Proud Panchur jives to beats of dhol

first_imgIn the picturesque Garhwal Hills, 95 kilometres from Dehradun, a short walk from the nearest motorable road leads to Panchur, a sleepy village from where hails the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ajay Singh Bisht, popularly known as Yogi Adityanath.Throughout Sunday, Adityanath’s teary-eyed mother, proud father and brothers spent most of the time receiving hundreds of friends and relatives visiting to congratulate the family.As crowds shouted Har har Yogi, ghar ghar Yogi, drummers played the dhol. The village in Pauri district of Uttarakhand came alive as people celebrated with fervour. For Adityanath’s family, it was a moment “beyond imagination”.“We have not been able to congratulate Mahantji yet… We have been trying to call him, but his phone is switched off,” Adityanath’s younger brother Mahendra Bisht said on Sunday evening.In 1994, 22-year-old Ajay became Yogi Adityanath when Mahant Avaidyanath, a native of Kandi village, three kilometres from Panchur, and the then head of the powerful Gorakhnath Peeth in Gorakhpur, chose him as his successor.From then on, for his family and relatives too, Ajay became Mahantji.However, even as Adityanath’s stature has risen in the past years, his typical Garhwali family here lives a life of simplicity.The family members say Adityanath’s image as a Hindu hardliner is in stark contrast to the personality he had when he lived in the village as a young man. His father, Anand Singh Bisht, 85, attributed his present image to the time he spent with Mahant Avaidyanath.Contribution as MPFor the villagers, however, Adityanath is synonymous with “progress”. “Being a postgraduate in Mathematics, he believes that education is the building block towards progress… When he first became an MP in 1998, he got a degree college built in the village,” Surendra Singh Rawat from the village, said.Adityanath’s recent visit to the house was in February.His sister-in-law Asha Devi said: “Whenever Mahantji comes home, his father sits with him and tells him to keep calm. His father tells him to keep certain things in his heart and not be too vocal about everything he feels.”Adityanath has been at the centre of several controversies. His father said he was “aware of the flak Mahantji draws”.“I do try to tell Adityanath to keep a check on his speeches, but he follows his own mind,” he said. “I hope that he follows the BJP’s agenda of Sabka saath, sabka vikas. This is also my advice to him that he should follow the BJP’s agenda, which is inclusive of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, the rich and the poor.”last_img read more

Mystery over death of two Patna home inmates

first_imgA woman (21) and a girl (17), both inmates of Aasra, a government-funded short-stay home in Patna, have died under mysterious circumstances. They were taken to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Friday night after complaints of vomiting, diarrhoea, and high fever, but the hospital authorities declared them “brought dead.”Earlier, on Friday four inmates of the home at Nepali Tola of Chandra Vihar colony under Rajiv Nagar police station had tried to run away but when the local people raised an alarm they were caught and brought back. The Social Welfare department had also conducted a surprise check at the home on Friday and had found several irregularities there. It had also recommended that the home be shifted from the area.On Friday night the two inmates are said to have fallen ill and taken to the PMCH. “When they were brought to the hospital they were already dead”, Rajiv Ranjan, superintendent of PMCH said. But the police were informed about the deaths on Sunday. “We were informed of the deaths on Sunday morning by the shelter home employees. We’re waiting for the post-mortem report to know the exact cause of death,” Kumar Ravi, District Magistrate, Patna told journalists.The home is managed by NGO Anumaya Human Resources Foundation and houses 75 inmates, most of them mentally challenged.An employee of the home, Baby Kumari, has been taken into custody along with another woman. Manu Maharaj, Patna senior superintendent of police, said, “We’re investigating under what circumstances the two inmates died.”Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Vijay Prakash demanded a CBI probe. “The police were not informed immediately. Nitish Kumar is busy with Lok Sabha seat-sharing talks…while, morality has gone for a toss,” said Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav. However, ruling JD(U) leaders said law will take its course and “after the post-mortem report the cause of their deaths will come out.”last_img read more

