CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was up 2.2 cents at $4.6820 a bushel; May corn rose 1.6 cents at $3.6320 a bushel; May oats lost 1.4 cents at $2.860 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 4.6 cents at 9.0200 a bushel.Beef mixed, pork lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was down 1.05 cents at $1.2520 a pound; Apr. feeder cattle rose .37 cent at $1.4602 a pound; Apr. lean hogs lost .68 cent at .7882 a pound.The Associated Press
A father, mother and son have been killed after their raft toppled in Matara today.The Navy said the bodies of the three people were recovered following a search operation.
. “China’s achievements in alleviating extreme poverty in recent years, and in meeting highly ambitious targets for improving social well-being, have been extraordinary,” said the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said in a news release as he wrapped up his fact-finding trip to the country.He noted that China’s President, Xi Jinping, has promised to eliminate extreme poverty by 2020, so that no one should be left behind. This meant lifting 55.75 million rural people out of ‘extreme poverty,’ defined by reference to an income-based standard of $2.30 per day or 2,800 yuan per year.However, an important part of the human rights dimension of the challenge has so far been neglected, Mr. Alston pointed out.“China has ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and has consistently emphasized its commitment to guaranteeing those rights,” he said.For these rights to be treated like human rights, rather than broad development goals, three essential steps need to be taken, he said. First, the recognition of the rights in legislative or other form, second, the creation of institutions to promote their realization, and third the provision of accountability mechanisms to ensure redress for violations, he noted.Most of the rights are not specifically recognized in legislation, and no institutions exist that promote these rights as human rights. But the biggest challenge relates to mechanisms for redress and accountability, which are an indispensable component of a human rights approach, he said.“China has much to be proud of in the field of poverty alleviation. However, if it is to effectively ensure the implementation of its economic and social rights obligations, it needs to adopt more robust mechanisms for citizen involvement and for governmental accountability,” he noted.During his nine-day visit to China, the human rights expert met and engaged with the central government and with local governments, non-governmental organizations, representatives of international organizations, and academic experts in Beijing and in Yunnan province.The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report with his full findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in June 2017.Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Saint John Sea Dogs’ franchise-record winless streak is over.Robbie Burt scored twice in regulation and added another in overtime for the hat trick as the Sea Dogs topped the Val-d’Or Foreurs 4-3 on Friday to snap a 17-game losing streak in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Burt beat Jonathan Lemieux to notch the game-winning goal at 2:24 in the extra frame. Lemieux finished with 41 saves for Val-d’Or.Charlie DesRoches also scored for the Sea Dogs (3-21-3). Michael Campoli and William Villeneuve tacked on two assists apiece.Nicolas Ouellet, Jacob Gaucher and Jeremy Michel supplied the offence for the Foreurs (10-14-4).Alex D’Orio turned aside 36 shots for Saint John.Both the Sea Dogs and Foreurs cashed in on 1-of-5 power-play chances.—ISLANDERS 2 TITAN 1CHARLOTTETOWN — Cole Edwards scored the third-period winner as Charlottetown squeaked by Acadie-Bathurst for its sixth win in its past eight games.Derek Gentile also scored for the Islanders (17-7-3) Liam Murphy scored for the Titan (5-21-1).Dakota Lund-Cornish kicked out 18 shots for Charlottetown. Mark Grametbauer turned aside 44 shots in the loss.—WILDCATS 6 PHOENIX 3SHERBROOKE, Que. — Jakob Pelletier had a goal and an assist as Moncton doubled up Sherbrooke.Jeremy McKenna, Adam Capannelli, Jacob Stewart, Dylan Seitz and Mika Cyr also found the back of the net for the Wildcats (21-6-2). Nathael Roy, Patrick Guay and Alex-Olivier Voyer replied for the Phoenix (15-10-2).Francis Leclerc turned away 36 shots for Moncton. Thommy Monette stopped 25 shots for Sherbrooke.—REMPARTS 3 SAGUENEENS 2 (OT)CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Philipp Kurashev scored 33 seconds into overtime as Quebec edged the Sagueneens.Aleksei Sergeev and Gabriel Montreuil also scored for the Remparts (12-11-5). Justin Ducharme and Zachary Lavigne answered for the Sagueneens (11-9-7).Dereck Baribeau stopped 22 shots for Quebec. Alexis Shank turned away 26 shots for Chicoutimi.—VOLTIGEURS 7 OLYMPIQUES 3DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Joseph Veleno scored twice and added an assist as Drummondville plowed through Gatineau for its fifth consecutive win.Pavel Koltygin added a pair of goals, while Maxime Comtois, Dawson Mercer and Gregor MacLeod had singles for the Voltigeurs (19-6-1). Charles-Antoine Roy, Darien Kielb and Shawn Boudrias supplied the offence for the Olympiques (10-14-3).Olivier Rodrigue kicked out 18 shots for Drummondville. Creed Jones combined with Tristan Berube for 34 saves for Gatineau.—OCEANIC 6 TIGRES 1RIMOUSKI, Que. — Jimmy Huntington had a pair of goals as the Rimouski cruised past Victoriaville Tigres for its sixth win in its past seven games.Frederyck Janvier, Alexis Lafreniere, Cedric Pare and Parker Bowman also got on the score sheet for the Oceanic (16-9-2). Egor Serdyuk scored the lone goal for the Tigres (11-13-3).Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo turned away 22 shots for Rimouski. Fabio Iacobo made 19 saves before being spelled by Vincent Paquette, who made nine saves in the third period.—MOOSEHEADS 5 CATARACTES 2SHAWINIGAN, Que. — Samuel Asselin scored a hat trick and tacked on an assist as Halifax dropped Shawinigan.Raphael Lavoie and Xavier Parent also scored for the Mooseheads (18-7-1). Mathieu Boulianne and Gabriel Denis replied for the Cataractes (7-18-2).Alexis Gravel turned away 14 shots for Halifax. Antoine Coulombe made 37 saves for Shawinigan.—— This roundup was generated automatically with a CP-developed application.The Canadian Press
