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Punjab farmers to defy govt. order on paddy

first_imgWhile the Punjab government has asked farmers to start paddy transplantation only after June 20 this year, farmers’ outfits are all set to defy the orders, saying delay in transplanting would entail heavy losses to them.Farmers are also anguished over power shortage during the sowing operations. Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) on Monday staged a protest in Patiala, demanding at least 10 hours of uninterrupted power supply.“The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited is providing inadequate power to farmers for paddy sowing due to which they are suffering. The cost of cultivation is going up as farmers are forced to use generators to irrigate their fields,” said BKU (Lakhowal) general secretary Harinder Singh. Terming the decision to delay paddy sowing “wrong”, Mr. Singh said the move would cause losses to farmers.Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal said the government’s decision to delay paddy transplantation to June 20 without consulting farmers was symptomatic of the Congress rule.“The State government seems to be multiplying the problems of farmers. Another crisis has been triggered by delaying paddy transplantation. Late transplantation will result in increased moisture content and it will make Punjab paddy virtually unsaleable,” said former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia of the SAD.Asking the Congress government to be practical and understand the problems being faced by farmers, Mr. Majithia said paddy transplantation has started in large parts of Malwa since June 10 as per the old guidelines. “The government should ensure uninterrupted eight-hour power supply to the farm sector. If not done, large swathes of paddy will dry up,” he said.last_img read more

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Women’s World T20: Mithali’s exclusion raises questions after India’s semi-final loss

first_imgThe Indian cricket team lost the semi-final of Women’s World T20 on Friday but it was Mithali Raj being dropped from the playing XI that sent shockwaves among the fans.India won the toss and opted to bat and it was then that captain Harmanpreet Kaur announced that Mithali was not in the playing XI. She said that the Indian management had decided to back their winning combination.Mithali had not played India’s final group match against Australia, which they won by a massive 48 runs, because she was unwell. But her omission on Friday was the management’s decision and fans were not happy about it.Mithali had batted in two matches so far, had scored two half-centuries and had won two player-of-the-match awards. Her exclusion felt nothing short of bizarre to most.India vs England, Women’s World T20 Semis: Highlights | Report”It’s not a pitch where you can hit through the line and fetch boundaries. Mithali Raj would have been ideal on this pitch. Wrong move by India to drop Mithali. But India still good enough to beat ENG,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.It’s not a pitch where you can hit through the line and fetch boundaries. Mithali Raj would have been ideal on this pitch. Wrong move by India to drop Mithali. But India still good enough to beat ENG.#ICCWWT20Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 23, 2018However, it did not turn out to be very pretty for Harmanpreet’s side as Smriti Mandhana remained their top scorer with 34 runs in 23 deliveries while India got all out for just 112 runs.advertisementAccording to fans, India missed Mithali’s stability in the middle where she could have ground out some runs on a tough pitch.A twitter user ‘aprajita bansal’ reminded the Indian management that Mithali had one of the best records against England and this pitch was hers to exploit.Drop Mithali Raj and you dropped the World Cup. This is what happens when you start to play god. she is tailor made for these kind of pitches and has one of the best records against England . #IndvEngaprajita bansal (@aprajita13) November 23, 2018Horrible Horrible display of batting, Never ever drop Mithali Raj, specially on such decks!!! #wt20Monica (@monicas004) November 23, 2018Also read – Women’s World T20: No regrets, says Harmanpreet Kaur after India’s semi-final defeatFans compared dropping Mithali Raj to leaving out MS Dhoni in big matches and some said that the experience of Mithali could have come handy for the Indian team.If India men plays Knockout,one would simply Play @msdhoni Coz any team in d world feels pressure against him,despite the form he’s in.Mithali Raj brings same to the table,n she was in sheer form unlike MS.This out of the box strategy has cost us maybe a trophy. #WWT20 #INDvENGSaurabh Tripathi (@BeingShubh55555) November 23, 2018India Women lost seven wickets in their last 27 balls today and this is where they needed the experience and calmness of Mithali Raj.#INDvENGUmang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 23, 2018Some people also questioned the role and contribution of Veda Krishnamurthy in the team so far.Whats the think tank smoking?? Harman actually thought (powar made her believe,whatever) she & smriti can win ????#wt20 along with newbies & legendary @vedakmurthy08 ??????ridiculously funny,ironic & sad both at the same time. Fools u Drop @M_Raj03 & dropped the wc #INDvENGDS (@damayant1s) November 23, 2018Am terribly keen to know whose nudes @vedakmurthy08 has to guarantee a perm place in the team?? 5 matches not even 10 delvs faced..not even one decent innings this whole yr yet they keep her ??disappoint millions by dropping mithali raj.. #INDvENGDS (@damayant1s) November 23, 2018Mithali Raj and Nat Sciver, two costly drops from India. Experience do matter in big matches. #WT20 #INDvENGManoj Dimri (@manoj_dimri) November 23, 2018If you don’t pick your best player in semifinals you deserve to lose. Even Captain doesn’t want to regret On Mithali Raj not featuring in this Game.We played well throughout the tournament. But missing Stumping nd catches in this make England to swung the Game Around. #INDvENGAbhishek Chauhan (@abhiraj0014) November 23, 2018While most fans blamed Harmanpreet, coach Ramesh Powar and the Indian management for taking such a decision, a few also pointed out how this would have been hailed as a brilliant move had India won the match.The funny thing about Cricket match loss is post mortem; had India girls won, team management would have been praised for brilliant tactical move of dropping Mithali Raj.Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) November 23, 2018The funny thing about Cricket match loss is post mortem; had India girls won, team management would have been praised for brilliant tactical move of dropping Mithali Raj.advertisementMakarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) November 23, 2018last_img read more

