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first_img5 May 2015The Gift of the Givers has carried out about 68 lifesaving operations in Nepal, where the South African relief organisation is helping aid efforts following the massive earthquake in the Himalayan country on 25 April.The organisation’s first team, comprising 43 members for search and rescue and a small medical component, arrived in Kathmandu, the capital, on 29 April. The second team of 37 arrived on 1 May with a contingent of 33 trauma specialists. According to Gift of the Givers, the medical team, like the search and rescue team, was warmly welcomed and given total co-operation by Nepalese authorities.The teams are running seven theatres in five hospitals carrying out major surgical procedures, according to the non-profit organisation, while the rescue team searches through the city and deep into the rural areas marking out buildings where victims are buried.“A primary health care team is touring several mountainous areas, carrying out house visits and doing outreach programmes for certain hospitals. Patients and their families coming from distant rural areas to the city hospital for medical care are hungry,” the organisation said.Gift of the Givers is also providing two meals a day for the patients and their families. This is in addition to food parcels that have been packed for distribution to those in distant areas. To help with shelter, tent material for 4 000 families was also bought from India.On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands. In the latest reports, on 4 May, Nepal’s government said the death toll had risen to 7 365 after 100 people, including several foreigners, were found dead from an avalanche near a popular trekking route. Another 14 000 people were injured across the country.The bodies were recovered in Langtang village about 60 kilometres north of the capital. Officials say the village, which is popular with Western trekkers, was wiped out.Access to food and water is limited and some 3.5 million people are in need of food assistance. An estimated 8 million people across the country’s western and central regions are affected by the disaster, including its largest cities, Kathmandu and Pokhara.Gift of the Givers said its teams had been extremely busy in Kathmandu. “Search teams went throughout the city and deep into the rural areas marking out buildings where victims lay buried. The stench of death is starting to become more prominent as the clock ticks away,” it reported on its website.Monsoon rains were five weeks away and “desperation increases as the days pass on”, it said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgGBA has highlighted a few software and hardware monitoring systems that allow homeowners to monitor their energy usage, sometimes down to the smallest appliance and day part.The energy-saving effectiveness of this type of tracking, however, is tied entirely to how conscientiously homeowners respond to the data, if they respond at all. More than a few analysts have noted that even the most timely and detailed usage information, when presented in isolation, doesn’t prompt significant numbers of users to change their energy-usage behavior or switch out power-guzzling appliances for more-efficient ones.This is where efficiency software company OPOWER comes in. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the firm has been attracting attention for its Home Energy Reporting System, which is designed to tell utility customers how their rates of energy use rank relative to those of other homeowners in their service area.OPOWER says its system has been adopted by six of the country’s ten largest utilities and now reaches about 1 million households. Certainly OPOWER could be used in conjunction with other usage-tracking systems, such as Google’s PowerMeter, Microsoft Hohm, Greenbox, or other, similar products being developed for the energy efficiency market. But systems like OPOWER add a zesty ingredient – peer pressure – to what consumers might otherwise view as dry diagnostic data.The motivatorAmong the utility-customer groups that receive its reports, OPOWER says, energy savings have averaged from 1.5% to 3.5%. As noted in a recent Los Angeles Times story, the company’s reports gain most of their traction from two concepts researched and described by former Arizona State University psychology professor, and current OPOWER chief scientist, Robert Cialdini: the tendency for people to conform to what most other people do and the desire for social approval.Utilities using OPOWER’s system now include Puget Sound Energy (in Washington state), Connexus Energy (serving northern Minnesota), Commonwealth Edison (in northern Illinois) and, in California, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas.The exciting thing about the Home Energy Reporting System, Todd Starnes, manager of residential energy efficiency for Puget Sound Energy, told climate news website SolveClimate.com, is that the utility saw a statistically significant reduction of use within 48 hours of customers receiving the reports for the first time.Adds Bruce Sayler, manager of regulatory and governmental affairs for Connexus: the energy savings from the OPOWER report program, which costs $10 per customer, are second in cost-effectiveness only to the installation of CFLs.For those customers who are behind their peers in energy savings, the Home Energy Reports offer customized specifics about how to boost efficiency. Each report also features a bar graph comparing the customer’s usage to his or her neighbors’ – with a smiley face or two if they’re leading the energy efficiency pack in their service area.last_img read more


