Zomato shuts up bigotry says food has no religion

first_imgNew Delhi: Food delivery company Zomato is winning the internet after it refused on Wednesday to resolve a customer’s complaint about being assigned a Muslim delivery executive for his food order.”Food doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion,” the company tweeted in response to the customer’s request for change of the rider. On Tuesday night, a man tweeted about cancelling his order placed on Zomato as the designated rider was a “non-Hindu”. “Just cancelled an order on @ZomatoIN they allocated a non Hindu rider for my food they said they can’t change rider and can’t refund on cancellation I said you can’t force me to take a delivery I don’t want don’t refund just cancel,” Amit Shukla, a resident of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a series of tweets, he also shared screenshots of his conversation with Zomato’s customer care, saying he would take up the issue with his lawyers. The company stood its ground and refused to change the delivery executive. Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal echoed his company’s stand with a firm message. “We are proud of the idea of India – and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners. We aren’t sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values,” he tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayZomato’s response won it many admirers. “Respect. I love your app. Thank you for giving me a reason to admire the company behind it,” former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted. Former Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi tweeted: “Salute Deepinder Goyal! You are the real face of India! Proud of you.” Goyal had in an internal message to his team at Zomato applauded the customer team for “upholding our values and not discriminate on basis of caste or religion for sake of growth (or customer satisfaction)”. Sources said he told his team that they should not succumb to any demands of a customer, partner, or even an employee on racial grounds or grounds of any form of diversity.last_img read more

Manitoba RCMP bag man on lawn mower for impaired operation of motor

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba man found driving a lawn mower on a road leading to the Trans-Canada Highway in the dark has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.RCMP say officers pulled over a man on a John Deere riding mower in the rural municipality of Headingley at around 2 a.m. Saturday.The man told the Mounties he was heading to a gas station to buy smokes and figured it was “responsible” to ride his lawn mower instead of a car.A 39-year-old woman was along for the ride.RCMP say that while lawn mowers are not specifically mentioned in Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act, they are not allowed on streets or highways.The 41-year-old man is to appear in Winnipeg court on Aug. 23. (CTV Winnipeg)last_img

DAVID FOSTER TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM ACADEMY FOR PHILANTHROPIC WORK

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: In a release, Foster says it is a “great honour” to receive the award, explaining that he created his foundation in 1986 after meeting a young girl from his hometown who was awaiting a liver transplant.Foster says music has brought him many rewards “and what better way to pay tribute to those gifts than to pay it forward.”The award is handed out every year and will be presented to Foster at the 48th Juno Awards on March 16 in London, Ont.By The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Canadian producer David Foster is getting another accolade to add to his collection of awards.The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says the Grammy Award winning musician, songwriter and composer will receive its 2019 humanitarian award.The academy says it honours Foster’s philanthropic support of hundreds of charities, including the David Foster Foundation which provides financial help to Canadian families in need of life-saving transplants.center_img Advertisement Canadian music producer David Foster is pictured in a Toronto hotel on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, as he promotes his charity benefit concert. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Delhi govt ignoring violation of rules set down by fire dept Gupta

first_imgNew Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta on Wednesday said that the Delhi government is ignoring violation of rules set down by the Fire Department, by turning a blind eye to instances where the rules are being flouted. “These instructions have become only a heap of papers. If the Delhi administration does not wake up from the incident of fire in Tents at Netaji Subhash Place on Monday night, it would be very painful,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderGupta has demanded that the administration take this matter seriously and set about taking strict steps to save people from fire accidents. He said that if there are flaws in the existing rules, these should be plugged and their strict adherence should be ensured. Moreover, he urged the administration to take strict measures against officials who fail to implement these rules. Expressing his anger over the serious incident of fire at two pandals in Netaji Subhash Place late on Monday night, Gupta said that this incident could have turned fatal. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe MLA from Rohini added that a similar accident had taken place in Ashok Vihar in 1983, in which entire families were killed. He said that thousands of temporary structures are erected in various parts of the capital for weddings and social functions but no fire safety arrangements are made at these sites. “Either the rules and guidelines made by the Delhi Administration for fire safety at such Pandals are insufficient or these rules are not followed by the Tent Mafia in connivance with the officials,” he said. Referencing the recent fire at a restaurant in Karol Bagh where 17 people lost their lives, Gupta claimed that after the incident many hotels in the area were found to be flouting fire safety rules. “The administration in Delhi has neither learned a lesson and nor is it getting serious about them,” he said.last_img read more

