Punjab farmers stir: 38 trains remain cancelled, Delhi-Amritsar route severely affected

first_imgThirty-eight trains remained cancelled on Wednesday with almost all trains running between Amritsar and Delhi being disrupted amid farmers protest in Punjab, railways said.Senior Superintendent of Police Parmpal Singh, however, said in Amritsar that the agitation has been called off following an intervention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The trains which were cancelled include the Amritsar-New Delhi Express, Amritsar-Chandigarh Express, Haridwar-Amritsar Janshatabdi Express and the New Delhi-Jalandhar City InterCity Express. As many as eight trains were short-terminated and 11 trains were diverted, officials said. The farmers had been squatting on the rail tracks in Amritsar since March 4 in support of their demands, including full loan waiver, stopping auction of land and arrest of farmers, and payment for sugarcane crop with 15% interest.A petition seeking the removal of farmers protesting on the Amritsar-Delhi rail track was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday, with the court issuing notices to Punjab, Centre and leaders of farmers’ outfit Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee to appear before it on Wednesday.Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda informed the court that about 85 trains had been cancelled or diverted, affecting about 85,000 passengers.last_img read more

Indian-Origin Couple Arrested for Attempt to Murder Man’s Ex-Wife in U.S.

first_imgA man and his girlfriend, both of Indian origin, were arrested and charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in New Jersey over their plan to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife.Narsan Lingala, 54, and Sandya Reddy, 51, both of Noblesville, Indiana, were arrested and charged after a three-month investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI and the Woodbridge Police Department, CBS New York reported.On Aug 18, the two met a hitman with photos of Lingala’s ex-wife, who is a North Brunswick resident, and her house, not knowing that the hitman was an undercover police officer, the report said. They were arrested on the same day.Detectives recorded phone calls with the couple, who now live in Noblesville, Indiana, outside Indianapolis, Nj.com reported citing documents reviewed by NJ Advance Media in connection with the case.Following her arrest, Reddy admitted that she knew about the murder plot in a videotaped statement to police, the report added.Lingala allegedly hatched the murder plot after fighting a court case for years in an effort to get his child support and alimony amounts reduced, IndyStar reported.Though his ex-wife has not been named, a former lawsuit found by Indiawest revealed that Lingala married Saroja Alkanti in 1995. The couple had a son and a daughter who are now 21 and 15 years old, respectively.Lingala was served a restraining order during the course of his marriage following allegations of domestic violence, reports said. He filed for divorce in May 2011. In 2012, he was charged criminally with contempt of court for allegedly violating the restraining order, but the matter was ultimately transferred to family court.The earlier lawsuit also revealed that Lingana agreed to pay weekly child support of $358, on calculations of his annual income at $162,000 while his wife’s income was $47,000.Lingala was the sole owner of IT firm LMN Solutions, which had a fair value of $214,000 at that time, IndyStar reported, citing the court decision.He later argued that his earning was calculated incorrectly and that he should pay a lower amount for the child support and alimony. In 2015, Lingala lost the appeal to have the matrimonial settlement agreement set aside. Related ItemsIndian AmericanIndianalast_img read more

LFW kickstarts with whiff of freshness

first_imgFresh talent and new ideas – that’s what the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 kicked off with here Friday. As many as seven new designers wowed fashionistas at the opening of the five-day gala with distinct collections.The ‘Gen Next’ show included new designers like Aniket Satam, Sneha Arora, Asa Kazingmei, Kavita Sharma, Richa Aggarwal and a group of three called Threesome.All collections were mainly based on an array of colours and textures, with designs which were quirky and the garments, innovative.The show started with Ashta and Sidharth’s collection, which was dominated by colours like bright yellow and navy blue.It was followed by a line by the Threesome – Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma. Their collection was based on ‘Avatars’.”We based it on self-avatars, displaying the true emotion of clandestine. We all have something hidden in us which we never let out,” they said of their line, after the show.The group also emphasized that they didn’t want to do away with the true flavour of India, and so tried to “promote what we are”.Another newcomer Richa Aggarwal’s collection could be best described as “earthy”.”I tried to represent the streets of India through my collection. It was very colourful with textures. The clothes were simple yet wearable,” she said.Kavita Sharma showcased a collection ‘It’s a beautiful life’. “It was based on the idea of rebirth depicted in the Bhagwad Gita. It’s about a small child who is amused by his surroundings, and all my garments had a different story behind them,” she said.Sneha Arora’s line had a completely different look with her models sporting intellectual looks.”My theme was once upon a time in paradigm. The monotony of black and grey were broken by colour and digital prints,” she said.Asa Kazingmei’s theme was ‘immortal’. The collection had simple silhouettes along with well constructed structures. There were motifs depicting the bravery of the soldiers.The last collection of the show was by Aniket Satam, who was inspired by the prediction that the world will come to an end in 2012.The ongoing extravaganza is in its 13th edition, and is being held at the Grand Hyatt.advertisementlast_img read more

