Jamaicas High Commissioner to Launch Diaspora Conference in London

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, May 31, 2017 – Kingston – High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, will launch the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference and the Jamaica 55 celebrations in London, on June 1.The conference will be held over the period July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. It is one of the key activities of Jamaica’s 55th Independence anniversary celebrations.Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lincoln Downer, told JIS News that a Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee that was recently established by the Jamaican High Commission will play a key role at the launch.“They have assured me that it will be exciting and engaging. I am told that there will be a mento band to welcome participants,” he said, adding that Jamaicans living in the UK and members of various community-based organisations will be in attendance.He pointed out that the Global Young Leaders of Jamaica, a network of young leaders from across the world, will have a session on the third day of the conference.“One of the outcomes that our Minister wanted was to have that mechanism for engagement of the youth, so this is the start of the process,” he said.#magneticmedianews#diasporaconferenceinlondon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#diasporaconferenceinlondon, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more



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Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the

first_img • 4 Shopping at Amazon Go is really freakin’ fast 1:19 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now CNET Smart Home Tags Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Target Walmart Amazon Prime Amazon There’s no minimum order, so if you wanted to order a single bottle of soda just to see a self-driving delivery pod in action, you could. Nuro My grandmother loved grocery shopping. Raised on a farm in south Alabama, she spent decades dishing up three made-from-scratch meals every day and loved nothing more than casually perusing the aisles all afternoon. One generation later, my mom loathes it. A working woman in the city during the height of TV dinners, she just wants to get in, get out and get on with her day.  Me? For years I had a foot in both camps. Sometimes, the hunting and gathering of pushing a big, squeaky cart through tiny aisles feels soul-sucking. Check with me a week later, when I’m feeling less stressed and more creative, and I might sing the praises of browsing for interesting ingredients and great deals. But all of that is changing. I may never step foot in a grocery store again, and I’m 100% OK with it. Let me tell you why.Retail, reimaginedLike other retail industries touched by technology, online grocery shopping is transforming your weekly schlep to the store into just a few clicks. Stores like Kroger, Walmart and Target are harnessing in-house resources to power curbside pickup and turning to third-party providers like Instacart, DoorDash, Deliv, and Shipt for home delivery. We’re not fully automated yet, but we’re headed that way. Walmart rolled out robots to manage stores’ stock and even clean floors, and Kroger partnered with startup Nuro for autonomous delivery pods in Arizona. Even the smaller aspects of food retail are changing. When it comes to couponing, stores are finding ways to digitize and catalog deals. Target’s Cartwheel and Kroger’s ClickList both make it easy to see where you can save money and apply coupons online. I’ve tried Walmart, Target and Kroger for grocery pickup and each experience was great. When something wasn’t quite right, it nearly always came down to how I input my order. It’s a learning curve, for sure. In my early attempts to grocery shop online, I made mistakes like ordering a single banana instead of a bunch, or forgetting to apply coupons for items I wouldn’t have bought if the discount wasn’t offered. The good, the bad and the ugly fruitIt’s early in the digital grocery era, and we have pretty good options, but no perfect system. There are pros and cons to shopping in person, and just like shopping for clothes or a new car, doing things online will take some getting used to. Pro No. 1: Time savedShopping for groceries online saves time. Yes, you’ll still need to make a grocery list (if you really loathe that, consider meal kit delivery), but the process of typing in each item and adding the right brand or size to your cart is much faster than physically walking the aisles. Plus, you can do it in your PJs from the couch. Anything that lets me get work done from beneath a blanket with coffee in hand is a winner in my book.Pro No. 2: Convenience and general rage reductionI like people, but I’m an introvert. Humans are cool. We do a lot of nifty stuff, and some of us are actually pretty nice. But my shopping-cart rage is worse than my road rage, and most days I just want to avoid the grocery store at all costs. With grocery pickup, I park my car, dial a number and a hardworking store associate brings me my wares, even putting them in my trunk. I never unclip my seatbelt, I never lift a finger. It’s magical. Walmart’s grocery pickup is free, as long as you spend at least $35. Giant Eagle and the Albertson’s family of stores also offer free pickup. There are fees for pickup from some stores. Kroger charges $4.95, so check with your favorite grocery chain to find out if picking up curbside might cost you extra.  It’s important to remember that there are umbrella companies here. Kroger’s family of stores, for example, encompasses 31 brands like Ruler Foods, Harris Teeter, Fry’s and Mariano’s. The Albertson’s corporate family tree of 21 brands includes Jewel Osco, Safeway and Vons. Not all of these brands offer the same pickup and delivery services. Pro No. 3: Digital couponsRewards programs and digital coupons for many grocery stores are also available within the online shopping experience. With Kroger’s Clicklist platform, items with active coupons display a checkbox under the description. All I have to do is click to apply it and purchase the qualifying items. KrogerKroger’s app makes it easy to fill your cart, apply coupons and see your previous purchases.   Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Some stores even add discounts for pickup customers only. With stores putting so much effort into curbside service, it’s no surprise grocery chains are incentivizing it with offers like free pickup when you purchase a specific brand or a certain number of items. I’ve taken advantage of it. It’s much nicer to add another item to my cart than pay a service fee. I get to keep something. I’ll take that deal every time. Pro No. 4: DeliveryDelivery is all the rage, and for good reason. Curbside pickup is great, but if you’re a busy parent, that means you still need to load up the kids and drive to the store. If you’re not feeling well or are in the middle of prepping for a big party, home delivery can feel like a life saver. It swipes a giant task off your to-do list for the day without even putting on your shoes. You can get food from almost anywhere with companies such as Postmates, DoorDash, UberEats, Instacart and Shipt. Like pickup, fees vary, but some waive the fee for your first order of reduce it if you spend enough. wholefoods-storefrontAmazon Prime members get discounts and free deliveries from Whole Foods.  Claudia Cruz/CNET If you’re an Amazon Prime member and choose delivery from Whole Foods, you can take advantage of free 2-hour delivery and free 1-hour pickup in some cities. Most grocery delivery fees range from $5 to $12. Depending on your personal budget, that may or may not be a deal-breaker.ConsCon No. 1: The produce problemThis is the first concern most people cite when I bring up grocery delivery and pickup. Not being able to pick out individual fruits and vegetables or even meats from the deli. Someone else is making that choice for you. I hear you. You won’t get to pick out your individual items, obviously. That’s what you sacrifice for convenience. Here’s the thing: I just don’t care. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. I know there is both emotional and quality-control value in choosing your own food. I won’t pretend for one second that food isn’t deeply personal to each of us. The foods we love grows with deep roots from our childhood memories, cultural backgrounds and most memorable travels.  I think that weight and value lies in recipes. So what if someone else picks out the sweet potatoes? I’m still going to make the sweet potato casserole scribbled in illegible cursive on that decades-old, stained recipe card written by my late grandmother. If having another person help me get the shopping done means I have more time to make and enjoy that recipe with my family, I support that. Con No. 2: SubstitutionsIn many cases, stores make an effort to give you the same or better if your requested item is unavailable. Just last week, I got a bag of coffee twice the size of what I ordered because the smaller size was out of stock and I didn’t pay a penny more. While many platforms allow you to review substitutions and accept or reject them prior to pickup or delivery, you don’t get the option to view every possible replacement. If I were physically in a store and had to settle for another brand, flavor or size, I’d want to look them over. I’d love to see a system where you can browse all similar items and choose your replacement from multiple options. Are grocery stores dying?Because so many people still prefer to physically choose their food, I don’t think online grocery shopping poses as big a threat to brick-and-mortar grocery stores the way online retail does to shopping malls. However, online grocery shopping, whether it’s pickup or delivery, is a new way of getting our food that is only going to gain momentum in our two-day (and now, one-day) shipping society. Grocery stores may begin to act more like fulfillment centers, but I’m optimistic those who want to will be able to shop in person. The pickup and delivery model rests on the shoulders of hardworking employees, and if it does indeed scale to a warehouse-style operation, what does that mean for that labor force? How do working conditions change?The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has voiced concerns regarding Amazon’s aims to cut shipping time in half for Prime members and the impact that will have on already difficult warehouse conditions. If there’s anything to keep a sharp eye on when it comes to automating these services, it’s how people are treated. No technology is worth the sacrifice of employees’ well-being. My suggestion? Give some type of online grocery shopping a try. If you want to pick out your produce or cuts of meat, do that. But first, park the car for curbside pickup of the duller things in life like garbage bags, toilet paper and dishwashing detergent. You’ll still need to pop into the store, but only for the items you really care about.The future of buying foodRight now, there are a handful of innovations being tested in the grocery retail space. Companies are trying different models for pickup and delivery, working in technology to identify where the supply chain is weak. Ford Europe has developed a self-braking shopping cart that just might solve my cart-rage issues. Amazon, which recently acquired Whole Foods, is reportedly planning a new, lower cost grocery chain. That’s in addition to the Amazon Go stores. Walmart’s Store No.8 incubator is working on AI-powered stores of the future, too. ford-sbc-001Safety first! Ford Europe’s self-braking cart aims to make the aisles safer.  Ford The way I see it, that means our entire grocery system is bound to become smarter and more efficient. It means I’ll have more time to spend with my friends and family and more time to cook and enjoy the foods I love. Who knows? Maybe someday AI and machine learning will train grocery shopping robots to pick me out the perfect bunch of bananas.  Appliances Tech Industry Mobile Apps Autonomous Vehicles Online Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: reading • Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the better See All Comments CNET Smart Homelast_img read more



