festival

first_imgJerry’s House, the global initiative that carries out activities to teach sick children the connection between laughter and healing, was introduced by 13-year-old Australian boy Lochie Graham at Melbourne International Film Festival this past Saturday.Lochie spoke in honour of Jerry Lewis’ 90th birthday year at MIFF’s comprehensive retrospective program. A video message from Jerry Lewis was introduced by Lochie about Jerry’s passion for raising money to find ways to help sick children: Donate Here.After walking the MIFF2016 red carpet gala opening, Lochie introduced the featured Jerry Lewis film classic The Nutty Professor.A 7-Year-old Boy Inspires a Vision of Hope & HealingLochie inspired the Jerry’s House charity when he first met Jerry Lewis at the final Muscular Dystrophy American Telethon. Jerry held a picture of them as he spoke to the American public about how Lochie Graham understood his legacy – carrying it into the future with Lochie’s vision for a house where children who live with chronic illness find joy and learn to heal using humour.Speaking to a full house at MIFF2016 Lochie explained his philanthropic involvement. At 13 Lochie has been a foster brother, worked overseas in children’s charities, is a young ambassador to The Foundation for Young Australians and is often seen helping Sam Lipski at The Pratt Foundation.“As a foster brother, it seems to me that every child’s world is better when they can laugh–despite the terrible things in their lives. It’s my hope that one day children around the world will have a place where they can learn to heal through laughter,” says Lochie Graham.Jerry has inspired Lochie’s show-business acting career too, garnering many comedic accolades for various roles in commercials (AFL) and recently in a leading role for a children’s TV comedy show.last_img read more

The Grammys finally embrace technology

first_imgWelcome to the future, Grammys! Great to have you.For the first time in the show’s history, the Grammys is doing away with traditional ballots and switching over to online voting.Very hip, Grammys. Nice move. Advertisement According to the Los Angeles Times, the Recording Academy hopes the transition to online voting will bring new life to the voting process, while simultaneously increasing voter turnout among the younger demographic. After all, if you want today’s youth to pay attention to something, you’ve gotta incorporate technology, right?Seems like a pretty chill plan.This only affects voting members of the Recording Academy, who must have at least six credits on commercially released tracks.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Mastour Left Milan Because He Didnt Want to Sit on the

Rabat – Hachim Mastour’s move to Malaga FC is seen as an attempt by the young Moroccan to develop his skills and get more first-time football. The 17-year-old, who is regarded one of the top young talents in European football, moved to the Andalucian side Monday on a two-year loan deal from AC Milan.According to media reports, Mastour decided to join Malaga on loan because he did not want to sit on AC Milan’s bench under Serbian manager Siniša Mihajlovi. The playmaker, who is to make a senior appearance for AC Milan, is still under contract with the Rossoneri until June 2017.A statement from Malaga read: The young Moroccan player from AC Milan, Hachim Mastour, arrives to Malaga CF on loan for the next two seasons and completes Malaga’s roster for the 2015-16 campaign.”The loan provides the right of purchase for Malaga and the right to re-purchase in favour of Milan.Malaga are still winless after two games of La Liga. The La Rosaleda side drew 0-0 in their opening game against Sevilla before losing to Barcelona 1-0 over the weekend. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Spanish Media Criticizes Real Madrid and Barcelona

