L.A. County Board of Supervisors Will Evaluate Options to Remove Sheriff

first_img More Cool Stuff The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to look at options for removing elected Sheriff Alex Villanueva as the county’s top lawman, rather than waiting to see if voters will do so in 2022.Supervisors Kathryn Barger, who represents Altadena and Pasadena, and Janice Hahn dissented, saying the matter should be left in the hands of Los Angeles County voters.Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl co-authored the motion recommending that the county direct its lawyers, inspector general, civilian oversight commissioners and acting CEO to look at possible avenues for removing the sheriff or cutting back his responsibilities.Those options could include changes to how the sheriff enters office, switching from voter approved to a county appointed position. That would require an amendment to the state constitution.Since an elected sheriff is mandated in the state constitution, oversight by commissions and the supervisors is limited if the sheriff refuses to comply with recommendations. As a result, the supervisors cannot manage the sheriff in the way that Pasadena city officials can manage an appointed police chief.Villanueva came under fire this summer when he threatened to close the Altadena substation after the supervisors cut his budget. He later refused to comply with a subpoena to appear before the Civilian Oversight Commission, which called for him to resign last month.Every member of the Board of Supervisors has raised concerns about Villanueva’s lack of accountability, including his willingness to flout subpoenas issued by oversight agencies. Yet the board split on this particular issue, with both sides claiming the moral high ground of supporting democratic principles.Ridley-Thomas — who tabled consideration of the motion two weeks ago when Barger and Hahn first indicated their opposition — said the idea of an elected sheriff was outdated.“Despite the exponential growth of the county and tremendous advances of modern-day policing, we are still beholden to this anachronistic model of law enforcement,” Ridley-Thomas said, reading from an opinion piece he wrote in 2014 for the Huffington Post.“We hold a popularity contest for arguably our most important law enforcement position. The result is that we have something worse than democracy — we have the illusion of democracy,” he said.Hahn said democracy dictated that voters settle the matter.“It’s no secret that this board does not see eye-to-eye with this particular sheriff, and I have to point out that it’s not for lack of trying … this sheriff has acted like he’s not accountable to anyone but himself,” Hahn said. However, “(voters) can recall him or they can vote him out when his term is up. That’s how democracy works … I don’t think it’s our job to removean elected official.”Supervisor Hilda Solis asked that consideration of a report on options for dealing with the sheriff postponed until January so that state Sen. Holly Mitchell, just elected to replace Ridley-Thomas, could lend her voice to the discussion.The termed-out Ridley-Thomas, who was elected last week to replace Herb Wesson on the Los Angeles City Council, agreed to support Solis’ suggestion.The changes under consideration include amending the state constitution to move to an appointed, rather than elected sheriff. Many activists said the current sheriff is just the latest flawed leader of the department and expressed support for a permanent shift to an appointed post.Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson of JusticeLA recalled meeting with then-Sheriff Lee Baca — who would later be convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI — at LASD headquarters 10 years ago as a moment that helped sparked a movement.“We walked out of that meeting with a very clear and prophetic mandate, knowing that whatever mechanisms of accountability and transparency and shifts in power for Black and Brown people that we were going to build had to be bigger than the denial of Sheriff Baca, bigger than the sadistic arrogance of (then-Undersheriff Paul) Tanaka, bigger than the rejection of subpoena power by (ex)-Sheriff (Jim) McDonnell, bigger than the expensive recalcitrance of Villanueva,” Clayton-Johnson said. “Four years is a long time to wait for a ballot box to check a rogue sheriff.”Others worried about the board’s own expansive power.“We definitely don’t want to give the Board of Supervisors more power, but we feel like we don’t have a choice because the sheriff is so out of control,” said Pastor Stephen “Cue” Jn-Marie of The Church Without Walls.“The sheriff is elected not mainly to exercise power but primarily to ensure public safety.”A constitutional amendment to appoint rather than elect the Los Angeles County sheriff would likely affect all 58 counties and bring them in line with city jurisdictions, which appoint police chiefs. Other possibilities include pulling some of Villanueva’s responsibilities and appointing a county police chief, which Kuehl said she found most interesting.Villanueva addressed the board during public comment, offering a wide-ranging account of all he has accomplished.“I want to say, first of all, that there is an awful lot of badinformation and false information out there, and we need to correct the record,” Villanueva said. “Because of my efforts since I took office, ICE is gone from jails and courthouses and patrol stations … body-worn cameras are now here to stay … the Banditos in East L.A., that clique has been broken up, people have been held accountable … the anti-clique policy that every previous sheriff refused to enact, I did enact.