West Bengal moves SC against Aadhaar

first_imgThe West Bengal government on Friday approached the Supreme Court against the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for the benefits of various social welfare schemes.The petition is listed for hearing before a Bench comprising Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, and is likely to come up for hearing on October 30.On October 25, the Centre proposed to the Supreme Court its intention to extend the deadline for the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with PAN, bank accounts, mobile phones and several welfare schemes to March 31, 2018. Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal had mentioned before a Bench that the extension would apply only to those who do not have Aadhaar and are willing to enrol for it.last_img

French research funding system is too ‘rigid,’ OECD says

first_imgFrance’s research system is “rigid” and “complex,” according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The study, released this past Friday, urges the center-left government of François Hollande to continue reforms set in motion over the past decade but criticizes France’s tax credit system for R&D as ineffective and “too generous.”“French research … seems to be among the most inert in the world in terms of specialisation; the thematic distribution of publications has changed less than in the other countries since the early 2000s,” says the report, which was requested by the French government.Most public science in France is centered around large national organizations, such as the French national research agency CNRS, which plan, fund, and carry out research. According to the review, some 10% of France’s public research funds are awarded to specific projects on a competitive basis—the lowest figure among OECD’s 34 member countries—compared with about 22% in Switzerland, about 38% in Germany, and 70% in South Korea. (The authors admit that the French figure is “slightly” underestimated, because it doesn’t take into account the salaries of permanent staff members working on these projects.) 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They include a law to give universities more autonomy from the central government, the creation of a national funding agency as well as an evaluation body, and a funding package called Investments for the Future that awards funding to select universities, launched under the center-right administration of Nicolas Sarkozy. “The system has changed, but we’re only halfway there,” Guellec says.The Investments for the Future program, for instance, has “the right overall approach with built-in evaluations and a focus on excellence yet is overly complex,” according to OECD. The reforms have also encouraged setting up “joint research units” bringing together researchers from both universities and national organizations, but the authors say these labs are expensive to run because they “answer to multiple supervisory authorities.” The review also scrutinizes industry’s weak science spending. French companies spend only about 1.5% of GDP on R&D, compared with 2% in neighboring Germany, for instance, although France has one of the most generous R&D tax credits in the world. The controversial Crédit Impôt Recherche (CIR)—which many have considered a government handout to big business since the system was reformed under France’s previous, conservative administration—costs the French state more than €5 billion a year. (Last September, a report by France’s court of auditors found that the system is poorly controlled and its success dubious.)The credit is too generous with big companies and is not enough to help small and mid-sized companies grow over time, Guellec says. “[T]he real impact of the CIR seems to be in helping firms that do R&D to survive better than those that do not,” the report says, but not to push companies to invest more in research.Whereas OECD’s criticism echoes the concerns of French researchers about the CIR system, many of the report’s recommendations would further alienate France’s research labor unions and academic groups, which had hoped the current French government would dial back rather than expand on Sarkozy’s reforms. In recent months, about 11,900 scientists signed a petition urging the government to backpedal on reforms that they say squeeze basic science and leave universities struggling for cash.France’s government has said it is “particularly sensitive” to several issues raised in the OECD report, such as improving the flexibility of research themes and making public support to private R&D more efficient. On the day the report was issued, the government set up a national committee, made up of 20 members and presided over by economist Jean Pisani-Ferry, to evaluate innovation policies and advise the government on its next steps.last_img read more

Sultan of Johor Cup: India Lose to Japan 3-4 Despite Good Show

first_imgJohor Bahru: India went down to Japan 3-4 in a high octane game for their first loss at the Sultan of Johor Cup here on Tuesday.It was Japan who took an early lead in the game, their very first attack earning them a first penalty corner. From the resultant drag flick, Wataru Matsumoto converted to give them the lead. India didn’t let their heads drop though, and almost drew themselves level with a penalty corner of their own in the third minute. But, Pratap Lakra’s effort was saved by Takumi Kitagawa.India’s attacking efforts were constant and through the first quarter they were a threat going forward, but were unable to apply the finishing touch to their play. At the back, Prashant Chauhan pulled off a succession of great saves right at the death to ensure India went into the break down by just one goal.In a scrappy second period, India created more opportunities for the equaliser, but were unable to breach the Japanese defence in the final third. Japan for their part, played on the counter, and scored a second in the 22nd minute — Kosei Kawabe converting a PC to double their lead. The teams went into half-time with Japan leading 2-0.In an action-packed third quarter, India struck first, earning their second PC off the game almost straight from the restart. This time, Mandeep Mor and Gursahibjit combined with a PC routine straight from the training ground for the latter to score India’s opener.Within two minutes though Japan struck back Keita Watanabe converting Japan’s fifth PC of the game to make it 3-1. Kosei Kawabe scored Japan’s fourth in the 37th to extend their lead to a three goal cushion and at that point it looked like they had done enough.Within a minute India pulled back one, Sharda Nand Tiwari slotting an inch-perfect drag-flick into the top right to make the score 4-2 as they went into the final break.India went into the final quarter attacking without abandon. Their constant circle penetrations and attacking play was thwarted by the Japanese defence but in the 53rd minute their efforts finally paid dividends. Off a PC, Pratap Lakra struck to drag them to within one goal of a remarkable comeback. In the end though it wasn’t to be, as Japan held on to take a 4-3 victory.India will face Australia in their next round robin league-stage match on Wednesday.India will face Australia in their next round robin league-stage match in Johor Bahru at 1335 hrs IST on 16 October 2019. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. hockeyhockey indiaIndiaindian hockey First Published: October 15, 2019, 10:11 PM ISTlast_img read more