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Star Trek Picard trailer cast plot release date and more

first_img How to watch Star Trek: Picard will debut in early 2020. It’ll stream in the US on CBS All Access and on the Space Channel in Canada. Internationally, Amazon Prime Video will host each episode within 24 hours of the US premiere in over 200 countries and territories. That’s a change from how Discovery is distributed internationally through Netflix. Tags Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con Picard trailer — possible reasons Captain Picard left Starfleet Picard memes: Patrick Stewart’s best viral Star Trek moments The Next Generation finale has me pumped for new Picard series Picard is the hero we need, says Star Trek writer Michael Chabon Back on the floor w this guy ⁦@SirPatStew⁩ ⁦@startrekcbs⁩ pic.twitter.com/zPvHltPUts— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) May 21, 2019 “No Emma, I’m NOT going to give you any plot details…” #startrek #fosteringsaveslives #adoptdontshop #pitbullsarelove #pitbullsarefamily #adoptmissemma pic.twitter.com/Zwbh04Zlkp— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 11, 2019 CBS first revealed the official Star Trek: Picard name on May 15 and posted a look at the show’s shiny new logo. The Starfleet logo takes the place of the “A” in Picard. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.) A pup for Picard Stewart and CBS revealed the key art for the show on July 10, just ahead of the star’s appearance at Comic-Con. The trailer is starting to fill in the blanks. Picard will hook up with a new non-Starfleet crew in a quest to protect a mysterious woman (Isa Briones) who comes to him for help. The Borg, one of the most imposing Star Trek villains ever created, will play a role in the plot.Though they don’t appear in the trailer, Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) have both confirmed they will appear in Picard as their Next Generation characters. We also know Jonathan Del Arco will reprise his role as Hugh the Borg.A teaser trailer beamed in on May 23 shows that Jean-Luc Picard, who was promoted to admiral, led a rescue armada on a mysterious mission 15 years prior to the show’s events. He then left Starfleet, leaving us to wonder what prompted his exit and why he’s reappearing now. We should learn more in a series of comic books and a prequel novel that will arrive before the show airs. The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/GxhwkTIgWQ— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 24, 2018 Share your voice Stewart shared a photo of Emma along with his hidden Picard rehearsal script in April. The dog in the poster sports a Starfleet emblem tag on its collar and his name is now confirmed as “Number One.”  Revisiting Jean-Luc Picard Stewart has a long history with the Star Trek franchise. He first warped into the iconic role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. That means Stewart will be back in Picard’s shoes more than 30 years after originating the role. He last appeared on screen as Picard in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis. The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises TV and Movies He’s coming back. CBS video screenshot by CNET Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series, decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run. He’ll have a furry companion and old crew mates along for the ride.Star Trek: Picard, a CBS All Access streaming show, will debut in early 2020. The show follows on the heels of Star Trek: Discovery, but the two series take place at very different points in the Trek universe.  A new trailer for Picard came out of San Diego Comic-Con last month, and it was a surprise-packed doozy. The trailer revealed that Star Trek icons Brent Spiner (Data) and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) will appear in the new series.  Hanelle Culpepper will make history as the first woman to launch a new Star Trek television show. Culpepper signed on to direct the first two episodes. She has an extensive TV resume, which includes Star Trek: Discovery, The Flash and Gotham. Frakes, who will appear as Riker in the show, has a long career as a director that includes multiple Star Trek franchise entries on both the big and small screens. He revealed he would be directing some episodes of the new series. Frakes posted a photo of himself with Stewart to Twitter on May 21 and tagged Star Trek on CBS. More Picard The official #StarTrekPicard key art is here. Will you be joining @SirPatStew at @Comic_Con next week? #SDCC #StarTrekSDCC pic.twitter.com/sf7ZnDmXlL— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) July 10, 2019 The Picard plot CBS and Stewart had kept pretty quiet on the details of the show’s plot until the teaser and full trailer arrived. We already knew it takes place around two decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.  