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Maharashtra government formation | NCP to get Deputy Chief Minister post, Speaker will be from Congress

first_imgMaharashtra politics live | Top developments on November 27, 2019 Maharashtra poltics: Aaditya Thackeray and Rohit Pawar the centre of attraction as MLAs take oath Supporting BJP-led government was no revolt, says Ajit Pawar Mr. Ajit Pawar’s return to the State Cabinet was not confirmed till late in the night after a meeting of top leaders of the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress was held for over four-and-a-half hours. The leaders clarified that the names of the Ministers will be announced only on Thursday morning.Maharashtra Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray, the senior and junior Pawars, along with top NCP leaders and senior leaders of the Congress from Delhi and Maharashtra, participated in the meeting to discuss the distribution of portfolios. NCP leader Praful Patel addressing a press conference after the meeting said one Deputy Chief Minister of the NCP will take oath along with Mr. Thackeray. “The post of Speaker will go to the Congress while the NCP will get the Deputy Speaker’s post,” he said.Also Read Two days after the failed rebellion to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a bid to form the government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar returned, addressing party MLAs at a meeting here on Wednesday.“I am with Sharad Pawar. I was always with him and the party. I have no complaint against anyone. Neither have I any ill will against anyone. There are no problems within the Pawar family,” said Mr. Ajit Pawar. On Tuesday night, Mr. Ajit Pawar had visited the house of his uncle and NCP president Sharad Pawar where both reportedly decided to let bygones be bygones. Also Read Mr. Patel clarified that the Cabinet expansion will take place after the government clears the trust vote in the Assembly.According to Mr. Patel, only two ministers of each party will take oath along with the CM and deputy CM. However, he did not announce the name of the deputy CM who will be taking oath along with Mr. Thackeray. Among the top contenders for the deputy CM post include NCP State president Jayant Patil. A group within the NCP is backing Mr. Ajit Pawar’s name for the same.Also Read According to sources, the bone of contention within the parties was the post of Speaker as the NCP was not ready to give the post to the Congress, especially former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The issue has now been sorted out.Late Wednesday night, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray visited Congress president Sonia Gandhi thanking her for the support and also inviting her to the swearing-in ceremony, to be held on Thursday evening.Preparations for the swearing-in ceremony are in full swing. Sena MP Vinayak Raut said the party has invited 400 farmer families for the programme. In addition invitations have been sent to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejariwal. Mr. Thackeray’s estranged cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS chief Raj Thackeray is also likely to get an invite.last_img read more

Mumbai to get museum on Master Blaster

first_imgA museum dedicated to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will soon be constructed in his home city, Mumbai.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has zeroed in on the Andheri Sports Complex in Andheri and another sports complex in Borivali for the project that was announced two years ago, civic body officials said, adding the work on it is likely to start soon.The museum will have cricket memorabilia associated with Tendulkar such as the bats and pads used by him and his rare photographs since childhood. It will also feature his interviews, what people close to him say, and anecdotes about him, they said.Significantly, it will also have an audio visual presentation of the cricketer’s achievements and records. As Tendulkar has himself said that the 2011 World Cup win is the most precious moment of his life, the BMC has decided to have a section dedicated to this win.According to BMC officials, the museums will also display the cricketing history of Mumbai that will include the story of its ‘maidans’ (cricket grounds) and other cricketing heroes who have emerged from the city.While it was the state government that announced the project in 2010 to showcase the achievements of the batting legend, the civic body’s move to find an appropriate place to house the museum signals that the Shiv Sena-controlled civic body has made peace with him.The cricketer had drawn the ire of Shiv Sena for his ‘Mumbai-is-for-all’ remarks in 2009. While MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who is known to be close to Tendulkar, did not react, it was the Sena that targeted him. In attacks that were clearly personal, it questioned his contribution to Mumbai cricket and also asked him to just concentrate on cricket.advertisementThe Sena was also miffed that Tendulkar had not been responding to its letters informing of its desire to felicitate him. Earlier this year when he scored his 100th international century, the BMC once again wrote to him but when he didn’t reply, former Shiv Sena mayors said the civic body should not approach him again on the issue.last_img read more