TVS Racing signs Shreya Iyer as first woman rider for team

first_imgTVS Racing signed their first woman rider – Shreya Sunder Iyer – to race for their team. Shreya will be part of the TVS Racing team in Indian National Rally championship this year. With this association, Shreya also becomes the first woman rider to be a part of any racing team in India.Shreya Sundar Iyer, the newly inducted member of the TVS Racing team said, “I am proud to be a part of the TVS Racing team. TVS Racing is by far the best Indian racing team with the best motorbikes and trainers.”ALSO READ:TVS Akula 310 to be renamed as TVS Apache RTR 300 Shreya, 24, has a dream of building a career in motor racing. She began riding at the age of 17 and became the first Indian woman rider to successfully complete a ride across the sand dunes in Dubai. Shreya has also ridden extensively across India including the isolated Suru valley in the Himalayas and also completed a rigorous Southern India biking expedition of 2,000 kilometres in just 6 days.Iyer said, “This association will help me work with the best in class machines, racers and technology. I also hope to encourage young bikers especially women to follow their passion for racing and live their dreams.”ALSO READ:TVS Motor launches updated Victor; priced at Rs 49,490Arvind Pangaonkar, Head of Team TVS Racing said, “We are happy to sign Shreya for the TVS Racing team and believe that her participation will encourage women to consider racing as a career. TVS Racing is strongly committed to promote two wheeler racing in India and generate interest and improve support for the sport in India. We make continuous efforts to take the sport to as many section of the society as possible and create the ultimate machine and promote the riders for these machines. advertisementlast_img read more

SAIC Motor to set up its first car manufacturing facility in India

first_imgSAIC Motor Corporation Limited on Tuesday announced its plan to enter the Indian automobile market through a fully-owned car manufacturing facility in the country.Ranked 46th in the Fortune Global 500 list, with an annual revenue of over USD 100 Billion, SAIC Motor is pleased to be part of the expanding Indian automotive market, slated to be the third-biggest in the world by the year 2020.The operations, which are expected to commence in 2019, will create sizeable employment opportunities under the “Make in India” and “Skill India” initiatives and positively contribute to the economic development of the region. The company is in the process of finalizing its manufacturing facility and is firming up its product strategy for the Indian market, details of which will be announced at a later stage.SAIC Motor’s vision for India is to deliver environment friendly mobility solutions under the iconic “MG” (Morris Garages) brand. As a new-age auto company focused on innovation and technology, the company offers various solutions and technological capabilities required in the development of ‘New Energy Vehicles’, to cater to the changing needs of global customers and the overall ecosystem.”The introduction of the iconic British Sports Car Brand ‘MG’ in India is an important part of SAIC Motor’s global strategy. Our aim is to provide best-in-class vehicles, integrating sophisticated British design and quality, breakthrough product features and a pleasing ownership experience,” the company said in a statement. The MG brand, which originated as an iconic British Racing Sports Brand in the year 1924, has evolved into a modern-day innovative brand through the last 93 years.advertisementMG products, that are designed and engineered at its European and Global Design Centres, will now also be manufactured in India while conforming to global quality standards and aligning with the Indian regulations, emission norms and driving conditions.SAIC Motor adopts the global standard in developing high quality products in various markets where it is located across the globe including UK, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Middle East, South East Asia, Thailand and Indonesia. SAIC Motor has also established its ‘Overseas Innovation Center’ in Silicon Valley, California. Over the years, both its MG and Maxus brands have respectively emerged as one of the fastest growing brands in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Thailand.SAIC Motor’s recent launch of a breakthrough ‘internet car’ in collaboration with Alibaba in the ‘connected car space’ is a new milestone in the global automotive industry which has seen unprecedented success. “This was possible by integrating the premium technological resources through the company’s leading world-class supplier base,” the company said.With the establishment of its fully-owned subsidiary, “MG Motor India”, the Company today also announced some senior level appointments.  Mr. Rajeev Chaba, a veteran with over two decades of experience in the automotive sector will be the President and Managing Director of MG Motor India. He joins MG Motor India with a wealth of global experience, proven track record and a very good local insight. Rajeev’s last assignment was as global COO in Vanguard Logistics, USA and as an operating partner of ManCapital, a UK based Private equity firm. Prior to that, he had worked in world class automobile companies in senior positions at different locations including Dubai, India, Japan and China.P. Balendran, also with a wealth of experience in the auto sector has been appointed as the Executive Director. Balendran has joined MG Motor India after spending over 18 years in global automobile companies in senior positions.  Before that, he had also worked in many other organizations and renowned companies within India and abroad in various senior positions.The company said it is delighted to have both Rajeev Chaba and Balendran join MG Motor India as its senior leadership team.  Their wide and varied experience in the auto sector will lead the company to a successful future in India. The company has also started functional level appointments to further strengthen its operations going forward.last_img read more

