Students should focus on studies, let elders deal with bigger

first_imgissues: JK CMSrinagar, May 14 (PTI) The people of Jammu and Kashmir have to choose between peace and violence, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today as she asked students to focus on their education by letting the elders address bigger issues.”The people here need to decide…they need to think what they want and how they want it. (Whether) by pelting stones, by killing bright children like (young army officer) Ummer Fayaz or a bank employee or a youth working in police (who work hard for earning their livelihood) or by resorting to looting banks and weapons?”Are we not, God forbid, strangulating Kashmiriyat (by such acts)? I am hopeful that people here are fundamentally peace-loving and prefer brotherhood and would not forget the teachings of Kashmiriyat or co-existence with every religion,” she said.The chief minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in her home constituency of Anantnag in south Kashmir.On being asked about the student protests across the valley, Mehbooba said the students should focus on their education and leave the bigger issues to the elders.”They all are our children whether they study in schools or not. I think our children are intelligent and I have said it time and again that wherever our children go, whether in sports or education or KAS and IAS examinations or out of the country, they excel.”But unfortunately, I think someone has cast an evil eye on their intelligence, on the people of Kashmir and this beautiful valley. I feel the children should study and the bigger issues should be addressed by the elders,? she said.advertisementShe also appealed the parents and teachers to help the children focus on their studies.Incidentally, the chief minister had yesterday met 21-year-old football coach Afshan Ashiq. A photograph that captured her hurling stones in rage at policemen has become the new defining image of stone pelters in the valley.The PDP leader also raised the issue of corruption and how it takes a backseat when the valley witnesses law and order situation.”Corruption is a big issue. Unfortunately when the situation deteriorates here, all our attention shifts towards maintaining law and order. All other issues ? like of development and corruption ? remain somewhere behind,” she added. PTI SSB SRYlast_img read more

India vs England, The Oval Test: Weather forecast for today and tomorrow

first_imgThe fifth and final Test between India and England started on Friday at The Oval in London. The weather for the third day is expected to be a bit overcast in the morning and bright and sunny later in the day on Day 3 on Sunday.London to have a cold morning and light rain in some parts. However, conditions are likely to improve later in the day. While it remained dry Friday and Saturday, it is expected to remain the same on Sunday as well. The maximum temperature may reach 23 degree centigrade.On Day 4 on Monday, Maximum temperature may to reach 22 degree centigrade. It is likely to a be a cloudy day again but chances of rain are minimal.The Indian cricket team look to end the England tour on a high by winning the fifth and final Test of the series at The Oval. India have already lost the series 3-1 with defeats in the first, second and fourth Tests. UK Met office PhotoJames Anderson and Ben Stokes struck crucial blows on Saturday as England capitalised on a fine rearguard half-century by Jos Buttler to leave India struggling after the second day of the fifth and final Test at The Oval.Buttler scored 89 and put on 98 with Stuart Broad for the ninth wicket as the home side recovered from 198-7 after day one to 332 all out.India then slumped to 174-6 in reply. Anderson took two quick wickets as the tourists faltered from 101-2 to 103-4, before Stokes matched him, his two victims including India’s captain and kingpin Virat Kohli for 49.advertisementHe also removed Rishabh Pant late on, Alastair Cook, playing in his final Test, pouching the edge for his 13th catch of the series, an England record.England have already built up an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series after victory in Southampton last week.Anderson made the key breakthroughs after tea, grabbing the wicket of the well-set Cheteshwar Pujara, the hero of India’s first innings in the fourth Test, and then following that up with the wicket of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.Kohli, however, who has had a prolific tour, was scoring at a healthy rate and was nearing his half-century when all-rounder Stokes induced him to edge to second slip in a rare lapse of concentration.DAY 2 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PICS | SCORECARDEngland’s fightback had been launched by Buttler in the morning.Jasprit Bumrah struck early for India by trapping Adil Rashid lbw to leave the hosts tottering on 214-8.Broad, however, grafted his way to 38 to thwart the visitors during his partnership with Buttler which ended when the fast bowler, having batted more than an hour and a half, was finally dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja to make it 312-9.Broad played and missed numerous times, with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah getting the ball to swing in chilly and slightly overcast conditions, before he fell to a brilliant diving catch by Lokesh Rahul at long on.Buttler, England’s most successful batsman of the summer, was happy to milk the bowling for singles while also striking some lovely shots on either side of the wicket, including six boundaries and two sixes before he was the last man out.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Virat Kohli not the only Indian batsman we will have plans for: Mitchell Marsh

