Property taxes and homeowner grants due today

first_img– Advertisement – At this point, it’s best for taxes to be paid at City Hall directly, as paying through a bank often takes a day or two to process, and the payment must be in the City’s account by the due date. Today is also the last day to file for homeowner grants, which can also be sent in by email or fax. Deputy Treasurer Shirley Collington advises that even if a homeowner can’t afford to pay their taxes today, they should still submit their homeowner grant application on time.last_img

Norwich will not sell striker to ‘direct rivals’ after two Bournemouth bids rejected

first_img Lewis Grabban 1 Norwich boss Alex Neil says Lewis Grabban will not be sold to a direct rival after the Canaries rejected two separate bids from Bournemouth for the striker.The 27-year-old moved to Carrow Road after a spell with the Cherries and could be in line to feature against another former club Rotherham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.“Yes, we’ve had a few bids for Lewis but they have been rejected,” Neil said.“Bournemouth have come in with two separate bids and they have both been rejected.“Lewis is an important part of the squad. Lewis is a clever boy and he can see how much he has featured under me since I have been here and he is a big part of our plans.“I certainly won’t be giving players to direct rivals. That is the bottom line.”Grabban was an unused substitute in Saturday’s draw with Stoke.“That was purely because of how the game was developing. He will be in the squad for Rotherham,” the Canaries boss said.Neil is in the market for a “forward player”, with Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray the latest to be linked after Stoke’s Jonathan Walters and Benik Afobe of Wolves.last_img read more

Teenage drivers kill thousands

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – About one-third of the people killed in automobile crashes involving the nation’s youngest drivers were pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles, according to a report released Wednesday. An analysis of federal crash statistics by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 31,000 people were killed in crashes involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 between 1995 and 2004. The foundation said it was surprised to learn that one-third of those deaths involved pedestrians and people in other vehicles. “While we may think of this as being a teen driver problem, it really affects a much broader audience,” said Robert Darbelnet, AAA president and chief executive. Safety groups said the statistics highlight the need for states to strengthen laws involving graduated licensing programs, which place restrictions upon beginning drivers and outline training programs. “Highway safety programs to date have largely focused on the effects of these crashes on the teen drivers themselves, but this analysis shows that programs need to focus on the impact on others as well,” said Lt. Col. Jim Champagne, chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association. The report found that of the 30,917 deaths during the span, 11,177, or 36.2 percent, were the teen drivers. The death toll included 9,847 passengers of the teen drivers, or 31.8 percent; 7,477 occupants of other vehicles operated by drivers at least 18 years of age, or 24.2 percent; and 2,323 pedestrians and bicyclists, or 7.5 percent. There were 93 fatalities in which the ages of the victims were unknown. Every state has some form of a graduated licensing program but they vary in their scope. Darbelnet said the foundation considers a comprehensive program to include at least 50 hours of supervised driving with an adult, restrictions of the time of day when a beginning driver can use a vehicle and limits on the number of passengers in the vehicle without a supervising adult. Safety groups say distractions and risks grow sharply for teen drivers at night and when they travel with their friends. “Regardless of what the state law says, parents should not allow their teen to ride with other teen drivers, nor should they be allowed to transport other teens in the first year of driving,” Darbelnet said. Kathy Fowler, 37, a medical reporter for WJLA-TV in Washington, survived a crash on a rural road in Ohio when she was 18. Two other people were killed in the accident. “I guess as teenagers you think you’re invincible, immortal,” she said. “None of us realized back then that something we did in a split second could have such a lifelong impact and create so much pain for so many people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Starlight paddling experience at Gartan Lough

first_imgThere will be a special opportunity to paddle beneath the moonlight in a unique event this winter.The atmospheric night paddle on Friday November 11 will see a group taking to the waters of Gartan Lough in kayaks and Canadian canoes, equipped with glow sticks to light up their way.The Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre team are hoping for a calm night and are expected to set out from the Boathouse at 7pm no matter the weather. The quiet and star-strewn Donegal skies will provide the perfect backdrop to this event. Numbers are limited, so people are advised to book early and secure their place.A kayak or canoe, paddle and buoyancy aid will be provided, but paddlers must bring their own wetsuit.Refreshments will be available post-paddle, so bring your warm clothing for the evening celebration.The event costs €15 (bring your own glow stick) or €20 (glow stick provided).Price includes: equipment as above, paddle leaders, changing rooms and refreshments post-paddle. Meet at the Boathouse on Friday the 11th of November at 7.00pm. Contact the Gartan Outdoor Centre for further details and to book. Tel: 074 91 37032Email: or visit www.gartan.comStarlight paddling experience at Gartan Lough was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal mother praises Crumlin Hospital for saving her daughter’s life

