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Soros Buys Into Bombay Stock Exchange

first_imgBillionaire George Soros’ Quantum hedge fund has purchased a 4 percent stake in the Bombay Stock Exchange for $32 million. The deal values Asia’s oldest exchange, with 4,990 listed companies with a market capitalization of $1.4 trillion, at $800 million.Last May, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, acquired a 5 percent stake in the competing National Stock Exchange of India for $175 million. Indian law restricts foreign investors from holding more than 5 percent in an exchange.  Related Itemslast_img

Grocery-shopping Gary Ballance surprised by England call-up

first_imgEngland batsman Gary Ballance has admitted being pleasantly surprised by his return to the side for the first Test against Pakistan, a news that reached him while he was busy grocery shopping.The 26-year-old was dropped during England’s Ashes series against Australia last year after a poor run of form, but has been brought back in place of Nick Compton, who is taking time away from the game after a woeful run of form.”It’s all come as a bit of a surprise,” Ballance told British media. (Also Read: Considered quitting Test captaincy several times, says Cook)”It’s a great feeling to be back in the squad, especially when you’ve been out of the side for a while.”I was just doing a bit of grocery shopping when I got the call from national selector James Whitaker – just a standard Thursday morning!”Should the left-handed batsman make his first Test start in 12 months at Lord’s on Thursday, Ballance is likely to slot into the middle order rather than at number three.He is hopeful that his modest domestic season could translate into bigger numbers for England.”I’ve felt good the last few weeks,” Ballance added.”I’ve been playing well, I just haven’t got that big score that gets you noticed.”last_img read more

Formula 1: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix to go seven points clear at the top of the Formula One standings on Sunday, with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton staging a late charge to finish second..@LewisHamilton goes home with the @DeutschePostDHL Fastest Lap Award for the 2nd race in a row#BahrainGP ???? Formula 1 (@F1) April 16, 2017Hamilton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was third, after starting on pole position for the first time in his career.PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION #BahrainGP ???? Formula 1 (@F1) April 16, 2017The victory was Vettel’s second of the season after the four-times world champion won the opener in Australia. Hamilton, who won in China last weekend, crossed the finish line 6.6 seconds behind.DRIVER STANDINGS: Vettel opens up a 7-point gap at the top after his 2nd win in 3 races#BahrainGP ???? Formula 1 (@F1) April 16, 2017Vettel now has 68 points to Hamilton’s 61.last_img read more

League Cup: West Ham roar back to beat Tottenham, Chelsea sink Everton

first_imgPremier League strugglers West Ham United came back from two goals down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Wembley Stadium to move into the League Cup quarter-finals in exhilarating style on Wednesday.Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth’s first game on the bench ended in a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Spurs looked comfortably in charge against West Ham after Moussa Sissoko put them ahead in the sixth minute with a side-foot finish after being set up by South Korean winger Son Heung-minSlaven Bilic’s side fell 2-0 behind in the 37th minute when Son set up Dele Alli whose shot deflected in off Hammers’ defender Declan Rice.Tottenham, who rested top scorer Harry Kane, were strolling towards the last eight until Andre Ayew brought West Ham back into the game in the 55th minute with a tap-in after Edimilson Fernandes’s strike was pushed out by keeper Michel Vorm.Five minutes later Ayew equalised, slotting home after Andy Carroll had headed into the path of Manuel Lanzini.The comeback was complete in the 70th minute when defender Angelo Ogbonna met a Lanzini corner at the near post with a glancing header.”We deserved it and of course we are delighted and it is a big boost for us,” said Bilic whose future has been the subject of speculation.Antonio Rudiger’s 26th-minute header and a late strike from Willian secured Chelsea’s progress into the last eight.Everton, playing their first game since the sacking of Ronald Koeman, delivered an improved performance but it was not enough to stop the London club.advertisementFrom a short corner, Charly Musonda swung in a deep cross and Rudiger rose well to power a header past Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.Both teams made several changes from the line-ups that featured in the Premier League last weekend and while Everton enjoyed good pressure in the second half they were unable to find a way through.A low shot from Willian which flew in off the post in stoppage-time doubled the advantage for Antonio Conte’s team, although Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin swiftly responded with a good finish to give the Merseyside club a consolation.The quarter-final draw takes place on Thursday with holders Manchester United, Premier League leaders Manchester City, Arsenal, Bournemouth, Leicester City and Championship side Bristol City also in the hat.last_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1, Lampard’s Chelsea enjoy 1st win

