The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP on Friday urged Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore to stop the State government from removing chapters related to the Sikh Gurus from the Class XII history book of the Punjab School Education Board.A joint delegation, led by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and BJP State chief Shwait Malik, met Mr. Badnore. “We pointed out to the Governor that there was a conspiracy behind the move aimed at erasing all traces of Sikh faith, Sikh ideology and Sikh way of living from the minds of the people in the land of the Gurus,” said Mr. Badal.“The government’s refusal to respect the sentiments of the Sikh masses has caused deep and widespread pain, anxiety and anger in the minds of the Sikhs all over the world,” he added.Both leaders pointed out that it was regretful that “the government was bent upon inflicting massive and permanent damage on the future generations of Punjab”.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Aces, after starting the conference 0-2, won their fifth straight game and improved to 5-2 while the Fuel Masters dropped to 3-4.Alaska went on a blistering 21-4 run across the first two quarters with Nonoy Baclao capping it off with a jumper midway through the second period to give the Aces a 34-14 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix still managed to cut the deficit to 14, 34-20 on Jeff Chan’s triple with 5:06 left in the first half, but the Aces retaliated with a 14-4 run to break the game wide open.“It’s just one of those halves where I thought our defense had a lot of teeth,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “That was really the story of the game, after that it’s more like maintaining the lead and not let them get too close within striking distance.” Read Next “They had a good run to start the fourth quarter then we just have to settle down and change some stuff. It’s a big win for us.”Phoenix managed to put up a scare in the fourth quarter after JC Intal made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 14, 71-57, at the 9:28 mark but, as like what happened in the first half, the Aces had an immediate answer.The Aces went on a 16-3 run that Kevin Racal capped off with a triple for Alaska’s 87-60 lead with 4:30 left in the game.Chris Banchero paced Alaska with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists while the returning Calvin Abueva, who left Alaska’s last game against Blackwater due to a family emergency, had 21 points and 15 rebounds.Matthew Wright led Phoenix with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Griffin’s departure leaves Clippers in free-agent hunt Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It didn’t take long for Alaska to establish its dominance and send Phoenix packing with a 93-75 demolition in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT
Indian women’s hockey team defeated hosts South Korea 2-1 in the first match of the three-match bilateral series to begin their short tour on a confident note here on Monday.Young striker Lalremsiami (20th minute) and Navneet Kaur (40th) scored for India, while Shin Hyejeong (48th) found the net for Korea.High on confidence after their impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year, India made a strong start against the hosts.After missing out on an opportunity to score from a penalty corner early in the first quarter, India scored a splendid field goal through Lalremsiami in the 20th minute.The visitors’ second goal came in the 40th minute when Navneet struck beautifully to extend the lead.While the hosts won five penalty corners in the course of the match, and a penalty stroke in the last quarter, they managed to convert only one set piece in the 48th minute through Shin Hyejeong.It was India’s experienced goalkeeper Savita who made commendable saves to keep her team’s lead intact.”Considering this was our first match, I think the result was good but the performance can be better. We tried some new things in the match and it was interesting to see how we handled the change,” India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said after the game.”We must bring our technical skills to a higher level in order to play faster and that will be one of our priorities for the next match.”India will play their second match of the tour on Wednesday.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma: Unstoppable force since World Cup 2015Also Read | Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz included in Pakistan’s 15-man squad for 2019 World CupAlso See
Chelsea defender Zouma: Keep an eye on Yoan at Boltonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Kurt Zouma is delighted seeing his kid brother making it at Bolton Wanderers.Yoan Zouma joined Bolton in August 2018 and was made to feel at home by his elder sibling, who was on loan in the North-West at Everton last season.”We lived 20 minutes away from each other so he used to be at my house every day, always having dinner together,” Kurt told chelseafc.com.”He played in the Under-23s last season and now he’s played a few games for the first team. He has done well. He’s the same kind of player as me: big, strong and quick. He deserves what happens to him.”He has been working hard in France, where he went through a lot. Now he is here, not far from me in England. We are always on the phone; I try to give him some advice. Hopefully he gets through into bigger leagues. He’s my little brother, I love him so much and I’m very happy for him. I hope he keeps going, keeps working hard and keeps pushing in the first team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Dutch shipping company Wijnne Barends, a part of the Spliethoff Group, has placed an order for the construction of six energy-efficient vessels at the Indian shipyard Chowgule & Company.Featuring 4,200 deadweight tons, the vessels will have a length of 98 metres and “are designed to meet the increased environmental requirements that apply to newly built vessels,” according to the company.The vessels will have a cargo hold of more than 6,000 m³ and are set to meet the highest Swedish/Finnish ice class.The first ship from the batch is scheduled to join its owner in the last quarter of 2018, while the remaining vessels will be added to the existing Lady-H series in intervals of four months.With the Tier III standards, which were put into effect for all newly built vessels on American waters in January 2016, the shipping firm aims to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions. In 2021, these standards are also scheduled to apply in the North – and Baltic seas, the main area of the company’s operation.The short sea shipping firm currently operates a fleet of 38 small dry cargo vessels which have a total size of 141,000 dwt, according to data provided by VesselsValue.
