Nottingham Forest v Brentford line-ups: Forest man back, Pritchard starts

first_imgOn-loan Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard replaces Jota in the Brentford starting line-up for the game against Nottingham Forest, who welcome back defender Kelvin Wilson.Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Fox, Wilson, Lascelles, Hunt, Mancienne, Osborn, Lansbury, Ince, Burke, AntonioSubs: De Vries, Lichaj, Harding, Fryatt, Assombalonga, Paterson, Tesche.Brentford: Button, Bidwell, Craig, Dean, Douglas, Odubajo, Toral, Judge, Gray, Diagouraga, Pritchard.Subs: Bonham, Saunders, Dallas, Jota, Smith, Tarkowski, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Dinosaur Extinction Rewritten Again

first_imgWho will go back and fix the animations?If the Chicxulub meteor finished off the dinosaurs, they were already on the edge anyway, a new theory proposes. The BBC News says dinosaurs were on the decline 50 million years before the impact. And why was that? With apologies to Bob Dylan, “A team suggests the creatures were in long-term decline because they could not cope with the ways Earth was changing.” Yes, music lovers, the times they were a-changing, just like climate change afflicts us today. “Your sons and your daughters /Are beyond your command,” Darwin told T. rex. “Your old road is rapidly agin’ / Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand / For the times they are a-changin’.” T. rex didn’t have much of a hand to lend anyway. Climate change had determined that it was time for the mammals to take center stage.The asteroid impact is commonly thought to have paved the way for mammals to take over. But the new study suggests that mammalian supremacy might have occurred eventually, without a space impact.Co-author Prof Mike Benton of Bristol University, told BBC News: “World climates were getting cooler all the time. Dinosaurs rely on quite warm climates and mammals are better adapted to the cold.“So there might have been a switch over in any case without the asteroid impact.““Might” makes right in evolutionary storytelling; the power of suggestion raises the perhapsimaybecouldness index. Earth needed to make “room for mammals,” Science Daily says. What better way than to chill out the dinos?Those interested in the case for dino decline can look at the paper in PNAS. It begins, “Whether dinosaurs were in decline before their final extinction 66 Mya has been debated for decades with no clear resolution.” But by using a “Bayesian phylogenetic approach to model the evolutionary dynamics of speciation and extinction through time,” they guarantee an evolutionary outcome (see DIGO in the Darwin Dictionary).Back to the Drawing BoardThis is most unfortunate for Darwinians, since they thought they finally had a flag up the pole everyone could salute: an asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. A team is even out there right now trying to drill into the impact site in the Yucatan. Is their work in vain? Not completely; the new study has a partial role for the impact, just not a complete one. It just gave dinosaurs the final shove.Brian Switek on National Geographic took the opportunity to review past “wild ideas” about the death of the dinosaurs. First, though,Here’s his list of previous “crazy conjectures” that came and went:Dinosaurs put too much energy into being big and spiky.They had a predetermined lifetime as a species, and time was up.They developed slipped discs.Their hormones got out of control.Their sex drives declined.They all got sick.They were afflicted with cataracts and couldn’t see the mammals taking over.They were just stupid.Caterpillars ate all the vegetation.They took up smoking [actually, that was Gary Larson’s theory on The Far Side]Before the laughing is over, Switek admits that the impact theory has problems of its own:While the giant impact is the most likely weapon in this ancient murder case, we know surprisingly little about how the strike translated into widespread death and destruction. Paleontologists have debated aspects of the impact’s ecological fallout ranging from blazing wildfires to an impenetrable cloud of debris in the atmosphere. But exactly what happened and how such environmental shocks would have killed some species while sparing others is still up for debate.Will future paleontologists consider the impact theory just another crazy conjection? Not likely; it has too much momentum to not survive this latest crisis. Previous studies, after all, had suggested the dinosaurs were not in decline; they were doing just fine up till the day of destruction. Others promote their pet theory that volcanoes did it. A new theory claims a “trickle of food” kept deep sea creatures alive during the catastrophe (Science Daily). That, however, doesn’t explain the land animals that survived. Whatever the theory, it has to explain the selective extinction of particular reptiles on land (dinosaurs), in the ocean (plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs) and in the air (pterosaurs), while leaving mammals, birds and everything else able to carry on amidst all the carrion.Selective OutrageSpeaking of climate change, the lead paleontologist promoting the new extinction theory found a way to blame humans. “Our study strongly indicates that if a group of animals is experiencing a fast pace of extinction more so than they can replace, then they are prone to annihilation once a major catastrophe occurs,” Dr. Manabu Sakamoto preaches. “This has huge implications for our current and future biodiversity, given the unprecedented speed at which species are going extinct owing to the ongoing human-caused climate change.” Those wishing to hear some diversity in opinion may wish to see Dr. Richard Lindzen, emeritus professor of atmospheric science at MIT, explain the current climate change debate in a short video on Prager University.Why is it, incidentally, that the scientific consensus is so intent on blaming the current apex predator (humans) for climate change, but never accuses the dinosaurs of the same ecological sin? Maybe they passed too much greenhouse gas. And why are impacts so bad, if they kickstarted life on Earth? (see Christian Schroeder thank comets for life on The Conversation).How Many Dinosaurs?Most