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first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the production of sorghum in Jamaica augurs well for the future of the agriculture industry. He said that large scale cultivation of the crop will boost the livestock industry and also assist in reducing the sector’s almost $2 billion per year import bill. “We want to see how much of a dent we can make into the importation of animal feeds and other inputs into the agricultural sector; anything that we can do to save foreign exchange is something that is good for the country,” he stated. Minister Clarke was speaking to JIS News following a tour of the Caribbean Broilers Group sorghum facilities on Thursday, February 7, in Hill Run, St. Catherine. Sorghum is a genus of numerous grass species, some of which are raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder plants. The plants take three to four months to reach maturity and are cultivated in warm climates around the world.Caribbean Broilers is growing the crop to be used for feedstock as a replacement for imported corn. The Minister lauded the initiative, stating that he is impressed by the results so far. “As we speak, they have just put in 20 acres on an experimental basis. They have bought machines and they intend to do thousands of acres…they have brought in expertise from the United States and based on the results so far, it is very encouraging,” Minister Clarke told JIS News.He said the Ministry has been having discussions with Caribbean Broilers regarding the production of local animal feeds and is willing to partners to other private sector entities in the effort.“I have committed to working with them to see wherever Government lands are available and we would work with them to see how we can get them to expand production,” the Minister told JIS News.“Anything that can assist with import substitution, I am all for it. If you can save us one tonne of importation, I am with you,” he added.Visiting Consultant and Agriculturist, Johnny Hare, said that sorghum, which is similar to corn, can be grown successfully in Jamaica to replace imported corn being used in animal feed rations. “There has not been a lot of sorghum grown in Jamaica for grain… at the end of this first stage of this project, we need to identify what we are going to do for weed control, insect control, fungus control, and the way forward,” he said.He informed that planting of the next crop is expected to commence on March 1.“There’s so much land in Jamaica that is not in production and if we can bring the technology and the knowledge that makes America the bread basket of the world, to Jamaica, and we can put that land to work. I believe it will be good for all of Jamaica,” he said.In his remarks, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Caribbean Broilers, Dr. Keith Amiel said, “the sorghum here is exciting in that it’s specially bred to produce very large heads so that the yield will be substantial.”He said the cultivation of sorghum forms part of the company’s food security initiative and is expected to create jobs while reducing the island’s import bill.last_img read more

first_imgProvincial cabinet ministers and Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq Chiefs met in Halifax today, May 22, to discuss social and justice issues, education and culture, as well as land and natural resources. “This meeting is demonstration of the nation-to-nation relationship that we have built with the provincial government,” said Chief Terrance Paul, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “It is important for both sides to come together to discuss issues of priorities for everyone living in this province.” “Our relationship with the Mi’kmaq is critical to the future of our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “This annual meeting is an opportunity for us to sit together and work to ensure a vibrant and prosperous Nova Scotia for all.” It was the sixth annual meeting of the assembly and the provincial cabinet to review progress and set priorities. The meeting helps guide ongoing discussions on a variety of issues, including governance and the economy. Government is engaged with the Mi’kmaq in a number of processes, including the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process, the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum and the Terms of Reference for a Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Process. BROADCAST USE: Provincial cabinet ministers and Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq Chiefs met in Halifax today (May 22nd), to discuss social and justice issues, education and culture, as well as land and natural resources. Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, says the relationship with the Mi’kmaq is critical to the future of the province. Chief Terrance Paul, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, said it is important for both sides to come together to discuss issues of priority for everyone living in this province. The assembly and provincial cabinet meet annually to review progress and priorities. -30-last_img read more

