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first_imgNEW YORK — Deron Williams felt so good, he even dunked for the first time this season. Or, maybe he didn’t.“We’re trying to debate if that was a dunk,” Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd said.It wasn’t pretty, but it went in, just like nearly every other shot Williams took in one of his best games of the season.Williams scored 28 points, leading the Nets to a 108-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns on March 17 that extended their home winning streak to nine.Williams shot 11 of 13 from the field and looks all the way back after ankle problems wrecked his first half of the season. He was two points off his season high and rose above the rim to throw down a dunk that finished off a fourth-quarter fast break started by Andrei Kirilenko’s steal.The dunk wasn’t exactly a no-doubter, but far better than what Williams was capable of a couple of months ago.“I’m going to give it to him,” rookie Mason Plumlee said. “He’s gone up about three times now with great courage. If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. This one, I mean it rattled in, so he didn’t get the flush, but he got a dunk. There’s a difference.”Williams joked that his coach was supposed to have his back, adding that Kidd “was never a dunker in his day, either.” But there’s no debating that the two-time Olympian looks better, and so do the Nets when he plays like this.“I’m definitely feeling better,” Williams said after shooting 80 percent in a game for the first time in his career. “Still not jumping that high, as you can tell, but definitely feeling better and more confident every day.”Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, on their longest home winning streak since winning nine straight from March 15-April 6, 2006.Playing without Kevin Garnett because of back spasms for the ninth straight game, the Nets continued to thrive playing small ball, making 67.5 percent of their shots in the first half and leading by as much as 23 in the game.Garnett hasn’t played this month and will miss at least two more games before he is re-evaluated Saturday before the Nets leave for a three-game trip. But Plumlee had another strong game in his absence, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds in outplaying his brother, Miles.Markieff Morris scored 18 points and Gerald Green 17 for the Suns, who were seeking a perfect three-game trip against Atlantic Division teams after winning at Boston and Toronto. But they never led and fell 1 ½ games behind Memphis for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.“We can’t have these semi-efforts on nights. We had terrible effort tonight,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “This team has a bunch of All-Stars on it. This should have been a big game to get hyped up. Maybe we were worn out with four games in five nights. I don’t know.”Kidd talked before the game about how potent the Suns, who scored 121 points at Toronto, could be. But it was the Nets who were quicker up and down the floor in their 16th victory in their last 18 home games.The Nets made eight of their first 11 shots, hit 70 percent in the first quarter, and led by as much as 14 in the period before taking a 30-20 lead to the second. With a couple of huge dunks by Green to answer some by Shaun Livingston, Phoenix was able to match Brooklyn in first-half highlights but not in baskets.Williams made all three of his shots in the second quarter, including a layup that gave the Nets a 62-49 lead at the break.“They were better than us today,” Suns guard Goran Dragic said. “We tried to battle but we didn’t find energy, and when you play hard you get all the calls. They were just better in all aspects of the game.”Phoenix cut it to 76-67 on Morris’ three-point play, but Johnson and Paul Pierce hit consecutive 3-pointers to start a 14-0 burst and gave the Nets a 90-67 lead with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

17 10 19

first_imgAfter years of increasingly bad news, there’s a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered North Atlantic right whale.There are estimated to be fewer than 420 of the endangered mammals left, and their ranks have been decimated as deaths far outpaced live births — there were no births at all during last winter’s calving season.But researchers have reported seeing seven right whale calves so far this winter off the southern U.S. coast, where the mammals spend their winters before coming north to Canada as temperatures warm.“Seven is definitely better than last year,” said Barb Zoodsma, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“Last year was dismal with zero, and the year before that, there were five. However when you look at the average number of calves produced in any given year for the last 10 years it has been just under 17 mom-calf pairs. Although we’re at seven, we’re not at the average level yet,” she said.The right whale is one of the largest mammals in the sea, and among the most imperilled.Populations have only slightly rebounded from the whaling era, when the blubber-rich baleen whale nearly became extinct.Zoodsma said the seventh calf was confirmed last week.She said they hope to see more calves between now and the end of the calving season, around mid-April.