Minimal active symptomatic infections by Feb-end, if all safety protocols followed: COVID-19 India National Supermodel Committee

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Minimal active symptomatic infections by Feb-end, if all safety protocols followed: COVID-19 India National Supermodel Committee Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Add Comment By EH News Bureau on October 18, 2020 COVID-19 Updates News Public Health Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Comments (0) COVID-19 India National Supermodel.Department of Science and Technology WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Relaxation in protective measures can lead to a rise of 26 lakh infections within a month, Committee says district and higher level lockdowns not much effective nowA committee put together by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to analyse and predict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, and to recommend future policy interventions, has released some findings of their research as a COVID-19 India National Supermodel.The key conclusions of the COVID-19 India National Supermodel Committee are:Upcoming festival and winter seasons may increase the susceptibility to infectionRelaxation in protective measures can lead to a significant rise: up to 26 lakh infections within a monthDistrict and higher level lockdowns not much effective nowAll activities can be resumed provided proper safety protocols continue to be followedIf all follow these protocols, the pandemic can be controlled by early next year with minimal active symptomatic infections by February-endChaired by Prof M Vidyasagar (IIT Hyderabad), the committee also includes Prof Manindra Agrawal (IIT Kanpur), Lt Gen Madhuri Kanitkar (HQ IDS MoD), Prof Biman Bagchi (IISc), Prof Arup Bose (ISI Kolkata), Prof Gagandeep Kang (CMC Vellore) and Prof Sankar K Pal (ISI Kolkata)Conclusions from the COVID-19 India National SupermodelThe Committee has also presented some analysis on the course of the pandemic, based on the mathematical model developed by the Committee, described at per the model, the number of active cases has peaked at around 10 lakhs in late September. However, the Committee notes that this number will start rising again if proper practices of masking, disinfecting, tracing, and quarantine are not followed. The downward trend will continue only if safety practices are continued.In addition, based on temporal profiles of analyses done for Bihar and UP, the Committee concluded that the impact of labour migration on the total number of infections in these states was minimal. This observation indicates the success of quarantine strategies adopted for the returning migrants.The Committee also simulated what would have happened in hypothetical alternative scenarios with regard to the timing of lockdown regime. With no lockdown, the pandemic would have hit India very hard, with a peak load of 140+ lakh cases arriving in June. Given the lack of preparedness back then, the healthcare system would have been overwhelmed, leading to many additional deaths.Had India waited until May to impose the lockdown, according to the Committee model, the peak load of active cases would have been around 50 lakhs by June.In actuality, the peak of active cases came in late September at around 10 lakhs. By this time, the Committee report analyses that the country was far better equipped to handle the pandemic in terms of diagnostics and vital equipment inventories.Therefore, the Committee concludes that the imposition of an early and comprehensive lockdown pushed the peak of cases far into the future and also reduced the peak load on the system. In short, the lockdown “flattened the curve.”An analysis of the actual deaths from the pandemic with various alternative scenarios concluded that without a lockdown the number of deaths in India would have overwhelmed the system within a very short timeframe, and would eventually have crossed 26 lakhs fatalities. Imposing the lockdown in May would have reduced deaths to around 10 lakhs. The prompt imposition of the lockdown on March 24 has resulted in deaths being around 1 lakh till date.The committee’s experts also pointed to evidence that large gatherings cause rapid spread, citing the example of Kerala, where Onam celebrations between August 22 – September 2, 2020 was followed by a sharp rise in cases from September 8. Infection probability increased by approximately 32 per cent and effectiveness of medical response dropped by approximately 22 per cent for Kerala in September.Recommendations of the CommitteeThe Committee members point out that the imposition of various safety protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing etc., together with a comprehensive lockdown has allowed India to fare better than many other countries. the report cites that although India has one-sixth of the world’s population (one-fifth excluding China), and one-sixth of the reported cases, the country accounts for only 10 per cent of the world’s deaths, and its case fatality rate of less than 2 per cent is among the lowest in the world (see for a worldwide comparison).While the report points out that India’s fatality rate per million is about a tenth that of the European countries and the US, it also reminds that not much is yet known about the weather-specific perturbations of this pandemic (in general, viruses tend to be more active in colder environment) and the effects of possible future mutations in the virus.In view of this and the scenarios analysed, as well as the upcoming festival season the Committee strongly recommends that:The existing personal safety protocols need to continue in full measure. Otherwise the country will see a sharp rise in infections. Avoiding congestion especially in closed spaces and special care of those above 65 years and children is even more significant. Personnel with co-morbidities need to be extra cautious.The committee also recommends that fresh lockdowns should not be imposed on a district and state wide levels, unless there is imminent danger of the healthcare facilities being overwhelmed. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Bikerumor Interview – Chris Horner of Astana

