Delhi health scheme 10 times better than Ayushman Bharat CM to Centre

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan saying his government’s health scheme was “ten times bigger and comprehensive” than the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.”A good health scheme is already implemented in Delhi. Stopping it and implementing another will not benefit anyone. If Delhi’s Health Scheme is stopped and Ayushman Bharat Yojana implemented, residents will be affected,” Arvind Kejriwal said in his letter to Harsh Vardhan. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDelhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also states in his letter that if the Union Health Minister sees something in Ayushman Bharat Yojana which is missing in Delhi’s health scheme then he can tell him. “It will be included in Delhi’s health scheme,” Arvind Kejriwal said. Listing the ‘advantages’ of Delhi Health Scheme over Modi government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Kejriwal said that Delhi already enjoys a 10 times better scheme. Ayushman Bharat scheme is available to only those with income less than Rs 10,000 per month, whereas the minimum wage of a daily labourer in Delhi is higher than that, Arvind Kejriwal argued in his letter, adding that the existing scheme extends health benefits to all 2 crore citizens of the national capital. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”Ayushman Bharat covers medical expenses upto Rs 5 lakhs, whereas Delhi government bears all the medical expenses, even if the bill runs up to Rs 30 lakh or more,” the letter said. In the letter, Delhi Chief Minister claimed that despite Ayushman Bharat Yojana, people from neighbouring states still come to Delhi government hospitals for health treatments. Implementation of Ayushman Bharat has become another bone of contention between the Modi government at the Centre and Kejriwal government in Delhi. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has frequently blamed Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government for the alleged failure to implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in the national capital. The Chief Minister further pointed out that Central and Delhi governments’ shared objective to provide good health care to the citizens should be achieved, no matter through which scheme. Arguing his case further, he reminds Dr. Harsh Vardhan that Delhi’s health programme has been praised internationally and even several big international personalities have inspected and endorsed it. Finally, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal requested Union health minister to help make capital’s health scheme better by pointing out shortcomings, if any, as a competent and experienced doctor.last_img read more

ExDJ Jonathan King charged with 18 sex attacks on boys

first_imgJonathan King, the former DJ, has been charged with 18 sexual offences against nine teenage boys dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.The 72-year-old, of Bayswater, central London, is accused of the sex attacks between 1970 and 1986 when the victims were aged between 14 and 16.King has been released on bail by Surrey Police, to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 26.The charges are part of the force’s Operation Ravine, which was launched in 2015 following a review by Merseyside Police into an earlier investigation, Operation Arundel, which dated back to 2000. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Surrey Police spokesman said: “The independent review was commissioned in January 2014 to ensure all lines of inquiry had been identified.”A number of actions have subsequently been progressed under Operation Ravine, leading to new allegations of sexual offences being identified.” Jonathan King is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court next month Jonathan King is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court next monthCredit:Keith Erskine /Alamylast_img read more

