Long queue at booths despite scorching heat in Rajasthan

first_imgAbout 68% of 2.57 crore voters exercised their franchise in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections for 13 of the 25 seats in Rajasthan on Monday. Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said here that this was the highest-ever voter turnout in the Lok Sabha polls in the State, as 64.48% of the electorate had cast ballot in 2014.A total of 115 candidates were in the fray in the 13 constituencies which went to polls. The highest voter turnout was recorded at 73.14% in Barmer, which is the country’s second largest Lok Sabha constituency, while the lowest turnout at 62.18% was reported from Pali.Despite the scorching heat, long queues of voters were witnessed outside the polling stations, as women also came out in large numbers for voting. The voting was largely peaceful, except some stray incidents of scuffle and altercation, in the 13 constituencies where a total of 28,182 polling booths were established.Mr. Kumar said two incidents of attempts to damage the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported from Barmer and Ajmer and FIRs were registered in both the cases. After the complaints of EVM glitches, 49 ballot units, an identical number of control units and 305 VVPAT machines were replaced.The Chief Electoral Officer said four election officials had died while performing duty during the polling in Rajsamand, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer districts.Gehlot, Raje cast voteChief Minister Ashok Gehlot, along with his wife Sunita Gehlot, cast his vote in his hometown Jodhpur, where his son Vaibhav Gehlot has made an electoral debut and is contesting as a Congress candidate. Former CM Vasundhara Raje cast ballot in Jhalawar.last_img read more

Ceres’ AFC bid resumes vs Brisbane

first_imgLATEST STORIES Eustaquio says he has edge in five-round fight vs Akhmetov in rematch Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While it sees playing in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League as a bonus, Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros is determined to put up a creditable showing as it continues its qualifying bid on Tuesday against one of the top Aussie sides in Brisbane Roar.A couple of weeks after returning from the holiday break, the Busmen are looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history against a team that finished third in the Australian League last season.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:12Sotto: Expect something explosive as new evidence, witnesses appear vs ‘ninja cops’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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kickoff is set 5 p.m. (Manila time) at Queensland Sport and Athletic Stadium.Making the task even more difficult for the Busmen, who won the Asean zonal finals of the AFC Cup last year, is the fact that Brisbane is already in the middle of its season, although the Roar is running eighth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s still the second week of preseason for us so we are obviously unprepared to play these kind of games,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, who survived Myanmar’s Shan United to set up a meeting with the Roar.The winner of the match will travel to China to face Tianjin Quanjian in the final round of qualifying. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

‘I beat him’: Adrien Broner insists he controlled fight vs Manny Pacquiao

first_imgAdrien Broner reacts to his loss to Manny Pacquiao in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Adrien Broner suffered one convincing unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight title fight and yet he had the audacity to call himself the true winner of the lopsided bout.Speaking to Showtime’s Jim Gray during the post-fight interview at MGM Grand in Las Vegas., Broner vehemently said that he should’ve won the WBA World welterweight title.ADVERTISEMENT “I beat him, everybody out there knows I beat him,” said Broner who even said that Gray was against him.READ: Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien BronerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I beat him. I controlled the fight. He was missing, I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”Broner did have his moments when he landed several clean shots to Pacquiao’s head but the Filipino was on another offensive and defensive level. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 29-year-old challenger was on the receiving of a brutal beating in the seventh round when Pacquiao, 40, pinned him against three separate corners.Broner had no choice but to clinch Pacquiao to avoid extra punishment.Pacquiao, however, wasn’t done in the seventh when he connected with a booming left straight that sent Broner rocking with the American having enough wits to back pedal and lean on the ropes to avoid going down.Broner (33-4-1) is yet to win a fight after his loss to Pacquiao (61-7-2) sent him to a three-fight winless streak.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Palace: Pacquiao brings honor to country, unites Filipinos in win vs Bronercenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Bayern rule out signing Man Utd target Rebic

