CM to take part in Save Green Stay Clean rally today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take part in a rally on the theme of ‘Save Green Stay Clean’, on Thursday. The rally will start from Birla Planetarium and end at Nazul Mancha in Ballygunge Lake. Members of different NGOs working in the field of environment protection, school and college students and people from all walks of life will take part in the rally. At Nazrul Mancha, Banerjee will distribute saplings.The state government has already taken measures to conserve water and July 12 will be celebrated every year as Save Water Day. The Panchayats and civic bodies have been instructed not to lift ground water rampantly as the ground water level has dropped in many areas. The state government is also giving stress on rainwater harvesting. The Chief Minister had joined a rally on July 12 on the theme of ‘Save Water Save Life’, from Jorasanko thakurbari to Gandhi statue on Mayo Road. In the administrative review meetings, Banerjee has repeatedly asked the district administration to take measures to conserve the environment and to ensure that the waterbodies are not being filled up.last_img read more

Parks Canada kills a bull bison that wandered away from Banff National

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – Parks Canada says it has killed one of two bison bulls that wandered away from Banff National Park.Officials said the animal was moving toward private grazing land and posed a safety risk to the public and to livestock.“The decision to euthanize the bull was taken only after every other possible solution was tried or examined by highly trained, professional, and dedicated Parks Canada staff who are committed to conservation and the protection of species like bison,” Christie Thomson, a Parks Canada spokeswoman said Friday in a statement.“Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and this decision was made in order to protect the public and to uphold commitments made to the Province of Alberta and other stakeholders as part of the reintroduction project.”Parks Canada said it made every effort to coax the bull back to the national park, where the herd of bison was allowed to roam free on July 29.The two bulls wandered off on Aug. 5.Staff continue to monitor the second bison bull.“Fortunately his movements are not posing a risk to public safety or to the safety of livestock. Efforts to reintroduce him to the national park are ongoing.”Thomson said the remaining 32 bison in the herd have stayed within the reintroduction zone in Banff National Park’s backcountry.Sixteen plains bison from Elk Island National Park were reintroduced to the park in February 2017 into the remote Panther River Valley, about 40 kilometres north of Banff.Ten of the females had calves last year and seven of those animals have now given birth again this year.Parks Canada has said it was prepared for the possibility the bison would roam and was working closely with the province and landowners in the area.Plains bison are an iconic part of Canada’s history, having freely roamed in the Rockies, filling an important need for the livelihoods of First Nations people and early settlers.They disappeared from the area due to overhunting before the national park was created in 1885.Plains bison on provincial land aren’t considered wildlife in Alberta.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for December by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA — The national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in December. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 7.5 per cent (8.1)— Halifax 5.7 (6.2)— Moncton, N.B. 5.2 (5.2)— Saint John, N.B. 6.3 (5.7)— Saguenay, Que. 5.1 (5.4)— Quebec 3.9 (3.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.5 (5.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.3 (5.3)— Montreal 5.9 (5.9)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.6)— Ottawa 5.0 (4.6)— Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (5.5)— Peterborough, Ont. 5.2 (5.2)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.8 (5.7)— Toronto 6.0 (6.2)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.3 (4.7)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.1 (5.1)— Brantford, Ont. 6.4 (7.0)— Guelph, Ont. 2.3 (3.0)— London, Ont. 5.0 (4.8)— Windsor, Ont. 5.4 (6.0)— Barrie, Ont. 4.8 (5.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.3 (6.3)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.2 (5.1)— Winnipeg 5.8 (5.9)— Regina 5.9 (6.4)— Saskatoon 5.6 (6.1)— Calgary 7.6 (7.9)— Edmonton 6.3 (6.2)— Kelowna, B.C. 3.3 (3.9)— Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 4.5 (4.6)— Vancouver 4.4 (4.1)— Victoria 3.6 (3.8)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI receives chairwoman of US Congressional Black Caucus

