India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 15-lakh mark

first_img Related Posts COVID-19 Updates Happening Now News Add Comment India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 15-lakh mark Country’s case fatality rate reduces to 2.25 per cent WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share By Press Trust of India on July 29, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Case Fatality Ratecoronavirus infectionCOVID-19ICMRUnion Health Ministry data MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Even as India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) reduced from around 3.33 per cent in mid-June to 2.25 per cent as of July 28, the country’s COVID-19 tally went past 15 lakh, two days after it crossed the 14-lakh mark.48,513 fresh cases were recorded in a day while recoveries surged to 9,88,029, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country also tested more than 5 lakh per day for the second day in a row, according to Ministry data.The total coronavirus cases climbed to 15,31,669, while the country’s death toll due to the disease rose to 34,193 with 768 deaths being reported in a 24-hour span, the data updated at 8 am showed.There are 5,09,447 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently, with the recovery rate among COVID-19 patients rising to 64.51 per cent.This is the seventh consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 45,000.According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 1,77,43,740 samples have been tested up to July 28 with 4,08,855 samples being tested on July 28 itself.(With inputs from EH News Bureau)last_img read more

Eight Primary and Infant Schools to Benefit from Mobile Computer Lab

first_imgPhoto: Michael ShawEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, uses a computer in the mobile computer lab, which will benefit eight primary and infant schools. The unit dubbed: ‘Tech De Bus II’ was officially launched on May 21, at the Ministry in Kingston. RelatedEducation Minister Urges School Community to Stay Focused Stating that boys are lagging behind girls in learning by 20 per cent, he said, “our boys have an aptitude towards digital-based learning and the ‘Tech De Bus II’ offers this particular opportunity.”Principal of the Allman Town Primary School and Custodian of Tech De Bus II, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, expressed her enthusiasm for the project.She informed that the bus will target students with remedial education needs, those in the special education sector, as well as provide enrichment for those who are ahead and need to be challenged.“In will assist in exposing our children to technology, and improve their literacy rates, while maintaining their interest in school,” she noted.Mrs. Crooks-Smith informed that Microsoft Jamaica has given a commitment to upgrade the existing operating systems and the possibility is being explored for tablets to be placed on the unit.The students, who will use the unit, will be supervised by a Microsoft Academy certified technician specialising in the area of teaching with technology, who will also be the designated driver. General maintenance of the unit is to be undertaken by the Ministry of Education.A site visit of the mobile computer lab to each of the beneficiary institutions is to be conducted in June this year followed by the commencement of operational activities in September.Mrs. Crooks-Smith said that as the initial eight schools become better equipped, the services of the mobile unit will be reassigned to other institutions. RelatedSchool Administrators Have Pivotal Role to Play in TVET’s Transition Eight Primary and Infant Schools to Benefit from Mobile Computer LabJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsEight primary and infant schools in the Corporate Area are to benefit from the services of a mobile computer lab.Dubbed ‘Tech De Bus II’, the unit was donated to the Ministry of Education by the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (PACE) Canada.The eight schools, which will have access to the lab in the first phase of the project, were selected based on their needs, and proximity to the Education Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Eight primary and infant schools in the Corporate Area are to benefit from the services of a mobile computer lab.Dubbed ‘Tech De Bus II’, the unit was donated to the Ministry of Education by the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (PACE) Canada.The eight schools, which will have access to the lab in the first phase of the project, were selected based on their needs, and proximity to the Education Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices.They are Allman Town Primary, Arnold Road Methodist Basic, Allman Town Infant, Franklin Town Primary, Salvation Army Basic, St. Paul’s United Basic, Sylvia Foote Early Childhood, and Elletson Primary Special Education Unit.The mobile unit, which accommodates nine users at one time, is outfitted with computers and servers and boasts literacy and numeracy software to facilitate learning for children at the early childhood level from kindergarten up to grade three. It also has the capacity for Internet access.It is equipped with an efficient air-conditioning unit through a donation from the Stationery Centre Limited and Xklusiv Media Group Limited.At the launch at the Ministry on Thursday (May 21), Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said the lab provides an opportunity to engage more boys in the learning process. Eight Primary and Infant Schools to Benefit from Mobile Computer Lab EducationMay 23, 2015Written by: Rochelle Williams RelatedSt. Anne’s CAP Students Show Off Skills at Career Day Advertisementslast_img read more

