High Alert for Flood-Prone Areas

first_imgRelatedHigh Alert for Flood-Prone Areas RelatedHigh Alert for Flood-Prone Areas High Alert for Flood-Prone Areas Office of the Prime MinisterOctober 5, 2010 RelatedHigh Alert for Flood-Prone Areascenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Meteorological Service has reported that the forecast for the island is an increase in showers and thunderstorms starting late Wednesday October 6, 2010 and continuing through the weekend. This is due to a broad area of Low Pressure over the eastern Caribbean.The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising persons living in the following flood-prone areas be on high alert and prepare to evacuate when necessary.Read more… Advertisementslast_img read more

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Brumbies shake up team, Reds tweak lineup for grand final

first_img BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Brumbies shake up team, Reds tweak lineup for grand final 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ ‘ The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Brumbies fullback Tom Banks Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndocenter_img  352  19 Post by SA Rugby magazine From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The Brumbies and Reds have made multiple changes to their starting lineups for Saturday’s Super Rugby AU final in Canberra.The Brumbies have made four changes to their starting side from the one that went down to the Reds in the final round of the regular season a fortnight ago.There are two changes to the pack, with Murray Douglas coming in for Darcy Swain in the second row and flank Lachie McCaffrey replacing with Rob Valetini in the loose trio.In a brand-new halfback axis, Joe Powell takes over from Nic White at scrumhalf and first-time Wallabies squad member Noah Lolesio starts at flyhalf ahead of Bayley Kuenzle.Lolesio hasn’t played since injuring his hamstring against the Waratahs on 18 July. White and Kuenzle will come off the bench for the Brumbies.Meanwhile, the Reds have tweaked their side from the one that beat the Rebels 25-13 in the qualifier playoff last weekend.Loosehead prop JP Smith comes in for Harry Hoopert, who will come off the bench.The other change is in the backline with another first-time Wallabies squad member in Hunter Paisami coming in at outside centre.Paisami’s return to the starting side has Jordan Petaia shifting to the right wing, with Chris Feauai-Sautia ruled out due to injury.Ruan Smith comes on to the bench.Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andy Muirhead, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Will Miller, 6 Lachie McCaffrey, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.Subs: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Rob Valetini, 21 Nic White, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Solomone Kata.Reds – 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith.Subs: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tuaina Taii Taulima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Jack Hardy.Photo: Getty Images Posted in News, Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Brumbies, NEWS, reds, Super Rugby, Super Rugby AU ‘ Published on September 17, 2020 last_img read more

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Garen Scribner & More to Join Rob McClure in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at the Muny

first_img View Comments Garen Scribner(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) St. Louis’ beloved outdoor theater The Muny has announced the full 50-member cast set to appear in the company’s centennial-season mounting of Tony-winning musical revue Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Directed by Cynthia Onrubia with music direction by Michael Horsley, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway will begin performances at the outdoor theater on June 11 for a run through June 17.New to the principal company in a variety of roles are Garen Scribner (An American in Paris), Sarah Bowden (A Chorus Line), Peter Chursin (On the Town), Gabriel Cytron (Newsies), Alexa De Barr (Trip of Love), Jess Fry (M. Butterfly), Leeds Hill (Cabaret), Sarah Marie Jenkins (Cats), Cole Joyce (Newsies), Maggie Lakis (Avenue Q), Jenny Powers (Little Women), Drew Redington (Holiday Inn), Sean Rozanski (The Bodyguard), Elizabeth Teeter (The Crucible), Tanairi Vazquez (Hamilton), Erica Wong (M. Butterfly) and newcomer Davis Wayne. They join the previously announced Tony nominee Rob McClure (Something Rotten!) as The Setter.Jerome Robbins’ Broadway comprises musical numbers from productions that were either choreographed or directed by the late five-time Tony winner Jerome Robbins. Shows featured in the revue include The King and I, On the Town, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story.The musical’s ensemble will include Lindsay Bell, Jessica Bishop, Kyle Coffman, Whitney Cooper, Darien Crago, Lauren Csete, Nicolas De La Vega, Sean Ewing, Patrick Garr, Peter Garza, Berklea Going, Sean Harrison Jones, Evan Kinnane, Marina Lazzaretto, Chris Lingner, Robin Masella, Melissa Hunter McCann, Mitchell McCroskey, Connor McRory, Courtney Ortiz, Hillary Porter, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Emilio Ramos, Mariah Reshea Reives, Kyle Samuel, Brian Shimasaki Liebson, Gabi Stapula, Bethany Ann Tesarck, Brandon L. Whitmore, Andrew Wilson and Victor Wisehart.Jerome Robbins’ Broadway will feature scenic design by Paige Hathaway, costume design by Robin L. McGee, lighting design by John Lasiter, video design by Nathan W. Scheuer and sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge.last_img read more

