FORGIVE BUT DONT FORGET

first_imgI became physically intimate with my teacher when I was in high school. He called me last week and wanted to meet. I’m 26 years old now and my husband does not know about it. Should I meet him or ignore him?Name withheld I suggest that you try to have a telephonic conversation with him before you make up your mind. Try to know why he has surfaced suddenly. If after everything you still want to catch up, meet at a public place and don’t spend too much time with him. If you are not willing to meet him, be firm and express your decision politely. Whatever you do, depending on your relationship status with your husband, please decide whether or not you should share and how you should convey it to him. Also Read – Feel what you fear I feel that my husband and I are in a very competitive relationship. I don’t know why and how to solve this. Name withheld If a man has to compete with a woman for control of the relationship, he not only feels inadequate but also like there’s no place for his masculinity in his woman’s life. Keep this in mind: it’s very important. This isn’t to say that a man should control the entire relationship, that’s unfair to both parties. Rather, a successful relationship has complementary forces where each person relinquishes control in certain areas. If he felt like you were against him instead of for him, he never felt fully capable of opening his heart because he was afraid of losing the “game” and getting hurt. Talk it out, spend quality time and make him feel special and desirable. Also Read – HomecomingDon’t lose heart and hope. Hold on and hold tight. All the best. I just delivered a baby and have also gained some weight. My husband is avoiding me since then. Please guide. Maahi, New Delhi Are you absolutely sure that there is no other reason for your husband to ignore you? Post childbirth, women are anyway sensitive and there could be some other reason too! I suggest, speak to him and propose a plan of yoga, gym or walks together. Visit a proper dietician and take care of your diet. Alongside, don’t let love fade and do everything to keep the romance alive. Sometimes a hug or kiss might also do wonders. Concentrate on your relationship and enjoy the joyride. As I’m growing older, I am losing interest in women. I don’t feel turned on. Am I turning gay? I’m feeling very guilty about it. Name withheld If you are gay, know that there are many gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight people all over the world who have been through your situation. The doubt, the nagging guilt, the uncertainty – they’ve all been through it. Try not to think of your new sexual revelation as a burden; instead, think of it as liberation. There is nothing wrong with being gay. You are no less of a person for being who you are. Celebrate being you and be happy! (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

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Holocaust scholar sues group that said he slandered Poland

first_imgWARSAW, Poland — A prominent Holocaust researcher says he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland’s good name for research exploring Polish violence against Jews during World War II.Historian Jan Grabowski, of the University of Ottawa in Canada, told The Associated Press he brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the Polish League Against Defamation, an organization allied with Poland’s conservative ruling party.The league didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the case.The league’s work has been part of a broader effort under the Law and Justice party-led government to challenge research on Polish participation in the killing of Jews by Nazi Germany. Poland was under German occupation during World War II.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ottawa developing Canadian definition of UNDRIP says Liberal minister

first_imgAPTN National NewsNatural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Thursday the Liberal government is in the process of developing a “Canadian definition” of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).However, Carr did not say how this Canadian definition would be implemented or whether it would be contained in possible legislation on UNDRIP and its application to federal laws.“I would say the government is in the process of providing a Canadian definition of the declaration,” said Carr, during testimony before the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee.Carr said the result of the process would be “comprehensive” and would provide greater clarity “of these definitions,” in reference to the UNDRIP principle of “free, prior and informed consent.”Carr’s appearance before the committee occurred hours after NDP MP Romeo Saganash introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons to harmonize Canada’s laws with UNDRIP.UNDRIP was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007 and enshrined rights that “constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world,” according to the document.While Saganash’s bill received an endorsement from Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was non-committal about her government’s support for the proposed law.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Area C in W. Bank to house Dutch projects: PM

first_imgBETHLEHEM– A number of joint projects between the Palestinian and Dutch governments would be established in the Area C in the West Bank, which falls under the control of the Israeli authorities, Palestinian premier Rami Hamdallah has said. The Palestinian government had asked the Netherlands to put pressure on Israel to prevent it from putting hindrances on the way of the projects, Hamdallah told Anadolu Agency. Hamdallah attended the Dutch-Palestinian Cooperation Forum along with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Bethlehem on Saturday.The forum resulted in agreements between the Palestinian and Dutch governments on projects worth the value of $175 million in the fields of education, agriculture, water, energy, and technology. Under the 1995 Oslo Accord, the Area C, which makes up around 60% of the West Bank, lies under full Israeli civil and security control. Hamdallah said there are good signs that Israel would not object to the launch of the Palestinian-Dutch projects in the area. “But it is still necessary for us to start an international campaign to retain this area and benefit from its vast natural wealth,” Hamdallah told reporters.Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, meanwhile, said the contribution of the Netherlands in the planned projects would give them some sort of political protection.“These investments will have a political dimension to them,” al-Maliki said. “This means that Israel will think twice before hampering them,” he added. He expressed hopes that other countries will follow suit in launching projects in the occupied Palestinian territories in the future.last_img read more

