Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law

first_imgIf the newly elected BJP government in Uttar Pradesh launched a crackdown on illegal slaughter houses immediately after the Assembly polls, another BJP-ruled State, Gujarat, which goes to the polls later this year, came up with an amendment to make cow slaughter an offence punishable with life term, a first in the country.The most stringent provision in the amendment Bill is awarding maximum imprisonment up to life, but not less than 10 years, to those found involved in slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks.The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Assembly in the absence of Opposition members who were suspended from the House on the last day of the budget session, has also made cow slaughter, transportation of cow or beef and beef products a cognisable and non-bailable offence.Forfeiture of vehiclesThe Bill also bans transportation of animals from one place to another at night while providing for permanent forfeiture of vehicles involved in the transportation of progeny of cows, beef and beef products.It has also proposed a fine which “may extend to ₹5 lakh but shall not be less than ₹1 lakh” for those found guilty of cow slaughter.In the statement of objects of the Bill, the government noted that “it is considered necessary to provide for more deterrent punishment for offences committed by contravening the provisions of the Act and also to make the offences cognisable and non-bailable.”Under the existing Gujarat Animal Preservation Act 1954, which was amended in 2011 by the then government headed by Narendra Modi, the maximum jail term for cow slaughter was seven years, but not less than three years.However, seeking more stringent provisions, the government noted that curbing the menace of illegal slaughter required a tougher law.“The Gujarat Assembly passed a cow protection Bill, among the most stringent in the country, making cow slaughter a life-time punishable offence,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, adding, “Protection of cows is the single most important principle towards saving the whole world from both moral and spiritual degradation.”Piloting the amendment Bill in the Assembly, junior Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said, “Cows don’t only have a religious significance but also economic significance in our society and it is utmost necessary to enhance penal action to deter those involved in slaughtering cows and their progeny.”last_img read more

Kyrie Irving, Al Horford lead Celtics past Bucks in opener

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Jaylen Brown chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 off the bench for the Celtics.Antetokounmpo scored 22 points but shot just 7 for 21. He didn’t make his first field goal until the first minute of the second quarter.“It was one of the toughest losses we’ve ever had, all season, especially at home,” Antetokounmpo said.Game 2 is Tuesday in Milwaukee.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is expecting his star player to bounce back.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo corralled the ball and went up a second time only to be met by Horford again, who this time spiked the ball to the court.The Celtics clamped down on Antetokounmpo all game and cruised past the Bucks, 112-90.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Our focus was to make sure that we just made it tough on him every time, just making sure he earned everything he got,” Horford said. “I felt like we did a pretty good job of that.”Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 11 assists, tying his playoff career high, and Horford added 20 points and 11 rebounds to pace Boston, which controlled the game for long stretches while playing stingy defense against Antetokounmpo. Kevin Durant’s 35 points carry Warriors past Rockets in Game 1 “As great as he’s been, he hasn’t been perfect every night,” Budenholzer said. “He’s hard on himself, so there will probably be some point where I put my arms around him and tell him, ‘You’re going to be great.’”Khris Middleton had 16 for Milwaukee, which completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Monday and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The Celtics came off a sweep of their own against Indiana.The Celtics knocked Milwaukee out of the playoffs in seven games last year, winning the final game at home. This year, Milwaukee is the top seed in the East and has home-court advantage throughout the postseason after posting the NBA’s best record, but Boston didn’t play like an underdog in any way.The Celtics jumped out early, leading by as many as 11 in the opening quarter. Boston shot 52% while the Bucks shot only 5 of 19.The shooting woes continued for the Bucks until midway through the second quarter, when Milwaukee used a 15-0 run to pull even at 40. The teams then traded baskets with the Celtics grabbing a 52-50 lead at the half.Boston used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to again build a double-digit lead, which grew to as much as 21 as Milwaukee again failed to make shots.“This is a hard team to play against,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “That wasn’t their best game.”Irving thinks the Celtics have been rounding into shape in the playoffs after an uneven regular season.“We were dealing with our ups and downs, but I think we just have an appreciation for the group that we have,” he said.TIP-INS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way.Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a second-half lead against Horford’s Boston Celtics in the opener of a second-round playoff series on Sunday. He drove hard into the lane, quickly switched directions and tried to lay the ball up over Horford, who met him at the rim and blocked the shot.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics: Boston players wore a black stripe with the No. 17 on their jerseys to honor Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died Thursday at the age of 79. The team won eight championships during Havlicek’s 16 seasons with the Celtics. Havlicek was the MVP of the 1974 NBA Finals when the Celtics defeated the Bucks in Game 7 at the MECCA in Milwaukee. A moment of silence was held before tipoff. … G Marcus Smart traveled to Milwaukee but wasn’t in uniform. Smart has been out since suffering a left oblique tear on April 7. Smart has been practicing with the team but isn’t expected play in Game 2 either. “I don’t see any way that he’s available until what we thought initially, four to six (weeks) and I said at the start that four seems awfully aggressive,” Stevens said. ….F/C Aron Baynes left the game in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.Bucks: Starting guard Malcolm Brogdon, who is recovering from a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, remained out but took part in shooting drills before the game. He’s also expected to miss Game 2 before being re-evaluated. The 2017 Rookie of the Year has been out since March 15. … Center Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) was inactive. He missed the final 15 regular-season games and didn’t play in the opening round.HIGH NOONThe teams had to deal with an unusual noon tip time. “You play when you are told to play,” Stevens said. “If you aren’t ready because of the time of the day, you’re probably not going to be successful anyway.”LONG LAYOFFThe Celtics had six days off and the Bucks five. “Guys are sick of practice. Guys are sick of film. They are ready to play,” Stevens said. The extended layoff created challenges, Budenholzer said. “We tried to balance rest and getting healthy and working on our execution and our game plan and playing, letting them keep their rhythm,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Table-toppers Gujarat Lions face tough test against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 1

