Solidarity and coordination crucial, no one is safe unless all of us are safe: UN Secretary-General

first_img Antonio GuterresCOVID-19 pandemicInternational Day of Epidemic PreparednessUnited NationsVaccinations MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Solidarity and coordination crucial, no one is safe unless all of us are safe: UN Secretary-General UN marks 1st International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, on the birthdate of Louis Pasteur, the French biologist responsible for ground-breaking work on vaccinationsIn his message on the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness António Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations  called for solidarity and coordination, saying that they are crucial, “within and among countries; no one is safe unless all of us are safe.”He also said that across the work being done by various agencies like the UN and WHO, “science must be our guide.”Coming in the backdrop of the death toll from COVID-19 crossing more than 1.7 million people, he said, “As we strive to control and recover from the current pandemic, we must think about the next.  Unfortunately, it is easy to imagine a virus just as infectious but even more lethal.”He advocated that “Preparedness is a sound investment, costing far less than emergency expenditures.  Societies need stronger health systems, including universal health coverage. People and families need more social protection. Communities on the frontlines need timely support.  Countries need more effective technical cooperation.  And we need to pay greater attention to the encroachment of people and livestock into animal habitats; 75 per cent of new and emerging human infectious diseases are zoonotic.”Concluding, the UN Secretary-General pointed out, “This International Day falls on the birthdate of Louis Pasteur, the French biologist responsible for ground-breaking work on vaccinations.  In honouring his work, I salute today’s medical professionals, front-line personnel and essential workers who have carried the world through this emergency with such remarkable commitment.  As we recover from the pandemic, let us resolve to build up our prevention capacities so that we are ready when the world faces the next outbreak.” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on December 27, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals COVID-19 Updates Health policies News Public Health Comments (0) Read Article Add Commentlast_img read more

Four More Buses for Government Employees

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The fleet of buses serving Government’s employees has been improved with the addition of four buses. The air conditioned buses, which were commissioned during a ceremony at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) service depot, on Ashenheim Road, in Kingston on September 9, bring to 13 the number of buses now serving public servants in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas. They were handed over by the Ministry of Transport and Works/JUTC to the Cabinet Office to enhance the government’s transportation programme for public sector workers.  More than 9,000 public sector workers   are served by the buses. Minister with responsibility for Public Service, Senator Arthur Williams, said the programme is an important benefit to those who utilise the service. “There is clearly a need to beef up the fleet from the nine buses that are now part of the project. We have 12 routes, and we will now have 13 operational buses to serve them,” the Minister said. He noted that there are many other staff benefits which are being looked at for upgrading and expansion, and cited the government’s loan scheme for the purchasing of motor vehicles. “When that scheme was launched, the price of a new car may have been under $2 million. A new car is now well over $2 million, so there is need to increase that fund so that those who access the benefits can get a larger amount towards the purchase of cars. Clearly there are fiscal constraints, but I believe that we can come up with a programme to look at the upgrading of staff benefits for the public sector,” he said. For his part, Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, said the transportation of people in comfort is of critical importance. “I hope those who travel on the buses will respect the value of the transport cost to the country,” he added. Chief Technical Director, Public Service Establishment Division, Office of the Cabinet, Dennis Townsend, noted that there is a high demand for the services provided. He informed that public servants, who use the service, pay a subsidised fee, adding that one of the many benefits derived is that it creates an atmosphere for productivity while ensuring punctuality. “We did a survey some time ago and we found that the satisfaction level was very high, the staff appreciated the service and they even wanted it to be more extensive in terms of reach and the number of persons who can access this service,” he said. In his remarks, Managing Director, JUTC, Paul Abrahams, said the company is very pleased to be in a position to assist in providing transportation for public sector workers. For his part, President, Jamaica Civil Service Association, Oniel Grant, said the service helps to relieve the pressure on the public system, especially in dense urban areas, adding that the continued development of the programme is of utmost importance. The project commenced in 1996 and is now being managed by Bloomfield Jamaica Limited. Four More Buses for Government Employees TransportSeptember 12, 2011 RelatedFour More Buses for Government Employees RelatedFour More Buses for Government Employees RelatedFour More Buses for Government Employees By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

