1 paisa loan waiver a cruel joke: farmer

first_imgChiddi Sharma, a farmer in Ading village of Mathura, has received 1 paisa or ₹00.01 as part of the U.P. government’s flagship crop loan waiver scheme, which promises a relief of up to ₹1 lakh to the 86 lakh farmers in the State. Mr. Sharma, one of the many farmers who have been given waivers of minuscule amounts, says his is the “cruellest joke” as no one in the State has been paid 1 paise as relief for losses running into lakhs.‘Blessing for farmers’Announced in April this year, a month after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power in U.P., the ₹36,000-crore ‘Rin Mochan Yojana’ had come as a blessing for debt-ridden farmers of the State. Even as the Adityanath government competed six months, Mr. Sharma got a message on his phone from Punjab National Bank on Sunday that he had got a loan waiver of 1 paisa as part of the flagship scheme.When The Hindu met the 52-year-old farmer in his humble one-room house,Mr. Sharma was visibly angry. “I had distributed sweets in April when Yogiji announced the loan waiver. I had taken loan of ₹1.55 lakh from the Punjab National Bank six years ago, but could not repay it that due to repeated losses in farming. Today I do not know whether to laugh or cry. Many leaders have played with the emotions of the farmers, but this one by Yogiji is the cruellest of them all,” said Mr. Sharma who owns five bighas of land and comes under the category of “marginal farmer”. Waiver certificate“Since the day Yogiji announced the ₹1-lakh loan waiver scheme, I had only been thinking about it. I don’t know what to say now. The six-month wait has resulted in 1 paisa in my account,” Mr. Sharma said, waving the loan waiver certificate embossed with the photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Adityanath, with the slogan “har kadam kisanon ke saath (with farmers in their every step)” running under them.“I don’t want to speak much but what is the point of advertising ₹36000 crore. How come other farmers in Mathura who took almost the same amount as me and who were in a similar situation, got the full waiver of ₹1 lakh,” asked Mr. Sharma, flanked by his son Banwarilal Sharma and his two sons. Since the news of 1-paisa loan waiver broke, Mr. Sharma has been receiving hordes of journalists and photographers at his home.The media attention is also proving to be a pocket pinch for the family, said Banwarilal Sharma who had spent over ₹100 on tea and snacks for the reporters visiting them.Opposition fumesWhile there are many beneficiaries of the loan waiver scheme who have got a relief as low as 40 paisa, no one else in the State has a certificate that matches the 1-paisa laon waiver to Mr. Sharma. His case has already given ammunition to the Opposition leaders in the State. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted on Monday: “Bhool chukey jo apna sankalp patra, shweta patra unka bahana hai (The white paper is an excuse for those who have forgotten their poll promises)”.Two-account theoryThe district manager of PNB bank, P.K. Singh, said that a case like that of Chiddi Sharma may have happened because of two accounts in the same bank. “Under the scheme those accounts of farmers ended up getting selected in which the money was either repaid or there was a meagre loan amount left,” said Mr. Singh. But Mr. Sharma said he never had two accounts in PNB, so there was no chance of any confusion. Probe orderedThe district officials of Mathura have ordered a probe into Mr. Sharma’s case. ADM Mathura Sadanand Gupta told Mr. Sharma that it was a mistake on part of PNB and directed the bank officials to issue a new certificate. The District Magistrate of Mathura, Arvind Malappa, told The Hindu, “I looked at the case of of Chiddi Sharma and it seems that it happened due to some technical error which we are trying to sort out.”last_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh bypolls: BJP wrests two seats from Congress

