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162 medical teams to tackle diseases after deluge in Maharashtra

first_imgFollowing the floods across the State due to heavy rainfall over the past week, the government fears a surge in cases of leptospirosis, dengue, malaria, and viral fevers. The health department has formed 162 medical teams to conduct house-to-house visits for early symptom diagnosis and treatment.Of these, 114 teams are working in the Thane region, 37 in Kolhapur and 10 in Pune.A health department official said a four-member team of two male and female medical worker each would visit bigger areas and villages, while the smaller villages would be covered by two-member teams.A press release issued on Tuesday by Health Minister Eknath Shinde said nearly 1.14 lakh people have been affected by the floods and heavy rainfall across the State. As many as 36 villages in the Kolhapur region, 18 in Thane and two to three villages in Satara and Nashik have been severely affected.“So far, the teams have covered more than 14,000 households. In the flood-affected areas, we have also undertaken work for cleaning water in the wells,” Mr. Shinde said.Fear of outbreakFor those who have waded through floodwater, leptospirosis is the biggest risk. It is a bacterial infection that is transmitted to humans through rat and cattle urine and excreta and commonly caused when one wades through contaminated water and the bacteria is transmitted through unhealed wounds in the skin, abrasions, and cuts especially on the foot. Mumbai has recorded 62 cases, and one death, due to leptospirosis in July this year.As the floodwaters recede, a surge in vector-borne disease is also most likely as mosquito breeding sees a rise. “Konkan, Navi Mumbai, and Thane region have recorded very high rainfall. The civic administration should be prompt in vector control measures. Those who have waded through water should get easy access to prophylactic medication as well,” Mr. Shinde said.last_img read more

Another Del Mar cliff collapse renews calls to move train tracks
Another Del Mar cliff collapse renews calls to move train tracks

first_img October 23, 2018 Posted: October 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Another Del Mar cliff collapse renews calls to move train tracks Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Another major cliff collapse happened in Del Mar, making it the fourth one in the last month.This is not only dangerous for the locals, it’s also potentially dangerous for the trains that run along the coastline.KUSI’s Dan Plante has the details. Dan Plante, last_img read more

US urges Venezuela military defections mulls new sanctions
US urges Venezuela military defections mulls new sanctions

first_imgVenezuelan colonel Jose Luis Silva, Venezuela’s Military Attache at its Washington embassy to the United States, is interviewed by Reuters after announcing that he is defecting from the government of president Nicolas Maduro in Washington, US on 26 January. Photo: ReuterssThe United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela’s military urging them to abandon president Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said.The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro’s side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries.”We believe these to be those first couple pebbles before we start really seeing bigger rocks rolling down the hill,” the official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We’re still having conversations with members of the former Maduro regime, with military members, although those conversations are very, very limited.”The official declined to provide details on the discussions or the level at which they are being held, and it was unclear whether such contacts could create cracks in the Venezuelan socialist leader’s support from the military, which is pivotal to his grip on power.With the Venezuelan military still apparently loyal to Maduro, a source in Washington close to the opposition expressed doubts whether the Trump administration has laid enough groundwork to spur a wider mutiny in the ranks where many officers are suspected of benefiting from corruption and drug trafficking.Members of the South American country’s security forces fear they or their families could be targeted by Maduro if they defect, so the US would need to offer them something that could outweigh those concerns, said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas think tank in Washington.”It depends on what they’re offering,” Farnsworth said. “Are there incentives built into these contacts that will at least cause people to question their loyalty to the regime?”Guaido says the May 2018 vote in which Maduro won a second term as president was a sham and on Jan. 23 invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself president, promising free and fair elections.Venezuelan AssetsThe US government also sees European allies as likely to do more to prevent Maduro from transferring or hiding Venezuela government assets held outside the country, the US official said.Major European countries have joined the United States in backing Guaido but they have stopped short of the sweeping oil sanctions and financial measures that Washington has imposed.At the same time, the Trump administration is readying further possible sanctions on Venezuela, the official said.Previous rounds have targeted dozens of Venezuelan military and government officials, including Maduro himself, and last month finally hit the OPEC member’s vital oil sector. But the administration has stopped short of imposing so-called “secondary” sanctions, which would punish non-US companies for doing business with the Venezuela government or the state oil monopoly PDVSA.The US official said that Washington had every tool available to apply pressure on Maduro and his associates “to accept a legitimate democratic transition.”The US government is also weighing possible sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials whom it says are helping Maduro remain in power, a second US official and person familiar with the deliberations have told Reuters.Maduro’s government has accused Guaido, who has galvanized Venezuela’s opposition, of attempting to stage a US-directed coup.General Francisco Yanez of the air force’s high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognize Guaido, but he is one of about 2,000 generals. Venezuela’s chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting late last month.Guaido has actively courted members of the military with promises of amnesty and preferential legal treatment if they disavow Maduro and disobey his orders, and Washington this week raised the prospect of dropping sanctions on senior Venezuelan officers if they recognize Guaido.Maduro still has the support of the military high command, and now routinely appears in pre-recorded events at military bases where officers stand behind him and chant triumphal slogans such as “Loyal always, traitors never.”last_img read more

Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings reaches 49
Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings reaches 49

first_imgA view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch. Photo: ReutersNew Zealand’s police commissioner said on Friday 49 people were killed in Christchurch at two mosques and one man of four people arrested had been charged with murder.As many as 41 people died at one mosque, seven at another and one person died in hospital, Mike Bush told reporters, describing the attack as a “very well-planned event”.The man charged with murder is in his late 20s and should appear in Christchurch court on Saturday, Bush added.last_img read more

Hogan Secretly Tries to Keep NFL Franchise in Prince Georges County
Hogan Secretly Tries to Keep NFL Franchise in Prince Georges County

first_imgBy Mark Gray, AFRO Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comWith the District of Columbia ready to make a strong run at luring the professional football franchise back to the place it represents, Gov. Larry Hogan appears ready to call a Hail Mary to try and keep the team from leaving the free state.According to MarylandMatters.org – an independent, non-partisan, non-profit website that covers state politics – the Hogan administration reached the parameters of a deal with the U.S. Department of Interior to gain control of land near National Harbor as part of a strategy to keep Washington’s NFL from heading back to D.C.Oxon Cove Park is one of the sites being considered for the new Redskins stadium. (Courtesy Photo)The memorandum of understating involves a 300-acre tract at Oxon Cove Park, which is located inside the Capital Beltway just prior to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. This clandestine deal was reportedly negotiated between Maryland officials in September 2017 but wasn’t made public until a recent story published in The Washington Post.  It also reportedly involves two separate letters from Hogan and former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker sent to President Donald J. Trump to request the Department of Interior transfer the site to the county.Maryland’s new potential home site being eyed for a possible NFL stadium is home to two popular attractions — the Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm – that were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. According to The Post, the city’s lease on the stadium site, with the National Park Service, states the land must be used for “stadium purposes” or “recreational facilities, open space or public outdoor recreation opportunities,” only excluding commercial development.Washington’s NFL franchise has played in front of more empty seats despite a season where they remain in contention for the playoffs. However, despite the efforts of the new aggressive marketing team, they haven’t been able to improve the overall fan experience. Most games are filled with fans of opposing teams who purchase unused season tickets from disgruntled owners choosing not to brave the elements or deal with traffic problems heading into and leaving games.The original configuration has been altered as the team has removed thousands of seats due to declining fan interest. A new generation of fans – without allegiance to days when the franchise was among the NFL’s elite – have grown alienated and are not continuing the legacy of watching games in the stadium. During this dismal era – since Daniel M. Snyder wrestled the franchise away from Jack Kent Cook heirs – the organization confirms there is no longer a waiting list for season tickets.Another suburban Maryland stadium as home for the franchise appears to be a difficult sell for the fan base that has become disillusioned with traveling to FedEx Field, which has become antiquated.  Despite attempts to remodel the facility it remains less than state of the art by standards set by the new generation of stadiums around the NFL. Snyder reportedly commissioned an architect to begin design work on a new stadium that would revive memories of RFK Stadium although the lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027.The Post also reported that the organization and certain congressional leaders are pushing for a provision in a federal budget deal that would enable the club to build a new stadium at the site of the old RFK Stadium in Northeast, D.C.Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s communications director, reportedly said he has met with Snyder at least twice to discuss the Oxon Cove site as an ideal location for a new stadium.  However, elected officials in Prince George’s County feel they’ve been made bystanders on a high-profile project that would have a major impact on area residents.last_img read more