dinosaur species are still undiscovered, Brian Switek says in another National Geographic piece. In a PLoS Paleo Blog, Jon Tennant shows diagrams from a new study that tries to count the species we know. Based on ecological models, researchers think we have probably found far less than half of the dinosaur species that existed—unless you count birds, which Tennant considers “just mostly a bit smaller and fluffier than their Mesozoic ancestors.”Evolutionists have a love/hate attitude about impacts. Asteroids and comets bring life, but they also destroy life. They do whatever the storyteller needs them to do; that’s why they are so useful for professional storytellers like Darwinians.The Flood model does a better job explaining (1) the selectivity of the extinction, (2) world-wide observations by humans of dinosaurs after the Flood, (3) the high level of intelligent design in dinosaur anatomy. But since it is not atheistic/materialistic, it cannot get traction in the Big Science cabal. (Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Avian influenza turning into epidemic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After hearing the latest news of more devastating cases of poultry losses in his state, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad called the current avian influenza (AI) outbreak an “epidemic.”On May 1, Iowa declared a state of emergency due to the problem. The latest detections in Iowa involved three turkey farms and a chicken laying operation of about 1 million birds. Over 5.5 million birds have been lost in Iowa alone, the nation’s top egg producing state. Minnesota and Wisconsin had already declared emergency status in April. Nationwide total AI losses are more than 20 million birds.“AI has been percolating relatively quietly in the poultry industry for most of the year. In early March, the first case of the highly-pathogenic H5N2 strain of AI in the Mississippi flyway was confirmed by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on a commercial turkey operation in Minnesota,” said John D. Anderson, Deputy Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation. “Looking ahead, the big question is whether or not highly-pathogenic AI will impact the broiler industry. So far, broilers have not been impacted significantly. The two commercial chicken operations to have confirmed AI cases have both been layer operations. Of course, there are substantial numbers of broiler facilities along the Mississippi flyway, mostly in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri. As the migration season winds down, the likelihood of a full-blown outbreak in the broiler sector should be diminishing, but the possibility remains a real source of uncertainty for the livestock sector this year.”Three worrisome strains of avian flu have been detected in U.S. birds so far. The strains are related to a virus that circulated in Asia and Europe in 2014. In December 2014, they were detected in the Pacific Migratory Bird Flyway, in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho and Nevada. These viruses are classified as highly pathogenic, meaning they are extremely infectious and fatal for birds. Since then, the problem has exploded nationally.“This is obviously a very troublesome situation for the producers affected. We are working very closely with state ag officials and producer groups,” said Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary. “We want to make sure folks are using every bit of biosecurity they can to prevent this from happening. We have a booklet that is available through APHIS that lays out the strategies people can take to prevent this from occurring. We want to make sure that when it does occur it is detected as quickly as possible so we are in a position to depopulate the affected flocks, provide reimbursement and make sure we sanitize the area properly to contain this the best we can. We are also working on vaccines, but AI has a way of mutating and we are hoping we do not see an eastern impact and we hope that export markets remain as open as they can be. We are concerned that 11 or 12 countries have proposed a countrywide ban on poultry from the United States. We don’t think that is consistent with science or international regulations. We will continue to work as best we can to make sure export markets remain open.”The current avian influenza outbreak has not been found in Ohio, but is a concern.“Our highest priority at this time is on protecting our flocks through heightened biosecurity measures that will help prevent introduction of this disease on Ohio’s farms,” said Jim Chakeres, with the Ohio Poultry Association. “Those of us in the egg and poultry farming community remain deeply concerned about the continued spread of avian influenza. While there is no risk to humans from the disease, and eggs, turkey and chicken remain safe to eat, the impact on the nation’s flocks and on the industry overall is devastating,”This has been strictly an avian disease outbreak — human illness has never been reported in relation to this outbreak in North America, Europe or Asia, and poultry products such as chicken and turkey are safe to eat. Still, producers and poultry owners should take all necessary measures to protect their birds, said Mohamed El-Gazzar, poultry veterinarian for Ohio State University Extension who is also an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.“The first thing is to try to avoid direct contact between any domestic or captive type of bird and wild migratory birds,” El-Gazzar said. “Producers are generally very good about protecting their birds, but they need to be aware that there’s an increased risk.”Backyard poultry owners should consider keeping their birds in enclosed covered runs until the threat from the viruses passes, he said. Poultry owners should not be complacent about these viruses even though they have not been detected in the Midwest, El-Gazzar said.Samples from wild birds collected during the recent hunting season have not yet been analyzed, and few additional samples will be collected until summer. So, although there is no evidence that these viruses might be circulating in Ohio, authorities can’t be certain the state is completely free of them, he said.