Oil Prices Continue to Positively Impact Power Bills

first_img Hotels clean up four islands for Earth Day Recommended for you Related Items:fortis, fuel factor, Oil prices Electricity Supplier says fuel factor down again FortisTCI reports 60% decrease in electricity bills Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Dec 2014 – Oil prices continue to fall around the world, the Turks and Caicos experiences some relief at the pumps and some relieve on electricity bills. Yesterday, Fortis TCI confirmed that the November Fuel Factor Rate will drop yet again; now .2203.last_img read more

Battle Ground teen who lost leg in crash returns home with video

first_img A fundraiser to help offset Justin Carey’s medical expenses will be 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at South Pacific Café and Lounge, 15 E. Main St. in Battle Ground. Ten percent of food and drink proceeds will be matched by the company and given to Carey, along with proceeds from a raffle that will be held simultaneously.Nearly a month after he was struck by a car at a Battle Ground intersection, Justin Carey is finally home. June 10 was a typical morning for the 16-year-old. Carey woke up, got dressed and walked about 100 feet from his house to the school bus stop at Northeast 82nd Avenue and 289th Street, just like he had for the past two years. It was the first day of the last full week of his sophomore year at Battle Ground High School. He looked down at his phone …… And the next thing he knew, he was in the hospital.He said Monday that he doesn’t remember a Nissan Maxima hurtling toward him, hitting him and throwing him 150 feet into nearby bushes. He doesn’t remember lying there for an hour-and-a-half. Nor does he remember crying out for help, a faint sound heard by the man who found him, tow truck operator Charles Barrett.Later in the hospital, when he was told about everything he had been through, he was confused. “I looked down and saw both of my feet and I freaked out for the first couple of minutes,” Carey said.The crash had broken both femurs and severed his femoral arteries. Though he was going through a difficult time, he was about to endure more.About a week-and-a-half into his stay at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Carey contracted an infection. Although, at first she was told it was a staph infection, Carey’s mother, Janette Chumley, said that it was later determined to be pseudomonas. Last week, Justin Carey, 16, made the difficult decision to amputate his leg at the knee after losing most of the lower leg muscle to an infection. Carey is now back at home and beginning physical therapy soon.last_img read more

Prabhu allays privatisation fear seeks private investment

first_img“The railways wants private capital for carrying out its enormous task. Getting private capital is not harmful to public nor to anybody. There should not be any misgiving about it. It is not privatisation,” he said in an informal chat with reporters here.Station development, utilisation of advertising space and commercialisation of vacant land are some of the areas which are being explored by the railways for attracting private investment, besides allowing 100 per cent FDI in the rail sector. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIRailway unions have been raising their voice against any move towards privatisation in the railway sector.Prabhu said at present, the railways is in the need of about Rs 6 lakh crore to Rs 8 lakh crore for completion of its all ongoing projects.He said a White Paper is being prepared to be presented in Parliament which will have all details.“First, there will be a diagnosis, then solution. White Paper is the diagnosis and then we will formulate a plan as a solution to the problems,” he said  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindWhen his attention was drawn towards the claim of Rs 90,000 crore surplus made by the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, he said the prevailing condition in the railways is the result of the policy pursued in the past few years. “It is not because of recent happening. It is because of last 20/25 years that the railways has come to this pass,” he said, without naming anybody.“I am not blaming anybody for this. Whatever problems we will try to solve these,” he added. Emphasising on the drastic need for improvement in the railways, he said, “Improvement in customer service, safety upgradation, and modernisation of rail infrastructure is the need of the hour and these require money.”  He further said there are two sources of getting additional funds. “One is passenger fare, the other is gross budgetary support (GBS).” Prabhu, considered to be pro-reform said, “We need additional resources to improve customer service. Freight tariff is already high. Passengers will happily pay more if we improve service.”  On attracting private investment, the Railway Minister said a new model is being worked out for development of stations with private participation. “It is in the final stage and we will take it to the Cabinet for its approval before launching the model for private players.” He said there is also a remendous scope in earning more from the advertising in rail premises. “We can earn Rs 10,000 crore from advertising alone. The scope and benefit for advertisers in railways are much more than other areas as there is a larger captive audience for longer hours.”last_img read more