Three Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

first_imgSecurity forces gunned down three alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in an encounter in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Friday.“A joint team of Sukma District Reserve Guard (Chhattisgarh police’s special anti-Naxal unit) and Chhattisgarh Special Task Force had gone to Gattapad, Mukraj Metta and Bandi Metta area for an anti-Maoist operation on Thursday. The Maoists had laid an ambush for this team near Tokanpalli village,” Sukma district police said in a statement.“At around 10 a.m. on Friday, the Maoists opened indiscriminate firing on the joint team. Our team retaliated the fire in self-defense. The Maoists fled from the spot taking advantage of forest and hills. The exchange of fire lasted for about half an hour. A search operation was carried out in the area after the encounter in which three bodies of male Maoists in olive green uniform were recovered,” they saidThe joint team also recovered four weapons, including one 315 rifle and a pistol from the spot of the encounter. “Ten detonators, one bomb, codex wire, explosives, Maoist uniforms, backpacks and other Maoist material were recovered from the spot of the encounter,” the police statement added.Two bodies identifiedThe police identified two out of three bodies. “One of the dead Maoists was identified as Renga, the Deputy Commander of the Maoists’ Dornapal Local Operating Squad. The other Maoist was identified as Vetti Deva. We are trying to ascertain the identity of the third body. The spot of the encounter had many blood stains and signs that the Maoists dragged bodies along with them. This suggests that many more Maoists were either killed or injured in Friday’s encounter,” Sukma police said.last_img read more

Indias top racers set for JK Tyre Vroom

first_imgBangalore, Apr 28 (PTI) As many as 600 participants from across the country will race against each other for glory in the countrys premier Quarter Mile championship, JK Tyre Vroom, here this weekend. The participants will come all the way from Assam to Indore, Kolkata to Pune, Mumbai to Kochi, Chennai to Hyderabad and of course Bengaluru and Mysore to showcase their skills in what promises to be a show like never before. Held under the aegis of FMSCI, JK Tyre Vroom will see super bikes ranging from Suzuki GSX 1000 to BMW 1000RR and Yamaha R6 to Ducati 1299 Panigale. Car lovers can hope to watch Lamborghinis and Bentleys, Audis and Porsches fly over the quarter mile stretch at the majestic Jakkur Aerodrome on the outskirts of the city. Most of the top quarter mile racers, including Partab Jayaram and Joel Joseph in four-wheelers and Zubair Ali Jung and Rizwan Khan in two-wheelers, will try to assert their supremacy over the weekend. “This is the biggest quarter mile event in the country,” Sanjay Sharma, president of JK Motorsports explained. “Fans can see some of the fastest racers go full throttle on a number of amazing bikes and cars,” he added. Quarter-mile racing, known as drag racing, is an extremely popular sport in the world, with two drivers competing against each other on a straight stretch over a quarter of a mile (approximately 402 metres). JK Tyre Vroom, organised by Geneva Services, is into its third edition and draws thousands of spectators every year. This year, there are as many as 13 categories for motorbikes up to 1050cc bikes. There is a separate class for ladies and a Jawa/Yezdi class for the romantics as well. On Sunday, there will be duels between the super bikes. Later in the day, its going to be non-stop fun with categories like Foreign Cars, Indian Cars (F.I/Nitrous), Indian Touring Cars, Indian Open, Indian Hatchback Open, Pro Stock Diesel and Unrestricted Class entering the fray. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli delights fans in Florida with autographs and selfies at training session

first_imgIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli obliged to fans’ requests of selfies and autographs during the team’s first training session ahead of the 3-match T20I series against West Indies in Florida.A group of passionate Indian cricket fans turned up at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill to see the Indian cricket team go through its training drills. Virat Kohli led the team during the session as the India stars played footvolley even as the bunch of fans watched on.Kohli made sure the India fans didn’t go home empty-handed as he took time out to interact with them. From signing autographs on t-shirts and on phone cases from obliging to requests of selfies, the India captain put a smile on the fans’ faces.Skipper @imVkohli does know how to bring smiles and joy to the fans #TeamIndia (@BCCI) August 1, 2019When it’s play ball time #TeamIndia (@BCCI) August 1, 2019India will play two T20Is in Florida on August 3 and 4 before heading to Guyana for the final T20I of the 3-match series against the West Indies. Virat Kohli’s men will then play 3 ODIs before kicking off their world championships campaign with a 2-Test series against the West Indies.A lot of fresh faces have been inducted into the senior national team for the limited-overs series against the West Indies. MS Dhoni was not available for selection as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has taken a 2-month break from international cricket to train with the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army.advertisementOn the other hand, the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have been handed recalls as India will be looking to settle their middle order issues that hampered their performances at World Cup 2019. Seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik faced the axe after India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand in England last month.Amid rumours of rift in the Indian camp, the Virat Kohli-led team left for Florida. The India captain rubbished the rumours of strain in his relationship with limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Speculations were rife that Kohli and Rohit were not on the same page when it came to the on-field issues and the latter’s Instagram activity wherein he reportedly unfollowed Anushka Sharma added fuel to fire.”In my opinion it’s baffling to be honest. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the sentiment is ‘aap log kya khele (you guys played so well)’,” Virat Kohli said at India’s pre-departure press conference on Monday.”We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth,” Kohli added.Also Read | Virat Kohli enjoys Miami outing with Anushka Sharma ahead of West Indies tourAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith 2nd fastest after Don Bradman to hit 24 Test hundredsAlso See:last_img read more

