Hire retired officials to hasten land acquisition in Goa: Gadkari

first_imgTo expedited lengthy land acquisition procedures delaying major infrastructure projects in Goa, including the Mumbai–Goa National Highway redevelopment, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, advised the state government to hire retired officials.“I suggested to them that they take some retired people,” he said, speaking on the side lines of another event on Tuesday. “National Highways Authority of India will pay them. The maximum problems are related to land acquisition. That is the reason we are taking more people to strengthen the land acquisition department.” He expressed concern over the delay of, and therefore cost escalation in, major projects. “Work is going on everywhere from Maharashtra border to the Karnataka border,” he said. “So we need the process of land acquisition to become faster.”On Monday, at a review meeting with the Public Works Department, Mr. Gadkari had expressed unhappiness at the slow pace of the redevelopment of the Goa section of the national highway.last_img read more

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Politicos reveal their hypocrisy

first_imgAt a time when all the political parties in the country came together in support of Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption in high places, there is one political party in Andhra Pradesh which is not in a position to join the struggle: the YSR Congress.The fledgling political party floated by Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has not come out with a single statement on corruption.For, Jagan himself is caught neck-deep in allegations of graft. Following a High Court order, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun a full-fledged probe into Jagan’s ill-gotten assets and the alleged illegal flow of investments into his business empire in the last five years. In the last 10 days, the CBI conducted intense searches on the offices and residences of Jagan and those companies which allegedly brought huge money into his media house Sakshi at a high premium, in quid pro quo to various benefits doled out by his father late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy during his regime between 2004 and 2009.The CBI filed the FIR in the special court last week with Jagan as the accused no. 1 and charging his father with being a co-conspirator.Apart from various sections under the IPC including cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts etc, the CBI also filed cases against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.The developments have come as an embarrassment to Jagan at a time when there was massive public outrage against corruption across the country, including various parts of Andhra Pradesh. He tried to wriggle out of the mess by moving the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the CBI inquiry, but there, too, he drew blank. What is worse, the Supreme Court too felt that there was a merit in the corruption case against him. And it has given his political rivals an opportunity to run him down for challenging the CBI inquiry fearing that it might expose his corruption.advertisementAt this stage, Jagan cannot make any comment on Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption.It would only invite further criticism against him, as it would be ridiculous for a person facing corruption charges to comment against corruption. So, he had no other option but to remain silent. However, he decided to take the battle to the people by forcing 29 MLAs owing allegiance to him to submit their resignations.Interestingly, these MLAs, too, are, too, not talking about the corruption charges against Jagan, but said they resigned only in protest against the CBI mentioning YSR’s name in the FIR. The corruption charges against Jagan have thrown up a pertinent question: which politician is not corrupt? As a matter of fact, almost all the political leaders who are now shouting from the roof tops against corruption, have all faced corruption charges at one point of time or the other.And they are now forced to support Anna Hazare only to protect their political identity.Take for instance Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu. He is projecting himself as “Andhra Hazare” these days and accusing the Congress of corrupt practices to gain political mileage. Naidu himself had faced several charges of corruption during his nine-year rule between 1995 and 2004, including promotion of his own company Heritage Foods at the cost of a government dairy in Chittoor district, granting of excise contractors on extraneous considerations and allotment of 1000 acres of land for IMG-Bharata in the name of development of international sports complex etc.And now, he is talking about exposing corruption. What do we call it, if not hypocrisy?last_img read more

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NFL Fans Want Goodell To Stay