Indian hockey colts beat Bangladesh 6-3 in 3rd practice match

first_imgBengaluru, Jul 2 (PTI) Indian junior men’s hockey team came up with a collective effort to beat Bangladesh 6-3 in the third practice match at the Sports Authority of India centre here today. The home team built on an early lead with Raj Kumar Pal’s third minute field strike. Though Bangladesh were quick to respond with an equaliser via Rashel Mahamud through a set piece in the 11th minute, India worked on a good defensive structure to keep the visitors at bay till the later stages of the game. Later on Shilanand Lakra (19th) , Mohammad Umar (22nd), Mandeep Mor (33rd), Hardik Singh (46th) and Abhishek (48th) scored for India to help the hosts take a commanding 6-1 lead. Though the visitors scored two goals in a span of five minutes in the fourth and final quarter of the match through Mohammad Ashraful Islam (49th) and Mohammad Mahabub Hossain (53rd), but that was not enough to salvage a draw against the Indians. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

West Ham investigate alleged racist abuse aimed at Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 00:27 IST Mohamed Salah (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Ham United said they are investigating the incident after a video of racist slurs against Salah circulated online”I was disgusted by what I was hearing,” the user who posted the video on Twitter saidLiverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United at the London Stadium on MondayWest Ham United are investigating allegations of racist abuse aimed towards Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during Monday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at the London Stadium.A video emerged on social media in which audible racial slurs are directed at the 26-year-old Egypt international as he was taking a corner.The user who posted the video on Twitter said: “I went to watch West Ham vs Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches.”The Metropolitan Police told Reuters in an email that officers are in the process of reviewing the footage.In a statement, a West Ham spokesman said the club have a “zero tolerance policy” to any form of violent or abusive behaviour.”We are an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability, everyone is warmly welcomed at London Stadium,” he added.”Anyone identified committing an offence will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium. There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”Salah was last year named PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year after he scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season.Also Read | Gianni Infantino is the only candidate for FIFA president electionFor 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 Mohamed SalahFollow LiverpoolFollow Premier leagueFollow West Ham United Next West Ham investigate alleged racist abuse aimed at Liverpool’s Mohamed SalahA video emerged on social media in which audible racial slurs are directed at Mohamed Salah during Monday’s Premier League match. advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Use LED Lights

first_img Mr. Shaw was speaking at the signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes and the Record of Discussions, for the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP), held at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Friday (October 6). He also emphasised the need to have “the entire street lighting system across the country (utilising) LED lights”. Story Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging more Jamaicans to utilise light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs in their homes as a method of energy conservation. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging more Jamaicans to utilise light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs in their homes as a method of energy conservation.“Spend a few extra dollars, purchase LED lights, which can help you to sharply reduce your electricity bills. They are more expensive than your regular bulbs, but over time you will save a lot of money by going that route,” he said.He also emphasised the need to have “the entire street lighting system across the country (utilising) LED lights”.Mr. Shaw was speaking at the signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes and the Record of Discussions, for the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP), held at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Friday (October 6).The programme was strengthened with a loan of US$15 million from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).It is part of a joint loan of US$30 million with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which will provide the other US$15 million.The primary objective of EMEP is to bolster the Government’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key Government facilities as well as fuel usage within the sector.Expected results of the project include reduced electricity consumption within government facilities; decreased fuel consumption through traffic control management; and increased capacity of the relevant authorities or organisations in the promotion and supervision of electricity planning.The EMEP is executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.last_img read more

Provincial Government Office Closures in Cape Breton Victoria Counties

first_imgProvincial government offices in Cape Breton and Victoria counties are closed this morning, April 2, due to the weather. A decision on whether to open this afternoon will be made later this morning and an annnouncement will be made by noon. -30-last_img

