Mushrooms worth ₹10 cost tribal women dear in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgMushrooms worth ₹10-12 cost two tribal women their freedom and pride in Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha National Park last week.The duo from the Baiga tribe were arrested and produced before a magistrate court last Friday for collecting edible mushrooms from Sarai trees inside the park.Prohibited area According to forest officials, Herma Bai and Sukhwanti Bai, residents of Sijhora village located on the Mukki range of the park, were collecting putpura, edible mushrooms, from a prohibited area in the forest. They were arrested by a team of officials patrolling the park and taken to the Mukki range office.“The forest officials of Mukki range arrested the two women for venturing into the park area. The two were later produced before the court where they were granted bail. The two women were found in an area where movements of a tigress and her cubs had been reported in the last few days,” said Sanjay Shukla, field director, Kanha National Park.Herma and Sukhwanti were taken to magistrate Madhusudan Jungle’s court in Baihar in Balaghat district. While granting bail to the two, the court told the forest officials to issue warning before registering such cases.When asked if the officials issued any warning to the women or if the two were aware that they had ventured into a prohibited area, S.K. Khare, sub-divisional officer of Mukki range, said over telephone: “The two women have been released. I suggest you speak to the senior authorities of the park.”Sharp criticismThe action of the forest officials has drawn sharp criticism from wildlife experts. “The forest officials recovered putpuraworth ₹10-12 in the local market from the two women. The two were made to sit at the range office for nearly six hours before being produced in the local court on Friday. The officials could have warned them instead of dragging them to court,” said Ajay Dubey, a wildlife activist.Facing eviction”The tribals have co-existed with the tigers for thousands of years, but now they are facing eviction in the name of their protection. The eyes and ears which can detect and deter poachers are being evicted from the forest,” Mr. Dubey added.last_img read more

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Maharashtra picks Raigad for mega oil refinery project

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has decided to move India’s largest investment project, a ₹3 lakh crore refinery to be built in coordination with Saudi Arabia’s Aramco on the State’s coastline, to Raigad, months after scrapping its original location at Nanar in the face of local protests. In a written reply in Assembly on Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is developing an Integrated Industrial Cluster (IIC) at 40 villages in Alibaug, Murud, Roha and Shrivardhan tehsils of Raigad over 13,409.52 hectare land. Replying to the question on whether farmers have registered their opposition to the shifting of the project to Raigad, Mr. Fadnavis said there has been no protest yet. The proposed IIC was notified on January 19, 2019 as Navnagar Area and CIDCO was appointed as the development corporation. “CIDCO has sought land documents of those 40 villages to initiate the acquisition process of the notified land under the Navnagar Development Corporation from the Raigad Collector’s office. Till now no protest from 40 villages has come up,” the CM said in his reply. He said the industries department too has not pointed out any opposition to the project or indicated any memorandum on the demands raised by farmers. Meanwhile, Satyajit Chavan, convener, Konkan Vinashkari Prakalp Virodhi Samiti, told The Hindu, “While the western world is realising its mistake and declaring climate emergencies, the Maharashtra government is going back to increase reliance on petrochemical plants. This, if true, is a regressive step.” Mr. Chavan said that their fight against the refinery was not about a particular location but for a environment-friendly cause. “We will soon decide our strategy once all details are officially announced,” he said. On April 11, 2018, three Indian public sector oil firms had signed the MoU with Aramco. The Shiv Sena too had joined the locals in opposing the project. In February the BJP, while announcing its alliance with Sena in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, had promised to shift the project out of Nanar.last_img read more

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Aussie PM Abbott to meet Tendulkar, sports pact to be inked

first_imgThe Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be meeting iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tomorrow in Mumbai, from where he will be starting his two-day State visit to India.Abbott will be meeting the legendary cricketer along with Aussie cricketing greats Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee, reflecting the strong cricket connections India and Australia share, Joint Secretary (South) in External Affairs Ministry Sanjay Bhattacharyya said.The Aussie Premier will be touching down in India’s commercial capital in the afternoon and then plans to drop in at the prestigious Cricket Club of India (CCI) where he will have an interaction with the cricket stars.Abbott is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of sports. However the details of the MoU has not been revealed so far.With the ICC World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia and New Zealand in February-March, next year, the government in Australia is trying their best to promote the country from the perspective of travel and tourism.Since the marquee event (World Cup) will be held in Australia, home of greatest ever batsman Sir Donald Bradman, the Aussie government in collaboration with the Don Bradman Foundation also wants to organize the ‘Don Bradman Memorabilia’ exhibition in India in 2015.The exhibits would include the first bat used in a Test match by Sir Don, including some of the cricket gears used by him.India is exploring a possibility to have an exhibition in India next year, Bhattacharyya said.Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial is one of the venues, in line to host ‘Bradman Memorabilia’ exhibition.advertisementlast_img read more

