Bear and Deer Hunting Seasons Begin Today

first_imgHunters are reminded to obey new regulations with the beginning of hunting season today, Sept. 9. They came into effect in June. “Hunting is an important part of our heritage that many Nova Scotians want to maintain,” said Natural Resources deputy minister Duff Montgomerie. “The new regulations encourage hunting and promote sustainability.” Hunters must purchase a Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $5 at any Natural Resources office, along with the appropriate stamps required, depending on the type of game and weapon. Today is the opening day for bear hunting and is also the first day of deer season for some hunters. Those holding an archery and muzzleloader licence can hunt deer beginning today but only with bows until Sept. 23, when crossbows and muzzleloaders can also be used. Starting on Oct. 25, hunters holding a general deer hunting licence can use rifles. The bear and the general deer hunting seasons end on Dec. 7. Anyone holding an archery and muzzleloader licence can hunt deer until Dec. 14. A special deer hunting season for youth, aged 16 or 17 years, takes place between Oct. 11 and Oct. 19. This provides an opportunity for young hunters to gain experience and learn to hunt safely. They must hold a deer hunting licence and be accompanied by an adult who is a licensed hunter. More information about hunting in Nova Scotia and the new hunting regulations are available at novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/last_img read more

Hussain directs officers to normalize supply of onions

first_imgNEW DELHI: Food & Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday reviewed the issue of retail prices of onions in Delhi with Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies, senior officers of Food and Civil Supplies Department, APMC and Mother Dairy/Safal.In the meeting, officers of APMC informed that due to floods in Maharashtra, regular supplies of onions from Nashik were disrupted for few days for which the concerned officers have been instructed to normalize the supply of onions in abundance. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt was further informed that the supplies of onion to Delhi have since increased from Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh etc. Officers of Mother Dairy/Safal Outlets informed that NAFED has sufficient stock of onion, and supplies in the retail market by Mother Dairy/Safal have been increased so that the retail prices of onion may not increase. The officers informed that the retail prices of onions in Delhi are not likely to increase further in view of sufficient supplies and stored stocks. Hussain, however, directed the APMC to hold meetings with Onion Merchants/Associations to ensure that onion retail prices are under control. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Minister also directed Food & Supplies Department and APMC to take effective enforcement action against hoarding activities, possible cartelization and black-marketing etc. He directed to send the Enforcement Teams to the various markets and godowns for checking such activities, if any. The officers were also directed to send daily inspection reports for the perusal of the Minister. Hussain directed Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies to convene regular meetings with stakeholder departments/agencies to ensure that prices of onion and other commodities are stable and under control.last_img read more

BC OGC issues order to Coastal GasLink following an investigation regarding archaeological

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has issued an order to Coastal GasLink after an investigation determined the company carried out cutting without having an archaeological impact assessment completed.Some of the requests within the order, from the OGC, include that Coastal GasLink submits a post-impact archaeological assessment for review by the Commission of a portion of Section 8 right of way by October 11, 2019, and that they must submit records indicating the implementation of the Pre-Construction Compliance Assurance Process and Procedure on the specific area by October 25, 2019.In August, Coastal GasLink said construction began in a number of places before archaeological assessments were complete. The company said an internal audit found there were two areas along the right of way east of Kitimat where land was cleared before archaeological impact assessments occurred.The Coastal GasLink pipeline inspired global protests when hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation said it had no authority without their consent.The company said it had signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations along the 670-kilometre route to LNG Canada’s export terminal on the coast in Kitimat, including the Wet’suwet’en council.Coastal GasLink does have the opportunity to appeal this order to the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal.last_img read more

