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first_imgRajasthan is promoting crop diversification as a way of shielding farmers against the vagaries of nature. The farmers have made use of the soil health cards issued to them for selecting crop patterns on the basis of productivity of land and the local agro-climatic conditions.With low land productivity and increasing use of pesticides in agriculture adversely affecting nutrients in the foodgrains, farmers are also taking up horticulture, dairy farming, pisciculture and food processing to augment their income.State Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini has said that the government would promote the policies for export of spices and processing of agricultural produces and publicise them among the agriculturists. He said ₹7,400 crore had been released to provide relief to farmers in the instances of natural calamities during the last four years.“Farmers coming to mandis with their crops are extended all facilities, including food at highly subsidised prices under the Kisan Kaleva Yojana,” Mr. Saini said while addressing a convention of Rajasthan Krishi Paryavekshak Sangathan in Bhilwara. He pointed out that an assistance of ₹143 crore had been paid to the families of 1,300 farmers who had met with accidents while performing agriculture and irrigation-related works. He called upon the Krishi Paryavekshaks to act as a bridge between the State government and farmers.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementFrom the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan WBC and WBO middleweight titlist Christina Hammer put her titles on the line against Tori Nelson. It was Hammer’s highly anticipated USA debut and she didn’t disappoint.Hammer started out with a stiff jab while putting her punches together. She was poised from the opening bell, being precise with her punches. She was showing her superior boxing skills as Nelson seemed to be outmatched from the very beginning.Nelson was trying to catch Hammer as she threw her punches with very little success, landing one punch at a time sporadically. Hammer just kept her combination punches going and began to back Nelson up by the fourth round.The champion kept the action in the middle of the ring using her movement as Nelson began to look as if she had no answers at all. By the midway point, Hammer seemed to be in complete control, giving Nelson a boxing lesson. She started everything behind her jab, showing Nelson who the boss in the ring was.Nelson to her credit kept coming and trying to land her punches but just couldn’t find her range. While Nelson landed one punch at a time, Hammer would land four or five punches of her own. Hammer just made it look easy all night.At the end of the bout it was Christina Hammer (23-0,10KO’s) winning a unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91×2)over Nelson (17-2-3,2KO’s), in what was a dominant performance. If there was a knock on Hammer its that she could of probably been more aggressive but showed tremendous boxing skills.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Aug 18, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Betiah : Air Force providing relief to flood affected people (B+A) Kolkata: Kin of Netaji protest in Kolkata(B) Lucknow: Akhilesh addresses press(A+B) Chandigarh: Amarinder clicking picture(B) Bengaluru: U B Pravin Rao addresses press(A+B) Kolkata: Kolkata zoo (A+B) Patna: RJD activists protest against Bhagalpur Srijan scam(A) Patna: Sushil Modi addresses press(B) New Delhi : Discussion on book compiling Venkaiah Naidu’s speeches(B) Patna: Sushil Modi flags off relief van(B) Gopalganj: Floods in Gopalganj(A) Bengaluru : Infosys press conference(B) Allahabad: Boy catches fish in flood water(A) Ahmedabad: Making idols of Lord Ganesha(A) Chanpatia: Taking help of a railway bridge(A+B) Srinagar: Protest in Srinagar(A+B) Bhopal: India-ASEAN Youth Summit(A) Nadia: I-Day celebrations in Nadia(B) Hubballi: BJP workers protest in Hubballi(B) Noida: Sports Complex collapses in Noida(B) Indore: Sumitra Mahajan at a ‘havan'(B) Meerut: Jayant Chawdhary detained(B) Bhopal : Raja Bhoj Multi-class Sailing Championship(B) Guwahati: Rakesh Paul produced in court(B) New Delhi: New Rs 50 banknote(B) New Delhi: New India Assurance Company Ltd presents dividend cheque to Jaitley(B) Kota: Launch of Kota-Jaipur Flight Service(B) Kolkata: Preparations for Durga Puja festival(B) New Delhi: PM receives a book on him(A) INTERNATIONAL Barcelona : A minute of silence in memory of the terrorist attacks victims(B+A) Barcelona A woman places a postcard of the Barcelona’s Sacred Family cathedral next to bunches of flowers(B) SPORTS Mumbai: Michael Clarke in Mumbai(B+A) Saint Germain en Laye : training session in Saint Germain en Laye(B) Ahmedabad: Pre- tournament press conference ofIndian Cue Masters League(B) Mumbai: Indian football team’s press conference(B+A) PTI PHOTO GCS UPTO 146 ANBadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgManchester United’s strong domestic form in recent weeks has ensured they are no longer ‘underdogs’ when they take on arch-rivals Liverpool in Sunday’s Premier League clash, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.Liverpool handed United a 3-1 defeat in their last meeting at Anfield in December which led to former manager Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and Solskjaer’s appointment.Solskjaer has since turned United’s bleak season around with 11 wins in last 13 games in all competitions, losing just once to Paris St Germain in their Champions League last-16 tie.”Suddenly we are not underdogs any more, suddenly people praise us, they think now is the time to play them,” Solskjaer told reporters.”We have to perform better than we did against PSG. We have got to learn from that experience. It’s a big game, a big team.”It’s not about emotions. I understand that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled, but with some fight in us as well.”Solskjaer said the injured pair of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard would be assessed over the next two days before he takes a call on their participation, with the Norwegian hopeful Martial would make the squad.”I hope Jesse will be OK, I hope and think Anthony will be OK,” Solskjaer added. “But we have two more days, they have to get through these two sessions. They have not been part