Health crisis looms as Meerut cow skinners threaten to quit

first_imgMeerut, a major town of western Uttar Pradesh, seems headed for an environmental and public health nightmare as a large number of animal skinners have threatened to stop lifting dead animals from next month if the attacks on them by cow vigilantes do not stop immediately.While threat to life is one issue, the other is the monetary impact of a de facto ban on skinning. If they cannot skin a dead cow and sell its hide to the leather industry, they are left with no incentive to lift the animal, let alone risk to their lives to do so.Ovindra Pal, 51, a cattle skinner who heads one of the co-operative societies that lift dead cattle in Meerut, said that his team of animal skinners was attacked three times in the last one week.Authorised jobThe job of skinning dead animals is authorised by municipal laws, which mandate animal skinners to lift every dead animal, including cows, in Meerut. It requires them to dispose of the carcasses in a place that has been allotted for it by the Meerut Municipal Corporation (MMC).“We have never been so scared of the cow vigilantes as we are these days, under the Yogi Adityanath government,” said Mr Pal.Mr. Pal and his group of cow skinners operating in Meerut have decided not to renew their government contract for lifting dead animals once it expires in April.It hasn’t helped their cause that the mayor of Meerut, Harikant Ahluwalia, has publicly expressed his support to the cow vigilante groups. Mr. Ahluwalia, who is also a senior BJP leader, told The Hindu that he would ask “officials to take strict action if someone skins a dead cow.” Mr. Pal said that cow vigilantes had warned him many times to stop skinning dead cows, and simply bury them instead. But that is not acceptable to Pal and his group of skinners. “In the financial year 2015-16, the three cooperatives of animal skinners who cover entire Meerut city paid a total of ₹11 lakh to the MMC for their contract, whose official value was ₹8 lakh. The only point of attraction in this work was the skin of dead cows, which is in great demand. The skin sells for ₹2000-3000, while bones fetch ₹300.” Mr. Pal said.But of late, with the cow vigilantes not letting him do his job, it has increasingly become an “unprofitable business”.“If the cow vigilantes do not like what we do, then the civic body needs to change the law. Our work is legitimised by the UP Co-Cooperative Societies Act 1965,” said Sanjay, another cow skinner. Most of the senior officials of the MMC, where the BJP is in power, expressed apprehension about an environmental crisis awaiting the city if the skinners stop lifting dead animals.last_img read more

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Vietnam Register Commanding Win Over Indian Women’s Football Team in First Friendly

first_imgNew Delhi: Hosts Vietnam outplayed the Indian women’s football team 3-0 in the first of the two FIFA international friendly matches at the VYFTC Ground in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday.Thi Nhung (8′), Thi Van (82′) and Thi Thuy Hang (89′) scored a goal each for the hosts to secure the comfortable win. After Nhung opener in just the eighth minute of the match, India’s custodian Aditi Chauhan pulled off a terrific save in the 12th minute to prevent Vietnam from doubling the lead.At the stroke of the half-hour mark, Bala Devi went for goal from the centre of the circle, only to see it missing the target by a whisker.Coach Maymol Rocky opted to make an early substitution in the form of Daya Devi, who replaced Sumitra Kamraj in the 32nd minute.Aditi at the goalpost was a massive presence and kept India in the match till the 80th minute. But with two goals in a space of eight minutes sealed the tie for Vietnam.Thi Van tucked in the hosts’ second goal in the 82nd minute before Hang converted from a set piece play with a minute of regulation time left on the clock.The two sides will face-off once again in their second friendly on Wednesday, November 6. aditi chauhanBala Devifootballindian football First Published: November 3, 2019, 6:05 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Manchester United F.C.’s Paul Pogba helps ease burden of world record price tag

