City in China’s Inner Mongolia warns after suspected bubonic plague case

first_imgSunday’s warning follows four reported cases of plague in people from Inner Mongolia last November, including two of pneumonic plague, a deadlier variant of plague.The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents.Plague cases are not uncommon in China, but outbreaks have become increasingly rare. From 2009 to 2018, China reported 26 cases and 11 deaths. Topics : Authorities in a city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia issued a warning on Sunday, one day after a hospital reported a case of suspected bubonic plague.The health committee of the city of Bayan Nur issued the third-level alert, the second lowest in a four-level system.The alert forbids the hunting and eating of animals that could carry plague and asks the public to report any suspected cases of plague or fever with no clear causes, and to report any sick or dead marmots.last_img

Claudio Ranieri happy to put Riyad Mahrez on the spot again

first_imgRiyad Mahrez will remain on penalty duty for Leicester despite his vital miss against Bournemouth. The Algerian failed from the spot for the first time this season on Saturday as Artur Boruc saved his second-half effort, meaning Leicester had to settle for a goalless home draw which saw them slip two points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mahrez has been the Foxes’ main man on penalties, taking every kick when he has been on the field except against Watford in November, when he relinquished the responsibility to Jamie Vardy to help his team-mate chase the record he now holds of scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League matches. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was disappointed not beat 10-man Bournemouth, who had captain Simon Francis sent off for the foul on Vardy which led to Mahrez’s penalty miss, but the Italian sees no reason to change what has so far this season worked well for his team. Asked if Mahrez will take the next penalty, Ranieri responded: “Yes, it’s okay for me. “I am calm. They speak every time, Jamie and him, who wants to shoot the penalty. That is fine. “I say nothing (to Mahrez), I say continue because you will get another chance, you will create another chance. Only the man who works can make mistakes, it can happen. In the dressing room I said ‘don’t worry’.” The stalemate against Bournemouth extended Leicester’s run without a win to three games but they will now get a rest from the travails of the Premier League, with next weekend being the third round of the FA Cup. And Ranieri has hinted that the likes of Mahrez and Vardy will now get a rest. “I said in a press conference before that when it is the right moment I will rest them. Yes, maybe now in the next match against Tottenham I will change some players, because every time I always say I have a very good squad,” said Ranieri, whose side play Spurs at White Hart Lane next Sunday. “When I speak about the squad I mean all the players and now the others deserve to play.” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he is unlikely to appeal against the controversial red card for Francis – because he will only miss an FA Cup tie. The defender’s 57th-minute dismissal looked a harsh decision by referee Andre Marriner, with television replays showing Francis got a touch on the ball when sliding to challenge Vardy. Howe believes it was the wrong call and sought out Marriner after the match. “There wasn’t any aggression. I was asking him about suspensions and potential ways we could minimise any bans,” said Howe, whose team travel to Birmingham in the cup. “I do believe we would appeal it if he was due a three-game ban. But I am told it is just one game so with the FA Cup coming up, it is not too bad for us. “For me it wasn’t a penalty. Simon has come from the side and got a clear touch on the ball. It is not a penalty or a free-kick.” Press Associationlast_img

bwin renews legacy partnership with Euroleague Basketball

first_img Related Articles Submit Belgian Pro League selects bwin as its new betting partner August 4, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Roser Queralto – EuroleagueEuroleague, the most prestigious European club basketball competition has confirmed that GVC Holdings online sportsbook subsidiary bwin will continue to serve as the official betting partner for its Greek, Spanish and Italian match-day coverage.Updating the media, Euroleague confirms that bwin has extended its existing partnership for a further three seasons, with the betting brand securing heightened exposure within Greek and Spanish basketball arenas.The agreement sees bwin continue one of its most successful sponsorships, having served as Euroleague’s first betting partner since 2011.“We are thrilled to have bwin back among our family of partners in three of our most important strategic markets,” Roser Queralto, Chief Business Development Officer of Euroleague Basketball, said.“bwin is a respected name in the sports industry and among fans. This agreement helps the EuroLeague reach an even wider fan base and gives faithful EuroLeague fans new ways to enjoy games through bwin.”Supporting European basketball’s most widely followed competition, this October Euroleague announced Gibraltar-based bookmaker BetVictor as official territory betting partner for its German matches.last_img

Abducted Egyptian Blogger Freed

first_imgTags:#Breaking#international#news#web curt hopkins Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Cairo-based activist Dalia Ziada reported on the release via Twitter about three hours ago, about 2:45 a.m. Friday local time. We will update this post as more information becomes available. Other sources: Andy Carvin Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Kareem Amer has been released. The blogger, who served more jail time than any other blogger so far, was abducted after leaving Tahrir Square on Sunday, February 6, with a friend. Kareem, whose full name is Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman Amer, hadn’t taken a particularly high-profile place in the recent protests. His criticism of Islam is still resented by many in Egypt. He had enough enemies because of the content of his blog that it was uncertain who took him, private citizens or police. last_img