The teaser lays out a big plot point when a voiceover says Admiral Picard commanded a rescue armada that “led us out of the darkness” 15 years before the series picks up. It asks the questions: What did it cost him and why did he leave Starfleet? That’s a huge cliffhanger to contemplate ahead of the show’s debut. Star Trek: PicardEnlarge ImageThe Star Trek: Picard poster shows a Starfleet logo formed from grapevines. James Dimmock/CBS Both the teaser and trailer start in a vineyard, which is a callback to the final TNG television episode in 1994, All Good Things that showed one possible future Picard working in a vineyard in France. That Picard had become an ambassador. We know the Picard in the new show was promoted to admiral at some point. A poster for the series shows a vineyard with the Starfleet logo formed out of grapevines along with the catchphrase “The end is only the beginning.” Picard’s history ties strongly in with the Romulans. “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,” Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter.  The 2009 Star Trek reboot movie covered the demise of the planet Romulus at the hands of an exploding star in 2387. Could this event have been the focus of Picard’s rescue armada?  Picard has a complicated history with the Romulans. In Nemesis, he tangled with a Romulan clone of himself.  The trailer features a Borg ship that may be acting as a prison vessel staffed by Romulans. A sign says it has gone 5,843 days without an assimilation.Don’t expect a mere reboot of The Next Generation. “Patrick was very clear to us in the beginning. He didn’t want to repeat what he had already done. And by the way, it’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore,” Kurtzman told reporters in January. The dog is particularly notable. It appears to be a pit bull or bully mix. Zoom in on its ears. They may have been cropped, but they also look a lot like pointy Vulcan ears. Stewart is known for his work fostering rescue dogs. His most recent foster, Emma, is a pit mix with cropped ears. 3:00 Comments Meet the cast We all know the star of the show, and more casting details are emerging. We’re still waiting for several character names to be confirmed.Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc PicardSantiago Cabrera as Cristobal “Chris” RiosMichelle Hurd as Raffi MusikerAlison Pill as Dr. Agnes JuratiHarry Treadaway as NarekIsa Briones as DahjEvan Evagora as ElnorBrent Spiner as Data (or a related android) Jeri Ryan as Seven of NineJonathan Del Arco as Hugh the BorgJonathan Frakes as William RikerMarina Sirtis as Deanna Troi He’s been plenty busy in the meantime, continuing his role as Professor X in the X-Men movies, up through a farewell performance in 2017’s Logan. He has a lot of voice acting credits to his name, including Poop in The Emoji Movie. Fans will be able to catch him in theaters as Bosley in a 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels. Stewart announced the new Picard series in August 2018 at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. He called his return “an unexpected but delightful surprise” and said he hopes “to research and experience what comforting and reforming light [Picard] might shine on these often very dark times.” Who’s making Picard?  Stewart is doubling as an executive producer along with Alex Kurtzman, the creator of Star Trek: Discovery. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon is on board as an executive producer and writer. Chabon described Picard as “the hero we need right now.” Stewart shared a behind-the-scenes photo in September 2018 from a Picard meeting where he’s sitting with Chabon and other members of the show’s production staff. Stewart has been involved with the writing for the show from early on. 22 Originally published May 17 and updated regularly as more information on Star Trek: Picard comes in. 15 famous Star Trek guests who brought their own star power (pictures) 15 Photos 35 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Prequels incomingWe have a lot of questions about what Picard has been up to all those years, and some of them are likely to get answered in a series of prequel books. CBS, Simon & Schuster and comics publisher IDW will release Star Trek: Picard — Countdown, a three-issue comic-book miniseries in November. This will focus on a life-changing mission for Picard.A full novel called The Last Best Hope will arrived in February 2020 and set up the story ahead of the series. We’ll get to know some of the new characters before meeting them on screen. Una McCormack, author of several Star Trek novels, is writing the book. Picard’s place in Trek Stewart’s Picard took on the weight of Star Trek’s future when he stepped up to captain the Enterprise-D. Until then, the Trek universe had revolved around the original crew led by Capt. James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner. Kirk and the gang had re-emerged from the shadow of the original series’ cancellation in the ’60s and were born again through a string of successful movies starting in 1979.  Stewart’s character couldn’t have been more different from the leap-into-action, kiss-the-aliens Kirk. Picard created a new mold for Starfleet captains. His Picard was cerebral, wise and measured, but also passionate. If you need a reminder, watch his defense of android crew member Data as a sentient being in the season 2 episode Measure of a Man. CBS Star Treklast_img read more



