first_imgThe UP police on Sunday claimed to have solved the case relating to the gangrape and murder on the Bulandshahr-Jewar highway in May after four men were arrested after an encounter here.The police got a tip-off on Saturday night that a gang of criminals were planning to strike near the Sabota underpass and it was the same gang that had committed the gangrape of four women in May this year, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar, Love Kumar told reporters. Police teams reached the site and after a shootout, arrested four men. One of the suspects suffered a bullet injury while two others managed to escape, he said. The four arrested have been identified as Ashok alias Raju, Rakesh alias Chun Chun, Deepak and Jai Singh.The police also claimed to have recovered the jewellery robbed in the incident that allegedly took place on the intervening night of May 24-25 near Sabota village in Jewar.last_img read more

first_imgGoa police on Tuesday arrested Isidore Fernandes, 44, at Anjuna in north coastal Goa in connection with a molestation complaint filed by an American tourist.In a Facebook post on Monday night, the tourist accused Mr. Fernandes of molesting her during a bike ride on January 25. She said she had hired a motorcycle taxi owned by Mr. Fernandes for a ride from Arpora to Morjim beach.The Facebook post said, “He picked me up post-dinner, and when we were making our way back to my hotel in Morjim he started misbehaving. He asked me if I would give him a kiss and obviously, I said no. I tried to keep it light and suggested he ‘keep it professional’. I noticed that he kept taking turns into lanes that weren’t on our route and he kept saying that they were shortcuts, but it had already been 40 minutes on his bike.” She said that she got off the bike, threw a ₹500 note at him and fled. Chandan Chaudhary, Superintendent of Police, North Goa, said the accused confessed to the crime during interrogation by Pernem police.The accused has been arrested under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty ) and 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code. Police Inspector C.L. Patil, in-charge of Anjuna police station, said Mr. Fernandes was handed over to Pernem police in whose jurisdiction the crime took place.last_img read more

first_imgWhich would you prefer: egalitarianism or totalitarianism? When it comes down to it, the choice you make may not be as obvious as you think. New research suggests that in the distant past, groups of hunter-gatherers may have recognized and accepted the benefits of living in hierarchical societies, even if they themselves weren’t counted among the well-off. This model could help explain why bands of humans moved from largely egalitarian groups to hierarchical cultures in which social inequality was rife.How such hierarchical structures gained ground and then proliferated is one of the big mysteries in social evolution. It’s also largely a matter of conjecture, because most of these transitions occurred in the relatively distant past. Researchers have typically posed two scenarios, says Simon Powers, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In one, the hierarchy is imposed from above by strong or charismatic individuals, with followers having little, if any, choice in the matter. In the other, those who end up as followers consider their options and willingly buy into an evolving social order.Archaeological evidence that could help shed light on such societal evolution is noticeably lacking. Modern field studies of egalitarian societies aren’t enlightening either. “There’s no recorded shift from one type of society to the other,” says Christopher Boehm, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles who wasn’t involved in the new study. “We have good descriptions of ‘before’ and ‘after,’ but not anything during the actual transition.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)So, Powers and his Lausanne colleague Laurent Lehmann tackled the problem by developing a computer model that considers the social dynamics among individuals in a small group, including each person’s tolerance for authority and the disadvantages they’d suffer if they shifted allegiance to another group or struck out on their own. In the model, a person’s offspring inherits the parent’s values, with some opportunity for gradual change through the generations. The simulation also tracks the evolving social structure’s effect on overall group size and productivity, Powers says.When the researchers let the model run over several generations, they found that, in general, groups made up of leaders and followers were able to produce or gather more resources than those made up of egalitarian-minded individuals. That, in turn, enabled the hierarchical group to grow more quickly and to better eke out a living. According to the model, groups made up of leaders and followers eventually grew to about twice the size of societies solely composed of egalitarians. And even when leaders skimmed a large portion of a group’s resulting surplus for themselves and their families, their followers received, on average, more resources than they would have if they’d been part of a leaderless band, Powers and Lehmann report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.To see how this might have worked in the real world, consider nascent agricultural societies, Powers says. In such groups, widespread cooperation is necessary for large endeavors such as planting and harvesting crops and for building irrigation systems. Having leaders to organize such projects and followers to carry them out may have been a more efficient form of social organization than true egalitarianism. Followers may have been willing to exchange a bit of control