Rapid turnon of a nuclear transient observed by astronomers
Rapid turnon of a nuclear transient observed by astronomers

first_imgAn international team of astronomers has observed the peculiar activity of a nuclear transient event known as PS1-13cbe. The transient, which occurred in the nucleus of the galaxy SDSS J222153.87+003054.2, experienced a rapid flare-up lasting about 70 days. The finding is reported in a paper published November 8 on arXiv.org. Researchers discover a blazar-like narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Reza Katebi et al. PS1-13cbe: The Rapid “Turn on” of a Seyfert 1. arXiv:1811.03694 [astro-ph.GA]. arxiv.org/abs/1811.03694 © 2018 Science X Network The observed transient luminosities of PS1-13cbe from the PS1 survey in gr izyP1 filters after correction for Galactic extinction. S: marks the epoch of the LDSS spectrum (MJD 56570). Credit: Katebi et al., 2018. Citation: Rapid ‘turn-on’ of a nuclear transient observed by astronomers (2018, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-rapid-turn-on-nuclear-transient-astronomers.html At a redshift of 0.12355, SDSS J222153.87+003054.2 (or SDSS J2221+0030 for short) is a type 2 Seyfert galaxy. It has a central supermassive black hole (SMBH) with an estimated mass of around 20 million solar masses.In general, Seyfert galaxies host active galactic nuclei (AGN) that produce spectra line emissions from highly ionized gas. Astronomers classify these galaxies as type 1 or 2, depending on the emission lines shown by their spectra.However, observations show that various AGN types are observed in the same object at different epochs of time. One explanation of this phenomenon is that some type 2 Seyfert galaxies are actually type 1 with inactive engines. This suggests that type 2 Seyfert galaxies are an evolved version of the type 1.Some AGNs showcase X-ray absorption variations, and are thus called “changing-look” AGNs. Furthermore, in some Seyfert galaxies, the broad emission lines disappear and, while in others broad emission lines appear, what astronomers describe as a “turn-on” of an AGN. So far, the most rapid “turn-ons” observed last less than one year.Now, a team of researchers led by Reza Katebi of Ohio University reports a rapid “turn-on” of the nuclear transient PS1-13cbe in the nucleus of the galaxy SDSS J2221+0030. PS1-13cbe was detected on July 9, 2013 in the Pan-STARRS1 (PS1) sky survey. Additional observations of this transient and its host galaxy, that led to the new findings, were conducted by the team using NASA’s Swift spacecraft, the 6.5 m Magellan Clay telescope and the 2.4 m Hiltner telescope.According to the paper, PS1-13cbe brightened in the course of about 70 days and reached a peak total optical luminosity of approximately 10.6 tredecillion erg/s, while its temperature roughly stayed constant. Moreover, this rapid “turn-on” of PS1-13cbe was accompanied by the appearance of broad Balmer lines and hence a transition to a type 1 Seyfert galaxy.”At the time of the outburst, the galaxy changed type to a Seyfert 1 as broad Hα and Hβ appeared and the continuum brightened in the spectrum taken with LDSS3 +57 days after the peak and then changed its type back to a Seyfert 2 as the broad Hα and Hβ disappeared in the spectrum taken with OSMOS 2 years later and did not reappear in spectra taken three and four years after the outburst,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The observations allowed Katebi’s team to conclude that PS1-13cbe is a “changing-look” AGN that has been powered by instabilities in the accretion disk. They added that the “turn-on” of this AGN is among the shortest observed in a “changing look” active galactic nuclei.last_img read more

