Kolkata:Stung by defections and poor show in the Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Thursday gave some pep-talk to her party MLAs asking them to be more humble while reaching out to the people and if needed, apologise for the mistakes committed in the past. Banerjee held a meeting with her party MLAs during the day — her first since the Lok Sabha polls which saw the BJP snatching away 18 of the 42 seats in the state, just four less than the TMC. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers A senior TMC leader said at the meeting, Banerjee exuded confidence that her party will bounce back in the 2021 Assembly polls and asked workers to prepare for it and bring old-timers back to the party fold. “Our party supremo has asked all MLAs to be more humble and reach out to the masses. She has also asked us that if needed the MLAs should apologize for their mistakes committed in the past,” a TMC MLA said. Another senior party leader said, “We have been told to submit a list of four names per booth who will look after booth level organisation, IT cell and reach out to the masses with the welfare schemes of the state government.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to TMC sources, Banerjee admonished some of the senior MLAs for making statements which did not go down well with the people during the Lok Sabha polls. She asked her party leaders to introspect and rebuked a section of them for the TMC’s poor performance in the general elections, a source said. The TMC supremo accused a few leaders of not working properly in their areas and for being “keen on taking illegal commission” (cut money) from people to provide benefits under government schemes. Elected representatives at municipal and panchayat levels are facing public ire over the issue of cut money.
Follow @dfriend on Twitter.The Canadian Press Indigenous rockers Midnight Shine have added fresh glitter to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” with new version that features a verse in Mushkegowuk Cree.The Attawapiskat band released a music video for their cover that’s filmed entirely in the northern Ontario community.The clip features lead singer Adrian Sutherland playing guitar and harmonica in a boat filled with his family and friends.The video was captured last October near Sutherland’s home as part of a marathon five-day shoot that included filming for two other songs.Midnight Shine’s “Heart of Gold” introduces new elements to one of Young’s most beloved songs, including a heavy drum beat, slide guitar, pow wow singing and the translated Cree verse.Sutherland performs the Indigenous chant and the vocals, while the Trews’ Chris Gormley appears as a guest drummer.The singer said in a press release that it proved difficult to directly translate the English into Cree words because gold is described as “money rock.” He said that wouldn’t do justice to Young’s meaning, so instead of “heart of gold” he chose to say, “good hearted.”“Heart of Gold” appears on Midnight Shine’s third album “High Road.”
BERLIN — The European Union’s executive branch is reportedly proposing that the bloc should reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.EU climate chief Miguel Arias Canete told German business daily Handelsblatt in an interview published Wednesday that Europe “has all the tools (needed) to be ambitious” when it comes to cutting greenhouse gases.Scientists say only by ending the use of fossil fuels within about three decades — a process known as decarbonization — can the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) be achieved.The European Commission is due to present its plan in Brussels later Wednesday, days before the start of a global climate summit in Katowice, Poland.The proposal would have to be approved by the bloc’s member states.The Associated Press
Taroudant, Morocco- The French operational light aviation “LH Aviation” will open its construction unit in Morocco for the construction of an entirely “made in Morocco aircraft,” the company stated this Friday, according to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Based in Melun-Villaroche, the French light aircraft manufacturer opens 10% of its capital financed by the Moroccan Mohsine Bennani-Karim for LH Aviation missions (amounting to?) € 4 million.The Moroccan businessman Bennani-Karim will invest more than € 10 million in the creation of a local factory that will have a production capacity of 80 aircrafts LH-10M per year, marking the first aircraft built completely in Morocco. The industrial Bennani-Karim will hold 49% of the local facility’s stakes while 51% will go to LH Aviation.“After making its first deliveries in 2013, LH Aviation opens 10% of its capital for € 4 million to the Moroccan industrial investor,” Mohsine Bennani-Karim, who is on the board of directors of the French company, was quoted by the MAP as saying.The two-seat light aircraft LH-10 M designed by LH Aviation of France, which will be presented for the first time at the Marrakesh Airshow, is the first aircraft fully adapted to operate in different African environments.According to the manufacturer, the first aircraft “made in Morocco” enjoys the most modern manufacturing techniques and may carry effective operations.Edited by Sahar Kian