Hollywood Drones Are Being Repurposed to Study the Amazon Rainforest Like Never Before

first_imgThe use of powerful, six-bladed “hexacopters” has enabled researchers to monitor crevices that were previously unreachable and assess how the forest is responding to climate change, deforestation, and fire.MORE: Students Invent Door Handle for Public Bathrooms That Can Clean and Sanitize ItselfScot Martin, Harvard University Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a part of the team using the UAVs to collect the new data.“Normally when people think of drones, they think taking pictures,” Martin said. “These types of UAVs, called hexacopters for their six blades, are also used in Hollywood to film movies and television shows.“Instead of filming or taking pictures, scientists attach a one-kilogram chemical-sensing package to the front. [The package] is like an electronic nose sensing the forest.”SWNSThroughout the Amazon, a handful of towers sit atop hills, measuring data from the nearby environment and relaying it back to scientists.Now Harvard researchers, in collaboration with experts at Amazonas State University (UEA) in Brazil, have a way to measure the areas that the towers cannot reach.MORE: Hyundai Launches First Car With Solar Roof Charging System“If you want to understand the forest, that is where the UAV fits in. It’s the middle ground,” Martin said. “It gives us a new ability to respond to science questions.“This study is showing what can be possible.”The UAVs are released from the top of the old observation towers and can fly for around 17 minutes before they need to be charged.SWNSEvery plant on earth emits unique vapors, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can fluctuate when they are exposed to stressors such as floods and droughts.Sensors attached to the drones can monitor these VOCs, to determine how the plants’ health is adapting to such stressors as climate change and extreme weather.“It sounds like crazy science fiction, but it’s not,” said Martin.CHECK OUT: Family Farms Use ‘Crop Mobsters’ to Prevent More Than 1 Million Servings Of Food From Going To WasteHarvard currently has a grant from the National Science Foundation for a three-year research project in the rainforest, but Martin envisions his research continuing in the biodiverse Amazon for many years to come.“Ten years from now, I will probably still be doing research there,” he said.“I expect that drones will be used in scientists’ tool chests more and more around the world in the future.”(WATCH the Harvard video below)Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSWNSThe same drones used to film Hollywood movies have been repurposed for Harvard researchers to study the Amazon.The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), formerly used for filming blockbusters like Skyfall and The Wolf of Wall Street, have been specially adapted to withstand the heat and humidity of the largest tropical rainforest in the world.Until recently scientists relied on towers, aircraft, and satellites to help them understand the habitat, but the data they collected was limited and biased to certain ecosystems.last_img read more

