Raje announces farm loan waiver for Rajasthan’s small, marginal farmers

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a one-time loan waiver for small and marginal farmers up to ₹50,000 each from their outstanding short-term debt in the 2018-19 State budget presented in the Assembly here on Monday. While this move will cost ₹8,000 crore to the State exchequer, no new taxes were imposed in the budget.The budget, which gave sops to almost every section of the population, was perceived as a populist one, coming in the wake of her party’s defeat in the recently concluded by-elections in Rajasthan.This was Ms. Raje’s last budget in her present tenure, as the State goes to polls in December this year.Ms. Raje also announced ₹650 crore tax relief and ₹44,135 crore expenditure on the development, infrastructure and social security schemes in the budget. “I have sub-divided the areas of budgetary expenditure to reach out to the maximum number of people and made the best use of public money,” Ms. Raje, who also holds the Finance portfolio, said.The budget proposed a total outlay of ₹1,07,865.40 crore on schemes and projects, with 40.92% going to social and community services and schemes. In the planned outlay, the power sector received 25.08% and rural development sector 13.42% of the allocations. Ms. Raje said all expenditures would be within the limits of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act.The Chief Minister also announced exemption to small and marginal farmers from the payment of land revenue and establishment of a State Farmers’ Debt Relief Commission as a permanent institution for settlement of crop loans on merit basis.A provision of ₹15 crore was made for entrepreneurship development under the Skill Training Scheme, while interest-free loan of ₹2 lakh will be provided to people engaged in mechanical works and two years’ child care leave will be given to women employees. A new project for development of water catchment areas will also be undertaken at a cost of ₹151 crore.The estimated fiscal deficit for 2018-19 is ₹28,011.21 crore, which is 2.98% of the Gross State Domestic Product, while the estimated total revenue receipt for the year is ₹1,51,663.50 crore. The budget had the estimated revenue deficit of ₹5,454.85 crore without the effect of the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana.In the tax proposals, Ms. Raje announced 50% exemption in stamp duty for the establishment of IT, entertainment and tourism sector units, 10% increase in SGST-based investment subsidy and an increase in the maximum limit of interest subsidy in a year for agro-based industries and services from ₹5 lakh to ₹7.5 lakh.‘Directionless’The Opposition Congress described the budget as “directionless” and said the BJP government would not be able to implement the announcements in the limited time it has. Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the crop loan waiver would not benefit thousands of farmers who had obtained loans from the institutions other than the cooperative banks. He also expressed surprise that the social security pensions had not been increased for any category of eligible people.last_img read more

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City aren’t Man Utd’s biggest problem – Neville

first_imgManchester United need to accept that there is “an absolute gulf” between themselves and arch-rivals Manchester City, says Gary Neville, with a top-four battle now their greatest concern.The Red Devils made the short trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday buoyed by a run of three successive victories, with battling qualities on display against Everton, Bournemouth and Juventus.They were, however, to take on their arch-rivals without Paul Pogba available to them through injury and with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku only handed places on the bench. 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! Anthony Martial was able to maintain his scoring run on derby day, but United slipped to a 3-1 defeat on the road and now sit eighth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind City and seven adrift of the Champions League spots.Former United star Neville told Sky Sports of the current situation and challenges: “It’s sobering to say but we shouldn’t compare Manchester United with Manchester City in terms of watching them at this moment in time.“There is an absolute gulf between the two teams in terms of performance levels. Twelve points is about right at this moment in time, after 12 games.“United’s biggest problem isn’t Manchester City, it’s how they get closer to the rest of the top four and get into that race. City, at this moment in time, are a different level all over the pitch.”United fell behind inside 12 minutes against City, as David Silva broke the deadlock, with Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan also netting for the Blues.Neville admits that Pogba proved to be a big miss for Mourinho, with the World Cup winner required in the biggest games to provide leadership and inspiration to those around him.Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19“I feared the worst when they arrived here and I was told he hadn’t travelled to the team hotel,” added the ex-England international.“This Manchester United team play in moments in big games. He delivers in moments.“He can give the ball away but he’s the one player that has the arrogance to think he can play in any stadium in the world, on any pitch in the world in front of any player in the world and take them on.“He believes in himself. It’s a great quality and shouldn’t be underestimated. To carry that through the scrutiny he has, the price tag, he still carries that weight in the Manchester United team and they look to him.“He’s the one player who can transfer the ball from back to front, in terms of he can carry the ball. He can play a pass – he’s got United’s most assists this season, he’s got three goals. They look to him and he’s had a relationship with Martial over the last few weeks.“I thought Manchester United were in deep trouble when he hadn’t travelled. I was thinking a midfield of [Nemanja] Matic, [Marouane] Fellaini and [Ander] Herrera, how are they going to get the ball through midfield? It was never going to happen without him.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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The Ashes: Australia pace battery better than 2013-14 trio, says Ryan Harris