first_imgManchester United’s Paul Pogba took a step towards helping repay his world record transfer fee with the opening goal in their Europa League win over Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday which gave them a place in next season’s lucrative Champions League.Pogba, who rejoined the 20-times English champions last summer from Juventus for 89 million pounds (115.43 million U.S. dollars), fired United ahead in the 18th minute in Stockholm helped by a massive deflection off Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez.Henrik Mkhitaryan added the second three minutes after the break to kill off Ajax, who fielded the youngest ever starting lineup in a European final with an average age of 22.As well as striking the scrappy opener, the energetic Pogba popped up all over the pitch, forming an effective midfield trident with Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera, outmuscling and nullifying the inexperienced Dutch side.It was no man of the match performance — that honour went to Herrera — and not exactly the glitzy display United smashed the transfer record for, but Pogba’s decisive role will help ease the pressure on him after an underwhelming first season at Old Trafford for both the France international and the team.It will also help United’s coffers. The club earned 6.5 million euros (7.29 million U.S. dollars) for beating Ajax, three million more than their opponents, and will collect 12.7 million euros for entering the group stage of the Champions League.An additional 1.5 million euros is up for grabs for each win in the Champions League group stage, while reaching the last 16 would bring an extra windfall of 16 million euros.advertisement”The goal was to win all the way through this season. We’ve done it, and we’re proud,” Pogba said. “People say we’ve had a bad season but the prize is great and we’ve done it now. We have three trophies so enjoy it now. Nobody can talk.”Pogba also played in the League Cup final victory over Southampton at Wembley Stadium but missed the Community Shield win over last season’s Premier League champions Leicester City having only just joined the Old Trafford club from Juve.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A90 concept video and specs show up: Rotating 48MP camera, 6.7-inch display and more

first_imgSamsung is holding an event on April 10 where the company is expected to announce the Galaxy A90. A lot has been said about the Galaxy A90 from its design to hardware. Many believe that this will be Samsung’s first phone to come with a rising camera. Pop-up camera phones have been growing in number, mostly with a typical design that sees a mechanism rise for the selfie camera. But Samsung could be onto something unique with the Galaxy A90. What if the Galaxy A90 sports a slider mechanise with a rotating camera? This is being suggested in a new concept video and an alleged specs leak.Samsung Galaxy A90 may come with pop-up rotatory cameraA concept video of the Galaxy A90 surfaced online earlier this week that offers a 3D mockup of the device based on past leaks, rumours and concept renders posted by AllAboutSamsung a while ago. The video shows a Galaxy A90 with an edge-to-edge, bezel-less and notchless display, which Samsung may call the Notchless Infinity display. Without a notch or a punch-hole, Samsung will rely on an innovative pop-up rotating camera mechanism.What this means is that the top part of the rear panel that houses the primary dual camera setup will rise up like a slider, and the camera module in the slider will be able to rotate independently from the back to the front. This rotating camera design allows the dual rear cameras to flip and be used as selfies cameras, removing the need of having a separate front camera sensor.advertisementThe design is certainly something we haven’t seen before, but it has its advantages and disadvantages. For one thing, the rotating camera design means you will be able to use a powerful primary camera for selfies. As per a specs leak this week on Weibo, the Galaxy A90 will sport a 48MP dual camera setup, perhaps using the Sony IMX586 sensor. So the rotating camera system will let you use this ultra detailed 48MP camera for selfies, which sounds great, if true. A disadvantage to this design is that we now have two moving parts instead of one, leading to more risks to damage.The specs leak on Weibo reiterated the pop-up rotary camera design shown in the concept video, suggesting the design is final, but you should still take it with a pinch of salt. The tipster also offered some key specs of the Galaxy A90.Samsung Galaxy A90 key specs leakAccording to the specs dump on Weibo, the Galaxy A90 will sport a large 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Super AMOLED display. In addition to the 48MP dual camera setup, the camera module is also said to get a ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping, and this would come in handy for both primary and selfie portraits.The Galaxy A90 is tipped to be powered by a yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 7150 chipset, which is expected to be the successor to the Snapdragon 710. Additionally, the premium mid-range Galaxy A device is tipped to get a screen sound technology rather than an earpiece, much like the Huawei P30 Pro, and support for 25W fast charging. The handset is said to measure 76.5mmx165.0mmx9.0mm and weigh 219 grams.That’s pretty much all we know about the Galaxy A90 for now. Samsung will unveil the Galaxy A90 on Wednesday, April 10, where we will know for sure whether the phone indeed sports a pop-up rotatory camera.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20 vs Galaxy M20: Price in India, specs and features comparedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10e review: Affordable, compact and the best S10 to buylast_img read more

