Woman assaulted in another case of moral policing in Meghalaya

first_imgThe police in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district have arrested a man for assaulting a woman as punishment for her alleged relationship with a person from a different community.The arrest on Saturday was made on the basis of a video that shows a group of men kicking and punching the woman, who belongs to the Garo tribe, at a picnic spot near Chibinang village.“We have not been able to locate the victim, who did not lodge any complaint. We took suo motu cognisance of the incident and caught one of the two men seen in the video assaulting the woman,” MGR Kumar, superintendent of police of West Garo Hills district, said.“This appears to be a case of moral policing,” he added.This is the second such case reported within a week since April 8, when the police in Assam’s Goalpara district arrested 12 men for assaulting a Garo tribal woman at Paikan on the Assam-Meghalaya border. The woman had been “taught a lesson” for riding pillion on a Muslim man’s motorcycle.In both cases, about 80 km apart, the assailants had filmed the assault on the women and uploaded the video on social media.Crimes against women since Sunday evening were reported from Assam too. The police in Charaideo district caught a man for allegedly attempting to rape a woman in Lukurakhon village.The villagers had caught the man, identified as Azizur Haque from Dhubri district, and handed him over to the police. “We are searching for another man the villagers said had tried to violate the modesty of the woman,” a Charaideo district police officer said.Early Monday morning, a woman — partially clad and bleeding — was found lying near Gorchuk police station in Guwahati. The police sent her to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital for treatment.“It is too early to say if the woman was raped. We found she had been estranged from her husband and was living with her son,” Banwarilal Meena, deputy commissioner of police, said.last_img read more

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Odisha Congress displays unity under new chief

first_imgThe new team of leaders of the Odisha Congress appointed by Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday last has displayed a rare show of unity which was lacking in the party’s State unit for more than two years.The return of former Minister Niranjan Patnaik as president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee for the second time after a gap of five years has brought together the rank and file of the party in the State.The enthusiasm among the party workers was visible when Mr. Patnaik and other members of his team returned from New Delhi on Saturday night. They were brought to the Congress Bhavan from the airport in a grand procession.Sunday was equally a busy day for Mr. Patnaik at the Congress Bhavan. After visiting the Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri in the morning, he held a series of separate meetings with leaders of various wings of the party, district presidents during the day.All leaders presentLeader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Narasingha Mishra, newly appointed working presidents Naba Kishore Das, Chiranjib Biswal, Pradeep Majhi and many other senior leaders of the party were present during the meetings.Addressing presspersons, Mr. Patnaik and AICC in-charge of Odisha Jitendra Singh said that they will all work together in order to strengthen the party organisation starting from the booth level across the State.“Thank you all Odisha Congress workers and cadres for showering your immense love. It is an honour for me to work with you all as the PCC chief. We will, together, achieve the dreams of the people of Odisha!,” tweeted Mr. Patnaik.“We have to admit our past follies, ensure that we do not repeat any of them again, repent and go back to people with humility and give them an alternative vision of inclusive growth,” he had tweeted on Saturday.last_img read more

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Sanjiv Bhatt sent to police custody

first_imgThe Gujarat High Court on Tuesday granted 10-day police custody of sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who was arrested in a 22-year-old drug planting case. The police had moved the HC after the remand plea was turned down by a lower court. They contended that his custody was needed since the case involved planting of opium, abduction and framing of the victim.The lower court had in Banaskantha refused to grant remand of Mr. Bhatt and another retired police official I.B. Vyas, who was inspector when the alleged crime was committed in 1996 when Mr. Bhatt was Banaskantha Superintendent of Police.Justice R.P. Dholaria accepted the prosecution’s contention that the case is being probed at the instance of the High Court itself and therefore considering the seriousness of the crime, it needed the custody of the accused.last_img read more

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Bhargava is Leader of Opposition

first_imgIn a fresh setback to former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the State BJP on Monday elected his detractor Gopal Bhargava as Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly. The decision was taken at a meeting of the BJP legislature party, where Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and State in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe were present.last_img