“While we don’t think there are these highly pathogenic viruses in the Mississippi flyway, we don’t really know for sure,” he said.Anyone who keeps or breeds raptors should also be aware of these viruses, as they have been detected in birds of prey out West, too, El-Gazzar said. Other precautions El-Gazzar recommends include:In addition to avoiding direct contact between migratory and domestic birds, it’s important to prevent indirect contact, as well. “For example, if there’s an open body of water nearby that attracts wild birds, don’t go out, potentially step in fecal material, and then come back to your birds and transmit an infection,” he said.Protect birds from other poultry populations. “We don’t encourage mixing flocks, mixing ages or mixing species,” El-Gazzar said. “Visitors to your bird flock, whether they’re from the neighborhood or from other farms, are highly discouraged.”Commercial producers or backyard poultry owners should boost insect and rodent control efforts. “Make sure your houses are animal-proof, so that raccoons, opossums or any varmints can’t get in, and bird-proof so that wild birds can’t get in.” Such biosecurity measures also include keeping feed and water clean.It’s especially important to protect domestic birds from wild duck populations, El-Gazzar said, because they often don’t show any signs of disease even if they are carrying the virus.“If you’re a poultry owner and have ducks and chickens and turkeys in the same flock, that is a highly risky situation,” El-Gazzar said. “Particularly if ducks are involved, that requires increased biosecurity for the time being.”Even if poultry owners cannot isolate their flocks from migrating birds and other poultry species, it’s at least important to be aware of the increased risk of the virus, El-Gazzar said.“At the first sign of a problem, alert authorities so things can be checked out,” he said. “If you notice increased mortality in an alarming manner, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture. They will speak with you and determine if what you’re seeing matches the pattern of the highly pathogenic influenza.”The animal disease hotline at ODA is 800-300-9755 or 614-728-6220. Updates on the Pacific flyway avian influenza outbreak is online at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website, at www.aphis.usda.gov. For additional information on poultry biosecurity measures, see the service’s poultry biosecurity website at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/birdbiosecurity/biosecurity/basicspoultry.htm. OSU Extension also has a fact sheet, Biosecurity for Poultry, online at ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0009.html.“We’re not trying to scare anybody,” El-Gazzar said. “Currently we don’t have any problems with this group of viruses here in Ohio, that we know of.“We’re just saying be aware of the problems out west, which might represent some risk to the Ohio poultry producers and backyard poultry owners. Just be aware and do everything you can to protect your birds.”last_img read more

It’s time to grow forage, take inventory, and use it efficiently

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Victor Shelton, NRCS state agronomist/grazing specialistFall is here and it means that our perennial forages are starting to think about taking a siesta. You will want to do three things this time of year: grow as much forage as you can prior to plants going dormant, be as efficient as you can with what you have to graze, and take inventory on how much winter feed you have on hand.There are still plenty of good growing days left this fall and they need to be taken advantage of. One of the first things to do to make sure you obtain as much growth as possible, especially with perennial forages, is to stop grazing forages that can and will continue to grow for a while, especially forages that will stockpile like tall fescue.Tall fescue stockpiles better than almost any other forage in the midwest. I would rather that not be old Kentucky 31 endophyte-infected fescue, but even KY 31 makes some really good feed in the winter time, especially after going through a few hard freezes. Freezing and time help to improve it. Forages that will not stockpile well or ones that lose quality and nutritional value fast once they go dormant or freeze should be utilized first. But, before you open the gate to that pasture field with forages that won’t stockpile for later, please consider first what other options you have right now. Remember what was mentioned last month; the more you can grow now, the more you will have to graze and the less feed will be needed.So, what do we have to graze? Hopefully you did better than me and got some annuals planted early enough and have a lot of good growth on them. Oats especially, if planted back in early August, will make some excellent forage now. These oats are probably best utilized by strip grazing them. We’ll talk about that a bit more in a while.If you planted a warm-season forage mix after wheat harvest, these forages can still be grazed now but with some caution as we approach colder weather. Once frosted, summer annual warm-season grasses such as sudangrass or sorghum-sudangrass hybrids quickly start shutting down and can produce a cyanide-containing compound commonly called prussic acid. This acid is the same compound that is produced by these plants under stressed conditions. Livestock should be removed from these forages for ten to fourteen days to allow the forages to “dry down” and the prussic acid to dissipate before grazing again. Frosted areas could be only “pockets” in a field to start with. Any regrowth from the base of the plant after a frost can also be very high in prussic acid. If in doubt about nitrates or prussic acid – test before feeding or grazing!Corn stalks, like discussed last month, can help provide some good quality feed and will be even better if annuals were planted into them. Dry soil conditions are ideal and again, strip grazing across the field is better than just turning them into the whole. We want those stalks to last as long as they can and we also don’t want to cause any compaction for the next crop. Grazing it under dry conditions, using a cover crop such as cereal rye, and not feeding on the crop field can