Guest Opinion | Bill Paparian: Vote for Priscilla Hernandez in PUSD District 6 Race

first_imgOpinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Bill Paparian: Vote for Priscilla Hernandez in PUSD District 6 Race By BILL PAPARIAN, Former Pasadena Mayor Published on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 11:27 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Priscilla HernandezService above self.This lofty ideal lies at the heart of the American experience, which measures a person’s worth by what they give back to society – not what they take.And although today’s poisonous politics rewards those with the biggest egos and greatest number of Twitter followers, service above self should always be the standard by which we judge candidates running for public office.That’s why I’m supporting Priscilla Hernandez for Pasadena Unified School Board District 6.Strength, humility, doing for others – these traits are part of Priscilla’s family, and her public career reflects them at both state and local levels of government.Her father, Daniel Hernandez, received the Silver Star for risking his life to save fallen comrades during the Vietnam War.Although he was hit in the back by enemy fire, Daniel dragged one fallen Marine comrade to safety and then took out a nest of NVA snipers who would have killed 16 more wounded Americans waiting to be evacuated.But we know him best for his civic heroics in the streets of Boyle Heights.After the 1970 Chicano Moratorium, Daniel founded the Hollenbeck Police Business Council, also known as the Hollenbeck Youth Center, which for 30 years has joined forces with local law enforcement to steer inner-city youth away from gang life through after-school activities, education and mentorship.This collaboration, known today as community policing, is considered the gold standard of public safety by many policing experts and community leaders.Priscilla has carried on the tradition of community service.In 2002, she helped pass Proposition 49, which provided extra funding for after-school programs, and served under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Deputy Director, responsible for coalition building and constituent outreach.After moving to Pasadena with her husband Zachary to raise their two sons, Priscilla continued putting service above self – this time by accepting an appointment to the city’s Senior Commission.City commissioners are volunteers who do much of the grunt work of municipal governance. They dedicate many thankless hours to debating and recommending to the Council those small but significant changes that keep us moving forward as a community.As such, Priscilla provided leadership as Chair of the Senior Commission, where she ran public meetings exploring methods of transforming Pasadena into an “age friendly” city for seniors.Meanwhile, motivated by one of her son Zacky’s severe food allergy, Priscilla wrote and sponsored an Assembly bill that requires uniform labelling of potential trigger-foods such as peanuts, milk, egg and shellfish used in school lunches and snacks.I am convinced that, if elected, Priscilla will show the same kind of care and diligence looking after all of our children in PUSD.Service over self is part of her family pedigree. And it has been a life lesson Priscilla has embraced being raised by a combat-wounded Marine.I know what it means. I was raised by a battle-tested Marine, too, although one who served in World War II in the South Pacific. In fact, I owe my life to my father’s wounds, which sent him to the hospital where he met and fell in love with my mother, a Red Cross volunteer.Together, they raised us to value hard work, loyalty and self-sacrifice. They taught us that when you dedicate yourself to service of others, you are serving the greater whole.I never forgot that. And, as her track record shows so wonderfully, neither has Priscilla, who deserves your vote for PUSD District 6.Bill Paparian is a former Pasadena Mayor. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment 92 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. 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Children’s Books Ireland gifts books to families in the Travelling Community…