first_imgFresh from their team training camp in Tenerife, Chris Horner gave us an interview about what it’s like to have Lance on the team, what the Europeans think of the relatively new U.S. stage races like the tours of California and Georgia (and how we can improve their status among the “grand” tours), and what it’s like to be on a Pro Tour team.BIKERUMOR: If you weren’t a pro bicycle racer, what would you be doing?Flippin’ burgers (laughs)…I don’t know, I’ve never thought about doing anything else.BIKERUMOR: I read about a lot of pro mountain bikers that have day jobs…are there many (or any) Pro Tour riders that have to keep a job on the side?No. There’s many pro road racers that do, but no Pro Tour guys that keep jobs.BIKERUMOR: Let’s talk about the Europeans for a bit. When you travel there for some of the big classics, what’s the overall attitude from the other racers and from the crowds toward American riders?I think it’s always good from both. The Americans are welcome now, everybody’s used to us.BIKERUMOR: How do you think the Europeans regard our relatively new stage races like the Tour of CA and Tour of GA? Do those events have any relevance to them?They all love CA. All the riders want to come back and do it, and more teams want to come do it. They like it, they think it’s hard racing and the courses are good. I don’t think any racer is going to compare it to the Giro, but it would compare with something like Romandy (Switzerland).Click “more” to read the rest of the interview…BIKERUMOR: Why do you think it took so long to get some good stage races in the U.S.?We’ve always had them…I don’t think CA is any better than Tour DuPont, which was around since the ’80s. We’ve always had a couple good ones here. I don’t think anything’s changed except the location.BIKERUMOR: What do you think it’ll take to get our events to the same stature of rides like the Giro and the Tour de France?It just takes directors finally putting on some epic stages. They put on some that are really close to epic, but they never make them epic. There aren’t any mountain top summit finishes. If you want to throw your name in the same ring as those events, you’ve got to start putting on some epic stages.Nobody watches the Tour de France for the flat stages. Everyone watches for the finish on Alpe D’huez and the Col. The U.S. organizers always finish in a city to get the bonuses and sponsorship dollars. If they lost money for a year or two and put the finish on a mountain top, they’d recoup the money in television rights and increased consumer interest in the long run. No one watches for the field sprints.BIKERUMOR: What happens on local group rides, do people test themselves against you? Do you end up pulling a lot?You get a mix. Sometimes, certainly when I go on group rides it may change the normal effect of the ride that day…sometimes if I need a good ride I’ll get on it, or if I just want to get some base miles I’ll just sit in and spin. It just depends on the type of training I need for that day.Levi’s bike with some prototype Bontrager wheels. The team also uses the initial training camp to get familiar with their sponsors’ new gear.BIKERUMOR: What goes on at a team training camp like your recent one in Tenerife?Mainly it’s just about the riders getting together because that’s a December camp. It’s about getting all the riders together and getting everyone to know each other. Come January it’s more about getting the training program started, getting the team clothing.Following some quick lessons, part of the team hits the waves.BIKERUMOR: I’m surprised they let you guys go surfing…weren’t they afraid someone would wipeout hard?I don’t know, I didn’t go surfing…maybe in the go-karting we did. I got a little beat up in that. If you broke