The Bhim Army has said the Congress has done nothing for Dalits during its 60-year rule and there is no reason for it to support the party in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls. The remarks by Bhim Army’s national president Vinay Ratan Singh came days after Congress general secretary in-charge for east Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met its chief Chandrashekhar Azad at a hospital in Meerut on Wednesday, which is being seen as a Dalit outreach move of her party. “The Congress fought B.R. Ambedkar. The party ruled the country for so long, but did nothing for us. Atrocities were inflicted on Dalits under its rule. It gave rise to the RSS and the BJP,” Mr. Singh alleged. He added, “There’s not a single reason for us to support it.” Special request“She wanted to meet Chandrashekhar bhai, but he said no. She then made a special request and they met for a few minutes. No political issue figured in their talks,” Mr. Singh said.The Dalit group’s founder, Chandrashekhar Azad, had announced at a rally in the Capital on Friday that he would contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi and welcomed support of all parties, including the Congress, to take on the BJP. Mr. Azad had also sought the support of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party for his candidature, saying his group would back their alliance in other seats.Mr. Singh said the Bhim Army would not have supported BSP supremo Mayawati had she not been part of the Dalit movement and asked SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to make amends for the mistakes of his party. He said a few people in the SP have taken up the issues of Dalits. “But mistakes have been made and Akhilesh Yadav should give an answer. He should make amends if he wants Dalits to vote for his party,” Mr. Singh said.Mulayam’s remarkHe was referring to SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment in Parliament that Mr. Modi should become the Prime Minister again and the party’s alleged silence on Dalit issues. Asked about Ms. Mayawati terming the Bhim Army a product of the BJP during the 2017 Saharanpur clashes, he said, “We would have never supported her and her party had she not been part of the Dalit movement. There are a number of Dalit MPs and MLAs who are not part of this movement. We have nothing to do with them.” Mr. Singh added that a candidate would also be fielded against Union Minister Smriti Irani. He said that they would also field candidates in Punjab which has a considerable Dalit population. The State sends 13 representatives to the Lok Sabha. The Chandrashekhar-led group shot to limelight during the May 2017 clashes between Dalits and upper caste Thakurs in Saharanpur. Chandrashekhar was arrested after the clashes. Though he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court, the U.P. Police arrested him under the stringent National Security Act. He was released in September 2018 after 16 months in jail.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES He is 19.25 seconds behind leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who had a time of 1:08.27.Only 85 of the 105 competitors were able to finish the course in their first run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiller can improve his total time in Run 2, scheduled at 12:45 p.m. Book it: Devin Booker hits 28 to win 3-point contest Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Philippines’ Asa Miller competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFAsa Miller finished 81st in his first run in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.Entering the course 104th, the Fil-Am alpine skier had a slight slip early in his run in the course but was still able to gather himself and finish the track with a time of 1:27.52.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Five players to watch at the Asian Cup MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s trade for Terrence Romeo in December certainly sent shockwaves across the PBA as the arguably best team of its era managed to add more talent to its already loaded roster.ADVERTISEMENT Lassiter didn’t seem ecstatic to have the polarizing gunner on his side. After all, they don’t have the fondest of histories after the two got into a heated commotion during the Commissioner’s Cup that saw both of them get ejected.“I don’t know if it’s going to be awkward but he’s my teammate now and if he wants to say something from the past that’s him.But with the two players now after the same thing, which is to add to San Miguel’s trophy case, the Lassiter is willing to set aside the difference for a bigger cause.“I just want to play, I’m just going to play the way I’ve been playing and focus on winning a championship and that’s the most important thing,” said Lassiter. “If he wants to be part of it that’s great and let’s keep it going.”“We know how to win so at the end we want to put it together and use their strengths and use them to be a better team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Beermen have the most titles in PBA history with 25, winning six of the last 12 titles the past four seasons in the June Mar Fajardo era and with Romeo, a three-time scoring champion, in tow, the possibilities are endless for San Miguel.Romeo was initially scheduled to have his first practice with San Miguel on January 2 but team officials said it they opted to have the former TNT KaTropa report on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThere’s no question that Romeo is one of the best guards in the league but the addition of the isolation-heavy guard to a team that has thrived in teamwork the past years can certainly be a cause of concern. LATEST STORIES ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Marcio Lassiter, who is part of the core championship team, is the first to say that the team won’t be changing the style that has brought them success to accommodate just one player.“We’re not going to change for another player and we never did that in the years I’ve been here. We’ve been doing it the San Miguel Beermen style,” said Lassiter after the team’s practice Wednesday at Acropolis Gym.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
