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A year after August deluge flood cess comes into effect in KeralaA year after August deluge flood cess comes into effect in Kerala


first_imgThiruvananthapuram: A one per cent “flood cess” on goods and services has been imposed in Kerala from Thursday to mobilise additional revenue for the rebuilding of the flood-hit state, which suffered a massive destruction in the August deluge last year. The CPI(M)-led LDF government was eyeing to generate an additional revenue of Rs 600 crore annually through the “Kerala Flood Cess”, which would be in force for the next two years, official sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The amount mobilised through the new cess would be used to provide funds for the reconstruction and rebuilding exercise and for paying compensation to those affected by the floods, which had claimed over 300 lives and left many homeless. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council had recently allowed the southern state to levy the additional cess on goods and services transacted within its boundaries. Presenting the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal in January, state Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac had announced the one per cent flood cess for goods coming within the GST tax brackets of 12, 18 and 28 per cents and a 0.25 per cent cess on all goods coming under the fifth schedule of GST, including gold, silver and platinum ornaments, on the value of supply for a two-year period. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Though the new cess would lead to a price hike of over 900 commodities, essential ones like rice and vegetables are not expected to be affected as those fall under a lower GST bracket. The Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samiti (KVVES), an umbrella organisation of traders, observed Thursday as “black day” against the state government’s decision to levy the flood cess, saying it would impose an additional burden on them. The state Hotel and Restaurant Association also urged the government to exempt the food served in hotels and restaurants from the cess. Slamming the LDF government, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the decision to go ahead with the new cess, despite public protest, was a “challenge” to the people. The cess would be an additional blow to those who were yet to come out of the ravages caused by the flood, he said. “It will result in inflation and impose an additional burden of Rs 1,200 crore on the people,” the Congress leader added. However, the finance minister warned that those who raise prices in the guise of the flood cess would face stringent action.last_img read more


The War to June 6 1944 How the decisions surrounding DDay cameThe War to June 6 1944 How the decisions surrounding DDay came


first_imgOTTAWA — THE WAR TO JUNE 6: Allied fortunes had rebounded by 1944 after the massive German conquests of 1940-41. British and American armies had driven the Germans from North Africa and Sicily, forced Italy to surrender and were moving up the Italian boot while Allied bombers were pounding German cities and towns day and night. In the East, the Soviets were on the march to Berlin. And in the Pacific, the Americans were making headway against the Japanese.WHY INVADE? Military planners recognized Germany could not be defeated by strategic bombing or naval blockade. Instead, they would have to invade to both free occupied Allies and ensure Europe didn’t fall into the hands of the Soviet Union.WHY NORMANDY? The decision was largely dictated by technology and supply problems. Beaches had to be within range of British-based fighter planes and easy striking distance of a port, which would be needed to unload supplies. The Nazis believed the Allies would attack at the Pas de Calais, which was the closest point to Great Britain. Knowing this, the Allies devised an elaborate deception to keep the Nazis focused on this area while actually preparing for Normandy, which had lighter defences, suitable beaches and the requisite proximity to ports.WHO HAD THE ADVANTAGE? In many ways, the Allies and Germans were well-matched. The Allies had far superior air and sea power; the Germans had troops and tanks available for quick reinforcement. The Germans had better tanks and anti-tank guns while the Allies had more of both. German troops, in many cases, were better trained and superbly led by hardened veterans. The Germans, however, were hampered by shortages of supplies, especially fuel while the Allies had plenty of everything. German generals also faced ham-handed interference by Adolf Hitler; Allied generals were able to unfold their plans without harassment from above.WHY D-DAY? A combination of factors including weather, the phases of the moon and the tides led to June 6 being the day of the invasion. As for the moniker, military planners habitually designated the day an operation was to begin as D-Day — the ‘D’ has no particular significance. However, because the Normandy invasion was largest of its kind ever attempted, D-Day became forever associated with the operation on June 6, 1944, the official name of which was Operation Overlord.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


MDA Show Of Strength Telethon Raises Over 50 MillionMDA Show Of Strength Telethon Raises Over 50 Million


