Post-monsoon showers pelt Konkan, north Maharashtra, bring relief to Marathwada

first_imgPost-monsoon showers wreaked havoc in the north and western parts of the State in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, ravaging hundreds of acres of cropland and disrupting inter-village communications.The showers, however, proved to be a blessing for farmers and residents in the usually parched Marathwada, filling up perennially dry water systems and revivifying Rabi crops. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and heavy rainfall in isolated areas in the Konkan (Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts) and south central Maharashtra (Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur distircts) meteorological sub-divisions for the next 72 hours. It has forecast heavy rainfall in Goa as well. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Rajaram bridge across the Panchanganga river in Kolhapur has gone under water. Pedestrians rush to a safer place to avoid the downpour in Nashik.center_img “While the monsoon has officially withdrawn on October 16, post-monsoon showers will continue to hit areas across the State till the night of October 25. The showers have been occasioned because of the formation of a low pressure area over east-central Arabian Sea, which has now become a well-marked low pressure area and is likely to concentrate into a depression during the subsequent 24 hours. However, the rain should recede by mid-day of October 26,” said Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather and air pollution monitoring unit, IMD, Pune.He said the showers would typically occur late at night over the next 72 hours, with Pune city set to witness short rain spells.Heavy crop damageMeanwhile, with Nashik, Nandurbar, Jalgaon and Dhule districts in north Maharashtra pelted by heavy rain for the past 48 hours, hundreds of acres of the grape crop in the flowering stage in Nashik have been destroyed.In Chalisgaon, reports estimate a 40% loss of the maize crop, with significant damage to the soybean crop as well. In Jalgaon, the maize and bajra (pearl millet) crops have been severely hit, while in Konkan, excess rain for the past 48 hours has destroyed several acres of the rice crop.With revenue authorities caught up in election duties, farmers in these areas have been forced to endure a delay in assessment of the damage.While proving to be a bane for farmers in Konkan and north Maharashtra, the showers were a boon for the parched Latur and Osmanabad districts in Marathwada, helping mitigate the acute water scarcity in the region.The Manjara dam — the main potable water lifeline of Latur district — filling up has come as a major relief for citizens, obviating continued dependence on tankers and the water train. Civic authorities are hopeful that along with Manjara dam, the Nagzari and Sai barrages filling up will ensure that Latur’s water requirements are met till June 2020.Likewise, in Parbhani district, heavy rain led to the opening of Khadkapurna dam, according relief to villages bedevilled by water scarcity. But in Jalna district’s Bhokardan tehsil, a relentless downpour since Monday has led to a deluge-like situation, with the rainwater severing communication between Bhokardan and Alapur villages.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch gutted after Australia lose first ever semi-final defeat

first_imgAustralia have made significant progress in the last one year but ended up producing one of their worst performances of the World Cup in Thursday’s semi-final against England, captain Aaron Finch said on Thursday.Australia stumbled through a dreadful 2018 following the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal which earned former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner lengthy bans.They ended a six-series losing streak with back-to-back series victories over India and Pakistan and, bolstered by the return of Smith and Warner, finished second in the group stage of the World Cup.A merciless England, however, wrecked their title defence, crushing them by eight wickets with nearly 18 overs to spare.”In terms of where we were 12 months ago, obviously I think we have made a huge amount of progress,” Finch said after Australia’s first defeat in a World Cup semi-final.”Really proud of everyone involved for how much hard work and how far we have come, but at the same time we came here today to win a semi-final and get ourselves into a position to win another World Cup.”So that was really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament. That was really disappointing.”Finch made a golden duck himself in Australia’s abject batting capitulation against England’s formidable bowling attack.The five-time champions were 14-3 in the seventh over before Smith and Alex Carey, who batted with a bandaged jaw after being hit by a Jofra Archer delivery, forged a century partnership to help them to a below-par 223.advertisementEngland chased down the target in a little over 32 overs to set up a final clash with New Zealand.Finch was not surprised how English bowlers went for the jugular after he elected to bat at Edgbaston.”They have done it quite a bit in this tournament. They’ve got bowlers that hit the seam and if there is anything in the wicket, they will certainly get it out of it.”Chris Woakes, a world-class bowler, puts it in the right area time and time again.”Archer is getting better and better as he’s starting to play a bit more international cricket as well, so definitely wasn’t a surprise.”Defending such a meagre total, Finch said Australia needed early wickets.”We know they were going to come really aggressive at us with the bat, so we had to be aggressive with the ball,” Finch said.”We had to take or create 10 chances and take them as well. It wasn’t going to be a game that peters out into the 47th, 48th over. It was going to be ultra-aggressive and they got on top of us early with the bat.”Also Read | Australia lose a World Cup semi-final for the first time in historyAlso Read | How victory over India gave England confidence vs Australia in World Cup semi-finalAlso Read | Exactly a year after FIFA World Cup heartbreak, England make amends in cricketlast_img read more

