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Friday, October 15, 2021

Category: Asia

Startups fight COVID-19: Innovative alert solution from Sugatix to search and schedule an alert for COVID-19 vaccination slots in India

The battle of Corona pandemic can only be won by Vaccination. Getting the right vaccine at the right time is necessary. But due to a large population in India and shortage of vaccines, it became difficult to get the vaccine early. 

Don’t worry!

Many startups are helping Indian citizens and one of them is Car-pooling startup Sugatix. They have launched ‘Vaccine Tracker Cowin’ to help you in finding Covid-19 Vaccination slots in your locality. 

Founder of Sugatix Gaurav K. Verma said ” It gets difficult for vaccination registration as only one platform is available for the whole country then we realized the need to build this platform. Thus people can get notification when the slots are available, they can select the slot and it redirects them to the Cowin website to book the Vaccination slot”.

Vaccine Tracker Cowin built with Cowin APIs to track the slots. Users will get the notification by mail after registering. This platform currently has 1349 users from more than 200 districts across the country. NRIs from the UK, Germany, USA, Poland, UAE, and Japan can book the slots for their family staying in India as well.

Challenges at Vaccination sites like Cowin & How Sugatix helps you to overcome these challenges?

People are jumping the vaccine line to get the early shot. Vaccination sites are getting up their speed to schedule the people and verifying if they are eligible for vaccination or not.

  • Vaccination site like Cowin has a lack scheduling system to get the verification done. 
  • A large number of people are waiting for their slot and keep checking every day.
  • People don’t have a clear idea of how to get the shot at the right time at the right place.

To overcome these challenges, Sugatix a Car-pooling application came up with a ‘Vaccine Tracker’ Cowin in which you can get your Vaccination slot when it’s available. 

How to get Covid-19 Vaccination early with Sugatix?

Sugatix’s online platform Vaccine Tracker Cowin helps to schedule the location and get the notification via email when a slot is available. With this app, you can get the appointment soon and Vaccination in place.

About Vaccine Tracker Cowin:

This platform is trusted by hundreds of Indians and verified by the Ministry of health and family welfare. Sugatix introduced this with the collaboration of the Ministry of health and family welfare and Uthaan to get the people of Indian Vaccination shot fast. 

Direction to use this platform:

  • Visit Vaccine tracker Cowin website. You will see the email address area. Put the email address and get started.
  • Schedule the alert with a particular date and what type of vaccine you want- first and second dose. Also, choose 18+, or 45+ as well.
  • You will see real-time availability of vaccine slots. Also, put a watch list on 3 locations according to your choice.
  • They will keep your request and will look for available slots. Then they will send you a notification for available slots.

Visit the website and get your Vaccination soon!

Saudi Arabia … a study reveals one of the oldest series of archaeological structures

The Saudi Kingdoms Institute, which is concerned with archaeological research and conservation studies in the Al-Ula governorate, revealed an important archaeological discovery in the northwest of the kingdom, consisting of huge, super-complex stone structures called “rectangles”, which are classified much older than previously thought.

The study and conclusions related to the discovered structural structures are subject to further analysis and have also been published in “Antiquity”, a prestigious international journal whose contents are subject to close review by experts in this field.

Preserving AlUla’s legacy
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, said: “In line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030 to preserve more than 200,000 years of human history in Al-Ula, the Kingdoms Institute represents our commitment to preserving Al-Ula’s cultural heritage, as a global center for knowledge and research, and taking care of discoveries. It also provides new job opportunities for the people and residents of Al-Ula and strengthens the Kingdom’s role in preserving human history. ”

The Kingdoms Institute embodies a scientific center specialized in archeology research and means of preservation, and works extensively on the study of the history of the Arabian Peninsula and prehistoric times, as this region constitutes a crossroads linking the continents of the ancient world, which would bridge the gaps around the secrets of the natural and human history of the region.

And based on the role of Al-Ula and its historical importance in cultural exchange and trade on an international level, the Kingdoms Institute will become an academic center, a cultural platform for knowledge and exploration, and one of the pillars of the cultural structure of the region within the framework of the design vision “A Journey through Time” launched by the Crown Prince and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate Mohammed bin Salman, early this month.

The Kingdoms Institute, which was announced earlier this month, launched as part of the projects of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate, which in turn undertakes intensive research programs throughout the region, with the aim of expanding knowledge of the province’s human history, and previous archaeological missions will contribute to forming the intellectual basis that The institute is based on it, as a global center for archaeological research and means of preservation.

The doors of the permanent headquarters of the Kingdoms Institute will be opened to its first visitors by 2030, and it will take the form of red sandstone as an architectural structure, thus mimicking the huge building patterns of the Dadan civilization.