Significant Positive Transformation in Mount Salem under ZOSO Social Interventions

first_img He tells JIS News that the measures are being implemented by building and strengthening the community’s leadership through a multi-agency approach. Since the declaration of a Zone of Special Operation (ZOSO) in Mount Salem, St. James on September 1, 2017, the community has undergone significant transformation under the ‘clear, hold and build’ strategy, particularly in relation to the accompanying social interventions.This transformation is expected to continue, as Parliament recently extended the ZOSO for an additional 60 days, which will facilitate increased social-intervention activities under the build phase.Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the approach being taken aims to ensure the longevity of these programmes after the initiative concludes in Mount Salem.He tells JIS News that the measures are being implemented by building and strengthening the community’s leadership through a multi-agency approach.“We work (by) putting the community leadership at the centre of what we are doing, from the point of view of assessment… dialogue and… implementation. What we are really doing is building the leadership on the ground (and) the ability of residents to see that the local leadership has the capacity to implement projects (from which) the community benefits,” he explains.Through this approach, residents have been trained and are now spearheading a project to remove 1,000 metres of zinc fences, being implemented at a cost of $26 million.Mr. Sweeney says while the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), for which he is the Managing Director, continues to provide the financial support, guidance and oversight, the community has been empowered to lead the process through ‘Community Based Contracting’.He explains that through this methodology, “everything is audited; they (residents) have to provide a pre-programme of what they are going to do… we provide that tranche of resources, (they) show accountability for (that), the work is in place and then another tranche is released.”Mr. Sweeney notes that while this method may be slower than the normal course of proceedings, it is being utilized to ultimately build the community leadership’s capacities and engender confidence among the residents.Linkages are also being created through the multi-agency approach, between the residents and various stakeholder agencies.“While we are operating under the auspices of ZOSO, we are actually integrating… and reintroducing Government services to the local leadership and vice versa,” he explains.Meanwhile, Mr. Sweeney says the ongoing social activities continue to yield rich dividends throughout Mount Salem.He informs that, so far, 100 residents have been trained in block making, tiling and welding. Additionally, 20 persons have been trained as parent mentors and will be expected to provide support through the Parenting Resource Centre which was opened in April.Mr. Sweeney further states that the community has been engaging in a sports recreation programme that includes football and domino tournaments.Among the other initiatives that have been implemented is an academic development and enrichment programme at Mount Salem Primary and Junior high school.This entails the utilization of best practices to engage guidance counsellors and teachers in exercises aimed at engendering positive behaviour that will resonate with the students.Residents have also been afforded an opportunity to tap into business development support which Mr. Sweeney says will essentially “enable local businesses to expand in a way, to employ persons”.Owners of small businesses will benefit from a recent call for proposal which was published by JSIF. While the proposal was open to other entrepreneurs across the island, if persons from Mount Salem are successful, they could benefit from wide-ranging grant support.“Applications are going be judged on their respective merits. But the grants range from $1 million to $25 million to support business viability. It is not a cash grant… (but rather) support (for) training, business plan development, equipment and other types of necessary inputs that you need to contribute to the viability of the business,” Mr. Sweeney explains.Road rehabilitation works are also ongoing throughout the community. The process, which is being led by the National Works Agency at a cost of $22 million, involves the resurfacing of Crawford and Piggott Streets and Peddlers Lane, and accompanying drainage improvements.Meanwhile, President of the Mount Salem Community Development Committee Benevolent Society, Winsome Barnes, says the intervention programmes have, so far, been a tremendous success, and have served to bring about unity among the residents while breaking down barriers that caused divisions.“The Social Development Commission (SDC) just completed a fabulous domino competition where people went (from) street to street (and) we played at all different locations…sometimes in a community (where) you have (a) feud; (but) persons were willing and were able to go (and participate),” she states.There has also been an increase in the number of Community Based Organizations established throughout the community. The most recent is a Neighbourhood Watch that is being managed through the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Community Safety and Security Branch.Ms. Barnes says residents have been receptive of the various programmes implemented and anticipates Mount Salem becoming a better community.“This is now our community. We are being given the necessary infrastructure to make us better. We cannot have the police here 24 hours a day for the rest of our lives… (so) we now have to take charge of this community and ensure that whatever is given to us, is kept, maintained, and improved upon, because we (all) must live without the fear of violence. That will make Mount Salem the community of choice to live, work, and raise our families,” she confidently declares.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister the power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The legislation, which was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate, also facilitates the implementation of key social interventions in communities adversely affected by crime and violence.Denham Town in West Kingston is the other community that was declared a Zone of Special Operations. Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the approach being taken aims to ensure the longevity of these programmes after the initiative concludes in Mount Salem. Since the declaration of a Zone of Special Operation (ZOSO) in Mount Salem, St. James on September 1, 2017, the community has undergone significant transformation under the ‘clear, hold and build’ strategy, particularly in relation to the accompanying social interventions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

