De Bruyne admits to being below his best

first_imgKevin De Bruyne admits he has been below his best for Manchester City but believes regular game time will help to rediscover his spark.The Belgium international enjoyed a stunning 2017-18 campaign, in what was a record-breaking season for all concerned at the Etihad Stadium.He delivered eight goals and 16 assists in Premier League competition, having posted six efforts and laid on 18 more in 2016-17. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The target has been found just once this term, but De Bruyne has been severely hampered by injury.Ligament damage in his right leg kept him out for three months early in 2018-19, while a similar ailment in his left knee sidelined him in November.He has been restricted to just two Premier League starts as a result, and told reporters of his form after the most recent of those against Huddersfield: “I’m getting better.“You need a run of games where you play a lot because I’m not used to playing every three days, but I’m getting there.“I’m happy with the way I’m performing. It’s not the same record as last year, but you can expect that because I’ve been out since the World Cup.“To come back twice is not mentally not that easy, but I’m happy to be back playing football again.”De Bruyne Manchester City Burton 2018-19De Bruyne concedes that the only way he is going to make the contribution expected of him is to take in more minutes.With that in mind, he is eager to figure as often as possible over the coming weeks.City’s next outing is set to come against Burton Albion in the second leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final clash that they already lead 9-0 on aggregate.“I want to play every game,” said De Bruyne.“We know with Burton, we should go through, but every game you need to show respect to the other teams. What they did is amazing for them. In the end, it is the manager’s decision who plays on Wednesday.“We want to go as far as possible and until now we have done well, so we will try to keep that going.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Video: Alabama Freshman QB Jalen Hurts Shows Off Ridiculous Arm On 39-Yard Touchdown Pass

first_imgJalen Hurts throwing a touchdown pass.Jalen Hurts didn’t start for Alabama, but he’s making his presence known against USC Saturday night.Blake Barnett started at quarterback for Alabama on Saturday night, but it’s true freshman Jalen Hurts who led the team to its first score. Hurts, who wasn’t even supposed to be playing per Nick Saban’s statement earlier this week, found ArDarius Stewart for a 39-yard score in the second quarter. Hurts had some serious zip on the ball.This is Jalen Hurts.You have been warned.@AlabamaFTBL 7-3. #RollTide— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 4, 2016Saban had mentioned earlier in the week that it would be Barnett and Cooper Bateman who saw action in the contest. So much for that.Alabama now leads 7-3. It’s shaping up to be a great one.last_img read more

Agriculture Literacy in Children Influences Food and Career Choices OpEd

first_imgWe know that attitudes toward food start in childhood and influence food selection later in life. That’s why it is so important for young people to understand that the food choices they make affect their own health, as well as the health of the community around them. Agriculture Literacy Week, March 2-8, aims to increase food and agricultural awareness among elementary school children. As part of this initiative, Nova Scotia farmers and other agriculture representatives take time out of their busy days to visit classrooms across the province to read books about farming to students. These personal visits are an opportunity for students to learn about agriculture, connect with a farmer, understand where our food comes from, and learn more about the role agriculture plays in our lives. In other words, the visits are a way for students to develop agricultural literacy. By learning about our local farms and what they grow, we can all begin to make informed choices about food purchasing. When we buy local products, it impacts on the Nova Scotia farm community and the local economy. Raising awareness during Agricultural Literacy Week can also provide the spark of interest needed for a young person to begin thinking about agriculture as a career choice. Agriculture plays a key role in our provincial economy and we want to encourage the next generation to explore the possibility of working in the industry so that it prospers into the future. To support agricultural literacy, the Department of Agriculture is creating a book for children on farming in the province. The book, Explore Farming in Nova Scotia, is designed for nine and 10 year-olds and features 14 agricultural sectors. The imagery is recognizably Nova Scotian and it highlights the innovation and passion found throughout our agricultural industry. The book will be read by members of the agricultural community during classroom visits and left as a gift, along with curriculum-related activities, so that students can further explore farming in Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

Pamela Anderson And Mary Matalin Host PETAs Bipartisan Bash

first_imgPamela Anderson and Mary Matalin hosted PETA’s bipartisan bash on the eve of the presidential inauguration.Pamela Anderson at PETA’s bipartisan bash The event recognized several members of Congress for their efforts to help animals and highlighted the need to keep animal-friendly policies on the agenda of the new administration.Pamela Anderson and Mary Matalin hosted PETA’s bipartisan bashlast_img

5 killed 15 hurt in separate road accidents in JK

first_imgBanihal/Jammu: Five people, including a policeman, were killed and 15 others injured when three private passenger vehicles skidded off mountainous roads and rolled down hills in separate incidents in Ramban and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Tuesday.Two people, identified as policeman Bittu Ram and a youth named Neik Ram, were killed and six others injured when a passenger cab fell into a deep gorge at Kanga near Ramban Tuesday, an official said. The vehicle was on its way from Sumber to Ramban, the busy town along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, he said, adding that all the injured were rescued and two of them, Darshan Singh and his wife Deepa Devi, were referred to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment.last_img read more

Morocco Prices of Oil Products Down as of Feb 1 2015

Rabat- The prices of oil products in Morocco, namely diesel oil, premium gasoline, fuel oil n2, fuel oil n2 ONE and special fuel will fall as of Feb. 1, 2015, the Ministry of General Affairs and governance announced on Saturday. The price of diesel oil will decline by 15 cents per liter to reach 7.88 MAD/liter, while the price of premium gasoline will drop by 7 cents per liter to reach 8.91 MAD/liter, the ministry said in a statement. The prices of fuel oil n2 and fuel oil n2 ONE will go down 93.25 MAD/ton to reach 3,051.03 MAD/ton and 93.27 MAD/ton to 2,849.47 MAD/ton respectively. The special fuel price will fall by 335.81 dirhams per ton to reach 3,318.49 MAD/ton, it said. read more