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula estimates that the institute will receive 838,000 visitors annually in 2035 at its permanent headquarters, which covers an area of ​​28,857 square meters, in the Dadan area of ​​Al-Ula.

Although the actual permanent headquarters of the institute is still in the planning phase, it has been practicing its activity as an effective research institution since the establishment of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate, where more than 100 specialists are practicing in the effects of exploration, surveying and conducting relevant studies throughout Al-Ula, through Seasonal fieldwork. At the same time, the institute’s group of researchers is registering a remarkable increase.

The discovery of a new type of millepede

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University and Hosei University have discovered a new species of large tropical centipede, widely known as the millepede.

The herbivore is a type of multiplayer creeping, living in damp places near rivers and beaches, and its diet depends on night hunting for insects.

The newly discovered organism is the third amphibious centipede, meaning that it lives in both water and land. It has been identified in the world and is the largest in the region, with a length of 20 centimeters and a thickness of about two centimeters.

It is also the first new centipede to be recognized in Japan in 143 years and is evidence of the amazing biodiversity of the Ryukyu Archipelago.

The Ryukyu Archipelago is a group of islands located in the western Pacific Ocean, characterized by a unique environmental diversity, subtropical climate, and high rainfall.

The new species belongs to the genus of large tropical centipedes known as Scolopendra, one of the original races named after the great scientist who is the legitimate father of the modern classification Carl Linnaeus.

The genetic analysis confirmed that the new centipede differs from any of its species, and it is the largest species of centipedes found in Japan and Taiwan.

There are about 100 different species in the tropics around the world, of which only 5 have been identified in Japan and Taiwan.

Redwater floods astonish Indonesians

The red water inundated a village in Indonesia raised the surprise and astonishment of the residents before it became clear later that it was caused by floodwaters that affected a textile dyeing center in the center of Java, as this sparked a great interaction and widespread comments on social media.

Residents of Jingot were seen near the town of Bikalongan, according to videos circulating, on Saturday, as they walked through red water, and many posted pictures of this rare phenomenon on the Internet.

Officials later confirmed that the unique color came from a harmless fabric dye, which is used by many batik normalization factories in the area.

Pekalongan is famous for its “batik” textile industry, with many handicrafts flourishing all over the city.

“People did not throw the dye on purpose, but many of these factories were flooded and the containers of the dye were transported through the water,” said Dimas Arga Yoda, an official in the local disaster management department, adding that the batik dye is not toxic and does not pose a danger.

Local officials deployed pumps to dry the flooded area and cleaned them in less than an hour. Flooding is a very common occurrence throughout the Indonesian archipelago, especially in the rainy season.

And last January, at least 21 people were killed, and more than 60,000 evacuated, after a series of major floods that struck southern Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Nine Arab films are competing for the 78th Golden Globe Awards

139 non-English films, from 77 countries in the world, are competing for the “Golden Globe” award for the category of films in a foreign language that it awards in its 78th session, whose concert was postponed to next February 28 due to the Corona epidemic, after it was held annually in January.

This year’s edition, according to what was published on the award’s website, which is usually held one month before the Oscars ceremony, which was in turn postponed to next April 25, is characterized by a large number of foreign films eligible to participate, especially since 37 of them directed or participated in its directed by women. The award’s fans and movie fans are waiting for the award to announce the shortlist of nominees for the prizes on February 3.

The conditions for qualifying films this year witnessed several changes due to the repercussions of Corona, as the film must be released in a foreign language in a commercial form in any country (not limited to the country of origin) and in any medium or format, including cinemas, TV, VOD or broadcast platforms. Or CDs. As for the release dates, they must be within the last 17 months, and there is no requirement for one film to participate in each country.

Nine Arab films qualified to compete for the best film in a foreign language, including “Mosul” the Iraqi American, “French-Algerian” DNA, the Palestinian “Between Heaven and Earth”, the Jordanian “200 meters”, the Sudanese “You will die at twenty” and the Tunisian. The man who sold his back, “and from Lebanon the films” Broken Keys “,” Bring Up with Your Glory, “and the Moroccan,” Oliver Asmar. “

Mayin and its Algerian roots
In the film “DNA”, French-Algerian actress and director Mayine search for her Algerian roots in a dramatic fictional and non-documentary form, as she told the Golden Globe: “I tell part of my story in the film while searching for my culture and my origins.”

“After the death of my Algerian grandfather, whose story is similar to the story of the film, I began to really live with those who passed away, and I ask myself what the dead can leave for us, and how do we live once they leave, so these ideas became an obsession and exacerbated my need to make this film.”

“DNA” tells the story of a divorced woman with 3 children, who collapses after the death of her grandfather, the Emir of an Algerian immigrant who settled in France in the early 1960s. This grandfather was the safety valve for the heroine who comes from a disjointed family.

