Domestic violence reports up across New York as local, state partners try new tactics

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first_imgFor more information on RISE, their shelter, or other local resources, click here. “If we have a victim in the house with an abuser, they often can’t reach out for help because the abuser is right there, kind ofmonitoring what they’re doing,” said Nicole Barren, the executive director of RISE-NY, a domestic violence shelter in Endicott. “If they have some sort of secure system like a chat or online service, they can do so more secretively.” The state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence has created a new hotline, accessible by texting and by online, so victims can reach out without their abusers knowing. Advocates say a new state texing and internet hotline will be a tremendous resource for people trapped with their abusers during this time. (WBNG)– Domestic violence is on the rise across New York, but there’s new technology in place to help break the cycle. If you would like to text, the number is 844-997-2121, and you can click here to access their online services. New York State reports domestic violence is up thirty percent in April as compared to the same time last year. While local advocacy groups say they haven’t noticed as big as a trend locally, they do expect reports to rise once the shelter in place order is lifted.last_img read more

Fireworks expected as third round bowls off today

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first_imgFOLLOWING two exciting rounds of Under-15 cricket in the ongoing Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Dave’s West Indian Imports inter-county, round three promises to be a battle of the braves as Demerara tackle President’s XI while Essequibo lock horns with the unbeaten Berbice today. Demerara vs President’s XI at BourdaDemerara will be wary of their opponents, President’s XI, who, despite being hammered by Berbice in Round 1, managed to turn their fortunes around in the second round by handing Essequibo a sound 8-wicket thrashing.Led by skipper Stephon Sankar, who played an MVP match-winning role with bat and ball against the Essequibians, President’s XI seem to have found their mojo following their last game.Should Demerara look to relegate the Sankar-led side back to losing ways, it will take a ton of work from their batsmen, who failed terribly in the previous encounter against Berbice; losing by 76 runs in a lopsided affair.With an in-form batting line-up that includes spinner Ali Budhoo, Sankar’s team will be entering Round 3 with their tails up while Demerara will need to tap into their talent in order to avoid a successive loss.Essequibo vs Berbice at Lusignan groundRampertab Ramnauth, Berbice captain is in spectacular batting form, following up his first game half-century with a match-winning 27 against a woeful Demerara side warming up for today’s clash against the Cinderella County.Spin showed up the Essequibo batsmen in the last game as all-rounder Adesh Das showed grit with two wickets and 46 runs but was unable to save his team. Should Essequibo chalk up a win today, they will need to overcome Berbice’s duo of Salim Khan and Matthew Pottaya; who dominated with the ball.With today’s round being the penultimate one before Saturday’s final, all four teams will be keen on bringing out their A-Game come today, when action bowls off at 09:00hrs at both venues. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Southern Africa remains free of Ebola

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first_imgEbola infection has been recorded in the West African countries of Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, as well as in Spain and the United States. There have been no deaths in Senegal or Spain.• My Africa Is … not what you think • Leading African researchers hunt down Ebola • Doctors Without Borders treat Ebola, one patient at a time• Ivory Coast take on ice bucket challenge helps fight Ebola• Animation tells the story of Ebola and how to avoid itMary AlexanderThere remain no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease in South Africa or any of its neighbouring countries, and the country is fully prepared for any outbreak, should it occur.The disease remains largely confined to the small West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with Liberia the hardest hit. Globally, according to the World Health Organisation, there were 9 216 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States up to the end of 14 October.A total of 4 555 people have died from Ebola, according to WHO figures. Of these, 2 484 deaths were in Liberia, 1 200 in Sierra Leone, 862 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria and one in the US.While the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the last confirmed case in Senegal was reported on 29 August, and in Nigeria on 8 September, both well over a month ago. There have been no Ebola deaths in Senegal. As the disease’s incubation period is 21 days, both countries are now considered Ebola-free.John Vertefeuille, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Nigeria had taken the right steps to contain the outbreak.“Nigeria acted quickly and early and on a large scale” he told the AFP news agency. “They acted aggressively, especially in terms of contact-tracing.”Both Spain and the US continue to monitor potential contacts. The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola has now tested negative for the disease. In the US, two nurses who treated the country’s one Ebola casualty in a Texas hospital have now contracted the disease.“The outbreak continues to accelerate,” the South African Department of Health said in a statement. “According to the World Health Organisation, half of the nearly 5 000 cases occurred in the last three weeks, and it is not unthinkable that 20 000 could become infected before the outbreak is over.“However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities.”South Africa is preparedIn August South Africa imposed a total travel ban for all non-citizens travelling to the country from the worst-hit West African nations to limit the spread of Ebola , unless the travel is considered absolutely essential. This ban continues to be strictly enforced.Earlier in October, the health department announced plans for dealing with the disease, should it ever land in South Africa.“We have identified 11 hospitals around the country to deal with patients who could be affected by Ebola,” department spokesperson Joe Maila announced. The hospitals are all equipped with the necessary isolation facilities and protective clothing.“If anything happens, and someone is discovered to have Ebola, we can send them to these hospitals.”Gauteng and the Eastern Cape each have two identified hospitals, while the remaining seven provinces have one each.In September, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi rejected claims that hospitals in the country were not ready to deal with an Ebola outbreak.Answering questions in Parliament, Motsoaledi insisted the 11 hospitals and their staff were fully equipped.“All the designated hospitals have received guidelines on viral haemorrhagic fever and Ebola virus,” he said, “dealing with all aspects of diagnosis, isolation, treatment and even management of possible fatalities that may occur as a result of the Ebola virus disease.”last_img read more

