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Farmers’ protest: Fault lines in the fields

first_imgAs the major commercial supplier in this region, Nashik may have become the epicentre of the farmers’ movement but it all started in a village called Puntamba in Ahmednagar district three months ago on April 3, when the village’s gram panchayat passed a resolution warning of a ‘Shetkari Sampa’ (Strike of the Ryots) from June 1. Their charter of demands addressed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis included ensuring crop procurement prices at least 50% above production costs, a complete waiver of farm loans, 100% subsidy on drip/sprinkler irrigation systems, and a minimum milk purchase price of ₹50.Farmers across the region may find a specific resonance in one or the other of these demands but what seems to have really helped the movement spread from Puntamba across the Nashik-Ahmednagar-Pune stretch of Maharashtra is the language in which the idea of the strike was communicated. “Farmers face many hardships but this was the first time I’ve seen farmers actually willing to go on strike to and risk everything to see that they are given some recognition,” says Abhijit Dige, who owns an eight-acre farm about 60 km from Nashik. “Politicians don’t know what farmers go through, it’s not like other businesses. Devendra Fadnavis should come and work in the field for 14 hours a day, work at night in the cold to tend to onion crops, and then maybe he’ll understand,” he says.That same sentiment is echoed by Deepak Rane who has a one-acre farm just off Niphad where he grows cauliflower. “The strike should not stop because people don’t realise what we go through. I am not able to recover the cost that I bear to treat my crops with chemicals and fertilizers. I work from 6 in the morning; what is it all for?” he says.“People from all walks of life face hardships but have you ever considered why it is only farmer suicides you have heard of?” asks Dinesh Nikam, another trader in Nashik who has refused to take orders for onions and other vegetables because he says he stands in solidarity with the farmers.The illusion of prosperityWhen farm distress was first reported in Maharashtra, it focussed mainly on the prices of tur and arhar dal and the difficulties faced by farmers in the drought-prone Marathwada and Amaravati regions. After two years of consecutive drought, a good monsoon in 2016 brought in a bountiful harvest and the markets were simply swamped with produce. Record harvests were offset by a steep fall in procurement prices for both crops.The plight of those farmers is often referenced by prominent leaders of the movement in Nashik and Ahmednagar though it has to be noted that this region is substantially different. The stretch from Ahmednagar to Nashik, and down to Kolhapur and Sangli where the movement spread is a fairly contiguous belt that is home to relatively more prosperous farmers. The majority of farmers in the region over the past two decades have moved from cultivation of crops like bajra (pearl millet) and jowar (sorghum) to cash crops like grapes and onions. Many have invested in dairy farming (Puntamba, for instance, is home to many dairy farmers).Vegetables, then, are actually only a small part of the produce from this region and while the enduring visual images of the strike may be of vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage being dumped on the road, there are many places where people show us pictures shot on cell phones of roads lined with pomegranates, which is the most recent entry to the crop market here.In Nitaley, for instance, a village about 10 km from Niphad that was the one of the centres of the agitation, Swarupananda Bhorgade says that about 80% of the village of 5,000-odd farmers is involved in grape farming, sometimes done in rotation with onions. “I have been growing grapes for the last 20 years and till about seven or eight years ago I used to sell it for about ₹50 a kilo,” says Bhorgade. “So it was only natural that I planted grapes on every inch of my 15 acres. Now it costs me about ₹15 to harvest a kilo of grapes and all I can get on the market is ₹9 to ₹18 a kilo,” he says.Bhorgade attributes this to a number of factors, the most important of which is ‘climate’ — storms would come unseasonably and the crops would be destroyed. Or there would be hailstorms. This past year, the weather was regular and the crop was good for once but there is no price. “You have to take into account how much we have spent on growing these crops and how we will recover it. It costs a lot to invest in crops like grapes and pomegranates,” he says, adding that farmers from the region initially tried to rope in their counterparts from Amaravati who grew tur dal but their situation was completely different. “They have larger landholdings and their crop is rain-fed. They don’t have to spend on irrigation and other chemicals and fertilizer like we do.”On June 3, a faction of farmer leaders decided to call off the strike after Mr. Fadnavis announced a partial loan waiver for small and marginal farmers that would come into effect on October 31. In a large meeting on June 8 in Nashik that included about 3,000 farmers and 150 representatives of farmer associations from across the State, that compromise was rejected. “The people who met the Chief Minister did so late at night without anybody knowing and the agreement was not along the lines of what we were originally demanding,” said Raju Shetti, president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana that has taken a major role in advancing the agenda. If the government did not accede to the demand to waive all loans immediately and bump up procurement prices, the meeting decided that the strike would move to a new phase of hartals across district and collectors offices from June 12 and ‘rail rokos’ in some areas. As of June 8, the meeting concluded that farmers should be allowed to take their produce to the market in order to meet their minimum needs. “Look for Puntamba on that day (June 12),” says one of the farmers who attended the meeting. “The first rail roko will be there, where it all started.” Bitter harvest: Traders have not been able to send onions to other parts of the country due to the farmers’ strike. Picture shows a worker checking sacks of onion in the market yard at Niphad near Nashik, Maharashtra. In the town of Niphad in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, the main vegetable market, located in a large yard opposite the tehsil office, lies deserted. In a series of godowns that lie adjacent to the yard there is a pink gleam as sunlight filters through to large sacks of onions that are waiting to be transported. In Vittal Sanap’s godown, which is nearly packed to capacity with produce, a large truck with a tarpaulin cover has been parked inside for three days even as workers go about their usual task of loading onions into bright red sacks.