Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments PBA: Ginebra nabs twice-to-beat edge after rout of Columbian The win kept the Azkals in the hunt for a place in the third round of qualifying for football’s showpiece event in Qatar in 2022 as they are now tied with China with seven points in Group A.For Ramsay, the goal was a reward for soldiering on even when his playing time with the team dwindled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“In football, nothing is every rosy, nothing is ever on a straight line,” Ramsay said.“There were some bumps along the way and it takes some resilience to survive. When I’m on the bench, I tried to stay positive as I can.” LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ramsay credits his rejuvenated form to the confidence growing within the team that is set to travel to Dubai for the duel with group leader Syria on Tuesday.”The whole squad has been positive,” said Ramsay.“We’ve got a good group growing together, and we have some momentum going into the Syria match. I’m growing in confidence and I’m enjoying football and obviously everyone can see that. The most important thing is we got the three points here. Scott (Cooper) has got the team tactically right. We’re working hard for each other, we’re a tight knit group.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Azkals player Iain Ramsay. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMALE–Iain Ramsay found himself falling down the pecking order over the course of the last few months with the national team before slowly but surely working his way back into the starting XI last month when the Azkals held China to a goalless stalemate in World Cup Qualifying.That’s why Ramsay couldn’t help but let out a roar after scoring for the Azkals for the first time in more than two years in the 2-1 victory over the Maldives last Thursday at National Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Azkals coach Scott Cooper and goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who is one of Ramsay’s closest friends on the team, were delighted for the winger as he put on a solid shift on the left and even had to play at the backfollowing Daisuke Sato’s injury late on.“First of all, Iain (Ramsay) is a consummate professional,” said Cooper. “Anybody who is playing can display a good character. But players who have been in and out of the squad those are the type of players who display character. They’re the ones whose characters are really tested. Iain has been consistent with his focus and attitude.“We’ve had a talk about his strengths our expectations and the way he’s valued and Iain has appreciated that. Iain is a player who can play multiple positions and you can see by the end of the game, he was at left back. He’s stuck around and gone through some hard times, but Iain has been focused and loyal to the country.”Etheridge was glad to see Ramsay find the target on the back of a stellar showing against China last October in Bacolod. “I’m really happy for him and for anyone on the team who scores, but obviously he’s one of my closest friends on the team,” said Etheridge.“Every time he’s come in, he’s always produced. It’s never easy being any player here, because there’s competition for places. But he’s played well in the last two games and its fantastic to see him scoreagain.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Rice industry paralysis
Medical X-ray image before (left) and after (right) processing to remove sensor noise. (Image: Tulipp) A three-year European Union (EU) funded project has concluded with the delivery of a comprehensive reference platform for vision-based embedded system designers. This will enable those engineers to balance low power, low latency, high performance and real-time image processing design constraints.The Tulipp (Towards Ubiquitous Low-power Image Processing Platforms) Consortium, which received €4 million (approximately US $4.5 million) from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, began in January 2016 to develop high-performance, energy-efficient systems for complex, vision-based image processing applications.The resulting reference platform includes a full development kit, comprising an FPGA-based embedded, multicore computing board, parallel real-time operating system and development tool chain with guidelines, coupled with ‘real world’ use cases focusing on medical x-ray imaging, driver assistance and autonomous drones with obstacle avoidance. The complete Tulipp ecosystem was demonstrated earlier in the year to vision-based system designers in a series of hands-on tutorials.Philippe Millet of Thales, who was also Tulipp’s project co-ordinator, said, “By taking a diverse range of application domains as the basis for defining a common reference processing platform that captures the commonality of real-time, high-performance image processing and vision applications, it has successfully addressed the fundamental challenges facing today’s embedded vision-based system designers.”Developed by Sundance Multiprocessor Technology, the Tulipp processing platform is 40mm x 50mm and is compliant with the PC/104 embedded processor board standard. The hardware platform utilizes the multicore Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC which contains, along with the Xilinx FinFET+ FPGA, an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core CPU, an ARM Mali-400 MP2 graphics processing unit (GPU), and a real-time processing unit (RPU) containing a dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 32-bit real-time processor based on the ARM-v7R architecture. A separate expansion module (VITA57.1 FMC) allows application-specific boards with different input and output interfaces to be created while keeping the interfaces with the processing module consistent. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Continue Reading Previous Maxim’s compact LED drivers provide high efficiency and low EMINext Lattice: flexible connectivity for industrial vision with new CrossLink reference design Coupled with the Tulipp hardware platform, is a parallel, low latency embedded real-time operating system developed by Hipperos specifically to managecomplex multi-threaded embedded applications i n a predictable manner.Additionally, in order to help designers understand the impact of their functional mapping and scheduling choices on the available resources, the Tulipp reference platform has been extended with performance analysis and power measurement features developed by Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU) and Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and implemented in the Tulipp STHEM toolchain.The insights of the Tulipp Consortium have been captured in a set of guidelines, consisting of practical advice, best practice approaches and recommended implementation methods, to help vision-based system designers select the optimal implementation strategy for their own applications. This will become a TULIPP book to be published by Springer by the end of 2019 and supported by endorsements from the growing ecosystem of developers that are currently testing the concept.