over their lives for access to a society-wide increase in resources, Powers says.Such notions “have been around for a long time in verbal form,” says Paul Hooper, an evolutionary anthropologist at Emory University in Atlanta who wasn’t involved in the research. “What [Powers and Lehmann] have done here is take these ideas and make them work within a very elegant mathematical framework.”But to be more realistic, the duo’s simulation may need to include more factors, says Kim Sterelny, who studies the evolution of social behavior at Australian National University in Canberra and wasn’t involved in the current work. For example, the benefits of being a leader almost ensure that there would be strong competition (and possibly even conflict) among group members for power. “The [team’s] model idealizes away the costs and inefficiencies of politics,” he suggests. Plus, he notes, the model doesn’t seem to consider the notion that egalitarian members of a group could band together into an “antielite” coalition.One nice aspect of the team’s simulation, Sterelny notes, is that dissatisfied individuals within a group can, in essence, vote with their feet and leave the group: “If dispersal is relatively low cost, leaders cannot afford to be greedy.” Yet the team’s model also helps explain how despots can rise to and retain power: When the costs of switching allegiance to another group or striking out on one’s own are unacceptably high, Powers says, individuals in the group are essentially stuck in the group, left to make the best of a bad situation.*Clarification, 6 August, 12:42 p.m.: A sentence has been added to this article to help clarify comments and quotes by evolutionary anthropologist Christopher Boehm.last_img read more

first_imgLarge patches of dry bed, more than 50 per cent of the water body showing its dirty and smelly underbelly of weeds, boating limited to a small area and marine and bird-life affected, Chandigarh’s landmark Sukhna Lake is no more the picturesque water body that used to attract thousands of people every day.In just under six decades, the area under water of the scenic lake, which has the Kasauli Hills and lower Himalayas in the backdrop, has shrunk by nearly 57 per cent.While going dry is not entirely a new phenomenon for the rivulet and rain-fed Sukhna Lake, this year is particularly bad as the lake started drying up quite early in the summer.THIS YEAR IS PARTICULARLY BADWith monsoon rains over the region not likely to arrive for the next 45-50 days, Sukhna Lake could be headed for one of its worst dry periods.With an average depth of eight feet and a maximum of 16 feet, Sukhna Lake is barely managing to stay afloat in some parts. The water depth in some areas, where boating is still being allowed in a restricted area, is just about 2-3 feet.Built in 1958, the Sukhna Lake was spread over an area of three square km. In 2016, the area of the lake under water was reduced to a mere 1.3 square km.With rainfall over the region not being as high in recent years as earlier, the seasonal rivulets have not been able to maintain the supply of water to the lake. The construction of over 200 check dams in the Sukhna choe (rivulet) and other rivulets, which feed the lake from the catchment areas of neighbouring Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, in the past over four decades, has also meant that the lake gets lesser water from upstream.advertisement”The check dams were constructed to stop silt from coming to the lake. But it stopped the water flow too,” Yogesh Kumar, a retired engineer, who has been coming to the lake since the 1970.WATER LEVEL DECREASING AT ALARMING RATES The lake complex, which attracts hundreds of visitors, tourists, regular morning and evening walkers, fitness freaks and even lovelorn couples, presents a picture of neglect as far as the water body is concerned.”We had heard a lot about Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake. But we are disappointed after coming here. The lake has very little water and looks ugly in some parts,” Suresh Das, a tourist from Kolkata, who stopped with his family while en route to Shimla.Last year, the water level of the lake was not even close to its maximum water storage capacity of 1,167 feet. Even at the end of the monsoon season, the water level stood at only 1,154 feet. It is down to about 1,151 feet now.Such is the state of affairs that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had to intervene last year and direct the Chandigarh Administration to list immediate steps to save the lake.Despite the administration, on the directions of the high court, spending up to Rs 15 lakh ($23,000) to pump water into the lake from five tube wells, the effort hardly helped in saving the lake from going dry.The high court even appointed an amicus curiae to invite suggestions from experts, environmentalists and concerned citizens to save the lake.THE MOST POPULAR TOURIST SPOTSukhna, the most popular tourist spot in the city along with the Rock Garden, was built in 1958 by making a three-kilometre-long dam on the Sukhna Choe. It was conceived as a place of relaxation, seclusion and sport by the city’s founder-architect, Le Corbusier.The lake is situated in an upscale and VIP area of Chandigarh, with the governors of Haryana and Punjab, senior officers of the administration and some affluent people residing in its immediate vicinity.The lake, which is a national wetland, has lost its water body area to silt and forest cover that has grown on this area.The man-made lake has a capacity of only around 500 hectare metres against the original capacity of over 1,074 hectare metres in the late 1950s when it was built.In the late 1980s, comedian Jaspal Bhatti and members of his “Nonsense Club” had played cricket on the dry bed of the lake to highlight the plight of the water body. They were chased away by the police.Boating activity at the lake is very popular with over 100 paddle and rowing boats and some Shikaras’ (traditional boats like those in Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake) being booked by people daily for boating.ALSO READ:HCs no to Tata housing project near Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has welcomed the launch of the Seprod Group’s new $3-billion state-of-the-art grains mill, Jamaica Grain and Cereals Limited, which has created employment for 300 more Jamaicans.