first_img Reuters LondonAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 00:38 IST Mohamed Salah shone as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool outplay Arsenal in top-of-the-table clashUnited miss second penalty of the week in defeat by PalaceFrank Lampard’s Chelsea enjoy first win of the seasonMohamed Salah-inspired Liverpool laid down an emphatic early-season marker as they outplayed Arsenal on Saturday to win 3-1 and ensure they are the only team left in the Premier League with a 100 percent record.The European champions were in full cry at their Anfield fortress with two second-half goals from Salah ensuring they have a maximum nine points from three matches while they also ended Arsenal’s own perfect league record.On another eventful afternoon in England’s top-flight, Manchester United suffered more woe from the penalty spot as they went down to a shock home defeat to Crystal Palace and Frank Lampard celebrated his first win as Chelsea manager at Norwich City.Attention, though, centred on the day’s late match between the two heavyweights who had won their first two games but it turned into a demonstration of Liverpool’s strength as they equalled a 29-year-old club record with a 12th straight league win.Liverpool dominated once Joel Matip headed home from a corner four minutes before halftime, with Salah, seeking to be the Premier League’s top scorer for the third successive year, then taking over after the break with a 10-minute double.After David Luiz desperately pulled his shirt in the area, the Egyptian converted from the spot before later producing a solo tour de force to spin and speed away from the hapless Brazilian and slot home a wonderful left-foot finish.Arsenal earned a late consolation through substitute Lucas Torreira but Juergen Klopp’s men opened up a three-point lead over the Gunners, who are second on six points.advertisementChampions Manchester City, who play at Bournemouth, and Tottenham Hotspur, who host Newcastle United, have the chance to move on to seven points if they win their matches on Sunday.First win for Lampard’s ChelseaLampard finally landed his first managerial victory for the Blues at the fourth attempt as Tammy Abraham’s double inspired a thrilling 3-2 win at Norwich City for his youthful side.Lampard, back at the club he graced for 13 years as a player, fielded the youngest Chelsea side in a league match for 25 years, with an average age of 24.Abraham struck in just the third minute, and after Norwich had twice fought back from a goal down, he also proved the match-winner at Carrow Road with another superb strike in the 68th minute.Another of Lampard’s starlets, Mason Mount, also scored while Teemu Pukki continued his dazzling start to the season for Norwich with a league-leading fifth goal.”Our performances haven’t given us what we deserved so far — but today it did,” said Lampard.Abraham, who became the youngest player to score twice in a Premier League match for Chelsea for 21 years, added: “It’s something I have always dreamed about, to score for my childhood club.”Leicester City moved up to third on five points after a first-half goal from Jamie Vardy and a thunderously struck winner from Harvey Barnes repelled a fightback from Sheffield United in a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.Also Read | Crystal Palace hand Manchester United their 1st defeat of Premier League seasonAlso Read | Neymar can’t play for PSG until his future is clear: Thomas TuchelAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Premier leagueFollow LiverpoolFollow ChelseaFollow ArsenalFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Crystal PalaceFollow Mohamed SalahFollow Frank Lampard Next Premier League: Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1, Lampard’s Chelsea enjoy 1st winPremier League 2019-20: While Liverpool laid down an early-season marker by thrashing Arsenal 3-1, Fran Lampard’s Chelsea defeated Norwich City in a close contest to register their first league win. advertisementlast_img read more

A Christmas Music Playlist that Doesn’t Suck (Finally)

