Ram Rahim’s ‘vision’, presence still looms large over Dera

first_img(From left) Shah Satnam Ji Speciality Hospital inside the Dera has seen a drop in the number of patients and staff members since August 2017. Shah Satnam Ji Girls School, like other educational institutions inside the premises, reopened on September 18, 2017, after the 22-day curfew was lifted on September 13, 2017. (Right) Mahi Cinema and Mall.  Footfall of devoteesAs opposed to thousands and lakhs of people who used to visit on weekdays and Sundays respectively, the number has reduced to a couple of hundreds and thousands.Inside the main Dera where ‘Pitaji’ used to give sermons, an old woman wearing a light grey suit sits on a chair next to the loudspeaker broadcasting a message recorded by him.Lost in her own world, the presence of a few hundreds others does not bother her. A middle-aged woman sitting on the floor says, “Auntiji comes every day and sits here for hours even though the naam charcha is only for one hour in the afternoon.”Only a couple of hundred more people attend the session now. Staff members in the meditation hall claim the number used to increase to 15,000 to 20,000 on Sundays because ‘Guruji’ used to deliver a sermon every Sunday.“For few months after August 25, people stopped coming. Those who still have faith have started coming back,” says a 36-year-old at the checking counter, who makes sure no one enters with a phone, camera, weapon or recording device.As the sun starts to set and streets of the Dera look abandoned, there are “loyalists” who still put up in the residential area.“Why will we go leaving our ‘Guru’ behind?” says a 71-year-old resident of Shah Satnam Pura, a residential colony mostly inhabited by staff members of commercial units in the Dera.A resident of Rajasthan, he recalls being asked whether ‘people still live there [in the Dera]?’Disappointed and annoyed at the question, the man responded in the affirmative. “People think the Dera has shut down completely and no one lives here anymore. But we will never leave even though we were practically forced to do it by the Army and the police in the last week of August,” he says.‘Supplies cut’There were no food supplies, water or electricity for nearly a month during curfew, recalls the 71-year-old’s wife. “No one was allowed to come inside and go out. The temperatures were soaring and we all used to sleep in the lawns outside. Neighbours helped each other with food and water. It was a very difficult time but no one budged,” she says, adding that it is business as usual now.“The police still come and harass people, question them and pick them up,” alleges the couple.Pointing at the photograph of Mr. Singh, the residents end the conversation at, “We don’t care about anything. Earlier he used to bless us from Sirsa. Now he blesses us from Rohtak”.  Impact on businessThe impact of ‘Guruji’s’ incarceration can be seen outside the hospital, schools, colleges and shops. In place of the scores of autorickshaws parked to ferry people inside and outside the Dera premises earlier, barely a handful remain. The autorickshaw drivers were among the worst hit after the August incident.Ankit, an autorickshaw driver who claims he is not a devotee, says his monthly income has dipped from ₹2,000 to ₹500 per day.“There used to be lakhs of visitors before he was arrested and hundreds of autorickshaws. Now you will only find 20-30 in the area because there is no work,” he says.Shopkeepers and restaurant managers on the premises have similar tales to tell.Sitting inside his empty shop, 39-year-old Naresh who sells watches in ‘Sach Market’, says the shop remained closed for three months after the incident and his earning have been meagre ever since.“The streets used to be full of people then. Now you hardly see 10-15 of them on a daily basis,” he says.The manager of a medical shop, however, says his business is recovering. “For the first few months, the income per month was a couple of thousands but it is better now,” says 29-year-old Kuldeep.Manager of Kashish Restaurant, 44-year-old Ramesh says he was forced to lay off nearly 10 people because of the meagre sum the revolving restaurant has been making over the past three months since it opened.However, all shopkeepers claim they are not paying rent to the Dera management. “The entire area belongs to the Dera. We used to pay rent but now that there is no income we are not paying rent. They have not asked for rent either,” says Mr. Naresh.All of them unanimously claim that they are holding on because “business will come back to normal and will become even better once he is back. That’s what we all hope will happen”.Mr. Singh’s arrest has had a visible impact on the number of devotees who used to visit the Dera religiously to attend the sessions they call ‘naam charcha’. Over six months have passed since Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to jail on charges of rape. The once deserted streets of Dera Sacha Sauda are slowly limping back to life. On a sunny afternoon, students, staffers and shopkeepers can be seen making their way inside slowly.Wearing light brown suits with white dupattas, girls walk out of Shah Satnam Ji Girls School after writing an exam. They are followed by teachers.“We were told in the first week of September that the school will reopen soon. Our parents were scared initially as it was the middle of the session but everything is fine now,” says a Class XII student.Educational institutions inside the Dera premises reopened on September 18, 2017, after the 22-day curfew was lifted on September 13, 2017.Though ‘Pitaji’ is still in jail, his “vision and preaching” continue to find a place inside Dera’s schools and colleges. Mr. Singh’s life-size posters with “Papa Coach #1” written on them are hard to miss.Talking about the image of two airplanes on the glass façade of the school, Saint MSG Glorious International School Principal Poonam Insan calls them “Guruji’s vision”.“He never wanted brain drain. He wanted to give the children the same educational standard as students are given abroad,” says the 35-year-old.Ms. Insan, who has been a Dera devotee since childhood, claims “the powers of Guruji saved her life once”.center_img  Hospital hitWhile educational institutions remain largely untouched by accusations against Mr. Singh save for approximately 10%-20% students dropping out because of “societal pressure and fear”, the hospital inside the Dera premises has been affected adversely.With plush green lawns on both sides of the entrance and a rather small reception, the hospital wears a deserted look. Doctors have quit due to non-payment of salaries and very few patients come in these days, making it difficult for the hospital to run.Over 1,000 patients would come in daily at Shah Satnam Ji Speciality Hospital before August 2017. Now, the hospital gets barely 100-150 patients.A staff member says most patients at the hospital comprised outstation devotees and labourers who lived here. “The labourers left the Dera due to lack of work and many devotees either stopped coming here due to fear or because they no longer have faith,” he said.Acting Chief Medical Officer Gaurav Aggarwal claims to have taken a 75% pay cut because the accounts are seized and the only source of cash flow is the money paid by patients.“We had a staff of 50 doctors. It has reduced to 20 now. Some left because any association with the hospital would not look nice on their CV and the others because of salaries,” he says, adding that for the first three months after August 2017, doctors and staffers were not paid a penny.He adds that the number of staffers has come down from around 500 to about 200. The hospital can admit just 50 patients at present as opposed to 300 earlier because of lack of funds.A woman staff member claims she earned ₹10,000 per month for maintaining a doctor’s ledger but now her salary has come down to ₹7,000. However, she does not want to leave because of her “faith”.“I have been living here for the past 10 years. I support my two sisters, a brother and mother. I am satisfied with whatever little I get. Once Pitaji is back, everything will be back to normal,” she says.The teaching staff too has taken a pay cut. In fact, some of them are not being paid at all. A teacher said, “The teaching and non-teaching staff of the educational institute have all taken a pay cut. Some of them have also volunteered to work without pay.”Most people working for the commercial units of the Dera are being paid in cash because the accounts are seized.“At the hospital, schools and colleges, the staff members are paid in cash with the help of accountants in each commercial unit,” says a hospital staff member.  The principal and 10 others went for sightseeing in the hills above Manali when their vehicle met with an accident. ‘Pitaji’ was in the hotel at the time of the incident. She claims “a stone prevented the vehicle from rolling down the valley”.“All of us escaped unhurt. No one could believe it. How should we not treat him like our god?” she says.Ms. Insan’s colleague Vipin, who is sitting next to her, recalls a play based on a similar incident enacted by students a couple of months agoMr. Vipin claims the protagonist was a man diagnosed with blood cancer and that “city doctors had given up on him a few years ago”. He says, “The man approached Guruji, who gave him prasad. A few days later, his blood group changed and he is absolutely fine now.”Claiming that students have the freedom to believe or not believe in ‘Guruji’, the Principal adds, “We have a lot of teachers and students who are not devotees of Guruji. For instance, if we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, it does not mean we ask students to become Mahatma Gandhi. It is their choice.”At the exit, where phones and cameras of “outsiders” are confiscated, a worried parent asks the security guard if police vehicles are doing the rounds.“Sab theek hai na? Koi darne wali baat to nahi hai [Is everything all right? Is there anything to be scared of?],” says a mother who has come to drop off her daughter’s belongings at the school.last_img read more


