Love tosses 4 TD passes; Utah State beats BYU again, 45-20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love threw for a career-high four touchdowns and ran for another and Utah State beat BYU 45-20 Friday night, the Aggies’ first back-to-back wins in the 88-game series since 1973-74.The Aggies, who opened their season with a 38-31 loss at then-No. 11 Michigan State, are 4-1 for the first time since 2012 and have scored 30-plus points in their first five games for the first time.The Aggies won 40-24 last season with the Cougars committing seven turnovers. Friday night, Utah State scored first on Tipa Galeai’s 56-yard interception return and went up 21-0 on Love’s 6-yard score to Ron’quavion Tarver six plays after a BYU fumble. Another BYU fumble led to a fourth-quarter touchdown.Love threw for only 165 yards on 18-of-28 passing with his four TD passes going for 6 yards or less. His second TD pass to Tarver, a 4-yarder with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter, made it 35-7.Darwin Thompson rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries.BYU (3-3) had only 39 yards on the ground. Tanner Mangum was 27-of-46 passing for 270 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Written by Associated Press Tags: BYU Cougars/Football/Jordan Love/Utah State Aggies October 6, 2018 /Sports News – Local Love tosses 4 TD passes; Utah State beats BYU again, 45-20last_img read more

Egypt:Hosni Mubarak to stand trial again

first_imgFormer Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will face a second trial which is a re-trial over the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising which forced him from power.The order was made by Egypt’s appeal court.The judge accepted the public prosecution’s appeal against an earlier court ruling that dropped the case against Mubarak.Mubarak, who ruled Egypt with an iron first for three decades, has already spent at least three years in prison for other cases.The judge said the retrial, based on charges against him of conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising centered around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, would begin on Nov. 5.Last month an Egyptian court sentenced the former ruler and his two sons to three years in jail without parole in the retrial of a corruption case.The former president, who was in power for nearly 30 years, stepped down in February 2011 after mass protests against his rule.He has faced a series of trials and retrials over the killings and corruption and the time he has spent in custody means he has already served his three-year jail term for embezzlement. Hosni Mubarak has already spent three years in prisonlast_img read more

