Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim reiterated on Monday that funds in the fixed deposit of the civic body will be utilised only for development work and civic amenities and any wastage of such funds will not be tolerated.Replying to a query from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay regarding the existing amount in the fixed deposit of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) at the monthly meeting, Hakim said: “We have an amount of Rs 17.10 crore till February 2018. The funds in the fixed deposit, whether it is more or less, does not matter. What matters most is offering services and civic amenities to the people. Since the Trinamool Congress took over the board of the KMC in 2010, it has provided civic amenities in the form of potable drinking water, lights, development of slums, an overhaul of the drainage system, scientific plan for solid waste management etc.” According to Hakim, when Subrata Mukherjee of the TMC ended his term as the Mayor in 2005, the amount of fixed deposit stood at Rs 377.16 crore. When Bikash Bhattacharya of the Left Front board took over as Mayor, he sold a number of plots of land and the fixed deposit went up to Rs 721.25 crore. Hakim further informed that when Bhattacharya’s term as Mayor ended in 2010, he left Rs 588. 67 crore in the fixed deposit of the KMC. “The revenue earning is a part our job but our main aim is to ensure that the citizens get the best of amenities,” he maintained. The Mayor further said that the KMC has set a target of three years to ensure the supply of potable drinking water to every single pocket in the city. “There are problems in certain pockets, particularly in the added areas in the southern part, and we are taking all possible measures to augment water supply. The capacity of the Garden Reach Waterways is being raised by 25 million gallon and we are also constructing small booster pumping stations in these areas to boost water supply,” he added.
Gurugram: Six people working in a garment factory in Gurugram received burn injuries after the industrial unit named Shobha designs caught fire due to short circuit on Sunday morning. The incident occurred in the industrial area of Sector-37 at around 3:00 am.All seven workers are from Uttar Pradesh. According to sources all the workers injured in the mishap have received 25 to 30 percent of burn injuries. Meanwhile the two who are critically injured and have been admitted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital have received 70 to 75 percent of burn injuries. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe two workers who are in critical conditions have been identified as Arun and Ravinder. While Arun is from Mirzapur, Ravinder is from Saharanpur. Other victims in the incident have been identified as Satyaprakash (Badohi), Kamlesh, (Prayagraj), Santosh and, Chotelal (Bulandshahr). The four are receiving treatment in a private hospital in Gurugram Three fire tender vehicles were used to douse the fire and it took more than hour an hour for the fire officials to bring the situation under control. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaAccording to fire officials the garment factory was functioning illegally and had not taken required safety measures. The fire officials stated that the fire occurred at the basement and then spread to the other areas. The impact of the loss caused due to the mishap can be gauged from the fact that three machines of the garment unit were completely destroyed. “The main reason for the fire was short circuit. We observed that the owner had not changed the wires and it was extremely outdated. We observed that the factory was functioning illegally and various measures of security were compromised,” said a senior official from Gurugram fire department. Meanwhile the police have also filed a formal complaint in the case and have begun their investigation. This is the second major tragedy that has occurred in the industrial units of Gurugram.
Rabat – Photos of singer Cheb Faudel, who was originally Algerian, bowing to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI recently caused an uproar among Algerian media.The singer bowed to King Mohamed during his performance at the closing ceremony of the sixth annual International Festival Jawhara on August 6 in El Jadida, about 96 km south of Casablanca.During a press conference, prior to his performance, Faudel had expressed his pride in being a Moroccan citizen holding up his Moroccan ID card to show the audience that he now has Moroccan nationality. He had also praised the monarch, saying “Our King Mohammed VI, May God bless him and prolong his life – he granted me many things – he is the King of Africa.” Faudel also stated during the press conference that Algerians love King Mohammed VI, and urged that the border between Morocco and Algeria be opened up.At the height of his performance on stage, Faudel turned to a large photo of King Mohammed VI and bowed in front of it for a few seconds just before dedicating one of his songs to the king.Echourouk Online, an Algerian online publication, asserted last Thursday that Faudel had disappeared after Algeria closed its doors in Faudel’s face due to his performance in Dakhla, a city in the south of Morocco described by the publication as “occupied.”The publication reported that Faudel’s bow to King Mohammed VI had aroused the resentment of Algerians. It asserted that Faudel is a “failure” because he had not lately emulated his previous successes by producing any blockbuster songs.Echourouk Online added that in showing his Moroccan ID card to the audience, Faudel was simply trying to win the hearts of “the Makhzen” just so he would be invited to perform at other festivals in Morocco even though his artistic career is “in decline.”In a video posted on YouTube last Wednesday by Algerié Vidéo, the commentator called Faudel’s bow to the Moroccan King a “scandal,” and deplored Faudel’s “obedience to his master King Mohammed VI.”Edited by Elisabeth Myers
“This fund will help Georgia harness the enormous political enthusiasm there now and, using appropriate expertise and effective programmes, transform that energy into sound and lasting reforms,” UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown told a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”We welcome this new fund and the support from UNDP and OSI, which should help sustain Georgia in this critical period of structural reforms,” said President-elect Mikhail Saakashvili, who was elected earlier this month following the resignation of President Eduard Shevardnadze in November.The Capacity Building Fund for Georgia created by UNDP and OSI will finance the design of a thorough reform package, focusing on public administration. It will also support the fight against corruption. The fund will allow the Government to call on the services of local, international and expatriate experts who can assist in the planning and implementation of key reforms.”Georgia seeks to build an open society – and for that, its civil servants need the skills to implement reforms and respond to public demands,” OSI founder and philanthropist George Soros told the news conference.Working in collaboration, OSI and UNDP have been supporting similar programmes in Serbia and Montenegro. As in the case of South-East Europe, the new Georgian fund will also seek to tap the expertise of the diaspora by giving incentives to those who choose to return home to work in public service.The fund is open to contributions from other donors and efforts are currently underway to bolster international support for Georgia’s ambitious reform programme.
