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December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA month before the distraught farmers of Mandsaur launched an agitation demanding higher prices for their produce, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had made a detailed presentation at a Niti Aayog meeting on doubling of farmers’ income while showcasing his State’s success in achieving double digit growth in the farm sector.Five-point agendaIn his presentation in April of this year, Mr Chouhan had mentioned five areas where the governments need to focus: decreasing the cost of cultivation; increasing productivity; shift in farm activities towards high value crops; better prices for farm produce; and risk mitigation through a comprehensive system of insurance and timely compensation.However, the agitation by farmers from the Malwa region in western Madhya Pradesh, considered the hub of soybean, pulses and spices cultivation, has shown that Mr Chauhan’s government did not apply his own prescription for the farmers of the State.In districts like Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam, farmers, many of them small and marginal agriculturists with average land holding less than one hectare per family, have been complaining about the State administration’s apathy towards them.Plummeting prices“For last three years, we have been complaining about low prices of our produce. Since 2014, prices of soybean, methi, onion and pulses have plummeted by hardly any intervention by the government,” said 55-year-old Kachrulal Chadavat, a farmer from Barkheda Panth village, 20 km north of Mandsaur.Having voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in the parliamentary elections in 2014, the farmers of these districts have become bitter and vocal critics of the Centre, accusing it of adopting anti-farmers policies.According to Mr Chadavat, farming alone can no longer sustain a family. He and other farmers contend that instead of paying better prices to farmers, the Centre has allowed import of commodities to flood the market, leading to a crash in prices in the domestic market. The farmers blames a thriving nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and traders for the situation.Mr Chadavat cites the example of the fluctuating prices of soybean. “In 2005-06, we used to sell soybean at ₹5000 per quintal while the retail price of soybean oil was ₹55-60 per litre. Today, the soybean procurement price is only ₹2500-2700 while retail price of oil is ₹80 per litre,” he says pointing to the mismatch between the prices of raw commodities and the processed goods. “Lower procurement prices have led to this crisis in last three years,” said Ashok Rawat, who runs a seed shop in Naya Gaun near Neemuch.last_img read more

December 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Supreme Court of India on April 20 has ruled that the properties of wanted terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai, valued at crores, will be taken over by the government. The properties in Mumbai’s Nagpada, originally Dawood’s, had been taken over by his sister Haseena Parkar and mother Amina Bi Kaskar—they are both dead, reported NDTV.The Indian government had sealed the properties under a law that allows the takeover of properties of smugglers, foreign exchange manipulators and their relatives in 1998. Parkar and Kaskar challenged this takeover that was initiated after the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 people.As Dawood fled the country, the departments concerned sought to seize properties belonging to him. The Supreme Court was moved after the tribunal and the Delhi High Court dismissed Parkar and Kaskar’s challenge to the takeover order in July 1998. The Supreme Court ordered status quo in the case in November 2012, as per the report.According to the government, several opportunities were given to them to show legal sources of income to acquire the properties. No valid document was filed was by them.As per reports, the two women had seven residential properties worth crores in their names–two in the name of Kasker and five in Parkar’s name. These properties were acquired with the illegal wealth of Ibrahim. A bench of Justice RK Agrawal and Justice AM Sapre in Supreme Court, therefore, dismissed the plea filed by his sister and motherIbrahim was considered to be the one behind the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and he is listed as a global terrorist by UN Security Council’s IS and al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. India was vindicated in its assertions that Ibrahim was living in Pakistan whenUN Security Council released a latest list of terror organizations and terrorists listing Dawood Ibrahim and his Karachi address.Three south Mumbai properties belonging to Ibrahim were auctioned for Rs 11.58 crore in November 2017 by the Ministry of Finance, under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, Scroll reported.The three properties, which were won by Saifi Burhani Upliftment Trust. were Hotel Raunaq Afroz, also known as Delhi Zaika, Shabnam Guest House and six rooms in Damarwala building, the report said.The UK government froze Ibrahim’s hotel in Warwickshire and residential properties across the Midlands in September last year.Ibrahim’s crime syndicate, popularly called the D-company, has diversified in many other unlawful fields, lawmakers in the United States were told on March 20. “Pakistan-based crime-terror group, D-company, whose origins lie in India, expanded Karachi’s historic role as a drug transhipment point, and built a powerful transnational crime-terror organisation, in part from drug proceeds,” Dr Louise Shelley, professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, at the George Mason University had told lawmakers.  Related ItemsDawood Ibrahim. Indialast_img read more

