first_imgResidents of West Bengal’s Jhargram district staged a protest on Tuesday against the destruction of crops and damage to houses caused by wild elephants in the area. Hundreds of villagers blocked roads and disrupted traffic in Sankrail area of the district alleging that forest officials were not doing enough to drive the elephants away.Basav Raj, Divisional Forest Officer, Jhargram, said a herd of over 70 elephants, including a good number of calves, is living in the Lalgarh forest of the district.Admitting that people have complained about the movement of the elephants, the DFO said that trampling of crops is a regular phenomenon in the region with both humans and elephants competing for resources. “The forest department compensates villagers for loss of crops due to elephant movement,” he said.Over the past several years, forests of south Bengal have recorded highest cases of human-elephant conflict in the country.Earlier this month, three elephants. including a calf, were run over by a train at Gidhnih in Jhargram. Forest officials said that the accident occurred because there was no history of elephant movement in that particular stretch of forest.last_img read more

first_imgCOMMENTARYAmidst all the hype, have we missed the “real” story? The Indian American Community is diverse. What’s wrong with that?The recent comments by Senator Joe Biden about the Indian American community have been hyped in the mainstream media and in the “blogosphere” over the last few days. While on a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Biden, a 2008 Democratic Presidential hopeful, had the chance to have some casual conversation with some young Indian Americans in attendance. Captured by C-SPAN, he said the following:“In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”As an Indian American Democratic political consultant who spent close to 2 years working in New Hampshire, my reaction to watching the original video (widely circulated on the internet) was something like: “there are that many Indian Americans in New Hampshire and Delaware now?”While I was concerned that Senator Biden’s comments were stereotypical and could have the unintended consequence of offending elements of the Indian American community, I did not personally find them offensive. I did find them remarkable.Here was a powerful American Senator commenting on class diversity within a relatively small immigrant community at an event in New Hampshire, where the entire Asian American population is less than 1%. (Delaware’s population is less, but these two states are among the 10 fastest growing Asian American populations in the country according to a report done by the Washington D.C. based Asian American Justice Center. Senator Biden was correct when he said the community was “growing, moving.”)So I was surprised when the next day Senator Biden was questioned about this over and over on talk shows and in the mainstream press. This has been the most interesting part of the story for me: despite passage of US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation, this is the most media attention the Indian American community has received all year.He was also immediately attacked by the Indian American Republican Council in a press release that was disingenuous and borderline irresponsible considering that Senator Biden had just been instrumental in guiding the pro-India nuclear legislation through the Senate Foreign Relations committee. As a political consultant who works with candidates and community groups on their ethnic outreach strategies, and lobbies for community concerns, I question the wisdom of manipulating community sentiment for a minor partisan gain. We will need Senator Biden’s friendship again. Luckily, for us, I am sure we will be able to count on it.When I worked in New Hampshire, I saw nine different Democratic presidential candidates in any number or settings, from casual to formal, in people’s homes and at televised debates. They made all kinds of comments, the kind political junkies treasure for their unscripted nature, and most of which would never be picked up by anyone but the lone C-SPAN camera. Only the most astute watcher (like my mother, watching “Road to the White House” hoping to catch a glimpse of me) would ever hear the kinds of snippets of casual conversation Senator Biden has been questioned about, repeatedly, on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. I do not make this point to minimize the significance of what Senator Biden said. After all, he is a powerful man who wants to be President. His every word should be scrutinized, but let’s be honest- not every random comment the actual President says gets this much attention.So, I had to ask myself, my friends, and my family, what does this all mean? Were Senator Biden’s comments truly so offensive that they merit this level of scrutiny, or maybe, (optimistically) the mainstream media is finally beginning to register the political power (whether real or perceived) of the Indian American community and thus, actually saw this incident as “real news.”General consensus in my personal circles has been, this was not a very smart comment, but hey, lots of Indian Americans do own and work in convenience stores, gas stations, and Dunkin Donuts. A lot of them have accents. What’s wrong with that? Would anyone be so “offended” if Senator Biden made the same comment about engineers at software companies or doctors in an emergency room? What about motel owners in the South? Cab drivers in New York City? Is our dirty little secret the fact that after years of fretting