ISIS through American eyes
“Mosul”, which is currently showing on “Netflix”, is the first Arabic-language film to be produced in Hollywood, starring Iraqi actor Suhail Dabaj, Jordanian actor Isaac Elias, Tunisian Adam Bisa, directed by Matthew Michael Karnahan, and produced by the American brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo.

The events of the film, which were filmed in Morocco, take place in an atmosphere of wars and battles that are led by 3 main men who are fighters in the Iraqi Rapid Intervention Forces, in Nineveh Governorate, which was famous for its confrontation and victory over ISIS.

‘Broken keys’
Two films from Lebanon have qualified, the first entitled “The Broken Keys” by director Jimmy Keyrouz, and it tells a semi-fictional story, where the hero who lost his entire family at the hands of ISIS decides to recover the piano he inherited from his talented musician mother who was killed by the militants.

The film he chose was launched from the border region between Mosul in Iraq and Deir Ezzor in Syria, depicting how “ISIS” changed the customs and traditions of people, imposing an extremist siege on all levels.

The second film is “C-Section”, known commercially as “Brboa with Your Glory,” directed by David Oryan, and starring Gabriel Yammine, Ammar Shalak, Pamela Elkik, Shady Haddad, and Rola Bessamati who also participate in “Keys Broken”.

In an Italian-style comic, the film tells the separate stories of four married people of different social and class backgrounds, united by fate in one maternity hospital, where wives give birth to their children and where things get completely out of control.

The director told the Golden Globe: “For me, the film is a microcosm of contemporary Lebanon and it is a melting pot of ethnic, religious and cultural elements, which are divided economically and classically.

“Between earth and sky”
The events of “Between Heaven and Earth”, by Palestinian director Najwa Najjar, and starring Mona Hawa and Firas Nassar, whose events are inspired by a true story, revolving around a couple who live in the occupied West Bank and stand on the threshold of separation, so the husband obtains a 3-day permit to cross Israeli checkpoints and go to the city Nazareth to complete the divorce proceedings.

In the family context and the tragedies of crossings and borders, the Jordanian film “200 meters” by Palestinian director Amin Nayfa deals with the story of a Palestinian family separated by the Israeli Apartheid Wall, where the father lives on the Palestinian side, and the mother and children are on the Israeli side. One day, one of the sons enters the hospital when he is only 200 meters from his father. The father tries to reach him, but he needs to travel on a journey that extends to two hundred kilometers.

Ali Suleiman, Lana Zureik, Samia Al-Bakri, Ghassan Abbas, Nabil Al-Rahi, Moataz Malhees, Ghassan Al-Ashqar, Anna Amtenberger and Mahmoud Abu Aita participated in the cast. The filming of the film focused on Tulkarm, in addition to scenes in Jenin and Ramallah. The film will represent Jordan in the competition for the Oscar for a best foreign film in the 93rd edition.

First Sudanese participation
“You will die at twenty” is the first Sudanese movie to qualify for the “Golden Globe” list, and it is also the first film to be released in the country since 1989 due to the suffocating rule that suppressed cultural and artistic life.

The film deals with a bold story that criticizes the influence of popular and Sufi beliefs on society, through a child born in a village in Sudan, and his mother carried him to one of the sheikhs to bless him, but the surprise was in the sheikh’s prediction that the infant will die when he reaches the age of twenty.

The Sudanese director, residing in the Emirates, Amjad Abu Al-Ela, depicts the life of a miserable, anxious mother who lived all her life wearing black in mourning for her son who is still alive, as well as the son lived in the confinement of the prophecy that prevented him from enjoying anything in the world, even the only girl who loved and loved him.

Asylum in a Tunisian movie
From Tunisia, director Kawthar Ben Haniyeh’s film “The Man Who Sold His Back”, qualified for the “Golden Globe”, after it was shown for the first time at the Venice Film Festival.

The film narrates the suffering of Syrian refugees, the journeys of torment between more than one country, the dream of reaching Europe, the cruel dream that turns into a nightmare after arriving in her country.

The film shows the physical and material exploitation of refugees and how racist practices are practiced against them that are inconsistent with human rights principles. It stars Yahya Mahaini and Dia Lien, as well as Italian actress Monica Bellucci and Belgian actor Quinn de Boe.

Oliver Moroccan and trafficking in evil

Moroccan film “Oliver Al Asmar”, directed by Tawfiq Baba, and starring Senegalese actor Modou Mbou, in addition to the actors Hassan Rishoy, Ilham Ojri and Mohamed Al Kashir, qualified for the “Golden Globe” list.

The film sheds light on the issue of human trafficking through the story of a young African who aspires to realize his dream to reach Morocco and work in the circus field, but he gets lost in an endless and harsh desert with no water or food, and he embarks on an exciting journey full of difficulties in order to survive on Alive.

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