Virat Kohli stars on green Dhaka pitch as India crush Pakistan

first_imgVirat Kohli hit 49 runs off 51 balls as India beat Pakistan by five wickets in an Asia Cup match on Saturday where both rivals endured dramatic batting collapses.In a sublime spell of fast bowling Mohammad Amir reduced India to 8-3 before Kohli guided his team to overhaul Pakistan’s atrocious 83 with almost five overs left.Yuvraj Singh was unbeaten on 14, combining a 68-run partnership with Kohli for the fourth wicket. (Here’s how Virat Kohli overcame a fiery Mohammad Amir in tense chase)Earlier, India fast bowler Hardik Pandya returned his career best 3-8.Left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed 2-11 while fast bowlers Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah and left arm spinner Yuvraj Singh chipped in with one wicket apiece for India. (Virat Kohli congratulates Mohammad Amir after scripting Indian victory over Pakistan) Only two Pakistan batsmen could reach double digits in its lowest total against India. Sarfraz Khan scored 25 while Khurram Manzoor added 10, with extras contributing 15.India won the toss and opted to bowl, exploiting the reckless batting of Pakistan on a seaming track.Two needless runouts – Manzoor and Shahid Afridi (2) – didn’t help on a dire day for Pakistan’s batting.Chasing a seemingly easy target, India had a desperate start after Amir’s double blow in the first over, trapping Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane – both leg-before and without scoring.Amir then removed Suresh Raina for a single in another fuller length delivery to leave India at 8-3.Kohli showed his class against the four-man hostile bowling attack with support from Yuvraj Singh who appeared uncomfortable but somehow managed to keep his wicket intact.advertisementWith eight required to win, fast bowler Mohammad Sami (2-16) broke the partnership by removing Kohli after he clobbered seven fours in his match-winning innings.Sami then claimed Hardik Pandya (0) but captain MS Dhoni, with 7 not out, smashed a cover-drive boundary in the next over off Wahab Riaz for India’s victory.last_img read more


first_imgThe Qld Junior State Cup will be held at Glasshouse from July 7-9. The divisions are boys and girls Under 11, 13, 15 and 17. Keep an eye on the Queensland website for all the nomination forms and conditions of entry. Touch SA has loads of big news this week…they are holding a level 1 coaching course throughout June/July. It’s a great opportunity to expand your basic knowledge and skills in coaching and to help those that you coach…if you’re interested check out all the info on Peter Topp is on annual leave until April 26th, in the interest of his email inbox please try to not send him too many emails, especially large ones, as he will be unable to answer them for several days. Touch SA’s best Open players battled it out over the weekend for the Mitchell Cup, with the Mariners taking both the Mens and Womens Open titles over the Rangers. For all the results and the SA Open Squads that were named following the competition, check out The 2006 NSW Affiliate Conference is being held this weekend, 22-23 April at the Bankstown Sports Club. To check out the program or for more information, visit the NSW Touch website. ACT Touch are looking for officials for their Under 18 National Championships sides, check out for more info. Keep tuned to the TFA website for a great story out of Touch SA….Game Development Officer Andy Crawford has just traveled Pitjantjatjara Lands (Pit Lands) in the North West of SA, for a week long development program. The Northern NSW Eagles and Hunter Western NSW Hornets are both holding upcoming annual general meetings. Check out the dates, times and venues at The Sporting Images photographs from the 2006 NTL are up on for viewing and purchase. Just go to the website and find the Touch section and scroll through the pictures. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a souvenir or perhaps a present for a family member, friend or coach. center_img Touch Football Queensland have announced their sides for the 2006 State of Origin competition, check out Welcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, it’s the post Easter edition and after several days of bunking down with roast dinners and endless Easter eggs, we’re all back at work ready to go for another week…The Fox TV coverage on the National Touch League package has been well received, with countless compliments received in the office for the standard of the coverage, commentary and footage. Check out the TFA website later this week for a full story on the coverage. Touch SA are also running an Affiliate Training and Information day on Sunday August 27, from 10am-3pm. There is no cost to the affiliate and is open to all. The day will cover several different topics, for the full list check out the Touch SA website. The TFA tipping competition is heating up, with ‘Richo’ sitting on top of the NRL standings with ‘Smitya’ also on 29 points. Richo, if that’s you Glen Richardson Touch Football Queensland Development Officer, well…we’re after you. In the AFL competition ‘Mexican’ is holding a two point lead after round 3, but with their results going backwards each week a large group are on Mexican’s tail and next week’s tips look like they could provide some difficult choices. Dubbo is hosting the 2006 NSW Touch Country Championships on 27-28 May at Lady Cutler Reserve. For more information visit the NSW Touch website. In Victorian news, a chilly wind did nothing to discourage teams fighting for the prize money at the 2006 Victorian Country Knockout. For the full story, check out Remember, if you have any info for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch please email read more