Federal government passes Canadas first national accessibility legislation

first_imgOTTAWA – Disabled Canadians declared a partial victory Thursday hours after the government voted to enact Canada’s first national accessibility law, calling it a major step forward while cautioning that more work was still needed to ensure it achieves its goal.The Accessible Canada Act, which aims to improve life for those with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening. It awaits only royal assent, expected in the coming weeks, before officially becoming law.Advocates who fought for amendments to strengthen the legislation praised the governing Liberals for delivering on a promise to implement the bill and bring Canada more in line with other countries that have had such laws for years. But they also cautioned against complacency, saying more work lay ahead.“We applaud the government for its willingness to listen to Canadians with disabilities,” Council of Canadians with Disabilities chair Jewelles Smith said in a statement.“CCD reminds the government that there are many serious ongoing barriers that will not be addressed by this act, and encourages the federal government to pursue policy solutions to these well-known concerns.”Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough, who spearheadded national consultations on the bill and shepherded it through Parliament, hailed its passage as a significant moment.“This is the most transformative piece of legislation since enacting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a true testament to the work, commitment and contributions of the Canadian disability community,” she said in a statement. “This historic act sends a clear signal to Canadians that persons with disabilities will no longer be treated as an afterthought.”The act passed by Parliament bears striking differences from the version initially tabled last June.Its stated purpose — to “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in areas that fall under federal jurisdiction — was greeted with enthusiasm and remains the same. Those areas include built environments, federally run programs and services, banking, telecommunications and transportation that crosses provincial lines.But disabled advocates almost immediately began raising concerns about the effectiveness of the legislation and lobbied for changes.Last fall, a group of 95 disability groups signed an open letter outlining nine areas of perceived weakness, including the lack of a timeline for the bill’s implementation and failure to recognize various forms of sign language as official languages of the deaf.The Senate’s committee on social affairs, science and technology, citing community concerns, amended the bill to include sign language recognition as well as a timeline for the bill to be fully implemented by 2040.Those amendments were reflected in the bill that garnered parliamentary approval.Activists celebrated the passage of the act as genuine progress, but some continued to voice concerns about areas where they feel it still falls short.The Arch Disability Law Centre indicated Thursday that it was particularly troubled by the language employed throughout the bill, which repeatedly uses “may” rather than “shall” or “must” when describing initiatives.This language gives government … power to make and enforce the new accessibility requirements, but does not actually require them to use these powers,” Arch said in a statement.An amendment before the Senate committee addressed that concern but was defeated.Advocates also criticized the bill for granting the government broad powers to exempt people from the new rules, spreading enforcement over numerous agencies, and opting not to withhold federal funding from organizations that don’t comply with accessibility measures. Conservatives and New Democrats echoed those issues in Parliament.Gabrielle Peters, a Vancouver-based wheelchair user, said the government’s failure to address those areas leaves the law lacking compared to similar legislation in other countries. She said she questions whether the law will prove significant for all its meant to serve.“I and many like me will be at home with my broken wheelchair in my tiny box of an improperly adapted apartment living in poverty in a city with 8,000 corners where I can’t cross the street,” she said.“Nothing in the act will change that. But I am glad Canada finally has an Accessible Canada Act, however lacking I find it, and I want to recognize the work of those who actually worked on and for it.”last_img read more

Judge rejects groups attempt to have Quebec secularism law suspended

first_imgMONTREAL — A judge today rejected an attempt by religious and civil liberties groups to have Quebec’s secularism law suspended.Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Yergeau says Bill 21 will continue to apply until a court rules on the merits of a court challenge against it. The law prohibits some public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols at work.Lawyers representing a national Muslim organization, a civil liberties group and a university student who wears an Islamic head scarf had asked for a judicial stay on the central parts of Bill 21.They argued the law is causing serious, immediate harm to religious minorities across the province, but Yergeau says the applicants failed to demonstrate the law is causing harm that would warrant a stay for the duration of the court challenge.Bill 21 was adopted in June and it invokes the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Constitution, which prevents citizens from challenging the law for violating fundamental rights and liberties protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Lawyers challenging the bill did so on grounds rooted outside the charter. They argued the law is unconstitutional because it encroaches on federal jurisdiction, it is impermissibly vague and it violates citizens’ rights to participate in their democratic institutions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Announcing the TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 Calling all Ontarians to share

first_imgTwitter tvokids.com Bell Fibe TV SD 209 Shaw Direct SD 353 BlackBerry World On air: iTunes YouTube TORONTO, April 9, 2018 – TVO Short Doc Contest 2018 is calling all Ontarians to enter their short documentaries by July 15, 2018 for a chance to win great prizes. The theme for this year’s contest is DIY Docs, and it encourages all residents of Ontario to submit their video stories and share their perspective on a subject they feel passionate about. No previous documentary making experience is required. tvo.org/ilc Facebook Rogers channel 2 Online: “TVO’s Short Doc Contest is a meaningful way to share compelling stories with a wide audience. It also offers an important opportunity for aspiring Ontario filmmakers to jumpstart their careers,” says Hannah Sung, TVO Manager, Digital Video. “We want people to be curious, ask questions, and offer a unique perspective.”Participants are invited to enter original short documentaries up to 4 minutes and 45 seconds in length. During the entry period, TVO will share documentary filmmaking tips and best practices through several inspirational videos at tvo.org/shortdoc and on TVO’s social media channels. This series of videos will feature award-winning filmmakers Charles Officer (Unarmed Verses), Min Sook Lee (Migrant Dreams), and Lewis Gordon (the first-place winner of TVO’s Short Docs Contest 2017). The first video, “What is a documentary?”, explores the surprisingly elastic definition of what constitutes a documentary film. Subsequent videos will include tips on shooting and interviewing. Cable ch. 2 (may vary in some areas) Bell Fibe TV HD 1209 Bell Mobile TV Contest Schedule:Now through July 15, 2018 – Submit short documentaries at tvo.org/shortdoc.July 16 to August 26, 2018 – Judging panel selects the finalists.August 27 to September 19, 2018 – Public voting for the People’s Choice Award at tvo.org/shortdoc.September 20, 2018 – Winners announced.Prizing:The exciting line-up of prizes includes cash, Hot Docs Festival passes, a Twitter Canada workshop, as well as memberships for TIFF and the Documentary Organization of Canada:First prize: $2000 in cash, a pass to the Hot Docs Festival in 2019, a one-year membership to the Documentary Organization of Canada, and a pitch session with TVO’s Executive Producer of Documentaries, Jane Jankovic.Second prize: $1000 in cash, a best practices workshop at Twitter Canada, and a one-year membership to TIFF for two people.Third prize: $500 in cash and two tickets to the Canadian Film Centre’s annual BBQ fundraiser during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.Best “short short”:  New this year, this prize recognizes the best “short, short” doc which is 90 seconds in length or under. The winner will receive $500 in cash and a pass to the Hot Docs Festival in 2019.The People’s Choice Award: As voted on by the public, this winner will receive $1000 in cash, one year of free admission to all programming at the DOC Institute, and a professional consultation with a DOC Institute board member.All winners will receive a one-year Hot Docs Cinema bronze membership, and finalists will have their documentaries showcased on tvo.org. The top winners will see their documentaries air on TVO.Judging:All submissions are screened by a panel of judges including: distinguished documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin; 2017 TVO Short Doc Contest first-prize winner, Lewis Gordon; award-winning short documentary filmmaker and interactive storyteller Shasha Nakhai; and Linda Fong, independent production officer at TVO.For more information on the TVO Short Doc Contest 2018, visit www.tvo.org/shortdoc, and follow us @tvodocs on Twitter and Facebook using #TVOShortDoc.About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, thought-provoking documentaries, and award-winning TVOkids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.Where to find TVO Google Play Advertisement Twitter tvo.org Shaw Direct HD 39 Bell TV 265 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