Sachin Tendulkar continues to smash records more than two years after retiring from international cricket as the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.’Playing It My Way’, the Master Blaster’s autobiography, entered the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories.Humbled by the incredible response to his autobiography, Tendulkar tweeted to express his gratitude.Overwhelmed with response to Playing it My Way! Thank you for your interest in my cricketing journey. @boriamajumdar pic.twitter.com/YEmBPykdTusachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 19, 2016The book, published by Hachette India, was released on November 6, 2014 and has broken all records for an adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories with 1,50,289 copies confirmed on order subscriptions.The book’s orders, on day one, already saw it pulling ahead of both pre-order and lifetime sales of the world’s top adult hardbacks Dan Brown’s Inferno, Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs and JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy.Tendulkar has been the most talked-about cricketer in India since his debut in 1989 against Pakistan. Over the next quarter of a century, he went on to accomplish many firsts in cricket – he became the first to register 50 Test hundreds, became the first man to score an ODI double hundred and is the only one with 200 Test caps.
Gary Neville is disappointed with the impact Fred has had since moving to Manchester United in the summer, suggesting his former club may have overpaid for his signature.The Brazilian was the subject of a fierce tussle between Manchester rivals United and City, before finally prompting for the red half of the city. United paid out a fee of £50 million ($64.5m) for his services, but so far have received little on their investment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Fred has appeared just seven times in the Premier League for his new club, prompting Neville to doubt the wisdom of his signing. “Fred at £50m, he started the first game of the season and he looked bright, he looked tidy – but does he look like what you would expect for £50m?” the former United defender said on the Gary Neville Podcast.“Does he change a game? Does it look like he’s going to defend your goal? Does it look like he’s going to connect back-to-front? At this moment in time, no.”Neville did concede that his old employers might yet get the best out of him, but wondered why he was not picked in Sunday’s derby defeat to Man City even when Paul Pogba withdrew due to injury.“He is still developing,” Neville added.”He’s still getting used to Manchester United and he’s coming into a very difficult position in the sense that the club aren’t the most stable at this moment in time in terms of their performance levels and the scrutiny that’s been on the club in the past three or four months.“So, I wouldn’t put it all onto Fred but you have to ask the question, where was he [on Sunday] in that central midfield?”That 3-1 reverse at the hands of their rivals leaves the Reds languishing in eighth place in the Premier League, a massive 12 points behind leaders City. They also trail Tottenham by seven points in the last qualifying spot for the Champions League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
By Chandraboli Mitra New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) In the twilight of his career and prone to injuries like never before, ace Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is still eager to continue and insists that the thought of retirement has not even crossed his mind yet. The 34-year-old, who won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics, had announced that the Rio Games were to be his last Olympics. But after failing in his endeavour to win a medal there, his search for a grand swansong continues for the time being. Being away from action for the last eight months and an injury-prone body notwithstanding, the Haryana-grappler has put his retirement plans on the backburner. “Retirement is something that is not even on my mind. I would like to make a comeback to the international arena before bidding adieu to the sport. So, there are no plans of quitting any time soon,” Yogeshwar told PTI. Despite being bogged down by numerous injuries, the passion for his sport remains intact and Yogeshwar wants to bring the curtains down on his glorious career by winning one last medal for the country. “I have suffered from a number of injuries in the past one year or so. Thus, my main focus is on attaining fitness. And only after I am completely injury-free, I would be able to assess where I stand and decide when I can compete,” he said. “I would certainly be returning to the mat but when would that be, I am not sure. Right now my aim is to achieve full fitness and only after that I would choose which tournament to take part in.” Yogeshwar has not competed since his heartbreaking loss in the first round of the Rio Games in the mens 