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Assam’s tea garden labour are champions

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first_imgTabi Bhengra’s ancestors were brought to Assam by British tea planters more than 170 years ago. She doesn’t even know which part of central India her ancestors came from. But thanks to a skill passed down across six generations, she now knows that she is her family’s first tea-plucking champion.Ms. Bhengra, 30, is not the only one though. Seven other pluckers from 17 estates of one of the largest tea companies in Assam have received recognition for their unique skill: consistently plucking around 21 kg of the highest quality tea leaves every day. “It feels nice to be awarded for something that I have been doing routinely for 13 years,” said Ms. Bhengra, one of about 1,200 permanent and casual tea pluckers at Borjuli Tea Estate, located in Sonitpur district, 200 km northeast of Guwahati.The 566.56 hectare Borjuli garden is one of a cluster of five tea gardens owned by the Apeejay Group. “Plucking is indeed a special skill. The quality and quantity of tea we produce depend on how Tabi, Gumi and the other workers pick the best leaves,” said Somnath Nandi, Borjuli’s manager. Ms. Bhengra beat Gumi Sanga of an adjoining estate for the awards that were announced during the plucking season of April-November, 2018. The award was based on attendance, and the quality and quantity of leaves. Plucking is mainly done by women, with a worker putting in eight hours a day for six days a week. Ms. Bhengra’s attendance was 97% and she plucked an average of 2,489 kg every two months, with 62% quality. The benchmark at Borjuli is 60-65% of tender leaves, of two leaves and a bud, or an unopened leaf at the tip of a stem. Karan Paul, Apeejay’s Kolkata-based chairman, said the industry had been slow to recognise the workforce. Thirteen workers, including eight champions, would be given a certificate and a cash prize ₹5,000.last_img read more

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Sacramento Kings coach Walton focused on team, not lawsuit

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first_imgP11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PVL: BanKo bolsters Final 4 bid, blanks Motolite “My focus is on the Kings and what we’re doing to get this group to the next level,” he said.Walton is trying to get the Kings back to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, the longest current postseason drought in the NBA. He takes over a young team featuring emerging stars like De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III.The Kings hold their first practice Saturday before leaving next week for a trip to India, where they will play two exhibition games. That puts more emphasis on the early days of practice.“We’ll do more teaching than I’d normally do in the first practice or two,” he said. “There’s a list of things I want to get in before we go to India. We want to make sure we get those in no matter how long we have to be on the court.”Kings forward Harrison Barnes has been to India and has been telling his teammates how much he enjoyed the food, culture and passion of the fans for NBA basketball.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers He also views the trip as a chance to bond with his teammates.“I think the biggest thing for us is spending that time together,” he said. “I think that’s what we’re looking forward to most about this India trip and about this training camp period is just guys being around each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton responds to a question during a news conference at the team’s media day in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. The Kings will be leaving on Monday for India where they will play the Indiana Pacers in two preseason NBA basketball games. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California — Sacramento Kings first-year coach Luke Walton says he is focused on his team and not worried about a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.Walton spoke publicly Friday at Kings media day for the first time since a former sportscaster filed a civil suit against him in April accusing him of the assault.ADVERTISEMENT Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “I’m here to do my job and focus on the Kings,” Walton said. “The rest will take care of itself.”Walton was hired by the Kings in April, soon after being fired following three seasons as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was sued shortly after being hired by Kelli Tennant, a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2014 when he was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors and harassing her after that during his tenure with the Lakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Kings and the NBA investigated the charges but took no action against Walton when “investigators determined that there was not a sufficient basis to support the allegations.” Tennant did not participate in the investigation.Walton still faces a civil suit but has said in a court filing that the allegations aren’t backed up in facts. He said the suit is not a distraction to his job.last_img read more

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PH bet Nesthy Petecio assured of bronze in Aiba world women’s boxing

