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64.1 per cent of the time health care workers were seen cleaning their hands before contact with patients or their areas. 81 per cent of the time, they were seen cleaning their hands after such contact. New public reporting on patient safety indicators posted online beginning today, May 29, will lead to better patient care. Nova Scotians can learn how often health care workers are seen cleaning their hands and how often patients get ill from the hospital-acquired infection C. difficile, by looking at the department’s website. “Patient safety is very important to me, and health care-associated infections are very concerning to all of us. Cleaning our hands is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. The province passed the Patient Safety Act a year ago to increase transparency and accountability in the health care system. “This is our first reporting period for these rates and it sets the stage for better health care,” said Mr. Wilson at the launch held at the South Shore Regional Hospital. District health authorities and the IWK Health Centre must report hand hygiene and infections from C. difficile to the department and the public on a regular basis. This is the first time the information is being collected in the same way across the province, allowing provincial rates to be calculated and benchmarks set for improvements. C. difficile is a bacteria that can live in the bowel without causing harm, or can cause an infection, such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. The provincial C. difficile rate for Jan. 1 to March 31 was 3.17, half the national benchmark of 6.25. The rate means that for every 10,000 patient days, there were 3.17 new hospital-acquired cases. The provincial hand hygiene rates for the same period are: Health care workers can clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer. “Hand-hygiene adherence is an early warning signal for patient safety and quality of care,” said Dr. Peter Vaughan, president, CEO, and medical director, South Shore Health and chair of the Nova Scotia Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee. “It’s an ongoing challenge for health care organizations here and around the world. Adherence rates globally average between 40 to 50 per cent. “Public reporting is one of many strategies we can use to improve hand hygiene. By monitoring rates over time, we can track improvements and develop strategies to address any areas of concern.” Developing a provincial program to track and monitor key infection rates and other patient safety indicators addresses increasing public interest and a recommendation from the auditor general. Nova Scotia is the second province in Canada to require patient care indicators be reported publicly. Ontario introduced similar legislation in 2008. Nova Scotians can learn more about the rates at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/qps/.
San Francisco: In a first step towards merging all its platforms into one unified experience for users, Facebook is adding its name to Instagram and WhatsApp. Instagram will soon become “Instagram from Facebook” and WhatsApp will turn into “WhatsApp from Facebook”, The Information reported late Friday. The new titles will appear in the title for both apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store. “We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Employees for the apps were recently notified about the changes, “which come as antitrust regulators are examining Facebook’s acquisitions of both apps”, said the report. The US federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now probing what prompted Facebook to acquire Instagram and WhatsApp. According to The Wall Street Journal, the FTC is looking to find out whether Facebook was trying to snuff out potential competitors before they could truly challenge the social media giant. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Facebook recently reached $5 billion agreement with the FTC over users’ privacy violation in the Cambridge Analytica scandal that affected 87 million users. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already announced plans for convergence between Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. “There’s a lot more that we need to figure out before we finalize the plans. This is going to be a long-term project that I think will probably be to whatever extent we end up doing it in – a 2020 thing or beyond,” the Facebook CEO had said earlier this year. He said more than the commercial benefits of the chat integration between the apps, he was concerned about data encryption. “The first reason that I’m excited about this is moving more to end-to-end encryption by default in more of our products. People really like this in WhatsApp. I think it’s the direction that we should be going in with more things in the future,” he noted. “There are also a number of cases that we see where people tell us that they want to be able to message across the different services.” The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has warned Facebook over its planned integration of chat services, asking the social media giant to provide it with an “urgent briefing” on the proposals. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinizing Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies,” DPC had said in a statement. According to Zuckerberg, the idea is to let people utilise the apps to enhance the experience.
APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-The push by Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo to radically alter Canada’s relationship with First Nations has left some chiefs wondering whether the national organization is overreaching on its mandate.Some chiefs in Saskatchewan and Quebec crafted a resolution aimed at curtailing the national organization a day after the AFN unveiled plans to not only get rid of the Indian Act, but also the Aboriginal Affairs department.“The chiefs-in-assembly have not mandated the Assembly of First Nations to formally engage in a process with the federal government on their behalf on legislation that impacts and or abrogates inherent and Treaty rights,” reads the resolution, which failed to make debate Wednesday despite efforts by some chiefs to have it reach the floor of the assembly. “First Nations are the only ones who can negotiate, repeal or amend the Indian Act or negotiate the development of federal legislation with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.”The resolution was backed by Thunderchild First Nation Chief Delbert Wapass from Saskatchewan and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck from Quebec.The resolution is expected to reach the floor for the debate Thursday, but many of the Saskatchewan chiefs who wanted to speak to it will already be on their way home, said Chief Raphael Paul, from English River First Nation in Saskatchewan.Policy analyst Russ Diabo, a Mohawk from Kahnawake, said the resolution was a bit of an “overreaction.”Diabo said Atleo has made it clear it is up to the chiefs to drive the process to change a system that is irreparably broken.Paul, however, said Saskatchewan chiefs feel that the focus of the AFN seems to be dominated by the interests of British Columbia chiefs, who form Atleo’s power base.“We are from Saskatchewan (and) B.C. has a different perspective on the treaties and they have to respect our perspective,”said Paul. “We have to protect our perspective on how we interpret our treaties.”No treaties were signed in B.C. and First Nations there have embarked on crafting modern day agreements.Paul said there needed to be more consultation before major initiatives get announced.“There was a lack of consultation, we need to be consulted before we make any move on our inherent and treaty rights,” said Paul. “I want this group to listen to us too. I was in Calgary when the all night session took place and we voted (Atleo) in and he said ‘we are going to respect your treaties’ and that is why we voted (for) him when he said that.”Atleo, in his opening speech, attempted to preempt these concerns by highlighting the uniqueness of the numbered treaties which cover Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, parts of Ontario and the Northwest Territories.“Regardless of your specific First Nation-Crown relationship, (whether it is) pre-Confederation, numbered Treaty, modern Treaty or other agreements, we are all pursuing our own way forward based on rights and responsibilities,” Atleo said in his speech. “It is so clear to me that we all must work together and support one another.”Atleo appears to have caught the attention of Prime Minister Stephen Harper who remains open to a historic meeting with First Nations leaders which could happen as early as this fall.In a letter from Harper to Atleo, released by the AFN, the prime minister said he was also willing to hear more about Atleo’s proposals to get rid of the Indian Act and reform the treaty implementation process and the settling of comprehensive claims.“A number of factors need to be examined when considering broad-based reform proposals, such as your recommendations to eliminate the Indian Act and reform the federal approach to treaty implementation and comprehensive claims,” wrote Harper, in the June 21 letter. “I am interested in learning more about your proposals.”Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, a former Innu leader, said Wednesday Ottawa would be willing to explore removing the Indian Act and replacing the department of Aboriginal Affairs if that was the will of Atleo and chiefs.
London: Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Diane Abbott, Labour’s spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAbbott said the US case against Assange is about the “embarrassment of the things he’s revealed about the American military and security services.” Police arrested the WikiLeaks founder Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is in custody awaiting sentencing for jumping bail in 2012, and is also facing what is expected to be a lengthy extradition proceeding initiated by the United States. US Justice Department officials seek to put Assange on trial for allegedly conspiring to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon. The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody. If found guilty, Assange faces a maximum five years in prison. It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from Sweden if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on the allegations. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years. Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden because of his protected status inside the embassy. Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first court appearance Thursday afternoon when District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. “Mr Assange’s behavior is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests,” Snow said. Assange’s next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years.
IRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt has said strong home form could be the key to his side’s Six Nations title chances.The New Zealander’s adopted country welcome Scotland and Wales to Dublin in the opening two rounds of the Championship next month.However, Ireland face just a six-day turnaround between those matches and Schmidt said how Ireland coped with those Aviva Stadium clashes would set the tone for their tournament.“If we could defend the Aviva that would be great,” said Schmidt at the Six Nations launch in London today.“If we manage an away victory against either England or France as well, then that would put us in the mix for a shot at being in the top two.“That would be a fantastic achievement given where we’ve come from, but that’s not to say that’s our clear expectation.“We know we’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us.“The six-day turnaround from Scotland to Wales is a really big ask. There’s nothing we can do about that and you just have to get on with it, just like you can’t control the calls of a referee.“But it’s unfortunate that we’re not going to get a great run-in to a game against a great team like Wales, especially after facing a combative outfit like Scotland.“We’ll only really have one real training session that week, so we’ll have to make it count.”Ireland finished a disappointing fifth in last season’s Six Nations but, under Schmidt, ran their new coach’s native New Zealand desperately close before going down 24-22 to the world champions in a thrilling match in Dublin in November.Out of the systemReflecting on that last-gasp loss, former Leinster boss Schmidt admitted: “It’s been a bit of a recurring nightmare for me, however, because it’s the first time I’ve had this experience as a national coach.“In the past I have always had the next week to get a game out of my system, and my team too.“So adapting to that change has been a different process for me.“The players are in good shape though, and now we’re just excited about the challenges ahead in the competition.”Ireland captain Paul O’Connell added: “It’s a shame we didn’t close out (the New Zealand) game like we should have done because we achieved a lot of the things we’d been working on with Joe in that game.“Playing Scotland first will be a very tough game for us, we were beaten well by them up there last year.”This Six Nations is set to be Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll’s last before retirement but O’Connell stressed there had been no slacking from the veteran centre.“He’s still in good shape, as hungry as ever, and driving our standards. He has a lot of respect all across the Six Nations and especially within our squad.”- © AFP, 2014In pictures: Captains and coaches do their duty at the 6 Nations launchAnalysis: Luke Fitzgerald in prime form to light up Six Nations
Stay on target Wrecking BallOriginally named Hampton, this genetically altered hamster piloting a wrecking ball of doom is the games twenty-eighth character. Wrecking Ball falls under the tank class and is equipped with quad cannons and a shield that are both slightly reminiscent to D.Va’s (which is poked fun at in-game.) But what sets Wrecking Ball apart from that mech piloting Dorito gremlin is his roll mobility. Being able to pop in and out of the ball form to get places quickly is a life saver. There is also a grappling claw feature (reminiscent to Window Maker) which is enabled in roll form that helps you swing, spin and launch at high speeds. This mechanic alone drastically changes things up when wanting to take a point as the opposing team. Don’t forget to pile drive while in mid-air for extra damage! Finally, Wrecking Ball’s minefield ult scatters long-lasting proximity mines that explode on contact making him a strong defense tank. I am really looking forward to seeing this little guy be played by the professionals next season in the Overwatch League. Overwatch League All-Star WeekendTwo days of non-stop Overwatch! This is a fun event taking place in Los Angeles that’s tying things together with the game. August 25th will be full of face-offs in custom matches. August 26th will be the All-Star game between the Atlantic and Pacific divisions. Saturday’s games include Lucioball Showdown, Mystery Heroes, Window Maker 1v1, Talent Takedown and Lockout Elimination. Sunday will be more of the usual five map match with all 18 players on each team being used once with substitutes between maps. There are also two legendary skins that will be available to purchase from the 17th through the 27th. Water Goddess Tracer and Fire King Genji will be available for 300 Overwatch League tokens each. Hooray, we can finally use them!So if you stopped playing for a bit, It is a great time of the year to jump back into Overwatch. The kids are back in school, so I’m sure you could use the stress relief. Plus you might as well start building currency now for this years Halloween Terror event! ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormLego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke… Free Wrecking Ball Loot BoxesFrom now until September 3rd, all Twitch Prime members will receive two Wrecking Ball exclusive loot boxes. This helps players even out their overall loot chances for the next few levels so lots of folks can join in on the Hampton fun. Plus if you keep your Twitch Prime account through October, you will receive two more golden loot boxes! Nerfs And BuffsThere is a handful included right now. Ana’s Nano Boost instantly heals her target for 300 health; while Brigitte’s Shield Bash cooldown has increased to seven seconds. For Doomfist, his Rocket Punch no longer impacts Symmeta’s teleporter. But now he can destroy her turrets without stopping movement. Hanzo Lunge has increased to five seconds. Moria’s Biotic Grasp regeneration has