Punjab govt. sets up expert group to study debts, waiver

first_imgIn an attempt towards realising its poll promise to waive all farm debts in the State, the Punjab government has set up an expert group to assess the quantum of agricultural debt, and suggests ways and means for its waiver.Mr. T. Haque, former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, has been appointed chairman of this expert group, which has been tasked with submitting its report within 60 days. The two other members are Pramod Kumar Joshi, Director-South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute and B.S. Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.An official notification issued in this regard by additional Chief Secretary (Development), said the expert group would be assisted by the officers of the State government, including additional Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner (Development) and Principal Secretary Finance.“Besides assessing the total amount of credit including institutional and non-institutional credit availed by different categories of farmers, the group will assess the quantum of bad loans or debt and suggest the methodology for remission of debt. It will also suggest ways and means to raise resources for the debt waiver,” said the notification.₹80,000 crore in allWhere Notably, the total farm debt in Punjab stands at more than ₹80,000 crore, including crop loans in the cooperative sector amounting to about ₹ 12,500 crore. The average debt per farm household in Punjab works out to ₹8 lakh (including crop loan).last_img read more

Srinagar’s Deputy Mayor attacked, injured

first_imgSrinagar Municipal Corporation Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran was injured after corporators attacked him during an ongoing third general corporation session in Srinagar on Monday.Mr. Imran alleged he fell down after a heavy object was flung at him “by BJP and RSS-backed councillors during the meeting”.“I have been consistently opposing the BJP’s footprint here and won’t tolerate any interference in our religious identity. As I was seated during the meeting, BJP and RSS-backed councillors flung an object at me, resulting in multiple stitches on the face. It was a pre-planned attack,” said Mr. Imran.He appealed to Governor Satya Pal Malik and the Chief Secretary to look into the matter.However, a section of corporators accused Mr. Imran of “making their lives vulnerable in Kashmir by labelling them as pro-BJP”. “Mr. Imran himself is in touch with top BJP leaders of the State and not us. We contested the elections as Independents. It seems he wanted to get us killed given the current security situation,” they alleged.Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu said the house was in a complete order and those who created ruckus were evicted. “If there was any violence, there will be consequences as per the law,” he said.Meeting adjournedThe proceedings of the council was adjourned after the incident. The police have taken cognisance of the incident.Srinagar elected 76 municipal corporators in much-delayed elections held in October last year. The elections witnessed a very low turnout as both the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party decided to stay away from the polls.last_img read more

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: India leads opening ceremony parade

first_imgVijay Kumar leads the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. Photo by Phil Noble(Reuters)The opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games kicked off with a glittering start on Wednesday with India leading the parade by virtue of being the hosts in the previous edition.The Indian contingent was led by London Olympics silver-medallist shooter Vijay Kumar around the Celtic Park.India’s female athletes were dressed in green sarees and sported the team blazer, the males proudly flaunted the red turbans.India were followed by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan and Brunei.This year, 71 nations will compete in 18 disciplines at 13 venues of the games from July 23 – August 3.In the previous edition of the games in Delhi, India won a total of 101 medals – 38 gold, 27 silver, 36 bronze, and finished second behind Australia.The ceremony will also celebrate the diversity of Glasgow and what the city and Scotland have in common with the 70 other competing nations.From whisky, golf, Dolly the Sheep, marmalade, fountain pens and the Kelvin Scale, some of Scotland’s finest exports will be exhibited during the opening ceremony at the Celtic Park, which is the home of Celtic Football Club.last_img read more

