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Normally, they are everywhere, on your news channels, sending out press releases and videos, making announcements, getting interviewed, holding press briefings or getting themselves photographed in self promotional activities. Ever since the coronavirus crisis hit India two months ago, they have vanished from public view. Social distancing was meant for the public, not for ministers in charge of crucial ministries to practice public distancing. In this hour of what is probably the greatest crisis the country, and the world, has ever faced, we should logically be hearing more from the health minister, the finance minister, the home minister and above all, the prime minister. In America, President Donald Trump, who hates the press (barring Fox News) holds a daily press briefing where he is asked some probing questions about his government s response to Covid 19. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a daily press briefing as well till the virus infected him as well. Subsequently, the health secretary and other medical experts have replaced him. In Spain and Italy, their leaders and health ministers are speaking daily to the public, informing them of what steps are being taken and what the public should avoid. In contrast, Narendra Modi has appeared twice since the outbreak began to address the public, once to announce the janta curfew and the other time to announce the lockdown. Mann ki Baat did not require him to face a camera. No one has seen the Health Minister, who happens to be a qualified doctor, speak to the public except on a Town Hall video conference hosted by NDTV which, in any event, was in English. He has tweeted, again in English, about demonizing health care workers but as Union health minister it is his moral and ethical duty to be speaking to the public more often and answering questions from a public entrapped in fear and panic, preferably via regular press conferences. The Home minister who plays such a crucial role in the imposition of law and order and discipline has not been seen at all, despite the agonising sight of thousands of migrants crowding bus stands and walking in large groups on our highways. As The Telegraph noted, The lockdown is on but the bid to break the chain of transmission has not succeeded in containing one question. Where is Union home minister Amit Shah, the country s new Iron Man ? The question hangs in the corridors of power amid the Covid 19 pandemic, with Shah s absence from the frontline leaving many wondering about his role in the battle against the virus. Shah the second most powerful leader in the ruling dispensation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far been engaged in merely tweeting to hail the measures taken by the government or sending advisories to states. If the coronavirus disaster has taught us one thing it is this: there is no bigger weapon to combat a national crisis and show that the government is doing everything in its power to help its citizens, than transparency. Without transparency there is no trust, something which many governments have learnt to their everlasting regret. Many countries refer to transparency not only as the right to access information, but also as a tool for enhancing government efficiency and accountability. In a time of national crisis, that is required more than ever. Talking of information, we have seen precious little of the minster in charge of dispensing it, Prakash Javdekar. Maybe he is following his own advice which he tweeted last week, saying that watching Ramayana during the shutdown of the country is the way forward
The vision that Margaret Thatcher articulated in 1988 has set the model for how we live now and for which many of us have voted many times. It is the Empire of the Market. At its core is the free choice of an individual over regulation by an overbearing state. This means less government, lower taxes, deregulation and businesses freed from the dead hand of bureaucracy or any wider obligations to society. Thatcher argued that a free market is the only system that works, that it is the best way to build wealth, distribute services and grow the economy. Her vision was so alluring that by 1988 she was already in her third term as Prime Minister and was a role model for many other world leaders. Thatcher described her support of free markets as moral in that moral behaviour requires free choice by the individual to make the right decision. An enthusiastic and supportive media labelled those unwilling or unable to exert their free choice as scroungers, workshy and lazy, their children as delinquent, their lifestyles as feckless. In the following decades, personal taxes were slashed, essential services, such as water, power and telecommunications, privatised and education, especially higher education, increasingly commoditised. The purpose of universities was to train graduates for employment, the value of research was to serve the commercial needs of industry, the costs of science, technology and innovation were to be recouped immediately. Interestingly, the only areas where the state, i.e. tax payer, covered long term costs was in military expenditure and bailouts to failing businesses that were deemed too big to fail . No wonder our role models are now tycoons, captains of industry and successful speculators not teachers, doctors or scientists. Margaret Thatcher believed that there is no alternative to the Empire of the Market. Until now, her vision has prevailed. Now locked down at home, worried about our future and pondering the wisdom of signing up to a gig economy without social safety nets, it might be wise to reflect on whether there really is no alternative to the Empire of the Market. We have already had warnings of its limitations. When the crisis of 2008 revealed the risks of an unfettered financial services sector, we left it to self regulate. When extractive industries continued to damage our environment and health, we carried on consuming. When climate change disturbed planetary ecosystems, we said that bold actions were too expensive. In each case, we let a free market decide what was best for us as individuals, not for us as part of society or indeed as guests of the planet. Now a virus a few nanometres in length has said think again. As long as the State wasn t forcing us to stay indoors, we retained the free choice to infect others, including our families, friends and neighbours. Italy, Spain and, now, the UK will soon learn the cost of individual free choice to make the wrong decision.