first_imgFormer Australia quick Ryan Harris, who was one of the architects of England’s 0-5 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes, feels the current fast bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins is more potent.Harris, who claimed 22 wickets and formed a formidable combination with left-armer Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle during the 2013-14 edition, believes it will be the pace attacks of both sides that will decide the course of the series, starting in Brisbane from November 23.”Hazlewood’s probably doing the job that I did (four years ago) and he’s quicker than me, and he gets more bounce,” Harris said at the Adelaide Oval ahead of the four-day day-night tour game against England that starts on Wednesday. (Also read:  England paceman Steven Finn ruled out with knee injury)”And you’ve got Starc who can definitely do a Johnson role, and you’ve got Cummins so you’ve probably got an extra bit of pace. Cummins on his day he’s fast as well.”Obviously we did a good job last time, but the key is going to be working as a team, as a bowling unit. That’s what we did well last time and obviously got the results,” the 38-year-old added.Reuters PhotoReuters Photo While the first Test will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane, the second match will be a day-night affair at Adelaide from December 2-6.The third Test will be played at the WACA Ground in Perth from December 14-18 while the fourth match will be played on Boxing Day in Melbourne followed by the final Test in Sydney from January 4-8.advertisementlast_img read more

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Monte Irvin, Pioneer, Dies at 96