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first_imgFILE – PH boxer Nesthy Petecio. /PH ASIAN GAMES MEDIA POOLMANILA, Philippines—Nesthy Petecio is headed to the semifinals after a dominant decision win over Japan’s Sena Irie, 4-1, in the featherweight quarterfinals of the  Aiba World Women’s Boxing Championships Thursday at Sports Complex in Ulan Ude, Russia.The victory gave Petecio, who is assured of a bronze medal, massive retribution since losing to Irie in the Asian Boxing Championships in April this year in Bangkok.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers High-profile football wives in Twitter spat over story leaks Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I felt I wasn’t in top form in Thailand,” said Petecio. “This time I prepared diligently for the tournament.”Petecio is set to face England’s Kariss Artingstall in the semifinals on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAira Villegas will face top seed Hsiao Weng Huan in the quarterfinals of the flyweight division. This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli proud as India win ICC Test championship mace for 3rd successive year

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first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli on Monday said the team winning the Test championship mace gives him and his teammates extra pleasure and that it something they are “really proud of”.The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced India have won the ICC Test Championship mace and a prize money of $1 million after finishing as the No. 1 Test team on the cut-off date of April 1. Kane Williamson-led New Zealand finished second on the ICC Test rankings.Notably, India have won the ICC Test championship mace for the third straight year after their dominant performances both at home and overseas.Stressing India are looking forward to the ICC Test Championship that will be played between 2019 and 2023, Kohli said: “Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings.”We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format,” Kohli added.”Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead once the ICC World Test Championship commences later this year. That is again something we are really looking forward to as it adds more context to Test match cricket.”Congratulating Team India on its achievement, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “I congratulate India on retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace and appreciate the passion Virat Kohli’s team has shown across formats over the past few years. It takes so much dedication and determination to consistently perform at the highest level in Test cricket.”advertisementIndia have been one of the most consistent Test playing nations over the last three years. Despite being on the road extensively for the last 12 months, India have been able to retain the top spot in the ICC Test rankings.Virat Kohli became the first India captain earlier this year to lead the side to a Test series win in Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara shone with the bat and pace bowlers wreaked havoc as India completed a historic 2-1 win over Australia, who were without the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner.Kane Williamson on New Zealand finishing secondNew Zealand’s consistent performances over the past year saw them climb from third position, needing them to only avoid losing the home series against Bangladesh last month to finish at the same position.The Kane Williamson-led side, who also had the satisfaction of seeing their captain get the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for 2018, earnt $ 500,000 after finishing with 108 points, eight behind India.”It’s an awesome achievement for our side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings and as a team we should be very proud. It’s come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff,” Kane Williamson said.Also See:last_img read more

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a day agoAjax attacker Quincy Promes on losing to Chelsea: Never offside

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ajax attacker Quincy Promes on losing to Chelsea: Never offsideby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax attacker Quincy Promes insists his goal against Chelsea should’ve stood last night.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead in the Champions League tie – but VAR ruled it out for offside. Chelsea went onto win 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal.“It was very funny that it was rejected, I don’t know if it was offside,” said Promes. “But afterwards, of course, I don’t buy anything from it. You can see it in two ways. I could say in my favour that it was not offside, but we have to accept the VAR. “I think the central defender was still there and he was still changing direction. I feel that I came from behind the shot when the ball had already left.”He added: “There was a big battle and ultimately you hope that we will at least have a draw. So it is extra bitter that we are now empty-handed.” last_img read more

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900000 to Upgrade Septage Handling Protect Groundwater

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first_imgGroundwater will be better protected after 16 septage lagoon operators have been awarded about $900,000 to upgrade facilities by Nova Scotia’s Septage Treatment Facility Assistance Program. Pumper truck operators and Nova Scotia n homeowners with septic tanks will also benefit from the program, because septage lagoon operators will be able to improve operations and service without passing all costs on to homeowners. “Pumping home septic tanks regularly is an essential task in maintaining on-site sewage systems, and that material needs to he handled properly to prevent environmental impact,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “Nova Scotia has new guidelines for the proper handling of this material, however we are working with operators to ensure all facilities are up to the task of meeting these goals.” About 400,000 Nova Scotians rely on 27 facilities to handle material pumped from home septic tanks. Under the assistance program, operators of septage handling facilities are eligible for assistance of up to $50,000 for upgrades to facilities, or up to $100,000 for the construction of replacement facilities and new technology to meet new guidelines. Allan Baird, owner of Baird’s Septic Tank Pumping Ltd. and the Septic Pumpers representative with Wastewater Nova Scotia, encourages operators to participate in the program. “This assistance is a chance for us, as operators, to improve our service without passing all the cost onto the homeowner,” said Mr. Baird. “We hope that it will also assist in maintaining services to all areas of the province.” To participate in the Septage Treatment Facility Assistance Program, operators should contact the Kentville office of Environment and Labour at 902-679-6086. For more information on the Nova Scotia Septage Treatment Facility Assistance Program, see the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

