New Delhi: Sultry weather will prevail in the national capital Saturday and no relief is expected from the scorching heat for two days, the weatherman said. At 8:30 am, the weather station at Safdarjung recorded the minimum temperature at 28 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, and humidity levels at 56 per cent. The city is likely to record a high of 43 degrees Celsius. However, private forecaster Skymet Weather predicted that the mercury could touch the 46-degree mark. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar A meteorological department official predicted a mainly clear sky for the rest of the day. Heat wave conditions are likely at isolated places in Delhi for the next two days, the official said. In large areas, a heatwave is declared when the mercury touches the 45-degree mark for two consecutive days and a severe heatwave is when the temperature soars to 47 degrees Celsius for two days on the trot, according to the India Meteorological Department. In small areas, like the national capital, a heatwave is declared if the maximum temperature is recorded at 45 degrees Celsius even for a day, he said.
Amritsar: A court here has convicted 13 people, including 11 former policemen, in a 2014 kidnapping and murder case of a jail inmate. Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Singh Bajwa, while convicting them on Friday, said the quantum of punishment would be pronounced on Monday. Those who have been convicted include former inspector Narang Singh, former assistant sub-inspectors Gulshanbir Singh and Sawinder Singh, ex-head constables Jagjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, ex-constables Makhtool Singh, Angrej Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Randhir Singh of the Punjab Police. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The two others are Deep Raj Singh and Jagtar Singh. On May 5, 2014, jail inmate Bikramjit Singh, who was undergoing life imprisonment in a murder case, was taken to a government hospital here for treatment. He was kidnapped from the hospital by a police team led by Narang Singh and taken to Batala where he was tortured inhumanely and then murdered, as per the complaint filed by victim’s brother Dalbir Singh. Following Bikramjit’s abduction, police had initially registered a case against him on May 6, 2014, alleging that he escaped from the police custody from the hospital premises. But later the policemen and two others were booked for his murder. All the accused have been held guilty under sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The public prosecutor said a total of 14 persons were nominated in this case and one accused, identified as former ASI Baljit Singh, was declared a proclaimed offender and is yet to be arrested.
New Delhi: Former CBI Special Director, Rakesh Asthana, was on Wednesday night given the additional charge of Director-General of the Narcotics Control Bureau. Asthana currently holds the position of DG in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. The 1984-batch IPS officer was at the centre of the CBI versus CBI battle that broke out last year when the probe agency registered a corruption case against its own Special Director. The infighting within the Central Bureau of Investigation saw major transfers of officials, with former Director Alok Verma and Asthana, both being removed from the agency. The FIR against Asthana alleged that he had agreed to accept a bribe of Rs 5 crore to stop issuing summons to Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Sana Babu. Asthana had then claimed that part of the bribe was actually intended for Verma and sent his complaint to the Central Vigilance Commission. Sana was earlier arrested by the ED in connection with a money-laundering probe against controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Earlier this year, Verma was shunted out to DG Fire Services but refused to take up his post. Moreover, former interim CBI director Nageswar Rao was also moved out of the CBI earlier and posted as DG Fire Services.
OTTAWA — Canada Post says it will struggle to make a profit in coming years despite booming parcel delivery because of a continuing decline in letter mail, higher employee costs and billions in capital spending.In a corporate forecast quietly tabled in Parliament, the Crown corporation says it is expecting to achieve “modest” profits of between $10 million and $125 million from 2019 through to 2023 but those will be driven primarily by its Purolator subsidiary, while the base Canada Post segment will post losses.The five-year plan estimates Canada Post will need to invest $3.6 billion to keep up with the growth of e-commerce shipping while modernizing to meet shipper and customer expectations and stay ahead of competitors.Meanwhile, employee costs are rising, in part due to a rural pay equity ruling last fall identified as the main cause of an estimated $264 million loss in 2018, and which is expected to add $140 million in annual costs going forward.Canada Post says it expects to have to borrow about $500 million more by 2023 to cover capital needs and to make special employee pension plan solvency payments, expected to start at over $500 million in 2020 and total over $1.8 billion by 2023.It forecasts a post office sector loss of $22 million for 2019 as total revenue grows 3.5 per cent or $234 million to $7 billion — driven by a 13 per cent increase in domestic parcel volume offset by a drop in letter mail activity of about five per cent.The document says Canada Post has spent about $4.7 million to dismantle 2,280 community mailbox sites in 12 municipalities where it had begun but didn’t complete the conversion of door-to-door delivery, acting after the Liberal government ordered the cancellation of the program.“Although Canada Post is in a financially viable position today, the forecasted growth in parcels revenue will not be enough for the Canada Post segment to achieve profitability throughout this plan’s period, nor will it be enough to make Canada Post financially self-sustaining in the long term,” the document says. The Canadian Press