SPORT-JONES 2

first_imgThe BCCI is in the process of finalising the coach for The BCCI is in the process of finalising the coach for Team India but Jones, who coached Islamabad in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last season, said hes not in the running. “No, Im not going anywhere. Teams are mainly led by great captains. I think India have great leaders in Kohli, Dhoni and a lot of good senior players… whoever coaches them will do a good job. “The CAC of VVS, Sourav and Sachin are following the right process to make a proper decision. Its the number one/best job in the world as a coach. You shoulders are under more pressure but at the same time whoever they pick will do a fantastic job,” he said. “Im too busy commentating. I really enjoyed the coaching job with Islamabad in the PSL. Coaching a national team is completely different, where youre not only managing players but coaching them as well. But in franchise its about just managing and getting the selection process right.” “Its a great game. I just feel privileged that Im at 55 and still earning a living from the game and I still enjoying just as much as I did when I was young.” Jones, who is here as an expert commentator for pink ball day/night multiday game in India, said its high time that the Test crickets timings are changed to suit to the lifestyle of todays busy officegoers. “At the moment, all the heady stuff has gone into T20 and ODIs. So its about time we start to look after our Test cricket,” he said on the pink ball day/night Test. “People are very busy today. They might watch it on social media but they dont actually get a chance to go to the stadium and watch a match. The opening hours of the Test cricket shop has been wrong.” “We are not going to say this going to happen all the time. But maybe one in eight Tests played around the world will be a pink ball. Its just the matter of players getting used to it.” “If we dont look after the game, were going to lose them. We dont want that to happen. We got to teach our kids how important the Test cricket is. The contribution of Dravid, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Kapil Devs and the all the greats,” he said. So far only one day/night Test is played when Australia defeated New Zealand in three days at the Adelaide Oval in November last year as the turnout was a huge success. “Its proven in Australia that people will watch it at night if you have good teams playing against each other,” Jones who did the commentary in the historic Test said. The only thing Jones likes to change is the colour of the sight-screen from white to black. “I dont think it goes well with the pink ball. I think they would be better with the black. But thats my personal opinion. If the players feel fine, then its okay. Maybe they can change around with a click of a button for different people.” (MORE) PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Old Trafford Test, Day 1: Ben Stokes out late, England reel at 260-6 against South Africa

first_imgJoe Root survived one chance but not a second one, and Ben Stokes fell just before stumps, as England finished Day 1 of the final Test against South Africa on 260-6 on Friday.The in-form Ben Stokes was bowled for 58 by Kagiso Rabada an over before the close at Old Trafford, giving South Africa a late boost after the tourists twice had England in a hole early in the series-deciding Test, and twice saw the home team fight its way out.Jonny Bairstow was 33 not out and nightwatchman Toby Roland-Jones 0 not out at the close.Although South Africa, trailing 2-1 and seeking to save the series, edged the day by virtue of its six wickets, a score in excess of 300 by England could be competitive on a feisty pitch that gave the Proteas quick bowlers plenty to work with.England also still have Moeen Ali, a handy batsman, to come as they seeks a second straight series win over South Africa, but their first at home over the Proteas since 1998.England twice had to dig deep on Friday, when they were 92-3 with Tom Westley’s departure, and then at 187-5 when Root was lbw for 52 to Duanne Olivier.England fought well both times, first with a 52-run stand between Dawid Malan and Root, and then with late-afternoon resistance from Stokes and Bairstow in a 65-run partnership that nearly took the home team to stumps.Rabada had other ideas, spearing in a quick yorker that blew past Stokes’ bat and rattled into his stumps.advertisementRabada collected 2-52 and Olivier 2-72.The day reflected the seesaw nature of the series, which has swung one way and then the other: England won heavily in the first Test, South Africa dominated the second Test, and England was convincing in the third one.For the decider, Olivier was in the team after South Africa were forced to leave out the injured Vernon Philander, the tourists’ best bowler on current form. South Africa’s pace attack was further weakened with the absence of Chris Morris, also injured.England skipper Root was again the prize wicket for South Africa after a let-off allowed him to reach his fourth score of 50 or more in seven innings this series, and pass 5,000 Test runs.Root was missed on 40 after South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock allowed a nick off Morne Morkel to fly past him without moving, apparently thinking it was going straight to first slip. It was well wide of Hashim Amla at slip and De Kock, realizing his big error, sat down and covered his face with his glove.It cost South Africa just 12 runs — to De Kock’s relief — as Olivier trapped Root lbw fairly soon after, with an added bonus for South Africa as Root wasted a review.That was one of few errors this series for Root, who began his time as England captain with a magnificent 190 in England’s victory in the first Test, has batted superbly through the series, and showed strong character to lead England back in front in the series after his leadership was questioned following the second Test defeat.For Root, his 5,000 Test runs have come at a fabulous rate: 57 tests and 105 innings, putting him among some outstanding names. Brian Lara took 104 innings to pass 5,000 and Sachin Tendulkar 103 innings.Root made a brave decision at the start of the day, choosing to bat after winning the toss with the knowledge that there’s been rain in Manchester this week and the pitch was likely to give early help to the bowlers.It did, but England lost just Keaton Jennings for 17 — another failure for him — in the first session and ground their way to 67-1 at lunch.The second session swung South Africa’s way with the departure of Alastair Cook (46) and Westley (29) in the space of three overs, and with Malan out for 18 an over before tea. All three of them edged behind.Root again held up South Africa, hitting six fours and registering a 30th Test half-century, to go with 12 centuries, in just 57 Tests. Stokes struck eight fours in his 58.last_img read more