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NFL Suspends Giants’ Beckham

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Losing control during a Dec. 20 loss to the Panthers will cost Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. one game.The NFL suspended Beckham for next weekend’s visit to Minnesota for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. The league cited “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.”Beckham appealed the decision. His case will be heard by either James Thrash or Derrick Brooks, the hearing officers jointly appointed by the NFL and the players’ union.Without Beckham, the Giants (6-8) would be missing their best offensive weapon as they try to stay alive in the NFC East race.Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman tangled from the beginning of the Panthers’ 38-35 victory. At one point, Beckham delivered a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman while blocking.There was plenty of pushing, shoving, swinging, wrestling, late hits and trash talking between them.Beckham, the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year, has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, tied for the league lead. He has a base salary of $893,000 and would lose $55,813 for being suspended for one game.The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, who ruled that Beckham’s actions placed his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.“At numerous times during (Sunday’s) game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk . and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected,” Hanks said in a letter to Beckham.Hanks specifically pointed to a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent (Norman); lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet; and forcibly struck the defenseless player’s head.This “blindside block” was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable, the NFL’s statement said.The conduct of other players in the game is being reviewed by the NFL for potential fines.If the suspension is upheld, Beckham would not be permitted this week to be at the Giants’ practice facility. He would be barred from team meetings, attending or watching practices; attending the Dec. 27 game; or having contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation.He would be reinstated Dec. 28.After the Dec. 20 game, Beckham refused to discuss his run-ins with Norman. There was no media availability with Beckham on Dec. 21.Asked about the personal fouls, he said, “You never want to hurt your team like that. I have learned it all throughout my life you know, always second man gets called, always that it is just unfortunate. You go back and watch the film tomorrow and you learn from it.”Norman was infuriated by the helmet-to-helmet hit and called for the league to look at Beckham’s play.“He was 15 yards down the field and went straight for my head. It was just crazy, man,” Norman said.“He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman added of Beckham, who finished with six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown and also dropped a sure TD pass in the first quarter.___By Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributedlast_img read more

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Crouch signs new Stoke deal

first_imgTransfers Crouch signs contract extension with Stoke City Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 21:08 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Peter Crouch - cropped Getty Images Transfers Stoke City Premier League The striker insists he wants to keep going at the top level and the Potters have responded by giving him a new one-year deal Peter Crouch has signed a one-year contract extension with Stoke City.After inking the deal, the veteran striker is tied to the Potters until the end of the 2018-19 season.Stoke 5/1 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Now 36, the former Liverpool and England international arrived at Stoke from Tottenham in 2011 and has netted 58 goals in all competitions for the club.”Peter has been with Stoke longer than he has been with any other club which I think speaks volumes for how he views us and how we view him,” manager Mark Hughes said in a statement.”He still has so much to offer us. He may be 36 but he continues to have a major impact on games, as he has proved on numerous occasions this season.”Tony Scholes, Stoke’s chief executive, added: “The discussions with Peter and his representatives were very straightforward; Peter is happy here and made no secret of his desire to stay with the Club. We’re delighted with the news.”Crouch is yet to start a game in the Premier League this term, but has scored three goals in his nine substitute appearances.He insists he can keep going for a few more years, though, as he said last week: “I don’t think my attributes have changed and I haven’t had many injuries, so if I can maintain that I can go on for a few years yet. I want to play at this level as long as I can.#SCFC are delighted to announce that @petercrouch has signed a one-year contract extension, committing the talismanic striker to the club until at least the summer of 2019. pic.twitter.com/UmbwpLEaYs — Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 28, 2017 “I still feel great and hungry enough to be starting games. That’s what I want to do.”When I have got in the side I have felt I have done well, but for whatever reason we change things and I have to be ready to come off the bench.”In Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, Crouch came off the bench to set a new record for appearances from the bench in the Premier League.last_img read more

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Iniesta the perfect poster boy for new generation

