India facing another summer of deadly heat

April 25, 2017

… responsibility for the issue. Moves taken since 2015 have paid off, said K. J. Ramesh, director general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), pointing to a sharp drop in heat deaths in 2016, compared with the year before. “In 2015, the mortality was very high. But with just a little response from the states in 2016, the mortality was reduced by half,” said Ramesh. “This year we want to see that all states are working with us.” Various states and municipalities …


Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …


Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… Bryony Gordon over a cup of tea at Kensington Palace Mrs May said: “Mental health problems affect people of all ages and all backgrounds. “The bravery of those in public positions who speak out about their experiences helps smash the stigma around mental health and will help thousands of people to realise they are not alone.” Mental health charity Mind described the interview as a “true turning point”. ‘Royal gift’ Fiona Pienaar, director of clinical …


Report: VA hospital in D.C. putting ‘patients at unnecessary risk’

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general says practices at the Washington VA Medical Center are putting “patients at unnecessary risk,” and the VA has removed the director of the hospital from his position, assigning him to temporary administrative duties. A report out Wednesday raised several concerns related to staffing shortages, dirty storage areas and failure to keep track of medical equipment, leading to shortages that could endanger patient health. …


To fight Amazon in India, Flipkart buying Ebay’s business in the country

April 11, 2017

… world,” Devin Wenig, President and CEO of eBay, said in a press statement. Analysts praised the move. Sandy Shen, Research director, Gartner said the latest round of investment will help Flipkart keep “competition especially Amazon at bay.” He added Microsoft, Tencent, and Ebay will provide India’s ecommerce giant the “technology and market expertise” that it earnestly needs. “Flipkart has been and will continue to make acquisitions to increase scale, …


What we know about Syria’s chemical weapons

April 6, 2017

… Ghouta area of the Syrian capital Damascus in August 2013. The attack prompted Obama to ask Congress to authorize military action against Syria. Shortly after, Syria agreed to a Russian proposal to give up control of its chemical weapons, leading Obama to retreat from threats of military action. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Russia: Syrian gas deaths due to ‘terrorists’ But Dan Kaszeta, a chemical weapons specialist and managing director of …


The drink Brits go to bed with and Indians wake up with – BBC News

April 5, 2017

The fact that the same liquid can be perceived in two such different ways is a great example of the “crazy nonsense and beauty of marketing”, says Andrew Welch. As London managing director for brand consultancy Landor, Mr Welch’s job is to help brands build and improve their reputation, and ultimately create higher sales. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A well-known brand in the West, eBay had to change its tactics to succeed in China But it’s not …


There’s no need for April Fools’ Day because we’re living in a fake news nightmare

April 2, 2017

… that’s why April Fools’ Day needs to die. SEE ALSO: Stop dropping April Fools’ jokes a day early. Now. “April’s Fool Day is a day when you have to constantly engage the critical and sceptical part of the brain so you don’t get duped,” says Claire Wardle, director of Research and Strategy of First Draft News. “Now that we are increasingly encountering information that has been fabricated, manipulated or is downright misleading, we need to be …


Taiwan by bike: How to cycle around the island in 12 days

March 29, 2017

… government investment in cycleways by the mid-2000s when along came Taiwanese director, Chen Huai-en’s cult movie, “Island Etude” — a rite-of-passage escapade chronicling a boy’s voyage of self-discovery during a solo cycle around Taiwan’s coastline. The movie captured Taiwan’s imagination and Cycling Route No. 1 was born. Inspired by the film, cyclists began pedaling around the country’s coastlines well before the route was formally signposted in …


NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’ – BBC News

March 28, 2017

‘Diverted’ patients The Health Foundation report also found that 1 in every 8 of local commissioner’s budgets in England is spent on care provided by non-NHS organisations. Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: “Rising demand for emergency care meant that NHS providers haven’t had the capacity to deliver planned care and patients had to be diverted outside the NHS. “NHS hospitals were left squeezed by …


Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… British Retail Consortium (BRC) suggest that the amount of food and drink bought on promotion in the UK has reduced from 40% to 26%. director of food and sustainability Andrew Opie said: “Evidence shows that more retailers are moving towards low prices, these multi-buys are already diminishing because that’s what consumers want. “They want surety [of low prices] at point of purchase.” The consortium’s representative Andrea Martinez-Inchausti said retailers had …


Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump’s Budget Will Make America Weak, Sick & Stupid

March 20, 2017

Make America Smart Again has beenNeil deGrasse Tysons rallying cry since Donald Trump won the presidential election last year. Now the astrophysicist,author, host of the StarTalk podcast and TV showand director of the Hayden Planetariumat the American Museum of Natural History is warning America that it will need more than an intelligence boost if Trumps proposed budget is passed. Last week, Tyson said he was holding back on criticismuntil he saw some actual policy proposals.With the …


Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

(CNN)The bizarre saga of President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama last year reaches a dramatic climax Monday with FBI director James Comey’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. It’s a moment of political theater that could end in humiliation for Trump, with Comey expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations that Trump has repeatedly refused to withdraw. The hearing could also shed light on the state of …


Pill presses for counterfeit drugs seized in record numbers

March 18, 2017

(CNN)Machines used to make counterfeit pills are reaching the US border in record numbers. US Customs and Border Protection is seizing pill presses at a rate 19 times higher than in 2011. That’s the year the synthetic drug fentanyl exploded in the US drug market, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. While the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration deals with a national problem of synthetic fentanyl overdoses, these machines are playing a …


Four-hour accident and emergency waits rise 300% at some hospitals – BBC News

March 16, 2017

… University Hospital, with a 380% rise, the Royal Free Hospital in London, with a 366% rise and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals at 351.5%. Pennine Acute Hospitals has experienced the biggest rise in patients waiting more than four hours. In 2013-2014, 13,867 people were not dealt with in four hours. In 2015-2016, that number rose 296% to 54,945. The trust’s medical director Prof Matt Makin said: “Our (three) accident and emergency departments have continued to face real pressures throughout …