Kejriwal holds his first-ever roadshow in Haryana

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first_imgAam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held his first-ever road show in Haryana in support of the party’s Faridabad Lok Sabha candidate and State unit chief Naveen Jaihind.In an appeal to the electorate to vote for his candidate, Mr. Kejriwal said that AAP, along with alliance partner Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), was committed to put an end to the rule of criminals and ensure the security and safety of women in the State. Mr. Kejriwal said that corruption had reached its peak in Faridabad and successive governments had plundered the resources of the city. Flanked by JJP leader Dushyant Chautala and Mr. Jaihind, the Delhi Chief Minister addressed the crowd from atop a mini-truck outfitted to look like a “rath”, with flags of the two parties tied to either side.Accompanied by a large motorcade, the seven-hour-long roadshow started at the Delhi-Faridabad border around 3 p.m. The roadshow passed through five Assembly constituencies: Tigaon, Old Faridabad, Badkhal, NIT and Ballabgarh. AAP supporters could be seen standing on the roofs holding party flags, clicking pictures and waving at the senior leaders as the motorcade passed through several localities.Addressing the crowd at several stops, Mr. Kejriwal accused the BJP and the Congress of creating division in society by pitting one caste against another. Donning the trademark AAP cap, Mr. Kejriwal claimed that his party did not discriminate along caste lines and took everyone along. “We are offering opportunities and respect to all,” said Mr. Kejriwal. He said that Faridabad topped Haryana in crime against women and had reported the maximum number of gang-rapes in the State.Mr. Chautala said that sitting Faridabad MP Krishan Pal Gurjar had won the previous election calling the toll tax as discriminatory, but did not keep his promise to remove the toll plaza. He said that toll was charged on all the roads leading to Faridabad, adding that it was not possible to enter the city without paying the toll.Making an appeal to the people to ensure victory for the joint AAP-JJP candidate with record votes, Mr. Chautala said that they had fielded a candidate who was the most educated among all in the fray.Mr. Jaihind said that the law and order situation in the city could not be improved till the time transfers and postings in the police department were carried out at the behest of politicians.AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Gupta said that the BJP remembered the trading community only for donations and votes. He said that demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax had ruined businessmen. He said that the BJP had back-stabbed the trading community and they should now be prepared to avenge it.last_img read more

Gilbert Arenas to co-host sports show with ex-porn star Mia Khalifa

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first_imgAs confirmed by Complex Studios, the unlikely duo will star in a new YouTube sports talk show called “Out of Bounds,” which will “explore the cultural impact of today’s biggest sports leagues, players and headlines.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LATEST STORIES In a career that span 12 seasons, “Agent Zero” was known as a prolific scorer, with career averages of 20.7 points to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists.Since retiring from pornography, the Lebanese-American Khalifa, on the other hand, has proven to be quite the vocal sports fan, often publicly pledging her allegiance to the Washington Redskins, Nationals and Wizards.The show premieres on Oct. 16.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City As road to Final 4 gets tougher, Knights confident of chances Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “For Complex News, the goal was to create an ‘anti-sports show sports show,’ a program that feels  as close to the commentary that is happening in living rooms and on social media as possible,” Complex’s chief content officer Noah Callahan-Bever told the Washington Post.The show marks the return to the mainstream for the three-time All Star Arenas, whose once stellar career was cut short due to injuries.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games But as it turns out, the post was simply a publicity stunt to promote a new sports show that he’ll co-host with the ex-adult film star-turned social media personality.ADVERTISEMENT Former Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas called out retired porn star Mia Khalifa earlier this week for “sliding into his DM’s” (direct messages). MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Domantas Sabonis sharp again at MSG as Pacers beat Knicks

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first_imgSTOMACH SICKNESS?Kanter posted a video of his “cheat day” meal on Wednesday, with seven burgers and a plate of fries on the table in front of him. He then missed practice Thursday and the game Friday because of illness, leading to speculation that he had ate himself sick. But Fizdale thought there was no way Kanter actually ate all that food.“The guy walks around with his shirt off all day in the locker room. There’s no way he’s stuffing seven burgers down his face. I just don’t see that,” Fizdale said. “I think sometimes people take the ‘gram too seriously.”UP NEXTPacers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday.Knicks: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It felt good to play here,” rookie Kevin Knox said. “Not the result we wanted, but it felt good to finally be back at Madison Square Garden.”New York battled back from 13 down to take the lead on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s second straight 3-pointer, but with the game tied, Indiana scored the final 12 points, with Oladipo hitting consecutive 3-pointers, to make it 64-52 at halftime.Bogdanovic then opened and closed a 16-7 spurt out of the locker room with 3-pointers to open an 80-59 cushion.Hardaway played just a minute of the fourth quarter before leaving for good because he was cramping. He said he expected to be fine.TIP-INSPacers: Turner has a sore right shoulder. … The Pacers have won the last five meetings.Knicks: New York played without Enes Kanter (illness), Frank Ntilikina (sprained left ankle) and Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle). … Knox was presented with the Eastern Conference rookie of the month award for December before the game. … The Knicks celebrated Croatian heritage night. Hezonja and Bogdanovic are Croatian, with Bogdanovic the leading scorer in the 2016 Olympics with 25.3 points per game.PORZINGIS PROGRESSKnicks coach David Fizdale said the team is leaning toward leaving Kristaps Porzingis home next week when the Knicks travel to London to play Washington, believing that is better for the All-Star forward’s rehabilitation from his torn ACL than traveling. Fizdale said he spoke Friday with Porzingis, who is scheduled to be re-evaluated in about a month. He said Porzingis’ spirits were positive.“Obviously he misses playing, that part has been hard,” Fizdale said, “but he’s starting to get stronger, so he’s feeling better. And he seems to be in a really good place.” Sabonis shot 9 for 14 from the field to finish 21 of 26 this season in two games in New York. Playing as a reserve, he made all 12 shots and tied his career high with 30 points when the Pacers won here on Halloween.Starting this time with Myles Turner out of the lineup, he led six players in double figures as Indiana shot 52 percent. He couldn’t explain why he is so good in New York.“I treat every game the same way,” he said. “Come out, my teammates do a great job of finding me and I just try to do my job.”Bogdanovic had 15 points.Emmanuel Mudiay scored 21 points for the Knicks, back from a lengthy, six-game road trip and playing their first game at Madison Square Garden since Christmas. They lost their seventh straight at home.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis reaches for a loose ball during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pacers won 121-106. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Beaten badly in Boston, the Indiana Pacers shifted their energy to finishing their road trip with a winning record.It helped that it ended in a building where Domantas Sabonis barely misses.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hawks pounce on Jimmy Butler’s miscues, stun 76ers on John Collins’ late jumper Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Sabonis had 22 points and 15 rebounds to cap his sizzling season at Madison Square Garden, and Indiana bounced back from its worst performance of 2018-19 by beating the New York Knicks 121-106 on Friday night.Victor Oladipo added 19 points for the Pacers, who finished 3-2 on their longest trip of the season. They yielded season highs of 135 points and 56.8 percent shooting in their 27-point loss in Boston, and spent two days talking about finishing strong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Even though we were 2-2 we felt like we hadn’t played our best basketball,” Oladipo said, “and I think we came out today with a chip on our shoulder and we did a great job of using that intensity and that edge and going out there and playing with that chip.”And with energy and anger. Oladipo threw down a dunk over Mario Hezonja, and Sabonis and Bojan Bogdanovic both had powerful slams in the first half. View commentslast_img read more