Dozens of wildfires were reported in Greece over the weekeend with the most serious one still blazing in the early afternoon northeast of the greater Athens area, between Lake Marathon and some semi-rural communities.Fire brigade spokesman Yiannis Kalpakis said that more than 60 fires have broken out across the country in the past 24 hours.The sudden eruption of simultaneous wildfires amid almost gale force winds in the country mobilized Greece’s state apparatus, including the armed forces.Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis arrived at the fire brigade’s operational headquarters early Saturday afternoon to oversee emergency fire-fighting efforts.“Our first priority is protection of human life, as well as citizens’ property,” Karamanlis said in brief statements at the fire brigade command centre. “What I would also like to stress is the self-sacrifice of all those battling, under extreme conditions, to extinguish the fires.”The most serious wildfire was burning in Marathon municipality, northeast of Athens, after erupting the previous evening. Swirling winds of up to 7 on the Beaufort scale on Saturday morning caused the flames to switch direction and head towards a cluster of country residences in the region.The fires have reached the towns of Grammatiko and Varnavas, near Marathon. A number of homes have been destroyed and thousands of hectares of forest and farmland burnt. The fires broke out late Friday and developed overnight, fed by gale-force winds that kept shifting direction, fire officials said. Firefighters are now trying to prevent the blazes from spreading to Pendeli, a northern suburb with a panoramic view of Athens. Much of Pendeli mountain was destroyed in 2007, and further erosion of the treeline would be an ecological disaster. A massive force comprised of 53 fire engines, 24 municipal water trucks, 19 fire-fighting aircraft and up to 300 fire brigade and volunteer fire-fighters were at the scene battling the blaze.Greek government declared a state emergency Saturday for the region of Attica and urged the residents to remain calm and follow the instructions from the fire brigade. Meteorologists warned that continuing winds made it likely more fires would break out. “The coming night will be especially difficult,’’ Yiannis Kapakis, a fire service spokesman, said. “We urge people to remain calm and, in any case, not panic.’’He said 75 fires had broken out across Greece since early Saturday morning – including blazes on the island of Evia, Skyros and Zakynthos as well as in parts of central and southern Greece.Greece has the most typical Mediterranean style of weather which is very dry and hot in the summer time. Bush fires occur often during this season. Big fires in August 2007 killed more than 60 people and resulted in serious environmental damages. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Scientists have discovered what me be one of the next great tools for fighting the yearly flu — frog slime. A new paper published in the journal Immunity suggests that a species of South Indian frogs packs some powerful antimicrobial compounds.Researchers from Emory University School of Medicine studying Hydrophylax bahuvistara synthesized a compound called “urumin” found in the frogs’ skin. In tests, the chemical effectively destroyed the viruses, specifically H1 strains the culprits behind many flu pandemics.Right now, the chemical doesn’t last long in the body. It breaks down quickly once administered, meaning that it could offer only very short term protection at best. Scientists are currently working on slight variants that may be more biologically stable. Plus, the team believes that if we could make these types of compounds stable, we could also be able to adapt the formula to combat a variety of others viruses like Zika. Not to mention the value of having a drug that could stop an influenza outbreak before it ever takes roots.Scientists believe that the frog produces urumin to combat viruses and bacteria native in their own environment since they aren’t susceptible to the flu-like pigs, birds, and humans. A frog’s skin is also its most important organ. It not only protects the amphibian, but it’s also part of their respiratory system. And their skin has to be covered in a special layer of mucous, so the little critters don’t dry out when they’re out of water. Because of that, the skin is critical to protection, and many frogs have adapted powerful antimicrobial chemicals as well as an array of other molecules to help protect themselves.But killing the flu on its own isn’t special. After all, bleach and other cleaning chemicals can make quick work of the virus — provided it’s not already inside you. Because bleach is… well… toxic, we need other ways to fight the virus when it’s starting to infect someone. And that’s where the frogs come in. Urumin doesn’t just destroy viruses, it’s also totally safe, at least in mice. Later tests will examine safety in humans and look for ways to make it stable in our blood.Perhaps the best bit of news is that while frogs have lots of these anti-microbe weapons, most animals have some of their own. Because these substances are often easy to synthesize and even easier to find in any given animal, scientists are hopeful that we could discover entire lines of new mega-drugs that could stomp out many of our worst diseases. But, as always, we’ll need lots more research between now and then. Stay on target World’s Last Loa Water Frogs Found Malnourished, Rescued in ChileThese Giant Goliath Frogs Are Excellent Parents
Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target *But were afraid to ask.In a society that throws parties where participants learn about and buy sex toys, it’s no surprise that companies are exploiting modern technology for sexual gratification.Before humans can start copulating with cyborgs, however, there are a few things we should know, as outlined in a new report by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR).1. There is no shortage of interest in mechanized sexRealDoll sex toy by Abyss Creations (via Realbotix)A number of polls conducted over the last four years reveal a potential market for sex robots—particularly (yet unsurprisingly) among heterosexual men.“We should not neglect the importance of the females who answered positively about half as often,” FRR said in its study. “We have no explanation for these difference, and more research is required.”Perhaps it is a result of the general lack of male-featured androids currently available.Sex robots are a man’s world, as demonstrated by Abyss Creations, maker of the life-size RealDoll sex toy (above). In April, the firm introduced its Harmony AI platform, which lets users create the 3D woman of their dreams by adjusting body shape and size, skin color, and other physical details.A male version of the app is in the works.2. Must love dogs (and display other human-like characteristics of emotion and conversation)Gemma Chan is domestic nanny robot Anita/Mia in “Humans” (via Channel 4)“The goal is to produce robots that we can form a relationship with,” according to RFF.Manufacturers are clamoring to create an experience as close to a human sexual encounter as possible—complete with power limbs and soothing voice box.“Humans can easily be deceived into attributing mental states and behavior to robots because of our natural tendency to project human characteristics onto appropriately configured inanimate objects,” the Foundation said.Such anthropomorphism—as demonstrated by Ryan Gosling in Lars and the Real Girl—makes it easier for us to simply create the perception of a genuine human sex partner.“However, despite many years of research, no one has yet managed to develop a robot that crosses the uncanny valley and fools us into thinking that it is human,” FRR added.3. Will Westworld‘s fantasies become a reality?Bordello Madame Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) must service the darkest desires of Westworld guests (via HBO)In a 2012 journal article, Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars predicted that Amsterdam’s red light district will embrace robot sex workers by 2050.And if Asia and Europe’s affinity for sex doll brothels is any indication, they’re probably right.“If static sex dolls can be hired out successfully, then sexbots with moving components seem certain to be even more successful,” artificial intelligence researcher David Levy wrote in 2007. “If vibrators can be such a huge commercial success, then malebots with vibrating penises would also seem likely to have great commercial potential.”There is no indication, though, that robots will end prostitution or sex trafficking.4. Sex bots perpetuate gender perceptions—and not in a good wayAlicia Vikander is Ava in “Ex Machina”(Universal Studios)Experts believe that, much like pornography, the use of sex robots “sexualizes rape, violence, harassment and prostitution” and “eroticizes dominance and submission.”Not to mention the negative body image the sculpted silicon machines create.The big question, as posed by FRR, is “what additional impact on societal perception” will this create “within an already burgeoning adult industry that thrives on such objectification and commodification?”5. How to lose friends and alienate peoplePriscilla “Pris” Stratton (Daryl Hannah) is the “basic pleasure model” in “Blade Runner” (Warner Bros.)Just as your muscles will atrophy without use, so could your social life once you start bonking a robot on the regular.A majority of scholars cited by FRR believe that sex robots could lead to “some form of social isolation”—holding users back from creating strong friendships and even stunting their ability to feel intimacy and empathy.On the other hand, “there could be social acceptance, and people may take their sex robots out on social occasions,” the Foundation suggested.Most awkward double date ever.6. Sexual robot healing makes me feel so finevia sorayama.netWhile most sex robots will be sold for recreational purposes, there are legitimate medical uses for the technology—including assistance with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and social anxiety about a first sexual encounter.7. Can child sex robots curb crime?Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” features robots Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and David (Haley Joel Osment) (Warner Bros.)Perhaps most controversially, sex robots have been proposed for use in preventing crimes like violent assault, rape, and pedophilia.But, before you get on your high horse about child-like bots performing sexual favors, consider Shin Takagi and Trottla, the company making sex dolls for perverts.