first_imgA month after the Yogi Adityanath government announced a loan waiver package for farmers in UP, Suresh, a middle-aged farmer in Rohana area of Muzaffarnagar, committed suicide on Tuesday apparently because he was depressed due to the money he owed to the local bank. Suresh’s nephew Shivam said that Suresh was depressed as he had taken a loan of Rs. 3 lakh from the Rohana branch of Allahabad Bank which he had been unable to pay. “My uncle was in depression due to the farm loan he had taken a few years ago. He was extremely happy when the Adityanath government announced a farm loan waiver. But what sent him into depression was when he found out that he would not benefit from the waiver due to some technical grounds,” Shivam told the media. “The local district officials and those from the bank had apparently told him that farm loan waiver would not rescue him at all from the loan he had taken few years ago. This worry had been eating him up from within. On Tuesday he just got up, went into his room, and shot himself in his head. We were shocked because we did not expect that he would commit suicide,” he added. The doctors at the district hospital declared him brought dead. Sudhir Panwar, a farmers activist who hails from the nearby district of Shamli, told The Hindu that Suresh’s suicide pointed towards the biggest problem with the farm loan waiver as conceptualised by the Adityanath government. He said the amount of loan waiver worth Rs 30,729 crore does not match the total amount of loan taken by farmers. “The amount of loan taken by the farmers in the State and the amount which has been waived off by the State government does not match, which raises questions about the exact benefits that the farmers will get. Moreover, giving only a section of the farmers the benefit when the entire sector is going through an acute crisis is a complete betrayal of the promise the Prime Minister made to the farmers of the State. I think the State government had taken the decision more with the 2019 general election in mind than the acute crisis the farmers of the State faced,” Panwar, a former member of the UP Planning Commission, told The Hindu.last_img read more

first_imgSamajwadi Party (SP) national president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday once again raised questions on the credibility of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). His latest quip, however, was not provoked by any election result but curiously on the theft of petrol from filling stations.“If remote-controlled electronic chips can be used to steal petrol without any internet connection, then EVMs can also be [tampered with],” Mr. Yadav tweeted. “The misuse of technology must stop,” he said.The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was reacting after the State police Special Task Force (STF) exposed a racket in which electronic chips were being installed in dispensing machines at petrol pumps to reduce output and gain illegal profits by duping customers. In a joint operation with district officials, the U.P. STF on Friday arrested 23 persons, including 13 petrol pump owners and managers and one technician, in connection with the case. The police also recovered 15 electronic chips and 29 remote controllers after its teams raided seven petrol pumps in the State capital. According to police, the owners and managers of the petrol stations would get electronic chips fitted into the dispensing machines under the garb of getting them repaired. “The owner or dealer would generate a log of machine fault and then get the external chip installed through an electrician. This way, they would also get the seal of the weights and measurement department broken. The owner would control the chip through a remote control, switching it off whenever he suspected a police raid,” a police spokesperson said.The chips were pre-calibrated for 5% to 10% deduction in the dispensed amount, said officials, which means that though the petrol metre showed the correct figure, the customer would end up getting 5% to 10% less petrol.STF Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amit Pathak said that due to the electronic chips an average petrol pump was earning around ₹6 lakh as illegal profit per month, while the larger stations were earning as much as ₹12 lakh.U.P. Director General of Police (DGP) Sulkhan Singh has ordered the constitution of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe cases of petrol pilferage.Mr. Singh has also issued an advisory to all district magistrates to constitute a team to check the tampering of petrol pumps by organised gangs installing chips.Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas congratulated the U.P. STF for “unearthing the racket”. “The Petroleum Ministry & OMCs [oil manufacturing companies] will take strict action against those found guilty of short delivery & tampering with the dispensing units,” Mr. Pradhan tweeted.last_img read more

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror.The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star was an NBA rookie then, trying to come up with a look he could flash after making a big play. Antetokounmpo thought about the glare his mother would throw his way when he misbehaved as a child. It took about a week to perfect as he struck poses in front of the mirror.“Now it comes easy. You’ve just got to put your nose up like this,” said Antetokounmpo, wrinkling his face after a recent practice.It can look so much more intimidating on the court.As Antetokounmpo’s skills reach new heights, so does his confidence as he enters his third career postseason. The Bucks open their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday in Boston.“You don’t think. It’s just second nature. You’re just playing now,” Antetokounmpo said. “There are points when you’re young, you’re scared to make the wrong decision late.”This is no longer the gangly, 6-foot-11 forward who would defer during his rookie season in 2013-14. He’s a go-to player in the fourth quarter, a do-it-all forward who can ignite the crowd with a rim-rattling dunk or momentum-changing block.