“Keep in mind we’re on the tail end of an unusual mortality event where we had 18 right whales that died in just a few short years. Seven doesn’t make up that number, so we have a ways to go yet,” she said in an interview from Fernandina Beach, Fla.Zoodsma said healthy females have a calf every three or four years, but recently that has dropped to an average of every 10 years.She said it’s believed a number of factors are to blame, including the shifting location of food sources, and stresses imposed by fishing gear and large vessels.Laurie Murison, executive director of the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station, said food supply is a huge factor.“If the females are not getting enough to eat they will not be reproducing,” she said.She said the number of new calves may be an indication of the supply of zooplankton in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.“It does give us some promise that the food supply is getting better than it was. As well, there were a lot of social interactions that were observed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last summer, so that bodes well for next year,” Murison said.“I’m hoping that we’re on the upturn now and will be looking at more calves.”The best year on record for calves was 2008-2009, when 39 were spotted, and Zoodsma said they’d love to see numbers like that again.Right whales typically migrate from the North Atlantic to give birth off the coasts of Georgia and Florida from December through March.They then head back north to feed off Canada’s East Coast during the summer months.In 2017, 12 North Atlantic right whales were found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Necropsies on seven of those whales found four died from trauma consistent with vessel collisions while two deaths were the result of entanglement in fishing gear.Ottawa, fearing the permanent loss of Canada’s Marine Stewardship Council certification for the southern Gulf snow crab fishery and additional trade and eco-certification impacts, responded with sharp restrictions on fishing and vessel speeds.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced rules for 2019 — building upon rules in place in the Gulf last year, when none of the endangered mammals were found dead in Canadian waters.Beginning April 28, the government will reintroduce mandatory speed restrictions for vessels 20 metres or longer when travelling in the western Gulf.Ships will continue to be allowed to travel at safe operational speeds in parts of two shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island, when no whales are in the area.But the area with mandatory speed restrictions will be adjusted this year to reflect data on right whale sightings and to minimize the impact on the cruise chip and shipping industries.Ottawa is also reducing by half the protection area for the season-long closure to the snow crab and lobster fisheries, to reflect where 90 per cent of right whales were spotted last year during prime fishing season.The United States government also extended the duration of a protected area off of Massachusetts to the middle of February to try to keep the right whales safe.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Oct 2015 – Mosquito spraying efforts have indeed been beefed up in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, confirmed over the weekend to Magnetic Media by Director of Environmental Health, Kenrick Neely. “We had treated all of our swamps and now we’re here fogging especially here in Provo, North and Middle Caicos so at least we are going keep fogging Provo for the next week, and North and Middle for the next two weeks.”Neely admitted that there were calls to EHD by residents who reported a wave of mosquitoes especially in Providenciales.It was explained that fogging efforts are strongest in Provo, North and Middle Caicos and that this extra spraying will continue for another week as the EHD continues to monitor if more fogging is required. More foggers, more manpower, mosquito nets – Zika now in Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:Environmental health, fogging, hurricane joaquin, kenrick neely, Mosquitoes Residents can still do more to prevent mosquito breeding Zika spread by sex too, says Scientistlast_img read more

17 09 19

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 23, 2018 – Providenciales – InterHealth Canada TCI Ltd, the private management company for Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, is saddened to announce the departure of Chief Executive Officer Daniel Carriere who has had to resign for family reasons, effective January 31, 2018.Given these regrettable circumstances, Mr. Gaston Levac, a former Chief Executive Officer of hospital operations within Ontario Canada has been named interim CEO while the Board conducts a search for Mr. Carriere’s permanent successor.  