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Despite their good technical play, La Liga’s giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid showed a lack of balance during their Saturday’s games.The results of Saturday’s two games in the Spanish league is a clear indication of what has been happening this season. Real Madrid conceded a draw on Saturday against Atletico Madrid while Barcelona was been beaten on the same day by Malaga. Spanish press has been severe in its analysis on the last two games and concluded that neither team are taking the competition seriously due to different reasons.Barcelona’s loss took everyone by surprise and the defeat against Malaga led to a flurry of criticism in Spanish media, who laid the blame squarely at the feet of coach, Luis Enrique. Spanish media outlet, Sports, called the changes made by Luis Enrique during the last game very puzzling. It added that they came at a time when the team was virtually at the top of its technical game.Real Madrid could not escape the harsh analytical criticism of the Spanish press either. According to Marca, the player rotation utilized by Real Madrid’s coach, Zinedine Zidan, during their Saturday match against Atletico Madrid was an example of very bad decision-making. Spanish sports outlet, AS said that, “It seems a little complicated to understand the significance of changing best midfielder of Real Madrid, Toni Cross.”In response to the reckless decision taken by Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone succeeded in blocking the scoring of his opponent by pushing midfielder Angel Correa at the expense of striker Fernando Torres.The change seems to have been someone’s attempt to play in a defensive manner. Atletico Madrid, however, took advantage and scored a surprising equalizer against its rival.As a result of these rash changes, Spanish media is predicting a dramatic end to La Liga’s, where everything has become unpredictable.Real Madrid and Barcelona are scheduled to meet on April 23  in an encounter that could be very critical in the fate of the Spanish league competition. read more

UN and partners step up response to cholera epidemic in Haiti

Efforts to contain the spread of the disease are the top priority for humanitarian agencies, which are trying to prevent the epidemic from reaching camps housing up to a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) left homeless by the massive earthquake in January, which devastated the capital Port-au-Prince and several other cities.“The consequences of the epidemic reaching the cities – a very real prospect – would be devastating to all, including those still living in camps after the earthquake,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cautioned.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Haiti’s health ministry have confirmed five cholera cases in Port-au-Prince, but the patients were people who got infected while visiting Artibonite department and then travelling to the capital.“This is an extremely serious situation and based on experience with epidemics elsewhere it would be irresponsible to plan for anything but a considerably wider outbreak,” said Nigel Fisher, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti. “We are particularly concerned about Port-au-Prince and those in the slum areas as well as in the camps, but we are also preparing for outbreaks in the rest of the country.”The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is helping the National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA) to distribute more than 800 kilograms of chlorine powder to piped water distribution points in some of the worst affected areas along the Artibonite river, according to OCHA.Humanitarian agencies in the water and sanitation cluster are working to ensure that people have access to clean water, assessing hygiene conditions at water points, distributing soap and carrying out an awareness campaign in affected and at-risk areas.They have particularly targeted the 17 communal sections along the Artibonite river, which is believed to be the source of the epidemic, for distributions of water purification tablets, soap and oral rehydration salts.“While we have sufficient supplies to handle this crisis at present, we must look at ensuring additional personnel and bringing in more supplies and support so we are ready to cope if this outbreak spreads further,” said Mr. Fisher.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has commenced the distribution of ready-to-eat meals as well as high energy biscuits to hospitals in affected areas, in en effort to ensure people do not eat food that could have been cooked with contaminated water.Outstanding needs in the efforts to contain the spread of the disease include additional medical personnel in Artibonite, support for the public information campaign on prevention and response, and facilities in which patients with confirmed symptoms can be isolated as they receive treatment.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking contaminated with the bacterium known vibrio cholerae. Symptoms include watery diarrhoea which can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if not quickly treated. Vomiting also occurs in most patients. 25 October 2010The spread of the cholera outbreak in Haiti is beginning to slow down, even as humanitarian agencies continue to step up treatment and preventive measures, with the number of cases having risen to more than 3,000, including 254 deaths, the United Nations reported today. read more