“ … I have hired 1,100 deputies in one year, which is a record … our own sons and daughters from our own communities are now the ones serving. These are people of color that we’re hiring,” Villanueva said before going on to list his department’s efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus and expand outreach to homeless people living on the streets.Villanueva came under fire soon after he took office after he attempted to rehire fired deputies.He closed with a plea to work together. Barger said she planned to take the sheriff up on his offer to meet and would aim to move forward in a spirit of cooperation.“We cannot make long-term policy decisions based on the short-term personalities that be,” Barger said. “I do not support many of (his) actions and have significant concerns with (Villanueva’s) ability to appropriately lead our Sheriff’s Department, but I do support the office, and more importantly, I support our personnel.”The civilian oversight commission has called for the sheriff’s resignation. Villanueva has dismissed the commission as a political tool — though it was instituted in response to jail violence that predated his tenure – – and accused the group of punishing him for investigating potential county corruption.As part of their argument for taking more drastic action, Ridley-Thomas and Kuehl highlighted what they characterized as Villanueva’s “inability to balance the LASD budget,” pointing to his unilateral moves to cut youth programs and eliminate the parks services bureau.The board also voted Tuesday to request that the sheriff and the Parks Department sign a new agreement by the end of this month to provide security at county parks through June 30. If a new agreement is not finalized by Nov. 30, the acting CEO will have the authority to reallocate roughly $18.5 million from the sheriff’s budget to the Parks Department to pay for security services.Though the union that represents rank-and-file deputies has also criticized the sheriff for failing to confer with them about closing various bureaus and moving staff to new posts, it appears for now to support Villanueva.This is the second consecutive sheriff the board has called on to resign. Several years ago, after Sheriff Lee Baca was implicated in an FBI investigation, Baca also refused to resign. He was later convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI. In February, Baca began serving a three-year federal prison sentence for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News L.A. 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Is the Housing Market Overheating?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Is the Housing Market Overheating? Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Is the Housing Market Overheating? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago BH&J Index Case-Shiller Demand Florida Atlantic University Home Homeownership HOUSING 2019-01-04 Radhika Ojha Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Share 1Save The housing market might experience a downturn, but it won’t affect homeownership as much as the last housing crisis did, according to a study titled Where are We Now with Housing: A Report, by the Florida Atlantic University College of Business.The study investigated and compared the current status of U.S. housing at the national level with that of housing at the peak of the last cycle in July 2006. It revealed that while national housing prices were slightly overheated, residential real estate markets were experiencing minimal downward pressure on the demand for homeownership.”Understanding where housing stands today relative to the last cycle’s peak creates more informed real estate consumers and perhaps a less bumpy ride this time around as the nation enters another housing cycle peak,” said Ken Johnson, the author of the study and co-author of the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index (BH&J).To compare home prices and their impact on demand, the study investigated scores of the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index and the BH&J. It found that housing prices were at 7.3 percent above their long-term pricing trend compared to 31 percent at the peak of the last housing cycle.In terms of downward pressure on housing demand, the study found that at the end of the last cycle the BH&J Index indicated an extreme downward pressure on homeownership with a score of 1.00. Comparatively, this time around, the index reflected a score of 0.039 suggesting only minimal pressure on homeownership demand.”It looks like we’re in for more of a very high tide, as opposed to a tsunami, as residential prices peak in this latest cycle,” Johnson said. “At a minimum, we can expect flatter housing price growth. At worst, we could experience price declines slightly below the long-term pricing trend.”Click here to read the full report. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Traversing the Legal Tightrope Next: Mr. Cooper Acquires IBM’s Seterus Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 4, 2019 2,887 Views Tagged with: BH&J Index Case-Shiller Demand Florida Atlantic University Home Homeownership HOUSING The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

