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New regulations in place for chemical use on the farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Worker Protection Standard will bring some regulatory changes to the way chemicals are used on the farm. American Farm Bureau’s Paul Schlegel gives the details.last_img

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‘RSS making political decisions for BJP’

first_imgThe RSS has become an “extraconstitutional” authority in the country and makes political decisions for the BJP, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot alleged on Saturday.The involvement of the RSS in government decisions is well-known, Mr. Gehlot told reporters, adding that it should come into open politics after merging with the BJP, instead of misleading people claiming itself to be a nationalist, cultural organisation.“The RSS has become an extra-Constitutional authority in the country that decides who would be the CM of States, who should be sent to Cabinet and who should go to corporations,” he said, without offering any evidence to support his allegations.The ex-Chief Minister said Congress leaders are capable of countering the RSS-BJP combine ideologically and politically. He asked the BJP to fight the Congress on policies and principles.‘BJP to lose polls’He also predicted that the people of Rajasthan will throw the BJP out of power in the State in the next Assembly elections.last_img read more

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10 months agoSilva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeat

first_imgSilva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says there were no excuses for defeat to Leicester City.The Foxes won 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to Jamie Vardy’s winner.“I felt we were too nervous and anxious, and there is no reason,” said Silva.“Of course, we are playing a lot of games in a row and we have no time to prepare, but it’s not an excuse when you miss some simple things.“When you play in this way, with easy mistakes, the bad things come to you and that’s what happened with the goal we conceded. We gave them the chance to do what they came to do.“After that, if you were anxious or nervous, you will be more so. After that, we didn’t play with enough quality to change the score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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CM keeps BJP seniors ministers guessing on his Dharamshala plans

first_imgShimla: In the countdown to impending Dharamshala bypoll to fill-up assembly seat, vacated by Lok Sabha member Krishan Kapoor, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday roped-in BJP veteran Shanta Kumar for his out-reach exercise with ‘Labharthis’ – beneficiaries of government schemes, setting-out clear for winning the seat, and also with a ‘record’ margin.Party incharge Mangal Pandey, who is also a cabinet minister in Bihar, sent a note of caution to the party leaders not to lobby for ticket – a decision which should be left to the party. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’This apparently seals the prospects of incumbent MP (Kangra) Krishan Kapoor to ask for fielding his son Shashwat Kapoor or Shanta Kumar wanting his man to be given ticket. To Shanta Kumar’s surprise, one of the loyalist ministers, Vipin Singh Parmar (Health), was not included in the party panel formed to handle the poll campaign, and for ‘work distribution’. That has left lot of party men in guessing. It appears that the party has given Chief Minister a free-hand and will enjoy full backing of Mangal Pandey, and RSS ideologue Pawan Rana. Rest will work under his close supervision. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe next cabinet expansion, insiders say, will particularly be determined on the basis of work which every cabinet minister and MLAs puts in at Dharamshala. The constituency has been divided in four zones. Two other cabinet ministers from Kangra Sraveen Chaudhary— a OBC leader and Bikram Thakur, a Rajput, besides sitting Jawalamukhi MLA Ramesh Dhawala and Deputy Speaker Hans Raj were made incharge, each heading a zone. All Kangra MLAs and party leaders will be at their team members. The developments comes in the wake of Shanta Kumar declaring that he would take ‘retirement’ from active politics. This made the Chief Minister to rush to Palampur – hometown of Shanta Kumar, where the two held a closed one-on-one meeting. Shanta retracted from his statement and agreed to campaign in the upcoming poll, which is seen quite crucial for the BJP as Kangra being hot-bed of politics and BJP’s strong fortress. Shanta Kumar was denied ticket in this year Lok Sabha poll and given was rather given to Krishan Kapoor, a cabinet minister – who won by a highest ever votes in the poll. But, Shanta was obviously not very happy with the way he was told to stay out of the polls undermining his relevance in the state. Now, the issue of ticket has also become very ticklish for the party as Shanta continues to have considerable influence in Kangra and so being Krishan Kapoor— a Gaddi leader. Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who had been keeping a low profile ever since formation of the government under Jai Ram Thakur, has also started speaking out his mind on the issue of governance and party matters. Another key Himachal Pradesh leader J P Nadda, after having been appointed as working president of the party, also will have his say in the tickets. Thus, for Jai Ram Thakur the bypoll for Dharamshala and Pacchad – another vacant seat in Shimla Parliamentary constituency are going to be an acid test.last_img read more