first_imgWith the conclusion of the league phase, the stage is all set for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs, as a rampaging Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Gujarat Lions in the first qualifier at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)Having won four of their last league games on the trot, the Virat Kohli-led RCB finished on the second spot on the points table while Suresh Raina’s Gujarat Lions have had a successful debut campaign to atop the standings. (Also read: David Warner backs Virat Kohli to break 1000-run barrier in IPL 9) THE CHINNASWAMY ADVANTAGEIn the first qualifier, RCB will not only have the advantage of playing the high pressure game on their home ground but also can take solace from their all-round effort in the six-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.  (Also read: Suresh Raina snubbed for Zimbabwe tour) The Bangalore franchise, runners-up in 2009 and 2011, will hope for a solid start from the in-form batting trio of skipper Kohli, West Indian Chris Gayle and South African veteran AB de Villiers. (Virat Kohli says boring and traditional routine paying off) ANOTHER IPL RECORD FOR KOHLI?With 919 runs so far in the tournament, Kohli, who has amassed four tons and five fifties, is a shy away from breaking another IPL record of becoming first to score 1,000 runs in an IPL edition.Lokesh Rahul, Shane Watson and youngster Sachin Baby form a formidable middle order followed by the likes of all-rounder Stuart Binny.RCB BANK ON CHAHAL-WATSON DUOadvertisementThe bowling department which was a weak link for the side in the earlier part of the league phase, has also come to the party towards the business end with the pace-spin duo of Watson and Yuzvendra Chahal among the top five wicket-takers.With 19 wickets so far, leg-spinner Chahal is the purple cap holder while Australian veteran all-rounder Watson, with 16 wickets is fifth.IN-FORM SKIPPEROn the other hand, Raina has led debutants Gujarat from the front with back-to-back half centuries in the final two league matches to finish on top of the standings.Apart from Raina, the batting will centre around West Indies star Dwayne Smith, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, Australian Aaron Finch and stumper Dinesh Karthik.Gujarat also boasts of quality all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, who can add enough firepower in the lower order.ALL-ROUNDER SMITHThe bowling department has variety in its ranks with chinaman Shivil Kaushik being one of the finds of the tournament while veteran medium pacer Praveen Kumar has also been impressive with his new ball partner Dhawal Kulkarni. Smith has also been impressive in the last two encounters.Smith, with his gentle medium pace has been an effective weapon for Raina to contain the rival batters while the left-arm spin of Jadeja and Shadab Jakati will be good test for the RCB batters, who will relish playing at the home turf.last_img read more