USG Presidential Candidate Profiles

first_imgBoth candidates have deep roots at USC — Brandon and Adler are third- and second- generation Trojans, respectively — to which they credit their familiarity with USC’s culture. “USG and USC can often seem like a roadblock or a big bureaucracy that people don’t know how to navigate or don’t even know is a resource,” Stone said. Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan Murphy and Lane are currently working on several projects as senators, from establishing an oversight board and allocations process for the USG Diversity Fund to hosting a shared governance symposium. Murphy, a junior majoring in public policy, and Lane, a junior majoring in business administration, say their experience working as senators in USG has allowed them to build strong relationships with administrators. “One of the hurdles of being as large of a university as we are is there are a lot of resources, but it often feels very disjointed, spread out between offices, and you’re not sure how to navigate that space,” Stone said. In addition to their roles as senators, Murphy is the Director of Outreach for Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, and Lane is a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. “You can sum up our entire candidacy with this idea that we are not running on hopes and dreams, we are running on proof,” Murphy said. “We’ve done the work, we just want the opportunity to keep doing the work.” “There’s still a lot of great things about this school, but there’s this cloud now,” Brandon said. “We want to get that out of the way and make people proud again to call themselves a Trojan.” “We recognize the value of the traditions we have here at USC and when Greek life is threatened, we feel that USC tradition is threatened,” Brandon said. Through these initiatives, they hope to help reignite students’ pride in their university. “People in [USG] Senate run for president, people already involved in USG keep running to get in, and nothing seems to be changing,” Adler said. “It’s coming from the outside [that] really allows us to come from a student point of view.” “We have the most direct experience with understanding what it takes to actually make legislative changes, make administrative changes,” Lane said. “One of the really cool perspectives of funding is that you’re in USG, but at the same time it’s one of the most externally facing roles,” Stone said. “You’re directly working with dozens of organizations every week to fund these applications, to meet with them, to learn about their events, to see how you can meet their needs financially.” Trenton Stone, a sophomore majoring in philosophy and cognitive science, and Mahin Tahsin, a junior majoring in business administration and economics, hope to transfer their experience as USG funding directors to the roles of president and vice president. The only non-write-in candidates this election, Michaela Murphy and Lane view their relationship from this lens of affability. Having worked together as senators this semester, they hope to continue their legacies as president and vice president, respectively. Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan Trenton Stone & Mahin Tahsin One such tradition they hope to revive is tailgating on Greek Row, which Brandon claims is “one of our main priorities.”center_img Michaela Murphy & Meagan Lane To better publicize resources, Stone and Tahsin propose creating a central system where students can type in any questions they have and receive a list of suitable resources and explanations, modeled after an existing virtual wellness assistant developed by the Office of Wellness. Maxwell Brandon & Grayson Adler Tahsin says the ticket wants to re-zone DPS officers, expand the hours of operation for the Disability Access to Road Transportation program, create an accessibility toolkit to help organizations plan events that are accessible to all students and ensure student representation in administrative decision-making. If elected, they hope to continue advocating for civic engagement by funding different student organizations and initiatives, Stone said. Additionally, if elected, Brandon and Adler plan to donate their monthly salaries to a cause of students’ choice. “Lately, I feel like things have kind of been tarnished,” Brandon said. “People have a lot of complaints with the school, and USC has such a great tradition of winning in all facets of the past.” Their platform also includes establishing a first-year mentorship program, expanding cultural centers and unionizing student workers, as well as accepting dining dollars in USC Village, creating fee waivers for transcript appeals and improving housing insecurity resources. Adler and Brandon are write-in candidates who announced their candidacy on Jan. 24. As members of the USC chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, Brandon, a junior majoring in business administration and accounting, and Adler, a junior majoring in journalism, met at the campus speaker event that hosted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro last October. As the only candidates without prior experience working in USG, juniors Maxwell Brandon and Grayson Adler view themselves as outsiders fighting for change. “What’s the word for bromance for women?” USG Senator Meagan Lane asked. She paused, then suggested, “Womance … but that’s kind of gross.” Like many Senate candidates, they hope to increase access to health care on and off campus and develop sustainability by improving recycling and composting. Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan Brandon and Adler want to create a Commuter and Transfer Student Lounge and improve orientation for spring admits and transfer students. Other campaign goals include promoting sustainability by transitioning to solar power and biofuels, increasing access to mental health resources and improving the quality of dining hall food. If elected, they hope to expand many of the initiatives they worked on as senators, such as implementing full-cost coverage for STI/HIV screenings, advocating for student input on university decision-making and helping reinstate tuition remission for custodial staff and their children. As the USG Director of the Professional & Academic Fund, Stone worked to improve awareness of funding resources offered to students. Stone and Tahsin are write-in candidates. They announced their campaign on Jan. 22, about a week after the first wave of candidates. When only one presidential ticket declared, Tahsin approached Stone and proposed the idea of running to provide a different choice to students.last_img read more

Local Roundup: CR men’s, women’s soccer drop conference openers

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods men’s soccer team couldn’t carry its early season momentum with into its Golden Valley Conference opener as it gave up two early goals and fell to Feather River 5-0 at Community Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.The Corsairs (3-5 overall) face Butte College on the road on Friday.Feather River scored a quick goal two minutes in and capitalized on an off day for CR.Redwoods, which came in to the game having won two of its last four and allowed only two goals over its …last_img

More fight, but more of the same in Sharks’ loss to Predators

first_imgNASHVILLE — The Sharks simply could not stay out of the penalty box Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.Some of the calls that went against the Sharks were discretionary. Others were self-inflicted.It all added up to a 3-1 Sharks loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, as San Jose wrapped up its four-game road trip with an 0-3-1 record. They scored just five goals on the trip, including just one goal in the last three losses, and never held a lead.Timo Meier scored San Jose’s …last_img