Moroccos Early Snowfall Delights Some Burdens Others

Rabat – The early cold wave and snow have taken Morocco by surprise, especially in relation to the government’s plans to handle the consequences of the weather. The early snowfalls beginning late in October in the Atlas Mountains towns and cities of Azrou, Midelt, Boulemane, Taza, El Hajeb, Imouzzer, and Ifrane brought joy to many Moroccans. But a week of rain has flooded cities like Casablanca, and 1.2 meters of snow has isolated people in the mountains of Ouarzazate, Boulemane, Azilal, Haouz, and Beni Mellal. Many Moroccans on social media expressed relief that the first week of heavy rain coincided with the fall school break who were spared from going to school in severe weather.Yet, meteorologists have forecasted more rain and low temperatures for the week ahead.While floods caused traffic disruptions in Casablanca and Rabat, snow has blocked the highways and roads leading to Azrou and Timahdite in Ifrane province for hours, according to Alyaoum24.Read Also: Cold Wave: King Mohammed VI Orders Preventive Medical Campaign in Central MoroccoThe cold wave also preceded the full implementation of the government’s winter plan for remote areas.Photo: Alyaoum24Last year, winter snowstorms prevented travel on 38 national roads and shut down almost 900 rural schools. The weather prompted the government to launch an “exceptional mobilization” mission to open the roads to areas isolated by snow.The mission was set to benefit about 514,000 people in 22 different provinces under the supervision of departments from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Royal Gendarmerie, and the Auxiliary Forces and Civil Protection.At the time, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani noted the insufficient number of available snowplows despite the government’s efforts.Not much has changed this season. Moroccans have denounced the lack of snow removal equipment following the death of a shepherd in Taza who had been missing for a week. The shepherd was found frozen on Sunday.Read Also: Moroccans Mourn Death of Shepherd Found Stuck in SnowOne Moroccan on social media also noted that the civil protection members borrowed “crutches from local citizens to look for the shepherd.”“When they lost hope, they stepped back, while citizens continued to search for him until they found him dead, frozen in the snow,” the Facebook user alleged.In response to the suffering of people in the mountainous areas, like every year, King Mohammed VI has given instructions to the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity to mobilize and provide the necessary care. read more

Africa ripe for carbon offset deals UN tells forum

6 July 2011Africa presents a good opportunity for carbon offset projects, United Nations experts told a continent-wide meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today. Africa presents a good opportunity for carbon offset projects, United Nations experts told a continent-wide meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.“The opportunities in Africa are increasing. I am convinced that the growing interest in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects will help turn the tide and contribute to firmly positioning Africa’s opportunities for the carbon market landscape beyond 2012,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told 1,100 participants at the Africa Carbon Forum, which brought together project developers, buyers, service providers and national CDM representatives. The CDM allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to earn certified emission reductions (CERs), each equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide. CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialized countries to meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.There are now 190 CDM projects at different stages of the pipeline in Africa, UNEP said, up from 170 projects at the end of 2010 and 53 in 2007.“The offset project landscape in Africa is changing. The increased appreciation of and interest in the CDM here is starting to transform access to markets,” said Neeraj Prasad, manager for the Climate Change Practice at the World Bank Institute. “It is obvious that the capacity-building efforts are paying off and the message is getting out.”UNEP said the strong attendance at the conference “has demonstrated that Africa is an increasingly attractive destination for CDM projects, as investors seek new opportunities for growth in the voluntary market as well as the CDM.” read more

Toronto stock index slips lower as gold and oil stocks cushion decline

Toronto stock index slips lower as gold and oil stocks cushion decline TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday despite gains in the resource sector.The S&P/TSX composite index shed 15.79 points to finish at 15,149.57. Most of the TSX subsectors were lower, but advancing oil and gold stocks helped cushion the fall.The Canadian dollar was trading up 0.26 of a cent to an average price of 79.19 cents US.Equity analyst Ian Scott called it a relatively quiet trading day in Canada because there were no major economic news releases or earnings reports.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 54.99 points to 21,574.73, while the S&P 500 index added 1.47 points to 2,460.61 to hit a new record.The Nasdaq composite index also set a record, climbing 29.88 points to 6,344.31, helped by a surge in shares of video-streaming service Netflix.The company said it added 5.2 million subscribers over the last three months, and for the first time, has more subscribers outside the U.S. than in it.In Washington, the Senate Republican health care bill was defeated Monday night when two more GOP senators announced they opposed it. That prevented the proposal from coming to a vote. Republican leaders shifted their efforts to repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act without creating a replacement law, but that effort was quickly shut down as well.Scott, who works at Manulife Asset Management, said the healthcare bill was seen as the first big test for the Donald Trump administration.“The failure to get this done as quickly as many would’ve liked makes you question if they will encounter more difficulty down the road (with other initiatives),” he said.“Does this impact their ability to deliver on the big stimulus we’ve all been waiting for?”Stock markets had shot up since Trump was elected U.S. president last November on expectations he will be able to push through his business-friendly agenda of tax reforms and cuts.In commodities, the price of bullion rallied. The August gold contract jumped US$8.20 to US$1,241.90 an ounce.Elsewhere, the September crude contract was up 36 cents to US$46.59 per barrel, August natural gas contracts gained seven cents to US$3.09 per mmBTU and the September copper contract was ahead a penny at US$2.73 a pound.— With files from The Associated Press.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2017 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

