Despite record paddy output, farmers in Ganjam suffer

first_imgDespite record paddy production in the last Kharif season, farmers in Ganjam, the home district of Odisha Chief Minister, are suffering because of large-scale irregularities in the government’s paddy procurement process, peasants’ organisations — the Rushikulya Rayat Sabha (RRS) and the Odisha Chasi Surakshya Abhiyan (OCSA) — have alleged.According to these organisations, the 2016 Kharif paddy yield in Ganjam district is the highest in the past 20 years. “Data from the agriculture department shows that during this Kharif season, paddy production was around nine lakh tonnes. But ironically, the government target is to procure three lakh tonnes from Ganjam district. This means that the farmers are being compelled to sell the rest of their produce to dubious traders at lower rates,” said RRS secretary Simanchal Nahak. The convener of OCSA, Rabi Rath, said the government should have taken into account the real state of production before fixing the target of paddy procurement. Mr. Nahak and Mr. Rath alleged that because of this, farmers of Ganjam district are not going to earn much from their paddy yield despite a bumper crop.Irrigated landAs per government norms, 18 quintals of paddy is procured per acre of irrigated land and 12 quintals from an acre of non-irrigated land. “At several places in Ganjam district, farmers have resorted to use of SRI or other scientific methods of agriculture due to which their yield is 25 to 28 quintals per acre. Due to lack of proper machinery, the farmers are unable to sell off their paddy at good rates and at many places stored paddy has started to germinate,” said RRS president Trinath Biswal. The peasants’ organisations calculate that farmers in Ganjam district are losing income worth more than ₹20 crore due to irregularities in paddy procurement. They claimed that there were around six lakh farmers in Ganjam district and of them three lakh are share croppers. But for paddy procurement, only one lakh farmers have been registered.Share croppers“It means most farmers, especially share croppers, have been left out of the paddy procurement process,” said Mr. Rath. As the government is yet to provide official recognition to share croppers, they are unable to sell their produce in government mandis, said Mr. Nahak.Delay in opening of the paddy procurement mandis is also said to be a reason behind the distress sale by small and marginal farmers.last_img read more

Rail passenger numbers declined due to better highways: Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) Admitting that the number of rail passengers had come down mainly due to improvement in highways, Union Minister Manoj Sinha today said introduction of high speed trains was the way forward, justifying the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for Railways said it was the daily passengers whose numbers had come down primarily on account of improved highways. On the Mumbai-Ahmedabad project, Sinha said the Japanese government will provide approximately 81 per cent of the project cost and the rest will be shared by governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat and the Indian Railways. The Railways will be able to bear the estimated Rs 10,000 crore in around 6-7 years, he said, adding that the per kilometre cost of the project would be around Rs 140 crore. Several members had earlier raised questions about the viability of the bullet train project. Sinha said the government had also identified eight corridors to raise speed of existing trains. These are Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Hyderabad- Bangalore-Chennai, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mumbai-Goa, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabad. The Minister also said that to check fake tickets, a system of barcoding has also been introduced. PTI ADS ARClast_img read more

PM to inaugurate power supply from Tripura to Bdesh on Mar 23

first_imgAgartala, Mar 9 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate by remote control 100 mw power supply from Tripuras Palatana project to Bangladesh on March 23.The same day Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would provide 10 GB Internet bandwidth to India, Tripura Power and Communication Minister Manik Dey told reporters here today.Dey said there would not be any formal function in the state to mark the occasion as the entire programme would be held through video-conferencing.After the formal opening of international gateway of internet, Tripura will be third state which is having such gateway after Mumbai and Chennai. This will help the entire north eastern states, he said.Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had laid the foundation of the project in Agartala on July 13, 2015 that aims at strengthening telecom services in the north eastern states.Under the project, an international gateway for broadband connectivity will be set up at Agartala in which connectivity will be provided through Bangladesh under an agreement between BSNL and Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company limited.The cost of the project is Rs 19.1 crore and annual operational expenditure is around Rs 7.2 crore. The bandwidth of 10 GB can be extended up to 40 GB.Meanwhile, pricing of one unit of power was fixed at Rs 5.5 in a meeting between Tripura Power Minister Manik Dey and Bangladesh Minister of State for Power Nasirul Hamid on January 9 last in Dhaka.PGCIL erected 47 km long 400 kv double circuit transmission lines from Suryamaninagar powergrid near here to Comilla in Bangladesh.The 726 MW gas based thermal power project at Palatana in Gomati district is run by ONGC Tripura Power Corporation (OTPC). PTI JOY PR SMN RGDadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Congratulations Pakistan’ tweets Virender Sehwag after India surrender Champions Trophy crown