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsA two-spirit cultural camp in Saskatchewan is giving people an identity-safe and welcoming space to learn traditional knowledge and ways on the land.About 500 kilometres north of Saskatoon, 40 people gathered this week for a fourth annual two-spirit cultural camp, where non-binary participants and allies are learning elements of Indigenous cultures in a positive environment.Participants are paired up with knowledge keepers like Marjorie Beaucage, who says 2SLGBTQQIA youth often struggle in the city and benefit from time on the land.“This land is beautiful and it’s full of medicines and all kinds of good things,” she said.pwolf@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve says U.S. industrial production rose 0.9 per cent in December, pulled higher by a surge in utility output, another sign of health for the American economy.Utility production shot up 5.6 per cent last month, the most since March 2017, as Americans turned up the heat during a year-end cold snap in the East and Midwest. Manufacturing output edged up 0.1 per cent, the fourth straight monthly increase, helped by a healthy uptick in production of cars, trucks and auto parts. Mining production rose 1.6 per cent, largely because of an increase in extraction of oil and natural gas.Overall industrial production — including manufacturing, mining and utilities — rose 3.6 per cent over the past year. It was the best annual performance since 2010.The U.S. economy is looking healthy. Growth clocked in at a 3.2 per cent annual pace from July through September after growing 3.1 per cent in the second quarter. Unemployment is at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent. Factories added 196,000 jobs last year, the most since 2014.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the December industrial production report “is consistent with a solid growth story” and supports BMO’s forecast of solid 2.9 per cent U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2017.Industrial production picked up at the end of 2017 after being held down by the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. American industry, benefiting from an improving world economy and a drop in the dollar that makes U.S. products less expensive abroad, was running at 77.9 per cent of capacity last month, the highest since February 2015.last_img read more

first_imgAmethi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of giving Rs 20,000 bribes to people in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. While addressing a gathering here, Gandhi said: “This is wrong… While the Congress is distributing its election manifesto, the BJP is sending Rs 20,000 each to the village heads.” She said that the BJP is under the misconception that it can buy the people’s love and the practice of truthful politics in Amethi. She said: “The BJP’s intentions are bad and their policies are limited to benefitting some industrialists. They don’t waive off farmers’ debt, but in five years the party has waived off the Rs 5.50 lakh crore debt of these industrialists.”last_img read more

2 October 2007Commending the work of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the Bahamian Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today that the peacekeeping operation must stay on to help the troubled Caribbean country consolidate its recent gains. Commending the work of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the Bahamian Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today that the peacekeeping operation must stay on to help the troubled Caribbean country consolidate its recent gains.Brent Symmonette, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said MINUSTAH was playing a vital role in assisting Haiti “on a firm and lasting path to sustainable development, peace, security and democracy.”He backed calls to extend the mandate of MINUSTAH, which has been in place since June 2004 and has more than 7,000 troops and 1,700 police officers deployed across the nation.Mr. Symmonette also praised the administration of President René Préval for its efforts to stabilize the country, which has long been beset by poverty and violence, and the Organization of American States (OAS) for its support.The Foreign Minister noted that Haiti’s continuing struggles are affecting its neighbours in the region as thousands of Haitians leave their country in search of a better life.“Ensuring that justice and democracy prevail in Haiti, therefore, redounds positively not only for the people of Haiti but also for the Bahamas and indeed for the entire region.”Dominica’s Foreign Minister Charles Savarin echoed those remarks, calling on the UN to “go beyond the current engagement in Haiti through MINUSTAH to a longer-term engagement that will bring sustainable economic stability and development to Haiti.”Mr. Savarin stressed the importance of staying the course and not viewing “these interventions as the emergency response of an international fire brigade quickly extinguishing political conflagrations and only remaining long enough to dampen the embers of renewed conflict.”He added that “Haiti’s problems stem from underdevelopment and extensive periods of dictatorship. It is in democracy and development therefore that the solutions for Haiti lie.”Mr. Savarin said a stable and prosperous Haiti would “significantly strengthen” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and deepen progress towards a single market and economy in the Caribbean region. read more

FRANKFURT – The euro remained in strong demand as a reserve currency in spite of the debt crisis wracking the 17 countries that use it.The single European currency made up 25.0 per cent of countries’ holdings of foreign exchange reserves at the end of last year, down slightly from 25.4 per cent at the end of 2010.The U.S. dollar, the world’s leading currency for reserve use, saw its share of global reserves fall slightly to 62.1 per cent, down from 62.2 per cent at the end of 2011.ECB head Mario Draghi said in a statement Wednesday that the ECB’s focus on preserving the stable value of the 17-country currency “continued to underpin the international use of the euro as a store of value.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 11, 2012 7:18 am MDT Euro use in currency reserves slips slightly to 25 per cent, remains resilient despite crisis read more

