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OILSEEDS-PRICES(BCM11)

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first_imgMumbai, Mar 26 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs Per100kgs)Mumbai, Mar 26 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 5050 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6700 Javas 60/70: 8400 Javas 70/80: 8100 Javas 80/90: 7900 Kardi 2900 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 6400 Sesame 95/5/1: 6250 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 5150 Sunflowerseed 4100 Nigerseed 9250 and Castorseed Bombay 3110.Oils and Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 1010 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 680 Refined 730 Cottonseeds Refined 630 Palmolein Refined 568 Soybean Refined 633 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 790 Rapeseed Expeller 760 Copra White 765 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 875 Castoroil Comm 652 FSG 662 Kandla 630 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 630.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 29,000 Kardi Extraction 13,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 24,200 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 36,730 and Castor Extraction N.Q.Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%):CLOSED. Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD. PTI KNM SRK MR SDMlast_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-DD-BOARD 2 LAST

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first_imgDelhi Daredevils innings (target: 173 runs from 20 overs)Delhi Daredevils innings (target: 173 runs from 20 overs) Quinton de Kock c Raina b Kulkarni 5 Sanju Samsonc Faulkner b Kulkarni 1 Karun Nair c Tambe b Kulkarni 9 JP Duminy c & b Bravo 48 Rishabh Pant c Kumar b Faulkner 20 Chris Morris not out 82 Pawan Negi not out 3 Extras: (LB-2 W-1) 3Total: (For 5 wkts in 20 overs) 171 Fall of wickets: 1/2 2/12 3/16 4/57 5/144Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-0-13-0, Dhawal Kulkarni 4-1-19-3, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-40-1, Suresh Raina 2-0-17-0, Dwayne Smith 2-0-26-0, James Faulkner 2-0-23-1, Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-14-0, Pravin Tambe 1-0-17-0. PTI PDS PMlast_img

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S-Pen will support Bluetooth, confirms FCC listing

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first_imgSamsung has confirmed to launch its most anticipated device of the year, Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 at its Unpacked event. Galaxy Note 9 may also come to India in August. Samsung, however, is yet to confirm the same. Ahead of the launch, a lot is being talked about the device. A rumour that leaked earlier this week revealed that the S Pen of Note 9 will come with Bluetooth support. The rumour has now been confirmed. The FCC listing of the phone has confirmed that the new Galaxy Note will come with S Pen (as previous models) with have a built-in portable Bluetooth controller in it.The Note 9’s S Pen is said to be smarter than ever before. The FCC documents reveal that the S Pen with model number EJ-PN960 is basically a is a 2.4GHz Bluetooth LE device. Meaning, the S Pen of Note 9 will do a lot more than the S Pen of the Note 8. Rumours are, Note 9’s S Pen will come with Bluetooth support and will pack features that one wouldn’t ever expect a stylus to have.The Note 9 users will be able to use the S Pen as a remote to control music, like to increase or lower the sound level, or change the song and more. Not only that, S Pen is also expected to come with the ability to launch or control Bixby. Some rumours say that the S Pen may come with features like gameplay. While others reveal that the S Pen may have the ability to turn into a Bluetooth speaker.advertisementPreviously, serial tipster Ice Universe — who have often been accurate with its information — had gone up to say that the “Galaxy Note 9 S-Pen is (will be) a pen with a soul. It may be the biggest update in the history of the S-Pen.”The same source, earlier this week revealed that the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen will come with Bluetooth support. The tipster says that Galaxy Note 9 will come with “a free, built-in portable Bluetooth controller.” The tipster also said that the Bluetooth button “can be used for remote self-timer, remote control of music player and other traditional Bluetooth devices. There is room for work, potential and gameplay.”ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Launch date, key specs, possible price and everything else you need to knowAs far as the other specs are concerned, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to sport more or less the same design and features as the Note 8 — Infinity display, thin bezels, Bixby, dual cameras, and S Pen. The Note 9 is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, a 6.4-inch screen, Android 8.1 Oreo, a massive 4,000mAh battery, dual-pixel 12-megapixel rear cameras, and an 8-megapixel front camera.last_img read more

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PV Sindhu reveals why she became emotional after winning BWF Finals

