Region 6 RDC passes $7B budget

first_img– less money allocated for wagesThe Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has approved a $7 billion budget proposal for 2017, with reduced amounts for wages.Capital projects will amount to $1.1 billion and $5.8 billion will be allotted for salaries, maintenance, minor repairs and administrative costs.The budget is being proposed under five headings – agriculture, public works, education, health and regional administration.The RDC met on Monday and approved the budget which will see wages and salaries for the regional administration being cut from $65 million this year to $62 million next year; while for agriculture, it will be cut from $77 million this year to $72 million next year.Wages and salaries budgeted under public works are being proposed at $31 million, compared with $35 million this year.Nurses and those in the health sector will see $473 million being budgeted for salaries in 2017 as against $511 million which was budgeted in 2016. The budget for teachers’ salaries, however, shows an increase for next year. $1.85 billion has been budgeted for teachers’ salaries next year compared with $1.8 billion this year.The major project proposed in the 2016 regional budget is an extension to the Amerindian hostel at Stanleytown. Regional Chairman David Armogan said $9 million has been budgeted for that project.The hostel at Stanleytown caters for children from communities along the Berbice River. Children of Barakara – a community up the Canje River – who will be attending schools in New Amsterdam, will also be housed there.Also in the budget proposal is a $9 million SUV for the Regional Chairman. Currently, Armogan is using a vehicle which is eight years old.The regional budget proposals will be sent to the Communities Ministry for inclusion in that Ministry’s budget which will then be sent to the Finance Ministry, which is preparing the National Budget 2017. The National Budget is expected to be presented in Parliament in December. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Hiddink ‘targets QPR striker’

first_imgBobby Zamora is a shock target for mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, it is claimed.Zamora left Fulham in January.Zamora only joined QPR from Fulham in January but The People say Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink is planning to launch a bid for him in the summer.The People also say Cardiff are trying to sign Tommy Smith on loan – despite R’s boss Mark Hughes making it clear he will not allow any of his 25-man squad to leave – and that Middlesbrough want to sign young centre-back Dan Burn from Fulham.Related story: Smith and Mackie staying at QPR, says boss (2 February)The paper also suggest Manchester United are on the trail of Fulham playmaker Moussa Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