about model minority stereotypes, we don’t like being perceived as working class either?I don’t pretend to have the answers to these questions, but in order for us to get the most out of this “incident”, I believe Indian Americans should ask these questions and reflect deeper than the typical “knee-jerk” reaction allows.Unlike me, the Indian American Republican Council believes it does have the answer: vote Republican. Their response was incorrectly characterized by some elements of the Indian and Indian American press as representative of the entire community.Dr. Vijay, Chairman of the IARC immediately blasted Senator Biden, and brought up past gaffes by Senators Clinton and Kerry, and stated, “A clear double-standard in the mainstream media will likely ensure Senator Biden gets a pass over these comments that would get a Republican in deep trouble if he ever made a similar statement.”Well, it appears evident that Senator Biden has not received such a “pass,” and recent political history shows that the Republican leadership, from Senator Trent Lott’s deeply disturbing comments about segregation at the passing of Strom Thurmond, to President Bush’s first campaign in South Carolina in which Republican operatives used push polling to insinuate that Senator John McCain had an illegitimate “black” child (in reality- his Bangladesh born adopted daughter), is prone to making significantly worse choices in language, rhetoric, and campaign tactics when it comes to race, class, and ethnicity.If the IARC is interested in engaging in a substantive public discussion of their political party’s positions on issues regarding race and class, and how that affects our community, I would be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, I don’t expect that to happen. I do commend them on starting the discussion and for their civic engagement.When it comes to issues that truly affect the Indian American immigrant communities, particularly those who do work at stores such as 7/11 and Dunkin Donuts, (not just the ones who own them) Democratic Senators Biden, Clinton, and Kerry have always stood up for our entire community, not just the financially privileged few who make large political contributions. Instead of searching for meaningful middle ground on issues like immigration reform, voting rights, education, and health care, this election year, Republicans have blocked attempts to renew the Voting Rights Act and choose to demonize illegal immigrants. Instead of focusing on finding ways to make sure all Americans can afford to go to college and obtain quality health care, they’ve been preoccupied with finding ways to circumvent our civil liberties.Let’s have a meaningful discussion in our community about what our real values are. Dr. Vijay concludes his press statement by insisting that Senator Biden would be “surprised to hear that I am a cardiothoracic surgeon, leading a national association of Indian Americans who are physicians, attorneys, and small business owners. It’s amazing to know we don’t all work at Dunkin Donuts or the local 7/11.”In fact, Senator Biden knows a lot of people like Dr. Vijay and his colleagues. He worked closely with them when he was a critical voice of support for US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation.Besides, isn’t it amazing that we don’t all work in hospitals and engineering firms? That we’re a community of ethnic and class diversity? That we’re a community of contrasts and differing political viewpoints?Senator Biden should apologize to any Indian Americans he may have offended. Then he needs to go back to the business of being a strong Democratic Senator who represents all of his constituents. In the meantime, our community needs to continue to discuss and debate the issues and participate in the political process until we are recognized as more than the subject of a few stereotypical comments.Mini Timmarju is a former board member of the Indian American Leadership Institute. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, May 10 (PTI) Parliament today passed the Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 which seeks to transfer from the Centre to states the control over industries engaged in the production of potable alcohol, with Lok Sabha approving some technical amendments. The bill in the Lok Sabha was introduced by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and was later approved by the House amid din. The bill was earlier approved by the Rajya Sabha last month and certain changes were adopted by the Lower House. The Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 seeks to amend a schedule to exclude production of alcohol for potable purposes from the ambit of the Act. According to the Bill, the central government would continue to be responsible for formulating policy and regulating foreign collaboration (FDI and foreign technology collaboration agreements) for all products of fermentation industries, including industrial and potable alcohol. PTI RR CS AKKlast_img read more