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Rafael Nadal criticises Wimbledon’s 25-second shot clock plan

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal took a swipe at plans to introduce a shot clock at Wimbledon next year after speedily moving past Israels Dudi Sela in the first round.The U.S. Open is set to introduce a shot clock this year so that the 25 seconds allowed between points is strictly enforced and Wimbledon is likely to follow suit.Nadal, who has often fallen foul of the slow-play rule during his career, said he could not support the move.”I’m 32. I dont know for how long Im going to play. Hopefully for a long time. But is something that is not bothering me,” the Spaniard said when asked for his opinion in his news conference after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win on Tuesday which took less than two hours on Centre Court.Also read – Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advance”In terms of the sport, depends. If you want to see a quick game without thinking, well done.””If you want to keep playing in a sport that you need to think, you need to play with more tactics, you want to have long and good rallies, then of course you are going the wrong way.””But seems like sometimes is only about the business, so… I cant support this, no. Because I dont feel the matches that stay for the history of our sport went that quick.”Also Read – Wimbledon: Halep, defending champion Muguruza advance, Kvitova outNadal pointed to his epic four hour 48 minute Wimbledon final against Roger Federer in 2008 a match widely considered the best final ever played at the All England Club.advertisementHe said speeding up tennis could water down the drama, although in fact Grand Slams now allow 25 seconds between points rather than the 20 seconds of 10 years ago.”I don’t remember an emotional match that the total time of the match has been two hours,” Nadal said.”All the matches that have been important in the history of our sport have been four hours, five hours.””To play these kind of matches you need time between points because you cannot play points in a row with long rallies, with emotional points, having only 25 seconds between points.”last_img read more

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Photo: Former Duke Stars Jay Williams And Chris Duhon Are Sitting Together At Cameron Indoor Tonight

first_imgJay Williams smiles for the camera.LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 27: ESPN analyst, former NBA player and pageant judge Jay Williams appears before the 17th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Perhaps the greatest backcourt in the history of the Duke men’s basketball program is back in Durham, North Carolina, Wednesday evening. Jay Williams and Chris Duhon, who starred together for the Blue Devils in the early 2000s, leading Mike Krzyzewski’s team to a national title in 2001, are taking in their former team’s game against Georgia Tech. Williams and Duhon are sitting together at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke and Georgia Tech are currently playing on ESPN2. The Blue Devils (18-5, 5-3 ACC) are coming off a major road victory against Virginia.last_img read more

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He struggled a lot while sacrificing for us: Rashid Khan remembers late father

first_img India Today Web Desk AdelaideJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 13:54 IST Rashid Khan represented the Adelaide Strikers a day after his father passed away (@StrikersBBL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRashid Khan revealed what was going on in his head after his father deathRashid said the presence of his compatriot Mohammed Nabi helped him copeRashid said his family called him and told him to play cricket for themRashid Khan being the thorough professional that he is, played cricket a day after his father passed away. He represented the Adelaide Strikers against Melbourne Renegades.Rashid in a recent interview revealed what was going on in his head.”It was tough. I lost my Dad, the one who is very close to us and to my family,” Rashid told reporters.”He really supported us – he struggled a lot while giving up (a lot) with how he (raised) us.”He was always watching my games, he didn’t understand cricket a lot but he just was always asking my family how I had done.”It happens. It’s life,” Rashid said.”In this situation, my family has really supported me… Especially my mum, my brothers, my nephews. They were encouraging me a lot from back home.”They were calling me again and again. They were like, ‘you have to be there, you have to play for us, you have to play for your Dad. We can see you’re sad, you’re alone there, you’re (a long way) from home’.”That’s how their motivation helped to stay here and play for the Strikers,” Rashid added.Rashid is likely to go back to his native Afghanistan but promised to be back before the next match.Rashid also revealed that having the presence of his compatriot Mohammed Nabi, who is representing the Renegades, really helped him cope.”I spoke with him (Nabi) a lot. He said… ‘it’s life – someone will go, someone will come. We all will go one day. It’s not like we will be here for all of time’,” Rashid continued.advertisement”The way the team, my captain, my coaches, my management – the way they (supported) me has been great.”They were in my room until late (after the New Year’s Eve game), encouraging me. I really love that – that kept me alive there… They were coming to me and hugging me.”Rashid also said that he wants to stay and play Ina Australia and wont be be leaving early as he wants to acclimatise for the 2020 T20 World Cup to be held Down Under.”I was approached as well to go there (to Bangladesh) but I always preferred myself to go to Big Bash,” said Rashid. “I love it. I love being here. It’s absolutely different conditions for you as a bowler.”We are always playing in Asia, if you (play) outside of Asia, it’s something else for you, it’s something new each and every day.”The T20 World Cup is here, it’s good preparation for us, for me as well, to be well prepared for the World Cup.”Also Read | Rashid Khan plays BBL match despite father’s demise, gets hero’s welcome in AdelaideAlso Read | Rashid Khan to play vs Sydney Thunder in honour of late father, confirm Adelaide StrikersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rashid KhanFollow AfghanistanFollow Big BashFollow Adelaide Strikers He struggled a lot while sacrificing for us: Rashid Khan remembers late fatherRashid Khan’s father passed on Wednesday, the Afghanistan spinner though chose to play a cricket match on Thursdayadvertisementlast_img read more