More On The Rate Of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players

In July, I wrote a piece titled “The Rate of Domestic Violence Arrests Among NFL Players,” which has been getting a lot of attention recently — some of it missing the point.I based the analysis in my article on USA Today’s NFL Arrests Database, combined with data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool and some historical data gleaned from the National Incident-Based Reporting System and a variety of BJS reports on domestic violence. The main points I made were:For most crimes, NFL players have extremely low arrest rates relative to national averages.Their relative arrest rate for domestic violence is much higher than for other crimes.Although the arrest rate for domestic violence may appear low relative to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, it is probably high relative to NFL players’ income level (more than $75,000 per year) and poverty rate (0 percent).But the article has been cited by a number of people to support the proposition that the NFL does not have an unusually high domestic violence rate. While I think this is a fair characterization of my intermediate results — the arrest rate I noted was 55.4 percent of the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men as suggested by the USA Today arrest data and rough number of players in the NFL — it’s misleading when taken out of context.Let’s be more explicit about the different assumptions that can affect that bottom-line comparison. For that analysis, I generally tried to lean toward assumptions favorable to the NFL, with the intention of showing that, even under those assumptions, the NFL appeared to have a “downright extraordinary” arrest rate for domestic violence.But there are still a lot of unknowns in the data and lot of choices to be made about what exactly we’re comparing to what.Reliability of arrest dataA lot of readers, commenters, emailers, tweeters, media, etc., have questioned the USA Today NFL arrest data. They’re right to be skeptical. There’s a good chance the arrest data is incomplete — particularly when it comes to marginal players who are only attached to the NFL briefly.When I wrote that piece, I was concerned about both over- and under-inclusion: The pool of NFL players who would pop up in the database might be even larger than the estimate based on roster limits (because some players come and go, and players are frequently dropped and replaced throughout the year), but it might also miss some players whose arrests flew under the radar.I hand-sampled a number of cases and found that they appeared to include many marginal players with minimal attachment to the league. With the NFL being so intensely followed, I thought the USA Today data set was probably pretty comprehensive.But some readers have made some good cases for why the arrest count the database produces could be low.On the pure data-collection level, I’ve corresponded with an enterprising reader who compared the frequency of arrests in the USA Today data for players with more games played vs. those with few games played. He found the first group had a much higher arrest rate. From this, he concluded that the database was probably missing arrests for lesser-known players, and he determined that basing the arrest rate on an assumption of 53 players per team (rather than the 80 players per team I used) was the most accurate approach (only coincidentally corresponding to the number of players on the roster during the year).His case seemed strong to me but not conclusive: It’s possible that marginally attached players are arrested at a lower rate. For example, marginally attached players may be younger (unsigned rookies) or older (borderline veterans) than typical players, and thus less likely to have families (younger) or be aged out of the most likely group to commit domestic violence (older). Additionally, we don’t know what’s driving the NFL’s overall domestic violence arrest rate, and I can imagine plausible scenarios in which regular players are more likely to commit and/or get arrested for the offense.Another potential problem, as several readers pointed out, is that virtually any NFL arrest data may understate the equivalent arrest rate in a less privileged population. In other words, NFL players who are involved in domestic violence incidents could be better at avoiding arrests than the general public. Relatedly, it’s possible there have been arrests that were either avoided or kept off the media’s radar because of team and/or league machinations.Whether any of those possibilities are likely or not, we should be explicit as to how our position on them affects our results.An appropriate pool for comparisonIf we want a bottom-line NFL vs. X number, the pool you use for X is obviously quite meaningful. But it’s difficult to figure out which pool we should be comparing to, and even if we do know what pool we want to use, figuring out their arrest rate (especially for domestic violence crimes) can be quite difficult.In my article, I primarily compare NFL arrest rates to arrest rates for 25- to 29-year-old men, and then I compared their arrest rate for domestic violence to their arrest rates for other crimes (it’s about four times higher). While we don’t have arrest data broken down by income, we do have such breakdowns for victimization rates (based on BJS survey data). I compared the relative domestic violence victimization rate for people from households making $75,000 or more to both the overall domestic violence victimization rate (it’s 39 percent as high) and rate for ages 20 to 34 (20 percent as high). It’s impossible to compare this directly to the relative NFL arrest rates with precision, but at least it gives us some benchmark for how income level may affect domestic violence incidents.In addition to inherent murkiness of trying to compare across different types of data, there are a few other possible problems with the $75,000 or more per year comparison.First, NFL players have a number of advantages that your typical member of a household making $75,000 and up each year may not. That’s the highest income group I had data for, but NFL players are typically wealthier than that. NFL players spend a good portion of the year in an extremely structured environment. They have extremely low rates of drug and alcohol abuse (especially relative to arrest rates for drug and alcohol-related crimes), and alcohol and drugs tend to be big risk factors for domestic violence.On the other hand, NFL players didn’t necessarily have the advantages that a lot of $75,000-and-up earners do. NFL players may be more likely than those earners to have come from difficult backgrounds, or to have experienced or observed abuse in their families, and in general to have missed out on the privileges associated with coming from a wealthier background.Finally, there are some differences in the data that we don’t know enough about to say what their effect might be, such as:Are victims from higher-income households more or less likely to make police reports that lead to arrests?How does the extreme wealth disparity between NFL players and their domestic partners affect the power dynamics that may lead to more or fewer arrests?Note: None of this has to be the case, and I haven’t studied these factors or their effects on criminality. But they are questions that affect our assumptions, and affect what type of comparison we should be making and how we should interpret it.Even if we could settle on a perfectly representative pool for comparison, getting even approximate figures for each group is extremely difficult. For example, as I noted in the original article, the BJS’s Intimate Partner Violence reports don’t include breakdowns by income anymore. So we have to make reasonable estimates based on several related numbers. This process has a lot of wiggle room in it as well, so we should be clear to look at what kinds of proxies lead to what kinds of results.Different combinations of assumptionsWith so much murkiness in both our data and our aims, the best thing to do is to look at a range of assumptions and see whether there are patterns that are apparent independent of such choices.Let’s first combine the possible issues with the USA Today data and represent them as a single number — which we’ll call “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” — representing its completeness with regards to actual arrests, as well as arrests that were otherwise avoided.Likewise, let’s combine the issues about comparison groups into a single percentage representing the bottom-line arrest rate of our comparable population (whatever it might be) relative to our 25- to 29-year-old average. In other words, we’re using one metric to represent each group by our best estimate for its relative arrest rate (which we can compare to benchmarks).Then we combine these two metrics with the information we have (NFL Arrest Rates in USA Today database, approximate number of NFL players and arrest rates for the general population), like so:We calculate the known NFL arrest rate and scale it to per 100,000 by taking the NFL arrests per year in the database, multiplied by 100,000, and divided by the number of NFL players per year (approximately 2,560).We divide this by the “percentage of arrests captured by USA Today data” (by assumption, per above).We gather data on the known national arrest rate for 25- to 29- year-olds, which is per 100,000.We divide this by our estimated relative arrest rate of a comparable population (by assumption, per above).Finally, we calculate the ratio between 2) and 4) and subtract 100 percent — this tells us how our estimated NFL arrest rate compares to the rate we estimate for a comparable population.Now we can chart the result of this calculation for given values of A and B as heat maps. Even if we assume extremely incomplete arrest data, the NFL’s overall arrest rate is still very low relative to the national average for its age range. But if we hold the NFL to an extremely high standard, we can still find its arrest rate to be subpar.I’ve used the same color scheme for both of these (100 percent = white). So it should be obvious that the NFL’s doing much worse with domestic violence arrests than with arrests overall.Note that the difference between assumptions can be an order of magnitude or more. Under a favorable set of assumptions, the NFL looks better than average; under an unfavorable set of assumptions, it’s doing terribly.For example, if you compare NFL players only to the national average for 25- to 29-year-old men, and you assume that the USA Today database is pretty much complete, you arrive at the 55.4 percent figure.On the other hand, if you assume that the NFL’s domestic violence arrest rate should be proportional to the overall arrest rate, you can see that the NFL has a “domestic violence problem,” whether the USA Today data is complete or not. This was essentially the scenario I was leading to in my initial article. read more

