Two bison bulls wander out of Banff National Park a week after

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – Parks Canada says two bison bulls have wandered out of Banff National Park — just a week after the herd became free-roaming animals.Officials say two male bison left the 1,200-square-kilometre reintroduction zone last week and have been grazing in a remote valley on provincial land northeast of the national park.The bulls, along with 31 other wild plains bison now in the Banff backcountry, are being monitored both electronically and by staff on the ground.Officials say they were prepared for the possibility the bison would roam, and are working closely with the province and landowners in the area to guide the animals back to the park.Bison on provincial land aren’t considered wildlife in Alberta.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips has said she will protect the Banff herd with a special ministerial order, but it’s not yet in place.last_img read more

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Patti LaBelle To Light Up Empire State Building For Angel Ball

first_imgOn Monday, October 19, the Empire State Building will honor Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research by shining its world-famous tower lights in red and purple to celebrate Angel Ball 2015.The Angel Ball honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research and boasts attendees in the fields of business, philanthropy, and society alike for this annual celebration of life, music and the quest for a cure. Performers include Patti LaBelle and OneRepublic, and proceeds from this annual gala benefit blood cancer research.Patti LaBelle and Denise Rich will “flip the switch” for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and light the world-famous Empire State Building’s tower lights in red and purple in honor of Angel Ball 2015 at 12pm on Monday.last_img read more

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Climbing the success ladder

first_imgOver the last two-to-three decades, the major success story of the Indian economy has been the stellar growth of its IT industry. But as the dividends from the sector reach the eventual inflexion point, India needs to build similar competencies in other industries to ensure sustained growth and prosperity. It is not acknowledged as often but the biotechnology industry seemed poised to take over the mantle. In the span of a decade beginning in 2007, the industry has grown exponentially in size from about $2 billion to over $11 billion in terms of revenue. By 2025, it is targeted to touch $100 billion. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe biotechnology industry, however, has been impacting Indian lives long before it grew so much in size. Back in the mid-1960s, advancements in biotechnology drove the Green Revolution, which enhanced farm yields and made the country self-sufficient in food production. A similar contribution from the sector was witnessed in the White Revolution when India became a milk-surplus nation and improved the nutrition level of its citizens. More recently, the meteoric growth of the Indian pharmaceutical industry is a result of process innovation that has given the country a cost advantage in the manufacture of drugs. Further, the growing energy needs of India’s rural areas have been increasingly met by biomass fuel. Also Read – Insider threat managementThese outcomes have been the result of years of concerted efforts by the Indian government to enable the growth of the industry. As early as 1986, Rajiv Gandhi, recognising the potential of biotechnology in the country’s development, set up the Department of Biotechnology, making India one of the first countries in the world to have a government department solely dedicated to biotechnology. Over the years, the Department of Biotechnology has set up 17 Centres of Excellence at higher education institutions across the country and has supported the establishment of eight biotechnology parks across different cities. The biggest contribution of the department has been in setting up the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) in 2012, which has successfully supported 316 start-ups in its six years of existence. Due to these efforts, the Indian biotechnology industry has flourished over the years. As of 2016, India had over a thousand biotechnology start-ups. To put matters in perspective, Australia has a total of 470 biotechnology companies. More than half of these start-ups are involved in healthcare – drugs, medical devices and diagnostics – while about 14 per cent is in agricultural biotechnology and about 18 per cent in biotechnology services. The Indian economy also has a distinct advantage with respect to its demography that can ensure sustained growth for the sector. More than half the Indian population is below the age of 25. On a global scale, the median age in India (26.5 years) is much below that of China (35.9 years) and the US (37.1 years). Effective utilisation of this demographic advantage will provide India competitive edge over all other emerging economies in the advancement of biotechnological research and development. However, a few challenges need to be addressed if India is to fuel the growth of its biotechnology industry and achieve its target of making it a $100 billion industry by 2025. First, India’s research and development expenditure is quite low at 0.67 per cent of GDP, not only compared to mature biotechnology economies such as Japan and the US (which stands at around 3 per cent) but also in comparison to emerging economies like China (which is at around 2 per cent). Second, and more specifically to the biotech pharmaceutical sector, there are a few India-specific challenges with the country’s IP regime. There are two main areas of contention for the industry in India’s approach to intellectual property. The first issue lies in Section 3(d) of the Patents (Amendment) Act, 2005, which sets a higher standard for patentability than mandated by TRIPS. The industry argues that India’s stricter standards for patents discourage innovation and dampens foreign investment. The second issue is that of compulsory licensing, which gives the government power to suspend a patent in times of health emergencies. Although India has used this option only once, the industry feels that such regulations keep investors clear of Indian markets. A third challenge lies in the risk involved in the Valley of Death, that is, the risk of failure in the transition of innovative products and services from discovery to marketisation. Most of the early research funding, often provided by universities or the government, runs out before the marketisation phase, the funding for which is mostly provided by venture capitalists. It becomes difficult to attract further capital between these two stages because a developing technology may seem promising but it is often too early to validate its commercial potential. This gap has a huge impact on the commercialisation of innovative ideas. Thus, the Indian government needs to act on these challenges facing the biotechnology sector. An increase in investment towards research and development and building human capital is the most crucial point of action. These initiatives have shifted the growth trajectories of countries like China away from India. As for the challenging IP regime, the government needs to come together with the biopharma industry and chalk out a middle ground that recognises the value of innovation and does not hurt its investment attractiveness. Finally, for the Valley of Death concerns, the government can build a mechanism where funding can be provided to select innovative ideas based on their national importance. Only such action-oriented steps can make biotechnology the next success story of the Indian economy. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Chirag Yadav, a senior researcher, has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Police seek complaints on doctor over illegal sterilization procedures

