Red Dress Event Brings NY Fashion To Red Bank For Heart…

first_imgThe Red Dress Event comes to Red Bank on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Buona Sera Restaurant. The event, in its fourth year, will educate and empower women to take control of their heart health.In partnership with The Heart Truth campaign, Meridian CardioVascular Network will host a cocktail party that features several dresses from the Red Dress Collection. Guests will get a close-up view of dresses created by several notable designers, hot off the runway from New York’s Fashion Week.The event features signature red cocktails; heart healthy hors d’oeuvres and music along with door prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $50, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Meridian Women’s Heart Connection- a program aimed at building awareness of women’s heart disease and keeping women informed and healthy. The evening will also feature stories from local women who have survived heart disease with the help of Meridian hospitals, as well as expert tips on how to decrease risk factors.To purchase tickets or for more information call 1-800-DOCTORS.To view a complete listing of events that will take place this year, or to learn more about heart health matters visit 365DaysofHeart.com.last_img read more

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NBA honors LeBron James for work with Ohio youth

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title James and the LeBron James Family Foundation opened the I PROMISE School on July 30 and welcomed its first class of more than 240 third- and fourth-grade students.Designed to help kids navigate many of the challenges James and his family faced during his youth, the school provides meals, busing, supplies, bikes, uniforms and an innovative curriculum focused on STEM studies, social-emotional support and experiential learning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe school also provides resources for students’ parents to continue their education or seek jobs, find legal support, counselling or other resources.Since 2015, the I PROMISE program has partnered with the University of Akron to guarantee four-year college scholarships to all eligible students who graduate from high school. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Roger Federer rallies to reach Swiss quarterfinals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college (FILES) In this file photo taken on July 30, 2018 NBA star LeBron James addresses the media after the opening ceremonies of the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public Schools. – With the NBA season barely two weeks old, James has bagged his first trophy, this one for off court philanthropic work. James, in his first season since joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, received the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his efforts to create the I PROMISE School and provide lasting educational resources for youth and families (Photo by Jason Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)With the NBA season barely two weeks old, superstar LeBron James has bagged his first trophy — this one for off court philanthropic work.James, in his first season since joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, received the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his efforts to create the I PROMISE School and provide lasting educational resources for youth and families in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, the league said Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ The I PROMISE School will gradually add grade levels each year until it reaches full capacity of first through eighth grades by 2022.James, 33, is a three-time NBA champion, winning twice with Miami before guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers to the crown.BUY: Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA HistoryThe four-time NBA Most Valuable Player competed in the last eight NBA Finals, from 2011-14 with Miami and 2015-18 with Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

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Guyana perceived as corrupt – US State Dept