first_imgWales have ruled out appointing an Englishman to replace Chris Coleman as manager after the Welshman stepped down last month, Welsh football governing body (FAW) has said.Coleman sought a new challenge at struggling English Championship side Sunderland after failing to lead his countrymen to next year’s World Cup in Russia.”We have always favoured Welsh people because arguably the passion is there,” FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford was quoted as saying by local media.”Somebody said this earlier, Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly, but definitely not English.”The last six Wales managers, including caretakers, have been Welsh, with Englishman Bobby Gould between 1995-99 being the last non-Welshman to manage the national team.Ford said the FAW hopes to appoint Coleman’s successor before the draw for the new UEFA Nations League on Jan. 24.”We have a little bit of time and we will be going through that process, a diligent process, to select our new manager, maybe towards the end of this year or the start of next year,” Ford added.”We have the draw for the European Nations League at the end of January so it would be lovely to take a new manager across to that draw, so that gives you the first sort of deadline we are working to.”Coleman’s assistant Osian Roberts and former Wales strikers Craig Bellamy and John Hartson have expressed interest in the job. British media have linked Welshman Tony Pulis to the hot seat after he was sacked by West Bromwich Albion last month.advertisement”Understandably a lot of people have expressed interest. These kinds of jobs advertise themselves,” Ford said.”But I also have to go and see the relevant people. It’s a two-way street – people will assess us as much as we assess them and I would expect any prospective candidate to understand the system we have in place.”Wales next play in the China Cup at the end of March in a four-team tournament with the hosts, Czech Republic and Uruguay.last_img read more

first_imgChittorgarh, Sep 27 (PTI) Big-time wrestling is coming to the fort city for the first time as the Tata Motors Junior National Wrestling Championships (U-23) gets underway here from Friday. The Under-23 championship, which will see participation of 633 wrestlers from 24 states, is also the first of its kind added to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) calendar with a view to scout more talent and encourage young wrestlers to the sport. WFI, which allotted the tournament to Chittorgarh, said it will help Rajasthan unearth new talent from the state. Rajasthan, which hosted the Senior Nationals way back in 2008, also played hosts to Junior National earlier this year in February at Jaipur. Talking on the choice of Chittorgarh, Brij Bhushan Saran, President of the Wrestling Federation of India said that Rajasthan has the potential to present more wrestlers to the country. “Our interiors, especially bordering Haryana, has immense talent. We need to tap and bring them to the fore. Besides, in smaller cities hosting an event of this size will generate a lot of interests,” he said. “It will also encourage more youngsters taking to the sport in the near future,” he added. PTI AHlast_img read more

first_imgLessons in cricket and babysitting: Rishabh Pant reacts to Virender Sehwag’s TV commercialIndia vs Australia: Virender Sehwag featured in a funny television commercial that has gone viral on social media. Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden had responded to Sehwag’s babysitting act as well.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 12:24 IST India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant, it seems, is impressed with Virender Sehwag’s babysitting act in the television commercial (Screengrab from Star Sports YouTube)India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is in awe of Virender Sehwag’s latest television commercial where the World Cup-winning former opener can be seen playing a babysitter.Virender Sehwag featured in the hilarious promotional video for the upcoming Australia’s cricket tour of India. Virat Kohli’s Team India will face a visiting Australian side in a two-match T20I series followed by a five-match ODI series, starting February 24.”Viru paaji showing me how to be better at cricket and babysitting an inspiration always!” Pant wrote on Twitter.Pant’s comments come after Sehwag was seen babysitting Australian kids in the television commercial. The batting great, known for his witty remarks, can be telling the kids: “Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge.”The television commerical refers to the on-field banter between Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine during India’s successful tour of Australia from earlier this year wherein the Australia captain asked Pant if he can babysit for him.Rishabh Pant showcased he is a spot by posing with Tim Paine’s wife and kids when the two teams met during a party hosted at the Australian Prime Minister’s official residence. Bonnie Paine took to Instagram to share a photo Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”.Rishbah Pant’s gesture went viral as Bharat Army, an group of Indian touring fans, dedicated a special song to babysitter Pant. Rohit Sharma, who recently became a father, also asked if the wicketkeeper-batsman can babysit for him.advertisementHayden responds to Sehwag’s TV commercialMeanwhile, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden took a swipe at Virender Sehwag over the television commercial, warning the Indians against taking Australia lightly.”#BeWarned Never take Aussie’s for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who’s baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy,” Hayden had tweeted.Australia will be without Steve Smith and David Warner as the prolific scorers are serving out their ball-tampering bans. In a big blow, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc was also ruled out of the upcoming limited-over series in India with an injury.On the other hand, Virat Kohli is expected to return to lead India after having been rested for two ODIs and the whole of T20I series in New Zealand. Rohit Sharma is reportedly going to be rested for at least a part of the upcoming series while Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul may earn a recall as India are looking at backup openers for the World Cup.Also Read | Matthew Hayden reacts to Sehwag’s babysitting ad: Never take the Aussies for a jokeAlso Read | Rohit Sharma likely to be rested for part of ODI series vs AustraliaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Virender SehwagFollow Sehwag babysittingFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Matthew Haydenlast_img read more

