Rare Anti-Leftist Editorial Posted on Science Site

first_imgConservatives rightly get a bad rap for anti-science policies. But progressives can be just as bad(Visited 73 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Finding an article on a secular science site that criticizes the left and defends the right is so rare, it’s news.On New Scientist today, Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell blasted political leftists for their “war on reason” with “lefty nonsense” that pretends to be scientifically-based but is not.  The caption reads, “Conservatives rightly get a bad rap for anti-science policies. But progressives can be just as bad, say Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell.”As an example, the two describe a Congressional “green” initiative to keep plastic and styrofoam utensils out of the Capitol and replace them with biodegradable ones.  It sounded good; it felt good; but it ended up more wasteful and harmful to the environment than before.  This led to their key paragraph:Conservatives’ sins against science – objections to stem cell research, denial of climate science, opposition to evolution and the rest – are widely reported and well known. But conservatives don’t have a monopoly on unscientific policies. Progressives are just as bad, if not worse. Their ideology is riddled with anti-scientific feel-good fallacies designed to win hearts, not minds. Just like biodegradeable spoons, their policies often crumble in the face of reality and leave behind a big mess. Worse, anyone who questions them is condemned as anti-science.This paragraph makes it clear that they are not embracing or defending conservatism – just calling out anti-science (as they conceive it) on both sides.  “We have all heard about the Republican war on science; we want to draw attention to the progressive war on reason.”  This statement, though, begs the question whether science and reason are separable.Berezow, editor of RealClearScience.com, is clearly anti-creationist but also anti-nonsense from any political stripe.  Campbell is his co-author of a book whose title is self-explanatory: Science Left Behind: Feel-good fallacies and the rise of the anti-scientific left.  While not letting conservatives off the hook for their “sins against science” (as perceived by Berezow and Campbell), they feel the charges need to be fairly distributed on both sides of the political spectrum. While claiming only a “lunatic fringe” among progressives is guilty, the guilt is pressing:We contend that there is a disturbing and largely unreported trend among influential progressive activists who misinterpret, misrepresent and abuse science to advance their ideological and political agendas.Of all of today’s political philosophies, progressivism stands as the most pressing problem for science. Progressives, not conservatives, are the ones most likely to replace scientific research with unscientific ideology.Strong words coming from a news site that typically takes the progressive position as a given.  “Conservatives who endorse unscientific ideas are blasted by the scientific community, yet progressives who do the same get a free pass,” they ended.  “It is important the problem be recognised, and that free pass revoked.”Update 2/05/13: New Scientist admitted to a leftist bias.  Commenting on Berezow and Campbell’s rebuke, they agreed it is right to “Challenge unscientific thinking, whatever its source.”  They considered whether the left gets a free pass by scientists and reporters.  Their conclusion was a call to freedom:Is there any substance to that suspicion? We should go to every possible length to ensure there isn’t. Unreason of any hue is dangerous; any suggestion of bias only makes it harder to overcome. Science and liberalism are natural allies, but only in the literal sense of liberalism as the pursuit of freedom. That means freedom of thought, freedom of speech and, above all, freedom from ideology – wherever on the political spectrum it comes from.Trying to explain the bias, they said, “The suspicion must be that this is because scientists themselves lean towards the left, as does the media that covers them.”  Then in parentheses, they added, “(Both friends and critics of New Scientist tell us we lean in that direction.)”Freedom from ideology?  Good luck.  Everyone has a world view, whether carefully thought out or not.  We’d like the editors of New Scientist to explain “unreason” in Darwinian terms.Refreshing as the main article is, it doesn’t even come close to levelling the playing field.  First of all, Berezow and Campbell adopt, without question, the leftist talking points that anti-evolutionism is unscientific, that global warming theory is scientific, and that no one has a scientific right to question “stem cell science” (presumably the destruction of human embryos, an ethical question, not an issue of science).  They already condemned conservatives before examining irrational ideas from progressives.  They essentially tarred and feathered all conservatives before pointing out that just a few leftists on the “lunatic fringe” are just as bad or worse.  Is this the best New Scientist can say?  It’s too little too late.  (Understand that it’s not because Republicans or conservatives actually are anti-science that gives them the bad rap; the leftists who control the media, education, labor and scientific societies hate conservatives for everything they stand for, scientific or not.)Berezow and Campbell did well to distinguish liberalism from progressivism:Liberalism, as defined by John Locke, means the pursuit of liberty. By that definition progressives are not liberal. Though they claim common cause with liberals (and most of them are Democrats because very few progressives are Republican), today’s progressive movement is actually socially authoritarian. Unlike conservative authoritarians, however, they are not concerned with banning “immoral” things like sex, drugs and rock and roll. They instead seek dominion over issues such as food, the environment and education. And they claim that their policies are based on science, even when they are not.This distinction is correct and rarely recognized.  If Berezow and Campbell wish to promote liberalism of the Locke version, though, then let them promote academic freedom and freedom of inquiry – including freedom to criticize evolution, global warming and stem cell research, without pre-judging it as anti-science in a socially authoritarian way.Berezow and Campbell appear to employ a simplistic philosophy of science known as positivism or scientism, which can be described as, “anything the scientific institutions describe as scientific is scientific; anyone from outside who disagrees is a nut.”  While we appreciate them calling out progressives for their “sins against science,” we suggest they define their terms in context of the idol they trust, Darwin.  Define sin, define science, and define reason in evolving, aimless, purposeless terms of natural selection.  We contend they cannot.  Their appeal to reason is coming from their soul, not their body; from their conscience, not some imagined evolutionary past.  They are acting “like theists” in spite of themselves.Nevertheless, thanks to New Scientist and these men for the partial recognition of a huge problem.  We wish them well on their journey toward a non-self-refuting rational foundation.last_img read more

