11 August 2006Children and young adults in KwaZulu-Natal who were born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates are set for a new lease on life.The KwaZulu-Natal department of health and international volunteer organisation Operation Smile have embarked on a free corrective surgery campaign.Department spokesman Leon Mbangwa said on Friday that Operation Smile would screen possible patients at various hospitals in the province next week. “Once they have been assessed by the whole team, [the department] will decide which children require operations,” Mbangwa said.The operations will be conducted at Ngwelezane Hospital in Empangeni from 7 to 16 September.Operation Smile is a medical services organisation that provides reconstructive facial surgery to poor children and young adults. Natalie Miller of Operation Smile South Africa said the campaign would give children born with such defects a new beginning.Miller explained the deformities, saying a cleft lip was a separation of the two sides of the lip which sometimes included the bone of the upper jaw.“A cleft palate, on the other hand, is an opening in the roof of the mouth in which the two sides of the palate did not join together.”A cleft lip or palate originates some time between the sixth and 11th week of pregnancy, when parts of the lip or palate fail to come together properly.Miller says everybody has cleft lips and palates in the womb. “Some join together and others do not. Why some do not, we may never know.“Sometimes clefts can be found in families who have had clefts in other family members. Some clefts can be linked to certain syndromes,” she added.What mattered, however, was that they could be repaired.The provincial health department has urged people who know of affected children or young adults to contact the KZN Operations Centre on 0800 005 133.The centre will advise people on where to go for a pre-screening and medical evaluation.Source: BuaNews
11 June 2009More than 3 000 minibus taxis and 450 buses, branded with the GauRide logo, will be made available to transport soccer fans to stadiums across Gauteng province during the Fifa Confederations Cup.The GauRide vehicles, complemented by the recently launched iTransie 2 Ellispark! Service, will ensure that spectators can travel safely to Confederations Cup games.PartnershipBoth iTransie 2 Ellis Park! and GauRide are run in partnership with the taxi industry.“Central to the hosting of the tournament will be the effectiveness and efficiency with which we help transport thousands of soccer supporters to the match venues,” said provincial Transport Minister Bheki Nkosi.He was addressing over 100 invited guests who braved the chilly weather to witness the launch of the GauRide initiative in Johannesburg on Wednesday.GauRide, which kick offs on Sunday when Bafana Bafana take on Iraq at Ellis Park, will transport fans from five hours before the match starts and up to three hours after the final whistle.Extensive trainingNkosi said the drivers to be used for the GauRide initiative had undergone extensive training on competency driving, customer care and loading and offloading skills.“Drivers who have not undergone the training will not be allowed to operate,” he said.He added that the department would distribute 100 000 public transport maps to help travellers during the tournament and beyond.The provincial government, he said, had also bought 2 000 Confederations Cup tickets to be distributed for free to disadvantaged communities across various townships.Nkosi said his department was working with experts from previous host countries and other transport authorities to ensure that Gauteng was ready to contribute to the success of both the Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Visible policingMeanwhile, provincial Safety Minister Nkabisi Mosunkutu said security would be beefed up to ensure the safety of supporters in and around the stadiums.“It is vital that we understand that safety comes first during the tournament … and traffic officers, police and emergency officials will need to come on board,” Mosunkutu said.He said police vehicles would be visible at all the venues throughout the tournament, while strict crime prevention strategies would be applied to protect soccer fans.Source: BuaNews
TagsAustralia/Asia NewsScottish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Indian outfit Bengaluru FC partner with Rangersby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGlasgow Rangers have signed a two-year partnership with India’s professional outfit Bengaluru FC as part of a commercial push into the Asian sub-continent, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Established in 2013, the serial Indian Super League champions will present a staging point for Rangers to grow its presence and fan base in the region, where the Scottish Premier League (SPL) club will also seek to identify India’s best club talent.As part of the arrangement, the Rangers Academy will also travel to India to train at Bengaluru’s facilities, which will also host several school soccer training camps Rangers are planning, as well as various club ambassadors and former players.Rangers managing director, Stewart Robertson, said: “We’re excited and proud to announce our partnership with reigning Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC, especially at this time when football in India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is entering a period of unprecedented growth.”The club’s international strategy is a core-pillar to our growth plans and this partnership opens up Rangers to the vast football community in India and provides a great platform for us to engage with our wider fan base, and the South Asian communities at home here in Scotland”A Rangers ‘legends’ side will travel to India to feature in exhibition matches and to also strengthen the club’s fan engagement around training camps, while screen events will also be made available for fans in Bengaluru.Mandar Tamhane, Bengaluru FC’s chief executive, said: “It is a matter of pride for us to be partnering with Rangers FC – a club that is laden with history and is one of the top football brands globally.”The partnership is based on an exchange of knowledge and services, one that we are looking to make the most of. Bengaluru FC’s endeavour has been to help grow Indian football and our association with Rangers is a big step in that direction.
