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Congress plans farmers’ march in Yavatmal on April 5

first_imgNagpur: The Congress party’s Yavatmal unit has organised a 90 km long padyatra from Dabhadi village to Pandhrakwada town in the district to highlight the problems faced by the farmers.Dabhadi village came to prominence in 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi organized a chai pe charcha program in the village during the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. The four-day-long long march will begin on April 5 and senior Congress leaders from Maharashtra and neighbouring states are expected to participate along with former BJP ally the Shetkari Swabhimani Sanghatana chief Raju Shetti.The newly appointed Congress secretary in charge of Gujarat and Lok Sabha MP from neighbouring Hingoli constituency, Rajiv Satav, will inaugurate the march along with Mr. Shetti. on April 5.“ In 2014, Mr. Modi had organised chai pe charcha and interacted with over 1,500 farmers across the country through video-conferencing. Family members of many farmers, who committed suicide, were invited for the programme where Mr. Modi projected himself as the saviour of farmers. Four years later, this government led by Mr. Modi has not taken a single decision for the welfare of the farmers. Instead, it has ruined the agriculture sector which resulted in an increase in the number of farmers committing suicide,” according to a statement released by the Congress.The organisers had invited Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan to take part in it, however, he has not confirmed his participation.last_img read more


French Open: Kei Nishikori survives two-set-blackout to win all-Asian battle vs Chung Hyeon

first_imgKei Nishikori survived a two-set blackout to beat Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(4,) 0-6, 6-4 in their rain-delayed French Open third round tie on Sunday, winning the first ever all-Asian battle at this stage of the tournament.Japanese eighth seed Nishikori looked to be cruising into the fourth round on Saturday after grabbing the opening two sets against the in-form 21-year-old South Korean, who is ranked 67th in the world.Chung battled back to force a tiebreak in the third, which he won, and then raced to a 3-0 lead before rain saved the day for Nishikori, who slammed his racket onto the ground in frustration just before the rain interruption.On a sun-kissed Court One on Sunday, Chung, Asia’s rising tennis star, picked up where he had left off on Saturday to hand Nishikori his first grand slam bagel in six years.The experienced 27-year-old, in his 100th Tour-level claycourt match, recovered his composure in time though, taking more risks and playing the angles to stretch Chung.He earn a break to go 4-1 up and won the three-hour, 51 minute marathon when Chung double-faulted on matchpoint.last_img read more


MSK Prasad’s stance on Ambati Rayudu doesn’t go down well with BCCI

first_imgBCCI chief selector M.S.K. Prasad on Sunday fell just short of saying that he did take note of Ambati Rayudu’s sarcastic tweet and said that he enjoyed the “3D” tweet which the former India batsman had posted after he was excluded from the squad for the recently concluded World Cup where India lost to New Zealand in the semifinal.Rayudu was first ignored when Shikhar Dhawan was injured and Rishabh Pant was flown in and then he was again overlooked when all-rounder Vijay Shankar got hurt and Mayank Agarwal was sent as a replacement. Soon after that a heartbroken Rayudu hung his boots.Prasad did try his best to defend the decisions taken for or against Rayudu during the presser to announce the India squad for the West Indies tour on Sunday, saying, “There were certain programs to see Rayudu comes into the setup. We (selection committee) don’t have anything against a particular player.”When Rayadu was picked for the ODIs on the basis of his T20 performance, there was criticism, but we had some thoughts about him. When he failed the fitness test, we put him on a fitness programme. Due to certain combinations, he wasn’t picked, it doesn’t make the selection committee biased.”But a senior BCCI official took note of Prasad’s comment and questioned the criteria of fitness test being the yardstick for national selection.”Who decided on the fitness criteria and has there been an official communication on the same? If there was no criteria officially communicated or discussed or approved by the board, how could one fail it? Seems that the selector didn’t really check all the dimensions before making this statement,” the official said.advertisementPrior to the World Cup, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden had told IANS that there was no way that anybody other than Rayudu could be India’s number four, but the selection committee picked Vijay Shankar instead.Prasad, at that time, had justified Shankar’s selection over Rayadu, saying that the 33-year-old provided the team with a “three-dimensional” game. “We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a good fielder. We are looking at Shankar as the No. 4,” Prasad had said.After the snub, Rayudu had tweeted sarcastically: “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup”.Now, while announcing India’s squad for the West Indies tour, the chief selector once again tried to clear the stance of his team, but it doesn’t seem to have cut much ice with the board officials.Also Read | Ambati Rayudu was emotional but the selectors are emotional too: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more