first_imgBayern Munich have ruled out signing Croatia World Cup star Ante Rebic, potentially paving the way for Manchester United to push through a transfer.Frankfurt star Rebic emerged as one of the stars of Russia 2018, helping his side reach the final of the tournament before they were eventually edged out by France.In an exclusive interview with Goal, Rebic revealed that he was glad to hear of reported interest from Jose Mourinho, and admitted that there had been “concrete offers” to sign him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The transfer window for Premier League clubs ends at 17.00 BST on Thursday, with Mourinho have frequently expressed his frustrations at a failure to bring in new signings.Diego Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant are the only United arrivals thus far, with the Red Devils’ chase for a centre-back seeing them agree a deal for Toby Alderweireld although with the caveat that Tottenham find a replacement.It would appear that Bayern will not be direct rivals in any move for 24-year-old Rebic, however, with head coach Niko Kovac having insisted he is not currently a player they’re looking to buy.He told Sport Bild: “There is nothing between FC Bayern and Ante Rebic. He is a strong personality and a great player but [a transfer] makes no sense. It doesn’t make sense today, and it won’t tomorrow.”Mourinho’s side have also been linked with another Bayern player in Jerome Boateng, but the latest reports from Germany suggest that the player has informed the Red Devils that he is not interested in a move.United get their Premier League campaign underway on Friday evening as they face Leicester City at Old Trafford.last_img read more

‘#weareNOTgymnastics’: parkour fights to retain its soul

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Share via Email Which is why the federations behind traditional Olympic sports, which receive so much funding from the IOC, have been scrambling to come up with new, youthful formats such as three-on-three basketball. As for the FIG, in 2016 it elected a new president, Morinari Watanabe, who has been described by his colleagues as a “businessman”. In 2017 Watanabe revealed his grand plan for the future of gymnastics. “The FIG is excited to develop a new discipline,” went the press release, “in order to broaden even further the appeal of our sport.” That “new discipline” was parkour.The FIG even recruited Belle himself on to its new “parkour commission”. Then Belle quit soon after, ostensibly because of “other professional commitments”. Four of the other commission members followed him last month, only they published an open letter explaining they were doing it because the FIG was moving too “fast and with very little or no transparency” and “no involvement of the international parkour community”. The FIG has recruited replacements and is pressing ahead. It has been running a new Parkour World Cup, where competitors are paid to take part, and hopes to get the event into the Paris Games in 2024.It is obvious why the FIG would want to take over parkour, with its huge, hip online presence. What is less clear is why parkour would want to be run by the FIG, a body that has no historical association with the sport and is still battling with the fallout of the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse scandal. Especially when there are plenty of people in parkour who think the very idea of competing for podium places goes against the spirit of it all. The FIG says it “deeply respects the development of parkour as a non-competitive training methodology”. It is just that it would like to package, brand and sell its own competitive version of it. Sport The Dame du Lac lives an hour’s ride from Paris, in the suburb of Lisses. She is a 20m tall triangular wall, rutted and pocked with concrete knobs, ledges and gullies. In the late 1980s David Belle and his friends would come here to swing, leap and bound from one of her nooks to the next until they made it all the way to the platform at the top. They were not only playing but training. There was a discipline to it. Because it all grew out of the obstacle course techniques David was taught by his father, Raymond, who had been a soldier and a fireman. They called it “parcours” or “route”. Topics Thirty years later the Dame du Lac has become a place of pilgrimage for parkour fans but it is still not clear what Belle and his friends invented there, whether it is a sport, practice or performance. Even they do not seem to agree on exactly what it was, or should be. Belle’s version of it, parkour, is all about efficiency of movement. One of his friends, Sébastien Foucan, preferred pulling tricks and stunts, and his form has become known as freerunning. But whatever and whichever, there was an audience for it. Today, Sport England says there are 100,000 people participating in parkour in the UK.Which means that in the past 20 years or so parkour participation figures have grown, by Sport England’s estimate, to be four times as large as triathlon, three times as large as judo and around a third as large as gymnastics. Keep that last stat in mind as we cut away to Baku, and the 82nd congress of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), where the members have just voted to revise the rules in a way that allows them to officially recognise parkour as a gymnastic discipline. Which is a bureaucratic euphemism. Really, it is trying to decide whether to take over control of the sport.Over at the Motus Projects, which makes and sells parkour streetware, they are flogging “Fuck the FIG” T-shirts. Online the parkour community has rallied around the hashtag #weareNOTgymnastics, while the national parkour federations of the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, among others, have published open letters complaining about what the FIG is doing. Eugene Minogue, the chief executive of Parkour UK and the nascent international federation Parkour Earth, describes it as “the encroachment, misappropriation and the attempt to usurp parkour as a ‘discipline’ of gymnastics under the auspices of the FIG”.It certainly represents a change of heart on the part of the gymnastics federations. Minogue has been around parkour long enough to remember when the gymnastics community was actively disassociating itself from parkour because of concerns it was too dangerous and difficult to insure. That attitude started to change in 2014, when the IOC president, Thomas Bach, launched what he called Agenda 2020, his plan for how to make the Olympic Games more sustainable. A key part of Bach’s plan is developing “urban” and “lifestyle” sports designed to appeal to a younger audience. Ten years ago Minogue made a documentary, Jump Westminster. It is a fine little film and is entirely unlike the clips and snippets of parkour you see in adverts and movies, because it is all about kids who are learning to do it for the first time. It presents parkour as a cheap, fun, free alternative to conventional sport, one that teaches self-confidence and self-discipline to children who shy away from team competitions. Whatever else it is, parkour is a sport with a soul. That soul has been nurtured by a community, and now that community has an opportunity. It should be theirs to take, not the FIG’s. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Penalty flops and flips, Grand Final memories and Parkour 3.0 Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.center_img Support The Guardian It is obvious why the FIG would want to take over parkour, with its huge, hip online presence. What is less clear is why parkour would want to be run by the FIG Free running and parkour comment Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reuse this content Olympic Games Gymnastics Share on Messenger … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Read morelast_img read more