first_imgThe Chief Minister said there are challenges before the state to roll out GST next year as he appealed to all to work together to make GST “happen”.Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of Congress demanded that there should a capping system like 18 per cent to save the poor people from high taxation. “Ours is a poorest of the poor state. Therefore, the state government must bat for having the capping system,” Mishra said criticising the ruling BJD for putting contradictory views on the capping in the Rajya Sabha.The Leader of Opposition said that when the BJDs leader in Rajya sabha did not supports capping on tax while partys another senior member wanted it. Mishra also quoted a BJD MPs statement in the Rajya Sabha where he had said that Odisha will badly lose on revenue collection of the GST come into the force.”If state will lose according to BJD MP, why such ratification? He asked demanding a clarification from the chief minister on the BJDs view,” Mishra said. He expressed displeasure over the state governments ignorance on the GST bill. “We want to know how much Odisha will benefit or lose”, Mishra asked.BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo supported the ratification and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the passing of the GST Bill in both the Houses of Parliament.Odisha become the 16th state after Goa to ratify the Constitution Amendment for GST introduction. PTI AAM SUS KIS SNPlast_img read more

Lexus LX 450d SUV launched in India at Rs 2.32 crore

first_imgLexus India had launched ES300h, RX Luxury and RX F-Sport in India a while back and had introduced their flagship SUV, the LX 450d with prices to be revealed at a later stage. With that being said, Lexus has now announced the price of the new LX 450d variant for a price of Rs 2.32 crore (ex showroom, New Delhi). Toyota is competing in the luxury car segment which is till now controlled by Mercedes-Benz in India.Design:    For its 2017 model, Lexus gave its LX450d a sweeping bumper-to-bumper upgrade to design, luxury, and performance for the previous model year and added standard Lexus Safety System+ with emergency automatic braking.Lexus LX 450dThe LX450d makes an unforgettable entrance wherever it goes, thanks to the bold Lexus signature spindle grille, framed by elegant satin chrome trim. Standard LED headlights, turn signals and fog lamps provide a captivating lighting signature.Lexus LX 450dEngine:The Lexus LX450d, which shares its platform with the Toyota Land Cruiser, gets a 4.5-litre diesel engine that produces a whopping 270PS of peak power and a mind boggling torque of 650Nm, mated to six-speed automatic which transfers the power to all the wheels.Lexus LX 450dPerformance:The Lexus LX450d SUV can go from 0-100kmph in just 8.6 seconds with a top speed of 210kmph.Lexus LX 450dCompetition:The Lexus LX450d will compete against the Range Rover in India.ALSO READ:Lexus in India: What lies ahead for Toyota’s premium brand?advertisementALSO READ:Lexus enters India in style; launches ES300h, RX Luxury and RX F-Sport ALSO READ:Lexus range in India: Everything you need to knowlast_img read more