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Three officers from Sri Lanka in Seychelles to probe drugsmuggling

A statement from the Seychelles’ Anti-Narcotics Bureau confirmed the arrival of the Sri Lankan officials, but it made no mention of the reported seizure and of reports that the drugs were destined for Seychelles – a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.Drug trafficking into Seychelles from foreign countries has been a problem in recent months, but there have been no reports of drugs being intercepted from Sri Lankan nationals or fishing vessels. It was also reported that a racket where heroin is brought to Sri Lanka by boat from Pakistan and then taken to Seychelles hidden in fishing boats had come to light during the investigations. However only last year, there were three incidents of illegal fishing by Sri Lankan-flagged vessels in the waters of Seychelles. Three senior officers from the Sri Lankan Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) are currently in the Seychelles to work with the Seychelles Anti-Narcotics Bureau on ongoing drug-smuggling cases in the Indian Ocean, a news release said.The officials are in Seychelles following a substantial seizure of heroin made in Sri Lanka, the Seychelles News Agency reported. It was reported that the team had gone to Seychelles with regard to investigations pertaining to 231 kg of heroin that was detected and seized in Beruwala on December 18 by the PNB based on a tip-off received by the STF. read more

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Marlboro maker Altrias 3Q profit more than doubles on lower legal costs

Marlboro maker Altria’s 3Q profit more than doubles on lower legal costs, year-ago comparison RICHMOND, Va. – Altria Group’s third-quarter profit more than doubled as the Marlboro maker paid out less in legal settlements and freed itself from charges related to paying off debt early last year.Higher prices and volumes for both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco bolstered its underlying results, which topped Wall Street expectations.The owner of the nation’s biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, posted earnings Thursday of $1.39 billion, or 70 cents per share. That’s up from $657 million, or 32 cents a share, in the year-ago period, which included a $874 million charge for a loss on early extinguishment of debt.Excluding one-time items, earnings were 65 cents per share, beating analyst estimates by a penny. That excludes a $145 million benefit from credits for disputed payments under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement in which some cigarette makers are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.Revenue for the Richmond, Va., company, excluding excise taxes, increased 6.6 per cent to $4.8 billion. Analysts expected $4.53 billion, according to FactSet.Its shares fell 13 cents to $36.25 in early morning trading Thursday.Volumes increased more than one per cent to 34.1 billion cigarettes compared with a year ago. Adjusting for trade inventory changes, cigarette volumes fell 3 per cent during the quarter, compared with a total industry decline of 3.5 per cent.Marlboro volumes grew 1.5 per cent, while volume for its other premium brands fell by more than 7 per cent, and volumes for discount cigarette brands like L&M increased 5 per cent.Its share of the U.S. retail market rose 0.2 percentage points to 50.7 per cent. Marlboro’s share of the U.S. market was flat at 43.7 per cent.The Marlboro brand has been under pressure from competitors and lower-priced cigarette brands amide economic uncertainty and high unemployment.That’s on top of the tax hikes, smoking bans and a social stigma that have made the cigarette business tougher.The Marlboro brand sold for an average of $5.86 per pack during the third quarter, compared with an average of $4.36 per pack for the cheapest brand.The company has introduced several new products with the Marlboro brand, often with lower promotional pricing, to try to keep the brand growing and to lure smokers away from its competitors.Altria and others are focusing on cigarette alternatives — such as electronic cigarettes, cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco — for future sales growth because the decline in cigarette smoking is expected to continue.After launching its first electronic cigarette under the MarkTen brand in Indiana in August, Altria said Thursday that its NuMark subsidiary plans to expand into Arizona in December.Volumes of Altria’s smokeless tobacco brands such as Copenhagen and Skoal rose 9.5 per cent from a year ago. Adjusting for an extra shipping day and trade inventory changes, Altria says its smokeless volumes grew about 4 per cent. For the quarter, the company’s smokeless tobacco brands had about 55 per cent of the market, though smokeless tobacco is a tiny market compared with cigarettes.Volumes for its Black & Mild cigars rose 6 per cent during the quarter.Altria Group Inc. also owns a wine business, holds a voting stake in brewer SABMiller, and has a financial services division.___Michael Felberbaum can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/MLFelberbaum. by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 5:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Aaron Crafts decision blows Ohio State past Cyclones

