The ‘very severe’ cyclone ‘Bulbul’, which barrelled through the coastal districts of West Bengal before hurtling towards Bangladesh, claimed 10 lives in the State and affected 2.73 lakh families, official reports said on Sunday. In Odisha, heavy rain and high-velocity winds claimed two lives. The severe cyclonic storm, which brought in its wake heavy rain coupled with gale wind till early Sunday, uprooted hundreds of trees and snapped cables in Kolkata and in the coastal districts of North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore, bringing life to a near-halt.At least seven persons were killed and property worth crores damaged in parts of North and South 24 Paraganas, adjacent to Bay of Bengal, following last night’s cyclone Bulbul. The deceased have been identified as Suchitra Mondal, a septuagenarian, who was killed when a tree fell on her in Purba makala village in North 24 Paraganas. The others, from the same district, are Reba Biswas, 47, and Manirul Gazi, 59. Mr. Gazi was electrocuted. Two more deaths — in a wall collapse and a tree fall — were reported. One person was killed in east Medinipur district and two persons died in South 24 Parganas in cyclone-related incidents, an official said. Body of one fisherman from Fraserganj fishing harbour in South 24 Parganas was recovered, a senior official of state Disaster Management department said. Earlier on Saturday even before the cyclone hit the coast, an employee of a renowned club in the city was killed when a branch of a cedar tree fell on him. during heavy rain.Eight other fishermen and four trawlers from Fraserganj were still missing, the official said.2.73 lakh families affectedState Disaster Management Minister Javed Khan said that at least 2,473 houses were destroyed and another 26,000 were partially damaged in the cyclone in the coastal districts along the Bay of Bengal, with the fishing towns of Bakkhali and Namkhana being among the worst-affected areas.While 2.73 lakh families were affected in the storm, 1.78 lakh people were moved to relief camps set up in nine places of the State, he said, adding that 46,000 tarpaulin sheets were distributed among people whose residences were damaged in the cyclone.Centre assures assistancePrime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee separately on Sunday and assured her of all help from the central government in rescue and relief operations in areas affected by cyclone Bulbul.The Mr. Shah said 10 teams of the National Disaster Response Force had been deployed in West Bengal and six teams in Odisha. Additional 18 teams of NDRF have been kept on standby, he added.”Reviewed the situation in the wake of cyclone conditions and heavy rain in parts of Eastern India,” Mr. Modi tweeted.Ms. Banerjee cancelled her North Bengal trip and said that she would conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali as the weather clears.“Later, I would take a meeting at Kakdwip with administration to review relief and rehabilitation measures of the cyclone-affected people. I am also planning to visit the cyclone-affected areas of Basirhat of North 24-Parganas on 13 November, 2019,” Ms. Banerjee tweeted on Sunday.Power lines disruptedMany trees were uprooted in Kolkata and power supply was disrupted in several districts following the falling of trees on electric wires; distribution posts collapsed in many places as well. State’s Power Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay said measures were being taken to restore power supply in areas where electric cables have been torn apart due to the cyclone.Likely to weakenGale wind with gusts up to 135 kmph prevailed over the coastal districts of South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore and its adjoining areas in North 24 Parganas as the cyclone made landfall around midnight on Saturday.Although heavy rainfall to minor drizzle continued throughout the day and night on Saturday, Sunday was bright and sunny. However, the weather department said that there is a possibility of minor rainfall late on Sunday night as the cyclone moved towards Sunderbans in Bangladesh. The cyclonic storm is likely to weaken into a deep depression and further into a depression as it moves east- northeastwards over coastal Bangladesh, the IMD said in a bulletin on Sunday.(With PTI inputs)
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Rome: Former UEFA president Michel Platini has slammed the use of VAR technology, the introduction of which he has always opposed, as a total nightmare, in an interview on Italian television.”It would take half an hour to explain why it doesn’t solve problems,” the former France international told the “Che tempo che fa” late-night talk show on Rai on Sunday. “It shifts them. I’m against VAR. I think it’s a load of crap and unfortunately we will not go back.”The 64-year-old has always been against the use of VAR which he refused to consider after he became UEFA chief in 2007.European football’s governing body has now also introduced the use of the video replay technology in this year’s Champions League.Meanwhile, the former Juventus star believes he could still play a role in football after his four-year suspension from the sport ended in October.”At 64, I have the opportunity for one last adventure, but I have no room for error and I have to think about it,” he said.A triple Ballon d’Or winner, Platini had been expected to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 but fell spectacularly from grace a few months earlier.The former France captain was suspended by world football’s governing body in 2015 over a controversial payment of two million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) that he received from Blatter.Platini has always insisted he did nothing wrong.”At FIFA, they did not want me as president,” he continued.”I wanted to defend football and I was the only footballer who could become FIFA president.”Platini added that he no longer had any contact with either Blatter or current FIFA president Gianni Infantino. footballmichel platiniUefaVAR First Published: November 18, 2019, 6:10 PM IST read more