of it yet but they have been doing some recovery work.”Anthony’s was a different muscle so we think that he might be ready and hope that Jesse will.”advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses 1. Topo x Woolrich Rover Pack 2. Topo x Woolrich Rover Pack 3. Topo x Woolrich Rover Pack Celebrate America with the Return of the Old Camp Whiskey Patriot Pack The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurecenter_img How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.There was a time, in the olden days of outdoor apparel and gear, when function and style were rarely mentioned in the same breadth. Times have changed, though, and modern manufacturers often now care just as much as about the appearance of their wares as their capabilities in the field. Woolrich — one of the oldest outdoor retailers in the United States — is a prime example, as is the Colorado-based Topo Designs. That said, meet the Topo x Woolrich Rover Pack ($190).The collaboration represents a simple twist on Topo’s classic Rover rucksack, one that utilizes Woolrich’s high-quality and American-made approach to woolen fabrics. Each of the three rugged packs revolves around an age-old silhouette and relies on a 1000d Cordura base for durability, with a basic wool upper and a cinch-top closure, not to mention an inner laptop sleeve for housing your computer and two side pockets designed for stowing water bottles or any gear you’d like cinched together with compression straps. Best of all, the aforementioned hallmarks come within a low-profile design lined with padded mesh and heavy-duty accessory d-rings, rendering the pack as streamlined as it is tough. The packs may not shine when it comes to multi-day ventures and your next cross-country endeavor, but you can bet they’ll be some of the most attractive on the trail — which is rarely a bad thing.Check out Woolrich and Topo Designs online for more information, to place an order, or to browse either company’s phenomenal selection outdoor gear and apparel. The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotia is bringing the sights and sounds of the province’s culture to the United Kingdom this summer by teaming up with the popular Jools Holland outdoor picnic concert series. Talented Nova Scotian musicians Jimmy Rankin, David Myles and Meaghan Smith will perform in a series of pre-shows before the main Jools Holland performances from June 20 to Aug. 8. Concert goers will get an unexpected musical treat and have the opportunity to learn more about what Nova Scotia has to offer, as well as a chance to win a vacation for two to Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia is delighted to be part of the extremely popular Jools Holland outdoor concert series. The U.K. is an important growth market for us and this concert series will give us the opportunity to showcase our rich and vibrant culture and entice people to visit,” said John Somers, executive director of tourism for the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. The U.K. is Nova Scotia’s largest European market. Although visitors from the UK account for less than two per cent of all visitors, it shows potential for growth. Visitors from the U.K. typically stay longer and spend more. European visitors contribute eight per cent of the province’s total tourism revenues. Participation in the Jools Holland concert series builds on the province’s marketing efforts in the U.K. In addition to the concert series, Nova Scotia continues to work with the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership to promote the Atlantic Canada brand in Europe. Nova Scotia tourism representatives in Europe also work to promote Nova Scotia to travel trade, journalists and airlines through sales calls, destination training and other activities. For more information on the concert series and the artists involved visit www.novascotia.com/jools .last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – A former Somali child refugee’s request to temporarily halt his deportation proceedings has been rejected by the Federal Court.Abdoul Abdi, who never got Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency after serving five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault.Abdi’s lawyer, Benjamin Perryman, asked the Federal Court to pause deportation proceedings scheduled for March 7 while he pursues a constitutional challenge.But, in a decision released Friday, Justice Keith Boswell rejected the bid, saying there were no exceptional circumstances warranting inference by the Federal Court.“Mr. Abdi is extremely distressed by the result,” said Perryman in an interview Friday. “My biggest concern is that Mr. Abdi’s human dignity has been ignored to date.”Perryman had argued before the Federal Court that going ahead with a deportation hearing while the 24-year-old’s constitutional challenge is ongoing would cause irreparable harm.He said the Immigration Division hearing would inevitably lead to a deportation order given the circumstances of Abdi’s case, and that he would be stripped of his right to work and his right to health care.Working is one of the conditions of Abdi’s release to a Toronto-area halfway house, so he’s at risk of returning to jail if he’s unable to meet his conditions, Perryman noted.Perryman said the Immigration Division can only look at criminal records and citizenship status — Abdi was convicted of crimes and isn’t a Canadian citizen — and cannot look at other possible factors in his case, including international human rights law and the Charter, or the fact that Nova Scotia did not apply for citizenship on his behalf when he was in foster care.“In my view, none of these reasons advanced by the applicant persuades or compels the court in this case to order a stay of the pending admissibility hearing before the Immigration Division,” wrote Boswell.