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English Montreal School Board votes to launch Bill 21 court challenge

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first_imgMONTREAL — The English Montreal School Board has voted in favour of challenging Quebec’s religious symbols legislation in court.The board’s commissioners voted Wednesday evening to hire a law firm to determine the “appropriate legal recourse” against the provincial government over the validity of the law known as Bill 21.It will seek to mount a case invoking Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees minority language educational rights to English-speaking minorities in Quebec.Despite the planned legal action, the board will continue to apply the law, as all other school boards across the province have done.Bill 21, which came into effect in June, prohibits public servants deemed to be in positions of authority, including teachers, judges and police officers, from wearing religious symbols, such as turbans, kippas and hijabs.There is a grandfather clause exempting those who were employed before the bill was tabled in the spring — as long as they stay in their current jobs.The province’s largest French-language school board, the Commission scolaire de Montreal, has said it has dealt with five teachers affected by the law this year, four of whom agreed to remove their symbols while one did not.The Coalition Avenir Quebec government has defended the secularism law, saying it enjoys strong support among Quebecers.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Cops sentenced in sweatbox incident

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first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo Edmonton police officers have been sentenced for their involvement in the so-called ‘sweatbox incident’ five years ago.The officers drove nine homeless people around in an unventilated paddy wagon for three hours on a hot spring day.A supervising officer ruled last month that the officers had failed in their duties and embarrassed Edmonton’s police force.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has the details.last_img

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Idle No More Defenders of the Land form alliance call for Sovereignty

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first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIdle No More has joined forces with Defenders of the Land and the new alliance plans to launch “escalating action” during what is being called the “Sovereignty Summer,” according to a draft joint declaration obtained by APTN National News.The alliance has been endorsed by Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean and Nina Wilson, the four founders of Idle No More, along with the movement’s lead organizers, provincial and territorial chapters.As a result of the alliance, Idle No More has now agreed to support non-violent direct action, including blockades, in the cause of Indigenous rights.The Defenders of the Land is an established network of Indigenous activists that was formally formed in 2008. The network has been involved in Indigenous land rights issues across the country, including in ongoing hotspots like Ontario’s Grassy Narrows First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and Barriere Lake in Quebec.The joint declaration is calling for a “Sovereignty Summer” that would see “co-ordinated non-violent direct actions.” The statement also calls on “non-Indigenous peoples” to join Indigenous communities in the actions.“Alternatives will only come to life if we escalate our actions, taking bold non-violent direct action that challenges the illegitimate power of corporations who dictate government police,” says the draft declaration.The declaration also calls for a “Solidarity Spring” to precede the Sovereignty Summer with calls to action on March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and April 22, Earth Day.“The Harper government’s agenda is clear: to weaken all collective rights and environmental protections, in order to turn Canada into an extraction state that gives corporations unchecked power to destroy our communities and environment for profit,” says the statement. “Idle No More and Defenders of the Land….have joined together to issue this common call for escalating action.”The declaration makes several demands, including a repeal of sections of the now passed Bill C-45 that impact the environment along with Aboriginal and Treaty rights; changing the electoral system to proportional representation; ensuring consultation happens before any legislation is introduced that impacts collective rights and the environment; the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; an end to the government’s policies of “extinguishment;” full implementation of the treaties and a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women.“We know it will take a lot more to defeat (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and the corporate agenda. But against the power of their money and weapons, we have the power of our bodies and spirits,” says the declaration. “There is nothing that can match the power of peaceful, collective action in defense of the people and Mother Earth.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Programmes against landmines severely underfunded UN says