Offender Assaulted at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

first_imgAn offender was assaulted by three other offenders at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. The injured offender was treated by on-site medical staff, taken to hospital and admitted. Halifax Regional Police are investigating the incident. An internal review by Correctional Services is also underway. This information is being released under the Justice Department’s policy to inform the public of major incidents involving people in custody. Information will be updated on the major incidents section of the Department of Justice website at https://novascotia.ca/just/updates.asp as it becomes available. -30-last_img read more

G20 Summit BRICS leaders committed to tackling unilateralism and protectionism in trade

first_imgOsaka: BRICS leaders on Friday stressed the importance of a favourable global economic environment for sustained growth of international trade, saying the world economic growth appears to be stabilising and is projected to pick up moderately later this year. “However, the strengthening of growth remains highly uncertain, with rising trade and geopolitical tensions, commodity price volatility, inequality, and insufficiently inclusive growth, and tighter financial conditions adding to the risk,” said a joint statement issued after the informal meeting of BRICS nations on the sidelines of G-20 Summit. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN references “Global imbalances remain large and persistent and require thorough monitoring and timely policy responses. We further stress the importance of a favourable global economic environment for sustained growth of international trade.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the meeting to exchange ideas.They called for open markets, stronger economic resilience and financial stability besides well-designed and coordinated macroeconomic policies. The BRICS leaders also called for structural reforms, adequate investment in a human capital reduction in poverty levels and inequality. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France The joint statement said the leaders called for effective competition to promote investment and innovation; open, fair, just and non-discriminatory business environments; cooperation in public-private partnerships (PPP); and infrastructure financing and development. “International and domestic measures in these areas and others will contribute to sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We call for greater participation of developing countries in the global value chains. We recognise the importance of the interface between trade and the digital economy. We also affirm the role of data for development.” The leaders said the World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism is an indispensable pillar of the multilateral trading system and the appellate body is essential for the proper and effective functioning of the organisation. The BRICS leaders said corruption, including illicit money and financial flows, and ill-gotten wealth stashed in foreign jurisdictions, is a global challenge which may impact negatively on economic growth and sustainable development. “We will strive to coordinate our approach and encourage a stronger global commitment in this regard. We also recognise the need to strengthen cooperation, subject to domestic legal systems, in anti-corruption law enforcement, extradition of fugitives, economic and corruption offenders, and in recovering stolen assets.” They added: “We reaffirm our commitment to support international cooperation in combating illicit financial flows, including cooperation within the Financial Actions Task Force (FATF), the World Customs Organisation and other relevant multilateral mechanisms.” The five-member nation met for an informal meeting ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, scheduled later in the day. (With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Dawson Creek to get curbside recycling

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek city council voted in favour of awarding the contract for the City’s new curbside recycling program, which will be rolled out this fall.Chief Administrative Officer Duncan Redfearn said that the possibility of Dawson Creek getting curbside recycling collection has been brought up several times in the past several years. During planning for this year’s budget, he said the City was able to include curbside recycling collection. The program will be single-stream – similar to Fort St. John’s – meaning residents can dispose of all acceptable items into the 360-litre wheelie bins without the need to sort.Redfearn explained that the cost of the program will see residents’ utility bills – which already include water, sewer, and waste collection – rise by $6.86 for the next five years. The cost of the wheelie bins is included in that amount. The recycling bins will be collected every two weeks, while unlike in Fort St. John, household waste will continue to be collected weekly. Dawson Creek received two bids for the contract to do the new curbside collection. On Monday, Council awarded the contract to its current household waste collection contractor, Waste Management, since its bid was 43 cents/month cheaper than the only other bid from DC Recycling.The contract is set to begin on September 1st for a period of five years. Redfearn said that the program will be rolled out in stages for residents in each part of Dawson Creek after it comes into effect.last_img read more

Sears Canada eyes groceries and dash buttons amid transformation reports quarterly loss

TORONTO — Sears Canada Inc. is looking to expand its plan to sell organic groceries and build so-called dash buttons to help customers purchase their favourite products from home as the retailer better known for tools and appliances looks to reinvent itself.Executive chairman Brandon Stranzl said Wednesday he expects three to five locations where Sears will give some space to a partner grocer to be finalized by the end of this year, including two in Ontario and one in B.C.“Kind of like Whole Foods at a Joe Fresh price,” he said, explaining that shoppers should expect fresh food at a reasonable price.The company is also trying to amp up its digital efforts, which includes developing new technologies to integrate the retailer into its customers’ lives.‘Abolish it’: Sears disavows department store model with new pop-up location, merchandise“We could have — hypothetically — dash buttons that we roll out at some point in the future,” he said.A dash button is a consumer goods ordering service that allows a customer to press a button in their home to purchase a product from a particular store. Amazon, for example, sells dash buttons for laundry detergent, bottled water and snacks, among other things.Stranzl said people are working on creating these at the company’s Initium Commerce Lab, but they haven’t linked it to any products yet. They’re also working on reinventing the store’s annual wish book, he said, to potentially be a customized, digital one instead of a physical catalogue.Stranzl made the comments after Sears (TSX:SCC) reported a $45.8-million loss in its latest quarter, but noted that same-store sales improved compared with a year ago.Same-store sales for the quarter ended Jan. 28 were up 1.3 per cent compared with the same quarter last year. The company also said there’s been growth in same-store sales through the first two months of its current quarter.Sears, which has struggled in recent years, said same-store sales were up 6.2 per cent in February compared with the same month last year and up 4.1 per cent in March compared with a year ago.The loss for what was the fourth quarter of its financial year amounted to 45 cents per share.That compared with a profit of $30.9 million or 30 cents per share a year ago when the company benefited from a $170.7-million gain on the termination of a credit card agreement.Revenue fell to $744.0 million, compared with $887.6 million a year ago, due in part to store closures and a decline in its direct business due to a reduction in catalogues, challenges with its new website, and fewer merchandise pick-up locations.Shares slipped 5.49 per cent or nine cents to $1.55 on the Toronto Stock Exchange by late-afternoon trading.The Canadian Press read more