Measures to improve water storage and irrigation system

first_imgSome measures to improve water storage and irrigation system to make its judicious use under depleting scenario are:1. Micro Irrigation encompassing drip and sprinkler irrigation results in efficient deployment of inputs like water, electricity, fertilizers, labour; increase in crop productivity; irrigation of additional area under crop; and bringing under cultivation water deficient, cultivable wasteland and undulating land areas due to ease of irrigation.2. Special emphasis on watershed management programmes to address the issues related to wild runoff, conservation of soil and water, employing the runoff water, the percolation of rainwater, and rehabilitation of the wasteland is imperative.3. Rainwater harvesting to collect and store rainwater at surface or in sub-surface aquifers so that it can’t be lost as surface run-off.4. There is need to adopt methods like “Dong Bundh System” deploying conventional methods. It is a traditional water conservation and management system in which construction is done by locally available material and the channelized water is directed to the villages and agricultural field to ensure availability of drinking and irrigation water.5. Transfer of water from water surplus basins to water deficit basins through inter-linking of rivers is envisaged.6. Canals, infiltration basins, water bodies, irrigation furrows, sprinkler systems, injection wells should be used to redirect water across the land surface to recharge groundwater artificially.7. Rehabilitation of dams on the basis of their assessed needs to ensure water security.Water resource management efforts, at large, require focus on water conservation, rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies or tanks, reuse and recharge of bore wells, watershed development and intensive afforestation.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: CDC updates August death projections

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 715,000 people worldwide.More than 19.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country around the world, with more than 4.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 160,157 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern: 11:40 a.m.: All New York school districts can open, Cuomo saysIn New York state, which was once the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, all school districts can open for the fall based on the infection rate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on a conference call Friday.Each school district must have a reopening plan approved by the state’s Department of Health, the governor said.Each district should also post a remote learning plan and a plan for testing, he said.11:20 a.m.: Florida has 4 counties with no ICU bedsHard-hit Florida has 47 hospitals with no available intensive care unit beds, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Four counties — Bay, Monroe, Nassau and Putnam — had no open ICU beds as of Friday morning, the agency said.Thirty-one hospitals in the state had just one available ICU bed.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.Florida has over 518,000 coronavirus cases, according to state Department of Health data. Florida has the second-highest number of cases in the country behind California.9 a.m.: Entire high school football team quarantined in Alabama The entire football team at Alabama’s Oneonta High School is under quarantine due to coronavirus cases, ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA-TV reported.Practice will resume on Aug. 18 and the team’s first game is set for Aug. 21, WBMA reported. Oneonta High School’s school year has been delayed to start on Aug. 18 after an emergency school board meeting vote on Thursday, the school said.Classes will have a hybrid in-person/remote learning schedule. Some students have registered for full-time remote learning, the high school said.7:38 a.m.: CDC says up to 190,000 dead by end of AugustThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 death projections, saying the coronavirus death toll could reach 190,000 by the end of August. The government’s ensemble forecast predicts “deaths may decrease,” but another 15,000 to 30,000 more Americans may die from COVID-19 over the next 23 days.This week’s national ensemble forecast predicts that weekly reports of new COVID-19 deaths may decrease over the next four weeks, with 4,500 to 10,600 new deaths reported during the week ending Aug. 29. Its forecast predicts that 175,000 to 190,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by that date.State-level forecasts, according to the CDC, predict that the number of reported new deaths per week may increase over the next four weeks in Hawaii and Puerto Rico and may decrease in Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Texas, Vermont and the Virgin Islands.The COVID Tracking Project reported that for the first time since early March, the number of people tested for COVID-19 is down. This week’s tests were 9.1% lower than last week’s national peak of 5.7 million tests.New cases of COVID-19 were also down this week by 10.4% , according to the COVID Tracking Project.5:20 a.m.: US weekly COVID-19 cases, deaths downAnother day, another grim milestone for the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic continues across the globe. Overnight, the U.S. surpassed 160,000 deaths, bringing its total to at least 160,104 as of 4:30 a.m., according to Johns Hopkins. The U.S. crossed 150,000 deaths last week.In good news, however, an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News shows that the U.S. is slightly coming down from its recent national surge. New cases and deaths in the last week have both decreased in week-over-week comparisons. At least 396,559 new cases were confirmed during the period of July 29 and Aug. 5, which is a 12.6% decrease from the previous seven-day period.There were 7,348 deaths recorded in the same time frame, marking a 2.4% decrease in new deaths compared with the previous week.The national test-positivity rate is also going down. In the last seven days, the rate was 7.5%, which is down from 8.6% from the previous week.Only two states and territories, according to the FEMA memo, are in an upward trajectory of new cases, while eight are at a plateau and 46 states and territories are going down.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Study on ‘strategic ejaculation’ finds men produce better quality semen for unfamiliar women

