Several farmers in UP begin 10-day strike as part of nationwide protest

first_imgSeveral farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district on Friday stopped the supply of vegetables, milk and other items as part of the 10-day nationwide protest to press for their demands, including waiver of loans and the right price for crops.“The farmers will not be selling milk, vegetables and grains in the urban areas from June 1 to June 10 as milk and tomato are being sold at very low rates,” Sanjiv Tyagi from the Bharatiya Kisan Union said while addressing a panchayat in Bhadraula village.“They are also not getting proper price for sugarcane. We also demand that the farmers should get 50% profit on the cost incurred on crops by them,” he said. Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Kisan Manch (a farmers’ outfit) has distanced itself from the bandh call. “There was no response of the bandh call in Lucknow and adjoining districts. We are of the view that there is no point in telling the farmers to throw their agriculture produce on the streets, as they had put in their labour and hard work to produce the crops,” Shekhar Dixit, the president of the Rashtriya Kisan Manch told PTI.“If the the farmers’ condition are to be improved, then I would urge the farmers not to sow seeds of any grain or crop. This will also help the farmers in avoiding losses, and also registering their protests,” he added.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: 10-man Greece hold Japan to a goalless draw

first_imgGreece’s Giorgos Samaras challenges Japan’s Yoshito Okubo during their Group C clash Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan on Thursday that kept both alive in Group C and sent rival Colombia through to the knockout round of the World Cup.MATCH COMMENTARY  Both teams inserted new strikers in search of goals and a first victory, but ultimately the main objective was survival and both achieved that with one match left in group play. Japan would have been eliminated with a loss.Once Katsouranis was sent off after a rough challenge on Makoto Hasebe, Greece withdrew into a defensive setup and held firm. Greece surrendered three goals in a loss to Colombia, but even short-handed was better organized against Japan and avoided any critical mistakes.Japan pressed the attack after halftime and had several chances to score.The best came in the 68th minute when Shinji Kagawa played a long pass over the top to Atsuto Uchida, who sent it back across the middle to Yoshito Okubo, who blasted the volley over the net.Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis also was forced to make a diving save in injury time to preserve the draw and the point for Greece.Greece was determined to turn around its dismal scoring history in the World Cup – 18 goals conceded against just two scored – inserting Kostas Mitroglou up front. But Mitroglou’s best effort was an early volley that spun off his foot and he didn’t even make it to halftime.advertisementAfter taking an elbow in the side in the 30th minute, Mitroglou collapsed to the ground. He got up and walked off under his own power but soon determined he couldn’t continue and was taken off for Theofanis Gekas in the 35th minute.Things got worse for Greece just moments later when Katsouranis was sent off. Greece retreated into its half of the field for most of the second half.Japan, which had been beaten up in a physical matchup with Ivory Coast in a 2-1 opening loss, once again had to deal with a bigger, stronger and much taller opponent.Coach Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni dropped Kagawa from the starting lineup in surprise move, putting veteran striker Okubo up front with Europe-based star Keisuke Honda.Okubo had one of Japan’s best chances to score in the first half but sent his header over the crossbar in the 33rd minute.Team Lineups(from):Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Atsuto Uchida, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno, Yuto Nagatomo; Hotaru Yamaguchi, Makoto Hasebe (Yasuhito Endo, 46th); Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda, Yoshito Okubo, Yuya Osako (Shinji Kagawa, 57th)Greece: Orestis Karnezis; Vasileios Torosidis, Konstantinos Manolas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Jose Cholevas; Ioannis Maniatis, Konstantinos Katsouranis, Panagiotis Kone (Dimitrios Salpingidis, 81st); Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Georgios Karagounis, 41st), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Theofanis Gekas, 35th), Georgios Samaraslast_img read more

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Indian bowlers bounce back after Finch’s fluent century