NSSMC In for Nine Capesizes

first_imgzoom Japan’s largest steel producing company, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp (NSSMC), is about to add nine newbuild Capesizes to its fleet, according to a weekly report by shipbroker Compass Maritime. As informed, the steel producer plans to charter nine Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOCs) pertaining to the 240-250,000 DWT size for 8-15 years from four large Japanese shipowning groups that intend to order the vessels at Namura Shipbuilding and Imabari Shipbuilding.It was reported that NSSMC will take three vessels from Mitsui OSK Lines and two each from NS United, K Line, and NYK. The vessels are expected for delivery in 2018 and 2019.“This will add another two million tons of capacity to the already saturated Cape and VLOC market and follows on the heels of recent reports regarding COSCO’s new order for a large number of 400,000 DWT Valemax bulkers from Chinese yards,” Compass Maritime said.The broker believes that the only saving grace for the Cape market has been the record pace of Cape bulker recycling, as in 2015 up to 72 ships were sent for scrap, and “that may be light number as the ships sold to Chinese breakers under their subsidy system, which has now been extended and will expire in 2017, sometimes go unreported.”The dry bulk shipping market is expected to remain in recession due to contracting demand for iron ore and coal, and any recovery is not expected until 2017, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.As for the remainder of this year, Drewry expects slippage rates to remain high continuing into next year as well, thus keeping a lid on any fleet growth in 2015.last_img read more

Ethical tourism vital to protect planet UN officials underline

“A tourism sector without an ethical conscience can harm our planet,” said Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), at the opening in Madrid, Spain, of the first International Congress on Ethics and Tourism.“We need to place ethics, responsibility and sustainability at the core of all our actions and ensure the adoption of and adherence to the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism,” said Mr. Rifai.In his keynote address to the two-day Congress, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio, called for shared responsibilities in tourism.“Sustainability requires a common vision of basic values in our increasingly interdependent world,” said Mr. Sampaio. “Because it involves the movement of millions of people, tourism can play a pivotal role in creating a shared sense of responsibility.”Mr. Rifai highlighted the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day, which will be ‘Tourism – Linking Cultures,’ as a clear example of the potential of tourism to contribute to the aims of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative launched in 2005 by Spain and Turkey under UN auspices to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide. The Day is marked on 27 September.“With nearly one billion tourists crossing international borders, tourism is one of the best way for people to experience, interact with and learn from new cultures. This cultural exchange spurs dialogue among nations and peoples, fostering mutual understanding, respect and ultimately, peace,” he noted.At the Congress, UNWTO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen relations and formalize UNWTO’s support for the Alliance’s mandate to “improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions.”Organized by UNWTO and Spain’s General Secretariat of Tourism and Domestic Trade, the Congress has brought together more than 450 tourism officials, business leaders, international organizations and experts in the field of ethics and tourism to debate how to guarantee responsible and sustainable tourism.Issues to be discussed include gender equality, tourism’s role in poverty reduction, sustainable tourism practices in both the public and private sector, and codes of ethical conduct. 15 September 2011United Nations officials today stressed that the tourism industry must ensure it does business in an ethical manner, saying that irresponsible travel could harm societies and the environment despite its benefits to the global economy through job creation and community empowerment. read more

TransCanada Corps Energy East pipeline application should be suspended groups tell federal

TORONTO — More than 60 organizations are calling on the National Energy Board to suspend TransCanada’s application for the Energy East pipeline.Groups including Greenpeace Canada, the Council of Canadians and the David Suzuki Foundation said in a letter to the federal pipeline regulator that it should suspend the review process while waiting for new information from the company.TransCanada Corp. is due to update its application for the pipeline in the last quarter of this year with a new location for a proposed marine terminal in Quebec.But the groups say the regulator should overhaul the review process entirely and restart its evaluation of the Energy East project from the beginning once TransCanada submits the new information.The groups accuse the board of ignoring public input expressed in more than 100,000 letters, overlooking First Nations concerns and shutting out those worried about climate change, calling the consultation process a “fiasco.”The $12-billion Energy East project would ship 1.1 million barrels of crude a day from the Alberta oilsands to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick through 4,600 kilometres of pipeline.Ontario and Quebec governments sign cooperation agreements on Energy East, climate changeTransCanada Corp faces new hurdle as Quebec imposes seven conditions on Energy East pipelineKatherine Murphy, a spokeswoman with the board, said in an email that public participation is a key part of the review process and it aims to hear from those “directly affected” by the project.Public hearings can’t be scheduled until TransCanada finds a new marine terminal and completes its application, she said.Murphy said climate change is an important issue but has a limited role in the board’s review process.“Any greenhouse gas emissions that would emit directly from the construction and operation of a pipeline are assessed by the NEB in its project assessment,” she said, adding that broader regulation of greenhouse gases is the responsibility of other agencies.“The NEB does not regulate the emissions resulting from the public’s demand for and consumption of energy.”TransCanada is searching for a new location for a planned Cacouna, Que. marine terminal, intended to include storage tanks and a marine port for loading oil onto tanker ships. That plan was scrapped last fall following a Quebec Superior Court injunction against seismic work at the site meant to protect nearby beluga whale calving grounds.In April, TransCanada cited the search for a new site as one reason for delaying the completion of Energy East by two years to 2020.The pipeline has faced opposition, with activists citing concerns that oil spills could affect water quality and the development could facilitate expansion of the oilsands.But TransCanada and other proponents of the project say it would be safer than rail and roads when transporting large oil shipments.The Canadian Press read more