“That’s why I think the best players late, I think they have that mindset. They’re not scared to take big shots, they’re not scared to turn the ball over … and they’re just in general not scared about basketball,” he said. “It’s something that they’ve done their whole lives.”FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, goes to the basket past Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston. As Antetokounmpo’s skills reach new heights, so does his confidence as he enters his third career postseason. The Bucks open their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)It has been quite the journey from awkward 18-year-old rookie to NBA stardom. Former general manager John Hammond, now with the Orlando Magic, scouted Antetokounmpo in the player’s native Greece before drafting him in the first round in 2013 with the 15th overall pick.Some NBA fans questioned the move. Freakish athleticism and a 7-foot-3 wingspan offered the promise of being a tough matchup on both ends of the floor.Boy, did the gamble pay off .“I think one thing that is really important is to never underestimate or undervalue the things that he does,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said last month after the forward scored 28 points in a win over the New York Knicks.Sometimes, it takes Antetokounmpo’s absence to make that point stick.On April 1, Milwaukee led by 18 midway through the fourth quarter in Denver before Antetokounmpo fouled out with 3:43 left. At the time, the Bucks were up by 10 and Antetokounmpo had 18 points and 12 rebounds. They ended up losing in overtime .Two days later, the Bucks were in another tight game at home against Boston. Playing with a sore right ankle, Antetokounmpo came up clutch after chasing down Jaylen Brown from behind, swatting what looked like an easy layup against the backboard with 53 seconds remaining. The Bucks held on for the win .“Because my ankle hurt, I wasn’t even being ‘Giannis Giannis,’” Antetokounmpo recalled with a mischievous grin. “I wasn’t sprinting down the court. I was just jogging down the court.”FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell, left, holds back forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) after a play during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, in Miami.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)Key positives for Milwaukee from that victory were runs of 11-3 and 16-4 with Antetokounmpo on the bench for rest. In crunch time, Prunty can also put three other proven scorers on the floor with Antetokounmpo in forwards Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker, along with quick point guard Eric Bledsoe.“Just taking attention, making (the defense) know, ‘OK, I’m here, you guys come to me.’ If you guys don’t come to me, I’m going to go,” he said. “If you guys come to me, I’m going to make the right pass.”That mentality is another sign of Antetokounmpo’s growth over his five-year NBA career.A sense of humor that borders on cheesy hasn’t changed.Antetokounmpo the last few years has opened Bucks preseason media day by taking the microphone to deliver a cringe-worthy joke that can make teammates shake their heads.“He was more funny back in the day when he was 18 years old,” quipped center John Henson. “But for the most part, he’s a good dude, a funny dude who has his own sense of humor. We love having him around.”That scowl? It’s just for fun. He doesn’t need to show it, nor does he keep count. In fact, Antetokounmpo said, he’s trying to smile more.“Because if you’re going to do this for 20 years, you don’t want to have 10 years of sadness and 10 years of happiness,” he said. “You want to have as much nice moments and memories as you can, you know?”—By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports WriterMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, of Greece, drives to the basket as teammate Eric Bledsoe, left, hits the floor during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)TweetPinShare1111 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgVadodara, Jul 22 (PTI) Haryana athlete Mohit Kumar set the stage alight by scripting a new youth national record in the mens decathlon on the second day of the 15th National Youth Athletics Championships here today. Mohit tallied 6707 points at the end of the ten events to erase the old mark of 6618 points set by A Sangwan last year. Mohit was challenged all the way by Andhra Pradesh athlete Sourabh Rathi who also went past the old national record before falling just two points short of Mohit with a total of 6705 points. Both marks were also far superior to the old meet record of 6198 points secured by Rajesh at Thehnipalam in 2016. The mens decathlon was for all purposes a two-man competition with Mohit sealing the win with the 1500m the final race at the Manjalpur Sports Complex here today. Before the race, Mohit had trailed Rathi, having secured with 5954 points after nine events compared to 5959 by his opponent. At the 1500m though, Mohit would clock 4:28.75 seconds to earn 753 points while Rathi clocked 4:29.81 seconds to earn 746 points. Over the course of nine events, Mohit clocked 11.85 seconds in the 100m, 6.48m in the long jump, 12.24m in the shot put, 1.86m in the high jump, 52.57seconds in the 400m dash, 15.25 seconds in the 100m hurdles, 37.94m in the discus throw, 4m in the pole vault event, 48.90m in the javelin throw and 4.28.75 seconds in the 1500m. Taking third place was Maharashtras Usaid Khan who also went better than the meet record with a total of 6429 points.advertisement Khan was, infact, in first place after the first five events of the competition with 3461 points compared to 3322 points for Mohit and 3308 points for Rathi, but had a poor second day of competition, culminating in 607 points for the 1500m in which he clocked 4:51.96 seconds. In other events, Rahul Sharma of Uttar Pradesh and Josna Simov of Karnataka earned the title of the fastest man and woman of the competition. Sharma clocked 10.80 seconds to claim the gold medal in the final of the mens 100m. He beat Karan Hegiste of Maharashtra who clocked 10.908 seconds to take silver with S Nehal of Delhi clinching the bronze medal with a time of 10.910 seconds. Girls 800m final was a photo finish race where Pooja of Haryana grabbed the gold with the timing of 2:10.88, while Radha Chaudhary of Delhi settled for silver clocking 2:10.94 and Tannu Lathar (2:12.90), also from Delhi, bagged bronze. In the womens competition, Simov, a seventeen-year-old from Karnataka, crossed the finish line first with a time of 12.23 seconds. She took the top step of the podium followed by Giridharani of Tamil Nadu who claimed silver with a time of 12.33 seconds while Kirti Bhoite of Maharashtra took the bronze medal with a time of 12.46 seconds. National record holder Aparna Roy had a less than stellar day on the track but still did enough to claim the womens 100m hurdles title. Roy, who holds the national mark of 13.98 seconds, clocked 