The evolution of the epidemic has been closely monitored through the extensive collection and analysis of epidemiological data to track cases, follow contacts, understand epidemiological links, map the spread of the outbreak and identify risk factors. In parallel, a monitoring framework was developed to provide operational and strategic analysis and enable partners and donors to follow up on response outcomes. While some attempts were made to clarify the link between response activities and Ebola incidence during the West Africa outbreak, standardised operational data from outbreak responses has usually been lacking. The monitoring framework currently being used in North Kivu and Ituri therefore represents one of the first attempts to use a harmonised, multisectoral and real time monitoring system that allows the linking of response activities to short and medium term impacts. This article describes the process behind the development of the monitoring framework and its key components.Monitoring frameworks usually comprise components that together look at inputs, outputs, outcomes and impacts. During the Ebola response, these components have been developed at different times to address operational and strategic needs. Below is a chronological narrative of this process.
TwitterEmailEveryone #8212;certainly including the passengers who were on the Grand Princess cruise ship earlier this month #8212;has stories to tell about how the pandemic is changing life. Share yours for our Covid Spring oral history project.Photograph: David Paul Morris Bloomberg Getty ImagesFacebookTwitterEmailI ve spent most of the last five years writing and researching an oral history of September 11th, a world changing disaster that rewrote our geopolitics, our economy, and our society. Now, of course, we re all living through another once in a century crisis one that appears to have the potential to rewrite even more of our geopolitics, our economy, and our society.
The tiny, less than 10 celled parasite Henneguya salminicola lives in salmon muscle, according to the finding published on Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PANS) of the United States.As it evolved, the animal, which is a relative of jellyfish and corals, gave up breathing and consuming oxygen or became anaerobic to produce energy.
The 67 year old movie mogul was found guilty of third degree rape and first degree sex assault but was not convicted of other charges that could have sent him to prison for life.
Rebecca Long Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer warned against LGBT rights being eroded and stressed of the importance of Labour party members leading the fight against hate.
Jordan Strauss Invision AP Link Copied Justin Bieber s rollout for his new album has made him seem less man than ghost, here to warn us about the moral catastrophe that child stardom in the internet age has turned out to be. He s currently unfolding a 10 part documentary on YouTube, and rather than dwelling on the glamour of being a young, recently married multimillionaire, it shows a fragile individual pacing a taupe brown recording studio and sometimes retreating to a hyperbaric chamber to calm down. A small team handlers, doctors, producers, and Bieber s wife dispenses medications and motivation to the blank eyed 25 year old, who says he often prefers to stay in bed rather than do anything else.The supposed point of this documentary, Seasons, and of the album it s promoting, Changes, is that Bieber has come out on the other side of an adolescence that nearly killed him. It s a story he s told before, but not in terms as eerie as the ones being used now. Bieber s strong 2015 album, Purpose, touted a message equally applicable to his exes, the restaurant mop bucket he famously peed in, and the other drivers on the road at the time of his 2014 DUI arrest: Sorry. The sonic tone was one of uplift, with the then trending sounds of tropical house sprinkled around like baptismal water. My life is a movie and everyone s watching, he sang in the album s opening lines. So let s get to the good part and past all the nonsense.
The practice is pushing the majestic animals closer to extinction in the wild.
Franklin Graham, an American pastor with links to Donald Trump, is planning a UK tour in June. But, as of this week, all but one of the venues due to host him have cancelled on him, following protests from LGBT groups.Pink News has dubbed Graham a hate preacher due to his staunch anti LGBT views. He has accused gay people of pursuing a wicked, evil agenda in American schools. For Graham, gay rights represent a moral implosion akin to how the towers fell on 9 11 - they imploded from within , he says. He has also referred to gay people as the enemy .
