Central team visits Nashik to assess crop damage

first_imgA two-member team from the Union government on Friday visited Nashik district to assess the loss to crops due to unseasonal rains last month.The team comprised Deena Nath, adviser in the Union finance ministry’s expenditure department, and Subhash Chandra, director in the Centre’s farmers welfare department, local officials said. They inspected damaged maize, soybean, grapes, chilli, onions, jowar, bajra, groundnut and other crops, said officials. During a review meeting here, Divisional Commissioner Rajaram Mane informed that 21.58 lakh hectares has been affected due to the unseasonal rain in Nashik division which includes Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar and Ahmednagar districts.Of the 1,961 villages in the district, 1,678 villages cultivate kharif crops whereas 283 villages cultivate rabi crops.Accordingly, sowing was done on 4,95,525 hectares during the 2019-20 Kharif season in the district.But due to the unseasonal rain in October-November, as many as 1,958 villages and crops on 6,47,315 hectares were affected.As many as 52,258 hectares of paddy, 60,103 hectares of soybean, 72,933 hectares bajra, 2,05,000 hectares maize, 54,408 hectares onion and 55,965 hectares grapes crop has been affected due to the unseasonal rain, Nashik collector Suraj Mandhare informed. As compensation for crop loss, a sum of ₹599 crore is needed, of which ₹181 crore have been received, district superintendent agriculture officer Sanjeev Padwal informed during the meeting. As part of the Pradhan Mantri Bima Yojana, insurance of 1,27,870 hectares of land belonging to 1,93,393 farmers has been decided. There are 12,37,313 livestock in the district and 2,02,776 metric tons of fodder is required monthly, but due to unseasonal rain in October, fodder production has reduced by 60 per cent, officials added. On Saturday, the team will visit Gevrai, Majalgaon, Dharur and Wadhwani in Beed district, while on Sunday it will go to Badnapur, Bhokardan and Jaffrabad in Jalna district, it added.last_img read more

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Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japan

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments With Matthew Wright shooting freebies midway through the fourth quarter, the star guard drew up a play as Reyes willingly allowed him to devise the team’s next attack.“That’s the kind of relationship that we have. He teaches me on what to do and it’s my job to follow him,” Reyes said in jest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe act was also a glimpse of how deep Castro and Reyes’ bond is dating back to when both of them shared a player-coach relationship at Talk ‘N Text.“[Japan’s] defense was so effective. So since coach Chot already handled me before, I just drew our old play. I realized that it would be effective for us because (Japan) denies our shooters,” the 31-year-old slasher said. After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time Jayson Castro William. Photo from Fiba.comIt’s often been said that the point guard is the extension of the coach on the court.But on Friday, Jayson Castro William took things to the next level as he mapped out a play on coach Chot Reyes’ whiteboard during Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ duel against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Though Castro did not go into the specifics, his play worked as he partially played as a decoy to rattle the Japan’s defenders that led to an Andray Blatche triple and an open June Mar Fajardo undergoal stab in the ensuing plays for a 10-point Gilas lead, 80-70, with 3:43 to play.He then took over in the closing minutes, scoring five of Gilas’ last seven points as the Filipinos started their campaign in the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 Fiba World Cup with a 77-71 win over Japan.Castro was magnificent on the floor all game long, racking up a team-best 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the victory.But Reyes made it clear that any player who feels like speaking out can voice his thoughts and even take his whiteboard, as long as it’s for the benefit of the team.“Every player has that right to tell the coaches on what they are seeing on the floor. Japan had a very effective zone defense against us and I think Jayson’s play was a big adjustment for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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Katy Perry Attends StarStudded Delete Blood Cancer Gala