first_imgTwitter Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSChildren’s Books IrelandKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostWorld Book Day Previous articleHSBC World Rugby Sevens Series calendar for the 2021 season releasedNext articleDenise Chaila wins Choice Music Album of The Year Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print LimerickNewsChildren’s Books Ireland gifts books to families in the Travelling Community for World Book DayBy Sarah Carr – March 4, 2021 88 WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Email Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash WORLD Book Day is an annual celebration of books and reading observed in over 100 countries around the globe. To mark the occasion this year, Children’s Books Ireland is making a special gift of 1,100 books to children and young people in the Travelling Community.A variety of high-quality picturebooks and early readers will be gifted to families through outreach services around the country, including the Tipperary Rural Travellers Project, West Limerick Resources, the Donegal Travellers Project, Pavee Point and Involve Youth Services.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The selection includes ‘Why the Moon Travels – a collection of stories rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller Community’ – by Mincéir author Oein DeBhairduin and illustrated by Leanne McDonagh, a young Traveller woman.CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, Elaina Ryan, said:“Mincéir communities all over Ireland were so enthusiastic when they received books from Children’s Books Ireland at Christmas. On World Book Day we are delighted, with the support of over 130 donors to the Gift A Book campaign, to share more brilliant books with Traveller families around Ireland, particularly Oein DeBhairduin and Leanne McDonagh’s Why The Moon Travels. There is huge power in a child seeing themselves and their culture in a book, and knowing that these opportunities are open to them, too.”A body of research indicates that reading is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents/guardians’ level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.Pavee Point reports that 7 out of 10 Traveller children live in families where the mother has either no formal education or primary education only, and that many Traveller children experience discrimination, isolation and marginalisation at school. Research has also shown that each additional book in the home confers significantly larger benefits for families that have few books than families who already have many.Nuala Martin of Tipperary Rural Travellers Project said:“We are a Traveller Project in Co. Tipperary that run a Family Learning programme for Traveller children from age 4 to 12 and we received a selection of new books from Children’s Books Ireland at Christmas time. The excitement the children had at being gifted these colourful, modern, fresh books out of the blue was incredible. The books brought smiles to all of their faces, with many children owning for the first time in their lives a brand new book, a book that they could write their name on and tuck under their pillow at night. We are so thrilled to be gifted further books for these children on World Book Day – they will treasure them.”Funding for this book-gifting initiative was raised through Children’s Books Ireland’s ‘Gift A Book’ Christmas appeal, which asked that donations of €12 be made to gift a book to a child who may not otherwise have access to books of their own. The initiative is supported by The O’Brien Press and Walker Books who have each donated 100 copies of their World Book Day titles. In light of feedback from Traveller resource centres on the need and desire for new books, Children’s Books Ireland have dedicated this fund to enable more children and young people in the Travelling Community to discover and develop a love of reading. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Steelers face Ravens in Sunday Night showdown

