‘Conflict of Interest’ legislation needed in Guyana – US DCM

first_imgOutgoing Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt, is of the view that thereJunior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomesneeds to be adequate conflict of interest legislation in place for Guyana to be deemed transparent and accountable.His comment comes one month after criticisms were levied over Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes’ current oversight of the mining sector, knowing that she has a history in mining and that upon taking office, she divested ownership of her mining operations to her children.The US Diplomat during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said he believes Guyana needs to have ‘conflict of interest’ legislation that applies to all elected officials and senior public servants in order to ensure that conflicts of interest do not exist in the execution of their duties as well as to avoid perceived conflicts of interest from arising.“So I would urge the government, which has made a commitment to looking at these issues, to move forward asBryan Huntquickly as it possibly can, to put in place conflict of interest legislation that would apply to all public office holders, not only those in executive branch but members of the parliament, members of the judiciary, the senior public service, to make sure that we deal with this problem of perceived conflict of interests between people’s personal lives and their public responsibilities,” he outlined.Hunt went on to say that until this is done, there will continue to be problems regardless of which administration is in power in Guyana.Minister Broomes mining interests came under scrutiny last month after information surfaced suggesting she was granted another Mining Permit H43/MP/000 by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). However, Broomes at a subsequent press conference clarified that no new mining permit was granted, noting that it was a transfer of her dredge to her daughter, whose name is also Simona Broomes.While Broomes, who spent some 28 years as a miner, is maintaining there is no conflict of interest since her mining interests are now being handled by her children, many still believe that once she is the government minister responsible for the mining sector, her presence could influence decisions in her children’s favour.However, when questioned about these public concerns, President David Granger had told this newspaper there is no need for the minister’s removal, noting that this will be done only if a conflict of interest situation arises.“We have a draft code of conduct and if any situation (of conflict of interest) were to arise, I’m very confident that she’d either be put in another place or she would demit office but that situation hasn’t arisen at the present time,” the Head of State remarked in response to the calls for Broomes’ removal.However, while the president has said he awaits a clear case of conflict of interest involving the minister, Guyana Times was able to obtain a copy of an ‘application for permission to operate dredge or specified machinery’ dated March 4, 2016, in the name of Simona Broomes. The document contained National Identification Number 11383803.Upon investigations this publication was able to confirm that the ID number is that of Simona Judie Broomes, the full name of the Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, contradicting what Broomes had earlier said, that it was her daughter who was named in those documents.On the other hand, the US official further underscored the importance to have public disclosure legislations to enhance transparency and accountability.“We need to see public disclosure legislation that is not only on the books but is actively enforced, again not just for the executive branch officials but across the board for all public office holders at all levels, all public servants at all levels, the judiciary, etc, so that we can be confident that people are fully disclosing what outside business interests they have and that they are taking the necessary steps to either divest themselves of those business interests or ensure that their public duties do not in any way benefit their personal business interests,” Hunt posited.He added too that such legislation is just as critical for members sitting in the Opposition as it is for those in Government.According to the outgoing DCM, Guyana has had a long-standing problem with transparency and in his opinion, among the basic problems is the fact that there is no Public Procurement Commission.He said that it is absolutely critical, as the country moves forward, to see the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) move immediately to appoint the membership or to put forward the names of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition’s membership so that Parliament can move expeditiously to approve the members put forward.“Without that Public Procurement Commission, it is going to be exceptionally difficult to ensure transparency throughout the procurement system here in Guyana,” he remarked.Moreover, Hunt posited that with Guyana entering phase where it is going to have a significantly increased state resource-base that needs to be managed effectively, government should not procrastinate on putting such measures in place.“We need to see some very quick forward action on these issues especially with the sector of increased oil and gas development, increased resources coming into the State’s treasury; we can’t afford to continue to operate as if these are not serious issues in Guyana because I think they have been serious issues for a long time, and the importance of these issues are going to grow” the outgoing US diplomat stated.last_img read more