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first_imgPV Sindhu finally settled her finals blues last Sunday with a 21-19 21-17 win over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to lift the prestigious season-ending BWF World Tour trophy.With the straight-game victory, Sindhu became the first Indian to achieve the feat.Playing her third successive season-ending finale, Sindhu, who had lost in the summit clash to another Japanese, Akane Yamaguchi, to settle for a silver in the last edition, prevailed in the hour and two minute-contest.Speaking exclusively to India Today, Sindhu stressed how important the win was for her and how it made her emotional.”It was very important for me… everytime I come to the finals and I lose, I take it in a positive way. But many people asked me what was happening. Maybe it was something going on in my mind. I became emotional because I played seven Super Series in between and lost in the finals. I was blank after the match and I had tears in my eyes thinking I had won a gold,” Sindhu said.”I was very happy about it,” Sindhu added.Were do I start ,what do I say ….let me put this way THE HARDER THE BATTLE, THE SWEETER THE VICTORY couldn’t ask for more had such an amazing victory @guangzhou and this time its gold ….not silver again(haha) (1/3) pic.twitter.com/wNYGXsFwBjPvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) December 19, 2018As Sindhu won the last point, she dropped to her knees and clutched her face, much in relief and happiness. She had won silver medals at Rio Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, two World Championships, BWF Super Series Finals (last year) but they were all silver and her mental fortitude was questioned every time.advertisementWhen asked what she did differently? Sindhu said that she “did not do anything differently.””For sometime, I would think about what was really happening. There’s this line between victory and defeat. Sometimes things might not work in your favour. Every defeat should teach you to come back stronger – I always said there would be a next time,” she said.Also Read | I have no words, really very proud: PV Sindhu after gold at World Tour Finals 2018Also Read | PV Sindhu to receive Rs 10 lakh cash reward from BAI for World Tour Finals 2018 goldlast_img read more

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TNPSC Group I mains exam admit card 2019 released at tnpsc.gov.in, direct link to download hall ticket

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first_imgTNPSC Group I mains exam admit card 2019: Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission has released TNPSC Group I Admit Card 2019 today on July 2, 2019. The candidates who are going to appear for the main examination can download the admit card from the official website of TNPSC, the link for which is tnpsc.gov.in.The TNPSC Group I main written examination will be held on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019. The preliminary examination was held on March 3, 2019.TNPSC Group I mains exam 2019The TNPSC Group I mains written examination and oral test will have three papers- Paper I, II and III.Each paper will carry 250 marks and will be conducted for 3 hours time durationThe main written examination will be held at Chennai onlyThe oral test is will be conducted by the Commission.TNPSC Group I mains exam admit card 2019: How to checkStep 1: Visit the official site of TNPSC at tnpsc.gov.in. (Direct link)Step 2: Click on the given link.Step 3: A new page will open, here enter the application ID and date of birth.Step 4: Click on download and the admit card will be displayed on the screen.Step 5: Download the admit card and take a printout of it for further need.TNPSC Group I mains exam admit card 2019: Important detailsTNPSC Group I main written examination will be held on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019. The candidate will be selected on the basis of the preliminary exam, main exam and oral test. This recruitment drive will fill up 139 different posts in various departments of the state.advertisementAbout TNPSC:Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)’s group 4 or VAO exam is organised to select candidates for various posts for Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service, Tamil Nadu Judicial Ministerial Service, Tamil Nadu Survey and Land Records Subordinate Service and Tamil Nadu Secretariat Service.READ:DU Admission 2019: Sports Trials start today, varsity wants many videographers to maintain transparency READ: SAMS Odisha Junior +2 admissions merit list 2019 released @samsodisha.gov.in: Here’s how to downloadlast_img read more

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SIOUX CITY’S PROMENADE PROJECT RECEIVES AWARD

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first_imgSioux City’s Promenade project at 4th and Virginia Streets has been chosen as one of eleven recipients of a Best Development Award for 2017.The project to add greenspace to the Promenade area near the Roth Fountain was chosen for the honor by the group “1000 Friends of Iowa”.Improvements added a planting plan, new site furnishings, concrete seating wall, and increased greenspace.At the project dedication last November 3rd, Melissa Campbell of City Environmental Services said the project has some other benefits:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/GREENPROM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..city’s infrastructure. :21The project was a collaborative effort between the city and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.last_img read more

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9 days agoNorwich fullback Max Aarons admits he’s loved past year

