Qantas to put more A380s back in the air after accident

first_imgWednesday 22 December 2010 7:44 pm whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Qantas to put more A380s back in the air after accident Qantas will have four of its older A380s in service this week and will also add a new A380 to the fleet. It added that another new superjumbo is expected to arrive in January.One of its older A380s remains under inspection while the aircraft involved in the November incident is being repaired.Qantas has threatened legal action against Rolls to secure compensation for costs incurred as a result of the engine failure on the Singapore to Sydney flight.Air regulators said that checks imposed on all A380s run by Qantas, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines were being reduced after investigators moved closer to identifying the cause of the accident. whatsapp center_img Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ AUSTRALIA’S Qantas Airways plans to return more of its Airbus A380 superjumbos to service after disruption caused by the blow-out of a Rolls-Royce engine on one of its jets last month.The carrier said it will have five A380s in service by the end of the week as it prepares to handle peak traffic at the start of the Southern hemisphere holiday season.Qantas was forced to ground its six superjumbos after a Rolls Trent 900 engine on one of its A380s partly disintegrated mid-flight on 4 November, forcing an emergency landing. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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New bill proposes legal online and land-based sports betting in Alabama

first_img Email Address Meanwhile, a management licences would cost $1,000 to apply for, then $1,000 each year to renew, and would allow the holder to provide management services to a gaming facility licensed to operate sports wagering. New bill proposes legal online and land-based sports betting in Alabama Sports betting Legislators in Alabama are to run the rule over a new bill that seeks to legalize online, mobile and land-based sports betting in the US state. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The bill would create the Alabama Sports Wagering Commission to regulate the market and take control of the licensing process. 29th January 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Introduced by Representative John Rogers, House Bill 161 would permit betting on professional and collegiate sports events in Alabama, with consumers able to bet in person at licensed venues or with approved online and mobile operators. Licensees would also be subject to a 10% tax rate on adjusted gross sports betting receipts in the state. This tax would be payable to the Commission in weekly instalments. The Commission would be able to issue up to seven licences for sports betting, with each permit to cost $100,000. Licences would run for a period of five years, after which the holder would be required to pay a $100,000 renewal fee. Read the full story on iGB North America. Tags: Bill Legalise Alabama Regions: Alabama The bill would also make available supplier licences, whereby the holder could lease sports betting equipment or services to another, licensed entity. These licenses would cost an initial $1,000, plus an annual renewal fee of $1,000. Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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November Tests: SuperBru predictions

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales v ArgentinaOur predictions: Wales are due an international win with Sam Warburton at the helm and Argentina are now in the horrible habit of losing. They may turn it round, but there’s an air of inevitability here… Wales by 8France v TongaOur predictions: Could France finally be turning a corner? Much will be made of Freddie Michalak’s almost-quiet return to the French bench, but they look like pulling themselves together. Maybe. Please? France by 23 Ireland v AustraliaOur predictions: Head on the chopping block. No explanation. Whisper it. A drawScotland v South AfricaOur predictions: This one’s heart versus head. Scotland love the underdog tag too, but while Bakkies Botha says that Scotland are a ‘phenomenal’ side, they should slog away and gain some credit without actually scoring enough tries to pull away from the Boks. South Africa by 11center_img Centurion: Dan Carter will earn his 100th cap for the All Blacks against England at Twickenham. An omen?THE NOVEMBER Tests never give up; never roll over; never let you accurately gamble on a list of score-line predictions. But hey-ho, we’ll give it another go as some more really juicy clashes come up. The All Blacks at Twickenham, Wallabies at the Aviva and Springboks at Murrayfield, anyone?We offer up our predictions below, but if you see yourself as a bit of a guru when it comes to guessing win margins then enter our exclusive November Tests SuperBru pool and have a bash. You could win a year’s subscription to the magazine…Italy v FijiOur predictions: An emotionless spanking for Italy last week against the Wallabies means that they will be dying to give a better account of themselves. Will Fiji actually turn up in the right frame of mind to play the Italian’s at their own game? Italy by 11England v New ZealandOur predictions: Well, well, well. Any logic being applied to this one could come back and bite a predictor, but we’ll give it a go. But really bluntly. New Zealand didn’t blow France away. England never take a massive tonking. Both are used to winning. New Zealand by 13last_img read more

