Wins for Shirley, Jones at JN Open

first_imgThird-seeded Stephen Shirley won the men’s Class Two title while Scott Jones lifted the Class Three crown in two early finals at the Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club yesterday. Shirley stopped long-time rival, the top-seeded Leighton Burton 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. It was Shirley’s first win over his “main rival” in the last five meetings between the Class Two veterans. For his win, Shirley copped a prize from Singer and took home a shiny trophy. “I feel very good to win. Burton is a very tough competitor and the number one seed, and it’s always good to beat the number one,” he told The Sunday Gleaner after his win. His rival, Burton, said: “This is the biggest rivalry in Class Two. We have met five times in the finals and it is his (Stephen Shirley) first win,” he joked. Jones, the number one seed, rallied to beat number two seed, Jermaine Case 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in another exciting affair. His prizes were also a trophy and Singer gift. Jones entered the match with a slipped disc, but was determined to win, so he took pain killers. He had been out of the sport for eight months. It was Jones’ fourth consecutive Class Three final, but his first win. “I am very happy for this win and looking forward to taking Class Two home in the coming year,” he said.last_img read more

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2020-02-10

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Donegal’s GAA family get behind the road safety message ahead of busy weekend

first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group are joining forces with the Ulster GAA to highlight road safety through the “Live to Play” campaign at the Tyrone V Donegal semi-final in Breffni Park this Saturday 8 June 2019.Too often communities across the country have been devastated by the death of a motorist, pedestrian or a cyclist in road traffic collisions.Now, with the help of Jamie Brennan, Road Safety Ambassador, one of the youngest players on the Donegal senior team, the DRSWG and CLG Dhún na nGall is urging all road users to please look out for each other stressing the need for safety on our roads. Games are as follows:2.45pm: Tyrone V Donegal Ladies5.00pm: Tyrone V Donegal – Ulster Senior Championship Semi-FinalBrian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said: “This is a great opportunity to remind all road users about their road safety responsibilities. “Far too many communities in Donegal have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of a road traffic collision and we hope this initiative will help to prevent further deaths.“The support received from Maura McMenamin, Community, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Ulster GAA, CLG Dhún na nGall and Donegal player Jamie Brennan for this campaign, has allowed us to highlight that road safety is a shared responsibility and this responsibility must be the number one priority for all road users,” he added.“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and ultimately it is up to all road users to be aware of the dangers and to treat the roads with the respect they deserve. Too often motorists take a risk and make the wrong decision. Is that risk worth a life?”Activities on the day will include the following: – Road Safety article in the match-day programme.  – A public announcement about the campaign at half-time of Senior game – Distribution of Live to Play (LTP) merchandise at FanZone and at other entrances, with the assistance of Donegal Youth Council volunteers. – Carrying out of large LTP jersey onto the pitch at half-time of the senior game (Donegal Youth Council volunteers) – Features with Jamie Brennan and Neamh Woods as Donegal & Tyrone LTP Ambassadors on social media in the run-up to the game this week.  – Highlight campaign on National and local media.Kevin Mills, Chairperson, County Health & Wellbeing Committee stated: “This road safety campaign is supported by Donegal GAA Health & Wellbeing committee in association with the Ulster Council, Donegal Road Safety Working Group and the Alcohol Forum.”Donegal’s GAA family get behind the road safety message ahead of busy weekend was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donega Road Safety Working GroupDonegal GAAlast_img read more

