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Sixers GM: ’Talk of playoffs is getting a little ahead of ourselves’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Prized center Joel Embiid headlines the Sixers’ crop of young promising players.  APBetter days are certainly coming for the “City of Brotherly Love,” as many believe that the Philadelphia 76ers’ talented youth movement will be enough to push them into playoff contention this upcoming NBA season.With the likes of Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz in the fold—plus the fact that several big names have moved from the Eastern Conference to the West—a playoff run is becoming a more distinct possibility for the franchise.ADVERTISEMENT Jazz moving on from Hayward, but timing is ‘problematic’ “We want to take this a step at a time,”  Colangelo explained. “We want to go about it the right way, with patience and the proper focus, and the focus is on taking that next step forward.”Although the team’s talent pool is indeed something to marvel at, both Fultz and Simmons have yet to log in a minute in an official NBA game, while Embiid has battled injuries throughout his budding career.Still, the East seems to be wide open for new contenders this year, with stalwarts Paul George and Paul Millsap moving to the West coast.Aside from its promising core, the Sixers also recently picked up solid veterans like sharpshooter J.J Redick and dependable big man Amir Johnson.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT However, current Sixers General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Brian Colangelo is asking fans to temper their expectations for the time being.“I think any talk of playoffs is getting a little ahead of ourselves,” said Colangelo, according to NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The East is definitely in flux right now and a lot of changes are happening,” he added. “A lot of changes are happening to this roster and we’re not going to know what we have until we actually play some games, when we get together in the fall and we go through a camp and we start to play live NBA games.”The entire city of Philadelphia, meanwhile, is fully embracing its “Trust the Process” mantra, which was popularized by former executive Sam Hinkie as a precaution for fans to be patient during the team’s consecutive losing seasons. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Toby Roland-Jones to make England Test debut at The Oval

first_imgMiddlesex right-arm seamer Toby Roland-Jones will make his England Test debut against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday after Mark Wood was ruled out with a heel injury.The 29-year-old has one limited overs cap for England, and captain Joe Root said Roland-Jones would be keen to take his chance in the third game of the four-match series, which is level at 1-1.”Toby has looked good in the lead-up to the first two matches in practice and he’s had a good couple of years,” said Root. “He’ll be desperate to show what he can do with the red ball.”After a convincing win in his first test as England skipper, Root’s captaincy came in for criticism after England were thrashed by 340 runs in the second test at Trent Bridge, and he said the team were eager to make amends.”The most important thing is that we learn from the experience and make sure we improve,” Root said. “It’s a settled dressing room that is desperate to get better and know that we are a better side than we performed last week.”We have to bounce back strongly and it’s important we put in a strong performance.”The match will be the 100th Test at the Oval — making it the fourth ground to reach that milestone after Lord’s, Melbourne and Sydney.last_img read more

POWER OUTAGE AFFECTS SOUTH SIOUX CUSTOMERS

first_imgICE FORMING ON POWER LINES FROM FREEZING RAIN LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON LED TO A MAJOR POWER OUTAGE IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY.CITY OFFICIALS SAY NEARLY 3000 CUSTOMERS WERE AFFECTED INCLUDING MUCH OF THE BUSINESS AREA OF SOUTH SIOUX.NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT CREWS MADE REPAIRSPOWER WAS RESTORED TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES AROUND 6PM.last_img

Victorian Junior Elite Camp

first_imgVictoria’s under 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will come together this weekend to learn from some of Australia’s best coaches and players as part of the 2013 Touch Football Victoria Junior Elite camp. On Saturday, 20 July and Sunday, 21 July the teams will converge on Lake Dewar Lodge in Myrniong in the lead up to their respective national events later in the year – for the under 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships and for the under 15’s teams, the School Sport Australia National Championships. Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett, Australian 20’s Girls coach, Swain Rovelli, Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy and Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant will attend the camp to share their skills and knowledge with Victoria’s best up-and-coming talent. For more information about the weekend, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Victoria website – www.victouch.com.au. Related LinksTFV Jnr Elite Camplast_img read more

