Hardik Patel gets political visitors

first_imgA Trinamool Congress delegation called on Gujarat Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel on Sunday to extend support on the second day of Mr. Patel’s indefinite fast. Former Railway Minister and Trinamool leader Dinesh Trivedi, representatives of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) Jitan Ram Manjhi called on Mr. Patel at his residence near Ahmedabad, the venue of the fast, to extend their support.Over 500 women from across the State called on him to tie rakhis on Sunday, on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. Mr. Patel claimed that the police had prevented hundreds of women coming from Saurashtra and north Gujarat to extend their support to the fight for quota and farmers’ issues from participating.He is holding an indefinite fast to press for the demand of a quota for the Patidar community, and also to seek farm debt waiver in the State. Shiv Sena delegationSources said delegations from the Shiv Sena and other political parties are likely to visit him in the coming days. The Opposition Congress in Gujarat is already supporting Mr. Patel’s demands. RJD leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav and others are also likely to visit.Bharat Bhushan Mandal, an RJD representative, said, “Hardik is emerging as a national leader.”Mr. Patel’s supporters sang bhajans and observed a symbolic fast in his support at the venue. The State government has directed that Mr. Patel should undergo a medical check-up every day while on his fast. Doctors on Sunday advised Mr. Patel to take liquids.The Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader began the fast at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the presence of his supporters and several Congress MLAs.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan encourages differently-abled kids

first_imgMumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says every person is differently-abled because everyone has different abilities and gifts.Aishwarya addressed students, teachers and parents at the Annual Function of Special Kids, hosted by Narsee Monjee Educational Trust, here on Tuesday.”I feel everyone who is present here is differently-abled because we all have different abilities, different gifts but we have the blessing to realise our potential… That is, by far, the best medal we all can give to ourselves and we all can experience. So, kudos to all the participants. May God bless you,” the actress said. Aishwarya thanked the teachers and trainers who worked with the children.The mother of one of them said extra-curricular activities give students an opportunity to realise their potential.She said: “It gives an opportunity to these beautiful kids to participate and realise their potential, dream and more than anything else to build friendship that sports encourages you to experience.”Aishwarya Rai Bachchan next will be seen on-screen along with her actor husband Abhishek Bachchan in Anurag Kashyap’s “Gulab Jamun”.–IANSiv/rb/sedlast_img read more

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a month agoBarcelona crisis; players admit ‘opponents do not respect us anymore’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona crisis; players admit ‘opponents do not respect us anymore’by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi was furious after their shock defeat to Granada.The game marked the Argentine’s first appearance in the LaLiga, but his presence made little difference.After the 2-0 defeat, Messi could be heard in the away locker room raising his voice.Another player was also heard, rapping: “We played less well than at Anfield. Opponents do not respect us anymore. “We have become a team that plays without soul.” last_img read more

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Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard out for up to three weeks due to injuries

first_img Reuters ManchesterFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 10:06 IST Anthony Martial was injured during the Champions League round of 16 match against PSG (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will miss matches against Chelsea and LiverpoolLingard and Martial suffered muscle injuries against PSG in the Champions League earlier this weekSolskjaer said it opens doors for attacking youngsters Angel Gomes and Tahith ChongManchester United forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have been ruled out for up to three weeks due to injuries and will miss their next two matches against Chelsea and Liverpool, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.Lingard and Martial suffered muscle injuries in the first half against Paris St Germain in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday.”I think they will be out for two to three weeks looking at it now,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against holders Chelsea.The injury comes as a setback for United, who have won 10 out of their 12 matches under caretaker boss Solskjaer, but it provides an opportunity for forwards Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to rediscover their goalscoring touch.Solskjaer said it also opens doors for attacking youngsters Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, who have been pushing for first-team action this season.”It is a chance for anyone who plays, whether it is Alexis, Romelu or Angel [Gomes],” the Norwegian coach added.”Anthony and Jesse have done really well for us, they’re vital, but then again with Rom and Alexis, they’ve got different skill sets and will be able to show what they can do.”We still have forward options but Angel and Chongy have been training with us all week, even the weeks leading up to this, so there is a big chance they will be involved.”United are also locked in a battle for a top four Premier League finish with Arsenal and Chelsea, and face title contenders Liverpool at Old Trafford on February 24.advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Anthony MartialFollow Jesse LingardFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Next Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard out for up to three weeks due to injuriesAnthony Martial and Jesse Lingard suffered muscle injuries in the first half against Paris St Germain in the Champions League last-16 first leg clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Norwegian Banks Claiming USD 567 Mln from Bergen Bunkers