The Tennessee-West Virginia Game Is Now Being Delayed

first_imgA Tennessee player holding up his helmet before a game.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 7: A Tennessee Volunteer holds up his helmet in the team huddle before the NCAA football game against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at Neyland Stadium on September 7, 2002 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)It’s been a day full of weather delays in the college football world. Tennessee and West Virginia are now joining the list.The Volunteers and the Mountaineers, playing in Charlotte, are in a weather delay due to storms. Lightning has been spotted in the area. This means at least a 30-minute delay until the skies clear.West Virginia is currently leading Tennessee, 23-17, at halftime.Halftime in Charlotte.#BelkKickoff // #PoweredByTheT— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 1, 2018The Athletic’s David Ubben estimates that the game could resume at 5:45 p.m. E.T., but that seems ambitious.“Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least,” he tweets.Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 1, 2018The game, hosted by the Belk Bowl, tweeted the following update:“WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA. WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC. GET IT?”WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA.WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC.GET IT?— BELK COLLEGE KICKOFF (@belkbowl) September 1, 2018West Virginia is up, 13-7, at halftime. The game is being played on CBS.Stay tuned for more Tennessee-West Virginia weather delay updates. This could be a while, unfortunately.last_img read more


Nova Scotia Creates Wine Development Board

first_imgGovernment and the wine industry are creating a new wine development board to capitalize on one of Nova Scotia’s fastest growing industries. “The wine industry in Nova Scotia is growing at a fast pace and there is a huge potential for that to increase,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “I am committed to working with the wine industry to seize opportunities and cultivate that growth potential.” The Nova Scotia Wine Development Board will highlight opportunities, identify barriers and provide advice on government legislation, regulation and policy development. Led by Mr. Colwell, the board will include representatives of Nova Scotia’s farm wineries, grape growers and support services. Members are: The board will include representatives from the departments of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and Agriculture, as well as the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. “I commend the minister for setting up this board at a time when our industry is strategically positioned to move forward,” said Mr. McConnell. “The board’s activities will be good for the long-term growth of the industry and for economic growth in rural Nova Scotia.” Last year, there was nearly $16.7 million worth of Nova Scotia wine sold. The farm-gate value of the grapes was more than $2 million. Establishing the board will support economic growth and rural industries, and enhance tourism. Stewart Creaser, president, Winery Association of Nova Scotia and owner, Avondale Sky Winery Carl Sparkes, owner, Devonian Coast Wines Gerry McConnell, owner, Benjamin Bridge Winery Gerry Chute, president, Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia and a Bear River grape grower Jim Warner, grape grower and past president, Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia Michael Lightfoot, grape grower Luc Erjavec, vice-president, Atlantic Canada, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Bret Mitchell, president, chief executive officer, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporationlast_img read more


CMHA calls for national strategy to promote mental health amid rising rates

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As we mark the start of its 68th annual Mental Health Week, the Canadian Mental Health Association is calling for a national awareness strategy.This comes amid rising rates of mental illness worldwide, and is one of six recommendations outlined by a new national CMHA policy paper titled Cohesive, Collaborative, Collective: Advancing Mental Health Promotion in Canada.The association is calling for more of a collective effort and, of course, more money behind it, saying all-too-often our patchwork efforts to promote mental health fall short.It points to the effectiveness of things like suicide-prevention programs and community-based skills training for managing anger, reducing stress and addressing risky behaviour.“Most efforts to support mental health in Canada focus on treating addiction or illness, or managing symptoms, and not on fostering mental health—and even those treatment services are not adequate to address the growing need,” CMHA national CEO Dr. Patrick Smith said. “All signs point to not being able to treat our way out of this crisis. We have to get ahead of it.”The paper’s authors also point out the majority of mental health problems begin early in life, so new efforts to promote awareness should start ideally in a school setting where they would be most effective.The CMHA believes efforts to promote mental health in these settings, including at work and in communities, has fallen short.“We all understand we have to brush our teeth to avoid cavities. We teach our kids about fire safety to stave off house fires. But our society still doesn’t get that it’s the same with mental health,” Dr. Smith added. “Waiting until the house is on fire is way too late to start teaching kids not to play with matches.”According to the association, about 70 per cent of mental health problems start in childhood or adolescence.It highlights the importance of a properly coordinated, well-funded strategy for it to be successful, and adds the plan must be sustained and monitored. An increase in social spending — by two per cent — is recommended by the association, “to promote social inclusion, freedom from violence and discrimination and access to economic opportunity, with a special focus on older adults facing loneliness, youth facing stressors of the social media age and the un- and underemployed in today’s gig economy.”last_img read more