“We had an order for onions to go to Madras (Chennai) a few days back but the truck was accosted on the road before it could get to Nashik and all the onions were dumped on the road,” says Sanap. Onions that are left at the mercy of the elements lose their value almost immediately, so for now Sanap is just waiting for things to tide over. “The hartal (strike) will have to end soon because there are many farmers who have no choice but to sell their goods even if prices are bad.”Onions and other vegetables from godowns like Sanap’s go to the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market in Nashik from where they are taken to other cities in Maharashtra like Mumbai and Pune as well as to other States in the south like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and even Sri Lanka. The APMC market in Nashik is appropriately mammoth — on either side of a dusty road are two large open halls, each the size of a large bus terminus with tall pillars running right through. On June 8, a day after the one-week strike called by farmers in the region officially ended, a small group of women have set up shop to sell vegetables like cabbage, chillies, tomatoes and cucumber. They take up barely a quarter of one hall but as produce is brought in by farmers in smaller trucks, there are murmurs of anger outside with some arguments breaking out as the produce is passed inside. “These women are not from Maharashtra, you can tell from their earrings that they are from Rajasthan. These are just small local farmers who want to break the strike,” says one of the men. Still, even these small traces of activity raise the suspicion that divisions are beginning to form in what was till now a unified movement in the district.United in adversity  Price pinch in MalwaBarkheda Path is typical of the villages in this region. With an approximate population of 3,500, 95% of the population is engaged in farming in landholdings that are less than a hectare per family. Abhishek’s family members narrate their tale of loss. “The last three years have crushed our backbone because prices have plunged, forcing us to sell our produce at rates where we don’t even recover our investment,” says Dinesh, adding, “today’s market price for soybean is ₹2,500-2,700 per quintal while our cost to produce one quintal is above ₹3,000.” Not only soybean, prices of onion, gram, methi, vegetables, milk have bottomed while input costs have soared for seeds, fertilizers, labour and transport, he says. Abhishek Patidar, 19, had just passed his Class 11 exam this year with dreams of becoming a doctor. His family owns a piece of land — about 27 bighas — in Barkheda Path, a village 22 km north of Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh where they grow soybean, methi (fenugreek) and chana (gram). On June 6, Abhishek went to Mandsaur along with hundreds of others from his village to protest against the falling crop prices that were pushing his family to the brink of desperation. Tragically, he became one of the victims of police firing, taking three bullets on a day when farmer protests across the western belt stretching from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra reached a frenzied pitch. “He was too young but was keen to join the protest. We grow everything in our 27-bigha land but in the last three years, prices have plunged and ruined us,” says Abhishek’s father, Dinesh Patidar, 55, tears rolling down his eyes.Also Readcenter_img U.P. loan waiver puts 2 BJP-ruled States in a fix | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre  Madhya Pradesh consistently boasts of double-digit growth in agriculture — averaging 13.9% during 2010-15 — and like many other States, had a bumper harvest following a good monsoon in 2016. Yet as per the National Crime Records Bureau statistics, as many as 1,982 farmers committed suicide in the State in 2016-17. A combination of factors — falling procurement prices because of a glut of produce in the market, a cash crunch due to last year’s demonetisation policy and the predominance of smaller landholdings which are expensive to maintain — have led to a simmering anger. Like their counterparts in many parts of Maharashtra, farmers in Mandsaur launched an agitation demanding remunerative prices for their onion, soybean and pulses. As thousands of farmers poured onto the streets, stopping traffic, attacking trucks and confronting police, things turned violent and five farmers were killed as a result of police firing and a curfew was imposed across five districts.Farmers from the Mandsaur-Neemuch stretch in the Malwa region, aside from growing soybean and chana, also grow a range of spices and medicinal plants like methi, dhaniya (coriander), jeera (cumin) and ajwain (carom seeds). Yet, farmers in the region claim that prices for these cash crops have been falling for the past few years. “We never sold methi below ₹4,000 per quintal during the Manmohan Singh’s government. But ever since Modi became PM, methi prices have collapsed,” says Dinesh, showing methi gunny bags stored in his house.In addition to low prices, what has aggravated the situation is the Central government’s demonetisation move late last year that has adversely hit the rural and agrarian economy. “Notebandi has almost finished us in the rural areas. Even after selling our produce, we don’t get money in our hands before at least two-three weeks and sometimes even a month,” says Lalchand Mali, a farmer from Barkheda Panth.Interestingly, not many farmers in the region are seeking loan waiver as is being claimed in the media. Most of them want better and remunerative prices that cover their costs and provide them income for survival. “Believe me, no true farmer would want loan waiver. If the government provides better prices, we will repay our debt. The problem is the government never provides better prices,” adds Lalchand, who owns a two-hectare plot in the village.The Maharashtra stirlast_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Will Virat Kohli’s absence hurt India’s chances?