Gold processing plant in Peru chooses nonnuclear density meter

first_imgCompañía Minera Poderosa SA needed to measure and control the slurry density in the discharge pipe line of a tailings thickener in order to improve the filtering stage of their mineral processing plant in Peru. The Peruvian Gold mining company chose the non-nuclear density meter (SDM) of Rhosonics for this measuring task and is now using the measuring output to control the speed reference of the pumps and closing and opening of automatic valves for recirculation of the slurry when the density is below the desired value.Further automisation of the filtering plant was realised using the SDM Slurry Density Meter, which saves time spent on manual measurements and additionally increases the efficiency of the filters because of an adequate density at the tailings filtering stage. Another benefit is that the ultrasonic density meter of Rhosonics does not require any licenses, permits or specialised personnel.last_img read more

Engineers begin dangerous task of removing fuel rods from Fukushima

first_imgWORKERS AT JAPAN’S Fukushima nuclear plant today began moving fuel rods from a reactor building, in their most difficult and dangerous task since a tsunami crippled the facility in 2011.Operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it had begun the process of removing the uranium and plutonium rods from a storage pool — a tricky but essential step in the complex’s decades-long decommissioning plan.The operation follows months of setbacks and glitches that have stoked widespread criticism of the utility’s handling of the crisis, the worst nuclear accident in a generation.The work pales in comparison with the much more complex task that awaits engineers, who will have to remove the misshapen cores of three other reactors that went into meltdown before being brought under control two years ago.The fuel rods are bundled together in so-called assemblies which must be pulled out of the storage pool where they were being kept when a tsunami smashed into Fukushima in March 2011. There are more than 1,500 such assemblies in the pool.Unit 1 and 2 reactor buildings at Fukushima. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye/File) Over the course of two days, the company said it expects to remove 22 assemblies, with the entire operation scheduled to run for more than a year.“At 15:18 (06:18 GMT), we started to pull up the first fuel assembly with a crane,” a company spokesman said today.The huge crane, with a remote-controlled grabber, is being lowered into the pool and then hooked onto the assemblies, placing them inside a fully immersed cask.The 91-tonne cask will then be hauled from the pool to be loaded onto a trailer and taken to a different storage pool about 100 metres away.CautionExperts have warned that slip-ups could trigger a rapid deterioration in the situation. Even minor mishaps will create considerable delays in the already long and complicated decommissioning.While such operations are routine at other nuclear plants, the disaster has made conditions far more complex, TEPCO has said.(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder/Pool) “This is an important process that is an inevitable part of the decommissioning process, but it includes work that could pose a great risk,” the Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center, an independent energy think tank, said in a statement.“We expect TEPCO and the Nuclear Regulation Authority to work with vigilance… and we demand disclosure of information” about the work, it added.Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, said the timing of the fuel rod removal was crucial as “the reactor’s storage pool is in an unstable condition”.Koide added that the whole decommissioning process would involve tasks that pose “unprecedented challenges”.SetbacksA worker measures water levels at Fukushima (Tokyo Electric Power Co/File photo) Work at the plant has suffered months of setbacks including multiple leaks from tanks storing radioactive water, and a power outage caused when a rat electrocuted itself on a circuit board.TEPCO’s management of the problems has been criticised as haphazard and uncoordinated, with one government minister saying it was like watching someone playing “whack-a-mole”.The full decommissioning of Fukushima is likely to take decades and include tasks that have never been attempted anywhere in the world.Villages and towns nearby remain largely empty. Fear of radiation makes residents unable or unwilling to return to live in the shadow of the leaking plant.- © AFP, 2013Read: Six Fukushima workers doused with radioactive water > Read: Sun, sand, surf and radiation in the shadow of Fukushima > Read: Japan to spend €359 million to battle Fukushima radioactive water leak >last_img read more

