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Goa village evacuated after ammonia gas leak

first_imgAt least two women were today shifted to a hospital and hundreds of residents in Goa’s Chicalim village evacuated from their homes after a tanker carrying ammonia overturned on the nearby highway connecting Vasco City to Panaji. The incident occurred at around 2.45 a.m. when the tanker from Mormugao Port Trust to Zuari Industries Limited, overturned at the highway and gas started leaking from it. “Disaster response teams were sent to the site immediately while police and fire and emergency service personnel were asked to wake up people and evacuate the entire area,” Deputy Collector Mahadev Arondekar told PTI.“Two women had to be shifted to a nearby hospital as they complained of breathlessness,” a senior district administration official said, adding that they were sleeping inside their house close to the accident. According to Vasco Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo the highway crossing through Chicalim village has been blocked for traffic. “We have stopped the motorists from using the road. Also we have informed the public in the vicinity to evacuate and to cover their mouth with masks or wet clothes,” he said. Nearly 300 houses are located in the area, a few kilometres from Goa’s Dabolim Airport.last_img read more

ScienceShot: What Walked Like an Armadillo, Looked Like a Squirrel, and May Have Had Poison Spurs?

first_imgFurry like a squirrel but bearing a reptilelike jaw structure, with the middle ear bone fused to the lower jaw bone, little Megaconus mammaliaformis walked among (or ran in terror from) the feathered dinosaurs of the Jurassic period. It’s a new species among the primitive relatives of early mammals, previously only known from a jumble of fossil teeth. But an international team of scientists has now discovered a complete fossilized skeleton of this rat-sized creature (artist’s conception above) in the Inner Mongolia region of China. The 165-million-year-old skeleton (inset) reveals a curious animal: Its fused, inflexible leg bones gave it an armadillolike gait, and it was neither a good climber nor a fast runner. But it was armed with clawlike spurs sticking out of its heels, which the scientists believe had poisonous glands like in a platypus. The omnivorous Megaconus foraged by night and is named for the large mounds on its premolars, which could grind tough plant material at a point when other mammal lineages were still largely insect-eaters. It “was already an old-timer,” evolutionarily speaking, says paleontologist Thomas Martin of the University of Bonn in Germany, a member of the research team, which presents its results online today in Nature. Megaconus was among the first to try out mammalian features before falling into extinction while modern mammals rose.last_img read more

Masked man: Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straight

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) adjusts his mask during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 109-102. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK—Kyrie Irving really dislikes having to play in a mask.On the other hand, he loves what comes next: Boston putting its 13-game winning streak on the line against the NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT 3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s definitely an incredible streak we’re on, and now comes the whole media frenzy of will the streak end, and what’s going to happen on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors coming to Boston,” Irving said. “So I’m looking forward to all that hoopla.”Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing the mask, and the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-102 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten since an 0-2 start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics, who have the NBA’s best record. Golden State is next at 11-3, and Boston got good preparation for the game against a persistent Brooklyn team.“The way that they converted on us in transition after our mistakes tonight, you can’t have that against Golden State. You just get blown out of the gym,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We just have to play really solid on both ends and do what we do as well as we can and see where we stand.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Celtics started 7 of 9 from the field to lead 17-4, but the Nets jumped ahead in the second quarter and countered every time Boston threated to pull away until the final minutes.“I thought guys competed,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We just have to do it in long stretches.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Irving missed one game with a minor facial fracture after he was hit by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn’t seem to affect his play much. He made a jumper with 3:40 left after the Nets had closed within four points and drove for another basket about 35 seconds later.“Today, just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game,” said Celtics center Al Horford, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.Boston then finally put it away with Jaylen Brown’s alley-oop feed to Tatum before Irving hit two free throws to make it 106-96.Joe Harris scored 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who are without leading scorer D’Angelo Russell because of a bruised left knee. Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert added 15 points apiece.Irving has had to play in a mask before, and he’s done it well. He scored a then career-high 41 points in a loss at New York on Dec. 15, 2012, while with Cleveland. But he described it like having foggy blinders, restricting his peripheral vision.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cricket: Virat Kohli’s ton sets England a huge target at the end of day…