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Angels face long winter after disappointing defeat

first_imgANAHEIM – One by one, Angels players filed into the Angel Stadium clubhouse for the final time in 2005 Monday morning. Soundly beaten in the American League Championship Series by the Chicago White Sox in five games, the Angels’ season ended abruptly Sunday night. Instead of a flight to Chicago on Monday, all that was left for them to do was clean out their lockers, some for the final time in Anaheim. “I still feel like a bone’s sticking out of my arm,” Angels first baseman Darin Erstad said. “I’m still in shock a little bit.” Pitcher Paul Byrd, the Angels’ starting pitcher in Game 5, filled boxes with framed pictures, letters from fans and other personal belongings. He piled numerous pairs of spikes and athletic shoes near the trash can, which caught outfielder Juan Rivera’s attention. Said Byrd: “There are 26 teams who would have loved to be in our shoes.” Byrd will be a free agent once the season is over, but he wants to come back and the Angels want him back. There are others who are free agents whose status is more difficult to figure out. Pitcher Jarrod Washburn is expected to command a three-year deal in the $20-24 million range, something the Angels may not be willing to do considering the number of young pitchers, like Jered Weaver and Joe Saunders, ready to emerge. Catcher Bengie Molina is looking for a four-year deal and probably would accept a three-year deal, but the Angels have prospect Jeff Mathis waiting in the wings. With general manager Bill Stoneman running the show, replacing experienced and expensive players with talented, younger and cheaper players is the norm. He did it last year with Troy Glaus, going with Dallas McPherson at third base. McPherson’s injuries prevented him from making Stoneman look good, but it won’t change the GM’s philosophy. “We don’t give shots, guys earn shots,” Stoneman said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys knocking on the door pretty soon, it’s not just the pitchers. When that happens, you try to create room for guys who earned spots.” Molina admitted it was “strange” to pack his things not knowing if he would be coming back. “I hope we get to an agreement, I don’t want to go to free agency,” Molina said. “But at the same time, if I have to go, it means they don’t have any plans for me. I’ll move on and hope for the best.” Losing Bartolo Colon for the ALCS was big, Molina said, bigger than most people realize. “It hurt a lot, he was our No. 1 guy,” he said. “And we didn’t get any rest (between series). At the same time, you’ll never hear that from these guys. We went down with pride. We never made excuses.” Tim Salmon didn’t play all season as he recovered from surgeries to his shoulder and knee while in the final year of his contract which paid him $10 million. He still has hope to come back next season but realizes it’s a long shot. “It’s definitely different,” Salmon said while packing his things. “You get a little sentimental. No question most times you do this and you don’t give it a second thought. You know you’ll be back next year. Well, not this year, not this time.” If Salmon and Washburn do not return, the Angels will save $16 million that was on the books this season. But they have plenty of arbitration-eligible players who will command significant raises. They include Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Chone Figgins, Scot Shields and Juan Rivera. Brendan Donnelly, Jose Molina and Jeff DaVanon also are eligible for arbitration. “There’s going to be some (financial) flexibility, but we’re not projecting a lower payroll by any stretch,” said Stoneman, whose payroll was $95 million in ’05. “It’ll probably be a little higher than it is now.” The Angels’ top priority this winter will be to add offense, and one of their potential targets just got done beating up on them. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will be a free agent when he is done with the World Series, though he would fit into the Angels’ plans more as a designated hitter. That Erstad and Figgins are capable of playing different positions gives the Angels some versatility in their search, though manager Mike Scioscia said the answers could come from within. “The offense isn’t going to be purely resurrected from outside influences,” he said. “There’s a possibility it can be resurrected from within, with guys like McPherson and (Casey) Kotchman, and with (Steve) Finley’s struggles, was that it or was it getting used to a new league? There’s a lot to look at.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Do you mind if I take those with me to Venezuela?” Rivera asked. “There are lots of kids down there who could use those.” Byrd obliged. “I’m in a daze,” Byrd said. “I didn’t sleep last night.” Such is the state of mind of players who went so hard for so long, only to see their season end short of their goal of the World Series. The Angels won 99 games in 2005 95 in the regular season and four in the postseason, the second-most in franchise history. Yet they view the season with mixed emotions. “No,” second baseman Adam Kennedy said when asked if the season was a success. “A lot of teams would have liked to have done what we did. But this team is built and has the ability to do a little more.” last_img read more