14.08 seconds today to finish just ahead of P Thabitha of Tamil Nadu who clocked 14.10 seconds. Pratibha Kumari of Jharkhand claimed the final step on the podium with a time of 14.57 seconds. Long jumper Sandra Babu also fall short of a personal best but still earn a gold medal. Babu, who has a personal best of 6.07m in the long jump competition, could only manage 5.62m today but still was clear of Ambrikha Narzary of Assam who took silver in 5.56m and Manisha Merel of Orissa who cleared 5.38m to take bronze. PTI ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgThe Indian contingent at the 2018 Asian Games has managed to surpass the medal tally of the 2014 Games and that has been largely possible due to the efforts of the track and field athletes. As of Friday afternoon, India are eighth in the standings with 60 medals (13 gold, 22 silver and 26 bronze) and out of the 60, track and field athletes have provided 19 (7 gold, 10 silver, 2 bronze).India will have the chance to add to their tally over the next two days as the women’s squash team, women’s hockey team and six pairs of Indians are in the finals of their respective event. The Indian men’s hockey team will play their bronze medal match against Pakistan.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSIrrespective of what India achieve in other sports in Indonesia, India’s performance at the 2018 Asian Games will be remembered because of the massive success in track and field.Besides the medals and glory, the stories of poverty and adversity of some of these athletes are now part of sporting folklore in India.India has celebrated and applauded the likes of Hima Das and Swapna Barman who brought laurels to the country despite abject poverty. Hima’s father is a farmer and it was a struggle for the family to ensure their daughter could go on and achieve her dream. Swapna too comes from a poor family and her rise to global stardom is a story of inspiration and gut. The West Bengal government has announced a cash reward and job for her and the Barmans can now look at a bright futureadvertisementBut why are we so surprised, really?If you look at some of India’s medalists in these Asian Games, you will see a fair few of them come from deprived backgrounds: NEERAJ CHOPRA, Men’s Javelin Throw, GoldNeeraj Chopra became a household name in India after his sensational performances in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in Jakarta but few would know about his struggles. Neeraj, 20, had to leave his home at the age of 14 to practice. “I left home when I was 14, owing to lack of facilities. My formal education was disturbed after class 9. My dream is that villagers need not shift to a city the way I shifted to Panchkula. Athletes from Haryana are winning at the national, international and Olympics level but my village still does not have a playground. Whenever I stay there, I need to practice on a road. If we are to become an Olympian nation, every village should have a stadium and get coaches from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where I now train,” Neeraj had once told the Hindustan Times. SWAPNA BARMAN, Women Heptathlon, GoldUnlike Neeraj, Swapna Barman did not have to leave her home to persue her career or practice but her financial struggles did not make her life any easier. Born in a below poverty line family, Swapna’s father was a van-puller but he lost his livelihood after he suffered a cerebral attack and it was difficult for Swapna’s mother, who worked as a daily labourer at the tea gardens, to make ends meet. But, after her fantastic performance in Jakarta, things are looking slightly better for her as the state government has announced monitory rearwards to aid her. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee called up Swapna’s mother and congratulated her. She also announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakhs apart from an executive post in the government for the gutsy athlete.Apart from the state government, the BJP is also planning to honour Swapna once she returns home. HIMA DAS, Women’s 4x400m relay, Gold and Mixed 4x400m relay, 400m, Silver Hima Das, a farmer’s daughter, grew up in a village in Assam, rose from humble beginnings to create history in Finland last month. In August, Hima Das won silver in the women’s 400m and gold in the 4x400m relay – that was India’s fifth straight gold in the event. There was no running track in Hima’s village and she had to train on a muddy football field. However, despite the lack of facilities, Hima won bronze in the state meet and reached the 100m final at the junior nationals in 2016, marking the beginning of a great journey. VISMAYA VELLUVA KOROTH, Women’s 4x400m relay, GoldThe daughter of a construction labourer, Vismaya Velluva Koroth, was pivotal to India’s triumph in the 4x400m relay. She was the last runner and was up against Salwa Eid Naser – in her first international race, Vismaya pipped the Asian sprint queen and ensured India finished with their fifth straight gold medal in the event.advertisement ARPINDER SINGH, Men’s Triple Jump, GoldAnother gold medalist in Arpinder Singh, also had to go through a lot to train and work on his game.”Arpinder has won 14 nationals gold medals while playing for Punjab. When he won the bronze in CWG in 2014, he hoped to get a DSP post or a Category A job. Haryana offered a higher cash reward to participating players and here in Punjab, he got Rs 6 lakh. As a retired havildar from Army, I get a pension of Rs 12,000. We mortgaged our gold jewellery to make Arpinder train. When he chose to play for Haryana, it was heart-breaking for us. It was a different feeling when he played for the state where he was born and won medals, getting reward and recognition,” Arpinder’s 63-year-old father Jagbir Singh told Indian Express. DHARUN AYYASAMY, 400m hurdles, Men’s 4x400m relay, SilverDharun Ayyasamy, who won silver in men’s 400m hurdles, hopes that his silver medal will provide him some recognition and financial support, so that he can support his stoic mother, who single handedly took care of him after his father’s death. Dharun’s father passed away when he was eight years old and since then, his mother, who earns Rs 14,000 per month as a teacher, has been doing everything possible to help Dharun succeed in his field of choice. SUDHA SINGH, Women’s 3000m steeplechase, SilverSudha Singh, who is an Arjuna Award winner as well as a silver medalist in steeplechase at this year’s Asian Games, had to deal with financial problems but her love for the sport and immense support from her family has helped her reach where she is now.Their success at the Asian Games in Jakarta doesn’t mean future success as well but one could hope that their humble background and difficulties won’t let them bask in the success and they will be back again to excel further and bring more laurels for their country.