I-League Club Minerva Punjab FC Renamed as Punjab Football Club

first_imgMohali: Former I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC has been renamed as Punjab Football Club, a statement from the club said on Wednesday.All teams of Minerva Punjab FC will now be known as Punjab Football Club as per an agreement with Round Glass Sports Private Ltd. Round Glass Sports has expanded their youth and grassroots football talent program by including the players of Minerva Punjab FC’s U-11 to U-18 teams.The players are already training under UEFA/AFC/AIFF certified coaches at Round Glass Sports. International medical, nutritional, educational and lifestyle facilities are being provided to all the players to help them develop their skills.The club’s director Ranjit Bajaj said, “There is a sense of positivity and excitement for the upcoming season and we are confident of putting up a good show.”This is the best thing to have happened to football in north India, and Punjab in specific, and it will ensure an even stronger presence of football in the region. footballindian footballMinerva Punjab FCPunjab Football Club First Published: October 30, 2019, 11:04 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

PCB adjudicator dismisses Sharjeels appeal against ban

first_imgKarachi, Nov 9 (PTI) Test batsman Sharjeel Khans appeal against the five-year ban imposed on him by an Anti-Corruption tribunal for spot-fixing has been dismissed by an independent adjudicator of the Pakistan Cricket Board. The adjudicator, a former Supreme court judge, dismissed Sharjeel?s appeal and also the appeal filed by the PCB seeking a longer punishment and imposition of a fine on the batsman. The Anti-Corruption tribunal had imposed a five-year ban, half of it suspended, on Sharjeel after finding him guilty on all five counts of charges related to the PCB?s anti- corruption code in September. Sharjeel was found guilty of meeting with a suspected bookmaker and accepting an offer to spot-fix during a match of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai in February. Sharjeel and another Pakistan player, Khalid Latif were both sent back from Dubai after being suspended under the anti-corruption code by the PCB. Sharjeel?s lawyer confirmed that the batsman would now most probably file another appeal in the High Court. Sharjeel has pleaded not guilty to all five charges brought against him by the PCB and had appealed for the dismissal of the ban imposed on him by the tribunal. The PCB?s adjudicator is also expected to give a decision on the appeal filed by Khalid Latif who has been banned for five year?s and fined one million rupees for the same breaches including one additional charge of instigating other players to spot-fix. The PCB has also filed an appeal seeking a longer ban and heavier fine on Khalid. Both the players can appeal in the High Court in the second step and as a final resort can approach the International Court of Arbitration in Sports in Geneva if their appeals are dismissed. The PSL spot-fixing scandal shook Pakistan cricket and led to suspensions of four other national team players, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshed, Muhammad Irfan and Muhammad Nawaz. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Venus Wins in Semis of WTA Elite

first_imgZHUHAI, China — Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy.Williams will face Karolina Pliskova in Sunday’s final after the third-seeded Czech beat eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1.Williams broke serve six times to dispatch the fourth-seeded Italian in just 65 minutes.“Today wasn’t an easy match,” Williams said. “Every game was really well-contested and she never gave me any points. She’s had a great year; I felt like I really earned it today.”The tournament brings together 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore.Williams also beat Vinci in the semifinals of the Wuhan Open one month ago.“China’s been good to me this year,” Williams said. “I played well in Wuhan, and now another final here in Zhuhai, and I hope I can win one more match. It won’t be easy. I’m looking forward to it.”Vinci defeated Serena Williams in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, denying the younger Williams the chance for a calendar-year Grand Slam.Williams improved to 5-0 for her career against Vinci and recorded her 40th match win of the year — a milestone she hasn’t achieved since 2008.If Williams wins the title on Sunday she will return to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nokia 4.2 India launch set for today: Specs, expected price in India