first_imgLinkedIn Share Research published in Evolutionary Psychological Science has found that men orgasm faster and ejaculate more semen when masturbating to unfamiliar women.“Our findings are the first to demonstrate that men’s ejaculate behavior and composition change in response to a novel female stimulus,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published in June.In the study, the researchers examined the time to ejaculation, ejaculate volume, and number of motile sperm in 21 heterosexual men between the ages of 18 and 23 years old who watched seven sexually explicit films over the course of 15 days. Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Share on Twitter The men in the study watched six films depicting the same actress and actor, then watched a similar film with a new actress but the same actor.The researchers found the time to ejaculation ranged between 4 and 21 minutes overall. There was no habituation effect — repeatedly viewing the same woman did not increase or decrease the time to ejaculation.But men did ejaculate more quickly when viewing the seventh film, which included a new woman. In addition, ejaculate volume and total number of motile sperm in the ejaculate increased significantly when viewing the seventh film. “Men produced higher quality ejaculates when exposed to novel, rather than familiar, women,” the researchers wrote.But why does ejaculate volume and total number of motile sperm increase for novel women? Men who produce higher quality sperm for unfamiliar women may have an evolutionary advantage, the researchers explained. The decrease in the time to ejaculation may make it easier for a cheater to copulate with another woman without his partner finding out.In addition, evolution “would favor males who invest more in ejaculates transferred to novel females for two reasons: (i) Males may have already fertilized the egg(s) of (or have their sperm stored by) females with whom they have already mated; and (ii) novel females may be more likely to have mated recently with another male resulting in increased likelihood of sperm competition,” they wrote.last_img read more

Shaftesbury schemes keep Carnaby Street swinging

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A Guide to Disney Springs Transportation and Parking

first_imgShare This!Now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, you may want to put a visit to Disney Springs on your holiday to-do list. Unless you have eight tiny reindeer, there’s a few ways to get to Disney Springs depending on where you are coming from. Let’s talk about the bus transportation, water taxis, and even the best places to park if you’re driving. Disney Springs between Town Center and The LandingBus TransportationAny of the on-site hotels offer bus transportation to and from Disney Springs. It is important to note that transportation from some hotels at certain times of year result in routes with stops at the water parks, usually Typhoon Lagoon since it is right across the street. Most Disney-owned hotels have buses that show up about every 15-20 minutes. Most Disney resorts are about an average of a 10-minute bus ride to and from Disney Springs. The addition of bus-only traffic lanes on Buena Vista Drive do make for a much smoother and swifter ride to the Sprangz (as the kids say).Bus Stations at Disney Springs Long ago, in the days of Downtown Disney, the bus stations were inconveniently located and cramped. Now with the transformation into Disney Springs there is one bus terminal at Town Center. This central location within Disney Springs is aptly named Town Center as it is somewhat the hub of activity. There are 18 load zones and the arrival experience provides a nice view of Disney Springs. A second bus loop is at The Marketplace. This bus loop is used primarily by off-property hotels and Disney Springs / Hotel Plaza Blvd area hotels. It is also where taxis and ride share services can drop off or pick up their guests. Driving and Parking If you have a car with you while you are staying in Orlando, you may want to consider driving to Disney Springs to have the convenience of your car. The exceptions to this would be in the evening hours and weekends, since parking can be very busy at Disney Springs, and if your hotel’s bus stop is easier to get to than the parking lot. Getting into Disney Spring via a car is not usually an issue; it’s leaving that can take a while.There are three parking garages and three surface parking lots. Each parking lot and garage is named after a different fruit that Florida grows and tends to export. The garages are named Orange, Lime, and Grapefruit, and the surface lots are Strawberry and Watermelon. There are two additional lots, Lemon which is for valet parking and Mango which is preferred parking. The parking garages are especially convenient thanks to the technology that indicates where the available parking spots are located. Digital message boards along Buena Vista Drive will indicate when garages and surface lots are full. Overhead LED lights above every parking spot (aside from the roof level) are red when the spot is occupied and green when it is available. Disney Springs Town Center near Lime ParkingThere is a loving debate online as to which parking garage is better, Orange or Lime. Pretty much no one loves Grapefruit Garage since it is across the street from Disney Springs and requires additional walking time. Lime Garage is better if you intend to spend more of your time shopping at the Town Center area, or in The Marketplace. Orange Garage is better if you plan to dine at The Landing or spend time at The West Side, or if you are arriving via I-4 West as there is a direct connection from the Disney Springs exit (#67 toward Epcot/Disney Springs).If you’re driving to Disney Springs on a busy night or weekend you may want to consider Preferred Parking, which is available daily from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM for $10 in the Mango Lot, located near the NBA Experience.There is also Valet Parking if you’re looking for the ultimate in convenience and indulgence. It is $20 plus tax, not including gratuity. There are three locations: Near the Orange Garage 10:00 AM to 2:00 AMOn West Side near the Cirque du Soleil theater 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMIn the Lemon Lot near the World of Disney store 10:00 AM to 2:00 AMIf you’re looking for the best driving directions from you GPS system, the GPS location of Disney Springs is 28.3702539, -81.5209851. Disney Springs entrance from Orange GarageRide Sharing / Taxi If you are using a ride share service, you can be dropped off at the West Side Bus Loop or the Marketplace Bus Loop on the east side. Traditional taxis can drop off here too and can be picked up at the West Side, Town Center, and Marketplace. Minnie Van Service can be picked up and dropped off at many locations throughout Disney Springs including the bus loops. Water Taxi and BoatsThe most scenic way to travel to and from Disney Springs is by boat. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (French Quarter and Riverside), Disney’s Old Key West, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort (including the Treehouse Villas) each offer water taxi service to and from Disney Springs. From Disney’s Old Key West and Saratoga Springs resort your water taxi will arrive at Disney Springs at The Landing, and will depart back to the resort from this dock as well. Port Orleans guests will be dropped off and picked up from the boat dock at The Marketplace. Internal boat transportation between the three Disney Springs boat docks is available via a dedicated water taxi, that makes continuous rounds between the three boat docks. The West Side boat dock is for the internal Disney Springs water taxi only. WalkingGuests staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort can walk from the resort over to Disney Springs. There is an exit near along the resort’s road, near The Paddock and Congress Park sections of the resort. The sidewalk will take guests over to The Marketplace. Hotel Plaza Blvd / Disney Springs Area Hotel guests may also decide to walk to Disney Springs via the sidewalks on Hotel Plaza Blvd and the pedestrian bridges which will lead them to The Marketplace. Sidewalk at Saratoga Springs Congress Park section heading towards Disney SpringsMore InformationBus service from Disney Resort hotels runs from around 9:15 AM before opening until 1:00 AM.Return service to Disney Resort hotels ends at 2:00 AM.One-way bus service from the Disney theme parks operates daily from 4:00 PM until 11:00 PM or 2 hours after theme parks close, whichever is earlier.Bicycle racks are available near the bus loop at the Town Center.A summary of Disney Springs transportation can be reviewed in this infographic:Disney Springs Transportation Infographiclast_img read more