Jaguar LR to hire 1100 people for its manufacturing facility

first_imgEven as the United Kingdom reels under economic slowdown, Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced it will hire 1,100 people for its manufacturing facility at Castle Bromwich to support launch of new models.A recruitment campaign for production operators is being launched, JLR said in a release on Wednesday.”Innovation in design, engineering and technology is at the core of our business and for the UK, this means we will continue to invest in new products, develop new technologies and enhance the skills of our employees,” Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said.”The launch of our latest Jaguar models, including the new XF Sportbrake later this year, means it is a very exciting time for Jaguar. These new models will attract new customers to the brand as we look to expand our global reach and further enhance our position in the market,” he said. Welcoming the development, UK Business Secretary Vince Cable, said: “This is fantastic news for Castle Bromwich that Jaguar Land Rover is creating more than 1,000 jobs to support the production of new models at the plant. This expansion is a clear demonstration of Jaguar Land Rover’s continuing commitment and investment in the UK”.The release added that as part of JLR’s ambition to deliver 40 significant product actions over the next five years, the Castle Bromwich plant will manufacture the new 2013 Model Year XF and XJ ranges this year.These models through the introduction of new powertrains and transmissions offer customers greater efficiency, technology and choice than ever before.The XF range will also see the addition of the XF Sportbrake derivative which, with a load capacity of up to 1675-litres, is billed to be “the most versatile Jaguar built to date”.All of Jaguar’s key markets, including China, UK, USA and Europe, have delivered year-on-year sales improvements.    In the 2011-12 fiscal, JLR achieved record profits of 1.5 billion pounds, increase of 392 million pounds compared to the previous year.In the first six months of the year, Jaguar has sold  more than 29,000 vehicles globally, which is a 19% increase against the same period last year, the release added.advertisementlast_img read more

Lakers dump Warriors to improve record to 9-2

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Kuzma scored 22 points starting for Davis and McGee had 18 points and 17 rebounds.“Our bigs were amazing,” James said. “They controlled the interior both offensively and defensively.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Lakers improved their NBA-best record to 9-2 without Davis, who was held out because of a sore right shoulder.“If one of our stars go down, we have to pick up for him,” McGee said. Rice industry paralysis “We’re playing hard, but we have defensive lapses and it adds up,” Russell said. “We have to figure it out. We have guys that are capable, but we have to continue to learn.”Golden State is but a shadow of the franchise that made five straight NBA Finals appearances. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are injured, and Kevin Durant departed in the offseason.“We’re getting a great effort but we’re not executing,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Right now, we’re taking our licks and we must learn from our mistakes. Our young guys are learning by getting thrown into the fire.”Twice the Lakers led by 23 in the third, the second time on a 3-pointer by Dwight Howard. He finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.Los Angeles extended its lead to 27 in the fourth. McGee’s one-handed reverse dunk highlighted a 14-5 opening run.“We did a good job locking in on defense and put a lot of pressure on the paint,” Kuzma said.James sat out the final period, but he still assisted, pulling Davis and DeMarcus Cousins out of their seats to join the team during a timeout.TIP-INSWarriors: Their five-game winning streak against the Lakers in LA ended. Golden State had won 10 of 11 overall in the series. … Draymond Green had 10 points in his second game after missing five straight with a left index finger sprain.Lakers: Davis is expected to return Friday. … Rajon Rondo (mild right calf strain) sat out but will return for the next back-to-back on Nov. 22-23. … They are 5-1 at home. … Their only losses have been to the Clippers and Raptors. LATEST STORIES Nadal saves match point vs Medvedev for 1st win at ATP Finals MOST READ BACK-TO-BACKJames has a history of being better in the second half of a back-to-back.“We don’t have shootaround,” he said by way of explanation. “I get to sleep in.”UP NEXTWarriors: Host Boston on Friday, one of just two home games during a 10-game stretch that has them traveling from Houston to Minneapolis to New Orleans.Lakers: Host Sacramento on Friday in a game that brings ex-Lakers coach Luke Walton back to Staples Center. They went 3-1 against the Kings last season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James questions a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES— No Anthony Davis for the first time this season, no problem for the Los Angeles Lakers.LeBron James had 23 points and 12 assists in three quarters, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee dominated the middle, and the Lakers rolled past the hobbled Golden State Warriors 120-94 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The Lakers had 31 assists in the second half of a back-to-back. Their 39 at Phoenix a night earlier was the franchise’s most since April 14, 2009. They notched 31 against defending NBA champion Toronto.“We know we’re very good when we’re moving the ball,” said James, adding that assists totaling in the high 20s to 30s “let’s me know we’re definitely paying attention.”James & Co. didn’t waste any time breaking out. He won the opening tip and McGee scored off his alley-oop pass. James keyed a 12-0 run with six points in the first quarter when the Lakers shot 70 percent and made five 3-pointers. Their 38 points tied a season high for points in a quarter.Los Angeles extended its lead to 18 points in the second. The Warriors scored 11 in a row to get within seven, but the Lakers quickly restored their lead to double digits at halftime. James’ vicious one-handed dunk riled up the crowd. Their 67 points tied a season high for points in a half.Former Laker D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points for the Warriors, who lost their fifth in a row and fell to 2-10, worst in the West.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