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2019-12-21

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Backup Electrical Power for a Passivhaus Project

first_imgGasoline- or propane-powered generatorsWe have considered a small portable or stationary propane generator. But such generators are obnoxiously loud for occupants and neighbors alike, require a fuel storage tank, have to be tested monthly, require periodic maintenance, and get pricey for larger capacities.That all seems an excessive one-time cost, plus a monthly chore we don’t need. Pipes might freezeEven if a loss of power seldom happens, what’s the impact if it does? There can be a substantial effect if it occurs in winter. Unless you heat with a wood stove, you need electricity to run the electrical motors on an oil- or gas-fired boiler, or the fan on a hot air system, or even the impeller on a pellet stove. So it could be a bone-chillin’ stay in the house while you await electrical power to be restored.More critical is preventing water pipes in the house from freezing. When warmer temperatures return, a burst water pipe can cause enormous damage to furnishings and even the structure of the house, particularly if it occurs in a concealed wall. That is a special concern for us as we will likely become “snowbirds” traveling to warmer climates during the deep throes of winter.Fortunately, a frozen pipe in Edgewaterhaus is a very unlikely event, thanks to the robust building envelope of a Passivhaus building. We’ve heard one Passihaus owner in upstate Massachusetts say he left for a week in winter when temperatures dropped below freezing most of the time, but the home’s interior stayed in the high 50s, according to the data-logger he installed to monitor building performance.We have no critical business or medical electrical usage needs. So our risk is really a lifestyle impact, and potential food loss in the summer. That suggests a no- or low-cost electrical backup approach. Power outages are rareNeighbors tell us that it is rare to lose power for more than a few hours. Most such situations are due to trees falling on power lines during storms. Users can notify Central Maine Power of a power failure by email or phone. CMP has recently implemented a slick web-based electrical power outage map. You can zoom to multiple levels of details, from the total area of service down to local street level, with summary information on the number of affected customers. That’s reassuring. RELATED ARTICLES Using a PV array in a power outageWhat are our choices for low-cost backup systems?We toured a nearby home with a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and a sophisticated – read expensive – series of deep-cycle batteries along with controllers to keep the batteries fully charged and a means to safely disconnect the house from the grid when you resort to battery power. We will have a photovoltaic system, but I don’t like the high cost of such a backup system, nor the idea of storing and maintaining batteries in the house. You’d also have to hope for sunny days during the outage to replenish the batteries. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Looking Through Windows — Part 7Designing Superinsulated WallsCutting Down Trees and Milling LumberA Visit to the Local SawmillSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same? Though there have been few brief power interruptions in this area, there is always a risk of widespread and extended power loss due winter ice storms. Many Maine communities have been without electrical power for days going on weeks when this occurs. Planning for Backup Power in an All-Electric HouseGas Lines Point to a Need for ResilienceHow to Live Comfortably Off the Grid Do Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really Have an Advantage?center_img Should we include a backup electrical power supply for Edgewaterhaus, since it will be an all-electric home? If so, we should include provisions for a backup electrical source as part of the overall plan, whether we decide to implement it now or later.Backup power is like insurance: if you don’t collect a benefit while the insurance policy is in effect, all of your insurance payments were a complete waste of money. Conversely, if you collect a substantial benefit, you can pat yourself on the back for having made such a prescient investment.There are two questions to consider in deciding whether to buy a backup electrical power capability: What is the likelihood that we lose power, whether for a matter of hours or days? And what is the impact in terms of financial loss or lifestyle accommodations? Your Prius can provide emergency electricitySo I was intrigued with an innovative approach I saw while attending the Building Energy 2012 symposium in Boston in March. Converdant makes a “plug-out” kit that allows a Toyota Prius to serve as a home backup electrical generator! What an interesting concept.Why buy a separate generator when we could temporarily tap into our 2010 Prius’s efficient electrical generator, sophisticated electronic management system, battery reservoir, and ultra-quiet operation when the engine is running to recharge the batteries? No separate monthly testing required; system testing occurs each time you drive the car. No need for a separate propane storage tank; the Prius includes an 11-gallon gasoline tank easily refilled at any service station. The Converdant plug-out cost: $800 for a 2-kW kit, $1,300 for a 3-kW kit, and $1,800 for a 4-kW kit, plus an estimated $100 to install an electrical connection on the Prius, and a means to connect to the circuit(s) you want to energize.I can only think of a few downsides and one concern. The downsides: you must manually connect the Prius to the Converdant device each time you need backup electrical power; you must either park the Prius outside, or channel the exhaust fumes outside the garage. There is no instant-on switching capability as some dedicated backup generators provide. There will be periods without electrical power. That’s not a big deal for us.The concern regards the effect on the Toyota warranty. Toyota warrants the Prius hybrid system for 96 months or 100,000 miles. Would including an aftermarket product like the Converdant plug-out device void the Toyota warranty? No, according to the FAQ page on the Converdant website, which state that the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act would require Toyota to prove that the Converdant device caused the hybrid system failure. I wonder whether there has been a real life test of this situation. Specifying a panel with a transfer switchFor now, we will hedge our bet. For less than an additional $100 above the cost of a typical electrical panel, we will specify a generator-ready electrical panel with an integrated transfer switch: the bus on the upper portion of the panel powers only grid energized circuits; the bus on the lower level powers circuits either from the grid or a standby generator.Under normal conditions, all circuits are powered via the grid. But manually throw the transfer switch in the middle of the panel, and all upper circuits are cut off and all lower circuits are powered via the backup generator.Using the Prius as a backup electrical generator sounds very interesting. We also plan to include a circuit to the garage to allow recharging a future plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle. [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 19th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