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AllBueaty 12pcs Cute Lovely Mixed Colorful Lace Stretch Elastic Headbands Hair Band Accessories – Excellent

first_imgSize: Approx. Beautiful: ) fit my 10 months old perfectly an Three Stars Can be used as chokers to,love them. Love these would recommend product & will use again. Great value for money my little girl loves having the choice of what colour to wear. Quality items fast delivery well made. Love these cute hair bands- my five month old has long hair falling into her eyes and these bands stay on her head ( although very occasionally, slips over her eyes but it doesn’t alarm her and due to lace like fabric, she can still through and isn’t scared. They come in an array of colours including neon yellow which we love. It was a very good product but could be in better material and a bit more decorative. Five Stars SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-05-13 21:39:10Reviewed Item 12pcs Cute Lovely Mixed Colorful Lace Stretch Elastic Headbands Hair Band AccessoriesRating 3.3 / 5  stars, based on  31  reviews We have bought better ones but these were ok and arrived exactly as ordered. Did take a while to arrive and several pieces had a lot of frayed thread. However i am happy with them and my daughter loves wearing them and colours are fantastic. Lovely colours fits well but not suitable for newborns suitable for 6 to 12 months and over. Bought for my wife to make headbands for our new granddaughter. She was well pleased and reckons she could make a fortune buying stuff on here and making her own. Said the quality of the bands she made with the items bought were better quality than some of the expensive headbands she was looking at. Bargin & there much better than i thought they were going to be. Features of 12pcs Cute Lovely Mixed Colorful Lace Stretch Elastic Headbands Hair Band AccessoriesFashion Accessories,soft ,elasticated and comfortable.Soft material and beautiful design is the best choice for your lovely childrenMaterial: Lace. colors sends random , you may receives repeat or different from the pictures showSize: Approx. 190 * 35 mm (LxW)/ 7.5″*1.4″(LxW)very elastic, suitable for baby in different agesFashion Accessories,soft ,elasticated and comfortable. Pretty headbands suitable for what i needed. Great selection just what i wanted. Beautiful 🙂 fit my 10 months old perfectly an fit my friends baby who is 1 an my 5 year old daughter, fast delivery. Loved these great for the price. I brought this to make headbands for my daughter as shes only 7months its hard to find ones that fit and wont dig in. These are perfect lovely bright and soft fabric. Will definitely be ordering some more, thanks. Soft material and beautiful design is the best choice for your lovely children very elastic, suitable for baby in different ages Material: Lace. Posted on May 13, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories HeadbandsTags AllBueatylast_img read more

