‘Be Good Ambassadors’

first_imgThe National Programme Officer of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  has advised individuals engaged in active case finding and creating awareness about the dangers of the Ebola virus disease to serve as good ambassadors in their places of assignment.Mr. Eric Opoku, the UNV program officer,  said, people volunteering under the UNDP-supported Community-based Initiative (CBI) should take ownership of the process to ensure that the country is declared free from the deadly EVD by the relevant and requisite authorities in the shortest possible time.Speaking at the training of 360 Active Case Finders (ACF) under the CBI program held at the University of Liberia over the weekend, Mr. Opoku asserted that as Nigeria and Senegal were declare free of the EVD, Liberia, too,  can be declared free from the EVD if every Liberian pays full attention and takes very seriously the precautionary and preventive measures.“Volunteers are role models; people look at you because you are doing something to help your communities…not because of what you are going to gain from it materially but the fact that you want to be seen as somebody different…” Mr. Opoku said.He told the volunteers that the manner in which they conduct themselves in their communities will determine the seriousness of community members to the Ebola awareness messages they carry to them daily.The UNDP was proud to be part of processes that are positively contributing to the eradication of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia, he declared.The Community-based Initiative (CBI) project is an initiative that seeks to complement the efforts of the government and other relevant Ebola response teams in Liberia.The CBI takes cognizance of the need for community involvement in the national Ebola response and to stop the spread of the virus.Also speaking, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services and Head of the Ebola Emergency Incidence Management System  (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, said the CBI is very essential and critical to the fight against the EVD in the country.Ebola started from the communities and it must stop at the community level with the full involvement of the community members, he averred.He told the participants to ensure that the messages are properly disseminated to the people to allow them take the necessary precautions against the EVD.“This is not an office- based work; it is a community-based work; it means that you are to be in the field, in the various communities talking to the people….” Minister Nyenswah said.The fight against the EVD has reached a very critical and crucial stage.The Assistant Health Minister disclosed that the fight against the virus has reached a stage that will determine whether the country will be declared free or more people will be infected or die from the virus if the necessary measures are not strictly adhered to and observed.Topics covered at the  daylong training included social mobilization and health promotion; counseling and social support in the community; developing effective standard operating procedure for CBI; and  strategy to reach hard to reach populations.Participants in the training included representatives from various women and youth groups, the religious community, community and traditional leaders, the Liberia Boys Scouts  Association of Liberia. The participants were chosen from across nine of the seventeen districts of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

I made the right call over Sterling! Rodgers insists teenage star’s break will boost Liverpool

first_imgBrendan Rodgers believes Liverpool will reap the benefits of Raheem Sterling’s mid-winter break in the second part of the season.Rodgers came in for criticism for his decision to allow the teenage star to miss the FA Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon and Saturday’s Premier League trip to Sunderland.But, after seeing his side win both their games without the England international, Rodgers insisted he made the right call and is confident the rest will do Sterling, and his team, the world of good.“He has been a real focal point of my plans since I have been here and if we are going to get the best out of him then I feel, at times, he needs that bit of a rest,” said the Reds boss, who is also hoping to welcome back Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana from injury this month.“He just turned 20 years of age in December and he played every one of the Christmas games – he has been a real catalyst for the team – and I just felt he could go away, recover, relax and come back.“As we move into the second part of the season, which we have been excellent over the last couple of years, we will get him back fresh, we get Sturridge back fresh and fit, and we have got Adam Lallana coming back.“I gave him a breather and I was thinking of him and his football career, not just scoring and winning games for me.”last_img read more

DONEGAL PUBLIC MAY GET TO SEE POPE AFTER HOPES RAISED HOLY FATHER MAY VISIT DERRY

first_imgDonegal people may get the chance to see Pope Francis up close and personal after the possibility of a visit by the Holy Father to Derry moved a step closer.Pope FrancisIt is anticipated Pope Francis will accept an invitation from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to visit Ireland in the near future.On the back of that, Derry SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey extended an invitation to the Pontiff to include Derry in his visit. Mr Ramsey has revealed correspondence from the Papal Nuncio, the Pope’s representative in Ireland, has not ruled out such a visit taking place.The Papal Nuncio said: “Last Spring, you very kindly extended an invitation to Pope Francis, on behalf of your constituents, to come to your city should he be able to make a visit to Ireland.“Please allow me to assure you that your letter was carefully noted by the Nunciature, which remains deeply grateful for the kindness of your invitation.”Mr Ramsey described the response as “very positive.”  DONEGAL PUBLIC MAY GET TO SEE POPE AFTER HOPES RAISED HOLY FATHER MAY VISIT DERRY was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerrydonegalPope Francisvisitlast_img read more

