SC directs Bengal to ensure unimpeded screening of film

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday directed the West Bengal government to ensure that no obstruction or restraint of any kind was imposed on the public viewing of the film ‘Bhobishyoter Bhoot’ in local theatres.A Bench of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Hemant Gupta also directed the State’s Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Department of Home and West Bengal’s Director General of Police to ensure that adequate security arrangements were made to facilitate the screening of the film.The State government must also ensure that the audience was not endangered and that there was no danger to the property of the theatres where the film was being or would be screened, the court ruled.The order came after the producers of the political satire moved the apex court contending that the State government was “obstructing the film from being exhibited in the cinema halls of Kolkata in a highly back-handed and arbitrary manner”.last_img read more

First Test Day 4: India 82/6 at stumps

first_imgNew Zealand’s Chris Martin, center without cap, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, foreground, during the fourth day of their first cricket test match, in Ahmadabad on Sunday, November 7, 2010.Pace bowler Chris Martin put New Zealand in the driver’s seat as it reduced India to 82 for six in its second innings on the fourth day of the first test at the Sardar Patel Stadium.Martin finished with figures of 5-25, which included the prize scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, as the Kiwis made a sensational turnaround after being dominated for the best part of the first three days.VVS Laxman (34) and Harbhajan Singh (12) were the not out batsmen at the close with India 110 runs ahead with four wickets in hand.It was a memorable day for the touring side as Martin put it in command after debutante Kane Williamson became the youngest New Zealand player to score a century on debut and Vettori reached a rare allrounder’s test double of 4,000 runs and 300 wickets.Martin’s first spell was all the more impressive considering the limited help he received from the other bowlers.His subtle seam movement proved too much for the Indian batting order, as he claimed four for 10 by the sixth over and his eventual first-spell line read 9-6-15-4.Martin had opener Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid caught by wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins during the 4.5 overs New Zealand bowled before tea. In between, Virender Sehwag was run out when substitute Martin Guptill flicked the ball for bowler Vettori to remove the bails as Dravid refused a single.advertisementIndia was 2-3 at the break and soon fell to 15-5 as Martin bowled Sachin Tendulkar off an inside edge and had left-hander Suresh Raina caught by Ross Taylor at first slip.The early wickets allowed captain Vettori to adopt an attacking approach despite the absence of debutant Hamish Bennett and Jesse Ryder due to injuries”We were really charged up after taking three wickets,” said Williamson. “We don’t know how Martin managed to make the ball do what it did, but it changed the game.”Earlier, New Zealand batted through almost two sessions to score 459 in reply to India’s 487, conceding a slim lead of 28 runs.Williamson was dismissed for 131 at the stroke of lunch after batting for 391 minutes, hitting 10 fours from his 299 balls, and shared a useful 86-run stand for the sixth wicket with Vettori (41).Williamson, on 87 overnight in a team score of 331-5, was caught by Laxman at slip when he played a delivery from left-spinner Pragyan Ojha.The 20-year-old is the eighth New Zealand batsman to bring up a century on debut. The last to do so was Scott Styris against the West Indies at Queen’s Park in 2002. Others on the list are Lou Vincent, Matthew Sinclair, Rodney Redmond, Bruce Taylor, Jackie Mills and current coach Mark Greatbach.”Patience is the key on such pitches. We had prepared to play spin bowling here,” said Williamson, who has played six limited-overs internationals and earned a call-up to the test side thanks to his knock of 108 in the fourth match of a recent five-match series in Bangladesh, which New Zealand lost 4-0.Vettori faced 91 deliveries and hit one boundary and a six. He became only the third allrounder after England’s Ian Botham and Kapil Dev of India to complete the test double when he reached 38 toward the end of the first session.- With AP inputslast_img read more

