Northern states CMs meet to evolve strategy for anti-drug fight

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 20 (PTI) A majority of northern states today decided to set up a joint secretariat at Panchkula for data and information sharing to effectively fight the drug menace.The decision was taken here at a conference of the northern states’ chief ministers, convened to evolve and formulate a joint strategy to fight the malady, said an official spokesperson of the Punjab government.The conference was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Uttarakhand CM T S Rawat with their Himachal Pradesh counterpart Jai Ram Thakur participating in it through video conference as he was unable to come here due to bad weather.The meet, called Regional Conference on Drugs Challenges & Strategies, was also attended by senior civil and police officers from these states, besides those of Rajasthan, Delhi and the union territory of Chandigarh.Seeking to invite the Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir governments too to join the anti-drug fight, the conference envisaged having a nodal officer from each of the northern states at the joint secretariat at Panchkula to coordinate and facilitate the data sharing process.The conference envisaged holding regular meets at different levels, including a quarterly one of state chief secretaries or police chiefs and a half-yearly one of the chief ministers to monitor the progress in the anti-drug fight and upgrade its strategy against the malady, the spokesperson said.He said the meet mandated the SSPs of the adjoining districts of the states to coordinate their anti-drug actions on a day to day basis.advertisementLaunching major awareness campaigns among school students, engaging village youths in sports and other physical activities and helping them upgrade their skills were proposed to be the other initiatives of the states to insulate youths from the drug menace, the spokesperson said.During the meeting, the Punjab chief minister mooted a slew of ideas, including evolution of a “Regional Cooperative Framework” of the northern states to institutionalise the inter-state and inter-agency coordination to deal with the menace, he said.The framework would be aimed at achieving effective coordination and sharing of information and intelligence to undertake joint operations against the drug peddlers and smugglers, he said.Suggesting that all the affected states approach the Centre for funds for drug prevention, Amarinder Singh also sought deputation of nodal officers from various central agencies like BSF, DRI, NCB, RPF, CISF and Customs at the states’ joint secretariat at Panchkula as a necessary measure for closer coordination in the anti-drug fight. Mooting other measures like joint training of security personnel, utilisation of the services of NGOs and medical professional in the anti-drug fight, Amarinder Singh also called for effective sealing of and surveillance along the international and states borders to curb the movements of drug smugglers.Emphasising upon the need for a “National Policy on Drugs”, Amarinder Singh said there must be restrictions on farming drug-producing plants too in various states.Participating in the meet, Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar emphasised upon having fast- track courts to decide drug cases, while his Himachal counterpart Jai Ram Thakur suggested invoking the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act against the drug peddlers.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Rawat expressed concern over the women too increasingly taking to drugs.The Himachal Pradesh CM said the state was already working closely with Punjab Police to crack down on smuggling of drugs through joint operations.Chandigarh DGP sought harsher punishments for those selling drugs to children and suggested that such peddlers be booked under the Juvenile Act also, besides the NDPS Act.An additional commissioner of Delhi police, who participated in the meet, too stressed upon the need for data and information sharing among all the states on priority. PTI VSD RAXRAXlast_img read more

Somehow Rafael Nadal Got Better On Clay

For all his dominance, the only accomplishment Nadal has yet to achieve is going undefeated in the four premier clay court tournaments1The Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open, the Madrid Open and the Italian Open. and then winning the French Open in a single season. The closest he came was in 2013, when he lost the Monte Carlo final to Djokovic and then won his next four clay events, including the French Open. Last year was similar for Nadal: He won four clay tournaments but lost in the quarterfinals at the Italian Open, in straight sets to Dominic Thiem. He later thumped Thiem in straight sets in the French Open semifinals, finishing the match with a 6-0 set.For Nadal to win in Madrid and Italy this year, he’ll need to stay healthy and play as few taxing games as possible, as he has done so far. But no matter what happens in those tourneys, unless he’s hurt, he’ll be the heavy favorite to win the French Open, where his record is 79-2. Don’t be surprised if that turns into 86-2 come June. When Rafael Nadal arrives in Paris this season with a chance to win his 11th French Open title, he could be there in a way no one expected: better than ever on clay.Nadal, who will be 32 years old in June, should have been finished by now, especially on clay. It’s rare for players older than 30 to win the French Open, and Nadal had been on a downward trend. He didn’t win the tournament in 2015 or 2016, and he won just two clay tournaments in 2015. Even worse, he lost to Novak Djokovic that year in the French Open quarterfinals, a sure sign that he was no longer invincible. (Djokovic won in straight sets, including a deadly 6-1 in the third.) A year later, Nadal left the French Open after winning two rounds because of a wrist injury. Even at his best in those two years, he looked well behind Djokovic, who beat Nadal seven times in a row without losing a set, including three on clay.But instead of crumbling, Nadal has climbed back and become more dominant on clay than ever before. He’s done it with more powerful strokes, a stronger serve and more volleys — and, most important, the confidence that seemed to escape him several years ago. Since the start of last year’s French Open, Nadal hasn’t lost a set on clay in three tournaments plus two Davis Cup matches. That’s an all-time record of 46 clay court sets in a row, smashing the former record of 35 consecutive clay wins by Guillermo Coria. Nadal has come close to this before, too: Four other times in his career he won 30 or more consecutive sets on clay, according to the ATP World Tour. But Nadal isn’t just winning matches on the surface he loves; he’s dominating them. Nadal’s dominance ratio, which is the measure of a player’s winning percentage when returning serve versus the opponent’s winning percentage on serve return points, is at the highest it’s ever been over the past two years. Essentially, his opponents are never safe on the court — Nadal can win any point at any time. In Barcelona this year, Martin Klizan lost his first set against Nadal at love, but he broke Nadal’s serve in the second set and led 5-3. Nadal held serve and then saved three set points against him to tie up the set at 5-5. Nadal proceeded to win the next two games to close out the match. Tennis has never seen a player who excels more on a single surface than Nadal. His career on clay boggles the mind. He owns a record that, in tennis, doesn’t compute — it shouldn’t be possible. His overall record on clay is 401-35: Yes, that’s 92 percent. In the Open era, which began in 1968, no other star in tennis has come close to that on any surface. The next highest winning percentage on clay comes from Bjorn Borg, who won 86 percent of his clay court matches — and he played far fewer matches than Nadal (294 in all on clay). The best players on other surfaces don’t match Nadal, either. Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles, an all-time record, and 87 percent of his matches on grass, in 188 attempts. Pete Sampras, a seven-time Wimbledon winner, won 84 percent of his 121 total matches on grass. And Djokovic, winner of six titles at the Australian Open and two at the U.S. Open, has an 84 percent winning percentage in his 609 hard court matches. read more