Kambala Bill passed by the Centre, legalising Buffalo race: All you need to know

first_imgPrevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2017 is cleared by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice. Now it is waiting for the President’s consent. If the Bill gets the assent then the traditional sport, Kambala will be legalised.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had filed a case in Karnataka High Court on grounds of cruelty against animals in 2016. Kambala and other bullock cart races were banned after Supreme Court’s ban on Jallikattu.PETA wanted Kambala to be banned as well, for the buffaloes are whipped to race faster in slush paddy fields for their owners to win cash prizes of Rs 10,000 to Rs five lakh.What is Kambala?Kambala means ‘Bulls race or Bullock cart race’It is a traditional sport held yearly in the coastal districts of KarnatakaIn this sport two pairs of bullocks compete. They are made to run in marshy paddy fieldsEach pair run in two separate wet field tracks and are controlled by whip-lashing farmersThey say that the sport is not competitive in nature as the pairs run one by oneThe ritualistic significance attached with the sport is that these animals run for good health thanking GodOver the years it has become an organised sportAnimal rights activists claim that the buffaloes run due to the fear of being beatenKambala mentions the sport to be associated with traditions and culture of the people in the stateThe bill highlights its vital role in ensuring survival and continuance of native breeds of cattleHowever, the Animal Rights Activists are just bothered about the well being of the animals. They want no cruelty inflicted on them. “Many of the buffaloes observed frothed at the mouth, salivated heavily, and displayed increased respiration rates upon finishing the race, demonstrating that they are anatomically unfit for running,” said Poorva Joshipura of PETA to HT.advertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Ripped shirts, a punctured ball and no goals in 0-0 draw

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LILLE, France (AP). There were several ripped shirts and even a burst ball during France’s 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Sunday at the European Championship.The scoreless result was good enough for both teams, with the host French taking first place in Group A and the Swiss moving on to the round of 16 in second place.France twice hit the crossbar as it again squandered numerous chances, but the torn Switzerland shirts and the ball being ripped apart during a challenge will likely end up being the most memorable moments of the match at Stade Pierre Mauroy.“It means there was a lot of fight on the pitch,” Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer said. “For us and for the country it’s important to be in the last 16.”Switzerland midfielder Admir Mehmedi’s shirt was torn in the first half, forcing him to the sidelines for a backup. Teammate Granit Xhaka then had his ripped once in each half, and teen striker Breel Embolo also slightly tore the back of his in the first half.“If a shirt is pulled, they can come apart,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said. “There were four (ripped) tonight. When you pull shirts they do actually break.”France coach Deschamps preferred to turn his attention to the rough state of the pitch, which cut up in places.“It was better than the pitch we saw at Marseille (against Albania) but it’s annoying,” he said. “I don’t know who is responsible, but we are only in the group stage of the competition and having such a pitch is not a good thing.”Then there was an issue with the official Adidas “Beau Jeu” ball.As France pushed for a goal in the second half, forward Antoine Griezmann was dribbling when Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami stepped in to tackle. The two converged on the ball and it burst, with Behrami picking up the deflated leather and showing it to Slovenian referee Damir Skomina.Just like in its previous games against Romania and Albania, France failed to turn pressure into goals.“Everyone hopes we play better, the players do and so do I,” Deschamps said. “I’m not blind, I know we can do better — but a new competition starts for us on Sunday.”Even with a new ball to strike, France’s shots lacked conviction, and Griezmann held his head in his hands when he placed his strike too close to Sommer after swapping passes with striker Andre-Pierre Gignac and bursting into the area.Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili, center, fights for the ball with Yohan Cabaye, left, during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between Switzerland and France at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France, Sunday, June 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)There was a hint of bad luck, too.Paul Pogba hit the crossbar in the first half with a swerving shot from 25 meters and substitute Dimitri Payet did the same in the 75th minute with a superb volley following a surging run down the right and cross to the back post from midfielder Moussa Sissoko.Pogba also went close twice early in the first half, drawing smart saves from Sommer.“Paul really was the driving force during the first half,” Deschamps said. “He was the heart and soul.”The Swiss threatened mainly on the break, using the 19-year-old Embolo’s pace, but France looked more likely to score as Payet shot just wide from outside the penalty area late on.In the other Group A match, Albania beat Romania 1-0 and finished in third place with three points.Thanks to Pogba, it seemed like France’s midfield dominance might make the difference in the first half, but good situations were wasted.Shortly after France center half Laurent Koscielny failed to direct his header on target following a flurry of corners, the defender then had to block Embolo’s slanting shot in the 30th minute following a rare Swiss foray.France’s main threat in the second half was Sissoko, who made another powerful run and then fed the ball to Gignac, whose 53rd-minute shot was easily saved by Sommer. He had also scuffed a first-half chance after Griezmann had set him up near the penalty spot.French fans chanted for Payet.But having scored an 89th-minute winner against Romania in a 2-1 win and an injury-time strike in the 2-0 win against Albania, he could not repeat it this time.last_img read more

