Saving – Direct Vanqex http://directvanqex.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 07:36:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://directvanqex.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Saving – Direct Vanqex http://directvanqex.com/ 32 32 Tesco launches prepaid debit card with linked savings account | Banks and building societies https://directvanqex.com/tesco-launches-prepaid-debit-card-with-linked-savings-account-banks-and-building-societies/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/tesco-launches-prepaid-debit-card-with-linked-savings-account-banks-and-building-societies/

Tesco’s banking arm has launched a prepaid debit card with a linked savings account that is available to the 20 million customers who hold one of the retailer’s Club cards.

The new offer, called Tesco Clubcard Pay+, is designed to help people budget and save, the company said. You can top up the debit card from any UK bank account.

The Clubcard Pay+ is not designed to be used as a primary bank account and should not be confused with a current account in its own right. It doesn’t have an overdraft, you can’t set up direct debits, and there are fees to be aware of.

Customers get a payment account with a debit card that can be used anywhere Visa is accepted, as well as a savings account called Round Up.

Shoppers can add money to their Clubcard Pay+ account – allowing them to limit their grocery spending if they wish – by linking it to any UK bank account, using the Tesco app Bank.

Customers can also choose to “save while they shop” by rounding up their purchases to the nearest pound, with the difference going to the Round Up account.

This account pays 0.25% variable interest and buyers can manage it through the app. Your Round Up balance can be transferred out of your account at any time.

Several other UK banks, including Lloyds, Halifax and new digital player Chase, offer similar features that allow people to turn loose change into savings. Interest rates on these vary: some of Lloyds Bank’s eligible accounts pay as little as 0.01%, while Chase currently offers 5%.

The launch of this new way to pay comes just weeks after Tesco Bank closed all of its current accounts.

Pay+ was initially offered to a limited number of customers last March and is now available to all Clubcard members living in the UK and aged 18 or over.

The debit card acts as a Club card.

As an added benefit, for the first 100 days after opening an account, customers receive an additional Clubcard point for every £1 spent at Tesco with Clubcard Pay+.

In addition to points collected at Tesco, you also get a Clubcard point for every £8 spent outside of Tesco (there are some exclusions).

There are a number of things Clubcard Pay+ does not allow, including direct debits and standing orders.

Also be aware that if your account balance drops below zero – for example, if a store accepts a payment without verifying that there is enough money in your account – you will need to top it up immediately. If you fail to do so, Tesco Bank says: “We may take steps to suspend and eventually close your Clubcard Pay+ and Round Up accounts.” However, the bank will not charge you for refusing or authorizing payments due to lack of funds.

The bank does not currently offer joint accounts or allow other people to be added to the account, but this may change in the future.

Not a good card to use abroad: a 2.75% foreign exchange fee applies to all Clubcard Pay+ debit card transactions made outside the UK. If you withdraw cash from an overseas ATM in a foreign currency (except Euros), you will be charged an additional 1% cash withdrawal fee.

Money held in the accounts is protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Official Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

The move represents an expansion of Tesco Bank’s financial services ambitions after it closed all of its current accounts in November last year, seven years after it launched in that market.

The MoneySavingExpert.com website states that while Clubcard Pay+ can be an easy way to earn extra points in the short term, “in the long term, it’s possible to earn a lot more in points or cashback using a credit card. with rewards, provided you only use it for normal expenses and pay it back in full each month.”

]]> Flipkart Big Saving Days sale to start on January 17 with deals, discounts on smartphones and TVs https://directvanqex.com/flipkart-big-saving-days-sale-to-start-on-january-17-with-deals-discounts-on-smartphones-and-tvs/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:22:51 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/flipkart-big-saving-days-sale-to-start-on-january-17-with-deals-discounts-on-smartphones-and-tvs/

Flipkart has announced that it will launch its next big sale on Monday, January 17. Called Big Saving Days, the Flipkart sale will run for six days until January 22 and will bring deals, discounts and offers on various smartphones and gadgets, including digital ones. cameras, smartwatches and truly wireless stereo (TWS) headphones. Flipkart also claims to be offering discounts on various TVs and home appliances in its upcoming sale. Additionally, the Walmart-owned e-commerce company has partnered with ICICI Bank to offer instant discounts on a range of products.