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RCMP respond to fatal gravel truck rollover on Thursday morning

first_imgSaunderson says the driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the cause of the collision is still currently under investigation by the Fort St. John RCMP.The name of the driver has not been released. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP and emergency crews were called to the scene of a fatal collision on the morning of Thursday, September 5.At around 9:05 a.m., RCMP received a call of a gravel truck rollover at the 27 km mark on Halfway River Road.According to RCMP Corporal Madonna Saunderson, one witness at the scene said the truck failed to negotiate a turn and drove off the road, causing it to flip.last_img

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FinTech hub now boasts of 25 units

first_imgKolkata: The FinTech hub in New Town that was founded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2013, now has 25 units with land being allotted to a leading bank and a noted legal firm recently.”The South Indian Bank was allotted a 0.248 acre land while the noted legal firm has also been allocated the same area. With the Bengal Silicon Valley IT Hub close by and the wave generated by the judicial ecosystem with the first breakthrough ushered in by allotting a plot to the leading advocate and solicitor firm of the state, there has been a unique confluence of Financial-Legal-FinTech-IT Hub in the area,” a senior official of the state Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe legal component was added to the FinTech hub in 2014, with setting up of the National Green Tribunal in the vicinity and later, the Calcutta High Court was given a 10 acre plot at the CBD (Commercial Business District), close to the Financial Hub centre. Anita Nandi Ray, Chief Representative India from the city of London’s India Office at Mumbai, joined a group of bankers, financial institutions, FinTech startups, Webel, Webel Technology Limited, HIDCO and PwC officials and senior officers of the IT department at a conference held in HIDCO Bhavan on Wednesday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRay appreciated the focus and synergy likely to be created with this unique confluence. She mentioned that with a full Brexit expected to take place in March 2019 or soon thereafter, UK’s Financial Services are showing interest in India with its large market, complex regulations requiring technological interventions to ensure compliance and advanced FinTech payments framework. Ray handed over three recent studies conducted on India-UK Payments landscape, India-UK InsureTech landscape and India-UK RegTech landscape. The IT officials informed that 100 acres of land in the Silicon Valley Hub has already been applied for and expression of interest has already been floated to allot another 27 plots covering an area of about 56 acres for the third phase of the hub. The plots will be allotted on a 99-year lease-hold basis.last_img read more

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Army seeks Defence Ministrys intervention for better ammo

first_imgNew Delhi: The Army has sought immediate intervention of the Defence Ministry to check rising cases of accidents involving battle tanks, artillery and air defence guns due to “poor quality” of ammunition being supplied to it by the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), official sources said.They said the Army has specifically raised the issue with Secretary (Defence Production) Ajay Kumar, saying poor quality of ammunition has been causing damage to a range of key weapons of the Army in the past few years, they said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghFollowing the Army’s request, the defence ministry examined the issue and found that OFB has not been pro-active in improving quality of the ammunition to contain accidents caused by faulty ammunition, the sources said. The OFB operates 41 ordnance factories across the country and functions under the department of defence production of the ministry of defence. When contacted, the OFB said it supplies ammunition to Indian Army after through inspection by its Quality Control department Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA). Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIt said all input material are tested in designated laboratories and a series of specific tests are conducted before ammunition is supplied to the Army. The Army also presented a report to the ministry listing incidents of accidents involving main guns of the T-72 and T-90 and the Arjun main battle tanks besides 105 mm Indian field guns, 105 mm light field guns, 130 mm MA1 medium guns and 40 mm L-70 air defence guns, primarily due to faulty ammunition, they said. The Army also cited a number of incidents in which army personnel were injured due to faulty ammunition. Sources said the Army was very serious about the issue and requested the defence ministry take appropriate initiatives to improve quality of ammunition being supplied to the force. OFB said it is “responsible for manufacturing and up to dispatch of ammunition and is not aware of the storage/ handling/ maintenance conditions at Army’s end which are equally responsible for defects/accidents.” “Unlike other products, ammunition is single-use item. For this reason, 100 per cent inspection including dynamic proof cannot be carried out. A principle of Statistical Quality Control (SQC) is employed for final acceptance of ammunition. SQC is inherently associated with both producer’s risk and customer’s risk,” it said. In September 2017, the Army’s long-range ultra-light (ULH) howitzer M-777 was damaged during a field trial in Pokhran and the US manufacturer as well as the Army had indicated that the gun exploded due to faulty ammunition. In August 2017, the defence ministry sacked 13 senior officers employed with ordnance factories after finding their overall performance “unsatisfactory”.last_img read more