first_imgNEW YORK — Most NFL fans believe Commissioner Roger Goodell should keep his job after his handling of recent domestic violence cases, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll.Only 32 percent say Goodell should lose his job over the issue, with 66 percent saying he shouldn’t.Support for his handling of the cases is much lower, though, with 42 percent saying they disapprove. The same percentage neither approve nor disapprove, with just 15 percent approving.Goodell initially suspended Ray Rice for two games after the Baltimore Ravens running back was charged with assaulting his then-fiancee. The commissioner defended the punishment at first, before admitting more than a month later that he “didn’t get it right.”When a video of the assault later surfaced, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely, saying the images constituted new evidence. Rice was released earlier that day by the Ravens.The poll shows strong support for keeping Rice off the field for at least some period of time. Forty-three percent of fans say Rice should never be allowed to play again. Just 7 percent say he should be able to play now, with 49 percent saying he should be permitted to return after missing more time.Opinions differed by gender and race. Slightly more than half of women say Rice should never be allowed to play again, compared with 37 percent of men. Just 19 percent of black fans say he should receive a permanent ban, while 46 percent of white fans support that.Respondents were more receptive to the idea of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson returning to the field. Peterson is currently on paid leave while he faces child abuse charges.Fifty-four percent of fans say he should be allowed to play again if he is found not guilty, and another 29 percent say he should be able to return regardless of the case’s outcome. Only 15 percent say he should never play again.Answers to this question also varied by gender and race. Thirty-four percent of men say Peterson should be allowed to return under any circumstances, compared with 22 percent of women. And 45 percent of black fans say he should be able to return no matter the verdict, while only 25 percent of white fans say that.The poll suggests that the recent spate of highly publicized domestic violence cases has made a small dent in the NFL’s popularity. An AP-GfK Poll conducted in January found that 49 percent of respondents considered themselves fans of pro football. That number dropped to 43 percent in the current poll.In January, 19 percent of respondents said their interest in the sport had increased in the previous five years, with 12 percent saying it had decreased. This time, 12 percent say it has increased while 15 percent say it has decreased.Of the group with less interest, 42 percent say the recent domestic violence arrests have been an extremely or very important factor in that drop.The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Sept. 25-29 using KnowledgePanel, GfK’s probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It included online interviews with 1,845 adults, including 836 NFL fans. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points for all respondents and plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for the NFL fans.___(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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How Virat Kohli makes newcomers comfortable in the Indian dressing room

first_imgVirat Kohli is one of the senior most cricketers in the Indian team right now and with so many youngsters making it to the team, most of them look upto the Indian captain. Kohli had once described how nervous he was to meet Sachin Tendulkar the first time he entered the Indian dressing room and perhaps, that is the same feeling some youngsters get in relation to him now.Kohli, in an interview for his app, said that he cannot behave like a senior in the dressing room and in fact he does not relate to himself as a cricketer who is senior.Kohli revealed how he behaves or break the ice with the youngsters in the Indian dressing room when they come up to him and behave with him as they would with a senior.”In all honesty, I cannot behave like a senior. I can’t do it even when someone gives me a lot of respect. I can’t relate to myself as a senior cricketer.””If someone comes and starts saying things which are too respectful, I crack some joke and be like ‘itna bhi koi serious hone ki zarurat nahi hai’ [you don’t have to be this serious also]. So I try to make them comfortable immediately. Because I like the idea of people opening up. I don’t like the idea of not speaking up or not knowing what’s going on. We should be organic and that’s the way I like it,” Kohli said.Kohli is one of the biggest ambassadors of fitness in the country right now and certainly sets the standard for the rest of his teammates in the Indian cricket team.advertisementKohli shared his favourite training regime whenever he is not weightlifting and running.”Something that I really enjoy apart from all the weightlifting and running and condition and all that stuff is a lot of resistance work with therabands or resistence bands. I think it is a great way to do focused and precise work on your muscles. It is something that is not too hectic but also gives you right amount of burn on your muscles. I think resistance training is one of my favourites apart from weightlifting and running,” Kohli told.Kohli also went on to reveal how in his childhood his elder brother and his friends would not allow him to bat and would all just go when his time came.”My brother is seven years elder to me. I did not spend much time at home with him as he was doing his own set of things with his own set of friends. I remember I always wanted to be a part of their group because I felt that they were cooler. That curiosity used to be there but they never allowed me as I was too young.””Mere sath bhot nainsafi bhi hui hai [I went through great injustice]. They knew I was passionate about cricket so I would take any position. Whenever it was my turn to bat, they would all just go home and I used to cry that they made me do everything but did not let me bat. It was frustrating at times, but with my cricket he was committed in helping me in every way he could.”He [Kohli’s brother] was obviously involved in the business with my dad, but whenever I had a game, he made it a point to take me, watch the game or bring me back when I was really small. When I was older, I used to go by myself. Obviously he was very important to me. He never compromised on any of my game and his efforts in that were massive. My father’s efforts as well but I think my brother ensured that none of the things were compromised.”Also Read | When Virat Kohli would cry because he wasn’t allowed to bat: I went through great injusticeAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s 2018: 2735 international runs, 11 hundreds and 4 overseas Test winsAlso Read | Watch: Indian cricket’s most viral videos of 2018 featuring Kohli, Jadeja and RainaAlso Read | ICC Test rankings: Kohli maintains lead at the top, Bumrah and Pant make big gainsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Electricity demand in Delhi increases by 22 in AprilMay