first_imgSHARE Australian batsman AJ Finch plays a shot during the 3rd ODI cricket match against India at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday. -PTI COMMENT Brief Scores:Australia: 293 for six in 50 overs (Aaron Finch 124, Steve Smith 63; Jasprit Bumrah 2/52). PTI SSC SSC 09241706 × Australian batsman AJ Finch plays a shot during the 3rd ODI cricket match against India at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday. -PTI Opener Aaron Finch, playing his first game of the series, struck a fluent century before India bounced back in the last 10 overs to restrict Australia to 293 for six in the third ODI here.Finch, who replaced young Hilton Cartright after recovering from a calf injury, made an instant impact with a classy 124 after skipper Steve Smith won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to bat.Trailing 0-2 in the five-match series, the Australians desperately needed a top-order batsman to produce such a knock.Exploiting a flat Holkar track, Finch added 70 runs for the opening wicket with David Warner (42) and raised a 154-run partnership with Smith for the second wicket.Smith (63 off 71) happily played second-fiddle during his partnership with Finch, whose footwork was impeccable. He rendered the stock balls of both the wrist spinners ineffective, hitting four of his five sixes on ‘googlies’Finch, whose knock came off 125 balls, decorated his eighth ODI century with 17 boundaries including five sixes.A docile pitch to deal with, Indian bowlers hardly troubled the Australians as Kuldeep Yadav (2/75) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/54) largely remained ineffective.Finch’s dominance against Kuldeep was clear from the fact that he collected 41 runs off the 26 balls he faced from the Chinaman.However, the hosts staged a remarkable comeback in the last 10 overs of the game after the fall of Finch, giving away just 59 runs and taking four wickets.It all started in the last ball of the 38th over when Finch lofted Kuldeep to Kedar Jadhav at deep-midwicket.The stage was set for Australia to go for the kill, being placed 234 for two in 40 overs, but they lost Smith and Glenn Maxwell (5) in successive balls.Kuldeep saw the back of Smith, caught at long-off, while Chahal had Maxwell stumped.Bumrah got rid of Travis Head (4) and Peter Handscomb (3), leaving Australia in tatters. They could never get the fillip, which was there to take after a stupendous start even as Marcus Stoinis took the side close to 300 with his unbeaten 27.Earlier, a cautious approach by both Warner and Finch provided Australia their best start of the series.There was hardly any help for the bowlers but both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah remained disciplined.The visitors scored 49 runs in the first 10 overs with Warner finding three boundaries off Bhuvneshwar and Finch hitting the same number of fours off Bumrah in this period.Captain Virat Kohli replaced them with Chahal and Hardik Pandya. Warner, who had got his eye in, hit the first six of the innings as he lofted Chahal flat and hard over long-on.Pandya provided India their first breakthrough by dismissing Warner, who did not move his feet while trying to punch it away and was bowled. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Australia score 293/6 against India in 3rd ODI Published on cricket September 24, 2017 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2016, Match 23, Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions: As It Happened