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Uber Standard Chartered Bank announce cashback for rides in India Singapore Malaysia

first_imgCab hailing aggregator Uber and London-based Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) announced a tie-up on Monday that will enable the bank’s credit cardholders in six countries to get up to 25 percent cashback on Uber rides.SCB cardholders in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE will be able to get cashback on all global rides, SCB said in a press statement on Monday.The offer is available to all SCB cardholders in Singapore, Malaysia, India and Vietnam, Indonesia from Oct.1, while the date of availability for UAE cardholders will be announced “in the near future,” the bank said.In India, SCB cardholders will receive 20 per cent cash-back on all Uber rides, subject to a cashback cap of Rs 600 per per month.”There has been a dramatic shift towards digital and cashless payments across the region and we are seeing success in the seamless integration of the Bank’s services in our clients’ everyday life,” Sebastian Arcuri, Regional Head, Retail Banking, ASEAN and South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank said.Uber said that th tie-up will bring “more value” to SCB credit cardholders.”We look forward to welcoming cardholders as first-time Uber riders to join over 50 million riders globally to experience the ridesharing revolution,” Chan Park, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia, said.Uber had announced a tie-up with American Express Bank last month benefitting the bank’s credit cardholders. “The tie-up allows AmEx to integrate its Corporate Card programs with Uber’s corporate platform ‘Uber for Business,'” the taxi-hailing aggregator said in a statement on Sept. 28, 2016.San Francisco-based Uber claims it has over 50,000 business enterprises worldwide that use “Uber for Business” for their mobility solutions. Billed as the “most valuable start-up” at about $66 billion, Uber’s operations in India cover 28 cities and is a significant market. “India accounts for 12% of all rides on our platform globally and there remains tremendous potential,” Amit Jain, Uber India president, told Bloomberg.last_img read more



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4 tourists missing in Moinot Ghat Coxs Bazar

first_imgIn separate incidents, four tourists went missing in Moinot Ghat in Dohar of Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar sea beach on Tuesday, reports UNB.At Moinot Ghat, two college students and their university-going friend went missing while swimming in the Padma river around 5:00pm, said officer-in-charge of Dohar police station Sirajuddin.However, the identity of the missing was yet to be known, he said, adding that divers were searching for them.  In Cox’s Bazar, a teenage boy went missing in the bay near the Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach around 10:00am, said senior assistant police super of Cox’s Bazar Tourism Police Raihan Kazeny.The victim is Sudipta Dey, 17, son of Shital Chandra Dey. He passed this year’s SSC examination from a BGB Pilkhana school in Dhaka.Sudipta along with his family members went to the sea beach in the morning.At one stage of swimming in the sea at the Laboni Point, he was washed away by waves.last_img read more



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Only 34pc of Rohingya fund raised so far Report