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A 5-Star Recruit’s Tweet About The Urban Meyer-Tom Herman Saga Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Urban Meyer and Ohio State were once again in the headlines throughout Saturday, as it was reported that Texas head coach Tom Herman, a former Buckeyes assistant coach, was the man who leaked news of the allegations against Zach Smith to college football insider Brett McMurphy.This has since been denied by Herman, his wife, Michelle, and McMurphy.“I have never revealed my sources in my nearly four decade journalistic career & I am not going to start now. However, I will say unequivocally that Tom Herman was not my source,” McMurphy tweeted.Still, this didn’t prevent the story, reported by Jeff Snook, from going viral on Saturday.A five-star recruit was at the root of all of this, too.Garrett Wilson, a five-star wide receiver out of Austin, Texas, is committed to Ohio State, and Snook’s story alleges that Herman was very upset about that.From Snook’s report:Tom Herman’s motive? Herman was furious after five-star receiver Garrett Wilson committed to Ohio State in April over Texas, sources say. Wilson played at Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High, just miles from the Longhorns’ campus. Zach Smith was the Buckeyes’ primary recruiter, along with quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, in getting Wilson’s commitment. Day has the central Texas area in the Buckeyes’ recruiting system. Smith was fired July 23. Given that Texas is one of the most pressure-packed and highest-profile jobs in the country, and following a 7-6 season in his first year as Texas coach, Herman needs to secure a recruiting base close to home to turn the Longhorns around.Again, this has all been denied by Herman and McMurphy, but it didn’t stop Wilson from reacting to it.“I’m sick,” Wilson tweeted in a since-deleted message.Wilson is one of the top 2019 recruits in the country and is committed to Ohio State.last_img read more

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Boris Johnson builds solidifies his position in UK Conservative race

first_imgLondon: Boris Johnson has solidified his front-runner status in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister by gaining backing from leading pro-Brexit lawmakers. Johnson is promising to lead Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal. Brexit-backing ex-party leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote in Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph that Johnson “is the most likely to deliver on the requirement to leave the EU” by that date. Ten candidates are running to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister. In votes starting Thursday, Conservative lawmakers will narrow the field down to two, who will be put to a vote of party members nationwide.last_img read more

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Israel suspends UN deal on African asylum seekers

first_imgOTTAWA – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended an agreement with the United Nations that could have seen Canada become a new home for a number of African asylum seekers being turned away by Israel.Netanyahu revealed the sudden change in a Facebook post only hours after Israel announced it would scrap its plan to deport thousands of migrants and refugees — mainly from Eritrea and Sudan — after reaching a deal with the UN to send more than 16,000 of them to other countries.Canada had been one of the countries expected to resettle some of the asylum seekers, but it remained to be seen whether the Liberal government would increase the number of refugees from the area who were already destined to arrive here.The agreement between Israel and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees would have removed the threat of forced expulsion of about 39,000 people to an unidentified African destination, widely believed to be Rwanda.The mass deportation was set to begin April 1, but Netanyahu said Monday the plan was called off when it became clear the intended country would not be able to handle absorbing the deported population.Now, Netanyahu said he will consult further on the plan.Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the UN refugee agency’s representative in Canada, said he had no comment on the news that Netanyahu had changed his mind.Earlier Monday, he said discussions were ongoing with countries that could resettle asylum seekers.It remained unclear whether the news from Israel would have meant Canada would be welcoming a higher number of refugees than originally planned.A spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Canada is currently focusing its efforts on clearing the backlog of Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Israel who are already expected to be resettled here through the private sponsorship program.“That’s our focus at the moment,” Hursh Jaswal said Monday.There were 1,845 applications in process as of Dec. 31.He noted that in February, the federal government reached a deal with Israel not to deport or detain any asylum seekers whose applications to be resettled in Canada through the private sponsorship of refugees program are making their way through the system.He said Ottawa also increased its resources to processing those applications through its office in Tel Aviv.“We continue to engage with private sponsors in Canada whose applications may be affected by this situation,” Jaswal added in an emailed statement.The Tel Aviv office will be giving letters to all those who ask for confirmation that their applications are in process, which Jaswal said can be shown to Israeli authorities if needed.The Canadian government has also committed to bring in 4,000 Eritrean government-assisted refugees by the end of this year.Progress has been slow, according to a document obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act.As of Sept. 4, 2017, Canada had received 1,805 of those refugees — only 45 per cent of the promised amount — since 2014.Jaswal said the federal government still plans to meet its goal.— With files from The Associated Press— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Early prison release revoked for drunk driver who killed two teens in