LDRA opens office in Germany

first_imgLDRA has opened an office in Munich to meet customer demand for a more tightly integrated approach to software quality. The office will support new and existing customers in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland who are building safety- and security-critical applications for aerospace and defence, automotive, industrial controls, medical, and rail transportation.Companies in these industries are facing increased pressure and scrutiny to develop high-assurance software that guarantees safe and secure operation in all environments and under all conditions. Many companies find that loosely integrated point solutions no longer sufficiently address the functional safety and security standards adopted by OEMs and required of their software development organizations. Standards such as AUTOSAR, SAE J3061, ISO 26262, and MISRA for automotive; D0-178C for aerospace; IEC 61508 for industrial; IEC 62304 for medical devices; and EN 50128 for rail transportation demand rigorous compliance and affect all aspects of software development and verification. Complying with these process and development standards using traditional manual methods is time-consuming, costly, and error-prone.A tightly integrated approach such as that provided by the LDRA tool suite enables customers to more easily and cost-effectively address all compliance requirements of high-assurance software. The LDRA tool suite automates a completely bidirectional, traceable solution that connects the entire workflow from objectives of the process standards, to functional, safety, and security requirements, to static and dynamic software testing. The tool suite as a whole simplifies and reduces the cost of compliance, automates testing and artifact generation, and improves software quality. With the LDRA tool suite customers can incorporate industry- and company-specific coding standards. They also can leverage integrations with modeling tools such as IBM Rhapsody, ANSYS SCADE, Mathworks Simulink, and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and requirements tools such as DOORS, DOORS NextGen, and Polarion.In addition, LDRA provides scalable solutions that enable customers to start with a single capability such as static analysis, coding standards compliance, unit testing, or coverage analysis, and then build into the full tool suite to address certification requirements at the highest levels of assurance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs: Wireless Xpress modules deliver Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity with zero programmingNext Garz & Fricke becomes official Qt Distributorlast_img read more

CommAgility to accelerate development of mobile devices and base stations for 4G, 5G and private networks

first_imgCommAgility has announced a new reference platform for LTE UEs (mobile devices), enhanced its existing LTE eNodeB (base station) reference platform and released a new graphical LTE Management Tool. The reference platforms provide an integrated, fully tested solution, combining CommAgility processing hardware and 3GPP Rel 10 LTE software to deliver a low-cost starting point that accelerates system development and deployment for 4G/5G researchers, product developers and LTE network engineers. The LTE Management Tool provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface which enables straightforward system evaluation, configuration, and monitoring. With the CommAgility roadmap to 5G solutions, systems built with these reference platforms have the ability to progress beyond today’s LTE.Based on the Texas Instruments TCI6638K2K SoC and a Kintex-7 FPGA, the CA-D8A4-RF4 UE reference platform provides a high-performance LTE UE with up to 300Mbps download and the four integrated wideband RF transceiver channels support any frequency between 410MHz and 6GHz. Highlighting its flexibility is the ability to alternatively function as an LTE eNodeB with different software and FPGA firmware loads.The eNodeB platform is based on CommAgility’s CA-K2L-RF2, a high-performance ARM/DSP-based processing/RF card which includes two integrated wideband RF transceiver channels. The CA-K2L-RF2 uses the Texas Instruments TCI6630K2L SoC and AFE7503 integrated RF transceiver. Variants with integrated TX power amplifiers are available for almost all LTE bands. Along with the LTE Management Tool, both reference platforms include CommAgility’s industry-leading LTE PHY and Stack software provided in binary format.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Orsec boosts next-gen intelligence solution with DPI software by Rohde & SchwarzNext Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one packagelast_img read more