King Mohammed VI to Spend Summer Holiday in Al Hoceima

Rabat – King Mohammed VI is expected to spend some days in Al Hoceima, the epicenter of months-long protests in the Rif, Moroccan news outlet Medias24 reported.The news website cited an official source which stated that the King will “probably” head to Al Hoceima to spend his usual summer holidays in a beach camp located in the city.The same sources added that military elements, “probably” the usual escort of the King, were seen heading to Al Hoceima on Saturday. While the visit seems to be mainly private, the website noted that the King is known for his surprise visits to places where he is not expected. If the visit goes forward, it will be the first time King Mohammed VI will have come to Al Hoceima since protests started in the city on October 28th last year following the death of local fishmonger Mouhcine Fikir.Since the beginning of the crisis, many, including members of the Hirak (the protest movement in Al Hoceima) have been calling for the King’s intervention to address the situation.During Throne Day last month, the monarch granted pardons for dozens of detained Hirak members. A far larger number of detainees, around 200 according to lawyers, remain in prison where they are being prosecuted on serious charges including “undermining the security of the state” and “undermining people’s loyalty to state institutions.”In his Throne Day speech on July 29, the King addressed the crisis of Al Hoceima head on for the first time.While he noted his appreciation for the security forces, he criticized public officials and political parties for dereliction of their duty to implement development projects in the region and for failing to represent their constituents, such that “law enforcement services have found themselves face to face with the citizens.”“What happened there could actually occur in any other region,” said the King.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more


Crucial times ahead in Iraq UN envoy tells European officials

Important provincial elections slated for October are just one reason why this year is likely to prove so critical, Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said during interviews with several leading European media outlets.While in the Belgian capital Mr. de Mistura met with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and with Robert Cooper, Director-General for Politico-Military Affairs at the Secretariat of the Council of the EU. He also briefed the EU Council’s Security Committee and held talks with Belgian diplomats.In his meetings Mr. de Mistura said his visit to Brussels was a recognition of the vital role that Europe plays in Iraq, noting that no activities would be possible without EU financial backing and that the UN and the EU were working towards the same objective – bringing peace and stability to Iraq. 11 April 2008The senior United Nations envoy in Iraq today concluded a two-day visit to Brussels during which he stressed to European Union and NATO officials and to the media that 2008 will be a crucial year for the violence-wracked country. read more


RTI Commission raises concerns over clause in Audit Bill

The Bill proposed to afford this protection unconditionally, without any assessment as to whether such a wide prohibition is necessary in a democratic society, without due regard as to whether grave prejudice will be caused by the release of information thereby and without any time period being specified in regard to the potential presentation of such report or statement before Parliament. The RTIC is concerned that a ‘chilling effect’ may be created by this general prohibition. This concern is reinforced by the fact that the Bill provides that any ‘member or person or qualified auditor who communicates any such matter to any person or suffers or permits any unauthorized person to have access to any books, papers or other records relating to any such matter, commits an offence.’ General prohibitions on information and the criminalization of information disclosure that is in disobedience thereto are contrary to the letter and spirit of the RTI Act. The RTIC emphasizes the fact that the precedent set by shielding some offices and individuals from RTI in this manner will dilute the victories gained for Sri Lankans through the enactment of a globally recognized law, risk a gravely negative impact on the embryonic development of the country’s Right to Information regime and discourage largely positive tendencies evidenced so far by Public Authorities in dismantling a decades-old culture of secrecy and denial of legitimate informatiThe commission noted the importance of upholding the public right to know which is a core principle of the RTI Act. The Right To Information (RTI) Commission has raised concerns over a clause in the proposed Audit Bill.In a statement the Right to Information Commission (RTIC) expressed its particular concern in reference to clause 9 (1) (b) of the proposed Audit Bill(gazette issued on 16.03.2018) and presently before Parliament which stipulates that members of the Audit Service Commission, any person appointed to any office under the Audit Act or any other person assisting any such person for the purpose of carrying out the provisions under this Act or a qualified auditor engaged by the Auditor General shall not disclose any information received in the performance of duties until documentation in that regard is placed before Parliament. The only exception will be where there is a request of Parliament or an order of court. It is reminded in this regard that the RTI Act is premised on the principle of maximum disclosure while protecting specific interests (national security, privacy, law and order etc). These interests are, in turn, subjected to an overriding public interest test. As such, the RTI Act does not place specific categories or classes of documents or the functioning of specific offices beyond the reach of information requesters.Consequently RTIC says draft laws currently in the public domain that proposes to place selected state offices on an advantaged position as against others and enforce general prohibitions on citizens asking for information on the due and proper functioning of such offices raise legitimate concerns as to whether this will create exclusive domains of privilege for those offices. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Hungary investigating local angles of Microsoft bribery case