first_imgHall of Fame baseball playerHOUSTON (AP) — Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball’s exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96.The Hall of Fame said Irvin died Monday night of natural causes at his Houston home.Irvin was 30 when he joined the Giants in 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Irvin spent seven of his eight big league seasons with the Giants and one year with the Chicago Cubs in 1956. A native of Haleburg, Alabama, Irvin played in the Negro, Mexican and Puerto Rican leagues during his 20s.Irvin batted .300 or more three times with a high of .329 in 1953. He finished with a career average of .293 with 99 homers and 443 RBIs, numbers that would have surely been far higher if not for the game’s racial segregation.“Today is a sad, sad day for me,” said Hall of Famer Willie Mays, a teammate of Irvin’s with the Giants. “I lost someone I cared about and admired very, very much; someone who was like a second father to me. Monte was a kind of guy that you had to be around to get to know. But once you became friends, he always had your back. You had a friend for life.“Monte Irvin was a great left fielder. Monte Irvin was a great man. I will miss him. There are no words for how I feel today. I could say so much more about Monte, but this is not so easy to do right now.”Irvin was one of the most important contributors during the Giants’ amazing pennant drive in 1951 when they overtook the Brooklyn Dodgers after trailing by 13 1-2 games in mid-August. Irvin batted .312 with 24 homers and an NL-leading 121 RBIs.That year Irvin teamed with Hank Thompson and Mays to form the first all-black outfield in the majors. He finished third in the NL’s MVP voting.Irvin was rewarded with a contract estimated at $25,000, a pay raise of almost 100 percent.Unfortunately for Irvin he could not repeat his 1951 season in ’52.On April 2 in an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians in Denver, he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of the right ankle after a hard slide into third base. Four months later, Irvin was back in action. In 1954 he helped the Giants sweep Cleveland to win the World Series.Irvin’s days in a Giants uniform came to end on June 24, 1955, at the age of 36, when his contract was sold to Minneapolis of the minor leagues. He played one final year in the majors with the Cubs before retiring in May 1957 while with Los Angeles of the Pacific Coast League.After his retirement from baseball, Irvin worked as a scout for the New York Mets and on the public relations staff of a brewery.On Aug. 21, 1968, Irvin made history when baseball Commissioner William D. Eckert named him assistant director of public relations for baseball, becoming the first black chosen to an executive position in professional baseball’s hierarchy. Later, Irvin was named special assistant to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.In 1973, Irvin was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Negro League Committee. On Aug. 6, 1973, Irvin entered the Hall along with pitcher Warren Spahn and outfielder Roberto Clemente, who months earlier died in a plane crash.“My only wish is that major league fans could have seen me when I was at my best … in the Negro Leagues,” Irvin said. “I sincerely believe I could have set some batting records comparable to DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Williams — 600 or 700 home runs, that type of thing.”During his tenure in the commissioner’s office, Irvin attended many baseball gatherings and was often seen at the ballparks around the major and minor leagues.The players and fans knew him as one of the true giants who, with an earlier break, might have transcended many of the super stars lionized today. The owners knew him as a classy, soft-spoken gentleman as much at ease in the board rooms as the dugouts.Despite retiring before the Giants moved to San Francisco, Irvin kept ties with the organization. He had his number retired in 2010, was one of several Hall of Famers to throw out a ceremonial first pitch later that season at the World Series and went to the White House last summer when San Francisco’s 2014 World Series championship team was honored.“Monte was a true gentleman whose exceptional baseball talent was only surpassed by his character and kindness,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said. “He was a great ambassador for the game throughout his playing career and beyond. As the first Giant and one of the first African-American players to help integrate Major League Baseball, he served as a role model and mentor to so many who followed in his footsteps — including Willie Mays.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pakistan vs England: Imam-ul-Haq escapes serious injury after being hit by a Mark Wood ball

first_imgPakistan’s World Cup-bound batsman Imam-ul-Haq on Friday suffered a nasty looking elbow injury during the 4th ODI against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Imam was taken to hospital after the left-handed batsman was struck on elbow off Mark Wood’s short delivery.The incident happened during the 4th over of the series-deciding match when Imam-ul-Haq attempted to pull Mark Woods’s 89 mph delivery but missed it to get a blow on his left elbow.Imam grimaced in pain and immedialtey fell to the ground after the accident and was treated for some minutes by physios. The batsman was then adviced to retire hurt from the game and was taken to hospital for X-rays.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later updated on Imam’s injury and said that the 23-year-old was safe from any fractures.Imam injury updateImam ul Haq taken to hospital for Xray. All xrays are clear. Swelling on his left arm only.#ENGvPAKPakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 17, 2019Imam, the nephew of Pakistan great and selection chief Inzamam-ul-Haq, had smashed his career-best 151 in the third ODI at Bristol which his side end up losing to England on Tuesday.England are leading the 5-match ODI series 2-0 against Pakistan.Also Read | India sleeping giants of women’s cricket, says Australia coachAlso Read | Irfan Pathan only Indian to enrol for 2019 Carribean Premier League players draftAlso Seelast_img read more

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BBC recalled for Real Madrid to face Getafe

