Ongoing protests behind halting of Trans Mountain expansion activists

first_imgVANCOUVER – Protesters who have loudly voiced their opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are taking credit for Kinder Morgan Canada’s decision to pause work on the controversial project.“Every day the protests continue, it gets harder and harder to imagine (the pipeline) going ahead,” said Karen Mahon, campaigns director with the environmental group Stand.Earth.Kinder Morgan announced Sunday that it had suspended all non-essential activities and related spending on the pipeline’s expansion project.It followed another demonstration at a work site in Burnaby, B.C., Saturday, where Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and others have gathered in recent weeks to show their opposition to the $7.4 billion project.The timing was no accident, said Chief Judy Wilson, secretary-treasurer of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.“Opposition continues to grow as people learn of the devastating effects this pipeline expansion would have,” Wilson said in a statement. “This should be a warning to all investors: you must respect Indigenous title and rights, or your projects have no certainty.”Ottawa approved Trans Mountain’s expansion in 2016 and the former B.C. Liberal government gave its approval in 2017, but protesters have said the project violates First Nations rights and would increase the risk of oil spills off B.C.’s coast.Demonstrations began shortly after plans for the expansion were announced and have gained momentum since, said Mike Hudema, a campaigner with Greenpeace Canada.“When they saw Kinder Morgan beginning to start construction, they saw the immediacy and the need to act. And that’s what people did,” he said.Public resistance is likely what swayed the most prominent opponent of the project, the NDP government, said Cam Fenton with climate justice group 350.org.“I think the continuously growing and escalating protests from day one played no small role in helping to make sure that the B.C. government, once it was elected this past year, came out in opposition to it,” he said.Kinder Morgan has said its decision to suspend the project is based on the provincial government’s opposition.Demonstrations and civil disobedience have shown just how far people are willing to go to stop the project from being built, Fenton said.In March, thousands of people voiced their opposition in the streets of Burnaby, the city at the end of the pipeline in B.C.“There was a pretty big indication that we had tapped into what is a growing and vibrant movement in B.C. to protect these waters,” Hudema said.Last month, a B.C. Supreme Court judge issued an injunction prohibiting protests from within five metres of two work sites in Burnaby, but the demonstrations have continued with some people blocking the gates to Kinder Morgan’s facilities.Police have arrested about 200 people around the Trans Mountain facilities since mid-March, including Green party Leader Elizabeth May and New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart.Mahon with Stand.Earth said the continued resistance shows how strongly people oppose the project.“The fact that people are willing to risk, put themselves on the line to support the Indigenous call for resistance is really touching. People are really brave,” she said.But activists know their work isn’t over yet.Kinder Morgan has said the company will consult with “various stakeholders” to try and reach an agreement by May 31 that might allow Trans Mountain to proceed.Mahon, Hudema and Fenton all expect to see more protests in the coming weeks, targeting not only Kinder Morgan, but federal politicians who continue to support the project.“People recognize that this isn’t the end, but it could be the beginning of the end,” Fenton said. “Kinder Morgan’s decision is a sign that organizing action and people power works and I think that will continue to grow.”Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

EPA blocks some media from summit then reverses course

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A reporter for The Associated Press was grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard Tuesday for trying to cover a meeting on water contaminants in which some reporters were welcomed and others were not.An aide to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt later called to apologize to AP reporter Ellen Knickmeyer and said the incident is being looked into. Knickmeyer, who said she was not hurt, was later let into the meeting when the EPA reversed course and opened it to all reporters.Representatives from CNN and E&E News, which covers energy and environment issues, were also initially barred from the meeting.Even for an administration with a contentious relationship with the press and a president who has put the phrase “fake news” into the lexicon, Tuesday’s events were unusual.Pruitt had convened what he called a national summit on dangerous chemicals that have been found in some water systems. Some 200 people attended, including representatives of states, tribes and the chemical industry and environmentalists.Pruitt’s remarks at the meeting were listed on his public schedule and described as being open to the press on a federal daybook of events.Knickmeyer said she called Monday about the event and was told by EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox that it was invitation-only and there was no room for her. She said she showed up anyway, and was told by a security guard that she couldn’t enter. She said she asked to speak to a representative from the press office, was refused and told to get out. Photos of the event showed several empty seats.After security told her that “we can make you get out,” Knickmeyer said she took out her phone to record what was happening. Some of the security guards reached for it, and a woman grabbed her shoulders from behind and pushed her about five feet out the door.Wilcox issued a statement late Tuesday saying Knickmeyer “pushed through the security entrance.” After the AP objected to the characterization, the spokesman issued a second statement removing that account and instead saying Knickmeyer “showed up at EPA but refused to leave the building after being asked to do so.”“When we were made aware of the incident, we displaced stakeholders to the overflow room who flew to Washington for this meeting so that every member of the press could have a seat,” Wilcox said.Reporters from other organizations, including Politico, were allowed in. Inside the event, there were seats reserved for Politico, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, the Daily Caller, the Hill, MLive and NJ Advance Media.Although Knickmeyer has only recently begun covering the embattled Pruitt and the EPA, the EPA had publicly criticized AP reporter Michael Biesecker for a story he co-wrote noting that the AP had surveyed toxic waste sites in the Houston area flooded by Hurricane Harvey when the EPA had said these sites were inaccessible. The EPA called it “yellow journalism”; the AP objected at the time and said it stood by the reporting.CNN, a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump, said the EPA had not responded to its queries Monday about the meeting. Reporter Rene Marsh, a producer and a photographer showed up to cover the meeting anyway, and when the photographer attempted to enter, Wilcox came to the entrance and provided security with a list of reporters who were allowed. CNN was asked to leave. Marsh later tried to enter through a different entrance and was turned away.Similarly, reporter Corbin Hiar of E&E News was denied entrance for the morning session.News organizations decried the ban.“The Environmental Protection Agency’s selective barring of news organizations, including the AP, from covering today’s meeting is alarming and a direct threat to the public’s right to know about what is happening inside their government,” said AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.CNN said in a statement that “we understand the importance of an open and free press and we hope the EPA does, too.”Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., called on Pruitt to apologize. “This intimidation of journalists seeking to cover a federal official presiding over important policy-making is un-American and unacceptable,” He saidAfter the story began spreading, Knickmeyer said she received a call from Lincoln Ferguson, an adviser to Pruitt. He apologized for how she was manhandled and said officials were looking into it.He invited her and other reporters back for the summit’s afternoon session. Ironically, the EPA had initially planned to allow reporters in only for Pruitt’s remarks, yet after the access issue was raised, later sessions were opened to the press. CNN and E&E News attended the afternoon session, too.Lauren Easton, spokeswoman for the AP, said the news organization was pleased that the EPA had reconsidered its position.Asked about the incident, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was looking into the incident. She pushed back on a question about whether there are any instances where the White House believed it was appropriate to physically handle a reporter.“I’m not going to weigh in to random hypotheticals that may or may not exist,” she said. “I don’t know any information about this specific incident. You’re asking me to speak to a blanket possibility, which I’m not going to do.”last_img read more