Google Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite: Specs, prices and all we know so far

first_imgGoogle Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite: Specs, prices and all we know so farThe Pixel 3 Lite series is expected to offer the trademark Pixel user experience with watered-down specifications. Leaks have so far given us a hint of what to expect from the cheaper Pixel phones.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 08:19 IST Picture courtesy: 91MobilesHIGHLIGHTSThe Pixel 3 Lite will be the compact variant of the Pixel 3 Lite series.The Pixel 3 XL Lite will essentially be a bigger version of the Pixel 3, with the design and ports being the same.Unlike the Pixel 3 XL, the Lite version will not sport the huge notch.If we have to name a smartphone that we were eagerly looking out for the whole year, it has to be the Google Pixel 3. The flagship offering from Google had got many excited with its controversial notch design on the XL version. Since the Pixel 3 was made official, it ruled impressed the critics as well as its fans with stellar camera performance. However, what wasn’t stellar was the price, starting at Rs 73,000 for the base variant. Google clearly had to do something and rumours eventually pointed out toward the intentions of a cheaper Pixel 3.Speculated to be called the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, the affordable version of the Pixel 3 has drawn a substantial amount of interest on the Internet. Certain photos have leaked in the wild while several others have come with high-resolution 3D renders of the phone with all the specifications listed. Therefore, we sum up all that the world of leaks and rumours knows about the Pixel 3 Lite.Pixel 3 Lite specifications– The Pixel 3 Lite will be the compact variant of the Pixel 3 Lite series. The handset is expected to sport a 5.5-inch display with thinner bezels all around. It will carry the older 18:9 aspect ratio, which means this won’t be a bezel-less beauty like some of its rivals.–The Pixel 3 Lite will retain the design cues of the Pixel 3. The rear panel will host that trademark Pixel two-tone finish — glossy on top one-fourth and a matte finish for the rest. Leaks also show the retainment of the quirky coloured power buttons on the Pixel 3 Lite.advertisement– Similar to its elder brother, the Pixel 3 Lite will also retain a single rear camera at back. A capacitive fingerprint sensor will also be resting alongside the camera in the typical centre position. Rumours also suggest the presence of a plastic rear to help keep the costs low. — So far, it’s known that the Pixel 3 Lite will sport the 3.5mm headphone jack — a feature that’s missing from the flagship Pixel phones since 2017. A USB-C port will be present as well.– At the front, the leaks show a single rear camera lens. This means Google could be ditching the wide angle sensor from the Pixel 3 to cut costs.– As for specifications, it is speculated that the Pixel 3 will have at least 4GB RAM and 32GB storage as standard on the base version. Some suggest that Google will opt for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC for the Pixel 3 Lite while others suggest the use of a Snapdragon 710 SoC.– The handset will ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It is expected that the Lite series phones will also enjoy the privilege of getting the latest software updates before anyone else.– A 2915mAh battery is expected to keep the phone alive. This is smaller by today’s standards, but we expect Google to optimise the phone to sip power efficiently and make it last at least an entire day.Pixel 3 XL Lite specifications– The Pixel 3 XL Lite will essentially be a bigger version of the Pixel 3, with the design and ports being the same.– Unlike the Pixel 3 XL, the Lite version will not sport the huge notch. Instead, it will carry over the 18:9 display with uniform bezels on top and bottom. — The display is expected to measure 6.0-inches at the most. This could make it a substantially large phone, considering the thick bezels all around.– The Pixel 3 Lite will also sport a single rear camera for the front and rear. It’s not known whether Google’s powerful Visual Core chip will make it to this one to offer the exceptional photography that the Pixel 3 offers.– While 4GB RAM is expected to remain the standard, rumours hint towards the use of a Snapdragon 710 SoC. This chip can accelerate AI features and could be beneficial for Google to introduce some of its AI magic to the Lite series phones.Pixel 3 XL Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite availability and pricesSince the leaks have started raining at a faster pace, we expect Google to unveil the Pixel 3 Lite series at January’s CES 2019 or at the MWC 2019. The Pixel 3 Lite phones could be made ready for sale in the international markets by the spring and India could possibly witness the devices in the summer of 2019.As for the prices, it’s expected that Google will use the Pixel 3 Lite series to tackle the likes of OnePlus 6T and LG G7 ThinQ. We also speculate that the Pixel 3 Lite will fend for Google against the older iPhone models, such as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, that Apple sells at affordable price points. Therefore, the Pixel 3 Lite could starts around Rs 40,000 for the base variant.advertisementGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Pixel 3 LiteFollow Pixel 3XL Lite Nextlast_img read more

Yinson Starts Talks on Nigerian FPSO Deal

first_imgMalaysia’s FPSO & FSO service provider Yinson Holdings has started exclusive negotiations for a potential supply and charter of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit off Nigeria.The company unveiled the plans to provide an FPSO to the country’s First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company (First E&P) for processing hydrocarbons from the Anyala & Madu fields under Oil Mining Leases 83 & 85, offshore Nigeria.Yinson’s subsidiary, Yinson Production, entered into a Heads of Terms (HOT) with Yinson Operations & Production West Africa Limited and First E&P to negotiate the terms of a bareboat charter and an operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement.The initial term of the bareboat charter is expected to be a period of 7 years, Yinson said, adding that First E&P would have the option to extend the charter for another 8 years in total.The parties are expected to finalize the agreements by the end of June 2018.First E&P owns 40% of the rights to the fields with the remainder being held by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).last_img read more