November 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed to become the sixth team to achieve the Grand Slam, but the Beermen still gained a piece of history with four players being named in the Mythical First Team.Newly-minted Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Commissioner’s Cup BPC Chris Ross, clutch playmaker Alex Cabagnot, and former MVP Arwind Santos all earned their spot in the season’s best five, typifying the Beermen’s dominance this year.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And San Miguel coach Leo Austria believes that the historic distinction is a testament of his players’ unwavering dedication.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s only the first time in the league history that four players from the same team made it to the Mythical Five.“I think it’s a product of their hardwork. Since the all-Filipino conference, I rarely changed my starting five except if there is an import, and even if we had an import, you can see how great our local players are because they’re still contributing to the team,” he said.center_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Austria has always leaned on his starters and in return, they never let him down, showing poise through out the season, as San Miguel racked up win after win and championship after championship.“I’m proud and I’m happy for them because they understand what we need from them, and they’re proving that what we’re doing is what’s good for the team and it brought us two championships,” the affable mentor said.But Austria knows that the work wasn’t done by the starters alone, giving credit to his bench as an integral part of the Beermen’s success.“Our bench players sacrificed a lot,” he said. “They don’t get much playing time, but when we put them in the game, you could see that they’re stepping up. And even if they’re on the bench, they keep on cheering our first five and I think that’s a big reason why we’re winning.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hype MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi, May 24 (PTI) In a bid to ensure that Olympic medallists get immediate recognition, the Sports Ministry today said medal winners from the upcoming Rio Games will be considered for this years Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards. The ministry said the decision has been taken so that athletes need not wait for one full year after their medal-winning performances at the Olympic Games. The medal winners in individual events who have already not been conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in the past will be considered for the highest sporting honour. “Medal winners in team events, who have played stellar roles in the medal won by the team for the country in Rio Olympics 2016 such as number of goals scored, number of goals saved etc., and who have already not been conferred with Arjuna Award in the past will be considered for Arjuna Awards,” the Ministry said. As per the existing provisions of the schemes of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards, sports achievements of the sportspersons for the last four years preceding the year of award, i.e., sports achievements during the period 2011 to 2015 are to be considered. PTI AT PM PMlast_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIndia suffered an embarrassing 1-4 defeat in the recently concluded Test series against England. Virat Kohli emerged the main star for the touring team, scoring 593 runs which was the highest, but faced criticism for his leadership skills from cricket experts around the world.There was controversy regarding India’s reluctance to play practice games prior to the start of the series. On Wednesday, MS Dhoni too blamed the lack of practice for the poor show in the series.”Indian team missed out on playing practice matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust. This is a part of the game. We shouldn’t forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by SportsRush at a motivational program organised by the CISF at the Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.India only played one practice match against Essex prior to the first Test at Edgbaston. The Indian team management had also cancelled their tour game in South Africa earlier this year. Skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had insisted that the team was ready to take on England in their own backyard.Also read – Team India report card after England Test seriesBut, come the end of the series, it looked like only Kohli was ready for the challenge and while the rest of the batsmen failed.Kohli recently questioned the “utility” of tour games if the visiting side is not provided with ideal conditions and opposition in those matches.Also read – As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsadvertisement”Lot of people talk about tour games but where are those tour games happening and against what quality of bowling are very important questions to be asked,” Kohli said in an interview to Michael Holding.”Because if you don’t get the preparation you need before a Test series, then it is actually not utilised well. Time is not utilised well if you don’t get the quality of opposition that you will face in Test cricket,” he added.Watch: There is no such thing as optional practice when team is 0-2 down: GavaskarIndia have lost back-to-back overseas Test series in South Africa and England with many former greats. Cricket experts, including legendary Sunil Gavaskar, have questioned time and again the India team’s refusal to play warm-up matches.”I can understand they have taken the day off today.. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow,” Gavaskar told India Today after India’s humiliating defeat at Lord’s.Also read – Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questions”But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London. You cannot get practice facilities in London as easily as you would in Nottingham – I hope they practice from Tuesday. And there should be no optional practice. Everybody needs to get down to practice There’s no such thing as optional practice when you are 0-2 down,” he said.”You don’t just need net practice but practice matches also. One should strive for practice games between third and fourth Test as well when there is space. There may possibly be some new players coming in after third Test and they need some practice time as well. These things have to be thought about. I have been saying this since January when the South Africa tour was lost. But perhaps we are old fashioned, who don’t understand modern day cricket,” he said.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketWhen Dhoni was asked about why he gave up captaincy, he clarified that he wanted the incoming skipper, Kohli, to get enough time to prepare his team for the World Cup in 2019.”I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” Dhoni said.”Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time”, Dhoni added.Dhoni will next be seen in action in the upcoming Asia Cup, starting September 15 in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgI stood at my desk on Saturday with my mouth agape as I listened to what Mike Gundy told ESPN coming out of halftime. “We went away from running the football,” said Gundy on national television about why OSU faltered in the second quarter.???Then he said it again after the game (watch for yourself at 2:15 in this video).“Early in the game we were able to throw it because we were popping a few runs in there. It doesn’t take the smartest guy to figure out that if you’re not running the ball at all, it makes it difficult to throw.”Apparently it does.Here are Oklahoma State’s runs and passes for the first five drives.First two drives: 6 rushes for 11 yards | 8 passes for 119 yards | 14 pointsNext three drives: 13 rushes for 45 yards | 11 passes for 73 yards | 3 pointsSo you went away from passing the ball down the field. You ran it twice as much on the next three drives as you did on the first two. Then in the second half OSU threw it 16 times and ran it 27. Take away the 98-yard drive and the Pokes gained 67 yards after halftime. Throw it in and they only gained 160. That’s not good.“Offensively, we actually ran the ball a little better than what I thought,” said Gundy on Monday.OSU averaged 2.2 yards per carry.“We had three plays where we got hit behind the line for a yard or two. I guess that kind of clouded my image of the plays where we had six, eight or 10-yard runs. I felt a little bit better about that situation.”OK.I understand on a philosophical level why OSU doesn’t throw it more (I don’t love it, but I understand it).But if the game plan is what we think it is, you have to on a fundamental level find a way to make your running game or the super short passing game that looks like the running game at least average. Otherwise, you can kiss 10 wins goodbye. Everybody knows that.The Pokes are averaging a paltry 4.12 yards per carry this season, good for No. 87 in the country. We have a big enough sample size to know they’re just not very good at running the ball the way they’re currently doing it (notably: up the middle and without much success). So it’s time to figure out how to game plan around that.Here’s the thing, this is what Mike Gundy trusts. I don’t think he actually liked Dana and Monken flinging it all over the park every weekend. Look at the play breakdown by year (I highlighted the Dana/Monken years).