first_imgNEW DELHI: The power demand in the national capital has been soaring this year with April-May recording a 22-per cent growth over the corresponding period in 2018. The peak power demand in April 2018 was 5,200 MW. This year, the demand in April crossed the 5,200-MW mark five times, peaking at 5,664 MW on April 30, said Delhi’s power department and discom officials.”Notwithstanding the intermittent pleasant weather, Delhi’s power demand in 2019 is turning out to be up to 22 per cent more than the corresponding period last year,” an official said. The power demand in April 2019 has been higher on 19 occasions than the corresponding days last year. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarOn April 22, it was 3,828 MW in 2018 and 4,588 MW in 2019 an increase of 20 percent. Again on April 25, it was 4,438 MW in 2018 and 5,552 MW in 2019 an increase of 19 percent, the officials said. The trend continues in May 2019. Of the first 24 days of May this year, the power demand has been higher than on 13 corresponding days of last May, increasing by up to 22 percent on May 10 this year, when it touched 5,985 MW as against 4,899 MW on May 10 last year, they said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHowever, the power demand between May 15-24, 2019, has been marginally less than the power demand on the corresponding days last year as temperatures remained relatively pleasant because of the western disturbances, they pointed. The peak power recorded in May 2018 was 6,442 MW on May 30, 2018. Delhi’s peak power demand in the summers of 2019 may clock 7,400 MW. Last summer, peak demand breached 7,000 MW for first time peaking at 7,016 MW. This expected peak power demand of 7,400 MW is an increase of over 250 per cent over the peak power demand of 2,879 MW in 2002. It is interesting to note Delhi’s peak power demand is substantially more than that of several cities and states. It is more than the power demand of Mumbai and Chennai put together, thrice than Kolkata, and nearly 2.5 times of the seven northeastern states put together, said discom officials. Arrangements have been firmed up by BSES discoms to source adequate electricity to meet the power demand of over 42 lakh consumers, said a spokesperson of the discom. These arrangements include long-term power purchase agreements and banking arrangements with other states including Himachal Pradesh, UP, J&K, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim, he said. BSES discoms will get up to 865 MW (BRPL 550 MW, BYPL 315 MW) of power through banking arrangements. Apart from this, BRPL will also get 100 MW of Wind Power from April 2019. In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages in power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange, he added.last_img read more

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GTDC seeks report on cruises operating despite cyclone warning

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has sought a report over some cruise ships operating in the Mandovi river here located close to the Arabian Sea despite a warning of rough weather along the state coast due to cyclone Vayu, an official said. The GTDC received complaints that some cruise vessels were operating close to the sea waters, the state-run entity’s chairman, Dayanand Sopte, told reporters here on Wednesday. The weather department on Tuesday predicted heavy rainfall in the state due to cyclone Vayu, prompting the authorities to close the shoreline for swimming. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CIC However, despite the warning, some cruise vessels operated in the river, Sopte noted. “I have asked the officials concerned to submit a report to me in two days on how the cruise ships were allowed to leave the jetty and venture into the water,” he said. The Santa Monica jetty in Panaji city is the anchoring point for various cruise vessels which take tourists on pleasure rides in the picturesque Mandovi river.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,143.41, up 103.11 points):Lithium Americas Corp. (TSX:LAC). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 9.38 per cent, to $1.45 on 7.5 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Down 65 cents, or 1.68 per cent, to $38.00 on 5.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 42 cents, or 4.15 per cent, to $10.55 on 4.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up one cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $2.42 on 4.2 million shares. The Quebec-based plane and train maker says there is a global market worth US$820 billion over the next 20 years for 12,550 commercial planes the size it produces. In other news, Boeing walked away from talks with Canadian officials aimed at resolving the American aerospace company’s trade dispute with Bombardier, accusing Bombardier of selling its CSeries passenger liners to U.S.-based Delta Airlines at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies in Canada.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 25 cents, or 2.18 per cent, to $11.72 on 3.9 million shares.Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Miner. Down eight cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $7.53 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up 25 cents, or 1.78 per cent, to $14.33 on 1.6 million shares. At a special meeting on Tuesday, more than 88 per cent of shareholders rejected a plan that would have seen Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway acquire 23.9 million more shares for $246.7 million, at $10.30 per share. That would have been on top of Buffett’s initial Home Capital investment of $153 million in June. read more