Sunita Williams all set for second space odyssey

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first_imgIndian-American Sunita Williams, a record-setting astronaut who lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for six months in 2006, is all set for her second space odyssey.46-year-old Williams is scheduled to take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8.40 am (8.10 am IST) on Sunday with Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NASA said.The three crew members will join the Expedition 32 crew aboard the International Space Station when their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft docks to the orbiting complex on Tuesday.According to NASA, Williams, a flight engineer, and her colleagues will be aboard the station during an exceptionally busy period that includes two spacewalks, the arrival of Japanese, US commercial and Russian resupply vehicles, and an increasingly faster pace of scientific research.Williams, whose father hailed from Gujarat, was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1998. She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She holds the record of the longest spaceflight (195 days) for woman space travellers.She received a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.In the space, Williams, who will become commander of Expedition 33, and her team of astronauts plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.”I’m just looking forward to seeing the full capability of the space station, it’s an experiment, not only the things that we’re doing inside but also all the engineering that has gone into allowing us to dock new vehicles, do space walks, Russian and US. So, it’s a pretty complicated vehicle now and I’m looking forward to being part of it,” Williams said recently.advertisementMeanwhile, in orbit high above the Earth, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba focused on cleaning the exhaust and intake ducts of the Starboard Crew Quarters yesterday to prepare them for the arrival of new crewmates, NASA said.Acaba also swapped out batteries on the Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) camera in the Window Observational Research Facility inside the Destiny laboratory.EarthKAM is a student-operated photography experiment that allows middle school students to programme a digital camera aboard the station to photograph a variety of geographical targets for study in the classroom.Over the weekend, the station residents, besides continuing preparations for the arrival of their crewmates and performing some regular maintenance duties, will enjoy some off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members, NASA said.last_img read more

Shop Till you Drop at the TFA Online Shop!

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first_imgUnsure where to get your Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football merchandise beyond the touch fields and at events? Need that gear fast and the convenience of having it delivered to your door? Swing open that laptop and slide that mobile screen to www.touchfootballshop.com.au to get your orders in and your Touch football ‘merch’ on.What better date to launch the TFA Online Shop than the first day of Spring (1 September), getting you ready for new season competitions across the country. The shop features a large range of TFA products including branded referee uniforms, TFA merchandise, Touch Footballs, compression garments and much more; and all at affordable prices!The shop also features a large range of limited edition items and merchandise packs which are the ideal gift for any Touch Football member – and anyone looking for great street wear.With all items available to purchase in one convenient location, the TFA Online Shop is your one stop shop for Touch Football.The TFA online shop was developed to meet the increasing demand from members and participants for a consolidated store for Touch Football products.Working in close cooperation with TFA commercial partners, a major benefit of the online shop is the ability to control the stock internally, so we can meet the needs of the membership and our own high standards of customer service.In addition to current products on offer, the TFA Online Shop will regularly be updated with new products including a soon to be released casual range of BLK apparel and TFA course materials.So ‘check-in’ to the TFA Online Shop today and checkout with some bargains. Related Files160823_online_shop_advertorial_v1-1-pdfRelated LinksTFA Online Shoplast_img read more