DAYTON – The fate of Ohio State’s season came down to a read – a decision to either put the ball in the hands of its best scorer or leave it with its floor leader and defensive epicenter. With the ball in his hands and 28 seconds to play, junior guard Aaron Craft hovered footsteps behind the 3-point line and dribbled away precious ticks off the clock while his teammates, namely junior forward Deshaun Thomas, fought frantically to get open. As cool and collected as one could probably be amid the hurricane that is a last-second finish to an NCAA tournament game – one that would determine whether the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes would reach their fourth-straight Sweet 16 – Craft continued to patiently shift around the top of the key, waiting for someone to get open. That help, though, never came. At least, not how he wanted it. So, Craft, known more for his ability to harass the game’s best offensive weapons rather than be one himself, took the game – and OSU’s fate – and hoisted it upon the shoulders of his 6-foot-2, rosy-cheeked frame. While every bounce of the ball seemed to magnify the general anxiety level of the 13,409 in attendance at the University of Dayton Arena, Craft waved off Thomas’ pining for the ball and watched the clock expire before launching the ball – and the Buckeyes hopes – through the air and into the net with 0.2 seconds left. The moment – one that will almost certainly echo in years to come – felt paradoxical considering Craft’s play in the game’s final 20 minutes. The typically clutch point guard turned the ball over three times in the second half, missed four free throws down the game’s stretch and clumsily clanked a mid-range jumper off the iron in the contest’s second-to-last possession. And for Craft, known more for his ability to slash his way to the basket rather than connect from longer distances, a buzzer beater from behind the arc seemed like it might be even more of an arduous task. But the Findlay, Ohio, native maintains he kept his poise despite rather atypical struggles late in the game. “I did some things down the stretch I don’t normally do. Missed some shots and missed some free throws,” he said. “We had confidence in about three of four guys at the end that could take a shot. This game just happened to be me and I was able to knock it down.” While Craft makes less than 30 percent of his 3-point shots, Lenzelle Smith Jr. said Craft’s basket looked like one from a seasoned-sharpshooter. “Normally he has a tendency to hitch the ball with the shot, but that one was straight net,” Smith said. “That was bottom of the net.” And though the shot was executed as intended, that’s hardly the way the Buckeyes drew the play up. Smith said the plan was to feed it to Thomas, who led all scorers with 22 points in Sunday’s 78-75 win against Iowa State. “We definitely wanted to have Deshaun in some type of pick and roll. Deshaun was going to be in pick and roll with Aaron, and I was on the strong side with Aaron coming off because we thought that the defender was gonna step up off of Aaron and he would have thrown the ball to Deshaun for a great shot at the top of the key or me in the corner for a good shot,” Smith said. The Cyclones, though, rotated and switched defenders, confirming Craft’s decision to hold onto the ball. “Once we seen that they switched, all bets are off,” Smith said. “Aaron, take this guy to the basket and shoot over him.” OSU coach Thad Matta called the instant a “big-time shot by a big-time kid and a big-time player.” “I saw the same thing Aaron saw. It was right in front of us. (Iowa State) switched it. They made a good read. They set the screen and switched … We had told him, when we took the timeout, ‘Let’s get the last shot and go for the win.’ He could have timed it maybe .5 too long, but it was pretty good timing on his part.” Thanks in part to Craft’s last-second heroics, OSU is set to play No. 6 Arizona at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Thursday night. “It was a great moment for Craft and for this basketball team,” Smith said. “I’m so happy for him now. He’s on top of the world and hopefully we can keep making those type of plays.” For the Buckeyes to advance to the Elite 8 and perhaps further, they’ll likely need him to. read more

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Buffalo Bills QB Competition EJ Manuel to Start Week

The Buffalo Bills named rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel the starter in the team opener against the New England Patriots on Sunday.Manuel only played in two preseason games after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee on Aug. 18.The rookie, who was the first quarterback drafted back in April, had a pretty solid preseason in the games he did play. He went 26-of-33 in passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in his two preseason appearances.Coach Doug Marrone had planned to start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel if Manuel was unable to suit up. However, the 16th overall draft pick returned to practice wearing a knee brace Sunday.Marrone said Manuel will start for the Bills in the opener because his recovery from the procedure was progressing ahead of schedule. Manuel participated fully in practice on Monday. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball notches first win against Cincinnati