New Delhi: The Centre has extended last date of filling up the top posts in the anti-corruption watchdog Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) by more than a fortnight to May 22 after it got unsatisfactory response from eligible candidates, officials said Wednesday.The Personnel Ministry had in March-end started the process of filling up the posts of Central Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioner. The last date for sending application to the ministry was May 1, which has now been extended to May 22, the ministry said in an order. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIncumbent Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin demit office in June after completing their tenure. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) consists of a Central Vigilance Commissioner and two Vigilance Commissioners. Former chief of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Sharad Kumar is the other Vigilance Commissioner. “There has not been encouraging response to the government’s notice seeking the application. Some candidates have also raised some query related to the formalities that need to be completed as part of the selection process. Keeping all this and a few other factors in mind, it has been decided to extend the last date of sending the applications,” a senior government official said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThose interested were asked to write a 300-word write-up to indicate their suitability for the post and send application to the Personnel Ministry, according to the order. They (Central Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioner) shall hold office for a term of four years from the date on which he/she enters upon his/her office or till he/she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier, it said. “All the applicants should be of outstanding merit and impeccable integrity and should have knowledge and at least 25 years of experience in the relevant field,” the ministry’s order said. A Central Vigilance Commissioner or Vigilance Commissioner is appointed from persons who have been or are in an all India services (IAS, IPS and IFoS) or in any civil service of the Union or in a civil post having knowledge and experience in the matters relating to vigilance, policy making and administration including police administration among others, the ministry said.
Rabat – The Polisario Front maintains its refusal to release opposition Sahrawi activists detained since June. The activists were arrested for participating in protests against violations and lack of human rights in the Tindouf camps.The family of detained Sahrawi activist Moulay Aba Bouzid announced that he started a hunger and water strike to protest his arbitrary detention.Former Polisario member Mustafa Salma Ould Mouloud said that Aba Bouzid’s decision to stop drinking water is the latest escalation of the protest. The new measures come after the Polisario refused to meet the detained activists’ demands after 12 days of hunger strike. In addition to Bouzid, Polisario arrested two other opposition activists, including Fadel Braika. Braika has also been on a hunger strike for two weeks.Mustafa Salma said in a Facebook post on July 28 that the detainees are calling on the Polisario Front to respect laws regarding investigation procedures and detention conditions.The activists also called for a fair trial, seeking their release pending legal charges.Last week, the families of the detained activists said they were “surprised” to know that gendarmerie members were attending hearings. The families condemned the gendarmerie’s presence, which constitutes a violation of the law, as they are not a party to the case.Mustafa Salma has called on the activists to stop the hunger strike and not put their lives in further danger.“I urge whoever is in contact with them, especially their lawyer to advise them to stop this escalation with all my respect to their feelings.”Read also: Polisario Leader Calls for Compulsory Military Service ‘To Prepare for Inevitable War’ With MoroccoMustafa Salma also condemned the injustice exerted by the Polisario Front against activists.On Saturday, July 27, a Sahrawi activist fainted during a sit-in to protest the disappearance of his father Ahmed El Khalil, who has been missing for a decade.A source in Rabouni told Morocco World News that the Polisario Front refused to dispatch an ambulance to the activist, who collapsed during the sit-in.Algerian security services and Polisario members kidnapped and arrested El Khalil in 2009 under unknown circumstances.El Khalil’s family has been staging a sit-in near the high commission of refugees in Rabouni near Tindouf, Algeria for 15 days. The sit-in aims to put pressure on Polisario to disclose information on the unjustified disappearance of their relatives.Polisario has ignored ongoing calls from NGOs, including Human Rights Watch which recently called for the immediate release of the detained activists.
The main suspect linked to a major heroin smuggling operation was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), the police said.The suspect, a Sri Lankan, was arrested after returning to Sri Lanka from India. Among those arrested are a Singaporean, 10 Iranians, two Pakistanis and one Indian. All the suspects have been remanded. (Colombo Gazette) Two others were also arrested today in Negombo, the police said. So far 14 foreigners have been detained in Sri Lanka over the 110kg of heroin worth US$7.5 million seized from an Iranian fishing trawler in the country’s biggest drug bust in nearly three years.