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Local Commissioner Race Results

first_img14 out of 14 precincts reporting in Jackson County PresidentialTrump: 9706Clinton: 7564Johnson: 734Write in: 378US SenateRichard Burr: 9476Deborah Ross: 7865Sean Haugh: 836US House of Representatives district 11Mark Meadows: 9713Rick Bryson: 8307NC House of Representatives 119Joe Sam Queen:8808Mike Clampitt: 902350th NC SenateJim Davis: 9658Jane Hipps: 8205NC GovernorRoy Cooper: 9038Pat McCrory: 8642Lon Cecil: 585Lt GovernorDan Forrest: 9465Linda Coleman: 7760Jackie Cole: 711Attorney GeneralJosh Stein: 8592Buck Newton: 9203Auditor:Beth Wood: 8549Chuck Stubber: 9071Agriculture:Steve Troxler: 9616Walter Smith: 7977Commissioner of InsuranceWayne Goodwin: 8351Mike Causey: 9122Labor:Cherie Berry: 9948Charles Meeker: 7604Secretary of StateElaine Marshall: 8938Michael LaPaglia: 8618Public InstructionJune Atkinson: 8225Mark Johnson: 9331TreasurerDale Folwell: 9446Dan Blue: 7976NC SenateJim Davis: 9658Jane Hipps: 8205House of Representatives 119Joe Sam Queen: 8808Mike Clampitt: 9023Commissioner District 3Ron Mau: 9481Vicki Greene: 8300Commissioner District 4Mark Jones: 8305Mickey Luker: 9474last_img read more

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Blaze Pizza: A Fast Favorite at Disney Springs

