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FSIN grapples with its own survival

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is wrapping up its winter legislative assembly.Although there were a number of important issues on the table and much talk centred around finding options to save the organization.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has this story.last_img

Trans Mountain pipeline plan coming by end of month possibly guided by

first_imgAn official close to the plan says that includes possibly hiring a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, to advise on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions of the court.The Liberals intend to announce the next steps before the end of September.The government wants to have the pipeline’s fate decided within the next six to eight months before the next federal election and also before Alberta’s provincial election in May. OTTAWA, O.N. – A senior federal source says the Liberals are considering hiring a former top judge to guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval given to the project, saying the consultation with Indigenous communities wasn’t good enough and criticizing the lack of attention paid to the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.The Liberals are still considering whether to appeal the decision, but are looking at how they can do what the court said was lacking in order to get the pipeline work back underway.last_img read more

BJP wants political strife, unrest in Hills: Aroop

first_imgDarjeeling: “BJP just wants political strife and unrest in the Hills. They want to cash in on this and gather votes,” alleged Aroop Biswas, TMC Observer for the Hills. In a run-up to the campaign rally by TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling on Thursday, the party held a road show in Kalimpong on Tuesday.The road show, jointly organised by TMC and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, started from the Kalimpong Municipality. After passing through the major thoroughfares of the Hill town, the rally culminated at Triangular Park. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He is a Prime Minister who lies day and night. He is a habitual liar. Everyone knows that he had promised Rs 15 lakh in every bank account and 10 crore new jobs. He had claimed that the dreams of the Gorkhas were his dreams. Mamata Banerjee is the one fighting for the identity of the Gorkhas. She is trying to take them forward. BJP just wants upheaval and political strife in the Hills. People have understood this. They will not get a single vote. They will be driven out,” retorted Biswas. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe stated that BJP will not get a single seat. “Bengal will lead India. She has emerged as a national leader. She will lead the country,” Biswas said, referring to the party supremo. Banerjee’s meeting will be held at the Darjeeling Motor Stand on April 11. It is expected to draw huge crowds, with GJM, TMC and the frontal organisations of both the parties joining in. “I would apologise beforehand to the schools and educational institutions as there are chances of traffic snarls owing to people from all over the Hills converging in Darjeeling for the election rally,” stated Binay Tamang, president, GJM. Tamang requested all coming for the meeting from the Hills and plains to arrive by 9 am. Elaborate arrangements have been made.last_img read more

World Bank ‘Concerned’ about Morocco’s 2018 Economic Outlook

Rabat – The economic and political transformations Morocco has experienced in recent years have not been enough to change the World Bank’s mixed outlook on Morocco’s growth potential.In its latest bi-annual report on Morocco’s economic performance, the Washington-based institution offered a relatively bleak reading about the capacity of Morocco’s economic model to absorb the kingdom’s level of unemployment, poverty, and socio-structural disparities.Moroccan news outlet Aujourd’hui le Maroc wrote in an October 4 editorial that the World Bank is “particularly concerned about the vulnerability of Morocco’s economic model.” With an investment rate surpassing national GDP by more than 30 percent, Morocco’s challenge in the short to medium term will be to boost investments to increase national productivity and stabilize the country’s sporadically-performing economy, the editorial explained.Aujourd’hui le Maroc’s rendering of the World Bank’s report is in many regards in agreement with the institution’s misgivings about Morocco’s improving but fragile, “unsustainable, and vulnerable” economic performance.“In the absence of more decisive structural reforms,” the World Bank wrote in April, Morocco’s GDP is set to decline further while agricultural output—especially cereal production—is “projected to return to its historical average.”Silver lining: Employment-generating businessesDespite cautions about Morocco’s economic model, the report is confident that Morocco can reverse the clock of doom if “appropriate measures are implemented.” To prevent the fragile economic climate from worsening, generate inclusive growth, and reset to “a sustainable and strong economy,” Morocco needs to “lower corporate tax rates, improve public investment management, and better enforce tax payments by the self-employed and liberal professions.”The mixed view on Morocco’s economy is not a first-off in the body’s assessments of the internal structural and social contradictions holding back the North African country’s potential to be a better performer.During a three-day working visit in Morocco August 27-29, the World Bank’s vice-president for the MENA region, Ferid Belhaj, praised Morocco’s economic performance in recent years. Belhaj called Morocco a “country that is moving,” a “regional exception,” and a “bright spot in a dark environment.”The World Bank official stressed: “Over the years, there have been serious efforts in terms of reforms and infrastructure. That is why I see Morocco full of potential. But there is another Morocco that is facing enormous difficulties, namely of resource redistribution and social cohesion.… There is something a bit upsetting: there are so many possibilities and achievements that make Morocco a regional exception, but there are also some lapses. These need to be tackled at their roots.” read more