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian prosecutors say they have launched an investigation into a bribery scheme involving Microsoft’s Hungarian office.The Central Investigative Chief Prosecution Office said Friday that its probe is focusing on “fraud causing extraordinarily significant damages” and other crimes. Hungarian authorities request and received information about the case from the U.S. Justice Department.In July, the software company agreed to pay over $25 million in the United States to settle federal corruption charges involving the case in Hungary and other foreign offices.According to U.S. prosecutors, from 2013 through 2015, the company’s Hungary office took part in a scheme to “inflate margins” in connection with Microsoft software licenses sold to Hungarian government agencies.Savings were falsely recorded as discounts and used for corrupt purposes, prosecutors said.The Associated Press read more


Auburns Jovon Robinson In Transcript Scandal

Shady ethics have been a part of college sports for a long time now. It’s the stuff that, if focused on, can sully the pageantry and magnificence of the games. Questions abound frequently in whispers about how an academically challenged student got accepted to a particular college. What’s happening at Auburn right now might shed some light on how.Tiger freshman running back Jovon Robinson is being held out of practice while the NCAA investigates allegations that his high school transcript was fake.Athletic department spokesman Kirk Sampson said Friday that Robinson’s academic status is being reviewed.Memphis City Schools said in a statement that NCAA officials contacted the school district Tuesday regarding allegations involving a former Wooddale High School athlete. The statement said schools superintendent Kriner Cash ordered an immediate investigation and that a school guidance counselor resigned after admitting to creating the falsified transcript.The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the allegations Friday.The statement did not identify the counselor or the student, but the fact that Robinson, from Memphis, is being held out while his “academic status” is under review makes it pretty clear it is Robinson.“Know that the District has clear and strict policies and procedures regarding student transcripts,” the school district statement said. “Academic fraud is not and will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and accordingly.”Robinson was one of Auburn’s top prospects, and had a chance to contribute in a backfield trying to replace starter Mike Dyer. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder is easily the biggest of Auburn’s tailbacks and would bring a physical presence to the backfield if he’s eligible.Messages left by The Associated Press at the school were not returned.Emails sent to guidance counselors, head coach Keith Spann, assistant football coach Michael Collins and the school principal, Michael Kyle, were not returned. A phone number listed for Spann was disconnected.Potentially ugly stuff – but not unusual. Happens all the time. Just not all the time exposed. read more


Labor promises 1 million for ethnic media

first_imgThe promise of a $1 million grant for Victoria’s ethnic media, under a re-elected Labor government, is a positive step in recognising the important role community organisations play in disseminating information to their constituents, according to the director of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), Theo Markos. Victorians come from more than 200 nations, speak over 200 languages and follow more than 120 faiths – our State is one of the great multicultural communities of the world.“The most important thing is the government is acknowledging the strong role community organisations play in the Victorian general population,” Mr Markos told Neos Kosmos, adding the GOCMV could use the money to assist with its infrastructure and also the monthly newsletter that it produces. “We can use some of that money to make sure we come up with a better quality paper or we can improve our website. We currently send a newsletter out to members once a month or every two months, but with some assistance we could make it more regular and keep the lines of communication open to our members,” he said. Mr Markos believes ethnic media has always been supported within the community. “In the past there’s been support, I think this is an acknowledgment of the significance we play and basically sending the message out there,” he said. Last week Victorian Premier John Brumby announced that a re-elected Labor Government would invest in a new grants program allowing ethnic and multicultural media organisations in Victoria to upgrade their facilities and purchase new technology and other equipment needed to fulfil their important roles. “We understand Victorians are proud of our rich cultural diversity and heritage,” Mr Brumby said. “Victorians come from more than 200 nations, speak over 200 languages and follow more than 120 faiths – our State is one of the great multicultural communities of the world,” he said. “Our government has a proud record of supporting our great multicultural society and our support for ethnic and multicultural organisations continues to grow.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Nouveau fossile dours géant le plus grand de tous les temps

