WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Erik Karlsson’s “day-to-day” injury is stretching into its third week as the two-time Norris Trophy winner skipped the Sharks trip to Winnipeg on Tuesday to rehabilitate at the team’s facilities back in San Jose.Though Karlsson will miss his fifth straight game when the Sharks take on the Winnipeg Jets, head coach Pete DeBoer expects the 28-year-old defenseman to rejoin the team at some point during its four-game trek through Western Canada that wraps up in Vancouver on …
Although a lightning strike can be terrifying to passengers, aircraft are designed to be able to withstand most strikes.On average, every plane is hit once a year.AirlineRatings has obtained this spectacular video (below) of an aircraft being struck by lightning in the US.Most lightning strikes on aircraft occur below 4000m (12,000ft).Only 10 per cent of strikes are a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time — nine out of 10 are triggered by the aircraft itself as it flies through a heavily charged area of cloud.While strikes are common, serious accidents are rare as the aircraft and its passengers are protected by the design of the aircraft which forces the lightning to redistribute itself on the outside skin.In about a third of cases aircraft suffer minor damage such as burn marks, residual magnetism and arcing at hinges.Strikes can, however, be more serious.“Positive lightning” is 10 times more powerful than its negative counterpart and accounts for about 5 per cent of strikes.Severe strikes by this powerful force can damage avionics and put the plane’s safety at risk.In 1973, a Fairchild FH227 was struck by lightning on approach to St Louis and crashed killing 38.One of the most severe case in recent times involved a Boeing 767 flying across the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand which was struck by a massive bolt of lightning which put it out of service for a month.Engineers found 5000 exit points which had to be repaired to prevent corrosion.To see a lightning encounter from the cockpit see here.Lightning by the numbers:1800 The number of thunderstorms storms around the world in progress at any given moment.40-100 The number if lightning flashes every second24,000 Average deaths from lightning each year240,000 The number of injuries from lightning58 The number of deaths in the US90 Percentage of people who ae struck who survive.Source: Fast Facts About Lightning www.lightningsafety.com
A committee of Chief Ministers on the transformation of Indian agriculture may recommend a 50% cap on increase in prices in cases where the Essential Commodities Act is applied. The panel, led by Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has agreed that the Act be applied only in rare cases such as famine and war, and may be imposed only in cases where commodity prices rise by over 50% of market rates. The NITI Aayog-constituted High Power Committee (HPC) of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture held its second meeting in Mumbai on Friday. Its suggestions are in favour of the long-pending demand of putting in abeyance certain provisions of the Act to facilitate reforms in agricultural market and attracting private investment in the sector. “The broad consensus of the panel so far has been to not repeal the Act (The Essential Commodities Act) fully; instead, put in abeyance certain provisions that do not improve market conditions for farmers. States have also reacted positively to a Niti Aayog proposal suggesting imposition of the Act only in cases where the price rise is over 50%,” Mr. Fadnavis said after the meeting.The meeting was attended by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar; Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani; Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath; Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal; Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi; and Odisha Agriculture Minister Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar joined the meeting via video conferencing.The committee discussed various recommendations for the APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) Act, Contract Farming Act and genetically modified (GM) crops. Measures to boost agricultural exports, financing of the value chain and upgrading agricultural technologies were the other points that came up for discussion, officials said. The panel also discussed the floods and unusual rain patterns in south central India, resulting in crop losses running into crores of rupees due to floods in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala. “The kharif sowing has been down by 30%, and the floods have caused widespread destruction. We have discussed the climate change situation in the meeting,” Mr. Tomar said. The committee also discussed the use of GM crops in select areas and a long-term policy on this. Maharashtra has already constituted a committee on the feasibility of GM crops. “The country is still debating the use of GM crops. We are trying to build a brand consensus on that as well,” Mr. Fadnavis said.In the next 15 days, Principal Secretaries of the agriculture departments from all States and NITI Aayog officials would meet to prepare a draft report on it.
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel wary facing improving Southamptonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel is wary facing an improving Southampton under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Saturday’s game sees Puel come up against his former club, who are currently third from bottom of the table.Puel has seen improvement at Southampton since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as manager and he expects Saints to pull clear of relegation trouble.”Of course they will,” said Puel. “They have good ingredients and quality in the team. They have good organisation and mentality and had a good result against Chelsea. They had a good attitude in their last game also and they can continue that way.”It will be a tough game as they are in form.”