After a tough loss against then-No. 7 Notre Dame in the Carrier Classic, the No. 20 Ohio State women’s basketball team came out firing and blazed past Cincinnati in their home opener at the Schottenstein Center. Wednesday night’s 87-49 victory gave the Buckeyes their first win of the year and Cincinnati’s coach Jamelle Elliott said OSU’s loss to Notre Dame might have served as some extra motivation. “They had a chip on their shoulder,” Elliot said, “and you could tell tonight.” The Buckeyes shot 77.3 percent from the floor in the first half and had a 42-21 lead going into halftime. Senior guard Tayler Hill led the charge with 21 points, while redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes and sophomore guard Raven Ferguson each scored 16 apiece. The Buckeyes defense stymied the Bearcats all game long and held them to 29.7 percent shooting from the field overall. “Our defense against Notre Dame was good and tonight’s defense was very good,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “I think we’re solid defensively at the guard position.” Stokes said not only was their defense efficient tonight, but they had a strong overall game right from the tip off. “It felt better than the Notre Dame game from the beginning,” Stokes said. “The defense was good and everyone was getting their shots, so that makes for a fun game.” This year, the Buckeyes seem to be quick and precise, as they exploited the Bearcats’ defense with hard, dribble penetrations that set up wide open three-point shots, or with pick-and-rolls where players seemed to snipe in accurate passes. “We are such a faster team this year,” Ferguson said. “With Amber and Tayler on the court, you need to be moving and keep the ball moving at all times.” Hill was happy the way her team was able to score Wednesday, but said they still have a lot of work to do in order to perfect their offensive scheme. “According to the score, I think tonight went really well,” Hill said. “We rushed on the ball a little too much in the beginning, but that is something we can fix at practice.” Coming into this year, many people wondered who would step up to take some of the scoring burden off of Hill, especially after losing their dynamic point guard in Samantha Prahalis, who was drafted No. 6 overall to the Phoenix Mercury in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Stokes and Ferguson might be the front-runners to fill the void. Stokes, however, said the strength of their team is unity. “I thought my game was good, but it could have been better,” Stokes said. “We held Cincinnati back and our defense was solid. Everyone was helping each other out and we had one another’s back, and we kept a good rotation. I am proud of the way we played.” Hill also noted how unique the team’s chemistry is, echoing Stokes comments about everyone having each other’s backs. “The team chemistry has been the best since I have been here,” Hill said. “We all want to see one another play well and are very supportive of one another. We are very close and I think that shows on the court because we trust each other very much.” Foster said he is excited about the group of players he has this season, not just because of their versatility and athleticism on the court. “From day one I’ve liked this group,” Foster said. “They’re unselfish and can be a lot of things this season.” The Buckeyes will return home to face Winthrop at St. John Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

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Downing Street blunder as photo of Bath used to illustrate Theresa Mays

It is understood the error was due to the stock picture used being mislabelled.Mrs May’s official spokesman said: “This was human error. It was corrected as soon as anyone was made aware of it.”The Prime Minister is in Salisbury today and will be expressing her great admiration for the resilience which the community has shown in response to the attack a year ago.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Downing Street was forced to backpedal on Monday after a social media post about Theresa May’s visit to Salisbury was illustrated by a picture of Bath.A message on the Prime Minister’s official Twitter feed paid tribute to the “beautiful, welcoming” Wiltshire city on the anniversary of the poison attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal on its streets.But rather than a picture of the famous 123-metre spire of Salisbury Cathedral, the message was accompanied by a shot of St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church 40 miles away in Bath.”I hope that moving forward Salisbury will once again be known for being a beautiful, welcoming English city and not for the events of 4 March 2018,” said the PM in her message.The picture was hastily removed and replaced with a picture of the door of 10 Downing Street, but not before it was noticed by eagle-eyed social media users. Bath’s Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse said: “Whilst it’s always lovely to see a beautiful shot of Bath, I think No 10 may have got carried away with this time … plenty of nice shots of Salisbury to use.”Asked about the blunder during a visit to Salisbury, the Prime Minister said: “This was an error which has now been rectified.” read more

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Ben Stokes goes from villain to hero in one glorious day