first_imgAGONY OF DEFEAT—Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson reacts on the sidelines after dropping a pass in the end zone during overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sun., Nov. 28. Pittsburgh won in overtime 19-16. (AP Photo/Don Heupel) The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens pulled off hard fought victories to set up this weeks’ first place showdown in the AFC North. The game will feature two of the best defenses in the NFL headed by linebackers Ray Lewis for the Ravens and James Harrison for the Steelers. It should be a hard hitting no nonsense battle between two great defenses and average offenses. The game will probably not be decided until the final minutes, which has been the case for most Steelers games this season. “The message is simple for us: We haven’t lost at home, so let’s defend that,” Lewis said. “We take care of that; everything else takes care of itself. From our side and their side, there is no talking that has to be done. We’ve been playing each other a long time and now it comes down to one of those showdown games.”In what should have been a sure defeat the Steelers pulled off the 19-16 overtime victory Sunday in Buffalo when receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a sure touchdown that would have won the game for the 2-9 Bills.“I had the game in my hands and I dropped it,” Johnson said. “Humbled. Humbled.” Then, growing emotional, Johnson added: “I’ll never get over it. Ever.”The Steelers have been one of the luckiest teams in football, pulling off several wins after doing all they could to lose.“I had my helmet on and I was going to the locker room,” defensive tackle Casey Hampton said, when he saw Johnson 2 yards in the end zone, having sneaked in behind defensive backs Ike Taylor and Ryan Clark.“You’re talking about a guy who’s been extremely hot,” Clark said of Johnson. “Luckily for us, he didn’t (catch it).”New kicker Shaun Suisham was four for four in field goals, including the game winning 41-yard field goal to win the game in overtime.The Steelers went back to the run against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league as Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 36 times for 151 yards and Isaac Redman also looked impressive on short third down situations as he had 25 yards on 5 carries.After jumping off to a 13-0 first half lead, the Steelers only scored three points in the second half as the Bills were able to come back and tie it in regulation 16-16, as they fell back into their old habits of having to settle for field goals instead of taking the ball in the end zone.With Buffalo double teaming Mike Wallace, Hines Ward had an outstanding game catching 7 passes for 107 yards. Wallace was held to just 3 catches for 33 yards well below his league leading yards per catch average.The Ravens beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pretty much in the same manner. They jumped off to a big lead only to have the Bucs come back to make it a game 17-10.Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger’s production has been very similar this season and remained close in the two victories last weekend. Flacco was 25 of 35 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger was 20 of 33 for 246 yards. Even though Ray Rice was held to 85 yards on 20 carries he has been a major force for the Ravens this season. But with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin at wide receiver joining the always reliable Derrick Mason, who had 8 catches for 87 yards against the Bucs, T. J. Houshmandzadeh, and tight end Todd Heap, the Ravens have a much more balanced attack. With the Steelers still being the best team in football against the run, look for Flacco to use these new weapons in the air to attack the Steelers secondary.The Bills had a two-game win streak snapped against the Steelers.“We fought so hard out there, yet again, it’s one of those overtime heartbreakers,” said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who finished 23 of 45 for 265. “There’s not much to say than the guys in that locker room, including me, are really hurting over that one.”Once again the Steelers were heavily penalized—10 times for 107 yards—including five offensive holding penalties, three against guard Chris Kemoeatu.“We can’t make those mistakes as an offense,” Roethlisberger said.The Ravens (8-3) improved to 5-0 at home and remained tied atop the AFC North with Pittsburgh. Baltimore will be striving for its franchise-record ninth straight home win Sunday night.“I don’t think you ever want to diminish this victory,” Coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s one we really need to get where we’re going. It’s a game that bridged us into December. It gives us an opportunity to accomplish some things. We’re playing the biggest game of the year.”Flacco connected with Todd Heap for a 65-yard score and hit Mason for a 10-yard touchdown during a three-minute span of the second quarter to stake Baltimore to a 17-3 halftime lead. Flacco now has 53 career TD passes, surpassing Vinny Testaverde (51) for most in Ravens history. Flacco had a 76-yard touchdown throw to Rice called back because of a block in the back by Boldin.“I thought we were in control. We were never really threatened until the end of the game,” Flacco said. “We had to do a good job there and put the game away.”The wins by the Steelers and Ravens also kept them one game behind the New England Patriots and New York Jets for the best record in the AFC.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2015