first_img– crime, inadequate infrastructure remain barriers to investment– corruption discourages investments, undermines developmentThe fact that corruption indices continue to rank Guyana with only minor improvements, crime and inadequate infrastructure has been cited by the US State Department’s 2018 investment climate statements as problems Guyana has to deal with.The sole sourcing of the DHB contract is one of the few sole sourcing allegations that went through an investigation and even the findings of that is unclearAccording to the State Department in its assessment of the situation, allegations of corruption continue to trouble Guyana. It cited the Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index, which ranked Guyana at 91 out of 180 countries. To make matters worse, Guyana has since dropped to 93rd position in TI’s latest report.There are widespread concerns about inefficiencies and corruption regarding the awarding of contracts, particularly with respect to concerns of collusion and non-transparency. In his annual report, the Auditor General had noted continuous disregard for the procedures, rules, and the laws that govern public procurement systems,” the State Department said.“The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 identified inefficient Government bureaucracy as the largest obstacle to doing business in Guyana, followed by corruption. Corruption discourages potential foreign direct investments and foreign investors, and it also undermines economic development and growth,” the analysis advised.CorruptionAccording to the TI index, Guyana fell by one spot to the 93rd position out of 180 countries. The index placed Guyana’s corruption perception score at 37 to tie with Gambia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia and Panama.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThe highest ranked Caribbean country was The Bahamas at 29th place and a score of 65. It is followed by Barbados, which received a score of 68 for being anti-corruption. The next Caribbean country is St Vincent and the Grenadines, which was ranked at 41 with a score of 58.The top ranked countries on the list were Denmark at number one, then New Zealand at number two. The United States of America was ranked at 71, with a score of 22.Last year, Guyana scored 38 when it ranked 91 out of all the countries reviewed. The index came at a time when much was said about the Auditor General’s 2017 report and the sole sourcing of contracts.Red flagThis includes the Public Procurement Commission investigating and red-flagging the sole sourcing of the Demerara River bridge feasibility study. The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company, LievenseCSO, for a feasibility study into the new Demerara River bridge crossing.The parliamentary Opposition had requested that the Public Procurement Commission investigate the award of the $148 million sole sourced contract.In its report on the matter, the Commission flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the contract be sole sourced, instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.After agitation from the parliamentary Opposition, the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) had begun investigating the contract award. Right from the start, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had stressed the need for the Unit to avoid showing favouritism to Patterson, particularly at a time when Opposition politicians were being brought into SOCU for questioning on other matters.SOCU has since said it completed its investigation into the sole sourced feasibility study contract, with the unit’s head, Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney James confirming that the file has been in the hands of the Police Legal Adviser since last year.Meanwhile, Patterson himself told Guyana Times recently that SOCU has concluded its investigations but he is uncertain of the findings. The Minister had added that the project for the new bridge is expected to come up at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) shortly.According to him, “That is supposed to be a public-private partnership. It’s being piloted at the moment, reviewed by the public-private unit under the Ministry of Finance with the help from the [Caribbean Development Bank] CDB and obviously that will go to tender shortly.”last_img read more

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New Geological Episode Sounds Flood-Like