CanadaUS delegates meet in BC to discuss halibut wastage in Bering Sea

National Marine Fisheries Service crew participate in a trawl survey in the Aleutian Islands July 3, 2012. Fishermen in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska are tossing back millions of kilograms of dead halibut they’ve caught unintentionally while scooping up other stocks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO- Paul Logan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada-U.S. delegates meet in B.C. to discuss halibut ‘wastage’ in Bering Sea by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2015 2:00 am MDT VANCOUVER – You might say it’s a story about the fish that didn’t get away.Fishermen in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska are tossing back millions of kilograms of dead halibut they’ve caught unintentionally while scooping up other stocks.The longtime practice, known as bycatch, has become the focus of intense scrutiny in Alaska and will be the subject of debate at a meeting at month’s end of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Vancouver.What’s at fault depends on who is talking. Some blame government regulations that forbid fishermen from keeping bycatch, others say it’s because of fish sorting-and-recording methods, and still others point to Alaska’s failure to follow the lead of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.Chris Oliver, executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, one of two U.S. agencies that manages the Alaskan fishery, said the public shouldn’t forget the market, either.“Yes, it’s a lot of halibut thrown over.” he said. “But again, you know, it supports a two-million-metric-ton groundfish fishery worth billions of dollars to this U.S. economy. In fairness, yes, there’s a lot of wastage of halibut.”Halibut can grow longer than 2.4 metres and weigh more than 225 kilograms. They swim as deep as 460 metres for much of the year and double that depth during the winter spawning months.The responsibility for managing the species between northern California and Alaska rests with international and national agencies. Quotas are set by the international commission, while bycatch in B.C. is managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and in Alaska by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service.Ian Stewart, a scientist at the Seattle-based halibut commission, said the debate has recently focused on areas of the eastern Bering Sea.The total halibut yield in that area this year is expected to be forecast at 1.56 million kilograms. Of that, 234,000 kilograms have been allocated to the main halibut fishery, almost 23,000 kilograms will be set aside for personal use and a so-called subsistence fishery as well as commercial wastage. A little over 1.31 million kilos have been set aside as bycatch.Stewart said those numbers don’t include an estimated 750,000 kilograms of halibut shorter than 66 centimetres.The executive director of Seattle’s Groundfish Forum, which represents five companies operating 14 factory vessels, said bycatch hasn’t been ignored in Alaska, nor is this a new issue.Chris Woodley said trawlers have cut down on bycatch in recent years and it now represents less than 0.5 per cent of all the flatfish caught in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.The issue rose to prominence last month in Alaska when fears arose that there wouldn’t be enough halibut left over for its own fishery, Woodley said.He said regulations implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service are part of the problem.Current regulations require that everything in a trawler’s nets, whether it’s targeted species such as yellowfin sole or bycatch like halibut, be sent below to the ship’s factory where observers measure and sort the halibut by sex.“All that takes about two hours, and then they’re allowed to return the halibut into the water. But after two hours, you’re not going to have a lot of live halibut, even though for part of that period they’re in fish bins and so there is some water in that.”Woodley said the Groundfish Forum plans to ask the North Pacific Fisheries Association and the National Marine Fisheries Service for an “experimental fishery permit” that would allow fishermen to sort halibut on deck and throw them back into the ocean sooner.He noted that deck sorting is taking place on trawlers in British Columbia, and that’s significantly reducing halibut bycatch and mortality.“The regulatory process in the United States, particularly in fishery management through the council, can take two to three years.”Buck Laukitis, a past president of the North Pacific Fisheries Association in Alaska, said groundfish fisheries have been doing well but there’s been a lack of political will to address the issue.Laukitis said coastal communities suffer when so much halibut goes to waste.“Halibut is the second-most important fishery to small boat fishermen in Alaska,” he said. “First is salmon, second is halibut, third is cod.”Laukitis said he wants the international body to do a better job co-ordinating the fishery with the Alaskan regulatory agencies.Bruce Leaman, the international commission’s executive director, said Alaska hasn’t followed practices in B.C., Washington, Oregon and northern California, where trawlers are bound by what’s known as individual bycatch quotas.Vessels there must stop fishing if they exceed their bycatch limit, although some jurisdictions allow for the trading of quotas.In B.C., Leaman said, the government has implemented a comprehensive, integrated groundfish management plan that has individual quotas for almost all species.Leaman said he expects the commission to spend at least an afternoon discussing the issue in Vancouver during the week-long meeting starting Jan. 26.“It is not a trivial issue by any stretch, nor an easy one to solve,” he said. “People have been working on this for 30 years now.” read more

