Precautions not taken during ongoing repair work at derailment site, says Railways

first_imgThe Railway Ministry on Sunday admitted to ground-level lapses in maintenance work near Muzaffarnagar that led to derailment of at least 13 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express on Saturday evening in Uttar Pradesh.“During our visit to the accident site, we found that some repair equipments were kept on the track side. One reason could be that there was some repair work going on and precaution may not have been taken,” Railway Board Member Traffic Mohammad Jamshed said during a press conference here on Sunday.He added that the authorities are also examining an audio clip circulating on social media platform WhatsApp and media channels in which “local rail officer admitted to negligence during the maintenance work.”Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northern Circle, Shailesh Kumar Pathak will begin inquiry into the accident on Monday. The CRS conducts inquiry into serious rail accidents and administratively falls under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.Number of dead and injured At 5.46 pm on Saturday, 13 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed at at Khatauli, near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Jamshed said 20 people were killed and 92 passengers were injured out of which 22 were grievously injured. Around six-seven coaches capsized and another three-four coaches were “smashed” causing damage to 200 metres of railway track and the overhead equipments, the Railway Board official said.State officials, however, say 24 people have died so far in the accident. Officials have also revised the number of injured to 156. A press released sent by the office of the Director General of Police on Saturday night said around 400 had been injured. The number of dead is likely to go up as at least 20 of the 156 injured are in critical condition. Meanwhile, ten of the accident victims have been identified. The list is Sukhi Prajapati (Madhya Pradesh), Alok Sarkar (New Delhi), Vishnu Goswami (Gwalior), Rinki Kumari (Agra), Karishma (Saharanpur), Brijraj Pandey (Gwalior), Sumit Garg (Saharanpur), Rampal Singh Sharma (Muzaffarnagar), Vineet Mittal (Muzaffarnagar), Braj Kumar Prajapati (Gwalior), Sheetal Singh Khushwaha (Gwalior), Pramod Kumar (Muzaffarnagar) and Aarti (MP).Prima facie inquiryMeanwhile, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has filed a case under Section 151, Section 154 and Section 427 of the Railways Act 1989 for causing damage to railway property, endangering safety of persons travelling by rail by rash or negligent act and mischief causing damage, respectively.The Railway will conduct a prima facie inquiry to ascertain whether or not procedures mentioned in the maintenance manuals were followed while undertaking the repair work. “We will ascertain the prima facie cause and take strict action against the responsible officer till evening,” Mr. Jamshed said.He said precautionary measures to stop the train are usually taken whenever there are problems detected on the track or equipments are damaged or a rail fracture is found.Earlier, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu blamed the Railway Board and said he wont “allow laxity” in its operations. “(I) have directed CRB [Chairman Railway Board] to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by the end of day.”(With inputs from Mohammad Ali and Omar Rashid)last_img read more

Pakistan have to decide if they want to play in Dharamshala: BCCI

first_imgEven as the Pakistan Cricket Board threatened to pull out of the ICC World Twenty20 , senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla said the ball was now in Pakistan’s court and they needed to decide if they want to play India in Dharamshala or not. Shukla said India were ready to host every team for the tournament and that security arrangements were in place at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) ground.India and Pakistan are scheduled to clash against each other in the World T20 in Dharamshala on March 19. However, there have been some concerns over the match actually taking place there after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the state government does not want Pakistan playing there because of their involvement in the Pathankot terror attacks.But Shukla said security was not an issue anywhere in India and insisted that the Indian board was firm on hosting the India-Pakistan match in Dharamshala as originally planned.”As far as the match is concerned, we are firm that we will be hosting the match there (Dharamsala) as per schedule because there are interest of commitments which requires to be fulfilled. Otherwise, the ICC will take a stern action against the venue. The state government is also willing to cooperate,” said Shukla, who is also the Indian Premier League chairman.Shukla chose to ignore Khan’s threat of a pullout and said it was now up to Pakistan to take a call on the Dharamshala game.”We will be providing foolproof security to the Pakistan cricket team. All the players will be safe. Now, it is for Pakistan cricket board to take a decision.”advertisementlast_img read more