zoomImage Courtesy: Lloyd’s Register Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received an Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) during Gastech for a very large gas carrier (VLGC) design capable of using LPG as fuel. This development was the result of collaboration between HHI, Hyundai Global Service (HGS) and LR.As explained, LPG has major advantages over marine diesel oil (MDO) and high sulphur oil (HFO) when a VLGC utilises the LPG cargo onboard as a fuel.“However, safety issues need to be thoroughly examined particularly in relation to potential leaks of LPG in a confined space and the implications for ventilation. It is critical when considering the system design that, in the event of a leak from the fuel system any leaked LPG is prevented from collecting inside the vessel, especially the confined space within the engine room considering the ‘heavier than air’ property of LPG,” LR said.The AiP opens up the way for VLGC operators, who, like the rest of the industry, face the challenge of reducing GHG emissions.“We have focused on developing the safe design for LPG-fueled propulsion system. We are pleased to introduce the reliable design of VLGC with LPG burning system in the market for new building and also conversion vessels so that VLGC players can have environmentally-friendly vessels and maximize their benefits using their cargo carried onboard the vessels,” Kisun Chung, Deputy COO in Group Ship/Offshore Marketing of HHI and CEO in Hyundai Global Service, said.MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) also participated in the project as an engine designer. The company recently launched its latest two-stroke engine type, a dual-fuel MAN B&W ME-LGIP engine designed for LPG running. MAN B&W ME-LGIP engines are designed for dual-fuel operation with LPG as a low-flashpoint fuel.“In the future it will be difficult for some ship types to meet emission requirements without using gas as fuel, such as ethane, LNG and LPG. By using gas as fuel there is the potential to achieve 20% more power,” René Sejer Laursen, ME-GI/LGI Promotion Manager of MAN Energy Solutions, noted.
Hamilton’s vibrant music scene and music-related initiatives have made the city a popular residence for music creators, including SOCAN members, and Hamilton’s SOCAN-licensed recreational facilities set the stage for many private and public events each year where music is heard and performed.“Hamilton is a true playground for music creation, publishing and performance,” said Hamilton-based SOCAN member, Max Kerman, of Arkells. “The SOCAN Licensed To Play designation confirms that Hamilton recognizes the hard work of music creators and publishers, and the importance of venues having a music license. To truly celebrate Canadian culture, it’s important to honour the livelihood of the thousands of songwriters, composers, music publishers, and other musicians living in the area. These administrative steps really add up for someone who works in music.”While Hamilton is home to a diverse community of musicians, it also boasts a growing number of businesses using music as their core offering, or which offer music to improve their business. The City of Hamilton’s Planning & Economic Development Department encourages businesses to use music responsibly by becoming Licensed To Play with SOCAN.“The City of Hamilton believes that musicians and artists are entrepreneurs and being Licensed To Play with SOCAN helps ensure that music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their hard work. Our Music Strategy and Hamilton Music Advisory Team are focused on cultivating local music creation and talent and encouraging others to support artists via SOCAN licensing and fair payment. A lot of time and effort is invested in the creative process before you listen to the final song,” said Debbie Spence, Business Development Consultant Creative Industries, City of Hamilton.While organizations that use music in their business are expected to abide by the law, constantly monitoring every one of Canada’s music-using businesses isn’t feasible. SOCAN works with businesses and their trade associations, as well as municipalities, to encourage them to stay up-to-date with their music licenses. Collectively, music licensing provides a major part of songwriters’, composers’, and music publishers’ livelihoods through royalties. It’s a vital aspect of Canada’smusic ecosystem.“The City of Hamilton is making a clear statement that it stands up for music rights and the need for songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers to be fairly compensated for their music,” said SOCAN Vice President of Licensing, Leslie Craig. “As the first Canadian city to receive this designation, it’s a milestone for the Hamilton music community, and the more than 150,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers represented by SOCAN.”Licensed To Play is a long-term program encourages businesses to show that music is an instrumental aspect of the customer experience, and that they stand up for songwriters, screen composers, and music publishers who have created the valuable music that enhances their business.About SOCANSOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.comAbout the City of HamiltonHamilton is the fifth-largest city in Ontario and the tenth-largest