The doctor, identified as Seigu Siyabdeen Mohammed Shafi, a resident of Kurunegala, was later handed over to the CID for further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The Police today sought complaints against a doctor in Kurunegala over illegal sterilization procedures.Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunsekera said that if any person wants to make a complaint against the doctor over his alleged involvement with illegal sterilization procedures then such complaints can be made at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The doctor in Kurunegala linked to some politicians was arrested last week over assets earned through suspicious means. The 42-year-old doctor was attached to the Kurunegala Hospital.

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UN labour group urges five Governments to protect freedom of association

The Committee on Freedom of Association of the International Labour Organization (ILO) drew special attention to those five countries after examining 35 cases at their May-June 2005 meeting. In the case of Cambodia, the Committee “deeply regretted” that the Government provided only partial information about the murders of trade union leaders Chea Vichea and Ros Sovannareth, which occurred within four months of each other. It urged the Government to investigate the crimes and punish both instigators and perpetrators.In Colombia, it said numerous murders and other acts of violence against union leaders had gone unpunished in the past few years. It deplored the effects of such impunity, both on the labour movement and society in general.The Committee found the arrests of trade union leaders troubling in Iran, Myanmar and Zimbabwe. It requested from the Government of Iran information on charges against such leaders stemming from a Labour Day march, and urged Myanmar’s Government to take real steps toward ensuring respect for freedom of association in law and in practice.In the case of Zimbabwe, the Committee examined allegations of arbitrary arrests and detentions, anti-union intimidation, harassment and dismissals. Reacting to the expulsion of a trade-union mission to the country, it requested the Government to admit such missions in the future. It noted “with deep concern” the trade union situation in Zimbabwe has not evolved and may have even worsened.The report of the Committee on Freedom Association was endorsed by the ILO’s policy-making body on Friday. read more

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Thousands of students moving in Sept 6