WIN TWO ELECTRIC PICNIC TICKETS WITH VOODOO AND DONEGAL DAILY

first_imgVoodoo Venue in Letterkenny have Two ELECTRIC PICNIC Tickets to give away to one lucky punter.The coolest Summer Festival in Ireland takes place this weekend with an amazing line up this year featuring Outkast, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini and Portishead to name a few, as well as admission to CASA BARCARDI!!Serving delicious cocktails such as the BACARDÍ​ Cuba Libre & BACARDÍ​ mojito, dance the day and night away to a line up of stellar international and local acts and feel the untameable Latin spirit. Voodoo massive Thank You to all our customers, we had an amazing Summer with you all and Thanks for being apart of it..To Celebrate such a successful Summer we are giving Two weekend camping passes exclusively to our Facebook fans, For a chance to win this amazing prize check out our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkennyVoodoo Venue in Letterkenny.WIN TWO ELECTRIC PICNIC TICKETS WITH VOODOO AND DONEGAL DAILY was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s wine tourism, best in the world

first_imgThe Cape Winelands in the Western Cape has been a member of the Great Wine Capitals since 2001.(Image: Oxford University Press blog) Wines of South Africa’s (WOSA) annual generic tasting, Südafrika Weinshow in Berlin 2011. The estimated annual income wine tourism generates is an excess of R5-billion, while also being a major job creator.(Images: WOSA) Hein Koegelenberg, CEO and head winemaker of La Motte wine estate – winner of the Best of Wine Tourism 2012 (Image: Neil Pendock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andre Morgenthal  Communications manager for WOSA   +27 21 883 3860 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wine consumers on the rise • SA winery scoops Chinese deal • SA’s first wine tourism exhibition • Hermanus wine route re-launched Cadine PillaySouth Africa’s wine tourism has been rated the best-developed in the world by International Wine Review, one of the world’s most influential opinion formers on wine.Wine tourism is growing fast worldwide and plays an especially important role in South Africa. The country’s reputation for making high-quality wine is centuries old, but has aged as fine as its irresistible reds.The world had largely forgotten it by the time apartheid ended some two decades ago. But since then, the industry has rapidly modernised, and South African winemakers have reacquainted themselves with the rest of the wine-loving world – and vice versa.   Today, the best of South African wine is up there with the rest.Wine from the ‘dark continent’Wine from the so-called ‘dark continent’ was once considered strange by many European and American wine drinkers. Even though there are vineyards located all over Africa, including Algeria, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Kenya, it is down south in the Cape, where climactic conditions mimic those of the old wine countries like Italy, France, Germany and Spain, that the continent’s finest wines are produced.South Africa’s vineyards are mostly situated in the Western Cape near the coast. The Cape winelands stretch from the rugged mountains and multi-directional slopes of the coastal region to the open plains of the Klein Karoo where viticulture – the study of grape cultivation – takes place mainly in the idyllic riverine valleys.During their review, the publication’s editor Don Winkler and publisher Mike Potashnik visited the winelands in December 2011 to evaluate the country’s top premium and ultra-premium wines, and at the same time evaluated its wine tourism.“While the country is located far from most foreign wine lovers, it offers huge rewards to those who visit its wine country,” they wrote in their latest report.“Most wineries have excellent tasting facilities and many have superb restaurants with spectacular mountain vineyard views.”Great Wine CapitalsAndre Morgenthal, spokesperson for the Cape Town and Cape Winelands chapter of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC), is excited over the revelation.“That is high praise indeed, coming as it does on the back of the US Weather Channel recently placing the Cape winelands second after Andalucia in Spain on its annual list of the World’s Top Ten Wine Trails,” he said.  The GWC – a network of the world’s leading wine-producing cities and regions dedicated to advancing the standards of wine tourism – was established in 1999 and Cape Town has been a member since 2001.Its members, in addition to Cape Town and the winelands, include Mainz-Rheinhessen (Germany), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco-Napa Valley (United States) and New Zealand’s Christchurch on South Island.The network organises an international best of wine tourism competition every year, with the municipalities of Cape Town and those located in the winelands contributing to the running costs of the local competition.Last year the competition saw La Motte wine estate near Franschhoek named the South African winner of the 2012 awards at a ceremony held in Mainz, Germany, in October 2011.Hein Koegelenberg, CEO and head winemaker of La Motte, said their major focus has always been producing exceptional wines for local and international markets. He added that the award is a great inspiration following shortly after La Motte’s nomination in the top 20 of the Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurants Awards.The competition has grown enormously in stature in the local wine industry as the importance of wine tourism in the Western Cape’s economy increases.Morgenthal, who is also communications manager of Wines of South Africa, said not only had the number of participating wineries in the competition escalated since Cape Town was inducted into the network in 2001, but the standard of entries had also improved.