Spanish Media Spread Virginity Test Rumor about Morocco Military

Rabat – Spanish media outlets have reported that young women conscripted into mandatory military service in Morocco will be subjected to a virginity test.The news has sparked outrage and controversy on social media.Moroccan youth were taken by surprise when the ministerial council approved a draft bill on August 20, to reinstate mandatory military service for young men and women, aged 19 to 25, for 12 months. The bill has not yet been approved by Parliament. The ministerial council said the bill aimed to “inculcate the spirit of citizenship in young people as part of a correlation between the rights and duties of citizenship,” triggering mixed reactions from citizens.However, Moroccans were even more surprised when several Spanish outlets, including Cadena Ser reported that women would be required to undergo a virginity test so “that families could not accuse a member of the army of rape.” Quickly, the rumor was shot down by the Moroccan government. Contacted by HuffPost Maroc, a parliamentarian said the rumor was an “unfortunate interpretation.” added that the ministry would never impose such a thing. According to the same source, no decree or internal note can be imposed until the law has been passed in Parliament. “The text relating to military service is general and simply evokes the bases that will be defined subsequently by decrees.” Contacted by Morocco World News for further explanation, Mustapha El Khalfi, government spokesperson, did not respond. A virginity test has previously been established for military services in other countries, such as Egypt and Indonesia, before it was abolish. In 2015, Human Rights Watch asked the Indonesian military to stop virginity testing for those who wished to become soldiers. In December 2011, Egypt banned the army from conducting “virginity tests” on candidates wishing to become a soldier. read more

Pioneering insurance policy greatly benefits poor farmers finds UNbacked report

24 June 2009The fragile livelihoods of millions of poor farmers in developing countries, often devastated by adverse weather conditions, have been fortified by an innovative insurance scheme, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. A variable and unpredictable climate can restrict income and limit development for many smallholders, as banks, for example, are unlikely to lend to farmers if a drought will cause widespread defaults, even if the farmers could pay back loans in most years. This lack of access to credit restricts farmers’ ability to buy improved seeds, fertilizers and other inputs needed to cultivate land, according to the Index Insurance and Climate Risk: Prospects for development and disaster management report launched at the Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF) in Geneva today.Index Insurance uses a measure of weather, such as the amount of rainfall, to determine payouts, resolving a number of problems that make traditional insurance unworkable in rural parts of developing countries, said the report.With Index Insurance contracts, there is no need to visit the policyholder to determine premiums or assess damages. Instead, if the rainfall recorded by gauges is below an agreed-upon threshold, the insurance pays out. Having this insurance allows farmers to apply for bank loans and other types of credit which was previously inaccessible, said the report, which was produced by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) in partnership with UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP), among other governmental and non-governmental agencies.“Only the richest three per cent of people in the world are covered by insurance,” said Olav Kjorven, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Development Policy. “The world’s poor have been completely left out, even though they are the most vulnerable people most in need of protection.“Droughts, floods and hurricanes often strip whole communities of their resources and belongings,” he said, adding that Index Insurance could “finally enable millions of poor people to access financial tools for development and properly prepare for and recover from climate disasters.”A number of projects have shown that Index Insurance is affordable for people living on just $2 a day, an example being farming communities in Malawi which have been able to buy small insurance contracts to cover the purchase price of seeds in case of drought since 2005, according to the report.Nearly two million Indian farmers have also had access to Index Insurance programmes since 2003, but in order to achieve their full potential, applications of Index Insurance will need to scale up to reach many more people, the report stressed. read more