first_imgSISE DREAMING OF DERBY FEVER WITH PROSPECT PARKCliff Sise Jr. couldn’t be blamed for being smitten with Derby Fever after Prospect Park aired to a 5 ¼-length victory in a one-mile overnight race at Santa Anita on Friday.It wasn’t just the margin of victory that impressed not only Sise, but hard-core race trackers. The 3-year-old son of Tapit owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod barely took a deep breath as Kent Desormeaux had the Kentucky-bred colt in hand the final sixteenth.It was the second straight win from five starts for Prospect Park, who does his training at San Luis Rey Downs where the 63-year-old Sise has some 30 horses in training, including some promising youngsters.“Marty always wanted me to break his babies,” Sise said. “Marty was nice enough last year to send all the 2-year-olds to me. I didn’t know if I was going to get them ready for other trainers, or what.“But he came out one day and we had a little celebration at the barn and told me he was going to let me run Prospect Park, so as of right now, everything’s good.“I loved the horse on Friday. He changed so much from the race before (a neck victory in a maiden allowance route at Santa Anita on Dec, 27). He ran good that day but he got sick two nights before with a little colic. We don’t know how much that took out of him.“He was OK the morning of the race so we ran him and he won. After that race he came back and trained like a different horse. He was stronger, and everything’s going good at the right time now.”Asked if he had a race in mind, Sise said, “Not really. I’ll leave that up to Marty Wygod. We’ll try to find the easiest spot for him.”Sise, who at 20 was the youngest to get a trainer’s license at that time when he started his career, has never run a horse in the Kentucky Derby, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming.“I had a couple I hoped would run there,” he said, “but something always happened.”Sise recently returned to training a year after another endeavor.“I stopped as a trainer to run Rancho Paseana for Jenny Craig for two years,” Sise said. “That was enjoyable, but when San Luis Rey reopened, I came back to training in January of last year.” Martin Pedroza781013613%$378,950 Mark Casse3365418%$544,320 Kent Desormeaux791912924%$1,059,592 A. C. Avila1540127%$83,410 Victor Espinoza711213817%$736,710 Doug O’Neill6287813%$407,486 Hector Palma1142036%$79,510 Rafael Bejarano11028181825%$1,274,134 John Sadler49561010%$323,432 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani5888714%$472,850 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller651216618%$723,830 Michael Pender1743024%$121,600 Fernando Perez8388710%$323,804 Drayden Van Dyke9310101611%$594,126 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Bob Baffert45711716%$799,118 Tyler Baze11814111612%$901,344 Gary Stevens4395721%$613,810 FINISH LINES: Trainer Jeff Bonde said Distinctiv Passion came out of his fourth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in Saturday’s Palos Verdes Stakes in good order after the speedster broke from the No. 1 post position in the six furlong sprint. Asked about a possible run in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28, Bonde said, “We’ll regroup. He’s a good horse. We’ll find a race.” . . . With four wins yesterday, Joe Talamo ended a dry spell and jumped into a tie for sixth in Santa Anita’s standings with 10 victories. Tiago Pereira575479%$159,320center_img Mike Smith521010819%$817,761 Edwin Maldonado544387%$200,136 Elvis Trujillo931213813%$778,836 Joseph Talamo9810121310%$809,914 Brandon Boulanger545249%$119,406 -30- Richard Mandella2553520%$231,900 James Cassidy2945414%$170,210 CHROME SET FOR SAN ANTONIO; HOPPERTUNITY INSISE GETS EARLY DOSE OF KENTUCKY DERBY FEVERSANTA ANITA RIDERS SET FOR BASKETBALL CHARITY Flavien Prat4272517%$276,800 SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS-HOLY ANGELS ON TAP FEB. 12The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.“We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad. “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels’ kids, all of our families and the fans who come to support us. It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes. I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day philosophy will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School. Mark Glatt3557514%$276,392 BIGGER, BETTER VERSION OF CHROME IN 2015Take it from a man who’s been as close to the horse as anyone: CaliforniaChrome is bigger and better than last year.So says Victor Espinoza, who rode the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit to victories in four Grade I races last year en route to Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old of the year.“I think he’s stronger this year,” said Espinoza, who worked the immensely popular chestnut five furlongs Sunday morning at his Los Alamitos base in 1:03.60 in his final major breeze for Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Invitational at Santa Anita.With blinkers on and over a cleared race track, Chrome’s fractional times were 25 1/5 and 49 4/5, according to Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak.“He went good; we’re happy with him,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to his father, Art, who trains California Chrome. “He’ll ship to Santa Anita on Tuesday and gallop on the track Wednesday.”Added Espinoza: “The way he feels when I work him, he’s bigger and more mature. From last year to this is a big difference. He’s been working really strong. I believe he’ll run as good as a 4-year-old as he did at three.”Said Art Sherman: “I thought he was going to work him faster. Victor told me that he goes so easy he was afraid he would go too fast if he clucked to him. I was looking for a minute and change; that would have helped me a lot more going into this race.“I think it’s a good work but I would have liked a sharper workout for this race. He’s doing so good though, so . . . his gallop out was stronger than it has been. He galloped out (six furlongs) in 1:11.80. He was so strong pulling up. He’ll be fresh and ready, I can tell you that.”Chrome is expected to face once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Shared Belief and eye-catching San Pasqual winner Hoppertunity, among others in the eagerly anticipated San Antonio Invitational, which will decided at a mile and an eighth for older horses.“He’s running,” Baffert said unequivocally after Hoppertunity worked six furlongs in company Sunday morning in 1:14.20 under Martin Garcia. Stablemate Doctor Dempsey was clocked in 1:14.60.“That’s good for him,” Baffert said of Hoppertunity’s time.Shared Belief is scheduled to have his final major breeze for the San Antonio at his Golden Gate Fields base on Tuesday, then ship to Santa Anita on Wednesday. “He’ll work a half-mile under Russell Baze,” Jerry Hollendorfer said by phone Sunday morning.Shared Belief, who could very well be unbeaten had his chances of winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic not been compromised by a rough start, will be seeking his ninth win from 10 career starts in the San Antonio.“He’s a very consistent horse,” Hollendorfer said.Probable for the San Antonio, which will be limited to 10 starters: Bronzo, Gary Stevens; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia; Shared Belief, Mike Smith; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano; Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze; and Imperative, Flavien Prat.            In other San Antonio news:            Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Sunday morning he was “50-50” on running San Pasqual third-place finisher Blue Tone in the San Antonio or the Donn at Gulfstream the same day. “If he runs here,” Hess said, “Kent (Desormeaux) will ride him.”Blue Tone worked five furlongs Sunday morning in a bullet 59 flat, fastest of 59 drills at the distance, the average time of which 1:01.31.Trainer Mark Casse said he “wasn’t sure” on Dynamic Sky, who also is nominated to Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, where the son of Sky Mesa owned by John Oxley has run seven times in his 21-race career.“We’ve been preparing him like he’s going to run in the dirt race,” Casse said. “We’re definitely thinking about it and appreciate being invited. We’ll talk to Mr. Oxley and decide.”Trainer Sean McCarthy said Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Majestic Harbor will go in the San Marcos, not the San Antonio. Majestic Harbor worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday in 1:00.40.The race will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Eddie Truman840150%$168,030 Peter Eurton3574720%$317,208 Jeff Bonde1840322%$178,930 Jerry Hollendorfer7516111021%$1,507,254 Philip D’Amato3358615%$315,730 Richard Baltas2752319%$155,308 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 31) Martin Garcia55812615%$817,400last_img read more

