TMC Starts ‘Mamata’s Kitchen’ Scheme to Provide Migrant Workers Meals for Rs 5

Kolkata: With an aim to support lakhs of migrant workers who have suffered a massive financial setback due to job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinamool Congress has started a community kitchen under the name, ‘Didir Rannaghar (Mamata’s kitchen)’.

At ‘Didir Rannaghar’, a meal would cost as little as Rs 5 during the Durga Puja period. The kitchen will be functional every day between 11 am and 3 pm, and the menu (which will change every day) will be mostly vegetarian and include rice, dal (pulses), mix vegetable, ‘shukto’ (vegetable stew) soyabean, ‘Khichdi’ (cooked rice and lentils), papad.

As Bengal prepares itself for “measured” Durga Puja celebrations this year amid social distancing, the kitchen initiative by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in association with various party clubs is likely to bring smiles on lakhs of people who are struggling to find even one square meal a day.

These kitchens have already started functioning in Howrah district, Belgachhia (in Kolkata) and Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas district. The TMC also plans to run similar kitchens across the state for the duration of the festive season.

Speaking to the News18, TMC MLA Tapas Roy said, “Under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, we have decided to stand beside the people, primarily those belonging to the underprivileged sections/unorganised sectors as they have suffered a lot due to the pandemic situation. We are hopeful that ‘Didir Rannaghar’ will benefit them immensely.”

“Apart from cooked food, we are planning to donate clothes to the poor so they can wear new clothes during the festive seasons. ‘Didir Rannaghar’ is a pledge undertaken by the TMC to support those who are battling to feed their family members due to job loss.”

A special attention will be paid to hygiene in these kitchens and to make them popular, several posters with public hygiene messages will be put up at block level.

CPI (M) has already started nearly 700 ‘Sramojibi canteen’ (community kitchen) across the state. The party has also also initiated 50 health clinics and safe houses for the poor who cannot afford expensive health care facilities.

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White House ordered to provide sign language interpreters for coronavirus briefings in ‘historic win’

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the White House must provide sign language interpreters during public coronavirus briefings starting Oct. 1. 

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., ordered the White House to include a qualified American Sign Language interpreter for any news conference related to coronavirus matters conducted by the president, vice president or White House press secretary held on White House grounds or any federal agency. 

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The ruling says the interpreter could be in the frame physically near the speaker, or off-site using the picture-in-picture feature. The White House is required to make the interpreter feeds accessible online and on television. 

The order stems from a lawsuit filed against the White House by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and five deaf plaintiffs. The group argued the lack of a sign language interpreter during briefings on the pandemic was a violation of the First Amendment as deaf and hard-of-hearing people are not getting proper access to crucial health information. 

The court issued an opinion earlier this month stating the plaintiffs were entitled to some relief. 

“Closed captioning and transcripts may constitute a reasonable accommodation under some circumstances, but not here,” U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg wrote in a preliminary ruling on Sept. 9. 

NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum applauded the judge’s decision Wednesday. 

“Sign language and accurate captioning are both essential and crucial to ensuring all deaf and hard of hearing people are well informed and are able to make better decisions on how to stay safe from the pandemic,” he said. “The judge’s order sets a great precedent to achieve this goal of full accessibility.”

The Trump administration kicked off daily coronavirus press briefings that included the coronavirus task force as the epidemic in the country began to escalate. The administration has since pulled back on daily briefings and has instead opted for occasional news conferences that largely only include President Trump.








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Judge orders White House to provide sign language interpreters at Covid briefings

The White House must provide sign language interpreters at public Covid-19 briefings, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

The ruling, which takes effect Oct. 1, applies to any press conference on coronavirus-related matters with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence or White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held on White House grounds or at any federal agency. The White House must make interpreter feeds available online and to all television networks, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and five plaintiffs sued the White House earlier this month, urging the administration to provide interpreters for briefings related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At that point, the court provided relief for the plaintiffs and hinted that the White House might have to comply.

“Closed captioning and transcripts may constitute a reasonable accommodation under some circumstances, but not here,” the court ruled in their Sept. 9 decision.

Pressure from advocacy groups and other independent federal agencies grew as the White House coronavirus task force briefings continued without interpreters. The National Council on Disability released a letter in March urging the administration to act, saying “there is no doubt that the Coronavirus brings with it significant added concerns for people with disabilities.”