something minor like an arm, I’m sure you could heal before the racing started.BIKERUMOR: When your team is putting together the strategy for a grand tour, how much of it is planned out in advance and how much is developed on the fly during the race?It depends on the team. Certainly with Astana I think it’ll be planned out even before the season starts.BIKERUMOR: How do you develop the strategy…do you guys sit around reviewing tape of past races?No, umm, more of the strategy for the race is just making sure your leader gets to the race fit. No one’s better than Lance and Contador, and if they come in fit, we just do our job. If they come in not as fit as we’d like that’s when we’d start working through more race strategy.BIKERUMOR: Let’s say you’re feeling really good and think you could win a stage…can you just go for it, or do you need to get the team director’s permission?If you’re at the Tour de France, you’d never be able to go for it. If we have a race leader, you’d never get the green light to do that. If we didn’t have the leader’s jersey or it was a smaller event, I’m sure we’d be able to just go for it.BIKERUMOR: What’s been your most memorable race experience?There’s too many…I’ve had a good career and many good races. I’ve ridden for a lot of good teams, it’d be too hard to pinpoint just one.BIKERUMOR: What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen during your racing career?Oh, man, I just don’t know.BIKERUMOR: What are you most looking forward to during the 2009 season?Just racing with Lance and watching him leave a devastation trail behind him.BIKERUMOR: You mentioned in a previous conversation that you’re on the short list for Astana’s Tour de France team…how close to the event do you guys decide who’s in?Oh, I don’t know, It’s up to Johan (Bruyneel, Astana’s team director).BIKERUMOR: Is it based purely on recent results, or what all goes into the selection process?It’s never based on just recent results, it’s based on everything. There’s always a wide range of factors considered. Certainly if we had some kid you’d never heard of that won the Tour de Swiss, he’d likely get on, but then I’m on the team because of my long history and racing experience.BIKERUMOR: What’s your particular specialty?Hmmmm…I do a little bit of everything, but a little more climbing than anything else I imagine.BIKERUMOR: OK, I’d be in trouble with our readers if I didn’t ask…what’s it like to have Lance on the team?Fantastic. Some of the team posing for a group shot. Several of the new team members are still wearing their 2008 team kits until the calendar flips. BIKERUMOR: When’s he gonna start wearing the team kit?I would imagine at the beginning of the year, but you’d have to ask him. You know, he doesn’t need to wear the kit right now, he’s not on the team until next year. I don’t know what his contract says, he could have negotiated to wear his own kit.BIKERUMOR: Last question: I read that you beat Lance in ’91 at the University of San Diego Grand Prix. In the big races, the top guys have their entire teams riding for them, which certainly helps position them to win, but it makes them look head and shoulders above the rest of the field. If there were no team dynamics and it were every man for himself…how much difference do you think you’d really see between the “legends” and the rest of a Pro Tour peloton?Lance is the best there was when he left the sport…I’d be surprised if you see any less from him next year. If you isolated everyone from the team, you’d still see the best riders winning, they’d just be isolated by the rest of the pack…no one would work for them.BIKERUMOR: Chris, thank you very much for your time and best of luck in 2009!NOTE: All pics in this interview are from Astana’s team website.last_img read more