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Apartments For Young People, Nursery And Park In San Sebastián…

first_img 2011 “COPY” CopyMixed Use Architecture, Apartments, Kindergarten•Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain Mixed Use Architecture Year:  Apartments For Young People, Nursery And Park In San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada ArquitectosSave this projectSaveApartments For Young People, Nursery And Park In San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos Text description provided by the architects. In July of 2003, the Donostia – San Sebastian Local Authority held the “Competition for ideas for the urban organisation of the area made up of the Finca Montpellier and Plaza Benta Berri”. The deliverable had to include 50 apartments for young people and a nursery.Save this picture!© Alejo BagueThe Montpellier estate, a hillside with a 26 metre drop, was occupied by the ruins of the old Montpellier Franciscan Sisters College, surrounded by what used to be its garden, in a state of utter neglect. As a private, walled estate it was becoming an island within the urban fabric, an obstacle to connections between the upper and lower parts of the district, a situation that was becoming increasingly acute as the changes being made at its borders were out of line with the topography on the other side of the estate’s boundary. The result was that there would be no continuity when the boundary was removed, short of abutting it into a block of fanciful shapes.Save this picture!© Alejo BagueThe incorporation of the estate into municipal ownership presented the opportunity to reverse the situation, such that the garden, turned into a public park, would be transformed into a connecting space, in addition enhancing the urban role of Plaza Benta Berri, hitherto hemmed in between the traffic and the estate boundary. The incorporation of the estate into the public space required intervention around the whole of its perimeter: Sansustene alley was widened and lengthened, the estate’s contours were modified in order to link it to the hill located to the south and other access points, etc. Plaza Benta Berri was enlarged, connecting it to the park by means of the ramp which links to the surface of the square with the zig-zag path which runs through the park to its centre, from which paths run to the extension of Sansustene, to the north, or to the stairs which climb to the Aizkorri to the south east. The layout of the park is the result of its new role as connecting space.Save this picture!© Alejo BagueWhile the old college building occupied the centre of the estate, the new building is located to one side, perpendicular to the position of the old, freeing up the park’s central space. A passageway through the building and a terrace in front of it provide continuity between the park and the hill located to the south.Save this picture!© Alejo BagueLaid out along the line of maximum incline, the building provides a link between the lowest and highest areas of the estate, from Aizcorri street at a height of +36, where it starts with only two floors, through to a height of +23 from which a walkway and lift connect to Benta Berri square at an elevation of +10. Another public lift built into the body of the building, and accessible from the walkway, bridges the entire height differential between the square and Aizkorri. The nursery with 102 places occupies the ground floor and the semi-basement, while the apartments take up the upper four floors. The storage rooms are located in the areas built into the hill.Save this picture!© Alejo BagueTo soften its impact on the square, the building has a terraced profile. For this purpose, the floors are displaced backwards one relative to the next, with the apartments, and therefore the spaces in the facade, symmetrically staggered. It was this geometry for the elevations which inspired the idea of conceiving each recess as a single prefabricated piece. The framework for the recesses having been placed in position, held by the slabs and the heavy brick leaf of the ventilated facade, the spaces between them are then covered with insulation and an outer leaf of terracota pieces which are used throughout the building including exterior roofs of overhangs and passageways. The result is a construction system which accords with the sculptural composition of the elevations and body of the building.Save this picture!© Alejo BagueTo create the spaces, we selected the surround system manufactured by Composites Jareño which is made from a single piece in a sandwich configuration, with two layers of reinforced thermostable resin and an injected polyurethane foam nucleus. The whole building is finished with four types of surround, the main one being the one which shapes the space for each apartment and which also incorporates the balcony overhang.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessTrans Ganga Masterplan Proposal / Studio SymbiosisArticlesAIA Awards: Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education & Kemper Award for Service t…ArticlesProject locationAddress:Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, SpainLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/305415/apartments-for-young-people-nursery-and-park-in-san-sebastian-ignacio-quemada-arquitectos Clipboard Save this picture!© Alejo Bague+ 26 Share ArchDaily Projects CopyAbout this officeIgnacio Quemada ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsEducational ArchitectureKindergartenDonostia-San SebastiánSpainPublished on December 16, 2012Cite: “Apartments For Young People, Nursery And Park In San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos” [Apartamentos Para Jóvenes, Escuela Infantil Y Parque En San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos] 16 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Apartments For Young People, Nursery And Park In San Sebastián / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/305415/apartments-for-young-people-nursery-and-park-in-san-sebastian-ignacio-quemada-arquitectos Clipboard Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”last_img read more