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Blohm + Voss, based in Hamburg, Germany, cannot complain about not having enough work: the docks of the shipyard, that mainly focuses on yachts, cruises and ferries, and offshore, but also naval shipbuilding, are well filled.QUEEN ELIZABETHThe 133-metre long and 18-metre wide superyacht Al Mirqab is being refitted, undergoing several modifications inside the vessel, paint jobs and having the standard work done.In dock 5, one of four frigates of the German Navy is docked. The yard expects the steelwork for all four to be done within the next five months.On the other side of the yard facilities, Dutch JR Shipping’s OOCL Rauma is undergoing maintenance in dock 10 and a few hundred metres further, the roro ferry Berlin, owned by Scandlines, is moored.This vessel, together with her sister vessel Copenhagen, was built at P+S shipyard in Stralsund, but during the build, a problem with stability and draft occurred. These problems were the reason that the P+S shipyard went bankrupt.Scandlines contracted Blohm + Voss to improve the design and convert the ferries. According to Frank Berent of Blohm + Voss, the shipyard is very happy to have received the contract, as it secures one year of work for the repair department of the yard.The current master piece moored in the yard is the cruise vessel Queen Elizabeth, operated by Cunard Line. The 294-metre long and 32-metre wide vessel was docked in Blohm + Voss’ famous dock Elbe 17, the third largest drydock in Germany, for maintenance on 15th May.Between 1,000 to 1,200 people are working on the installation of additional power and a generator on the vessel, followed by classification work, repainting, overhaul of the Pod-system, renewing isolation of the cooling rooms,  installation of a scrubber and refurbishment of the interior. The vessel is due for delivery on the 1st of June.Press Release, May 23, 2014last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to community meetings in May and June to share their ideas about the future of the province’s natural resources. The meetings will be hosted by the Voluntary Planning Natural Resources Citizen Engagement Committee. The volunteer committee is gathering Nova Scotians’ views to help government develop a long-term natural resources strategy for the province. The following meetings will take place in the Antigonish and Guysborough counties. All meetings are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3Sherbrooke — St. Mary’s Lions Club, Highway 7 Thursday, June 12Antigonish — St. Ninian’s Place, 120 Ninian St. A complete list of meetings around the province and information on submitting written comments are on the website at . Nova Scotians can also call Voluntary Planning at 902-424-8644 or toll-free at 1-866-858-5850 for more information. -30-last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A prominent CTV News reporter has been suspended, hours after a woman made sexual misconduct allegations against him.Bell Media’s vice president of communications said Paul Bliss, who works at CTV’s bureau in the Ontario legislature, has been suspended and an investigation is underway.“Allegations have been made against a CTV News reporter,” Scott Henderson said in an email statement provided to The Canadian Press.“We take this very seriously and as a result have suspended Paul Bliss until an investigation is complete.”The allegations were made in a blog post by Bridget Brown, who describes herself as a Calgary-based entrepreneur and former CTV employee.Under a Friday post titled “MeToo in Canadian Broadcasting,” Brown detailed an alleged sexual incident in the spring of 2006 involving an unnamed CTV reporter.Brown wrote that when she began working at CTV, she reached out to a reporter she had met at a party a few weeks earlier and asked if he’d like to get coffee with her in the cafeteria and reconnect.The reporter “suggested instead I come to his office after his shift,” wrote Brown, and she agreed.Brown said the reporter showed her around “the storied building where he worked,” and ended the tour back in his office.She alleges that he then started kissing her and “pushing on the top of my head,” at which point she “bluntly” told him she wasn’t interested.Brown wrote that she kept silent about the alleged incident for 12 years, and had been struggling in recent months with whether to reveal it.She said she had been thinking about the #MeToo movement of women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment, and reading about the resignation of Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown.He stepped down early Thursday morning, hours after CTV reported that two women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him — allegations that haven’t been verified by The Canadian Press.In a post on Twitter Friday night, Bridget Brown wrote that she decided to come forward now because she had noticed a “dearth in #MeToo stories coming from Canada, specifically from media in Canada.”When reached by phone, she told The Canadian Press she had no comment on Bliss’s suspension.Her allegations have not been verified by The Canadian Press, and Bliss did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Bliss’s biography on CTV’s website describes him as a “veteran reporter … and occasional anchor for CTV Toronto.”It says he has won 13 awards for his reporting, including the Edward R. Murrow International Award for Best News Series.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN InFocusThe phenomenon of hoarding skeletal remains and cultural artifacts flies in the face of reconciliation, Indigenous leaders say.Many items are stolen from graves and sacred sites; others are found when land is disturbed during development.Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, thinks it’s a problem that stems from attitude.“The idea that it was empty land and that people could just come in and collect whatever they saw fit,” Moran told InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen.“That kind of legitimized or allowed these collectors to come and feel like they had a right, which of course they never have had, to disturb sacred or ceremonial sites.”But, he adds, that while wrong, there’s a silver lining to certain public and private entities preserving these artifacts.