Selain Menawarkan Sejumlah Keuntungan, Penerbangan Langsung Internasional dari Daerah Mengundang Kerawanan

first_imgIndra Setiawan Semangat otonomi daerah yang ditunjang infrastruktur penerbangan yang kian memadai membawa manfaat signifikan bagi perekenomian dan wisata di daerah yang bersangkutan. Ditambah gairah Pemerintah Daerah yang ingin mendongkrak pundi pendapatan dari sektor pajak, maka upaya membuka penerbangan langsung dari daerah ke luar negeri mulai gencar dijalankan.Baca juga: Mulai 27 September 2019, Garuda Indonesia Buka Rute Manada-DavaoBagi warga masyarakat di daerah yang bersangkutan, dibukanya akses penerbangan langsung ke negara tetangga jelas berita baik. Maklum, bila sebelumnya untuk menuju Singapura atau Kuala Lumpur, warga di Riau harus transit ke hub di Soekarno-Hatta, maka kini bisa dinikmati penerbangan langsung yang notabene punya jarak lebih dekat ke bandara tujuan. Seperti yang paling baru dibukanya penerbangan langsung Manado-Davao di Mindanao, Filipina. Selain aksesbilitas dan durasi perjalanan menjadi lebih cepat ke bandara tujuan, bagi warga daerah, langkah penerbangan langsung akan mengurangi beban tarif, lantaran ongkos terbesar di sektor dirgantara adalah biaya bahan bakar. Dengan rute yang dipersingkat, sudah barang tentu berimbas pada penawaran tiket yang lebih affordable bagi semua kalangan.Meski jelas membawa sejumlah faedah, penerbangan langsung dari daerah-daerah ke luar negeri juga punya implikasi tersendiri. Indra Setiawan, pengamat dirgantara yang pernah menjabat sebagai orang nomer satu di Garuda Indonesia memberikan tanggapannya kepada Indra menyebut ada potensi ancaman pada keamanan nasional bila kebijakan penerbangan langsung dari daerah tidak diperhitungkan secara matang.Beberapa poin yang layak menjadi perhatian adalah:1. Dibukanya banyak bandara di daerah yang punya akses penerbangan langsung, maka otomatis Indonesia membuka ‘gerbang’ perbatasan baru, ini artinya akan menjadi pekerjaan ekstra bagi otoritas keamanan untuk melakukan upaya penangkalan pada upaya penyelundupan, human trafficking dan terorisme.2. Dengan dibukanya spot baru untuk penerbangan langsung ke daerah, ada potensi yang banyak menikmati keuntungan justru maskapai asing, dimana maskapai asing cenderung lebih siap dalam aspek armada dan layanan pendukungnya.3. Melihat kecenderungan akan banyak penerbangan langsung dari daerah ke Singapura dan Kuala Lumpur, maka seolah bakal menjadikan kedua bandara di dua negara tersebut sebagai hub. Kondisi ini kelak dapat menyulitkan penyusunan sistem jaringan antar moda udara dan darat.Baca juga: Mantapkan Eksistensi Internasional, Citilink Buka Rute Banyuwangi – Kuala LumpurBla melihat tren pembangunan infrastuktur bandara yang pesat di hampir setiap provinsi, maka bertambahnya jalur penerbangan langsung internasional dari daerah-daerah bukan kenicayaan lagi. Semoga setiap langkah dan kebijakan strategis telah diperhitungkan secara cermat oleh regulator dan tentunya pemerintah daerah itu sendiri.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMulai 27 September 2019, Garuda Indonesia Buka Rute Manada-Davao26/09/2019In “Bandara”22 Januari 2019, Garuda Indonesia Terbang Langsung ‘One Way’ dari London ke Denpasar08/01/2019In “Bandara”Wings Air Buka Rute Penerbangan Langsung Bandung-Palembang21/01/2020In “Bandara”last_img read more