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Big real estate threatens to silence ‘people’s radio station’

first_imgA press conference was held on the steps of New York City Hall on July 13 to bring attention to the current plight of Pacifica Radio’s New York station WBAI (99.5 FM). Among the more than 100 supporters were local and state officials calling for preservation of the free-speech radio station — and for the real estate company suing Pacifica for millions of dollars to reach a fair settlement.WBAI-FM is a listener-sponsored, non-commercial radio station, which has broadcast for over 50 years in New York City, and is heard throughout the tri-state area. It is part of the Pacifica Foundation, a California nonprofit corporation, which has five major market radio stations in its network.WBAI’s antenna and transmitter currently sit atop the 102 floors of the Empire State Building. After the destruction of the World Trade Twin Towers in 2001, broadcasting stations in the New York City area have had few options for antenna space rental. The Empire State Realty Trust, owner of the Empire State Building, then took advantage of its position in that market.In 2005, the ESRT negotiated a highly questionable tower lease with Pacifica. The company has refused to release Pacifica from this contract, which is scheduled to continue until 2020.WBAI is under threat of being silenced by ERST’s lawsuit. The corporation is demanding over $2 million for unpaid tower fees.  ESRT is “holding the network hostage” with a contract that increases tower rent annually by about 9 percent. The greedy transnational corporation held $554.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, as of last December, and owns billions of dollars worth of real estate.WBAI is legendary in New York’s cultural and political life. The station is a strong, essential voice which advocates for economic, environmental and racial justice. It airs news, ideas, analysis and information from a progressive perspective and presents regular programming by and for diverse communities.The station is the “Voice of the People,” unhampered by corporate or government funding. It is an important resource that keeps communities and movements connected and allows organizers and activists to spread their messages.Of the current crisis, Pacifica’s interim Executive Director Bill Crosier asserts in a July 11 press release: “The amount being charged is over four times the market rate in New York, and threatens the future of independent radio.  Market rate for FM transmitter tower leases in New York City is now about $12,000 monthly.“WBAI’s bill for the month of May 2017, in contrast, came to over $53,000.  We have always been willing to pay what’s fair and reasonable, but these exorbitant annual increases are killing us,” stated Crosier. “The ESRT must settle and release us from the rest of this onerous contract.”Pacifica is calling for a fair settlement, relief from excessive annual fee increases and release from the current contract. See wbai.org for updates.Cox is a voting member of WBAI’s local station board.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Correspondent on El Diario de México shot dead for unknown motives