Alabama Star Dylan Moses Posts Message Following His Surgery

first_imgAn Alabama Crimson Tide HelmetATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama received tough news this past week.Star linebacker Dylan Moses tore his ACL during practice. Moses will be out for the year.On Saturday morning, the junior linebacker posted on Instagram to announce he’s underwent successful surgery.“Thank you to everyone who reached out and wished me prayers,” Moses said in his caption, via Instagram. “I had a successful surgery and look forward to rehab so I can get back on the field. It’s been a tough couple days for me mentally but I’ve held myself together with the help of my family and the people who support me. God has a plan and my faith has not and will not shake from this. I know I will come back stronger than ever with the help of @alabamafbl training staff. Also, being that I won’t be able to see the field with my brothers, I will continue to lead from the side and push them to achieve greatness for them selves and help them strive to be the best version of themselves possible, for it is not all about being a great player, but a great person as well. Lastly, thanks to everyone for the support and ROLL TIDE TILL I DIE!”Moses is already ready to get back to work, this time in the form of rehab. It’s nice to see he’s surrounded by family during a difficult moment in his life.Fortunately for Moses and Alabama, he still has a redshirt year available. He’ll be able to return to the field in 2020 with two years of collegiate eligibility remaining, though he’s also considered a top NFL Draft prospect.last_img read more

Forest Industry Jobs and Economic Impact Increasing

first_img The report is available at http://forestns.ca/. The industry recovered from a global financial crisis which led to major mill closures and Nova Scotia’s export of wood products and pulp and paper reached $700 million in 2015. $800 million contribution to provincial gross domestic product. It was $575 million in 2012 forest products industry ranks fifth in Nova Scotia’s contribution to gross domestic product in the goods producing sector forest products industry ranks second in Nova Scotia’s jobs in goods producing sector forest products industry ranks third in Nova Scotia’s exporters in goods producing sector A new report on Nova Scotia’s forest industry shows recent increases in the number of people employed and in economic activity. Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines welcomes the report, which was released this week by Forest Nova Scotia. “Forestry is a long-standing economic driver in Nova Scotia, which is now generating more than $2 billion in economic activity,” said Mr. Hines. “This is a strong recovery for the forest sector and the government wants to see it continue to grow good jobs in the province.” The report shows that the economic impact of the industry is $410 million in direct gross domestic product, $275 million in income in the pockets of Nova Scotians, 6,100 direct jobs and another 5,400 spinoff jobs. Employment in Nova Scotia’s forest industry has increased four per cent from 2012 to 2014. The independent report was produced by Gardner Pinfold Consultants Inc. Other highlights of the report include:last_img read more

Cabinet clears triple talaq slew of other crucial bills

first_imgNew Delhi: As promised, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday cleared a fresh bill to protect rights of married Muslim women by banning the practice of instant triple talaq.The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which was passed by the Cabinet, will be introduced in the upcoming Parliament session beginning June 17. While elaborating on the decisions taken by the Cabinet, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that the government was confident that the triple talaq bill would get passed in both the houses of the parliament as all demands of opposition parties had been taken into consideration. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”The government has made all the necessary changes in the bill. Given that our PM is committed towards sabka sath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas, this bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha unanimously,” Javadekar said, adding that the Bill proposes to declare the practice of triple talaq as void and illegal. “The Bill also provides for payment of subsistence allowance to married Muslim women and dependent children. It also proposes to make the offence cognizable,” Javadekar said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeIn another important decision, the Cabinet has cleared the Jammu Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which is aimed at giving relief to persons in J&K residing in areas adjoining International Border. Once the bill gets passed, about 3.5 lakh residents living in 435 villages adjoining International Border would get the reservation benefits in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in different professional courses. The Cabinet has also approved the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 making Aadhaar a voluntary requirement for KYC. Once the bill gets passed in both the Houses of the Parliament, no individual would be compelled to provide Aadhaar number unless provided by law. The Cabinet has also approved the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019, which would enable a 200-point roster system in universities and colleges. It will enable filling 7,000 existing vacancies of teachers across the country, the minister said.last_img read more

English Band Placebo in Rabats Mawazine Festival 2015

Rabat – Association Maroc Culture has revealed that English Alternative rock band Placebo will perform at the 14th edition of Mawazine Festival, which is scheduled to take place between May 29th and June 6th, 2015 in Rabat.Formed in 1994 in London by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and Guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal, the band have released seven studio albums that have sold around 11 million record worldwide.Placebo will meet their fans in Morocco on June 2nd, 2015 at the OLM Souissi stage in the capital Rabat. The 14th edition of Mawazine Festival will also see the participation of American Pop Rock band Maroon 5.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi on Lanka fishing issue