NEW DELHI: The Punjabi Academy of the Delhi Government has organised a three-day Gurbani Sangeet Samagam 2019, to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.The annual cultural festival of Gurbani Sangeet is organised between September 6 and 8 at Talkatora Stadium of Delhi. This was the 15th year of the festival with performances of Punjabi spiritual songs and recitation of messages from the Guru Granth Sahib. The festival started with the performance of Aprampar Kirtan Group of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Khalsa College, Delhi and other singers by chanting the messages of the Holy Book Guru Granth Saheb. The unique musical tradition established by venerated Sikh Gurus of India which is nearly five-century old practice was presented in the festival by various artists. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe festival has always been a most awaited event of Delhi’s cultural life and people look forward to this festival of love, spirituality and brotherhood rendered traditionally through Raagas, as originally composed and enshrined in the Guru Granth Saheb by the Sikh Gurus. On the first day performance by Smita Rao Bellur of Mumbai and Principal Sukhwant Singh Jandiala Guru, Amritsar took place. On the second day, Ustad Lakhan Khan-Dane Khan of Rajasthan and Bhai Davinder Singh Bondal of Jalandhar performed at the event. On the last day of the festival, Delhi will witness performances from Bibi Rashmi Agarwal, Ghulam Abbas Khan and Bhai Baljeet Singh Namdhari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Delhi has a very rich Punjabi culture, therefore, my goal is to present the message of inclusion and harmony of Guru Nanak Dev through cultural programs. I believe that culture is the best way to convey messages to the people of Delhi across religion. This festival will not only help to enrich the Sikh tradition of Delhi but also give a chance to the people to witness and explore the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev and other Sikh Gurus,” said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
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By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDOct 31 2018A report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that air pollution is responsible for killing nearly 600,000 children every year. Among millions of other children affected with the effects of air pollution it leads to severe symptoms of various conditions such as asthma, respiratory diseases, loss of intelligence, excessive weight gain and ear infections.According to the experts at the WHO parents can do little to prevent outside air pollution but can prevent household air pollution by using less polluting fuels at home for cooking and heating and by not smoking. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement, “Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives… This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfil their full potential.” The experts have added that major parts of continents of Asia, Latin America and Africa are one of the worst affected with air pollution.The WHO report titled “Prescribing Clean Air” has said that around 93 percent of kids around the world are affected by air pollution. This translates into 630 million children under the age of five years and 1.8 billion children under the age of 15 years. The percentage of children exposed to air pollution ranges from 52 percent in high income countries to up to 98 percent in the low and middle-income countries. The report was released Monday this week (29th of October 2018) right before the first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health organized by the WHO in Geneva. Source:http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/29-10-2018-more-than-90-of-the-world%E2%80%99s-children-breathe-toxic-air-every-day or Download Air pollution and child health: prescribing clean air – advance copy (final version still in process) – pdf, 6.33Mb WHO Director-General tweeted, “We’re here because we know that #AirPollution is one of the biggest threats to global health, & we need to do something about it – urgently… 9 out of 10 people breathe air that has been polluted by traffic emissions, industry, agriculture and waste incineration” “The most tragic thing about these 7 million deaths is that they are so preventable. There is something we can do. It will require strong political will, swift action and endurance, but I am optimistic that we can, and must, do better,” he added.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaMaria Neira, WHO’s head of environmental determinants of health has added that this level of air pollution had led to a rise in still births, preterm deliveries as well as conditions that have long term effect as adults. She said that that policy changes are needed to make long term effects around the world. “Something that is critical as well is this issue of the neuro-development. Imagine that our children will have less cognitive IQ. We are talking about putting at risk a new generation of having a reduced IQ. This is not only new but terribly shocking,” she added.According to the WHO, this conference “will provide the opportunity for world leaders; ministers of health, energy, and environment; mayors; heads of intergovernmental organizations; scientists and others to commit to act against this serious health threat.”The report added that there is an association between air pollution and ear infections such as otitis media among children. Air pollution also leads to conditions such as obesity and resulting insulin resistance in children. This puts them at a greater risk of diabetes later in life, the experts say. Respiratory problems such as childhood asthma, lung function deficiencies, lower respiratory tract infections and even cancers are more likely among children exposed to air pollution, the report says.India remains one of the worst affected nations with 101,788 Indian children less than five years being killed annually says the WHO report. It adds that one in 10 deaths among children under five years of age is due to air pollution. Death rates due to air pollution are 84.8 per 100,000 in India says the report. The death rates among children aged between 5 and 14 years due to air pollution was 7,234 (2.9 per 100,000).The report looked at air quality in the atmosphere and households of different countries and looked at deaths among children under five years and those between ages 5 and 14 years. The report adds that it is not just death but the long term effects of air pollution on the growth and development of the children that is more worrying. There are several impacts of air pollution of long term physical as well as cognitive and intellectual development of the children says the report.