Rishabh Pant has marked his Test debut at Trent Bridge in style. First, he became the first Indian to open his account in red-ball cricket with a six and on Sunday, he became the fourth Indian to take five catches on his first Test match for the country.Before him, Naren Tamhane (vs Pakistan in 1955), Kiran More (vs England in 1986) and Naman Ojha (vs Sri Lanka in 2015) took five catches on their Test debuts.Pant, who became India’s 291st Test player, took the catches of Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid to complete his five catches in the first innings as England were bowled out for 161 in reply to India’s total of 329 in the first innings.He can also hold the record of most catches on Test debut if he can hold onto three more in the entire match. Australia’s Peter Nevill, Brian Taber, England’s Chris Read and Alan Knott and Sri Lankas Chamara Dunusinghe all have seven catches on debut.He is also the first Asian wicket-keeper to take five catches in an innings on Test debut.Pant, who replaced Dinesh Karthik impressed everyone with his intent and aggressive batting, when he came onto bat during India’s innings. Pant slapped a six on the second ball of his innings, when he hammered Adil Rashid over his head for a maximum to open his scoring in Tests. Rishabh Pant smashed a six in his second ball in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)Pant became the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.advertisementHe however, couldn’t get a big score and was out for a 51-ball 24. He was India’s first wicket to fall day two of the third Test.Earlier, Pant came into the side after Karthik picked up an injury. However, with Karthik’s form also being bad, his inclusion didn’t come as a surprise.Karthik has managed scores of 0, 20, 1, 0 from four innings and has failed to impress behind the stumps as well. Karthik also injured his finger during the second Test at Lord’s and has failed to recover from it yet. Thus, paving the way for the swashbuckling Pant to make his debut in the longest format of the game.Pant has only played 23 first-class matches and his international experience is limited to four T20Is. However, he can take comfort in his impressive outing in England with the India ‘A’ team in July this year.In two first-class matches, Pant scored 189 runs at an average of 67 and score two fifties in two innings in the match against England A. The other match was played against West Indies A.Also read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to winPrior to his success in England, Pant smashed 684 runs from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, hitting one century and eight fifties in the process.Karthik’s work behind the stumps has also not been good and therefore, a brilliant peformance from the 20-year-old will only boost his confidence.