Companies in this story: (TSX-V: OGI) MONCTON, N.B. — Licensed cannabis producer Organigram Holdings Inc. says net revenue in its latest quarter hit $12.4 million, up from $2.4 million from a year earlier, due to the launch of recreational pot sales in October.Organigram says its sales during the three-month period ended Nov. 30 marked a record quarterly high and amounted to more than what the company has historically sold to medical patients in an entire year.The Moncton-based company also reported that during what was its financial first quarter it sold 1.7 million grams of dried flower, up from 195,075 grams during the same period a year earlier.The company’s latest earnings comes after Statistics Canada reported cannabis retail sales across the country in November totalled $54 million, up from $43.1 million during the roughly two weeks of legal pot sales starting on October 17.The pot producer’s expenses also more than doubled to $5.5 million in the latest quarter from $2.6 million during the same period a year earlier as industry players ramped up their marketing spend ahead of legalization.Organigram also reported net income from continuing operations of $29.5 million, up from a net loss of $1.2 million a year ago.Analyzing the performance of marijuana companies is difficult because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines. The Canadian Press
LAS VEGAS — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn plans to drive casino giant Caesars Entertainment to sell itself.The activist investor disclosed in a securities filing Tuesday that he owns a roughly 10 per cent stake in the company, confirming previous reports.Icahn believes the stock of the Las Vegas-based company is “undervalued,” plans to seek board representation and wants the company to refrain from immediately appointing a new CEO.The filing states he might nominate a slate of directors at the company’s shareholders meeting.Caesars emerged from an $18 billion bankruptcy in 2017.Icahn’s move comes after the casino operator was approached by at least two companies.Caesars did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings Thursday.Icahn last year sold casino company Tropicana Entertainment for $1.85 billion.The Associated Press
According to UNMIBH, the mosque in Kljuc, in Gacko municipality, was rocked on Wednesday night by a powerful explosion that completely destroyed the minaret and damaged its roof and windows.”The inauguration of this mosque [in June] had been a significant event in relation to the return process, as this mosque was the first one to be reconstructed and inaugurated in eastern Herzegovina,” the Mission said in a statement released in Sarajevo. “Kljuc is one of the small Bosniak returnee communities in Gacko.”UNMIBH said it would closely monitor the police investigation of the incident. “Robust and prompt action by local authorities and local police is required not only to apprehend those responsible for the violent destruction of the mosque, but also to send a strong signal that any obstruction of the return process in Bosnia-Herzegovina will not be tolerated,” the statement said.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) closed its office in Lebanon yesterday and the new phase, already underway, is being led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).During the emergency relief stage, the agencies helped repair broken water systems and damaged schools as well as trucking in medicines, food, water, temporary shelter and other essential supplies to southern Lebanon, the area worst hit by Israel’s 34-day war with Hizbollah.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for example, made sure hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren received notebooks and other supplies before classes resumed earlier this month.Hundreds of sites where cluster bombs lie unexploded on the ground have also been identified by the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC) and this operation is continuing. UN de-mining officials, already worried by up to 1 million pieces of unexploded ordnance in southern Lebanon left over from the war, are concerned that the problem could worsen as winter weather embeds the munitions deeper into the ground. UNICEF has warned that children face “a terrible situation” from the munitions as they go across fields to and from school.
Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) scores a touchdown during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorRedshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton broke the Ohio State record for most touchdown passes in a game against Florida A&M, but he didn’t do it alone.He had to have someone to throw to.Through four games, four Buckeye wide receivers have at least two touchdowns and 75 yards receiving. At this point in 2012, only two players on the team had reached these numbers.Junior Devin Smith (281 yards and four touchdowns), senior Corey “Philly” Brown (169 yards and three touchdowns), senior Chris Fields (82 yards and four touchdowns) and junior Evan Spencer (78 yards and two touchdowns) have helped the Buckeyes passing attack average 36.5 yards more through the air than it did all of last season.Guiton, who filled in for injured junior quarterback Braxton Miller for the last two games, has had the help of a more mature receiving corps than No. 4 OSU (4-0) had last year, wide receivers coach Zach Smith said.“It’s probably the biggest thing we needed to do coming into this year, is not just have Philly Brown and Devin Smith running vertical. We needed to establish a wider arsenal of skill players to use,” Zach Smith said. “So that was critical for us, because defenses can take away one guy, one position. But if they have to worry about across the board five skill players at every snap, everything opens up. That was something we really needed to do this year and fortunately, it’s happening so far.”Another option for the Buckeye quarterbacks this season has been junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who is third on the team with 88 yards receiving and a touchdown this year. Heuerman said it will be hard to stop OSU with the amount of depth they have on offense.“We got so much depth on our team. We have so much depth from the receivers, running backs, to our tight ends, everybody,” Heuerman said. “We’re so skilled all around that we can make plays. We’re an up-tempo offense and that combined with all the talent we have on offense really does well for us.”Zach Smith said Devin Smith in particular has developed particularly well from 2012, becoming more of an all-around player this season.“He’s improved, but he’s been a dynamic vertical threat since I got here,” Zach Smith said. “He can run, he can run (a) straight line, and the steps he’s made have been more at becoming a receiver as opposed to just a deep threat guy.”Devin Smith’s main improvement has come in widening his knowledge of the defense and working on his ability to catch shorter passes, Zach Smith said.“Where his development has really came has been in the throws that are more intermediate throws; the routes that are more intermediate routes. He’s really taken steps in doing that,” Zach Smith said. “As far as the deep routes, he has a better understanding of how to lock a corner’s hips or turn a guy opposite of where he’s trying to go.”But still, Devin Smith’s deep play ability is appreciated by the offense because it helps the other players, Zach Smith said.“A guy like that with vertical threat, where corners really have to honor him vertically, like you said, 41 yards a touchdown catch is kind of astounding,” Zach Smith said. “They see that on film, so once he has that threat, there is that fear of getting beat deep; everything else opens up.”Another receiver who has stepped up this season is Spencer, who already has surpassed his career high in touchdowns in the first four games of the season and is on pace for a career high in receiving yards.The recipient of two of Guiton’s touchdown passes against Florida A&M, including the record-breaker, Spencer said with the number of skilled receivers OSU has, it will be difficult for opposing defenses to stop them all.“The sky’s (the) limit for our offense,” Spencer said. “We have so many weapons and we can do so many different things, I mean, like I said, I can’t even imagine all the things we can do.”Zach Smith said he was excited for Spencer, who before Saturday only had one touchdown reception in his career, to get in the end zone.“It was great to see him go out and finally get in the end zone and (much) of that has had a lot to do with kind of the situation we’ve been in and what defenses were giving us as to why he didn’t beforehand,” Zach Smith said. “But he’s very, very capable and it was good to see him do that.”He said Spencer has grown from an average player that worked hard to a good receiver for the Buckeyes.“Every aspect of his game has improved,” Zach Smith said. “He was always a very good kid who worked hard, but he’s taken steps to improve the details of being a receiver, and that’s in blocking on the perimeter. That’s in running routes. That’s in getting open on one on one coverage. He’s improved every aspect of his game.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play host to Wisconsin in their Big Ten opener, and Zach Smith said he isn’t worried about the Badgers changing their defensive game plan against the OSU receivers.“Obviously, they are going to play to their personnel, so I don’t know what their philosophy will be down the road, but it’s a little different, a little different than it was last year,” Zach Smith said. “Probably a little more man coverage, more press man, a little more challenging for the wide receivers, but nothing dramatic.”Guiton agreed it will be a struggle for the Badgers to slow down a Buckeye offense that averages 529 yards a game.