Maharashtra stands to lose Rs 100 cr if IPL is shifted: BCCI secretary,Maharashtra stands to lose Rs 100 cr if IPL is shifted: BCCI secretary

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first_imgPublished on cricket A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he is fine with the IPL moving out of the drought-affected state, his party colleague and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today warned that doing so will result in a loss of Rs 100 crore for the state.“Maharashtra gains Rs 100 crore from IPL and if the tournament goes out of the state, it will be a loss for the state,” Thakur told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.He said the figure is based on a study done by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).Faced with criticism over huge quantity of water usage for IPL pitches, Fadnavis had yesterday said: “We do not have any problem, if IPL is shifted from Maharashtra this season. No potable water will be provided for IPL this year.”Thakur suggested the money earned from IPL can be better utilised by the Maharashtra Government for tackling drought and taking relief measures for the affected population.It can be noted that Maharashtra will be hosting 18 matches, spread across Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, during the this year’s season of the popular domestic T20 tournament.He clarified the Cricket Board, too, is very concerned about the water crisis in the state and does not want to use potable water for maintaining the grounds.It is also mulling to adopt drought-hit villages along with the franchises, who have been asked to prepare a report on what else can be done on the drought-mitigation front, Thakur said.The franchises and BCCI will be presenting their side to the Bombay High Court on April 12 during the hearing of a petition on shifting the IPL matches out of the state in the wake of water scarcity, he said.A city-based NGO has petitioned the court challenging the use of over 60 lakh litres of water to maintain pitches and sought shifting of IPL matches out of the state given the second successive drought it is experiencing.Thakur acknowledged the cash-rich tournament has always been dogged by “unwanted controversies” in its nine- year history but stressed the league does a lot of good by helping “talent meet opportunity’’.The multi-city event, which is spread over nearly two months, helps the country’s youth find right cricket opportunities and also boosts the tourism sector, said the 41-year-old BCCI Secretary, who is also a Lok Sabha MP. ipl SHARE RELATED Will use treated sewage water for ground maintenance: BCCI null × All eyes on ‘King Carlos’ as Delhi Daredevils face KKR IPL: the silly season is here IPL 2016 IPL: Astral Poly Technik ties up with Gujarat Lions Maharashtra to make all public services online this year April 09, 2016 MCA moves apex court against shifting of IPL matches from Maharashtra COMMENTS COMMENT 0 SHARE SHARE EMAIL ipllast_img read more

Pakistan have moved over Arthur’s fixing allegations, says Shahryar Khan

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first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan rubbished all negative opinions on Mickey Arthur being appointed the head coach of the national side, who had alleged few years ago of Pakistan players being involved in match-fixing.”Look Mickey Arthur has already clarified to us about that statement he made some years ago. So it is a dead issue now. He was coach with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, so he knows the players well. He should be successful in his assignment,” Khan said.PCB had sent him a legal notice in 2009 for writing in his biography that the ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Lahore in 2007 was fixed. However, later, Arthur clarified his position to the PCB.Arthur was the coach of South African team on that tour to Pakistan. He later denied saying that the ODI in 2007 was fixed and added his comments were taken out of context.’Past is past'”There is absolutely no foundation to this story whatsoever. Quite simply, my comments were taken completely out of context and I have never accused anybody of anything illegal,” Arthur had said in statement in 2009.Shahryar said Arthur had worked in the subcontinent and should be able to settle down in Pakistan cricket.”The past is past. We now must look ahead and hope for good results. What Arthur said some years ago is no longer a problem or issue now,” said the PCB chief.Alam to be manager in England tourShahryar also confirmed that former Test captain Intikhab Alam would continue to serve as manager of the Pakistan team on the tour to England this summer.advertisement”We see no reason to change the manager for this important tour. Intikhab has done a good job and is a very experienced manager. We will need someone like him on what is an important tour for us,” said Shahryar.Batting and fielding coach to stayHe pointed out that Pakistan was going to England for a full tour for the first time since 2010 spot-fixing scandal.”We think Intikhab is the right man for the job for this tour as we don’t want any controversies on this tour. We will be taking steps to ensure everything goes smoothly.”Intikhab gave a damning report about the national team captain Shahid Afridi and some other players after the poor results in the Asia Cup and World T20, which eventually led to head coach Waqar Younis and Afridi resigning last month.The PCB chief also confirmed that the national team’s batting coach Grant Flower and fielding coach Grant Ludon would also continue on the support staff for the England tour.”But when Mickey Arthur joins the team and if he suggests any changes in the support staff then definitely we will have to give his suggestions consideration,” he added.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