first_imgThe BJP on December 24 wrested both the Pakke-Kessang and Likabali Assembly seats from the Congress in the bypolls to these constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh. With this, the 60-member State Assembly now has 49 MLAs from the saffron party, nine from the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA), one Congress and one Independent legislator. B.R. Waghe of the BJP won the Pakke-Kessang seat by a narrow margin of 475 votes, defeating his lone rival and former Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo of the Congress. While Mr. Waghe polled 3,517 votes, Mr. Dolo bagged 3,042, Joint Chief Electoral Officer D.J. Bhattacharjee said.In the Likabali seat, BJP’s Kardo Nyigyor won by a slender margin of 305 votes, defeating his nearest rival, Gumke Riba of the PPA. While the BJP candidate polled 3,461 votes, the PPA nominee secured 3,156 votes in the constituency, which witnessed a multi-cornered contest. While the Congress candidate Modam Dini could secure only 362 votes, the lone Independent candidate, Sengo Taipodia, bagged 675 votes. The constituency also saw 23 voters opting for NOTA, Mr. Bhattacharjee said. Over 68.5% electors had voted in the December 21 bypolls, with Pakke-Kessang recording an 86% voter turnout and Likabali 51%. The Likabali seat had fallen vacant after then Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena passed away on September 4. The Pakke-Kessang seat fell vacant after the Gauhati High Court declared the election of Mr. Dolo from the constituency in the March 15, 2014 polls null and void, following an election petition filed by BJP nominee and former Minister Atum Welly.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju congratulated the BJP members for the victory in the bypolls.last_img read more

1st Test: Tom Latham double ton gives New Zealand upper hand vs Sri Lanka

first_imgTom Latham put any questions about his future in the New Zealand cricket team to bed with a maiden double century as he effectively batted Sri Lanka out of the first Test on the third day at the Basin Reserve on Monday.Latham finished 264 not out — a world’s best for an opener carrying their bat through a completed innings — as New Zealand were bowled out for 578, and holding a 296-run first innings lead, about an hour before stumps on the third day.Tom Southee and Trent Boult then reduced the visitors to 20 for three at stumps, with Kusal Mendis, who is on five, and Angelo Mathews (two) to return on Tuesday to see if they can avoid an innings loss inside four days.Despite the pace bowling fireworks towards the end of play, the third day belonged to the 26-year-old Latham.The left-hander was concentration personified as he built on the century he completed on the Sunday and brought up his double with a controlled push into the leg side for a single.He immediately broke into a grin as he trotted through to complete the run and become the 15th New Zealand batsman to score a Test double century and first since Ross Taylor scored 290 against Australia in Perth in November, 2015.Tom Latham speaks to @radiosportnz following a day he will never forget in Wellington #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/XeZACuTUhtBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 17, 2018His score is the sixth-highest for New Zealand, with Brendon McCullum’s 302, on the same ground against India in 2014, still the benchmark.advertisementIt was a welcome return for Latham, whose place in the side while probably not under serious threat, had begun to be questioned after a lean run of form.Since his last century of 177 against Bangladesh in early 2017 he has scored a total of 488 runs in 19 innings at an average of 27.11, almost 10 runs lower than his career average.In that period he passed 50 just four times.Latham played the anchor role to a fluent Kane Williamson on Sunday and continued to accumulate on Monday as the rest of the lineup took a more aggressive approach.Only BJ Watling from the top seven failed to get going on a placid pitch, with Taylor and Henry Nicholls both scoring 50, while Colin de Grandhomme hit three fours and three sixes in his 49.Jeet Raval (43) and Williamson (91) were both dismissed on Sunday.last_img read more