Terry Saban Called To Offer Condolences To Family Of Famous Auburn Fan Tammy Bullard

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his wife Terry after beating the Georgia Bulldogs.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his wife Terry after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Auburn superfan Tammy Bullard, one of the most famous regular callers to The Paul Finebaum Show, was tragically killed late last week.Bullard and her three-year old granddaughter were involved in a deadly crash with a commercial vehicle. From State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell said the driver of a commercial vehicle carrying some kind of explosive material was traveling eastbound when he possibly blew a tire and the truck overturned on its side.It then veered into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane and collided with an SUV carrying the woman and the infant. Both have been confirmed dead. The truck driver was flown to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center.Both Paul Finebaum and fellow SEC Network personality Laura Rutledge attended the funeral for Tammy Bullard.While in attendance, Finebaum delivered a message from Terry Saban, Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s wife..@finebaum & @LauraMRutledge attended memorial service for Tammy Bullard today.Paul: “Terry Saban called me to offer condolences from her & her husband.”Prayers to an @AuburnFootball family from @AlabamaFTBL 1st lady #Classy @SECNetwork— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) November 21, 2018More on Finebaum’s appearance, from WBRC’s Rick Karle:“It was very thoughtful of Paul Finebaum & Laura Rutledge of the SEC Network to attend today’s memorial service in Columbiana, AL for Finebaum caller Tammy Renae Bullard & Tammy’s 3-year-old granddaughter (both Paul & Laura wanted to be there without fanfare). When something like this happens, Tide & Tiger fans unite, and a perfect example comes from the Southeastern Conference star himself: Paul says that he received a call over the weekend from Terry Saban. Miss Terry passed along condolences from both herself & Nick, & told Paul that they were there for Tammy’s family. Prayers to the world’s biggest Auburn Tigers fan from the Alabama Football first lady. That, my friend, is what class is all about. RIP Tammy- I hope Paul’s heartfelt words helped ease some of the pain of your family members, and remember that both Tide & Tiger fans are praying for you & those who love you. Here’s a big “War Eagle” to you!”That is a very nice gesture by Finebaum. His callers are a huge part of what makes his show a unique entity down in SEC country, and Tammy was one of the two or three staples in those ranks. Finebaum would probably be the first to tell you that.last_img read more

Listen Up: These are Best Podcasts For Beer Lovers

first_imgThe BeeristsThe delights of on-demand culture nurture our most specific proclivities and passions, no matter what they are. With the click of a button, we can access sights and sounds that are tailor-made for our hobbies and interests.As an audio complement to streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, subscribing to podcasts allows listeners to curate their very own pocket-sized talk radio stations, full of the content that interests them the most.Best beer podcastsCraft Beer RadioThe Brewing NetworkGood Beer HuntingThe BeeristsBrew / Drink / Run Editors’ Recommendations Thanks to shows like the hit NPR-produced Serial series, podcasts, which have been around for more than a decade, have finally hit the mainstream. The apps and software used for finding and subscribing to shows are becoming more advanced and easier to use. And the quantity and quality of productions is increasing exponentially.For those interested in craft beer, there are a number of excellent podcasts available for your listening pleasure.Craft Beer RadioCraft Beer Radio is the OG beer podcast, having been in production since 2005. It offers a weekly roundup of informative and in-depth reviews. If you’re new to craft beer, this may be a good choice as they focus on specific styles and tasting notes. Listening to others taste beer and describe their palate interactions is the perfect way to improve your own tasting skills.ListenThe Brewing NetworkFor those interested in home brewing, there is a whole podcast network waiting for you. There are nine shows in production, including a video podcast, so you can really hone in on your topic of choice. For example, The Session has interviews with world-class brewmasters while The Sour Hour educates listeners about wild-fermented and other sour ale styles.ListenGood Beer HuntingMichael Kiser has parlayed his website into a podcast series that interviews a wide range of the professionals and hobbyists who make craft beer special. These are stories of heart, perseverance, and creativity that shine a light on the people behind the brews.ListenThe BeeristsThis podcast includes a diverse crew of friends as they dissect a themed panel of beers on every episode. Often veering into the tipsy, it’s a humorous and entertaining peek inside an informal tasting group.ListenBrew / Drink / RunFinally, I would be remiss if I didn’t plug my own podcast. Along with my co-hosts, we take the intersection of craft beer and healthy lifestyles to its logical conclusion by hosting a roundtable discussion where we review beer, discuss our workout regimens and play a few silly games along the way. We don’t take ourselves too seriously because beer and the camaraderie that it fosters should be fun. With more than 200 episodes, there’s plenty to binge on.ListenIn addition to these fine shows, there are even craft beer podcasts dedicated to local scenes, like the Georgia-based Beer Guys Radio, Oklahoma Craft Beer, and San Diego BeerTalk Radio. Whether you’re looking to learn more about beer styles, the brewers behind the beer or just listen in to a group of friends enjoy a pint, there’s a craft beer podcast just for you.If you burn through all of these, you should check out our favorite podcasts for road trips, our top overall picks for 2018, these productive podcasts to help get your life together, some spooky horror podcasts, the best fiction podcasts overall, or The Manual’s own podcast. Need more suggestions? Here are some of our faves for men’s fashion, and true crime.If you’re new to the podcast, you’ll need one of the top apps for listening. If you’re more interested in the small screen, these are the best podcasts that have been adapted into TV shows.Article originally published March 4, 2017. Last updated August 4, 2018. The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout center_img The Best Podcasts to Listen to in 2019 The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidents last_img read more