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According to a report released today and called the “Portfolio of Mine Action Projects,” the 303 programmes in 30 countries and three territories include surveying, marking and clearing mined areas, destroying landmines, teaching mine avoidance strategies, aiding victims and their families and promoting anti-mine treaties.Afghanistan has the largest mine-action budget of $81 million and has received just $32 million, it says.Asia needs 48 per cent of the projected $371 million and Africa 42 per cent, says the UN Mine Action, a unit of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

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Mother left paralysed by hitandrun driver wanted to die there and then

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first_img 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. “I am not going to let them see mummy’s weak. Mummy’s too strong. I’m a fighter.”Ms Higgins’ appeal will air on Monday 9pm on BBC One. A mother left paralysed from the waist down after a hit-and-run collision has said she wanted “to die there and then”.Chanelle Higgins was on a night out in West Norwood, south-east London, when a car mounted the pavement, struck her and a friend, and drove away, police said.Ms Higgins, who now uses a wheelchair and has limited upper-body movement, will appeal for information on BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday.She told the show: “The last thing I remember was going in the ambulance and screaming about my legs hurting, my legs hurting and trying to reach for my legs and then blacking out and waking up in a hospital bed with all tubes in my mouth my neck my nose.”And they told me that I was paralysed and I had very limited use to my hands – it was just horrible.”If I’m honest I just wanted to die there and then.”The programme will focus on the consequences of road crime, after the law was toughened for using a mobile phone while driving.Last week, penalties and fines for offenders were doubled to six points and £200 respectively.New drivers now face losing their licence the first time they are caught using a phone behind the wheel illegally.Following Ms Higgins’ accident in May 2016, she told the Press Association that her children are her motivation.She said: “If I didn’t have kids I would have given up because it was so hard, so painful.”I still do try my hardest with the kids because I am not going to give up.last_img read more

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13 things that are giving you the worst Sunday night fear EVER

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first_imgREMEMBER THAT “GLENROE’S on and I don’t have my homework done” feeling?Multiply it by one million and that’s the way a huge portion of the country is feeling right now.Those who have been lucky enough to be off work all over Christmas will be returning to the grind en masse tomorrow, and those who’ve already been back at work haven’t been fully committed.Here are the many things that are giving you the ultimate fear…1. The clockFive minutes ago it was 2.37pm. Now it’s 8.30pm and you have no idea how that happened.Best to put a tea towel over the clock. No good can come of looking at it. 2. Your own breathYou’re sighing deeply every 5-6 minutes. You can’t help it. You have a classic case of The Fear. Source: Tumblr3. Going to bedThe sooner you go to bed, the sooner it will be Monday morning.4. Not going to bedIf you go to bed NOW you can get 7 hours sleep.If you go NOW you can get 6 hours sleep.Repeat ad infinitum. Source: Barnorama5. Everyone elseYou’re not imaging it. Everyone is out to get you. Source: Imgur6. Your hygieneIt’s probably been a couple of days since you washed, because after tomorrow you have to go back to washing yourself every day. It’s over, man. Source: Imgur7. Your legsThey have a mind of their own. They want to jig around. They want to be still. They want to be wearing socks. They don’t want to be wearing socks.WILL THIS TORTURE EVER END? Source: Imgur8. The memory of this voice Source: John Larkin9. And this music Source: Colm O’Rourke10. Social media Source: Shutterstock.com11. Your clothesWHY ARE THEY TOUCHING YOU? Source: Tumblr12. Your phoneThere’s been a voicemail on it for two days, and you haven’t checked it. It taunts you. It knows you’re thinking about it. Source: Imgur13. The Christmas decorationsThey’re still up, but you can’t bring yourself to turn the lights on.So now there’s just a dead tree in the corner of your sitting room. A dead tree that you’re going to have to remove soon. Maybe tomorrow after wor… OH GOD! Source: BlogSpotSleep well dear friends. Source: Imgur7 sentences that strike the fear of God into you>15 of the most terrifying rollercoasters on the planet>last_img read more

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We are not going to win overnight Antifracking activists as company prepares