RAU in Bihar gets central university status

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Rajendra Agriculture University (RAU) at Pusa, Samastipur in Bihar has been given the status of a central university, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today. In a rare development, the bill to upgrade RAU into a central university was passed yesterday unanimously both by Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on the same day. “Subsequently, President Pranab Mukharjee signed it yesterday. …With this, a long pending demand of the people of Bihar has been fulfilled,” Singh said in a statement. RAU will be known as Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University. The efforts were on for the last seven years to get the status of central university, he added.PTI LUX MRlast_img

Tentoglou leaps to leading juniors’ jump in the world

first_imgEighteen-year-old Miltos Tentoglou recorded a spectacular effort in the long jump at the Papaflessia meeting in Kalamata on Sunday, leaping at 8.19 meters to qualify for the Rio Olympics.The Greek teenager not only improved his personal best, but he also registered a new national junior record, previously held by Louis Tsatoumas with 7.93 m. since 2001, and the best performance by any junior athlete in the world this year to date. He has also made the Greek squad for the European Championship in Amsterdam this summer.His jump was right on the favorable windspeed limit (2 meters per second). On May 10 he had reached 7.90 meters.Another jumper to clinch a ticket to Rio in the same meeting was Haido Alexouli. The long-jumper reached 6.78 percent, her personal best, and will also be on the plane to Brazil this summer.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Leipzig Keen to Spoil Bayern Munich’s 2 Title Parties

first_imgBERLIN — With Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga challenge fading, Leipzig has emerged as Bayern Munich’s biggest threat to a domestic double.Leipzig can stop Bayern clinching a record-extending seventh straight Bundesliga title on Saturday, two weeks before the sides meet again in the German Cup final.“We want to show Bayern already on Saturday that we have a top team,” says Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who is filling in as coach this season. “We’d like to win both games.”Third-placed Leipzig is already assured of Champions League football after another solid season in Germany’s top flight. Julian Nagelsmann is arriving from Hoffenheim to take over as coach.Leipzig has enjoyed remarkable success since its formation in 2009, when Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz bought a local fifth-tier team, SSV Markranstaedt, rebranded it, and financed its steady promotion through the lower leagues. The club finished runner-up in its debut Bundesliga season in 2017.Leipzig can claim its first title with a cup final win over Bayern in Berlin on May 25, six days after the 10th anniversary of its founding date.File-Picture taken on Dec.19, 2018 shows Bayern’s Kingsley Coman, foreground, and Leipzig’s Kevin Kampl challenging for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Saturday’s game is a warm-up of sorts for German soccer’s showpiece, though Bayern can clinch the Bundesliga title with a game to spare with a win in Leipzig. It would be the 12th successive league title for Bayern on the road. The Bavarian powerhouse hasn’t secured the title in Munich since 2000.“We have two match balls and we’ll try to take the first one in Leipzig,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac says. “But we’re not talking about just anyone. We’re talking about a very, very good opponent.”Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is still out with a muscle fiber tear in his left calf, while midfielder Javi Martinez is also out, due to a calf injury suffered in training. James Rodriguez was back in team training on Thursday following his calf injury.Second-placed Dortmund, which is four points behind, hosts Fortuna Duesseldorf at the same time and must win and count on a favor from Leipzig to keep alive its dwindling hopes. Dortmund squandered a two-goal lead and drew 2-2 at Werder Bremen last weekend, while it lost at home to Schalke 4-2 the weekend before that.Leipzig has lost only once at home this year — to Dortmund 1-0 — and it hasn’t lost across all competitions for 17 games. Only Bayern, with 38, has claimed more points in the second half of the Bundesliga than Leipzig’s 34.Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampl, who is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards, would like the Bundesliga title race to go to the final day of the season.“As a former Dortmund player and a fan of the club since kindergarten I’d be happy,” Kampl tells Sport Bild magazine. “You’re always especially happy to beat Bayern because it’s the best team in Germany.”By: Ciaran Fahey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Farnell: Avnet SmartEdge Industrial IoT gateway now available

