Cyclone Fani: Proposal to train self-help groups Puri remained cut-off for 48 hours after cyclone Fani made landfall in the district on May 3 and the State control room was not able to establish regular communication with the district headquarters, resulting in utter confusion in relief and rescue operations.Experts now blame it on breakdown of post-disaster communication while the State disaster managers are all set to introspect how it failed for the first time since Super Cyclone in 1999.Two teams of HAM radio operators from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal came to the rescue of the State which takes a lot of pride for its pioneering efforts in disaster management. HAM radio was the chief mode of communication for the first several hours.Expert opinion“When disaster comes, communication becomes the first casualty. Communications are of two types – terrestrial and satellite-based. Telephone, FAX, HAM radio and VHF are part of terrestrial communication which requires infrastructure – tower for mobile phones, cable for land phones and antenna for VHF or HAM radios. For satellite communications, handheld phone is enough as it does not depend on terrestrial facilities such as power, tower and antenna,” said an expert.Also Read For a brief period, the State control room was able to talk to Suresh Mohapatra, State Forest and Environment Secretary, who was stationed in Puri, over satellite phone. But the communication could not be carried on. A messenger had to be sent physically on May 5 to Puri to find out the status. Even the Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN), which was set up to connect the State with 30 district headquarters and 284 block headquarters and 61 horizontal offices through data, video and voice communications also failed.The VHF communication being used by the police administration had very limited reach during the disaster.The expert emphasised that the disaster communication should have been multi-layered – if one fails, there should be an alternative channel to fall back upon.“The State did not have any problem with pre-disaster communications. But, when it came to post-disaster communication, it faltered especially after Fani struck the State,” he said.Asked about the failure of communication, State Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi admitted “there was temporary failure in establishing communication with the Puri district administration.”“We have to think of having fail-safe communication after the disaster.”
The Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union has welcomed the decision of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. A statement issued by AMUSU president Salman Imtiaz said the verdict “appeared one-sided in the conclusion.”“We consider the building of the temple over the land of the mosque as a humiliation, injustice, and subjugation of Muslim minorities. It appears a step towards the creation of Hindu domination in India wherein Muslims will be rendered to second-grade citizens,” Mr Imtiaz said.He further said the AMUSU was committed to the cause of Babri Masjid, and it would never allow India to lose its constitutional core. “We are happy with many details in the judgment that have strengthened the constitutional framework of the nation, and outrightly rejected Hindu chauvinism,” the statement said.
The Stand Up For A Cure 2013 Concert Series has announced that comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld will perform the first show of the new season with a performance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 17th with special guest Colin Quinn.The show is collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to benefit research for children and youth with diabetes.A limited number of tickets for this highly anticipated event went on sale through Ticketmaster on December 20th at 10AM EST. A passcode is required to purchase tickets for this exclusive event. For more information about supporting this event or purchasing tickets, please visit www.sufac.org or call 1-800-706-CURE.This concert marks Jerry Seinfeld ’s third time performing as part of the Stand Up for a Cure Concert Series which has included other high-profile performers including Bon Jovi, The Dave Matthews Band, Brian Wilson and Barry Manilow. In addition, celebrity hosts have included Julia Roberts (9/10/08 at Madison Square Garden) and Alec Baldwin (6/2/08 at Wamu Theater).The concert will feature a top shelf VIP pre-party hosted by actress, model and Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza – most recently seen as a contestant on NBC’s the Celebrity Apprentice. In addition, a limited number of Meet and Greet experiences will be available for purchase on Ticketmaster with a passcode. The concert series has been known to attract an A-list audience of celebrities including Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Olsen, Antonio “LA” Reid, Woody Harrelson amongst many others.Welcoming the concert, Larry Hausner , CEO of the American Diabetes Association said: “The American Diabetes Association is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this special Stand Up for a Cure event. About 1 in every 400 children and adolescents has diabetes and this number continues to grow. Thanks to events like these, we are able to provide a vast array of resources for these youth and their families.”This concert is sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 89 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit www.novonordisk.com. Follow US-based news on Twitter: @NovoNordiskUSThe 2013 Stand Up for a Cure Concert Series is produced by Live Production Group who produce events to raise funds and awareness for various medical and social causes.Source:PR Newswire
Director Nadia Ross of the Outaouais/Ottawa region has won this year’s $100,000 Siminovitch Prize for excellence in Canadian theatre.The founder and artistic director of STO Union picked up the prize Friday at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, beating out four other directors.As a part of the prize, she receives $75,000 and another $25,000 to give to a protégé of her choice. Created in 2001 in honour of scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore, the prize recognizes a body of work in design, direction and playwriting in three-year cycles.The 2016 jury included Bob White, Micheline Chevrier, Linda Gaboriau, Mieko Ouchi and Sarah Garton Stanley. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Organizers say her chosen protégés are Sarah Conn and Shaista Latif, who will share the $25,000 between them.Ross is known for pushing boundaries and exploring power and politics in her work. Her previous honours include a Dora Mavor Moore Award.