Ohio State junior Hugo Di Feo returns a volley against Purdue on April 9. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWinners of seven straight matches, the Ohio State men’s tennis team is looking to keep the momentum going as the Buckeyes enter their last two regular-season matches against Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend.Undefeated at home, the Buckeyes are 22-3 for the season and 7-0 in the Big Ten to hold the No. 1 slot in the conference, but the team isn’t taking this weekend’s set of matches as guaranteed wins. Although OSU has won 11 consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles (2006-16), Minnesota shared the title two years ago with the Buckeyes and is seen as a potential contender if the Gophers can top the host.“Minnesota is definitely dangerous, they’re a great team,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “Everybody knows Minnesota’s always a tough out. They’re a well-coached team, and we’ll have our hands full.”Friday’s 6 p.m. match against Minnesota will be held at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center, but the Buckeyes might have the opportunity to play against Wisconsin on the outdoor courts at the Stickney Tennis Center this coming Sunday at noon if the weather permits.Throughout the week, the Buckeyes have been practicing both indoors and outdoors in preparation for their competitions this weekend.“We’ve just been hitting as many balls as we can and really working hard, especially as it’s coming down to crunch time with Big Tens and NCAAs after this weekend,” freshman JJ Wolf said. “I think everyone’s really getting focused, and I’m starting to feel my groove a little bit better.”OSU has been successful so far this season with gaining a quick first point in the overall competition from the doubles matches, but as they head into longer game singles matches, the Buckeyes’ strategy to get a leg up over the competition is to concentrate on trying to win every first point in a set.“I think it’s really important to start every match strong, and once you have the doubles points, you know that you got to take care of the start of the singles and try to win as many first sets as you can,” junior Hugo Di Feo said. “First sets are really important because it gives the whole team a real boost when they see on the board six first sets.”Similarly to what has been seen all season, the lineup for the coming two matches will be sure to feature junior Mikael Torpegaard in a guaranteed first of second singles slot, with either Wolf or Di Feo in the second or third courts in singles. Freshman Kyle Seelig and senior Herkko Pollanen will also be seen in the mix of athletes competing on the singles courts.With just four regular-season meets left with all fellow Big Ten conference competitors, these next two matches against Minnesota and Wisconsin will be crucial for OSU as they head into the championship season. With the undefeated 14-0 home record, the Buckeyes are hoping to ride the wave of their winning-streak and use the home-court advantage to put them over the top.“We just want our guys to play the game,” Tucker said. “We’ll come out, and get after after doubles, and if the crowd gets behind us, we should be okay.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Her father Steve, 47, from Neath, South Wales, said: “I was appalled when I heard what they had done to Emma. She is a bright and talented girl who has her problems due to her Asperger’s but that hasn’t stopped her from achieving with the right support in place.”This has all the hallmarks of discrimination because of her autism and lack of knowledge of the condition.”If I thought for one moment she couldn’t cope I would be the first to admit it. Getting through school and A levels wasn’t easy but Emma proved she could cope and now the rug has been pulled form under her. Ms Burton’s family claim she has been a victim of discrimination over a lack of knowledge towards autism Ms Burton is appealing against her suspension and her father is taking legal advice in attempt to challenge the decision. The university has said an appeal will be heard in February.Mr Burton said: “They have left Emma with no way back unless they decide she can make her appeal before the end of this week. She is very upset and if the university think suspending her will help her health they are wrong. It is making matters worse.”A spokesman for the National Autistic Society said: “It is very rare for a university to use the Fitness to Study Policy – with our student lead only having ever seen this policy be used twice in her whole career, with universities usually trying by and large avoid using them.” Ms Burton, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, suffered stress-related fits earlier this year A statement by Swansea University said: “We offered a range of support to this student to help her study with her complex needs, however ultimately we felt she was too unwell to continue her studies at the present time. “This decision was taken solely with her wellbeing in mind.”We have offered her family an extended period to appeal the decision and talked to them about what medical evidence we would need which might allow us to overturn the decision.” A university has been accused of discrimination after it removed an autistic student from her course on health grounds. Emma Burton, 19, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was awarded a scholarship at Swansea University to study modern languages after performing well in her A levels.Her family claim the university failed to put in place two key support workers it knew she needed for the start of the Autumn term, which contributed to her suffering stress-related fits in October.The first-year student suffered several seizures before the right workers were found to help her.In December, the university’s health committee wrote to Emma to say she had been suspended from her course on health grounds, claiming she was not well enough to continue. Swansea University said the decision was taken with Ms Burton’s wellbeing in mindCredit:Geoff Caddick/AFP