After merger, American Airlines and US Airways post first-quarter profit of $480 million AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – American Airlines is making money again and beating expectations after its merger with US Airways.The company posted earnings of $480 million Thursday, a record for the first quarter, which is usually the weakest three-month period for airlines during the year. As separate airlines, American and US Airways lost $297 million a year earlier.The profit was helped by the sale of takeoff and landing slots at Washington’s Reagan National Airport. American and US Airways agreed to sell the slots to settle a government antitrust lawsuit that threatened to block the merger.Excluding that sale and other items, the combined airline would have earned $402 million, or 54 cents per share, topping analyst projections for 48 cents per share.Revenue rose 5.6 per cent to $10 billion. Analysts expected $10.02 billion, according to a FactSet survey.American Airlines Group Inc., formed by the December merger, is the largest airline in the world. CEO Doug Parker, who previously ran US Airways, said in a message to employees that, “In the entire history of American Airlines, we have never earned $400 million in the first three months of a year, but in the first three months since the merger, we did.”Shares of the Fort Worth, Texas, company rose 52 cents to $37.61 in premarket trading. At Wednesday’s closing price, they were up 47 per cent this year. FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 photo, an American Airlines Boeing 767 takes off from Miami International Airport, in Miami. American Airlines Group Inc. releases quarterly financial results before the market opens on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2014 6:45 am MDT
How can it be that Kellen Winslow Jr., a tight end of immense skill and apparently sound health, not have a team to call his own two days before the first weekend of the NFL season?That is a mystery of significant proportions.A free agent five years removed from a Pro Bowl appearance because of injuries, Winslow was not signed by the New England Patriots after a workout with the team.Speculation mounted that Winslow’s creaky knees were a reason the Patriots passed on him. But ESPN reports that was not the case. Apparently, he just did not impress enough, despite playing in all 16 games in the last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns.Rather, New England already had tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Visanthe Shiancoe on the roster.It had to hurt – and puzzle Winslow – that New England placed Shiancoe on the injured reserve list and signed veteran free agent Michael Hoomanawanui.Winslow, who is not year 30, was solid, but not spectacular last year. In 2011 he caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns. Winslow has caught 437 passes for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns in his seven years in the league.The Associated Press reported that Winslow was acquired this off season by the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick. The idea, apparently, was to pair him with tight end with Zach Miller, creating a double threat from that position.But Winslow was cut this week. In preseason games, he finished with just three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.He is the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, perhaps the most dynamic player at his position ever. While it is surprising the younger Winslow will be sitting home this Sunday, it is likely that he will get signed by someone before long.