Ben Stokes stepped up in the super over to deliver England victoryCredit:AP Photo/Alastair Grant Jofra Archer bowled the super over and secured England’s victoryCredit:Gareth Copley-IDI Enter Jason Roy, who picked up cleanly despite unimaginable pressure and hurled a flat, decisive throw towards Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled. Tied once again, England triumphed on account of boundaries scored in the original 50-over match, a technocratic decider in a contest that proved impossible to settle any other way.In the end England’s 22 fours and two sixes proved the difference, besting the Black Caps’ tally of 14 and two but they are just numbers, and do scant justice to the emotional, occasionally controversial and endlessly replayable events that played out on this famous ground.The Prime Minister said England’s performance was “unbelievable”.”An absolutely incredible match, you have made your country so proud,” she added.Archer said later: “It has been the best time of my life so far, making my debut and winning the World Cup in the space of two months is really, really special. Hopefully I can look back in 10-15 years and say ‘I was part of that’.”The national side were back on a free-to-air terrestrial platform for the first time since the halcyon days of 2005 and they did not miss their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to match the achievements of their female counterparts, who became world champions at the home of cricket two summers ago. The side secured their legacy in front of 30,000 captivated fans, a mass gathering at Trafalgar Square and on television in homes up and down the country.  Jofra Archer celebrates Ben Stokes staged one of the great redemption acts of British sporting history on Sunday as he blasted England to a glorious first Cricket World Cup less than a year after he was cleared of his part in a nightclub brawl.The New Zealand-born 28-year-old, with a father who joked he was cheering on the opposition, staged a one-men batting salvo to ensure England secured a fightback to match the most dramatic ever produced in team sport.His heroic performance in forcing the side to an unprecedented tie before snatching the title from New Zealand in a six-ball shoot-out came almost a year to the day since his Bristol Crown Court affray case threatened to drag the reputation of his sport to an all-time low.Stokes was subsequently cleared and, following his exploits yesterday, he was listed by bookmakers at 2-1 to become BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He could also be named along with his teammates in the New Year’s Honours. It was a first trophy for England after 44 years and 12 editions of the tournament.   “It’s moments like that you live for as a professional cricketer,” Stokes said of the team’s triumph. With the match screened live on Channel 4 thanks to an agreement with Sky, cricket secured its biggest audience in years for a match which will inject fresh life into the sport, which has suffered falling attendances at county matches.It was also a day of heroism for England’s Jofra Archer, 24, the Barbados-born fast bowler who tasked with bowling the deciding over. Acher’s path to national bowling stardom was secured thanks to an administrative curve-ball and a father who lived 4,000 miles away.Last November, the England and Wales Cricket Board made what was described as a “naked” move to name Archer by relaxing eligibility rules for foreign-born players. In its desperation to win the tournament on home turf, England residency requirements were slashed from seven years to three.Stokes was quick to praise Archer instead of his own exploits. “It’s moments like that you live for as a professional cricketer and the new kid on the block Jofra Archer, I backed him all the way. The talent he’s got is incredible and he’s showed it on the world stage,” he said. Last night Richard Caborn, the former sports minister, told the Daily Telegraph that Theresa May, a keen cricket fan who was at Lord’s yesterday, should swiftly recommend the team for the “highest honours”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Morgan had said of the triumph: “This has been a four-year journey and we have developed a lot over those four years, but particularly in the last two. We find it hard to play on wickets like that – as many good teams around the world do – but it was about playing cricket to get over the line and we managed to do that and it means the world to us.  “Full credit to the boys who went out there at the end. Jofra Archer seems to improve every time something comes up in front of him and he really does have the world at his feet at the moment.”When asked about Stokes’ performance, Morgan described the all-rounder as “super-human”.A super over, a six-ball shoot-out, had only occurred 11 times in international history and never before in an ODI. During the dramatic finale, the teams went blow-for-blow once again, Stokes and Jos Buttler hitting 15 off Trent Boult before Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.Archer, the least experienced player on either side, then held his nerve as Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side and came back for a second that would have taken the trophy. Morgan will now take his place on the pantheon of great England captains, nestling alongside Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson, and going one better than the runners-up medals secured by Mike Brearley (1979), Mike Gatting (1987) and Graham Gooch (1992).The shine was taken off the post-match party at Trafalgar Square last night as organisers cancelled a planned post-match DJ because revellers were refusing to leave the fountain.  Ben Stokes strikes the ball Eoin Morgan, the captain, might even be nominated for a knighthood, he suggested. read more

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Buildings should be made out of hemp and wool to cut carbon

Farmers should grow hemp to make “hempcrete” and provide wool to insulate buildings with in order to cut carbon emissions, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has said in a new report.The NFU aims for the whole farming sector to be carbon-neutral 2040, a decade ahead of the UK economy as a whole, and has researched ways this could be achieved.Agricultural emissions have fallen by 16 per cent overall since 1990, but there has been only “modest progress” since 2011, the report says.One such method is making structures out of natural materials, one of them being hemp, as growing the plant captures carbon from the atmosphere. Hempcrete is a material similar to concrete, made of hemp hurds – which is wooden refuse removed during processing the plant – and lime. It is used for construction and insulation. This could be grown on farms and sold to the construction industry, according to the NFU.Other ideas include making farms “plant-powered” by using biofuel methods to produce methane which would generate electricity, and using technology including GPS in order to harvest in a more environmentally-friendly way.The organisation also says farmers should health in cattle and sheep to reduce methane emissions and reduce soil compaction to cut the need for cultivation and minimise nitrogen emissions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Making sure cows are healthy can reduce methane emissionsCredit: Yui Mok/PA Carbon storage is an important way to cut down on a farm’s carbon footprint, and ways this can be achieved include providing bigger hedgerows, more woodland and trees and boosting the carbon storage of soils, including peatland and wetland restoration.  NFU president Minette Batters said: “Representing British farming, we recognise our unique position as both a source and a store for greenhouse gas emissions and, importantly, how we can build on our work so far to deliver climate-neutral farming in the next 20 years.”We aspire to be producing the most climate-friendly food in the world.”We must avoid anything that undermines UK food production and merely exports our greenhouse gas emissions to other parts of the world.”Ms Batters said work on her own Wiltshire beef, sheep and arable farm included improving grazing pasture with more clover and herbal mixes to fix nitrogen and use less fertiliser, and GPS technology was helping precision farming.British farms are responsible for around a 10th of UK greenhouse gas emissions, but only 10 per cent of its output is carbon dioxide, while 40 per cent is nitrous oxide from things such as fertilisers, and 50 per cent is methane from cows and sheep. Making sure cows are healthy can reduce methane emissions read more