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Archaeopteryx in the Headlines Again: New Specimen Reported

first_imgThe best-preserved fossil yet of Archaeopteryx was announced in Science this week,1 the tenth in all.  This one, described by Gerald Mayr of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Frankfurt, Germany), had a better-preserved foot than the others (all found in the Solnhofen Limestone beds of Bavaria) with indications it had a hyperextendable second toe somewhat similar to those on deinonychosaurs.  Not being reversible, as on modern birds, this toe led the discoverers to conclude Archaeopteryx was not a perching bird.  National Geographic News is convinced this fact plus the theropod-shaped skull settles the dispute about the relationship of birds to theropod dinosaurs.    Erik Stokstad, however, in a News Focus article in the same issue of Science,2 denied that there was anything radically new about this specimen.  There’s another problem: Burkhard Pohl, an amateur collector and founder of the for-profit Wyoming Dinosaur Center where it will be housed (also co-author of the announcement in Science) is not forthcoming on this fossil’s pedigree:The origins of the Archaeopteryx, however, remain hazy.  Pohl says he “found a donor” to buy it from a private collector after the Senckenberg failed to raise enough money.  (Mayr declines to reveal the asking price, but the Paläontologische Museum München paid DM 2 million–about $1.3 million–for a less spectacular specimen in 1999.)  The Archaeopteryx appears to be legal, because Bavaria allows the export of fossils.  Pohl won’t say who legally owns it, but he says that it’s “guaranteed that it will stay in a public collection.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Pohl has connections with the world of commercial fossil dealing, and some scientists “remain uncomfortable” working with him, according to Stokstad.  “They want to be absolutely certain that fossils, particularly foreign ones, were legally excavated.”  They also want such important fossils to be housed in accredited public collections.  Stokstad did not question the authenticity of this fossil specifically, and included some details supporting Pohl’s credibility and good intentions, but that he did raise these concerns by scientists in the same issue as the announcement of the discovery seemed unusual.    Science News (Week of Dec. 3, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 23, p. 355) offered additional information.  It said that the interpretation of the foot is not conclusive.  Some scientists, including Larry Martin (U of Kansas) and Alan Feduccia (U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) are not convinced that the discoverers proved their case that the bird was unsuited for perching in trees.  To them, the claws look curved for perching and the toe looks reversible for clinging, just like on the other specimens.1Gerald Mahr, Burkhard Pohl and D. Stefan Peters, “A Well-Preserved Archaeopteryx Specimen with Theropod Features, Science, 2 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5753, pp. 1483 – 1486, DOI: 10.1126/science.1120331.2Erik Stokstad, “Best Archaeopteryx Fossil So Far Ruffles a Few Feathers,” Science, 2 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5753, pp. 1418 – 1419, DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5753.1418.Once again, a cloud of doubt is raised around this icon of evolutionary “transitional forms.”  Fred Hoyle wrote a whole book about possible fraud surrounding the most famous feathered Archaeopteryx fossils (not all have feather impressions), and others have done the same over the years.  Now we have another, the best-looking of all, and we can’t be absolutely sure where it came from.  Why can’t the best paleontologists go over to Bavaria and uncover a clear example of a feathered specimen in situ to end all doubt?    Although Hoyle’s hoax theory is not widely accepted, the lure of famous fossils cannot be discounted (05/06/2004).  Owning a feathered Archaeopteryx is a prize so lucrative, one can imagine the temptation to hire shadowy figures to carve feather impressions around a plain old theropod fossil.  The cost of an expert carving could be covered many times over by the sale of a prize specimen.  We’re not claiming this is what happened; it probably does not matter anyway.  Jonathan Wells argued in Icons of Evolution that cladistic diagrams show that Archaeopteryx preceded the “bird-like dinosaurs” thought to be the ancestors of birds, so its status as a transitional form is questionable (08/05/2004).  Clearly, “an animal cannot be older than its ancestor,” he joked (cf. 10/24/2005).(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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A first generation farmer’s perspective: 25 years of chances given and lessons learned