first_imgMusical performances and inspiring family stories were featured prominently on this year’s MDA Show of Strength Telethon. The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon aired for two hours on Sunday on ABC television stations nationwide.The Telethon raised $59,583,555 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.For the first time ever, viewers tuning in to the telethon were able to track donations through an online tote board featured on mda.org. The tote consists of generous donations made by the American public through phone, online and texts, and contributions made by national sponsors who help MDA through their own fundraising campaigns leading into the telethon.“Our heartfelt thanks go to the celebrities and performers who appeared, as well as to our wonderful national and local partners and the MDA families who shared their extraordinary stories of strength,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “Most of all, we have to thank the American public, whose continuing, generous support has helped MDA arrive at a point when lifesaving treatments for muscle diseases are on the horizon.”Highlights of the 48th annual telethon included multiplatinum group the Backstreet Boys opening the show with a dual performance of their newest single “In A World Like This” and one of the most popular hits of their 20-year career, “I Want It That Way.”Performances during the nationally broadcast show included: teen pop sensation and 2013 MTV Video Music Awards “Artist to Watch” recipient Austin Mahone performing his hit single “What About Love;” platinum-selling country star Darius Rucker performing his summer anthem “Radio” from his new album “True Believers;” “Glee” actor/singer Matthew Morrison performing “On the Street Where You Live;” and award-winning country music artists Lee Ann Womack and Luke Bryan performing “I Hope You Dance” and “Country Man,” respectively.Additional star power was provided by Ryan Seacrest, Enrique Iglesias, Paula Abdul, hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez, “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez, Kenny Loggins with the Blue Sky Riders, American blues rock band Vintage Trouble, and Universal recording artist and star from “The Voice” Chris Mann.Additional presenters for the 2013 show included: ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson, Emmy award-winning journalist Jann Carl, Olympic gold medal gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner, and No Doubt drummer Adrian Young and his son, Mason Young.The telethon saluted its own history by featuring clips of memorable past performances, some fairly recent such as Grammy-nominee Pitbull and his 2012 performance of “Get it Started,” and a soulful Ray Charles medley, reaching as far back as the ’70s. Viewers were invited to visit mda.org to vote for their own favorite “Memorable Moments” from telethons past, including several featuring longtime telethon host Jerry Lewis.In addition to funds contributed by the public, substantial support was provided by MDA’s family of national partners, including the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), CITGO Petroleum Corp., The Safeway Foundation, Lowe’s, Harley-Davidson, Jiffy Lube, National Association of Letter Carriers, 7-Eleven, 7UP, Acosta Sales & Marketing, Burger King and Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America.IAFF, which has been raising funds for MDA since 1954 through community events such as the streetside “Fill the Boot” campaign, amassed a fundraising total of $26.1 million for this year’s telethon.MDA’s mission encompasses dozens of neuromuscular diseases, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One segment focused on 11-year-old identical twins Nolan and Jack Willis from Fayetteville, N.Y., both of whom are affected by Duchenne MD and are taking part in a promising clinical trial.The telethon also presented stories on individuals affected by spinal muscular atrophy, including 3-year-old Cooper Somers of Humble, Texas; 8-year-old Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin, Wis.; and Juan Morales, 28, of Pembroke Pines, Fla.Also featured were India Peters, 21, of Oxon Hills, Md., who has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy; and Ben Thomas, 32, a husband and father from St. George, Utah, who is fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Texas educator Veronica Nino who lost her battle to ALS last October after being featured on the 2012 telethon was paid tribute in a memorial segment.Another young person affected by Duchenne MD is MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, 13-year-old Bryson Foster of Concord, N.C. Throughout the telethon, Bryson assisted announcer Shawn Parr in offering “stayed tuned” messages about upcoming performers.MDA.org and Social MediaBesides making donations and voting on Memorable Moments, viewers were encouraged to check out and share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the telethon with celebrities and MDA families, view and submit a photo to a special Instagram gallery of “Make a Muscle” photos, and sign on to be a “Muscle Maker” for $19 a month. MDA social channels included Facebook at facebook.com/MDANational, Twitter at twitter.com/MDAnews, Google+ at mda.org/plus, Instagram at instagram/mda_usa and Pinterest at pinterest/mdanational.last_img read more


Brandon school responds to smudging scandal Dakota student continues to smudge dailyBrandon school responds to smudging scandal Dakota student continues to smudge daily


first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsBRANDON, Man. – A Dakota student who says he was threatened to be sent home if he smudged before class, violating his school’s no-scent policy, continues to smudge daily before attending school.Stephen Bunn, 17, refuses to comply with the ultimatum he and his mother said was leveled against him by the Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School last fall.The story has made headlines for the last week, including these two APTN National News stories from Thursday and Monday.Bunn said he began to smudge with sage before school after he found his younger brother dead of suicide in June. He said the school first accused him of smoking weed and having drugs.However, the school, in a release posted to the school board’s website Monday, said they never told Bunn he couldn’t smudge.“At no time has any staff member or administrator asked a student to cease a cultural or religious practice,” the statement says.Sandy Bunn, Stephen’s mom, said the school isn’t telling the truth.The concerned mother told APTN last week she got a call from a school vice-principal in December who said: “We want you to notify us when he does (smudge) so we can send him home for the rest of the day.”APTN spoke to Sandy Bunn again Tuesday.“They did ask me to phone when Stephen smudges so that way (they) can excuse him for the remainder of the day,” she said standing behind her comments “If they’re not being apologetic, or even admitting that conversation took place, that is crazy on their part. It’s ridiculous.”APTN has asked for clarification on the school’s statement but it does say if a student violates the no-scent policy it could result in them being sent home.The school says staff and administration has been unfairly labeled racists.Sandy Bunn said she hasn’t received a call from the school to try and mediate the problem as she has no intention of telling her son not to smudge.In their statement, the school said they have already reached out to the Bunn family.“(Staff) have attempted to work with the student and family, through the Aboriginal Elder, to find a means whereby the student’s practices can be accommodated and respected while simultaneously ensuring that the school’s concerns are addressed. The Brandon School Division remains willing and open to engaging in further dialogue towards a solution,” says the statement.The elder did reach out to Sandy Bunn a week after she said she got the call from the vice-principal.“He called and said ‘the school had asked me to contact you as Stephen has been taken out of class a number of times and they’re concerned.’ He never mentioned anything about the smudging but did say he had sweet grass,” recalled Sandy Bunn.She turned down the sweet grass for two reasons: She had some and her son uses sage and questions why the elder doesn’t know the difference between the two.“He continued to say ‘don’t you want your son to respect authority?’” she said, adding that she certainly does, but, “I would like my son to be able to smudge in peace. They know we are not going to accommodate them. We have rights. I have always taught Stephen to stand up for what he believes in. You have to be that way in this day and age because we all have rights now.”kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more