As floods continue in Fiji UN stresses need to boost preventive measures

A 15-day state of emergency has been declared in Fiji’s west coast areas, and a flood watch is currently in place as more rains are expected to hit the country. Population in vulnerable areas have been advised to evacuate. “These types of events are likely to continue to occur,” said Angelika Planitz, sub-regional coordinator for the Pacific for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).“Scientists are exploring the evidence that climate change and developments in low-lying flood-prone areas such as Nadi and Ba are contributing factors. In the interim, improved preparedness and early warning, two important elements of disaster risk reduction, will have to remain important and urgent priorities.” According to UNISDR, eight people have died and there have been 51 reported cases of water-related diseases, including diarrhoea and typhoid, as a result of the floods. In addition, some 1,300 have been evacuated from their homes, and the damage caused is estimated to be about $30 million.A recent publication produced by UNISDR and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) warned that in western Fiji, high-intensity floods would become more frequent. In the Nadi area, for example, these type of floods used to occur every 190 years, but by 2100 it is projected that they will occur every 25 years, making it essential for the Government to prepare.Two of the affected cities, Nadi and Ba, are participating in UNISDR’s ‘World Disaster Reduction Campaign – Making Cities Resilient’ – an initiative to reduce urban risks from climate-related disasters.“In Nadi, an Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) helps to reduce the risk of flooding from low- to medium-intensity rainfall. Mitigating impacts from intensive rainfall, however, remains a challenge,” said Ms. Planitz.“More low pressure systems are likely to approach Fiji in the coming days. It will be important to warn already affected populations of the potential threats. Getting the messages out to remote areas which are still out of electricity is an important priority,” she added.The IWMP is funded by UNDP – Global Environmental Facility (GEF) with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 3 February 2012The United Nations disaster risk reduction agency stressed today the need to boost preventive measures in Fiji, as heavy rains are predicted to occur more frequently in the archipelago nation, which has been ravaged by severe floods over the past week. read more

Canadas topearning families claimed majority of education tax credits PBO

Canada’s top-earning families claimed majority of education tax credits: PBO by The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 8:33 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The country’s highest-earning families benefited disproportionately from tax breaks and incentives designed to help people save and pay for post-secondary education, says a new report from the budget watchdog.The parliamentary budget officer says in 2015, families that were among the top 20 per cent of earners received 37.7 per cent of the total non-refundable tax credits for education, textbook and tuition expenses.The report says over the last decade, those top-earning households have received a larger chunk of the credits, much as an internal government review found the same group has benefited disproportionately from registered education savings plans.The analysis says while the highest-earning families claimed the majority of the tax relief, the per-family benefits were more evenly distributed regardless of income.The education and textbook tax credits are being eliminated under the Liberals’ first budget, with the money targeted at more non-repayable grants and help with loan repayments. The report said these moves should make post-secondary education more affordable for lower-income students.Michael McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, said the report shows the inefficiencies in the system, built on inadequate credits and savings programs.The alliance and its counterpart, the Canadian Federation of Students, have long called for changes to the grants and loan system to offer more money in up-front grants to low-income students rather than have them pay for tuition and then claim credits later.The Liberal budget increased spending by $684 million over the next two years on non-repayable student grants to middle and low-income students, broadened eligibility for federal student loans and eliminated several tax credits to help cover the cost of the changes.The budget didn’t increase funding for a program aimed at helping aboriginal youth pay for college or university — a promise the Liberals made during the election.The PBO report said that without any change in policy direction, inflation-adjusted spending will decline by 6.7 per cent over the next five years.Bilan Arte, national chairperson of the student federation, said the report should be a warning for the federal government to start thinking about giving money to provinces specifically for post-secondary education to drive down tuition costs.“It’s becoming evident to us that we can’t just put a Band-Aid on a problem that is increasing becoming a crisis in Canada,” she said. “We need a bold new plan.”The report says even though education is generally a provincial responsibility, the federal government contributed $12.3 billion to post-secondary education in 2013-14. Changes in the Liberal’s first budget are expected to push that spending to $15.7 billion by 2020.It also says in 2011 Canada spent 2.8 per cent of its gross domestic product on post-secondary education — more than any other OECD country.The budget watchdog warned that determining federal spending on post-secondary education is not an exact science because billions provided to provinces through one transfer payment could be spent on any number of social programs.Unlike transfer payments for health care, provinces don’t have report how the social services transfers are spent, nor are they subject to parliamentary review. University of British Columbia students attend spring convocation in Vancouver in a May 20, 2015, file photo. The parliamentary budget officer says in 2015, families that were among the top 20 per cent of earners received 37.7 per cent of the total credits for education, textbook and tuition expenses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck read more

