TOKYO: You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you're going to die: smoking, car accidents, the flu. None of it seems to matter. As the number of cases rise — more than 76,000 and counting — fear is advancing like a tsunami. And not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the site of the vast majority of coronavirus infections. Subway cars in Tokyo and Seoul look more like hospital wards, with armies of masked commuters shooting dirty looks at the slightest cough or sneeze. A restaurant owner in a South Korean Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. You've probably got a better chance of winning the lottery than buying face masks in parts of Asia. Conferences and events have been disrupted from Beijing to Barcelona to Boston. Quarrels in Japan; riots … [Read more...] about Stress, rumors, even violence: Coronavirus fear goes viral
Fact is ... it's no defense to DUI that the drug in question was prescribed -- it's still operating a vehicle while impaired. But Amanda now faces a probation violation -- she's on probation for reckless driving -- and the fact that the drug was prescribed may help her there. … [Read more...] about Amanda Bynes Driving Under the Influence of ADDERALL … Desperate Situation
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Mortgages As the main source of financial instability in 2008, the mortgage market has come under closer scrutiny in recent years than ever before. The Prudential Regulatory Authority, an arm of the Bank of England that overseas the financial sector, has put in place tough rules that force banks to hold huge reserves in case unemployment increases and borrowers can no longer afford their monthly payments. … [Read more...] about Can the Bank get Britain to kick its cheap credit habit?
That’s certainly true. Fingerprints are unique to every individual and cannot be replicated. However, the problem is that many Indians have fingerprints that are not clear because of heavy manual labour or the ageing process, so it may be hard for these sections of people to use biometrics in order to establish their identity. There have also been cases of conmen cloning fingerprints in Uttar Pradesh using moulds of some kind. … [Read more...] about Aadhaar Myths & Facts: Nine Myths & Facts About Aadhaar You Should Know
If the law on manual scavenging is to be effective, the penalties must be uniformly and visibly enforced. It is equally important for State governments to address the lack of adequate machinery to clean septic tanks. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in its manual of 2016 on toilet design acknowledges that in rural areas, mechanical pumps to clear septic tanks are not available. In the southern States, sanitation has expanded along with urbanisation, but it has brought with it a higher number of deaths as workers clean septic tanks manually. For instance, Tamil Nadu recorded 144 fatalities of workers engaged for septic tank cleaning in the past three years, according to official data. On the other hand, toilet designs proposed by the government include those in which fully composted waste must be removed from pits every two years. The Centre must ensure that this does not become a fresh avenue to oppress members of some communities who are expected to perform such … [Read more...] about Lethal filth: India’s manual scavenging problem