New measures to be implemented for 2016/2017 cruise ship season

first_imgTourism & Urban Renewal Minister, Senator Robert Tonge (file photo)The Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal has announced a few changes ahead of the 2016/2017 cruise ship season which it anticipates will help ensure that guest experience here is excellent.A holding system to allow inspection for buses and reduce traffic congestion on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard, contracts for bus owners and tour operation to ensure quality standard, enforcement of minimum tour rates, and a new dispatch system were among changes announced by Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert Tonge during the media launch of Tourism Awareness Month on Wednesday 4 May 2016.The Ministry plans to make these changes “in the best interest of the country” during the off-season, which is from now until September 2016, as the 2016/2017 season commences in October. “Some persons may not like the changes but the important thing is to do what is in the best interest of our country and our people,” the Minister said.Senator Tonge, who acknowledged that the destination has received “many low scores”, said there has been one “very good score” which is that on all organized tours, “we get a score of 8.7 which puts us in a ranking of eight out of thirty-five countries”.Thus, one of the mandatory things that will be implemented is that “every single bus being dispatched from the Bayfront must have a tour guide. When these buses have tour guides and these tour guides are properly trained, the guest experience is very, very good”.In addition, the Ministry will seek to ensure that there are tour guides who speak other languages because of the varied guests who visit the island.“So if we can do that, we can begin to continuously raise our scores and put us in a better ranking when the ships look at us,” Minister Tonge indicated.Another initiative, he announced, will be to improve the number of “priority sites” in an effort to reduce overcrowding “and only buses dispatched from the cruise terminal will be allowed to go on those sites at that time. Obviously our stayover guests will not be impacted by this”.Contracts will be issued to bus owners and tour operators to ensure that all standards are adhered to, so that if someone breaks those terms and conditions, “we’ll be better able to take action against those persons”.The enforcement of minimum tour rates is a very important issue that has been raised by a number of bus owners. This will be enforced in the upcoming season because, according to Minister Tonge, “we want to ensure that our bus owners have a fair return on their investment”.In addition, a new dispatch system will be implemented to allow more equitable distribution and engagement of tour operators. “Many state that it is not fair, so we’re ensuring that we do those things,” Tonge said.Further, the Ministry plans to establish a holding area for buses “so that they can be inspected” and held in a particular area, “that way it reduces the traffic congestion in the City and also their haggling of clients when they come off the boat”. The Ministry will continue to provide training for all stakeholders and improve on the number of training sessions conducted so as “to ensure that the service that our guests receive is up to par”.There are many other initiatives that the Ministry is considering, but Minister Tonge said “but I will talk about it in a subsequent announcement.It is anticipated that there will be three hundred and nineteen thousand one hundred and seventy-five (319, 175) passengers from a hundred and sixty-nine (169) calls to Dominica in the 2016/2017 cruise ship season.“So we are expecting an increase in the number of vessels coming to Dominica and also the number of passengers,” Minister Tonge said but advised that these increases “will be in vain if we do not ensure that all the initiatives that need to be put in place are implemented”.“If we don’t implement them, our scores will become worst and we’ll begin to loose ships. Obviously we do not want to do that,” he added. Preliminary figures indicate that there was one hundred and sixty-five (165) calls with a total of two hundred and seventy-six, two hundred and eighty-four (276, 284) passengers for the 2015/2016 season.“We expected more but we must be aware as to what was some of the challenges and one of the challenges was that whenever there’s high winds it impacts on the ability for some of these boats to come to dock into our ports. Unfortunately there were seven cancelled calls due to weather-related issues,” Minister Tonge informed. Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews New measures to be implemented for 2016/2017 cruise ship season by: Dominica Vibes News – May 5, 2016 214 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Hogan named player of the month

first_imgAds by Revcontent Trending Articles Local Area Millionaire Reveals How to Get Rich with Bitcoin, Without Buying Bitcoin x This Bizarre Photo Caused Mayhem, Try Not to Gasp when You See Why x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x £190 Investment To A Second Salary Every Month! x Pole Vaulter Allison Stokke is Finally Talking About the Photo Changing Her Life x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Brentford striker Scott Hogan has been named the Championship’s player of the month for September.Hogan scored six goals in five matches, including a hat-trick against Preston. He has netted seven goals this season and 14 in 2016.AdChoices广告Tammy Abraham, who has scored 11 goals for Bristol City since joining them on loan from Chelsea, was on the shortlist for the award, as was Norwich’s Wembley-born midfielder Jacob Murphy.“I am delighted that Scott has won this award,” said Brentford boss Dean Smith.“He has fully deserved it on his performances this month. To score six goals in a month is a fantastic achievement and I am really pleased for Scott.”Abraham, the division’s top scorer this season, was recently named the PFA fans’ player of the month for the Championship.last_img read more