first_imgSASKATOON — An early release from prison has been revoked for a drunk driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen truck when she killed two Saskatoon teenagers and seriously injured a third.Cheyann Peeteetuce, who is 25, was sentenced in June 2015 to six years after pleading guilty to charges that included criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.Peeteetuce had almost double the legal limit of blood alcohol when she broadsided the teens’ car as she sped away from a police officer who had tried to pull her over.James Paul Haughey and Sarah Wensley, both 17, were killed and a 16-year-old girl was badly hurt.In May, Peeteetuce was granted statutory release from an Edmonton prison after serving two-thirds of her sentence, but her freedom included a condition that she abide by a curfew.A police officer sent to check on her in August did not find her at home and she was arrested a few weeks later for breaching her release conditions.The Parole Board of Canada held a hearing Nov. 30 to determine if Peeteetuce would be required to serve the remainder of her original sentence in addition to the 30 days she got for the breach.Documents obtained by CKOM Radio in Saskatoon show she told the board she had missed her curfew check because she was babysitting for someone who failed to come home on time.She said she was scared she would be sent back to prison, so she opted not to return home.The parole board commended Peeteetuce for attending programming since her return to prison, but revoked her statutory release because “the circumstances surrounding (your) suspension were within your control.”Peeteetuce has about a year left to serve.David Wensley, Sarah’s father, told CKOM he doesn’t think Peeteetuce will ever be rehabilitated.“I wish she would have … felt remorseful, so remorseful about what she’d done … but it doesn’t look like she’s going in that direction,” Wensley said. Court heard Peeteetuce was barrelling through an intersection at 90 km/h and made no attempt to brake when she hit the victims’ car.James and Sarah were driving to a high school track practice. Peeteetuce, who was 21 at the time of the crash, had three prior convictions for stealing vehicles.The defence said Peeteetuce was born to an alcoholic mother who neglected her children and left her to live with relatives. At one point, her stepmother tried to drown her.Peeteetuce first had a child at the age of 16 and then a son in 2013. The defence said she learned through Facebook that her son had suffered an opiate overdose while in the care of his father and she had to make a decision to take the boy off life support.A 17-year-old passenger who was in the truck with Peeteetuce was sentenced to three years under the Youth Criminal Justice Act for her role in the crash.(CKOM, The Canadian Press)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Thousands march in Ottawa for climate solutions and climate justice

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – Without Mother Earth there is no life.That was the message in Ottawa where thousands gathered – joining many more across the world – in what was to be an international day of action on climate change Sunday on the eve of the United Nations climate summit in Paris, France.“We stand together today for one important reason and that is to save, to protect and respect Mother Earth and the water,” Claudette Commanda told the large crowd in front of City Hall on Laurier Street. “For without Mother Earth, who is the mother for all people, we do not have life.”The list of speakers also included the likes of environmental activist David Suzuki.The purpose of the gathering was to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his new government to get Canada 100 per cent reliable on renewable energy like wind, solar and hydro. They also called for the end of investing in fossil fuels.Trudeau is in Paris to take part in the international summit on climate change, along with his cabinet ministers and Canada’s premiers. Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde is there, as well, along with other Indigenous people representing the grassroots.Many marchers in Ottawa wore green to represent renewable energy with hundreds busing in from out of town on what was a cold and cloudy Sunday afternoon.The march stretched to nearly a kilometre beginning at City Hall with organizers estimating 25,000 making their way up Elgin Street, pausing for a minute of silence at the National War Memorial, down to Sussex Drive and looping around United States embassy before making their way to Parliament Hill.OFFICIAL COUNT: 25,000 MARCH IN #OTTAWA! Thank you to everyone who came! #100possible #climatemarch pic.twitter.com/ORw8IOeduT— 100 Percent Possible (@100possibleca) November 29, 2015Georgie Horton-Baptiste came from the Peterborough, Ont. area and said she did so for those who couldn’t. Police shutdown roads for marchers and there didn’t appear to be any incidents, unlike in Paris.VIDEO: Police fire tear gas at hundreds in Paris demonstrating against France’s ban on protests. #COP21 pic.twitter.com/crORJVy1El— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 29, 2015Meanwhile, in Vancouver demonstrators added heir voices to a crescendo around the world demanding swift and concrete climate-change action from world leaders gathered in Paris for the United Nations climate talks.Thousands of people packed the shaded square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on a sunny Sunday afternoon before marching through the city’s downtown core.“What you’re seeing here today is a massive display of community spirit,” said Ruth Walmsley on Sunday, a Vancouver Quaker and one of the event’s organizers.“We’re here to send a very loud and clear message that we need immediate and meaningful action to be taken to address the climate crisis.”Those demands include an end to subsidies for fossil fuels and large-scale investment in renewable energy, she said.“This is the 21st conference of the climate summits and we have yet to see the kind of action that we really need to address the crisis that we’re in,” Walmsley added.“Honestly, I think that the only way that change is going to happen is if enough people take to the streets and demand it.”The event attracted an assortment of attendees advocating a smorgasbord of different causes, from combating open-pen fish farms to endorsing alternative energy, and from supporting protection for endangered species to opposing pipeline expansion.The event was co-ordinated by a network of more than 70 organizations from across the Lower Mainland, including First Nations, faith groups and environmental associations.Squamish First Nation Chief Ian Campbell stressed the need to work together in the battle against climate change.“Bringing in traditional Indigenous views into that discussion I think is important for the values that First Nations bring around stewardship of the land and long-term planning around resource extraction and development.”Speaking from Paris, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson echoed the importance of citizen engagement in a message to the crowds assembled in his city and across the country.“Keep your voices strong and make sure we hold all levels of government accountable to taking action on climate change,” he said.“We’re seeing real leadership at a grassroots level and a business level that needs to be enabled by government.”– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BASL warns against using FB to promote hate