Gary Neville Ryan Giggs scores his spectacular winner against Arsenal. ‘I was having a bit of a nightmare,’ he says. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Sport news Pinterest Reuse this content FA Cup Gary Neville has described Manchester United’s 1999 FA Cup semi-final win over Arsenal as the best game he played in – and the only one in which he smiled.Neville won eight Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, three FA Cups, two League Cups, the Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup, while playing 85 times for England and featuring at five tournaments. PSG’s Neymar a doubt for Manchester United tie after metatarsal injury Facebook Share on Twitter Manchester United Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Messenger Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Twitter Yet he views the 2-1 extra-time victory over Arsenal at Villa Park as his most exhilarating match. The semi-final is remembered for Ryan Giggs’s superb individual winner but also featured Roy Keane being sent off, a pitch invasion and Peter Schmeichel saving a Dennis Bergkamp penalty.United again meet Arsenal in the competition in Friday’s fourth-round tie at the Emirates.“It was the best game of football I have ever played in and I think all of us say the same thing,” Neville said, referring to Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and his brother Phil. “The penalty save, Keane’s sending off, 10 men, a pitch invasion, Ryan’s goal.”United went on to win the Cup and, after claiming the Champions League and Premier League, sealed a historic treble. “It was a magical week because we beat Juventus [in the Champions League semi-final] the week after,” Neville said. “It was the only time in a match where I ever smiled when I was playing – the only time I have done that in a pressure moment as it was enjoyable as well as exciting.“Peter Schmeichel had done his thigh in so I was taking the goalkicks. I walked towards the fans to take one and smiled, thinking: ‘This is unbelievable this.’ You know when you just feel: ‘This is something special.’”Even the dying-seconds win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final the following month ranks behind it. “It did top the Bayern game, because we didn’t play well in that game. It typified what Man United is.” Share on Pinterest Share via Email Arsenal Of the Giggs strike Neville said: “When it went in and I was just screaming. I always remember Phil giving the penalty away and me thinking: ‘Oh my God, not you.’ Then Schmeichel saves it and you think: ‘Wow’. Even Beckham’s [opening] goal was a good goal.“I always remember after the game we were being carried off the pitch but Tony Adams and Lee Dixon [Arsenal players] were standing outside our changing rooms to shake our hands – that is the one big thing that stands out for me.“I remember thinking: ‘Bloody hell, they are proper guys these two, so well done to them to do that.’ Because remember they had won the Double the year before and we were still neck and neck in the league at that point.”Giggs said of his goal: “When I got the ball my feeling was that I was having a bit of a nightmare. I had come on for Jesper [Blomqvist] and I kept giving the ball away. So I took the decision that the next time I got the ball I was going to have a little dribble, so that’s what I did and before you knew it, it was in the back of the net.“To be honest, I realised it was a good goal, and when leaving the ground a few reporters grabbed me and said: ‘Is that the best goal you have ever scored?’ And I thought: ‘I think have scored a few better.’“It wasn’t until I got back and watched it back that I realised I had beaten that many men. It was pure adrenaline – beating players really and not thinking too much about it.”
Eli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring. pic.twitter.com/JYazNIrJTL— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.
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New Delhi: Thirty people were rescued from a major fire that broke out on the fifth floor of a building in Delhi’s commercial hub Nehru Place on Thursday. No casualties were reported in the incident. According to senior Fire Department officials, the fire started in the office of an LPG (liquified petroleum gas) vendor in Vishal Tower around noon and five fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately. “The blaze was controlled soon without any big damage, but it took us a lot of time and labour to rescue the employees stuck in the building, which was soon engulfed in dense smoke,” said a senior Fire Department official. Twenty six fire tenders had be deployed to rescue the people stuck on different floors, the official said. A probe has been initiated to ascertain the cause of the fire.
ASOLO, Italy — Prosecco, the fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity — and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note.Prosecco has become the bestselling sparkling wine in the world by volume, and experts say it is eroding the market share of Champagne, the French wine that is synonymous with celebration but also comes with a heftier price tag. The Italian wine’s production eclipsed Champagne’s five years ago and is now 75 per cent higher at 544 million bottles.Champagne still claims the revenues crown, cashing in a record 4.9 billion euros ($5.6 billion) last year on 307 million bottles, 2.8 billion euros of that in exports. But Prosecco’s bubble shows no sign of bursting: exports this year are trending up 16 per cent.The Associated Press
Pithoragarh: Geologists have identified 12 landslide-prone villages in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand that need to be relocated before the onset of monsoon.”Twelve of the 20 villages surveyed in the district so far are highly prone to landslides. They have been witnessing landslides for the past several years. It would be better if their inhabitants are shifted elsewhere before the onset of monsoon,” said Pradeep Kumar, a geologist at the Geology and Mining Department. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A team of geologists, led by Kumar, had started their survey on December 24, 2017, the report of which has now been released. The villages that need to be immediately relocated are Senar, Kultham and Bhadeli in Munsiyari, Tankul, Chalma Chilaso, Himkhola, Kanar, Dharpangu, Suwa, Bungbung, Garguwa, Syari, Jamku and Bharbheli in Dharchula and Garzila of Berinag. Disclosing that the survey was being extended to 12 more villages in the region, the geologist said, While the land has been identified for Senar, Kultham and Bhadeli villages in Munsiyari subdivision, the process to identify sites for other villages is on. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCiting the example of Garzila village, which is currently inhabited by only 12 families and needs immediate relocation, Kumar said, The upper terrain of the village has been made of small boulders of quartzite nature. It is situated near a massive landslide zone due to which it will be under a constant threat of landslides in monsoon, which might result in damages to the families living there. Until a strong safety wall is constructed above the village, it would be threatened by massive landslides. We have also recommended that the village be saved from a constant erosion by the Ramganga river underneath, said the geologist. According to local residents, several families have left the village in the past 20 years and settled at safer places, leaving only 12 families behind. The villagers spend their nights in the open during monsoon due to the threat of landslides, said Ram Singh, a resident of Garzila village.
