TCI Closer to Blood Donation Law PAHO urging the Policy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#blooddonationsneeded, #giveblood, #lindabarnespaho, #pahointci, #tcibloodbank Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – Blood Donations need to be dramatically increased as the country sees more and more medical procedures done on island; the Bank is often making urgent pleas to the public and a recent workshop exposed that this situation needs to change.“I think that generally, Turks and Caicos has done a very good job, but in considering how the health infrastructure has grown and more procedures are being conducted locally, the blood supply need to grow accordingly.  And when I looked at the data about the number of blood units collected year over year, it has shown dramatic increase, but even today I was informed that there is urgency in getting blood to the hospital because it’s affecting patient care if they do not get blood donors in the door.”Linda Barnes is from the Pan American Health Organization, and not only was she here for a two day workshop aimed at strengthening our blood bank system; but she was here to help us to draft a national policy; something PAHO is requiring all countries to do.  “So we talked a lot about strategies, we actually  completed a draft policy on universal access to safe blood, so we will be positioning Turks and Caicos to respond to PAHO’s request that we put a blood policy in place, and we also talked about real down to earth strategies, good ideas, what I’ve seen in the different countries that I’ve worked in ranging from central Asia to sub-Saharan Africa and now the Caribbean.”A regular pattern of blood donation is key and Barnes said the mix of public and private practitioners were exceptional and motivated to see the policy established in law and to find ways to engage more community groups so that the Blood Bank is never broke of having safe and universal access to blood.last_img read more

Government claims pulses prices easing markets and consumers disagree

first_imgThe government on Thursday said prices of pulses were easing as per reports from states due to de-hoarding operations and arrival of fresh crop, but a look at the retail rates reveal that this daily source of protein continues to remain dear.”Retail prices of pulses have registered declining trends as per market reports from the states. Release of pulses seized under de-hoarding operations is being expedited,” the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution said in a statement.”Arrival of new crop has also started. This will help to moderate prices further,” it said, adding that Tur or Arhar dal was cheaper by as much as 3.59 percent in the past week alone at Rs.152.11 per kg on November 18, against Rs.157.77 before that.Similarly, it said the price of Urad dal was down by 6.08 percent — from Rs.150.43 a week ago to Rs.141.28 on Wednesday.But at the retail level, the government’s claims did not appear to hold ground.At the Big Basket online retail store, Tur dal was quoting way above at Rs.201 per kg and Rs.375 for a two-kg bag.Reliance Fresh also priced its Tur dal at a price of Rs.219 per kg.At other retail stores, prices fluctuated anywhere between Rs.190 and Rs.230 per kg.Even the commerce ministry data on wholesale price index for October, released on Monday showed that the pulses remained dearer by 52.98 percent over the past year.Even when compared with the previous month, there was a spike of 9.17 percent.The build-up during the current fiscal year, that is since April 2015, has also been rather steep at 41.45 percent.Similarly, data on consumer price index released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation showed a 22.24 percent inflation rate of pulses as on July 2015, compared to the previous year.The consumer affairs ministry also said thousands of tonnes of pulses had been seized under the de-hoarding operations by the states, which were auctioned or offloaded in the market to increase availability.Curiously, while data released on November 12 said 1,33,828.31 tonnes had been seized, that released six days later showed a lower quantity of 1,32,777.14 tonnes had been confiscated.At the same time, the prices of some other items of mass consumption — onions and tomatoes — were rocketing.On Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha reviewed the prices and availability of essential commodities, especially pulses, tomatoes, onions and edible oils in an inter-ministerial meeting.”It was observed that the increase in prices of tomatoes and onions is largely on account of disruption of supplies due to heavy rains in the southern states which is expected to be temporary,” a press note issued after the review said.”The situation is expected to ease in the coming days,” the statement added.last_img read more