65kg freestyle. During his 0-3 defeat to Mongolias Mandakhnaran Ganzorig at Rio de Janeiro, Yogeshwar looked a pale shadow of himself. He was seen trying to use his power rather than speed to win points. It raised questions about his chronic knee injury. Yogeshwar is keen that his weaknesses are never highlighted the way they got highlighted in Rio. Asked whether he is targeting either the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games scheduled next year, to make a comeback, the legendary grappler remained non-committal. “It would be unfair to commit right now whether I would be participating in either Commonwealth or Asian Games. I would need to sit down and gather my thoughts before returning to action at the international arena,” he insisted. He wants to remain competitive, but Yogeshwar has already started giving back to the game, having opened a wrestling academy in Sonepat with an aim to groom budding talent. “I have opened my academy recently, so I am very busy with that. It is my way of contributing to the sport that has given me so much,” concluded Yogeshwar. PTI CM PM PMadvertisement
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) led by chief Vinod Rai on Saturday met Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri and other top officials in Mumbai to discuss the spat between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.The marathon meeting continued for almost six hours with Kumble’s unceremonious exit being the topic of discussion. But CoA chief Vinod Rai preferred to lay the matter to rest.”One good thing about Indian media it does not look into houses and bedrooms so don’t get into dressing rooms. When two people are with each other 24/7 there will be difference of professional opinion,” he spoke reflecting on the rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. Disputing reports that differences were personal, he said they were purely professional.”His contract was for one year. Kumble’s role has been impeccable and he has done very well. There were perception issues, professional issues. He decided fair enough,” he added.Rai went on to emphasize the captain has to ultimately lead on the field, indicating that while Kumble’s departure may have left a bad taste on everyone’s mouth, Kohli the captain for now will call the shots.”It’s the captain who has to play on the field ultimately. We will go for an equally good professional to ensure captain and coach should be in cohesion,” he said.Kumble stepped down as India coach on Tuesday after falling out with skipper Kohli.Kumble’s original contract expired with the team’s Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension after enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.advertisementLast year the BCCI formed the CAC, comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who chose Kumble for the job. The trio will also oversee the selection process of the new coach, who is expected to be named before India start their tour of Sri Lanka in July.India travel to Sri Lanka next month for a full-fledged tour from July 26 to September 6. The teams will play three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 International.Local media has reported that Kohli found Kumble’s brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.The BCCI invited applications for the role last month and Kumble had re-applied for the same.In the last one year, the former leg-spinner, also India’s most successful bowler, led the country to 12 victories in 17 tests with just one loss.He also guided India to one-day international series wins over New Zealand and England with losses coming only in a Twenty20 series against the West Indies and in last week’s Champions Trophy final, where they lost to Pakistan.Five men had been shortlisted for the next coach a few weeks back – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh. The Cricket Advisory Committee had backed Kumble to continue but it emerged Sehwag was their next best option. However, it has been also been learnt that the players want former team director Ravi Shastri back at the helm. BCCI has extended the deadline to apply for the vacant post till July 9.WATCH SPORTS WRAP:
Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has reiterated his commitment to restructuring the education budget in an effort to ensure that there is equity across the sector, particularly as it relates to early childhood education. Speaking at a press briefing at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle offices on December 12, Mr. Thwaites said that at present, early childhood education only receives three per cent of the budget. “The way the budget is divided, roughly 40 per cent (goes) to primary (education), 40 per cent to secondary (education), 17 per cent to tertiary and three per cent to early childhood and special education,” he informed. He noted that a restructuring of the budget is therefore essential in order to “right the injustice”, which has been meted out against the early childhood sector. According to the Education Minister, early childhood education has been treated as the “Cinderella of the education system”, pointing out that this must change for the sake of the nation’s children and teachers. He said that early childhood teachers are often poorly paid, regardless of their qualifications. “Even a qualified early childhood teacher gets lesser pay than a similarly qualified teacher in another level of the system,” he remarked. “This is patently unjust.” The Education Minister gave his commitment that going forward he would be working assiduously to “right these wrongs”.
Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Michael Coombs, has challenged new and returning students of the University of Technology (UTech) to become agents of change, by helping to promote good values and attitudes in the society.Dr. Coombs made the call while addressing a church service held recently at the institution’s Papine campus in St. Andrew, as part of the 2013/14 orientation programme.He stated that as the next generationof professionals, the students are “strategically placed to be agents of change under God, to recreate a nation with these desperately needed values and attitudes. I can assure you that this is the only hope for personal and national transformation.”Dr. Coombs told the students that they could not be considered to be adequately educated until they appreciate the importance of and have “acquired these values and attitudes.”He pointed to the absence of “bible-based” values and attitudes in the society, which, he said have resulted in many social problems.“We now face as a nation (where there are), poor interpersonal relationships in every sphere, a lack of respect for authority, crime and violence, and a breakdown of the building block of nations,” he said.Dr. Coombs urged the students to take a stand for the righteousness of God. “The same God we pray to in our National Anthem here in Jamaica, without this God, there can be no transformation,” he argued.He reminded the students, also, to spend quality time with God and to pray, noting that prayer was the only way to know and experience God. “The blessings that will result will be worth your while,” he stated. He pointed to the absence of “bible-based” values and attitudes in the society UTech students challenged to become agents of change Story Highlights Dr. Coombs highlighted the importance of “values and attitudes”
தாஜூடீன் படுகொலை தொடர்பில் மேலதிக விசாரணைகள் இடம்பெறும் என குறிப்பிட்டுள்ள பிரதிசொலிசிட்டர் ஜெனரல் கொலை இடம்பெற்ற தினத்தன்று அலரிமாளிகையிலிருந்து புறப்பட்ட நான்கு வாகனங்கள் குறித்து விசாரணைகள் இடம்பெறுகின்றன எனவும் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.முன்னாள் ஜனாதிபதியின் பாதுகாப்பு பிரிவில் பணியாற்றிய இராணுவ கடற்படை அதிகாரிகள் குறித்தும் விசாரணைகள் இடம்பெறுகின்றன என அவர் தெரிவித்துள்ளார். இலங்கை குற்றப்புலனாய்வு திணைக்களத்தினர் சார்பில் இன்று கொழும்பு மேலதிக நீதவான் முன்னிலையில் ஆஜராகிய பிரதி சொலிசிட்டர் ஜெனரல் டிலான் ரத்நாயக்க இதனை தெரிவித்துள்ளார் இலங்கையின் பிரபல ரக்பி வீரர் வாசிம்தாஜூடீன் கொலை செய்யப்பட்ட தினத்தன்று அலரிமாளிகையிலிருந்து புறப்பட்ட நான்கு வாகனங்கள் குறித்து விசாரணைகள் இடம்பெறுகின்றன என சட்டமா அதிபர் திணைக்களம் நீதிமன்றத்திற்கு அறிவித்துள்ளது.தாஜூடீன் படுகொலை தொடர்பி;ல் மூன்று சந்தேகநபர்களிற்கு எதிராக குற்றப்பத்திரத்தை தாக்கல் செய்யவுள்ளதாகவும் சட்டமாஅதிபர் திணைக்களம் தெரிவித்துள்ளது. நாரஹன்பிட்டி பொலிஸ் நிலையத்தின் முன்னாள் பொறுப்பதிகாரி சுமித்பெரேரா,முன்னாள் சிரேஸ்ட பிரதிபொலிஸ்மா அதிபர் அனுரசேனநாயக்க,முன்னாள் கொழும்பு சட்டவைத்திய அதிகாரி ஆனந்தசமரசேகர ஆகியோரிற்கு எதிராகவே குற்றப்பத்திரத்தை தாக்கல் செய்ய உள்ளதாகவும் அவர் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளார். எனினும் அவர்கள் குறித்த உத்தியோகபூர்வ ஆவணங்களை கண்டுபிடிப்பதற்கான முயற்சிகள் தோல்வியடைந்துவிட்டன எனவும் அவர் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.தாஜூடீன் பயன்படுத்தி மடிக்கணிணி கையடக்கதொலைபேசி ஆகியவற்றை ஆராய்ந்த போதிலும் விசாரணைக்கு உதவியான விடயங்கள் எவையும் கிடைக்கவில்லை எனவும் அவர் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளார்.(Courtesy Virakesari)