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI received, Friday at the Marrakech royal palace, Ohio’s representative Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the African American MPs group of Congress, accompanied by a delegation of US congress representatives.On this occasion, the King hailed the fruitful meetings by the delegation with the different Moroccan officials and which enabled the US MPs to get informed about the achievements made by Morocco in several areas, as part of a comprehensive institutional reform, a statement by the royal office said. The MPs have unanimously commended the relevance of the national policies undertaken in all sectors, under the leadership of the King, for a responsible, balanced human and economic development, it added. King Mohammed VI noted the various open prospects thanks to the important visit he paid recently to the United States, mainly concerning fostering political consultations and developing economic, technical and cultural cooperation. The US parliamentarians highlighted that the two peoples are continuously brought closer and that ties between the two friendly countries are becoming stronger. The delegation expressed esteem for the royal commitment to peace and development in Africa, mainly Sub-Saharan Africa, and unwavering efforts by the King for an efficient south-south cooperation to ensure an important human development. The African American MPs group of Congress, known as Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is a congress non partisan coalition. The audience was attended by Marcia Fudge, Corinne Brown (Florida), Eddie Johnson (Texas), Elijah Cummings (Maryland), George Butterfield (NC), Gregory Weldon Meeks (New York), Barbara Lee (CA), Hank Johnson (Georgia) Karen Bass (CA), Terry Sewell (Alabama), Frederica Wilson (FL) and Robin Kelly (Illinois). It was also attended by advisors of the King Taieb Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar and Morocco’s ambassador in Washington Rachad Bouhlal.last_img read more

MR tells CMs to get ready

A Government Minister who took part in the discussion today confirmed that the President had told them to prepare for an election. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the Chief Ministers of the Central Province and North Western Province to get ready for an election.The President met the Chief Ministers of the Central Province and North Western Province at Temple Trees today. The meeting comes amidst reports that the two provincial councils will be dissolved by the end of this week.Senior officials of both provinces took part in the discussion while Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and senior Government Ministers were also present. (Colombo Gazette) The President has also said that the government will allocate the funds needed to develop both provinces. read more

Canadians bought more foreign securities in November StatsCan

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says Canadian investment in foreign securities strengthened to $7.8 billion in November, nearly all in U.S. instruments.The agency says foreign investment in Canadian securities slowed to $5.6 billion, mainly federal government debt instruments.Purchases of foreign debt securities by Canadian investors expanded to $6.2 billion in November, the highest investment since March 2007.Activity in November was led by a $5.7 billion record purchase of U.S. government bonds, mostly short-term instruments.Canadian investors added $1.6 billion of foreign equities to their portfolios in November, all in U.S. shares.Non-residents purchased $5.6 billion of Canadian debt securities in November, the lowest amount since July. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 8:41 am MDT Canadians bought more foreign securities in November: StatsCan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