The Chief Minister said there are challenges before the state to roll out GST next year as he appealed to all to work together to make GST “happen”.Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of Congress demanded that there should a capping system like 18 per cent to save the poor people from high taxation. “Ours is a poorest of the poor state. Therefore, the state government must bat for having the capping system,” Mishra said criticising the ruling BJD for putting contradictory views on the capping in the Rajya Sabha.The Leader of Opposition said that when the BJDs leader in Rajya sabha did not supports capping on tax while partys another senior member wanted it. Mishra also quoted a BJD MPs statement in the Rajya Sabha where he had said that Odisha will badly lose on revenue collection of the GST come into the force.”If state will lose according to BJD MP, why such ratification? He asked demanding a clarification from the chief minister on the BJDs view,” Mishra said. He expressed displeasure over the state governments ignorance on the GST bill. “We want to know how much Odisha will benefit or lose”, Mishra asked.BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo supported the ratification and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the passing of the GST Bill in both the Houses of Parliament.Odisha become the 16th state after Goa to ratify the Constitution Amendment for GST introduction. PTI AAM SUS KIS read more
“We thought we might have a chance to win it,” Athletic Director Kevin Klintworth told ESPN. “I don’t know if we thought they’d be a favorite to win it, but we thought we’d be in the conversation.” He added that OSU found out about winning it several months ago, but the news became official on Thursday.Since finding out about the news, the trophy has been “hiding in a crate in an equipment room for the last few months,” according to the report.It’s only 71 years later, but it’s a big win for the media relations and marketing staff.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! In the most pleasantly surprising news on Thursday, the Oklahoma A&M Aggies of 1945 were retroactively awarded the football national championship by the American Football Coaches Association.Apparently, whoever is in charge of the trophy is really on top of their stuff. The national championship trophy has already arrived on the Stillwater campus. But a further explanation from Kevin Klintworth of OSU’s media relations staff explains how it already made its way to campus:Look what showed up at #okstate ?? pic.twitter.com/Pq6KdHOUlg— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) October 13, 2016 read more
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Vanderbilt is taking on Michigan this week in the College World Series, and Paul Finebaum has made his choice. And if you thought Finebaum was going to pick anyone other than Vanderbilt then you’ve clearly never watched his show before.But Finebaum is looking to make the College World Series even more interesting this year, and he’s called out Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh to help. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Finebaum presented a wager to Harbaugh.Finebaum wagered that if Michigan wins, he’d wear a Charles Woodson Michigan jersey at a Wolverines practice. But if Harbaugh loses, he has to serve as an “SEC water carrier” for a day.The “SEC water carrier” part was a clear dig at a Tweet Harbaugh made two years ago, calling out Finebaum for being an “unabashed SEC water carrier.” With the SEC facing Michigan in the #CWS Finals, a friendly challenge to my good friend @CoachJim4UM:If UM wins, I’ll wear a @CharlesWoodson jersey to one of your practices.If (and when) the #VandyBoys win, you become an SEC “water carrier” for a day? pic.twitter.com/0gIuSbjidV— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 24, 2019Based on the image Finebaum used in the picture, it would seem he wants Harbaugh to carry water for him for a day during one of his shows or some other occasion.As for the College World Series itself, Vanderbilt is a narrow favorite heading into Game 1 later today, and is seeking its second College World Series title since 2014. The Wolverines are seeking their first title since 1962.There’s no word yet on if Harbaugh will accept the wager. read more
By Feb. 6, the average Canadian will have earned enough money to pay for food for the year. To mark the occasion, the date is recognized as Food Freedom Day in Canada. “We know that our farmers produce quality food products and we are able to enjoy some of the least expensive food in the world,” said Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor. “More importantly, Canada is a leader in food security, and we can be confident that our food supply is safe from the farm gate to the table.” On average, Nova Scotians spend only 10.2 per cent of their disposable income on groceries. “Nova Scotia consumers are among the luckiest in the world,” said Frazer Hunter, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “They get good value for their money. They could increase that value in terms of quality and freshness by purchasing more locally grown product.” “Nova Scotia farmers take pride in providing consumers with high-quality, safe food at a competitive price,” said Geneve Newcombe, Co-chair of the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee. “When consumers purchase Nova Scotia products, they know they are not only getting quality food, but are contributing to the local economy and helping to preserve our rural landscape.” The Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee is recognizing Food Freedom Day with a sign on Highway 102 near Shubenacadie that says Thank a Farmer. Food Freedom Day is recognized in many countries around the world. read more