Ashleigh Barty loses coach but wins latest Australian Open encounter

first_img Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Australian Open Tennis Australian Open 2019 Support The Guardian Bernard Tomic’s attack on Leyton Hewitt symptomatic of mateship gone sour Topics Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Australia sportcenter_img Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “He’s crook. He’s on bed rest at the moment,” Barty said. “[I’m] extremely lucky to have a Fed Cup captain in ‘Mol’, who I’ve spent a lot of time with around Fed Cup, as well, but ’Mol’ is also around a lot of the slams.“It’s a very seamless transition. I still have the same discussion with Tyz. It’s just not face to face; it’s over the phone. Then ‘Mol’ is able to relay that as well and to reassure me.”Barty’s win was her sixth in nine days. “It’s great to be playing in Australia and playing well. Yeah, it’s nice to just get into the tournament, to be honest. Very happy with the way I have started 2019, not just here in Melbourne but also in Perth and Sydney, hell of a start.”A finalist last week in Sydney, where she toppled world No.1 Simona Halep, the 22-year-old has surged into fourth favouritism to become the first home winner of the Open since Chris O’Neill in 1978.Barty, though, insisted the hype was easy to block out. “I don’t read the papers to start off with,” the Queenslander said. “I can come out here and play with freedom. Play my game.“When I’m playing well, I’m really enjoying myself out on court and that is all I can ask of every match. If I win, it’s a bonus. If I lose, the sun still comes up the next day and it’s all good.”Barty will play Maria Sakkari on Friday for a place in the second week of the Open for the first time. The pair have split their previous two encounters, but Barty is wary after losing to the Greek in straight sets last year in Indian Wells.“Maria, I’m great friends with and have a really great relationship,” Barty said. “She’s one of the best movers and competitors out there. Will be very tough.” Playing with freedom and no fear, Ashleigh Barty has powered into the Australian Open third round without even a coach. Barty clubbed China’s Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday before revealing she had been largely flying solo during her charge to the last 32 for only the second time.With trusty mentor Craig Tyzzer quarantining himself from Melbourne Park with a virus, Barty has been leaning on Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik for support while carrying the hopes of the nation. match reports Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Ashleigh Barty Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Salah: I’m proud to be compared to Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgLiverpool Salah: I’m proud to be compared to Messi and Ronaldo Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League African All Stars The 25-year-old has enjoyed a record-breaking season at Anfield but says the Champions League final is not all about him and the Ballon d’Or winner Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah admits that he “feels great” to have been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi this season.The 25-year-old has enjoyed a staggering debut season with Jurgen Klopp’s side, which will come to a conclusion on Saturday when they contest the Champions League final against Real Madrid.Salah has set a new benchmark in terms of goals in a Premier League season, netting 32 in 36 appearances, and has been one of the sensations of the last year – and it is a situation that he says he thrives upon. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I feel great about the numbers,” he told BT Sport. “Everyone is talking about Ronaldo and Messi because they’ve been at that level of 15/13 years so I’m proud to see myself compared to them.”Meanwhile, he has downplayed the prospect of the clash in Kiev being little more than a duel between himself and Ronaldo, with both firmly in contention to win the Ballon d’Or at the end of the year. “It’s the final game, it’s not about Salah or Ronaldo, it’s about the clubs,” he pointed out. “I want to make everyone proud, I want to make everyone in the city happy, in Egypt, over the world. I just need to think about the game, nothing else, just do my job.”Ronaldo, meanwhile, argued that he is “completely different” to Salah and should, therefore, not be compared to him.Salah has scored 44 goals in all competitions so far this season, including 10 in the Champions League, having turned out for the Reds 51 times. Moreover, he has created a further 16.His efforts saw him claim numerous individual honours in England, where he was given both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards.Such is the widespread popularity that the former Roma forward holds, his boots were put on display in the British Museum last week due to the iconic status the player holds across the Arab world. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngster

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngsterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley admits manager Frank Lampard inspired him as a youngster.Nobody else can say they have grown up watching Lampard on television, then played alongside him in an England shirt, and now continue to learn off him in his role as Chelsea boss.”As a young lad I would watch Match of the Day on a Sunday morning and then go off to my games for Everton,” he told chelseafc.com.”I’d see the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard banging the goals in every week. Lampard was one of my idols, because as a young midfielder I would see the goals he was scoring or creating every week and look up to him.”I played with the manager later on in his career with England and you could see how motivated he was. It was hard work all the time, running after training, non-stop movement to receive the ball, scoring goals. As a young player seeing that it affects you. You want to do the same things.”He’s taken that into his management. We work really hard and then on the right days we ease off and feel really good for the games.” last_img read more

24 days agoNicol urges calm around Chelsea outcast Pulisic

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicol urges calm around Chelsea outcast Pulisicby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol says Christian Pulisic will come good at Chelsea.Chelsea fans have been pleading with Frank Lampard to give Pulisic more game time in the league, but the boss seems to prefer Pedro and Willian on either flank with Tammy Abraham in the middle.Regardless, Nicol explained on ESPN FC that Chelsea fans need to just give the youngster time, because he will get good in the end.“I think everyone should calm down,” he said.“He’s 21, he’s just started out on his Premier League career.“He’s what, six or seven games in? And everyone is jumping up and pressing the panic button.“This kid has ability, he also has something very important – a level head.“As much as everyone around him may be panicking, he understands that – because he’s been through it already at Dortmund.“He knows that patience is needed, and that through the ability he has, he’ll get there in the end.“I’m sure that right now he’s thinking – I’ve done it all before, I need to step up a level, but I can do this.” last_img read more