first_imgShare This!As I mentioned last week, Disney Springs has had so many new restaurants open in the past few months. Just last Friday, one of the final pieces of the dining puzzle opened its doors to welcome pizza lovers from near and far. Blaze Pizza, located in the Town Center area just across the springs from Homecoming Kitchen, is a fast casual chain that promises fast-fired pizzas and salads in just 3 minutes. The easiest way to think of Blaze is to look at it as Chipotle for pizza: pretty much everything is customizable, from the crust, to the sauce, toppings, and pizza finishes.After my first glance at the menu board outside the restaurant, I was excited to try Blaze just based on the price – a plain cheese pizza, 11” personal size (as all pizzas are served here), is just $7.25; add one topping out of a huge selection, and the price is $8.45. For any and all toppings you want, or one of the specialty pizzas, the price is still less than $10, at $9.65! You can even have your pizza made half-and-half, if you’re indecisive or looking to split a pie with a friend, at no additional cost.I visited Blaze not long after it opened a few days ago for an early lunch, so there wasn’t yet a long wait that particular day (though a queue was set up outside for later use during rushes). Once I was greeted inside, I was introduced to the huge variety of topping options and the four “simple salads” available. I decided to leave my first pie at Blaze Pizza up to the experts, so I ordered half-White Top (white cream sauce base, mozzarella, bacon, garlic, oregano, and arugula) and half-Art Lover (artichoke, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, and dollops of red sauce on top). I also chose to add pepperoni on the Art Lover half, just to see what the portion size was like there, too.I’m glad I took a chance adding a topping here, because my expert pizza makers made it clear that some who’ve passed through the doors of Blaze had already made a fatal pizza flaw: too many toppings. They really do know their stuff – too many toppings leads to soggy pizza, one that’s harder for them to cook and for you to eat.Simple is better here, and while you don’t get a ton of each topping on your pizza, everything I tasted on my pie was fresh and flavorful to the point that I didn’t really miss the extra few bites. I chose the standard crust, which is thin, almost like a flatbread. The high-rise crust was explained to me as being a bit more like what most would think of as “normal pizza crust”, but at $2 more, I felt like the standard crust was just fine.Gluten-free crust is also available, though the pizza makers warned that they can’t guarantee against cross-contamination as far as allergies are concerned. For vegans and vegetarians, there is a vegan cheese option, and a TON of fresh veggies – seriously, this was a huge, very pleasant surprise to me. Between the inherent customization of each pie and the number of options for toppings, Blaze rockets to the top of the list as one of the most vegetarian-friendly quick service options at Walt Disney World.So, how was the pizza? Overall, pretty good. The best comparison I can think of in terms of toppings, crust, and bake is Via Napoli. Blaze has the same distinctive pizza oven char on parts of the crust (I love this flavor, but I know some don’t), and the portion and price make this a great option if you’re craving Via Napoli but it’s not your day to visit Epcot.The White Top half of my pizza featured a garlicky white sauce base, a ton of chopped, salty bacon, and a fairly thin but tasty layer of mozzarella, perfectly melted on top. The Art Lover half featured several large chunks of artichokes, set off by creamy ricotta and a really, really tasty red sauce: acidic from the rich tomato flavor, but herbaceous with lots of oregano and basil, and not too runny.On its own, this 11 inch pie was plenty for me for a meal (and a great deal at that). If you’re not overly hungry, my recommendation is to split one of these pizzas and one of Blaze’s “simple salads” with a friend. On the day I visited, Blaze featured four salads: simple Caesar, tomato and mozzarella (not pictured), kale and quinoa, and an arugula/fresh fruit salad. I chose the last option, and was pleasantly surprised at the portion size for this “side salad”, featuring crisp arugula dotted with a few ripe, sweet blueberries and bits of goat cheese and drizzled with a zingy balsamic vinaigrette.I ended up taking home about half of it for a meal later in the day (along with a slice of pizza in the convenient to-go boxes available near the door). For a lighter, fresh lunch option, you can add any protein to one of these salads for $2 – large enough for one person, and still a deal.To complement my meal, I tried the blood orange lemonade. $3 for a drink is kind of steep to me, especially when it’s a smaller size than a “regular” Disney fountain soda. The lemonade, though, was a fair trade for that price – a little sweet, with a tad bitterness from the blood orange, and lots of sourness. I wouldn’t order it instead of a soda or water every day, but it was a refreshing splurge for this meal.Also a splurge: the “s’mores pie” I got for dessert – two McVitie’s digestive biscuits (sort of like a graham cracker, but a bit more substantial, so it holds together better) sandwiching a layer of marshmallow and chocolate. It was tasty, to be sure (with those flavors, not hard to do), but next time I’ll likely save my $3 and invest it in an Amorette’s specialty.Blaze Pizza is sure to be a very popular option here at Disney Springs – it’s actually good pizza, super-customizable, and quick; plus, everyone loves pizza. The best part (which I hate mentioning, for fear of rising prices)? It’s “cheap” by Disney standards, even for quick service. A pizza at Blaze with whatever you want on it is cheaper than the also-great BB Wolf’s Sausage Company’s options, and far better than anything I’ve tried at The Daily Poutine. I’d venture to say it also gives Splitsville’s pizza a run for its money, considering the toppings at Blaze are noticeably fresher. All in all, it’s safe to say Blaze Pizza is worth a stop on your next visit to Disney Springs if you’re looking for something fast but also just plain delicious.last_img read more

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Photo library: People 10

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managment courseat the Southern AfricanWildlife College. The 10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managment courseat the Southern AfricanWildlife College. The 10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College.The 10-month course isaimed at junior resourcemanagers at game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College. The10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College. The10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College. The10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource managementcourse at the SouthernAfrican Wildlife College. The10-month course is aimedat junior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Students attendingthe certificate in naturalresource management courseat the Southern AfricanWildlife College. The 10-month course is aimed atjunior resource managersat game reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province:Frans Mmolana (left) andVirginia Geco sort peanuts(groundnuts) on a farm inthe Vaalharts IrrigationScheme region. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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A Prescription for Soaring Drug Costs