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Man critical after kite string slits his throat

first_imgNew Delhi: A 34-year-old man was critically injured after his throat was slit by kite string in Outer Delhi’s Paschim Vihar area.Police said that the incident was reported on August 15 when the victim identified as Raman Oberoi was going to Rohini with his wife and children in scooty. Suddenly, when they reached elevated flyover in Paschim Vihar area, a string got struck on the neck of the victim due to which he got injured and was rushed to a hospital. A case under sections 337 of IPC has been registered. Recently on Independence Day, a civil engineer died after kite thread struck his throat and cut his windpipe and food pipe.last_img

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JUNOS 2019 THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

first_imgJunos Host Sarah McLachlan (Reuters/Mark Blinch) Facebook The 2019 Juno gala dinner has wrapped and with that, many of this year’s Juno Award winners have been announced.To see the full list of winners so far, scroll down. Winners are bolded in the list of nominees below.Juno Fan Choice AwardAlessia Cara​Winner: Avril Lavigne​B​ülowElijah Woods x Jamie FineKillyLoud LuxuryNAVShawn MendesThe WeekndTory Lanez​ Single of the yearAlessia Cara, “Growing Pains”B​ülow, “Not a Love Song”Loud Luxury, “Body”Winner: Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood”The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar, “Pray For Me”International album of the yearCamila Cabello, Camila​Cardi B, Invasion of PrivacyMaroon 5, Red Pill BluesWinner: Post Malone, Beerbongs & BentleysTravis Scott, AstroworldAlbum of the yearHubert Lenoir, Darlène​Jann Arden, These are the DaysWinner: Shawn Mendes, Shawn MendesThe Weeknd, My Dear MelancholyThree Days Grace, OutsiderArtist of the yearAlessia CaraMichael BubléWinner: Shawn MendesThe WeekndTory LanezGroup of the yearWinner: Arkells​ChromeoMetricThe SheepdogsThree Days GraceBreakthrough artist of the yearWinner: B​ülowGrandsonJohnny OrlandoKillyMeghan PatrickBreakthrough group of the year88GlamDizzyElijah Woods x Jamie FineLoud LuxuryWinner: The Washboard UnionSongwriter of the yearAfie Jurvanen: “No Wrong,” “Way With Words,” “Any Place” (Bahamas, Earthtones)Donovan Woods: “Our Friend Bobby,” “Truck Full of Money,” “Next Year” — co-songwriters Chris Lindsey, Logan Wall (Donovan Woods, Both Ways)Frank Dukes: “Be Careful” — co-songwriter Boi-1da (Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy) “Better Now” — co-songwriter Louis Bell (Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys) “Call Out My Name” (The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy)Jessie Reyez: “Promises” — co-songwriters Adam Richard Wiles, Sam Smith (Calvin Harris, Promises) “One Kiss” — co-songwriters Adam Wiles, Dua Lipa (Calvin Harris, One Kiss) “Apple Juice” — co-songwriters Fredrik Ball, Tim Suby (Jessie Reyez, Being Human in Public)Winner: Shawn Mendes: “Lost in Japan” — co-songwriters Nate Mercereau, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger, “Youth” — co-songwriters Geoff Warburton, Khalid Robinson, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger, “In My Blood” — co-songwriters Geoff Warburton, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes)Country album of the yearWinner: Brett Kissel, We Were That SongJess Moskaluke, A Small Town ChristmasMeghan Patrick, Country Music Made Me Do ItThe Reklaws, Feels Like ThatTim Hicks, New TattooAdult alternative album of the yearWinner: Bahamas, EarthtonesDan Mangan, More or LessGabrielle Shonk, Gabrielle ShonkRhye, BloodThe Barr Brothers, Queen of the BreakersAlternative album of the yearDestroyer, KenWinner: Dizzy, Baby TeethFucked Up, Dose Your DreamsTokyo Police Club, TPCU.S. Girls, In a Poem UnlimitedPop album of the yearB​ülow, DamagedChromeo, Head Over HeelsHubert Lenoir, DarlèneWinner: Shawn Mendes, Shawn MendesTyler Shaw, IntuitionRock album of the yearWinner: Arkells, Rally CryMonster Truck, True RockersThe Sheepdogs, Changing ColoursThe Trews, CivilianairesThree Days Grace, OutsiderVocal jazz album of the yearDiana Krall and Tony Bennett, Love is Here to StayDiana Panton, solstice/equinoxHolly Cole, HollyJodi Proznick feat. Laila Biali, Sun SongsWinner: Laila Biali, Laila BialiJazz album of the year: soloAlexis Baro, SandstormAlison Young, So Here We AreLarnell Lewis, In the MomentRenee Rosnes, Beloved of the SkyWinner: Robi Botos, Old SoulJazz album of the year: groupAllison Au Quartet, Wander WonderAndrew Rathbun Large Ensemble, Atwood SuitesWinner: Andy Milne and Dapp Theory, The Seasons of BeingLiebman/Murley Quartet, Live at U of TQuinsin Nachoff’s Flux, Path of TotalityInstrumental album of the yearAerialists, Group ManoeuvreWinner: Gordon Grdina, China CloudKevin Breit, Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy CasanovasThe Fretless, Live from the Art FarmToninato/Thiessen, The Space Between UsFrancophone album of the yearCoeur de pirate, En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera ferméHubert Lenoir, DarlèneWinner: Loud, Une année recordPhilippe Brach Spectra, Le silence des troupeauxTire le coyote, DésherbageChildren’s album of the yearBeppie, Let’s Go BananasGinalina, It Takes a VillageRaffi, Dog on the FloorSonshine and Broccoli, It’s Cool to be KindWinner: Splash’N Boots, You, Me and the SeaClassical album of the year: solo or chamberAndrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin, Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 & 8Angela Hewitt, Scarlatti: Sonatas Vol. 2Blake Pouliot with Hsin-I Huang, Ravel & Debussy: SonatesWinner: Gryphon Trio, The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke & RavelMarc-André Hamelin, Schubert: Piano Sonata in B Flat Major D.960; Four Impromptus D.935Classical album