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LikeBelt offers up a unique way to check in on Facebook

first_imgWe promise that the hilarious video posted above isn’t a spoof. We called and verified that the LikeBelt is an actual working device. Created by Pittsburgh based Deeplocal, the LikeBelt is an NFC enabled belt buckle linked to an Android device allowing you to check in via Facebook in a rather unique way. It’s probably a good thing that the device is an NFC research product and not something that is coming to the mass-market. It wouldn’t be a good thing to have a city full of people trying to connect via their LikeBelts in public.Known for its creative marketing campaigns, Deeplocal is a spin-off lab/studio of Carnegie Mellon University. Students attending the same classes decided to create a company to continue working with robotics and technology in novel ways. The crew at the studio achieved popularity through its partnership with Nike in creating the “ChalkBot,” a robotic chalk sprayer that was put into service during the Tour de France two years ago. Part of the global Livestrong campaign, ChalkBot traveled the route of the Tour de France spraying messages of hope directly on the course in yellow chalk to help raise awareness of the fight against cancer. Users were able to submit messages via Twitter or email, which were then relayed to the robot and printed on the road. Applying the creative genius shown in the ChalkBot project, the group wanted to experiment with mobile NFC check-in services, hence the birth of the LikeBelt project. Using a Samsung Galaxy S, the engineers on the team simply rerouted the NFC leads in the phone and connected them to a NFC reader that was installed in the belt buckle of the device. Using specially printed NFC check-in points, a user simply has to place the belt buckle in close proximity twice in succession to activate the desired response using an app that was written specifically for the device. As demonstrated in the video, you can use LikeBelt to check-in at your favorite coffee shop or to add a friend on Facebook.For our female readers that may be wondering who the first model in the video may be, his name is Patrick “Hollywood” “Lady-Killer” Miller (pictured above), an engineer for Deeplocal and the star of many of the demo videos the studio has created. Read more at Deeplocal’s site.last_img read more

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You too can own this intricately detailed customizable TARDIS PC

first_imgCase mods are a tried-and-true form of personalization and expression, though they’re usually of the do-it-yourself variety. If you’re a Doctor Who fan and not entirely inclined to do things yourself, Scan Computers has the perfect desktop for you. The best part if that you won’t have to do much other than spend some money and plug a few things in.The computer sports a 3.1GHz Intel Pentium G2120 dual-core processor, a Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3 motherboard with an Intel H61 chipset, 8GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM running at 1600MHz, and a 500GB Western Digital hard drive. The TARDIS box also features a Sony Blu-ray writer, a 300W BN133 SFX Micro-ATX power supply, and Microsoft Windows 7 Premium 64-bit.The TARDIS computer starts at around $1500 (£935.99). However, if the guts under the hood don’t do it for you, you can configure the box before you buy it… and make as many jokes as you like along the way about it being bigger on the inside.The computer is actually highly customizable, and you can add some pretty fancy bits should your wallet allow it, such as SSDs of various sizes, or a graphics card (though the available cards aren’t too impressive).The case is built of over 45 pieces of brushed aluminum and it’s spot-on accurate — the color of the TARDIS is the correct blue and the decals and stickers mirror the ones on the iconic spaceship. Unfortunately, the case is the most expensive part of the rig, but can you put a price on true fandom?More at Scan Computerslast_img read more

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Kat Theophanous wins Northcote seat

