Free and fair elections integral for credible investments – AmCham

first_imgThe American Chamber of Commerce in Guyana (AmCham) on Thursday evening hosted its inaugural Black Tie Recognition Gala, reflecting on their achievements throughout the year and their plans for 2020.AmCham President Zulfikar AliPresident of AmCham Guyana, Zulfikar Ali expressed that the organisation will remain committed to partnering with other agencies to ensure free and fair elections at the upcoming March 2, 2020, polls. This is indeed important, he noted, in building investors’ confidence in the local markets.Along with that, the US embassy has come on board with the Chamber to provide training and other necessities at that time.“Our organisation is committed to working with other Private Sector organisations, international partners and members of the diplomatic community to promote for free and fair elections, the maintenance of the rule of law and the respect of Guyana’s Constitution – all of which are integral and critical for the growth of business, the attraction of credible investment and investors; and the general wellbeing of all Guyanese,” Ali expressed while addressing the gathering at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.He added that he knows that “we all share our freedoms and liberty. It is what drives nation-building and entrepreneurship. These should not be taken for granted. AmCham in collaboration with the US embassy in Guyana will provide training for journalists and elections reporting, which is critical during these times.”Reflecting on 2019, he said that through the support of local and foreign companies, they were able to achieve more than the intended target.“What is unique about the support is that it came from both international as well as local companies…At AmCham Guyana, we will be using this time to plan for the year ahead since we are very pleased that we have exceeded our expectations and met our targets for 2019. 2020 promises to be an exciting year not only for AmCham but for the people of Guyana.”Meanwhile, US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch in her address, indicated that business should also entail giving back to communities.“To have the name America in your title has certain advantages but it also comes with certain responsibilities. You need to represent what is best about America in both how you do business and also how you live in your community. American values, like Guyanese values, include the power of giving to make communities better,” the diplomat asserted.AmCham Guyana is a voluntary, non-profit, membership organisation committed to promoting and enhancing commercial relations between the United States and Guyana. The Chamber has grown since its establishment in 2018, with just under 100 members in such a short span of time.AmCham said its purpose is to “promote America-Guyana bilateral trade opportunities and activities; to improve market access for America-Guyana goods and services; to provide an economic, social, and policy platform for its members; to encourage networking and build business connections, among others.last_img read more

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Letterkenny Gaels GAA club launch winter ladies football training program