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Projected Revenue Insurance Prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OMAHA (DTN) — The month of February is important for growers in the key Corn Belt states who purchase revenue-based crop insurance policies. It’s when the projected prices for those policies are set.During February, DTN will post a running tally of the December corn, November soybean and September Minneapolis wheat futures averages in Ag News.The average as of 02/21/19: $4.00 per bushel for corn, $9.55 per bushel for soybeans and $5.78 for HRS wheat.2019Dec CornNov BeansSep HRS1-Feb$4.0225$9.5725$5.91754-Feb$4.0250$9.5800$5.90755-Feb$4.0350$9.6050$5.90006-Feb$4.0300$9.6300$5.87757-Feb$4.0025$9.5575$5.81008-Feb$3.9925$9.5700$5.802511-Feb$3.9775$9.4900$5.800012-Feb$4.0200$9.6000$5.810013-Feb$4.0250$9.5875$5.840014-Feb$3.9925$9.4800$5.770015-Feb$3.9925$9.5200$5.757519-Feb$3.9675$9.4575$5.682520-Feb$3.9850$9.4850$5.607521-Feb$4.0175$9.5425$5.682522-Feb$4.0175$9.5450$5.740025-Feb$3.9850$9.5550$5.640026-Feb$3.9625$9.4875$5.665027-Feb28-FebAVG$4.00$9.55$5.782018$3.96$10.16$6.31You can also check out a running tally of RMA’s harvest prices and prices recently in discovery here: http://prodwebnlb.rma.usda.gov/…Revenue policies with harvest-price protection cover losses caused by a difference in the harvest price (determined in October) from the projected price (determined in February). They also cover revenue losses in the event prices tumble between planting and harvest, as they did for corn in 2008.For producers in 31 states, the closing price of the December corn contract during each trading day of February is averaged to determine a revenue-insurance-projected price guarantee. The November contract closes are averaged during February for projected price for soybean revenue-based insurance contracts. The September Minneapolis spring wheat closes are averaged for wheat revenue insurance. States with earlier planting have their spring guarantees set at a different time.“The amount of insurance protection is based on the greater of the projected price or the harvest price,” according to the Risk Management Agency’s website. “If the harvested plus any appraised production multiplied by the harvest price is less than the amount of insurance protection, the producer is paid an indemnity based on the difference.”Revenue protection policies with harvest price exclusion insure based on the projected price only. “The amount of insurance protection is not increased if the harvest price is greater than the projected price,” RMA states.Send comments to talk@dtn.com(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Formation change helps El Tri