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Kingsbarns Distillery: Scotch Whisky from the Heartland of Golf

first_img Work-of-Art Distillery Rabbit Hole Acquired by Pernod Ricard Editor’s Note: Last November we had the pleasure of spending 10 captivating days in Scotland. Below is but one adventure of many from our stay. We hope the joy we experienced comes through in all our posts and missives from our adventure, which no doubt read better with a wee dram in hand.The idea for a distillery first came to Clement when he was working as a professional caddie at the Kingsbarns golf course.We all dream of one day opening a distillery, let’s be real. We dream of being able to sit back and enjoy something we made, after countless hours of hard work and preparation—and some years letting a product age. Not all of us, though, will get to do that. Hell, most of us won’t. There are a few, though, the lucky ones, who get to see their vision come to life. Douglas Clement, founder of Kingsbarns Distillery, located less than twenty miles from historic St. Andrews (the home of golf) in Fife, Scotland, is one of them.The idea for a distillery first came to Clement when he was working as a professional caddie at the Kingsbarns golf course. After they were done on the links, customers would ask him where the nearest distillery was. He’d tell them, but the problem was the closest one was fifty miles away.(If this were a cartoon, this would be the lightbulb moment.)Founder Douglas ClementClement knew what he needed (and wanted) to do, so he set about looking for a spot, finally choosing the East Newhall Farm, a site that was, although derelict, beautiful because it overlooked the Kingsbarns golf course, barley fields, and the North Sea.Clement knew he couldn’t do it alone, so he connected with the Weymss family (pronounced Weems), already known for their various malt whisky products (their whisky history dates back to the 1820s and they’ve continued, since then, to produce a variety of single cask and blended malt whiskies), and thus, Kingsbarns Distillery was born.It’s a good thing, having the Wemyss family on board, too, because until 2018, Kingsbarns Distillery won’t have any of their own Scotch whisky (you can check out the range of their products here). For it to be considered a Scotch, it must age at least three years, so from the moment they opened up shop in January 2015, Clement and the team at Kingsbarns have been eagerly waiting for those three years to pass.While you won’t get the woody notes that would come from aging, trying the new make spirit will give you a look into what’s to come in the future.The whisky, when it comes to age, will be a Lowland single malt whisky aged in first fill ex-bourbon barrels.  The hope is to release a number of different expressions of their whisky over time, though they have yet to say what direction those other expressions will take.You may not be able to get the aged stuff yet, but if you visit the distillery, you are able to try the 63.5% ABV New Spirit Drink—the new make spirit that would eventually Kingsbarns’ Scotch whisky. While you won’t get the woody notes that would come from aging, trying the new make spirit will give you a look into what’s to come in the future. Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America Westland Distillery Creates New Fellowship for Barley Research Editors’ Recommendations Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries last_img read more