Citation: Scientists develop haptic interface with seven degrees of freedom (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-scientists-haptic-interface-degrees-freedom.html Provided by Chinese Association of Automation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed an even more expansive haptic interface that allows for seven degrees of movement. The most common haptic interfaces typically have three degrees of movement. The research findings were published on the January 10th issue of IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, a joint bimonthly publication of the IEEE and the Chinese Association of Automation..”With the development of human robot interaction technologies, haptic interfaces are widely used for 3-D applications to provide the sense of touch,” wrote co-author Zeng-Guang Hou, a professor at the State Key Laboratory of Management and Control for Complex Systems. “These interfaces have been utilized in medical simulation, virtual assembly, and remote manipulation tasks. However, haptic interface design and control are still critical problems to reproduce the highly sensitive touch sense of humans.”Hou and his team designed a haptic interface based on a modified delta mechanism. This mechanism has a static base platform to which three identical chains are connected and lead to a moving platform. The mechanism can use each chain to move in a different direction.”The main advantage of this architecture is its low inertia, the critical element of haptic device design, because its actuators can be mounted on the fixed platform,” Hou wrote, referring to how little effort it takes to make the mechanism move. “In addition, a mechanical wrist can be added to the moving platform to realize the rotational degrees of freedom.”The engineers designed a controller to sense motion and display how much force the operator should exert. The interface is controlled via an algorithm that helps maintain equilibrium.”Experimental results show the good control performance of this interface,” Hou wrote of his team’s simulations and prototype tests. “The dynamic model and the haptic controller can be used as references for model based control systems to improve the performance further.”According to Hou, the proposed haptic interface is also appropriate for true haptic interaction, such as the touch sense of a mobile phone’s vibration setting, and teleoperation applications, such as surgical procedures. Haptic interfaces allow humans to handle dangerous or delicate materials. From laparoscopic surgery to radioactive waste removal to the simple act of putting a mobile on vibrate, robotics are getting touchy. Explore further More information: Jian-Long Hao et al, Development and evaluation of a 7-DOF haptic interface, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (2017). DOI: 10.1109/JAS.2017.7510769 Magnetic levitation gives computer users sense of touch
Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giants Britain needs tough new rules to help counter the dominance of big tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon, a review of competition in the digital market concludes. Citation: UK review urges new rules to deal with power of tech giants (2019, March 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-uk-urges-power-tech-giants.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Wednesday’s 150-page report adds to an intensifying worldwide debate over the need for stricter regulation of Silicon Valley technology giants amid concern about their influence on the broader economy and their control of data. In the U.S., Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren last week proposed breaking up the biggest U.S. tech companies, slamming them for having too much market and political power.The British report was released the same day that Swedish music-streaming service Spotify said it filed an antitrust complaint against Apple, accusing it of stifling competition through its control over the iPhone’s operating system and app store. Spotify’s beef with Apple centers on a 30 percent tax that it and other digital services have to pay to use Apple’s “in-app” payment system, making Spotify subscriptions more expensive than Apple Music.The British government’s review was led by Harvard University professor Jason Furman, who was a chief economic adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama. The report found that global tech giants don’t face enough competition and said that existing rules are outdated and need to be beefed up.”The digital sector has created substantial benefits but these have come at the cost of increasing dominance of a few companies, which is limiting competition and consumer choice and innovation,” Furman said. “Some say this is inevitable or even desirable. I think the U.K. can do better.”Britain’s House of Lords recently called for a new digital regulatory authority to provide overall oversight.EU authorities also have faced down big tech companies. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has slapped whopping fines on Google and ordered Apple to pay back billions in back taxes. EU, German and Austrian authorities are looking separately into Amazon’s marketplace platform over complaints of unfair practices.Britain’s financial secretary, Philip Hammond, said the government would respond later this year to the report’s recommendations, any of which must be approved by Britain’s Parliament to take effect.Recommendations include setting up a new “digital markets unit” tasked with giving people more control over their data by using open standards. That would let people move or share their personal information if they switch to a new digital service.The report’s authors said by making it easier for people to switch, “data mobility” would result in new digital services while creating new business opportunities to manage the data. This photo combo of images shows the Amazon, Google and Facebook logos. A review into competition in the U.K.’s digital market says the country needs tough new rules to help counter the dominance of big tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The independent review published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 says global tech giants don’t face enough competition and that existing rules are outdated and need to be beefed up. (AP Photo, file) Explore further