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed apologises after racially abusing South African cricketer

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has apologised after his racial abuse directed at South African all-rounder Phehlukwayo. Sarfraz’s comments were heard on the stump microphone during Pakistan’s defeat in the second ODI in Durban in Tuesday.His comments were widely condemned on social media and former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar asked Sarfraz to apologise.In line to be sanctioned by ICC, Sarfraz tweeted out a long apology but it remains to be seen whether that is enough. The world governing body is already investigating the incident.1/2 – I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday’s game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and…Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 20192/3 – I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from…Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 20193/3 – …across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated as Phehlukwayo and opener van der Dussen were stitching a match-winning stand for the sixth wicket after Pakistan had South Africa reeling at 80 for 5 in chase of a modest 204-run target.In the 37th over the chase, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” [Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?]advertisementSarfraz made the comment even as Phehlukwayo inside edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery to deep fine leg and was running towards the non-striker’s end.Pakistan Cricket Board also released a statement expressing regret over Sarfraz’s comments and asserted that PCB does not support such remarks. PCB was confident that the incident will not affect the spirit with which Pakistan and South Africa have competed so far.”The PCB expresses regret over the remark made by their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context.”This incident has also highlighted the importance and significance of player education and training at all levels. The PCB endeavors to improve their player education programmes to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again.”Sarfaraz is one of the most respected cricketers in the world. However, captaining Pakistan is a massive honour and any hurtful remarks by any cricketer, let alone the captain, are not acceptable to the PCB.”The PCB is confident that this incident will not affect the series, which has been played in great spirit with some excellent performances from both side. The PCB is also hopeful that the crowds will continue to turn up in big numbers for the remaining matches to support cricket,” PCB said in a statement.Notably, the South Africa all-rounder enjoyed a lot of luck as Pakistan had handed him a reprieve only in the previous over via a dropped catch. Phehlukwayo also got an LBW decision against him successfully overturned after using the Decision Review System. Phehlukwayo remained unbeaten on 69 as South Africa gunned down the total with five wickets to spare and levelled the five-match series at 1-1.Also Read | Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa to series-levelling victory vs PakistanAlso Read | 2nd ODI South Africa vs Pakistan in Durban: Highlightslast_img read more