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Ohio State womens ice hockey sweeps opening series against New Hampshire

OSU freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve (32) watches as sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan (21) pushes the puck up the ice in a game against New Hampshire Oct. 4. at the Ohio State Ice Rink. OSU won 4-3.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s hockey team knew it needed a good start to the season, but getting a good scare wasn’t in the original plans.Following a 1-0 win against New Hampshire on Friday, the Buckeyes completed their home series sweep against the Wildcats with a 4-3 late-game victory Saturday.OSU sophomore forward Claudia Kepler’s goal with 32 seconds remaining in Saturday’s game saved the Buckeyes (2-0-0) from a collapse that saw their early 3-0 lead erased.“We’re really a cohesive unit that’s working well together right now and you can feel the energy in the locker room and while we’re on the bench,” senior forward Kayla Sullivan said. “We’re comfortable working with each other already.”Fresh off a shutout victory on Friday night, OSU jumped out to a quick start on Saturday but was unable to hold its advantage.First period goals by senior forward Danielle Gagne, Sullivan and sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan were answered in the second and third periods when the Wildcats recorded three-consecutive tallies.“I think that we started gambling a little bit and getting away from playing some fundamentally-sound hockey,” OSU coach Nate Handrahan said. “That can’t happen as we go forward.”Kepler’s goal in the waning seconds of Saturday’s game marked her second game-winning goal in as many days.Friday’s game wasn’t nearly as hectic, but still challenged the Buckeyes. Once Kepler’s second-period goal gave OSU a 1-0 lead, the team was forced to defend its advantage the rest of the game.The Buckeye defense faced its biggest test when Gagne took an interference penalty with 3:07 remaining in regulation. OSU’s penalty kill was perfect in the game, as it was on Saturday as well.As a whole, OSU’s special teams success was limited to the penalty kill. The Buckeyes went zero-for-seven on the power play during the series and struggled to find structure with the man advantage.The power play is a work in progress, Handrahan said.OSU allowed a shorthanded goal on Saturday, an occurrence that happened six times last season.In net, the Buckeyes were backstopped  by freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve who picked up a shutout in her first collegiate start. Sauve combined to make 46 saves on 49 shots on the weekend.“Knowing that we have her behind us it gives us the confidence to play more aggressive and maybe a little riskier,” redshirt-sophomore defenseman Bryanna Neuwald said. “It’s comforting.”Next to Sauve, freshman forward Julianna Iafallo was the Buckeyes’ most notable rookie. Iafallo was a top-six forward and had four shots during the series.“I think our freshmen in general are a little bit tentative,” Handrahan said “They’re dipping their toe in the water when I need them to do a cannon ball and get in the pool.”Five freshmen made their Buckeye debuts against New Hampshire.OSU is now undefeated in its last five season openers.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play at Wisconsin on Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Sunday at 2:07 p.m. read more

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Your first snowman picture of the season

first_imgTHE WEATHER IS certainly getting cold, but not this cold surely?Luckily for anyone at sea-level, this snow was only seen on Ireland’s highest peak.Billy Horan and his father ‘Nelius scaled Carraunthoohil in Co Kerry and discovered about an inch of snow at the summit, the first snow of the year at the top of the mountain.So, what to do with that much snow? Make a snowman of course.Pic: Billy HoranRead: Irish Air Corps capture great shots of wintery Skellig IslandsRead: The Week in Photos: Grey Matterlast_img