New Music Monday: Benji Hughes

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Benji Hughes released Songs in the Key of Animals, his latest album and first on the Durham, NC-based Merge Records last Friday. His second solo record, Songs… comes six years after Hughes’ first, A Love Extreme. He has been active in the music world since the 90s, however, as one of the founders of the band Muscadine and in numerous other guises. Hughes wrote a commercial jingle for Captain Morgan, and made music for Walk Hard and Eastbound and Down.A mostly quiet record, Songs… sees Hughes exploring different avenues of pop. “Longshot,” for example, is a dreamy piano ballad. Lead single “Girls Love Shoes,” on the other hand, opens with a nothing more than a drum beat and a monotone voice listing off things girls like before moving to a synth pop chorus whose only line is the name of the song.It is, I submit, impossible to listen to “Girls Love Shoes” and not immediately be thrown back to 2006 and “Shoes.” Benji Hughes’ song and the YouTube video share a sense of humor, mocking the stereotype that all women love shoes and shopping for them. “Girls Love Shoes” keeps it tongue planted firmly in its cheek, an aspect of many of the tracks on Songs….  The record rarely feels completely serious, but neither does it come across as insincere.More than any other track on Songs… “Fall Me in Love” captures this split between facetiousness and earnestness. As in “Girls Love Shoes” there are comically monotone spoken word segments in which the speaker names some of her desires. As opposed to “Girls Love Shoes,” however, the rest of the song expresses a real desire for a “somebody to fall me in love.”With Songs in the Key of Animals, Benji Hughes has managed to create an earnest record that never quite takes itself seriously. Its love songs feel earnest and are buoyed by more lighthearted tracks.Benji Hughes’ Songs in the Key of Animals is out now on Merge Records and available on Amazon, iTunes, and in Merge’s online store. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

PM Urges Greater Use of GIS for Economic Growth

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging greater use of geographic information system (GIS) technology across all sectors in order to spur higher levels of economic growth and development. Story Highlights Mr. Holness said the Government has been making significant investments in using GIS technology to spur Jamaica’s growth and development while seeking to reposition the country as a knowledge-based economy. Another key area of investment, the Prime Minister highlighted, was the National Identification System (NIDS), which will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging greater use of geographic information system (GIS) technology across all sectors in order to spur higher levels of economic growth and development.He contends that despite Jamaica’s use of the technology over the past 25 years, its full potential remains untapped.“It is certainly accepted by the Government… definitely at the administrative and executive levels. But we have still not yet moved to the point of utilising the technology where we leverage (its) predictive powers… which is to use it in a way to either prevent things from happening or facilitating things we want to happen,” the Prime Minister noted.He called for its utilisation at the decision-making level “as a management and planning tool”.He was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (October 10).Mr. Holness said the Government has been making significant investments in using GIS technology to spur Jamaica’s growth and development while seeking to reposition the country as a knowledge-based economy.These, he said, have been in the notable areas of job creation, with the establishment of the GIS Corps of National Service targeting unattached youth under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) initiative, and the installation of key infrastructure designed to enhance public safety and security.Mr. Holness said that under the GIS Corps, youngsters have been employed by several State entities to undertake a number of key engagements.These, he said, include at the National Water Commission (NWC) to carry out asset mapping of all meters islandwide, the collating of data for an asset map capturing street lights, with another corps being established to assist in generating rainfall data for the National Meteorological Service.The Prime Minister said that there were numerous other opportunities for youth employment utilising GIS technology to document Jamaica’s critical assets.He noted that significant investments have also been made to install surveillance cameras and closed-circuit television (CCTV) to capture illicit criminal activities and traffic breaches, as part of the Government’s undertaking to engender a safe and secure society.Another key area of investment, the Prime Minister highlighted, was the National Identification System (NIDS), which will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens.Mr. Holness contended that a system to accurately identify persons will go a far way in generating information that facilitates analyses of the society’s challenges, and potentially yield solutions and predict outcomes.“We truly understand the deep power of the technology, and that it can be leveraged for the economic and social development of the country,” he added.The GIS User Conference is being jointly staged by the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) and Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) under the theme ‘GeospatialTechnologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’.It forms part of activities commemorating the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.last_img read more