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first_imgNorwich fullback Max Aarons admits he’s loved past yearby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City full-back Max Aarons admits he’s loved his past year.Aarons was speaking before England U21’s thumping Euro qualifier win against Austria.”I’ve had a lot of ticket requests,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of people there, family, friends and stuff like that. Because I play in Norwich, it’s not easy for everyone to see me play much, but this is going to be good. I can’t wait. I think Austria will be tough, but we’re a really good group too, so I think we can come into the game with confidence.”Asked about his career at Norwich City since breaking into the first team against Ipswich Town last season, Aarons has seen the time fly by.”It’s gone so quickly,” he added. “It’s been such a turnaround from jumping up through the age groups and then into the first team at Norwich, but I’ve relished it and loved it. Hopefully I can just keep the progression going and playing and performing with my club.”The target here with England is to keep pushing and hopefully reach the senior squad one day, but to do that I need to do well with the U21s and we’ve got some good games coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Portón Pisco: The Peruvian Liquor to Drink

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first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 1. Porton’s bottle has a classic look. 2. Master Distiller, Johnny Schuler has years of pisco experience. 3. The Porton Pisco Sour has become a popular cocktail. 4. Porton is made at the Hacienda la Caravedo in Inca, Peru. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Editors’ Recommendations center_img When settling in at your local bar, you may have noticed a new ingredient on the drink list: pisco. What is pisco, you ask? It is a grape-based, distilled Peruvian liquor that has been around since the 17th century. The liquor was very popular in the United States during the 19th century, especially in San Francisco where the Pisco Punch was all the rage. However, during and after Prohibition the liquor fell out of flavor. But it is back now. Whether it is sipped on its own or part of increasingly popular cocktails such as the Pisco Sour, Peru’s finest spirit is well on it’s way into the consciousness of discerning minds in the bar and cocktail lounge industry.One of the leading brands of this pisco resurgence is Portón. Founded by multitalented entrepreneur Brent Kallop and overseen by master distiller Johnny Schuler, Portón has become the best selling, ultra-premium brand of pisco in the United States over the past several years. Schuller is an integral part of Portón’s creation from the harvesting of grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, to the distilling and bottling processes, which takes place at the Hacienda la Caravedo in Inca, Peru—the oldest distillery in the Americas.Portón is classified as a mosto verde pisco, which means that is made from a blend of grape varietals that have not been completely fermented. Mosto Verde piscos are viewed as the highest grade of the Peruvian spirit. Portón is comprised of a blend of Quebranta, Torontel and Alibilla grapes that, once partially fermented and distilled create floral and fruity tasting notes with hints of grassy herbs and just the slightest touch of white pepper.We at The Manual have been enjoying Portón since the dog days of this past summer. Our full-fledged recommendation is to get a group of friends together, buy a bottle of Portón and mix it over ice with ginger beer and muddled lime. It is a simple cocktail, but your knowledge of cutting edge spirits will impress your friends and the flavors will leave your taste buds satisfied.Now, go forth and try Portón pisco to your heart’s content, secure in the knowledge that The Manual has your back in all matters drink related. Pisco Cocktails are the Refreshing Balm You Need for the Dog Days of Summer The Best American Liqueur last_img read more

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Contract negotiations begin for 5000 Bell clerical employees in Ontario Quebec

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first_imgMONTREAL – Bell Canada and the union representing 5,000 of its office workers in Quebec and Ontario have begun negotiating a new collective agreement.Unifor, the union representing Bell’s clerical employees, says its number one priority is to prevent more jobs from being outsourced to foreign countries.Quebec director for Unifor, Renaud Gagne, said since 2006 the company’s workforce in Canada declined from 12,000 to 5,000.He says many of those jobs have been outsourced worldwide.“As far as office workers are concerned, it is often in India that someone answers, or elsewhere in the world, replacing our people here in Quebec or Ontario,” Gagne said.Unifor held a rally in Mississauga Tuesday as contract talks began and the union said another demonstration could take place in Montreal depending on how negotiations progress.Gagne says they plan to give talks a few weeks before making that decision.The union also represents technicians, who succeeded during their round of negotiations in obtaining a clause in their agreement preventing Bell from transferring jobs for the during of the contract.Unifor wants the same provision added in the new contract for office workers.Other issues include work organization and wages.According to the union, Bell is seeking concessions from its office employees due to a competitive environment.Bell management wouldn’t comment on details of the negotiation process. It said the company looked forward to working with the union on a new contract.last_img read more

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Canadian Natural reports 28B Q2 profit up from 982M a year ago