“That’s a problem for them. They need to figure out what they want to do and we’ll come out prepared and ready to go,” Guiton said.Kickoff against No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Share Tweet Email1 By AFP 75-year-old ‘dies a happy man’ after ex-wife tells him Trump has been impeached Michael Garland Elliott died earlier this month after his ex-wife and best friend broke the false news to him. Short URL Image: Andrew Harrer DPA/PA Images 43 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Andrew Harrer DPA/PA Images Apr 19th 2017, 10:55 PM 65,878 Views A 75-YEAR-OLD man died “peacefully” at his home in the US state of Oregon after his ex-wife led him to believe that President Donald Trump had been impeached.Michael Garland Elliott died earlier this month after Teresa Elliott, his ex-wife and best friend, broke the false news to him, according to his obituary published in The Oregonian.“Upon hearing that he took his final, gentle breath, his earthly work concluded,” the obituary said.Teresa Elliott told several US media outlets that her ex-husband was appalled by Trump’s election and she wrongly told him he had been impeached so he could die happy.Elliott, who was born in Virginia and later moved to California, was a Porsche enthusiast and was passionate about golf, the humorous obituary says.On moving to California after college, he joined a semi-professional basketball team that toured the country dressed as women, it added.“At such times Mike was called Skaggy Maggie and continued round-ball domination, albeit with a different uniform,” the obit says.It said that though his marriage to Elliott ended, the pair had remained friends after their divorce “and hers was the last voice Mike heard”.Dozens of tributes have been posted on The Oregonian’s “guest book” to honor Elliott.“This was the best dang obituary I’ve ever read,” one person wrote. “May its words be prophecy.”- © AFP 2017Read: A 30-year-old first-time politician almost upset Donald Trump (even more)Read: Sean Spicer used to have another job in the White House… as the Easter Bunny http://jrnl.ie/3348323 Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 10:55 PM
On a vote of 412 to 4 Tuesday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the conference report of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The report, which the American Soybean Association fully supports, will now be voted on by the Senate likely later this week, at which point the report is expected to pass easily.“With today’s vote, the House has done its part to bring this legislation into port. Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member Rahall, Subcommittee Chairman Gibbs and Ranking Member Bishop have done a wonderful job balancing soybean farmers’ needs with the many other industries well represented in the bill,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “Now it’s on to the Senate and to the President’s desk.”The conference report includes multiple soybean industry priorities including provisions that will free up significant funding within the Inland Waterways Trust Fund for additional waterways infrastructure projects; increasing the level of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund dollars that will be spent on port maintenance and dredging; streamlining the Army Corps of Engineers’ project review process; increasing Corps flexibility to maintain navigation during low water events; and promoting the use of alternative financing and public-private partnerships to fund waterways infrastructure.“This legislation continues to be a huge priority for soybean farmers,” added Gaesser. “Not only do we need reliable waterways infrastructure to move our soybeans to market here domestically; the waterways are also a vital component of our international trade system, which saw us export more than $27 billion in soybeans last year as the nation’s top farm export. Our waterways are part of a significant competitive advantage for American soybean farmers, and we must continue to invest in them.”
Monday — 2,784 adult summer chinook, 578 jack chinook, 514 steelhead, 58,660 shad, 26,366 sockeye. Water temperature was 61.4 degrees. Streamflow was 254,000 cubic feet per second.
Mooky has since been recovering over the last few weeks, and he’s hoping for a second chance in a loving home. “I’m going to rehabilitate him to go back into society and to get a good family to adopt him,” Pelaez said.The friendly canine has yet to undergo surgery, so the clinic staff has set up a crowd funding campaign.If you’d like to help or adopt Mooky, go here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A chained up dog was found beaten and bruised, and investigators are now blaming his West Palm Beach owners for the abuse.The dog, named Mooky, was branded and continues to suffer from burn wounds, but his life was saved thanks to a local vet and an animal outreach group, Thursday.“What human being can do this to a dog?” said Elisa Pelaez with Pet House Clinic. “He’s like a gentle giant.”The clinic said this is one of the more serious animal abuse cases that they have seen. “That is a third to fourth degree burns,” Pelaez said. “I mean, you can die from that.”He was rescued from his home in West Palm Beach after a good Samaritan called police. They also said that he was chained outside with no food or water for several days.After investigators retrieved Mooky, he was transported to the Miami Beach clinic.“If you leave him outside, that the good Samaritan didn’t come to his rescue, he probably would have been dead,” Pelaez said.