Did Aaron Boone Forget That The Yankees Bullpen Was Historically GoodDid Aaron Boone Forget That The Yankees Bullpen Was Historically Good


The power of the major league manager is in decline, and the role has changed in baseball’s information age. More and more power is concentrated in the front office, which constructs rosters and sets organizational philosophy. Yet there’s one traditional managerial responsibility that remains largely intact: in-game decision making. While the front office plays a role in game-planning in most organizations, the manager is ultimately making the real-time decisions. Tactical errors can be lost in the marathon of a regular season, but they are heightened and highlighted in the postseason.New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had a tough Monday. His Tuesday wasn’t much better. And in part because of his decisions, the Yankees’ season came to a close. The Boston Red Sox advanced to play the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series beginning Saturday in Boston.The Yankees entered the postseason with the most dominant bullpen in history by some measures, including wins above replacement (9.7) and strikeout rate (11.4 strikeouts per nine innings). Moreover, managers have never been more aggressive in employing their bullpens. Major league relief pitchers accounted for a record 40.1 percent of innings in the regular season. They absorbed a record 46.5 percent of innings last postseason. Entering LCS play, relievers have accounted for 48.8 percent of innings this postseason. But Boone seemed to forget that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had spent the last two years building one of the most dominant relief units of all time.After Sunday’s off day, with the series tied at 1-1, the Yankees started ace Luis Severino in Game 3. Severino struggled. The Yankees already trailed 3-0 in the top of the fourth when three straight Red Sox reached to open the inning and load the bases.“Certainly in hindsight, when he doesn’t get an out, I’d like to have that back,” the rookie manager told reporters before Game 4 on Tuesday. “Being able to look back in hindsight, sure, go in a different way there.”At that point, the Yankees had a 10.2 percent win expectancy, according to FanGraphs. Boone then exacerbated matters by calling upon Lance Lynn, hardly the top bullpen option available, with a 4.77 ERA in the regular season.1Though he pitched better with the Yankees (4.14 ERA) than he had with the Twins (5.10). Lynn walked Mookie Betts and allowed a bases-clearing double to Andrew Benintendi. The Red Sox led 10-0 by the close of the frame, and the Yankees’ win probability had fallen to 0.8 percent, en route to their 16-1 loss.Source: FanGraphsAny decision from Boone in that situation might not have changed the final outcome. The next pitcher after Lynn — Chad Green, a more dominant bat-missing arm — also struggled. But Boone’s curious thought process played a part in letting the game slip away early.“I know it’s out there because of the texts I receive, the ‘hang in theres,’” Boone told reporters about the second-guessing. “We can all sit and second — not even second guess, first guess or second guess — I would do this, that’s one of the great things about our game.”On Tuesday night, as the Yankees faced elimination, some in the media advocated for the Yankees to bullpen the game. Boone started veteran CC Sabathia and stuck with him through a third inning in which the Yankees’ win probability slipped from 50 percent to 23.9 percent.Source: FanGraphs Yankees ace reliever Aroldis Chapman did not pitch Monday and only appeared Tuesday when the Yankees were down by three runs in the ninth inning. In the Yankees’ five postseason games, including their wild-card game win over the Oakland A’s, Chapman pitched just three innings.Meanwhile, in the year of the relief pitcher, the Milwaukee Brewers have bullpenned games in the postseason, and the Tampa Bay Rays, a rival of the Yankees in the AL East, often started regular-season games with a reliever. The Red Sox used ace Chris Sale in relief Tuesday. But Boone plotted a more traditional path — and it cost him.Managers have lost power, but they have become important conduits and gatekeepers when it comes to sharing and embracing information. While their power is reduced, their decisions can still make or break fortunes.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more


Mintec Founder Fred Banfield to be inducted into the International Mining TechnologyMintec Founder Fred Banfield to be inducted into the International Mining Technology