of the year: large ensembleCanada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre National Des Arts du Canada conducted by Alexander Shelley, New Worlds/Nouveaux MondesJames Ehnes with Seattle Symphony and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Newton Howard & Kernis: Violin Concertos; Tovey: Stream of LimelightLouis Lortie with BBC Philharmonic, Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arthur Post with Gryphon Trio, Into the WonderWinner: Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian feat. Louis Lortie, Sarah Jeffrey, and Teng Li, Vaughan WilliamsClassical album of the year: vocal or choralWinner: Barbara Hannigan with Reinbert De Leeuw, Vienna: Fin de siècle​Choeur de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano with guest soloists, Bernstein: A Quiet PlaceElmer Iseler Singers feat. Patricia O’Callaghan, David Braid: Corona Divinae MisericordiaeJoyce El-Khoury, ÉchoMiriam Khalil, Ayre: LiveClassical composition of the yearWinner: Ana Sokolović, Golden Slumbers Kiss Your EyesBekah Simms, GraniticCassandra Miller, About BachNicole Lizée, Katana of ChoiceVincent Ho, Arctic SymphonyRap recording of the year88 Glam, 88Glam ReloadedBelly, ImmigrantKilly, Surrender Your SoulNAV, RecklessWinner: Tory Lanez, Love Me NowDance recording of the yearAzari, “Gotasoul”Dzeko and Tiësto, “Jackie Chan” feat. Preme and Post MaloneJacques Green, “Avatar Beach”Keys N Krates, “Cura”Winner: Loud Luxury, “Body”R&B/soul recording of the yearAnders, TwosBlack Atlass, Pain & PleasureCharlotte Day Wilson, Stone WomanWinner: Jessie Reyez, Being Human in PublicThe Weeknd, My Dear MelancholyReggae recording of the yearBlessed, Money Don’t Grow Pon TreesChelsea Stewart, GenesisWinner: Dubmatix, Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix — OverdubbedExco Levi, NarrativeKafinal feat. Queen Ifrica, Talk or No TalkIndigenous music album of the yearElisapie, The Ballad of the Runaway GirlWinner: Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik LintuwakonawaLeonard Sumner, Standing in the LightNorthern Cree, Nitisanak — Brothers and SisterSnotty Nose Rez Kids, The Average SavageContemporary roots album of the yearAHI, In Our TimeWinner: Donovan Woods, Both WaysKaia Kater, GrenadesMegan Nash, SeekerThe Deep Dark Woods, YarrowTraditional roots album of the yearDavid Francey, The Broken Heart of EverythingWinner: Pharis and Jason Romero, Sweet Old ReligionThe Slocan Ramblers, Queen City JubileeThe Wailin’ Jennys, FifteenVishtèn, HorizonsBlues album of the yearWinner: Colin James, Miles to GoJack de Keyzer, CheckmateMyles Goodwyn, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the BluesSamantha Martin and Delta Sugar, Run to MeSue Foley, The Ice QueenContemporary Christian/gospel album of the yearBrian Doerksen, GratefulWinner: Lovecollide, Tired of BasicManic Drive, Into the WildTim Neufeld and the Glory Boys, The Buffalo RoadshowWarren Dean Flandez, SpeakWorld music album of the yearAyrad, Zoubida​Boogát, San Cristóbal Baile InnEmmanuel Jal and Nyaruach, NaathTelmary y Habana Sana, Fuerza AraraWinner: Wesli, Rapadou KreyolJack Richardson Producer of the Year AwardDavid Foster and Michael Bublé: “My Funny Valentine,” “Where or When” (co-producer Jochem van der Saag) (Michael Bublé, Love)Winner: Eric Ratz: “People’s Champ,” “Relentless” (Arkells, Rally Cry)Greg Wells: “Waving Through a Window” (Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway Cast Recording), “This is Me” (The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Mike Wise: “Not a Love Song,” “Two Punks in Love” (B​ülow, Damaged)Thomas D’Arcy: “I’ve Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be” (The Sheepdogs, Changing Colours), “Love the Way You Are” (co-producer James Younger, Jeffrey Innes) (Yukon Blonde, Critical Hit)Recording engineer of the yearBen Kaplan: “Get Up,” “It’s Alright” (Mother Mother, Dance and Cry)Jason Dufour: “Truck Full of Money” (Donovan Woods, Both Ways), “When My Body Breaks” (Kandle, Holy Smoke)Robbie Lackritz: “No Wrong,” “Way With Words” (Bahamas, Earthtones)Winner: Shawn Everett: “Slow Burn,” “Space Cowboy” (Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour)Steve Bays: “Flashes” (Dear Rouge, Phases), “UnAmerican” (Said the Whale, UnAmerican)Album artwork of the yearGareth Auden-Hole (art director), Emil Mateja (illustrator) (Jack Pine and the Fire, Left to Our Own Devices)Geordan Moore (art director, designer and illustrator) (Joshua Van Tassel, Crossworlds)Michael DeAngelis (art director and designer), Matt Barnes and Jess Baumung (photographers) (Arkells, Rally Cry)Winner: Mike Milosh (art director, designer, illustrator and photographer) (Rhye, Blood)Simon Dupuis (art director, designer, illustrator and photographer) (Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Viens avec moi)Video of the yearWinner: Ali Eisner, “No Depression” (Bahamas)Andrew De Zen, “Places” (Alaskan Tapes)Andrew Hines, “Powerless” (Classified)Ben Knechtel, “Hang Ups” (Scott Helman)Peter Huang, “Have a Nice Day” (SonReal)Electronic album of the yearEkali, Crystal EyesFelix Cartal, Next SeasonIamhill, Give it a RestWinner: Milk & Bone, Deception BayRezz, Certain Kind of MagicMetal/hard music album of the yearBeyond Creation, AlgorythmCancer Bats, The Spark That MovesKen Mode, LovedKobra and the Lotus, Prevail IIWinner: Voivod, The WakeAdult contemporary album of the yearJann Arden, These Are the DaysWinner: Michael Bublé, LoveMolly Johnson, Meaning to Tell YaNuela Charles, Distant DangerWhitehorse, A Whitehorse Winter ClassicComedy album of the yearChanty Marostica, The Chanty ShowWinner: Dave Merheje, Good Friend Bad GrammarDebra DiGiovanni, Lady JazzMayce Galoni, AwkwarderPat Thornton, Chicken! 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Algeria and Morocco Clash Over Western Sahara Archival Request at UN