“The applicant’s concerns about procedural fairness or bias and the claimed inability to raise important legal or constitutional issues before the Immigration Division are not exceptional circumstances to bypass the administrative process.”Abdi’s constitutional challenge is still in its early stages.His case has become a rallying point for advocates who say it was wrong for the province to fail to apply for citizenship on his behalf.Perryman has said deporting Abdi to Somalia — a country to which he has no ties and where he would be unable to care for his Canadian-born daughter — would be unfair.Abdi was born in Saudi Arabia in 1993. After his parents divorced, his mother — fearing persecution if she returned to Somalia — fled to Djibouti, where the family obtained refugee status.His biological mother died in the refugee camp when he was four, and two years later he came to Canada with his sister and aunts.But shortly after arriving, the children were apprehended by the Nova Scotia government. Abdi’s aunt’s efforts to regain custody were rejected, and her attempt to file a citizenship application for the children blocked.Perryman has said if the division makes a deportation order, Abdi would not be deported immediately.Follow (at)Aly Thomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn the floor of the assembly in Winnipeg reaction was mixed on the election of Perry Bellegarde as national chief.Those who didn’t vote for Bellegarde said there can’t be change if the chiefs keep going back to the same people to lead.APTN’s Brandi Morin has more.last_img

By Menan KhaterCairo – Egyptian women-activists launched a discussion forum to demand gender-parity proportional lists for women in the upcoming parliament.Egyptian activists held a discussion forum this morning to examine the amended parliamentary elections law, in terms of women participation. The forum witnessed a huge turnout from NGOs, women rights organizations, political parties, and potential candidates in the upcoming parliament.The initiative was organized as a part of women-activists endeavors in advocating social justice. Nazra (vision) for feminist studies launched this forum, in response to the previous interim President Adly Mansour decision to increase the individual candidates seats to 74% of the total number of seats—The fact that provoked many concerns from activists over the women participation. They claim individual candidacy system depends mainly on the social acceptance, the funding abilities for each candidate, and in fact it doesn’t support the systematic partisan life.Despite the 51% percentage of women in Egypt, and their remarkable appearances in the country’s major political events, the parliament still risks the existence of women as decision makers. Only 9 women participated in the previous parliament out of nearly 600 seats, where Islamists won at large. Likewise, the quota system during the Mubarak era only allowed the National Democratic Party women to join. It’s also worth noting that Egypt has the least share of women seats in parliament compared to neighboring countries, according to IPU reports.“The amended law is an outcome of a distorted political era, just like everything else.” Director of Nazra, Mozn Hassan told MWN, commenting on the latest parliamentary law. “We strive to create a healthy environment that encourages the participation of diverse women.” She added.Agitated by the public’s perception towards core women related issues, such as sexual assaults and personal status issues, as a second-rate, Hassan asserts that, “Only concerned women in Egypt are the ones who actually speak up for their rights.” She believes women participation in the parliament will profoundly contribute in solving deeply rooted crises in Egypt. The amended law stated that next parliament should include 57 seats for women elected by the lists system, along with 13 appointed ones. However, Hassan argues that the main trick lies in the electoral system itself.Meanwhile, current political leaders and potential candidates expressed their concerns during the forum towards other factors interfering in the upcoming elections process, such as the media unjust representation of Egypt’s political figures. “A string of attacks have been launched by the media against Egypt’s political parties, especially the ones affiliated by the Jan 25 revolution.” Said one of the activists.More importantly, the next parliamentary elections will be the second of its kind, along with two presidential elections, two constitutional referendums and one Shura council elections, only during the past three years. “The people are elections fatigue, there might be a low turnout, especially with the stability situation only getting worse” Added another activist from Egyptian social democratic party.The forum culminated with a list of recommendations signed by Egypt’s major women rights organizations, calling the political parties to include women in their lists via the gender parity proportional system, which they not only believe will ensure the largest number of women to succeed but also will bring fresh blood, instead of favoring the powerful and famous. The recommendations also called for a wide-scale dialogue between concerned organizations on the same issue.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

The 2014 Zumbathon to Conquer Cancer is scheduled for May 6. Led by Elna Mayberry and many other Zumba instructors from across Niagara, the event will raise money for the 2014 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event runs from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Armenian Community Centre, 156 Martindale Rd, St. Catharines.Minimum donation is $10 at the door. Door prizes will be available. Email Elna Mayberry for details, or call 905-685-7362. Donations can also be made directly. read more

Joe Skipper / Reuters An aerial view shows debris after Hurricane Dorian hit the Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. After inflicting ‘extreme damage’ on Bahamas, Dorian on path to Florida Hurricane Dorian could cost insurers $25 bln: UBS DARTH DORIAN? Hurricane nixes some ‘Star Wars’ fans’ dream trips An aerial view shows a flooded area after Hurricane Dorian hit the Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. LaQuez Williams, pastor at Jubilee Cathedral in Grand Bahama, who opened the church as a shelter for about 150 people, said he saw people on their rooftops seeking refuge.