‘Court ruling twisted to allow illegal quarrying near Kaziranga’

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgStone quarry owners have twisted a Gauhati High Court order to illegally extract boulders and stones in the vicinity of Kaziranga National Park, an Assam-based environment activist has told a Supreme Court-constituted committee.In his letter to the Member Secretary of the Central Empowered Committee, Rohit Choudhury, the activist, said that the High Court had on September 25 ordered the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Karbi Anglong East Division to “relocate/ adjust” the Silimkhowa (close to Kaziranga) stone quarry to a suitable location. The court also allowed the removal of extracted stones from the area during this period.Twisting order“The court order has been misinterpreted, and instead of extracting the stones lying at the site, quarry operators are using high-impact blasting and heavy machinery in the entire Karbi Anglong Hills adjoining the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve,” Mr. Choudhury said.“The mining is being done without any environment clearance, forest clearance, or recommendation of the National Board for Wildlife. Even extraction or removal of stones lying at the site, or transportation of the same, amounts to mining,” he said.Mr. Choudhury said the illegal mining is being done with the “full knowledge” of the police and Forest Department of the Karbi Anglong district, and the stones are transported illegally on the highway skirting the Kaziranga National Park without any transit pass.The stone quarries are along the corridors of the 430 sq. km. Kaziranga National Park, which animals use to move to the safety of the Karbi Anglong Hills during high floods.Threat to habitat“Considering the importance of the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape in conserving mega herbivores such as the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, the Indian elephant, and carnivores such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is imperative that this landscape is given top priority for conservation and habitat restoration,” Mr. Choudhury said.“We have asked the Karbi Anglong district authority to look into the matter,” a senior forest officer said on Sunday.last_img read more


Video: Colin Cowherd Explains Why He Thinks Ohio State Should Get In The Playoff Over Alabama

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd doesn’t think that Alabama belongs in the College Football Playoff field, and he’s making sure that everyone knows it. Instead, Cowherd believes that Ohio State, despite not having a chance to play for the Big Ten title this Saturday, deserves the spot. His main argument? Alabama’s strength of schedule is weak, and the Buckeyes have a better loss.Cowherd also seems to be upset with fans saying it’s “outrageous” that he has OSU in over Alabama. “Why is it outrageous to think Ohio State is No. 4 and Alabama is No. 5?’ – @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere https://t.co/KbnLiiwAGb— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 30, 2015“I’m giving you facts, you’re giving me fiction” – @ColinCowherd tells a caller why the SEC is living off reputation https://t.co/eUweUduKrp— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2015Ohio State needs help to actually get in the playoff, regardless of Cowherd’s opinion. It’s very likely that in 2015, we have a new national champion.last_img read more


Avalanche Warning for Mountains of Western Canada

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgREVELSTOKE, B.C. – A Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, is effective immediately by Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country applying to all the forecast regions in western Canada.For a map of the regions involved, click here.According to the warning, there will be a significant warming forecast to hit BC and Alberta this week. With the temperature rise will increase the likelihood of avalanches throughout the mountains. As well as the warm weather and BC’s spring break, it is expected more people will be heading into the mountains. “This is the first big warming to hit our snowpack, which is still fairly complex and winter-like,” explains Senior Avalanche Forecaster Grant Helgeson. “Any time the snowpack is hit with a big change, it tends to de-stabilize. The temperatures are forecast to increase substantially this week, with no nighttime cooling. This will weaken the snowpack on all aspects, increasing the possibility of large natural avalanches as well making it easier for the weight of a person to trigger deeper weak layers.”Avalanche Canada, Parks Canada and Kananaskis Country warns all backcountry users, including those going outside ski area boundaries, to keep careful track of their regional avalanche forecasts at www.avalanche.ca.Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe and shovel—and the knowledge to use it. Ensure your party re-groups well away from avalanche slopes, including overhead hazard such as cornices says the warning.Those heading to the mountains to snowshoe or explore the front country should also be aware that many popular summer trails are exposed to avalanche terrain. Plan ahead and research your route to make sure you are avoiding these areas.last_img read more


