Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Department of Health is reinforcing that the risk for infection by COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, is currently low in Chautauqua County, despite the confirmation of three cases in the New York City area.“Our department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health to monitor local conditions, and educate and restrict movements of persons who have traveled to affected countries,” said Christine Schuyler, Director of Health and Human Services. “The goal is to slow the spread of this virus.”This is a continuously evolving situation. Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). At the present time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated China, Iran, Italy and South Korea with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice.“Chautauqua County has an existing Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan,” said Schuyler. “In conjunction with NYSDOH guidance, we are working diligently with our partners, including emergency services, law enforcement, health care systems, and schools, to now include an annex on COVID-19 to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases, as well as any asymptomatic person, with potential COVID-19 exposure that could affect Chautauqua County.” “I remind everyone to use universal precautions when it comes to preventing disease,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive.Residents are advised to go about their daily lives, stay calm, and take routine precautions to prevent respiratory diseases, including:· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer.· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.· Avoid close contact with sick people.· Stay home when you are sick.· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.· Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.Masks are not recommended for healthy individuals. Supplies are limited and should be reserved for people who have compromised immune systems, and for ill persons to prevent them from spreading the virus by cough or sneeze.If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to an affected area listed on the CDC website (currently: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.General questions regarding novel coronavirus and travel may be directed to the New York Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a Trinamool Congress leader whose body was found floating in a pond in South 24-Parganas’ Bhangar area.The victim has been identified as Shibu Debnath (65). The incident sparked tension after locals spotted the body floating in a pond at around 7 am.Police reached the spot after being informed and recovered the body. The locals staged a protest demonstration in front of police personnel demanding arrest of those who are involved in the incident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was learnt that the victim, a local Trinamool Congress leader had been instrumental in strengthening party’s organisation in the district. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that BJP backed miscreants might be involved behind the incident.Some of the local Trinamool Congress leaders told police that a few days ago the victim was involved in a quarrel with some local BJP leaders. It might have led to his death, the district Trinamool Congress leaders claimed. The district BJP leaders, however, denied the allegation and termed it a result of intra-party clash within TMC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice said the victim had been missing since Saturday evening. His family members conducted a search in the nearby areas during the night but failed to trace the victim. The family members told police that Debnath received a phone call on Saturday morning and left the house. He returned home in the afternoon. After having some food, the victim again went out but did not return. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy, which would throw some light on the nature of his death. According to police, there were some injuries on his body, suggesting the victim might have been murdered. Police are looking into all possible angles into his death.Meanwhile, North Dinajpur police have arrested one Sukumar Das for his alleged involvement in the murder of two Trinamool Congress leaders — Bikash Majumdar and Madhu Majumdar.They were shot dead by some unidentified miscreants on last Friday night when they were returning home on a motorcycle. The miscreants shot them from the close quarter and fled the spot before locals could reach.Police are interrogating Das to know the names of other accused. read more
KOLKATA: The Bengal government has a plan to introduce merchant mining in the state for which it may seek the Centre’s approval, State Industry, Commerce and Enterprises Minister Amit Mitra said on Wednesday.He was speaking at the ‘Global Mining Summit 2018’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Eco Park. Mitra said the state government will consider if merchant mining could be done at Deocha Pachami — the largest coal block in Asia and the world’s second largest reserve with 2,102 MT. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We think the amount of coal reserve Deocha Pachami has is not meant only for capital plants to generate power. A small proportion of the reserve will be used for power generation while the rest will be available for non-captive use. We have to consider merchant mining for future and see if the quantum of coal raised from this mine is greater than what the power companies will require,” Mitra said. He further said the state government will talk to the Centre in this regard for its approval. Once the government starts using Deocha Pachami for merchant mining, the private sectors will be roped in. Deocha Pachami has been allocated to the state government by the Centre and it is fully-owned by West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere will be a direct investment of Rs 12,000 crore at Deocha Pachami, while the indirect investments would be five times higher. There will be an employment of 1,10,000 people (more than 1 lakh people). Currently, the state government has 228 mines in Ranigunj and Asansol region. Deocha Pachami will be used for Sagardighi phase II and phase III and Santaldih as captive mines, Mitra maintained. The minister added that Bengal has 35 billion tonne of coal reserve, consisting of high value coal with low sulphur and low ash content. Bengal is among the few states to have Coal Bed Methane (CBM). Various international collaborations are taking place in the state, he said. Bengal also has plans to set up a logistic hub in the state as it has an access to countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and ASEAN. “The amount of revenue collected from minor and major minerals in the state stands at Rs 2,264 crore – Rs 574 crore from minor minerals and Rs 1,690 crore from major minerals. When we came to office, the revenue from minor mineral was only Rs 88.6 crore. The amount has increased because of the transparency and the integrity that have been incorporated into the system. The revenues have been lent to social and physical infrastructure. We have been given 5 exploration proposals through mineral exploration coverage. We are working on it,” Mitra said. Bengal government is keen on setting up an equipment manufacturing hub. It’s one of the visions of this government. The matter has already been discussed with the state government, Mitra further maintained. read more
Kolkata: After launching visa application centres in New Delhi and Mumbai, Qatar is all set to open a new centre here. The country also plans to open such centres in Kochi, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Chennai, a statement issued on behalf of Qatar embassy said. At the new visa centre here, people applying for work visa would be able to sign on work contracts digitally, enroll their biometrics and undergo mandatory medical test, all under one roof, thus saving time and making it hassle-free for them, the statement said. The move to get work visa applicants to complete the most essential and critical part of visa processing, in the country of origin, (India in this case), is aimed at guaranteeing prospective employees their rights in a manner consistent with the best international standards, it added. Qatar is known to be a land that understands a traveller and provides the much-needed warmth and friendly embrace that is so important for tourism to flourish. read more