first_imgIndia will look to defend their claim as Asia’s best when they take the field in the 2018 Asia Cup which starts 15 September in the United Arab Emirates.Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the tournament-opener in Dubai on September 15, with the title clash being played on September 28 also in Dubai.India will open their campaign against Hong Kong, who had defeated UAE in the final of the qualifiers, on September 18 in Dubai and then play arch-rivals Pakistan at the same venue.Rohit Sharma will be leading the Indian team in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested keeping in mind his heavy workload.READ – MS Dhoni’s chance to answer critics after average England seriesAnd on Thursday afternoon, Rohit led nine members of the Indian team to Dubai, with the rest of the players – who competed in the gruelling Test series in England – joining the squad on September 16 after a two-day break.And this is not the first time that Kohli has opted to take a break from a tournament since becoming India’s fulltime captain. (READ FULL STORY HERE)At the previous tournament in 2016 in Bangladesh, which was organised in the Twenty20 format, Kohli was India’s leading run-scorer with 153 runs in their title-winning camping. The current skipper for the upcoming edition, Rohit, was the second best with 138 runs.But that was a different format and the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup will be played in the 50-over format – as the 50-over World Cup is scheduled to be held in England and Wales next year.advertisementREAD – Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and 7 other Team India members depart early for Asia CupKohli was easily India’s best batsman, with 191 runs, in the latest white ball series (the three ODIs against England). Rohit was second best again with 154 runs.So how will the Indian batting line-up cope in the absence of Kohli this time around?READ – Will miss bowling at him: Hasan Ali on Kohli’s absence from Asia CupIn the lead up to the tournament Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali felt Kohli’s absence was good news for his team’s chances, even though he would have liked to have taken the Indian captain’s wicket.”Virat Kohli is a very good player. Everybody knows that he is a match-winner. Though India are still a good side, his absence is going to be an advantage for us. He can drive his team out of pressure anytime and any newcomer won’t be good enough to handle the pressure. I am definitely going to miss bowling at him. It’s natural that every young bowler would like to have his wicket.WATCH – Rohit Sharma & Co. depart for Asia Cup 2018″But it’s okay if he is not coming … I will look for him the next time. I wasn’t targeting Kohli only. We are not going to play only against India as there are other teams [in the tournament] as well. Our main focus is the entire tournament rather than winning one game and losing others. We have do well to beat every team and try to win the tournament,” Ali had said before leaving for the UAE.Kohli was one of the brightest lights in an otherwise gloomy Test series against England, scoring 593 runs at an average of 59.3 in five matches including two centuries.READ – Laxman names Shoaib Malik as real threat for India vs PakistanAs for Kohli’s record against India’s neighbours Pakistan – it is impressive to say the least. He has scored 459 runs in 12 ODIs and that too at an average of 45.90. Kohli also has two centuries, with one of them being his highest ODI score of 183, which came in the Asia Cup in 2012.And according to another Pakistan pacer Faheem Ashraf, India are a world class team despite the absence of number one ranked batsman in ODI cricket.”Look, India even if Virat Kohli is not coming, India is a world class team. So you can’t take them lightly at any time. We are practising with hundred per cent effort, even if it is a batsman or a bowler and even in fielding. Our job is to give hundred per cent in training and, Inshallah (God Willing), we will surely win the match as well,” Ashraf said at a press conference after reaching the tournament venue.So what does Kohli’s absence mean for the Team India at the Asia Cup?The issue can be studied under the light of added pressure for the rest of the Indian batting line-up. But the situation can also be taken as an opportunity for the others to perform and stake a claim in the side running up to World Cup.advertisementWith doubts over India’s best choice batsman for the No.4 and No.6 position, the trio of Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav have a chance to prove themselves. KL Rahul, who capped off a rather disappointing tour of England with a century, will also be itching to be score more runs in Dubai and finalise his seat on the flight to England next year.last_img read more

Cinematographer Santhosh Sivan shares pic of Rajinikanth with grandson from sets of Darbar

first_imgAcclaimed cinematographer Santhosh Sivan is the cameraman of Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Darbar, directed by AR Murugadoss. The cinematographer surprised the fans of Rajinikanth by sharing a picture from the sets of the film.Rajinikanth is seen holding his grandson while watching the monitor. Santhosh shared it on Facebook and wrote, “Epitome of innocence..withgrand child watching the monitor.. timeless i just managed to capture it during Darbar shoot!”Here’s the post:Santhosh Sivan has worked with Rajinikanth in the film Thalapathi, which released in 1992. After about 26 years, Santhosh has again teamed up with Rajinikanth for Darbar. His last film in Tamil was Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, which was one of the blockbusters of 2018.Darbar crew has taken a break from shooting and the film is all set to release on Pongal 2020. Nayanthara is paired opposite Rajinikanth in the film, which also has many pan-Indian actors as part of the cast.Anirudh Ravichander, who composed music for Petta, has teamed up with Rajinikanth for the second time.ALSO READ | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna Memoriallast_img read more