first_imgFormer India batsman Virender Sehwag congratulated Pakistan after their comprehensive victory of 180 runs over India at The Oval to lift the Champions Trophy.Sehwag, who received flak from some people, especially former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif for his tweets after India beat Pakistan in the group stages, showed great sportsmanship.He congratulated them and said it’s a great win for the country.Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today. Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket.- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 18, 2017Embarrassed by India in its opening match, Pakistan astonishingly turned the tables on its archrival to win their Champions Trophy final by a crushing 180 runs at The Oval on Sunday.India was the lopsided 4-9 favorite by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day international century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.India was then routed for 158 in the 31st over.Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.India’s top three batsman – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and captain Virat Kohli – came to the final having combined for 874 runs, more than 80 percent of the team’s tally in the tournament.advertisementBut Sharma was out for a duck off the third ball, Kohli went for 5, and Dhawan, the player of the 2013 tournament and a candidate for this one, was out for 21.Pakistan strike bowler Mohammad Amir, who missed the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm, took out all three of India’s premier batsmen for figures of 6-2-16-3.Here’s how cricketers and other celebrities reacted.We are the Champions! What a brilliant game of cricket today! Thoroughly enjoyed making my contribution to the… Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 18, 2017Wow wow wow unbelievable performance by team green. It feels like deja’vu after winning the 1992 WCup. I am over the moon #PakistanZindabad Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) June 18, 2017So proud. Pakistan played like winners and now are champions of the world. Tonight belongs to the heroes in the Green and white #bringItHome- Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) June 18, 2017This is a great victory for Pakistan, especially after the loss in the first match. The replacements have added zeal & Sarfaraz has led well- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 18, 2017Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar’s raw talent in action.- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 18, 2017Pakistan have defeated India to become #CT17 Champions. Now the whole nation awaits the defeat of the corrupt mafia- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 18, 2017Superb performance @hardikpandya7 & good team effort #TeamIndia. Congratulations @TheRealPCB #INDvPAK #iccchampionstrophy2017final- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 18, 2017Win some, lose some..still the greatest team in the world! ??????Solid throughout a hard-fought tournament…proud of you boys!?????????? #INDVPAK- Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 18, 2017Congratulations team Pakistan well played today and India we still love n admire you just not our day !#INDvPAK- Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) June 18, 2017last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh: Fans slam MS Dhoni over another disappointing batting show in World Cup 2019

first_imgMS Dhoni is facing the ire of a section of cricket fans after yet another uncharacteristic knock in the last 10 overs of the Indian innings in their big ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday.Dhoni walked in at No. 6 in the 39th over when India had lost Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya in the same over to Mustafizur Rahman. The veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman who has been criticised for his intent (or the lack of it) in the last few matches of World Cup 2019 once again struggled to rotate the strike, adding pressure to the batsman at the non-striker’s end.Rishabh Pant fell for 48 in a bid to accelarate in the 45th over after which Dinesh Karthik fell for just 8 in his World Cup debut.Dhoni joined hands with Bhunveshwar Kumar and kept refusing a lot of singles towards the end overs. In the final over against Mustafizur Rahman, Dhoni refused singles in the first two balls only to get out in the third ball after top-edging a bouncer from the left-arm pacer.Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who was doing on-air duties for Star Sports, raised some sharp questions about MS Dhoni’s approach, especially his decision to deny Bhuvneshwar Kumar the strike in the last 2 overs.Dhoni made 35 runs in 33 balls, facing a lot of strike in the last 10 overs. India were looking set for a 330-plus target when Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul set a record-setting 180-run stand for the opening wicket. However, regular wickets and Dhoni’s uncharacteristic innings helped Banlgadesh claw back into the match.advertisementIndia managed just 134 runs in the last 20.5 overs and lost 9 wickets as opposed to 180 without the loss of a wicket in the 1st 29.1 overs. Mustafizur Rahman walked away with his 3rd five-wicket haul against India as the Asian giants managed just 63 runs in the last 10 overs.Fans took to social media to express their disappointment at MS Dhoni’s knock vs Bangladesh on Tuesday.Another bizarre innings from Dhoni today. ?????Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) July 2, 2019Not sure Dhoni turning down last-over singles is cool any more…Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) July 2, 2019#INDvBANDhoni doesn’t rotate the strike to Bhuvi for 2 balls and gets out on the 3rd ball.Indian fans- pande (@RishabhhPande) July 2, 2019If we had year 2007’s MS Dhoni.. he would have forced today’s MS Dhoni to take retirement & make way for a new talent. Dravid & Ganguly can vouch for it.Paresh Rawal fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) July 2, 2019Dhoni entering dangerous territory now with his tactics. Won’t be surprised if fans start booing in the future when he refuses singles. Should’ve trusted Bhuvi with the strike too.This total is very much within Bangladesh’s reach. They bat deep. #CWC19 #BANvINDSreshth Shah (@sreshthx) July 2, 2019If you can come near the 40th over and score run a ball thirty and not expect people to blame, it’s unfair for the spectators!Hope @msdhoni makes amends on the big stage in the semis and finals! Else he looks a liability now!#IndVsBan #DhoniVignesh (@cviignesh) July 2, 2019Dhoni had the guts to drop non-performing seniors, while Kohli doesn’t have the guts to drop Dhoni. This is why Dhoni is a better captain than Kohli and why Kohli still needs Dhoni’s captaincy #DhoniPleaseRetireThe Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) July 2, 2019Only singles will be allowed to watch the sequel of MS Dhoni – The untold story.Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) July 2, 2019She is displaying more energy than @msdhoniPulkit Jain (@pulkit2109) July 2, 2019Dhoni puts more pressure on the other batsman on the pitch than the opposition bowlers ???????#INDvBANShridhar V (@iimcomic) July 2, 2019Fans to Dhoni: Show us some 4s and 6s.Dhoni:#INDvBAN (@DarkKnightEcho) July 2, 2019Dear @BCCIPlz give a respectable farewell to @msdhoniMany more young guns are awaiting in this country to replace himThink beyond past gloriesThis team is capable of achieving great things but not with a slow paced underperforming playerYou can’t disappoint fans in evry mtchDr. Shantanu Nath (@Jaqen_Haegar) July 2, 2019MS Dhoni was criticised for his approach in India’s 338 vs England. Former England captain Nasser Hussain was left baffled by Dhoni’s tactics as the India veteran was happy knocking singles around when the asking rate shot up past 15 in the death overs.Notably, MS Dhoni’s strike rate of 120.4 is the fifth lowest at the death overs (40 and 50) in World Cup 2019. Only Kagiso Rabada (92), Kedar Jadhav (102), Mushfiqur Rahim (102) and James Neesham (117.1) have poorer strike rates than Dhoni for players who have played at least 50 balls at the death.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Drop Rohit Sharma and he will make you payAlso Read | Rohit Sharma 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World CupAlso See:last_img read more