Mysuru: As the country celebrates the World Sanskrit Week to popularise the “language of the gods,” which previous External Affairs Minister, the late Sushma Swaraj, claimed was a modern language fit for computers, the only Sanskrit daily of India, Sudharma, published from here, is struggling for survival. Economics apart, the number of patrons of this newspaper, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is dwindling. The management has now sought help from various government agencies which have shown little interest so far. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Sudharma was started by Pandit Varadaraja Iyengar, a Sanskrit scholar, in 1970, to reach out to those who loved the language and were interested in promoting it. These days, his son K.V. Sampath Kumar and his wife Jayalakshmi are continuing to keep the legacy alive. The newspaper, an-A3-size, two-page and five-column-sheet, has around 3,000 subscribers, mostly institutions and public libraries, who receive the copies by post. The e-version has around a lakh readers. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us While newspapers in Hindi and other languages continued to do well, Sudharma, the only Sanskrit daily was finding it hard to keep running, as it seems to have run out of resources. “That”s because no state or central body comes forward to assist us in any way and the response from various organisations in the private sector is indifferent,” according to the editor K.V. Sampath Kumar. Advertise With Us Jayalakshmi, who is well versed in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, English and, of course, Sanskrit, believes the latter is a great language. People use it from birth to death for conducting Vedic rituals and religious ceremonies right across the length and breadth of the country. India is united by Sanskrit, which is the mother language sustaining so many languages in the country. It is growing, and now, even IT professionals are finding it is useful, she said. Sampath Kumar”s father Pandit Varadaraja Iyengar started the Sanskrit paper on July 15, 1970, as a mission to promote use of Sanskrit. His vision and mission is now being continued by his son. Credit for starting Sanskrit radio bulletins on Akashvani goes to his father, who successfully persuaded the then Information and Broadcasting Minister I.K. Gujral to start daily news bulletins in Sanskrit. Priced at Rs 1.75, the paper mostly contains articles on Vedas, yoga, religion as also on politics and culture, among others. Sudharma”s modest office in Ramchandra Agrahara has been visited by Ministers, Governors, Shankaracharyas, and other dignitaries. Being the Sanskrit and Yoga capital of India, Mysuru has a fairly good strength of scholars. Interest in Ayurveda and alternative medicines has also led to an increase in the demand for Sanskrit learning centres. Scholars say Sanskrit was considered the “language of the gods” in India. Despite the contribution Sanskrit has made to Indian philosophical and literary traditions, vested interests have spread the impression that the language was dead, inaccessible and of negligible relevance to daily life. This is far from true. For the publishers of Sudharma, the newspaper is not so much a profitable venture but a mission, and a demonstration of love for the language which is now gaining international recognition. Sampath Kumar is being honoured later on Friday by the HRD Ministry for his contribution to Sanskrit language at a function in New Delhi organised by the World Sanskrit Sansthan.
Reuters file photoAll of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the UN refugee agency, and the government aims to deport them, a senior government official told Reuters.Junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament last week the central government had directed state authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants including Rohingya, who face persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued identity cards to about 16,500 Rohingya in India that it says help them “prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation”.But Rijiju, a high-profile minister in prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government, said in an interview on the weekend that the UNHCR registration was irrelevant.”They are doing it, we can’t stop them from registering. But we are not signatory to the accord on refugees,” he said.”As far as we are concerned they are all illegal immigrants They have no basis to live here. Anybody who is illegal migrant will be deported.”The UNHCR’s India office said on Monday the principle of non-refoulement – or not sending back refugees to a place where they face danger – was considered part of customary international law and binding on all states whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not.The office said it had not received any official word about a plan to deport Rohingya refugees, and had not got any reports deportations were taking place.The treatment of the roughly one million Rohingya in Myanmar has emerged as its most contentious human rights issue as it makes a transition from decades of harsh military rule.The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots there that go back centuries, with communities marginalised and occasionally subjected to communal violence.Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled from Myanmar, with many taking refuge in Bangladesh, and some then crossing a porous border into Hindu-majority India.Many have also headed to Southeast Asia, often on rickety boats run by people-smuggling gangs.’PROCEDURE’Rohingya are generally vilified in India and over the past few months, there has been a string of anti-Rohingya protests. Rijiju declined to comment on the deportation process, even as some human rights activists question the practicality of rounding up and expelling thousands of people scattered across the country.”There’s a procedure, there is a rule of law,” Rijiju said.”We can’t throw them out just like that. We can’t dump them in the Bay of Bengal.”India said on Friday it was in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about the deportation plan.But deportation is likely to be difficult, given Myanmar’s position that all Rohingya need to be scrutinised before they can be allowed back in as citizens.Myanmar officials were not immediately available for comment.A senior government official in Bangladesh, which has complained of being burdened by the heavy flow of refugees, has said India was helping it solve the crisis.More than 75,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since 9 October after an insurgent group attacked Myanmar border police posts, prompting a security crackdown in which troops have been accused of murder and rape of Rohingya civilians.