Speaking on the legal action that can be taken against perpetrators spreading hate speech on social media, Indatissa said that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that no person shall propagate war or advocate national racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. “Whether it’s community A, B, C or D, it is wrong. The same rules must apply to everyone. As a multi-ethnic country we must learn to respect each other and live peacefully,” he said. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has warned the public against using social media platforms such as Facebook to spread hatred targeting communities.President of the BASL Kalinga Indatissa was quoted in a press statement today as saying that there are certain groups operating with vested interests to instigate racial tensions. He noted that there is a misconception in the local Police division that a publication on social media cannot be dealt with, but that is wrong.“Because similarly, if a person is found guilty for publishing or making oral defamation against a party or community, a Facebook post is equal to a publication and therefore, we can bring people to justice under the ICCPR. The only difference is the method of proof, and as a practice the relevant authorities should start filing test cases,” he said. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the ICCPR on 15th December 1966 and the Act came into effect on 23rd March 1976. Sri Lanka acceded to the Covenant on 11th June 1980.Indatissa explained that when a country becomes a signatory to the Covenant under the United Nations, there is a requirement for the country to draft its domestic law to suit the Covenant and Sri Lanka passed the ICCPR act in 2007, recognising fundamental rights of all Sri Lankans.“I firmly believe that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic country, at least for the last 700 years, and it is a fact that no one can deny. We are all one and if we are all one, we must learn to live either through the operation of law or through our own human conduct,” concluded Indatissa, citing that the media has a huge role to play in any nation and the role of the media is to bring people together in the context of a multi-ethnic society. read more

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Unsealing indictment UN prosecutor urges arrest of Croatian war crimes suspect

Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte released the charges against Ante Gotovina “in light of reports that the accused is already aware of the indictment,” according to a statement released at The Hague, where the court is located.”The Prosecutor expects the Government of Croatia to take immediate action to apprehend the accused,” the statement stressed. Gen. Gotovina is charged with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war allegedly committed in connection with a military offensive launched by Croatian forces in August 1995 to retake the Krajina region. The statement acknowledges that the indictment against the retired general – along with one against another high-level Croatian military official, Rahim Ademi, who surrendered yesterday – have generated “heated debate” within Croatia concerning the Tribunal’s role in relation to the “Homeland War,” as the armed conflicts are known in the country. While noting that the Prosecutor takes no position concerning whether or not a State has the legal right to use force in a given circumstance, the statement points out that “even within a lawful armed conflict, an individual may nevertheless commit serious violations of international humanitarian law, such as war crimes and crimes against humanity.” read more

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Amid no maketmoving news crude oil drifts 8 cents higher to US10091

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2014 2:04 pm MDT Amid no maket-moving news, crude oil drifts 8 cents higher to US$100.91 a barrel Lacking any catalysts, the price of crude oil barely changed Monday.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery rose eight cents to US$100.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Nymex contract fell 3.1 per cent last week and is down 4.3 per cent so far in July.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, gained 45 cents to US$107.71 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other Nymex trading, wholesale gasoline added two cents to US$2.93 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil gained one cent to US$2.87 a gallon and natural gas was flat at US$4.15 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Mens Lacrosse Ohio State buried in 124 loss to Penn State in

