No confirmed Ebola cases in South Africa

first_img20 October 2014 Working with communities in Gueckedou for better understanding of Ebola. (Photo: T. Jasarevic, WHO) Since the outbreak of the disease in March 2014, South Africa and its neighbours have no confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to the South African Department of Health.Up until 12 October, there have been 8 997 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States. A total of 4493 people have died from the disease.The last confirmed cases in Senegal and Nigeria were reported on 29 August and 8 September respectively. Both Spain and the United States continue to monitor potential contacts.Ebola cases continue to growThe Health Department says the Ebola outbreak continues to accelerate, with half of the nearly 5 000 cases having occurred in the last three weeks alone. There are fears that 20 000 people could become infected before the disease is curtailed.“However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,’ said the department.Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in August the department would continue to give the South African public regular updates on the EVD outbreak in the West of Africa.A travel advisory issued by Cabinet in August is still being strictly enforced. South Africa took the decision to impose a total travel ban for all non-citizens traveling from identified high risk countries to limit the spread of Ebola to the country, unless the travel is considered absolutely essential.The first-ever United Nations emergency health mission, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), has been set up to stop the spread of the disease, treat infected patients, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread to countries currently unaffected by EVD.The Word Health Organisation (WHO) continues to be responsible for overall health strategy and advice within the Mission. It has now moved its base of operations from Conakry, Guinea, to the UNMEER Mission headquarters in Accra, Ghana.90-day plan to contain EbolaA comprehensive 90-day plan to control and reverse the epidemic of EVD in West Africa has been put into action. On 17 October, WHO reported that Senegal has managed to end the transmission of Ebola after the first case in the country was confirmed on 29 August in a young man who had travelled by road to Dakar from Guinea, where he had had direct contact with an Ebola patient.Senegal’s response plan after the reported case was swift and included identifying and monitoring 74 close contacts of the patient, prompt testing of all suspected cases, stepped-up surveillance at the country’s many entry points and nationwide public awareness campaigns.Working together with a team of epidemiologists from WHO, staff from Senegal’s Ministry of Health, Medecins sans Frontieres and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were able to contain the spread of the disease. On 5 September, the young man tested negative, indicating that he had recovered from the disease.Background on EbolaThe Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. According to WHO, Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.The current outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined. It has also spread between countries starting in Guinea then spreading across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia, by air (1 traveller only) to Nigeria, and by land (1 traveller) to Senegal.The most severely affected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. On 8 August, the WHO Director-General declared this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.The Ebola virus family Filoviridae includes three genera: Cuevavirus, Marburgvirus, and Ebolavirus. There are five species that have been identified: Zaire, Bundibugyo, Sudan, Reston and Tai Forest. The first three, Bundibugyo ebolavirus, Zaire ebolavirus, and Sudan ebolavirus have been associated with large outbreaks in Africa. The virus causing the 2014 West African outbreak belongs to the Zaire species.Ebola key factsEbola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The following are key facts from WHO about the disease:The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmissionThe average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaksThe first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.Community engagement is key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilisationEarly supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival. There is as yet no licensed treatment proven to neutralise the virus but a range of blood, immunological and drug therapies are under developmentThere are currently no licensed Ebola vaccines but two potential candidates are undergoing evaluationlast_img read more