NELSON MANDELA’S LONG walk from apartheid prisoner to South African president remade a country and inspired the world.Mandela died peacefully at home in Johannesburg aged 95 after spending months in critical condition following treatment for a lung infection.Thirteen years earlier, on February 11, 1990, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela emerged, greying but unbowed, from 27 years detention for opposing the white-minority apartheid regime.It was a defining moment of the 20th century.ApartheidIn freeing the world’s most famous political prisoner, President FW de Klerk sent an unequivocal message: after centuries of subjugation, millions of other black South Africans would soon be free too.Apartheid was over.“I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all,” a 71-year-old Mandela said in his first public speech in 27 years.“I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.”Devoid of self-pity, he reached out the same people who jailed him and who brutalised fellow blacks to preach “true reconciliation” in what was, and remains, a deeply scared country.“He came out a far greater person than the man who went in,” said former archbishop Desmond Tutu.“He had learned to understand the foibles and weaknesses of human beings and to be more generous in his judgement of others.”Four years after his release — and just a year after he received the Nobel Peace Prize — South Africans would vote in droves to elect Mandela the country’s first black president.Politician As that rarest of politicians, a leader imbued with moral force, Mandela was never likely to lose. A once-in-a-lifetime leader. But his task in office was immense, nothing less than preventing a civil war.When sworn in he said:We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity — a Rainbow Nation at peace with itself and the world,” he declared on being sworn in.He succeeded in preventing serious racial violence in part through his easy manner and mastery of symbolism.Perhaps two of his finest moments as a reconciler came when he had tea with the widow of apartheid architect Hendrik Verwoerd and when he donned the Springbok rugby jersey to congratulate the mainly white team’s victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.Mandela remains a unifying symbol in a country still riven by racial tensions and deep inequality.Obama“His life tells a story that stands in direct opposition to the cynicism and hopelessness that so often afflict our word,” US President Barack Obama wrote in the foreword toMandela’s most recent autobiography.U.S. President Barack Obama U.S. peers out from Section B, prison cell No. 5, on Robben Island, South Africa. This was former South African president Nelson Mandela’s cell, where spent 18 years of his 27-year prison term on the island locked up by the former apartheid government. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)But crime, grinding poverty and corruption scandals have effectively ended the honeymoon enjoyed after Mandela ushered in the “Rainbow Nation”.“Mandela, in a sense, was a once-in-a-hundred-year phenomenon,” said Frans Cronje of the Institute for Race Relations.“Thinking that South Africa would maintain that level or that standard of governance, of attitude, of role in international politics, I think was expecting too much.”South AfricaBorn in the village of Mvezo in one of South Africa’s poorest regions, the Transkei, on the 18 July 1918, Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela was the great-grandson of a Tembu king.He was given his English name “Nelson” by a teacher at his school.An activist since his student days at the University of Fort Hare, Mandela opened the first black law firm in Johannesburg in 1952, along with fellow activist Oliver Tambo.He became commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the armed underground wing of the African National Congress, in 1961, and the following year underwent military training in Algeria and Ethiopia. He said:An ideal for which I am prepared to die.After more than a year underground, he was arrested and in 1964 sentenced to life in prison during the Rivonia trial where he delivered a speech that was to become the manifesto of the anti-apartheid movement.African people“During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society. … It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”Mandela was jailed on Robben Island for 18 years before being transferred in 1982 to Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town and later to Victor Verster prison in nearby Paarl.Throughout his incarceration international pressure increased on South Africa.Then, in 1989 hardline President P.W. Botha was replaced by the more conciliatory F.W. De Klerk.A year later, De Klerk ordered Mandela’s release.“I wish to put it plainly that the government has taken a firm decision to release Mr Mandela unconditionally,” he told a shocked parliament.“The time for negotiation has arrived.” he said, adding: “The alternative is growing violence, tension and conflict.”A member of the crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium holds up a banner saying “Free Mandela”. Reference to Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment in Robben Island. (PA Archive)Mandela’s presidency, like that of US president Abraham Lincoln or British prime minister Winston Churchill, will not be remembered for legislative achievements.He served only one five-year term, and after his retirement in 1999 he devoted his considerable energy — despite increasing physical frailty — to mediating conflicts, especially the war in Burundi.80th birthdayIn 1998, on his 80th birthday, Mandela, after having divorced his second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, married Graca Machel, the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel.Anti-Apartheid activist Winnie Mandela, carrying her 2-year-old grandaughter Zondwa, arrives at Jan Smuts airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 30, 1985. (PA Image)Having been deprived of seeing his own children grow up while he was incarcerated, Mandela dedicated much time to improving the lives of youngsters, drumming up money from businesses to build schools in remote areas.At age 83, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and successfully underwent treatment. Throughout his life he suffered from respiratory ailments.He was diagnosed with early-stage tuberculosis while in prison in 1988.In May 2004, Mandela announced that he was scaling back his public schedule to enjoy “a much quieter life” with his family and friends.Eight months later, Mandela convened the press at his home to announce that his only surviving son had died of AIDS in a bid to encourage more openness about the disease.In January 2011 he suffered a lung infection, which recurred in late 2012 and again in late March.Mandela is survived by his wife Graca and daughters Maki, Zindzi and Zenani and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.One of Mandela’s last forays on the world stage was to help bring the World Cup to South Africa in 2010, the first time the tournament was held in Africa. He delighted the crowds at the final with a surprise appearance on the back of a golf buggy.After the World Cup, President Jacob Zuma said the surge of national pride around the tournament had brought the country close to realising Mandela’s vision.“We came very close if we did not fully achieve your dream, Tata (grandfather), of one nation united in its diversity, celebrating its achievements and working together.”(YouTube/recentblackhistory)-Additional reporting Christina Finn © – AFP 2013Read: South African Government confirms death of Nelson Mandela>More: Nelson Mandela: A life in pictures>