Blayne Lastman decides he will not be a candidate for Toronto mayor

first_imgTORONTO – Blayne Lastman, the son of former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, announced Thursday that he will not be seeking the city’s top job, ending weeks of speculation that he would try to follow in his father’s footsteps.In an early morning statement, Blayne Lastman said he decided not to run for mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election after “careful consideration and consultation” with his family.“The last week has been an emotional roller-coaster,” Lastman said in the statement. “While I am overwhelmed by the support I have received, my decision not to run is in the best interest of my family, my business and of course, the great City of Toronto.”Lastman is best known for running the Bad Boy furniture and appliance empire his father started in 1955. He was expected to appear at city hall on Thursday and announce his candidacy, a day before the deadline to enter the race.His father served as mayor of North York, Ont., for more than 20 years before becoming the first mayor of the amalgamated city of Toronto in 1998.Lastman said he will now offer his full support to current Mayor John Tory, who is running for a second term in office.“The mayor’s job is not one that can be taken lightly,” Lastman said. “Our city faces many concerns including crime and gridlock. I am well aware of the commitment that John Tory has made to the city and I offer him my full support.”In the elder Lastman’s post-mayoral days, he could be seen in Bad Boy commercials alongside Blayne, who re-launched the chain in 1991, shouting its notorious slogan with an “OK” sign and an exaggerated wink: “Who’s better than Bad Boy? Noooooobody!”The 85-year-old Mel Lastman left politics in 2003 after serving six years as Toronto’s mayor. One of his defining moments came in 1999 when he called in the army after a fierce winter storm paralysed the city.So far, 21 candidates have entered the mayoral race, including Tory.last_img read more

Feds eyeing guns designed to hunt people as they ponder possible curbs

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government says no options have been ruled out to clamp down on guns “designed to hunt people” as it weighs new measures against assault-style rifles and handguns.The sharply worded statement from the office of Bill Blair, the minister leading the review, comes amid concerns from gun-control advocates that such rifles are becoming more readily available on the legal market.Firearms groups, meanwhile, fear the government is poised to penalize law-abiding owners in the name of appearing tough on criminals.Complicating the already polarized debate is the fact that there is no agreed-upon definition of an assault weapon.Blair’s office says assault-style rifles are military weapons designed to hunt people, not animals, in a way that maximizes the body count at minimum effort.It says all possibilities will be considered to curb their illicit use.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Organization representing Inuit women gains standing in MMIWG inquiry

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsA national Inuit organization has gained the right to participate in The National Inquiry.The news comes at a turbulent time, as families and advocates of missing and murdered Indigenous women question the whole inquiry process.How does this sit with the organization representing Inuit women?last_img

Ban hails upcoming NigeriaCameroon transfer of peninsula as landmark event

7 August 2008Next week’s final transfer of authority from Nigeria to Cameroon of a once disputed peninsula will be “a landmark event” for the United Nations, which shepherded the peaceful negotiation process between the two countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Mr. Ban is following the preparations for the final transfer of the Bakassi Peninsula, slated to take place on 14 August, “with interest and anticipation,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.The transfer of authority will implement both the 2002 ruling on the matter by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the 2006 Greentree Agreement between the two countries that emerged after a mediation process led by the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, which was set up by the UN.“In his capacity as Facilitator of that Agreement, the Secretary-General intends to send a senior official to lead his delegation at the transfer ceremony,” the statement noted.Under the agreement, Nigeria recognized Cameroonian sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, an oil-rich region on the Gulf of Guinea that had been the subject of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the African neighbours for decades.Today’s statement described the upcoming ceremony as a landmark event for the UN, “culminating in the peaceful resolution of a potentially dangerous boundary dispute through respect for international law and good-neighbourly cooperation. It is an example that should serve as a model for the negotiated settlement of border disputes elsewhere.” read more