5 things we saw between Ohio State and Illinois

Ohio State redshirt senior receiver Jeff Greene (89) celebrates during OSU’s 28-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 14 in Champaign, Illinois.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorCHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Prior to No. 3 Ohio State’s 28-3 victory over Illinois, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz dished out five things they would be watching for during the game. Here is how those items materialized. Does the offense return to form with Barrett?Redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett was back in the lineup after a one-week hiatus and it looked, based off the first eight plays from scrimmage, that the offense was back to the form it displayed against Rutgers two games ago. OSU drove all the way down the field methodically to the Illinois 1-yard line on the opening drive, but a run for no gain, a false start and a loss of one yard was followed by a missed field goal to stunt all that early momentum. From there, the OSU offense was a grab bag. At times, Barrett and the offense clicked flawlessly, especially on the first three touchdown drives. But nearly equally as often, offensive rhythm and flow was astray, indicated by the five drives that lasted fewer than five plays and resulted in no points. On the day, the offense accumulated 440 yards and found the end zone four times. Barrett specifically threw for 150 yards and one score, while churning out 74 yards and another touchdown with his legs. He did fumble once, while also throwing an interception. OSU coach Urban Meyer said he wasn’t totally satisfied with his performance.“(I) wouldn’t call it exceptional,” he said. “But he managed the offense very well.” One portion of the offense that never lost its form was the running game behind junior tailback Ezekiel Elliott. He was the lynchpin of the unit as usual on Saturday, rushing for 181 yards and two scores.Meyer praised Elliott’s contributions, but he said in his mind, the only major issue with the offense was pass protection, which was part of the issue on the interception because Barrett was under duress. “We’re gonna work extremely hard on that,” Meyer said of the pass protection. He later added, “we’re going to hammer that one hard this week.” Illinois’ duo of running backsIt took some time, but after three drives of sporadic touches, redshirt senior Josh Ferguson finally began to show why he is a focal point of opposition’s scouting reports. On the Fighting Illini’s fourth drive, after registering just 15 yards of offense, Ferguson picked up 30 total yards, including a 25-yard reception off a screen pass, to set up Illinois’ first points of the game. From there, even though the offense for Illinois still could not completely click, Ferguson still was impactful; or as impactful as one can be against the stingy OSU defense. He finished the night with 75 total yards. However, a majority of those came on a 27-yard run and the aforementioned 25-yard catch-and-run.The areas of focus for the OSU defense during practice paved the way to limiting his success, senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said. “Attacking the line of scrimmage, we’ve been working on that the last couple weeks, getting off the ball” he said. “Just creating penetration with our front four, I think we did a good job of that tonight.”The other half of Illinois’ running back tandem, freshman Ke’Shawn Vaughn, was relatively nonexistent on Saturday, though. The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week touched the ball just six times for a total of minus-four yards before getting injured. Halfway through the third quarter, Vaughn was ruled out for the remainder of the game with an undisclosed injury. OSU’s rushing defense allowed just 33 yards to Minnesota in its last game and for the day against Illinois, it allowed even less: just a net of 20 yards, which includes yardage surrendered on sacks. Junior defensive end Joey Bosa said he was satisfied with the defense’s job in containing Ferguson, as well as with the unit as a whole. “We knew he was a great player,” Bosa said of Ferguson. “But I think we’ve been playing the run really good the past couple weeks, we just need to keep it up.” Redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during OSU’s 28-3 win over Illinois on Nov. 14 in Champaign, Illinois.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWill Nuernberger solidify the kicking game?Meyer made a switch at placekicker from redshirt senior Jack Willoughby to sophomore Sean Nuernberger for Saturday’s game, hoping to solidify the unstable position. On OSU’s first drive, however, instead of erasing the question marks about field goal kicking, Nuernberger wrote new ones in permanent marker.  OSU’s offense drove all the way down to the 1-yard line, but after two stuffed rushing attempts and a false start, Nuernberger trotted out for his kick since last year’s national championship game. But the sophomore missed the 26-yard attempt badly, pulling it way to the left. It was probably not what Meyer envisioned when he made the change. Nuernberger remained the placekicker for the rest of the game, converting on all of his point-after attempts. He did not attempt another field goal. It seems for at least one more week, the uncertainty surrounding OSU’s kicking game remains. Trap gameAll week OSU players insisted they were not looking past Illinois, despite having the season’s two biggest games — against Michigan State and Michigan — on the schedule after this week. But, given the history of fits that the Fighting Illini have caused the Buckeyes, namely the 2007 upset, there was reason to think that this game could be the prototypical “trap game.” However, the Buckeyes were able to not slip up and Champaign without a blemish. Now, the squads from the state of Michigan are coming into focus.“This is exactly what you wait for,” Perry said of the chance to play the best two teams on OSU’s schedule. Perry said the Buckeyes will take these two challenges one at a time, like usual, but he did concede that all season long players on the team had thoughts of the forthcoming games against the Spartans and Wolverines. But now, after 10 games are in the books, Perry said it is time to dig in. “It’s do-or-die, basically at this point,” he said. “We got a big week ahead of us, we’re going to watch film, break everything up from this week, but we’re definitely shifting our focus.”Can Jalin Marshall certify himself in the offense?After a big game against Minnesota that saw him compile over 100 all-purpose yards, redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall was looking to keep contributions flowing in Champaign.For the most, the Middletown, Ohio, native did just that. Marshall caught four passes — the second-highest mark on the team — for 38 yards, including a 23-yarder that set up OSU’s second touchdown of the game toward the end of the first half. He also did a nice job on the perimeter. Meyer was asked about the consistency of Elliott, as well as redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas, following the game, but the coach took it upon himself to categorize Marshall with the potential All-Americans. On punt returns, Marshall was mostly kept in check, but that had a lot to do with the struggles of Illinois’ junior punter Ryan Frain. He checked in with just one return for one yard. Overall, OSU’s offense showed flashes of the levels it can play at, and Marshall, once again, showed that he is a big part of it. The Buckeyes will be back in action on Saturday against Michigan State in Columbus. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest to reduced