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first_imgSource: Fermanagh Herald Videos/YouTubeANTI-FRACKING CAMPAIGNERS are protesting in a Fermanagh village as exploration company Tamboran attempt to begin drilling to collect rock samples.The town of Belcoo near the Fermanagh-Cavan border is now at the heart of the Irish fracking debate with activists staging protests over the past few days.Speaking to protesters at the steel-gated entrance to the site, Donal Ó Cófaigh told protesters that “we are not going to win overnight”:Everyone has a stake in this including communities across the border. As has been said, what they do behind us is going to enable them to frack all across Ireland. This is really important, its more than just our village that’s up for grabs her, it’s more than just this region. Hundreds have gathered at various protests since Monday. Source: Youtube/Ruth Le GearThe site is protected by security guards with guard dogs and the fences are topped with razor wire to prevent entry to the site.Tamboran itself says that no fracking is scheduled to take place at the site and they plan to drill a scientific borehole to help assess extent of natural gas present in Fermanagh.The proposed borehole will be about 15cm across and around 750m deep.They add that there have no plans to use hydraulic fracturing at the site in the future.Their plans are subject to approval from the Northern Ireland Executive and the company says they hope to begin drilling operations in late August. Donal Ó Cófaigh speaks to crowd on front of the drill site. Source: Youtube/Ruth Le GearHydraulic fracturing, or fracking,  is form of gas exploring where gas holes are dug deep in the ground and water, sand and chemicals are shot down at high velocity to break some underground rock and release gas which is collected.Those against the practice argue that the method is dangerous because it can contaminate underground water tables and lead to unsteady rock foundations.This is disputed by some gas companies who say the practice is successful elsewhere like in the US.Column: Will fracking be added to our energy mix? Ireland has questions to answer first >Read: Leitrim county councillors vote to ban fracking >last_img read more

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Potential threeparty coalition emerges

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy, PASOK and Democratic Left are poised to agree on the formation of coalition government Tuesday after holding “constructive” talks yesterday. Anti-bailout SYRIZA and Independent Greeks have rejected the chance to join the administration.Conservative chief Antonis Samaras met with the leaders of all the potential coalition partners after receiving the mandate to form a government from President Karolos Papoulias.Samaras’s overtures were turned down by SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras and Panos Kammenos of Independent Greeks but PASOK’s Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left suggested that there was enough common ground to form an alliance.Kathimerini understands that PASOK will seek an active role in the administration and could put forward several of its officials for ministerial roles. Also, Venizelos is not opposed to the idea of Samaras leading the new government as prime minister. Samaras, meanwhile, has suggested that 30 percent of the Cabinet should comprise non-political figures.Venizelos insisted that SYRIZA should be brought into the coalition talks. He proposed a discussion between ND, PASOK, SYRIZA and Democratic Left to be hosted Tuesday by Papoulias.“We agreed that the country must have a government immediately. Ideally we should have a government by tomorrow night,” Venizelos said. The ideal scenario, he said, would be “a government of shared responsibility involving four parties.”Venizelos said the focus should shift to finding “as broad a coalition as possible.” He described the stance of SYRIZA as “anti-democratic and threatening.” He accused Tsipras of “trying to create the conditions for the failure of the government, the failure of the country.”Tsipras ruled out the possibility of his party entering a coalition after talks with Samaras and called on the conservative leader to honor his pledge to renegotiate Greece’s debt deal with foreign creditors.“I didn’t hear from his lips yesterday any reference to renegotiation; I only heard vows to honor commitments, to honor signatures,” Tsipras said, referring to Samaras’s speech on Sunday. He said he told Samaras that further cuts to salaries and pensions would be “catastrophic” for the country.Tsipras added that Samaras should swiftly form a government, noting that the next 10 days ahead of an EU summit were critical. But he made it clear that he would not join a coalition. “We must be in opposition as we represent opposite camps,” he said. He added that he was certain SYRIZA would be vindicated in its opposition to Greece’s debt deal, the memorandum. “We are certain that we will be vindicated by developments in Greece and Europe,” he said, adding that “the memorandum cannot offer hope to Greece or Europe.”SYRIZA’s refusal to join the government means that Democratic Left holds a key role. New Democracy and PASOK have enough seats to form a government on their own but the addition of the leftists would give it a slightly wider public appeal. It would also deflect some of the criticism that the new government would simply be more of the same, as PASOK and ND have governed Greece almost exclusively since 1974.In a statement after his meeting with Samaras, Democratic Left leader Kouvelis suggested that his party might be ready to join the coalition.He emphasized the need “for a government, and a progressive one, to lead the country out of deadlock” in a speech that did not once refer to leftist SYRIZA, which he had insisted should form part of a coalition after the previous election in May.Kouvelis called on other political parties to respond to seven conditions for cooperation that he had set out ahead of the elections.The seven positions, which Kouvelis first presented on June 10, are: cleaning up the political system, disengaging from the EU-IMF memorandum by 2017, overhauling Greece’s productive capacity, reorganizing agricultural development, ensuring citizens’ safety, tackling illegal immigration, and supporting and broadening social security and certain steps on foreign policy issues.Among the proposals made by Democratic Left are: the introduction of a law allowing the assets of government members and senior civil servants who have served since 1974 to be inspected, scrapping ministerial and parliamentary immunity, reduction in MPs’ wages and end to pensions for parliamentarians, halving of state funding for parties, introduction of proportional representation, freezing of wage and pension cuts, canceling of law lowering minimum wage, restoring collective contracts, increasing the tax-free threshold and taxing the Church of Greece’s assets.During a meeting of the party’s central committee earlier in the day, the majority of party members favored Democratic Left taking an active role in the government rather than just supporting it in Parliament.With all the votes counted in Sunday’s elections, support for New Democracy stood at 29.66 percent, compared to 26.89 for SYRIZA. PASOK was third with 12.28 percent, followed by Independent Greeks on 7.51, Golden Dawn on 6.92, Democratic Left on 6.26 and the Communist Party on 4.5 percent.In terms of seats in the House, this share of the votes translates into 129 for New Democracy, 71 for SYRIZA, 33 for PASOK, 20 for Independent Greeks, 18 for Golden Dawn, 17 for Democratic Left and 12 for the Communist Party.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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La région RhôneAlpes sacrée région la plus plus verte de France