Higher interest rates would be problem for nearly half of those surveyed

TORONTO – Canadians who are worried about the amount of interest they pay for borrowing money could be relieved to hear the central bank decided Tuesday to keep its benchmark rate at a relatively low level of one per cent until at least the fall.But a recent survey, which found a significant interest rate hike would pose a challenge to nearly half of those polled, highlights the need for better financial literacy.“Canadians need to take control of their financial situations,” said Nicholas Cheung of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, which sponsored the poll.“They need to make decisions in their own best interests, and by taking this control they will be stronger financially.”Of the 1,000 Canadians randomly sampled by Harris Decima via telephone, 48 per cent of them said a significant interest rake hike would make it difficult for them to keep up with mortgage or debt payments.Of that group, 29 per cent said they would have difficulty making payments if rates went up by two percentage points.An additional 29 per cent of those worried about interest rate hikes said an increase of three or four percentage points would pose a problem.The study came out as the Bank of Canada announced Tuesday that it will keep its key interest rates low at least until the next policy meeting in September.The central bank — an independent arm of the government — generally sets the tone for what commercial lenders charge their customers.For example, the commercial banks’ prime rate (currently 3.0 per cent) is currently two percentage points above the Bank of Canada’s target overnight rate, which has been at one per cent since September 2010.The prime rates, in turn, are used to set some mortgage rates — particularly for variable-rate mortgages and those specifically tied to the prime rate.Other, longer-term mortgage rates are less influenced by the Bank of Canada’s actions and more by how 10-year Canada bonds are trading.To add another wrinkle to the picture, credit card interest rates charged on balances owing tend to remain much higher than mortgage rates no matter what the central bank has decided.On the flip side, for consumers who would like to get interest payments from their investments or retirees who depend on pension benefits, the era of low interest rates has been tough.The Bank of Canada and other central banks have kept their benchmark rates low in order to stimulate borrowing and spending during a time of economic upheaval.The unintended consequence, however, has been for consumers to borrow heavily rather than save their money — resulting in record-high levels of household debt in Canada as well as a willingness to take on larger mortgages to buy real-estate.Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, among others, has warned that the low interest rates can’t stay forever. He has said consumers should be disciplined and avoid taking on more debt than they can afford, even if intereat rates go higher.The survey, commissioned by the CICA, found that roughly 60 per cent of those surveyed save less than 10 per cent of their monthly income.It also found that nearly 40 per cent of respondents believe they will still be paying down their debt after they turn 65, an age that often marks the beginning of retirement.The poll is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.“Canadians need to reduce and minimize debt, they need to save more, they certainly need to spend less and spend within their means,” said Cheung.“But there is growing evidence that people are paying closer attention to their financial matters,” he added.About 39 per cent of respondents said they have improved their financial situation over the past year, citing reduced debt, increased household earnings and better money management skills.Cheung urged Canadians to start saving money earlier, pay down debt quickly, consolidate their debt at a lower interest rate and budget for their purchases.“It’s a bit like getting in shape,” said Cheung.“It’s easy to put on weight, just like it’s easy to spend more and take on more debt. But the important thing to realize is that it’s never too late to get into shape, or get your finances in order. It requires discipline, hard work and tough choices.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Higher interest rates would be problem for nearly half of those surveyed: CICA by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2012 2:17 pm MDT read more

Suggs Return From Torn Achilles Expected Today Against Texans

The Baltimore Ravens have activated linebacker Terrell Suggs from the physically unable to perform list and last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year is expected to play today against the Houston Texans.The five-time Pro Bowler will be making a stunning earlier-than-expected return from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in April. His family and friends have plans to travel to Houston in anticipation of watching him stage one of the quickest returns from this type of significant injury by any athlete.Suggs, who recorded 14 sacks en route to Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago, acknowledged earlier this week that a quick return could push back his recovery.“That’s always a concern,” he said. “That’s why I’ve got the people around me that I trust. We’re going to make the decision as a group, whether it would be better for me to sit out or suit up.”Ravens coach John Harbaugh had consistently declined to put a timetable on Suggs’ return, leaving many to believe it would be mid-November at the earliest.Prior to his injury, Suggs had played in all 16 regular-season games in eight of his nine NFL seasons, missing three games in 2009 with a knee injury. His return could be a big boost to an aging Ravens defense that lost its inspirational leader, linebacker Ray Lewis, to a torn triceps and top cornerback, Lardarius Webb, to a knee injury last weekend.Harbaugh, however, cautioned earlier this week that the team wasn’t expecting too much too soon of Suggs. He’ll likely see limited action if he plays.“To what extent, to what he’s able to do, I think we should temper our expectations a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “He’s coming off a very serious injury. I think he’s worked really hard. He’s done a great job with the rehab, he’s followed protocol. He had no setbacks throughout the course of the whole deal.”In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Suggs paced the Ravens with 25 sacks, the fifth-most in the NFL during that span. read more