“It is an important signal when one of the largest food manufacturers in the Caribbean undertakes such an expansive investment,” Mr. Holness said, at a ceremony to officially open the facility at Seprod, located on Felix Fox Boulevard in Kingston on Thursday (March 15).The Prime Minister said Seprod’s new venture is significant, as it puts the country “on a good footing for (continued) growth,” adding that he is pleased to see that level of investment in downtown Kingston.“What Seprod is doing is taking a calculated risk to ensure its success and is confirming its significant role within the virtuous cycle of business success and national economic growth,” he said.The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government continues to support the private sector by creating a stable and predictable environment where businesses can take the calculated risks required to invest and earn a profit from their investments.“The Government has created an environment where entrepreneurs can take calculated risks (on investment), and we want to see more entrepreneurs, more businesses, whether it is in manufacturing or agriculture (taking more risks), and we are making sure that the environment is one which (facilitates this),” he said.Mr. Holness said he is pleased that the investment, which also represents a milestone in Jamaica’s reindustrialisation, will assist with economic growth through import substitution.He thanked the Seprod Group for continuing to demonstrate confidence in Jamaica, assuring that the Government will continue to play its role in facilitating the private sector in creating growth.The multigrain milling facility, which involves a partnership with Seaboard Corporation, will produce the company’s new Gold Seal Flour brand and corn products.The Seprod Group manufactures and distributes edible oils and fats, dairy and fruit beverages, corn products, flour, sugar, baked snacks and other household consumer products. Story Highlights “It is an important signal when one of the largest food manufacturers in the Caribbean undertakes such an expansive investment,” Mr. Holness said, at a ceremony to officially open the facility at Seprod, located on Felix Fox Boulevard in Kingston on Thursday (March 15). “What Seprod is doing is taking a calculated risk to ensure its success and is confirming its significant role within the virtuous cycle of business success and national economic growth,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has welcomed the launch of the Seprod Group’s new $3-billion state-of-the-art grains mill, Jamaica Grain and Cereals Limited, which has created employment for 300 more Jamaicans.last_img read more

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Waterside Bridge Replacement Starting Monday, June 24, Shore Road will be closed at Waterside Bridge for a bridge replacement project. Shore Road traffic will be detoured onto R. Grant Road, Highway 6 (Sunrise Trail), Three Brooks Road, and Otter Road. Detour signs will be posted. Work is scheduled for completion in late October. -30-last_img

first_imgAtlantic energy ministers are meeting to identify ways to secure Atlantic Canada’s energy future today, July 15, in Pictou. The meeting is being hosted by Nova Scotia Energy Minister Charlie Parker, who invited Atlantic energy ministers and representatives from electric utilities to discuss regional energy matters. “We are working toward securing a cleaner, more affordable energy future for Atlantic Canadians,” said Mr. Parker. “We are making progress on energy priorities and initiatives that will benefit people across the Atlantic Provinces.” Topics include securing supplies of natural gas, technologies to better manage electricity supply and demand, and energy efficiency. “The meeting provides an opportunity for dialogue on a wide variety of regional energy priorities that will help to strengthen the Atlantic region’s overall energy future,” said Tom Marshall, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Natural Resources. “I’m looking forward to discussing the development of Muskrat Falls. This is a true region builder that will benefit all of Atlantic Canada and will open a new power corridor for clean renewable energy.” “Regional collaboration is key for Islanders to access secure, sustainable energy supplies at reasonable prices,” said Wes Sheridan, Prince Edward Island’s Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs. “Our meeting provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the energy challenges and opportunities facing our regional utilities and Atlantic Canadians.” Also on the agenda are the next steps under electricity co-operation through the Atlantic Energy Gateway initiative. It was established in 2009 to increase regional co-operation towards the development of clean energy resources. One of the major plans of the Atlantic Energy Gateway was the 500 megawatts of electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Link. How to best manage that challenge and opportunity will be the focus of electricity regional cooperation in the coming months. The Atlantic Energy Gateway involves work by