“We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes,” Takagi told The Atlantic last year. “I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically.”The question of sex robots for therapeutic use remains unanswered—and hotly debated.“On one side there are those who believe that expressing disordered or criminal sexual desires with a sex robot would satiate them to the point where they would not have the desire to harm fellow humans,” FRR said, playing devil’s advocate. “On the other side, many others believe that this would be an indulgence that could encourage and reinforce illicit sexual practices.”Check out the Foundation for Responsible Robotics’ full report online for more details and interviews with the CEOs of True Companion and RealBotix sex robot makers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Eden Hazard insists he only concerns himself with playing his football following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham.Prior to Thursday night’s win, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made some critical comments over Hazard’s leadership qualities.But the Belgian superstar responded superbly by producing another man of the match and scoring the second goal as Chelsea recovered from a first-leg loss to win the return fixture 2-1.With the aggregate scoreline level at 2-2, Chelsea then decided the tie by claiming a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Spurs at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the Carabao Cup final.“It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal.“We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end, we go through to the final so we are happy.”As for Sarri’s negative comments over his abilities as a leader, Hazard said: “To be fair, I don’t care.“I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on this team and I always want to do the best for this team, today I did and I’m just happy.”Premier 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…The Blues will now take on cup holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.Hazard added: “It’s always hard [against Man City].“With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment, they win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team so I think it is a 50-50 game.”Meanwhile, Hazard’s team-mate David Luiz was pleased with the victory after scoring the fourth and decisive penalty in the shoot-out.“It’s a great feeling,” said Luiz.“The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.“It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties because with penalties you never know.“We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”
Posted: June 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, June 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was found severely injured and bleeding from his head Thursday morning on the rocks below the bluffs near Ratkay Point at Sunset Cliffs, authorities said.A 911 caller reported finding the injured man at 6:14 a.m., telling dispatchers the victim appeared to be a white man in his 20s dressed in a blue sweatshirt and jeans, San Diego police Officer Steve Bourasa said. Police, lifeguards and firefighters responded to the scene and located the injured man below the intersection of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Hill Street.“He was reported to be bleeding from his head and lying in the rocks,” Bourasa said. “He was airlifted via a San Diego Fire helicopter to a trauma center.”There was no immediate information regarding the man’s injuries or if he was expected to survive. The bluffs in the area are about 30 feet high. Man airlifted to hospital after 30-foot fall at Sunset Cliffs Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
PERTH, Australia — A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a “pulse signal” Saturday in southern Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane’s data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up the search for the aircraft.The Australian government agency coordinating the search for the missing plane said early Sunday that the electronic pulse signals reportedly detected by the Chinese ship are consistent with those of an aircraft black box. But retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the head of the search coordination agency, said they “cannot verify any connection” at this stage between the electronic signals and the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Military and civilian planes, ships with deep-sea searching equipment and a British nuclear submarine scoured a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast, in an increasingly urgent hunt for debris and the “black box” recorders that hold vital information about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s last hours.After weeks of fruitless looking, the multinational search team is racing against time to find the sound-emitting beacons in the flight and cockpit voice recorders that could help unravel the mystery of the plane’s fate. The beacons in the black boxes emit “pings” so they can be more easily found, but the batteries only last for about a month.A Chinese ship that is part of the search effort detected a “pulse signal” in southern Indian Ocean waters, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. Xinhua, however, said it had not yet been determined whether the signal was related to the missing plane, citing the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.