first_imgPrimera División Iniesta the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at Barca Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Iniesta Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Real Sociedad Real Sociedad Barcelona The midfielder, who will play his last game for the Catalan club on Sunday, has called for the Blaugrana to put their faith in La Masia Andres Iniesta’s time at Barcelona is about to end. The news that all of the club’s fans did not want to hear became reality in late April as the player confirmed his departure in a tearful press conference.The start of a long and painful goodbye had come in the final of the Copa del Rey, when the midfielder signed off with a goal and a vintage display, before leaving the pitch to an ovation from fans of both Barca and Sevilla.On the way off, he had embraced several of his team-mates and he then sat on the bench for a few minutes, emotion etched on his face as tears flowed down his cheeks. And shortly afterwards, he returned to lift the trophy following a comprehensive 5-0 win. 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 After the game, he refused to confirm his departure, but said he would speak soon, and with the whole squad given most of the week off, the following Friday was the time to announce his decision to the world.Flanked by family, friends, the Barca board and most of his team-mates (Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, the latter due to a passport issue, were notable absentees), he revealed his reasons for walking away this summer.”I don’t want to fool myself or fool anybody,” he said. “I’m 34 years old (actually he was still 33 at the time) and I know that everything would be more difficult. It’s a rule of life. Other challenges come and I will try to be as happy as I have been here.”Clearly, it was a difficult decision. “It is a really hard day for me,” he said of his imminent exit and move (probably to play in China or Japan, although it is still unconfirmed). “Because I have been here my whole life. Saying goodbye to what has been my home and my life is really complicated. But I understand that what comes next is even more complicated and difficult.”I could never forgive myself for making an uncomfortable situation at a club that has given me everything. That would not be fair on me and it would not be fair on the club.”Iniesta trophies graphicIniesta had signed a “lifetime” contract at Barca in October, but he had doubts back then and has chosen to leave on a high, still performing at the top level and with a domestic double set to be sealed this weekend as the Catalans close in on La Liga.The player broke down several times as he annpunced his decision to leave and especially as he thanked his parents and his sister, also present, remembering how he had arrived a shy kid 22 years ago, and his wife and “three treasures”, who were also in the room to watch his farewell press conference.There was also a message for the club. “Succeeding here was ingrained in my head,” he said. “It was a bit tough at first but it didn’t matter. The club should be aware of the value of the youth system. They are working well.”Xavi Andres Iniesta Barcelona“Andres eats at a different table,” Guardiola once said early on in his tenure as Barca boss. “He’s an example. I always says he’s an example for the youth players. They should look at him: he doesn’t wear ear rings, he doesn’t dye his hair.”He plays 20 minutes and he doesn’t complain. Wherever you play him, he doesn’t complain. And he always plays well, and he always trains well. And when he is injured, he is in a bad mood because he wants to come back and help the team. For Barca to have a player like him is priceless.”It has been and as Andres prepares to bow out on Sunday, nothing will be quite the same again. But Guardiola is right: just as Pep himself was back in the day, Iniesta is the perfect poster boy for a new generation of talents at La Masia. He can only hope the club gives them a chance.last_img read more

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Fighter Prithvi will come out of doping setback stronger: Childhood coach

first_imgFighter Prithvi will come out of doping setback stronger: Childhood coachPrithvi Shaw said that he accepted the punishment and hoped this example would deter other athletes from neglecting protocol when it came to taking medicinesadvertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 13:10 IST Prithvi Shaw last played for India in a Test match against West Indies in October last year. (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI banned Prithvi Shaw from all forms of cricket for failing a dope test.Prithvi’s childhood coach Pingutkar called the ban a setbackShaw had also accepted his fate and said the news about his suspension had shaken himPrithvi Shaw is a “fighter” and will come out of his eight-month doping suspension stronger, says Santosh Pingutkar, who taught him the ABC of cricket long before he became his most famous ward.The BCCI on Tuesday banned the talented 19-year-old opener from all forms of cricket for failing a dope test.A release from the Board said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”.He childhood coach Pingutkar called it a setback.”He (Prithvi) is a fighter and will definitely come out of it. He has worked hard (to reach the top),” said Pingutkar, who first imparted lessons to a young Shaw at Virar, a suburb around 60 kilometers from Mumbai.It was under Pingutkar that Shaw, who had led India to U-19 World Cup victory in New Zealand and also made a hundred on Test debut against West Indies, learned the basics of the game.Shaw’s father Pankaj had taken him to the coach, who runs an academy.”Definitely the setback is huge, but I have the confidence that he (Shaw) will come out of it,” added Pingutkar.Shaw’s suspension is retrospective in nature, starting from March 16 and ending on November 15, which rules him out for India’s home series against South Africa and Bangladesh.Senior columnist Makranad Waingankar, who has played a formidable role in shaping Prithvi’s career, said that there was nothing to worry and everyone makes mistakes in life.”Cough syrups are dangerous. Prithvi Shaw should have known it because all players are given the list of Do’s & Don’ts by BCCI’s anti-doping committee. He will come out of it. Everyone makes a mistake. Nothing to worry,” tweeted Waingankar, who was also a cricket administrator.advertisementMeanwhile, sources in the know said that Shaw, while he was with the Mumbai team, had not informed anyone about the medicine that he took to cure cough.Shaw had also accepted his fate and said the news about his suspension had shaken him.”I accept my fate with all sincerity. While I am still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me,” Shaw had said in a statement.”Cricket is my life and there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India and Mumbai and I will come out of this faster and stronger,” he stated.Also Read | I accept my fate with all sincerity: Prithvi Shaw responds to BCCI doping suspensionAlso Read | Suspended for doping, Prithvi Shaw gets support from Manoj TiwaryAlso Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Prithvi ShawFollow Dopinglast_img read more