Twitter expands dark mode options on iOS

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgSan Francisco: To facilitate an even darker theme for the app, micro-blogging site Twitter has added two new modes — “Lights Out” and “Automatic Dark” — to its already existing dark mode option, making it available to iOS users first. “It was dark. You asked for darker! Check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today,” Twitter tweeted on Thursday. Using a pure black colour palette, the “Lights Out” mode is designed to turn off the pixels on screen to further reduce the light emitted through the app interface. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Twitter says that the mode can potentially help with saving, Fortune reported. With the “Automatic Dark” mode, the micro-blogging site would let users choose to have their devices automatically switch from light to dark modes according to their timezones. “You can set things up so that your phone recognises what time it is and makes the transition for you without you even having to think about it,” the report added. Both the new modes have been made available for iOS users, however it remains unclear by when would the feature reach Android users.last_img read more


Womens soccer 12 loss to Illinois

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Womens Basketball No 3 Ohio State cruises to 8745 win against No

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga takes a shot during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team, led by its five seniors, advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 87-45 victory against George Washington Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will take on 11th-seeded Central Michigan in the second round at 6:30 p.m. Monday.The third-seeded Buckeyes handled the 14th-seeded Colonials in their first-ever meeting. Ohio State has now won 12 of its past 13 games and has scored less than 70 points just once in those victories. An 11-0 run to open the third quarter closed the doors for any possible comeback from George Washington, pulling ahead 50-27 midway through the quarter. The Buckeyes finished the third quarter with a 64-34 lead.Ohio State outscored George Washington 25-7 in the third quarter, going 10-of-17 from the field compared to the Colonials’ 3-of-18. George Washington turned the ball over four times, which allowed the Buckeyes to run in transition.Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga finished the game with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks.  Senior forward Alexa Hart started her fourth game in a row and had 12 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Asia Doss, who sat out the entire Big Ten tournament with a sprained ankle, added eight points in 22 minutes off the bench.With Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, the nation’s second-leading scorer with 24.5 points per game entering Saturday, only scoring 11 points, it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes could score 86 points and win by a 42-point margin.“I think the good and positive about our team is that have just so many different players with so many different abilities,” Mavunga said. “If one person is down or one person wants to facilitate that day, someone could just easily step up. Another thing is that our team is has been really working on working as a team, playing hard, playing smart, playing together. With that comes passing more and driving and making the open shot rather than forcing it.”A 22-point second quarter saw the Buckeyes extend their five-point lead to 12 heading into halftime. The 3-pointer was not falling for Ohio State, so aggressive play from Mavunga and Mitchell powered the team in the opening half and combined for 23 of the team’s 39 points at halftime.In the first half, George Washington kept itself relatively alive thanks to 3-point shooting and questionable shot selection from the Buckeyes. But as their shots stopped falling and the Buckeyes got in rhythm, the team quickly fell behind. The Colonials’ leading scorer, senior guard Brianna Cummings, finished with just 14 points. George Washington struggled to find any sort of offense after keeping it relatively close in the first quarter, only trailing 17-12 after 10 minutes. George Washington shot just 27 percent from the field, compared to Ohio State’s 56 percent. After making four 3-pointers in the first half, George Washington made only one more the rest of the game. In addition to the Colonials’ shot not falling, they were outscored 46-20 in the paint.Following Ohio State’s victory over Maryland in the Big Ten tournament championship game, the team nearly had two weeks off since its last game. But Buckeye head coach Kevin McGuff said he was pleased with his team’s effort despite various miscues.“I think Steph got it right, in that we had stretches where we were really, really good, but we also had some stretches where we were sloppy, we had some silly turnovers,” he said. “We had some stretches in the first half where I didn’t like our transition defense, gave up a couple 3s. Overall, I think it was a really good performance from us, especially since we haven’t played in two weeks, but we just had some stretches where we could have been a little bit better.”On Monday, the Buckeyes will play the Chippewas, who upset No. 6 seed LSU on Saturday. read more