Attorneys for both sides wrapped up arguments Wednesday in a case that could reverse state prohibitions against some Medicaid-funded abortions. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood claim a state statute is too restrictive, while it violates a woman’s constitutional rights. Download Audio
“ANILCA was the National Interest Lands Conservation Act and it did a lot of things, but one of the things it did was establish a federal subsistence system which gives priority use to rural residents. So it’s not a Native or a non-Native issue, it is a rural community issue,” said Ivan Encelewski, executive director of NTC. “We’re just absolutely elated. So many of us have fought for so long. Like I said, this has been going on for over a decade,” said Encelewski.Sockeye salmon caught by the NTC crew on the Kenai River near the Moose Range Meadows on Saturday, July 30. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)There is no shortage of sockeye salmon in the Kenai River. Last year’s run of sockeye was 3.6 million, and the upper end of the escapement goal, 1.4 million was met. But the early king salmon fishery was closed last year due to low returns, and restrictions continued this year. The early run of Kenai River kings this year was nearly 10,000, fish exceeding the escapement goal. The later run, which the tribe is fishing, is doing better as well, with about 16,500 kings returned as of July 31 — about the halfway point for the upper end of the escapement goal. Followed by another, and another. The spectacle of a net on the Kenai attracts attention of guides and local fishermen, who pull up close to take photos. Some question whether the fishery is legal. Soon, a state of Alaska park ranger, Melissa Smith, pulls up in her boat and wades over to check things out.“How you doing? You guys caught a few today, huh?,” said Smith.She returns with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife law enforcement supervisor, who seems to find everything in order.The NTC crew sets the tribe’s gill net on the Kenai River in the Moose Meadows Range area on Saturday, July 30. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)Approval came after a lawsuit filed in 2015. On July 27, the Federal Subsistence Board approved the tribe’s emergency special action request to operate a community subsistence gill net fishery on the Kenai. NTC is fishing on behalf of the entire community under a federal law passed in 1980 that allows rural residents to participate in subsistence activities on federal lands and waters. Ninilchik Traditional Council is headquartered in Ninilchik where the tribe provides services and outreach for both tribal members and the public residing in tribal boundaries. NTC’s mission is to promote the sovereignty, wellbeing, and cultural identity of the Ninilchik tribe’s people for generations to come. In 2015, in the Kenai River, sport fishermen took nearly 4,000 late run king salmon. Commercial fishermen took approximately 7,000 and the dip net personal use, 66 fish.The tribe is allotted 2,000 sockeye and a thousand kings, and voluntarily agreed to restrict their take of late run king salmon this season to 50. As of July 31, they caught 33 sockeye and no kings.Ninilchik Traditional Council is headquartered in Ninilchik where the tribe provides services and outreach for both tribal members and the public residing in tribal boundaries. NTC’s mission is to promote the sovereignty, wellbeing, and cultural identity of the Ninilchik tribe’s people for generations to come. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)In Ninilchik, the fishermen deliver all 18 of the day’s catch to community members who signed up to receive them. Jeff and Sandy Olson have lived in Ninilchik for 15 years. The Olsons are not tribal members, but they applied for a permit to have the tribe fish for them.“My husband had a stroke and I am legally blind, so I don’t get around so much, so it’s nice to have the fish,” said Sandy Olson.A single-person household can receive 25 sockeye, with five more fish for each additional household member.Sport, commercial and recreational fishermen are united in their opposition to the tribe set netting for subsistence. Other rural communities allowed to subsistence fish in the Kenai, like Cooper Landing and Hope, oppose subsistence gill netting too.U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Andrea Madeiros says the agency remains concerned about the impact that Ninilchik’s net could have on king salmon.“We do though have concerns about that gear type in that area. It’s a spawning ground for early run chinook. The gill net that they’re using, gill nets are non-discriminate, so we feel that there is a risk to not only the chinook, but other species that may be in that area,” said Madeiros.Darrel Williams, Resource and Environment Department director for the tribe, says the ruling set strict rules, especially for kings.