city in Canada. As a global city, Hamilton boasts a renowned education and health sector, as well as a thriving arts scene. Industries in Hamilton include manufacturing, bioscience and medical, and agriculture. The City of Hamilton’s vision is to be the best place to raise a child and age successfully. The City’s mission is to provide high quality cost conscious public services that contribute to a healthy, safe and prosperous community, in a sustainable manner. www.hamilton.ca. Advertisement TORONTO, June 5, 2018 – The City of Hamilton is standing up for fair and legal music licensing for music creators, becoming the first Canadian municipality to receive a special SOCAN Licensed To Play designation.After confirming that all of its city-owned recreational facilities – including community halls, swimming pools, arenas, and other recreational services – are legally licensed by SOCAN to play commercially released music, Hamilton was given a Licensed To Play designation by SOCAN. It includes a Hamilton-specific version of the emblem that more than 40,000 Canadian music-using businesses have so far received to show their support of fair compensation for music creators.“We are proud to be the first Canadian municipality to receive the special Licensed To Play designation from SOCAN. Music is an important aspect of community, culture, and recreation activities, and can bring people from all backgrounds together through special events, festivals, fitness, and dance,” said Laura Kerr, Manager of Program Development, Recreation Division, at the City of Hamilton. Advertisement SOCAN has designated the City of Hamilton as the first Canadian municipality to be Licensed To Play, in support of legal and ethical music rights. (CNW Group/SOCAN) Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
Kolkata: Train services were disrupted for almost two hours after pantograph of a local train broke at the Pandooah station in Eastern Railway.The train immediately came to halt due to break in the power supply. According to sources, on Wednesday, at 1:39 pm, a local train destined to Howrah left the Pandooah station around 1:39 pm. Just after the train left the platform, one of the pantographs broke. As a result the train immediately came to halt due to break in power supply. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately station master at the Pandooah station was informed. Later, the station master informed the engineering department for repair work to be commenced soon. Within half-an-hour a tower van from Bandel arrived at the spot and started repair work. But, as the work was time consuming, passengers of the train had to wait for long time to reach their destinations. As the down line was totally closed several more trains have been stopped at multiple stations, waiting for the repair work to be done. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAround 3 pm the repair work was completed and nor mal traiun services resumed from 3:04 pm. According to the Eastern Railway’s spokesperson, train services on the Barddhaman Howrah main line section were affected as the front pantograph of Down Barddhaman Howrah local was broken at Pandooah station blocking both down main line and reversible line. As a result, five local trains including four Down locals ran a lot behind schedule.
With 18 MPs, Mr Karunanidhi’s party, the DMK, is the second biggest constituent of the Congress-led UPA, providing crucial support to a government that has, of late, been tested vigorously by several coalition partners.The US-sponsored motion puts the island nation in the dock over alleged war crimes and rights violations against Tamil civilians during the final phase of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The minister also sought to assure students who are gearing up to organise massive protests from Monday across Tamil Nadu, demanding affirmative action against Colombo at the UN session. “I’m feeding you my confidence and you feed this confidence to our students,” Mr Chidambaram said. Earlier in the day, the government, which has so far been non-committal over its stand on the Lankan Tamils issue, quickly moved to placate the southern ally – Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the Prime Minister would “definitely consider all aspects” before taking a decision on the resolution. Last year, India had supported a similar resolution following pressure from political parties in Tamil Nadu. This time, though, the Centre, has maintained that it will decide its position based on the wording of the resolution. Barely 24 hours after Tamil Nadu’s DMK chief M Karunanidhi warned of pulling out his ministers from the cabinet over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram hinted at a possible vote against Sri Lanka at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later this month, NDTV reported today.“I’m confident that if phrases in the UN resolution sought credible independent international probe, India would support it,” Mr Chidambaram said. This is one of the key amendments that Mr Karunanidhi wants India to introduce in the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the upcoming UN meet, failing which his party, he said, would “find it meaningless to continue in the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led Cabinet.”