The new training programme will draw upon existing EV training requirements and understanding, developing the skills, competencies and expertise to produce a standardised guide to be used industry-wide. Key groups are set to be fully trained by the end of the year, with the scheme extended to all stakeholders in 2011.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) In January 2011, government will introduce its ‘Plug-In Car Grant’ that will incentivise motorists to buy ultra-low carbon cars. An integrated low-carbon plan also sees a charging network of ‘Plugged-In Places’ developing nationwide and requires a standardised level of technical awareness and ability that the new guide will ensure. Additional support from Semta, the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, will ensure that the training programme meets sector demand while working with employers to drive awareness of the need to up-skill staff to deal with EVs. SMMT’s partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the Professional Association and Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail sector, will enable the swift roll-out of the training scheme.  IMI’s experts will provide valuable input to the training programme, influenced and supported by its established ATA (Automotive Technician Accreditation) programme. ·         SMMT best practice guide will standardise EV training industry-wide.·         Collaboration with IMI and Semta will prove vital to scheme’s success.·         Key groups set to be fully trained before year end.SMMT has begun the development of an industry-wide electric vehicle (EV) technical training programme that will act as a best practice guide for the sector. Prioritising the emergency and breakdown services, the guide will cover all stakeholders, including manufacturers, dealerships and technicians. The EV training programme will establish consistent technical competency levels, ensuring the safe and sustainable growth of the industry as technology begins to come to market.“Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are exciting new technologies that will become increasingly popular options for motorists, so it is essential that the people involved in service, repair and roadside assistance are properly prepared ,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “The training and accreditation programme we are helping to develop will ensure consumers get the very best support and this new technology gets a smooth introduction to the marketplace.” read more

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The minister said he found it difficult discussing the matter. “I have never talked about this because it’s a weakness, and people don’t like talking about weakness, it makes you feel vulnerable, but with the help of technology, dyslexia helps you think laterally because you have to work your way round problems.”And he told a fringe meeting of the Conservative party conference that his dyslexia has nearly ruined his career – and may have been the reason his colleague lost his seat.”You might remember the Tories lost Guildford in 2001,” he said, explaining that he planned a pamphlet with the catchphrase “I want to unite the community” – only to realise, after it had been delivered to 50,000 households, that it in fact said “untie”.The full interview will be published in the GQ November issue, available on October 4. The Health Secretary has revealed that he is dyslexic, and says he might never have achieved career success without the use of a spellchecker.Matt Hancock said he had never spoken about it before, because he did not like talking about weaknesses, in an interview with Alastair Campbell in GQ magazine.The minster said technology could have a detrimental impact on the mental health of young people – but could also help them to succeed. He has previously called on head teachers to ban phones in the classroom, a view he today restated. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––But he continued: “Technology can be an enormous enabler. I’ll give you one example. I have never really talked about this before, but I am dyslexic and I didn’t find that out at school. I found out at university, when a tutor said, ‘You are good orally, but you cannot get it down on paper.'”I think if Microsoft had invented spellcheck five years later it would have had a massive negative impact on my career. By the time I got to the workplace, everything was done on word processors and that solved my very serious spelling problem,” Mr Hancock said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