Do celebs make good politicians

first_imgStar power adds the glamour element to the heat, dust, and grime of political campaigns. This election too, we won’t just see star campaigners but even celebs who have picked up the political cudgels. Soothing to the eyes, yes, but one often wonders if celebrityhood can and should be the only criterion for some of the candidates in the election fray? Celebrity entrants to political parties just ahead of elections is not new. Earlier, we witnessed well-known actors and sportspersons simply lending their star power to a candidate. Today, that candidate can very well be a young actor or a cricketer. But it is a varied mix. Outspoken social media supporters such as cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined BJP and is likely to fight from a Delhi seat. At the same time, you have actors such as Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini seeking re-election while Jaya Prada has switched party colours to don BJP’s saffron to fight polls from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur. West Bengal will see Babul Supriyo, Moon Moon Sen, and newbies Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty battling for votes. There are also Prakash Raj, Urmila Matondkar, Nikhil Gowda, Pawan Kalyan, Shilpa Shinde, and Arshi Khan, trying their luck in the political arena. Also Read – A special kind of bondOut of this mixed list of celebrities, only a chosen few have exhibited an active interest in politics. They have been vociferous about their views and where they stand on the political spectrum. The rest, like dutiful children, are all being paradropped to exude charm and attract votes. I was watching a rather painful news story with dream girl Hema Malini. Painful because the BJP MP while looking stunning didn’t seem to have any meat in her rhetoric at all. Whenever she was asked about what work she had done in her constituency of Mathura, the actor kept saying that she has done a lot of work but just can’t remember it at the moment. Err! Really? Also Read – Insider threat managementAs a reporter who has actively covered state and general elections, I have witnessed how candidates have nurtured their constituency over years. While covering the campaign trail it is fairly easy for people like us to discern the once-in-a-blue-moon visitor from the serious politician who has an undeniable connect with people. This bond with the voter doesn’t happen overnight. Sure, people will throng the streets to catch a glimpse of cine stars, but a true leader would have built his connect over a longer period of time with experience and love for the masses. Of the celebrity MPs who have already been in Parliament, save a few, most have been playing ‘outstanding’ roles i.e. they have seldom stepped inside the Parliament! Their attendance is poor, they barely raise questions, and more often than not, leave their MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds under-utilised. Former Rajya Sabha MPs such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha have historically abysmal attendance records – Tendulkar with 7.3 per cent attendance while Rekha had just 4.5 per cent! It is important to remember that these celebrity MPs get paid a generous sum by the Government of India to carry out their duties. They are meant to represent their people in Parliament and actively strive towards the development and progress of their constituency. But with most celeb MPs playing truant from Parliament and their constituencies, busy with film shoots, shows, brand endorsements, and cricket matches, one wonders if fame is enough to even allow these fair-weather entrants to contest. Should there be a clause set by the Election Commission of India to allow only serious political workers to fight polls? And what of the hardworking party worker who has lost his chance to fight elections outdone by glitz and glamour? Politics is no child’s play; it requires sincerity, hard work, and dedication. My only wish is that this year’s winning celebrity candidates showcase their seriousness about serving the people. Otherwise, there will be more ‘missing MP’ posters doing the rounds like in the case of Navjot Singh Sindhu in 2013. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

DR of Congo UN food drops reach some but many more missing

Although United Nations-sponsored airdrops into the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) violence-wracked Katanga province have provided enough food for some 34,700 displaced people, a severe lack of funds is preventing a quarter of a million others from being reached, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.“We are very pleased to announce the success of this first airdrop into DRC,” WFP Country Director Felix Bamezon said of the operation, which began in April and is the agency’s first food airdrop outside Sudan in eight years. “But we are not content with what has been achieved. We need to reach many more people in the next few months, particularly in North Kivu (province),” he added of the latest crises, in which an estimated 220,000 people have been uprooted by fighting between the Government and Mai Mai rebels in Katanga and another 80,000 displaced in North Kivu Province.With just three months left of its overall two-and-a-half year Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in the DRC, WFP still has a critical 36 per cent shortfall, or $69 million of the $191 million needed to help up to 1.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable people throughout the vast country.This leaves very little funding to assist the IDPs in Katanga or in North Kivu, where WFP was forced to cut rations during the last distribution due to the shortfall. Although expensive, WFP chose airdrops in south-eastern Katanga province because the rainy season, rising overland transport costs and insecurity have made it difficult to use roads. Food trucks were taking up to eight weeks to reach distribution sites from Katanga’s provincial capital of Lubumbashi. To feed people who have fled to the towns of Dubie, Sampwe and Mitwaba, an Antonov-12 aircraft has spent just over three weeks dropping 336 metric tonnes of commodities, at nearly twice the cost of road transport. “Our village was totally destroyed by armed men. I feed my child with what I have – some cassava – but I am really happy that aid has arrived,” Claudine Kambemba said in Sampwe after seeing food airdropped not far from her camp. WFP’s partner non-governmental organization (NGO) last week completed distributing cereals, lentils, oil and salt to more than 8,750 people in Sampwe. Distributions of air dropped food are taking place in the next few days for 9,980 people in Mitwaba and 16,000 people in Dubie. read more

Ban deplores blast in Beirut suburb urges all Lebanese to remain united

At least 14 people have reportedly been killed and another 200 wounded by the blast that targeted the Rouweiss neighbourhood.Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, expressed his condolences for those killed and extended his deep sympathies to those injured. “Such acts of violence are completely unacceptable and only reinforce the determination of the international community to continue supporting Lebanon’s security and stability at a time of severe regional turbulence,” said the statement. “During this period of heightened tensions, the Secretary-General urges all Lebanese to remain united, to rally around their State institutions and to focus on safeguarding Lebanon’s security and stability. “He hopes that the perpetrators will be brought to justice as soon as possible.” read more