New Democrats say safeguards in place for their leadership process

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal New Democrats have confidence in the voting system they have in place for their leadership race as mud continues to fly over the recently concluded Conservative campaign.“The voting system we have implemented is extremely rigorous and contains numerous safeguards to ensure that the results are accurate and verifiable,” Rick Devereux, the NDP’s director of leadership, said Tuesday in an email to The Canadian Press.“The fact that members will be able to vote online also diminishes the risk of human error. That being said, the ballots will be kept in a secure place after the election of the new leader.”The destruction of the paper ballots from the Conservative leadership race immediately after it concluded on May 27 is one of several concerns that have surfaced in the days since Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer beat out Quebec MP Maxime Bernier for the top job.Another has been that the party reported 141,362 ballots were counted on that day while the voters’ list sent to each campaign showed just 133,896 voted, according to media reports citing red flags raised by Bernier’s supporters.The difference of 7,466 is just slightly higher than the number of votes that separated Scheer and Bernier on the final ballot. In the 13th round, Scheer received 62,593 to 55,544 for Bernier.The race wasn’t won on votes, however, but on the points allocated to candidates based on the percentage share of the votes they received in each riding across the country.The Conservative party has explained the difference in vote totals as being the product of human error — volunteers checked off names by hand of those who voted in person on May 27 at polling stations across the country, and didn’t strike the names from the party’s central electronic list.The party has said that doesn’t mean anyone could have voted twice, as the paper list noted those who’d already voted by mail.Others are complaining about never receiving a ballot, despite asking for one multiple times. The party has placed the blame for that on Canada Post and not on their own officials.No formal complaint over the process has been filed to the race’s organizing committee, said party spokesman Cory Hann, who also pointed to the rules agreed to by all candidates.“The vote, organized by the (chief returning officer) and verified by the independent auditor (of valid ballots and points received) is final and binding,” reads the applicable section of the rules.While many of the complaints have been made anonymously, party officials have not shied away from defending the process.“I maintain that the process wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t biased and it produced a result which should now be accepted by all,” Derek Vanstone, the deputy returning officer, said Tuesday on Twitter.Conservative MP and defeated leadership candidate Erin O’Toole said in a statement Tuesday that he has no complaints about the voting system.“Based on my team’s experience with the leadership election, I am very confident that the process was run fairly,” he said.The NDP are using a similar ballot to the Conservatives, allowing members to rank their preferences among the candidates in the race. There are currently five.But unlike the Tories, the NDP won’t count all the ballots on the same day. Instead, the party is planning for several rounds of ballot tallying spread out over weeks if no candidate hits the 50+1 per cent threshold in the first round.Those who are casting ballots online can change their vote in between the rounds. The first round begins on September 18 and ends on October 1.The New Democrats are no stranger to vote counts going wrong; during the 2012 leadership campaign, the party’s website was attacked, leading to lengthy delays in voting and the announcement of results.The Conservatives had cited the NDP’s experience as one of the reasons they opted to forgo online voting during their race.last_img read more