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So this is what Dublins Lord Mayor did yesterday

first_imgDUBLIN’S LORD MAYOR, Naoise Ó Muirí, lived up to his lesser known other title yesterday – Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port.What better way to show your domination of the seven seas (or maybe just the Irish one) than by throwing a spear into the water.How do we know all this, we hear you (possibly) ask?He tweeted pics, of course!Through the miracle of science (and gif-making software), the Daily Edge can now bring you this momentous, eh, moment, in all its glory.Sure it’s like being there yourself.Read: 3 top questions schoolchildren asked Dublin’s Lord Mayor >last_img

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Wish pubs would open on Good Friday It could become a reality

first_imgSource: ShutterstockTHE CLOSURE OF pubs on Good Friday is a legacy of our past which does not recognise the massive changes in the country and the manner in which pubs have changed in recent times. I believe it is high time we moved on from this outdated law.”That’s the view of Fine Gael Imelda Henry who has published a Bill that would make it legal for pubs to serve alcohol on Good Friday.The legislation will soon be debated in the Seanad.Henry is a publican from Sligo who was nominated to the upper house by the Vintners Federation of Ireland.She said that the ban was “no longer realistic”, but added that pub owners could remain closed on Good Friday if they wished to do so for religious reasons.“The Irish pub has evolved significantly in recent years. Almost 60% of Irish pubs now serve food. I believe that it is no longer realistic to expect one key sector in our hospitality industry to close on a day when shops, restaurants and other businesses are open.The pub is an intrinsic part of the Irish tourism experience, both for domestic and international visitors. Research shows that pubs are one of the top three tourist experiences and one of Ireland’s top selling points.“At Easter weekend, a time when many people take a break, I believe they should be able to avail of the Irish pub experience. If any publican wishes to remain closed on Good Friday for religious reasons they would of course be free to do so.”So what do you think, good idea or bad? Sound off in the comments.Read: Could a levy on alcohol help suicide prevention?Read: Arthur’s Day axed: Guinness confirms celebration will not be returninglast_img read more

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Google rend hommage à Les Paul avec un Doodle musical

first_imgGoogle rend hommage à Les Paul avec un Doodle musicalAujourd’hui, le logo de Google sur sa page d’accueil s’est transformé en guitare sur laquelle il est possible de jouer avec son curseur ou clavier. Un bel hommage à Les Paul, virtuose de cet instrument, qui aurait fêté aujourd’hui ses 96 ans.Voilà un nouveau Doodle qui va plaire aux guitaristes, professionnels ou amateurs. Google propose aujourd’hui aux internautes, sur la page d’accueil du moteur de recherche, de jouer quelques notes de musique en mémoire de Les Paul, de son vrai nom, Lester William Polfuss. Ce guitariste et inventeur américain, né le 9 juin 1915 à Waukesha dans le Wisconsin, a joué un rôle important dans le développement des guitares électriques à corps plein et des techniques d’enregistrements multipistes. À lire aussiLicenciement, compost humain et death metal, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 28 avrilLes Paul gratte ses premières cordes de guitare à l’âge de 12 ans et devient semi-professionnel un an plus tard. A 17 ans, il rejoint le Rube Tronson’s Cowboys, un orchestre régional de Musique country, puis devient professionnel.Mais Les Paul est surtout le concepteur d’instruments du même nom et fait fortune à partir des années 1950 en collaborant avec la marque Gibson. La “Les Paul” de Gibson reste à l’heure actuelle une référence pour tous les guitaristes.Le 9 juin 2011 à 15:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Three Gambian Children Return from Treatment Overseas