Wes Lunt leaves OSU

first_imgHow many f-bombs of joy has Todd Monken dropped in the last five minutes in hopes that the crown jewel of his recruiting time at OSU will meander south to Hattiesburg? I’ll set the over/under at 99.5.So I guess this means Clint Chelf will be the starter when OSU opens with Mississippi State in September which I’m fine with, but I have a feeling OSU fans are going to be looking back on this day with remorse for years to come.Could Gundy have handled things differently? Was there a faction between Walsh/Chelf/Lunt (there didn’t seem to be)? Does he just not like Legos?Whatever the reason, OSU is worse off (both for this season) and (mostly) the future without Wes Lunt.Farewell, 1s, every deep ball made us gasp — enjoy your success elsewhere, there will be much of it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! It’s true, Mike Gundy announced late on Thursday afternoon that Wes Lunt was leaving Oklahoma State after one season of slinging it around. Here’s the official statement from Gundy:“We appreciate Wes and we thank him for everything he has done. He’s leaving on good terms and is making this decision based on what he thinks is best for his future.”And from Lunt:“This was not a decision I took lightly, but it is a decision that I felt was right for me. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the entire Oklahoma State University community. Specifically, I would like to thank the coaches, players, and the whole OSU football family. I wish the Cowboys the best of luck in the future.”I don’t know about you guys but I’m pretty bummed. I was in love with Lunt’s arm from day one and even though we were Choo-Chooin’ for the second half of last season Lunt (and his cannon) were always the future.last_img read more

a month agoHaaland Snr breaks silence on Man Utd link for son Erling

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Haaland Snr breaks silence on Man Utd link for son Erlingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlf Inge Haaland would be happy if his son signed for Manchester United.Erling Braut Haaland scored a hat-trick in the first half of RB Salzburg’s 6-2 hammering of Genk on his Champions League debut on Tuesday.Haaland’s dad Alf Inge represented both Leeds and Manchester City – two clubs that consider Man United to be bitter rivals – during his career in football. “It would be nice,” the Norwegian told TV2 when asked about the United interest. “It is important to distinguish between being a supporter and a job.”So I have a very relaxed relationship with that. It’s a little different when it’s serious.”He added: “Yes, I think most players dream of being in the Premier League at one time or another. It’s the league that gets the most attention around, and it has very good quality teams.”There is no doubt the Premier League is attractive to him.” last_img read more

Small and Medium Stakeholders Key to Tourism’s Sustainability – Minister Bartlett

first_img He contended that achieving this requires SMTEs being fully leveraged to build sustainable economies in tourism-dependent nations. Story Highlights “Nowhere do we understand this more than here in Jamaica, as a member of the most tourism-dependent region in the world. Here, in the Caribbean, one in five workers is directly or indirectly employed by the sector, while more than 40 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) is directly related to tourism activities,” the Minister further noted. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the interests of small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) must be safeguarded to ensure the industry’s sustainability. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the interests of small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) must be safeguarded to ensure the industry’s sustainability.He contended that achieving this requires SMTEs being fully leveraged to build sustainable economies in tourism-dependent nations.“Nowhere do we understand this more than here in Jamaica, as a member of the most tourism-dependent region in the world. Here, in the Caribbean, one in five workers is directly or indirectly employed by the sector, while more than 40 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) is directly related to tourism activities,” the Minister further noted.He was speaking at the second United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, St. James, on January 29.Mr. Bartlett said SMTEs’ economic survival is increasingly critical against the background of tourism being identified by the United Nations (UN) as key in spurring increased economic benefits to Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries by 2030.This, he added, within the context of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Mr. Bartlett noted tourism’s far-reaching positive impact on other industries, citing that “it is one of the fastest growing and most resilient sectors in the world”.He indicated that the industry accounts for an estimated 10.4 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), one in 10 of 313 million jobs worldwide, and seven per cent of international trade in goods and services, “thereby contributing to economic growth and development in many societies”.He described the six per cent growth in international tourist arrivals in 2018, totalling 1.4 billion persons, according to the UNWTO, as “excellent news”.“This remarkable growth is two years ahead of the UNWTO’s long-term forecast issued in 2010, which indicated the 1.4 billion mark would be reached in 2020. It is also clearly above the 3.7 per cent growth registered in the global economy,” the Minister added.Mr. Bartlett said tourism’s growth underscores the industry’s invaluable worth as a powerful driver of economic growth and development.He added that against this background, “we must now manage it in a sustainable way”, to ensure that communities, countries and citizens around the world benefit through jobs and wealth creation.“Tourism is valuable for development with linkages that run deep into the local economy and multiply the growth impact from trade. It is, therefore, incumbent on us to build a smart and sustainable framework to better integrate SMTEs into the tourism value chain,” the Minister emphasised.Mr. Bartlett said it is against this background that “we have put in motion a plan to create a window through which small and medium players in the sector could access affordable loans to invest and play their part in supporting the build-out of the sector”.“We wanted to widen the net of people benefitting from the industry in terms of ownership and employment. In this way, we are creating and realising sustainable growth,” the Minister added.last_img read more