first_img How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail Editors’ Recommendations Of course, there’s no better way to get things started (and confront the impending Armageddon) than by harking the herald LCD Soundsystem sing. James Murphy tried to get away from his phenomenal band a few years back and end it all but — spoiler alert — they got back together and are better than ever. And in so doing, their rock-solid American Dream album and supporting tour have reignited the passions of wayward hipsters and esoteric music freaks everywhere. “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” was the first song released as LCD 2.0 and is damn near a perfect holiday torch tune, complete with heartache, stagnant longing, and the crescendo-building desire to come home to a loved one.Royalty Free/E+/Getty ImagesThe Raveonettes, Pretenders. and Mike Mains round out our opening, user-friendly rock section, giving way to the drum machine/synth soaked musings of Chicago’s Andrew Belle as he ponders a confusing circle of what a former lover would think if he came back home for Christmas, while simultaneously informing us that he hasn’t thought of them at all. Sounds like someone needs some help at playing hard to get.DRAM (aka Does. Real. Ass. Music.) and his mom, BigBabyMom, kick off the soul/funk/hip-hop section with a rousing, eclectic, stripped-down take on the often over dramatized ode to the ring-a-linging “Silver Bells” of Christmas. Interwoven within the outstanding instrumental funk iterations of classic tunes to follow are a few hip-hop tracks exploring night shifts, gift-giving, and the veritable decathlon of unique, funky ways in which to express holiday cheer via Ronkat The Funklectik’s truly “Funky Christmas.”The fresh breathy air of the bird and the bee’s “Carol Of The Bells” whispers its way around the snow globe in your mind’s eye as you prepare for the subsequent scaled back section of contemplative, jazzy, downtempo Christmas jams. This, of course, culminates with the always peculiar pairing of Bing & Bowie bah-rump-a-bah-bumping their way through “The Little Drummer Boy” (and “Peace On Earth”, written expressly for Bowie mere hours before performing on the Crosby TV Christmas Special, as he’s said to have hated “The Little Drummer Boy” and refused to do a duet of it with Bing).It’s hard to dislike Rogue Wave (of San Francisco) and its dreamy slowed down rendition of the Bobby Helms-popularized “Jingle Bell Rock” as we gear up for the ever more raucous rock ‘n roll tunes to come. From the Christmas cornerstone of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” through She & Him’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” we find ourselves scratching our heads as we stumble upon the slightly funky-electro version of Paul McCartney’s happy-go-lucky homage to simply having a wonderful Christmastime (and yes, Tuxedo, I feel that ’80s hand-clap, disco-infused love you’re passing around).Now shake it out and loosen up while doing the Peanuts kids dance from Charlie Brown’s Christmas as we get into the ear-to-ear-smile-inducing “Linus And Lucy” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. With a spring in our step, we then plunge into the dark December 25th based themes that Paul Simon encourages us to consider on his newer track, “Getting Ready For Christmas Day,” from his album So Beautiful or So What. From there, we rock out with our collective stockings out at the hands of the lesser known It Hugs Back, the deeply missed Tom Petty, the sibling-rivaled Kinks, the punk-pioneering Ramones, and the lo-fidelified Julian Casablancas before “Christmas Wrapping” it up with The Waitresses and their timeless ode to chasing a boy through a myriad of holiday scenarios before bumping into him in line at an all-night grocery in New York.Across town, Run-DMC‘s “Christmas In Hollis” gets us back into the hip-hop zone and the high octane “Sleigh Ride” by Earth, Wind & Fire nicely transitions us over to some proper funk with which to get down with ourselves (rest in peace, Sharon Jones, as we drink deeply from the funkity funk well of wonder you create in delivering a soul enlightening version of “Funky Little Drummer Boy”). And further posthumous respect is paid to George Michael, as we get down with an R&B/Soul version of “Last Christmas” by Lynn & Burney and Soul Made. The often maligned Carpenters give us a Beach Boys-esque, harmony-laced “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” to help us pick up the pace coming out of Seal’s “Let It Snow” and the unique soft beat-based “Santa Baby” by Crystal Theory.And then it’s off to the races as we alt/indie rock ourselves further along with Bright Eyes, Phoenix (featuring Bill Murray), Jimmy Eat World (power popping through our 2nd tribute version of George Michael’s “Last Christmas”), Low, and D.I.D. before we downshift into Fiona Apple’s warbling and heartwarming “Frosty The Snowman.” From there, each track gets softer and softer, slower and slower, like an office party carouser slowly nodding off at his desk following all the fun and festivities.May these songs help you and yours attain a zen-like level of holiday music consciousness, which, in turn, allows you to actually enjoy yourself and your time with friends and family. Happy holidays!P.S. If you’re cooking up a storm for the holidays, you might want to check out our mouthwatering cooking playlist. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now center_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Let’s face it: A lot of holiday music is insufferably loathsome. And the act of putting on a hazmat suit to sift through the overwhelming junkyard of cheesy, toxic tunes in the hopes of discovering some that don’t drive you seasonal-affective-disorder-esque crazy is ridiculously daunting. Fear not! For we here at The Manual’s Beat Laboratory have donned the required radio(un)active waste-resisting apparel and performed the heavy sorting to bring you a bountiful harvest of holiday/Christmas/wintertime tracks that will get you through even the most challenging aspects of the year-ending madness that is “The Holiday Season.” Where tired, over-played versions of these songs might typically send you running to finish off the eggnog bowl, we hope these hand-selected, free-range, artisanal variations on the theme will give you the strength and stamina to combat cabin fever, family gatherings, dark isolation, and lingering global apocalyptic concerns.Here’s our curated Spotify playlist. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite songs below. 7 of the Best Drink References in Musiclast_img read more

Federal environment minister says Saskatchewan will have a carbon tax

first_img“I remain hopeful that you will change course ahead of the Sept. 1 deadline for all provinces and territories to submit their carbon-pricing plans.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said as recently as Friday that the province has not changed its mind about being the lone holdout on Ottawa’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.After a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Moe said the province has a plan of its own and only signs agreements it can honour.McKenna said Saskatchewan will be subject to a carbon tax, whether it signs on or not.“To be clear, we cannot accept your request not to price carbon in Saskatchewan,” she said. “In the event that your government does not adopt a price on pollution that meets our standard, we would have no choice but to ensure that a price on pollution applies in Saskatchewan, just as we would anywhere else in the country.”The federal government would apply its carbon pricing in Saskatchewan and would ensure any revenues raised stayed in the province, she said.Saskatchewan has already missed one deadline to sign on to the federal plan, which McKenna has said means the province won’t get $62 million in funding for emissions-reduction programs. Both Moe and Duncan have said they will still apply for the money from the low-carbon fund.In her letter, McKenna said Saskatchewan’s share will be open to provinces, territories, municipalities, businesses, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous communities across Canada including in Saskatchewan.“Funding will be awarded to projects selected under a competitive process,” she said. “I look forward to seeing excellent proposals come forward from your province.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) REGINA, S.K. – Canada’s environment minister says Saskatchewan will be subject to a federal carbon tax if it doesn’t sign on to a national climate change plan by the fall.Catherine McKenna says in a letter to her Saskatchewan counterpart, Dustin Duncan, that Saskatchewan is best positioned to design a carbon-pricing approach that works for the province.“The other nine provinces have taken us up on that approach,” she wrote. “It’s unfortunate that your government has not yet chosen to do the same.”last_img read more