Gov’t to Provide Funding for ICT Entrepreneurs

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government will be providing funding for budding entrepreneurs engaged in information and communications technology (ICT) this fiscal year. TAP exposed unattached youth to the power of technology and sought to unearth their potential through skills training and work experience.“TAP is yet another step in the Government’s journey towards ensuring that Jamaica becomes a knowledge-based society that closes the information gap,” Mrs. Williams noted.She stressed that it is important to bridge the information divide in order to “unlock a world of opportunities for our citizens from all walks of life”.Chief Executive Officer of USF, Daniel Dawes, noted that TAP “provided a lifeline for young persons, many of whom were not working and are now trained and gainfully employed”.He said that the USF will be offering scholarships in the area of ICT to young people who are “academically inclined and demonstrate a commitment to national development”.Under TAP, 890 unattached youth, aged 18 to 35, were trained and placed at 45 institutions within the private and public sectors to conduct digitisation or data collection.The training was delivered by the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) over 12 months, and exposed the participants to data-collection methods, some aspects of data analysis and the fundamentals of ICT, among others.The USF is an agency under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and is mandated to ensure access to ICT tools to facilitate development.The agency has invested more than $7 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes, including the upgrading of ICT infrastructure at tertiary institutions, public health facilities and libraries; and the establishment of seven free public Wi-Fi spots islandwide.In addition, the USF investment has created a network of 300 community access points in underserved communities across Jamaica. “The initiative will be executed in collaboration with ICT experts in the private and public sectors as well as civil society and other stakeholders,” she noted.center_img She said that the support, which will be made available through the Universal Service Fund (USF), will be geared towards persons who seek to solve real-life problems through technology. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government will be providing funding for budding entrepreneurs engaged in information and communications technology (ICT) this fiscal year.She said that the support, which will be made available through the Universal Service Fund (USF), will be geared towards persons who seek to solve real-life problems through technology.“The initiative will be executed in collaboration with ICT experts in the private and public sectors as well as civil society and other stakeholders,” she noted.“Together, they will ensure that the solutions provided are realistic and can be executed with the resources readily available,” she added.Mrs. Williams was speaking at the closing ceremony for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Thursday (April 11).Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, addresses the closing ceremony for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday (April 11).last_img read more