Aegean Airlines to Launch Flights from Athens to Marrakech Casablanca

Rabat – Greece’s Aegean Airlines has revealed its seven new flights in 2019, two of which are from Athens to Marrakech and Casablanca.The  flights are in line with the company’s program to expand and extend its tourism season, said the company in a statement.The company said that it also plans to “increase the capacity of its international network by 700,000 thousand seats, reaching a total of 10.3 million seats in the international network.” Read Also: Ryanair 2019 Winter Campaign Includes 9 New Morocco-France FlightsAegean, however, did not reveal any information about the frequency of its new flights.In addition to Casablanca and Marrakech, the carrier will also launch flights from Athens to Ibiza, Valencia, Sarajevo, and Tunis.Aegean CEO Dimitris Gerogiannis said, “We consistently create new destinations options for our passengers, along with the offer of new services.” read more

Ethiopian official says plane crash report due this week

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian official said a preliminary report on the plane crash that killed 157 people on March 10 will be made public later this week.Mussie Yiheyis, spokesman for the government’s transport ministry, told The Associated Press Tuesday that a date has not yet been set but it will be released later this week. He said that a high ranking government official will announce the preliminary result.The final report may take months to complete but a preliminary report may be released “anytime soon,” said the spokesman.On Monday, Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the pilots of the plane that crashed on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa, had trained on “all appropriate simulators,” rejecting reports that they had not been adequately prepared to handle the new aircraft.The Associated Press read more

UN urges Rwanda to boost efforts to transition to green economy

16 November 2011Rwanda must build on its efforts to transition to a green economy, according a United Nations report released today on the country’s post-conflict environmental situation, which also urges the Government to implement measures that will boost the economy while protecting natural resources. The report, released in Kigali, the country’s capital, by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights the most pressing environmental issues in the country, and proposes an integrated package of almost 90 projects that would help the country accelerate its sustainable development agenda.Rwanda is currently striving to avoid overexploiting its natural resources, and has made remarkable progress in recent years to tackle the issue. For example, the report found that the country lost 60 per cent of its natural forest area after independence in 1962 due to the demands of a growing population for land, timber and firewood. However, reforestation efforts have helped to recover 20 per cent of the lost woodlands.“Rwanda provides an exceptional case of a country’s willpower to overcome a traumatic conflict legacy, restore degraded ecosystems and lift people out of poverty,” said Achim Steiner, the UNEP Executive Director.“The ongoing metamorphosis of Rwanda’s economy offers a unique opportunity to catalyze green investments, to enhance sustainability, create green jobs and promote environmentally efficient technologies,” he said, adding that implementing the report’s recommendations would help reverse declining environmental trends, and serve to map a clear pathway to build a green economy.The report, “Rwanda: From Post-Conflict to Environmentally Sustainable Development” was presented by UNEP at the start of a regional meeting of East African senior policy-makers exploring how to leverage support for sustainable and efficient measures.The report’s recommendations for the Government touch upon several areas, but particularly focus on reinforcing and investing in ecosystem rehabilitation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, environmental management capacity building and regional environmental cooperation. read more