[1. These are non-garbage time numbers only.] 2011471229 PassRush 2010449327 2005227278 2008283386 2009297401 2014344358center_img 2012401355 2007300419 2013402354 2006280387 20158794 Look at the direction this thing is trending. That’s fine. That’s Gundy’s prerogative and it actually might be a smart one. The problem is what do you do when the run game is not working? Plan B seems to be “try harder” instead of “try different.” Put J.W. in and run it more instead of leave Mason in and spread it out.What if your best players are not your offensive guards but your slot receivers and quarterback? At some point, the risk of turning it over by throwing it is less than the risk of gaining zero yards every play by running it up the middle, right?I understand that Mason Rudolph is not Brandon Weeden, but this team’s insistence on balance and rushing the ball up the middle like we’re Wisconsin can be infuriating because we have about 16 quarters of evidence that it doesn’t work.You don’t have to be Baylor, but you also don’t have to audition for the Big 10 either. That fourth quarter in Austin was an abomination on offense. Trot that out against West Virginia and OU and you’re going to get smoked.Like Carson said in our podcast, this offense has Gundy’s fingerprints all over it. Robert Whetsell noted that here as well. That’s never been a great thing in the past. I don’t think it is this time either. There’s just not a ton of innovation.Like many of you voted in the poll on Tuesday, I don’t think they’ll be able to solve it either.Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 9.56.44 AMGundy told Robert Allen last Saturday he knows how to fix it. Does that mean different offensive linemen? The Patriots style of dumping passes to RBs and treating them as runs? Going deep right off the bat? Something has to change or Gundy’s plan of running the ball and generating turnovers isn’t going to work.I’m in on not having to get to 5th or 6th gear on offense to win the Big 12. I’ve been talked into that. Maybe they’d be better off throwing it every down, maybe not. Whatever the case, they’re not going to do it.But Gundy’s plan hinges on whether you can actually, you know, run the ball effectively.I’m not convinced OSU can.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgArsenal cannot afford £10m for Barcelona midfielder Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have agreed with personal terms with Denis Suarez, but are struggling to come up with the £10m fee demanded by Barcelona. The Gunners are on a tight budget this month after spending in the previous three transfer windows.Marca believes the north London club have practically no money as they are unable to fork out £10m for the 25-year-old. Manager Unai Emery wants to add another winger to his squad and has pinpointed Suarez as a suitable option, having worked with him for one season at Sevilla.Barcelona have promised Suarez that he can leave this month, but they will continue to hold out for a fee. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 21:22 IST Denis Suarez has joined Arsenal on loan from Barcelona (Photo tweeted by @Arsenal)HIGHLIGHTSUnai Emery says Denis Suarez will give the team plenty of flexibility in attackEmery has worked with Suarez during a loan spell at Spanish side SevillaSuarez has experience of English football as he spent two seasons with Manchester City as a teenagerNew Arsenal midfielder Denis Suarez will give the team plenty of flexibility in attack, manager Unai Emery said after confirming the Spaniard had joined on loan from Barcelona on Thursday.Suarez can play centrally and on the wing, making him a viable option to replace the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan or inconsistent Mesut Ozil.Emery has worked with the 25-year-old, who has made few appearances for Barcelona this season, during a loan spell at Spanish side Sevilla.R E U N I T E D pic.twitter.com/N4rFGjl5ctArsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2019″We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us. He is a player we know well and I have worked with him at Sevilla,” Emery said in a statement.”Hey, Arsenal fans! I’m very happy to be here – come on you Gunners!”@DenisSuarez6 #HolaDenis pic.twitter.com/yWOE99QBhFArsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2019″He brings us quality and options in different attacking positions, so he’ll be able to help the team.”Suarez has experience of English football as he spent two seasons with Manchester City as a teenager.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Denis SuarezFollow Unai EmeryFollow Arsenal Denis Suarez gives us attacking flexibility, says Arsenal manager Unai EmeryArsenal signed midfielder Denis Suarez from Barcelona on loan on Thursday. Suarez has experience of English football as he spent two seasons with Manchester City as a teenager.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

October 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Allow a reasonable amount for the knee area. It’s never attractive when you can’t sit.LENGTH:The length is always controversial but the safest bet is to leave a little bit of a break. They won’t be tight but will sit elegantly on your backside. How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt You can have a slim leg fit but that may not be good for men with bigger legs and thighs. It is all about personal preference. If you are really tall, short pants just don’t work. But if you are 5’ 6” and have a playful take on fashion, go for the shorter pant. It’s nice to wear them sitting just above the shoe so that you can really show off your good-looking footwear. What Is the Best Jean Style for You? The biggest rule is: Own The Look! If you aren’t comfortable and the fashion is wearing you, that is never a good thing.Photo credit: Haspel  Pants, trousers, slacks. Whatever you call them, there is a lot more that goes into finding a great fitting pair than you may think. Most guys just worry about the hem of the pant but the knee, butt and crotch (speaking frankly) all need to be assessed when standing in the mirror. If the pants fit fairly well, we always advise taking them to a tailor to get them just right.To get the skinny (ha!) on pants, we spoke to Alex Wilcox, owner of the well respected New York based men’s haberdashery, Lord Willy’s. Here is what he had to say:FIT:First thing you should look for is the rise. Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire A good pair of trousers will sit very nicely just beneath your ‘family jewels’. From there on down is a personal preference. Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

