Raba – Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football announced on Saturday that Cameroon is not ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2019).During a press conference held in Burkina Faso, the CAF president said that “Cameroon is not ready to host even four teams.” Cameroon has been struggling to build the necessary infrastructure in due time in order to welcome the African tournament by 2019. Ahmad said that a delegation will be sent to Cameroon to examine the ongoing infrastructure projects. ” it’s only then that we would take the necessary conclusions with the executive committee,” adding that ” there is always a plan B.”There have been high speculations recently that Morocco might replace Cameroon as the host of the 2019 very soon.Fouzi Lekjaa, the newly appointed third vice president of the CAF, stated in July that Morocco would be ready to replace Cameroon, in case the latter is unable to hold it due to “lack of capacity.” Cameroon has been “experiencing delays in the execution of various Nations Cup infrastructural projects,” according to sports platform Inside World Football.
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird needs arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and will be out indefinitely, another big blow for the defending WNBA champs.The Storm said Tuesday that the 11-time All-Star has a loose body in her knee. Bird will undergo surgery in Connecticut in the near future and will return to Seattle for rehab.“The most important thing to us is that Sue is healthy and strong. Based on her feedback and evaluation from her longtime surgeon and our medical team, it was determined the best course of action was a scope,” Storm CEO and general manager Alisha Valavanis said. “We have confidence this will support Sue’s full recovery and we look forward to her return to the court.”The news about Bird is the third significant setback for Seattle in recent weeks. Reigning league MVP Breanna Stewart is out for the season after tearing her Achilles tendon playing overseas. The status of head coach Dan Hughes is uncertain. He underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his digestive tract.Fansided.com first reported on Bird’s surgery. Bird did not play in either of Seattle’s preseason games.“I’m super disappointed to have to miss time with the team this season. There’s nothing I want more than to be on court with my teammates defending our title,” Bird said in a statement. “I’ve been down this road before, so now I just have to focus on getting better so I can continue to represent the Storm, the city of Seattle and the ‘Storm Crazies’ in the future.”The Storm open the season hosting Phoenix on Saturday.This will be the second time in her Seattle career Bird has been sidelined by knee problems for most, if not all, of a WNBA season. She missed the 2013 season after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from her left knee.Bird won her third WNBA title last season at age 37 after helping Seattle to a three-game sweep of Washington in the league finals. But it was Game 5 of the Western Conference finals that will be remembered as perhaps Bird’s best game as a professional. She scored 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter as Seattle rallied to oust Phoenix.“It happened so recently you don’t want to get too high on something that was recent, but when it’s all said and done I’m pretty sure that will be the defining moment of my career,” Bird said recently, prior to news of her knee problem.Bird averaged 10.1 points and a career-high 7.1 assists per game last season, while also shooting a career-best 46.6% from the field and 44.8% on 3s. Her absence is going to put more on the plate of second-year guard Jordin Canada and Jewell Loyd. Bird and Stewart contributed an average of 32 points per game combined last season for the Storm.Tim Booth, The Associated Press
30 January 2007Counting down to the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa, and boosting the continent’s efforts to improve education and health through sport, the African Union (AU), South Africa and Ethiopia have nominated 2007 as the International Year of African Football, an initiative welcomed by the United Nations as part of its global drive linking sport with development. The launch, which took place on Monday at the AU summit in Ethiopia, was also tied in to the 50th anniversary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Director of the UN New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), Djibril Diallo, represented the sports-related activities of the agencies, funds and programmes of the UN at the historic event.“The year 2007 will see a rolling programme of activities in AU Member States with a view to sharing the pride that a FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) global event will be held for the first time on this continent,” the UNOSDP said in a press release.“The initiatives are meant to create a new consciousness with regard to the contribution of football, and sport in general, at the national level and in local communities to support AU programmes especially in the areas of education, health, development and peace.”The day-long launch took place in the presence of Heads of State and Government and leaders of 53 Member States of the AU, and also in attendance were FIFA President Sepp Blatter, CAF President Isaa Hayatou, along with several famous African footballers.Mr. Diallo met with South Africa’s Minister of Sport to discuss ways that UNOSDP can support the ministry’s efforts and those of the South African Local Organizing Committee to help promote activities related to the FIFA World Cup 2010. Initiatives will be launched in consultation with the AU through the various country offices of the UN in the next three years.UNOSDP, which is headed by the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General for Sport for Development and Peace Adolf Ogi, is the key UN body representing sport for development and peace on behalf of the UN system.