Auto talks making no progress as strike deadline looms says Lewenza

The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union says it has made no progress in talks with the Big 3 automakers as the countdown continues to a strike.“Here we are three-and-a-half weeks of intense meetings and the companies are taking the same position they did from day one,” CAW president Ken Lewenza said Friday afternoon during a break in marathon talks.He said General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have dug in and are not backing down on their proposals to reduce fixed costs.Demands include eliminating cost-of-living allowances, requiring employees to make contributions to the defined benefit pension and a new hire rate that never progresses to the top level.Lewenza said the automakers have responded unfavourably to the union’s latest offer that proposed some concessions particularly in conditions for newly hired workers in a bid to win some guaranteed investments in Canada.“Where we have shown some flexibility, they’ve been very, very stringent on their positions.”He said the union isn’t going after GM and Ford’s record profits or Chrysler’s almost miracle turnaround.“All we’re saying is that we want some modest improvements.”The union is gearing up for a strike at 11:59 p.m. on Monday but Lewenza said the deadline can be extended if it sees progress in the final few days of talks.“If it’s five to 12 on Sept. 17th and we see light at the end of the tunnel then we’ll just keep going until the deal is done. But there would have to be a mega-shift in responses from the companies for that to happen.”Debt rating agency Moody’s said Friday that even a short strike could be “painful” and hurt the country’s weak economic growth for months to come.“Even a one-week walkout could jeopardize Canada’s increasingly listless growth, shaving 0.25 percentage point from September GDP while disrupting North American supply chains and retail spending into the fourth quarter,” Moody’s Analytics senior economist Mark Hopkins.Automakers are seeking to reduce labour costs because health-care costs are rising and the strong Canadian dollar is eroding competitiveness.In June, General Motors announced it would shut down its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ont., next year, a move that will eliminate 2,000 direct jobs. The planned closure comes as the big automaker restarts production at the former Saturn assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.Moody’s said the auto industry is one of “the few bright lights on the Canadian manufacturing landscape.”Transportation equipment accounted for more than three-quarters of the growth in Canadian manufacturing in the 12 months through June. The resurgence of the Big 3 has helped drive a sharp acceleration in Ontario manufacturing, more than offsetting the slowing pace of shipments from Quebec and British Columbia, Hopkins wrote in a report.“Improving auto sales in the U.S. have also been a key component of demand growth for Canada’s largest trading partner. Stalling this momentum, even temporarily, would be costly.”Meanwhile, debt rating agency DBRS said it believes a strike won’t likely be long or have a significantly harmful effect on General Motors or Ford.DBRS said the risk of a strike is “manageable” even though it will have some impact on the automakers’ U.S. operations because of the inter-relationship between the operations on both sides of the border.“We don’t expect a prolonged strike and even if the strike were to commence, the impact on the company and consequently the effect on the rating is not that material,” managing director Kam Hon said during a conference call after it raised the ratings of the two companies.The ratings agency upgraded the ratings of both General Motors and Ford to BBB (low) from BB (high) due to their improved profitability, strong financial positions and strengthening North American operations.DBRS said the U.S. automakers are mainly profitable because of past concessions from hourly workers, but abandoning efforts to reduce the $15 per hour cost differential between the Canadian and U.S. operations would make them uncompetitive with offshore rivals, especially from Japan and Korea.In a message to its members at Ford, GM and Chrysler, the CAW said it is determined to resist these demands and negotiate a fair settlement that reflects the best interest of our members.”The union has warned that it may target more than one of the U.S. automakers if negotiations fall through.University of Windsor professor Tony Faria said the impact of a strike would be much greater on Chrysler, which derives about a quarter of its production from Canada. All of its minivans are made in Windsor, along with several key sedans and vehicles.“Chrysler is looking at razor thin profits. They’ve got good prospects for this year and next year but the only way their profits are actually going to materialize is they have to be producing vehicles,” he said in an interview.Faria said Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is a tough negotiator, but he can’t afford a shutdown.“Chrysler is only now getting into a profitable situation so this is a bad, bad time for Chrysler to be shut down.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2012 5:22 pm MDT Auto talks making no progress as strike deadline looms, says Lewenza read more

JFK diary written in postWWII Europe sells for 718000

JFK diary written in post-WWII Europe sells for $718,000 FILE – This undated file photo provided by RR Auction shows a portion of a diary written in 1945 by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II. The diary, in which he reflected on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations, sold for more than $700,000 Wednesday, April 26, 2017, according to the auction house. (Sarina Carlos/RR Auction via AP, File) by Crystal Hill, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2017 10:54 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations sold for more than $700,000 on Wednesday.Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $718,750, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $200,000. Joseph Alsop, a JFK collector from Beverly, outbid one other live and six telephone bidders in a packed house for the 61-page diary. Alsop, 71, plans to add it to his personal collection, auction officials said.The diary is mostly typed but includes 12 handwritten pages. It was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers and travelled through a devastated Europe.Executive Vice-President Bobby Livingston said the auction was thrilling, with bidders from around the country vying for the personal observations of the man who’d become president.“My expectations were exceeded, but I’m not surprised because it’s such a significant and historic manuscript,” Livingston said.The diary’s new owner is the nephew of Joseph Alsop V and the son of Stewart Alsop, two brothers and influential columnists during the Kennedy presidency.“I’m happy to own it,” said Alsop, who was 16 when he met Kennedy at his uncle’s home in 1960. “I think it’s a wonderful object and a tribute to Kennedy’s development as an individual. He displays a remarkable degree of insight into world affairs at a very young age.”Kennedy gave the diary to Deirdre Henderson, a research assistant in his campaign office in the late 1950s who now lives in the Boston area.In the diary, Kennedy reflected on his time in a gutted Berlin and even saw Hitler’s bunker, speculating that he was not killed. He wrote that Hitler “had in him the stuff of which legends are made.” But Henderson said in an interview last month that should not be misinterpreted as sympathy for the German dictator.“He said that in reference to the mystery surrounding him and not the evil he represented,” Henderson said.Kennedy expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the fledgling United Nations, questioning whether it “will prove effective in the sense of its elaborate mechanics being frequently employed or vitally decisive in deterring war or peace.”Henderson said she put the diary up for sale so it can be properly preserved, and she’s confident the winning bidder will respect her wish. She said she wanted the sale to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth this year.“I’m more than pleased with the outcome,” Henderson said. “I think it was the right price at the right time.”Kennedy, the 35th U.S. president, served from January 1961 until he was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.___This story has been corrected to show the diary’s new owner is Stewart Alsop’s son, not nephew. read more

