Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have had a couple of showers. It has been a nice fall for getting stuff done. The rain definitely helped the wheat and the triticale that has been planted. We got most of our manure out. We still have a little bit to go and we will probably finish that up this week. We’ll have a little bit of tillage to do this week too.All the beans are off and pretty much all of the corn is done. The beans averaged around 39 bushels per acre. Everything is getting wrapped up early. With weather like this we don’t have to worry about getting stuck and we don’t have to worry about it being cold and wet.The triticale is looking really good. We chop it in the spring, put a little liquid manure on it and go right into corn. We have been doing that on a smaller scale for a couple of years. We try to chop and plant in the first or second week of May. I am still experimenting with the best way to plant the corn in that situation. We have tried no-till, strip-till and an AerWay after the triticale comes off. This year the strip-till worked best.We manage manure pretty intensely so we do not get into a problem. We try to stay on top of it. We had some wheat out this year so we only had to get from May until July with our manure storage. Really, the winter is the most difficult time to manage the manure. We basically can’t haul until the springtime again.We finished planting wheat a week ago Friday and it got a tenth or two of rain on it so far. Our fourth cutting was light but it will be good quality.
On the 33rd anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy on Sunday, more than 500 victims and their supporters marched to the abandoned Union Carbide India Limited plant in protest against the negligence on the part of the government. Hours of furious sloganeering culminated in burning of an effigy with the logo of the Union Carbide, Dow Chemical and DuPont. Numerous placards with slogans such as “No More Bhopal”, “33 Years Of Struggle For Justice And A Life of Dignity” were displayed.Rashida Bi from the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh said, “There were at least 500 people at the rally today [Sunday]. Our main demands are that the victims should get employment, the contaminated soil should be cleared, the women who lost their husbands should get a monthly pension and affected kids should be given proper treatment. The government has not responded to our protest yet.”The list of demands released by the organisations that led the protest included proper medical care and punishment to the corporate criminals.The protest in Bhopal was lead by five survivors’ organisations. The leaders of these groups accused the State and the Central governments with criminal neglect of the victims. The leaders also said the official apathy had increased after the BJP government came to power in 2014 because a large number of the victims were poor Muslim and the majority of the Hindu victims were from the depressed classes.The aftermath of the tragedy continues to haunt the victims till today. Exposure to the deadly methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals that had leaked from the factory in the early hours of December 3, 1984 led to one of the worst industrial disasters in the world.
The byelection in the Palghar Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra on Monday witnessed a turnout of 46.5%, amid widespread allegations of malfunctioning of EVMs and VVPATs.Throughout the day, Opposition parties cried foul play demanding a thorough probe. Officials cited reasons such as increase in temperature, sensitivity of sensors of VVPAT machines towards light and dust for technical snags, which resulted in halting of polling. On Monday morning, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) president and MLA Hitendra Thakur was the first to level allegations of malfunctioning. “I received reports from our workers that there were many locations where voting machines had developed problems. This is suspicious. The BJP is trying to demoralise our early morning voters by these tactics,” said Mr. Thakur. By 10 a.m. Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant put the list of booths where the party suspected malfunctioning of EVMs. The list included Tarapur, Shelwali, Kamare, Satpati, Maykhop, Dhuktan, and Chinchan polling centres in Palghar.The Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai submitted a complaint to Palghar Collector Prashant Narnavare regarding malfunctioning of over 98 VVPAT machines. “Everyone knows that how these machines are suddenly developing faults. These EVMs are their only hope to win. These large-scale technical issues are suspicious,” said Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of foul play in the election. “The polling process is being halted at places where the BJP is not gaining votes. It has been done deliberately,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.A total of 4,246 EVMs and 5,360 VVPAT machines were used in two bypolls in Maharashtra. Reacting to the reports of malfunctioning of EVMs and VVPATs, Dr. Narnavare said VVPATs being sensitive to light, dust and heat, some problems were reported from different areas. Opposition parties have demanded re-polling in all the booths where EVMs have shown problems. But the Election Commission of India denied the charge saying that all the faulty EVMs have been replaced and there was no need for a repoll. Counting will be held on May 31.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP’s Other Backward Classes Morcha is organising a two-day national convention in Patna on February 15-16, which will be attended, among others, by party chief Amit Shah. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was also supposed to attend, had to pull out of the programme owing to the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. State BJP leaders said the party’s eight-point programme would be the highlight of the event. “The purpose of the convention is to create awareness among OBC voters about the welfare schemes and measures taken up by the Narendra Modi government. The eight-point programme, which includes grant of constitutional status to the OBC Commission and constitution of a commission for classification of castes under OBC, would be the highlight of the convention,” said State Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar. State BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand told journalists that about 5,500 OBC delegates from different parts of the country would attend the convention.The BJP president will be the main speaker at the concluding session. Apart from him, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, party’s Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, party’s OBC Morcha national president Dara Singh Chouhan, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya and State party leaders like Sushil Kumar Modi and Nityanand Rai will attend the convention.PM visitA day after the convention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too would visit Bihar on February 17 to lay the foundation stone for the Patna Metro and several other projects. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the State again on March 3 to address a NDA rally in Patna. Leaders of three NDA constituents — BJP, Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party — would address the rally. “Like U.P., Bihar too is an important State for any national party in the Lok Sabha elections, so we are kicking off our programme early to reach out to the voters in time,” said a senior State BJP leader.