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Tipico boosts online casino content with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine Direct

first_imgShare StumbleUpon German sports betting operator Tipico has furthered its existing relationship with industry platform and software provisions provider EveryMatrix, agreeing to integrate the firm’s CasinoEngine Direct systems.Bookmaker Tipico forms that new partnership in order ot significantly boost its online casino capabilities.Moving forward EveryMatrix will be delivering games via CasinoEngine from more than 20 casino providers considerably boosting Tipico’s casino options with more RNG games and premium live casino from Evolution and others.“We are impressed by CasinoEngine’s gaming portfolio and its ability to integrate with our digital platforms. The partnership with EveryMatrix is an important step to revamp our gaming offering, as we are looking to provide our customers a state of the art entertainment experience.” stated Marlon van der Goes, Tipico Chief Commercial Officer.Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix CEO, commented on the partnership: “We are proud to add a considerable casino portfolio into Tipico’s platform and we look forward to work with their highly professional team. Jointly this will lead to one of the most competitive casino offerings in the region.”CasinoEngine is one the largest and foremost casino gaming aggregator in the industry. With a direct integration, operators can gain access to a continuously growing library of close to 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers seamlessly integrated into a single casino lobby & wallet.“With CasinoEngine Direct, operators may integrate the CasinoEngine directly into their own platform and in-house wallet. CasinoEngine Direct secures minimum latency and optimal game speed while giving operators complete freedom to develop and host their own website or build together with EveryMatrix.” added Ebbe Groes. Related Articles Submit Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Gracie

first_imgFacebook50Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Gracie! She is a sweet and smart 8-years-young, 74-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback. Gracie has already won the hearts of her shelter volunteers and become a favorite at AAP! She knows her basic commands and does well with most dogs and older, kind children. Gracie is looking for a quiet and loving home with a fenced yard, plenty of dog treats, love, and gentle walks. If you are looking for a good companion family dog, please schedule an appointment to meet Gracie!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Gracie in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Grace gives more to Ben Francis Invit

first_img Principal Stewart says the meet is a reminder of the legacy of a former principal of the Clarendon-based institution. “We might not be the champions of Boys and Girls’ Championship in recent years, but we have won 22 times in the past, and continue to be in the top five in the girls’ category. We continue to make bold strides in sports and intellectually, as our young people are resources to be developed,” Dr Stewart said. Ben Francis thanked everyone involved in the staging of the meet that will be held for the first time outside the school compound. “On this occasion of the sixth staging of the Ben Francis meet, thanks to all who continue to make it possible. You have set the stage on which students continue to perform,” Francis said. Albert Lawrence, the first Vere Technical male Olympian and a member of Jamaica’s 4×100 metres silver-medal team in Los Angeles in 1984 is the patron of this year’s meet. Grace Foods Services and Western Union have increased their sponsorship for the sixth staging of the Vere Technical High School – Ben Francis Invitational track and field meet set for February 20 at the Jamalco Sports Complex in Clarendon. “We (Grace) have increased the sponsorship by $500,000 in sponsorship and execution of this meet as title sponsors. Last year, we budgeted $700,000, and this year it will be $1.2 million,” Angella Grandison-Reid, Grace Foods Services Company promotions and consumer services manager announced at the press launch yesterday at the Spanish Court Hotel. She pointed out that Grace has always assisted in the development of track and field meets. “We have been at development meets since 1975. This year, we are sponsoring 13 development meets, up from eight last year,” Grandison-Reid disclosed. The Vere Technical past student indicated that her company will continue to assist the meet. “Dr Henritta Stewart (principal of Vere), you don’t have to call us at Grace to find out if we are coming, as it is automatic,” Grandison-Reid asserted. Meanwhile, the coaches of the top medal-winning schools will walk away with cash incentives. “The top-three coaches will get $30,000, $15,000 and $10,000,” Olive Forrester, head of the physical education department at Vere revealed. There will also be prize monies worth $40,000 for each winner of the Championship events, such as high jump Class One (girls); 400 metres Class One (boys); 4×100 metres Class One (boys) and 4×400 metres (girls). Reminder of the legacylast_img read more