first_imgBy: Kebba AF TourayProject Aid the Gambia, on Saturday 14th October 2017, received three Gambian children from Germany, after having gone on a complete overseas treatment, which availed them the opportunity to stay in Deutschland for one and half years. The flight that brought them, landed a little after 17:00 hrs in the evening.The children who are Ebrima Minteh, Modou Juldeh Jallow and Omar Sarr, were received at the foot of the aircraft by their parents and members of the project. Shortly after their arrival, a presentation was made by their Dutch counterpart, Mrs. Mareike Jansen, on the treatment they went through, the procedures involved, their medications and a token of 40Euros was given to each of the kids. She appealed to the parents to still take greater care of their children and ensure that they take their medications as prescribed by the doctors.Binta Jadama, one of the parents that this reporter spoke to, expressed gratitude to the project for the humanitarian gesture by helping her son regain his health and normal life. She thanked the project for their continuous assistance and dedication in helping Gambian children get treatment in Germany and urged them to keep up the momentum.Mr. Baba Galleh Wulle, on behalf of the parents, expressed gratitude and appreciation to the PEACE VILLAGE and the entire Project, for their help; that without such assistance, things would have been very difficult for the children to get the right treatment.“I know it has not been an easy task. We wish to therefore express our appreciation to Project Aid for coming to the aid of our children at the time when it is most needed and we are impressed with the feedback we got from the medical team from Germany,” he said. He challenged the project to fasten their belts and continue to render the support, adding that there are lots of children in need.Mr. Mass Susso Manager at Project Aid the Gambia, said the project was founded in 1992, with the objective of helping Gambian people in the areas of Health, Agriculture and Education; that the project is mostly involved in the health care service of Gambians.He said the project has been contributing to the socio-economic development of the Gambia and has among other things, constructed a clinic in Jahally, CRR, were the village and it surroundings come for medication. “We use to receive one hundred and fifty- two (152) patients a day and annually we receive Fifty thousand (50,000) and the cost of our drugs, is reasonable,” said Susso.He lamented the provision of the children’s medical documents as their challenge adding that this helps in getting the other relevant documents when seeking treatment for the kids in Germany. He thanked the PEACE VILLAGE, the supreme authority of the project based in Germany, for their tremendous efforts in the health sectors of the country, in the absence of which the project is doomed to fail.He thanked the Media for their partnership in disseminating their activities to the entire populace and called on Government, especially the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, to cooperate with them and avail them the support when needed; that they are partners in the development of the health sector of The Gambia.Another four children will leave the shores of The Gambia for Germany today, 15th October 2017, in their quest to get treatment, fully catered for by the project and its German based sister Organization, PEACE VILLAGE.last_img read more

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OPPS EBOLA READINESS NOT THAT EXPENSIVE

first_img Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:chikv, Dengue, Ebola, joint ministeral council, premier rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Dec 2014 – The country did not actually spend $1 million dollars on Ebola, ChikV and Dengue Fever readiness. The Premier during that press debriefing of the London and New York trips admitted that figure quote was in error. Hon Dr Rufus Ewing was reported as telling the Joint Ministerial Council in London that it took one million for the TCI to ready itself in a worst case scenario; the PS of Health had months before quoted that it would take just over half a million or $550 thousand dollars for the protective equipment and gear… but now the nation’s leader, a medical doctor by profession explains that the actual cost may not even hit that projected figure as Ebola has thankfully turned out to be less of an event than had been anticipated. Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

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Heroes hailed at Red Cross breakfast

first_imgAlso honoredo Francisco Melton and crew were returning to the Goose Point Oyster Farms cannery on Willapa Bay in February 2013 when they encountered a boat and two people stranded on a submerged sand spit. Melton and his crew used their oyster boat to rescue the couple, ages 71 and 59. The couple was hypothermic and exhausted.o Cindy Faubion, an expert kayaker, lived near a jetty where a distressed kayaker was left hanging on a log piling after her kayak sank 30 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River in March 2013. When the woman’s friends called 911, the dispatcher called her mother, Faubion. Faubion was able to reach the woman before the sheriff’s rescue boats and she and her family brought the woman back to shore.o Bob Robeck was on his way to work driving on Interstate 84 when he came upon a single-vehicle crash. An overturned car had an unresponsive woman inside. Robeck kicked in a window, cut the woman’s seat belt and pulled her out of the sunroof before the car became engulfed in flames.o Rhett and Karen Burbank were in their home when Rhett’s brother, Joel, spotted a neighbor lying face down in the backyard. Karen Burbank called 911 while Rhett Burbank ran to the woman, who was unresponsive and had no pulse. Rhett performed CPR and she survived.o Harley, a 7-year-old pit bull, woke his owner Gordon Pruett in the middle of the night on May 10, 2013. Pruett eventually spotted a cougar perched in a tree in the backyard of his Vancouver house. Pruett called 911, and police evacuated Pruett, his wife and his 9-year-old son. Harley kept the cougar treed until wildlife officials arrived and tranquilized the animal.last_img read more