Football Dante Booker to return and more from Urban Meyer on the

Ohio State senior linebacker Dante Booker (33) attempts to sack Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State will receive some reinforcements in its upcoming rivalry game against No. 24 Michigan with redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker cleared to play, head coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference.Booker had missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by sophomore Malik Harrison against Michigan State and redshirt senior Chris Worley against Illinois. “He’ll be cleared. So that’s good news,” Meyer said Tuesday. “He’s going to practice today.”The return of Ohio State’s third starting linebacker will be a welcomed sight to a team looking to slow down Michigan’s potent rushing offense. Meyer said the play of running back Karan Higdon has stood out to him in his preparation for the Wolverines’ offense heading into the game.“I think [Higdon] is an outstanding player and their interior offensive line is really, really good,” Meyer said. “And then they do a very good job of moving and shifting and trying to create gap issues for you, and so we’re spending an incredible amount of time on that.”Here are some more quotes from Meyer on the teleconference: Meyer on Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst: “I think he’s one of their best players if not the best player. He’s outstanding. He’s been that way for the last couple years. We have a lot of respect for him.”Meyer on importance of rivalries in college football: “I actually learned about the rivalry here and I took that with me on my journey at different stops. And I just am a big fan of rivalries and big fan of the pageantry of college football, which I think rivalries separates college football from other sports. And so I just have always had great respect for rivalries.”Meyer on key to winning rivalry matchups: “I think it’s just the focus and the attention to detail and I think that big ‘R-word,’ the respect that you have for it and understand that this rivalry is there well before them and it’s going to be there after them and same with our coaches. So it’s just, we’ve got to do the best we can to respect it and the best way to respect is to play really hard and prepare the best you can.”Meyer on preparation in special teams: “Obviously this will be a very good challenge because they have great players all over the place. Their kickoff game is outstanding. And they come after, they’re very aggressive on their punt blocks so we’re going to spend a lot of time getting ready for it because you’re right, this is always a big part of the game.”Meyer on the uncertainty behind Michigan’s starting quarterbacks: “I don’t think, I’d have to check with [defensive coordinator] Greg [Schiano] and our defensive staff more than myself, but I think they’re all similar. They’re very good players and I think it’s not like they drastically change their system with whoever’s in there.” read more

Commentary Amid football turmoil the other sports show true meaning of Scarlet

In an era of Ohio State athletics history defined by discounted tattoos, dishonesty and disgrace, it’s hard not to feel let down or jaded as football scandals are unearthed, one by one. But it’s times like these when the character of the majority should outshine that of a few. In my time with The Lantern, I’ve covered a variety of sporting events and talked to countless athletes and coaches. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the athletes worthy of recognition aren’t just the ones wearing helmets and shoulder pads. Sure, Terrelle Pryor hitting DeVier Posey over the middle for a touchdown is impressive. But it pales in comparison to synchronized swimmer Meghan Kinney fighting for her life against bone cancer as she’s forced to watch her team win a national championship without her. Watching Solomon Thomas’ Sugar Bowl-clinching interception was incredible, but it’s no more impressive than watching the men’s volleyball team defeat California-Santa Barbara for its first national championship in program history. Watching women’s lacrosse player Kirsten Donahue check opponents to the turf can be just as brutal as watching Mike Adams pancake defensive linemen. I could discuss men’s track and field All-American Michael Hartfield’s pursuit of competing at the Olympic trials in the name of his father who passed away shortly after Hartfield arrived at OSU. Or senior women’s tennis captain Paloma Escobedo fighting back from a late-season injury to compete in the sport she loves. I sat glued to my seat while softball’s Karisa Medrano pitched a complete game to clinch a 4-3 victory with runners on base against Pittsburgh. The point is, all of these athletes play with grit and determination. They win with pride and courage, and they lose with emotion and dignity. Just because they don’t enter Ohio Stadium every Saturday and play while millions watch live on television, doesn’t mean we should ignore, or worse, forget who these athletes are. They compete at every opportunity for a fraction of the recognition, and they do it with integrity and love for their sport. These are the people who represent what Buckeye athletics really are. read more