The courts decision may have been unanimous, but there are a lot of people upset by it.The main concern among opponents is that any restrictions the government tries to impose won’t hold, that this will open the floodgates to a wild west of euthanasia.“Do you understand that this is going to be a medical routine that they practice like pulling teeth.”Steven Passmore has been a passionate opponent of assisted suicide ever since Robert Latimer went on trial for taking the life of his severely disabled daughter Tracy. Like tracy, Passmore has cerebral palsy. Unlike 12-year-old Tracy, he’s had the opportunity to live a full life.“It’s a very sad day for people with disabilities.”“Instead of focusing on someone being able to kill someone else, the dollars need to be there to improve palliative care.”“This is the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington. It has 10 beds for people who are at the end of their lives, and healthcare workers here help them be comfortable, and help their families be families, rather than caregivers . This is the sort of health care some experts say we need more of, rather than assisted suicide legislation.”And not every Canadian has access to a place like the Carpenter Hospice at the end of their lives. The hospice is waiting to see what sort of legislation is drafted.“That’s what we need to be focusing on in the next 12 months. That everyone has access to good quality care.”Human rights lawyer Hugh Scher was fighting the case for the euthanasia prevention coalition.“I think it’s a sad day for Canada.”He says the ruling will lead to more suicides, by people who are depressed, not terminally or grievously ill; that once Canada starts allowing euthanasia, whatever limits are imposed will soon be forgotten. and he says assisted suicide isn’t necessary.“Theres no one in Canada who should have to suffer any kind of meaningful pain because we have the means through palliative care and other supports medically to alleviate that.”Steven Passmore has cerebral palsy like Tracy Latimer.“If I have cancer and I don’t want chemo I can tell the medical system and I will die. Do you understand what this is? This is giving the doctor or family member the power to come along and kill somebody. How come it’s against the law.”“It’s a sad day for people with disabilities.”“It’s a violation of human rights.”Over time doctors began to interpret conditions looser and looser and then ignore them.“I want the resources there for them to be cared for. And it doesn’t matter if they have alzheimer’s or dementia.Once you say this group can go, it’s only a matter of time before this group and this group and this group and this group.”It’s too early to understand what the implications are going to be.“It’s going to create a perception there’s a category of people who are ill and sick who no longer deserve the same human rights protections.”“People looking to commit suicide are depressed but voluntary.”“Once the genie is out of the bottle it’s virtually impossible to impose any level of measures that will prevent the goalpost from moving.”32% of people who are euthanized in Belgium under the law there are killed without their request“There’s the concept of suicide contagion. When you see someone committing suicide it effectively creates a domino effect.”“Assisted suicide isn’t about pain. It’s basically saying I want what I want when I want it.”