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid team news: BBC return for Getafe test Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:49 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Isco Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Getafe Getafe The fearsome forward trident has played just a handful of minutes together this season, but they will get the chance to shine in Saturday’s Liga clash Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all start for Real Madrid at home to Getafe as the Merengue look to bounce back from midweek disappointment.The famed ‘BBC’ trio has been sparsely used together by Zinedine Zidane this season, as both Bale and Benzema have spent time on the sidelines. Ronaldo was the latest of the trident to be rested on Tuesday, when Madrid collapsed to a 1-0 defeat against Espanyol. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But all three attackers start against Getafe, a calculated risk for Zidane just days before travelling to France for the club’s Champions League decider against Paris Saint-Germain. With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric continuing their recoveries from injury, meanwhile, Marcos Llorente and Isco accompany Casemiro in the middle of the park. Theo Hernandez starts on the left of defence in the place of fellow injury returnee Marcelo, who makes the bench, while Raphael Varane makes way for Dani Carvajal.Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Theo; Llorente, Casemiro, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo. Substitutes: Casilla, Varane, Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez, Asensio, Mayoral, Kovacic.Getafe: Emi, Damian, Djene, Bruno, Antunes, Arambarri, Sergio Mora, Portillo, Fajr, Remy, Ángel.Substitutes: Manojlovic, Cabrera, Gaku, Molinero, Molina, Pacheco, Merveil.last_img read more

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Videos: Iowa’s Adam Woodbury Has Become College Basketball’s Eye Poker

first_imgHerky the Hawk performs during game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 10: Herky the hawk, mascot for the Iowa Hawkeyes performs against the Michigan State Spartans during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michigan State won 66-61. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)Something needs to be done about Adam Woodbury, Big Ten. During the first half of Iowa’s game against Maryland Sunday afternoon, the Hawkeyes’ big man poked Terrapins’ freshman guard Melo Trimble in the eye. Trimble collapsed to the floor and had to leave the game for several minutes as his eye swelled up. No foul was called during the action, but the referees charged Woodbury with a Flagrant 1 after looking at the replay. It’s possible this specific incident was not an intentional play from Woodbury, but that seems unlikely since the 7-footer has done this before. During Iowa’s game against Wisconsin, he did it twice. This is happening far too many times for it to be unintentional. Some type of punishment – a suspension, perhaps – needs to be given to Woodbury from Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.last_img read more

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Video: Duke Dropped A Cool “Duke In The NBA” Graphic On Twitter

first_imgDuke alumni Kyrie Irving promotion.Duke KyrieDuke is just three days away from beginning its national title defense. The Blue Devils open up Friday night against Siena, but there are over a dozen former players currently in action in the NBA.Like other programs with a large number of NBA alumni, Duke does a good job of playing up its track record on social media. It did so again tonight with a quick “Duke in the NBA” graphic on Twitter. Pretty self-explanatory. There’s background music, as images of ex-Dukies in NBA gear appear and flow from one to the next. Duke forever. #DukeintheNBA #BannerHunters #TheBrotherhood #DukeFam pic.twitter.com/3DnvM2cVcF— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) November 11, 2015How many members of the 2015-16 Blue Devils will join these guys in the professional ranks next year?last_img read more

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Film Productions Announced

first_img the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca . -30- Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced three newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Feb. 19. Television Series, Swearnet Studios, produced by SN Series 1 Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $356,616 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,188,721. Television series, Hard Time, produced by Hard Time 1 Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $403,204 based on an eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,344,015. Television series, Ricky’s Kitchen, produced by RK1 Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $449,820 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,499,402. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding .center_img Quick facts:last_img read more

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Smugglers paid to turn back boat with Lankans