SDMC sets up 40 plastic collection sites across its four zones

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first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC on Thursday established 40 plastic collection sites across its four zones where citizens can dump their plastic waste at these collection centres from where SDMC will take the waste plastic to the designated site for proper recycling and disposal after segregation.According to SDMC Defence Colony market, Nehru Place market, T-market Sriniwaspuri, Sarai Kale Khan bus depot, Nizamuddin Dargah, Dariyaganj, Najafgarh Zone office, Supermarket Janak puri are few of the collection sites. The civic body has been also making arrangement for bulk plastic waste citizens who have large stocks of plastic can inform zonal control rooms. SDMC will provide the service for lifting the plastic waste from their residential places Instructions have been issued the sanitary inspector in all ward offices to assist public in properly disposing of plastic goods and items at these plastic waste collection centers. SDMC is disseminating the message of ban on single use plastic in all parts of its localities and preparing a procedure for collection and disposal of Single use- plastic alongwith a host of measures to raise awareness for alternative to plastic. Meanwhile, corporation has also intensified its efforts in confiscating polythene bags from the traders, stockist and shopkeepers in order to stop usage of such single use plactic bags. Since, September 11, all four zones SDMC’s seized around 3554 kg polythene bags and 395 challan worth fine of an amount Rs 3,18,200 have been issued for possessing polythene bags. Further, during this drive 397 properties were inspected.last_img read more

Congs to raise issues of farmers suicide job loss

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first_imgNew Delhi: Soon after the announcement of poll dates in the states of Haryana and Maharashtra, the Congress on Saturday charted out itspoll strategies to take on ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the states of Maharashtra and Haryana. The Congress has decided to raise the issues of rampant farmers’ suicides, huge job loss and unemployment, rise in corruption as major poll planks in Maharashtra and Haryana assembly polls which are scheduled to be held on October 21 in single-phase polling. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghWhile talking to reporters, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said, “The governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, which are led by BJP, are trying to deflect all important issues such as the plight of farmers, unemployment and corruption.” “The Congress will raise “pro-people” issues that the governments in Maharashtra and Haryana are trying to deviate from. Lakhs of sugarcane farmers are sitting on Delhi’s border to demand their dues. What about them,” he asked while referring to farmers from Uttar Pradesh who were on their way to Kisan Ghat in Delhi, demanding sugarcane dues, loan waivers and cheap electricity. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWelcoming the election schedule in Maharashtra and Haryana, Khera said that the party is completely ready to contest the polls. Taking on the government over one nation, one poll, the Congress leader said, “The people in Jharkhand were also looking forward to polls in their state. When the government cannot conduct assembly polls in three states simultaneously, talking about one nation, one poll is baseless.” “The issue of suicide by farmers has become very serious in Maharashtra. It has become so serious that the people of Maharashtra are looking forward removing this government,” Khera said, adding that in Haryana, the Congress will raise the issues of disruption of law and order and rise in corruption.last_img read more

India gear up to play Bdesh in SAFF U18 Championship

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first_imgKathmandu: A confident India U-18 football team will be looking to open their campaign in the SAFF U-18 Championship on a winning note when they take on Bangladesh in their opening match here on Monday. Bangladesh sit pretty with a 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka in the opening encounter of the group, and India U-19 Head Coach Floyd Pinto is quite aware of the threats the Bangladesh team possess. “We watched them in their first match against Sri Lanka. Their physical presence and strength is remarkable. They are also really good on set pieces,” Pinto told www.the-aiff.com. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”All of that means that we need to be on the top of our game. It will be quite a test for us. But we are ready for the challenges. We need to maintain the focus, and the intensity and play the same way as done before,” he added. Assistant coach Mahesh Gawli also highlighted that the SAFF Championship will be the indicator of the team’s strengths, and weaknesses as they prepare for the eventual test – the AFC U-19 Qualifiers slated in November. “The SAFF Championship is extremely significant. We have done well in the 3 exposure tours where the boys faced international oppositions and performed very well,” Gawli, touted as India’s best-ever defender since the 1990s, said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”The boys look focussed, and very sharp in training.” The U-19 boys headed to the SAFF Championship on the back of a successful outing in Vanuatu, where they had finished in first place. Floyd insisted that they will be “taking one match at a time.” “We have to take one game at a time. We also have to maintain the right level of focus, and let our football do the talking. Only what we do on the pitch will matter,” he maintained. Goalkeeper Prabshukhan Singh Gill felt there is no dearth of leadership in the team.last_img read more