Alaskas oil money headaches We did this to ourselves

JUNEAU, Alaska — Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself “Alaska’s Playground.”But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their native Michigan. After years of stress over delayed state budgets, their breaking point, he said, was Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed reductions to K-12 spending and health and social service programs.“We started to realize that Alaska isn’t turning out to be where we want to raise our kids,” Daniel Bowen said, adding later: “As much as we loved Alaska, we can only take so much, we can only take so much uncertainty.”The state has been roiled by a budget dilemma linked to its uneasy reliance on oil, bringing a reckoning that has scrambled traditional political alliances. For decades, Alaska binged on infrastructure and community projects when oil prices were high and cut spending and closed facilities when they weren’t. This time, prices haven’t boomed and after years of drawing down savings and cutting expenses, state leaders face tough decisions.The situation has politicians debating changes to the annual dividend paid to residents from Alaska’s nest-egg oil-wealth fund. The checks, seen by many as an entitlement, once were considered almost untouchable. But the budget reality, and differences over taxes and spending, has politicians and residents choosing between the size of the prized checks and public services many expect.The anxiety is tied to persistent low-to-middling North Slope oil prices. Prices topping $100 a barrel in 2014 went into a free-fall that worsened a budget deficit now in its eighth year. State revenue officials believe prices in the $60 a barrel range to be realistic long-term.This year, an average of about 508,000 barrels of oil a day has coursed through the 800-mile (1,288-kilometre) trans-Alaska pipeline, according to the pipeline operator. On the pipeline’s peak day in 1988, 20 years after oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay, 2.1 million barrels flowed.“Alaska needs to think about the new world we have today,” said Cliff Groh, a longtime political observer, adding later: “The cavalry” of high prices and booming production “does not seem to be coming.”Oil has been the economic lifeblood of Alaska, whose population of about 735,000 is less than Seattle’s. A 1969 oil and gas lease sale was a game-changer, said Eric Wohlforth, a state revenue commissioner in the early ’70s and a former Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board trustee.“Suddenly we were a place that the bankers looked on with envy rather than just the poor supplicant,” he said. The sale reaped $900 million that went toward infrastructure and other needs but was pretty well spent around the time the pipeline came online in 1977, he said.In 1976, voters approved creating the Alaska Permanent Fund and dedicating a portion of mineral wealth to it. The fund, grown through investments, was valued as of June at $66 billion, with the earnings reserve portion valued at $18 billion.The fund’s principal is constitutionally protected but its earnings are spendable. Lawmakers had long limited use of earnings to such things as fortifying the fund and paying dividends based on an average of fund income over five years.But last year, after going through billions of dollars in savings and at odds over taxes and further budget cuts, lawmakers began using earnings to help pay for government and sought to restrict what could be withdrawn for dividends and government.Alaska has no state sales or personal income taxes.Dunleavy, a Republican, says a longstanding dividend calculation that hasn’t been followed for three years should be followed until it’s changed. That would mean checks of about $3,000 this year. His support on the issue includes conservative Republicans and some Democrats, though other conservative Republicans and Democrats have resisted.He has indicated willingness to discuss formula changes but insisted on a public vote. He said Alaskans didn’t mind the size of their checks until politicians began tinkering. Checks in recent years ranged from $878 in 2012 to $2,072 in 2015, the year before they were capped.The Legislature, with a bipartisan House majority and GOP-led Senate, want Dunleavy to consider a roughly $1,600 check this year. Many lawmakers say the formula is unsustainable and have balked at violating the draw rate and setting a precedent of dipping deeper into the reserve.Higher-than-expected draws could reduce what’s available in earnings and at some point put pressure on the corporation to change its strategies to churn more money into the earnings reserve account, said Angela Rodell, the corporation’s CEO.Carl Davis, research director with the Washington, D.C.-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, said cutting the dividend is regressive, hitting lower-income families particularly hard. He sees no conflict between paying a dividend and taxing residents.While some Democrats want to debate oil taxes and whether companies are paying enough, Dunleavy has focused on cutting a budget he considers unsustainable.There would not be an “honest discussion” about spending if tax bills also were being introduced, said Dunleavy’s revenue commissioner, Bruce Tangeman.Dunleavy vetoed more than $400 million, riling critics who say it’s too much, too fast and prompting public outrage that is fueling a recall attempt. The Board of Regents, facing a potential 40% cut in state support for the university system, has taken initial steps toward consolidating its three accredited campuses into one.Lawmakers, unable to reach the higher threshold required to override Dunleavy’s vetoes, passed legislation seeking to reverse many of the cuts. Dunleavy has the option of cutting again.Larry Persily, a former deputy revenue commissioner, said the choices are painful.“These are a lot of different math problems made worse by the fact that we’ve lived two generations without taxes, two generations with free money and two generations of candidates who won if they could wrap themselves in the biggest dividend flag. As I’ve told some groups the last couple weeks, ‘Guys, we did this to ourselves,’” he said.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

No more pointless delays Boris Johnsons office says Brexit definitely happening on