first_imgzoom A consortium of Norwegian banks is claiming some USD 567 million from Bergen Bunkers AS, Norwegian subsidiary of bankrupt Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reports.The consortium is comprised of 13 banks, which include Danish Bank, Nordea, Swiss UBS and French Societe Generale.According to trustee Arne Laastad, quoted by DN, the firm, which also went bankrupt after its parent declared bankruptcy in November last year, dismissed the claim.“The bank consortium’s claim is based on an alleged surety for OW Bunker Group borrowing, but there is no trace of this alleged responsibility in Bergen Bunkers’s financial statements for 2013,” he explained.However, as explained by the company’s lawyers from Wiersholm firm, this does not necessarily prove liability.OW Bunker’s bankruptcy has had a ripple effect across the company’s subsidiaries.Reuters reported that shipping firms have paid millions of dollars into U.S. accounts to prevent their vessels from being detained due to non-payment of bills for fuel supplied by the bankrupt OW Bunker.Last week, US-based arms of OW Bunker, filed suit before a South District court in New Jersey against China’s Cosco Piraeus boxship, operated by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO).The number of filings with US Courts include up to 13 companies like Germany’s Hapag Lloyd and European gas carrier Exmar, according to a report from Reuters.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Scorpio Bulkers Narrows Loss in NineMonth Period

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed dry bulk owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers has managed to narrow its net loss for the first nine months of 2016 to USD 104.2 million, compared with a net loss of USD 208.7 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.This excludes a loss/write off of vessels and assets held for sale of USD 12.4 million, the write off of deferred financing costs on credit facilities that will no longer be used of USD 2.5 million and a charter-hire contract termination fee of USD 10 million.The company’s operating loss for the nine-month period stood at USD 86.6 million, against an operating loss of USD 200.4 million seen in the same period in 2015.During the third quarter of the year, Scorpio Bulkers reached agreements with shipyards to reduce the price to be paid under the shipbuilding contracts of four Kamsarmax vessels and two Ultramax vessels that were to be delivered between the third quarter and the fourth quarter of 2016 by an aggregate of USD 13 million.The company also reached agreements to delay the delivery of the same six vessels by one to three months each. These vessels, previously expected to be delivered between September 2016 and November 2016 will now be, or were, delivered between October 2016 and January 2017.Pursuant to these delays, USD 59.1 million that was previously expected to be paid to shipyards during the fourth quarter of 2016 is now expected to be paid in the first three months of 2017.Additionally, Scorpio Bulkers expanded its fleet with three Ultramaxes, namely, SBI Tethys, SBI Phoebe, and SBI Poseidon, during the third quarter of 2016.Between October 1 and October 28, 2016, two more newbuildings, SBI Apollo and SBI Zumba, joined the company’s fleet.Scorpio Bulkers has seven dry bulk vessels newbuildings under construction with an aggregate construction price of USD 192.4 million.Of this amount, USD 101.4 million remains unpaid as of October 28, 2016 and is scheduled to be paid in installments through the delivery dates of each vessel, the company said.last_img read more

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HHIC Philippines Wins Order for Aframax Tanker Duo

first_imgzoom Subic-based Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil) has recently inked a newbuilding contract for a pair of 114,000 dwt crude oil tankers amid signs of recovery in the global shipbuilding industries.Featuring 249,9 meters in length and 44 meters in breadth, the tankers would be built in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) nitrogen oxides (IMO NOx Tier III) requirements.The Aframax contract, signed with an undisclosed shipowner, comes on the back of the shipbuilder’s delivery of its first 300,000 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC) to an American shipping company in January 2017 and the newbuild orders for four 320,000 dwt VLCCs in the last month, the yard said.“Challenges still abound even though there is an indication of the market picking up, but we remain dedicated as ever in turning these struggles into a window of opportunities by capitalizing on our Subic shipyard’s competitive edge that earned the praise of our clients overseas,” HHIC-Phil officials said.HHIC-Phil added that it “is likely to be in discussion with reputable shipowners for further tanker orders.”last_img read more