first_imgMexico Formation change serves El Tri: Five things we learned from Mexico’s draw with Belgium Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 03:08 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Guardado Hirving Lozano Mexico Dirk Waem Mexico Belgium v Mexico Belgium Friendlies Putting Andres Guardado and Diego Reyes in front of the back line helped Mexico hang with the Red Devils. Goal reviews Friday’s thrilling draw Mexico has been looking forward to this contest against Belgium since it was announced, and it didn’t disappoint. Too often in CONCACAF, teams sit back and force Mexico to fight through a defensive alignment. You can’t blame them. Mexico has more talent, and they feel it will give them the best chance to win. Friday’s game against the Red Devils never was going to be like that. Belgium was going to come out to play soccer.It didn’t disappoint. It was a wild game, ending in a 3-3 draw after both teams held the lead. Each made mistakes that will have their particular managers concerned about what will happen if those same errors are committed in Russia. Each also showed plenty of reason to think they can achieve their World Cup goals.Sweden 11/2 to beat Italy Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Let’s take a look back at five things from the contest:Two defensive midfielders provide comfortRomelu Lukaku Belgium Andres Guardado Hector Moreno MexicoMexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio doesn’t love playing with two defensive midfielders, but during training ths week reports said that the team was leaning toward that alignment. That’s exactly what happened, and it benefited Mexico on Friday.Andres Guardado came back inside and paired with Diego Reyes (we’ll talk more about him in point three). It allowed Mexico to control possession in the first 15 minutes and do so again during other periods of the game. While Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard both found moments to work and set up Romelu Lukaku during the game, Mexico wasn’t overrun as it has been in previous games against top opposition.”We played against an opponent who is very well-placed in the FIFA rankings with a very attractive style of football, an aggressive goal, which is enviable,” Osorio said in his post-match news conference. “We put out a game where we were equal. We controlled the game in certain moments.”We had various goals, trying to limit transitions from defense to attack, to control the game. We messed up twice in the first half and that’s where they had their chances.”It may not be his favorite style, but Osorio has to like the results. We could see another 4-2-3-1 or some permutation of that again when El Tri faces up against another team that can put pressure on the back line.Moreno off the paceRomelu Lukaku Belgium Hector Moreno MexicoHector Moreno may be Mexico’s most important player. Not only is he critical to the defense, he also is called upon to start attacks and create chances with his excellent left-footed passing. Normally, the Sinaloa native is a bright spot for the national team, but he had a poor performance Friday. Moreno was badly beaten by Lukaku on more than one occasion. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was there to bail him out a few times, but the opener that the Manchester United star created has to fall somewhat on Moreno’s shoulders. His play didn’t get better as the night went on.There has to be concern from the coaching staff that Moreno is seeing only a handful of minutes since his move from PSV to Roma during the offseason, and some of those aren’t coming at his preferred center back position. Moreno is an experienced veteran, but even so he needs to be in a rhythm. For now, this game can be dismissed as an anomaly. He must work to make sure it isn’t a pattern. Reyes growing, but lack of minutes still a concernKevin De Bruyne Belgium Diego Reyes MexicoLike Moreno, Diego Reyes is seeing little action with his club. When he is playing for Porto, he’s been seeing time as a defensive midfielder. He’s always looked lost there for the national team – going back years. Mexico fans buckled in for more of the same when Hazard whipped by Reyes early to set up the first goal. They must have been pleasantly surprised when Reyes started looking more comfortable over the next 50 minutes before Edson Alvarez replaced him an hour into the night.It’s unlikely Reyes will get much more time, though Porto is still alive in the UEFA Champions League as well as the domestic competitions. Maybe Reyes as a defensive midfielder could be arranged. Getting a move away and finding a team where he can play center back regularly would be more helpful because, despite Friday’s game that saw both players make big gaffes and Nestor Araujo play pretty well, a Moreno-Reyes pairing still seems like Mexico’s best. The fact that Reyes may have learned from his mistake, though, is a bright spot for a player who has had too few of them over the last year. Attacking depth holds upJavier Hernandez Thomas Meunier Belgiun Mexico international friendlyIt would’ve been easy for Mexico’s attack to fall flat Friday. Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, who missed the match because of a family issue, has been one of the most consistent contributors in the Osorio era. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez went out injured just after the halftime break. Yet Mexico was still able to stretch the Belgian defense, continuing the same strategy of looking for balls over the top to beat Belgium’s high line or finding Lozano and Vela wide.There are ready-made replacements for Corona, who himself may not have a guaranteed spot with Hirving Lozano’s stunning emergence, and Chicharito with Raul Jimenez able to play as a center forward.⚽ | #UDAmistoso: 🇧🇪 3-3 🇲🇽@HirvingLozano70 ¿el jugador del partido?❤ SI 🔄SI pic.twitter.com/jPNLxbK8z9— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) November 10, 2017″Among the things we should take advantage of is the great form Hirving is going through, and we also should be aware that every one of us must do the things we know how to do,” Jimenez said after the match.While the finishing toward the end of the match again let Mexico down, and perhaps kept the side from taking even more from the game, it was an overall solid performance from an attack that is more thin than it has been in previous contests. Poland providing bigger sandboxJurgen Damm MexicoOsorio approaches all games differently, but the match against Poland on Monday will look much different than Friday’s against Belgium. For one, it’s a tighter turnaround than Mexico is used to with the game coming just three days after the last contest. But Osorio also will want a look at some of the depth players he called in. He was clear in his pre-match comments that the Belgium game would serve as a test for his best players, saying he hoped for a showing like the one his team logged in the early stage of the Confederations Cup. He mostly got that.Now, it’s time for players who got in during the second half Friday to take on a bigger role against a Poland side that will be without Robert Lewandowski but still is potent. Giovani dos Santos and his brother, Jonathan, both will see more time. Alvarez was in line to but is now questionable after leaving Friday with an injury. Jurgen Damm may get a longer audition in part because of Corona’s departure.”We want to give a chance to the others who have a lot of desire to contribute. We’ll see if we can try another structure of play – Poland plays differently than Belgium,” Osorio said after Friday’s contest. “We’ll see how the players wake up tomorrow, we’ll train and we’ll make those decisions.”No matter what the decisions are, look for a more experimental El Tri than the group of ‘old reliables’ who logged solid minutes Friday. The World Cup games may pass in what feels like the blink of an eye, and players 19-23 on the roster must be just as ready to contribute as the first players on the list for Russia.last_img read more