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club Notes.Míle buíochas to all the Gaels who competed in Scór on Friday night past. Congratulations to the quiz team who won and will go on to the county final in two weeks time. The standard of all the competitions was very high and unfortunately we have not progressed to county level in the other competitions. Very positive feedback from the judges and plenty to build on for next year!! Go raibh maith agaibh as an obair crua go leir.Letterkenny Gaels hosted Camogie 4 teens U-10 blitz last Saturday in the LYIT. 65 girls from 5 clubs played some excellent matches. The Gaels and Carndonagh U-8’s also played 2 matches with Gaels girls putting in a great display. Next up is an U12 blitz on Saturday 26th.Letterkenny Gaels Ladies are delighted to announce their Winter Ladies Football Training program. During the winter months the Circuit based training will take place indoors at the Gaels Clubroom on the Thorn Road. The training for 16’s to adult continues every Friday evening from 6.30-7.30pm. For the younger girls from 12-16 years football/Circuit training is on every Monday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at the clubhouse.Training is open to all and new members are especially welcome.Letterkenny Gaels in association with AIB are delighted to announce a new and exciting customer offer that sees AIB build their partnership with the GAA and support the re-embedding of AIB back into the heart of local communities.From today with the purchase of every new AIB Home Insurance policy, they will reward customers with a payment of €50 to Letterkenny Gaels GAA club. And the good news for us is that there is no cap on how many reward payments can be made to our club. The Club is already registered for this offer so don’t forget to nominate Letterkenny Gaels if you take out your policy with them.AIB Home Insurance offer very competitive prices and club members are encouraged to seek a quotation from them when renewing your Home Insurance.Club Passes are available to purchase now through the Club. The Pass initiative was approved by County Committee in respect of Adult League and Championship Club Games only for 2017, including Under 21 but not including Under 18 and below.These Passes would be of benefit to Club members who regularly attend All County League and Championship matches.The cost of the Pass is €149 and can be purchased by contacting 086 2271435. In addition to the Club Pass the GAA Adult + Cards are also available to club members and can be purchased online. The purchasing of the card has benefits for both the holder and our Club.  For more details on this please see Club Facebook page.Donegal GAA will host its annual County Banquet, Club & Individual Awards night on Saturday the 3rd Decemeber in the Abbey Hotel Donegal town. Dinner will be served at 7:30 sharp, this year will see the Inaugural Gradam Shéamuis MhicGéidigh Club Player of the Championship award voted on by members of the Donegal Media, this award is in memory of the late Seamus and is sponsored by Raidio na Gaeltachta where Seamus was for many years the Voice of Donegal GAA, also on the night the 2012 All Ireland Football Champions retired players will be honoured. The Club of the year at all grades along with the Inter County player of the year, and many other Awards will bring to a close the Donegal GAA Calendar for 2016. Tickets Cost €40 and a special rate for B&B is available to tickets holders. Tickets are available in your Local Club or by contacting the county board office.As we count down the weeks until Christmas, club members are reminded that Letterkenny Gaels merchandise, which includes training tops, track-suits, jerseys, hats, scarfs etc. can be purchased in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.The indoor Camogie training continues every Friday evening at the LYIT from 6-7pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players most welcome.The outdoor underage football training has also concluded for the season. Please see Facebook in the coming weeks for dates and venues for indoor training.The indoor underage hurling continues every Thursday from 6.30-7.30pm in the Aura. Helmets and hurls will be provided for new players. The term will run for nine weeks before Christmas and six after. All welcome.Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €3100. Lines are €40 and Houses are €130. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLetterkenny Gaels GAA club launch winter ladies football training program was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more

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Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers

first_imgWith Halloween having arrived, Asthma suffers have been warned over six triggers that are very common at this time of the year.Asthma Society said the 12,408 people with asthma and 17,511 with COPD in Donegal need to be aware of their asthma triggers to avoid a potentially fatal asthma attack.Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society, said: “Halloween is a time to be spooked – in a fun way – and we’re encouraging people to take their asthma triggers seriously so they can stay well through the winter. “We’ve rounded up the most terrifying asthma triggers and found the top tips to help you banish them from your life.“The symptoms of asthma can be extremely frightening for people with asthma. An asthma attack can be fatal – so let’s keep all people with asthma safe and sound this Halloween.”Bonfires and FireworksBoth children and adults who have asthma need to avoid the fumes produced by bonfires and fireworks at Halloween. These fumes can cause difficulty breathing and can be fatal for some people with asthma. The Asthma Society advises anyone with asthma not to attend events with fireworks or bonfires. If you have asthma and you find yourself at an event with bonfires and fireworks, you should:Keep as much distance between you and the bonfire and fireworks fumes as possibleCarry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you everywhere you go and use it if necessary over the Halloween periodUse your preventive inhaler as prescribed as this will help strengthen your respiratory systemThis weekend, the weather will be very cold, which is a major asthma trigger – dress in warm clothing and wear a scarf over your mouth to help filter the airEnsure someone with you knows about your asthma and knows how to help you if asthma symptoms occurCarry your asthma attack card with you in case of an emergency.“Dreadful” Dust mites:House dust mites are tiny, spider-like creatures that live in fabrics, carpets and soft furnishing. They’re found in every home, school or office, no matter how clean. House dust mites live in places like your bed, your sofa and your curtains, but because they’re invisible to the naked eye, you won’t be able to see them. What do dust mites eat? You!Dust mites feed off the dead human skin cells which make up about 70% of dust in the home. Some people with asthma may find their symptoms get worse when dusting or vacuuming, this is often because these activities bring settled dust into the air where it can be inhaled. Most people who have asthma symptoms that are triggered by house dust mites are actually reacting to their faeces!While it is impossible to completely get rid of house dust mites, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce them and limit their impact on your asthma.Damp-dust your house at least once a weekRemove any unwanted clutter in your home to avoid gathering dustWash your sheets, pillow cases, blankets and cuddly toys at 60 degrees or hotter every weekUse allergy-proof covers for mattress, pillows and blanketsVacuum your pillows and mattressWear a dust mask when dustingSome people find air purifiers are helpful in reducing symptoms.“Manky” Moulds:Moulds come in many shapes, colours and sizes. They can be powdery, slimy or even fluffy. Moulds grow best in damp places like bathrooms, kitchens, woody areas and even piles of autumn leaves. Sometimes, moulds may grow in corners or behind furniture, so you might not notice until your home has already been invaded! Keeping your home dry and well-ventilated is the best way to defend against these sneaky trespassers. If moulds are a trigger for your asthma, you may be allergic to the tiny, air-borne spores that moulds use to spread and grow. There are plenty of things you can do to tackle mould in your home.Avoid drying clothes indoors. As they dry more moisture is released into the air in your home, which may allow mould to growWhen showering or cooking, use your extractor fan or open a window to let out the steamMoulds will only grow in moist conditions: Check for any leaks around your pipes or water appliances Use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content, if necessaryWear a scarf over your mouth when the weather is wet and windy to avoid breathing in the spores which are carried in the air during thunderstormsDuring autumn, keep away from clusters of fallen leaves which are a perfect breeding ground for mould.“Putrid” Pets:61% of households own a family pet. However, many people are allergic to proteins that are present in the hair, feathers, saliva and the dead skin cells shed by their animals. Although pets are a part of the family, they can present a huge problem for some people with asthma. Animals such as cats, dogs and horses are among the worst culprits, but even animals like snakes and birds can trigger asthma symptoms for some people.If your pet is a trigger for your asthma, it should be re-homed if possible. If this is not possible it can be difficult to limit the impact on your asthma, but there are steps you can take. Keep pets away from living areas and the bedroom, especially from fabric-covered furniture, rugs and carpetsKeep your pet outside as much as possibleEnsure your pet is properly washed by someone elseVacuum regularly using a vacuum suitable for pet hairIf your pet is in a cage, make sure the cage is properly cleaned as often as possible“Sickening” Smoke:Everyone knows that smoke is extremely bad for us, but between bonfires, fireworks and open fires, it can be hard to escape at this time of year. There over 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke alone and cigarettes release more than a billion harmful “free radicals” per puff. This isn’t good for anyone, but particularly for people with asthma. When someone with asthma inhales tobacco smoke either from smoking or from second hand fumes, irritating substances settle in the moist lining of the airways within the lungs. This causes inflammation in the lungs, which can bring on asthma symptoms and even cause an asthma attack.If you have asthma:It’s important to avoid smoking completelyDo not allow others to smoke in your homeKeep your distance from others smoking in publicKeep your reliever inhaler with you at all times, especially if you’re going to a bonfire or fires works display and ensure the people around you are aware of your condition.For more information or advice on potential triggers within your home, you can call the Asthma Society’s free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64.Asthma sufferers warned about Halloween triggers was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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Sunshine Coast Accommodation

first_imgThe Sunshine Coast plays host to the NYC from 2013 to 2015. Enquire now for group accommodation at groups@scdl.com.au and plan a fun and naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast getaway.For more information on the Sunshine Coast, check out the website – www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au Related Filessunshine_coast_flyer-pdfRelated LinksSunshine Coast Accommodationlast_img

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Algoma to Up Stake in CSL Pool Acquire Oldendorffs Trio