Fleetguard filters set new 1000 h standard in service intervals for offhighway

first_imgLube oil50010571000 Lube filter100019731000 HISTORICAL            MINE SERVICE INTERVAL (hrs.)ACTUAL                      INTERVAL               ACHIEVED (hrs.)NEW                                SERVICE                   INTERVAL (hrs.) CATEGORY Water filter50040004000 Air filter100034002000 Fuel filter50033162000 Maintenance hours per truck per annum431274% reduction of maintenance hours and 60% reduction in costs. Cummins Filtration has announced breakthrough technology that it says “optimizes productivity and reduces total cost of ownership and life cycle cost for mine operators and off-highway diesel engines.“Delivering the most advanced engine protection available for off-highway diesel vehicles, the latest family of products Cummins technology including Fleetguard’s NanoForce® Air filters, NanoNet® Fuel filters, SpiraTec™ Lube filters and OAT™ Life of Engine coolants. The combination of all can extend service intervals by up to four times, reducing annual maintenance hours by up to 50%.” Cummins Filtration will unveil these products and more at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas, September 26-28.Fleetguard’s latest nanofibre filter products for air, lube and fuel filters provide 99.99% filtration efficiency. nanofibres, with a diameter smaller than a human hair capture particles at a submicron level before they can reach engine components such as pumps, injectors, pistons, rings, and liners.Fleetguard NanoNet fuel filters and NanoForce air filters provide unrivalled engine protection for all HHP engine platforms – EPA Non-certified, Tier 1 HPI Engines, Tier 2 and above MCRS Engines.In addition to the added protection, Fleetguard’s family of nanofibre filter products has set a new 1,000 h standard service interval that reduces downtime, while ensuring ample safety margins, thus maximizing total cost of ownership benefits.This can be seen in practice in the global program by Cummins Filtration aimed at delivering cost reductions to mining companies in the wake of plummeting commodity costs. The business carried out a 12 month ‘Filtration Optimization Program’ with Komatsu, at Anglo American’s Dawson coal mine in Queensland, Australia, to demonstrate that new technology Fleetguard filters provide both better protection and lower total cost of ownership for mine operators.Following a field test involving a Komatsu 830E haul truck powered by a Cummins® QSK60 HPI engine, Cummins was able to confirm cost savings of 60% and a service life of 1,000 h minimum, through reduced filter and oil consumption alone. When applied to Dawson’s fleet of 14 Komatsu 830E trucks, savings in excess of $220,000 per year would be realized while slashing servicing hours by 74%.“The new 1000 hours service interval sets a new standard in filtration that provides better equipment protection and lower total cost of ownership for mine operators,” says Gary Ross, Director of Global High Horsepower Business for Cummins Filtration.“Large engines need the cleanest fuel, oil & coolant and plenty of air flow. Traditional filter technology can limit lubricant and air flow as they quickly become plugged. This means loss of horsepower, decreased fuel economy, more frequent filter replacements and more costly equipment downtime. Cummins Filtration’s Fleetguard NanoForce Air filters, NanoNet Fuel filters, StrataPore Coolant & Hydraulic filters along with ES Compleat OAT Coolants tackle these problems to deliver the highest standards of filtration while, at the same time, maintaining engine performance.”last_img read more