2 June 2008Africa’s Sahel region is “ground zero” for countries trying to cope with climate change, but sufficient investment in adaptation measures and greater cooperation between neighbouring States means this does not have to lead to conflict, a senior United Nations official said today. Jan Egeland, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, held talks with officials in Burkina Faso, the first stop on a five-day, three-country mission aimed at spotlighting the effects of climate change, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and other challenges facing the countries of the Sahel.“Many of the people here live on the edge even in normal times, so if there will be dramatic climate change as many predict, they will go over the cliff if there is no investment in adaptation,” he told reporters in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.Mr. Egeland said the Sahel, the semi-arid belt running across Africa immediately south of the Sahara Desert, was facing a “lethal mix” of threats, including climate change, rising food prices and the trafficking of arms and drugs into and via the region.He called on governments in the region to cooperate more effectively to deal with the impact of climate change.“I am not among those who believe deterministically that climate change will lead to more conflict. It can also lead to more cooperation. Look at the water wars which we were predicting 15 to 20 years ago that didn’t happen because people were able to cooperate.”After Burkina Faso, Mr. Egeland – a former Emergency Relief Coordinator for the UN – is scheduled to travel to Mali and Niger, and in each country he is expected to visit areas that were once lakes but have now evaporated.
10 January 2012The head of the United Nations agency in charge of defending press freedom condemned today the recent murders of journalists in the Philippines and Syria and called on authorities to investigate the crimes thoroughly. “I call on the Philippine authorities to shed light on this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “It is crucial that such an act, which violates the fundamental right to freedom of expression, does not go unpunished.”According to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters Without Borders, Christopher Guarin, a presenter on Radio Mindanao Network and editor of Tatak News Nationwide, was returning home with his wife and children last Thursday when an unidentified motorcycle opened fire on his vehicle.Mr. Guarin was wounded from the first impact, but when he tried to escape, his attackers shot him five times. His wife said he had received various death threats in the past.“This crime joins the long list of journalists that have been killed in the country since last year,” said Ms. Bokova. “Journalists who cover news in the Philippines should be able to work safely in order to provide citizens with free information and nourish an informed debate.”Ms. Bokova also condemned the murder of Syrian journalist Shoukri Ahmed Ratib Abu Bourghoul who was shot on 30 December and succumbed to his injuries three days later. He was targeted by a group of armed men on his way home in the town of Darya, near the capital, Damascus, after presenting his weekly radio show.Ms. Bokova called his assassination an attack on press freedom and against the rights of journalists to carry out their mission, and urged Syrian authorities to conduct an investigation to shed light on the conditions that let to his death.