first_imgThis year’s inductee to the IM Technology Hall of Fame in the Mining Software category, Fred Banfield started Mintec from his Tucson apartment in 1970. As a Colorado School of Mines student in the early 1960s, Fred applied his passion for mine engineering and computers to solving mine modeling and design challenges. Earlier still, Fred accompanied his father – a consulting geologist – on trips into the Canadian bush, cutting line, performing geologic interpretation and colouring maps. Now in the seventh decade of his marriage to mining, Fred presides over a global network ofdedicated mining professionals.Through offices in eight countries, Mintec is committed to helping clients solve problems with MineSight. MineSight is Mintec’s comprehensive modelling and mine planning software platform, offering integrated solutions for exploration, modeling, design, scheduling and operations. Still headquartered in Tucson, but no longer in Fred’s apartment, Mintec won this year’s President’s E-Award for Exports – the highest recognition any US company may receive formaking a significant contribution to the expansion of US exports. Mintec’s unparalleled longevity in a highly cyclical industry begins with Fred and a simple business plan unchanged in 43 years: make the client successful.The foundation for that business plan lies partly in Fred’s expertise. Few people have been applying computer techniques to mining engineering tasks longer than Fred. He offers decades of experience in mine design, developing databases, evaluating exploration data and open pit mines, calculating reserves and financial analysis. Fred’s more detailed experience includes auditing reserve calculations and mine plans worldwide; the design and implementationof computerised systems for calculation of reserves for oil shale; the design of ultimate pit limits and mining schedules for open pit mines based on economic and geotechnical data (iron, coal, copper, molybdenum, gold); calculation of reserves for gold/silver, lead, zinc, copper, molybdenum, sulphur, uranium, coal, iron, asbestos, and industrial minerals deposits in the US, Canada, Africa, and Australia using manual and computer methods; and the design and implementation of financial models for mining projects worldwide.“Fred always seemed to be ahead of the industry, working on solutions before we had defined the problems,” says MineSight client, Jim Gray of Moose Mountain Technical Services. “He would anticipate the problems and get going on planning methods and tools before we asked. Isn’t that what a pioneer does?”Don Mills, Chief Geologist at Teck agrees: “Fred has done for mining what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have done for computing. He recognised the opportunity of using computing hardware and software to advance mine geology, engineering and planning.” In 2007, Fred won the SME’s Jackling Award for significant contributions to technical progress in mining, geology, and geophysics. Yet more than just his experience and expertise explain the success of Mintec and MineSight clients.Fred’s humility and modesty are endearing qualities not always found among leaders. Those qualities are particularly appreciated by his staff and by clients. It’s ironic that the last person who would actively seek a nomination to this year’s International Mining Technology Hall of Fame is the first person to be nominated: Fred Banfield.last_img read more


OFFICIAL Calum Chambers heading to Fulham on loanOFFICIAL Calum Chambers heading to Fulham on loan


first_imgArsenal defender Calum Chambers will be joining Fulham on a year-long loan.Arsenal and Fulham have come to an agreement over a loan fee for Calum Chambers, Sky Sports reports.Personal terms between Calum Chambers and Fulham have to be agreed before the player could undergo a medical, which could happen as late as Monday evening or Tuesday morning.Chambers committed his long-term future to Arsenal last month by signing a new four-year deal.Chambers was in the starting line-up for Arsenal for just ten league games last season.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.New manager Unai Emery rates him highly, but he wants the defender to leave on a loan to gain first-team experience.Arsenal are in the market for Croatian international centre-back Domagoj Vida, Calum Chambers’ departure would pave the way for that move.Chambers will likely go straight into the starting line-up at Fulham. The club is short of centre-back options following Alfie Mawson’s knee injury that will sideline him for their first three matches.last_img read more


Woman okay found in Five Cays watersWoman okay found in Five Cays waters


first_img Related Items:#FiveCays, #magneticmedianews Five Cays fall-out over filth and illegal construction, MP called on to resign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No Vote-Out for Turks and Caicos MP, says Natl Budget supports Five Cays Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 5th, 2017 – Five Cays – Police say the report of a woman’s body being found in waters off Five Cays was not as grave as that.A woman was explained to have had difficulties in waters of Five Cays, but those difficulties were not described.  The woman, thankfully, is alive.center_img By Deandrea Hamilton Recommended for you Five Cays ‘bullying’ video goes viral, MP on the caselast_img


ASA Voting Delegates Set Policy Direction for 20042005ASA Voting Delegates Set Policy Direction for 20042005