Here are 4 possible Brexit outcomes that we could get by 31

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images 32 Comments BORIS JOHNSON’S PREMIERSHIP hasn’t changed anything so far when it comes to Brexit. With the make-up of the House of Commons the way it is, it’s impossible to imagine any Brexit deal that would break the current impasse, backstop or not.So what’s next?An early electionDespite the two motions tabled by Boris Johnson failing to get the votes it needed to trigger an election, this still appears the most likely outcome – it’s a matter of the opposition waiting for the best moment to allow an election. Under British law, the next election is not due until 2022 and a two-thirds parliamentary majority is required (that’s 434 MPs) if the government wants to hold a vote before that.Labour abstained on Johnson’s first vote on a snap election date of 15 October, saying parliament should first approve a draft law aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit, which has now been done.The party then also rejected a second vote, after internal wrangling between election-eager Labour leader Corbyn with some other top figures within the party who felt they should hold off for even longer.The reason for the rejection – no deal legislation aside – is that opposition MPs fear that Johnson won’t keep his promise to hold the election on 15 October and warn he may try to delay it until after the Brexit deadline on 31 October. That level of mistrust is a good example of the exact difficulties Johnson will have in getting any possible Brexit deal through the House of Commons.This may also not be a good time for an election for Labour, which is languishing in the opinion polls. A recent YouGov voting intention survey put the Conservatives down from 35% last week to 32% this week, and Labour from 25% to 23%.The Lib Dem vote is up from 16% last week to 19% now, and the Brexit Party experienced the same growth: up three points to 14%.If Labour remains opposed, Johnson could consider other options, such as calling a vote of no-confidence in his own government or introducing a different type of law for an election, both of which only require a simple majority.Johnson could also resign, which would be another way to trigger a general election. It’s been said that if this did happen, Corbyn could go to the queen to ask for permission to form a government with him as its ‘caretaker’ PM until a general election is held. As parliament is prorogued until 14 October, it will be the middle of November at the earliest before we have an election otherwise, as there must be at least 25 working days between when a general election is called and when it happens.No-deal BrexitThe UK is legally due to leave the European Union on 31 October whether it has agreed a Brexit deal with Brussels or not.Johnson insists he will not make any more requests to delay Brexit, as it’s been more than three years after British citizens voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. It’s also been reported that other EU nations would be reluctant to acquiesce to another extension request, after the first two bore no fruit (as of yet).Although Johnson says he wants a deal, he has stepped up preparations for a no-deal exit (which, he has repeatedly argued, will help them to get a deal).Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has argued that the UK would have to return to negotiations in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as some sort of relationship would have to be built between the EU and the UK eventually. So negotiations don’t necessarily end there.Johnson was accused of suspending the British parliament for five weeks in an attempt to force through a no-deal Brexit behind MPs’ backs. It’s possible that other efforts similar to this will be made by his government in order to make Brexit happen.A Brexit dealBoris Johnson has said repeatedly that he wants a Brexit deal. More specifically, he wants to renegotiate the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by his predecessor Theresa May, which was rejected three times by the UK parliament.Johnson says that his main objection to the Withdrawal plan is the backstop – a mechanism for keeping an open, friction-less border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in the even that no other solution to do this is found.The EU and Ireland have remained insistent that the backstop provision must stay, and that it’s up to London to come up with any credible alternative – although Johnson said he has an “abundance of proposals” during his Dublin visit, he didn’t share publicly.Johnson is pinning his hopes on a 17-18 October EU summit when he believes the threat of a no-deal Brexit will prompt the bloc to make compromises and allow a last-minute agreement. That being said, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has recently said there’s “no reason to be optimistic” that a Brexit deal will be done.Alternatively, some believe May’s divorce deal could be presented to MPs again. If the Withdrawal Agreement is put to MPs once more, it has a more likely chance of passing – with each vote on the deal, the majority it has been defeated by has decreased.In the event that the Withdrawal Agreement is passed by MPs, it’s possible that a referendum will be held to ask the people should the UK leave under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, or should it remain in the EU and revoke Article 50.Delay to BrexitThe Hilary Benn bill, which is now law, instructs the government to seek to push back the Brexit deadline until 31 January 2020 at the earliest, if it has not reached an EU deal by 19 October – which is after the EU summit.Ultimately, that decision rests with the 28 EU leaders. The Irish government has said that it would be in favour of another Brexit extension – anything to avoid a hard Northern Ireland border – but has raised concerns that others might not be willing to drag the Brexit timeline out further.The Benn law says that if a delay is agreed, then the UK government must regularly report to parliament on its progress in negotiations, and if there is still no deal by 31 January, it implies that Brexit would have to be delayed again.Johnson has warned that the legislation could have the effect of delaying Brexit “potentially for years”, and has said he’d rather be “dead in a ditch” than to ask the EU to grant the UK more time to pass a Brexit deal.Finally, if there is a Brexit extension, it’s possible that Brexit won’t happen at all – that’s a theory supported by many observers, including the man who first used the term Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised that if he wins power, he will hold a second referendum with an option to remain in the European Union.It’s both not really a Brexit scenario and unlikely to happen. 30,666 Views Share5 Tweet Email Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodhacenter_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 8:30 AM Here are 4 possible Brexit outcomes that we could get by 31 October Let’s spin the wheel of Brexit speculation. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Sat 8:30 AM last_img read more

Two felons appear in court in August pharmacy robbery

first_imgTwo convicted felons who allegedly robbed a Vancouver pharmacy at gunpoint in August made first appearances Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court.Keandre D. Brown, 19, and Keith B. Woody Jr., 24, both of Portland, face allegations of first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. Woody is also accused in a June armed robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2903 N.E. Andresen Road.Police believe both incidents are part of a series of armed robberies at pharmacies in the Portland area, court records show.According to a probable cause affidavit, Vancouver police responded shortly before 3 p.m. Aug. 22 to an armed robbery at the Mill Plain Pharmacy, 614 Mill Plain Blvd. Witnesses reported that two men entered the pharmacy with handguns and demanded items, including oxycodone.An employee said one of the men ordered everyone to “get down,” climbed over a counter and asked something to effect of, “Where’s the oxy?” the affidavit states.After the robbery, an officer in the area saw two men run toward a gold-colored car, he said, but they were gone by the time he arrived, court records show. A witness was able to report a license plate number, and the registration came back to a vehicle sold in Oregon, according to court documents.The vehicle was later caught running a red light in Portland, which captured a photo of the occupants, one of which was later identified as Woody, the affidavit said.last_img read more