Minster Vaz Calls for More Private-Sector Support in Building Climate Resilience

first_imgMr. Vaz praised private-sector stakeholders who are taking “smart and steady action” to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.“Private-sector companies are finding their footing and taking big leaps, impacting positively on our carbon footprint… among them, providers of renewable energy such as the Jamaica Broilers Group, Solar Buzz Jamaica and GeNNex Elite,” he said.Mr. Vaz urged others to follow suit, and assured that the Government will continue to garner assistance for the private sector in advancing the climate change agenda, through facilities such as the Green Climate Fund’s Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme.He pointed out that in 2017, the Ministry’s Climate Change Division requested readiness support through that programme in order to mobilise private-sector engagement in developing low carbon and climate resilient projects in Jamaica and other CARICOM states.“This idea was to investigate barriers and develop solutions that will leverage private-sector support and then work together at the national and regional levels to develop an action plan for engagement,” Minister Vaz explained.The Green Climate Fund is a unique global platform to respond to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development. It is the largest source of international climate finance and was established to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, and to help vulnerable societies adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.The two-day consultation seeks to further investigate challenges for climate action and highlight best practices and possibilities for innovation, and increase knowledge of available financing options for climate action for MSMEs. Story Highlights More private-sector stakeholders are being encouraged to partner with the Government in executing projects designed to build Jamaica’s climate change resilience.This call comes from Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who said more innovators, investors and private-sector leaders are needed to further advance mitigation efforts.“Partnerships are integral to our success, and so we absolutely cannot [overstate] the important role the private sector can play, as our partners, in reducing our vulnerability to a changing climate and reducing their own carbon footprint,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) consultation on supporting private-sector investment for advancing climate action in Jamaica, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (February 12).Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, addresses participants at a micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) consultation on supporting private-sector investment for advancing climate action in Jamaica, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (February 12). This call comes from Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who said more innovators, investors and private-sector leaders are needed to further advance mitigation efforts.center_img More private-sector stakeholders are being encouraged to partner with the Government in executing projects designed to build Jamaica’s climate change resilience. “Partnerships are integral to our success, and so we absolutely cannot [overstate] the important role the private sector can play, as our partners, in reducing our vulnerability to a changing climate and reducing their own carbon footprint,” he said.last_img read more

Province Working to Repair Reinforce Barrier

first_imgThe province is helping protect residents and businesses in the Truro area from flood damage by repairing and reinforcing a barrier in the North River area. “The safety of the residents of Truro and their property is our top priority right now,” said Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Emergency Management Office Minister Ross Landry, today, Sept. 21. “We’re working with our partners to ensure that all possible measures are taken to protect the community from further flood damage.” Provincial engineers and staff from Emergency Management, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and Agriculture are with municipal officials in Truro assessing the raised earth barrier, which is called a berm. The province will make TIR staff and equipment available. Provincial and municipal experts are gathering information next week in preparation for a meeting with Premier Darrell Dexter, municipal leaders and other officials. Premier Dexter called for that meeting in the wake of the last storm to develop an action plan that protects families and businesses from flooding in central Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Its A Teenage Vape Land