“They were calling for help, but you could not go out to reach,” Williams said. “It was very difficult because you felt helpless.”A Reuters photographer surveying the damage on Grand Bahama island said many hangers at Freeport airport and several aircraft appeared to be severely damaged.Dorian killed one person in Puerto Rico before hovering over the Bahamas for two days with torrential rains and fierce winds that whipped up 12-18 foot (3.7- to 5.5-meter) storm surges in places.At 11 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dorian was about 105 miles (170 km) south of Charleston, South Carolina, the NHC said.It had strengthened to regain its status as a Category 3 storm late on Wednesday, after passing over warm waters which are a key ingredient in hurricane intensity, the NHC said.The NHC issued a storm surge warning that covered the whole length of the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and extending to Hampton Roads in southern Virginia.More than 2.2 million people in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have been ordered to evacuate.Florida avoided a direct hit from Dorian.With many telephones down on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, residents posted lists of missing loved ones on social media sites.A single Facebook post by media outlet Our News Bahamas seeking the names of missing people had 2,000 comments listing lost family members since it went live on Tuesday, although some of the comments were also about loved ones being found.An international relief effort was under way, with a British Royal Navy vessel providing assistance and Jamaica sending a 150-member military contingent to help secure Abaco and Grand Bahama, officials said.Volunteers also ferried supplies to the islands in a flotilla of small boats.“Let us give of our best in this moment of historic tragedy,” Minnis said. NASSAU — Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas thronged rescue helicopters on Wednesday and the United Nations said 70,000 people needed immediate humanitarian relief after one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record devastated the island group.The most damaging storm to strike the island nation, Dorian killed 20 people when it hit as a highest-level Category 5 storm, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.“We expect that this number will increase,” Minnis told a news conference as the scope of the destruction and humanitarian crisis was still coming into focus.Aerial video of the worst-hit Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showed widespread devastation, with the harbor, shops and workplaces, a hospital, and airport landing strips damaged or blown to pieces, all of which is frustrating rescue efforts.Mark Lowcock, United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said in a conference call from the Bahamas that around 70,000 people needed food, shelter and medical assistance.“There is concern that some whole communities’ locations have been destroyed or are underwater or washed away,” he said. “One of the uncertainties is where the people who were living there are now and how to reach them.” An airplane is pictured near the airport after Hurricane Dorian hit the Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. ADAM DELGIUDICE / AFP/Getty Images Joe Skipper / Reuters He also encouraged international tourists to visit the Bahamas, which relies heavily on its hospitality industry.As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.The State Department said it did not believe any U.S. citizens who were in the Bahamas, a popular tourist destination, during the storm were killed.President Donald Trump said the United States was sending supplies to the islands, including materials that had been originally intended for any Dorian victims in Florida. In the United States, South Carolina was preparing for a record storm surge, potentially reaching a height of 8 feet (2 metres) at the popular vacation destination of Myrtle Beach, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory.South Carolina is also likely to suffer major flooding with the potential for over a foot of rain in places when Dorian hits the coast on Thursday or Friday, the center said.Dozens of people in the Bahamas, with a population of about 400,000, took to Facebook seeking information about missing loved ones. One aid worker described an apocalyptic level of destruction on Great Abaco Island.“There is no coordination, no communication, and things are going to get worse if that continues,” said medic Tricia Wesolek, 46. Strong gusts of wind and bands of heavy rain cover a walkway at the Jensen Beach Causeway Park in Jensen Beach, Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Joe Skipper / Reuters read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A U.S. government lawyer opened a civil trial Monday by portraying Apple Inc. as a corporate bully that swaggered into the market for electronic books in 2010, forcing an end to price competition and costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.The Justice Department attorney, Lawrence Buterman, said a dramatic price increase in e-books was “no accident or unforeseen outcome” but the result of a deliberate plan by Apple and five book publishers to eliminate Seattle-based Amazon.com’s $9.99 bargain price for popular e-books.He asked U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, who is overseeing a trial expected to last several weeks, to find that the computer company had violated anti-trust laws.Apple lawyer Orin Snyder sharply disputed the government’s claims, saying the company had been waiting eagerly for its chance to show it had enhanced competition and improved the e-book industry.“Apple is going to trial because it did nothing wrong,” he said. “Apple did not conspire with any publisher individually, collectively or otherwise to raise industry prices.”He called the government’s case bizarre, saying: “Even our government is fallible, and sometimes the government just gets it wrong.”Buterman said the scheme to boost prices to $12.99 and $14.99 was encouraged by Steve Jobs, the late founder of the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer giant. The lawyer said he would display emails and other correspondence that showed Jobs was active in the company’s efforts to control e-book prices as Apple was preparing to launch the iPad.The nonjury trial results from a lawsuit last year that accused the company of seeking to enter the market for e-books in 2010 in a way that would guarantee it 30 per cent profits. A separate court proceeding could be conducted to quantify harm to consumers.