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When thinking about a typical farmer in Ohio, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to find out that they might run a couple thousand acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. One would also expect that there is a barn full of livestock right alongside a barn even fuller of machinery and implements. Brent Pence of Lynn Alan Farm is fitting of all of these ag-centered stereotypes, but the one characteristic of this New Carlisle, Ohio producer that may be a surprise is that he is a first generation farmer.“When I was young I knew that this was the path I wanted to take and I knew all about the obstacles that I would have to face by not having generations of farmers in my family behind me,” Pence said. “I started working for Bob Kaffenbarger in middle school and he had me bailing straw and hay and doing all the odds and ends chores that a young kid could do without messing things up to much. He took me under his wing and explained to me the management side of farming and tried to help me understand what agriculture was all about. It was a very humbling experience and gave me the opportunity to learn so much.”Time went on and Pence worked his way through high school and college, but the bulk of the education that he still uses on a daily basis was learned off campus. Pence began his farming career with a 123-acre field just down the road from his current homestead. He continued using equipment from the Kaffenbarger farm until he was able to purchase his first tractor – a John Deere 4440.“I never understood when I was younger hearing all of the older guys saying they wanted their first tractor back,” Pence said. “I had to trade in mine to upgrade to a newer one years ago and now I get it because I’d like to have that one back. I’m still trying to find it.”Brent Pence gets his John Deere planter ready for another seasonWith no farm background, no land passed down from generations before and little experience on his own, many thought Pence was crazy and destined to fail. The one thing that Pence had going for him were people willing to take a chance on him.“We were very lucky because when I first started out, a guy by the name of Jerry McMahan was the very first person that ever rented ground to me,” Pence said. “If he wouldn’t have bet on me when he had no reason to, I don’t know where we’d be today. We had a lot of people take a chance on us who knew we had no established background and didn’t know if we were going to pay the rent. There were just so many things that fell into place to make this life possible.”In the mid 1990s, as his farming operation grew to 200 and then 300 acres, Pence met his now wife, Christine. Her family was of the farming variety from Greene County. Brent and Christine had much different upbringings and, as it turns out, the way Brent learned how to farm and the way his wife’s family was doing things on their farm was just as different.“Her dad was no-tilling and I didn’t know any other way to plant corn besides working and working and working the land until it was beautiful,” Pence said.  “I would go up to her dad on his farm and I would say, ‘What are you doing? This is terrible. It looks like jungle planting.’ But he had been farming that way since the late 70s to early 80s and people made fun of him then. He had a lot of problems because the chemistry wasn’t there back then and the equipment certainly wasn’t the same as it is today.”After watching his future father-in-law through a couple of seasons, Pence realized that he could farm so much more without having extra manpower or equipment and be so much more efficient on the farm. There are still some farms in Greene County that Pence now manages that haven’t been tilled since 1979.“That really has helped to heal the ground and makes it better and we are all no-till today,” Pence said. “I’ve seen it firsthand when we’ve taken spots in fields that were pretty sad where water wants to stand from plowing year in and year out and what we’ve done, but not doing any of that over the past several years has helped those fields.”No matter how deep of an agriculture background a beginning farmer may or may not have, some experiences come at a cost of learning and every farmer has that “punch in the gut” moment. For Pence, that moment came in 1999.