DHB Cup 201718 THW Kiel and SG Flensburg Handewitt are out

THW Kiel and SG Flensburg Handewitt are out of the German Cup competition! The two leading teams from the North lost matches of 1/8 finals and won’t be able to fight for the second most important trophy in German handball with spectacular finish at Final4 in Hamburg, which host this event every season in May.Here are the complete results of 1/8 finals:Bergischer HC – HSG Wetzlar 27:28 (14:16)HC Erlangen – FA Göppingen 27:28 (14:14TSV Hannover-B – THW Kiel  24:22 (13:10)MT Melsungen – DHfK Leipzig  22:27 (12:15)TBV Lemgo – TVB 1898 Stuttgart 27:29 (12:9)TuS Ferndorf – R-N Löwen  24:28 (13:15)HG Saarlouis – SC Magdeburg 28:37 (15:19)SG Flensburg-H. – Füchse Berlin 26:29 (14:14) ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest win twice in one day! Next Story → Dronninglund Cup 2018 – Tournament for everyone! read more

Another 180 houses now available through NAMAs 8020 scheme

first_imgTHE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency has extended its experimental mortgage scheme – which aims to insulate home-buyers from negative equity – to an additional 180 houses located in 12 counties across Ireland.Set up in the hope that it would instil confidence in prospective purchasers so they could buy a home without the immediate worry of falling prices, the 80:20 Deferred Payment Initiative’s pilot phase received a “positive response”.Launched in May, it included 115 houses in three counties but the expansion boasts a greater geographical spread.This round includes 180 properties, ranging in size from two-bedroom to five-bedroom homes, in 12 counties. Prices begin from €100,000.“We have established that concerns over potential falls in house prices remain an issue for buyers. The extension of this initiative will help adddress these concerns for buyers in nine more counties, in addition to the three included in the pilot phase,” explained chief executive Brendan McDonagh.The properties, located in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Meath, Sligo and Wexford, are not NAMA-owned. The 80:20 scheme protects buyers from decreases of up to 20 per cent in the value of the property over the next five years.Eighty per cent of the agreed sale price will be paid up front by any person entering the scheme. The remaining 20 per cent will only be due in five years’ time. How much, if any, of that 20 per cent then due will be calculated on the basis of an independent assessment of the property’s value.Further information on the properties included can be viewed on www.nama.ie, www.daft.ie and www.myhome.ielast_img read more

Chiellini Theres a lot of love and respect for Pogba

first_imgJuventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini admits they “love and respect” Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba, but played down rumours of a possible return to the club.Pogba will face his former employers for the first time at Old Trafford tomorrow night and was recently linked with a return to Turin.“I’m sorry that everything we say about the lad is filtered through the lens of the transfer market,” Chiellini told Football Italia.“There’s a lot of love and respect for a lad who we saw grow and then take flight, and I think that affection is reciprocal.“It’s beautiful and normal for that to be the case.”Juve have won both Champions League matches so far while the Red Devils failed to beat Valencia in the last game making this tie a must win.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“For both teams, it’s a nice match to play. I don’t think it’s a knockout game for United, just as it isn’t for us.“It’s a match in a historic stadium between two teams who want to prove they deserve to lead the group. We know it won’t be easy, and that we’re facing a team with a lot of champions and a great Coach.“I watched the first half of their match against Chelsea and for a football fan, it was a pleasure to watch: two different philosophies and a match that was in the balance until the end.“For someone who loves football this is also a spectacular match, and for those on the pitch, there are emotions which you have to manage.“We have a deep squad with plenty of players on the same level, so we’ll see who the Coach [Max Allegri] picks, but we’re ready and we want to play a great match tomorrow.”last_img read more

Naingollan insists he would take Icardi over Higuain

first_imgInter Milan midfielder Radja Naingollan insists he would take fellow teammate Mauro Icardi over AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, but also heaped praises on both Argentine strikers.“Higuain moves around the pitch and plays with his teammates more, but I wouldn’t swap him with Mauro. He only needs half a chance in the box and he’ll score, that’s what he lives for.” Naingollan said to Gazzetta Dello Sport.When asked where Inter needs to improve, Naingollan said: “Winning six games in a row has given us confidence. We’re a good team but we still need to improve.”“We need to make less hard work of winning. It’s good to grind wins out sometimes – victories like the one against SPAL are very important. But you need a comfortable win every so often.”Talking about AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso and his favorite player in Milan, he said: “I did play him once, when I was at Cagliari. He won everything with Milan, I’d have liked to face him with a top team like Inter are today.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Bonaventura. He has good technique, he’s intelligent and he knows how to make the difference.”Speaking about working with Luciano Spalletti at Inter and during his time as Roma manager, Naingollan said: “One day he took me to one side and said: “We need to change something here. I want to protect you, you need to stay here at the training ground for a few days.”“I said: ‘OK then, I’ll do that.’ I turned up and he was there waiting for me.”“I was surprised but it was very pleasing: he’d given up his free time to stay with me. He knows how to handle me.”“Of course, I have my flaws, but I like living life to the full.”last_img read more

