New Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) Sports and art are one of the biggest contributions of human beings to the society and nurturing students in these areas right from the beginning should be the focus of schools, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said Wednesday.Javadekar was addressing the gathering at the inaugural session of “Kala Utsav” at Bal Bhavan here.”Sports and art are one of the biggest contributions of human beings to the society. They are one of the biggest treasure too and nurturing our students in the areas right from the beginning should be the focus area of schools,” he said.”Kala Utsav” is an initiative of the Department of School Education and Literacy of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.Javadekar also inaugurated the sports centre at Bal Bhavan which has been revamped with modern facilities.About 370 children from all states and Union Territories, except Karnataka, are participating in the four-day national-level competition in areas including vocal music, instrumental music, dance and painting.”One girl and one boy from each state and Union Territory will compete in each of the competitions. Students representing Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Navodaya Samiti will also be competing,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.Kala Utsav National Competition was launched in 2015 with a view to promote arts in education by nurturing and showcasing artistic talents of school students. PTI GJS KJ
‘A day I’ll never forget’ posted Jonny Bairstow on his social media accounts hours after hitting his maiden IPL hundred against Virat Kohli’s Bangalore last Sunday. Having not got a chance in the past to board the flight from London and feature in the premier T20 tournament, it was time for Bairstow to be over the moon.”After not being picked up at the auction last year, I wasn’t necessarily sure it will happen this time around. Obviously for the Sunrisers (Hyderabad) to put the paddle up for me and to be here and play the first three games has been really pleasing. To score a hundred against Bangalore on your home ground in your first IPL is definitely something special and definitely something I won’t forget for a very, very, very long time,” Bairstow told India Today in an exclusive interview.Just like any other cricketer, securing his first IPL contract was a huge moment in the England wicketkeeper-batsman’s career. And, Bairstow made his presence felt immediately. Having amassed 198 runs from the first three matches, Jonny Bairstow is the league’s second highest run-getter right now, just behind his opening partner David Warner.”The guys (England teammates) speak very fondly of the competition. We hear about the IPL in the dressing room quite a bit. The experiences that the guys have gained from playing here is something that is world renowned now. It is the best T20 competition in the world, the toughest as well. It is most fiercely contested as you have the best players from all over the world coming and playing in it. So to be playing in it right now is great fun. Hopefully, I can keep playing, enjoying and relishing it,” Bairstow said.advertisementBut what everyone is talking about from the banks of River Thames to Darling Harbour is his record-breaking opening partnerships with Warner. The Hyderabad duo has stitched together three consecutive 100-plus opening stands, a record in the IPL. Also, their 185-run partnership was the highest-ever for first wicket in the history of the tournament. Bairstow also matching the usually more-aggressive Warner stroke-for-stroke.”In the first two games, I was trying to do that. In the last game, he was doing the same for me. So that is the good thing about a partnership. Sometimes one batsman gets off to a good start and the other plays a second fiddle. The other day we were both scoring at a good rate. Yeah, for him (Warner) to score a hundred as well was really good for the side. There is a reason why he has the Orange Cap at the moment. He is playing really well and striking the ball very clean.”It is good that to have something like that for a longer period of time. To get those records is pleasing but at the same time we are only three games into the tournament and have a long way to go,” he said.The 29-year-old is only the third Englishman to score a hundred in the IPL after Kevin Pietersen and Ben Stokes – a “good group to join” he says. Right now though, Bairstow is busy tackling the April heat and, at the same time, enjoying the sights, sounds, food, culture and ‘fanatic’ cricket fans of India.”Yes, it was very hot, especially for a ginger Englishman (laughs), when we got that record opening stand in Hyderabad. But, I have played at Hyderabad before when we came for the England tour and knew how hot and humid it can be. Fortunately, we just came back off from playing in Sri Lanka and the West Indies which was very