Feasting: 3 Days of Eating in Los Angeles

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first_img 11 Best Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall Editors’ Recommendations The best way to get to know a city is through its cuisine, which is why we wasted no time sitting down to eat when we arrived in Los Angeles for 72 hours last month. We covered a lot of ground in three days, starting off in West Hollywood with excursions to Malibu, Koreatown, Venice and more. If you find yourself in L.A. with only a few days to spare like us, do yourself a favor and hit as many of these places as possible. Though each is completely different in its own way, they all carry the spirit of this great SoCal city.Photo by Max SchwartzPistolaChef Vic Casanova and partner Seth Glassman pay homage to the iconic Italian establishments of 1950s NYC with Pistola, and it truly has some of the best homemade pastas we’ve had in this country. The rigatoni a la vodka is perfectly executed, and we had an orecchiette special with sausage and greens that reminded us of eating at our aunt’s house in Italy. Make sure to start with the meatballs and chopped salad, and don’t leave without having one of their excellent steaks like the 18 oz dry-aged Delmonico.Photo by Max SchwartzPOTSituated inside Koreatown’s Line Hotel, POT is not to be missed when visiting L.A. The space is energetic and laid-back, and Chef Roy Choi’s menu is full of his inventive Korean cuisine – we truly can’t get enough. Go with a group and order a pitcher of cocktails to get the party started and definitely try the crispy Korean rice cakes, fried rice and BBQ galbi to start. Get a hot pot for the table if you’re all fans of spice – they make it strong but not overwhelmingly so.Neptune’s NetYou may recognize this Malibu roadside seafood spot from movies like The Fast and the Furious and Point Break, but it’s also the perfect place to stop for lunch if you’re taking a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway (we recommend making that ride on a motorcycle, for the record). They serve tons of fresh seafood like steamed lobster and clams, fish tacos and crab cakes. Go for a good bite and even better view.The Tasting KitchenThe bar manager at Workshop Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs recommended we come here during our stay in Venice, and it did not disappoint. Go early if you want a full pick from the menu as they were running out of dishes near the end of brunch, but anything you order will be excellent. The chicken and waffles was the perfect mix of sweet and savory, as was the grilled cheese and cured pear sandwich. Wash it all down with a cocktail like the French Tutor (Pernod, lemon, Chardonnay) or get a double buzz sipping the Night Shift (cold espresso, bourbon, milk).Related: Micro Guide: 24 Hours in Palm SpringsLemonadeYou’ll find this sunny chain all through California, and we can only hope it spreads to other states soon. The cafeteria-style marketplace serves seasonal comfort food with something for everyone from deliciously prepared veggies and grains, unique sandwiches and slow-simmered braises like short ribs. It’s quick and convenient too, so we suggest picking up a few things before the airport to make your plane ride a lot more pleasant.Pizzanista!Serving up New York-inspired thin crust pizza with an abundance of fresh California produce, Pizzanista’s pies are the perfect mix of old world and new. Founded in 2011 by Price Latimer and Salman Agah, the family-run business just opened another location in Long Beach where they serve up everything from a classic margarita to their famous macaroni and cheese pizza, available on Sundays only. And they cater to everyone with tons of vegan and gluten-free options.Photo by Wonho Frank LeeGuest RoomIt’s only right to pay homage to the Prohibition era of Lucky Luciano and Al Capone when opening a speakeasy, and the team over at Guest Room does it damn well. Situated above Estate Restaurant + Bar in Santa Monica, mixologist Greg Bryson’s menu takes timeless classics and gives them imaginative twists. Go for his take on the traditional and have a Whiskey Sour or Tom Collins, or try something new like the Devils Candy, made with rye, sherry and sour cherry bitters. Grab a couple small plates so you can drink as many cocktails as possible.Main image by Max Schwartzlast_img read more

L-3 MSI to Wire Up First Biogas Ferry

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first_imgzoom L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide advanced automation, navigation, communications and electrical propulsion facilities for Samsø Færgen, a new 100-metre, double-ended passenger/car ferry built by Remontowa Shipbuilding at its Gdansk shipyard on behalf of Danish proprietor, Samsø Municipality. Due to enter service in September 2014 on domestic routes between the renewable energy island of Samsø and Hou on the Danish mainland, the eight-deck DNV-class vessel will carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars.” Initially LNG-fuelled, Samsø Færgen is expected to become the world’s first ferry to operate on locally supplied biogas.”“We are particularly proud to be actively associated with the ongoing development of this remarkable maritime innovation, which marks a huge stride in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and pollution from ships,” said Reinhard Swoboda, senior vice president of drives and special systems at L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division. “The supply of our latest PWM technology underscores L-3’s continuing contribution to providing cost-effective, efficient and eco-friendly propulsion technology.”The NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system to be supplied by L-3 MSI’s Lyngsø Marine division, comprises S- and X-band radars linked to a series of five Multipilot multifunction consoles and associated conning units for control of all main radar, ECDIS, automatic steering and voyage planning functions.Subsidiary sensors consist of AIS, VDR, DGPS, Doppler logs, echosounders, gyros, rudder steering and indicators, wind/weather navaids and BNWAS.The vessel’s control system is completed by L-3’s MCS Platinum automated monitoring and control system, with approximately 4,000 data inputs remote controlled from several onboard computer workstations, as well as emergency shutdown and DNV-approved LNG cargo control systems.L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division is providing the ferry’s complete electrical propulsion system.The vessel will be equipped with four 850 kW azimuth thrusters, each driven by an asynchronous motor and a speed-controlled, low-voltage PWM converter featuring the latest active front-end (AFE) technology.The vessel’s power generation configuration will include the installation of two 690 V, 60 Hz propulsion switchboards, four gensets, including 1,275 kVA synchronous generators, and dual-fuel diesel/LNG engines.Press Release; July 8th, 2014; Image: Remontowalast_img read more