Levac has been brought on-island to facilitate a smooth transition of duties and responsibilities with Carriere’s departure expected this month.Speaking on behalf of the InterHealth Canada Board, John Hyland said: “Daniel’s contribution to the success of the TCI Hospital and its increasing international recognition as an example of how even small hospitals in the region can and should perform, cannot be overstated.  Since joining us in September 2015, he has strengthened the administration, overseen the company’s policy of continuing improvement in performance in all departments, continued the programme of promoting Belongers to positions of greater responsibility within the Hospital, encouraged the attendance of staff at Seminars and other Continuing Education courses, played a leading role in the preparation of plans for the strategic development of the Hospital over the coming years.  Importantly and perhaps for him most memorably, through his leadership by example and with the support of his Senior Management Team, he was able to ensure the continued operation of the Hospital through Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the implementation of the necessary recovery programme.  He leaves with our hopes and very best wishes for the future.”Daniel Carriere said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have led the organization over the past two plus years.  I have immensely enjoyed my experience in this beautiful country with such talented hospital personnel.  I have met such great people both inside and outside the hospital and have experienced so many new and exciting challenges that have enriched my personal and professional life.  I have benefitted from the wisdom obtained from professional colleagues and historical guidance from IHC Board members, many of whom are legacy participants in the original development of the two hospitals in Providenciales and Grand Turk; they remain committed to the hospital and the country of TCI.”Mr. Carriere is a veteran in the health care industry having joined InterHealth Canada as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. Carriere had previously held several senior administrative positions in Ontario’s health care sector and is recognized for his accomplishments in advancing services and quality of care.Mr. Gaston Levac formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various health care entities such as the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Laurentian Hospital and West Nipissing General Hospital in Canada.As a former Surveyor of the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, Levac boasts over 20 years of experience in numerous surveys in Canadian and international health care organizations, including health services offered in various military bases and hospitals in the Caribbean.  Gaston is expected to greatly benefit the organization in preparation for its re-accreditation survey slated for June 2018.Commenting on the appointment, Levac said: “I am excited to have been chosen by the IHC-TCI Board of Directors as the interim CEO of the hospital in TCI.  I have been to TCI on many occasions in the past, so I know that I will enjoy my involvement here.  I am totally committed to working hard with all stakeholders to help continue efforts to provide excellent hospital care to the citizens of TCI and ensure that the company steers a steady course whilst the Board undertakes Daniel Carriere’s succession process.”Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital consists of two state-of-the-art secondary healthcare facilities on the islands of Grand Turk and Providenciales.  The public facility, managed by InterHealth Canada (TCI) Ltd, is one of few Diamond accredited health care providers in the Caribbean region.As recognized pioneers in health care Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), InterHealth Canada is a world leader in healthcare operations and management with diverse activities in planning, management and consulting.  Established by an initiative from two Provincial Canadian Governments, InterHealth Canada was created to export Canada’s intellectual expertise in healthcare to an expanding international market. Press Release: interHealthCanadacenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

10 09 19

first_img Apple Now playing: Watch this: Sprint $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 0 null Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Viva Tung/CNET In this week’s Apple Core roundup, we recap the new features we’re expecting to see on Apple’s next batch of iPhones in September, and discuss how Apple is betting big on 5G with its billion-dollar acquisition of Intel’s modem business. We also break down the latest rumors about the next MacBook Pro, Apple Watch and Apple’s mixed-reality headset. Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It reading • iPhone 11, 11R and 11 Max: What we expect from Apple in September Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Three new iPhones coming in September It seems as if there’s a fresh batch of rumors about the next iPhones every week, and the fact that they’re all starting to sound repetitive means their debut is likely getting close.A report from 9to5 Mac this week paints a picture of all the changes (or lack thereof) we can expect in the iPhones. Citing people who’ve apparently already seen the new phones, the report backs up most of what we already heard about the iPhones, but adds a few more tidbits to the mix. The three new iPhones, for example, will look pretty similar to the 2018 models, and are rumored to have the same screen size as the previous iPhones: 5.8, 6.1 and 6.5 inches. They’ll also have the same resolution and same screen technology: OLED on the XS and XS Max sequels and an LCD screen on the followup to the XR. They’ll still have Face ID with the True Depth front camera and the notch will be the same size. The only difference pointed out by 9to5mac is that Apple might get rid of 3D Touch and the front-facing camera on the 2019 iPhones will have slow-motion video recording. There was no mention on whether or not they’ll have in-screen fingerprint scanners, as previous rumors suggested. On the back will be a new large square camera bump on all three versions of the 2019 iPhone. In addition to the traditional wide-angle and telephoto from previous years, the XS and XS Max sequels will have a new ultrawide angle sensor. The XR will likely only have a wide and ultrawide camera, and will continue to use software to create the portrait mode effect.The report says the new phones will also get a new feature called “Smart Frame,” too. This feature uses the new lens to capture additional content around your photo (for stills and videos). That information is stored for a limited time so you can go back and expand the margins of the frame if you left someone or something out of the shot. The report also backs up rumors about a larger battery, a new and more powerful A13 processor and two-way charging, similar to the Galaxy S10 phones. Other rumors not mentioned by 9to5’s new report suggests that  the iPhone 11R will be available in lilac and green, two new colors that would replace last year’s coral and blue options. The phones will also  sport a new circular mute switch on the side, similar to iPads and that they’ll keep the traditional Lightning port (not USB-C).Apple buys Intel’s modem business Apple could soon be making 5G chips for future iPhones in-house, especially since the 2020 iPhones are already rumored to be the first 5G iPhones with Qualcomm’s 5G chips.That’s because Apple announced it signed an agreement to purchase most of Intel’s smartphone modem business, valued at roughly $1 billion. This comes after a two-year legal battle over patent licensing that the company had with Qualcomm. The companies reached a multiyear chip supply agreement with that would allow Apple to use Qualcomm modems in their phones. Buying the business from Intel would mean they get more  patents and the personnel support of Intel’s modem team, which gives Apple a leg up to end its reliance on companies like Qualcomm for similar technology.  New MacBook Pro coming this yearApple’s recent updates to its MacBook lineup haven’t ruled out a possibility of getting yet another one before the end of the year. According to Chinese site The Economic Daily News, Apple is gearing up to launch a high-end 16-inch laptop with a 3,072×1,920-pixel LCD display (up from the 2,880×1,800 pixels in the current 15-inch MacBook Pro) as early as October.Other potential updates include a better processor and a new keyboard that would use a new scissor switch mechanism in place of Apple’s troubled butterfly switch keyboard, which has caused many mishaps for the company. But the upgrades won’t come cheap — the cost of the new MacBook pro would rise to $3,000, according to the report. The report also mentions an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Retina screen MacBook Air.The Apple Watch may get a new screen in 2020The Apple Watch may get a different screen next year. Another report by The Economic Daily News says Apple will switch from a traditional OLED display to a microLED display on next year’s Apple Watch. Aside from being brighter, microLED technology makes the screen more energy efficient and potentially improve battery life. Improved battery life would mean Apple could finally add a native sleep tracking app to the Apple watch. Apple’s latest patent hints at new hardware Just when we thought Apple might be putting on the brakes for its AR/VR glasses project, we have new reason to believe it’s still a go.apple-gafas-ra-ar-glasses-concept-patent Martin Hajek/iDropNews Apple filed for a patent for a mixed-reality system, which includes a head-mounted display capable of showing augmented and virtual reality, and a controller. The headset would include multiple sensors to track the user’s facial expressions as well as the environment around them, while the controller would have at least one (if not two) built-in processors of its own. Apple has reportedly been working on launching AR or mixed-reality glasses with an 8K display by 2020, but a recent report in DigiTimes suggested that the company halted the project because the glasses themselves were nowhere near completion, and weren’t at the price point Apple needed to make them attractive to consumers. The patent proves Apple is still very much interested in the space, but it may take a bit longer for the actual product to become a reality.  