first_imgGujarat Lions edged out a spirited Delhi Daredevils by one run in athrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) clash that went right down to thelast ball at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium here on Wednesday. (Scorecard)Highlights:Suresh Raina: “I think Morris batted well. When he was batting, I thought we’d lose this game from the 15th over. PK bowled superbly, and then Bravo was outstanding. We were under pressure with the dew, but credit goes to Faulkner for giving us the breakthrough of Rishabh Pant. Tambe, I thought could have bowled two, but Morris hit in him in his first. Then I went to Smith, who was also hit. PK has been executing the yorkers well, Dhawal was equally good. Credit goes to Heath Streak for working hard with the bowlers.”Chris Morris adjudged Man of the Match despite finishing on the losing side. Zaheer Khan: “Great game, we can take a lot of positives. To pull it back after McCullum and Dwayne Smith went berserk was special. Great spirit shown by the boys to pull it back with both bat and ball. It was anyone’s game. The way Morris was batting, we thought he will finish it. JP batted brilliantly. Despite the slow start, we came so close. That’s what is special about this team. We created opportunities on the field, certain things didn’t go our way. Morris bowling that one over turned the game around on the field, and with the bat, the big partnership brought us back. There are lots of positives. There’s still a long way to go. We need to keep the morale high.” advertisement23.42 IST: Dwayne Bravo bowled a terrific final over for the Lions. Chris Morris fought till the end to remain unbeaten on 82 from 32 balls with 8 sixes and four boundaries.23.40 IST: That’s it!! Gujarat Lions overcome Chris Morris blitz to beat Delhi Daredevils by 1 run in a thrilling clash at the Kotla. 23.33 IST: Terrific Over!! Praveen Kumar delivers a high-class over for the Lions conceding just 4 runs. Delhi 159/5, need 14 from 6 balls to win. 23.28 IST: Dwayne Bravo concedes 11 runs off his over. Delhi Daredevils 155/5 after 18 overs, need 18 runs from 12 balls. 23.23 IST: WICKET!JP Duminy falls prey to a slower one from Bravo. Delhi 144/5, need 29 from 17 balls. 23.21 IST: Chris Morris smashes 21 runs off Dwayne Smith’s over with Delhi now needing just 29 runs in the final 3 overs. 23.15 IST: FIFTY UP!! Chris Morris brings up his half-century in just 17 balls with the help of 7 sixes and a boundary. This is the fastest fifty by any player this season. 23.07 IST: Fifty Partnership! Some lusty blows from Chris Morris is keeping Delhi in the hunt. Fifty-run partnership comes up for JP Duminy and Morris. Delhi 116/4 after 15 overs, 57 from 30 balls. 22.57 IST: SIX! Chris Morris smashes 16 runs in James Faulkner’s over thanks to two sixes. Delhi 88/4 after 13 overs, need 85 runs from 42 balls.   22.47 IST: WICKET! Fine catch from Praveen Kumar at the boundary seees Rishabh Pant depart for 20. James Faulkner gets a wicket. Delhi 58/4 after 11 overs, need 115 runs from 54 balls. 22.43 IST: The Daredevils need a special innings from Duminy from here on if they have any chance of coming back into this match. Delhi 51/3 after 10 overs, need 122 runs from 60 balls.22.34 IST: The asking rate has climbed up to 11.25. Delhi Daredevils 38/3 after 8 overs, need 135 runs from 72 balls. 22.26 IST: Powerplay Over! Delhi Daredevils have struggled their way to reach 22/3 after 6 overs. The Lions were ahead by 49 runs at the same stage without losing any wickets.22.21 IST: JP Duminy and Rishabh Pant are the new batsmen at the crease. 22.18 IST: That’s Out! Dhawal Kulkarni picks up his third wicket and second in the over as Karun Nair flicks a delivery to Tambe at short fine-leg. Delhi 16/3 after 4 overs. 22.16 IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock’s patience runs out as he mistimes a slower ball from Dhawal Kulkarni to Suresh Raina at cover. 22.12 IST: Gujarat Lions were 42/0 after 3 overs in the first innings. 22.11 IST: Good bowling by Lions at the start. Delhi 7/1 after 3 overs.  22.05 IST: WICKET! Dhawal Kulkarni strikes for the Lions as Sanju Samson scoops up a slower delivery to Faulkner at long-on. 22.03 IST: Praveen bowls a terrific first over for the Lions. Delhi 2/0 after 1 over. 22.00 IST: Sanju Samson and Quinton de Kock take guard for the Daredevils. Praveen Kumar will start the proceedings for Gujarat. BREAKING NEWS! Shashank Manohar has decided to step down as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. The Saurashtra cricket strongman is expected to be elected as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman soon. (Manohar to step down as BCCI boss)advertisementChris Morris: “It looks like a good wicket for us, they played beautifully and took their chances and got themselves to a good score. I have just been very lucky. Happy I am performing for my team. Hopefully we can pull it off tonight.” 21.39 IST: Innings break! Delhi Daredevils have managed to restrict Gujarat Lions to 172/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Brendon McCullum top-scored for the Lions with 60 off 36 balls, while Dwayne Smith made a quickfire 53 from 30 balls. Imran Tahir (3/24), Chris Morris (2/35) were the pick of the bowlers for Delhi.21.32 IST: Tahir misses out on a hat-trick, the onus is now on James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo to get the Lions to a decent total. Gujarat 154/6 after 18 overs. 21.25 IST: Imran Tahir on a hat-trick! Imran Tahir removes Dinesh Karthik and Ishan Kishan off successive deliveries. Gujarat 142/6 after 16.5 overs. 21.18 IST: Just one boundary has been scored in the last five overs. 21.16 IST: WICKET! JP Duminy removes Ravindra Jadeja’s to pick up his first wicket this season. Gujarat 132/4 after 15 overs.  21.10 IST: Strategic Time-out! Delhi Daredevils are now dominating the proceedings in this match after picking up 3 wickets in quick succession. Gujarat 128/3 after 14 overs. Dinesh Karthik 9*, Ravindra Jadeja 3* 21.01 IST: That’s Out! Daredevils are staging a brilliant comeback in this match thanks to Chris Morris, he removes Suresh Raina for 2 to leave Gujarat at 117/3 after 12 overs. Just 2 runs and 2 wickets from Morris’ over. 20.53 IST: Bowled’em!! Chris Morris cleans up Brendon McCullum (60) with a full delivery aimed straight at the stumps. 20.47 IST: WICKET! Imran Tahir traps Dwayne Smith plumb in front of the stumps to break the rapid opening stand. Gujarat 112/1 after 10.4 overs. 20.43 IST: FIFTY! Now Dwayne Smith completes his half-century in just 26 balls. 20.40 IST: Hundred up for the Gujarat Lions in the 9th over.20.38 IST: FIFTY! Brendon McCullum races to his half-century in just 27 balls. He has hit five boundaries and three sixes so far. 20.37 IST: Amit Mishra concedes 9 runs from his first over in the match. Gujarat 91/0 after 8 overs. 20.34 IST: This is the second highest score in the powerplay by any team in the IPL this season. 20.25 IST: Powerplay Over! Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith have smashed 71 runs in the first six overs for Gujarat. McCullum 30*, Smith 41*. 20.16 IST: Smith and McCullum have brought up the fastest team fifty in the IPL this season. Gujarat 51/0 after 4 overs.20.13 IST: SIX! Brendon McCullum joins in the party as he hits Zaheer Khan for two big hits. Gujarat 42/0 after 3 overs. 20.07 IST: Zaheer Khan’s over was the most expensive opening over in this season. 20.05 IST: Zaheer’s first over goes for 18 runs with four boundaries coming from the bat of Dwayne Smith. Gujarat 18/0 after 1 over.20.00 IST: Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum are in the middle for the Lions. Zaheer Khan has got the new ball. Playing XIs:Delhi Daredevils: Quinton de Kock, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Jean-Paul Duminy, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Imran TahirGujarat Lions: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe. advertisement19.36 IST: For Delhi – Shahbaz Nadeem and Rishabh Pant replace Mohammed Shami and Shreyas Iyer.19.33 IST: Two changes for Gujarat – James Faulkner and Ishan Kishan come in for Aaron Finch and Shadab Jakati19.30 IST: TOSS!! Zaheer Khan wins the toss, Delhi Daredevils will bowl first against Gujarat Lions.  19.00 IST: The Daredevils have adopted a unique way of warming up for the match tonight. Here’s how we’re warming up to the match! join us! Tweet a GIF to us and @Kingfisherworld now! #UnitedByGoodTimes pic.twitter.com/za1Oeap3uX Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 27, 2016 18.30 IST: We are an hour away from the toss at Ferozshah Kotla where two heavyweights – Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions – clash in a battle of supremacy in the IPL. Stay tuned for all the LIVE updates. Preview: It will be a clash of two in-form teams when Delhi Daredevils host Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League tie at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday.Gujarat have enjoyed a superb start to their debut season, winning four of their five matches to be placed second on the table with eight points. They have the same number of points as table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)Delhi are two points behind in third place. The Daredevils have been equally impressive, winning three of the four matches they have played so far.Led by Zaheer Khan, the Daredevils have done well as a unit. Opener Quinton de Kock has been in good form. The South African star has the ability to play the big shots and perk up the run rate, and can also play a long innings when required. (Sanju Samson credits Rahul Dravid for Delhi Daredevils’ revival)Delhi also have several talented young batsmen like Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Pawan Negi, and Mayank Agarwal, while JP Duminy has been in good form in the lower-middle order. West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite also has the ability to produce the big hits. (Read More)last_img read more