first_imgSoybean producers gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week to review and revise the policy direction of the American Soybean Association (ASA). More than 130 producers from soybean production areas across the United States participated in this annual process that guides the ASA as it pursues future initiatives to improve U.S. soybean farmer profitability. The voting delegates session was held in conjunction with the ninth annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show, which set a new attendance record this year with more than 4,100 participants.”The delegates called for the inclusion of fortified soymilk as a reimbursable option in Federal child nutrition programs, including the national school lunch and breakfast programs,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “Schools should have the opportunity to offer soymilk to children who do not drink cow’s milk.”Other significant additions and modifications included support for all diesel fuel used in the United States to be a biodiesel fuel or a biodiesel blend, and continuing support for a biodiesel tax incentive. Delegates also stressed the importance of soy protein in the fight again HIV/AIDS, voiced support for critical trade and transportation initiatives, strongly urged caution to prevent and mitigate the effects of soybean rust disease, and set forth priorities for improved soybean compositional traits.BiodieselASA supports establishment of a national energy policy that promotes renewable domestic fuel resources to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. ASA supports the development of state and federal legislation, including a tax incentive, that promotes biodiesel, biodiesel blends, and biodiesel infrastructure, and now strongly recommends that all diesel-powered vehicles use a biodiesel fuel or biodiesel blend.ASA will encourage the use of biodiesel as a fuel additive to improve the lubricity of low sulfur diesel fuel for on and off road applications, including railroads.”ASA encourages fuel stations across the nation to start carrying biodiesel at the pumps and to encourage all fuel suppliers to handle biodiesel to enhance our nation’s energy security, improve our air quality and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Heck said. “ASA also supports legislation requiring producers and distributors of biodiesel products and additives to clearly label the minimum percentage of biodiesel contained by volume in fuels and commercially marketed products.”Food Aid and the Role of Soy in Confronting AIDSASA is committed to work on allocating funds for government food procurement to include soy protein in the diets of people receiving antiretroviral therapy, orphans and HIV/AIDS affected households facing food insecurity. ASA also urges the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) not to reduce funding for the International Feeding Initiative below $100 million, and to seek additional funding from U.S. and other major industrial democracies.ASA is committed to developing relationships with commercial entities in the private sector to address HIV/AIDS and under-nutrition. ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program will work with U.S. and developing world-based companies to use soy to supplement local foods; WISHH will reach out to both food processing companies and manufacturing companies with HIV/AIDS programs for their employees abroad. ASA will develop a strong relationship with the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), and will be instrumental in developing nutrition-targeted objectives of the HIV/AIDS taskforce of CCA.”ASA strongly recommends that judicious use of soybeans or soy meal in food aid programs should not be precluded automatically by rigid stocks-to-use ratios,” Heck said. “A minimum level of soybeans and meal should always be available for humanitarian assistance. Policymakers should realize the importance of nutrition in the fight again HIV/AIDS, and ASA encourages the Administration to direct HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention resources towards feeding programs.”TransportationASA encourages strong support for Alternative 6 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Study of the Upper Mississippi River Basin in a phased approach as part of a “program authority” that allows construction as quickly as funds can be made available by Congress. Nearly 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports are shipped down the Mississippi River.ASA delegates also expressed support for further development of West Coast shipping of Midwest soybeans and soy products.TradeASA supports comprehensive World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations as the best means to increase worldwide incomes and reduce trade barriers to soy and livestock products. ASA believes that bilateral or regional Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations should be focused toward those countries that represent significant commercial markets for U.S. soybeans and products, livestock products, and agricultural exports in general.ASA also will insist on strict enforcement of the European Union’s (EU)commitments under the Blair House Agreement (BHA), which sets a WTO-bound limit on subsidized oilseed production in the EU. The U.S. has the reasonable expectation that the subsidized area planted to oilseeds will not exceed the BHA level of about 12 million acres plus the BHA-consistent area of new EU members, and that oilseed production on set aside for industrial use will not exceed 1 million tons on a soybean meal equivalent basis.”As the EU implements changes in its agricultural policies and implements new ‘energy crop’ payments to encourage the growing of energy crops, including oilseeds, the U.S. Government must insist that the EU be in compliance with its obligations,” Heck said.Soybean RustASA strongly urges USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to take all appropriate precautions to protect domestic soybean production from the introduction of Asian soybean rust disease. Importation of whole soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean seed from countries with soybean rust infestation must be subject to science-based regulations to prevent the introduction of rust. All seed from rust-infected areas should be treated with fungicide or fumigated before being imported to the U.S.ASA strongly urges increased Federal funding for soybean rust research, including mapping the soybean genome and identifying rust resistance and tolerance traits that can be introduced in soybean varieties. Additional funding should be provided for expanded facilities and for the rust research programs already underway.ASA strongly urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete its review and approve Section 18 emergency use requests for fungicides that are effective in treating soybean rust. ASA encourages crop protection companies and the Federal Government to facilitate the availability of approved products in the event of need.ASA strongly urges the Administration to develop and implement a national strategy to prevent and mitigate the impact of infestation of domestic soybean production by soybean rust, including consideration of the establishment of a government-entity task force on containing contagious plant disease and pests. ASA also supports Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-9) of January 30, 2004, that establishes a national policy to defend U.S. agriculture and food systems against terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. ASA also recommends that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture become a member of the President’s National Security Council.Soybean Research & QUALISOYASA supports a coordinated effort of state and national soybean organizations to set priorities and coordinate all federally-funded soybean research projects. Among the factors to be considered in setting priorities are acreage, disease and compositional traits. ASA supports the Better Bean Initiative, also known as QUALISOY, to continue to improve commodity soybeans through improved compositional traits. ASA will coordinate and manage all legislative activities with regard to QUALISOY.ASA supports the efforts of coordinated research and funding of soybean genomics, including the efforts of the U.S. Legume Crops Genomics Initiative (USLCGI), and the Initiative’s highest research priority for development of cross-species markers that can be used across multiple legume species.last_img read more


Detailed documents on Columbia River Crossing spending availableDetailed documents on Columbia River Crossing spending available


first_imgThe bistate Columbia River Crossing project has consumed $118 million without turning a single shovel full of dirt.What did we get for all that money?The Columbian requested all information related to project expenditures from the project office in Vancouver. This week, the newspaper received two discs full of hundreds of pages of invoices, receipts, time sheets, color-coded reports and other items describing expenditures since 2005.As we pore over the data, we’re also making it available to the general public on our I-5 bridge project page (under CRC Expenses). We invite you to page through more than 350 files. If you find something that raises questions or causes concern, drop a line to erik.robinson@columbian.com.The crossing is the biggest single public works project in the region’s history.Now estimated to cost $3.6 billion, the overall project will replace the existing twin three-lane drawbridges with a 10-lane river crossing, extend Portland’s light-rail transit system into Vancouver and improve five miles of Interstate 5 across two states.last_img read more