Look Your Best on a Budget with These 7 Inexpensive Grooming Goods

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game Editors’ Recommendations There’s a fine line between being frugal and being a cheapskate. It’s one thing to find a healthy markdown on a quality suit for work; but quite another to buy a cheap one that looks awful and doesn’t last a season. There’s also something to be said about making wise decisions for your budget: splurge on the fancy dinner and theater date for your significant other, but invite the guys over to watch the big game at home instead of buying tickets for the stadium. zoranm / GettyThat’s why we have to make smart decisions about spending big bucks on grooming products. We’re not saying you shouldn’t — sometimes that fancy, exfoliating mask is the only thing that gives your face that healthy glow and that pomade from your bro at the barber shop is all that keeps those hairs under control. But let’s face it, there are many high quality products that can be found down the aisles of your local grocery store, pharmacy chain, or online retailer that do the job for a lot less.Go ahead and splurge on the product you really love, but save a few pennies here and there on potions and lotions that do a great job at a great price. The best part is, for a little bit of money, you can try a few things out and toss ‘em if they really aren’t up to your exacting standards. Here are a few of our favorite budget grooming finds that are just a few paces from the pharmacy, the produce department, or the guy pushing the little samples of heat-and-eat dinners. Mmmm.Bulldog Beard Care Kit – $15For a mere fifteen bucks you get a one ounce bottle of beard oil (with aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea to soften and tame that fur), nearly seven ounces of beard shampoo and conditioner, and a beard comb. It’s one-stop shopping to keep those bristles from getting too bristly. Shop NowTrader Joe’s Moisturizing Cream Shave – $11In between sampling single-origin coffee and chicken tikka masala, stock up at the Trader Joe’s toiletries section, where you’ll find high-quality products at a great price because they’re bought direct from suppliers. We love the moisturizing shave cream because it goes on soft and smooth (without drying) and it smells like a breakfast smoothie. Shop NowHarry’s Men’s Razor – $10Speaking of good deals. Harry’s made a name for itself when it went head-to-head with the leading razor companies, creating a nicely designed razor and disposable blades all at a fair price. You can set up a subscription service online, but why bother when you can snag ‘em at Target and Walmart! Now that’s sharp accounting. Shop NowOlivina Exfoliating Bar Soap – $5Olivina soap sloughs off the dead weight of dead skin with the added benefit of a bourbon and cedar fragrance that will have you dreaming of late night cocktails in the desert. Its sustainable palm oil, red kaolin clay, and ground olive stone ingredients keep your skin fresh, clean, and healthy. Shop NowDial Hair + Body Wash – $6We love anything that can save a step in the morning. Grab this pump bottle of Dial Hair + Body Wash to speed up your shower. No bottles to open and the two-in-one product means one less thing taking up precious shower space. It has advanced hydration and a fresh scent, so you may even be able to skip moisturizing and cologne for the day. Look…there’s time for another cup of coffee! Shop NowLubriderm Lotion Post Shave – $8Speaking of saving space, time, and money, assuming your skin’s still a little dry after that shower, Lubriderm’s 3-in-1 not only incorporates body lotion, face lotion, and a post-shave moisturizer, it also includes soothing aloe and minerals. Two more bottles scooped off the bathroom counter. Now there’s more room for your girlfriend’s or wife’s stuff. Who knew budget grooming could smooth things in your love life, too? Shop NowDove Men+Care Hair Styling Controlling Gel – $13For just under five bucks, Dove’s gel will keep that mane under control without emptying your wallet like the fancy salon brands. It’s perfect for a wet look, with a strong hold and control that lasts all day. It’s alcohol-free too, so it won’t dry your hair if used every day. Shop NowBut these aren’t the only great grooming products you can get on a budget; there’s also Cerave, the cult-favorite skincare brand that you can get anywhere from Walmart to Walgreens. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

Nishiyuu walkers head home today

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was the final opportunity to say farewell.The Nishiyuu walkers that trekked for two months to Ottawa were preparing to head back home Wednesday after arriving Monday.But what they accomplished in their 1,600 kilometre walk has touched thousands.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.last_img