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MOST READ “It’s very crucial, please keep praying for her. If the bone marrow transplant is successful, I’m sure she will come back again on the table tennis arena and proudly carry our flag again,’’ added Ledesma, who recently organized the Lariba Cup, a fund-raiser intended for Lariba.Ryu also donated a huge box of brand-new table tennis balls to the PTTF worth roughly $3,000 and gave Lariba a South Korean jersey with the signatures and messages from all the members of the Korean team.Ryu said the Korean team is open to a fund-raising activity where they would play an exhibition match against top Filipino table netters for Lariba’s benefit.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kevin Ferrer hoping to return to action for Ginebra by Friday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president IOC Korea Representative and former 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Seung Min Ryu (second from left) and Korean Table Tennis Association officials pay visit to Philippine’s first ever Olympian table tennis player Ian Lariba. CONTRIBUTED PHOTORio De Janeiro Olympian Ian “Yanyan’” Lariba personally received words of encouragement from South Korean Olympic champion Ryu Seung-min before she goes through a high-risk bone marrow transplant.Ryu, the International Olympic Committee’s representative to South Korea, visited Lariba at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Monday and handed out the financial assistance from the members of the Korean national table tennis squad.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Lariba, the first Filipino table netter to wear the national colors in the Olympics, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia five months ago and will go under knife on Saturday.“I’m here to support Lariba in her fight against her ailment. I couldn’t believe she’s sick, she smiled all the time,’’ said Ryu, who met Lariba during last year’s Rio Games with Lariba’s coach, Kwon Mi Sook.“I believe she will come back soon and play with us,’’ added the table tennis men’s singles gold medalistin the 2004 Athens Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutApart from the $3,000 donation of the Koreans, Philippine Table Tennis Federation president Ting Ledesma said the International Table Tennis Federation, the world governing body in the sport, has also committed $20,000 inn monetary aid.“This news is already known all over the world with table tennis enthusiasts from other countries helping her,’’ said Ledesma. “Ryu’s visit will boost Yanyan’s confidence for this Saturday’s bone marrow transplant.’’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
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Close to 40 teams will take part in the inaugural Queensland Touch Football Affiliates Cup on Saturday, 7 December and Sunday, 8 December 2013 at the Carrara Sports Complex.38 teams will compete across five divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Masters/Men’s 50’s and Senior Mixed. The event, in its first year, sees teams from the South Queensland region, as well as Brisbane, Noosa and Kingaroy, travelling to compete. Round games will be played on Saturday and Sunday morning, before the grand finals take place at the following times: 1.30pm – Mixed Open and Masters2.00pm – Women’s Open and Senior Mixed2.30pm – Men’s Open and Men’s 50’sTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Queensland Affiliates Cup, please click on the links below:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/Qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/QueenslandTouch Related LinksAffiliates Cup
(Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Yukon. Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)Shirley McLeanAPTN NewsThe Gwitchin peoples in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Alaska are rolling up their sleeves once again to fight for the protection of the Porcupine Caribou Herd against U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempts to reopen drilling in the Arctic.Since 1988, the Gwich’in Nation has successfully resisted multiple attempts by the U.S. Congress to open the Coastal Plain to drilling.But the Trump administration and the Alaskan congressional delegation have renewed their attempts to open it up for oil exploration.“We’re calling in our allies,” said Chief Bruce Charlie of the Vuntut Gwitchin government in Old Crow, Yukon. “These misguided plans from the Trump Administration and Congress put our ancient relationship with the Porcupine Caribou at risk for what amounts to a few months of American oil consumption,” said Charlie. “This cannot be justified and must be stopped.”