How NEC brings cutting edge security to smart cities and public spaces

first_imgOne of the most interesting things about emerging technology is seeing traditional companies bring their years of experience to solve social problems for the greater good. An example is the work of Japanese company NEC who contribute to the development of smart cities and public safety with the use of cutting-edge technologies. I visited them at Mobile World Congress this year in Barcelona to learn more.Smart cities and public safetyNEC’s booth exhibited Cloud City Operation Centre (CCOC), an IoT platform that provides support for urban management. CCOC is operating in a number of locations including Santander, Spain and Wellington, New Zealand to simulate efficient and optimal management of urban resources by introducing visibility into data that is collected from the city.“NEC’s Cloud City Operation Center combines information from a multitude of sensors and data sources, geotags that data and then further enriches it with metadata and analytics for use by many different vertical applications,” explains Tim Packer, Head of Smart City Solutions at NEC New Zealand. “NEC is also partnering Wellington in its Living Lab project, through which the city seeks to explore how smart city technology can improve community wellbeing and the safety of its citizens.“In this project, existing data sources and assets, coupled with new sensory and analytical methods and technologies, offer insights into day-to-day street level trends, patterns and hotspots. This provides the agencies and city partners with the real-time information they need to alert and respond to issues as they arise and to assist informed decision making around social initiatives and policy to keep Wellington safe and vibrant.” NeoFace WatchNEC also demonstrated their premier face recognition technology and crowd density quantification solution. The real-time face recognition solution, NeoFace Watch, allows the detection of pre-registered Persons of Interest using CCTV camera footage. The system can also alert security guards in the field of the detection to expedite quick actions against potential threats. The behavior analysis and crowd detection technology enable the early detection of unusual or suspicious behaviors.The NeoFace Watch is specifically designed to integrate with existing surveillance systems by extracting faces in real time from existing video surveillance systems and matching against a watch list of individuals. When the system identifies an individual of interest from the watch list, it raises an alert, so appropriate actions can be taken rapidly to reduce the risk of public safety threats.Crowd behavior monitoringUsing the advanced techniques of the company’s unique machine learning video analytics technologies, NEC can trigger alerts when crowd behavior video surveillance indicates potentially illegal, undesirable or anti-social activity.The benefits include the ability to tacitly maintain and appropriate the level of surveillance that optimizes operations staff attention to the most important or critical situations. NEC’s video surveillance solution to detect and analyze crowd behavior in real time has been introduced at Tigre in Argentina.It can also spot dangerous drivers and suspicious vehicles, the detection of double-riding on a motorcycle, a common form of purse snatching, and license plate recognition to quickly identify stolen cars. Many people visit Tigre from both inside and outside the country, and on weekends the population of the city almost triples compared with weekdays. Because of this, improving the fundamental infrastructure of the city to solve problems related to the high volume of traffic and the high crime rate was an issue that needed to be addressed urgently so that both citizens and tourists could feel safe and secure.It was also vital to construct a management system that would allow the efficient integration of information to reduce incidents and accidents and improve public order, and also allow quick coordination between public organizations, including the police. This solution has successfully reduced vehicle theft by 80% from 2008 to 2013.NEC has installed over 500 safety and security related systems in 40 countries around the world and will continue to provide unique local solutions to local problems. Harbor monitoring network systemAnother interesting piece of infrastructure by NEC is the Harbor monitoring system, a threat detention service. It uses various types of sensors installed both on land and underwater to detect, track, and monitor small suspicious ships and divers — including those with underwater scooters — who trespass upon important facilities along the coastline.The ITV, hypersensitive camera, and infrared camera automatically search the target area in response to information about suspicious objects detected by radar. The system also uses multiple sensors installed on the ocean floor to detect and track divers invading underwater and small suspicious submersibles that cannot be detected by radar. Like the radar information, information about suspicious objects is sent to the ITV, hypersensitive camera, and infrared camera, which automatically search the target area to capture images of divers or submersibles when they surface.Information obtained by this system can be sent to related organizations, surveillance ships defending the periphery, other surveillance vehicles, and defense personnel via various types of networks