“Apple’s conduct cannot be excused,” Buterman said. “Consumers in this country paid hundreds of millions of dollars more for e-books than they would have.”But Snyder said a ruling against Apple would mark the first time in anti-trust law history in which a new entrant in a market was condemned when its presence benefited consumers.He said Apple entered an “e-book market that was broken, lacked innovation, lacked competition and was heading nowhere good.”He said publishers fought a pricing arrangement that the government said would guarantee Apple 30 per cent profits, so it defies logic to insist there was collusion.“The government is asking your honour to proceed on a perilous path,” Snyder said.The trial’s first witness, Kevin Saul, testified that Apple knew publishers were interested in charging higher prices for e-books when it entered the market. He said Apple arranged a different pricing model with publishers than Amazon.com had because Apple realized it would lose money otherwise.He said Apple was indifferent to how its competitors dealt with publishers.“We were focused solely on opening an e-books store for Apple,” Saul said.Five publishers named in the lawsuit have settled. The judge had urged Apple to do the same, though she assured Apple a fair trial Monday, saying: “The deck is not stacked against Apple unless the evidence stacks the deck against Apple.” US tells NY judge that Apple drove up e-book prices but Apple insists government has it wrong by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 10:15 am MDT read more

Jorge Miguel (centre) and his Flamenco Ensemble will perform the Brock Centre for the Arts’ swan song on April 23. Those in the entertainment industry could take a page from the playbook of Brock’s Centre for the Arts.After all, few in the business can boast of lasting 45 years and working with legends that include the likes of Bob Geldoff, Dizzy Gillespie, Darlene Love, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Steven Page – even Mr. Dress-Up.But the time has come for the centre’s finale.April 23 marks the final HOT TICKET performance at the storied venue that has been a cultural hub for Niagara Region since the lights went down and the curtain went up for the first time in 1970.Award-winning Flamenco guitarist Jorge Miguel will be the last artist to rouse a Centre for the Arts audience when he takes the stage for a spirited performance with his eight-piece ensemble of musicians and dancers.The Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble formed in 2002 to bring true Flamenco to audiences throughout Canada and beyond. Together, the group passionately honours the three pillars of Flamenco: the guitar (el Toque), the dance (el Baile) and the song (el Canté).Before the centre’s curtain call comes, however, there will be a post-show celebration to help say ‘adios.’ There will be tapas, sangria, a photo booth and behind-the-scenes tours for those curious to see where show biz magic has been made during the past five decades.In that time, one million people have been entertained, moved, thrilled and educated during more than 1,450 performances.Debbie Slade, Centre for the Arts director, has been there for most of them. The centre’s closing, which happens officially on June 11, is bittersweet for Slade, who will also call it a career after 30 years of programming the centre.A grand farewell will be held for the grande dame of the performing arts on May 14 at 7 p.m. Slade’s final day at Brock is June 30.“As I walk backstage and reflect on the artists who have performed on our stages, I am reminded of the wonderful opportunities Brock has afforded me to travel the world to bring some of the world’s finest actors, musicians, singers and dancers to St. Catharines,” Slade says.“I speak for all of the CFTA staff when I say we have made great memories together. Some of us have been together for three decades and more.”Several of the staff who have helped Slade with centre operations will carry on their roles at the City of St. Catharines-run FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on St. Paul Street.Before they go, they will all gather for a private party with Classic Albums Live on June 12.After that, both the Sean O’Sullivan and David S. Howes theatres will be dismantled. Their theatrical lighting, drapes and sound equipment will be used at the new Marilyn I. Walker School for the Fine and Performing Arts and the FirstOntario Centre.Slade applauds everyone she has worked with through the years – her colleagues, the artists, and, of course, the patrons who will get their live music fixes at the FirstOntario Centre starting next fall.“So many great nights, so many memories,” Slade says.“What I won’t miss is the long hours,” she adds with a laugh. “I have a lot of sleep to catch up on.” read more

Then-freshman forward Danny Jensen (9) kicks the ball during OSU’s match against Cleveland State on Oct. 27 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorComing off two draws in its opening weekend, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to hit the road in search of its first win.The Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Wilmington, N.C., to take on University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Elon University as part of the UNC-Wilmington Soccer Classic.Tournament play is already familiar territory for the Buckeyes (0-0-2) this season. They battled to a scoreless draw in double overtime against the University of California-Davis on Friday before seeing a similar result two days later against Butler, 2-2, at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic in Columbus.“Our passion moving forward will be good. Just to stick with it and not give up,” senior defender Konrad Kucharski said. “We went into the two overtimes, so that was definitely tough, but we didn’t give up and we kept battling through.”Though the team still gets one point for each of the two draws, some players and coaches said they feel it is paramount to get that first victory.“We need two wins this weekend,” sophomore forward Danny Jensen said. “That’s basically all that’s on our mind right now.”The two games over the weekend are the first of nine contests away from Columbus this season. Last year, the Buckeyes went 0-4-2 on the road.“It will be a little more difficult (on the road), because not sleeping in your own bed, traveling, it all takes a toll on your body,” Jensen said. “But we’ll be fine.”After failing to score a goal until more than 175 minutes of total game time had passed over the weekend, improving the fluidity of the offense continues to be the focal point in practice.