Now, a SMART initiative to provide market for farmers

first_imgOver 49 companies including the Tata Group, Amazon, ITC, and Patanjali, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government’s ‘State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART)’ project, assisted by World Bank, to revamp the agricultural value chain and improve the price realisation for the farmer. Project SMART entails an investment of ₹2,000 crore, of which World Bank contributed ₹1,500 crore while the State government contributed ₹430 crore. The balance ₹70 crore was raised by Village Social Transformation Foundation (VSTF) through its partners. The VSTF has signed MoUs with 22 corporates and start-ups to focus on increasing farm productivity and higher price realisations for farmers by ensuring direct tie-up with end buyers.SMART will help support value addition in post-harvest segments of value chains, facilitate enterprise promotion, and business investment for Community-based organizations (CBO). Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the industry partner for this important initiative “With higher farm productivity through Jalyukt Shivar despite lower rainfall, ensuring price realisation is paramount. This initiative will be an ideal conduit between a chain of empowered farmers in the form of producer companies, self-help groups with direct access to the large retailers, and will lead to transformation in agriculture. This will not only ensure that agriculture is profitable, but also sustainable over the next 6 years across 10,000 villages with 3 lakh people being skilled for this emerging agri-business,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while launching the project on Wednesday.Maharashtra state rural livelihood mission, Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture (PoCRA) and Primary Cooperatives Societies will be among the agencies to design and implement the project.last_img read more

Uber Doubling Down on India Investments After Exiting Southeast Asia

first_imgSan Francisco-based cab aggregator Uber on Wednesday said it would stay put in India and will step up its investments in the country to take on arch rival Ola. Uber’s new COO Barney Hardford said the Indian market has such a huge potential that the company won’t settle for minority stakes in deals here.The world’s most valued startup’s comments come in the wake of talks of a merger of its India unit with homegrown rival Ola.Read it at Business Today Related Itemslast_img

Vyapam scam: man gets 10 years’ RI, ₹5,000 fine

first_imgA CBI court in Bhopal on Monday sentenced one man to 10 years in jail and 30 others to seven years’ imprisonment in the multi-crore Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The Vyapam scam refers to irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also called Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam, for admission in professional courses and State services.CBI special judge CBI Special Judge S.B. Sahu sentenced Pradeep Tyagi (29) to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of ₹5,000 after finding him guilty of rigging the 2013 police constable recruitment exams conducted by Vyapam, special prosecutor Satish Dinkar told PTI. Judge Sahu sentenced 30 others to seven years in jail and fined each one of them ₹30,000, finding them guilty of several offences, including cheating by impersonation, cheating and forgery related to the 2013 police constable exam. These 30 persons include 12 people, arrested at the time from Bhopal and Datia, who wrote the exams on behalf of other candidates.91 witnesses Mr. Dinkar said 91 witnesses were examined in this case. The MPPEB is now known as Professional Examination Board.last_img read more

NBA ratings down sharply for ABC from last year

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess While LeBron James fans may point to the star’s absence, geography likely accounts for most of the drop. Toronto’s television audience is not included in the Nielsen ratings, since it’s out of the U.S. Missing one team’s fan base is a huge hurdle for ABC.It’s Golden State’s fifth straight appearance in the finals, while Toronto is there for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe most hopeful sign for ABC is that the teams split the first two games, raising the possibility of a long series. Viewership traditionally increases with competitive series.The surest sign that summer is near is the return of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which was the top non-sports program of the week. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Behind the basketball, ABC won the week in prime time, averaging 5.4 million viewers. NBC had 3.92 million, nipping CBS and its average of 3.91 million. Fox had 2 million viewers, ION Television had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 650,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.24 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.48 million, HGTV had 1.29 million, USA had 1.14 million and Hallmark had 1.12 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.For the week of May 27-June 2, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals Game 2: Golden State at Toronto, ABC, 13.89 million; NBA Finals Game 1: Golden State at Toronto, ABC, 13.38 million; “NBA Finals Post-Game” (Sunday), ABC, 9.89 million; “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 9.75 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.01 million; “NCIS” (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 6.14 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.03 million; “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 5.86 million; “NCIS” (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 5.58 million; “Songland,” NBC, 5.51 million.___ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew US stocks fall sharply as trade war escalates PLAY LIST 02:21US stocks fall sharply as trade war escalates03:53Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title02:30Duterte apologizes to Sereno: ‘Harsh words never intended’02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins (0) drives against Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol (33), Danny Green (14) and Kawhi Leonard, left, during Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Kyle Terada/The Canadian Press via AP, Pool)NEW YORK — The NBA’s first international Finals may be a coup for Canada, but decidedly not for ABC.Viewership for the first two games of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors was down sharply from last year’s finals — 28 percent for the first game and 29 percent for the second, the Nielsen company said.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Amid NBA Finals and lawsuit, Kawhi Leonard remains unfazedlast_img read more