In a first for India, Sundar Singh Gurjar bags gold medal at World Para Athletics

first_imgSundar Singh Gurjar has become the first Indian to win gold in men’s javelin throw event at the World Para Athletics Championships.The 21-year-old clinched the top spot in the F-46 category, with his personal best score of 60.36m on Friday, July 14, the first day of the Championship, which is being held in London.Dinesh Priyantha Herath of Sri Lanka emerged second with 57.93m, followed by defending champion China’s Guo Chunliang with a season best of 56.14m.The Rio Olympic ‘heartbreak’Gurjar was highly disappointed when during Rio Olympics he missed his announcement call (due to the accent) by a minute, as a result of which he was disqualified. In the same F-46 Javelin throw category, Devendra Jhajharia went on to clinch the gold medal.Gurjar was heartbroken as without even throwing once he was out of the Olympics. Following this he even went into depression for some time.The golds in his kitty after the Rio Olympics’ debacleHowever, with the help of his coach Mahaveer Saini, he was able to come out of depression and worked hard for the World Grand Prix. The Grand Prix which was held in March this year saw him winning three gold medals, which were in discus, shot put and in the javelin throw.(Main image source: Sportskeeda)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Six member committee formed for Norgay Adventure Awards

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 14 (PTI) The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has formed a six-member national selection committee headed by Youth Affairs secretary AK Dubey for selection of Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. The other members of the committee are Lt Col Satyendra Verma (Air Adventure), Arunima Sinha (Land Adventure), Meenakshi Pahuja (Water Adventure), Thangmlian (Director NPYAD) and sports journalist Abhishek Tripathi. The meeting will be held on August 18. PTI KHS KHSlast_img

‘Footy hasn’t always loved us’: what the Pride game means to LGBTI people

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Inside The Outer Sanctum: the all-female podcast breaking the mould Marriage equality Read more Support The Guardian “When we [Chicks Talking Footy] talked to Debbie Lee, she spoke about how players in the ‘old days’ still really hid their sexuality, because they already had enough going against them being women in football, and they didn’t want an extra thing they had to combat.“I didn’t realise that some of the women still struggle with their sexuality. Even Bec Goddard [Adelaide Crows coach] only recently went public about her relationship, and same with Katie Brennan [Bulldogs captain] being very private until Sam Lane’s book Roar came out and she spoke about her previous relationship. “I think the women feel like they’re really breaking new ground playing professionally, and it’s another step again, so hopefully the Pride game helps those women who have struggled a bit.” This weekend, Western Bulldogs fan Wil Stracke says, may finally rival the AFL grand final of 2016. On Sunday, she will marry her fiancee Lisa, while on Friday night, they will attend the inaugural AFLW Pride game at the Whitten Oval between their beloved Bulldogs and Carlton.The occasion is especially significant for Stracke because she set up the club’s coterie group Bulldogs Pride with the explicit aim of making LGBTI fans feel safer at the football; something she can now see mirrored in the actions of her club and the AFLW competition. Share on WhatsApp features Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Read more Topics Erin Phillips sets AFLW alight amidst shadow of AFLXcenter_img “What struck me was that I’ve never heard an AFL player talk about the challenges that the LGBTI community face, and the fact that sport can be such a positive way to get the message out to LGBTI people that it’s OK, that they will have a place, and that footy is a welcoming space.”Fiona Newton was also in the crowd at the launch, and as a member of JOY FM’s AFL radio program Chicks Talking Footy, has the honour of calling the game from the Whitten Oval. For Newton, listening to Scott and Davey solidified some of the key differences between the men’s and women’s AFL competitions when it comes to the politics of sexuality.“The launch of the AFLW has been really significant, because of lot of the players are gay – I think the majority are,” she says. “Going from a men’s league where there’s not one player who is yet to say publicly that they are gay, to women turning up to the best and fairest with their female partners… it strikes me that this is much more personal, because they are talking about their families, their children, and running onto the ground celebrating who they are.”Newton says the impact of this on the LGBTI community could not be overstated, particularly during season one given the timing of the marriage equality plebiscite.“Look at Erin Phillips. For me, as a woman in a same-sex relationship with a child, our families were attacked during the plebiscite, and to have Erin normalise our family – she wasn’t doing any stunts, she just held her twins with the cup, and kissed her wife at the best and fairest – they’re just natural things you do, but that was significant for people like us to see on TV.”Newton said she had also been struck by the difference between how open AFLW players are now about their sexuality, in comparison with women’s football in the past. Share via Email “The pride game is super exciting,” Stracke tells Guardian Australia. “Lots of LGBTI people love footy, but footy hasn’t always loved us. The evidence from the men’s Pride games tells us that these kind of games make LGBTI people feel like they can speak up about homophobia and transphobia, it makes them feel more confident, and also creates a safer space.“That’s why we set the group up, in part to be a safe space where we could go to the footy and just relax, and do what everybody else does – have an amazing or terrible time depending the result – and not have to worry about whether you’re going to have a good time or not because of all the rest.”Stracke said she was astonished at how quickly the club embraced Bulldogs Pride – such that the group went from being a “collection of random strangers chatting on Messenger” to an official Bulldogs coterie group in the space of 12 months.“It’s fantastic to be a member of a club where we have just been embraced. They [the Bulldogs] were unequivocally supportive during the marriage equality campaign, and now they’re involved in the Pride game. What that says to us as a group is that the club really walks the walk… and they see us as part of the Bulldogs family.”Stracke attended the launch of the Pride game several weeks ago, and says it was an emotional experience hearing players talk so openly about their sexuality.“I went along expecting the usual corporate talk about inclusiveness and diversity and promoting equality… but both Hannah Scott [Bulldogs player] and Bri Davey [Carlton captain] spoke about how important it was for them personally, as members of the LGBTI community, to feel like their clubs were backing them in. Share on Pinterest AFLW Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this content Australian rules football LGBT rights Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Husky wants to build Saskatchewan oil pipeline replace one that leaked in