first_img(Visited 688 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ever hear of the “Carnian Pluvial Episode”? Neither had geologists, until they invented it.Geologists submitting papers to this months Journal of the Geological Society are all excited. They just created a new geological episode. Yes; they had a meeting about it last year, and decided it was real, even though it wasn’t real until they invented it. Most of the current issue talks about it. First, what is the Carnian Pluvial Episode? According to the lead paper by Dal Corso et al, “The Carnian pluvial episode (Late Triassic): new insights into this important time of global environmental and biological change,”The Carnian Pluvial Episode (CPE) is a global climate change that occurred in the early Late Triassic, a time of major biological turnovers between two of the largest mass extinctions, at the end of the Permian and at the end of the Triassic, respectively. It is marked by severe extinction among important marine groups such as ammonoids and conodonts, and rapid radiation of key taxa on land and in the ocean, e.g. dinosaurs and pelagic calcifier.As you can see, this new thing even obtained its own acronym: CPE. Remember, this episode occurred in the Early Late Triassic, not the Late Early Triassic. Word order is important for new things in geology. They date the CPE at 232-to-230 million Darwin Years ago. Here are some of the papers:The Carnian Pluvial Episode and the origin of dinosaurs (Benton et al, Journal of the Geological Society). Extra! Extra! Climate change invented the dinosaurs! Well, at least it cleared the ground for their evolutionary rise, according to these three.If this was a catastrophic extinction event, then the environmental perturbations of the CPE explain the sharp disappearance of various terrestrial tetrapods, and the subsequent sharp rise of dinosaurs and perhaps other clades too, especially those that constitute much of the modern terrestrial faunas, such as lissamphibians, turtles, crocodiles, lizards and mammals.The Carnian Pluvial Episode and the first global appearance of amber (Seyfulla et al, Journal of the Geological Society). Amber fossils are not common, these authors say, and usually are found later in the Eocene. Is there a connection between a catastrophic climate change and Triassic amber found in distant locations?The occurrence of amber in different localities and within the same time interval suggests a widespread stressed flora, and major biological turnover in the terrestrial ecosystems during the Carnian Pluvial Episode.Record of the Carnian wet episode in strata of the Chinle Group, western USA (Lucas and Tanner, Journal of the Geological Society). Hikers in the southwest are usually familiar with the Chinle formation, with its colorful banded hills of badlands. Many times this formation contains petrified wood. These two geologists link the Carnian Pluvial Episode to the lowest layers of the Chinle.Outcrop of Chinle formation in northern Arizona (DFC)The Carnian Pluvial Episode: from discovery, through obscurity, to acceptance (Simms and Ruffell, Journal of the Geological Society). This paper tells how science sausage is made. Did geologists “discover” the Carnian Pluvial Episode, or “invent” it?The discovery of the Carnian Pluvial Episode arose through a chance conversation bringing together two seemingly unrelated strands of research: the extinction of some Triassic crinoids and the stratigraphy of the non-marine Mercia Mudstone Group. Investigations revealed a hitherto unrecognized period of climate change seemingly linked to a largely overlooked episode of biotic turnover. Ignored for more than a decade, an upsurge of interest in recent years has validated our original findings and answered some of the key questions concerning its extent and ultimate cause.So it is “settled science” today, even though it languished in “obscurity” earlier. Why? Because a certain number of scientists thought it deserved “acceptance” after a chance conversation got them talking it.We’ll let readers judge the relative empirical merits of this new term and concept, but we have to ask if it was real before the guild voted that it was real. Maybe they did because they could use the popular phrase “climate change” to explain it.If it was real, notice that it was (1) global and (2) wet. The environment was stressed, they say. There was a major turnover of biota, with many organisms caught in a “sharp disappearance.” It might have involved impacts of asteroids from space. To evolutionists, this is all part of the usual Stuff Happens Law. Everything is supposed to be slow and gradual, but catastrophes do come in handy. Evolution clears the ecology so that new things can arise. It was a time for big beasts to arise. The CPE caused dinosaurs; how about that!To the extent they are finding evidence of catastrophe, creationists have a better answer: the Genesis Flood. Geologists fail to see the big picture. Their prior commitment to the geologic column forces them to fit pieces of data into the predetermined model, when actually, a single global event could have explained all the extinctions. It definitely would have changed the climate, too! One benefit of the creation model is that you don’t need mutational magic to explain the origin of dinosaurs. They already existed. Unfortunately, very few groups and species existed after the Flood, except for those on the ark, and plants that survived by seed or on floating mats. We live on an impoverished world, seeing the dead remains of organisms more diverse and often larger than those that diversified after their kind after the Flood.last_img read more

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Whistle through the wilderness

