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first_imgGujarat’s Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday issued ultimatum to Congress party to clear its stand on the Patidar community’s demand for quota by November 3 or else face the consequences.“Congress must clarify how it proposes to give reservations constitutionally by November 3, 2017. If it does not make its stand clear, an episode similar to Amit Shah could repeat in Surat,” Mr Patel tweeted. November 3 is when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be in Gujarat to campaign for the party. Mr Patel maintained that if the Congress supports their demand and grant the quota in constitutionally acceptable way, then he and the Patidar community will support the party in the Assembly polls.By referring to the Amit Shah episode, the 24-year-old leader spearheading the quota agitation, meant that Mr Shah was forced to curtail his speech within minutes in Patidar-dominated Surat in September 2016 when the community members disrupted the event and tossed the chairs, forcing the organisers to wind up the event in 30 minutes.Dinesh Bambhaniya, a PAAS convener, said the organisation and the community it represented would take a call on whether to support the Congress in the Assembly polls only after the opposition party made its stand clear on the issue.“First, let the Congress party makes its stand clear on the issue and then will reveal our strategy,” Mr Bambhania said.It may be noted that the Congress has maintained that once voted to power in Gujarat, its government would bring a Bill in the Assembly granting 20 % quota benefits to economically backwards among the upper castes from the general category quota.The Gujarat Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in two phases — on December 9 and December 14.last_img read more

first_imgHaryana Environment Minister Vipul Goel on Tuesday said that the government, in an attempt to curb pollution, has directed local officials to report instances of stubble burning within 30 minutes. Gram sachivs and patwaris have been directed to bring such violations during the harvesting season to the notice of concerned Deputy Commissioners immediately.“In case they fail to do so without sufficient cause, it will be treated as dereliction of duty,” said Mr. Goel, while replying to a question during the ongoing budget session here. The Minister also informed that the Haryana State Pollution Control Board has engaged the Haryana Space Application Centre to monitor crop residue burning activities through satellite imagery on a daily basis.“Also SMS alerts regarding incidents of stubble burning are sent to the Deputy Commissioners, the agriculture department and HSPCB officers. Regular monitoring and review meetings are held at the government level to review the situation,” he said, adding that the regional officers of the HSPCB are submitting daily reports on the number of such incidents detected and the amount of penalty imposed and collected.last_img read more

first_imgA computer engineer is accused of planting a logic bomb to wipe out all 4,000 servers at mortgage finance company Fannie Mae, potentially causing millions of dollars in damage and shutting down Fannie Mae for a week. Unix engineer Rajendrasinh Babubha Makwana, 35, was indicted on charges of computer sabotage for planting the malicious code after he was fired from his job at the end of October. The virus was set to detonate at 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 31, but was discovered by another engineer.Makwana, who had worked for Fannie Mae for three years, was told he was being fired because of a scripting error he’d made earlier in the month. According to an FBI affidavit, “Despite Makwana’s termination, Makwana’s computer access was not immediately terminated,” allowing him time to enter the malicious code into the company’s computer system. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgHOUSTON — New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi admitted he didn’t know anything about Yangervis Solarte when he was signed to a minor league deal in January.The rookie is quickly teaching his manager all about himself.Solarte had three hits and an RBI in his first major league start and Derek Jeter drove in a run to give the New York Yankees their first win this season, 4-2 over the Houston Astros on April 3.“You have to give a lot of credit to our scouting department and front office for finding this kid because he gives us a lot of options being a switch-hitter and can play all over the infield,” Girardi said.The 26-year-old Solarte has spent time in the minors with Minnesota and Texas, but never got called up until this season after hitting .429 this spring.“I’ve worked very hard for this, and to be able to help the team, that’s even better,” Solarte said in Spanish through a translator. “These are the small things that are key.”Solarte singled in a two-run third inning which put New York up 2-1. He doubled in the fifth and scored on a single by Jeter to push it to 3-1.Houston cut the lead to one in the bottom of that inning before Solarte came through again, this time with a single that drove in Ichiro Suzuki.Solarte, the third baseman, also had a nifty defensive play when he grabbed a bullet hit right at him by Jose Altuve in the eighth.Ivan Nova allowed six hits, two runs and walked five in 5 2-3 innings. He was helped by a defense which turned four double plays with him on the mound.“This could have been a game where he gave up a lot of runs without those double play balls,” Girardi said. “He made big pitches when he had to.”David Robertson, who took over as closer for Mariano Rivera, pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.Dexter Fowler continued to shine in his first season with the Astros, getting two singles to become the second player in franchise history — and first since Ken Caminiti in 1987 — to begin his Houston career with three straight multi-hit games.“We had our chances, especially early on there,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “I think we hit into four double plays in the first five innings. We had baserunners everywhere. It was probably one big hit away from getting some separation early in the game.”Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer also went 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs while fanning five.Suzuki doubled with two outs in the seventh before scoring on the RBI by Solarte. Solarte’s hit was a high pop-up which dropped right between three Astros players assembled directly in front of home plate.Solarte doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on a two-out single by Jeter to make it 3-1. Jeter was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.Houston got to 3-2 when Jonathan Villar doubled and scored on a single by Fowler in the bottom of the inning. The fourth double play by the Yankees got the first two outs before Chris Carter grounded out to end the inning.Oberholtzer retired the first seven batters he faced before running into trouble. Suzuki and Solarte hit consecutive singles before a third one by Brett Gardner scored Suzuki to tie it at 1-all.Jeter walked and Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly scored Solarte to give New York a 2-1 lead.Fowler and Grossman hit back-to-back singles to start the first before Nova plunked Castro to load the bases. Altuve grounded into a forceout that left Castro out at second and scored Fowler to make it 1-0.Carter walked to load the bases again, but the Yankees turned a double play to limit the damage. The Yankees also used double plays to get out of the third and fourth innings.Castro was also hit by a pitch in the third inning to become the first Astro since Brad Ausmus on April 7, 2007, to be hit twice in a game. He remained in the game before being replaced by Carlos Corporan in the top of the sixth with a bruise on his right foot. X-rays were negative and he is day to day.(KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRamachandra Guha is unlike the known academicians in the country. He may have just finished one of the bulkiest biographies on Mahatma Gandhi, but the intellectual air usually associated with a ‘scholar’ is missing.”Captain Cook is batting on 95,” Guha says, visibly excited to see the English opener on course of his well-deserved century in what would be his last match in Test cricket.Guha’s love for cricket is wellrecorded. But how did a cricket enthusiast stumble upon Gandhi? “I have been stalked by Gandhi all my life. I spent the first 15 years of my career working on the history of Indian environmentalism, whose main actors were influenced by Gandhian ideology. Even while writing cricket books, Gandhi’s name would pop up every now and then, which was odd given the fact he had a profound distaste for popular passions such as cinema and sports.”Guha says his book is different from others in the sense it draws from a much wider range of source materials, including the papers that were in the safekeeping of Pyarelal Nayar, Gandhi’s personal secretary.”Most biographers rely on collective works. Besides Pyarelal’s papers, I have based my work on newspaper stories, archival records, and even intelligence reports.” He also explains how he stumbled upon a lot of source material in the Maharashtra state archives.”I realised Gandhi was in Ahmedabad since 1915, which was then in Bombay presidency. Then, of course, he spent a lot of time in Pune jail, besides being at Sevagram, Wardha.”One of the strengths of the 1,129-page book is that it never tries to be judgmental. “I confess I continue to be a Gandhi admirer, but why should that stop me from not highlighting how his attitude towards BR Ambedkar was often patronising, or that he, for all his saintliness, was an overbearing Indian patriarch who wanted to control the lives of his wife and sons. But he definitely mellowed down later in life. By the 1930s, Gandhi and Kasturba were exchanging letters, and his relations with Devdas were cordial.”advertisementBut for all his fight against the malaise of the caste system, Gandhi had objected to his son Devdas marrying an ‘outsider’. Guha says it would be wrong to confine the decision to his parochial approach.”Gandhi’s initial resistance was influenced by several factors, including his fear of further offending conservative Hindus, already angry at his campaign against untouchability.”The same reason, he says, would have forced Gandhi to step in when his second son, Manilal, wanted to marry a Muslim. “The orthodox elements of both communities would have misused it to create tension.”The book also deals in detail on Gandhi’s relationship with Saraladevi, his “spiritual wife”, as he referred to her in a letter. “I think he was besotted by her and vice versa. They had intense relationship for over a year; then Gandhi cut it off on the advice of Rajaji, but it lingered on,” says Guha, reminding this relationship only makes him see the Mahatma in a more human, rather than saintly, way.Guha, however, agrees that Gandhi’s Muslim policy had its flaws, and so were his dealing with Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who he believed had the ‘last laugh’.”Gandhi formulated his Muslim policy based on his South Africa experience. What he forgot was that outside the country, everyone is Indian, caste and religious lines get blurred. But within India, these differences get overtly manifested.”The author has no time for those who swear by Jinnah’s secularism. “This is rubbish. You can’t quote one speech to whitewash his entire communal project called Pakistan, which was created on religious lines. There are enough evidences to show that he started pitching for Pakistan from 1940 itself.”Apart from Gandhi, if there’s another person who seems to dazzle Guha the most, it’s Ambedkar. “When I first read The Annihilation of Caste many years ago, I was struck by the originality of his thinking. He alone had the intellectual and moral authority to take on Gandhi. And he did, forcing the Mahatma to revisit his stand on caste and untouchability.”Guha’s sympathies are also because of Ambedkar’s modest upbringing. “Gandhi, Nehru and Tagore – the three other towering contemporaries – were all born in comfort. Ambedkar, in contrast, had an extremely tough childhood. He had reasons to have grudges, unlike others.”Guha, however, isn’t surprised to see both Gandhi and Ambedkar being wooed by the Rightwing today.”The RSS is trying to appropriate them, because the Mahatma is the most famous Indian globally, and Ambedkar could get the BJP Dalit votes,” he says matter-offactly. “But the fact is the RSS detested both of them when they were alive.”advertisementThe author’s admiration for Ambedkar – like Gandhi – is wholesome. So, can we expect his next biography on him? Guha laughs – but keeps the suspense intact. Instead, he looks at his mobile and exclaims: “Cook has hit the century!”last_img read more