Ashoorkhanas losing govt patronage Shias

first_imgDabeerpura: With hardly a week left for the beginning of Moharram (Islamic month), the coordination meeting of different departments over preparedness is yet to be organised. Alleging apathy, Shia community lamented that the centuries old tradition was slowly losing government patronage, particularly after formation of Telangana state.The Member of Shia community and BJP spokesperson, Mir Firasat Ali Baqri held that besides the failure to conduct meeting, no funds were released for maintenance and renovation and other works for thousands of Ashoorkhanas across State. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us While blaming the ruling TRS government for the present scenario, he threw emphasis on provision of at least Rs 1 lakh for each of the Ashoorkhanas, as the caretakers were unable to raise funds. “This holiest month will begin from August 30 (depending on the moon sighting) and hardly a week remains, and no coordination meeting is held yet” he noted. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Since departments, including GHMC, R&B, HMWSSB, TSSPDCL, Zoo authorities (for elephant), fire and health has a major role to play during the 10-day mourning and Bibi Ka Alam procession, he demanded that the government instruct departments to arrange meeting immediately. “There are more than 2,000 Ashoorkhanas in city and none of them have received any funds, even the oldest and the main Ashoorkhana Bibi-ka-Alawa at Dabeerpura from where a mourning procession will be taken out, is yet to get any funds”, said Firasat Ali. Advertise With Us While others have pointed out that these Ashoorkhana traditionally has caretakers not only from Shia community but also from Sunni and there were Hindu caretakers and mostly being run and maintained through public contributions. Advocate, Syed Ali Jaffery of Shia Companions Organisation on August 16 represented the matter to the chairman and also CEO of TS Wakf Board and Board members seeking sanction of grand-in-aid for the Holy month of Moharram (for maintenance, renovation and minor repairs) of Wakf Notified Ashoorkhana’s of the State. “The caretakers and management committees of Ashoorkhanas in City and districts are unable to bear the maintenance expenses incurred during the holy month in their respective Wakf Institutions due to paucity of funds and some of them do not have any such source of funds,” he noted.last_img read more

Photos Released Of Suspects In Fort Bend Home Invasion

first_img– / 7Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers is offering $25,000 as a reward to identify the suspects of a home invasion.Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said 3 men held a family hostage while looking for money in their home on Monday. The sheriff said a fourth man is also suspected as a get-away driver.Investigators released surveillance video and photos of suspects. They said they also have an audio recording are not releasing it to the public.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The photos show one suspect wearing a black Air Jodan sweatshirt with the word “Jordan” spelled out in white on the sleeves. Another suspect is shown wearing red sneakers investigators believe to be Air Jordan basketball shoes.Nehls said the men held a 7-year-old boy under hot water in a bathtub to try and learn the location of the money, which wasn’t ultimately in the home.Nehls said previous reports that the boy suffered burns from scalding water were false, but that the boy was transported to an urgent care clinic and treated for fluid in his lungs.“You can understand that’s consistent with the audio of him being dunked up underneath that water which is really really disturbing,” Nehls said.Investigators said the boy’s father was beaten during the invasion. Both are said to have been released from the hospital. Sharelast_img read more

Urbanisation tree felling leading to surge in lightning strikes

first_imgKolkata: Unplanned urbanisation and felling of trees were behind a recent surge in lightning strikes and the number of deaths in such incidents in the country, a meteorologist of a Pune-based institute said.These days, lightning is more in the cities than in the rural areas of India, the senior meteorologist of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), said.”Around 3,000 to 3,500 people die every year in the country due to lightning. But the trend is little higher since the last five years. And this year we are expecting more lightning at stations over the foothills of Himalayas (starting from Jammu and Kashmir till the Darjeeling foothills) central and eastern part of the country,” scientist of the Atmospheric Electricity Aerosol Physics of the IITM, Dr S D Pawar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough there is no past official record on the number of deaths because of lightning strikes in India, Dr Pawar said a study conducted by them in this connection in the last 20 years shows that it is “definitely” on the rise. He said this is a natural phenomenon. Though lightning depends mostly on the moisture content of a particular region there is no exact reason behind the recent rise of lightning. “However, urbanisation is one of the main causes behind the rise which is mostly witnessed in the metro areas,” he said, adding global warming is also another reason behind the recent surge in the incidents of lightning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said with the cutting down of trees the city regions of India were turning into urban heat islands which ishelping in. Agencies Elaborating the “urban heat island” concept, Dr Pawar said, that it is an effect which describes the variation in temperature between cities and their surrounding areas. “Because of the cutting down of the trees and unplanned urbanisation, the cities are getting warmer than their rural surroundings. The temperature is rising mainly due to the highrises, roads and other infrastructure replacing open land and vegetation,” the scientist said. The scientist said, “Among other reasons pollution is definitely a factor. Apart from that carbon and dust particles in the air could also be one of reasons. And pollution is higher because in and around the city region there has been an increase of dust particles in the air.” “During the months of April-May, that in summer there are high incidence of thunderstorms. However, lightning is less during the monsoon season in June-July and number of deaths are lesser,” he said. “We have conducted a study on the spatial distribution of convective available potential energy (CAPE) and lightning activity in different seasons over the Indian region to find out the dependence of lightning activity on CAPE. “And it is observed that the lightning activity over the Indian region is not controlled by CAPE alone during pre-monsoon season. The prevailing meteorological conditions and orography over northern India, central India, northeast Pakistan and Bangladesh provide favourable conditions for formation of thunderstorms and that’s why lightning activity is higher in spite of lower value of the CAPE over these regions compared to other parts of India,” Dr Pawar said. Lightning which has become a frequent natural phenomenon during the summer, mostly in the two months of April and May, however, becomes quite irregular during the monsoon season, he said. On whether lightning has gone up in the hilly regions in the northeastern part of the country, Dr Pawar said, “It’s not that high in Shillong or in the seven northeastern states because the hills still have a green coverage.” However, in metro city like Kolkata lightning incidents are pretty higher compared to cities like Mumbai, he said. Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh recorded 36,749 lightning strikes in just a 13-hour period in the month of May. A home ministry data shows that till May, as many as 80 people have been killed in five states due to thunderstorms and lightning strikes with Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51 deaths, and 136 people injured across the country. Deaths due to lightning is higher in Maharashtra mostly in Nagpur and Vidharbha, Aurangabad, in Odisha as well as in West Bengal mainly because of the instability and moisture content in the air. “But in monsoon lightning deaths are lesser because the clouds lie at the low level. And the passing of lightning is quicker because of the shorter distance between the clouds and the ground,” he explained. The meteorologist also stressed on the need of conducting more research works in connection to understand about the character of lightning which is different in different regions of the country owing to the difference in the climatic conditions. “Some research works are going on in different regions. But we need to conduct more studies because of the difference in their character of the weather. We must not forget that India is a vast country with absolute different climatic conditions. Study is also necessary to ascertain why it is growing these days,” Dr Pawar said. “High buildings should have lighting arresters and they should be equipped with other good technique to bypass lightning through it and reach the ground,” he elaborated. And one must lie down and should avoid movement during lightning. “If you lie down during a thunderstorm, an electrical current passing through the ground from a nearby lightning strike can pass right through your body,” he signed off.last_img read more