first_imgVirat Kohli has been the talk of the town leading up to the first Test between India and Australia but all-rounder Mitchell Marsh let on that their preparation for other Indian batsmen is as detailed and anyone who thinks otherwise is plain “silly”.Gearing up for the four-match Test series that starts Thursday here, Marsh said his team’s bowlers have strategies in place and would be aiming for perfect execution when the action begins.”We all know Virat’s a great player. We’ll have our plans for him and hopefully we can execute them. But if people think we’re not prepared for the other batsmen in the Indian team, who are all very good players, then they’d be pretty silly,” said Marsh.Marsh said the new faces and inexperience in the Australian batting line-up should be seen as an opportunity, rather than a sign of weakness for the hosts.”There’s obviously been a lot of talk about that and it’s been a big build up to this Test match but there’s a great feeling around this group…now it’s about going out there and hopefully putting it together as a batting unit. But we all feel really good at the moment,” he said.The Australian vice-captain was also asked about the spin challenge that India poses and the fact that the visiting tweakers have never had a particularly good run in this country.”We know R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadejda and Kuldeep Yadav are all world-class spinners. History shows that Indian spinners haven’t had as much impact over here as they have in India. But they’re world-class bowlers and we’re very prepared for them. It will be a great contest,” he replied.advertisementMarsh is expected to return to the Australian middle-order despite a poor outing in the UAE against Pakistan.He and brother Shaun Marsh will form the backbone of the home team’s middle-order and look to replicate their form from the Ashes last summer.”He’s my brother and my best mate. I look up to him in every single way… hopefully people respect him for the fact he’s never given up. He keeps coming back, keeps working hard. Hopefully he can keep proving a few people wrong. I just want him to have a great summer,” he said.The all-rounder said he is also fully fit to bowl and hopes to be a vital fifth cog in the Australian attack, comprising of three pacers and Nathan Lyon.”I have got some good overs under my belt the last couple of weeks for Western Australia. My goal for this summer is to start chipping in with the ball and get a few more wickets for the team.”I love coming on in the graveyard shift, 70 to 80 overs when the ball’s doing nothing and trying to sneak in a wicket. I really want to take my bowling to the next level in this team,” he said.”I think number six is a great position to bat especially if you’ve bowled a few overs. I’m doing my best to make the number six position my own in this team, so that’s all I can do,” he added.Australia now have two vice-captains in place, with Josh Hazlewood the other one, and like him, Marsh outlined that the start of the cricket summer is a special time, never mind that this is the first home series since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.”We want to play an exciting brand of cricket that people want to come and watch. We know there’s going to be a lot of Indian fans here too, so that’s always exciting to play in front of them. But we are just pumped to get back playing in front of our fans,” he said.Marsh recently played Shield cricket at the Adelaide Oval. The pitch has been prepared exactly like it would have been for a day-night Test and the all-rounder said that it would provide ample opportunity for both batsmen and bowlers.”It was a very good cricket wicket. We won the toss and bowled first. During the four-day game, In Test cricket you get the extra day where the wicket can potentially break up.”…and there was enough in it with the new ball to take wickets. Once you got in, it was Adelaide Oval. It was very even for both sides, I thought,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Recapping a few iconic moments from India’s tours of AustraliaAlso Read | Australia favourites even without Smith and Warner, says Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Australia under pressure while India flying under Virat Kohli: Brendon McCullumAlso Read | India will win Test series in Australia 3-0: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso watch -advertisementlast_img read more