the four Atlantic Canada energy departments, provincial utilities, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Natural Resources Canada. “We always look forward to meeting with our counterparts from the other Atlantic provinces, as we share many common challenges and opportunities,” said New Brunswick Energy and Mines Minister Craig Leonard. “There are a number of important energy projects in New Brunswick, including the potential for a pipeline carrying crude oil from Alberta to Saint John, new frontiers on the natural gas development front and a new path forward for NB Power. “It is a pleasure for me to share information on all of these developments with our neighbours.” The ministers will also discuss advice to their respective premiers about the development of a Canada Energy Strategy under the Council of the Federation. The energy ministers, utility representatives, and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency last met on shared energy issues in the fall of 2012.last_img read more

first_imgOntario’s animal welfare organization has ordered a dog-sledding business north of Toronto to take several steps to improve the well-being of more than 100 canines as an animal cruelty investigation continues.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ordered Windrift Kennel in Moonstone, Ont., on Friday to provide insulated shelter, clean water, appropriate food and veterinary care to the dogs on site after a complaint was made by a couple on Sunday.Natasha Guerriero and Dylan Blake, from Whitby, Ont., said they went dog-sledding and took videos of the animals afterward.The clips, which the pair posted to Facebook, show dozens of dogs chained up in the snow, with one dog limping with an apparent open wound on one of its front legs.The OSPCA said in a statement that officers visited Windrift Kennel on Monday and said “several areas of concern were identified.”“Our officers continue to oversee and monitor the conditions for the dogs to ensure the concerns are corrected and the dogs have the proper care and living conditions,” it said.Dogs at the kennel are receiving veterinary assessments, the OSPCA said, noting that the outcome of those examinations could result in more orders being issued.“As the investigation progresses, we will continue to provide updates regarding the welfare of these dogs,” the OSPCA said.The owner of the dogs must comply with the orders or the animals can be seized, the OSPCA added.Windrift Kennel did not respond to requests for comment.The couple who made the complaint called the conditions of the dogs “sickening.”“Dozens and dozens of dogs, if not all of them, are in trouble — they were limping, scrawny and starving and the owner said they sleep in little huts outside year round,” Guerriero has said.The couple booked their outing through a company called Toronto Adventures, Guerriero said.The tour operator has since cut ties with Windrift Kennel, and a staff member said Toronto Adventures received death threats over the incident.last_img read more

Over 1,800 decision-makers, experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), women’s rights activists and celebrities from over 100 countries attended last week’s three-day Women Deliver event in London, which produced a final statement from the 70 government officials who pledged to make the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of improving maternal health “a high priority on the national, regional and international health agenda.”Their statement called for the “increased commitment of financial and human resources” to prevent maternal deaths and expand heath services.Achieving the MDGs – eight ambitious targets to slash ills such as poverty by 2015 – depends largely on achieving the Goals targeting child mortality and maternal health, it noted.Over the course of the conference, the United Kingdom pledged more than $200 million to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to advance women’s reproductive health globally, while the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced an $11 million plan to distribute new technology to protect against post-delivery blood loss in Nigeria and India.Japan announced its intention to spotlight the importance of global health when it hosts next year’s meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations.In addition, other groups – including the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Foundation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Exxon/Mobil and GlaxoSmithKline – also made pledges to support the cause.“We need people both on the inside and the outside to figure out how to work together to get these things to happen,” said Helene Gayle, President of CARE, who urged women’s health advocates to work both within governments and as activists. “NGOs can’t do it by themselves,” she said. 22 October 2007A landmark United Nations-sponsored conference aimed at generating political will and investment to slash maternal deaths has concluded with participants pledging to bolster efforts to improve women’s health. read more

The lawyer for the 65-year-old Hair, Andrew Rolfe, described the offending as “an aberration” in a lifetime of service. Magistrate Michael Allen did not record a conviction but sentenced Hair to an 18-month good behaviour bond, noting he repaid the money and was in counselling. (Colombo Gazette) Former test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has avoided conviction after pleading guilty to stealing from his employer in what a magistrate called “a monumental fall from grace.”Hair, who stood in 78 tests and is remembered for calling Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a test in Melbourne in 1995, pleaded guilty in the Orange Local Court on Monday to one charge of embezzlement and one of stealing, the Herald Sun. A fact sheet said Hair stole $9,005.75 from D’Aquino’s Liquor in Orange between Feb. 25 and April 28. He blamed a gambling addiction. read more