Nick Saban hiring Steve Sarkisian was a chess move not a coaching

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The Week Ahead Government Servicing Leaders Pave Regulatory Path

first_img Five Star Government Forum Government Servicing 2016-03-28 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing Leaders from both servicing and government will join together for on Thursday, March 31, for the 7th Annual Five Star Government Forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to explore the effect that rules of regulation that originates in Washington, D.C. are having on the mortgage servicing industry and homeowners.The theme of the 7th Annual Five Star Government Forum, an exclusive day-long event, is “Finding Common Ground.” Participants in the Forum will engage in honest and open dialogue about the most pressing issues in the mortgage industry and the challenges that servicers and the entire housing economy are facing.Keynote speakers at the event include Edward R. Golding, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD, and the Hon. Theodore M. Tozer, President, Ginnie Mae. The panels will include representatives from government agencies such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD, Treasury, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as representatives from Wells Fargo, Equifax, Nationstar, Seneca Mortgage Servicing, Ten-X, Deloitte, Redfin, and many more.Morning panel topics will include “Changing of the Guard,” in which panelists discuss how the presidential election will shape housing policy and “Meeting in the Middle,” in which regulators and the industry discuss strategies to better work together for American homeowners. For the afternoon, discussion topics will be priorities for the single-family housing market; the economics of housing; and challenges to the community.Click here to register.Thought Leadership Forum—March 30 to April 3The 2016 Thought Leadership Forum will be from Wednesday, March 30, until Sunday, April 3, in Cabo San Lucas. The Thought Leadership Forum is an exclusive, four-day team-building event designed to bring together key executives from the mortgage industry to discuss issues that are pertinent to mortgage origination, servicing, and default. And unlike other mortgage industry events, this is a spouse-friendly event.Click here to register for the Thought Leadership Forum.What Else is Happening This Week?Monday, March 28Pending Home Sales for February 2016 from the National Association of Realtors. Buyers signed 2.5 percent fewer contracts in January to buy existing homes compared to December, largely due to tight inventory and high prices.Tuesday, March 29S&P Case-Shiller Index for January 2016. The index rose by 5.7 percent in December.Ten-X Nowcast for March 2016 will offer predictions on existing-home sales and prices for March.Friday, April 1March employment summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With 242,000 jobs added, February rebounded from January’s disappointment. March 28, 2016 609 Views center_img The Week Ahead: Government, Servicing Leaders Pave Regulatory Path Sharelast_img read more