Voters in Northwest Territories elect newcomers more women to legislature

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE — Voters in the Northwest Territories were willing to give newcomers a chance in a territorial election on Tuesday that was tough on incumbents.Seven politicians who were running again, including two cabinet ministers, were defeated.Voters also elected a high number of women, who will represent nine of the territory’s 19 seats in the legislature — up from two elected in 2015.Bob McLeod, who was premier for eight years, did not run for re-election and his successor won’t be immediately known.Under the territory’s consensus-style government, politicians run individually instead of under a party banner.The winners meet shortly after the election to choose a premier and who will be in cabinet.The new premier then assigns portfolios.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

I-T dept attaches Geelani’s Delhi house on wilful tax evasion charges

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department has attached a house of hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani located in Delhi in connection with an over Rs 3.62 crore tax evasion case against him.The flat is located in south Delhi’s Khirki Extension locality in Malviya Nagar. A Tax Recovery Officer (TRO) of the department sealed the house as Geelani allegedly failed to pay Rs 3,62,62,160 income tax for assessment years 1996-97 to 2001-02, said an order accessed by PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The department has undertaken the action under section 222 of the I-T Act (assessee deemed in default of tax payment) and “prohibited and restrained” the Hurriyat Conference leader from transferring the asset. An order was issued on March 29 by the department. TRO is the enforcement action taking arm of the tax department and deals with cases of wilful defaulters. The authority is empowered to attach an asset and subsequently auction it to realise the tax dues. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), last month, levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on Geelani in a 17-year-old case of illegal possession of USD 10,000 in alleged contravention of foreign exchange law. The foreign currency, equivalent to about Rs 6.90 lakh, had also been confiscated by the ED as part of an order issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) on March 20. This currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at Geelani’s residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002.last_img read more

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev to Visit Morocco in October

Rabat – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is due to make a visit to Morocco in October, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Moscow announced Monday.“We expect Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to make a visit in October, and hope that it will prove to be an important landmark as far as partnership between our countries goes,” Lecheheb told Russian press agency TASS.The Moroccan ambassador praised relations between Rabat and Moscow, expressing the Kingdom’s interest in doing business with Russia. “We are ready for co-production activities together with Russian companies and would welcome Russian investment.”He added that strengthening ties with Russia is a “strategic choice” for Morocco.TASS said that the Russian government’s press service stated that the prime minister might visit Morocco and Algeria.Russia entertains good military relations with Algeria, currently the major Arab and African buyer of Russian weapons.In recent months, Morocco has sought better relationships with Russia. In March 2016 King Mohammed VI visited Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin.During his visit, the monarch expressed his desire to boost cooperation with Russia.The two countries agreed to extend cooperation to security. A key agreement was signed on mutual protection of secret information in the military and military-technical areas, in addition to a joint statement on counter-terrorism.Earlier in July, the sixth Mixed Moroccan-Russian Commission for Economic, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation was held in Moscow, during which the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, declared the kingdom’s ambition to become Russia’s major Arab and African partner. read more

Indian tribunal revokes ban on Sri Lankan docudrama

Sri Lankan film Muttrupulliya, a docu-drama that portrays the life of the Tamil ethnic population in post-war Sri Lanka, has won its appeal with the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in Chennai refused to certify it, The Hindu newspaper reported.Directed by Sherine Xavier, a Sri Lankan national, the film was screened at the Jaffna Film Festival in Colombo, but it could not be premiered in India as the CBFC said it was “glorifying the bad effects” of the bloody conflict that killed about 100,000 people in a 23-year-long military campaign. “The picture will affect the neighbouring country relations. It also refers to real political leaders of Sri Lanka,” said the CBFC. “There is a picture of Prabakaran and the LTTE flag in a couple of scenes. It is a clear PR exercise for them [Prabakaran and LTTE],” he added. (Colombo Gazette) Ms. Xavier along with her producer T.S. Subramanian challenged the CBFC’s decision at the FCAT, which passed a ruling in their favour on February 1 but imposed some conditions for screening in India. The film-makers have agreed to morph the LTTE flags, cut out photographs of its slain leaders, issue a health warning against narcotics and put up a disclaimer that the film is a work of fiction inspired by real events.M. Mathialagan, Regional Officer at the Central Board of Film Certification in Chennai, told The Hindu that the film was banned after extensive consultation with senior censor board officials, which included its Mumbai-based chairman Pahlaj Nilhani. “They [film-makers] have shown an Indian girl rolling a hundred rupee note of Indian currency and snorting drugs through it. How can they disrespect our currency?,” said Mr. Mathialagan. read more