The Big Saving Days sale will go live for Flipkart Plus members a day earlier – at 12 p.m. on Sunday, January 16. The online market also began hosting curtain-raising offers between January 13 and 15 to get its next sale off to an early start.

Via a dedicated webpage, Flipkart announced that there would be deals on smartphones from companies including Apple, Realme, Poco, and Samsung. The Flipkart Big Saving Days sale will also bring up to 80% off electronic items, up to 60% off smart wearables including smartwatches and fitness bands, and up to 40% off on laptops.

Flipkart also offered to offer up to 75% off smart TVs and home appliances. Plus, there will be up to 80% off Flipkart Originals.

Brands such as Blaupunkt, Kodak and Thomson have separately announced that there will be discounts on their Android-based smart LED TVs during the Flipkart sale. Likewise, smartphone vendors including Infinix have announced discounts on their models.

In addition to deals and offers, the Flipkart Big Saving Days sale will bring an instant 10% discount to customers making purchases using ICICI bank cards and EMI transactions. There will also be free EMI options and trade-in offers on a range of devices.

Similar to Flipkart, Amazon is holding its four-day Great Republic Day sale starting January 17. The online marketplace revealed deals and discounts earlier this week.


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Restrictions on trophy hunting imports are not the solution to saving vulnerable species https://directvanqex.com/restrictions-on-trophy-hunting-imports-are-not-the-solution-to-saving-vulnerable-species/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:24:10 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/restrictions-on-trophy-hunting-imports-are-not-the-solution-to-saving-vulnerable-species/

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Unlike the campaign by animal rights organizations and celebrities launched to promote the subject, trophy hunting is known to be able to provide a variety of important conservation and economic benefits.

The government’s proposals to ban the importation of hunting trophies have been criticized by many in the scientific community.

A letter signed by a growing number of prominent conservation practitioners described the proposals as “ill-conceived” and “unlikely to deliver any of the claimed conservation benefits”. He continues, “it threatens to reverse many conservation gains while undermining the livelihoods, rights and autonomy of rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.”

Where trophy hunting has ceased, human-wildlife conflicts are increasing, often to the detriment of wildlife

The act of hunting, let alone trophy hunting, may not be to everyone’s liking. However, it can benefit both the environment and the community in a sustainable way. Where trophy hunting has ceased, human-wildlife conflicts are increasing, often to the detriment of wildlife.

More recently, Pakistan’s Wildlife Department sold four hunting licenses for the endangered markhor, raising $ 575,000. Local governments received 80 percent of the license fees, with the remainder going to the government. The incentive offered by the trophy hunting program has spawned new ethical standards among local communities, who now protect their wild game species as an economic asset. Without trophy hunting, this species would be extinct.

Trophy hunting has an equally positive impact in sub-Saharan Africa. So much so that four of the five best performing countries in the world in megafauna conservation are in the region. Their connection is that they all use trophy hunting as part of their conservation strategy.

In the 1970s, Kenya enacted a trophy hunting ban on its roughly 1.5 million game heads. Over the next four decades, their wildlife numbers were reduced to around 80% of their 1970s level. Simultaneously, South Africa made the decision to embrace the use of wildlife and support trophy hunting. Game populations have flourished and now exceed 20 million heads.

The southern white rhino is a well-known hit. South Africa is home to 90 percent of the world’s population, mainly through the conservation efforts of those with hunting interests. Kenya’s numbers have plummeted due to poaching. The failure to conserve the species has led the country to import animals from South Africa.

Poaching is listed as a main factor in the imminent extinction of some species. The same cannot be said for trophy hunting.