Ashley Young’s double has Manchester United buzzing and Watford befuddled

first_img Read more Topics José Mourinho delighted by Manchester United’s firepower at Watford Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Four brilliant goals, a slightly make-do defence and a thrillingly open away victory: no wonder José Mourinho could be seen looking briefly confused on the Manchester United bench as Ashley Young’s sublime first-half free kick flew into the top corner.Mourinho’s team were deserved winners at Vicarage Road on a night when they might, Mourinho suggested, have had seven or eight. Poetic licence perhaps but then the idea this United team are built to strangle the life out of their opponents has always been a little awry given the depth of attacking talent, and the brilliance of Paul Pogba when he plays as he did here. Lingard should have scored but saw Gomes make a brilliant, sprawling save. Richarlison hit the top of the bar with a header but at half-time Watford trooped off looking utterly drained, picked off by United’s razor edge.The home side threw themselves gamely into the second half, although they might have been picked off on the break, too, as Pogba continued to link the play with real elan. Nemanja Matic limped off, as did a disconsolate Hughes, followed by Martial, rested for the trip to Arsenal on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku really should have scored, delaying too long in front of a near-open goal.But with 77 minutes gone Watford had a penalty as Marcos Rojo hacked down Roberto Pereyra. Troy Deeney tucked it into the corner. As Vicarage Road roared Doucouré pulled another back with a neat low shot before Lingard’s grandstand finish. Share on Twitter United had looked like running away from Watford as Ashley Young enjoyed an early festive return to Vicarage Road, scoring two lovely goals. The home team never gave up though, dragging it back to 3-2 before Jesse Lingard took the game away with a sublime late fourth goal, weaving his way from his own half to finish in front of a delirious away end.This match had been billed as a meeting of young, hopeful Portuguese tyro and old, toxic Portuguese grandmaster. In the event it was a messy, fun affair in front of a boisterous crowd. Vicarage Road has been steadily wrestled into gleaming Premier League shape, with the new stand looming along one side, the groovy looking fishbowl-style boxes in each corner and that close, crackly atmosphere you only get in an urban ground packed in between houses.United have a tricky run ahead and this felt like a vital game from the start such is the pressure of Manchester City’s white heat at the top of the table and the clinch already for the remaining Champions League spots. Share via Email Pinterest Share on WhatsApp On 32 minutes it was 3-0. This time it was Christian Kabasele who failed to clear. The ball fell to Lingard. He nudged an instant pass to Anthony Martial, who ran on and finished expertly.The away end gurgled with delight, Watford’s heads dropped and for a while Pogba seemed to have complete control of midfield, always ready to find the right pass. Premier League Mourinho gave Marcus Rashford a rest after four games in 14 days. United also made the expected shift to three at the back, a common ploy against opponents who tend to set up that way.There may have been more illustrious backlines in United’s history than a depleted Rojo-Smalling-Lindelof and Watford set out to press high early on. At times Richarlison likes to man-mark one of the centre-halves and he ran at Victor Lindelof early on, all eager, bounding menace.Richarlison narrowly failed to get a toe on Kiko Femenía’s low cross from the right as Watford started with energy and enterprise. Abdoulaye Doucouré and Will Hughes had an early grip of midfield. Marvin Zeegelaar, wearing his special I’ve-met-Andy Carroll white face mask, was a threat on the right.At which point United killed the game. It was brutal, high-class, and helped by some surprisingly scruffy defending. The first goal arrived after 19 minutes via a brilliant piece of opportunism from Young. Lingard made a nice run through the centre-forward position. The ball broke to Femenía, who failed to control it. Young swung his right foot, connected sweetly and pinged a low, hard, daisy-cutter past Heurelho Gomes into the corner.It was Young’s first goal away from Old Trafford since March 2015. Six minutes later he had his second. Pogba set off on a driving run through the heart of the midfield. Doucouré dragged him back. And from 25 yards Young sidled up and curled a wonderful free-kick into the top corner, a perfect execution from a player who scored a few of those for Watford a decade ago.Young was recently offered a new contract that could keep him at United until the age of 34. Not a bad Indian summer for a player who was famously rejected by the Watford academy for being too small. Read more Watford Jamie Vardy sparks Leicester City win as Tottenham Hotspur slip up again Manchester United Play Video Mourinho: ‘No complaints with Lukaku’ – video Twitter Share on Facebook Jesse Lingard, left, twists through the Watford defence before scoring Manchester United’s fourth goal. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP Share on LinkedIn Facebook 1:46 match reports Share on Messengerlast_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Highlights

first_imgThe video shows highlights from Australia’s three wins on day three of the series and is a taste of what we can expect to see in the final product. To view this clip as well as highlights from each day of the series, please visit the TFA YouTube Stay tuned to the website for more information and announcements about the professional filming of this series.last_img

CFB Expert Makes Bold Nebraska Prediction For Upcoming Season

first_img College football expert Phil Steele is usually right on the mark with his preseason predictions, and this year he believes Nebraska will turn things around rather quickly.From Steele’s interview on JOX 94.5’s “3 Man Front“ program:“I think they (Nebraska) can win the Big Ten West, and in fact, they’re my pick as well,” Steele said. “Last year they opened 0-6, but they were so much better than 0-6.”“Once the Scott Frost system took into effect, they went 4-2 down the stretch. They’ve got a dynamic quarterback in Adrian Martinez and good talent on the offensive line. Now this year is the second year under Scott Frost and they’ve got 13 returning starters.”“They’re my No. 1 most improved team in the country,” Steele said in the interview. “I’m looking for Nebraska to go from 4-8 to winning the Big Ten West.”Steele also credited Nebraska’s schedule as a reason for making this bold prediction.Winning the Big Ten West would be an incredible accomplishment for Frost in his second year.The fans in Lincoln should prepare themselves for an entertaining season this fall.[3 Man Front] Nebraska takes on Colorado.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches action against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska hasn’t won at least 1o games since the 2012 season, yet that could change very soon. The Cornhuskers have quickly emerged as a potential threat in their conference.Last season was a learning process for Scott Frost at Nebraska. After all, jumping from the American Athletic Conference to the Big Ten isn’t supposed to be a smooth transition.Nonetheless, the Cornhuskers did show signs of improvement in the final stretch of the season. With another year under Frost’s belt, the expectation is that he’ll take the program to new heights.Obviously Frost has to prove himself this upcoming season, but most analysts are confident in his ability to win at any level.last_img read more