Americanstyle Interstate model proposed for busy Manitoba highway

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is looking at turning a busy but aging roadway around Winnipeg’s south side into a freeway.The province is hiring an engineering consultant to investigate transforming the south Perimeter Highway into a thoroughfare featuring overpasses, ramps, loops and service roads for highway access.The design will also include plans for a potential bypass around the south-end St. Norbert neighbourhood.The study will take two years to complete, but the province hasn’t said how much it will cost.Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen said last November that the province was studying the highway’s future because it’s nearing the end of its life cycle.The previous NDP government had promised a St. Norbert bypass and the removal of traffic lights from the southern leg of the highway.Pedersen said Tuesday that the plan is to convert the Perimeter it into a modern freeway “similar to American Interstate standards.”“It (the highway) was built 50 years ago. The city has expanded a lot, trade has expanded a lot. We need to know where we need to be for the next 50 years,” he told reporters.Terry Shaw, a spokesman for the Manitoba Trucking Association, said while trade and environmental factors are important considerations, the study should also take accident prevention into account.“Number one is road safety. Any time we create opportunities for vehicles not to interact is a good thing.” (CTV Winnipeg, CJOB) read more

Sixtyyear conflict ends with UNbrokered peace between two Afghan tribes

Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that the Balkhel tribe of Paktya and the Sabari tribe of Khost last Wednesday agreed to unconditionally accept the decision of the Jirga of Greater Paktya Elders to end the conflict.The settlement came after two months of negotiations involving UNAMA and the three governors of Greater Paktya, who last week held a joint ceremony to announce the pact, along with the Jirga and representatives of coalition forces.An immediate benefit of the agreement will be an increase of construction activities in Greater Paktya, Mr. Edwards said. UNHCR has announced its interest in supporting the rebuilding of the road linking the two communities, which has been closed for the last eight years.Other actors were expected to support further reconstruction projects to cement reconciliation between the tribes and enhance the Government’s credibility and outreach in the area. read more

Minus Marc Loving No 20 Ohio State mens basketball falls to Purdue

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell reacts after a play against Maryland on Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team started the night one man short, and ended up short on the scoreboard.The Buckeyes (17-6, 6-4) fell to the Purdue Boilermakers (15-8, 7-3), 60-58, on the road Wednesday night without sophomore forward Marc Loving, who did not make the trip to West Lafayette, Ind., because he has been suspended indefinitely.Loving’s absence showed throughout the game as the Buckeyes opened shooting 0-of-4 from long range and finished 4-of-15. Before the game, Loving was the Big Ten leader in three-point shooting percentage with a 53.2 conversion rate from long range.OSU committed eight fouls in the first frame, leading to the Boilermakers shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. The Buckeyes attempted just one free throw in the first half.Coming out of the locker room, the Boilermakers went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to eight.The Buckeyes battled back to take the lead, 44-42, with 8:47 to play, but the Boilermakers answered with a 10-0 run to what seemed to seal the game for Purdue.The Buckeyes would get within one point with 6.4 seconds remaining on the clock, but Purdue hit one-of-two free throws as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer to end the game.OSU sent the Boilermakers to the line throughout the game, putting Purdue into the bonus with just more than 10 minutes remaining to play.Purdue converted 19-of-27 free throws while OSU attempted just nine making six.Purdue’s seven-foot center A.J. Hammons made it difficult for the Buckeyes to do much inside as he recorded seven blocks on the night to go along with seven points.Russell kept the Buckeyes’ pace in the first half taking 10 of OSU’s 28 shots, converting on five, leading to 10 points. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds with four and tied for the lead in team assists at halftime with two.He finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, all team-highs.Purdue was led by junior guard Rapheal Davis, who scored 20 points to go along with six rebounds.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Sunday in Piscataway, N.J., against Rutgers. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens basketball looks to bounce back against Rutgers after bad