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2019-12-16

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Fostering Parent-Child Attachment through the Deployment Cycle

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, Day 259, September 16, 2010]What are some effective strategies for reducing emotional distress caused by deployment separation?  Recent research conducted by Louie and Cromer [1] examined parenting strategies during the 3 phases of the deployment cycle: (1) prior to deployment; (2) during; and (3) after deployment.A total of 30 military fathers participated in the study.  All participants had a child 6 years or younger at the time of deployment, and had been deployed at least once within 2 years of study.  Both active duty military and reservists were represented in the study group.  Participants were recruited through Family Readiness Programs.The study’s goal was to identify parenting strategies that promote attachment during the deployment cycle.  Structured interviews were conducted with the military father about his experience and his family’s experience during his most recent deployment.  Interview questions were arranged to address all 3 phases of the deployment cycle.  The Parental Stress Scale, a self-report measure of strain and satisfaction in parenting, was used to determine the parenting stress experienced by the military member.Pre-deployment: The analysts identified a total of 12 child-focused preparation strategies used by military fathers.  On average, each participant used 2 preparation strategies, though 11 of the 30 military fathers did not prepare their children for the upcoming deployment.  One-half of the participants talked about deployment with their children, 7 of the 30 participants used a globe to communicate with their children, and 6 of the 30 participants used pictures or read books to describe their upcoming separation.During deployment: Communication methods used during deployment were varied, though a large percentage (80%), used video conferencing.  All of the participants reported communicating with their children during the deployment.Post-deployment: Almost 90% of the parents reported a need to get reacquainted with their child and readjust to their role as father.  80% reported stress or conflict with their spouse or other caretakers about parenting.  Fathers also reported taking time of from work (73%) or taking a vacation (47%) to get reacquainted with their family.Results of the study suggest that parents who prepared their young children for deployment reported significantly lower levels of parenting stress.  The number of communication methods used during deployment did not appear to affect parenting stress.Parents and their children benefit from pre-deployment preparation.  Young children, including infants benefit from the psychological presence of a parent, especially if they can see that their parent is thinking of them daily.  Young children have the cognitive capacity to understand deployment (separation) and also the capacity to grieve during the separation.  During the study, the researchers determined that parents needed information on how to proactively promote attachment during the deployment cycle.  The authors offered some delayed communication strategies to use during deployment:Taking pictures and videos of the child with the service member prior to deployment to be sent during deployment.  An example of the message in a video might be: Daddy likes to (hold, play with) ____(name), Daddy loves ____ (name).For very young children, have the service member sleep with a clean t-shirt (babies can recognizes smells, voices, and faces by 2 months of age) and send it home during deployment for the child.Pre-deployment is a very important (and busy) time during the deployment cycle.  Some planning can improve parent-child attachment and ease the emotional distress of reconnecting after returning home.References[1] Louie, A. D., & Cromer, L. D. (2014). Parent–child attachment during the deployment cycle: Impact on reintegration parenting stress. Professional Psychology: Research And Practice, 45(6), 496-503. doi:10.1037/a0036603This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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2019-12-12