1220 Artisan Spirits Announces ‘Origin’ Via 4 Hands Brewing Co.

first_img What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Origin is described as a New World botanical gin and its base consists of 75 percent grape and 25 percent corn. The ingredients list includes a plethora of exciting elements like Croatian juniper, coriander, orris root, bergamot orange, and neroli, an essential oil extracted from the orange blossom flower. The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 42.5 percent and Origin is released in 750 ml blue-tinted bottles that subtly mask the clear liquor inside. The label art and associated 1220 Artisan Spirits branding is inspired by the icons of secret societies and freemasons, with all-seeing eyes and phrases like “Shrouded in Mystery.”Fans of Origin gin can expect future seasonal gin offerings that highlight locally-sourced ingredients designed around each season’s weather and associated foods. If you can make it to the 4 Hands Brewing Company Tasting Room, draft gin and tonics are available to take home with you as a $12 growler refill.Find out more about 1220 Artisan Spirits and where you can find Origin gin at the official website and Facebook page. Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spiritscenter_img Editors’ Recommendations What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? St. Louis is home to a wealth of riches for beer fans. There are dozens of brewery experiences available, from checking out Anheuser-Busch’s largest and oldest brewing site to revisiting established craft brands like Schlafly to tasting beer from the newer startups like Center Ice Brewery. One of St. Louis’ firmly established breweries, 4 Hands Brewing Co., is branching out with the launch of a distillery brand called 1220 Artisan Spirits. Its first release, Origin, is an American gin with year-round distribution and is available now.1220 Spirits/InstagramWhen 4 Hands Brewing Co. launched seven years ago, its meager 1,600 barrel output left a lot of room for growth. The company lived up to that promise by increasing production to over 16,000 barrels in 2016. In addition to its production capacity, 4 Hands has also expanded its distribution area. While the beer continues to find new consumers, the brewery has also managed to stay local, with nearly 83 percent of its beer sold within the Missouri state lines.4 Hands Brewing Co. owner Kevin Lemp also heads up the 1220 Artisan Spirits side of the equation, calling the expansion a “calculated risk.” He sees the new venture as an “opportunity to collaborate between the brewery and the distillery.” One could easily see future releases between the two companies that might include barrel aged beers or beers brewed to pair with specific spirits. Rob Vossmeyer is 1220 Artisan Spirits’ head distiller, building on his experience at Tom’s Town Distilling in Kansas City.last_img read more

Roger Agnelli, Ex Vale’s CEO, Dies in Plane Crash

first_imgzoom Roger Agnelli, ABB Board of Directors’ member and former Chairman of Brazilian mining company Vale, died in a plane crash in Sao Paolo, Brazil, along with his wife and two children, on 19 March. Brazilian authorities confirmed the deaths of Agnelli and his immediate family as well as of the pilot and two other passengers on board, after his plane slammed into two homes on 19 March. The investigation has reportedly started, with no details available at the moment.“I am deeply saddened. Roger was an extremely admired and valued member of ABB’s board of directors and a good friend. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. My thoughts are with the families of the victims,” Peter Voser, Chairman of ABB’s Board of Directors, said.Roger Agnelli joined the ABB Board of Directors in 2002, after becoming Chairman of the Brazilian mining company, Vale. He acted as Vale’s President and CEO until 2011, turning the company into the largest global iron ore producer and second largest mining in the world.“It was during his tenure, in 2005, that Vale obtained its investment grade rating. This was the first time that rating agencies had awarded a Brazilian company a better score than Brazil’s sovereign credit rating. At that time, the Brazilian government had not yet been given an investment grade rating,” says Vale.On Harward Business Review’s list “The Best-Performing CEOs in the World” from 2013, Agnelli was ranked fourth out of one hundred prominent names.In addition to ABB membership, Agnelli was a member of the Board of Directors at UK WPP plc as well as a Chairman of B&A in Brazil. He also served as a member the Global Advisory Board of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Vice-President of the Center of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro.last_img read more