Accordingly the price of 625 ml bottle of less than 5 % alcohol Beer will be increased by Rs 25 and the beer which has the alcohol strength of more than 5% will be increased by Rs 50The excise duty on 1000 cigarettes of JPGP variety (Gold Leaf) has been increased from Rs 21610 to Rs 23750 by Rs 2140. Accordingly, the price of a Gold Leaf cigarette has been increased by Rs 3/ (Colombo Gazette) The excise duty of country made foreign liquor has been increased by Rs 160.00 from Rs 1700 to Rs 1860 per proof liter. Accordingly the price of a bottle of such foreign liquor will be increased by Rs 125. The excise duty on soft beer (Alcohol strength is less than 5%) has been increased by Rs 40 per liter from Rs 150 to Rs 190. The other beer which contains the alcohol strength of more than 5% will be increased by Rs 60 from Rs 185 to Rs 245. The excise duty on arrack, beer and cigarettes have been increased with effect from today under the Excise ordinance by the Ministry of Finance.The excise duty on Molasses and Coconut arrack has been increased by Rs 110.00 from Rs 1485 to 1595 per Proof Liter. Accordingly the prices of a bottle of Arrack may be increased by Rs 60.00
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Minister Gebran Bassil, Secretary General to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Wafiq Rahimi, Director General of the Protocol to the Presidential Palace, Laoud Lahoud, Director of Protocol to the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Mira Daher Viulides were also present during this event.The event at the Presidential palace followed by the ceremonial guard of honor and playing of National Anthem of Sri Lanka while National flag was raised at the Presidential Palace alongside the Lebanese flag. The National Anthem of Lebanon was played upon her departure from the presidential palace. During this occasion. The Ambassador was accompanied by the senior diplomatic officials of the Embassy, Deepal Premaratne, Counsellor (E&W), Mrs. Kumari Jayaratne, Counsellor (Labour) and Mrs. Sriyani Pathirana (Attaché).Ambassador Mrs. Wijeratne Mendis has 20 years experience of Sri Lanka Foreign Service and obtained her Masters in Advanced International Relations from the University of Vienna and the Post Graduate Degree in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. She has obtained her Bachelors Degree in General Arts from University of Colombo. She was a past student of Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala and Mahamaya College, Kandy.Prior to her present appointment, she has served in Sri Lanka Missions in Hague-Netherlands, Vienna-Austria, Yangon-Myanmar, Abudabi-UAE, and Manila- the Philippines. (Colombo Gazette) She also reiterated her firm commitment to enhance close and cordial bi-lateral relations exists between two countries during her tenure as Ambassador. Michel Aoun proposed a toast to the friendly relation between two countries and the prosperity of the people and the Ambassador reciprocated by extending warmest felicitations and good wishes from President Maithreepala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the President and friendly people of Republic of Lebanon. Lebanon has appreciated the contribution of the Sri Lankan expatriate community in Lebanon to the development of Lebanon.The President of Lebanon Michel Aoun expressed these views during talks with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Lebanon, Reethisri Rakthiya Kumari Wijeratne Mendis.
Brock University’s administrative offices will be closed for the Easter holiday weekend from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21.However, some key areas of the University will remain open.The following is a list of campus services that are open and closed on the Easter holiday weekend:Campus SecurityOfficers are available 24-7 by phoning x3200, via emergency phones on campus, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Brock Mobile App. James A. Gibson LibraryClosed: Friday, April 19Open: Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Walker Complex/The ZoneClosed: Friday, April 19Open: Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (pool closed)Food ServicesHungry BadgerOpen: Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Closed: Sunday, April 21Guernsey MarketClosed: Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20Open: Sunday, April 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.DeCew and Lowenberger dining hallsClosed: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21Thistle Tim Hortons and Tower Tim HortonsClosed: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21Campus StoreClosed: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21Parking ServicesThe Parking Services office will be closed from Friday, April 19 to Sunday April 21.Zone 1 is free on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on weekends. Parking is prohibited between 2 and 5 a.m. on any day.Daily and hourly parking is available in a number of locations throughout campus. Cars with valid permits can continue to park in their designated lot. Rodman Hall Art CentreClosed: Friday, April 19Open: Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 from noon to 5 p.m.Student Health ServicesUrgent care walk-in clinicsClosed: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21Students can call 1-833-BROCK-33 (27625) for personal counselling 24-7, 365 days a year.
OSU redshirt junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes (11) celebrates with the Big Nut and other Buckeye fans following the Buckeyes 62-3 win over Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorESPN’s “College Gameday”, the long-time running college football pregame show, will be in Columbus on Nov. 26 for No. 2 Ohio State versus No. 3 Michigan. The rivalry week edition of College Gameday will air for five hours instead of the usual three-hour programming, from 7 a.m. to noon. The four-man panel of Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso are returning to OSU for the first time since Nov. 21, 2015 for the OSU-Michigan State game. Last year, the show was broadcasted from The Oval.“College Gameday” was last at a Buckeye game on Oct. 15 in Madison, Wisconsin, where Corso picked the Buckeyes and donned the Brutus headgear.OSU and Michigan kick off at noon. It’s likely to be the highest ranked matchup in The Game since 2006 when OSU was No. 1 and Michigan was No. 2.