Buffon braced for Uruguay death-match

first_img Italy have a slight advantage as a draw secures them passage.  Possible teams The 2006 champions were sent home in 2010 at the group stage and Buffon is keen to ensure it will not happen again. CEST “If we end up going out in the first round, it will be a failure.” “We need to show some strength and pride and come up with a win. We need cool heads but also to be highly motivated. Costa Rica finished the job with their 1-0 win over Italy and England will play their final match with a mostly changed side. Buffon said: “Now we have to send some positive signals and the only way to do that is to raise our game against Uruguay. 23/06/2014 Sport EN Uruguay will be relying on Luis Suarez, who scored two stunning goals against England to all but eliminate Roy Hodgson’s side. Manager Cesar Prandelli has been encouraged to pair Mario Balotelli with Ciro Immobile up front.  “We’re very conscious of the fact that our fans are as disappointed and devastated as we are, but they are still here supporting us. Upd. at 21:38 Hodgson has named his team for the final match (see below), with only Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge keeping their places from the 2-1 defeat by Uruguay. Uruguay: Muslera; A Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; M Pereira, Gargano, Rodriguez, Arevalo; Suárez, Cavani.center_img Costa Rica:  Navas; Gonzalez, Umana, Duarte, Gamboa; Bolanos, Diaz, Tejeda, Borges; Ruiz; Campbell. Gianluigi Buffon has told his Italy team-mates they must improve if they do not want to be tarred with World Cup failure. But Buffon says that the pair are not used to playing with each other.  Italy: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, Darmian; De Rossi, Pirlo, Verratti, Marchisio, Candreva; Balotelli. “And most importantly of all, it’s a top-class international on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup, so anything else than taking the game very seriously and trying to win the game in its own right would be out of the question.” “But you also have to remember Mario and Immobile have never played together. That could be risky, or it could be to our benefit.” “We came into the hotel and received a lot of sympathy, kind words from them and we really want to make certain tomorrow night that they see something tomorrow that they can take some encouragement from. He said: “With a very different team and a lot of players who haven’t played in the tournament so far, I wanted everyone to go home from this tournament – or at least as many as possible – having taken part and played in a game, not just training. Referee: Marco Rodriquez (Mexico). They face Uruguay in what is essentially a death match; one of the sides must go through, the other must go home.  + England: Foster; Jones, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw; Milner, Lampard, Wilshere; Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge. “Of course the coach will make the call but we’re open to everything,” said the 36-year-old.  Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)last_img read more

Nightmare ride to disaster

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN A FORMER machinist who slipped into a diabetic coma and ran off the road in Garfield in…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — 2018 Grads of L.V. Rogers

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to say “Thanks” to the LVR Grads who joined the work party with Team of the Week honours.The LVR Grads include, Anna Milde, Julia Burkhart, Bailey Stefani, Angus Patterson, Noah Daigle, Lucas Hanning Brown, Isaac Gray and Owen Box.Those same LVR Grads will be part of the annual Graduation Ceremonies this weekend in Nelson. Party of the weekend is the Cavalcade through downtown Nelson. Senior students throughout the province prepare for their final days of high school, Mallard’s Source for sports thought it would be best to spotlight a group from L.V. Rogers who recently went over and above the call of duty.The group was recently part of a work party at Six Mile Lakes Road who helped remove and collect some 200 kilograms of very old and very dirty garbage from a popular party spot in the Duhamal Watershed.Organzier Val Gibson said in recent years the are has been the dumping of tires, old furniture, computers, used motor oil and propane tanks have been added to the toxic mix and was becoming overwhelming and a dismal embarrassing eyesore.last_img read more