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Algoma Owner and operator of dry and liquid bulk carriers Algoma Central Corporation inked a definitive agreement to acquire the interest held by Oldendorff Carriers GMBH & Co. in the CSL International Pool, including the three vessels owned by Oldendorff operating in the pool. As a result of the transaction, Algoma’s interest in the pool will increase to approximately 40%. The company currently owns five vessels operating in the pool.The pool consists of 18 self-unloading vessels ranging from handy-sized to panamax and provides specialized shipping services to customers along the coasts of the Americas and in the Caribbean.As a result of this transaction, Algoma will acquire the handy-sized m/v Alice Oldendorff, and the m/v Harmen Oldendorff and the m/v Sophie Oldendorff, both of which are panamax vessels, for USD 100 million. The deal is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2019.“Increasing our participation in the pool has been a strategic interest for Algoma for some time and the completion of this transaction is aligned with that intent,” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Algoma.“During 2018, we assumed technical management of our existing pool ships and opened a new office in Fort Lauderdale with an expanded technical staff. We expect to assume technical management of these three ships seamlessly on closing.”Algoma expects to fund the transaction principally from the proceeds of the refund guarantees from the cancellation of four Croatian shipbuilding contracts.“Redeploying the proceeds of the refund guarantees in this manner enables us to put those funds to work quickly in a business we know well with attractive returns,” said Peter Winkley, Chief Financial Officer of Algoma.“Although a decision is pending on the replacement of the vessels that were to have been built by Uljanik shipyard, we expect to fund any instalments required on such replacement contracts from operating cash flows and available credit facilities.”The company cancelled four ships at Uljanik last year as the struggling Criatian  shipyard was making very slow progress on the construction. The first contract for the construction of one Equinox self-unloader was rescinded in September 2018. Three more cancellations of Equinox vessel contracts followed suit in October 2018.According to Soerensen, the cancellations eliminated CAD 145 million (USD 110 million) of commitments and CAD 112 million of installment refunds was expected.last_img read more

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David Suzuki Petitions Government To Ban Neonics

first_imgAfter the Task force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP) published their definitive analysis that neonics cause serious risks to bees and other beneficial species – such as butterflies, earthworms and birds – activist David Suzuki is calling on government to ban neonics in Canada.The TFSP, made up of international scientists concerned about the impact of pesticides on biodiversity and ecosystems, concluded a four-year analysis of 800 peer reviewed studies on neonics.“Unlike other pesticides, which remain on the surface of treated foliage, systemic pesticides are taken up by the plant and transported to all the tissues (leaves, flowers, roots and stems, as well as pollen and nectar),” says TFSP.Designed to kill aphids and grubs, neonics are ‘systemic’ pesticides that disrupt the central nervous systems of insects. But according to TFSP, they are still toxic even at very low doses and remain in place for months on average, resulting in exposure to non-target organisms, and because they are water-soluble, they run off into aquatic habitats easily.They affect the species that “chew the plant, sip its sap, drink its nectar, eat its pollen or fruit, [… causing] impaired sense of smell or memory; reduced fecundity; altered feeding behaviour and reduced food intake including reduced foraging in bees; altered tunneling behaviour in earthworms; difficulty in flight and increased susceptibility to disease.”The EU has already placed restrictions on their use. Suzuki wants to see an outright ban on neonics in Canada.“Bees may be small,” says Suzuki, “but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.”You can join the David Suzuki Foundation’s petition to the Canadian government to ban bee-killing pesticides here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

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An underused strategy for surge in STDs Treat patients partners without a