Students haul boxes during Move-in Day in this file photo.Brock University is set to welcome new and returning students back to campus for the start of another school year. The back-to-school tradition includes the annual residence move-in blitz on Sunday, Sept. 6. That day also serves as the kickoff to a full schedule of orientation week activities.* Residence move-in blitz (Sunday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.): More than 700 volunteers including 100 University staff will help 2,400 students move into Brock’s six residence complexes.* Live Burn (Sunday, Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m. in front of Schmon Tower): Controlled burn of a mock residence room designed and furnished to resemble a typical student’s room. This fire safety demonstration provides a real-time illustration of how quickly fire can spread.Brock’s O-Week for students takes place Sunday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 13 with Brockchella serving as this year’s theme. The week will be highlighted by a concert Tuesday, Sept. 8 featuring house music headliner 3LAU.Among the activities planned this year: * Academic and Athletics Orientation (Tuesday, Sept. 8, various sessions, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.): An opportunity for students to meet professors, classmates and teammates in their faculties, majors and sports teams.* Big-Ticket Concert (Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7:30 to 11 p.m.): A back-to-school, all-ages show at Weatherstation Field featuring 3LAU, DJs Grandtheft, Sleepy Tom and DJ Patty V.* Vendor and Club Fair (Tuesday, Sept. 8 – Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Two days of activities and giveaways featuring local businesses and Brock services.* Ice Cream Eating Contest (Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m.): A new event in partnership with Marble Slab Creamery held in front of Schmon Tower.* All-Ages Paint Party (Friday, Sept. 11, 10 p.m.): A messy and fun party of music and paint held at Weatherstation Field.PARKING INFORMATION:Because of the amount of space and organization required to get 2,400 students moved into residences, there will be no parking in any lots near those buildings on Sunday, Sept. 6. This includes anyone using Brock’s Athletics and Rec Services facilities. Anyone needing access to the Walker Complex or sports fields are asked to park in Lot A on Sunday. read more

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The English Premier League Starts Today Heres One Reason To Watch

Beautiful, ain’t it? Americans’ interest in soccer is about three times higher during the World Cup than it usually is, judging by how often they search for the sport on Google. But that isn’t true for other countries. In England, where the English Premier League will kick off its season on Saturday, club play is followed almost as enthusiastically as international competition. The same is true in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Mexico.What accounts for the international appeal of soccer? One factor may be the comparative simplicity of its rulebook. Product designers have long appreciated the value of simplicity, which offers a gentler learning curve and fewer opportunities for mistranslation.I downloaded the FIFA Laws of the Game along with the rulebooks for the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball. Then I counted the number of words in each one, excluding indices. This is a simple proxy for the complexity of each sport.Soccer is doing more with less; FIFA’s rulebook has just over 20,000 words. By contrast, the NBA’s has 30,000, MLB’s is close to 50,000, the NHL’s is nearly 60,000 and the NFL’s is 70,000.The correlation between the simplicity of a sport’s rulebook and its global popularity is almost one to one. Soccer, with its simple rulebook, is followed in almost every country. Basketball increasingly is, too. The more complex sports have less global appeal. Baseball is popular in the Americas and Japan but not yet elsewhere. Hockey fans are almost exclusively concentrated in the U.S., Canada, Northern Europe and Russia. American football has few fans outside America itself.Philosophers have also long recognized a connection between simplicity and beauty (indeed, long before soccer came to be known as “The Beautiful Game,” it was known as “The Simplest Game” instead). This June, when I attended a couple of World Cup matches at the Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro, I was struck by how rich the experience was with so few frills. There was no 60-yard-long Jumbotron — there were hardly any scoreboards. There weren’t many words spoken, on or off the pitch.Soccer can get away with this minimalist presentation because of the simplicity of its rulebook; you don’t need Ed Hochuli to come out and explain the difference between offsides and encroachment and a neutral zone infraction.Instead, when Chile scored against Spain in their Group B match, it sounded something like this (sorry about my shaky camera work): read more

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Duluths Twin Metals project PFS underway Carpathian Gold completes first gold smelt