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, the numbers are shocking. Among teens, the use of vape products has nearly doubled in the year since the products became legal. We don’t officially know why…but you might find some clues in big, flashy, poster-sized pictures in the window of your favourite convenience store.What do we know about vaping’s appeal to young people? About its long-term effects? About the link between e-cigarettes and traditional smoking rates? When schools are removing the doors to bathrooms to try to stop kids from huffing vapour in there like yesterday’s kids used to inhale smoke, it’s clear something worth investigating is happening here.GUEST: Carly Weeks, health reporter, The Globe and MailAudio Player 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 read more

UN providing technical support following South Asian cyclone

27 May 2009United Nations agencies are providing technical support to assess the damage in southern Bangladesh following Cyclone Aila, which killed at least 100 people in the South Asian nation and also hit parts of neighbouring India earlier this week. According to Bangladeshi authorities, over 5,400 people were also injured and nearly 842,000 were forced into shelters by the cyclone, which made landfall on Monday, and continuing high winds. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were helping the Bangladeshi Government assess the affected districts. Meanwhile, the UN Resident Coordinator’s office in India is monitoring the situation there, while the Government carries out damage assessments. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which have offices in the eastern Indian states of Orissa and West Bengal, “are responding to the impact of the cyclone in their regular programmatic manner,” stated OCHA.UN humanitarian chief John Holmes yesterday voiced his sadness in hearing of the loss of life and property damage caused by Cyclone Aila, and stated the UN’s readiness to assist as required. Neither Government has requested international assistance so far, according to OCHA. read more

President says civil society will be used to eliminate corruption

“With the passage of this important constitutional amendment, the open government partnership with the executive, legislature and judiciary was transformed to yield progressive benefits,” he said.Prior to that, the President noted that the Chief Justice, the judges of the Supreme Court, the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General and the Commission officials were appointed at the discretion of the President.However he says today all those appointments are made through a statutory committee appointed by the Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) The Global Session was chaired by Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and had the participation of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers, Ministers and other representatives from 75 member countries. Speaking here the President said that steps have been taken by Sri Lanka to promote the principles of the Open Government Partnership.He said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was introduced within a few months of assuming office by him and it became a key factor that strengthened transparency, accountability and the rule of law in the country. President Maithripala Sirisena says civil society will be used to eliminate corruption in the country.He said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country. He made this statement at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbillisi in Georgia today (July 18). read more

UK development official says UN must be strengthened to meet current challenges

“I think we should always love the UN, but at the moment we need it desperately,” Secretary Short said at a UN Day commemoration in London organized by the UN Information Centre. “We have to strengthen it.” “We have to resolve these problems multilaterally or we are all going to be in trouble,” she cautioned.Urging assembled dignitaries to grasp the current opportunities to meet the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000 to combat global ills, Ms. Short said they are “completely achievable for the first time in human history.”The current juncture, she said, is both “a very dangerous time for the world and a time when we have unprecedented international agreement about working together to reduce poverty, to get children into school, to spread healthcare.” The international community, she added, has the knowledge, capital, and experience to succeed.The current generation, she said, could destroy the world or could make it finer. “Let’s, with the UN, make it finer,” she said. read more