WatchOntario government to sell nearly 2 billion worth of Hydro One shares

TORONTO — The Ontario government is selling more shares of Hydro One Ltd. in a move that could raise almost $2 billion for the province.The government and the electricity transmission and distribution company say they have entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters for the secondary offering on a bought deal basis of some 72.4 million shares.The shares are being sold at $23.65 apiece for total gross proceeds of about $1.71 billion.Hydro One ’s ‘showcase’ IPO offered investors a slice of stability in uncertain timesHydro One buys Great Lakes Transmission in $373-million dealUnder an over-allotment option exercisable for up to 30 days following closing, the province could sell an additional 10.8 million common shares at the same price, raising gross proceeds to about $1.97 billion.After the offering, the province will continue to hold some 427.7 million common shares representing about 71.9 per cent of the company. That could drop to 70.1 per cent if the over-allotment option is exercised in full.A statement issued by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s office said that with the latest stock sale the province remains on track to generate approximately $9 billion through broadening ownership in Hydro One.Net proceeds of the offering will go to the Trillium Trust to invest in transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure.Hydro One’s initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange was completed Nov. 11.The company is Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company with approximately $24.3 billion in assets and 2015 revenues of more than $6.5 billion. read more

Chinese envoy to Sri Lanka warns the US against bullying tactic

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan has warned the United States saying China does not want a trade war, but they are not afraid of one and will fight one if necessary.In a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, the Chinese envoy said that China will never give up its legitimate rights and interests in the trade war initiated by certain politicians in the US. “Just as President Xi Jinping reaffirmed, China and the US should deal with the trade and economic problems on an equal basis and pay more attention to reasonable concerns of each other. China, with a highly responsible attitude and utmost sincere, hopes that the two sides could bridge differences on trade and economic issues. However, foreign country should never harbor the illusion that China would trade core interests, or allow harm to be done to its sovereignty, security or development,” he said. “We two peoples know the value of sovereignty and respect. In 1952, in face of pressure from blockade and bullying from western countries, the then leaders of our two countries signed the Rubber-Rice Pact. Nowadays, both China and Sri Lanka have benefited a lot from modern international order featuring trade liberalization and economic globalization. Neither of us would let others turn back the wheel of history at will and use maximum pressure campaign only to grow themselves while exploiting our rightful interests,” he said.The Ambassador also said that China is willing to work with Sri Lanka and other countries, safeguarding the international order of fairness and justice, resolutely fighting the intervening and bullying of powers and all together promoting the establishment of a shared future for all human kind. (Colombo Gazette) “Clearly, they should have spent some more time learning the history of the People’s Republic of China and having a better knowledge of the Sino-US relationship for the past few decades. During the past year, after going through all the maximum pressure campaign, backtracking and trade-bullying from the US, China has understood what the so-called “the art of the deal” really is and has become more and more resilient. A trade war against China will never stop us from developing ourselves. Instead, the world will see Chinese people transforming pressure to propeller, and Chinese economy growing stronger and more stable,” the Ambassador said.The Ambassador noted that in history, both China and Sri Lanka have suffered from the aggression and bullying from western powers and through strenuous effort and liberation, the two countries both regained independence. The Ambassador said that the Donald Trump Administration even tried to use a “Maximum Pressure” campaign, forcing China to compromise on issues of core interests. read more

His Brexit plans in crisis Johnson pushes for new elections

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson is looking for new ways to bring about a national election after rebellious British lawmakers rejected his call to trigger a snap poll.The members of Parliament also have moved to block Johnson’s plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal. The twin defeats — two in a day — are evidence that the embattled leader’s plans to lead the U.K. out of the EU are in crisis.Johnson says new elections are the only way out of Britain’s Brexit impasse, but events have spiraled out of his control. He leads a government with no majority in Parliament and may not be able to secure an election that could change that fact.Parliament turned down his motion and the prime minister indicated he would try again, saying an election was the only way forward for the country and urging opposition lawmakers to “reflect overnight and in the course of the next few days.”Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press read more