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team ran down the historic ramp into Ohio Stadium today trailing in the Big Ten standings and facing a three-game losing streak while it prepared to meet Penn State on the field needing a win.The Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1 Big Ten) didn’t get the result they wanted, however, dropping the afternoon affair 12-4 to the Nittany Lions (7-3, 1-0 Big Ten).With a season performance from sophomore goalie Colby Kneese and a dominant show in the faceoff x from sophomore midfielder Gerard Arceri, Penn State overpowered Ohio State both offensively and defensively to emerge from the game with its first conference win of the year.“Well there wasn’t a whole lot of things that we were crazy about, I mean, at the end of the day hats off to Penn State,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “At the end of the day it’s a loss and we’re going to have to circle back up and make sure we put an emphasis on the things we’ve got to do to be successful in this conference and go after our first conference win on the road.”Penn State worked tirelessly all game to command a significant seven-goal lead going into the final period — a mountain that proved too high for the Buckeye offense to overcome. The Nittany Lions’ offensive flexibility lent itself to plenty of high-quality passes, assists and goal-scoring opportunities, while their stolid defense and Kneese’s quick reflexes kept a staggering 80 percent of Ohio State’s shots out of the cage.Penn State senior midfielder Ryan Keenan dominated offensively for his team, scoring a hat-trick and putting up seven shots against Ohio State sophomore goalie Josh Kirson. Three other Lions posted at least two goals in the scorebook. Ohio State’s goals were few, but nevertheless impressive, especially given Kneese’s efficiency. In the second period, freshman attackman J.T. Bugliosi, assisted by senior attack Colin Chell, shook a defender next to the cage and went behind his back, slipping the ball past an unsuspecting Kneese. Three other Buckeyes recorded goals. Both teams put up 35 shots, but in the end it was Penn State that had more quality finishes. Meyers said the team had to take the tough decision and use it as a means for them to improve for next week’s game against No. 6 Johns Hopkins. “You’ve got to make it about you,” Meyers said. “You know, you’ve got to go back to your training and hope that your training gets you through. I mean, kid had a nice job in the goal, he certainly had a lot of saves. We have to put that on ourselves, you know, putting the ball in the net is something we’ve got to make a priority and it starts with us in terms of the repetitions that we get.”While the result might be on players’ minds in the short term, dwelling on it won’t be in their agenda as they embrace a full week of practice in preparation for another difficult conference matchup next weekend.“You’ve just gotta move past this one and get back to work this week and prepare for [Johns] Hopkins next week,” Chell said. Ohio State hits the road for its second Big Ten game and travels to Baltimore to meet Johns Hopkins (6-2, 0-0 Big Ten) at noon April 7. read more

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Énergies renouvelables Samsung investit le Canada

first_imgÉnergies renouvelables : Samsung investit le CanadaCanada – Le gouvernement de l’Ontario a accordé aux groupes Samsung C&T et Korea Electric Power (Kepco), un contrat de 7 milliards de dollars canadiens pour la production d’énergie solaire et éolienne dans cette province qui est la plus peuplée du Canada.”Il s’agira du plus grand projet du genre au monde” s’est félicité Samsung après avoir signé l’accord avec le Premier ministre de l’Ontario, Dalton McGuinty.Le projet de Samsung et Kepco consiste à construire et exploiter des centrales solaires et éoliennes afin de produire 2.500 mégawatts d’énergie d’ici 2016, triplant alors la production d’énergie verte de la province. Samsung C&T prendra en charge la construction et le financement du projet, tandis que KEPCO s’occupera de la transmission et de la distribution d’électricité.D’ici six ans, les parcs devraient produire 2.000 MW d’énergie éolienne et 500 MW d’énergie solaire, ce qui représentera 4% de la consommation de la province et permettra d’alimenter quelque 580.000 foyers en électricité. Ce sont aussi 16.000 nouveaux emplois qui devraient être créés dans l’Ontario grâce à ce projet.À lire aussiUn nouveau type de panneau solaire hybride crée de l’électricité grâce à la pluieLa province qui assure l’essentiel de ses besoins en électricité via des centrales nucléaires et thermiques au charbon, s’est engagée à fermer ces dernières d’ici à 2014, la première phase du projet du consortium qui porte sur une capacité de 500 MW d’énergie, devant être finalisée d’ici le premier trimestre 2013.”Ces projets nous aideront à nettoyer l’air que nous respirons, à remplacer la production polluante d’énergie à base de charbon, de même qu’à créer au sein des collectivités de l’ensemble de la province plus d’emplois verts” a assuré Dalton McGuinty.Le 31 janvier 2010 à 10:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lorbite de lISS à nouveau relevée de 52 km

first_imgL’orbite de l’ISS à nouveau relevée de 5,2 kmEn fin de semaine, les équipes du spatial russe ont annoncé que l’orbite de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) avait une nouvelle fois été relevée de quelques kilomètres à l’aide de l’ATV-3. Une manoeuvre réalisée en vue de l’arrivée d’un vaisseau Soyouz habité le 17 mai prochain. Les roulements se poursuivent au sein de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Le 27 avril, trois spationautes sont en effet revenus sur Terre sains et saufs après plus de 5 mois passés dans l’espace. Depuis cette date, ils ne sont donc plus que trois à l’intérieur de la station : le Russe Oleg Kononenko, l’Européen André Kuipers et l’Américain Donald Pettit. Mais plus pour très longtemps. Le 15 mai prochain, décollera depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour le Soyouz TMA-04M qui transportera un nouvel équipage vers l’ISS. Il sera composé de l’Américain Joseph M. Acaba et des Russes Gennady Padalka et Sergei Revin (en photo ici).À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?En vue de cette arrivée prochaine donc, le Centre russe de contrôle des vols (TsOUP) a dû procéder en fin de semaine dernière à une élévation de l’orbite de l’ISS. “Deux moteurs principaux du cargo européen ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi, qui est arrimé à l’ISS, ont été allumés vendredi à 12h37 heure de Moscou (08h37 UTC). Ils ont fonctionné pendant 1.220,8 secondes (un peu plus de 20 minutes) conformément au programme de vol. L’orbite moyenne de l’ISS a augmenté de 5,2 kilomètres, à 399,5 kilomètres”, a ainsi un porte-parole du TsOUP à Korolev, dans la région de Moscou.Cette manoeuvre était indispensable pour créer des conditions favorables à l’arrivée du vaisseau Soyouz et ce n’était d’ailleurs pas la première. Le cargo ATV-3 Edoardo Amaldi qui a acheminé fin mars près de 6,5 tonnes de fret à la station, a déjà aidé à relever l’orbite de l’ISS à trois reprises : le 1er, le 5 et le 25 avril dernier. D’ailleurs, l’ATV-3 et le cargo russe Progress sont les seuls vaisseaux spatiaux capables de ravitailler l’ISS, et de corriger son orbite ainsi que son orientation. L’Edoardo Amaldi restera en orbite pendant 171 jours. Il sera ainsi progressivement rempli de déchets liquides et solides qui encombrent l’ISS. Puis en septembre, il se désamarrera et se désorbitera pour laisser brûler dans les couches denses de l’atmosphère terrestre les plus de 6 tonnes de déchets qu’il contiendra.Le 7 mai 2012 à 10:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Ridgefieldarea fire caused by space heater