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 13 2018If patients return to Dr. Crystal Bowe soon after taking medication for a sexually transmitted infection, she usually knows the reason: Their partners have re-infected them.”While you tell people not to have sex until both folks are treated, they just don’t wait,” she said. “So they are passing the infection back and forth.”That’s when Bowe, who practices on both sides of the North and South Carolina border, does something doctors are often reluctant to do: She prescribes the partners antibiotics without meeting them.Federal health officials have recommended this practice, known as expedited partner therapy, for chlamydia and gonorrhea since 2006. It allows doctors to prescribe medication to their patients’ partners without examining them. The idea is to prevent the kind of reinfections described by Bowe — and stop the transmission of STDs to others.However, many physicians aren’t taking the federal government’s advice because of entrenched ethical and legal concerns.”Health care providers have a long tradition of being hesitant to prescribe to people they haven’t seen,” said Edward Hook, professor at the University of Alabama’s medical school in Birmingham. “There is a certain skepticism.”A nationwide surge of sexually transmitted diseases in recent years, however, has created a sense of urgency for doctors to embrace the practice. STD rates have hit an all-time high, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. In 2017, the rate of reported gonorrhea cases increased nearly 19 percent from a year earlier to 555,608. The rate of chlamydia cases rose almost 7 percent to 1.7 million.”STDs are everywhere,” said Dr. Cornelius Jamison, a lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School. “We have to figure out how to … prevent the spread of these infections. And it’s necessary to be able to treat multiple people at once.”A majority of states allow expedited partner therapy. Two states — South Carolina and Kentucky — prohibit it, and six others plus Puerto Rico lack clear guidance for physicians.A 2014 study showed that patients were as much as 29 percent less likely to be re-infected when their physicians prescribed medication to their partners. The study also showed that partners who got those prescriptions were more likely to take the drugs than ones who were simply referred to a doctor.Yet only about half of providers reported ever having prescribed drugs to the partners of patients with chlamydia, and only 10 percent said they always did so, according to a different study. Chlamydia rates were higher in states with no law explicitly allowing partner prescriptions, research published earlier this year showed.Because of increasing antibiotic resistance to gonorrhea, the CDC no longer recommends oral antibiotics alone for the infection. But if patients’ partners can’t go in for the recommended treatment, which includes an injection, the CDC said that oral antibiotics by themselves are better than no treatment at all.”Increasing resistance plus increasing disease rates is a recipe for disaster,” said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. The partner treatment is important for “combating the rising rates of gonorrhea in the U.S. before it’s too late.”The CDC recommendations are primarily for heterosexual partners because there is less data on the effectiveness of partner treatment in men who sleep with men, and because of concern about HIV risk.Bowe said that even though she writes STD prescriptions for her patients’ partners, she still worries about possible drug allergies or side effects.”I don’t know their medical conditions,” she said. “I may contribute to a problem down the road that I’m going to be held liable for.”In many cases, doctors and patients simply do not know about partner therapy. Ulysses Rico, who lives in Coachella, Calif., said he contracted gonorrhea several years ago and was treated by his doctor. He didn’t know at the time that he could have requested medicine for his girlfriend. She was reluctant to go to her doctor and instead got the required antibiotics through a friend who worked at a hospital.Related StoriesResearchers analyze link between videogame addiction and school inadaptationNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsComputers, games, crafting keep the aging brain sharp”It would have been so much easier to handle the situation for both of us at the [same] moment,” Rico said.Several medical associations support partner treatment. But they acknowledge the ethical issues, saying it should be used only if the partners are unable or unwilling to come in for care.Federal officials are trying to raise awareness of the practice by training doctors and other medical professionals, said Laura Bachmann, chief medical officer of the CDC’s office of STD prevention. The agency posts a map with details about the practice in each state.Over the past several years, advocates have won battles state-by-state to get partner treatment approved, but implementation is challenging and varies widely, said Harvey, whose National Coalition of STD Directors is a member organization that works to eliminate sexually transmitted diseases.The fact that some states don’t allow it, or haven’t set clear guidelines for physicians, also creates confusion — and disparities across state lines.The Planned Parenthood affiliate that serves Indiana and Kentucky sees this firsthand, said clinical services director Emilie Theis. In Indiana, providers can legally write prescriptions for their patients’ partners, but they are prohibited from doing so in Kentucky, even though the clinics are only a short drive apart, she noted. A similar dynamic is at play along the South Carolina-North Carolina border, where Bowe practices.California started allowing partner treatment for chlamydia in 2001 and for gonorrhea in 2007. The state gives medication to certain safety-net clinics, a program it expanded three years ago. However, “it has been an incredibly difficult sell” because many medical providers think “it’s a little bit outside of the traditional practice of medicine,” said Heidi Bauer, chief of the STD control branch of California’s public health department.At APLA Health, which runs several health clinics in the Los Angeles area, nurse practitioner Karla Taborga occasionally gives antibiotics to patients for their partners. But she tries to get the partners into the clinic first, because she worries they might also be at risk for other sexually transmitted infections.”If we are just treating for chlamydia, we could be missing gonorrhea, syphilis or, God forbid, HIV,” Taborga said. But if prescribing the drugs without seeing the patients is the only way to treat them, she said, “it’s better than nothing.”Edith Torres, a Los Angeles resident, said she pressured her then-husband to go to the doctor after he gave her chlamydia several years ago: She refused to have sex with him until he did. Torres said she wanted him to hear directly from the doctor about the risks of STDs and how they are transmitted.If he had taken the medication without a doctor visit, he wouldn’t have learned those things, she said. “I was scared, and I didn’t want to get it again.”KHN’s coverage in California is supported in part by Blue Shield of California Foundation. last_img read more