first_imgTaking a break with a herd of elephants. Tent town in the dry Shashe river bed. Awesome views across rivers and bushveld are plentiful. Children in the Wilderness learn about their environment.(Images: Tour de Tuli)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kim TaylorMedia spokesperson+27 11 807 1800RELATED ARTICLES• The pain is soon forgotten• Getting to know a different South Africa• Exploring bicycle culture in South AfricaLucille DavieSome 350 cyclists are getting ready for the ride of their lives – riding with elephants through game reserves in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.The eighth Tour de Tuli ride, a magical four-day, 300km mountain bike ride, takes place from 3 August, starting in Botswana and ending in the spectacular Mapungubwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Cyclists cross the dry Shashe River bed, wade through the Limpopo River, and ride through elephant and lion country.Two days are spent riding through Botswana, before the crossing into Zimbabwe, where another two days are spent riding through bushveld. Then the route crosses to South Africa for the last night where riders have sundowners overlooking the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, gazing into Zimbabwe and Botswana.The big five roam its diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. Mopani bush, fever trees and ancient baobabs dominate the flora. This vast area, some 175 000 acres of pristine game land, is home to Africa’s giant – the elephant. Their silent presence, grazing quietly on large swathes of Mopani bushes, is an awe-inspiring feature of the ride. There are some 900 of these giants in the area, so riders are bound to bump into a few along the way.The Tour de Tuli is run by luxury ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, and is its annual effort to raise funds for Children in the Wilderness. The last is a non-profit organisation that provides an environmental and life skills educational programme for children, with the goal of inspiring them to care for their natural heritage, and take charge of their heritage in the future. It operates in seven countries – Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Tuli BlockLarge areas of the famed Tuli Block are covered on the ride. The block is a huge, shared game reserve between the three countries. Riders spend two days in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve, starting in the Mashatu Game Reserve, or the Land of Giants. A further two days are spent in the Tuli Circle, after crossing the once-mighty, 800m-wide Shashe River into Zimbabwe, now largely a dry, sandy river bed, and finally crossing the Limpopo River into South Africa.“It’s not a race; this cannot be emphasised enough,” says Russel Friedman, one of the founders of Wilderness Safaris and a board member of Children in the Wilderness. “We spend five to six hours a day in the saddle, traversing pristine wilderness. The route does not include manicured single tracks; we follow animal tracks through areas that are normally only accessible to animals, elephants and now mountain bikes.“Many new friendships are created on the tour. The days are long, and tough, but well worthwhile being able to appreciate the biodiversity of these incredible areas,” Friedman adds.Tented campsFor those four days, 150 staff will move into the area with 2 500 tents, setting up five camps – two in Botswana, two in Zimbabwe and one in South Africa. They will ship in 100 000 litres of water for showers, over 15 000 litres of drinking water, 618 cases of soft drinks, 489 cases of beer, 177 cases of wine and spirits, 100kg of biltong, and 67 bottles of sunblock. Three 18-wheel trucks will load up the provisions, ready for tired cyclists when they wheel their bikes into each camp.And that’s not even the food, which will be brought in by 13 eight-ton trucks. All meals are provided, with support stations along the route making sure cyclists keep up their energy levels. Riders gather the night before the start at the Limpopo Valley Airfield in Botswana, across the Limpopo from Pontdrif in South Africa, to prepare to leave in batches the next morning.Children in the WildernessThe prime task of Children in the Wilderness, established in 2004, is to host children’s camps, eco-clubs and sponsor staff training. Wilderness Safaris hosts 16 to 30 children aged between 10 and 17 each year. During the year, eco-clubs are run at the schools, which foster in the children a love of wildlife. Other programmes include school feeding, water supply, school buildings and eco-mentoring training.“Children in the Wilderness increases children’s awareness, bridges cultural divides, broadens horizons, builds confidence, provides opportunities for new friendships and choices, and reveals career opportunities,” says the company.Eco-clubs, which take place at rural schools, follow a curriculum and take place weekly, monthly or every three months. They give schoolchildren who are interested in the environment a chance to meet, learn, discuss and expand their knowledge of environmental issues. They also look at health, HIV/Aids awareness, nutrition, life skills, geography, geology, arts and craft, and theatre.“In turn, Wilderness Safaris camp staff are allowed to be mentors and leaders, connecting them to their jobs, instilling them with pride for their culture and their community, and offering an enriching experience exposing new skills and talents.”Some 4 500 children have been hosted in Wilderness Safaris camps in the seven countries since 2001.The routeOn day one, riders take a 60km route which includes sightings of elephant or even big cat encounters within the Croton forests, zipping over slick rock formations, and lots of undulating single tracks. Riders overnight at the Amphitheatre Bush Camp in Botswana.On day two they head towards the Maramani Camp in Zimbabwe, a 72km ride, once again riding along single tracks on ancient elephant trails. An informal border crossing on the other side of the Shashe River is established, where an official at a wooden table on the river bank stamps riders’ passports.Day three consists of 58km of riding with spectacular sandstone features where herds of game feed all night. Riders cycle past eland, impala, and elephant, with baboons in the trees overhead. There are two options on day four: the longer and more challenging 84km route, or a shorter 47km route along jeep track.Crossing the LimpopoRiders have to cross the Limpopo River, which flooded earlier this year. During the floods, 17 000 juvenile crocodiles were swept down the river from a submerged croc farm. The organisers say that most of the crocodiles have been recaptured, but the river is low this year, and crocs prefer to spend their time in deep pools, so there is no risk of riders being taken by one lurking in the water, says Nicola Taylor, logistics manager of the tour.“There have never been any incidents with crocodiles,” she adds. In recent years, the event has attracted more overseas riders, she says, with an estimated 20 percent of the field flying in for the ride.The major sponsor is Nedbank, and the Andy Scott, the head of Nedbank Group Sponsorships, says: “The route for this year’s Nedbank Tour de Tuli, with its breathtaking fauna and flora, will be both challenging and rewarding for the riders and will go a long way to ensuring that the tour remains one of South Africa’s premier multi-stage mountain biking events.”Once you have paid your R20 000 entry fee, you might find yourself uncontrollably humming or whistling or bursting into song while cycling the Tour de Tuli – lots of people do.last_img read more