warm as well. You just have to make sure that you are doing the right things, taking the right fluids and food and it will help you throughout the game. That didn’t necessarily help when we were taking so many twos out there though. It was good fun.”Bairstow, like most of the foreign players in the IPL, would leave his franchise around April 25 to return to England and prepare for the World Cup at home.”It is an exciting switch again. We have got an ODI series against Pakistan coming up and two warm-up games before the World Cup. Then we go straight in to the big tournament. It will be an exciting summer, especially in the white ball cricket. It feels nice to see people talking about us being one of the favourites. We’ll see how it goes. It is exciting to be in and around those talks but at the same time we know that it is a huge amount of cricket to be played in the World Cup and anyone can beat anyone.”advertisementAlso Read | Jonny Bairstow only the 3rd Englishman to hit hundred in IPLAlso Read | Bairstow-Warner bromance before Ashes wins hearts on social mediaAlso Read | Bairstow, Warner hundreds power SRH to massive win over RCB
A device used for emergency treatment during life-threatening allergic reactions has skyrocketed in price in the last several months.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s hearing from dozens of constituents about the rising cost of the EpiPen, which has increased more than 400%.Grassley say he’s received nearly 50 letters in the past few weeks from Iowans who need these devices in case they have a severe reaction, by accidentally eating nuts for example, that threatens to cut off their ability to breathe.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/EPIPEN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”is recurring” :16One report says the devices sold in two-packs in 2009 for about $100.EpiPens resemble an ink pen and auto-inject epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs.Grassley says he’s concerned the substantial price increase could limit access to a much-needed medication.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/EPIPEN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..on hand” :15Grassley has written a letter to the C-E-O of Mylan, the Pennsylvania-based company that makes EpiPens, inquiring about the price hikes.Radio Iowa
Transfers Liverpool’s Can ‘honoured’ by Juventus interest and refuses to rule out Bayern return Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 14:48 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Juventus Liverpool Bayern München Bundesliga Serie A Premier League The Germany international was heavily linked with the Serie A champions over the summer, while another stint in his homeland has also been mooted Emre Can is yet to pen a new deal at Liverpool and admits to being “honoured” by interest from Juventus, while refusing to rule out a return to Bayern Munich.The 23-year-old midfielder will see his current contract at Anfield expire at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.Liverpool 6/4 to beat Man United Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Jurgen Klopp has conceded that the situation is “not perfect”, with the Reds in danger of seeing a proven performer head elsewhere.Serie A champions Juve sought to make that happen over the summer, and Can concedes there is an appeal from “big clubs” despite his attention being focused on Liverpool at present.The Germany international told Kicker: “It’s always an honour to receive an offer from such a renowned club, but currently I am only focused on the season with Liverpool. My agent takes care of the rest.”The Premier League is just a really cool league, the most interesting in the world, but you must always respect other big clubs and leagues.”While Liverpool were able to fend off the advances of Juve, in a summer which also saw them caught up in a long-running saga regarding Philippe Coutinho and Barcelona, the exit talk refuses to go away.As uncertainty continues to shroud Can’s future, various other clubs are reported to be closely monitoring his situation.Bayern Munich are said to be among them, with the German giants having previously helped to launch Can’s career.He is a graduate of their academy system, and a potential homecoming at the Allianz Arena has been mooted.A return to the Bundesliga has also been touted for Liverpool boss Klopp, following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern, and nothing is being ruled out at this stage.Can added when pressed on whether both he and Klopp could be back in Germany next season: “You never know what will happen. And I don’t know what Jurgen Klopp plans.”Liverpool will be eager to ensure that no high-profile departures are made, with Klopp considered to be one of the finest coaches in world football and Can having been a regular throughout his three years at the club – making 138 appearances to date.