first_img Continue Reading Previous New core and API seek to meld multiple AI enginesNext Corelis introduces ScanExpress v 9.4 boundary-scan software suite Farnell is now shipping the Avnet SmartEdge Industrial IoT Gateway; the low-cost industrial gateway powered by Raspberry Pi. Since the launch of the product at Embedded World Germany in February 2019, there has been significant demand for the gateway for use in a range of applications, including: building management, vehicle monitoring, industrial automation and predictive maintenance.The Avnet SmartEdge Industrial IoT Gateway, coupled with seamless, secure connectivity enabled by Avnet’s IoTConnect platform delivers a powerful set of features to gather, analyse and provide actionable, real-time data visualisation. Avnet’s IoTConnect platform runs on Microsoft Azure, a comprehensive set of edge-to-cloud services that are enterprise-ready to build, deploy, and manage IoT connected assets efficiently. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Ajax ‘confident, fit and eager’ for Tottenham Hotspur match, says coach Erik ten Hag

first_imgA fully fit Ajax Amsterdam will focus on its attacking strengths in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday despite a draw being enough to take them to the final, coach Erik ten Hag said on Tuesday.”We need to win this match tomorrow, that will be our mindset”, Ten Hag said a pre-match press conference. “We have to stick to our own strengths.”Ajax upset Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi-final with a fast, attacking style of play, and initially dominated Tottenham in their 1-0 away win last week.But the Dutch team, which features several players polished in the club’s famed academy, struggled in the second half in London as Tottenham increased the pressure on their defence.”Our minds were a bit too much on defending the lead”, Ten Hag said. “But it was also a show of strength by Spurs. It showed we have to cross another frontier tomorrow. But we are confident we can do it. We are fit and we are eager.”Heeyyyy boyss! #UCL #ajatot pic.twitter.com/Pdf4otyKW7AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) May 7, 2019Ten Hag said his team had no injuries following Sunday’s Cup Final win against Willem II Tilburg, although it was not yet clear whether Brazilian forward David Neres could start the match.Ajax’s first domestic cup win since 2010 did not interfere with preparations for Wednesday’s match, the coach said.”The players were happy, but you could see they immediately turned their focus to Wednesday’s match. Everyone knows what this is about.”advertisementFour-time European champions Ajax are looking to reach their first Champions League final since 1996. Many pundits have suggested it has become impossible for Dutch teams to compete with their much wealthier English, Spanish and Italian peers, but Ten Hag is ignoring them.”A few people who knew this level of success said it would still be possible for a Dutch team to reach the Champions League final; people like Johan Cruijff, Louis van Gaal and (Ajax director) Marc Overmars”, Ten Hag said.”It’s up to us tomorrow to prove them right.”Ajax defender Daley Blind said he had never expected his return to Ajax last summer, after four years at Manchester United, would turn out to be so exciting.”The team has grown tremendously in many aspects this year”, the 29-year old son of former European cup winner and Ajax captain Danny Blind said.”This really is a team effort, and I am proud to be part of it.”Also Read | Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine yearslast_img read more

