BJP AAP spar over Kejriwal govts water bill waiver scheme

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP and the AAP sparred over the Kejriwal government’s water bill waiver scheme at a public meeting in Mukherjee Nagar here on Friday, with both sides accusing the other of resorting to “bullying”. Former Union minister Vijay Goel alleged that Aam Aadmi Party leader Dilip Pandey, accompanied by “goons” of his party, “attacked and disrupted” the meeting organised by a local resident welfare association where people were demanding refund of the amount paid by them towards water bills. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Pandey, however, said he went to the meeting to have a dialogue over the issue with Goel but was “pushed away” by BJP workers and police. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on last Tuesday announced graded waiver of water bill arrears with full exemption in case of colonies dominated by lower middle class people. The BJP and AAP workers raised slogans and indulged in heated arguments as Goel addressed the meeting. The water bill waiver sop, announced just a few months before the Assembly polls in Delhi, has led the BJP to term it as a “freebie” handed out by the AAP government for electoral gains. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “In the public meeting organised by the resident welfare association, people said was it their fault that they honestly paid their water bills. Dilip Pandey and the goons of Kejriwal attacked and disrupted it,” Goel alleged. He said that a complaint has been lodged at the Mukherjee Nagar police station. Goel has been demanding that water bills paid by people before the announcement of the waiver scheme by the Kejriwal government should also be refunded. Pandey asked the BJP leader if his party could promise in its manifesto to refund the water bills paid by the people and whether BJP-ruled states could take such a step.last_img read more

Finance Minister to speak in Calgary

first_imgA day after announcing a $4.5-billion deal to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, the federal finance minister is speaking to a business audience in Calgary.Bill Morneau will address the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, talking about challenges facing the Canadian economy including investor confidence, business competitiveness, and innovation.He will also provide an update on critical infrastructure.The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Big Four Roadhouse at Stampede Park.You can watch a livestream on Facebook.last_img

Paralympians Record Video For Sightsavers

first_imgA short film capturing the voices of some of the world’s top Paralympians competing in London 2012 has been launched today by Sightsavers International.The film highlights the urgent need for people with disabilities to be included in world discussions about global poverty, to ensure equal access to essential healthcare, education and employment opportunities. Available at, the film includes Great Britain’s (GB) five-a-side blind football team captain, Dave Clarke and world champion judoist, Ben Quilter.Joining the GB Paralympians in the film, which showcases the talents of disabled athletes from around the world are: Jamaica’s Sylvia Grant (javelin) and Alphanso Cunningham (javelin and discus); Ghana’s Raphael Botsyo and Anita Fordjour (wheel chair track athlete) and Alem Mumuni (paracyclist); and Uganda’s Akullo Christine (visually impaired 100 metre sprinter). Together with Sightsavers they are asking the public to join the #Relay4Equality by sharing the film online and helping to spread one message as far around the globe as possible: There’s a big discussion about poverty going on, and it’s essential that people with disabilities in the poorest of countries take part. Will you help us spread the word? Help us get our voices heard around the world – by sharing this film.World champion judoist and Sightsavers ambassador Ben Quilter, who is visually impaired, says: “The opinions and thoughts of disabled people need to be heard in the fight against global poverty, which is why I’m asking the public to share this video and spread the word.”Today over a billion people worldwide have a disability, with 80 per cent living in developing countries2. The exclusion of people with disabilities is a huge problem in the developing world, leading to a cycle of poverty and inequality.A global conversation is now taking place to determine what world leaders should do when the current deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which aim to halve global poverty and increase access to education and health, for the world’s poorest people – runs out in 2015. When these goals were set in 2000, disabled people and other marginalised groups did not have the chance to have their voices heard. Sightsavers wants to change this and ensure that disabled people are placed at the centre of discussions on what should replace the MDGs.Adding to Sightsavers’ plea to world leaders, football captain Dave Clarke, who is registered blind, says: “I’m not surprised by the exclusion of disabled people from such discussions. They need to take a wider audience of people to really get a global view of what the issues are and how to tackle them.”A large part of Sightsavers’ work is focussed on changing the lives of disabled people, for example by supporting education and training for people with visual impairments, and advocating for their social inclusion and equal rights.Sightsavers’ Chief Executive, Caroline Harper says: “The 2012 Paralympic Games showcases that given the right opportunities and support, there are no limits to what people with disabilities can achieve. Sadly I’ve witnessed that the reality of living with a disability in the developing world is often very different, where someone’s disability can lead to a life of poverty and hardship. When The Millennium Development Goals were agreed in 2000 disabled people didn’t have the chance for their voices to be heard. This time we want to make sure the voices of disabled people are included and equality is delivered. That’s why we are relaying this important message.”Visit to see the short film.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Kiefer Sutherland (Moritz Kuenster/Monster Pics) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment KIEFER SUTHERLAND CANCELS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES AFTER INJURING RIBSKiefer Sutherland has been forced to cancel a handful of European tour dates after slipping on the steps of a bus and injuring his ribs. The 24 actor-turned-country-singer was on his way to a gig in Denmark when the accident happened. READ MOREKIEFER SUTHERLAND INJURED IN BUS MISHAP, POSTPONES THREE EUROPEAN MUSIC TOUR DATESIn his role as agent Jack Bauer on TV’s 24, Kiefer Sutherland survived explosions, gunfire and all sorts of physical attacks. As the US President in Designated Survivor, he was spared from a massive explosion that took out most of the cabinet and Congress.But in real life, he was just done in by some bus stairs. READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