Provincial government offices in Halifax County, including metro Halifax, will delay opening until 10 a.m., Thursday, March 19, due to the winter storm. A decision for all other provincial offices will be made by 6 a.m. -30-
New Delhi: This year’s Independence Day speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to be historic in many terms. Apart from the landmark decision to scrap special provisions in Jammu & Kashmir, the Prime Minister would also spell out the achievements of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) from the ramparts of Red Fort on August 15 as the IPPB is all set to complete one crore customers by this Independence Day.While talking to Millennium Post, India Post Secretary AN Nanda said that the IPPB is going to create history by adding one crore customers in less than a year. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The IPPB was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 1 last year. It has not even completed its first anniversary and started changing the banking system in the country,” Nanda said, adding that the IPPB has completed transitions worth of about Rs 400 crore. The resounding achievement of the IPPB is the outcome of the decision that was made at the annual heads of circles conference held at Srinagar wherein it decided to adopt a 100 days action plan and a five-year vision to make India Posts align with PM Modi’s “New India” initiative. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNow, IPPB will partner with common service centres to provide services such as banking, remittance, insurance, DBT, bill and tax payments at the post offices. In July, the IPPB was granted a scheduled bank status after it was included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. The inclusion allows IPPB to borrow money from the central bank. While launching the IPPB, the PM had said that the IPPB will also be a great help for the farmers and schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) will gain more strength from it. The IPPB is a public sector company under the Department of Post with a 100 per cent equity of the government and governed by the RBI. The department’s 3.50 lakh well-trained postmen have been assigned to perform the task of bankers who are offering doorstep financial services to even the last man standing in the remotest parts of the country. read more
BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – The case of a Nova Scotia police chief facing sex charges involving a 17-year-old girl has been adjourned until next month.John Collyer of the Bridgewater police force was suspended with pay for 60 days in May after being charged.His lawyer David Bright says he appeared on behalf of his client in Bridgewater provincial court Wednesday.Bright said the case was adjourned until July 27 for election and plea, and would not comment further.“I have not reviewed the disclosure yet,” said Bright in a brief phone interview.The police commission in Bridgewater passed a motion to suspend Collyer on May 4, the same day it was announced he was facing charges.The 53-year-old had been placed on administrative leave by the commission in August after the province’s Serious Incident Response Team confirmed it was investigating the alleged sexual assault.The independent police watchdog laid one charge of sexual assault and two charges of sexual exploitation against Collyer over allegations dating between April 1 and July 31 of last year.The girl was 17 at the time of the alleged offences in the Bridgewater area on Nova Scotia’s south shore.Collyer, a 26-year veteran of the police force, had been chief for five years when the original allegations surfaced. read more
OTTAWA — New federal restrictions on sugary alcoholic beverages took effect today, following at least two deaths in 18 months.The alcohol content in what Health Canada describes as “single-serve flavoured purified alcoholic beverages” can no longer exceed 25.6 ml for each container of one litre or less.The amount is the equivalent of about one and a half drinks; a single serving could previously contain up to four standard alcohol drinks.The changes come after the 2018 death of Quebec teenager Athena Gervais, who drowned in a creek after quickly consuming several sugary alcoholic drinks.Her death raised questions about the drinks and their marketing to youth and Health Canada consulted extensively on the matter before introducing the new rules today. Given the “seriousness of the situation,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a statement that the rules are effectively immediately and there will be no transition period.Educ’alcool, a Quebec non-profit that promotes responsible drinking, say they are disappointed with the new rules, which they called too permissive.The organization believes the federal government missed an opportunity to crack down on the relatively new industry.The Canadian Press read more
Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. reported a first-quarter profit of US$111 million, down from a profit of $158 million in the same quarter last year.The gold miner, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the profit amounted to six cents per share for the quarter, down from 14 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue totalled $2.09 billion, up from $1.79 billion in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Barrick says it earned 11 cents per share in the first quarter of this year, down from an adjusted profit of 15 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of nine cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Barrick completed a merger with Randgold Resources Ltd. at the start of the year.