CALGARY – The Alberta government has hired a former journalist to develop a plan to fight back against oil and gas industry foes.Claudia Cattaneo retired last year as the National Post’s western business columnist based in Calgary.Energy Minster Sonya Savage says Cattaneo has joined “the fight against lies and myths being spread about Alberta’s energy industry.”RELATED: Kenney: higher risk tolerance, ability to act quickly key for energy ‘war room’The United Conservative government’s so-called fight-back strategy includes rebutting critics through a rapid-response war room and investigating funding of environmental charities.Alberta Energy spokesman Charles Mainville says Cattaneo’s contract is for three months and covers the fight-back strategy as a whole, not just the war room.Cattaneo is to present her strategic plan to the government this fall. read more

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team rush to the ball during a game against Jacksonville March 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 13-2.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerThe weather was cold, but the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was on fire against Jacksonville.Playing the third of a three-game home stand, the Buckeyes (3-6, 1-0) defeated the Dolphins (1-7, 0-1), 13-2, inside a soggy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday.Getting off to a quick start, junior midfielder Jesse King and sophomore attackman Carter Brown tallied a pair of goals within the game’s first 45 seconds to put the Buckeyes ahead.After King notched his second goal of the game less than two minutes later, OSU held a man-up advantage for four minutes after Jacksonville senior midfielder Mike McCredie crosschecked junior midfielder Turner Evans in the head. OSU went on to score twice during the man-advantage.OSU coach Nick Myers said Evans — who did not return to the game — would be evaluated by the medical staff and the team is expecting to know more on his condition in the coming days.“Right now we are going to have to wait and see,” Myers said. “Obviously he took a big shot in the first quarter, you hate to see that.”Taking a 6-0 lead into the second quarter, the Buckeyes continued their onslaught.Sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber tallied his second and third goals of the season in the second quarter before Brown completed a first half hat trick by scoring with 2:30 remaining.Brown finished the first half with four points (three goals, one assist), and King had seven points (three goals, four assists), as OSU took a 9-0 lead into the break.Starting the third quarter, the Buckeyes continued to spread the wealth as junior midfielder Rick Lewis tallied his second goal of the season, and sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter managed to register the first two goals of his career.Hunter said it was important for OSU to move the ball quickly and focus on the fundamentals so the weather wouldn’t be a factor.“One thing was just moving the ball,” Hunter said. “Our feet were heavy so it was key to keep the ball moving up around the perimeter and make sure our feet were moving and focus on ground balls.”Lewis said the offense did a good job of drawing double teams and then finding the open teammate which created good looks for the Buckeyes.“This week we just kept it simple and got back to the basics,” Lewis said. “Just drawing doubles, making singles, and just playing as a team. I think we did a great job of that. We shared the ball and got a good result for us.”It wasn’t until the 3:51 mark of the third quarter that Jacksonville got on the board, adding another with 12:52 left in the fourth.But that was all the Dolphins would get as freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh put an exclamation point on the game by scoring with 59 seconds left.The two goals scored were the fewest OSU’s given up since defeating Bellarmine by the same score of 13-2 in 2012.Myers said it was important for the defense to bounce back from its disappointing 13-7 loss to Notre Dame earlier in the week, but it took an entire team effort to limit Jacksonville the way they did.“Defensively, we took it on as a challenge because we understand we haven’t been playing our best lacrosse, coming off 13 goals on Tuesday,” Myers said. “It was really a next play mentality. Our offense did a good job of maintaining possession and I thought we won some faceoffs, so it was a collective effort.”Freshman midfielder Jake Withers was able to control the faceoff circle once again, winning seven of his 10 draws to help give OSU extra possessions on offense.“The faceoff guys work their butts off all week so it’s nice to see it pay off,” Lewis said. “All those guys are battling every day in practice so it’s definitely a credit to that.”Offensively, nine different players registered a point on the day for OSU, including junior attackman Reegan Comeault, whose first quarter goal extended his point streak to nine games.OSU is scheduled to be back on the road next weekend as the team heads east to take on the Delaware Blue Hens. Game time is set for Sunday at noon. read more