Is “Bear Gall Bladder” today’s “Why Won’t My Parakeet Eat My Diarrhea?” That seems to be the case, from the looks of today’s Google search trends. So, how does such a bizarre phrase make it to the top of Google search?Good question. It can be traced back to the last night’s debut of the National Geographic Channel’s new show, Wild Justice. The episode tackled the world ofbear poaching, where buyers will shell out thousands of dollars for a bear carcasses, thanks in large part to the gall bladder–a valued ingredient in Chinese medicine, which is thought to cure a number of ailments, including liver disease and simple fevers.Such hunting–outside of simple search engine queries–is illegal, however.
Disparition mystérieuse de poissons, après les oiseaux mortsMardi, sur les côtes de Nouvelle-Zélande, du Brésil et dans le plus grand estuaire des Etats-Unis, des millions de poissons sans vie ont été découverts. Un mystère qui s’ajoute à celui des trois pluies d’oiseaux morts observées aux Etats-Unis et en Suède depuis le passage à la nouvelle année.L’hécatombe continue. Mais cette fois, il ne s’agit pas de pluies d’oiseaux morts. Ce sont des millions de poissons qui ont été retrouvés sans vie, à la surface de l’eau ou jonchant le sol, à plusieurs endroits du monde. C’est le quotidien Baltimore Sun, rapporté par 7sur7.be, qui a révélé l’information concernant ces morts mystérieuses dans la baie de Chesapeake, plus grand estuaire des Etats-Unis, situé dans l’Etat du Maryland. Pas moins de 2 millions de poissons morts y ont été recensés. Le porte-parole du département de l’Environnement du Maryland parle d’une crise d’hypothermie consécutive à un bouleversement thermique brutal, note le journal américain. D’après ce monsieur, des cas similaires ont déjà été observés par le passé : en 1976 et 1980.Au large d’un autre continent, même stupeur. Un quintal de sardines et de poissons-chats ont été retrouvés morts dans des villes portuaires du Brésil. Un phénomène également relevé sur plusieurs plages néo-zélandaises. La plupart des cadavres de poissons étaient éborgnés.Ces événements restent pour le moment inexpliqués. Le plus troublant dans cette affaire, c’est qu’ils se produisent quelques jours seulement après la découverte de milliers d’oiseaux morts en Arkansas et en Louisiane, aux Etats-Unis, mais aussi à Beebe, en Suède. Plusieurs hypothèses ont été mises en avant : les oiseaux seraient morts de peur à cause des feux d’artifices de la Saint-Sylvestre, ou encore d’une possible électrocution à cause de lignes à haute tension qui bordent les autoroutes américaines. Mais pour le moment, rien n’a été confirmé. Plusieurs analyses et autopsies sont toujours en cours. Quoi qu’il en soit, ces “coincidences” restent alarmantes.Le 6 janvier 2011 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 21 Jul 2015 – The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture extends congratulations to our newest Golden Girl; Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace for her outstanding, record breaking gold medal performance at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games in the 50m freestyle event.Arianna has cemented her status as the Bahamas’ greatest swimmer and is now ranked at number four in the world in the 50m freestyle.We wish her continued success in the August World Long Course Championships and the road ahead to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:2015 rio olympics, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, World Long Course Championships Bahamas honors sports greats, Mychal Thompson gets a boulevard Bahamian Swimmer Vanderpool-Wallace a PanAm Golden Girl
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday announced a comprehensive approach to support farmers, ranchers and forest land owners in the response to climate change. The framework consists of 10 building blocks that span a range of technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage and generate clean renewable energy. According to the USDA fact sheet, the strategy focuses on “climate-smart practices designed for working production systems that provide multiple economic and environmental benefits in addition to supporting resilience to extreme weather, reduced emissions and increased carbon storage.”American Soybean Association (ASA) Washington staff participated in a conference call with agricultural stakeholders, where USDA officials described the initiative. The USDA officials stressed that the initiative is voluntary, incentive-based and built around existing Farm Bill conservation and energy programs.Through this comprehensive set of voluntary programs and initiatives spanning its programs, USDA expects to reduce net emissions and enhance carbon sequestration by over 120 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e) per year – about 2 percent of economy-wide net greenhouse emissions – by 2025. That’s the equivalent of taking 25 million cars off the road, or offsetting the emissions produced by powering nearly 11 million homes last year.In executing the new initiative announced Thursday, USDA will use authorities in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide incentives and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest land owners. Specifically, USDA will encourage actions that promote soil health, improve nutrient management, and conserve and enhance forest resources on private and public lands. In addition, USDA will redouble efforts to improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy, and use biomass both as a liquid fuel and to contribute to heating, cooling and electric needs.USDA’s strategy is made of these 10 building blocks.