New computer model may explain moon Europas chaotic terrain

first_imgOf course, the model is based on theory, which suggests, Goodman notes, that it could be either right or wrong, and we aren’t likely to know which it is until we send a probe to Europa to study its surface first-hand. Journal information: Nature Geoscience This rendering shows the temperature field in a simulation of Europa’s global ocean dynamics, where hot plumes (red) rise from the seafloor and cool fluid (blue) sinks downward from the ice-ocean interface. More heat is delivered to the ice shell near the equator where convection is more vigorous, consistent with the distribution of chaos terrains on Europa. Credit: Model image created by K. M. Soderlund with the image of Europa taken from NASA/JPL/University of Arizona This rendering shows isosurfaces of warmer (red) and cooler (blue) temperatures in a simulation of Europa’s global ocean dynamics. More heat is delivered to the ice shell near the equator where convection is more vigorous, consistent with the distribution of chaos terrains on Europa. Credit: Model image created by J. Wicht with the image of Europa taken from NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The NASA space probe Voyager flew past Jupiter and its moons in 1979, and in so doing, set off a debate about the nature of the surface of one such moon, Europa, that has continued to this day—why is the surface so smooth, and why are there odd rough patches covering nearly 40 percent of its surface? Scientists agree that the general smoothness is likely due to the existence of water beneath the icy surface—the lack of craters indicates a surface that is able to heal itself after impacts. Less of a consensus has been found regarding the rough patches, however, which scientists call “chaotic terrain.” In this new study, the researchers used data from hydro-systems here on Earth as well as data from both Voyager and the Galileo spacecraft (which detected a magnetic field) to create what they believe is a reasonable model of a convection process working beneath the icy shell of Europa’s surface.Some have suggested Europa’s surface gets its unique features due to the pull of gravity from Jupiter—others have suggested the sun plays a role. Such theories have not held much weight however, as there is little evidence to suggest that either could account for the chaotic terrain. Instead, the modelers suggest, it’s due to convection driven by heat from the interior of the moon itself. Their model shows, they write that currents beneath the ice tend to deliver heat primarily to the equatorial regions of the surface which in turn causes constant heating, melting and refreezing—resulting they say, in the chaotic terrain that we are able to observe. Explore further 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. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the University of Texas with assistance from a computer modeler at the Max Planck Institute in Germany has put together a computer model that might just explain the peculiar surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team suggests the odd surface terrain patterns likely come about due to convection. Jason Goodman of Wheaton College offers a perspective on the researchers’ findings in a News & Views piece printed in the same journal.center_img Citation: New computer model may explain moon Europa’s chaotic terrain (2013, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-moon-europa-chaotic-terrain.html © 2013 Phys.org This rendering shows the temperature field in a simulation of Europa’s global ocean dynamics, where hot plumes (red) rise from the seafloor and cool fluid (blue) sinks downward from the ice-ocean interface. More heat is delivered to the ice shell near the equator where convection is more vigorous. Credit: K. M. Soderlund More information: Ocean-driven heating of Europa’s icy shell at low latitudes, Nature Geoscience (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2021AbstractThe ice shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa is marked by regions of disrupted ice known as chaos terrains that cover up to 40% of the satellite’s surface, most commonly occurring within 40° of the equator1. Concurrence with salt deposits2 implies a coupling between the geologically active ice shell and the underlying liquid water ocean at lower latitudes. Europa’s ocean dynamics have been assumed to adopt a two-dimensional pattern3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, which channels the moon’s internal heat to higher latitudes. Here we present a numerical model of thermal convection in a thin, rotating spherical shell where small-scale convection instead adopts a three-dimensional structure and is more vigorous at lower latitudes. Global-scale currents are organized into three zonal jets and two equatorial Hadley-like circulation cells. We find that these convective motions transmit Europa’s internal heat towards the surface most effectively in equatorial regions, where they can directly influence the thermo-compositional state and structure of the ice shell. We suggest that such heterogeneous heating promotes the formation of chaos features through increased melting of the ice shell and subsequent deposition of marine ice at low latitudes. We conclude that Europa’s ocean dynamics can modulate the exchange of heat and materials between the surface and interior and explain the observed distribution of chaos terrains.Press release If we landed on Europa, what would we want to know? Figure shows simulated zonal flows and temperature fields in planetary convection models in a Jovian (Jupiter-like) system (above) and a Europa-like setting (below). The Jovian simulation shows latitudinal bands of convection, visible as distinct stripes, reflecting the controlling influence of the planet’s rotation. The Europa-like simulation shows a more three-dimensional convection pattern associated with dynamic ocean heat circulation, with greater activity near the equator and less circulation near the poles. Credit: University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.last_img read more