Sebastian Vettel has been punished enough, says Jenson Button

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel has been punished enough for driving into title rival Lewis Hamilton in Azerbaijan last Sunday and Formula One should move on, according to 2009 world champion Jenson Button.The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) has said it will re-examine the incident on Monday and could take further action ahead of next week’s Austrian Grand Prix.”Azerbaijan GP was a pleasure to watch,” Button said on Twitter on Thursday. “Why? because adrenaline and emotions were high. What Vettel did was silly but he’s been punished. Move on.”The German, who leads Mercedes driver Hamilton in the championship by 14 points, was handed a 10 second stop and go penalty during the race for what many saw as an act of “road rage”.”I don’t think you can class it as road rage when it’s not on the road,” Button added.”You can’t compare racing with driving on the road as racing wouldn’t exist.”Vettel hit the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes while they were under safety car conditions and then gesticulated angrily before pulling alongside and banging wheels.Some commentators have suggested the four times world champion should have been shown a black flag, signalling disqualification, for an act of dangerous driving.Instead, Vettel finished fourth with Hamilton fifth after a loose headrest cost the Briton victory after leading from pole position.Button, who was a director of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) with Vettel before leaving Formula One at the end of last year, said a 10 second stop and go penalty was effectively 30 seconds with time lost at the pit entry and exit.advertisementThe 37-year-old former McLaren driver, who made a one-off comeback in Monaco last month as a replacement for Spaniard Fernando Alonso, added that everyone now knew that such a penalty meant “race game over”.last_img read more

Kane the hero as Spurs down Arsenal

first_imgTottenham 1 Arsenal 0: Kane settles derby to lift Spurs into third Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 22:21 2/10/18 harry kane - cropped Getty Images Tottenham’s top-four hopes were given a huge boost as they claimed a derby win over Arsenal at Wembley. Harry Kane gave Tottenham’s top-four hopes a lift as his header secured a 1-0 win over rivals Arsenal on Saturday.The England striker powered home Ben Davies’ cross in the 49th minute to avenge Spurs’ 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in November in the first north London derby to take place at Wembley since 1993.The victory lifts Mauricio Pochettino’s side into third place in the table, having played a game more than Liverpool and Chelsea, while Arsenal slip to six points adrift of the coveted Champions League spots. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsene Wenger named Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil in attack but the Gunners looked a shadow of the attacking force that put five past Everton last week.Spurs likewise had few chances in a poor first half but Kane made amends with his 23rd league goal of the season, his seventh top-flight derby strike in as many games.The home side missed good opportunities to extend their lead but they rarely looked in danger of conceding an equaliser, as Arsenal slipped to an eighth loss of a league season that looks set to end in disappointment again.Pure emotion. #OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/4wOmm7O6On— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2018Both teams struggled in a turgid first half, although Kane wasted a glorious opportunity 25 minutes in when he headed Christian Eriksen’s cross over the bar when unmarked near the six-yard box.The Gunners’ final ball was far too often letting them down on their rare forays forward, with Mkhitaryan particularly guilty of some poor crossing from promising positions, although Dele Alli likewise failed to pick out Eriksen at the end of a promising Spurs move.Four minutes after the break, though, Spurs found the breakthrough. Davies was given space to left of the area to swing in an inviting cross, and Kane rose highest to power a header into the bottom-left corner.7 – Harry Kane has seven goals in seven Premier League north London derby games – only Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more (8). Heaven. #TOTARS— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018Kane should have scored again three minutes later, glancing a free header wide after Eric Dier was allowed time to cross, and Petr Cech palmed away a fierce half-volley from the striker as Spurs went in search of a second.The Arsenal goalkeeper, who has now gone nine games without a clean sheet to leave him on 199 in the Premier League, then had to tip over an Eriksen free-kick from 20 yards to keep his side in the match.Wenger made an attacking change, bringing on Alexandre Lacazette for the ineffective Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi for Mohamed Elneny, but it was Jack Wilshere who nearly equalised with a curling strike that Hugo Lloris clawed away from the top corner.The visitors were starting to look exposed at the back and Spurs wasted three chances on the break, with Son blazing over the bar, Alli prodding wide when one-on-one with Cech and substitute Erik Lamela seeing an effort blocked wide at the right-hand post.Lacazette spurned two chances to prove Arsenal’s hero in the closing minutes, volleying way over the bar before side-footing well wide after escaping Davinson Sanchez, as Spurs held on for a win that takes them a point above Liverpool and two clear of Chelsea, although both have a game in hand. Key Opta Stats:- Spurs have kept a clean sheet in consecutive home league games against Arsenal for the first time since September 1975.- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored in their last 15 Premier League games – the longest current run in the division. – Kane is also only the second player to score in four consecutive home Premier League appearances against Arsenal, after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink between 1997 and 2001.- Petr Cech has now gone nine Premier League games without a clean sheet, his longest ever run in the competition.- The Gunners have lost three consecutive away league games for the first time since a run of four in April 2017.- In meetings between ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League this season, no side has won more points in home games than Spurs (9 – W3 D0 L1). read morelast_img read more