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 24 prefeasibility studies, four feasibility studies, and 20 projects in development, 12 new mines that have gone into production, seven existing operations that are expanding and four merger and acquisition announcements, and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 29 gold projects, 14 copper projects, 11 silver projects, eight coal projects, seven iron ore projects, five platinum, four rare earth, lead, nickel, two palladium, vanadium, potash, PGM, uranium, and one diamond, germanium, titanium, chrome, molybdenum, and phosphate. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Duluth Metals has announced that the Twin Metals Minnesota project PFS is progressing well with a completion date scheduled for mid-year 2014. Over the next few months, the main focus is the completion of the Pre-feasibility Study and delivering by mid-year a comprehensive NI 43-101 compliant Technical Report on this phase of the project development.Carpathian Gold completed its first gold smelt at the RDM gold project, Brazil on the 24th December. The project is wholly owned by the corporation’s subsidiary, Mineração Riacho dos Machados. The corporation has subsequently completed a second gold smelt and has poured its first doré gold bar of approximately 10.1 kg. Loaded carbon continues to be transferred from the CIL tanks to the ADR plant, where the gold will be stripped from the carbon and recovered in the electrowinning cells, on a routine basis. The corporation anticipates that gold doré production can now commence and that it can be shipped on a regular basis, currently forecast at 100,000 oz/y over the LoM.Pan American Silver Corp has decided to proceed with the expansion of its La Colorada mine in Zacatecas, Mexico, based on the positive results of a recently completed PEA.  The PEA indicated that the relatively low-risk expansion project has the potential to provide robust after-tax economic returns using a $19/oz long-term silver price. The PEA contemplates an increase in silver production from the current level of approximately 4.7 Moz/y to 7.7 Moz/y by the end of 2017, for an incremental capital investment of $80 million, the majority of which will be spent over the next 3 years.Glencore Xstrata has awarded Thiess a A$230 million, one-year contract extension at Mt Owen coal mine, near Ravensworth in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia. The extension will see Thiess continuing full service delivery at Mount Owen for at least another three years until December 2016, and includes an option for an additional one year contract extension until December 2017.Australian based iron ore development company, Kogi Iron Ltd and it’s 100% owned Nigerian operating company, KCM Mining have announced that phosphorous bioleaching has been incorporated in its process plant design for the  PFS currently underway for its 100% owned Agbaja iron ore project. Bioleaching is the extraction of specific metals from their ores through the use of bacteria and has successfully been used in the minerals industry since the mid 1990’s. A recent independent University study conducted in Nigeria was successful in reducing the level of phosphorous in Agbaja Plateau iron ore mineralisation from ~0.9% to ~0.25%.last_img read more

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Honda figures out how to recycle rare earth materials in batteries

first_imgRechargeable batteries are everywhere you look nowadays. All our gadgets use them, electric cars rely on them, and as we move toward green energy solutions for the home, we’ll need them there too.The problem is, batteries require the use of expensive rare earth materials that are in high demand. Until now, once those materials are used in a battery they are gone, never to be used again for the most part. However, Honda has developed a new process that allows them to extract and recycle rare earth materials from old batteries.The breakthrough has come through a collaboration with Japan Metals & Chemicals Ltd. (JMC), and means that producing rechargeable batteries on a massive scale should get cheaper and more environmentally friendly going forward.Honda’s extraction process collects at least 80% of the rare earth materials from a Ni-MH battery. Those materials are of the same purity as those “mined and refined,” meaning they can be reused in new batteries without further work.JMC already has the extraction system running at a recycling plant where it is classed as a mass production line. For the moment, old electric car batteries will undergo the recycling process, but there are plans to expand it to other batteries in the future.If Honda and JMC can continue to refine the process and improve upon the extraction rate, it should help to meet the increasing demand for batteries while minimizing the strain on the supply of rare earths. It will also force other car and battery manufacturers to adopt similar recycling systems in order to compete on price while maintaining their green credentials.More at Tech-On!last_img read more