first_imgUnion Minister of State Ananth Kumar Hegde’s officer on special duty has written to Karnataka’s chief secretary asking him not to include his name in the official invite of Tipu Jayanti.This is the second consecutive year that the minister has expressed displeasure about the state’s decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti.”I condemn the state government’s decision to celebrate Tipu. He was anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada and there is no need to celebrate a tyrant. State government shouldn’t include my name in the official invitation.”- Hegde in his letterDeputy CM Parameshwar said that the government will go ahead and include Hegde’s name as per the protocol and it’s up to the minister to take part of not.”We shouldn’t be blamed later for not including his name.”- ParameshwarThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka has planned to protest against Tipu Jayanti this time too. According to the sources, issue like Tipu Jayanti will help the BJP consolidate their vote bank ahead of the 2019 elections.”People tomorrow will say celebrate Bin Laden Jayanti. Will they do it? Who is Tipu for them? Is he their father or grandfather, what is the need to celebrate him?”- BJP MLA CT Ravi criticised the governmentGovernment, as per schedule, will celebrate Tipu Jayanti on November 10. The police across the state have been told to be on a high alert as in the past there has been multiple reports of violence and casualties during Tipu Jayanti.Read more on Karnataka:Sunny Leone performs in Bengaluru peacefully as fringe outfits back offadvertisementRathore fumes after Karnataka mantri flings sports kits at athletelast_img read more

first_imgDez Bryant almost never ceases to amaze, both on and off the field. Dez, as you know by now, recently wrapped up a $70 million deal. His path to signing his name was winding and circuitous.It was also hilarious.According to Pro Football Talk, Dez put Jerry Jones on his heels last year by posing a question that made for an incredibly funny mental image.Last year, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to negotiate directly with receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant, as a league source explains it to PFT, eventually asked Jones if Jones could cover Bryant on the football field.Jones admitted that he couldn’t do it. And Bryant then said something along the lines of, “Now you know how I feel.”Perfect.They even celebrated that the deal was done without Jerry having to put the pads on!!Hat tip to the Tulsa WorldIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgThe reservations about Morata’s style have centred on his preference for scooting on to through-passes, finding clever angles, rather than holding the ball with his back to goal.It is a tribute to Diego Costa’s all-round bile-ridden craft that he offered both options in the same grizzled package. Could Conte have worked at this with Chelsea’s record signing, dredged a little more from him or even adapted his attacking plans? Apparently not. Easier simply to whinge and bridle, to linger on the flaws in his squad, the impossible black holes.Before kick-off the former Real Madrid and Juventus man had been introduced to the crowd, a little vaguely as “Alvaro Marato”. But he ran eagerly from the start, even if there were some early clanks and groans. Midway through the first half Morata was left writhing on the floor after a lunge by Wes Morgan that applied the full weight of that sack of gravel masquerading as a right thigh to Morata’s big toe.He did not stop, though. Like a rusty racing bicycle easing through the first few revolutions of its wheels, chain clicking, brake blocks hissing, Morata did start to find space, looking ever more menacing as Chelsea held the ball or found space for a cross.The goal was coming. It arrived on 42 minutes, made by Willian, such a wonderful surging presence in the last month. Easing away from a knot of Leicester players in midfield, Willian looked up and threaded in his centre-forward with exactly the right kind of pass, a pass that might have been wrapped with a ribbon and decorated with “Álvaro” in blue frosted icing. Morata seized on it like a starving man, hared in on goal and finished with a beautifully easy shift of his body, slipping the ball nicely past Kasper Schmeichel’s left hand.And suddenly he looked confident, shark-like, romping about with a sense of menace. In part this was a function of Chelsea having so much more possession in the first half, a 60-40 split that removed the need to fight and haggle and scrap for the ball, and freed Morata to make those little runs off the centre-backs. Share via Email Share on Facebook Play Video Read more Leicester found some encouragement as Chelsea slackened. Riyad Mahrez had been particularly disappointing, even his fetching lop-sided canary yellow pie crust hairstyle seeming to droop as the second half wore on. But he began to find his passing range and Jamie Vardy sniped in to grab an equaliser.Pedro headed the winner in extra time. And a minute later Morata left the pitch having run hard and shown at times a real gloss of class in his touch and movement. Indeed, to watch him here was to wonder again why his time at Chelsea has been so disappointing since a fine scoring performance against Atlético Madrid in September. Conte offered faint praise for his “strength” afterwards and this was an admirable return in many ways. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Topics 0:42 Read more Sportblog Most obviously there was a scoring return to the Chelsea attack for Álvaro Morata, in a week when Conte had adopted the fashionable posture of wronged superstar manager, the coach whose only failings are the failings of others, betrayed by the workaday qualities of the human clay at his disposal.Conte has suggested his players overachieved in winning the title last year, credit naturally to his own transformative powers. But even Prospero has a limit to his magic and the suggestion is that Conte clearly was under-backed by his generals.It is a position that sits uncomfortably with the addition this year of a £60m centre-forward who has been left to limp along as an ill-fitting part through the difficult days since Christmas. Morata came to the King Power Stadium having played 42 minutes of football this month and having failed to score since Boxing Day.Conte can moan about his players being beneath his attentions but this is still a high-grade £60m centre‑forward, a player Conte has now been involved in signing twice, in a team that has played to his weaknesses and dwelt on his flaws.Not so much here, though. Instead for an hour Morata provided a gathering sense of life at the point of the Chelsea attack, on the kind of night where the wind