“I believe it is because participants have benefited substantially from benchmarking themselves against international best practice,” he said.“The quality of facilities and services offered has improved greatly. While choosing the winners was a fairly straightforward exercise in the early years, it now requires hours of deliberation as virtually all the entries are of such a high standard that very little separates the ultimate winner from its closest competitors.”The role of wine in the economyThe attractions of the wine industry are seen as a major factor in the growth of Cape Town’s tourism industry, which has maintained its growth despite the global economic slump.“Wine tourism is a vital product offering as it helps improve the country’s competitiveness against destinations like Brazil, Australia, Kenya and Thailand,” said tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.It is estimated that wine tourism now generates annual income in excess of R5-billion (US$590-million) while also being a major job creator. The total wine exports from South Africa stood at 350 564 774 litres in 2011, with Europe as its biggest buyer overall.The sector has contributed significantly to economic growth and job creation in South Africa, having generated an estimated R4.3-billion (US$507-million) in 2009 alone.Van Schalkwyk said the wine tourism sector in South Africa will always have strong roots from which to grow even further in the international market.“I believe wine tourism can contribute in a significant way and we look forward to continued constructive engagement with the industry,” he said.Top US ratings for South African ShirazA Hartenberg Shiraz crafted exclusively for the 2011 Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction by acclaimed winemaker Carl Schultz was rated at 90 and 91 points by two leading wine commentators at tastings of last year’s auction line in New York.As one of South Africa’s oldest shiraz-producing estates, Hartenberg enjoys a reputation for high-end quality and consistency, with a track record spanning nearly 40 years.The senior editor of the Wine Spectator, James Molesworth, awarded 91 points to the Hartenberg Shiraz CWG 2009.“This ripe, fleshy red offers linzer torte, blackberry paste and fig sauce notes, carried by enticing spice and black liquorice hints,” he said at the time. “The long, juicy finish lets the fruit drip nicely.”Steve Tanzer of the authoritative International Wine Cellar, who found the average level of quality of the 2011 auction wines higher than ever before, gave the wine a 90-point rating, describing it as “rich, creamy and sweet, with easy-going dark fruit and wild herb flavours nicely framed by harmonious acidity”.“This silky-sweet shiraz finishes with ripe, dusty, building tannins and good structure for aging,” he said.last_img read more

LexisNexis Introduces Semantic Search

first_imgcurt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts If you’re old enough, you’ll remember LexisNexis (especially the Nexis part) as a revelation – a way to search through tons of news articles, features, papers and more to research a topic or a person without having to wade through the endless green rows of “Readers’ Guides.” It has stayed relevant because of its focus – the Lexis part of the name refers to legal searches – and innovation. Its latest is a new semantic “brain” to power its search. According to the official announcement, “The next-generation semantic search technology identifies the meaning of multiple concepts within a single search query to help users zero in on core concepts faster and make fewer revisions to their search queries.” This “brain” will power the company’s patent products, TotalPatent and PatentOptimizer, as well as on Lexis.com.LexisNexis made its first foray into the perennially-attractive field of semantic search a year and a half ago. The new engine improves on the basic foundation, according to the company. “Semantic search uses the science of meaning in language to produce highly relevant search results…The new semantic search technology takes this science to the next level by enhancing its ability to identify multiple concepts contained within a single search query. Thus, if a patent researcher asks the LexisNexis search engine to find information about a complex subject, the new semantic brain will actually identify various possible ideas contained in that request and return related concepts for each idea in their query.”The company has also launched the “Visualize & Compare” tool that allows users to compare and analyze any two or three result sets or lists of patents, providing a visual representation of the information the “brain” finds and presents semantically.Semantic search, most famously in Ask Jeeves, the earlier iteration of Ask.com, is attractive but complex. That search engine was known, among other things, for hilariously inappropriate responses to seemingly simple questions. Smaller corporate databases responded to the semantic elements better and perhaps that will be the case with LexisNexis’s rollout of their search. Other sources: ResourceBlog Tags:#search#Semantic Web#web last_img read more