Trophy hunting, contrary to many arguments, is a carefully regulated activity – the main purpose of which is to conserve species for their longevity. This is to state the obvious that where activity is undertaken in an unsustainable manner, it must be stopped. Fortunately, through national and international law, there are already countless measures to combat bad and illegal practices.

If the government is to propose legislation, it must be based on meaningful and impartial consultation with local governments, communities and individuals. It must respect known science, accept new science and in no way disrupt ongoing conservation projects around the world.

If the government wishes to have a real impact, it should investigate issues related to human-wildlife conflict, illegal trade and the devastating consequences of poaching. Tinkering around the edges with the gesture policy will have no noticeable benefit to the wildlife on the ground.

Dr Conor O’Gorman is the campaign and policy leader for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

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Eight children born with a “devastating” genetic disease in England became the first in the world to receive pioneering treatment to prevent them from going blind.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London are testing a drug they believe could save the sight of children with CLN2-type Batten disease. Brineura, already effective in animals, is given to four boys and four girls on a compassionate basis.

The revolutionary treatment works by restoring a “missing” enzyme that the nerves in the back of the eyes need to function. Clinicians and families hope that a body of evidence accumulating over the next year will allow the drug to be made more widely available to affected children around the world.

CLN2 disease is caused by a change in a gene responsible for the production of a vital enzyme in the nervous system. The enzyme recycles waste, and without it, waste accumulates. CLN2, which affects 50 children in the UK and hundreds around the world, causes seizures first and then a gradual decrease in their ability to walk, speak and see, as well as progressive dementia. The life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.

The Carroll family has been struck twice by CLN2: Amelia, eight, and her brother Ollie, 10, both have it. It’s too late to save Ollie’s sight, but Amelia has been selected for trial.

Their mother, Lucy, from Cheshire, said: “We have seen our son Ollie go blind, and now the same thing is starting to happen to Amelia. But we were given this chance, this hope. Saving the sight of a child would be amazing and would make such a big difference to Amelia’s quality of life.

Carroll said “any vision” saved for Amelia would be “better than nothing,” adding, “We just hope she can prove that this treatment works so that children in the future can have it in both eyes and it will save their sight. “

Lucy and Mike Carroll with Ollie and Amelia. Photography: Richard Saker / The Observer

With Ollie turning 11 in January, Carroll is aware he may not have much longer to live. “We have learned to live each day like the last,” she said. “And create as many memories as possible – just spend as much time as possible with the kids as a family.”

The drug being tested is already being used to help prevent neurological deterioration in children with Batten disease. Brineura was first approved for use on the NHS in 2019 and is given directly to the brain through a regular infusion. It has been shown to restore enzyme activity and slow the onset of disability.

But although it is effective in preventing loss of movement and speech, brain perfusion does not prevent children from losing sight because it cannot reach the nerves in the eye. In the Great Ormond Street Hospital program, clinicians use the small amount of medicine that is left in the perfusion in the brain and inject it directly into the back of children’s eyes.

The eight patients – aged 4 to 10 – were chosen by doctors to test the treatment given under general anesthesia after it was found to be safe and effective in animals. Doctors treat one eye per child every two months, and after one year they will compare the difference in vision between the two eyes.

The trial was only made possible after a huge fundraising campaign by the families of children affected by the disease and the Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA). Together they have raised over £ 200,000, in hopes the lawsuit could be life-changing for others.

A second child undergoing the new treatment is eight-year-old Londoner Kavyansh.

Eight-year-old Kavyansh, who was diagnosed with CNL2 at the age of four.
Eight-year-old Kavyansh, who was diagnosed with CNL2 at the age of four.

His father, Dr Rahul Dubey, said: “Kavy was diagnosed with CLN2 when he was only four years old and nothing could have been more devastating. The brain infusions helped stabilize Kavy, but seeing his vision deteriorate over the years and make him lose confidence was very painful.