increased from 2 per second to 2.4 per second. Lucio’s Crossfade radius increased to 12 meters and his Sound Barrier shields 750 health. Mercy had her main healing resource nerfed making her healing beam become reduced from 60 healing per second to 50 per second. The hitbox for Sombra’s head has been reduced (I guess she had a big head?) Windowmaker’s grappling hook cooldown has increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds which is probably my favorite of all these changes. Zarya’s energy drain rate reduced from 2 per second to 1.6 per second, while her graviton surge has been reduced to six meters. The Summer Games Are BackOr shall I say, summer GAME. Singular. One… That’s right, Lucio ball is back in the mix whether you like it or hate it. Last year’s Summer Games event introduced competitive Lucio Ball into the mix for those hardcore players who have already platinum’ed Rocket League by now. Not much has changed within the mode, minus the new beach city of Busan level. But Copa mode from last seasons update still pays out well and is a lot of fun! The summer event comes with new sporty and beach-side skins for a handful of players. Plus all previous Summer skins are available for a reduced amount. Overwatch has been going strong for just over two years now and fans cannot get enough! Right now the games developer Blizzard is preparing for the millions of players who are ready to head back into World of Warcraft thanks to its Battle for Azeroth expansion. Many gamers are jumping ship for a bit stating that Overwatch needs to offer more content to its players to keep them active. While I agree somewhat with this remark, I think the team at Blizzard is releasing just enough content to keep players happy and keep the game itself leveled out. There is still a good amount of new content available now and a slew of features to come to keep many of us excited! For all the latest in eSports news head over to our section here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
At a recent visit to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Erika Montgomery leaned down and smiled at a young student.“I should know you, but I’ve never seen your face before,” the teacher said warmly to the girl, a student in Montgomery’s kindergarten class.It seems to be an unusual interaction between a teacher and her student, especially by February. But first-time face-to-face meetings abound among this group of 75 parents and students, all of whom are enrolled in the online public school Washington Connections Academy.The K-8 program launched in Washington this year, offering virtual education to about 400 students across the state. The school will add high school classes every year for the next four years until it offers a full K-12 program. Connections Academies have been online across the country for about 15 years, however.The school combines live classroom instruction using web cameras, as well as self-guided lessons. The school also provides clubs and extracurricular activities for students.Mike Lunde, principal of Washington Connections Academy, said the program serves families who need more flexible options. There is no “typical” Connections Academy student, he said. All have slightly different stories for why they pursued online education.
A Still From Argentina Fans KaattoorkadavuKalidas Jayaram entered the Malayalam film industry as a child actor through the movie ‘Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal’, and his brilliant performance in that film made many Mollywood fans believe that he was a Superstar in the making. However, the actor who came back into the industry as a solo hero failed to live up to the expectations, and his recent release ‘Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu’ loudly proclaims the fact that the actor should concentrate more on script selection.The story of fanship set in the backdrop of a villageDirected by Midhun Manuel Thomas, ‘Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu’ is set in a small village in Thrissur named Kaattoorkadavu. The village is known for its love towards football, and there are two major groups of football fans in the area. The group of Argentina fans is led by Vipinan (Kalidas Jayaram) while Mehrunneesa (Aishwarya Lekshmi) leads Brazil fans.Even though both of them are arch rivals when it comes to football, they share positive chemistry in their real life, and moreover, Vipinan has been loving Mehrunneesa from his school days.The fight between Argentina and Brazil fans that happens during World Cup Football tournaments form the major crux of the movie.Average direction and derailed screenplaySports dramas set in the backdrop of villages are not new in the Malayalam film industry, and audiences have witnessed similar movies in the past that includes ‘1983’ and ‘Godha’. Both these movies succeed as sports thrillers, and these films can also boast about a strong storyline. However, when it comes to ‘Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu’, the director fails miserably to craft a sports drama with some substance. The thrill elements of sports were limited to some world cup matches that we see on television screens.Midhun Manuel Thomas failed to extract the best from Kalidas Jayaram. In some scenes, especially in comic sequences, the actor went over the board, and it literally disappointed the audiences. However, Aishwarya Lekshmi succeeded in living up to the expectations, and she is the only saving grace of the movie.As usual, Gopi Sundar did a neat job as the musician, and his background score played a crucial role in elevating the mood of the movie in many crucial moments.Final VerdictKalidas Jayaram should be very careful while selecting scripts, and if it goes like this, he may face the fate encountered by Shahnavas Prem Nazir in the past.