Pereira also said that his country is teaching its citizens both Arabic and English so that they can communicate better with their employers in Lebanon. His comments came after meeting Lebanon’s Labor Minister Salim Jreissati at the latter’s office. Sri Lanka’s plan to ban women travelling abroad to work in menial jobs excludes Lebanon, a Sri Lankan government minister said Thursday in Beirut, as the two countries draft an agreement over the issue.“[There is] no ban on the travel of domestic workers and Sri Lankan labor to Lebanon, on the contrary we are working to better the conditions of their experiences here and raise the age of those with the right to travel from 21 to 23,” Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Employment and Social Services Dilan Pereira told reporters. The meeting between the two officials was aimed at drafting a new agreement that will soon be signed governing Sri Lankan labor rights.Jreissati said Lebanon guarantees decent labor and fair wages for domestic workers, adding that he is drafting a code of conduct for decent labor. Following the beheading of a 17-year-old nanny in Saudi Arabia, Sri Lankan Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella announced last Thursday that women under 25 were now banned from going to the Arab state to work as maids.Sri Lankan Rizana Nafik was charged with smothering a four-month-old baby in Saudi Arabia in 2005.Lebanon has seen many cases of abuse against domestic workers with activists criticizing the sponsorship system for promoting such practices. In a 2008 report, Human Rights Watch found that there was an average of one death a week from unnatural causes among domestic workers in Lebanon, including suicide and falls from tall buildings. (Daily Star)
WASHINGTON — U.S. business economists expect economic growth to slow this year, and a rising proportion of them think corporate sales and profits will decline.The National Association for Business Economics said Monday that its quarterly survey of business conditions found that the Trump administration’s tariffs on goods from China, Europe and other countries have disrupted the businesses of about one-fourth of its members.Still, the survey also found that the NABE’s member economists generally expect the economy to keep growing, albeit only gradually, and to avoid a recession in the next 12 months. Just under half say they think the economy will expand 2% or more over the next year — sharply lower than the two-thirds who predicted so in January.Overall, the survey suggested that the economists, who work mainly for corporations and trade associations, expect the economy to cool in part because of the higher costs imposed on imported materials by Trump’s tariffs. (The NABE says 119 of its members responded to the survey.)The results echo the message from the government’s report Friday on economic growth in the April-June quarter. The government estimated that growth slowed to a 2.1% annual rate from a 3.1% rate in the January-March quarter. Businesses cut back on their investment spending for the first time in three years, which most analysts attributed to a more cautionary strategy resulting from the trade war.Overall, 28% of respondents said they thought the tariffs have had a negative impact on their business. That figure was much higher among manufacturers: Three-quarters felt the tariffs had hurt business. Factories have been hit hard by the administration’s expanded taxes on imported steel and aluminum.The survey also suggested that the job market may be cooling slightly. One-third of respondents said that they had hired during the April-June quarter, down from 44% who had said so a year earlier. And just below one-third said they expected to hire in the next three months, down from 41% a year ago.There were some bright spots in the results: Nearly half the respondents expect business investment spending in buildings, equipment and software to increase in the July-September quarter. That’s the highest proportion to say so in a year.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
A new trust fund aimed at boosting youth volunteerism kicked off today with the goal of transforming the energy of the world’s young people into tangible global development targets, the United Nations has announced. Launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Volunteers (UNV), the trust fund will provide the financial foundations for the creation of a youth volunteering modality which, in turn, will assist governments in the development of their own national and regional youth volunteer schemes while encouraging thousands of young people to support peace and development activities worldwide. “Through volunteering, young people gain a strong sense of civic engagement to bring about transformational change in their communities,” the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, said in a news release. “Youth participation and volunteering are critical for achieving sustainable human development and UNDP will continue to attach high importance to the youth agenda, including through the UN Youth Volunteers Programme,” Ms. Clark added. Since launching operations in 1971, the UNV programme has deployed more than 7,700 volunteers every year nationally and internationally, with 80 per cent coming from developing countries, and more than 30 per cent volunteering within their own countries.The volunteers play key roles in contributing to peace and development in some 130 countries, helping