Assam flood: 2 rhinos drown in Kaziranga, human toll 19

first_img “Four people drowned today [Tuesday], taking the human toll to 19. Landslides in two districts killed two of them,” an ASDMA official said.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal updated Mr. Shekhawat about the steps taken to deal with the crisis. “We have requested the Union Minister to expedite the setting up of the North East Water Management Authority, as recommended by the NITI Aayog. We have also sought inclusion of river erosion in the list of admissible natural calamities under the State Disaster Relief Fund,” he said.KNP underwaterMore than 90% of KNP remained underwater, forcing animals to escape to the hills of Karbi Anglong district across the highway that runs along the southern edge of the park. “Smaller animals such as deer and wild boar usually suffer the most during floods, but two rhinos and an elephant drowned during the last 24 hours. Nine of the 30 animals that have died so far were hit by speeding vehicles while trying to cross the highway,” KNP’s Divisional Forest Officer Rohini B. Saikia said.Three other rhinos and four hog deer rescued from the flooded park are under treatment at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga. A total of 30 animals were taken to the centre; 23 of them were released after treatment.Encephalitis persistsAssam also continued to suffer from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis. Health officials on Tuesday reported the death of 17 people due to these related diseases, taking the casualty count to 201 since January. Watch: Assam flood takes its toll on people and animals Four people lost their lives and two one-horned rhinos drowned in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) on Tuesday as Assam continued to reel under floods and rain-induced landslides. The day also saw Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat inspecting some of the worst-hit areas and the Centre releasing ₹251.52 crore as part-payment for relief and rescue operations in the State.Nearly all districtsAssam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said this year’s flood has spared only one of the State’s 33 districts, affecting 44.96 lakh people across 4,620 villages. More than 1.01 lakh people have taken refuge in 226 relief camps while 562 relief distribution centres have been established.center_img Assam faces floods againVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:2401:24  last_img read more

Ryan Murphy and David Miller Donate 10 Million to Childrens Hospital Los

first_imgOn behalf of the Ford Theodore Miller Murphy Family, Emmy-Award winning writer, producer and director Ryan Murphy and his husband, photographer David Miller, have made a landmark $10 million gift to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).Alan Wayne, MD; Araz Marachelian, MD; James Stein, MD; Ryan Murphy and son Logan; David Miller and son Ford; Paul Viviano; Alexandra CarterCredit/Copyright: Keats ElliottIn honor of this incredible gift, CHLA will name the fifth floor of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion the “Ford Theodore Miller Murphy Floor.”“The Miller Murphy family’s generosity will help us continue to provide world-class, lifesaving care to the patients we treat,” says CHLA President and CEO Paul S. Viviano. “This gift reflects the family’s dedication to enhancing the care of children throughout the Los Angeles community.”Funds from this generous gift will be used to support CHLA’s continued leadership in surgical oncology, neuroblastoma treatment and groundbreaking research in the hospital’s Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases (CCCBD). Specifically, a portion of the funds will be used to name a Chair of Surgical Oncology. The inaugural holder of the new chair will be James Stein, MD, MSc, FACS, FAAP, the hospital’s chief medical officer. Additionally, the donation will be used to support an endowment in neuroblastoma care. Miller and Murphy’s son, Ford, was treated at CHLA for neuroblastoma, the third most common cancer in children and the second most common solid tumor in children, besides brain tumors.“David and I, as well as Logan, [the couple’s older child], are immensely grateful for the care that CHLA provided not only to Ford, but to us as well,” Murphy says. “His cancer diagnosis was one of life’s unexpected moments and the team at the hospital provided a comforting atmosphere in the midst of a trying situation.”“CHLA was an obvious choice for us when we learned of Ford’s diagnosis,” Miller adds. “We needed a support system and their experience with children and parents proved invaluable.”Alexandra Carter, CHLA’s senior vice president and chief development officer, says the gift will be allocated to several areas reflecting the family’s interest in serving the community.“We are thrilled the Miller Murphy family is now forever a part of the CHLA family,” says Carter. “Ryan Murphy and David Miller have a long and admirable history of championing underserved members of our community. Their values and commitment to help others along with their charitable support align with our hospital’s mission to create hope and build healthier futures.”The Ford Theodore Miller Murphy Floor in the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion is dedicated to caring for medically and surgically acute patients of all ages. It is a calm and welcoming environment where children can recover from medical treatments or surgery surrounded by family, receive one-on-one care from Child Life specialists and participate in art, music or dance/movement therapy. The floor also features a Child Life playroom and a Creative Oasis room for music and art exploration.James Stein, CHLA’s chief medical officer, has been a surgeon at CHLA since 1996. Nationally renowned, Stein has also participated as a lead surgeon in numerous conjoined twin separation surgeries, procedures that require intense multidisciplinary planning and coordination, and meticulous execution. Stein’s extensive experience in the surgical treatment of neuroblastoma and hepatoblastoma, as well as other childhood cancers, has been an integral component of CHLA’s successful solid tumor and neuroblastoma programs.“Dr. Stein and pediatric oncologist Dr. Araz Marachelian of the CCCBD saved our child’s life,” adds Murphy, “and we shall be forever thankful for that.”The Miller Murphy family’s support of neuroblastoma care through an endowment will permit CHLA to dedicate resources to groundbreaking research and lifesaving clinical care, to provide advanced therapies to children and to improve their quality of life after receiving a diagnosis of neuroblastoma.The family’s gift will also benefit CHLA’s Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, a world class program that has increased cure rates and improved quality of survival for patients through innovative research, outstanding clinical care, academic excellence and global leadership. The Center is the largest pediatric hematology, oncology and blood and marrow transplant program in the western United States. It also has one of the largest clinical trial programs for children with cancer and blood disorders in the nation.last_img read more