“We turn to archives all the time to prove our rights were eroded or eliminated on a systematic basis,” he added.“The best way to win a legal argument is to use the government’s own words against it. And those archives provide a very important record of that — that we continue to turn to, to understand that longstanding abrogation.”APTN News reporter Martha Troian has covered the practice of collecting and keeping artifacts by non-Indigenous organizations and private collectors.In 2017, she surveyed 12 universities across Canada.“What I learned was that they are housing (everything from) full skeletons to bone fragments of Indigenous human remains,” she told Ridgen.“The University of Toronto had the highest number at 550 and then next was Memorial University, they had the second highest with approximately 200. But not all universities wanted to give their information to me. I did sense some resistance.”Troian said “there are some institutions that have repatriation policies and some universities that don’t have any at all. and if these institutions want to give back Indigenous human remains to communities, the cost is going to fall on the communities.”Moran said that’s part of the problem.In a time when many want to do what’s right – in the spirit of reconciliation – there’s a lack of infrastructure to return the items.And there’s a lack of ability in communities to preserve artifacts or return burial items to their resting place, he said.Troian has been following the story of an American man who collected thousands of artifacts and bones from Indigenous communities across the U.S and the world.And she has written about efforts to repatriate two Beothuk skulls to Newfoundland from a Scottish museum.“We have to recognize that, in accordance with the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People — and with just good relationships –, unilateral ownership by the state is not acceptable any more,” said Moran.“And we have to move, in the very least, into a process of co-ownership and a process of returning them to communities.”last_img read more

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Hank Barnette rode an elevator to the top floor of Martin Tower, walked to the empty spot where his office once stood and took in the expansive view, which he’d been too busy to fully appreciate when he was running America’s second-largest steel company.Barnette was there to say goodbye to the cross-shaped, steel-skinned former world headquarters of Bethlehem Steel Corp. A showpiece when it opened in 1972, Martin Tower stood vacant for a dozen years after the steelmaker went out of business.On Sunday, it’s scheduled to be imploded.“I’m very sad it’s going down,” said Barnette, Bethlehem Steel’s chairman and chief executive from 1992 to 2000, “but I understand why.”Martin Tower’s current owners spent years trying to redevelop the 332-foot (101-meter) structure — the tallest in a heavily populated region that includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton — but ultimately concluded it made more economic sense to knock it down and start over. Plans call for a $200 million development with medical offices, retail stores, a restaurant, a convenience store, a hotel and 528 apartments.Bethlehem Steel, an industrial titan that armed the U.S. military, forged steel for the Golden Gate Bridge and helped shape skylines across the country, was still riding high when corporate executives decided to build a gleaming office tower less than 2 miles (3 kilometres) from the company’s flagship mill.Built over three years, Martin Tower was constructed of — what else? — steel, lots and lots of steel, from the girders and exterior cladding to movable walls, furniture and even window blinds. It was a dazzling display of the company’s manufacturing prowess.Bethlehem Steel was “at its zenith in terms of success and prestige,” according to a corporate history attached to the building’s 2010 listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Martin Tower, it said, “served to express and commemorate Bethlehem Steel’s sense of itself as important to the national economy.”The building had expensive artwork and fine furniture, and top managers took their meals on silver. But the good times wouldn’t last. Not long after Martin Tower opened, the U.S. steel industry entered a severe, prolonged recession. Bethlehem Steel failed to innovate and modernize in the face of foreign competition, weakening demand and rising labour costs. The company, which employed more than 120,000 people when Martin Tower opened, declared bankruptcy in 2001 and closed for good two years later.As Bethlehem Steel went down the tubes, some people looked at Martin Tower and its distinctive cruciform shape — designed that way to maximize the number of corner offices — and saw 21 stories of bloat, hubris and shortsightedness. “It was a symbol of corporate greed in the eyes of many people,” said Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez.Historian Mike Piersa takes a more sympathetic view of Martin Tower, noting that Bethlehem Steel had outgrown its existing corporate offices and simply needed the space. The steelmaker was enormously profitable at the time, and the building’s opulence is what you’d expect to see at the headquarters of a major corporation, he said.From the standpoint of company leaders, “if you have an optimistic viewpoint, then it’s not that big of a deal to be putting up a skyscraper like that,” said Piersa, who works at the National Museum of Industrial History, located on the site of the shuttered mill.The looming demise of Martin Tower has generated some controversy, with preservationists lamenting the loss and hundreds signing a petition that calls Martin Tower a “local treasure” that should be saved.But the mayor said most residents have a stronger emotional attachment to the 20-story Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces that have distinguished the local skyline for more than 100 years, and to other historic buildings at the shuttered plant. A casino that opened there in 2009 transformed what was then the nation’s largest abandoned industrial complex into an $800 million destination that incorporates the site’s steelmaking past.“All hell would break loose” if the blast furnaces — which went cold in 1995 — ever came down, Donchez said. As for Martin Tower, he said, “we need to move on.”By the time Barnette, the ex-CEO, visited last week, the building was a shell of concrete and steel. Crews had removed just about everything else to limit the debris and dust that’ll be generated by Sunday’s implosion.Explosives will take out the building’s structural support columns — which have been cut in strategic places — and gravity will do the rest, according to Jim Santoro at Controlled Demolition Inc.The steel will be recycled.Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press read more