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Rising Mega Boxship Fleet Drives Cascade

first_imgzoom Amid a rapid growth in the mega boxship fleet, and nearly a year on from the opening of the new expanded locks of the Panama Canal in June 2016, the fleet of giants surged by 29% y-o-y in TEU terms, Clarkson Research informs.The 15,000+ TEU mega boxship fleet has expanded rapidly in recent years and at the beginning of May it stood at 76 ships of 1.4 million TEU.Deployed solely on the Asia-Europe route, and representing 36% of capacity on the route at the start of May, up from 27% a year earlier, growth in the 15,000+ TEU fleet has caused cascading of smaller, but still relatively large, containerships off this trade.The rising proportion of 8-12,000 TEU vessel capacity deployed on the Transpacific is owed in part to the displacement of these units from the Far East-Europe route and new deployment opportunities on Asia-US East Coast routes via the new expanded locks at the Panama Canal.In May 2017, 8-12,000 TEU ships accounted for 54% of deployed capacity on the Transpacific trade, whereas the 3-8,000 TEU sector, including old Panamax ships, accounted for 32%. This compares to 52% and 40% respectively one year earlier.From around mid-2016, the cascade of larger units onto Transpacific routes has also been supported by firm trade growth.“The ongoing delivery of mega boxships, trade growth and infrastructure capability are all important drivers of deployment. These factors are shifting all the time, and to keep track of vessel sector trends market watchers must still keep a close eye on cascading,” Clarksons said.last_img read more

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HighTech Small RingLike Device Might Change Lives for Millions of Blind

Casablanca – Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab have developed a device that is able to scan and read a text on a screen or a page, mainly to assist blind people. The so-called “FingerReader” is a device that contains a small camera and can be worn on an index finger. It reads aloud the given text through a synthesized voice.Its goal is to read print materials as well as onscreen text to the blind, but it still has certain issues with touchscreens since text is moved around and therefore cannot be as accurate. Furthermore, the main job of FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3D printer, is to read texts such as menu cards, books and so on in real time. It can also be used to learn a new language, since it offers options such as translation and pronunciation. All of these features will give blind people more access to printed materials and better learning and productivity in their daily lives.Certainly, this invention does not replace Braille, a writing system used by visually impaired people, but it would enable blind people to gain a wider access to a vast number of books, newspapers, magazines and so forth that are not yet available in Braille.But, even though the FingerReader has undergone three long years of experimentation through code software and group feedback, it still needs some fine-tuning before it will be ready for sale. read more

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30 nations pitch internet security rules amid Huawei concern

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Officials from over 30 countries have proposed a set of principles to ensure the safety of next generation mobile networks amid concerns over the use of gear made by China’s Huawei.The non-binding proposals were published Friday at the end of a two-day meeting in Prague where they were discussing security of new 5G networks.The U.S. has been lobbying allies to ban Huawei from new 5G networks over concerns China’s government could force the company to give it access to data for cyberespionage. Huawei has denied the allegations.Friday’s proposals seemed to reflect security concerns. They say that the “security and risk assessment of vendors and network technologies” should be taken into account, as well as “the overall risk of influence on a supplier by a third country.”The Associated Press read more

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Côte dIvoire UN mission deplores excessive use of force against demonstrators

22 February 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today deplored the excessive use of force against demonstrators in the city of Abidjan and surrounding areas over the past couple of days, saying the violence had left dozens of people dead or wounded. The mission (UNOCI) condemned the disproportionate use of force by security forces, who it said used heavy weapons against the demonstrators.“UNOCI calls on all parties to exercise restraint at a time when political and diplomatic efforts are under way at the highest level to find a peaceful solution to the Ivorian post-electoral crisis,” the mission said in a press release.Côte d’Ivoire descended into turmoil in early December when Mr. Laurent Gbagbo, the outgoing president, refused to leave office despite opposition leader Allasane Ouattara’s UN-certified victory in the presidential elections. Mr. Ouattara has been recognized by the international community as the duly elected president.The head of UNOCI’s police component has warned that Gbagbo loyalist militias may be preparing for civil war. “The Gbagbo clan has a long tradition of mobilizing militias and being very hostile and having armed mobs which it is at present trying to rally,” Commissioner Jean-Marie Bourry told the UN News Centre last week. “Everything leads us to believe that we are seeing preparations for a civil war.”The election was meant to be the culminating point in reunifying the country, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north.Mr. Gbagbo has demanded the withdrawal of the 9,000-strong UNOCI. Not only has the UN refused this but the Security Council last month, in a unanimous resolution adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of force, authorized the immediate deployment of an additional 2,000 troops and three armed helicopters.Cote read more

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Top US delegation meets the army