Video: A Punter Suffered College Football’s Biggest Hit Of Week 1

first_imgSt. Francis punter gets leveled by Lehigh.An FCS punter was on the receiving end of the biggest hit of college football’s Week 1 slate on Saturday afternoon.St. Francis topped Lehigh, 14-13, in game one of the programs’ respective seasons on Saturday afternoon.It was an exciting contest that featured one brutal hit on St. Francis punter Ryan Oliver. The punter bobbled the snap for a couple of seconds before getting absolutely leveled by an opposing defender.Hits don’t get much tougher than this: Block or charge?🏀🤷‍♂️🏈😳💥🤭 pic.twitter.com/xRapUt1G8R— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 1, 2019The play didn’t get much better from there, as defensive back Sam McCloskey scooped up the fumble and returned it 42 yards for a score, putting Lehigh up, 13-0.St. Francis responded with 14 unanswered points to get the win, however.last_img read more

My Mother Would Have Been Grateful – Major Lewin

first_img Some 179 Jamaicans were fittingly recognised for their outstanding contributions to nation building through service in various fields, at the awards ceremony. Major Lewin, who spoke to JIS News after collecting the award, told JIS News that she was sad, proud and honoured that her mother was recognised. Major (Ret’d) Johanna Lewin,daughter of late musicologist Dr. the Hon. Olive Lewin, OJ, CD is expressing gratitude to the Government and people of Jamaica for recognising her mother with the country’s fourth highest national honour.Dr. Lewin was the only awardee in category of Order of Merit, at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held on Monday, October 21, on the lawns of King’s House n St. Andrew.Already a member of the classes of the Order of Jamaica and the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander, the late cultural icon and prolific folklore researcher,was recognised posthumously for her distinguished service in the fields of Folk Music Research and Performance and Music Education.Major Lewin, who spoke to JIS News after collecting the award, told JIS News that she was sad, proud and honoured that her mother was recognised.She said that her mother would have accepted the award “with the usual graciousness and style that she has always exhibited,” noting that she would have been grateful.“I am sorry that she is not here to receive it herself and … I am pretty sure that where she is now, she is fully clothed with God and she is living on immortally in her work so I am sure that she is quite happy in general,” she said.Some 179 Jamaicans were fittingly recognised for their outstanding contributions to nation building through service in various fields, at the awards ceremony, which was presided over by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.Awards were presented in the categories of Order of Merit; Order of Jamaica; Order of Distinction, Commander and Officer ranks; the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service; and Badge of Honour for Meritorious, and Long and Faithful Service.The Rev. Dr. Garnet Brown was among six Jamaicans to receive the Order of Jamaica, the fifth highest honour. He was honoured for exceptional and exemplary service in Agriculture.In an interview with JIS News, Rev. Dr. Brown said he felt “fulfilled” about the recognition. “It is good to know that (after) devoting your life to serving your country (it is recognised). To me, serving my country is tantamount to serving God and also there are so many unsung heroes, so to be chosen, I feel fulfilled,” he said.The other recipients of the Order of Jamaica were: Kenneth Benjamin for his outstanding contribution to the restoration and expansion of Hope Zoo; Easton Douglas, for exceptional contribution to public service; Hugh Beresford Hammond, for his exceptional and dedicated contribution to the Jamaican music industry; Oliver Jones for his sterling contribution to the insurance industry, public service and voluntarism; and the Rev. Ashley Smith for his exemplary service to theology and education.Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who has given over 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament, was among the 34 persons, who were conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Commander Class (CD).A very humble Dr. Ferguson dedicated the award to members of his constituency in Eastern St. Thomas who supported him over the years.Other awardees in the category include: Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester, for outstanding contribution to the health sector; Professor Carolyn Cooper, for sterling contribution to education; the Hon. Mr. Justice Donald McIntosh, for distinguished and dedicated service to the judiciary; Orrett Rhoden, for outstanding contribution to the development of classical music in Jamaica; Professor Verene Shepherd, for outstanding service to education in particular history and gender studies; Audley Shaw, for over 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament; and Lorris Jarrett, for dedicated public service.In an interview with JIS News, Professor Cooper said it was a wonderful feeling to be honoured and recognised for her work in education, particularly popular culture.“When you are going through and doing the work, you don’t realise how much you have done but on an occasion like this when you are forced to reflect, you feel very good because, it has been an accumulation of hard work. So I am very happy to be honoured by my country while I am alive to enjoy it,” she said.Former Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester also told JIS News that she was pleased by the fact that she was able to serve her country for several years.“I hope that I have left a legacy behind for especially the young people to follow and I thank God for directing my path all these years,” she said.Meanwhile, 45 other persons received the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Officer (OD) for their outstanding work in the areas of community service, journalism, music, medicine, agriculture, education, industry and commerce, public service, sports development, law enforcement and defence, and the foreign services.Among them were: Beryl Weir for outstanding contribution to women and gender affairs; Dr. Neville Graham for outstanding and distinguished service to the field of medicine; Richard Patrick ‘Charlie Chaplin’ for distinguished service to Jamaica’s music industry; Simon Crosskill for distinguished contribution to sports and sports commentary; Clare Forrester for journalism, media and communications; Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven for outstanding contribution to national development; Vin Martin for his invaluable contribution to Jamaicans in the Diaspora; and Volier Johnson for outstanding contribution to the performing arts.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents Dr. SheilaMeanwhile, 52 awards of the Badge of Honour for Gallantry and Meritorious and Faithful Service were conferred. Among the awardees was Senior Production Coordinator at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Seaton Richards for Meritorious Service.Special Corporal Jermaine Burgher was the only Jamaican, this year, to be conferred with the Medal of Honour for Gallantry, for courageous effort in saving or attempting to save the lives of others.While travelling on a bus to Half-Way Tree in June 2012, Special Corporal Burgher was shot three times by a male passenger during a robbery. Injured and in the face of great danger to himself and in the protection of other passengers, he challenged and overcame the gunman.Meanwhile, 40 members of the uniformed service, including the Jamaica Defence Force, Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Department of Correctional Services and the Jamaica Fire Brigade, received medals of honour for meritorious service. Story Highlights Major (Ret’d) Johanna Lewin,daughter of late musicologist Dr. the Hon. Olive Lewin, OJ, CD is expressing gratitude to the Government and people of Jamaica for recognising her mother with the country’s fourth highest national honour.last_img read more