“(We need to work on) overall, moving the ball forward quicker a little bit. We could’ve moved the ball quicker than we did in the past two games,” Kucharski said. “Going forward, we need to increase our shots … If we can get a few more shots and get some more half-chances, we’ll increase our chances of scoring some more goals.”Coach John Bluem said the Buckeyes are trying several methods in practice to increase goal-scoring opportunities, such as moving players to different roles in the attack, practicing the repetition of passes and movement in front of the box and working on improving team defense to lead to a better offense.OSU has history with the team it’s set to face this weekend — the Buckeyes played UNC-Wilmington (2-0-0) in last season’s regular season opening game. The team fell to the Seahawks, 2-1, in double overtime.Bluem said having seen the opposition last season will help him prepare the team for Friday night’s contest.“We know UNC-Wilmington is a big, strong team, very athletic team, difficult to play against,” Bluem said. “We know we’ll have to match that.”Elon (1-1-0) presents a more unfamiliar foe, but Bluem said he would use the Phoenix’s Friday game against Winthrop to scout his team’s Sunday opponent.OSU is set to play UNC-Wilmington on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Elon on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.After the weekend tournament, OSU is scheduled to return home to open Big Ten play against Northwestern on Sept. 14. That game is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

first_img 14 Comments IS claims responsibility as two separate bombings kill at least 122 in Pakistan and Iraq A Pakistani shrine was targeted, and a car bomb exploded in Baghdad today. THE ISLAMIC STATE group has claimed responsibility for bombings in Iraq and Pakistan today, which killed at 52 and 70 people respectively.Pakistani shrineAt least 70 people died today when a bomb ripped through a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan, police said, in the deadliest attack to hit the militancy-plagued country so far in 2017.The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement carried by the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the Sunni Muslim jihadist group.Pakistan’s leaders vowed revenge for the attack on the shrine in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, some 200 kilometres northeast of the provincial capital Karachi, which came after a bloody week of extremist assaults shook the country’s growing sense of security. The scene of the car bomb in Baghdad http://jrnl.ie/3244013 By AFP 7,944 Views The scene of the car bomb in Baghdad Image: Ali Abdul Hassan AP/Press Association Images Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 7:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Pakistani emergency services preparing to treat the injured in hospitals Source: Shakil Adil AP/Press Association ImagesA police source said a suicide bomber had entered the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a 13th century Muslim saint, and blown himself up among the devotees.The shrine would have been crowded on a Thursday, considered a sacred day for prayers.“So far 70 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded,” Inspector General of Police for Sindh province A.D. Khawaja told AFP.Many wounded people are in critical condition and they will be shifted to Karachi as soon as Navy helicopters and C-130 plane reach nearest airport.Emergency services are basic in Sehwan, with the nearest main hospital some 130 kilometres away. Provincial health minister doctor Sikandar Maindro said an emergency had been declared in Karachi hospitals.Baghdad car bombA massive car bomb ripped through a used car market in the south of Iraq’s capital, killing more than 50 people in the deadliest such attack this year, security officials said.The Amaq propaganda agency linked to the Islamic State jihadist group (IS), which has claimed nearly all such attacks recently, reported the blast and described it as targeting “a gathering of Shiites”.The explosion, which sent a thick plume of dark grey smoke billowing into the sky above Bayaa neighbourhood, sowed carnage and caused extensive destruction.“A terrorist car bomb attack struck near car dealerships in Bayaa,” a spokesman for the Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement. Source: Ali Abdul HassanAn interior ministry official gave a death toll of 52 and said that more than 50 other people were also wounded. Hospital officials confirmed the figures.He said the emergency services were struggling to cope with the scope of the attack, which ripped through the busy car market at around 4:15 pm (13:15 Irish time), and warned that the death toll may yet rise.Security officials could be seen inspecting the site before the sun went down, while some distressed civilians searched for relatives and others took pictures with their mobile phones of the large crater caused by the blast.“There are so many victims, not just one or two,” said Nasser, a young man wearing blood-stained surgical gloves who was near the site of the explosion and rushed to the scene to help the wounded.“There was one here, we carried him,” he said, pointing to a spot behind him. “We found a hand here, a leg and heart over there, everything.”The site of the bombing is an open space used as a second-hand car market where hundreds of private sellers park their vehicles and wait all day to discuss prices with prospective buyers.© – AFP 2017Read: Putin apologises after Russian air strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiersRead: ‘Do you speak Arabic?’: How the US bungled its online fight against IS Image: Ali Abdul Hassan AP/Press Association Images Feb 16th 2017, 7:10 PM Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgCern : des atomes d’antihydrogène piégés pendant 16 minutesC’est au Centre européen de recherches nucléaires (Cern) de Genève que des atomes d’antihydrogène, de l’antimatière, ont pu être piégés, et ce durant 16 minutes. L’antimatière est habituellement difficile à observer car elle s’annule automatiquement au contact de la matière. Contrairement à l’hydrogène que nous connaissons et qui est constituée d’un proton (positif) et d’un électron (négatif), l’atome d’antihydrogène, lui, est formé par un proton négatif (antiproton) et par un électron positif (positron).