Big Ten Championship Game going to be won in the trenches

OSU’s football team plays Michigan State Sept. 30, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.Credit: Lantern file photoA trip to a BCS bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., will be on the line when the Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) football teams meet at the Big Ten Championship Game.Saturday’s winner is guaranteed to at least receive a berth in the Rose Bowl Game, but for No. 2-ranked OSU, a projected selection to the BCS National Championship Game hangs in the balance pending the game’s outcome.Even so, OSU players insist their focus this week is on winning Saturday rather than the later implications of that potential win.“You have to take it one week at a time, one day at a time,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said Monday. “All we can do is win each and every week. If we do that … things will work out for themselves.”Although he acknowledged the Buckeyes were excited to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings after then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the team has kept its attention on Michigan State.“We don’t really have to do much refocusing because everybody still understands what’s at task right now and understands how important this game is,” Shazier said. “We got to take care of business with (Michigan State) first, then we can move on and be excited about the next team to come up.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his players have the right mindset going into the championship game.“They’re a very purpose-driven team and a very intelligent team so I don’t anticipate a problem (with focus),” Meyer said. “The biggest problem is we’re going to be facing an excellent team in Michigan State with great players.”The Buckeyes, though, seem to realize winning against the No. 10-ranked Spartans is no easy task.OSU has been led this season by the strength of its offense, which ranks third in scoring offense (48.2 points per game) and sixth in total offense (530.5 yards per game).The Buckeyes’ offense has been especially strong on the ground, ranking second nationally with 321.3 rushing yards behind the all-Big Ten play of senior running back Carlos Hyde and junior quarterback Braxton Miller.That offense, however, might face its toughest test of the season in the Spartans. Michigan State’s defense leads the nation with only 237.7 total yards allowed per game and 64.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and also ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense with only 11.8 points allowed per game.Meyer said the success of Michigan State’s defense starts with its players’ talent.“It always starts with players,” Meyer said. “They have very skilled players that are tough.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said the Michigan State defense likes to “just play you and see if their guys are better than yours.”“They don’t do a ton of different stuff,” Mewhort said in regards to Michigan State’s defensive scheme. “I respect them for that because they have good players and are able to do that a lot.”Mewhort pointed specifically to redshirt-sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, redshirt-senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and senior middle linebacker Max Bullough as players in Michigan State’s defensive front seven who could present a challenge to the OSU offense.“They’re a physical group,” Mewhort said. “Good players everywhere.“The game’s going to be won in the trenches, so it’s going to be us (OSU offensive line) vs. them (Michigan State defensive front),” Mewhort added. “It’s going to be one of those classic, smashmouth Big Ten football games. I think we’re going to really embrace that on our offensive line, and we’re looking forward to it.”While the OSU offense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season, the Michigan State defense is doing the same.“For me to sit here and tell you (OSU is) not our biggest challenge that we’ve faced so far, they’re not our biggest test, would just be lying to you,” Bullough said Monday.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Miller’s dual-threat ability to both pass and run the ball makes OSU’s offense particularly tough to defend.“The quarterback is a game-breaker,” Dantonio said. “He’s going to be able to create, take a bad play and make it a good one.”But even with the variety of challenges the OSU offense could present to its opponent, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he does not expect the Spartans to change the way they play.“We’re going to play our game of football,” Dennard said. “We’re going to make those guys play our game. And that’s the way we look at it every game.”Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook said OSU’s defensive struggles against Michigan Saturday gave his offense confidence, but said he and his teammates aren’t getting their hopes up for the Buckeyes to give up that many points and yards again.“Any time you see your opponent give up that many yards … quite honestly, you’re licking your chops,” Cook said. “But you just got to treat it like any other game that we’ve had all year.”Michigan State’s offense has had its share of struggles this season, ranking just 85th nationally in total offense (380.2 yards per game) and 63rd in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).Meyer said it is “very clear” what the Spartans, which have 502 rushing attempts and 354 passing attempts this season, want to do when they are on offense.“They’re balanced, but they’re going to run the football on you,” Meyer said. “So we’ve been decent against the run and we need to continue to be decent against the run.”Shazier said Michigan State is “really good” at running the ball. He also thinks Cook is a smart leader of the offense.“They have a really good O-line,” Shazier said. “And they have playmakers, and the quarterback, he’s a really good decision-maker. He doesn’t really make a lot of dumb decisions and make decisions that would hurt the team.”OSU’s defense versus Michigan State’s offense will be just as important to the game’s outcome, Meyer said.“The best defense is our offense hanging onto the ball moving the ball … but the way I feel, there’s no shortcutting Michigan State’s offense,” Meyer said. “As far as winning a game, we have to play excellent defense against this offense.”Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Steves bright idea

