DelFest, the festival brainchild of Del McCoury and his extended McCoury family now in its 13th year, in partnership with High Sierra Music, announced an initial star-studded lineup today. Once again, DelFest Academy will serve as a prelude to the festival, taking place May 17-20 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, with registration also opening on Dec. 3rd. The Academy is a 4-day instrument-specific deep dive led by The Travelin’ McCourys and other star players, and students of all ages and skill levels, from children to adults, are welcome. On May 21-24, 2020—Memorial Day Weekend—DelFest will stay true to their original mission statement with musical performances from The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Billy Strings, Mandolin Orange, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sierra Hull, and emcee, Joe Craven with many more to be announced. The city of Cumberland is also a great host, offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities including biking, a steam train engine and museum, and top-notch dining. In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late-night indoor performances and picking sessions. Stay tuned for more artists and ticket information to be announced in the coming weeks. Relive the magic from DelFest 2019 with Osiris’ Brokedown Podcast who was on-site recording exclusive interviews with last year’s artists. Personally chosen by Del McCoury, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD serves as the perfect location for DelFest–nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road. Please visit DelFest.com for more information or to purchase discounted Advance 4-Day passes. About DelFest: Held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in beautiful Cumberland, MD, DelFest originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of discounted Advance 4-Day passes which are available now at DelFest.com. All other passes including DELuxe VIP packages, on-site RV passes with and without hookups, and parking will go on-sale Dec. 3rd at 12p EST. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 13th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.
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Here are a dozen notable news reports from the past week bearing on evolution, design and amazing discoveries.Red rover, rat rover: Live Science posted a cool video about research lab at Northwestern University that is imitating rats’ whiskers to improve robot sensing. Rat whiskers are very sensitive. Neurons in the base of the follicle convey a great deal of information to the brain, even in the dark. The researchers envision this tactile technology on Mars rovers someday.Spiderman glue: We’ve heard about efforts to duplicate spider silk, that ideal substance stronger than steel, but what about the glue that coats the silk strands? PhysOrg and Science Daily reported that scientists in Wyoming are trying to imitate that, too. Why? They could help technology “advance toward a new generation of biobased adhesives and glues – ‘green’ glues that replace existing petroleum-based products for a range of uses.” Spider web glue “is among the world’s strongest biological glues,” the article said. That’s impressive considering the strength of barnacle adhesion. Speaking of spiders, the largest orb-weaving spider was discovered in Madagascar, reported Science Daily. The picture shows a 1.5-inch big momma with legs 5 inches long sitting in her web over a meter across. Images of Shelob in Lord of the Rings come to mind. Another discovery reported by all the science news outlets including Science Daily and National Geographic News was a “surreal” critter that is the first known spider to feed primarily on plant material instead of animal tissue. This new species that New Scientist called the “Gandhi” of spiders is “the only known vegetarian out of some 40,000 spider species.” Evolutionists attributed the origin of this herbivorous spider to “co-evolution” and “social evolution.”The Sting for health: Imagine skin cream loaded with stinging cells from jellyfish. Ouch! It sounds like torture, but actually, it wouldn’t hurt a bit – and could actually heal. New Scientist reported that a company in Israel is harvesting stinging cells from the marine creatures (like sea anemones and jellyfish) to use as microscopic hypodermic needles. These natural harpoons, called nematocysts, have more force than the pressure needed to create diamonds inside the earth. They can penetrate fish scales as well as human skin. The NanoCyte company in Israel has patented a way to control the firing of the cells by putting them in a cream. They replace the toxins in the cells with drugs that can deliver healing medicines to diabetics and others afflicted with disease. Contact with skin activates the cells and delivers the payload. Some applications are in Phase II trials. Some day, your dentist may apply gum numbing medicine to your mouth with a cream instead of a surgical needle, and you may apply anti-itch creams with technologies derived from jellyfish. The article said, “One square centimetre of cream-coated skin can contain as many as a million tiny needles.” They promise the process is painless.Now ear this: You have two sets of neurons in your inner ear, reported Science Daily. Type II neurons in the hair cells of the cochlea apparently come into play when the normal neurons are exposed to ear-piercing decibels. That being the case, they “may play a role in such reflexive withdrawals from potential trauma.”Hearing on the wing: A remarkable auditory sense has been found on butterfly wings. PhysOrg reported that a “remarkable structure” on the wing of the blue morpho butterfly acts like a tympanic membrane – an eardrum. “The unusual structure and properties of the membrane mean that this butterfly