A GROUP OF Australian and New Zealand trekkers have been savagely attacked and injured in Papua New Guinea with two of their guides hacked to death.The deadly incident happened at dusk yesterday along the popular Black Cat Track in the lawless Pacific nation’s northern Morobe province.“The attack resulted in the deaths of two PNG nationals who were porters for the group,” Australia’s department of foreign affairs (DFAT) said.Other members of the group, including eight Australians, one New Zealander and a number of PNG nationals, sustained injuries during the attack, however none of the injuries are life-threatening.PNG police spokesman Dominic Kakas told AFP the porters were hacked to death with machetes and four of the trekkers were badly assaulted, including one who was speared.He said:One of the expatriates was speared through the left leg, one was slashed on the arm, another suffered severe lacerations to the head and another also had severe cuts. Some of the other porters were more seriously injured.“There were six in the mob that attacked them,” he added, with all escaping. “One had a rifle, another a home-made gun, as well as bush knives and spears.”Injured and traumatisedThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation said workers at a local mining company helped the injured and traumatised trekkers walk to a medical clinic at their nearby camp. Kakas said they were then taken to a hospital in Lae.Mark Hitchcock, a spokesman for tour operator PNG Trekking Adventures said the injured Australians were now comfortable and resting.“This is an isolated area, an isolated incident that shocked us all. Totally out of character for the track,” he told ABC.“This is the first ever trouble that we’ve had on any track in Papua New Guinea. It’s a difficult track, the Black Cat Track, and there have been some issues with other companies a long time ago, but of recent time there’s been a lot of development gone into the track since 2005.”The motive for the attack was not clear, although some reports suggested it could be related to a disagreement between porters from PNG’s lowlands and locals living in the highlands.The Black Cat Track runs between Wau and Salamaua in northern PNG. DFAT said it was recommending that trekkers avoid the Black Cat Track until local police have investigated the incident.- © AFP, 2013Read: Papua New Guinea alleged cannibals charged>
THE RTÉ PRIME Time investigation into the mistreatment of children at three creches in Dublin and Wicklow has shocked the country and prompted a wave of reaction today.The programme, ‘A Breach of Trust’, aired last night and showed the mistreatment of children at a number of Irish childcare facilities, but RTÉ has taken the decision not to air the programme again or put it on its on-demand RTÉ Player service after a request from parents.If you missed the programme, TheJournal.ie has put together an in-depth account of what was broadcast in an attempt to inform those who may not have had a chance to watch last night’s programme.Introducing the programme, Prime Time presenter Claire Byrne warns that viewers can expect “upsetting scenes and strong language” from the start as we then see excerpts of a creche worker swearing at a child, a child being forced to lie down and, in another clip, a child being forced to sit into their chair.Reporter Oonagh Smyth appears on camera to introduce the programme and says it will investigate childcare in Ireland and ask “if the system of regulation that upholds standards of care is good enough”.The programme points out that a huge amount of child development takes place between birth and three years of age, making these early years crucial to a child’s development.It says that 75 per cent of childcare facilities are privately-run and introduces the childcare regulations that are enforced by the HSE. It says that two of these regulations concern the quality of care.The programme says that most pre-schools are inspected once every 20 months and says that experts complain that the childcare regulations are too basic and poorly enforced to ensure good services across the country. It cites its own examination of HSE inspection reports which show that breaching of childcare regulations is “widespread across the country”.We are then introduced to the undercover researchers – all qualified or studying in childcare practice – who worked in five creche chains, acting on complaints made to RTÉ or made previously to the HSE.We’re told that in three chains the programme “saw breaches of a serious enough nature” to warrant inclusion in programme. “We did not witness any instances of violent or sexual abuse,” Smyth, the narrator for the programme, definitively states.Giraffe creche in Belarmine, StepasideThe programme says that there were two inspections of Giraffe facilities in 2010 in which there were repeated breaches of regulations identified. Last year the HSE found these issues resolved.We’re told that both good care and bad care were observed by the undercover researcher with some examples of bad care including:One worker shouting at childrenThe researcher frequently observing a failure to provide enough staff meaning the facility was in breach of adult/child ratio guidelines.The strapping of infants into chairs for lengthy periods with children getting restless and trying to walk with chairs on their back.The programme says that some children were strapped for periods of at least an hour even though the creche guidelines are that children should only be strapped in for meals and table activities and this should be for 15 minute periods.In practice, the children were strapped in for on average two hours a day, the programme claims. Professor Sheila Greene, a developmental psychologist from Trinity, says that it is not necessary to strap in a child at any point if the child is managed properly.She describes the practice at Giraffe as “very, very inappropriate” and “bordering on abusive” while Dr Catriona O’Toole (below), developmental psychologist from NUI Maynooth, says that children’s natural instincts are to be on the move.Strapped into a chair In another incident we see a boy, aged 21 months, strapped into his chair and facing a fridge, an incident which Greene says is clearly in breach of regulations and “harmful” to the child. A different childcare worker admits to strapping in children saying that although they are not allowed do it the children “understand exactly what you’re saying: ‘If you do that again, you’re going to be put in a chair.’”In the case of the 21-month-old strapped into the chair the researcher takes the child out after 40 minutes to get some food but the other worker says that he must be strapped back in for his snack. The child starts to cry as he strapped back in. As the researcher tries to get the child a book, the other worker tells the researcher not to give the child anything.“It’s his own fault,” the worker says before trying to give him the snack. As the boy continues to cry he is taken out of the chair and brought to the ‘baby room’. The woman returns to the room with the child and puts him back into his seat. The child – still distressed – indicates that he will eat his snack and is left by the worker, who walks out of the room.“I found it very disturbing footage,” says Nóirín Hayes, a professor of early years childhood care and education, who says the child was strapped for a long period of time, the response of the adult is “one of threats, it’s very negative”.On foot of a complaint from the undercover researcher, management at Giraffe began an investigation into the incident, the programme says.