first_imgThe Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that a blaze that damaged a Ridgefield area barn was caused by a space heater left too close to combustibles.The fire was reported at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at 506 N.E. 209th St. Before firefighters arrived, a bystander working on a seed-planting project next door helped save the structure by spraying seed mix to help quell the flames.When crews with the Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived, they quickly contained the rest of the blaze.The homeowner, a 65-year-old man, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s burn unit with severe burns to his hands, fire officials said.The damage to the barn was an estimated $10,000.last_img read more

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BNP policymakers at an emergency meeting

first_imgLogo of BNPMembers of the BNP standing committee, the highest policymaking body of the party, sat in an emergency meeting tonight (Saturday night) to discuss the evolving situation following the oath-taking by its one of MPs-elect, reports UNB.The meeting began at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office around 7:50pm, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.He said the standing committee members are expected to discuss the country’s latest political situation and work out its next course of action.Sayrul said the meeting will finalise action against its Thakurgaon-3 MP-elect Zahidur Rahman Zahid who took oath as a member of the 11th Parliament on Thursday violating party decision.”It’ll also discuss the legal issues relating to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s cases.”On Friday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Zahidur Rahman committed a serious grievous offence by taking oath and their standing committee will finalise organisational action against him.Party insiders said the BNP standing committee will also evaluate the position of five other party MPs-elect and work out strategies to prevent them from taking oath.With Zahidur’s oath taking, 295 MPs-elect out of 300 in the 11th parliamentary polls have so far been sworn in.Now only five BNP MPs-elect, including Fakhrul, are left to take oath. As per the constitution, they must be sworn in by 29 April if they want to remain members of the current parliament.last_img read more

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Brexit Gets Real Prime Minister May Has Triggered UKs Exit From EU

first_img Share Kirsty Wigglesworth/APBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street on her way to the House of Commons in London Wednesday. May will speak to Parliament to announce that Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union Wednesday, ending a 44-year relationship.“The Article 50 process is now under way, and in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday, informing the House of Commons that she has begun the formal process of unraveling the U.K.’s membership in the European bloc.May spoke after signing a letter to the EU that affirms the Brexit that voters embraced last June. She said that letter has now been delivered to the president of the European Council.The prime minister said:“This is an historic moment, from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union. We are going to make our own decisions and our own laws. We are going to take control of the things that matter most to us. And we are going to take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain — a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home. That is our ambition and our opportunity, and that is what this government is determined to do.”May called the moment a great turning point in Britain’s national history, adding, “The choices we make define the character of our nation.”Calling for optimism and determination in charting the U.K.’s new course, May said, “I choose to believe in Britain, and that our best days lie ahead.”We’ve updated this post with news from Britain and May’s speech.Ahead of her speech, May gave her usual question time — using the opportunity to tell ministers of Parliament, “On today of all days, we should be coming together as a United Kingdom.”That sentiment didn’t prevent interruptions to May’s speech on Article 50. Her remarks on Britain’s future were interrupted by an outburst that prompted House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to call for quiet.And moments later, as May spoke of potential cooperation with the EU, she told the chamber, “Perhaps now more than ever, the world needs the liberal democratic values of Europe” — a statement that drew open jeers and laughter from across the aisle.After a pause, May said Britain shares those values, adding, “That is why, while we are leaving the institutions of the European Union, we are not leaving Europe.”The prime minister’s letter triggers Article 50, the exit clause in the EU constitution. Leaving the EU won’t be a simple affair: While business and travel concerns often get the most attention, Britain’s government will also have to figure out how it will incorporate the thousands of laws and rules that the EU has approved over the years.It’s the latest repercussion of a vote that shocked many and forced the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron last summer.With Britain looking to exit from the EU, the nation may also be forced to contemplate an internal exit of its own: One day before May visited Parliament, Scottish lawmakers voted to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s pursuit of a new independence referendum.In 2014, 55 percent of Scottish voters chose to stay in the U.K. — but backers of a new referendum note that conditions have now changed, with the pending exit from the EU.With Article 50 invoked, Britain will have two years to negotiate its self-extraction. Next steps in the process will begin Thursday with the publishing of a Great Repeal Bill. Formal talks could begin by late spring, but before a deal is enacted, both houses of Parliament will need to vote on it.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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WATCH AirBrush with Greatness