ear may be able to distinguish between low and high pitch sounds,” perhaps to detect and avoid predatory birds. “The team suggest [sic] that sensitivity to lower pitch sounds may detect the beating of birds’ wings, while higher pitches may tune into birdsong.”Lotus contemplation: The water-repellant properties of the lotus leaf (see 09/23/2009) are still being examined for secrets. PhysOrg posted a 5-second video showing a bead of water bouncing right off a lotus leaf. Duke University engineers are imitating the lotus “to improve the efficiency of modern engineering systems, such as power plants or electronic equipment, which must be cooled by removing heat through water evaporation and condensation.”Ida known better: Ida’s fame may be short-lived (see 05/19/2009). The monkey fossil that was hailed in a book and TV special as an evolutionary missing link is now being charged by another team as irrelevant and uninformative to human evolution, reported the BBC News. Of course, the discoverers of Darwinius a.k.a. Ida are not ready to concede. The new paper claims “this is an extinct side branch of the group leading to lemurs that is not in any way related to apes and monkeys.” How, then, do they explain the traits in Ida that are monkey-like? The answer, according to New Scientist: “convergent evolution”Ardi on grass? PhysOrg resurrected the theory that human evolution began when apes came down to walk in the African savannah, but did not comment on the claim this month that Ardipithecus showed our ancestors still lived in the forest trees (see 10/02/2009). New Scientist mentioned Ardi but couched the conflict in a forest of possibilities. Our ancestors in that time frame “lived either in dense forest or in a mosaic of woodland, shrub and grasses.” Now every side can win.Got genes? Scientists in the Netherlands are wondering how some people get by without 2000 chunks of DNA – about 0.12 percent of the human genome. New Scientist asked what these means in evolutionary terms. “Team leader Joris Veltman suggests that the regions his team flagged up may once have been essential but aren’t any more, either because we now need different abilities to survive, or genes have evolved elsewhere in the genome to do the same job, perhaps better.” That leaves many storytelling possibilities, but it doesn’t explain why evolution left the non-essential genes around in some people.Tinysaur and other extinct reptiles: The world’s smallest dinosaur was reported by PhysOrg – a 2-pound midget just 28 inches long. Science Daily reported a pterosaur that was named “Darwinopterus” because it is alleged to fill a gap between two groups of pterosaurs (see also National Geographic News that announced “‘Darwin’s Wing’ Fills Evolution Gap” and BBC News that called it a “missing link.”) That positivist interpretation is not without problems. Science Daily quoted a team member: “We had always expected a gap-filler with typically intermediate features such as a moderately elongate tail � neither long nor short � but the strange thing about Darwinopterus is that it has a head and neck just like that of advanced pterosaurs, while the rest of the skeleton, including a very long tail, is identical to that of primitive forms” They invoked a modification of evolutionary theory called “modular evolution” to explain this. According to this interpretation, “natural selection was acting on and changing entire modules and not, as would normally be expected, just on single features such as the shape of the snout, or the form of a tooth.” This “controversial idea” requires more study, but might be applied to “many other cases among animals and plants where we know that rapid large scale evolution must have taken place.” See Live Science for more on this idea that is newly being applied to macroevolution. Another strange-looking pterosaur seems to be supporting intelligent design rather than evolution. At least, PhysOrg reported that Sankar Chatterjee at Texas Tech admires it enough to imitate it. “At first glance, the 115-million-year-old pterosaur looks like a Cretaceous design disaster,” the article began – “With a tail rudder on its head and a spindly, bat-like body, Tapejara wellnhoferi may appear fit for nothing but extinction.” A second glance was in order, though: a team of scientists from three universities now says that “the animal’s strange body actually made it a masterpiece of nature�s drawing boards. Not only could it walk and fly, but also it could sail across the sea.” The article includes a video of Chatterjee working with models of Tapejara to invent a new spy plane. Mummy trees: “Sensational” was how one researcher described mummified trees in Norway that died in the middle ages but have not decayed for 500 years. Science Daily said it was found in a moist region where decomposition should occur quickly. Somehow the tree resin prevented decay by bacteria, insects and the wood’s own natural decomposition.Stem cell bonanza: New techniques for creating better stem cells from adult tissue were reported by Science Daily, the BBC News and PhysOrg. “The new technique, which uses three small drug-like chemicals, is 200 times more efficient and twice as fast as conventional methods for transforming adult human cells into stem cells” known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS). Shing Deng and a team at Scripps sought to imitate “a naturally occurring process in cells” when they hit pay dirt. The new method is “Efficient, Fast, Safe.”These are just a taste of fascinating stories coming from science labs around the world.CEH strongly supports scientific research into things that provide understanding (not just promise it) and lead to inventions that can improve our lives. The evolutionary storytelling tacked on here and there is useless and dumb. Science is making great leaps in biomimetics, biochemistry, biophysics, systems biology and genetics – fields that presuppose information and intelligent design.