A guinea for a pet

first_imgMy guinea pig’s teeth fell out. Should I be concerned? If it has happened for the first time, it is not a major cause of concern. Guinea pigs have ‘open-rooted’ teeth which keep growing throughout their life because of wear and tear of the teeth enamel from their round plant-based diet. However, if the teeth have discoloured or your guinea pig is having difficulty consuming food, then you might have to hand feed him/her. Falling of teeth could indicate a lack of Vitamin C in your pet. But if the growing teeth seems misaligned or is causing gum sores or is breaking the skin, consult a good vet. Also Read – Feel what you fear My guinea pigs always have a strong smell coming from them even if I clean up the cage regularly. Is this normal? Typically, guinea pigs keep themselves very clean. Sometimes a musky smell can come from your guinea pig (especially a male) due to natural hormone fluctuations or during the period a baby guinea pig is growing up into an adult. The other reason could be that the faecal matter or urine is getting stuck on your Guinea pig’s bottom fur which could lead to foul odour. To clean his/her bottom you can take a cotton ball dabbed with a little coconut oil and gently clean the bottom of your Guinea pig. Also Read – Homecoming My pet guinea pig has a swollen foot and is unable to walk properly. It is also losing hair on the same foot. One of the main reasons is having wire mesh for it to walk on in its cage. Imagine if you had to walk on it, what would happen to your feet. Pododermatitis is a condition in which a guinea pig’s footpad becomes inflamed, develops sores or becomes overgrown. The appearance may be similar to callouses, or small tumours on the bottom of the foot. This condition is commonly referred to as bumblefoot. When bumblefoot is left untreated or is present in a very severe form, there are sometimes complications in treatment and the infected leg may have to be amputated. The infected guinea pig’s footpads may become inflamed (redness), develop sores, or become overgrown over the course of many months. Other signs and symptoms include: Loss of hair on affected foot Reluctance to move or inability to walk normally Loss of appetite due to pain Joint or tendon swelling Pododermatitis can be difficult to cure. Start with switching your pet’s living quarters to ones with a smooth bottom, improving sanitation, and changing the bedding to softer material. Your veterinarian will clean any likely wound, clip the hair around the affected areas and trim any overgrown nails. Affected feet should be soaked in an antibiotic solution, and antibiotic ointment should be applied. In severe cases, animals may need antibiotics and pain medications. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to manekaanimallove@gmail.com)last_img read more

865 interest on EPF to be notified soon Gangwar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Labour ministry will soon notify 8.65 per cent rate of interest on Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) for 2018-19 as the Finance ministry does not disagree on this rate, said Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar on Friday. A notification by the Labour ministry is required regarding the interest rate for crediting the interest amount into accounts of over 6 crore subscribers. Besides, it would enable retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to settle on withdrawal claims on this rate.last_img

BC to match funds for Red Cross flood donations as water levels