Morocco to Take Part in 2016 Arabian Travel Market in Dubai

Rabat – Morocco will take part in the 2016 Arabian Travel Market (ATM), to be held on April 25-28 in Dubai, the ministry of Tourism said.The event will be an opportunity for Morocco to promote its tourist offers and consolidate its market share in the Gulf and the Middle East region, the ministry added in a statement.According to the World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals in the Middle East are estimated to have grown by 3 million in 2014, increasing the total to 51 million. Over 26,000 visitors expected to attend Middle East’s largest travel trade event with 2,800 confirmed exhibitors, 64 national pavilions and over 50 seminar and technology theater sessions.With MAP

Moroccan Police Arrest Security Guard for Raping, Robbing Woman with Baby

Rabat  – The National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) in Mehdya near Kenitra arrested on Thursday a night guard who, armed with a sharp weapon, robbed a woman and raped her in front of her baby.The 54-year-old man raped and abused the woman in a construction site he was guarding in Mehdya. On Thursday night, police received a call from an anonymous person who reported the rape. The guard, the primary suspect was arrested on the same night, reported the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) on Friday. Police immediately transferred the woman and her baby to a local hospital for emergency care. The baby was apparently not subjected to any form of violence, said DGSN.Police also seized the victims’ bracelet which the man had stolen during the robbery.The suspect is currently in custody pending investigations.Recently, Morocco has witnessed several shocking rape cases that became nationwide topics, including cases of sexual harassment and violence plaguing women.Read Also: Police in Tetouan Arrest Spanish Prison Escapee with International WarrantOne of the rape cases that made international headlines and fueled the activism of national and international NGOs who was of Khadija, a teenager who was allegedly kidnapped, raped, held in captivity, and forcibly tattooed last summer. According to an annual report issued by the King’s Attorney General, Mohamed Abdel Nabawi in 2018, there were over 1,600 rape cases reported in 2017 in the country.In hopes to eliminate sexual harassment and gender-based violence, Morocco enacted Law 103-13 in September 2018.But some women’s associations have expressed disappointment with the law. They say it contains loopholes because some offenders still receive leniency, which,  according to the Union of Women’s Action (UAF), a Moroccan feminist association, will not allow the elimination of the violence that “affects two-thirds of Moroccan women.” read more

Stalemate persists in installation of Kosovo government UN Security Council told

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefed the Security Council this morning on developments in Kosovo since the 17 November province-wide elections, which had failed to give one party the necessary majority in the Assembly to form a government without entering into a coalition.UNMIK continued to work to create an environment in which Kosovo’s minorities would feel secure to participate in public life, Mr. Guéhenno said, adding that overall the last three months had been calm.He underscored that a more robust and active approach by UNMIK and the international force for Kosovo (KFOR) towards the so-called “bridgewatchers” had also helped to decrease the level of violence in Mitrovica North, and appeared to have undermined some of the support for that element.On the negative side, Mr. Guéhenno pointed to last week’s murder in the Pec region of Ismael Hardaraj, a Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) member of the Assembly. UNMIK had launched a thorough investigation, but at this point the motivation for the killing was unclear.The current Council President, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, informed Council members this morning that Secretary-General Kofi Annan intended to appoint Michael Steiner of Germany as his new Special Representative for Kosovo and chief of UNMIK.Many Council members warmly commended Mr. Steiner’s predecessor, Hans Haekkerup of Denmark, for his stewardship in Kosovo, his work with UNMIK and his efforts to organize the recently held elections.Following Mr. Guéhenno’s briefing, representatives from 18 countries took the floor during an extensive discussion of the situation in Kosovo. read more