first_imgOne of the most significant victories for the Labor party in the Victorian state elections was secured by Kat Theophanous in reclaiming Northcote from the Greens.By Sunday night, the 31-year-old held 52.82 per cent of the two-candidate preferred vote beating Lidia Thorpe.Ms Theophanous, daughter of former Labor minister Theo Theophanous, entered the battle for the inner northern suburbs seat a few months ago, knowing that it wouldn’t be an easy one.“There is no easy time to run for public office. I chose a particularly hard time, with a baby at home and another one on the way.“But I put my hand up because there is too much at stake,” Ms Theophanous posted on her official Facebook page the night before the elections.While historically a Labor stronghold since 1927, the Northcote seat was won by Greens MP Lidia Thorpe during last year’s by-election where she was elected with a swing of 11.6 per cent after preferences.It was previously held by former Minister for Women and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson, whose death in August 2017 triggered the by-election.Ms Thorpe made history taking control of the seat, being the first Indigenous woman elected in the Victorian Parliament, but did not succeed in the bid to secure a four-year tenure in office.Talking to ABC, the Greens candidate called for a much-needed review into the party’s campaign which she said resulted in “losing quite a considerable amount of Greens members”.Most recently, Ms Theophanous was among Fiona Richardson’s staffers working on the state’s family violence reform strategy, an experience she credits for shaping her political values and aspirations.“That ignited my passion. I do come from a political family, growing up with politics has shaped who I am,” she told The Age.“I was born and raised in this area, went to local schools and I’m raising my own family here now – I’m incredibly proud that this community has given me this support.”Theophanous’ win adds to the swing in favour of Labor in many of the inner city suburbs leading to an impressive electoral performance for the party.As far as other Greek Labor candidates are concerned, both state ministers Jenny Mikakos and Philip Dalidakis managed to get re-elected in Northern and Southern Metropolitan Regions respectively, as well as Steve Dimopoulos in Oakleigh and Nick Staikos in Bentleigh.Meanwhile, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) described the Victorian election result overall as a “victory for decency”, congratulating the Andrews government for its re-election.“Voters at the weekend rejected racist and alarmist claims about law and order in Victoria.“Instead, the people of Victoria, overwhelmingly, voted for a strong, stable and positive agenda which puts families at its centre,” said FECCA’s Chairperson Mary Patetsos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Higgs family brings new development to North and Middle Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – It was a true tear jerker Thursday when a North Caicos family proved that it tells a beautiful story when islanders pull together to fulfill a dream.  The Higgs Family, which is one of the prime investors in North Caicos yesterday announced that in honor of their founding fathers, they would open a hotel and call it Silver Bay Resort and Promanade.  Pastor Lewis Walkin, a part of the lineage roused the audience in support of the investment of Core Resources.“We’ve finally found somebody in North Caicos, who put their money where their mouth is.  I’m also happy because we know that action speaks louder than words.  I don’t have to  say much more, but I just want North Caicos to know that this project will benefit the people of North and Middle Caicos.”Featuring Bottle Creek facing rooms, outdoor upstairs deck, pool, marina, promenade and twelve suites, Ralph Higgs CEO and Chairman of Core Resources was moved to tears as he expressed that he wished his parents were around to witness some of the strides of the company and announced that he is a man of the soil who has for nearly 40 years believed that this day was bound to come.  “It will create employment for the people of North and Middle Caicos obviously, it will create business opportunities because in the complex once it’s completed, we’ll have opportunities for persons who want to pursue small business.  They can come because we don’t want to run water sports operations, we don’t want to run art and craft spaces that we’re gonna have in the hotel.  There will be other opportunities for persons, people from the community to get involved in small business.  We’ll do that for you, I promise.”Higgs thanked long time confidants and businesses and relatives which supported and now again support this newest Core Resources project, among them CIBC First Caribbean; its country manager Larry Lawrence was there and spoke highly of the business prowess of Higgs and Core,   “and your growth has not been over night, it has been over time.  And that makes a difference because success is not normally over night, it takes time.  So I certainly welcome you to continue that model and this is just your latest venture, and if the past is any indication of what’s in the future, this also will be a success.  I almost  don’t see or hear from Ralph because somebody who competently adjusts Ralph meets on a daily basis, and she’s here with me today, Karen.”Songs, poetry and an unveiling of the design… a moment of silence led by Tourism Minister Hon Porsha Smith, who wished the family well; she remembered former business partner and big brother to Ralph Higgs, the late Conrad Higgs.   “It is indeed a pleasure for me to be here with you this morning on this significant day for the people of North Caicos and the Turks and Caicos Islands, to celebrate the groundbreaking of  yet another remarkable initiative here on this beautiful island of North Caicos.  The Turks and Caicos islands have truly come a long way in the development of tourism.” Construction will not take place right away, though the ground is partially cleared, and created on it is a beeline to the coastal view of what will soon be Silver Bay Hotel view.  Mr. Higgs, who is due to announce another big move in North Caicos very soon, said there is a process which also means residents will get to say if they do not want the project.  Ralph Higgs encouraged openness and explanation and assured that if not for the regulated procedures, Core Resources would  be ready to build tomorrow.  Construction is projected to begin in three to six months.  Silver Bay will be located in Windsor, Bottle Creek next door to their fuel station. Related Items:higgs family brings new development to north and middle, new development to come for north and middle caicos, Silver Bay Resort and Promanadelast_img read more

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Body of drowning victim found on Imperial Beach

first_img IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – The body of a man was found today on the beach near the Imperial Beach Pier, sheriff’s officials said.The man, in his late 20s, was found by joggers at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday still partially in the water at the 700 block of Seacoast Drive, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.Deputies, paramedics and fire personnel responded to the area. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.The victim’s female companion was found and interviewed. Alcohol and drugs are suspected as contributing factors in the incident, according to sheriff’s officials.The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct a further investigation to confirm the victim’s identity, notify the man’s family and determine the cause of death. Updated: 1:16 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Body of drowning victim found on Imperial Beach Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 4, 2019last_img read more