“I’ll never forget that year,” Pence said. “We still weren’t farming that many acres, maybe 700 to 800 acres. I had crop insurance that year, but I didn’t have it set up properly. Back then it wasn’t called an enterprise unit, it just kind of lumped all of the counties together. One of my fields made 60-bushel corn and 15-bushel beans and other fields that I farm in the area saw 140-bushel corn and 40-bushel beans. My crop insurance wouldn’t kick in because my averages we too high. That was about a $100,000 loss and when you’re that young, you want to talk about a setback. I learned very quickly how to get my crop insurance set up just right if we were going to farm across four counties. Of all of the struggles I have seen, I will never forget 1999. It was terrible.”Brent, Christine and Paige Pence from Lynn Alan Farm in New Carlisle, OhioSince then, agriculture has seen some of the best times ever and more recently, a steady decline in commodity prices and farm income, but Pence took his experiences of the late 90s and put them to work.“When we had $8 corn we paid equipment off and we paid the house off,” Pence said. “I was also able to buy a couple of farms during that era but locking in fixed interest rates for 25 years is a big deal, especially after the recent rise in those rates.“I obviously wasn’t around farming when things were at their worst, but I have plenty of friends and neighbors that tell me how things got back in the 80s and if those stories don’t scare you straight, nothing will.”As much of a name as Brent Pence is making for himself on the row crop side, there is a second generation farmer at Lynn Alan Farm that is becoming well known in livestock show barns all over the country. Brent’s daughter, Paige, has about every banner a 13-year-old can have for every species of animal and she’s just getting started.“I go back to the humbling years of me showing livestock and my wife showing livestock and I, honest to God, don’t know where Paige gets it from,” Pence said. “I was petrified in the show ring and my steers had no hair, but she’s got a talent. Her situation is no different than a kid that plays sports. If they have a certain skill you need to, as parents, to help them reach their full potential.”Paige Pence at the 2017 Ohio State Fair Sale of ChampionsAt The Ohio State Fair alone in 2016, Paige had the Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Reserve Champion Market Goat, Reserve Division 5 Market Steer, Champion Berkshire Barrow and numerous other accomplishments in the Ohio State Fair Open Show, NAILE, the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, Illinois State Fair Open Show, Pennsylvania’s Fayette County Premier, and the Cornhusker Classic.“We have surrounded our daughter with wonderful people in this industry,” Pence said. “The families that we show goats, sheep, hogs and steers with are helping Christine and I raise our kid and all of those wonderful people involved in what we do are helping us make her into the young lady that she is becoming.”And in those rare times when she’s not working livestock, she’s helping out dad on the farm.“Last year I started letting her drive the tractor some and she ended up doing some vertical tillage and this year she thinks she’s going to start driving the baler,” Pence said. “I truly believe that she will stay around the farm or be a part of agriculture in some way, but if Paige wants nothing to do with this farm someday or marries someone that doesn’t want to pursue this type of lifestyle I am okay with that too.”With 25 years of planting, growing and harvest seasons acres under his belt and over 3,000 acres to farm, most would say that Pence is well on his way. But for every one person that gave him a shot, there were a dozen that counted him out before the first round.“When somebody tells me that I can’t do something, then I am going to prove them dead wrong,” Pence said. “I just work harder, keep my head down and keep my mouth shut. That’s how my whole family lives our lives. I can’t tell you how many people told me I would never get this done. Thanks to those chances given to a young naïve kid and the great help around me every day since, I have plenty of reasons to smile when I think about what I have been able to accomplish.”last_img read more

