Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 24, 2018:•5:41 a.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•12:07 p.m. Officers conducted a lost driver’s license report in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•4:56 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 300 block S. C, Wellington.•5 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Richard D. Hamilton, 58, Wellington and Glenda S. Cowell, 71, Wellington.•5 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and no proof of insurance in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•5 p.m. Richard D. Hamilton, 58, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance, drivers license violation and inattentive driving.•5:42 p.m. Officers conducted a report of child abuse in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.
- God’s own country – where somras flows
If you ask a person from Kerala about their favorite hobbies or free time activity, the chances of a reply from the majority of the people will be politics and liquor. There is nothing wrong with this except for the fact that sometimes both these hinder the normal way of life in the state.There was a time when Kerala was reeling under the onslaught of political rivalries and hartals, bandhs, etc. which was a common tactic used by parties to settle scores against each other. The state used to be closed a few days in every week due to these hartals. Today things have changed and could be because the Left is ruling the state and the opposition Congress is not so energized to carry out social strikes which will require them to come out of the comforts of their home or office.One interesting aspect of these strikes is that nothing moves or opens in the state and usually these are considered as paid holidays by the working class. They, in turn, take this opportunity to be with friends and the major aspect of these get-togethers is drinking. Someone once mentioned that for Keralites everything starts and ends with drinking and there is no occasion whether it is good or bad, happy or sad, the state goes into the hands of the liquor. When the Congress government put a prohibition during their last term in the office, many predicted that it be the end of the party in the next election. Of course, it did happen that way even though there are many other reasons for the people to get rid of the party from power.In the last couple of months due to the Covid-19 lockdown imposed by the government, all liquor shops and sales of alcohol were banned and there is no doubt, Kerala is one of the places that was looking forward to the removal of the ban eagerly. When finally, it happened due to the tremendous rush in front of the outlets without any social distancing or safety norms in place, the government was forced to shut the outlets immediately. As we all know the major revenue for the states comes from two sources and they are petrol and alcohol. Especially for a state like Kerala where there are hardly any industries that provide income to the government, the dependency on these two factors is very high for their day-to-day operations.For the year 2018 -19, Kerala had recorded revenue of Rs 14,505 crore from the sale of the liquor which is an increase of 10% from the previous year. In short, Keralites are now drinking more and do note that the sale of liquor is only allowed from government-run beverage outlets and star hotels in the state. At present, the state beverage corporation runs 306 outlets and supplies alcohol to around 600 plus hotels in the state. In short, alcohol is running freely in the state more than any other essential household items. The total sales during last year were around 2.17 crore cases of liquor and 1.21 crore cases of beer (each case is 12 bottles of 750ml) that too for a population of just around 3.5 crore.The last two days witnessed a change in the topic of discussions in television channels from Covid and politics to liquor and its politics. It was amazing to see experts discuss the problems faced by the public due to the non-availability of alcohol and the government’s inability to fulfill the promise of delivering the same to houses. The troubled functioning of the new start-up app by the beverage corporation named “BevQ” is the topic of the talk shows in the news channels which shows the importance of liquor in Kerala.It is a sad situation wherein the rising cases of the coronavirus was overshadowed by the nonperformance of a liquor supply app. Kerala is considered to be the most literate state in the country with 100% literacy for its population. But sometimes it is not enough for a Malayalee to be happy, they need their daily quota of alcohol irrespective of one is educated or not, rich or poor, birth, marriage or death, Kerala needs it alcohol to complete the occasion.It was Narayana Guru who said “Liquor is poison, make it not, sell it not and drink it not” but then he never realized a Keralite has the habit of not listening to anyone even if it is a religious scholar or a saint. Kerala’s culture is unique in many ways, most are in good ways but their affinity towards the “somras” – the drink of Gods – goes well with Kerala’s tagline for tourism “Gods Own Country” where somras flows freely.
- Army helps make temporary hospital at New York’s Javits Center one of the largest in the country
JMRPhotography/iStock(NEW YORK) — With the Army’s help, the temporary field hospital at New York City’s Javits Convention Center will now hold 2,910 beds, making it one of the largest hospitals in America. Established in record time, the temporary hospital is an example of the surge of federal and military resources into New York to help with the novel coronavirus pandemic, including the Army Corps of Engineers, two Army field hospitals, and the Navy’s hospital ship the USNS Comfort.Over the last week the Army Corps of Engineers has been busy transforming the convention center’s expansive exposition halls into an overflow medical facility that beginning Monday will treat patients who are not infected with the novel coronavirus. The treatment of non-COVID-19 patients is designed to make it easier for medical facilities in New York to focus treatment on patients infected with the virus.Originally slated to house 1,000 beds composed of four Federal Emergency Management Agency field hospitals, the Army Corps of Engineers took advantage of the convention center’s design and the arrival of two Army field hospitals from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Fort Hood, Texas, to expand the number of beds at the temporary hospital.“We basically took that four [multiplied] by 250 is 1,000. We thought we could expand it by stretching the ratio,” Gen. Todd Semonite, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, told reporters Friday. “So today we’re going to plan on having 2,910 rooms up by Monday morning in the Javits Center.”That number of beds will make the Javits Center hospital larger than the 2,600 bed capacity of New York- Presbyterian Hospital, the city’s largest hospital.“The Javits Center is an amazing facility,” said Semonite. “Every 10 feet there’s a great big steel door in the floor, you open it up in there is all the electrical; there’s cold water, there’s hot water and there’s a place for sewers, so you can actually do things like sinks, right in the middle of a convention center to be able to make that happen.”The hospital will be staffed by 350 medical personnel from FEMA and the two Army hospitals.Non-COVID-19 patients will be transported from hospitals in the New York City area to the convention center, just as they will be at the 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort when it is operational in New York Harbor on Tuesday.Earlier this week, three of the Army’s six field hospitals were ordered to assist in the treatment of non-COVID-19 patients with one of them headed to Washington state and the other two to New York City.Six hundred soldiers from those the 531st Hospital Center from Fort Campbell and the 9th Hospital Center from Fort Hood flew to the New York on Thursday, ahead of the arrival of their medical equipment that was being transported in 108 tractor trailer trucks“This is obviously the absolute top priority of the nation right now, and knowing that our very well-trained and capable [531st] Hospital Center is going to be part of this makes us really proud,” Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, the commander the 101st Airborne Division, told ABC News in an interview.“They’re well trained, they’re prepared and readiness is our watchword; they’re prepared to deploy in a moment’s notice, which is exactly what they did and they are going to make a huge impact,” he added.While the medical personnel from the 531st Hospital Center will not be treating non-COVID-19 patients, they will still follow guidelines to ensure they do not become exposed to the virus during their deployment.Prior to their departure, Winski told his soldiers that the length of their deployment to New York will likely be “a matter of months, not weeks” and that his command will do their best to ensure that they and their commands are kept informed of when they will come home.Their prolonged stay will also have an impact at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital where most of the personnel from the 531st are normally assigned.“It is requiring us to reorganize,” Winski said, acknowledging soldiers’ deployment will lead to staff adjustments at Blanchfield to ensure that facility can treat COVID-19 cases at Fort Campbell.“We’re going to adjust how we’re organized up there to ensure that we are configured as best as we can possibly be for larger numbers of COVID-19 patients that require hospitalization.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.