It’s also true that brands worn by the young Duchesses are given the royal seal of approval. This may not be the Queen’s royal warrant but even so, designers trade on these unofficial endorsements. Which is why each label that a royal wears must be weighed and considered, and why Kate’s two latest outfits – worn in the course of her royal duties on Wednesday… The spike in sales that fashion labels can experience when their designs are worn by the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex is well documented. It’s the reason why Kate so often champions British brands and why Meghan has faced criticism for her internationally sourced wardrobe, as when the brands are British, said spike profits British industry. read more

first_imgHP vend plus de tablettes que Samsung aux Etats-UnisSur l’année 2011, HP se démarque sur le marché des tablettes en vendant plus que le concurrent le plus sérieux : Samsung. Mais la baisse de prix de la TouchPad à 99 dollars fausse ces résultats.Hormis Apple et son iPad qui écrase littéralement le marché des tablettes avec arrogance, les autres constructeurs se battent pour récupérer les quelques points de part de marché qu’il reste. À lire aussiArirang AS1201, Achim : la Corée du Nord se dote d’un smartphone Android et d’une tablette tactile Le concurrent le mieux placé économiquement est bien sûr Samsung avec ses accords poussés avec les opérateurs et son marketing imposant. Mais surprise, en 2011 c’est HP qui fait mieux sur le secteur avec feu la TouchPad précise PC INpact. Pas de quoi pavoiser tout de même sur ce résultat.Hp récupère donc 17% du marché américain hors iPad contre 16 pour Samsung pour respectivement 204 000 TouchPad contre 192 000 Galaxy Tab. La raison est simple. HP, qui a complètement raté sa stratégie mobile sur WebOS et son lancement, a bradé sa tablette durant l’été. Elle a été disponible un temps limité à 99 dollars, un prix ridicule quand on le compare aux tarifs moyens de la concurrence, aux alentours de 500 dollars. Le succès à donc été au rendez-vous, avec des ruptures de stock qui ont contraint HP a re-fabriquer des tablettes pour honorer ses commandes. Derrière eux, Asus et son Eee Pad Transformer réussit une jolie percée avec 10% du marché, iPad exclu.En France, Samsung est également tenu en échec par Archos qui prend le leadership sur le coréen avec sa gamme d’appareils plus ancrée dans les linéaires. La concurrence s’organise donc, fait tout pour résister ou échoue et abandonne comme HP cette année, mais les ventes ne sont que de quelques centaines de milliers dans le monde, là ou un Apple réalise des chiffres stratosphériques avec des millions d’iPad écoulés chaque année.Le 23 novembre 2011 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE announces new Mixed Match Challenge starting January 16 on Facebook Watch

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 81.56%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list December 13, 2017 at 10:51 am WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE announced a new series called Mixed Match Challenge that will begin airing as part of the Facebook Watch video on demand service beginning on January 16, 2018.The show will air every Tuesday night live at 10:00 p.m. Eastern (9:00 CT) for a 12-episode series featuring talent from RAW and Smackdown Live in “single-elimination mixed tag-team tournament to win $100,000 to support the charity of their choice.”What that means for 205 Live tapings going forward remains to be seen during the 12-week period the show is scheduled to air on Facebook. The announcement emphasized the show would “stream live”, meaning it could be pre-taped from the night prior at RAW.The announcement by WWE on Wednesday morning noted that “fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the final competitor from the Raw roster, as well as which tag team member of The New Day will be added to the SmackDown Live roster.” Teams will be determined on January 4 following the online fan vote.Included from RAW: Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Asuka, Bayley, Braun Strowman, Enzo Amore, Finn Balor, Goldust, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks and The Miz.Included from Smackdown Live: Becky Lynch, Bobby Roode, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Jimmy Uso, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Rusev, Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura.WWE uploaded a preview for the show that you can view below. Pinterest I wonder how the teams will be set up. I would be cool with Finn/asuka. Videos Articles Oh God, if those two team up, NOBODY is beating them. Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands December 13, 2017 at 11:37 pm Twitter Jeffery Adam Phillips goddessroleplay How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Videos Articles Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Charlotte Flair Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey WhatsApp 8 COMMENTS That would be cool. I kinda wanna see Finn Balor and Bayley, just so I can see their antics again. lol Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte December 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR J™ Braun and Asuka. Then. Now. Forever. December 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Now Playing Up Next Google+ December 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm Jeffery Adam Phillips Jb Mcmanus December 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm Enzo and Nia Jax, Rusev and Lana, Jimmy Uso and Naomi, Braun and Asuka? I think Braun will bulldoze the whole competition Ronda Rousey December 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm Cameron Huff 2016:Cruiserweight Classic. 2017:Mae Young Classic. 2018:Mix Tage Team Classic. Peter E Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location December 14, 2017 at 2:55 am Jb Mcmanus So Sami Zayn isn’t getting fired, thanks WWE for letting us know.last_img read more