help prevent and/or relieve compaction issues associated with grazing it.Hay field aftermath may also be used as potential grazing. We are certainly at a point in time when it is not practical to really think about any more hay, especially where little forage regrowth is present and never mind how hard it can be to get it dry at this point. It’s also hard to justify the costs of the necessary operations for what little forage is normally still remaining this time of year.Another option that most people don’t think about or even consider as an option this time of year is hay or other stored feeds. If you do not have anything else to graze other than pasture AND there is sufficient moisture, nutrients and time for more growth, then feeding some hay for a little while can allow for some growth that can be utilized later. I’ve actually done this in August before because of droughty conditions.You want to be as efficient as possible with whatever you are grazing this time of year. You want the stalks or forage to last as long as possible and you don’t want to waste too much either. Even if you don’t strip graze any other time of the year, once forage growth slows down and especially after it stops, it really increases harvest efficiency. It’s probably best to think of any remaining forage or stockpile as “standing” forage or “standing hay.” You allocate out hay by the bale as needed, so why wouldn’t you allocate out stockpiled forage the same way? You wouldn’t turn the cows into the hay barn and say just eat what you need and don’t waste any!You can very easily strip graze across hay aftermath, stockpiled fields and corn residue with the use of some temporary fence. All you need is some step-in posts, some poly-wire on a reel and a way to make it electrified and you’re in business. Use a simple plastic step-in post every 25 to 30 feet or as needed depending on the terrain and allocate out one to three days worth at a time. You will quickly recognize if you provided enough and adjust the next allocation. The cows will let you know if you shorted them. It’s best to start at the watering facility end of the field and work away from it unless you have multiple watering sites.Lastly, it is important to know how much forage, stockpiled forage, stalks, hay aftermath, annuals, hay, and other feed stuff is available for this winter. Weigh this against what is going to be needed for all the ruminant livestock on the farm. Do you have enough feed items until spring? Remember, on average, most ruminant livestock will utilize at least 3% of their body weight in dry matter per day (1,000 pound cow = 30 pounds of dry hay, not adjusted for moisture). Feeding efficiency of fed feeds is just as important as the allocation efficiency of standing forages. If poorly stored hay is also poorly fed, then up to fifty percent of a bale can be wasted. We’ll try and talk about this subject more next month.If you are short on forages and stored feed for this winter then now is the time to think about animal numbers. Do you have some that could or need to be culled? The quicker those animals leave the farm the better. Sharpen your pencil and do some math.Plan ahead for the coming winter and keep on grazing!last_img read more

FreshBooks Launches App Store For Invoicing Add-Ons

first_imgTags:#biz#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Web-based invoicing service FreshBooks launched an add-on store today, allowing users to purchase extra features and integrations for their account. The store launched with five add-ons, including a tool for using FreshBooks on Blackberrys, an automated late fee generator and integrations with Peachtree Accounting, Highrise and Constant Contact. Three of the add-ons are free, while two of them cost a few bucks per month. Of course, FreshBooks already integrates with a long list of popular Web apps and services, but this marks the first time the company has made such integrations available as paid monthly subscriptions. This set up allows third party services and developers to sell add-ons through FreshBooks, who takes a 30% commission on each purchase. FreshBooks Chief Handshaker (his actual title) Sunir Shah likens the model to that of a hair salon. “In most hair salons, one person owns the salon and the other hair and nail stylists are separate businesses,” said Shah in a press release announcing the launch. “For the privilege of using the salon space, each pays a percentage of their sales to the owner of the salon.” FreshBooks currently boasts about 60 integrations with third party apps and services, so expect the add-on store to fill up quickly.last_img read more

Was not in the know of CBI raids, says Bihar government

first_img PMO role?Some reports from New Delhi said the Prime Minister’s Office had informed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar prior to the raids, apprehending law-and-order problems and seeking adequate security measures.“Information regarding raids was given by the CBI to the Director-General of Police around 7.30 a.m., some time after the raids began following which the police made necessary security arrangements in view of law and order,” the official statement said.Also Read  CM awayChief Minister Nitish Kumar has been away at Rajgir in his home district of Nalanda since Thursday afternoon reportedly because of health issues.Mr. Kumar and his party, Janata Dal(U), have remained tight-lipped about the raids, while the Congress, another RJD ally, has backed Mr. Prasad’s claim that those were part of “vendetta politics” by the BJP and the Modi government.Security reinforcementsAdditional security personnel were deployed at the offices of the BJP, the RJD and the JD(U) in Patna while the raids were on.Additional Director-General of Police (Headquarters) S.K. Singhal said a general alert was sounded across the State in view of the political ramification of the raids. The Bihar government on Saturday rejected news reports that senior civil and police officials were tipped off about the CBI raids on locations linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and his family on Friday.“It is a totally baseless news,” an official release said.Quoting sources, reports said Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and State Police Chief P.K. Thakur were alerted by the CBI on Thursday night to the impending raids on the premises of Mr. Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and other members of the family.Also Read Won’t be cowed by such raids, says Lalu ED raids premises of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in Delhilast_img read more