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: DNA India)Captain Virat Kohli once again led the team from the front as he scored his 23rd century to set the host’s a target of 521 to chase in the 4th innings.India kicked off day 3 at 124-2 with a lead of 292 runs. Kohli and Pujara continued from where they left off on the previous day to get India off to a brisk start. Both secured their fifties in the first session and increased the lead further to stamp their authority on the host’s.Post lunch, the pair showed no signs of stopping as they continued to building their huge partnership and kept piling on the lead. Pujara eventually fell for 72 after holding to Cook in the slips.Rahane who followed Pujara then continued where he left off in the first innings to start scoring his runs. In the course of the partnership, Virat reached his 23rd test century after being handed with a couple of chances on the way through to his landmark.Following his century, Virat did not last long and fell for 103 to Woakes who trapped him plum before the wicket. Pandya then joined with Rahane to score a quick fire 50 and take the lead to 520 before declaring the innings.England then needed to bat out 8 overs in the day to ensure that they went to stumps without losing a wicket. They negotiated it scoring 23 runs in the process.England now stand on 23-0 at the end of day 3 with them needing another 498 runs to secure a win. With only one result expected from here, India will be hoping to wrap up the game quickly by tomorrow and get their first win of the series.But has this test match got any more twists and turns? Let’s wait and watch.Also Read:Cricket: Hardik Pandya shoots down comparisons with legendary Indian captain Advertisementlast_img read more

I would love to play a full schedule in 2018: Tiger Woods

first_imgTiger Woods wants to play the full schedule next year, the 14-times major champion wrote in his year-end blog on Friday.Woods made his latest comeback in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, eight months after undergoing a spinal fusion.WATCH: SPORTS TODAYThe 41-year-old though did not clarify whether he will play in the Genesis Open in February, which is run by his foundation.”One way or another, I will be at Riviera,” the 14-times major champion wrote of the annual PGA Tour event played on the famous course in southern California.”It’s such an historic site and the course will always have special meaning for me. That’s where it all started back in 1992 when I played in my first PGA Tour event at age 16.”While his performance in Bahamas – he finished equal ninth of 18 players – was competent and he swung with apparent freedom, he acknowledged that he was in uncharted waters.”I’m continuing to progress and trying to get strong enough to where I can handle a workload again,” he wrote.”I would love to play a full schedule in 2018. What that entails, including back-to-back events, I don’t know. I just have to continue to work on my body and game and see where I pan out.”I wish I knew where I was going to play and when I was going to play – it’s a lot easier to prep for that – but we really don’t know.”CHANGED SWINGWoods also acknowledged that his swing had changed.advertisement”My swing is definitely shorter and I can’t turn as far. My back is fused and that’s as far as it’s going to go. But I was surprised at how explosive I was (at the World Challenge)…”I’m more than a full-club longer than when I shut it down. I wasn’t hitting it very far and was struggling to hit it solid. That’s a bad combo.”In 2017 he decided to have two vertebrae in his lower back fused, which basically was an all-or-nothing last-ditch attempt to both ease his pain and allow him to resume golf.The prognosis right now appears to be fairly good, but it has been far from smooth sailing this year for Woods, who in May was arrested asleep at the wheel of his car, with five drugs in his system.He subsequently pleaded guilty to reckless driving.”I appreciate competitive golf now more than I ever have,” he wrote.”During that 10-month period I was away from the game, I had a hard time walking and often needed assistance getting out of bed.”To go from that and be able to play golf – I hadn’t played without pain for a long time – it was nice…”It’s been a year filled with ups and downs, but I am very optimistic about 2018 and looking forward to great things on and off the golf course.”last_img read more