first_imgrohingya.File PhotoOnly 34 per cent of the $434 million needed to provide assistance to 1.2 million people has been raised when Rohingyas are still suffering from various problems, said a new report on Monday.”Humanitarian partners are working round the clock to respond, but the reality remains that the needs are massive and urgent, and the gaps are wide. More funding is needed,” said Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh.Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, but more land is needed to improve conditions in the congested camps, said the UN official.One hundred days after the start of the most recent influx, the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) released the report on the overall status of the humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.There are more than 830,000 Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar: 625,000 of them have poured over the border since 25 August.These Rohingyas are now living in ten different camps, and among Bangladeshi host communities.One of the camps has become the largest and fastest growing refugee camp in the world, where approximately half a million people are living extremely close to each other without access to basic services such as toilets or clinics.The Monitoring Report, which covers the first two months of the response from 25 August to 31 October, highlights the work of the government of Bangladesh, in cooperation with humanitarian partners who are working to provide relief services for the refugee population and Bangladeshi host communities.Of the 1.2 million people in need, around half have been reached with assistance.The report also explains the challenges and gaps that remain.The risk of disease outbreak is high, and the impact of a cyclone or heavy rain would be massive.There is not enough land to provide adequate living conditions for the more than 830,000 Rohingyas that now crowd Cox’s Bazar.The report defines life-saving priorities for the coming months. These include improving nutrition, preventing and managing disease outbreak, adequate planning for the new camps, and improving protection across all areas of the response.Around 626,000 new arrivals since 25 August are reported as of 2 December, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.Since the latest weekly situation report on 26 November, there have been 1,622 new arrivals.As of 2 December, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 730,654 people through biometric registration.The government of Bangladesh Social Services Division has identified 36,373 separated and unaccompanied minors.Till 2 December, the Armed Forces Division (AFD) has completed 7 kilometres of earthworks of the main road in the Kutupalong Balukhali extension.The AFD has now completed 40% of the earthworks need for the road.The total length of the road is 20 kilometres.last_img read more



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Tips For Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

first_imgMeredith Rizzo/ NPRHeading someplace where you could get traveler’s diarrhea? Try packing some prophylactic pills containing bismuth subsalicylate, such as Pepto BismolWhen planning a summer trip abroad, it’s easy to think, “Oh, I’ll just hop over to a travel clinic, and they’ll tell me everything I need to know — and do — to keep from getting sick.”But that’s not always the case.A study published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that travel clinics missed giving the measles vaccine to about half of eligible travelers.For nearly a third of the missed cases, doctors or nurses simply didn’t offer the vaccine, even though measles is a problem in many parts of the world, including Western Europe and Mexico.“That’s very unfortunate,” says Capt. Gary Burnett, who leads the Traveler’s Health branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “A traveler can be very easily exposed to measles around the world. That risk is very real.”With international travel, Burnette says it’s best to figure out what you need before you go to the clinic, and then discuss the items with your doctor.So, to kick off the summer travel season, we’re offering two tips that are often overlooked by clinicians.1. Pack the pink pillsLet’s start with what you’re most likely to suffer from while traveling: food poisoning. About a quarter of travelers will get gastrointestinal problems within the first two weeks of an international trip, studies have found.The major advice clinics give is, “Watch what you eat.” The CDC even has an app to help you decide whether or not to put that raw cheese or carnitas into your mouth.The app is appropriately name “Can I Eat This?”That strategy won’t hurt, but also might not help. Science just doesn’t back it up, says Daniel Leung, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Utah.“There have been only a few studies on the topic, and they’ve shown that dietary discretion does not seem to change the risk of getting traveler’s diarrhea,” Leung says. “Even people who are eating street food or aren’t being very careful may not be at higher risk.”But science does support another strategy; a prophylaxis that clinicians often overlook. We even missed it when we reported on this topic back in 2015.It’s cheap, safe and … it’s a beautiful pink color.Yep, I’m talking about Pepto Bismol, or any generic alternative with the same active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate.Back in 1987, a study found that two tablets of Pepto Bismol tablets, taken four times a day, cut the risk of traveler’s diarrhea by more than 60 percent. The pills dropped the risk from 40 percent to only 14 percent.The study wasn’t super big, just 182 students traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico, but it was a randomized, placebo-controlled study, which is the gold standard design for medical trials. And it showed a dose-dependent effect. A lower dose of one tablet, four times a day reduced the risk by 40 percent rather than 60 percent.“The findings showed fairly clearly that Pepto Bismol is effective at preventing diarrhea,” Leung says.So why don’t we hear more often about this strategy?“For one thing, the study is old,” Leung says. “A second might be because drug companies don’t widely market Pepto Bismol.”And some travelers might find it tough to take pills four times a day, he says.But even less frequent doses might be helpful, Leung says. Bismuth subsalicylate is known to have antimicrobial properties, and it may actually form a protective layer on top of the intestinal wall.If you do get sick, Leung says, the pink pills may come in handy again. Bismuth subsalicylate can shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, and is a good alternative to antibiotics, Leung says.2. Remember the routine vaccinesThere’s a good chance you might need a vaccine, says Burnette, even if you’re just headed for a quick trip to Europe or the U.K.That’s because the CDC recommends that all international travelers be up to date on “routine vaccines,” no matter the destination.“You know, we try to stress this, with both travelers and clinicians, because some clinicians won’t check to see if you’ve completed routine vaccinations, such as the measles,” Burnette says.Routine immunizations are the ones we get as children. The list is long. It includes about a dozen vaccines, everything from the pneumonia and whooping cough vaccines to those for Hepatitis A and B.When you add onto this list any shots recommended for your specific destination, the list of possible vaccines can get complicated.Plus, the CDC’s recommendations often get updated. Just a few weeks ago, the agency officially started recommending the cholera vaccine for travelers headed to places with ongoing outbreaks. And last month, they warned of a potential yellow vaccine shortage.To make sure your clinician gets the list right for your specific trip, Burnette recommends using the CDC’s new travel app, called Trav Well.Users type their destination and time of travel into the app, and it tells them what they need to do to prepare.“It will suggest the vaccines and medications you probably need, and it will ask you to take those recommendations to your doctor about four to six weeks before you travel,” Burnette says. “I think it’s very helpful and can certainly make the whole process of preparing for trip a lot easier.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more