Former Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and had one felony charge dismissed Thursday in a Lorain County court, according to multiple reports.Sprinkle was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine after an early morning fight July 5 outside a Lorain, Ohio, bar. The reduced charge is for failure to comply.According to the reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped.Sprinkle sent a tweet from his Twitter handle, @TSprinkle93, Thursday evening that read: “I thank everyone for the love, support, and prayers at one of the lowest moments in my life.. May God bless you all!”The Elyria High School graduate was initially kicked off the team July 6, but according to an OSU spokesman, coach Urban Meyer would evaluate that status after Sprinkle’s legal issues were resolved. Meyer reiterated that statement Monday at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.“Tracy Sprinkle is no longer with the program, and I will readdress it if there’s some changes,” Meyer said. “That’s all I know. That’s the way we handle our situations.”An OSU spokesman said in an email he did not have any further information regarding Sprinkle’s status with the team Friday morning.Sprinkle did not immediately respond to a request for comment. read more

Zoe Ball utterly devastated after boyfriend Billy Yates is found dead at home

first_imgThe couple were married in August 1999 at Babington House, a Georgian country house located in Somerset, and have two children together.In 2003, they split briefly after Ms Ball revealed that she had been having an affair with DJ Dan Peppe, a close friend of her husband’s, but they reconciled a few months later. Until last summer, their relationship seemed stable, with Ms Ball saying it would “take something pretty mammoth to rock us now”. pic.twitter.com/wa5Zqh5V5S— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) September 24, 2016 Zoe Ball and Norman Cook  A friend of Ms Ball told The Sun: “Zoe is overcome with grief. She is completely and utterly devastated.“Billy had made her happy again after the most horrendous year when her marriage broke down.“This was completely out of the blue.  She had no feeling that this was coming and is in total shock.” 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. The Metropolitan Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.A spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 18:40hrs on Thursday, May 4 to a residential address on Lower Richmond Road, SW15 following reports of a man found deceased. Zoe Ball and Norman Cook, pictured in 2015, separated in September last year Credit:Karwai Tang/Wire Image On Thursday, Ms Ball shared a Samaritans tweet featuring a light sabre that read: “If it really doesn’t feel like the force is with you today, we’re here and ready to listen.”center_img Zoe Ball Zoe Ball presenting Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two in September last year – wearing her wedding ringCredit: pixel8000 If it really doesn’t feel like the force is with you today, we’re here and ready to listen #TalkToUs ☎ 116123 #MayTheFourthBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/hvrIEV4xHr— Samaritans (@samaritans) May 4, 2017 Ms Ball – the first female host of Radio 1’s Breakfast Show and a Strictly Come Dancing presenter – and Mr Cook split last September after 18 years of marriage.Posting a statement on her Twitter account, Ms Ball said it was “with great sadness” that the pair had decided to separate. “After many exciting adventures together over the last 18 years we have come to the end of our rainbow,” she added. Posting a statement on her Twitter account, Ball said it was “with great sadness” that the pair had decided to separate. “After many exciting adventures together over the last 18 years we have come to the end of our rainbow,” she added.  “Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A man, believed to be aged 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.”The death is not being treated as suspicious.” Zoe Ball, the radio and television presenter, is “overcome with grief” at the sudden death of her boyfriend.The 46-year-old began dating Billy Yates, a cameraman, after she and her husband Norman Cook, the DJ Fatboy Slim, separated last year.Mr Yates, 40, was discovered dead at his home in Putney, south London, on Thursday night.Ms Ball is said to be “completely and utterly devastated” and posted a picture of a pink flower with the caption “my sweet love” on Instagram on Friday morning.last_img read more

