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Australian firm to wide 50 centers to train nurses

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Health careers International (HCI), an Australian provider of education, on tuesday said it would open 50 centers in India, starting with kerala, to train nurses.The first such centre would be opened in Kochi in February next year and would offer a one-year post-graduate diploma course in nursing, Bijo Kunnumpurath, CEO and MD of Melbourne-based HCI, told reporters here. 

Equipped with state-of-the-art teaching aids, the centre would admit working nurses who would be required to attend classes once a fortnight, he said. 

HCI’s courses are recognised not just in Australia, but also in Europe, the Middle East and Canada, each of which would offer numerous job opportunities to those who complete the training, said Kunnumpurath. 

“In Australia alone, in the coming years, more than a lakh of vacancies are going to come up.” 

The one-year post-graduate diploma in nursing would have annual fees of about Aus $4,000, but the student would need to do a three-month bridging course in Australia if they wanted a job there. 

The same course, Kunnumpurath said, costs Aus $16,000 in Australia. 

The bridging course to be taken in Australia would cost Aus $10,000. It was not required, however, for those who would like to work in the Middle East or in South East Asia. 

“All students who pass out from our Australian centers find jobs as soon as they finish the course and are employed with a minimum annual salary starting Aus $60,000.” 

He said HCI’s courses now were part of the Australian Trade Commission which visits various countries for promoting the country’s commercial interests. 

HCI is in discussions with private nursing colleges in India to start its centers in partnership with them.

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Unusual mini-ozone hole opens over the Arctic

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London, April 10 : As the world fights the new coronavirus pandemic, climate change is back to threaten us as over the last month, a new unusual hole in the ozone layer has started to form over the Arctic.

According to the European Space Agency, the ozone layer over the North Pole has been depleted plenty of times in the past.

Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a strong reduction of ozone concentrations over the Arctic.

Unusual atmospheric conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, have led ozone levels to plummet — causing a ‘mini-hole’ in the ozone layer, the ESA said in a statement.

While the ESA scientists expect it to close up later this month, it’s a troubling update on the planet’s environmental health.

The ‘ozone hole’ most commonly referenced is the hole over Antarctica, forming each year during autumn.

In the past weeks, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have noticed the unusually strong depletion of ozone over the northern polar regions.

Using data from the Tropomi instrument on the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, they were able to monitor this Arctic ozone hole form in the atmosphere.

“The ozone hole we observe over the Arctic this year has a maximum extension of less than 1 million sq km. This is small compared to the Antarctic hole, which can reach a size of around 20 to 25 million sq km with a normal duration of around 3 to 4 months,” said Diego Loyola from the German Aerospace Center.

Arctic temperatures do not usually plummet as low as in Antarctica. However, this year, powerful winds flowing around the North Pole trapped cold air within what is known as the ‘polar vortex’ — a circling whirlpool of stratospheric winds.

By the end of the polar winter, the first sunlight over the North Pole initiated this unusually strong ozone depletion — causing the hole to form.

However, its size is still small compared to what can usually be observed in the southern hemisphere, informed ESA.

Claus Zehner, ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission manager, said: “The Tropomi total ozone measurements are extending Europe’s capability of the continuous global ozone monitoring from space since 1995. In this time, we have not witnessed an ozone hole formation of this size over the Arctic.”

In the past, mini ozone holes have occasionally been spotted over the North Pole, but the depletion over the Arctic this year is much larger compared to previous years.

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COVID-19 brought the best and worst out of TikTok

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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The popular and highly controversial short video-sharing platform TikTok has once again hogged the limelight even as India battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have read reports about how streetchildren used TikTok to beat the stress ever since the country went into a lockdown, then you could hardly miss findings about how misinformation aimed at discouraging Muslims from taking preventive measures against COVID-19 circulated on the platform.

The videos created on TikTok often find their ways to other social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook, reaching a wider audience.

And then came the hate messages targeting the Muslim community.Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to spread hate mongering on social media, the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Apex Confederation of Muslim Organisations) chief Navaid Hamid alleged that 30,000 “fake clips are in circulation on TikTok to spread disinformation that Muslims are spreading COVID-19 in the country” and that “these clips are creating tensions between communities across India”.

The government took note of the developments and even wrote a letter to some of these platforms, including TikTok, to take down videos that spread misinformation about the disease.

TikTok says it is doing its bit to fight the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus – from improving moderation efforts to removing thousands of videos that violated its rules.

“In the present context in particular, invalidated or misleading content poses an acute concern and is an area of focus for social media platforms. At TikTok, we have heightened our moderation efforts, and have been monitoring and systematically removing content from our platform that violates our Community Guidelines,” said a TikTok spokesperson.

“In India, we have removed thousands of videos that have contradicted legitimate advice about COVID-19 from credible authorities, as well as content that could cause imminent harm to public health and safety,” the spokesperson added.

In fact, such has been the popularity of TikTok that several law enforcement agencies — including Bengaluru City Police, Delhi Police, Uttarakhand Police, Kerala Police, Punjab Police and Maharashtra Police — have used the platform to raise awareness about how to fight COVID-19.

“Over the last few weeks, our platform has prioritised informative content and supported several government and law enforcement agencies, as well as non-profit organisations across India in disseminating information regarding responsible practices in an entertaining and responsible manner,” the TikTok spokesperson said.

Several global organisations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNDP are now using TikTok to share useful content and shed light on how to stay safe.

The short-video sharing platform owned by Beijing-based ByteDance last week said it donated 400,000 hazmat medical protective suits and 200,000 masks worth Rs 100 crore in order to help doctors and other medical professionals tackle the spread of COVID-19 in India.

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SWR chips in with 7,295 masks, 1,200 litres of sanitiser

“At the stitching and furbishing section of the workshops, face masks are being made. These masks are being made using cotton cloth with bands for adjustments,”

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Bengaluru, April 6 : The South Western Railway (SWR) zone has chipped in with 7,295 masks and 1,200 litres of hand sanitizer to meeting the shortage amid Covid pandemic, an official said on Monday.

“Due to the increase in demand for essential medical commodities, Railways has taken for in-house production of sanitiser and making masks in-house to deal with the crisis at hand during the lockdown,” said a SWR spokesperson.

SWR is preparing the hand sanitizer following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) formula, using surgical spirit, aloe vera gel, glycerol and scent.

“At the stitching and furbishing section of the workshops, face masks are being made. These masks are being made using cotton cloth with bands for adjustments,” said the statement.

The railway zone’s Hubballi Division produced 450 masks and 220 litres sanitizer, Hubballi Workshop, 1,225 masks and 400 litres, Bengaluru Division, 3,000 masks and 300 litres, the Mysuru Workshop, 2,100 masks and 280 litres sanitizer and Mysuru Division 520 masks.

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