Number of Indigenous youth in Manitoba jails significantly greater than in other

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA report by Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth says that Indigenous youth are overrepresented in the province’s justice system calling it a “persistent legacy of colonization and residential schools.”The report, which was released Thursday, focuses on the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray in youth custody facilities in Manitoba, also sheds light on criminal justice issues facing Indigenous youth.“What we discovered through the course of the two year investigation was extremely concerning, unacceptable and must immediately change,” said Daphne Penrose, Manitoba’s youth advocate.Read the report: Manitoba Advocate for Children and YouthAccording to the report, Indigenous youth in Manitoba are, “16 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous youth. This over-representation signals the persistent legacy that colonization and residential schools have had on Indigenous Peoples.”Penrose’s report says that while nationally, Indigenous males make up 47 per cent of the jail population, and Indigenous females make up 60 per cent, in Manitoba the numbers are “significantly greater at 81 per cent and 82 per cent, respectively.”The main findings in the report centred around the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray inside the institutions.The report looked at 1,400 cases of solitary confinement, and 98 incidents where pepper spray was used.According to Penrose, central to this report are the stories of several youth – four out of the six youth are male, five of the six youth are Indigenous and all were under the care of child and family services. Four of the five youth became involved with community disability services during their time in custody or after their release.She said all the youth have “significant vulnerabilities and experienced trauma during childhood. Five out of six were diagnosed with FASD or alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), and all live with significant mental health issues.”But the report states that Manitoba’s justice department was not able to track the length of stay in solitary confinement for individual youth, how frequently they used it, the reasons for use, or “any trends associated with its use.”“There is a disproportionate number of Indigenous youth and young people living with mental illnesses and cognitive vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system. However, we do not have enough information to determine how often these populations were placed in solitary confinement or subjected to pepper spray in Manitoba youth custody facilities,” said the report.“The Manitoba Advocate of Children and Youth is concerned that this lack of comprehensive and systematic data collection and analysis decreases the ability to ensure accountability and transparency of practices in youth custody facilities.”The report also found that 92 per cent have endured trauma such as physical or sexual abuse prior to custody, 80 per cent have been sexually exploited by adults before entering custody,  between 11 per cent and 22 per cent have FASD, and nearly half of youth have borderline to lower intellectual functioning, with 14 per cent having extremely low functioning (IQ below 70).“Due to complex social, historical, neurobiological, and structural factors, youth who are Indigenous, experienced trauma, and live with mental illness or cognitive vulnerabilities are more likely to enter the justice system,” the report said.Penrose is making six recommendations including ending solitary confinement over 24 hours, using pepper spray only in life-threatening situations, and offering more mental health supports for youth in custody.Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said the report is still being reviewed.“Youth and segregation are there because they’re behaviour possess a risk to themselves, to other inmates or staff,” said Cullen.Penrose said the justice department has not responded to her recommendations.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

We View Morocco as An Essential Partner in Africa Indian FM

first_imgNew Delhi – Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid, who will start Thursday a working visit to Rabat as part of an African tour that will take him also to Tunisia and Sudan, said that India “looks with great respect at the changes taking place in Morocco during the reign of King Mohammed VI” and “views Morocco as an essential partner in Africa.”In an interview with MAP, in New Delhi, Khurshid underlined that Morocco “has always been giving support on issues that concern India, on the principle of reciprocity. We would like to strengthen our relations with Morocco in our new partnership strategy, with focus on capacity development, enhancement of trade and investment, as well as forging joint positions on regional and global issues.”He added that Morocco is contributing significantly to India’s food security through export of phosphate and phosphoric acid. “We appreciate Morocco’s support at the multilateral fora, including the United Nations bodies. Morocco has also expressed support for a permanent seat for India in a reformed and expanded UN Security Council. We welcome this,” he went on to say.The Indian top official concluded by saying that the North African region as a whole remains important for India from the political, economic, development and security perspectives.last_img read more

Eurozone unemployment rate falls to decadeplus low

BRUSSELS — Official figures show that unemployment across the 19-member eurozone at its lowest rate since the global financial crisis.Eurostat said Friday that the jobless rate across the bloc fell to 7.8 per cent in January, unchanged from the December rate, which was downwardly revised from the previous 7.9 per cent. The rate is the lowest since October 2008.The agency said 23,000 people left the ranks of the unemployed during the month, taking the total down to 12.85 million.Separately, Eurostat found that inflation edged higher during February as a result of a slight pick-up in energy costs. Consumer prices rose by 1.5 per cent from the year before, against 1.4 per cent in January.The core rate, which strips out volatile items such as energy, fell though, to 1 per cent from 1.1 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Rajant partners with OSIsoft on new IIoT capabilities for minings future