…charges by NagamootooIt’s obvious Moses Nagamootoo’s lost whatever journalistic integrity Janet Jagan might have drilled into him when he’d served under her at the Mirror for donkey years. He’s now been reduced to a journeyman hack-apologist for the PNC Government he boasts he helped put into power. In his latest column in the Chronic, “TRUST AND THE TANGLED TIMES”, he predictably took the opportunity (created by him awarding himself a column while he yanked those of David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis!) to throw shade at Bharrat Jagdeo!This time, it was about the Pradoville II allegations “where key PPP Government officials disgracefully and dishonestly helped themselves to posh residential State land”!! He didn’t mention that the other charges by SOCU that have gone to trial, ALL four have been thrown out!! But why would he…his interest isn’t justice but REVENGE!! He’s happy as a ruminant digging his nose in swill. But more power to him – he has to earn his (very expensive) keep!However, your Eyewitness thinks Nagamootoo crossed the line when he tried to illustrate “PPP corruption” with a section captioned “$20B EARNINGS”: “I would never forget the day when a young man, who was in the leadership of the PPP and had held a senior public service post, walked into my office to tell me that he was being investigated by the Police in relation to monies he had “earned”. “How much money are they looking at?” I asked him. Calmly, he answered: “$24 billion.”Now this is a very nasty allegation to be digging up and phrasing unadulterated hearsay to make it appear the young PS admitted ‘earning’ $24 billion!! Fact of the matter is that this was what SOCU claimed – against the PS’s public statement that it might’ve been the TOTAL REVENUES that passed through his account – but certainly wasn’t what had remained there as profits!If Nagamootoo hadn’t read the reports in his Chronic (maybe he’s nauseated by his own propaganda?!), he definitely would’ve read the 2017 US State Department Report on human rights violations in Guyana issued last November. It stated that while there were accusations of the PS accumulating the billions from “money laundering and tax evasion” as of November “no legal case had been made”. That’s still the situation!But it didn’t stop Nagamootoo from reviving it even as the only charge was for allegations that the young man hadn’t turned over documents to the Court! And was even allowed to proceed to Hugh Wooding to complete his law studies.Maybe Nagamootoo would rather forget the Report because it repeated claims that he had directed that he had to “scrutinise” all Chronic’s headlines?What a tangled web…!…and twisted reportingThe Government’s scared stiff the GTU’s capitulation to their 12% offer versus their 40% demand might still be rejected since it has to be ratified by the membership. So, not surprisingly – since this is the PNC we’re dealing with – the attack dogs have been let loose at those they believe might question the “deal”.But Nagamootoo’s Chronic was really reaching when it solicited a reaction from GTU’s Gen Secretary Coretta McDonald to a Muckraker’s CARTOON!! The cartoon had M Donald listening to the PPP while GTU President Mark Lyte frets that she wants to “strike” even though they got a good deal. Noting that she operates by strict labour principles McDonald stuck it to the Chronic: “Even if I’m aligned to a political party, what’s wrong with that? The Constitution gives us the right to associate and to be a part of, so I don’t know why all of this big fuss and fret and all this big glamour.”But when Lyte was being firm, wasn’t he also accused of being “PPP”??…or trump card?While attacking McDonald for questioning the “deal”, Nagamootoo’s rag steered clear of former PNC MP Vanessa Kissoon, who explicitly questioned the “deal”.She emphasised it ain’t over till it’s over!! Quo vadis, Nagamootoo? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Gutless…October 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Where angels fear to tread…January 8, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Rewriting history…January 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

first_imgNorthern Vertex Mining has declared commercial production at the Moss open pit and heap leach gold and silver mine in Arizona, USA, effective September 1, 2018. Expected fiscal 2019 production guidance has now increased to a range of 36,000-40,000 oz gold equivalent and fiscal 2020 production guidance has increased to 59,000-65,000 oz gold equivalent.Ken Berry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Vertex announced: “Commercial production is a significant milestone for our team of approximately 100 men and women operating the Moss Gold Mine. In less than two years we were successful in obtaining financing, completing construction and achieving commercial rates of production.”As a result of the exceptional performance of the crushing plant, the operational team and the mining contractor NA Degerstrom, mine production is expected to be significantly higher than previously stated in the feasibility study. For example, the crushing team delivered a record day of 13,000 t throughput versus the 5,000 t/d envisioned in the study. Key equipment suppliers include Superior Industries for the overland conveyor, 17 grasshopper conveyors and radial stacker; as well as Westpro Machinery with an AG930CD agglomerator, SI100 cement silo and feed system.Bill Martinich, General Manager, stated: “We’ve built a great operations team over the past 12 months and being able to push through commissioning to achieve commercial production is proof-positive of it. Continued performance of the team at this level will enable us to exceed the gold production forecast in the feasibility study over the next two years. “last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), a commodity trade group that represents U.S. soybean farmers, today expressed appreciation upon learning that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3005, which grants the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), on a vote of 215 