Shreyas Iyer breaks Rishabh Pant’s record in T20s with 55-ball 147

first_imgShreyas Iyer broke Rishabh Pant’s record for the highest T20 score by an Indian. On Thursday, Iyer scored a 55-ball 147 for Mumbai against Sikkim in their Group C match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Indore.Mumbai piled up 258 for 4 off their 20 overs – 5 runs short of the all-time highest score in T20s jointly held by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Australia.Incidentally, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant play for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. Pant had made the record his own in 2018 when he scored an unbeaten 128 in the IPL. Before Pant, the record was held for 8 years by Murali Vijay, who had made a swashbuckling 127 for Chennai Super Kings in 2010.Suresh Raina is next in the list with 126 not out for Uttar Pradesh (2018) followed by Unmukt Chand who had made 125 for Delhi in 2013.Shreyas Iyer has played 6 ODIs and 6 T20Is for India so far. Having made his debut for India in a T20 against New Zealand in November 2017, Iyer was expected to fill in the void in the middle-order.But Shreyas has not played for India since the Centurion ODI against South Africa in February 2018. However, he was appointed Delhi Daredevils skipper last year after Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain in the middle of the campaign.Last year, he scored 411 runs from 14 matches including four fifties and a best of 93 not out.Also Read | After another IPL snub, Cheteshwar Pujara hits maiden T20 hundredAlso Read | Next step is to play for India in all three formats: Mayank Agarwal Also Read | Licence to attack is key to India’s wrist-spin success: Yuzvendra ChahaladvertisementAlso See:last_img read more

If Martina Navratilova’s thinking on trans athletes can evolve, so can sport

first_imgWhen I first heard about the documentary on trans athletes presented by Martina Navratilova on BBC One, I was worried that it would further stoke fears about trans women in sport, and advocate against their participation. Navratilova had previously made scathing comments about trans women in sport, calling their participation “insane” and “cheating”, and later suggested that men could start taking female hormones in order to win medals and make money. Those opinions were obviously born of ignorance – for example, trans people have to wait up to two years for an appointment at a gender clinic – not to mention the fact they trivialise the struggles trans people go through. So I was prepared for the worst.But while I found many of the opinions explored in the documentary problematic, the conclusion Navratilova came to in the end was an unexpected one. I found problems along the way – not least her refusal to countenance using “cisgender” to help distinguish between trans and non-trans athletes, which only confused matters, creating a dichotomy between “women and girls” and “trans women”. Cisgender is a descriptive term to indicate people whose gender identity corresponds with the gender and sex they were assigned at birth (the opposite of trans) and it is useful in discussions of this kind. It doesn’t mean that the differences between trans women and cis women are being erased – rather that both are women in different ways. Opinion Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Topics Transgender … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Martina Navratilovacenter_img Reuse this content Share via Email However, watching Navratilova gain understanding through the programme was gratifying. Her stance was quite clear from the get-go – for the majority of the documentary she remained adamant that trans women would always have the upper hand to a certain extent over other women. But through her talks with trans women, Navratilova seemed to gain a deeper understanding of the impact this toxic debate has, and says she has gained a deeper level of empathy.In the documentary she realises that competing in sport is about so much more than just the elite levels. For many, sport is simply a form of exercise, socialisation, a chance to participate in something they enjoy. Not allowing trans women to join in with other women is therefore not only cruel, but another way to push trans people out of public life. As Navratilova herself touches upon in the documentary, there are no trans people competing at an elite level of sport such as at the Olympics, and no sign of trans women dominating in women’s sport, despite the fact they have been allowed to compete under certain conditions since 2003. The documentary also explores interesting ideas about the rules around competing in sport, and how those are going to need to advance to accommodate more diversity when it comes to gender and sex. Even though Caster Semenya is not transgender, her case has raised vital questions about a blanket sex division in sport based on testosterone levels alone. Sport simply isn’t equipped to deal with the greater nuances of gender and sex that are more prevalent in society. That Navratilova finally came to the conclusion that trans women should be included at all levels of sport is hugely positive. It offers hope that we can focus this debate on understanding based on empathy and a willingness to learn. The answer lies not in hostile arguments, or the demonisation of a minority, but in more research that can lead to better informed regulations that will allow all women to compete in the sports that they love without being dragged through the courts like Semenya.Things are changing, and sport will have to change too. But the most important shifts are those within people. I welcome Navratilova’s change of heart, and hope it is genuine. If she and others aren’t allowed the chance to think again, then positive change in society will be impossible. As Navratilova said herself: “If you don’t adapt, you’ve got a problem.”• Owl Fisher is a writer, film-maker and campaigner• The headline on this article was amended on 29 June 2019 to more accurately represent the article and reflect that Navratilova has since said she did not change her mind On trans issues, Iceland has just put Britain to shame Share on WhatsApp comment Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Owl Fisher Athleticslast_img read more

