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Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

first_imgTopics : In the western Indian state of Gujarat, 14 people have died in the last two days in various incidents related to heavy rains and flooding, said officials at the State Emergency Response Centre.Rains in Gujarat are 10% higher than the long-period average, according to the local government. The state’s desert area of Kutch received rainfall that was 3-1/2 times higher than the average.More heavy to very heavy rains are expected in several parts of the state over the next two days, according to the India Meteorological Department.In Odisha state to the east, floods have killed at least 17 people in the past week, displaced thousands and affected more than half a million people, officials said. A landslide and floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 41 people in Nepal and India in the past week, officials said on Monday, as the annual monsoon season enters its final stretch after claiming hundreds of lives in South Asia.Ten people, including four children, were killed after a landslide buried five houses in remote west Nepal on Sunday, a Home Ministry official said.At least 269 people have died in mostly mountainous Nepal this year in landslides and floods, while another 76 people are missing. The monsoon season that began around June in South Asia ends in September.center_img Hundreds have died in the northeastern state of Assam and neighboring Bangladesh this monsoon.last_img read more

Women of Troy take aim at Arkansas State, Nebraska

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team hopes to build off its 65-56 win over Pepperdine on Sunday, as the Women of Troy continue their season against Arkansas State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Nebraska on Friday at 2 p.m. Both games are at the Galen Center.Arkansas State is currently unranked, while Nebraska is ranked No. 23.The Women of Troy (1-1) were led by junior forward Cassie Harberts, who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds against the Waves, and Ariya Crook, who scored 17 points in her first game of the season. She missed the season opener against Gonzaga because of a coach’s decision.“I’m not settling on it,” said Crook about the team’s first win, “We have more work to do and we just have to continue on throughout the road.”Harberts is averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds per game this year, leading USC in both categories. She’s the only player to score in double figures in both games. Crook is the only other player to score in double figures for USC. Co-captain senior forward Christina Marinacci is averaging 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.The Women of Troy still have room to improve, however, as evidenced by 23 turnovers for the second-straight game. They also committed 23 turnovers and 18 fouls in a 63-52 loss to Gonzaga in the season opener.USC has been strong on the boards this season, outrebounding Gonzaga 34-31 and Pepperdine 44-29. They have also come back strong after the half, outscoring their opponents 68-58 in the second half, despite being outscored 61-49 by opponents in the first half.“I don’t think it was about the other team rattling us as much us our team trying to move a little faster than we should,” said USC coach Michael Cooper when asked about the turnovers.Both Arkansas State (0-3) and Nebraska (3-1) will head to Los Angeles after games against Southeast Missouri (2-2) on Monday and against Sam Houston State (1-2) on Tuesday, respectively. Nebraska is undefeated at home but winless on the road.Arkansas State is coming off  a 60-51 loss at home to Wichita State on Thursday. The team is led by Jane Morrill (13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game) and Carlisha Wyatt (11.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game). The Red Wolves are coming off a 12-18 record from last season, and 6-10 in the Sun Belt conference. They finished fifth in the Sun Belt west division.Nebraska lost 60-55 against South Dakota State, despite 21 points by Lindsey Moore and 15 points from Jordan Hooper, causing them to drop from 15th to 23rd in the NCAA rankings. Hooper is averaging 15.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season, while Moore is averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 assists per game. The Cornhuskers finished 24-9 last season, 10-6 in the Big Ten, good for a sixth-place finish. They earned a the sixth seed in the NCAA tournament last season, only to be upset in the first round by 11th-seeded Kansas.Friday’s game against Nebraska will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more

LRA Underscores Stronger Border Management

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is calling for a stronger security and customs border regime at the country’s various borders and ports of entry to enhance national security and revenue generation.The Commissioner of Customs at the LRA Saa Saamoi says an effective coordination in border management is cardinal to the security, economy and development of the Liberian state.He called on the border management team to work in harmony against contrabands, arms, drug smuggling, and other illegal activities that endanger the lives of citizens and undermine the security of the state.Speaking recently at the Liberian-Ivorian border in Loguatuo, Nimba County, Commissioner Saamoi said, “You are the eyes of the Liberian people to control what enters and gets out of our country, and in raising revenue to support national development.”Addressing a meeting of customs officers and the joint security at the Loguatuo Border, Commissioner Saamoi said in the absence of coordination and cooperation, those assigned at the borders of the country would disappoint the Liberian people when they respectively fail to scrutinize what or who enters or leaves the country.He said though the two lead agencies in border management are Customs for taxes and Immigration for passengers, all other security agencies including the police, national security agency and the drug Enforcement Agency have also important roles to play in protecting the state.He said when they work as a professional team of people, they will detect and abort illegal border trade such as arms and drug smuggling as well as other illicit activities.The Customs Commissioner urged the border team to cooperate with the customs officers assigned at the borders in the execution of their duties to collect the legitimate revenue due the government, noting that customs alone accounts for 40% of the over US$622 million fiscal budget for 2015/16. “He emphasized that this revenue must be generated at Free Port, Loguatuo, Jorwah, Mendicorma, Ganta, Bo-Waterside, Robertsfield and other borders of our country”.Commissioner Saamoi said, if revenue is not raised, government will not be able to meet its target of improving the schools, roads, hospitals or even paying civil servants.For his part, Domestic Tax Commissioner Darlingston Talery, called for patriotism in building Liberia. “This country belongs to us, and we, not Ghanaians and Malians, must build it, and we can do so by paying our personal income, real estate and business income taxes.”He added that when people pay their real estate taxes they empower the government to undertake more development. Commissioner Talery commended businesses and Liberians across the counties for paying their taxes even during the heat of the Ebola crisis and called on them to continue in good faith.Commissioners Saamoi and Talery were jointly leading an LRA delegation to Margibi, Bong and Nimba Counties to sensitize citizens and the business community on paying their taxes and customs duties.The Assistant Commissioner of Customs Ports Operations, Edwin F. Kendema, and the Acting Manager for Collectorate Tax Section, Bob N. Johnson, accompanied the commissioners on the tour, an LRA press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more