INSTAGRAM UNVEILS NEW VIDEO SERVICE IN CHALLENGE TO YOUTUBE

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook’s Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they’re looking for something to watch on their smartphones.The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour.Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The video will eventually give Facebook more opportunities to sell advertising.Competition for young users Advertisement It’s the latest instance in which Instagram has ripped a page from a rival’s playbook in an effort to preserve its status as a cool place for young people to share and view content. In this case, Instagram is mimicking Google’s YouTube. Before, Facebook and Instagram have copied Snapchat — another magnet for teens and young adults.Instagram, now nearly eight years old, is moving further from its roots as a photo-sharing service as it dives headlong into longer-form video.The initiative comes as parent company Facebook struggles to attract teens, while also dealing with a scandal that exposed its leaky controls for protecting users’ personal information.Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told The Associated Press that he hopes IGTV will emerge as a hub of creativity for relative unknowns who turn into internet sensations with fervent followings among teens and young adults.That is what’s already happening on YouTube, which has become the world’s most popular video outlet since Google bought it for $1.76 billion US nearly 12 years ago. YouTube now boasts 1.8 billion users.Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion six years ago, now has one billion users, up from 800 million nine months ago.More importantly, 72 per cent of U.S. kids ranging from 13 to 17 years old use Instagram, second to YouTube at 85 per cent, according to the Pew Research Center. Only 51 per cent of people in that group now use Facebook, down from 71 per cent from a similar Pew survey in 2014-15.That trend appears to be one of the reasons that Facebook is “hedging its bets” by opening Instagram to the longer-form videos typically found on YouTube, said analyst Paul Verna of the research firm eMarketer.Besides giving Instagram another potential drawing card, longer clips are more conducive for video ads lasting from 30 seconds to one minute. Instagram doesn’t currently allow video ads, but Systrom said it eventually will. When the ads come, Instagram intends to share revenue with the videos’ creators — just as YouTube already does.“We want to make sure they make a living because that is the only way it works in the long run,” Systrom said.Revenue growthThe ads also will help Facebook sustain its revenue growth. Total spending on online video ads in the U.S. is expected to rise from nearly $18 billion US this year to $27 billion in 2021, according to eMarketer.Lele Pons, a YouTube sensation who also has amassed 25 million followers on Instagram, plans to launch a new cooking show on IGTV in hopes of increasing her audience and eventually generating more revenue. “It’s like Coca-Cola and Pepsi,” she said. “You will never know what you like better unless you try both.”IGTV’s programming format will consist exclusively of vertical video designed to fill the entire screen of smartphones — the devices that are emerging as the main way younger people watch video. By contrast, most YouTube videos fill only a portion of the screen unless the phone is tilted horizontally.Snapchat began featuring vertical video before Instagram, another example of its penchant for copying rivals.But Systrom sees it differently. “This is acknowledging vertical video is the future and we want the future to come more quickly, so we built IGTV.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more