Jaguar Land Rover backs engineering and technology college

Jaguar Land Rover has given its backing to Warwick University Technical College (UTC) as part of a government drive to train more than 20,000 14 to 19-year-olds.Specialising in engineering and digital technology, the College will teach technical skills alongside academic qualifications, with work placements and guest speakers featuring prominently in the focused curriculum.The Education Minister Lord Hill said the new colleges would provide more choice for school pupils who could opt to join aged 14 or 16. “Right around the country there is a lot of enthusiasm from employers, universities, pupils and parents for high quality rigorous technical education. They provide more choice for children as well as helping provide the kind of highly-skilled technicians our economy needs. The response from employers to UTCs speaks for itself.” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Grads with organic strawberry business win Nitsopoulos award

Marty Verhey, left, and Nico Verhoef stand in their first strawberry patch.Two Brock graduates who have devised a way to mass produce strawberries have received this year’s Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award.Marty Verhey and Nico Verhoef have founded Perfect Patch Organic Growers, a Niagara company that uses leading edge technology to grow strawberries. The unique idea has won them the annual $10,000 award designed to foster businesses started by Brock graduates.With a strawberry patch on a Lincoln farm, Verhey and Verhoef, both 23, are pioneering new above-ground technology that allows strawberries to be mass produced. The berries are planted in chest-high troughs so they can reduce harvest labour costs and extend the season, harvesting strawberries both earlier and later in the year.“Our goal is to grow the perfect organic strawberry in a cost-effective manner on a scalable level,” said Verhey. “We see a lot of strawberry farmers with two acres of berries, selling their product at roadside stands. We thought ‘There has to be a way to efficiently produce at a larger scale.’”The pair also won the national Nicol Entrepreneurial Award in 2010 for their concept. They have partnered with Lincoln farmer Dan Tigchelaar to test their growing system.Verhey and Verhoef, who graduated in 2010 with Bachelors of Business Administration, are no strangers to the business world. Verhoef runs his own landscaping company in his native St. Catharines. Verhey operates a tree farm with his brother and works for his family’s business in Ancaster.The pair will plant their first berries on their test site – which is 1,000 linear feet of trough – sometime this month. They have space for about 4,000 plants.The Nitsopoulos award is a big boost, they said.“From a practical perspective, it helps us get off the ground,” Verhey said.And in terms of morale, Verhoef said, “it’s an award that’s backed by the community. It’s from an entrepreneur who knows the strengths of Niagara.”The Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award was established by the Nitsopoulos family, who own the Quality Hotel Parkway Convention Centre, the Holiday Inn and Days Inn in St. Catharines.The award reimburses expenditures of the winning company to a maximum of $10,000. The winners, who are chosen by a review committee, are also entitled to a free consulting session with a Faculty of Business appointed mentor, or the services of the Brock MBA Business Consulting Group.Local company Niagara E-Waste, which collects and disposes of waste such as TVs, computers and cell phones, received $3,400 in start-up funds through the award. Alumnus Ryan Dear started that company. read more