Arctic warms Some territories now open to carbon tax talk want break

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 12:51 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Arctic warms: Some territories now open to carbon tax talk, want break for North The Arctic may be warming to the federal government’s plan to implement a national carbon tax.All three territorial leaders were firmly opposed to any talk of a price on carbon just months ago at a first ministers meeting in Yukon, but at least two territories now seem willing to listen to what Ottawa has to say.“We recognize that carbon tax is an important tool in mitigating the effects of climate change,” said a statement from Bob McLeod of the Northwest Territories on Thursday.“I’ve talked to (Environment) Minister (Catherine) McKenna over the past few weeks and she has a good understanding of the challenges a carbon tax would bring to the N.W.T. I appreciate the minister’s commitment to working with us and look forward to our ongoing discussions with her.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna sounded similarly open-minded.“At the end of the day I’m confident that our federal partners will give us some assistance in ensuring that we try and abide by the Vancouver declaration,” said Taptuna, referring to an agreement last spring on co-ordinated efforts to fight climate change.Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, however, remains dead set against the notion.“A carbon tax in Yukon will be bad for Yukon and for Yukon families,” he said earlier this week.Northern leaders have long been concerned about the impact of a carbon tax on their jurisdictions. They say it would increase the cost of living in what are already the most expensive places to live in Canada. Not only does most of their food have to be shipped using fossil fuels, northerners can’t reduce their carbon footprint through services such as public transit.As well, although some communities have made recent moves toward renewable power, almost all northern towns are powered by aging diesel generators.If Ottawa wants to help the territories reduce emissions, helping them update that infrastructure would be a good place to start, Taptuna said.“We need assistance in modifying our generating plants. Some of them are 50 years old and quite inefficient.”Taptuna points out that while the North is most affected by climate change, it generates .01 per cent of Canada’s carbon dioxide emissions.A spokeswoman for McKenna said the minister has worked hard to listen to northern concerns.“There have been so many discussions and so many meetings and so many phone calls,” said Caitlin Workman. “Everybody understands each other a bit better.“We’re committed to work with the territories to find something that works for them. Part of that is the federal government’s commitment to helping northern communities get off diesel.”— With files from Bruce Cheadle in Ottawa. Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

Government gets €27 million in cash recouped from criminals

first_imgTHE STATE received €2.7 million in cash recovered from the proceeds of organised crime in 2011, following recovery procedures by the Criminal Assets Bureau.The bureau’s annual report for that year, published yesterday, reveals that the bureau obtained court orders dealing with the freezing or seizure of criminal assets worth over €22 million in 2011.That amount – which includes over £750,000 sterling, and nearly $700,000 in US dollars – includes permission to sell or transfer almost €3.5 million in criminal property.The €22 million figure includes cases where the same cash was subject to several different court orders, including interim orders to freeze it followed by subsequent orders to transfer or dispose of it.In addition to the €2.73 million transferred to the Exchequer, the CAB also secured a court order to transfer €2.7 million to a liquidator, so that it could distribute the cash to the victims of a fraud.Another £300,000 sterling was forwarded to the British courts system to satisfy a criminal confiscation debt.The report says that in five cases, involving 12 respondents, people who were alleged to have raised money through criminal action had gone to court to prove the legality of their funds. Those cases involved proceeds worth €2.84 million.Justice minister Alan Shatter said the report highlighted “targeting the proceeds of criminal conduct”, and said the government was keen to give the CAB further powers “through forthcoming legislative proposals”.Read: Gang members have 25 bank accounts frozenGallery: John Gilligan’s equestrian centre to be sold by CABlast_img read more

Volvo Highlights Speed Dangers by Limiting Cars MPH

first_img Starting next year, all new Volvo cars will top out at 112 mph.The Swedish automaker hopes this change will send a “strong signal” about the dangers of speeding.“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars.“And while speed limitation is not a cure-all,” he continued, “it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”As part of Volvo Vision 2020—a plan to reduce the number of people who die or are seriously injured in road traffic accidents to zero—the company identified “gaps” in its safety protocols.Unsurprisingly, speeding is a “very prominent” one.In addition to limiting cars’ top speeds, the manufacturer is looking into how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology can automatically slow down vehicles near schools and hospitals.“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver’s behavior, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication, or distraction,” Samuelsson said in a statement.“We don’t have a firm answer to this question,” he admitted, “but believe that we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”The United States’ highest posted speed limit is 85 mph (and that’s only on one Texas state highway); global speeds, meanwhile, peak at 99 mph on some motorways in the United Arab Emirates.Still, millions of people receive speeding tickets every year. And, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a quarter of all U.S. traffic fatalities in 2017 were caused by speeding.Germany, with its Autobahns, is the only country without a general speed limit on its highways.“As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders, and heights. With speeds, not so much,” Volvo safety expert Jan Ivarsson said. “We need to support better behavior and help people realize and understand that speeding is dangerous.”More on Volvo Trucks Ready to Work the MinesVolvo’s Cars and Semis Can Now Talk to Each OtherVolvo Will Only Build Hybrids and EVs Starting in 2019 Volvo Adds In-Car Cameras to Monitor Drunk, Distracted DriversVolvo Wants You to Skip the Super Bowl and Win a S60 Car With a Smartphone Stay on targetlast_img read more