such as wireless LANs. It can also be used as an environment monitoring system to detect potential disasters such as radiation and tsunamis.It is inevitable that as the development of smart city applications grows, the opportunity for utilizing technology for crime deterrence, prevention, detection and ultimately prosecution will grow. Such efforts are not new or unique, but are simply being made more successful through technological advancements.Understandably, few citizens like the ideas of being easily surveilled in public spaces. But citizens also like the idea of crime prevention and detection. The challenge is how the nexus between these two competing ideas can be successfully navigated. If the work of NEC is anything to go, future life in the cities will get even more interesting. Cate Lawrence How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Cloud City Operation Center#Facial Recognition#featured#harbour monitoring#MWC#MWC2017#NEC#New Zealand#Smart Cities#smart city#surveillance#top#Wellington last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgThe king is back and he brought back the same form that made him the UAAP’s most formidable force.After a lackluster week prior to this one, Ben Mbala wreaked havoc like no one other than himself can.The reigning MVP put up 21 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead La Salle to two wins this week.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (University of the East Red Warriors)ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Although Alvin Pasaol was limited to a season-low eight points against Ateneo, Pasaol still averaged a respectable 15.5 points in the two games this week while averaging eight rebounds.Oh, and Pasaol’s struggles on the field against the Blue Eagles was the product of pure defense Ateneo employed on him.Plus, Pasaol’s 23 points against La Salle were scored with Mbala playing as his main defender.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)It’s a fact that Thirdy Ravena can straight up ball—and not just on the offense.Ravena was a major factor why Pasaol put up his worst offensive output this season, hounding UE’s star pretty much the whole way with Vince Tolentino helping in the flanks.And Ravena put up an efficient 17-point, eight-rebound, four-assist afternoon while shooting 67 percent from the field in 19 minutes of play.Guard: Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University Falcons) Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Honorable mentionsRicci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)As Ben Mbala returned to form, Ricci Rivero promptly took the backseat.Rivero, though, still produced more than respectable numbers of 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in La Salle’s two wins this week.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Alright, forget wins for a second because Marvin Lee looked like the lone Growling Tiger from University of Santo Tomas who put up a fight.Lee was awfully quiet in UST’s 75-70 loss to Adamson as Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan preferred to have Oliver De Guzman as the main point guard.Against La Salle, however, Lee felt the pressure of an impending 0-14 season that he singlehandedly dogged a UST fight despite losing by 35, 94-59.Lee scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.Those numbers, though, doesn’t hold justice to Lee’s efforts since the UST captain visibly tried to hold his emotions when the final buzzer sounded. WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next It’s the tail end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and frankly that’s about it.ADVERTISEMENT View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa If there’s one thing that stands out in Jerrick Ahanmisi’s game, it’s putting the ball through the hoop.In Adamson’s calculated approach to the game where every single player has a role, Ahanmisi was blessed with the task to shoot.The lanky wingman averaged 18.5 points per game and that’s pretty much it as the other statistical categories belong to his teammates.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio does not give a (expletive) about field goal percentage, and in an all-important game against Far Eastern University the UP senior showed why.UP had to win their game against FEU on Saturday to barge into the fourth spot and Desiderio didn’t let his disastrous 5-of-22 clip deter him from taking the game-winning shot.With the scores tied at 56-56 and the ball in his hands with 6.2 seconds left, Desiderio looked down his good friend Ron Dennison in the eyes, dribbled to the left wing and shot the game-winning triple the basketball gods bestowed upon him.And as UP head coach Bo Perasol said, in this is better in Filipino, “may kakapalan talaga” and for all you English snobs out there it roughly translates to “the guy’s got balls.” The standings have remained pretty much the same the week prior with Ateneo and La Salle still at the top two spots and Adamson U sitting comfortably at third with its closest pursuers two games behind.The action is in the fourth place battle with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U locked in heated race and National University relying on other teams to lose if it hopes to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd with that said, here are the best players, by position, this week.Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Nitish on a clean-up drive in era of graft