Twitter/@OTLonESPNThe Notre Dame academic scandal ruling came down yesterday, and the school has to vacate its 2012 and 2013 wins. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum says the program “sold its soul.”Finebaum, whose radio show is simulcast on SEC Network, weighed in on the Notre Dame issue on Outside The Lines today, and issued a scathing opinion on the state of the Fighting Irish. He says the once-proud program “sold its soul” in an attempt to return to the top of the sport.”@NotreDame has simply sold its soul to try to win more football games…” – Paul Finebaum pic.twitter.com/O0MhpwgmJt— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) November 23, 2016The vacated wins have a pretty significant impact on Notre Dame’s place among the all-time winningest programs. Before the penalty, Notre Dame was second in all-time wins. It falls all the way to fifth without the 2012 and 2013 seasons counted. In my opinion, vacating wins is an ultimately vacuous penalty for any program, but we’re sure some Notre Dame fans aren’t thrilled by the development.Not every ESPN college football analyst is as harsh as Finebaum with regard to the Fighting Irish. Earlier, Kirk Herbstreit discussed head coach’s Brian Kelly’s hot seat status with the Chicago Tribune, and said that he believes that one bad season is clouding the good that he has done for the Fighting Irish program. However, with everything else that has gone on off the field during Kelly’s tenure, including this Notre Dame academic scandal, there are some serious questions that can be raised about the state of the football program.
The financial burden for 20 women studying sciences, trades and technology at Nova Scotia Community College will be lightened thanks to bursaries offered as part of International Women’s Day. “With several projects in various stages of development or implementation in Nova Scotia, there will be more demand for skilled workers and an increase in opportunities for women in non-traditional careers,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, at an event held today, March 6, at the NSCC Waterfront Campus. The advisory council established the Bread and Roses Bursary to help women pursue studies in non-traditional fields and improve their economic equality. “This bursary helps encourage women to pursue careers in science, engineering, trades and technology though the NSCC. By increasing the number of women in these programs, we expand their job opportunities and future prosperity,” said Ms. More. “This is a fine example of jobsHere, our plan to create good jobs and grow the economy.” The Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Encana Corporation, and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women are supporting the $20,000 fund, which will provide $1,000 bursaries to 20 female students who are continuing their education in trades, technology or science-related fields at NSCC. The students can use the money to pay for child care, transportation, tuition, school supplies and other necessities. “Thanks to this generous support, we’ve assisted 55 women in trades and technology programs over the past three years,” said Don Bureaux, president of NSCC. “For some students, these awards make the difference they need to complete their program, and for every recipient, these awards are a huge boost in confidence that will stay with them throughout their careers.” “The offshore oil and gas industry requires a skilled workforce to ensure the success of every project, including Deep Panuke,” said Lori MacLean, spokesperson for Encana Corporation. “By supporting Bread and Roses, Encana is pleased to contribute to the development of a new generation of skilled workers in the province.” The NSCC Foundation manages the Bread and Roses Bursary. For more information, go to www.nscc.ca and check the links under scholarships and bursaries, or contact the foundation at 902-491-2790. Today’s bursary recipient celebration is linked to International Women’s Day on March 8 that recognizes women’s accomplishments and contributions in paid and unpaid work. There are many events being held across the province to commemorate International Women’s Day, including a Girls 2012 Conference at Mount Saint Vincent University from March 8 to 9, with support from the advisory council. For more events, visit www.women.gov.ns.ca .
Mumbai: Changing the size and other features of currency notes often is “not proper” especially because a visually impaired person spends years to figure out the dimensions and other features of a banknote or coin, the Bombay High Court said. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to state in two weeks the reason behind its decision to make such changes often. The court was hearing a petition filed by the National Association of the Blind, claiming new currency notes and coins posed difficulty for the visually impaired people in identifying and distinguishing them. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The bench had on August 1 directed the RBI to file its affidavit in response to the petition. The RBI on Thursday sought further time to file its affidavit as it was collecting data on the issue. “We don’t want any data. We only want to know the reason behind changing the colour, size and other features of the currency notes and coins. Don’t duck this issue,” the court said. Just because the RBI has the power and authority, it does not mean it has to exercise the same without caution, it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”This is not proper. A visually impaired person spends years to figure out the dimensions and features of a currency note or coin but then the next day, the RBI changes it,” Chief Justice Nandrajog said. “You (RBI) claim that the new currency notes are issued and features of the old ones are changed because of fake currency. However, after demonetisation, the RBI data showed there was no substance in those claims. All notes printed by the RBI came back to it,” he said. The fact that the RBI is seeking more time to file an affidavit implies that it does not have any valid reason to show as to why changes were made to the currency notes and coins, the high court said. “If you (RBI) did have a valid reason, then you would have told it in the first instance itself,” the court observed.