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) during a game against Air Force on Dec. 8. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhen the Ohio State men’s basketball team walked into Assembly Hall on Sunday to take on Indiana, it was riding high on a seven-game winning streak, thinking that perhaps its early-season struggles, which included a four-game nonconference losing slide, could be a thing of the past.When the Buckeyes arrived back in Columbus, all they wanted was to be able to have a short memory to erase the events of the afternoon.OSU (11-6, 3-1) was trounced 85-60 by the Hoosiers, including being outscored 48-18 in the first half. Now, with the fear of another extended period of losing in the back of the players’ and coaches’ minds, they know a quick turnaround could be crucial, beginning with a Wednesday meeting at home with Rutgers (6-11, 0-4).“We’ve got to move forward,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “It’s one of those games — as I’ve told our guys, Sunday’s game has no bearing on Wednesday’s game. When you’ve won seven games in a row leading into that game, no game you won before won you that game. It’s all based on going out and performing and playing.”Matta said that, despite how much success the team had enjoyed over the few weeks leading up to Sunday’s game, he expected games like that to happen because of the learning curve for his young team, which features zero seniors.“I’ve said this all along, I think our margin of error is slim to none,” he said. “Not that we have to play perfect. We’ve shown we can win and not play perfect.”Getting the train back on the tracks at a rapid pace to avoid a wreck can be a difficult thing for a team to accomplish. As sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate explained, that process begins with a strong week of practice, which he said he believes the team had done on Monday and Tuesday.“The way we practice really has an impact on the way we play,” Tate said. “If we go in and have two great practices, we usually play extremely well, and yesterday’s practice was great.”Tate’s fellow sophomore forward, Keita Bates-Diop, added that a loss like Sunday’s can be an important element to coming out with a new focus and intensity on the practice courts, which then extends to the next contest.“We have to come out with the pain of last game, let it all come out in the game,” Bates-Diop said. “Forget about the game, but at the same time, show everybody that it’s not us. … We’ve got to come out in this next game and do everything we didn’t do last game.”OSU and Rutgers are scheduled to square off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.Looking at RutgersAfter going just 10-22, including a 2-16 mark in conference play in its first season as a member of Big Ten men’s basketball, things haven’t gone much better for Rutgers in its second year.The Scarlet Knights have dropped each of their first four games in Big Ten play, including the last three by 20-plus points.The Buckeyes had their way with Rutgers in the teams’ only meeting in 2015, winning 79-60. Former OSU guard D’Angelo Russell had a buzzworthy performance in that game, registering a triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.Still, with an offense featuring three players averaging double-digit scoring — led by freshman point guard Corey Sanders’ 13.3 points per game — Matta said he expects the Scarlet Knights to put a good number of points on the scoreboard on Wednesday.“They’ve got guys that can just flat-out score,” Matta said. “They score within the offense, they break the offense … they’re a little of a different type of team, because they have a couple of different gears that we’ve got to be ready for.”Finding a balancePerhaps the only pleasant element for OSU against Indiana was freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who exploded for 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting.It has been a mercurial rookie season for the Evansville, Indiana, native, who had been averaging just 6.8 points per game in the four games prior to Sunday’s.Matta said teaching Lyle to play his role on a consistent basis has been a challenging process, but he hopes Sunday’s career-high performance can help launch the freshman to the next level.“I think that, when his time is done here, he’s going to be an incredible basketball player because it’s all going to come together for him,” Matta said. “I think he has a chance to be a complete basketball player, but we’ve just got to find that balance for him.”While Lyle is trending up after an extended period of struggle, Tate is still embroiled right in the middle of a slump of his own.After scoring in double figures in seven of OSU’s first 10 games, Tate has only reached the mark twice in the last seven. That came to a low point on Sunday, as he only made one shot in six attempts.“It’s just been that a couple of teams have been doubling down in the post a little more, but that’s not an excuse,” Tate said. “The shots just aren’t falling. I’ve just got to concentrate more when I’m in the positions I’m in just to get the ball in the hole. And if they don’t fall, I still have to find a better way to impact the game.”Up nextAfter the game against Rutgers on Wednesday, OSU is set to hit the road for an uphill battle against No. 3 Maryland on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for noon in College Park, Maryland. read more