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CTran sues to hide one forwarded email

first_imgC-Tran will seek a court order to keep the city of Vancouver from releasing an email C-Tran argues should be exempt from public disclosure laws.The Columbian, which has a standing request for Vancouver City Council email under the Public Records Act, was named as a defendant in the lawsuit as required under the PRA.C-Tran attorney Tom Wolfendale, in a request for an injunction filed Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court, wrote that a Feb. 6 email was clearly labeled as covered by attorney-client privilege and should not be made public.Judge Robert Lewis is expected to rule on the matter May 2.Wolfendale wrote in his injunction request that he sent the email to Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, who serves on the C-Tran Board of Directors. The next day, Leavitt forwarded the email to City Manager Eric Holmes.That forwarding qualified the email as one to be given to The Columbian under its standing request. The city notified Wolfendale it would be releasing the email, prompting the request for the injunction after The Columbian declined to waive its request.last_img read more

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TSRTC conductors demand job security

first_imgMusheerabad: TSRTC conductors of different unions met at VST Hall here on Tuesday and formed united federation of Telangana RTC conductors. Later, they held a meeting to discuss their problems and ways to address them. Prominent leaders of various unions Raji Reddy, Abraham SW, Kamalakar Goud, Srinivas Rao, Hari Kishan, Kathula Yadaiah, former MLC K Nageshwar, president of TRSKV Rambabu Yadav and others attended the meeting. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, leaders of the newly formed federation demanded that the management and government ensure full job security to conductors. Passengers should be held responsible for not taking tickets and not conductors, like in airlines and railways, the conductor federation leaders said. They demanded that the management abolish 1,963 conductor regularisation norms and formulate new regulations. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Expressing concerns over holding conductors responsible for mistakes of passengers, the leaders demanded that the management stop taking severe actions against them such as suspensions, cuts in increments and removals. The leaders said that the federation was established to fight against injustice being done to conductors and it would not favour or oppose any union. Chairman of the federation RG Tejavathi, president K Anand Reddy, working president Suresh Yadav, general secretary Ravi Kumar, secretary TV Krishna, Anil, Chandu, MD Khaja, Ravi Kumar, Yadaiah and others participated in the meeting.last_img read more

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PM fears arson attacks in coming days

first_imgPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the people of the country to take steps against the culprits who may carry out arson attacks on people to kill them alive in the coming days.”Whoever carries such attacks, I urge people to take steps against them at once and we’ll do whatever is needed in this regard,” she said.The prime minister said this while inaugurating the world’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute, ‘Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute’, in the capital’s Chankharpul area.The health ministry has named the institute after prime minister Sheikh Hasina in recognition of her devotion to development of burn and plastic surgery healthcare system which is expected to open a new horizon in treatment of burns as it will provide the best treatment facilities to patients.Recalling the horrible days of 2013, 2014 and 2015 when BNP-Jamaat clique established a reign of terror through hurling Molotov bombs, arson attacks and setting fire on public and private establishments, Hasina questioned what type of political movement was that.”I can’t understand that…I don’t want such incidents to take place in Bangladesh again,” she said.She said the people of the country resisted those heinous attacks of BNP-Jamaat nexus where hundreds of people lost their lives and several thousands more got injured.”Our law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies in cooperation with all had been able to contain such terrorist and militant attacks… I request people to resist the culprits in the future, too,” Hasina said.The prime minister said the government wants a peaceful situation in the country to ensure development of the country.Defying all obstacles, she said, the government has been able to take the country forward and place in developing country status. “Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world, this country is the example to many countries for its quicker development.”Stating that the only aim of the government is to materialise the dream of Father of the Nation Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to make the country a hunger- and poverty-free one, Hasina thanked people as they voted Awami League to power casting their votes in favour of ‘Boat’.”If they give us the chance to serve them again, then we’ll surely complete our development projects now being implemented,” she said.Hasina said the government will make the country hunger- and poverty-free by 2020 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence.Dhaka south city mayor Sayeed Khokan, chaired by health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim, state minister for health and family welfare ministry Zahid Maleque, army chief general Aziz Ahmed, chief coordinator of the institute Samanta Lal Sen and engineering chief of Bangladesh Army major general M Siddiqur Rahman Sarker also spoke.Health secretary Md Serajul Huq Khan delivered the welcome speech.The Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute will help treat more burn patients and make more plastic surgeons to meet the country’s requirements.The 12-storey institute located next to the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover will provide advanced treatment to burn patients while physicians and nurses will also get trainings to enhance their professional excellence.With most modern equipment and technology, the institute would be a centre of excellence for treatment, research and studies.The institute with 500 beds, 50 intensive care units and 12 operation theatres will be the largest burn and plastic surgery institute in the world.On 6 April 2016, prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction work by laying the foundation stone of the institute.The burn and plastic surgery institute was constructed at a cost of Tk 5.22 billion as part of the present government’s plan to provide modern treatment facilities to the patients of burn injuries, create expert medical professionals and conduct research.There are three blocks in the institute. Of those, one block will be the burn unit, one plastic surgery unit and another academic wing. Construction of the main building began on 27 April 2016.last_img read more

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