first_imgNokia 4.2 India launch set for today: Specs, expected price in IndiaThe Nokia 4.2 is set to launch in India today touting a premium glass design, breathing light power button, Google Assistant button and a waterdrop display, among other things. HMD Global will announce the India price and availability of the Nokiaa 4.2 in just a few hours from now.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 11:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSNokia 4.2 price in India will be announced today.The Nokia 4.2 offers a glass design and comes in a new Pink Sand colour.It brings a notification light power button and a dedicated Google Assistant button.HMD Global will launch its first 2019 Nokia phone for the Indian market today. The Nokia 4.2 will be announced in just a short while as the company has teased its arrival on its social media pages for the past few days. The Nokia 4.2 was first unveiled at MWC 2019 in February alongside the Nokia 3.2, Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus. The handset touts a LED notification power button, a dedicated Google Assistant button a waterdrop display and stock Android 9 Pie, among other things.The Nokia 4.2 has been available in a few markets already with a price tag of USD 169, which approximately comes to around Rs 11,700 in India. However, considering the phone slots below the Nokia 5.1 Plus, we expect the pricing in India to fall well below Rs 10,000 in order to make it more competitive for the Indian market. HMD will announce the India price and availability of the Nokia 4.2 in just a few hours.The Nokia 4.2 is one of the first devices from HMD Global to come with a notification light embedded in the power button. The LED light glows on receiving notifications like messages or missed calls. The Nokia 4.2 also gets a dedicated Google Assistant button to make it faster and convenient to access the AI on the go. For an affordable smartphone, the Nokia 4.2 touts a premium design with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back. The handset gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and supports face unlock as well. The Nokia 4.2 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone comes in Black and a new Pink Sand colour. Both options are expected to launch in India.advertisementThe Nokia 4.2 is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. We will know in a short while whether the company plans to bring both RAM variants to the country.The Nokia smartphone also offers a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing camera. It houses a 3,000mAh battery and runs stock Android Pie out-of-the-box as part of the Android One program.ALSO READ | Nokia 3.2 and 4.2 quick review: Affordable Nokia phones with trendy displays and buttonsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Nokia 4.2Follow nokiaFollow HMD Globallast_img read more

LA, Long Beach Terminal Operators in Overdrive

first_imgzoom Marine Terminal Operators (MTOs) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in November continued to work additional shifts to alleviate recent congestion. MTOs operated 118 additional gates (shifts open to truck traffic) in November, a 55% increase over the 213 OffPeak gates originally scheduled for the month, according to PierPass.The MTOs have been spending USD 3 million per week on additional and unbudgeted costs since September 1 to manage congestion. In addition to adding unscheduled gates and shifts, terminals have been working overtime and through lunch and breaks, and paying truckers to move containers between terminals to load on-dock trains.PierPass, a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in 2005 to address multi-terminal issues such as congestion, security and air quality, reported these initiatives to the five Federal Maritime Commissioners (including Chairman Mario Cordero), briefing them on measures the marine terminal operator (MTO) members of PierPass are taking to address the current congestion issues in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.PierPass also shared new initiatives its members are deploying to address chassis availability issues and to expand container delivery options to increase terminal productivity. These initiatives include the Free-Flow Program, which pre-positions large blocks of containers to enable quicker turn times for trucks picking up containers headed for a common destination.The FMC recently issued an update on the proposed congestion surcharges, saying that the 15 ocean carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement have individually committed to forego imposition of any port congestion surcharges until 2015.The Federal Maritime Commission has received numerous inquiries regarding congestion surcharges for “labor unrest” as announced in various ocean carriers’ tariff rules required to be published under the Shipping Act and the Commission’s regulations.On November 17, the Commission announced that it was collecting information regarding congestion surcharge rules published in carrier tariffs and undertaking a review. Ocean carriers in the transpacific trades were asked to respond to Commission inquiries into the timing and legal sufficiency of the surcharges, and all carriers timely responded.During the week of November 24, following the FCS’s inquiries, many carriers announced temporary suspension of the surcharge.The FMC Chairman Mario Corderosaid:“I welcome the individual commitments of the ocean carriers to postpone port congestion surcharges into 2015. During this time, Commission staff will further address with the carriers our concerns for the lawfulness, fairness, and adequacy of notice of implementation. The carriers’ commitment to defer the congestion surcharge offers the opportunity to continue this important dialogue and pursue greater transparency as to the timing and the need for future carrier surcharges. The monitoring by Commission staff of port congestion and related surcharges will continue.”Press Release; Image: POLBlast_img read more