MEG Energy to waive rights plan in takeover fight with Husky Energy

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first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:HSE, TSX:MEG)The Canadian Press CALGARY — MEG Energy Corp. says it will waive its shareholder rights plan in its fight against a hostile takeover offer by Husky Energy Inc.However, the company says it continues to unanimously recommend shareholders reject Husky’s cash-and-share offer .MEG noted that since Husky announced its intention to make its offer on Sept. 30, Husky’s share price has fallen more than 30 per cent, eroding the value of the offer.The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to less than $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.Earlier this week, a CIBC oil and gas analyst said the recent deterioration in crude oil prices makes it unlikely that a better offer will emerge to force Husky to sweeten its hostile bid.Husky has said that it has received all necessary regulatory approvals for the takeover of MEG and is now waiting for shareholders’ response to its offer which expires in mid-January.last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan Emraan Hashmi to share screen in mystery thriller

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first_imgMumbai: Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi are teaming up for a mystery thriller, which is set to be released on February 21, 2020. It is the first collaboration between Bachchan and Hashmi. The currently-untitled film will be helmed by writer-director Rumi Jaffrey. “A film is a collaborative effort and when you have one of the best actors in front of the camera and a veteran producer behind the lens supporting you and leading all creative efforts, then making the film is a fantastic experience,” Jaffery said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The movie is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited. Producer Anand Pandit said he is looking forward to the project with the two stars. “My friendship with Mr Bachchan goes back a long way. I have not met any other actor who matches his skill and commitment. It is an honour to be a part of creating a film with him, and I have always admired Emraan’s body of work, so am looking forward to seeing him onscreen with the legend for the first time,” Pandit said. The film, set to go on floors from May 10, also stars Annu Kapoor.last_img read more

Morocco Worrying Spike in Vegetable Prices Before Ramadan

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Rabat – The consumer price index (CPI) for March shows an increase of over 12 percent for Moroccan vegetable prices, amid concerns that vegetables prices will continue to rise as Ramadan approaches, a time when further increases are usually expected.Like several other food products, fruits and vegetables have significantly increased over the last two months.According to the recent note on the consumer price index data report released by the High Commission for Planning, the CPI rose up to 1 percent during the month of March 2016, compared to the previous month. The CPI went up as a result of the 2 percent increase in the index for food products and 0.1 percent of non-food products.The same source said that the concern over increases in food staples between February and March 2016, focused predominately on vegetables, which rose 12.2 percent. Fish and seafood increased by 3.0 percent, fruits 2.1 percent, milk, cheese and eggs 1.4 percent, and meat by 0.2 percent. However, prices of oils and fats fell by 0.4 percent during that same period.For non-food products, the increase mainly concerned the price of fuel, which went up by 2.0 percent despite the decline of oil prices. Actually, a barrel of U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil most recently traded at $50.14, after briefly dipping below $50 per barrel.Compared to the same month of the previous year, the consumer price index recorded an increase of 1.8 percent.The most noticeable hike in vegetable prices was in onions.Onions in Morocco are normally sold for one to two dirhams per kilogram. Over the past few months however, their prices significantly increased to 14 dirhams per kilo.The government justified the high price of onions due to hindered domestic agricultural output this year caused by delayed and almost absent rainfall.To combat the rising price of onions, the government has started importing a “large” amount of onions from outside the country, the first time it has done so in the history of Morocco.Edited by Robert Allen read more

Maldives opposition to campaign in Sri Lanka

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MDP has appealed on all Maldivian residents living in Sri Lanka to participate in the event.While the main ruling party’s campaign activities are blowing full steam ahead, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is seen to be joining the weekend activities held in outlying islands. Main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has announced that they will be hosting a parliamentary campaign event in Sri Lanka, Raajje.m reported.As part of the preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections in April, the party launched their Agenda 19 campaign slogan. The event will be held at 7pm on 13th March (Wednesday) at the Shahran Banquet Hall, in Kalubowila. Several Maldives Government ministers will be joining the event along with former President and MDP leader, Mohamed Nasheed. As such, last weekend the President and ex-President Nasheed travelled to Addu City to launch the campaign events of their candidates in the many districts of the city.President Solih is scheduled to visit three atolls this weekend as well. He will be travelling to Vaavu, Lhaviyani and Noonu atolls. read more