The US delegation included Dr Alyssa Ayres, US Deputy Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asian Affairs, Mr Thomas Melia, US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Ms Leslie Taylor, US Special Assistant, Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, Mr James Bednar, Director, USAID Mission, Dr Paul Carter, Political Counsellor of the U.S. Embassy. The army briefed the US delegation on various development, humanitarian, resettlement and community projects being pursued by the Army. Several senior officers serving the Security Forces Headquarters in Kilinochchi also attended the discussion. A high level delegation from the US State Department visited Kilinochchi and had talks with the army, the army media unit said.The army said that the delegation had talks with the Commander of the Security Forces Headquarters in Kilinochchi, Major General A.W.J.C. de Silva, with a view to receiving an update on various development and security roles of the troops. read more

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UNbacked bird flu meeting in Indonesia aims to avert outbreaks among humans

Experts from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and numerous countries are participating in the consultation, convened at the request of Indonesia, which has reported 33 human cases of the disease, with 27 deaths this year alone.“Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has already demonstrated a great degree of transparency and collaboration since the first case appeared last year,” said Dr. Paul Gully, a senior advisor for communicable diseases at WHO. “With this consultation, Indonesia is taking another step to assess how best to protect the health of its people. The results will certainly be of great importance to all worldwide, who are eyeing the risk of the next pandemic.”The conference aims to provide recommendations to control the virus in both humans and animals, review lessons learned for rapid response and containment, and provide a risk assessment of avian influenza in Indonesia in both humans and animals. Results from the consultation will be provided on Friday.The H5N1 virus is considered firmly entrenched in poultry throughout much of Indonesia, and this widespread presence of the virus has resulted in a significant number of human cases. Indonesia, which has recorded 49 cases, 37 of them fatal, is second only to Vietnam with 93 cases, 42 of them fatal.The largest cluster of human H5N1 cases was identified last month, in a family in Kubu Sembelang village, North Sumatra, according to WHO. Seven of the eight family members died. Unless this situation is urgently addressed, sporadic human cases are likely and human-to-human transmission – which experts fear could spark a deadly pandemic – is possible. read more

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East vs West Canadian regional differences on display at TPP trade talks

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, left, fields a question as Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna, right, and Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski look on at the closing news conference of the summer meeting of Canada’s premiers in St. John’s on July 17, 2015. From the Liberal governments of eastern Canada, it’s consternation. From a western Conservative premier, however, the prospect of Canada reaching a historic trade deal elicits celebration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan East vs. West: Canadian regional differences on display at TPP trade talks by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2015 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA – From the Liberal governments of eastern Canada, it’s consternation. From a western Conservative premier, however, the prospect of Canada reaching a historic trade deal elicits celebration.A political and regional split over the Trans-Pacific Partnership appeared Thursday at the Atlanta conference centre that’s hosting the 12-country negotiations.There were duelling letters released: one from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall that was very supportive of the TPP, and one from the Ontario government sounding the alarm bell.Cabinet ministers from Liberal governments in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were in Atlanta to press federal negotiators against opening the dairy sector to foreign competition.The Harper government will have to manage the political reaction in some of those places should it reach a deal less than three weeks before election day, during a hard-fought campaign.Quebec’s economic development minister says it’s not his government’s style to tell people how they should vote federally, and he can’t see it interfering in the federal election as a result of TPP.But Jacques Daoust is among those eastern-province ministers in Atlanta pushing against any relaxation of dairy protections.“I don’t know too many jurisdictions in the world that don’t assist their agriculture sector — because the first responsibility of a government is to feed its population,” Daoust said in an interview.“To say, ‘No, we’re feeding our people from another jurisdiction’ — that would be a little surprising.”Ontario’s Liberal government has been more vocal against the federal Tories in the campaign. It’s now released a letter where two of its ministers expressed alarm over the potential impact of TPP. Brad Duguid and Jeff Leal said the province was “extremely concerned” by signals being sent about the auto industry.Across the continent and on the other end of the political spectrum, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall released an enthusiastic note about the potential deal.“Saskatchewan strongly supports Canada’s participation,” Wall wrote in a Facebook post.“The proposed TPP represents unprecedented market access for our exports in a region that holds current and great potential demand for products that Saskatchewan offers at a world leading scale.”Among the biggest winners of the deal would be the cattle and canola industries, which stand to make big gains in exports should the anticipated reduction in Japanese tariffs materialize.The federal government has also pointed to the potential positives in other parts of the country — such as robotics, aeronautics and a pork industry that touts 92,000 direct and indirect jobs and is heavily concentrated in Ontario and Quebec.But the politicians in that region are talking about dairy farmers and auto workers.Dairy’s supply-managed system is heavily shielded from foreign competition. The system provides stability for Canadian farmers, but reduces selection and raises prices at the grocery store.Canadian producers have a lock on 90 per cent of the domestic milk-and-cheese market. The rest comes from abroad, with the recent Canada-EU deal setting aside four per cent for European goods. Sources say the U.S. pushed for 10 per cent additional access, which the Canadian government refused.The dairy advocates’ position is that no new products be allowed in. It’s New Brunswick’s position too, although that province’s agriculture minister predicted that won’t happen.“I think what’s going to happen is they intend to make some sort of concessions,” Rick Doucet said.“That’s up to them.”The feds have promised to maintain the supply-management system but aren’t ruling out more imports. That was underscored this week when the outgoing agriculture minister, Gerry Ritz, hinted at possible compensation for farmers.Even that compensation suggestion prompted provincial angst.Daoust said compensation would be an admission of failure at the negotiating table. “I don’t want compensation — I want protection,” he said. Doucet put it another way: “Farmers want to work. They want to make a living. They don’t want to receive a welfare check.”The lead Canadian minister at the negotiations has met with the provincial ministers. They described a polite tone in their chats with International Trade Minister Ed Fast. They said he solicited their recommendations.“They’re supportive,” Doucet said of the federal side.But said the provinces left without hard insights into bargaining developments. The talks have been extended another day into Friday, with some countries predicting a deal could get done in Atlanta.It would have to be ratified in national parliaments later, including Canada’s after the election. read more