Army service to be shortened to nine months

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek government is proposing a reduction in the mandatory length of military service for young men in the Greek Army by three months, so that it lasts nine months in total, according to Greek Defence Minister, Evangelos Meimarakis. Meimarakis said the measure would go into effect for all those presenting themselves in August, while there would also be a shorter reductions for those that presented themselves for military service within 2009. Specifically, those who began their national military service last February will serve 11 months in total, while those that began in May will serve 10 months.Previously, the length of mandatory military service had been exactly one year.The minister also clarified that once the duration of national service in the Army was reduced to nine months, all conscripts will be posted in regional areas outside the capital.The length of military service in the Greek Navy and Air Force will continue to be one year, while Meimarakis said he was in favour of eventually phasing out the use of conscripts in the navy and air force in favour of professional troops.The minister said the reduction in military service was made possible by an increase in the number of professional troops, the use of information technology, the new layout of army bases and the gradual progress in setting up electronic security systems to guard military facilities.last_img read more

ASA Welcomes USDA Announcement on Plant Breeding Innovations

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) registered strong support of a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it has no plans to regulate plants that could be developed through traditional breeding techniques, including genome editing. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa, issued the following statement on Tuesday:“ASA commends Secretary Perdue and USDA for their decision to clarify that plant breeding innovations will be treated in a similar manner as plants developed through traditional breeding methods. This science-based approach encourages innovation and economic development. Farmers, small agribusinesses, researchers, and others will have the exciting opportunity to pursue new and advanced ways to grow our food, fight plant pests and disease, reduce reliance of fertilizers and other resources, and respond to consumer demands to reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment.“It will also facilitate the development of new and beneficial crop traits by reducing the cost and time required to bring products to the marketplace. This, in turn, will give a boost to continuing efforts to meet the food needs of the world’s growing population, estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050.“At the same time, making the regulatory process more predictable for new technologies will require close coordination between APHIS and EPA and FDA, the agencies that share responsibility under the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology, to prevent any bottlenecks. This decision also will require the federal government to take a lead role in working with other countries to ensure that they adopt science-based regulatory systems that are consistent with that of the U.S. This effort must be a top priority for the administration and pursued without delay to bring about a coherent international regulatory environment in which these gene-edited commodities will not face unnecessary hurdles in the global supply chain.“We appreciate USDA’s role in the regulation of biotechnology and Secretary Perdue’s confirmation that plant breeding innovations, which can be developed through traditional breeding techniques, are separate and distinct in both the science and risk to plant health. By taking this science- and risk-based approach, it allows USDA to focus its time and resources on those plant varieties that actually could pose a risk to plant health.“Consumer interest in how their food is produced continues to evolve, and it is important that we evolve similarly to meet those needs, and that our rules and regulations reflect that trend. ASA stands ready to participate in efforts by the administration to move ahead with this initiative in the coming weeks and months.”last_img read more

Council veteran newcomer seek Camas mayor job

first_imgThe Camas City Council will choose between two widely divergent candidates when it appoints a new mayor Monday night.Council members will interview Camas Mayor Pro Tem Scott Higgins and retired bookkeeper Kim Seaton Thies and then appoint one for a six-month mayoral term. The Camas mayoral seat will be up for grabs again in November’s election.Longtime Camas Mayor Paul Dennis resigned earlier this month after serving more than seven years to head the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association. The deadline to apply for the mayor’s appointment was Tuesday.Higgins has served as acting mayor since June 1 by virtue of his mayor pro tem designation. He will run for a four-year term as mayor in the fall against Ken Kakuk.Higgins said he expected the council to be thorough in coming to its decision. “It will be a very formal thing,” he said. “We all know each other but I think everybody will be cautious and make sure everything is done by the book.”Thies called her bid “a spur of the moment decision” and admitted she did not know why Dennis vacated his seat.“I don’t know if he resigned. I don’t know if he moved. I don’t know if he got sick or it was any of the above,” she conceded.last_img read more

Herrera Beutler backs defunding Obamacare

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler supports a Republican spending plan that eliminates funding for the 2010 health care reforms Congress and the president approved in 2010, her spokesman said Wednesday.The plan also maintains the across-the-board federal spending cuts, known as the sequester, which went into effect in March.Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, “supports the House’s spending proposal, which would remove funding for the flawed health care law (and) maintain spending at the sequester levels agreed to by both parties,” her spokesman, Casey Bowman, said by email.Although Herrera Beutler supports defunding Obamacare, she said in an interview last week that she disapproves of threatening to shut down the federal government if the proposal doesn’t become law. Congress needs to pass a budget by Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown.“I think it’s silly for either side to be posturing and threatening, because we all either win or lose together,” she said during the interview. She added that Congress can’t forget about the debt while raising the nation’s debt ceiling or “let the whole thing shut down and devolve into chaos. We can do this in a reasonable, adultlike fashion.”last_img read more