State scholarships for Vassilikos residents in energy studies

first_imgTHE energy ministry announced on Friday it would grant a number of scholarships to residents of the Vassilikos area for graduate study programmes in sectors related to energy.The announcement follows a cabinet decision for the master plan for the development of the Vassilikos area, in the Limassol district.The energy ministry said it intends to offer scholarships worth €25,000 in total, for studies in a number of energy-sector related graduate programmes.The scholarships will be given strictly to residents of the Vassilikos area which includes the communities of Mari, Zygi, Kalavasos, Tochni, Pentakomo, Maroni, Choirokoitia, Psematismenos and Asgata.According to the announcement, the scholarships will be given for study programmes like petroleum/ hydrocarbon engineering, petroleum geology, petroleum geophysics, hydrocarbon logistics, hydrocarbon finance, and oil and gas law.The selection criteria are academic and socioeconomic and provided candidates have already secured a place in an educational institution in a relevant study programme.The deadline for applications is October 7.For more information and application forms: May LikeAuto Overload30 Perfectly Timed Moments Captured When It All Went WrongAuto OverloadUndoFinance NancyRemember Him? This is Why He’s No Longer An ActorFinance NancyUndoLiving MagazineThe Aluminum Foil Trick Everyone Should Know AboutLiving MagazineUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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" In person, it was Fields who best represented the views and interests of rural conservatives, next week but the Times reports government officials aren’t optimistic that Pakistan would agree to a deal especially since it sees the nuclear program as its main defense against India [NYT] Write to Tessa Berenson at tessaberenson@timeinccomEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos gave the 2017 commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University a historically-black institution on Wednesday The speech was marked by controversy as students booed and turned their backs on DeVos At one point University President Edison Jackson intervened saying that if the disruption kept up students would get their degrees in the mail “I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak with you and particularly with those who have disagreed with the invitation for me to be here” DeVos said “One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree” Here is a full transcript of her prepared remarks as provided by the US Department of Education: Thank you Dr Jackson for that very kind introduction Its a real privilege and honor to be with you as we celebrate the Bethune-Cookman University class of 2017 Congratulations to all of you In addition to the graduates there are so many people deserving of special recognition today: parents grandparents family members and friends of the graduates thank you for your effort in helping them get to this point First Lady Florence Jackson Chairman Petrock and Members of the Board Provost Walrond and members of the administrative staff and faculty and the entire Bethune-Cookman community thank you for the important role you all play in making today possible for these students Mayor Henry thank you for those encouraging words and thank you and the other state and local elected officials for being here today An acknowledgement I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with you and particularly with those who have disagreed with the invitation for me to be here One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree And while we will undoubtedly disagree at times I hope we can do so respectfully Lets choose to hear each other out I want to re-affirm this Administrations commitment to and support for HBCUs and the students they serve Please know this: we support you and we will continue to support you That is one reason why we support restoring year-round Pell Grants This commonsense solution will enable more students to further their educations without taking on additional debt I am at the table fighting on your behalf and on behalf of all students across this great nation I also want to acknowledge that we all arrived here today with different life experiences and different perspectives I view that not as a negative but as a gift Anytime we meet someone new we have two options: we can focus on differences that might divide us or we can choose to listen to be receptive and to learn from others experiences and perspectives In my life I have endeavored to do the latter and as you leave this arena today I hope you too will chose this posture as you set out on this new and exciting stage of your lifes adventure I am here to celebrate you and all of your achievements We are all here to applaud your perseverance and to encourage each of you to keep working to reach your full potential And Im here to demonstrate in the most tangible way I know how that I and the entire Administration are fully committed to your success and to the success of every student across this great country That commitment to success is one I know I share with your President Dr Edison Jackson Dr Jackson has long focused on creating opportunities for students and is an authentic advocate for lifelong learning Each of you who has had occasion to interact with or work alongside Dr Jackson knows he has a profound deep-seeded faith and an abiding belief in the transformational power of character moral courage and purpose Dr Jackson thank you for your daily work to secure and make available a life-changing education for the students you serve Your career is a personal inspiration to me and it is the embodiment of B-CUs motto: Enter to Learn; Depart to Serve A call to serve Graduates you have heeded the first charge in that motto and today stand at the interval preceding the second I challenge you to leave this arena faithful to completing the mission The words are simple yet powerful: depart to serve It is good and right to pause today to celebrate your individual successes but after that reflection I am confident you will find service more rewarding than anything else In serving you will always reap more than you sow The degree conferred on you today is the culmination of time energy and effort invested and knowledge experience and skills gained However the sum of your education here involved far more than sleepless nights spent cramming for a big exam hours invested putting the finishing touches on papers and time devoted to clubs organizations and causes The whole of your time at Bethune-Cookman University your experiences your relationships and your hard work has laid a foundation for you to appreciate your responsibilities to your peers your community your country and the world Today you transition from student to graduate What may have seemed an eternity away the moment you walked onto campus is now standing before you Youll leave this place as the leaders who will transform the world The tomorrow for which youve worked so hard to prepare has arrived and its yours to shape Your actions will determine the type of world you create enjoy and leave to your children and grandchildren I posit that a fundamental component in that pursuit to shape your world can be found in personal service You may choose to give back by mentoring or volunteering You may pour your life into creating equal opportunities for all pursuing justice tackling the toughest medical challenges educating the rising generation donning our Nations uniform to protect and defend our freedoms or making a discovery on the cutting edge of science technology or engineering I know BCU has prepared each of you well for these tasks The human heart is hardwired toward service and its embedded in the DNA of this institution No doubt you know Dr Mary McLeod Bethunes amazing story very well but let me share some of it for those beyond this hall who dont She was a visionary a leader I admire and respect and someone about whom all Americans should know As one of 17 children born to parents who knew firsthand the horrors and injustice of slavery Dr Bethune was the only member of her family to be educated in a formal school setting For her education was a gift and an incredible privilege She believed it was her sacred duty to use her education to uplift others So in 1904 with a burning determination in her soul and a meager dollar-fifty in her pocket Dr Bethune built a school from the ground up Over the course of her incredible 79-year lifespan she fought for one singular and invaluable goal: to provide African-American children access to a quality education access they were otherwise unjustly denied Her commitment to service is what has brought us together today This inspired daughter of slaves refused to accept repulsive and systemic racism She moved mountains changing the lives and futures of countless students and families across generations