Jayalalithaa recalled that she had recently launched a landmark scheme of providing Rs 30 lakh subsidy assistance to 580 fishermen families for building 171 new Deep Sea Fishing Boats, the first of its kind in the country and a sum of Rs 51.3 crore had been sanctioned for the scheme.The Chief Minister also recalled that she had sought an assistance of Rs 1,520 crore as a comprehensive financial package from the Centre for diversification of fishing into India’s EEZ and to relieve pressure on the Palk Bay. “I request you to direct the Ministry of Agriculture to expeditiously consider and approve this proposal,” she added. “Till a comprehensive solution to this vexatious issue is found, I request you to appropriately convey to the Lankan authorities to instruct their Navy to refrain from apprehending our fishermen and impounding their fishing boats,” the Chief Minister said in her letter to the Prime Minister. She also said that there was high expectation in Tamil Nadu that the government headed by him at the Centre would act decisively on this very sensitive issue, which involved the livelihood of lakhs of poor fishermen in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. The Chief Minister requested the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to take up the matter with the Sri Lankan authorities urgently and secure the immediate release of the 16 fishermen and 26 fishing boats in Lanka’s custody, at the earliest. The Chief Minister said, understanding the plight of Tamil Nadu fishermen, her government had been implementing various innovative schemes to build up their capacity to venture deeper into Indian Exclusive Economic Zone for fishing. Bringing to the notice of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet another incident of arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged him to take immediate steps to release the 16 fishermen and their boats.She also urged the Prime Minister to initiate proactive measures that would bring about a permanent solution to the sensitive issue affecting the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in Tamil Nadu, The New Indian Express reported. read more

Major fire in Wattala forces road to be temporarily closed

A major fire broke out in a textile store in Wattala this evening forcing the main road to be temporarily closed.The Negombo-Colombo main road was closed as fire trucks attempted to extinguish the fire. Video Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/video-1553454351.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/video-1553454351.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.

Undercover cop case continues

A Toronto jury heard more allegations against Hamilton detective Constable Craig Ruthowsky today, including new evidence, that the officer was working with drug dealers and pocketing money. The 44 year-old has been suspended with pay since 2012, and is now on trial for charges that include bribery, trafficking cocaine and breach of trust.Former undercover officer Jennifer Lafleur was back on the stand after she broke down in tears yesterday, recalling the first operation that left her truly scared. She and her partner were trying to make a major drug deal with thousands of dollars, and were moved three times before they met up with their targets. Lafleur says she got urgent messages to pull out, and the deal was not completed. She was not allowed to give opinions in court, and her testimony ended with an agreed statement of fact. That it would be inappropriate for an officer to give up the identity of an undercover officer to a criminal.The crown alleges Craig Ruthowsky was being paid to protect a dealer, and that the officer called the dealer after the botched sting with Jennifer Lafleur, telling him he almost sold drugs to undercover officers.Next, the jury heard from Toronto Police drug expert John Margetson, who testified at length on his knowledge. He said he has never heard of a police officer taking a substance to a private lab for testing, as Ruthowsky is alleged to have done, to identify a cocaine cutting agent to cut costs for his dealer-associate. Health Canada does this for free for police.He also said the plants seized in this Stoney Creek bust in 2011 are too young to have produced any of the marijuana sold in the drug market. Court has heard Ruthowsky’s dealer-associate gave up this grow op in return for half the product, and he showed up at the scene to confirm the officer’s assertion the plants were not salable.Finally, the jury heard the beginning of a police interview with another officer who was once on the guns and weapons squad with Ruthowsky. Through his video statement, Robert Hansen says he knew that Ruthowsky got rid of a 5-foot-tall cocaine press that had been sitting in their office for some time.Ruthowsky is alleged to have sold the press to another dealer, taking two thousand and giving his dealer associate, the original cocaine press owner, $3000.Hansen’s video statement continues Friday. read more