Airbnb reverses decision to ban listings from West Bank settlements

first_img Apr 10th 2019, 9:05 PM Short URL 24 Comments Share123 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Tero Vesalainen Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 9:05 PM 7,920 Views center_img Image: Shutterstock/Tero Vesalainen By AFP Airbnb reverses decision to ban listings from West Bank settlements The move came as a result of multiple lawsuits being filed by hosts against the company. We will continue to allow listings throughout all of the West Bank, but Airbnb will take no profits from this activity in the region.Profit generated from Airbnb listings in the West Bank will be donated to nonprofit groups dedicated to humanitarian aid in various parts of the world, according to the company.Airbnb added that it will implement the same approach for listings in Moscow-backed separatist regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two other disputed areas where the company previously planned to take action.The class action suit had sought 15,000 shekels (€3,717) in damages for the lead plaintiff and each other settler host should Airbnb delete them from its listings, a spokesman said earlier.The decision would have affected around 200 homes in Israeli settlements that had been listed on the platform.Around 400,000 Israelis live in settlements that dot the West Bank and range in size from tiny hamlets to large towns, in addition to 200,000 living in settlements in annexed East Jerusalem.The international community considers the settlements to be illegal and a barrier to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.Normalising settlementsA major campaigner against Airbnb’s earlier decision told AFP that “Airbnb has realised what we have long argued – that boycotts of Jews anywhere, even just in the West Bank, are discriminatory”.“This is a huge blow to efforts to delegitimise the Jewish presence in the West Bank,” said Eugene Kontorovich, Director of International Law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum.But Arvind Ganesan, of New York-based Human Rights Watch, called Airbnb’s retreat from the decision disappointing.“Donating profits from unlawful settlement listings, as they’ve promised to do, does nothing to remedy the ‘human suffering’ they have acknowledged that their activities cause,” Ganesan said.By continuing to do business in settlements, they remain complicit in the abuses settlements trigger.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank if he won yesterday’s election.Netanyahu’s victory was secured earlier after his main contender conceded defeat in the tightly fought race.  An Amnesty International report published early this year argued that digital tourism giants Airbnb,, Expedia and TripAdvisor are profiting from “war crimes” by offering services in Israeli settlements.The London-based rights group’s “Destination: Occupation” report called on the companies to stop listing tourist accommodation, activities and attractions in settlements in occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.“In doing business with settlements, all four companies are contributing to, and profiting from, the maintenance, development and expansion of illegal settlements, which amount to war crimes under international criminal law,” the report said.Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan threatened to bar Amnesty from access to the Jewish state over its charge.Israel sees the movement to end illegal settlements in the West Bank as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism – a claim activists deny, saying they want only to see an end to Israel’s occupation.Amnesty launched a campaign in 2017 calling on governments to prevent businesses based in their countries from operating in settlements.Israel passed legislation that same year banning entry to foreigners who support boycotting the country or its settlements. HOME-SHARING PLATFORM Airbnb has announced it will back off a plan to remove Jewish settler homes in the occupied West Bank from its rental listings to end lawsuits brought by hosts.The agreement settles all legal actions brought by hosts and potential hosts who went to court with concerns about listings, according to Airbnb.Israeli lawyers filed a class action suit against Airbnb in November immediately after it said it planned to remove from its rental listings Jewish settler homes in the West Bank “that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians”.“Airbnb will not move forward with implementing the removal of listings in the West Bank from the platform,” the San Francisco-based company said yesterday in a news release. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Laws Regs Other Considerations When Buying Seed

first_imgInformation provided by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). No matter what type of seed you buy, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting.  There’s a lot more to buying seed than meets the eye.  Quality seed has been bred for specific traits, such as geographic adaptation, disease or insect resistance, physical attributes, or plant function.  It has been selected, harvested, cleaned, analyzed, tested, processed, packaged and shipped.  Professional seed producers with years of knowledge and expertise have the infrastructure and know-how to ensure you have the best seed to address your specific challenges and concerns.In addition to the many steps involved in seed production, state and national regulations provide a system of checks and balances to ensure you get your expected product.  These laws require accurate labeling and purity standards for seeds in commerce, and prohibit the importation and movement of adulterated or misbranded seeds.  All 50 states have seed laws that govern the intrastate movement and sale of seed.  These laws are basically “truth-in-labeling” laws designed to provide consumers with important information relating to product quality and identity.Interstate commerce of seed involves the Federal Seed Act, acting in coordination with the state seed laws.  Created in 1939, the Act was designed to require accurate labeling and purity standards for seeds in commerce. In addition, the law works in conjunction with the Plant Protection Act of 2000 to authorize the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to regulate the importation of field crop, pasture and forage, or vegetable seed that may contain noxious weed seeds. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is responsible for enforcing the labeling and purity standard provisions to promote uniformity among state laws and fair competition within the seed trade.  Seed companies spend a lot of time and effort to ensure compliance with these individual state laws, which can be difficult since most seed is sold across state lines.As you can imagine, 50 state seed laws and a federal seed law can make trade fairly complicated.  So, in 1946, the Association of American Seed Control Officials created the Recommended Uniform State Seed Law, often referred to as “RUSSL.”  That document serves as a model law for the states and is reviewed and updated regularly.  While RUSSL is technically a guideline, rather than a law, it serves as a general reference point for states when seed law changes occur.State seed laws generally include provisions for labeling the kind, variety, purity, germination, date of test, and other information of value to the grower. Some states have included regulations for flower, herb, tree, and shrub seed, in addition to those for agricultural and vegetable seed.  It is always important to know the differences in state laws, as requirements vary from state to state.  Your seed supplier can help you understand the laws in your state.Germination is defined as the process of seeds growing into plants.  Purity identifies everything that is in the package including other seeds, weeds, and inert materials.  While seed processors strive for the highest level of purity, because seed is an organic material, it is difficult to ensure 100-percent pure seed.  Today’s sophisticated lab equipment and highly-trained personnel can identify everything that might be in a package of seed.  Many seed companies employ seed testing professionals, either internally or out-sourced to commercial labs, to verify that their seed output is in compliance before it ever makes it to the marketplaceEnsuring a consumer’s seed is free of noxious weeds is a critical concern for all seed companies.  It is important to understand the difference between state noxious weed laws, and state noxious seed laws.  Both laws are designed to limit the spread of both noxious weeds and seeds.  Noxious weed laws identify plants that have been determined to be injurious to crops, ecosystems, habitats, livestock or humans.  Noxious weed laws require landowners to control or eradicate noxious weeds growing on their property.  Noxious seed laws are designed to identify specific seeds of the same, and prevent spread of these plants as the farmer or landowner plants their crop, pasture, lawn, or wildlife plot.  Often they are different within a state because the some plants may be considered noxious but aren’t likely to be founds in purchased seed.  Conversely, some weed seeds may be listed as noxious seeds because that could be the primary method of spread.   In preparing seed for sale, seed producers generally pay a laboratory to conduct an “all states” noxious weed identification test for their products so that they may distribute seeds between states.Probably the most important tool in the enforcement of the state and federal seed laws is the lab test.  Seed tests by the regulatory seed labs—which are often independent of the office of the state seed control officials—use statistical sampling methods to verify the seeds’ germination and purity.  If an issue is found by seed control officials, the company will be required to recall that lot and correct the issue.  However, typically problems are discovered through internal, proactive testing processes within a seed company and the products don’t go to market.  You can be assured a seed company will do all they can to ensure a quality product; errors are costly, and grower confidence is of outmost importance.Here’s the bottom line:  State and federal seed laws are in place for the benefit of the grower and the producer.  It is imperative that consumers get the quality and type of seed they desire, and that the seed will grow and produce their expected result.  Seed production is complicated and requires extensive education and experience.  Professional seed producers have committed a significant investment in personnel, equipment, research and testing to ensure the highest quality seed for growers.  Whether it’s for your agricultural production, conservation planting, or backyard gardening, it pays to know that the seed you purchase is exactly what you desire – and state and federal seed laws are in place to assist.last_img read more