India Today Conclave 2011 Day 1 Highlights

first_imgHighlights 180: See you tomorrow at 10 am for the Day 2 proceedings.#Highlights 179: Day 1 proceedings at the India Today Conclave 2011 comes to a close.#Highlights 178: ElBaradei: We need a lot on electoral reforms.#Highlights 177: How important is sport in Egypt? To which ElBaradei says – Knowing political process is also important for youth.#Highlights 176: ElBaradei says UNSC should authorise nations – on ‘why is not Egypt sending troops to Libya?’#Highlights 175: ElBaradei: Women are more courageous in certain situations – on their role in Egypt post revolution.#Highlights 174: ElBaradei: I was a strong supporter of Indo-US N-deal.#Highlights 173: ElBaradei answers audience’s questions.#Highlights 172: ElBaradei on N-safety: There is no technology, which is 100%safe.#Highlights 171: ElBaradei ends his speech by quoting Mahatma Gandhi.#Highlights 170: ElBaradei: It is fair to ask in what kind of Egypt people should invest.#Highlights 169: ElBaradei: I run single-handedly. But my priority is work with people.#Highlights 168: ElBaradei: We need to have a proper transition.#Highlights 167: ElBaradei: We need to have a Constitution so that there is a civil state.#Highlights 166: ElBaradei: We are on the right track, we are liberated.#Highlights 165: ElBaradei: Despite challenges in Egypt, there are huge opportunities for economic development.#Highlights 164: ElBaradei: We need to reconcile though crime needs to be punished.#Highlights 163: ElBaradei: People did not buy the theory that if Mubarak were to go, chaos would follow.#Highlights 162: ElBaradei: There is no rush, after 30-40 years of repression, to have a new Egypt. It will need time to build the country.#Highlights 161: ElBaradei: The distorted interpretation of things meant that from a Nobel prize winner I became a security threat.#Highlights 160: ElBaradei: As we appealed to them, we had 12 million people.#Highlights 159: ElBaradei: Young people, who lived with Internet, realised that they were about to move from virtual world to real.#Highlights 158: ElBaradei: We felt if something was to be done, we needed to work with young people.#Highlights 157: ElBaradei: When I returned to Egypt last year, there was depression. People’s souls were dead.#Highlights 156: M.J. Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, welcomes ElBaradei.#Highlights 155: Mohamed ElBaradei, Leader of the Opposition, Egypt and Nobel Peace Laureate 2005, is to address the India Today Conclave shortly.#Highlights 154: Next session – The New Middle-East: Challenges and Opportunities.#Highlights 153: Gopalakrishnan on N-plans: Why should this country pay through its nose. Jaitapur cannot be a testing ground.#Highlights 152: Saiki: It is too early to draw conclusions from Japan disaster.#Highlights 151: Gopalakrishnan on N-deal: The damage has been done.#Highlights 150: Gopalakrishnan on India N-programme: We cannot distinguish between sellers and buyers.#Highlights 149: Gopalakrishnan: AERB operates like a lapdog for PMO and other N-bodies. There is no independence.#Highlights 148: Gopalakrishnan: 650-reactor-type policy for India is baseless in view of what happened in Japan.#Highlights 147: Gopalakrishnan: PM was keen on N-power and it was used by Western powers.#Highlights 146: Gopalakrishnan: We have huge amount of thorium.#Highlights 145: Gopalakrishnan: There is a need for analysis after Japan disaster.#Highlights 144: Saiki: Fukushima plant has 10 reactors, while Japan has 55 reactors in all.#Highlights 143: Saiki: We are faced with a very difficult situation. We cannot deliver food and relief, because of bad weather.#Highlights 142: Saiki: 6,000 die & many missing in Japan. The toll may increase.#Highlights 141: Saiki thanks India for its deep condolences over Japan disaster.#Highlights 140: Saiki: This session has more important implications for audience#.Highlights 139: In India we have 19 N-reactors generating 6000MW power: Raj Chengappa#.Highlights 138: Raj Chengappa briefs the audience about the Japan disaster.#.Highlights 137: After Japan session chairperson: Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune#.Highlights 136: Speakers: Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India & A. Gopalakrishnan, ex-chief, AERB#.Highlights 135: Next session: After Japan: The dilemma of nuclear energy#.Highlights 134: Jaitley on BSY: These are mere charges, but let the last word come.#Highlights 133: Self-obsessed politics is no politics, Jaitley to Mani on 2G, Bofors#Highlights 132: Aiyar to media: You are doing your job, but you are entertainers. But what you are doing is not in national interest.#Highlights 131: Simultaneous LS, assembly polls need of the hour: Rahul Bajaj#Highlights 130: Let’s not be holier-than-thou: Rahul Bajaj#Highlights 129: It takes two hands to clap: Aiyar to corporates on corruption#Highlights 128: State funding may curb corruption in politics: Patel#Highlights 127: WikiLeaks is no evidence, but it corroborates in a big way: Jaitley#Highlights 126: Aiyar asks why we are not getting engaged in real issues that concern us. ‘Everyone is talking about WikiLeaks.’#Highlights 125: Aiyar – A note is not a vote.#Highlights 124: Aiyar: Politics is a daily challenge when it comes to integrity.#Highlights 123: Aiyar: Honesty in politics is not only about money matters.#Highlights 122: The real problem is, we don’t have transparent political funding: Jaitley.#Highlights 121: Patel: I don’t think even a ward member election today can be free from money power.#Highlights 120: Rahul Kanwal, Executive Editor, Headlines Today, in chair.#Highlights 119: Speakers: Arun Jaitley, MP, RS, Praful Patel, Union minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, RS.#Highlights 118: Next session – Politics & Ethics: Is honesty possible in Indian politics?#Highlights 117: Swamy: Ours is a spiritual society. Hinduism, unlike Islam & Christianity, permits freedom of expression.