Old library has new role

first_imgThe stacks have been cleared from the old Fort Vancouver Regional Library District building on Mill Plain Boulevard, but for the next 10 to 20 years, it will still play home to books and librarians.The old library is now being used to consolidate all district staff and book processing facilities into one location, saving about $120,000 a year, library spokeswoman Sue Vanlaanen said.“We’re looking forward to greater efficiencies resulting from having all district staff in one building,” she said by email.The city of Vancouver, which owns the building and the land at 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., approved a $1-a-year lease agreement on Dec. 19. The library district is spending $1.3 million (from district funds, not bond measures that financed the construction of the new main library and Cascade Park branch) to remodel the space for administrative purposes.The library’s administrative staff and book processing will be done there for at least 10 years under the new lease, with the option for the library board to remain for another 10 years after that. The building has 44,500 square feet of class C office space.The new lease also releases the city and the library district from a 99-year lease signed in 1963.“The proposed lease will allow the district sufficient time to engage in long-term planning for its administrative and warehouse facility needs,” a Vancouver staff report said of the new lease. “Since the original lease term is significantly shortened, the city is also able to engage in long-term planning for the eventual use of the building and site. The proposed lease allows both parties to achieve mutually beneficial objectives.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 3 2018

The Wilmington Insider For October 3 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a slight chance of showers between 8am and 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.At Wilmington Public Schools: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand is holding a Parent/Community meeting at Wilmington High School at 6:30pm. The meeting is an opportunity for the community to provide Brand with feedback about the Wilmington Public Schools. The Wilmington community is invited to attend, including community members who may not have children in the school system.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6pm in Town Hall’s Room 9 for an Executive Session (closed to the public). Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.State Rep Race: 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) is holding a campaign reception from 7:30pm to 11pm at the Tewksbury Country Club (1800 Main Street, Tewksbury).In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Wednesday Baby Times at 9:30am. Preschool Storytime at 10:30am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Better Together Book Club at 6:30pm. Browser Extensions at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Charles River Trip at 9am. Beading Group at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)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? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.1545 rupees and the euro 65.5692 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (February 29, 2012) were 48.9408 rupees and 65.9375 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 78.2490 as against 77.9529 on the previous day (February 29, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 60.67 as against 60.94 the previous day.last_img