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Heres what youll be reading watching and listening to in 2014

first_imgIf you loved Blue Jasmine … then you’ll enjoy Inside Llewyn Davis in 2014(ENTV/YouTube)The Coen brothers are back – recognise Drive’s Oscar Isaac in the title role as a folk singer trying to make it in 1960s-era Greenwich Village? See also: The Monuments Men, The Stag, Charlie Countryman, and Her.MUSICIf you listened to Hozier… then you’ll want to hear The Gloaming in 2014(Samuel Bishop/YouTube)It’s an Irish supergroup, and might kick-start a love affair with Irish traditional music for those who have previously bypassed it. (We figure Hozier fans will love the drama that trad brings with it).If you got tired of Miley Cyrus… then you’ll love Charli XCX in 2014(officialcharlixcx/YouTube)Spunkier, songs that trounce Cyrus’s efforts, and without a twerk in sight.If you loved Villagers… then listen to James Vincent McMorrow in 2014(jamesvmcmorrow/YouTube)He’s Irish, and his second album is going to make him an international name, mark our words.BOOKSIf you read Alex Ferguson’s autobiography… then read Elk Stopped Play by Charlie Connelly in 2014Even those with only a cursory knowledge of cricket are likely to enjoy Connelly’s latest – he’s an incredibly witty writer who looks at sport from a new angle. It’s due out on Bloomsbury in March. Alternatively, try Sport in Ireland, 1600 – 1840 by Jimmy Kelly.If you couldn’t put down The Spinning Heart… then pick up From Out of the City by John Kelly in 2014The broadcaster and writer releases his latest novel, said to be about a US president who is assassinated during a visit to Dublin, in May on Dalkey Archive Press.If you re-read For Whom the Bell Tolls (or any Hemingway classic)… then grab Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood in 2014Wood looks at the married life of the famous author’s four wives in this book, released by Picador in February.What books, films, tv shows, albums or otherwise are you looking forward to in 2014? Tell us in the comments.Read: The worst-reviewed movies of 2013> WHATEVER ABOUT THE towering boxsets, the barely-thumbed-through tomes you picked up in the previous year, and the cinema releases you’ve yet to catch up with on DVD, get ready for a new onslaught of cultural experiences in 2014.To help you make your way through what’s coming down the line, we’ve handpicked some choices for you, based on your tastes last year.TVIf you watched Borgen (or The Killing)… then you’ll watch The Bridge in 2014(Nimbus Film/YouTube)It perhaps didn’t get as much attention as other Danish series did, but season one of The Bridge was fantastic detective telly. Season 2 airs on BBC 4 this month. There’s also 1864, set in the Denmark of (you guessed it) 1864, and the Swedish series Crimes of Passion.If you loved Girls… then you’ll want to watch Orange is the New Black in 2014(Netflix/YouTube)This prison dramedy will be into its second season, reportedly airing this spring, so there’s time to catch up with S1 on Netflix. Meanwhile, we eagerly await the third season of Girls – it premieres in the US on 12 January.If you miss Breaking Bad… then start watching True Detective in 2014(TVSeriesPreviews/YouTube)Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson journey onto the small screen for this HBO series about a cold-case murder investigation. There’s no meth involved (we think), sorry.If you loved Love/Hate… watch Amber in 2014(BeyondHomeEntertain/YouTube)Amber examines what happens when a teenage girl goes missing. Meanwhile, Love/Hate is back for its fourth series this year, Quirke is a thriller starring Gabriel Byrne, and Vikings looks to be a bloody good watch.CINEMAIf you loved In A World… then you’ll love The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014(FoxSearchlight/YouTube)Kooky, dreamy, and funny, it’s Wes Anderson’s latest, due out in March.If you hated Django Unchained… then you’ll prefer 12 Years A Slave in 2014(JoBlo.com/YouTube)The disturbing true story of former slave Solomon Northup is taken on by British director Steve McQueen in this searing big-budget film, starring our own Michael Fassbender.last_img read more