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – The company behind the 2016 oil spill that fouled the North Saskatchewan River and threatened the water supply of Prince Albert and other communities wants to build new pipelines to replace the structure that leaked.Husky Energy held an open house Wednesday in Prince Albert to discuss its proposal.Calgary-based Husky says its plan calls for the construction of two new pipelines to transport blended crude and condensate to Lloydminster from across the river.The pipelines would be located in the rural municipalities of Britannia, Eldon and Frenchman Butte.Travis Davies, a Husky Energy spokesman, says the new line would be bored in higher from the shore at the hilltops on each side to minimize the risk of ground shifting.He says Husky has also improved its operating procedures to insure problems are reported quickly.“I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re here,” Davies said.“We’re obviously quite a way downstream, but we are looking back to the impact we caused on the city at that point, and we want to talk about the things we’re doing differently.”The Husky spill caused more than 225,000 litres of diluted heavy oil to leak. About 40 per cent of the oil went into the river near Maidstone.The company was later charged with violating provincial and federal environmental laws and paid $5 million to the City of Prince Albert for their costs related to the spill. Court proceedings in the case are still ongoing.Husky has since apologized and said it accepts full responsibility for the spill.The pipeline was allowed to restart in October after being repaired and inspected.Davies said Husky learned a lot during the oil spill, and all of those lessons would be applied to future projects.“This is a much better project for a lot of reasons, better design, better steel, thicker steel, better technology, better management system (and) the sooner we can get this pipeline through, the sooner we can get off the other one.”More public consultation is planned on the project, but Davies said Husky hopes to start construction of the new pipeline in the fall.Once construction gets underway, the project should take 10 to 12 months to complete.Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne attended the open house and said the city supports the project.“It’s still the safer way, in my opinion, to do it and the biggest thing is that we’re dealing with the right company,” Dionne said.“We had an incident, as everyone knew. Why did we get through it? It’s just the positive way they responded.”Husky has another open house planned Thursday night in North Battleford. (CKBI, The Canadian Press)(Companies in this story: TSX:HSE)last_img read more