first_imgThe Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading 501c3 dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness, today announced that its fourth annual New York City Gala raised over $2 million at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.Sutton Foster Performs at Global Lyme Alliance GalaCredit/Copyright: Rob Kim for Getty Images/Global Lyme AllianceThe money raised at the event will support the GLA’s mission to advance scientific research leading to a reliable diagnostic test, improved treatment options, and ultimately, find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne disease. Ramona Singer and Erin Walker were honored at the gala while the audience was treated to a show-stopping performance by Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster.The gala experience was produced by co-chair and celebrated event producer Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, who donated his event planning and design services towards the Global Lyme Alliance’s New York Gala for the fourth consecutive year. Showcasing his unique commitment to philanthropic causes, the spectacular and one-of-a-kind gala was an evening to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders, and top scientists alike.The October 11th gala was well-attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street and recognized Ramona Singer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and star of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New York City,” and Erin Walker, mother, equestrian, business owner, and wife of 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker. Ramona has seen the devastating impact of Lyme disease first-hand through close family members and friends, and both Erin and her husband Jimmy are currently battling the disease. Lori Stokes, co-anchor of FOX 5 Good Day New York, hosted the event.Erin and Ramona both addressed the crowd in emotional testimonies of their experiences with Lyme and their dedication to raising awareness for finding a cure for this insidious disease. Jimmy Walker spoke to the crowd by way of video, thanking GLA and congratulating Erin. Global superstar Avril Lavigne recorded a special video message for the crowd, which was shown, announcing that she has officially accepted the invitation to join GLA’s Board of Directors, as well as details of the new strategic partnership between The Avril Lavigne Foundation and GLA. Avril’s new single, “Head Above Water,” is about her personal struggle with Lyme disease.Celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events donated the design and décor for the sophisticated celebration. A New York City skyline projection scaling the wall of Cipriani 42nd Street illuminated the room in midnight purple. Each table was set with gold brass teardrop lamps or glass candle centerpieces alongside small potted foliage, and atop glittering gold or black tablecloths. The awe-inspiring gala experience embodied the signature stylings of A Larry Party, perfectly balancing the highs with the lows and the formal with the relaxed to empathize significant moments. Other evening highlights included a surprise performance by the Big Apple Circus and a menu inspired by Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group, with sushi courtesy of Nobu.Past GLA Gala honoree Yolanda Hadid spoke to guests about her Lyme journey and introduced a short video that illustrates the impact Lyme can have on one’s entire family. The ceremony ended with a very special performance by Tony Award-winning actress and recording artist, Sutton Foster.The event was also attended by reality stars, Tinsley Mortimer, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Kat Cunning and actor Chris Jones; philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, health and wellness influencers, Amie Valpone, Jacqueline Sposito, Adrienne Nolan, Jordan Younger and freestyle soccer player, Skye Cowie.The Co-Chairs for the event included celebrity event producer, Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, Joseph Abboud, celebrated menswear designer and author; Charles Balducci, co-founder, Snyder/Balducci Group, Merrill Lynch; Chris Corrinet, senior VP, CBRE; Robert Kobre, vice chairman, Credit Suisse; Jarrod Nadel, chief product development officer, Tailored Brands, Inc.; Drew Nieporent, owner, Myriad Restaurant Group; and Peter Norley, COO, Credit Suisse Securities.Honorary Event Chairs included Jay McInerney, Jim Miller, Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Mike Schneider, Victor Slezak, and Marisol and Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty.Platinum Sponsors included Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, Big Apple Circus, Credit Suisse, Nancy and Bob Del Genio, David Nolan Foundation, Tailored Brands, and Withersworldwide.last_img read more