first_imgMany politicians have squandered away the benefits of a landslide electoral victory by doing precious little for the common man. But Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar seems inclined to make the most of the three-fourths majority given to his alliance in the recent assembly elections.He has begun his new innings in right earnest by declaring an all-out war on corruption. Less than a week after he assumed charge, he announced his government’s resolve to bring about the Right to Service Act in Bihar to facilitate timely disposal of work related to public utility services. He also talked about incorporating provisions for a penalty on officials who do not compelte their task within the stipulated time.In the following week, his government acted swiftly to confiscate the property of an official charged with amassing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income. The government will now open a school in his palatial building in keeping with Nitish’s poll-time promise.But it is his decision to abolish the local area development fund of the state legislators that has underlined his determination to rid the state of corruption. Under the scheme, MLAs and MLCs of the state had been getting a discretionary fund of Rs 1 crore per annum.This fund was created with the seemingly ‘noble’ intention of helping legislators implement development projects as per their preference in the areas of their choice but it did not remain immune to taints of graft in subsequent years. Majority of the schemes executed with this fund reeked of poor quality and hence the scheme came to be seen as perpetuating corruption.advertisementSensing the public perception of this scheme, Nitish first broached the abolition of this project during a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance ( NDA) legislators last week and sought their opinion about it. He also spelt out the reason behind it, saying the fund had caused more harm to their image in the public eye. Three days later, the state cabinet took a decision in principle to do away with this scheme and bring about an effective scheme in its place.In just one masterstroke, he put an end to this fund of Rs 1 crore each to 243 MLAs and 75 MLCs, which he can now channel to other welfare initiatives. Not only this, he also called upon all ministers and legislators to declare their income and assets every year to ensure probity in public life.Even opposition parties like the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress have supported this move. But more surprising is the way the NDA legislators have rallied behind him, except for the murmurings of a few. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi says that there is no difference of opinion among the legislators over the abolition of the fund and wants the Centre to emulate it.Nitish’s decision to get the fund abolished has come at a time when the NDA had received a massive mandate and his leadership cannot be questioned by anybody within the coalition. He apparently wants to convey his seriousness about eradicating corruption from public life not only to the people in general but also to those politicians who wish to perpetuate the myth that graft is a way of life these days.Nitish’s decision has come at the right time. This has set the agenda for his government for the next five years. He has taken the bull of corruption by the horns at the outset of his new tenure. Its success will be evaluated in the next assembly election.Sonepur’s good old cattle fairThe traditional rural fairs are fast becoming pass even in Bihar but the famous Sonepur Mela seems to have retained its old charm. In an era of fun parks and mobile games, the fair – once touted as the biggest cattle fair in Asia – gives glimpses of the “real India”. The month- long mela attracts not only national and foreign tourists but also villagers from nearby areas. It has been primarily famous for the sale and purchase of animals, especially elephants, horses, dogs, cows and birds over the years.In recent times, the ban on the sale of birds and animals, including elephants, have limited its appeal but it still attracts hordes of prospective buyers. Instead of outright sale, elephants are given away as ” gifts” to tweak the rules these days. It is, however, the village market-like atmosphere that is the USP of this mela.From the typical Bihari cuisine available at food stalls to the rural wares sold at the fair, everything reminds one of good old days. The crowds of villagers swaying to the beats of catchy tunes inside the theatres also seem to be the throwback to a bygone era. The Saran district administration is often forced to cancel the licence of the theatres on the charge of obscenity but they return every year in view of their ever- growing demand among the mela revellers.advertisementA treat for Patna’s bookworms Patna Book Fair is an event that every Patnaite looks forward to every year.Bihar is considered to be a huge market by the publishers because of the people’s abiding interest in books and their love for reading.The fair attracts a large number of bookworms every day. This time, it is no different.The latest edition of the fair, inaugurated by chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday, had more than 60,000 visitors last Sunday. But not every visitor is a potential buyer of books. Majority of them go there for reasons other than purchasing books.Some visit the fair to listen to eminent writers and other intellectuals who share their thoughts with the readers every day. Others go to explore career and employment opportunities through the stalls of different agencies and institutions. Some food stalls selling delicacies like Hyderabadi Biryani draw more crowds than many of the book stalls. And a large majority makes the most of it by having fun, loitering around under the winter sun and having an extended picnic through the day. Nitish believes that this ambience makes it a ‘fair’ in the real sense.In a lighter vein, he said that many people primarily turned up only to gaze at the crowd of book buyers. ” But how long can one go on gazing at the people?” he said.”They also end up developing an interest in reading when they look at the books.” Nitish now wants the organisers to host an international book fair in Patna in deference to the wishes of the teeming book lovers of Patna.Do not disturb! Cops sleeping It is not at all uncommon to catch policemen napping during their duty hours in Bihar.Some of them tend to make the most of the winter sun whenever they find a convenient place. At times, one can find them dozing off even in their patrol cars.But two such ‘ sleeping’ constables in Patna found themselves to be the unlucky ones when they were caught stealing forty winks by none other than the district’s senior superintendent of police B. S. Meena.The SSP saw Rakesh Kumar and Ravindra Kumar Singh sleeping near a girls’ college where they had been deployed to keep a watch on mischief mongers and eveteasers.The SSP, who happened to be passing by, promptly suspended them from duty. The suspension must surely have robbed the duo of their sleep now!BIHAR has finally found a woman sporting icon in Smita Kumari who was part of the Asian Games gold- medal winning kabbadi team. Her success is all the more striking because she fought poverty and family opposition before making it to the team. Smita developed a passion for kabaddi while watching boys play in her village. She now wants more girls to take up kabbadi and hopes that the state government would provide jobs to players to motivate them.advertisementlast_img read more