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The Science of Thanksgiving

first_imgShould science tread into areas of virtue?  Here’s how a science news entry begins: “Rather than rolling your eyes when it’s your turn to bow your head and give thanks, try being grateful. The result just might be good for you. From boosting your mood to improving your relationships, research shows that being thankful is good for your health.”Right off the bat, an unusual article on Live Science assumes most people will roll their eyes at a thanksgiving prayer (meaning, this is stupid).  That reveals a strong reporter bias.  But then, the editors at Live Science assume science can turn a virtue into a self-serving goal: improving one’s own health.  If you pretend to be thankful just to improve your own health, are you really being thankful?Live Science is only echoing what Steve Toepfer of Kent State University thinks about the pragmatic benefits of gratitude.  The self-serving end of his prescription is clear in the if-then statement: “If you are looking to increase your well-being through intentional activities, take 15 minutes three times over three weeks and write letters of gratitude to someone,” he said.  But even if this activity results in measurable improvements in health and happiness by a scientist, it still begs the question of whether it is really thankfulness.  And what if the opening paragraph really advised praying thankfully instead of rolling one’s eyes at the blessing before the feast?Suggested prayer for the secular self-serving follower of Toepfer: “Dear whatever is out there, I know you don’t exist, and this activity is dumb, but a scientist says it is good for my health, so I’m going to pretend to be thankful just to improve my well-being.  So thank me, thank me, thank me, I really appreciate me.”Suggested letter for the same: “Dear grandma, I really care about me, so I’m doing this exercise for my benefit.  Dr. Toepfer, a scientist at Kent State, said my gratitude letter can’t be trivial, so I’m trying real hard to be honest here, but honestly, I can’t think of anything I’m thankful for except myself.  Sorry to take up your time, but I’ll let you know if this 15-minute-a-week plan makes me feel better.”Being thankful means getting your mind off yourself.  Don’t let a scientist trick you with vain words.  True thankfulness can only come from a heart that acknowledges its Creator.  The reason God is angry is that his creatures do not acknowledge Him as God, and are not thankful (Romans 1:21).  So to even start being thankful, you have to acknowledge your Maker as God.  If you haven’t yet done that, Thanksgiving Day is a great time to enter the narrow gate.  Drop your selfish baggage, admit your sin, acknowledge your Creator, and accept the sacrifice of his Son on the cross for your guilt.  Once you appreciate the depth of love your God has displayed for you (Romans 5:1-11), it’s guaranteed to make you thankful (2 Cor 9:15).  Any joy you will feel in your own heart, and any improvements to your health and well-being, will be mere by-products of a far greater goal: blessing God and others by your real, true, thankfulness.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South Africans talk social cohesion