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Champions League: Chelsea prepared to face big teams in knockouts, says Antonio Conte

first_imgPremier League champions Chelsea are not intimidated by the prospect of facing Europe’s biggest teams in the knockout stages of the Champions League, manager Antonio Conte has said.Chelsea finished second in Group C behind Italy’s AS Roma after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid and could face Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Besiktas or potential Group E winners Sevilla, in the last 16.”When you go through to the next round in this competition, you must be prepared to face the best teams. We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready,” Conte told reporters after Tuesday’s match.”This is the best tournament. That’s why you want to go through and try and be a protagonist in this tournament. At the same time, our opponents won’t be happy to play against us. We’ll see what happens.”Conte’s side are the only English team to not finish first in their group so far after Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur progressed to the last 16 as group winners.Liverpool could join the trio, and finish ahead of Sevilla in Group E, if they beat Spartak Moscow later on Wednesday.Conte said the fact that all five English teams could reach the knockout stages showcases the level of talent in the Premier League but felt some of Chelsea’s domestic rivals had easier group fixtures.”I think it was not simple, but easy for a lot of these teams to go into the next round. But, in the future, we have to see. Don’t forget, here the season is very tough. You have to play a lot of games,” Conte added.advertisementThe Italian believes English teams will find it harder to excel in the latter stages of the Champions League as they play more games than their European rivals.”When you accumulate games and then you arrive at the final stage, playing in the quarters or the semis, the English teams have a lot of games in their legs,” Conte said.”For this reason, it could be problematic to win. But… the English teams are very good and have the possibility to win and reach the final of the Champions League.”The draw for the last 16 will be held on Monday in Nyon.last_img read more

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CLAUSEN, SMITH & MONSON TO TAKE PART IN FINAL SUPERVISORS MEETING

first_imgTHREE WOODBURY COUNTY SUPERVISORS WILL TAKE PART IN THEIR FINAL MEETING THIS AFTERNOON AT 4:30.LARRY CLAUSEN IS RETIRING FROM THE BOARD AFTER OVER THREE DECADES OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AS A SUPERVISOR AND FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER.JACKIE SMITH AND MARK MONSON LOST IN BIDS TO BE RE-ELECTED TO THE BOARD.THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL SERVE LUNCH TO COUNTY EMPLOYEES AT THE COURTHOUSE TODAY.FOLLOWING THAT, A RECEPTION FOR CLAUSEN WILL BE HELD FROM 2PM UNTIL 4PM AT THE COURTHOUSE.last_img