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High Court ruling over dual citizenship sees resignation of Senator Katy Gallagher

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Labor has come under fire over the dual citizenship saga, after Senator Katy Gallagher was found to have breached the eligibility rules under Section 44 of the Constitution by the High Court on Wednesday.Despite attempting to renounce her British citizenship, the High Court ruled that the Labor Senator missed the deadline, and was a dual citizen at the time of her election.Ms Gallagher said she was “deeply disappointed” with the outcome, making her the 11th politician to be booted out of Parliament.“I have always performed my duties to the ACT community with honesty, integrity and a desire to make Canberra and Australia a better place for all of us,” she said in a statement.“I have always acted on the best available legal advice, which at all times, indicated that I satisfied the eligibility requirements under the Constitution. However, today the High Court has made its decision, and I respect the outcome.”Despite her abrupt exit, she made it clear her time in politics is far from over.“To have my place in the Senate end like this today (Wednesday) is very deeply disappointing but I believe that I have more to contribute to public life and I will take the time to talk with Labor Party members on how I can do this over the months ahead,” she said.Ms Gallagher’s replacement is likely to be David Smith, a director of union Professionals Australia, he is second in line on Labor’s ballot paper.There are three additional Labor members of the House of Representatives who are expected to see the same fate: Susan Lamb in the seat of Longman, Queensland; Justine Keay in the Tasmanian seat of Braddon; Josh Wilson in the seat of Fremantle, WA – all of whom tried to renounce their British citizenship but missed the deadline ahead of their election – along with the Centre Alliance’s Rebekha Sharkie in the seat of Mayo, SA.Attorney-General Christian Porter has taken the hard line, stating that the decision was a “crisp and crystal clear clarification of the law”, and called for the MPs resignation today.“If a person is a dual citizen of another country after the date of close of nominations, then that person is ineligible to sit in the common Wealth parliament,” Mr Porter said.“And those four (Labor) people must resign. They must resign today. (Opposition Leader) Bill Shorten must require the resignation of those three Labor members today, and that must occur before close of business today.”In contrast to the Liberal party’s action on suspected constitutional breaches, which saw the resignation of Barnaby Joyce, John Alexander, Stephen Parry, Fiona Nash, and Matt Canavan, Defence Industries Minister Christopher Pyne said the opposition leader was dragging his feet, and that he should “do the right thing” regarding the three Labor MPs.“By contrast, on the Labor side, when Bill Shorten was faced with similar issues, he circled the wagons, behaved like a trade union leader trying to avoid accountability and transparency, and today we’ve seen the outcome of that, where three of his members have been ruled ineligible, in effect, by the decision, this unambiguous decision, of the High Court,” said Mr Pyne.“The idea that this leaves any room for manoeuvre on the Labor side is quite frankly laughable.”But the question remains: given the multicultural nature of Australia as a nation, why not change the Constitution to allow for dual citizenship?This would require a referendum, which could very well eventuate if the argument gains enough momentum.The fate of the Labor MPs’ coupled with the resignation of Perth’s Labor MP Tim Hammond will see five by-elections take place, a very costly exercise.Meanwhile it is set to be one election after another with the Victorian state election expected to take place before the end of 2018 and in NSW next March, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said yet again on Wednesday that he wanted to call a general election in the first half of 2019.last_img read more

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Un sousmarin chinois plonge à 6000 mètres de profondeur

first_imgUn sous-marin chinois plonge à 6.000 mètres de profondeurUn sous-marin habité a plongé pour la première fois à 6.000 mètres de profondeur, établissant ainsi un nouveau record en Chine. Un nouveau record à 7.000 mètres serait même d’ores et déjà prévu.Le sous-marin chinois Jiaolong (du nom d’un dragon mythique) est destiné à la recherche scientifique et à l’exploration des richesses naturelles des fonds marins. Mais il a pour la première fois atteint 6.000 mètres de profondeur en plongeant dans la Fosse des Mariannes située non loin des Philippines. Etablissant un nouveau record pour l’engin, cette plongée s’inscrit dans le cadre des efforts de la Chine pour exploiter les ressources des fonds océaniques. Il s’agissait-là du premier essai sur six prévus pour tenter d’atteindre les 7.000 mètres, a précisé l’agence Chine nouvelle.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La Chine était déjà le cinquième pays à franchir la barre des 3.500 mètres pour des missions habitées dans les profondeurs marines. Mais elle accentue ses efforts de prospection ces dernières années à la recherche d’hydrocarbures et d’autres ressources naturelles, afin d’alimenter sa rapide croissance économique. Le renforcement des capacités militaires de Pékin sont aussi une source d’inquiétude au niveau international, particulièrement chez les voisins de la Chine en Asie.L’an dernier, le Jiaolong avait symboliquement planté un drapeau sur un fond marin en mer de Chine du Sud, dont la souveraineté est pourtant disputée entre plusieurs Etats. Ceux-ci avait considéré que cet acte constituait une provocation. Par ailleurs, si cette nouvelle plongée est un record pour le Jiaolong, la profondeur atteinte est encore loin des 11.000 mètres établis par le réalisateur James Cameron en mars dernier dans la même fosse des Mariannes à bord de son vaisseau baptisé Deepsea Challenge. Le 16 juin 2012 à 17:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Pivotshare Raises 1 Million Series A Round