USDA report sends bullish signals

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today’s report sent shock waves to the bear. Both corn and soybean stocks were bullish and below the average trade estimate. Two weeks ago the bears thought they were in control and more downside ahead. But, Mother Nature again proved who is boss. This was a market that seemed dead two weeks ago. It just goes to show how quickly things can change. Corn stocks were 108 million bushels below expected, soybean stocks 45 million bushels below expected.Corn acres were estimated at 88.897 million acres, and below trade estimates of 89.292 million acres. Soybean acres were estimated at 85.139 million acres, with the trade estimate at 85.17 million acresShortly after the report came out, a customer asked what the grain limits currently are.  Corn is 30 cents, soybeans 70 cents, with wheat at 40 cents.Just prior to the report corn and soybeans were down one cent, with wheat down four cents.  At 12:40 corn is up 22 cents, soybeans up 44 cents, and wheat is up 13 cents. We have heard there was a tremendous amount of old corn that was sold last week. One report said that some grain facilities had their biggest day of buying old corn since last fall’s harvest. Other reports indicated that last week was a record volume in buying grain from producers. It is estimated that the U.S. farmer at this date has sold 80% of 2014 corn and 90% of 2014 soybeans.This report day has captured plenty of attention the past two weeks. Much has been made about soybean acres not getting planted across the Midwest. Three weeks ago the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska were the states with the biggest amount of soybeans yet to plant. Fast forward to today, there are still five million acres of soybeans not planted in the US. Missouri is by far the biggest state of those four detailed above. Traders are looking for soybean acres to be 85.2 million acres, up from the March intentions at 84.6 million acres. The market will quickly dismiss the acres numbers for soybeans, especially given the weather of the past three weeks.  The USDA survey was done late May and early June, before all of the prolonged and frequent rains took place. USDA will not attempt to adjust those numbers with this report today. It is very likely that soybean acres will again have a survey, most likely for the August 12 USDA supply and demand report. However, do not look for all U.S. acres to have another survey done.  Reports we hear are suggesting that the wettest three states would be done for the resurvey. Nothing is official yet, but it would seem those states would be Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.June 1st soybean stocks came in at 625 million bushels, 45 million bushels below the average trade estimate.  The lower than expected number was bullish and a surprise to the market. It adds validity to ideas that the 2014 soybean production may have been estimated too high. Soybean stocks as of June 1 were the most watched number going into the report. Traders estimated that number would be 670 million bushels. The range a week ago from the low estimate to the high estimate was 170 million bushels. That suggested lots of price volatility. Last night that range was down to 103 million bushels.Corn stocks came in at 4.447 billion bushels, 108 million bushels below trade estimates.  Corn is once again coming to life. With all of the bird flu concerns the past several months, many had thought that corn demand would be waning, and that could push corn stocks above trade estimates. That did not happen.Last night’s weekly crop condition report had both corn and soybean good and excellent totals declining from the previous week. The corn good and excellent totals were 68%, down from last week’s 71%.Wheat has seen a huge rally this past week, up about 80 cents. Harvest has begun in central and southern Ohio. Yields are ranging from high 60’s to nearly 90 bushels per acre. The forecast has rain chances for the next week.  The northern half has yet to get into wheat fields in a big way. We heard Williams county had six inches of rain.  It might be two weeks before harvest is fully underway if the rains take place this week. We are hearing central Ohio grain facilities quickly moving to two wheat discount schedules, one for milling quality, the other for feed quality.The acres numbers are quickly being dismissed. Weather returns to be the dominant feature. Hang on, we are in a full blown weather market. And, a wet weather one at that.last_img read more

Hemp, Lake Erie water quality among several OFU policy priorities for 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farmers Union added hemp cultivation and specific recommendations for Lake Erie water quality woes in its 2019 statement of public policy proposals.Adopted at its recent state convention in Lima, OFU’s “Special Orders of Business” outline the organization’s legislative and executive branch priorities on both the state and national level for the year.Two topics new on OFU’s slate this year are industrial hemp production in Ohio and a call for state political leaders to lessen the tax burden on Ohio’s woodlands.“While we are grateful for the recent changes to the CAUV formula, there still exists issues with some outlandish tax assessments on woodlands around the state. Woodlands provide immense environmental benefits and we’ll be talking to state leaders this year about tweaks to their valuation for tax purposes,” said Joe Logan, OFU president. “With harmful algal blooms and other water quality issues, we need to make sure we don’t negatively incentivize farmers and rural landowners regarding conservation.”Logan is also optimistic about the prospects for industrial hemp production in Ohio. Since the 2018 Farm Bill lifted the federal prohibition on the cultivation of industrial hemp, Logan said he’s been contacted by a growing number of farmers and even a Texas state ag official looking for information on what Ohio’s approach will be to the crop.“The ball is in the state of Ohio’s court — and I know that officials at the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture are aware that there’s a growing number of farmers who may wish to diversify by adding hemp to their crop rotation,” Logan said. “The Ohio Farmers Union supports a state hemp program, but only in the event that it’s designed to work and be available to all farmers in all parts of the state.”Logan said hemp is a unique and versatile crop for the fiber to the oil derived from the plant. He does sound a note of caution however regarding the market outlook.“There are a few ‘get rich quick’ ideas out there,” he said. “Farmers need to do their homework and be aware of how the markets work now and have a plan.”OFU also tweaked its nutrient management and Lake Erie water quality special order. The family farm organization is continuing to support former Gov. John Kasich’s executive order, which identified eight watersheds feeding the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie’s western basin. OFU’s lengthy proposal boils down to accepting impaired or distressed status for those watersheds and using funds available through SB 299 (2018) for soil testing in those areas and eventual suspension of manure spreading in “hot spots.”“We believe the state should use federal EPA’s ‘adaptive management’ concept which would allow for constant review of the data and reassessment of any action plans,” Logan said. “We believe that state agencies working with researchers and the affected farmers can ultimately manage this situation so that any prohibitions or additional regulations would be lifted when the local data reflects a return to acceptable phosphorous loads.”Also included in OFU’s policy proposals this year:A statement that USDA should respect the will of Congress on SNAP work requirements;Renewed support for the renewable fuel standard and condemnation of the overuse of so-called “hardship waivers” by the fossil fuel industry;Increased accountability for state and federal agricultural commodity check-off programs;A slate of healthcare reform proposals that would benefit rural Americans;Support for a solar energy project in Highland County;A moratorium on monopolistic, anti-competitive corporate mergers in ag industry;Tax credits for sellers of farmland to beginning farmers in Ohio; and,Support for the Buy American Agricultural Act.Follow this link to read the 2019 OFU Special Orders in their entirety.last_img read more