BC Hydros generating stations receive upgrades

first_imgAdditionally, we’ll update controls for intake systems; controls for plant auxiliary systems; GMS plant central control room; and remote operation controls for GMS and PCN generating stations. When completed in 2024, Site C Generating Station will also be controlled from GMS as part of this upgrade. Upgrade work has been completed for generating units 1 to 5 and generating units 9 and 10. The unit controls upgrade and governor retrofit work for generating unit 6 is scheduled to be completed in October 2019. All upgrade work for this project is expected to be completed by mid-2023. GMS HVAC System Upgrade At GMS, we’ll be upgrading the 50-year old heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The HVAC system provides conditioned air to building occupants and temperature regulation for generating equipment.  To ensure increased reliability and system stability, we’ll be upgrading the protection and control equipment for PCN generating units 1 to 4. The current electromechanical systems, which were installed in the 1980s, are past their useful life and will be replaced with modern, state-of-the-art systems. The work will include installation of new digital protection and control panels for the generator exciter and transformer systems. There are two stages for equipment replacement timed to fit with annual maintenance schedules; the construction for generators 3 and 4 started in April 2019 and will be completed this year, and construction for generators 1 and 2 is planned to start on March 2020. June/July 2019 Peace River Generating Stations Projects Update GMS G1-10 Control System Upgrade We’re replacing unit controls for generating units 1 to 10 and retro-fitting governors for generating units 6 to 10. These control the water flow through the turbine to regulate the shaft speed of the generator. Also due for replacements are the exciters for generating units 9 and 10 – these control the current through the generator field winding to regulate the output voltage of the generator.  Targeted replacement of components of the current system is expected to improve reliability, maintainability and safety, and is currently planned to take place between 2022 and 2023. PCN HVAC System Upgrade At PCN, we’re also strategically upgrading the HVAC system as the heating, cooling and ventilation needs aren’t being efficiently met by the existing system. Major components need to be replaced and this work is being sequenced after the GMS HVAC project to enable transferring of lessons learned. We’re planning for construction at PCN between 2024 and 2025. GMS G1-5 Exciter Transformer Replacement Exciter transformers are necessary to power the exciters which control the magnetic field in the generator and the output voltage. The exciter transformers in generating units 1-5 needed to be replaced. Exciter transformers for units 1 and 2 were replaced in 2018 and units 4 and 5 this year, with unit 3 scheduled for replacement in August 2019.VISITOR CENTRE W.A.C. Bennett Dam – open until September 2 The W.A.C. Bennett Dam is one of the world’s largest earth-fill structures. It holds back the Williston Reservoir, which is so large that it can be seen from space. To enjoy the spectacular view, we welcome you to our visitor centre. It offers fun and educational exhibits that showcase dam construction, wildlife in the area, how we turn water into electricity, and a First Nations Gallery. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Two of BC Hydro’s largest generating facilities the GMS Generating Station and nearby Peace Canyon Generating Station will be receiving upgrades.According to BC Hydro, a number of projects are underway to ensure continued reliable, affordable and clean power. These projects are part of our investment of over $2 billion per year to upgrade our ageing assets and build new infrastructure. PCN Protection Upgrade Project last_img read more

Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon Dor

first_imgRabat – During gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Ronaldo was awarded the 2013 Ballon D’or. The Portuguese international has garnered more votes than his rivals, Frank Ribéry and Leo Messi, for the prestigious trophy. Real Madrid ace, thus, lifts the Ballon d’Or for the second time in his career after his first award in 2008. With this triumph, Ronaldo ended what has been the finest season of his professional career with 69 goals scored during 2013.On Sunday, Spanish newspaper Marca had revealed that the winner of this year’s edition would be Real Madrid’s Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, adding that the 28-year-old has known he is the winner of the FIFA Ballon D’Or since last week. This explains why he said earlier that he would attend the gala and why he invited his close family members to see him crowned as the best player of the year. Ronaldo was joined by his girlfriend model Irina Shayak, his agent Jorge Mendes, as well as Florentino Pérez, Emilio Butragueno, Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos, who was chosen in the FIFA 2013 dream team of the year, along with Brazilian Thiago Silva, Dani Alvez, Philip Lam, Frank Ribery, Anders Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Byaern Munich goal-keeper Manuel Neuer.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Men film themselves laughing following violent rampage in Dublin city centre

first_img Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 6:20 AM THREE YOUNG DUBLIN men filmed themselves laughing and showing their bloodied fists after a “violent rampage” of assaults on bystanders in the city centre, a court has heard.Gardaí arrested Harry Walsh (18), Gordon Robinson (20) and Darragh Smith (20) after viewing CCTV of seven separate incidents of violent disorder and assaults on eight members of the public.Yesterday Judge Melanie Greally imposed a five-year sentence on Robinson and a four-year jail term on Smith, with the final 12 months of each sentence suspended.She adjourned Walsh’s sentence until July.Video footage extracted from Robinson’s phone, which was played in court, showed the three men laughing together after their final assault.Garda Brian O’Reilly pointed out visible damage to Robinson’s and Walsh’s hands in the clip, which was addressed to a fourth youth who had been in their company at the start of the offending. This man is currently before the courts for his role.Walsh, of Woodfield, Knocklyon, Robinson, of Allenton Avenue, Tallaght, and Smith, of Brehons Chair, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, all pleaded guilty to violent disorder and assault causing harm at Camden Street, Harcourt Street and Montague Street between 3am and 4am on 3 November, 2017.Walsh also pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage of a €1,000 Samsung phone belonging to one of the assault victims at Camden Row on the same date.He has five previous convictions, including assault causing harm and driving offences, while Robinson and Smith have none.Gda O’Reilly told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that one man suffered a shattered eye socket and fractured cheekbone, another man’s jaw was broken and a third victim had teeth knocked out.He said another injured party was left face-down unconscious on the ground and a different man suffered cracked ribs.Judge Greally noted that the three assailants had raised €11,000 between them as compensation for their victims. She directed that this be used to offset any medical expenses incurred, with the remaining balance then divided equally among the injured parties.She described the incident as an hour-long “violent rampage” and that due to its extreme nature, she had to impose custodial sentences.She noted that Smith did not engage in the more serious violence, but added that it was “clear all three were operating as a unit with common intent to injure unsuspecting people”.The judge said Robinson was instigator in many of the offences.Comments are closed for legal reasons. The men were sentenced on Monday. Short URL 45,033 Views The men were sentenced on Monday. Image: Sasko Lazarov via Share6 Tweet Email3 center_img By Aoife Nic Ardghail Men film themselves laughing following ‘violent rampage’ in Dublin city centre Video footage from one of the attacker’s phones showed the men laughing together after one of their assaults. No Comments Image: Sasko Lazarov via Apr 2nd 2019, 6:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Auto licensing agents plan twoday closure