President Zuma plays his part for education in the Eastern Cape

first_imgJohannesburg, Saturday 5 October 2013 – President Jacob Zuma played his part in supporting education in the Eastern Cape when he handed over the Ethridge Junior Secondary School to the community in Mbizana earlier today. This comes on the day that the world commemorates World Teacher’s Day.Speaking in the Eastern Cape, President Zuma described the noble role of teachers as one where they hold “the future of our country in your hands. The children you mould should be able to lead this country forward to prosperity.”Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, welcoming President Zuma’s commitment to quality education, said “The building of this school by Anglo American Platinum, supported by the Department of Mineral Resources is a further example of a nation committed to the long term development of its people. Education is one of the greatest enablers of development and a nation’s competitiveness.”“It is a further example of South Africa’s commitment to improving competitiveness by investing in infrastructure that contributes to the lives of the people of this country. Schools which will nurture young minds of our country’s future leaders are critical in building the intellectual infrastructure of our society.”“This has even greater significance since we have just hosted the 2013 One Young World Summit in Johannesburg which brought together approximately 1500 young people from over 180 countries around the world,” concluded Mr Matola.This project is evidence of how stakeholders, working together, can make a positive difference to the people of this country, while also putting communities on a path to sustainable development.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

No reason for opposition to seek Baralas resignation: Vij

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 11 (PTI) Senior Haryana minister Anil Vij said today that there was no reason for opposition parties to demand the resignation of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, whose son is an accused in the Chandigarh woman stalking case.”Why should Subhash Barala resign, what wrong has he committed? A case has been registered under the sections just as the victim wanted. Subhash Baralas son and another person have been arrested. The victim says they have full faith in the police investigation,” the outspoken health and sports minister said.He said the womans father had said that there was no pressure on the family.”Then for what reason is the opposition seeking Subhash Baralas resignation? What wrong has he done?,” Vij asked while speaking to reporters here.He said when the police had summoned Vikas Barala, the accused in the case, his father Subhash Barala himself asked his son to visit the police station at Sector 26 here and cooperate with the police investigations.”Subhash Barala is a law abiding, he respects law. He even said that the victim is like her daughter…opposition is doing cheap politics over this issue, they have no other issue. They are just fighting for their existence,” Vij said.Subhash Baralas son Vikas and another accused were re-arrested in the stalking case involving the 29-year-old daughter of a IAS officer, here on Wednesday after they were charged with the non-bailable offence of attempted abduction under section 365 of the IPC and section 511, which relates to an attempt to commit an offence punishable with life or other imprisonment. PTI SUN ADSadvertisementlast_img read more