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Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. second-quarter profit climbed to beat analyst estimates as higher crude prices helped to offset lower production volumes.The Calgary-based oil company says net earnings in its second quarter grew to $2.8 billion, or $2.36 per diluted share, up sharply from $982 million or 80 cents during the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, its quarterly earnings for the three-month period ended June 30 amounted to $1.04 billion or 87 cents per diluted share, down from $1.28 billion or $1.04 a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 85 cents per diluted share and net income of $1.049 billion, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Daily production averaged 1,025,800 barrels of oil equivalent, down from 1,050,376 in the second quarter of 2018.The higher oil price was partially offset by lower oil production volumes in the oilsands mining and upgrading segment.The Alberta government mandated oil production curtailments that started in January, lowering production volumes and strengthening heavy oil prices. read more

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UN expert on torture to visit Nepal at Governments invitation

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The visit by the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, will be the latest in a series of fact-finding missions by UN officials in the past year to the mountainous country where the Government is fighting Maoist rebels.During his visit from 10 to 17 September, Mr. Nowak will meet with Government officials, military, representatives of the National Human Rights Commission, non-governmental and international organizations. He will also visit detention facilities.In April UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and the Government signed an agreement to set up a monitoring operation to help establish accountability for rights abuses and prevent further violations by all sides in the conflict.Two UN teams visited the country that month, looking into the needs of an expanded UN rights office there and examining the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

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Lowes announces nearly 2400 layoffs for fulltime workers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina-based home improvement retailer Lowe’s says it’s told approximately 2,400 full-time workers that they will be laid off.A statement from the store said the majority of the cuts are at the store level, with other cuts occurring at distribution centres, customer support centres and vice-presidents at the company’s corporate office in Mooresville.The company said it’s providing severance and outplacement resources to displaced workers.Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock told employees in an email that the changes “will better align store staffing with customer demand, shift resources from back-of-the-store activities to customer-facing ones, and enhance our efficiency and productivity.”Lowe’s also announced Bob Hull was retiring as its chief financial officer. Marshall Croom, who has been with Lowe’s for two decades, will succeed Hull as CFO March 3. Lowe’s announces nearly 2,400 layoffs for full-time workers by The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 6:28 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Brave Romanian baker hits terrorist over the head with crate before giving

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first_imgHe said: “Oh my God, it is a terrorist attack here.“The terrorists cut the people on the streets.”He was then heard asking for a weapon so he could protect the injured from further attack.People have since praised the brave chef, with one saying “I believe Florin is a hero for bravely attacking one terrorist and for being ready to continue the fight”.Another said: “You have my respect.” He said when he went outside and saw two people stabbing others, he at first “froze” and didn’t know what to do. But then he went and hit one of the attackers on the head with a crate.”There was a car with a loudspeaker saying ‘go, go’ and they (police) threw a grenade…. and then I ran.”In an interview for ProFM, a Romanian radio station, Mr Morariu said that he now feared he could be the target of a revenge attack.“I don’t want any money and I didn’t want to be a hero. The only thing I want now is to be given some protection,” he explained. “Frankly, I’m disappointed. I tried to do good; to do the right thing, but no-one from the police has called me to discuss security.” A Romanian chef sheltered 20 people in his bakery and hit one of the #LondonBridge attackers on the head with a crate. This is London.— ᴊᴀᴄᴋ ᴍᴏᴏʀᴇ جاك (@JFXM) June 4, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “They said ‘It’s a terrorist attack,’ and ‘Can’t you see people are dead’ but I walked out the door,” he told the radio station.Mr Morariu said that when he saw an attacker stabbing someone he first thought about fleeing, but decided against it because he thought he might be caught.“So I took a crate and threw it at the attacker and then ran towards him and used the other crate to hit him on the head.”He added that when he saw that “people were desperate,” he let about 20 people into the bakery and pulled the shutters down.In a video posted on social media, he filmed the aftermath of the attack as he raced through Borough Market.center_img A Romanian chef thought on his feet when he hit an attacker over the head with a crate and let 20 terrified people into the bakery where he works during the terror attack on Borough Market.Florin Morariu has been hailed on social media as a hero after taking in the people and apprehending the attacker.The baker, who works at the Bread Ahead bakery in the market, told The Associated Press: “We were looking out of the window because we saw that everyone was agitated, everyone was running, people, women… they were fainting, falling and we went outside to see what was happening.” Shout out to the Romanian chef who sheltered 20 people… and then whacked one of the terrorists with a crate. https://t.co/DOFYFOxEdk pic.twitter.com/Prr5geZkPG— Chris McCall (@Dennynews) June 4, 2017 The baker, who was working a night-shift when the terrorists struck, said that people had tried to stop him leaving the relative security of the bakery to confront the terrorists with his two bread crates.last_img read more