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ARREST MADE IN STORM LAKE SCHOOL THREAT

first_imgThere’s been another new threat against a Storm Lake School and an arrest of a suspect.Storm Lake Police were dispatched to the city’s Middle School late Thursday afternoon in reference to a threat.School staff told police that an 11 year old male made threats to blow the school up.The unidentified juvenile male was charged with Threats of Terrorism, a class D felony.The juvenile was released to a parent pending a court date.Police believe there was no imminent threat.last_img

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Sane shines but Gundogan injured again

first_imgManchester City Sane shines but Man City hit by fresh Gundogan set-back Sam Lee Manchester City made Last updated 2 years ago 06:06 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ilkay Gundogan Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne The Blues made it through to the fourth round of the League Cup thanks to two fine Sane goals, but must wait to discover extent of Gundogan’s injury Manchester City made it into the fourth round of the League Cup by beating West Brom on Wednesday night, but will be concerned about another injury set-back for Ilkay Gundogan.Leroy Sane scored both of City’s goals in a competitive 2-1 win, the second of which a superb individual effort, but his Germany team-mate’s return from a nine-month lay-off was cut short.City 5/4 first Manc club to lose in PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Gundogan damaged his cruciate ligaments in December and only returned to first-team action at the weekend. He looked sharp on his first start at the Hawthorns on Wednesday, but was hacked down from behind by Baggies midfielder Claudio Yacob.Pep Guardiola revealed after the game that Gundogan will have tests on Thursday to determine the extent of his latest set-back, although the Catalan stressed it was not as serious as his previous problem.”I think it’s not serious, it’s not eight months, but a little injury,” he said. “Unfortunately the [foul] is tough. He will be back soon hopefully.”Tomorrow we will make a test. The doctor told me it’s not big issue.”Gundogan had played a role in City’s opening goal of the night. His shot came after an unbeliavable string of 54 City passes, meaning Ben Foster’s save was the home side’s first touch of the match – after two and a half minutes.Unfortunately for the England goalkeeper, Sane was on hand to fire in a technically superb effort to open the scoring. Yacob, adding insult to injury, equalised for Tony Pulis’ side after Gundogan had been forced off, but Sane netted a superb winner on the counter-attack, haring in on goal and sending a fine strike into the top corner. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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I would not trade anyone on Spain for Ronaldo – Hierro

first_imgPortugal v Spain I would not trade anyone on Spain for Ronaldo – Hierro Goal 06:26 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Spain World Cup 2018 Getty Images Portugal v Spain Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Portugal World Cup The Spain manager praised the Portugal star’s quality but said he would not change him for anyone on his side Spain manager Fernando Hierro praised Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal star’s hat-trick against his side, but would not take him over anyone on his squad.Ronaldo delivered a stunning performance in the Group B match, scoring a brilliantly struck free-kick in the late stages to snatch Portugal a point in a thrilling 3-3 opener with their Iberian rivals.The goal followed Ronaldo winning a penalty kick in the early stages and then converting it to give Portugal an 1-0 lead and the Real Madrid star scoring again putting his side back in front thanks to a David de Gea howler late in the first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ronaldo’s heroics allowed Portugal to overcome a pair of Diego Costa equalisers and a brilliantly struck Nacho goal from distance that gave Spain a second half 3-2 advantage.Though the late goal snatched victory away from Hierro in his Spain head coaching bow, coming days after he was appointed following Julen Lopetegui sacking, Hierro said he would not trade any of his current players for the Portugal superstar.”When you have a player like Ronaldo, it is extremely fortunate for whichever team has him,” Hierro said at his post-match news conference. “I have a really good relationship with Ronaldo, but I certainly would not change him for any of the players in my squad.”Meanwhile, Portugal boss Fernando Santos confessed he had run out of superlatives for his star man, declaring him the world’s best.However, on the heels of Ronaldo becoming the fourth player to score at four World Cups, Santos spoke of his hope that he can make it five in 2022.”I keep talking about Cristiano but what more can I say?” Santos said. “He’s the best in the world.“I hope that he keeps scoring and if he’s there in Qatar, I hope he scores again.”last_img read more