UCJ Urges Persons to Ensure That They Pursue Accredited Courses

first_img An upsurge of fraudulent behaviour in the academic realm worldwide Story Highlights It is very important for institutions that wish to command confidence and respect in the academic community, to be accredited Persons urged to check with the UCJ for information on the accreditation status of institutions and programmes The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) is urging persons to do their due diligence and check the registration and accreditation status of universities and colleges before enrolling at the institution.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held on September 10 at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Director of Accreditation at the UCJ, Grace Gordon, urged persons to check with the UCJ for information on the accreditation status of institutions and programmes.Ms. Gordon noted that there are several reasons that drive the need for an institution or programme’s status to be thoroughly investigated.Chief among them, she said, is the upsurge of fraudulent behaviour in the academic realm worldwide, including the sale of fake degrees, which means that persons have to ensure that the academic programmes they wish to pursue are legitimate.“These activities also take place with distance learning. There are diploma mills that go as far as selling certificates, diplomas, degrees,” Ms. Gordon said.She noted that although accreditation is not mandatory, it is very important for institutions that wish to command confidence and respect in the academic community, to be accredited.“Accreditation is voluntary, however the market determines whether or not an institution that chooses not to become registered and receive accreditation for their programmes survives,” Ms. Gordon pointed out.She noted that accreditation is not retroactive, meaning that persons who graduate from an unaccredited programme of study, will not automatically benefit from accredited status being assigned to their degrees, if the institution receives accreditation for the programme, after the course has been completed.“It is easy to call the UCJ and receive information about programmes before you pay money for something you know very little about,” she said.Chairman of the Board of the UCJ, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman added that the registration and accreditation of universities and their programmes, are in the best interest of the institutions and individuals seeking higher education, and is also important to employers and the nation in particular.He further stated that registration from UCJ certifies that an institution meets certain minimum operating standards required for the conduct of a tertiary institution in Jamaica. “Registration is the first step towards accreditation of programmes offered by an institution,” Ambassador Whiteman explained.Meanwhile Executive Director of the UCJ, Dr. Yvonnette Marshall informed that although registration and accreditation are not mandatory in Jamaica, there are certain policies that drive institutions to get their programmes accredited.She cited the Students’ Loan Bureau where one of the requirements is that programmes which persons are seeking loans to pursue, must be accredited by the UCJ.She also disclosed that employers in both the public and private sector seek confirmation of accredited institutions from the UCJ, when making decisions regarding employment.  “UCJ receives various queries before persons receive pay and also with employees who wish to get study leave, checks are done before the study leave period is granted,” Dr. Marshall said.“Even scholarships that are issued to tertiary level students, is only granted if the institution is recognized and the particular programme the student is to receive the scholarship for is accredited,” she explained.On the matter of those institutions, which falsely claim to be tertiary institutions in their advertisements, Ambassador Whiteman, says currently there is no penalty in place for the UCJ to deal with these institutions. However, he notes that the development of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission matter should address matter.The UCJ Chairman is therefore urging parents, guardians and prospective students to do their due diligence and check with the UCJ to verify the status of universities and programmes that are being considered.last_img read more

Adult Educators to Share Ideas Best Practices and Resources

first_imgEDUCATION–Adult Educators to Share Ideas, Best Practices andResources More than 70 adult educators, government and communityrepresentatives from the southwestern region of the province aremeeting to share ideas, best practices and resources at theSailing to Success conference beginning today, April 21, at WhitePoint Beach Resort. The three-day conference is the first event of its kind in theregion. Participants will share ideas, review adult literacy bestpractices and celebrate the many successes realized by people andorganizations serving adult learners through the Nova ScotiaSchool for Adult Learning. “We’re pleased to work with our partners in this region toadvance adult education in the province,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “These educators, and people like them, are having atremendous impact. They’ve helped hundreds of adults in thesouthwestern region learn to read, write and prepare themselvesfor better jobs and more fulfilling lives.” Eric Tetford has been involved in adult literacy in Nova Scotiafor more than 10 years. Today he will tell conferenceparticipants about his approach to building successfulpartnerships, explaining how these partnerships can lead toinnovative ideas, such as a literacy float for the Christmasparade. “Sailing to Success is a great opportunity for adult literacypractitioners to come together to share ideas, resources and bestpractices,” said Mr. Tetford, a member of the conference planningteam and the co-ordinator of the community-based Yarmouth andShelburne Learning Networks. The Department of Education launched the Nova Scotia School forAdult Learning in September 2001 to help adult Nova Scotiansaccess better co-ordinated education programs throughout theprovince. The programs range from beginning literacy to highschool completion. Increasing lifelong learning opportunities is part of Skills NovaScotia, which provides opportunities for better education andtraining for all Nova Scotians, including adult learners. Sailing to Success is a professional development conferencesponsored by Human Resources and Skills Development Canadathrough the National Literacy Secretariat. The conferenceplanning team is made up of Nova Scotia School for Adult Learningrepresentatives from the departments of Community Services andEducation, Nova Scotia Community College’s Lunenburg and Burridgecampuses, the Tri-county and South Shore district school boards,the Yarmouth and Shelburne County Learning Networks, the QueensCounty Learning Network, and the Lunenburg County Adult LearningNetwork. “The Nova Scotia Community College, School of Access, is veryexcited to participate and contribute to the conference,” saidShelly Kelly, adult learning program counsellor, LunenburgCampus, and a member of the planning team. “It has been aprivilege to work with all the partners in Lunenburg, Queens,Shelburne and Yarmouth counties to bring excellence to the peoplewho are passionate about literacy in Nova Scotia and in theircommunities.” Literacy and upgrading programs across the province are deliveredby community-based learning networks, school board adult highschools and by community colleges. Last year more than 4,000adult students were enrolled at various levels of study withthese delivery partners.last_img read more