Scotland has just cancelled another event by an anti LGBT , anti abortion, anti women evangelist, days after cancelling hate preacher Franklin Graham, who once said gay people caused a "moral 9 11 ".
Unsurprisingly, the homophobic hate preacher Franklin Graham has some very important thoughts on the "moral decency " of J Lo and Shakira ''s Super Bowl halftime show.
These objects look like gas and behave like stars, said co author Andrea Ghez, UCLA s Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics and director of the UCLA Galactic Center Group.The new objects look compact most of the time and stretch out when their orbits bring them closest to the black hole. Their orbits range from about 100 to 1,000 years, said lead author Anna Ciurlo, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher.
Equity benchmark indices traded with a positive note during early hours on Jan 13. The BSE S amp;P Sensex was up by 215points to 41,814 while the nifty 50 ticked up by 55 points at 12,312. Except for nifty auto, all sectoral indices were in the positive zones. Nifty IT gained by 1.36%, pharma by 0.87% and FMGC by 0.77%.
New Delhi India , Jan 13 (ANI): Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics on Monday paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi.Rinkevics is undertaking a visit to India to attend Raisina Dialogue 2020, the fifth edition of the annual geo political summit, which is set to begin here on January 13. He is among the 13 Foreign Ministers participating in the three day mega event.Rinkevics is scheduled to attend a roundtable meeting with members of the Doctor Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Foundation at the Constitution Club of India and hold a bilateral meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar before participating in the inaugural session of the Dialogue tomorrow.On Wednesday, Rinkevics will participate in the penal debate on Competing Nationalism Universal Norms: Street Power in 21st Century Diplomacy and attend a meeting with the Chairman of Lok Sabha External Affairs Committee. He will also pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister Modi before departing for his country on Thursday.Hosted by think tank Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, the Raisina Dialogue is a multilateral conference committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community. Every year, global leaders in policy, business, media, and civil society are hosted in New Delhi to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters. (ANI)
He has been invited to the Capital for the exhibition Desi Oon , organised by Khamir, a platform formed after the 2001 Gujarat earthquake to preserve the crafts and heritage of Kutch. The exhibition delves into sheep pastoralism and the processes of producing indigenous wool. It acquaints visitors with the techniques of spinning, dyeing and weaving indigenous wool by bringing in weavers, spinners, dyers, designers and members from the herding community in Kutch to an urban setting. Having arrived with his range of shawls, stoles and bed covers made from native wool, Vankar Shamji, one of the leading weavers of Kutch, believes it is important to hold such events to acquaint people with native sheep wool and the processes of generating it. He says, The use of local sheep wool has dwindled and people have begun throwing it. It is compulsory to cut the hair of sheep every six months to save it from insects. If such events are held and people get to know the value of local sheep wool and the immense warmth it offers, only then this wool can be saved from being thrown away. Rana Bhai s biggest complaint is that giving land away to industries has resulted in no space for cattle to graze.A weaver from Kandherai village, Babubhai Ladhubhai Padhiyar is displaying his signature Dhabda (traditional thick blankets), made from sheep wool. These are carried by herding men to cover themselves. Each takes at least 15 days to make and weighs four kg. Padhiyar tells us that these are also used by ethnic groups such as the Rabaris and Ahirs during marriages. Before plastic became a norm, people also used these to cover themselves during rains, as water wouldn t seep through this blanket, he adds. Padhiyar is one of the few remaining weavers of Dhabda. He says, Now there is little demand and there are very few Dhabda weaving looms. My village only has two, compared to 22 looms that existed earlier. In Delhi, one of his Dhabdas, costing Rs 25,000, found a buyer as soon as the show opened.
With the Feb. 14 holiday right around the corner, it''s time to start drafting up a wish list, too and deciding which scent to go with that evening. And a note to those scrolling along to find a perfume to gift for Valentine''s Day: Keep on reading. Simple florals and established staples are nice, but with this list, the element of surprise will be on your side.Below, seven Valentine''s Day fragrances that are each one of a kind in their own way, from a modern Lush scent to a fan favorite from BVLGARI.