Just think about the impact of Dr Bethunes selfless singular focus Then consider the influence that you as a graduate could have on the lives of others both now and into the future All that is required for world-shaking change is your conscious and courageous decision to serve Your path here was shaped by others educators parents family members neighbors and friends Never forget that Through serving others you can extend that legacy A call to courage Later today I will have the honor of visiting Dr Bethunes home and paying my respects at her gravesite I am moved by words in her last will and testament where Dr Bethune described what she hoped her legacy would be The beautifully written testament cited love hope and a thirst for education as the ideals she wanted people to embrace in her memory She concluded with a section titled A Responsibility to our Young People and made clear her unshakeable belief that the worlds fate belonged to the youth she dedicated her entire life to serving In it she wrote: "Our children must never lose their zeal for building a better world They must not be discouraged from aspiring toward greatness for they are to be the leaders of tomorrow Nor must they forget that the masses of our people are still underprivileged ill-housed impoverished and victimized by discrimination We have a powerful potential in our youth and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends" I note three core themes in her words: First: aim high aspire to greatness Dr Bethune believed without wavering that your potential is limitless Second: take responsibility for your families and your communities and never tolerate inequality or injustice Third: proceed with courage to change old ideas that hold others back These are charges and encouragements I echo to each of you today Dr Bethune believed students you had an unlimited potential to affect positive change and with good reason Shed done it herself As you leave each of you will be called to embody courage in different ways and to rise to different challenges The way you answer those calls will determine not just the future of you and your homes but of your communities this great nation and your world Your university serves as a reminder that every student without exception deserves a high-quality education Some of you graduates are the first in your families to earn a college degree and some of you have overcome incredible personal hardships to reach this day Deondre Jamal Sanstad was the victim of an accidental shooting after his freshman year His doctor told him he would never walk again but Deondre had different plans Not only did he resume his studies he poured himself into his rehabilitation and got back on his feet Today Deondre stands tall among you as a candidate to receive his degree and is already taking the next steps to pursue an MBA CaNetta General never really thought about attending college before landing at BCU as a non-traditional student But with help from the Palm Beach Urban League she found her passion for helping others through radio and television This discovery fueled her confidence and commitment to her studies as her ambitions soared CaNetta became involved with 14 organizations and numerous other campus activities and today is an accomplished mass communications graduate Jahlil Yuzell Witt is graduating today with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Marketing Jahlil was born to a single mother who struggled with drug addiction At a very young age he entered the foster care system where he was subjected to a never-ending cycle of neglect and abuse Despite the extraordinary challenges he faced throughout his upbringing he exceled at his studies at B-CU and went on to become Mr B-CU Mr Sophomore and he even developed a motivational program called "From Blocks to Books" dedicated to inspiring and empowering young people Jahlil also writes and performs music After graduation he plans to relocate to Atlanta to pursue his dream of starting a record label Each of these students stories is one of courage These stories speak to how BCU rises to meet the unique needs of every student it serves We should aspire to make all of Americas educational institutions mirror that model a singular focus on the needs of individual students Our nation has made remarkable progress since Dr Bethune founded this University but addressing inequities in our education system remains a very real challenge Empowering students with the opportunity to pursue the best possible education has been my focus for the past three decades America is simply too great a country to deny any child this equal opportunity Your courage will be needed to confront this challenge as you raise families pursue careers and lead in communities across the nation I hope each of us will leave here today challenged to ensure no child is denied the benefits of a quality education Many of you have already shown courage in this regard by pursuing teaching as a vocation I want to take a moment to highlight and honor each of you who are graduating from the College of Education Not coincidentally this is National Teacher Appreciation Week I hope each of you will take a moment to reach out and thank a teacher who was impactful in your life many of them no doubt with us here today I expect many of you are here in part because somewhere along the line a teacher went out of his or her way to make sure you succeeded Please join me now in personally thanking and applauding each of you who have served serve or will serve as an educator A call to grace Education broadens our horizons and enables us to confront realities wed never before anticipated We should welcome these opportunities with open arms We should embrace the chance to grow and to serve We should pursue these opportunities with humility with perseverance and with grace That is my final challenge to you: approach the unanticipated the unexpected the unforeseen with grace Spend just a few minutes watching your favorite cable news channel and youll experience the startling polarization happening across the United States On social media groups and individuals pit themselves one against the other not to discuss and debate the merits of deeply held beliefs but to see who can yell the loudest score the quickest political points or best silence the others voice The natural instinct is to join in the chorus of conflict to make your voice louder your point bigger and your position stronger But we will not solve the significant and real problems our country faces if we cannot bring ourselves to embrace a mindset of grace We must first listen then speak with humility to genuinely hear the perspectives of those with whom we dont immediately or instinctively agree These verses from Colossians have been a guide for me: "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity Let your conversation always be full of grace seasoned with salt so that you may know how to answer everyone" Those words are as relevant today as when they were first imparted They are exhortations with the power to transform our approach to life our commitment to our neighbors and our discourse with one another Elie Wiesel who survived the horrors of Auschwitz put it well: "For me every hour is grace And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile" I will admit many in my generation havent done a great job when it comes to dealing with one another in grace You have an opportunity to do better to lead the way towards a new era of engagement in our communities In conclusion You leave this place today with many obligations but I hope youll consider the three challenges Ive presented: A call to service A call to courage And a call to grace Years from now when someone asks you "Why do you serve" you can respond "Because a great woman a great leader a great American Dr Mary McLeod Bethune inspired me" When you face the challenges of your day you can say "I was courageous because Dr Bethune showed me the way" And when some pursue dissention you can engage in debate with grace and poise just as Dr Bethune did Each of you has a story of your own waiting to be written You make us proud and more than that you give us hope You have achieved something special today I am humbled by the opportunity to be with you to share in this momentous occasion in your life to cheer on your past and continued success Congratulations and may God continue to bless our nation Bethune-Cookman University and each of you the Class of 2017 Contact us at editors@timecom "If Pakistan would take the actions requested by the United States, so somebody might end up disappointed, girls have become more focused on storylines about female friendship and romantic fantasies have fallen by the wayside.Glazier was raised outside a nearby community of about 600 people. 60 loaded. has demonstrated to Nigerians and indeed the entire world that we are ready and able to lead Nigeria,taxpayers is public interest: RBI to Government Mumbai read more