REUTERS/Toby Melville House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who played a key role in the Brexit crisis, took a veiled swipe at Johnson as he announced on Monday he would stand down from the role, issuing a warning to the government not to “degrade” parliament.Johnson, a former journalist who derided the EU and later became the face of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, has repeatedly promised to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31 and has said he will not countenance any delay.IRISH BORDERIreland told Johnson on Monday that he must make specific proposals on the future of the Irish border if there is to be any hope of averting a no-deal Brexit, saying Dublin cannot rely on simple promises.“In the absence of agreed alternative arrangements, no backstop is no deal for us,” Varadkar, standing beside Johnson outside the Irish government, told reporters. “We are open to alternatives, but they must realistic ones, legally binding and workable and we haven’t received such proposals to date.”The blunt remarks by Varadkar indicate the difficulty of Johnson’s gamble of using the threat of a no-deal exit to convince Germany and France that they must rewrite an exit agreement struck last November.Johnson, who has no majority in parliament, is seeking an election just a few weeks ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline, though lawmakers have already refused that request once. Andrew Coyne: Boris Johnson’s defeat is a victory for the power of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn, Britain’s unlikely EU warrior, makes last stand on Brexit With Brexit gambit, Boris Johnson revealed not as a buffoon but a ruthless tactician He will put forward another motion in parliament on Monday to propose a poll, but it would require the support of two-thirds of lawmakers – and opposition parties have said they will not agree to an election until a no-deal exit is ruled out.Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met other opposition party leaders on Monday and they agreed they would vote against his election bid.The bill seeking to block a no-deal exit will force Johnson to seek a three-month extension to the Oct. 31 deadline unless parliament has either approved a deal or consented by Oct. 19 to leave without one.“I want to find a deal, I want to get a deal,” Johnson said in Dublin, adding that there was plenty of time to find one before the Oct. 17-18 EU summit.A spokesman for Johnson said that parliament would be suspended from Monday evening, meaning that an election is very unlikely before Oct. 31 unless parliament is recalled early.Meanwhile two ministers said on Sunday that Johnson would not seek a delay at the EU summit next month – but notably declined to spell out how he would nevertheless obey the new law if no deal is agreed with the EU.Foreign minister Dominic Raab said the government would “test to the limit” what the law would require ministers to do.— Additional reporting by Paul Sandle Writing by Guy Faulconbridge Editing by Kevin Liffey and Frances Kerry LONDON — A bill demanding that Prime Minister Boris Johnson delay Britain’s withdrawal from the EU on Oct. 31 if he cannot get a divorce deal became law on Monday but his office insisted that Brexit would happen by that date, “no ifs and buts.”Parliament was also likely to reject Johnson’s call on Monday for a snap general election, which he is seeking in order to break a deadlock over Brexit that has intensified since he took office in July pledging to get on with the departure.“The prime minister is very clear that he will take this country out of the EU on October 31st no ifs or buts, he will not sanction any more pointless delays,” Johnson’s office said after the bill became law.Johnson was due to suspend parliament for over a month from Monday after it votes on his latest demand for a snap election. Johnson had set up the suspension – called a prorogation – last month in what opponents cast as an attempt to sideline lawmakers over Brexit.The departure from the EU, the United Kingdom’s most significant geopolitical move in decades, remains in question more than three years since the 2016 referendum, with possible outcomes ranging from a no-deal exit to abandoning the whole endeavour.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.I’m absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in parliamentBlackRock, a U.S. investment firm that manages $6.8 trillion of assets, said a no-deal Brexit or a referendum had become more plausible.An alliance of opposition lawmakers and rebels from Johnson’s own Conservative Party passed the bill that became law on Monday having received the assent of Queen Elizabeth, ordering the prime minister to delay Brexit to 2020 unless he gets a deal.It was unclear what Johnson’s next move would be: while the law will oblige him to seek a delay unless he can strike a new deal, EU leaders have repeatedly said they have received no specific proposals.“I’m absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in parliament,” Johnson said in Dublin ahead of talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.“We must get Brexit done because the UK must come out on October 31, or else I fear that permanent damage will be done to confidence in our democracy in the UK,” Johnson said. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street from the rear entrance door, in London, Britain September 9, 2019. read more

UN forum explores innovative policies and practices to improve urban life

Drawing participants from across the globe, the first ever United Nations World Urban Forum opened today in Nairobi aiming to explore innovative policies and best practices for sustainable urbanization and to chart strategies for easing the plight of the planet’s 100 million slum dwellers. Organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme, or Habitat, the five-day meeting will examine a wide range of issues related to the world’s burgeoning cities in an effort to formulate recommendations that will be considered at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, set to take place in Johannesburg later this year.In a video message, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette stressed the need to create cities that work for people and not against them.For her part, Habitat Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka underscored that the World Urban Forum would debate issues at the forefront of the “brown agenda,” and sustainable urbanization. “This is the place to generate innovative models of urban management, to test out new ideas and harness creative thoughts to make our cities healthy, safe, productive, equitable and democratic.”The pressing issues facing the Forum are evident in stark urbanization statistics: 50 years ago, New York was the only metropolis with a population of more than 10 million, while today there are 19 such cities, according to Habitat.For the first time in history, half of humanity – some 3 billion people – lives in cities and towns. The agency estimates that between 1990 and 1995 alone, cities in the developing world grew by 263 million people – the equivalent of adding one Los Angeles every three months.Ms. Tibaijuka cautioned that there is no “quick fix” for the problems facing cities. “The challenge for the international community is clear: to make both urbanization and globalization work for everyone through expansion that is socially equitable and environmentally sustainable,” she said. “This is why the World Urban Forum will focus on urban poverty eradication and sound environmental practices.”The World Urban Forum has been designated by the UN General Assembly as an advisory body to support governments and other partners in implementing the Habitat Agenda adopted during the Habitat II conference in 1996 in Istanbul. read more