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Tenders Called for Annapolis County Paving

first_imgDrivers in the Middleton area will soon enjoy a smoother ride because of a road-paving tender announced by the province. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is calling for tenders to repave 9.5 kilometres on Highway 101 from Exit 18 to Exit 19. “Highway 101 is a transportation lifeline through the Annapolis Valley,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “In addition to the twinning work that is ongoing we must also make sure the existing lanes are kept in top shape.” This project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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CBSE hikes exam fees SCST general category to pay more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has increased the fees of Class 10 and 12 board examinations for SC and ST students from Rs 50 to Rs 1,200, while the amount has been doubled for those from the general category, who will now have to pay Rs 1,500.The students appearing for the Class 10 board exams are registered for it when in Class 9, and those appearing for Class 12 are registered when in Class 11. The board notified the changes in the fees last week and has asked the schools who had already begun the registration process and charged students as per the old fee structure, to now collect the difference in amount. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAccording to the revised norms, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students will have to pay Rs 1,200 for five subjects, while earlier they were supposed to pay Rs 50 for the same, a hike of 24 times. The general category students who were paying Rs 750 earlier, will now pay Rs 1,500 for five subjects. “The fees is applicable for both Class 10 and 12 examinations,” a senior CBSE official said. For appearing for an additional subject in Class 12 board examination, the SC and ST students who were earlier not supposed to pay any extra fee will now have to pay Rs 300. General category students will also have to pay Rs 300 for an additional subject, instead of Rs 150 earlier.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP seek publics assistance in locating missing youth

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Dana Buckley.According to RCMP, Buckley was last seen in the Grande Prairie Area on July 21, 2019.Buckley is described as: Female5’4″Approximately 120 lbsLong brown hairRCMP say there is a concern for her well-being.Anyone with information on Buckley’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

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The Latest: Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lands initial flight

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on initial flight of aircraft with world’s longest wingspan (all times local):10:20 a.m.A giant aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan has landed after its first ever flight.The twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet landed two hours after taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port early Saturday.Founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the satellite launch market.The aircraft is designed to release rockets attached to the centre of its enormous wing, which stretches 385 feet (117 metres) from tip to tip — a longer wingspan than any other aircraft.___9:30 a.m.A giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan has taken off from California on its first flight.The massive, twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet designed to air-launch rockets into orbit lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port early Saturday.Founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the satellite launch market.The aircraft is designed to release rockets attached to the centre of its enormous wing, which stretches 385 feet (117 metres) from tip to tip — a longer wingspan than any other aircraft.Stratolaunch recently dropped plans to develop its own line of rockets and will focus on launching Northrop Grumman’s Pegasus XL.Allen died in October 2018.The Associated Press read more

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Cargill faces Alberta environmental charges over wastewater tests at beef plant

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 4:38 pm MDT EDMONTON – The company that owns and operates the largest beef processing plant in Canada is facing environmental charges in Alberta.The province is accusing Cargill Limited of failing to immediately report a case where samples from the company’s High River plant’s industrial waste water system were allegedly falsified.The government is also charging a man who no longer works at Cargill in connection with the April 2012 allegations.The charges under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act could result in fines or other penalties.Cargill says the test results were compromised during a time when its waste water treatment system was being improved.The company says it conducted its own internal investigation and reported its finding to Alberta officials.“Following the report, Cargill implemented the necessary corrective actions that would have the facility back into compliance with regulations,” Cargill said in a statement from Winnipeg“Throughout this process Cargill co-operated fully with government officials.”Cargill and Pushp Pal Singh of Calgary are to appear in Okotoks provincial court on the charges May 27.Alberta Environment officials declined comment. Cargill faces Alberta environmental charges over wastewater tests at beef plant read more

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Londoners to hold vigil on Monday evening and minutes silence on Tuesday

first_imgThe Union flag is flown at half mast in Downing StreetCredit:PA The UK will observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday, June 6, and flags will remain at half-mast on Whitehall government buildings, Downing Street has announced.The silence will be held at 11am in remembrance of those killed and hurt by the attacks in London on Saturday evening.Londoners can also attend a vigil in Potters Fields Park beside City Hall tomorrow evening from 6pm. The Union flag is flown at half mast in Downing Street Flags across the country have already been flying at half mast after seven people were killed in a van and knife rampage by three terrorists on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market in Southwark. The event was announced on the Mayor of London’s website with the message: “The Mayor invites all Londoners – and everyone visiting our city – to come together in solidarity to remember those who have lost their lives in Saturday’s attack, to express sympathy with their families and loved ones and to show the world that we stand united in the face of those who seek to harm us and our way of life.”We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism.”Members of the public will be able to lay floral tributes at the flagpoles at City Hall.” The attack comes only two months after Khalid Masood mowed down crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing five people and less than two weeks after Salman Abedi killed 22 when he blew himself up at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Victorian women wore convertible skirts so they could ride bikes without abuse

