Water crisis nearly solved in Totopara

first_imgThe water crisis in Toto para, mostly inhabitaed by the nearly extinct Toto tribals, has been solved in majority areas, an oficial said today.Presently there are about 1000 houses in the area in north Bengal that are getting pipe water, District Magistrate Deviprasad Karnam said.Priority has been given to the Totos, numbering only 1533, he said.The entire area where non-Totos are also living will get water by next year and dependence on Bhutan for water will end, he said.The success followed a state government project launched in 2013 to build three reservoirs to store showers from waterfalls.Construction of the reservoirs has been completed. The water stored is distributed through pipes, he said, adding that only one reservoir was now functional.The government is also implementing the ‘Spring Shed’ programme, used in Sikkim, through which waterfalls do not dry up during summer, he said.last_img read more

Study says cities lack data to track effectiveness of homeless programs

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The homeless men and women often seen in places like downtown San Diego may need help, but even with more government spending, a taxpayers’ watchdog group claims local governments don’t have a way to gauge the impact of those dollars.A new report released by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation said that spending on homelessness services by the County of San Diego and 18 cities in the county increased by 2,000 percent over the last 10 years, amounting to a 20-fold increase.The head of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association said the study by its research arm was unable to establish a statistical correlation between spending on homeless reduction programs and the number of people who are homeless. Haney Hong, the CEO and President of the Taxpayers Association said the problem is a lack of data collection that could be used to measure program effectiveness.One of the questions in the study was whether there was a relationship between spending levels and the number of people struggling with homelessness. The study found there was not enough data to reach a conclusion.The study recommended a standardized approach to collecting data to ensure that programs that help the homeless are operated effectively.The Taxpayers Association said local governments may have to spend more public dollars on experts who can track the metrics and then evaluate the effectiveness of tax dollar spending.“But if a city doesn’t make a commitment to saying ‘let’s measure this and let’s have smart people looking at the data’, then we’re not spending the taxpayer dollars in an effective way,” Hong said.’If you want to look into the spending on homelessness in your city, you can visit https://bit.ly/2FB89qx . KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:20 PM Study says cities lack data to track effectiveness of homeless programs Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: March 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, March 26, 2019last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 17 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 17, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 8am to 2pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Mr. & Mrs. WHS Contest will take place at 7pm in the WHS Auditorium.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Coffee with a Cop at 10am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Kindergarten Book Club at 3:45pm. Not a Fright in Sight at 6:30pm. Current Events Discussion Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. Beading Group at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office Hours at 11am. Moments Cafe at 1pm. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For November 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 24, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Oil prices rise on renewed output freeze talks but fundamentals remain weak

first_imgOil prices rose in early trading on Monday, lifted by reports of renewed talks by some members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to restrain output.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures CLc1 were at $42.01 per barrel at 0022 GMT (08:22 p.m. EDT), up 21 cents, or 0.5 percent, from their last close.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading at $44.40 per barrel, up 13 cents, or 0.29 percent.Analysts said that the price rise came on the back of renewed calls by some OPEC members to freeze production in a bid to rein in output consistently outpacing demand.”OPEC members including Venezuela, Ecuador and Kuwait are said to be behind this latest reincarnation. But just like previous endeavours, it seems doomed to fail, given key OPEC members (think: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran) persist in their battle for market share, ramping up exports apace,” said Matt Smith of U.S.-based ClipperData in a note.Yet in the absence of an agreement, a fight for market share via high output and price discounts is still weighing on oil markets.Iraq has dropped the September official selling price (OSP) for Basra Light crude to Asia by $1.00 to minus $2.30 a barrel against the average of Oman/Dubai quotes from the previous month, the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) said on Monday, making it the latest exporter to drop its prices.Meanwhile, oil drilling in the In the United States keeps increasing.”Another increase in the rig count in the U.S. also weighed on sentiment. The Baker Hughes data show rigs operating in the U.S. are the highest since March (at 381),” ANZ bank said on Monday.On the demand side, analysts at AB Bernstein said that oil demand growth had been strong in 2015 and the first half of this year, at 2.0 and 1.5 percent respectively, but that the outlook was weakening.”In July following the UK Brexit vote, the IMF downgraded global growth by 10 basis points (bp) in 2016 and 20 bp in 2017. This has negative implications for (oil) demand,” the analysts said.”We expect that demand growth could slow in the second half of 2016 to around 1.1 percent and slow further in 2017 to a below consensus 1.0 percent on the current global growth outlook,” AB Bernstein added.last_img read more

