Death penalty of Pune BPO gang rape case convicts commuted to life

first_imgTwelve years after the incident, the Bombay High Court on Monday commuted death sentence to life imprisonment of two convicted for the rape and murder of a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm employee in Pune in 2007.A Division Bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadikari and Swapna Joshi was hearing two criminal petitions filed by Pradeep Kokade and Purshottam Borate seeking a stay on their execution that was originally scheduled for June 24 in Pune. On November 2007, when the BPO employee was leaving from work at night, Borate, the cab driver, along with his friend Kokade, kidnapped, raped and murdered her.They were convicted and sentenced to death in 2012. Soon thereafter, the High Court and Supreme Court upheld the death penalty and their mercy petitions were also rejected in 2016 by the Maharashtra Governor and the President in 2017.Their plea said, “excessive and unexplained delay of over four years (1,509 days) in execution of the sentence of death causes unnecessary and unavoidable pain, suffering and mental torment that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment violative of Article 21 (right to life) of the Indian Constitution.”Advocate Yug Chaudhry appearing for the two had told the court that there had been a delay in issuance of the warrants for execution of the death penalty.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar inaugurates Sky Karting track in Mumbai

first_imgMumbai, Mar 17 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar today inaugurated a Sky Karting track at ?Smaaash? in Lower Parel area here. Speaking on the occasion, Tendulkar said, ?I have always been a big karting fan, something which you cannot do on a normal roads, you can do it on a karting track.? On his love for Indian motorsports, he said, ?Motor sport is a fabulous sport and I really enjoy motor sport? I felt even 30 years ago, or less than 15-10 years ago, the infrastructure for other sports was also not that great, we won whatever medals we could because of sheer talent in sports personalities we had. “But in the last few years infrastructure is getting better, there are better facilities available to sports personalities and it reflects on the number of medals we have been able to achieve and go karting or motor sport is heading in that direction, so it?s about being persistent and also supporting sports. If you support them, appreciate their performances they are all going to deliver and perform, they all need encouragement and we have to encourage sports in general,” Tendulkar added. The track is 430 meter multilevel-track, which is advanced and challenging for those who want to go to flat out, a release issued by Smaaash said. PTI NRB BS BSlast_img read more

B-Town joins Super Boxing League

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Super Boxing League marks the beginning of its first season by bringing in Bollywood stars as team co-owners for its franchises. Actor Suniel Shetty along with Rana Daggubati of Baahubali fame are the co-owners of Bahubali Boxers, the team from South India. Sushant Singh Rajput, for the first time, will be entering the sporting arena as the co-owner of Delhi Gladiators. Showing interest is also the glamorous lady of B-Town Sunny Leone who will be rooting for her team OPM Punjab Sultans. Singer Kanika Kapoor will be pitted against Sunny Leone as she comes in to support her team UP terminators. Randeep Hooda and Sohail Khan have also been announced as the co-owners of Haryana Warriors and Mumbai Assassins respectively. Riteish Deshmukh will be seen promoting his native team, the Maratha Yoddhas. Super Boxing League starts from July 7, 2017 in New Delhi at DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, where the inaugural match will be between Haryana Warriors and Delhi Gladiators. Bill Dosanjh, CEO & Founder, Super Boxing League said, “We are overwhelmed by the response boxing has received from the Bollywood fraternity. Its no secret that Bollywood draws inspiration from sports every now and then. The stars joining us on this platform is an evidence of the immense potential in boxing. “I am delighted to welcome each and every one of them to the SBL family. I am sure this combination of some of the exciting boxers and celebrities will give fans enough moments to cheer and enjoy the five weeks of action that Super Boxing League will bring to the Indian audience.” Amir Khan, Chairman, Super Boxing League said, “I am very delighted to see the excitement within the big wigs of Bollywood for boxing. I welcome one and all to the Super Boxing League and am looking forward for a blockbuster season 1.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