Unbelievable! Lynn in awe of Narine as openers fire KKR to IPL 2019 top spot

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders star Chris Lynn heaped praise on his fellow opener Sunil Narine after the duo batted Rajasthan Royals out of an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 contest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday.Chasing a modest total of 140, Kolkata Knight Riders were off to a flyer after Narine and Lynn took the Rajasthan Royals bowlers to the cleaners. The home side were made to work hard for their runs on what seemed to be a sluggish wicket in Jaipur.Steve Smith was the only bright spot in Royals’ batting performance as none of the other batsmen, including big guns Ajinkya Rahane and Ben Stokes, were able to get going.However, Narine and Lynn batted as if the the Knight Riders’ chase was happening on a different surface. Narine hit a six and four boundaries in Krishnappa Gowtham’s first over as KKR raced to 32 for 0 in 2 overs.The visitors were 65 for 0 at the end of the powerplay as Narine and Lynn brought up their highest opening stand of IPL 2019 with some stunning shot-making.Narine missed out on a fifty when he was dismissed on 47 (in 25 balls) but the two KKR openers had already done the damage by putting on 91 in just 51 balls.Lynn got out just after getting to his seventh IPL fifty but Robin Uthappa (26 off 16) made sure KKR got past the finish line without further hiccups.”Unbelievable (batting from Narine). He has done it for a couple of years now. We don’t talk too much. Just keep it simple. I am traditionally a slow starter. It is a long tournament, we are building nicely with important wins,” Lynn told Star Sports after KKR’s 8-wicket win.advertisementClinical effort: Dinesh Karthik elated after KKR’s 8-wicket winMeanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik praised the collective effort of his men in their table-topping win in Jaipur.KKR are now No. 1 on the points table with four wins from five matches and a better Net Run Rate than second-placed Chennai Super Kings.”It was a pretty clinical effort, the bowlers bowled well and the batsmen backed it up well too. In India you get to play on a lot of slow surfaces and you need to adapt to them. We need to improve in a few situations, but that’s always the case,” Karthik said.Despite Lynn and Narine putting on a big-hitting show, pacer Harry Gurney walked away with the Man of the Match on his IPL debut.The seasoned English pacer finished with figures of 2 for 25 after getting the wickets of Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi.”It was a pitch that suited my cutter options, so a nice one to make my debut on. I work hard on my variations and on my yorker and it is nice to have them in tough situations, although I didn’t use it much tonight,” Gurney said.Having won two in two, KKR will travel to Chennai to take on the Super Kings on Tuesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, which has been MS Dhoni-led side’s fortress so far.Also Read | IPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders crush Rajasthan Royals to become table toppersAlso Read | Ready to rock and roll for KKR in IPL 2019: Chris Lynnlast_img read more

Georgetown Basketball: Georgetown Reveals Winning Court Design Contest Submission

first_imgGeorgetown basketball Court Design.Twitter/@georgetownhoyasGeorgetown looked to the Hoya fan base for a new basketball court design, and 150 submissions later, they have chosen a winner. Submitted by former Georgetown swimming & diving team member Kevin Rieffel, here is the court that the Hoyas will be playing on at the Verizon Center this season.Here is the winner of the @GeorgetownHoops Court Design Contest! Design by @KRieffel! Release: http://t.co/YYCmsIKfx6 pic.twitter.com/1B4PRu53hw— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 The design isn’t overly adventurous, but most notably features a kente cloth pattern in the lanes, similar to the design used on Georgetown’s jerseys during the Allen Iverson era in the 1990s. Some of the runners-up were a bit more bold.Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Washington DC Pride’ Winners: Trey Lord and Perry Cao. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/OVLgS88RzW— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Hand-Drawn’ Winner: Jake Foote #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/pRM4npTrWv— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best use of Georgetown’s Campus’ Winners: Erin Rudy, Norma Perez, Seth Berger #HoyaSaxa pic.twitter.com/RDQseLvwhI— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Pop Culture Reference’ Winner: Scott Greenwood. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/oRxalYGgPY— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Likely to Scare Opposing Players’ Winner: Leo Ariemma #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/WJfmmUzXxk— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best in Representing @GeorgetownHoops History’ Winners: Anthony Calabro & Leo Ariemma. pic.twitter.com/fGGoFI5Br4— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most out-of-the-box design’ Winners: Jimmy Donofrio and Dan Kane. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/p5tfst16DJ— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 201Hoyas Court Design Contest: Runner-Up Selections: Alexis Dever, Derek Howard, Brian McCrodden. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/jkfIMaCiJ1— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 What do you think of the new floor, Hoya fans?last_img read more

Michigan Fan Finds Way To Troll Both Ohio State And Michigan State In 1 Sign

first_imgMichigan's band playing on the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 4: The Michigan Marching Band performs during the NCAA football game between the Ball State Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines on November 4, 2006 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won 34-26. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is in Ann Arbor this morning ahead of Michigan’s big rivalry game with Michigan State, but one fan wasn’t content to come up with a sign that just trolls the Spartans. No, he also had to include Ohio State too.In the below sign, shown on television Saturday morning, a Wolverines supporter pokes fun at both Ohio State’s schedule and Michigan State’s academics. Pretty clever.You can see more signs from GameDay here.last_img