first_imgCHILLIWACK, B.C. – As more evacuation alerts are issued and river levels rise in British Columbia, Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday his government will match Canadian Red Cross donations for those most harmed by the flooding.Horgan invited Liberal Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson and other politicians to attend the news conference in Chilliwack in a show of “unity of purpose.”“We stand together united to make sure that there be no stone unturned, no sandbag unfilled. And whatever resources are needed we all commit to make sure they are there for the people of the region, up and down the Fraser and all of the rivers, creeks that could potential be affected in the days ahead.”The politicians took a helicopter tour of the flooding of Fraser Valley before the news conference.Wilkinson said they saw the water rising rapidly.“Today we’ve seen that it’s within a metre of causing an outright disaster. We’ve seen hay bales in the farmers’ fields soaked with water. We’ve seen farmland under water already and there’s worse to come in the next week.”Horgan said the province will match donations made to the Red Cross of up to $20 million.“I encourage people to dig into their pockets to make a contribution and the province will match that,” Horgan said.Evacuation alerts were extended Wednesday to more areas of B.C.’s Fraser Valley as the Fraser River nears flood stage along with several other waterways in the province.The Metro Vancouver regional government issued an evacuation alert for tiny Barnston Island, in the Fraser River east of Vancouver, affecting about 150 residents.Donna Gilmore owns the Painted River farm and has lived on the Barnston Island property since the 1960s. She says all farmers living in an area where natural disasters can occur should have plans in place to evacuate their livestock.“There’s always an issue when you move livestock because you’re upsetting their proverbial apple cart,” she laughed in an interview Wednesday.She said her beef cattle will be relatively easy to relocate, but she has some concerns for the goats if they have to leave.“You’ve got mothers and babies that you have to make sure are going to a safe and secure spot. They’re going to be eating different feed and drinking different water than they’re used to, so there’s a few days of transition.”The Ministry of Transportation said ferry service between Barnston Island and mainland would be adjusted based on the Fraser’s water level. If the water rises over 6.5 metres at the gauge in Mission, B.C., the ferry can only continue operating until the dock becomes submerged.David Campbell of the B.C. River Forecast Centre said in an information meeting earlier this week that the centre expected the water to rise to 6.5 metres on the Mission gauge by this weekend or early next week.Data provided by the federal government shows the water level has not been measured over 6.5 metres at the Mission gauge since the early 1970s.With the evacuation alert in place for Barnston Island, the ferry is now operating around the clock, though no large animals will be allowed on the ferry under an evacuation order, the ministry said.The Township of Langley has also issued alerts for low-lying areas along the Fraser River such as Brae and McMillan islands, and an evacuation order was posted Monday by the City of Chilliwack for three homes outside protective dikes.Officials are keeping a close eye on the level of the Fraser River along its length from Prince George southward and the River Forecast Centre says there is the potential for flooding this weekend in the Prince George and Quesnel areas.Emergency Management BC says the Boundary region and Similkameen Valley are seeing significant flooding, while risks are also high across the Shuswap and Okanagan, with Okanagan Lake due to reach full capacity by Friday.More than 1,500 properties in the southern Interior city of Grand Forks remain on evacuation order as a second round of flooding is imminent, compounded with a forecast of rain or thunderstorms beginning Wednesday. (The Canadian Press, CKPG, CKIZ)last_img read more

