Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

Research Shows Pandemic Leads to Higher Depression, Anxiety

New research adds to the growing body of evidence that the Covid-19 pandemic is causing higher levels of depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, and psychological trauma among adults.

Using an internet survey of 10,368 adults from across the US, the research team has sought to better understand the sociological and psychological effects of the pandemic. The common denominator in their findings is fear.

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“Fear is a pretty consistent predictor. We found is that fear, coupled with a range of social vulnerabilities, consistently and significantly predict a range of mental health outcomes,” said researcher Kevin Fitzpatrick from the University of Arkansas in the US.

“Additionally, as originally hypothesized, it appears as though in...

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COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports five new coronavirus deaths, 135 more cases

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional five COVID-19 related deaths and 135 new cases for Lee County Saturday.

The most recent fatalities bring the total of Lee residents who have died of COVID-19 complications to 300. It took 18 just days for the county to go from 200 reported deaths to 300. In comparison, it took 47 days for Lee to increase from 100 to 200 (May 28-July 14) and 73 days for the county to reach 100 (March 16-May 28).

The state released the following details on the five new Lee resident deaths:

  • A 40-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on June 6.
  • A 76-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted June 21).
  • A 45-year-old man (Counted July 2).
  • A 79-year-ol...
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WhatsApp Introduces New Limit on Sharing Animated Stickers

In a bid to curb irresponsible use of animated stickers, WhatsApp has introduced a new limit on sharing these stickers, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp beta.

The limit is not yet uniform for Android and iOS platforms, although the general rule is 1MB per sticker, WABetaInfo that closely tracks WhatsApp in Beta tweeted on Saturday.

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WhatsApp introduced stickerrs a couple of years ago, but the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform officially announced the roll out of animated stickers barely a month ago.

WhatsApp introduces new limit on animated stickers
WhatsApp introduced stickers a couple of years ago. Pinterest

“Stickers are one of the fastest growing ways people communicate on WhatsApp, with billions sent every day...

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‘Very much in flux’: With Hurricane Isaias set to scrape Florida, DeSantis says state is ready

Gov. Ron DeSantis said today Hurricane Isaias is expected to skirt Florida’s eastern coast with high winds and storm surge of two to four feet.

At a briefing in the state’s Emergency Operations Center, the governor said the state is well-prepared for the storm. He said President Donald Trump approved his request for a federal disaster declaration, so the federal government will reimburse the state for costs of the storm, and a dozen counties have issued their own emergency declarations for citizens to be ready if evacuation becomes necessary.

More: Florida’s East Coast has escaped landfall since 2005. Hurricane Isaias may end that | WeatherTiger

More: Where is Hurricane Isaias? Take a look.

The coronavirus pande...

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A New Benchmark Set for Online Sale of Asian Art

Buyers from across 22 countries collectively set a new benchmark for the online sale of Asian art, totalling $8,952,625, establishing the highest total achieved for an online-only sales.

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Christie’s hosted this first-ever Asian Art Week Online where the top lot of the week was a painting by Tyeb Mehta (1925-2009), which realized $975,000, achieving the highest price for a South Asian Modern + Contemporary work sold since the lockdown for the category in an online auction.

uyers from across 22 countries collectively set a new benchmark for the online sale of Asian art,
Christie’s hosted this first-ever Asian Art Week Online where the top lot of the week was a painting by Tyeb Mehta. (Representational Image). Pinterest

Tina Zonars, co-chairman of Asian Art at Christie’s, remarked, “We are delighted with the strong...

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Google Searches During Pandemic May Predict Future Increase in Suicides

Researchers have found that Google searches for information about financial difficulties and disaster relief have increased sharply compared to the pre-pandemic times while googling related to suicide decreased.

Because previous research has shown that financial distress is strongly linked to suicide mortality, the researchers fear that the increase may predict a future increase in deaths from suicide.

The findings were published in the journal PLOS One.

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“The scale of the increase in Google searches related to financial distress and disaster relief during the early months of the pandemic was remarkable, so this finding is concerning,” said study author Madelyn Gould from the Columbia University Vagelos in the US.

'Google searches during pandemic hint at future increase in suicide'
Previous studie...
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Naseeruddin Shah On The Dynamics Of OTT Platforms

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah feels OTT platforms might just replace the theatre viewing experience in the future.

“I have a fear that this will happen. When movies started being shown on Doordarshan in a regular way, I thought that the day is not very far when movies are going to premiere on television. One of Mahesh Bhatt’s films ‘Janam’ did premiere on television. It was the first one to do so, and since then more films have premiered. It is foolish to imagine that the movie palaces will last forever. One has to live with the possibility that they will one day no longer be there,” Shah told IANS.

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Talking about the OTT advantage, he said: “A lot of good writing is happening on OTT...

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Indian Expats in UAE Can Now Get Their Passports Renewed in Two Days

Indian expats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now get their passports renewed in two days after submitting their applications, Consul General Aman Puri said.

Also, the Indian Consulate in Dubai will accept passport applications from expats living across the UAE, irrespective of their place of residence or the emirate that issued their visas, he announced, Puri told Gulf News on Friday.

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Earlier, the centres of BLS International — the outsourced service provider for Indian passport and visa applications — under the mission were only accepting passport applications from Indian expats with their visas issued from Dubai and the northern Emirates.

Now onwards, Puri said all the BLS centres in Dubai and the northern Em...

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Hurricane Isaias strengthens and slows down as it approaches Florida’s southeast coast

Editor’s note: This story contains the path and predicted track of Hurricane Isaias, according to the National Hurricane Center. Check back for updates.

Hurricane Isaias strengthened overnight, with winds now at 85 mph, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane conditions are expected along portions of Florida’s east coast late Saturday and Saturday night,

  • Location:  80 miles south-southeast of Nassau
  • Maximum sustained winds: 85 mph
  • Present movement: northwest at 12 mph
  • Next advisory: 8 a.m.

At 5 a.m., the center of Hurricane Isaias was located 80 miles south-southeast of Nassau.

Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph, and a general northwest motion, with some de...

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Janaka and Ashtavakra: Tale of King Janaka’s Quest for Spiritual Liberation

By Vishnu Makhijani

It might seem a mythological tale but in reality is about the search for knowledge, liberation, enlightenment, consciousness and the questions on absolute realities of life.

“Janaka and Ashtavakra” is the story of the ancient King Janaka (Sita’s father) who becomes obsessed in his quest for spiritual liberation. It explores his turbulent life, an impending war in his kingdom, and the treachery and intrigue within the secretive world of his palace. When the whole world believes a calamity is imminent, Janaka upholds his conviction and deep-rooted faith that there’s a connection between what is inside and outside a person, and realizes that war is not a solution.

Hence, he goes deep within himself with his guru Ashtavakra, unravelling a new world – and eventually...

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