Chess Grandmaster Nigel Short branded vile person for speaking ill of the

first_imgWhen one of his fiercest rivals died after being tormented by mental illness, Nigel Short, the British chess Grandmaster, wasted no time telling the world what he thought of him. In an obituary written for the Sunday Telegraph, Short said the flamboyant genius Tony Miles had become “insanely jealous” of his success after being supplanted as England number one. Nigel Short in 2011 If that was wasn’t enough, Short claimed that he had deliberately slept with Miles’s girlfriend to get revenge on him, something he added “was definitely satisfying but perhaps not entirely gentlemanly”. The piece quickly became infamous and enraged the chess fraternity and beyond. Now, 16 years on, Short is at it again.center_img Nigel Short in 2011 Credit: WENN.com Less than 24 hours…last_img read more

Miracle in Georgia Bahrain beat Denmark

August 10 2017, will be remembered as one of the fantastic days of Bahraini handball history. The men’s youth team made a miracle by beating favorite – Denmark 35:31 (20:16), just a two days after starting  debacle against France 20:42 at Youth World Championship 2017.Denmark couldn’t beat Egypt in Round 1, the team who win over Sweden 26:24 (15:10) in Round 2.https://www.facebook.com/andrew.mcsteen.handball/videos/1217551655058361/PHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story Sergey Samsonenko to leave RK Vardar in summer 2018! Next Story → BM Granollers sign Serbian playmaker Vukasin Rakocija read more

All iPad purchases since February 16 entitled to 100 refund

first_imgWhile all the focus yesterday was on the iPad 2, Apple also quietly reduced the price of the original iPad to $399. Fantastic news you may have thought, but what about if you were one of the people who bought an iPad last week? Or even a couple of weeks ago? You’d be kicking yourself right now.Well, Apple isn’t evil, so they have decided to let those customers who purchased an iPad since February 16 (the extent of the 14-day returns window) claim a $100 refund. If you are one of those people, just head on over to your local Apple store with receipt in hand for some money back.I’m pretty sure Apple staff will be keen to entice that $100 back out of your bank account for a nice iPad case or other shiny accessory. Personally, I’d head right to iTunes and buy all those games I’ve been meaning to play.Read more at Electricpiglast_img read more

Irlande HP Google et Microsoft sopposent à une hausse dimpôt

first_imgIrlande : HP, Google et Microsoft s’opposent à une hausse d’impôtIrlande – Le pays traverse une période économique difficile et l’appui de l’aide internationale devrait permettre aux Irlandais de sortir de la crise. Afin de renflouer ses comptes, le gouvernement devra quand même revoir à la hausse les charges pour les entreprises. Ce qui n’est pas du goût des grandes firmes technologiques.HP, Google et Microsoft se sont implantés en Irlande afin de bénéficier d’un taux faible de charges, estimé à 12,5%, et d’éviter de payer la totalité des impôts, plus élevés dans d’autres pays. Mais le gouvernement irlandais pourrait revoir à la hausse les contributions des entreprises suite à la crise économique à laquelle il est confronté. Cette décision pourrait rendre le pays moins attractif pour les entreprises.Les sociétés Google, Microsoft et HP ont mis en garde les autorités locales : “Toute hausse de l’impôt sur les sociétés aura un impact négatif sur notre capacité à gagner et à maintenir des investissements en Irlande”. Lionel Alexander, président de la chambre américaine de commerce d’Irlande, explique : “La simple vérité, c’est que le taux d’imposition en Irlande n’est pas le plus compétitif du monde. Lorsque nous concourons pour des emplois et des investissements, nous le faisons non contre l’Union européenne, mais contre des Etats comme Singapour, Israël, l’Inde et la Chine.” Le 23 novembre 2010 à 12:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pickford Petr Cech has been a top Premier League keeper for

first_imgPetr Cech has been the most consistent goalkeeper in the Premier League for over a decade and doesn’t deserve criticism, says Jordan PickfordThe 36-year-old made a number of high-profile errors in Arsenal’s 3-2 win at Cardiff City last Sunday.Afterwards, amid criticism by some Arsenal supporters, Cech was defended by manager Unai Emery.However, with new young gun Bernd Leno waiting patiently to grab his spot, the pressure is now on Cech to deliver at the Emirates.“Petr Cech has been a top keeper in the Premier League for the last 10-12 years,” said Pickford, according to the Telegraph.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“When you’re growing up you see him making these saves week in week out.“He’s probably been the most consistent goalkeeper in these last 10 years in the Premier League, so you can’t give him too much criticism.“I’m certainly not giving him any, I think he’s a great goalkeeper and someone you look up to.”Cech has kept 201 clean sheets in 440 Premier League appearances for both Arsenal and Chelsea.last_img read more