Man in custody after leading officers on rooftop foot chase in Barrie

first_imgBARRIE, Ont. – Police say a staple of action movies was played out in real life in Barrie, Ont.They say a man is in custody after leading officers on a foot chase across rooftops in the city.Police say officers spotted a man who was known to be wanted late Friday night, but he eluded them.Investigators say he was later located in a downtown alley and climbed to a rooftop in an effort to flee.They say he was arrested after running out of rooftops to hop to.A 22-year-old Barrie man is charged with four counts of failing to comply with recognizance, two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest and one count of escaping lawful custody.last_img

Canada could get caught in crossfire of US uranium investigation

first_imgCanada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched another national security investigation, this time by looking into uranium imports.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the investigation Wednesday, noting U.S. production of uranium for military and electric power has decreased to five per cent of its consumption from 49 per cent in 1987.“The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security will conduct a thorough, fair, and transparent review to determine whether uranium imports threaten to impair national security,” Ross in a statement.Canada is not the target, although all countries are potentially subject to the investigation, said a spokeswoman for two U.S. uranium firms that petitioned the U.S. government in January to take action to help a sector that has been hemorrhaging jobs.“The final form of the remedy will be determined by the Secretary of Commerce and ultimately, the president,” Joelle Ziemian wrote in an email.Canada was the largest foreign supplier of uranium to the U.S. in 2016, accounting for 25 per cent of U.S. imports, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.But Ziemian said that threshold is expected to be cut in half this year because the Canadian industry is also impacted by the unfair global market created by state-sponsored companies.Petitioners Energy Fuels Inc. and Ur-Energy Inc. singled out companies in Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that together supplied more than one-third of U.S. demand last year. Domestic producers are projected to fulfil only about two per cent of total U.S. commercial demand.“While U.S. producers can fairly compete with foreign production on a level playing field, it is difficult for them to compete with heavily subsidized foreign production,” they said in a joint statement.The companies added they expected more nuclear fuel from state-subsidized companies in Russia and China will be imported in the coming years, likely further displacing U.S. production.“If Russia and its allies take control of this critical fuel, the threat to U.S. national and energy security would be incalculable.”Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of uranium after Kazakhstan, with 23 per cent of global production in 2016, said Natural Resources Canada. The country produced 14 kilotonnes of the ore, all coming from Saskatchewan mines.The head of Cameco Inc., Canada’s largest uranium producer, said it’s too early to say what impact the investigation will have, but that Canada and the company are aligned with U.S. interests.“If the issue in question is the overreliance of the United States on uranium supplied by state-controlled enterprises from countries not aligned with American policy interests, this clearly does not apply to Canada or Cameco,” said CEO Tim Gitzel in a statement.Ken Neumann, Canadian director of the United Steelworkers, said there’s no evidence to justify Canada’s inclusion in the investigation.“It is abundantly clear that Canadian uranium exports do not present a national security threat to the United States,” said Neumann in a statement.The investigation came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet partly designed to signal Canada’s intention to redouble efforts to diversify its trading partners in the face of U.S. protectionism.Canada and the United States are staunch military allies and Canadian uranium is not a threat to U.S. national security, said Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.“Measures that shut out Canadian uranium imports would harm U.S. reactors that rely on long-term contracts with Canadian suppliers of uranium,” he wrote in an email.Canada shares concerns about the overproduction of uranium in certain countries and has been working with the U.S. to address the issue of global excess capacity, Austen added.Ross said the investigation will canvass the uranium sector from mining through enrichment, defence and industrial consumption.Uranium fuels 99 U.S. commercial nuclear reactors that produce 20 per cent of the power for the country’s electricity grid. It is also needed for its nuclear arsenal and powers submarines and aircraft carriers.Under Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation policy, Canadian uranium can be used only for peaceful purposes.The U.S. Commerce Department said the two petitioners that account for more than half of all uranium mined in the U.S., have laid off more than half their workforce over the last two years and operate at nine and 13 per cent of their respective capacity.The investigation comes a day before the department holds a hearing on whether the imports of automobiles and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security.The department has 270 days to investigate and report to the president, who has up to 90 days to act on Ross’s recommendations.In their petition, the companies proposed import quotas that would reserve one quarter of the U.S. market for domestic uranium production.They also want U.S. federal utilities and agencies to buy U.S. uranium in accordance with President Donald Trump’s Buy American policy.last_img read more