McDonalds Canada to remove most antibiotics from chicken by the end of

McDonald’s Canada to remove most antibiotics from chicken by the end of 2018 by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 26, 2015 10:32 am MDT Last Updated Oct 26, 2015 at 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – McDonald’s Canada is moving to remove antibiotics used in humans from its chicken offerings, including the popular Chicken McNuggets, by the end of 2018.The company’s 1,400 restaurants in Canada, which source all of their chicken from Canadian poultry farmers, says it will work with suppliers to phase out the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine over the next three years.“Our guests are telling us that they want these types of changes,” said Rob Dick, senior director of McDonald’s Canada’s supply chain.Dick said the company has been on a “food journey” over the last few years, introducing healthier options such as salads and wraps.He also pointed to a McDonald’s Canada announcement last month when the company said it was moving to use eggs from cage-free chickens over the next 10 years.“Part of this journey we’re on is to let our customers feel even better about the great food we’re serving at McDonald’s,” he said.Antibiotics are used to stimulate growth as well as protect chickens and cattle from disease. Critics allege that the overuse of the drugs in meat has contributed to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bugs in humans.McDonald’s Canada said chicken farmers will continue to use ionophores, a type of antibiotic that is not used in humans.The international fast-food giant’s American arm made a similar announcement earlier this year.Dick would not say if the company was considering a move to antibiotic-free beef, but he said anyone in the food industry is aware of customer concerns.Poultry and cattle given antibiotics can also be infected with diseases like salmonella, which can become more resistant to the drugs through repeated exposure.If those antibiotic-resistant bacteria make their way from the animal population to humans via poor sanitation or undercooked meat, they become much more difficult to treat.All this has prompted change in the fast-food industry.For example, rival burger chain A&W, which touts its hormone-free and steroid-free beef in ads, announced last year that its chicken was now free of antibiotics and raised on a diet of vegetable feed.And just last week, sandwich chain Subway said it would begin selling antibiotic-free chicken and turkey at its U.S. restaurants in March 2016, and planned to phase out antibiotics from all of its meat over the next nine years.Steve Leech, national program manager at the Chicken Farmers of Canada, said poultry farms have already banned the application of the most-used human antibiotics.The biggest concern for producers, he said, is that Canadian laws need to be changed to make it easier for farmers to get their hands on alternatives to antibiotics, such as probiotics or specialized enzymes that change the microbial environment of a bird’s stomach to be less hospitable to certain bugs.“We need more access to those alternative products in order to be able to successfully supply some of these new markets that are developing,” he said.Leech noted that in the European Union, which has stricter rules around antibiotic use than Canada, such alternatives are often classified as feed additives, not drugs, and therefore more easy for farmers to put to use.McDonald’s American head office has been looking for a way to offset declining sales as consumers look beyond the burger for their fast food.New alternatives such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries have grabbed market share in the United States, and the company faces the challenges of a transitioning market here in Canada.Earlier this month, the American restaurants introduced all-day breakfast, a widely requested expansion of the company’s menu that has yet to be adopted here.Follow @Henderburn on Twitter read more

Ohio State not a good team at Spring Game

Redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) competes against redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier (13) in the circle drill on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Gray won, 17-14.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThere were more than 99,000 people at Ohio Stadium to watch the Buckeyes’ annual Spring Game, but they didn’t see a national-championship caliber team on the field.At least not in the eyes of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.“That was not a good team out there,” Meyer said Saturday after the intrasquad scrimmage.The three-time national champion coach said the Buckeyes didn’t improve as a team this spring, despite coming off a victory in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship in January. Meyer said that regression was partially because of health issues and added that there were still bright areas to lean on.“As a team, that’s much worse than what you saw in January, obviously,” Meyer said. “But we did individually get better.”Meyer named redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt-junior running back Bri’onte Dunn, redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard, redshirt-sophomore linebacker Chris Worley, sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown, redshirt-sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley and senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt as individuals who stood out this spring.He even named Conley a starter, and added that redshirt-senior offensive lineman Chase Farris has locked down the right tackle position.But even with a flurry of strong individual performances, the Buckeyes didn’t get an overall grade of A or B from their coach. They didn’t get a C, D or F, either.Instead, Meyer gave OSU an overall grade of “eh.”“What’s eh? Eh. I’d rather go individually,” Meyer said when prompted to give his team a total grade for the spring.Meyer stressed that health issues, as well as limited reps for some more experienced players, dented the Buckeyes’ development during the 15-practice spring slate. But regardless of the reasons, he said OSU now has a dilemma to sort through.“How do we get better as a team after we get them out here for a couple weeks? This is a critical offseason for us because, like I said, we did not improve,” Meyer said. “It’s no one’s fault. How do you get better as a team when half your team is not playing?”While questions remain, not everything is up in the air for OSU as the end of the school year approaches. Aside from a three-way quarterback competition, the offensive lineup is all but set for the Buckeyes.Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said there’s plenty of reason to look forward to the fall, especially with players like junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-junior wide receiver Michael Thomas and redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall coming back.“You can start with the offensive line and say you’ve got four returning starters and a fifth-year senior coming back, and that excites you,” Warinner said Saturday. “You can go to a backfield with Ezekiel Elliott returning and that excites you. You can go to a receiver corps with Mike Thomas and all these other pieces we have out there, Jalin Marshall and so forth, and say, ‘Boy, that’s exciting, there’s a lot of pieces there.’“Couldn’t be more excited about this team, this offensive unit and where we could be in the fall.”But before the Buckeyes can make it to the fall, they’ll have to get through the summer, which means limited exposure to the coaching staff, redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones said.Jones started all three of OSU’s postseason games after now-redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett fractured his ankle against Michigan. Barrett himself was only in the lineup after now-redshirt-senior Braxton Miller tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder last fall.After a full spring of starter’s reps, Jones said he simply needs to “continue to get better” individually, but also take on a leadership role through the summer months.“Our coaches really can’t be around too much,” he said. “Carrying this leadership over to the weight room and the summer conditioning, things like that.”Even if Meyer won’t have much direct contact with his players, he he’ll be keeping a watchful eye. And before OSU takes the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the regular season, the fourth-year Buckeye coach said he wants to see the team develop as a whole.“That’s going to be interesting to watch for the Buckeyes this summer and how they handle themselves, how they behave, how they train and how they come together as a team,” Meyer said. “Because that team has got to get better.” read more