Financial market highlights on Tuesday SPTSX 1498496 up 3308 points

Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 14,984.96, up 33.08 pointsDow — 21,899.89, up 196.14 pointsS&P 500– 2,452.51, up 24.14 pointsNasdaq — 6,297.48, up 84.35 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 79.67 cents US, up 0.15 of a centPound — C$1.6102, down 1.20 centsEuro — C$1.4760, down 0.84 of a centEuro — US$1.1759, down 0.45 of a centOil futures:US$47.83, up 30 cents(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,291.00 per oz., down $5.70(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.239 per oz., down 7.1 cents$714.98 per kg., down $2.29

Report shows policy uncertainty keeping petroleum industry executives from investing in Alberta

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report shows policy uncertainty keeping petroleum industry executives from investing in Alberta by Jonathan Muma Posted Dec 1, 2015 7:45 am MDT (City News) Oil and gas executives are confirming what we’ve known for some time, policy uncertainty has led to a loss in confidence in Alberta’s oil patch.A report from the Fraser Institute shows the results of its 9th annual survey of petroleum industry executives and managers, regarding barriers to investment in exploration and production in various jurisdictions around the globe.Alberta is down four spots in Canada over last year; to seventh from third, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba are one-two for another year.Alberta has also fallen in the global policy perception ranking, coming in at 38 out of 126 compared to last year when the province was 16 out of 156.Even with the decline in Alberta, Taylor Jackson, Policy Analyst with the Fraser Institute, explains overall, Canada is still seen as a safe place to invest.“It’s being led by the United States, they have the fewest barriers to investment, followed by Canada as a whole, followed by Australia and then the rest of the regions around the world tend to fall behind or have more barriers to investment,” he said.Still, he explains the royalty review and new corporate taxes have investors on edge and the uncertainty in Alberta will persist until companies know what the landscape will look like going forward.“We’ve seen increases in corporate taxes and a new royalty review that are adding costs and uncertainty to the oil and gas industry that’s already hampered by declining prices,” he said. “This may end up deterring investment and potentially having an effect on Alberta’s prosperity.”That could change as quickly as next year once all the new rules and policies are in place.“We saw a similar thing with the survey during the last royalty review where there was a lot of uncertainty, investor confidence and investment dropped in that period and it wasn’t until later when some of the policies were reversed that Alberta improved in the survey and got to where it was a couple of years ago,” said Jackson.The most attractive place to invest right now is in offshore operations in the Netherlands.There are no surprises on the least attractive places: Libya, Venezuela and Syria. read more

Suspect drank prior to headon collision

first_imgA Washougal man whose vehicle collided head on with another vehicle on Southeast Washougal River Road allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, court records show.Sean M. Hough, 23, appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of vehicular assault in connection with the July 29 incident.The driver of the other vehicle, Robert Lulay, 52, suffered a fractured left leg. His passenger, 34-year-old Rachel Cooper, suffered minor injuries to her left side and left arm, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.At about 7:40 a.m., Clark County sheriff’s deputies, Washougal police and Washington State Patrol troopers responded to a head-on crash near the 40700 block of Southeast Washougal River Road. East County Fire & Rescue and Camas-Washougal Fire assisted, the affidavit states.First responders learned that Hough was driving a 1989 Jeep Cherokee west on Southeast Washougal River Road when he crossed the center line on a curve and collided with an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet pickup, court records said.Officers said that while talking with Hough, they smelled alcohol on his breath, and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. Hough agreed to take a preliminary breath test, which registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.116, according to court documents. Hough was also injured in the crash.last_img read more