An Affordable Disappointment

first_imgIf you had the “pleasure” of reading my first post for this blog, you read about and saw pictures of Felton Homes, the 100-unit affordable rehab project currently underway in Macon, Georgia. After several meetings with the project team, rough inspections of the first sets of buildings, and numerous phone calls and emails, I received a phone call recently informing me that the owner, the Macon Housing Authority, had decided to drop both EarthCraft House and LEED certification due to cost concerns.While these buildings were planned for ENERGY STAR certification from the very beginning, the green certifications were added late in the process. The changes required to achieve certification resulted in some significant cost increases to meet the various program requirements. Contracts were signed, changes completed, and inspections underway when we realized that there was additional work required, primarily to meet the specific prescriptive requirements of EarthCraft certification. While LEED for Homes had several prescriptive requirements, they ended up being simpler and less costly than those for EarthCraft, but in the end, the required upgrades led to dropping both certifications.Enlightened Self InterestWhile I am disappointed to lose the work, I feel that the bigger loss is the experience of working on and having a project of this scale in my portfolio. The unique character of this project – 100 affordable green gut rehab units – is rare enough that having been an integral member of the team on this development would have been an excellent marketing and public relations opportunity. And there is little I like more than some good marketing and PR.When the opportunity for the contractor to take the green certifications off the table, I suspect that they were not particularly disappointed. In fact, there is a chance they were happy that the certifications were eliminated from the project. They certainly created additional work for them, and while they were compensated for it, it was unlikely that their increased fees were worth the effort. I expect that if they didn’t push for their client to drop the certifications, they probably didn’t lobby to keep them.I think by letting the certifications go, the entire team – the contractor, the housing authority, and the architect – are missing an opportunity to be involved in a certified project, something that would likely give them an advantage in the future.The Bigger QuestionsIs this an isolated situation or does it imply a bigger issue in with green building certifications? As I mentioned in my earlier post, over 50% of LEED for Homes certifications are in the affordable sector. While this is a good trend, what is pushing it?In Georgia, the state provides low-income housing tax credits for affordable developers and the selection process heavily favors green projects, giving heavy weight to projects that guarantee certification. This assures that practically every project awarded these tax credits is green certified. What will happen if or when these tax credits disappear? Will the developers revert back to standard construction practices?While various incentives and tax credits for energy efficiency and green building are helping to improve the quality of our housing, we need to be looking farther into the future. If sustainable construction is not, in fact, a sustainable business without government support, it may be doomed to fail. We need to be looking to the future and how we can make green building the baseline so that there is nothing else out there. At that point we will be in a position to consider our efforts successful.last_img read more