Revenge porn threats should be made illegal review suggests after Alice Ruggles

Revenge porn threats should be made illegal after the murder of Alice Ruggles, a domestic homicide review has recommended.Ms Ruggles, 24, was killed by her jealous ex-partner Trimaan Dhillon in October 2016 after he had previously threatened to release intimate photos of her when she called off their relationship.Dhillon, a Lance Corporal at the time who trained with the Special Reconnaissance Service, was jailed for life following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court in April 2017.Revenge porn – which is the sharing of private, sexual photos with the purpose of causing embarrassment – became an offence in 2015 and those found guilty face a prison sentence of up to two years.According to the UK’s Revenge Porn Helpline, there has been a huge year-on-year increase in reported incidents, with the hotline receiving just over 500 reports in 2015 and more than 1000 in 2017. Alice's parents, Sue and Clive Ruggles, believe their daughter's death was preventable Trimaan Dhillon, 26, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years for murdering his ex-girlfriend Alice Ruggles after he stalked her and then cut her throatCredit:Northumbria Police/PA Ms Ruggles had contacted Northumbria Police about Dhillon’s stalking in the days before he killed her. A Northumbria Police officer contacted his barracks in Edinburgh and spoke to a superior, but not Military Police or Police Scotland, and Dhillon was then told to stop contacting her or face arrest.But he ignored the warning from within the regiment, continued to contact her and eventually drove 120 miles to Tyneside to murder the bubbly and popular Sky employee.In the review, her parents Sue and Clive Ruggles said: “We believe that her death was preventable.”We find it difficult to comprehend that, although Alice described in her first phone call to the police that she was being stalked and provided ample evidence, the police and the army were unable to support and protect her.”Ms Ruggles’s sister Emma, herself a serving soldier, said she was “frustrated” by the Army’s response to the murder.She has had no contact from Dhillon’s unit, no response to questions she posed to the Royal Military Police nor a sense that lessons had been learned.The soldier had a history of offending against ex-partners and Emma could not believe the Army was unaware as he was serving at the time. Trimaan Dhillon She said: “Similar situations need to be taken far more seriously in the future by both the police and the Army. Alice’s parents, Sue and Clive Ruggles, believe their daughter’s death was preventableCredit:Geoff Pugh Now Ms Ruggle’s local authority, Gateshead Council, have published 20 recommendations in a domestic homicide review for the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence to act upon, including criminalising threats to release intimate pictures.Mr Ruggle’s family also said that the Army could have done more to protect her from her controlling ex-partner. “Failure to do so would show a blatant lack of regard for my sister, the nightmare she lived in her last few months and the sustained, painful, violent last few minutes of her life.”In a second call to Northumbria Police, as Dhillon’s stalking continued, a call handler asked Ms Ruggles if she wanted him to be arrested.The review found the police should have made the decision, and it should not have been left to the victim, who declined.Northumbria Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Bacon said changes have been made nationally regarding the response to stalking and harassment in the light of this horrific case.She said: “With the help of Alice’s family we are now leading the way in training officers in the best way to deal with these types of offences, with their input vital in developing a video which is now also used by other forces and partners.”Commenting on the case, a Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “Our thoughts remain with Alice’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”We are committed to tacking domestic abuse and last year launched a strategy to help prevent domestic abuse in all its forms.”This includes prevention of abuse in the home and providing support to the families of service personnel who may be affected.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Corentyne rice infestation GRDBs no outbreak report being refuted by farmers

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice farmers predict major losses again from paddy bug infestationAugust 8, 2019In “Business”$1.5B lost to paddy bug infestation in Region 6April 22, 2019In “Business”Corentyne rice farmers suffering losses with crop infestationsMarch 9, 2018In “Business”,According to the GRDB, a visit to the area revealed that there is no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil as reported. The State rice entity stated that the pest was only found in one farmer’s field in the area.However, “several farmers contacted Nand Persaud and Company Limited on the infestation issue and have benefited from intense investigative field visits and follow-up plans conducted by their agronomist. This has resulted from significant recoveries made from the fields treated and arduous efforts are currently in progress to bring the pest infestation under control,” the rice milling company said.Nand Persaud and Company Limited, one of the largest rice mills in Berbice, on Tuesday said the presence of the pest was characterised by stunted plant growth and yellowing of leaves. These signs often cause confusion among rice farmers who mistakenly believe that there is a nutrient deficiency problem.In its release dated March 9, the GRDB listed seven chemicals, including Matador, to be used to deal with the pest.However, Nand Persaud and Company Limited has strongly objected to this. According to the company, the rice farmers should not utilise the pesticide Matador for the treatment of this pest or paddy bugs since it has been found to escalate the problem.The Plant Hopper is known to transmit a virus called Hoja Blanca which can result in 25-50 per cent loss in yield if the problem is not identified and treated early.Recently, brightly coloured leaves were observed on some of the paddy plants.According to some farmers, their fields have experienced stunted growth over the past month.One of the affected farmers is former Rice Producers Association (RPA) Extension Officer Ramlakhan Singh, who farms at Number 56 Village. According to the GRDB, a visit to the area revealed that there is no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil as reported. The State rice entity stated that the pest was only found in one farmer’s field in the area.However, “several farmers contacted Nand Persaud and Company Limited on the infestation issue and have benefited from intense investigative field visits and follow-up plans conducted by their agronomist. This has resulted from significant recoveries made from the fields treated and arduous efforts are currently in progress to bring the pest infestation under control,” the rice milling company said.Nand Persaud and Company Limited, one of the largest rice mills in Berbice, on Tuesday said the presence of the pest was characterised by stunted plant growth and yellowing of leaves. These signs often cause confusion among rice farmers who mistakenly believe that there is a nutrient deficiency problem.In its release dated March 9, the GRDB listed seven chemicals, including Matador, to be used to deal with the pest.However, Nand Persaud and Company Limited has strongly objected to this. According to the company, the rice farmers should not utilise the pesticide Matador for the treatment of this pest or paddy bugs since it has been found to escalate the problem.The Plant Hopper is known to transmit a virus called Hoja Blanca which can result in 25-50 per cent loss in yield if the problem is not identified and treated early.Recently, brightly coloured leaves were observed on some of the paddy plants.According to some farmers, their fields have experienced stunted growth over the past month.One of the affected farmers is former Rice Producers Association (RPA) Extension Officer Ramlakhan Singh, who farms at Number 56 Village. Affected rice farmers are refuting the contentions of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) which posited that there has been no outbreak of the worm associated with the water weevil on the Corentyne and have since turned to Nand Persaud and Company Limited for help. read more

