Commentary: The disconnect in Utah’s public education funding

Commentary: The disconnect in Utah’s public education funding

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Gary Herbert holds a press conference to release his proposed 2018 budget at Davis Technical College in Kaysville on Wed. Dec. 13, 2017.Funding public education systems is not inexpensive. More so, supporting high-quality schools in a state with a young, increasingly diverse and growing population means adequate resources are more critical today than ever before. While Utah has held education funding steady in recent years, our investment is not strong enough for every child to succeed. Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert released his…

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Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

India’s health ministry has trimmed its cost estimates for extending its main public health programme by 25% after criticism from a federal think-tank over inefficiency and slow progress, according to government documents seen by Reuters. The new estimate of $25 billion for a three-year extension of the flagship health programme, down from an initial figure of about $33 billion, comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes a multi-pronged agenda to revamp health services. Planned reforms include streamlining spending and bureaucracy, slashing prices of life-saving drugs and medical devices, and nudging companies…

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China’s Smoggiest City Closes Schools Amid Public Anger

China’s Smoggiest City Closes Schools Amid Public Anger

China’s smoggiest city closed schools on Wednesday, as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children’s health. Since Friday a choking miasma has covered a large swathe of northeastern China, leaving more than 460 million gasping for breath. Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, was one of more than 20 cities which went on red alert Friday evening, triggering an emergency plan to reduce pollution by shutting polluting factories and taking cars off the…

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E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now “a major public health concern,” the US Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably. The battery-powered devices heat a liquid containing nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled, and some experts worry that a new generation of smokers is becoming addicted. About one in six US high school students say they have used e-cigarettes in the past month. “E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900…

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Mexico Declares Public Health Emergency Over Obesity, Diabetes

Mexico Declares Public Health Emergency Over Obesity, Diabetes

Mexico has declared a public health emergency over the rapid increase in obesity and diabetes. According to health officials, the decision was made after the National Institute of Statistics and Geography confirmed that between 2014 and 2015 the number of people who died of diabetes rose by more than 4,000, Xinhua news agency reported. In that period, diabetes-related deaths increased from 94,000 to 98,450, the Health Ministry announced. At a press conference on Monday, Deputy Minister of Health Pablo Kuri said the statistics led officials to take the unprecedented measure….

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Bike lanes are a sound public health investment

Bike lanes are a sound public health investment

A woman rides a bicycle along a designated bike lane on Queens Boulevard in the borough of Queens in New York, U.S., May 5, 2016.  (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) Every $1,300 New York City invested in building bike lanes in 2015 provided benefits equivalent to one additional year of life at full health over the lifetime of all city residents, according to a new economic assessment. That’s a better return on investment than some direct health treatments, like dialysis, which costs $129,000 for one quality-adjusted life year, or QALY, said coauthor Dr….

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Fogging: A public spectacle that scares no mosquito

Fogging: A public spectacle that scares no mosquito

“Fogging has no use. We do it to convince people that the corporation is taking steps to check mosquitoe… Read More Every time an association of residents dials the corporation helpline and complains of mosquitoes in a neighbourhood, a man or a vehicle with a mosquito fogger visits the next day to smoke out the midges. For years now, fogging has been the cornerstone of vector control activity undertaken by the Greater Chennai Corporation. Not only is this procedure ineffective, it is also highly polluting. The idea is not new…

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Public shipping, the hotspot of germs!

Public shipping, the hotspot of germs!

A current have a look at shows that taxis, condo vehicles and experience-hailing motors are full of germs. The file reflects similar findings in recent years, which display how means of public transportation , normally buses and trains, can be hotspots of bacteria . A check crew from an internet coverage assessment website online took samples from seat belts, door handles and window buttons on taxis and trip-hailed automobiles. It checked the steering wheel, equipment shift and seat belts in random condominium cars in South Florida. Testers expected taxis to…

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Trafi Public Transportation App Launched in Bengaluru, Mumbai

Trafi Public Transportation App Launched in Bengaluru, Mumbai

An international public transport app, Trafi, that helps in planning city journeys was unveiled on Wednesday in Bengaluru and Mumbai. “Trafi’s real-time focused approach offers accuracy of information, showing what happens in your city at any time. As this is applied on major transport modes, it will help you with any trip selecting best buses, trains and metro options in clear overview,” Martynas Gudonavicius, co-founder and the chief executive of Trafi, said in a statement. The app will spend $1 million (roughly Rs. 6.6 crores) in 2016 to complement the…

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Public Awareness of Link Between Alcohol And Cancer Worryingly Low

Public Awareness of Link Between Alcohol And Cancer Worryingly Low

Almost 90 per cent of people in the UK do not associate drinkingalcohol with an increased risk of cancer, according to a new report published today.The study, commissioned by Cancer Research UK and led by researchers from the University of Sheffield, found that just 13 per cent of adults mentioned cancer when asked “which, if any, health conditions can result from drinking too much alcohol?” Drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of seven different cancers – liver, breast, bowel, mouth, throat, oesophageal (food pipe), laryngeal (voice box) but…

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