À lire aussiCette plongée dans l’univers va vous faire réévaluer toute votre existenceLes physiciens cherchent à comprendre ce qu’est devenue l’antimatière lors de la création de l’Univers. C’est pour tenter de répondre à cette question qu’ils étudient les propriétés de l’antimatière qui peut-être recréée dans les accélérateurs de particules comme celui du Cern. Autre question qui intéresse les physiciens : l’antimatière est-elle soumise à une antigravité ?Une étude publiée dimanche dans la revue Nature Physics rapporte et valide que des atomes d’antihydrogène ont été piégés pendant 1.000 secondes. Cela constitue un temps “assez long pour commencer à les étudier”, explique le Danois Jeffrey Hangst qui a participé à l’expérience baptisé ALPHA. Comme le précise le communiqué que rapporte l’AFP, 309 atomes ont pu être présents suffisamment longtemps pour qu’on puisse s’intéresser à eux en détail. La découverte, en parallèle, de la “gravité répulsive” expliquerait l’expansion constante de l’Univers, phénomène qui s’opposait jusque là à la théorie selon laquelle la gravité tendait à faire se rapprocher les galaxies les unes des autres. Dans le même ordre d’idée, si la loi de symétrie CPT (charge électrique, parité, temps) est respectée “une particule qui progresse dans le temps dans notre univers devrait être impossible à distinguer d’une antiparticule reculant dans le temps dans un univers miroir”, explique un communiqué du Cern. Comme le souligne M. Hangst “tout indice de brisure de la symétrie CPT obligerait à repenser sérieusement notre compréhension de la nature”.Le 6 juin 2011 à 13:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its Business and Leadership Awards. The awards aim to honor businesses and people in the community who “go above the call of duty to move business forward in Clark County.” The winners will be honored at the chamber’s Annual Dinner: Officer Installation and Awards Event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets are available at www.vancouverusa.com.The six winners and their awards include:• Business of the Year (Large Business): Silicon Forest Electronics, Frank Nichols, CEO. Nichols started Silicon Forest Electronics, which specializes in manufacturing custom electronic goods, in 1999. Currently, he’s focusing on the company’s efforts to have more of a global presence. Nichols is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, Center for Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing and a member of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Aerospace Pipeline Committee. The company, at 6204 E. 18th St., has hosted various activities for youth, including STEMfest, Manufacturing Day and the Business After School Engineering week. It employs more than 96 employees. Find out more at www.siliconforestelectronics.com.• Business of the Year (Small Business): Matrix Roofing, Wendy Marvin, CEO. Matrix Roofing started in 2007 and has since grown to 25 employees. Located at 6000 N.E. 88th St. Suite D102, It offers new construction, roof replacement, recovers, maintenance, roof and gutter cleaning, certifications and inspections, and more. Matrix Roofing also participates in the Oregon Tradeswomen Career Fair, is a member of National Women in Roofing, and is the only company in Washington that participates in No Roof Left Behind, a program that helps homeowners who are experiencing financial difficulties. Find out more at www.matrixroof.com.• Statesman of the Year: Greg Kimsey, Clark County auditor. Kimsey and the auditor’s office were recognized for their work to improve the statewide voter registration system and doing more with fewer employees. Previously, Kimsey, a Republican, was recognized by Washington’s Secretary of State as the County Auditor of the Year and by the Mainstream Republicans of Washington as the Local Government Official of the Year.• Startup to Watch (a business in its first five years of operation): Why Racing Events, Sherri McMillan, CEO. Why Racing Events, at 2310 E. Second St., as the name suggests, organizes and hosts various types of racing events, including marathons, triathalons, fun runs and more. On Sept. 15, it hosted its inaugural Appletree Boston-qualifying marathon, half-marathon and Sunset 5K. Starting with four events, Why Racing now produces 12. According to a news release, the company has raised more than $300,000 for the community in two years. It offers free race entries to certain groups, such as children, military members, breast cancer survivors and people going through alcohol and drug therapy. Learn more at www.whyracingevents.com.last_img read more

first_imgAn interceptor sits underground at Fort Greely. Photo: U.S. Army.Congress passed a short-term spending bill today that includes one longer-term project for Alaska: The bill allocates $200 million to build a fourth field of underground missile silos at Fort Greely, near Fairbanks.Listen nowThe Trump administration requested the expansion at Fort Greely last month. It’s part of a larger campaign to beef up the nation’s missile defenses to counter the North Korean threat.The new field is intended to house 20 additional missile interceptors. That would bring the total number of ground-based interceptors there to 60. The funding is available until 2022.The silo field was also included in the annual defense policy bill Congress passed.Today’s short-term spending bill avoids a government shutdown, but it only continues funding for most programs until January 19. Congress needs to pass another spending bill before then. Now though, lawmakers are leaving the Capitol for Christmas break.last_img read more

first_imgCoal India Ltd (CIL) on Saturday reported a 5 per cent production increase to 102.42 million tonnes (mt) in the second quarter of the current financial year compared to 97.6 million tones in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. Offtake was 110.42 million tonnes compared with 109 million tonnes in the review period.There was a 28 per cent fall in CIL’s consolidated net profit to Rs 2,192 crore in the second quarter of this fiscal due to higher expenses. The world’s largest coal miner had clocked a profit of Rs 3,052 crore in the same quarter previous year.Its net profit took a beating as the company’s second quarter expenses rose by almost 8 per cent compared to the flat growth in sales in the review period. Total expenses increased to Rs 14,144 crore in the July-September quarter of this year from Rs 13,112 crore in the same period last year.The bulk of the expenses were on employee benefits, on which the company spent Rs 7,286 crore.last_img read more