first_img MexicoAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Reports April 28, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders said today it was horrified by the murder of Francisco Ortiz Monroy, correspondent for the national daily el Diario de México in Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas state in the north-east.The worldwide press freedom organisation said the exact circumstances of the 5 February killing remained unclear and appealed to the authorities to swiftly determine if it was linked to his work and to ensure his murder did not go unpunished.Ortiz Monroy, 48, was gunned down as he was leaving municipal offices in Ciudad Camargo. According to a version reported by the local press, several armed men got out of a car and opened fire on the journalist who ran and took refuge in a nearby house. His assailants then pursued him and shot him dead. Ortiz Monroy’s body was reportedly found on a bed with eight gun shot wounds.In another account, the journalist was killed during a clash between soldiers and armed men – a version considered to be less likely that the first. His identity was only confirmed by his paper late in the evening, around ten hours after the incident, even though he was carrying an ID issued by the paper.Abel Magaña, a deputy editor for El Diario de México, told Reporters Without Borders that the journalist had been covering Tamaulipas state for the Mexico City-based daily for more than one year. “He sent news to us from time to time, that is general official news, which had nothing to do with drug-trafficking”, he said. This is confirmed by the victim’s most recent by-lined articles dated 1st and 2nd January 2008.“There are a number of grey areas surrounding this killing. There is nothing to show that Francisco Ortiz Monroy was targeted because of his work as a journalist. Nevertheless it should be remembered that Tamaulipas is a major channel for drug-trafficking, one of the most dangerous places in the country, where many journalists have been killed”, said Reporters Without Borders. “We hope that the investigation will allow the murderers of Ortiz Monroy to be caught and punished and to conclude whether his work as a journalist was fatal to him.”Tamaulipas state is one of Mexico’s biggest crime hot spots, mired in drug trafficking and illegal immigration to the United States, which it borders. The paper said that the journalist also worked for the customs. El Diario de México has not managed to obtain any further information from the investigators or any response from the murdered journalist’s family and friends. Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News February 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Correspondent on El Diario de México shot dead for unknown motives News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

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Fannie and Freddie’s 2019 Goals

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles On Wednesday, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the 2019 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions. The FHFA notes that the 2019 Scorecard furthers the goals outlined in the Agency’s 2014 Strategic Plan for the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Much like the previous year’s Scorecard, the GSEs, as well as Common Securitization Solutions, will be assessed for all Scorecard items based on the following key criteria: The extent to which each Enterprise conducts initiatives in a safe and sound manner consistent with FHFA’s expectations for all activities; the extent to which the outcomes of each Enterprise’s activities support a competitive and resilient secondary mortgage market to support homeowners and renters; the extent to which each GSE meets FHFA’s expectations under the Conservatorship Capital Framework (CCF), including FHFA’s expectations on meeting appropriate return on conservatorship capital targets; the extent to which each Enterprise conducts initiatives with consideration for diversity and inclusion consistent with FHFA’s expectations for all activities; cooperation and collaboration with FHFA, each other, the industry, and other stakeholders; and the quality, thoroughness, creativity, effectiveness, and timeliness of their work products.Goals for 2019 include reducing taxpayer risk through increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market; and building a new single-family infrastructure for use by the GSEs and adaptable for use by other participants in the secondary market in the future.Another key goal FHFA expects for 2019 is for the GSEs to maintain, in a safe and sound manner, credit availability and foreclosure prevention activities for new and refinanced mortgages to foster liquid, efficient, competitive and resilient national housing finance markets. In the Scorecard, FHFA notes that it expects Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to operate their single-family and multifamily business activities safely and effectively, in a manner that supports safety and soundness, market liquidity, and access to credit.Find the complete Scorecard here. Common Securitization Solutions Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac 2018-12-20 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Why Single-Source Vendors Could be the Future Next: Predictions for the 2019 Housing Market Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market Home / Daily Dose / Fannie and Freddie’s 2019 Goals Tagged with: Common Securitization Solutions Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Maccenter_img December 20, 2018 2,604 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Fannie and Freddie’s 2019 Goals Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