Rahul Dravid front-runner for NCA head coach after BCCI decides to invite applications

first_imgRahul Dravid front-runner for NCA head coach after BCCI decides to invite applicationsBCCI has done away with the old practice of direct appointments following a few questionable recruitments. Hence, Dravid will need to apply for the NCA head coach. India head coach Ravi Shastri too will have to reapply for the job once his tenure ends after the World Cup.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 19:03 IST Rahul Dravid is currently in charge of India A and the U-19 team. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDravid is in charge of India A and the U-19 team and is front-runner for the jobHead coach Ravi Shastri too will have to reapply for the positionRavi Shastri will be in charge of the national team until the end of 2019 World CupIndia great and junior coach Rahul Dravid will need to apply for the post of head coach at the National Cricket Academy after the BCCI on Saturday decided to invite fresh applications.The BCCI will be inviting applications for the newly created position of head coach and Dravid, who is already in charge of India A and the U-19 team, is the front-runner for the job.”A transparent application process will be followed like it is the case now with all BCCI jobs. Dravid is obviously a favourite for the role as he is already in charge of the junior national teams,” said a BCCI official after a Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting here.While COO Toofan Ghosh will be taking care of the administrative work at NCA in Bengaluru, the head coach will be responsible for a complete revamp which will include hiring of fresh coaching staff at all levels, besides monitoring the upcoming generation of cricketers.Dravid will need to apply for the job as BCCI has done away with the practice of direct appointments following a few questionable recruitments. India head coach Ravi Shastri too will have to reapply for the job once his tenure ends after the World Cup beginning in the UK next month.Earlier this year, former India opener Vikram Rathour’s direct appointment as the batting coach of India A and U-19 team was stalled after his conflict of interest case was brought to the notice of the CoA.Rathour is the brother-in-law of current India U-19 national selector Ashish Kapoor and his appointment would have been a case of conflict of interest.advertisementAlso Read | Reactions were overblown but would prefer to be warned: Rahul Dravid on Ashwin mankadingAlso Read | India losing ODI series to Australia was a good thing: Rahul DravidAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rahul DravidFollow Ravi ShastiFollow World CupFollow head coachFollow BCCIlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton County

first_imgCape Breton County: Highway 125 Traffic on sections of Highway 125 westbound, between Exit 3 and the Highway 105 interchange, will be reduced to one lane from Thursday, Sept. 10, to Tuesday, Sept. 15, for repaving. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. -30-last_img

Nurses at increased risk of sleep disorders

first_imgResearchers have found that nurses are at an increased risk of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders such as chronic insomnia. The study found that there is a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of common sleep disorders among nurses working at medical centres. “We were surprised by the number of nurses potentially suffering from common sleep disorders, most notably chronic insomnia and shift work disorder,” said the researchers. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveFor the study, the research team conducted an online survey of 1,165 nurses. They were questioned on topics such as their sleep schedule and medications they took to induce sleep. It was found that on an average, nurses slept less than 6.6 hours per night while a healthy person should sleep for at least 7-8 hours per night. Symptoms consistent with chronic insomnia were identified in 31 per cent of nurses, 27 per cent of nurses used medications to help them sleep, and 13 per cent reported using medications to stay awake, said the researchers. Symptoms indicative of shift work disorder were present in 31 per cent of the nurses. About 18.5 per cent of nurses also had a moderate-to-severe risk for obstructive sleep apnoea. “Nurses are at an increased risk for circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders such as shift work disorder. There should be scheduling modifications to help alleviate the burden of shift work disorder among nurses,”the researchers further added.last_img read more

Life after Mithali 15yearold Shafali comes into Indian womens T20 squad

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran Mithali Raj’s retirement from the T20 format on Thursday paved the way for the induction of youngsters such as 15-year-old rookie Shafali Verma in the Indian women’s cricket team for the upcoming home T20 Internationals against South Africa. Shafali was picked following her good performance in the Women’s T20 challenge earlier and at the age-group level this year. The diminutive Haryana-girl played under Mithali for Team Velocity in the women’s T20 challenge which was held during the IPL earlier this year. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Mithali, though, will continue to lead the team in the three-match ODI series, which will follow the five T20 Internationals, where Harmanpreet Kaur will captain. Smriti Mandhana will be Harmanpreet’s deputy in the T20s. Mithali decided to quit T20 Internationals after a career spanning 89 matches in which she scored 2364 runs and 17 half-centuries. She led India in 32 T20Is. The selection committee meeting held at the BCCI headquarters on Thursday was attended by Mithali while T20I captain Harmanpreet and coach WV Raman connected via teleconference. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The Indian team will conduct a preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru from September 12. The ODI series begins in Surat on September 24. Indian Women’s ODI squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, D Hemalatha, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Priya Punia. Indian Women’s squad for first 3 T20Is: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Harleen Deol, Anuja Patil, Shafali Verma, Mansi Joshi.last_img read more