first_img[1] Conduent HR Services (formerly Xerox HR Services) Prescription Drug Benefit Survey[2] Prescription Drug Trend Report[3]  Express Scripts Drug Trend Report [4] New CVS Caremark Report Projects Annual Specialty Drug Spending Will Quadruple 402 Billion Examining and renegotiating pharmacy benefit management contracts can help trim drug spending This past fall, drug maker Turing Pharmaceutical made headlines for abruptly raising the price of one of its drugs 4,000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 per tablet. News of the astronomical increase sparked a media and social media firestorm. Provider groups, pundits and consumer advocates took Turing (and, by association, the pharmaceutical industry) to task, with some citing the proposed increase as evidence of the need for consumer protections against excessive pricing.For employers, however, soaring drug costs is old news. In recent years, employers have seen per-member pharmacy costs rise and pharmacy spending account for a greater share of total health spending. According to the fifth annual “Prescription Drug Benefit Survey” by Conduent HR Services (formerly Xerox HR Services), 77% of employers spend 16% or more of their total healthcare budget on pharmacy benefits and nearly 5% of employers spend upwards of 30% of total healthcare spending on pharmacy[1].It’s no wonder employers are looking for innovative ways to manage their pharmacy spend. Many, however, overlook the simplest and least disruptive path to savings: their pharmacy-benefit-management (PBM) contract.Interestingly, it’s the least analyzed component of healthcare benefits. Most people have no idea what’s under the hood, as these contracts are usually in place for years without anyone taking a look at them. There is a significant opportunity to improve the contractual terms that drive employers’ pharmacy costs. In fact, we know from years of experience that when experts negotiate with the current pharmacy benefits manager, the terms can easily be improved upon.The Rx landscapeLast year, prescription drug spending reached a record-breaking $374 billion[2]. That’s up 13 percent from 2013 – the largest percentage increase in over a decade. Breakthrough therapies and specialty drugs were the main driver of the increase[3].According to Bryan Statham, president of RxBenefits, a pharmacy benefits-management administration and consulting firm, new biotech medicines are difference-makers in the market. He says that the hepatitis C drug has a 95 percent cure rate if taken correctly; but it also carries a very high price tag.  As a result of these expensive prescriptions, Statham says the specialty pharmaceutical drug-spend is the fastest growing component of medical spend for employers.While specialty medications represent only about 1 percent percent of all U.S. prescriptions, in 2014 they accounted for more than 30 percent of the total drug spend[4]And spending is only expected to climb higher: CVS/Caremark, a pharmacy benefit management company, predicts that specialty-drug spending will more than quadruple by 2020, reaching approximately $402 billion a year[5]By then, specialty drugs will account for 40 percent of employers’ total pharmacy spend, according to the Midwest Business Group on Health4.Help wantedThere has never been a better time for employers to look at their general and specialty pharmacy strategy to see if they have optimal pricing terms and other strategic savings opportunities. Employers should ask themselves the following questions about their current pharmacy benefits to determine the potential for savings:1) Do I know the terms of my contract and if they are optimal in today’s market? (If your medical carrier is managing your pharmacy benefits, you may not know the specific contract terms. And if you haven’t negotiated the terms significant savings are possible.)2) Do I have a PBM contract that guarantees pricing terms and rebates? Is it auditable, with a recovery process for any shortfall in performance?3) Am I confident that specialty drugs, like those for hepatitis C, are being properly priced and managed by my current provider?If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, it makes sense to perform a review or audit of your pharmacy spend.If you haven’t performed—at a minimum—a review of your PBM contract in the last 12 to 18 months to determine if it’s performing properly, you’re missing out on a tremendous opportunity to manage drug spending.last_img read more