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Senator O’Domnhaill says he will pay Household Charge

first_img Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Facebookcenter_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Donegal Senator Brian O’Domnhaill has said that he WILL be paying the 100 euro household charge when it’s introduced.But he also said that the charge should be means tested.He said that he believes people claiming social welfare, pensioners, people in negative equity and people in mortgage arrears should be exempt from the Household Charge…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/bod2.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – December 20, 2011 Previous articleIncreasingly likely that Councillors will reject Budget for 2012Next articleThomas Elvin trial hears claims of IRA connections News Highland Google+ Pinterest Senator O’Domnhaill says he will pay Household Charge Twitter WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

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Calcutta High Court Bans Sale & Bursting Of Firecrackers During Diwali, Kali Puja, Chhat Puja In The Entire State [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesCalcutta High Court Bans Sale & Bursting Of Firecrackers During Diwali, Kali Puja, Chhat Puja In The Entire State [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay5 Nov 2020 8:13 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court on Thursday (05th October) banned the use and sale of firecrackers on Kali Puja in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.The Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee ordered,”The State should ensure that there is no use or display or bursting of firecrackers at all during the Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations.”Further, the Court ordered,”For this…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court on Thursday (05th October) banned the use and sale of firecrackers on Kali Puja in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.The Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee ordered,”The State should ensure that there is no use or display or bursting of firecrackers at all during the Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations.”Further, the Court ordered,”For this purpose, only wax or oil-based diyas would have to suffice, for the greater good of the citizens and in the larger public interest. This direction as to firecrackers will be effective all over the State and will cover not only the Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations, but also the Chhat Puja, Jagadhatri Puja and Guru Nanak’s birthday celebrations thereafter.”Matter before the CourtTwo pleas were filed in the public interest, pertaining to the upcoming celebrations. In the second of the matters, prayers were made pertaining to Kali Puja right upto Christmas.Also, an application by an unregistered body which could be loosely called the local firecrackers’ association was also filed. It is a body of persons engaged in the manufacture of or trading in firecrackers.State’s DirectionsThe Court noted that the State has already issued verbal advisories pertaining to firecrackers during the Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations.The Court further noted that an appeal has been made on behalf of the State for all kinds of firecrackers not to be used this year in view of the pandemic and the virus that attacks the respiratory system.The Court also remarked,”It is evident that there has been an endeavour on the part of the State to protect the air quality so that the respiratory problems that arise as a result of the infection are not aggravated because of the noxious fumes brought about by the use of firecrackers.”The Court also appreciated the State Government and the State police for the “admirable conduct of the Durga Puja, despite the late directions issued by the Court”.Submissions of the StateThe State submitted before the Court that the matter pertaining to firecrackers is pending before the National Green Tribunal and orders have been reservedThe State suggested that,”In the light of such specialised body having taken up the matter pertaining to firecrackers all over the country, such aspect may be left to the Tribunal and not gone into in the present proceedings”.The State submitted that the directions to be issued now may be confined to Kali Puja and the matters pertaining to Kali Puja pandals, since there is sufficient time available before Jagadhatri Puja and even Chhat Puja.In this context, the Court said that the matters pertaining to Chhat Puja will be taken up for consideration on November 10, 2020.Court’s directions related to Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja and Kartick PujaThe Court was of the opinion that since public Kali pujas are many more than Durga pujas, and some of the pandals are much smaller, the guidelines issued for Durga Puja pandals need to be somewhat modified.In this context, the Court issued the following guidelines· All pandals will continue to be No-Entry Zones, including an area of five-metre beyond the pandals on all the open sides. Only dhakis will be 5 permitted to occupy the space beyond the pandals and within the five-metre zone thereafter. Except for dhakis, the five-metre zone has to be kept completely free at all times.· For the smaller pandals, where the covered area excluding the dais is up to 150 square metres, only 10 persons may be in such covered area at any given point of time. For pandals with a covered area between 150 square metres and 300 square metres excluding the dais, the number of persons at any point of time maybe 15. For bigger pandals, in excess of 300 square metres in an area excluding the dais, a maximum of 45 persons can be within the pandals at any given point of time.· Sanitisers must be available at the puja pandals and wearing of masks will be mandatory within and around the pandal area. The distancing norm has to be maintained at all times both within the pandals and in an around the pandals.· Immersions should be low-key affairs and processions for such purpose will not be permitted. The use of bands and lights at the time of immersion will also remain prohibited. It will be open to the local police to provide for staggered timings so that the immersion ghats are not overcrowded.Court’s directions related to Ban on FirecrackersThe Court directed that the police should maintain a strict vigil to ensure that there is no sale or purchase of firecrackers of any form in the State between now and the end of the month.Also, the police has been asked to make every effort to confiscate firecrackers and any kind of like material which have the potential to pollute the air. Immediate appropriate measures must be taken by the police against those seeking to act in contravention of these directions.The State has been asked to ensure that no firecrackers of any kind are brought into the State, except for immediate transit to another State. The compendious word “firecrackers” is used in this order to include all types of sparklers and the like, whether or not the use or burning thereof involves any sound or light being generated.As far as the application by the firecrackers’ association was concerned, the Court said,”It will be for the State to consider whether appropriate compensation or other measures can be taken”.The Court further said,”For the greater good, a small number of persons involved in the firecracker business may have to suffer losses. The overwhelming public interest cannot be compromised.”As far as the temples in the State are concerned, the Court ordered,”The local police should ensure that Covid protocol is maintained, including the distancing norms. The local administration and police will ensure that there is no overcrowding within the temple precincts or outside. This will apply particularly to the Dakshineshwar Kali temple, the Kalighat temple, the Tarapith temple, the Kalyaneswari temple in Rupnarayanpur and other Kali and Shakti and other temples all over the State, till the lockdown is completely lifted.”For the other aspects, particularly, the Chhat Puja and the kind of processions that may be allowed for Chhat Puja celebrations, the matter will appear on November 10, 2020.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