The spread of invasive Himalayan balsam is now so bad that drivers who see it growing along roadside verges are being encouraged to stop and pull it out or contact the council immediately.The pretty pink plant was first introduced to Britain as an ornamental in 1839, but soon found its way out of gardens and into the countryside, where it has been spreading rapidly ever since.Until now it has largely stuck to waterways, such as canals, but increasingly it is moving into verges and hedgerows – where it has a greater chance of spreading because of walkers and traffic. But experts say even mowing verges and roadsides often does not catch all the plants, and they can quickly regain ground of even just a few are allowed to seed.“Control is difficult, firstly because it’s very difficult to chop down or pull all plants (it often needs lots of volunteers to get each plant) and secondly the seeds often keep arriving from neighbouring areas (such as upriver or from neighbouring land you don’t own),” added Dr Dines“On roadsides, people should let the council know.” “It needs to be cleared away every year,” Paul Greaves, river action group co-ordinator at Eden Rivers Trust in Cumbria, a county prone to flooding during wet weather. “When this area floods, the water flows through here and helps to carry the seeds on. It’s important that we keep on top of the problem.”This species is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales which makes it an offence to plant or allow the species to grow in the wild. But Himalayan balsam is so widespread it is becoming an increasing challenge to tackle. According to the Royal Horticultural Society each plant can produce 800 seeds a year and their explosive pods can shoot seeds up to 22ft (7m) away, which then stick to shoes and car tyres. Bees are also attracted to the flowers and can spread the seeds widely.Once established Himalayan balsam, which can grow up to 10ft in height, outcompetes native species, erodes riverbanks, and clogs up rivers and streams leading to flooding. It is now widespread throughout Britain.Ecologist Louise Wooley, who organises annual ‘balsam bashing’ events in Devon, said: “Every year Himalayan balsam grows exponentially and it’s really reached a point where people are starting to notice it everywhere and it will reach peak catastrophic levels if we don’t do something about it 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. Himalyan Balsam FlowersCredit:Moment Open Himalayan balsam in DevonCredit:Papilio / Alamy Stock Photo Dr Trevor Dines, Botanical Specialist at charity Plantlife, said if people see the plant they should contact their council immediately.“Anecdotally people are reporting that Himalayan balsam seems to be moving into drier situations than before – as if it’s adapting to drier soils.“It used to be confined to ditches, ponds, canals and riversides for example but it is increasingly being seen on just slightly damp ground, such as road verges and hedgerows with wet or damp soil.”To fight Himalayan balsam, plants must be chopped down, or pulled up as they come into flower in June or July. The plant is an annual, so if caught early it quickly vanishes. “It used to be just seen along waterways but now it’s seen along roads. People are driving along and seeing vast swathes of it now and the sooner you get it dealt with the better so if you see it you should stop and try and get it out yourself.“It’s an annual plant so if you snap the plant and just leave it in a pile it will die off quickly before it can seed. We need more people to be getting out there and getting it out of the ground.”A recent study by Durham University found that Britain is one of the worst areas in the world for invasive species – with Himalayan balsam cited as a major problem.Islands and mainland coastal regions often contain higher numbers of established alien plants and animals, because they areas have major points of entry like ports. This month, scores of local groups across the country have been scouring riversides and road verges to remove the plant. The ninth annual 3 Rivers Clean Up event for the Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy rivers in London has just finished following a three-week blitz of waterways around the capital. Similar projects are currently taking place in Devon, Yorkshire, Shropshire, West Sussex and Cumbria.
TAKRAF has reported on the recent start-up of Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG)’s Bauxite Production Expansion project in Kamsar, Guinea.The first ore milestone at the project, which sought to increase production from 13.5 to 18.5 Mt/y, was reached on schedule, on budget and, most importantly, safely, at the end of last year.TAKRAF, in late 2016, was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract worth around €100 million ($113 million) for a greenfield railcar unloading and primary crushing station, as well as a secondary crushing station and a brownfield conveyor system. The railcar unloading system was designed in collaboration with Ashton Bulk.The scope of supply included three TAKRAF sizers, with a primary sizer in the pit beneath the tippler and two secondary sizers. These sizers, as well as the apron feeders, were designed and fabricated at Tenova TAKRAF’s Lauchhammer fabrication facility in Germany.An important safety milestone of 1.5 million lost-time-injury-free hours was achieved on site in December 2018, according to TAKRAF.Frank Hubrich, TAKRAF CEO, said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of this important project and of our milestone achievements. These only serve to underline the competence and commitment to our clients of our global TAKRAF organisation.“Whether it be a greenfield or an existing brownfield operation, we work with our clients to ensure that their requirements are met on time, within budget and most importantly, safely.”Fluor Corp acted as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contractor on the project, responsible for the expansion of the mine infrastructure, rail system, port facility and processing plant infrastructure and utilities.