UK weather June expected to be wettest on record as Met Office

He added: “The latest wet and wild weather over the weekend now means that we make it odds on to be the wettest on record.”Whilst we should get a warm summer overall it’s impossible to ignore the regular rain and we are taking bets on Wimbledon this year.”  “Heavy and persistent rain will continue for many, particularly across the east with thundery showers, especially in the south. “The driest and brightest weather will be found across the northwest. It will be often cool and windy across the country.”He added said that from Tuesday the rain will move to north east England and the West Midlands – but will last until Thursday. 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. With British temperatures recently rivalling the Mediterranean, it may have seemed that summer had firmly arrived. But June is now odds on to be the wettest on record, with yellow weather warnings issued for the coming week and the country set to be deluged by heavy rain. England is expected to see four days of rain, as forecasters at the Met Office warn of potential floods across the south east.Meteorologists claimed that 20 hours of continual downpours could be seen on Monday.Simon Partridge, of the Met Office, said: “There’s potential for floods anywhere east from Oxfordshire, extending down to the coast. “There’s weather warnings from Monday to Wednesday and starting from 4am, there will be 20 hours of rain in some places.”The downpours across southern England mean that around a month’s worth of rainfall could fall within 24 hours on Monday.Mr Partridge said: “Across this region we could see 40-60mm of rain and about 14-15 degrees Celsius on Monday, but it will feel colder due to rain.”England will see showers for much of the week. Scotland, in particular the west coast, will have the best of the weather for a change, with up to 18 degrees. strong wet weather Mr Partridge said: “It is unusual that the weather is coming in from the south east – it’s very slow moving and won’t just fizzle out.”This week will see potential highs of just 66.2F (19C), a marked shift from the 82.4F (28C) heat seen in London on June 3.   Bookmakers have said that 2019 could be the wettest year on record, whilst odds were 25-1 for it to rain on each day of Wimbledon. “We’re getting towards the half way point of June now and it’s been an incredibly wet month so far,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead. read more

Australia downgrades longterm outlook for Great Barrier Reef to very poor

first_img Friday 30 Aug 2019, 1:28 PM Short URL AUSTRALIA HAS DOWNGRADED the Great Barrier Reef’s long-term outlook to “very poor” for the first time today, as the world heritage site struggles with “escalating” climate change.In its latest five-yearly report on the health of the world’s largest coral reef system, the government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority singled out rising sea temperatures as the biggest threat to the giant organism.“The significant and large-scale impacts from record-breaking sea surface temperatures have resulted in coral reef habitat transitioning from poor to very poor condition,” the government agency said.“Climate change is escalating and is the most significant threat to the Region’s long-term outlook.“Significant global action to address climate change is critical to slowing deterioration of the Reef’s ecosystem and heritage values and supporting recovery,” it said.But the agency added that the threats to the 2,300-kilometre reef were “multiple, cumulative and increasing” and, in addition to warming seas, included agricultural runoff and coral-eating crown of thorns starfish. The agency said the outlook downgrade from “poor” in 2014 to “very poor” now reflected the greater expanse of coral deterioration across the massive reef, notably following back-to-back coral bleaching events caused by sea temperature spikes in 2016 and 2017.  “The window of opportunity to improve the reef’s long-term future is now,” it said. The conservative Australian government has faced criticism from environmentalists for favouring an expansion of its massive coal mining and export industry over action to curb climate change. Today’s reef report coincided with the release of new government data showing that Australia’s emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change continued a four-year rising trend during the first half of 2019. The government insists it is meeting its emissions targets as set under international protocols, including the Paris climate agreement, and argues that Australia’s total greenhouse gas output remains far below that of major polluting nations.“This report calls out climate change as the biggest threat to the reef,” Environment Minister Sussan Ley acknowledged at the release of the outlook report.  But she added: “We are taking the action that we’re required to do under our Paris agreements.” Environmentalists said the latest reef outlook put new pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison over his support for expanding production of coal, Australia’s biggest export. “Australia must do its fair share in the global effort to tackle climate pollution. That means moving on from digging up and burning coal and gas for our energy,” said Kelly O’Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation.  The United Nations had asked to receive the latest update on the reef’s health by December so that it can determine whether the site can retain its world heritage status when UNESCO next considers the issue in 2020.  The reef is estimated to be worth at least €3.6 billion a year to the Australian economy – serving as a magnet for tourists and emblem of the country. Ian Poiner, chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, said that “the reef remains vibrant, beautiful, and it is still resilient”.“However, coral reefs globally are declining, including the Great Barrier Reef, and we know why. The reason is… climate change impacts that require a global response.”© – AFP 2019 Image: Shutterstock/JC Photo 18,106 Views Share61 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4789176 Australia downgrades long-term outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ “Climate change is escalating and is the most significant threat to the Region’s long-term outlook.” By AFP 45 Comments Aug 30th 2019, 1:28 PM Image: Shutterstock/JC Photolast_img read more