first_imgA Donegal mother has told how Crumlin’s Children Hospital saved the life of one of her little twin girls.Bella Ward, from Letterkenny, has shared her heart-breaking yet amazing story of one of her twin daughters, Kayleigh, who was born prematurely in critical condition.She was born with serious cardiac conditions and had to be airlifted to Crumlin hospital, where she received life-saving world-class care. Bella said she will ‘never forget’ the kindness of the nurses in Crumlin hospital, and said that she will always have a special place in her heart for CMRF Crumlin.CMRF Crumlin raises vital funds for Crumlin hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC).“My twin girls, Kayleigh and Emily, were born in Letterkenny Hospital at 34 weeks, but when they were one week old a nurse from the neonatal unit called us at 3am,” Bella said.“She told us Kayleigh was in a critical condition. It was terrifying. We didn’t know what was happening. We were so lucky the girls were in the neonatal unit, and the team acted immediately. “We knew something serious was wrong with Kayleigh’s heart and a team from the Rotunda stabilised our baby girl so she could be airlifted to Crumlin Hospital. She was far too ill to travel by road. My husband and I drove to Dublin after her and it was, without doubt, the worst journey of our entire lives.”The girls as toddlersBella explained that the duct in Kayleigh’s heart had started to close and her aorta was kinked.She also found out her tiny baby had Shone’s complex – four defects in her heart. Kayleigh had surgery to repair her aorta and after three weeks they finally got to bring their baby girl home.Bella said her mother was wonderful and took care of their other three children – a five-year-old, a three-year-old and a 10-month-old.“We didn’t see them for three weeks and it was difficult on all of us. I was so happy to get back to my family and reunite Kayleigh and her twin, Emily.” Bella said. “We brought Kayleigh back to Crumlin Hospital for a follow up appointment when she was seven weeks old and they noticed her aorta was closing in again and she was admitted again. She had her aorta ballooned and seemed to be doing well.“The day we were planning to take her home we got a phone call to come in immediately – Kayleigh’s condition had deteriorated rapidly. The staff were waiting for us at the door of the ward and we found out she’d had a cardiac arrest. I was living my worst nightmare. That was the worst moment of my life.“My tiny girl was put on an ECMO machine to keep her alive and the team talked us through everything. It was a blur, it happened so quickly. We were in shock and had to prepare for the worst. After 24 hours Kayleigh came off the ECMO machine and was doing well. We really couldn’t believe it, it was such an emotional rollercoaster. There was a possibility that Kayleigh could have long-term health issues after this, but she’s five years old now and is doing incredibly”He mum says Kayleigh has annual appointments in Crumlin Hospital now, but luckily she hasn’t had to stay there since she was seven months old when she was in for her aorta again. Kayleigh and Emily are the best of friends. They mind each other and they’re doing great in school.Bella added “Their personalities are very different; Emily is quite shy, while Kayleigh is outgoing and confident. I think that’s because of her experience in the hospital. Kayleigh gets herself in the most trouble too! She fell out of bed and got a concussion, she swallowed money and last July she fell off the trampoline and broke her arm. We’d wrap her up in cotton wool if we could! Sometimes I think if I roll her in bubble wrap, it would be safer.“When Kayleigh was in hospital it was the scariest time for our family. We have such a huge amount of respect for Crumlin. My daughter wouldn’t be alive without the gifted, exceptional people working there. They’re like a family. They take care of you too. Crumlin Hospital is a very special place.”Bella has urged the public to help support some of Ireland’s sickest children by donating whatever they can afford to mother praises Crumlin Hospital for saving her daughter’s life was last modified: March 23rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bernie WardCrumlin Children’s HospitaldonegalletterkennyLifeprematuresavedtwinslast_img read more