Asylum seekers on board the boat described being kept in “jail-like conditions” on a navy ship as navy and Customs officials intercepted, before the boat was turned around and sent back to the Indonesian island of Rote. There, the local police chief alleges the six crew members were given $US5,000 each by Australian custom officials. The asylum seekers reportedly swam ashore after their boat hit rocks in the West Rote district of Indonesia, after the crew agreed to turn the boat around. Speaking from a detention centre in West Timor, Mr Hassan said he and the rest of the group were “mentally very upset”.Former Immigration Department Executive Peter Hughes told Fairfax if the payment was true it would be unprecedented.“I have never heard of that happening before,” he said. A letter detailing the allegations was signed by all 65 asylum seekers on board the boat and delivered to the New Zealand government.The letter said officials had paid at least $7000 to each of the six crew members.One of the asylum seekers on board the boat, Nazmul Hassan from Bangladesh toldRadio New Zealand the boat twice encountered New Zealand officials, and those on board were told Australia “wanted to donate for us to go back to Indonesia”. Australian officials allegedly paid tens of thousands of dollars to people smugglers to turn a boat full of asylum seekers, including several Sri Lankans, back to Indonesia, Australian media reported today.A boat carrying 65 people from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, who were seeking asylum in New Zealand, was boarded by Australian custom officers in late May, Fairfax reported on Wednesday. The Rota police chief said he saw the money himself, wrapped in six black plastic bags when the crew was apprehended for their people-smuggling operation, News.com.au reported.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has denied the claims and refused to answer questions on the matter. News.com.au has contacted Minister Dutton’s office for a comment. read more

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With UN support construction of new housing units begins in Serbia

Top government and civil society leaders have formally laid the first foundations of new homes under a housing and social integration programme for tens of thousands of war refugees and other vulnerable people in Serbia being supported by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The programme aims to provide some 670 new homes for 3,000 refugees and vulnerable people, to build institutional capacities for social housing development, assist the social and economic integration of refugees and displaced people, and help boost the development capacity of local governments in their development planning and municipal information systems, the agency said in a press release. Special ceremonies were held in the municipality of Niš on 9 August, following others in different areas, where senior government and local officials were at hand to witness the start of the initiative. The Settlement and Integration of Refugees Programme in Serbia is a three-year effort being funded by the Government of Italy. read more

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National Trust accused of misleading tourists into paying for free Giants Causeway

first_imgThe Giant’s Causeway is the most popular visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 1m visitors last year.A spokesman for the National Trust said: “The National Trust recognises and fully supports the public right of way through the site. “Whether the National Trust like it or not, that is a public facility paid for by the public.”On Trip Advisor, the reviews website, several members of the public moved to warn future visitors they do not need to pay.One said: “They’ve taken a beautiful natural landmark and ruined it by turning it into an expensive tourist trap.“Very disappointed as this was one of the main reasons for our drive up to Northern Ireland!”A second said: “[The] visitors centre gives the impression it’s the entrance to the Causeway and that you have to pay.“Don’t be fooled! You are paying simply to access the visitors centre that isn’t worth it.” The stones are free to visitCredit: Rob Durston Entrance to the visitors’ centre at the site, which opened in 2012, can cost up to £11.50 per adult or £28.75 for a family of five.On Monday, independent councillor, Padraig McShane, who grew up near the site, submitted a motion which was unanimously agreed on by all Causeway Coast and Glens Borough councillors to protect public access to the site.The motion put forward by Mr McShane said that the signs could “mislead the public into believing they do not have an automatic right to walk in some of the most iconic parts” of the world heritage site. A third member of the public wrote: “The main reason for writing this review is to say: don’t pay to see the causeway/go into the visitor centre, the signs all seem like you have to but the National Trust can’t actually make you pay to get in.” The National Trust has been accused of misleading tourists, with a sign mistakenly convincing visitors they must pay to see the Giant’s Causeway.The landmark, Northern Ireland’s most popular attraction, is free to visit, with more than one million people taking advantage of public access to the site each year.Critics say “misleading” signs erected last year by the National Trust are now convincing tourists they have to pay to see it, with the local council vowing to “assert and protect” the public right of way.The signs warn visitors that they are entering the Unesco World Heritage site with the National Trust’s “permission”.However, although the Trust does operate a visitors’ centre at the site, members of the public can visit the coastline free of charge via public paths. The stones are free to visit Visitors say signs are misleading TripAdvisor users have been warning other visitors not to pay to visit the Giant's Causewaycenter_img Visitors say signs are misleadingCredit:Padraig McShane TripAdvisor TripAdvisor He said: “It’s absolute rubbish. The National Trust makes a massive amount of money at the site.“If people want to pay to visit the centre, that’s well and good. But the opportunity must be there at all times to allow the public to access for free. TripAdvisor users have been warning other visitors not to pay to visit the Giant’s Causeway “New signs were installed in March 2017 in support of managing visitor flow around the World Heritage Site but they do not have any impact on the public right of way down to the stones.“We have been actively engaging with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council on public rights of way and look forward to continuing to work with the council, who is a key partner in delivering a world-class visitor experience for local people and visitors from across the world.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Squirrel vaccination programme now needed as last chance to save reds in