[Representational Image]twitterThe California earthquake that happened on July 05, 2019, was an absolute shocker, and it made many people believe that the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ is ripe for a major quake. Interestingly, Frank Hoogerbeets, a self-proclaimed Dutch seismic researcher had predicted the California quakes days before its occurrence, and he blamed planetary alignments for this rise in seismic activities.Now, Frank Hoogerbeets has once again made a shocking prediction, and he has claimed that a powerful earthquake will hit the planet today, July 27, 2019. As per Hoogerbeets, Earth’s alignment with Venus and Mercury will be the reason behind the trigger of seismic activity.”Earth’s alignment with Venus and Mercury early on the 25th may trigger larger seismic activity from the 25th to the 27th,” wrote Hoogerbeets on his website Ditrianum.As July 25th and 26th went uneventfully, followers of Hoogerbeets strongly believe that a powerful quake will happen on 27th of this month causing massive devastation in the affected area. However, Hoogerbeets has not revealed the exact place in which the earthquake could hit today. Hoogerbeets on his website has revealed that he is not a part of any conspiracy theory group, and the researcher made it clear that he wishes to provide impartial information about future earthquakes.”We are not part of any conspiracy theory group. We are not against anyone or anything. We provide information in an impartial manner about the seismic effects from specific planetary and lunar geometry,” says Hoogerbeets. The Dutch researcher also added that he is making these predictions using an advanced system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index). Hoogerbeets believe that electromagnetic force during the time of planetary alignments and lunar geometry will destabilize the tectonic plates on earth, thus causing earthquakes in the planet.However, seismic scientists are not convinced, and they claim that Hoogerbeets is making these predictions just for the sake of money and fame. As per seismic experts, no modern technology could predict earthquakes with precision.
Local people look on in a jade mine where the mud dam collapsed in Hpakant, Kachin state, Myanmar on 23 April 2019. Photo: ReutersMore than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country’s border with China.Local police described a freak accident in Kachin state on Monday night so big it created a huge “mud lake” that buried the miners as well as some 40 vehicles.”Fifty-four people are missing in the mud,” a duty officer from Hpakant township police station told AFP, asking not to be named, adding that only two bodies had been recovered so far.”There’s no way they (the missing) could have survived.”The Ministry of Information confirmed the accident and number of missing, adding that the area was mined by Myanmar Thura Gems and Shwe Nagar Koe Kaung companies.Myanmar Thura Gems director Hla Soe Oo told AFP by phone he was en route to the site but did not have further details.Local media shared images, unverified by AFP, that showed the walls of a mine stretching vertically a couple of hundred metres above a vast pool of mud, revealing only the tops of two yellow excavation vehicles.Local people look on in a jade mine where the mud dam collapsed in Hpakant, Kachin state, Myanmar on 23 April 2019. Photo: ReutersHundreds of onlookers gathered nearby, staring at the disaster site and taking photos with their phones.Fatal landslides are common in the mines with victims often from impoverished ethnic communities looking for scraps left behind by big firms.A major landslide in November 2015 left more than 100 dead.The jade industry is largely driven by an insatiable demand from neighbouring China.Watchdog Global Witness estimated that it was worth some $31 billion in 2014, although very little reaches state coffers.Northern Myanmar’s abundant natural resources — including jade, timber, gold and amber — help finance both sides of a decades-long civil war between ethnic Kachin insurgents and the military.The fight to control the mines and the revenues they bring frequently traps local civilians in the middle.A 17-year ceasefire broke down in 2011 and since then more than 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting.On coming to power in 2016, civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised to make the peace process with the country’s myriad armed groups her top priority — a pledge that has yet to yield significant results.
In December 2014, a handful of Disneyland tourists left the California theme park with more than just memories of Mickey Mouse and Space Mountain. They also left with the measles.Within weeks, 125 cases were confirmed in the United States. Of the adults and kids infected, 110 lived in California — and nearly half had not been inoculated with the vaccine for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ultimately, the outbreak resulted in 147 measles cases.The disease spread because people had not been fully vaccinated, according to a 2015 analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics. The culprit was America’s growing anti-vaccination movement.Measles is a highly infectious disease with symptoms including high fever and severe rash. In rare cases, complications can lead to encephalitis, a brain inflammation that causes seizures. Ninety percent of people exposed to someone with the virus will become infected unless they’ve been immunized or had measles before. Through the middle of the 20th century, up to 4 million Americans got measles each year, and hundreds died. But after two centuries of vaccine improvement and subsequent inoculation enforcement, the CDC announced in 2000 that measles had been eliminated in the U.S.And yet measles keeps popping up in large U.S. cities, such as Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Austin and Kansas City. The outbreaks are typically due to white middle- and upper-class parents choosing not to immunize their children. And the problem appears to be getting worse.“In Texas, 57,000 kids didn’t get vaccinated this year,” says Peter Hotez, co-author of a paper on the vaccine movement published this year in PLOS. That’s double what it was five years ago, he says. States like Texas allow legal loopholes called nonmedical exemptions, which give parents the right to refuse vaccinations for their children on the basis of religious, philosophical or personal beliefs.Skipping vaccination is not new in America. The country got its first taste in the 19th century. Like today, many who chose not to vaccinate their children hailed from large cities, were educated and earned a decent living. Their reasons for opting out also mirror those of modern activists. But instead of refusing MMR, the first American vaccine opponents were refusing inoculation for a virus we almost never hear about today.Birth of a MovementBy the 19th century, smallpox had been killing people for centuries. Once infected, patients had a 3 in 10 chance of dying.In 1796, British doctor Edward Jenner developed a vaccine for the virus. It’s based on exposing people to cowpox virus in a small dose, which activates the immune system. As more people get vaccinated, it creates herd immunity, which gives the virus no place to go because it can’t pass from person to person. This is how diseases eventually become eradicated.The vaccine arrived in New England in 1800 and was immediately embraced by Thomas Jefferson. Starting with Massachusetts in 1809, and for decades after, states including Minnesota, West Virginia and California enacted mandatory vaccination laws.But pushback was happening, as well. Most of it came from middle-class citizens who didn’t trust government, science or medicine.