No damage from small earthquake at Entiat this morningNo damage from small earthquake at Entiat this morning


first_imgENTIAT — A small earthquake rattled the Entiat area this morning.KHQ-TV reports the magnitude 2.4 quake hit around 8:55 a.m.The Pacific Northwest Seismic Center in Seattle says the epicenter was about 2.5 miles north of Entiat near Wenatchee in Chelan County.A resident of the area reported a rolling sensation lasting about 3 seconds. There were no damage or injury reports.last_img


BC tribe sues US barge company over 2016 spillBC tribe sues US barge company over 2016 spill


first_imgBooms are deployed around the grounded Nathan E. Stewart and fuel barge on Oct. 28, 2016. (Photo by Tavish Campbell, courtesy of Heiltsuk Nation)A First Nations tribe in British Columbia is suing the operator of a U.S. fuel barge that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel near the tribe’s reserve nearly two years ago.Listen nowHeiltsuk First Nations member Kelly Brown got close enough in his boat to make out the name of a grounded tug in the Inside Passage.“Nathan E. Stewart has sunk,” Brown says in the video. “There’s fuel just flowing out of the boat – you can see it from here.”Brown shared video of the encounter in the Seaforth Channel that was re-posted by the Vancouver Sun.Fortunately the tug’s accompanying fuel barge had already delivered its load in Ketchikan and was nearly empty.Still, around 26,000 gallons of diesel and other oils from the southbound tug Nathan E. Stewart spilled that morning. An NTSB investigation later found the crew member standing watch had fallen asleep.The First Nations tribe says its subsistence clam beds were contaminated and haven’t been harvested since.Nearly two years later to the day, the Heiltsuk Tribal Council filed a lawsuit against the B.C. and Canadian governments.The suit also names crew members and their employer: Kirby Offshore Marine which regularly ships fuel from Washington State to ports in Southeast Alaska.“Our law has been violated and the legal action we are taking in the B.C. Supreme Court today is our attempt, our bid to hold industry and government accountable for this negligence,” Heiltsuk First Nations hereditary chief Frank Brown told reporters in Vancouver on Wednesday.The Kirby Corporation released a short statement admitting no wrongdoing.“Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC has been made aware of a claim filed by the Heiltsuk Nation with respect to the Nathan E. Stewart incident that occurred in British Columbia waters some two years ago,” the Houston, Texas-based company wrote in a statement to CoastAlaska. “Our legal counsel will be reviewing the claim and will take the appropriate actions to defend our interests in court. We will not make any further statement in the media at this time, as we do not want to take any action that could prejudice any judicial or other proceedings arising from this incident.”B.C.’s environment ministry released a statement of its own.“We are committed to work with the federal government and to engage with Heiltsuk as appropriate for a federally-led initiative,” the B.C. government agency wrote. “As the matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”The Oct. 13, 2016 spill ignited concerns about Canada’s spill response capabilities in the Inside Passage.The tribe claims it took the first Canadian Coast Guard vessel 20 hours to arrive from when the tug ran aground.The Heiltsuk First Nations has been pushing for spill-response capacity of its own.Those efforts were redoubled last November when an Alaska-bound fuel barge ran into trouble near Bella Bella, B.C.The northbound Jake Shearer broke free from the fuel barge it was towing. It was fully loaded with about 3.7 million gallons of various petroleum fuels, but its crew was able to drop anchor before it hit the rocks.Community members in Bella Bella have been pushing for more regulations on Alaska-bound fuel barges.“Our community has definitely raised a lot of concern about the articulated barges,” Marilyn Slett, chief councilor of the tribe told CoastAlaska. “Certainly we’re living through the experience with the Nathan E. Stewart and the near-miss with the Jake Shearer.”The Canadian government has proposed exclusionary zones for oil tankers in the Inside Passage.But the articulated fuel barges are below the tonnage threshold and would be exempt from the rule.The lawsuit seeks damages for the loss of clam beds the tribe says remain contaminated since the spill.It also accuses Kirby Corporation recklessness by having only one crew member available to stand watch at night.last_img read more


New Secretariat Assembly buildings to become landmarksNew Secretariat Assembly buildings to become landmarks


first_imgHyderabad: The state government claims that in next ten months’ time, Hyderabad will have two more new attractions apart from the famous Charminar. They will be the unique iconic state-of-the-art Secretariat building and the state Assembly and Legislative Council at one place in a 10-month time. The officials are confident that the construction of these buildings will be completed within ten months after Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is all set to lay foundation stone for the construction of new secretariat and assembly buildings. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Special Chief Secretary to R&B department Sunil Sharma on Wednesday held a marathon meeting with the department officials to chalk out an action plan. Inviting global tenders to finalise the contract agency, demolition of the structures and shifting of the debris, designs of the new buildings and shifting of all offices to other places were the main challenges before the government. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Officials said that the R&B department will take up the responsibility of the addressing every task during the construction of the buildings. According to the government estimates, the total cost of construction of the 100 per cent Vastu-compliant Secretariat and Assembly is Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore. Officials said that the two structures will be unique and it will be future icons like Charminar. The designs of the structures are being prepared by the reputed architecture agencies in the country. Advertise With Us The state government is keeping the ground-breaking ceremony to be a low-key affair. The chief minister invited all his cabinet colleagues and MLAs and MLCs of all parties to attend the programme on Thursday morning. KCR will perform puja at the construction site in the presence of the ministers and officials. Later, the CM will host lunch to all his party MLAs and ministers at Pragati Bhavan before holding a state executive at TRS Bhavan in the afternoon.last_img read more