‘Breach of trust’ The programme then focuses on what the creche tells parents in contrast to what actually happens with one manager – not involved in the day-to-day running of Belarmine – meeting with a researcher posing as a parent who is told about diaries being kept of children’s day-to-day activities at the creche.“Every day their mummies and daddies know everything,” the manager is recorded as saying but the programme states that diaries are often fabricated and shows one example where by 1pm, while the child is napping, the entire day of that child has already been documented in their diary.Records on food allergies are also not adequately kept with one chef recorded as saying that if the HSE saw his list of food allergies for children at the facility, the creche would be shut down as the list is out of date and from last year.More footage shows that there are no cots for young children during their nap time and no heavy blinds which can be brought down to keep out the light. One worker takes up to 45 minutes to settle children while another is shown trying to force a child to lie down.“We’re not going to have anymore silliness,” the worker says as the child begins to cry. “Go asleep,” the worker repeatedly says. More undercover footage shows a worker attempting to get a child to lie down and sleep by covering their head with a blanket. Hayes (below) says this is “very degrading behaviour” while Greene describes it as “emotionally and physically harmful”.Inspection reports The programme points out that management acted on foot of complaints by the undercover researcher and introduced more support into the creche. A complaint to the HSE was also made. But the programme says that the most recent inspection reports reports show that:5 of Giraffe’s 15 branches breached regulation 5 in relation to child welfareThere were inadequate sleep facilities in eight other giraffe branches.11 branches had problems with safety issues.All 15 branches breached regulation 8 in relation to staff background checks and adult child ratios.There were incidents of fabrication of diaries found in other two other branches.The programme says that Giraffe had over €1m in state funding last year and will have nearly the same again this year. In addition it had €360,000 last year for capital investment with €40k going to Belarmine alone.A statement from Giraffe says that it is profoundly sorry for the distress caused and says one staff member has been suspended. It says it will take whatever steps necessary to provide quality care to children and it remains dedicated to maintaining the highest possible standards.Little Harvard in Rathnew, WicklowNext, the programme focuses on Little Harvard, a small chain of five creches in Kildare, Wicklow and Dublin. It says there have been two recent complaints about branches in Bray while in Rathnew its branch there breached nine regulations including the regulation on child welfare and development.We’re told it costs €823 per month for full time childcare there and that again there was both good and bad practices observed by the undercover researcher.“Some staff had very little interest in the children due to an obsession with mobile phones,” the programme says with footage showing staff members on their phones at various points. Hayes points out there is “virtually no relationship or interaction” between adults and children in this footage.The programme’s undercover researcher also identifies other problems at the Rathnew branch including:Breach of adult/child ratiosThe curriculum of activities often not being followedWorkers writing up paper work and leaving children to play with little supervision.The discovery of leftover building materials in a play area by the children which is only picked up on by the researcher because staff have not paid attention.The faking of register records for children in order to qualify for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) funding. Behind closed doors, left in highchairs Children are also supposed to be checked regularly during naptime but the undercover footage shows that those in the cot room are not checked regularly and once the researcher does check them infants are found crying. The researcher also discovers a 20-month-old boy who has been put in a room beyond the cot room with the door shut.“To put a child behind two sets of closed doors is potentially dangerous in that you don’t know what’s going on with the child and it’s also distressing to the children,” Greene (below) says.Putting children behind closed doors is a common practice at Little Harvard, the programme says, citing one case of a little girl kept behind a door for three minutes before being let out. This is a breach of regulations that is described as “very disturbing” by Hayes.Other footage shows infants left in high chairs for prolonged periods, unoccupied while staff work on other activities such as cleaning.In one incident a little girl is kept in her highchair continiously for two hours while on other days infants are left in highchairs even longer. This is “absolutely inappropriate” according to O’Toole.Isolated incidents In a statement to the programme, Little Harvard says these were isolated incidents which fell below standards. “This programme has drawn untrue and incorrect conclusions from those incidents,” the creche company is quoted as saying, adding that an in-depth investigation is being carried out.The programme points out that many of the issues it raises were raised by the HSE’s own inspection report two years ago. It says that overall Little Harvard received €433,000 in ECCE funding last year and €30,000 more this year. HSE Inspection reportsThe programme’s second half begins by focusing on the HSE inspection reports, reports that it has promised to publish but has not done so. Having exclusively obtained the reports from last year an examination of them by RTÉ shows that in the case of pre-schools and creches:75 per cent of pre-schools and creches are in breach of the childcare regulations34 per cent are in breach of five or more regulations57 per cent of Dublin creches had 5 or more breaches while 86 per cent did in Kildare had 5 or more breaches last yearOne-in-five creches in Roscommon breached 10 or more regulations last yearIn Kildare almost a quarter of creches breached 10 or more regulations48 per cent of creches were in breach of regulation 8 concerning the adult/child ratios and staff background checks29 per cent of creches were in breach of regulation 19 concerning the overcrowding and upkeep of premises41 per cent of creches were in breach of regulation 27 on measures to provide a safe environmentOne in seven creches nationally were in breach of regulation 5 concerning the welfare of children“I am surprised that the non-compliance levels are so high,” says Irene Gunning from Early Childhood Ireland adding that it is important to differentiate between minor breaches and more serious ones.Some within the sector complain the HSE does not do more to raise standards and the programme says that the HSE declined to participate. But it does quote from what it says is a “highly sensitive internal document” regarding the childcare inspectorate in a regional area.This document outlines concerns about children being put at risk in that area and says that the culture of “light touch regulation” has come “at the expense of children’s rights”.The programme quotes from a HSE statement in which it says that while every effort is made to maintain a complete inspection schedule “it has not been possible to do so in all areas, at all