Crashes and gunfire in twohour 100kilometre police chase in southern Alberta

first_imgRAYMOND, Alta. – A man and a woman are in custody and several firearms have been seized after a wild police chase through southern Alberta that involved gunfire and several crashes.RCMP in Raymond say they attempted to stop a stolen pickup truck on Wednesday when it backed up into a cruiser and took off out of town.They tracked the truck to a field where it rammed another cruiser and officers opened fire, but couldn’t bring it to a stop.Police say the chase continued for almost two hours and covered almost 100 kilometres at a top speed of 170 km/h.It ended when officers rammed the truck and arrested the suspects.Police say a rifle, a shotgun, and a loaded sawed-off shotgun inside the vehicle.They say the driver, 31-year-old Joshua Schmaltz of Medicine Hat, Alta., was wanted on several charges including forcible confinement, assault and escaping lawful custody.The passenger, 39-year-old Lori Malinsky from Taber, Alta., was also wanted on charges including theft and flight from police.In a statement, RCMP Supt. Garrett Woolsey praised all the officers involved.“The RCMP officers involved in the pursuit and subsequent arrest of the suspects put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect the public,” he said.last_img read more

Canoe Championships in Welland

Welland is welcoming the world this weekend for the Junior and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World Championships.It’s being held at the newly designed Flatwater Course on the Welland Recreational Canal. The city is playing host to 1,600 athletes and officials from 63 countries.The heats and semi-finals are in full swing.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Baloney Meter Do Canadas efforts to help dairy farmers hurt US counterparts