Jan Eliasson of the UN and Salim Ahmed Salim of the AU said they had received strong support from the participants at the Geneva consultations – which included the Security Council’s permanent members, its African members, the European Union and neighbours of Sudan – for renewed efforts to move the political process forward.“The first step is, of course, to do whatever we can – and particularly [for] the participants in this meeting, whatever they can – to facilitate the relationship between Chad and Sudan, which is basic for peace in Darfur,” Mr. Eliasson told a press briefing after the meeting.Last week the presidents of Chad and Sudan signed an agreement regarding reconciliation and the normalizing of bilateral relations amid mounting concern about the violence and instability along their common border.Tensions have been high in the region in recent weeks as about 10,000 sought refuge in eastern Chad following a series of deadly air and land attacks by Sudanese Government forces and allied militiamen on towns and villages in West Darfur, and Chadian rebels fought the forces of their Government.Mr. Eliasson said the problems between Chad and Sudan, the growing unrest in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, inter-tribal clashes and the continuing fragmentation of the region’s rebel movements had combined to hurt efforts to start substantive peace talks between the Government and the movements.The splintering of the movements is hindering the formation of a single negotiating team for any serious talks, Mr. Eliasson told UN Radio in a separate interview.“We hope very much that they will soon come to conclusions on their positions for the talks and decide on a negotiation team… But it seems like they still have a long way to go.”The Special Envoy stressed that there can be no military solution to the Darfur conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced at least 2.2 million others since 2003, when rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militia.“And if there is no military solution, there is only a political solution. And for a political solution to come about, we have to sit down and talk. And we have to sit down and talk about power-sharing, wealth-sharing and security. And, of course, the right of return – for people to come back to their own homes. And to start talking about the recovery and development. And the hope of a better future for the people of Darfur.”He urged the countries and organizations participating in the two days of consultations this week to exert any influence they have over either the Government or the movements.Mr. Eliasson added that the concerned countries had agreed on the need for a multi-track approach to diplomatic efforts to end the crisis, including shuttle diplomacy and indirect negotiations. 18 March 2008Improving the relationship between Sudan and Chad is crucial to achieving a durable solution to the conflict wracking Darfur, the United Nations and African Union envoys said today after wrapping up two days of consultations in Geneva with key members of the international community. read more

14 September 2009In a bid to tackle hunger in Zimbabwe, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will give farmers a boost in the African nation boost by distributing seeds and fertilizers, it was announced today. In a bid to tackle hunger in Zimbabwe, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will give farmers a boost in the African nation boost by distributing seeds and fertilizers, it was announced today.Representing between 10 and 15 per cent of farmers in the country, some 176,000 vulnerable farmers will benefit from the scheme carried out in concert with the European Union (EU).Each farmer will receive enough maize or sorghum seeds and fertilizer – to be provided in time for the upcoming agricultural season which kicks off at the end of this month – to plant a 0.5 hectare lot.“With good seasonal rains, timely implementation and effective coordination, farmers’ production in Zimbabwe could feasibly more than double this season, compared to the previous year’s national average production level,” said Jean-Claude Urvoy, FAO’s Emergency Coordinator in Zimbabwe.The EU, through its Food Facility, has committed €1 billion over three years to quickly respond on a large scale to global hunger exacerbated by high food prices and the global economic crisis.Funds from the initiative are channelled through UN agencies and other organizations, with FAO having received €200 million for work in 25 countries, of which €15 million is earmarked for Zimbabwe.“Many farmers in Zimbabwe can’t afford to buy enough inputs,” Mr. Urvoy said, adding that EU funding will allow vulnerable planters to move past subsistence to having surplus crops to sell for basic households needs, including paying for their children’s school fees.Last month, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned that the situation in the country remains acute, with not enough food to feed all 12.5 million Zimbabweans and funding requirements to provide urgently-needed aid only half met.According to an assessment by the FAO, World Food Programme (WFP) and Zimbabwean Government, only 1.4 million tons of cereal will be available domestically, compared to the more than 2 million needed. Even with commercial imports, there will be a 180,000 ton cereal deficit for 2009-2010. read more

The Hungarian vice-champions MOL Pick Szeged will play in their third EHF Champions League quarter-final. As all prognosis were saying, Hungarians had no problem to outplay Danish Bjerringbro Silkeborg 33:24 at TOP 16 phase of the European elite competition.Next rival – Paris Saint Germain.MOL-Pick Szeged – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 33-24 (14-16)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Sostaric, Balogh 4/1, St. Skube 7, Gaber 2, Gorbok 7, Källman 7. Csere: Nagy M. (kapus), Petrus, Blazevic, Zubai, Bánhidi 1, Obranovic, Buntic 2, Pedro 3. Silkeborg: Rasmussen – Kier 2, R. Jensen, Knudsen 4, Thomsen 1, Hundstrup 2, Seb. Skube 6. Csere: Markussen 5, E. Nielsen 1, Lassen, Öris 3.PICK Szeged won 26:24 in first away match in Silkeborg. ← Previous Story EHF CL WINNER IS OUT: Montpellier conquer Kielce! Next Story → SG Flensburg outplay Meshkov Brest after dramatic finish read more