Le patrimoine des jeux soutient les arts

first_imgDes artistes néo-écossais de la relève pourront bénéficier pendant plusieurs années de l’héritage laissé par les Jeux du Canada. La Société hôtesse des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax a annoncé aujourd’hui, 21 mars, qu’elle versera une contribution de 200 000 $ au Nova Scotia Talent Trust, un organisme sans but lucratif qui fournit des bourses d’études et des prix aux Néo-Écossais qui font preuve d’un potentiel et d’un engagement exceptionnels pour devenir des artistes connus dans le domaine d’activité qu’ils ont choisi. « Les Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax ont souligné la détermination et l’excellence tant de jeunes athlètes que de jeunes artistes, de dire Julia Rivard, membre du Conseil d’administration des Jeux. C’est pourquoi la mise en valeur des arts et de la culture était un facteur important dans l’utilisation réussie de l’héritage laissé par les Jeux du Canada à Halifax. Les prix permettront à l’esprit des Jeux de continuer de s’exprimer par le truchement de la prochaine génération d’artistes talentueux de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Le financement sera accordé chaque année sous forme de deux prix spéciaux de 10 000 $, et ce pour les dix prochaines années. Le prix s’appellera le Prix des Jeux du Canada de 2011 pour les jeunes artistes d’excellence. « Les Jeux de 2011 ont célébré ce que la Nouvelle-Écosse avait de meilleur à offrir dans les sports, les arts, la culture et sa population, a indiqué le ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Leonard Preyra. Le financement, de même que les installations construites pour la tenue des Jeux du Canada, créeront un patrimoine durable pour les jeunes artistes de la relève. « Je peux à peine exprimer au Nova Scotia Talent Trust toute la gratitude que je ressens pour l’honneur qu’il m’a fait en me choisissant comme récipiendaire d’une bourse et d’un prix. Les résultats ont changé ma vie, de dire Francesca Nardi d’Halifax. La bourse et le prix m’ont permis de passer un mois en Espagne pour apprendre le flamenco auprès de certains des meilleurs professeurs au monde, ce qui a beaucoup enrichi mes compétences et mon talent de danseuse. Je suis tellement excitée de pouvoir faire profiter ma communauté de ce que j’ai appris là-bas. » Beaucoup des anciens boursiers du Nova Scotia Talent Trust ont connu de brillantes carrières dans les arts ici et à l’étranger. Parmi eux, notons la soprano Jane Archibald, l’acteur Don Allison, le cinéaste Shandi Mitchell, le danseur Ian Parsons et la violoncelliste Denise Djokic. Le Nova Scotia Talent Trust accepte maintenant les demandes de bourses d’études pour les prochaines sessions automne-hiver. La date limite est le 1er mai. Pour plus d’information sur le processus de demande, consultez le www.nstalenttrust.ns.ca.last_img read more

Federal election materials being shipped across country to prepare for campaign

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s chief electoral officer says Elections Canada will be ready for the fall federal campaign, whenever it is called.The election date is set for Oct. 21, but the campaign could be officially started at any time from Sept. 1 until Sept. 15 — the last possible date to call it under federal law.Stephane Perrault got a first-hand look at preparations today as he toured the Elections Canada distribution centre in Ottawa, where 33 trucks were being loaded with materials that will be sent to election returning offices across the country.Perrault said leases have been signed to ensure those offices are open by Sept. 1.Learning materials associated with elections are also being distributed from the warehouse to schools across the country.Perrault said there has been a high demand for materials from Elections Canada by teachers who want their students to follow the campaign and learn about democracy in action.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Military Convoys Depart for Southern Morocco to Repel Polisarios Provocations in

Rabat – Morocco’s army continues mobilizing high-level military reinforcements, including military trucks and other equipment, to deter any future provocations by the Polisario after months of its escalation in buffer zones of Western Sahara, in southern Morocco. A new video, showing convoys of military vehicles allegedly heading south, was widely shared this Sunday on social networks. The Moroccan daily Al Massae reported on April 9, that General Abdelfattah Louarrak, Inspector General of the Moroccan Royal Army (FAR), gave his instructions for the delivery of military equipment and reinforcements to the combat units settled in the southern provinces of the country. Meanwhile, news sources close to the Polisario expressed the front’s “readiness to respond to any Moroccan move that would undermine the liberated territory or change the status quo.”Read Also: Morocco Warns Algeria of Possible Military Intervention Against PolisarioThe newspaper also reported last week that Morocco will use its high-resolution surveillance satellite, launched in November 2017, to monitor Polisario’s movements in restricted zones, including Mahbes, Tifariti, Guerguerat, and Bir Lahlou. The newspaper added that images taken by the satellite dubbed Mohammed VI-1, are forwarded to General Abdelfattah Louarrak, Inspector General of the Moroccan Royal Army (FAR), and Nasser Bourita, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as other security and military authorities. Since December 2017, Morocco has informed the United Nations of the “provocations” of the separatist group in buffer zones of Western Sahara. In addition to defying the United Nations and its 1991 ceasefire agreement through its continuous presence in the restricted buffer zones, the separatists have reportedly established tents in the restricted zones and announced the relocation of their military facilities to Bir Lahlou, another area of the buffer zone, located 230 kilometers from the Es-Semara provinces in Moroccan territory.Read Also: Morocco Shares With UN Proof of Polisario’s Ceasefire Violations in Buffer Zone read more