first_imgEvery Clark County auto licensing subagent will be closed Friday and Saturday for an update to the state licensing system.They will also be closed Labor Day.Licensing offices will open Tuesday at their regular hours.The Clark County Auditor’s Auto Licensing Department, at 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver, will be open to the public for limited services on Friday.Employees will only be able to issue 15-day permits with proof of expired tabs, registration and proof of vehicle purchase.Locations and hours of licensing subagents throughout the county is available at,

Vancouver teens family says girl died in choking game

first_imgThe family of a 13-year-old girl in Vancouver says the teen died while playing a dangerous game.Family and friends of Gabby Perez gathered Wednesday at Cascade Middle School for a candlelight vigil. Perez was a seventh-grader at the school.Her family says she died Feb. 6 while playing a choking game, also known as the “pass out game,” where a person will stop the flow of oxygen until they pass out.Vancouver police say they are investigating Perez’s death, but they’re waiting on the medical examiner’s official cause of death before commenting.While the incident did not occur on campus, the district sent a letter to parents from Cascade Middle School Principal Kristin White.In the letter, White said there will continue to be counseling teams at the school.last_img

Leon Balogun backs Brighton and Hove Albion to stun Chelsea

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun believes his side will defeat Chelsea when they clash in Sunday’s Premier League encounter.The Nigeria international says the team is away that Chelsea are favourites to beat them but that they will stun the visitors just like they did to Manchester United in August.“They’re expected to win against a side like us and no one is expecting anything other than a victory for Chelsea,” Balogun told club website.“The most they’ll expect from us is that we’ll give them a hard game and still not get anything from it, which takes a lot of pressure away from us.“We can play with a free mind and try to disrupt their game as much as possible. We beat Man United at home and shows that we’re capable of beating a top team.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There’s still pressure in every game you play, but there’s not the same expectation on us compared to if we were playing the likes of Huddersfield or Burnley.“They have a lot of quality technically, but they are also able to adapt and make the game hard and physical.“They have all these qualities and that’s why they’re near the top of the table. To beat Man City, you have to be able to withstand a lot of pressure, and they had the composure to do that and even force their game upon them at times.“They are a top-class team worthy of fighting for the title and that’s why they’re up there.”last_img read more

Labor secretary announces 6M in NW grants

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has announced $78.4 million in grants through the National Farmworker Jobs Program, including about $6 million for organizations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.Yakima-based Opportunities Industrial Center of Washington will receive about $3 million, Oregon Human Development Corp. of Tigard, Ore., will get nearly $2 million and the Community Council of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, will receive $1 million.The program provides training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. It’s designed to counter the impact of chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farmworkers who depend primarily on agricultural labor jobs.last_img

All clear issued after Deerfield Beach High School bomb threat

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Deerfield Beach high school was evacuated, Monday morning, after reports of a bomb threat.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Officer, deputies responded to a phoned-in bomb threat at Deerfield Beach High School just before 9:30 a.m.Students were evacuated to the football fields, but the all clear was issued at 10 a.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Four reservoirs come into ops in Outer Ring Road limits

first_imgHyderabad: Malla Reddy, Minister for Labour, Women and Child Development on Monday, inaugurated four reservoirs that have been built in Keesara mandal. The reservoirs have been constructed as part of provide drinking water to villages located within the Outer Ring Road (ORR) at a cost of Rs 748 crore.Minister started four reservoirs in Keesara mandal and with this, the total number of reserviors rose to 13 in Keesara mandal. Project director D Sridhar Babu, Project higher officials along with the concerned department officials were present.last_img