Worst Premier League Team of the Season so far

first_imgPremier League Worst Premier League Team of the Season so far Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(31) Joe Hart West Ham Crystal Palace Getty Premier League Stars from Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all grace Goal’s list of flops thus far this seasonlast_img

‘Aguero will decide his future’ – Pep

first_imgTransfers ‘Aguero will decide his future’ – Guardiola happy to have ‘legend’ at Man City Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 02:43 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) aguero-cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Premier League Sergio Agüero Guardiola The striker is unhappy with the rotation policy at the Etihad Stadium, but the manager understands the Argentine’s concerns Pep Guardiola has labelled Sergio Aguero a “legend” and insisted he understands the striker’s reported frustrations with life at Manchester City.The former Atletico Madrid striker was the star of the show on Saturday, as City beat Bournemouth 4-0, their 17th successive Premier League win.Aguero got the scoring started with a stooping header just before the half-hour mark, before adding another in a second period which also included goals from Raheem Sterling and substitute Danilo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Argentina international’s performance provided the perfect reminder to Guardiola of his abilities after again becoming frustrated with his manager’s rotation policy.100 – Sergio Aguero’s goal was the 100th that he has scored at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City in all competitions. Century.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 23 December 2017Guardiola lauded Aguero’s display, before adding that he can understand why players might get annoyed.”He is a special player, there’s no doubt about that,” said Guardiola. “He’s a legend and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals.”I was a football player. I understand the players in that when they are substituted and don’t play, they are sad and upset.”I understand our job is to try and search to find a weakness, but I try to have the best relationship with my players as possible.2 – Sergio Aguero netted two headed goals in a game for the first-time ever within Europe’s big five leagues. Crown.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 23 December 2017″Sometimes, I think Gabriel Jesus deserves to play – and Bernardo Silva and Eliaquim Mangala. The important thing is that they have respect between each other.”If they are not happy with me, that is not a problem, but they have an amazing relationship between them. The locker room is a dream and to play with them and train with them.”I have a lot of respect for Sergio Aguero and all he has done, what he does and what he will do in the future.”He will decide everything about his future and his life. I am so happy to have him here with Gabriel Jesus and the squad.”last_img read more

Man United vs Burnley: Team news & TV guide

first_imgPremier League Manchester United vs Burnley: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 17:27 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Burnley Burnley Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils are performing below the level required and they will have to up their game against a high-flying Clarets team Manchester United will be desperate to return to winning ways when they welcome local rivals Burnley to Old Trafford on Boxing Day.The Red Devils were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the quarter-final stage by Bristol City thanks to a 90th-minute goal last week before surrendering a lead in the last minute against Leicester City prior to Christmas.Jose Mourinho branded his players ‘childish’ following their late concession against the Foxes and the Portuguese will no doubt be demanding a much more ruthless display on Tuesday afternoon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Manchester United vs Burnley Date Tuesday, December 26 Time 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Juan Mata Manchester United Leicester CityIn the United States (US), the Premier League can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.The game is not being shown live in the United Kingdom (UK) but highlights will be available to watch on BBC. Goal will have live updates here.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Man United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira Defenders Shaw, Jones, Lindelof, Rojo, Blind, Tuanzebe Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Matic, Mitchell, McTominay Forwards Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rashford Manchester United must contend with a dilemma in defence due to the fact that a number of players are nursing injuries. Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian are out of action, while Antonio Valencia is also a concern.Marouane Fellaini is also among the wounded, while Michael Carrick is unlikely to feature.Potential Man Utd starting XI: De Gea; Lindelof, Jones, Rojo, Young; Pogba, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Rashford; Lukaku. Position Burnley players Goalkeepers Pope, Lindegaard, Legzdins Defenders Lowton, Taylor, Mee, Long, Bardsley Midfielders Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Gudmunsson, Westwood, Ulvestad, Arfield Forwards Wood, Vokes, Barnes, Walters, Wells Sean Dyche will be without James Tarkowski through suspension, while Robbie Brady, Stephen Ward and Dean Marney are all ruled out due to injury.However, striker Chris Wood, who was taken off during the first half in last week’s defeat to Tottenham, is expected to return to action, giving the Clarets a boost in attack.Potential Burnley starting XI: Pope; Taylor, Mee, Long, Bardsley; Gudmunsson, Defour, Cork, Arfield, Hendrick; Wood.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Chris Wood Burnley Crystal Palace Premier League 09102017Home side Man United are 1/4 favourites to win against their local rivals according to dabblebet, while Burnley’s chances of winning are rated 12/1. A draw is considered a 9/2 bet.Romelu Lukaku is rated 11/5 to open the scoring at Old Trafford, while Clarets forward Chris Wood is 10/1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a 5/2 bet, while Marcus Rashford is 7/2.Click here to see all of the markets dabblebet has on offer, including goalscoring odds, score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedAs they drift further away from league leaders Manchester City, Man United find themselves looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack, knowing that they cannot afford to slip up.Mourinho’s side fell 13 points behind City on Saturday and their title aspirations have all but evaporated, but a top-four finish remains imperative for the Red Devils.Having hit yet another rocky patch of form, they will have to pick up the pace once more, with Chelsea breathing down their necks and the likes of Liverpool not far behind.However, it will not be easy as they welcome local rivals Burnley to Old Trafford, especially considering the Clarets’ impressive form this season, which has them defying expectations and sitting seventh in the table.Dyche’s men have already beaten Chelsea, as well as forcing away draws against Tottenham and Liverpool this season, so they will be confident of upsetting the odds once more. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Four Scholarships for Excellence in Creative Arts Awarded to Grade 12 Students