Dairy cows are shown in a barn on a farm in Eastern Ontario on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump sharply criticized Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector yesterday, sparking a new cross-border spat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Baloney Meter: Do Canada’s efforts to help dairy farmers hurt U.S. counterparts? OTTAWA – “Time and again, Canada has demonstrated its disregard of its dairy commitments to the United States — hampering America’s exports to Canada — while pursuing ways to use its government-controlled system to unfairly dump greater Canadian exports in global markets.” — April 13 letter to U.S. President Donald Trump from the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.—The rhetoric Donald Trump directed at Canada’s dairy industry this week has its roots in a new Canadian agriculture policy that predates his time in office, one that was the subject of a pointed letter from the U.S. dairy lobby.“I’ve been reading about it,” Trump said this week in Wisconsin, which along with New York, is a state with a lot of hurting dairy farmers. They’re blaming Canada for their woes — and Trump took up their cause: “Because in Canada, some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers.”Trump was reflecting a broad, long-standing criticism, levelled by many others before him: that the Canadian dairy industry is unfairly protected against foreign competition. Critics often point to Canada’s supply management system, which they decry as nothing more than a protectionist barrier.The latest instalment in that debate, and the one that landed Canada squarely in Trump’s crosshairs for the first time, is a new classification for a certain Canadian dairy product: ultra-filtered or diafiltered milk, essentially a protein-heavy concentrate used to make cheese. Canada created a new class of milk — Class 7 — to cover it.Several provinces then lowered the price to make it more competitive, which led to fewer buyers for the American version in Canada. The U.S. industry told Trump that was a “direct violation” of Canada’s trade commitments to the U.S.Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSIn their April 13 letter, the four U.S. dairy organizations urged Trump to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the Class 7 program, saying it was “specifically designed to stop an important U.S. dairy export to Canada.”After Trump publicly took up their cause on Tuesday, David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., released a letter he sent to the governors of Wisconsin and New York rebutting that claim.He attached a Feb. 17 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that he said showed the American industry’s woes were the result of “U.S. and global overproduction” of milk.MacNaughton also said the trade balance on dairy “massively” favours the U.S. by a five-to-one margin.The latest report by the United States Trade Representative on the trade barriers faced by the U.S. singled out the Class 7 changes as a potential problem. It said the U.S. has “raised serious concerns with Class 7.”WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYMichael von Massow, a food economics expert at University of Guelph, says it is the market forces of the international dairy industry, not Canadian policy, that are driving hard-working U.S. farmers out of business.That’s because in recent years there been an increasing demand for high-fat products, such as butter, so more milk is needed to produce it. But that leaves farmers with excess protein, which is where ultra-filtered milk comes in.Forces in the international dairy industry are also at play, says von Massow. Russia is buying less milk from the Europe because of sanctions, and China is buying less milk, which affects everybody.Meanwhile, Canadian dairy farmers had a lot of leftover, unused high-protein milk product that it could not sell. A big part of their problem, says von Massow, was that Canada was being flooded with duty-free American ultra-filtered milk because it was invented after the North American Free Trade Agreement, and therefore wasn’t subject to duties.Canada doesn’t export any ultra-filtered milk to the U.S. and simply wants to find a domestic market for a product that is in too great a supply relative to consumer demand, he said.“We’re not dumping products. Canadian processors and producers are adjusting the relative price of ingredients to maintain a domestic market for those ingredients. So they’re displacing the U.S. product that’s coming into Canada,” said von Massow.“To me, fundamentally, that’s the market working.”Trade lawyer Lawrence Herman is no fan of supply management.But in this particular case, he said the U.S. dairy industry is off base because ultra-filtered milk is not part of Canada’s supply management regime, and was created after NAFTA, which has allowed it to flow into Canada from the U.S. duty free.That prompted Canadian farmers from a variety of provinces to lobby for the creation of a new classification of milk product that could be priced competitively with American imports.“We’re not putting up any tariffs; we’re not subsidizing ultra-filtered (milk) to be exported to the United States,” said Herman.“What the Americans have been railing against for years is the entire supply management system, and what they’re saying to Trump (is) it’s because of this distorted, manipulative, regressive Soviet-style system that Canada can manipulate the market and create these new classes to allow Canadian producers to compete.”Herman said that raises the likelihood that supply management will be on the table in future trade negotiations during which the U.S. will try to win an increase for its dairy imports into Canada.“In this particular case, it’s not contrary to the trade agreements. We’re not doing anything illegal, but the Americans just have an axe to grind,” said Herman.Luis Ribera, an agriculture economics expert at Texas A&M University, said that while the ultra-filtered milk issue may technically fall outside the scope of NAFTA, it is a sign of U.S. anger towards Canada’s supply management system. And that means it will likely be on the table of any future NAFTA renegotiation.“There are a lot of milk producers in the U.S. that are complaining about it. I think it will be on the table.”THE VERDICTThe U.S. dairy industry has won over a president who is predisposed to fighting against any trading partner with a perceived advantage over American workers.While the U.S. claim of Canada dumping subsidized milk into its market is unfounded, the underlying sentiment reflects an ongoing anger towards a Canadian system that is seen to be blocking fair trade in the dairy sector.For that reason, the U.S. industry statement in the letter to Trump earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 5:30 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Aftershocks rock Indonesias Lombok as quake death toll tops 300