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Elon Musk says high import duties will make Tesla electric cars unaffordable in India

first_img Next Elon Musk says high import duties will make Tesla electric cars unaffordable in IndiaResponding to a question on when Tesla will enter India, Elon Musk in said a tweet: “I’m told import duties are extremely high (up to 100 per cent), even for electric cars. This would make our cars unaffordable.”advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 11:19 IST Tesla Model 3 had recently achieved five stars in the ANCAP safety ratings.HIGHLIGHTSTesla electric vehicle (EV) range currently comprises of Model 3, Model S and Model X.In March, Musk had said that Tesla would definitely arrive in India by 2020, if not this year.Several years back, the CEO had talked about his plans to enter the country with Model 3.Elon Musk has been frequently talking about Tesla’s plans to arrive in India. In a recent interaction with the students of Indian Institute of Technology Madras, the Tesla CEO had made public his plans to enter the country by 2020. Now Musk has said that the high import duties will make Tesla electric cars unaffordable in India.The Tesla CEO regularly takes to Twitter to divulge important details about his company. Responding to a question on when Tesla will enter India, Elon Musk in said a tweet: “I’m told import duties are extremely high (up to 100 per cent), even for electric cars. This would make our cars unaffordable.”Tesla electric vehicle (EV) range currently comprises of Model 3, Model S and Model X. The entry-level Tesla Model 3 is available in three trims — Standard Plus, Long Range and Performance. The Standard Plus is priced at USD 38,990, Long Range at USD 47,990 and Performance at USD 54,990.Tesla Model 3 had recently achieved five stars in the ANCAP safety ratings, which are published for a range of new passenger, sports utility and light commercial vehicles entering the Australian and New Zealand markets. The electric car has scored five stars in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash tests as well.In another tweet, Musk said: “For other countries, we pay in part for the local factory by selling cars there ahead of time. Also, gives a sense of demand. Current rules in India prevent that, but recent changes in sales tax give hope for future changes.”advertisementIn March, Musk had said that Tesla would definitely arrive in India by 2020, if not this year. Several years back, the CEO had talked about his plans to enter the country with Model 3.The Government of India is aiming at making the country a global EV manufacturing hub. A tax benefit of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on the loans taken for the purchase of the EVs has been announced. The GST rate on EVs has been reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent. Besides, the tax rate on chargers or charging stations for EVs has been lowered to 5 per cent from 18 per cent.In July, Hyundai launched Kona electric SUV in India for a starting price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom) and received 120 confirmed bookings within 10 days of the launch. Towards the end of 2019, Audi will also introduce e-tron in the country and we are expecting it to be priced around Rs 1.15 crore (ex-showroom, India). In December, MG will drive in EZS electric SUV in India.ALSO READ | Indian automobile industry under intense pressure, major companies witness sales decline in July 2019ALSO READ | Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed: Get all the details about proposed penalty hike hereALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki India suffers sixth successive monthly sales drop, company sees 33.5 per cent fall in July 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow TeslaFollow Elon MuskFollow Electric carslast_img read more

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BEVERLY HILLS 90210 REUNION SERIES BH90210 STARTS FILMING IN VANCOUVER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Beverly Hills 90210 Advertisement “Beverly Hills, 90210” can’t make a comeback without the Peach Pit!Brian Austin Green shared the first photo of the OG hangout while on the reboot set, and our inner teen is screaming with excitement!center_img Facebook “Pretty f-n nostalgic,” the star captioned the shot on Tuesday, showing off the iconic diner from the 90’s TV series.Of course, any true “90210” would know, the Peach Pit was the gathering point for the whole gang. Jason Priestley‘s character, Brandon Walsh, was an employee there throughout the series, and the diner was owned by Nat Bussichio, played by Joe E. Tata.Interestingly enough, it hasn’t been announced that Tata, 82, is scheduled to make an appearance in the reboot, which has fans wondering if B.A.G. just spilled the beans.As The Blast reported, despite some rumored drama, the original cast members including Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris and Ian Ziering will all be back together again when the Fox reboot airs on August 7.By Whitney Vasquez ~ The Blast Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Liberal budget praised and panned