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Visa fury

first_imgSix months after Greece and Australia signed an agreement to introduce a Work and Holiday visa for young people to visit and find temporary employment in each others’ countries, the start of the scheme is still way off, and the reason for the hold-up has to be laid squarely at the door of the Greek government.If Poland can start a Work and Holiday visa program with Australia four months after it was signed, why can’t Greece?Neos Kosmos has identified that legislation in Greece to allow the program to start is yet to come before the Greek parliament, and before it does, it needs to jump the not inconsiderable hurdle of being signed by seven ministers, representing foreign affairs, tourism, health, the national economy, labour, education and development.After being signed off at ministerial level, Neos Kosmos understands the bill will pass to the secretariat of the Greek cabinet, who will then brief the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs. Only then will it be finally voted on by the Greek Parliament.A simple process it is not, and it is one that now begs the question as to whether the Greek Government has a motive for keeping the reciprocal visa on the shelf.Greece’s Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Mr Haris Dafaranos explained his government’s actions this week, telling Neos Kosmos: “There is a ratification process which is continuing, and we the embassy have asked the competent authorities to expedite the process as soon as possible.”A spokesman for Greece’s Ministry of Tourism followed suit, saying that verification of the agreement was “in process and will take some months.” But while bureaucratic procedures may present a rational explanation, the Greek community in Australia has become increasingly exasperated over the affair, and its frustration has reached fever pitch.While the convoluted workings of the Hellenic Republic’s internal bureaucracy is the prime suspect in the delay, others believe there may be more to the situation than meets the eye, with the problem going beyond a document lying forlorn in the bulging in-tray of a ministerial desk.Despite Prime Minister Antonis Samaras recently talking up Greece’s ability to reduce unemployment next year, last week the OECD reported the country’s unemployment rate will remain around 27 per cent to the end of 2015. Despite “moderate signs of recovery” according to OECD, the rate will remain stuck at close to its highest level since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008.For young Greeks the situation is even worse. For the twelve months to July, the youth unemployment rate in Greece has hovered between 59 per cent and 51 per cent.For some, it’s one reason why the Greek Government might find opening new doors to foreigners, eager to take the few jobs on offer, politically sensitive.An alternative theory lies in Greece’s reticence to encourage a further brain drain, with many young Greeks continuing to look for opportunities abroad.If either view holds any sway, going slow on ratifying the agreement and others like it, might be understandable in the ‘realpolitik’ affecting Greece’s coalition government that holds a narrow majority in the 300-seat parliament.Victorian Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou, who took part in discussions over the visa’s introduction with Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kosta Tsiaras last year, told Neos Kosmos that “given the protracted nature of this visa coming into affect, one can only now question the will of the Greek Government.”“One has to ask, beyond due process, what other reasons might there be for their bureaucracy to stall?” said Ms Vamvakinou.“Australia’s Greek community are frustrated over this issue, and are asking serious questions as to the Greek Government’s commitment to introducing the visa.”President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, said he was “dismayed and disappointed” that the visa’s introduction could still not be determined.“We had a senior minister here in May who apparently ratified the agreement and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since.“What the situation tells us, is that there is a complete lack of interest by the Greek Government on this issue, an issue so vital to the diaspora in Australia.”Mr Papastergiadis, who was at the helm of GOCMV four years ago when it began lobbying the Australian and Greek governments to initiate the reciprocal visa agreement, said that Greece’s inaction since the agreement’s signing affected the standing of the Greek Government in Australia and globally.“Working Holiday visa agreements have been ratified by Australia and are in force with practically every other European country,” he said.“We will now write to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on this matter to ask him personally to intervene and expedite the agreement.”Meanwhile, an identical work and holiday visa agreement was signed by Australia with Poland on 28 March this year, just six week before Greece’s Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison signed the Greece/Australia agreement in May. Australia’s Work and Holiday visa program with Poland has been up and running since August 1. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Imagerie médicale trop de radioactivité