scrapes the face like a blunt razor blade and when even the idea of spring, of sun and warmth, seems almost inconceivable.center_img Pedro’s extra-time header takes Chelsea past Leicester into semi-finals Share on Twitter Chelsea Leicester City Antonio Conte pleased with Chelsea’s character after FA Cup win at Leicester – video Antonio, Antonio. And still, just about, Antonio. Never mind the tide of snark on social media, or the sense of death that attaches itself to the endgame of every Chelsea manager; the travelling fans still sing Antonio Conte’s name with the same protective affection as they did from the start at the King Power Stadium.Chelsea kept their season alive here, edging past Leicester City into the FA Cup semi-finals. But this was also a victory studded with a sense of what might have been in another, happier second Conte season. FA Cup semi-final draw: United face Tottenham, Chelsea versus Southampton Share on Messenger Antonio Conte sets Chelsea’s sights on FA Cup final and ultimate victory FA Cup Share on LinkedIn features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgRoma Ref took Champions League final away from Roma – Under Dom Farrell 15:41 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cengiz Under - cropped Getty Images Roma UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final, but the 20-year-old says the Serie A side would be in Kiev if not for the semi-final referee Cengiz Under feels refereeing decisions robbed Roma of a place in the Champions League final.Liverpool take on reigning champions Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday after coming through a remarkable semi-final against the Serie A side that finished 7-6 on aggregate.Jurgen Klopp’s men prevailed 5-2 at Anfield, having raced into a 5-0 lead, while a pair of late goals gave Roma a 4-2 win at the Stadio Olimpico in an eventful return fixture. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Roma sporting director Monchi called for VAR to be introduced in Champions League matches in the aftermath of a second leg where his club had two penalty claims dismissed, while president James Pallotta labelled the officiating “embarrassing” and “an absolute joke” – words that landed him with a UEFA charge.In an interview with beIN Sports Turkey, Under explained he was similarly unimpressed by the efforts of Slovenian referee Damir Skomina as he and his team-mates tried in vain to repeat the comeback heroics that saw off Barcelona in the quarter-final.”Liverpool started very well, they were quickly up 2-0 [in the first leg],” he said. “They were relentless and kept scoring.”After 5-0, everyone was worried on our side. But they got tired as the game went on. In the last 15 minutes, we were dominant and scored two goals. If there were five minutes more, we could have scored a couple more.”In Rome, there were two penalties which should have been given for us. I don’t want to criticise the referee, I’m only 20 years old but that’s the truth.”I could have been in Kiev today. They took that away from us. That’s my opinion.”Geri dönüşlerin hastasıyız! There is a very famous Turkish saying; “We love the comebacks!”  @championsleague #DajeRoma— Cengiz Ünder (@cengizunder) April 10, 2018Under struggled to make an impression in Eusebio Di Francesco’s side during the first half of this season, after joining from Istanbul Basaksehir.A burst of six goals in as many matches at the start of February kick-started his fledgling career in the Italian capital and the forward has Scudetto ambitions for 2018-19.”I have a lot to do next season for Roma,” he said. “During the first half of the season I had adaptation issues.”But, at the winter break, I told myself that I was going to be a different Cengiz and I was a different Cengiz in the second half of the season. Scoring goals at consecutive games made me feel confident in myself.” Under added: “We want to end Juventus’ streak. We can do it. This season, we have won important games, like the [4-2 victory] against Napoli.”That game was in our total control. We reached the Champions League semi-finals. We have had a good season.”last_img read more

first_imgAngers midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide has revealed that Unai Emery told him he wasn’t needed at Arsenal when he took the managerial reigns in 2018.The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in 2015 after beginning his senior career with Lens but made just eight senior appearances in his three years at the club.The Frenchman was shipped off on loan to Angers in January 2018, before making his move permanent the following summer and has since managed to earn his stripes in his homeland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Reine-Adelaide featured in 35 of Angers’ 38 matches in Ligue 1 this season, helping the team comfortably avoid relegation with a 13th place finish.He also contributed three goals and three assists, ultimately earning a place in the Les Bleus U-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships.Looking back on his time at Arsenal, Reine-Adelaide believes he was never given the chance to prove himself, while also revealing that Emery sat him down to tell him he had no use for him at the Emirates.”It is true that I would like to speak a little less of Arsenal. I was young. It was complicated,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview. “There was so much competition that it was difficult to get into the coach’s line-up.”He [Emery] told me that the club did not rely too much on me. I took a blow, but Angers was on the lookout. It was a new chance, a new beginning. The train does not pass often and I was happy to get back in the right car.”Jeff Reine-Adelaide Arsenal 2017-18The ex-Arsenal ace insists he has earned his spot in France’s national set-up after a successful first year with Angers, which has seen him adapt to a central midfield role.The young playmaker was previously deployed as a winger in north London, but he now operates as a playmaker in the middle of the park for Angers – a position which he feels suits him better.”Of course. It’s a reward. My season had started well, then I had a hole. I bounced back and today I am rewarded for my work. I invested a lot and it is the reward of a beautiful season.”This is clearly the position I feel best. I started there when I was younger. After, I was on the wings, but for me, it is where I can most exploit my qualities best.”I am a ball player and in the middle, it is we who dictate the game. We must do it wisely, helping our partners. We must defend as well. I especially like to command the tempo. I look a lot at professional players in this position, and some inspire me a lot.”Reine-Adelaide went on to name Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as one his role models, along with former Arsenal star Abou Diaby.”I watch a lot what Pogba does, with Manchester or in France,” he added. “Before, there was also Abdou Diaby. He is a player who has always impressed me. He was one of the best at his job.”There are plenty of others, but Pogba and Diaby are the two that I have watched the most because we have the same slender profile.”When quizzed on a potential transfer this summer, Reine-Adelaide also refused to rule out a move to a “big club” in the near future, responding: “We do not know what is happening tomorrow, but I would like to stay in France to continue moving up before, why not, joining a big club.”last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State buckeyes football helmet.