Womens volleyball Buckeyes still hungry as first half of season wraps up

Players of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate a team point during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 14. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorSo far this year, OSU has played 19 different teams, traveled to seven states, moved up and down the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll and seen the floor of St. John Arena only three times. OSU will be on the road yet again on Wednesday when they will battle the last remaining undefeated conference team, the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State sits at 16-3 overall this season.  The 19th-ranked Buckeyes (13-7) will then come back to Columbus to take on No. 11 Michigan State (16-4) on Saturday. Last time around, the Spartans swept OSU in East Lansing, Michigan, 3-0 (Oct. 7). OSU is nearing the homestretch of its season and facing, arguably, its toughest string of games yet. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team is anything but sluggish.“This team is hungry,” he said. “As long as we keep working hard and stay together…that’s going to pay some dividends at the end.” The Buckeyes will have to be hungry for a win when they travel to Happy Valley to face the Nittany Lions. Penn State boasts the second-highest hitting percentage in the nation. The team is also on a 14-match win streak – their last loss came on Sept. 4 against Stanford.Carlston admitted the dominance of Penn State’s 6-foot-3 junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington, but also said he sees a lot of opportunities for OSU to capitalize on. “If we can do what we’re planning on doing, which is staying aggressive and play with poise,” he said. “I like a lot of the matchups.”The Buckeyes will have three days after the Penn State match to make adjustments before their second go-round with Michigan State. Members of OSU’s team say that the quick turnaround from the first time they faced the Spartans is actually to their advantage. “It’s a little bit fresher in our minds,” senior setter Abby Fesl said. “We’ll analyze what happened last time so that we can be a little bit more prepared and more able to execute.” Fesl is new to the OSU sisterhood this season after transferring from the University of North Florida. She also said her team makes weekly goals in order to stay motivated for its grinding schedule ahead.  “We break things down kind of weekend by weekend, game by game,” she said. “We set goals for ourselves and try to accomplish those, so when we do, it’s a really great feeling.” Fesl’s teammate, junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree, added that at this midpoint in the season, she’s seen her team’s play change but it still hold true to its spirit. “We’re the same team in a lot of senses, like the personalities are still the same,” Goree said. “We’re still having fun together, but we are a different team because we’ve grown in a lot of different ways,” she said. Carlston also said that playing a constantly tough schedule is easier because of OSU’s investment into their team and themselves. “Our freshmen have kind of grown up before our eyes, but also our leadership has matured and really ‘bought in’ to the journey. It sounds cliché, but you need to,” he said. The Buckeyes’ journey will continue on Wednesday at 8 p.m. when they face Penn State. OSU will then take on Michigan State at St. John Arena at 6 p.m. on Saturday for the breast cancer awareness match. read more

Burton Maternity benefit cuts arent a disincentive to women working

first_imgCHANGES TO MATERNITY benefit won’t be a disincentive to new mothers wanting to work, Minister Joan Burton has said.The Social Protection Minister was questioned on the changes, which were brought in under Budget 2014, by Deputy Lucinda Creighton.The cut to the maternity benefit means it will be standardised at €230 per week from January for new claimants.A protest was staged by pregnant women and parents after the announcement in October, with the National Women’s Council saying the decision will lead to a “de-facto reduction of €32 per week for the vast majority of women”.Deputy Creighton asked the Minister for Social Protection “if she is concerned that the changes to maternity benefit will further discourage women into the labour force”. She said this was in view of “the ongoing rise in the number of women on the live register while the number of men is falling”.In response, Minister Burton said that this year her Department will spend €297.4 million on maternity benefit and adoptive benefit, with a weekly average of 21,800 recipients.She said that it is estimated that the number of people who will be affected in 2014 as result of the Budget 2014 change will be a weekly average of 16,500.“Persons currently in receipt and those receiving benefit before 6 January 2014 will not be affected by the change – they will continue to receive between €217.80 and €262 per week for the duration of their leave,” she pointed out.Burton also described Ireland’s maternity leave entitlements of over 42 weeks as “generous”, as women receive 26 weeks of paid leave and a further 16 weeks unpaid.“This is reflected by one of the highest birth rates in Europe and high participation by women in the labour force,” said Burton.She said that she had preserved the 26-week duration of the payment “because I realise how important this time is for families and their children”, and added that this level is in excess of the 14 weeks required under EU legislation.“I therefore do not believe that the changes to maternity benefit announced in Budget 2014 will act as a disincentive for women from entering the labour force,” she told Creighton.Read: Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget>PICS: Pregnant mothers protest against maternity benefit cut outside Dáil>last_img read more