Calm, cruel and connected: 2016’s year-end best and worst of IoT

first_imgSpectacles were Snapchat’s first wearable hardware, a pair of sunglasses fitted with dual cameras positioned at the hinges on either side of the glasses’ lenses. These cameras have an 115-degree field of view, and a light ring around the left lens lights up letting everyone know that you’re in the process of capturing a snap. Videos could then be shared on Snapchat.What made Spectacles the hottest wearables for people who probably don’t usually buy wearables was the limited release. As well as a New York superstore requiring a long queue for a maxim of 2 per person purchase, Spectacles were available through limited vending machines only installed for a day each,  in a range of locations including the grand canyon. One Australian even paid for a return flight for a guy who brought him a pair from America. They’re not the highest tech product of the year, but they certainly had a certain cachet.Most promise but least success: Sleep techA good night’s sleep is a challenge for many of us with our busy, tech embedded lives of work, noise, and stress. The causes of poor sleep are complex and varied and include a myriad of environmental and physiological factors and it seems many intrepid entrepreneurs have spent the year trying to find ways to improve the world’s sleep.A glance at crowdfunding sites sees a plethora of smart sleep products (over 100 this year alone) on both the Indigogo and Kickstarter sites this year ranging from products to help you fall asleep to those to help you wake up in the morning.However, to really understand sleep problems there’s a need for rich sleep data of the medical grade accuracy which is difficult to obtain in traditional sleep laboratory conditions, relying on deep data collected over an extended period. You would hope that smart sleep devices with most investments would involve partnerships with academics and sleep researchers, but there’s little evidence that this is the case as the sleep tech devices can range from the intriguing to the bizarre.Perhaps the strangest example I came across this year, albeit not designed to improve slumber per se, is the Smarttress, a mattress designed to detect a cheating partner. It contains a “lover detection system” of vibration sensors and a “contact zones detector” that can send an alert to your mobile phone when your bed is being used in a “questionable way” which includes how fast the bed is moving.But wait, there’s been more this year including the Bedjet and — my favorite but one that makes me despair just a bit for humanity — the self-making bed. Watch the video and weep. That said, there’s still hope for sleep tech, in particular, I’m watching the slow but steady development of the Airing device, designed to disrupt the traditional treatment of sleep apnea. There’s hope for the struggling sleepless yet.Honorable mentions: CyanogenModMost innovative device of 2016: Mine Kafon DroneSmart products don’t always need to solve a big picture problem to be innovative, but sometimes it just happens that they do. One of the most interesting products I’ve encountered this year is the Mine Kafon Drone (MKD), a drone that flies over dangerous areas to map, detect and detonate land mines from a safe distance, doing work that previously ended the lives of many. It works autonomously and is equipped with three separate interchangeable robotic extensions.Honorable mentions: Pilot language translator, 2016 Cybathlon, artificial pancreas,  CRISPRMost promising device of 2016: Google HomeAmazon Echo and Google Home are divided camps.There are as many reviews that favor Echo as favor Home, with others suggesting consumers buy both and see which they like more. When you look into the respective positives and negatives, it’s clear that people are divided on their primary purpose and household composition. For example, Echo is considered to have superior speakers for listening to music, and in regards to household composition, Echo enables a personal profile for each member while Home is limited to a single profile for the home, making it less appealing for families.What compels me to favor Google Home is not so much what it can do now (it is, after all, two years younger than Echo) but its future potential. It relates well to smart home connectivity, through relationships with Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, and IFTTT, with more to come which appeals to me.Further, Google is heavily invested in machine learning and AI  with real world examples of their work not only in the home connectivity environment but partnerships with the UK National Health System through DeepMind and linguistics through google translate. I believe this kind of knowledge will have a flow on effect to other parts of the Google ecosphere, including Google Home.Honorable mentions: Mark Zuckerberg’s AI assistant Jarvis (for encouraging the uninitiated into home automation)Worst PR disasters: Demise of Revolv versus IoT smart device security breachesIn 2014 Nest acquired Revolv. Then in April 2016, Nest announced on its website that all Revolv Hub devices previously purchased and installed by customers would be permanently disabled and cease to operate the following month. Understandably, this led to extensive criticisms, given the $300 cost of the hardware, and that their customers had previously been assured of a “Lifetime Subscription.” It also set something of a warning precedent for future connected device creators, particularly those of longer life investment products like smart refrigerators and connected cars.The elephant in the room and the most apparent disaster of 2016 has been the security hacks that IoT connected devices have either fallen prey to or been a conduit for these hacks. This series of unfortunate incidents is cause alone for a name and blame outside the scope of this piece, and it can’t help casting something of a shadow over the beginning of 2017.Honorable mentions: Samsung Galaxy Note, GoPro Karma Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#AI#Airing#Amazon Echo#AR#BedJet#connected home#crowdfunding#deepmind#drones#featured#Google Home#Mine Kafon Drone#Pokemon Go#Revolv#Samsung#sleep apnea#sleep tech#smart fridge#Snapchat#Spectacles#top Cate Lawrence How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts center_img Follow the Puck It’s summertime July; the sun is shining and all of the sudden there are crowds of people outside in the sun, mobile phone in hand. They’re not in line for concerts tickets or a store opening, at a demonstration or taking selfies. Instead, they’re playing Pokemon Go, Niantic’s mobile low-fi Augmented Reality game that for a period took the world by storm. Suddenly it seemed to be everywhere, with $3.9 million to $4.9 million made on its first day of release, 20 million active users at its peak over summer and $600 million in revenue as of October 2016.But it wasn’t without controversy, the cartoon monsters appearing in a series of inappropriate places from funeral homes to war memorials. People’s screen obsession challenged their spatial awareness with an increase in accidents including two Pokemon chasers who fell off a 90ft cliff,  and a car driver playing Pokemon Go who crashed into a police car.Suddenly its popularity waned as the nights got colder and the sun set earlier. It’s questionable whether Pokemon Go could be considered the poster child for AR taking the world by storm. But it’s not a complete disaster, as recently as November, Pokemon Go is estimated to have made with revenues in November at $2million per day, hardly spare change. It’s even been released on AppleWatch, keeping people in the game.Honorable mention: up to you….Best launch: Spectacles by Snapchat It’s been an interesting year for Intenet of Things (IoT) devices. I’d like to think that in 2017 we’ll be welcoming a carefully curated market of consumer tested, thoughtfully considered and security first enabled smart devices. However, the reality is that the most superficial of IoT connected devices aren’t going away anytime soon if 2016 is anything to go by.Here’s some of the hits and misses of the IoT devices of 2016:Biggest hype: Pokemon Go Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