‘Barca game Atleti’s only chance in La Liga’

first_imgAtlético Madrid ‘Barcelona game Atletico’s only chance to close La Liga gap’ Manasi Pathak 19:39 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Atlético Madrid Primera División Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Gaizka Mendieta, formerly of Barcelona, insists that Diego SImeone’s men must win if they are to have any chance of winning the title Atletico Madrid’s encounter with Barcelona represents their only chance to reel in the La Liga leaders, according to former Barca midfielder Gaizka Mendieta.Atleti are five points behind Lionel Messi et al after Barca were held to a 1-1 draw by Las Palmas on Thursday.The two sides will clash this weekend at Camp Nou, with Atleti looking to extend an eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. 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 And Mendieta believes the game offers perhaps Atleti’s only chance to close the gap as the season progresses.”It will be a tough game. For Atletico Madrid, it will be about cutting off the points gap, while for Barcelona it will be to keep the distance at the top of the table because the end of the season will be really tough in terms of the title challenge,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview.”Atleti will have this match as the only chance to get closer to Barcelona.”Mendieta spent a solitary season on loan at Barca, but is perhaps best known for his spell at Valencia, where he won the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana, while he also reached two Champions League finals.Valencia are currently fourth in La Liga, just one point behind Real Madrid, and Mendieta has been impressed with the current crop of players.He said: “I think the performance of Valencia so far has been great. Considering the past few seasons, it has been really good.”What started as a new project, under a new manager and a bit of expectation, it has been amazing. Now, hopefully, Valencia qualify for the Champions League.”MendietaValencia have a remarkable track record of producing major stars, including the likes of David Silva and Paco Alcacer, and gave a debut to talented right winger Ferran Torres earlier this season, with the 18-year-old recording his first assist in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.Mendieta added: “Valencia has always had a great academy. The way they project their youngsters into the first team is great. Ferran Torres is another talented youngster who has come through the academy.”Valencia has always been a club which has broken young talent through the ranks and sold them. This has been their philosophy all these years; it’s great to see them produce great players.”Gaizka Mendieta is in India as La Liga’s ambassador.  La Liga has a following of over 37 million over the globe. Join the conversation at read more

Deputy Chief Education Officer Urges Jamaicans to Do More to Protect Children From Abuse

first_img Deputy Chief Education Officer, at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Lena Buckle Scott is encouraging Jamaicans to do more to protect the nation’s children from incidents of abuse.She noted that parents and other stakeholders should be sensitised on how to report suspected cases.“We have to make coordinated efforts to help protect the children who are at risk. We all must do what we can to secure young lives from abuse,” Mrs. Buckle Scott said as she addressed the 2017 National Child Month Committee (NCMC) Youth Forum, held on November 3, at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, in St. Andrew.During the forum, students had the opportunity to engage in discussions and make presentations focusing on the theme ‘Take Action! Break the Chain of Abuse Against Children’.The Deputy Chief Education Officer also called for harsher penalties for child abusers, while arguing that children must be assured that they have the necessary support in place to safeguard them from mistreatment.Describing the level of violence against children as “frightening,” Mrs. Buckle Scott urged Jamaicans to break from the culture of silence that is allowing individuals to turn a blind eye to “abuse, neglect, and abandonment of our children.”Meanwhile, Patron of the event, Douglas Orane, used the occasion to encourage the students to treat each other with respect.Other speakers at the Youth Forum included: Chairman of the NCMC, Dr. Pauline Millings; representatives from the Office of the Children’s Advocate and the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica; and Senator Damion Crawford.The Youth Forum is the final activity on the NCMC calendar of events for 2017. Sponsors for the forum are GraceKennedy Limited, Kingston Wharves Limited, Jamaica National, and Jamaica Producers. Deputy Chief Education Officer, at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Lena Buckle Scott is encouraging Jamaicans to do more to protect the nation’s children from incidents of abuse. Describing the level of violence against children as “frightening,” Mrs. Buckle Scott urged Jamaicans to break from the culture of silence that is allowing individuals to turn a blind eye to “abuse, neglect, and abandonment of our children.” The Deputy Chief Education Officer also called for harsher penalties for child abusers, while arguing that children must be assured that they have the necessary support in place to safeguard them from mistreatment. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Delhiites hail CMs announcement BJP and Congress call it poll stunt

