Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Thursday, November 12, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 11122020 1130 UTC
Today: Thursday, November 12, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 7 minutes
· The Rohingya from Bangladesh Refugee Camps congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
· UAE and Myanmar to establish diplomatic ties
· Biden: An embarrassing situation arises when Trump does not accept the election results
· Georgia to re-count presidential election ballots by hand
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:26 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: AI Aims to Identify COVID-19 by Sounds of a Cough
Summary: Researchers are working on machine learning systems to identify COVID-19 cases by the sounds of a person’s cough. One system has demonstrated a high success rate in detecting COVID-19 in people with no physical signs of the disease. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, recently published a paper reporting results of the system.
The team created an artificial intelligence (AI) model to examine the sounds of people who produced a forced cough. The sounds were collected from people who recorded them on computers or mobile devices. The individuals were also asked to provide information about any symptoms they were experiencing, as well as whether they had been officially tested for COVID-19.
People then sent the recordings and data to researchers through the internet or their devices. Researchers reported they had received more than 70,000 recordings, amounting to about 200,000 individual cough examples. The team then trained the model on the cough sounds, as well as spoken words.
When the new cough recordings were fed into the system, it correctly identified 98.5 percent of coughs from people confirmed to have COVID-19, the researchers reported. The model also detected 100 percent of coughs in people who reported they had tested positive for the virus, but had no signs of the disease.
Report: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:03 minutes
Topic: Inadequate food supply is currently increasing the suffering of Rohingya.
Translation Summary: Mrs. Zulekha (single name) is 55 years old. She is currently living in Rohingya camp # 12, Block # G-1, Thaingkhali-2, Thaingkhali, Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar. She told the VOA; she could pick up ration items of her choice before the outbreak of Corona virus, but as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus, the World Food Program (WFP) is packaging rations and there is no role for their own choice. She further said that the amount of SIM card was BDT 770 but now it has been increased to BDT 1011. Though the amount of money is increased, the price of the product is much higher. At the same time they have stopped giving onions, gram and pulses. So we have constant trouble with food.
Mr. Ayatullah Ayas (19) is a SARPV Nutrition Volunteer (Social Assistant And Rehabilitation For The Physically Vulnerable) current responsibilities at WFP Food Distribution Center, living Camp # 05, Block # D-61, Lambashiya, Kutupalong, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar. Ayatullah told VOA; Ration has been reduced in all items and pulses, onions and lentils are no longer given. He added that Rohingyas could take items as they wished before but now due to the Corona virus, everyone is given a packet of rations by standing 3 feet away and following the hygiene rules, where the rations are pre-packaged. He added that the current reduction in rations has doubled the suffering of the Rohingya.
Duration: 3:00 minutes