In today’s Big Story podcast, it’s will of the people against a military regime. A military regime that is, apparently, getting six million dollars worth of help from a Canadian lobbying firm.Canadians have watched for months the scenes from pro-democracy protests across the world in Sudan. They are inspiring, sometimes terrifying, and above all they are courageous. But the Canadian link to this revolution is not a positive one, and it may be breaking sanctions. So why is a Montreal-based firm offering to help polish the image of, and facilitate military deals for, a regime that has seen hundreds of protesters massacred? What kind of regulations and laws govern this kind of contract? How unusual is this kind of deal? And what comes next?GUEST: Geoffrey York, Africa Bureau Chief for The Globe and MailAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07102019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
HALIFAX — Two federal cabinet ministers will be in Halifax today to survey recovery efforts from the damaging hit by post-tropical storm Dorian over the weekend.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will look things over with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.Hundreds of troops from New Brunswick’s CFB Gagetown are in Halifax, many of them donning chainsaws to help clean up the tangled mess of fallen trees and power lines.With help from power crews from Quebec, Ontario, Florida and Maine, utility companies in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. are working to restore power to the some 125,000 homes and businesses still off the grid as of early this morning.Many schools across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were closed Monday, and emergency officials have been urging people to stay home for their own safety and to give cleanup crews the room they need to work. Public schools in Nova Scotia are to remain closed today.The Canadian Press
The NBA free agent season could be extraordinary this summer. . . or not so much. Miami Heat’s Big 3 — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — could opt out of their contracts and field suitors, which would create much drama, reminiscent of four years ago when James and Bosh left their respective teams to join Miami. Of course, they also could remain with the Heat.The three met before they made their free agent decision in 2010 and could have another such meeting before their June 30 opt-out deadlines, which allows them to leave in 2014, 2015 or 2016.Wade said: “As players, you only have so much time and you only have so many moments where you have the ability to control your own fate, so it’s not a bad thing at all if that’s what someone is thinking. I haven’t had that conversation with Chris. I haven’t had that conversation with Bron.”Wade revealed in an ESPN The Magazine story that the three, who have gone to three straight finals and won the last two, plan to have that conversation at some point.“When we sat down and we signed our deals and all of us made sure we had an opt out in that fourth year, that was our option,” Wade said. “So the option is there and you would hope that someone wants to be able to use their option as a player.”Wade took a pay cut and took less than a max deal to help the Heat add some depth to their roster in 2010, and it’s possible the Heat could approach him about doing so again this summer.Wade is due $42 million over the next two years, which would be the most lucrative contract years of his career. But the Heat could try to convince Wade and the others — in the name of more titles — to take another discount.“I’m at a position where I don’t really have to worry about it,” said Wade, who also won a title for the Heat in 2006. “I’ve been with the same organization for now 11 years. We’ve won multiple championships, so it’s no reason where I need to think about that yet. I’m not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future, so right now I’m really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to ‘Three-peat.’ And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down and I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family.”