NB town reclaims title of having what it says is worlds longest

first_imgSHEDIAC, N.B. – Residents of a small New Brunswick community that prides itself on its renowned lobster catches was basking in the glow of a restored, distinctly Maritime honour — creating what it says is the longest lobster roll in the world.People in Shediac, N.B., turned out in droves Wednesday evening to watch as a chef and volunteers stuffed the succulent meat into a lengthy loaf of bread in a bid to take back the longest-roll title from the town’s neighbour to the east.Edgar LeBlanc, president of the Shediac Lobster Festival, said the roll spanned the length of the local arena and measured about 68 metres — besting Charlottetown, P.E.I.’s record-breaking length of more than 61 metres last year.LeBlanc said he was pretty chuffed by the size of the roll, saying it would ramp up the “friendly rivalry” with Island chefs that has been going on for several years.“Well P.E.I., good luck,” he said with a laugh when asked if he had anything to say to his competitors.“The challenge is on and we’re now in the driver’s seat. We got the biggest lobster roll, so I give them a friendly competition to see if they’re going to beat Shediac again, and hopefully if they do we’ll see them again next year.”The roll took about two days to prepare and included hundreds of the red crustaceans that were mixed up into 180 pounds of savoury lobster meat.Chef Alain Bosse was responsible for baking the bread and whipping up the meat mixture, which included celery, green onion, chives, salt, pepper and mayonnaise.The Nova Scotia-based chef said it took 12.5 hours and 40 volunteers to cook the long loaf that snaked along tables set up in the arena and had to be connected without separations, under the Guinness Book of World Records rules.The bread lay on about five tables prior to going into the oven for 20 minutes per section. It then took about a half hour to stuff the meat into the roll.When it was all prepared, about 400 people were allowed in to watch as the roll was measured by the mayor, LeBlanc and Bosse, who sported a red cap bearing lobster claws.“They gathered in the arena and everybody cheered us on as we counted it out foot by foot,” Bosse said. “It was fun! And it was very rewarding after you’ve finished those 48 hours of long work.”The roll was then cut into about 450 pieces, to be eaten by people who had bought tickets. In an hour, it was completely gone.LeBlanc said the roll was delicious and that it was the talk of the town Thursday.“It was amazing!” he said. “Everywhere we go in Shediac, everybody’s talking about it…. Lobster is very important to the community.”Bosse said the event takes about six months of planning and was a lot of work, but represents a “friendly competition between the two cities” that involves the whole New Brunswick community.“It really is good clean fun — there’s no animosity here,” he said, laughing when he added that “we feel confident that with 20 extra feet, P.E.I. will need a longer building to (beat) it!”No one from the Island’s shellfish festival was available for comment.– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

Manitoba First Nation communities still reeling from floods 4 years later

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile most of Manitoba breathes a sigh of relief in wake of a “good” flood forecast, four First Nation communities are still reeling over the effect of the 2011 flood.This week, representatives from the communities are in Winnipeg to talk about the distress and what can be done to combat it.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.last_img

10 years after fatal fire community still looking for help Delaney WindigoAPTN National News10 years ago, a fire ripped through the police station on the Kashechewan First Nation in Ontario killing two men.An inquest was called into what happened.Jurors heard about the poor state of police facilities in Kashechewan and in northern Ontario.Conditions that led to the deaths of the two men.First Nations leadership at the time time hoped the inquest would solve the problems of poor infrastructure and inadequate funding.last_img

Security Council calls on DR Congo rebels to disarm end child recruitment

21 December 2007Concerned at the worsening situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fighting has escalated between Government and renegade forces, the Security Council today demanded that all rebel groups lay down their arms and immediately stop recruiting children. Concerned at the worsening situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fighting has escalated between Government and renegade forces, the Security Council today demanded that all rebel groups lay down their arms and immediately stop recruiting children. Tens of thousands of people are on the move again in the province of North Kivu, where Government forces (FARDC) are clashing with troops loyal to dissident General Laurent Nkunda resulting in some of the worst fighting since the DRC civil war formally ended in 2003. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that since August, some 170,000 people have been forced out of their homes in North Kivu by the fighting. Over the last year, a mix of conflict, military build-up and spiralling lawlessness has displaced 400,000 people in the province. In addition, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (known by its French acronym MONUC) reported recently that many of the estimated 8,500 former child soldiers who have been rescued by the UN and other humanitarian organizations since 2004 have been re-recruited in the last few months or used as sex slaves. The Council urged the Government to address the crisis “in a comprehensive way,” in a resolution adopted unanimously by the 15-member body that also extended the mandate of MONUC until 31 December 2008 with troop strength of up to 17,030 military personnel 760 military observers, 391 police personnel and 6 formed police units. More than 4,500 blue helmets serving with MONUC have been deployed to North Kivu in recent weeks to help ensure the defence of Goma, the provincial capital, and the key town of Saké. The Council requested MONUC “to attach the highest priority to addressing the crisis in the Kivus in all its dimensions, in particular through the protection of civilians.” In addition, it asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report by next March on how MONUC could further support FARDC or take other measures in dealing with illegal foreign and Congolese armed forces. read more