UN agencies provide aid to flood victims in eastern Afghanistan

26 July 2010United Nations humanitarian agencies are providing aid to residents of eastern Afghanistan, where floods this week have killed at least one person and caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local authorities to distribute the relief items among the towns and villages, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.Tents, bed nets, blankets, jerry cans and kitchen equipment are among the items that aid agencies are providing, while WFP has pledged to deliver enough food for the next three months for those affected by the floods.At least four provinces – Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nuristan – have been affected by the floods, but Nangarhar is the worst affected and the relief effort is concentrated in the province’s capital of Jalalabad.Kenneth Baato Rogers, the head of the regional office for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the office is helping with the monitoring of relief efforts to ensure that all major needs are being met. read more

World Health Assembly briefed on flood situation in Sri Lanka

The invited speaker of this year, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ms.Christiana Figueres, addressing the Assembly, highlighted the links between climate change and health, and warned that “if the world does not fundamentally change its approach to energy within the next 5 years, there is a risk that damage to the atmosphere will be irrevocable and continue to impact health for decades”. Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratne drew the attention of the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva to the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka that affected nearly half a million people and appreciated the expression of solidarity and support by countries, partners and the World Health Organization (WHO), to strengthen the timely health response to the affected people, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to Geneva said today.Addressing the Assembly under this years’ theme, “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “, Minister Senaratne stated that “the Government of Sri Lanka is fully committed to the Sustainable Development Agenda and has already set up a multi sectoral Sustainable Development Secretariat to achieve this goal”. The meeting was also addressed by the President of the Assembly – Hon. Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed al –Saidi, Minister of Health of Oman, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General /WHO and a large number of Health Ministers from Member countries.On the side – lines of the WHA, the Minister also met with his counterparts from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Spain, and withDr Poonam Singh, the Regional Director of South East Asian Region (SEAR) of WHO. Drawing attention to the increasing influx of migration, Minister highlighted the need to pay attention to the health of migrants, irrespective of their status of migration. In this context, he recalled the offer made by the President of Sri Lanka to host the second Global Consultation on Health of Migrants in Sri Lanka October this year, and stated that Sri Lanka is envisaging a political declaration as the outcome of the Global Consultation to demonstrate the commitment to this important issue. Minister Senaratne, participating as a panellist at a side – event jointly organised by the WHO and several Member States, including Sri Lanka  on Prevention and Control of Noncommunciable diseases (NCDs), shared the best practices of Sri Lanka in achieving its multisectoral NCD targets.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Director General of Health Services Dr. P.G. Mahipala, and other senior officials of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine were associated with the Minister during his meetings. (Colombo Gazette) read more

4H clubs have remained a big part of the PNE for over

Buster, a beauty of a lamb right out of the pages of a children’s book, took first prize at the 4-H livestock show on the opening weekend of the Fair at the PNE this year, an achievement that earned him a second prestigious honour Monday at auction.The five-month-old lamb was born March 21 and cared for ever since by Brianna Morrison, 11, of Kamloops. The member of the 4 Corners 4-H club in Kamloops helped at Buster’s birth and has made it her mission since to prepare and groom the lamb to compete at the PNE’s agriculture show, the largest one for the Fraser Valley.Buster, with his shorn coat and black legs and head, impressed the judges and earned Brianna the top prize in the market lamb category. She said he was the perfect weight, between 118 and 120 pounds, but her secret was “the way I fed him. He got three pounds of grain every day and a little bit of hay.”The judges can tell by looking at the animal whether it will provide good chops and roasts. In Buster’s case, he had the right amount of fat cover and a long and wide loin, and “he’s got a pretty big leg,” said Brianna.The Grade 7 student confidently led Buster around a ring set up between two sets of bleachers at the Coliseum on Monday, a day when the fair is closed to the public. An auctioneer led the bidding and the PNE’s agriculture manager did what the PNE’s been doing for as long as she can remember, she bid on the champion lamb.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“She’s a beautiful lamb and she (Brianna) showed it really well, she’s obviously very knowledgeable,” said agriculture manager Christie Kerr, after her winning $12-per-pound bid for Buster, which is higher than retail. The PNE bids for the top lamb (or pig in alternating years) as a way to show support for the 4-H kids and to support agriculture, said Kerr. She said 4-H kids, who are between nine and 19 years old, use their winnings to save for their education, add to their savings or buy themselves something.“You’re investing in the children. And you’re getting a perfect animal,” she said.The PNE will have the lamb butchered before delivering it to a charity, such as food bank, said Kerr.Kerr said the 4-H festival is a chance to champion agriculture, when “it’s become a sensitive topic, especially in the current climate” of a trend toward plant-based foods. Earlier this month, for instance, a UN report on land use and climate change said the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming and said more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on meat.Kerr said 4-H is about more than livestock competitions and more about preparing young people to be engaged leaders. The B.C. and Yukon has more than 2,200 members in more than 100 4-H (head, heart, hands, health) clubs. About two-thirds are girls and 80 per cent are from farms or rural areas. The clubs prepare young people for community leadership roles through various activities, not exclusively livestock-related.But it remains the most visible part. The PNE’s barns were still busy Monday, the last day for 4-H activity at the PNE.Kelty Brady, 10, and her brother, Jackson, were showing their family farm’s sheep and beef at the PNE. Kelty picked up prizes for “supreme champion” for a female in the lamb division and an award for best-in-show for Georgia, in the breeding cattle division.Morgan Jeffries, 14, who won a prize for Emmett, a 15-month-old market steer, said some of the 4-H members, herself included, will choose livestock as a career, starting their own herds or taking over the family ranch.But Brianna said she’s going to be a lawyer, and for now, will continue to raise lambs and sell them to market. Each one that she raises gets easier to let go.“I’m not that attached (to Buster),” she said. “But still, it’s sad. And I’m not eating him.” read more