England vs Australia: Eoin Morgan expects hostile reception for Steve Smith, David Warner at Lord’s

first_imgThe mind games have already begun between England and Australia as they gear up for a blockbuster World Cup 2019 match at the Lord’s cricket ground on Tuesday. The game between the oldest rivals in the sport not just promises exciting cricket on the field but also some verbal volleys between players.Trust the English fans and the Barmy Army to give the Aussies a tough time when they take the field on Tuesday with Steve Smith and David Warner being their primary targets.Smith and Warner made a comeback to international cricket after a gap of a year as they served out their one-year ball-tampering bans handed out by Cricket Australia. The tainted duo came back into the national team and played their first match in the World Cup itself.Both Warner and Smith have since been subjected to boos and jeers whenever they took the field in Australia’s first few games before they came up against India at The Oval in London where Virat Kohli asked to crowd to stop booing Smith and start applauding the cricketer instead.Kohli’s message and the video of him telling the crowd to stop booing went viral and he was applauded for his gesture by the Aussies and the cricketing fraternity.But trust the hostilities to return when England host Australia in London. England captain Eoin Morgan has already made it very clear that he won’t do a Kohli and stop fans from having a go at Smith and Warner.”I’m not expecting anything. I think fans and supporters up and down the country will have different reactions, as they will around the world. So we’ll see. Supporters pay a lot of money, they do. And sport is beautiful in many ways, because it attracts people from far and wide.advertisement”And you often see crowds offering support to both sets of players in the grounds,” Morgan told reporters on Monday.Look out! Smith is on the charge… #CWC19 (@cricketcomau) June 24, 2019″Just because two guys have been punished, served their punishment and returned to play, it doesn’t mean they will be accepted back into the cricket community straight away. It will take time,” Morgan added.England are in a tricky position in the points table after suffering their second defeat in the tournament against Sri Lanka in their last game. The hosts, who are touted as the favourites to lift the trophy on July 14, are in fourth position with 8 points from 6 games while the defending champions are second with 10 points from 6 matches.England quick Jofra Archer believes his time in the @BBL can help him when he takes on Australia’s batsmen at the World Cup on Tuesday. #CWC19 (@cricketcomau) June 24, 2019England’s chances of progressing are made significantly more difficult by the fact their three remaining games are against Australia, India and New Zealand, arguably their three biggest rivals for the title.To make matters worse for them, England will be without Jason Roy on Tuesday after he failed to recover from an hamstring injury. Roy, who smashed 153 against Bangladesh earlier in the tournament, was injured in the win over West Indies 10 days ago and has missed games against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.Also Read | Jos Buttler is the new Dhoni of world cricket, says Justin LangerAlso Read | ‘Strange’ for Australians asking fans not to boo Smith and Warner, says BairstowAlso Read | Jofra Archer and Steve Smith put friendship on hold for England-Australia clashlast_img read more

Toronto stock market falls as oil prices and energy stocks move lower

first_imgTORONTO — Losses in the energy sector helped Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit decline as U.S. markets also sank deep into the red in late-morning trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 154.50 points at 14,916.51.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 362.66 points at 24,654.78. The S&P 500 index was down 28.4 points at 2,662.33, while the Nasdaq composite was down 55.82 points at 6,972.66.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.89 cents US on Monday.The January crude contract was down US$2.47 at US$54.73 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 15 cents US$4.55 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$1.30 at US$1,224.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.90 of a cent at US$2.79 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