With the aim of driving growth in visitor numbers from countries within the Asia Pacific, Dubai’s Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) today announced the establishment of a new hub office to service the region.The Asia Pacific Regional Office will oversee the work of DCTCM’s existent offices in the Far East, Japan, Australia and New Zealand to maximise the opportunity to increase visitor numbers from Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand.Based in Sydney, Australia, the Asia Pacific Regional Office will be a DCTCM-owned office led by Julie King, with the responsibilities added to her current remit as Director of DCTCM’s Australia and New Zealand representative office.To further strengthen the focus on the region, Shahab Al Shayan has been appointed as regional manager, Asia Pacific and will be based in DCTCM’s Head Office in Dubai.The move is part of the strategy to deliver Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020, which includes the headline target of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by the end of the decade.Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing chief executive officer Issam Abdul Rahim Kazim, said that the region is of high importance for Dubai.“The Asia Pacific is of high strategic importance to us, with significant potential for growth across the whole region. The emerging economic power of the Asia Pacific countries is resulting in increased outward bound tourism and Dubai’s broad destination offering meets the varying demands of these tourists,” Mr Kazim said.In the region DCTCM currently has representative offices in Hong Kong (servicing the Far East), Japan, and Australia (servicing Australia and New Zealand). The new regional office will oversee the work of these offices.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Chabon, Erdrich among contributors to ACLU anthology FILE – In this June 18, 2017 file photo, authors Michael Chabon posse for a photo in Jerusalem. Chabon, Louise Erdrich and Ann Patchett are among the contributors to an anthology commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday, May 17, 2018, that the book is currently untitled and will be published in 2020, one hundred years after the ACLU’s founding. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2018 9:16 am PDT Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Michael Chabon, Louise Erdrich and Ann Patchett are among the contributors to an anthology commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union.Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the book is currently untitled and will be published in 2020, 100 years after the ACLU’s founding. Chabon and his wife and fellow author, Ayelet Waldman, are serving as co-editors. Writers will be contributing essays on major court cases, whether Lauren Groff on the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade or Salman Rushdie on the Pentagon Papers ruling, New York Times Co. v. United States.The book’s editors and literary agents are contributing proceeds to the ACLU.
By Elias HazouTHE Cabinet has green-lighted government guarantees to the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the tune of €105m to finance small and medium sized businesses and middle capitalisation companies.Under the deal, the EIB will lend €25m to Alpha Bank (Cyprus), €15m to Piraeus Bank (Cyprus), €25m to the National Bank of Greece (Cyprus), €10m to Societe General Bank (Cyprus) and €30m to Eurobank Cyprus.The deal between the government and the EIB comes under a scheme designed to boost entrepreneurship and export trade in Cyprus, currently in recession following a meltdown of its financial sector last year.The crisis led to the shuttering of Laiki, the island’s second largest bank, and a restructuring of the largest lender, Bank of Cyprus, which was ‘bailed-in’ by uninsured depositors as part of a rescue deal with international creditors.Positive budgetary performance since has led to a slight upgrading of Cyprus’ sovereign credit rating, and last month three of four Cypriot banks got a clean bill of health in an EU-wide stress test.Also yesterday, the Cabinet approved the conclusion of a loan agreement between the government with the EIB financing planned expansions to the University of Cyprus campus in the Athalassa area.The EIB financing, up to €162m, is to be used to expand the campus, upgrade existing infrastructures and build new infrastructures, in a project spanning from 2014 to 2020. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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