Petition to cancel Site C fails

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A petition that sought to ask the provincial government to cancel building the Site C dam has failed.The petition was filed by Ion Delsol Moruso and was given an approval in principle by Elections BC on May 3rd. The petition papers were issued to canvassers on July 3rd, who had 90 days to collect signatures from at least 10 percent of registered voters in each of the province’s 87 ridings.“The purpose of the initiative draft Bill is to stop construction of the Site C Dam project currently underway on the Peace River,” stated Moruso in his petition application. “The draft Bill states that the May 2014 Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel report on the project was found to have unsupported claims and procedural inconsistencies and that a November 2017 BC Utilities Commission report concluded that the project is not needed for future energy power in British Columbia. The draft Bill would require the Site C Dam project to be cancelled, and would come into effect on Royal Assent.” Then Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer said that the initiative petition application is the eleventh to be approved since the Recall and Initiative Act came into force in 1995.Site C was initially approved by the then-BC Liberal government in December 2014 and had been under construction for over two years when the Liberals lost a confidence vote in the BC Legislature last June. After the NDP formed a minority government, Energy Minister Michelle Mungall announced that Site C would be subject to a fast-tracked review by the B.C. Utilities Commission.In their Final Report, the BCUC did not say outright whether construction on Site C should be cancelled or continued but did say that the project was running over its original $8.9 billion budget. Premier John Horgan announced last December 11th that construction on the 1,100-megawatt project would continue, with a revised budget of $10.7 billion.last_img read more

CEOs of 7 big banks to appear in front of Congress

NEW YORK — The heads of some of the U.S.’ largest banks will appear in front of Congress Wednesday, for a hearing expected to produce political fireworks, but few policy changes.Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase will testify, as well as the CEOs of Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. The CEOs of State Street and Bank of New York Mellon are also slated to appear.It’s the most significant hearing on banks since Democrats took control of the House earlier this year.Banks have been trying to polish up their images ahead of the hearing, aware their record profits in 2018 could be a target for Democrats. Meanwhile, the banking industry’s lobbyists have been pushing Congress to further unwind the rules put into place after the 2008 financial crisis.The Associated Press read more

Condemning deadly attack near Burundian capital SecretaryGeneral calls for restraint

At least 36 people have been killed in the attack in which unidentified gunmen opened fire at a crowded bar near Bujumbura, according to media reports.“He notes that this senseless attack comes at a time when Burundi is trying to consolidate recent gains in peace and stability following decades of civil war,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General conveys his deepest condolences to the families of the victims. He hopes that the perpetrators of these crimes will be brought to justice promptly and calls on all parties to exercise restraint.”The UN has an office in Burundi (BNUB) to help the Central African country as it continues on the path towards recovery from decades of civil war and ethnic fighting. In a report issued last December, Mr. Ban noted that the security situation in the country, although relatively stable over 2010, remains a concern, with a high incidence of criminal activities such as armed robbery, killings and sexual violence, as well as “a significant increase in human rights violations.” 19 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the armed attack that took place yesterday near Burundi’s capital that killed and injured scores of people, and called on all parties to exercise restraint. read more