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The female Anopheles minimus mosquitofeeding on human blood. (Image:Centres for Disease Control & Prevention) A mosquito net treated with insecticide.The nets can withstand occasional washing.(Image: Syngenta AG) A child holds a mosquito net, given tohim during a Red Cross vaccination drivein Togo. (Image: Red Cross) The Olyset net factory in Arusha, Tanzania,opened in February 2008 and has createdthousands of new jobs.(Image: Roll Back Malaria partnership)Janine ErasmusHealth experts predict that Swaziland will soon be the second country in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to eradicate malaria, following the example set by Mauritius. The country will be certified malaria-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) if no cases occur for three consecutive years, and will be issued with a certificate of elimination by the WHO.One of the scourges of the temperate areas of Africa and other global regions, malaria kills a child under the age of five every 30 seconds, and more than a million people worldwide succumb annually to the disease – which is both preventable and curable. Most of the victims, 90% of them, are in sub-Saharan Africa, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.Every year, says the WHO, more than 500-million people become severely ill with malaria, again the majority of them in Africa, although certain parts of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe are also affected.In South Africa, malaria occurs in low-lying areas of Mpumalanga and the Northern Province as well as the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. About 10% of South Africans live in malaria risk areas.Reversing the spread of malariaIn 2007 five people died of malaria in Swaziland. The country is one of six SADC member countries named in the organisation’s strategic plan against malaria in the region. In terms of the strategic plan these countries, which include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland, have the potential to be free of malaria by 2015. This is the target set by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals against world poverty, one of which is the complete halt of malaria’s spread and its reversal, along with HIV, tuberculosis, and other major diseases.After a resurgence of malaria in Mauritius following a calm period, the country has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation as the last reported case appeared in 1997. Mauritius has thus achieved one of its Millennium Development Goals.The eradication of malaria in the SADC region is important for many economic sectors, especially tourism, because visitors from non-malarial areas are particularly vulnerable to the disease, having had no exposure to it. Therefore fear of contracting malaria curtails tourism as well as the establishment by foreign companies of local offices.The SADC Malaria Strategic Plan was launched in Zimbabwe in 2001 and lays out a comprehensive and co-ordinated programme to eradicate malaria in the region. The plan aims to reduce malaria deaths by half by the end of 2010 and calls for concerted action from community right up to regional level. The development of a regional epidemic forecasting system in collaboration with national meteorological services is also in progress.SADC is assisted in this goal by such bodies as the Southern African Malaria Elimination Support Team, the WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the Southern African Regional Network of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was established in November 2007 in Zimbabwe.Another strategy, the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative, has been lauded internationally and has been described as possibly the best anti-malaria programme in the world. The initiative is a regional collaboration between Swaziland, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal province. It was launched in 1999 by Swaziland’s King Mswati III, former South African president Thabo Mbeki and the late president Joachim Chissano of Mozambique.The Lubombo anti-malaria programme has had many beneficial effects, among them a significant decrease in malaria outbreaks, a corresponding increase in malaria control capacity, positive spin-offs for tourism, and the creation of a regional malaria monitoring system.A global effortSwaziland is one of a number of countries to receive grants from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and has managed to cut the number of reported cases from 45 000 in 2000 to less than 10 000 in 2007 through its malaria elimination programme.The WHO says that from 2004 to 2006 Africa had a larger increase in funding than any other region, mostly through investments from the Global Fund as well as from bilateral and multilateral organisations, and national governments.In September 2008 the Global Fund announced that it has requested approval from its board of directors for an additional R17-billion ($1.62-billion) over the next two years for its malaria programmes. If granted, says the Global Fund, by 2010 it will be able to give a bed net to every single person at risk. In addition to the 59-million bed nets the organisation has already distributed, the new funding would allow for an additional 100 million nets to be distributed.Swaziland is channelling the latest Global Fund grant through its governmental National Malaria Control Programme, and will now be able to implement rapid diagnostic tests to eliminate delays in getting blood samples to testing facilities and patients to treatment. A rapid diagnostic test provides a diagnosis in minutes and can be used in the field.The funding will also provide for more