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Twitter Loses Its Top Lawyer

first_imgTags:#General Counsel#privacy#twitter selena larson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img Twitter’s top lawyer, Alexander Macgillivray, is leaving the company. He announced his decision on Twitter early on Friday, but gave no reason for his departure.During his tenure as general counsel, Twitter distinguished itself as an assertive defender of its users’ privacy and freedom of speech—a particularly notable stance as Twitter evolved into one of the top outlets for breaking news across the world.“As for me, it has been my privilege to work and fight on behalf of great companies and their users over the last decade,” he wrote on his blog. “A privilege and a lot of work.”As government requests for data increase, many technology companies have come under fire for allegedly providing user information without notification or proper safeguards. (Most of these companies insist they treat user data with care.) When leaked documents from the NSA purported to show that nine Internet companies were providing intelligence and law enforcement agencies broad access to user data, Twitter was conspicuously absent from that list. The Electronic Frontier Foundation awards Twitter six of six stars in its “Who Has Your Back” survey of Internet-service privacy practices.Twitter routinely informs its users when government bodies request their data, unless forbidden to do so by law or court order, and it has fought for its users in court, although it hasn’t always won. It protested a subpoena in which Massachusetts prosecutors sought Twitter data from members of the Occupy movement, although a judge eventually ordered Twitter to hand over the data. It lost a similar court fight against the Department of Justice in an attempt to protect the privacy of Wikileaks supporters. “You don’t want business interests affecting judgment about content,” Macgillivray told the New York Times in 2012. “That is against corporate interests. It’s against the trust your users have in your service.”As AllThingsD notes, Macgillivray’s departure does come at an unusual time, as Twitter is moving toward preparing and filing its initial public offering. As general counsel, Macgillivray would have been deeply involved in the process of prepping the company and its documentation for presentation to the SEC.Vijaya Gadde, a legal director at Twitter during Macgillivray’s tenure, will be replacing Macgillivray. Gadde has been managing Twitter’s corporate and international legal work and has known Macgillivray for fourteen years.Macgillivray joined the company in July of 2009 after working as deputy general counsel for products and intellectual property at Google. It is unclear where Macgillivray is headed next.“I’m looking forward to engaging my various Internet passions from new and different perspectives, seeing friends and family without distraction, and just goofing off a bit,” he wrote. “We should all do more of that.”Photo via Flickr user Joi A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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BJP-Sena seat-sharing deal may derail over Aarey