Estuary sturgeon season closed beginning Friday

first_imgSturgeon angling in the Columbia River estuary will be closed beginning Friday, 10 days earlier than scheduled.Catch and fishing effort zoomed in the first half of June and the season guideline of 4,042 almost will be reached by the end of angling on Thursday, said John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.If Friday were to stay open, the projected season catch is 4,160 sturgeon, or 103 percent of the guideline.Washington and Oregon agreed Tuesday to implement the Friday closure.“It’s amazing what more normal (Columbia River) flows and a bit of smelt and anchovies will do,” said Butch Smith of the Ilwaco Charter Association.Washington and Oregon have 1,733 sturgeon set aside for a season July 11-13 and July 18-20 in the lower Willamette River. Smith asked that 200 of those fish be given to the estuary to keep fishing open through Friday.Bob Rees of the Northwest Guides and Anglers Association asked that the estuary legal retention slot — now 41 to 54 inches — be reduced to 51 to 54 inches or 52 to 54 inches to keep fishing open.“We can easily sell it as a trophy opportunity,” Rees said.Grant Putnam of Grant’s Outdoor Adventures said he has a group of 24 coming in from the East Coast to fish Thursday through Monday.last_img read more

Lawrence of Arabia star Peter OToole dead at 81

first_imgLONDON — Known on the one hand for his starring role in “Lawrence of Arabia,” leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O’Toole was one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun figures in British acting.O’Toole, who died Saturday at age 81 at the private Wellington Hospital in London after a long bout of illness, was nominated a record eight times for an Academy Award without taking home a single statue.He was fearsomely handsome, with burning blue eyes and a penchant for hard living which long outlived his decision to give up alcohol. Broadcaster Michael Parkinson told Sky News television it was hard to be too sad about his passing.“Peter didn’t leave much of life unlived, did he?” he said.A reformed — but unrepentant — hell-raiser, O’Toole long suffered from ill health. Always thin, he had grown wraithlike in later years, his famously handsome face eroded by years of outrageous drinking.But nothing diminished his flamboyant manner and candor.“If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it,” he once said. “If you give up drinking, don’t go moaning about it; go back on the bottle. Do. As. Thou. Wilt.”last_img read more

3 districts tasked with plantation of about 14 crore saplings

first_imgHyderabad: Three districts in the State have the highest target of planting saplings as part of the current and the fifth phase of Telanganaku Haritha Haram (THH) programme. According to the State Forest Department (SFD) officials, Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Siddipet are the three districts that have the highest target and three more districts, namely Medhcal, Mulugu and Asifabad have the lowest target during the current phase of THH. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The SFD officials said that a target of 83 crore plantation of saplings was fixed for the entire State during the fifth phase. Out of this, 13.71 crore saplings have to be planted in Nizamabad, Nalgonda and Siddipet districts to keep up the green cover. Three more districts namely, Medchal, Mulugu and Asifabad have the lowest target of planting only 2.9 crore saplings . Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us “In all, a whopping 113.58 crore saplings have been planted during the earlier four phases of the THH across the State. During the fifth phase, it was decided to plant 83 crore saplings, for which, 100 crore saplings have been grown in the nurseries,” the officials said. However, the fifth phase of THH has many firsts from the earlier four phases of THH. This time, Agro-forestry has been given top priority to ensure additional and alternative income generation to the farmers. Advertise With Us Saplings of sandal wood, teak wood, bamboo, tamarind, flower and fruit-bearing plants were given priority. Small and medium farmers are encouraged to take up growing bamboo under the Central government’s Bamboo Mission. Another important feature of the fifth phase of THH is that the plant varieties distributed were developed though the tissue culture method. Schools, colleges, welfare hostels, university hotels and central government offices were also given priority during the current phase of THH. The village panchayats were given supervision to ensure the survival and proper maintenance of the saplings given to the individual households in the villages.last_img read more