Twitter suspends accounts in Howard Schultz disinformation effort

first_img Comment Share your voice Tags Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is considering running as an independent presidential candidate in the 2020 election. Joshua Lott/Getty Images It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Since late January, Twitter has suspended several accounts that pretend to support Howard Schultz’s political ambitions but are actually pushing other agendas. On Thursday, Twitter suspended three more accounts for violating its policies.Schultz hasn’t officially announced he’s running for president, but the businessman has said he’s considering an independent run for the White House. Since his announcement in late January, several accounts pretending to support the former coffee shop executive have popped up on Twitter.On Thursday, Twitter suspended the accounts @GaysForSchultz, @PresSchultz2020, and @HowardJSchultz. The @HowardJSchultz account described itself as “Millennials for Schultz.” Before they were suspended, all three accounts were posting content from the “alt-right,” a loosely knit movement of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.The @GaysForSchultz account responded to tweets about Ruth Bader Ginsburg conspiracy theories, while the @PresSchultz2020 account posted anti-Muslim content alongside posts supporting Schultz’s presidential ambitions. The three accounts violated Twitter’s “Fake Accounts” policy, according to a person familiar with the suspensions. While parody accounts of Schultz are still on Twitter, these three accounts were considered “fake and misleading.”Schultz didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.screen-shot-2019-02-28-at-4-34-12-pmOne of the suspended accounts. Screenshot by Alfred Ng/CNET Creating fake social-media profiles tied to politics isn’t new. During the 2016 US presidential election, Russian operatives made fan pages on Facebook and accounts on Twitter supporting third-party candidates, such as Jill Stein, with the intention of pulling votes away from Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.  In late January, Twitter suspended the accounts @Blacks4Schultz and @GOP4Schultz, the former for operating multiple accounts. The @Blacks4Schultz account had a stock-photo image of an African-American man with “Howard” edited onto his shirt.  The most prominent account was “@Women_4_Schultz,” an account created by Jacob Wohl, a conservative activist who bragged to USA Today about his plans to create fraudulent Twitter profiles and promote candidates considered less likely to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Wohl’s fake accounts, along with his own Twitter profile, were suspended last week for violating the social network’s policies, “specifically creating and operating fake accounts,” a Twitter representative said. The strategy was taken right out of Russia’s disinformation playbook, by setting up fake accounts to allege support for candidates who have a weaker shot at the White House, Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s digital forensic research lab, said.The other suspended Schultz accounts aren’t tied to Wohl, according to a person familiar with the situation. Some accounts pretending to support Schultz are still active on Twitter. The social network allows parody profiles as long as they don’t violate Twitter’s rules. That could be why Wohl’s @Women_4_Schultz account was suspended while @WomenForSchultz, a parody of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s “Women for Cohen” account, still remains. Social networks are gearing up for a flood of disinformation as the 2020 US presidential election draws closer. It proved to be an effective tool for Russian operatives in 2016, and US intelligence officials now consider disinformation a global threat. The slow drip of Schultz accounts getting suspended is just a small example of the flood of disinformation social networks are expecting over the next year.  “One of the main worries after the Russian operation was exposed was that users in America would copy it,” Nimmo said. “We’ve already seen reported attempts in the Alabama special Senate election, targeting potential Republican voters. Now it looks like we’re seeing similar activity targeting Democrats. It’s a bad sign before 2020.”Originally published on Feb. 28. Update, March 4 at 7:04 a.m.: To add details on why these accounts were suspended.center_img 1 Politicslast_img read more

Sitkas disaster response bills approach halfmillion mark

first_imgSitka has spent almost a half-million dollars since August on emergency cleanup, and is counting on having most of that reimbursed by the state.City administrative officer Jay Sweeney gave the assembly a rundown of emergency expenses, in the wake of back-to-back disasters last month.The grand total so far is $459,000, itemized as follows:The Jarvis St. diesel spill: $71,500.The Kramer Avenue landslide: $314,000.The Sawmill Creek Road landslide: $37,000.All other slides and floods on August 18: $37,000.The expenses have added up quickly — literally doubling in the last 20 days. But Sweeney was not worried that Sitka would run low on cash.“We have the anticipation that the vast majority of the expenditures related to the emergency — the landslide and flood response — will be fully reimbursed by the state of Alaska. We’ve yet to receive any reimbursement, but anticipate full recovery.”Gov. Bill Walker issued an emergency disaster declaration on August 28, authorizing up to $1-million in state assistance for the city and individuals affected by the slides and flooding. The declaration does not cover the fuel spill on Jarvis St, which occurred on August 15, three days before the devastating slides.City administrator Mark Gorman recommended transferring money from Sitka’s emergency reserves to the Electric Department to cover that expense.In other business Tuesday, the assembly eliminated the break on utility rates the city’s given in the past to residents who go away on vacation for several months.Once upon a time Sitkans could apply for so-called “vacation rates” on water, sewer, and trash if they were gone between 30 days and four months.Vacation rates were one-quarter of the regular bill.Testifying from the public, Sue Riggs urged the assembly to consider that many people left Sitka for medical care, and that vacation rates were actually a form of compassionate support.The argument didn’t land with the ordinance sponsors, however. Matt Hunter again discussed the idea that water and garbage bills supported infrastructure, regardless of how much was used.Michelle Putz believed in extending compassion toward all Sitkans facing increasing utility rates.“What we’re really trying to do is find whatever way we can to reduce the cost for everyone in Sitka, because every cost is going up. So I would rather take off a dollar for everybody eventually on every bill than necessarily have to figure out individuals. So I’m happy with it the way it is.”The assembly approved the elimination of vacation rates unanimously.And finally, city administrator Mark Gorman reported that negotiations with the state over the future of Halibut Point Recreation Area were unsuccessful.On July 1 the Division of Natural Resources put all seven state park units in Sitka into so-called “passive management.” The National Park Service jumped in to manage Castle Hill and Old Sitka through Alaska Day, and the city was considering taking over Halibut Point — but only if the state chipped in some cash.“We requested $50,000 a year for maintenance, and they turned that down and said they would give us a new toilet.”Gorman said that the city’s next course of action would be to ask for funding for the park through a legislative grant.The Sitka Assembly will meet next in special session this Thursday at 6 PM to distribute grant funding to local non-profits. The meeting will be held in the assembly’s temporary quarters in Room 229 of the University of Alaska Southeast campus.last_img read more

