UN warns of rising number of Syrians suffering from acute food insecurity
The United Nations Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ramesh Rajasingham, warned on Wednesday that the number of Syrians suffering from severe food insecurity has doubled in 2020 compared to last year."Today an estimated 9.3 million people in Syria are food insecure – that's 1.4 million more people than a year ago and more than at any other time during the crisis. About 1 million of them are severely food insecure – twice as many as last year – and we expect this number to increase," Rajasingham said during a briefing to the UN Sec...
The Middle East Monitor
Chronic kidney disease affects 1 out of 10 Salvadorans, including children
Parents of kids with CKD receiving vitamines and supplies. Photo by Iris Violeta Foundation.According to a 2019 peer-reviewed study in MEDICC, “chronic kidney disease has reached epidemic proportions in El Salvador.” The number of people affected by this silent illness is staggering; it is the second cause of death in men and the third cause of hospital mortality for adults. A 2017 report by the Salvadoran health ministry revealed that for the years 2014 and 2015, 12.6 percent of the population suffered from chronic kidney disease.Although one in three men over 60 are ill with CKD, they are no...
Terror deaths fall in 2019 but far-right attacks rise
PARIS: The number of people killed in terror attacks worldwide fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2019, with conflict still the main driver of terror but an increase of “far-right terrorism” seen in the West, a leading think tank said Wednesday.Deaths from terrorism fell in 2019 to 13,826, a 15% fall from the year before and a further annual decline from a peak in 2014, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) said in its 2020 Global Terrorism Index.It warned that in North America, Western Europe and Oceania, deaths attributed to far-right terror have increased by 250% since 2014, with ...
The Bangkok Post
England to allow limited number of fans back into stadiums starting in December
Supporters in some areas of England will be allowed to return to football stadiums next month under plans announced by the UK Government.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the government’s latest set of measures designed to limit the spread of Covid-19 on Monday, offering a look at what the plan will be for football supporters going forward.He confirmed that the four-week national lockdown in England will end on Wednesday December 2 and will be replaced by a new three-tiered system.The number of supporters allowed into stadiums, if any, will depend on what tier a club’s stadium is placed...
Active COVID-19 cases lowest since July 30
Active COVID-19 cases fell to their lowest in nearly four months even as 43 more people were confirmed to have died due to the coronavirus.A total of 1,968 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday, the 13th consecutive day the number fell below 2,000 although it was the highest figure reported during the nearly two-week period.Under its time-based recovery protocol, the Department of Health (DOH) announced the “mass recovery” of 10,957 people with mild or no symptoms of COVID-19 after they spent 14 days in quarantine.Of the total 418,818 COVID-19 cases recorded since the outbreak began in Ja...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
2021 Budget tax concessions may fail to lure higher number of new listings | Daily FT
The 2021 Budget announced tax concessions to encourage listing of companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) may not ensure a spike in new PLCs in the country, as highlighted at the Daily FT-Colombo Uni. MBAA organised forum on Friday.The Budget proposal was a 50% tax concession for the years 2021/2022 is provided for companies that are listed before 31 December 2021 and a concessionary corporate tax rate of 14% will be provided for the subsequent three years.It was pointed out at the forum that apart from the benefit in the first year, the concessionary 14% rate for next three years was le...
Daily Financial Times
Turkey reports record daily number of new Covid-19 patients
Turkey recorded its highest daily number of new Covid-19 patients Saturday as the country's first weekend curfew since June came into force.The Health Ministry said 5,532 people with symptoms were diagnosed in 24 hours, some 400 more than were recorded on the previous record day in April.The Turkish government does not publicly report confirmed coronavirus cases involving people without Covid-19 symptoms, a policy that has been criticized for masking the true scope of the national outbreak."The number of our serious patients and our losses is also hurting," Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweet...
PHL Covid-19 cases now at 418,818
THE total number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 418,818, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday.A total of 1,968 additional cases were logged with 10,957 recoveries and 43 deaths.Of the total number of cases, 5.8 percent (24,209) are active cases, 92.3 percent cases (386,486) have recovered, and 1.94 percent (8,123) have died.The huge number of recoveries is through the “Oplan Recovery,” an initiative that the DOH activated to monitor the status of confirmed Covid-19 deaths and recoveries.Under Oplan Recovery, a patient is tagged as recovered when certain conditions are met even withou...
Retirement discourse | Daily FT
The decision to retire is often predicated on a number of factors including financial stability, healthcare, social connections and personal aspirations. White collar workers or professionals generally tend to have more choice about retirement than blue collar workers, those working in labour intensive and informal sectors.These people could struggle more as formal pension schemes either do not reach them or are not enough at the point of retirement to provide a comfortable life. In extended families older members may choose to continue working to support their children or grandchildren. There...
Daily Financial Times
The things they say:
"You are an inspiration as a woman, as an artist, as a press-freedom advocate. I know I can't ever hope to win the number of awards that you've won, but it does occur to me that we have something special in common, which is that we've both been married to my husband. And honestly, the fact that you did it as Mr. and Mrs. Fantastic Fox just makes that so much less awkward!" George Clooney's wife Amal pokes fun at Meryl Streep after the actress virtually presented the British human rights lawyer with the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award at the CPJ International Press Freedom Awards on Thursda...