Understanding Creationists (and Evolutionists)

first_imgA historian tells science teachers that “To Teach Evolution, You Have to Understand Creationists.” Should that advice apply both ways?In The Chronicle of Higher Education last month, Adam Laats seemingly advised a kinder, gentler treatment of creationists than the usual outrage from the secular Darwinian camp. There was no name-calling of them as ignorant, anti-science flat-earthers (or worse) from this historian and author from Binghamton University: instead, he urged that science teachers try to “understand” them. Cool your jets, he advised; attack-dog responses to creationist comments are uncalled for, as are the even milder (but no less virulent) comments from the likes of Bill Nye the Science Guy (see 8/27/2012).Laats’s reasons for moderation seem open-minded. He acknowledges that some creationists are not ignoramuses: U.S. Rep. Paul C. Broun Jr., Republican of Georgia, for instance, who took a “ferocious” beating after criticizing Darwinism and the Big Bang (he called them “lies from the pit of hell”), has a bachelor’s in chemistry and is an M.D. (Secular scientists are up in arms that he sits on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee of the House). A number of leading creationists have scientific credentials, Laats pointed out. He even praised William Jennings Bryan as a well-travelled man of letters with many degrees, who remarked that he had never been called an ignoramus “except by evolutionists.”The “snarky” remarks by some scientists who are “flummoxed by the durability of creationism,” he says, can’t on the one hand claim Broun is unqualified for his position, and on the other “demand that an elected official not fight for the ideas in which his constituents believe”. It’s time for carrot, not stick, Laats advises:As it stands, scientists’ blundering hostility toward creationism actually encourages creationist belief. By offering a stark division between religious faith and scientific belief, evolutionary scientists have pushed creationists away from embracing evolutionary ideas. And, by assuming that only ignorance could explain creationist beliefs, scientists have unwittingly fostered bitter resentment among the creationists, the very people with whom they should be hoping to connect.Laats also rejects the notion that creationists belong to a right-wing fringe. “As Berkman and Plutzer demonstrate, the creationist beliefs of teachers embody the creationist beliefs of Americans in general,” he said. “The teachers are not ignorant of evolution, yet they choose to reject it.” Remarkably, Laats is also willing to concede that some students who turn to embrace evolution might have done so not because of the facts of biology, but for personal moral failings or other motivations. Here, though, Laats reaches the limit of his tolerance for creationists:If we hope to spread the science of evolution, it does not help to charge forward in blissful ignorance about the nature and meanings of creationism. Broun may be wrong about evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang. But his scientific errors do not instantly disqualify him as a representative of the American people. Nor can they be explained away as a product of ignorance.Rather, those of us who care about promoting evolution education must admit the hard truth. It is not simply that creationists such as Broun have not heard the facts about evolution. Broun—along with other informed, educated creationists—simply rejects those facts. Evolution educators do not simply need to spread the word about evolution. We need to convince and convert Americans who sincerely hold differing understandings about the nature and meaning of science.So in the end, Laats continued to hold that evolution is a matter of science, facts, and being right. Even if he allows that creationists are not ignoramuses, he implies that they hold “differing understandings” (by implication, misunderstandings), about the nature and meaning of science. More of the same presentation of the “facts” of evolution, therefore, is not going to convert those who reject “facts”. He didn’t go any further, but others have suggested forms of mind control to influence those with false beliefs (see 9/27/2012). Given the limits of his toleration, others could well propose such measures as more effective than name-calling; for example, see 12/21/2005, “How to Overcome Student Objections to Evolution.”If you are a Darwin doubter, as you read this, you must guard against the tendency to want to leap up and hug Adam Laats for his tolerant attitude. Yes, it is refreshing to see someone in the secular journals actually say that Darwin doubters are not all ignoramuses. After being hit by that rock on the head for so long, it does indeed feel good when it stops. Your response, instead, should be, Why were you hitting me with that rock in the first place? What right do you have to call me an ignoramus when you believe everything in the universe, including your reason, emerged from nothing by an unguided process?This is not just tit-for-tat. You need to reason with the evolutionist that his very use of reason shows that evolution is self-refuting. The evolutionist believes that reason emerged in the human mind by an unguided natural process; it did not exist before that. Therefore, he has no basis for trusting its validity (some very good treatments of this “argument from reason” in the new book The Magician’s Twin discussed in the 11/20/2012 entry). Laats needs to see that evolutionists are the ones who have denied the facts. They are the ones who have misunderstood the nature and meaning of science.That being the situation, there is no reason that an articulate creationist could not write the very same article in inverted form: “To Teach the Science of Creation, You Need to Understand Evolutionists.” That spokesperson could employ the same arguments: admitting that not all evolutionists are ignoramuses, and that some who believe simply reject the facts of creation. Some even believe it for non-rational reasons. The person who should be cowering in shame for promoting a self-refuting worldview (which, by definition, cannot possibly be true), is Adam Laats and his fellow science teachers who promote it.If, and only if, Laats is willing to acknowledge, “you have a valid point there,” and that evolution could be the view that is factually wrong and unscientific, could there be a true meeting of the minds toward progress in mutual understanding. Anything less is a mere feint in a pitched battle. It just means the evolutionists will be kinder when they take creationists prisoner. Demand the evolutionists drop their arms and surrender the castle they have unrighteously usurped. (Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Telkom to go mobile with MTN