By 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.”firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @afixedaddress
KOLKATA: A youth was allegedly beaten to death by his in-laws at Dholahat in South 24-Parganas on Tuesday.According to a source, Saddam Mollah (25), a resident of Mandirbazar, married Mumtaz Bibi of Dholahat approximately four years ago. After a year, Bibi gave birth to a girl child. But due to some problem in the family, they were separated and later they got divorced. However, Mollah was not able to forget his daughter, who is at present three-year-old. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt is alleged that on Sunday night he went to Dholahat to meet his daughter. However, before he could reach his in-laws house, Mollah was attacked near Bahirchak. He was allegedly beaten up by his in-laws and their neighbours. Local residents informed police seeing Mollah getting beaten up badly. The police rescued him and admitted him to Kulpi Rural Hospital. However, as his condition deteriorated, Mollah was shifted to Diamond District Hospital on Monday and further shifted to Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMollah’s family members lodged a complaint against his in-laws at the Dholahat police station. Based on the complaint, the police have initiated a murder case and arrested two persons in this regard who are Mollah’s in-laws. The police are also keeping strict vigil on his in-laws house. It is assumed that Mollah died due to internal bleeding. The police are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the exact cause of death.
New Delhi: The bond and comfort they share in real life is the key to their crackling chemistry on screen, say actors Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The duo made their debut with 2012’s “Student of the Year” and went on to star opposite each other in “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” and “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”. With the audiences appreciating their relatable depiction of young romance, all the three films became box office hits. “It is just that I connect with her, which evokes reaction, and I guess this is what translates on-screen. When we are performing, even if it is a smallest thing she does, I notice that and there is reaction to it. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Half of acting is listening and mostly we don’t do that as actors. But with her, I am definitely listening and understanding what she is trying to do,” Varun told PTI. Alia, 26, added that the credit for their successful pairing goes to the writers and directors they have worked with. “I don’t think Varun and I can take much credit when it comes to reinventing our pairing on screen. Honestly, it is in the writing and the director’s vision that comes to us and we just execute it. We execute it with a lot of passion and zest because both of us want to bring something new and give a different face to each other.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna The 31-year-old actor and Alia will be next seen in Dharma Productions’ “Kalank”, a love story set in the pre-Independence era. Alia quipped that she often gets “separation anxiety” when she wraps up a film with Varun, but is happy that filmmakers as well as audience love their pairing and keep giving them chances to work together. “Every time we work together I have this separation anxiety that now maybe we won’t get a chance to collaborate. And then we are working together in next two weeks.” Directed by Abhishek Varman, “Kalank” also features Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu. Film hits the theatres on Wednesday.
New Delhi: A Delhi court granted exemption to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh from personal appearance on Thursday but directed him to be present before it on May 9 in a defamation case filed against him by Vivek Doval, son NSA Ajit Doval.”Accused no 1 Jairam Ramesh has filed exemption application through his counsel Omar Hoda. Considering the grounds mentioned in the application, the same is allowed only for today,” the court said. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also granted bail to The Caravan’s editor-in-chief and its reporter, who appeared before the court after they were summoned as accused in the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Since the offence of defamation under section 500 IPC is bailable in nature, both the accused are admitted on bail on furnishing personal bond and surety bond in the sum of Rs 20,000 each. Bail bonds furnished and accepted,” the court said. During the hearing, lawyers appearing for the accused told the court that they have received copy of complaint and documents but copy of evidence recorded during the enquiry was unserved. The court then asked the lawyer appearing for Doval and undertook to supply the copies of all the evidence under due acknowledgment to the defence counsels today itself. “Put up for bail proceedings of accused No 1 Jairam Ramesh and for framing of notice under section 251 CrPC on May 9, 2019. All the accused shall remain present personally for the purpose of framing of notice on the next date of hearing,” the court said.
Tired of his off-the-field troubles, the Detroit Lions unceremoniously cut projected starting cornerback Aaron Berry on Monday morning after he was arrested this weekend for the second time in a month, a league source told ESPN.This time, Berry was apprehended, according to Cpl. Kyle Gautsch of the Harrisburg Police Department, on three charges of simple assault. And, to make matters worse, police said there ”was a weapon allegedly brandished during the incident.”That was enough for the Loins, apparently.Less than a month ago Berry was arrested in that area June 23 on suspicion of DUI, failure to stop and render aid from an accident and other counts. He was set to enter a diversionary program in that case.His second arrest was the latest bit of bad publicity during a troubled off-season for the Lions, who are quickly moving toward challenging the Cincinnati Bengals for players that get into off-the-field-trouble with the law.To illustrate: Lions’ running back Mikel Leshoure will miss the first two games this season without pay and will have to give up two more game checks for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Not good. Then there is defensive tackle NIck Fairley, who was arrested twice in two months. Really not good.Berry is entering his third NFL season. He started three games last season for the Lions and one the previous season.”I would just hope that everybody just holds their judgment on this matter,” said Corky Goldstein, Berry’s lawyer. ”There’s a lot more to this situation. I know Aaron is very upset over this whole situation. Let’s give the opportunity for all the facts to come out.”The Lions released a statement Sunday that hardly was a symbol of support.”We are extremely disappointed by the reports involving Aaron Berry,” the team said. ”We are currently gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate.”