Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lakia Bright scored five of her 25 points in the fifth set as the Perlas Spikers broke a four-game losing streak and moved out of the bottom rung of the standings with a 2-4 card.“It was my teammates actually; I started out slow but my teammates motivated me and never gave up on me,” Bright said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was a sorry defeat for the High Flyers, who appeared on their way to easy win, leading two sets and 11-8 in the third.Earlier, Petro Gazz scored its second straight win after a 25-22, 30-28, 25-13 triumph over Iriga-Navy. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Filipino vs Filipino Ukrainian Olena Lymareva-Flink, who arrived in the country just two days ago, hit the ground running, scoring 16 points to lift the Angels, who lost Kadi Kullerkann due to an injured ACL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments The doubled efforts of Tess Rountree and Grethcel Soltones failed to pay off for PayMaya. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBanKo Perlas needed five full sets to push itself out of the basement and pull PayMaya down from the top spot Saturday night.Down two sets to none, the Perlas Spikers painstakingly chipped away at the High Flyers’ advantage and confidence to score an 18-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11 victory in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT
The schools are closed indefinitely; civil servants on a compulsory 30-day leave; communities ordered quarantined; and citizens are mandated to stay away from entertainment centers. In addition to all of these, the Liberian government has pledged US$5 million to fight the Ebola scourge; and the President has cancelled her trip to Washington, D.C. for President Obama’s African Summit.These are not only sweeping but also extraordinary measures, compared to the actions the other nations affected by Ebola have so taken to fight this deadly disease. It was only on Friday that Sierra Leone declared a state of Emergency, several days after Liberia’s.Announcing these drastic, stringent measures in her Address to the Nation last Wednesday evening, President Ellen Johnson said the Ebola virus is spreading rapidly through the country killing more and more people.The strategy of the Anti-Ebola Task Force, which she chairs, she said, is “to care for the afflicted with the goal of “no new cases.”But O the Liberian people! Despite all of these moves, the Liberian people are still acting foolishly, recklessly, irresponsibly and dangerously. Barely three days ago in Neezo, very near the densely populated Paynesville Red Light area, a woman, suspected of the Ebola virus, was rushed to the hospital and died in the taxi en route. Her accompanying relatives brought her back to the house in Neezo and hurriedly buried her. When health workers were alerted, they rushed to the home and asked for the body to be properly disposed of according to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare(MOH) regulations. But the family refused to surrender the body. The health workers left in disappointment, vowing not to return. That same night two other family members of the same household were found dead in separate rooms. When the Health workers failed to show up for the two bodies, the neighbors set up road blocks demanding the turn of the health workers to properly bury the bodies.The same thing happened in another part of the country that very week when, following the Ebola deaths of several persons, an NGO ambulance went to retrieve the bodies and were not only turned back, but the ambulance was overturned and its windshield smashed.In the wake of this terrible emergency throughout the country, the government is trying to play its role, but if the people do not cooperate, the epidemic will spread out of control and the lives of ALL the people will be in jeopardy.Most unfortunately, though, the government has itself to blame for this crisis of confidence. Today’s lead story about the government’s total mishandling of Ebola bodies, including burying them in shallow graves and on the banks of rivers and streams used by thousands of Liberians for drinking, bathing and cooking water speaks volumes of the Liberian government’s ineptitude bordering on down right wickedness.How does a government bury such dangerously infectious bodies on private property?The President and her Ministers of Health and Social Welfare have some very serious questions to answer this morning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 56-year-old motorcyclist died when he collapsed during an off-road scramble in fields around Donegal.Victor McAlonan had been out with three friends and an instructor riding motorbikes on February 11th, 2017 at Downniesbar, near the village of Glen neat Lough Salt. The men had been in good spirits and had already been riding their VJP Pro bikes for a period of time.Under instruction of Paul McGuigan of Dirtbike Tours in Tyrone, the men decided to come down a descent.Victor McAlonan was at the rear of the group.Mr McGuigan told an inquest into the death of Mr McAlonan at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court that after about 40 metres, he looked back and could only see three bikers.He said ” stopped to do a head-count and I said “we’re a man down.”Mr McGuigan went back to locate Mr McAlonan and found him with the 100 kilogramme bike lying on the lower part of his body.He was unresponsive and he could not find a pulse from the victim.He said there was no sign of a collision or an impact and it appeared that Victor had only traveled half a metre from where he last left him at the start of the descent.The emergency services were contacted and members of the emergency personnel rushed to the scene.Because of the steepness of the terrain, the ambulance could not access the victim and a paramedic managed to get a lift on the back of one of the off-road bikes ridden by Mr McGuigan.A decision was then made to summon an emergency helicopter and the casualty was put on a spinal board and winched on board the chopper and taken to Letterkenny University Hospital but was pronounced dead.Mr McAlonan’s nephew Richard said his uncle was not carrying any weight and that he was not aware that he had a heart condition.Pathologist Dr Hajnalka Gyorffy said there were no external injuries including bruising on the body of Mr McAlanon from Main Street, Cullybackey, Co Antrim.However, she added there had been significent findings of heart disease.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said it was his finding that Mr McAlonan died from natural causes as a result of coronary deficiency.He added “If he had been walking down Portrush it could have happened. We don’t think that the accident contributed to his death. The signs are that his heart stopped as a result of heart disease.”He paid tribute to the emergency services including Mulroy Coastguard for attempting to save Victor.Motorcyclist died from heart attack during off-road trail in Donegal was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 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:donegalgleninquestmotorbikeVictor McAlonan