Fundamentals of Psychrometrics, Part 1

first_imgMy purpose here is to define the basic terms and put the field of psychrometrics in its proper context for you. The bible of psychrometrics, on which I’m basing a lot of what I’m telling you here, is the book, Understanding Psychrometrics by Don Gatley. Here’s his definition of psychrometrics:Psychrometrics: the science that involves the properties of moist air and the processes in which the temperature or the water vapor content or both are changed.Today I’m going to stick to covering the absolute fundamentals and save the explanations of the various psychrometric quantities and processes for a future article.The two components of moist airSo that term, “properties of moist air,” is our focus, and it’s a term loaded with meaning and implications. Again, though, we need a definition before we can advance. What is moist air?Moist air: a mixture of dry air and water vapor; also known simply as “air.”Now, if we can just get a handle on those two things, we’ll be ready to begin.First, we know that moist air is a mixture. It’s not a pure substance. The two components, dry air and water vapor, have different properties, with one thing in particular making this mixture of supreme importance in meteorology, air conditioning, and other areas. (Do you know what it is?)Let’s take a look at the two components now. Dry air itself is also a mixture. The table in Image #2, below, shows the major components and a few minor ones, too.Each of those elements and compounds has its own set of properties but there’s one important thing they have in common. It’s also the thing that distinguishes dry air from water vapor. Here it is:The dry air components don’t change phase at the normal temperature and pressure ranges we deal with.As long as the temperature is above about -100°C (-148°F), all of the dry air components exist in the gas phase only. They don’t condense out of or evaporate into the air.But that’s exactly what water vapor does. When the temperature drops at night, we wake up in the morning to find dew on the grass and on our cars. (Although you dry climate folks might have difficulty believing, that photo above is dew I found on the top of my car one summer morning.) When the sun hits the grass later in the morning, the dew starts evaporating and will have all returned to the air after a while.The magic of waterWater has so many amazing properties. I recently wrote about the physics of water in porous materials and there I discussed all four phases of water. In the field of psychrometrics, however, our primary focus is on water vapor.So water can go in and out of the vapor phase, thereby changing the properties of this stuff we call moist air. Air that has a very low content of water vapor might have only a few tenths of a percent of water vapor by mass. The most humid air that occurs naturally has about 3 to 3.5% water vapor by mass. That’s equivalent to an ungodly dew point of about 95°F, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves a bit.The point of psychrometrics is to understand what’s happening with the water vapor component since it’s the part of moist air that can undergo so many changes. As it turns out, a fellow by the name of Willis Carrier developed a tool that became enormously useful in the 20th century: the psychrometric chart (see Image #4, below). It allows us to locate the state point for a particular volume of air and then plot the changes it goes through as the conditions change.From chemistry to psychrometricsSo where does the psychrometric chart come from? Let’s begin with the pressure-temperature diagram for water, shown as Image #3, below. In psychrometrics, we care mainly about the yellow region and what happens at the boundary between the vapor phase and the liquid or solid phases. That boundary in the pressure-temperature diagram is the same boundary you see in the psychrometric chart. It’s the 100% relative humidity curve, also known as the saturation curve.In the yellow region, water vapor behaves pretty much like an ideal gas, so that and the pressure-temperature diagram take us back to our introductory chemistry class. The application to psychrometrics, as you might expect, is a bit more complex, but we won’t go deeply into the math in this series.Now you’ve got the foundation for understanding the subject of psychrometrics. We’ve got the very basic definitions out of the way. In next week’s blog, we’ll take a look at the multifarious psychrometric quantities available and their definitions. (I’ve mentioned a few of those quantities already, but there are more… many more.) Then we’ll divide them into two groups: those that are measurable and those that must be calculated (plus a bonus dichotomy of those that are preferred and those that are discouraged). Following that, we’ll be ready to dive into some of the really fun stuff you can do with psychrometrics, like:Look at what happens when air passes through an air conditionerFind read more

Olympic athletics: Indian walker Irfan Thodi finishes impressive 10th

first_imgIndian walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi put on an impressive performance to finish 10th in the Olympic men’s 20 km race walk with a national record in London at The Mall on Saturday.The 22-year-old army man clocked 1:20.21, finishing one minute 35 seconds behind winner and gold medallist Ding Chen of China. Erick Barrondo clinched silver with 1:18.57 while Chinese Zhen Wang took bronze with a time of 1:19.25.Other Indians who participated in the race were 27-year-old Gurmeet Singh, who finished 33rd in 1:23.34 while Baljinder Singh reached the finishing line in 1:25.39 in 43rd position.Thodi started the race well and was in touching distance of the race leader more than halfway into the race. The 22-year-old was only 17 seconds behind after 16 kms.The leaders increased their speed towards the end which the Indian could not match, but finished in a respectable position.last_img