Farmer Nell Doc Cheatham Freedom Fighters for Food Sovereignty

first_imgBy Tiffany C. Ginyard, Special to the Afro“We are concerned about the constant use of federal funds to support this most notorious expression of segregation. Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death. I see no alternative to direct action and creative nonviolence to raise the conscience of the nation.”  — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Cheatham organizes residents to bring Supermarket to Sandtown-WinchesterMarvin “Doc” Cheatham, one of Baltimore’s dedicated civil rights activists and community organizers, is among the one in three city residents who resides in a food desert.Fortunately he has a car to drive to supermarkets in other parts of the city that offer fresh produce and healthy food options. Additionally, having a car also makes bargain shopping a more realistic goal to meet.  But for so many other residents in the Sandtown-Winchester community, navigating a food desert without reasonable access to transportation and raising families in low-income households, healthy foods are neither an affordable nor an option.The former chapter president of the Baltimore NAACP, who insists the term “food desert,” a term referring to an area qualified by its residents’ lack of access and sufficient resources to purchase healthy food is too loose a word to describe what residents in the city’s low-income communities are experiencing. He suggests “food apartheid” as a more definitive term.Dominic Nell aka Farmer Nel (Courtesy Photo)“It’s no accident that you have a large number of poor people, especially African-American or Hispanic, living in food deserts,” said Cheatham. “Food Apartheid is a relentless social construct that devalues human beings and assumes that people are unworthy of having access to nutritious foods. We have 14 liquor stores in our community. And the City just unfortunately has not made a food market a priority,” said Cheatham. “So, we have our work cut out for us.”As president of the Matthew A Henson Neighborhood Association, Cheatham is circulating a petition to have the city consider a space in Eastwood that members in the community have identified for a potential grocery store. According to Cheatham, Eastwood is an area the radius of 20 blocks bordered by Fulton and North avenues, Bentalou and Presstman streets, that’s been neglected for at least 30 years.“Now we only have five more houses to be torn down in the 1500 block of Monroe Street on the odd side which will give us ample space for a food market,” he said. “We’ll see what explanation the city will give us next about holding up the processMarvin “Doc” Cheatham is still an active member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed in 1957 to coordinate peaceful protest throughout the south, and for which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as the first president. Be More GreenCity Weeds Offers Youth a New HustleDominic Nell sells nickel bags on The Avenue (Pennsylvania). A nickel bag of grass on the streets of Baltimore usually refers to .5 grams of marijuana, which is still an illegal substance. But times have changed, and a nickel bag from Farmer Nell is indeed grass, but 100 percent legit.“This is legal grass. I sell microgreens. I have kale. I have leeks. I have carrots,” said Farmer Nell, an urban farmer and Baltimore native in an interview with The New Cool, a channel for urban men on Youtube. “And the way microgreens grow, they grow in a patch of grass. So I chop them up in sections and sell them to my people for $5. Hence, nickels of grass.”Dominic Nell aka Farmer Nel (Courtesy Photo)Farmer Nell learned to grow microgreens while on his day job as a photographer for School of Food, a local business training program for food and beverage entrepreneurs, and sold them on weekends at Farmer’s markets throughout the city, making not merely a handsome profit but making himself an attractive candidate for the 2017 Red Bull Ampaphiko Academy, a global platform for social entrepreneurs looking to create innovative and sustainable change in their communities.“Now is the time,” Farmer Nell said of his social footprint on the food sovereignty movement in low-income communities of color. “Now is better than never. We’re waiting too long for resources to come falling out of the sky or in the form of an envelope.”Nell is the owner of City Weeds, an agricultural business established to make healthy food options available in communities impacted by food deserts and to empower youth to dismantle systemic constructs of food apartheid and poverty by learning to cultivate farm-to-table produce to make a living.“I teach the youth, as well as brothers on the corner that are out here in the game hustling and want an alternative way to being an entrepreneur that is legal. Selling legal green. Pounds of kale, turnip and mustard greens…peppers. It’s different flavors in all styles. So it’s the same hustle, we’re just changing the product. And changing the narrative and ultimately controlling the narrative, in zone seventeen Baltimore.“This process of growing food, transforms an individual’s process of thinking, and this process of thinking creates space for self empowerment, and ultimately having food sovereignty.last_img read more