October 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe RCMP and the province are adding the homicide of Laura Ross to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. The program offers up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. “The family continues to suffer in the wake of this horrific death, they deserve closure,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “I join the investigators in asking anyone with information about this crime to please come forward.” On April 3, 2017, the body of 27-year-old Laura Ross was found in a burned-out garage on her property in South Rawdon, Hants Co. Investigators with the RCMP’s Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit determined the fire had been intentionally set and the cause of death was ruled a homicide. “The death of Laura Ross had a significant impact on the community of South Rawdon. The RCMP continues to work towards piecing the facts together to bring closure to the family and justice for Laura,” says Insp. Lynn Young, officer in charge of the Nova Scotia RCMP Major Crimes Unit. “There is no piece of information that is too small to be of value – please call us if you can help.” Investigators believe there are people who have information that they have not shared with the police. Anyone with information should call the program at 1-888-710-9090. Individuals who come forward must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The rewards program launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. Since its inception, two full rewards of $150,000 and one partial reward of $100,000 have been paid out by the program. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards/ .last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMONTREAL – The national office of the Bloc Quebecois threw its support behind its leader on Saturday, days after seven of the party’s 10 members of Parliament quit the caucus over Martine Ouellet’s leadership style.The party’s administration made it clear that Ouellet had their support, despite an open letter published Friday in which more than 20 former Bloc Quebecois MPs called for her resignation.“It is unanimously resolved that the national office renews its full and complete support of Martine Ouellet and relaunches the invitation she made to each of the resigning MPs to participate in a process to allow them to reintegrate the Bloc Quebecois caucus,” Bloc member Benoit Lemieux said on behalf of the group.Ouellet announced that the MPs who resigned will be able to keep their party memberships and are welcome to discuss returning to caucus.“It was never a question of exclusion,” she said at a news conference, flanked by the remaining party members.“The resigning deputies can remain members of the Bloc Quebecois if they wish.”The seven MPs wrote a letter in Saturday’s Journal de Montreal saying that excluding them from the party would contribute to its death.The letter reiterated criticisms of Ouellet’s leadership and said her choice to focus only on independence does not serve Quebec’s interests.“(Ouellet) adds, almost incidentally, that it is also necessary to defend the interests of Quebec, but that this is not the foundation of our presence in Ottawa,” the letter read.“On the contrary, we believe that to serve independence, the interests of Quebecers must be given priority. Without compromise. First and all the time.”But Ouellet remained steadfast in her commitment to independence on Saturday, adding that all the remaining members are on the same page regarding the party’s future.“A Bloc Quebecois that will work towards the promotion and preparation of independence, but also defending the rights of the Quebec nation,” she said.“For us, one doesn’t go without the other.”The seven MPs who resigned stood by their position.“We will meet in the next few days to evaluate all our options and to see how we can continue to serve Quebecers to the best of our capacity,” the statement read.On Friday, more than 20 former Bloc Quebecois MPs published an open letter in Le Devoir calling for Ouellet’s resignation.The letter, co-signed by ex-Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, says Quebec’s status is feeble within the Canadian federation, with a pro-Canada premier in Quebec City and an “intransigent” and divisive Bloc leader in Ottawa.