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Community leaders say SANDAGs new TransNet vision will shelve highway safety improvements

first_imgCommunity leaders say SANDAG’s new TransNet vision will shelve highway safety improvements KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAfter controversy surrounding proposed new transit options from SANDAG MTS is doing its best to make the community feel involved in any future plans.They are holding their first public forum asking community members for their help defining the future of transit in San Diego.Mark Olson from MTS joined KUSI News to discuss more about what this meeting means.A new survey says more than 50 percent of people who drive alone to work indicated that they would choose an alternative commute at least once per week under the right circumstances, according to findings from the 2018 Commute Behavior Survey.For more information about the 2021 Regional Plan and 5 Big Moves to deliver a bold new transportation vision, please visit SDForward.com/Vision. June 25, 2019 Updated: 6:12 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Kristin Gaspar, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and Santee City Councilwoman Laura Koval are spoke out against a San Diego Association of Governments plan to improve public transit infrastructure, which opponents say will come at the cost of planned highway improvements.The community leaders claim  SANDAG’s executive director wants to steer TransNet funds to other mass transit programs, at the expense of promised road improvements such as road and safety improvements to SR-67.“SR-67 between Ramona and Lakeside is not only considered dangerous to daily motorists, but it serves as a critical escape route during wildfire. Mass evacuations during the 2007 Witch Creek blaze turned the narrow, winding road into a parking lot, with traffic backed up for hours,” according to a release by Dianne Jacob’s office.KUSI Contributor and AM 760 radio host Mark Larson joined KUSI News to further discuss the battle over TransNet funds. Posted: June 25, 2019last_img read more

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IdeaVideocon spectrum deal may be restructured due to tax issues Report

first_imgIdea Cellular’s deal with Videocon to buy 4G spectrum is likely to be “restructured” as the telecom operator may be liable to pay Rs 496 crore in taxes if the deal doesn’t get completed before June 1 this year.In its budget presented this week, the government proposed to levy service tax on spectrum trading deals starting June.”The additional service tax would logically get subsumed within Idea’s overall costs in the context of the spectrum-trading transaction with Videocon, but there is a possibility that both companies may have to restructure the deal if it does not close before June 1,” a person familiar with the matter, told The Economic Times.In November last year, Idea Cellular had agreed to buy spectrum for two circles — Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) — from Videocon for Rs 3,310 crore, which was double the amount paid to acquire spectrum for those circles in the March 2015 auction.Idea, India’s third-largest telecom carrier, had said it would use spectrum bought from Videocon to roll out 4G LTE services in the two circles.”The only way Idea can skirt the additional service tax levy is by closing the spectrum trading deal with Videocon by May 31 latest, since the new rule will be effective June 1,” tax expert Dinesh Kanabar, CEO of Dhruva Advisors, told the daily.However, the new service tax may not impact the spectrum sharing deals made by Reliance Jio and Reliance Comminucations (RCom). “The provisions are not retrospective and their deal is already done with relevant payments made by Jio,” said experts.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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Horsetrading allegations Yadav comes in defence of Kejriwal

