Ashok Jain (name changed) tested positive for COVID-19 on April 30. When his oxygen levels fell dangerously low, his family sent him to a small hospital in Indore, in the west-central state of Madhya Pradesh. On May 2, he called up his son-in-law and breathed his last words: "Please get me out of here, otherwise I'll die." Jain died the next day. Prajakta (name changed), a relative of Jain's, blames a lack of investment in health care as a key reason why she believes India won't be able to contain rising deaths from COVID-19 anytime soon. "India has historically underinvested in its health care system, which has ultimately led to the collapse of the system today," Prajakta told DW. He claimed that some hospitals admit patients while knowing full well they lack the facilities to treat COVID patients. Unfortunately, Jain's story is not unique. The Indian government has come under severe criticism for its handling of the pandemic, and for not being able to control the spread … [Read more...] about COVID: How can India keep the virus from spreading further?
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ALMOST one million workers with multiple jobs are missing out on pension contributions from their employers. Bosses have had to automatically enrol staff into pension schemes since October 2012 to get workers saving for their retirement. However, you must earn at least £10,000 per year from a single employer to be automatically enrolled onto the scheme. It means workers with several jobs that each pay less than the threshold don't qualify for auto-enrolment, even if their total earnings are above this. Anyone earning less than £10,000 can still ask to put onto a scheme, but only those who earn more than £6,240 have to get the top-ups. Almost half of workers with more than one job earning under the £10,000 threshold aren't currently enrolled into a workplace pension, according to new analysis by Scottish Widows. What are auto-enrolment pensions? AUTOMATIC enrolment is a government scheme to help more people save for later life through a pension scheme at … [Read more...] about Pension loophole hits 1million workers with more than one job – how to fix it and get £1,000s extra
He has had more influence on the global brewing industry than anyone else during the last couple of decades - although it is doubtful most beer drinkers even know who Carlos Brito is. Today the Brazilian announced he was stepping down as chief executive of AB-InBev, the world's biggest brewer, which sells one pint in every four swigged worldwide. The company is a colossus that last year produced 530 million hectolitres of beer - the equivalent of more than 93.2 billion pints. Its sprawling portfolio of brands includes six of the world's most valuable beer brands - Budweiser, Stella Artois, Bud Light, Corona, Brahma and Modelo - and countless other household names including Becks, Jupiler, Leffe, Lowenbrau, Bass and Boddingtons. It is a business Mr Brito, who will be 61 on Saturday, effectively created through a series of mergers during 17 years at the top. Advertisement He entered the brewing industry when, in 1989, he joined the Brazilian brewer Brahma. … [Read more...] about Beer boss with a thirst for mega-mergers and cost-cutting calls time on his career
"Zombie batteries" have caused hundreds of fires at waste management facilities and recycling plants, endangering workers' health, according to campaigners. The batteries are found in common products such as laptops, tablets, mobile phones, radio-controlled toys, Bluetooth devices, shavers, electric toothbrushes, power tools, scooters and even e-cigarettes. If they are not recycled properly and end up in household waste, dead batteries can still cause dangerous incidents, hence the nickname "zombie". Once collected, they are likely to be crushed or punctured, and some battery types in particular, like lithium-ion (Li-ion) and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH), can ignite or even explode when they are damaged. That can cause other materials, like paper, to ignite, leading to serious incidents that can put lives at risk, said industry trade body the Environmental Services Association (ESA). Advertisement In its annual survey, the ESA found fires at its … [Read more...] about ‘Zombie batteries’ causing hundreds of fires, campaigners say
US President Joe Biden has thrown his support behind efforts by India, South Africa and dozens of other countries to temporarily suspend intellectual property (IP) protections for coronavirus vaccines, offering hope for countries struggling for doses and leaving vaccine makers exasperated. The reversal of the previous US position comes as a deadly second wave of the coronavirus sweeps through India, leaving tens of thousands dead and many more infected over the past few weeks. The virus has overwhelmed the country's already dilapidated health care system with patients struggling for hospital beds and medical oxygen. Public health activists say the easing of patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines will allow drugmakers in poor countries to start production of effective vaccines sooner and speed up the end of the pandemic, which if allowed to rage could see the emergence of vaccine-resistant COVID variants. "This [the US move] is very significant. The US government has a long … [Read more...] about Access to COVID vaccine patents is not the same as access to vaccines