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEd Begley Jr. will host the 6th annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards, honoring Joe Pantoliano, on February 26.The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given in recognition of an individual’s honest memoir including their journey though addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the ‘message’ to a society awash in addiction. This year’s honoree is actor and author Joe Pantoliano for his memoir Asylum.The event includes catered cuisine and 90-minute social soiree. Tickets are $50 with proceeds benefiting The Writers in Treatment Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization grounded in recovery and the arts. The foundation helps men and women in the writing industry suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors get treatment for their disease.WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Catered Reception from 5:30pm – 7:30pmRed Carpet 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Show from 7:30pm – 9:00pmWHERE: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90049Find out more here.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat – The detained beneficiaries of the royal pardon are 162 and are divided into:– 1 inmate who benefited from pardon over his remaining prison term.– 158 prisoners who had their prison terms reduced. – 3 inmates who had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 148 and are divided into:– 20 prisoners who benefited from pardon over their prison sentences or remaining prison terms.– 4 inmates who benefited from pardon over their imprisonment terms while their fines were maintained.– 5 inmates who benefited from pardon over their prison terms and fines as well.– 119 prisoners had their fines annulled.Royal pardon is customary in the North African Kingdom to mark national and religious holidays. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana legislator has backed off his attempt to repeal the state’s child labour laws after conflict of interest concerns were raised because his family employs hundreds of minors at a ski resort.Republican Sen. Chip Perfect’s bill would have eliminated work permit requirements for minors and removed restrictions on the number of hours that 16- and 17-year-olds can work. The Senate labour committee approved his request Wednesday to strip those provisions from the bill and seek a special committee to study the topic later this year.Perfect, who is president and CEO of Perfect North Slopes near Lawrenceburg, said the southeastern Indiana resort employees 300 to 400 minors. Perfect’s move follows an Indianapolis Star report about a watchdog group saying his business interests should trigger extra scrutiny and that the ski resort’s human resources director testified in favour of the bill last week.Perfect said Wednesday that the Senate Ethics Committee this week cleared his bill sponsorship and that he was simply using his business background to address what he believed is a burdensome system for young workers and employers. He said he didn’t do anything questionable.“I really failed to consider the new normal that you’re now guilty until proven innocent,” Perfect said. “I apologize to the committee for the distraction that my involvement in this has caused.”Indiana’s current law requires most people younger than 18 years to obtain a work permit from their school and generally limits 16- and 17-year-olds to working no more than 30 hours during a school week or past 10 p.m. the night before a school day. Supporters of repealing the state law point out federal child labour laws, such as minimum wage and limiting work hours for those younger than 16, would still apply.Sally Sloan, executive director of Indiana’s branch of the American Federation of Teachers, told the committee that repealing the state law would hurt efforts to build an educated and skilled workforce.“It appears that the goal is to create, perhaps, a cheap and unregulated workforce populated by teens,” Sloan said.The Indiana Senate’s ethics rules say members should consider “whether the legislation would have a unique, direct, and material effect on the nonlegislative income of the Senator” before voting on a bill.“That’s just the nature of this part-time Legislature,” Republican Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray told the Star . “People have experiences and they come from different backgrounds.”Other Republican committee members defended Perfect’s sponsorship of the proposed repeal.Perfect said he hoped a review panel will study what he calls unnecessary labour rules before the 2020 legislative session.“They will all figure out what I’ve known for a long time — this is an impediment to Indiana moving forward,” he said.Tom Davies, The Associated Press read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Chrysler sold 16,832 vehicles in Canada in February, a two per cent increase over last year as the automaker said Friday that it remained Canada’s sales leader so far in 2013.Chrysler, which sold 16,536 vehicles in the same month in 2012, said the results were the company’s best since 2000 and its 39th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, the longest such streak in its history.Combined January and February sales totalled 33,845 vehicles, also a two per cent increase over the 33,120 sold in the opening two months of 2012.Meanwhile, Ford Canada also reported an increase in vehicle sales in February compared with the same month last year.However, its overall total of 16,301 cars and light trucks, although up 5.4% from 15,461 last year, still remained behind that of Chrysler.Its two-month total of 32,498 vehicles was up 6.8% from the 30,439 in 2012.Ford said its February total included 3,742 cars and 12,559 trucks as the auto maker said it remained the Canadian leader in truck sales.The