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia islandAugust 6, 2018In “World”Indonesia earthquake: Hundreds dead in Palu quake and tsunamiSeptember 29, 2018In “World”Internationally…Deadly quake hits Indonesia tourist spotJuly 29, 2018In “latest news” Bikes are seen covered in debris at a mall in Bali’s capital Denpasar on August 5, 2018 after a major earthquake rocked the neighbouring Lombok island. A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok on August 5, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert, just a week after a quake killed 17 people on the holiday island.  (AFP)MATARAM, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from a devastating earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok jumped to 319 Thursday, as strong aftershocks triggered panic among traumatised survivors waiting for aid in the worst-hit regions.The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake Sunday levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, with relief agencies only just starting to reach survivors in some of the worst-hit areas four days later.“Our latest update is that 319 people died,” said Indonesia’s chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding that rescue efforts were ongoing and complicated by aftershocks.The number forced from their homes in the disaster has soared to 270,000, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, with around 1,000 people severely injured.Most of the displaced are sleeping under tents or tarpaulins near their ruined homes or in evacuation shelters that are short of food, clean water and medical help.Makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured.Survivors of the quake have also been shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming. Motorcycles parked on the street in northern Lombok’s Tanjung district toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.“We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong,” witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.“People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic.”Twenty-four people were injured by falling debris in the tremor, Nugroho said. ‘Exceptionally destructive’Authorities and international relief groups have begun organising aid, but badly damaged roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake.Aid had begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions by midday Thursday, officials said, but many displaced people still lack basic supplies.In some parts of northern Lombok, survivors can be seen standing on the road with cardboard boxes asking for donations and food.“It is already clear that Sunday’s earthquake was exceptionally destructive,” Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement.“I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed.”Workers with heavy machinery are searching the rubble of homes, schools and mosques, with hope of finding any survivors fading.There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers. Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang.Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP.Waiting for aidAcross much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.There is a dire need for medical staff and “long-term aid”, especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said.About 200 cars packed with food, medicine and basic supplies were sent to heavily impacted regions in the north and west Thursday morning, Agung Pramuja, a spokesman for Mataram mitigation disaster agency, told AFP.But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.At a shelter in hard-hit Kayangan, new mother Rusnah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said she needed basic supplies for her children.“I’m still in pain from giving birth,” she told AFP. “I need diapers, I need milk.” Other evacuees said they were subsisting on a diet of instant noodles and needed clean water and bedding.The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries.“We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place,” Wibowo told AFP.Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets. read more

DKB BUNDESLIGA No THW Kiel gift for Melsungen

16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten132011354:4024 2.MT Melsungen151122438:37624 10.Gummersbach14626376:38414 13.Lemgo14428380:42910 15.Eisenach142111370:4605 14.TVB Stuttgart141310366:4275 5.Fuchse Berlin15834434:39519 9.SC Magdeburg15726418:42016 6.HSG Wetzlar14914375:36119 7.Hamburg14815408:37717 3.Flensburg-H.141112424:34223 12.Hannover-Burgdorf15546402:42114 11.Leipzig14626373:38814 ← Previous Story Besiktas MOGAZ and David Rašić part ways Next Story → Lions take revenge on Kristianstad 1.Rhein-Neckar151401426:32728 18.N-Lübbecke140212365:4272 dkb bundesligaMT MelsungenTHW Kiel 17.Bergischer142012352:4104 THW Kiel made Rhein Neckar Lowen advantage smaller by beating MT Melsungen 32:27 (17:15). Melsungen are the only team who could stop “Lions” in their winning streak this season, but home team from Sparkasse Arena didn’t prepare gift for such an effort. Domagoj Duvnjak with nine goals and Rune Dahmke with one less led their team to an important victory which could bring back “Zebras” in the Championship race this season.THW Kiel: Landin, Katsigiannis – Duvnjak (9), Ferreira, Mamelund, Sprenger, Weinhold (3), Dissinger (2), Ekberg (4/2), Anic, Cañellas (2), Dahmke (8), Vujin (4), Oprea; Trainer: Gislason.MT Melsungen: Sjöstrand, Villadsen – Maric (5), Sellin (7/3), Forstbauer, Hildebrand, Danner (1), P. Müller (2), Boomhouwer, Rnic (1), Schneider (3), Allendorf (4), Vuckovic (3), M. Müller (1); Trainer Roth.SC Magdeburg beat Hannover Burgdorf 30:28 in the second match of the night.STANDINGS: 8.Goppingen14806368:33916 4.Kiel141103415:35922 read more

Witness Colorado man says 12yearold son just earned his man card following

first_imgGleason is now being held in a county jail, while his son is at a youth detention center.Both are facing first degree murder charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A Colorado man is behind bars accused of murdering a mother of four.According to KOAA, 41-year-old Amy Garcia, was found shot to death inside of a burned car back on Dec. 20, in Walsenburg, Colorado.A witness told police that Garcia had been arguing with the accused killer, Hieth Gleason, about alcohol prior to the shooting.The witness went on to say that Gleason got a gun and said he was going to kill her, before walking outside of his home and firing a single shot. According to an arrest affidavit, Gleason then walked back inside, stating that he hadn’t killed Garcia.However, the witness said Gleason went back outside with his 12-year-old and a .22 caliber firearm, where multiple shots were heard.According to investigators, when Gleason walked back inside a second time, he told the witness his son had “just earned his man card.”Police were able to track down the father and son outside of a McDonald’s in Santa Fe, New Mexico. last_img read more