first_imgThe LA Galaxy striker, who last played for Ireland in the 0-0 with Sweden back in March, was last week named in Giovanni Trapattoni’s 28-man squad for four upcoming international fixtures.Having missed three club games through injury, Keane scored on his comeback to the Galaxy starting line-up as they defeated Philadephia Union 4-1. He has since got another 90 minutes under his belt against New York Red Bulls and looked set to lead Ireland out at Wembley in a week’s timebefore the friendly with Georgia in Dublin on 2 June.The Galaxy had said they would release the striker ahead of the World Cup qualifier with the Faroes Islands on 7 June. Ireland then travel to New York to take on Spain at Yankee Stadium four days later.Dortmund star Goetze loses final fitness battleYour Terrible Refereeing Decision Video of the Day ROBBIE KEANE WILL now be released by the LA Galaxy for game with England next week.The MLS franchise had indicated yesterday that they were unprepared to release the Dubliner but Keane has now managed to negotiate a deal with his employers.“I would like to thank LA Galaxy for reconsidering their decision after further conversations between us which really means a lot,” Keane said in a statement. “We have reached an agreement that will enable me to make it to the games and I look forward to playing my part.”last_img read more

first_img No Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Feb 22nd 2017, 8:57 AM Share Tweet Email EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FIND A LEADER: Rumours continue about the Fine Gael leadership as Taoiseach Enda Kenny is set to announce his plans at a parliamentary party tonight.2. #FERMOY: A garda investigation has been launched after the body of a man was found at a service station in Fermoy, Co Cork.3. #COURTS: Australian police are to prepare a book of evidence, according to RTÉ, in the case of Cathrina Cahill who is accused of murdering her fiancé.4. #DANGEROUS: In its annual report, Amnesty has slammed the isolating and divisive policies of leaders like Donald Trump, while the US President expanded deportation criteria for immigrants.5. #TESCO: Seven stores have voted against strike action as Mandate plans to ballot more stores over a pay dispute.6. #MISLEADING: Retailer Lidl has received a slap on the wrist for an ad that called fish from Namibia “fresh”.7. #TOWED: Dublin City Council’s transport committee will this week vote whether to automatically tow vehicles found illegally parked in cycle lanes around the capital.8. #SHANE ROSS: The Transport Minister will be looking for a free vote on his proposal to automatically ban any drivers caught over the alcohol limit.9. #STORM DORIS: Winds are picking up for the storm that’s set to hit our shores tomorrow – so watch out today.Comments are closed as a case is before the courts. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 11,803 Views Image: Shutterstock/IriGri Image: Shutterstock/IriGri Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:57 AM The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s what you need to know this Wednesday morning. last_img read more

first_imgNext weekend is the weekend where North Queensland truly comes alive and turns Greek with the Xstrata Greek Fest. The festival is a unique opportunity for North Queensland and its visitors to embrace both Greek and Australian cultures through music, dance, cuisine, fun and games.The Hellenic dancers from the senior groups to the younger children will be performing various dances of mainland Greece and the Greek islands. For the official opening, the senior group will do a mythological theatre performance. As part of the festival’s cultural exchange program, Sizmos, a dancing group from Sydney, will also be performing. The children’s component this year is the popular Shrek and Fiona who will perform four shows over the weekend. These shows are provided free of charge for a younger audience and their families – many whom travel from surrounding districts. Six-piece band Steki from Sydney will be playing all the popular songs of Greece and audience participation in the dancing is encouraged. There will be grape stomping, plate smashing, olive spitting, cooking demonstrations, and more. There is an activities marquee for the children and there will be fireworks. A vast selection of Greek culinary delights will be available – souvlakia, octopus, calamari, yiros, fish, spanakopites – to name a few. A licensed bar will have Greek beer and wines. The Greek Festival is a family orientated event. Xstrata Greek Fest Townsville will this weekend, 8 and 9 October, at Riverway Park, Kirwan. For more information check our web site: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgSteve Kyritsis didn’t tell his mother he was off to war that December day in 1967 as he left the family home in north Carlton. Every single soldier who fought in that battle deserves some sort of recognition for their gallantry, we’re talking about 108 men fighting perhaps an enemy force of more than 2500“I told my father, ‘you tell her I’m over there’,” says Steve, no doubt as plain-spoken now as he was 50 years ago. Steve’s like that; up front. Most war veterans are. They’re not usually people prone to hyperbole or high-falutin’ expressions.Steve was a fresh-faced 20-year-old when he arrived off the plane in Saigon – a ‘nasho’, as all the young diggers on national service were known. Sent as an infantryman with 3 RAR (3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment) deployed to bolster the Australian Task Force in Phuoc Tuy province based at Nui Dat, the young Kyritsis became aware of the battle of Long Tan just after arriving in Vietnam.The story of that battle is now sewn into the national psyche: how during a monsoonal downpour late in the afternoon of 18 August 1966, 105 men of D company, 6 RAR, and three Kiwis from an artillery unit were engaged by a force of more than 2,000 Viet Cong in a rubber plantation near the abandoned village of Long Tan.The Australians, more than half of them National Service conscripts, fired more than 10,000 rounds of small arms fire in the short, savage encounter, and thousands more artillery rounds finally routed the enemy. At least 245 Viet Cong soldiers lost their lives but the numbers are contested, with some reports (including one published by the Australian War Memorial) putting the number of Viet Cong killed at as many as 800 and more than 1,000 wounded. It was the deadliest single engagement for the Australian military during the war, with 17 killed and 25 wounded during the fight, one of whom died ten days later. Steve remembers how many patrols he was part of revisited the battle site months later.