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My Three Inboxes and Workflow

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Those of us that are nerdy enough to write posts like this are really writing them for ourselves. But there are some voyeur-geeks out there that like to look at how other people work, especially when it comes to the digital tools other people use. There are also some people that really like to look for ways to be more efficient and more effective. I have a friend like that.Physical InboxI have a physical inbox for the paper that still seems to pour into my life. That’s really just a place to hold things for a while. That physical inbox sits right next to a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner, and that’s where my real workflow begins.It doesn’t really matter what the paper is, it could be a bill, it could be a magazine article, or it could be a receipt, but whatever it is gets scanned straight into my digital inbox. If it doesn’t get scanned, it gets shredded.Whenever I find myself waiting for something or someone, I scan things into my digital inbox.Digital InboxI use Evernote as my digital inbox. I scan everything directly into the Evernote Inbox (you can set up your ScanSnap to scan straight into Evernote).I let things pile up in the Evernote Inbox all week long. On Saturday mornings, I go through all the digital stuff I collected throughout the week and sort them into the appropriate notebooks.My bills and financial records go into a local notebook, a notebook that isn’t sync’d to the Cloud. If you are using Evernote, you’re going to want some notebooks for private documents that are stored on your hard drive and backed up securely. But most of what I accumulate needs to be archived.Anything that requires that I do something or that I take some kind of action, gets moved to my task manager inbox.Omnifocus InboxOmnifocus is a task manager. A lot of people find it to complicated to use, but I think the more complicated your life, the more important it is to have a good system for keeping track of all of your commitments. OF lets me sort task into areas of responsibility, project folders, and contexts (which is really a location or resource, like at an office, telephone, store, or something like that).I collect all of my tasks into Omnifocus. I dictate a lot of tasks directly into Omnifocus from the iPhone. I also use the iPad version to capture tasks. It’s amazing how many unfinished tasks slip right past you if you don’t capture them. Ideas escape you if you don’t trap them in something, too. I pour everything into the Omnifocus Inbox, regardless of what it is.On Sundays I sit down and plan my week, moving the big tasks directly onto my calendar. Once I move my most important outcomes onto the calendar, I am committed to completing them on that day.I leave Omnifocus open all of the time, and I have a custom view that shows me tasks that need to be started and completed within the next two weeks. I also have another custom view for all of the tasks that belong to the three major projects I am working on at any given time.This is how I use my three inboxes and a little peek at my workflow.QuestionsWhat tools do you use to manage all the stuff that pours into your life?What does your workflow look like?Do you capture all of your tasks and commitments in one place?How do you decide what gets worked on and when?last_img read more

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2019-12-09

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul signs new deal with Lancashire at 43

first_imgThe Guyanese left-hander, struck 819 runs at an average of over 50 in last year’s County Championship, including three centuries as Lancashire finished second in Division One.Former West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul has signed a new contract with Lancashire at the age of 43, the club said on Friday.The Guyanese left-hander, struck 819 runs at an average of over 50 in last year’s County Championship, including three centuries as Lancashire finished second in Division One, the club’s highest position since the 2011 title triumph.”The Club is extremely ambitious and there is a group of hugely talented young cricketers in the squad. I’ve really enjoyed playing my part both on the field scoring as many runs as possible, but also as a mentor to some of our younger players,” he said.”Hopefully I can continue to pass on some of my knowledge and experience to them,” Chanderpaul told the club’s official website (www.lccc.co.uk).Chanderpaul, who previously played with Durham, Warwickshire and Derbyshire, as well as enjoying an earlier spell with Lancashire in 2010, retired from international cricket in 2016 with an average of 51.37. His total of 11,867 Test runs is the seventh highest of all-time.last_img read more