first_imgIndustrial operations looking to embrace the digital transformation, boost productivity and optimise their mobile assets are set to benefit as Rajant Corporation, the exclusive provider of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, has entered into a partnership with OSIsoft. This partnership will see the two companies collaborate to deliver insight on demand and on the edge bringing new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities to the industries they serve, including mining. This announcement follows Rajant’s debut at OSIsoft PI World in Barcelona, Spain last month.“I’m very excited about the partnership of OSIsoft and Rajant,” shared Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions, Inc (ASI). “Anyone involved in IIoT should be paying close attention. In our business, we automate vehicles, equipment, and robots; these two companies’ products are key enablers to our company, ASI. We became a Rajant partner many years ago. Its Kinetic Mesh wireless network, in my opinion, is the only true mission-critical wireless network on the market. The more challenging the conditions, the better it shines. We recently started using OSIsoft and its predictive analysis, data visualization, and automation tools are second to none. But your data is only as good as the wireless network that transports it, so for reliable wireless communication, we depend on a Rajant Kinetic Mesh Network to transport OMF data to OSI’s PI Servers. IIoT is the catchphrase for what these two companies have been delivering for a very long time. My motto is, go with what is proven and what works.”Rajant and OSIsoft, a trusted manufacturer of application software for real-time data management, will target mining and other industries to offer a holistic partner ecosystem. This will help organisations to reap the benefits of a digital transformation and build continuous improvement processes using data.OSIsoft’s operational intelligence PI System offering will be working together with Rajant’s industry-leading Kinetic Mesh technology, a unique wireless network that provides fully mobile broadband connectivity which is fail-proof in any application and critical in data-intensive industrial environments. To enable customers to shift from complexity to simplicity, OSIsoft will provide its tailored asset maintenance, management and analytical solutions to address the challenges that businesses often find with high-fidelity asset data In turn, Rajant will seamlessly collect data points from all disparate communication systems and run it through a single pipe, which has autonomous adaptability to continuously self-optimise in response to changing conditions.“Rajant is already well-rooted within an array of sectors that OSIsoft serves, such as mining, and this is demonstrated with many of our Kinetic Mesh® devices being utilised across the globe. Our key strength is the networks’ autonomous adaptability. It can self-optimise routing and many configuration settings, unlike other wireless networks, which have completely static configurations and routes. Add to this, Rajant’s wireless solution provides continuous connectivity even in high-speed, mobile applications. Industries can struggle to manage, maintain and regulate their assets and network while trying to cut costs,” said Gary Anderson, SVP of Rajant. “Our partnership with OSIsoft will completely eradicate any worries of set-up, maintenance, and troubleshooting truly offering the most mission-critical, reliable wireless offering on the market today.”“Mobile equipment is a key enabler to deliver more resilient and efficient supply chain systems, by not only moving these assets from planned to condition maintenance thus increasing availability, but to use that data to feed performance and system optimisation,” said Matt Miller, OSIsoft’s Transportation Industry Principal. “We believe Rajant’s industry-leading Kinetic Mesh® will allow many of these customers to get reliable data from their assets which would otherwise limit the value of that data, due to lack of meaningful network coverage and connectivity to their critical mobile assets. As the industry moves to autonomous operations, it will put even more emphasis on robust network connectivity.”last_img read more

On its centenary these were the five key events of the Russian

first_img St Petersburg, pictured during the 1917 revolution Source: AP/Press Association ImagesRUSSIA THIS YEAR marks the 100th anniversary of the 1917 February and October revolutions that saw the Bolsheviks come to power, dismantling the Tsarist empire and paving the way to the Soviet Union’s creation.Here are five key events of 1917 that left indelible marks on the collective memory of Russia’s people and leaders:Riots eruptDemonstrators angry over the scarcity of food took to the streets of Petrograd, modern-day Saint Petersburg, on 23 February 1917, according to the Julian calendar – or 8 March by the current calendar.Supported by thousands of women and men, the protest quickly transformed into a mass strike that the army was called in to contain.But when the troops began to take the side of the protesters, tsar Nicholas II was forced to make concessions.Nicholas II abdicatesWhile tsar Nicholas II’s poorly equipped troops were busy fighting in World War I, protesters at home demanded bread and condemned the monarchy.The last tsar abdicated on 2 March 1917, or 15 March by the current calendar, as he watched his conflict-torn country spiral into chaos.A provisional government took over shortly after the abdication but was quickly overthrown by the Bolsheviks.The new authorities arrested the ex-tsar and his family and moved them to Siberia and Yekaterinburg in the Urals where the Bolsheviks shot them in 1918 and hid their remains. Lenin, pictured in 1918 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLenin returnsAfter years of self-imposed exile in western Europe, revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov – alias Lenin – returned to Russia on 16 April 1917, or 3 April by the current calendar, when he heard news of the abdication.With the help of Germany – with whom Russia was at war at the time – Lenin and other dissidents travelled to Petrograd by crossing Scandinavia by train.Upon his arrival Lenin addressed Bolshevik supporters, denouncing the new provisional government and those calling for reconciliation with the monarchists.A few months later Lenin went into hiding and fled to Finland when Bolshevik organisations were outlawed by the provisional government.Lenin returned to Russia later that year to lead the October revolution.Assault on Winter PalaceOn the night of 25 October 1917 (or 7 November by the current calendar), the Aurora cruiser fired a blank shot at the Winter Palace, signalling the start of an assault on the tsar’s former home and the seat of the provisional government. Tsar Nicholas II and family in 1914 Source: PALed by Lenin, Bolshevik forces took control of Petrograd’s key infrastructure and government buildings before bloodlessly taking the Winter Palace.Soviet propagandists later presented more dramatic reenactments of an event historians say unfolded with nearly no resistance by the government.Today the Winter Palace is home to the Hermitage Museum, which houses more than one million artworks.Lenin’s governmentOn 27 October 1917 (or 9 November by the current calendar), Lenin formed a body known as the Council of People’s Commissars – or “Sovnarkom” – that laid the foundation of the Soviet Union. Future Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and revolutionary Leon Trotsky were council members.Lenin had refused to share power with moderate leftists who had resisted the Bolshevik coup, leading him to create security forces that executed and imprisoned enemies of the regime.Lenin’s government went on to fight a bloody civil war against anti-Bolshevik White Army forces. The Soviet Union was established in 1922 after their defeat.© – AFP, 2017Read: Maimed, killed, recruited as executioners – Violence against children in Syria at its worst in 2016Read: After court acquittal, self-styled vigilante in Bulgaria vows to continue ‘hunting migrants’ Mar 18th 2017, 10:30 AM 15,212 Views By AFP Share Tweet Email2 Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 10:30 AM On its centenary, these were the five key events of the Russian revolution The abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in 1917 led to a Bolshevik revolution, the rise of Lenin and Stalin, and the eventual establishment of the Soviet Union. 43 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3285470 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trump talked tersely with leaders of Mexico Australia