PMEGP provides marketing support
PMEGP provides marketing support

first_imgExclusive products of Silk, Muslin, fabric and readymade as well as sarees of Kantha, Baluchari, Garad, Matka, Balkal are available for sale. In addition to this,  products of Jute, Dokra, Terracotta, Leather, Artificial jewelry and other handicrafts of Bengal manufactured by PMEGP entrepreneurs are also displayed and available for sale.The  PMEGP exhibition of West Bengal, Khadi Bongo Utsav was inaugurated by Anup K Pujari, Secretary, MSME, government of India at Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan on August 17.  On this occasion, he also launched Khadi Trouser line and took a round of the exhibition.  He appreciated the products manufactured by PMEGP entrepreneurs and Khadi Institutions.  BH Anil Kumar, Joint Secretary (ARI), MSME and Arun Kumar Jha, CEO and Commissioner, KVIC, were also present on this Occasion.last_img read more

Change your practice sessions to learn new skill
Change your practice sessions to learn new skill

first_imgFor practicing and developing a new skill, making slight changes during practice sessions may help to master the skill faster than practicing in the same manner, a new study has found.The results support the idea of a process called reconsolidation, in which existing memories are recalled and modified with new knowledge, plays a key role in strengthening of motor skills, said senior author Pablo A Celnik from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“What we found is if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row,” Celnik added. The study was published in the journal Current Biology, suggests reconsolidation is not only for leisure skills like learning a musical instrument or a sport, but it is also beneficial for helping patients with stroke and other neurological conditions regain lost motor function, Celnik explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, 86 healthy volunteers were asked to learn a computer-based motor skill using an isometric pinch task over the course of two or three 45-minute sessions. The volunteers were divided in three groups. The first group completed a typical training schedule and repeated the exact same training lesson six hours later. The second group performed the first practice session and, after six hours, completed a second training session in which researchers had twisted the test and the third group performed the exact same task just once a day. Speedier and more accurate completion of the task, nearly doubled among those in the second group compared to those in the first group, who repeated the same task, the study found. Participants in the third group, who skipped the second session, performed approximately 25 per cent worse than those in the first group.“If you make the altered task too different, people do not get the gain we observed during reconsolidation. The modification between sessions needs to be subtle,” he says.last_img read more

Bodies of mother daughter found hanging
Bodies of mother daughter found hanging

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a woman and her daughter whose bodies were found hanging from the ceiling inside their house.The incident occurred in the Jhargram’s Sankrail area on Monday night. The incident triggered tension among locals. The victims have been identified as Pramila Mahato and Chanchala Mahato. Locals found the victims hanging from the ceiling of two separate rooms. They reported the matter to the local police station. After being informed police reached the spot and recovered the bodies. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNo suicide note has been recovered from their rooms. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect the victims might have committed suicide. They are also investigating to know if the mother instigated her daughter to commit suicide and then killed herself. Police have sent the bodies for autopsy. They are waiting for the reports. Locals told police the mother used to reside there with her daughter. The victims might have committed suicide over a family quarrel. Police are interrogating the locals and some of the family members of the victims. A detailed probe has been initiated.last_img read more

Two in hospital after three vehicle accident on A51

first_imgThe approximate location of the accident (Image: Inrix/Google) Paramedics also attended an accident on the A52 in Swinscoe in the Staffordshire Moorlands following an accident on the road at around the same time earlier today. The road was partially blocked following the accident, which was affecting traffic between Leek and Ashbourne. Read MoreMan performs sex act at Staffordshire fishing pool No one was injured in that collision, West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed. For the latest news from the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. For live updates from across the region each weekday, visit our live news service here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after an accident on a busy North Staffordshire road this morning. The collision happened on the A51, near the Swan with Two Necks pub and the junction with the A53 in Blackbrook in Newcastle Borough at around 8am. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. She said: “We transported two patients to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Firefighters were required to extricate the patients. “One had neck pain and the other had a hand injury.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said firefighters from Newcastle and Loggerheads had been called at around 8.41am today. She said: “The incident was near the Swan with Two Necks pub and involved three vehicles. “We released one female casualty.” The A51 remains closed in both directions near the A53 and Wharmadine Lane, according to traffic data company INRIX. Recovery is understood to be under way as of publication, with the accident also having a knock-on effect on traffic on the nearby A53. Read MoreMenswear stolen after raiders target shoplast_img read more