“We have had 50 dead squirrels that we have found  but most go underground to die so the real number will be hundreds.”Ms Mead spends her days watching the red squirrels in Galloway forest and said it is horrific to see them die in front of her.She added: “We would be lucky if we had a year left the rate it’s picking up now. We need the vaccine. It’s a horrendous, horrific illness. It completely destroys them in a week.”I monitor this colony, I’ve been coming in every day expecting to see them dead and dying and I’m expecting at any moment – we  have babies and pregnant mothers here and I’m going to watch them all die.”Then I find a vaccine has been tested and works and has been sat on a shelf for 10 years after they gave up trying to raise funding. I tried to speak to Defra about it and they haven’t replied. I’ve emailed Theresa Villiers and she hasn’t replied.”The original population of red squirrels is thought to have been 3.5 million, and it is now down to 140,000, limited to small colonies in parts of Northern England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Scotland’s red squirrels could be wiped out in a year, campaigners have said, as they urge the government to fund a squirrelpox vaccine.While there has been a vaccine for ten years, lack of funds means it has sat on a shelf. The final stages of development include a final test on wild squirrels to see if they respond as well as they do in captivity.Squirrel charity the Wildlife Ark Trust has been trying to raise money to roll out the vaccine, and needs around £115,000 for it to be completed.The disease was originally brought to Britain when grey squirrels arrived, and it decimated the population of their red cousins.It causes lesions to form on the faces of the animals, and they eventually starve to death. It is highly contagious and can be spread if one squirrel touches a nut or a tree touched by an infected animal.Vicki Mead, who works to monitor a colony of red squirrels in Dumfries and Galloway, said Defra has ignored her plea to roll out the vaccine.She told The Telegraph: “The greys have taken the border, the last red squirrel was sighted in the borders in 2017. That used to be a red squirrel territory. “We are the last entrance to Scotland left – and we are losing our squirrels due to squirrel pox. The sheer numbers of grey squirrels have meant the virus is spreading so fast. And now it’s going red to red they stand no chance unless we get a vaccine. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Defra has been contacted for comment.The donations page for the squirrel pox vaccine can be found here. Just gorgeous, Lady. Made my day. pic.twitter.com/vgj3QS5Ig1— Victoria McNamara (@vickimead) August 18, 2019 read more

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CoO mine service shaft – raising and sinking progress

first_imgMedusa Mining Ltd, through its Philippine affiliate, Philsaga Mining Corp (PMC), advises of good progress on the construction of the Service Shaft to Level 8 at the Co-O mine which commenced in April 2015. The picture schematically illustrates the description and progress of the service shaft. The Alimak (2 m x 2 m) raise has completed 250 m of the 350 m from Level 8 up to Level 3 and a new Alimak nest is now being excavated at Level 3, and will continue for 100 m to Level 1.The second concrete pour out of seven for the collar of the service shaft is complete and once the collar is fully formed, a blind sink of 33 m to Level 1 will be undertaken using a crane and kibble.The shaft head frame, main winder and sinking equipment are scheduled to arrive during the last quarter of 2015 and once installed, a sinking stage will be used to widen the shaft to its final dimensions (3.2 m x 3.65 m) from Level 1 to Level 8. Installation of ground support to the walls and equipping the level accesses between Levels 3 to 8 will be done simultaneously. The rope guided man-cage is scheduled to be installed in the second quarter 2016.On commissioning, all men and material movement will be transferred to the service shaft from the L8 shaft, and the latter will then be used exclusively to hoist ore, to attain its planned capacity of 1,700 t/d. Geoff Davis, CEO of Medusa, commented: “The construction of the service shaft has got off to a great start and should be completed within the estimated timelines with all long lead times items ordered and being manufactured.”The final shaft dimension has been chosen to allow a loco/mine car to be lowered intact, where currently they need to be dis-assembled to be lowered down the L8 shaft.last_img read more