Côte dIvoire top UN envoy sees narrow window for progress

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“There is definitely a change in the atmospherics of Côte d’Ivoire,” Pierre Schori, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative to the country, told journalists after briefing the Security Council.“After the crisis of January when they attacked us and chased out humanitarian agencies from the western part of the country, there is a new spirit there,” he affirmed, referring to the mob violence that destroyed, looted and otherwise besieged UN offices for four days in Abidjan, the commercial centre, and other towns.He said the new atmosphere had occurred because of new agreements – on disarmament and the preparation of elections – reached in the capital of Yamoussoukro between the Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny, President Laurent Gbagbo and other leaders, as well as the strong engagement of the international community and the African Union and the strong stance of the UN operation in the country (UNOCI).He warned, however, that the new spirit would not last long without progress and the cooperation of all involved. “The window of opportunity is there now, but it is a very narrow window and time is running fast,” he cautioned, saying that any delay in the election process would break the October deadline for the polls.“There must be a willingness of Ivorian politicians to fulfil what they’ve signed onto and the determination of the international community to contain and castigate any spoilers” he added, emphasizing that the international community stands ready to against such adversaries with sanctions.In his latest report to the Security Council, Secretary-General Annan said that despite the progress since January, a “rapid deterioration of the security situation” could not be ruled out and he again appealed to the 15-member Council to “give positive consideration” to his recommendations to reinforce UNOCI by almost 4,000 extra troops and police, as proposed in his report of 3 January and a letter sent last month.Today, Mr. Schori confirmed the need for those reinforcements, pointing out that Côte d’Ivoire has 18 million people, a large territory and 30,000 election sites to be guarded. UNOCI would do its best with whatever reinforcements are provided, whether it is the full 4,000 or only half, he said, adding: “But zero is one option and that of course is much worse.”The Security Council established UNOCI in 2004 to assist the Ivorian parties in implementing a peace agreement they signed in January of that year, ending a north-south civil war that began with a failed coup against President Gbagbo. It currently guards the so-called Zone of Confidence separating the Government-ruled south and rebel-held north.Mr. Annan’s requested increase in personnel would constitute a marked expansion of UNOCI, which presently has a strength of almost 7,600 uniformed personnel. read more

Muskrat Falls cost update hinges on loan guarantee armslength report premier

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – New cost estimates for the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject won’t be made public until a federal loan guarantee is final and an arm’s-length report is complete, says Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale.New price projections for the proposed development that will top $6.2 billion were expected in mid-July.But Dunderdale told reporters Wednesday that those figures are now bound for closed-door meetings with negotiators working out the last details of a promised federal loan guarantee.After that, Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) will use the latest cost estimates to assess the plan to harness power from Labrador’s Lower Churchill River and send it to Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia using subsea cables.The Manitoba analysis along with reports on wind and natural gas options will then be released to the public and opposition parties before a week-long debate in the legislature on whether Muskrat Falls should go ahead.The timeline?“I expect all of that to be in play before the month of October is done,” Dunderdale said.“I’m hopeful,” she later added. “We need to get this loan guarantee business done so that MHI can complete its report, that I can get it in a timely fashion to the people of the province and the opposition parties so they’ve got some time to see what’s in it and do some further analysis. And then we’ll go to the house.”Opposition New Democrats, who’ve said they’ll need about three weeks to review Muskrat Falls reports, cast doubt on that schedule.And other critics raised questions about the format of the debate.The 2041 Group, a collection of lawyers and Muskrat Falls skeptics of all political stripes, called Wednesday for a fully informed process that will include expert witnesses who can be questioned in the legislature.Liberal Leader Dwight Ball has requested similar terms.But Dunderdale said Wednesday she wants the debate to follow the template for the 2002 special debate on the Voisey’s Bay mining project. It did not include questioning of witnesses and was the format preferred by the Liberal government of the day, she noted.Members of the 2041 Group say Muskrat Falls, unlike Voisey’s Bay, is a high-risk prospect and that the province should consider incremental projects or other options to meet power needs.“It’s particularly troubling that in the case of Muskrat Falls, the proponent and the government are one and the same,” said Dennis Browne, a St. John’s lawyer, former consumer advocate and co-founder of the 2041 Group.Browne said the Dunderdale government and its Crown corporation, Nalcor Energy, have shrugged off reports from both the Public Utilities Board and a joint federal-provincial environmental review panel that Muskrat Falls has not been proven to be a least-cost or even necessary option.Dunderdale said opposition members will have all the updated information needed to ask informed questions.“There has been no other project in the history of this province that’s ever gotten this kind of scrutiny,” she said. “Ever.”The 2041 Group name refers to the year that the province’s contentious Upper Churchill power deal with Quebec comes to an end. The 1969 agreement to ship power from Labrador to Quebec for sale did not reflect rising energy values and has reaped about $20 billion in profits for Quebec, versus $1 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador.The federal loan guarantee for Muskrat Falls was first promised back in March 2011 when Dunderdale appeared alongside Stephen Harper as he campaigned for re-election as prime minister.Related talks have dragged on ever since.“Sometimes when you get negotiators at a table for a certain length of time it requires a push from above to get negotiations concluded,” Dunderdale said Wednesday.She said a 40-minute meeting Monday with Harper in Ottawa was “frank and open” and that he reaffirmed his support for the loan guarantee. The long wait for confirmation has been fodder for Dunderdale’s political rivals who’ve accused her of muting criticism on a range of federal-provincial issues while negotiations continue. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Muskrat Falls cost update hinges on loan guarantee, arm’s-length report: premier by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 5:34 pm MDT read more