BitTorrent Bundle puts a music store inside torrents

first_imgThose rapscallions at BitTorrent have come up with a new way to sell music, and it’s sure to ruffle executive feathers at stodgy record labels. It’s called BitTorrent Bundle, and it puts the music store right inside the torrent.Yes, a legitimate music store embedded in a torrent. At last, someone has come up with a way to turn all us entitled, lawless downloaders into paying customers!BitTorrent thinks of BitTorrent Bundle as a sort of 21st century band flyer. It’s a digital grassroots way to reach out to fans, but it also enables them to show their support and easily purchase additional content. Post a torrent with a handful of live tracks from your latest tour, Bundle it with a store that lets your groupies buy the full album. Simple.While it’s not clear exactly how the magic happens, BitTorrent does say that a Bundle is a new torrent format. Presumably then, it’s not going to be supported by all torrent clients. However it works, it takes the middle man — hello, iTunes — out of the equation. Pearl Jam would no doubt approve.For bands, the incentive is obvious. Creating a more direct route from the listener to their content should equate to a larger share of the revenue. That’s sure to generate a little excitement in an era where streaming earns some artists a whopping $.0096 per play.Discovery remains the sticky wicket. For massively successful bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, it won’t be an issue. For lesser-known independent artists, however, it’ll be a bit trickier.But torrenting is, by nature, a social act, and that makes it a great way to share content like music and video. In an era where the web itself is becoming more and more social every day, it won’t be hard for artists to spread their own BitTorrent Bundles. Dedicated trackers will spring up, and existing sites like Pirate Bay and IsoHunt serve millions of hungry downloaders every day — and many have discovery on the brain.Ultra Music — one of the hottest electronic music labels around — is already on board. With artists like Deadmau5 and David Guetta on their roster, having Ultra as a launch partner will go a long way to ensuring Bundle’s success.last_img read more