General Assembly chief deplores threat to burn copies of Koran

9 September 2010General Assembly President Ali Treki has added his voice to United Nations concern about the threat by a Christian clergyman in the United States to burn copies of the Koran. Dr. Treki “condemns such calls, which can only provoke hatred and discrimination between religions and faiths and reinforces the clash between the civilizations and religions of the world,” according to a note released by his spokesperson.The Dove World Outreach Center, a small church located in Florida, has reportedly said it will go ahead with its intention to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, despite widespread international condemnation.Dr. Treki said the threatened burning was “an expression of obsolete and reactionary thinking, which in turn threatens to bring humanity back to the age of the Inquisition,” adding he was concerned that it will “lead to uncontrollable reactions.”The Assembly President stressed that religious coexistence and tolerance is one of the most important aspects of modern societies.His comments follow similar remarks from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Staffan de Mistura, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), who warned yesterday that the burning threat could endanger the lives of those working to further peace and development in that country.Speaking to journalists today at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban reiterated his concerns about the planned burning.“Such actions cannot be condoned by any religion,” he said. “They contradict the efforts of the United Nations and many people around the world to promote tolerance, intercultural understanding and mutual respect between cultures and religions.” read more

EU hails progress in Sri Lanka ready to move forward

“As we share the joy of inaugurating the Delegation’s new home, we also look to the future together with the people of Sri Lanka. We stand in solidarity to embrace our shared vision and commitment to safeguarding our common principles and values: democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, the principles of equality and solidarity, and the respect for international law,” he said.He said the new EU building opens up a new space for cooperation, and the EU is looking forward to welcoming Sri Lanka and the Maldives Governments, international and regional organisations, civil society organisations and all those with interest in the European Union to its new workplace. (Colombo Gazette) “Today is my first day of a short but I hope fruitful dialogue with the Government of Sri Lanka and the civil society. This visit will be an occasion to strengthen our bilateral ties through the signing of two Financing Agreements with the Government of Sri Lanka amounting in total to 38 million euros. These will restart our full cooperation to provide Trade related assistance and to support for rural development in the poorest and most vulnerable districts of the Central and Uva Provinces,” he said.He says the European Union has emerged as a key partner in Sri Lanka across a range of fields including development, climate change, trade, aid to displaced populations. Speaking at the opening of the new EU office in Colombo today Neven Mimica said that over the past year, the European Union and Sri Lanka have turned a new page of partnership and have rejuvenated their relations. Neven Mimica, who is on a visit to Sri Lanka, will hold a series of high-level meetings, including with the President of Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other senior members of the Government. The Commissioner will also meet with civil society representatives, including those working on women’s empowerment, child rights, disappeared people and media freedom. The European Union says the Government of Sri Lanka has made significant advances since the presidential elections held in January 2015 to restore democratic governance, initiate a process of national reconciliation and re-engage with the international community.The EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica said he will be discussing with the Sri Lanka authorities the most appropriate way to support the new political momentum initiated by the new Government in 2015 in the years to come. read more

Grant application backlog has Alberta film industry worried

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s film industry has found itself on some unstable ground after a backlog of grant applications started to grow because the provincial government delayed the release of its budget.The province says the budget will not be released until they hear back from a ‘blue-ribbon panel’ it struck to look into government finances.Producers in the industry continue to wait for their applications to be processed and have begun to look outside of Alberta to work.Damian Petti with IASTE Local 212 says some have already left.“I personally know of three projects that have decided not to shoot in Alberta because of the uncertainty that is arriving because of this backlog,” Petti said.Petti adds the UCP government made promising commitments about converting the grants to a tax credit during the election which was supported heavily by the industry.“This industry represents so much opportunity for jobs. I think we need to view this as an investment in jobs, technology, and growth and this is precisely what was promised in the (election) platform for the UCP, it was very specific to the screen industry.”If the problem is not fixed he says it will be very difficult for the province to recover. read more

Massachusetts businessman donates 20K to replace Scary Lucy statue in stars NY

by The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2015 7:39 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2015 at 10:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Massachusetts businessman donates $20K to replace ‘Scary Lucy’ statue in star’s NY hometown CELORON, N.Y. – A Massachusetts businessman has donated $20,000 to replace an infamous statue of comedian Lucille Ball that’s located in her western New York hometown.The Post-Journal of Jamestown reports ( ) officials in the village of Celoron announced this week that Ernie Boch Jr. of Norwood, near Boston, had donated the funds to purchase a new statue.Boch, president and CEO of Subaru of New England, said he made the donation because he loved Lucille Ball and is a big fan of her 1950s television show, “I Love Lucy.”The life-size bronze in Lucille Ball Memorial Park drew international attention last month when a Facebook posting called for replacing what has been dubbed “Scary Lucy” because its face bears little resemblance to the star.The village board has agreed to give the statue to the National Comedy Center in neighbouring Jamestown.___Information from: The Post-Journal, read more