efficient monitoring of malaria patients and the provision of better health care services in hospitals and clinics and at home, as well as the distribution of more insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets in high-malaria areas. In 2007 every home received one net for children under the age of five and one net per pregnant woman. It is the goal of the programme to supply every person in a home with their own net.Finally, the grant will enable Swaziland to introduce the advanced anti-malarial artesunate combination therapy, which kills malaria parasites quickly. The treatment is more expensive than the current chloroquine regime but recent clinical trials have shown that it is up to 90% more effective, bringing about recovery after three days, especially for the chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum.Slow but sure progressMalaria has a crippling effect on emerging economies as the high child mortality rate affects the labour force, which in poor countries is often comprised of youngsters. And the depletion of Africa’s future human resource capital will have a far-reaching effect in years to come. Other socio-economic effects include loss of productivity because of illness and potential brain damage, days lost in education, and loss of investment and tourism.According to the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa, the total economic impact of malaria costs Africa $12-billion every year. The Abuja Declaration was signed by African heads of state in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2000. It presents a concerted strategy to tackle the problem of malaria across Africa by establishing targets for the number of people having access to treatment and protective measures or, in the case of pregnant women, receiving intermittent preventive treatment.The eradication of the disease is also a priority of bodies such as the World Health Organisation. Key methods of control include use of insecticide-impregnated nets; indoor spraying to kill the insects; and prompt treatment of infections.According to the WHO’s annual world malaria report, released in September 2008, the global burden of malaria is still very heavy but the organisation found that access to malaria control interventions, particularly mosquito nets in Africa, increased sharply between 2004 and 2006, the period covered in the report.The WHO reports that in the 18 African countries where relevant information was available for 2006, the percentage of children protected by insecticide-treated nets increased from 3% in 2001 to 23% in 2006. Procurement and distribution of antimalarial medication also increased tremendously up to 2006.Preventable and curableMalaria is transmitted by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes and is caused by any one of four species of the Plasmodium parasite. Once in the human body the parasites congregate and multiply in the liver and then move out into the blood, infecting and destroying red blood cells and waiting for the next mosquito to come along.Symptoms usually include fever, shivering, headache, and vomiting, and appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If left untreated, malaria can be fatal because groups of infected blood cells clump together and cause blockages in blood vessels, disrupting the blood supply to the brain and other vital organs. Blood cells are also ruptured when parasites break out of them, causing severe anaemia.There are a number of preventive and control methods available. These include personal measures, such as preventing mosquitoes from entering the house or hiding indoors. Protection of humans from being bitten, whether through clothing, mosquito repellents or coils, or nets, especially treated nets, is all-important.Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent parasites from multiplying in the blood and leading to a wider spread of the disease and more death. Compliance with treatment is crucial.Control of the mosquitoes themselves is an important part of any malaria control strategy, and involves the prevention of egg-laying and development of eggs into adults, as well as elimination of adult mosquitoes and protection against bites.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesHealthcare in South AfricaAdventurer spreads his nets wide Research into tropical diseasesAlive & Kicking up a stormUseful linksMalaria in Southern AfricaWorld Health Organisation – malariaThe Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and MalariaRoll Back Malaria partnershipSouthern African Development CommunityMapping malaria risk in AfricaSwaziland’s health statisticsSouth African Department of Health – statisticsLubombo Spatial Development InitiativeMalaria No MoreVoices for a Malaria-Free FutureSouthern Africa malaria control
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In order to continue to fuel the discovery of new solutions and solve big challenges in human health, agriculture and food, it will be critical to cultivate the next generation of leaders in science. Emma Burchett, Jacob Kirkland, Jacob Serio, and Lucy Smith recently got their chance to hone their agri-science skills at the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science in Washington, D.C.Amanda Forquer, OSU Extension 4-H Educator in Morrow County, escorted the youth to this four-day Summit which was held at the National 4-H Conference Center, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Nearly 250 youth were immersed in an agenda focused on a variety of agri-science topics relevant to agriculture including: soil health, animal biosecurity, agribusiness, drones, honey bees, and precision farming.Attendees from across the country had the opportunity to build their science skills in more than 15 sessions led by a number of industry leaders and mentors.