The Musicians Union (MU) points out one problem is that the vast majority of streaming services were set up for rock, pop and dance music.“Classical consumers looking for composer-led works can become frustrated by search facilities that were created for artist-led works,” the MU told The Telegraph.The BPI, which promotes the British music industry, has called for streaming platforms to do more to promote classical music by making it easier for users to search for music online by ‘composer’, ‘conductor’, ‘orchestra’, and ‘label’.Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of BPI, said: “There is a tremendous opportunity for sustainable growth if the new digital platforms continue to improve the profile and searchability of classical music.”Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist Michael Price says “streaming for classical music feels like it has a way to go before it can realise the considerable potential of the technology”He said: “The largest sites have clumsy navigation and curation for classical music, with track and artist search struggling to show the breadth of performances of core classical works.”But there is hope on the digital horizon for classical performers.Two new music companies, Idagio and Primephonic, have set up subscriber streaming services devoted to classical music, with playlists that favour symphonies and operas rather than dance music and rock.Till Janczukowicz, chief executive of Berlin-based Idagio, said: “If you have Herbert von Karajan conducting a Verdi opera with Maria Callas, who is the artist? This is not a crisis of genre. It is a crisis of the packaging of an industry.“For musicians not to be retrievable in the digital space is a problem. If people don’t find the recording, they don’t find the performer, so it means that musicians lose visibility”Thomas Steffens, chief executive of Amsterdam-based Primephonic, added. “We know that streaming is becoming the dominant channel and classical music is under-represented,because it does not work as well. Classical music is around 5% of all music consumptionworldwide, including radio, live ticketing and physical. You would expect it to be 5% ofstreamed music, but it’s only 1%.”Primephonic and Idagio say they are tackling the anti-classical bias of most popular streaming platforms by building more extensive databases, with listings for composers, soloists, orchestras and conductors.A report from Midia Research, which studies online media, last week found that while the average age of a classical listener was 45, 31 percent of those aged 25 to 34 included classical among the genres they “like listening to.”And being placed on a prominent Spotify playlist helped a recording of the slow movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata by Liverpool-born classical pianist Paul Lewis, reach 49 million plays.Mark Mulligan, of Midia Research, told The New York Times that mainstream streaming playlists “are exposing new, young audiences to classical music without them realizing initially that they are listening to classical music — they just know that they like what they are listening to.” From Sibelius to Shostakovich and Bach to Beethoven it has produced some of the most sublime and profound artistic experiences known to man.But for all its genius, classical music has fallen foul of a very 21st century way of listening to music.Musicians and classical music fans are growing increasingly frustrated at the way the computer algorithms of streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple are biased in favour of pop, rock and dance music.They claim the result is that streaming platforms are not only less likely to steer listeners towards classical music, but the way they are set up makes it harder for aficionados to find the composers, concertos or performances they seek.While the artist, track and album categories on most mainstream streaming platforms work for pop and rock, they are less suited to finding the work of ‘nonperforming’ composers and works made up of multiple movements.Take the case of Mozart. Since there is no special field for a composer, Spotify’s mobile app returns a frustrating and sometimes inaccurate list of albums in which he is designated as the “artist.” Apple Music has only recently added a “composer” field for searches.In 2018 streaming accounted for only a quarter (25.2%) of classical listening – significantly lower than for the UK market as a whole (63.6%), although it was up from 19.5% in 2017. Classical music fans say computer algorithms of streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple are biased in favour of pop, rock and dance musicCredit:Jenny Kane/AP 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.