first_imgImagerie médicale : trop de radioactivité ? Aujourd’hui, l’ASN a révélé une forte augmentation des doses de radioactivité délivrées aux patients par imagerie médicale. Une hausse devenue “souci majeur” en France.Alors que la radioactivité est au centre de l’attention suite aux accidents répétés de la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, c’est un tout autre problème dont a fait part aujourd’hui l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN). Dans un rapport présenté au Parlement, celle-ci a en effet averti d’une forte hausse des doses de radioactivité délivrées lors des examens d’imagerie médicale. Entre 2002 et 2007, ces doses auraient progressé de près de 50%. Une augmentation déjà constatée au Japon et aux Etats-Unis, mais qui crée aujourd’hui l’inquiétude en France.À lire aussiHyperthyroïdie : symptômes, traitement, causes, diagnostic, qu’est ce que c’est ?Selon les données révélées par l’ASN et citées par le Monde, un scanner du corps entier peut délivrer en une seule fois une dose de radiations de 20 millisieverts, soit le maximum autorisé en un an pour un salarié du secteur nucléaire. En 2010, les examens et traitements médicaux ont représenté en moyenne 1,3 millisievert, soit plus d’un tiers de la dose totale de rayonnements reçue par chaque Français. Si ces examens font l’objet d’une hausse incontrôlée, cela pourrait alors conduire à une multiplication des cas de cancers, en particulier chez les enfants, plus vulnérables aux radiations. Pour limiter cet impact, l’ASN a donc recommandé l’utilisation de moyens alternatifs aux scanners, tels que l’IRM qui ne délivre pas de rayons X au patient. Mais la tâche s’annonce difficile face à ce problème qui concerne de multiples acteurs : “Encore faut-il que les médecins soient conscients de l’existence de cette technique alternative et que les appareils soient disponibles. Un de nos soucis, c’est d’obtenir un rééquilibrage du parc français entre scanners et IRM”, a souligné Jean-Christophe Niel, président de l’ASN, qui a également émis une série de recommandations au ministère de la Santé.Le 30 mars 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Arjen Robben out for Bayern Munichs trip to Ajax

first_imgBayern Munich have confirmed that Arjen Robben is unavailable for their Champions League match at Ajax due to injuryThe Dutch winger has been reportedly struggling with an undefined thigh injury for the last two weeks now and hasn’t featured for Bayern since their 5-1 thrashing of Benfica at the end of last month.Despite the loss of Robben though, manager Niko Kovac has got his eyes set on three points at Amsterdam tonight as Bayern look to seal top spot on Group E.“The first objective was to progress from the group – we’ve done that,” said Kovac on the club website. “Now we’re in first place and we want to stay there, that’s our objective.”However, the Croatian isn’t taking Ajax lightly who will likely be hoping to snatch top spot from Bayern at their home ground with just two points separating them.“We’re up against strong opposition,” warned Kovac.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“They’re a very, very good side. Ajax are a world-renowned name, so it won’t be an easy game. Both teams will be fired up – mine certainly are.”The Ajax-Bayern game will begin at 21:00 (CET) tonight at the Johan Cruijff Arena.Here’s our squad heading to Amsterdam! 💪🔴⚪#packmas #UCL #AJAFCB pic.twitter.com/0MgezIj2Im— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 11, 2018last_img read more

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More Information About Cover Crops Available Online

first_imgMany producers still have questions about how planting and destroying cover crops may affect crop insurance coverage. Provisions vary from state to state, with the Risk Management Agency’s 10 regional offices making local decisions. Some of these regional offices have updated or compiled information in recent months. Links to that information are below:”Insuring a Crop Following a Cover Crop” from the Springfield, Ill. Regional Office, serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.”2013 Crop Year Insuring Crops Planted Following a Cover Crop” from the Topeka, Kan. Regional Office serving Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.”Insuring a Crop Following a Cover Crop” from the St. Paul, Minn. Regional Office serving Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.”Insurance for Crops Following a Cover Crop” from the Raleigh, N.C., Regional Office serving Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.last_img read more

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Video shows bobcat chasing squirrel outside Fort Myersarea home

first_imgNEAR FORT MYERS, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida woman took out her cellphone and hit record after she spotted a bobcat on the hunt — right in her backyard.The video, taken Sunday morning, shows the large feline climbing her pool cage hunting for food. Moments later, the animal is seen spotting a squirrel and darting after it.The squirrel eventually got away.The sighting took place in a community near Fort Myers.The homeowner said she’s seen bobcats in the area before but never in the act of the hunt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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New Fairbanks Costco might be built in vacant Sams Club building

first_imgCostco may move into a Fairbanks building being vacated by Sam’s Club. Fairbanks North Star Borough officials announced Monday that senior Costco representatives have entered into an agreement with the borough to occupy the 161,000-square-foot warehouse store building off College Road.Listen nowA borough news release says the Costco reps met with Borough Mayor Karl Kassel and other local officials last week, and toured the big box store.The news release emphasizes that officials with Seattle-based Costco, quote, “are in the early stages of evaluating the property but are optimistic about moving ahead quickly”.Sam’s Club is scheduled to close its Alaska stores Friday as part of nationwide restructuring.last_img