AT&T Buys Qualcomm’s FLO TV Spectrum for its 4G Network

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web center_img AT&T and Qualcomm have announced this morning that AT&T will purchase spectrum licenses from Qualcomm in the lower 700 MHz range for $1.9 billion. The licenses were previously used to to support Qualcomm’s FLO TV business, which will be shuttered, network included, in March 2011.According to AT&T, the added spectrum will be used to enhance the company’s 4G network, where it will help deliver “substantial capacity gains.”The spectrum covers over 300 million people in the U.S., including 70 million in five of the top 15 major metropolitan areas: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are all covered by 12 MHz of Lower 700 MHz D and E block spectrum. Six MHz of Lower 700 MHz D block spectrum then covers 230 million across the rest of the country.AT&T says it will deploy the spectrum to serve as “supplemental downlink, using carrier aggregation technology,” which will “address increased consumer demand for rich mobile media content.” Or, in simpler terms, AT&T is beefing up its network so you can watch more YouTube videos on your phone.Qualcomm says that it will integrate the carrier aggregation technology into its chipset roadmap and AT&T said it will begin deploying this spectrum once compatible handsets and network equipment are developed (iPhone 5, anyone?)Why We CareWhat’s so great about the 700 MHz block of spectrum? Well, if you go by what the Engadget commenters are in a tizzy about, it’s the fact that this spectrum frequency has better building penetration, as it falls on the lower end of the scale.And, as is usually the case, those Engadget commenters are well clued-in. Bloomberg quoted Craig Moffet, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., as saying much of the same thing. “This is very high-quality spectrum. It’s especially concentrated in the urban areas,” he said.  “It provides a very strong signal inside buildings and it’s extremely good at penetrating walls and windows.”Moffet said the spectrum will help AT&T with the network congestion problems such as those experienced by iPhone users. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perezlast_img read more

Sudha clinches silver as Tintu wins bronze

first_imgAsian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh settled for a silver while Tintu Luka and Ghamanda Ram won a bronze each on the final day as India finished eighth in the Asian Athletics Championships with 11 medals at Kobe in Japan on Sunday.Indian’s bronze medallist Ghamanda Ram crosses the finish line in men’s 800m on SundaySudha, who was bidding to become the first woman to win both Asian Games and Asian Championships, clocked 10:08.52sec in the 3,000m steeplechase -well below her national record of 09:55.67secs which she clocked at Guangzhou last year.Japan’s 38-year-old Minori Hayakari won the gold with a new championship record of 9: 52.42sec. Thi Phuong Nguyen of Vietnam took bronze in 10:14.94s. It was yet again a case of Tintu failing to win gold in a big international event as she finished third in the 800m with a timing of 2:02.55 secs -slower than her national record of 1:59.17 which she set last year.Luka, who had won a bronze at the Asian Games, presented a strong challenge to eventual gold and silver winners Thanh Hang Truong (2:01.41s) of Vietnam and Margarita Matsko (2:02.46) of Kazakhstan towards the end but it was not enough. Ghamanda Ram gave India a bronze in the men’s 800m as he finally managed to live up to his potential of being among the best in Asia by winning his maiden Asian Championship medal in a personal best timing of 1:46.36s.However, he missed an Olympic berth by just 0.16 secs. The second Indian runner in the event, Sajeesh Joseph finished fifth in 1:48.56. Mohamed Al-Azimi of Kuwait won the gold in 1:46.15 secs to become the only athlete to win both 800 and 1,500m at the same Asian Championships.advertisementHe beat defending champion Sajad Moradi of Iran, who finished in second place with 1: 46.35s. With the silver and two bronze on Sunday, India took their medal haul to 11 (one gold, two silver and eight bronze) in the fourday meet, which equalled their tally in the last edition at Guangzhou two years ago when the country won one gold, three silver and seven bronze.With the likes of Ashwini Ajkkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose caught for doping, India failed to finish on the podium in the women’s 4x400m relay. The second string quartet of Mrudula Korada, Jhuma Khatun, OP Jaisha and Tintu Luka finished fourth and last with a timing of 3: 44.17. A strong Japanese team annexed the gold in 3:35.00.The men’s 4x100m relay quartet of Ritesh Anand, Krishnakumar Rane, Shameer Mon and Rahamatulla Molla finished eighth and last in 40.38secs. Japan won the gold in 39.18 secs. Japan topped the medals tally with 11 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze, pushing China to second spot (10-12-5). Bahrain was third.With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Roma hero Nicolo Zaniolo stunned by his twogoal haul