Justice Ministry Looking to Table Child Diversion BILL January

first_img The Bill aims to address the needs of children involved in violent incidents, providing some alternative for them outside of the formal justice system. Turning to other legislative measures, Minister Chuck cited steps being taken to amend the law to enable a single judge adjudicating cases of human trafficking. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Ministry is looking to table the Child Diversion Bill in Parliament in January 2018.He said the Bill will go to Cabinet in short order for approval.The Minister was speaking at a press conference at his Constant Spring Road offices in St. Andrew on December 13.The Bill aims to address the needs of children involved in violent incidents, providing some alternative for them outside of the formal justice system.Turning to other legislative measures, Minister Chuck cited steps being taken to amend the law to enable a single judge adjudicating cases of human trafficking.He gave assurance that all “the Ministry’s (legislative) Bills are being dealt with expeditiously”.As it relates to the establishment of the Human Rights Institute, he said that “this is actively under consideration and will be dealt with in the early part of next year”.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry is aiming to complete the payment of compensation to victims of the 2010 security forces operation in West Kingston by the end of the year.The Government has approved payment of approximately $200 million to aggrieved persons.Minister Chuck said that about 418 payments have been approved, which are to be deposited to bank accounts once the requisite documentations are completed and the taxpayer registration number and identifications are provided.Persons are being asked to visit Restorative Justice centres in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town, which “will be utilised to ensure beneficiaries get their compensation on time”. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Ministry is looking to table the Child Diversion Bill in Parliament in January 2018. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Buckeye Terminals Dock Opens for Fuel Transfers after Spill

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license One of the docks at Buckeye Terminal is now able to resume petroleum operations as clean up following a diesel fuel oil spill at the terminal continues. Additionally, numerous vessels, as well as a second fuel facility on the Arthur Kill, have been decontaminated and have also resumed operations, the U.S. Cost Guard informed.The spill, which occurred in the night of September 6, affected all fuel transfers at the terminal. The marine transportation system in the Port of New York and New Jersey was also affected as the spill contaminated areas of the the Arthur Kill waterway, creating a domino effect leading to multiple vessels being diverted and two facilities impacted.Although the Arthur Kill Waterway is not closed, Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) measures are in place, and any vessel that transits the waterway in the area is to go through with no wake.Multiple oil spill removal organizations have been contracted to clean up the oil, which includes placing boom around the affected facilities and sensitive areas, as well as deploying skimming vessels to recover product in the water.As of Sunday afternoon, an estimated 50,000 gallons of oily product has been recovered during clean-up operations.last_img read more

Dennis Oland murder trial Prosecutors try to build timeline in fathers killing

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — Patterns of use on electronic devices in Richard Oland’s office are being scrutinized by Crown prosecutors in an attempt to pinpoint what time the multi-millionaire was bludgeoned to death.Oland’s son, Dennis, is on trial in Saint John for the second-degree murder of his father on July 6, 2011, and key to his defence is the uncertainty surrounding the actual time of the killing.Dennis is the last known person to have seen his father alive. He visited Richard at his uptown Saint John office late in the afternoon of July 6, staying an hour and leaving at about 6:30 p.m. He then headed home to the suburb of Rothesay on the outskirts of the port city.A central question in the case: Was his father dead when he left? Or did he die later, in accordance with an earlier witness at the trial who said he heard loud thumps and crashes coming from Richard Oland’s second floor office sometime between 7:30 and 8 p.m. that night?The later time would exclude Dennis Oland, 50, as the killer. He was caught on security video shopping with his wife, Lisa, in Rothesay at that time.Cell phone and computer experts on the stand at Oland’s trial on Thursday said computers in Richard Oland’s office fell idle shortly after Dennis arrived for his visit at around 5:30.Payman Hakimian, who is with the RCMP’s technological crimes unit in Fredericton, told the trial the last key stroke on Richard’s personal computer was at 5:39 p.m. on July 6, 2011.Under questioning by defence lawyer Alan Gold, Hakimian said his analysis cannot detect more subtle computer activity, such as using the up and down arrows on a keyboard to scroll through material.Hakimian also told Gold that he downloaded hundreds of pages of data from Dennis Oland’s home computers as well as those of Richard Oland. He said all of the data was sent to the Saint John police for examination. Nothing incriminating was found.Not only was there no more computer activity in Oland’s office after Dennis arrived for his visit, the prominent businessman and former executive at Moosehead Breweries Ltd. stopped sending and answering texts and calls on his cell phone — the only item taken from the crime scene.Sylvie Gill, an investigator with Rogers Communications in Montreal, went through call records at the trial, records which showed the date and time of all phone calls and text messages sent and received on Richard Oland’s iPhone on July 6 and 7.“The last communication was an incoming text message at 6:44 p.m.,” Gill told the court, referring to a text sent by Diana Sedlacek, a real estate agent with whom Oland was having an affair.The court already has learned this last message from Sedlacek, received by Oland’s phone, read: “You there?” Gill said the site of the cell tower that message pinged off was “Rothesay Road, in Rothesay.”It would have been around the time Dennis Oland was in Rothesay, having left his father’s office a few minutes earlier.Richard Oland did not answer Sedlacek’s message and after that last communication, the phone went dead. All incoming phone calls went directly to voicemail and text messages “were not delivered to the device,” Gill said.The phone has never been found.Dennis Oland has pleaded not guilty to murder. His father, Richard, died from repeated sharp and blunt force blows, mostly to his head. The 69-year-old businessman was found lying dead on the floor of his office on July 7, 2011.This is Dennis Oland’s second trial. He was convicted in a jury trial in 2015 but that verdict was set aside on appeal and the new trial ordered.The trial is expected to last until mid-March.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gene Simmons Partners With iHeartDogs To Surprise Local Dog Rescue