“The battle had taken place over a year before I arrived,” he says, “but we went through there many times on searches. I remember we were all very scared after hearing what happened in that plantation, we felt that the enemy was still there.“Long Tan was not far from the Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat. When Australian forces set up camp there they tried to resettle the villages nearby for security reasons. “Many of the villages, some of which were feeding the enemy at night, were relocated further away, and the Viet Cong didn’t like that.”Steve says gallantry awards to the soldiers who took part in the Long Tan engagement are long overdue.“Every single soldier who fought in that battle deserves some sort of recognition for their gallantry, we’re talking about 108 men fighting perhaps an enemy force of more than 2,500. It was a very significant battle and a remarkable act of bravery and defiance.”Steve Kyritsis during Operation Pinnaroo in the Long Hai Hills, Vietnam, March 1968. Kyritsis was one of more than 120 Greek Australians who served in the Vietnam War.Steve (nicknamed Zorba by his platoon) first saw combat in early 1968 when the Tet Offensive started – the North Vietnamese audacious push to seize military and civilian commands and control centres in South Vietnam and to threaten Saigon.By late January, 3 RAR were sent to defend the towns of Ba Ria and Long Dien, south east of Saigon. Unlike the typical accounts of the Vietnam War, Steve and his unit were involved in intense street and house-to-house fighting in an effort to prise out Viet Cong defenders armed with the latest Chinese and Russian heavy weapons.In March, Steve’s battalion were deployed south to the Long Hai peninsula – a series of deep ravines and scarred hills overlooking the South China Sea. The hills, dotted with minefields, hid Viet Cong bases, and it was here on patrol – as part of Operation Pinnaroo – that a close mate of Steve’s was killed – John ‘Dusty’ Rapp, the platoon’s ever reliable scout.“I was in the fifth or sixth line, about 20 feet behind him,” says Steve. “He was shot by a Viet Cong sentry. We got him afterwards.”Following this devastating personal loss, Steve went on to take part in some of the largest engagements fought by the Australian Army in Vietnam, which took place between mid-May and early June 1968, around Australian defensive positions named Coral and Balmoral – ‘fire support bases’, under threat from thousands of NVA troops. 3 RAR was tasked with blocking enemy movements as NVA forces retreated and withstood two determined assaults. With the battles in this short period claiming 25 Australian lives, it was one of the most deadly periods of the war for Australian forces.War is an experience that leaves an indelible mark. Reflecting on his military service 50 years ago, for Steve, it was a transformative experience. “We were young diggers, conscripts, don’t forget that. We were thrown into the war, and when we came back we were different people,” says the man who has painstakingly researched, written and had published two books which chronicle the duty and sacrifice shown by Greek Australians over more than a century.His next book, revealing the scores of Greek Australians who served in New Guinea and the Kokoda campaign, will be published next year.Meanwhile, on 18 August – Vietnam Veterans’ Day – Steve and fellow veterans of 3 RAR will march proudly together once more.“We’re a band of brothers, there’s no question about that,” he says. “On Anzac Day we march as a group, and on the 18th of August we’ll be marching together under our banner once more. As you can imagine, there’s a very strong bond between us and it’ll continue to the end.”Steve Kyritsis, President of the Hellenic RSL Sub-Branch in Melbourne. Photo: Mike Sweet Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img17th Legislative District: Republican legislative candidates in the 17th District are teaming up for a campaign kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. June 13 at Pacific Crest Plaza, 601 S.E. 17th Ave. The event, the Team 17 Strawberry Cake Social, will kick off campaigns for incumbent Sen. Don Benton, incumbent Rep. Paul Harris and Position 1 House of Representatives candidate Julie Olson. U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is scheduled to attend. Tickets are $25. For tickets, email or call 360-546-1795.3rd Congressional District: Democratic congressional candidate Jon Haugen will host a town hall at 7 p.m. June 14 at Minus World restaurant and cafe, 1054 14th Ave., Longview. For more information, contact Haugen at or 360-907-8340.last_img read more

first_imgLAKE ALFRED, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials are on the scene after a small plane crashed into a house in Polk County, injuring two people.According to Fire Rescue, at the scene at Lake Alfred, two people were rushed to the hospital. It is unknown if they were on the plane itself.Stay tuned to WSVN 7 News and for updates on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgThe port of Dutch Harbor will hang onto its title as the nation’s busiest fishing port for another year.Download AudioAccording to the latest rankings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about 753 million pounds of seafood were landed here in 2013. That’s more than any other port in America. And it marks the 17th consecutive year Unalaska has gotten that distinction.It’s mostly due to the large volume of pollock brought in from the Bering Sea, along with crab and other groundfish. Those deliveries were worth slightly less last year. But at $197 million, they were still the second most profitable in the nation behind New Bedford, Mass. Their sea scallop harvest helped bring in $379 million.Overall, Alaska’s fishing ports saw the biggest value from their catch. Kodiak came in third, with landings worth $153 million. Cordova, Naknek, and Sitka were in the top ten, with Ketchikan, Petersburg, and Seward trailing close behind.Those ports were also some of the busiest in the country, thanks to a record-breaking salmon season. Alaska’s seafood landings spiked 26 percent — getting close to 5.8 billion pounds of fish statewide.last_img read more