Sandbag distribution sites in South Florida

first_imgHomestead Sports Complex, at 1601 SE 28th Ave., and Roby George Park, at 201 SW 11th Ave., will distribute at most 10 sandbags per Homestead resident on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proof of residency is required.Sweetwater Public Works at 1701 NW 110 Ave.  for those that show proof of residency. Limited to six bags per household.Second location for Miami Beach sandbag distribution at 79th Street & Collins Avenue for residents who provide ID. Open until 7 p.m. or until sand runs out.Broward County:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Below is a list of locations to pick up sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma in South Florida. This list will be updated as information becomes available.Miami-Dade County:Public Works Yard at 451 Dade Blvd. in Miami Beach and at 5th Street and Ocean Drive on Thursday. For Miami Beach residents with ID. Ten bags allotted per family.North Miami Motor Pool at 1855 NE 142nd St. on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last. For North Miami residents. Six bags per resident.Adonel Concrete at 2101 NW 110th Ave. in Sweetwater Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your own bags to fill sand.For residents that bring their own sandbags and shovels beginning on Thursday at 8:30 a.m., sand will be available at these locations in District 9:Goulds Park at 11350 SW 216th St.Country Star/Cambridge Estates at 28350 SW 136th PlaceLas Palmas at Krome Avenue and 200th StreetSouth Miami Heights/Oak Park (Roberta Hunter Park) at Southwest 117th Avenue and Southwest 208th StreetSerena Lakes Park at 13965 SW 180th StreetEureka Villas Park at 14301 SW 180th Terracelast_img read more

Dont bother looking for hardware from todays Apple event but here are

first_imgA clean slate for services and streamingPutting out all this hardware the week before an Apple event means the company had a clean slate to approach its service and subscription announcements at the March 25 event. Amid Apple News Plus, Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade, the closest thing to new hardware was the titanium physical version of the new Apple credit card.  26 Photos reading • Don’t bother looking for hardware from today’s Apple event, but here are the iPad, iMac and AirPod updates you missed last week Tags Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Apple Event Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Apple Event Share your voice • Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event previewcenter_img More from the Apple event Post a comment See All Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Everything Apple announced It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service See all our Apple event coverage Celebrities show off their new series on Apple TV Plus With all the talk about Apple News Plus, Apple Card, Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus, this was an unusual Apple event, as it skipped any new hardware in favor of services and software. But before you lament the lack of hardware, know that Apple front-loaded all its new hardware into a series of stealth announcements the week before. If you weren’t specifically paying attention for them, it was easy to miss these tablet, desktop and headphone updates. They were revealed only by press releases and the brief outages of the online Apple Store while product pages were revamped. Here’s what’s new (as in, less than one week old) from Apple’s hardware team: Angela Lang/CNET iPad Air and iPad MiniTwo nearly forgotten iPad tablet lines, eclipsed by the less-expensive iPad and more-expensive iPad Pro, have been resurrected.  The new iPad Air has a 10.5-inch Retina display and an A12 Bionic processor (as used in the iPhone XS). The iPad Mini gets its first upgrade since 2015, also to an A12 processor, but keeps the same screen size and resolution. The key point of both the $399 Mini and $499 Air is that they’re more expensive than the plain old 9.7-inch iPad, which is $329 (and is often available for less). Of the new iPad Mini, Scott Stein says: “The new iPad Mini is an incremental product update, a spec bump to a tablet that otherwise looks the same as the model from 2015. Does that spark joy? After using it for a few days… it’s fine. But it’s not something you need.”apple-imac-27-inch-2017 Sarah Tew/CNET iMac 27-inch and 21.5-inchThe iMac line of all-in-one desktops also a series of internal upgrades, with more powerful CPUs and better graphics. Most of the iMacs are jumping from seventh-gen Intel processors to newer eighth-gen ones. For the 21.5-inch iMacs, that means either quad-core or, for the first time, six-core CPU options. For the 27-inch, CPUs start at eighth-gen six-core chips, and can go all the way up to the eight-core Intel Core i9, something usually only seen in high-end gaming systems or creative workstations. These two sizes start at $1,299 and $1,799 and go up from there. apple-airpods-4 Angela Lang/CNET New AirPodsThe best way to round out a week of Apple hardware updates would be with the long-promised AirPower charging mat, but sadly, it was not to be. Instead, we got an updated version of the popular AirPods wireless headphones. Like the iMacs and iPad, these look the same but add a new H1 chip for faster connection to a device and better battery life, plus hands-free Siri on demand. Plus, a wireless Qi-compatible charging case. No noise canceling, no biometrics, no color options. 0 Tablets Headphones Desktopslast_img read more