Bulker Roger Blough Remains Aground in Lake Superior

first_imgzoom A salvage team is preparing for an underwater hull examination and salvage surveys on a bulk carrier Roger Blough, which ran aground on Friday afternoon, according to the US Coast Guard.The 46,833 dwt Roger Blough grounded on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior, “with reports of flooding,” the USCG said.The coast guard has been conducting exterior draft readings of the 1972-built bulker, while the vessel’s crew continued interior soundings of the tanks to ensure flooding remains under control.Some 6,000 feet of containment boom were sent to the scene of the grounding as an additional safety precaution against potential pollution, the USCG said, adding that “a salvage team will conduct an underwater hull examination and begin salvage surveys on the Blough in the coming days.”Image Courtesy; USCGThe investigators remained on scene to conduct damage assessments, while plans to remove the ship from the reef are underway, but “the vessel currently remains grounded.”On Saturday, the coast guard said that pollution responders, vessel inspectors and marine casualty investigator on board the US-flagged ship will continue to monitor damage.The cause of the grounding in under investigation.All crew members are reported safe with no injuries, while current reports show that there are no signs of pollution in the water.last_img read more

Trai chief sees new govt pushing telecom reforms 5G rollout

first_imgNew Delhi: Trai Chairman R S Sharma Thursday exuded confidence that the new government will work with “renewed vigour” to accelerate reforms in the telecom sector with sharp focus on 5G roll-out and the implementation of the new telecom policy. Sharma said it is for the government to take a call on its priorities for the sector but added that he sees an accelerated implementation of various provisions of the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP). Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”It is for the government to take a call on the priorities. But, my understanding is that on NDCP which was announced last year…there will be accelerated implementation of provisions,” Sharma said. Asked if the continuity of the Narendra Modi-led government would ensure that pending issues in the sector are taken up expeditiously, Sharma said, “I think the telecom department has been addressing the issues earlier also, and I am sure there will be new renewed vigour.” Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”I am sure it will accelerate…the reforms in the telecom sector will accelerate further,” he said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has been in favour of review of licence fees, spectrum usage charges and the universal service obligation fund levy to enhance the overall ease of doing business. On whether some of the long-pending suggestions could be taken up now, Sharma said Trai has already given a number of recommendations to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) with a view to rationalise the levies in the telecom sector. “I am sure the government will consider them,” he said. Currently, telecom service providers are required to pay a one-time non-refundable entry fee prior to signing of the licence agreement. Additionally, operators are also under an obligation to pay an annual licence fee which is a percentage of the adjusted gross revenue (AGR); under the unified licence agreement, the licence fee currently is 8 per cent of the AGR.The telecom service providers also pay spectrum-related charges, including payment for allotment and use of spectrum.last_img read more

Ottawa funds health changes aimed at giving First Nations more control

first_imgWINNIPEG – The federal government has taken another step in transferring control over Indigenous health programs to First Nations.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced $68 million over three years for Indigenous communities in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.The money follows up on plans first announced in the 2017 budget to boost First Nations-led health services in sometimes remote communities.Philpott says the money will help boost First Nations health services closer to home.She says this should help reduce the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in areas such as diabetes and infectious disease.Final funding amounts to each First Nations organization are still being worked out.“The idea is to increase the control and the design of health systems in the hands of First Nations governments,” Philpott said Thursday.“The health outcomes for First Nations are vastly different, in many cases, from non-Indigenous Canadians. If you look at the rates of diabetes, if you look at rates of infectious diseases …. the disparities are absolutely there.”Grand Chief Garrison Settee, who represents dozens of northern Manitoba Indigenous communities, said the funding will help set up more services in communities, which will mean less travel for patients.“We can bring these services to the north that are so, so needed,” he said.The initiative is somewhat similar to the move in 2013 to transfer Indigenous health programs in British Columbia to a First Nations health authority, Philpott said.“The evidence is there that the health outcomes have improved considerably,” Philpott said.The funding announced Thursday will be split between the provinces, with Manitoba getting $42 million, Saskatchewan $13.6 million and Ontario $11.9 million.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous versions referred to Jane Philpott as health minister.last_img read more