SC orders govt. to take over medical college

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday directed a private medical college in Uttarakhand to hand over its land, building and all assets to the State government after its students raised issues of lack of infrastructure and teaching faculty there. A Bench headed by Justice R.F. Nariman passed the order while hearing a petition filed by a group of students, who were admitted to the first year MBBS course in the college. The students have moved the apex court saying as there was lack of infrastructure and faculty, they should be transferred to any other medical college in the State. Deputy Advocate General of Uttarakhand Jatinder Kumar Sethi told the Bench that the State would be willing to take over the college along with its entire infrastructure and assets, both movable and immovable, so that it could meet the norms of Medical Council of India and affiliate with Dehradun’s Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Uttarakhand Medical University. ‘Hand over tomorrow’“We direct the college to hand over the land, building and all assets, as stated herein above, to the State government forthwith — to be completed latest by tomorrow, that is, December 7, 2018,” the Bench said. “This is only to allay an apprehension raised by Sethi that the management of college should not be given any time to deal with the assets and/or infrastructure, as it exists, as of today,” the court said. It made clear that if the university affiliates the institution and Medical Council of India grants requisite permission, the students can sit for first year examination of MBBS course to be conducted by the university. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on December 13.last_img read more

Pawar should brace himself for more shocks: Chandrakant Patil

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar should brace himself for more political shocks in the coming days, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Maharashtra unit president Chandrakant Patil said on Friday, dismissing Mr. Pawar’s claims of the ruling party using investigative agencies to hound and poach leaders from the NCP and Congress.Hinting that the NCP and Congress would witness another exodus by important leaders in the coming days, he said there was no question of the BJP deploying ‘terror tactics’ to break the Opposition.Mr. Patil said there was no reason to doubt any rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena. “Even if the BJP has the capacity to win 200 Assembly seats on its own, we will still jointly contest the elections in alliance with the Sena,” he said. An agreeable seat-sharing arrangement would be worked out with the Sena come what may, he said.‘Not desperate’“The Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department authorities prepare themselves well before commencing raids and searches… So, where is the question of the BJP influencing them? Today, the BJP has more than 1.5 crore members, the maximum membership that any political party has in Maharashtra. We are hardly desperate for any leaders or party workers from the Opposition. Members of the Opposition who are demoralised by their leadership are joining us in droves,” Mr. Patil said.He wondered if the NCP chief had himself not resorted to such tactics (misusing probe agencies) to bring in leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal and Narayan Rane, both formerly with the Sena, into the NCP-Congress fold.Mr. Patil also dismissed suggestions of BJP loyalists being ignored in lieu of incoming defectors from the NCP and the Congress. “We are carefully sifting those interested in joining our party and are taking only those leaders who have proved themselves with their work and expertise. With the exception of former Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, all members of the State Cabinet are BJP old-timers or allies,” he said. The BJP State chief also quashed speculation of him being perceived as a contender for the chief ministerial post. The party had decided that all decisions pertaining to the elections would be taken only by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, he said.last_img read more