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Yang Ming Turns Piraeus Terminal into Mediterranean Hub

first_imgzoom Taiwan’s container carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport has agreed to make China Cosco’s Piraeus Container Terminal in Greece its transfer terminal for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, according to Greek national news agency AMNA.Arkas Hellas, a local shipping agency representing the Taiwanese carrier, told AMNA that one of Yang Ming’s 14,000 TEU container ships already called at the PCT on Monday, the first of 15 boxships to be used within the new service.According to Arkas Hellas, the ships will make four departures to and arrivals from ports in the Far East per week, as well as two arrivals to and departures from major Northern European ports per week.Yang Ming also plans to deploy ships of smaller capacity to the Port of Thessaloniki to cover the region of Northern Greece and the Balkans.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Arkas Hellaslast_img read more

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Modi Amit Shah to arrive in Gujarat to celebrate victory

first_imgAhmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are arriving here on Sunday a two-day visit to their home turf Gujarat, which has once again given the party all the 26 Lok Sabha seats. They are expected to land at the Sardar Patel airport at 5 p.m. and offer floral tributes to the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the airport, state party President Jitubhai Vaghani said. A human chain will be formed from the Sardar statue to the airport circle. Twenty-two stages would be erected on both sides of the road to host cultural performances, according the party’s youth wing President Ritvik Patel, who is presiding over the preparations. From there, the leaders will reach the old State BJP headquarters at JP Chowk in the Khanpur area. Modi used to live here in a room when he was Gujarat BJP’s Organizational Secretary in the late 1980s during the party’s formative years in the state. The Prime Minister and Amit Shah will address a public meeting at the JP Chowk where he always makes the first speech after every election victory. The meeting would be to convey his and the party’s gratitude to the people for giving such a massive mandate. As always, Modi will have a night-halt at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar and visit his mother Hiraba to take her blessings at his younger brother’s house in Raisan area in Gandhinagar before leaving for Delhi.last_img read more

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MHA ready with fresh list of top 10 militants active in JK

first_imgNew Delhi: With eradication of terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir being the focus of new Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Centre has issued a list of top 10 terrorists operating in the state who need to be eliminated. The list includes wanted terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Al Badr based on inputs shared with the Ministry by Jammu and Kashmir Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Intelligence Bureau (IB). Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Six of the top 10 militants named in the the list belong to Hizbul Mujahideen, two from JeM, and one each from LeT and Al Badr terrorist organisation. LeTs commander Wasim Ahmed alias Osama, active in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, and chief Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo alias Mohammed Bin Qasim are mentioned on the top of the list. Hizbul Mujahideen’s Anantnag district commander Mohammad Asraf Khan, Baramulla district commander Mehraj-ud-Din, cadre of Srinagar Dr Saifulla, Pulwama district commander Arshad-ul-Haq and Ajaj Ahmad Malik, probably appointed as Kupwara district commander, are in the list. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The list also includes Javed Matoo alias Faisal alias Shakib alias Musab, Divisional Commander of Al Badar in North Kashmir; Zaheed Sheikh alias Omar Afghani of JeM; and chief operational commander of JeM Hafiz Umar, a resident of Pakistan. The list was revised to update the Home Minister about the targets of security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir. The update followed the June 1 meeting of the Home Minister with Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, IB chief Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and senior officials of the Home Ministry . It is learnt that Shah has directed the concerned officials in the Home Ministry and security agencies to continue with the zero-tolerance policy across the country. In this direction, he has so far taken three meetings on internal security with special focus on Jammu and Kashmir. He has been apprised on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in border areas by the Jammu and Kashmir Affairs division which deals with counter-terrorism, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and coordination between ministries, including external affairs and defence.last_img read more