I live in constant pain my life is a misery The week

first_img Image: Sam Boal/ 11,656 Views ‘I live in constant pain – my life is a misery’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We value the fact that there are Irish language speakers living in Northern Ireland who want to speak in Irish and that’s fine but they cannot impinge on the rights of those of us who do not speak the Irish language.DUP leader Arlene Foster told RTÉ News about why her party cannot support the Irish Language Act, leaving Northern Irish politics in stalemate. 1 Comment Once an employee whose job it is to interface with the public every day has been shown to allow himself to get so riled up as to take a swing at a member of the public, the employer is bound to question the employee’s suitability to perform the job for which he has been trained.Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) adjudication officer Penelope McGrath on a case involving a Luas fares inspector throwing a punch at a passenger after being faced with “foul language and racial slurs”. Source: CBS This Morning/YouTubeKremlin wants me to stop talking.In his first televised interview since fleeing his native Russia, doping guru Grigory Rodchenkov told the American news programme 60 Minutes that he continues to live in fear in the United States. Source: Photocall IrelandI’ve been medicated every day since I was 16. If I miss a full day of my meds, it’s then only a matter of a few hours before I have a seizure.RTÉ Gold DJ Rick O’Shea wrote about life with epilepsy. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieSuch a practice is undeniably a form of grievous harm, and therefore there is no scope for the permissibility of such an act. There is no evidence in any of the four key sources of Islamic law – the Qur’an, sunnah, consensus or juristic analogy – that requires or recommends this practice. Short URLcenter_img By Nicky Ryan Source: Feb 18th 2018, 7:01 PM The Islamic Centre of Ireland issued a fatwa to condemn female genital mutilation. Source:’s this old image of an officer being a thug but it’s not like that. We’re exactly the same as everyone else and this is a community the same as it is on the outside.Assistant Chief Officer at Mountjoy Prison Susan Foley spoke about the stigma attached to the role of prison officer. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieI live in enduring, constant severe pain and I get virtually no care for it. My life is a misery. I personally believe we pain-patients know best. I’m sick of the medical ‘power and control’ that give us little choice and expect us to suffer.Margaret Kennedy (above, right) wrote about how Versatis patches made a difference in her life. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieYou are not keeping the people safe, you are throwing them to the vulture funds.Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness criticised governmnet for not doing more to protect homeowners following an announcement by Permanent TSB that it is to sell-off a €4 billion portfolio loan book.Arlene Foster rules out law allowing bilingual road signs, compulsory Irish teaching or quotas in civil service— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 13, 2018 Image: Sam Boal/ Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 7:00 PM Share14 Tweet Email last_img read more

Farm Groups Urge FCC to Conduct Additional Testing on LightSquared

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of 12 other national producer groups that represent American farmers and all major crop commodities are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct additional targeted testing to ensure that any potential commercial terrestrial services offered by LightSquared will not cause harmful interference to Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) operations utilized by farmers to facilitate the production of an abundant and dependable food supply. In the agricultural sector, GPS-based technologies are responsible for an estimated $19 billion in higher annual farm revenue, in addition to considerable safety and environmental benefits. Thus, much is at stake for precision agriculture and this is why comprehensive testing is so important.It would be totally unacceptable to expect the GPS community including government users, farmers, and other taxpayers to bear any cost for replacing equipment that ceases to function properly if solutions are found enabling LightSquared to move forward. Any costs associated with retrofitting or replacing GPS receivers must be borne by LightSquared.”As users of GPS precision equipment in agricultural applications, we believe this additional testing is imperative,” said ASA First Vice President Steve Wellman, a farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “We need to know with certainty that any modifications and proposed solutions will work for new and existing precision agriculture equipment.”In addition to ASA, the letter to the FCC was signed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sugar Alliance, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Potato Council, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, and USA Rice Federation.In January 2011, the FCC gave conditional approval to LightSquared Subsidiary LLC to build tens of thousands of ground stations that may cause interference to GPS signals. The radio wave spectrum LightSquared plans to use for its system sits in what is known as the L-Band, which is just adjacent to the spectrum which GPS devices use.LightSquared gave initial assurances that its original proposal would not cause interference to the nation’s GPS system. However, government and commercial tests demonstrated conclusively that its original network proposal would cause widespread disruption to GPS service.”ASA noticed in recent public testimony before Congress that key government agencies that rely on GPS all agree that it is unclear whether LightSquared’s revised proposal will protect the government functions administered by these agencies from harmful interference,” Wellman said. “Agricultural operations that rely extensively on widely deployed GPS receivers and satellite augmentation signals for human safety, productivity, and mitigation of environmental hazards face the same unknown.”Testing must include laboratory and field analysis of LightSquared’s proposed solutions, and must adequately examine the full range of scenarios to ensure that the base stations and handheld devices proposed by LightSquared do not degrade GPS receivers.last_img read more