Bengaluru Traffic Police likely to charge Rs 10000 for illegal parking inBengaluru Traffic Police likely to charge Rs 10000 for illegal parking in


first_img(Representational image).Reuters fileIn a bid to stop illegal parking on main roads, the Bengaluru Traffic Police has asked the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to levy a heavy fine on people parking their vehicles in the ‘no parking zones’. The fine could go up to Rs 10,000.The Mumbai Police had begun the trend a few years back when they fined people for illegally parking their vehicles near public parking lots. BBMP is currently going through the BMC’s rule book in order to make their own rules in Bengaluru.”We have asked the BBMP to prepare a draft by involving the other departments, as the rules have to be implemented within its corporation limits,” P Harishekharan, the Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald.He added that it has become especially difficult to handle traffic in the Central Business District (CBD) in Bengaluru since the number of violations committed is only increasing due to the increasing number of vehicles in the area.”Illegal parking causes heavy traffic congestion along the major roads of the city. We feel the existing fine amounts are not enough to deter violators. We need to impose heavy fine along the lines of the BMC. The BBMP will study it and seek approval from its council,” Harishekharan said.Like the Mumbai model, the Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) has recommended a fine between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 depending on the gravity of the situation. In addition to this, defaulters will be made to pay a hefty fine as well.”We are going through the rules and regulations. Usually, these works are done by the transport department, but since these rules have to be enforced within BBMP limits, we will prepare a draft and place it before the BBMP council. Later, the council’s resolution will be moved to the state government for approval. The fine amount may vary based on the CBD and the newly added areas of the city. However, after we prepare the draft, the Bengaluru Traffic Police will have to request us to include this draft in BBMP’s subject before the council. Once they send us the proposal, we will move this subject to BBMP’s council for approval.”last_img read more


How Martin Sheen Came to be the Most Arrested Man in HollywoodHow Martin Sheen Came to be the Most Arrested Man in Hollywood


first_imgThe Hollywood limelight will forever cast a wide net of criticism over the slightest slip-ups of the world’s most renowned actors and actresses. Especially when it comes down to police mugshots, some famous faces do not manage to come off well. Martin Sheen does not have any ridiculous arrest photos, but does he have a surprisingly long list of arrests: the most in Hollywood. However, an organization called The Papillon Foundation has the motto, “The Greatest Crime is a Wasted Life,” clearly outlining the organization’s goal: to help people with arrest records remain active members of society, rather than becoming social outcasts.American actor Martin Sheen. Photo by Brian McGuirk CC BY-SA 2.0It goes without saying, however, that they hardly need to give some of Hollywood’s best-known talents a hand. Actors and actress alike have been arrested, rearrested, and convicted time and time again, but still maintain a career in the film industry.Sheen in 1987. Photo by City of Boston Archives CC BY 2.0When you link the charge to a celebrity, however, you think one of two things: either, it’s someone like John Lennon, put in cuffs during some sit-in (which never happened – his only arrest was for possession of a small amount of “grass”); or, there’s a misconception that civil disobedience includes public indecency.Martin Sheen with son Emilio Estevez at the BFI premiere of his film ‘The Way’ in London February 2011. Photo by Sam CC BY-SA 2.0Why is it so hard to think a celebrity could be arrested in the name of what they consider to be a good cause? Enter: Martin Sheen. It’s understandable to think dubiously of a man who’s been arrested a total 66 times, especially when his son Charlie went on a very public, downward spiral (Winning?!). And especially since one of Martin Sheen’s most famous roles is that of the president of the United States on the series West Wing which aired between 1999-2006.Martin Sheen is not a felon, however. All of his arrests are tied to activism. Unlike John Lennon, Sheen has been physically caught up in his protests. The 2007 arrest was for trespassing with the Nevada Desert Experience, a group staunchly committed to stop the testing of nuclear weapons in the U.S.Sheen at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0Referring to his first arrest in 1986 while protesting President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, Sheen says, “It was a terrifying experience, and also one of the happiest days of my life because it turned out we had done everything we possibly could to object to this idea.”Martin Sheen at an anti-war protest in October 2007. Photo by Damon D’Amato CC BY 2.0This was during a speech he delivered to Oxford University in 2009. Lamenting that it had then been a year since his latest arrest, Sheen underlined the importance of activism, saying that it’s what he does “to stay alive.”Martin SheenPrefacing a face-to-face interview on the WE Charity’s YouTube special Shameless Idealists, head of the organization (formerly Free the Children), Craig Kielburger, jokes that Martin Sheen has “a rap sheet almost as long as his list of film credits.”Read another story from us: Use the Force, Chucky! Mark Hamill Lends his Voice to ‘Child’s Play’ RemakeMartin Sheen is a polarizing figure for many, especially in the political arena. His methods and tactics surely may be questioned. But whatever one may think of Sheen, his films, his activism and the issues he considers worthy of being arrested for, there is no denying his conviction and courage for what he believes in. Something that can be shared across all political ideologies.last_img read more