first_imgNEW DELHI: Reactions poured in after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement that people consuming up to 200 units of electricity won’t have to pay power bills. While general people welcome the step, the opposition BJP and Congress said that it was nothing but a “poll stunt”. “This will help to keep our electric bill down and for working people like me, it is a very welcoming step. In winter the cost will become zero and help us to save,” said Neerja Ahuja, who works for an advertising firm. On the other hand, auto driver Ravinder Singh said that for poor people who use lesser electronics for them this step will work as a life changer. “Every month I spend more than Rs 500 for electric charge and now it will be free. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt will help me to save money which I can save for my children,” he said. However, the opposition parties slammed the AAP for such a decision. Responding to the announcement, BJP MP and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari claimed that Kejriwal took the decision after tremendous efforts made by BJP and other NGOs over the increased prices of electricity. “This is not the decision of Arvind Kejriwal. It is the result of the constant fight put up by BJP. Since the day they have increased the fixed charge, BJP has been struggling. This is the fight put by us, NGOs and other forces and we have won,” Tiwari said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding that the freebies are being announced ahead of the elections, he questioned Arvind Kejriwal over the whereabouts of the crores of money that the AAP government took from Delhi people over the past 55 months with increased rates. “We can only make up two things with his announcement. It is a way to fool the citizens ahead of the elections like the way he did before the 2015 elections. Now elections are again here. So they are trying to lure the citizens. But the increased rates that you took in the past 55 months, almost Rs 7,000 crore you have looted from the people of Delhi, when will you return that,” the BJP leader added. Similarly, the Delhi Congress said that AAP Government should give free power to the people of Delhi for at least one year for fleecing them for the past one and a half years in the name of fixed charges and pension fund.last_img read more

Alec Baldwin Attends Research Without Cruelty Event

first_imgAlec Baldwin and Peggy McCay joined a group of physicians at the home of Amagansett resident John Bradham on August 25 to champion compassion in medicine: a dual cause that involves removing animals from medical research laboratories and preventing disease through plant-based diets.PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. with Alec and Hilaria BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMThe benefit, Research Without Cruelty, supported the work of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).PCRM Vice President Betsy Wason, PCRM president Neal Barnard, Dennis Erdman and Alec BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMFounded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.Neal Barnard and Peggy McCayCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMlast_img read more

As AFN pushes for Harper meeting Attawapiskat Chief Spence says Crown needs

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations is trying to organize a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders in the New Year which is one of the demands of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who is now into day four of a hunger strike, APTN National News has learned.Harper’s office has not commented publicly on Spence’s hunger strike and on Friday morning the PMO sent an email to APTN National News deferring the issue to Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office.A spokesperson for the PMO denied there were negotiations. APTN National News, however, learned there have been “back and forth” discussions between the AFN and the PMO to set up the encounter.The AFN is seeking to have Harper meet with regional and tribal council chiefs from across the country. Aside from a meeting between a handful of chiefs and Harper in his Langevin Block office and informal chats during a day of speeches, there was no direct discussions between the prime minister and First Nations leaders during last January’s Crown-First Nations gathering.Spence, who is living in a teepee on Victoria Island in the shadow of Parliament Hill during her hunger strike, said it’s not enough to just have Harper at the meeting. She wants Queen Elizabeth II either directly involved in the meeting or through her representative in Canada, Governor General David Johnston.Spence said she was disappointed that AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo wasn’t pushing for the Crown’s involvement.“I am very disappointed. At the beginning I asked the national chief to write the Crown,” said Spence, in a telephone interview. “It is very discouraging that they are taking a shortcut. I am not happy about it…All parties need to meet together, not separate.”Spence said the treaties were signed by the Crown and it’s up to the Crown to ensure they’re upheld.“The Crown has been covering their eyes on these violations of the treaties,” said Spence. “Johnston needs to tell the prime minister that he has to work with the treaty and the leaders as partners and not go separate ways. The Crown made a promise to First Nations that if anyone violated the treaties they would be punished.”Spence said she doesn’t feel that the AFN is fully supporting her fight.In an interview inside her teepee on Victoria Island, Spence said she faced pressure to end her hunger strike from officials at the AFN and that NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat, has asked her to consider moving into a hotel.“They’ve tried to get me to reconsider,” said Spence. “I’m staying here I feel close to my ancestors. It reminds me of how it was before.”Behind the scenes, frustration has been bubbling among her supporters. They say that while the AFN appears on the surface to be supportive, providing the organization’s event teepee for Spence, paying for hotel stays for Spence’s supporters, buying wood for the fire and coordinating daily press conferences this week to trumpet her cause, behind the scenes they claim officials are trying to dissuade the chief from continuing the hunger strike.Two of her supporters described an exchange during a meeting at the AFN offices Thursday morning saying one Spence backer told a senior AFN aide: “That’s the colonial way; it’s not the way we do things.”They said the official responded saying: “It’s not colonialism; we are concerned about (Spence’s) health.”APTN National News confirmed the exchange.The backroom drama has also pulled in Manitoba’s regional Chief Bill Traverse who fired off a text message Thursday to Peter Dinsdale, the AFN’s chief operating officer, telling him to stop intervening and await direction from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC)/Exec.“We are advised u r intervening with Chief Therese Spence’s…hunger strike,” said the text. “Plse cease+desist, further direction will come frm AMC/”Dinsdale responded in an email flatly denying he was intervening.“Chief Spence and her supporters came to the AFN and asked for our assistance and support,” wrote Dinsdale. “The AFN is fully supporting her efforts by providing wood, our teepee, supplies, hotel stays for people helping Theresa and ensuring she has full access to health care services.”In an interview with APTN National News, Dinsdale said the AFN has never tried to dissuade Spence from continuing her hunger strike, but there is a lot of concern around her health.“We are trying to be supportive,” he said. “In our first meeting with her, we expressed concern about the hunger strike and we expressed concern about the viability of a meeting with the Queen.”Dinsdale said Spence was also presented with the option of conducting the hunger strike in a hotel room or a house.“We also suggested, given the temperature and given her health that it makes sense for her to be in a hotel or a house,” he said. “We absolutely did offer her that in no way was it done to dissuade her.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Trans Mountain says claims of salmon habitat destruction inaccurate and misleading