Questions linger as MMIWG inquiry completes community hearings

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls wrapped up its community hearings Sunday with a series of question marks hanging over its head.Will it get the two-year extension it wants from the federal government?When will it commence institutional hearings and expert panels?Chief Commissioner Marion Buller was able to answer some of those questions Sunday in Richmond, B.C. where roughly 100 witnesses were expected to have testified over five days.“We haven’t heard anything about the extension,” she said of the request last month to the Trudeau government for another two years and $50 million.So she said it would be business as usual until they hear otherwise.“We’re moving forward with our work plan that we’ve already established,” she added.That means collecting statements from survivors and families until April 20. A deadline, she says, that was set months earlier to give the four commissioners time to review all the information before compiling their recommendations to government by the end of the year.The next question: Will the inquiry get the cash injection it needs to complete its existing work after revealing last month it was running a deficit?Buller says yes.“We anticipate that we’ll be able to negotiate further funding from Ottawa,” she said, noting they need “roughly 10 per cent of their budget” to finish up.Meanwhile, Buller said the institutional hearings will look very different from what Canadians have seen so far.She has the power to subpoena top officials in policing, Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, and child welfare across the country.Those officials will be called before commissioners to answer questions about their processes and procedures that have come under fire so far.“We’re going to be putting the truths that we’ve heard in this part (of the inquiry) to people in (those positions),” she said.“I can request or order people to attend.”Meanwhile, if the extension does come through, Buller said her team has a few locations in mind for the next community hearings. To date, the inquiry has held 15 hearings.She said southern Ontario is among the locations.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

CN apologizes promises immediate action to clear backlog of grain shipments

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian National is apologizing for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and says it’s taking immediate steps to clear the backlog — including mobilizing more train cars and workers.The move comes just two days after CN dumped its president and CEO amid growing complaints that the backlog of shipments is compromising Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter, costing sales and putting farmers in a cash-flow crunch.“We apologize for not meeting the expectations of our grain customers, nor our own high standards,” Jean-Jacques Ruest, who took over the helm of CN from Luc Jobin on an interim basis, said in a statement early Wednesday.“The entire CN team has a sense of urgency and is fully focused on getting it right for farmers and our grain customers, regaining the confidence of Canadian businesses and protecting Canada’s reputation as a stable trade partner in world markets.“Moving the Canadian economy is in our DNA. We can and we will do much better and that starts today — no excuses.”Among other things, the company says it’s offering incentives for key operating employees to delay retirement and postpone vacations, and to entice recently-retired employees to return to work.It’s also deploying qualified managers to operate extra trains and adding train crews in western Canada.CN says it has leased 130 locomotives to increase capacity, almost all of which are now in use. And it’s investing more than $250 million this year to build new track and yard capacity in western Canada.According to the Ag Transport Coalition, CN and Canadian Pacific combined provided only 38 per cent of the rail cars ordered by grain shippers during the week of Feb. 12 — CP delivered 66 per cent of its orders and CN just 17 per cent.On Tuesday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wrote a joint letter aimed at putting pressure on the country’s two major railways to clear the backlog.They expressed their “serious concern” about the failure of the railways to meet the expectations of shippers and customers over the winter. While the ministers said they understand the railways have faced challenges due to a larger than expected grain crop last year and extreme winter weather, they called the companies’ performance “disappointing.”The ministers asked the railways to publicly provide a clear description of how they intend to clear the backlog, as well as their plans for maintaining the fluidity of future shipments. They gave the companies until March 15 to publish the information on their websites.The duo said the backlog has created problems that are most acute for farmers, who need their grain delivered in order to have the cash to pay off past loans and purchase inputs for the coming crop year. But they also said shippers in a variety of other sectors — including forestry, energy and chemicals — have “lost significant business and opportunities” due to the inability to move their products in a timely way.In its statement, CN said it will provide weekly tracking of grain shipments. The company also urged Parliament to pass Bill C-49 swiftly.The legislation, which has been stalled in the Senate since the fall, would financially penalize railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars on time. It would also require railways to publicly report each summer on their abilities to move that year’s grain crop, and to publish by Oct. 1 each year a winter contingency plan for keeping shipments moving regardless of bad weather.last_img read more

Clever cat uses zebra crossing in Kent

first_imgMr Scrutton captures the hilarious moment on his dashcam A chauffeur has captured the adorable moment drivers stopped to let a clever cat use a pedestrian crossing in Dartford.Not content with risking any of its nine lives, the feline was filmed carefully waiting for cars to slow down before crossing St Vincent’s Road on Sunday afternoon. Mr Scrutton captures the hilarious moment on his dashcamCredit:SWNS Justin Scrutton, from Stone, caught the footage on his dashboard camera after taking his car to the valet.The 44-year-old said as he slowed down to approach the pedestrian crossing he spotted the black and white cat waiting to cross. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Woman and always smiling young boy found dead at Suffolk property