BSE IPO All you need to know about issue price opening and

first_img The Bombay Stock Exchange building illuminated on the eve of Independence Day in 2014.Ritesh MehtaThe much-awaited initial public offering (IPO) of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is finally happening. The issue opens on January 23 and closes on January 25; the shares will be issued in the price band of Rs 805-Rs 806 per share and the face value of each share is Rs 2.It was about a week ago that the BSE — Asia’s oldest stock exchange — got the approval of capital markets regulator Sebi for its public issue that comprises partial offloading of stake by the 142-year-old exchange’s existing shareholders.Existing shareholders of the exchange including Singapore Exchange, Bajaj Holdings and Investment and others will be selling 15,427,197 equity shares to the public, constituting up to 28.26 percent of the post-offer issue share capital of the BSE.Global co-ordinators and book running lead managers of the issue are Edelweiss Financial Services Limited, Axis Capital Limited, Jefferies India Private Limited and Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited. Karvy Computershare Private Limited will be the registrars to the issue. The shares of the exchange will be listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Highlights of the BSE IPO (sourced from the offer documents filed by the exchange):The objects of the offer are to achieve the benefits of listing the equity shares on the NSE and for the sale of equity shares by the selling shareholders. Further, the exchange expects that listing of the equity shares will enhance its visibility and brand image and provide liquidity to its existing Shareholders.The exchange will not receive any proceeds of the offer and all the proceeds of the offer will go to the selling shareholders in the proportion of the equity shares offered by them.The exchange earned net profit of Rs 86 crore for the six-month period ended September 30, 2016 on total income of Rs 273 crore. In 2015-16, the BSE’s net profit stood at Rs 132 crore on total income of Rs 516 crore.The top 10 existing shareholders of the BSE as of December 30, 2016 are: BSE’s market capitalisation in comparison to other major world stock exchanges:last_img read more

Who is Pradeep Kharola the new chairman and managing director of Air

first_imgAn Air India passenger plane takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 30, 2013.Reuters fileAs state-run carrier Air India gears up to go private, its top-level management is also witnessing some changes. In tune, senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has now been appointed as the chairman and managing director of Air India, replacing interim CMD Rajiv Bansal, who has been at the helm for about three months.Kharola is currently based in Bengaluru and it is not known when he will take over as the CMD of Air India. “I have just received the email,” Mint quoted Kharola as saying.An Air India official also told the daily that there was no information on when he would be coming on board. The decision seems to have been welcomed by quite a few and a bureaucrat told the daily that much was expected of him. “While continuity would have been nice for the airline, he is also a good choice and generally known to be a doer in his Karnataka cadre,” the bureaucrat said on condition of anonymity.In Air India, Kharola will be responsible for running the operations of the carrier and minimising costs and the current losses the airline has been battling.Managing director of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. Pradeep Kharola (L) has been appointed as the CMD of Air IndiaMANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesSo who is Kharola?A Karnataka cadre officer of the 1985-batch, he is currently the managing director of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corp. Ltd. A native of Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, Kharola is a civil engineer and has a PhD in public transport systems from IIT Delhi and was the principal secretary to the then chief minister of Karnataka Jagadish Shettar in 2012-13.The 56-year-old is known to be a workaholic and led the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), which raised investments from international sources to build infrastructure in cities.Why does everyone expect so much out of Kharola?The head of BMRCL, known for his soft-spoken nature, made headlines for being one of the most efficient senior IAS officers. He is credited with turning around the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) from a loss making entity to a profitable venture in the year 2000, reported Business Standard. Since then the BMTC has continued making profits, which also helped it deploy air-conditioned buses in the city.But what really put Kharola on the map was his role in the development of the Bangalore Metro since February 2015. When he came on board the BMRCL, the Bangalore metro was in service only between Baiyyappanahalli and MG Road. However, the development picked up pace since Kharola’s appointment and he has been lauded for pushing the completion of the first phase that runs through 42 km of the city.Now, all eyes will be on Kharola to see whether he has a similar effect on Air India as well, which is reeling under losses estimated at about Rs 50,000 crore.last_img read more