times”.Links Childcare in Abington, DublinThe programme switches back to its case studies with this childcare facility observed on foot of complaints to the programme by former members of staff and a month after a HSE inspection found it was “generally compliant” with regulations.The facility is one of ten across Dublin, costing €945 per month for a child in full time care. The programme says that CCTV cameras are located in every room of this creche.Again there were many examples of good care found here but the undercover researcher also witnesses what is described as a “disciplinarian approach” towards very young children.Some incidents include:A child spilling something on themselves and then the worker walking away, saying: “He can sit like that. I dont give a s**t today.”Infants being harshly spoken to during circle time with one incident showing a worker grabbing a toy from a child and shouting: “It’s not play time.” Hayes says that grabbing something from a child suggests “very little affection for the children”.The programme also says there were frequent breaches of the adult/child ratios at the Links creche and the fabrication of records about children’s activities and development.In one piece of footage a worker admits to spending the whole day shouting and wondering what if the parents heard, ”they’d be disgusted,” the worker says. These workers are undervalued and underpaid, says Greene, who adds that she has some sympathy for them.‘Children being slammed into chairs’ In one of a number of similar incidents, an 18-month-old girl is recorded getting out of her chair before being put back into the chair by a worker. This happens again a short time later where the child is recorded getting out of the seat before being forcefully placed back into it by the worker who shouts: “Stay in your seat.”“It’s very hard to watch children being slammed in to chairs,” says Greene.At meal time a girl is shown eating with her hands but this is not allowed and the worker pulls her hand back and shouts at the girl: “Don’t put your f**king finger in it.” The programme says that Links senior management were informed of these incidents and an investigation has been undertaken.In one other piece of footage a boy in Montessori group is, we are told, in need of a nap. The boy is put in a corner to sleep as the group continues its activities, the boy acts up and his mattress and blanket are taken away. The boy continues to cry. “Let him cry himself to sleep,” a worker says.The boy is being “humiliated” according to Hayes.‘They’re all little bullies’ In another incident nap time for toddlers is observed by the undercover researcher. The programme tells us that staff get a break when the children are asleep. In the footage, a staff member is heard to say: “Don’t be afraid to, like, be tough with them cos you have to be, cos they’re all little bullies.”One piece of footage shows a child who will not settle being picked up off their mattress and slammed down the other end of the mattress before a blanket is thrown over them. Another child is then grabbed by the legs and dragged down the mattress by the same worker.“You see the children being manhandled, being flipped and thrown, they’re like little ragdolls not living children,” Greene says. “They’re being treated as objects not as children and it is quite disturbing.”The undercover researcher made a complaint to management at Links. A complaint was also made to the HSE. We’re told that inspection reports found that four Links creches breached regulation 8 on staff checks and ratios while four out of five Links branches breached regulation 27 on safety measures.Links said that one member of staff has been dismissed and another has been suspended, while a new manager has also been appointed. All staff are being retrained across the chain, the company – which made a €1.6 million profit last year – said in a statement to the programme.Ireland fares badly in early years careThe programme concludes with some damning observations of childcare in Ireland stating that international research shows that this country fares badly when it comes to early years care and is behind most other major EU countries.Advocates argue that the government is not spending enough on childcare and that not enough people working in the sector are appropriately qualified. Irene Gunning (above) says there needs to be targets set down on qualifications and on quality.The programme, perhaps crucially, points out that the €234 million in early years funding and the €176 million on the pre-school year is not tied to quality standards with public funding going to services which are variable in quality.Inspections are infrequent in some counties with just one in five creches inspected in the Cavan-Monaghan area last year compared to 95 per cent in Longford-Westmeath. Just over half of creches were checked last year, according to the national average.“Tonight we have seen disturbing evidence of how very young children can be badly treated in creches,” the reporter Smyth says adding that the need for reform is “clear”.O’Toole notes that parents should be aware that what happens in the home is more important to a child’s overall development than what happens in a creche. But Gunning says the programme and its revelations should be “a turning point and maybe a wake up call to parents, services and the government”.If you were affected by issues in the programme, you may wish to contact Barnardos at 01 – 454 9699 or the ISPCC at 01 – 6767 960.Pictures: Screenshots and Photocall IrelandMore: Links Childcare plans CCTV streaming as it tries to ‘repair loss of trust’Read: Taoiseach on creche controversy: ‘God knows what has happened in other locations’RTÉ: No repeats or online airing of Prime Time creche investigation
Despite their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, Everton defender Kurt Zouma has urged his team to stick to their game plan.Manchester City opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Gabriel Jesus as the hosts capitalized on a mistake by Yerry Mina.Jesus completed his brace 10 minutes into the second half, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back to reduce the deficit, but substitute Raheem Sterling completed the scoring and killed Everton’s hopes of any comeback.“We are very disappointed but we tried to play our football,” Zouma told the club’s website.“We knew they are strong pressing the ball and are strong on the counter-attack but when you try to push forward you have to take risks and we did.“Unfortunately it didn’t go for us but I think we created chances and we can be happy that we tried to play. It’s a defeat but we need to move on.“The goal gave us a bit more confidence but then we conceded the third goal too quickly. In football, you have to be prepared for everything.Premier 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…“We did our job, we tried to play the way we wanted to. We took our risks but unfortunately, we lost.“As I said, we need to move on to next week. We have another important game at home and we will try to win that.“We created chances against a strong team with strong players.“It’s not difficult to enjoy these type of games against a big team in a big stadium. We had chances, the first one from Richarlison in the first half.“Maybe we should have scored more but it’s done now. Everyone gave 100 percent. Now we’re going to recover and great ready for next week.“We had a game plan and tried to play our match. We will play with confidence. We are at home and will play for our fans. We need to keep the same spirit and move on.”