Box office collection Kanchana 3 outperforms Kalank Jersey in Chennai

first_imgRaghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 3.PR HandoutRaghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 3 has come out with flying colors at the Chennai box office in its first weekend. The movie has also performed a lot better than other language new-releases like Kalank and Jersey.In the first weekend, Kanchana 3 has collected Rs 2.58 crore from 426 shows, reports Behindwoods. It is considered to be a huge number for a movie starring Raghava Lawrence. The long holiday weekend was one of the reasons why the film enjoyed good footfalls, say trade trackers.The film has garnered mixed reviews and the success of the flick depends on its performance in the days to come.Bollywood film Kalank is in the second place at the Chennai box office. From 111 shows, the Karan Johar’s flick has raked in Rs 73.43 lakh, which is a good number for a Hindi film in the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The film has opened to negative response, which might affect its collection.Hollywood film The Curse of The Weeping Woman has raked in Rs 29.41 lakh from 126 shows. Whereas new Telugu movie Jersey has collected Rs 23.56 lakh from 87 shows. This Nani-starrer is riding high on positive reviews. So, the film is expected to do well in the days to come.Tamil flick Mehandi Circus has collected Rs 7.41 lakh from 72 shows, while Tamil film Vellai Pookal has raked in Rs 5.27 lakh from 51 shows. Natpe Thunai has entered its third weekend by collecting Rs 3.87 lakh from 39 shows. The total collection of the flick stands at Rs 2.69 crore. A collage of the pics from Kalank and Jersey.PR Handoutlast_img read more

Cheers Your evening drink may work as antidepressant

first_imgCan having a few drinks help people with clinical depression feel better and behave normally? Yes, at least in terms of biochemistry. Researchers have found that alcohol produces the same neural and molecular changes as drugs that have proven to be rapidly effective anti-depressants.“Because of the high co-morbidity between major depressive disorder and alcoholism, there is the widely recognised self-medication hypothesis, suggesting that depressed individuals may turn to drinking as a means to treat their depression,” said principal investigator Kimberly Raab-Graham, associate professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We now have biochemical and behavioural data to support that hypothesis,” he noted, adding that this, however, does not suggest that alcohol can be regarded as an effective treatment for depression. “There’s definitely a danger in self-medicating with alcohol. There’s a very fine line between it being helpful and harmful, and at the some point during repeated use of self-medication turns into addiction,” Raab-Graham pointed out in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the study using an animal model, Raab-Graham and her colleagues found that a single dose of an intoxicating level of alcohol worked in conjunction with an autism-related protein to transform neurotransmitter GABA from an inhibitor to a stimulator of neural activity. In addition, the team found that these biochemical changes resulted in non-depressive behaviour, lasting at least for 24 hours.GABA is the most potent depressive neurotransmitter in the human brain. It regulates many of the depressive and sedative actions in brain tissue and is critical for relaxation. The study demonstrated that alcohol followed the same biochemical pathway as rapid anti-depressants in the animals, while producing behavioural effects comparable to those observed in people. “Additional research is needed in this area but our findings do provide a biological basis for the natural human instinct to self-medicate,” Raab-Graham said. They also define a molecular mechanism that may be a critical contributor to the co-morbidity that occurs with alcohol use disorder, the authors noted.last_img read more