to organize and run local and national elections and supporting a large number of peacekeeping and humanitarian projects. Overall, UN Volunteers comprise one third of all international civilians working in UN peacekeeping operations, according to the UNV website. However, with the new trust fund in play, UNV voiced hope that it would be able to build on the current 87 international youth volunteers it already deploys across 50 countries.Adding his voice to the celebration of the fund’s establishment, UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus urged Member States to contribute to the $5 million sought for the programme’s initial roll-out. “We look forward to building on further support from other development partners as the programme expands and will require more financial resources,” Mr. Dictus stated, as he thanked the Government of Germany for its $1.5 million endowment, the first to contribute to the fund. “This will enable us to reach as many youth around the world as possible.”
Senior attackman Katie Chase (11) handles the ball during a game against Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 11-10.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFrom the first drop of the ball, Katie Chase had one thing on her mind: scoring goals.The senior attackman for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team turned in a career-high seven goals on her way to eight points as the No. 18 Buckeyes topped Oregon, 13-9, Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.High winds wreaked havoc on play throughout the entirety of the game, leading OSU coach Alexis Venechanos to attribute much of the team’s success against the Ducks (4-4, 1-0) to Chase’s work on and off the ball.Venechanos described Chase as a “special player” that had a “really strong game.”“She took over parts of that game in the draw control,” Venechanos said after the game. “Her teammates looked for her and she shot phenomenally.”The Buckeyes (7-4, 1-1) got off to a quick start, gaining possession of the ball off the game’s first draw. Chase set the pace for the match early by scoring the game’s first goal 23 seconds into the game.“We always want to score first,” Venechanos said. “That was important to start like that.”Chase said setting the tone early is a goal OSU has every game, and she felt they were able to do that with a quick goal from the start.“It gets the beat up for our attack and gets us in the flow of things,” Chase said after the win.The momentum from Chase’s quick strike didn’t continue, however, as the Ducks responded with two goals in just less than five minutes to take a 2-1 lead.But OSU, lead by Chase — who completed a hat trick before the half ended — struck back to take a 4-2 lead before Oregon evened the count with 11:06 left in the first half.OSU senior attackman Cara Facchina tallied her third goal of the season at the 2:29 mark in the first, though, to give the Buckeyes a one-goal advantage heading into the break.“They would answer, then we would answer,” junior goalie Tori DeScenza said on the first half. “But we really (hunkered) down knowing that they were going to swing the ball pretty fast.”Along with hard work on the offense, the Buckeyes gained their success with the defensive mentality around the field forcing numerous turnovers from Oregon’s strong attack.“We haven’t seen an attack like them,” Venechanos said. “We really had trouble with it.”The Ducks’ strong attack tested the OSU defense, but the Buckeyes maintained composure and were able to gain more possessions to help secure the victory.Part of that defense was DeScenza, who fought hard in the net all throughout the game and ended the game with 10 saves.The game was the first ever between the two programs.DeScenza credits Oregon with its good stick skills but was proud of how hard the defense worked to combat them.“It was a hard battle all the way to the final whistle,” DeScenza said.The Buckeyes head back to work to prepare for a match against William and Mary set for noon Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OLYMPIA (AP) — Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent working his regular shift stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and fatally crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a licensed pilot. The 29-year-old man used a machine called a pushback tractor to first maneuver the aircraft so he could board and then take off Friday evening, authorities added.It’s unclear how he attained the skills to do loops in the aircraft before crashing about an hour after taking off into a small island in the Puget Sound, authorities said. He crashed nearly an hour after the plane was taken from a maintenance area, though officials said that it did not appear that the fighter jets were involved in the crash of the aircraft. In a news release issued Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said two F-15C alert aircraft were scrambled from Portland but did not fire upon the plane.At a news conference in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, officials from Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air said that they are still working closely with authorities as they investigate what happened.“Safety is our No. 1 goal,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines. “Last night’s event is going to push us to learn what we can from this tragedy so that we can ensure this does not happen again at Alaska Air Group or at any other airline.”