first_imgYoung creative minds from across Nova Scotia gathered today, June 13, to showcase their talents at the Minister’s Awards for Creative Excellence in the Arts. “Music has always been a passion of mine since I was very young,” said Hayley Macgregor, recipient of the Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music. “I am grateful to receive one of the minister’s awards and am very excited to have the opportunity to perform at the celebration ceremony.” Ms. Macgregor is a student from North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow. The scholarship is valued at $500 and includes a mentorship opportunity with the musician. The event, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, featured Grade 12 students planning to pursue post-secondary studies in the creative arts. The awards included four scholarships for excellence in visual arts, performing arts, digital multimedia and music. The province partnered with gallery and Mr. A’Court to present the awards. The other recipients are: Elise Pecotic, Citadel High School, Halifax, $1,000 – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Breton Hickey, Glace Bay High School, $1,000 – Award for Excellence in Performing Arts Seanna Bailey, Hants East Rural High School, Milford Station, Hants Co., $1,000 – Award for Excellence in Digital Multimedia Eight applicants were also chosen to receive $100 prizes. “I would like to congratulate all the participants in today’s event,” said Zach Churchill Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “I am impressed with the amount of skill and creativity I have seen here today. I wish you all the best as you move on to post-secondary education.” For more information visit, .last_img read more

Gladys Knight To Be Honored At O2 Silver Clef Awards

first_imgNordoff Robbins has announced another winner at the O2 Silver Clef Awards – the legendary Gladys Knight.Along with the nine other winners, she will collect her award at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch on Friday 3 July at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance.Gladys Knight and The Pips recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s including “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Letter Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, “If I Were Your Woman”, “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia”. Knight has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dionne Warwick and many more. In all, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years.Recognising her incredible talent, Gladys Knight has been awarded the Raymond Weil International Award at the 2015 O2 Silver Clef Awards.On her win, Gladys Knight said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be awarded the Raymond Weil International Award by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which does such incredible work. This has been a great opportunity for me to hear about the many people Nordoff Robbins help through their music therapy work. I am really looking forward to collecting my award on 3 July.”Nine other winners at the O2 Silver Clef Awards 2015 have already been announced. They are Duran Duran, who will win the Spotify Lifetime Achievement Award, Kasabian, Royal Albert Hall Best Group, James Bay, Jack Daniel’s Best Newcomer, Jake Bugg, AEG Live Best Male, Rita Ora, Vevo Best Female, Mark Ronson, American Express Innovation Award, Primal Scream, Investec Icon Award, Iron Maiden, O2 Silver Clef Award and Il Divo who will be awarded the PPL Classical Award.Craig Leach, UK Brand Director of RAYMOND WEIL says, “We are delighted that Gladys Knight will receive the RAYMOND WEIL International Award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Lunch, as she is a true living legend who has achieved remarkable success throughout her career. This year’s event is extra special given the charity’s 40th birthday and we are extremely pleased that our award will go to such a superb artist.”last_img read more

Pak forms team to probe Hazarganj attack as Hazaras continue sitin for

first_imgKarachi: A team comprising senior counter-terror officials have been formed to investigate an ISIS suicide attack targeting Hazara Shias in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, even as the community continued their sit-in for a third day on Sunday demanding better security measures. An ISIS bomber blew himself in Hazarganj fruits and vegetable market in provincial capital Quetta Friday morning, killing 21 people and injuring 60 others, mostly Hazaras. The ISIS Saturday released a photograph of the attacker along with his name and said the attack targeted Shia Muslims. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that a team of Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials had visited the site of the attack to collect evidence, DawnNewsTV reported. The body parts of the suspected attacker have been sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency for DNA testing, he said, adding that the test reports would be handed over to Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal. The official did not specify when the test reports would be issued. Meanwhile, the Hazara community members are continuing a sit-in on the main Western Bypass road in Quetta to protest against what they term as the persistent failure of law enforcement agencies to provide them security. The sit-in started soon after the suicide blast ripped through the market on Friday. Women and children are among those who have been staging the sit-in. The protesters demand an effective security plan to ensure the protection of the Hazara Shia community. Chief Minister Khan visited the families of the victims Saturday and said that his government is taking responsible steps to root out terrorist activities from the province. He also requested the protesters to end their sit-in. Despite reassurances, the protesters refused to call off their sit-in until all their demands were met, including the arrests of those involved in the attack, steps for protection of the community, and implementation of NAP without discrimination. Hazaras make up a significant minority group in Pakistan and most of them live in Quetta.last_img read more