“Like so many other families of children with this terrible disease, we knew we had to do whatever we could and worked closely with the GOSH clinical team to help get this program started. We feel extremely lucky that Kavy has a chance to keep what little sight he has left; it means everything to us.

Dr Paul Gissen, Honorary Consultant in Pediatric Metabolic Diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “Enzyme replacement therapy given to the brain has completely changed the lives of children with CLN2-type Batten disease, but it was difficult. to see their eyesight deteriorate even as their other physical symptoms are better controlled. The multidisciplinary team at GOSH worked hard to find a way to try and treat this and this was only possible through fundraising and the tireless work of the families of the patients.

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The warming center provides vital access to warmth and shelter https://directvanqex.com/the-warming-center-provides-vital-access-to-warmth-and-shelter/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 01:57:43 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/the-warming-center-provides-vital-access-to-warmth-and-shelter/

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – The first week of the Beckley Community United Methodist Church Warming Center brought warmth and shelter to those who may have had no other choice.

The shelter opens when the temperature drops below 15 degrees, and when two winter storms hit the area in a week, access to heat can save lives.

“The potential is that someone could freeze to death if they were outside in this weather or if they suffered from frostbite or hypothermia, so having this resource available is essential,” said Trena Dacal, Executive Director of United Way of Southern West Virginia.

The cost of heating is expected to increase by up to 50 percent this winter, following a nationwide trend of rising costs and inflation. This can make access to heat when it’s needed even more difficult for low-income families and Dacal said this results in an increased need in the community for the heated shelter this winter.

“It’s available to anyone who needs to get out of the elements,” Dacal said. “Whether they’re homeless or living at home and having trouble with the heating, or maybe by fluke their oven has gone out, for whatever reason if they have. need to find a warm, safe place that will be open. “

For Dacal, meeting the need for shelter in the community is a collaborative partnership between the town of Beckley, local first responders and community leaders. She hopes the heated shelter will continue to save Beckley’s lives.

“If even one person was able to get out of the cold, we would call it a success, which is a bit of a stretch because we hate that people need to use this type of resource, but we are very proud and happy to being able to collaborate with the people who are successful and having it available as a resource, ”said Dacal.

The boiler room will be open on Friday January 7, 2022, from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday January 8, 2022.

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A disabled veteran burned to the ground while saving his wife and children from the fire at Bryan’s house; mother remains in critical condition https://directvanqex.com/a-disabled-veteran-burned-to-the-ground-while-saving-his-wife-and-children-from-the-fire-at-bryans-house-mother-remains-in-critical-condition/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 03:22:52 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/a-disabled-veteran-burned-to-the-ground-while-saving-his-wife-and-children-from-the-fire-at-bryans-house-mother-remains-in-critical-condition/

BRYAN, Texas – City of Bryan Fire Marshals completed their investigation into a devastating house fire early Tuesday evening, after determining that an electrical problem with an extension cord was the cause of the blaze .

Jon Paul McPeake, a disabled military veteran, pulled his wife and four young children from the flames of his Carter Creek home on Tuesday night, burning himself in the process. He’s still being watched for smoke inhalation now.

Bryan’s Vice Fire Lt. Ethan Ballard has analyzed the internal structure and selected a few items for the family to save.

“One of the individuals was in the military, and I was able to find his ceremonial uniform, and I pulled it out for him,” Ballard said.

The fire started around 6 p.m. Tuesday night in the McPeakes’ living room, involving an overheated electrical cord and surge protection tape. The smoke detectors in the house didn’t seem to work at the time. An adult, Jon Paul’s mother, Trish, tried to escape through a window with the help of a neighbor, but was unsuccessful. Firefighters entered the residence, then walked through the flames to save it.

“The crews had a heavy fire while they were in there, and they knocked out the fire and several people helped them out through the front door,” Ballard said.