“There are limits on the fish that we can catch. If we catch chinook we take age, sex and genetic samples and send them out for study to help provide information about the fishery. We have not caught a chinook yet,” said Williams.The special action allows the tribe to operate the subsistence gill-net fishery in the federal waters of the Moose Range Meadows for the next two weeks, until Aug. 15. Any future subsistence gill-net fishing will have to be approved. The Ninilchik Traditional Council has for years been seeking approval to use a more effective method for catching their subsistence allocation of sockeye salmon on the Kenai River and late last week, they got that opportunity.Listen nowNinilchik Traditional Council employees, Darrel Williams and Daniel Reynolds picking the tribe’s subsistence net on the Kenai River in the federal waters of the Moose Range Meadows on Saturday, July 30.(Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)Rather than dip netting, the Ninilchik Traditional Council can now set a gill net.From the Swiftwater launch site in Soldotna, Daniel Reynolds heads out on the Kenai with two other NTC employees. They’re setting out a net that’s anchored to a tree on land.“We’re on the Kenai River. We’re going down to Moose Meadows range and put a 20-foot net out. We’ll see how it goes,” said Reynolds. Reynolds sets the 5 and 1/4-inch mesh net, tossing a metal anchor followed by a 60-pound sand bag into the river then extends the net across a section of river, tying the opposite end of the rope to a tree branch on the bank. It’s not long before Reynolds walks the net and pulls out a large sockeye and tosses it into a container on the boat.
Hyderabad: All eyes are now on Congress leader and Munugodu MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy on the occasion of the special session of the Assembly which begins on Thursday. The Congress leaders are eager to see what political line the MLA would take in the sessions. It may be recalled that Rajagopal Reddy has expressed his desire to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the announcement of the results of Parliament elections. He strongly criticised the Congress and described it as a sinking ship. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us However, he has not joined the Saffron Party so far and was also not active in Congress programmes. Recently, he took a U-turn and praised the Congress, raising the eyebrows of political observers. According to sources, the Assembly session would be the first test of his loyalty towards the Grand Old Party. The Congress leaders want to see whether he attends the Assembly and participates in debates on behalf of the Congress. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The Congress party has served a show cause notice on him and asked him to give explanation on his comments against the TPCC leadership, AICC president Rahul Gandhi and party in-charge general secretary RC Khuntia. Rajagopal Reddy has submitted his explanation to the disciplinary committee. The committee has forwarded his explanation to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) for further action. So far, no action has been initiated against him. Advertise With Us Congress leaders said Rajagopal Reddy did not get permission from the BJP high command to join the party. They said that the BJP was not ready to accept the conditions forwarded by him. They said the BJP has virtually closed doors on him and he was left with no option than continuing with the Congress. The leaders said the MLA also feared of losing his membership of Assembly in the event of joining the BJP. The leaders said he would come under disqualification provisions if he joins the BJP and would lose his MLA post if the Speaker takes the decision in favour of disqualification. They said winning the MLA seat again in by election would be tough task for Rajagopal Reddy. So, he has decided to be silent for few more days before taking a decision on his future. Meanwhile, the Congress would participate in the sessions with the reduced numbers. About 12 MLAs of the party have joined the TRS, bringing down the strength of the party from 19 to 7. TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned to his membership of the house as he has been elected to Lok Sabha. With this the number has gone down to six. The Congress is left with Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, T Jagga Reddy, D Sridhar Babu, Seehtakka, Podem Veeraiah and K Rajagopal Reddy. The party is the third big party in the Assembly after TRS and MIM.