by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong tries on his newly-soled Budget 2016 dress shoes at Olde Town Shoe Repair in Victoria, B.C., Monday, February 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito B.C. to help ease real estate costs for first-time buyers: finance minister VICTORIA – British Columbia will table a budget Tuesday that aims to coax first-time home buyers into a red hot real estate market and includes the first payment on a promised prosperity fund linked to a liquefied natural gas industry that is currently more plan than reality.Finance Minister Mike de Jong offered those glimpses of his budget Monday at a shoe repair shop in Victoria where he picked up a well-worn pair of black leather shoes that he had shined and resoled to wear when he tables the budget.The budget will tackle housing on a number of fronts, he said, including soaring prices in Metro Vancouver, affordability for first-time buyers and stimulating home building to keep prices in check.“My belief, and the government’s belief, is there are two parts to the equation,” he said. “One is doing what we can to facilitate people entering the housing market. That’s the demand side.”The second part involves increasing housing supply, said de Jong.“We’re also looking to take steps that will encourage … an increase in the supply of housing options for British Columbians,” he said.The Liberal government’s recent throne speech said there is no single solution to cooling the hot housing market while protecting homeowner equity.The government has signalled it is examining ways of cutting the amount of property transfer tax paid by first-time buyers, and it has announced plans to work with municipalities to reduce development and permit costs that add to housing prices.Premier Christy Clark announced the prosperity fund three years ago using revenues from the LNG industry, saying the fund could reach $100 billion and pay down the provincial debt, which stands at about $65 billion.Royal Dutch Shell recently delayed its final investment decision to build an LNG export facility in northwest B.C. near Kitimat until the end of this year. A proposed $36 billion LNG facility near Prince Rupert, backed by Malaysian state-owned energy giant Petronas, is awaiting federal approvals before the final green light decision is made.De Jong sounded positive about the industry’s prospects on Monday.“No one is being shy about the fact the final investment decisions we are looking for haven’t yet occurred,” he said. “We’re still confident it’s a question of when, not if.”NDP finance critic Carole James said de Jong is trying to sell the “premier’s political fantasy fund. What you’ve tapped into is taxpayers’s pockets,” she said. “There is no money coming from an industry that has yet to materialize.”James said the government should use last year’s project $265 million budget surplus to help British Columbians facing higher medical service premiums and hydro costs.Clark has said tweaks to medical premiums and more cash for social service programs are part of the budget. She has rejected NDP and Green party calls to overhaul or eliminate the medical premium program.B.C. Hydro rates jumped four per cent last month and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says medical premium rates have increased 39 per cent since 2009, from $108 a month for a family with children to $150 per month now.De Jong said the medical premium payments, which collect more than $2 billion annually, account for about 14 per cent of B.C.’s health budget of almost $19 billion.He has said the government is looking at being more flexible with medical premiums but rejected calls to make the payments part of the income tax system.
Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2016 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco.The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday.Apple didn’t provide any details, in keeping with its usual practice, but it traditionally announces one or two new iPhone models at its annual September event. Apple may also show new models or features for other products like the Apple Watch or Macbook computer.The Cupertino, California company sold more than 214 million iPhones over the last 12 months. But sales are down from a year ago, and analysts will be watching closely to see what changes Apple has made in the newest models.