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan is reinforcing its five-year-old ban on network equipment produced by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE amid security concerns.Officials sought over the weekend to reassure lawmakers and the public that such measures have been effective and the threat to the communications sector is minimal.Huawei has established a presence in Taiwan, with its handsets among the top sellers. The company also sponsors a Christmas extravaganza in a Taipei suburb that features a giant Santa emblazoned with Huawei’s logo.While several countries have similar bans in place, the risk for Taiwan is potentially greater since China claims the island as its own territory and threatens to use military force to bring it under its control.On Monday, legislators called for extending a ban on Huawei to the financial industry.The Associated Presslast_img read more

VICTORIA — British Columbia has appointed a team of environmental and industry advisers to help the New Democrat government set and meet legislated pollution reduction targets.Environment Minister George Heyman says he plans to introduce climate legislation next spring that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2007 levels over the next 13 years.He says the legislation will also include targets to cut emissions from buildings and homes by 50 per cent, and 30 per cent from industry and transportation.Former premier Gordon Campbell introduced legislation nine years ago to reduce the emissions by 33 per cent by 2020, but the former Liberal government of Christy Clark said it won’t hit that target.Heyman says the new advisory committee includes representatives from industry, environmental, Indigenous, rural and academic communities who will meet regularly with the government about reaching its climate targets.B.C. is set to increase its carbon tax by $5 per tonne next April, raising the tax to $35 per tonne. read more

“Roads produce jobs, they generate income, they open up trade, they encourage markets and they bring security,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss said after yesterday’s signing ceremony.The deal was agreed between the Ministry of Public Works, the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and will involve UNDP managing funding provided by the World Bank, while the UN mission will supply engineers and machinery.The agreement covers roads from Foya to Voinjama, Ganta to Tappita and Zwedru to Fishtown and follows similar joint UN projects elsewhere in the country. During the signing ceremony, World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Luigi Giovine, said the project was part of an overall strategy aimed at better helping Liberia reconstruct.“The alliance between the Government, the United Nations and the World Bank in executing these works represents a new phase of the Bank’s rapid response to crises in the construction and employment generation areas,” he said.Expressing UNDP’s commitment to collaborate on this initiative, Country Director Steven Ursino said the common endeavour brings out the comparative advantages that each of the organizations can bring to Liberia’s infrastructure development. “We will also be responding to the dire need to create employment and generate income in remote areas outside Monrovia,” Mr. Ursino said, referring to Liberia’s capital.Speaking on behalf of the Government, the Acting Minister of Public Works, Luseni Donzo expressed his appreciation to the World Bank and the UN for coming together under one umbrella to enhance the rehabilitation of the country.UNMIL, established by the Security Council three years ago to support the peace process after a ceasefire between the warring factions, has played a multifaceted role in overseeing Liberia’s transition from the ravages of civil war, culminating in the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in January – the first woman elected to lead an African nation. read more

Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, now has 30 days to appoint a successor to Mr. Shirdon, who was in office for just over a year. “I hope the President will consult widely before choosing. It is in all our interests that the next PM and Government is broadly inclusive, able to unite the country and capable of delivering what Somalia needs – peace, rule of law, economic growth and good public services,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay. Mr. Kay paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, and noted that his departure was managed in accordance with the provisional constitution and the rules of procedure of the Federal Parliament. “Somalia’s institutions are coming of age. The UN is here to support their development, and looks forward to working constructively with the new administration,” he stated in a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which he heads. The envoy also urged the Federal Parliament to make progress on the many law-making and other constitutional tasks that the country urgently needs. “Over the coming years, it is important that Parliament, Government and the Presidency continue to work constructively together in full respect for the Provisional Federal Constitution.” Somalia has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress towards stability. In 2011, Al-Shabaab insurgents retreated from Mogadishu and last year, new Government institutions emerged, as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. UNSOM was established by the Security Council in June to support the Government and the people of the country in their quest for security and prosperity. read more