Seed traceable technology likely by June 2020 Official

first_imgHyderabad: The Centre is likely to come out with a technology that would facilitate the traceability of seeds by June 2020, said a senior official of the ministry of agriculture here Wednesday. “The major step which the country is going to take is in terms of traceability of seeds. The government is coming out with a software systemin association with seed manufacturers associations and we expect it by June 2020,” Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture said. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us He was addressing the inaugural session of the 32nd International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) Congress-2019 being held here. “Seed traceability should be there so that when a farmer buy seeds, through a barcode or QR code they should be able to see from where the seed has come (originated),” Agarwal said. The official said India produced about 3.80 million tonnes of seeds against the requirement of 3.50 million tonnes. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us “India meets the requirement and also exports. But in terms of quality of seeds there is lot more to be done. We are collaborating with various institutes to produce quality seeds especially in horticulture,” he further said. A senior official of the Ministry of Agriculture said there were as many as 135 seed testing labs and 25 seed certification authorities in different states in the country. Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary said the Centre has taken several steps to ensure quality seeds are produced so that crop yield it is also increased. “Our government is continuously working in the direction,” he said. He thanked Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for holding ISTA-2019 conference here and appreciated the work done by seed scientists for better productivity of crops. Telangana Ministers Niranjan Reddy and Mohammad Mahmood Ali also spoke during the inaugural session.last_img read more

US official barred from Rohingya conflict zone

first_imgPatrick Murphy Myanmar said on Friday a visiting US official would not be allowed to go to a region where violence has triggered an exodus of nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations has branded a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.The Rohingya have fled from western Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape a military offensive that has raised questions about Myanmar’s transition to civilian rule under the leadership of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.US deputy assistant secretary of State Patrick Murphy will voice Washington’s concerns about the Rohingya and press for greater access to the conflict area for humanitarian workers, the State Department said.Myanmar officials said he would meet government leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, and attend an address to the nation by Suu Kyi on Tuesday.He would also visit Sittwe, the state capital, and meet the governor of Rakhine, the state government secretary, Tin Maung Swe, told Reuters, but the north of the state, where the conflict erupted on 25 Aug would be off limits.“Not allowed,” Tin Maung Swe said, when asked if Murphy would be going to Maungdaw district, at the heart of the strife that began when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army camp, killing a dozen people.While nearly 400,000 refugees have poured across the border into Bangladesh, fears have also been growing of a humanitarian crisis on the Myanmar side, but access for aid workers and reporters has been severely restricted.Myanmar insisted on Friday it was not barring aid workers but a government spokesman said authorities on the ground might have concerns over security.Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.A Reuters photographer on the Bangladesh side of the border said he could see huge banks of dark smoke billowing up over Myanmar territory on Friday, while international aid organisations said the refugees kept coming.“There’s really no sign that this flow of people is going to dry up,” Chris Lom of the International Organisation for Migration, said from the Bangladeshi border district of Cox’s Bazar.“There are still, we believe, thousands of people waiting to take boats across to Cox’s Bazar.”‘SCORCHED EARTH’UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council have urged Myanmar to end the violence, which he said was best described as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar rejects the accusations, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which claimed responsibility for the 25 Aug attacks and similar, though smaller, attacks in October.The government has declared it a terrorist organisation and accused it of setting the fires and attacking civilians.Ethnic cleansing is not recognised as a separate crime under international law but allegations of ethnic cleansing as part of wider, systematic human rights violations have been heard in international courts.Rights group Amnesty International said evidence pointed to a “mass-scale scorched-earth campaign” across the north of Rakhine that was unmistakably ethnic cleansing.“The evidence is irrefutable – the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine state ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar,” said Tirana Hassan, the group’s crisis response director.The group said it had detected 80 big fires in Rohingya areas since 25 Aug. While the extent of damage could not be verified, due to access restrictions by the government, “they are likely to have burned down whole villages”.It said it also had credible reports of Rohingya militants burning the homes of ethnic Rakhine and other minorities. About 30,000 non-Muslims have also been displaced.US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he had spoken with Suu Kyi and that she said she was working to get aid to areas in Myanmar affected by violence.The generals still control national security policy but nevertheless, Suu Kyi has been widely criticised abroad for not stopping or condemning the violence. The campaign against the Muslim insurgents is popular at home.The UN refugee agency said the Rohingya arriving in Bangladesh were suffering “real hardship, and some of the most difficult conditions seen in any current refugee situation”.“With the influx increasing daily, UNHCR is appealing for an initial amount of $30 million for the emergency humanitarian response in Bangladesh until the end of year,” an agency spokesman said in Geneva.Bangladesh says all refugees must go home and has called for safe areas in Myanmar. Myanmar has ruled that out and says it will accept anyone who can verify their citizenship. Most Rohingya are stateless.Thousands of people demonstrated after Friday prayers in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to denounce the treatment of the Rohingya.One protest leader said they were demanding a UN peace-keeping force and that Myanmar face charges in an international court.last_img read more