Male Mexican mollies grow mustaches to attract mates

first_img Female Guppies Risk Their Lives To Avoid Too Much Male Attention ( — Some male Mexican molly fish sport a structure like a mustache on their top lips, which scientists have now discovered are attractive to female mollies and may represent a sexually selected trait. Citation: Male Mexican mollies grow mustaches to attract mates (2010, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: A novel, sexually selected trait in poeciliid fishes: female preference for mustache-like, rostral filaments in male Poecilia sphenops, Ingo Schlupp et al., Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, DOI:10.1007/s00265-010-0996-y Explore further The Mexican molly fish (Poecilia sphenops) is a small live-bearing fish living in Mexico in freshwater lakes and ponds, creeks and rivers, and in brackish and even marine waters. The species is unusual in that their courtship behavior is complex and the females are fertilized internally rather than the males spreading sperm over eggs externally. The fish is reasonably common, but until recently had not been studied in detail, and the purpose of the mustache was unknown.The “mustache” is a series of epidermal outgrowths from the edge of the scales on the fish’s top lip. The growths do not appear to have a sensory function, and their size is not linked to the body size of the fish.Professor Ingo Schlupp, a zoologist at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and colleagues in the US and Germany, decided to study the Mexican molly and determine the function of the mustache grown by some of the males. The researchers caught over 100 male and female Mexican mollies and measured the length of the mustaches when they existed. They then placed groups of males and females into tanks and observed them in the laboratory, noting the time the females spent with males with mustaches of various lengths and no mustaches at all. They also observed the responses of female fish to videos of different male fish.The results showed the females had a definite preference for males with mustaches and the structure appears to be “a previously unrecognized sexually selected trait in poeciliid fishes,” according to the paper, which is published in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.The research only looked at whether or not the mustache is visually attractive to females, but Professor Schlupp suspects it may also be used physically to excite the female or pass on tactile information by rubbing it against the genitals, since a male will often “nip” the genital area with its mouth just before mating.Professor Schlupp said other species of fish, including catfish, have similar structures, and their functions are mostly unknown. Some zoologists think the tentacles grown by male catfish may mimic larvae, which would enable them to catch more prey. Black Molly. Image: Wikimedia Commons. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Swine flu alert in Bengal hospitals to tighten vigil

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department will soon issue notification to all the Chief Medical Officers of Health in the districts and heads of the district and sub-divisional hospitals to strengthen vigil to look out swine flu symptoms in patients and take precautionary measures.The CMOH in all the districts will be asked to keep an isolation ward in each of the district and sub-divisional hospitals. All the city hospitals have been alerted by the department following a swine flu case Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifereported in the state.According to a senior official in the state Health department, there is no need to panic as there is a possibility of a patient being attacked by the H1N1 virus particularly this time of the year.The official also said some directives will also be issued to the district health officials on how to tackle the situation.The district officials will have to report it to the state Health department if any such case is reported under its jurisdiction. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior official of the state Health department said the screening of patients has been strengthened following a swine flu case.”We have discussed the situation with all the top officials of the state-run hospitals and steps are being taken to identify the patients who are down with flue like symptoms. The vigil has been intensified across the state. If a patient is admitted to any hospital with swine flu like symptoms, he/she must be kept in isolation. The situation is completely under control and there is nothing to panic,” the official said. According to the health officials, if the first case is dealt with utmost seriousness and precautions, the spread of the disease can be checked. Every year, one or two cases of swine flu cases are reported during this time of the year.Swine flu is an air-borne infection which spreads fast and easily. There is always a possibility of it getting multiplied in a crowded city like Kolkata.Dr Himadri Mukherjee, a senior physician in the city said crowded places like schools, colleges, auditorium, public transport and shopping malls are the likely places from where the viruscould spread.Since swine flu is a droplet infection, diagnosis should happen and treatment must begin as early as possible.last_img read more