Crawfords lastsecond shot lifts Suns past Bucks 116114

MILWAUKEE — Jamal Crawford made a jumper with 0.8 seconds left to give the Phoenix Suns a 116-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.Devin Booker had 29 points, and T.J. Warren 19 for Phoenix. The Suns won for just the second time in their last nine games and ended a six-game losing streak to the Bucks.After Crawford’s jumper with Malcolm Brogdon draped on him, the Bucks called a timeout. Khris Middleton, after a quick head fake, made a corner 3 after the buzzer. The call was confirmed after a brief review.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points to lead Milwaukee, and Brogdon added 22 points. The Bucks were coming off a 143-100 home victory over Portland on Wednesday night.Middleton tied it at 108 on a free throw for Suns coach Igor Kokoskov’s technical foul. Antetokounmpo’s layup put the Bucks up 110-108. Booker was whistled for a technical foul, and Middleton again converted to put Milwaukee up by three. Brogdon was fouled as he made a driving layup, and his free throw put the Bucks up by six and capped a frantic 14-0 run.A three by Trevor Ariza pulled the Suns within three with about a minute left. Warren’s traditional three-point play tied it at 114. After Antetokounmpo’s turnover, Phoenix got possession of the ball with 12.2 seconds left, setting up Crawford’s winner.TIP-INSSuns: Made 14 of 23 shots (61 per cent) in the first quarter.Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo missed his fourth consecutive game with a left quadriceps strain. “I think he’s close to what we had hoped but I don’t have an update other than I know he’s making progress in the right direction,” coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTSuns: At Detroit on Sunday.Bucks: Host San Antonio on Saturday night to wrap up a six-game homestand.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRich Rovito, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens hockey goalies thrive with constant competition

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Tomkins (31) fields the puck during a game against Michigan on Jan. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 10-6.Credit: Kelly Roderick / Lantern photographerFor the Ohio State men’s hockey team, competition is encouraged and constructive, not detrimental.Especially when it comes to the man between the pipes.After having six goalies on the roster last season, Logan Davis, Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey have returned for their sophomore years with the Buckeyes. Going into this season, coach Steve Rohlik stated that all three would play, with Tomkins and Frey receiving most of the playing time.A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Tomkins said the goalies don’t have much advanced notice when they’re going to start.“We actually don’t know (who will start) until Thursday, sometimes Friday morning,” he said.But the battle for the starting spot starts Monday at 8 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than the team’s practice.“It’s called goalie session,” Davis said. “All three of us do goalie-specific stuff, it helps us to improve the fundamental elements of our game that we can’t focus on in team practice.”With the Buckeyes suffering from several injuries this season, having consistent goalies to rely on has helped the team stay motivated, Frey said.“It’s kind of a confidence boost for us (the goalies). We have now become the rocks of the team, holding the them together. We just have to be there for them every single game,” he said.Tomkins said the competition between goalies keeps each of them sharp and focused throughout the season.“As a goalie, you obviously want to play as much as you can,” Tomkins said. “But in the same token, it’s a great development tool. The competition makes each of us better, the three of us push each other to be better.”Even though the Buckeyes have struggled to maintain a consistent season, with only two wins in the Big Ten placing the team second-to-last in the conference, the goalies have prospered.“As a team, we haven’t been able to get rolling and put together back-to-back wins,” Tomkins said. “But in the same token, the other goalies and I have had to try to consistently improve our game and compete to not only start but to earn the win with the team.”Frey said even though the wins haven’t been there for the Buckeyes, the three goaltenders still maintain a positive attitude.“For goalies, the whole game is mental. It’s really easy to fall into a rut,” he said. “We three just have to always be there for each other.”Tomkins said his relationship with Frey and Davis has become stronger with the competition.“A lot of people probably think that with us competing for the same job that we wouldn’t get along, but it’s actually the opposite.” Tomkins said. “We just embrace the competition, in the end we are all striving for the same goals, which ultimately just helps our overall relationship.”Tomkins added that even with the tough games — like the Buckeyes’ 10-6 loss to Michigan on Jan. 16 — Frey, Davis and he have come together to discuss.“After the Michigan game, we all got together and just talked hockey in general and goaltending,” Tomkins said. “We all give advice, we point out the mistakes and the positives. That just brings us closer together.”OSU is scheduled to return to its Big Ten season this weekend, traveling to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday and Saturday. read more