UPDATE Company And Texas Officials Say Fire At Deer Park Petrochemical Facility

UPDATE Company And Texas Officials Say Fire At Deer Park Petrochemical Facility

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share EDITOR’s NOTE: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported ITC representatives had said the fire could take about two days to burn itself out. The story has been corrected. 00:00 /08:04 X Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe fire has caused a massive smoke cloud that can be seen from the ITC facility in Pasadena.Updated on Monday March 18, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.The company that owns the Deer Park petrochemical storage facility says air quality monitoring conducted by experts working for the company indicates chemicals detected are below levels that represent a public health concern. Meanwhile, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a news release that, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, it hadn’t detected “any immediate health concerns at ground level.” Deer Park is about 15 miles southeast of Houston.Officials with Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) held a news conference around 4 p.m. and released the report by the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH). It says the air quality is being monitored using hand-held devices in the facility and surrounding community.The report indicates that “all hand-held air monitoring was conducted in the breathing zone.” ITC spokesperson Alice Richardson said six tanks were on fire as of Monday afternoon. Three of the tanks are on fire and another three are experiencing intermittent fires.Richardson noted the report has been submitted to the government agencies that are overseeing the incident. She added emergency responders are making headway in terms of controlling the fire, which has caused a massive smoke plume that can be seen from downtown Houston.Harris County Judge weighs inEarlier on Monday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that preliminary data indicate the ongoing fire at the facility isn’t impacting air quality.“The latest information that’s available doesn’t show levels beyond a threshold that would make this dangerous,” said Hidalgo in a news conference held at 1 p.m. But she added more data have to be processed and the situation is fluid.Harris County is monitoring air quality using mobile air monitors and fixed air quality monitors. These devices can detect dangerous chemicals such as benzene. However, Harris County Meteorologist Jeff Lindner acknowledged that the monitor located in Deer Park hadn’t reported since 5 a.m.The cities of Houston, La Porte and Pasadena are also monitoring the air quality.Lindner said the plume is about 3,000 or 4,000 feet above ground level and is expected to go down to 300 or 400 feet in the evening but “it would need to come all the way to the ground for there to be impacts at the surface.”Houston Public Media staffThe smoke plume caused by a massive fire at a Deer Park petrochemical storage facility as seen from Highway 225.Two daysEmergency responders said earlier that the fire could take about two days to burn out. Ray Russell, a representative with Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA), made that assessment during a news conference.CIMA is a non-profit organization specialized in firefighting and hazardous material handling of the refining and petrochemical industry in the Greater Houston metropolitan area.CIMA officials said they are in defensive mode, meaning they will work to contain the fire while letting it burn itself out. David Wascome, ITC senior vice president of operations, said in the afternoon news conference the two-day timeline for the fire to burn itself out is under review.The shelter-in-place order previously issued for residents of Deer Park has been lifted, even as the fire at the facility had spread to include 8 tanks.ITC said in a statement that air quality readings were “well below hazardous levels,” leading Deer Park officials to lift the shelter-in-place order. Still, city and county officials warned that smoke from the fire could cause skin and eye irritation and respiratory issues.You can watch a short video of the massive smoke cloud that the fire caused here:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Deer Park ISD and La Porte ISD canceled classes for the dayThe fire includes tanks holding the chemicals naphtha and xylene, components of gasoline, and toluene, a chemical used to produce nail polish remover, glues, and paint thinner.ITC said pumping operations to reduce the amount of combustible material in the tank containing naphtha are ongoing. All personnel are accounted for and there have been no injuries reported.Davis LandITC said on Monday morning that low levels of particulate matter had been detected. A volatile organic compound was found in air six miles southwest of their facility. Crews are using foam to try and contain the fire. The risk of explosion is minimal, the company said, and crews are working to reduce the possibility. State Highway 225 was re-opened on Monday, though portions of Independence Parkway will remain closed until further notice.ITC is coordinating its response with representatives of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, Harris County and other federal, state and local agencies.The TCEQ said in a news release that, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, it hadn’t detected “any immediate health concerns at ground level.” The agency is monitoring the air quality in the area using hand-held devices and stationary monitors.The agency is providing updates, including a map with real-time data from stationary ambient monitoring sites, online.Additionally, the TCEQ is arranging for a NASA special airplane to monitor air quality. Controversy sparked recently after an investigative story by the LA Times reported the EPA and the TCEQ discouraged NASA from flying the plane in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.Low risk of explosionRamanan Krishnamoorti, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters the explosion risk is low because there’s not enough oxygen or pressure in the tanks.He said the fire is producing some air pollution in the form of particulate matter and it’s releasing raw hydrocarbons into the environment, including nitrogen oxide, but the levels don’t look alarming for now.Wascome said on Monday morning that both ITC and Harris County were monitoring air quality in and around the area.ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson said air monitoring results are being provided to the Harris County Office of Emergency Management and local emergency operations centers.Elena Craft, senior director of climate and health with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), was also a guest on Houston Matters, and said EDF can’t make its own assessment of the situation because they don’t have the information that the responding agencies are collecting. “We’re just kind of meant to believe the assessment that they’ve made. I think that’s problematic,” she said.Craft said the formation of secondary pollutants like ozone is a concern. “The fire is still burning and, so, there’s a lot of material there that’s been combusted that could potentially contribute to air quality issues in other places,” she noted.The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire with help from ITC.ITC plans on holding another news conference on Tuesday at 10 a.m..You can read the environmental report by the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health here: The fire is the second in as many days at a Houston-area petrochemical facility. A fire at an ExxonMobil plant in nearby Baytown that broke out Saturday has been contained.You can listen to the Houston Matters segment on the fire here:last_img read more