first_imgIt’s not often you hear of a great new invention that will have a positive impact on the lives of billions while not harming our already damaged and extremely sensitive environment. But that’s exactly what one Greek American achieved when in 2010 he came up with a bright idea – a simple, portable solar light bulb with the potential to revolutionise life for the 1.4 billion people in the world who live without access to electricity. Since then the Colorado-based Steve Katsaros has been travelling the world, mostly to remote villages in Asia and Africa, to show people just how important his discovery is. As with most great inventions, Katsaros’ discovery all began with a unrelenting idea. One night, while walking past a construction site, Katsaros noticed a rope of construction lights all drawing power from a chugging, polluting generator. He immediately questioned whether all this was really necessary. The next day he sat down at his work desk at home and sketched a simple but elegant solution to the problem, a solar-powered light bulb. Within days Katsaros had a patent in hand. Five months after that initial sketch, Katsaros launched Nokero, a for-profit company with a mission to provide affordable solar technology solutions for poor, off-grid communities around the world. Nokero is the only brand of its kind with the usage of state-of-the-art solar light bulbs and two mobile phone chargers currently distributed internationally in over 100 countries across the globe. The company promotes education surrounding the solar industry, as well as the increased benefit of safe lighting, which include health, income and community. Nokero’s durable, weatherproof, long lasting lights encourage productivity at all hours without the use of fires or dangerous fuels such as kerosene. Nokero, which comes from NO KEROsene, aims to be the number one leader in low-cost consumer solar products in the world. By offering these rechargeable, innovative light source products, Nokero aims to improve the lifestyles of the world’s undeveloped populations. By introducing Nokero as their renewable solar resource, the quality of life can be improved as a whole. Nokero says its products allow students to have longer amounts of time to study, people can work longer hours in the day (and night) and money can be saved on current lighting equipment that requires maintenance, and/or third party energy sources, such as electricity, oil or batteries. The company says that by removing current light sources such as kerosene, along with other harmful, expensive techniques, they can produce a world that promotes safety, an environmentally-friendly environment, and the ability to live life in a new hope. “Selling solar lights is how we’re going to change the world,” says Katsaros, who founded Nokero to market his invention. He says that it quickly became apparent that the need for accessible solar lighting was not at construction sites in the developed world, but rather in the homes of the 1.4 billion people that live in energy poverty, without access to electric lighting. Katsaros says Nokero sells several models of its solar bulbs to countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Pakistan, where the most accessible form of lighting is often kerosene lamps that pollute the body with known carcinogens. Katsaros’ life has been filled with innovation from a young age. He began his career in his late teens with the invention of several commercial products for the ski industry. His first brush with impact inventing came in 2002 with RevoPower, a motorised wheel for bicycles. The innovation and entrepreneurship skills that helped Katsaros grow his fledgling company were developed further during his time at the Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering in the state of Indiana, where Katsaros says he encountered professors who embraced what he was doing. One such professor, Dr Alan McDonald, was crucial to guiding Katsaros’ studies. Under McDonald’s tutelage, Katsaros entered one of his inventions into the then-relatively new Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC). Katsaros and his roommate were just crammed into a small dorm room, and Katsaros was concerned about leaving his bicycle outside in the harsh Indiana winter. So he designed a bicycle overhead storage rack which he entered into the CIC and won in 1995. Although that invention didn’t generate much money for Katsaros, his experience with and exposure to Invent Now, the organisation that runs the Collegiate Inventors Competition as well as the National Inventors Hall of Fame, left an impression. Katsaros says that competition and the relationship with the CIC helped him a great deal. It was through them that he learned the fundamentals of marketing, finance, design and execution. Although Katsaros had offers from companies such as aviation giant Boeing right out of school, he felt the knowledge he had gained would help him and he believed he was going to strike out and do his own thing. His invention, the solar-powered light bulb and the company Nokero have quickly become a success, vindicating Katsaros’ belief in himself. Apart from being a quick thinker and great inventor, Katsaros is also someone with a strong desire to help those less fortunate. Both he and his company have been acknowledged by the United Nations and other leading organisations for their contribution to the poor and remote communities of the world. Most recently, Nokero quickly shipped all its existing inventory of solar lights to Nepal following the tragic earthquake that struck the country and Katsaros, and his company continues to seek new ways to help the tens of thousands of Nepalese are living without electricity and safe lighting. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Data US oil spills from trains surged in 2013

first_imgWASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, U.S. railroads spilled a combined 800,000 gallons of crude oil. The spike underscores new concerns about the safety of such shipments as rail has become the preferred mode for oil producers amid a North American energy boom.The federal data do not include incidents in Canada where oil spilled from trains. Canadian authorities estimate that more than 1.5 million gallons of crude oil spilled in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, when a runaway train derailed and exploded, killing 47 people. The cargo originated in North Dakota.Nearly 750,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a train on Nov. 8 near Aliceville, Ala. The train originated in North Dakota and caught fire after it derailed in a swampy area. No one was injured or killed.last_img read more

Fairbanks Delays Vote On Air Quality Regulations

first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has delayed voting on a package of air quality regulations, following abundant public testimony for and against the ordinance at a hearing Thursday night.Download AudioThe regulations are aimed at cracking down on wood and coal heating systems that chronically pollute neighborhoods, and many of the comments focused on the health impacts.The second public hearing in two weeks on the proposed ordinance to clean up the air locally took place under a blanket of smog that’s been sitting on top of this area for several days now since the cold snap set in last week.That was reflected in comments by Assembly Deputy Presiding Officer John Davies when he opened the hearing.“The levels of pollution are serious and constitute a true health issue,” Davies said.Like the previous hearing, another standing-room-only crowd turned out again to testify for and against the ordinance crafted by Davies and Assembly members Kathryn Dodge and Janice Golub.Many talked about the health impact of the air pollution. Some expressed doubts there’s a connection that can be made with smoke from wood-burning heating systems. Like Luke Mowry, who lives in Fox, He says he was born and raised in a wood-heated home, and says he didn’t suffer any health problems.“(I) Got wood heat. (I) Use it quite a bit at my place. That’s our primary source of heat. My boy was born with respiratory issues. So, I know that piece of it, too,” Mowry said.Bob Hook is a 37-year resident of North Pole. He says he burns six or seven cords a wood a year at his house. And even though Cook suffers multiple respiratory ailments, he’s believes they can’t be directly linked to air quality problems.“I have in the last eight years developed asthma. I have COPD. I have respiratory issues. And can I directly relate those to air quality? No,” Hook said.Hook says more research would be required to make a direct connection like that. But he says poor air quality is at least a contributing factor. And because of that, he supports the proposed ordinance.But local health care professional Jennifer Nelson says Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has begun collecting data on whether and how much air quality affects the health of area residents. Nelson is the director of the hospital’s Emergency Services, Forensic Nursing and Trauma Services. And she says the hospital wants to offer its perspective on those health impacts.“There’s been lots of comments made, but some of them were not necessarily backed up by hard data,” Nelson said. “So we feel the responsibility of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is to provide some HIPPA-compliant data to aid in this discussion as it relates to our health.”Nelson says hospital staff crunched numbers and found a rise in emergency room admissions from four areas that registered high quantities of respiratory-tract irritating particulate matter, or so-called PM2.5.“We have quite a number of respiratory-related complaints, relating from wheezing, shortness of air, cough…,” Nelson said.Nelson says the data is preliminary, and that further studies are needed. She says the hospital is willing to conduct those studies, and Dodge enthusiastically encouraged her to proceed.The Assembly will include that data and the public comments when it considers adoption of the air-quality ordinance in its Feb. 12 meeting.last_img read more

