Trump calls for mental health reform after shootings — but his policies threaten coverage

President Donald Trump on Monday called for reforms to the nation’s mental health laws after back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohioover the weekend killed at least 31 people. “We must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” Trump said in an address to the nation from the White House on Monday. “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”   But Trump’s critics and health policy experts say moves out of the White House have made and will make it more…

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Hepatitis A becomes health emergency in Florida

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that used to be fairly uncommon in the United States. This year, however, cases of hepatitis A infection have escalated to a worrying degree. This month, Florida has declared hepatitis A a health emergency.       The state of Florida has now declared the hepatitis A outbreak a ‘public health emergency.’ Hepatitis A is a disease that affects the liver, and which can occur when a person drinks water or eats food that was contaminated by the fecal matter of another person infected with hepatitis A.…

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Yemen’s Houthis, WFP reach deal to resume food relief

The United Nations’ food agency and Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have reached a deal to resume food deliveries to rebel-controlled parts of the war-torn country after suspending the aid in June. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a spokesman for the Houthis, tweeted late on Saturday that the rebel group, which toppled the country’s internationally recognised government from power in Sanaa in late 2014, had inked a deal with the World Food Programme (WFP).  Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the WFP, said the “high-level agreement” was “an important step towards safeguards that guarantee the accountability of…

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Mortgage applications fall for third straight week, despite lower interest rates

nterest rates were much higher back then. Overall volume for mortgage applications fell 1.4% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. Volume was still 35% higher than a year ago, when interest rates were significantly higher.   Homebuyers, or lack thereof, drove demand lower. Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 3% for the week but were 6% higher than a year ago. The shift may be less about rates and more about what kind of homes are for sale and at…

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Zomato row: Food aggregator app is right to call out bigotry, but its own virtue-signalling raises problematic questions

There’s nothing like a good controversy to stir things up on a slow news day. On Wednesday, Zomato became a national talking point over its response to a customer who wanted the food aggregator app to change its delivery agent because he was a Muslim. Zomato refused to do so, following which the customer, one Jabalpur-based Amit Shukla, canceled the order and demanded a refund. Zomato refused to comply with Shukla’s demands — changing the “Muslim rider” or a refund — and requested the customer to pay cancellation charges because the…

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On health care, there are 3 types of Democrats running for president

CNN hosted the first night of the second 2020 Democratic primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on July 30, 2019. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The 2020 presidential candidates at the opening night of the second Democratic primary debate fell into three buckets on health care, the top issue for Democratic voters so far. In an intricate and often confusing section of the debate, with candidates jockeying to define what “Medicare-for-all” even means, the first 30 minutes of the debate brought some clarity. There are essentially three perspectives from Democrats: 1) the ones who want to…

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AP Assembly passes Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill to regulate school fees

AP Assembly passed Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill which intends to regulate school fees. (Image: IANS)   Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Monday passed Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill which intended to regulate school fees so that burden on parents will be reduced. “This is a historic bill. The education system in the state is collapsed to such a level that private schools are collecting exorbitant fees yet nobody can question them. There was a minister in the past government who owns such a big group of educational institutes.…

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‘I am fortunate my mental health is more robust than my physical health’

Are you in pain now?” is a question I am often asked after revealing the infliction of my chronic migraine. “What, even now?” comes the dumbfounded response when I nod my head and comment that my pain has been relentless for 12 years now. “But you’re laughing!” they add. In writing this column about my experience with an invisible disability, I have been conscious about getting the tone right. The nature of hidden disabilities is such that much of the pain is out of view. With words, I have attempted…

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Commission will end irregularities in school education, says Andhra Pradesh government

VIJAYAWADA: Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh has said the proposed AP State Education Commission will end all irregularities in school education and regularise the school fee.  Speaking to newsmen here on Saturday, Suresh said two Bills  — AP Higher Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill and AP School Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill — introduced in the State Assembly on Friday, will be discussed on Monday. “Once those two Acts come into force, they will bring revolutionary reforms in school and higher education. Both the commissions will be headed by retired…

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Will Travel For Food: Anders Schønnemann

Anders Schønnemann  GLEN PROEBSTEL Danish photographer Anders Schønnemann captures beautiful photos of food around the globe (with am emphasis on the Nordics) and has worked with brands like West Elm and Mandarin Oriental to present us with appetizing lifestyle photos. Over the years he’s traveled far and wide for work and pleasure, sampling some of the best restaurants, so I had to ask him which place he is fondest of when it comes to dining. Here’s where he likes to travel for food.   Destination: New York What flavors/spices/textures define the cuisine of this…

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