first_imgAlice Bygrave, a dressmaker from Brixton, south London, registered patents for a skirt with a dual pulley system sewn into its seams.Other designs from the era include a three-part cycling suit with a concealed system of loops and buttons to elevate the skirt, and a garment known as the Hyde Park Safety Skirt which gathered fabric at intervals by a series of side buttons.Mary and Sarah Pease, sisters from York, patented a skirt that could be quickly converted into a fashionable high-collar cape.Dr Jungnickel’s research is presented in a new book, ‘Bicycles and Bloomers’, released today.“I am delighted to have been able to recreate these inventions and to research these women, and I look forward to sharing this through my book and summer tour,” she said. Victorian women invented “convertible skirts” with secret pulley mechanisms to allow them to cycle freely, a university academic has found.While bicycles were popular among middle and upper-class women in the nineteenth century, restrictive skirts and dresses meant that it could be dangerous to cycle.It was common for long skirts and dresses to catch in bicycle wheels, or catch in pedals.Onlookers often hurled abuse and stones at female cyclists, while conservative social attitudes meant that it was unacceptable to appear in public wearing trousers.Dr Kat Jungnickel, a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, said convertible skirts allowed women to secretly switch between their walking and cycling identities without being harassed. The Bygrave 'Convertible Skirt' was developed in London One skirt, developed in York, converts into a fashionable Victorian capeCredit:Charlotte Barnes The Bygrave ‘Convertible Skirt’ was developed in Londoncenter_img One skirt, developed in York, converts into a fashionable Victorian cape Her research shows the invention of dresses with pulleys, concealed loops and buttons which made travel easier and safer.Women riding bicycles were able to get around more quickly, without being chaperoned in public by a man.As part of her project, Dr Jungnickel recreated some of the designs and tested them with vintage bicycles.“The bicycle in Victorian Britain is often celebrated as a vehicle of women’s liberation,” Dr Jungnickel said.“But less is noted about another vehicle through which women forged new mobile public lives – cycle wear.”Dr Jungnickel’s research is focussed on the cities of London, York, Maidenhead and Bristol, and tells the story of six women who built women’s cycling clothes.“Patented convertible cycle wear is an exciting example of women’s inventive contributions to cycling’s past,” she said.“As these stories reveal, women responded to the social, material and technical challenges to their freedom of movement with vivid creativity. They actively and directly worked with and around barriers that sought to prevent them from cycling and engaging more broadly in public life.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Canadian mining sector provided C40 billion to GDP in 2008 – Facts

first_imgDespite the impacts of the worldwide recession on the Canadian mining sector – with some 32 operations closed or suspended over a half year period – the industry remains a significant contributor to the economy, providing C$40 billion to the country’s GDP in 2008 and employing 351,000 workers in mineral extraction, smelting, fabrication and manufacturing. This is reported in the Facts and Figures 2009 publication, which shows mining’s contribution to the economy. In conjunction with the release of the report, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has urged governments at the 66th annual Mines Ministers meeting to take action to sustain Canada’s mining industry. While mining is important in remote communities, it also generates prosperity in Canada’s larger cities. It is estimated that 3,140 suppliers provide equipment, consumables and expertise to the industry, including hundreds of manufacturing, engineering, geotechnical, environmental and financial firms.The MAC also says it is an important contributor to government coffers. According to a recent study by ENTRANS Consultants, highlighted in the report, the industry paid a record-high C$11.5 billion in taxes and royalties to F/P/T governments in 2008. While these payments will likely decline in 2009, the MAC says it is now, more than ever, that Federal and Provincial Mines Ministers must work together to ensure long-term stability of this important sector.MAC: “It is critically important that Canada’s natural resource ministers maintain and enhance their dedication to economic development. In this sense, advocacy for infrastructure projects, for improved regulatory efficiency, for more open access to land, for northern development, and for tax incentives to encourage increased investment, among other objectives, remains fundamental to the mandate of natural resource ministers.”“Minerals and metals help build the products and infrastructure essential to modern life. The mineral exploration and mining industry makes a significant annual contribution to the Canadian economy, including through payments to governments, and its output is fundamental to the emergence of clean energy technologies,” said Gordon Peeling, President and CEO of the MAC.Peeling: “The Canadian industry faces competitiveness challenges, both at the raw materials and value-added processing stage. By focusing on the priority areas, Canada’s Mines Ministers can contribute significantly to a stronger Canadian industry.”last_img read more