Halifax campus death called crime on Lebanese website is not suspiciouspolice

first_imgHALIFAX – Police say they have no evidence to support allegations published on a Lebanese website of a “heinous crime” in the death of a Lebanese Canadian student at Saint Mary’s University.Halifax Regional Police issued a news release Monday to say investigators are looking into the case, but there “is no evidence to suggest the death is suspicious.”Police spokeswoman Const. Carol McIsaac said investigators responded to a Feb. 13 incident at a student residence involving a 23-year-old man.She said the man died 10 days later, and that an autopsy is being carried out.“Due to the sensitive nature of this matter, we are unable to (make) further comments at this time,” wrote McIsaac.A Lebanese website titled the National News Agency published a story Sunday quoting the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.According to the website, the ministry said there had been “a murder” on the Halifax campus, and stated the Lebanese embassy had been instructed to follow up “to find out the details and reasons behind this heinous crime.”The website states it is produced by Lebanon’s Ministry of Information.However, the ambassador of Lebanon was unavailable for comment on Monday regarding the statements published about the young man’s death.last_img read more

Newfoundlands popular merbys calendar is back sparklier than ever

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A stunningly popular calendar of burly, bearded mermen posing against scenic Newfoundland backdrops for charity is back for a second year.The 2018 ‘merb’ys’ calendar — drawing its name from ‘mermaid’ and the Newfoundland moniker for ‘buddy’ — became a viral, global success when it launched last year, raising over $300,000 for mental health.Proceeds from the second calendar, which launched Saturday, will go to Violence Prevention Newfoundland and Labrador, for a project that aims to challenge traditional concepts of masculinity and engage men in violence prevention.Organizer Hasan Hai said he only expected to raise a few thousand dollars last year, selling to friends and family — but the merb’ys popularity was instantaneous.“It just blew up. We had no idea, it was unprecedented, ” said Hai.Hai said the calendar was a hit with buyers of all genders for its light-hearted depiction of costumed, glittery men.“Just showing men showing emotion, being vulnerable, being whimsical, and just having fun and shedding all the stuff that society tells us that we should act like. I think that translated incredibly well in the photos and people just connected with that.”Shortly after the project went public, Hai said people were stopping him in the street, asking how to get involved with the next edition.Interest was so great that formal applications had to be introduced. The final roster of 38 merb’ys was selected from more than 150 applications.The novelty of seeing bearded, traditionally masculine men dressed up in fish tails and glitter may have contributed to the calendar’s popularity, but Hai said the merb’ys weren’t selected for their physical appearance.Instead, models were chosen based on how well their written applications aligned with the ethos of the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club, the group that pulls the calendar together — representing the community’s diversity, with an interest in “breaking down traditional gender stereotypes in creative ways.”“Good people who had a story and wanted to do some good in the community and the world, that was the type of person we wanted in the calendar,” said Hai.Photos were shot all across the province, from St. John’s to Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.More planning time allowed for higher production values and more elaborate costumes, including a custom-made metal tail weighing more than 20 kilograms.The merb’ys roster has grown to 38 models, representing men of different sizes, racial backgrounds, and gender identities.Pre-orders opened at the end of the August, with a print run greater than the 14,000 sold last year, although Hai did not provide this year’s sales numbers.Hai said posing for the calendar was daunting at times for many of the merb’ys, but ultimately offered a transforming experience in self-acceptance.“It changes how you see your own body and your confidence, when you stop caring about what other people think about you and start loving yourself.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said sales numbers have already exceeded last year’s. In fact, the calendar has a print run greater than last year’s sales, but this year’s sales numbers have not been released.last_img read more