Loonie gains TSX declines amid soaring oil prices crude at highest level

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Loonie gains, TSX declines amid soaring oil prices; crude at highest level in 2016 by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 5:59 am MDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s largest stock market declined Monday while the loonie gained, as oil prices soared to their highest level in nearly a year and a half amid optimism about a surprise weekend deal by non-OPEC members.The January crude oil contract gained $1.33 to settle at US$52.83 a barrel, a record price for this year. The last time crude was at this level was on July 14, 2015 when it hit US$53.04 a barrel.On Saturday, Russia and 10 other nations agreed to scale back production by 558,000 barrels a day for six months, following a Nov. 30 decision by OPEC members to decrease supply by 1.2 million barrels a day over the same time period.Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones, says that although OPEC and non-OPEC members want the same goal of higher oil prices, it’s not a sure thing that they’ll stick to their quotas.“This is only half the story. The next leg is the execution of these freezes of cuts, which might not be as seamless as the deal looks like on paper,” he said from St. Louis.But their mere agreement to participate shows how desperate they are to get prices to a more profitable level, he noted.In mid-2014, a barrel of oil hovered around the US$100 mark, dropping to below US$30 at the start of this year.The Canadian dollar, which often trades in tandem with crude, gained 0.27 of a U.S. cent at 76.14 cents US.The spike wasn’t enough to lift Canada’s largest stock market, as the S&P/TSX composite index fell 24.50 points at 15,287.70, weighed by losses from the industrials sector.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 39.58 points at 19,796.43 to a record high. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 slipped 2.57 points at 2,256.96 and the Nasdaq composite index fell 31.96 points to 5,412.54.Fehr said the rally in equity markets have been “relentless” in the past several weeks, and investors should not be surprised if a pullback is coming.“It’s reasonable to expect that there is going to be pauses along the way,” he said.“Investors should expect to see a little more volatility as we turn the page into 2017. This bull market is very much in tact, but it’s not going to be a steady march higher as we’ve seen since the U.S. election.”In other commodities, January natural gas contracts dropped 24 cents at $3.51 per mmBTU, February gold contracts gained $3.90 at US$1,165.80 an ounce and March copper contracts fell three cents at US$2.62 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Sibling love Hill joins brother in Columbus

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Ohio State basketball is betting on the fact spectators will be seeing a lot of the Hills this season.  No, not the brain-numbing, MTV reality show featuring Lauren Conrad and her catty band, but rather the sibling duo of P.J. Hill, a guard on the men’s basketball team, and his sister Tayler, a newcomer to the OSU women’s basketball team.There are undeniable similarities between the two. Both play guard and took the number four for their jerseys.P.J. Hill has long been a favorite of Buckeye fans. The 6-feet 1 inches guard has made a name for himself by coming off the bench and instantly raising the team’s intensity level with a key steal or assist. This year, Hill is being counted on this season to expand his role.“Last year, a lot of teams got away with not guarding me,” he said. “I took that personally, like ‘you can’t shoot, you’re not effective on offense, you’re not a threat.’ So I took that stuff personally. When I get in the games, I’m going to step up and knock those shots down with confidence. I’m going to be an impact player. I’m going to be a threat on both ends of the court.”While senior Hill enters the final act of his career with the OSU men’s basketball team, freshman Tayler Hill begins hers with the women’s team.Tayler Hill comes to the Buckeyes as one of the most decorated players in Minnesota basketball history. She is Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer in high school basketball, boys and girls, and was selected as a 2009 McDonald’s All American. While leading her team to a state high school championship, she averaged 31.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.7 steals per game. She finished her high school playing career with 3,894 points. She joins a deep, veteran women’s basketball team that has already established leadership. “If Coach [Jim] Foster wants me on the floor, that’s where I’m going to be at,” Hill said. “If he needs me on the bench cheering my team on, then that’s what I’m going to do.”Rather than be daunted by the prospect of becoming another cog in the machine, as opposed to its centerpiece, she is embracing the positives that come with it.“I’m excited,” she said. “There were times when games got tough in high school when I had to have the ball in my hands at all times. I can rely on other players on this team, I can pass and screen away.”The pride Tayler has for her older brother shines through when she speaks of him. His non-traditional path to the OSU basketball team, which saw him transfer before his sophomore year from tiny Midland College, is a lesson to her in persistence.“My brother is my role model,” she said. “Seeing him work every day and keeping the faith that he has, I know that if he can do it, than I can too. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”There’s a double meaning in that statement. Although the particulars of P.J.’s role in helping bring Tayler to OSU are unclear, his influence is not.“He was a big factor in this because my brother and I are best friends,” Tayler said. “Knowing I can count on him when things get hard was a really big deal for me.”Foster was guarded in his praise of Tayler Hill.  “She’s talented and she can go up and down the floor,” Foster said. “When you’ve scored 4,000 points in your high school career, how many times have you been on the floor with players better than you?”But her freshman status does not necessarily exclude her from cracking the starting lineup in her first year, as evidenced by the playing time given to Jantel Lavender and Sammy Prahalis in their freshmen campaigns.“If you’re a great player or have the potential to be a great player, room is made for them because they earn it,” Foster said. “We’ll find out.”When asked about P.J.’s role in recruiting Tayler to OSU, Foster was glib.“I would say that he’s not disappointed that his sister’s here,” he said.Junior center Jantel Lavender, the team’s leader on the floor, likes what she sees in Tayler.“She’s a great shooter, she’s a great passer, she’s a great leader and she works extremely hard all the time,” Lavender said of Hill. “Those are the attributes that you need.” read more

Football Keandre Jones to transfer from Ohio State

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Ohio State junior linebacker Keandre Jones (16) tackles Tulane’s offense during the first half of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorFormer four-star linebacker Keandre Jones is transferring from Ohio State, the program confirmed Tuesday. Ohio State has not confirmed Jones’ destination, but reports say that the linebacker will transfer to Maryland. An Olney, Maryland native, Jones played in 32 games with Ohio State primarily on special teams and never started a game at linebacker. He recorded 29 total tackles with a tackle for loss: a sack against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State will have sophomore Baron Browning, sophomore Pete Werner, junior Malik Harrison and redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland returning at linebacker. Freshmen linebackers K’Vaughan Pope, Dallas Gant and Teradja Mitchell will fight for playing time in the middle of the defense as well. read more

Grenfell Tower refurbishment used cheaper cladding and tenants accused builders of shoddy