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Entangled right whale freed from buoy after being spotted on Sunday

first_imgGRAND MANAN, N.B. – The Campobello Whale Rescue Team says an entangled North Atlantic right whale spotted last week in the Bay of Fundy appears to have been freed.Jerry Conway with the rescue team says the whale was spotted late Sunday afternoon and a crew went out and cut off a buoy and line that had been hampering the animal.Conway says it’s not known if they got all of the fishing line off the whale because it didn’t lift its head, but it seemed to be swimming more easily.The whale, identified as an adult male, was seen Monday morning about 22 nautical miles east of Grand Manan, N.B., with an orange buoy trailing behind it.The weeklong search for the whale was halted briefly on Tuesday due to heavy fog, but searchers resumed the hunt the next day.There were 18 recorded North Atlantic right whale deaths in Canadian and U.S. waters last year — most of them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — mainly due to collisions with ships or entanglements in fishing gear.Freeing a whale from fishing lines can be very dangerous, Conway said.The death of Joe Howlett, a lobster fisherman and a member of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, highlighted the dangerous nature of whale disentanglements.Howlett was killed a year ago in waters off eastern New Brunswick when he was struck by a whale just after freeing it from fishing gear. His death prompted a temporary ban on volunteer whale rescue efforts that was lifted in March.Conway said the six remaining members of the whale rescue team are all trained commercial fishermen with plenty of experience out on the water.Despite the dangers, Conway said disentangling the creatures is an important step in protecting the endangered right whale population.The whale rescue team team recently freed a humpback calf from a mess of fishing line in the Bay of Fundy just off of Brier Island, N.S. — their first disentanglement operation since Howlett’s death.There are believed to be fewer than 450 right whales remaining and, of those, only about 100 breeding females.last_img read more

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HNZ Q3 profit nearly quadruples revenue up 316 per cent from last

first_imgMONTREAL – HNZ Group reported a $6.4 million third-quarter net profit Monday, which was nearly four times higher than a year ago.The Montreal-based helicopter services company (TSX:HNZ) said its net income amounted to 50 cents per share, including discontinued operations.Net income from continuing operations, attributable to common shareholders, was $6.3 million or 49 cents per share.Those compared with $1.7 million or 13 cents per share of net income including discontinued operations and $2.3 million or 18 cents per share from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2016.Revenue grew to $72 million from $54.7 million of revenue, attributed to new contracts including a multi-year deal to support ExxonMobil Canada and Encana Corp.’s activities offshore Nova Scotia.HNZ’s chief executive recently proposed buying the company and then selling some of its offshore operations in the southern hemisphere to PHI Inc., subject to shareholder and other approvals.HNZ’s operations in Canada, the United States and Antarctica would remain with the company under the leadership of chief executive Don Wall.last_img read more

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Owner of illegal music sharing site gets 5 years in prison

first_imgATLANTA – A California man who operated what prosecutors say was one of the most successful illegal music sharing websites on the internet has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said in a news release Thursday that 30-year-old Artur Sargsyan of Glendale, California, owned and operated Sharebeast.com and other websites. Prosecutors say his file-sharing infrastructure allowed the illegal download of about a billion copyrighted musical works from at least 2012 through 2015.Sargsyan pleaded guilty in September to criminal copyright infringement for private financial gain. In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered him to pay $458,200 in restitution and to forfeit nearly $185,000.Prosecutors say Sargsyan ignored repeated notifications that he was illegally hosting and sharing copyrighted works.last_img read more

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Canadians are hooked Time spent online nearly doubles as mobile devices and