Youtube Sensation Alyssa Bernal Teams With Closets For Causes

first_imgYouTube sensation and Coca-Cola Mix’On winner Alyssa Bernal has teamed up with Closets for Causes to raise money for Love is Louder.Alyssa has donated the outfit from her performance at the The Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! concert at the American Music Awards 2012 alongside Jason Derulo.“It means a lot to me to support Love is Louder. Valentine’s Day is about showing people that you love them. Please get together, stop bullying and spread the love for a great cause. This Valentine’s Day: Love is Louder!” says Alyssa about Love is Louder.The Love is Louder movement was started by The Jed Foundation, MTV and actress Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, alone or hopeless. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have joined the movement to raise the volume around a critical message – that love and support is more powerful than any voice that brings us down or causes us pain. Individuals, schools and communities can get involved at www.loveislouder.com.“By raising money for Love is Louder through Closets for Causes, Alyssa is helping further our work and inspiring her fans to also take action to support others and make their communities more inclusive” says Courtney Knowles, Director of Love is Louder.The auction, which will be available on eBay Monday, February 11th, includes the Bishop red leather jacket, the Gypsy Junkies sequin romper and the sky high Luichiny platform boots worn by the singer at her AMAs red carpet performance all in the season’s colors of love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.last_img read more

Besieged BC farmland needs protection from oil and gas sector report

first_imgOther recommendations include consideration of directing a portion of royalties from oil and gas development in the ALR to a regional agricultural development fund and creating an agreement between the ALC and Oil and Gas Commission for sharing impact assessments and other information.Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says in a statement the government has already acted on 13 recommendations released in an interim report, including passing laws aimed at keeping farmland affordable and cracking down on illegal dumping.“I want to thank the committee for its dedication and the thoughtful recommendations made in this report,” said the statement says.“Our government is committed to helping farmers farm. We asked the committee members to provide advice on how the ALR and ALC can provide the best support for farmers, ranchers and producers to ensure B.C.’s agricultural sector continues to thrive, and they delivered.” The committee commissioned to complete the report consists of eight British Columbians with diverse agricultural backgrounds and experience.More than 2,300 British Columbians responded to the committee’s online discussion paper and survey, and the committee also received over 270 written submissions.The committee held engagement sessions with local governments and agricultural stakeholders in nine communities throughout the province and met with the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the ALC. VICTORIA, B.C. – An independent report on agricultural revitalization in British Columbia is calling for a task force to address the “imbalance” between oil and gas development and agriculture in the province’s northeast.The Agriculture Ministry released the final report today that makes 32 recommendations related to the province’s Agricultural Land Commission and Reserve.It calls for the proposed task force to review how to balance the surface rights of farmers and ranchers with subsurface rights of the extractors, and to deliver a strategy to address “the significant resource extraction issues” affecting farmland in the Peace Region.center_img In a letter introducing the report, committee chair and former Independent MLA Vicki Huntington calls for a government-wide policy shift that identifies B.C.’s agricultural land and industry as equivalent to other natural resources.Huntington says the oil and gas industry has had a significant and growing impact in the northeast and the development of the energy sector has exceeded the capacity of the current regulatory environment to protect farmland.The report recommends the Energy and Agriculture ministries, the Agricultural Land Commission and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission work together to develop a healthier relationship that respects not only the energy industry, but also the “increasingly besieged agriculture industry.”“Surface and subsurface infrastructure expansion is progressing exponentially and activities that were once temporary have become permanent industrial sites built on farmland and next to farm communities,” the letter says.“The cumulative impact is making it increasingly difficult for many farmers and ranchers to effectively use their land.”The proposed task force should review how farmers and ranchers might be given authority to influence negotiations on the location of oil and gas facilities and infrastructure, and complete an impact assessment of all oil and gas activity within the ALR, the report says.last_img read more