Mexico Manhunt on after drug lord El Chapo Guzman escapes

first_imgGuzman climbed down a hole 10 meters (30 feet) deep that connected with a tunnel about 1.7 meters (5 feet-6 inches) high that was fully ventilated and had lighting, said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.Authorities also found tools, oxygen tanks and a motorcycle adapted to run on rails that they believe was used to carry dirt out and tools in during the construction.The tunnel terminated in a half-built barn-like building in a farm field, according to radio transmissions among authorities, who cordoned off the structure that sits atop a small rise with a clear view of the prison.One woman who lives near the barn-like structure where the tunnel emerged, said outsiders bought the surrounding land about a year ago and immediately started building. The woman, who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, said that her son had been employed as a construction worker on the surface buildings and that the builders paid well.Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. as well as Mexico and he was on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.After Guzman was arrested on Feb. 22, 2014, the U.S. said it would file an extradition request, though it’s not clear if that happened. Sponsored Stories FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, is escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City, following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. Mexico’s security commission said in a statement late Saturday, July 11, 2015, the top drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison, the second time he has fled after being captured. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File) How men can have a healthy 2019 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt Sunday for its most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who authorities said escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell.The elaborate underground escape route, allegedly built without the detection of authorities, allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture last year — slip out of one of the country’s most secure penitentiaries for the second time. “This represents without a doubt an affront to the Mexican state,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said while on a previously scheduled trip to France. “But I also have confidence in the institutions of the Mexican state … that they have the strength and determination to recapture this criminal.”Guzman’s escape is a major embarrassment to the Pena Nieto administration, which had received plaudits for its aggressive approach to top drug lords. Since the government took office in late 2012, Mexican authorities have nabbed or killed six of them, including Guzman.If he is not caught immediately, Guzman lord will likely be back in full command and control of the Sinaloa Cartel in 48 hours, said Michael S. Vigil, a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief of international operations.“We may never find him again,” Vigil said. “All the accolades that Mexico has received in their counterdrug efforts will be erased by this one event.”Thirty employees from various part of the Altiplano prison, 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Mexico City, have been taken in for questioning, the federal Attorney General’s Office said. He finally was tracked down to a modest beachside high-rise in the Pacific Coast resort city of Mazatlan, where he had been hiding with his wife and twin daughters. He was captured in the early morning of Feb. 22, 2014, without a shot fired.Before they reached him, security forces went on a several-day chase through Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state. They found houses where Guzman supposedly had been staying with steel-enforced doors and the same kind of lighted, ventilated escape tunnels.___Associated Press writers Cristian Kovadloff in Toluca, Mexico, Maria Verza in Almoloya, Mexico, Christopher Sherman in Mexico City and Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report.___Katherine Corcoran on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathycorcoranE. Eduardo Castillo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eecastilloapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It was difficult to believe that such an elaborate structure could have been built without the detection of authorities, though photographs show the corrections facility surrounded by construction, with large open ditches and lots of metal drainage pipes that could have camouflaged such a project.Guzman’s cartel is known for building elaborate tunnels beneath the Mexico-U.S. border to transport cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana, with ventilation, lighting and even railcars to easily move products.He was first caught by authorities in Guatemala in 1993, extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug-trafficking-related charges. Many accounts say he escaped in 2001 in a laundry cart, although there have been several versions of how he got away. What is clear is that he had help from prison guards, who were prosecuted and convicted.During his first stint as a fugitive, Guzman transformed himself into arguably the most powerful drug trafficker in the world. His fortune was estimated at more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which listed him among the “World’s Most Powerful People,” ranked above the presidents of France and Venezuela. Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health toocenter_img When the escape was discovered late Saturday, a widespread manhunt began immediately for Guzman, whose cartel is believed to control most of the major crossing points for drugs at the U.S. border with Mexico.Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel empire stretches throughout North America and reaches as far as Europe and Australia. The cartel has been heavily involved in the bloody drug war that has torn through parts of Mexico for a decade, taking an estimated 100,000 lives or more.Guatemala’s Interior Ministry said a special task force of police and soldiers were watching its border with southern Mexico for any sign of the fugitive drug lord.To the north, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a statement offering “any assistance that may help support his swift recapture.”Associated Press journalists near the Altiplano prison saw roads being heavily patrolled by federal police, with numerous checkpoints and a Black Hawk helicopter flying overhead. Flights were suspended at Toluca’s international airport near the penitentiary in the State of Mexico, and civil aviation hangars were being searched.Guzman, who is 58 according to Interpol, was last seen about 9 p.m. Saturday in the shower area of his cell, according to a statement from the National Security Commission. After a time, he was lost by the prison’s security camera surveillance network. Upon checking his cell, authorities found it empty and a 20-by-20-inch (50-by-50 centimeter) hole near the shower. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The Mexican government at the time vehemently denied the need to extradite Guzman, even as many expressed fears he would escape as he did in 2001 while serving a 20-year sentence in the country’s other top-security prison, Puente Grande, in the western state of Jalisco.Then Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told the AP earlier this year that the U.S. would get Guzman in “about 300 or 400 years” after he served time for all his crimes in Mexico.He dismissed concerns that Guzman could escape a second time. That risk “does not exist,” Murillo Karam said.Mexico’s extraditions of drug suspects to the United States have dropped under Pena Nieto’s administration, with Mexico preferring to try them at home.Rep. Filemon Vela, a Democrat from Texas, wrote that Mexico’s failure to extradite Guzman and other figures facing charges in the United States “is an insult to the law enforcement and prosecutorial personnel who have worked for years to build criminal cases against these drug profiteers.”“The United States needs to exercise stronger diplomatic muscle” to ensure Guzman and others are sent north to face charges, Vega wrote. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more