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is calling the Liberal government’s first budget “historic.”Bellegarde has said the dollars outlined in the budget document will benefit all Canadians and for once, Indigenous peoples too.But with about $3 billion of the $8.4 billion set aside for Indigenous peoples and communities back-ended to flow the end of the five-year cycle, some are saying maybe this budget isn’t what it appears to be on the surface.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img read more

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Case accusing Trump of profiting from his office moves ahead

first_imgWASHINGTON — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland said they are moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved the legal discovery schedule in an order Monday. Such information would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel.Trump’s Justice Department lawyers filed a notice to the court Friday that appeared to challenge the Maryland judge’s decision to allow the case to move forward. The president’s notice that he may seek a writ of mandamus — to have the appeal heard by a higher court — is considered an “extraordinary remedy” that’s hard to prove and partly rests on showing Messitte’s decisions to be clearly wrong.The Justice Department declined to comment.“We’ve got the discovery ready to go,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. “Their objective at this point is just to keep the doors shut, they don’t want any of this information out in public and they don’t want our case to move forward. So they’re going to be obstructing as much as they can.”District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine said in a statement that the subpoenas would go out to third-party organizations and federal agencies “to gather the necessary evidence to prove that President Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses — our nation’s original anti-corruption laws.”Trump has been fighting multiple lawsuits that argue foreign representatives’ spending money at the Trump International Hotel are violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.A clue as to what entities may receive subpoenas may can be found in preservation subpoenas filed more than a year ago with 23 Trump-related entities, including The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, The Trump Organization, the Mar-a-Lago Club Inc. and entities related to his D.C. hotel and its management, among others.The subpoena requires the majority of documents to be preserved from Jan. 1, 2015, on an ongoing basis. The court filings cite document categories for preservation, including those from Nov. 8, 2016, onward concerning “marketing to foreign or domestic governments, including members of the diplomatic community.” Other noted categories for preservation include documents that would identify guests of the hotel and those who have rented event space, details on all finances, and “operating leases, permits, licenses, tax payments or credits to or from foreign or domestic governments.”According to the agreed-upon schedule, if there are no delays, legal discovery would conclude in early August.“The president is engaging in very serious constitutional violations every day in our view, so we’re glad to have the opportunity to bring this case to closure promptly in 2019,” said Norman Eisen, chairman of the non-profit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is co-counsel with the two jurisdictions.___Follow Tami Abdollah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/latamsTami Abdollah, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Over 85 million are employed in Sri Lanka

The survey reveals that about 67% of the employed population works more than 40 hours per week. The estimated employed population in Sri Lanka during the third quarter of 2015 is about 8.5 million, of which about 45.5 percent are engaged in the services sector, 27.2 percent in the industries sector and 27.4 percent in agriculture sector.The highest employment share is in service sector and this is true for both male and female, while the lowest shares is in the industry sector, the Department of Census and Statistics said in a new survey. The working age for Sri Lanka is defined as age 15 years and above. Among the total working age population who are employed or unemployed during the reference week is identified as the economically active population. The estimated economically active population is about 9.0 million in the Third quarter 2015, of which 64.5 percent are males and 35.5 percent are females.The labour force is defined as the currently economically active population who are in working age. Labour force population expressed as a percentage of the working age population (age 15 years and over) is the labour force participation rate (LFPR). The survey results reveal that the overall LFPR for the 3rd quarter is 53.8 % and this is 74.7% and 35.7% for males and females respectively. The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) released the employment, unemployment and labour force statistics for the third quarter in 2015, based on a sample of about 6250 housing units enumerated during the quarter covering the whole country under the Sri Lanka Labour Force Survey. Persons, who worked at least one hour during the reference period, as paid employees, employers, own account workers or contributing family workers are said to be employed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Are The Warriors Ruining Basketball