Gadkari files nomination says will win with bigger margin

first_imgNagpur: Union minister Nitin Gadkari Monday filed his nomination for the Nagpur Lok Sabha seat, where polls will be held on April 11. Gadkari, who had defeated Vilas Muttemwar (Congress) in the 2014 elections by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes, said he will win with a bigger margin this time around. “This time, I will win with a bigger margin. People have a good opinion of the work done by the Narendra Modi-led government in the last five years. Our government did more than (was promised in) the poll manifesto,” Gadkari told reporters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The BJP veteran was accompanied by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Energy Minister Chandrashekar Bawankule, family members and a large number of party workers, while filing his nomination. “Your support and love is the biggest strength for us,” Gadkari said. Fadnavis said Gadkari will register a “historic win” from Nagpur. “He will create a record in Maharashtra,” the chief minister said, adding the BJP-Shiv Sena combine would win 45 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Shiv Sena’s Krupal Tumane, sitting MP from Ramtek (SC) seat, also filed his nomination for the Ramtek seat. Nana Patole of Congress, who will take on Gadkari in Nagpur, and former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye, pitted against Tumane from Ramtek, are expected to file nominations later Monday.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Chair First Religious Lecture of Ramadan in

Rabat – King Mohammed VI  will chair, on Sunday Ramadan 02, 1438 Hijri in the royal palace of Rabat, the first religious lecture of the holy month of Ramadan, said the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery in a statement.This inaugural lecture will be given by minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, under the theme “The role of the ulemas of Morocco in the preservation of national identity” in the light of the Hadith of the Prophet: “This knowledge is carried in each generation by the people of just moderation who reject the spurious interpretations of the ignorant, the claims of those on falsehood, and the distortions of the fanatics.”The lecture will be aired on Radio and TV channels starting 5:45 p.m.

Selfhelp cooperatives key to entrepreneurial expansion – Annan

“Millions of men and women throughout the world have secured for themselves, their families and their communities a decent life, economic well-being and expanding opportunities by organizing themselves in cooperative associations and enterprises,” Mr. Annan said in the video message to the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).The message was delivered in Oslo, Norway, where the ICA General Assembly is meeting until 5 September. ICA is an independent, non-governmental association, which represents and serves cooperatives worldwide. Its major objective is to promote and strengthen autonomous co-operatives throughout the world. The Secretary-General said the cooperative movement has become a significant force in global civil society with more than 760 million people in more than 100 countries now engaged in the sector.“It is encouraging indeed that cooperatives and governments are working together more closely to provide opportunities for people to improve their lives,” Mr. Annan noted. Cooperatives provide essential services, such as appropriate and affordable housing, utilities, infrastructure, health care, and social, financial and insurances services, he added.Mr. Annan said the UN recognizes the important contribution cooperatives make on the ground, hence the world body produced guidelines to help its Member States create a supportive environment for the establishment of such associations. read more