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Liberals to end community mail box conversions but wont restore doortodoor

first_imgThe federal Liberals are terminating a program launched by the former Conservative government to convert existing home mail delivery in Canada to community boxes.But some 840,000 families who have already started walking down the street for their mail since the conversions began in 2014 won’t see door-to-door delivery restored.The move is expected to upset postal workers who have demanded the post office turn back the clock on mailbox conversions.It also means Canada Post won’t realize savings it estimated at $350 million annually from converting the remaining 4.2 million addresses across the country that still get mail dropped at their doorstep.At least one analyst says that will hamper the Crown corporation’s ability to remain self sustaining as letter mail revenues continue to decline.Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough rolled out the new plan for Canada Post today at a sorting plant in Mississauga, Ont.Under the plan, a task force will be struck to examine how to enhance Canada Post’s accessibility program for seniors and people with mobility issues who lost home delivery.The Liberals vaguely promised during the 2015 election campaign to “save home mail delivery” after an outcry over the community mailbox conversion plan launched by the Conservatives.Qualtrough also announced changes to the financial rules that drive Canada Post, allowing the agency to make a profit and then re-invest the extra money back into operations to improve services and remain self-sustaining over the long run.Senior leadership at the post office, which is in the midst of a large-scale turnover that includes a search for a new CEO, will also be mandated to establish more cordial labour relations.Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are currently in contract negotiations.As well, the government is encouraging Canada Post to promote its postal money order business to Canadians who send money to friends and family abroad.CUPW had called instead for a re-introduction of banking services at postal outlets as a way to make money, an idea that has been rejected by the agency.The government will also ask Canada Post to capitalize on a boom in its parcel services, since that’s where the money and growth are.While mail deliveries by postal workers have been declining drastically in recent years, Canada Post has seen parcel delivery volumes soar.The agency saw parcel delivery revenues increase by 41 per cent in the third quarter of 2017 alone, compared with the same period the previous year, officials said.And Canada Post will be expected to look at how other countries have used weekend delivery or parcel lockers to bolster their postal service revenues.The government will also be looking at ways to leverage the fact that Canada Post has a presence in even the smallest of Canadian communities, and could be used to deliver other government services.Canada Post said it made a profit of roughly $81 million from all of its operations in 2016, down from $99 million in 2015.It estimated that restoring door-to-door delivery to the households converted to community boxes since 2014 would have cost $195 million, plus ongoing costs of about $90 million annually.Under the Liberal plan, community mailboxes will continue to be installed in new housing developments, a practice that’s been ongoing since the 1980s.last_img read more

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Energy regulator orders Hydro One to cut administrative budget by 30 million