Power regulator notes shortcomings in long term plans

The report discloses that due to planned plants not being built as per the timeline, unforeseen power procurement and change of power mix have resulted the increase in the average unit cost of electricity. In 2016, actual power purchases from oil based plants have increased by 6 times than planned for 2016.The report is available in the official website of PUCSL ( under highlights. (Colombo Gazette) This report analyses the situation of Country’s electricity supply, forecasted data, power plant schedule with the actual situation and how LCLTGEP’s prepared from the year 2006 to 2016 by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the state utility has affected the electricity supply situation at various junctures. It added, that no generation plan that had been considered in this analysis has foreseen the present situation. Thus, the actual outcome has been way different from what was conceived in the past plans.The report describes how the shortcoming of implementation of LCLTGEP has affected the electricity supply of Sri Lanka and investment in the industry. Shortcoming of implementation of Sri Lanka’s Least cost Long-term Generation Expansion Plans (LCLTGEP) has resulted in cost overruns, load shedding, and unplanned power procurement in the past few years and these consequences are expected to be continued in the next few years if timely implementation of long term generation plan is not ensured, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator said in its latest report.The report “Electricity Supply 2020 and Beyond: Challenges and Recommendation” recommends short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions to ensure long-term energy security in a sustainable manner. “Uncertainty associated with base demand, the forecast is another noticeable feature, particularly since 2011 plan. However, CEB has identified this as a problem and is trying to improve the accuracy of base demand forecast by adopting new forecasting tools. Despite, the electricity demand is expected to be more stochastic in nature all over the world in the long run,” the report says. read more

Investigation launched after man stabbed to death in Galway

first_img Image: Google Maps Short URL Share Tweet Email Mar 12th 2017, 12:25 PM 29,566 Views 12 Comments Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 12:25 PMcenter_img Cardinal Cushing Road Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Cardinal Cushing Road GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a fatal stabbing which happened in Galway overnight.Emergency services were called to a house on Cardinal Cushing Road in the Mervue area shortly after 4am.A man in his late 30s was found with stab wounds. He was stabilised at the scene and then brought to University Hospital Galway, according to gardaí. He later died in hospital.A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí arrested a man, mid 60′s, at the scene. He is currently detained at Gaillimh Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.“The scene is preserved for technical examination and The State Pathologist’s Office has been notified.”More to follow… By Garreth MacNamee Investigation launched after man stabbed to death in Galway Gardaí have arrested a man in his 60s.last_img read more

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first_img It isn’t easy finding earbuds that are rich with features. That’s because they’re so small that manufacturers are forced to limit what they can pack inside. But Cresuer Touchwaves, discounted to just $39.99, are different. They use forward-thinking tech that’ll satisfy every need while maintaining the small profile that everyone appreciates.Lightweight, wireless, and intuitive. Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are perfect for practically any activity or environment. Wear them on your commute to work, at spin class, while hiking in the woods, or at home. In every way, they’ll provide the sound quality you’ve been longing for in a package that works with pretty much every lifestyle.Carbon nanotube drivers, combined with noise cancellation technology, means you’ll enjoy the best sound possible with your Touchwave earbuds. They’re water and sweat resistant, so you can wear them while working out, and they’re completely wireless so there are no cables to get in your way. And all this tech fits inside because Cresuer replaced the usual control buttons with a lightweight and intuitive touchscreen that offers better control.These may be the best earbuds you can buy currently in this price range. Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are normally sold for $100 but you’ll pay just $39.99 and save 60% off retail when you take advantage of this offer. Stay on target Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds – $39.99See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Want your products featured in the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online!last_img read more

State House Senate reach tentative budget deal

first_imgOLYMPIA — Budget writers in the Democratic-led House and Senate say they have reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year state budget, but won’t release details until Saturday.In a joint statement released Thursday, Sen. Christine Rolfes and Rep. Timm Ormsby said they are working with their fiscal teams to finalize details. The 105-day legislative session is scheduled to end Sunday. If lawmakers are unable to pass the budget before midnight Sunday, the Legislature will have to go into a special session.The Senate and House had each previously passed their own underlying budget plans but funding bills have been on hold as both chambers have worked to negotiate a final plan.The Senate had originally been seeking more than $500 million in new revenue to fund an underlying $52.2 billion budget, while the House had sought $1.4 billion in new revenue for their $52.8 billion proposal.last_img read more