first_img19 April 2010South African telecommunications operators Telkom and MTN have signed a national roaming agreement that will see Telkom entering the mobile voice and data market in the country.“I am delighted to make known the conclusion of a roaming agreement with MTN that will enhance Telkom’s ability to effectively compete in the mobile marketplace,” Telkom CEO Reuben September said in a statement last week.Mobile strategySince divesting from mobile operator Vodacom, Telkom has been clear about its strategic intent to compete in the mobile market by building its own network in key areas and through strategic partnerships in other areas.Telkom said the roaming agreement with MTN was in keeping with changes in the telecommunications landscape, including the move towards infrastructure sharing between operators.“I regard this agreement as a breakthrough indicator of Telkom’s ability to successfully implement its strategy,” said September.Seamless accessTelkom South Africa MD Pinky Moholi said the agreement paved the way for Telkom to launch its mobile service later this year by offering its customers seamless access to a stable MTN SA network with a substantial national footprint, while continuing to roll out its own mobile base stations.MTN South Africa MD Karel Pienaar said the agreement demonstrated the company’s commitment to provide connectivity for all South Africans, and that they were excited by the synergies and depth of penetration that could be unlocked through the combination of the two companies’ extensive reach.“It not only reduces duplication and infrastructure roll-out and maintenance costs, but also leads to effective utilisation of available network capacity,” said MTN chief executive Phuthuma Nhleko.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ANSI Approves NAHB’s Green Building Standard