first_imgCustomers can set up a channel, complete with social tools, and also get other publishers to contribute content to the channel. Channels can also be networked to provide greater scale within a particular vertical. The company is targeting entertainers as a customer category, but it’s also going after conference speakers and event producers themselves to upload and sell video or audio-based content back to attendees. The platform also has b-to-b applications in that industry experts can also set up a channel to hawk their expertise or consultancy content. The company does not charge a set-up fee or ongoing licensing fees, but rather takes a cut of revenues. Pivotshare, an Irvine, California-based startup that provides a turnkey platform for selling digital content direct to consumers, has raised $1 million in a series A round, led by Townsgate Media.If the Web has been the great democratizer in allowing anyone to be a publisher and disrupting, to a degree, traditional media’s dominance in audience and content, it’s services like Pivotshare that are now chipping away at the revenue side of the equation—at least for publishers of multimedia content. The service allows independent content producers to upload and stream or otherwise make their content available directly to consumers on a platform that also handles subscription or pay-per-view sales, user accounts, payment processing and analytics. last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For July 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, July 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. Light southwest wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: Windsor Place (92 West Street) is holding a free Chair Yoga Class at 10am. All are welcome to attend Marianne’s bi-monthly yoga class. Yoga is a study of your body, mind and breath. It is about learning how to undo unconscious repetitive patterns of movement that do not serve us well. Yoga teaches us how to open up the joints of our body and allow more supple movement of the spine, freeing ourselves of tension and stress. This class will last for 45 minutes.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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OBITUARY Jay Traynor 63

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Jay Traynor, 63 years old of Tewksbury, MA, died peacefully at home with his beloved family by his side. Throughout his short battle with cancer, he maintained a positive outlook and never lost his sense of humor.Jay was the devoted husband of Denise for 37 years, childhood sweethearts who met when they were just 14 years old in Woburn, MA. They moved to Tewksbury to start their family, bringing two sons into the world, James E. and Ryan D.His children were the love of Jay’s life. He was the coach for Jimmy and Ryan’s soccer, baseball and football teams, as well as the Cubmaster of Pack 49. He taught them about his love for fishing, hunting and camping, and passed on his passion for music, horror movies and motorcycles.There wasn’t a person Jay met who he did not call a friend, and remained close with childhood friends for over 50 years. One of Jay’s favorite activities was fishing at Plum Island with his dear friend, Mike Winn. Tony Ciampa was his first friend when he moved to Woburn from Medford. He met Sam Petricone, Jack Lynch, John Albano, John Swain, KC Hayes, Victor Minghella, Joe Ciccarelli, Bob Miguel, Bob Mearls, Jeff Holt and Brian Doyle soon after, and became lifelong friends/brothers. Through his sons, Jay also created new friends, Charlie Webber and Tim Dooley, who he loved dearly as well. Every one of Jay’s friends were alongside him every step of the way during this terrible time, and for that we are extremely grateful.Jay worked at H.B. Fuller for 20 years and devoted his spare time to community service, working on upgrading homes of the elderly in Wilmington and with the House of Hope in Lowell. He also worked at Wonder Bread, and at the Blaire House in Tewksbury. His compassion for the elderly came from the close relationship he had with his grandparents.Jay was preceded in death by his father, James (Jimmy), his mother, Janet, and his grandparents Eddie and Ann. He is survived by his wife, Denise, his son, James, his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Korinne, his sister, Marybeth, his brother, Paul, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He also had a very special bond with his nephew Jason Fogg.“At the end of your life, you will never regret not passing one more test, reaching one more verdict, closing one more deal. You will regret not spending time with your wife/husband, your children or a friend.” Barbara Bush.Calling hours are Thursday, March 21, from 4-8 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His funeral procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made on line to Pug Rescue of New England, http://www.pugrescueofnewengland.org or mailed to P.O. Box 441667, West Somerville, MA 02644.Jay Traynor(NOTE: The above obituary is from Farmer & Dee Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Robert “Bob” Alan Coste, 59In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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