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Exclusive Nach Baliye 9 to get delayed due to another new show

first_imgNach Baliye 9 to get delayed due to new show that will compete with Bigg Boss 13TwitterViewers of Nach Baliye might have to wait a bit more for season 9 of the show, as the channel is apparently planning to launch another reality show called “Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl”. The new show may be aired alongside another much awaited show Bigg Boss 13.According to sources close to Star Plus, the channel is willing to delay the start of Nach Baliye 9, and instead go forward with the other reality show, which is likely to have several popular faces from the television industry.While the first season of Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl was aired on Imagine TV, the second season is going to be aired on Star Plus. Sources further said that it will be launched around the same time of Bigg Boss 13, which will be aired on Colors TV.Apart from bringing popular TV actresses, the show is likely to be hosted by Vidya Balan.”Sofia Hayat, Rakhi Sawant, Mahika Sharma, Sara Khan, Shamita Shetty, Sanaya Irani, Surabi Jyoti, Tina Datta and Gauri Pradhan Tejwani are the few names approached for the reality show (Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl). The makers are trying to bring Vidya Balan to host the show,” the source added.Meanwhile, Bigg Boss 13 is likely to have a change in its format. Unlike last year, the makers have apparently decided to do away with the concept of having commoners on the show. Bigg Boss 13 is likely to have only celebrities as contestants.While it was reported that the decision was taken considering the poor performance of the show last year, IB Times had learnt that the reason behind not having commoners on the show was to get popular celebrities on board. Popular celebs were apparently not comfortable sharing the house with commoners, and hence, the makers decided to have only celebrities on the show.last_img read more

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Yearlong celebration in memory of Kaifi Azmi

first_imgThe year-long celebrations of poet Kaifi Azmis centenary birth anniversary began on January 8, with a seminar in the Capital, with his daughter and actor Shabana Azmi, poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia remembering Kaifi Azmi’s legacy. “When we remember Kaifi Azmi, we remember the movement of progressive writers who said that art is a medium of social change and justice. The time was such when the writer wrote, it had a motive. He was connected to the public, and to life. He used his pen for the betterment of society’s betterment,” Shabana Azmi said during her brief speech at seminar ‘Jashn-e-Kaifi’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was organised by Urdu Academy, Department of Art, Culture and Languages of the Delhi government at the Triveni Kala Sangam. The noted actor and daughter of the poet also invoked the contributions of writers contemporaneous to Kaifi, some being Ali Sardar Jafri, Jan Nisar Akhtar (Javed Akhtar’s father), Sahir Ludhianvi, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Shailendra. “The circumstances we see today, it’s important we remember these people again. As a father, I’ve taken Kaifi sahab for granted, just like children do, but as a ‘shayar’, his many poems inspire me. Despite being written 70 years ago, Kaifi wrote of women’s equality.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSisodia, who handles the art, culture and languages portfolio, also remembered the timeless ‘Kar Chale Hum Fida’ songwriter and spoke of the bigger role artists have in society. “Artists and art-culture events should be part of a bigger script. When society surrenders to crime, bullying, mercilessness and power, then the writer and shayar challenges its self-respect,” the Minister said. “The writer gives voice to the society’s struggle, which then resonates and becomes society’s own. The writer triggers and supports the voice until it becomes a movement and people take to the streets,” he added. Sisodia also recalled the role of writers from the time of India’s independence, and even after it, “whenever governments went unchecked”. Further, the event also witnessed the presentation of eight Urdu papers being presented on Kaifi Azmi, and Sisodia proposed their compilation and dissemination in schools, universities and language departments. Adding to the celebrations, the famous play ‘Kaifi Aur Main’ – written by Javed Akhtar – which narrates his life and times, was also staged on January 9, at the Kamani Auditorium.last_img read more