first_imgThe Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in Stewart Creek in Chilliwack, B.C., on Dec. 12, 2018, in this handout photo. Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream has destroyed salmon habitat, raising concerns about the company’s ability to build infrastructure through waterways if the expansion project proceeds, a scientist says. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Mike Pearson)Pearson claimed work in the area was completed in August to September of last year. He visited the site in December and took photos that he says show most of the stones have been swept away by currents, leaving the concrete blocks exposed.Trans Mountain said “Comments that were made regarding stones being swept away by currents and leaving concrete blocks exposed are inaccurate. There has been no detectable level of mobilization of gravels.”December 20, 2018. Immediately downstream of the TMPL ROW during a post-construction site inspection showing high water levels have reached the delineated high water mark. Sustained conditions such as these will lead to further accumulation of native substrate by natural recruitment – Trans MountainThe company says they are also involved with a number of programs to enhance fish and fish habitat. For more of Trans Mountain’s response, click here.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain says claims by scientist Mike Pearson that the project has destroyed salmon habitat are inaccurate and misleading.In a story published by the Canadian Press on Sunday, scientist Mike Pearson said the work by the company was “amateur hour” on a Stewart Creek crossing near Chilliwack.Trans Mountain posted a response to the article on Wednesday that said “The reporter cited concerns from an individual who was pointing to work done on a 17 metre stretch of Stewart Slough in the Fraser Valley to mitigate the shallow depth of cover over the pipeline. It’s important to note that Stewart Slough provides marginal fish habitat and suitable spawning habitat for salmonids is not present at this location.” The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing line that runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The energy board completed its first review in 2016 and recommended the government approve the project with 157 conditions.(With Files from the Canadian Press)last_img read more

UN envoy in Iraq condemns bomb attack on Kurdish mourners

24 March 2009The top United Nations envoy in Iraq today condemned “in the strongest terms” a suicide bomb attack that killed and injured dozens of people at a house filled with Kurdish funeral mourners yesterday. Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, expressed concern that the attack, in the town of Jalawla in Diyala province, occurred in an especially sensitive area and may increase ethnic tensions there.He urged all communities to “show restraint at this difficult time, and to avoid responding to this appalling provocation in the way that the extremists and killers are clearly hoping for.”He also extended the UN’s condolences to the families of those affected and sent wishes for the full and speedy recovery of the wounded. read more

Memorials for UN staff to be unveiled on Friday

In New York, a memorial has been erected in the North Garden at the UN complex, funded by the prize money from the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to the UN’s peacekeeping forces. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to make a brief statement at the unveiling.In Geneva, a memorial has been built in Ariana Park, near door 20 of the Palais des Nations in the Swiss city. This memorial has been paid for thanks to contributions from the Secretary-General, UN programmes and funds, UN agencies, staff associations and individual UN staff members.The dangers faced by UN staff in doing their daily work have been tragically highlighted this year, especially after 22 people – including the top UN envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello – were killed following a terrorist bomb attack on the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August.The United Nations Postal Administration is issuing a stamp dedicated to those killed in Baghdad. The stamp shows the UN’s flag at half-mast, and contains the words “In Memoriam” in several languages.UN Day – which celebrates the UN Charter’s entry into force on 24 October 1945 – will also be observed in New York this year with a concert given by the Swiss Orchestra. read more

Week in Westminster – Week ending Friday 25 October 2013

DOWNLOAD1. UK car manufacturing tops one million units for 20132. Transport Minister speaks at CV Forum event3. Details of UK Rapid Charge Network announced4. Government announces measures to cut the cost of driving5. Baroness Kramer speaks at launch of EV car club6. Further calls for evidence on the review of the balance of competences announced7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Anna Olson comes to Brock