Nauru President warns of possible climate change economic Armageddon

The President said tuna fishing generates $6 billion annually for the handful of small island developing States known as the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), a 1982 accord on fisheries management.“This fishery is projected to disperse and disappear from the waters of the nine-member countries and territories of the PNA in the not too distant future: another victim of the climate crisis,” he told fellow world leaders.“Sea level rise is not only about an existential threat to our small and low-lying island. Climate change also threatens an economic Armageddon if the tuna fishery disappears.”Nauru, among the smallest countries on the planet, has been pushing for action to support small island developing States in the face of the climate crisis.President Aingimea reported on national projects that address sustainable development and climate action. For example, the Green Climate Fund and other partners are supporting the upgrade of the maritime port which will boost food and energy security, as well as the local economy.The President explained that currently ships bringing basic goods to the country must moor at sea while smaller vessels ferry their cargo to shore: a costly set-up which can be affected by unpredictable weather conditions.“The new port has the potential to become a hub of commerce for our small island and the wider Pacific. Value-added services for fishing and shipping vessels will become viable in Nauru. It will become far easier for ship crews to disembark, providing local business owners with more business opportunities. The port will also open new markets to our exports and facilitate development of new trade partners, new trade ventures, all of which will provide a more diversified and reliable revenue stream for our economy,” he said.Nauru is also advancing on the Higher Ground initiative, which will see houses and other critical infrastructure moved from coastal areas to the interior.President Aingimea described it as an “historic opportunity” to build resistance to climate change and sea level rise.“The new port facility and the Higher Ground initiative, along with an aggressive push on renewable energy and efficiency, serve as the major cornerstones of a sustainable development strategy that has the potential to create good jobs, generate new revenue streams, and radically improve our fiscal situation,” he said.“More importantly, those efforts will finally create a wealth of new opportunities for our youth: something that has gone missing in Nauru for a generation.” read more

Volvo slashes 2000 jobs worldwide

first_imgVOLVO HAS ANNOUNCED it is cutting some 2,000 jobs as it unveiled third-quarter results showing a five per cent drop in group net sales.The company said the jobs will go in its European truck manufacturing operations as part of a series of changes to “increase efficiency and strengthen our competitiveness”.“As part of the previously announced Group-wide efficiency programme, a directional decision has been made to rationalise white collars in staff and support functions by approximately 2,000 employees and consultants,” the firm said in a statement.The firm said third-quarter net sales fell to 64.9 billion kronor (€7.4 billion), a drop of five percent compared to the same period last year.Net profits were also down one per cent, to 1.4 billion kronor (€187 million), well below analysts’ expectations for around two billion kronor.Volvo boss Olof Persson said the firm’s third quarter “was characterised by the ongoing comprehensive product renewal in the group’s truck programme and the fact that we entered a new phase of the group’s development focused on taking actions to streamline and enhance the efficiency of our operations.”The Volvo Group employs 112,000 worldwide, including 16,000 consultants and temporary workers.- © AFP, 2013Read: Volvo wants ‘no deaths’ in its new cars by 2020 > Video: What happens when you put a Volvo engine in a tractor? >last_img read more

Artist creates igloo from 322 old fridges

first_imgIf it’s not cold enough to make ice to make an igloo, you could always just use a fridge freezer to make ice. Better yet, you could cut out the middle man and use a bunch of fridges to make an igloo. That was the idea behind a sculpture created by German artist Ralf Schmerberg and on display in Hamburg, Germany called “Wastefulness is the biggest source of Energy.”The purpose behind Schmerberg’s igloo is to draw attention to energy use and climate change. That point is made clear by the huge electricity meter attached to the igloo, but its not the 322 old fridges alone that are drawing power. Entering the igloo, visitors will see old electronic devices including household appliances, kids toys and and fans turned on as well.As Wired points out, it’s ironic that the igloo is doing the very thing it is trying to fight against which is wasting energy. That’s a bit like burning down a house to make a point about using smoke detectors, but if awareness is what Ralf was after then he has achieved his goal. After all, an igloo made out of 322 old fridges has a tendency to draw some attention.Read more at Wired UKlast_img read more