first_imgWASHINGTON — Transcripts of President Donald Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia in January offer new details on how the president parried with the leaders over the politics of the border wall and refugee policy — with random asides on such subjects as drug abuse in New Hampshire.The president’s exchanges with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull just a week after the inauguration were widely reported upon at the time. But transcripts published Friday by The Washington Post offer new detail on the new president’s blunt exchanges with the U.S. allies. Two Republicans, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the release of the transcripts is a disservice to Trump.In his conversation with Pena Nieto, Trump urges the Mexican president to stop saying his country won’t pay for the wall along the southern U.S. border, and the two agree to stop talking about the subject in public.In the Turnbull conversation, the two leaders discuss a 2016 refugee deal between their nations, under which the Obama administration agreed to accept asylum seekers who had been trying to get to Australia. Turnbull insists to Trump that the deal is still on. Trump complains that the deal makes him look bad and says he had a more pleasant conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Highlights from the conversations:POLITICS OF THE WALLTrump acknowledges that talk about building a wall at the US-Mexico border is more about image management than economic policy.“Believe it or not, this is the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important talk about,” he said. “But in terms of dollars – or pesos – it is the least important thing.”last_img read more

Hear About the Importance of EarlySeason Insect and Disease Protection in ASAs

first_imgSyngenta Agronomy Service Representative Mike Weiss is featured in this week’s ASA Educational Podcast, the latest of a series sponsored by Syngenta. Weiss talks about the benefits of triple pest protection during the critical early soybean growth stage.“A grower starts each season looking forward to high yields,” Weiss says. “But reaching the soybean’s yield potential requires several favorable conditions as the season begins. Agronomic practices such as choosing the right seed variety, planting early and properly spacing all lay the groundwork for effective growth. However, early-season insects and diseases, as well as nematodes, may impact plant establishment despite these efforts. Worse, these pests can harm developing plants without immediate symptoms, making lower-than-expected soybean yields come as a surprise when treatment is no longer an option.”Take a couple minutes to hear more from this Syngenta expert and listen to this week’s ASA Educational Podcast today!last_img read more

Zarelli plan to cut retirement benefits draws foes

first_imgA Southwest Washington lawmaker’s plan to cut retirement benefits to future state employees received plenty of flak during a public hearing on Thursday.State Sen. Joseph Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, said his bill would save the state $2.3 billion over 25 years.Part of the proposal “frees up money we can use now in our current budget crisis to the tune of $130 million,” Zarelli said during the hearing. The state faces a $1.5 billion budget shortfall.But several union groups showed up on Thursday to oppose the legislation, saying Senate Bill 6378 would discourage people from a career in public service. Public service jobs such as teaching don’t pay as well as jobs in the private sector, but their draw has been stable benefits, opponents of the bill said.“Our system works well, and I don’t see a reason to reform,” said Matt Zuvich of the Washington Federation of State Employees. He added that Washington state’s pension plan is rated one of the top three in the nation.The proposed bill would exclude future teachers, classified school staff, some law enforcement staff, and local and state government employees from the state’s “Plan 2” retirement plan, which guarantees a certain amount of money upon retirement. Instead, these types of state employees hired after July 1 would automatically be enrolled in the state’s “Plan 3,” a hybrid retirement option that in part resembles a 401(k) plan.last_img read more