Upon arriving in Ruby, Dallas Seavey quickly attended to chores. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.) Dallas Seavey’s high-tech new sled includes a mounted, rectangular cook stove, which he says has more surface area to heat water in a shorter amount of time. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.) “If I felt the trail was going to be bad, I would have gone farther,” Seavey said. “It’s a little bit of a bet that the trail is good, and it’s going to benefit me to have a good trail, particularly when it comes to being able to rest dogs in the sled. That’s the short version.”Dallas’s dad, Mitch Seavey, pulled into Ruby third and says he’ll be sticking around for four to six hours.“There’s nothing about this team that needs to be 24’ed right now,” Mitch Seavey said.The elder Seavey pulled two dogs out of his sled that he’s rested along the way, on a schedule he described as “secret.”The next two mushers were cagey, as well. Nicolas Petit arrived fourth, wearing a polar bear ruff from Kotzebue. He was put off by the steep hills and sharp turns getting back out onto the trail, and didn’t think it was a safe idea to attempt with a super-charged dog-team.Ruby is located on the south bank of the Yukon River. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.)Arriving in fifth, Joar Ulsom was less committal about his plans.“It’s always good to declare your 8-hour break, because if I was to oversleep, nothing bad would happen,” Ulsom said. “We’ll see.”Ulsom was relatively upbeat, saying he got a relaxing, hour-long nap in while the sun was up and felt wide-awake.As the sleepless nights add up, mushers will focus on avoiding mistakes and exploiting any they see by their competitors. 1 of 3 Wade Marrs was the first musher to reach the Ruby checkpoint, coming off the Yukon River into town at sunset. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.)Wade Marrs led two past champions into the Ruby checkpoint last night in the 2017 Iditarod. 350 miles into the trail, the racing is underway as teams plot their next moves along hundreds of winding miles on the Yukon River.Willow musher Wade Marrs arrived first into the checkpoint a little before 7 p.m.“There’s a lot of people out here, am I the first one here?” Marrs asked. “You are,” the response came. “Oh wow, that’s cool,” Marrs said.Marrs quickly told checkers that he’s declaring his 24-hour rest.As the first musher to Ruby, Marrs won the Pen Air Spirit of Alaska award, which comes with a special print, plus a handmade gift from Ruby residents. Marrs’s pause is brief, and he sets off to take care of his chores. Marrs quickly parks his team to settle in for some rest. He sets down beds of straw and tosses out hunks of frozen salmon, which the team devours.“These guys are monsters, they’re screaming coming up the hill,” Marrs said. “Literally barking down the trail last night. I’ve never had a team this animated and amped up. But they definitely seem like they’re just down a notch, not on attitude, definitely, but down a notch on something.”Teams can now take their 24-hour or 8-hour Yukon breaks as they leapfrog one another on opposing schedules. Mushers declare the breaks to checkers, but they don’t commit to it and can leave if they want to. Marrs was confident in his plan.“Hopefully, it works out good, as long as Dallas does what I expect him to, it will work out really well,” Marrs said.Ruby, on the south bank of the Yukon River, seen before mushers started arriving Wednesday. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.)That is, he’s expecting Dallas to do the same as 2015, when he took his 8 hour break here, camped outside Galena, and did his 24 down the trail in Huslia.“I have to try playing his game on him and get a step ahead of him, which we are now, which is perfect, so now, I just need to play my cards right,” Marrs said.46 minutes later, Dallas Seavey arrives in all black.“I’m going to declare a 24, and I’m going to declare an 8, and I’m going to declare I’m indecisive,” Seavey said.Seavey pulled three resting dogs out of his carbon fiber sled and sprints up and down the gang line, doing chores. He threw down thin pieces of foam — camping pads, a novel addition to the straw-piles used to to keep the dogs cozy.The stretch from Tanana to Ruby is the longest on the trail, nearly 120 miles. Along the way, both Seavey and Marrs rested for about four hours to break up the journey. After leaving Wednesday morning at 1:00 a.m., the two camped near each other for a morning rest, and hours later found themselves parked a few feet from one another in Ruby. That was close enough to swap race plans — or at least tentative race plans — as they worked along their dog-lines.“You taking your 24?” Seavey asked.“I think so, yeah,” Marrs said.“Why not? It’s cold out there,” Seavey responded.Seavey said the critical 24-hour break should be tailored to the specific team and ultimately involves making a bet on the trail to come. Dallas Seavey, arriving second to Ruby just after the sun set Wednesday night. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.)