VIDEO: How the Cavs can push back in Game 3 Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jun. 6, 2017), we discuss the Nashville Predators’ win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. That series is now tied 2-2. Next, the Golden State Warriors are running roughshod over the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has some complaining that the NBA’s competitive balance is out of whack. We dig into league commissioner Adam Silver’s latest remarks on the matter and discuss whether the rise of the Warriors is a good thing or a bad thing for the NBA. Plus, a significant digit on an untethered ascent of El Capitan.Check out the following links to the topics we discussed.Pekka Rinne had a great Game 4 to help the Predators even things up.FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions say that the likelihood of the Warriors winning the series is 97 percent.In an interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike, NBA commissioner Adam Silver fought back against claims that the Warriors have disrupted the league’s competitive balance.FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner teamed up to break down Steph Curry’s return to form in this year’s NBA finals.Deadspin’s Albert Burneko writes that despite last year’s Cavaliers’ comeback, a Warriors victory feels inevitable this year.Is the superteam era ruining the NBA? Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins investigates.Significant Digit: 3,300, the number of feet that Alex Honnold climbed on his route up El Capitan, the famous climbing wall inside Yosemite National Park. He did it all without a rope. Honnold has become the first free solo climber to scale the route. read more

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This sniffer dog found €40000 on a man who was then arrested

first_imgA POLISH NATIONAL was arrested after he was found with nearly €40,000 in cash at Rosslare Europort yesterday.The man in his 30s was stopped and searched after he disembarked a French ferry yesterday afternoon.Revenue’s sniffer dog, Alfie, gave an indication and the cash was discovered on him and in his luggage. The cash was seized in accordance with the proceeds of crime legislation. In Gorey District Court later yesterday, officers were granted a three-month detention order by a judge in respect of the cash, in order to carry out further investigations.last_img read more

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Pacifique tropical 12 des espèces menacées dextinction

first_imgPacifique tropical : 12% des espèces menacées d’extinctionUne première étude de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) sur les espèces marines de la région tropicale de l’est du Pacifique vient d’être publiée. 12% des espèces marines de cette zone seraient en danger d’extinction, selon le rapport.L’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) a publié sa première étude sur les espèces marines, animales et végétales de la région tropicale de l’est du Pacifique. Les résultats de cette étude sont sans appel : 12% des espèces marines y seraient menacées de disparition comme le totoaba et le bar géant, l’entrée du golfe de Californie, les côtes du Panama et du Costa Rica présentant le plus de risques.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces dernières années, au moins 20 espèces marines et 133 groupes locaux d’espèces marines ont disparu dans cette zone comme le poisson-demoiselle des îles Galapagos, expliquent les auteurs. “Sauver des espèces menacées est la chose la plus importante que nous puissions faire pour protéger la santé de l’océan, dont dépendent des millions de personnes”, a expliqué Scott Henderson, directeur régional de la conservation marine à l’UICN et co-auteur de l’étude. Pour cela, il s’agit maintenant de créer une zone protégée autour de l’atoll de Clipperton dans l’est de l’océan Pacifique, de protéger les mangroves sur le long des côtes du Costa Rica et du Panama et de déterminer les espèces les plus touchées par la surpêche afin de remédier à l’épuisement des stocks, d’après l’UICN. Le 25 février 2012 à 16:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wilmingtons Breakfast With Santa Set For December 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the Wilmington Sons of Italy will hold “Breakfast with Santa” at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).Two sittings are available – 8:30am to 10am and 10:30am to noon.  Tickets can be purchased for an $8 donation. Children 3 and under are free.The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, waffles, hash brown patties, bacon, sausage, muffins, juice, milk and coffee.Call Michele at 978-658-8284 for tickets.  Tickets must be purchased on or before November 26, 2018. No tickets will be sold at the door.(NOTE: The above information is from an online poster shared by the organizer.)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… RelatedWilmington’s Breakfast With Santa Set For December 3In “Community”Wilmington’s Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast Set For March 25In “Community”Wilmington Sons Of Italy Announces Golf Tournament For September 27In “Community”last_img read more