← Previous Story Romania: UCM Resita and Steaua drop on start Next Story → Ivano Balic: “It was roughly with Lino, but he was a leader, not me” Low performances at preparation tournaments in Doboj and Banja Luka forced Management of most succesfull team of Macedonia, Vardar Pro to terminate contract with two players – Belojevic and Vukas. Currently, Ljubomir Savevski, head coach, who is also leading Macedonian national team, looking for replacement and two names are in optiion. First, playmaker from Croatia Danijel Arapovic, who played in Slovenia (Krsko) and second, much more known, right back, Vukasin Rajkovic (27), Serbian national player, who is out of contract after two season spent in FCK Handbold.Vardar will play in Cup Winners Cup this season. At national stage, it will be tough battle between them and Metalurg Skopje, coached by Lino Cervar. Daniel ArapovicHC Vardar SkopjeVukasin Rajkovic
← Previous Story Danijel Saric got permission to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina Next Story → CAHB has a new Website And the winner is….? In total four nations bid for the Men’s and Women’s Handball World Championships in 2013. The IHF Council will decide about the hosting nations during it’s meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany on 1 to 2 October. After all countries present their biddings in a final round in Herzogenaurach, the decision will be announced on 2nd of October at 16:00.International media people are invited to the HerzogsPark hotel (meeting room Hyde Park) in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on 2 October, 16:00, when the IHF Council will announce the hosts of the 2013 Men’s and Women’s World Championships.Bidding nations are:Men’s WCh: Norway and SpainWomen’s WCh: Korea, SerbiaIHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa will announce the decision of the IHF Council and afterwards will answer questions coming from media representatives together with Leon Kalin, chairman of the Commission of Organising and Competitions (COC).In Thursday, Denmark withdrew his candidacy for hosting WC 2013 after Scandinavians got EHF EURO Mens’s 2014.Text: IHF IHFWC 2013 handball
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PORT ALICE, British Columbia (AP) — A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center said.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. There was no danger of a tsunami, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.The quake hit at 8:10 p.m. local time and was centered about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Port Alice, British Columbia, and about 280 miles (450 kilometers) northwest of Seattle, Washington. It occurred at a depth of 7 miles (11.4 kilometers).It was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 and 4.2, the USGS said.Port Hardy resident Jennifer Nickerson said the quake caused lights to sway and the fish tank in the hotel where she works to rock.In less than two hours, more than 650 people in nearly three dozen cities logged on to the earthquake information site to report feeling the quake.