Worker killed after wall comes down at Pompano Beach construction site

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A construction worker was killed after, officials said, he was struck by a concrete wall that came down at a home under construction in Pompano Beach, Friday afternoon.Broward Sherifff’s Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the accident along Southeast 14th Street, near 22nd Avenue.Officials said the 47-year-old victim was building the home when the wall fell on him.Paramedics rushed the worker to the hospital, where he later died. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Fakhrul says admin AL turn into public enemy

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said the people’s voting right has been snatched once again through ‘state terrorism’ during the 11th national election.”The administration and Bangladesh Awami League have absolutely turned into ‘public enemies’ through snatching the voting rights of people,” he said.The BNP leader was talking to reporters during a break at a restaurant in Cumilla on his way to Subarnachar upazila in Noakhali to see the woman who was gang-raped after election in the early hours of 31 December.Fakhrul said a reign of terror was createdbefore, during and after the polling day, and a sense of fear has been prevailing in the country since then.Condemning the incident of gang-rape in Noakhai, Fakhrul urged people to come forward to resist such violence. “We hadalso talked to the Election Commission and asked it to take steps to stop the violence.”President of Krishak Sramik Janata League Kader Siddiki and BNP leader Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie were also present.The woman, a mother of four, was gang-raped at Charjubli village in the upazila on 31 December by a gang of 10-12 men after the general elections.last_img read more

3 WebBased Tools You Probably Havent Heard of But Definitely Should Be

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » If you’re like most busy entrepreneurs, you’re perpetually on the hunt for fresh, new tech tools to streamline your demanding workflow — at work and on the road.You’re likely already using apps like Dropbox and Evernote, but they aren’t the only names in apps for better business game. There are some lesser-known, web-based gems that time-strapped professionals can lean on to tackle their tasks and achieve their goals faster and more efficiently.Here are three of our favorite lesser-known web tools to simplify your business communications and everyday tasks:Related: Tools to Keep Remote Employees Motivated and Productive1. 15Five This web-based app is a basic, yet highly efficient inter-company employee social feedback and reporting system. Busy entrepreneurs and managers can use 15Five to take the pulse of their team’s morale and productivity, from the bottom of the chain of command to the top, all in one easy-to-use and customizable dashboard.15Five enables employees to write reports — takes about 15 minutes to put together — that their managers can read in just five quick minutes. The tool is based on the 15-5 employee feedback method, originally pioneered by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.The web app enables management and employees to directly communicate work-related problems and wins. It also generates reports that you can customize with guiding questions like, “What are the challenges you are facing?” and “What’s the morale you see around you?”You can try 15Five for four weeks for free. Paid plans start at $49 per month for the first 10 users and $5 for each additional user.Related: De-Stress and Unwind With These 3 Free Relaxation Apps2. HelloFax For some companies, fax machines are like dinosaurs. For others, they rely on them every day. Those organizations should consider using HelloFax, a web-based app that lets you send and receive faxes online via email. Say goodbye to that clunky fax machine of yesteryear.HelloFax also eliminates the burden of waiting by a fax machine for an important document to arrive or for confirmation that yours was properly. Messages are delivered to a recipient’s email inbox, direct from your laptop, computer, smartphone or tablet.Receiving a fax is as easy as sending one. Once you transfer your fax number to your HelloFax account, you can start receiving faxes from others in your email inbox. HelloFax also gives you the option to sync your account with Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and SkyDrive.Monthly pricing ranges is $9.99 per month for home office, $19.99 per month for professional use and $39.99 per month for small-business use. Each monthly plan includes a 30-day free trial. Annual plans range from $99.99 to $399.99 per year.3. RapportiveThis free add-on for Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari shows you rich, detailed information about your Gmail contacts right inside your inbox. It lets you see profile pictures of each person, where they’re geographically based and what they do for work. Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn last year, also shows you your contacts’ latest tweets and can connect you to their profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn and Skype. The idea is to use additional details provided by Rapportive about your contacts to establish a better rapport and deepen relationships with them, perhaps by mentioning shared interests and recent social-media activity.Related: Policing Your Productivity: 7 Tools to Help You Focus October 18, 2013center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readlast_img read more