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s electricity customers shouldn’t foot the bill for “unreasonably high” compensation for Hydro One’s senior staff, the province’s energy regulator said as it ordered the company to cut its administrative budget by $30 million over two years.In a recent ruling, the Ontario Energy Board rejected a Hydro One request to increase its administrative costs and spend more on capital projects. The OEB decision comes as part of a review of a 2016 rate hike request from Hydro One which, if approved, would see rates jump by 0.5 per cent in 2017 and 4.8 per cent in 2018. The regulator will set the rates later this fall.Hydro One said in a statement that it will review the OEB orders and “determine appropriate next steps”.Natalie Poole-Moffatt, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs, defended the utility’s management team.“Hydro One recruited a leadership team with the necessary experience to deliver on the promises we made to our customers: improve customer service and increase productivity while maintaining reliability,” she said in a statement.In 2015, the government announced it would sell 60 per cent of Hydro One to raise billions it would put towards infrastructure projects.In the decision, the OEB said hydro customers gain little from the jump in executive salaries that were largely generated by the IPO. The total corporate management costs for Hydro One in 2014 of about $5.5 million are set to increase to $22.1 million in 2018, the regulator said.“The OEB shares the concerns of … (those) who question whether Hydro One has adequately demonstrated that the significant increases in compensation costs associated with the parent company’s transformation will produce outcomes that utility customers value,” the OEB decision said.It also expressed concern that Hydro One has stopped making progress toward bringing executive compensation levels down to the market median and those efforts have “now reversed.” The regulator also said the company’s total compensation amounts are likely understated because not all items of Hydro One compensation were included in its rate hike request.“After considering all of the evidence related to the amounts for compensation that Hydro One seeks to recover from transmission services ratepayers, the OEB finds that compensation amounts in the total (administrative budget) for 2017 and 2018 of $412.7 million and $409.3 million are unreasonably high by an amount of approximately $15 million in each year,” the decision said.The OEB also rejected a proposal to give all of the tax savings generated by the 2015 IPO of the partially privatized company to shareholders. The regulator instead mandated shareholders receive 71 per cent of the savings while ratepayers receive the remaining 29 per cent.That would drop Hydro One’s shareholders portion of tax savings from $81.9 million to $58.1 in 2017 and from $89.6 million to $63.6 million in 2018.The OEB also ordered Hydro One to reduce its budget for capital expenditures by $126.1 million in 2017 and $122.2 million in 2018.A spokesman for Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said Tuesday that the government’s plan to cut hydro bills by 25 per cent will not be impacted by any rate application approved by the OEB. Colin Nekolaichuk said the OEB rate application process has resulted in $278 million in reduced administrative and capital costs.“This is yet another example of the OEB’s strong record of denying hydro companies all that they ask for, and reviewing rate applications with the consumer in mind first,” he said in a statement.But NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns said the OEB didn’t go far enough to limit executive compensation or give ratepayers a bigger piece of future tax savings.“Legally, they could have assigned 100 per cent of (the tax savings) to customers,” Tabuns said. “There are billions of dollars that are now going to shareholders that could have kept bills down.”Progressive Conservative energy critic Todd Smith said the OEB decision shows that Hydro One’s executive compensation is out of line with other jurisdictions. Smith noted that the OEB report also provides an increasingly rare look into the financial status of Hydro One, which was removed from the purview of several legislative watchdogs after the IPO.“It takes an OEB report to actually see now what executive compensation has grown to at Hydro One,” he said. “No longer are the executives and the total cost to ratepayers known because only the top five executives are required … to declare what their compensation is.”last_img read more

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Province proposes to enact wolf cull in order to restore caribou population

first_img“The objective of this wolf reduction program is to reverse caribou population decline in the Tweedsmuir-Entiako, Hart Ranges, and Itcha-Ilgachuz herds. To reverse caribou population declines, high rates of wolf removal (>80%) must be achieved.”Robert Serrouya, director of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s Caribou Monitoring Unit says several herds in B.C. have already turned around because of this multi-pronged approach.It is reported that a 30-day consultation with Indigenous communities and “targeted stakeholders” is underway in regards to the proposed wolf cull. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is proposing to enact a predator cull to reduce the wolf population in central parts of the Province.As reported by the Vancouver Sun, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development says the cull would kill more than 80 percent of the wolf population in parts of central B.C. where herds are threatened.Darcy Peel, director of the B.C. Caribou Recovery Program, says the purpose of the wolf reduction program is to help the struggling caribou population, adding that an 80 percent reduction would be needed to ensure the return of caribou populations.last_img read more

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Professor digs deep at Crawford Lake