Rabat – Morocco’s United Nations representative, Yasser Halfaoui, denounced Algeria’s “relentlessness” on the question of the Western Sahara during the UN debates on information-related issues. The Algerian delegation brought up the subject despite it not appearing on the debate agenda.During a debate on information at the Fourth UN Commission in New York on October 25, the Algerian delegation, led by its deputy ambassador Mohammed Bessedik, filed a request to dig up a 1975 report on the Sahara dispute, which was digitized but not accessible to the public.Halfaoui expressed his puzzlement, not only at Algeria’s “malicious selectivity,” but also by the nature of the demand, which is “contrary to the UN practice and regulations.” The Moroccan representative explained that the content of UN digital archives is “the sole responsibility of the UN Secretariat and not of Algeria or any other Member State.” The Moroccan delegate went on to say that Morocco could also have asked for the publication of UN documents reflecting the degree of involvement of Algeria in the Sahara issue, “notably the Algerian proposal to partition the territory of the Western Sahara made to the former Personal Envoy James Baker, duly recorded in a report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council.”“Morocco does not follow this logic, and respects the theme of the debate and the mandate of the Department of Information,” Halfaoui said, according to the Maghreb Press Agency (MAP). In response to the “misrepresentations” made by the Algerian representative on the Green March, Halfaoui reminded the audience of the “glorious and historic glorious nature of this march,” through which Morocco recovered its southern provinces. He reminded the members of the United Nations the ordeal of the people of Tindouf in Algeria, “who are not refugees but are sequestered,” Halfaoui stated.He also stressed that the question of the Western Sahara was an issue of “completion of the territorial integrity of the kingdom and not a matter of decolonization.” Challenge the “observer status” brandished by Algeria, Halfaoui stated that “this country that created the Polisario finances and mobilizes its diplomatic and military apparatus against Morocco.”Halfaoui noted that Algeria’s attitude is additional proof that it is, in its own right, “part of the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.” read more