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Pakistan Gets YouTube Again (Sort of)

first_imgsarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#news#Social Web#web#YouTube center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Pakistan has now partially lifted its ban on YouTube, according to Naguibullah Malik, secretary of information technology and telecom. The site was one of many – including Facebook, Flickr and Wikipedia – that were banned last week in response to the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” movement, an event that was meant to celebrate free speech on the Internet by encouraging people to draw depictions of Muhammad, something considered sacrilegious to many of those in the Islamic faith. In response, the Pakistani court ordered the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority to shutdown Facebook; YouTube, Flickr and Wikipedia later followed. A report from Islamabad released early this morning said that the YouTube portion of the ban has now been lifted. The government will continue to block the videos that were associated with the competition, but the rest of the site should now be available. Interestingly though, the Reuters reporter found that many of the videos from the competition are actually accessible, which seems to point to faulty filtering procedures on the government’s side. Malik noted that the ban on YouTube was a decision made by his ministry itself, and that Facebook was the only site ordered banned by the courts. However, he appears to be in support of partial bans, not wiping entire sites off the Internet. “We had banned one URL of the Facebook but the High Court ordered the banning of the entire Facebook,” Malik said. “I told my colleagues that blocking websites was not the right thing,” he told the AFP news agency in a separate report, referring the blanket ban on Facebook and others. Facebook is still blocked as of now, according to numerous reports, including this one from the BBC. On May 31, the courts will again revisit whether or not the ban on Facebook may be lifted. The Route to Free Speech? The “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” event was sparked by Seattle artist Molly Norris, who thought that posting drawings of objects claiming to be Muhammad would have some sort of broader impact on the deeper issues of free speech on the Internet. Her website now claims her total non-involvement with the movement, saying, “My cartoon was taken seriously and hijacked by people who used it to make Facebook pages. I never started a Facebook page. I never set up any place for people to send drawings to and I never received any drawings.”However, before the cartoon went viral, she had gone on a radio show to talk about art and free speech and what it all meant, something she apologizes for in smaller text beneath her “it’s not my fault” blurb. There’s no easy answer to the issues of censorship and free speech on the Net, but one wonders if attention-grabbing movements meant only to invoke government censors are the best way to encourage change. What do you think? Related Posts last_img read more

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Unified Experience Across Devices Through Desktop Virtualization

first_imgTags:#Desktop Virtualization#solution-series Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting klint finleycenter_img Due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets, some say we are entering the “post-PC era.” Thanks to these new devices, the desktop computer no longer has a monopoly on our work lives. But as we use more devices, how can we maintain consistent access to our applications and data across them all?Desktop virtualization can provide non-PC devices with access to desktop resources. Through virtualization, we can carry our desktop applications with us across several devices.One common way to handle desktop virtualization is to run the desktop environment as a virtual machine (VM) on a central server. The user will then access applications from the desktop remotely. This approach is sometimes called virtual desktop infrastructure or VDI. VDI enables admins to maintain a single environment for several users, and for those users to have a consistent experience from whatever device they use to access the desktop. This is helpful not only for access on non-traditional devices, but for scenarios when employees may use more than one desktop or laptop for their jobs.Companies like Citrix and VMware offer products for remote access to virtual machines from iPads and other devices. Health care, thanks to electronic health records, has emerged as the leading vertical for post-PC use of virtual desktops. But other verticals will likely follow suit. iPads are popular in finance, and 26% of large enterprises plan to support tablet computers.Another approach to desktop virtualization is to run VMs locally on a device instead of on a server. This makes sense when you want to run multiple desktops from a single high-powered machine. Does it make sense in the post-PC era, where many of the devices that we use are significantly less powerful than a typical desktop PC?Possibly. Many smartphones and tablets now have CPUs that can meet or exceed the requirements of virtualization. Bitzer Mobile is already bringing virtualized applications to mobiles, and VMware and LG are working on a tool that will create virtualized instances of the Android OS that can run on top of an existing Android installation. These are steps towards bringing desktop virtualization to mobile devices, and tablet are particularly well suited for it.In the meantime, remote connections to virtual infrastructures remain the most viable way to provide desktop resources to mobile devices. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Thane Police seize three tonnes of meat, say lab test confirms its beef

first_imgThe Thane district police seized a stock of three tonnes of animal meat from a tempo with police claiming that it was beef. Police said that the vehicle was intercepted in the early hours of Wednesday within the limits of Padgha police station and two persons, the driver and cleaner of the tempo, had been arrested. The Station House Officer of Padgha police station said that the lab test of the meat had confirmed that it was beef. The official said that the tempo was coming from Nashik to Mumbai and the meat was concealed beneath scrap items loaded onto the tempo. Police said that the tip-off about the tempo allegedly transporting beef was received from Bajrang Dal activists and a trap was laid at Ajroli checkpost to intercept the vehicle. The meat was being transported from Sangamner to Govandi in Mumbai where it was to be delivered to a meat-seller, police said. The official said that cases under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 1995 and also the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the two arrested persons.last_img read more