The United Nations General Assembly committee working out a proposed Convention on protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities is closing in on provisions concerning privacy, security, equality, non-discrimination and the right to life and liberty, UN officials said today.The participants reached a general agreement that States parties must protect the privacy of persons with disabilities, including their personal, health and rehabilitation information, and must prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference with their family, home, correspondence and communications.There was also general support for proposed text on equality and non-discrimination, which deals with movement with the greatest possible independence, freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse.Under provisions of the draft treaty, States would be required to find ways of promoting awareness of the capabilities and contributions of persons with disabilities, and combating stereotypes and prejudices.Some delegates said their countries might not be financially able to subsidize the high-quality mobility devices and assistive technologies that would ensure independent and free movement, UN officials said.The negotiating session continues until 3 February. read more
MOREHEAD, Ky. — Drew McDonald notched his first career triple-double, Tyler Sharpe sank five 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 28 points and Zaynah Robinson added 20 points, five rebounds and four assists as Northern Kentucky breezed to a 93-71 victory over Morehead State on Tuesday night.McDonald, a senior who came into the game with 38 career double-doubles, finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for the Norse (7-1). It was the first triple-double by a Norse player since 2001 (Craig Conley had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists). Sharpe and Robinson combined to make 17 of 26 shots from the floor and the Norse shot 63 per cent from the field (37 of 59). Dantez Walton hit three 3s and scored 15.A.J. Hicks paced the Eagles (2-5) with 20 points and tied his career high with nine steals. Lamontray Harris pitched in with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while De’Von Cooper scored 14.Morehead State led 21-16, but the Norse went on an 11-0 run to grab the lead for good and Walton’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Northern Kentucky a 46-38 lead at halftime. The Norse wasted little time pulling away in the second half, using a 21-6 run to go up 67-44 with 12:13 left in the game.The Associated Press read more
Magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons will be flowering this week, the RHS saysCredit:John Millar/National Trust Spring “could be over in the blink of an eye” and the public should enjoy blossoming flowers while they can, the Royal Horticultural Society has warned.Recent cold weather has meant that flowers have remained in bud for longer than usual, but warmer temperatures this week will likely result in a “magnificent” display as many plants flower at once.The advice comes after the Met Office’s announcement that a mini-heatwave will hit Britain on Thursday, with highs of 25C (77F) in South East England and a dry weekend for most of Britain.The arrival of the sun follows an unusually cold spring season, and the coldest March day on record.This year, spring blossoming may be over within days, as summer flowers prepare to take over.”I would urge people to get outside into their gardens or visit green spaces this weekend as spring could be over in the blink of an eye and you really don’t want to miss what’s coming,” said Guy Barber, RHS chief horticulturalist. Temperatures are not expected to stay high at the beginning of next week, with weather returning to “something a bit nearer to normal”, with temperatures of 18C or 19C (65F).“That doesn’t mean it’s going to come with rain, just temperatures will cool down a bit,” Mr Snell said.“We’re not quite into summer yet…but compared to the cold start to spring, this week will certainly be feeling very different.” “Look out for daffodils – they are usually over by now, but later flowers are still stupendous; flowering cherries are at their best and with the rain holding off, will be looking sensational.”Magnolias are flowering late, as are camellias and rhododendrons.”Usually spring begins in March and lasts until mid-May, so this shorter, condensed spring will create magnificent displays in our gardens, public spaces and roadsides across the UK as everything flowers at once.”Although February and March gave the UK the freezing “beast from the East” cold snap and Storm Emma, temperatures this week will “comfortably break” the warmest day of the year so far, the Met Office said.The top temperature recorded this year so far is 19.5C (67F) but this week could see the record beaten by more than 5C (9F).“Compared to what we have seen so far this spring, many parts of the country will be seeing a warmer spell, even into Scotland, come Thursday,” Craig Snell, Senior Meteorologist, told The Telegraph.“The warmest of the temperatures are going to be focused across the North West of London, up towards the Midlands, especially come Wednesday and Thursday, with Thursday possibly peaking out around 25C (77F) in a few spots.”“The majority of the country will see a good end of the week, with any further cloud and rain becoming restricted to western Scotland and the far west of Northern Ireland at times,” he said. Temperatures 🌡️ are set to rise for many areas through next week. Staying cool around the coasts though pic.twitter.com/iAKOioKnO4— Met Office (@metoffice) April 15, 2018 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. read more