“Because of the attendees being from so many different states I really enjoyed the diversity of everyone’s ideas. With having different backgrounds people had multiple ways of solving the same problems,” Burchett said.Youth enjoyed the interactive sessions as they were easy to follow and most importantly easy to learn about science. One workshop paired eight youth with a scientist from Bayer. The scientist guided the students through a simulation of the process necessary to get the idea of a new product, to having it available to consumers.“I didn’t realize how much time and the amount of money that is involved with bringing a product to market,” Serio said.Two hours was dedicated to youth interacting directly with people working in the field of agriculture. This gave them the opportunity to learn how these successful professionals went from high school students to where they are today. They learned what schooling/training is needed, experience needed, how networking with professionals in the field is invaluable, and so much more.Throughout the conference our team of four had to develop a plan to solve a problem that they felt was happening within their community. The team created a presentation, Sparking Youth’s Interest in Agriculture, which would educate the community about 4-H and FFA which will result in them learning more about agriculture.The 2018 National Youth Summit on Agri-Science was sponsored by Bayer. Science matters, a nationwide collaboration between Bayer and National 4-H Council, leverages Bayer’s more than 150 years of scientific breakthroughs and 4-H’s century of hands-on learning to equip more than 25,000 youth with tools and support they need to deepen their understanding of science.
By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about the cost of getting ready for a disaster, and how some people don’t—or how they go too far. Here we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what you can do to prepare your household and family for a disaster while not completely breaking your budget.Photospin/Alexander MatvienkoPrepare early.The key to emergency preparedness on a budget is giving yourself plenty of time to get ready. As we’ve seen time and time again, when disaster is bearing down, people panic, and prices go up. To avoid this last-minute hysteria, purchase a set of basic supplies and have them on hand year-round so you don’t end up in a pickle using Perrier to brush your teeth. If you have limited space and are unable to store water, we have some solutions for that further down.Having a long timeline will also permit those on tight budgets to put away “a little bit” every week or month to prepare. If taking out a large amount of cash all at once (since cash may be needed in any emergency) will be a problem, start saving change and small bills. Ditto for building up a simple emergency pantry: one extra can of tuna a week won’t add much to your grocery bill.Think reusable instead of short-termIn the panic before a blizzard or hurricane, people often buy up a lot of bottled water and cheap flashlights. This is only natural, but especially if you live in an area where this kind of emergency happens with some regularity, it may be time to rethink. Solar or crank lanterns and flashlights do not need batteries; once bought, you will not have make that purchase again. As far as water goes (FEMA recommends having enough for 3 days, at a gallon per person a day), consider purchasing refillable containers like an Aquatainer, or a water filter like a LifeStraw (technology here has really advanced). These items will not need to be dumped and then rebought time after time. Remember, too, that there are other ways to store water in the short term for drinking and washing, including:–In large pots, canning jars, water coolers, food-grade buckets, or 2-liter soda bottles–In the bathtub or washing machine (for washing only)Watch for sales and bulk dealsBottled water, first aid supplies, batteries, and other emergency needs all go on sale regularly, so if you’re watching, you’ll be able to stock up when the price is low. In addition, certain items go on sale at predictable times—for instance, camping gear is often cheap at the end of the summer, so this is a great time to buy flashlights and sleeping bags.Protect your food and know how to shop smart for emergency foodLosing a full fridge and freezer’s worth of food can be very expensive, not to mention unpleasant. Average estimated costs for having to ditch the contents of your refrigerator are about $150. To avoid this possibility, first, make an effort to “cook through” some of your frozen items if the disaster is one that gives some warning, such as a blizzard or hurricane. In addition, before the storm arrives, freeze water in Ziploc bags or plastic containers to take up room in your freezer and help keep things cool. If loss of power appears imminent and you are staying in your home, move the food you plan to eat to a smaller cooler with ice, then keep the fridge and freezer closed! Once power is lost, you can even place a heavy blanket or comforter around it and tape it if you want to get serious. An undisturbed freezer will keep food frozen for 1-2 days, depending on how much is in it. To ensure that your food is still safe to eat, visit How to Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage from Foodsafety.gov.As far as what food to purchase, the frugal approach is to buy or prepare food you’ll still want to eat even if the threat never comes to pass. That way, it won’t feel like money down the drain. Remember, although shelf stable food can be kept for some time, it still should be eaten every year or two, depending on the type of food.Some suggestions for food you can store longer-term include:–Granola bars–Dried fruit and nuts–Cereal or granola (eat with dried, reconstituted milk or shelf