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DR of Congo UN panel on illegal exploitation of resources set to

An expert panel investigating the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York for consultations before heading to the Great Lakes region to begin its work.The five-member Panel is expected to arrive in Nairobi on 24 March to begin holding a series of meetings with companies, individuals and Governments identified in the Expert’s most recent report as participating in illicit or criminal exploitation of raw materials in the DRC. The talks are expected to last a few weeks, and those named in the report will then have until late May to formulate their reactions.While in Nairobi, the Panel will also aim to work out a procedure for an exchange of information, which will take place within approximately two or three weeks of those initial meetings with companies, individuals and Governments. The secretariat will publish the parties’ reactions as an attachment to the Panel’s last report by 20 June.In late January, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution reiterating its commitment to take action to help end the plundering of resources in the DRC in support of peace and stability in the entire Great Lakes region, and extended the Panel’s mandate for six months.Under its new mandate, the Panel is tasked with recommending measures that could be taken to ensure that the DRC’s resources are legally extracted, on a fair commercial basis to benefit the Congolese people. The Experts also have been asked to review their previous recommendations in order to reinforce and update their findings to reflect new concerns, such as how capacity building and reforms in the region are affecting exploitation activities. The Panel will present a briefing to the Security Council after three months of fieldwork and submit a report at the end of its mission to UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.”Our new mandate is a challenging one,” said Ambassador Mahmoud Kassem of Egypt, the Panel’s Chair. “In carrying it out, the Panel hopes to contribute concretely to advancing the peace process in the DRC.” He added that in the coming months, the Experts look forward to establishing a constructive and open dialogue, which will be of great mutual interest, with all concerned parties.Along with Ambassador Kassem, the Panel includes Alf Görsjö of Sweden, Mel Holt of the United States, Bruno Schiemsky of Belgium and Ismaila Seck of Senegal. An additional Panel member will be named in the coming weeks. read more

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New presidents lead Alumni Association

Robyn Mortley and Chris CapredoniTwo new co-presidents have been named for the Brock University Alumni Association.Christopher Capredoni and Robyn Mortley will share the reigns for the next year. They will lead an association that represents the interests of university alumni.After graduating from Brock, Capredoni (BBA ’91) completed a Master of Business Administration at McMaster University, specializing in international business. In early 1995, he formed Capredoni Crystal, Inc., which designs, manufactures and markets retail and corporate crystal giftware.Capredoni has negotiated business contracts in more than a dozen countries. His clients include Air Canada, the federal government and the White House, for whom he is the official supplier of glass Easter Eggs. Outside of work, his family donates its time to various charities, including the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Clothing Program and the Canadian National Autism Foundation.Mortley (BA, BEd ’01) graduated from the Child and Youth Studies Concurrent Education program. At Brock, she was a don for the formerly all-female Simcoe House in Decew Residence. After graduation, she became a full-time French and primary arts/social studies teacher at Empire School in Welland. After three years there, she taught in England and Australia. She returned to Canada to teach at Greendale Public School in Niagara Falls.She is a mentor in Mentorship Plus program and an associate teacher for the Faculty of Education. She also volunteers with the United Way and Big Sisters.Link:• Brock University Alumni Association read more

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Region Six health system in a crisis – AFC Councillor