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Glvoer-Williams, a former four-star recruit who left Ohio State this past season, has found a new place to play college football. It’s somewhat of a surprising pick.The former top 100 recruit is headed to the Division II ranks. He’ll play for Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.The news was broken by Bill Greene of Canton McKinley and Ohio State athlete Eric Glover-Williams is headed to Slippery Rock to continue his career. Former 4-star that can play either side of the football. #THEROCK— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) May 27, 2018Glover-Williams played this past season for East Mississippi Community College.The former four-star recruit was highly pursued coming out of high school. He was a consensus top 100 recruit, but failed to crack the top of the depth chart at Ohio State.Some projections had him ending up at Kentucky, but he appears to have chosen Slippery Rock instead.Best of luck to Eric moving forward.last_img read more

first_imgAn Antigonish County family that manage a 190-acre woodlot in North Lochaber are the winners of Nova Scotia’s 2010 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award. “The Department of Natural Resources is proud to present the 2010 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award to Jim Webber and his family,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “Mr. Webber and his family have demonstrated outstanding innovations in integrated resource management.” The Webbers were chosen as the provincial winners for their excellent planning and management. The property has been salvaged from neglect and molded into a thriving woodlot, including 36 acres of blueberry farm, 10 acres of grassland, and a Christmas tree farm. The woodlot provides a source of income, a place for recreation, and a means to an enjoyable lifestyle. Within a few years of purchasing the woodlot, Mr. Webber developed a management plan with the assistance of Scott and Stewart Forestry Consultants Ltd., following forestry trends, and updating his management plan to reflect the Forestry Stewardship Councils (FSC) Maritimes Standards. The Webbers have been implementing sustainable practices since acquiring their woodlot, allowing only small areas of the woodlot to be harvested at a given time. This has fostered the development of uneven-aged stands and the maintenance of wildlife habitat. The 2010 Woodlot Owner of the Year Award will be presented to the Webber family, along with their award as winners of the eastern region, at a public field tour of their woodlot on Oct. 2. Other regional winners recognized are Dave Thomas and family of North Range, Digby Co., in the western region, and George Post and family of West River Station, Pictou Co., in the central region. The Department of Natural Resources receives several nominations for the award each year. All nominations are evaluated by department staff for regional winners, while the provincial winner is selected by a committee of two foresters, a wildlife technician, and an environmental studies undergraduate student. Nova Scotia residents who own 20 to 800 hectares of woodland in the province are eligible for woodlot owner awards. Nominations are accepted at Department of Natural Resources offices until April 15 each year. More information is available on the department’s website at read more

On July 19 a woman, 63 year old L.A. Premawathi, and her 33 year old daughter were found dead in their house at Kahawatte. The police today offered a Rs. 1 million reward for any information which could lead to a breakthrough over the investigations into the double murder in Kahawatte last month.According to the police the reward has been offered on the instructions of IGP N.K. Illangakoon and the identity of the informants will be kept strictly confidential. The incident sent shockwaves in the area which is already reeling from a spate of similar murders over the past few years. The police media unit said that information over the latest incident in Kahawatte could be provided on 077-3350556, 077-7425960, 011-2422176 or 011-2320141. read more

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2013 4:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Agricultural issues stalling Canada-Europe trade deal, EU official says OTTAWA – The Canada-European Union free trade talks are nearing an end with agriculture issues the last major stumbling block to an agreement both sides say will boost economic growth, the EU ambassador Matthias Brinkmann said Thursday.In a free-wheeling discussion with Canadian reporters, Brinkmann suggested that most other issues in the four-year talks have been resolved or are close to being resolved, and that two specific sticking points — how much Canadian beef to Europe and how much European cheese to Canada — is keeping the sides from a deal.“I think we have the landing zones identified for all sectors … but like in most negotiations it’s agriculture which is the most difficult one,” he said.“Canada wants to export beef to the European Union and wants better market access, but the European Union wants also better market access for dairy products, cheeses and yogurt and so on. The beef sector is protected in the European Union and dairy products in protected in Canada, so there has to be a certain give and take.”Specifically, Brinkmann said the EU has offered to allow the minimum quantity Canadian beef producers say would be required to justify separate streams of hormone and antibiotics-free cattle — 40,000 tons a year — and even beyond that number, but Canada has demanded more.