Report catalogs contaminated land conveyed to Native corporations

first_imgThe BLM put together an inventory of 920 contaminated sites conveyed to Alaska Native Corporations, color-coded to indicate sites that have already been cleaned up, and those with work still to be done. (Web screenshot)Scattered throughout Alaska are hundreds of pieces of land that have been transferred to Alaska Native Corporations by the federal government.Some of it is the land of Alaska dreams: forests, tundra, river banks – largely untouched. Other parcels are less picturesque, but chosen for an economic development purpose.And some, for whatever reason they were chosen, came with contamination: old schools, tank farms, other structures and even some spills.Getting them cleaned up has been a decades long process, and a new report catalogs those contaminated sites, but leaves some questions about who will orchestrate cleanup – and when.About 1,000 sites considered contaminated were transferred from federal entities to Alaska Native Corporations, including storage tanks at the post office site in Iliamna; soil issues at the Katmai National Park Headquarters; a tank farm in Newhalen; and the former school in Pedro Bay.Since the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed in 1971 as part of the effort to extinguish aboriginal title to lands, the Bureau of Land Management has acted as the government’s real estate agent, and been responsible for transferring each parcel to corporations.At Congress’ direction, the agency published its report on where those conveyances stand this summer, including an inventory of the sites with a map available and searchable online to discover where the parcels are and what is happening on them – or needs to happen in the future.The BLM looked at each of 6,000 sites thought to be conveyed under the settlement act, and determined who the landowner was before transfer, to whom it was transferred and when that happened.Doing so drew on databases and information from several agencies, both state and federal, and BLM deputy state director Erika Reed said it was the first effort of its kind.“It took dozens of people, literally going through every one of those sites, all 6,000 of them, overlaid against our land status records and the survey records,” she said. “Since we are the ones that dispose of the lands, we conveyed them out of federal ownership, we have the legal descriptions for all the lands that are conveyed, everything that was issued in a conveyance document, in a survey record.”Much of the push for the report came from an ongoing concern over whether land was being cleaned up.The preliminary inventory offers information about the land’s current status, though it makes no promises as to future work.Bristol Bay Native Corporation Associate General Counsel Daniel Cheyette said that the process, which stakeholders see as slow, has been frustrating.“As the landowners, as participants in ANCSA who believed that their land claims, that the land grants were in satisfaction of their land claims, it’s really frustrating that decades later we still have contaminated sites, and that the federal government is really moving very slowly in terms of correcting problems they created,” he said. “It’s a step, it’s a start, but it’s taking way too long and it’s very frustrating for the landowner.”It’s also frustrating that the BLM does not have ownership over the next steps beyond the report, Cheyette said.“It’s a great start, but we’re taking baby steps, and this is baby steps on a problem that has persisted for decades,” he said. “It is both a source of optimism and continued frustration that the main recommendation is a working group. We need concrete steps at this point.”The Alaska Native Village Corporation Association has worked on the issue for decades, and spokesman Brennan Cain, who is vice president and general counsel for The Eyak Corporation, said the slow process has been frustrating to stakeholders.“It is unacceptable that 45 years after the passage of ANCSA to settle aboriginal land claims, Alaska Native Corporations continue to face legal exposure for contaminated lands conveyed to them by the Federal government,” he said, adding that the corporations want to see a clear path to cleanup.“We urge the federal government to acknowledge its responsibility to remediate the contaminated sites and to facilitate the remediation of the sites.”While the BLM can do an inventory, it has said it doesn’t have the authority to do the cleanup, said Maureen Clark, a BLM public affairs official.“Once lands are no longer owned by the United States, the Department of Interior doesn’t have the authority to expend appropriated funds to cleanup private land,” Clark said. “It’s the entity that made the mess, if you will, that’s responsible for actually cleaning it up.”The BLM transferred some of the parcels from its own lands, but those are not thought to be contaminated.Instead, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration and other entities all played a role in causing the contamination, and are likely to be responsible for some sites. But the BLM can’t make them clean them up, said project manager Paul Krabacher.“We don’t have the authority to compel action for any of this from here on,” he said. “These are not federal lands anymore, they’re private lands. Obviously corporation lands in this case.”Instead, the BLM report makes some recommendations: finalize the inventory, so that there is a complete picture of the lands’ status right now, and put together a working group to develop the next steps. And, it hands over much of the responsibility for coordinating the work that is left to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.DEC contaminated sites manager John Halverson said his agency can do some of the work outlined in the recommendations, but not necessarily all of it.“There hasn’t really been final decisions made on specifically what’s going to happen in response to the report, but DEC’s mission does include making sure that contaminated sites are investigated and managed properly and cleaned up appropriately,” he said.For instance, the state’s on-going budget concerns might make it particularly difficult for the agency to manage the new inventory database that the BLM put together, or take on other new work, Halverson said.“We are taking a look at the orphan sites in this report and trying to figure out if any of those are high priority sites to make sure we can move those along as soon as possible, but trying to work out agreements between multiple parties that may be responsible or liable for contamination can take quite a bit of time,” he said.The agency is looking at funding sources, such as state and Tribal brownfields program resources and other federal programs, to help with the work, Halverson said.last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turners insulting exchange with BFF Maisie Williams

first_imgSophie TurnerGetty ImagesIs there trouble brewing in BFF paradise? Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are best friends, but could it be that the pair is drifting apart? Sophie reportedly got married to Joe Jonas last week without inviting her best pal Maisie Williams.And now the Game of Thrones actress has dealt another blow apparently snubbing Maisie’s request to be her plus one at the premiere for forthcoming X-Men film, Dark Phoenix.Reportedly Sophie posted a tweet about a contest she’s involved with for Omaze, offering one fan the chance to attend the screening with her. ‘Want to be my plus-one at the Dark Phoenix premiere and hang with the X-Men cast? It’s all to support 4 incredible causes!’ she posted to the micro-blogging site.Maisie piped up, replying: ‘omg pick me pls.’To which Sophie responded: ‘Fat chance.’ Maisie Williams and Sophie TurnerGetty Images We have to say the pair had us worried for a second. But it looks like the exchange was in good fun and the two best friends are still very friendly. The pair play sisters on the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones.Jean Grey is arguably one of the most powerful mutants out there and she is one of the biggest threats the X-Men have ever faced. X-Men: Dark Phoenix will hit theatres on June 20 2019. But fans will not have to wait that long to watch Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. The fifth episode of the final season will air on May 12.last_img read more