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first_imgWater is sprayed by fire fighters on to the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower Credit: Jack Taylor Getty Images  Exposed pipes in flats at Grenfell Tower  A demonstrator holds a banner outside Kensington Town Hall  Flame-retardant cladding could have been fitted to Grenfell Tower for just £5,000 extra, it emerged yesterday, as Kensington and Chelsea council was accused of carrying out a cut-price regeneration project.The contract to improve insulation and replace heating and water systems in the block was supposed to be carried out by building firm Leadbitter, but the contractor said it could not do the work for less than £11.27 million, £1.6 million above the council’s budget.The Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation – which maintained the council’s housing stock – put the contract back out to tender and Rydon said they could carry out for £8.7 million, 22 per cent less than Leadbitter’s original estimation, even though the plans did not change.But throughout the regeneration work, residents at Grenfell complained about slapdash workmanship, posting images of exposed pipes laid across resident’s carpets and voicing concerns that boilers had been fitted in the middle of hallways, near to fuse boxes. The Local Government Association said councils across the country were carrying out ‘urgent reviews’ of their high rises with local fire services.Lord Porter, chair of the LGA said: “Fire risk assessments and the construction of buildings are being reviewed and double checks are being made to ensure remedial work recommended under previous assessments have been carried out. Councils are also working closely with tenants to review and offer fire safety advice.”But Dr Kostas Tsavdaridis, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds said builders often put appearance before safety.“There is a trend nowadays where architects and designers use decorative materials to make buildings more interesting and aesthetically pleasing,” he said.“Although theoretically they are fire resistant, in most cases they are high-temperature resistant instead of fire resistant. But even if they are, smoke and fire will spread through the joints and connections.”The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea declined to comment. Fires still burning inside Grenfell  An investigation by Construction Enquirer found that 20 high rise blocks in London have been fitted with the Grenfell cladding system, including including five towers in the Chalcot Estate in North London where work was carried out by Rydon and Harley Facades.Rydon said it had met “all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards”.But London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that tower block residents were ‘terrified that the same thing could happen to them.”Sharna Leuschner, 21, who lived opposite Grenfell Tower described how pieces of burning cladding flew towards her building.”It was coming onto our balconies, they could have caught light as well. It was terrifying,” she said.Today it emerged that in 2016 the London Fire Brigade had asked the council to check all tower blocks to make sure self closing systems on fire doors were working, following an arson at Adair Tower in October 2015. Yet no fire safety inspections had been carried out on the block after 2015.   Fires still burning inside Grenfell  Nick Paget-Brown, the Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, said there was not a ‘collective view’ among residents in favour of sprinklers.He told BBC Newsnight: “We are now talking retrospectively after the most enormous tragedy, but many residents felt that we needed to get on with the installation of new hot water systems, new boilers and that trying to retrofit more would delay the building and that sprinklers aren’t the answer.”However the Grenfell Action Group said it had continually warned the council about fire safety problems in the block.Even before the work began, the group complained to the council that it seemed the contract had been ‘awarded to the cheapest bidder regardless of the quality of works and the consequences to residents.’After the building work was completed in June 2016, nine out of 10 tenants said they were dissatisfied with the way the improvements works had been carried out, while 68 per cent said they had been lied to, threatened, pressured or harassed by the tenant management organisation. Water is sprayed by fire fighters on to the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower  Tottenham MP David Lammy whose friend Khadija Saye died in the blaze, said: “You can’t contract out everything to the private sector. The private sector do some wonderful things, but they have for profit motives, they cut corners.“We’ve all been up to those tower blocks,  they exist right across the country.  Where are the fire extinguishers on every corridor? Where are the hoses? Are the fire doors really working? Where are the sprinklers?”According to the British Sprinkler Association it would have added just 2 per cent of the overall cost to add sprinklers throughout the building. In 2013 the government wrote to every local authority to encourage them to retrofit sprinkler systems in older tower blocks following the Camberwell fire in which six people died.But only 100 older tower blocks in Britain have been retrofitted with sprinklers since 2013 and around 4,000 still have not. 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. They accused workmen of ‘cutting corners’ and warned that damage to their flats had not been repaired while rubbish was allowed to pile up in communal corridors, blocking emergency exits.Relations with Rydon broke down so completely that Grenfell residents pinned up posters to their doors warning workmen not to enter their homes.Today Omnis Exteriors said it had been asked to supply cheaper cladding to installer Harley Facades which did not meet strict fire-retardant specifications.The safer sheets were just £2 a square metre more expensive meaning that for an extra £5,000 the building could have been encased in a material which may have resisted the fire for longer. The cut-price version is banned from use in the US and Germany for tall buildings. A demonstrator holds a banner outside Kensington Town Hall Credit:Reuters  Grenfell Tower on fire Credit:Natalie Oxford AFP Grenfell Tower on fire  Exposed pipes in flats at Grenfell Tower last_img read more