first_imgNouveau fossile d’ours géant : le plus grand de tous les tempsPubliée en janvier dans le Journal of Paleontology, l’étude d’un fossile d’ours du pléistocène, découvert en Argentine par des chercheurs américano-argentins, livre des indications sur le mode de vie probable de ce géant, le plus grand ursidé connu.Il faisait 3,30 mètres debout sur ses pattes arrière, 1,50 à 1,75 tonnes : Arctotherium angustidens, un ours géant vivant il y a 500.000 ans à 2 millions d’années, était le plus puissant prédateur de son époque et le plus gros ours ayant jamais vécu sur Terre -plus grand que les plus grands mâles d’ours polaires actuels.  Son squelette fossilisé a été mis au jour lors de la construction d’un hôpital à La Plata, en Argentine.Ses mensurations, déduites mathématiquement à partir des mesures des os de ses pattes, lui permettaient probablement de chasser de grandes proies comme le paresseux géant de l’époque, de disputer des carcasses aux autres carnivores, tels le grand félin à dents de sabre – bien que son régime ait probablement été omnivore. “C’est toujours extrêmement excitant de trouver quelque chose qui soit le plus grand de sa catégorie — pas juste un peu plus grand, mais vraiment  plus grand”, a déclaré Blaine Schubert, paléontologue à l’Université du Tennessee et membre de l’équipe de paléontologues.Le 2 février 2011 à 14:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Housing Commission and Mayor Faulconer announce 50 million in funding for affordable

first_img September 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:46 PM KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Housing Commission announced Tuesday it will award up to $50 million to housing developers to fund the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing in the city.The SDHC announced the available funding at a news conference with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez at San Diego City College’s campus at 14th and C streets.Under two of the three Notices of Funding Availability, up to $20 million will be granted to create affordable housing for low-income residents and housing with services for the city’s homeless population. The third grants $10 million in funding to projects that rehabilitate affordable rental housing.“Housing affordability and homelessness are inextricably connected,” Faulconer said. “We’re working aggressively to cut red tape and create more incentives to spur development of new housing that working families can actually afford. The release of $50 million for more affordable housing continues that momentum and sends a clear message: It’s time for builders to build.”The SDHC plans to choose developers via a competitive bidding process. As part of the notices, housing created or rehabilitated must remain below 80 percent, and in come cases 60 percent, of the area median income for at least 55 years. The 2018 AMI in San Diego is $81,800 according to the county.“Addressing our city’s housing affordability crisis is one of the top priorities for me,” said Gomez, vice chair of the Select Committee on Homelessness. “San Diegans need access to housing they can afford, and this funding is an important part of providing those opportunities.” Posted: September 4, 2018 Housing Commission and Mayor Faulconer announce $50 million in funding for affordable housinglast_img read more


Troopers to review controversial Sitka arrest

first_imgThe Alaska State Troopers have agreed to perform an outside review of an arrest last year in Sitka, in which officers used a taser on a high school student.Download AudioAccording to city attorney Robin Koutchak, the Sitka Police Department requested the review directly and the investigation began Monday.She did not know how long the investigation process would take.The Troopers will determine whether three Sitka police officers were acting within policy while arresting Franklin Hoogendorn, 18, on Sept. 6, 2014.Video footage of the incident shows the three officers using a taser on Hoogendorn while he was restrained and in custody.The video was captures from closed-circuit cameras and posted to YouTube in late October. It has since been viewed over 35,000 times.last_img