Donald Sterling makes racist comments

The owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling didn’t go to his own teams playoff game today. This comes after TMZ released a recorded conversation of him allegedly making some racist comments to his girlfriend about black people.  The NBA is investigating the recording and some NBA greats are outraged by what was said on the tape. Cindy Csordas has more.

Fingers still crossed Joan Burton feeling hopeful about Labour leadership

first_imgMINISTER JOAN BURTON has said she is “feeling hopeful” that she will be named leader of the Labour Party later today.The count is due to start at around 12.30pm with the result expected at 3.30pm. The Social Protection Minister is spending her morning at a forum to hear from various NGOs about what they think should be prioritised in the next Budget.Speaking ahead of the forum today, she told reporters that “if the people who have been helping with my campaign are to be believed in seem to be fairly strongly supported”.She said he has not made an decisions yet about a reshuffle of Labour ministers but she she expects to be meeting the Taoiseach after the weekend to discuss it. As for her own Cabinet position, Burton said she is “enormously committed” to the Social Protection portfolio and that she would be happy to remain in that position but, again, stressed these were matters that would be discussed once the new Labour Party leader has been crowned.If she is victorious, the minister said she thinks that “social recovery”, rather than an emphasis on economic matters, will occupy “quite an amount of the discussion” about the programme for government.Read: One of these two people will be Labour leader later today. Here’s what they told us…>Read: 13 things we learned from the first Labour leadership husting>last_img read more

Ritchie admits lack of belief ahead of FA Cup clash

first_imgMatt Ritchie gave a disturbing assessment of his Newcastle side suggesting the whole team lacks belief.Ritchie echoed the sentiments of manager Rafa Benitez who said they needed a “miracle” to stay up before the festive period.The Magpies are currently two points above third-bottom Southampton, having won only one of their last eight matches.They go into Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Championship visitors Blackburn on a run of eight defeats in 11 home league games.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Ritchie is one of the fighters in Benitez’s squad, but told the Mirror: “The whole place just lacks belief.“We have to keep believing. We are in a fight and while we knew it would be tough this season we need to roll our sleeves up and get on with it.“This is where we find out if we have got the characters and the belief and the determination to achieve what we did last season.“Hopefully we can come together and really pull through. We need to be together – everybody at the football club. Belief is the main thing, confidence and desire too.”last_img read more

Area 51 raid event back on Facebook after being mistakenly removed

first_imgAn event for storming a highly classified US Air Force facility is back online. David Becker / Getty Images A Facebook event for a raid on Area 51, a classified military base in Nevada, is back online after being mistakenly removed. Event creator Matty Roberts received a notice that the event had been removed for violating Facebook’s community standards, according to a screenshot he posted Saturday. A Facebook representative said the removal was a mistake and the page is now available again.More than 2 million people have indicated they’re attending the Sept. 20 event, called Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us. Another 1.4 million have marked that they’re interested.   Sci-Tech Get your Area 51 alien fix via Google Maps 2 million want to raid Area 51 to ‘see them aliens’ Ghostbusters have advice for would-be alien hunters Facebook Share your voice More Area 51 center_img Comments Tags 2 The event’s description lays out the plan: “We will all meet up in rural Nevada and coordinate our parties. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”Area 51 is a highly classified zone about 150 miles from Las Vegas. It’s not clear what the base is used for, though there’s speculation it’s a location for aircraft development. Area 51 has therefore become associated with alien conspiracies, involving everything from alien spaceships to aliens themselves, which are allegedly housed within the classified zone.The US Air Force has strongly advised against storming the area, telling The Washington Post that it “always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”Originally published Aug. 6 at 1:49 p.m. PT.Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds additional background.last_img read more