Byjus raises 150 mn from investors led by Qatar wealth fund education

first_imgCEO of the Qatar Investment Authority Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani |Reuters IndiaOnline tutoring startup Byju’s said on Wednesday it had raised $150 million from investors led by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), which a source familiar with the matter said valued it at more than $5.5 billion.Venture capital fund Owl Ventures also participated in the funding round and the proceeds will be used for international expansion, Byju’s said in a statement, without saying what valuation the investment implied for the firm.”This investment underscores QIA’s strong commitment to the education sector and our focus on investing in leading innovators in the TMT (tech, media and telecoms) industry globally,” Mansoor Al-Mahmoud, CEO of QIA, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, said in the statement.Launched in 2015 in the southern Indian tech hub of Bengaluru, Byju’s has so far raised roughly $970 million from investors, tracker Crunchbase says.This includes investment from China’s Tencent, South Africa’s Naspers and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. Indian school children prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)Raveendran/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Corning VP says Gorilla Glass headed for automobiles

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Gorilla Glass is currently estimated to be in use by over a billion and a half devices the world over, and has become a household name. Its strength and resistance to scratching in addition to its very low weight has made it an ideal candidate for touch-screen devices. Corning makes the glass using a propriety chemical process that causes more than the normal number of ions to be introduced into the glass, adding to its strength and reducing the likelihood of cracking. Also, like the glass currently used in automobiles, it’s more likely to crack than shatter when subjected to extreme stress or impact.Evenson told those in attendance at the Summit that using Gorilla Glass in a car would cut down on the weight of the vehicle. Also, engineers could distribute the weight reduction in a way that would slightly alter the car’s center of gravity. Together, he explained, that would help cars with the new window glass gain a few extra miles out of each gallon of fuel. He also noted that because of the unique nature of Gorilla Glass, cars that used it as a replacement for current glass would be much quieter inside the cabin.Evenson also suggested that he expects at least one high-end car maker to begin using Gorilla Glass in at least some of its vehicles as early as next year, though he wouldn’t say which it was. He also briefly spoke about progress being made on a project he called microbiological glass, which he said, would kill bacteria on contact. He followed that by discussing another new product the company is working on called Willow Glass—a bendable type of glass that he said is currently about as thick as a dollar bill. He said its introduction will likely lead to the creation of hundreds of new devices. (Phys.org) —Corning Senior Vice President, Jeffrey Evenson told audience members at this year’s MIT Technology Review’s Mobile Summit, that its Gorilla Glass will very soon be used in automobiles. Currently, Gorilla Glass is used as part of a touch-screen for hand-held devices—from phones to tablet computers. Using the glass in automobiles Evenson said, would allow for better gas mileage and noise suppression. ‘Gorilla Glass’ maker looks beyond smartphones Citation: Corning VP says Gorilla Glass headed for automobiles (2013, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-corning-vp-gorilla-glass-automobiles.htmlcenter_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further More information: via MIT Tech Reviewlast_img read more

KMC undertakes drive to collect property tax arrears from defaulters

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has taken up a special drive to collect property tax arrears from defaulters.A civic team comprising senior officials of the Assessment department visited two premises on Topsia Road and put up distress warrant on the walls. KMC will take legal action against the owners if they fail to pay the arrears within the stipulated date. The drive has been initiated after the civic authorities failed to collect house tax arrears worth more than Rs 50 crore. There are around 7.60 lakh assesses living in the areas under the jurisdiction of KMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe civic officials visited 71, Topsia Road and 83/2/1, Topsia Road. The officials said that the two firms housed at 71, Topsia Road have not paid house tax dues worth Rs 71 lakh. The civic authorities said the owners have cleared 50% of the dues on Monday and gave an undertaking that the remaining amount will be paid by Friday. The owners of four firms housed at 83/2/1 Topsia Road have not paid house tax arrears worth several lakhs. The civic authorities have put up distress warrant and legal action will be taken against the owners if they fail to pay within the stipulated time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCivic officials said the defaulters have been requested to pay their dues several times but despite reminders, the officers refused to respond. They alleged that the defaulters wait for the waivers’ scheme and if it is implemented then the defaulters can square up the arrears by paying only the principal amount, while the penalty and interest amounts are waived. The officials said unlike in the past when property tax payers had to stand in long queues to pay tax, the system of online payment has been introduced now. Property owners can go to any e-counter and pay the tax and rebate is given if the tax is paid within the stipulated time.last_img read more