Australian World Cup squad blunder Josh Hazlewood ignored by selectors

first_imgJosh Hazlewood’s exclusion from Australian World Cup squad is somewhat perplexingReutersDefending champions Australia is going into their title defence at ICC World Cup 2019 with a reasonably talented and capable side. The return of David Warner and Steve Smith adds firepower and quality to the batting line-up. The bowling attack looks good – but for one glaring omission, that of Josh Hazlewood.The tall right-armer has been kept out of the 15-man squad as the selectors preferred the group of seamers already with the ODI team in the last couple of series. Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jhye Richardson have been retained in the team while Kane Richardson fails to make the cut also.His recordBehrendorff has 7 wickets in 6 matches at an average of over 41. The corresponding stats for Coulter-Nile and Richardson are more appealing. The former has picked up 48 wickets in 27 matches at an average of 26.56 while the latter scalped 24 victims in 12 matches at 26.33.But Hazlewood’s figures are also impressive. He has 72 wickets in 44 matches with an average of 25.15. The most impressive feature of his record is the economy rate – 4. 73 – which is brilliant by today’s standards. What’s more, his ability to extract extra bounce and move the ball both in the air and off the pitch would have come in handy in English conditions, if he was in the squad.Hazlewood’s strength Pat Cummins would be leading the Australian attack in the World CupReutersWhile Starc is going to pitch the ball up and look for his deadly yorkers, Hazlewood could have tested the batsmen’s defence by hitting the middle of the pitch. What’s more, if conditions are overcast, as they often are in England, he would have been the best option for Australia to utilize them. Even on drier pitches, he can make the ball move off the deck. Since most teams today possess batting line-ups which are adept at big-hitting but not so good at seeing out a tough spell, a man like Hazlewood who can bowl a consistent line and length, would have tested out the batsmen’s technique with great severity.In his absence, the leading bowlers would be Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. In the last World Cup, it was Starc who emerged as the most deadly wicket-taking bowler and played a pivotal role in his team’s success. Cummins has, in recent times, taken over the mantle of strike bowler thanks to his impressive showing on placid pitches in Asia.But with Hazlewood not there, the third pace bowler would be a less-experienced bowler. The opposing teams may decide to attack this third seamer. If this happens, Aaron Finch may well be left ruing the selectors’ decision.Australia’s 15-member squad: Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampalast_img read more

We Delve Into The Supreme Court Nominee Selection Process

first_img 00:00 /07:46 Listen Tonight (July 9) President Trump will announce his nominee to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. The highly-anticipated announcement comes less than two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.While we wait to find out who the President’s nominating, we delve into the process itself. How are potential justices nominated and ultimately confirmed? Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Emily Berman, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/Via NPRPresident Trump listens while Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House. Sharelast_img read more