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10 Reasons You’re Not Getting Gifts: A Mini-Manifesto

first_imgIf we want more donations – more gifts for our cause – we have to tap into our own, inner gifts. Here are the 10 gifts you should make sure you’re leveraging when you reach out to your supporters. Photo source: Big Stock Photo The Gift of Listening: Listening is the first step to real rapport.  Build an emotional connection with donors by making them feel seen and heard.The Gift of Perspective: Know that fundraising is all about the relationship you build with those donors – not the transaction of giving.The Gift of the Right Brain: Unlock right-brain thinking and tell emotional stories about your work.The Gift of Impact: Focus on the impact your donors can have, not the need you have.The Gift of Champions:  Turn your donors into messengers.  Third parties can be more persuasive than we are.The Gift of Hope: Don’t make your donors feel their gift is a drop in the bucket.  Speak of the lives they change rather than the ones they haven’t.The Gift of Technology: Technology isn’t magic alone, but it can work magic on the right fundraising approach.The Gift of Context: Create an environment for donors that’s more conducive to giving.The Gift of Inclusion: Don’t let fundraisers be relegated to the sidelines of an organization – architect fundraising into the organization overall.The Gift of Love: These nine gifts will yield a tenth: the gift of love for what you do.  Giving makes people happy, and so you’re in the wonderful business of joy.last_img read more

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IPS reshuffle in Bengal Jawed Shamim back in Kolkata Police

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle in IPS cadre in Bengal, IGP Traffic, North Bengal, Jawed Shamim has returned to Kolkata Police as Additional Commissioner of Police-II.Besides Shamim, 12 other senior officials have been given new posting. With the new posting of Shamim, the present Additional Commissioner of Police-II in Dr R Sivakumar will take over as IGP (Headquarters)-II in state police.Simultaneously, SP of East Burdwan Kunal Agarwal has been asked to take over as SP of Birbhum, while SP of Nadia Santosh Pandey will take over as Deputy Commissioner, Cyber Crime, in Kolkata Police. Anoop Jaiswal, Commandant 6th Battalion, State Armed Police, has been asked to take over as SP of North Dinajpur replacing Shyam Singh who will take over as Commandant 10th Battalion in State Armed Police. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSudheer Kumar Neelakantam, SP of Birbhum, will now join as DC, East Division, Kolkata Police, replacing Rupesh Kumar, who has been asked to join as SP of Nadia.Bhaskar Mukherjee, DC Zone-II (Airport Division), Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, has been asked to join as SP of East Burdwan.Nagendra Nath Tripathi, Commandant 10th Battalion in State Armed Police, has been asked to take over as DC Traffic under Siliguri Police Commissionerate, replacing Sunil Kumar Yadav, who have been asked to join as SP of Alipurduar.Avvaru Ravindranath, SP of Alipurduar, will now join as DC Zone-II (Airport Division) under Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate.Rahul Goswami, Additional SP (Zonal), Diamond Harbour Police District, has been asked to join as Additional DCDD, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, the official said.last_img read more

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Bengal adjudged best state for effective family planning

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has been adjudged as the leading state for adopting effective family planning methods at the 5th National Summit in Guwahati on Sunday.An economic review published by the department of Planning and Statistics under the Bengal government for the year 2018-19 reveals that at present the state leads in postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (IPPIUCD) acceptance rate in the country with an achievement of 40 per cent. IPPIUCD is a lucrative postpartum family planning method which provides effective reversible contraception to women. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWith continued focus on family planning Couple Protection Rate (CPR) of the state has increased from 49.9 per cent to 57 per cent which is one of the highest in the country. It is an indicator of the prevalence of contraceptive practice in the community. The CPR is usually expressed as the percentage of women in the age group of 15-49 years protected from pregnancy or child birth in the year under consideration for a specific area. The eligible couples are effectively protected against childbirth by one of the approved methods of family planning such as sterilization, intrauterine device, condom and oral contraceptives. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe review also says that the teenage fertility rate has declined from 25.3 per cent to 18 per cent and the prevalence of low birth weight has also declined 22.9 per cent to 16.7 per cent. It may also be mentioned that infant mortality rate has reduced to 25 per 1000 births following a number of initiatives taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government. At the same time, the rate of institutional deliveries has increased to 97 per cent in the state. This has become possible due to various projects in the state. Various “waiting huts” or “pre-delivery huts” have been constructed by the health department to provide healthcare facilities to pregnant women free of cost in far-flung areas. The parliamentary committee on the empowerment of women in the Centre has shown interest in the project. After coming to power the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid a great emphasis on health infrastructure in the rural areas and also on mother-child care. The Bengal government has achieved a significant milestone as it has been able to reach 99 per cent in immunization of children.last_img read more

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