Western chimp numbers revised up to 53,000, but development threats loom

first_imgCorrection: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the estimated western chimpanzee population in Senegal is nearly 6,000; in fact the study estimates this population to be around 2,600.  Article published by terna gyuse A new survey of data from the IUCN’s Apes Database indicates that there are nearly 53,000 western chimpanzees in West Africa.The number is significantly higher than previous estimates, which placed the population closer to 35,000, but the subspecies remains categorized as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.The authors of the study say their findings can help governments in the region ensure that proposed infrastructure projects do as little harm to the remaining chimpanzee populations as possible. Nearly 53,000 western chimpanzees live in the forests and savannas of West Africa, a higher number than previously thought, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.The study finds that just 17 percent of this population lives inside high-level protected areas, and points to a series of proposed development corridors as among the potential threats to chimpanzee populations in the region.Earlier estimates placed the population of western chimpanzees (Pan troglogytes verus) at closer to 35,000. Drawing on a larger number of surveys included in the IUCN database for the subspecies, the authors of the latest study say they were able to more accurately estimate both population and distribution.Set up to encourage researchers to share their findings with one another, the IUCN database has proved vital in providing conservationists and policymakers with a sharper picture of ape populations in West Africa and elsewhere. Three-quarters of the studies used to develop the new population estimate for western chimpanzees are unpublished; Stefanie Heinicke, a researcher with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and lead author of the survey, said the census would not have been possible without the database.“Because we were able to use so many datasets shared by the collaborators with the IUCN SSC A.P.E.S. Database, we were now able to for the first time model the western chimpanzee density distribution across their entire range, including unsurveyed areas,” she told Mongabay in an interview. “This explains why our estimate is higher.”Findings contained in the database, for example, allowed the authors to revise estimates for the western chimpanzee population in Senegal up from a few hundred to around 2,600. The new study will better equip governments in the region to understand how development corridors and other infrastructure investments can be designed with conservation of this population in mind.Nearly 11,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) of foot surveys were carried out between 2001 and 2016 to gather the data presented in the report.“The datasets used in this paper came from 58 separate surveys in different places across the range of the species,” Fiona Maisels, a co-author of the paper, told Mongabay. “They are all nest count surveys, which means that researchers walk a series of lines within each of the areas surveyed looking for chimp nests.”Guinea holds largest populationThe study focused on the critically endangered western chimpanzees, one of four chimpanzee subspecies. They are found to the west of the Dahomey Gap that separates Central African forests from those in West Africa.The largest population of western chimpanzees was found in the Fouta Djallon region of north-central Guinea, where cultural taboos against hunting chimpanzees are strong and industrial-scale economic activity is low compared to other parts of the region. The study indicates that just over three-quarters live in “savanna-mosaic forests,” with the rest living either in dense rainforests or, more rarely, cropland habitats.While the new census figure is higher than previous estimates, western chimpanzees remain in peril. A 2017 study calculated that their numbers had declined by a staggering 80 percent since 1990. Even with the upward revision, the subspecies remains categorized as critically endangered on the IUCN’s Red List, or just one step away from being extinct in the wild.The majority of western chimpanzees were said to be living in relatively close proximity to human activity: 67 percent within 10 kilometers (6 miles) of human settlements, and 88 percent within 10 kilometers of roads. The study suggests that plans for further development — including mines, dams and a series of planned development corridors that would extend roads, irrigation and other infrastructure in the western chimpanzee’s range — could pose dangers to the region’s remaining population.Development projects a potential threatThe number of western chimpanzees in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire plummeted due to large-scale deforestation and widespread hunting linked to the expansion of industrial agriculture. The study used data on four proposed development corridors to show how they could threaten remaining chimpanzee populations, particularly in cases where new roads would cut through high-density habitats. Development of infrastructure there and in other areas where western chimpanzees live could lead to further declines in their numbers.Workers on a forestry concession in Rivercess County, Liberia. Photo by Flore de Preneuf/PROFOR, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0Policymakers and leaders in the region view development corridors as a means of lifting rural citizens out of poverty and integrating the economies of neighboring countries. But according to the study, just over 10 percent of the remaining western chimpanzees in the region live within 25 kilometers (16 miles) of the four proposed corridors.One would link the Guinean capital of Conakry to the Liberian port city of Buchanan, in the process bisecting a series of dense forests along border areas in the two countries. Some of those forests contain large western chimpanzee populations, raising fears that increased economic activity would also raise demand for bushmeat and damage habitats the animals rely on. Researchers say they hope the study will help give policymakers a tool to reduce the impact of infrastructure development on the subspecies.“What we can do now is identify if these corridors are cutting through high-density areas for chimpanzee populations, so this is really about informing land use and conservation planning,” Heinicke said. “For example, one could redirect planned roads to avoid these areas.”CITATIONHeinicke, S., Mundry, R., Boesch, C., Amarasekaran, B., Barrie, A., Brncic, T., . . . Kühl, H. S. (2019). Advancing conservation planning for western chimpanzees using IUCN SSC A.P.E.S. — the case of a taxon-specific database. Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab1379Banner image: Western Chimpanzees at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by BigMikeSndTech, licensed under CC by 2.0 Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Conservation And Poverty, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Energy, Environment, Forests, Governance, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Infrastructure, Logging, Mammals, Palm Oil, Plantations, Poaching, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Roads, Tropical Forests, Wildlife center_img Ashoka Mukpo is a freelance journalist with expertise in international development policy, human rights, and environmental issues. His work has been featured in Al-Jazeera, Vice News, The Nation, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @unkyoka.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Residents Want CEMENCO to Observe Safety Procedures