Gotham Makes the Danger of Ras Al Ghul Real

first_img NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target With Bruce Wayne running around the city in an earless Batsuit, it’s easy to forget that he’s still not Batman yet. Last night’s Gotham reminded us just how much further he has to go. He may be stopping alleyway robberies and fighting Ra’s Al Ghul, but as Gordon pointed out, he’s still just playing detective. It’s fun watching him use his investigation skills and figure things out in this episode, but nobody would call him the world’s greatest anything yet. That’s too bad. As last night proved, if he’s going to take on Ra’s Al Ghul, he’ll need to be.Last night’s episode made a case for how dangerous Ra’s really is. That was important, as he hasn’t really done much since the end of last season. And even his whole Tetch bomb was dealt with a little too easily. Last night’s fight with him had real consequences that Bruce is going to have to deal with. After successfully keeping the dagger out of Barbara’s (and Ra’s Al Ghul’s) hands, he has to figure out exactly what he’s dealing with. He takes it to an appraiser, not considering how easily he can be traced. That turns out to be a mistake. Though he tries to keep the man’s research a secret, Ra’s shows up in the middle of the night and murders the appraiser.Ben McKenzie (CR: Jeff Neumann)Fortunately, he doesn’t get his hands on the knife. The appraiser’s grandson, Alex, escapes with the knife and hides. This is where it becomes apparent that Bruce is still playing detective. He tries to tag along with Gordon, but he’s not very good at police work. He comes right out and asks Barbara if Ra’s Al Ghul is bankrolling her, which of course doesn’t get him anywhere. If anything, it makes things worse, causing Ra’s to go to the police department himself, posing as a foreign dignitary, and find out that Alex must have the knife. To Bruce’s credit, he can figure out where Alex is before anyone else.  The episode did a great job of building up the relationship between Bruce and Alex, both being around the same age and both having lost parental figures. Alex is in awe of Bruce’s fighting ability, and there’s almost a proto-Robin thing going on. That all makes it so much harder when Bruce has to watch Alex die. Gordon fights off Ra’s Al Ghul’s two lackies (one of them a dog-man named Anubis… close enough I guess) in a fun, short action scene before Ra’s puts an end to it. Holding a blade to Alex’s throat, he demands Bruce give up the dagger. Now knowing its power, Bruce refuses, possibly thinking he can save Alex, or that Ra’s won’t go through with it. He does. Ra’s slices Alex’s throat right in front of Bruce.There are a ton of interesting places the show could take his story from here. Now that Bruce is responsible for two deaths, will that affect his vigilantism? Two people are dead as a result of him wanting to play hero. Will that discourage him from fighting, or force him to cover his tracks better? Either way, this isn’t something he’s going to shrug off easily. We know he’s eventually going to be Batman, but for a while it looked like he was getting there too soon. Now, he realizes there are consequences to his new superhero hobby. The show has put a major stumbling block in his way and drastically opened up his arc for the season. There are so many possibilities for where it can go now, and that’s always an exciting place for Gotham.Erin Richards and Alexander Siddig (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.)Penguin had a lot of fun scenes this episode as well, though he may have just sealed his own downfall. Hearing there was a new Falcone in town, he has Sofia over to explain that he runs Gotham now. He then uses her as bait to draw out a few mobsters who were still loyal to the Falcone family. When he has Zsasz murder them in front of her, he pretty much guarantees that she’ll go against him. I mean, we already knew that’s where she was headed eventually, but Penguin may have sped things up by using her this way.  Penguin’s hold on Gotham is more tenuous than he’d like to believe. It’s even less stable now that he’s made an enemy of Sofia Falcone.Victor Zsasz continues to be the funniest part of this whole show. Gotham’s interpretation of the character is entirely different from the one in the comics. Comic book Zsasz is creepy and disturbing, arranging bodies in grotesque scenes designed to mess with Batman’s head. Here, his sadism is hilarious. He takes a childlike glee in killing people, and Anthony Carrigan has great comedic timing. His whispered “I’m gonna stab you” combined with the hand motion is maybe the funniest thing in this whole episode. With the possible exception of his reaction to Ed Nygma’s rap-telegram riddles.(CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX)That’s another character this season is taking to really interesting places. Having been frozen for so long, Nygma is no longer the riddle master he once was. His riddles, as Penguin elegantly points out, suck. They’re much too vague and could describe anything. Even his double-meanings don’t follow as well as they should. I can already tell it’s going to be fun watching him adapt to his new, dumber brain. Especially with the Penguin taunting him the whole time. Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith have such great hate-chemistry together, you can see the heat coming off of them whenever they’re in the same scene. This might be what pushes Ed to become the Riddler we know. Remember, his riddles were never all that great. That was the point. His riddles force Batman to step outside the bounds of conventional logic to save people. Instead, he has to figure out what the “Riddler logic” behind the puzzle would be. Now that Ed can’t come up with a decent riddle to save his life, he’s going to have to make them bigger and crazier to compensate. That’s my bet, anyway.It’s still early, but this season of Gotham has been exceptionally strong. While this episode was doing a lot of set-up work for the next few weeks, it managed to make that fun and interesting to watch. That’s not something this show has been particularly good at in the past. Even as dark as this episode got, it was still able to keep the fun insanity we come to this show for. I just hope it can maintain this momentum. Now, Ra’s Al Ghul is under arrest and will be held in the GCPD next week. I think we can all guess what that means. That poor building has been through hell, and from the looks of things, it will go through even more next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Vancouver Public Schools receives clean audit

first_imgVancouver Public Schools received a clean audit report from the state for the 11th year in a row, the district announced.The audit, conducted by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, evaluates district financial statements, internal controls and compliance with state and federal laws. The state found no deficiencies or areas needing improvement.The audit period ran from Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016.last_img

BAHAMAS StateRecognized Funeral to be held for Mr Calvin James Johnson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 7, 2017 – Nassau – The Cabinet Office announced today that a State-Recognized Funeral will be held for Mr. Calvin James Johnson, former Parliamentarian on Thursday, 9th November, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street.Further, the body will lie-in-repose on Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 from 9:00am – 5:00pm at Butler’s Funeral Home & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets.  Viewing for the general public will be from 1:00 pm – 5:00pm.Press Release: Bahamas Cabinet Office Related Items:last_img

Coconut Creek Police arrest couple with druglaced gummy bears

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Coconut Creek Police want to warn parents after officers seized drug-laced gummy bears during a traffic stop last week.The department said they arrested a man and woman on drug charges following a traffic stop Friday night.Officers found over a dozen gummy bears containing THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.The drug-laced candy was packaged in individual baggies.“As you can see, they don’t look any different from regular gummy bears, which is why we want parents to be educated that these items are out there,” police said in a Twitter post. “We encourage parents to talk to their kids, particularly teens and middle schoolers, about their concerns with these THC gummy bears.” Nice work by officers from Team 3 on Friday nite & parents may want to pay special attn to the picture included in this tweet. Following a traffic stop on Hillsboro Boulevard, officers arrested a man and a woman, both adults, on drug violations related to the possession of THC…— Coconut Creek Police Department (@CreekFamilyPD) September 17, 2018 last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday December 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, December 5, 2018:#1) Wilmington Senior Center’s Annual Holiday PartyThe Wilmington Senior Center is holding its annual Holiday Party at the Tewksbury Country Club from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The party will feature a dinner and music & entertainment provided by DJ Dan. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at the Senior Center.#2) Winter Wreath WorkshopThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Winter Rreath Workshop at 2pm. Decorate and take home a festive winter wreath to brighten your door or wall. Wilmington resident and experienced crafter Dianna DiGregorio will lend her expertise and experienced eye in helping everyone create a beautiful arrangement. All supplies provided including base, ribbon, and greens. Supplies cost $20. For ages 16 and up. Register at the library’s Front Desk.#3) Intro To Blogging With WordPressThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Beginners Blogging Workshop at 7pm. Interested in learning more about blogging in general and WordPress in particular? Or do you already have an idea you want to see come to life? Join technology librarian, Brad McKenna, to see how easily that can be done with WordPress. Register HERE.#4) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets in 7pm at Town Hall’s Room 9. The library creating outdoor reading area, Earth Day events, and plant nutrient regulations are on the agenda. Read the full agenda HERE.#5) Get Rid Of Your YardwasteFor the final Wednesday of the year, the Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 8am to 2pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.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 You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Infosys HDFC HDFC Bank ICICI Bank TCS Axis Bank are favourites among