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Many passengers using Bihar’s ‘local’ trains don’t buy a ticket, but not on the 7-a.m. service that runs from Katihar to Manihari.For six years now, this train in the North-Frontier railway division has been running with good revenues. Behind this feat is one man’s relentless effort.Angad Thakur, 52, a social activist from Manihari has been using ‘Gandhigiri’ with a twist: ‘pleading’ with the passengers to buy tickets. That alone, he tells them, can keep the train running.Dressed to pleadMr. Thakur is a prominent social activist in Manihari and surrounding areas of Katihar district in north Bihar. He dresses for his ticket crusade in a white khadi kurta-pajama, black ‘bundi’ and wraps a white khadi towel around his neck. There’s also a Gandhi cap.It is almost a daily journey to Manihari, some 30 km south of Katihar for the father of two young sons. At other times he vends official forms and papers outside the local Sub-Divisional Office. The campaign began in 2011 when Mr. Thakur and his friends organised protests and sit-ins at the office of Katihar’s Divisional Railway Manager, asking for the metre gauge track on the section to be made broad gauge and for more trains on the route. Manihari, on the Ganga’s banks, is a big vegetable hub.The railway changed the track, but the officials said the trains would run on a trial for a month. If revenue was low, the service would go, they told Mr. Thakur.“I started pleading with the passengers to buy tickets. After a month, the revenue was more than double the railway’s target. My journey since has not stopped,” he says, smilingly asking a middle-age woman whether she had bought a ticket. The fare between Katihar and Manihari costs just ₹10. But, there is no Travelling Ticket Examiner on the train or at Manihari to check.“If someone is poor, we buy the ticket and ask them to pay whenever they are comfortable,” said Ainul Ansari, a co-campaigner. Mr. Thakur has formed a Nagrik Sangharsh Morcha (People’s Struggle Force) to pursue social campaigns.
The strategy against illegal migration in Assam, specifically from Bangladesh, was planned in run-down hostels of Gauhati University in mid-1979. It did not quite end in success, but gave the State the Assam Accord of August 1985 and a cut-off date — midnight of March 24, 1971 — for detecting and deporting infiltrators.A quarter century later , the Centre accepted an Assam Assembly resolution to revise the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of 1951, with the 1971 electoral rolls as the basis. But the actual action began only three years later when the NRC Secretariat, on the western bank of the stream-turned-sewer Bharalu, decided to set up a digital army.“I had two options when I was given the responsibility to steer an unprecedented updating exercise in September 2013: to start from scratch to build a digitised system and improve upon it, or to give up,” Prateek Hajela, Assam’s Principal Secretary, Home, and NRC State Coordinator, told The Hindu.If 2013 was spent in conceptualising the system, the next year was spent on digitised legacy data development (DLDD). Major software system developers in the country did not respond to a tender for the DLDD, but a local firm, Bohniman Systems, took up the challenge with inputs from Mr. Hajela, an M.Tech. in Electronics from IIT, Delhi.The legacy data are a combination of the 1951 NRC and electoral rolls of Assam from that year till March 24, 1971.Digital mapping“The legacy data of the handwritten 1951 NRC and the electoral rolls till 1971, both printed and handwritten, were in lockers at the offices of deputy commissioners and superintendents of police in the districts. In 1951, Assam had only eight districts and included present-day Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. By 2014, the number of districts had increased to 27 [now 33],” Mr. Hajela said.Because of migration over the years, it would have been difficult for people to search for certified copies of their legacy data in their places of origin. Even if they knew their places of origin, it would have been impossible to map the original eight districts to the 27 in 2014.But the legacy data were mapped zone-wise and search-enabled with multiple filtering options. Bohniman digitised all 27,000 village boundaries of Assam and plotted the data in layers for monitoring graphically with an integrated view on Google maps.The mapping led to 27,000 booklets — one for each village and a page for each family.The second challenge was to develop a technology to transliterate the legacy data, mostly in Assamese and Bengali fonts, to English (since most people use English keyboards today) and make the entire database available in Assamese, Bengali and English.The third step was to design a phonetic-based search engine to locate legacy records that will display all similar sounding names, since most people were not sure how their forefathers’ names were spelt.The fourth challenge was to scan all legacy documents, many of which were worn out and faded. Photo scanners were used and every image was linked with the data through special authentication tools that Bohniman developed.About 95% of Assam’s population, or about 30 million people belonging to 6.5 million families, used the legacy data while applying for NRC. Each legacy data set was given a unique code that became the base for a family tree.Hiring a warehouseThe next challenge was to transfer the data to 5,000 laptops — two per NSK. “This entailed transferring 340 GB of data comprising 7,00,000 images and 20 million legacy data to each laptop simultaneously,” Bohniman’s Abhijit Bhuyan explained.Soon, Mr. Hajela roped in Wipro to supply the laptops and provide 8,000 data entry operators. A massive warehouse was hired and special racks were built for the data to be transferred to 5,000 laptops over two days.