#Highlights 116: Swamy: I won’t support those Hindus who indulge in violence, but what I say is, Hinduism doesn’t preach this.#Highlights 115: Swamy: All religions are emotional.#Highlights 114: Those who punish people in the name of Islam abuse it, says Madani.#Highlights 113: India’s diversity is its beauty, which cannot be changed: Madani.#Highlights 112: There is no other place like India for Indian Muslims: Madani.#Highlights 111: Maulana Mahmood Madani, president, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, begins his speech.#Highlights 110: Aitzaz Ahsan – There is more than religion that drives people to indulge in violence.#Highlights 109: Aitzaz Ahsan – Religions in sub-continent are co-existential.#Highlights 108: Barristor-politician from Pakistan Aitzaz Ahsan begins his speech.#Highlights 107: Swamy – Unless some changes take places, the sub-continent will remain destabilised.#Highlights 106: Janata Party chief S. Swamy: Short answer – Yes, religion has destabilised the sub-continent.#Highlights 105: Roundtable on Religion: Has religion destabilised the sub-continent. Speakers: S. Swamy, Aitzaz Ahsan & M.M. Madani.#Highlights 104: Bharat Bhushan, Editor, Mail Today, to chair Roundtable on Religion#Highlights 103: We should focus on our powers – Democracy, youth power, judiciary: Modi#Highlights 102: Union and state elections should be held simultaneously: Modi#Highlights 101: No riots in Gujarat since 2002: Modi#Highlights 100: Gujarat is a peace loving state: Modi# Highlights 99: Let the Supreme Court deliver its verdict on the Gujarat riots: Modi#Highlights 98: Gujarat has launched a programme to empower women in the rural areas of the state: Modi#Highlights 97: Gujarat has become an energy-surplus state: Modi#Highlights 96: Tourism is a priority for the Gujarat government: Modi#Highlights 95: Development should be made a mass movement: Modi#Highlights 94: Skill gets you job. Knowledge creates job: Modi#Highlights 93: There is a need to impart quality education: Modi# Highlights 92: India should be made a knowledge-based society: Modi#Highlights 91: Gujarat has shown that government machinery works: Modi#Highlights 90: India can emerge as a super power: Modi#Highlights 89: Ajay Kumar, Executive Producer, Aaj Tak, introduces Narendra Modi.#Highlights 88: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is set to speak at the India Today Conclave 2011.#Highlights 87: We take some decisions and some of them provoke protests: Ramesh.#Highlights 86: We may pause and look at our systems, but India cannot put a ban on N-egergy: Ramesh on Japan N-crisis.#Highlights 85: Environment protection is viewed as a formality: Ramesh.#Highlights 84: ‘G’ in GDP stands for green: Ramesh.#Highlights 83: We should target 9% growth, which protects our forests: Ramesh.#Highlights 82: We need laws that should not harass us: Ramesh.#Highlights 81: Ramesh: India needs more regulations, but we could do with less regulators.#Highlights 80: Ramesh: Kudos to Indira Gandhi, who introduced key environmental programmes.#Highlights 79: Ramesh: Big gap between economic growth & real well-being adjusted by environmental factors.#Highlights 78: Growth that we define is not the real well-being: Ramesh#Highlights 77: Economists are grappling to define green GDP: Ramesh#Highlights 76: Public health and sustainability key to green GDP: Ramesh#Highlights 75: The country that’s going to be most affected by climate change is ours: Ramesh#Highlights 74: India’s economy is still dependent on monsoon, whatever we may: Ramesh#Highlights 73: Climate change is here and it’s reality: Ramesh.#Highlights 72: Unless we are unpredictable, we cannot go to a green GDP: Ramesh.#Highlights 71: Activist Madhu Kishwar introduces Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who will speak on the way to a green GDP.#Highlights 70: Killing innocent people as informers is detrimental to the Maoist cause: Ashim Chatterjee.#Highlights 69: Maoists should not be branded terrorists: Ashim Chatterjee, former Naxal leader.# Highlights 68: Tahrek-e-Taliban Pakistan is not a monolith. It operates under various warlords: Aziz Ahmad Khan, Former Pakistan Commissioner to India.#Highlights 67: MJ Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, introduces the panel.#Highlights 66: The Roundtable on Conflict Resolution has begun.#Highlights 65: The Roundtable on Conflict Resolution is to begin shortly.#Highlights 64: I wish to be recognised, so I don’t want privacy. I want to be disturbed: SRK#Highlights 63: I should be able to hold the attention of young people: SRK.#Highlights 62: We should make films which can appeal to all sensibilities.#Highlights 61: We are a self-sufficient film industry: SRK#Highlights 60: I work to bring smile to as many faces as possible: SRK#Highlights 59: I’m a self-centred superstar: SRK#Highlights 58: We need to have a give-and-take relationship with Western cinema: SRK#Highlights 57: Apart from roti, kapda aur makaan, entertainment is the fourth basic human desire: Shah Rukh.#Highlights 56: Shah Rukh says he doesn’t agree with the concept of crossover films.#Highlights 55: No bigger superstar than me: SRK#Highlights 54: See life as a magic as I make movies: Shah Rukh#Highlights 53: Gone are the times when Indian cinema could not compete in the West: Shah Rukh.#Highlights 52: Business has to be looked at when it comes to cinema: SRK.#Highlights 51: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says magic is a view of life.#Highlights 50: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan begins his speech on Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade.#Highlights 49: Koel Purie Rinchet, actor and TV host, introduces Shah Rukh Khan#Highlights 48: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan to speak on Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade#Highlights 47: The government has started many programmes for children and women: PM# Highlights 46: There are various instruments, which have been made available to young entrepreneurs: PM#Highlights 45: This is the only way to decentralise the power: PM#Highlights 44: Our government started structural reforms five years ago, which we have been pursuing with vigour: PM# Highlights 43: We have to deal with historic inequities: PM#  Highlights 42: There are serious doubts about the veracity of the diplomatic dispatches: PM#Highlights 41: Singh says the government is committed to administrative reforms.