Anna Olson signs copies of her book at the Campus Store.Anna Olson isn’t surprised when 17-year-olds approach her with her cookbooks. As a university student, she baked up a storm, and isn’t surprised others do as well.As a Political Science student at Queen’s University, the celebrity chef loved making blueberry buckle, a recipe that has since appeared in her cookbook Sugar.“Baking was my therapy when I needed a break, and also my favourite reason to procrastinate,” she said.The Niagara chef, who hosts Fresh with Anna Olson on the Food Network, visited the Campus Store Dec. 9 to sign copies of her new book, also called Fresh with Anna Olson.Some of the students in line wanted books signed as Christmas gifts for relatives. But many were there for themselves, bringing cameras so they could have their photos taken with Olson.“It’s a nice mix (of people),” she said between signings.This is Olson’s sixth cookbook. It is available at the Campus Store. read more

Our 2017 GooseEgg Reliever Rankings Are Here

Marc RzepczynskiSEA202+0.3 Logan VerrettBAL100+0.2 Tom WilhelmsenARI002+0.0 Addison ReedNYM722+0.1 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 MEHS▲▼ Koji UeharaCHC621+0.0 PITCHER▲▼ Robert StephensonCIN010-0.4 Ken GilesHOU210-0.1 Joe BlantonWAS120-0.6 Josh EdginNYM310+0.0 Archie BradleyARI611+0.5 Brad BrachBAL1200+1.9 Hector RondonCHC611+0.4 Scott ObergCOL300+0.4 Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Trevor RosenthalSTL410+0.1 Juan NicasioPIT221-0.5 Bryan ShawCLE301+0.5 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Wade LeBlancPIT100+0.1 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Luke GregersonHOU510+0.4 Will HarrisHOU500+0.8 Cody AllenCLE601+1.0 Brandon KintzlerMIN501+0.8 Aroldis ChapmanNYY500+0.8 Jeurys FamiliaNYM202+0.3 Bruce RondonDET010-0.4 Tyler ClippardNYY112-0.2 GOOSE EGGS▲▼ Boone LoganCLE001+0.0 Blake ParkerLAA431-0.5 Jerry BlevinsNYM503+0.7 Nick VincentSEA200+0.3 Andrew MillerCLE1000+1.6 Dan AltavillaSEA111-0.2 Fernando SalasNYM411+0.1 Wade DavisCHC800+1.0 Wandy PeraltaCIN300+0.4 Edwin DiazSEA611+0.6 Ben TaylorBOS001+0.0 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Rafael MonteroNYM121-0.6 Kyle BarracloughMIA600+0.8 Keone KelaTEX310+0.1 Anthony SwarzakCHW300+0.5 A. J. RamosMIA310+0.0 Tony WatsonPIT601+0.8 Brad HandSD410+0.1 Jhan MarinezMIL110-0.3 Randall DelgadoARI300+0.4 Jared HughesMIL200+0.3 Sean DoolittleOAK412+0.2 Brad ZieglerMIA410+0.1 Chris HatcherLAD110-0.3 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Chris DevenskiHOU1021+0.8 Joakim SoriaKC611+0.6 Matt BushTEX510+0.4 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.2 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.1 GOOSE EGGS▲▼ Jacob TurnerWAS300+0.4 Fernando RodneyARI431-0.6 Hunter StricklandSF100+0.1 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Jose TorresSD010-0.4 Casey FienSEA100+0.2 Chad QuallsCOL100+0.1 Pedro StropCHC203+0.3 Jacob BarnesMIL610+0.4 BROKEN EGGS▲▼ Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Craig KimbrelBOS810+0.9 Brett CecilSTL511+0.3 Justin WilsonDET610+0.6 Robby ScottBOS203+0.3 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Koda GloverWAS411+0.1 Mark MelanconSF620+0.0 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Peter MoylanKC201+0.3 Frankie MontasOAK100+0.2 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Neftali FelizMIL630-0.3 Matt StrahmKC120-0.6 Roberto OsunaTOR140-1.3 Fernando AbadBOS100+0.2 Josh SmokerNYM412+0.1 Tony CingraniCIN110-0.3 Cam BedrosianLAA303+0.5 TEAM▲▼ Junichi TazawaMIA120-0.6 Kevin QuackenbushSD100+0.1 Adam WarrenNYY001+0.0 Enny RomeroWAS311+0.0 Jim JohnsonATL620+0.0 Erasmo RamirezTB401+0.6 Kelvin HerreraKC410+0.3 Luis AvilanLAD112-0.3 Jose RamirezATL410+0.1 Carlos TorresMIL221-0.5 Steven OkertSF412+0.1 Matthew BowmanSTL620+0.0 Travis WoodKC330-0.6 Jordan LylesCOL110-0.2 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Alex ClaudioTEX101+0.2 Joely RodriguezPHI503+0.7 GWAR▲▼ James PazosSEA212-0.1 Oliver PerezWAS301+0.4 Ryan TeperaTOR410+0.3 Liam HendriksOAK001+0.0 Alec AsherBAL010-0.4 Carl EdwardsCHC411+0.1 Ryan GartonTB010-0.4 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Josh FieldsLAD101+0.1 Tommy KahnleCHW310+0.1 Michael FelizHOU100+0.2 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Ryan MadsonOAK210-0.1 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Tony