An estimated 11.5 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Sign language and accurate captioning are both essential and crucial to ensuring all deaf and hard of hearing people are well informed and are able to make better decisions on how to stay safe from the pandemic,” NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum said in a statement. “The judge’s order sets a great precedent to achieve this goal of full accessibility.”

Press briefings with Trump and other members of the coronavirus task force began in March, though they have since gone from daily events to sporadic occurrences timed to specific updates or announcements.

Over 200,000 people have died from Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

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Bold interior paint colors are back, offering vibrancy to indoor life that neutrals can’t provide | Home/Garden


When Christine and Robert Casanova moved into a century-old Victorian side hall in New Orleans in 2017, the home’s central, windowless room was a blank slate, a design challenge and a point of contention.

Robert wanted a “warm, dark, cocoon-y” library with heavily saturated blue walls. Christine believed the hue would be intense and claustrophobic.

“I thought it would be too much of a contrast, like it didn’t belong in the house,” Christine Casanova said.

The couple hired interior designers Penny Francis and Casi St. Julian, of Eclectic Home, to build out the space with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a rope-wrapped chandelier and a grass cloth wallpaper accent wall. The result is a snug, intimate room where guests inevitably congregate during parties.

“I had trepidation about the bright, clean, crisp house and the dark, intense room,” Christine Casanova said. “But the dark, intense room is the place everyone wants to be because it feels cozy and safe.”

Francis says the Casanovas are among many clients who are making bolder decisions when it comes to color. “People have finally opened up to the richness of color and are not as afraid,” she said.

Bold colors are trending

Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 paint trend predictions include intense blues, muted greens and reds, vibrant pinks and warm whites. Jewel tones like emerald greens and cobalts continue to be a mainstay.

“Emerald green was Pantone’s color of the year in 2013,” said interior designer Maureen Stevens. “Ever since, it has that longevity. People are saying it’s a classic now. It’s considered neutral to do a blue wall — I think emerald is as well.”


Jaipur Pink makes a bold debut at Sherwin-Williams.

While blush or “millennial pink” was ubiquitous in recent years, designers say this trend has given way to more saturated versions of the color.

“Sherwin-Williams came out with Jaipur Pink, which … is very reminiscent of Old World architecture. It’s definitely deeper than a blush,” Stevens said. “Millennial pink is out because it is a more muted pink. Now people are like, ‘Let’s embrace pink for its entirety.’”

Beige and gray are out

According to interior designer Nomita Joshi-Gupta, the more time people spend quarantined in their homes, the more they long for color. Although white walls remain soothing to the eye, there’s a movement away from neutral palettes of beige, white and gray.

“Your eye needs stimulation,” Joshi-Gupta said. “Just like one needs different tastes in food, your eye also needs visual cues and excitement.”

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Alexandrite is an updated take on the classic emerald green.

“Gray was a mainstay for a long time, but now grays and gray taupes are on the way out,” Stevens said. “People are opting for a clean slate of white or something more bold as far as more jewel tones and going crazier.”

Back to black

Once considered the ultimate signifier of teenage rebellion, black walls are a valid design choice — and one that’s trending. Black can make a room feel intimate and expansive because

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Proposed memorial garden would honor Roanoke homicide victims and provide a place of peace for families | Local News

Ryan Reilly described it as like ripples unfurling across water. The edges expand, flow, stretching outward on and on.

Grief is like that, he said. It shifts over time, changes, affecting more than you ever imagined.

“As it gets further and further out, it seemingly impacts people in all kinds of different ways,” he said.

“Unless you’ve been through something like it, I don’t know that anyone can really, truly understand what victims’ families go through,” he said. “But I do think that ripple effect and how it touches different people and how they can deal with it has a long-lasting effect, on a community as a whole.”

Reilly and his family found themselves plunged into grief in March when his cousin, Cassie Pizzi, 33, was killed in what would be the city’s fourth homicide case of the year.

Her death remains under investigation. Reilly, born in Roanoke but now living in Tennessee, described her loss as painfully tragic for those she left behind.

“It’s unfathomable,” he said in an interview. “Homicide takes a piece of people away when they lose that loved one.”