to 214. Earlier this week, ASA called on all soybean producers to voice their support for passage of TPA, legislation that is critical to ensure the future profitability of U.S. soybean farmers.ASA First Vice President Dwain Ford, a soybean and corn producer from Kinmundy, Illinois, said “Trade Promotion Authority is extremely important to U.S. soybean producers from the standpoint that one out of every two rows of soybeans grown in the United States is exported in the form of a whole soybean or a soybean product. Over 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside our borders, and U.S. soybean farmer prosperity is tied to growth in incomes and demand worldwide. Simply put, trade liberalization drives economic growth.”Passage of Trade Promotion Authority is essential if U.S. soybean farmers are to remain competitive in the world market. TPA strengthens the ability of the United States to negotiate positive trade agreements. It allows the Administration to negotiate trade agreements and then present them to Congress for an up-or-down vote. In the absence of TPA, other countries have refused to negotiate final agreements with the United States.Agriculture makes one of the largest contributions to the U.S. trade balance, and soybeans are the highest value farm export. Soybeans are grown on 28 percent of the planted area in the United States. Exports of soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean oil totaled more than $7 billion last year. Agricultural exports help strengthen the U.S. economy.last_img read more

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams has been offered a multi-year deal by New Orleans to become the Hornets’ next head coach.The deal is not yet finalized, though, according to Williams’ agent, Steve Kauffman. If Williams agrees to terms with the Hornets, a deal is expected by next Tuesday at the latest.Williams has been on New Orleans’ radar for at least two years, initiating with his work as Portland’s head coach during the team’s recent Summer League camps.Boston assistant coach Tom Thibodeau was originally offered the Hornets job. However, Thibodeau was slow to make a decision. The job offer was then passed on to Williams.Williams recently completed his fifth season with the Trail Blazers. He, head coach Nate McMillan and lead assistant Dean Demoploulos have guided Portland from a franchise-worst 21-61 record in 2005-06 to back-to-back 50-win seasons and playoff berths.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsNetworkers–Improv for Job SeekersMonday, April 29, 10 amA successful job interview requires confidence, thinking on your feet and quickly finding the right words to impress your audience—the same qualities that improv comedy performers need to demonstrate on stage. In this interactive workshop, you will practice skills needed for successful interviewing and communicating. Led by drama teacher and owner of Drama Out of the Box, Meredith Charles. Get out of your comfort zone and come!The Importance of a Free PressMonday, April 29, 7 pmDan Kennedy, Associate Professor of Journalism at Northeastern University, regular panelist on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, and writer of the blog Media Nation, will talk about the importance of the free press in a civilized society and threats that the free press is facing in the U.S and abroad.  Mr. Kennedy will also touch upon his recently authored book The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Reinventing Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century.Copies will be available for sale.Microsoft PowerPointWednesday, May 1, 7 pmJoin technology librarian, Brad McKenna, for a hands-on exercise with Microsoft PowerPoint. In this class, you will learn how to insert text, apply animations and transitions, insert charts from an Excel workbook, and more. A handout for additional practice will be provided.Pints + Pages Book GroupThursday, May 2, 7 pmFeatured Book: The Lying Gameby Ruth WareLocation: Wilmington, TBAA social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month.  Librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries will host the book discussion. Meeting location rotates between Wilmington and Reading—check library website for location.  Fiction Critique GroupSaturday, May 4, 9:15 am Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Kids & Teen EventsDrop-In Storytime Friday, April 26, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Escape the Room: Library Stranger Things *RRSaturday, April 27, 10 am-4 pmDon’t keep the curiosity door locked! Competing with a team of up to eight people, teens and adults must stretch their problem solvingskills and escape the room together before the buzzer sounds, or risk disappearing into the Upside Down. Grades 9-12 & Adults. Little Movers *RRMonday, April 29, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2.Family Birdhouses *RRWednesday, May 1, 6:30 pmKids and the special grown-up in their lives are invited to an evening of painting birdhouses! Each pair will decorate a birdhouse to take home! Grades K-5.LEGO Building Thursday, May 2, 3:45 pmBuild a unique LEGO creation.  Kindergarten+ Drop-In Storytime Friday, May 3, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Drop-In Baby TimesSaturday, May 4, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 months. Stories and SweetsSaturday,May 4, 10:30Start your Saturday morning with great stories (and songs and rhymes) and a few sweet treats at this special family storytime. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Library NewsSummer Saturday HoursWe are pleased to announce that beginning this summer the library will be open on Saturdays 9am-5pm year round.