Yankees Slip Against Rays, 6-3

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Yankees wasted a golden chance to gain ground in the AL East.Nick Franklin hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL wild-card leading Yankees 6-3 on Sept. 15.Hobbled Alex Rodriguez and Greg Bird homered for the Yankees, who remain three games behind division leading Toronto, which lost 3-2 at Atlanta.“It’s tough that we’re not able to hold them down,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said after Tampa Bay won for the third time in nine games.The Yankees have lost six of eight.Franklin, who entered when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left after four innings with a left knee strain, put the Rays up 4-3 on his homer off Nick Rumbelow (1-1).“He came up with the big hit right there and got us the win,” Rays starter Jake Odorizzi said.J.P. Arencibia made it 6-3 with a two-run single in the eighth.Rodriguez hit his 32nd homer this season and 686th of his career off Odorizzi (8-8) in the first hours after the team learned he is playing with a bruised left knee. Rodriguez moved past Craig Biggio into sole possession of 21st place all-time with his 3,061st hit.Rodriguez had an MRI earlier and was also examined by team orthopedist Daniel Murphy. It is thought that Rodriguez was hurt sliding in the Sept. 13 game against Toronto.“He’s fine,” Girardi said.Odorizzi allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. Brandon Gomes pitched the ninth for his first save, getting a fly ball from Brett Gardner with runners on second and third and two outs.Bird gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead on a two-run homer in the fourth that came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.Logan Forsythe had an RBI single in the first and Tampa Bay went ahead 2-1 when Mikie Mahtook doubled, stole third and scored on catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error in the second.Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier took away a potential game-tying extra-base hit from Gardner with a running catch on the warning track to end the seventh.“He’s an amazing center fielder,” Girardi said. “He’s as good as I’ve seen.”Rodriguez nearly had his second opposite-field homer of the game in the eighth, but his leadoff drive was caught on the warning track.Adam Warren gave up two runs and six hits over four innings in a spot start for the Yankees.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chinese Yards Take the Bulk of Last Weeks Bulker Orders

first_imgzoom Chinese shipbuilders have secured the majority of last week’s reported orders, bolstering further China’s status as a top shipbuilding nation.New Times Shipbuilding has won a contract for the construction of eight 63,000 dwt bulkers from Cyprus-based Frontmarine, according to Allied Shipping Research.The ships are slated for delivery in 2020 and are valued at USD 26.5 million apiece, pushing the total value of the deal to USD 212 million. The deal is said to include additional options.Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industries has been tied to an order for up to eight 86,000 dwt bulkers. Chinese owner Fujian Guohang Ocean is said to be behind the contract, which includes three firm ships and options for five newbuilds, Asiasis said.The trio is scheduled for completion in 2019 and is estimated to have fetched around USD 90 million in investment.South Korean counterpart Hyundai Heavy Industries has reportedly won an order for two 400,000 dwt bulkers from compatriot Hyundai Glovis, while Japanese yards, including Tsuneishi, Sasebo Heavy Industries, and Mitsui Engineering nabbed orders for one small bulker each.Separately, Chinese Chengxi Shipyard has been linked to an order for up to four 56,000 dwt tankers, placed by HK Kai Sheng International Shipping, data from Allied Shipping shows.Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese yard will build two tankers, scheduled for completion in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Two additional units are optional.The newbuildings are priced at around USD  30 million apiece.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Federal Court rejects attempt to block bee pesticide lawsuit