The World Soy Foundations Farmer Leader Feature Stan Born Illinois

first_imgThis week, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) is taking you to a town in Illinois called Dunlap for a Farmer Leader Feature on Illinois Soybean Association Director Stan Born. Stan, who grew up on a farm in Shelby County, Ill., was destined to be a fourth generation farmer. Before taking that role, Stan took what he calls a “brief 33-year sabbatical” to use his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois and become a leader and manager for the global business segment at Caterpillar, Inc. But he still stayed connected to the farm by helping in the field during peak seasons. During his “industry sabbatical,” Stan had the opportunity to travel to many areas of the world. To date, he’s had the privilege to visit 36 countries and he says his favorite is always “the next one!”In 2009, Stan decided to start farming as a part-time job and soon after retired from industry to pursue farming full-time.“While I remain a small operation, I am actively engaged in learning all the complexities that come with a farm business, and use this experience, the leadership experience gained from working for a Fortune 50 company, and my time to serve and advocate for the Ag community,” he said.Stan is a volunteer leader for a Christian mission organization working on food security issues in learning centers and transitional homes. Through one of these missions, Stan met a contact that invited him to participate in the Illinois Soybean Association’s Soy Ambassador Orientation program in 2013, which eventually led to his election in August 2014 to represent District 5 in Illinois. His work with the mission trips is also what attracted him to the World Soy Foundation.“Working with the ASA, WISHH and the WSF aligns with my mission projects in connecting agriculture to communities in need to help them migrate away from food aid and equip them to manage their own food security in a sustainable way,” Stan said.He has seen the clear problems of malnutrition, stunting and being underweight in children throughout the developing countries he has traveled to. A common theme among those children he saw was a lack of protein in their diets and how soy could be a great option to provide abundant, low-cost protein in those environments. When visiting learning centers that utilized soymilk to improve nutritional profiles, Stan saw the obvious benefits it was providing for the kids.“If these kids get proper nutrition, they will be better equipped to learn and create a better life for themselves and, if properly directed, to serve others,” Stan said.The WSF wants to thank Stan for his support and leadership in the soy family! It is not without the support of individuals like Stan that we could continue reducing malnutrition through the power of soy. If you would like to join Stan in supporting the WSF, simply visit to learn how.To stay up-to-date with WSF programs and activities, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and signup for our newsletter on our website!last_img read more

From our Fort to the Civil War front

first_imgo “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”o Pickett’s Charge.o The death of Abraham Lincoln.They represent some Civil War milestones influenced by soldiers from Fort Vancouver.Some of them fought for the Union, some fought for the Confederacy. Sometimes they fought on opposing sides in the same battle. Former Fort Vancouver soldiers who became Union generals include George McClellan, Joseph Barnes and John Reynolds.Gabriel Rains, George Pickett and William Wing Loring resigned their commissions to join the Confederate army.George McClellanMcClellan graduated from West Point in 1846, second in his class. He was sent to Fort Vancouver in 1853 to find the best route for a railroad from the East. He left the military in 1857 to become a railroad executive, then went back into the Army during the Civil War.McClellan was named commander of the Union Army in 1861. Criticized for his caution and lack of leadership, McClellan was relieved of command in November 1862.The Democratic Party nominated McClellan to run for president in 1864, but Lincoln swept to a second term. (McClellan was the first candidate in what turned out to be three straight presidential elections featuring former Fort Vancouver soldiers, with Ulysses S. Grant winning in 1868 and 1872).After the war, McClellan had better electoral luck when he successfully ran for governor of New Jersey in 1877.McClellan left a lasting — but somewhat niche — military legacy, designing a saddle that still is being used.McClellan Road at Vancouver Barracks also bears his name.Gabriel RainsWhile serving against the Seminole Indians in Florida in 1840, Rains became noted for tinkering around with explosives and booby traps. In the 1850s, he was assigned to Fort Vancouver.An Army blockhouse on the north shore of the Columbia River, near the present site of Bonneville Dam, built in 1855 during the Northwest Indian Wars was named Fort Rains.last_img read more