Canadian Press read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“We wish to bring to your kind attention that there exists no form of armed or other forms of extremism amongst the Muslim community. Your concerns about extremists using Sri Lanka as a transit point may be valid, but we would like to assure you that the Muslim community would never allow extremists from other countries to operate under cover of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka,” MCSL said. Muslims have raised concerns over the comments made by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa where he had said that the government was on alert over attempts to spread Muslim extremism in Sri Lanka.The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) said that the Muslim community has without any hesitation stood by the Sri Lankan State throughout the 30 year conflict and has never resorted to any form of armed resistance. MCSL said that the extremist elements that have been propagating hatred against the minority communities have taken Rajapaksa’s statement as an endorsement of the State’s approval of their stand on extremism amongst the Muslim community. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told a Defence Seminar in Colombo on Tuesday that intelligence agencies and the police have been alerted over the concerns.He said that it is known that some Muslim extremist elements attempt to use Sri Lanka as a transit country and there are fears that in that attempt they may spread their ideology in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) It also said that intelligence units under the Defence Secretary’s command have performed remarkably well during and after the war to ensure that Sri Lanka continues to maintain the hard earned peace.“We welcome any investigation by the law enforcement agencies and take appropriate action against any persons who may violate the laws of the land or support any form of armed extremism irrespective of their religious beliefs. We would like to assure you of the Muslim community’s unstinted commitment to the peace and prosperity of our beloved motherland and would greatly appreciate your kind clarification of your statement,” MCSL said. read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Canada’s largest pharmacy chain and the provider of a blockchain program for tracking medical pot believe their partnership will act as a model for such U.S. drug stores as CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.Shoppers Drug Mart, a unit of Loblaw Cos. with about 1,300 pharmacies across Canada, is partnering with TruTrace Technologies Inc. on a pilot program that will use blockchain to identify, track and verify the source and genetics of cannabis used by medical patients. The goal is to make it more like traditional medicine in order to reassure physicians and patients that pot is a safe treatment, said Ken Weisbrod, Shoppers’ vice-president of pharmacy business development and initiatives.“This is the future for medical cannabis in the world,” Weisbrod said at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, N.B., in his first-ever public remarks about Shoppers’ pot business. “I know the U.S. is looking at what we’re doing here, and it’s really important that we take this leadership stance.” How to put the bad guys out of business with blockchain Blockchain tomatoes are coming, boosting supply-chain transparency Shoppers Drug Mart gets medical pot licence from Health Canada Los Angeles-based TruTrace sees big opportunities for its track-and-trace software in the U.S. CBD market. The U.S. legalized cannabidiol derived from hemp late last year, but some products have been found to contain less CBD than advertised, or even none at all. CVS and Walgreens, along with such other major chains as Kroger Co., have begun selling CBD lotions and balms at some of their stores.“We think this push with Shoppers will hopefully lead into a similar relationship with the Walgreens and CVSs of the world,” TruTrace Chief Executive Officer Robert Galarza said in an interview at the conference. “There’s skepticism right now from the medical industry and we’re trying to help breach that; it all boils down to information. Information is power, data is power.”Even in Canada, where medical cannabis has been legal since 2001 and recreational pot has been legal since last year, many doctors still won’t prescribe it as a treatment, said Weisbrod.“There are about 85,000 physicians in the country and the majority have not embraced this drug yet,” he said. “Quite frankly, they need more information and more data about the drugs they’re putting their patients on.”Standardized data will help doctors prescribe the right strains to their patients and contribute to the clinical trials that are underway in many parts of the industry.“They can say, ‘This particular product, strain, cultivar has this chemistry component and my patient is consistently on this drug and he’s gotten great outcomes,”‘ Weisbrod said. “Then we can start triangulating that data. This is a huge leap for the industry.”Bloomberg.com Postmedia file photo Shoppers is partnering with TruTrace Technologies Inc. on a pilot program using blockchain to verify the source and genetics of cannabis used by medical patients. read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