Trish was airlifted to Houston and remains in critical but stable condition in a hospital there. Firefighters noted that the family’s dogs had perished on Tuesday evening.

Bryan Fire Chief Richard Giusti said tragedies like this happen to families all the time, unfortunately, as most people routinely overlook safety hazards.

“Fires can happen no matter what,” he said. “You know, you just can’t explain anything. But have a plan and get your smoke detectors working, too. Check them regularly. “

A GoFundMe has been launched to help the McPeakes:

Fundraiser by Michelle Stephens: McPeake Family Fire (gofundme.com)

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Local Electricity Cooperative Shares Cold Weather Energy Saving Tips https://directvanqex.com/local-electricity-cooperative-shares-cold-weather-energy-saving-tips/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 02:33:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/local-electricity-cooperative-shares-cold-weather-energy-saving-tips/

PINE BELT, Mississippi (WDAM) – From a hot week’s vacation to freezing New Year’s temperatures, the Pine Belt experiences extreme weather conditions.

How do you make sure you don’t make mistakes with your air conditioning and heating that will cost you more? WDAM is at your side to share the advice of a local electricity cooperative.

Leif Munkel is the Director of Marketing and Communications and Member Services for the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.

“The temperature outside directly affects how much you’re going to pay on your electric bill,” Munkel said.

According to companies, that little box on your wall has a big impact on your wallet.

“I think it goes down into the low 30s 20s, so if you try to keep your thermostat at 70 degrees, and you have a 40 degree difference between the temperature outside and the temperature you are trying to keep inside. your home, your heating systems are going to have to work even harder to try to keep pace, ”Munkel said.

His advice is to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees.

“For every degree above, you’re going to pay about 3% more on your electric bill,” Munkel said.

Other things you should do around the house to keep your air conditioning and heating working properly are changing the air filters every month, checking regularly for air leaks, and sealing them.

“If you keep your house at 68 degrees and it’s 30 degrees outside, you don’t want the air you’ve already heated inside your house to escape because you’re just going to throw it out.” money out the window or out the door, ”Munkel said.

Another tip is to use your curtains and blinds wisely. Open them when the sun is out to maximize natural heat, and close them at night when it’s dark and cold.

“Here at Pearl River Valley Electric, we have an energy efficiency expert who can talk to them, talk to them about their bill. And, they can come in and look at their energy use and be able to determine some issues that might be occurring in their home, ”Munkel said.

If you notice any drastic changes in your electric bill, you should contact your business to discuss them.

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2022 Save the Dates Non-Profit Fundraiser | Way of life https://directvanqex.com/2022-save-the-dates-non-profit-fundraiser-way-of-life/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/2022-save-the-dates-non-profit-fundraiser-way-of-life/

Planning is underway for nonprofit fundraising events and galas in 2022. Details will be announced. Possible changes pending modification of COVID-19 restrictions.

January 19: Over 100 women who care about Colorado Springs 10th anniversary, The Warehouse, 100wwccs.com

January 27: Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild Winter Dinner for Youth Music Programs, US Olympic & Paralympic Museum, $ 200, cspguild.org

February 5: Upadowna Silent Disco fundraiser, dance to music with wireless headphones, enjoy access to outdoor programs, The Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., 7 p.m., $ 20 in advance, $ 25 at the door, eventbrite .com

February 11th : Monte-Carlo masquerade, Colorado Springs Choir, Elegante Hotel

March 3-5: 30th Annual Colorado Springs Wine Festival, seminars, grand tasting, lunch and dinner with wine tasting, benefiting the Colorado Springs Conservatory, The Broadmoor and the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum, csconservatory.org or call 719-577 4556.