first_imgDelete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf co-hosted the Seventh Annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala this week at Cipriani Wall Street, and raised a record-breaking $3.7 million which will register lifesaving donors.Vera Wang and Katy PerryThis year, the Delete Blood Cancer Award was presented to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder, artistic director and EVP of OPI Products Inc, for her outstanding commitment. Katy Perry presented an Award jointly to designer Vera Wang, and actress Leighton Meester for their promotion of Delete Blood Cancer’s Share the Love campaign encouraging people to get swabbed and register as bone marrow donors.Hosted by TV personality and celebrity designer Nate Berkus and co-chaired by Coty Inc. CEO Michele Scannavini, the event featured an unforgettable live performance by Grammy Award–winning artist Jill Scott, who performed Home as a special tribute to the Murry Family, who’s four sons are in desperate need of bone marrow transplants. Later, Grammy Award winning artists Lady Antebellum brought the crowd of 800 to their feet when they took the stage to perform four songs including “Need to Know,” and “Downtown.”The signature highlight of the evening came during a miracle moment when 19-year-old Darian Craig from Nashville, Tennessee met, for the first time, the donor who saved her life. The moment brought tears to everyone’s eyes – especially Darian’s mom, Tina – who, referred to him as an angel giving her daughter a chance at life. The overwhelming joy of the meeting turned into the shock of the realization that the donor, Evander Holyfield Jr. was in fact the son of the boxing legend. The proud father, Evander Holyfield, joined everyone on stage and presented a special gift to Darian, also known as the “Fighter”.For co-founder Katharina Harf, the battle against blood cancer is personal. At 14 years old, she lost her mother to blood cancer. Although the family searched valiantly for a matching donor, her mother’s life could not be saved. “Tonight was an incredible evening filled with stories that touched our hearts and the miracle moment of a donor saving a life. We honored some of our greatest advocates and celebrated with amazing performances that gave inspiration to continue the fight to one day delete blood cancer. I know my mother would have been proud, and I am so thankful to everyone who made this possible,” says Harf.Also in attendance at the black-tie gala event were Anastasia Ganias (“True Blood”),Anja Rubik (model), Coco Rocha (“The Face”), Derek Lam (designer), Evander Holyfield (boxing legend), Glenda Bailey (Harper’s Bazaar), Georgia May Jagger (model), Julie Henderson (model), Lindsey Vonn (Olympic skier), Kimberly Chandler,Taylor Kraemer (model), Paula Zahn, Dr. Mary Horowitz and others.last_img read more

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GlaxoSmithKline to spend 51B on cancer drugmaker Tesaro

first_imgShares of Tesaro soared early Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker.Glaxo plans to pay $75 per share for Tesaro, which makes the ovarian cancer treatment Zejula. That represents a premium of more than 60 per cent to the stock’s $46.38 closing price Friday. The total deal price includes Tesaro’s net debt.Glaxo CEO Emma Walmsley said in a statement that the deal will accelerate growth of the British drugmaker’s oncology business.Zejula brought in $166 million in revenue in the first nine months of this year, with third-quarter sales growing more than 60 per cent.Glaxo expects the deal to close in the first quarter.Shares of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Tesaro Inc. jumped nearly 60 per cent to $73.97 in premarket trading.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Road blocked due to spinout on South Taylor Hill

first_imgUPDATE – The hill is open in both directionsFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have just received a news tip, at 2:00 p.m., that both southbound lanes on the South Taylor Hill are currently blocked due to a spinout involving two commercial vehicles.It is reported that there are no emergency crews at the scene at this time. We will continue to post updates as they become available.last_img

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Charlie Lake Fire Department called out for Carbon Monoxide Alarm

first_imgAccording to Payette when the gas person attended their home the following day to turn the gas back on they shared, a vacuum had been created in the home by having the portable a/c unit running with the windows closed, which sucked the exhaust from the hot water heater.Payette said, “We are safe and so are the dogs, at least we know our carbon monoxide detectors work.” Dania goes on to say they were smelling all around the dryer and the hot water when all the alarms in the house started blaring a carbon monoxide warning. “I was starting to feel a little light headed so we immediately went outside and called 911,” said Payette.Upon arrival, the firefighters used monitors to located the cause of the alarm, shut down the gas to the structure, and continued to vent.“The fire department arrived very quickly and had us move across the street for safety,” said Payette “They suited up and went in and the carbon monoxide readings they were getting were pretty high at 50-51 (I don’t know what kind of unit of measurement they use).”The Charlie Lake Fire Department firefighters cleared the scene once the monitor met a zero reading.10 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1, Tender 2, and Squad 1, and Rescue.Payette shares, the firefighters opened all the windows and set up fans. “The Fire Chief was so kind and informative as were all of the firefighters. We can’t thank them enough,” said Payette. CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – On May 27th, 2019, the Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 5:53 pm to respond to a carbon monoxide alarm.Photo by PayetteDania and her husband Greg Payette were cleaning their home and doing laundry when Dania started to smell a weird smell in their laundry room. She shares she thought it was the marinade from the jerky Greg was making but that wasn’t it.last_img read more