Coming off a game in which he scored a career-high 22 points, coach Thad Matta said that he wanted to see how LaQuinton Ross handled success. The sophomore forward responded with another statement performance on Saturday for Ohio State. Ross scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds as OSU (6-1) dispatched Long Beach State, 89-55. “I came out strong this game too,” Ross said. “I tried to show my coaches that I’m not going to base my whole season off that last game.” Matta said he liked what he saw. “The big thing with LaQuinton is continuing to just focus on all the little aspects of the game,” added Matta. “To get him playing his best basketball is obviously good for our team.” Ross wasn’t the only bench player to make an impact for OSU. Sophomore guard Shannon Scott scored just three points, but dished out nine assists and secured five rebounds. Sophomore center Amir Williams contributed with seven points and a blocked shot. In all, OSU’s bench outscored LBSU’s, 37-14. “I felt like all those guys that came in brought some energy, brought some cohesiveness,” Matta said. “Everybody came in and shared the basketball.” After making less than 40 percent of their field goals in the past two games, the Buckeyes regained their shooting touch against the 49ers. OSU connected on 31-66 (47 percent) of its shots, including 10-30 from 3-point range. The 30 3-point attempts were a season-high for OSU, and in part a product of LBSU’s defense. The 49ers seemed content to sit in a zone and cut off OSU’s penetration on drives, with the cost of giving up open looks from deep. In the first half the strategy had some success. The Buckeyes couldn’t capitalize on several wide-open looks and connected on just 4-15 3-point attempts. But in the second half the Buckeyes caught fire, made five of their first six from behind the arc, and used the deep ball to put LBSU away. “The guys work so hard on their shooting,” Matta said. “It’s amazing, it kind of becomes contagious, and when somebody knocks one down it carries over. I don’t know if I want to shoot 30 3’s in a game. We’ve got to continue to find our shooting touch and make shots.” Junior forward Deshaun Thomas led the team in scoring with 18 points. The loss drops LBSU to 3-6 on the season, in part because of a grueling non-conference schedule. Before falling to No. 7 OSU, the 49ers were defeated by No. 4 Syracuse, No. 8 Arizona and No. 20 North Carolina. LBSU coach Dan Monson said that the Buckeyes separate themselves from the other teams on the defensive end of the floor. “Of those teams, OSU is the best defensive team,” Monson said. “[Junior point guard Aaron] Craft is as good of an on-ball defender as anyone in the country.” OSU’s defense frustrated LBSU all day, and held the 49ers to 31 percent shooting. “Coach Matta wants good defense to be the identity of this team so we do a lot of defensive drills in practice,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “Right now as a team we’re playing together well on the defensive end of the floor.” OSU returns to action on Dec. 12 in a home game against Savannah State. read more

first_imgBMT WBM, a subsidiary of BMT Group, and SkillPro Services, have been recognised at the recent Australian Coal Association Research Program’s (ACARP) biennial awards ceremony for the ground breaking Active Barrier prototype system, which could play an integral role in enhancing the future safety of coal miners. The eight year project has seen a $1.6 million investment from ACARP, with the prototype successfully suppressing a series of coal dust explosions at a testing facility in South Africa. Using a flame detector to identify the approaching coal dust deflagration, the Active Barrier system successfully injected 120 litres of water within 250 milliseconds in order to suppress the explosion, as was predicted by BMT WBM’s computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling.  David Proud, Business Development Manager for BMT WBM’s Machinery group comments: “The BMT WBM/SkillPro team are delighted to receive this excellence award from ACARP. It is recognition for the hard work put in and the challenges that have been overcome in designing this prototype over the last several years. David Humphreys, SkillPro’s Manager of the Active Barrier project comments: “This R&D project has involved high-end capability in analysis, design, and testing and was well suited to the BMT WBM/SkillPro combination. The system will continue to be tested and is expected to undergo substantial reconfiguration before it becomes a commercially viable product.” Bevan Kathage, Research Co-ordinator at ACARP says: “This world-first, cutting-edge research has produced a system that is so simple in that it doesn’t rely on a complicated set of elements working together at the same time.  If this system were to save just one life, the investment would have been worth it.”last_img read more