first_img19-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo was lost for words after scoring both of AS Roma’s goals in their 2-1 first win over FC Porto in their last-16 Champions League tie.The Italian midfielder, who arrived at Roma last summer from Inter Milan as part of a trade deal for Radja Nainggolan, proved to be the difference at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night for the Giallorossi with two second-half goals.Zaniolo got his first of the game in the 70th-minute after controlling Edin Dzeko’s pass and then slotting the ball past former Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.The teenager got his second six minutes later after Dzeko’s effort from 20 yards out hit the post for Zaniolo to then put it away to become the youngest Italian player to score a double in a Champions League match and help seal Roma a 2-1 first leg win over Porto.“I have no words, it’s a memorable day. I’ll never forget it in my life,” Zaniolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Now I want to focus on the return leg because the goal we gave up can be bothersome. We have to play like we did today without conceding anything to the opponents.“We had prepared it this way. I ran a lot, but I’m happy for the result. It’s a unique emotion to score under the Curva Sud, I can’t describe it. I hope to score many more.”Roma captain Daniele De Rossi also paid tribute to the youngster in what was also his first knockout Champions League game.“It’s another small milestone, perhaps not even a small one, that adds to what he is showing game after game and even training session after training session,” De Rossi said.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“He has an incredible natural physique for someone who is only 19 and also has great technical quality.“In my opinion, as perhaps with everyone now, he is already a very good player – and can become a great one.”Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on Tiquinho Soares’ mis-hit shot to score a crucial away goal for Porto to settle the scoreline at 2-1.The return leg between Porto and Roma will take place at the Estádio do Dragão in Portugal on March 6.😮 Remember the name!🇮🇹 Nicolò Zaniolo = youngest Italian player to score 2 goals in a #UCL match ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/VUyYpQ1Xop— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2019last_img read more

NEW STEW Meet Childrens Author Ioana Hobai On Augusts Book Stew

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from Book Stew host Eileen MacDougall:Hello, Book Stew viewers! It’s such a pleasure to host my first children’s book illustrator and author, Ioana Hobai.A native of Romania, Ioana grew up drawing and doodling in repressive Budapest. After coming to the US, she worked as an architect before returning to her first love, art and illustration. Ioana’s new book, “Lena’s Slippers,” is based on an incident in her own life. She’s a dream guest and I hope you’ll enjoy this episode!Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/8/c/8/2/6/5/8c8265f4-b94f-4fc5-a21a-49ee5e3317271564418333.122+69201032.166@castus4-wilmington+15645990431564597150038576.vod.1080p.Book%20Stew.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/8/c/8/2/6/5/8c8265f4-b94f-4fc5-a21a-49ee5e3317271564418333.122+69201032.166@castus4-wilmington+15645990431564597150038576.vod.1080p.Book%20Stew.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.— 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… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Author Renee Simms On June’s Book StewIn “Community”NEW STEW: Meet Author Marcia Butler On May’s Book StewIn “Videos”last_img read more