Q&A: Get to Know the Texas Longhorns

first_imgAfter tough losses for both teams in their last contest, both OSU and Texas are looking to rebound with a big win in week 5. The Longhorns travel to Stillwater, where the home team in this series has had less than stellar results in recent history.So how does this year’s Longhorns team look compared to last year? We caught up with Austin American-Statesman Cedric Golden who gives us an in-depth look at the Horns and what the vibe is around the program headed into this weekend.1. Texas had a great win over Notre Dame and a narrow loss on a controversial call at Cal, what is general UT sentiment and what have you learned about the team so far going into conference play?Fans are a little nervous at this point. The sentiment has to be that these next two games will define the 2016 season. Texas cannot afford to lose to the Bedlam schools and fall to 2-3 with tough games remaining. A split puts the Horns at 3-2 with a chance to get to seven or eight wins.2. UT seems to be in the midst of an offensive renaissance, averaging 44.7 points per game so far. What are your thoughts on the offense in general and what do you attribute the successes to?They are much improved on offense. Shane Buechele will be a very good QB moving forward. Sterlin Gilbert was a great hire. Texas has scored over 40 points in its first three games after going over 40 four times in 12 games last season.3. Charlie Strong seems to be thriving on the recruiting trail, similar to the way Mack Brown did. What seems to be the biggest similarities/differences between the Mack Brown and Charlie Strong eras so far?The biggest difference is early commitments. Mack lived on those. Great players would commit to Texas and stay committed to Texas whereas Charlie has waited until the final day to sew up his classes. He has been really good flipping recruits from other schools so far.4. The defense had some question marks last week against Cal and there were rumblings about Vance Bedford’s job security. What are some things this UT defense needs to do that would show improvement and come closer to playing at their talent level?Their communication is very poor, particularly in the secondary which was supposed to be the most dependable unit in the preseason. What we saw against Cal were countless occasions where receivers were running unchecked through the secondary. That’s a communication problem and that starts with the coaches. This is a gut-check game for Bedford.5. The Longhorn defense led by stud sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson has talent up front with veteran tackles Paul Boyette and Poona Ford. Who are other difference makers on that side of the ball to be aware of?Keep in mind sophomore defensive end Breckyn Hager, the son of former NFL player Britt Hager. He’s an energy guy who brings a wild intensity to that defense. Also, expect to see a lot of freshman safety Brandon Jones who was ranked as the country’s best safety his senior year. Jones has blocked two punts in three games.6. The running game and what Swoopes and the big backs provide are pretty well known. What are your thoughts on Buechele and what he brings? And while he spreads the ball, from his targets who are the playmakers to keep an eye on?Buechele makes all the throws pretty well. He’s very confident and wise beyond his years as a freshman. If Texas is to have a chance they have to run the ball with D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III,  a pair of 250-pound bruisers. At wideout, John Burt is the best deep threat but Jerrod Heard, last season’s starting QB, has made a nice transition to the position and has the best natural ability of the pass catchers. With a balanced offensive attack and talent all over the field on the defense, Texas will win the Big 12 if they can get stops. The Horns have already proved they are capable of putting up points on the scoreboard but the defense hasn’t shown up against good competition at most times. This offense isn’t built for shootouts so ball control and staying ahead of the chains is a key, especially on the road.8. Expansion is such a hot topic of late, what seems to be the general UT preference for expansion and candidates?From what I’ve heard, the school seems to be welcoming of expansion. Houston is a hot school in the state and has the approval of the governor and the lieutenant governor. I don’t see BYU making it to the Big 12 because of problems with their honor code and not playing on Sunday. Cincinnati stands a better chance.9. I’m not sure how familiar you are with Oklahoma State’s roster, but in a world where such things could happen, what player(s) or positions would Oklahoma State have to give to get either of Chris Warren or D’Onta Foreman?I’m sure Texas would demand defensive end Cole Walterscheid because they need pass rushers.  I would also ask for James Washington. You can never have enough game breakers.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Contract Awarded for Richmond Villa

first_imgA replacement facility is on the way for Richmond Villa, a long-term care facility in St. Peter’s, Richmond Co. A contract has been awarded to Joneljim Construction Limited, Sydney, officials at the Department of Health announced today, May 20. The new facility is expected to cost $11.5 million. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac said he looks forward to moving ahead on the plans in collaboration with the nursing home’s management, the provincial Department of Transportation and Public Works, the municipality, and the surrounding community. “The new Richmond Villa will give residents the absolute best care in a top-notch facility,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Health. “I thank the residents of Richmond Villa for their patience, and I commend staff and management on their firm commitment and dedication to providing seniors with quality care.” Land was purchased in October 2004, in the centre of St. Peter’s, in close proximity to the existing facility. Construction on the facility will begin within two weeks, and residents should be able to move in within 18 months. “We are elated. This process has been a long time coming for many associated with Richmond Villa and this project,” said Steve Sampson, chair of the board of directors for Richmond Villa, and a municipal councillor. “Through the input of many stakeholders, government, our staff and community, we look forward to bringing to life a vibrant, state-of-the-art, long-term care facility.” The new nursing home will provide a full range of patient services, including meals, housekeeping and personal care services. Full medical care such as occupational therapy, recreational therapy, nursing care and physical therapy will also be provided.last_img read more