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Staff surprises man with way to watch his twins’ graduation from a hospital room

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) — A man in a California hospital who thought he’d have to miss his twins’ high school graduation got a nice surprise from nurses and staff.Initially David Bernstein of Santa Clarita said Thursday that staff at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial had told him he’d need to move into a new room.But when he was wheeled into the new room, he noticed that the room had been decorated with balloons, treats and signs of graduation congratulations. The staff had also set up a Wi-Fi connection in the room so that he could watch as his 18-year-old twin children, Michael and Valerie Bernstein, walked across the stage at Saugus High School.“It was overwhelming — the decorations and the cake,” David Bernstein told ABC station KABC-TV on Thursday. He’d been hospitalized earlier that week but had hoped to be released in time for the graduation. When he learned that he’d actually have to remain in the hospital, David Bernstein said he was “devastated.”His wife, Diane, said she cried in the room when they got the news. She said the nurses and staff had felt badly for the Bernsteins and sought to do something to help them. “They got a dedicated Wi-Fi line for him and put him in a different room so he was by himself. … They had it all decorated. … I was just so touched,” Diane Bernstein said. “They were very nice.”She said the twins’ college graduation had been a long-awaited milestone, particularly because Michael and Valerie Bernstein were born prematurely at 27 weeks. Both parents said it was a team effort raising the two; David Bernstein remembered making as many as 21 bottles of formula a night for the twins in preparation for the next day.“A lot of people helped us out. My wife did an amazing job,” he said. “They’ve [Michael and Valerie] grown up to be tall kids and good health and they make good grades in school so very proud.”Both Valerie and Michael Bernstein said their father was missed at the ceremony.“He’s worked with me so much over the years,” Valerie Bernstein said. “I am so grateful for him.”“It’s something that we’ve looked forward to,” Diane Bernstein said. “They did exceptionally well in school. … We’re very proud of both of them.”On Thursday, as he watched the graduation via livestream, David Bernstein got emotional, saying that he’d thought about this moment for a long time.“I really wanted to go,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve made it to a new level. And, it’s just a first step in life so more to come. … Michael and Valerie, very proud of them.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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