first_imgIt’s a busy time of year for make-up and special effects artist Rudy Campos.  He has made a career out of transforming folks from their everyday existence into something magical!  We meet up with this master of the air-brush at his West Houston studio, where he shared with us a little of his magic.This segment aired as part of the program Arts InSight, on Friday, October 26, 8:30pm, on Houston Public Media – TV 8.Watch more Houston Arts InSight segmentsEnjoy some of Rudy’s work below…– / 7 Sharelast_img read more

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HandsOn Need for Speed Payback Has Cars Characters and Casino Puns

first_img Once upon a time there was a video game called Burnout Paradise, a brilliant and innovative open-world reinvention of the chaotic racing franchise. It was the last true Burnout game ever released, but when publisher EA instead unleashed the team at Criterion Games on the Need for Speed franchise, the Burnout Paradise legacy carried on a little longer in thrilling open-world racers Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted.However, after some staff reorganization, the Need for Speed games from successor studio Ghost Games just couldn’t do it anymore for old Burnout die-hards like me. Meanwhile, the biggest rival racing games like Forza were leaning more towards their realistic sim elements. So after the less-than-stellar reception to 2015’s would-be reboot simply titled Need for Speed, the developers took a year off and used the extra time to make some big improvements.Need for Speed: Payback isn’t definitely not a racing sim. The developers prefer to call it an “action-driving game” as opposed to just a racing game, or a “CARPG” even. Not only that, it may even be the beginning of a whole new dramatic universe of Need for Speed games. What does that all even mean? I recently got to go hands on with Need for Speed: Payback to find out.AdChoices广告Need for Speed: Payback puts a huge emphasis on its narrative. Right from the start players hop between different, diverse members of a quippy, Fast and Furious-esque racing gang. Ghost Games wants Payback to be the first of many adventures with these characters (portrayed via motion-capture and not the live-action actors of previous games), and at the very least they’re more charming than anyone from the recent inexplicable Need for Speed movie (which the developers don’t talk about).Although I played for over an hour, I only saw the beginning of Payback’s actual story, a story that should last nearly 20 hours. When a big score goes awry, you must reunite your crew and get revenge against criminal syndicate The House, who of course always win. That’s just the first of many casino puns you’ll hear in the Las Vegas-inspired Fortune Valley city Payback takes place in. I nearly lost it when my boss told me, “I decide when the cards fall.”The focus on story also gives Payback a justification for big, action-packed, spectacle driving gameplay set pieces. An early mission has you competing in a race, but your ranking doesn’t actually matter because soon enough you peel away from the pack to simply steal the car you’re driving and evade the cops by making sick jumps. Another mission has you winning a race that was supposed to be fixed, incurring the wrath of the fixers. Not all of these missions are as ridiculous as others, but there will be a handful of large-scale “blockbuster” missions that reminded me of Grand Theft Auto V’s acclaimed heists.The story also leaves plenty of room for nonlinear exploration. You can just drive all around taking on new races, missions, cop chases, and other events. Bet on yourself to earn extra cash if you win a race, although you can’t be corrupt and purposefully lose to also make money. The Autolog social network returns to let you interact with friends, but unlike the last Need for Speed, you can thankfully play Payback offline. The arcade-style “casual competitive” gameplay has an excellent sense of gorgeous speed on PlayStation 4 Pro, teetering on the right side of “just out of control.” It takes skill but you don’t need to buy a racing wheel or spend hours tweaking your friction coefficient to have fun.That said, Payback does have plenty of customization options, even if I was able to jump in and have fun without engaging with them. As a “CARPG” you can collect and upgrade different rides across different classes like race, drag, and drift using scrap metal. This is presented through an accessible card-based interface. There are also a handful of legendary “derelict” cars that are initially garbage but can become some of the best vehicles in the game with enough work. Fortunately the microtransactions only offer cosmetics and not stat-increasing parts, which we cleared up after an initial misunderstanding conflating loot boxes with the unrelated “bait crate” cop missions.This is also perhaps the impressive world featured in a Need for Speed game. No longer confined to just urban streets, Fortune Valley has several different outdoor biomes for varied off-road racing. Ride out of the city and into the mountains. It feels like Forza Horizon. There’s also a full day and night cycle, not perpetual gray rain. Again, this was a benefit of taking a year off and really letting the Frostbite engine technology mature.But while the racing shows promise, it’s Need for Speed: Payback’s story that gives the game its silly but distinct identity. And that’s definitely by design. I talked to the game’s executive producer Marcus Nilsson who said the goal of Payback wasn’t just to fix the last game’s issues but also present a clear path forward for the franchise. The extra motivation a story inspires in a player might be the thing to keep them invested in these racing games over others.I also asked if previous Need for Speed characters, like the infamous Razor Callahan, might make an appearance if Payback really is doubling down on Fast and Furious-style extended lore. For what it’s worth, Nilsson’s answer didn’t dash my dreams.Need for Speed: Payback arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and PC November 10. Do it for la familia.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo last_img read more

