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
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Amanda's conservatorship ended earlier this month and we're told her parents saw no need to extend it because they believe she's better now, but everyone else in her life feels it was a horrible mistake to let the conservatorship lapse and they fear for Amanda. … [Read more...] about Amanda Bynes Driving Under the Influence of ADDERALL … Desperate Situation
He also told her not to gaze in the direction of other men, not to see her friends when she was overseas, to refrain from wearing high heels, revealing clothing, or wearing her hair out and not to confess her sins to a priest. … [Read more...] about Brisbane car fire: The violent obsessive men who control, kill women
Defaults can be contained by the rise in bank reserves, says the BoE, while the big numbers are in the mortgage business. The car finance market is propped up by the finance arms of the car companies as much as it is the banks, leaving the motor industry to pick up much of the debt overhang. And anyway, said Carney last week, interest rates make up very little of the cost of a car finance package. Suffice it to say, the car industry’s fate lies outside the bank’s remit. … [Read more...] about Can the Bank get Britain to kick its cheap credit habit?
Again, this has been strenuously denied by UIDAI. According to them, there is no danger if you follow the basic safeguards that are required for online banking. For example, any transaction that you make involves a PIN or OTP number. As long as you don’t divulge this information to anyone else, there is very little chance of financial fraud. On the other hand, UIDAI insists, linking Aadhaar with bank accounts makes it much safer since it’s the only foolproof way of confirming someone’s identity, thus ensuring a safer banking system. … [Read more...] about Aadhaar Myths & Facts: Nine Myths & Facts About Aadhaar You Should Know
The death of five young men who were employed to clean a septic tank in an upmarket residential community in New Delhi is a shocking reminder that India’s high-profile sanitation campaign has done little to alter some basic ground realities. Around the same time as the Delhi incident, five workers died in a septic tank in Odisha. The law is not being enforced, and there is no fear of penalties. The workers in Delhi were apparently asked to perform the task in violation of Section 7 of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013; a violation can be punished with two years of imprisonment or fine or both. Under the provision, no person, local authority or agency should engage or employ people for hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks. Mechanised cleaning of septic tanks is the prescribed norm. But in spite of a well-funded programme such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in operation, little attention is devoted to this aspect of … [Read more...] about Lethal filth: India’s manual scavenging problem