A Coast Guard helicopter crew spent Tuesday morning performing back-to-back medevacs between King Cove and the community of Cold Bay.A fisherman from the crabber Miss Courtney Kim got hurt on Monday night when a crab pot fell on him, inflicting multiple injuries. The vessel was near Sanak Island — not far from King Cove, which has a health clinic.The vessel headed into town, while the Coast Guard made arrangements for an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to leave its forward-deployment in Cold Bay and meet the fisherman the next morning.But Petty Officer Grant DeVuyst says the flight crew soon got wind of another emergency.“Between the report of the injured mariner who was getting taken into King Cove by his vessel, and the time that the helicopter showed up, there was a report of an infant suffering from respiratory distress,” DeVuyst says.The Coast Guard helicopter picked up the sick baby and his mother from King Cove on Tuesday morning, and flew them to Cold Bay. From there, the family boarded a commercial medevac flight bound for Anchorage.Then, the helicopter crew doubled back and picked up the injured fisherman from the F/V Miss Courtney Kim. That man was also taken to Anchorage on a commercial medevac flight, arranged by the Coast Guard.DeVuyst says it’s not uncommon for the Coast Guard to assist with medevacs out of King Cove.“There’s only certain types of aircrafts that can get on-scene,” DeVuyst says. “Our air crews are trained to fly in pretty extreme conditions up here. You’ll see in Alaska a lot that we assist with things of that type, just because of the weather and the remoteness.”Residents of King Cove have been lobbying the federal government for years to build a road through the Izembek wildlife reserve, which separates them from Cold Bay’s all-weather airport. They say that a one-lane gravel road would provide them with more reliable access to commercial medevac flights.
Nallakunta: Seasonal diseases such as typhoid, diphtheria, dengue, malaria, chikungunya and diarrhea are on the rise since the start of the monsoon. Government hospitals in the city are witnessing a spurt in patients. Speaking to The Hans India, Dr Padmaja, RMO, Fever Hospital, said, “During the monsoon we witness several cases and 20 to 25 patients are admitted daily.” Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The city did not get enough rains but there is a nip in the air. Once it starts raining with more frequency, the number of patients is bound to increase. Presently, over 1,500 cases are reported daily at Fever Hospital. Cases of typhoid, dengue and malaria-related cases are more as compared to other diseases as these are monsoon-related diseases. Poor sanitation and hygiene are reasons for the spurt in cases. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us A senior doctor says, “People living in slums are more vulnerable to monsoon related diseases due to water logging. Even a small quantity of water, as little as 40 ml, if left stagnating anywhere or placed inside and outside homes, will serve as a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes which transmits virus causing dengue, malaria, and other life-threatening vector-borne diseases. The city also has witnessed variations in temperature due to climatic changes in the last two months. Due to which, a number of malaria and dengue cases have been reported in government and private hospitals due to rise in mosquitoes.” Advertise With Us Chief entomologist of GHMC said, “Usually, malaria cases increased in June, and dengue in July. We are taking precautions, ranging from awareness campaigns to health camps across the city to prevent mosquitoes. We are also in touch with the health department, and hospitals to keep a track of spike in dengue or malaria numbers in hospitals and people from which area are more affected.”