More on Minnovare and Northern Star Production Optimiser trial

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first_imgMore details have emerged of the results Northern Star Resources achieved by implementing Minnovare’s Production Optimiser technology over a two-month period at one of its Kalgoorlie gold operations.A newly released case study, co-authored with Northern Star Resources, showed the Production Optimiser technology not only increased drilled metres by 17% at the operation, it also helped deliver the highest average stope recovery in the life of the operation.If maintained over a full year’s production, that represents an additional 5,000 oz and A$8.4 million ($6.1 million) additional revenue – equivalent to a 3.5% increase in forecast stope turnover, according to Northern Star Mining Services General Manager, Rob Parsons.The two-month trial saw the Production Optimiser implemented at one of the Kalgoorlie operation in April 2018, with three long-hole production rigs running.Parsons said: “The collaboration with Minnovare initially stemmed from the observation that too much time was being spent re-drilling holes (due to inaccuracy). The other problem we identified was the difference between the drill rig’s onboard inclinometers, and what was actually being drilled. It was most visible looking at the final stope pick up – the actual shape didn’t line up with what you had designed. So, we were doing extra work just to validate where things really were.”Minnovare’s Production Optimiser system combines advanced hardware and software that enhances the speed, accuracy and reliability of long-hole production drilling. This leads to improved stope productivity and, ultimately, increased profitability, Minnovare says.The system can be retrofitted to any make or model of drill rig and works independently of the rig’s onboard systems.Parsons said: “We achieved, on average, 100 additional drill metres per day in the two months immediately after implementing the new technology, thanks to reduced rig setup time and re-drills. That’s roughly a 17% increase in drilled metres. During the same period, we reduced average blast-hole deviation (from planned toe-point) by 75%.“In terms of stope ore recovery, those two months combined were the highest average for the life of the operation. The increased drill rate and stope ore-recovery equates to an approximate 3.5% reduction in stope turnover time.”Minnovare Managing Director, Callum McCracken said: “Minnovare worked closely with Northern Star from day one to successfully implement the Production Optimiser on site. As the drillers and engineers continued to use the system they’ve seen further gains in drilled metres and a continuation of the improved recovery rate. That’s thanks to optimal blasts and a faster stope turnover, which is a direct consequence of greater drilling accuracy, speed and reliability.”Since the trial has taken place, Minnovare and Northern Star have signed a technology collaboration agreement to develop and implement Minnovare technology across NSR’s Western Australia operations.last_img read more

Heres how to make a submission to the mother and baby homes

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first_imgA headstone for a baby who died at the Bessborough mother and baby home in Blackrock, Cork in the mid-1990’s. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandA NEW EMAIL address for submissions on the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into mother and baby homes has been launched.Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan announced this morning that anyone who wishes to make a submission should contact motherandbabyhomes@dcya.gov.ie.Flanagan said that submissions could relate to the institutions or locations that should be considered for inclusion or the general matters that the commission should examine. The Government is anxious to have the Commission of Investigation established before the Dáil recess and has set a tight deadline. I am urging those who wish to make submissions to act without delay in availing of this opportunity to inform the considerations now underway.The Minister will meet with a number of advocacy groups and members of other political parties in the coming weeks to discuss the terms of reference.Flanagan said that the cross-departmental review committee tasked with examining the issue will report to the government before the end of this month.He had previously confirmed that the scope of the investigation will go beyond the home operated by the Sisters of Bon Secours in Tuam, Co Galway – the site of a mass grave where almost 800 babies are thought to be buried.The inquiry will deal with other mother and baby homes, including Bethany Home. Flanagan has stated that county homes will not be included however, to avoid “a bottomless quagmire of investigation”.Counselling servicesA number of services have been made available to people affected by the issues raised. Those seeking information on the support services can contact the HSE National Information Line on 1850 24 1850 from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.People can also talk to trained counsellors through Connect, a free out-of-hours support line from 6 pm to 10 pm. The service is normally only available from Wednesday to Sunday, but will expand to a seven-day service until the end of July.The number is 1800 477 477 in Republic of Ireland and 00800 477 477 77 in Northern Ireland and the UK.Connect Manager Theresa Merrigan said: “As a service that supports people who were affected by traumatic experiences in Industrial Schools, the Laundries and Mother and Baby Homes we anticipate extra need at this time.”The National Counselling Service is also available to assist those affected.People seeing adoption and tracing information have been advised to contact Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) or the Adoption Authority of Ireland.Read: Multiple government departments to deal with ‘deeply disturbing revelations’ of child burialsRead: Bethany Home, where 222 children died, to be included in mother and baby home investigationlast_img read more

ASA Urges EPA Support of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment

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first_imgASA reiterated support for pollinator health and the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments to soybean farmers in comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week.EPA released an analysis in October, contending that neonicotinoid seed treatments do not contribute to improving soybean yield; however, ASA has heard from farmers, especially in the northern and mid-south growing regions, that growers are seeing benefits from the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments.“ASA cannot support efforts to restrict or ban neonicotinoid seed treatment products,” ASA states in the comments.  “Such efforts would unquestionably lead to additional and more costly input applications than the more limited use of seed treatment products.”The comments also underscored that soybean producers use neonicotinoid seed treatments where they are needed and effective, and don’t use them where they are not. That approach to the use of crop protection products should be rewarded, not penalized.“Farmers who use seed treatments for soybean seed note that the withdrawal of registration for neonicotinoids would harm the sustainability of those who genuinely need this tool,” ASA states. “Seed treatments both protect the soybeans from insects in the soil after planting as well as protecting the seedlings as they emerge. A below-ground insect infestation has no rescue options except replanting, and in the northern growing regions, replanting is not often an option. And farmers in the south report that since the advent of seed treatments, their need to apply a foliar insecticide on seedlings to 3rd tri-foliate soybeans is eliminated.”ASA pointed to reports of falling oilseed production in Europe, attributed to the EU’s restriction on the use of three neonicotinoids: clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam, citing reports of many farmers having to plow up their autumn-sown crops after failing to keep flea beetle attacks at bay.ASA urged EPA not allow political pressure to lead to restrictions on crop protection tools.“As farmers, we recognize our responsibility to stewardship,” ASA said in comments. “We are engaged with other stakeholders in educating farmers about seed treatment stewardship, and we are committed to promoting USDA’s programs to promote and protect pollinator health and habitat to our farmer members. We urge EPA to maintain its commitment to science in evaluating crop protection tools.”After an extension of the comment period, Friday, Jan.  23, 2015 is the deadline for comments to be submitted on EPA’s “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” document. Comments can be submitted here. Supporting documents and the Federal Register notice are at here.ASA continues to urge those farmers with direct, tangible success stories regarding the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments to submit those examples to EPA.  Late last year, ASA also submitted comments to the related “Pollinator Health Task Force.” Those comments are available here.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more