Pilot errors led to crash that killed 11 people at UK air

first_img Short URL Share Tweet Email2 Emergency services attend the scene in the aftermath of the August 2015 crash Image: Steve Parsons PA Wire/PA Images Mar 3rd 2017, 9:40 PM The pilot either did not perceive that an escape manoeuvre was necessary, or did not realise that one was possible at the speed he achieved.The pilot did not have formal training to escape from the accident manoeuvre in a Hawker Hunter and had not had his ability to do so assessed.He had not practised the technique for escaping from the accident manoeuvre, and did not know the minimum speed from which it could be carried out successfully.The manoeuvre took place over a public area over which the flight organisers had no control.The AAIB said: “The investigation found that the parties involved in the planning, conduct and regulatory oversight of the flying display did not have formal safety management systems in place to identify and manage the hazards and risks.” People attending a memorial service marking the 1-year anniversary of the crash last August Source: Gareth Fuller PA Archive/PA ImagesThe parents of 23-year-old victim Matthew Grimstone told the BBC: “Apart from anything that the pilot may have got wrong, it is very evident the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Shoreham Air Show organisers have got much to answer for.Rules laid down by the CAA were clearly inadequate and those that there were, in some cases, not fully adhered to by the air show organisers.Caroline Schilt, whose son Jacob also died in the crash, said that questions would remain unanswered until an inquest is held.She said: “The AAIB has given us as a very comprehensive and factual report of their investigation… but there are still questions and they are ones for the coroner, and she is still waiting for all the inquiries to finish before she can go further.”A pre-inquest review is set to take place on 20 June at West Sussex Coroner’s Court.Read: Nine more bodies could be found in English air show wreckageRead: Family hail chauffeur killed in Shoreham air disaster as “hero” who saved their lives 12,269 Views By Sean Murray Friday 3 Mar 2017, 9:40 PM http://jrnl.ie/3270127 Emergency services attend the scene in the aftermath of the August 2015 crash Image: Steve Parsons PA Wire/PA Images 13 Comments AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS have found that errors from the pilot were a key contributory factor to the fatal crash that killed 11 people during the Shoreham Air Show in August 2015.The Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27 road in Sussex on 22 August 2015.The jet appeared to wobble slightly and lose height at the bottom of its loop before ploughing across the A27, a major road that runs along England’s southeast coast.While pilot Andy Hill survived the crash, 11 people were killed and 13 were injured.In their report, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) identified a series of contributory factors that caused the crash.These included: Pilot errors led to crash that killed 11 people at UK air show say investigators Pilot Andy Hill was not certified to do the stunt in the Hawker Hunter plane. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Male teenager presents himself to Gardaí after 18yearold stabbed to death

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray The crime scene in Dundrum The crime scene in Dundrum Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4629886 Share39 Tweet Email Saturday 11 May 2019, 5:20 PM Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 38 Comments 70,804 Views Updated May 11th 2019, 5:20 PM A MALE TEENAGER has presented himself to Gardaí this afternoon, and is assisting the investigation into the death of a Dublin teenager last night.An 18-year-old (gardaí clarified the man’s age this morning) received fatal injuries following the stabbing at Finsbury Park in Dundrum at approximately 8.10pm.The teenager has been named locally as Azzam Raguragui.A post-mortem is due to be carried out later today by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan. The scene is currently preserved and Gardaí are still examining the area. Investigating Gardaí are now following a definite line of enquiry. Gardaí are currently not considering any racial motive in this investigation.A Muslim organisation called the Irish Sufi Foundation said it had received the “devastating and heartbreaking” news that Azzam had died last night: Azzam was a kind, courteous, respectful and cheerful young man who always had a smile on his face. He was bright, talented and ambitious with aspirations to become a successful entrepreneur. Such a tragic loss. A wonderful young life full of potential cut short.Superintendent Martin McGonnell has requested privacy for the family of the deceased at this time and a Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to the family.Gardaí say they are continuing to engage with the local community in the area of the incident and the wider community of all parties involved.It’s understood that a number of people were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Superintendent McGonnell from Dundrum Garda Station, expressed his thanks all the members of the public who have provided information in relation to this investigation and continues to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information to contact Dundrum Garda Station 01-666 5600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station. Male teenager presents himself to Gardaí after 18-year-old stabbed to death The teenager has been named locally as Azzam Raguragui. May 11th 2019, 9:21 AM last_img read more