BarnetteTEX320-0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Yusmeiro PetitLAA302+0.5 Mike DunnCOL501+0.7 Joe KellyBOS211+0.0 Jean MachiSEA100+0.2 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Felipe RiveroPIT711+0.6 Dan JenningsCHW002+0.0 Jake McGeeCOL301+0.4 Taylor RogersMIN311+0.1 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Joaquin BenoitPHI520-0.1 Aaron LoupTOR001+0.0 Danny FarquharTB221-0.4 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Ross StriplingLAD431-0.6 Blake WoodCIN010-0.4 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Kevin SiegristSTL300+0.4 Luis GarciaPHI200+0.3 Justin GrimmCHC101+0.1 David HernandezLAA300+0.5 Tommy HunterTB110-0.2 Alex WilsonDET422-0.1 TEAM▲▼ Heath HembreeBOS113-0.2 Arodys VizcainoATL421-0.2 Santiago CasillaOAK521+0.0 Ryan DullOAK212-0.1 Grant DaytonLAD010-0.4 Nick WittgrenMIA300+0.4 Mike MontgomeryCHC511+0.3 Matt AlbersWAS200+0.3 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 MEHS▲▼ Mychal GivensBAL712+0.7 Tyler DuffeyMIN210-0.1 Seung-hwan OhSTL602+0.8 Matt BelisleMIN312+0.1 BROKEN EGGS▲▼ Alex ColomeTB721+0.3 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Dominic LeoneTOR111-0.2 Chris RusinCOL201+0.3 Kenley JansenLAD801+1.0 Hansel RoblesNYM412+0.1 Sam DysonTEX031-1.1 Ryan BuchterSD331-0.8 Darren O’DayBAL321-0.3 Tony ZychSEA210-0.1 GWAR▲▼ Sergio RomoLAD220-0.5 Daniel CoulombeOAK010-0.4 Donnie HartBAL213+0.0 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Matt BarnesBOS402+0.6 Michael LorenzenCIN700+0.9 Corey KnebelMIL812+0.7 George KontosSF321-0.4 Jason GrilliTOR220-0.4 Ian KrolATL110-0.3 Scott AlexanderKC110-0.2 Chase WhitleyTB301+0.5 Dellin BetancesNYY610+0.6 Pedro BaezLAD011-0.4 Austin PruittTB100+0.2 Shane GreeneDET001+0.0 Joe SmithTOR311+0.1 Mike MinorKC320-0.2 Jeanmar GomezPHI311+0.0 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Drew StorenCIN110-0.3 Greg HollandCOL1100+1.6 Adam OttavinoCOL832+0.1 Cory GearrinSF010-0.4 Oliver DrakeMIL100+0.1 Bud NorrisLAA530-0.3 Pat NeshekPHI202+0.3 PITCHER▲▼ Kirby YatesLAA010-0.4 Jorge De La RosaARI511+0.3 Shawn KelleyWAS410+0.1 Francisco RodriguezDET232-0.8 Jose LeclercTEX110-0.2 Hector NerisPHI601+0.8 Last month, we introduced a new statistic called the goose egg to measure relief pitchers (The quick-and-dirty version: A pitcher gets a goose egg for each scoreless, clutch relief inning.) Our research revealed that the best relievers of today are much less valuable than the best “firemen” of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, who would pitch multiple innings at a time, come in to pitch in tied games, and enter in jams with runners on base — important contributions that the save doesn’t reward, but the goose egg does.But as Ben Lindbergh recently documented over at The Ringer, the hegemony of the save may have loosened just slightly. So far this year, the Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller — who might be the American League’s best reliever — has made five appearances that stretched over multiple innings. Miller, who has yet to allow a run on the season, doesn’t have any saves. But he does have 10 goose eggs, tying him for third in baseball. (All statistics in this article are accurate through the end of May 4.)Even more encouraging is the case of the Astros’ Chris Devenski. He has pitched a Gossage-like 18.1 innings over eight appearances so far this year. (In 1975, when Gossage set the single-season record with 82 goose eggs, he pitched 141.2 innings over 62 appearances.) Devenski has only one save, but he has 10 goose eggs. With an exceptional ratio of 34 strikeouts against just two walks on the season, he has grown more comfortable with his multi-inning role. If the Astros keep moving him up their pecking order — Devenski has been used in some high-leverage situations so far, but also some medium-leverage ones — he’ll be a candidate to finish with 50 or even 60 goose eggs. No pitcher has reached the 60 goose-egg benchmark since Scot Shields in 2005. Jose AlvarezLAA322-0.3 Daniel HudsonPIT312+0.0 Andrew ChafinARI011-0.4 Blake TreinenWAS210-0.1 Jeremy JeffressTEX020-0.7 Ryan PresslyMIN120-0.6 David RobertsonCHW510+0.4 Jumbo DiazTB102+0.2 Raisel IglesiasCIN800+1.1 David PhelpsMIA240-1.3 Sammy SolisWAS110-0.3 J. J. HooverARI301+0.4 Deolis GuerraLAA510+0.4 Derek LawSF521-0.1 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Brandon MaurerSD510+0.3 Edubray RamosPHI050-1.9 read more