3 killed after bike gets hit by speeding truck

first_imgKolkata: Three persons including a woman were killed after a motorcycle was hit by a speeding truck.The victims have been identified as Shyam Bauri (23), Rupa Chatterjee (22) and Sudan Bauri (22). They were residents of Makariapara area of Barakar. The victims were going to Niamatpur area from Kulti along the GT Road when the incident occurred. Police said the motorcycle collided head on with a truck near Niamatpur under Kulti police station on Monday morning. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe incident occurred at around 8 am in the morning. The truck driver fled the scene along with his vehicle after the accident. Some locals rushed to the spot and took all the three injured victims to a hospital in Asansol. The doctors pronounced the victims brought dead. The incident caused traffic congestion along the GT Road for the nearly one hour. Vehicles were stranded on the busy road. After being informed police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Eyewitnesses told police that the truck was running at a high speed when the motorcycle suddenly came in front of it. The truck driver applied a sudden brake but failed to avert the accident. The truck driver sped up the vehicle following the accident to save himself from the mob. The victims were not wearing helmets and received critical injuries on their heads and other body parts. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that all the three victims were drunk at the time of the accident. The bodies have been sent for autopsy. The motorcycle was completely damaged due to the impact of the accident. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver.last_img read more

Jewelry by Erin OLoughlin

first_imgJewelry by Erin O’Loughlin. Watercolor drawings by alumnus Duncan Halleck. February 8, 2016The Arcosanti Resident Artshow 2016 opens next Saturday, February 13. 2016 and will be on display in the Arcosanti CRAFTS III building – Cafe level, until April 30. 2016.An artist reception is scheduled for February 13. from 2 – 5 pm.[photo: one of the Colleen Ann Connery Paintings]We look forward to artwork and crafts from Arcosanti residents, staff, workshop participants and alumni. Here are just a few examples of the work. Ceramics by Aimee Marcinkocenter_img Paintings by Hildemar Cruz.Ceramic sculpture by alumnus Richard Johnson.last_img

Government posts budget surplus of €133m in first two months

first_imgThe finance ministry said that it generated a budget surplus of €133m on a cash basis in the first two months of the year compared to a surplus of €38.6m in the respective period of 2016.The improved fiscal results are mainly on an €84m increase in total revenue to €1.1bn in January to February of this year compared to a year before, the ministry said. The increase in revenue is mainly on a €62m increase to €439.5m in indirect tax revenue, including €31m in additional value added tax revenue to €248.7m. Direct tax revenue fell by €10m to €324.7m while social security contributions, non-tax revenue and grants rose by €19m to €202.4m, €7m to €98.5m and €6m to €7.2m respectively.Total expenditure fell in the first two months of the year by €36m to €935.6m compared to the respective two-month period of 2016 mainly on reduced subsidies and current transfers, the ministry said. Subsidies fell by €23m to €6.4m, current transfers were cut back by €18m to €218m and social security payments by €14m to €229.6m. Wages and salaries and expenditure on goods and services rose both by €5m to €262.5m and €40.5m respectively and pensions and non-allocated expenses rose by €3m and €1m to €88.6m and €2.3m respectively.Capital expenditure rose by €7m to €15m in the first two months of the year compared to January to February 2016, the ministry said.The primary balance, which is the difference between total revenue and expenditure minus net-interest payments which fell by €2m to €61.2m, rose in the first two-month period to €196.4m from €93.6m a year before, the ministry said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more