Encourage alternative crops to tobacco Experts

first_imgOngole: The Acharya NG Ranga University in Lam, Guntur organised a Farmer-Scientist Interaction meeting on ‘Alternative crops to tobacco’ at NTR Kalakshetram in Ongole on Saturday. The speakers stressed the need of encouraging the tobacco farmers to shift to alternate crops like chilies, groundnut, corn, coriander, chickpea and black gram. In the meeting, ANGRAU VC Dr Vallabhaneni Damodara Naidu explained about the latest technologies available for farmers and use of mechanization in the production. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us ICAR-CTRI Rajamahendravaram, Director Dr D Damodar Reddy said the farmers should consider shifting to alternate crops and discuss over it. He also answered the questions and doubts of farmers and providing solutions to their problems. Tobacco Board Chairman Y Raghunatha Babu promised the farmers that he would work hard for development of the farmers. He said that he would encourage the farmers to reduce tobacco crop area and shift to alternate crops. MP GVL Narasimha Rao said the Central government was considering steps to reduce tobacco crop in the country. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Former ZP chairman Edara Haribabu said the tobacco products were ruining the health of public and demanded the government to completely ban tobacco crop in the country. ANGRAU Director of Research Dr A Subrahmanyeswara Rao, Krishna Zone ADR Dr V Satyanarayana Rao, Regional Manager of Tobacco Board G Umamaheswara Rao, scientists from Krishi Vignan Kendras, DOT centers, and about 300 farmers participated in the interaction meeting.last_img read more


Supreme Court asks Parsvnath Developers to deposit Rs 12 crore for delaying

first_imgParsvnath Developers has been directed by the Supreme Court to deposit Rs. 12 crore with the court’s registry within four weeks after it delayed possession of flats in one of its projects called Exotica in Ghaziabad. Almost 70 home buyers had filed a case against the real estate company after it missed the deadline to give possession of the flats. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) had asked the company to refund the money with 12 percent interest to the 70 home buyers in May, following which the company approached the apex court against the NCDRC order.”If the refund is allowed to these buyers, floodgates will be opened with all buyers seeking refund,” Parsavnath Developers told the Supreme Court.Earlier, the developers had said that the completion would take another year.In a similar incident in the NCR region, another builder Supertech was directed by the Supreme Court on Sept. 6 to pay 10 percent of invested money per annum as investment returns to 14 people who booked houses in Noida’s twin towers project. The returns would start from January 2015. They were also told to clear any arrears within four weeks”You sink or die, we are not concerned. You will have to pay back money to home buyers. We are least bothered about the financial status,” the court told the builder.Another company Unitech also faces several pending cases against it.”Unitech has been mired in litigation in at least five forums—Company Law Board, NCDRC, Supreme Court, High Court and also state consumer forums. They have matters across the country,” advocate Ashwarya Sinha, who represented a few buyers from another delayed Unitech project, Burgundy in Noida, told the Economic Times.Home buyers have also approached the apex court for return of service tax paid by them for unfinished projects.”Now we have asked all buyers to come forward and notify the tax department about the amount of tax that has been already paid. The builders will now need to secure refunds from the tax department and refund the same to the buyers,” Indrish Gupta, a member of NCR Homebuyers Association, told the Times  of India. The current tax rate in Noida is 3.8 percent.last_img read more