Synagogue membership drops to lowest level in 30 years as mainstream Jews

first_imgData shows that there has been a 28 per cent increase in the number of Orthodox schools open over the past decade. Strictly Orthodox membership has risen by 139 per cent, from 4,489 in 1990 to 10,712 in 2016, which is equivalent to 240 new households each year. The increase in the overall number of places of worship is likely to be down to growth in small synagogues, many of which are in Orthodox areas, the report said. Dr Jonathan Boyd, executive director of JPR, said the findings showed that strict Orthodox communities were the only ones showing growth. He said: “The trends point to a future in which stricter forms of Orthodoxy will hold an increasingly prominent position, not only in synagogue membership, but in how Judaism is practised and how Judaism is seen and understood by others.” The trends point to a future in which stricter forms of Orthodoxy will hold an increasingly prominent position Membership of synagogues has fallen below 80,000 for the first time in 30 years as “mainstream” Jews marry out of the community, a report has found. Despite a growing number of synagogues membership numbers have fallen by 20 per cent in a generation as more Jews become secular after marrying non-Jewish partners. The report, by The Institute for Jewish Policy Research and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, found that declining birth rates and increasing intermarriage mean the Jewish community is shrinking. It said: “For certain sections of the community, the age at which people are choosing to have children is increasing and the number of children being born is declining. “The overall effect of such trends may reduce the tendency of Jewish people to join synagogues.Intermarriage also impacts on decisions about joining a synagogue, raising the question as to whether non-Jewish partners are welcomed by communities. “Other factors also play their part: for example, the rise of more individualistic approaches to life and sceptical attitudes about the role of organised religion in society.”Such shifts have led to Jewishness increasingly becoming a matter of choice rather than of birth, and making Jewish identity far more ‘fluid’.”While less observant communities are getting smaller, the report also found that strict Orthodox communities, also known as haredi, are growing, in part due to high birth rates. center_img 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.last_img read more

Sub Camas man commanded going to museum

first_imgGROTON, Conn. — It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows.The nuclear-powered NR-1, launched in Groton in 1969, was one of the most secretive vessels in the U.S. undersea force. It was taken out of service in 2008 and disassembled. Now the Navy has collected pieces of it for an exhibit at a submarine museum in Groton, where it was based for the duration of its service life.It was known primarily as a research vessel, but it also carried out a range of military missions that remain under wraps even today. Veterans who served aboard the tiny sub during the Cold War say that it was one of the most fascinating assignments of their careers — but that not even their wives know all the details.Toby Warson, who served as commander from 1970-73, said he once led the sub on a hazardous military operation in the Mediterranean. The mission, code-named “Raccoon Hook,” earned him a distinguished service medal, he said, but he has had to keep the details to himself.“I finally had to quit wearing the ribbon because when I walked into the officers’ club, everyone asked how I got it, and I couldn’t tell them,” said Warson, who lives in Camas. “They thought I was being cute. I wasn’t being cute. I just didn’t want to go to jail.”last_img read more

PR organisation advertises for employee with psychopathic traits

first_imgSomething for the weekend: An attractive remuneration package is always a draw when looking for a new job, however, candidates who apply for marketing and PR organisation Radio Relation’s new business media sales executive position could be at an advantage financially if they display psychopathic tendencies.The unique job posting lists top qualities that psychopaths display that would be transferable to the sales position, including a sense of self-worth, an ambitious attitude, and a do-whatever-it-takes mentality.Applicants who showcase these characteristics to bag the job could reap a compensation and benefits package that includes uncapped commission, and a £5,000 bonus for breaking the organisation’s new business record within six months of starting. Base salary begins at £20,000-£30,000, although the advert states that exceptional candidates could earn an income of more then £100,000.The job advert, listed on Guardian Jobs, reads: “We’re not looking for a psycho but for someone with some of the positive qualities that psychopaths have. One in five [chief executive officers] are psychopaths and about 25% of the highest performing sales professionals also have psychopathic tendencies.”The advert ends with the caveat: “Criminal psychopaths need not apply.”Here at Employee Benefits, psychotic tendencies only emerge during press week, however these can swiftly be dispelled by a coffee and cake session!last_img read more