stable milk)–Canned or vacuum-packed soups, pastas, fruit, beans, and fish or meat–Jerky–Crackers, rice cakes–Nut buttersFor a disaster you can anticipate, such as a hurricane or snowstorm, it’s possible to cook a day or two ahead or purchase food that will last for a short time at room temps. For instance, try:–Homemade or bakery-made baked goods–Carrots, apples, and citrus fruit–Hard cheeses–Homemade air-popped popcorn–Tomatoes (for sandwiches, or mixed with beans or canned meats)–Dry-cured sausagesDon’t have a gas or camping stove? An inexpensive can of Sterno can heat a can of soup or beans in a pinch.Avoid ready-made “disaster preparedness” kitsThough it may seem tempting and convenient to purchase a pre-made disaster preparedness kit, the quality of the items is likely to be very low for the price paid. It will be a better bargain to buy items separately and assemble your own kit. Sites like The Sweethome carry reviews for common emergency supplies like lanterns and weather radios.Hopefully, these tips will help families prepare for a disaster without these needed preparations being an excess financial burden. Although getting ready for a potential disaster can be expensive, don’t ever forget that not preparing for a disaster can be far more so. Without light, basic medical supplies, water, or food, you may have no choice but to leave. Once a disaster is in progress, this can be not just costly, but dangerous. Stay safe out there.
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Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress-led alliance on Friday made history by routing the Left Front in West Bengal while J. Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK pushed the DMK out of power in Tamil Nadu. (Full coverage of Assembly Polls)In Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) scored a narrow win over the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF). The Congress also headed for a spectacular third term in Assam. But in Puducherry, the party’s alliance with the DMK lost power to the AINRC-AIADMK combine. West Bengal (294 seats)The Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance got 226 seats. The Left Front, which ruled the state for 34 years, is way behind at 61 seats.Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee accepted defeat and resigned. The Left Front was planning to hold a meeting within a week to discuss the reasons for its defeat.Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee hailed the win as the “victory of innocent people over years of injustice”. “With this historic win, the people of Bengal have been liberated. The Trinamool (government) will bring democracy to Bengal,” Mamata told a swarm of supporters outside her Kolkata home.”It’s a mandate the people of Bengal had been waiting for. It has come after a long struggle,” she said.Mamata invited her allies Congress and the SUCI to join the state government.The Trinamool wave didn’t spare even the Left Front stalwarts. Among the prominent losers were Buddhadeb from Jadavpur and Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta from Khardaha.Tamil Nadu (234 seats)Tamil Nadu gave an overwhelming mandate to the AIADMK combine, which won 204 seats as against the DMK’s 30.advertisement”I convey my profound gratitude to the people for giving us a decisive mandate,” Jayalalithaa said.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi accepted defeat and resigned even as the AIADMK hinted that it had no intention of sharing power with its allies.AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai said the party would get full majority and “there is no point in forming a coalition government”.”The people have voted to root out the DMK’s corrupt government. It is the duty of my leader to take the necessary action and go through all these cases,” Thambidurai said.The AIADMK wave swept all the regions of the state. Spiralling prices, power cuts and corruption, especially the 2G spectrum scam, appeared to have cost Karunanidhi’s party the most. The run-up to the elections had seen no visible anti-incumbency wave and pre-poll surveys had predicted a close fight between the two major Dravidian parties. Kerala (140 seats)The UDF managed to wrest power from the CPI(M)-led LDF with a majority of just two seats. The UDF won 72 seats to get a simple majority as against the LDF’s 68.Although the LDF lost, the CPI(M) emerged as the single largest party with 45 seats while Congress got 38 seats.The Indian Union Muslim League and Kerala Congress (Mani), which command a good following in the Muslim and Christian dominated areas, contributed significantly to the UDF’s victory.The prominent UDF winners were its chief ministerial probable Oommen Chandy, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, IUML leader P.K. Kunhalikutty and Kerala Congress leader K.M. Mani. For the LDF, CPI(M) veteran V.S. Achuthanandan scored a hat-trick of wins from Malampuzha. While most of his cabinet colleagues won, Devaswom Minister Ramahandran Kadnapally, Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran and Youth Affairs Minister V. Surendran Pillai lost.Assam (126 seats)The ruling Congress got 78 seats. The AGP got 10 seats and others 38.Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi won from Titabor constituency and almost all his ministers, barring Culture and Sports Minister Bharat Narah, romped home with comfortable margins. “We won because of our welfare measures and we will continue our development work,” Gogoi said.Puducherry (30 seats)Ousting the Congress, the AINRC-AIADMK combine secured a majority by winning 20 seats. The AINRC won 15 seats and the AIADMK 5.The Congress-DMK won only nine seats. The Congress won seven of the 17 seats it contested and DMK two of the 10 it fought. One seat was won by an Independent. – With PTI inputs