Minotaur Exploration Ltd reports further significant copper-gold intersections for the Eloise JV at ‘Jericho’, located 60 km southeast of Cloncurry, northwest Queensland, Australia. Drilling at Jericho, positioned only 2-5 km from the Eloise mine, has paused for compilation of the drill database. The drill rig has moved on to test other regional ground EM targets until the ‘wet season’ imposes field activity shutdown in November.• 28 holes placed into Jericho for 12,840 m• Assays received for six holes – all with significant copper-gold values• Assays for five last holes are pending• Copper mineralisation also visible in each of those holes• Drilling into seven regional EM targets underway• Extensive regional geophysical programme underway.Since the start of drilling into the Jericho EM anomalies in October 2017 the joint venture has completed 28 holes for 12,840 m. Jericho’s two mineralised plates are now well proven to extend for 3.3 km (J1) and for 1 km (J2), the centroids of which are sited 3 km from the Eloise copper-gold mine.The drill rig has relocated from Jericho and is now testing numerous nearby EM targets. The new drill campaign was authorised in September and is the major component of an additional A$2 million JV investment evaluating regional prospects.Numerous conductors were identified mid 2017 as part of the ‘Route 66’ survey, however many were not drilled due to early success at Jericho elevating it to be the primary focus. The new drill programme comprises 13 holes for 4,750 m examining ‘Defiance’ (to follow up on one hole drilled into Defiance previously), ‘Bagdad’, ‘Pasadena’, ‘J4’, ‘Clementine’, ‘Winona’ and ‘Navajo’ targets. Drilling will operate around the clock until the campaign concludes in November.A comprehensive regional geophysical program is underway, comprising two extensive EM surveys, a gravity survey and an airborne magnetics survey, all to develop a suite of new targets for drill investigation in 2019. The test areas canvas new ground that Minotaur acquired over recent months for the Eloise JV, including an area encompassing a major regional fold of Mount Norna Quartzite, the host sequence to the Eloise mine orebody and Jericho.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Five people linked to the urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire and a string of armed robberies remain in custody this week following their arrest on Tuesday at a cafe in the northern Athenian suburb of Nea Philadelphia in a long-planned raid by anti-terrorist officers.Two of the suspects – Anargyros Dalios, 22, and 23-year-old Foivos Harisis-Poulos – were remanded in custody after refusing to defend themselves against charges of membership of a criminal organization and participation in a bank robbery last November in Florina, northern Greece. Police had issued arrest warrants in February for the pair, whose DNA has been found in several hideouts that have been linked to Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.Officers also detained another three unnamed suspects – aged 30, 31 and 40 – after forensic tests linked the two youngest to a series of bank robberies including the Florina heist. The latter two suspects have been detained on charges of harboring a criminal and resisting arrest but are expected to face terrorism charges too, sources said. The 40-year-old suspect is a known anarchist whom police connected to the guerrilla group in 2011.An official at the Public Order Ministry told Kathimerini that the police have not ruled out links between the five suspects and recent bombings in Athens.Source: Kathimerini.
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Hoping to clamp down on fire hazards and bring more consistency to the patchwork of regulations governing fireworks, the Clark County Council took initial action to revise how it regulates the celebratory explosives.At a work session Tuesday afternoon, the council directed county staff to begin drafting new regulations that would reduce the number of days fireworks can be sold in unincorporated Clark County to four days, with two days to set them off.Currently, fireworks can be used in unincorporated Clark County in areas north of Northeast 219th Street from June 28 to July 4 and on Dec. 31. Different rules apply south of that line.A proposed change would allow the county to restrict fireworks in response to extreme fire danger. The council will also consider changes to regulations that would allow the fire marshal greater enforcement powers in situations where it’s not clear where illegal fireworks have been ignited.Members of the council didn’t seem committed to any one of the ideas, which will be presented at a later public hearing. But Council Chair Marc Boldt said that he would be in favor of changing the number of days fireworks can be sold and set off during the summer. He said that Battle Ground is also considering a similar measure and that having the county’s regulations align would bring greater consistency to fireworks regulations.
A veteran transportation administrator from Olympia has been appointed director of the Columbia River Crossing office in Vancouver.Nancy Boyd, who previously served as deputy state design engineer, was appointed to the position by Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.Boyd replaces Don Wagner, the WSDOT regional administrator who was temporarily appointed to the Crossing job in January 2010. Wagner returned to his regular job at the regional office in Orchards after Boyd’s appointment took effect late last week.Wagner introduced Boyd on Tuesday during the regular monthly meeting of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.“My pledge is to do our best answering your questions and be as forthright as possible in explaining why we’re doing what we’re doing,” Boyd said.Boyd steps in at a crucial time for the $3.6 billion proposal, and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, and Clark County commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke, wasted no time putting her pledge to the test.Leavitt and Boldt both asked about the timing of construction, which theoretically would start in 2013. C-Tran’s board of directors is due to decide next week on a ballot measure asking voters to increase the sales tax to pay to operate an extension of Portland’s light-rail transit system on a new Interstate 5 bridge. But that vote may not occur until November 2012 — a month after the start of the federal fiscal year.Planners anticipate the Federal Transit Administration will provide $850 million to construct the light-rail extension to Clark College.Leavitt and Boldt both asked how it could be possible to begin acquiring right-of-way and breaking ground without assurances that voters will provide the money necessary to operate it.