first_imgDuring the 1620s, Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus ordered the construction of a new warship to serve his people’s defense. The warship picked the name Vasa and its construction was hurried as Swedes were in those years waging war with the now historic bi-confederation entity reigned by one monarch–the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.Vasa’s port bow. Photo By JavierKohen – CC BY-SA 3.0Upon its creation, the Vasa warship was described with several several superlatives such as being the greatest and most capable war vessel at the disposal of the Swedish navy.The ship came to symbolize Sweden’s Great Power Period, in which the Nordic country controlled most of the Baltic Sea and forged its status as one of Europe’s most powerful kingdoms.Warship in Vasa museum in StockholmThe ship’s appearance was stunning, measuring 226 feet in length, 164 feet in height, and weighed more than 1,200 tons. With some 64 cannons installed on it, it promised whoever tried to mess with Vasa would face serious consequences. As it turned out, it never came to that.The ship, against everyone’s expectations, proved to be fallible and faced an end that might easily remind people of the story of the RMS Titanic. Vasa did not hit an iceberg but still ignominiously sunk on its very first journey.Photo by Jorge Láscar CC BY 2.0It was an embarrassing incident, overseen by crowds of Swedes who had gathered at the port of Stockholm from where the ship set sails towards the open seas for the very first and last time on August 10, 1628.There were also prominent guests in the onlooking crowd, including royals and ambassadors from other countries. Having not sailed even one nautical mile, the mighty warship suddenly plunged into the water.The preserved Vasa in the main hall of Vasa Museum seen from above the bow. Photo by Peter Isotalo CC BY-SA 3.0Accounts point to errors happening during construction. The vessel was the work of a Dutch shipbuilder. The contract was signed early in the year 1625 and Vasa was one of four vessels agreed on the list with shipbuilder Henrik Hybertsson.The original arrangement was to have two smaller and two bigger vessels. Hybertsson died shortly after undertaking the project, and the construction effort was taken over by his assistant, Hein Jakobsson.Illustration of a Swedish Emperors: Gustav Vasa, Gustav Adolf, Dronning Christine, A. Oxenstierna, Charles Gustav, Charles IX, TorstensonConstruction plans were obviously modified, as Vasa, which was supposed to be one of the two smaller ships, appeared to be fitting the pair of two bigger ships upon completion.The ship came out much heavier than planned. It also carried extra weights such as hundreds of sculptures and at least 100 tons of ballast.Vasa warship canon hatches detailMore evidence shows that the Swedes had the warship tested and noticed something was wrong with it, but under the pushy demands of the king, Vasa was prematurely sailed into the open sea and towards its premature doom.A strong gust of wind was enough to overturn the vessel. When water began to enter, all it took was a few minutes for it to sink 105 feet below the surface.Vasa warship canon hatchesThe Swedes were quick to dismiss and forget Vasa. This was to be their new favorite war toy and national pride and joy, yet it now lay sunk on the bottom of the ocean on its maiden voyage. It was a scandal that hurt the reputation of the kingdom, as well as having huge economic repercussions. Vasa had costed a fortune.While an investigation was ushered in immediately after the ship sank, little could be done. The main shipbuilder had already been dead for over a year.A 1:10 scale model of the ship on display at the Vasa Museum. The sculptures are painted in what are believed to be the original colors. Photo Credit Peter Isotalo CC BY 3.0There were efforts to recover Vasa from the sea floor immediately, but the task seemed impossible with the limited technology of the time.By the 1660s, a group of divers was able to retrieve the cannons, using an early model of the diving bell. The shipwreck was eventually left abandoned and forgotten…until the mid-20th-century.Illustration from a treatise on salvaging from 1734, showing the traditional method of raising a wreck with the help of anchors and ships or hulks as pontoons, basically the same method that was used to raise Vasa in the 20th century.In 1961, a few years after the shipwreck was rediscovered and identified as the lost 17th-century Vasa vessel, Sweden finally managed to recover it.Although Vasa had for centuries remained submerged in the sea, upon its reappearance it seemed positively in pristine condition.The underwater position where it had sunk was key. The water was dark enough to stop ultraviolet light from protruding and affecting the ship’s wood.Vasa’s port side. Photo Credit OneHungLow CC BY-SA 3.0The chilly temperature of the Baltic was also soothing, preventing any rapid deterioration processes.Having sunk close enough to the harbor, there was enough pollution in the water to bleach most parasites that may have wanted to feast on the wood of the wreck.The inside of the lower gun deck looking toward the bow. Photo by Peter Isotalo CC BY-SA 3.0But some decaying issues began once the ship was taken out of the water.  Vasa underwent restoration at that point and was treated with substances to protect the wood, however, lab research later confirmed that the wood of the ship was struggling with extremely slow, ongoing fiber degradation.There is no threat of immediate collapse, but this has remained a major occupation for conservationists who are still looking for the best way to stop the risky process.Read another story from us: Incredibly Well-Preserved 16th Century Warship DiscoveredShould the Vasa museum where the shipwreck is famously displayed in Stockholm allow its prime exhibit to perish for the second time, it would be a huge national loss. The Vasa goes a long way and has a special history with the Swedes as well as being one of the best preserved historical ships in all of the world.last_img read more