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related”Region Six health system in a crisis” – AFC CouncillorMarch 7, 2019In “Health”Ramayya must go – APNU/AFC CouncillorsMay 14, 2016In “latest news”Vaccination of Berbice pupils… School, medical officials guilty of breaching protocol – probeMarch 9, 2019Similar post Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor, Devin Sookraj on Thursday slammed the poor health system in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) stating that it is in a crisis.The councilor who has always stayed quiet during the RDC meeting lashed out while addressing the statutory meeting of the RDC.Sookraj told the meeting that he has been receiving complaints of the deficiencies at the New Amsterdam Hospital on a daily basis and chose to raise the issue.“It is not only the New Amsterdam Hospital; it is right across the Region. The entire health system is in a crisis…,” he stated.Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor, Devin SookrajRegional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop weighing in on the matter noted that the issues affecting the health sector in the Region are primarily due to the lack of proper management.“You can’t put an office assistant to be the director. You can’t put an office assistant to direct doctors…. Therein lays the problem,” he said.“It is a case of giving jobs to the boys and girls,” he added.The comments from Sookraj came after Head of the Regional Health Committee; Zamal Hussain had presented the Health committee Report who stated that the health system is in a crisis.“We continue as a government to cover up deficiencies. The situation at the New Amsterdam Hospital remains critical. People accessing the facility are still spending long hours there… the CEO [Chief Executive Officer] is unreachable, untouchable and is being covered by certain powers. While all of this is happening, the people are suffering,” he told the RDC.The lack of diabetic strips at the New Amsterdam Hospital tops the list of shortages plaguing that institution, Hussain lamented.“We had made recommendations that these things should be procured and at the Tender Board level we are not getting any of it. Not only the New Amsterdam Hospital but the entire Region has a shortage of diabetic strips. The X-ray department is only doing X-rays to the hands and feet but no other part of the body…”As such, the health Committee has recommended that the system be upgraded. He also commented on lapses at the National Psychiatric Hospital. He said that the issues the institution faces were all as a result of poor administration.At the Port Mourant Hospital, Hussain noted there is a shortage of doctors. In addition, the committee he added was told that some of the drugs that were listed as short are actually in stock at the drug bond but because of communication difficulties patients in the Hospitals cannot receive needed medications.“This is where we are having a breakdown in the system so administrative issues are affecting the Health Sector.” There needs to be a complete review of the administration of the health department in the Region. read more

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Ffosyfran mine reaches landmark 5 Mt of coal processed

first_imgMiller Argent’s Ffos-y-fran mining facility has reached the landmark figure of 5 Mt of processed coal. After seven years of refining its processes, the huge land reclamation project based in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, now produces up 1 Mt/y of coal. Much of the finished product is used to fuel nearby Aberthaw Power Station, which generates enough electricity to power five cities the size of Cardiff. Port Talbot Steelworks is also a beneficiary, using the fuel to produce steel products used in heavy construction, as well as hundreds of every day consumer items such as cars.Finning has been an integral part of the project since its inception in 2007. Although the UK’s exclusive Caterpillar dealer has supplied a fleet of more than 50 Cat machines, its involvement goes way beyond equipment. Finning also works with Miller Argent to manage onsite solutions, with field based engineers, analysts and operation managers permanently stationed at the coal mining facility.Jason Davies, Health and Safety Advisor for Miller Argent at the Ffos-y-fran site commented on this relationship with Finning: “Over the last 7 years at Ffos-y-fran, Finning have provided an exemplary service with the on site repair and maintenance team. Together with us at Miller Argent, we have ensured plant productivity is maximised and through this process our working relationship has grown stronger each year. The efficient extraction of coal from Ffos-y-fran can only be achieved by the full involvement from both our teams, ensuring targets are met and mining equipment well maintained. To hit 5 Mt is a great achievement, but if our operation were not profitable it would be inconsequential.”The Ffos-y-fran facility has also provided a raft of opportunities for local young employment, with three Finning apprentices currently on site and two integrated into mining operations within the local region. The three mining engineer apprentices and two admin apprentices are being involved fully in the operation. These young professionals are acquiring essential knowledge and skills in the process, therefore enabling a prosperous future within the plant sector.Denis O’Riordan, Mining Operations Manger for Finning in the South West, added: “Finning are excited to be integrated in the Ffos-y-fan mining project to such an influential level. The 51 Cat machines on site, from articulated dump trucks to hydraulic excavators, perform a range of strenuous tasks with premium fuel efficiency. However, it is the additional managed solutions Finning provide that optimises the value we provide to Miller Argent.”He adds: “I work with a dedicated team of ten Finning staff, from engineers to project planners who all contribute greatly to the day to day running of the site. With the use of Finsight® we are able to monitor all operational activity, from operator performance to fuel economy to the site layout, making sure that everything is running as efficiently, productively and most importantly as profitably as possible. The last seven years have been a real benefit for both ourselves at Finning and Miller Argent. I look forward to the Ffos-y-fan project achieving the next 5 Mt.”The impressive list of Caterpillar equipment at the site includes 28 Cat 777F mining trucks, four Cat D9 dozers, two Cat 16M motor graders, two Cat 773B mining trucks, two Cat 725 ADTs, two Cat 824H wheel dozers, two Cat 325 hydraulic excavators, two Cat 980H wheel loaders, one Cat 735 ADT, one Cat 775 mining truck, one Cat 972H wheel loader, one Cat 966H wheel loader, one Cat 330DL hydraulic excavator, one Cat TH63 telehandler and one Cat 216 skid steer loader.last_img read more