first_imgOTTAWA – A lawsuit that says a federal agency has consistently approved pesticides without enough information on their potential harmful effects has survived an attempt to get it thrown out of court.The Federal Court has denied applications from the federal government and four chemical companies to block the lawsuit involving so-called neonic pesticides filed by a group of environmental organizations.“We’re definitely very happy to see that outcome,” said Julia Croome, a lawyer for Ecojustice, which is handling the case for the environmental groups. “(The judge) turned this around quickly and we appreciate that.”In 2016, the groups filed a challenge to federal permits for a series of common pesticides using the chemicals clothianidin and thiamethoxam that some environmental groups say are suspected in large die-offs in bee populations.The David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature and the Wilderness Committee allege in court documents that for more than a decade, Canada’s federal pesticide regulator has allowed neonicotinoids to be registered for use despite being uncertain about their risks.They say that since 2006, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency has expressed concerns about the safety of those products, which are among the most widely used pesticides in Canada. The registrations being challenged involve 31 different products from four different companies.A statement of claim asserts that in 79 cases, the agency requested more information and field studies on the products, then granted conditional registrations. Conditional registrations were repeatedly renewed although the agency has yet to receive any of the requested research, says the statement of claim.The groups argue that means the pesticides have been widely applied across the country for more than a decade without a true assessment of their risks.The federal government has not filed a statement of defence.None of the allegations in the statement of claim have been proven in court.In trying to get the case thrown out, the government argued the 79 cases were separate decisions, not a pattern of behaviour. It added that instead of seeking to have the registrations quashed by the court, the environmental groups should instead turn to the review process the regulator already has.Bees are crucial to agriculture. Published reports suggest about a third of the crops eaten by humans depend on insect pollination. Bees are responsible for about 80 per cent of that figure.Bees have been in serious decline across North America and Europe since about 2006. In Canada, the Canadian Honey Council reports that in 2013-14, beekeepers lost an average of about 25 per cent of their colonies. Ontario’s losses were 58 per cent.The average winter loss is about 15 per cent.Populations of wild bees are also falling rapidly. A recent American study found their numbers fell by about 23 per cent between 2008 and 2013.The University of Guelph’s Honeybee Research Centre blames a combination of disease, parasites, pesticides and habitat destruction.A major U.S. study earlier this year found neonics harmed domestic bees in some crops but not others. Research suggests the pesticides are much harder on wild bees than honeybees.Europe has imposed a moratorium on neonics. In 2015, the U.S. banned new uses for them. Ontario has announced plans to limit their application. Companies such as Ortho and Home Depot have announced they will phase them out.Still, they remain in wide use.The Conference Board of Canada, in a 2014 report prepared with support from the Grain Farmers of Ontario and CropLife Canada, estimated banning neonics would cost Ontario farmers $630 million a year.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks end mostly higher

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks struggled to a mostly higher finish on Wall Street as gains for energy, phone and industrial companies made up for losses elsewhere.The Dow Jones industrial average was held back by a loss in Apple. Other indexes closed higher.Hess and Verizon each rose 2 per cent.Some health insurers turned higher as support dwindled for the Senate Republicans’ latest effort to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Molina Healthcare jumped 4.5 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 1 point, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,502.The Dow fell 9 points, less than 0.1 per cent, to 22,349. The Nasdaq rose 4 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,426.Small-company stocks did better than the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 rose 6 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,450, a record.___11:45 a.m.Stock indexes are slightly lower in midday trading on Wall Street as the market heads for its second decline in a row.Health care and technology stocks pulled the market lower Friday. UnitedHealth, a major insurer, dropped 2.2 per cent and Apple gave up 1.7 per cent.Banks also fell. Bank of America lost 1.2 per cent.Sprint jumped 4.6 per cent after Reuters reported it was getting close to signing a deal with T-Mobile.The Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,498.The Dow Jones industrials fell 13 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 22,343. The Nasdaq lost 7 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,415.Small-company stocks did better than the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 index rose 4 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,448.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as technology companies and banks decline.Apple fell another 1 per cent early Friday as investors give a tepid reception to its new lineup of iPhones.Financial stocks are down as bond yields decline. Bank of America lost 1.2 per cent.Sprint jumped 4 per cent after Reuters reported it was getting close to signing a deal with T-Mobile.The Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 2 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,498.The Dow Jones industrials fell 13 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 22,343. The Nasdaq lost 7 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,415.Bond prices rose as tensions with North Korea escalated. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.25 per cent.last_img read more