GHANA IS RECALLING a shipment of 120 million Chinese-made condoms distributed to charities in the country after testing showed that they were riddled with holes and prone to breaking, an official has said.Twenty million of the condoms have already been given out and Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority is trying to get them back, said the agency’s head of enforcement, Thomas Amedzro.“We asked the NGOs that distributed them to bring them back, so they are responding,” Amedzro said. “They have holes and they break easily.”Ghana’s health ministry had ordered the condoms from a Chinese manufacturer through a Ghanaian middleman. They arrived earlier this year but routine testing this month found them defective, Amedzro said.They were freely distributed as part of anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns to charities that were working on reproductive health programmes in the country.The board is trying to destroy all the defective condoms, Amedzro said.HIV/AIDS prevalence among adults between 15 and 49 in Ghana is 1.5 percent, according to the United Nations AIDS programme.- © AFP, 2013Read: Cost of contraception causing some to risk unprotected sex
WITH THE DÁIL finishing up for the summer in about a month’s time (17 July to be exact), you’re all probably wondering where you’ll get your fix of grown men and women shouting at each other in the name of progress.Well, TV3 may have allayed your concerns by announcing no less than seven journalists who will be fronting the “Tonight With Vincent Browne” show over the summer months.Vincent Browne is currently off air recuperating from a bout of pneumonia, he’ll be back in his regular Ballymount seat on 8 September. But TV3 bosses have worked to secure seven named stand-ins and one “wild-card” who will take the hot seat on a weekly basis.First up tonight for this week is journalist Alison O’Connor, followed by regular stand-in Sam Smyth.Newstalk Breakfast presenter and former government minister Ivan Yates will take over the reigns in July with the Irish Independent’s Legal Editor Dearbhail McDonald also taking Vincent’s spot for four nights.The remaining presenters between now and the end of August will be former national newspaper editors Noirín Hegarty and Ger Colleran as well as Tom McGurk, who’s been filling in for a number of weeks.Now, you may feel that you’ve seen all these faces before, in fact you have, they’ve all presented the show at some point over the last few years.So TV3 are seeking to freshen things up by holding a “wild-card week” at the end of July when the stand-in presenter will be someone, or a number of people, who hasn’t hosted the show before.Oh, and get well soon Vincent.Read: Vincent Browne tried to work through pneumonia and ended up in hospital >Read: Eamonn Coghlan impersonates a constituent and trends on Twitter – but not in a good way >
Tablettes et pico-projecteur chez Velocity MicroAlors que la plupart des constructeurs attendent la semaine prochaine pour présenter leurs nouveaux atouts au CES de Las Vegas, Velocity, impatient, a présenté les tablettes Cruz T507 et T510 ainsi que le pico-projecteur Shine et un lecteur optique, le VMUltra. Premièrement, Velocity vient de présenter une tablette de 7 pouces (Cruz T507) et une de 9,7 pouces (T510) avec un affichage 4:3 pour la dernière. Les deux nouveautés possèdent un processeur A8 (ARM) de 1,2 GHz, 8GB de stockage interne ainsi qu’une sortie HDMI. Android 4.0 sera présent sur les deux tablettes, point plutôt positif. Elles seront notamment disponibles sur Amazon (le prix de la T507 est de 150 dollars). À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Quant au Shine, il s’agit d’un petit projecteur de poche, de 20 lumens. Avec une résolution de 1280×768, il pourra afficher en HD sur un écran assez grand, et dans un environnement qui n’a plus besoin d’être sombre. Son prix avoisinera les 400 dollars, soit aux environs de 312 euros.Puis, dernière nouveauté de Velocity, un lecteur optique, le VMUltra, comprenant 500 GB de stockage interne et plusieurs ports USB. Utile pour vos appareils nomades, comme ultrabook, MacBook Air et autre.Pour plus d’informations sur ces produits Velocity Micro, rendez-vous directement sur leur site.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambert
Good, clean dirt is everywhere — including many places where it certainly doesn’t belong — but good luck getting your hands on some of it on Earth Day. Saving the world is the hot ticket for April 21, and motivated volunteers have already filled up most vacancies in the local handful of tree-planting and weed-pulling work parties.You might just have to resort to kicking back and having fun on Earth Day at Salmon Creek Regional Park as Clark Public Utilities’ Stream Team celebrates its own quarter-century of getting dirty. Just add water to make that muddy.“This is the 19th year of our Earth Day event, but it’s the 25th anniversary of the Stream Team,” a volunteer-driven effort to promote local waterway health and get salmon thriving again, according to Environmental Services Manager Jeff Wittler. More than 1,000 volunteers — from scouts to senior citizens, from college students to AmeriCorps workers to master gardeners — donate more than 3,500 hours to the cause annually. Try checking the Stream Team website today to see if any spaces are left in April 21’s outing, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Stream Team volunteers will plant native trees that help filter and shade the water, making it more hospitable to fish and wildlife. Meanwhile, Girl Scout Troop 45703 will yank invasive garlic mustard while the Salmon Creek Watershed Council patrols the whole area for litter. But if there’s just no room for any more help, head on down to Salmon Creek anyway. “The Earth Day fest from 10 to 2 is free and open to all,” said Wittler. “In past years, more than 1,000 folks of all ages have come to enjoy the day.” Highlights will be:
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that he has no doubt that Ernesto Valverde will remain at the club beyond this seasonThe 54-year-old coach enjoyed an impressive first campaign in charge of Barcelona last season with La Liga and Copa del Rey titles coming his way in record-breaking fashion.And Valverde looks set to emulate those feats this term as well with Barcelona leading La Liga at the halfway stage from Atletico Madrid by six points.But, in a recent interview, Valverde cast doubt over his long-term future at Camp Nou by suggesting he could leave at the end of this season.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We don’t have any doubts here that Valverde will be the Barcelona coach next season,” Bartomeu told Sport.“We will speak with him, of course, in time. That’s what we agreed. He’s a coach we have a lot of confidence in.“He’s doing a great job. He’s an intelligent person, he knows Barcelona’s system of play and he manages the games in a way which we like.”Barcelona will be back in action for Thursday’s second leg in their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with Levante where they hope to overturn a 2-1 deficit.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) today unveiled its new online Advocacy Training Center that teaches basic skills and protocols for advocating farmer-friendly policy to elected officials. It is also designed to encourage more farmers to get actively involved in the political process by showing how easy it can be to participate and be successful in grassroots advocacy.”Decisions made on Capitol Hill have a direct impact on the production and profitability of all U.S. soybean farmers,” said ASA Vice President Joe Steiner, a soybean farmer from Mason, Ohio, and Chairman of ASA’s Membership & Corporate Relations Committee. “Our goal with the Advocacy Training Center is to show farmers it’s easy to participate in the policymaking process and to motivate them to get involved.”Steiner and the 12 other soybean farmers who serve on the ASA Membership & Corporate Relations Committee of the ASA Board of Directors were provided an opportunity to review and comment on the new training resource before the site was made available to ASA members, State Soybean Affiliates and the general public.”As the policy advocate for U.S. soybean farmers, it is ASA’s mission to get members involved in the policymaking process,” Steiner said. “Grassroots advocacy is critical to the success of soybean farmers, and we need more farmers to get involved in that process.”The training experience is divided into four modules: Effective Advocacy, Ethics and Fundraising, Communicating with Congress, and Meeting with Elected Officials. Each module takes only 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and each module features an interactive self-test at the end so growers can see what they have learned. In addition, Advocacy Resources and a Help Center are also provided, as well as links to interviews with ASA leaders and policy staff, and external links to additional materials.Access ASA’s Advocacy Training Center at: www.SoyGrowers.com/programs/advocacy.htm.The author of the Advocacy Training Center is ASA Communications Director Bob Callanan with input from ASA Washington Representative Beverly Paul and Agri/Washington Consultant Paul Weller. ASA Director of Marketing and Planning Jill Wagenblast provides the narration for each training module. ASA President Johnny Dodson, a producer from Halls, Tenn., ASA Chairman John Hoffman, a producer from Waterloo, Iowa, and ASA past-President Rick Ostlie are among the featured videos within the training modules. The graphically-rich training cells feature many photographs of ASA leaders, members and Members of Congress.
Remember way back in early May when the World Soy Foundation (WSF) first introduced a new, exciting project called “The Youth We Feed Can Lead?” If you don’t, be sure to get up to speed by watching this brief VIDEO to learn what the project is all about. Today, we’re excited to provide you with an update from the field!Below, you’ll see a photo of a packed auditorium at Proximos Pasos, the all-girls elementary school where the project is taking place. Proximos Pasos provides the opportunity of education for girls who otherwise would not have the chance and is home to a SoyCow that’s fed by soybeans donated through the WSF. The girls and their mothers joined a nutrition education training program hosted by the World Soy Foundation and Mission Impact, featuring Alimentos Nutritionist Lucky Portillo and the Leader of a Guatemalan grassroots movement for improved nutrition Alejandro Bigurio. You’ll also see a photo of one of the five video teams, as they celebrate completion of their first day of interviews. The first day of filming was about the importance of better nutrition, including protein. The second day included interviewing community members to learn about their diets. Specifically, the teams interviewed diabetic women to understand how diets affect their health. A new study shows that “generally, replacing carbs with protein is beneficial” for diabetic diets. (Read the study summary HERE)The diabetic women described how they feel better after they drink soymilk—which they receive from the SoyCow at Proximos Pasos. One mother told the teams that she wanted to learn more about new ways of eating as there are two diabetics in her family and she wanted to prevent the disease from affecting any other members.At the end of the week, the girls will premier their videos to their families, school and community members to share how soy is benefiting them at school and how it can benefit the entire community. These girls are learning to be nutrition leaders and agents of change for a malnourished, impoverished population in Guatemala. Stay tuned for more updates to come as the project continues!