After four players committed as a part of the 2020 recruiting class, Ohio State continued to build its 2019 recruiting class Monday after four-star linebacker Kane Patterson committed to the Buckeyes, announcing his intention on Twitter.615614 pic.twitter.com/gjZTZg3sEP— Kane Patterson™ ✞ (@kane_prime4) July 9, 2018One of 11 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s class, Patterson is ranked as the No. 8 inside linebacker in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker is the No. 6 recruit in the state. Patterson will join running back Master Teague, running back Mitch Rossi and offensive lineman Max Wray as the Tennessee natives on Ohio State’s roster. Patterson joins four-star defensive end Noah Potter, four-star safety Jordan Battle and four-star outside linebacker Cade Stover as the defensive recruits in the Buckeyes’ 2019 class. Patterson is one of 11 players from outside the state of Ohio in the class. read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTo connect the El Limón gold ore pit with the processing plant it was necessary to overcome an altitude difference of approximately 400 m of steep terrain. Minera Media Luna (MML), a 100% owned subsidiary of Torex Gold Resources, opted for the RopeCon® as a means to transport 1,000 t of gold ore per hour into the valley over a distance of 1.3 km. Along with other aspects, safety and environment were key considerations in prompting the decisionThe El Limón-Guajes gold ore pit of MML is located approximately 180 km south-west of Mexico City in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The ore mined at the two pits of El Limón and Guajes is processed in one central processing plant. The El Limón pit, however, is some 400 m higher up on a steep ridge. During the planning phase, one of the issues that had to be addressed was the transport of the material from the pit down into the valley. Along with the costs, operational safety and the impact on the environment had to be taken into account.In March 2013, MML decided to use the RopeCon as a means of transport, a system which covers the vertical rise of approx. 400 m and the length of 1.3 km with just one tower structure before unloading the material onto a stockpile. Construction of the RopeCon started in early 2014. Doppelmayr’s assembly team carried out the job in just six months, accident-free and on schedule. The RopeCon started operation as planned in March 2016. It now connects the pit with the processing plant.RopeCon essentially relies on a flat belt with corrugated side walls to transport materials of all kinds. The belt performs a haulage function and is driven by, and guided around, a drum at both ends. To account for the great vertical rise and consequently the steep incline between the El Limón pit and the valley, the belt has been fitted with cleats to prevent the material from slipping. Axles are mounted on the belt at regular intervals to support it. They have plastic running wheels attached to their ends. These wheels run on track ropes with fixed anchoring and guide the belt. The track ropes run over tower structures so that this conveyor system is lifted off the ground, leaving only a minimal footprint. The system features three track rope pairs in total, with the bottom pair supporting the empty belt and the pair in the middle carrying the loaded belt. An inspection vehicle travelling on the third track rope pair at the top serves to provide easy and safe access to any point along the line. Almost all moving parts are attached to the belt and therefore pass through the stations at regular intervals. Service and maintenance works can thus be performed at one central point.The El Limón RopeCon system generates about 1 MW of green energy from braking actions, which contributes to a reduction of the overall operating costs. This, and the fact that no fossil fuel (diesel) is required to operate the system is one of the significant differences between RopeCon and trucks, the other means of transport under consideration for the transport of the ore. Apart from the positive effects on operating costs, resulting from straight-forward maintenance and regenerative operation due to downhill transport, the avoidance of dust and noise emissions is another argument which strongly supports the use of the RopeCon. The automatic transport system will also help to enhance operational safety and its controls can be integrated into the central control system of the mine.The decision to use the RopeCon to transport the crushed ore from the pit to the stockpile in the valley also means that the access road to the pit does not have to be upgraded for truck transport. Access can now be narrower and steeper and can follow a different route. The footprint of the roads can thus be reduced. The RopeCon system as such operates off-ground and does not touch the ground between the loading station and the track rope anchoring point in the valley except with one tower structure. With a height of 44 m, this tower achieves the discharge height required for the stockpile. The span between the loading station and the tower structure is 1,200 m. The conveying angle comes up to 32°. Viewed over the entire life of the mine of an estimated 10 years, the RopeCon will transport approx. 1,000 t of ore per hour from the crusher to the stockpile, from where the material will then be taken to the processing plant.last_img read more