Pilot dead after plane crashes into building near Fort Lauderdale Beach

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pilot has died after a plane crashed into a condominium near Fort Lauderdale Beach.Just before 12 p.m. Friday, a Piper PA-25 banner plane went down in the area of Oakland Park Boulevard and A1A.Officials said the pilot was the only person on board of the crashed plane, and no injuries were reported on the ground because of the crash. The plane, which could be seen resting on the pool deck of the building, could remain there for several days as the investigation proceeds.The pilot’s name has not been released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. One witness said, “I said, ‘Oh, my God. Oh, my God.’ When I looked across, I saw the tail of the plane.”Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Steven Gollan said the building was under construction but was occupied at the time of the crash.He confirmed that the structural damage seen as a large hole on the side of the building was from the plane crash and not from the renovations.“It’s a recipe for disaster,” Gollan said, “especially when you have 20 individuals there that are just doing their job, working. There’s no telling what could have happened.” 7News spoke to Bob Benyo, the owner of the business, over the phone for comment, and he said the business trains the pilots to stay away from populated areas.“We’re sitting here with the NTSB as I’m speaking to you, and we’re all shaking our heads,” Benyo said. “It just doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand why he turned westbound, or inland, from the beach at such a low altitude. We can’t figure it out.”Benyo said the pilot was a new hire and had only worked for him for six weeks before the crash. He also said the pilot was commercially trained.“He’s an experienced pilot, you know, but as far as the banner tow experienced pilot, he’s still new,” Benyo said. “That’s what he was doing today, was actually getting more comfortable. He wasn’t flying a customer’s banner, even. It was just getting more comfortable with flying up and down the beaches.”The company has seen many crashes in South Florida in the past.In June 2006, a banner plane crashed at Opa-locka Airport and burst into flames. The pilot was transported in critical condition with serious injuries. The FAA ruled the crash was caused because of pilot error.In November 2007, another banner plane crash happened at North Perry Airport. The plane nose-dived into the ground after stalling. The pilot was critically injured. The NTSB determined pilot error was to blame for the crash. NTSB investigating today’s accident in Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL involving a Piper PA-25.— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) March 1, 2019The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane took off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines and was seen flying over Fort Lauderdale Beach pulling a banner before the collision.Surveillance video captured the plane moments before it crashed into the Berkley South Condominium building near the beach. “It got caught on the bushes over there on the next street,” Walker said. “He was trying to come this way, but the banner was hanging too low. When it got caught, it just hit that building.”Roger Miller, a resident of the high-rise building that the plane hit, shared a photo to 7News of what looked like a possible part of the plane inside his kitchen.“‘Boom! It wasn’t really a ‘Bang!’ It was a low-pitched boom when the plane hit,” Miller recalled. “It went through the wall and threw the dishwasher across the room, and I would’ve been under that had I gone to the kitchen just seconds earlier. I guess tonight, I’ll probably go to bed thanking God that I’m still alive and still six feet over.”Eugenia Fregoso lives on the sixth floor of the condominium building.“I thought that it was normal because there was construction going on all the time, and you hear noises all the time,” Fregoso said. “The noise was very, very loud, and the building shook a little bit.”One resident said the plane’s impact with the building felt like an earthquake.FirstService Residential, the property manager for the condominium building, said in a statement: “We are very thankful for the first responders who arrived on scene so quickly. Everyone on the property at the time was evacuated from the building, and the residents have since been given the all-clear to return to their homes.”“Well, it’s a good thing that we’re doing construction ’cause the pool is closed,” one resident said. “Otherwise, people would’ve been there, and that’s where the plane hit.”The National Transportation Safety Board said the banner’s release mechanism was open and the banner was no longer attached.The yellow banner the plane had in tow was found across the street from the crash scene.7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where the wings of the plane could be seen separated from the aircraft and a yellow tarp next to it, covering the body of the pilot.The aircraft is said to be from the company Aerial Banners Inc., which have their planes flying over Fort Lauderdale Beach and South Beach advertising festivals and events taking place across South Florida.7News has learned that the FAA has investigated the business before the Friday crash. This afternoon FLFR units responded to a single engine aircraft into the 16th floor of a high rise on the beach. Great job by both FLFR and @FLPD411! It is the close working relationship between these 2 agencies that is helping save lives on a daily basis. #planecrash #rescue pic.twitter.com/Pt3mfYWcPR— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) March 1, 2019Jeff Walker, who was working nearby, said he saw the yellow banner get snagged on something before it went down. The FAA then got involved and revoked Aerial Banners’ waiver to operate. The FAA stated that, from 2005 until 2007, there were two plane crashes with pilot injuries, two hard landings that damaged planes, one pilot ran out of fuel, which forced an emergency landing outside of the airport and found four paperwork violations and safety risks because the planes were modified without proper certification.However, the company went back into business a short time later.In March 2014, a banner plane crashed into a Northeast Miami-Dade lake south of North Perry Airport.In March 2015, a banner plane crashed in West Broward in the Everglades. A rescue helicopter retrieved the pilot, who could be seen walking on the crashed plane’s fuselage, to safety. The pilot was not injured.“The FAA pulled the waiver from Aerial Banners, Inc. This was operating under Aerial Banners North,” Benyo said. “Granted, they’re both my companies, but two separate entities. Twenty-five years we’re doing this. This is, this is just something that is horrific.”The NTSB said Friday they will be investigating the crash.“We’re in the very beginning stage of the investigation,” NTSB investigator Tim Monville. “[The plane] then was observed either by witness accounts making an abrupt right turn flying in a westerly direction towards the building.” last_img read more