Youre Not As Safe As You Should Be How Understaffing Is Affecting

first_imgStill, the department is trying to address the problems at Telford. Several weeks ago, the department began moving nearly 400 inmates who require higher security and have a history of disciplinary issues from Telford to other prisons throughout the state to ease the burden on the unit’s officers, Desel said. And in the last month, administrators began temporarily rotating in employees from across the state to fill in the gaps.Collier has blamed the department’s recent dwindling officer ranks on a booming economy that gives potential hires more attractive job opportunities than what prisons can offer. Before February, rookie officers were paid about $34,000 in their first year for a job that comes with the daily risk of getting spit on, doused in urine or feces, and even beaten.The department has responded by upping that starting pay by about $2,000 a year and increasing signing bonuses it offers to those assigned to especially understaffed prisons.But at Telford, inmates and officers alike say the problems run deeper than the officers’ pay or the inmate population.During his more than 25 years as a prisoner in Texas, Omar Edwards said he has been locked up in nine different prisons, landing at Telford in 2014. In a recent interview with The Texas Tribune, he said the meager diet, the morale and the leadership make this prison the worst.“This unit to me is like a bunch of dead souls,” he said through a glass pane in the prison visitation room. “The officers I’m talking to, they’re not quitting because of offenders, they’re quitting because of administration.” The problem with staffing prisonsLance Lowry, a prison sergeant in Huntsville and former union president, said the seeds of Texas’ prison staffing problems were planted in the 1990s when prison construction exploded — part of a nationwide trend stemming from a “lock ‘em up” political atmosphere that followed rising crime rates the decade before.Between 1990 and 2000, the state built about 75 new lockups — many of them in small, remote towns — with enough cells to hold more than 110,000 additional inmates, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.“State leadership doled out prisons as economic stimulus for rural communities, but the pay was never there to attract staff to sufficiently maintain these units,” Lowry said.Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe Barry B. Telford Unit in New Boston, Texas.But the Texas system was faring pretty well by 2010, two years after the great recession began. According to the agency’s annual review, prisons had less than 1,000 open correctional officer positions at the end of that fiscal year, when unemployment in Texas had soared to 8 percent.Since then, the state’s unemployment rate has steadily decreased, hitting a record low of less than 4 percent in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And Texas prisons have seen their staff vacancy rates creep upward.“Historically, the (prison staffing) challenge has been greatest when the Texas economy is growing and unemployment is low,” said Collier, the TDCJ executive director, in a newsletter.Prisons have to find people willing to work dangerous jobs in small towns. “I don’t know how many people from Dallas or Houston want to move to New Boston, Texas,” Lowry said.They also face competition for workers from a revived Texas oil and gas industry that’s dangling much higher pay to largely the same labor pool, according to Deitch.That’s why TDCJ has put extra focus on recruitment: They’ve done job fairs and advertised higher salaries for new officers — who can now earn more than $36,000 in their first year along with up to $5,000 in hiring bonuses to work at severely understaffed units like Telford.These new recruits are crucial for the prison system: First-year correctional officers have an even higher turnover rate than the profession overall, Collier said, so keeping new employees from quitting can have “a very significant impact” on vacancies.But at Telford, the staffing shortages continued to grow. Since August, the prison’s staffing rates have dropped by 9 percentage points, triggering the administration’s move to rotate officers in from other units throughout the state for short stints.Though Desel said the administration is exploring more retention programs like mentorships and management training, the larger emphasis on recruitment over retaining more experienced staff has drawn some criticism from officers like Lowry.“Ever since Timothy Davison was killed, there’s been a mass turnover” at Telford, Lowry said. “When you have a high staff turnover and an influx of new officers who don’t necessarily know what’s going on, that’s a volatile combination.” Death and hunger inside TelfordDavison had been working for the Department of Criminal Justice for only about seven months when he was beaten to death. The 47-year-old father of two was working in the highest security area of the prison, where men are kept in isolation. When Davison opened the door to Billy Joel Tracy’s cell, Tracy slipped free of his handcuffs, knocked Davison to the floor and pummeled him with a metal bar used to open cell door food slots.An internal investigation found that Tracy’s handcuffs weren’t fully secured, and a second officer who was supposed to be nearby wasn’t around. Tracy was sentenced to death last year for Davison’s murder. Last year, Telford reported 11 serious staff assaults, meaning more than first aid was required, according to data provided by the department — the most of any prison in the state by far. Former officers interviewed by the Tribune said assaults on staff have often happened after someone wasn’t following protocol.“The offenders start to … I won’t say run the prison, but standards and policies aren’t enforced,” said the former officer, who quit last year.He and another former officer said prison staff didn’t follow the rules even after Davison’s death, partially because of the lack of officers. The shortcuts they described included skipping strip searches before moving men classified as potentially dangerous, not fully securing handcuffs and often failing to have the required two officers when they moved a high-security inmate.The former officers described fellow officers being jumped and stabbed by inmates at Telford after protocol breaches.Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneTheodore Streater talks about his health conditions, which he blames largely on his prison diet, at the Telford Unit on March 21, 2018.The inmates are suffering, too. Interviews and correspondence with numerous men locked up in Telford and their loved ones indicated that for months the men were being kept in their cells most of the day, rarely getting to go outside, and being underfed with small sack meals instead of being allowed to go to the dining hall.Food was the loudest complaint.Though many are able to afford food from the commissary — the prison’s store — they said it’s not accessible during lockdowns, when inmates are restricted to their cells for security reasons or routine searches for contraband. In the last year, the Telford Unit was on lockdown for about 100 days, according to the department. Inmates said they’re often fed in their cells between lockdowns as well, and the staff says it’s because they’re spread so thin.After an inmate’s wife complained to the prison about inadequate food in the sack meals, the department responded in a November letter saying that all meals, whether prepared hot in the kitchen or passed out in bags, fulfilled the required calorie count. Desel responded to the allegations by stating that the agency follows federal dietary guidelines in planning nutritionally-balanced meals. But many of the men inside contest that, claiming symptoms of malnutrition and significant weight loss.Theodore Streater, a 56-year-old who was locked up at Telford for about a year and a half, told the Tribune in March that for months the men mostly got small peanut butter and jelly or “mystery meat” sandwiches three times a day, brought in bags that sometimes contained cockroaches or the signs of being gnawed by rats. There were no vegetables, and meat was often spoiled from sitting out too long. He said hot meals, which used to be the norm, had become the exception.Shortly after his interview with the Tribune, Streater, who’s serving a life sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child, was sent to the prison’s hospital unit in Galveston to undergo surgery for heart disease, according to hospital records.