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Papoulias elected for second term as President

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Incumbent Greek President Karolos Papoulias who was re-elected for a second term last week said he was on the side of the Greek people in weathering the difficulties brought by the financial crisis.Papoulias was re-elected on Wednesday to a second term with 266 votes in the 300-seat parliament. The 80-year-old incumbent expressed gratitude for the public’s trust and said, “we must get over this crisis. We all have a duty, state and citizens, to work united for a historic change. In this effort, I am on your side.” In the election, Papoulias was backed by the ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), main opposition New Democracy (ND) and smaller opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) parties.Parliamentarians from the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Coalition of the Radical Left abstained from voting.KKE’s said its stance has nothing to do with the candidate, incumbent President Karolos Papoulias, himself, but with the political system and the office of the President of the Republic in that system, noting that it was a well-known fact that, according to the Constitution, the President of the Republic must co-sign and agree to “the anti-popular laws and decrees.” Consequently, it added, regardless of who the candidate is and what his views are, the role of the President is pre-determined.Papoulias is the sixth President of the Republic since the restoration of democracy in Greece in 1974, following Mihalis Stasinopoulos, Constantine Tsatsos, Constantine Karamanlis, Christos Sartzetakis and Costis Stephanopoulos.He will be sworn in for his second term on Friday, March 12 at noon.last_img read more

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San Diego County files lawsuit against members of the Trump Administration

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first_img Posted: April 3, 2019 San Diego County files lawsuit against members of the Trump Administration April 3, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 10:09 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County filed a lawsuit against members of the Trump administration in federal court today over its alleged treatment of asylum-seeking immigrants.The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 in closed session in February to file the suit, with Supervisor Kristin Gaspar casting the lone vote against. At that time, board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob chided the Trump administration for creating a public health crisis by releasing asylum-seekers into the U.S. with no support as well as separating migrant children from their parents.The suit names Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Ronald Vitello and Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence as plaintiffs.The county filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. County officials say the region has been and continues to be harmed by the federal government’s swift change in immigration policy.“(Trump’s) failure does not remove our obligation to do the right thing to help families legally seeking asylum in the United States,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher in response to the suit’s filing. “I am proud our county is stepping-up to take on Trump.”Other jurisdictions and states have not announced whether they plan to join the county’s case. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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ASA Outreach in Europe Continues to Advance Benefits of Biotechnology

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first_imgAs part of an ongoing outreach program of the American Soybean Association (ASA) Biotech Working Group, ASA Board member James Andrew, a soybean producer from Jefferson, Iowa, and ASA Consultant Benno van der Laan visited Brussels, Belgium December 7-9, for meetings with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and with officials from the main political groups. Informing MEPs on the safety and environmental benefits of biotech-enhanced crops is critical to maintaining U.S. soybean exports to the European Union valued at $1.6 billion annually.The objective of the meetings was to strengthen relationships with a range of influential newly-elected MEPs and with key parliamentary advisors in the European Parliament’s relevant Committees at the beginning of Parliament’s five-year mandate.”During this mandate, the issue of biotech-enhanced crops is certain to be discussed in the Parliament,” Andrew said. “As such, it is important for ASA to reach out to MEPs and their staff to bring them up-to-date on the importance of U.S. soy for European agriculture, the benefits of biotech-enhanced soybeans, and the problems for the EU livestock and poultry industries associated with the EU’s slow approval process and zero tolerance for traces of unapproved biotech events.”The ASA delegation described the development pipeline for new soy biotech events planned to be commercialized between now and 2020, and against this background, urged MEPs to put pressure on the European Commission and the governments of the EU Member States to speed up the EU’s approval process and to introduce a tolerance for traces of unapproved biotech events.”The EU’s current legislative framework and procedures are creating serious obstacles to trade as witnessed by the complete shutdown of U.S. soy imports between June and the beginning of December this year as a result of traces of non-EU approved biotech corn that were found in U.S. soybean shipments to Europe,” Andrew said. “I pointed out that Europe’s feed and livestock industries were also very concerned about this issue, given their reliance on U.S. imports between October and March.”The ASA delegation also briefed MEPs on added value biotech soybeans that will soon come to market, many of which will have quality traits that will have more direct consumer benefits.The level of knowledge of MEPs and staff, and their support for biotech varied considerably, but all welcomed ASA’s initiative and the information that was provided. For 2010, the ASA Biotech Working Group is planning further MEP outreach programs to solidify existing relationships and to build contacts with additional politicians and staff.last_img read more