Indian securities market regulator has proposed wide-ranging rule changes to allow domestic unicorns to directly list in overseas markets. The proposal released by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for feedback from stakeholders also proposes allowing foreign start-ups to tap into the Indian capital market directly by listing with stock exchanges here.A panel that Sebi appointed to look into this issue notes that such a step is necessary, in light of the ongoing internationalization of capital markets, according to a report in the Business Standard.Under existing rules, a company incorporated in India cannot directly list on a foreign bourse. Similarly, firms incorporated abroad cannot directly list their shares in Indian stock exchanges.India has currently about a dozen unicorns and some 100 companies with more than $100 million valuations. These companies could benefit if the government accepts the panel’s recommendations and frames necessary rules, the report says.Sebi set up the committee in June to examine the benefits of direct listing and recommend regulatory framework necessary for facilitating the reform.Sources point out that a major hurdle for successfully implementing the panel’s recommendations is taxation provisions. Currently, income earned from a transfer of equity shares of an unlisted Indian company listed on a foreign stock exchange is subject to capital gains tax in India.Similarly, if shares of a company incorporated in India is acquired at less than the fair market value (FMV), the difference is subjected to tax.”The current framework comes in their way of global expansion. Given the change in the complexion of Indian companies and global markets, the direct overseas listing will incur huge benefits,” the report quoted Ranu Vohra, managing director, and CEO, Avendus Capital, a member of the panel, as saying.Among the benefits of this reform, as listed by the panel includes increased competitiveness for Indian companies, a global boost to brand India, and better economic relations with other countries. The direct listing would also broaden investor base, ensure better valuations, and open an alternative capital source for Indian companies.”Equity listings by companies incorporated in India on foreign stock exchanges would allow them to access foreign capital at a lower cost. The Indian economy, in turn, will experience added growth and economic development. Similarly, equity listings of companies incorporated outside India on the Indian stock exchanges would improve the efficient allocation of capital and diversification for investors across the Indian economy,” the committee says.
Texas holds its primary runoff election on Tuesday, May 24. Voter turnout is typically lower in primaries than in general elections. When a primary goes to a second round, turnout falls even farther. That can mean shorter lines to vote. But it also means the Republican and Democratic Parties will be operating fewer polling stations.“In a primary, it’s the parties who are determining the locations, the number of workers, number of voting machines, etc.,” says Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart. “But because there’s not enough equipment for each party to cover the whole county with the same number of locations they had last November, which voters are used to in the general elections, then there will be less locations for each party.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Stanart says the best way for voters to avoid confusion is to check their polling location with the county clerk’s office online.Harris County Democrats will choose their candidate for sheriff. Former Houston city councilman Ed Gonzalez is facing off against Jerome Moore, a 16-year veteran of County Constable’s Office, Precinct 5. The winner will challenge incumbent sheriff Ron Hickman in the fall. Republicans in Harris County have a party leadership contest to decide. Incumbent party chair Paul Simpson is fighting a challenge from attorney Rick Ramos. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share 00:00 /01:21
Chrome’s rendering gets faster: here is what Google does not tell you by Martin Brinkmann on January 31, 2017 in Google Chrome – 10 commentsGoogle announced yesterday that it has implemented several improvements in the company’s Chrome web browser that improve how the browser renders content.While improvements in raw speed are always good, there is only so much you can do about that. This is why Google started to look at other methods to improve performance of Chrome.One improvement that Google mentions in the article changes how Chrome handles redraws of pages. The browser identifies areas of the page that have not changed, and those that have changed. Anything that has not changed is copied which speeds up the operation.Performance can take a hit when pages are very dynamic. Google’s optimization has Chrome track draw commands, and enables the browser to identify elements that have not been modified. It can then copy the entire thing from cache, which, according to Google, may speed up the painting of a new frame by up to 35%.The article describes a