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50 quadrocopters perform choreographed LED light show

first_imgImagine that you glance up to the night sky one evening only to see points of light dancing and swooping among the stars. A UFO? Low flying planes? One possibility that would probably never cross your mind is that a swarm of quadrocopters is putting on a show. At the Voestalpine Klangwolke Cloud in the Net festival in Austria, a fleet of 50 quadrocopters was on hand to entertain and amaze.The performance was put on by Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies. They used the AscTec Hummingbird, all 50 of which were carefully programmed to run through a carefully choreographed routine. Each of these tiny flying robots weighs in at 500g and has four independently controlled rotors capable of propelling the copter at 50km/h with a 200g payload. Dual ARM7 processors and a GPS chip allow complex maneuvers to be planned ahead of time. This is not the sort of craft you would control in real time.Each quadrocopter was equipped with a multicolor LED, special radio receivers, and modified firmware. The result is a series of floating, spinning shapes up in the sky. With 50 vehicles, the team was able to create some pretty awesome synchronized maneuvers. In fact, this was the largest number of synchronized quadrocopters ever flown. A few years ago this would have been a prohibitively expensive endeavor, but the cost of robotic vehicles like the Hummingbird are coming down. There is no reason that the same techniques used here couldn’t be applied to an even larger swarm of quadrocopters.AEC.at via IEEE Spectrumlast_img read more

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Burn ban implemented in Camas and Washougal

first_imgThe Camas-Washougal Fire Department has joined the rest of Clark County in implementing a recreational burn ban as the region’s protracted heat wave continues.The ban affects both Camas and Washougal, though charcoal, gas, and propane grills and fireplaces are still allowed.Burn bans are more strict in Vancouver, Battle Ground and unincorporated Clark County. Those jurisdictions banned campfires, outdoor fireplaces and chimney-type devices. Cooking outside with approved propane or charcoal barbecues is still allowed.The bans come as the region deals with an extended stretch of unseasonably hot weather. The temperature has reached at least 90 degrees for 13 days this month, and forecasters are predicting a high of 97 today and 91 Tuesday.Only 0.02 inch of rain has fallen in Vancouver this month. No rain is in the forecast through Sunday.The county’s fire marshal encouraged residents to create space around their homes to prevent wildfires from spreading to structures, or vice versa. Here are some measures people can take in rural and urban areas:last_img read more

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Zoo trains return following makeover

first_imgAfter a four-month makeover in Ridgefield, a celebrity couple have returned home with all the bells and whistles.And don’t forget about custom paint jobs and updated power plants for a steam powered locomotive and a diesel fueled Zooliner. It was all part of the work when two historic railroad engines from the Oregon Zoo train were refurbished at Pacific Power Group.Following completion of the project, the Old West-style Centennial steam locomotive and the retro-modern Zooliner were loaded onto flatbed trailers this week and trucked to the Oregon Zoo in Portland.The two iconic engines are on schedule to be part of ZooLights, the annual winter lights display, which opens Nov. 28, zoo spokesman Hova Najarian said.Both engines were built to help celebrate Oregon’s centennial in 1959, although they represent vastly different eras. The Centennial steam locomotive is a reproduction — about five-eighths-scale — of the 1872 Virginia & Truckee “Reno” locomotive featured in “How the West Was Won” and dozens of other films and TV shows.The Zooliner echoed the futuristic design (by standards of the 1950s) of the Aerotrain, on a smaller scale; General Motors produced two Aerotrain locomotives that pulled trains from 1956 to 1966.last_img read more