first_imgNew Standard Competes With NAHB Guidelines and LEED for HomesNEW YORK, N.Y. — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) have successfully shepherded a residential green building standard through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval process. Known as the National Green Building Standard, or ICC-700, the document establishes, for the first time, a national definition for green residential building.To comply with ANSI requirements, NAHB and ICC assembled a committee consisting mostly of builders, manufacturers’ representatives, and code officials. Using the 2005 NAHB Green Guidelines as a starting point, the committee solicited public comments and conducted four public hearings over two years. They broadened the standard to include site development, multifamily housing projects, and remodeling in addition to single-family homes. The fruit of the committee’s labors was approved as Standard ICC-700 in late January 2009.Like LEED for Homes, the residential green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), ICC-700 has four compliance levels. While LEED for Homes calls its levels certified, silver, gold, and platinum, ICC-700 uses the terms bronze, silver, gold, and emerald.The new standard includes a list of mandatory measures, most of which correspond to minimum code requirements. In addition, builders must accrue points by incorporating features in six areas: site development, water conservation, energy conservation, resource conservation, indoor air quality, and homeowner education. Houses over 4,000 square feet will need more points for a given certification level than smaller houses.For bronze certification, a home must be designed to use 15% less energy than a home that minimally complies with the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). To reach the emerald level, a home must achieve a 65% reduction in projected energy use. All houses must include a mechanical ventilation system complying with ASHRAE Standard 62.2.Although energy compliance depends strongly on climate zone, most ICC-700 checklist points (including water-saving measures) apply nationwide. There are a few exceptions, however; as Don Carr, NAHB’s national green building certification program manager, pointed out, “The standard includes a termite zone map, a radon map, and rainfall map.”Online Scoring ToolThe NAHB will continue to support builders who choose to rate homes using the less stringent 2005 Guidelines rather than the new ICC-700 standard. “There will always be two paths until one path disappears,” said Carr.For builders seeking certification to a higher standard than the Guidelines, the NAHB Research Center has established a process to certify whether projects meet the new ICC-700. The first step is for builders to use NAHB’s free online scoring tool ( “The scoring tool sets us apart from our competition,” explained NAHB division director Vladimir Kochkin. “It simplifies implementation. When you get a score, so you can see what level you qualify for. Then you can make changes; you can play around with it. If you decide to go for certification, you fill out an application, which is submitted to an outside NAHB-accredited verifier. The verifier will look at the information submitted. Then, to make sure that that the construction is consistent with the information in the application, the verifier will conduct two on-site inspections: a rough-in inspection and a final inspection.”NAHB charges builders $500 per project for certification; the fee drops to $200 for NAHB members. In addition to the certification fee, builders will need to pay several hundred dollars for third-party verification.Comparing StringencySince the ICC-700 standard is brand new, it will take a while for energy consultants to determine whether the standard is more or less stringent than LEED for Homes. “My opinion right now, subject to confirmation from additional study, is that the basic ICC-700 standard house will be very close to a LEED for Homes certified house,” said Bion Howard, an energy consultant from Valley Center, California. LEED takes a tougher line on certain divisive issues, however, such as certification of tropical woods.According to Carr, “Compared to LEED for Homes, I think builders will find that NAHB’s green building standard is more flexible and usually less expensive to meet in terms of hard costs. And it is definitely less expensive to meet in terms of soft costs.”When comparing the new standard with the old NAHB Guidelines, NAHB representatives are unequivocal. “The Standard is more stringent than the Guidelines,” said Carr. “The bar has been raised.” Kochkin agrees. “At the end of the day they ratcheted up the Standard compared to the Guidelines quite a bit,” said Kochkin. “The new Bronze corresponds more or less to the silver level in the Guidelines.”Three Available PathsOpinions differ on whether having three rating systems for new single-family homes — the 2005 NAHB Guidelines, the ICC-700 standard, and LEED for Homes — is confusing to builders. “I call it the Trifecta question,” said Howard. “I think the standard provides an agreed-upon floor upon which guidelines with a higher environmental purpose can be based. But now there are arrows pointing in three or four directions. That is a concern — what will happen in terms of harmonizing all this stuff?”Brendan Owen, the vice president of LEED technical development at USGBC, sees no urgent need for harmonization. “I think that what NAHB has done and what LEED for Homes does are two different things,” said Owen. “We try to create rating systems that are leadership standards. We are working to create a mechanism that recognizes high-performance green building.”The way forward, Howard suggests, involves dialog. “The time is right for USGBC to have a series of meetings with NAHB about harmonization,” said Howard. “If the purpose of these guidelines is to provide better information to consumers, then it behooves everyone to get on the same page.”Prodded to consider the possibility of harmonization, Owen suggested a parallel between ICC-700 and ASHRAE 189. “One of the things we have done on the commercial construction side is to partner with ASHRAE to create standard 189, which is another type of minimum green building standard that seeks to establish a floor, that sets a new minimum,” said Owen. “If ASHRAE 189 evolves the way we hope it does, it could serve on the commercial side as a prerequisite for LEED. There is still a lot of work to do on 189 to see if the resultant document can serve that purpose, though. And we haven’t entered into any type of discussion with NAHB around that topic.”NAHB EvolvesHoward points out that by definition, a standard differs from a description of best practice. “A standard like this describes the worst you can do and still build a building that people can agree is green,” said Howard. “Maybe you could say it’s light green.”Howard has been encouraged by a shift in NAHB’s approach to standard development. “Five years ago, I was seeing some disturbing patterns,” said Howard. “Whenever there was any talk of developing a new standard, NAHB tended to be the 800-pound gorilla that dragged its feet all the time. But this doesn’t seem to have been happened with the development of this standard. NAHB appears to have made a decision to put together a reasonable standard and push it through the ANSI process.”last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Sports Ministry will bear kits expenses for minor sports