first_img5 July 2012South Africans have embarked on an in-depth process of deciding what kind of society they want to create – and a major part of that process is the National Social Cohesion Summit taking place at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto.Some 3 000 delegates joined summit host President Jacob Zuma, arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile, members of the cabinet, MPs, and representatives from the various political parties and civil society bodies, to come up with a declaration of what needs to be done to create a caring and proud society.The summit is taking place on 4 and 5 July 2012, and features discussions on the role of organs of state such as the judiciary, Parliament and other legislative bodies and political parties, as well as the role of civil society, including business and labour, and other NGOs such as the Foundation for Human Rights, Molo Songololo and Lead SA.The summit, Mashatile said, aims to “carve a shared destiny that the country belongs to all who live in it’, deepening the development that has been taking place since the advent of democracy 18 years ago.Under the theme Working together to create a caring and proud society, delegates will decide on the steps to take to lead to a society where, despite differences, South African-ness comes first.“We must use our diversity to compel us to a common future,’ Mashatile added.Not only a talk shopThe National Social Cohesion Summit is not a talk shop, but must bring about something tangible to work towards.In his opening speech, Zuma noted that the summit was “a crucial dialogue’ where people had come together “to bring to life what our forebears left for us as a legacy’ – this country that belongs to all.All the speakers emphasised that the summit’s theme reflected on South Africa’s history of selflessness, as well as the vision of the leaders in the democratic movement, in burying apartheid and building a new society.South Africans, Zuma said, are unique, “a people with an inspiring history’ who do not hesitate to tackle difficulties and challenges.“We are going to try and find a way to live together in peace and harmony, building a united nation,’ he said.Freedom Charter to help social cohesionThis summit will look at how best to bring about a cohesive, democratic and prosperous society. In mapping the direction, cognisance has to be taken of the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, homelessness, landlessness and divisions of race, class and gender.During the event, various commissions will explore aspects of economic inequality, spatial divisions, social engagement, issues around prejudice and discrimination, and national identity.At the end of the two-day gathering a declaration will be drawn up – a living document with guidelines and outcomes.Delegates are drawn from all walks of life, from across the country – and the choice of venue is no coincidence. Speaker after speaker referred to the Freedom Charter, the original road map to democracy that was drawn up on that very spot in 1955.South Africa’s Constitution strongly echoes the points drawn up in the Charter, and its preamble picks up the founding principles of that significant declaration: “We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past; honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.’Now, almost two decades into a democratic state, is the time to reflect on these foundations and forge a future where all South Africans can call this country “home’.Principles of social cohesionAccording to the Department of Arts and Culture, social cohesion and nation building can only be based on the following principles: constitution and democracy; human rights and equality; non-racialism, non-tribalism and non-sexism; unity in diversity; inclusivity and social justice; redress and transformation; intergroup and community co-operation; social solidarity; active citizenship; civic responsibility; and national consciousness.“These principles serve as the touchstone of social cohesion and are aimed at fostering shared values and greater cohesion within diverse communities and national unity between them and across the country,’ said Mashatile.Views of political parties on social cohesionPolitical parties ranging from the African National Congress (ANC); the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA); Inkatha Freedom Party; Minority Front; and the Pan Africanist Congress gave their views on how they can help in fostering social cohesion.ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said: “As a country we should make sure of the independence of the three pillars of the state – the judiciary, legislature and executive – and that of the media is upheld.’DA leader Helen Zille gave a multilingual speech citing the importance of languages in gaining social cohesion.“We should make policies that strengthen society and give youngsters the opportunity to work and develop the country into what they want it to be,’ said Zille.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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National Library of Finland Turns to Crowdsourcing, Games to Help Digitize Its Archives

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Related Posts center_img The National Library of Finland has launched a new program to support the digitization efforts of its archives. The project, Digitalkoot (Digital Volunteers), blends microtasks, crowdsourcing, and video games to break up and distribute some of the dull repetitive work of verifying digitized records.“We have millions and millions of pages of historically and culturally valuable magazines, newspapers and journals online. The challenge is that the optical character recognition often contains errors and omissions, which hamper for example searches,” says Kai Ekholm, Director of the National Library of Finland. “Manual correction is needed to weed out these mistakes so that the texts become machine readable, enabling scholars and archivists to search the material for the information they need.”In order to accomplish this, the National Library has joined forces with Microtask, with the latter helping to design two games that will make this work entertaining. In ‘Mole Hunt’ (Myyräjahti), the player is shown two different words, and they must determine as quickly as possible if they are the same. This uncovers erroneous words in archived material. In ‘Mole Bridge’ (Myyräsilta), players have to spell correctly the words appearing on the screen. Correct answers help badgers build a bridge across a river. Again, the game helps verify the OCR and make sure that digitized materials are accurate and searchable.“We wanted to set up ‘Angry Birds for the Thinking Person’ – something which entertains but is also useful to us as a nation,” says Ekholm, who anticipates teachers and children will enjoy volunteering to help these digitization efforts. Additional phases of the project will be aimed at “more serious historical buffs.”As libraries and archives worldwide are moving to digitize their collections, they face many challenges – in terms of technology, funding, access, and planning. To date, four million pages of different types of texts from the 18th to 20th centuries have been digitized, but there still remain huge bulks of cultural heritage archived only in paper files. “Our archives are national cultural heritage,” says Ekholm. “I am proud that even such a small nation as we are able to launch something like this.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web last_img read more

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Bihar rain: Death toll rises to 42, rescue operations intensified