Lawyers Say Walker Can Act On Medicaid Without the Legislature

Governor Bill Walker likely has the authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval, according to two legal opinions written last month. One opinion, from the legislature’s legal services department, says the state’s health department can “cooperate with the federal government” and accept money for things like Medicaid. Download Audio:The opinion also points out it is probably unconstitutional for lawmakers to include a line in the budget blocking Governor Walker from receiving Medicaid expansion funds. That’s because a section of the state constitution says “bills for appropriation shall be confined to appropriations.”The memo was written in response to a question from House minority leader Chris Tuck. In a separate opinion, the state law department makes a similar argument. In an email, a spokesperson for the Governor says Walker will evaluate whether to expand Medicaid on his own after the legislative session. read more

Convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case released for

first_imgChennai : Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has been granted a month’s leave by the Madras High Court to attend her daughter’s wedding. During the leave period, Nalini will live in Vellore. She is not allowed to speak to politicians or the media. Last year, she was granted a day’s parole to make funeral arrangements for her deceased father. Nalini has been in prison for more than 27 years.last_img

Warriors Reach Fourth Straight NBA Finals With Win Over Houston

first_img Share Twitter via @warriorsStephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround, and the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6.“We know we can make an 11-point lead evaporate with two minutes of good basketball,” Klay Thompson said.Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as Houston’s shooting didn’t just go cold, it froze. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of a 1-for-21 second half from long range.Curry said someone asked him after the victory if it’s still special to get to the finals when it’s the fourth time in a row.“Yes,” he said, “because it’s really hard.”#RedNation fans heartbroken this morning here in Houston, following that tough loss last night. #HoustonRockets fell to the Warriors in game 7 101-92 — BUT — #Rockets fans and the city still sending plenty of love! Thank you guys for an AMAZING season! #KHOU11 #RunAsOne pic.twitter.com/RfYuDDWyHn— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) May 29, 2018The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets’ bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury.“We just didn’t have that extra juice that we needed,” Harden said.The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games.“It’s amazing how long the NBA game is,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Forty-eight minutes, it lasts a long time and there’s so many opportunities to get yourself going as a team. And with our team, there’s just so much firepower that at some point, we’re going to get going.”The Rockets finished 7 of 44 on 3-pointers, with Trevor Ariza missing all nine of his attempts, Eric Gordon going 2 for 12 and Harden making just 2 of 13.Houston was behind by 13 after a 3 by Curry and had missed 27 straight 3-pointers when P.J. Tucker hit one from the corner to cut the lead to 89-79 midway through the quarter.It was their first 3-pointer since one by Gordon with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 42-28 during a woeful Warriors start.“We were lucky to escape out of here,” Kerr said.Tucker’s 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.But Durant scored six points in a 9-2 spurt after that which left the Warriors 97-85 with about three minutes to go.Houston finally found a little offense after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short.Thompson added 19 for Golden State after scoring 35 in the Game 6 win and the Warriors got a fourth straight start from Kevon Looney with Andre Iguodala sitting out again with a bone bruise on his left leg.After being down by 10 at halftime of Game 6, the Warriors trailed by 11 entering the third quarter on Monday night. Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 58-53 after a 3-pointer by Nick Young with about eight minutes left in the quarter.Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two 3s from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.Harden made two free throws before Curry scored eight points in a row, highlighted by a 3-pointer which bounced high off the rim before falling back in, to make it 72-63 with just over two minutes left in the quarter.Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.TIP-INSWarriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. … Thompson picked up his third foul with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat out most of the period. … Draymond Green had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home. … Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. … Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds.PUSHING EACH OTHERGreen and Durant were barking at each other several times during the game when things weren’t going well for the Warriors.“I was cussing him out,” Green said. “He was cussing me out when I was wrong. I was cussing at him out when he was wrong. But that’s what we do. I am the guy who calls him out and he is the guy who calls me out. It’s great. You have to have that on your team. To know that you’ve got guys in your corner means a lot.”last_img read more