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French media regulator the CSA has rejected moves

first_imgFrench media regulator the CSA has rejected moves to take TF1-owned news channel LCI, M6-owned entertainment channel Paris Première and Canal+-owned documentary channel Planète+ to free-to-air status, crushing TF1’s hopes of taking the news channel in particular off the struggling digital-terrestrial pay TV platform.In coming to its decision, the CSA said it had studied the impact on the advertising market and the financial situation of existing free players in particular of taking the three channels free-to-air.The regulator judged that amidst continued falls in TV ad revenues and uncertainty about future growth prospects, “the arrival of one or several additional free channels could not today be supported by growth in the advertising market”.It also said that the financial situation of existing free channels “is still fragile”, particularly in the case of channels not affiliated to large groups, and noted that the six new HD DTT channels licensed in 2012 were still in their growth phase and had not yet reached financial breakeven. It said there was no evidence that the arrival of new free channels would significantly boost the free-to-air audience, which already has access to 25 channels, but is more likely to result in fragmentation of viewing.The CSA was told by the competition authority at the beginning of July that the impact of taking LCI free-to-air would have a significant impact on other channels already distributed free-to-air on digital-terrestrial.Canal+, which had opposed TF1’s move to take LCI free-to-air in competition with its own news channel i>Télé, said the decision of the CSA was “wise and responsible” as the regulator had considered the wider economy of DTT in France.TF1’s LCI said that would “examine a possible recourse to legal proceedings in the competent courts” to overturn the decision.The ruling means that the three channels will remain on the DTT pay TV platform alongside Canal+, Eurosport and TF6, the joint venture between TF1 and M6 that the pair have already said will shut down at the end of this year.last_img read more

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Spanish regional cable operator Telecable has turn

first_imgSpanish regional cable operator Telecable has turned in solid growth in revenue and modest growth in EBITDA, with sales up 4.4% to €69.2 million and EBITDA up 1.9% to €69.2 million.In a statement on its interim results, Telecable’s UK-based owner Zegona Communications said that the operator had continued to build momentum following a consumer price increase of €2 in January and a strong marketing push.Zegona said “significant progress” was being made on strategic initiatives.The UK-based investment group, led by former Virgin Media executive Eamonn O’Hare as chairman and CEO, said it was continuing to look at attractive investment opportunities across the European telecommunications and media business. Zegona earlier this year was outbid by local mobile player MásMovil in an attempt to acquire rival Spanish mobile operator Yoigo from Telia.Zegona itself posted revenues of €70.5 million and EBITDA of €31.4 million.“Last month we celebrated our first full year of Telecable ownership and it is pleasing to see such strong results in the first half of 2016 building on a robust finish to 2015. Telecable has a clear strategy that is delivering results with continued growth in revenue, EBITDA and cash flow. We are encouraged by the momentum in the business, underpinned by a consumer price rise and progress in growing the business and mobile segments. This performance, together with further evidence of price repair in the Spanish telecoms market and the improving economic environment, gives us confidence that Telecable will continue to deliver growth in 2016 in line with our full year guidance,” said O’Hare.“As we look out across the European TMT landscape, we see many attractive investment opportunities. We will continue to evaluate those transactions which enhance shareholder returns and which satisfy our disciplined financial criteria. Driving shareholder value will always be our top priority, and as a result, we remain very disciplined as we evaluate these opportunities.”last_img read more

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Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Luck Fortune

first_imgPart 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Luck, Fortune, And Chance.About Mark Sutcliffe’s TED TalkMark Sutcliffe says our luck—or privilege—is determined before we are even born. He encourages people to acknowledge the role of privilege in their lives and work to lessen the opportunity gap.About Mark SutcliffeMark Sutcliffe is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and community activist.He is the host of Ottawa Today, a daily four-hour talk show on 1310 NEWS and Rogers TV.Additionally, Sutcliffe has founded several media properties, including the Ottawa Business Journal, the Kitchissippi Times community newspaper and iRun, Canada’s leading media brand for runners.Sutcliffe has completed more than 20 marathons and is the author of four books: Why I Run, Canada’s Magnificent Marathon, Big Joe and the Return of Football, and Long Road to Boston. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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A Russian scientist says he wants to create more g