Shell and Beijings Tsinghua University join forces to undertake new lubricant research

first_imgShell Lubricants Technology has announced a two-year research and development partnership with State Key Laboratory of Tribology in Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institutions. The partnership will focus on work to deepen the understanding of lubrication on textured surfaces. The partnership will generate data which can be used to create innovative solutions for Shell Lubricants’ original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and develop research in key areas fundamental to the advancement of lubrication science. The partnership will give Tsinghua University access to Shell’s global lubrication technology expertise based in Shell technology centres in the UK, Germany, the USA and China, and will give Shell the opportunity to work closely with world class lubricant scientists and tribologists to create innovative solutions that could be beneficial to Shell customers.Cheng Chen, Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc. scientist for industrial products, said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Tsinghua University, which is renowned for its excellent research heritage and top-of-the-range facilities. Creating technical edges and competitive solutions for our customers is at the heart of our business, and as such, we hope that working with the team at Tsinghua will deliver some key insights that will enhance our understanding of textured surface lubrication and help us to continue providing and developing innovative solutions for our customers.”Professor Meng Yonggang of Tsinghua University said: “As a top university in China, we are pleased to partner with Shell, a global company with vast industry experience and years of working in the lubrication industry. We look forward to leveraging the technological expertise from both sides to create innovative solutions for the industry.”The State Key Laboratory of Tribology boasts some of the world’s most advanced resources and research specialisations, such as laser etching techniques. The laboratory’s research will focus specifically on the ‘deliberate texturing’ of surfaces in applications with moving parts. The aim will be to reduce friction and enhance surface protection, by using advanced, specialised laser-focused ion beams and photolithography techniques to create various shaped “dimples” on surfaces with diameters in the range of 50-200 microns, and depths of 2-10 microns. This is a highly specialised scientific process which not all research facilities have the capabilities to perform, thus making this partnership very valuable.Earlier this year, Shell opened its first Lubricants Technical Service Centre (TSC) in Zhuhai, China. The TSC is the latest addition to Shell’s global technology centre network, which brings together teams of world-class scientists and engineers, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields. Key Shell customers and automotive OEMs already benefit extensively from the technical research, training and marketing services that are developed in these centres.last_img read more

Man arrested after fire starts in Dublin home

first_imgA MAN IN his 30s was arrested this morning after an attempted overnight burglary led to a fire in a house in Coolock.At around 12.30am a house on Ballyshannon Road was broken into.Shortly afterwards, neighbours noticed a fire had broken out in the home and alerted gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade.Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene and it was found that the house was empty and no injuries had been sustained.Gardaí arrested a man nearby and brought him to Ballymun Garda Station. The 33-year-old is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Read: “Large amount” of cash stolen in Monaghan robberyRead: Man charged over fatal shooting in Finglaslast_img read more

Geek deals 350 discount on Alienwares M14x gaming laptop

first_imgThere are laptops that can play games, and then there are gaming laptops. Dell’s Alienware brand is well known for both looking good and providing extreme power, even in laptops that are truly portable. One of the best examples of a portable gaming laptop just might be the Alienware M14x.Today’s deal on the Dell Alienware M14x comes with specs that ensure you’ll be able to run the latest games on (or at least close to) max settings without missing a frame. Powered by a Core i7-3630 quad-core CPU and a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics card, you won’t lack for power. It also includes 16GB DDR3 RAM and a 750GB Hard Drive + 32GB mSATA SSD, so you’ll be able to fly through multiple data heavy tasks at the same time.There’s also lots to love on the connectivity side. You’ll be getting three USB ports (two USB 3.0), HDMI, miniDP, VGA, a card reader, two audio-out ports, Bluetooth 4.0, Killer Wireless-N 1202 a/g/n 2×2 MIMO WiFi, and more. The 14-inch display has a large 1600×900 resolution, and the whole package weighs just 6.45 lbs and is under 1.5-inches thin.This well configured model ordinarily runs $1614, but thanks to instant savings and a $100 coupon, you can grab it now for only $1264.Alienware m14x r2 14-inch Core i7 gaming laptop for $1264 + free shipping (reg. $1,614 | Use coupon NLZ5145HLZF?FL)Our other top deals:Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (PC/Mac DL) for $79.99 + free shipping (reg $149.99)Inew I200 5.7-inch Android 4.1 Quad-Core Unlocked Smartphone for $214.11 + free shipping (reg. $225.38 | Use coupon EDMPHONE)McAfee Total Protection 2013 3PCs for $44.99 + free delivery (reg. $89.99)last_img read more