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New grazing transiting hot Jupiter detected by the Qatar Exoplanet Survey

first_img Citation: New grazing transiting ‘hot Jupiter’ detected by the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (2017, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-grazing-transiting-hot-jupiter-qatar.html Astronomers discover three ‘Qatar’ exoplanets The discovery light curve for Qatar-6b phase folded with the BLS estimated period, as it appears in the QES archive. Credit: Alsubai et al., 2017. Explore further Although astronomers have found hundreds of exoplanets, only a handful of grazing alien worlds—meaning planets that partially transit the host-star’s disc—have been detected so far. Such planets are important for researchers, as they offer a great opportunity to find additional bodies orbiting their host stars. This is because other as-yet undetected objects would perturb the grazing planet’s orbit and could potentially induce periodic variations of the transit impact parameter, leading to transit duration variations.Now, a team of astronomers, led by Khalid Alsubai of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) in Doha, Qatar, reports the finding of a new addition to the short list of planets in a grazing transit configuration. They discovered Qatar-6b as part of the QES survey, which utilizes the New Mexico Skies Observatory located at Mayhill, New Mexico. “In this paper, we present the discovery of Qatar-6b, a newly found hot Jupiter on a grazing transit,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, Qatar-6b has a radius about 6 percent larger than Jupiter and a mass of approximately 0.67 Jupiter masses, which indicates a density of 0.68 g/cm3. The exoplanet orbits its parent star every 3.5 days at a distance of about 0.04 AU from the host. Due to the proximity of this planet to the star, astronomers estimate that it has an equilibrium temperature of 1,006 K.The parameters suggest that Qatar-6b belongs to group of planets known as “hot Jupiters.” These exoworlds are similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their host stars very closely.The host, designated Qatar-6 (also known as TYC 1484-434-1 or 2MASS J14485047+2209093), is a high proper motion star of spectral type close to K2V, located some 330 light years away from the Earth. It has a radius of about 0.72 solar radii and is approximately 18 percent less massive than the sun. The study reveals that the star is about 1 billion years old, and has an effective temperature of 5,052 K.Given that Qatar-6b is a grazing exoplanet, is an excellent target for future observational campaign aiming to find additional bodies in this planetary system. These observations, utilizing large ground-based facilities or space telescope, should be focused on detecting variations in the transit impact parameter and duration.”These would require high cadence and high photometric accuracy observations that could be achieved with large ground based telescopes and/or space based facilities,” Alsubai’s team concluded. More information: Qatar Exoplanet Survey: Qatar-6b—a grazing transiting hot Jupiter, arXiv:1712.03216 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1712.03216AbstractWe report the discovery of Qatar-6b, a new transiting planet identified by the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES). The planet orbits a relatively bright (V=11.44), early-K main-sequence star at an orbital period of P~3.506 days. An SED fit to available multi-band photometry, ranging from the near-UV to the mid-IR, yields a distance of d = 101 +/- 6 pc to the system. From a global fit to follow-up photometric and spectroscopic observations, we calculate the mass and radius of the planet to be Mp = 0.67 +/- 0.07 Mjup and Rp = 1.06 +/- 0.07 Rjup, respectively. We use multi-color photometric light curves to show that the transit is grazing, making Qatar-6b one of the few exoplanets known in a grazing transit configuration. It adds to the short list of targets that offer the best opportunity to look for additional bodies in the host planetary system through variations in the transit impact factor and duration. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—An international group of astronomers has found a new grazing transiting “hot Jupiter” alien world as part of the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES). The newly discovered extrasolar planet, designated Qatar-6b, is about the size of Jupiter, but less massive than our solar system’s gas giant. The finding is reported in a paper published December 8 on arXiv.org. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Music for a cause

first_imgWith the objective of distressing inmates lodged in Central jail No.5, Tihar, a mega classical music show Morning Raga was organised in association with the Legends of India, a nonprofit organisation promoting Indian Arts and Culture on May 3. Sitar Maestro Pandit Subhendra Rao (disciple of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravishankar ji) and Vidhushi Saskia Rao, cello player (disciple of Pandit Hari Prasad Chaursia) played various Ragas and touched the hearts of the inmates. The sounds of ragas created an atmosphere of peace, love and harmony among the inmates.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bhajans  like Vaishnav Jana and Raghupati Raghav Raja were played during the event. Alok Kumar Verma, Director General (Prisons) asked the prisoners to utilise their time in creative activities (educational and vocational skills) and to learn the basic life skills to prepare themselves to serve the nation after their release form the jail. V S Rawat, DIG (Mandoli Prisons), Radha Charan, Superintendent Jail, Sanjay Ambasta, Dy Superintendent Jails and Dipayan Majumdar, Director, Legend of India Organization were also present during the occasion. Majumdar informed that Legend of India will be soon starting a Visual Arts training programe for the inmates under the reformation and rehabilitation drive in Tihar Jails.last_img read more

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