first_imgFor the first time in years, Deloitte Global believes, “there is a mood of cautious optimism in the mining industry, with commodity prices on the rise, shallow growth returning to different end markets, and most mining companies in better cost positions than in the recent past. However, the industry is still at a pivotal point as it faces challenges from cybersecurity threats, to technological disruption and environmental issues. Mining companies now face key choices about where to invest and how to position themselves in the coming years.”Just released, Deloitte Global’s 9th annual Mining Report, Tracking the Trends, explores how mining companies can succeed by understanding and reacting to 10 trends that are expected to impact them in 2017 and beyond.“Mining companies willing to engage in substantive change, by rethinking strategy and embracing disruption to help unlock productivity and improve sustainability, will likely be best positioned to succeed,” says Philip Hopwood, Mining Sector Leader, Deloitte Global. “These companies will require strong leadership, greater collaboration and adoption of a long-term view to propel the industry forward.”The 2017 edition of Tracking the Trends explores these issues and includes a range of case studies, which showcase how mining companies are bringing new solutions to life. The key one highlighted is unlocking productivity through innovation. “In an increasingly complex world driven by new technologies, mining companies are turning to innovation to fuel success. In recent years, the mining sector has invested in technological innovations such as driverless trucks, sensors and advanced analytics to reduce cost, streamline equipment maintenance and prevent safety incidents. Today, new technological advancements are rapidly driving the next wave of productivity gains. Technologies such as drones, real-time modeling and geo-coding are creating real-time, productive and functional improvements.”“To get to the next layer of efficiency gains, companies should not only adopt the technology, but create a culture of innovation that leverages insights beyond the mining industry,” said Andrew Lane, Energy and Resources Leader, Deloitte Africa. “By adopting innovations from sectors such as manufacturing, automotive and pharmaceuticals, the mining industry can enjoy the full range of benefits new technology offers.”Additional issues identified by Deloitte Global include:• Improving shareholder value: Historically, the mining industry has underperformed in this space, with total shareholder returns in steady decline since 2011. Optimising portfolios, strengthening M&A processes, sustaining focus on cost and making long term investments are key to improving this performance.• Operating in an ecosystem: For the sector to realise major breakthroughs, companies will need to shift from a go-it-alone mentality, to one that recognises the value of operating within an ecosystem. Adopting new forms of collaboration including turning vendors into partners, collaborating with competitors and building extended partnerships can help companies achieve this goal.• Digital revolution: While there are a number of benefits to embracing digital capabilities, miners must figure out how to turn potential benefits into reality. To thrive in the future, companies must embed digital thinking, processes and structures into the entire organisation.• Mapping the threat landscape: As technology permeates all industries and sectors, mining is not immune to the accelerating threats of cybersecurity. Mining companies are subject to a wide range of risks, and with an evolving threat landscape, leaders must strengthen their cybersecurity programs.• Creating a shared vision for the sector: To foster a shared vision for the mining sector, companies and governments could benefit from finding a middle ground that aligns interests and enhances cooperation when it comes to regulations.• Re-earning the social license to operate: Winning a social license to operate is especially difficult for miners in light of a number of recent, catastrophic mining accidents and as communities continue to raise concerns about the industry’s impact on the environment. By lessening their environmental footprint, miners can foster the community trust needed to regain their social license to operate.• Supporting strategic priorities: While commodity prices have begun to recover since they began falling in 2011, following years of record profits industry leaders now understand the importance of adopting operating models that can help them respond to industry challenges and market volatility. Companies that took steps to strengthen their balance sheets in the latest round of cost take-outs are now considering how to align their operating models against these choices so they can position themselves to meet their strategic objectives and sustain their new, lower cost positions.• Creating healthy and inclusive workforces: Productivity improvement has been elevated to a mining industry mantra following the commodity price weakness of recent years. Companies, however, need to recognise that productivity goes beyond reducing costs and streamlining processes: mental health, wellness and diversity should also be considered and addressed.• Adopting an integrated approach to reporting: With governments demanding greater levels of transparency, the sector is working to strengthen compliance and disclosure practices. By standardising information, considering the benefits of over-reporting and reviewing IT systems to ensure consistent data measurement and reporting capabilities, companies can adapt to a step change in the reporting environment.“As companies recommit to a new set of strategic priorities, they will also need to adopt the next generation of operational approaches,” said Hopwood. “The time is now for mining companies to consider new strategic approaches, transforming the way mining operates across the board.”last_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver man was killed in a crash early Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 in Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police.Preliminary information indicates that a 2000 Mercedes sport-utility vehicle traveling north on the freeway at about 2:10 a.m. drifted onto the shoulder, and the driver lost control, police said in a press release. The vehicle left the roadway near Milepost 117 and rolled several times, coming to rest near some homes by the freeway, police said.A 36-year-old passenger, whose name was not released, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said that the Vancouver man was not wearing a seat belt.The driver, a 34-year-old woman, and two juvenile passengers, all from Vancouver, were taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.Troopers did not release the names of the adults involved, wanting to give family sufficient time to make notifications. Police said that no charges or citations have been issued, but the investigation is continuing.