Yemen UN agency warns of deteriorating health situation amid ongoing fighting

Briefing reporters in Geneva earlier today, WHO’s Tarik Jašarevic said sources within Yemen’s Ministry of Health were warning about the possible collapse of health services as clinics and hospitals around the country struggle to function while facing medicine and health supply shortages. Power cuts and fuel shortages were also threatening to disrupt the UN agency’s ongoing vaccine operation, he said, leaving millions of children under the age of five unvaccinated and at increased risk of communicable diseases like measles and polio. In addition, limited access to safe water has also led to a spike in cases of bloody diarrhoea in children below five, as well as increased cases of measles and suspected malaria.Before the current conflict exploded, Yemen was ranked 50th out of 194 countries in terms of highest under five mortality rate which, he said, added to the burden already facing the country’s children. According to the UN’s overview of the situation on the ground, the fighting in Yemen has steadily escalated in recent weeks, spreading throughout the country and into urban areas and residential neighbourhoods.Civilian infrastructure has reportedly been destroyed as airstrikes and shelling have hit hospitals, schools, airports and mosques. At the same time, reports of serious human rights violations being committed are also emerging.Mr. Jašarevic also warned that as of 17 April health facilities across the country had reported 944 deaths and 3,487 injured – a significant increase in casualty figures since the last reporting period. read more

Was I Too Naive Simone Biles Fought with Guilt

In a statement via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar.Biles, who won five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, released a statement via Twitter outlining that abuse. Nassar, who spent more than two decades as a physician at USA Gymnastics while also working at Michigan State University, has admitted sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought medical treatment. He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography and is facing another 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting seven girls.Biles, now 20, called Nassar’s behavior “completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially from someone whom I was told to trust.” She joins a list of high-profile gymnasts who have come out against Nassar, including six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas and two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney.Like her Olympic teammates, Biles detailed abuse by Nassar that he disguised as treatment.“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the ‘special’ treatment,” Biles wrote.Biles is in the beginning stages of a return to competition, a journey that includes visits to the national team’s training center at the Karolyi Ranch north of Houston, where she said the abuse occurred.“It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart, even more, to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused,” Biles wrote.USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the Karolyi Ranch in the summer of August 2016, following the retirement of longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, but then backed out of the deal. The national team continues to use the facility while options for a replacement are explored.Biles says she initially wondered if she was to blame.“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it may fault?’” Biles wrote. “I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”Feelings… 💭 #MeToo— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018USA Gymnastics said in a statement it is “heartbroken, sorry and angry” that Biles and other athletes were harmed by Nassar.“USA Gymnastics’ support is unwavering for Simone and all athletes who courageously came forward to share their experiences,” the organization said in a release. “We are our athletes’ advocates. USA Gymnastics will continue to listen to our athletes and our members in our efforts of creating a culture of empowerment with a relentless focus on athlete safety every single day.”The organization has taken several steps in recent months. President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure last March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who took over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport last summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.That’s not far enough for some. Raisman has urged the organization to remove chairman of the board Paul Parilla among others. Biles, like Raisman, wants USA Gymnastics to take a deeper look at the conditions that allowed Nassar’s behavior to run unchecked for so long.“We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us,” Biles said. “We need to make sure something like this never happens again.” read more

