News That Matters

Tag: relief

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman to take on Comic Relief Danceathon

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman to take on Comic Relief Danceathon

Entertainment
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are taking on the 24-hour danceathon challenge for Comic Relief.The Strictly Come Dancing presenters will be on their feet all day and all night on 11 March, to raise money for Red Nose Day."Can we stay awake for 24 hours and keep moving?" wondered Tess, as she announced the news on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 Breakfast Show."I don't know," said Claudia. "I have two naps most days.""I'm not very good at standing, let alone dancing.""She doesn't own any lycra," Tess added.The challenge was last undertaken by Sara Cox in 2017, when she danced to music from the 80s live on BBC Radio 2.Claudia and Tess are looking to break her record, by extending the challenge beyond the 24-hour mark.They'll be prepared for th...
Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

Health
Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Hospitals that primarily serve people of color are less likely to provide relief from the stress of a serious illness, regardless of the person's race, a new study says. Only about 22 percent of white patients with metastatic cancer received palliative care, according to research published Friday in JAMA Network Open. "We knew that black and Hispanic cancer patients receive palliative care at lower rates than white patients, but until now, we didn't know why. Was it just that doctors were not offering these services to their black and Hispanic patients? Or is there some other factor at play?" said Alexander Cole, a researcher at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a news release. Overall, the study included more than 600,000 ind...
No relief on fuel price hike

No relief on fuel price hike

Finance
NEW DELHI: Petrol and diesel prices continued the upward trend across India as the fuel prices entered new record height on Saturday. While petrol has touched Rs 83.40 (increase by Rs 0.22) per litre, diesel too is being sold at a historic high of Rs 74.63 (increase by Rs 0.21) per litre in New Delhi. Meanwhile, a litre of petrol is up by Rs 0.22 to be retailed at Rs 90.75 in Mumbai, while diesel is being capped at Rs 79.23 (increase by Rs 0.22) per litre. On Friday, the petrol was being retailed at Rs 90.57 per litre, while diesel was being sold at Rs 79.01 per litre in Mumbai. A litre of petrol and diesel was sold at Rs.83.22 and Rs.74.42, respectively in the national capital yesterday. Fuel prices have been witnessing a steep rise since the past few weeks. While the Opposition has blame...
Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

Technology
Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state's finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition. Sea otters dive for red sea urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers — delicacies in Asia markets — plus prized Dungeness crab. They then carry their meals to the surface and float on their backs as they eat, sometimes using rocks to crack open clams and crab. The furry marine mammals, which grow as large as 100 pounds (45 kilograms), eat the equivalent of a quarter of their weight each day. Phil Doherty, head of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, is working to save the livelihood of 200 southeast Alaska fishermen and a $ 10 million in...

Government mulling 2% relief on GST for digital payments

Finance
NEW DELHI: You may soon need to shell out less if you pay digitally. The government is looking at giving a 2% incentive over the applicable GST tax rate in case of digital payments where the bill is up to Rs 2,000, in a move aimed at discouraging cash payments. According to sources, the proposal - which may give the benefit in the form of a discount or cash-back - is being discussed between the finance ministry, RBI, cabinet secretariat and ministry of electronics and IT. "The idea is to incentivise all kinds of digital payments, especially smaller transactions, in line with the government's plan of making India a less-cash economy," a source told TOI. The IT ministry is leading the government's efforts on digital payments and has been taking stock of initiatives to further popularise ...