A sample of sediment layers from Crawford LakeThe recent cold spell didn’t deter Brock professor Francine McCarthy from getting outside. In fact, the colder it was, the better.The Earth Sciences professor took to the outdoors to extract core samples from Crawford Lake near Milton. This field work from Crawford Lake will provide McCarthy and her fellow researchers with an opportunity to study changes in climate and in the lake itself over the past several thousand years, and to contribute to the geoarcheology of the region.The cold weather didn’t bother McCarthy.“It was only -5 C, so it wasn’t that cold. The main thing is we can walk on the lake when it’s frozen. It’s a lot easier to work from the ice surface than from a boat,” said McCarthy.Francine McCarthy“Crawford Lake is very deep even though it is relatively small, so the bottom waters are anoxic (an absence of oxygen).“This results in excellent preservation of organic material that falls onto the lake bed, and absolutely no disturbance of the sediments, which allows for annual sediment layers (varves) to be preserved.”The “frigid fingernail” sampler that McCarthy uses allows these varves to be collected intact (see above photo of the uppermost part of the core). This allows McCarthy to date changes in the lake’s history very precisely.“One of my graduate students, Andrea Krueger, is studying the cysts produced by a relatively common form of microscopic floating algae, called a dinoflagellate,” said McCarthy.Because there is a very well-documented period of Iroquoian settlement in the middle of the last millennium followed several centuries later by Euro-Canadian settlers, McCarthy’s team hopes to see how the dinoflagellates responded to the different types of land use during these two periods and to the absence of human impact during the intervening centuries.This could provide a useful tool to study eutrophication, the increase of productivity in an ecosystem, which is a form of pollution.McCarthy and her collaborators from the University of Toronto and the University of Innsbruck (Austria) caught the attention of The Weather Network. They were featured as they collected sediment cores. The TWN crew will again visit McCarthy in her Brock lab today.She’s looking forward to the TWN’s follow-up visit “to explain a bit more to The Weather Network viewers about our work.” read more

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Trudeau welcoming Raptors but Trump uncertain for White House visit

While plans are underway for the Toronto Raptors to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a White House visit for the NBA champions is uncertain.Asked by a reporter after a meeting with Trudeau if he’ll extend an invitation to the first NBA championship team from outside the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump was noncommittal on Thursday.“We thought about that. That’s an interesting question,” said Trump, seated beside Trudeau in a news conference.“They played phenomenal basketball. I watched a little bit of it. They were really terrific, congratulations by the way,” Trump added, nodding at Trudeau.“That was a great job by a great team. We’ll think about that. If they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that.”Eleanore Catenaro, a spokeswoman for Trudeau, confirmed Thursday there are plans to get the Raptors to Ottawa.“We are looking forward to welcoming them here,” she said, though no further details were provided.The Raptors captured the NBA title on June 13 when they beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals in Oakland, Calif.After the Toronto Blue Jays became the first Canadian team to win the World Series in 1992, they visited President George H.W. Bush in the White House. The Blue Jays did not go in 1993 after winning a second World Series in a row with Bill Clinton as president.Raptors coach Nick Nurse, during an interview on the Fan 590 AM on Wednesday, said he expected to meet Trudeau and said he had “heard nothing about the White House.”“We’re here, let’s go see Trudeau up in Ottawa. We’re Canada’s team,” Nurse added.The Warriors opted not to visit the White House in 2017 after receiving an invitation from Trump following their NBA championship triumph. They were not invited after winning again in 2018. BROWSE donald trump | justin trudeau | toronto raptors | white house Related Stories Raptors invited to Parliament Hill after NBA Championship: NurseTourism Toronto’s new ad features Raptors, celebrates diversityBremner Boulevard near Jurassic Park to be renamed ‘Raptors Way’ read more

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Block caving is the future for underground mining

first_imgAs International Mining prepares its April issue, including a look at the latest in block caving, Gemcom notes that Dr. Tony Diering, VP of Advanced Technologies with the company, will be speaking at the SME 2010 on Block Cave Scheduling using PCBC. Diering, who has been involved in the development of mining applications for more than 25 years, is a driving force behind the Gemcom PCBC software, which is used by the majority of the world’s mines employing this specialised mining method. He is also the author of numerous white papers on block caving.He will be presenting on Tuesday, March 2, at 10:25 a.m.PCBC is a software package which has been developed over the last 20 years for the planning and scheduling of block cave mines. This paper will present an update of the various research and development activities done to PCBC recently. It also providesan overview of the current capabilities of the software. This includes tools for both feasibility type studies as well as tools for operating mines. PCBC is used extensively by prospective and operating block cave mines and some of the recent appli-cations are described.last_img read more

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15000 fans voted Michal Jurecki was the Best player of EHF CL