Russian visitors old and new

first_imgAn event Friday honoring the 75th anniversary of the historic Chkalov flight doubled as the opportunity to announce another distinguished Russian visitor.Sergey I. Kislyak, ambassador to the United States, will deliver the annual Marshall Lecture at 11 a.m. April 19 at Hudson’s Bay High School.• What: 2012 Marshall Lecture• Who: Sergey I. Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.• When: 11 a.m., Thursday, April 19• Where: Hudson’s Bay High School, 1206 E. Reserve St.• Cost: Free and open to the publicKislyak’s appearance is timely, said Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. With the recent Russian presidential election and Russia’s impending entry into the World Trade Organization, Kislyak is an appropriate choice to deliver the 2012 Marshall Lecture, Strahan said.Strahan added that Kislyak is a suitable choice for reasons local as well as global, with the approach of the 75th anniversary of the transpolar flight from Russia to Vancouver.The announcement was part of an event at the Marshall House, where Gen. George C. Marshall hosted three Russian aviators in June 1937 after their 63-hour, 5,288-mile nonstop flight over the North Pole to Pearson Field.And speaking of global …Valery Chkalov, namesake and grandson of the ANT-25 pilot, and his son Igor helped unveil another product of the historic flight. The family has been part of an effort to make a dozen replicas of a globe Chkalov and a crew mate autographed in 1937.last_img read more

Holiday closures

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed for Christmas:• MAIL: Post offices are open Monday, but most will close early. Actual hours will be posted. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. Mail left in blue collection boxes may be collected early Monday; those with a normal afternoon pickup may have a final collection at noon. Regular home delivery Monday.• GARBAGE: Regular service Monday. Trash and recyclables normally picked up on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday by Waste Connections in Vancouver and most of Clark County, will be picked up one day late. Friday’s normal collection will be picked up Saturday. In Camas, Tuesday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Wednesday with Wednesday’s regular collections.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed Monday and Tuesday.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Open Monday, closed Tuesday.• BUSES: C-Tran follows reduced-service schedule Monday and Sunday/holiday schedule on Tuesday. C-Tran offices open Monday, closed Tuesday. TriMet follows regular schedule Monday. On Tuesday, TriMet follows the Sunday schedule.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Offices open Monday, closed Tuesday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday and Tuesday.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Open Monday, closed Tuesday.• BANKS: Open Monday, closed Tuesday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets open until 10 a.m. Pacific time Monday, closed Tuesday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open Monday, closed Tuesday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday.• WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday. Nordstrom is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday. Circulation customer service open 4:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday.last_img read more

Coconut Grove Pembroke Park churches aid in Bahamas relief effort

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Two South Florida churches are doing their part to aid in the relief effort for Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. Christ Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove held a special service Sunday morning to honor the victims in the Bahamas.In Pembroke Park, Koinonia Worship Center collected supplies from the public to help those still struggling in the island nation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Beginning tomorrow (09/07), the City of Miami will only be accepting donations at the locations listed below as well as Christ Episcopal Church & Greater St. Paul AME Church. For more information, please visit:— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) September 6, 2019last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Resident Backs Bendel For Selectmen Praises His Efforts

first_imgDear Editor,My name is Bob Bryant. I have lived in Wilmington going on 29 years. I reside at 7 Dartmouth Ave aka Dartmouth River. I call it that because when it rains or we have heavy snow melt it runs down the street through my yard.I have complained to many in town management to no avail. I keep hearing that unaccepted streets can not be repaired with public dollars according to state laws. I have real issues with that. I believe any taxpayers who pay property taxes their/our properties should all be treated equally. We all pay the same tax rate.Well, for the first time in my 29 years here, I heard a Selectman — Selectman Greg Bendel — say we really need to do something about these streets. The fact that there are unaccepted streets in Wilmington and other towns in 2019, THAT is unacceptable.There are other towns around that are doing the same thing that Greg is suggesting Wilmington do — fix these streets!Our selectmen are supposed to represent the town’s residents — all of us or at least a good majority. They should not pick a small group and go with it which seems to happen a lot lately. The fact that Greg is trying to get things started is HUGE!Wilmington has 31 miles of unaccepted streets and, in my opinion, for Greg to bring this up is more representative of a larger group of residents who lose value of their homes and property due to water in their homes and conditions of their streets.I really hope Greg is re-elected to continue this project since he is the first in a long list of Selectmen to bring this to light!Thank you,Bob Bryant, Deb Bryant and Rob BryantLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”last_img read more