12th of March: St. Patrick’s Day Gala, Catholic Charities, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, CCharitiesCC.org

The 17th of March: Recipe for hope, Care & Share Food Bank, The Broadmoor, careandshare.org

May 18: Becky Baker GOLF Foundation, four events, the first on May 18 at the Pueblo Country Club, then at the Broadmoor East Course and in the Denver area, tinyurl.com/2p83nrwn

April 20: Annual Goodwill Dinner, The Broadmoor, goodwillcolorado.org

April 20: More than 100 women who care about Colorado Springs 10th anniversary, L’Entrepôt

April 23: Culinary passport, ACF Pikes Peak Chefs Chapter, Skills Academy. Details to come. PikesPeakChefs.com

April 28: CPCD give kids a head start, three sites, Phantom Canyon, Pinery at the Hill, View House, cpcd.org

May 7: United Way 100th Anniversary Gala at Pikes Peak, The Broadmoor, facebook.com/Pikes PeakUnitedWay

May 7: Chocoholic Frolic, Kidpower, Pinery at the Hill, kidpowercs.org

May 11: Joe Henjum Senior Awards, Senior Resource Council, Creekside Event Center, senior resourcecouncil.org

May 19: Chefs Showcase, Rocky Mountain Health Care PACE, Hotel Elegante, rmpace.org

June 3: 4th annual Sporting Clays event, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Pikes Peak Gun Club, rmhcsoutherncolorado.org

June 11: The angels of America have fallen, Broadmoor, aoafallen.org

June 16: Colorado Springs West Street Breakfast, Downtown Colorado Springs, Benefiting Military Families, cswesternstreetbreakfast.com

July 20: Over 100 women who care about Colorado Springs 10th anniversary, L’Entrepôt,

August 19: 35th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House Charity, Boot Barn Hall, rmhcsoutherncolorado.org

August 26: Philanthropy on the farm, Colorado Children’s Hospital, Flying Horse Ranch, email LSuggs@childrenscoloradofoundation.org

October 3: Cameron Memorial Golf Tournament, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Perry Park Country Club in Larkspur, rmhcsoutherncolorado.org

October 19: More than 100 women who care about Colorado Springs 10th anniversary, L’Entrepôt,

November 17: Tribute to the brave breakfast, Home Front Military Network, Broadmoor International Center, homefrontmilitarynetwork.org

REMARK: Email planned nonprofit fundraisers at linda.navarro@gazette.com with 2022 Save the Dates in the subject line.

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GST Council meeting without talks on Omicron, Covid drugs that save lives https://directvanqex.com/gst-council-meeting-without-talks-on-omicron-covid-drugs-that-save-lives/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 15:22:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/gst-council-meeting-without-talks-on-omicron-covid-drugs-that-save-lives/

Even though India has reported its first death from Omircon, and stories of families fanatically seeking to purchase Remdesivir injections during the second wave of Covid reappear in people’s minds, the 46th GST Council meeting did not discuss Omicron or GST about saving corona lives. medications.

The meeting was held here on Friday under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“We have already discussed and given concessional GST rates on Covid-19 treatment drugs at the last GST Council meeting. All GST issues related to corona treatment drugs remain the same as during the 45th GST Council Meeting, “Sitharaman replied after the IANS asked about the GST concession on life-saving corona drugs as a third corona wave is predicted in the country by various experts.

At the 45th GST Council meeting, the extension of concessional GST rates on Covid-19 treatment drugs was approved until December 31, 2021. The GST duty on the infamous Remdesivir injection was by 5% and was extended until December 31. Rescue drugs from Covid-19 namely Amphotericin B, Tocilizumab, Anticoagulants were the others, benefited from the extension of concessional GST rates.

Even a few other Covid-19 treatment drugs like Itolizumab, Posaconazole, Infliximab, Favipiravir, Casirivimab, Imdevimab, Bamlanivimab, Etesevimab and 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose received a reduction in GST level to 5% at the 45th meeting GST Council meeting held on September 17, 2021 in Lucknow.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, the body with all the powers to make decisions on tax rates on various goods and services, has reduced GST rates on treatment drugs corona at its 44th GST Council meeting from June 21 to September 30, 2021, which was subsequently extended at the 45th GST Council meeting until December 31, 2021 as well.