He added the area was ‘usually very quiet’ and one where ‘nothing really goes on’.A woman claiming to be a relative said the family was “deeply saddened” as she appealed for information about the deaths online.Sowmya Shri wrote on Twitter: “I am the sister of the dead lady and we are in India please do help with more information.”The family is deeply saddened and is unable to be able to handle this situation.”Suffolk Police said officers were called just before 6pm. They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.The force said: “A member of the public reported to police he had found a woman and a young male child both deceased inside the premises.”A police investigation into the circumstances of the deaths is currently under way. Next of kin are aware.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The pair were discovered by a member of the public inside the two-storey property A woman and a young boy have been found dead at a home on a quiet street in Suffolk.The pair were discovered by a member of the public inside the two-storey property in Newmarket on Friday afternoon.Neighbours said a woman in her early 30s and her son aged under 10 who was “always smiling” lived at the house but “kept themselves to themselves”.Police could be seen talking with locals today close to the semi-detached property on a narrow residential street.One man who lives opposite the home said: “I came home last night about 8pm and there were feds (police) everywhere.”The resident said that forensics had spent the night attending the property and that he knew the woman who lived there by sight.He said: “Like everyone, she kept herself to herself. I only spoke to her once to collect a parcel. She was probably early thirties.”The boy seemed happy enough though. He was a youngster, maybe seven or eight. He was always smiling every time I saw him.” A witness had told the Newmarket Journal he had seen a woman come out of a property “in tears” on Friday evening.”I could hear her saying she was ‘so afraid’,” he told the paper. The pair were discovered by a member of the public inside the two-storey propertyCredit:Joe Giddens/PA read more

WWE reveals the first official Superstar Shake Up before RAW tonight

first_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second ChildVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 93.21%0:00Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte The Miz WhatsApp Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Adam Scott Videos Articles Videos Articles Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Maryse WWE has posted the first official Superstar Shake Up with Mike Rome backstage at tonight’s RAW in Long Island, revealing Apollo Crews as the first official move for the the RAW brand before the show goes live tonight on the USA Network.Crews, a former NXT star, debuted on the main roster last April and was later drafted to Smackdown Live last July during the 2016 WWE Draft. Outside of an early feud with The Miz and Dolph Ziggler, his tenure with Smackdown was not very noteworthy.You can check out the interview and announcement with Crews below. Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOXlast_img read more

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweets his divorce announcement

first_img— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 9, 2019 “We feel incredible lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other,” he wrote. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  MacKenzie Bezos is a novelist and founded an antibullying organization, called Bystander Revolution, in 2014. Jeff Bezos sits at the top of the Forbes 400 list and has a net worth of about $139 billion. This week, Amazon became the most valuable US company for the first time. Here’s Bezos’ full statement:  “We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends. We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners and ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures. Through the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Online Tech Industry Tags Commentscenter_img 9 1:12 Jeff Bezos is the richest person on Earth… for now Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing.  Emma McIntyre / Getty Images Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, according to a tweet Wednesday from the Amazon CEO. In an image of text attached to the tweet, Jeff Bezos said the decision came after a “long period of loving exploration and a trial separation.” Amazon Jeff Bezoslast_img read more

Texas Lawmakers Pass Statewide RideHailing Regulations

first_imgMIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. / KUTThe Texas Senate approved a statewide ride-hailing bill that would require name-based background checks and an annual licensing fee.Texas Senators have approved a bill that creates statewide regulations for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. House Bill 100 would preempt regulations on the so-called transportation network companies in cities like Austin. The Senate passed the bill on a 21-9 vote.The bill passed with at least two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate, so it could take effect immediately if Gov. Greg Abbott signs it, which he is expected to do. The bill requires ride-hailing drivers to pass name-based background checks – as opposed to the fingerprint-based checks required in Austin. It also allows cities to set up data-sharing agreements with ride-hailers to collect traffic data, as well as establish programs to increase accessibility for passengers with disabilities. Ride-hailing companies would pay an annual licensing fee to the state, as well. Abbott’s signature would open the door for Uber and Lyft to return to Austin. Both ride-hailing providers left after last year’s Prop 1 referendum, which upheld the city’s use of fingerprint-based background checks. In an emails to KUT, spokespeople for both Uber and Lyft said the companies would return to Austin immediately if Abbott signs the bill.Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he was disappointed lawmakers passed the bill, “imposing regulations on our city over the objection of Austin voters.” “Our city should be proud of how we filled the gap created when Uber and Lyft left,” he said in a statement, “and we now must hope that they return ready to compete in a way that reflects Austin’s values.”On the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Don Huffines (R-Greenville) questioned Georgetown Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, suggesting that the licensing and background checks were onerous.“We’re assuming with this legislation that the government’s more capable of determining who’s a safe driver and to help the passengers than the passengers are in determining that, or the companies themselves,” he said.Schwertner defended the regulations and said the bill would preempt “overly aggressive municipalities that are trying to be protectionist” – a veiled jab at Austin’s regulations – and that the bill would level the playing field for ride-hailing apps.“Over 40 states in this country have already acknowledged these realities and chose to enact a consistent, predictable system of regulation that licenses TNC operators at the state level,” he said. “This bill is about protecting the safety of our constituents, as well as economic liberty.”The bill drew controversy last month in the House, when an amendment was added to the bill’s language to define sex as “the physical condition of being male or female.” That language was taken out of the bill initially, but made it back into the bill passed by the Senate this afternoon. Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) characterized that language as unnecessary for a bill regulating ride-hailing apps. “I don’t understand why, in a transportation bill, we have to have the definition of what that condition would be,” he said. “My concern is that that line has the potential for discrimination.” Sharelast_img read more