Ministers Seek Federal Response to Salmon Farm Crises

first_imgFisheries and aquaculture ministers and senior officials from six provincial and territorial governments met in Halifax today, May 30. They discussed the pending economic and social crises facing communities that depend upon the salmon aquaculture industry in Atlantic Canada and the actions required to keep it sustainable. “It’s obvious the salmon farming industry in the Atlantic region, particularly in the Bay of Fundy, is in crisis,” said Nova Scotia Minister Chris d’Entremont, who hosted the meeting. “Immediate financial assistance is needed to prevent the collapse of the salmon aquaculture industry. “The challenges mirror those faced by the agricultural industries, however unlike terrestrial farmers, aquatic farmers do not have access to programs to help them adjust to events beyond their control.” Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Geoff Regan was invited to participate, however he did not attend. A Task Force on Fostering a Sustainable Salmon Farming Industry for Atlantic Canada has already identified the immediate needs and provided recommendations for addressing the longer-term challenges facing the industry. “Fisheries ministers from the Atlantic provinces know this is a critical time for our aquaculture industry,” said David Alward, Minister of Fisheries, New Brunswick. “We have worked collaboratively with the federal government and industry to assess their challenges and develop solutions. I am very disappointed that the federal government has not responded to this urgent request and findings of the task force.” The aquaculture industry has faced a number of significant challenges in recent years including extreme weather conditions, fish health issues, the effects of the strong Canadian dollar on markets, and misleading information regarding food safety issues. Trevor Taylor, Minister from Newfoundland and Labrador, said issues affecting the salmon sector impact related industries as well. “These issues are felt throughout Atlantic Canada. Aquaculture and all the associated businesses are vital to rural communities. The industry has a tremendous impact on the region,” said Mr. Taylor. “Initially, both the federal and provincial governments committed to reviewing the task force report on an urgent basis,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We continue to wait for the federal government to respond to this important regional issue. The time to act is now. Financing for this year’s crop has not yet been secured but the fish must soon go in the water.” Ministers also discussed the issues of access to, allocation and development of fisheries resources. All agreed that changes must be made to the Atlantic Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers to bring relevance to this forum and the bodies that report to it as the Atlantic Fisheries Policy Framework is rolled out.last_img read more

Heating and Housing Programs for Nova Scotians

first_imgGovernment is reaching out to Nova Scotians regarding financial assistance for home heating and making their homes safer and more accessible. Service Nova Scotia is now accepting applications for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) to help with up to $200 toward home heating costs. “Government recognizes the financial burden that Nova Scotians are faced with to heat their homes during the cold winter months,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey. “By continuing to provide applications already filled out to past applicants, and by making applications accessible to people, we are ensuring that the application process is as convenient and efficient as possible.” This year, Service Nova Scotia partnered with Housing Nova Scotia by sending information to past HARP applicants to promote available funding to help eligible families, seniors and persons with disabilities to make their homes safer and more accessible. “We are committed to helping low- and modest-income homeowners stay in their homes and the communities they’ve helped build for as long as they can,” said Dan Troke, chief executive officer, Housing Nova Scotia. “We want to ensure that eligible homeowners know they can count on us if they need financial help to renovate or modify their homes to meet their needs.” Housing Nova Scotia invests more than $20 million every year to help homeowners with their housing needs. Major repairs or renovations can include structural, plumbing, electrical systems, heating system, and fire safety. Modifications to increase accessibility can include ramps, handrails, and bathroom renovations. Funding for programs may vary up to $16,000. Last year, almost 44,000 people and families received a rebate from the Heating Assistance Rebate Program. Nova Scotians that pay a heating bill at their current address and meet one of the following criteria are eligible to receive a home heating rebate: HARP applications are available online, by contacting the Public Enquiries phone number at 1-800-670-4357, at Access Nova Scotia locations, Department of Community Services’ offices, MLA offices and through more than 70 community groups, resource centres and other locations across the province. Go to www.novascotia.ca/sns/access/individuals/consumer-awareness/heating-assistance-rebate-program.asp for more information. live alone with an income of $27,000 or less live with others and have a combined income of $42,000 or less receive income assistance from the Department of Community Services receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement from Service Canadalast_img read more

SatwiksairajChirag enter Thailand Open semis

first_imgBangkok: The Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Shetty and Chirag Shetty entered the men’s doubles semi-finals after registering a hard-fought win over qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea at the Thailand Open on Friday. The unseeded Indian combination registered a 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 in a gruelling quarterfinal match that lasted exactly an hour. This was Rankireddy and Shetty’s maiden win over the Korean pair. The duo will now face another Korean pair of Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol for a place in the finals of the $350,000 tournament on Saturday.last_img read more

Scheer repeats alleged libel goads Trudeau to follow through on lawsuit threat

first_imgOTTAWA — Andrew Scheer is trying to provoke Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into following through on his threat to sue him over allegedly libellous criticism of the SNC-Lavalin affair.The Conservative leader has repeated, word for word, the March 29 statement that prompted Trudeau’s lawyer, Julian Porter, to send him notice of a potential libel suit.For good measure, he’s done it outside the House of Commons, so parliamentary privilege won’t protect him.Scheer accuses Trudeau of leading a campaign to interfere with the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and directing Canada’s former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to break the law.Trudeau says he put Scheer on notice because the Conservatives have a history of making misleading and defamatory statements.He says he won’t “stand idly by” and allow that to happen. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Human Rights Campaign To Honor Meryl Streep With Ally For Equality Award