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Patrice Evra voiced his opinion that Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo at running at defenders with the ball.The Frenchman claimed Ronaldo has given him quite a few headaches on the many occasions the two former teammates have faced each other after separating. However, when asked who he would prefer to play against – Messi or Ronaldo, Evra picked the latter.“I would say Cristiano,” Evra said, according to the Express.“Messi with that little touch, it’s more difficult.”“But Cristiano you can read him. Cristiano is more about strength, about speed.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“But Messi, yeah (it’s more about small touches).”Despite this, Evra thinks Ronaldo is overall between from the most compared couple in the football world right now.“Cristiano, especially when he scored that header,” Evra claimed.“I think he nearly touched the sky.”“I remember (Sir Alex) Ferguson was shouting at me after the game.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppConcerns have been expressed about the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force laying what has been referred to as ‘adult charges’ against minors. The most recent being a 15 year old girl charged with burglary. In response to this concern the Commissioner of Police, Colin Farquar has informed that the proper procedure was followed where a parent/guardian is present along with a representative from the Social Welfare Department during the interview and the charging process. Commissioner Farquar also added that when taken before the Court, the juvenile will be considered as a juvenile and if found guilty, the punishment could be under the Juveniles Ordinance or under the Probation of Offenders Ordinance. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img March 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- More than 800 firefighters across San Diego County hit the streets this morning for the 20th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. During their daily commutes, firefighters  hopped off their engines at hundreds of intersections asking passing drivers to  help to fill their boots with spare change.All the proceeds go to Burn Institute Fire” funding their prevention education programs and burn survivor support programs. The boot drive is the Burn Institute’s largest one day fundraiser of the year.Last year it brought in more than $200,000. Firefighters collect donations for 20th Annual Boot Drive fundraiser KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) expresses appreciation to the U.S. House of Representatives for passage today of H.R. 4213, by a 215-204 margin. ASA supports the provisions in H.R. 4213 that extend the biodiesel tax incentive through December 31, 2010, retroactive to January 1, 2010. The cost of the biodiesel tax credit extension is fully offset in the bill. Extension of the biodiesel tax credit is a top priority for ASA.”ASA urges the Senate to also pass H.R. 4213 when they return from the Memorial Day recess, so that it can be sent to the President, and the biodiesel tax credit can be reinstated,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “Extension of the biodiesel tax credit is long overdue and has been continually held up for reasons unrelated to biodiesel.”Biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean farmers, as well as jobs and economic development for rural communities. Biodiesel is one of the cleanest burning biofuels currently used in commercial markets. Biodiesel is a renewable and sustainable energy source that can play a significant role in our national efforts to increase our energy security and improve our environmental footprint. The biodiesel industry is creating valuable green jobs and making a positive contribution to the economy.To press the issue with Members of the U.S. Senate, ASA has renewed the nationwide Action Alert to its members and supporters asking them to contact their Senators to urge them to pass the biodiesel tax credit extension immediately upon their return from the Memorial Day recess.”I strongly encourage all soybean farmers to contact their Senators directly over the next week, in-person, via phone and email, to explain the need for the Senate to extend the biodiesel tax incentive,” Joslin said. “The biodiesel tax incentive expired on December 31, 2009, and since that time, biodiesel production and consumption has dramatically declined, biodiesel production facilities have closed, and thousands of biodiesel industry workers have lost their jobs.”Biodiesel has the best energy balance, the best greenhouse gas reduction, and is the only advanced biofuel currently in the commercial marketplace. Biodiesel is a homegrown renewable fuel and an excellent way for America’s soybean growers to boost U.S. energy security, promote economic development and improve the environment.last_img read more