A woman accidentally packed a snake in her luggage after visiting her daughter in Australia and brought it all the way home to the UK.Moira Boxall discovered the spotted python hidden in a shoe, the day after she arrived back in Scotland having caught three flights from Queensland to Glasgow, on a 40-hour, 11,500 mile journey.The snake survived the trip, shedding its skin in the process, and Mrs Boxall initially thought it was a toy her family had planted as a joke.The 72-year-old grandmother said she got the “biggest shock” of her life when she “pulled at it” and the non-venomous python moved in the slip-on shoe.She added: “I honestly thought it was toy and my family were playing a joke on me. But then it started moving, I saw its head and its fangs were going. I got the biggest shock of my life. The snake moved when Mrs Boxall touched itCredit:Press Team 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. Mr Airlie, her son-in-law, said: “She had woken up a few days before she left and thought she had seen a snake in her room. Somehow or other it got from Mackay to Glasgow without being detected.”He said that during her stay he had played down the fact that snakes are common central Queensland, adding: “She said she’s not so keen to come back and visit, but I suspect she will.”The animal is now in quarantine at the SSPCA’s rescue and re-homing centre in Edinburgh. “It was very frightening but I knew I had to get it out of the house as quickly as possible. I ran down the stairs with it to the garden.”I put an empty carton of margarine over it and then a bucket and then a cardboard box which I put bricks on top of it.” It was then put into her luggage for a journey home via lengthy stopovers in Brisbane and Dubai.Mrs Boxall, a widow, added: “There had been really bad storms when I was in Australia and I was told that the snakes like to try and get inside when the weather is like that.”I am just stunned that it made it all the way back to Scotland with me. I had an eight hour stopover in Brisbane and a nine hour stopover in Dubai so I was travelling for more than 40 hours.”An officer from the Scottish SPCA arrived at Mrs Boxall’s home within an hour of her call last Thursday, the day after she arrived home, to collect the python. The small snake had curled up inside a slip-on shoeCredit:Press Team Mrs Boxall, from Bridge of Allan, had been visiting her daughter Sarah Airlie, 45, son-in-law Paul, 43, and her granddaughter Emily, seven, at their home in Mackay, Queensland.Three weeks before the end of her seven-week trip, she was woken at 5am by a crashing sound. She said a 2ft snake had found its way into the room and knocked over a plant on a bedside table. Her family hired a snake catcher but when he arrived there was no trace of the animal. The widow believes it must have slithered into her shoe and spent the next three weeks hibernating. read more
handballhandball transfersrok praznik ← Previous Story HUNGARY: Pick Szeged victorious in Budapest Next Story → BRAZIL: Men’s National Championship began Experienced left back Rok Praznik (33) will play for RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko without salary – for free! Ex-player of French Paris Saint German will stay in his first proffesional team at least until January with an clausule that he can leave Celje due transfer abroad whenever he wants.– I am very happy to come home in Celje. Only when you play abroad you can really realize what Celje means to European handball. what we don’t know in Slovenia. In this team I learned most of the handball lessons which I only improved in other teams. That knowledge and experience I am ready to share with the young guys who are playing now – said Praznik to Celje’s official website.Praznik left Celje in 2001. He played for French Ivry, Vilerbaune, PSG, but also RK Cimos Koper and Spanish Naturhouse LA Rioja.Rastko Stojkovic also won’t get money for playing at RK Crvena zvezda Beograd. read more
THE MASTER OF the Rotunda maternity hospital Dr Sam Coulter-Smith has said the level of activity is still “unsustainable”, despite warning the HSE and Department of Health about it previously.In the hospital’s annual report, Coulter-Smith said 2012 was the second busiest year in the history of the hospital.Some 11,000 women booked for maternity care, 8,845 mothers were delivered of 9,041 babies greater than or equal to 500g. This was a reduction of approximately 3 per cent on the previous year, but Coulter-Smith said the “extraordinarily high level of activity” is maintained, evidenced by the fact that over one 24 hour period in late December there were 42 deliveries.This level of activity is unsustainable, particularly when simultaneous emergencies occur and it is a credit to the hospital front line staff that the safety levels are maintained. The HSE and the