This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

China’s new policy against gender bias meets fans, sceptics

BEIJING – China has announced new measures against gender discrimination that will prevent employers from asking potential female hires questions such as if they are married or have children. Many have welcomed the government notice published Thursday, which explicitly bans companies and recruitment agencies from taking certain discriminatory actions against female employees and job candidates. But female workers and analysts alike are skeptical that such measures can be strictly enforced.

Warning over asylum-seeker council costs

Funding gap But, the LGA says, they will already face a £3.1bn funding gap for children’s services by 2025 and cannot be expected to absorb the extra costs of accommodation and support for young asylum seekers. In 2014-15, they were spending about £78m on caring for about 2,800 young asylum seekers. But in 2017-18, they were looking after almost 4,500 young asylum seekers, with costs increasing by 95%, to £152m. Related Topics Refugees and asylum seekers Local Government Association Local government Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

New sepsis test ‘could save thousands’

The body’s immune system starts to attack the body’s own organs and the condition can be fatal. The biggest killer you may not know Sepsis: What is it – and how to spot it? Sepsis: Ambulance call handlers ‘must spot condition’ It is hard to diagnose and can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. Early diagnosis is key because every hour that you delay antibiotic treatment, the likelihood of death increases. Diagnosis of sepsis is usually based on body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and often a blood test, which can take up to 72 hours. The new test uses a device to detect if one of the protein biomarkers of sepsis, interleukin-6 (IL-6), is present in …

TV drug ads will soon include prices: Will it help consumers?

Meanwhile, a narrator lists off the drug’s side effects, which may include death. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HEART DISPLAY TIPS GRANDPA OFF TO POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING NETWORK But there’s always one important thing missing from those ads: the price. Most doctors prescribing these medications don’t even know how much you’ll pay out of pocket or whether it’s covered by your insurance. Those decisions are made by someone else. While the true cost of a drug is not a simple question to answer, given the complicated mosaic of drug pricing factors such as insurance coverage and manufacturer rebates, it’s more likely you’ll soon start seeing a variation of those costs, along with the typical listing of potential side effects. That’s provided you live in one of two …

Apple and Google urged to remove Saudi app that tracks women

(CNN Business)Human rights defenders are calling on Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOGL) to remove the Saudi government appAbsherfrom its platforms, saying that it allows Saudi men to track women under their sponsorship. Under Saudi Arabia’s restrictive guardianship laws, women cannot travel without permission from their male guardians. Critics argue that the Absher app is a technological extension of the repressive rules that restrict many aspects of everyday life for the country’s female population.  “It is hardly news that the Saudi monarchy seeks to restrict and repress Saudi women, but American companies should not enable to facilitate the Saudi government’s patriarchy,” Wyden said in his letter. “By permitting the app in your respective stores, your companies are making it easier for Saudi men to …

Massachusetts girl’s flu-related death devastates dad

COLORADO GIRL, 7, DIES NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER EXHIBITING FLU SYMPTOMS, FALLING INTO COMA But days later, her condition worsened. On Saturday, Paak decided to call an ambulance. “I tried to call to 911 [for an] emergency,” Paak told WCVB. “[I told them], ‘I don’t know how to help her.’” Puthiraksmey died later that day, he told the news station. State health officials later confirmed the death to CBS Boston as the third pediatric flu-related death in the state during the 2018-2019 flu season. ADVERTISEMENT

Pontins roof collapse ‘like bomb going off’

One of the injured people, Wendy Jones, from Hereford, was trapped under the debris in her motor scooter. The 67-year-old’s daughter Hayley Kendle described the incident as “horrific”. She said: “I heard a crash, and next thing the ceiling was falling in on the building. She was under the rubble and they had to drag her out. People were screaming and shouting and yelling for us to get out of the building.” Mrs Jones suffered a broken hip and a suspected broken collarbone, and earlier underwent surgery at Weston General Hospital. Image copyright Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Image caption Eyewitnesses spoke of tables holding the collapsed ceiling up George Clark was injured by a falling piece of concrete …