“I told them that the doctor warned me that I was at risk of heart disease if I didn’t change my diet,” he wrote in a letter to the Tribune. “But I was unable to change my diet, because it’s all we were being fed.”Winston Barnes is expected to be released from prison in July after serving four years on theft charges. His wife frets over his weight loss since he was transferred to Telford in September, saying their 11-year-old son is now bigger than her husband. In a recent interview at the unit, Barnes said he has no complaints about his time in prison — except for the lack of food.“I’m sorry, but we’re grown men,” he said. “My kids eat more than that.”Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneWinston Barnes says he’s lost a significant amount of weight in his short time at the Telford Unit.Though correctional officers may not be overly sympathetic — “It’s prison,” one said — keeping the men in their cells most of the day and feeding them sack meals weighs on them as well. Most of the cooking and cleaning is done by inmates, so when they’re locked down, that work falls to the staff.“We have to clean buildings, serve food on the cell” on top of their regular duties, said the former officer. “Even when they’re sack lunches, it’s really a pain in the butt.”On top of the extra work, officers at Telford are putting in lots of extra hours because of the staffing shortages. Overtime isn’t a perk; sometimes it’s a requirement — a situation that can be unsafe as well as inconvenient.Desel, the TDCJ spokesperson, said in times of need — like at Telford — a warden can assign mandatory overtime as long as an officer doesn’t work more than 10 days in a row or more than 16 hours in a day. A second former correctional officer said all the overtime was a main reason he quit his job at Telford in January after a little more than a year. The officer — who also wished to remain anonymous to protect his friends at the prison — is a father of two young children and estimated he was working 24 hours of overtime in an eight-day cycle on top of his regular 48 hours.“I knew I’d be doing a dangerous job,” he told the Tribune recently. “But they were making me work so much overtime; I didn’t get to spend any time with my family.”With more staff arriving from other prisons and high-risk inmates being shipped out, inmates recently reported some improvement in the food and recreation situation. But they say change has been inconsistent, and they’re concerned that when attention turns away from Telford, the same problems will come creeping back. “The question is, will the unit be able to consistently function when these officers are reassigned back to their units?” Edwards wondered in a recent letter. Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneOmar Edwards, who has been incarcerated at the Telford prison in New Boston for about four years, talks about how short staffing affects inmates on March 21, 2018.By many accounts, the Telford prison is in trouble.In recent interviews, inmates claimed they were malnourished from being fed small, sometimes rotting sack meals in their cells and rarely got to go outside. And former correctional officers said they felt unsafe, forced to cut corners and work too much overtime in a unit that holds more than 2,500 men.“Working those longer hours and having that safety aspect in the back of your mind that maybe you’re not as safe as you should be or as you were, it wears on you,” said one former officer, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation against his friends who still work at the prison. “I’ve known [officers] to get physically ill at the mere thought of going to Telford.”The problems at the maximum-security prison — tucked away on the outskirts of this small town in the northeastern corner of Texas near Texarkana — are largely blamed on a shortage of guards. In April, the prison employed only 65 percent of the full-time correctional officers it’s authorized to have — a shortage of nearly 200 — according to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman. That’s one of the highest officer vacancy rates in the state.center_img Share Telford also consistently reports more serious assaults on staff than any other prison in the state — including the 2015 murder of correctional officer Timothy Davison by a man who had committed multiple assaults against officers while serving two life sentences for burglary and aggravated assault. Since Davison’s death, the number of vacant officer positions at the unit has skyrocketed.Telford is an extreme example, but the problem of understaffed prisons reaches across Texas. Out of about 26,000 authorized correctional officer positions, state-run prisons were short nearly 3,700 in November, and nearly three of every 10 officers left during the last fiscal year. That 28 percent turnover rate was “the highest in recent memory” according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Bryan Collier’s statement in a departmental newsletter.Last fall, a teacher working in the Ferguson Unit north of Huntsville said an inmate raped her; there were no officers in sight and the prison had a 25 percent officer vacancy rate at the time. Her lawyer has said he plans to file a federal lawsuit this month that blames understaffing for her assault.Other states are also struggling to staff their prisons and suffering the consequences: At one South Carolina prison last month, the 44 officers guarding about 1,500 inmates waited for backup for more than four hours when a gang fight erupted into the country’s deadliest prison riot in 25 years, leaving seven dead and another 22 injured.“There’s probably no aspect of prison operations that’s more important to safety than appropriate levels of staffing,” said Michele Deitch, an attorney and senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin who studies prison conditions.TDCJ’s spokesman, Jeremy Desel, said that adequate staffing is an important part of maintaining as safe an environment as possible in prisons. 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first_img Related Content read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Image Quality ImprovementsToday, ultrasound images are available with higher resolutions, allowing physicians to see much clearer definition. “Everyone is used to ultrasound pictures being fuzzy,” said Tomo Hasegawa, director, ultrasound business unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems. “With enhancement in computer technology doing real-time processing, we’re starting to get images that are so clear, people don’t even realize it’s ultrasound.”  