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After misdiagnosis and amputation Anchorage woman wins 21M

first_imgThe federal government has paid an Anchorage woman more than $20 million after a bad diagnosis led to the amputation of her arms and legs.Staff at Alaska Native Medical Center in 2011 thought the woman had shingles, when she actually had a worsening skin infection and was in the early stages of sepsis. They sent her home, but several days later, Mardi Strong returned near-death, suffering septic shock. Ultimately, doctors were forced to amputate her limbs.Strong is a member of the Yakima Indian Nation and was a construction worker in Alaska. She had recently completed a two-year certificate in computer-aided design to become an engineer.Instead, in the seven years since the misdiagnosis, Strong has been seeking compensation from the Department of Justice, which represents Native hospitals in medical malpractice issues.“It’s only now that we’re able to get her the care she needs,” said Rick Vollertsen, Mardi Strong’s attorney.Vollertsen said evidence in the court fight included depositions from hospital staff taken in 2015 for the trial. Those depositions indicated, at least in 2015, that the hospital had failed to review its procedures and did not issue any discipline to the staff involved.“I was unable to ascertain from these care providers that they’d been properly trained in how to recognize sepsis or that they understood the telltale signs of sepsis,” Vollertsen said. “It’s kind of scary.”He said the money will help fund her ongoing medical needs. But the settlement should also have encouraged better practices to avoid further misdiagnoses.Alaska Native Medical Center denied that it failed to properly review the case. That’s according to a written statement the hospital issued, in which ANMC says it, “profoundly regrets the experience of Ms. Strong and her family.”“While this isolated outcome is in no way representative of the exceptional care ANMC provides to patients, we have taken the opportunity to carefully scrutinize each step of the care we provide for possible improvements,” the statement said.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage, which defended the federal government and eventually agreed to pay Strong, refused to answer any questions for this story.Vollertsen, Mardi Strong’s attorney, says the settlement amount should be enough to encourage the Department of Justice to require better follow-up from hospitals that have made such huge mistakes, which are called “sentinel events.”“So the taxpayers have paid this claim,” Vollertsen said. “The concern that I have is that the government has some weight to bring to bear on this hospital system, to mandate that the corporate culture change occurs that quality assurance principles are adopted, with vigor.”Shortly after the multi-million-dollar settlement this October, Strong was in Colorado undergoing preparations for upgraded prosthetics.Vollertsen said Thursday that yearlong process, which involves surgery and learning how to use prosthetic arms and legs, continues. Vollertsen said his client continues to heal, both emotionally and physically, now that the settlement is public and finalized.“I know it was important to her to have this case heard,” Vollertsen said.last_img read more

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Public reps play a key role in Haritha Haram success Collector

first_imgWarangal: Notwithstanding the plantation of crores of saplings every year under Haritha Haram, there is very little progress the administration can claim credit, Warangal Urban District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil said. “In fact, the authorities are in a piquant situation unable to show even a single avenue or a block plantation that has full of trees,” he said, speaking at an awareness programme here on Tuesday. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Even though the administration has implemented Haritha Haram programme at full throttle in last few years, the desired results are a far cry, he said. “Although there was little achievement to showcase, travesty is such that we have received several national and state level awards for carrying Haritha Haram programme,” Patil said. It is high time that the people’s representatives played a proactive role in making the plantation drive a huge success, he said. Despite the presence of village-level committees for Haritha Haram, lack of monitoring led to the failure of plantation drive, the Collector said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us As per the new norms laid in the Panchayat Raj legislation, Sarpanches and Panchayat Secretaries will have to take the responsibility of protecting saplings to the extent of 85 per cent, he said. He directed the officials to take up at least 4 kilometre avenue plantation in each gram panchayat. A gram panchayat can appoint five NREGS workers as watchers to protect the saplings, he said. The NREGS workers will be paid Rs 5,275 a month. Advertise With Us The gram panchayats and watchers who ensures 80 per cent survival rate will be provided with incentives, he added. The Collector said that best three gram panchayats in each mandal would get an incentive of Rs 5 lakh. It may be mentioned here that there are seven mandals in the Urban district. Five watchers, five field assistants, one APO, one EC and five technical assistants from each mandal who perform well for the survival of saplings would get Rs 10,000 incentive, the Collector said. Special officers, MPDOs, nodal and other officials would get certificate of appreciation, he said. Husnabad MLA V Sathish Kumar said that it is high time that the people focussed on greenery so that to keep the environment safe. Zilla Parishad chairperson M Sudheer Kumar spoke about the ill-effects of the deforestation. Chief Conservator of Forests M J Akbar said that a WhatsApp group with officials and people’s representatives would be created to spread latest techniques to e adopted in the plantation drive. Horticulture Officer Srinivas Rao said that Srigandham plants would provide additional income to farmers. He said that the government was providing saplings free of cost to farmers. Sarpanches, ZPTCs, MPPs, MPTCs, Panchayat Secretaries, Haritha Haram Nodal Officers and Mandal Special Officers were among others present.last_img read more

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