first_imgMeat traders in western Uttar Pradesh announced a strike on Thursday, hours after the State government sealed over 36 slaughterhouses and hundreds of retail meat shops across the State in its continued crackdown.Police said 43 persons had been arrested from various districts for alleged cattle smuggling, adding that 27 FIRs had been registered against 60 persons for the same. On the action against illegal slaughterhouses, Additional Superintendent of Police, DGP headquarters, Rahul Srivastav said eight FIRs had been lodged in Meerut, Varanasi and Bareilly, and two illegal slaughterhouses each clos-ed in Varanasi and Bareilly.Prices goes upThe strike move has led to panic buying, with mutton vanishing from shop shelves and the price of chicken rising sharply. Former Mayor of Meerut and meat exporter Shahid Akhlaq told The Hindu that the State administration was acting “under tremendous pressure from the BJP government to shut down all the slaughter houses — even those functioning with proper papers and records.”The BSP leader said that as a mark of protest on the illegal and illogical way of treating meat traders, the Association of Meat Traders had held a panchayat and decided to go on a complete strike till the administration repealed the “draconian approach of treating legal and illegal meat establishments with the same brush.”Highlighting that meat would not be available in the market as the State government has virtually declared every slaughter house to be “illegal”, Mr. Akhlaq said, “We will meet the District Magistrate (DM) and the Commissioner and ask them to provide livelihood to thousands of people. Then what kind of rule of law is this which looks more like an emergency?”Also Read  He said that the “prejudiced way in which BJP government was shutting down all meat establishments, it would not only affect a bulk of India’s meat export but it will also render several lakh people, who are associated with the meat trade directly or indirectly, unemployed. What kind of vikas (development) is this as this is going to cost the leather industry, which is one of the biggest exporting industries in India, very badly”.UP is the largest meat exporting State in India, accounting for annual export turnover of ₹11,351 crore. India’s total meat exports stand at ₹ 26,682 crore.Meanwhile the BJP Mayor of Meerut Harikant Ahluwalia doesn’t want meat to be sold in open market even legally. He and other BJP leaders on Thursday approached the DM against selling of meat in the open market, especially in places which also have temples in its vicinity.This comes a day after three meat shops were vandalised and burnt in Hathras.(With inputs from PTI) No takers for Tunday’s kebabs without beef last_img read more


first_imgSenior Aam Aadmi Party leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly H.S. Phoolka decided to step down from his position on Sunday after the Bar Council of Delhi disallowed his resuming his private practice, holding that he held an “office of profit.” “I have conveyed my decision to the party supremo Arvind Kejriwal… I want to represent and appear for my clients, victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. As my position as the Leader of the Opposition is being considered an office of profit, I’m giving it up,” Mr. Phoolka told The Hindu. Suggests three names“It’s for the party high command to choose a new leader for the AAP legislature party. I have suggested three names, Kanwar Sandhu, Sukhpal Khaira and Aman Arora,” he said.The Bar Council of Delhi had last week barred Advocate Phoolka from resuming practice, arguing that he held the rank of a Cabinet Minister with salary and perks.Suspended practiceMr. Phoolka had suspended his practice on March 30, 2017, after becoming the Leader of the Opposition. Recently, however, he had asked the BCD to permit him to fight the cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.Meanwhile, Haryana-based advocate Hemant Kumar has written to the Bar Council of India under the Right to Information Act, asking if the Advocate-General appointed in Punjab and Haryana, who enjoyed Cabinet rank with pay and perks, was entitled to practice.last_img read more