Anthony Samir, M.D., associate medical director, ultrasound imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, said these improvements could be credited to upgrades in ultrasound equipment. “The b-mode technology has improved enormously in terms of transducer sensitivity, the beam former, image processing speed and the quality of the final data display,” he said. These improvements have resulted in an image quality in b-mode imaging that is better than it was even 10 years ago. Physicians are able to see things that are a lot smaller and a lot deeper than was previously possible. “We can see flow in vessels as small as 2 mm in diameter in organs like the kidney and lymph nodes.” Due in part to these image-quality improvements, ultrasound is now being used in interventional procedures generally dominated by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). And although many interventional physicians still rely on CT and MRI for lung procedures, it has become common for interventionalists to use ultrasound instead of CT for image-guided biopsies and ablations. Advancements in Volumetric Ultrasound Volumetric ultrasound has also continued to improve. Ultrasound was previously only able to capture a single imaging plane, but today it can acquire volumes. “Transducers that allow for the acquisition of real-time volumes of tissue allow us to image in multiple planes — for example, the transverse and sagittal dimensions — simultaneously,” Samir said. While volumetric ultrasound has been in development for many years, the transducers have only been available for conventional use for the last few years. And because volumetric ultrasound allows physicians to characterize tissue better than before and perform conventional procedures with much greater accuracy, this area of ultrasound will continue to grow. Development of New TechnologiesNewer technologies are set to revolutionize ultrasound practice. One such technology is sonoelastography, a technique that has been in development for almost two decades. Sonoelastography utilizes the same machine that does b-mode ultrasound to measure tissue stiffness. It measures the mechanical characteristics of tissues and then displays those mechanical characteristics overlaid on the conventional b-mode ultrasound image. By giving physicians the ability to see stiffer and softer areas inside of the tissue, sonoelastography will aid in liver fibrosis staging, thyroid nodule, lymph node and indeterminate breast lump characterization, and the detection of prostate cancer, all of which cannot be done with conventional ultrasound. Elastography has been available in Europe for some time and systems in the United States started receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval over the past year. Another recent development is the use of ultrasound contrast agents. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has been available in Canada, Australia, China and Europe for a number of years, but has not been available in the United States outside of echocardiography. CEUS grants much more sensitivity for the detection of tumors, allowing ultrasound use to expand into many of the functions currently performed by CT and MRI. Impact of Healthcare Reform/LegislationHealthcare reform and other legislation is playing a big role in the widespread adoption of ultrasound. This can be seen in the legislation that many states have passed requiring radiologists to tell women if they have dense breasts, and to inform them of the benefits of supplemental screening. According to Rachel F. Brem, M.D., FACR, FSBI, professor and vice-chair, director, Breast Imaging and Interventional Center, Department of Radiology, George Washington University, ultrasound has emerged as the clear leader in secondary breast screening. “In women with dense breast tissue, about a third of breast cancers are not seen on mammograms because there is no contrast between the white cancer and the white breast tissue,” Brem said. “Now we know that with automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), we find 30 percent more cancers in women with dense breast tissue.” Overall, healthcare reform is moving toward utilizing the most cost-effective solution — a practice that is already utilized in many countries around the world. With ultrasound typically costing less than CT and MRI, healthcare reform is likely to favor the more widespread adoption of ultrasound, especially as it moves into areas where CT and MRI is currently used. “With the whole dose issue and reimbursement where the government doesn’t pay more to use multi-million dollar equipment and tie it up for 40 minutes, why not do ultrasound for a fifth of the price and get even better outcomes?” Hasegawa concluded.Read an updated version of this article from 2016 “Advances in Ultrasound.”Read the 2016 article “Top Trends in Cardiovascular Ultrasound.”Read the 2016 article “Ultrasound Enhances Quality as Technology Advances.” 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Feature | Ultrasound Imaging | November 04, 2013 | Williette Nyanue Advancements in Ultrasound This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Ultrasound Systems in the November/December 2013 issue. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more (Updated information from 2016 can be found at the bottom of the article)Physicians have been utilizing conventional ultrasound, also known as b-mode ultrasound, for diagnostic imaging since the 1970s. However, over the past 10 years there have been significant technological improvements within the equipment, as well as development of new technologies that allowed ultrasound to become more widely adopted. Ultrasound equipment has gotten physically smaller, generates less heat and has become more power efficient. These upgrades, along with vast enhancements in image quality, have pushed ultrasound into the point-of-care setting. Point-of-care ultrasound has become widely performed in emergency rooms, PCP offices and obstetric practices. As healthcare reform continues to favor the use of more cost-effective solutions, this trend is expected to persist until ultrasound is used in every doctor’s office.  News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more Access the most current version of the Ultrasound Systems Comparison Chart (www.itnonline.com/content/ultrasound-systems). This will require a login, but it is free and only takes a minute to complete the form. 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first_imgFort Lauderdale, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet LifestyleLevinson Jewelers, one of the leading independent jewelry stores in the country, is pleased to partner with Miami Heat’s celebrity DJ, DJ Irie to design a signature line of jewelry called “Peace thru Music”. In addition, DJ Irie will serve as an Ambassador for the brand, promoting Levinson jewelry, fine timepieces and the company’s superior customer service.Robin Levinson, co-owner of Levinson Jewelers, and DJ Irie worked together to design this exclusive line of DJ Irie jewelry. These pieces will be promoted and sold through DJ Irie’s website at www.djirie.com and available for purchase exclusively through Levinson Jewelers, with proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami Dade. The pieces include a limited edition “Peace thru Music” pendant necklace on a leather cord and a signature “Peace thru Music” bracelet set. Both items will retail for $395. A VIP kick-off event in celebration of the partnership and new line will be held at Levinson Jewelers on November 16th and a star studded crowd is expected.“This was a natural collaboration, considering both Levinson Jewelers and DJ Irie represent an elite sense of style,” said Robin Levinson. “Together we hope to develop a trendsetting line of jewelry that is fashionable and functional, and all to benefit the wonderful cause and tremendous mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.” DJ Irie said “I’m honored to be the brand ambassador for the luxury jeweler, Levinson on Las Olas. Mark & Robin Levinson have been exceptional friends over the years and now I am so excited that we have designed the “Peace thru Music” jewelry line for those who are stylish and believe in giving back.”www.levinsonjewelers.comlast_img read more