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In push up the coast Iditarod mushers vie for top 10

first_imgMushers racing between Nulato and Kaltag. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Competition is hardly confined to the front as Iditarod teams sprint along the coast.Mushers in Unalakleet are hoping to hop, skip, and leap-frog their teams toward the top 10.Kelly Maixner looks over his sleepy sled-dogs as they nap on small bushels of straw. But, he says, to those who know how to read the signs, these are not tired dogs.Kelly Maixner bootying a sleepy sled dog before leaving for Shaktoolik. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)“They’re moving around a little bit, see that one was looking at me, that one is moving. If they were really tired you wouldn’t be able to move them at all,” Maixner said. “Ya know, just like us when we’re really tired and our mom tries to get us out of bed, we’re like, ‘rrrrrrh.’ And they’ll be a little bit grouchy when they get out of bed, that’s always how they are.”Like a lot of mushers moving up the coast, Maixner’s strategies, plans, and timelines were left back on the river.“I don’t have a specific schedule,” he said. “Basically, right now, it’s what can the dogs do.”Maixner was 21st into Unalakleet, but says a top 10 finish isn’t totally out of the question.He’s done well along the coast before, and budgeted his dogs for a hard push past competitors further ahead.In his analysis, part of what’s making this such a fast, tightly clustered race is how cooperative the weather and trail conditions have been. And neither of those variables are a given along the notoriously temperamental coast.“Usually about this time is when you start seeing people really start to fall back,” Maixner said. “But you can get away with a lot more when you don’t have any resistance to fight. So that’s probably one of the reasons everything is so close. I mean, it’s gonna be a crowded party at White Mountain. I’d better go get there.”After more than 700 miles, strategy is a bit of a luxury. Watering his dogs after a few hours of rest, Aniak musher Richie Diehl says his progress is at the whims of a bug.“They just got this virus that’s been going around, everybody else has gotten, now we’re getting it later on in the race,” Diehl said. “But that’s part of the deal.”Ray Reddington Jr. leaving Unalakleet Sunday afternoon wearing a beautiful seal-skin cap as he heads north up the coast. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)His priority at this point isn’t any particular number in the standings, it’s getting his dogs another 261 miles to Nome.“I kinda gotta keep an eye on the ones that are a little sick and see how they do. I think if I push them any harder then it could have a snowball effect and have some issues,” Diehl said. “I just have to run my dogs and see how they’re doing. That’s all I’m gonna do.”A few yards away, Travis Beals is trying to entice his dogs out of their nap by tossing frozen pieces of fat.“We’re just gonna call this one an expensive vacation,” Beals said.Beals was expecting to top his 11th place finish from last year. But at 23rd into Unalakleet, he’s pessimistic. Right as he’s describing his disappointment, Kelly Maixner—bootying his dogs a few feet away—cuts him off.“You’re not in bad shape right now. It looks like, but you’re not,” Maixner said. “I told you that two days ago. I mean you’re only—how many hours out?”Beals, who jumped six spots between Unalakleet and Nome last year, takes the point. He’s not sure how much reserve his team has, or what his run-rest plan is for the remaining trail. But none-the-less, he’s ready to go.last_img read more