FORTIS TCI SAYS DISCOUNTS MORE THAN ONE PENNY PUBLIC WANTS PROTECTION AGENCY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Jan 2014 – Strong comments still coming in as residents express themselves on the cost of fuel and cost of electricity as the world continues to watch oil prices plummet to 2009 lows. One resident is calling for a consumer protection agency to be established, saying they believe the decreases on the power bills are not sufficient enough. Malike Cummings, the country’s Energy Commissioner disagrees pointing out that the fuel factor rate has steadily decreased month on month; he sent us a report where he demonstrates his tracking of the power company’s trends up to November 2014. There have been four consecutive months of decreases from August. Nonetheless, in a letter to Magnetic Media, the business owner charges that we have only seen one penny difference in electricity bill. Fortis TCI in response to our query on the matter says, that’s not accurate… “The Fuel Factor across FortisTCI service territory has fallen by an average of 14% since August 2014 … the Company’s Fuel Factor calculations are also checked and confirmed monthly by the Energy and Utilities Commissioner.” The Energy Commissioner told Magnetic Media that the fuel factor rate discounts show the per gallon decreases; and that there are 45 gallons per barrel. Well, Magnetic Media did the math and found that the difference is just slightly above one penny. For August the decreased fuel factor rate was .02447 and for November, the fuel factor rate was .02203. When you subtract the two and multiply it by 45 for the amount of gallons in each barrel; the figure is 0.1098; slighty above one cent. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:energy and utilities commissioner, fortis tci, fuel factor, malike cummings, Oil priceslast_img read more

Cash savings in air travel as InterCaribbean celebrates 22 Years

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – No longer an air carrier with one pilot, one plane and the accountant who was also the baggage handler – all in the person of Lyndon Gardiner. Now, InterCaribbean airways has a fleet of 10 aircraft, 31 captains, first officers and flight attendants and 45 ground support and administrative staff in five Caribbean countries; namely: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and its hub in the Turks and Caicos.This is the report as the company celebrates 22 years in operation. General Manager of the once InterIsland… then Air Turks and Caicos and now InterCaribbean Airways said the company has marked some great moments over the two and some decades including being the first Turks & Caicos airline to operate its own equipment into the United States and Territories, being the first airline to be allowed to operate domestic flights in Jamaica in 50 years of Jamaican independence, being presented in 2014 the Invest Caribbean 2014 Visionary Award and now with launched flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti and launched flights between Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the local scene, InterCaribbean has also upped flights into South Caicos to twice a day. Trevor Sadler said to celebrate the milestone, the company is offering a discount on air travel. A $22 voucher is available when you sign up for it online. You type in ’22YEARS’ – all caps and you have until this Friday February 13th to do it to capitalize on the anniversary savings. The company last month introduced a rewards program, called Cacique Rewards. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner, trevor sadler Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

City announces new storage warehouse for the homeless in Sherman Heights

first_img Posted: March 2, 2018 March 2, 2018 Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIt was a real shock for people living in Sherman Heights. The city is planning to open a storage warehouse that could hold the belongings of an estimated 1,000 homeless people.The warehouse is located next to homes, a church and a school and residents in the area are ready to fight back.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter City announces new storage warehouse for the homeless in Sherman Heightslast_img read more