I was lucky Montana First Nation man attacked by pack of dogs

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsA man in Montana First Nation can barely walk after being attacked by a pack of dogs.Henry Rabbit needed 50 staples to close a wound in his leg after the attack.“I fought off as best as I could. I swung, I fell and landed on one knee and that is where they attacked me,” he said.“They bit my leg. I don’t know if I was bit twice. To me, I only seen one.”(Rabbit is still recovering from the attack. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)Rabbit said he was out for a walk on Aug 31 when a group of dogs approached him and attacked.He said he’s not the only this has happened to.“Before me, there were two others who were bitten before me,” he said. “We thought someone would do something. No. Still no bylaws or anything, which we should have by now.”He said he’s waiting to hear back from leadership on what they plan to do about the problem.Rabbit is worried that other people will be attacked.“I was lucky to have a vehicle come by and I jumped in that vehicle right away. They took me to a friend’s house and that’s where they helped make me feel better. They took care of my wound. They made sure I wasn’t bleeding much,” he said.“All the first aid procedures they did.”(Rabbit required 50 staples to close the wound in his leg. Photo courtesy: Henry Rabbit)APTN News asked Montana band leaders about dock attacks but no one has responded.Rabbit hopes that no one else gets hurt.“I’m just worried that a kid will get attacked or an elder because they can’t defend themselves,” he said.“Like what I tried to do.”cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi targets PM for not fulfiling promies to AP

first_imgVijayawada-Kalyanadurg (AP): Congress President Rahul Gandhi Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘not fulfiling’ the promises to Andhra Pradesh and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on alleged corruption, even as he flayed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over ‘mismanagement’ of the state. At the same time, Rahul repeated his promise of according Special Category Status and building a strong AP the moment the Congress came to power at the Centre. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Special category status was the central point of his campaign rallies in the two places even as he touched upon other national issues like the proposed Nyay scheme, attacks on dalits and minorities, making doing business easy for youngsters, economic frauds, farm loan waiver and education reforms. You know the mismanagement that has taken place in AP. You know the state is struggling, the Congress president said, addressing his first election campaign meeting in Vijayawada in the morning. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He also spoke about the ‘corruption’ of Jagan Reddy, without elaborating. At the campaign rally at Kalyanadurg in Anantapur district late in the evening, Rahul spoke about the travails of farmers in the state, particularly in this parched district, and said 600 farmers had committed suicide in the last two years. Cultivable land reduced by half in Anantapuramu district, he pointed out, but avoided directly mentioning the Telugu Desam Party government. On the special category status (SCS) issue, however, the Congress chief found fault with the TDP as well for ‘failing to exert pressure’ on the Centre. Five years have gone-by and the current Prime Minister did not fulfil the promises made by the people of the country. And it is sad that neither of the two parties in AP had put pressure on the PM to take this decision. TDP was in alliance with Narendra Modi and they should have put pressure on him and forced him to give SCS, Rahul remarked. And I understand that Jaganmohan Reddy has a lot of cases on him. I understand that the Prime Minister can put a lot of pressure on Reddy. But this is not the question of an individual. This is the question of the future of people of AP, he added. He observed that SCS was important for the future of AP and that was what people of India owed to the state. There should be no confusion that the moment the Congress comes to power in 2019, one of the first decisions we will take will be giving SCS to AP. Because we are absolutely convinced that AP needs SCS, the Congress chief said. Criticizing the Prime Minister for ‘failing to honour’ the promises made to AP (post-bifurcation), Gandhi recalled that Modi himself promised SCS and also said the state needed a world-class capital. Truth is neither did he give SCS, Central University, Kadapa steel plant or the Polavaram project. What has been promised by PM has to be delivered. We will give it to you, he promised. The Congress president also assured to positively look into the demand for granting Scheduled Caste status to the Vaddera community and Scheduled Tribe status to the Valmiki community. He promised to take up categorization of the SCs in an amicable manner.last_img read more