first_imgAn Indian forex dealer counts US $100 currency notes in Mumbai on August 25, 2015.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesListed Indian companies have seen interesting changes in their shareholding pattern in the past 10 years, with some of them finding favours with foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) who upped their stake in some blue-chip firms so much that they now own more than half of the equity.FPIs held 55 percent of the equity holding in Infosys as of March 2017, up 3.3 percent from 51.7 percent 10 years ago (March 2007). They now own 77.3 percent of mortgage lender HDFC and 52.8 percent in HDFC Bank, according to brokerage Kotak Institutional Equities (KIE).Other listed entities in which FPIs owned more than half of the equity include private sector lenders –IndusInd Bank (54.2 percent), Axis Bank (52.9 percent) and ICICI Bank (60.2 percent).The brokerage, in its analysis of the shareholding pattern of India’s blue-chip firms, said FPIs reduced their stake during the decade in Bharti Airtel, L&T, Asian Paints, HDFC and ICICI Bank.Companies that saw FPIs increasing their stake during the decade (2007-2017) in a big way include TCS (up 9.8 percent), Kotak Mahindra Bank (up 15 percent), Maruti Suzuki (12 percent), IndusInd Bank (up 28.8 percent), Axis Bank (up 11.2 percent) and Eicher Motors (16.3 percent).Here are the details of the companies with significant foreign shareholding: Kotak Institutional Equities Pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Spike Lee to Deliver Commencement Speech at Johns Hopkins

first_imgSpike Lee is coming to Baltimore—not to shoot a film, but to give a commencement speech at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University.Spike Lee will speak at Johns Hopkins University soon after the anniversary of the unrest. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Lee, who is not only a film maker but also a pivotal voice in the movement for racial equality, is offering the graduation address at a school whose student body is 44 percent White and 5 percent Black, according to the College Board.His latest film “Chi-raq” is another film in his storied collection that addresses and combats problems in the African-American community. Lee has written and directed numerous films that tackled racial inequality directly such as “Jungle Fever,” “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X.” He’ll be in Baltimore shortly after the anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray and the civil unrest that followed.Lee commented on the Baltimore unrest at the Canadian Music Week in Toronto last year:“This whole stuff is not new,” he said. “People have cameras. We saw with Rodney King.  Everybody now has a phone that can record something and now people are capturing it. We saw it with Eric Garner in Staten Island. Was the same exact chokehold we saw in ‘Do the Right Thing’ to Radio Raheem. We saw in South Carolina; we’ve seen it in Baltimore. And so, please don’t believe that this is a phenomenon. That is all of a sudden sweeping America. Now it’s just being caught; everybody now with a camera is a photojournalist.”Lee also gained headlines when he joined Baltimore native Jada Pinkett-Smith in boycotting the Oscars due to the lack of diversity among the nominees. Not one single minority was nominated for the more prominent categories.Lee has done everything under the sun that involves film, from directing to acting. Being an honorary graduate from Johns Hopkins will also be added to Lee’s accolades come this spring. The ceremony, set for May 18, will be held at Royal Farms Arena and is not open to the public.last_img read more

Zion Williamson is the Only Choice for the 1 Pick

first_imgAlso:– In defense of Matt Kuchar’s $5,000 caddie payment– Anti-Lakers grudge behind tampering complaints– AAF already gets how to grab headlines– Reaction to the New Orleans Demps-ter fire– Lincoln Riley addresses Colin’s Kyler Murray concerns Zion Williamson is the only choice for the #1 pickHeading into the college basketball season, many in the college hoops media were saying that Zion Williamson might not even be the best recruit on his team, and that guard RJ Barrett could be selected ahead of him with the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.As the tournament approaches, Colin thinks it’s clear that Williamson is one of the most transformative college players in years and is the only choice as the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. Only rarely do physical talents like Zion come along and he’ll instantly be a nightmare matchup in the NBA. Anyone saying otherwise is out of their mind. Guests:Ric Bucher – Bleacher report Senior NBA Writer; Lincoln Riley – University of Oklahoma Head Football Coach; Sam Monson – Pro football Focus Lead Analyst; Bill Plaschke – L.A. Times Senior Columnistlast_img read more