5 things you might not know about the science of coffee

first_imgRelated posts:Genetically modified coffee could be just around the corner Morning caffeine fix gets cheaper as rains boost Brazil supplies Almost half of the world actually prefers instant coffee International Cinema Festival starts rolling this Friday Scientists work tirelessly to uncover the mysteries of the natural world, from the reasons people binge to the best way to wash hands. Recently it was revealed that they’ve figured out why coffee served in white mugs tastes so bitter. (The contrast between the color of coffee and a white mug makes the joe look and taste bolder.) Coffee served in clear glass mugs tastes sweeter.So, yes, those lab rats (the people, not the animals) are obsessed with getting (and studying) that jolt of java. That study got us thinking: What other crazy things do we know about coffee thanks to science? Answer: a lot.1. The optimal temperatureResearchers at the University of Texas at Tyler were tired of making coffee, taking a sip and burning off a layer of taste buds because the brew was scalding. So they got 300 volunteers to determine what temperature makes coffee drinkable but not mouth-burning. Those brave test subjects found that the sweet spot is 136 degrees.2. The best time to drink coffeeWe’ve been conditioned to get our caffeine fix first thing in the morning. But as Steven Miller, a psychology professor at Rosalind Franklin University in the U.S. state of Illinois, points out, early mornings are probably the worst time to drink coffee. If we pay attention to our circadian rhythms, specifically the points when our cortisol levels (responsible for the magical way we naturally feel alert) are low, we should drink coffee in the late morning (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and during the afternoon slump (1 to 5 p.m.).3. The coffee-ring effectSpill coffee on your shirt, and when it dries, the stain looks a little like a tree stump: light on the inside, dark around the edge. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania spent more than a decade determining what causes those outer rings. The culprit: the shape of the coffee particles. Round particles form a defined outer ring, while elongated ones do not.4. A coffee a day keeps the ringing at bayIf we’re being technical, it may be four cups of coffee a day. A study tracked the incidence of tinnitus (a constant ringing in the ear) among 65,000 U.S. women over 18 years. Those who had less than one cup of coffee a day were 15 percent more likely to have tinnitus than those who had four or more.5. Try a coffee napCoffee and naps don’t seem like a natural duo: One would think that the stimulative effects of coffee should stop you from dozing off. But the boost of energy you get from a cup of coffee doesn’t happen in an instant: It takes upward of 20 minutes for the caffeine to be absorbed by your body. Researchers at Britain’s Longborough University found that drinking a cup of coffee and immediately lying down for a 15-minute nap kept sleepy volunteers more alert in a car simulator than just coffee or just a nap. We usually stick to a playlist with bumping beats to keep us awake on the road.From Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Singapore Airlines named International Airline of the Year

first_imgSingapore Airlines Boeing 777-200ER. Image by Darren Koch via Wikimedia CommonsFor the fourth time in as many years Singapore Airlines this received the highly prestigious award of International Airline of the Year at the annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards in Melbourne.As judged by more than 50,000 Australians over the course of 2015, Singapore Airlines was presented the Customer Satisfaction Award for International Airline of the Year by CEO of Roy Morgan Research, Ms Michele Levine.Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, Mr Tan Tiow Kor, thanked Roy Morgan Research and said it was incredibly humbling to receive the award for a fourth straight year.“We take great pride in the lengths we go to, to ensure we consistently maintain the highest quality of service,” Mr Tan said.“Being named International Airline of the Year is a testament to all of our staff, their efforts and dedication to achieving this success.“The Annual Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction Awards are, quite rightfully, held in high regard and we feel very honoured to be recognised once again.“We are very proud of our longstanding commitment to Australia to ensure our customers are consistently provided with high quality services and products that allow them access to explore the world through our Singapore hub.“We have reinforced our commitment to the region this year with the announcement of a new service linking Canberra to Wellington and the world, additional services to Brisbane and the introduction of our new Premium Economy class to Melbourne.“Next year we will celebrate our 50th anniversary flying to Sydney and Perth, a milestone that we are incredibly proud of and we look forward to providing Australian’s with the highest quality of services to explore the world for another 50 years.”Since the Roy Morgan Research Customer Satisfaction awards were established in 2011, Singapore Airlines has been named International Airline of the year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Fly Singapore AirlinesSource = Singapore Airlineslast_img read more

The Florida Citrus Mutual is expecting a 76 year

first_imgThe Florida Citrus Mutual is expecting a 76% year-on-year rise in orange volumes during the 2018-19 season to 79 million boxes.Last year’s season was heavily affected by Hurricane Irma, while volumes have been in decline over the last decade due to the impacts of citrus greening disease.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate (USDA) pegged early and mid-season varieties at 34 million boxes and Valencias at 45 million boxes.”It’s been a very difficult year for growers no doubt and it’s good to hear production for this season is expected to be up,” said Michael W. Sparks, CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. How California avocado growers keep Persea mites f … U.S.: EPA decides not to ban chlorpyrifos … You might also be interested in “Growers continue to show resilience and a commitment to replant and get the industry back on its feet.”Despite the increase, Sparks said the industry still has a long way to go before it is can support infrastructure and generate the income necessary to keep growers in business.He hopes that the 2018-19 campaign will be a new start for growers.Hurricane Irma moved through the center of the state in mid-September last year, hitting its major citrus producing regions with up to 120 mph winds. Last season Florida produced 45 million boxes of oranges.The USDA’s estimate for the 2018-19 Florida grapefruit crop is 6.7 million boxes, while the specialty citrus crop should be close to 1.2 million boxes.Photo: Shutterstock.comcenter_img The global blueberry industry gathering in British … October 11 , 2018 AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C …last_img read more