“We are ready to deliver that and even go beyond that, but there’s a certain limit which we can’t go above,” he said, because European producers such as Ireland and France would not agree. “It would be suicidal for them to accept things which would wipe out (their industry).”He added that the quota the EU can accept from Canada is further affected by Europe’s desire to negotiate a free trade pact with the United States, which will also want to ship beef into the continent.In return, Brinkmann said the EU has not asked Canada to change its controversial supply management system which protects Canadian dairy and poultry farmers, but is insisting that Canada accept more imports of dairy products, especially cheese. He would not name a specific number.“It doesn’t have to be same amount we give in beef, but there must be some kind of correlation,” he said.Reacting to the comments, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast agreed the two sides are close to a deal, but would not discuss the specific issues or agriculture quotas being discussed.“I can tell you with absolute confidence that each day our negotiators met this week, they made significant progress in bridging the remaining gaps,” he said, adding there are a “very small handful of issues” to be resolved.Aside from agriculture, the two sides have named country of origin rules for autos — how much Canadian content must be in exports of North American vehicles — provincial government procurement limits, drug patent protection that could potentially increase drug costs in Canada, and “geographical indications,” the ability to claim exclusivity for products named after regions, as issues still on the table.But Brinkmann, who said he has participated in some of the discussions, said the two sides essentially know the meeting place on those issues. Agriculture, however, is proving a harder nut to crack, although he said he was hopeful of a deal by the summer.Observers have speculated that Canada needs to hammer home an agreement soon or risk a distracted Europe turning its attention to bigger fish, free trade deals with the United States and Japan.Fast disagreed, but Brinkmann noted the EU chief negotiator on the Canada file is already starting to work on the Japanese talks.Brinkmann also said Europe was taken back by the warning this week from Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver that Ottawa is prepared to launch a trade action against the 27-country bloc over plans to designate oilsands crude as dirty oil.He noted that the new quality directive implementation rules have yet to be adopted, adding any measure will be “non-discriminatory and science based and will stand the test at the WTO (World Trade Organization).”It is up to oil exporting countries, including Canada, to meet limits on greenhouse gas emission targets European determines appropriate for their market, he said.“So we are not prohibiting the import of Canadian oil derived from bitumen, or any oil derived from coal. It’s up to the operators to get the mix right to get this level,” he said.Both Brinkmann and Fast agree the side dispute should not impact the free trade negotiations, however, saying they are on a separate track.If a trade deal is reached, Brinkmann estimated it would take the EU nations about two years to ratify. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The main page of the NHL’s Pinterest account is pictured on Wednesday December 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Pnterest – NHL by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 8:04 am MDT Pinterest looks to hockey, beer and BBQ for growth in Canada, it’s No. 2 market TORONTO – Social media platform Pinterest is best known as an aspirational online scrapbook to collect photos with drool-worthy recipes, glamorous redecorating ideas, and sartorial snapshots.But the rapidly growing bookmarking service is happy to see more users are also increasingly “pinning” hockey sticks, wood grain and booze.Once considered primarily a female-oriented social network, Pinterest is now attracting men in greater numbers, which is helping to drive a strong growth spurt.A good chunk of those new “pinners” are from Canada, which is Pinterest’s second largest market behind the U.S.“We’ve seen Canada grow at a great clip alongside or in parallel with the U.S.,” says Pinterest’s head of international, Matt Crystal.“The user base in Canada is 60 per cent bigger than it was about 11 months ago and we’re growing really quickly.”In an online survey of anglophone Canadians conducted for the Media Technology Monitor in the fall of 2013, about 13 per cent of the respondents said they had used Pinterest in the past month, compared to 66 per cent for Facebook, 22 per cent for LinkedIn and 19 per cent for Twitter.About 21 per cent of the female respondents said they had used Pinterest recently, while just six per cent of men said they’d logged on lately.But Crystal says that gap is shrinking.“Among men growth rates are significantly higher right now than they are for women,” he says.“In our more mature markets like the U.S. and in Canada we’re starting to see more and more men come to the realization that Pinterest is for them as well. Whether you’re interested in cars or sports or woodworking or grilling — whatever these stereotypically male activities are — there’s a huge array of content on Pinterest for you.”The NHL has had great success building a Pinterest audience with almost 1.2 million followers, compared to about 37,000 for Major League Baseball’s official account, 20,000 for the NFL and 11,000 for the NBA.Despite the growth in male Pinterest users, women still make up the bulk of the NHL’s followers, says David Weiner, the league’s director of social media.He estimates the ratio of female-to-male users following the league’s Pinterest page is about six-to-one.“We’re not looking at that platform and trying to cater to women, put stuff up there that’s really either condescending or just targeting them. We’re really looking at putting across all (social media) platforms content that’s relevant, that’s compelling, that’s shareable,” says Weiner.“The way that people use Pinterest is really different than how they use other platforms. It’s not a place necessarily where people go to like, share and comment, it’s a place where people go to draw inspiration from, to share memories, and to either find ideas or share ideas.”Updating Pinterest isn’t as high a priority for the NHL compared to some of the other social networks it uses — Weiner said Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat get the most focus — but it does have one major advantage.Pinterest is seen as one of the best social networks for spurring online sales and the NHL chose it to host a recent promotion for the league’s official web store.While the NHL wouldn’t say Pinterest was directly responsible, the league set a new single-day record for online sales on Cyber Monday.