The West Ham v Fulham quiz

first_imgFulham face a London derby against West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday. Test your knowledge of the history involving the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-20]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Brand South Africa joins the Nelson Mandela Foundation and University of Fort Hare to host Nelson Mandela Centenary Dialogue

first_imgThe legacy of our late former President, Nelson Mandela lives on through the spirit of Ubuntu and robust dialogue around socio-economic issues.The year 2018 marks what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. To honour his centenary and the legacy he left the world – South Africans in particular – people are encouraged to engage with and reflect on the life and times of Mandela.In keeping up with the centenary celebrations of Madiba, Brand South Africa on Saturday 6 October, partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, as well as the University of Fort Hare to host a dialogue under the theme: The Life and Times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Are we Living His Legacy?         Fort Hare alumnus, Mr. KC Mabelane officially opened the proceedings before handing over to Mr Yase Godlo, Manager: Mandela Day and Outreach at the Foundation, who shared the story of Nelson Mandela.Mr Godlo shared how the idea of Mandela Day was inspired and officially recognised: “We’ve taken on the custodian of Mandela Day after it was recognised by the UN in 2009. At the foundation, we ensure that it remains a programme that changes lives. The Mandela name is one we use when we seek to be more than ourselves.”Brand South Africa’s GM for Stakeholder Relations, Mpumi Mabuza, spoke about Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Programme that encourages active citizenship and social cohesion, and also lobbies ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things in their communities as Play Your Part ambassadors.         The Dialogue on the Life and Times of Nelson Mandela was facilitated by Prof. Lulama Makhubela, former Deputy Vice Chancellor: Postgraduate Studies, Research & Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology; on the panel was Commissioner at Competition Commission, Tembinkosi Bonakele, SANParks Managing Executive for Conservation Services, Dr Luthando Dziba, Executive Director: Human Resources & Transformation at UJ, Ms Phindiwe Gida and Ms Unati Speirs, Group Chairman at AgriConsult Investment Holdings.Commissioner Bonakele said: “For our generation, the key is finding what the mission is, which I think we have done, but also accepting that we are agents of that mission. In our understanding of the trajectory of law, the human rights in SA, one cannot debate human rights today without material economic questions. So everything comes back to what we are going to do as a generation to make our society one that was envisioned by our forebearers, Nelson Mandela being the leader of such.”The discussion also touched on socio-economic conditions in South Africa, Security and Political Conditions since 1994 as well as issues relating to class, race, gender and disability and how living the Mandela Legacy can help us achieve greatness.         “As amazing as Madiba was, there is no way he could single-handedly change the fate of socio-economic issues in South Africa. So I look at him as a visionary”, Ms Phindiwe Gida concluded.Brand South is proud to have been a part of the dialogue that emboldens the legacy of Nelson Mandela and that helps us take accountability by playing our part.Images: Aphiwe Boycelast_img read more

Militant who aided Jatt’s escape killed

first_imgA Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jatt to escape from a Srinagar jail in February last year was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. One soldier also died and another sustained injuries in the gunfight.Hizb militant Hilal Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh-Kakapora in Pulwama, was encircled by a joint search team of the Army, police and CRPF in Ratnipora area. “As the midnight searches were going on, hiding militants fired upon security personnel. Rather was killed in retaliatory fire. The operation was called off in the morning after the body was retrieved,” said the police.The police said Rather hatched the conspiracy for LeT’s Jatt alias Hanzalla to escape from a Srinagar hospital on February 6 last year. Jatt was eventually killed in an operation on November 28 last year in Budgam’s Chadoora area. “Rather a long history of terror crime. He was the main conspirator and executor in helping Jatt to flee,” said Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani.The police said he was involved in attacks on security establishments. “Incriminating material, such as arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Pani.An Army soldier, Havildar Baljeet, who sustained bullet wounds at the encounter site later died in a hospital. “Another injured soldier was admitted to a Srinagar hospital and is undergoing treatment,” said the police.Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, commander of the Chinar Corps, paid tributes to deceased Baljeet, 35. A resident of Karnal district in Haryana, the soldier joined the Army in 2002 and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.Meanwhile, internet was stopped in Pulwana and train services halted in view of street protests. Authorities said many youth took to the streets during the encounter. Hundreds of locals, including women, participated in the last rites of Rather. The funeral procession witnessed anti-India slogans.Teenage boy dies in blastThe police said a 15-year-old boy died when a blast occurred mysteriously in Anderhama area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara around 3:55 p.m.“We are ascertaining the facts regarding the incident,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shriram Ambarkar.In a separate incident, a loud explosion took place outside Srinagar’s Central Jail. The police said it’s investigating the nature of blast.last_img read more