The Pirate Bay prison ferme pour ses fondateurs

first_imgThe Pirate Bay : prison ferme pour ses fondateursLa justice suédoise a réduit, en appel, les peines de prison ferme infligées à deux fondateurs et au financier de l’annuaire de fichiers peer-to-peer (P2P) The Pirate Bay. Selon la cour d’appel chargée du dossier, Fredrik Neij, 32 ans, a été condamné à dix mois de prison ferme, Peter Sunde, du même âge, a écopé de huit mois, et Carl Lundström, l’homme d’affaire de 50 ans a été condamné à quatre mois.Accusé de faciliter le téléchargement illégal, The Pirate Bay avait été épinglé bien avant cette année. En avril 2009, les fondateurs et le financier étaient condamnés en première instance à un an de prison ferme. Ils devaient également payer solidairement 3,3 millions d’euros de dommages et intérêts. Après avoir fait appel, le nouveau procès a eu lieu entre le 28 septembre et le 15 octobre. Si la peine de prison ferme a été réduite de quelques mois, la somme à payer est, elle, plus importante : environ 4,6 millions d’euros.Le troisième fondateur du site, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 26 ans, condamné en première instance, doit faire l’objet d’un autre procès. Des problèmes de santé l’ont empêché de comparaître et de venir du Cambodge, où il vit.The Pirate Bay a été fondé fin 2003 et compte plus de 23 millions d’utilisateurs à travers le monde, qui recherchent chaque jour à télécharger des films, de la musique ou des jeux. Selon l’AFP, la décision de justice ne devrait pas entraver le fonctionnement du site. Le 26 novembre 2010 à 18:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cowlitz coroner rules train collision deaths accidental

first_imgKELSO — Authorities have ruled the deaths of two people in the collision of an Amtrak train and car in southwest Washington as accidental.The Daily News in Longview reports Cowlitz County Coroner Tim Davison said a video Amtrak released Wednesday shows the driver of the car failed to stop at a train crossing at a private intersection.Authorities say 29-year-old Gildardo Cruz Vera Strickler of Kelso was driving with 32-year-old with Sonya Sussanna Wallace of Longview in the passenger seat.The vehicle was eastbound approaching the crossing. Authorities say witnesses reported both occupants turned their heads when the Amtrak conductor sounded the locomotive horn.Davidson says the video shows Vera Strickler attempting to accelerate out of the way.The coroner’s office says Vera Strickler died from blunt force head injuries and Wallace died from multiple blunt force bodily injuries.last_img read more

Soy Growers Ask President Trump to Support Renewable Fuel Standard

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) joined the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the National Renderers Association on a letter last week, urging President Donald Trump to keep his promises to support and protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).Reports indicate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted exemptions from RFS volume obligations to several refineries for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years. EPA has apparently granted Andeavor a hardship waiver for its three smallest refineries, despite the fact that their profits last year were approximately $1.5 billion dollars. At least two other refineries with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual profits appear to have also been granted exemptions.The biodiesel industry is extremely concerned with EPA’s decision to give large, profitable refiners waivers from their RFS obligations, which reduces demand for biodiesel and feedstock providers.ASA, NBB, and the National Renderers Association also note concern with the inconsistent signals from the administration.“Contrary to your steadfast support, the EPA has undermined the RFS through recent actions granting so-called ‘hardship’ exemptions designed for small refiners,” the letter states. “This has a direct impact on consumers, renderers, fuel marketers, biofuel producers and hundreds of thousands of American soybean farmers. The actions taken by the EPA undermine the integrity of the RFS and stand in direct contrast to your pledge of support…”]Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing the so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS, provide topline information about the waivers already issued, disclose whether or not the agency redistributed the waived volume obligations among the non-exempted obligated parties and outline the agency’s plan to make the waiver process more transparent. The full text of the senators’ letter can be found here.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Tom Hance in the ASA Washington office at 202-969-7040 or thance@soy.orglast_img read more

Off Beat Egyptologist finds parallels between ancient modern societies

first_imgAn authority on ancient Egypt provided her expertise recently when The Columbian previewed a new exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.Kara Cooney enjoys finding modern parallels for ancient concepts. Lots of things can change over the centuries, she said, but people are still people — “Often with the same DNA, and the same social systems and inequalities.”She says that shared humanity is why “being in the presence of a mummified body is very humbling. They were a living, breathing person.”“We’re not invulnerable. We’re just like them,” said Cooney, associate professor of Egyptology at UCLA. “You will be what they are.”Cooney produced and created a series for the Discovery Channel, “Out of Egypt,” showing the ancient roots of elements of modern society.“It’s fun for me. There is a lot of stuff on TV where the producers get it wrong,” she said.She was on Craig Ferguson’s late-night TV show last week, discussing how political unrest has threatened the security of Egypt’s museums and cultural treasures. (The segment is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf3iO4NxWc8). ‘Lost’ assignmentOn another TV series, however, her job wasn’t to explain: It was to mystify. The producers of ABC’s “Lost” asked Cooney to write Egyptian hieroglyphics that could be sprinkled through episodes of the show.last_img read more