The Environment Agency has been named as the number one employer for workplace mental wellbeing in the Workplace wellbeing index awards 2017-2018, compiled by mental health charity Mind.The awards, now in their second year, celebrate and recognise employers who are promoting and supporting positive mental health in the workplace, as well as act to benchmark best policies and practices. Organisations that enter the awards are ranked based on a series of assessments, for example a staff survey, with employers categorised as gold, silver or bronze.Gold employers are those which have successfully embedded mental health into their policies and practices, demonstrating a long-term and in-depth commitment to staff mental health.For 2017-2018, 75 organisations participated in the Workplace wellbeing index awards. Organisations that achieved gold status include charity CancerCare, Companies House, Dr Challoner’s Grammer School, Historic England, financial institution Intertrust Guernsey, Jacobs Engineering Group, LSI Architects and RBC Wealth Management.This is the second consecutive year that The Environment Agency has topped the list of gold-ranked employers. In particular, it was recognised for its employee network around mental health, its awareness raising activities and for training staff and line managers to spot the symptoms of mental health conditions and signpost where individuals can find support.The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at BMA House, London and was hosted by writer, communicator and strategist Alastair Campbell, who is best known for his role as the Labour party’s press secretary and director of communications and strategy.A number of individual awards were also presented, including the Champion award, the Line manager award, the Wellbeing lead award and the Senior leader award.James Bevan, chief executive officer at The Environment Agency, said: “I’m delighted that the Environment Agency has won this award. A healthy workforce means a more productive workforce. And an inclusive culture makes work more life-enhancing.“The fact that we’re number one in the index again shows just how much work is going on across the Environment Agency to ensure all of us feel free to talk openly about mental health issues and know where to get help and support if we need it. Our staff-led mental health network is doing a tremendous job, backed up by tools and information provided through our wellbeing team. I’m proud of the real difference this is making.”Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at Mind, added: “We want to congratulate the Environment Agency for topping the board at this year’s Workplace Wellbeing Index awards, for the second year running. The Environment Agency has once again demonstrated that it is at the forefront of creating mentally healthy workplaces, which involves tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of the entire workforce, including employees that might be struggling with their mental health.“This year, we’ve been overwhelmed to see so much good practice right across the board, from each and every one of the diverse employers that took part. The awards event provided an opportunity to recognise forward-thinking employers like the Environment Agency, who are at the cutting edge when it comes to investing in their staff wellbeing, and, in turn, getting the best outcomes for their business.”
Texas private equity firm Austin Ventures is the primary private equity player in negotiations to acquire Irvine, California-based Entrepreneur Media, publisher of Entrepreneur magazine.The buyer was first reported by paidcontent.org. A source confirmed to FOLIO: Friday that Austin Ventures is indeed the buyer, and that the sale price will be close to the $200 million Entrepreneur was seeking in the deal.Entrepreneur president Neil Perlman did not immediately return a request for comment. A spokesperson for Austin Ventures declined to comment on pending deals. Yesterday, FOLIO: reported that Entrepreneur Media had completed the final bidding stage of its acquisition and has moved to the due diligence phase of the process with a Boston-based private equity group which, according to paidContent, is the subordinate buyer. The deal could be finalized as early as mid- to late-July.Executive editors Maria Valdez Haubrich and Karen Axelton have resigned, FOLIO: reported yesterday. The resignations follow the departure of longtime editor Rieva Lesonsky. Earlier this week, former WiesnerMedia business development vice president Amy Cosper was named as Lesonsky’s replacement.
Real-time analytic provider Chartbeat has secured $9.5 million in a round of Series B funding, led by Josh Stein at Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Saul Klein at Index Ventures. According to Chartbeat’s website, Juvetson and Klein are joined by angel investors in this round.With this additional funding comes a new look for Chartbeat, as well as improved functionality. The Chartbeat dashboard now includes Engaged Time, a tool that “counts the amount of time someone spends actively interacting with your site…” This set of analytics only counts when users are on-site, in content; if a user has the site open, but is on another website in another tab, for example, Chartbeat will not include that time as engagement.The company also offers Peer Stats, an anonymous comparison of similar site traffic in real time. Chartbeat is now device-agnostic (so app usage behavior can be tracked as well), and offers a Social View for publishers’ social data.Chartbeat’s services are used by publishers such as Summit Business Media, Forbes, Fab.com and The New York Times. The company website says the technology monitors upwards to five million visitors at any given moment.
Yahoo Inc is exploring the sale of $1 billion to $3 billion of patents, property and other “non-core assets,” its chief financial officer said on Thursday.Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that a committee created to explore alternatives to the company’s plan to spin off its core business is looking at quick sales of assets.Goldman said patents, land, property and “non-core units or businesses” are all on the table for potential sale, and the company has sold or licensed more than $600 million in patents over the last three years.Yahoo faces increasing pressure from shareholders and investors to sell its core business instead of going through a spin off that would separate the company from its multibillion-dollar stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.In recent weeks, media reports have surfaced that Time Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and several other suitors have emerged as potential buyers.Goldman did not confirm the reports but said the committee is “aligned to see what best creates shareholder value.”