first_imgThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced it will honor critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep with the organization’s Ally for Equality Award at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.“Throughout her phenomenal career, Meryl Streep has used her voice to stand up for the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community. We are thrilled to welcome Meryl Streep to the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala and look forward to honoring her with the HRC Ally for Equality Award.”The HRC Ally for Equality Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice to publicly stand-up for the LGBTQ community. These individuals dedicate their time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBTQ people. The award is given to allies outside of the LGBTQ community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans.For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. An outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality, Streep credits childhood music teachers for helping to open her eyes to LGBTQ acceptance, including her gay piano teacher and his partner, and another transgender music teacher. “I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life,” Streep said in an interview.An icon to many in the LGBTQ community, Streep has starred in numerous roles helping to raise awareness of the unique challenges LGBTQ people face. Streep told Between the Line News that her role in Angels in America — HBO’s 2003 groundbreaking miniseries about the HIV and AIDS crisis — was one of the most important in her career. Streep won one of her eight Golden Globe Awards for that role, and during her acceptance speech in 2004, she also famously spoke out for marriage equality.Streep has won three Academy Awards, and in 2015, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned a 19th Academy Award nomination. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been accorded a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and an honorary César. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. In 2011, Streep received a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2014 the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Most recently, Streep has been nominated for her 30th Golden Globe Award, and in January of 2017, she will be honored with the Cecil B. deMille Award of the 74th Golden Globes.As previously announced, HRC will also honor PepsiCo with the HRC Corporate Equality Award. The award recognizes PepsiCo’s exceptional commitment to advancing workplace equality for the LGBTQ community.The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. To purchase tickets for the #HRCGreaterNY gala, learn more about the event, ways to volunteer, and more, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org.last_img read more

Waste Management pays 3 billion for Advanced Disposal

NEW YORK — Waste Management is pushing into the eastern U.S. by paying $3 billion for its smaller rival, Advanced Disposal Services.The country’s largest collector of trash and recycling said Monday that it will pay $33.15 per share for Advanced Disposal, a 22 per cent premium for the stock. It is also taking on $1.9 billion of the company’s debt.Waste Management Inc., based in Houston, has about 21 million customers. The deal will add more than 3 million residential and industrial customers, mostly in the eastern half of the U.S., where Advanced operates. Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is based in Ponte Vedra, Florida.The deal adds to Waste Management’s existing collection and recycling centres.The deal is expected to close by the first quarter of next year.The Associated Press read more

Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of worlds genetic

After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly and systematically.The decision came on the last day of the two-week conference of parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan.The new pact, which is a protocol to the Convention, will set up an International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources, laying down the basic ground rules on how nations cooperate in obtaining genetic resources.“This is a day to celebrate in terms of a new and innovative response to the alarming loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, and a day to celebrate in terms of opportunities for lives and livelihoods in terms of overcoming poverty and delivering sustainable development,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).He said that today’s achievement also shows how countries can put aside the “narrow differences that all-too-often divide in favour of the broader, shared issues that can unite peoples and nations,” congratulating governments for “bringing a fresh vision to the more intelligent management of life on Earth.”The new Nagoya Protocol will outline how benefits – for example, from when a plant’s genetics are turned into a commercial product, such as medicine – will be shared with countries and communities who conserved and managed that resource, in some cases for millennia.It also lays out rules on how substances and compounds derived from genetic resources will be dealt with, as well as on the issue of pathogens, including how developed countries could obtain a flu virus in emergency situations to develop a vaccine to counter a possible epidemic.In Nagoya, governments also adopted a new strategic plan, including targets for addressing biodiversity loss to be met by 2020.Countries agreed to increase land-based protected areas and national parks to 17 per cent of the Earth’s surface from 12.5 per cent now, and to raise the percentage of marine protected areas from 1 per cent currently to 10 per cent.The plan also calls for lifting the extinction risk from known threatened species by 2020. 29 October 2010After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly and systematically. read more

The Latest US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the shifting trade relations between the U.S. and China (all times local):11:30 a.m.The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether, triggering a rally in beleaguered U.S. markets.The U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports will go forward, but tariffs on some goods will be delayed until Dec. 15. Those items include cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.Major U.S. markets jumped more than a per cent on the news. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are all down between 3% and 4% in the past month.The Associated Press read more