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CTIC Publishes Results of Cover Crop Survey

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first_imgEarlier this year, ASA assisted the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in the promotion of a survey to analyze farmers’ use and perceptions of cover crops. For the second year in a row, the national survey documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in soybeans and corn, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey, funded by the North Central Regional Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program and carried out by CTIC, also provides details on the challenges and benefits farmers expect from cover crops, data on the costs of seed and establishment, and insights into how farmers manage cover crops. ASA President Ray Gaesser (IA) serves on SARE’s National Working Group for Cover Crops and Soil Health.A total of 1,924 respondents—both users and non-users of cover crops—completed the survey in the winter of 2013-2014. Included in this total, 583 farmers compared yields in soybeans between fields with and without cover crops. Following cover crops, farmers reported an average boost of two bushels of soybeans per acre, or 4.3 percent. Of the total, 639 farmers provided data comparing corn yields on fields with and without cover crops. They noted an average yield increase of five bushels per acre, or 3.1 percent, in corn fields planted after cover crops. The survey results also show that between 2010 and 2013, the adoption of cover crops increased by 30 percent per year.Click here to read a summary of the survey results. The complete report is available here.last_img read more

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In Our Communities

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first_img ADC AUTHOR Maine established a task force earlier this month to study PFAS contamination in drinking water, according to the Press Herald. “The EPA is dragging its feet on the issue, leaving states to take the lead,” Gov. Janet Mills (D) said in a statement….Tensions have eased between Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and the local American Federal Government Employees union after a long period of turmoil, federal lawmakers said at a recent 21st Century Partnership event, the Telegraph reported. “It portends good things for our future if you don’t lose sight of what got you here in the first place, which is good people doing good things for our future,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said.Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at Robins Air Force Base in January. Air Force photo by Tommie Hortonlast_img read more

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Metro Approves Agreement To Operate Houstons First Bus Rapid Transit System

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first_imgGail Delaughter | Houston Public MediaMetro’s board unanimously approved the purchase of new buses for the Uptown BRT project.To try to address growing traffic congestion, the Uptown Management District is building Houston’s first Bus Rapid Transit line. That system is currently under construction along Post Oak Boulevard. It will feature designated bus lanes with frequent service.Metro has now signed an agreement to operate the system and that includes the purchase of buses and equipment. The agency will spend about $11 million for 14 buses. They’re 60-foot long articulated buses with five doors for entry and exit.Metro Chairman Carrin Patman said she hopes they can eventually use those buses for other BRT pilot projects.“Bus Rapid Transit can hopefully provide service as rapidly and as conveniently as rail service at a fraction of the cost,” said Patman. “I think there’s a false assumption out there that BRT is a second-class way to move people. The advances in Bus Rapid Transit mean that it isn’t. It’s a darn good way to move people.”The board also plans to spend about $5 million on fare boxes and communications equipment. That cost will be reimbursed by the Uptown District.The system is expected to start operating next year, but it hasn’t come without controversy. Some Uptown residents and business owners sued unsuccessfully to try to stop the project. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share 00:00 /00:45last_img read more

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TSA Will Send Hundreds Of Agents To The Border On A Voluntary

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first_img Share Elaine Thompson/APThe Transportation Security Administration will be sending a few hundred employees to support federal agents at the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency confirmed in a statement to Houston Public Media. “TSA, like all DHS [Department of Homeland Security] components, is supporting the DHS effort to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the southwest border. TSA is in the process of soliciting volunteers to support this effort while minimizing operational impact,” said a TSA media spokesman in a written statement. The TSA spokesman said agents will be sent on a voluntary basis and less than 1% of the agency’s some 60,000 employees will be impacted. Volunteers won’t be working with Customs and Border Protection as customs officers, but will provide support in meal delivery, transportation, legal affairs and personal property management, according to a TSA official.CNN broke the story early Wednesday, quoting two sources and an internal email saying TSA planned to involve up to 175 law enforcement officials and as many as 400 people from Security Ops. In March, Customs and Border Protection announced it would re-assign 750 agents from ports of entry to work along the U.S.-Mexico border, citing the border security and humanitarian emergency at the border. So far this fiscal year, border officials have apprehended 44,779 unaccompanied minors, 248,197 migrants in family groups and 167,318 single adults as of April 2019, surpassing the total number of border apprehensions from all of fiscal year 2018.As of April last year, a total of 212,000 migrants had been apprehended so far in fiscal 2018.last_img read more

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