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2019-11-18

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Quickthinking truckers corral AWOL horse on busy Alberta highway

first_imgBALZAC, Alta. – Two semi-trailer truck drivers are being praised for playing a little blacktop rodeo when they used their big rigs to safely steer an AWOL horse off a busy highway north of Calgary and prevent the chance of a collision.Airdrie RCMP say they got word around 4 a.m. Monday from an Edmonton woman who said her horse had escaped from a racetrack stable in the Balzac area.The horse was later spotted galloping down the middle of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near the community when the truck drivers worked together with their semis to corral it in a ditch, then control it with harness fashioned from a tow strap.“I think the horse had kind of stopped in the headlights and started to move toward a ditch,” said Const. Dan Martin, an RCMP spokesman.“One truck stopped and blocked the horse from getting back on the highway. The other driver stopped to help and, between the two of them, they were able to approach it and put the harness on. Police arrived shortly after.”Martin said it helped that the horse appeared to be calm and that one of the drivers seems to know his way around animals.“One of the investigators explained that the driver who made the harness seemed to be quite familiar with livestock. I’m assuming he’s worked with horses or cattle before and kind of knew what to do.”There were no reports of drivers having to swerve to miss the horse, and police did not have to set up roadblocks to reroute motorists during the roundup.The Mounties contacted an Airdrie towing company that came to the scene with a livestock trailer to transport the horse back to Airdrie for pickup by its owner.Martin said the woman was thankful the animal was not injured.“She was quite upset that her horse was able to get out, but quite thankful for everybody — RCMP as well as the towing company and the trucks drivers — for working together to get it back.”Police will not be laying charges.Martin said the Airdrie detachment is no stranger to calls about livestock on the loose, but admitted this case was somewhat different.“We definitely get a lot of cattle that get out and walk around highways here all the time, but (escaped) horses are quite rare for sure.”Martin also said there’s no “black and white answer” when it comes to whether drivers should follow the lead of the two truckers if they come across escaped livestock on a busy road.“If somebody was trying to move ducks and stopping traffic, well that could be quite dangerous,” he said. “Exercise caution and use common sense, and hopefully all ends well for everybody.”last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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School Committee Accepts 100K Grant Donation To Strengthen STEM Extracurricular Programs Create

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a specially scheduled meeting, the Wilmington School Committee recently accepted a donation of $100,000 in the form of a grant from the Cummings Foundation.Wilmington High School AP Chemistry Teacher Julie Kim successfully applied for the grant through the Cummings Foundation’s annual “$100K For 100” charitable giving initiative.  Wilmington Public Schools will be the recipient of $33,333.33 per year over the next three years.The purpose of the grant is to provide “financial support to strengthen and build STEM extracurricular programs like the Engineering Career Club, the Science Club, and the Robotics Club at the High School and Middle School levels.”The Engineering Career Club is run under the guidance of WHS math teacher Ms. Steph Murray, a former engineer. The club, which has approximately 20 regular members, meets twice a month for two hours after school. Club members have previously designed, built and launched catapults. They’re currently learning about solar energy and other renewal resources, while designing and building tree-like structures to harness solar energy.The Science Club is run under the guidance of WHS science teacher Mrs. Michelle Hooper. The club meets once  a month on Fridays to run experiments and investigate science phenomenon. The Club has considered joining the North Shore Science League.The Robotics Club is attempting to start up under the guidance of WHS AP Physics Teacher Marlene King and WHS AP Chemistry Teacher Julie Kim.  The idea for the club came out of a discussion that took place in Kim’s AP Chemistry class.“Students and teachers are trying to figure out how to fundraiser for the very expensive robotics supplies and for new computers to write the codes and design the robots,” Kim wrote in her application, where she also noted that most of her AP Chemistry students are female, as are most of the science and math teachers at Wilmington High School and Middle School.“The teachers have a passion for sharing our loves of math and science with the students of our schools, but we’d especially love to encourage more female students to pursue these fields,” added Kim.Because of the grant Kim secured, a robotics club will, indeed, launch at Wilmington High School, and necessary supplies for the other two science clubs will be purchased.  Previously, the clubs’ resources were severely limited and based solely on the amount of money fundraised or contributed by students and teachers.“This grant is very exciting and great news for the Wilmington Public Schools,” announced Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero, after reading Kim’s grant application.Kim, unfortunately, could not attend the School Committee Meeting at which she was being recognized as she was stuck in traffic returning from the 8th Grade Science Field Trip to Fenway Park.  Kim will, however, be present at a reception held by the Cummings Foundation on Thursday, June 7 where she will be honored.Wilmington School Committee Chair Julie Broussard with WHS Chemistry Teacher & Grant Recipient Julie Kim after a recent meeting.(Photo courtesy of School Committee member Jennifer Bryson.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Receives $100,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”Wilmington’s CLASS Inc. Receives $200,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