Deshaun Thomas named Sporting News 1stteam AllAmerican

Ohio State basketball’s forward Deshaun Thomas has another 2012 preseason honor on his resume. The junior was named a preseason first-team All-American selection by The Sporting News Monday. Thomas joins the likes of Creighton junior forward Doug McDermott, Indiana sophomore forward Cody Zeller, North Carolina sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo, and Lehigh senior guard C.J. McCollum on the Sporting News’ first team. It’s Thomas’ second preseason first-team honor this year as he was named to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s All-American team on Aug. 29. Thomas, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., is one of three returning starters from a Buckeyes’ squad that went 31-8 during the 2011-12 season that ended in New Orleans at the Final Four. En route to a national semifinal loss to Kansas, Thomas amassed 96 amassed points in the Buckeyes’ five games in the NCAA tournament. Over the course of 39 games, Thomas averaged 15.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds for OSU. After former Buckeyes’ big man Jared Sullinger declared for the 2012 NBA Draft and former guard William Buford graduated, Thomas elected to come back to Columbus for a third year. “We have a great team returning next season and I want to be a part of another championship run,” Thomas said in a released statement in April. “My family, my coaches and I looked at my future as a professional, but I love being a Buckeye and want to continue my education and development as a player and as a person at Ohio State.” Thomas and the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their 2012-13 campaign with an exhibition game against Walsh on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

UK weather Subzero start to spring as up to four inches of

first_imgThe Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the north of England, including Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Yorkshire.Meteorologists warned that up to ten hours of snowfall would cause problems for commuters heading to work over the Pennines on the third day of spring, which officially began on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dog walkers  Forecaster Craig Snell said: “Generally on the higher ground and higher routes we could see 2-5cm (0.7 – 2ins) of snow, lower levels could see a dusting. A lorry drives through the snow on the A69 near Hexham in Northumberland Dog walkers in a frosty scene in Northumberland Credit:Owen Humphreys/PA Daffodils in the snow While last week’s warm and sunny weather led many to believe that spring had arrived, snow in March is actually not rare, although very cold temperatures are more unusual. It is expected to become drier from the east later, with temperatures feeling less cold.A Met Office spokesman said: “Rain on Friday will be confined to the far south, where it’ll be windy. Saturday and Sunday will be dry and mainly sunny, although overnight frosts remain possible.” Temperatures also plunged to below freezing in parts of Scotland.Further south, large parts of England were hit by heavy rain on Wednesday morning. Sheep graze on lower hills behind the Brecon mountains in Wales  Britain has been hit by a frosty start to spring, with parts of the UK covered in up to four inches of snow.Just a week after most of the UK basked in unseasonably warm temperatures, people woke on Wednesday to a blanket of the white stuff. A lorry drives through the snow on the A69 near Hexham in NorthumberlandCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA The Met Office said that Wednesday night will remain windy with rain and some hill snow in central areas as well as a clear, cold and frosty conditions in the north.Thursday is expected to bring a windy and cloudy day, with outbreaks of locally heavy rain across England and Wales. UK weather forecast: Wednesday, March 22 Sheep graze on lower hills behind the Brecon mountains in Wales  Credit:Ben Birchall/PAcenter_img Federica Lelli from Rome enjoying the spring sunshine in London’s Hyde Park last weekCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The Met Office issued another yellow warning for motorists to be careful travelling to work over the hills on Wednesday as snow and rain are likely to make roads slippery.Commuters faced frosty conditions on Wednesday morning, with the risk of up to 2ins (5cm) of snowfall overnight in areas higher than 150m, with up to 4in (10cm) predicted in areas more than 300m above sea level. Daffodils in heavy snow as motorists navigate freezing conditions on Wednesday morningCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Larry the Downing Street cat sheltering from the rain under a Range Rover outside Number 10 “The cross-Pennine routes could be a fairly tricky commute.” A warning is still in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland for slippery, icy conditions.Fine and sunny spells are forecast for the weekend, but temperatures could still fall below freezing overnight. Show more A woman clears snow from Hawes, North YorkshireCredit:Tom Maddick/SWNS Federica Lelli from Rome enjoying the spring sunshine in London's Hyde Park last week Larry the Downing Street cat sheltering from the rain under a Range Rover outside Number 10Credit:Pete Maclaine/i-Images A snow covered Hawes, North Yorkshire The forecaster warned that parts of the Pennines were due to be buried under up to 4in (10cm) of snow overnight on Tuesday after wintry weather hit roads in Scotland earlier in the day.Snow in northern England began falling at around midnight and was due to continue as late as 10am in some areas. Tuesday was cold with snow in the north at first. It was then a day of sunshine & wintry showers, which turned persistent later in the west— Met Office (@metoffice) March 21, 2017last_img read more