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Full Show Involving The Private Sector In Storm Prep And Political Roundup

first_img 00:00 /50:43 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters: In the weeks since Harvey, we’ve been telling you how government agencies are planning for future storms. Now, a local expert says the private sector should get involved. We talk with Jim Blackburn about what he envisions. He’s the co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Then: You might recall our story from this past spring about how a team of investigators has a theory as to who might’ve committed eleven unsolved murders in and around Galveston in the 1970s. Now, as a new documentary series on the murders is set to debut, the Galveston County DA has reopened the investigation into the murders of two of the young women. We revisit that story of The Eleven.Plus: This year, the Pappas chain celebrates 50 years. Their first restaurant, Dot Coffee Shop opened in 1967. We talk with family member Christina Pappas about the legacy of her family’s chain.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more



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Harvey Worsens Overcrowding At Harris County Jail

first_img Share KUTOvercrowding at Harris County jail has been exacerbated in part by a loss of beds and a court backlog in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.The Houston Chronicle reports that the jail is over capacity by more than 200 inmates and 280 have already been sent to other counties. Harvey rendered more than 1,000 jail beds and the county’s criminal courthouse unusable, which has led to bloated dockets and disorderly trial schedules.But some say overcrowding was a chronic problem before Harvey, attributed to judges’ reluctance to issue personal release bonds and prosecutor’s charging decisions.The sheriff’s office is preparing a formal request for nearly 200 portable jail beds. But the jail could see more relief soon as more than 140 beds and some courtrooms are reopening in coming weeks.last_img read more



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Women less sensitive to pain than men

first_imgWomen tend to forget pain that they suffered more quickly than men, confirmed a new study in mice and humans, challenging the widely held belief that the fairer sex are more sensitive to pain than men. The study, by researchers from Canada’s University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), showed that men and women remembered earlier painful experiences differently. While men (and male mice) remembered earlier painful experiences clearly, women (and female mice) did not seem to forget. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen experiencing pain again, men seemed to be stressed and hypersensitive in remembering, but women were not stressed by their earlier experiences of pain. “If remembered pain is a driving force for chronic pain and we understand how pain is remembered, we may be able to help some sufferers by treating the mechanisms behind the memories directly,” said lead author Loren Martin, Assistant Professor at the UTM. “What was even more surprising was that men reacted more, because it is well known that women are both more sensitive to pain than men, and that they are also generally more stressed out,” Martin added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in the Current Biology journal, the team conducted experiments on both humans and mice where they were taken to specific rooms and made to experience low levels of pain caused by heat delivered to their hind paw or forearm. Further, human participants were asked to wear a tightly inflated blood pressure cuff and exercise their arms for 20 minutes, while each mouse received a diluted injection of vinegar designed to cause a stomach ache for about 30 minutes. When the next day the participants returned to either the same or a different room and heat was again applied to their arms or hind paws, men rated the heat pain higher than they did the day before, and higher than the women did. Similarly, male mice returning to the same environment exhibited a heightened heat pain response, while mice placed in a new and neutral environment did not.last_img read more