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. Bihar flood: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residenceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1701:17  At least 42 people have died in rain-related incidents in Bihar following a torrential spell that took place between September 27 and 30, authorities said.The State continued to trudge towards normalcy on Wednesday with intensified rescue and relief operations and water being pumped out of submerged localities.With a let up in the showers since Monday, restoration work was on in full swing. Supervising rescue and rehabilitation work in Patna on late Tuesday night, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged people to “have patience”. Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna. A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna. A rickshaw passes through a flooded road in Patna. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inspects the rise in water level of the Ganga river,in Patna on Thursday, (This photo has been released by I & PRD,Bihar Govt). center_img Children wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. Bihar floods: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi from his residence Fishermen catch fish in the flooded river Ganga in Patna.  According to a release issued by the State Disaster Management Department, 42 casualties have been reported so far from the districts affected by the heavy rainfall, though a district-wise break-up was not yet available.The release put the total number of people affected by the devastating spell at 17.09 lakh.The districts hit by the disaster were Patna, Bhojpur, Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Samastipur, Begusarai, Lakhisarai and Vaishali situated on either side of the Ganga besides Arwal, Nawada and Nalanda in the Magadh region and Darbhanga and Katihar in Mithila.The State capital, which has been among the worst-affected, was pounded by 342.5 mm of rainfall during the period as against the state average of 255 mm, the release said.With restoration work being undertaken on a war-footing, all the sump houses were working at “full capacity” while three heavy-duty pumps have been brought in from Bilaspur to speedily flush out water from inundated areas of the city. People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar in Patna. A view of submerged tracks at Patna Junction. Patients leave NMCH in Patna after waterlogging in the hospital. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna. Security personnel rescue NCC cadets stuck in a waterlogged camp after heavy rain at Rajendra Nagar. An overcrowded boat ferries people in high current on the flooded Ganga at Digha Ghat in Patna.  Chief Minister Nitish Kumar waded through water-logged streets, with his pyjamas folded up to knees, supervising rescue and rehabilitation work.“All possible efforts are being made. People are urged to have patience. The worst affected localities like Rajendra Nagar and Kankar Bagh are in low-lying areas and hence vulnerable to water-logging.“It was after a long time that the city was lashed by a torrent of this magnitude. Hence, this problem,” he told reporters who had gathered at one of the spots.When some of the journalists persisted with queries, the chief minister snapped, “You are talking as if Patna has been the only place which has suffered on account of heavy rain. What happened in Mumbai and America when these places were battered by similar downpour?”According to the disaster management department, six teams of the NDRF and two of the SDRF have so far rescued more than 10,000 people stranded in localities where the water level was several feet deep. These included 31 pregnant women and 361 patients who were rushed to hospitals.Those rescued by the forces included prominent personalities like Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Padma Bhushan awardee folk singer Sharda Sinha, both residents of Rajendra Nagar area.Water-logging has also led to inundation of many power sub-stations forcing people to live without electricity for the past few days.Accordingly, relief packets distributed by NDRF and SDRF and air-dropped by a couple of IAF helicopters contain matchsticks and candles in addition to edibles, ORS packets and medicines.A fire had on Tuesday night erupted on account of short-circuit at a petrol pump in Nala Road drowned in waist-deep water and hence non-functional for the past few days.Fire brigade had a tough time reaching the spot while it was pitch dark. The flames spreading like wild fire on account of petrol that apparently leaked from the pumps tanker and floated on the waters surface were doused after several hours of fire-fighting.last_img read more

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrity

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says Tottenham should be forced to play the season at Wembley.Warnock, whose Cardiff side lost to Tottenham in Wales on Tuesday having also been beaten by them at Wembley, believes it could hand his relegation rivals an advantage if they face Spurs at their new stadium.He said: “They have made so many cock-ups now with the timing the Premier League should enforce it that they play at Wembley for the rest of the season. “There should not be any chance of an advantage for our opponents really. It’s not our fault – we should have been playing Tottenham at their new stadium ourselves.”So I think the Premier League should step in now and make them stay at Wembley for the rest of the season. “They shouldn’t be able to play at their new stadium for six weeks or whatever it is. “It undermines the integrity of the competition.” last_img read more

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