second optimization method in which Google Chrome copies tiles from previous frames, to only update specific pixels in that tile afterwards to speed up the time it takes to redraw.This new method reduces the tile redraw time by up to 40% according to the company.This sounds all good and great, but Google fails to mention that the second method is not supported by all operating systems, and even architectures.If you follow the link to Intel’s blog post about the new zero-copy feature, you will learn that the feature is only enabled by default on Chrome OS. The article dates back to March 2016 though but Google gives no indication on the version of Chrome, nor the operating systems it is enabled on by default.Zero Copy Tile Update ModeTo check whether the new Zero Copy mode is available on your device, do the following:Load chrome://gpu in the browser’s address bar.Under Graphics Feature Status, check if Native GpuMemoryBuffers is enabled. If it is not, e.g. Software Only, then you cannot make use of that right now.Under Compositor Information, check if Tile Update Mode is set to Zero-copy.If only Tile Update Mode is not set correctly, the default is set to One-copy, then you may enable the feature in the following way:Load chrome://flags/#enable-zero-copy in Chrome’s address bar.The flag Zero-copy rasterizer enables the feature in Chrome when you set it to enabled.Restart Chrome after making the change, and check the chrome://gpu page again afterwards. IT should show zero-copy there.Closing WordsA couple of things are unclear after reading Google’s blog post. First, the company does not mention the Chrome version, or operating systems the new features are available for.There is also no mentioning of whether the new zero-copy feature is an Intel only feature, or available for non-Intel processors as well.Now You: What’s your take on the announcement?SummaryArticle NameChrome’s rendering gets faster: here is what Google does not tell youDescriptionGoogle announced yesterday that it has implemented several improvements in the company’s Chrome web browser that improve how the browser renders content.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
GAYSTARNEWS- Ireen Wüst just became the first openly LGBTI athlete to win a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. The Dutch speed skater took home the silver medal in the women’s 3,000 meters. The gold medal went to team mate Carlijn Achtereekte, also from the Netherlands, who narrowly beat Wüst by 0.8 seconds.Wüst came out as bisexual in October 2009.She said after the race: ‘I just went for it,’ reports Reuters. ‘I think I had a really strong beginning of the race [and] I raced for the gold, not for silver or bronze.’‘I went really well, only the last lap was really hard. In the end I was so close but it’s not good enough.‘I have to be satisfied with the silver, although it hurts a little bit,’ she said.Ik wil niet alleen de beste zijn, maar ook de beste blijven. Benieuwd hoe ik het onmogelijke mogelijk probeer te maken? Je ziet het hier in mijn #startyourimpossible video samen met @ToyotaNL. #TeamNLToyota #olympics pic.twitter.com/G6TpJ86YJF Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . — Ireen Wüst (@Ireenw) 30 January 2018Wüst first won a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin in the same event.She then won gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver at the 1,500 meters speed skating event. Then gold again at the 2014 Games in Sochi.She was hoping to be the first Dutch athlete to get five Olympic gold medals. She’ll have another shot at this record on Monday at the 1,500 meter event.Wüst is notable for having received a ‘cuddle’ from President Vladimir Putin in Russia.Her partner, Letitia de Jong, is also a competitive speed skater.See related articles:Meet the LGBTI athletes competing at the Winter Olympics 2018 Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy: ‘We’re here, we’re queer’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ireen Wüst. | Photo: Hans Splinter / Flickr Winter Olympics 2018: Bisexual speed skater Ireen Wüst misses out on a medal in dramatic fashionWinter Olympics 2018: Bisexual ice skater Ireen Wüst tears up as she breaks huge record with gold medalSpeedskater Brittany Bowe takes Olympic medal after a comeback storyRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ireen-wust-first-athlete-win-medal-pyeongchang/
New Orleans breaks tourism record set before Katrina Tags: America, New Orleans, Trend Watch The Canadian Press Tuesday, March 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share NEW ORLEANS — A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.University of New Orleans’ Hospitality Research Center says last year’s visitors spent $7.41 billion dollars. That’s 51% more than the amount spent in 2004, and 5.1% above the spending record set in 2015.The study, made for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., was released Thursday.Mayor Mitch Landrieu says in a news release that he’s looking forward to 2017 being even bigger.Related: Beyond Bourbon St: Seven things to do in New Orleans when you’re not collecting beads