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TIPS How to identify the right smartphone for your needs

first_imgAdvertisement Today, it doesn’t take you a minute to see someone scrolling, chatting or just playing a game on their smartphone. The quick question then would be, how does one identify a smartphone that suits their needs out of the hundreds on sale in the market today. Jean Baguma, Huawei Uganda Devices Marketing Manager shares tips on the key features people should know before buying any smartphone.Operating SystemIf you love accessing a variety of free apps, Android operating system on a smartphone gives you so much options to choose from. As well, if you want more hardware choice and more control over the user experience, an Android powered smartphone should be your choice since it comes with better display, specifications and capability.DisplayTastes and preferences differ when it comes to screen size. If you love to watch lots of videos and play games, or read emails repetitively, a larger screen like for the Huawei Mate 8 would be ideal. Such smartphones are referred to as Phablets. If you usually use one hand with your smartphone and are busy engaged most of the time, you would then go for a smartphone with a smaller screen size such as the Huawei GR5 – Advertisement – When it comes to resolution, almost everyone loves a smartphone with a full – HD display. Pay close attention to a smartphone’s resolution, brightness, colour quality and viewing angle before you buy it. This ensures that the pictures you take, wordings, videos will have more clarity on the phone display. Huawei offers several phones will full HD panels such as the Huawei GR5, Mate 8, P9 and P9 plus.DesignDefining a good or abad design is highly subjective but if you care about having a sleek finish, look out for a smartphone with a unibody design, which you’ll find in the Huawei G-Series, M-Series and the P-Series.Huawei Mate 8 smartphones. Credit: LanacionCameraWe’ve now arrived at a point in smartphone evolution where the camera matters more than the processor, especially since most people use their phones as their primary shooters. More and more smartphones boast of cameras with at least 12 mega pixels, but don’t go by numbers alone. Instead pay close attention to the image quality, aperture, pixel size, speed and features. For example the Huawei P9’s dual Leica cameras perform a different trick, with one capturing picture  information in monochrome and the other in processing it in colour, resulting in a single sensor with a pixel size equivalent of 1.76 microns which is much bigger that the Galaxy S7’s 1.4 microns. This is the phone one would go for, for professional photography.ProcessorA good processor inside a phone should translate to faster open times for apps, smoother game play and quicker photo editing. My advice is that people should take time and read independent reviews done of any smartphone you intend to buy such that you understand its processing speed, since no seller will tell you the whole truth on his device. Reviews are done by ordinary customers that have experienced the phone and would care less about its sales.BatteryDon’t settle for a smartphone with less than 3,000mAh battery life if endurance is really important to you. Consider a smartphone that lasts longer than 8 hours of straight 4G LTE surfing although 9 hours is even better. The Huawei Y6 Pro has Smart Power Saving technology that uses eight separate power-optimization approaches and can work in idle mode for 24 hours, with only 10% battery charge. The Y6 Pro is able to act as a charger for other electronics, providing 15 hours of data use, 39 hours of talk time, 48 hours of heavy use time, and 90 hours of light use time.StorageFor the space/storage lovers, here’s an easy way to look at a smartphone’s RAM, which is critically multitasking. Try to avoid handsets with just 1GB of system memory. On mid-tier devices, 2GB is good and standard but you’ll find 4GB on the latest flagships such as the Huawei Mate 8. Given that some games can easily take up the 1GB not to mention how many high-res photos and videos smartphone owners are capturing, we highly recommend opting for a much bigger internal storage. Huawei smartphones provide have an additional 128GB MicroSD slot.Fingerprint SecurityFinger print security is an new innovation on some high-end smartphones making it hard for someone that is not the owner to unlock your device. If you need to protect your airtime, mobile money, pictures and videos from being tampered with by other people, then the fingerprint sensor locks such persons off your smartphone. To make it even better, with the finger print security feature, you can unlock your smartphone in a matter of seconds. For instance, Huawei smartphones have the fastest unlock sensor of less than 3 seconds at 360 degrees as opposed to other phone brands with sluggish sensors. Huawei’s smartphones with finger print sensors include Huawei’s Mate 8, GR5, P9 and P9 plus.last_img read more



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