(Old Crow, Yukon. Photo: Luke Smith/APTN)The herd’s population sits just under 200,000.It has gone up and down in size over time, but it has always been an important part of the ecology of the Western Arctic and the existence of the Gwitchin people.Earlier this month the US house of representatives passed a budget resolution that includes a push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on the Arctic coast of Alaska to drilling.With 10.4 billion barrels believed to be sitting underneath the refuge, the area is thought to be the largest onshore oil reserve in North America.It’s also the calving grounds for the Porcupine Caribou Herd – and part of president trump’s push to for American energy independence.Dana Tiyza-Tramm is a councillor for the Vuntut Gwitchin.The councillor said multiple studies have shown caribou are sensitive to development and with the plans to open up the refuge for seismic testing throws their future into question.And that the area is sacred to the Gwitchin Nation made up of 9,000 members – not only in Yukon but across the north in Alaska and the Northwest Territories.“At the end of the day we Gwitchin define ourselves of the land and the ANWR lands are our homelands,” said Tiyza-Tramm. “And we can liken that to the land as our bodies and the caribou as our bloodline and what is done to them is done to us”Lorraine Netro sits on the Gwitchin steering committee and advocacy group for the Gwitchin People.She said it’s critical for the nation to gather political support.“We need all of our leaders within the Gwitchin nation, within the Yukon, NWT, our national leaders to stand up and standup up to the plate and stand in unity with the Gwitchin people and let people in Washington DC know that this is unacceptable.”The Resolution instructs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to come up with $1-billion in savings over 10 years in order to fund Republican tax reform plans.Congress has the final say over whether to allow new drilling in the refuge.Dana Tiyza-Tramm said there is a number of moderate Republican senators who are supporting the Gwitchin view right now.And that they need 51 senior senators out of 100 to vote against the proposed budget that is expected to happen any day now.As of today, the nation has installed a public phone so community members in Old Crow can call US senators to make them aware that the Arctic National Wilderness Refuge is a sensitive area with high stakes for the Gwitchin.It is expected that any amendments to regulations to allow seismic testing would require a full-blown environmental assessment which could take 18 months or longer to conductWhich Tiyza-Tramm said gives the Gwithcin still time to lobby if the US Senate votes in favour to open the refuge to drilling.Contact Shirley here: firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO – The country’s real estate market may be taking a breather, but a new survey suggests the vast majority of recent homebuyers are maxing out their budgets to purchase their first homes.In its annual mortgage consumer study, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. found that 85 per cent of first-time buyers reported spending the most they could afford on their property.Despite this, 76 per cent say they were still confident that they would be able to make their monthly mortgage payments.Sixty per cent of first-timers and 69 per cent of repeat buyers reported having “sufficient assets” such as investments or other properties to help them if they were to run into financial trouble with their mortgage.The federal housing agency, which has been conducting the survey since 1999, says housing affordability continues to be the most important factor cited among first-time and repeat homebuyers, when compared to other factors such as a property’s neighbourhood, proximity to work and condition.More than half of those concerned say their top worries included unforeseen costs, paying too much for their home and rising interest rates.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target four times to 1.5 per cent since July 2017. It is widely anticipated that the central bank will announce another hike at its next meeting on Oct. 24.Some housing markets across the country have already been feeling the cooling effects of higher interest rates coupled with some recently introduced measures like the new mortgage stress test and a 15 per cent foreign buyer tax in Ontario.Earlier this week, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that national home sales fell for the first time in five months in September amid weakening markets in Vancouver and Toronto.Despite prices also flattening, the outlook on the national real estate market remains positive.The CMHC survey found that 80 per cent of homebuyers polled still believe that buying property is a good long-term financial investment. Sixty-six per cent believed their home value would increase within the next 12 months.The online survey, which was conducted in April, polled more than 4,000 Canadians who became mortgage consumers in the last year.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.