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BSF shoots Bangladeshi to death

first_imgkustiaA Bangladeshi national was allegedly shot to death by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Daulatpur border of Kushtia early Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Bulbul Hossian, 24, a resident of Jamalpur village in Daulatpur upazila.Sources at Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) said a patrol team of BSF of Nasirapara camp in Nadia district of India opened fire at 7-8 people while they were allegedly entering Bangladesh through the border around 2:00am.Later, police recovered the bullet-hit body from Mathurapur Bazar in the upazila.Nayek Subedar Abdur Razzak, commanding officer of Jamalpur camp under BGB battalion-47, said they had heard that a Bangladeshi national sustained bullet injury by BSF men’s firing in the Indian territory but they could not trace the victim.last_img read more

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Houston Is Trying To Improve Its Standing As An Innovation Hub

first_img Share 00:00 /03:49 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 13Flotek Industries, a Houston-based, global supplier of products and services to the energy industry, recently opened a brand-new innovation center in northwest Houston.Visitors to the 50,000 square-foot facility enter through a room with a faux-orange grove, complete with the sound of birds and crickets.“And that’s because we focus on using orange oil components, a material called a limonene,” Trudy Boudreaux, a vice president at Flotek explained. She said limonene has unique properties that can be used in the oil and gas industries.“We take it then in our research lab and you see scientists down here doing active research for being able to see different applications.”Flotek’s innovation center opens at a time when more civic and industry leaders are recognizing that Houston has an innovation problem.“In our opinion, you need four things for an innovation hub to happen,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, interim vice president for research and technology transfer at the University of Houston.One of those four things is talent, he said, and Houston has plenty of that.“Whether you look at the University of Houston, Rice, the Medical Center and beyond. These are the basis for why you would have the right talent in this city.”He said the second part is the ability to connect the talent to academia and industry; and Houston’s oil and gas, medical and aerospace industries play an important role in that.And the third thing is resources – incubators and innovation centers like the one Flotek just opened. Krishnamoorti said Houston has those too.But what’s missing is money, called venture capital.“Unlike almost any of the other large metropolitan areas, large urban areas, which have got a culture of creating angel investors and venture capitalists,” he said, “Houston almost has virtually none of those types of activities where you can get angel or venture capital funds that can be directed towards innovation.”That could change if there were more of an innovation mindset in this city. And it looks like that is starting to happen.Consulting services firm Accenture chose Houston to launch the first of 10 new innovation hubs nationwide.At its opening last week, leaders from city government and the Greater Houston Partnership discussed how to move Houston up in the innovation ranking.The economic development organization created an innovation roundtable last summer.Jon Nordby, VP of talent and innovation at GHP, said there’s plenty of innovation happening inside Houston’s big three industries – oil and gas, medical and aerospace. But this happens in silos.“Their concern with the startup ecosystem that was not necessarily, ‘we want to get more innovation into our companies,’” he said. “But it’s more understanding that if this draws in the right kind of talent, it draws in opportunities to create wealth, to commercialize technology that in some way have an effect on their organizations as well.”The Partnership approached Accenture to study Houston’s startup culture and develop a strategic plan to improve it.Brian Richards, innovation lead for Accenture in Houston, said cities known for innovation are generally proactive about it.“And so for me, for Houston, what that says is, it’s not the kind of thing where we just write it off and say, innovation is Austin, innovation is Silicon Valley, just let them have it,” he said. “We can win in this.”The city of Houston is also involved in the proactive effort.At-large council member Amanda Edwards last year submitted an amendment to the city budget creating a taskforce for innovation and technology, which she now leads.She said they are looking into what the city can do, including promoting tech and innovation during trade missions, removing possible regulatory roadblocks and creating incentives for collaboration.“Could or should there be a district, for example, where a lot of this culture, what people in terms of the talent pool would be looking for, would exist,” Edwards said.The taskforce expects to present its recommendations to the mayor in the next few months.last_img read more