China asked to let Australian child Uighur mother leave

first_imgAustralian foreign minister Marise Payne. Photo: CollectedAustralia’s government on Wednesday called on China to allow an Australian child and his Uighur mother to leave the country, days after co-signing a letter denouncing Beijing’s treatment of the Muslim minority.China has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in tightly controlled Xinjiang region, in the country’s northwest.Sadam Abdusalam has campaigned for months for his Uighur wife, Nadila Wumaier, and their son Lutifeier, whom he has never met, to be allowed to come to Australia.Australia’s embassy has “formally requested that the Chinese authorities allow Ms Wumaier and her son (who is an Australian citizen) to travel to Australia”, foreign minister Marise Payne said Wednesday.The statement came after Abdusalam, an Australian citizen, shared his plight publicly for the first time during a documentary on the Xinjiang camps aired Monday on national broadcaster ABC.He told AFP that his wife was taken in for questioning by Chinese authorities the following day, but was later released.Payne said that she was aware of the reports that Wumaier was interrogated, but added that diplomats had no consular access rights as she was not an Australian citizen.China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday that he had not seen the Australian statement.”If the Australian side provides China with detailed relevant information through bilateral channels, China will provide the necessary assistance,” he said.Canberra had initially denied citizenship to Lutifeier, who was born in Xinjiang in August 2017, but backtracked last year following a legal battle.Abdusalam said he was “really happy” that Australia was taking action, but called on officials to do more.”I’m going to keep trying to keep pressure on China and keep pressure on the Australian government,” he told AFP.”On 31 August he will be two years old,” Abdusalam said of Lutifeier.”I would like to see my son before 31 August so we can celebrate his birthday as a family.”Australian lawyers representing the family are urging Canberra to fast-track a visa for Wumaier.”Bringing this family together safely is the goal,” Marque Lawyers wrote on Twitter.Escalating tensionsCanberra has traditionally been keen to avoid friction with its biggest trading partner, but tensions between the two countries have escalated over security concerns and Beijing’s growing presence in the Pacific.Australia was among 22 countries, along with Britain, Canada and Japan, that last week wrote to top United Nations officials condemning China’s treatment of ethnic minorities.Beijing downplays the camps as “vocational education centres” aimed at steering people away from religious extremism through job training, Mandarin lessons and law classes.It has blocked Australian diplomats from visiting Xinjiang since early 2017 and said Monday’s ABC programme on the facilities was “full of lies, distortion and bias”.last_img read more

RamSoft Reaches Distribution Agreement With Medical Equipment Dynamics

first_imgKey Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. September 21, 2017 — Medical Equipment Dynamics, provider of new, used and refurbished medical equipment, will now offer the complete RamSoft image management product suite. MED supplies a range of equipment at low costs to fit the specific needs of healthcare organizations, using a process associated with liquidating idle, decommissioned medical equipment. This eliminates unnecessary expenditures and provides a new revenue stream for healthcare facilities.MED’s new offerings will be highlighted by the RamSoft PowerServer family of products, including picture archiving and communication system (PACS), teleradiology, mammography and DICOM router software solutions.For more information: www.ramsoft.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | September 21, 2017 RamSoft Reaches Distribution Agreement With Medical Equipment Dynamics Provider of new, used and refurbished medical equipment will now offer full RamSoft image management product suite Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