Mans body discovered near Fourth Plain

first_imgA dead man was found lying in a hedge Thursday morning in the 8000 block of Fourth Plain Boulevard, east of Andresen Road.The man’s body was discovered and reported to 911 by employees at the nearby Washington Department of Revenue.The Vancouver Police Department was dispatched to the scene shortly after 9 a.m. Vancouver Fire units on their way to the scene were called off when it was discovered the man was deceased.Thursday night, a police officer said no foul play was involved. The man’s name was not released.last_img

North Bothell claims Washington state Little League title

first_imgThe voyage to San Bernardino, Calif., begins with a shower of sparkling cider on the infield at Fort Vancouver Little League.At least that’s how it started Saturday for the boys from North Bothell, who won the Little League 11-12 year-old state baseball title with a 5-3 victory over Kent. And then they celebrated.The victory sends North Bothell to a regional tournament in California, where it will compete with other state champions for a spot in the Little League World Series at South Williamsport, Pa.Elijah Diggins delivered the big blow for North Bothell, hitting a two-out three-run homer to cap a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth.“I was just hoping to make solid contact,” said Diggins, who had struck out in his first two at-bats. “It was a curveball. I knew it was coming because he’d been throwing it to me all day and I hadn’t been hitting it.”Carson Ryder and Josh Kollman started the big inning with doubles. Two outs later, Jacob Yost hit a single, and Ryan Jorgenson followed with a walk before Diggins’ homer.last_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are a few recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Astros survive Royals’ comeback, 7-6, on May 14, 2018 at Boutwell FieldThe Astros played their second straight one-run game, barely matching the Royals’ late comeback with their own in their half of the sixth inning. Everyone reached base at least once, starting with Joe Cavanaugh, Ronnan Scafiddi, and John Roofe who each singled in the second inning leading to their first run. The big hits came in the third as Luke Kitanov blasted a home run and Joe Gronemeyer ripped a double. Evan Cummings lined out on a screaming rope in the first but singled in the fourth and Ethan Afthim had another clutch single batting in Cummings. Roofe singled and scored in the fifth and Jake Cronin singled in the sixth, eventually scoring the game winner. Joe Fennelly, Tim Watson, Kevin Pruslin, Will Poyant, and Kyle McDonald reached base as well and added to the run total. Poyant was dominant again on the mound striking out seven in three innings. Kitanov pitched three strong innings himself and made several great plays in the field while on the mound.. Watson snared a sharp liner in the first setting the tone for a strong defense. Gronemeyer was flawless at first base and Fennelly made several great plays behind the plate. Poyant and McDonald turned in some good plays as well. The Pirates were outstanding in the field, snaring no fewer than four sharp liners. Mikey Ware made several great line drive catches and pitched three innings. Jackson Hegarty pitched the next two and Jack Martinson made his pitching debut in the sixth. Logan Zimmer, Hegarty, and Martinson did a great job behind the plate. Will Biscan lined a double to knock in two runs and also caught a line drive at short. He made a heads-up play tagging out the lead baserunner late in the game. It was a fun, exciting game for all and the fans got more than their money’s worth in the stands!Single A: Braves vs. Astros, May 17, 2018The Astros hosted the Braves in a long awaited rematch . The Braves came out swinging and the Astros were held in check by a fine defensive play at third base by Lex Limoli to keep the run totals down . The Astros rallied in the second with big hits by Joe Mytch, Jackson Cipolle and CJ Morad. Strong catching performance by Dylan Costantiello helped keep the pitchers in check . Pitcher Masen Voner made closed the game out for the Astros . Game Balls were awarded to Joe Mytch for his big hit and Dylan Costantiello for his fine catching performance.Rookie League: Astros vs. Giants, May 19, 2018The Astros hosted the Giants in a battle of unbeatens. The evenly matched teams played to a tie. For the Astros, Anthony Aborn and Noah Drane stood out both in the field and at the plate while for the Giants Evan Jageler and Grady Considine made highlight reel catches in the field (including an incredible diving effort by Evan)! (NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