Cuadrado reveals he is learning from Ronaldo

first_imgJuan Cuadrado has revealed he is learning from Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and has no doubts over his future.“Everyone knows how professional Cristiano Ronaldo is. He’s a very special person with a great heart. I learn something new from him every day.“We must all have his hunger to win and to achieve his objectives. He’s a great athlete as well as a great player and everything he’s won is the fruits of his labour.”According to Football Italia, with CR7 in the side, Juve have become one of the favourites to win the Champions League.“We have a great squad, but must remain calm, because there is so much competition,” continued Cuadrado.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’ll keep our feet on the ground, work hard and put ourselves into the hands of God. We work to go as far as possible and battle on all fronts.“Allegri asks me to always be ready at any moment and in any role. I will always give my best for the team. Everyone knows my characteristics, as I always played on the right and that is my preferred position, but I’ll play wherever they put me and try to give my all.“I am very happy in Turin. I’ve been in Italy for many years now and am settled. I’m even accustomed to the cold in Turin, even if it doesn’t get really bad until December.“I am happy to be at Juventus and we should reach March still in contention for all our objectives. That is what we’ve set ourselves and what we want to achieve.“Then there’s the Copa America, a great chance for me to achieve something with Colombia too.”last_img read more

Rwanda work amazes and changes group

first_imgLiberty Bible Church Pastor Larry Rounsley was amazed by the number of people he saw walking the streets.After three flights, two layovers, a night’s sleep and a Sunday morning church service, Rounsley found himself on roads that he said best the experience of the Indiana Jones ride in Disneyland. He was on a three-hour drive from Kigali — the capital of Rwanda — to the small town of Gisenyi and he could see masses of people out his window the entire time.Rounsley — with 21 other local people and one pastor from Idaho — returned from a 17-day mission trip to the small town near Rwanda’s western border on July 4. While there, the group helped build four classrooms, got a medical clinic into working order and saw the fruits of two years of charity work from the church and six others from across the country.Their goal: to help a fraction of those masses to get back on their feet.The whole thing started two years ago when Pastor Simon Pierre Rwaramba visited Liberty Bible Church in Salmon Creek to tell his story of surviving Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. After he spoke, “We knew we had to do something,” Rounsley said.The church signed up to work with the Ndengera Foundation, a community group that Rwaramba and his wife started to help children orphaned by the genocide and the AIDS epidemic. The foundation now operates the school and medical clinic.During the trip, the 23 split into smaller crews. One spent most of the time building the school rooms. The other spent the first half of the trip getting the clinic ready and the second half treating patients.last_img read more

Stone crab season begins in South Florida

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – Time to get cracking, South Florida: stone crabs are back in season.The first shipment of fresh stone crabs arrived at Miami Marine Stadium in Key Biscayne, Sunday afternoon.The stone crabs were flown in by helicopter from South Florida fishing boats.For several local restaurants, the delicious arrival means a lot of money will soon by pouring into Florida.“This is the official kick-off of the tourist season for Dade County and South Florida,” said Coconut Grove Seafood Festival organizer Tony Abelo. “I know Joe’s opens up, Monty’s opens up, and all the tourism developed from the stone crab season is more than we can expect.”Crab lovers can expect all their favorite stone crab suppliers to be stocked and ready to sell.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

UAA goes solar panel by panel

first_imgNine solar panels were installed on the Administration and Humanities Building on UAA’s campus on Nov. 7. The panels are expected to provide around 3 to 7 percent of the building’s power in the summer. (Photo by Samantha Davenport, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Anchorage may not get a lot of sun in the winter, but solar energy is becoming more popular around town. From the Anchorage Solar Building to the Alaska Aviation Museum’s solar tracking array, establishments are doing their part to go green. Several UAA students recently had nine solar panels installed on one of the university’s buildings. Even though it’s a small contribution to energy efficiency, they’re hoping it will have a larger impact over time.Listen nowAlexandria McLearen talks about the new solar panels like she’s describing a childhood dream come true. She’s been intrigued with solar panels since she did her first ever science project on solar energy as a kindergartner.“I literally have chills about it. I’m so excited,” McLearen said.McLearen is a member of the Green Fee Board — the campus organization that pushed to get the panels installed on the Administration and Humanities building.The Green Fee Board has funds to support projects proposed by students that demonstrate economic solutions to environmental problems. McLearen says she brought the solar panel idea to a previous student government president.“Students want sustainable energy, we want to move in the right direction,” McLearen said.The power generated by the solar panels go directly to the building. They’ll provide around 3 to 7 percent of the building’s power in the summer. That may not sound like a lot, but the Admin building is home to the office of the chancellor, student affairs, academic affairs, university advancement, administrative services and a number of classrooms.Heather Jesse is an economics student who worked alongside McLearen to complete the project. She says the Admin building wasn’t the team’s first choice.“We originally wanted it on Rasmuson [Hall], because it was more visibility for campus. We had them do a walk through, they told us that was not going to be optimal for generating the most solar, so we settled here, which turned out to be an even better place, I think,” Jesse said.Jesse is currently working on a monitoring and measuring system that will go online. Students will be able to see how much of the building’s power is being generated by the panels and how many kilowatts have been saved.There are no other solar panels currently installed at UAA. ML&P significantly increased the price of electricity last summer. Jesse hopes the solar panels will help even out the extra cost.“As an economics student, I’m super stoked that we’re going to be helping to lower the costs of tuition for students that we’re helping offset the increase in ML&P,” Jesse said.It costs around $1,000 per panel to have them installed and wired into the electric grid. McLearen and Jesse are optimistic that the Green Fee Board will eventually install more panels, but they are currently working on other sustainable projects. Jesse is in the process of drafting an initiative to install five more panels for the spring semester.last_img read more