Randy Van Kooten is a well-known name throughout not only his home state of Iowa, but across the entire soy family. As former president of the Iowa Soybean Association, current board member for the World Soy Foundation (WSF) and active committee member for the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), Van Kooten has grown to be a leader in the industry.Randy recognizes the importance of increasing the ability farmers have to feed a fast-growing population and also helping to reduce malnutrition in developing countries. He has participated in WSF Farmer Travel to countries the Foundation has worked in—seeing firsthand the poverty and malnourishment.“I got involved with the WSF because I know the role soy can play in providing nourishment.,” Randy said. “Helping others makes you feel good about your profession and being a soybean farmer.”Most notably, Randy was invited to speak at a Farm Journal Forum titled “Modernizing Agriculture in the Developing World” in Washington, D.C. in 2012. The panel also included members from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Illinois and Chicago Council on Global Affairs for discussion on modern agriculture’s ability to feed the world. Randy’s support and dedication to the World Soy Foundation helped the Foundation meet record fundraising goals in the month of January with support from more than 174 farmers and individuals! This support allows the Foundation to continue doing even more great work in the future to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy!Click here to check out a video of Randy here participating in the Foundation’s “Why I Support” series! To join and accept the Challenge, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by visiting www.worldsoyfoundation.org or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, Mo. 63141.Stay Connected! Visit us at www.worldsoyfoundation.org, or on Twitter (@TheWSF), Facebook and YouTube!The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Normally, buying four new yard debris trucks isn’t cause for celebration at Waste Connections Inc.Normally, those trucks don’t run without a drop of diesel fuel. But the latest additions are something different — the vehicles rolled out locally last month are fueled by the county’s first compressed natural gas fueling station.Waste Connections officials and local leaders dedicated one of the new trucks Thursday at the company’s hauling facility in the Five Corners area off Northeast 94th Avenue. As the specially equipped truck started up next to the fueling station, the gathering took note of one benefit some residents may have noticed already during their morning pick-up.“They’re quieter,” said Chris Thomas, Waste Connections’ district manager. “They’re noticeably quieter.”The company has a nationwide system of compressed natural gas infrastructure, but the program had never reached Clark County until now. The new station draws from an existing gas line in the ground, then sends the gas through an on-site compressor. The fuel is then pumped into the trucks, usually through a slower overnight fueling process.The trucks look slightly different than the rest of the fleet. The fuel tank is positioned on top of the vehicle, each able to power the truck with the equivalent of 75 gallons of diesel fuel. The cheaper cost of natural gas is one of the key factors contributing to the technology’s popularity, said Tim Hurst, a regional sales manager with manufacturer Labrie Enviroquip Group.Just a few years ago, compressed natural gas trucks accounted for about 5 to 10 percent of Labrie’s business, Hurst said. Now it’s closer to 25 percent.