#Highlights 40: All of us are bound to follow the constitution: PM#Highlights 39: I did not authorise anybody in the Congress to purchase votes for the trust vote in 2008, says Singh# Highlights 38: Singh refuses to comment on the WikiLeaks cables that had alleged that bribes were paid by the UPA government to win the trust vote in 2008.#Highlights 37: We need a more transparent election process: PM#Highlights 36: India has a strong interest in the security of the sea waves and our Navy is doing a commendable job: Singh# Highlights 35: We can contribute to overcome the recent financial crisis: PM# Highlights 34: Existing institutions of global governance must reflect the changes in the balance of power: Singh# Highlights 33: We are happy to see our brothers in West Asia taking a bigger role in their future: Singh# Highlights 32: Recession is behind us, we are coming up with a plan for a skill revolution in two months: Singh#Highlights 31: Modern sectors of our economy are also beginning to understand the values of public welfare: Singh#Highlights 30: The government is trying to bridge the divide in infrastructure, education and health: Singh# Highlights 29: We have introduced many landmark legislations: PM#Highlights 28: We have sought to make political democracy meaningful: PM# Highlights 27: Shift in power to ordinary citizens: PM#Highlights 26: PM Manmohan Singh begins his inaugural address at the India Today Conclave 2011#Highlights 25: The 9/11 attack introduced another enemy, without a face or geography, to the world: Purie# Highlights 24: The youth can be our Demographic Dividend, but if we don’t get it right, we will have brought Demographic Disaster upon us: Purie#Highlights 23: For the youth in India the world is their must-have oyster: Purie#Highlights 22: The Al Qaeda which so dominated our first Conclave in 2002 has been rendered speechless by the developments in the Middle East: Purie#Highlights 21: My heart goes out to the dignified people of Japan who are battling the nuclear radiation: Purie#Highlights 20: This year we have made a special effort to make the India Today Conclave 2011 as topical and relevant as possible: Purie#Highlights 19: India Today Editor in Chief Aroon Purie begins his welcome address at the India Today Conclave 2011.#Highlights 18: The India Today Conclave 2011 begins.#Highlights 17: India Today Conclave 2011 is due to start in a short while.#Highlights 16:Wael Ghonim, the hero of the Egyptian revolution, will be joining the Conclave live for the Digital Debate session on Day 2.#Highlights 15:ElBaradei will speak on the revolution in Egypt and its ramifications in the session, ‘The new Middle-East: Challenges and opportunities’.#Highlights 14:The last session of Day 1 will feature Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate.#Highlights 13:Japanese Ambassador to India Akitaka Saiki and former Atomic Energy Regulatory Board chief A. Gopalakrishnan will address the gathering.#Highlights 12:The Japan session on ‘The dilemma of nuclear energy’ will discuss the after-effects of the looming nuclear fears in Japan.#Highlights 11:BJP MP Arun Jaitley, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel and Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar will deliberate on ethics.#Highlights 10:The session on politics and ethics, ‘Is honesty impossible in Indian politics?’, will have senior politicians on the panel.#Highlights 9:The religion panel will comprise Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, Pakistan barrister-politician Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Mahmood Madani.#Highlights 8:A roundtable discussion on religion will deliberate on ‘Has religion destabilised the sub-continent’#. Highlights 7:Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address on ‘How can India develop in the next decade’.#Highlights 6:Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh will speak on ‘The way to a Green GDP’.#Highlights 5:Ashim Chatterjee, former Naxal and leader of Communist Revolutionary League of India, Lt Gen (retd) Jacob, former Punjab and Goa governor, and Aziz Ahmad Khan, Pakistan High Commissioner to India, will speak at the session.#Highlights 4:A roundtable discussion on conflict resolution will discuss ‘Can conventional armies defeat terrorism’.# Highlights 3:Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will deliver his speech on ‘Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade’.#Highlights 2:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to inaugurate the Conclave and deliver the inaugural address.#Highlights 1:The 10th India Today Conclave is scheduled to begin in New Delhi on Friday, March 18.#advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Love Jihad on the cover of RSS mouthpieces ahead of UP bypolls

first_imgTara Sahdev and Ranjit Kumar KohliDespite the BJP dropping plans to discuss Love Jihad at a meeting in Uttar Pradesh last month, the party’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has put the controversial issue on the covers of Panchjanya and Organiser, its Hindi and English mouthpieces, respectively.The Organiser cover features a photograph of Ranchi-based shooter, Tara Sahdev, who has accused her husband, Ranjit Kumar Kohli aka Rakibul Hassan, of forcing her to convert to Islam. The caption next to her photo asks: “Love Jihad Reality of Rhetoric?”The more provocative Panchjanya cover has the photograph of a man wearing a kaffiyah (traditional Arab headdress) sporting a beard in the shape of a heart and sunglasses with a reflection of red hearts on them. “Pyar andha ya dhandha”, says the cover. The Hindi text with the photograph says, “The story of Tara (Sahdev) forced to become Sara in Jharkhand has exposed the business of Jihad in the name of love. It is being said that the money from Gulf nations is the source of Love Jihad.”This is the first time the RSS has addressed the issue of Love Jihad which refers to the alleged phenomenon of forced or deceitful conversion of Hindu women to Islam by Muslim men. Hindu groups affiliated to the RSS, like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, the Hindu Jagran Manch and Dharm Jagran Manch, have campaigned in the region on the issue.The two cover stories came a week ahead of the crucial bypolls to 11 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, scheduled on September 13. Opposition parties have accused the BJP of fanning communal tension to polarise voters in the areas that vote next week.advertisementOn Thursday, the Allahabad High Court asked for replies from the UP government and the Election Commission of India to a PIL seeking a ban on the use of Love Jihad as a term. The PIL also asked for a ban on BJP leaders Kalraj Mishra and Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for the bypolls.last_img read more