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Deion Jones signs 4year 57M extension with Falcons

first_imgThe Falcons have another key piece of their defense locked down.Atlanta extended linebacker Deion Jones on a four-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. NFL-NFLPA end ‘productive’ talks about new CBA early, report says The new contract is worth $57 million, with $34 million of that guaranteed, his agent told ESPN.Falcons are signing LB Deion Jones a four-year, $57 million extension, including $34 million guaranteed, @RosenhausSports tells ESPN. Jones is now tied to the Falcons through the 2023 season.- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2019The Falcons’ announcement comes two days after the team agreed to terms with Grady Jarrett, who had the franchise tag placed on him. Jarrett agreed to a four-year deal worth a reported $68 million. Related News Jones, 24, was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft by Atlanta. He missed 10 games last season due to a foot injury, but was able to return for the latter part of the year.center_img Falcons, Grady Jarrett reach 4-year deal before franchise tag deadline In three seasons in the NFL, Jones has 297 tackles, 27 pass defenses, 15 tackles for a loss, eight interceptions and three touchdowns. He would have been a free agent in 2020.Atlanta is working on a contract extension with the team’s top wideout, Julio Jones, as well. It has been reported that both sides are trying to come to an agreement before training camp starts next week.last_img read more

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Notification issued for final phase of civic body polls in Jammu and

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS COMMENT Published on local elections Army, police top brass review security situationcenter_img SHARE Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra issued notification on Monday for conduct of fourth and final phase of the upcoming municipal polls in the state. The notification has been issued for various wards of the municipal bodies across the state which are slated to go to the polls in the fourth phase on October 16, an official spokesperson said. According to the notification, the last date for filing nominations is October 1, while the scrutiny of nominations is October 3, he said.He said the last date for withdrawal of candidature is October 5 and counting of votes will be done on October 20. Reviwing securityDirector General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir Dilbagh Singh and the valley’s top army official Lt Gen A K Bhatt on Monday reviewed the security situation ahead of local bodies and panchayat elections at a meeting in Handwara of Kupwara district of the state.The meeting was also attended by GOC Kilo Force Maj Gen D P Pandey, IGP CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, IGP Kashmir Zone S P Pani, SP Handwara Ashish Mishra and Commandants of Army and CRPF.Addressing the officers, the DGP emphasised that the existing cooperation and synergy between different forces is to be further strengthened to combat the terrorism and also to ensure smooth conduct of the local governance elections. Singh expressed happiness that the synergy exhibited by the security forces at the ground level is the best model of success for any force.“Irrespective of the colour of uniforms, all forces are doing their best in service of the nation,” he said.The DGP said improvement in the situation has been made possible by the sacrifices and good work of all the forces. “The anti-infiltration operations on borders by the Army have proved very successful as a number of terrorists who were infiltrating into the State were killed,” he said hailing the role of the CRPF in assisting the police in maintaining law and order. September 24, 2018last_img read more

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