Photo of Texas doctor comforting elderly Covid patient goes viral
Washington (AFP) - Joseph Varon, a doctor treating coronavirus patients at a Texas hospital, was working his 252nd day in a row when he spotted a distraught elderly man in the Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU).Varon's comforting embrace of the white-haired man on Thanksgiving Day was captured by a photographer for Getty Images and has gone viral around the world.Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, told CNN he was entering the Covid ICU when he saw the elderly patient "out of his bed and trying to get out of the room.""And he's crying," Varon said. "So I get clo...
Digesting a New Path Forward for Residential Composting in New York City
Compost collection (photo: New York City Department of Sanitation)As we come out of the Thanksgiving holiday and head further into the season of holiday meals, it is useful to take a moment to think about where all of those leftover food scraps end up. The ability to divert this organic waste from landfills is a lot more limited this year due to substantial budget cuts to New York City’s voluntary composting program. Utilizing recently-developed, small-scale organic waste digesters in residential buildings offers a new, economically-viable path forward.In recent years, efforts to sustain New Y...
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Showtime above Pattaya
Showtime above Pattaya (7 photo)A fireworks display lights up the sky over Pattaya beach on Saturday on the first day of the seaside resort’s two-day Fireworks Festival 2020. — Pattarapong Chatpattarasill14:05
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Maradona funeral workers 'received death threats' after taking photo with Argentina legend's coffin
Funeral workers who took a picture with the coffin of late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona say they have received death threats.There has been an outpouring of grief following the death of the 1986 World Cup winner, aged 60, earlier this week.Emotions have been especially high in Argentina, where he achieved a remarkable status for what he achieved with the national team.Claudio Fernandez was pictured beside the coffin along with his son, who had his thumb raised. It has caused outrage in Argentina.Goal 50 Revealed: The best 50 players in the world"My son, like every kid, raised his t...
'Palestine is number one', says Egyptian singer after taking 'unaware' photo with Israeli singer
Popular Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan affirmed his support for Palestine and denied knowingly posing for photos with Israelis following a backlash from fans who reacted angrily to a selfie he took with a singer and a footballer from Israel.The popular Egyptian singer appeared in a photo with Israel's Omer Adam and Hamad Al-Mazrouie, an advisor to UAE strongman Mohammed bin Zayed, during a trip to Dubai.The photo was posted by a Twitter account affiliated with the Israeli foreign ministry which is dedicated to reaching an Arabic audience. Al-Mazrouie also posted the image but quickly deleted ...
New York Hospitals Brace for a Second Covid Wave. Are They Ready?
Lincoln Hospital staff (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)As public health officials eye a second major swell of COVID-19 infections and an increase in hospitalizations, New York's hospital systems have begun to brace for another flood of patients. The state has even opened a field hospital on Staten Island in response to rising numbers, a dismal reminder of the devastation of the spring.In the months since the height of the pandemic in the spring, New York's health care institutions have been making preparations to try to avoid the same chaos and loss of life, which has been ...
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Govt to discuss scrapping O-Net test
Students take the O-Net test in this photo from February 2020The Education Ministry is considering scrapping the Ordinary National Education Test (O-Net).The permanent secretary for education, Supat Chumpathong, said there have been several proposals to replace O-Net with a different type of test to assess the quality of students. O-Net measures students’ basic knowledge in four subjects — mathematics, sciences, English and Thai languages.Another proposal pushed for the O-Net to be taken by Grade 6 students only, so the ministry can adjust the curriculum for older students, based on the test r...
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Vanessa Hudgens linked to baseball star Cole Tucker
The former High School Musical star shared a photo of herself clutching a pink rose on Instagram on Saturday (21Nov20) as she dressed up for a "date night", and although she didn't reveal who the lucky guy was, she was subsequently photographed getting cosy with the Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop.Images obtained by the Daily Mail show the new couple hugging outside the Canyon Country Store in Los Angeles, and holding hands as Hudgens and Tucker headed to a valet stand to collect their cars.The news emerges almost a year after Hudgens called it quits with actor Austin Butler, who she had been dat...
Popular Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan triggers outrage for 'normalisation' photo with Israeli artist
Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan caused outrage on Saturday after he was seen in a photo posted by an official Israeli entity with an Israeli singer.The popular Egyptian singer was posing with Israel's Omer Adam and the advisor to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Hamad Al-Mazrouie during a trip to Dubai.The photo was posted by an account affiliated with the Israeli foreign ministry that is dedicated to reaching an Arabic audience. Al-Mazrouie also posted the image but quickly deleted it.The photo prompted swift backlash online, especially towards the 31-year-old Ramadan, who rose to prominence in recent...
Egyptian star Mohamed Ramadan courts controversy after posting photo with Israeli artist
Egyptian actor and singer Mohamed Ramadan topped searches on Google for less than stellar reasons, drawing controversy after a photo with him and an Israeli artist in Dubai went viral.The star was harshly criticized on social media after Emirati twitter user Hamd al-Mazraei shared Ramadan’s photo with the caption “The most famous artist in Egypt with the most famous artist in Israel. Dubai brings us together.”Ramadan replied to the controversy in a now deleted Instagram voice message.“I do not know nor do I ask about the nationality of everyone I take a photo with,” he said, “Anyone can take a...