first_imgChakat Aboh, the consensus candidate of five major political parties in Arunachal Pradesh, on Monday filed her nominations for the byelection to the Khonsa West Assembly constituency in Tirap district. She is the widow of Tirong Aboh, who was gunned down by extremists in May soon after winning the seat on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.Three others — Yumsem Matey, Wangchu Lowang and Azet Homtok — filed nominations as independent candidates too.“I filed the nomination as an independent candidate as suggested by all the political parties of the State,” she said after submitting her papers on the last day of nomination for the bypoll slated for October 21.Ms. Aboh said she could not disappoint the people of the constituency who wanted her to take her husband’s place in the Assembly. “I am indebted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the leaders of five political parties for being chosen the consensus candidate,” she said.last_img read more


first_imgPakistan kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the semifinals of the World Twenty20 tournament beating Australia by 32 runs in their final Super Eights tie at the R Premadasa Stadium here Tuesday. The Aussies, however, qualified for the last four on the basis of the net run rate.Put in to bat, Pakistan made 149/6 in their allotted 20 overs with young middle-order batsman Naser Jamshed (55) scoring his second half-century of the tournament — the first one (56) coming against New Zealand Sep 23.Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal (32) provided good support to Jamshed after the Asian giants were 29/2 in the sixth over, when Imran Nazir (14) got caught by Aussie skipper George Bailey on the bowling of Shane Watson.Australia kept taking wickets at regular intervals which kept the Pakistani run rate in check, limiting them to a sub-150 score.All-rounder Abdul Razzaq (22) played a small cameo in the end to push the Pakistani score.Mitchell Starc starred with the ball clinching three wicket in his four overs, giving away only 20 runs.All-rounder Shane Watson, Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty also chipped in with a wicket each.With 150 to chase at a run rate of 7.5 per over, Australia started poorly, losing both openers for eight. Man-in-form Watson and David Warner were both trapped in front of the wicket by the fifth over.Australia could never recover from there and lost wickets at regular intervals.The Pakistani spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan and skipper Mohammed Hafeez wreaked havoc upon the Australian top order, together taking all seven wickets restricting Australia to 117/7.Michael Hussey (54 not out) was the only batsman who tried to propel the Aussie innings, but kept losing partners at regular intervals.With the win, Pakistan improved their head-to-head in T20Is against Australia to 7-4.For Pakistan to qualify for the semifinals, South Africa must beat India. If India win, then net run-rates will come into effect.Brief scores:Pakistan: 149 for 6 in 20 overs (Nasir Jamshed 55, Kamran Akmal 32; Mitchell Starc 3/20, Shane Watson 1/23).Squads:Australia: Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, George Bailey (c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty.Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Raza Hasan.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Defending champion National University still leads the table at 10-1 with last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University at second with a 9-2 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo and Adamson held up their fourth place tie in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament after turning back their respective foes Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Playoff time: 10 things to know for the NBA postseason Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The Soaring Falcons claimed their fifth straight win after beating De La Salle in four sets, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19 to get to a 9-4 record.The Blue Eagles, meanwhile, dropped University of the East, 25-20, 25-12, 27-29, 25-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPaolo Pablico had 18 points for Adamson while Archie Dela Cruz and George Labang Jr. had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Antony Koyfman led the Blue Eagles with 17 points with Ron Medalla and Gian Glorioso combining for 23 points to play support.last_img read more


first_imgzoom After the United States backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement, shipowners have encouraged the EU and China leadership to intensify cooperation in achieving a global climate deal for shipping.The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) informed that indications of such cooperation materialised during the 19th EU-China Summit held in Brussels last week.EU and Chinese leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. They also looked forward to co-hosting, along with Canada, a major ministerial gathering in September to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the clean energy transition.“The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement should not jeopardise an ambitious global strategy to reduce the CO2 emissions of shipping,” Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, said.“We are therefore pleased that the EU and China appear to be working towards reinforced co-operation on delivering a climate agreement for shipping at the International Maritime Organization,” Verhoeven added.last_img read more