Department of Health have been notified on multiple occasions during the year of the intolerably high levels of activity and the clinical risks that arise and we will continue to address this issue with our funders.Staffing levelsAdrienne Foran, Head of the Department of Neonatology also said in the report that the inability to replace frontline staff that are on sick or maternity leave “is starting to show its effect”.At times we have been significantly short of neonatal nurses for the unit and while the Executive Management have tried to replace these with midwives from around the hospital which has eased the burden a little in special care, it is a different skill mix needed in the intensive care environment. If we are to maintain our tertiary status we must have adequate nursing levels.“Current financial constraints will not only affect the services we can deliver but also threaten the morale of those staff at the front line,” she said. “While we aim to reduce unnecessary expenses we must be aware of short-term cost efficiencies that may have long-term implications.”National Children’s HospitalThe report also expressed “significant disappointment” at the decision to build the new National Children’s Hospital elsewhere.“The committee believes that a once-in-a-century opportunity to properly serve and minister to the children of this country was missed,” Chairman Michael Horgan commented.Chairman Johnathan Bewley also said the refusal of planning permission for the children’s hospital on the Mater site, “wiped out all the planning and work that we had done in other to trilocate the Rotunda on this site”.He said the hospital is “critically short” of operating theatres, delivery rooms and pre and post natal inpatient facilities.“Our outpatients departments are far too small to deal with the throughput of mothers and babies safely,” he added.Coulter-Smith also made reference to the “tragic death” of Savita Halappanavar in Galway last year. He said the hospital will undertake to self-assess against any recommendations that emerge from the investigations into her death.Read: ‘An appalling indictment of State failure’: Consultant calls for more maternity staff> read more
Evergreen High School was dismissed early Wednesday after a plumbing problem left 1,700 students and 200 staff members without a supply of fresh water.After several hours, the problem was traced to a backflow connection, which is installed where the school’s water supply connects to the city’s system.The problem was resolved and students can return to class Thursday, according to an alert from the district.Backflow prevention devices protect drinkable water from contamination. They prevent any possibility of contaminated water flowing back into the water system. The water went out at the campus about noon, and the district ultimately sent students home shortly after 1 p.m.
Two people apparently drowned Tuesday afternoon on tributaries of the Lewis River in north Clark County about 20 miles apart from each other.Both incidents were reported to 911 around 4:15 p.m. According to emergency radio traffic, a man reportedly jumped into the East Fork of the Lewis River and did not surface at Moulton Falls Park near Yacolt. Around the same time, a boater reported a body in the North Fork of the Lewis River in Woodland. Emergency crews responding to Moulton Falls Park recovered the body of a 45-year-old man that was submerged in a 10-foot-deep part of the East Fork, according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office news release. Witnesses reported seeing a man jump from the rocks at Moulton Falls into the swirling water below, and when he didn’t come back up, witnesses called 911.The man’s body was sent to the medical examiner. The man’s name was not released Tuesday.In a separate incident, a fire engine and a rescue boat with Clark County Fire & Rescue went to the scene of a reported drowning near the Lewis River Golf Course in the Woodland area. Once there, first responders could see a body under the water, said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. The Cowlitz County dive team and Fire District 6’s technical rescue team were called in to recover the body.The body of a man was found midstream on the bottom of the river, which is about 8 to 10 feet deep in that spot, according to the sheriff’s office. The man, whose identity was not released, was not wearing a life jacket, the agency said. His body was turned over to the medical examiner, who will perform an autopsy.“We don’t know how long that body has been there,” Dawdy said.An unoccupied small fishing boat was found amid some debris just upstream from where the man was recovered. Police say he’s associated with the boat. read more
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of a man after, officials said, his boat overturned in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the boater had some trouble on the water near the Blackpoint Marina Channel, causing his vessel to capsize, Tuesday afternoon.MDFR later dispatched a team to bring the man back to shore. They took photos of the boater sitting on the overturned vessel.Officials said the sinking situation may have been caused by a mechanical issue.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.