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Hydraulic breaker SB 202 recovers highquality slate from underground mine

first_imgThe SB 202 hydraulic breaker from Epiroc has already proven itself many times over by providing excellent service for Rathscheck Schiefer in Mayen (Eifel, Germany). In this underground slate mine the company has been impressed by its reliability, robust design and low maintenance requirements.Since it was founded in 1793, Rathscheck Schiefer has been a leading producer of premium quality slate. The Moselschiefer® (Mosella slate) mined at the Katzenberg mine is Rathscheck Schiefer’s premium product. The current main shaft was commissioned in 1959 and reaches a depth of 220 m on the 7th level. The latest level opened in 2016, level 11 reaches depths of 400 m. The production of the local Mosella slate has been comprehensively modernised over the past 15 years.The modern, specially developed hydraulic breaker SB 202 from Epiroc guarantees efficient mining. At the Katzenberg mine, six SB 202 hydraulic breakers have been in daily use since 2013 – each for between three and four hours per shift. Four of the breakers are mounted on the Bobcat E50, Komatsu PC45 and Schaeff HR18 machines, whilst the remaining two are on hand as reserves. The hydraulic breakers loosen the workable slate, which was previously cut with a diamond saw in a grid corresponding to the geological properties, and break it out of the wall.The work underground is carried out in damp, restricted conditions. The strengths of the SB 202 come into their own here, with its unique solid body construction that is particularly suited to this task. Compared with competitors previously used by Rathscheck Schiefer, the hydraulic breakers from Epiroc have proven to be robust and reliable, with a service-friendly design. The simplicity of changing the working tool and the good visibility of the working area in particular ensure precise and user-friendly handling. While some of the previous models required maintenance or repair every week, the SB 202 impresses with consistent, fault-free performance.last_img read more

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Sony Tablet S successor with Tegra 3 and ICS outed

first_imgIt looks like Sony’s first Android tablets — the wedge-shaped Tablet S and clamshell Tablet P — may soon be getting some company. According to a new set of Nenamark scores, the company is working on a Tegra 3 tablet that’s currently badged as the Sony V150.Their original slates were based on the Tegra 2 SOC, so it’s not a complete surprise that Sony is working on a successor using Nvidia’s latest and greatest. The quad-core (or is it penta-core?) Tegra 3 is clocked at 1.4GHz and should provide plenty of gaming muscle. The V150 Nenamark scores also revealed that it’s currently running a 1280×752 pixel display like the Tablet S.While that could mean that the V150 will launch with the same panel, there’s always a chance that these scores came from a prototype unit that featured a new board crammed into the existing 9.4-inch chassis.But even though the screen matches up at this point, there’s one other key feature apart from the processor that differentiates the Tablet S and the V150. The new model will also ship with Android 4.0 preinstalled, so purchasers won’t have to wait around for an OTA update to arrive — and we know all too well how frustrating that can be. Just ask the Asus Transformer owners who rode the update release rollercoaster for two months until Google finally gave the patch their stamp of approval.The Tablet S and Tablet P are supposed to receive the update “this Spring,” but Sony hasn’t gotten more specific than that. For the sake of existing owners, let’s hope Sony gets them updated before the V150 hits the streets.More at Netbook Newslast_img read more

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NASA to crash GRAIL probes into the Moon to end mapping program

first_imgNASA‘s twin GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) spacecraft have been flying around the Moon for close to a year, only seven miles above the surface, as part of a mapping mission. The spacecraft have been running low on fuel, and now it’s time to end the mission. In Mythbusters fashion, rather than calmly collect the probes, NASA will crash them into the moon.The probes will aim to crash into a mountain near the Moon’s north pole, a location away from any important sites, ensuring that the probes don’t disrupt other missions or equipment. The GRAIL crafts will smash into the Moon at an estimated 3,760 miles per hour, ensuring their total destruction.The GRAIL mission provided scientists with detailed gravity maps of the Moon, revealing it to have a shallower surface with a more fractured crust than we previously thought, as well as subterranean cracks filled with lava. Aside from simply teaching scientists more about the Moon, the gravity maps should help them pick out future landing sites.MIT scientist Maria Zuber noted the GRAIL mission actually went so well that even in her wildest dreams she could not have imagined it going better, and that NASA will even get around $8 to $9 million back from the mission’s initial $471 million budget.The crashes are expected to happen around 5:28PM EST on Monday, about 20 seconds apart from one another. Unfortunately, the event is not expected to be visible from Earth due to the probes’ fuel tanks being too empty to generate any kind of explosive flash. Fans of expensive scientific equipment being blown apart will have to get their fix elsewhere.Related: NASA releases first video of the far side of the Moonlast_img read more