New study says Chukchi polar bears are healthy despite sea ice loss

first_imgPolar bears traverse a frozen landscape. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife)The very first tally of the Chukchi Sea polar bears has just been published, and here’s the big takeaway: Despite a decline in their sea ice habitat, for now the bears are doing well.In a study published last week, researchers found that the Chukchi bears are healthy, and they estimate there are about 3,000 of them — which is relatively abundant.That’s despite the fact that the bears’ window to hunt on the ice has been reduced by about a month over the last few decades.Eric Regehr is a polar bear researcher at the University of Washington and led the study, which collected data on bears between 2008 and 2016.His team thinks a possible explanation for the population’s health is that the Chukchi Sea is especially rich in the bears’ food source: ringed and bearded seals.“Our hypothesis is that even though the bears in the Chukchi Sea have less time on the sea ice, during those months on ice in good hunting habitat that they do have, there are so many seals they’re able to fulfill their annual nutritional requirements,” said Regehr.That could be a factor in why polar bears in the Chukchi Sea are still thriving, while Alaska’s other population of polar bears on the Beaufort Sea are getting thinner and seeing a population decline.Regehr said the Beaufort Sea likely has fewer seals than the Chukchi Sea, so the Beaufort bears may not be getting the food they need as sea ice declines.He stresses that just because the Chukchi bears are doing well now, it doesn’t mean that they will continue to do so.“Unless the underlying problem of climate change is addressed, the sea ice is expected to continue to diminish,” said Regehr. “And at some point that will likely have a negative effect on the bears in this Chukchi area.”Variability in the Arctic means that, in the short term, there may be differences in the health of the 19 groups of polar bears worldwide. But in the long-term, continued ice loss will likely cause negative effects for polar bears across the board.last_img read more

Two held at RGIA for trying to travel to Delhi on fake

first_imgHyderabad: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sleuths on Monday took two persons into their custody at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad, who were tried to travel to Delhi on fake tickets. The two persons including a woman were intercepted at Airport by the sleuths and took into custody while they were boarding to Indigo flight and handed over to Airport police for further enquiry. Both of them belongs to Raichur in Karnataka. By registering a case police are investigating.last_img

Wipro Ventures makes its first VC investment with TLV Partners deal

first_imgWipro Ventures Ltd. has invested an undisclosed sum in the Israel-based TLV Partners to officially enter the race to invest in venture capital (VC) firms and start-ups dealing with disruptive technologies, reports Mint.Wipro’s first investment in TLV Partners, the Tel-Aviv based VC firm that is valued at $115 million, will open up opportunities for it to tie up with start-ups in the latter’s portfolio. This would be aimed to improve Wipro’s services with a focus on enterprise software and security.”We engage with these companies based on the level of maturity of the solution and the specific needs of our clients,” a Wipro spokesman told the publication. According to Mint, Wipro Ventures is said to have invested less than $5 million in TLV Partner’s debut fund-raising. “As we try to broaden our reach in the start-up ecosystem, it’s impossible for any one individual or team to evaluate the most promising start-ups. So it’s only logical that we also look to invest/partner with some early-stage venture capital funds,” a Wipro executive had told Mint last year.The corporate arm of Wipro has already invested in a total of six start-ups, two of which — Axeda and Altizon — focus on internet-of-things technologies. The others are Talena, which specialises in big data management; Emailage, which combines machine learning and cyber security; Vicarious, which focuses on artificial intelligence; and the real-time cyber security firm Vectra.Wipro’s move reflects the new strategy in the IT and BPO industry, where big IT vendor companies are competing to invest in VCs to gain access to a wider range of start-ups involved in areas like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security and big data.Wipro’s investment in TLV Partners highlights how lucrative Israel’s enterprise software ecosystem is to India since Infosys had acquired another Israel tech firm, Panaya, for $200 million in 2015, according to the Economic Times. Infosys had earlier invested in two VC firms, Vertex Ventures and 500 Startups, last year. The company’s capabilities were also extended to cloud computing, wearables and data extraction through its investment in Trifacta, Waterline Data, CloudEndure and Nova.last_img read more