Terror groups may be recruiting more women to wage jihad Study

first_imgWashington: Terror groups may be increasingly recruiting women, data from the first large-scale research project evaluating the characteristics of women involved in jihadism-inspired terrorism has found, days after Sri Lanka witnessed the country’s worst terror attack. A woman was part of the nine suicide bombers in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and intelligence officials say more women posing as devotees were planning to carry our terror attacks on Buddhist temples in the island nation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportA study published on Monday by the North Carolina State University in the US found significant differences between men and women in both their backgrounds and their roles within terrorist groups. For the study, researchers drew on data from the Western Jihadism Project, based at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, which collects data on terrorists associated with Al-Qaeda-inspired organisations. The researchers conducted comparative analyses of 272 women and 266 men, who were matched to control for variables such as ethnicity, nation of residence and age at radicalisation. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThere were significant differences in background for men and women. For example, only 2 per cent of women had a criminal background before radicalisation, compared to 19 per cent of men. While about 14 per cent of men had no profession in the six months preceding their affiliation with a terrorist group, almost 42 per cent of women were unemployed during the same timeframe, the study found. “The data also suggests that terrorist organisations may be increasingly recruiting women,” says Sarah Desmarais, an associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State and co-author of the paper. “For example, 34 per cent of the women in our sample were born after 1990, while only 15 per cent of men were born after 1990. Since we were able to control for age at radicalisation, this suggests an increase in women’s involvement in terrorist groups,” she said. The research also highlighted different roles for women in terrorist action. “Women were less likely than men to be involved in planning or carrying out terrorist attacks,” Christine Brugh, lead author of a paper on the work and a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University. “Only 52 per cent of the women were involved in plots, compared to 76 per cent of men,” Brugh said. “In many ways, the roles of the women in these terrorist groups are consistent with traditional gender norms,” Desmarais said. “The women were more likely to play behind-the-scenes roles aimed at supporting the organisation,” Brugh said.last_img read more

Despite the powerful storm felt in Dunnvilleit was not a tornado

Environment Canada says it was a thunderstorm fueled by muggy weather, that left a path of destruction behind.Haldimand County Councillor, Bernie Corbett says, Dunnville has experienced damage like this during winter storms in the past,but to his knowledge – has never been hit by such a powerful summer thunderstorm.Dunnville was one of several communities in Southern Ontario hit by the storm including Binbrook and South Hamilton.It was a storm fueled by the heat and humidity bathing the region and much of the province. Delivering driving rains, whipping up the wind and knocking out the power for several hours.Matt Ingram takes a look at the damage left behind. read more

Annan mourns death of British statesman Lord Roy Jenkins

A statement issued by a UN spokesperson said Mr. Annan regretted the loss of “this great statesman,” intellectual and writer, and praised his “lifelong commitment to the European cause.” A senior figure in the British Labour Party and former President of the European Commission, Lord Jenkins’ political career spanned more than 50 years.The Secretary-General also extended his condolences to Lord Jenkins’ family, friends and many colleagues in the United Kingdom and around the world. read more

Canadian dollar little changed ahead of employment merchandise trade data

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed little changed Wednesday as traders looked ahead to key economic reports coming out over the next couple of days.The loonie added 0.01 of a cent to 90.25 cents U.S. for a fifth day of gains.On Thursday, traders will look to the release of the merchandise trade balance data for December. Economists expect the deficit to have narrowed to $650 million from $900 the previous month.“Indications of a jump in U.S. customs receipts provide reason for optimism that some of the increase will be shared by Canadian firms, sending exports up $400 million in the month,” said RBC assistant chief economist Paul Ferley.“Some of the strength is also expected to reflect indications of oil prices rising in December, particularly the price of western Canadian oil, that will provide a boost to the nominal value of petroleum exports.”But the main focus is on the January jobs report, which comes out on Friday. Economists estimate the Canadian economy created about 20,000 jobs after the economy shed 44,000 in December.Ahead of that data and the release at the end of the week of the U.S. government’s jobs report, payroll firm ADP reported that the private sector created 175,000 jobs in the United States in January, about 15,000 short of what was forecast. Economists had been expecting that it would show that 190,000 jobs were added.Also, the Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index showed rising expansion in January, coming in at 54, up a full point from December.The loonie has now advance five consecutive sessions since hitting its worst levels in 4 1/2 years late last week.Analysts point to data out at the end of last week showing the Canadian economy grew for a fifth straight month in November, up 0.2 per cent. Also, Scotiabank noted the markets are now pricing in a 16 per cent probability of an interest rate cut over the next 12 months, well off a 38 per cent probability on Jan. 10.The loonie has also ridden a wave of optimism after a report from the U.S. State Department last week raised expectations that the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oilsands crude from Alberta to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast, will be approved. Such a move could give a boost to the energy sector.On top of that, the International Monetary Fund expects the Canadian economy will grow 2.2 per cent this year, up from an estimated 1.7 per cent in 2013 as the U.S. continues to import rising volumes of oil from Canada.On the commodity markets, the March crude contract in New York gained 19 cents to US$97.38 a barrel.The March copper contract was unchanged at US$3.19 a pound while April gold bullion futures gained $5.70 to US$1,256.90 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2014 7:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar little changed ahead of employment, merchandise trade data read more