Warangal: There were days when majority of erstwhile Warangal leaders clad in vivid yellow starched shirts gleefully waving to the people. Gone are those days as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) appears to be a pale shadow of its past glory. Although it has faced several crises in its 37-year history, it’s indeed a lean period for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Telangana. Even when it wilted under the ‘onslaught’ of Congress led by Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, the party remained substantially intact. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Never before the party was in such an identity crisis as it has been today. Although the desertions started before the 2014 general elections with senior leaders like Kadiyam Srihari choosing to join Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the phenomenon was in full force after the pink party wrested power from the Congress which failed to project itself effectively as the party that actually gave Telangana. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Even after a host of leaders crossed over to ruling TRS, the TDP which is known as a cadre-based party continued to be a potent force in erstwhile Warangal district. However, desertion of Errabelli Dayakar Rao, one of the mainstays of the party at the State level, was seen as the ‘last straw that broke the camel’s back’. Although senior leaders like Revuri Prakash Reddy held the flock together this far, TDP losing power in Andhra Pradesh seems to be a death knell for the party. Advertise With Us With the Congress continuing to wobble under the bombardment of the TRS, the BJP seems to be the only resort for the TDP. Of course, it’s no different for the Congress as well. If one goes by the words of BJP national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, a sizable number of TDP and Congress leaders are set to join their party. It may be recalled here that Rajya Sabha member Garikapati Mohan Rao, one of the most trusted lieutenants of TD chief N Chandrababu Naidu, had joined the saffron party last month. With the likes of former minister E Peddi Reddy and former Hanamkonda MP Chada Suresh Reddy already in its kitty, the BJP at the moment has its nose ahead in bolstering its base in the erstwhile Warangal district. “Albeit Telangana didn’t have a best of monsoon this year, the BJP’s lotus is set for a massive bloom. With the TDP is seemingly sinking into oblivion bit by bit, it’s no surprise that its leaders having a thought of joining the BJP. On the other hand, the Congress which lost Parliament and Assembly elections miserably is in chaos with its MLAs en masse defecting to ruling TRS. It’s no easy task to survive in politics without power,” a senior Congress leader toldThe Hans India. With the likes of BJP national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao, secretary N Indrasena Reddy and Yendala Laxminarayana conducting meetings in Warangal in the span of one week, it appears like that saffron party is on a mission to make most of TDP’s fallbesides attracting Congress leaders, he said.
Members of the marching band New Edition perform at the annual Labor Day celebration at Baltimore’s Cloverdale.Baltimore’s Cloverdale neighborhood held its annual Labor Day Basketball Challenge with basketball, music and a strong sense of community.The event started off years ago as a simple basketball game between old and young members of the community challenging each other to a game in 1957. That has transformed into what took place on Sept. 7; a celebration for all people to participate in.“The event became an annual affair and it’s evolved to what we have here now,” said Earl Garner, president of Cloverdale Athletic Club and Basketball.Garner helped lead the “Ring of Brotherly Love” during the morning as members of the community held hands and said a prayer.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (District 14) were some of the participants to show support of the community coming together and moving forward, Garner said.“There’s so much focus around separation when it comes to African Americans in this town,” he said. “There’s a lot of separation but we can still show people that we are still a community and we can still come together.”Community support like that displayed by Michael Mann, a participant for all 46 years, who continues to come back because he hopes he can help guide the youth.“I haven’t played basketball in the last 20 years but I went out to play with them because I saw a lot of new faces,” said Mann.Each year he returns to the Labor Day Basketball Challenge because he believes the event helps foster the young people and that they can listen to their elders, Mann said.“Baltimore is a basketball city so you have a lot of kids who are into the game. It draws a lot of people,” Mann said.The event also included free food and music from the marching band, New Edition, a band with over 75 members of many ages.One of the members of the band, D’Shira Plummer, also spoke about the importance of hosting community events in the neighborhood because of the impact they had on young people.“I think it’s important because it keeps our kids off the streets,” said Plummer. “It’s something positive. Less kids off the corner and more of them being productive.”The Labor Day Basketball Challenge brought in over 200 residents, Garner said, including people from outside Baltimore.Tommy Lyons, a Morgan State University student, visited the park along with his son and grandson in order to enjoy a game of basketball.“Folks are coming together and we need that—especially after the riots. Anything that can bring this community together and make it feel organic is what we need in Baltimore,” said Lyons.