(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — John H. Nee, 93, of Billerica and formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center of Burlington on May 26, 2019. He joins his wife Dolores who predeceased him on the same date in 2014.Born in Winchester, MA on January 13, 1926, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Elizabeth (Sheehan) Nee.John was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He served from 1943 to 1966 and received two Bronze Stars. John was a career Navy man who loved the Navy, he traveled around the world, His priorities were his love of country and family. He cherished his family and friends.John later worked for over twenty years for the Town of Wilmington Water Department, as an operations manager until his retirement.Raised in rural Wilmington he always loved the outdoors, he especially loved gardening after retiring from the Navy he settled back in Wilmington surrounded by his beloved family. He cherished tending to his enormous flower and vegetable gardens. He and his wife continued to travel, his goal was to have Dorie see the world as he had while in the Navy.Family members include his beloved wife of 65 years, the late Dolores D. (Garvia) Nee; his loving sons, Michael Nee and his wife Nancy of Plymouth and Timothy Nee and his wife Janet of Beverly; his loving daughter, Patricia Nee Morrill and her husband Richard of Billerica; 7 remarkable grandchildren, Sheila Ricchi, Laura and Jonathan Bradbury, Justin Nee and Lindsey Travers, Michelle and Jenna Nee and 7 wonderful great grandchildren, Shaun Ricchi, Lily , Alton and Ellie Bradbury, Camden and Mara Travers and Caroline Nee; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His legacy will be carried in the hearts of all he loved so much. Rest in Peace.His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, June 4 at 11:00 AM. Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.John H. Nee(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

first_imgAnchorage teachers and staff gathered at the Dena’ina Center on Nov. 11, 2016 to have conversations about racial equity in education. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The Anchorage School District is trying to close its achievement gap and help all students succeed. One of its first steps is helping teachers, administrators, and other staff talk openly about race and racism and how they impact students.Listen Now “It’s not comfortable to talk about racism,” First Alaskans Institute educator Jorie Paoli told a room filled with more than 1,600 elementary teachers and staff. “It’s not comfortable to talk about privilege. Especially now.”“But I would put forward to you and challenge you by saying it’s the most important time to talk about it,” she continued. “And if you’re uncomfortable talking about it, do what we tell our kids: practice.”That was one of the goals of the ASD training last week. Staff from all of the district’s elementary schools gathered to talk about how race impacts their students. Two were broken into two groups and went to either a morning or afternoon session. Secondary school staff participated in the same conversations in August.Jennie Knutson,ASD Executive Director of Professional Learning, helped coordinate the sessions. She said the district is excited that it has some very diverse schools, but it realizes that not all groups of students are succeeding at the same rate. The recently released Data Dashboard highlighted the problem.One of the first steps to achieving equity in education is acknowledging how a student’s background might influence how they learn, Knutson said. “Our leadership teams, our problem solving teams in the building, they need to know more about a student, but also where they are coming from in their family that might be influencing that.”Teacher Daniel Darko said educators need to acknowledge their students’ different personal histories, and let the kids talk about who they are and their own cultures. They need materials that give all students positive images of themselves, not just some. Sometimes, he said, teachers need to be open about their own experiences and how race has impacted them.“At times you have to step aside your teaching and let them know yourself,” he said. “Teach also in the way that the children will respect themselves. That is what will reduce those barriers, so they will respect each other.”Darko has been with the district for 21 years, and said this is the first time he’s been part of a district-wide conversation about race and racism. He said he thinks it was effective.Other teachers, like Aimee Marx, thought the conversation was needed but that people in the large room weren’t necessarily engaged or held accountable. Marx explained that she is white but her adopted daughter is not and that influenced her reaction to other people who thought the media talked too much about race.“I just had sour grapes when I heard them say, ‘I think they make too much in the media,’” Marx said.  “And people were just jumping on it and jumping on it. And ‘I’m white. I’m diverse. I have many cultures.’ Okay, fine, you do, but you’re not hearing this message. There’s a difference between white skin and brown skin.”Paoli, from First Alaskans, said it can negatively impact students when the adults around them don’t acknowledge how race effects the way they experience the world and when they don’t call out racism.“We, as the adults who are entrusted with the care of our kids, have to be aware of that. We have to have our eyes opened to understanding how our experiences differ.”You can join the conversation. Alaska Public Media will host Community in Unity, a conversation about race and identity on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 pm. Find out more here.last_img read more