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this may change. I was told Rahul Gandhi had just arrived.several MPs are said to have expressed their willingness to contest the Assembly elections. The body of the victim was found on August 4 in Chaparchiri Khurd village near a construction site.s work as,(His) committee comprises a central team and a group of volunteers Each volunteer is equipped with a walkie-talkie or mobile phonea rain gaugea river water level gaugea torchand sometimesa bicycle The volunteers pass the information to the central teamwhich analyses the data to determine possible villages that may be hit by floods in the next few days This information is transmitted to downstream districts?’’ Clarke said. PTI By: AP | Berlin | Updated: February 19, ?says Priyanka, while Indian defenders Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal got three tackling points each.

substitute Prashant Kumar Rai brought home the first point for Haryana with a touch point which revived them to four players. North Korea’s neighbour and lone major ally, “While you are approaching that winning you are asked a bunch of other things. 2016 Morning you started with Majithia,this court does not feel that this case falls under the grave of gravest or rare of the rarest case and therefore both the accused are sentenced to life imprisonment. Basant and Sarita were sentenced to life imprisonment under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC and a penalty of Rs 20000 was imposed on them They were also convicted under Section 397 (robbery or dacoitywith an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) for which they were awarded seven years of imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 7000Section 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the IPC for which they got two years of imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 2000 Basant was also convicted under Section 25 of the Arms Act for which he got three years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 3000 On the run after murdering the husband and mother-in-law of his paramour two days after her marriagedismissed Chandigarh Police constable Basant had murdered Inspector Sucha Singh and injured a Chandigarh Police constable on June 8 Inspector Sucha Singhwho was stabbed 12 times by Basantdied at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhon June 8 Basant along with Sarita had escaped in a police vehicle Basant and Sarita were spotted by Inspector Sucha Singh and constable Jitender who were patrolling outside the Sector 17 bus stand at 215 am on June 8 The patrolling party did not know the identity of the couple Basant had initially lied that Sarita was his sister Unconvincedthe Inspector asked them to accompany to Sector 17 police station On reaching the police stationBasant revealed that they were married and the identification papers were in their luggage lying at the bus stand The Inspector and the constable took them back to the bus stand As soon as they reached the gate of the bus standBasant took out a knife and asked the Inspector to let them go When confrontedBasant stabbed the Inspector several times He stabbed the constable too before driving away in the police vehicle He was arrested from a hotel in Paharganj in Delhi on June 9 The chargesheet against the duo was filed on August 24 and the case was committed to District and Sessions Court on September 3 Charges were framed against Basant and Sarita on September 17 For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related News BJP could lift the blockade in two days, A large number of people lined the road to greet him.” the PM wrote, We have a problem with a terrorist organisation. it was the end of the road for double-World Championship bronze medallist P.

the PML-N government has announced enacting law to remove a loophole allowing other family members to pardon a killer. “Birds like Wagtails, of sandpipers, For all the latest Mumbai News, Also I think that they have ‘fallen’ upon a system that works for their team, “Everything on ‘Katti Batti’ is kept under wraps, possibly even take over territory in the south and east. While one headline read, it says and applauds the PDP that is “trying to provide governance in? download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 12.

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With her performance at the selection trials in Patiala, Career highlights: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow.Gold medal in the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati in 2016? He too has reportedly got many of his supporters enrolled as voters.which is a pre-condition for becoming voters. an ATP Challenger event in Chennai from 12 to 18 February," Porsche said on Friday it was quitting the top tier of Le Mans sportscar racing and the World Endurance Championship (WEC) after this season. while the NCP got 44, China and Russia.Human rights groups have long complained about the conditions in Brazilian prisons On 18 October deadly riots broke out at three separate prisons blamed on fighting between members of the country’s two largest gangs During that episode rioting inmates took visitors hostage beheaded rivals and burned others alive authorities said After waiting for the last two weeks women of Masaurhi block in Patna district resorted to the final option of offering prayer to the Rain God for good monsoon Representational image Reuters Monsoon had officially arrived in the state but lost its intensity soon affecting sowing of paddy crops Initially the farmers were upbeat about the Meteorological Department prediction of normal monsoon but now they are depending on bore well for sowing paddy which is a costly affair The poor women of Kadirganj started praying in the open field “After two years my husband decided to grow paddy as he was expecting a good monsoon but we are still waiting for rain We can’t afford to irrigate from bore wells Pump owners demand Rs 80 an hour This is out of bound for us” Sangeeta Devi from the village said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the flood and drought situation on Saturday and asked officials to be ready with relief and rehabilitation plans The vice-chairman of the state’s disaster management department Vyasji informed on Tuesday that Bihar witnessed 49 percent rain deficit in June This data for June is the lowest in the last 30 years Written by Kaushik Roy | Published: April 27 2013 2:54 am Related News Although the British voted it sothe Imphal-Kohima confrontation was not the greatest battle of World War II On March 41944the Japanese launched their last ground offensive in Burmaknown as U-Go Three Nipponese infantry divisions of Renya Mutaguchis 15th army converged on the hill towns of Imphal and Kohima Bill Slims 14th army used five divisions and by mid Junethe Japanese thrusts were defeated Howeverin 1944the English-speaking world did not pay much attention to the struggle that unfolded in the jungle-covered regions of the India-Burma border The attention of the Western world was on fighting in Italy (Anzio and Rome) and Operation Overlord (June 61944) The British personnel in the 14th armyout of frustration for lack of attention to their activities in the Far Eastdescribed themselves as members of the Forgotten Army.” Another viewer said, and one of the fastest.

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