Tributes paid to Kargil martyrs by Commander Col Ganga Sathish

first_imgTirupati: On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kargil war, ‘Vijay Diwas’ celebrated nationwide and paid rich tributes to the martyrs, who died in war with Pakistan, here on Friday. Marking the occasion, NCC Cadets led by Group Commander Col Ganga Sathish paid homage to the martyrs at a commemorative function held at Amar Jawan Memorial in Kapileswara Park in the city while a group BJP activists led by its State committee member G Gopinath also paid floral tributes remembering the sacrifices of the Jawans at the memorial. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Col Ganga Sathish recalled the bravery of our Jawans in the Kargil war in which 527 soldiers sacrificed their life for protection our borders. He said it was the sheer courage and fearlessness of our soldiers, who fought under hostile conditions in the Kargil area bordering Pakistan and brought victory to the country in the 60-day war with Pakistan. NCC officers including Colonels Daliwal, Lakshminarayana and TK Paul, Lieutenant Colonel Sridharan, Major Mahuva Bhattacharya, Group Captain MK Singh, cadets and others participated.last_img read more

Pokémon Go Celebrates its First Year With New InGame Items

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Has it been a year already? In summer 2016, it seemed that the entire world caught Pokémon fever. Even folks who aren’t normally considered gamers became obsessed with Pokémon Go. You couldn’t step foot outside your home without seeing people staring at their phones hunting down Pokémon. Pokémon Go gave its users a nice and pleasant distraction during the summer months.A few weeks back, Pokémon Go received a huge updated that made it possible to have themed gyms. Now for the one-year anniversary, Developer Niantic is adding even more to its popular game. From now until July 24, trainers will be able to catch Pikachu that are wearing Ash’s hat from the Pokémon cartoon. The store now has an Anniversary Box that has Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass. This item will be available for a limited time in the in-game store for a discounted price.“It’s hard to believe that Pokémon Go launched just a year ago, and what an amazing year it’s been!,” said Niantic in a blog post. “Since joining us last July, you’ve demonstrated the true power of Pokémon Go and augmented reality gaming by searching for Pokémon in the real world, exploring on foot, building new friendships, and discovering new places right in your own neighborhoods. Throughout this incredible journey, you’ve caught over 125 billion Pokémon and made countless memories along the way. But there are many more adventures still to come.”In addition, there will be Pokémon Go events and festivals throughout the summer. Chicago will host a Pokémon Go festival in July. Select Unibail-Rodamco locations will have events this August and September in Europe. Lastly, Japan will have Pokémon Go events at the Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama in August. If you’re a fan of the game and can make it to any of these events, you may want to do yourself a favor and check them out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Venus found to have aurora type magnetotails

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers studying the planet Venus have found that despite a lack of a magnetic field, the planet has magnetotails, which on Earth are part of the process known as the Northern and Southern Lights. This, as the team describes in their paper published in Science, is due to the solar wind interacting with the planet’s ionosphere. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. On Earth and other planets that do have a magnetic field, solar wind is deflected by the magnetism that surrounds the planet into the magnetosphere causing magnetic lines of force to break and reconnect, resulting in the show of lights in the night sky called an aurora. This process known as magnetic reconnection also causes the creation of magnetotails, or elongated stretches of the magnetosphere on the lee side of planets. This new research shows that Venus too has such magnetogtails, though the process of their creation is different.In analyzing data obtained from Venus Express, the probe sent by the European Space Agency, the researchers found that on Venus, the solar wind reacts with the ions in its ionosphere and in one instance resulted in what they describe as a magnetic plasma bubble stretching for some 2100 miles and lasting for just over a minute and a half. This they say is also an example of magnetic reconnection, albeit, one of a different kind.For years, researches have puzzled over mysterious flashes of light coming from Venus, and some have even speculated that they might be caused by magnetic reconnection, but until now lacked evidence. This new research adds strong credence to that theory and may also explain how some comet tails manage to disengage from their heads.As for whether the light generated by such instances of magnetic reconnection on Venus can truly be called an aurora, that remains up for debate. On Earth the Northern and Southern lights, also known as aurora borealis and aurora australis are named after the Roman goddess of dawn and thus are not tied to any specific scientific phenomenon, so it wouldn’t seem to be a stretch to use the same term for a similar effect discovered on another planet. Journal information: Science © 2012 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Cluster opens a new window on ‘magnetic reconnection’ in the near-Earth space More information: Magnetic Reconnection in the Near Venusian Magnetotail, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1217013ABSTRACTObservations with the Venus Express magnetometer and low-energy particle detector revealed magnetic field and plasma behavior in the near-Venus wake symptomatic of magnetic reconnection, a process that occurs in the Earth’s magnetotail but is not expected in the magnetotail of a non-magnetized planet like Venus. On 15 May 2006, the plasma flow in this region was toward the planet and the magnetic field component transverse to the flow was reversed. Magnetic reconnection is a plasma process that changes the topology of the magnetic field and results in energy exchange between the magnetic field and the plasma. Thus, the energetics of the Venus magnetotail resembles that of the terrestrial tail where energy is stored and later released from the magnetic field to the plasma. Citation: Venus found to have aurora type magnetotails (2012, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-venus-aurora-magnetotails.html Venus. Photo courtesy of NASAlast_img read more