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Kin says workers were trapped as Philippine fire kills 58

first_img Top Stories MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police recovered 58 bodies and about a dozen more people are still missing Thursday from a Philippine factory fire that an angry relative said had trapped workers on the second floor of the building where iron grills on windows prevented their escape.The search for bodies resumed after it was suspended late Wednesday because of the heat and worries about the instability of the two-story building, a rubber slipper factory in the outskirts of the Philippine capital, Manila. Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela city, where the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory burned for several hours Wednesday, said 13 people are still unaccounted for.Questions are being raised if the factory followed fire and building safety standards.Dionesio Candido, whose daughter, granddaughter, sister-in-law and niece were among the missing, said iron grills reinforced with fencing wire covered windows on the second floor that “could prevent even cats from escaping.”He said he was allowed by authorities to enter the gutted building, where he saw charred remains “piled on top of each other.”Gatchalian said the fire was apparently ignited by sparks from welding work being done at the factory’s main entrance door, triggering an explosion of the chemicals used to make the slippers.Workers fled to the second floor where they were trapped, he said. He was unsure if there were any fire escapes there.District Fire Marshal Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu said that the building had other exits but apparently the workers were overwhelmed by the thick black smoke from the burning rubber and chemicals, which are highly flammable and caused the blaze to spread quickly. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Local media reports quoted relatives as saying their kin sent text messages saying they were on the second floor, but contact was lost shortly after.___Associated Press writer Teresa Cerojano contributed to this story.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments   Share   last_img read more

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AP PHOTOS Coca town cracks down on alcohol to fight rapes

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   This June 6, 2015 photo shows a bird’s eye view of La Asunta, northeast of La Paz, Bolivia. Neighborhood leaders have imposed a sort of vigilante dry law in the coca-growing mountain town of La Asunta, hoping to end a series of rapes and other crimes. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona LA ASUNTA, Bolivia (AP) — The dance hall is closed. There’s no beer at the bar. And restaurant patrons have to cut their thirst with soda pop.Neighborhood leaders have imposed a sort of vigilante dry law in the coca-growing mountain town of La Asunta, hoping to end a series of rapes and other crimes.By night, groups of citizens patrol the town of 7,000 people, sometimes shooting off firecrackers to warn saloons and discotheques to shut down. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “This has gotten out of hand. The police can’t do anything so we’ve decided to take our own measures and we’ve called for complying with a 30-day dry law,” said Jorge Mendoza, a neighborhood leader in the town some 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of La Paz, the capital.Residents began the patrols after an 11-year-old girl was raped on May 30. While they haven’t caught a suspect in that case, they grabbed another man identified as a rapist by a 12-year-old girl.Neighbors went to his house, tied his hands and pushed the 22-year-old through the streets with a hand-scrawled sign saying “I’m a rapist.” Several people came out and beat him before he was handed over to local police.“It was about time that the people that people did something about all this,” said Flora Nati, who said she joined the patrols because of fears for the safety of her two sons.___Associated Press photographers and photo editors on Twitter: http://apne.ws/15Oo6joCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Household rubbish set to fuel British Airways flights

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25b4e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> British Airways has announced plans to turn household waste products into a biofuel for its planes from 2014 onwards, though initial media reports have questioned whether this has been approved by local government yet.In a statement, British Airways says that it intends to convert 500,000 tonnes of waste biomass per year into 16 million gallons of green jet fuel from 2014 onwards as part of its biofuel program.Already a partnership has been established with Solena Group in order to build a plant which will take waste materials destined for landfill.  Four sites are currently being considered for the plant.“This unique partnership with Solena will pave the way for realising our ambitious goal of reducing net carbon emissions by 50% by 2050,” said Willie Walsh, British Airways CEO.“We believe it will lead to the production of a real sustainable alternative to jet kerosene.”But initial media reports have questioned whether or not the ambitious plan has been approved by the British government, as the Ministry of Defence regulates the quality of aviation fuel in the region.British Airways’ new proposal will produce a reduction in carbon emissions equivalent to taking 48,000 cars off the road per year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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