Warner scored a hundred against Pakistan in Australia’s fourth match of the tournament.Morne de Klerk/Getty ImagesHis uncharacteristically slow innings against India may have played a part in Australia’s defeat against India, but the hundred David Warned recorded against Pakistan has convinced two-time World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting, currently working with the Australian team as assistant coach, that the left-handed opener is getting back to his best form.In an interview given to cricket.com.au, Punter expressed his confidence about Warner’s form for upcoming matches. “We’d all seen that he (Warner) probably hadn’t been batting as fluently as we’re used to seeing. Having spoken to him after the last game at The Oval. It was more of a mental thing than anything, he was just holding back a little bit and not playing with the freedom we’re used to seeing him play with.”He had a pretty relaxed day yesterday (Monday), he didn’t do any batting, he wanted to come into the game with a fresh mind. You could see by the way he moved into his shots and picking up the length early, he hit a lot of pull shots early in his innings, which is always a good sign for him. He’d taken the handbrake off which has allowed himself to play with a bit more freedom. If he keeps playing like that for the rest of the tournament, he’s probably going to be the leading run scorer,” the former Aussie skipper ominously declared. Ponting is helping the Aussie batsmen as assistant coachReutersEncouraged by the improved showing of Warner, Ponting replied in the affirmative when asked if other teams should fear Warner. “I think they should (be fearful of Warner). You know with David Warner at his best, if you miss your line and length then he’s going to make you pay. Every game you go into is a different set of challenges for every player. Davey capitalised today on Pakistan today not executing as well as they could have. We know against Sri Lanka, they’ll be well-planned … But Warner at his best is difficult to bowl to and I think he was back to somewhere near his best today,” the three-time World Cup winning cricketer added.In the game against India, Warner played a diffident knock of 56 off 84 balls that played a key role in his team’s failure to chase the target of 353 runs. But against Pakistan, the left-hander seemed a lot more proactive and, while still scoring at less than run-a-ball, seemed much more fluent in his stroke-play.Ponting explained what may have been going wrong with the dashing opener at the start of the tournament: “I think he was just trying a bit too hard, making a statement coming back in a World Cup. Wanting to do everything right and impress everybody rather than just going out and hitting the ball and scoring runs like we’ve seen him do for 10 years. I think in the back of his own mind to a certain degree, I think he was a little bit more worried about getting out than scoring runs. We said to him after the last game, ‘mate, just go out and see ball, hit ball.’ He got off to a good start and continued on for 30 or 40 overs.”
A suspected IS operative was killed here in the wee hours of Wednesday after a 11-hour-long anti-terror operation conducted by police’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) commandos in India’s Uttar Pradesh.Many efforts to persuade the suspect, who was holed up in a house in Haji colony of Thakurganj area, to surrender went in vain, an official said.After the initial exchange for fire, the ATS commandos lobbed chilly bombs inside the house to incapacitate him, but to no avail.Police teams bored a hole in the roof and blew up the back wall of the building to enter the house.Senior police officials were camping at the site to oversee the operation, which was also being monitored by the Union Home Ministry.Initially, it was suspected that there were two IS operatives inside the house but that turned out to be a false alarm as police found the body of only one. One pistol and a revolver was found in person of Saifullah, the suspect.Earlier, the ATS, based on “concrete” information from intelligence, had gone to apprehend Saifullah, suspected of involvement in a train blast in Madhya Pradesh, when he suddenly opened fire on the team from the house.Following this, ATS commandos returned fire at Saifullah, who was on the first floor.An official at the site had said that they were trying to ensure that he is arrested alive and there is no collateral damage as this is a residential area.“We got a lead on these operatives from outside the state and we are on the trail,” said Additional Director General (Law and Order) Daljeet Chowdhary.At least eight persons were injured in an explosion in a passenger train, going to Ujjain from Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur district on Tuesday, authorities said.Sources said the house belonged to Badshah Khan, resident of Malihabad, and the accused had been living there with two others for the past two months. They posed as students and did not mingle with the neighbours, an ATS official told IANS and informed that efforts were now underway to nab the two accomplices who were at large.In a related development, another suspect of a sleeper module has been held from Kanpur by the ATS.Police picked up two suspects from Lakhna in Etawah and three in Kanpur. Following the Lucknow gunfight, an alert has been sounded at the Lucknow International Airport and at prominent railway stations across the state.Police and intelligence officials have been directed to step up vigil and keep a close watch on busy thoroughfares, malls and markets.
Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Some of Putin’s adventures have purported scientific connections, such as when he fired a crossbow at a gray whale while being tossed around in choppy seas to collect tissue samples.He also once shot a Siberian tigress with a tranquilizer gun so he could place a tracking collar around her neck. He patted the sleeping tiger’s cheek affectionately as if she were a pet. A Russian environmentalist claimed later that the tigress died because Putin’s security insisted on increasing the dose of the tranquilizer.After leading the cranes, Putin said he didn’t know what he would do next with animals. “That’s for the specialists to decide,” he said. “It shouldn’t be just for fun, but should have some use.”Last year, Putin was caught short when one of his scientific events was revealed to be a set-up. He was shown scuba diving and bringing up fragments of ancient Greek amphorae, but his spokesman Dmitry Peskov later admitted the artifacts had been planted on the sea floor for Putin to grab.The stunts irritate Putin’s opponents, who regard them not as benign political entertainment but as part of an establishment of a cult of personality lionizing an authoritarian leader. Putin has charmed many Russians while disgusting others with his feats, starting from 2000 when he flew into Chechnya in the back seat of a fighter jet. Over the years, he has ridden a horse bare-chested through the mountains, driven a Formula One race car and taken the controls of a firefighting plane to dump water on wildfires.The flight in the hang glider proved to be a test of Putin’s leadership skills. Only one crane followed Putin on his first flight, which he attributed to high winds that caused the hang glider to travel faster than usual, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. On the second flight, five birds followed Putin, but after a few circles only two had stuck with him for the full 15-minute flight.Putin stopped off at the Kushavet ornithological research station on the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic on Wednesday en route to an international summit in Vladivostok, on Russia’s Pacific coast. Once at the station, he paired up with a pilot, who sat behind him on the hang glider as they took the birds for a spin.It was a scene reminiscent of the 1996 movie “Fly Away Home,” in which an estranged father and daughter use an ultralight plane to help a flock of geese migrate. The movie was based on a real-life Canadian, who spent a decade teaching orphaned geese how to fly south. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share How men can have a healthy 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Putin’s moment dimmed, however, when a biology student at the station claimed online that two chick cranes died and several others were hurt in the hurry to be ready for Putin’s arrival.“One of the chicks got into a hang glider’s propeller while training and waiting for” Putin, Mariya Goncharova wrote on her page on the Russian social netwroking website, vk.ru. “One more broke a beak and stripped its claws off on bad netting, and many simply flayed themselves” while being transported in boxes to the flight venue.Goncharova deleted the post several hours after posting it, but it remained available on Russian search engines.A researcher confirmed the death of a three-month-old chick before it was transported to the research station.“An autopsy will give us the exact cause of death,” Tatyana Kashentseva told The Associated Press. She said other birds arrived safely, although it was not clear how many there were.Russian biologists say there are less than 20 Western Siberian white cranes left in the wild worldwide.Putin’s flight, given many minutes of airtime on Russian television, provoked an array of contemptuous jokes on the Internet, one of the most popular being “So Putin is off to wintering with cranes. Does this mean he’s not going to be back before spring?” Top Stories Associated PressVLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) – Vladimir Putin flew on a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia’s action-man, animal-loving president that was tarnished by reports that endangered chicks had died while scientists were setting up the trip.Dressed in a white costume meant to imitate an adult crane, Putin was taking part in a project to teach the endangered birds who were raised in captivity to follow the aircraft on their southern migration to Central Asia. Marat Guelman, one of Russia’s most well-known art gallery operators, wrote in a blog on the Ekho Moskvy radio station website that the flight shows Putin “has lost faith in us. He sees our treachery, greed, cowardice and cruelty. There’s nothing to love in us anymore. Dolphins, cranes, horses _ that’s a different thing.”Masha Gessen, author of a book critical of Putin, left her post as editor of the travel and science magazine Vokrug Sveta (Around the World) this week, saying she was fired for refusing to send a reporter to the Yamal Peninsula, 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) northeast of Moscow, to cover Putin’s flight with the cranes.A statement from the magazine Tuesday said Gessen left by agreement with management because of “differences” on the separation of editorial and publishing powers.Vokrug Sveta works closely with the Russian Geographical Society, whose board of trustees is chaired by Putin.____Mansur Mirovalev contributed to this report from Moscow.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
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