New IIHS crash tests give stars for saving pedestrians

first_img More From Roadshow Roadshow 3:20 The new safety tests that start in 2020 will simulate three common pedestrian accident situations: An adult crossing the road as cars approach at both 12 and 25 mphA child popping out from between parked cars, again with cars coming at 12 and 25 mphAn adult walking along the right hand side of the road as cars come up at 25 and 37 mphNew IIHS pedestrian collision ratings arrive at a time of increased pedestrian fatalities, believed to be partly caused by the profusion of high-fronted SUVs that impact chests and heads more than just legs. IIHS Points are awarded based on how well the car detected the pedestrian and slowed, and for how well it alerted the driver — we aren’t in the fully autonomous world yet. This new battery of tests is being added now for three reasons: 1. The number of pedestrians killed by cars in the US spiked over 45% from 2009 to 2017, a much higher rate than the 10% increase in overall auto fatalities during the same period. Reasons often cited include phones distracting drivers and pedestrians, a profusion of SUVs with taller front ends that impact pedestrian heads and chests, not just legs, and pedestrians being drunk in a third of the cases.ped-fatalsPedestrian fatalities are up around 45% since 2009 and have grown from 12% of all car accident fatalities to 16%. That sounds alarm bells. NHTSA 2. Affordable, mainstream cars like the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offer the tech to do something about pedestrian impacts, including forward sensors and automatic emergency braking systems. Forty countries have agreed to require automatic emergency braking on new cars as of 2020, though the US has not signed on to that pledge.3. Avoidance technology has been around long enough for insurance industry data to confirm that cars with it are involved in about a third fewer pedestrian collision claims. And never lose sight of the fact that IIHS star ratings, and the showroom appeal they create, are as much a way to force carmakers to build vehicles that result in fewer claims, as they are a service to help you buy a safe car. The new tests will be added to Top Safety Pick criteria in 2020, but a few vehicles have already been subjected to them, with the highest scores going to the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and the Volvo XC40. eyesightTechnologies like Subaru’s highly regarded Eyesight camera system are driving collision avoidance deep into the affordable car category. Subaru The technologies that are achieving those scores today will seem quaint compared to what’s coming: Lidar that not only sees pedestrians but predicts their next move is under development, and 5G-powered V2X connectivity may turn every pedestrian’s phone into a beacon that warns nearby cars of their proximity and giving automatic braking another input to help it do its job. Share your voice 0 Tight handling and new electronics make the 2016 Honda Civic a star compact Now playing: Watch this: The new ratings for IIHS Top Safety Pick cars will soon include how well the car avoids hitting pedestrians, a reflection of advances in technology and a retreat in pedestrian safety. center_img 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Honda Kia Subaru Toyota Volvo Cooley On Cars Never mind the occupants, the safest cars will soon protect… Post a comment 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Tagslast_img read more

Congress suspends Karnataka leader Roshan Baig for antiparty activities

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).IANSThe Karnataka Congress suspended its senior legislator from Bengaluru R Roshan Baig for anti-party activities, a party official said late Tuesday (June 18).”Baig has been suspended with immediate effect for his anti-party activities,” said state Congress General Secretary VY Ghorpade in a statement here.The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has approved Baig’s suspension on the recommendation of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) to take action against him on the basis of an enquiry into his activities.Baig, a former Congress minister, is an eight-time legislator from the Shivajinagar Assembly segment in the city centre.Baig has been in the news of late for wrong reasons, including his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Ponzi scheme, operated by IMA Jewels owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who fled the country on June 8.In a purported video clip posted in the social media, Khan accused Baig of blackmailing him for asking to return about Rs 400 crore he claimed to have given the latter for contesting in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central seat though he did not get the ticket.Upset by Baig’s open criticism of the party’s state leadership, KPCC on May 21 served notice to him, seeking an explanation for his attack on AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah for the rout the party faced in the parliamentary elections.Venugopal is also in charge of the party’s state unit affairs.Commenting on the May 19 exit polls on May 20, that projected Congress performing poorly in the general elections, Baig lashed out at Venugopal, Siddaramaiah and party’s state unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao.”Venugopal is a buffoon. What he knows about the party in our state as he is from Kerala? Due to Siddaramaiah’s arrogance, the party lost in the May 2018 Assembly elections and Rao’s immaturity is responsible for the dismal state of affairs currently,” Baig told reporters at his residence here.Baig has been sulking against the party leadership since a year for being denied a cabinet post despite being the Muslim face of the party after the death of veteran party leader Jaffer Shariff in November last year.last_img read more

Italian nightclub stampede kills 6

first_imgEmergency personnel attend to victims of a stampede at a nightclub in Corinaldo, near Ancona, Italy, in this undated handout picture. Photo: ReutersSix people have died in a stampede at an Italian nightclub near Ancona on the Adriatic coast after panic erupted, firefighters said Saturday.“The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each over. Sadly, six people died and dozens are injured,” the fire service said in a statement on Twitter.last_img