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Two men arrested in Donegal in connection with murder of David Black

first_img Image: PSNI GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED a man in Donegal in connection with the murder of Tyrone prison officer David Black.Black was shot dead on 1 November 2012.Today, as part of a joint Garda and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) operation investigating the murder, gardaí from the Special Detective Unit have arrested two men in Co. Donegal this afternoon.A man in his 40s was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant and a second man in his late 50s was detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939. One man is detained at Letterkenny Garda Station and the other at a Garda Station in Dublin.The man in his 40s is due to appear before the High Court in Dublin on foot of a European Arrest warrant tomorrow morning.David Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November 2012 in his black Audi A4 when the incident occurred.He was driving along the M1 motorway between Portadown (Junction 11) and Lurgan (Junction 10) when, one mile from the Oxford Island exit ramp, a a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration, 94 D 50997, pulled alongside him.A number of shots were fired, fatally injuring Black. http://jrnl.ie/3267861 Mar 2nd 2017, 8:20 PM David Black Image: PSNI By Paul Hosford Short URL David Blackcenter_img Share9 Tweet Email No Comments Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 8:20 PM 11,628 Views Two men arrested in Donegal in connection with murder of David Black Black was shot dead on 1 November 2012. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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8/6 RAW Highlights: Paul Heyman interview, Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox, Reigns vs. Corbin

first_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Highlights from last night’s RAW in Jacksonville. Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For more clips from RAW, visit WWE’s official YouTube channel. WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Facebook Google+last_img read more

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PBS journalist Ifill dies of cancer

first_imgNEW YORK — Gwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS’ “NewsHour” with Judy Woodruff and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates, died Monday of cancer, the network said. She was 61.A former reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Ifill switched to television in the 1990s and covered politics and Congress for NBC News. She moved to PBS in 1999 as host of “Washington Week” and also worked for the nightly “NewsHour” program. She and Woodruff were named co-anchors in 2013.She moderated vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008 and authored the book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”The president on Monday praised Ifill for informing today’s citizens while also inspiring a young generation of journalists.“I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting, even when I was on the receiving end of one of her tough” interviews, Obama said.Ifill took a leave from “NewsHour” for a month this spring for health reasons, keeping details of her illness private. Her health failing, she left “NewsHour” again shortly before an election night that she and Woodruff would have covered together.“Gwen was a standard bearer for courage, fairness and integrity in an industry going through seismic change,” said Sara Just, PBS “NewsHour” executive producer. “She was a mentor to so many across the industry and her professionalism was respected across the political spectrum. She was a journalist’s journalist and set an example for all around her.”NBC News’ Pete Williams, a former colleague, struggled to keep his composure Monday when announcing Ifill’s death on MSNBC.“She had so many awards in her office you could barely see out the window,” Williams said.U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said he was a member of the Maryland state legislature when Ifill worked for the Baltimore Evening Sun.last_img read more