TORONTO — As Canadians continue to get hooked on their smartphones, tablets and streaming video they’re almost doubling the amount of time they spend online, according to measurement firm comScore.As of August, there were about 27.8 million Canadian adults accessing the Internet with a computer, comScore reports. On average, they spent almost 39 hours a month browsing the web with a desktop or laptop.But when accounting for watching Internet video and using mobile devices, the average time spent online shot up to nearly 75 hours a month, or about 2.5 hours a day.We’re seeing extremely large growth“We’re seeing extremely large growth,” says comScore vice president of sales Bryan Segal.“It really points to the fact of how much impact — in terms of engagement and time spent — that mobile is having on what we traditionally looked at as a PC world.”Canadians in the 25-to-34 demographic were seen to be spending the most time online, averaging around 110 hours a month across various devices. Only about 50 of those hours were linked to web browsing on a computer.The oldest Canadians tracked by comScore, ages 55 and older, were spending just 20 or so hours with a mobile device or streaming video a month. The bulk of their online hours were devoted to web browsing on a computer.Struggle to teach students ’21st century skills’ when classroom technology isn’t up to speedDitching your wallet wholesale for plastic cards and mobile payments may be a bad idea, say financial advisersThe use of mobile apps is really driving the spike in Canadians’ online time, comScore says.It’s estimated that Canadians who own smartphones and tablets are now spending about 43% of their overall online time within an app.And app usage accounts for over 80% of the time Canadians spend online with a mobile device, versus just 20% spent using a web browser.Men are slightly more likely to use mobile apps, according to comScore, but women spend more time with their favourite apps.Similarly, men are more likely to use a mobile device’s web browser but women spend more time using it. As of June, comScore counted 18 million smartphones in Canada (a 12% increase from June 2013) and 7.8 million tablets (up 37% in a year).About 78% of all Canadians owning a cellphone were using a smartphone, which was second highest among the countries comScore tracks (behind Spain and ahead of the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy).About 4% of Canadian Internet users — or around 1.3 million people — now strictly use mobile devices to go online and no longer use a laptop or desktop, comScore says. read more

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Yoshitha Rajapaksa granted bail by Colombo High Court

Nishantha Ranatunga’s bail application is to be considered on Wednesday. Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been granted bail by the Colombo High Court today in the money laundering case.He was granted bail together with the other suspects arrested in connection to the case, except Nishantha Ranatunga.

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Perpetual CEO Kasun says Arjun Aloysius lied to COPE

Perpetual Treasuries Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kasun Palisena informed the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam today that Arjun Aloysius had lied to COPE on his involvement with the company.Aloysius and his company, Perpetual Treasuries, are being investigated over the alleged treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette)

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Aquarium pet hobby leads to two awards for Brock employee

What started as a personal interest in a unique amphibian, quickly escalated into two awards for Brock employee Tom Eles.The Animal Care Technician with the Office of Research Services was recently recognized by the Canadian Association for Lab Animal Sciences (CALAS) for a presentation and article he wrote about axolotls, an endangered amphibian from Mexico.Eles won Best in Show at the 2017 CALAS conference for a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation on axolotls’ husbandry and their ability to regenerate limbs, as well as Best Article at the 2018 CALAS conference for an article he wrote about the same topic.A hobbyist amphibian and reptile breeder, Eles purchased the axolotls several years ago to keep as aquarium pets.One of several axolotls Tom Eles keeps as an aquarium pet in his office at Brock.“Axolotls are a type of salamander that permanently stay in their larval form,” he said. “Typically, salamanders would metamorphose into a terrestrial, land-dwelling form, but these guys don’t. They don’t absorb the external gills that are found on aquatic larval salamanders, but stay aquatic their whole lives.”Eles’ interest in axolotls made its way into his involvement with the Brock Toastmasters Club.“I joined Brock Toastmasters in 2016 to help develop my public speaking skills,” he said. “We meet every Wednesday at lunch and several members give a speech. I chose to speak about axolotls.”“What I find especially interesting about axolotls is their ability to regenerating limbs. Researchers use axolotls in their studies because of their ability to incorporate DNA really well, including a green fluorescing protein (GFP) normally found in jellyfish that glows under black light. Adding the GFP to an amputated area allows researchers to see what’s happening more closely with regenerative processes. The skin and muscles forming from new cells in the growing appendage would glow vivid green. Any growth from original cells would not glow.”Eles then expanded his speech for the aquarium club he’s a part of. He transformed his original seven-minute speech into a 45-minute presentation for aquarium enthusiasts.The well-received talk led Eles to volunteer as a presenter at the 2018 CALAS symposium, a conference he’s been attending annually as a 10-year member of the organization.“I had already done most of the work. I just needed to modify the presentation slightly for a more technical audience,” he said.At the end of the conference, Eles was awarded with Best in Show, chosen by popular vote.“I was genuinely surprised. With the exception of special keynotes, all presenters, seminars and workshops qualify for the award,” he said. “In addition to presenting at the conference, I was volunteering as photographer for the awards ceremony. When I heard my name called, I had to figure out what to do with my camera gear.”Months later, members from CALAS contacted Eles and asked him to transform his presentation into an article for the member magazine. He happily obliged.When he attended the 2018 conference this past May, Eles was surprised a second time when he was honoured with the Envigo Teklad Member’s Magazine Award.“This entire experience was a fruitful endeavor,” he said. I was awarded two cash prizes for writing about an animal I have great interest in and I refined my writing and presentation skills. Above all else, I’m proud to have represented Brock at a national conference.”More about axolotlsAxolotls are critically-endangered amphibians from Mexico City. Although they are common and abundant in captivity, they’re nearly extinct in the wild. According to Eles, there’s a small population of them living in a rowing channel that was dug for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, adjacent to where they used to live in the wild.“They’re easy to care for and they’re quite prolific,” said Eles. “They can lay 300 to 1,000 eggs at one time. Because of this, they’re a popular aquarium pet.” read more