16000yrold Ice Age Horse Found During Utah Familys Backyard Renovation

first_imgYou never know what you might turn up when you dig in your backyard, aside from bits of glass, rusty nails, and tulip bulbs. One couple in Utah undertaking a renovation project discovered what they thought was the skeleton of a cow. But it turned out to be a 16,000-year-old horse. Talk about a buried treasure! Horses are of course associated with the Wild West, but their lineage is not continuous. Horses lived in North America from 50 million years ago to 11,000 years ago, when they went extinct for reasons not fully understood. Million-year-old fossils of direct ancestors to modern-day horses have been discovered in Wyoming and Idaho, among other U.S. regions. Europeans re-introduced domesticated horses to the continent in the 15th and 16th centuries.And though today we think of Utah as a dry state, much of the region was buried under water until 14,000 years ago. From around 500 million years ago, Lake Bonneville covered Utah and parts of surrounding Idaho and Nevada, at a depth of more than 1,000 feet, until it released through the Red Rock Pass in Idaho during a period of climate change. Today’s Great Salt Lake is a remnant of Lake Bonneville.Evolution of horse. Photo: Mcy jerry CC BY-SA 3.0Laura and Bridger Hill came across the skeleton in their yard in Lehi, Utah, in September 2017, when landscapers unearthed it during their backyard renovation. The bones had been preserved beneath seven feet of sandy clay. At first, the Hills thought it was the skeleton of a cow, as the area used to be farmland around the edges of Utah Lake. For months, they left the uncovered bones, which were exposed to air, the prodding of curious children, and the abuse of landscaper equipment.But eventually, the Hills showed the bones to their neighbor, who happens to be a geologist at nearby Brigham Young University. He told them he suspected the skeleton was from the Pleistocene Age. The Hills then turned to bones over to the Museum of Ancient Life, also in Lehi.Rick Hunter, a paleontologist at the museum who is making a study of the bones, said the horse bones were well preserved, which indicates it was buried soon after it died. Hunter speculated that the horse may have been trying to escape a predator or may have drowned in an upstream river and floated down to the lake. Because the bones were in a former lake bed, they remained moist for thousands of years.Skeletal evolution of horses. Photo: H. Zell CC BY-SA 3.0Hunter visited the site and fascinated local children with impromptu talks about fossils, paleontology, and the study of old bones. He told news outlets that it is unclear whether the horse was male or female but that based on arthritic-looking formations on its spine, it was likely older. A bone on one ankle has evidence of cancer. It was shorter and stockier than a modern-day horse, around the size of a Shetland pony. Its skull had been shattered and moved by the landscapers.Illustration of extinct horses. From left to right: Mesohippus, Neohipparion, Eohippus, Equus scotti and Hypohippus.Arid Utah is home to many sites where fossils of dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, mastodons, and mammoths have been discovered. Several sites have hundreds of well-preserved dinosaur footprints; there are dinosaur quarries where visitors can see hundreds of bones. The Museum of Ancient Life itself has 60 complete dinosaur skeletons, a mock quarry dig, and a functioning paleontology lab, where workers are uncovering real dinosaur bones.Read another story from us: An archaeological dig on the Swedish island of Öland reveals a massacre that happened 1,500 years agoBut not that many people find 16,000-year-old bones in their backyards. The horse will be named the Hill Horse in honor of the family on whose land it was found. Laura Hill was pleased, according to the New York Times, saying to the paper’s reporter, “Now all these little kids want to be paleontologists.”E.L. Hamilton has written about pop culture for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. She lives in central New Jersey, just west of New York Citylast_img read more


Flight cancellations pile up after wintry storm ices much of the US

first_imgFlight cancellations pile up after wintry storm ices much of the U.S. Southeast Share CHARLOTTE — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday – causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays, hundreds of flights were cancelled and drivers in North Carolina and Virginia got stuck in snow or lost control on icy patches. Meanwhile, kids and the young at heart took advantage of the early winter snow with snowball fights, sledding and snowmen.Police in North Carolina and Virginia said they’d responded to hundreds of snow-related traffic accidents as of Sunday afternoon, as cars, trucks and tractor-trailers all struggled with the snow and ice.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper strongly urged residents to stay off the roads Sunday, asking drivers not to put lives of first responders needlessly at risk. Cooper said emergency crews, including the National Guard, worked overnight to clear traffic accidents on major roadways.“Stay put if you can,” Cooper said. “Wrap a few presents, decorate the tree, watch some football.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalFive members of a dive team searched the Neuse River in Kinston, North Carolina, for a missing truck driver Sunday after a tractor-trailer ran off a road and into the river, WRAL-TV reported.Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states, which hit portions of North Carolina and Virginia particularly hard.Virginia State Police said Interstate 81 in far southwest Virginia was particularly dangerous, with snow coming down faster Sunday afternoon than crews could clear it. Police said several tractor-trailers slid off the highway.Officials warned residents to prepare emergency kits and stay off roads in impacted areas. Several schools districts in North Carolina and Virginia announced they’ll be closed Monday.“Virginians should take all necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared for winter weather storm impacts,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.The National Weather Service said a “prolonged period of snow” began late Saturday and would last until Monday in the region, with the heaviest snow expected in northwest North Carolina and southern Virginia. Some areas of North Carolina and Virginia saw more than a foot (30 centimetres) of snow by Sunday afternoon.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaMore than 300,000 power outages were reported across the region with the majority of those – about 240,000 – in North Carolina, according to Parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia also saw outages.Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the country, said American Airlines reduced its operations, with more than 1,000 flights cancelled on Sunday.American Airlines also issued a travel alert for nine airports throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia, meaning passengers may be able to change travel plans without a fee.Travellers were advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport. Cancellations were reported on flights from as far as the Midwest. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Monday, December 10, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Snow Storm, Weatherlast_img read more


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