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first_imgLa région Rhône-Alpes sacrée “région la plus plus verte de France”France –  D’après un classement publié au début du mois par le magazine Terra Eco, la région Rhône-Alpes monte sur la première marche du podium des régions les plus vertes de France. De leur côté, la Haute-Normandie, la Picardie ou encore le Nord-Pas-de-Calais sont considérés comme les plus mauvais élèves.En matière de développement durable, c’est dans le sud de la France que les régions sont les plus vertueuses. Rhône-Alpes est en effet la région la plus verte, suivie du Midi-Pyrénées et du Limousin, d’après le bilan de Terra Eco.Plusieurs critères tels que l’économie, la politique sociale et environnementale, les pratiques agricoles, le nombre de chercheurs ou la part des espaces protégés, ont été pris en compte pour établir ce classement qui épingle la Haute-Normandie, la Picardie, le Nord-Pas-de-Calais et la Champagne-Ardennes, désignées régions les moins vertes de France. “Globalement, les régions du Nord-Est de la France partent avec quelques handicaps. Les régions qui ont opté pour des pratiques agricoles intensives après-guerre se retrouvent aussi en situation délicate du point de vue environnemental” souligne Terra Eco.L’enquête précise toutefois que les écarts qui séparent les premières et dernières régions sont relativement “faibles”. Ainsi, 19e du classement, le Nord-Pas-de-Calais se trouve pénalisé par “un développement économique longtemps guidé par l’État et ancré sur des industries polluantes comme le charbon et la métallurgie”. Parallèlement, il s’agit de la première région à avoir créé un parc naturel régional et à s’être engagée dans un plan de développement durable.Autre information surprenante : le Limousin, désignée comme la troisième région la plus verte de France, est celle qui consacre le budget le plus faible à l’environnement (0,8% de son budget global en moyenne sur les cinq dernières années).Le 14 mars 2010 à 14:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Want a Nintendo Switch ThinkGeek Has Them Now