Getty ImagesA horrifying murder shook Madurai on Monday when a school teacher was stabbed by her estranged husband in a classroom full of students. The murder took place in a school in Thirumangalam near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The murdered woman was identified as 35-year-old Rathidevi, a social science teacher at the school. She had just joined her post last month. Rathidevi was from Kariapatti in Virudhunagar district.Reports state that the assailant, Guru Muneeswaran (37), had confronted Rathidevi at the school and a verbal fight broke out between them in the classroom when the students were still present.A police officer said the cause of the murder was a domestic dispute. Rathidevi and Guru, a civil engineer, were married for eight years. She had been living at her mother’s house for the past five years. The couple also have six-year-old twins.”Guru had been asking her to move in with him to his hometown in Ramanathapuram but since she kept refusing, as a last resort he decided to kill her,” Arun, Thirumangalam DSP, told The News Minute.”A holiday has been declared in the school for Tuesday and counselling sessions for students will be conducted based on further instructions from the department,” the officer said.Thirumangalam town police arrested Guru and an FIR has been filed under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
An aerial view shows partially submerged road at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala. Reuters File PhotoThe southern Indian state of Kerala is battling an outbreak of a bacterial disease that authorities suspect has killed dozens of people since mid-August after the worst flooding in a century.A health ministry spokesman said as of Sunday there had been nearly 200 confirmed cases of what is locally called rat fever – the waterborne disease leptospirosis transmitted via the urine of infected animals, with symptoms including muscle pain and fever.The surge in cases comes after torrential rain beginning on 8 August flooded almost the entire state, killing hundreds of people, destroying thousands of homes and causing at least 200 billion rupees ($2.81 billion) worth of damage.The health ministry began distributing preventive medicine last month and warned about the outbreak of leptospirosis and other waterborne diseases such as typhoid and cholera, health minister KK Shailaja told reporters.Local media reported three leptospirosis deaths on Monday.”The victims had unfortunately not taken preventive medicine,” the minister said.Overall, nine deaths from the disease have been confirmed, but the number may rise to over 40 pending full medical reports, the ministry spokesman said.FAST INFECTIONLeptospirosis rarely spreads from person to person and can be treated with common antibiotics.”In the past week, we have seen about 30 deaths in Kozhikode and Wayanad,” said Mohammed Javeed, internal medicine specialist at a private hospital in Kerala, referring to two of the worst flood-affected districts on the state’s southwest coast.Javeed said the state has leptospirosis cases every monsoon season as paddy fields fill with water, increasing the chance of infection for farmers, especially through wounds such as cuts.Of particular concern, however, is that some of the victims this year did not have usual symptoms such as mild jaundice, blood in urine or bleeding spots on the skin, he said.”This time it is a fast, progressive infection,” Javeed told Reuters. “The recent deaths indicate clearly the threat of an epidemic.”Medical professionals are continuing to dispense preventive medicine in the form of tablets which need to be taken once a week for a month, Javeed said.
00:00 /17:33 This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Jose Luis MaganaHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. accompanied by members of the House and Senate Democrats, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. House and Senate Democrats gather to call for Congressional Republicans to stand up to President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by bringing the DREAM Act for a vote on the House and Senate Floor.On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about another tumultuous week in political news:Advertising for Affordable Care Act declines and cuts to healthcare navigators What will America do next with North Korea The debt ceiling is raised and funds for Tropical Storm Harvey recovery –win for Democrats? Tubman on the $20 dollar bill or Willie Nelson?Then, the profs talk about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Will Congress, under President Trump vote for something that didn’t pass under President Obama or President Bush? By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen