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General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

Health
Labour has highlighted NHS figures which it claims show a decline of GP services under the Conservatives.The figures show that in October there were six million GP appointments - out of 31 million - for which patients had a wait of more than two weeks. Labour said it was "yet more damning evidence of the crisis our NHS is in after a decade of Tory cuts". The Tories responded by highlighting their plans to deliver 50 million more GP appointments by 2024-25 if elected.The figures, from NHS Digital, do not distinguish between those patients who were content to wait for a more routine meeting at their local surgery and those who wanted a more immediate appointment and could not get one.The latest data from NHS Digital show that 2.45 million patients waited b...
Brazil’s Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash ‘to set Amazon on fire’

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash ‘to set Amazon on fire’

Science
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of "giving money to set the Amazon on fire".The president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year.Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires were started to obtain funding.DiCaprio, who has pledged $ 5m for the Amazon, denied Mr Bolsonaro's claim.The latest comments appear to arise from the arrest of four volunteer firefighters from northern Pará state on allegations they started fires to generate NGO donations.Rights groups, NGOs and critics claimed the police operation against them was politically motivated and an attempt
UN says armed attacks in eastern Congo kill Ebola responders

UN says armed attacks in eastern Congo kill Ebola responders

Health
Rebels killed four Ebola response workers in an overnight ambush in eastern Congo, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that the attack will give the waning outbreak new momentum in what has been called a war zone. “We are heartbroken that our worst fears have been realized,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. It was by far the deadliest such attack in the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history, the United Nations health agency said. The dead included a member of a vaccination team, two drivers and a police officer. Many of the six others wounded were with Congo’s health ministry. Mai-Mai fighters attacked a camp housing scores of aid workers overnight in Biakato, local official Salambongo Selemani told The Associated Press. Warnings had been posted demanding that
New energy label norms: Five-star refrigerators to cost Rs 6,000 more, says CEAMA

New energy label norms: Five-star refrigerators to cost Rs 6,000 more, says CEAMA

Finance
New Delhi: The new energy labelling norms, which will be effective from January next year, are expected to make manufacturing of five-star refrigerators costlier by up to Rs 6,000, industry body CEAMA said. The labelling guidelines will mandate the manufacturers to shift to vacuum panels from the traditional foams for cooling for the five-star range of refrigerators, which will be a challenge for the industry, the Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) said. The Star Rating label change for compressor-based products like room air conditioners (RAC) and refrigerators by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) would be effective from January 2020 and both frost free and direct cooling are changing to one star. Now with this change, it will be difficult for the ...
Seven states, Puerto Rico experiencing high flu activity, CDC says

Seven states, Puerto Rico experiencing high flu activity, CDC says

Health
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- More states reported high flu activity this week as the season heads into high gear, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its weekly FluView report, released Friday, CDC officials noted that eight jurisdictions across the country reported high influenza activity during the week ending Nov. 16: Puerto Rico and seven states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas. Previously only Puerto Rico and Louisiana had reported high flu activity. In addition, 2.5 percent of all healthcare visits across the country were due to flu-related concerns, up from 2.3 percent the previous week. The CDC reported that the percentage of positive blood tests for influenza A and B virus nationwide increased to 7.3 percent from 5.7 ...