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SC seeks replies from Centre CBSE on plea for 10 quota in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought responses from the Centre and CBSE on a plea seeking 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), 2019.Besides the Centre and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna also issued notice to the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and asked them to respond to the petition by July 1, the next date of hearing. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe bench was hearing a plea filed by six petitioners, who are aspiring to participate in CTET 2019 and are seeking a direction that benefits of ‘The Constitution (103rd amendment) Act 2019’ be extended to those belonging to the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society. The amendment Act took effect on January 16. Under the amended Act, the Centre has provided for a 10 per cent reservation to citizens from general category belonging to EWS, in addition to already existing reservation policy for benefit of other reserved categories such as Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Class and physically handicapped. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDuring the hearing on Thursday, the lawyers appearing for the petitioners told the bench that since the amended Act has been passed by Parliament, its benefit must be given to persons from EWS. “If we will get this relaxation, we will qualify in the examination. The amendment is aimed for upliftment of the economically weaker section of the society,” the counsel said. The bench issued notice on the petition and said that it would be heard on July 1. At the fag end of hearing, the petitioner’s counsel said that the Centre may give suggestions on implementing the Act. To this, the bench said, “We are not saying anything on this. It is a policy and such decisions are taken by the government. Policy is not for us to decide. In policy decision we do not interfere unless we see any violation.” The petitioners told the apex court that CBSE published an advertisement on January 23, 2019 for conducting CTET in which benefit of 10 per cent reservation has not been given to EWS candidates. “The CBSE published advertisement dated January 23, 2019 for conducting CTET, 2019 in which this (reservation) benefit has not been given to economically weaker section and therefore the present writ petition is being filed to make sure that people covered under economically weaker section are given similar benefit like other reserved category (SC, ST and OBC) starting with CTET-2019 advertisement,” their plea has said.last_img read more

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Cam Newton Never Had A Chance

Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; Chart by Allison McCann Packers72127137.620528.4 Seahawks65814021.320731.5 Cardinals71231344.022431.5 Broncos79431439.5%27334.4% Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Texans64320832.318929.4 Falcons60013722.813823.0 Browns55814225.414125.3 Panthers84823627.824829.2 Now here’s a slope chart, with the left column being Newton’s QBR on unmolested attempts, and the right his QBR when pressured: Bengals74714219.021829.2 Chiefs76618524.221728.3 This may be compelling evidence that Carolina simply stumbled in the big one, having just clubbed the second- and third-best pressure defenses in back-to-back playoff games. But Seattle and Arizona are both hugely different defenses from Denver. The Seahawks are a low-blitz team that relies on a killer secondary. The Cardinals also relied more on coverage before free safety Tyrann Mathieu went down for the year, but they also leaned heavily on blitz packages; their one-on-one pass-rushing was so anemic that 35-year-old Dwight Freeney led the team with eight sacks — and no other Cardinal had more than five.As you saw Sunday, that is not at all how the Broncos play defense. Raiders70023934.118125.9 This is a pie chart: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Vikings65517226.320431.1 Redskins65914421.915523.5 Giants67817626.017826.3 Buccaneers58516428.015426.3 Photo by John Leyba / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann TEAMDROPBACKSBLITZESBLITZ RATEPRESSURESPRESSURE RATE Titans56624443.115226.9 Ravens60717629.015625.7 Bears58212221.015326.3 To illustrate this, I’ve created a series of charts and graphs. Here’s a simple line chart showing various opponents’ pressure against Newton over the course of the game: Colts64024137.718328.6 Eagles68917124.817926.0 Chargers56117831.714425.7 Lions59319933.615526.1 For regular season and playoffsSource: TruMedia On the first fumble of the game, the one that set things spinning, Von Miller wheeled around the edge, sized up right tackle Mike Remmers like he was riding down on a quintain, and crashed past him and into Newton, knocking the ball out and into the end zone, all within something like two-and-a-half-Mississippi.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dk0KqS2Pb4Miller circled back around on Remmers often enough to run up 2.5 sacks, 2 more hits and a half-dozen more near-thumpings. We have stats that can reflect what a player does in a game, but not as much what he does to it. The old Bill James line is that baseball stats can acquire the powers of language, telling a story or calling a game all on their own. Those Broncos numbers are burly enough to carry luggage, but they don’t quite have the powers to tell you how different the game looks when the pocket collapses before the snap finds the center’s ass.This works the other way around as well. Cam’s numbers aren’t getting any prettier no matter how you slice them. But at least twice Sunday he carried a defender on his back as he wound up and got a throw off toward the sticks — incomplete pass, but not a sack. They were hand-to-God some of the most impressive feats of strength I’ve witnessed. There aren’t stats for that, at least not in the ESPN database, as there aren’t any for something like whispering a third-quarter pass 30 yards in the air, over the shoulder of the defender and into Jerricho Cotchery’s breadbasket at the 5-yard line, only for the defender — a linebacker sprinting 25 yards downfield — to close at the last second and knock it out. It was just Cotchery’s third drop of the season; it also happened to be his third drop of the game. The streaking ‘backer was Miller, naturally, who was named the game’s MVP.After the game, receiver Devin Funchess was one of the few Panthers to serve up more than platitudes — if just barely — about preparing for Miller and the rest of Denver’s defense. “You can’t do that in practice,” he said, asked about preparing for the rush versus actually having to play against it. “Our guys can’t mimic that.”It’s true of the stats just as much as it is of the players. Other teams may have pressure numbers that resemble what this Denver defense put together this season, but only because our tools of observation remain imperfect. Near as we can tell, the Broncos are the best defense the Panthers faced in a postseason flush with top units. But for really unusual teams, our best guesses can often be far enough out that we can’t fully appreciate what it is that we’re watching without accepting that greatness affects the game in ways we can’t yet fully capture.Or, as Madden might tell you just as easily, When you have great players playing great, well, that’s great football.4An actual Maddenism. Denver’s defense was a force of nature Steelers77526133.719825.5 Dolphins58612721.715326.1 SAN FRANCISCO — If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1ESPN Stats & Info defines a “pressure” as any instance in which a QB is sacked, hit, forced from the pocket, forced to alter his throwing motion, forced to move within the pocket or otherwise hassled by a defender in his line of sight. In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and in those cases, their QBR is 7.9.2Since 2010, one of the first years for which “pressure” data is reliable. QBR is ESPN’s measurement of quarterback performance. Some of you will never warm to QBR, which is fine. I’m falling back to it here for two reasons. First, it’s the best we have for big-bucket quarterback stats. Second, the ancillary stuff QBR picks up — rushing, fumbles, bad throws, lousy decisions — are precisely the sort of things we want to see when we’re talking about QBs escaping the rush. This is very bad. It is, to shine a little point of reference, JaMarcus Russell on an off day, and helps reverse engineer a John Madden quote: When a quarterback is being harassed, he doesn’t have much of a chance.3Not a real Maddenism, but it sounds like one. Great.As it happens, Cam Newton did not have much of a chance in Super Bowl 50. Stats & Info has him down for 48 dropbacks, of which 21 were pressured. His QBR on those 21 plays was 2.6; for the game, it was 16.9 — just a hair over his 15.6 mark on pressured plays for the season. He was sacked six times, hit 15 times (five on plays that didn’t generate a “pressure”) and blitzed 25 times. He threw an interception, and a few other balls sailed high, and he gave up two fumbles in his own red zone that would result in 15 points for the Broncos. It was, as our MaddenBot might say, a very bad day for Cam Newton.(Peyton Manning was pressured on 11 of 28 dropbacks, and had a similarly miserable 2.5 QBR on those plays.)Days like Sunday didn’t happen to Newton very often this season. Through the league championship, he was pressured 179 times in 654 dropbacks, or 27.4 percent. (His QBR on those plays was 15.6.) Going by pressures per dropback, the Panthers played only four top-10 pressure defenses this season. During the regular season, the Texans, Seahawks and Colts each played the Panthers tight and held Cam under 50 QBR (and under 80 in the traditional passer rating), but the Panthers defense and general mediocrity of those teams carried Carolina on through. In the divisional round rematch against the Seahawks, defensive end Cliff Avril — one of Seattle’s best pass rushers — left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. The Seahawks pressured Cam just twice all game. The Cardinals brought pressure six times in the conference championship, a season-low for them. A histogram showing the distribution of pressure plays by scoring margin: Jaguars65418227.815123.1 Saints59816026.814023.4 49ers60016327.216928.2 Rams66825538.219128.6 As the data shows, Newton was well and truly, uh, accounted for. Cowboys55911720.915026.8 Patriots75914318.820026.4 Jets66729243.819929.8 Bills63819831.015223.8 This one is a stacked bar chart, in two segments: read more

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Would Adam Silvers Playoff Proposal Be Good For The NBA

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 22, 2018), we’re taking the All-Star Game back into The Lab. In the aftermath of a pretty successful Team Steph vs. Team LeBron showdown, Neil and Kyle dive into our best listener suggestions for how to improve the game even more. Next, we’re joined by our ESPN colleague Brian Windhorst to discuss NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments about potentially switching up the playoff structure. Plus, a significant digit on the Toronto Raptors’ amazing bench.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.In case you missed it, check out last week’s brainstorm with FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver on how to fix the All-Star Game.ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz writes that this year’s All-Star Game got the shake-up it needed.Guest Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported on Adam Silver’s possible playoffs compromise.According to Basketball-Reference.com, Toronto’s second unit is the best lineup in the league. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner read more