Many Covid treatment drugs have received a reduction in the GST rate from 12% to 5% or zero, which has been welcomed by pharmaceutical companies and the public, but strongly criticized by a few in the community. GST Council, state finance ministers, led by opposition parties because they demanded zero GST on drugs and corona treatment equipment.

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Helena Officer Honored For Rescue Efforts After Crash | Local https://directvanqex.com/helena-officer-honored-for-rescue-efforts-after-crash-local/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 22:50:00 +0000 https://directvanqex.com/helena-officer-honored-for-rescue-efforts-after-crash-local/

Helena Police Department Cpl. Matt Lewis was honored on Wednesday for his rescue efforts after a multiple vehicle crash earlier this month.

The incident took place on December 10, when HPD officers were dispatched to a rollover injury accident near Washington Street and Custer Avenue. At the time, Lewis was only a few blocks from the crash. He quickly responded to the scene and found a vehicle on its side and another vehicle crashed into the water treatment plant. Lewis said he could tell something was different about this crash because he answered before the dispatcher officially made the call.

“The difference about that was you could tell the expedition was stressed,” Lewis said.

Lewis said several vehicles were involved in the crash and several traffic signs were removed in the process. Lewis was able to quickly deduce that the driver of the vehicle near the water treatment plant was in distress. Witnesses at the scene said the woman in the rolled up vehicle was stranded but unharmed. However, the man in the other vehicle was unconscious and had difficulty breathing. The vehicle he was in was still moving and locked. Lewis had to knock on the window to reach the man.

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Lewis said the first thing officers do when they happen to an accident like this is to assess and secure the scene. After observing no safety hazards, he quickly knew this man needed his help.

After making contact with the man, Lewis was unable to get him to respond. Lewis observed that the man was having difficulty breathing and worked to release him from his seat belt. Lewis also asked the next officer at the scene to bring him an automated external defibrillator unit. Lewis was unable to obtain a pulse from the man, who was having sporadic short gasps for air. Officers Tanner Singh and Steven Cornish arrived and handed the AED to Lewis. He attached the device to the man and was advised that the man was not in shock and that CPR should be administered.

“We don’t have a ton of medical training,” Lewis said. “But we know what to do until more qualified medical professionals arrive on the scene.”

Lewis gave the man chest compressions and soon after began to raise his arms and recoil in pain. Lewis stopped doing the compressions and the man’s pulse returned. Lewis tried to communicate with him, but he was again unconscious. Medical units arrived on the scene and set up oxygen. The next day, medical staff informed Lewis that the man had stabilized and had been taken to the VA Hospital for further treatment.

The man had suffered a medical emergency which caused the accident. Corporal Lewis’s swift action played a major role in saving the patient’s life. According to Lewis, the DEA was an invaluable tool and every HPD patrol vehicle has one.

“Thank you for having AEDs in all of our police cars,” Lewis said, as HPD chief Steve Hagen handed him a rescue tape.

The day before the awards ceremony was Lewis’ 10th anniversary joining the HPD as a patrol officer. Lewis spent three of those 10 years in the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the rest as a patrol officer. Lewis and his wife moved to Helena from Minneapolis, Minnesota about 10 years ago. The couple had family and friends in Montana and landed in the capital after Lewis returned to law enforcement school. They now have five children whom they are raising in the community.

“We love it here in the capital,” Lewis said. “We never leave.”

Hagen said Lewis is an officer the community can count on.

“We wanted to acknowledge it because this is one of those instances where we can point it out and say this officer saved this man’s life,” Hagen said. “His actions made a difference.”

Hagen said he wanted to hand over the award before stepping down from the department on Thursday.

Lewis said he didn’t want to make a big deal out of the incident because he was only doing his job.

“I tried to play it down,” Lewis said. “But it feels good that the department is monitoring and recognizing agents for what they do.”

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