Chávez is sick but merchandising is not

first_imgBy Alexandre Grosbois | AFP CARACAS, Venezuela – Hugo Chávez is so sick with cancer that he didn’t show up for his own inauguration for a new term this week. But the cottage industry that lives off Chávez merchandising is quite healthy.You name it, and the bombastic comandante’s face can be found all over it: T-shirts, baseball hats, jackets, earrings and much, much more.In a small market in central Caracas not far from the National Assembly, Elisa Flores de Moreno said she has traveled from Merida in far western Venezuela – sent by colleagues to stock up on Chávez gear as the country waits to see if he will pull through his fourth round of cancer surgery.The 58-year-old Chávez, who was first diagnosed in mid-2011, underwent his latest operation on Dec. 11 in Havana, Cuba, and has not been seen in public since.He won a new six-year term in elections back in October, and was supposed to be sworn in Thursday.But Chávez could not return home in time for his inauguration Thursday and will take the oath of office at a later date before the Supreme Court, the government announced on Tuesday.The announcement confirming that Chávez is too sick to make it back in time for the Jan. 10 inauguration came in a letter to the National Assembly from Vice President Nicolas Maduro.Meanwhile, Flores de Moreno, 67, said she is mad about Chávez and prays every night for his recovery.She spoke as she filled a large bag with T-shirts, hats and jackets for colleagues who are equally nuts about the ailing ruler, a garrulous populist and champion of the poor who also irks the United States regularly with anti-imperialist tirades and alignment of his oil-rich country with Iran, Syria, Cuba and other nations not in Washington’s favor.Some of the articles bear the letters PSUV, the Spanish acronym for the ruling socialist party. Others show the president’s face by itself, or with South American liberator Simón Bolivar or revolutionary commander Ernesto “Che” Guevara.But the hottest seller these days is a T-shirt with a rectangle surrounding a black and white image of Chávez’s face.“The president’s face has been a total success this year, along with the comandante doll,” said shop owner Jorge Moreno.“It is a subliminal message aimed at the opposition,” he added with a chuckle.All of these items are designed by the presidential palace and distributed to cooperatives that supply them to independent retailers. There is no copyright hassle.“We do not pay anything back to the government. It is not about capitalism here,” said Jorge Moreno, who describes himself as militantly pro-Chávez.His tiny stall is a veritable Chávez emporium: key rings, pins, pens, mugs, towels, plates and bracelets, all boasting the bright red of the ruling party and Chávez’s face and costing next to nothing.“Many customers come from around the country because they do not have access to these articles where they live,” Moreno said. Sales are briskest around election time.In another shop, located in a big Caracas hotel, the Chávez fervor goes further for those even deeper under its spell: a small bust of the comandante in military garb or his trademark red shirt, or a Baroque-style clock with a poorly cropped photo of Chávez next to a dial set under chiseled glass.Sid Marrero, a customer in his 50s, said he had stopped by to pick up some Chávez pins, which he collects.“It has become a little ritual,” Marrero said, adding that these days, with the president so ill, being pro-Chávez has turned into “a real profession.”Sonia, a 51-year-old nurse, expressed disappointment as she left the shop. It has run out of the Chávez doll.“I wanted to do it for my mother, who is a real fanatic,” she said. “She has all the key rings, the clock, the earrings. All she needed was the doll.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Sanchaya on Indone

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter The Sanchaya on Indonesia’s Bintan island has announced that chef Javier Codina will be in residence from Friday 27 September to Sunday 29 September as part of the boutique resort’s international guest chef series.Chef Javier is well-respected amongst Australia’s most discerning diners, helming Catalan-inspired Moda, whose menu is inspired by his own upbringing, and focuses on using fresh, local ingredients. During his time at the estate, Barcelona-born Codina will draw upon generations of traditional Catalan cooking techniques to bring the vibrant, cosmopolitan flavours of Spain to The Sanchaya.Kicking off on Friday 27 September, the Mediterranean-inspired gastronomy weekend will begin with a four-hands dinner from Codina and resident chef Giacomo. A 3-course set menu will see the pair fuse their individual style, featuring some of Moda’s most iconic dishes, such as the Riverina Beef Cheek, Purple Sweet Potatoes and Paellite By Javier, Queensland Seafood.On Saturday 28 September, Codina will recreate Javier’s Table Experience, in collaboration with The Sanchaya’s Sommelier, Jeroen L’abée. Since joining The Sanchaya, Jeroen has steadily built an enviable collection of award-winning wines, which will be carefully paired with signature dishes and tapas from Codina. The intimate evening will take place in the estate’s glass-walled Decanter, giving guests the opportunity to learn more about the cooking techniques Codina has perfected throughout his international career.The weekend will culminate in a Sunday Brunch on Sunday 19 September, whereby Giacomo and Codina will recreate the quintessential Aussie barbecue, with a Mediterranean twist. Taking place on the lawn area at the heart of the estate, the Moda BBQ pop-up will be a casual affair, with beanbag seating areas and an optional free-flow beverage, featuring sommelier-selected wines and Australian beers.The Sanchaya is a boutique beachfront estate nestled amid luscious tropical gardens and the sparkling Indian Ocean.A limited time Guest Chef Series accommodation experience includes:3-nights accommodation in either a Junior Suite or Sanchaya Suite (additional nights will be charged at best available rate)A 3-course set menu on Friday 27th September in The Dining RoomTwo places at Javier’s Table on Saturday 28th SeptemberSunday BBQ Brunch by Javier Codina on Sunday 29th SeptemberComplimentary pre-dinner cocktails throughout the weekendDaily à la carte breakfastExpress clearance upon arrival and prior to departure at The Sanchaya Lounge in Bintan Resorts Ferry TerminalComplimentary shared transfer between Bintan Resort Ferry Terminal and the estateThe experience is available from Friday 27 September – Monday 30 September, with rates starting at IDR 25,110,000 per couple. For further information, see visit www.thesanchaya.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Inflation rate hits 25 highest since August 2011

first_imgThe annual inflation rate rose in August to 2.5 per cent — the highest in seven years — from 2.3 per cent the previous month, once more exposing Cyprus’s vulnerability to energy price hikes.In the first eight months, the consumer price index rose an annual 0.9 per cent, the statistical service said on Thursday.In August, the largest impact on inflation resulted from a 13 per cent increase in fuel prices followed by a 7.9 per cent increase in the price of fruit and vegetables, Cystat said. The third largest direct impact on inflation came from a 13 per cent increase in electricity prices.The overall increase in prices last month was partly offset by a 0.7 per cent drop in the prices of industrial products and a 2.8 per cent reduction in the price of water, Cystat said.The island, whose public transit system remains undeveloped and its inhabitants rely on the use of cars to move around, has repeatedly failed in the past decade to introduce natural gas to substitute the use of crude oil and diesel as fuel for its conventional power plants. You May LikeHistory10140 Woodstock 1969 Vintage PhotographsHistory101UndosaikoyThe Best IPTV Provider In The WorldsaikoyUndoSmarter FinancesCalifornia: Big Change For Low Mileage DriversSmarter FinancesUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndo‘Ordinary hero’ says EU cooperation succeeded in combating human traffickingUndoNew equipment for Paphos lifeguards but ‘proper’ towers neededUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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