Garnishes Galore

first_imgHave you ever wondered if that lemon twist on top of your martini or a dollop of cream on the ‘daal makhani’ is anything more than a quirk? Celebrity Chef Vikas Kumar delves deeper into the world of garnishes and shares his insights.CHERRY ON TOP So really, why are we discussing garnishes, I mean aren’t there more pertinent culinary topics that need more focus and attention? Sure there might be, but for the moment, let me tell you a story. Once when I was working for a certain organisation as a Galley Chef, I was asked if I’d want to be the ‘garnish man’. And I was like, sure! It’s just garnish, like a cherry on the cake, right? Wrong. So the job of the garnish man was to prepare all the garnishes of all the dishes across the sections – we are talking about some 3000 meals, almost 20 dishes, all intricately prepared and the garnish was, well,’the cherry on the cake’ and had to be just perfect since it was the first visual that the guest will get of the dish and will make up his own judgements before actually tasting (or not tasting) the dish. Apparently, the garnish man himself had to be the proverbial cherry just discussed, and in terms of skills and speed had to be second to none in the kitchen. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSo let’s then discuss the ubiquitous crowning glory of the food dishes, the garnish. WHY GARNISH Why indeed? To put it anecdotally, well why do we wear jewellery/ make up? To look good, complete in a way perhaps. I’d say, same with food. If good food is the foundation of genuine happiness, the garnish on that food is what entices you towards it, makes you want it more and provides the visual stimulus to appreciate a food prior to sinking your teeth in. Garnishes are usually in colours opposite to the colour of the main dish, and to that extent provide a burst of colour and liveliness to the food dish. Imagine a plate of pasta in white sauce, white cheese and cream sitting in front of you. Now imagine it with a bright green sprig of parsley, some bright red cherry tomato and a splash of gorgeous light green olive oil. Imagine the difference. Get it? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe second and a very important reason for food garnishing is that the garnishes always enhance the flavour of the main dish and complements it in the overall taste profile. Think about lemon with fish, birista (deep fried onion) on top of biryani, pistachio on Gajar Halva or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on a salad, all these enhance the flavour of the main dish and make it taste better. Another reason for food garnishing is for the purpose of identification of the ingredients of the dishes. You will find, at most times the garnish tells more about the dish. For example, garnishing a pineapple pastry with pineapple and cherry, a dollop of cream on a cream soup, some makkhan on daal makkhani,…well you get the idea. Stop salivating! Filling up a plate or a serving dish is also quite functional of garnishes and many times garnishes are used to make the dishes look more full and complete. This is specially true for dishes that are served in a buffet or on a dinner table. A pertinent example will be a Christmas Turkey which has so many garnish components that it makes the dish look really fancy and celebratory, ditto for a salad or a dessert. Indian Food Garnishes Well from our childhoods we have seen all our food dishes integrated with their garnishes to an extent that we have always considered them to be a part of the dish itself. Think our dals without the garlic and cumin tempering, our Halvas without the tiny sprinkling of crushed cardamom seeds or a plate of chholey without the chopped dhania or the ginger juliennes. I have always maintained that Indian food is by far the most advanced, balanced and varied of all culinary styles of the world and has always been ahead of its times. Let me give you some examples of how the food garnishes have become integral to our food culture that we don’t really think much of them but they do indeed tick all boxes to be a worthy garnish and serves its full purpose. So there obviously are millions of Indian dishes that I could table here but will stick to the best known and easily relatable by all. First, the very popular Pao Bhaji – do you realize that a dollop of half melted butter, the chopped onions and coriander, tomato, lemon all are essentially garnishes and yet you will find at least all these in all pao bhajis served anywhere in the country or the world. In Bengal they serve ‘Masala Muri’ a more pungent and humble cousin of the bhelpuri and you will almost always find it garnished with some peanuts, a slice of coconut and some sprouts, nobody really thinks much but classic garnishes look good, taste good and provide an interesting contrast to the main food item. Similarly, almost all Indian food items have inherent garnishing that gives the food complexity, texture and colour. The case in point is the huge Indian Thalis that are served with a multitude of dishes in small bowls or saucers, yet all these will almost always have their individual garnishes, often different from each other. RECIPE So I have been scratching my head as to which recipe to give that will do justice to a topic such as this. Obviously, I had to find a recipe where the garnish is highlighted and stands out. To that extent, I am giving the recipe for a French dish. In French cuisine, there are many dishes that are known by their garnishes and are distinguishable only based on that. The name of the dish is ‘French Onion Soup’ and is always served with a rather discernible garnish which is a large bread and cheese crouton. FRENCH ONION SOUPIngredients 100 g Butter 30 ml Olive oil 450 g Sliced onions 500ml Chicken/Beef /Vegetable stock 30 ml Red wine (optional) 1 g Dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste For the toast 2 slices French bread 2 slices cheddar cheese 20 g Grated Parmesan cheese Method Melt butter with olive oil in a stock pot on medium heat. Add onions, and cook on a medium flame until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions. Add the stock, wine and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 30 minutes. Layer each slice of bread with a slice of cheese, and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Ladle the soup in warm bowls. Just before serving, place the toast on the soup and put under a hot salamander/grill until the cheese melts and bread turns toasty. Serve immediately.last_img read more