Save 200 off Celebrity Cruises bookings with ACV until Dec 8Save 200 off Celebrity Cruises bookings with ACV until Dec 8


first_img Thursday, November 17, 2016 Share Travelweek Group Save $200 off Celebrity Cruises bookings with ACV until Dec. 8 Posted bycenter_img Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Celebrity Cruises TORONTO — Air Canada Vacations is delivering a bit of extra holiday cheer by offering air savings of $200 on all Celebrity Cruises bookings made by Dec. 8.Cruise and air must be booked together by the deadline date for departure by Dec. 31, 2016. The $200 in savings is per booking (not per person) and is taken off the base price of the air.In addition, the first and second passenger will receive prepaid gratuities.With ACV’s CruiseAir program, clients can easily add flights to their cruise packages. All flights are 100% refundable up to 30 days prior to travel and a $100 refundable deposit is all it takes to hold flights. One name change is also permitted up to 30 days prior to travel, plus clients will receive free seat selection and Aeroplan Miles.Other advantages of the CruiseAir program include Flight Guarantee and Best Price Guarantee. In case the unexpected happens and clients miss their cruise departure, ACV will arrange flights to get them to the next port of call free of charge. And with the Best Price Guarantee, ACV ensures that the price clients pay for the cruise package is the best price available. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


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first_img(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) After 10 years in the NFL, former Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson has formally retired from the NFL at 33 years old.Over three seasons in Arizona from 2015 to 2017, Johnson totaled 1,023 rushing yards and four touchdowns across 19 games.The retirement was announced via Twitter, where his agency, EAG Sports Management released an official statement written and signed by Johnson himself.“After a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided to close this chapter of my life and look forward to the new possibilities that have been afforded to me. I would like to thank the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to play the game I love and to be part of their amazing communities.”At his peak, Johnson was an explosive player with the ability to find gaps and exploit defenses regularly. 6 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Related LinksBruce Arians says only the Browns job could bring him out of retirementArizona Cardinals re-sign wide receiver Kendall WrightThe Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Sam BradfordThough his three seasons in Arizona weren’t his best, Johnson provided a nice boost during a period of transition for the Cardinals.Johnson’s greatest single season came in 2009, when he rushed for a league-high 2006 rushing yards which resulted in 14 touchdowns, two totals that he was unable to replicate over the following eight years of his career. He carried for over 1000 yards in six of his 10 seasons in the NFL.As an emerging prospect, Johnson set the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine ablaze by recording the fastest 40-yard dash the league had ever seen. His 4.24 seconds was the fastest recorded at the time and was held until 2017, when Bengals receiver John Ross set the new record at 4.22 seconds. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more


Cunard has unveiled more details of the new and reCunard has unveiled more details of the new and re


first_imgCunard has unveiled more details of the new and refreshed features which will be offered on Queen Victoria following its refurbishment next month. Scheduled for completion on 4 June 2017, some of the many highlights include a new exquisite lido sun deck as well as a stunning Winter Garden, refreshed and enhanced for guests looking to relax while enjoying some of the best views at sea.The luxury British cruise line also offers an inside look at the Britannia Club Staterooms, Britannia Club Restaurant and five new luxurious Penthouse Suites. Cunard senior vice president Simon Palethorpe said the ship’s refurbishment was designed to heighten guests’ experience in every way, from the extension of the aft lido sun deck to refreshed interiors across the board.“Responding to the demands of our guests, we’ve introduced 43 Britannia Club Staterooms, bringing the Queen Victoria in line with the rest of the Cunard fleet. The distinctive Cunard elegance remains of course and design cues have been taken from previous Cunard ships, such as the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. At the same time, there are many enhancements – for example, new bar concepts and large flat screen TVs in all staterooms – that meet the needs of today’s luxury traveller. We’re looking forward to inviting the first Cunard guests on board to enjoy the new additions and refreshed features,” Mr Palethorpe said.Highlights include:Aft Lido Sun Deck: This stunning lounge space has been extended to provide guests with additional deck space. Windbreakers and additional sun loungers and luxury cabanas have also been introduced to accommodate sunseekers on board, while the shaded area has been extended for those looking to dine al fresco. Full beverage service is also available throughout the day and into the evening to enjoy alongside live entertainment.Britannia Club Staterooms: In a prime mid-ship location on decks 7 and 8, all staterooms have been upgraded and refreshed with newly-designed carpets featuring a contemporary geometric design as well as the addition of new soft furnishings. New flat-screen TVs and, by popular request, tea and coffee making facilities, have also been added to upgrade the stateroom experience even further. The additional 43 balcony staterooms will be further enhanced with premium balconies and a nine-pillow concierge menu to ensure maximum comfort for guests on board.Britannia Club Dining: The new Britannia Club restaurant has gone through a full interior redesign and will offer guests the flexibility to dine whenever they choose. Located in the space of the former chart room, the new restaurant will be built alongside the main Britannia restaurant on Deck 2.Penthouse Suites: Five of Queen Victoria’s elegant Penthouse Suites have been completely redesigned to maximise space and luxury. The new suites feature floor to ceiling windows and doors, private balcony with stunning sea views, additional storage space and beautiful bathrooms with luxurious whirlpool baths. With butlers and concierge also on hand to take care of every need, the luxurious suites are among the finest accommodation available at sea.The ship will be taken out of service on 5 May 2017 to undergo the refit at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy.last_img read more


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