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SpiceJet Denies Extending Flight Cancellations to Operate 230 Flights Daily in January

first_imgDenying speculation of extended flight cancellations, SpiceJet has confirmed that it will operate 230 flights everyday in January 2015.  ReutersIn a call with IBTimes, SpiceJet spokesperson denied media reports that claimed extension of 300 flight cancellations till 31 January.Staring at uncertain future, the beleagured airline said it would maintain operations at current levels, which require working capital of about ₹ 8-9 crore a day.In December, the airline decided to rationalise its fleet and flight schedules, which saw operations trim by a third, to 230 flights from an earlier 345 flights. The spokesperson declined to comment on reports about the expected funding of the cash-strapped airline. On Wednesday, the last trading day of the year, SpiceJet was trading at ₹17.10, down ₹0.70, or 3.93%. The airline touched a 52-week high of ₹22.20 on 26 May 2014 and a low of ₹11.10 on 13 August 2014.last_img read more

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World should continue pressure on Myanmar PM

first_imgInternational Rescue Committee (IRC) president and CEO David Miliband pays a courtesy call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office in the capital on Tuesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday reiterated her call to the international community to keep up pressure on the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingya people from Bangladesh, said BSS.“The global community will have to continue their pressure on the Myanmar government to take back the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh,” she said when International Rescue Committee (IRC) president and CEO David Miliband paid a courtesy call on her at the Prime Minister’s Jatiya Sangsad office in the capital this noon.Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister and the IRC chief mainly discussed the Rohingya issue.The premier said Bangladesh is holding discussions with Myanmar on the issue and pursuing them to take back their nationals from here.Sheikh Hasina informed Miliband that the local people of Cox’s Bazar are suffering most and the environment is being affected due to the influx of a huge number of Rohingya people there.The premier said arrangements are being made to shift the Rohingyas to a safe place. “We are providing healthcare services to the Rohingya people and also developing an island named Bhashan Char to shift them there,” she said.The IRC president informed the premier that he came to Bangladesh with a team to see the condition of the Rohingyas.Miliband, a British Labour Party politician and former secretary of state, highly praised the Bangladesh government for giving shelter to over 11 lakh Rohingyas.“Opening the border for the Rohingyas is a significant humanitarian gesture and it’s a signal to the international community,” he said.Miliband said an IRC team is working in Bangladesh for the assistance of the Rohingyas and assured that they will continue their help. “We will recruit 100 staff from Bangladesh for the support of the Rohingyas,” he said.The IRC chief stressed the need for decongesting the areas where the Rohingyas have taken shelter.Both the prime minister and the IRC chief feared that the biggest problem for the Rohingyas would be landslide in the upcoming monsoon, the press secretary said.Miliband thanked the Bangladesh government for supporting the registration of the Rohingya people.Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster.The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 28 US cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient.last_img read more

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Gravity might amplify quantum fluctuations create astrophysical objects

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study, physicists have proposed that gravity could trigger a runaway effect in quantum fluctuations, causing them to grow so large that the quantum field’s vacuum energy density could dominate its classical energy density. This vacuum-dominance effect, which emerges under some specific but reasonable conditions, contrasts with the widely held belief that the influence of gravity on quantum phenomena should be small and subdominant. Digital Quantum Battery Could Boost Energy Density Tenfold Daniel Vanzella and William Lima of the University of São Paulo in Brazil have suggested the new idea in a study published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. The concept is based on the idea that virtual particles are continually popping into and out of existence in empty space. Vanzella and Lima propose that a powerful gravitational field – such as one that exists near a neutron star – could create a region of many virtual particles densely packed together. The energy density of the virtual particles might grow to become even larger than the energy of the neutron star, or other object that generated the gravitational field. At this size, the vacuum energy of the quantum field could possibly influence astrophysical processes. For example, it could play a role in the collapse of neutron stars which would lead to the formation of black holes, or in structure formation during cosmological expansion.If the vacuum-dominance effect exists and is strong enough to have such consequences, scientists will still have to discover a new kind of quantum field that would react to gravity in this way, since none of the quantum fields based on known forces could induce these effects. Still, the physicists note that the possibility of vacuum dominance itself is surprising to discover within “a simple and classically well-behaved situation.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Gravity might amplify quantum fluctuations, create astrophysical objects (2010, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-gravity-amplify-quantum-fluctuations-astrophysical.html More information: Daniel Vanzella and William Lima. “Gravity-Induced Vacuum Dominance.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 161102 (2010). Doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.161102. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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