first_imgKISS star Gene Simmons together with Shannon Tweed Simmons and their Alaskan Malamute George made a surprise family visit to local Los Angeles dog rescue Wags & Walks this week to help raise awareness about dog rescue and deliver hundreds of toys and treats to loving dogs in need of homes. Gene Simmons with Shannon Tweed Simmons made a surprise family visit to local Los Angeles dog rescue Wags & WalksHis appearance coincided with a public dog adoption event that included a dog kissing booth, a puppy ball pit, and a very special dog cake in Gene’s image from The Dog Bakery.Everyday, a number of sweet and healthy dogs are being euthanized due to overcrowded shelters. In Los Angeles, Wags & Walks aims to break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods by rescuing dogs at high kill shelters and caring for them at their adoption center, placing them with loving fosters, and helping them find their forever homes. Dog lover Gene Simmons, who has four rescue dogs himself, partnered with iHeartDogs to make a surprise visit to Wags & Walks to deliver a number of toys and treats to make the stay of the rescue dogs more enjoyable before they find their forever homes.iHeartDogs.com is the leading “profit for purpose” pet goods manufacturer and e-commerce retailer, supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations around the nation. Veteran-owned and operated, iHeartDogs was founded in 2014 as a Facebook page inspired by a rescued Siberian Husky named Splash, and has grown to over 20 million online followers and 1 million loyal customers. Through each customer purchase, iHeartDogs is able to fund millions of meals for shelter animals, provide hundreds of thousands of safe toys to shelters and helps fund service and companion animals for veterans. Named one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. 500, iHeartDogs runs on the simple belief that every dog matters.Founded by Lesley Brog, Wags and Walks is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to match people with dogs that need a home and to save dogs’ lives on death row. Wags and Walks is a nonprofit 501c3, tax deductible organization run completely off of charitable contributions and volunteer support.last_img read more

Program in the NWT hopes to produce the next crop of farmers

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsSustainability in farming has been buzzworthy among agricultural groups across Canada.Now one training institute is expanding their educational workshops to create students who are stewards of the land in the Northwest Territories.Cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img

Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh learning from offfield mistakes to grow

Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh (85) joins the huddle during Student Appreciation Day April 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Desiaire Rickman / Lantern photographerAs much as parents might hate to admit it, it’s not exactly rare on a college campus for an underage student to drink alcohol.Ohio State then-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh did, and was cited for underage consumption twice — once in July and once in January.But life isn’t about the mistakes you make, it’s about the way you learn from them, and Baugh has since done just that.“I’ve grown a lot,” Baugh said Saturday at the team’s Student Appreciation Day. “I have seen what I can do and coaches have told me what I can do. I am just trying to believe what they are teaching me.”Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said April 3 that Baugh might have started off his career poorly, but since making those mistakes, he has done everything he can to improve.“It’s certainly a challenge,” Hinton said. “I’m not going to deny the challenge that it put upon a young kid and Ohio State’s one of those places that … just look around right now. There’s a lot of microphones and TVs, there’s a lot of interest and we’re very happy with that … And that’s part of the expectations at Ohio State. You gotta learn to act like an Ohio State football player, live under coach (Urban) Meyer’s rules. And I gotta tell you, he’s really trying to get that done. I’m very proud of him.”Meyer said Wednesday that in practice this spring Baugh has worked hard, but that he has yet to “earn the right” to talk to the media.“Marcus had some issues, he’s one foot in, one foot out right now,” Meyer said. “His effort’s been really good, he’s been trying to do things the right way, but to say he’s out of the woods, no … You gotta earn the right to talk to you guys (the media), and he hasn’t earned that right.”Now a redshirt-freshman, after sitting out the entirety of last season because of the off-the-field issues, Baugh’s been a part of spring practice with the rest of the team.Much like his time so far at OSU, spring practice hasn’t gone perfectly, Baugh said, but he is doing what he can to grow as a player.“I have messed up on some stuff,” Baugh said. “I just try to go out there and just go hard.”Coming into school, Baugh was rated as the sixth best tight end prospect by Rivals.com, but even without his off-the-field troubles, was unlikely to see much of the field early in his career.With senior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior Nick Vannett on the squad, snaps will be hard to come by for Baugh. But Hinton said Baugh does bring a lot to the table for the Buckeyes.“He’s very athletic. There’s no doubt about it. He’s (a) very athletic, young tight end and he’s gotta learn to block better at the point of attack,” Hinton said. “And that’ll come with strength, it’ll come with physical maturity. It’ll come with just learning and having confidence in yourself … Every day you go out and it’s another learning opportunity, it’s another opportunity to get better and we very seldom back off of them here. We’re going to push them to be a little better every day.”But now, with Heuerman set to miss the remainder of spring practice following foot surgery, Baugh is getting extra repetitions in practice. This increase in time on the practice field is helping Baugh focus on the aspects of his game that were lacking.“It is definitely helping me working on my blocking,” Baugh said. “That was one thing I really wanted to work on in the spring and with him (Heuerman) being out, coach (Hinton) is really giving me a lot of reps on the harder blocks that last year I wasn’t too good at. I am getting a lot of opportunities to fix that.”The redshirt-freshman has grown since his legal issues earlier in his career, and Hinton said he has confidence Baugh will continue to move forward as a player and person.“You know, the nice thing is Marcus knows, he clearly has a clear understanding that there’s expectations in this program,” Hinton said. “He knows what’s expected of him. He knows how to handle his life. Just every day we work to improve who he is as a person and make sure that he lives up to the expectations at Ohio State University.”Baugh will likely get a chance to impress the coaching staff, and the Buckeye faithful, Saturday in the Spring Game. Without Heuerman, and the team playing two-deep in the game, Baugh is the second tight end behind Vannett and should see the field.Kick off for the game is set for approximately 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

How The Red Sox And Dodgers Made It To The World Series

It’s been almost seven months since the Major League Baseball season started, and here we are, finally ready to determine a champion. We’ve been tracking — and forecasting — each team’s chances all season long, so we wanted to look back at the paths to the World Series taken by Boston and Los Angeles. Our final predictions give the Red Sox the edge over the Dodgers in the series, 60 percent to 40 percent — but as we know, anything can happen when the players take the field.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

EHF Two years of suspension for Mios BiganoBegles

← Previous Story GREECE A1: Diomidis smash AEK Next Story → SEHA: Vardar easily beat Tatran The EHF Court of Handball has reached a decision in the case concerning the withdrawal of Union Mios Bigano-Begles from participating in the 2015/16 Women’s EHF Cup.In July, the club had registered to participate and been drawn to play the 3rd Round of the competition against the Norwegian club Tertnes Bergen. However, the EHF was officially informed in August by the French National Federation that following legal proceedings opened due to financial reasons, the club had been suspended from participating. It was argued in substance that such a penalty taken within the framework of the French legal system did not constitute a withdrawal.Yet, the EHF Court of Handball rules that “contrary to the arguments of the Club and the Federation, the fact that the non‐participation results from the outcome of legal proceedings undertaken within the French legal system does not exonerate the Club from the obligation to take part in the Competition they had registered for. A withdrawal is regarded as constituted regardless the cause, unless a case of force majeure may be proven. In the present case, the outcome of legal proceedings shall not constitute any case of force majeure. Furthermore, the EHF Court of Handball underlines that at no time did the Club inform the EHF on the existence of a legal procedure with regards to their financial situation.”Hence, according to Article C.2 of the EHF List of Penalties, the club shall pay a fine of €15,000 and is suspended from entering any EHF club competition until 30 June 2017.An appeal may be filed with the EHF Court of Appeal within 7 days.SOURCE: Eurohandball.com read more