Top stories: Grim new Ebola news, why size matters for narwhals, and water in space

first_imgWHO, CDC publish grim new Ebola projectionsSix months after the World Health Organization was notified of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, its experts have released a new study warning that the situation is quickly growing worse and that Ebola may even “become endemic among the human population of West Africa, a prospect that has never previously been contemplated.”See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak, including the Ebola vaccine, the U.N. 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New research shows that up to half of the water in our solar system formed before the sun itself was born. That means it’s likely that there is water everywhere waiting for planets to form.Fukushima radiation still poisoning insectsThe 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster released massive amounts of radiation. Now, new research suggests that the environment in the Fukushima region, particularly in areas off-limits to humans, will remain dangerous for wildlife for some time.Anonymous peer-review comments may spark legal battleThe power of anonymous comments—and the liability of those who make them—is at the heart of a possible legal battle embroiling PubPeer, an online forum for anonymous, postpublication peer review. A researcher who claims that comments on PubPeer caused him to lose a tenured faculty job offer now intends to press legal charges against the person or people behind these posts—provided he can uncover their identities. Narwhal’s tusk may be its status symbolThe narwhal’s tusk is pretty iconic, but until now, we haven’t known what it’s actually for. Potential explanations have included its use in defense and breaking of sea ice. Now, new findings provide evidence that the tusk may indicate which males have the biggest testicles—and thus are the most fertile mates.’Space bubbles’ may have led to deadly battle in AfghanistanIn 2002, a rescue mission in Afghanistan went awry because a U.S. command post was unable to radio one of its helicopters about mistaken coordinates. What went wrong? Scientists say that turbulent space weather caused a communications blackout in the region and thus prevented the warning from getting to the rescue helicopter. The mission turned into a 17-hour firefight, costing seven lives.How did the ‘Berlin patient’ rid himself of HIV?Researchers are closer to unraveling the mystery of how Timothy Ray Brown, the only human cured of HIV, defeated the virus, according to a new study. Although the work doesn’t provide a definitive answer, it rules out the possibility that conditioning—the destruction of the body’s own immune system with chemotherapy and irradiation—can rid the body of HIV on its own.last_img read more

‘File status reports on Nagada projects’

first_imgThe Odisha Lokayukta has issued notices to six State government officials to file reports on the implementation of development projects in Nagada village of Jajpur district, which hogged the headlines in 2016 for the deaths of 19 infants, mostly due to malnutrition.The State government had announced several focused development interventions in 2016 after the remoteness, inaccessibility and general backwardness of Nagada village were highlighted by the media and opposition political parties.Activists, however, pointed out that despite huge fund allocation and utilisation, the village continued to lag behind on various development parameters.‘Funds misappropriated’Pradip Pradhan, an RTI activist, had moved the Odisha Lokayukta alleging that funds meant for different developmental works were grossly misappropriated.“Most of the funds have been misappropriated and wrongly utilised by the officials of all line departments, for which there is no substantial improvement in the life and livelihood of tribal people,” Mr. Pradhan alleged in his complaint. He had demanded an inquiry into the alleged corruption in various works and legal action against the officials responsible for embezzlement of funds.Though ₹15 crore for the construction of a road from Ashokjhar foothills to lower Nagada was probably the most fund sanctioned for any road to a tribal village in Odisha, Mr. Pradhan said the road was so substandard that it became non-motorable within three years.As per RTI information, ₹1.8 crore was spent to provide electricity to Nagada households. “During our several field visits, we found that electricity connections had not been provided to any household in all three Nagada village settlements. Electricity motor, switchboards and wires were found dumped in the fields and backyards. It was sheer wastage of public money,” said the activist. In order to supply clean drinking water, the Odisha government had allocated ₹53.56 lakh. “The inquiry by civil society members suggests that the project has completely failed. Water filter supplied to each household is being used to store rice and other foodgrains. We found no water supply in the village. Tribal people continue to collect water from streams for drinking purposes,” he said.Taking note of the allegations, the Lokayukta has asked the project director of District Rural Development Agency, Jajpur, block development officer of Sukinda, executive engineers of rural development, power supply and water and sanitation and the district social welfare officer of Jajpur to file their replies on the allegations of misappropriation within six weeks. The Lokayukta is scheduled to hear the matter next on December 9.Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission had directed the Odisha Chief Secretary to submit a report as to why there had not been any perceptible change in the lives of people of Nagada despite the government spending crores of rupees.Most underdeveloped Nagada, inhabited by the Juang tribe, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group, is one of the most underdeveloped areas in Odisha. It is close to Sukinda Valley, which has 90% of India’s chromite reserves. Several leading industrial houses of country are involved in mining in the valley.last_img read more