Jonas Kallman thinking about OFF from Sweden

Jonas KallmanSwedish handball ← Previous Story Lasse Boesen (SG Flensburg): “I am surprised with change of coach” Next Story → Talented Rasmus Lauge three more years in BSV As his teammate, Kim Andersson, who decided to stop playing for Swedish national team after World Cup 2011 at homeground, also, Swedish star from BM Ciudad Real, Jonas Kallman (29) thinking to do the same, but from different reasons:– The last two or three years I have been in fantastic form, but did not receive more than perhaps 50-60 percent of what I can in the squad. That can be frustrating and maybe it is better to finish after next competition  “says Källman for Swedish PRESS.Kallman is playing in BM Ciudad Real since 2002.  He was a part of all major success of Spanish team, including a winning of three Champions League.  He went to Spain very young with 21. read more

Six face terror charges in Greece

first_imgSix people arrested in Athens yesterday, including including two suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, will face court over charges of terrorism, according to reports. Greece’s Chief of Police Lefteris Oikonomou told reporters that the arrests came amid “serious indications” that a new terrorist attack was being planned,  Kathimerini says.Kathimerini reports police seized heavy weaponry and explosives in raids across Athens and several other cities on the weekend. According to Kathimerini , the weekend’s raids turned up three Scorpion sub-machine guns, three Kalashnikov assault rifles and seven handguns, as well as 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO), 200 grams of TNT, ammunition and four hand grenades.Police also discovered a rucksack containing a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Scorpion sub-machine gun and ammunition on farmland near Halkidiki, northern Greece, Kathimerini reports.The charges do not identify their terrorist organisation, but previous arrest warrants against two of the suspects connected them with the radical Greek anarchist group Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire.Greek police chief Lefteris Oikonomou said that ballistic tests on the weapons seized during Saturday’s raids have failed so far to connect the suspects to any known terrorist attacks.Police had hoped the raids would establish a connection between the Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire and another Greek radical group, Sect of Revolutionaries.Of the two, the sect has been the most violent one, killing an anti-terrorism police officer guarding a witness in a terrorism trial in June 2009, and a journalist in July. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pensioner hangs himself in Nikaia park

first_imgA 61-year-old pensioner was found hanging from a tree on Wednesday, in the Agios Filipos park of the Nikaia area. The lifeless body of the pensioner was discovered by a park attendant, who also found his suicide note which read as follows:“The police does not know me. I have never touched a drink in my life. Of women and drugs I have never even dreamed of. I have never been to a kafenio (coffee house), I just worked all day! But I commited one horrendous crime: I became a professional at age 40 and I plunged myself in debt. Now, I’m an idiot of 61 years and I have to pay. I hope my grandchildren are not born in Greece, seeing as there will be no Greeks here from now on. Let them at least know another language, because Greek will be wiped off the map! Unless of course there was a politician with Thatcher’s balls so as to put us and our state in line. Signed, Alexandros 29/5/2012″His neighbours described the pensioner – a father of two- as a hard working man. He had been employed in ship repairs and construction sites and up until recently, he had been working as an electrician on a merchant ship.He was facing sizeable financial problems and it was these that pushed him over the edge.According to neighbours, prior to taking his own life, he was seen wearing his work overalls, carrying his tools and sitting on a bench in the park. None of them however, imagined what he had in mind. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La Chine réussit son premier baiser spatial en mode manuel