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UTTT Poll Most Texas Voters Say Confederate Memorials Shouldnt Move

first_img Share Democrats (61 percent) were more familiar with the court rulings than Republicans (50 percent) and were far more likely to believe the system discriminates (73 percent) than Republicans are (10 percent).Hispanic voters split 40 percent to 38 percent on whether the election laws discriminated on the basis of race. Black voters (63 percent) were more likely than white voters (32 percent) to believe that it does.The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from Oct. 6 to Oct. 15 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Bathrooms and transgender TexansA little more than half of Texas voters put little importance on efforts to restrict access to public restrooms for transgender people, while 43 percent said that legislation is “very” or “somewhat” important.“Bathrooms has kind of fallen off the radar,” Henson said. “If you can get this on the agenda, you can activate some Republicans and conservatives on this.”The counterpunch from establishment Republicans has been to try to change the focus to economic development, he said. “This is why the desire of the speaker and other longtime members of the Republican coalition to talk about economic development is about the agenda, but also by extension, about what the central issues are going to be moving forward,” Henson said.  Few groups were particularly fired up about the issue: 46 percent of Republicans ranked it important, along with 40 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Tea Party Republicans. That’s a marked change from the June survey done at the end of the Texas Legislature’s regular session, where the “bathroom bill” was a major point of contention. In that earlier survey, 57 percent of Republicans, 35 percent of Democrats, and 70 percent of Tea Party Republicans deemed the issue important.“This is not a durable attitude being driven from bottom to top — it’s being driving from top to bottom,” said Josh Blank, manager of polling research at the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin. He said the polling shows voter opinions on the importance of bathrooms fluctuates “when certain officials are talking about it.”That dynamic could determine how important the bathroom debate will be in next year’s elections.“I think this issue is utterly contingent upon elite actions; if they insist on keeping it in the limelight, it will be a serious — though perhaps secondary — issue, but it will fall off the map if elites move on,” Shaw said.  Discrimination and the courtsA slight majority of Texas voters said they were aware of recent court rulings finding discrimination in Texas elections, but a plurality believe the Texas election system does not discriminate against racial and ethnic minorities. Texas TribuneMost Texas voters don’t want to remove Confederate memorials or put them in museums, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Many of those who would leave the monuments in place said they should “remain where they are with historical context provided,” but a greater number would leave the memorials in place unchanged.The partisan and racial divides within those responses were stark. Only 9 percent of Republicans would remove or relocate Confederate memorials, while 75 percent of Democrats would do so. A majority of Republicans would leave the monuments unchanged; a majority of Democrats would move them to museums. And while 60 percent of black voters would remove or relocate those symbols, 64 percent of white voters and 53 percent of Hispanic voters would leave them in place.“Very few people want the monuments removed or destroyed,” said Daron Shaw, a government professor at the University of Texas at Austin and co-director of the poll. “Republicans tend to think they ought to be left as they are,” he said. “This strikes me as a reaction, at least in part, against being told what to do by the news media or by Democratic or liberal elites. In other words, opinion on the right against monument removal is partly a function of genuine support for the existence and purpose of the monuments and partly a function of resistance to what they view as overly intrusive political correctness.”   GunsTexans are divided when asked if the United States would be safer if more people carried guns. As with many issues, the answers revealed a big divide between conservatives and liberals.A convincing majority of Republicans said the country would be safer with more people packing weapons. An even larger majority of Democrats said the opposite — that more people with guns would make the United States less safe.More than half of the registered voters surveyed said gun control laws should be stricter. Only 13 percent said the laws should be less strict than they are now, and 31 percent would prefer to leave current gun laws unchanged. Most Democrats (86 percent) would toughen current laws. Most Republicans (51 percent) would leave them as they are now. Half of Tea Party Republicans would leave the laws in place, while 38 percent would make them less strict; among non-Tea Party Republicans, 35 percent would toughen current law. Black (74 percent) and Hispanic (61 percent) voters would prefer stricter gun control laws, while only 43 percent of white voters agreed with them.The primary cause for mass shootings in the United States in recent years is “failure of the mental health system to identify dangerous individuals,” closely followed by current gun laws, the respondents said. Voters also blamed various forms of media —“spread of extremist points of view on the internet” and “media attention given to perpetrators of mass shootings.”“This illustrates why talking about mental health has become a good diversionary issue for conservatives,” said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin. Both conservatives and liberals agree there are mental health problems, even though they disagree on gun issues. “What we’ve seen in the past was a cycle of an immediate response that involves talking about gun laws, and then a counter-response that used to be primarily a Second Amendment fight — but more recently has involved this mental health element.”last_img read more

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