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Terminally ill fan gets to watch Star Trek into Darkness early

first_imgThere’s always a lot of good will shown over the Christmas period, but it usually comes from friends and family, not a movie studio and high-profile director like JJ Abrams. However, when a terminally ill Star Trek fan and Reddit are involved, the impossible can be made to happen.A 41-year-old man named Daniel living in New York is a huge fan of Star Trek while at the same time only having weeks to live due to not only fighting leukemia, but also having an aggressive tumor attacking his body. His trips in and out of hospital have meant he couldn’t use The Hobbit tickets he had, which would have allowed him to see the 9 minute Star Trek into Darkness preview. So a friend of his posted a plea on Reddit asking if anyone could help him see the preview.The response Daniel’s friend and family got was surprising to say the least. Paramount, Bad Robot, and JJ Abrams all heard about the plea and decided to do something about it. Star Trek into Darkness isn’t due to hit movie theaters for another 5 months, but Abrams and Bad Robot sorted out a rough cut screening of the entire film for Daniel and his wife which happened on December 30. They are both obviously sworn to secrecy about the content of the movie.Daniel apparently had a very big smile on his face for the entire movie, something which understandably hasn’t happened very often over the past few years of treatment. And as a parting gift his wife is truly thankful to both Abrams and the Internet community for making it happen.It’s also worth reminding everyone this isn’t the first time JJ Abrams has performed such a kind gesture for a Star Trek fan. Randy Pausch, the terminally ill computer science professor, was given a small part on the 2009 Star Trek movie and even got to say a line. Unfortunately he died before the movie saw a release, but he will forver be a part of it.Reddit and TrekMovielast_img read more

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Mojangs next game Scrolls goes open beta in April

first_imgAround two years ago, after Minecraft had already become an indie darling, Mojang revealed their second full-featured game. Called Scrolls, the game is a digital CCG, and is completely different from Minecraft in every way — right down to the smooth, cartoon-like graphical style. The game has been kicking around for over a year now in one alpha state or another, but today Mojang stated that we’ll finally see a public beta of the game starting late next month. So, we’re only about one month away from a day when those of us who missed the alpha can get our hands on Mojang’s only non-Minecraft foray into the video game world.The Scrolls will follow the pay-and-release structure that Minecraft did, with the open beta will be available for a discounted price, with the purchase willing future updates. A hard price has not been announced as of yet, but Mojang cofounder, Jakob Porser, said that the price will be similar to Minecraft’s beta price, which was around $10 to $20 depending on the state of the game over the course of its development.Initially, Scrolls will only release on Windows, but a Mac version is planned after that, and the team is looking into a Linux version as well.Those of you afraid of the recent surge in the free-to-play, cash shop PC pricing model needn’t worry. Mojang is planning to release Scrolls as single purchase, which will include long-term support. Don’t be surprised if there are superfluous cash shop additions though, such as aesthetic avatar upgrades or more in-depth stat-tracking.Though Scrolls is certainly a journey into a niche genre — digital CCG where you don’t even have physical cards to collect and show off — Mojang may be onto something. At PAX East 2013, Blizzard announced its own digital CCG, Hearthstone, which also aims to allow players to play the full game without having to spend any money.Read more: Mojang launches Minecraft Realms subscription servicelast_img read more

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Poll Have you checked if you have old punts lying around at

first_imgPoll: Have you checked if you have old punts lying around at home? The Central Bank says there is still almost a quarter of a billion euro of old Irish punts still missing. 36,072 Views Poll Results: YesNoFound some but I already traded themNo interest/No opinionVote Found some but I already traded them (348) No (3819) http://jrnl.ie/3193728 Yes (4208) Image: Ged Carroll via Flickr Image: Ged Carroll via Flickr Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 8:36 AM LAST YEAR, MEMBERS of the public redeemed close to €1.3 million worth of “old money”, or Irish punts.Despite being withdrawn from circulation on 9 February 2002, the Central Bank says there is still almost a quarter of a billion euro of old Irish punts still missing and unaccounted for.If you have any old banknotes, the Central Bank will reimburse you for their Euro equivalent. They could be in drawers or jars or anywhere at all around the house.Today, we’re asking: Have you checked if you have old punts lying around at home? Share28 Tweet Email1 Jan 19th 2017, 8:36 AM Short URL By Sean Murray 69 Comments No interest/No opinion (758)last_img read more

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