first_imgLa Chine réussit son premier baiser spatial en mode manuelDimanche, la Chine a réussi son premier amarrage en mode manuel entre le vaisseau spatial Shenzhou IX et le module Tiangong-1. Ceci constituait la principale mission de l’équipage du vaisseau et une étape importante pour la suite du programme spatial chinois.C’est une nouvelle étape de réussie pour les membres de l’équipage du Shenzhou IX. Un peu plus de six jours après avoir effectué un premier amarrage au module Tiangong-1 déjà en orbite et avoir pénétré à l’intérieur, les trois taïkonautes, Liu Yang, Jing Haipeng et Liu Wang ont en effet complété leur mission la plus importante : réaliser un nouvel amarrage cette fois-ci en mode manuel. C’est dimanche peu avant 14H50 GMT que le “baiser spatial” a été réalisé plusieurs heures après que l’équipage a regagné le vaisseau Shenzhou IX et que ce dernier s’est séparé du module. Le spationaute Liu Wang a pris les commandes de l’engin sous les regards et le contrôle des équipes au sol. Une opération qu’ont également suivie des millions de Chinois sur la télévision nationale CCTV. Quelques minutes après que le vaisseau est entré en contact avec le module, le centre de contrôle spatial de Pékin a annoncé la réussite de la manoeuvre qui est d’une importance capitale pour la poursuite du programme spatial chinois. “Le succès de cette mission de rendez-vous manuel représente une avancée majeure. L’amarrage a été précis, parfait”, a déclaré la porte-parole du programme chinois de vol habité, Wu Ping, lors d’une conférence de presse à Pékin.En effet, les amarrages manuels peuvent s’avérer nécessaires en cas de défaillance des systèmes automatiques. Néanmoins, la manoeuvre est très délicate dans la mesure où les deux vaisseaux tournent autour de la Terre à quelque 28.000 kilomètres par heure et risquent de se détruire mutuellement en cas de collision. Liu Wang avait ainsi répété au moins 1.500 fois au sol l’amarrage en mode manuel, réalisé avec des manettes situées à gauche et à droite de son siège à bord de Shenzhou IX. Très concentré, le taïkonaute était assis entre Liu Yang, première Chinoise à aller dans l’espace et Jing Haipeng et est resté totalement immobile en dehors de ses mains pour rapprocher le vaisseau du module en douceur.La Chine, premier pays asiatique à marcher sur la Lune ?À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreDésormais, “la Chine maîtrise entièrement (…) les technologies d’amarrage nécessaires à la construction d’une station spatiale”, a assuré Zhou Jianping, ingénieur en chef de ce même programme, cité par l’agence Chine nouvelle. Le pays rejoint ainsi les Américains et les Russes qui ont déjà franchi cette étape cruciale de la conquête spatiale dans les années 1960. D’ailleurs, le rattrapage du retard technologique est devenu une priorité pour le pays qui tire une grande fierté de son programme de vol habité. Celui-ci vise à créer d’ici une décennie une station orbitale dans laquelle un équipage peut vivre en autonomie durant plusieurs mois, sur le modèle de l’ancienne station russe Mir ou de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Pour cela, le gouvernement a investi quelque 19 milliards de yuans (soit 2,4 milliards d’euros) dans ce programme depuis Shenzhou VII, lancé en 2008, jusqu’à la prochaine mission, Shenzhou X, a indiqué Mme Wu. Mais la Chine ne compte pas en rester là dans la conquête spatiale. Elle est parallèlement engagée dans une course vers la Lune : elle rêve d’être le premier pays asiatique à y poser le pied. Dans le cadre de ce programme nommé “Chang’e”, elle a déjà lancé avec succès deux sondes lunaires, en 2007 et 2010.Le 25 juin 2012 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TCIG appointments in the UK

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Consular Services, kimo tynes, premier rufus ewing, tracy knight, UK representatives Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Sept 2015 – TCI’s Economical and Political interests in the UK have been strengthened by the addition of two new appointments in the (TCIG’s) office in the UK. Tracy Knight has been appointed as Head of Office & Resource Management, and Mr. Kimo Tynes as UK Representative – Consular Services in the Office of the Premier. Deputy Governor Anya Williams says that ”The exposure and experience they will gain while living and working in UK represents a tremendous development opportunity, both for them and their country. While Premier, Hon. Rufus Ewing said “These latest appointments in the UK are especially noteworthy as this is the first home office to be established for the country abroad and it is important that we have our own promoting the territory and representing our interests in another country. Both Knight and Tynes are set to take up their new appointments later this month. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

Remembering Sept 11 in San Diego County

FIU community mourns former football player killed in crash

first_imgFormer teammates, coaches and friends also shared emotional messages on social media. Butch Davis, the Panthers’ head coach, issued a statement that read in part, “Our football program is mourning his loss, and we will honor Emmanuel every day moving forward. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. We hope peace comes to the hearts of his friends and family. He was a great young man all FIU PANTHERS are proud of‼️— Butch Davis (@FIUCoachDavis) July 21, 2019 There are no words. We love you and we miss you.— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) July 21, 2019 The university tweeted a picture in honor of the 22-year-old, saying, “We love you and we miss you.”Lubin, a senior at FIU and a North Miami Beach native, was pursuing a degree in liberal studies while aspiring to play football professionally. FIU releases statement on the tragic death of former defensive back Emmanuel Lubin, who started 13 games in 2018. Lubin, a North Miami Beach native, died in a car accident Saturday night.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 21, 2019center_img May God bless “E” WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida International University community is mourning the loss of student and former football player Emmanuel Lubin.School officials confirmed Lubin, a former starting cornerback for the Golden Panthers in 2018 and 2016, was killed in a car wreck in Northwest Miami-Dade, at around 4 a.m., Sunday.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 22-year-old lost control of his Toyota sedan along the Florida Turnpike, near Northwest 74th Street, causing him to hit a guardrail and a metal pole holding a sign.Officials said Lubin was not wearing a seat belt. 22 is far too young to pass away. Only had a handful of interactions with Emmanuel (postgame/pro day). But he was well liked by the entire FIU Football family. Condolences to those who knew him best. 🙏🏿 #PawsUp #FIU— Eric Henry (@EricCHenry_) July 21, 2019last_img read more

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