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /19:33 It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories — with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.On this week’s edition: We discuss Pres. Donald Trump’s visits to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, the renewed debate over gun control after the Las Vegas mass shooting, the president’s tax plan, and a federal court case over Harris County’s bail system.Our panel of political experts this week includes: Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; and Jon Taylor, political science professor at the University of St. Thomas. Share
These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A Baltimore judge will hear motions, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, from prosecutors who want to force Porter to testify against four officers even though Porter’s charges are still pending after his own trial ended in December in a hung jury. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)Weaknesses in Maryland’s response to last year’s civil unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray included the inexperience of some emergency management staff and reliance on inaccurate information, according to a new state report.The Maryland Emergency Management Agency report said the rioting last spring “presented unique public safety challenges” and “many opportunities for improvement.”The report also said it found that the State Emergency Operations Center was relying on inaccurate information from media coverage during the riots because it received few details from official channels. It also discovered that there was a general “lack of understanding” about the various functions of the state operations center, particularly who was in charge of decision-making in some areas.Gray, a 25-year-old black man from west Baltimore, was arrested April 12. Authorities have said he died a week afterward from a critical spinal injury he had suffered in a police van.Clay Stamp, then MEMA’s executive director, said the state’s response wasn’t perfect but that the issues highlighted in the report were “sub-notes to a great story — one of success.” The MEMA report is the first to focus on the role of the state rather than the city or its police force. It also noted several strengths in the state’s response, including use of social media to deliver information and its use of a virtual “Business Operations Center” to keep Baltimore business leaders apprised of developments.“The state of Maryland performed in a strategic manner by leaning forward and leveraging resources within Maryland and the five states around Maryland in 36 hours,” Stamp said.MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland said in a statement that the agency since April has “addressed gaps by improving our resource management processes and implementing new and enhanced training.” He also said the state is “prepared to respond quickly and efficiently the next time” it needs to support a locality experiencing unrest.
Darjeeling: Incessant rainfall has thrown life out of gear in North Bengal. The water level in the rivers has risen dangerously, adding to the woes. Rail communication in the Alipurduar division has been the worst affected.In between Jorai and Kamakhyaguri railway stations in the Alipurduar railway division, around 100 m of down line track has been damaged in 4 places. 12 short distance trains have been cancelled in this division. The up line is still functional but the speed of the trains to Guwahati from NJP, New Alipurduar and New Cooch Behar has been reduced drastically. “We are trying to repair the tracks on a war footing,” stated S K Jain, DRM, Alipurduar Division, North East Frontier Railway. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOwing to incessant rain in Bhutan Hills, the water level of the rivers flowing through Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri are reaching the dangerous mark. A flood-like situation has cropped up in Cooch Behar and Toofangunj. Red alert has been issued for the Raidak river, while it is yellow for the Mansai and Kaljani rivers. In the last 24 hours, rainfall recorded in Cooch Behar has been 73.20 mm, with 55 mm in Dinhata, 65.60 mm in Toofangunj and 124 mm in Mathabhanga. There are some places that have received extremely heavy rainfall. Siliguri has received 222 mm of rain, with 247 mm in Gorubatha, 226 mm in Nagrakata and 400 mm in Matiali, in the last 24 hours. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state42 relief camps have been opened up at many places in Cooch Behar, where around 6,000 affected persons have taken shelter. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” stated Kaushik Saha, District Magistrate, Cooch Behar. Malbazar subdivision in Jalpaiguri district has also been badly affected. Large areas have been inundated in the Meteli block. 500 families have been affected in the Neora Bustee, following the breaching of embankments of the Kumlai and Chel rivers. Many areas of Siliguri have been inundated as well. Even the camp of the SSB 41 Batallion on the Indo-Nepal border has been inundated. Meanwhile, rains have receded in the Hills from Wednesday evening and the IMD has downgraded the red alert to amber for July 25.