Md Lawmakers Pass Minimum Wage Increase

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly on its last full day of the session Monday gave final approval to incremental increases in the state’s minimum wage over several years to $10.10 by 2018.The House of Delegates voted 87-47 for the measure, sending it to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, who made the bill a priority of his last regular legislative session. Passage won praise from President Barack Obama.”Maryland’s important action is a reminder that many states, cities and counties — as well as a majority of the American people — are way ahead of Washington on this crucial issue,” the president said in a statement.The minimum wage, which was last raised in 2006, will increase from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January. It will rise to $8.25 in July 2015; $8.75 in July 2016; $9.25 in July 2017 and $10.10 in July 2018. All 87 supporters were Democrats. Delegate Benjamin Kramer, D-Montgomery, said the lack of action on raising the minimum wage in Congress has left it up to states to move forward to give low-wage workers a badly needed raise.”Unfortunately, like so many other things, our state legislatures are having to take up issues that traditionally rested with our federal government because nothing, nothing, is happening on Capitol Hill, and so the state of Maryland has said we’re going to step up to the plate,” Kramer said.Republicans, however, said increases could result in job losses. Opponents, including six Democrats, also said the increases will make Maryland less attractive to businesses that would consider relocating to the state.”We are making it so it’s cost prohibitive for jobs to come here,” said Delegate Michael Smigiel, R-Cecil.The bill includes a provision to ensure about 18,000 community service providers who work with the developmentally disabled will make about 30 percent above the minimum wage.The vote came early on the last day of the legislative session. Lawmakers were still working to put finishing touches on a marijuana decriminalization bill and a plan to get the state’s stalled medical marijuana framework operational.The House approved the decriminalization measure on Saturday with some differences to a bill passed by the Senate. The Senate had proposed a $100 penalty for every offense. The House measure raises the penalties to $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense. The two houses also differ on what would trigger evaluations for drug treatment. The measure as changed by the House would require offenders under 21 and those caught with the drug three times or more to be evaluated for treatment.Medical marijuana legalization has stalled in the state, because a law enacted last year requires academic medical centers to make the drug available to qualifying patients. However, none of the academic medical centers has stepped forward. This year, lawmakers want to allow certified doctors to recommend marijuana for patients with debilitating, chronic and severe illnesses.Meanwhile, efforts to reform Maryland’s bail hearing system have stalled.Maryland’s highest court has ordered the state to provide defense attorneys for poor defendants at initial bail hearings, and to avoid this expense, the House and Senate have passed disparate bills to rework the bail process. But Sen. Brian Frosh, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said Monday afternoon that lawmakers had run out of time to negotiate.As a backup measure, next year’s budget has tentatively allocated $10 million for paying private attorneys to staff these bail hearings. Public defenders have estimated it would cost $28 million a year for a proper solution, and they worry underfunding will cause a crisis.Click for related articles:“Maryland Senate Approves Minimum Wage Increase Leading to $10.10 Wage”last_img read more

DMV Region National Summit on NonViolence

first_imgD.C. Resident Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, and Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester, Co-Chairs of Black Women for Positive Change are urging D.C., Virginia and Maryland residents to attend the National Summit on Non-Violence, Aug. 23, at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M. Street, N.W., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The summit is in response to a fatal shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri that killed an unarmed youth; six individuals shot in Southwest Washington, D.C.; the death of a two year old girl in Landover, Md. who was shot in her own home; and other cities are reporting the same problems.last_img read more