Did your iPhone alarm work properly today

first_imgYou probably heard that iOS alarms had a nasty bug that prevent them from adjusting to daylight saving time. In case you didn’t, you might have found out this morning when you woke up an hour late. Yes, despite all those blog posts the iOS DST bug surely claimed some victims today.Anecdotally, I live in a two iPhone household so we got do some testing today. One iPhone was not adjusted at all, just as if we hadn’t heard about the bug, and the other had a new alarm time set yesterday. It was set with the thought that an alarm time created after the time change would work properly. Want to venture a guess as to what happened?Neither went off. Or rather they both went off, just an hour late. Luckily we had set a backup alarm on a Blackberry that worked as planned.Anyone out there get burned? Any coworkers run into work an hour late, completely disheveled, muttering something about their iPhone? Now’s your chance to complain!last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_img 9,315 Views Share2 Tweet Email Apr 7th 2017, 8:48 PM This report by Bloomberg shows why Brexit could be bad news for Guinness. The stout crosses the border twice before being shipped around the world from Dublin. Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Grandmother shot in Dublin, murder accused punches barrister, Trump strikes Assad. Get our daily news round up: Will your Guinness need a passport after Brexit?— Bloomberg Brexit (@Brexit) April 7, 2017 No Comments center_img Short URL Source: Bloomberg Brexit/Twitter Friday 7 Apr 2017, 8:48 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Caragh May O’Mahony with Aoibheann Keane, and Clodagh and Aoibheann Kelleher at the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. Source: Darragh KaneA 77-year-old Dublin grandmother was shot in leg in her home.A four-year-old boy died in a farming accident in Co Fermanagh.Gardaí released enhanced footage of the night Trevor Deely went missing more than 16 years ago.Revenue have warned people about a new scam that claims taxpayers are due a tax refund.Alan Shatter criticised the Taoiseach in response to the report of the Fennelly Commission.A new report found that 19% of Irish people smoke daily.There’s no deal after another day of talks in the Bus Éireann dispute.There were chaotic scenes in a Dublin murder trial after the accused punched an opposing barrister in the face.WORLD By Rónán Duffy US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Source: Alex Brandon/PA Images#AIR STRIKES: The US launched air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria. Some allies approved but Russia denounced the move.#STOCKHOLM: Four people died and 15 were wounded after a beer truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm. One man has been arrested.#RIP: A woman who was injured in the terror attack in Westminster a fortnight ago died in hospital.PARTING SHOT Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Study Galactic Gardening Can Relieve Stress in Space

first_img In space, no one can hear you stress.As we prepare for the future of galactic travel, researchers are looking into ways to help astronauts cope with the anxieties of space missions.A new study from the University of Florida suggests the psychological benefits of gardening.Master’s student Raymond Odeh and horticulture professor Charles Guy determined that plant-human interactions can provide astronauts the same serenity they do on Earth.The pair make a case for “plant-mediated” therapies, which they said may balance out behavioral health, cognitive performance, and overall physical health during long-distance trips.Astronauts spend months floating through a hostile environment, isolated and confined, unable to step outside for a breath of fresh air. Cut off from family, friends, and Netflix, the brave men and women of international space programs endure endless physical and emotional challenges.I tend toward Barry Manilow and a bar of chocolate to ease my anxieties. But not everyone can drown their sorrows at the Copacabana.Instead, they can develop a green thumb.Interactions with plants “provide essential benefits to the health, well-being, and longevity of people, wherever they may live,” according to the study, published Oct. 2 in the journal Open Agriculture.Odeh and Guy drive their theory home with anecdotes from astronauts who experienced the psychological impact of growing plants in space.“It was surprising to me how great [six] soybean plants looked,” Peggy Whitson wrote in an email, describing her reaction to an agricultural experiment aboard the ISS in 2002.“I guess seeing something green for the first time in a month and a half had a real effect,” she continued. “From a psychological perspective, I think it’s interesting that the reaction was as dramatic as it was.“Guess if we go to Mars, we need a garden,” Whitson added.What applies to humans on Earth also applies to humans in space: Gardening is a fruitful (no pun intended) stress reliever that will no doubt follow people as we venture further from this planet.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

John Lewis Partnership launches housing rental benefit for 85500 staff

first_imgRetail organisation John Lewis Partnership has launched a property rental benefit for its 85,500 John Lewis and Waitrose employees, in order to support staff financial wellbeing.The new benefit, provided by Canopy, was introduced on 18 May 2018 and enables employees to rent accommodation without a cash deposit, as well as helping staff to build a positive credit score.Employees who are currently renting a property, or who are planning to do so in the future, are able to use Canopy’s rent tracking service. This allows staff to automatically reconcile their rent payments and improve their credit history, using open banking technology. Employees are also able to add rental payments to their credit history using the Canopy app, to further improve their credit rating.The benefit also enables employees to access an insurance-based, deposit free alternative to typical cash deposits, which can help to make the moving process more affordable. This service is underwritten by Hiscox.Employees can additionally use the Canopy app to create a rent passport, which helps staff build a trust score by instantly verifying income, creditworthiness, employment, regular rent payments and past references.Stacey MacDougall, leisure benefits development manager at John Lewis Partnership, said: “Our aim is to provide a relevant and valued range of benefits for our [employees]. For a number of years, we have seen shelter, accommodation or housing as one of the most important gaps in our offer. The importance of good shelter has a critical impact on individuals, their wellbeing, their effectiveness and happiness at work. Having listened to feedback from our [employees] we made the decision to work with Canopy to help us bridge the gap in the shelter space.”last_img read more