USF’s Technology Advancement Programme Gets Under Way

first_img The Government’s Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) is gathering momentum with the recent staging of an orientation session for participants in the island-wide programme. The Government’s Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) is gathering momentum with the recent staging of an orientation session for participants in the island-wide programme.Under TAP, one thousand unattached young persons between the ages 18-35 will receive training and practical experience in Information Communication Technology.The programme is being spearheaded by the Universal Service Fund, an agency of the Ministry of Science Energy and Technology. TAP will be executed over 12 months.Speaking at Wednesday’s orientation opening ceremony, Minister of Science Energy and Technology Dr the Honourable Andrew Wheatley said TAP is just one way his Ministry is helping to equip young Jamaicans with the skills needed to participate in the ever-growing global digital economy.“Globally ICT is a multibillion dollar industry which also enables practically every other line of business. Through TAP, persons with various levels of ICT exposure will increase their earning potential in the field of ICT whether as entrepreneurs or through gainful employment within the industry.”Minister Wheatley said. He added that the programme forms part of the USF’s mandate under the Telecommunications Act to create a knowledge based society through training for vulnerable groups, particularly young people.Benefits under TAP will be multi-faceted, as participants will also provide much needed human resource support to the Government of Jamaica in a bid to accelerate the ongoing digitization process.“There is a lot of data within Ministries, Departments and Agencies which we are not able to utilize as it is not in a format that makes it easy to analyse. With this information properly collated, analysed and at our fingertips, we will be able to make better-informed decisions in everyone’s best interest”Minister Wheatley said such data can help inform policies and programmes and drive economic growth.Training under The Technology Advancement Programme will commence in February 2018. Story Highlightscenter_img Speaking at Wednesday’s orientation opening ceremony, Minister of Science Energy and Technology Dr the Honourable Andrew Wheatley said TAP is just one way his Ministry is helping to equip young Jamaicans with the skills needed to participate in the ever-growing global digital economy. last_img

Mamata govts red light to new Motor Vehicles Act

first_imgKolkata: Railing against “very harsh” penalties for traffic violations and raising the question of federalism, West Bengals Mamata Banerjee government has announced the new Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), 2019, passed by Parliament, will not be implemented in the state. Banerjee herself has publicly articulated her government’s opposition to the stringent provisions in the central legislation piloted by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. According to Banerjee, the Act would “overburden the people” particularly the poorer sections, with its steep fines and other penal provisions. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Under the new Act, the fine for driving without helmet has been raised to Rs 1,000 from Rs 100, alongside a three-month disqualification of licence. For not wearing a seatbelt, the penalty has gone up to Rs 1,000. There are also jail provisions for more serious offences, which so far attracted only a fine. Banerjee said: “Levying heavy penalty on the people is not the solution. The problem has to be seen from the humanitarian point of view. Can poor people afford such steep fines?” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Accusing the Central government of passing the legislation “unilaterally”, Banerjee has pointed out that her party Trinamool Congress opposed it during the parliamentary debate as one which militates against the spirit of federalism. State Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari said: “We also have objection to a clause that the company from which you are purchasing a vehicle is entitled to give its fitness certificate.” Besides, West Bengal transport officials have argued that it was still not clear how the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, which the Centre has to constitute as per the Act, will be set up. The Chief Minister, while refusing to enforce the MVA has drawn attention to the statewide “Safe Drive, Save Life” campaign undertaken by her government to reduce road accidents. “Of course, we will continue with this campaign. Road accidents have come down in our state since we started the campaign,” she said. As per figures shared by the Chief Minister, after the campaign was launched in 2016, the number of road accidents in Kolkata reduced by 12 per cent in 2018 and by 14 per cent in other areas of the state compared to 2017 The highly visible campaign has attempted to sensitise people about safe driving as also road safety. At every important intersection of the city, the administration has deployed a good number of traffic police personnel and civic volunteers, including women, to ensure discipline among pedestrians. Police personnel and civic volunteers barricade the pedestrians with ropes thereby preventing them from crossing the roads unruly on their sweet will and allow them only when it is absolutely safe. A large number of folk artists, schools, local clubs and other organisations have been roped in for the SDSL campaign, that also uses posters depicting scenes from superhit films in Bengali and Hindi, but with the original dialogues making way for fresh ones about traffic rules and road safety. Banerjee in fact has also taken part in a march, accompanied by ministers, school children and celebrities to underscore the need for safe driving. Similar programmes have been organised with the participation of eminent people in all the district and block headquarters, 117 municipalities, six municipal corporations and the Gorkha Territorial administration in the northern hills. Banerjee has announced that a chapter on road safety would be included in the school syllabus.last_img