Hello Kitty and Wonder Woman Are Teaming Up

first_imgStay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan If you’re a Hello Kitty fan, part of the fun that comes with following the adorable little feline is figuring out who she’s going to team up with next for a cool new collaboration. Her next heroic team-up is with none other than the amazing Wonder Woman, for the first Western-themed collaboration. With Wonder Woman’s gradual takeover of the known world, this is honestly not surprising at all, but still totally awesome.キティちゃんも、最強の美女戦士#ワンダーウーマン— 映画『ワンダーウーマン』公式 (@wwmoviejp) June 14, 2017Wonder Woman and Hello Kitty are joining forces to promote the movie in Japan when it debuts there on August 25. Hello Kitty is donning Wonder Woman’s iconic costume, her gorgeous black locks, tiara, and knee-high boots as well as the Lasso of Truth. She’s totally rocking it too, and she’ll be available as part of a special merchandise line.If you purchase advance tickets to see Wonder Woman in Japan, you’ll get a special rubber key-holder of Hello Kitty in her special Wonder Woman getup or a reprint of the comic issue that Wonder Woman first made her appearance in. Or you can buy more tickets and get both, which is the correct option.There aren’t any further details at the moment about what kind of Hello Kitty x Wonder Woman merchandise there might be beyond the adorable key cap, but you can bet as with any of Hello Kitty’s merchandise collaboration outings, there’ll be plenty of adorable stuff to pick up, like plushies and more.We’ll make sure you can check out all of the awesome merch once we have more details about it. In the meantime, you can always go see the Wonder Woman movie again.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Heat is on How to keep your furry friends cool this season

Heat is on How to keep your furry friends cool this season

first_imgThe heat is on and with the mercury rising daily, respite from the sun is a daunting task. With the beginning of summer, pet owners need to get their pets ready for the hot weather months ahead. Summer also brings unique risks to your dog’s health that you should keep in mind throughout the season.According to Dr KG Umesh, Mars India, ‘Dogs can’t perspire efficiently like us and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Here are some summer pet safety tips you can follow to enjoy the months ahead and keep your pets healthy:Never leave your pet in the car: When traveling by car in the summer, never leave your dog unattended. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes of being exposed to warm temperatures.  Make sure the crate is well ventilated, put a sunshade on your car windows, bring along fresh water and  a bowl and a tarp or tent so you can set up a shady spot when you stop. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmple water: Whether you’re indoors or out, your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer, so check her water bowl several times a day to be sure it’s full. If you and your furry friend venture forth for the afternoon, bring plenty of water for both of you.Say no to tangles: Keeping your pet well groomed will help their hair do what it was designed to do. Protect them from the sun and insulate them from the heat. Furry dog breeds should be well clipped during this season as the thick coat makes them feel hotter. It also makes it a home for bacteria and parasites.Keep their beds cool:  Remove cushiony bedding from your dog’s crate or bed. They may be more comfortable lying on the cooler bottom rather than on blankets or fleece.Feeding: Dogs tend to eat less in summer but they end up spending more energy in an effort to lower their body temperatures. A lot of pet owners tend to feed home-made diets like curd and rice during the summers, but it is very important to note that this food contains more water (70-80%) and does not have adequate levels of energy, vitamins, minerals, etc.Make sure your pet doesn’t overexert: Though exercise is an important, overdoing it can cause them to overheat. Save exercise sessions for dawn and dusk.Dr Umesh further adds, ‘Dogs may spend more energy in an effort to lower the body temperature  during periods of increased panting.’ So, make sure they eat adequately to compensate the loss.last_img read more