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DR of Congo Security Council mission arrives in capital

Upon his arrival at Kinshasa airport, the mission’s leader, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, emphasized the “need to stop the fighting in eastern DRC, both in Ituri and the Kivus,” and called for the completion of the peace process with the expected establishment of the transitional government as soon as possible. According to a UN spokesman in New York, Ambassador de La Sablière also stressed the “grave violations of human rights in eastern Congo resulting from the ongoing fighting.” Earlier this morning in Luanda, Angola, the mission met with President Eduardo Dos Santos. On the agenda was the eastern DRC and the Congolese political process. read more

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UN rights office urges El Salvador to reform draconian abortion laws

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at least 42 women have been convicted of attempted or aggravated homicide after suffering miscarriages or other complications under the Penal Code since 1988. The law, which a spokesperson for OHCHR described as “one of the most draconian abortion laws in the world” completely prohibits access to abortion regardless of the circumstances, including if a woman’s life is at risk or if she has suffered sexual violence. The specific section of the Penal Code is Article 133. In one of the most recent instances, on Wednesday, the Second Appeal Court of San Salvador upheld a 30-year prison sentence against Teodora Vasquez for aggravated homicide.Ms. Vasquez was in the ninth month of her pregnancy when she suffered intense pain, and called the emergency services before passing out. She awoke to find her baby had been stillborn. She was accused of deliberately ending her pregnancy and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in January 2008.During his visit to El Salvador last month, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, met with Ms. Vasquez and three other women at the Ilopango women’s rehabilitation centre. They all had suffered miscarriages or other obstetric emergencies. Women living in poverty affected disproportionatelyAccording to the UN rights office, women in poverty are worst impacted. “It is important to highlight here, as the High Commissioner has done, that El Salvador’s Penal Code disproportionately affects women living in poverty, such as Teodora,” said Liz Throssell, the OHCHR spokesperson. “We have not seen women from wealthier backgrounds jailed under similar circumstances in El Salvador,” she added, calling on the country to comply with its international human rights obligations and lift the absolute prohibition on abortion. read more

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Softball Despite returning starters the Buckeye offense is led by newcomer Lilli

The Ohio State softball team (7-5) returned the bulk of its offensive production from last season, but through its first 12 games of the 2017 season, the best offense has come from a newcomer — sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper, an Akron transfer.Piper has made an immediate impact for the Buckeyes since her arrival before the season. She leads the team in hits, RBIs, multi-base hits and has the team’s second-highest slugging percentage.Before putting up those team-leading numbers, Piper had to adjust to a new environment and group of teammates.“It was almost like starting freshman year all over again,” Piper said. “I was kind of finding my niche in the program and what they wanted to do and what they wanted from me. I was just getting used to the girls, getting used to the team, making new friends and a new family.”Complicating matters, Piper wasn’t just switching teams, she was switching sports. Though she did play softball at Akron, Piper was on scholarship with the basketball team and spent extensive time on the hardwood.“Going from playing basketball year-round for years to stopping and completely switching was definitely another switch in my head that had to come on and a different mentality,” Piper said. “Playing both sports really helped me become the athlete and player today when it comes to softball.”The changes didn’t seem to hinder Piper. She earned a starting spot before the season, beating out freshman shortstop Amy Balich, and exceeded expectations at the plate. Before the season, OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said Piper proved she could handle the job defensively, but was waiting to see what she could add offensively. Obviously, she’s more than proven herself at the plate.Senior pitcher Lena Springer said she knew immediately Piper was going to add a lot to the Buckeye offense.“I actually thought that the first day of practice, when she first stepped foot on the field,” Springer said. “I remember I was throwing batting practice for her one day and I was like, ‘Woah, this kid’s got a bat.’”Despite the immediate success, Piper knows she must keep working, or she will lose her spot as quickly as she got it.“Every single day, every game you’re fighting for a spot on the field,” Piper said. “That’s what kind of pushes me, that nothing is guaranteed. So, coming out there it’s working every single day to be out on the field and earning the right to be on the field. That’s the mentality I had.”Piper will look to continue her hot hitting at the Central Florida Tournament, where the Buckeyes will face Georgia, Central Florida, Delaware State and Mercer. read more