Public security says Cancun police unit involved in fatal accident to be

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The Ministry of Public Security says that the accident involving a state police unit that killed a worker in Cancun will be investigated in strict adherence to the law.The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon when a state police truck and taxi collided on Avenida Oaxactun in Supermanzana 95. The impact sent the patrol unit into the direction of a home where a man was working outside at the time.The man, who was knee-deep in a hole preparing to install a concrete fence, was hit by the police truck and died on scene.The accident was reportedly the result of police responding to a Red Alert regarding the escape of an inmate at the Cancun prison, however, Alberto Capella Ibarra, state secretary of Public Security, says the escape report at the Benito Juárez Cereso was false.Public security says Cancun police unit involved in fatal accident to be fully investigatedPhoto: la Policía Estatal“The alleged riot in Benito Juarez Cereso is false. The emergency call corresponds to a situation of indiscipline with an inmate who was already controlled,” wrote Capella Ibarra on his Twitter account.Capella Ibarra explained that authorities at Cereso de Cancún activated the Red Code after they realized that an inmate allegedly tried to flee. The rapid reaction by police was a consequence of the fact that, only a few days prior, an inmate did escaped during early morning hours.Upon hearing the alert, members of the municipal and state police immediately moved to the area. Upon arrival, they were notified that everything was in order. However, state police agents of another responding patrol continued at full speed to the Cereso on Comalcalco Avenue where it collided with a taxi for allegedly failing to obey corresponding stop signs.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three arrested after attacking Cancun police

first_imgOn a social media account, Capalla confirmed the attack saying, “The two injured elements in Supermanzana 527 Fracc Andalucía are in good health, one injured in one finger and the other in an arm. Wounds do not endanger life. We continue in search for those responsible.” Cancun, Q.R. — CORRECTION: Three people have been arrested for attacking Cancun police with stones while guarding property believed related to the January 20th bullet attack where seven people were killed. The attack was recorded at 8:30 p.m. in Villas del Sol when five individuals began throwing stones at police. Two of the on duty policemen were hit and left with non-life threatening injuries. Three of the five subjects were arrested shortly after, but not before one of them stole a police radio that has yet to be recovered. We had originally reported that these two had been arrested. CORRECTION: Several hours after his post, Capella has identified the two remaining suspects as Alberto N and Christopher N. If they are seen, he encourages the public to report them to emergency 911 or 089. Police say arrested were 18-year-old Jenrr A.R. from Chiapas, 25-year-old Luis C.G. from Chetumal and 24-year-old Auner V.J. also from Chiapas. Police were guarding a home on Avenida Pavo Real when the five began to attack them. Three of the men were arrested shortly after one street away. Police were guarding property believed used in the January shooting that left seven dead. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) last_img read more