women High drama at Sabarimala as ‘activists’ turn up as pilgrims October 22, 2018 Kerala Sabarimala devotees enter Kerala capital on fifth day of protest march COMMENTS RELATED Published on SHARE COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL courts and legal sabarimala The Supreme Court on Monday said that it would decide tomorrow as to when the petitions, seeking review of its Sabarimala verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the temple, will be listed for hearing.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul considered the submissions of lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara that his petition seeking review of the constitutional bench judgment be listed for urgent hearing.“We know that there are 19 review petitions pending. By tomorrow we will decide,” the bench said.Nedumpara was mentioning the petition filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association.A five-judge constitution bench by a ratio of 4:1 had held that women of all age groups should be allowed entry inside Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple.The court had on October 9 declined an urgent hearing on Nedumpara’s plea which had contended that the five-judge Constitution bench verdict lifting the ban was “absolutely untenable and irrational“.The bench had said that the review petitions could only be taken up after the Dussehra vacation, adding that in any case, it will be heard in chamber and not in open court.The petition filed by Shylaja Vijayan, president, National Ayyappa Devotees Association through Nedumpara, had submitted that, “Faith cannot be judged by scientific or rationale reasons or logic“.“The notion that the judgment under review is revolutionary, one which removes the stigma or the concept of dirt or pollution associated with menstruation, is unfounded. It is a judgment welcomed by hypocrites who were aspiring for media headlines. On the merits of the case, as well, the said judgment is absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse,” the petition had submitted.“Review judgment and order…on the ground that it is unconstitutional and void inasmuch as it is vitiated by errors apparent on the face of the record; that it is without jurisdiction or in excess of jurisdiction, that it is in violation of principles of natural justice and that it is in violation of express constitutional provisions,” the plea had said.Besides the Association, another petition seeking review of the September 28 verdict of the apex court had also been filed by the Nair Service Society (NSS), an organisation for the uplift and welfare of the Nair community.It had said that as the deity is a ‘Naistika Brahmachari, females below the age of 10 and after the age of 50 years are eligible to worship him and there is no practice of excluding worship by females.“Hence, the delay or wait for 40 years to worship cannot be considered as exclusionary and it is an error of law on the face of the judgement,” the plea had said.The NSS had said that many essential religious practices will be rendered void and religion itself may be rendered out of existence if the general ground of equality under Article 14 is resorted to and essential religious practices are tested on the principle of rationality. Sabarimala row: Centre asks three southern states to tighten security
Siddaramaiah exudes confidence of winning trust vote, says it’s a joint decisionSenior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday said the decision to seek a trust vote by the coalition government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was taken by the two ruling partners and asserted it has the numbers.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:00 IST Replying to questions, Siddaramaiah said without numbers or confidence none will seek a trust vote. (Photo: PTI)Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday said the decision to seek a trust vote by the coalition government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was taken by the two ruling partners and asserted it has the numbers.The Congress Legislature Party Leader also said he had been talking to disgruntled party MLAs barring Roshan Baig because he has been suspended.”Yesterday, we took the decision (on the trust vote) after discussions,” the former chief minister told reporters.Kumaraswamy, whose government is teetering on the brink of collapse after 16 MLAs of the ruling combine resigned, made the announcement about trust vote in the assembly earlier on Friday.Replying to questions, Siddaramaiah said without numbers or confidence none will seek a trust vote.”We have confidence, so we are moving the confidence motion,” he added.On how the ruling combine would muster the numbers, Siddaramaiah said, How can we disclose now? You will come to know when the vote of confidence is moved. Things like how it will happen, who will be present cannot be disclosed now.”To a question, he ruled out the possibility of a counter-operation to the alleged toppling bid of BJP, saying his party did not belive in operations.He refused to comment on the Supreme Court ordering status quo in the matter of resignation and disqualification of ten rebel MLAs.However, he added the Speaker was empowered under the anti-defection law to decide on disqualification of MLAs.Also Read | Karnataka crisis: Will face all issues on floor of House, says CM KumaraswamyAlso Read | Karnataka crisis: No decision on rebel MLAs till July 16, SC tells SpeakerAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he govt has numbersFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow KumaraswamyFollow Karnataka crisisFollow Siddaramaiah Next