Howand whyan ailing U.S. veteran is helping these Venezuelan refugees start a new life.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

Haiti protesters take the day to gather food and water as they prepare for more possible conflict

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)Protesters in Haiti’s capital have taken the day to gather food, water and fuel, pressing pause on deadly demonstrations that have been calling for President Jovenel Moise’s resignation. Remnants of burning tires are scattered across the city. Rocks that once blocked roads have been pushed outside. Activist Daphne Valmond Bourgoin said the protesters’ frustration is “extremely high.” Saturday was just a “pause,” she said, until civilians can gather their basic needs. Throngs of civilians were waiting to grab jugs of water from the municipal trucks that have visited many neighborhoods, while others were getting their water from generous private residents, passing along what they have through hoses. Some grocery stores are still open — but food is too …

Just Eat to ban worst food hygiene offenders

In October, the BBC found one takeaway with a zero rating, featured on Just Eat, had mouse droppings on washing up gloves and dead mice in a pool of grease in the kitchen. Image copyright Getty Images Local authorities are responsible for inspecting restaurants and takeaways. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland outlets are given a rating ranging from zero, for “in need of urgent improvement”, to five, for “food hygiene is very good”. In Scotland there are just three ratings – Pass, Improvement Required and Exempt Premises (which are given to premises such as newsagents or chemists that are checked but are not predominantly food businesses). Just Eat will also offer help to those who need improvement in Scotland. …

Here’s Why NASA Might Send A Comedian To Mars

Getting humans to Mars will be spectacularly difficult. It will be the furthest humans have ever traveled by around 54.2 million kilometers (87.2 million miles). On the way, astronauts will constantly be bombarded by ridiculous amounts of radiation. They’re also at risk of everything from losing bone density as they travel to just plain crash-landing on the surface of Mars when they arrive. That’s before you’ve even begun to look at the human side of the mission. It would take around eight months (at least) to get to Mars, followed by eight months back. During that time, astronauts would be the furthest from Earth any humans have ever been, and communication would be delayed by up to 20 minutes as they approach the …

Cervical Cancer Could Be Eliminated In 149 Countries By 2100

With Australia on its way to becoming the first country in the world to eradicate cervical cancer, a new study suggests that by the end of the century, the disease could be wiped out in 82 percent of countries across the globe. To achieve this exciting goal, we will need to rapidly expand two very important methods used to prevent cervical cancer – the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and HPV-based cervical screening, which detects pre-cancers that can then be treated. The researchers used computer modeling to study 181 countries, published their findings in The Lancet Oncology. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV, a group of over 150 viruses that are transmitted during sex. The majority of …

Will universities go bust if fees are cut?

Are universities really in financial difficulty? What makes universities really nervous is that a reduction in fees will not be replaced by direct funding from the government. Even if funding is promised, it will make universities dependent on the goodwill of politicians, competing with other spending pressures, such as health and schools. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency There are a finite number of students – and if some universities take an ever-rising number, others will be left starved of fee income. Sir Anthony attacks a “greedy cohort” for threatening the higher education “eco-system”. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show some universities have piled on extra students, while others have shrunk. Universities with decreasing undergraduate student numbers between 2007-08 …

Family of pregnant IS teen plead for return

The teenager was found last week in a Syrian refugee camp by a reporter from the Times and on Wednesday told how she had escaped from Baghuz – IS’s last stronghold in eastern Syria. In the second instalment of her interview with the Times on Saturday, Ms Begum asked: “What do you think will happen to my child? “Because I don’t want it to be taken away from me, or at least if it is, to be given to my family.” She added she had been taken to hospital because of contractions after arriving at the camp, which meant she could give birth “any day”. Ms Begum told the newspaper she knew returning to the UK “wouldn’t be a quiet …