“Our shop sales were up 37 per cent on Cyber Monday year over year while the industry was only 15 per cent,” said John Pacino, vice-president of product development and social media.In the U.S., Pinterest is looking to exploit the sales potential of its platform by experimenting with Promoted Pins, which allow companies to pay for placement in users’ search results.“We’re getting great feedback both from partners and pinners and it is a program that we will roll out internationally, but as of now we don’t have a firm date for that,” says Crystal.“The unique promise of Pinterest, which I think does differentiate us from other platforms, is that there’s often times a commercial intent built into the very reason for which people are using the platform.“Our vision is that these ads that the user will see will actually make their experience better and not worse. Probably every ad platform in the history of ad platforms has made that claim, but I think Pinterest has an opportunity to realize it.” read more

Brock officials are closely watching a storm that is predicted to roll through Niagara over the next 24 to 30 hours bringing with it up to 50 mm of rain.Earlier today Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Niagara noting that heavy rain is expected this afternoon and into this evening. There is also a chance of snow, freezing rain and/or ice pellets.Additionally, possible thunderstorms may result in higher rainfall amounts. And significant snow melt due to the rising temperatures will also be a concern.As the rain comes to an end on Friday, strong winds will start to pick up out of the southwest with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h possible.The University is also monitoring for any watershed conditions or flood outlook notices from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA).In their “Flood Outlook for February 20, 2014” the NPCA notes that at the present time, “all major and minor watercourses are frozen and water levels remain well below critical thresholds.”Individuals are reminded to keep well away from streams and creeks as banks may be slippery and the ice unstable. Drivers are also being reminded of the increased risk of water and ice over roads and should be particularly careful when driving at night.Brock officials will continue to monitor our local partners and provincial warnings and make any information relevant to this storm available to the Brock community. Facilities Management is making make provisions to respond to any impacts from significant rain and high winds at the University.If there are any issues or concerns on campus, please contact Facilities Management at x3717. To report an emergency or situation requiring immediate response, please contact Campus Security at x3200. read more

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 17, 2016), we talk about the Western Conference finals and wonder whether the Warriors are really on the ropes after Monday night’s loss to the Thunder. Then FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden makes her Hot Takedown debut to talk about how concussions are different in women’s sports than men’s. Finally, we talk to Ben Morris about sumo wrestling and break down how a centuries-old data set can help us determine who is the greatest fighter of all time. Plus, a significant digit on the advanced statistics making their way to the WNBA.Neil Paine says the Thunder’s big men could stop the Warriors.Neil also says the Thunders-Warriors series is the strongest conference final matchup in decades.ESPN Stats and Info breaks down the numbers behind the Thunder’s victory in Game 1.Sorry, Rasheed, the ball does lie, writes The Wall Street Journal.Women get sports concussions at higher rates than men, writes Christie Aschwanden.And here is Christie’s column, Strength In Numbers, where she explores the science of sports and athleticism.Benjamin Morris on the sumo matchup centuries in the making.And here is FiveThirtyEight’s history of sumo in chart form.Also, read this Grantland profile of Hakuho, the greatest sumo wrestler of our time.Significant Digit: 1997. That’s the year the WNBA has announced it will go back to when it releases box score stats for every completed league game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

LAWRENCE, Kan. — All eyes are on Ohio State men’s basketball’s sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, whose availability is unknown as the Buckeyes prepare for their first road test of the season against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. After suffering back spasms in a Nov. 29 victory against Duke and missing No. 2-ranked OSU’s last game, Sullinger may miss consecutive games for the first time in his college career when the Buckeyes battle the No. 13-ranked Jayhawks Saturday in Lawrence, Kan. Sullinger’s health was the first topic OSU coach Thad Matta addressed during a Thursday press conference. “(Sullinger) is feeling better,” Matta said. “He’s doing more every day, but quite honestly, I don’t know if we’ll know until Saturday whether he’s going to play or not.” An OSU athletic department spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Saturday request for comment regarding Sullinger’s status.  OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft said Sullinger was walking around gingerly at the start of the week, but made noticeable improvements in the days that followed. Craft added that he was uncertain of Sullinger’s availability the Kansas game. “(Sullinger) has got the bounce back in his step,” Craft said. “We’ll just see how it goes.” Matta said he was amazed at how much better Sullinger was moving around, but that he doesn’t want to jeopardize his player’s health. “I’m thinking ‘big picture’ here,” Matta said. “Much more than Saturday’s game, or anything along those lines.” Sullinger started all 37 games OSU played last season and had started in each of OSU’s first seven games during the 2011-12 campaign until he was forced from the lineup for the team’s 64-35 win against Texas-Pan American last Saturday. Should Sullinger miss the Kansas game, Matta said the team will not deviate from its usual game plan. “To reinvent the wheel — we’re not going to do that,” he