Analysis The Unfolding Story of The Newest Americans

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about carrying out President Donald Trump’s immigration priorities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in Austin on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.Public policy is judged by how it works, not by how it was intended.As a deadline nears for reuniting immigrant families riven at the U.S.-Mexico border, even the stoutest defenders of tough U.S. immigration policy have to be smacking their foreheads at the outcomes of this fiasco.Back in April, the Trump administration, in the person of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced a tough crackdown on immigration, a “zero tolerance” policy at the country’s southern border intended to grind illegal immigration to a stop.“The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable,” he said at the time. “Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest — that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border. As a result, a crisis has erupted at our Southwest Border that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border.“To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration’s commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law,” he continued, “I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice. To the Department’s prosecutors, I urge you: promoting and enforcing the rule of law is vital to protecting a nation, its borders, and its citizens. You play a critical part in fulfilling these goals, and I thank you for your continued efforts in seeing to it that our laws — and as a result, our nation — are respected.”He did make himself perfectly clear, didn’t he?And you see how it worked out. Tomorrow is a court-ordered deadline (bet you a dollar the government doesn’t finish in time) for reuniting the families that were split as a result of Sessions’ policy.Strict enforcement of immigration law was the intention. Busted families and kids in jail was the result. As it turns out, that result was legally unacceptable to the courts and politically unacceptable to President Donald Trump, who reversed the “zero tolerance” policy with an executive order.Unwinding this mess is slow, painful and would have been unnecessary if the feds had thought things through. If you prosecute immigrants under criminal law, you’re obliged to take away and to protect the children who are with them, just as you would in the arrest of a drunk driver. You’d have to have a system in place that kept track of which kids came in with which adults. You’d want to quickly vet the adults to flag those that maybe shouldn’t be reunited with those children. But in most cases, you wouldn’t want to deport someone before making sure they had their kids back. The planning should also include places for everyone to be fed, sheltered and clothed. Health and education services might be needed.A million things.And the feds obviously didn’t do the prep work before throwing this zero-tolerance machinery into gear.Whether you approve or disapprove of how things turned out, this is what we’re doing. Whether it was the intention or not, it’s how the policy actually works. It’s the result of our actions, and it doesn’t much matter what our intention was.That approve/disapprove part now becomes important: If the policy produces the desired result, you leave it alone. If it produces an undesirable result, you admit the mistake and fix it.Even many Republican base voters — women, to be specific— thought the separations went too far. That made a political reversal necessary. And the courts ordered the families reunited, the process now underway, when the policy was challenged on legal grounds.The numbers aren’t great, but the fix is underway. As of Monday evening, 879 of the remaining separated families had been reunited. Another 538 parents had been cleared — a step toward that many more reunions. But 217 adults were in the “maybe” category, and 917 had been declared “ineligible” for reunion or likely to be so. Half the adults in that last group are no longer in the United States.But the kids are. Think about that. This round began with 2,551 kids still unattached to the adults who were with them when they got to the United States. Let’s say for the purpose of discussion that 1,000 of these minors will remain in the United States when all is said and done. We’re obligated to take care of them, educate them, feed them, all of that. They’re the newest kind of “Dreamers” — kids brought to America by immigrants who entered the country illegally, allowed to chase the American dream in the only country they really know or, in the case of older kids, the only country where they’ve still got adult guardians.That’s how the policy so carefully laid out by the attorney general actually worked, whatever the administration’s intentions: a politically forceful presentation, an ill-considered policy, a disastrous legal and political fiasco, and about 1,000 new Americans, making their way in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sharelast_img read more

IVD Market in North America Expected to Hold 27820 million by

first_imgnorth-america-IVD-market Immunodiagnostics account for the highest market share in the market in 2016, with a leading position during the forecast period due to increased use of immunodiagnostics for the detection of diseases such as infections, oncology detection, HIV / AIDS virus detection It is expected to maintain.North America IVD Market was valued at $20,886 million in 2016, and is projected to reach at $27,820 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2017 to 2023.In vitro diagnostics are medical devices used to test biological samples such as blood, urine, feces, tissues, and other bodily fluids. Tests can be performed in stand-alone and hospital-based laboratories. Some of the key techniques incorporated into in vitro diagnostics include the polymerase chain reaction used in test sample preparation, microarray technology, sequencing technology and mass spectrometry.Download PDF Report Sample with statistical info @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/4347 Based on product type, the reagents segment held the highest market share in 2016, owing to the recent introduction of new novel reagents in the market that are more effective.Based on technique, the immunodiagnostics segment contributed the highest market share in 2016, due to the increase in prevalence of chronic diseases and increase in awareness of personalized medicine among the population.Based on application, the infectious diseases segment contributed the highest market share in 2016, owing to the increase in prevalence of infectious diseases and rise in healthcare expenditure.Based on end users, the standalone laboratory segment captured the highest market share in 2016, due to increase healthcare expenditure and improving healthcare facilitiesBy country, it is analyzed across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The U.S. was the highest revenue contributor in 2016. This is attributed to high expenditure in healthcare, well-established healthcare system, and high incidence of chronic diseases. However, Mexico is projected to be grow with the highest CAGR during the analysis period, owing to rise in healthcare expenditure, increase in per capita income, and improvement in healthcare infrastructure.Key Findings of the North America IVD Market:The reagents segment dominated the market in 2016, and is projected to grow at the 3.1% CAGR.The immunodiagnostics segment accounted for the highest share in 2016.The infectious diseases segment was the major shareholder in 2016.The standalone laboratory segment accounted for the highest share in 2016.The U.S was the major shareholder in 2016.Mexico is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the market.Make an Enquiry for Promocode Of Discounted Price: @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/4347 Major companies operating in this market adopt product launch as their key development strategy. Companies profiled in this market include, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Alere Inc., Biomerieux, Danaher Corporation, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Becton Dickinson and Company, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Bayer AG, Sysmex Corporation, and Johnson & Johnson among others.About Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small & medium enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one stop solution from the beginning of data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients to understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company amplies client’s insight on the factors, such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligent support to aid the clients to turn into prominent business firm.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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