first_imgSports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced on Tuesday that the Sports Ministry will bear the expenses of kits and uniforms of the Asian Games 2018 athletes, whose federations are not affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).IOA earlier refused to the beat the cost of uniforms of the athletes who belong to the federations out of their affiliated ones. IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said the cost for the kits do not come from their coffers and instead the sponsors who have signed a deal with them will take care of that.Rajeev Mehta further said that IOA cannot ask the sponsors Li Ning (apparel) and Raymond (ceremonial dress) to take care of the athletes from the non-affiliated federations and therefore, such athletes must bear their own costs.However, Sports Minister stepped in and took to Twitter to announce that he directed Sports India to “issue kits and apparel” for all the athletes.”NO team participating in #AsianGames2018 will have to bear the expenses of kit & uniform by themselves I have directed @IndiaSports @Media_SAI to issue kits and apparel to EVERY team representing India,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted.Rajeev Mehta had also said that the Rs 50 lakh insurance offer to the athletes by Edelweiss does not the cover players from non-affiliated federations.”We are sending more than 540 athletes and more than 200 officials and the expenses for their attire run into crores and IOA has limited resources. So we signed these contracts with the sponsors but they cover only the players of the federations affiliated to the IOA and not outside it,” Mehta told PTI.advertisementAlso read – IOA clears men’s handball team for Asian Games after court intervention”The sponsors get commercial value from association with us. They (sponsors) get commercial mileage from it, say from the interviews, branding or endorsement of their products by the top athletes, so they get benefit from these contracts. We cannot force them to deal with athletes not affiliated to us,” he added.The IOA Secretary General cleared that even during the 2014 Asian Games, the IOA had not borne the expenses of the athletes’ attire.”Everybody knows the government bears all these expenses, we are not a rich organisation,” Mehta said.Also read – IOA, pencak silat federation at loggerheads after 20 dropped from Asian Games”The federations who are not affiliated to us but have recognition from the government will get their reimbursement later,” he added.Federations like kurash, sport climbing and sambo are neither affiliated with the IOA nor are they recognised by the Sports Ministry. Upon being questioned how those federations and athletes will manage the kits, Mehta said, “If they have got recognition from Olympic Council of Asia (hence taking part in the Asian Games) but are yet to get recognition from the Sports Ministry, what can we do? We are not involved in that.”At the Asian Games 2018, India are competing in 37 sports and seven governing federations out of the list — bridge, kurash, pencak silat, roller skating, sambo, sepaktakraw, soft tennis, and sport climbing — are not affiliated with the IOA. 114 athletes from these sports constitute the 524 athletes announced in the contingent by the IOA.Of the seven federations not affiliated with the IOA, bridge, pencak silat, roller skating, sepaktakraw and soft tennis are recognised by the Sports Ministry but kurash, sambo and sport climbing federations do not even have their recognition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Only small cargo carriers would be allowed in village roads Mamata

first_imgMidnapore (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said that up to four-wheeled cargo carriers would be allowed in village roads in the state to avoid damage to these streets from larger transport vehicles. Banerjee said that it has come to her notice that large trucks are using these village roads to bypass toll booths on highways to avoid payment of tax. “I want the police, panchayat and other local bodies to jointly ensure that large trucks do not enter village roads and damage these,” the chief minister said during an administrative review meeting in West Midnapore district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life She asked the local authorities to put up barricades at entry points to village roads to stop plying of large transport vehicles. Stating that village roads are not strong enough to bear the load of large cargo vehicles, Banerjee said that these are causing damage to such streets. “The state government spends a lot to construct the roads and we cannot bear the burden of repairing these roads owing to damage caused by large transport vehicles which take village roads to avoid paying toll tax on highways,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Banerjee also asked the district and block land reforms officers and officers in-charge of police stations to take steps to stop illegal sand mining. “I want the anti-corruption unit to keep vigil and take strong action,” she told state security advisor Surajit Kar Purakayastha. She said that it has been a trend that after a directive is issued, steps are taken for a few months after which such activities start again. The chief minister said vigil must continue round the year to stop illegal sand mining from river beds, causing large-scale erosion. Taking up the issue of dearth of doctors in government hospitals in the districts and local health centres, Banerjee said that chief medical officers of districts have been permitted to appoint local doctors on part-time basis. She said that good remuneration packages for such service given by the doctors on part-time basis at state-run hospitals have been fixed.last_img read more