first_imgCalling as “sting-fest” emergence of certain audio clips purportedly featuring Kejriwal’s voice, Yadav said “innocuous conversations” were being presented as stings to “discredit” AAP.”One incident is being used to discredit the entire movement. Now innocuous conversations are also being presented as stings. Big accusations are flying sans any evidence. The media is happy to dish it all with a glee,” a post on his Facebook page said.”Whatever our internal differences, no one from this movement can possibly enjoy let alone join this mudslinging. All of us must join hands to preserve the organisationl unity and ethical integrity of this movement,” it added. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThis assumes significant as Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were ousted from AAP’s Political Affairs Committee, have been at odds with the party leadership over various issues including efforts to form a government with the help of Congress last year.Former party Member of Legislative Assembly Rajesh Garg on Wednesday had accused Kejriwal of trying to poach six Congress MLAs to form government last year following which the party’s prominent Mumbai face Anjali Damania quit the party. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindOn Friday former Congress legislator Asif Mohammed Khan alleged that a senior AAP leader had offered him a ministerial berth in return for support.”The manthan in the last few days has produced good deal of visha; it’s time now for amrita. Or so I hope,” he said.Yadav, who had also issued a joint letter with Bhushan rejecting the allegations of anti-party activities against them, wondered whether “powerful forces” were behind the tumult in the party. “… Is this situation playing into the hands of those powerful forces who would rather that the idea of AAP is nipped in the bud?,” he asked adding the need to “resist” such designs.”The spate of attacks on the party in the last two days can only evoke deep anguish. Have received messages from thousands of volunteers. Everyone is hurt and pained,” he said.Meanhwile, Shahid Azad –who was a part of the AAP’s minority wing –, and who leaked the Kejriwal audio, said he just wanted to bring to the notice the issues discussed by the top leadership.”The real intention is not to disrespect or harm the party. I just want to point out the party leadership talking about various issues between them.”They talk about eradication of communal politics, which is one of our ideals to achieve. I want this issue to be discussed. This audio tape is only confined to that extent and nothing else,” Azad saidlast_img read more

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New Town to soon get first Primary Health Centre

first_imgKolkata: The first Primary Health Centre (PHC) in New Town will be opened shortly.The centre will be manned by a specialised doctor and the facility will be expanded over a period of time. It may be mentioned that New Town is coming up as a medical hub and many private players have set up their hospitals and medical centres in the area. They are also treating every type of disease including cancer. However, the need for setting up a state-run institution was urgently felt as a part of the expansion of the net of state-run health establishments. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be recalled that availing treatment in a state-run medical establishment in Bengal has become completely free. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also said that to get the best quality treatment, people from neighbouring states and countries are coming to Bengal. Bengal is the only state in the country where heart transplantation and kidney transplantation are done free of cost in the state-run hospitals. In this backdrop, the PHC in New Town is also expected to provide quality treatment to the patients, free of cost.last_img read more

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White tiger from Patna set to greet Kolkata Zoo visitors

first_imgKolkata: The Alipore Zoological Garden is bringing in a white tiger from the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park popularly known as Patna Zoo to augment the tiger population in the city zoo. Apart from the white tiger, six blackbucks and a pair of sambar deer will also be brought from the Patna zoo. The animals are being procured as a part of exchange programme with the Alipore zoo sending a female zebra to Patna.”The six-year-old white male tiger that we are bringing from Patna zoo is mainly for the purpose of breeding to increase the tiger population at the zoo. The white tiger has yellow gene so cross breeding can be done with the yellow tigers as well,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Alipore Zoo presently has three white tigers — Bishal, Rupa and Rishi and three Royal Bengal tigers Payel, Tista and Raja. Tigers remain compatible for mating from the age of 5 to a maximum of 9 years. However, all male tigers at the zoo are over the age of 10 years. So the white male tiger is being brought from outside. “We are trying to make arrangements to procure the tiger by next week while the sambar deer and blackbucks will be brought after the summer months. It will be easier for them to adjust to the weather in the city after summer,” a senior official of Alipore Zoo said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe zebra population at the city zoo is presently ten with seven females. Two of the three males are juveniles and there is the only one adult male in the mating game. Five of the seven adult females are fit for breeding but they have only one partner. The female zebra that will be sent is aged around six years. “We are in talks with a number of zoo to bring an adult male zebra,” the official added. The Alipore Zoo presently has three sambar deer and a single deer. The six blackbucks will make our deer population reasonably healthy. The Patna Zoo has a single male zebra Chottu. The plan is to mate him with the female being procured from Alipore Zoo to augment the zebra population.last_img read more

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