COVID-19 may have killed nearly 3 million in India, far more than official counts show | Science | AAAS

India, from the earliest days of the pandemic, has reported far fewer COVID-19 deaths than expected given the toll elsewhere—an apparent death “paradox” that some believed was real and others thought would prove illusory. Now, a prominent epidemiologist who contended the country really had been spared the worst of COVID-19 has led a rigorous new analysis of available mortality data and concluded he “got it wrong.” India has “substantially greater” COVID-19 deaths than official reports suggest, says Prabhat Jha of the University of Toronto— close to 3 million, which is more than six times higher than the government has acknowledged and the largest number of any country.

Source: COVID-19 may have killed nearly 3 million in India, far more than official counts show | Science | AAAS

Creative Hack JA – a team effort for the New Year from Kingston Creative

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The New Year brings new projects, and last month Kingston Creative launched a really interesting one for 2022. However, this is a reminder that the deadline for applications – January 14 – is just around the corner!

Here’s more…

The Kingston Creative Hub in downtown Kingston. (Photo: Shauna-Kaye Campbell)

Creative Hack JA is a hackathon that brings together entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, creatives and other problem-solvers to brainstorm ideas to address societal problems. The two day event sponsored by Kingston Creative, IDB Lab and Development Bank of Jamaicawill leverage creativity, technology and the power of community to gather innovative ideas to address crime, energy, environment, traffic, education, health, the economy or a social issue of their own choosing. The event will culminate with the selection of the best solutions and teams receiving up to $800,000 in funding and prizes.

Participants can either apply as a fully formed team or…

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Lê Vĩnh Tài |when you look in the mirror (182)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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when you look in the mirror

it laughs after you laugh

and it’s too hard to cut your face out of the mirror

with scissors

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your lips hovered over the mirror

in a mist as you disappear

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as after the sigh

the sentence, the poem disappears 

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a mirror unlike life

everything is timed by two

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oh, if only the images in the mirror

were not real

a mere singular delusion

a lonely tombstone

alone in a breezy cemetery…

when it rain

the sunlight would disappear into the dark clouds with the breeze

the rain would snuff out the hope

the deceit

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in the rain

the poem shall be wrapped up 

in the cocoon of a grave

bubbling and holey in places

like pot marks on a face

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people’s flickering thoughts

like fireflies

since…

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All kinds of inspiration

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The January 6 prompton Bloganuary is about who inspires you.

This is an impossible question. I am inspired by people every day. “Inspire” is a rather over-used word though, isn’t it? I like the word “ignite” – light a spark, or perhaps, sow a seed. And there are different levels of inspiration.

Whichever way you like to look at it, though, there are all kinds of people who inspire me daily.

Young people (especially those in their 20s and 30s) who are doing their best to navigate these difficult times. Among these are: climate change activists like Vanessa Nakate, Greta Thunberg, and many others worldwide – including in Jamaica; volunteers in many different areas of society in Jamaica, including in the environment, youth empowerment, peace-building initiatives; entrepreneurs who have had the guts and imagination to establish business ventures in uncertain times and to go out on…

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La ricetta del giorno

Napoli ieri oggi e domani

Torta della Befana

Ingredienti: farina gialla 200 gr, farina bianca 200 gr, burro 150 gr, zucchero 150 gr, 1 bustina di lievito in polvere, vino bianco 2,5 dl, Brandy 1 dl, prugne secche 100 gr, uva passa 50 gr, scorza candita di arancia e cedro 100 gr, 1 mela, semi di finocchio.

Esecuzione: mettere ad ammorbidire le prugne in acqua tiepida e l’uva passa nel Brandy. Mescolare in una casseruola le due farine con lo zucchero e il lievito, stemperare con il vino e con tanta acqua calda da ottenere una polenta piuttosto soda.

Cuocerla per una decina di minuti aggiungendo acqua calda se necessario e, sempre mescolando, incorporare il burro a pezzetti, l’uva con il brandy, le prugne snocciolate e spezzettate, i semi di finocchio, i canditi a pezzetti, la mela sbucciata e tagliata a dadini e continuare la cottura ancora per qualche minuto.

Versare il composto in una…

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They stormed the Capitol. Now they’re running for office. – POLITICO

…at least 57 individuals who played a role in that day’s events — either by attending the Save America rally that preceded the riots, gathering at the Capitol steps or breaching the Capitol itself — are now running for elected office.

Rather than disqualifying them from public service, the events of Jan. 6 appear to have served as a political springboard for dozens of Republicans who will be on the ballot this year for federal, state and local offices.

It’s difficult to state with precision just how many of those who participated in the rally on the Ellipse, marched to the Capitol or stormed the building will be on the ballot in 2022 — in many states, candidate filing deadlines are months away.

But a POLITICO review of Department of Justice case reports, social media posts, news accounts and interviews with attendees found that last year alone, 11 Jan. 6 protesters were elected to offices ranging from state legislature to city council to school board.

This year, more than two dozen are running for Congress, state legislature or statewide office — including at least two protesters who actually entered the Capitol. At least five Jan. 6ers are gearing up for gubernatorial races, among them Doug Mastriano, a Pennsylvania state senator and a leading voice in the national movement to discredit the 2020 election results…

At least three candidates this year face charges related to the Jan. 6 riots.

Source: They stormed the Capitol. Now they’re running for office. – POLITICO

Canada charter passengers who flouted Covid rules could be stranded in Mexico | Canada | The Guardian

Trudeau called the passengers’ conduct irresponsible and a “slap in the face″ to everyone who has been following public health restrictions. In French, he referred to the passengers as “idiots” and “barbarians”. Source: Canada charter passengers who flouted Covid rules could be stranded in Mexico | Canada | The Guardian