Digicel Summer Promotion launched 10000 in giveaways

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Related Items:digicel summer promotion, trina adams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – In a promotion which ends on August 31st, Digicel TCI announces that there is a chance to win $10,000 with their Summer in the Fast Lane promotion. Marketing Manager, Trina Adams shared that: “There will be four weekly winners of $1,000 each in cash and one lucky winner will walk away with a year of free Digicel mobile, broadband and TV services valued at $4000.” Adams said entering is automatic for all Digicel customers when they do things like purchase their LTE featured handset, top up $20 or more, activate a postpaid LTE data plan or get LTE prepaid.” According to Digicel, winners of the summer campaign will be selected randomly each week and contacted by a marketing representative. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Parker wins $1,000 from Digicel ‘More the Merrier’ Business Leadership training investment by Digicel in TCI executives Digicel NBA Youth Jumpstart Basketball Clinic A Huge Successlast_img read more


Everton would fight to keep Idrissa Gana Gueye – Silva

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgEverton boss Maco Silva has allowed Kieran Dowell to join Sheffield United on loan for the rest of the season but said the club would fight to keep hold of Idrissa Gana Gueye even as Paris Saint-Germain targets him.When asked about the PSG interest on the defender, Silva said as was quoted in the Guardian.“I have heard nothing about that but Gana is an important player for our squad,” Silva said.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t want to lose him.”Silva doesn’t plan for a busy transfer window but prefers to conduct business in summer.“January is always a difficult market; sometimes you only need it if you have a bad injury or something special happens. The perfect decision would be one player to come and improve our squad but we have to be 100%, or at least 95%, sure that the signing would make an improvement,” Silva added.last_img read more


Sean Holzman Named Chief Digital Revenue Officer at Bonnier

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgNow, Holzman is focusing on new digital revenue opportunities, programmatic in particular. “We are confident in Sean’s ability to grow the video distribution and programmatic areas of our business,” says David Freygang, Bonnier Corp’s CEO. “There are new revenue streams available and Sean has the experience we need to identify and develop them.” Bonnier Corp. has promoted Sean Holzman into the second newly created role he’s held at the company—chief digital revenue officer. Holzman joined the company in 2011 as chief brand development officer, a new role at the time, and this new position appears to be a chance to take his previous responsibilities to a new level.Holzman had been charged with developing brand extensions for Bonnier’s media portfolio, which includes titles such as Saveur, Field & Stream and Popular Science. A big part of that was expanding Bonnier’s presence on digital devices. “We want to be on connected televisions, tablets and cell phones in a branded and meaningful way,” he told Folio: in 2011. last_img read more


Inhofe Addresses ADC 2019 Defense Communities National Summit

Posted On Sep 13 2019 by

first_imgSenate Armed Services Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) addressed the 2019 Defense Communities National Summit Tuesday in a morning discussion session covering broad topics ranging from this year’s NDAA process to the nation’s current threat environment.Prior to diving into defense issues, he opened his remarks with praise for ADC and its mission in supporting communities and installations across the country.“I want to start with expressing that you guys need to know how great you are,” Inhofe told attendees. “Some of the things you are doing are involved in gaining national attention. There is a sense of pride in having a military installation in your community, and it goes to the job you’re doing to get the benefits it brings.”Below are a few highlights of Inhofe’s comments:On the Fiscal 2020 NDAA: “You all care about a strong national defense,” Inhofe said. “I encourage you to go back to your representatives and senators and tell them you support the bipartisan National Defense Strategy that calls for defense spending at $750 billion.”On the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP): “In the 2019 NDAA, we authorized $100 million in funding, and we reauthorized that level again in 2020,” Inhofe said. “We also reauthorized the program to require that communities will need about 30% matching funds, and communities should have an interest in pursuing projects.”On Problems with Privatized Military Housing: Inhofe said the Senate’s 2020 NDAA included three priorities: increased oversight of military housing; increased accountability of privatized housing firms; and authorization to withhold funds from under-performing housing contractors.On Future BRAC Rounds: Inhofe emphasized that considering the current political and budget environment, “there will be no BRAC rounds” in the coming year.ADC photo by Will Noonan ADC AUTHORlast_img read more