first_imgSeat-sharing talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena were threatening to go off track after Uddhav Thackeray on Monday declared that the Metro 3 car shed project at Aarey colony will meet the same fate as the Nanar oil refinery project, which the Maharashtra government scrapped a few months ago.The statement came on a day the BJP’s national joint secretary V. Satish attended the final leg of the party’s seat-sharing talks with the Shiv Sena in the city, while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis confirmed talks were in the last stages already. “We are in continuous talks; we will soon take a decision on our seat-sharing arrangement,” Mr. Fadnavis said. The wedge between Mr. Thackeray and Mr Fadnavis over the proposed refinery at Nanar in Sindhudurg at one point got so deep that the Sena chief had publicly announced that the notification to acquire 16,000 hectares for the project stood cancelled. The CM later announced that Sena minister Subhash Desai, who heads the Industries Department, had no power to withdraw the notification for land acquisition. On Monday, a BJP leader said, “We are disappointed with the statement, since so far, the Sena has been playing a balancing role while opposing the (Aarey) project. But with this statement (Mr. Thackeray’s), they have made their position clear.” Mr. Thackeray’s statement comes in the wake of continuous pressure from activists and political opponents who have alleged doublespeak in the senior and junior (Aaditya) Thackerays’ stand on the project. Mr. Fadnavis, on the other hand, has claimed that Aarey is not a forest and his government will ensure the Metro Bhavan is constructed at the proposed site. BJP leaders said that as per the final round of talks, the BJP will likely propose 155-157 seats as its share, while asking Sena to take 115-117 seats and leaving around 18 seats for splinter groups who are part of the alliance. The new formula is not different from the promised 50:50 seat-sharing agreement arrived at by both parties before the Lok Sabha polls and it leaves room for negotiating over 20 to 25 seats on either side, leaders said. “From our side, this is the final number, considering many factors such as the wave in favour of the party post abrogation of Article 370,” a senior BJP leader said.last_img read more

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Order to nine policemen to shave beards withdrawn

first_imgFacing flak over their edict to nine Muslim members of the force to shave their beards, the police in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Friday withdrew the order after getting representation from the aggrieved policemen. Superintendent of Police Anil Paris Deshmukh had on Thursday cancelled the permission granted earlier to the policemen to sport beards.Mr. Deshmukh told reporters that the policemen had been asked to cut their beards to ensure that they looked “unbiased”.“Policemen should not only work in an impartial manner, but they should also look like that,” the SP said.Thursday’s order was issued by the district police chief to Assistant Sub-Inspector Israel Ahmed, head constable Chhotey Khan and seven constables. The order mentioned various dates when they were given permission to grow a beard and stated that it had been cancelled “with immediate effect”. ‘Administrative order’Mr. Deshmukh said it was an administrative order which had been withdrawn after getting representation from the policemen concerned. “The permission to sport a beard has been given,” he said. The decision of the police drew angry reactions on social media.last_img read more

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DENGUE-DELHI 2

first_imgDengue is caused by the bite of aedes agypti mosquito and Dengue is caused by the bite of aedes agypti mosquito and breeds in clear water, like puddles and stagnated water in streets and inside water coolers. Fumigation or spraying of chemicals inhibits the breeding of mosquitoes, and is the primary job of the municipal bodies. Besides, south Delhi, residents in northern and eastern parts of the city have also complained that not enough fumigation is being done by the civic bodies. “This dengue outbreak and its magnitude was expected, after the 2010 mayhem, during which over 6,000 cases were reported. Despite that, you see the MCD is still ill-prepared. And, this years outbreak has exposed its failures,” Ray said. In 2010, the city saw a massive outbreak of the vector-borne disease, and eight official deaths and at least 6,259 cases were recorded. The year saw huge spurt in the cases due to construction activities happening as the Commonwealth Games were being hosted in the city. While till September 12 this year, 1,872 cases were recorded, during the same period in 2010, 1933 cases were registered. All three municipal corporations also have hospitals under their jurisdiction, and are also groaning for more space, as dengue patients have crowded the wards, prompting civic authorities to increase the number of beds. Being, the worst outbreak of dengue in last five years, several people are living under stress, as news of death are hitting headlines on a daily-basis. Under fire from people in the wake of the menace, the civic bodies are now claiming to “intensify” their prevention drives, including carrying out of fumigation, dengue breeding checking and issuing of challans to household and institutions, if mosquito-breeding is found in their premises. “We have stepped up fumigation in many parts of the city, increased the number of dengue breeding checkers and field workers. We are trying to check any further spread of the disease,” South Delhi Mayor Subhash Arya said. A senior official of SDMC said, “A 24X7 dengue helpline has been launched and additional manpower has also been employed to fight the disease.” An NDMC official also claimed that “fumigation” is being done in its areas, and challans are being issued if mosquito- breeding is found in premises of households or institutions. PTI KND DVadvertisementlast_img read more

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