Herbert Smith Freehills appoints Vaughan

first_imgInternational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Ellie Vaughan as senior reward and benefits manager.Previously, Vaughan worked as UK reward manager at legal organisation DLA Piper, reward manager at charity Alzheimer’s Society, and reward and recognition advisor at Cancer Research UK.last_img

In police custody at night 4 men dead dumped next morning

first_imgJamal Uddin, father of Faruk Hossain, sheds tears after seeing his son`s body at Narayanganj General Hospital. Photo: Dinar MahmudFaruk Hossain was living with his wife and son in Purinda area of Araihazar, Narayanganj. He was earning a living serving as driver of Glory Paribahan bus that runs from Bhulta to Gulistan.Faruk was picked up by a group of plainclothesmen from his house on Friday afternoon and later taken to Bhulta police outpost, his wife Taslima Begum said. Other witnesses said, three others were also detained.Taslima went to Bhulta police outpost to see her husband with homemade foods on Saturday night.The next morning, she came to know that the bullet-hit body of Faruk and those of three others were recovered from beside the highway in Araihazar upazilla.Each of them was shot in the head from point-blank distance, their primary autopsy reports suggest.The three other victims were identified as Zahirul Islam, Sabuj Sardar and Lutfur Rahman.Local transport workers in Bhulta said they heard that bus-driver Faruk was killed in ‘crossfire’ by the police. A bus owner also visited the outpost and saw the dead bodies. Faruk’s father contacted the certain bus owner seeking help to release his son, the family said.The bus owner, however, could not be reached for comments.Officials of Bhulta police outpost and district police denied such allegations.According to the police statements, they recovered four bullet-hit bodies from a place beside the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Pachrukhi area of Araihazar upazila in Naranyanganj on Sunday morning.The police recovered two loaded firearms and an abandoned microbus from the spot, they said.One of the victims, Lutfur Rahman, was identified by his wife Reshma Akhter at Narayanganj General Hospital morgue on Sunday afternoon.Lutfur was a microbus driver for many years, according to Reshma.Faruk’s wife Taslima told Prothom Alo that, three relatives from their village Sabuj, Zahirul and Liton were staying at their house and they were picked up on Friday.Liton is still missing and no one knows about his whereabouts.Taslima said she did not know Lutfur Rahman, the microbus driver.On Saturday, Taslima came to know from a bus owner that Faruk had been kept in Bhulta police outpost and went there with dinner items for her husband.The police, first, barred her from meeting Faruk. But after her requests, the police let Taslima see her husband. Then, Faruk told her, “They (police) severely beat me. And so, I admitted everything (they wanted I do).”Taslima could not, however, clarify what ‘everything’ meant.Faruk’s father Jamal Uddin, Sabuj’s father Khairul Sardar and Zahirul’s father-in-law came to Narayanganj from Pabna on Saturday morning.Jamal Uddin said he contacted with a bus owner through one of his nephews. The bus owner told him that all of them were kept in Bhulta police outpost.“I requested the bus owner whether the police would send Faruk and others to court. After that, he acquired information and told me that all of them have been kept in the police outpost,” Jamal Uddin told Prothom Alo.And then on Sunday morning the bus owner told Jamal Uddin that three of them were taken to somewhere else early in the morning and only one was kept in the outpost.Faruk’s wife Taslima said she went to the outpost on Sunday morning and finding no one there, she started crying for her husband there. At that time, the police threatened her to open fire on her, she said.Bhulta police outpost in-charge inspector Rafikul Islam told this correspondent that such incidents never took place.Also the police superintendent of Narayanganj said, “Whoever are spreading such rumours, are telling lies.”The police, however, filed two cases against unknown miscreants under Murder and Arms Act following the killing.Liton’s whereaboutsLiton was picked up with Faruk and two others on Friday. His brother Ripon told Prothom Alo that they heard Rupganj highway police recovered the body of an unknown man from the area and later buried it.The body could be Liton’s and the family was trying to identify it, Ripon added.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain and Farjana Liakat.last_img