Syria crisis causes spike in draftdodging

first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The government has not said how many have accepted the offer.So far, the drop in conscripts has not noticeably lessened the state’s advantage over the opposition Free Syrian Army, largely because draftees are less committed than professional soldiers.“The guys they call up now are not the guys who are going to stick by them,” said Joseph Holliday, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War who is studying the Syrian army. “Anyone they can get to fight for them loyally is already taking part.”Others warn that efforts to replace draft-dodgers with regime loyalists will exacerbate sectarian strife. The opposition is mostly Sunni Muslim, while Assad’s regime and security forces give outsized power to Assad’s sect, the Alawites.Both sides use sectarian appeals to rally their forces, raising the risk that Syria’s violence could mirror that which has torn apart its neighbors Lebanon and Iraq in recent decades.“This revolution, which is turning into a civil war along sectarian lines, is only going to become more sectarian as time goes on,” said Syria expert Joshua Landis at the University of Oklahoma.The slaughter of more than 100 people two weeks ago in the Sunni area of Houla raised the specter of sectarian massacres, with local activists accusing Alawite thugs of killing villagers at close range after heavy government shelling. The U.N. condemned the killings but did not overtly blame the regime. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Draft-dodgers particularly hope to avoid getting caught up in this type of violence.“Even if you support the government, you know the army is killing people, so given the choice to go or not, you won’t go,” said Rami Jarrah, who has four draft-dodgers in his office at the Activists News Association in Cairo.Standard military service is 18 months for a man over 18 who is not an only son. Only sons don’t serve. University and technical school students can delay their service and do slightly less time.Syrians born abroad can pay $500 not to serve, and those with residency in other countries can pay $4,000 to $5,000, depending on their location.But healthy, Syrian-born men living at home have no way out.Such was the fate of one of Jarrah’s colleagues, a 24-year-old from Banias, who graduated from university just before the uprising began. He bribed the draft office for another short-term student exemption but was told last October that he had to serve.“They said there was no way out of it because of what is going on, so I left the country,” he said, declining to give his name to protect his family in Syria. Others, like Hamza, agreed to have only their first names published. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk ErrorOK… ErrorOK How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Associated PressTRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) – Approaching his 18th birthday, Hamza, a merchant sailor from Syria, resigned himself to the fate awaiting him when he reached adulthood: A year and a half of mandatory military service.Then last year, the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted with demonstrations calling for change. Troops dispatched by Syria’s autocratic regime shot protesters and shelled opposition towns, killing thousands of civilians. That altered the plan for Hamza, and for a growing number of young Syrians who are dodging the draft out of fear that military service will force them to kill their countrymen _ or get killed themselves.“I couldn’t go because the army is supposed to protect people, but all this army does is protect Assad,” said Hamza, now a wispy-bearded 19-year-old with thick biceps from his work at sea. He fled Syria this year to Tripoli, a city on Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast. Unable to work, he lives in hiding in a small apartment here with six other draft-dodgers.Young Syrians have long avoided the draft by traveling abroad, cooking up medical excuses or using connections and bribes to get their names off the rolls. But anti-regime activists in and outside Syria say the number has shot up during the 15-month conflict that the U.N. says has killed more than 9,000 people.Some hide out in opposition areas in Syria, avoiding checkpoints where they could be jailed or conscripted. Others flee the country, opting, at least for now, for an impoverished existence far from their families.The extent of all this is hard to gauge since the Syrian government does not comment on its military. But in a hint that the army is under strain, Assad issued an amnesty this month: He gave draft-dodgers inside the country 90 days to report for duty without punishment, and 120 days to those abroad. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories “Refugees, dissenters, and deserters who renounce violence should be protected,” it said.Even some Syrians who can legally avoid the draft now refuse to.Maher’s friend Abdel-Rahman Qassem, 21, lived for years in the United Arab Emirates and planned to establish residency there and buy his way out.“That was before the revolution,” he said. “But when it started, I stopped trying because I knew the money would go to the regime, so I wouldn’t pay.”Not all draft dodgers are active in the anti-Assad struggle, but many said they now spend most of their time trying to help the opposition in Syria.“If I had a way to do it, I would join the Free Syrian Army,” Qassem said. “At least that way I’d feel I’m serving my country.”___Associated Press writer Albert Aji contributed reporting from Damascus.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Like many draft-dodgers, he said his older relatives had served and that he would have too in normal times.“But now the army is killing its own people, so you have to refuse to go,” he said.Most draft-dodger exiles say they won’t return to Syria until the regime falls, and many won’t renew expired passports, fearing their embassies will confiscate them until they report for duty.This leaves them stranded abroad, sometimes as risk of arrest and deportation.Maher, a roommate of Hamza, dragged his four-year university program out to eight years to avoid the military, but was told last year when he tried to renew his passport that he had to enlist. Weeks later, he fled to Lebanon, afraid the military would make him kill other Syrians.“How can an army that was built to fight Israel and liberate the Golan Heights be the same one that is now killing its own people?” said Maher, 27.Lebanon has close ties to Syria, and many Syrian dissidents fear harassment or arrest. The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon said recently it was “deeply troubled by reports of disappearances, arrests and intimidation of Syrians in Lebanon undertaken by the Syrian regime and its supporters.”last_img read more

Whitsunday Coast Airports 9 mil facelift complete

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Return travellers to the Whitsunday Coast Airport (in Proserpine) won’t recognise it now the $9 million upgrade has been completed.Located about 25 minutes from Airline Beach, the airport has undergone a significant expansion and refurbishment while still keeping its small regional airport charm.The Departure lounge is bigger including the check in and baggage claim areas that received a new baggage claim carousel inside the terminal building.  Other upgrades include a new-look café and bar, new and refurbished security screening and arrival areas, relocated and refurbished airport offices and customs quarantine facilities for potential international carriers in the future.The Whitsunday Coast Airport along with Hamilton Island Airport opens up the Whitsundays with flights from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns servicing the area.From Proserpine travellers have the option of buses and other public transport to Airlie Beach and ferry services operate to the various Whitsunday Islands. last_img read more