Best handball playerhandballKiril LazarovMichal Jurecki ← Previous Story Celje Pivovarna Lasko wins Slovenian Cup! Next Story → Russian Handball Coach (M) election on Thursday! Almost 15.00o handball fans worldwide decided that the best player of the Velux EHF Champions League Preliminary Round was left back of Polish vice-champion, Vive Targi Kielce, Michal Jurecki (28). Jurecki (over 5.500 votes) played in great form last three decisive matches for his team in the battle for TOP 16 placement. Polish NT player scored 26 goals in three clashes against MKB Veszprem, Silkeborg and Medvedi, which brought five crucial points for Polish team, who will play against Cimos Koper in the first knock-out phase.Thanks for your votes. Handball-Planet.com shows once again that is one of the biggest handball online community.FINAL RESULTS (based on 14602 votes):MICHAL JURECKI 5511  (37.74%)KIRIL LAZAROV 5164 (35.36%)GABOR CSASZAR 2129 (14.58%)DARKO STANIC 1099 (7.52%)FRANTISEK SULC 243 (1.66%)ZLATKO HORVAT 188 (1.28%)MIKKEL HANSEN 167 (1.14%)LASZLO NAGY 42 (0.28%)FILIP JICHA 40 (0.27%)HANS LINDBERG 19 (0.13%)photo: vivetargi.pl read more

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Floods unearth land mines in Bosnia and wash away warning signs

first_imgSOME HAVE CALLED it ‘Armageddon’ – the intense floods that have struck the Balkans over the past week. A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometres southwest of Belgrade, Serbia Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAuthorities say that the damage has seen Bosnia witnessing “the biggest exodus” since the 1992-1995 war, while so far 47 people have been killed.As fears grow that dead bodies and animal carcasses could lead to disease outbreaks, officials also warn that 120,000 unexploded mines could be dislodged. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBosnian soldiers have been repairing mine warning signs in fields near the banks of the river Bosnia, which flooded near the town of Visoko. This area is 30 km north of Sarajevo. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe flooding has unearthed landmines left over from the 1990s war, as well as washing away the signs that marked them. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMore than 100,000 people have been evacuated in Bosnia alone, with dozens of towns and villages cut off, and over 2,000 landslides already reported.Water levels are expected to continue rising in the coming days.Read: “This is Armageddon”: Thousands flee Balkans floods in Bosnia’s worst exodus since war>last_img read more

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Police manhunt for Xiros

first_imgPolice in Greece have launched a manhunt after a convicted member of the November 17 Revolutionary Organisation terrorist group who was on nine days’ leave from prison went on the run early in the week.Christodoulos Xiros, 55, who is serving six consecutive life sentences plus an additional 25 years for his involvement in six murders, bombings and robberies, was given permission to leave Korydallos prison in Piraeus on New Year’s day and was due to return to jail on Tuesday.Under the terms of his furlough, he was to report daily to police at Nea Kallikratia, on the Halkidiki peninsula near Thessaloniki, where he had said he would stay with his sister. But he failed to show up on Monday, leading police to launch a search for him in Halkidiki, Thessaloniki and Athens.Statements made by Xiros’ lawyer suggest that he has gone on the run. “He was able and got away like every revolutionary must do,” Frangiskos Ragousis told Skai TV on Tuesday morning. Xiros was one of three brothers – whose father was a priest – arrested and convicted for their role in the group’s 27-year-long campaign of killings and bombings.In a related development, his brother Savvas Xiros – serving five consecutive life sentences plus an additional 25 years for his involvement in November 17 – was transferred from Korydallos prison to Larisa University hospital this week, amid high security.The health of the 52-year-old, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has reportedly deteriorated in recent times.The group was smashed in 2002 when Savvas Xiros, an icon painter, was captured after being seriously injured when the bomb he was apparently attempting to plant in Athens exploded prematurely.Greek authorities are collaborating with American experts in order to catch Christodoulos Xiros, whilst a State Department spokesperson has expressed the deepest concerns of the US government for the disappearance of the convicted terrorist. It is believed that police is closing in on Xiros.Source: enetenglish, ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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