Homebuyers Chase Jumbo Loans as Limits Near Expiration

first_img Recent news reports show homebuyers flocking to high-end properties to close rates for jumbo loan mortgages, even as Congress wavers on a proposed bill that would fix higher thresholds for federally insured mortgages ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a prospect that makes some wonder whether banks are capable of filling in for withdrawing government entities “”Fannie Mae””:, “”Freddie Mac””:, and the “”Federal Housing Administration””: (FHA).[IMAGE]On Saturday the “”_Wall Street Journal_””: reported a surge in high-end purchases. The surge could jump to the highest in five years, according to the _Journal_, largely because public officials appear unlikely to keep limits at $729,750. In past years, Congress successively raised the limits from $418,000 to $625,500, where the jumbo loan ceiling will once again rest if lawmakers refuse to pass an extension. The limit-raises arrived during the throes of the Great Recession, which public officials tried to stymie by providing lenders and high-end homebuyers with incentives.Coupled with a recent “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””: (FHFA) report, which holds that jumbo loans account for 5 to 13 percent of total mortgage loans originated this year, some wonder about the potential for fallout in the housing sector if the GSEs and FHA pull back. Shannon Faries, a business development manager at “”Harbor Lending””:, questions the widespread notion that banks will step up to the jumbo loan challenge. When the limit changes “”go down, who is going to be making the loans from $625,000 and up?”” he asks. “”A lot of private lenders are not going to touch these loans.””[COLUMN_BREAK]Faries recalls the lack of a secondary market from his workplace in California, one of several jumbo-rich regions around the country that the FHFA estimates may feel the limit expiration pinch more intensely. He also dismisses the suggestion that private equity groups will rescue homebuyers with jumbo loans.””Until there is a larger secondary market,”” he says, “”there is not going to be any big expansion on the jumbo loan front or anyone to service these over the $625,000 mark. There is no lender that would hold a loan that amount without having someone to sell a jumbo loan to. No one will want these.””In testimony before the House Budget Committee in July, “”Federal Reserve””: Chairman Ben Bernanke placed considerably more confidence in the private sector and argued that the government to step back. “”I understand the private sector is taking at least a significant number of the jumbo mortgage market but at a higher cost,”” he said.Following his remarks, the “”National Association of Home Builders””: (NAHB) released a report indicating that 250 counties with the highest jumbo mortgage loans also bear 59 percent of the nation’s housing stock.””The lower limits will place a constraint on home buying in high-cost housing markets, such as those along the coasts and in California,”” NAHB Chairman Bob Nielson, a Reno-based home builder, said in a statement. “”It is the last thing we need in a housing market that is still struggling to get back on its feet.””Scott Sheldon, a loan officer with “”Sonoma County Mortgages””:, fears the repercussions of a limit fallback in his California real estate market, which he says would buckle under new foreclosures as a result of crimped homeowners who once relied on federal insurance. Still, he says, “”I think they [Congress] are going to extend the loan limits and keep them in place the way they are. They’re going to shoot themselves in the foot├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª [and] if they do that, there’s going to have to be some other stimulus for them to fill”” in the larger economy.If Congress passes on a limit extension, federal insurance thresholds for government-backed mortgages will fall from $729,750 to $625,500 on October 1. July 22, 2011 427 Views Agents & Brokers Ben S. Bernanke Fannie Mae Federal Reserve FHA FHFA Freddie Mac Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2011-07-22 Ryan Schuette in Government, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Homebuyers Chase Jumbo Loans as Limits Near Expiration Sharelast_img read more