Concerns raised over pageant organisers lack of contact with parents

first_imgTHE MOTHER OF a prospective child beauty queen due to take part in this weekend’s planned Universal Royalty pageant is raising concerns about lack of contact from the organisers.The Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan, which had been due to host the ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ style event this Saturday, cancelled its booking yesterday, saying it had not been told in advance of the true nature of the event.Pageant boss Annette Hill has promised it will still go ahead. This tweet was sent by her company earlier today:However according to Lynsey from Dublin 24, who plans to enter her toddler in the show, no email had been received as of 6pm today.Lynsey told TheJournal.ie she was concerned that the ‘plan b’ venue would only be confirmed at short notice, and that “it could be anywhere”.She said she had called and emailed Universal Royalty for an update, but hadn’t been able to get through.“It just went to their voicemail, which was full.”TheJournal.ie also put calls in to the company’s Texas HQ and to Hill herself. Both went unanswered.Lynsey said she had spent €40 euro to enter her 2-year-old daughter in the pageant.She said she “would have spent over €100″ on the event — on outfits and shoes for her daughter, and on admission fees for herself and other family members.“They didn’t have a problem answering phones or emails until the last day or two, now nobody answers them,” Lynsey added.Eden Wood, of ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ is due to appear on tonight’s Late Late (Image: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment)Hill is due to appear on tonight’s Late Late Show to speak about the pageant. It’s planned she’ll be accompanied by another Irish parent who has entered her daughter in the event. American child beauty queen Eden Wood, who gained fame in Toddlers & Tiaras, is also due to appear.A spokesperson for RTÉ said it wasn’t known if Hill planned to make any announcement on plans for an alternative venue.Read: Dublin hotel pulls out of hosting child beauty pageant >Also: Heavy makeup, high heels and frilly dresses ‘inappropriate’ on pageant children >last_img read more

Woman who took righttodie case Marie Fleming has passed away

first_imgUpdated 2.25pmMARIE FLEMING, WHO had taken a landmark Supreme Court case to secure a right to die, passed away overnight.Her death, at the age of 59, was announced this morning.The university lecturer lost in her attempt to ensure that her partner Tom Curran would not face prosecution if he helped end her life.She was suffering from the final stages of Multiple Sclerosis.Her family said she passed “peacefully at home in the tender care of her beloved partner Tom”.She is survived by her children Corrinna and Simon and stepson David, as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren.Her funeral and burial will take place this Sunday at Castlemacadam.The family has requested any donations in lieu of flowers to be given to the Carer’s Association.First published 8.42amMore: “This is the worst small country in the western world to be sick in”last_img read more

Support King Bowsers war effort with these propaganda posters

first_imgThere are signs today (literally) that Bowser is stepping up his war-efforts in the Koopa Kingdom to recruit volunteers to finally overrun the Mushroom Kingdom’s defenses and do away with a couple of bothersome plumbers. Pictured above are nine of the propaganda posters that have been seen in the Dark Land, urging its citizens to join their nation in its struggle to rid itself of the oppression of the Mario brothers.Fans of the classic Nintendo Mario Bros. titles will recognize the humor in the above paragraph, as of course these posters are an artists interpretation of the kind of actions Bowser might take in his latest bid to kidnap Princess Peach. All of the artwork seen above are original pieces that have been created by Fernando Reza, a Los Angeles artist that specializes in geeky pop-culture art. Other works that he has posted on his site involve titles such as Doctor Who, Star Wars and Back to the Future. All of which will make you go looking for a towel to wipe the drool from your chin.The great news is that if you have $150 that is burning a hole in your pocket you can own the full set of nine posters pictured above. You better hurry however, as the run is limited to 150 individually numbered and signed copies. The world is run by Geeks remember, and a good number of them spend all their days scanning the internet for items such as this. If you are looking for just one or two of the posters, they are priced individually at $30.00 which isn’t a bad price at all.You can see more of Reza’s artwork by going to his site Fro Design Co.last_img read more