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Portuguese man-of-war spotted on Goa beach

first_imgThe Drishti Marine, Goa Tourism’s beach safety agency has issued an advisory for tourists as well as residents to refrain from venturing into the sea on Baga beach, as lifeguards have spotted a cluster of Portuguese man-of-war, a jelly-like marine organism, washed ashore on the popular beach in north Goa.The marine organism is commonly known as ‘bluebottle’ or ‘floating terror’.The bluebottle spotted on Friday were less than an inch in size, said Drishti Marine in its communiction to the State Tourism department.Drishti Marine has cautioned that the bluebottle could possibly be present in the waters or along the shoreline. Even wading into the waters is not advisable during the monsoon as the sea and weather conditions are not favourable for swimming. While most jellyfish stings are harmless to humans and cause only a mild irritation, species like the bluebottle are venomous and can cause harm on contact. Even a dead bluebottle washed up on shore can deliver a sting, said the advisory to tourists.First aidFirst aid that can be delivered include washing the stung area with hot water, as heat breaks down the toxins. Vinegar is also known to diffuse the poison present in the tentacles. Ice packs can reduce swelling but a visit to the doctor is recommended, the advisory added.last_img read more

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Abhishek Banerjee sets target of over 250 seats for Trinamool in 2021 poll

first_imgSenior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday set a target of winning 250 plus seats in the next Legislative Assembly poll. Abhishek, who heads the youth wing of the TMC and is nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the BJP’s thinking of winning Bengal has no basis.“In the next assembly poll in 2021, we should fight to win 250 plus seats in the state. The BJP thinks it can win Bengal. But they are wrong. If our party supremo Mamata Banerjee permits, we would score 10 goals against BJP everyday and they won’t stand a chance against us,” Mr. Abhishek said while addressing TMC’s students wing-Trinamool Chatra Parishad- foundation day rally here. The total strength of the West Bengal assembly is 294. They (BJP) has emptied the coffers of central government and RBI and are lecturing others on financial issues, he said. While referring to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s decision to give Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre, Abhishek said the reserve money of the central bank has also been exhausted due to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh, while reacting to Abhishek’s claim, said he is living in fool’s paradise.“He is living in fool’s paradise if he thinks that TMC will win 250 seats. The TMC would find it tough to get even 30 seats and acquire main opposition party status,” Ghosh said. The BJP, in the general election this year, bagged 18 of the 42 seats in the state, four less than the ruling TMC.The TMC’s tally came down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats. In the last few years, the saffron party has made deep inroads in Bengal and emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC by pushing the Congress and the Left Front to distant third and fourth positions respectively. It’s leaders are now asserting that their next target was to unseat Mamata Banerjee in the 2021 assembly elections.last_img read more

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Beermen off to fiery start

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think this is our best start (coming off a championship),” a satisfied Austria said after his Beermen held the short-handed Elite to 36 first-half points. “I’m so proud of my players (because) despite the long break, they were very sharp.”Wendell McKines scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds and five assists while four locals also finished in twin digits. McKines, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo combined for 32 points in the first half and almost outscored Blackwater, which fell to its third straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOvershadowed by the Beermen’s explosive debut was Meralco’s 89-73 ripping of Rain or Shine in the second game that gave the Bolts a piece of the early lead with NLEX.Allen Durham scattered 23 points, had as many rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists. Jared Dillinger backed him up with 19 points built around four triples. Meanwhile, the Road Warriors collide with Phoenix Petroleum at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum.NLEX is coming off a win over the Elasto Painters, who are now at 1-2. Yeng Guiao and his rejuvenated Road Warriors are shooting to extend a five-game winning streak dating back to their last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 PH riders join London cycling fest FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Showing no signs of a championship hangover, San Miguel Beer put its Grand Slam bid into high gear right in its first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup by routing Blackwater, 118-93, on Saturday at Ynares Center.The result made coach Leo Austria say something he had never said before.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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