first_imgA Russian scientist says he wants to create more genetically modified babies, flouting international objections that such a step would be premature, unethical and irresponsible.Denis Rebrikov, a molecular biologist who heads a gene-editing lab at the Kulakov National Medical Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology in Moscow, claims he has developed a safe — and therefore acceptable — way to create gene-edited babies.”How it can be unethical if we will make [a] healthy baby instead of diseased?” Rebrikov told NPR during his first broadcast interview. “Why? Why [is it] unethical?”Rebrikov wants to create babies from embryos whose DNA he would edit to protect the resulting children from HIV. Rebrikov would edit a gene called CCR5 to replicate a naturally occurring variation that protects people from HIV.”The rationale is to guarantee that the baby will be HIV-negative — that’s it,” Rebrikov says.It’s the same rationale given by a Chinese scientist, He Jiankui, when he created the world’s first gene-edited babies. The birth of the gene-modified twin Chinese girls last year triggered an international firestorm, as well as calls for a global moratorium on creating gene-edited babies until doing so can be demonstrated to be safe and necessary.Rebrikov says his research has shown that it’s possible to make precise genetic changes in embryos using the gene-editing technique CRISPR. He claims to have verified the safety by comparing the DNA of edited embryos with the unedited DNA of the couples used to create them.”My experiments show that, yes, it’s safe. We demonstrated it’s safe to use,” says Rebrikov, who is also a researcher at the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University in Moscow.The babies created by the Chinese scientist had a father who was HIV-positive. Rebrikov says preventing infection in babies born to HIV-positive women is more justifiable when a woman doesn’t respond to antiviral drugs. Those children are at high risk of becoming infected.Rebrikov says he plans to confirm his research with additional experiments before proceeding and would move forward only if he won government approval. Rebrikov says he has already identified two HIV-positive women who would be interested in trying to have gene-edited babies, and he plans to apply for approval within months.Rebrikov’s plans were first reported in the journal Nature. He says he may also try to use his technique to create gene-edited babies for other reasons, such as preventing inherited forms of deafness.But Sergey Kutsev, the chief geneticist and ethicist at the Russian Ministry of Health, told NPR that he doubts the government would authorize Rebrikov’s experiment.”I am confident that Denis Rebrikov doesn’t have any chances to get approval from the Ministry of Health as of today,” Kutsev told NPR. He says the safety and usefulness of the technology needs to be proved first.One concern, Kutsev says, is inadvertently creating mutations that may later lead to cancer or other diseases — changes that also can be passed down through future generations. “Therefore, this is certainly unacceptable at present,” he says.Other scientists are also deeply skeptical of Rebrikov’s claims.”The data are weak,” says Shoukhrat Mitalipov, an Oregon Health & Science University scientist who was the first to precisely use CRISPR to edit genes in human embryos.”The technology is not ready,” agrees Dieter Egli, a Columbia University scientist trying to find safe ways to edit DNA in human embryos.Many scientists and bioethicists argue that to do what Rebrikov proposes would be unethical and unnecessary because there are other ways to prevent HIV infection, as well as most genetic disorders.”This is irresponsible,” says R. Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, who is helping the World Health Organization try to police gene editing. “My biggest worry is that he’s going to bring about the birth of children who are going to suffer because he wanted to play around.”Someday it may be deemed safe and appropriate to use gene-edited embryos to prevent rare but devastating genetic disorders in babies, Charo and others say.But it’s far too premature to try that before the science has been tested much more thoroughly and before broad societal debates have been conducted about the ethics and morality, she says.”Experiments like this — rogue scientists like this, cowboys like this — they give the technology a bad reputation that leads to overreactions from legislatures and other governmental organizations,” Charo says, “and can lead to wholesale prohibitions that are either unwarranted or unwise.”Some suspect that Rebrikov’s claims may be a publicity stunt aimed at winning government funding.A competition is underway for about $2 billion in new government funding designed to boost Russian genetic research, according to Konstantin Severinov, a Russian scientist who splits his time between Rutgers University in New Jersey and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow.”So by making claims like that, if you believe there is no such thing as bad PR, you can at least grab some attention,” Severinov says.Some other scientists, while cautioning that it may be premature, argue that there are always risks with new technologies.”This is getting some exceptional scrutiny, and I think that’s a good thing,” says George Church, a prominent geneticist at Harvard University. “But I wouldn’t rule things out a priori because we can’t perfectly describe the risk and benefits. We should go cautiously forward and ask, ‘Is there a real showstopper here?’ “Even if Rebrikov could do what he wants to do safely, some critics say, the move could eventually lead to attempts to use gene editing for other reasons that are far less acceptable.”The primary danger that I see is the slippery slope of irresponsible and dangerous human enhancement,” says Fyodor Urnov of the University of California’s Innovative Genomics Institute. “It could open the door to trying to create designer babies.”Nothing like that is possible today — and may never be. But Rebrikov says he thinks it will be possible some day. And he thinks it could be a good idea.”I think it’s the next step. In the future, people would like to make those babies more smart, for example. For my child, I’d like smarter, maybe stronger and faster,” he says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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