In Costa Rica we can’t allow outrages against human rights, nor can we allow threats of withdrawing from international legal frameworks where we’re supported and which we’ve helped to create. [Candidate Fabricio Alvarado’s rise in the polls in January followed his statement that if elected, he would pursue Costa Rica’s withdrawal from the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights following a ruling from the court in favor of marriage equality.]When it comes to human rights, Costa Rica is already great, deeply respected on an international level. Today we have the obligation not to lose those achievements, and to face the challenges in areas where we are still weak. I’m very worried that some people have focused this election on questioning the personal right of choosing whom to love.We’ve fallen into serious danger of concentrating the attention of a campaign on only one topic and such a personal one. That cannot be the only factor in deciding the future of our country.Friends, the person who’ll lead this country from May onward has to have the capacity to address all our national worries: the single mothers who cannot feed their children well, the young adults who have had no job for months, the parents who have not been able to rebuild their homes after the floods, the eternal waiting for medical attention at the Caja, the fear of leaving the house unoccupied on Sundays and the overwhelming traffic jams on the streets the whole Central Valley, among other [problems]. These are the challenges to which both candidates for the presidency should be dedicated, with serious and responsible proposals.Let’s get to the point. You can’t aspire to govern against the rights of a minority while everyone’s well-being is ignored. Costa Ricans, I call on you for reflection. I make a respectful but urgent call to both candidates to present their proposals to unite a country in search of the economic, social and environmental improvements we so badly need.Above all, I call upon the sense of civic duty with which all of us, young people and not-so-young people, must go out and vote on April 1. Thank you, and may God bless you all.Watch the original video published on Hablando Claro’s Facebook page: One of the most prominent Costa Ricans on the international stage released a statement on Costa Rica’s ongoing election process.Christiana Figueres, the daughter of three-time Costa Rican President José “Pepe” Figueres, has become a global leader in the work to combat climate change. This week, Figueres shared a video on her Facebook profile in which she calls on Costa Ricans to vote based on the country’s future, rather than the polarizing topics which have divided the nation in recent weeks.Debate over gay marriage dominated Costa Rica’s presidential campaign in January and propelled an opponent of same-sex marriage, Fabricio Alvarado, to first place in the first-round election held Feb. 4, while also boosting gay marriage supporter Carlos Alvarado (no relation) to second place. The two candidates will face off in a second round of voting April 1.Read Figueres’ translated comments:Dear fellow citizens,It’s Christiana Figueres speaking. I don’t participate in the internal politics of our country, but I see that in Costa Rica we’re in danger of losing what we’ve gained throughout our history.As a mother of two Costa Rican daughters, I simply can’t stay quiet. I invite you, young people and not-so-young people, to pause and reflect on our country for a moment.In Costa Rica we’re governed, not by military force, but by the force of our laws and international legal decisions. We practice democracy because we know that dictatorships lead to outrages that are unacceptable, and we defend human rights because we know they’re the basis of our peaceful coexistence.What we must remember about human rights is that they’re applied not only to certain people, but to everyone. For example, you have the right to health, and I do, too. The fact that you enjoy your health does not threaten my health in any way. You have the right to express yourself and so do I. Your free expression does not threaten my right to expression. You have the right to not be discriminated against, for any reason, and so do I. The fact that you’re not discriminated against means that you shouldn’t discriminate against me, nor your neighbor, acknowledging the dignity of each one of the members of the human family. Facebook Comments Christiana Figueres sees lessons for UN leadership in climate talks Related posts:Costa Rica’s elections 2018: a primer On sunny Election Day, Costa Rican voting heats up Why these Costa Rican women dressed as characters from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to vote today Presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado pulls out of UCR debate
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Global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider CoreLogic, Inc. recently released its 2015 Storm Surge Analysis which found that more than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of hurricane storm surge damage. The total reconstruction cost value (RCV) is nearly $1.5 trillion for the storm surge damages.“The number of hurricanes each year is less important than the location of where the next hurricane will come ashore,” said Dr. Tom Jeffery, senior hazard risk scientist for CoreLogic. “It only takes one hurricane that pushes storm surge into a major metropolitan area for the damage to tally in the billions of dollars. With new home construction, and any amount of sea-level rise, the number of homes at risk of storm surge damage will continue to increase.”The CoreLogic analysis reviews homes along the Atlantic and Gulf coastlines of 19 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 84 metro areas by examining the risk from hurricane-driven storm surge. Home are placed in five risk levels, including low, moderate, high, very high and extreme, according to CoreLogic. The analysis also provides RCVs that indicate how much is required to rebuild the property, including labor and materials, and assuming that the homes are completely destroyed.According to the analysis, at the regional level, the Atlantic Coast has more than 3.8 million homes at risk of storm surge in 2015 with an RCV of $939 billion, and the Gulf Coast has just under 2.8 million homes at risk and nearly $549 billion in potential exposure to total destruction damage.A total of six states make up more than 75 percent of all at-risk homes nationally, CoreLogic says. Florida finished first with 2,509,812 total properties at various risk levels. Next is Louisiana with 760,272 homes and New York with 464,534 homes. New Jersey come in fourth with 446,148 properties and Texas in fifth at 441,304 properties, while Virginia wrapped up the ranking with 420,052 properties. Although Louisiana finished with the second most homes at risk of storm surge, only 25 percent of these homes are in the extreme or very high storm surge category due to upgraded and expanded levees.“The levee system in and around New Orleans is one of the most extensive in the world,” Jeffery said. “After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, upgrades were planned for the network of levees and pumping stations to reduce the potential devastation from future storms. Upgrades were completed in 2013, and CoreLogic analysis shows a significant number of homes are now protected from all but the higher category hurricanes as a result.”Click here to view the full CoreLogic Storm Surge Analysis. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News June 4, 2015 437 Views CoreLogic Hurricane Storm Surge Damage Reconstruction Cost Value Storm Surge Analysis 2015-06-04 Staff Writer Over 6.6 Million Homes at Risk of Storm Surge Damage in 2015
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