first_imgA month of dry days could be broken this weekend.The National Weather Service this morning predicts a chance of showers Saturday as the weather grows cloudy and cooler toward the weekend.That midweek hot streak predicted Monday has apparently vanished.Here’s this morning’s prognostication:Today: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph.Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 56. Northwest wind between 6 and 9 mph.Wednesday: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph.Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 56. Northwest wind between 5 and 7 mph.Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind around 6 mph.Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.last_img read more

first_imgSailing in rough economic seas, the city of Vancouver is for the first time dipping into room-tax reserves to cover the debt on the Hilton Vancouver Washington.Until now, the Hilton has been able to meet its $4 million annual bond payments through its operating revenue, a dedicated lodging tax collected by the city and a sales tax credit from the state.But as room rates continue to plummet in the name of drawing guests, the 225 room hotel and 30,000 square foot convention center downtown is forced to tap into a cash balance kept for just such an emergency, Vancouver Chief Financial Officer Lloyd Tyler said.Just how much will be needed to cover the $2.3 million payment due Jan. 1 won’t be known until after Dec. 1, but Tyler estimated it to be about $400,000. The money will come from a $1.6 million reserve of hotel lodging taxes, he said. The remaining $1.7 million is due in July. The Hilton does not receive any money from the city’s general fund, which pays for operations like fire, police and streets. Rather, it gets about half of a 4 percent lodging tax on room bills for all hotels across the city. State law prohibits lodging tax money from being spent on anything but programs that promote tourism.last_img read more

first_imgKen Levy is full of ideas, and the successful entrepreneur appears to be onto something big with his latest business venture. The Stevenson resident is CEO of 4-Tell, a company he co-founded in 2009, which helps companies boost their e-commerce sales by steering customers to products they might like in addition to what they set out to buy. 4-Tell’s business customers report sales increases of 10 to 25 percent by using the constantly updated software, Levy said.His firm, incorporated in Oregon but operating largely out of Levy’s home office in Stevenson, has 100 business customers so far and is growing at breakneck speed, Levy said.“This year, we’re growing 25 percent month over month,” said Levy, who works with co-founder Neil Lofgren and two sales representatives. “We’re having trouble handling all the demand.” The company’s annual revenue is less than $1 million, but Levy anticipates the company could grow in five years to an annual revenue of $80 million and 150 to 200 employees.The basic concept of 4-Tell’s service is familiar to anyone who has bought a product from Amazon.com or rented a movie from Netflix. In both cases, a selection leads to recommendations of other products or movies they might enjoy.last_img read more

first_imgThe government’s fraud investigating agency, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), has reportedly initiated a probe into alleged financial irregularities worth over Rs 8,000 crore at Kingfisher Airlines.The agency has already sent notices to United Breweries, Kingfisher Airlines and United Spirits, said a CNBC-TV18 report, citing unnamed sources.SFIO is expected to summon Vijay Mallya and executives of United Breweries and United Spirits, the report said.The report said that the agency is carrying out an investigation into alleged mismanagement of funds from 2005 to 2014, which could have resulted in the grounding of the carrier.The agency is currently examining the flow of funds between Kingfisher Airlines and group companies United Spirits and United Breweries, to identify the fraud.The airline, grounded since October 2012, lost its flying licence on 31 December 2012 when aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation refused to renew the licence over the company’s inability to provide a satisfactory plan to continue operations.In May, a DNA report claimed that United Spirits (USL) chairman Mallya misused company funds worth ₹170 crore to buy shares of his IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at ₹3,62,240 per share.Besides, audit firm Price WaterHouse Coopers had revealed that USL funds were parked with other Mallya-owned companies from 2010 to 2014 without the consent of the company’s shareholders.last_img read more