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first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President The Nintendo Switch is still pretty hard to find. You might get lucky at brick and mortar stores, but if you buy them online, you’ll probably be paying at least $100 more for just the system thanks to scalpers suckling at the Nintendo teat. Well, starting at noon today you can get Switches on ThinkGeek.Okay, you’re still going to be paying at least $420. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you’ll actually get at least $420 worth of gear instead of just overpaying for the system itself. ThinkGeek offers ten different Switch bundles that include the Switch itself, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (a must-have game), and various other Zelda-themed items.The least expensive bundle, the $419.99 Bundle 9 and Bundle 10, include the Nintendo Switch with gray Joy-Cons, Breath of the Wild, and either a Traveler’s Shield backpack or a leather Zelda watch. ThinkGeek actually sent us the shield backpack, and it’s pretty nice. It’s big, round, perfect for Link cosplay, has a lot of space, and oddly enough is the ideal fit for taking Roombas to and from the office.The next step up, the $429.99 Bundle 4 and 5, are where you can get colorful. Bundle 4 includes the Switch with blue and red Joy-Cons, Breath of the Wild, a Link light, a lenticular 3D piece of Zelda art, and a Zelda puzzle. Bundle 5 has a Switch with gray Joy-Cons, Breath of the Wild, the first two volumes of The Legend of Zelda Legendary Edition mangas, and a Sheikah Slate notepad.Bundle 7 is $435.99 and includes the Switch with gray Joy-Cons, Breath of the Wild, a triforce light, and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. Bundle 8 is $439.99 and a remix of Bundle 9 and Bundle 4, with a Switch with gray Joy-Cons, Breath of the Wild, the shield backpack, and the lenticular 3D art.Bundles 1 and 2 are for toy collectors. Both include the Switch with blue and red Joy-Cons and Breath of the Wild. Bundle 1 is $459.99 and adds the 20-inch SDCC-exclusive Skyward Sword Link figure. Bundle 2 is $449 and adds the First4Figures Breath of the Wild Link figure. Incidentally, First4Figures figurines are amazing, and Bundle 2 is way better than Bundle 1.Bundle 6 is the second most expensive at $454.99 and includes a Switch with gray Joy-Cons, Breath of the Wild, the lenticular 3D art, and a Zelda chess set.Then there’s the high-roller art package, the $609.99 Bundle 3. This includes the Switch with blue and red Joy-Cons, Breath of the Wild, and a 30-by-60-inch Breath of the Wild oil painting on canvas.Okay, it still sucks that you can’t easily get a Switch at the suggested retail price of $299.99, but at least ThinkGeek’s bundles have something to offer and aren’t just raw, profiteering mark-up. And if you get a Switch, you should get Breath of the Wild to go with it. Seriously, it’s great.Here’s hoping the SNES Mini doesn’t have the supply problems of the Switch and NES Mini and- it’s sold out already, isn’t it?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Government put a hold on issuing any more building certificates to Priton

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 7, 2016 – The Planning Department is now taking a strong stand against new homeowners suffering the fate of those currently plagued with problems in the Priton Phase II development in North West Providenciales.  In a media statement which came Wednesday evening, Minister Amanda Missick through her Planning Department determined that there were indeed problems with Priton and that there are indeed parts of the development agreement left undone; until those issues are dealt with no more move in certificates are going to be issued.  All of this is unfolding as home owners tonight plan another meeting to unite on the situation which has seen cracked walls, popping tiles, leaking walls and ceilings, extreme cases of mold and massive sink holes in the land.It also comes as Magnetic Media learns that one of the two brothers who own Priton, Kurt Soukup is in country and working with his attorneys to wind up the company.  Soukup, who is American, is currently in breach of his contract with government according to the Minister’s release and according to former Premier Michael Misick who last week said there were concessions given including discounts and tax breaks on crown land.Here is what Minister Missick explained via media statement last night.  I quote:  “Priton has obligation to pave all roads, develop a park, install drainage system and install street lights.  Approximately 65% of roads have been completed, some street lights have been installed, however the park is not yet developed and the drainage system is not yet completed.”Add to this, we now learn that after the litany of complaints from phase one development, Priton development was supposed to make these changes to their pre-fab home constructions.  “Build cistern in each house. Install hurricane shutters on each building.  Change the way of connecting the wall panels.  To have three (3) supporting connections instead of two (2) connections. Use holding down hurricane straps on the roof rafters instead of hurricane clips. Use pressure treated timber or spray anti – termite substances on the timber used in structures.” While the Planning Department, to residents we spoke to last night sounds tough in their talk of giving no more occupancy certificates, residents say the statement, which Premier Rufus Ewing promised Magnetic Media would come is a cop out.  The Minsiter says that a structural engineer was hired to review the situation of the natural hole which opened up after Tropical Storm Cristobal in Azzizi Parker’s yard, but said her home is structurally safe and so they deem her to be okay.  This is however being said when the home owners back yard space is almost completely taken up by a hole that Priton Development covered up.  Parker and others fear that they are actually living on top of those vertical caves.last_img read more