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Slag processing facility to be built at the Aksu ferroalloys plant Kazakhstan

first_imgNewly generated slag at the Aksu ferroalloys plant in Kazakhstan will be processed into marketable finished products for the country’s metals and construction industries at a facility which will have a production capacity of up to 130,000 t/y of metal concentrate and should process over 4 Mt of waste within five years. The plant belongs to JSC TNC Kazchrome, which is owned by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading diversified natural resources producer. Sergey Prokopyev, Director of the Aksu ferroalloys plant, explained that “waste recycling is one of the aspects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution announced by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and one of the megatrends affecting the Group’s operations and therefore we have prioritised this initiative. There will be no overlaps between the new investment project and the functions of the existing slag processing shop at Asku because the operations will be run in parallel. The new slag processing plant (SPP) will further process fines, a niche that our enterprise has not addressed until now.”The production process at the SPP involves continuous flow separation of slag followed by the recovery of metal concentrate and subsequent fractional separation of tailings. According to engineering specifications, metal recovery will reach at least 85%. The plant design will incorporate a closed-loop water system and internal sludge filtration to help prevent environmental pollution. The new facility in Aksu will create 400 additional jobs.There are plans to use the recycled waste at Aksu to produce construction mixes, refractory compounds and commercial sand and gravel. The city administration intends to transform the waste recycling cluster that will be established as a result into an industrial park and negotiations are underway with the relevant Kazakhstan government agencies to implement the necessary prerequisites for this initiative.last_img read more

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After Surface Microsoft may quit building tablets

first_imgEver since Microsoft unveiled the Surface and Surface Pro tablets this week, the general concensus has been that PC manufacturers were up in arms about the competition from within. As it turns out, at least one company isn’t thinking that way. Acer founder Stan Shih says it’s actually a very good thing.Microsoft’s intent isn’t to prove they could build an iPad challenger and then squeeze their existing PC partners out of the lucrative tablet market. Their plan, says Shih, is to show others in the Windows tablet game how to do things by creating a Nexus-style device that ticks all the right boxes. Once companies like Acer, HP, Dell, and Lenovo can see that Microsoft is right, they’ll follow up with their own efforts — presumably sleeker, more compelling tablets that have more consumer appeal than their last-gen creations.Shih also looks at the Surface as free advertising for anyone else who builds a Windows 8 tablet. The effect would be similar to what some mom-and-pop coffee shops noticed when they refused to sell out to Starbucks and the titan moved in next door. Their new neighbor was the best promotional tool they could have hoped for, and business started booming.Microsoft, then, has taken up the banner for Windows 8 tablets in order to lead their long-time partners into the next great battle. Once it’s clear they can fight on their own — and do it Microsoft’s way — the crew in Redmond will quietly bow out, says Shih.It’s clear that Microsoft is no longer content to let partners run amok and continually dump poorly designed, bland PCs and tablets on store shelves. The first step was introducing the Microsoft Signature PC program to battle OEM software bloat. Now the time has come to challenge them to step up their game against the iPad.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

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VanMall shooting suspect fights extradition

first_img The third suspect in a fatal shooting in the VanMall neighborhood is still in Oregon’s Washington County Jail, apparently fighting extradition to Clark County.Zacheriah A. Douglas, 22, is suspected of shooting Vancouver resident Craig Moritz to death early Feb. 4 in a field in the 7700 block of Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive. Moritz, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.Douglas is wanted in Clark County on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with Moritz’ death. He was arrested Feb. 5 in Forest Grove, Ore., on a parole violation. He has a fugitive hearing Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Vance Stimler said it appears that Douglas has not waived extradition to Clark County, which means he’s likely resisting it. Clark County will need to obtain a governor’s warrant to extradite him back to the state, Stimler said. He said after the governor’s warrant is issued, Douglas would be transported to Clark County.Jonathan Hensey, 21, of East Wenatchee and Shawn Fortner, 19, of Bend, Ore., are being held on $500,000 bail and $750,000 bail, respectively, in Clark County Jail on suspicion of being accomplices in the shooting. They were arrested Feb. 4. Their arraignment is set for Feb. 19. Zacheriah A. Douglaslast_img read more

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BSO firefighters put out Deerfield Beach recycling facility fire

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue crews have put out a fire at a recycling facility in Deerfield Beach.A large pile of scrap metal was engulfed by flames at a recycling facility near the area of Powerline Road and Southwest 15th Street , Tuesday night.The metal scrap pile was approximately 25 feet tall.Firefighters on scene had to break the pile down to put out the flames.After about 30 minutes, the fire was said to be under control.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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