Save Big on a 4K TV for the Big Game

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read January 24, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Football’s biggest game of the season lands on February 5th and if you wanted to get a new TV to watch it you better start shopping now (order by 1/25 to get it in time). Luckily, the team at TechBargains has found the best TV deals that will arrive to your house in time for the big game. These deals are consistently on par with any deal on Black Friday.55″ Samsung 4K UltraHD LED HDTV (UN55KU6300F) with HDR and $175 Dell Gift card for $699.99 (Orig. $999.99)The Samsung 6-Series 4K HDTV is great deal for those looking for a 4K TV from a premium brand with the latest HDR technology. Dell matches the best of web pricing and sweetens the pot with a bonus $175 Dell gift card. Use it to buy anything else: headphones, soundbars, video games, consoles and of course computers. If you simply need a big Samsung TV check out the 65″ version with a bonus $300 gift card for only $1,200.49″ LG 4K UltraHD LED Smart HDTV + $150 Dell Gift card for $449.99 (Orig. $549)If you want a good-size TV with future-proof 4K resolution then this LG is easily the best deal you can get. For less than $500 you are getting large screen 4K TV. If you really need to be convinced, the effective price of the TV is only $300 after you use up that $150 Dell gift card. Lastly, this makes a fantastic choice for a 4K monitor as it is less costly than buying a 30″ dedicated PC monitor. 50″ Vizio P-Series 4K HDR Home Theater Display HDTV with $300 Dell Gift Card for $999.98The Vizio P-series is perfect for the movie buff. It is one of the best-rated TVs for picture quality yet costs 40 percent to 50 percent less than comparable Samsung or LG TVs. Because it is a home theater display it does not have a built-in tuner for over-the-air broadcasts unless you pair it with a tuner box or a TiVo. The P-Series never goes on sale because it’s already a tremendous value and with the $300 gift card we’ve never seen a better deal.55″ Vizio M-Series 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV + $150 Dell Gift Card for $699.99 (Orig. $999.99)Vizio’s M-series of TVs consistently rate as favorites among professional reviewers. Vizio has quickly become one of America’s favorite brands for its combination of quality, technology and aggressive pricing. You won’t find a better bang for your buck on Game Day TVs.55″ LG OLED 4K Smart HDTV + Bonus Blu-ray Player and $150 Dell Gift Card for $1,999.99If you demand top tier picture quality then LG’s OLED HDTVs should be your first choice. They use cutting-edge OLED lighting technology to achieve vibrant colors, inky blacks and incredible detail. They are some of the best TVs you can buy right now.300W LG 2.1Ch Soundbar System with Wireless Subwoofer for $178.99While you can spend a ton of money on a new TV it won’t improve how the sound fills up your living room. Typically large flat-screen TVs sacrifice sound quality for a sleek ultra-thin set. The best bang for your buck to improve sound quality is to add a sound bar. This particular LG has a wireless subwoofer so you can get bass without having to run wires or spend on a home theater receiver.For more great deals go to TechBargains.comDisclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

A34 closed overnight due to roadworks

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major North Staffordshire road will continue to be closed overnight for the next two evenings as roadworks continue. The A34 Stone Road will be shut in both directions between the A5035 Longton Road (Trentham Roundabout/Trentham) and the A51 (Dalraston Island/Meaford). The road is shut between 9pm and 5am on Thursday night (May 31) and Friday night (June 1), according to traffic data company INRIX, having previously been closed on Wednesday night. Staffordshire County Council are carrying out the works on the road. A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said motorists should factor the closure into their travel plans. He said: “Work is ongoing on the A34, Stone Road, at Meaford & the roundabout at Strongford. The road will be closed in both directions between points A and B (Image: Inrix) “Although this is not city council work, it is having an impact on our roads & your journey may take longer. “The road will be closed overnight tonight and tomorrow from its junction with the A5035 (Longton Road) to Meaford to allow these works to take place safely. “Diversion routes will be signed.” Read MoreFirst class! Post Office will deliver a new branch in town centre after community has been left without a facility for months Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more