City road crash kills woman

first_imgRoad Accident logoA woman was killed as a bus knocked her down in front of the National Press Club in the capital on Friday morning.The deceased was identified as Samiran Akhter Selina, 50, wife of late Abdul Barik, from Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj. She used to live in Subadda Jinjira area of Keraniganj.Sub-inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost, said the speeding ‘Midline Paribahan’ bus hit Samiran while she was getting down from another bus, leaving her critically injured.Later, she was taken to the DMCH where physicians declared her dead around 10:35am.last_img read more

ExBNP MP among 77 sued

first_imgMap of SatkhiraA case has been filed against 77 leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, including former BNP MP Habibul Islam Habib, in connection with planning sabotage and explosion of crude bomb.Satkhira sadar police station sub-inspector Kabir Hossain filed the case under the Explosive Substances Act on Friday night, reports UNB.Satkhira district BNP unit president Rahmatullah Palash and general secretary Tariqul Hasan also are made accused in the case.Satkhira sadar police station officer-in-charge Mostafizur Rahman said that around 80 leaders and activists of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami gathered in the house of Tariqul in Pransayer Khal area in the afternoon for planning sabotage.When police went there, the BNP men blasted crude bombs towards police, claimed the OC.Later, police charged baton to disperse them, he added.Police arrested three people — Maulana Obaidullah, sadar upazila’s Bhomra union unit Jamaat president Hafizur Rahman and Mohammad Ali — from the spot, the OC added.Meanwhile, BNP district unit president Palash, who has been made an accused in the case, said that he has been staying in Dhaka since before the Eid-ul Azha.last_img read more

VIDEO Harvesting A Wild Lunch With A Master Forager

first_img Share When most of us are hungry for lunch, we pick up supplies at the grocery store or stop by the nearby cafe with the best lunch specials. Not Nick Spero. He goes outside and forages his own meal.Spero is a biologist who’s been foraging wild edibles since he was a little kid. He recalls learning about plants from his parents. “My father was born in Sparta [in Greece] and I think that was probably part of how they gathered their food,” Spero says. “At an early age, I can remember my father driving down the road and pointing plants out and saying how his mother would want to stop and pick those plants and eat them.”Spero presents programs and leads walks on foraging at the Natural History Society of Maryland, teaching others how to identify a wild edible and the health benefits of eating them. (Note: Spero is a foraging professional and we urge caution when foraging on your own.)“When you pick wild edibles, several considerations need to be carefully thought out: You need to pick responsibly, you need to pick ethically, and plants are living animals, so you just don’t want to rip them out of the ground. You want to be thankful for what you pick and pick responsibly,” Spero says. “Positive identification is really important with plants, so the margin of the leaf, the veins of the leaf all help with positive identification. And once you’ve picked things for years, you just get to realize what things are over time.”Spero says you should rely on positive identification when foraging — which basically means studying up and being sure you know what a plant is before picking and consuming it. He strongly recommends any of the foraging guides written by Samuel Thayer, an expert on edible wild plants.“The first time you eat something, you should eat it sparingly, to make sure that your system is not going to have an adverse reaction to that,” he cautions. “See how it goes and then try a little bit more, and then if you know you’re OK, have fun.”“There is an old adage of taking a plant and crunching it up, taking a soft area of your body [like the inside of your wrist], rub it on, wait, see if there’s any reaction. If there is no reaction, take the plant and rub it on your lips. Wait. Not seconds but minutes, half an hour. If there’s no reaction, take a little bit, chew it [and then spit it out.] Wait an hour or so. If there’s no reaction, eat a little bit, however you want to prepare it. If there’s no reaction, you’re probably safe.” But this type of taste test should only be used as a last resort, he says. “I prefer positive identification.”Spero led us on a wild, edible walk at Eden Mill Nature Center in Pylesville, Md., a location he hadn’t foraged in previously. Watch the video above to see how he picked and prepared lunch with cattails, garlic mustard, wood ear mushrooms and black locust flowers.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more