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Legendary Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff believes he understands the secret to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s improved form for Milan this season.The AC Milan shot-stopper appears to have overcome the off-field problems that affected him last season as he has gone on to establish himself as Italy’s No 1.“His secret? It’s simple, he became a man,” Zoff, regarded by many as the Azzurri’s greatest-ever shot-stopper after Gianluigi Buffon, told Football Italia via Corriere della Sera.“He’s more aware now, he’s an adult and he’s learning to manage the stages of his life, which are also phases during a match.Zoff also spoke of the resilience of the keeper suggesting he’s not overwhelmed by mistakes.His saves were evident and crucial in Milan’s last clash against AS Roma which helped the team salvage a 1-1 draw in a cagey encounter.Serie 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….DONNARUMMA WITH THE AMAZING DOUBLE SAVE! [via: @TVACM] pic.twitter.com/wilekEDyGL— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) February 3, 2019“He doesn’t fall to pieces after making a mistake anymore. The other night he missed a cross, so much so that moments later he made a superlative save.”The Rossoneri are currently ranked the fourth best defence in the Serie A which is partly due to the effort of the teenage goalkeeper.Gattuso’s men are in the race for a Champions League spot and have a chance of clinching a silverware in the Coppa Italia.
The AP charts the numbers behind the declining fortunes of the USPS.One Clark County post office — Heisson, WA 98622 — is on the Postal Service’s list of 13,000 U.S. post offices to be studied for a reduction in opening hours. The Heisson post office would be open four hours per day, rather than eight.Other Southwest Washington post offices under study for reduced operating hours are Ariel, 98603; Cougar, 98616; Husum, 98623; Trout Lake, 98650; and Underwood, 98651. WASHINGTON — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday that it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress. The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe.“Our financial condition is urgent,” Donahoe told a press conference.The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services.Under the new plan, mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only from Monday through Friday, but would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.
Facebook page created by the founder of “Thanksgivukkah”The “Ballad of Thanksgivukkah” as performed by the Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, Mass.Light the candles and pass the white meat. Spin the dreidel and have at the cranberry sauce. Don your yarmulke, dip your crunchy latke in the creamy onion dip and catch some football.Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, a modern American national holiday, and it’s also the first full day of Hanukkah, an ancient Hebrew religious one. Thanks to the vagaries of modern Gregorian and ancient Hebrew calendars, the two holidays have lined up only for the second time ever, and for what’s just about the last time ever, too — as far as we’re concerned.The next time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap in this way will be in the year 79,043. The first time was in 1888. That was 25 years after Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, in 1863.The joyous Jewish holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the unlikely victory of a small band of Maccabees over the Syrian King Antioch in the year 165 B.C., the subsequent rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and, chiefly, the miracle that occurred during that rededication, as one night’s worth of oil burned for eight nights. Because of that, Hanukkah is known as the “festival of lights” and involves lighting a menorah candle on each of the eight nights of the holiday — plus a ninth central candle.Thanksgiving, meanwhile, grew from many prayerful harvest celebrations held all over the New World across several centuries. Any claim that a 1621 gathering in Plymouth, Mass., was the “First Thanskgiving” is more the stuff of legends than anything concrete — but don’t tell a zillion American schoolchildren who’ve worn turkey hats and feathers while performing a ritual of politeness.
Marissa Halbin Vancouver police said Marissa Halbin was found and is safe. Police are asking to be on the lookout for a 20-year-old woman who was reported missing from her home in east Vancouver on Labor Day.Marissa Halbin was last seen in the area of Northeast 112th Avenue and Northeast 49th Street. She was wearing a black t-shirt, black stretch pants and a silver belt at the time.Halbin has some diminished mental capacity, and when she didn’t contact her family they got concerned, according to Vancouver police. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Share Pexels.comMore than 5 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and the majority of them are age 65 or older, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. However, some 200,000 of them are younger than that, suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s.While the symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s are the same as other instances of the disease, the way it affects the lives of patients and their loved ones is not. As opposed to older patients, early onset patients might still be working or raising children.Ann Marie McDonald from the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association joins Houston Matters to talk about the unique challenges of facing early onset Alzheimer’s.