Kerala Model Crony communism in the time of flood

first_imgPersonnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local people help with rescue operations in hill areas hit by landslides in Kerala.@NDRFHQ/TwitterHas Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has lost the precious connect with the people that every democratically elected ruler should have? He has, and it hardly surprises anyone that Vijayan hasn’t realised the bitter truth yet. From one laughable lapse to another, his rickety apple cart is chugging on. The Left leader, a prisoner of the time-warped Stalinist thought process, seems to be holding on to the belief that making Kerala a police state is the best route to suppress criticism.The latest example is the widely carried out witch-hunt against mediamen, activists and social media users who criticised the government’s handling of the disaster relief funds. The sloppy management of the flood disaster in 2018 had earned Vijayan and his government deeply rooted disaffection among Kerala’s general public. The state survived the disaster because a highly socially aware and committed general public raised their game even as a the government machinery squarely failed. However, what heightened the sense of betrayal of the Kerala public was the blatant misuse of the food relief funds that followed. General public, not just political opponents, vented their anger when a second flood havoc struck the state this month. However, Kerala’s new police state had an easy way to smother criticism. File cases against social media users and media outlets that criticised the government. “The cases have been registered for spreading false campaigns on the relief works and all such people would be arrested and proceeded against as per the law,” State police chief Loknath Behera said after booking 19 people. The swift police move came a day after Vijayan called whistleblowers and social media voices “anti-social elements.”  Was the criticism false and motivated? Pinarayi VijayanPTIThe Vijayan government loves to believe that the money and muscle power of the Marxist Communist Party give them the mandate to steamroller critics. The government floundered on many fronts when the flood disaster struck Kerala in 2018. The clueless government was in denial when hundreds died. When fair criticism mounted, the critics were easily termed villains and hunted down by the cyber wing of the Marxist party. So, did the government misuse the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF)? Yes, it did, multiple times, and brazenly. But if you say that aloud in Kerala your chief minister calls you an anti-social and his police would slap charges that attract imprisonment up to three years. That’s so much for the party that preaches the virtues of freedom of expression and tolerance.”CMDRF is an official system and the money received would be used for distress relief only… The fund is used for helping the poorest among the poor. All the allegations that the fund was being used for any other purpose is wrong,” Vijayan said. He added that those who said otherwise were commiting the most “heinous crime” and should be locked up.A lot of people in Kerala believe he was lying through the teeth. A look at incidents widely reported in the media will help. When CPI-M MLA KK Ramachandran Nair died, Vijayan’s cabinet gave the family Rs 25 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) in flagrant violation of norms. The disaster relief fund is not meant for paying off bank loans of party leaders. In another blatant violation of norms the CM misused the disaster relief fund again by giving Rs 25 lakh to the family of Uzhavoor Vijayan, the state chief of NCP, an ally in the ruling coalition. An equal amount was doled out to the family of a CPM worker who was killed in an accident. Again, from the chief minister’s disaster relief fund.However, the most disastrous of the indiscretions was Vijayan’s travel in a chartered helicopter to attend a party meeting using funds meant for disaster relief. The CM spent Rs 8 lakh from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) on a chopper ride to attend a CPM meeting in February 2018. When the media reported it widely the government cancelled the original order.  In January 2019, the Kerala Lokayukta admitted a case against CM Vijayan and the state government over the misuse of the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. The case before the Lokayukta was that the CM and ministers showed “favouritism” in giving hefty financial help to NCP leader late Uzhavoor Vijayan and former CPI(M) MLA K K Ramachandran Nair. The complaint also highlighted that Rs 25 lakh was allotted from the CMDRF to the family of a civil police officer who died in an accident while escorting CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.What is CMDRF?As per rules, money from CMDRF can only be used for providing relief to people affected by natural calamities. If money is allotted for medical treatment then the beneficiary should be from below the poverty line. CMDRF is not a party fund that the CM can distribute as he pleases to his henchmen. But the CM’s army of advisers failed to tell him that. And when the people said that on public channels they became anti social elements! Fattening the cronies Another disgraceful farce is the skewed priorities at the Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI), which was set up to coordinate flood relief efforts. Though basic relief hasn’t reached tens of thousands of victims a year after the disaster struck, the RKI has gobbled up Rs 10 crore for its own establishment costs. The most shocking breach of public trust was the Vijayan government’s decision to rent out a building owned by a party fellow traveller as office for the RKI and furnish it to the hilt. Passengers travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravaged the National Highway 47 in Ernakulam district of Kochi on August 17, 2018AFP/Getty ImagesThe government is spending Rs 88.5 lakh from the RKI funds to furnish the rented property, the Times of India reported, citing an order issued by the planning and economic affairs department. The building is right next to the state secretariat. It’s not as if government buildings can’t be found in the capital city to run the RKI office from. But it’s clear that the government is hell bent on fattening its cronies in the name of flood relief. The money in the CMDRF is the sum total of the contributions, large and small, from people everywhere in the world who wanted to help the flood-hit state. This government breached the trust element underlying a disaster relief contribution. But those who questioned it, and aired concerns over the intentions of the government, were booked under Section 118 B and 120 O of the Kerala Police Act. Section 118 B of Police Act against criticsSection 118 B provides for “imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine not exceeding ten thousand rupees or with both” for the offence of ” knowingly spreads rumours or gives false alarm to mislead the police, fire brigade or any other essential service”.Section 120 O stipulates punishment of up to one year for “causing, through any means of communication, a nuisance of himself to any person by repeated or undesirable or anonymous call, letter, writing, message, e-mail or through a messenger.”These case just show the audacity and brazenness of the government. Raise your voice against incompetence, corruption and nepotism, the cyber coolies will bury you under a sleaze load first and then the police will hunt you down. It’s a pity that a communist government in Kerala is stooping so low to protect its image. Perception management, Stalinist style?(The author is Managing Editor, International Business Times, India. Views are personal. Reach the author at Close Kerala Floods | Rain, landslide play havoc in state, 17 killed; CM chairs review meetinglast_img read more