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2019-09-11

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Delhi journalist shot at while driving home eggs thrown on cars windshield

first_imgFacebook/Mitalli ChandolaA Delhi-based journalist was shot at late on Saturday in east Delhi’s Ashok Nagar near Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.The journalist, Mitalli Chandola, recounted her experience, saying that the assailants first threw eggs on her car’s windshield and when she did not stop the vehicle, they fired two shots at her, which pierced through the windshield.The bullets from the shots fired injured Mitalli’s arm. The injuries were given medical attention and she is out of danger.”Prima facie it appears to be a case of a family dispute,” Jasmeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), was quoted as saying by ANI. Reports state that Mitalli was not on good terms with her family.However, the police are also investigating if this was a gang-related incident where they target drivers with eggs in order to distract them and rob them.It is not known if the assailants targeted her because of her profession or it was another reason.On June 8, a crew of a Hindi news channel was shot at by two armed men at Barapullah Road in New Delhi. The men were on a bike, came near their car and asked the crew of three (driver, reporter, cameraman) to stop the vehicle. The driver tried driving faster when he spotted a pistol in the bike driver’s hand.”A man on a black pulsar approached the vehicle when we were near the Pragati Maidan cut. When we noticed a firearm in the biker’s hand and tried speeding, the biker then fired three shots at the vehicle. The first bullet hit the gate, second hit the driver side window and the third one missed,” one of the targets told India Today.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Cyclone Fani may hit Bangladesh Saturday morning

first_img.Cyclonic storm Fani may hit Bangladesh on Saturday morning, state minister for disaster and relief Enamur Rahman quoted a Met official as saying.The state minister held a meeting with Met officials at the conference room of his ministry on Wednesday afternoon.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Enamur Rahman said the cyclone may hit Khulna, Satkhira and Mongla on Saturday morning.  He said the ministry has opened control rooms in 19 coastal districts and 56,000 volunteers have been kept standby.As part of the preparations, 200 mts rice, 41,000 packets dry food and cash Tk 500,000 have been sent to the deputy commissioners of the each 19 districts, he said.Meanwhile, authorities in Chattogram have taken all necessary preparations as the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ over the West-central Bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards further over the same area.Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local warning signal No. 4.Chattogram district disaster management committee held a meeting on Wednesday to take all the necessary preparations to face the cyclone.The authorities have taken decisions to open cyclone centres and control rooms and keep medical team standby to fight the cyclone.Water transports from Chattogram to Sandwip and Hatia have been suspended due to the cyclone.Acting district commissioner Delwar Hossain said 2,739 cyclone centres have been prepared to face Fani.  Chattogram’s civil surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique told Prothom Alo that 284 medical teams have been kept standby to fight ‘Fani’. The storm was centred at 6:00pm Wednesday about 1205 km southwest of Chattogram Port, 1160 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port, 1060 km southwest of Mongla Port and 1070 km southwest of Payra Port, said a special weather bulletin here this noon.It is likely to intensify further and move in a north or northwesterly direction.Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the storm centre is about 160 kph, rising to 180 kph in gusts or squalls, the bulletin said, adding that sea will remain very high near the cyclone centre.All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution so that they can take shelter within short notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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