Convocation preview Monday June 4

Brock University’s 103rd Convocation kicks off Monday inside Ian Beddis Gymnasium. The first two ceremonies of Brock’s Spring Convocation will take place at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively and will both be for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.Giving the Convocation address at the morning ceremony will be Dr. James Orbinski, Director, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University, who will be receiving an honorary doctorate. The global health humanitarian collected the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 on behalf of Doctors Without Borders, where he was serving as President.At the afternoon ceremony, Professor of Kinesiology Philip Wilson, recipient of the FAHS Research Award, will give the Convocation address.Two high-profile graduates will also cross the stage during the afternoon ceremony. Jessica Lewis will graduate with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Known as the golden girl of Bermuda sports, she represented Bermuda at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She was selected as the Most Fascinating Person of Bermuda for 2015.Anthony Romero will also graduate with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The Welland native is an up-and-coming professional MMA fighter who has yet to lose a fight.All of the Convocation ceremonies are free to attend and no tickets are required. Parking is free for guests throughout the week. Free Wi-Fi is also being provided to guests throughout Convocation week. The BrockEvents Wi-fi network can be accessed using the username: BROCKGRAD and password: welcome2brock!For those who can’t make it to the Brock Campus for Spring Convocation, all of the ceremonies will be streamed at brocku.ca/livestream read more

Spain gives London attack skateboard hero medal

first_imgA Spanish man hailed as a “skateboard hero” after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants during the London attack has been awarded a posthumous medal, Madrid said Friday.Ignacio Echeverria, an HSBC expert in fighting money-laundering who lived in London, was one of eight killed in last Saturday’s attack that saw three men mow down people in a van before going on a stabbing spree in the Borough market area.The 39-year-old had rushed over to help a woman being assaulted and tried to defend her with a skateboard he had with him, prompting British media to dub him the “skateboard hero.” Spain was highly critical of the sluggish pace of the identification process.Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis even intervened earlier this week when the family was told they would not be able to see Echeverria’s body until Friday at the earliest, even after positive identification, prompting British authorities to allow them to be with their son and brother earlier. Spain’s government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Echeverria had been awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, which recognises “extraordinary services” by Spanish and foreign citizens.”He was a good man, an exemplary citizen who on this tragic evening had the courage to face the terrorists to try and save the life of a young woman who was being attacked,” he told reporters.Echeverria was listed as missing for close to four days after the attack as British authorities identified the body, leading to an excruciating wait for his family members.center_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.last_img read more

Taoiseach This is the Haddington Road Agreement it will not be renegotiated

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has asked secondary teachers planning industrial action to consider the implications of such action on children and their parents.Kenny was speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning when he said that savings of €1 billion in public sector pay must be achieved and insisted there is no scope for renegotiation of the agreement.He was responding to questions from Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald about the ASTI rejection of the Haddington Road Agreement and planned industrial action by its 17,000 members in secondary schools next week.“This is the Haddington Road Agreement, it will not be renegotiated,” he said calling for the ASTI leadership to consider “the implications for the children, for the parents, and indeed for their own members” of industrial action and rejection of the public sector pay deal.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn suggested last night that ASTI members could lose protection from compulsory redundancies in the wake of their rejection of the deal.Kenny said he is “disappointed” that teachers have rejected the deal.He continued: “I think in a time of national response where we’re clearly making progress, difficult though it is, I am disappointed that this was their decision.”Evictions and BudgetEarlier the Taoiseach was asked by Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin about the case of a couple with three young children in Cork who are facing eviction from their family home.Kenny said that there is an option for a court to implement a stay on all legal proceedings until all options are explored.“The government have made it perfectly clear that repossession of houses should be a case of very last resort,” Kenny said amid accusations from Martin that he was “washing your hands of the issue”.In his first outing at Leaders’ Questions, the independent TD Stephen Donnelly asked the Taoiseach if there is scope for reducing the level of austerity planned in next month’s Budget.Donnelly said there is a “compelling case” to use €1 billion for economic growth but Kenny said that the government does not have all the economic figures at its disposal to reach agreement on the amount of Budget adjustment.“Clearly if monies are available at the end of the presentation of all the figures the government will make its choices as to what extent of that can be applied for job creation,” Kenny said in response.ASTI: ‘If they impose further changes we will be forced to react’Ex-IMF mission chief: ‘Ireland needs a new jolt of growth’last_img read more

Poll The €100000 Quinn wedding cake do you care

first_img I care about what it cost (816) No,  I don’t care about it at all (1582) Poll Results: THE IRISH DAILY Mail has a picture of that €100,000 wedding cake bought for the nuptials of Seán Quinn’s daughter Ciara.It emerged last week that the cake was flown over from New York in November 2007 and was charged to a subsidiary of the Quinn Group, along with the rest of the wedding costs.The cake stood six feet tall and travelled with its own staff. Each slice was worth around €250.Last month up to €2 million in pledges was made by people in support of the Quinn family. Ireland’s one-time richest man and his family are currently representing themselves across various legal battles with IBRC, the former Anglo Irish Bank.The cake is hitting the headlines, but do you care about what it cost, or who paid for it, or both? Tell us why in the comments section below… I care about who paid for it (868) Yes, I do care about the cost and payment (947) Yes, I do care about the cost and paymentI care about what it costI care about who paid for itNo,  I don’t care about it at allVotelast_img read more

How much can you get for a used iPad 2

first_imgThis may be the week of the iPad 3, but you could also say that it’s the week of the Great iPad 2 Sell-off. Many tablet owners have already posted their previous-gen iPads on Craiglist or eBay, but many more will take the plunge after that Retina Display is unveiled on Wednesday.If you’re one of the numerous owners looking to trade-in their iPad 2 this week, you may be wondering just how much cheddar your old slate will fetch. We’ve investigated some of the most popular outlets for iPad resales, and can give you a good idea of what to expect.eBayeBay is one of the first places that you’ll want to consider for selling your iPad 2. If you have the patience to post an auction, you may be able to get more than you will elsewhere.We surveyed a small sample of recently completed listings, and found that the 16GB WiFi-only model of the iPad 2 fetched an average of $391. We excluded brand new iPads, as well as ones that included accessories.Keep in mind, though, that this price included shipping fees. An iPad will probably cost at least $10-15 to ship. In addition, eBay and PayPal both take a percentage of your final sale. After all of this is taken into account, you may end up with about $325 for your iPad 2.As for other models (higher storage and 3G), you can expect something in the following ranges. Note that these are rough estimates based on completed listings from the last few days. Your price can vary based on condition, included accessories, and your eBay seller rating:Craigslist and other optionsThough these resale prices on eBay aren’t exactly sky-high, they may be more than you’ll get elsewhere. However, there are other options that could be worth a look.Craigslist can potentially yield a nice offer, and there are no seller or shipping fees involved. The downside, of course, is that you may end up floating facedown in the river. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but it’s always smart to conduct Craigslist transactions during the day, in a public place. You can also be careful about who you deal with, based on your initial communication with the potential buyer.If you go the Craigslist route, you can probably expect a bit more than the above-listed eBay prices (by $20-50 we’re guessing). There may, however, be several days full of lowballers, sketchy characters, and overseas Paypal scams before you get to that point.Amazon is another option for selling your old iPad. It’s quick and easy to post your items, and they’ll be seen by Amazon’s millions of customers. Like eBay, though, you’ll have to pay a portion of your selling price, and you’ll have to honor Amazon’s return policies if the buyer changes his mind.Instant cash sites like Gazelle and eBay Instant Sale will help you to avoid the hassle of posting an auction or messing with Craigslist, but you’ll get significantly less. Of these two options, eBay offers more up front: $275.16 for the 16GB WiFi-only iPad 2, compared to $214 from Gazelle. It’s worth noting, though, that eBay Instant often drops the offer price after inspecting the item (even for minor defects).So if you don’t mind doing a little work, you’ll probably get the most money from Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon. For other options, you get significantly less; but you may find it worth it to make the process easier.Further reading: See our coverage of iPad trade-ins when then iPad 2 was about to arrive.last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Bitter cold makes a comeback in Alaska

first_imgAlaska has settled into a notable stretch of seriously cold weather. Communities around the state are enduring low temperatures they haven’t seen in a few years. And for more than a week, the average statewide temperature index has registered below normal- by far the longest stretch this year.Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist.He spoke with Energy Desk editor Annie Feidt.Listen NowInterview transcript:Brian: For example in Fairbanks, they reached minus 31 on Tuesday morning and that’s the first time they’ve been below -30 in two winters. In a typical winter, that happens about 20 times a year.Annie: What’s causing this?Brian: With the lack of sun — solar energy in the winter — if you can keep the warmth from the ocean away, cold air tends to build up in the high latitude areas. And those cold air masses, they move with the upper air flow, the jet stream and right now we’re in a pattern where the flow is bringing some of the cold air that’s been slowly building up over the last few weeks, it’s dragging that into Alaska and so we’re all experiencing those below normal temperatures.Annie: So for the entire state we have the first below normal stretch…Brian: Right, so basically in the last 10 or 12 days, we’ve been below normal most of that time, which has been the first stretch of below normal days we’ve had in 2016. We’ve even had a significantly below normal day, the first one of 2016.Annie: And you put this out on social media. What was the reaction you got?Brian: Well, the reaction from some people is global warming, climate change, it’s over now, since temperatures have become more Alaska-like. But I want to caution people, even the warmest year on record for Alaska, 2014, we still had about 60 significantly below normal days. We’ve now had one. And we’ll probably add to that here in the next two weeks, but even still 2016 is an almost 100 percent lock to be the warmest year on record in Alaska.Annie: Even if we spend the rest of the year below normal?Brian: We’d have to have the coldest December of the last 40 years to not have the warmest year on record, so it’s pretty much a done deal.last_img read more

Chennai floods to weigh significantly on earnings in OctDec quarter TCS

first_imgWhile Chennai is just starting to recover from the recent floods, India’s largest IT firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), said that its third-quarter revenues will be significantly impacted by the worst floods witnessed in the city in nearly 100 years. TCS’ earnings have already disappointed the Street’s expectations in the past several quarters.The Mumbai-based IT major, which employs over 65,000 people in Chennai, said employee attendance is lower than normal despite many of its facilities in the city started operating from 7 December.”While majority of facilities in Chennai opened for normal business functioning on 7 December, 2015, attendance rates were lower than normal as employees were still recovering from the flood’s aftermath,” said TCS in a filing with the BSE.”Chennai is one of TCS’ largest delivery locations with over 65,000 employees,” it said.TCS said other than mission-critical activities, normal business functioning of its Chennai facilities had to be halted all week since December 1 due to the extreme weather conditions and flooding of the city after incessant rain.”This is expected to have a material impact on the company’s revenues in the seasonally weak third quarter ending 31 December, 2015,” it said.Earlier this week, the company said it had set aside Rs 1,100 crore for its flood-hit employees in Chennai.Under the Rs 1,100-crore relief fund, the Mumbai-based IT major will extend interest-free cash advances to its employees advances “in the range of Rs 1 lakh and up to a maximum of equivalent to three months’ gross salary.”last_img read more