Reilly’s path through grief led him to a new idea, one that’s still taking shape but which he hopes can be a source of healing for families and the Star City itself.

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Pressure building on Interior Health to provide nurses for RCMP mental health units

Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian


September 08, 2020 – 8:00 AM

Kamloops, Kelowna and the RCMP are all trying to convince Interior Health to fund more nurses to work with police officers dealing with a growing number of calls that involve people struggling with mental health issues.

So far they’ve hit a brick wall.

“I think what happens is the people who are making those decisions really don’t ride around late at night on the streets of either Kelowna or Kamloops and get a first-hand view of what kind of situations police are dealing with,” Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian told “Unfortunately, the pandemic has just exacerbated a lot of those circumstances.”

Both cities have a team that partners the RCMP and nurses to respond to some of their mental health calls but each has only one team operating four days a week. It’s called Car 40 in Kamloops and PACT (Police and Crisis Team) in Kelowna.

At the Aug. 25 Kamloops council meeting, Coun. Dale Bass reported that Car 40 calls went up almost 36 per cent to 488 this year from 360 in the first half of 2019. That’s just the calls handled by that team on its four-day-a-week shift.

No comparative numbers were provided to by Kelowna staff or RCMP.

Karen Bloemink, vice-president for clinical operations for Interior Health, told in July that the program was not necessarily the best use of their resources.

READ MORE: Interior Health isn’t yet on board with expanding mental health teams with RCMP

Christian’s been told by Interior Health that they’re “looking at their model for outpatient mental health.”

But city and RCMP say that’s not good enough when there’s such a growing need for more help in this area and Christian has been pushing for an expansion in the service for more than two years, as has Kelowna.

“We’ve had the police car and the police person and we have a need to roll because a lot of the police calls we’re attending to have a serious mental health overtone to them,” he said. “Having a mental health professional there is very helpful in terms of defusing a situation that could otherwise lead to an escalation in terms of the physicality of it.”

An investigation was launched in June after a Kelowna RCMP officer doing a wellness check on UBCO student Mona Wang was video-taped dragging her down a hallway and stepping on her head. That report has been sent back to Kelowna RCMP with instructions to do more investigation.

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But it’s not just the physicality of the arrest that’s of concern. It’s also about getting people the help they need.

“When you do make an arrest either under the Mental Health Act or under the Criminal

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8 Ways to Provide Bathroom Safety

As our loved ones age, we need to pay more attention to their living situation. Not just in regards to basic health needs or household repairs, but in regards to the living area within the home. From ensuring that doors and drawers open and close correctly, to having the right tools for even simple jobs like opening a can or jar to paying attention to the usage of throw rugs, it is vital that their home be a place of refuge not a place where they cannot enjoy freedom.

There are many ways to make the home safe for those who do not want to relinquish their independence, and many of these actions can be taken or implemented in no time at all. But, perhaps the most dangerous room in the house is the bathroom. Consider these facts from the CDC:

· Persons between 75 and 85 are twice as likely to suffer a nonfatal injury in the bathroom.

· For those over the age of 85, the risk of an injury is four times than that of the average person.

· Nearly 80n% of falls in the home are in the bathroom.

These statistics alone are reasons to do your part to protect the ones you love by being proactive in bathroom safety. So, let’s get started.

· Be sure that frequently used items are within easy reach. This includes items such as shampoo and other shower items.

· Remove items such as throw rugs and replace standard tubs with walk-in tubs or showers with built in seats.

· Install grab bars on the wall(s) near the toilet or add a toilet safety frame with arms that can provide a guide or support when standing or sitting.

· Install sturdy, floor to ceiling pole grab bars for corners or near the tub to make it easier to support one’s self.

· Add automatic nightlights or stick on lights for better visibility.

· Be sure that the water temperature is set correctly. As one ages, our skin becomes thinner and as a result can be burned more easily. Make sure your loved one’s bathroom taps are clearly marked and that water is set no higher than 120 degrees.

· Ben sure tub/shower surfaces are skid proof. Consider using a mat for the entire surface of the tub or shower.

· Be sure that bathrooms are easily accessible from the outside. In the event that your loved one falls, someone needs to be able to get into the room to help them.

By implementing these tips, you can do your part to help your loved one remain independent and safe. Take time to be proactive. Your family will thank you!…

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