first_imgResidents of Belema and Sawmill communities on Bushrod Island in Monrovia have said they may file a lawsuit against Liberia Cement Company (CEMENCO) for its ongoing demolition exercises if the company refuses to carry out environmental safety procedures.The residents complained that their homes are covered in dust during the demolition of the old factory. However, Mr. James D. Gibson, Jr. told the Daily Observer last week that the demolition at the old CEMENCO factory has not started, pending the result of a bid process for a company the perform the demolition exercise. Gibson also said that the cement production process is done in coordination with Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and poses no health risks to the community.Mr. C. Brown Dennis, spokesperson of the communities, who spoke to the media after a peaceful protest yesterday at the main entrance of the company, said that they experience flooding during the rainy season “because the new factory which is built in the community often blocked the waterways.”He claimed that the current demolition exercise that CEMENCO is undertaking will pose serious risks to their health.“This peaceful protest is to create awareness by calling the attention of CEMENCO management to the manner in which they are dismantling the old plant; that it could cause us serious health problems. What we want them to do is to stop and hire a professional company; and if they do not stop, we will take legal action against them,” said Dennis.He alleged that the company hired by CEMENCO does not have the equipment to do the work properly and “is not licensed by the government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”He claimed that there is a sickness or disease called “asbestosis,” which comes from asbestos, adding that if the sheets are not dismantled properly they will cause lung cancer for residents.“Last week, we met the management of the company and they denied that they were not dismantling the plant and said in fact they do not have asbestos. But interestingly, when you look at the plant, it tells you that they are carrying on the demolition,” he said.He therefore called on the national government and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to intervene so as to save their communities from “environmental calamity.”Meanwhile, officials at CEMENCO contacted refused to comment or address the issue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Delicious Mobile? Still a Pipe Dream

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#NYT#web center_img Yahoo’s popular social bookmarking tool Delicious announced tonight that there is a new mobile version of the site. We were excited to see what that included, but ultimately disappointing that the company had failed to solve the fundamental problem of mobile social bookmarking: that you can’t bookmark anything with it.The new delicious mobile site has a simple interface for seeing your bookmarks and the most popular bookmarks system wide for the day, but it’s otherwise extremely limited in functionality. We know that there’s not a simple solution for mobile social bookmark submission (other, perhaps, than a particular shiny phone available only from ATT) but we’re still disappointed.Browsing with no way to bookmark is like nearly wasted time online, and nowhere is that as true as in a mobile browser. Perhaps Yahoo! should team up with Opera Mini to offer bookmark submission in the browser.With the new mobile delicious you can see recent bookmarks with a certain tag, but not popular ones. You cannot see who bookmarked a URL, their history, etc. You can put together multiple tags, which is nice, so you can find cooking blogs at For now we’ll stick with our existing solution, pulling the RSS feed of our items marked “to read” into Mobile Netvibes. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more