Looking to cash in on promise of charity, PBA All-Star game sets scoring records

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess North All-Stars. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Paul Lee threw a three-pointer, then turned around and sprinted back on defense without checking on his shot result, ala-Steph Curry.Japeth Aguilar had a dunk over June Mar Fajardo. He dribbled from the perimeter and leapt over the five-time MVP from San Miguel Beer. It was a dunk both players shook hands on before the game, Aguilar admitted. But its effect on the crowd was like it were unscripted, even if Fajardo clearly lowered his head to allow Aguilar an unimpeded slam.ADVERTISEMENT The records were so smashing that LA Tenorio’s triple-double was nearly overlooked. The Barangay Ginebra quarterback had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. The PBA’s newest Iron Man also had the best +/- at plus-40.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, several All-Star marks were reset at Calasiao Sports Complex here.The 185-170 victory of the North all-stars over their South counterparts was a three-way record: Highest winning score, highest losing score and highest combined scores.Paul Lee attempted a record 25 attempts from beyond the arc. He took zero attempts inside it and drained a record nine triples.The North squad made 29 triples in all, another new mark, off a record 107 attempts. And throw in the 16 of the South squad, whose 83 tries from beyond the arc could have been the most had it not been for their opponents jacking up triple after triple, that added up to a record 45 combined three-pointers by both squads.The 45 dunks and 37 triples combined for 82 wheelchairs to be donated by the promoting Double V Productions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Perhaps the crowd would have cheered on anyway even if they knew it was choreographed. They did, after all, erupt when legend Benjie Paras upped the dunk count by slamming one home with a little help from Fajardo, his defender, who lifted him up for the jam.Everyone was dunking or shooting threes Sunday night, a result of a promise by the promoters of the PBA All-Star game here that every three and every slam would be the equivalent of a wheelchair donated to the Alagang PBA foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It adds another meaning to the game,” said commissioner Willie Marcial. “The players are having fun and the crowd is enjoying but now, it’s also for a cause.”And it certainly helped add points to the scoreboard, resulting in a record scoring night for the annual classic. View comments Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes get automatic ONE title rematch Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

FortisTCI Sends Crew to Dominica to Help Restore Electricity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales –  FortisTCI (the Company) is sending a five-member crew from the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with the restoration of electricity in Dominica, the Company announced today. It was in mid-September that Hurricane Maria, a destructive category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on the country, destroying infrastructure, demolishing homes and killing more than 25 people.The request for assistance came to FortisTCI through the Company’s membership with Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), an association of electric services, and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South America and globally. CARILEC is known locally as having assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands back in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, sending 40 utility workers to help rebuild the Transmission & Distribution network on Grand Turk.FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are thankful to be in this position. We recently completed the restoration of electricity across Turks and Caicos, and we can now extend a helping hand elsewhere in the region. It is important that we support where and when we can. Dominica needs our help right now, and I could not be more proud of the team from FortisTCI that has volunteered to go and help restore electricity to the citizens and residents there. FortisTCI is sending well wishes to everyone, and we know that our colleagues will do a superb job.”The five FortisTCI employees will depart the TCI for Dominica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and the mission will be led by DOMLEC, Dominica’s electricity provider. The FortisTCI team will spend three weeks working as a part of the restoration efforts, joining several crews assisting from elsewhere around the Caribbean. The team is comprised of senior journeymen linemen Kavin Ewing and Aneil Lightbourne, a 3rd-year apprentice Jeffery Desir, and the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Marcus Francis and Gregory Thomas.Press Release: FortisTCIPhoto Caption:FortisTCI volunteer crew going to Dominica to assist with electricity restoration is pictured with FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell and Senior VPs Devon Cox and Ruth Forbes. (L to R) Senior VP of Operations Devon Cox, Senior VP of Corporate Services & CFO Ruth Forbes, Linemen Supervisor Gregory Thomas, Senior Journeymen Linemen Aneil Lightbourne and Kavin Ewing, EHS Manager Marcus Francis, President & CEO Eddinton Powell.last_img read more