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Off beat Vancouver womans legacy honored in Air Force ad campaign

first_imgA Vancouver woman is part of a national TV campaign sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.Blanche Bross is among the history-making aviators featured in the Air Force’s public service spot, “100 years of Military Aviation.”About 12 seconds into the video, four women appear, with a B-17 bomber looming behind them. The woman on the right is Bross.The image on TV seems to be digitally borrowed from an iconic photograph taken during World War II, when Bross was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.Bross died in 2008 at the age of 92. But that photograph of four women striding confidently toward the camera in their leather jackets and flight boots has a life of its own.A few years ago, Bross told a Columbian reporter that she doesn’t remember the day the photograph was taken, but it’s her favorite. It’s since shown up in all kinds of advertisements and in all kinds of museums.“It just started appearing and appearing,” Bross said.The bomber has changed, however, In the photograph, “Pistol Packin’ Mama” is painted on the nose of the B-17. In the Air Force video, the plane’s nose is a clean slate — and it’s pointed in the other direction.Bross and Washougal’s Helen Johnson, who died in November at the age of 94, were among 1,000 Women Airforce Service Pilots who flew military aircraft in noncombat missions.last_img read more

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3 rescued from burning Beaverton apartment

first_imgALOHA, Ore. — An 11-year-old boy and his parents have been rescued from a burning townhome in Aloha and sent to the hospital. KGW-TV reported the mother was alert and talking Thursday morning, and the father and child required CPR. No condition reports were immediately available.Firefighters say it appeared the fire started in the garage, and fire and smoke trapped the family.A deputy and a neighbor tried to reach them with a ladder but that proved too dangerous.Firefighters brought the woman down from the third floor, and then found the man and boy inside.Firefighters said the blaze was out within 20 minutes, and they were investigating to determine the cause.last_img read more

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Sensex Soars 250 Points on RBI Rate Cut Hopes

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex rose nearly 250 points on Monday after a slew of positive data raised expectations over interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as this month.The Sensex ended at 25,856 points, up 246 points, or 0.96%, while the 50-share Nifty gained 82.95 points, or 1.06%, to close at 7,872 points.”Nifty is poised to make a dash towards the 8100 mark as the index has breached the neckline of an inverted bullish head and shoulder pattern indicating that the markets would surge higher,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.While 29 out of 30 Sensex companies ended in green, metal index was the top gainer among sectoral indices.Earlier in the day, official data showed that the wholesale price inflation (WPI) declined further to minus 4.9% in August, reaching the lowest level since 2005. The WPI has been in negative territory for the past ten months.”The WPI rate may not have as much of a bearing on policymaking as the CPI rate, but the fact that it has plummeted again is unlikely to be ignored. This strengthens our view that interest rates will be cut at the RBI’s policy meeting later this month,” said Capital Economics in a note.The RBI’s next bi-monthly monetary policy review is scheduled on 29 September and the bank is widely expected to cut lending rates amid falling inflation rate.”We are maintaining our view that the RBI will cut the repo rate by another 25bp to 7.00% at its next policy meeting on 29th September before the easing cycle concludes,” said Capital Economics.Stock markets are also buoyed by a positive industrial activity data for July released on Friday after trading hours. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) rose to 4.2%.”RBI will take a considered call on the issue. There is no divergence in perception. The government and RBI are working together. Taking into account the overall factors, RBI will take a considered call,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, told The Economic Times.Indian markets shrugged off weakness in equities in other major Asian countries. While China’s Shanghai Composite closed 2.6% lower at 3,114 points, Japan’s Nikkei ended at 17,965, down 299 points.Rate sensitive stocks like banking and real estate rose sharply. Banking stocks Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI ended with a gain of 1 to 3%, while realty stocks India Bulls Realty, Sobha Realty and HDIL also ended higher. Metal stocks Vedanta, Hindalco and Tata Steel ended the session gaining 2 to 4%. IT stocks rose in anticipation of interest rate hike by the US Fed this week. Wipro gained nearly 2.5% to close at Rs 570.75. A rate hike by the US Federal Reserve is expected to further strengthen the US dollar, which could result in a revenue increase for Indian IT firms in rupee terms.last_img read more

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