This is the final week before the fall salmon season anglers have been waiting for begins on Aug. 1. Steelhead are the vast majority of the catch in the lower Columbia, but the mark rate in the sport harvest was only 47 percent.Beginning Aug. 1, fall regulations begin along with estimated runs of 1.6 million chinook and more than 900,000 coho to the Columbia River.Merwin Reservoir has been sweetened for anglers with a release of 2,338 rainbow trout averaging 1.25 pounds and 1,548 averaging nearly 7 pounds.Angler sampling by the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Lower Columbia — Estuary, 36 boaters with 25 steelhead and one sockeye kept plus 23 steelhead released; 31 bank rods with one adult summer chinook and seven steelhead kept plus eight steelhead released. (WDFW)Clatsop Spit to Wauna power lines, five boats with one steelhead kept. (ODFW)Cathlamet, 62 boaters with 30 steelhead kept and 10 released; 100 bank rods with 16 steelhead kept and nine released. (WDFW)Westport, Ore., to Portland, 50 boaters with two steelhead kept and five released; 25 bank rods with one steelhead kept and two released; three boaters with four walleye kept and two released. (ODFW)Longview, 137 boaters with 25 steelhead and one sockeye kept plus one adult summer chinook and 30 steelhead released; 309 bank rods with one adult summer chinook and 43 steelhead kept plus one jack chinook and 36 steelhead released; three boaters with four legal and eight sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)Kalama, 88 boaters with 26 steelhead kept plus 12 steelhead and one jack chinook kept; 253 bank rods with one adult chinook, two jack chinook, one sockeye and 15 steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and 30 steelhead released; 10 boaters with four legal, three oversize and 21 sublegals released. (WDFW)
A small plane on an airstrip surrounded by floodwaters in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, triggered by torrential rain on 17 March. Photo: AFPAt least 42 people have been killed by flash floods in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province, an official said Sunday.The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain on Saturday, and also left 21 people injured.Dozens of homes were damaged by floodwaters, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.”The number of casualties and impact of the disaster will likely increase as search and rescue teams are still trying to reach other affected areas,” he added.The floods have receded, but officials are still trying to evacuate people.Flooding is not uncommon in Indonesia, especially during the rainy season which runs from October to April.In January, floods and landslides killed at least 70 people on Sulawesi island, while earlier this month hundreds in West Java province were forced to evacuate when torrential rains triggered severe flooding.
Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India) a non-governmental organization working to empower the poor and destitute communities in both rural and urban areas. Led by a team of committed philanthropists, and headed by legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, Khushii is presenting an upcoming art raffle called Art Loot .The event is being hosted by Vivek Khushlani – the President of Khushii on 24 November, at the Clarion Collection Hotel in the Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Art Loot, is a fun and lucrative opportunity to win in a lucky draw, pieces of art all at one fixed price. The works are creations of well known Indian artists, whose art value is significantly more than what the buyer is paying. This is what makes the Art Raffle even more exciting. ‘12 years back when we started Khushii, it was with the single minded purpose of bringing ‘happiness’ to the life underprivileged children. We are indeed fortunate that so many likeminded people have come forward and supported us in our ongoing endeavours towards the same cause. The Art Loot is our next effort in that direction,’ says Kapil Dev. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe response has been overwhelming and leading artists like Ram Kumar, S.H. Raza, Paresh Maity, Rekha Rodwittya, K.G. Subramanyam, Jaysri Burman, Rini Dhumal, Seema Kohli, Satish Gupta, Pratul Dash, George Martin, Binoy Varghese, Sanjay Bhattacharya, G R Iranna, Nayana Kanodia, Kamar Alam, Hemi Bawa, Satish Gujral, Anupam Sud, Manu Parekh, Gogi Saroj Pal, Sunil Gawde and many more have contributed artworks towards this collection.‘I am pleased to be associated with Khushii’s Art loot in support of its remedial education programme for less privileged children across the country. The art raffle features works by the country’s renowned artists and we are looking for large hearted support from generous patrons to take home these wonderful creations at an unbelievable price and brighten a lesser fortunate child’s future,’ says Vivek Khushlani.All art works are available to the buyer at a fixed rate of Rs. 3 lakhs. The market value of these art works exceeds 3 lakhs, thus, the Loot.Khushii Art loot presents an unique and fun opportunity of taking home a work of art and contributing to a good cause. The process itself is quite enjoyable and the attendees to the event end up having a very good time.When: 24 November Where: Clarion Collection Hotel
Kolkata: A 17-year-old boy allegedly set his mother on fire by pouring kerosene on her at Sulunguri in New Town on Monday night.The victim was rushed to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. Police have arrested her son under Sections 307 IPC (attempt to murder) and 326 IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The boy was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, Bidhannagar, and was sent to a home for 14 days. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe boy lived with his mother and the father lived separately. Locals alleged that he used to mistreat his mother. Recently, he asked for a smart phone which his mother could not afford. However, he kept forcing his mother to buy him a smart phone. On Monday night, when she strictly refused to his demand, he allegedly beat his mother. Later, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The woman gave a statement at the hospital.