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Driver faces judge after crashing into Palm Beach cellphone store

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first_imgA woman accused of intentionally crashing her car into a South Florida cellphone store, last week, faced a judge on Monday.Police charged 25-year-old Shinobia Wright with aggravated battery, burglary and reckless driving.Cellphone video captured Wright plowing her SUV into a T-Mobile near Wellington, last week.Once inside, police said, she smashed display cases and tried attacking an employee because the store refused to fix her broken iPhone, the day before.The incident caused more than $30,000 in damage, police said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Kolkata hosts week long Seven Sisters Weave Fair

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first_imgKolkata, Oct 05 (ANI): The week-long handicraft fair was held in Kolkata and it attracted participants from the northeastern states. Soni, an exhibitor from Nagaland, showcased a variety of products like bags, cushion covers, fabrics and Naga shawls. She was thrilled by the response of the people.last_img

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Civil society BNP Jamaat have no strength to defeat AL Joy

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first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s information and communication technology affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Saturday said people reaped the benefits of development as they voted for ‘Boat’, election symbol of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).“The people witnessed massive development after voting for boat. On the contrary, when the BNP comes to power, they destroy the country,” he told a discussion at a hotel in the capital.Suchinta Foundation organised the discussion titled ‘21 August: Present-Future of Bangladesh’s Politics’ with its chairperson Mohammad A Arafat in the chair.Freedom fighter and cultural personality Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, professor at Dhaka University (DU) Mesbah Kamal, freedom fighter Rokeya Kabir, late president Zillur Rahman’s daughter Tania Rahman, and journalist Mozammel Babu addressed the discussion, among others.Joy said AL has reached to its present stage braving all kinds of conspiracies. Civil society members, BNP and Jamaat have no strength to defeat the united Awami League, he added.“We can feel the pangs of sufferings for losing family members. I vowed to come to politics and oust the BNP government after the 21 August monstrous attack,” the PM advisor said.The then prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia was involved in the 21 August monstrous grenade attack, Joy said, adding it took 14 years to complete the trail of the heinous attack.Mainul Hosein, a former adviser to the past caretaker government, Dr Kamal Hossain and others were masterminds behind the 1/11, he said, adding, “Mainul Hosein helped Tarique Rahman, mastermind of the 21 August grenade attack, to flee from the country”.1/11 is the popular term in the country for indicating the changeover took place in January 2007, when military-backed caretaker government assumed power.Now they are trying to make Tarique the prime minister bringing him back home, he added.The AL does not do politics of killings like the BNP, Joy said, adding a total of 24 AL leaders and activists were killed in the 21 August grenade attack when leaders like Ahsanullah Master and Shah AMS Kibria were also killed during the BNP regime.“If BNP could have remained in the state power for 10 years like AL, no AL leader could have remained alive,” he said.Replying to BNP leaders’ allegation of arresting their leaders and activists, Joy said legal actions will be taken against those who killed people through arson attacks in 2013-14.Criticising the so-called civil society members, Joy said those who are ashamed of raising voice against killers and terrorists, they actually are trying to save the killers and terrorists.Talking about the newly-formed Jatiya Oikya Front, he said the Jatiya Oikya Front is trying to rehabilitate the BNP.Referring to different trials completed under the AL government, Joy said AL has established rule of law. And Tarique Rahman will be brought to book after extradition, he added.AL does not fear those who are not capable of securing a single vote in the election, he said, adding that AL does not care for the threats of so-called civil society members.Addressing the discussion, Tania Rahman said the main target of the 21 August grenade attack was to make the AL, which led the country’s liberation war, leaders less.The speakers said the 21 August attack and the 15 August incident of killing father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his family member were tied in a same string.The purposes of the incidents were to kill the country’s liberal democratic politics and make the country a militant state, they added.last_img read more

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