Demolition of apartment complexes Eviction process launched

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first_imgKochi: The Kerala government on Sunday began the process for evicting residents of four illegal apartment complexes here, ordered to be demolished by the Supreme Court, with officials visiting the owners to help them relocate even as a section staged a protest pressing demands, including seeking more time. The evacuation process will be completed before October 3, said Fort Kochi Sub-Collector Snehil Kumar Singh, given the additional charge as secretary of the Maradu municipality — where the 343 waterfront flats built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms — are located. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh He said the process will be completed in a peaceful manner and the civic body officials would explain to the residents that the Supreme Court order has to be implemented and offer help in their rehabilitation. Meanwhile, a section of the residents are on a “hunger strike” in front of one of the apartment complexes, raising demands including provision of more time to vacate and that the government bear the rent for the alternative accommodation. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Supreme Court on Friday had directed demolition of the apartment complexes within 138 days, a time-line given by the Kerala government, and asked the state to pay Rs 25 lakh interim compensation to each flat owner within four weeks. This discussion is only for telling them (that) time is over… you have to start vacating. They have to follow the Supreme Court order. We have to follow the Supreme Court order. There is no question about it, Singh told reporters here. He said the officials visiting the apartment complexes will find out the requirements of the residents. We are not trying to evacuate them forcefully. They are our fellow citizens. We have to treat them with respect, the official said, responding to queries on the eviction process. He made it clear that October 3 was the final date for vacating the flats, whose water and electricity connections have been disconnected last week as part of the pre-demolition process. While a section of residents started preparations for vacating the flats, another section are on a hunger strike. The striking residents said they should be given more time to vacate their homes. They also demanded that the rent for the flats where they will be rehabilitated should be paid by the government. State Chief Secretary Tom Jose has said on Friday the government would take steps to demolish the apartment complexes as per the action plan submitted in the top court. Officials said the four apartment complexes would be demolished using controlled implosion method. The administration has said 90 days would be required for demolition of all the buildings and 30 days for removal of debris and clearing of the site. The entire process will be completed in 138 days, it has said. The government is planning to hand over the buildings to the successful bidder for the demolition on October 11. On May 8, the apex court had directed that these buildings be removed within a month as they were constructed in a notified CRZ, which was part of the tidally-influenced water body in Kerala. The court had passed the order after taking note of a report of a three-member committee, which said when the buildings were built, the area was already notified as a CRZ and construction was prohibited. Earlier, the court had rejected a plea filed by the residents of the area against the demolition order and taken a strong exception to an order passed by a vacation bench during the summer break of the apex court, which had stayed the demolition of these buildings for six weeks.last_img read more

New Delhi Three stations in Rajasthan bagged top

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first_imgNew Delhi: Three stations in Rajasthan bagged top honours but none in the national capital figured in the top 10 list of railways’ cleanliness survey unveiled on Wednesday by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.Jaipur, Jodhpur and Durgapura were the top three ranking railway stations among 720 stations. In the national capital, Anand Vihar Terminal was ranked 26, New Delhi station 165 and Hazrat Nizamuddin stood at 241 in the list. While Sadar Bazar was among the last in the list of clean stations, Delhi Cantonment, Delhi Junction and Shahadra were ranked 389, 390 and 378 respectively. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAmong the 109 suburban stations assessed, Andheri, Virar and Naigaon were the top three. The North Western Railway, which covers a route length of more than 5,761 km across parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana, topped the list of zones, followed by South East Central Railway and East Central Railway. The railways have been conducting third-party audit and cleanliness ranking of 407 major stations annually since 2016. This year, the survey was expanded to include 720 stations and suburban stations were also included for the first time. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiEvaluation of green efforts have also been added to the report. Goyal said, “Today we are committed to developing a Clean India, Healthy India and Prosperous India. The railways is doing its bit to provide clean and hygienic environment to the travellers.” “Many governments came after Independence, but there was a delay in carrying out Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi’s) vision until Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the responsibility of the country,” he said, adding the railways has also banned single-use plastic across its premises Wednesday onwards. In the Station Cleanliness Survey, it was found that among the non-suburban stations, two per cent have scored above 90 per cent of the total score whereas five per cent stations scored below 50 per cent. Among the suburban stations, four per cent of the stations scored within the range of 70 per cent to 80 per cent, whereas 14 per cent stations scored 50 per cent. The survey also found that out of 720 stations, 25 per cent had provision for water conservation, 18 per cent of them had mechanism for rainwater harvesting and nine per cent had provision for water reuse. Only two per cent stations had green certification while 29 per cent had provision for on-site renewable energy using solar panels. The survey also revealed that 66 per cent of the stations were using LED bulbs. Four stations of Southern Railway — Perungalathur, Guduvanchari, Singaperumalkoil, Ottapallam — were at the bottom of the rankings. Non-suburban stations Faizabad and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh have shown the most improvement from last year, the survey found.last_img read more