By Sunil Alagh Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been exemplary in handling the Covid-19 situation through the lockdown, and then giving the economy a much needed boost through the economic stimulus. The priorities were clear — revival, and then sustainable growth. First save lives and look after the poor, the migrants workers and farmers. Then MSMEs and industry, and finally provide long-awaited reforms. Also, the regulatory rules should facilitate, not hinder, the process. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has addressed most of these issues. But the measures are skewed towards supply side, and not enough has been done to create demand. Here are some suggestions GoI should consider. First, in the media, GoI seems to be addressing economists rather than the general public. It should have been more transparent and simple in its communication. Very few of us comprehend the figures that run into thousands of crores. It should have been brought down to understandable terms. Over … [Read more...] about View: Keep it simple & work the plan
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“Overall it’s bad. The negatives outweigh the positives,” said Richard Betts, a Met Office scientist who is leading scientific analysis for the next UK climate change risk assessment. “It stands to reason that if the world keeps gets hotter and hotter, sooner or later we’ll reach the point where it is first uncomfortable and then hard to function. This won’t be seen in the UK, but in parts of the world that are already hot and humid it could increasingly get too hot to function.” … [Read more...] about Hadley climate centre turns 30: ‘The human fingerprint is everywhere’
When does my tip reopen? Isle of Anglesey has no firm reopening date for its two recycling centres at Gwalchmai and Penhesgyn. Blaenau Gwent has no firm reopening date for its recycling centre. Bridgend's recycling centres reopened "for essential use only" on 26 May. Caerphilly's recycling centres at Llanbradach, Penmaen, Crosskeys, Rhymmey, Penallta and Aberbargoed reopened, under normal summer opening times, on 26 May. Cardiff's recycling centres are starting to reopen. The Bessemer Close tip in Leckwith is the first on 26 May followed by Lamby Way near Rumney on Sunday 31 May. Residents must book a slot online. Carmarthenshire's tips reopened on 26 May but residents must book an appointment. Centres at Trostre and Nantycaws will be open seven days a week and Whitland and Wernddu in Ammanford will be open Wednesdays to Sundays. Ceredigion has no firm reopening date for its recycling centres at Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Lampeter and Llanarth. Conwy council has no firm reopening … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What do the new lockdown rules say?
Contact tracing studies tell us that the risk of infection within schools is low and is lower for children than adults even in the same household. In France, researchers found that a symptomatic child with COVID-19 infection did not spread infection to any of 112 school contacts. In an Australian report on school transmission, looking at the spread of infection across 15 schools from 18 original infections in nine students and nine staffers, secondary spread among students was rare (< 1%) and there were no cases spread from students to staff. The Australian investigators concluded that COVID-19 spread within schools is limited and substantially less than other infections like influenza. Even in households, where the risk of spread from children to adults is thought to be greater, a review of 31 household outbreaks in China found only three of these outbreaks were initiated by a child. While those studies are relatively small, they also support other similar observations … [Read more...] about The Way to Save Our Kids Is to Reopen Our Schools and Camps
“The B2B supply chains are too diverse and spread out to be dominated by any single or few players, restaurants are just keeping their options open. Only time will tell how this programme picks up in the future,” said a restaurant owner on condition of anonymity. … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE | Swiggy’s latest offering: Supplies on credit for partner restaurants
In the paper ‘Chimpanzee lip-smacks confirm primate continuity for speech-rhythm evolution’, published today in the journal Biology Letters, a consortium of researchers, including St Andrews University and the University of York, led by the University of Warwick, have found that the rhythm of chimpanzee lip-smacks also exhibit a speech-like signature - a critical step towards a possible solution to the puzzle of speech evolution. … [Read more...] about Evolution of human speech traces back to ancient ancestors of chimpanzees