said. “I like the progress we’ve made this week.” Without Sullinger, guarding Thomas Robinson, Kansas’ 6-foot-10, 237-pound junior forward, may be complicated. “(Robinson) is a phenomenal basketball player, and probably the best that we’ve gone against this year,” Matta said. That task of defending Robinson would likely fall to junior forward Evan Ravenel or sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, and then OSU still has the Jayhawks’ 7-foot, 235-pound redshirt junior center Jeff Withey to contend with. Ravenel said hard work could help nullify Robinson and Withey. “Getting early position, boxing out — things you learn when you first start playing basketball,” Ravenel said of his likely defensive assignments. “(Robinson) is a great athlete and he works hard.” With or without Sullinger, Craft said he thinks that playing on the road against Kansas is a great opportunity for OSU. He also thinks the Buckeyes can win. “If Jared doesn’t play, Jared doesn’t play,” he said. “We’re not going to miss a beat. We have great guys like (Ravenel) … that have come in and practiced just as hard as Jared has.” Ravenel agreed. “We work on execution,” Ravenel said. “We’re going to get in there and do everything we can.” OSU (8-0) tips off against Kansas (6-2) at 3:15 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. read more

Stored gametes of patients who undergo transitioning treatment can later be used for fertility treatments such as IVFCredit:SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI/Science Photo Library RF File photo dated 15/08/14 of a doctor with a stethoscope. Doctors' leaders have expressed concern over "widespread" rota gaps. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 23, 2018. The British Medical Association said that staffing and financial pressures facing the NHS were leading to delays in treatment and doctors "juggling" large numbers of patients. See PA story HEALTH BMA. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire The letter is the first step of judicial review proceedings.The core of the dispute is over which body has the power to make fertility treatment an ‘essential service’ for transgender patients, which would see it offered automatically. Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive at the EHRC, said: “Our laws and our values protect those who seek treatment for gender dysphoria. This means that where appropriate, treatment should be made available in order to ensure that access to health services is free of discrimination.“A choice between treatment for gender dysphoria and the chance to start a family is not a real choice.  We have asked NHS England to reflect on the true breadth of their statutory mandate and the impact on the transgender community of these outdated policies.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In vitro fertilisation (IVF), computer illustration. The EHRC placed the blame at the feet of individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS bodies that plan and commission services in their local area.But NHS England responded on Saturday that the EHRC had “misplaced their fire”, and claimed that government ministers were instead responsible for commissioning NHS services.“Decisions on which services are commissioned by NHS England are taken by ministers based on advice from an independently-chaired panel of health experts and patient representatives, using a process set out in primary legislation,” a spokesman said.A spokeswoman from the EHRC yesterday told The Daily Telegraph: “‘We are challenging their interpretation of their powers and don’t accept that they cannot include gamete storage in the list of commissioned services.” The NHS is accused of using an “interpretation” of their legal powers which allows them to deflect criticism of policy onto the government.Credit:Lynne Cameron/PA NHS England has 14 days to respond to the letter.The Department of Health declined to comment. The NHS must offer fertility treatments to transgender patients awaiting transitioning treatment or risk breaking anti-discrimination legislation, the UK’s human rights watchdog has said. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) accused the NHS of using a “interpretation” of its own legal powers that allowed it to deflect criticism over lack of fertility provision onto the government.Transitioning treatment is given to patients with gender dysphoria – the feeling of discomfort or distress caused by a mismatch between biological sex and gender identity – and can result in fertility loss.The EHRC said trans patients should be offered the opportunity to store their eggs or sperm, a process known as gamete extraction, otherwise thousands could be forced to choose between the essential medical treatment and not having their own biological children.Fertility treatment is already available to some patients who undergo fertility-threatening procedures such as chemotherapy, to allow them to conceive afterwards.The EHRC issued a legal letter to NHS England on Friday, claiming that the withholding of fertility treatments from transgender patients constituted discrimination. It also warned that it would take legal action if policies were not changed. read more

first_imgHawk, a leading global provider of level, positioning and flow measurement technology has introduced the Sultan 234, which can be powered using loop power (two-wire), three-, or four-wire sources. It does not matter which power source you choose. the Sultan Acoustic wave can measure in difficult environments. These powerful and effective instruments emit an acoustic wave pulse, which is then reflected from the surface of the material being measured.The reflected signal is processed using specially developed software to enhance the correct signal and reject false or spurious echoes. The measured signal is temperature compensated to provide maximum accuracy to the outputs and display. Hawk says “this principle of operation elevated the Sultan range to one of the most powerful level measurement systems on the market. This is a high-power device with long-range capability even on two-wire loop power. There is no direct contact with the media, which can extend up to 80 m from the sensor. The combination of low frequency, high power and signal processing (Adaptive Gain Technology) creates one of the world’s most reliable level devices available.”Hawk has engineered the product to be compatible with HART, GOSHAWK, MODBUS, Profibus, and Fieldbus. There are a wide range of transducers to choose from, making the Sultan Series very versatile.last_img read more