Phones Apple iPhone XS See All See It Three new iPhone 11 models coming in September, rumor… 8:10 Tags See it Rumors Intel Applelast_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. AFPUS president Donald Trump said Sunday he is creating a commission headed by vice president Mike Pence to investigate what the US leader alleges was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election.No public evidence has emerged of large-scale illegal voting in the November election, and Trump and the White House have failed to substantiate the president’s claim.However Trump listed the ways he believed voter fraud had occurred during an interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly which aired before the Super Bowl on Sunday.The fraud was apparent, Trump said, “when you look at the registration and you see dead people that have voted, when you see people that are registered in two states that voted in two states, when you see other things, when you see illegals — people that are not citizens — and they are on the registration rolls.””It’s really a bad situation. It’s really bad” Trump said.Trump’s own lawyers have stated in legal filings that there was no evidence of fraud in the November 8 election.But on Sunday the president promised “to set up a commission to headed by Vice President Mike Pence and we’re going to look at it very, very carefully.”Trump has previously argued that were it not for illegal immigrants voting, he would have won not just the electoral college but also the popular vote, which was taken by Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.Although there has been no substantiated evidence of massive voter fraud, US officials have said they believe that Russia attempted to meddle in the presidential vote by hacking Democratic Party emails as part of a pro-Trump campaign.Senators have launched a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling.last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Correctional officers at Maryland’s largest state prison for years helped scores of inmates smuggle narcotics, tobacco, pornography and cellphones into the facility in exchange for money and sex, according to a pair of sweeping federal indictments against 35 inmates, 18 jail guards and 27 “outside facilitators” unsealed Wednesday.In this 2012 photo, correctional officers watch inmates as they walk the yard of the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, M.D. Correctional officers at Maryland’s largest state prison for years helped scores of inmates smuggle narcotics, tobacco, pornography and cellphones into the facility in exchange for money and sex, according to a pair of sweeping federal indictments unsealed Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Todd Dudek/The Daily Times via AP)The indictments allege a racketeering scheme at the East and West compounds of the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland, that involved smuggling heroin, cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy and Suboxone, among other narcotics, into the jail in exchange for cash, money orders and in some cases, sexual favors. The indictments say guards were able to sneak the contraband past security screenings and deliver it to inmates in their cells or at pre-arranged “stash” locations, laundry rooms, staff bathrooms and other areas.“Prison corruption is a longstanding, deeply-rooted systemic problem that can only be solved by a combination of criminal prosecutions and policy changes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement.Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer said he assigned eight investigators to work with the FBI and other federal agencies to crack the case. The indictments, he said, “send a strong message that we will no longer tolerate corruption committed by a few tarnishing the good work of our 10,500 dedicated and committed department employees.”According to the indictment, defendant correctional officers routinely warned inmates when prison administrators were planning to conduct cellphone raids. In some cases, when participating prison guards learned that inmates were supplying administrators with information, or “snitching,” they would alert other inmates and encourage them to retaliate, often using violence. Twice in July, prison guards encouraged inmates to stab other prisoners.The indictments come on the heels of a high-profile prison contraband scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center in 2014 in which 44 people were federally indicted. The racketeering scheme’s ringleader, Tavon White, who was also a known member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, impregnated several prison guards and on a recorded telephone line famously told a friend on the outside, “This is my jail.”According to this indictment, prisoners and guards were very much aware of the Baltimore case, as evidenced by telephone calls that were recorded with them discussing it.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgWho doesn’t like being complimented? Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd.  ‘You look Gorgeous!’ Doesn’t that remark bring happiness to you and make you blush? However, it is not the heaps of makeup that give you the perfect look. Good hairdo, subtle makeup with a perfect stroke of blush, right amount of mascara, eyeliner and arch eyebrows, all bunched together make the difference.However, not everyone knows how to put makeup according to their faces. Sometimes we just land up doing the wrong makeup at the wrong occasion. There are steps which one should follow to get that right look. The most prominent part of the face are the eyes. Hence, one must take proper care while doing eye makeup. According to makeup artist Nirmal Randhawa, “Never apply a dark eyeliner on your bottom water line, as this will make your eyes look even smaller. Instead swipe a thin line on your top lash line and the outer corner of your bottom lash line to gently frame your eyes. Likewise, while using a particular lip shade one must select it according to one’s skin tone. For the ones who have fair skin, bold reds and dark colours can be a fun way to play up your makeup, while the ones with olive skin tone, could opt nude, red, pink, orange shades. The ones with a darker complexion, look fantastic with deep plums, berries and reds.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, when it comes to applying eye-shadows, Dr Blossom Kochhar, beauty expert says, “Using complimentary colours or contrasting colours to the colour of your dress will not just draw emphasis to your eyes but will also be more pleasing. For instance, when donning a blue dress, use pink eye shadow and for a green dress use bronze eye-shadow”. One should also make sure that the makeup is done according to the occasion. “During a day party, the lip colour should be soothing, keeping the eye makeup light and natural. However, for night parties dramatic eyes with glitters and shimmers should be used and the new trend to have neon lip colour that glows in the dark are perfect for party purpose,” says Kochhar. For a glowing skin, a nutrition-rich diet along with daily physical activity, and a regular intake of vitamin C- are some helpful tips. Apart from this sunlight exposure should be reduced. While the Sun is a great source of vitamin D, morning sun from 7 am to 9 am is good for the skin. However, after this avoiding the Sun is very essential especially from 10 am to 2 pm, advices Randhawa.last_img read more

31 08 19

first_imgKolkata: The state government will set up a university to be named after Harichand Guruchand Thakur, founder of the Matua community in Thakurnagar in North 24-Parganas, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday afternoon.The land for the proposed university which will come up on 8.8-acre plot at Chandpara, off Thakurnagar, has been selected and Banerjee has instructed the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to put up a board there. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister had come to Thakurnagar to participate in the birth centenary celebrations of Binapani Devi, known as Boro Ma in the Matua community. She accorded Banga Bibhusan to Boro Ma and prayed for her long life. Earlier, the state government had set up a college at Thakurnagar. Banerjee said the university will not only be for the local students but also those staying in the neighbourhood. “As the university has been named after Harichand Guruchand Thakur, the students will come to know about him and his contribution in organising those belonging to the Namasudra community that had been oppressed in undivided India. The movement was equally strong in East Bengal, now Bangladesh,” she said adding: “The Trinamool Congress has always supported those who have fought for the common people. We fight for Ma, Mati, Manus,” she maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also announced the Matua Sangha Vikas Parishad. Earlier, she had announced the Namasudra Vikas Parishad. She said the names of the members of these two boards will be announced soon. She further added the state Tourism department will put up two gates near Thakurnagar ashram, headquarters of the Matuas. The entire area will be brightly illuminated. She asked the District Magistrate to prepare a beautification plan of the areas surrounding Thakurnagar ashram. Coming down heavily on BJP, Banerjee said in the name of NRC, some groups with vested interests have planned to drive out the Bengali-speaking populace in Assam. “Those whose names have been dropped from the NRC list should always remember that the people of Bengal are with you,” she said. Banerjee alleged that many people who have the voter’s identity card, ration card and caste certificates have been dropped from the NRC. “This is nasty politics and we do not support it.” Banerjee said that Matua community member and TMC legislator Mamatabala Thakur and seven other party leaders were not allowed to leave Silchar airport in Assam when they had gone there after the publication of the final draft of NRC. Banerjee wished that someday Thakurnagar would become a global tourist spot as well. “Never feel that you represent a backward community as no community can be branded as forward or backward. Read seriously and the state government is there to support you,” she told the students who had gathered to listen to her address.last_img read more