USRussia Tensions Trickle Down To Houston

first_img Listen X Diplomatic tensions between Russia and the United States could have negative effects on Houston’s business relationship with that country.This week Russia retaliated tit for tat for the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and closing of the consulate in Seattle.It was in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England. Britain accuses Russia of the crime.Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor at Rice University’s Jones school of business, said the closing of consulates will affect the workforce exchange between Houston and Russia.“I know it’s already creating a backlog of visa applications,” she said. “And I think that will affect international companies here in Houston in terms of trying to get these employees into their companies in Houston.”According to the Greater Houston Partnership, nine Russian firms operate 22 subsidiaries in Houston, many in the oil and gas industry. Russia is Houston 19th largest international trading partner. Last year, trade between the two economies was valued at $3.1 billion.Nearly 7,000 people living in Greater Houston were born in Russia.The closing of the consulate in Seattle makes Houston the western-most city with a Russian diplomatic facility in the United States. 00:00 /00:45 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Fallout 4s final DLC NukaWorld gets trailer shows off demented Disney

first_imgNuka-World will release on August 30 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC and cost $19.99 by itself, although you can download it as part of the season pass. There are rumors that more DLC and possibly another season pass will be coming to Fallout 4 in the future, but as of now official word is that this is the end (of the world). Bethesda Softworks has just released the first official gameplay trailer for Nuka-World, the sixth and final add-on for Fallout 4.It looks like they’re going to be sending things off in style. Nuka-World is the official theme park of everyone’s favorite Cola, and still features creepy animatronics and lots of things to kill. The more playful among us can try their hands at working games like whack-a-mole game, a shooting gallery, and basketball game, or even take a trip on the rusty, clearly-in-need-of-a-safety-inspection rides. Visit park zones like Safari Adventure, Dry Rock Gulch, Kiddie Kingdom, and the Galactic zone. There’s even a theme song! This is clearly where dreams come true. Not since Banky’s Dismaland has a theme park looked more inviting.If the idea of exploring this ruined amusement park somehow doesn’t interest you, how about the fact that this expansion will allow you to become the head of a Raider gang, and send your minions off to do your bidding. Seriously, you can use underlings to conquer settlements and be the truly wicked person you always were in your heart.You can get a glimpse of these dilapidated attractions, including a roller coaster and Ferris wheel, in the gallery below. There are even some new creatures that look like the Graboids from Tremors and appropriately amusing weapons. <>last_img read more

Colin LeBron will emotionally check out on the Cavs for good if

first_imgThe Cavs will attempt to even their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Celtics at two games a piece tonight in Cleveland, but Colin thinks the second LeBron James era in Cleveland could unofficially come to a close with a loss and a 3-1 series deficit.James was accused of emotionally checking out against the Celtics in 2010, despite putting up monster stat lines. He hadn’t officially made his ‘Decision’ at that point, but when he saw that his Cavs couldn’t overcome the Celtics Big 3, he wasn’t fully engaged.Colin believes that James is still all in for this Cavs team, but if they lose tonight and trail the series 3-1, he’ll mentally and emotionally check out from Cleveland for good and start plotting his next move.last_img read more

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