New Species of Leech Found Near Washington DC

first_img New Dinosaur Discovered After Laying ‘Misidentified’ in Vault for 30 Years11 New Species of Rain Frogs Discovered in Ecuadorian Andes Stay on target There’s a new bloodsucker in town — and it has been lurking in plain sight for decades.Scientists have discovered a previously unrecognized species of medicinal leech from specimens collected in southern Maryland, just less than 50 miles from the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC — one of the world’s largest libraries of biodiversity.For #NationalRelaxationDay we share this hypnotic video…of a LEECH. Its name is Macrobdella mimicus. And it was just described today in the Journal of Parasitology, by our curator of parasitic worms, Anna Phillips @Annalida500, and a team of scientists.— Smithsonian’s NMNH (@NMNH) August 15, 2019The discovery prompted Smithsonian scientists to search through marshes and museum collections that ultimately revealed that the leech, now named named Macrobdella mimicus, has long occupied a range that stretches throughout the Piedmont region of the eastern United States, between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Coast, according to a press release.“A discovery like this makes clear just how much diversity is out there remaining to be discovered and documented, even right under scientists’ noses,” said Anna Phillips, the museum’s curator of parasitic worms and lead author of an article describing the new species published in the Journal of Parasitology.Leeches are parasitic worms, many of which feed on the blood of their hosts. In the 1700s and 1800s, physicians used leeches to treat a wide range of ailments, believing that by ridding a patient’s body of bad blood, the parasites could cure headaches, fevers and other conditions, according to the Smithsonian. Any leech that readily feeds on humans is considered a medicinal leech, although in North America most leeches used for bloodletting were imported from Europe, leaving native species relatively undisturbed.During a 2015 field expedition to the explore the diversity of medicinal leeches in North America, Phillips had collected several orange-spotted, olive-green leech specimens from a Maryland swamp. She and her team assumed they belonged to a familiar species called M. decora, a leech that is thought to live throughout a large swath of the northern United States. But DNA sequencing revealed otherwise.A team of scientists led by Anna Phillips (pictured), the Smithsonian’s curator of parasitic worms, describe the Macrobdella mimicus in the Journal of Parasitology. (Photo Credit: Paul Fetters for Smithsonian)Examining the specimens’ genomes at key regions used for species identification, Ricardo Salas-Montiel, a graduate student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, found significant differences from the DNA of M. decora, the Smithsonian said in the statement.Aside from the molecular discrepancy, scientists also found a physical difference that distinguished them from M. decora. “Like M. decora, the new leeches have multiple reproductive pores along the bottom of their bodies, known as gonopores and accessory pores. In the new leeches, the gonorpores and accessory pores were located in a different position relative to each other,” the Smithsonian said.Another expedition led to the team finding more leeches from South Carolina that shared the same accessory pore positioning. “Then we sequenced [their DNA], and they all came out more closely related to the leeches we had found in Maryland than to anything else known to science,” Phillips said.Phillips quickly retrieved dozens of North American leeches stored in the Smithsonian’s parasite collection and examined their accessory pores. “All of a sudden, I started finding these things everywhere,” she said.The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. (Photo Credit: George Rose / Getty Images)Leeches with the unique pore positioning had been found in locations from northern Georgia to Long Island and preserved in the museum’s collection for years. The oldest, Phillips said, dated back to 1937.Phillips also scoured parasite collections at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Virginia Museum of Natural History, pinpointing additional places where the leech had been found in the past. She and her team also found fresh specimens in Georgia and North Carolina and used DNA sequencing to confirm their close relationship to the others.The historical record from the museums’ collections, with specimens spanning 63 years, adds another critical layer of information, confirming that the species was not recently introduced to the area and does not represent a newly evolved species.“It’s been here this whole time,” Phillips said. “We just hadn’t looked at it in this new way.”More on Dinosaur Discovered After Laying ‘Misidentified’ in Vault for 30 YearsWakanda Forever: New Fish Named After ‘Black Panther’ HomeNew Species of Worm Found in Scotland Has Eyes on Its Buttlast_img read more

Gustavs gets better with each visit

first_imgWhy: Gustav’s is a stand-alone, family-friendly, full-service restaurant that has been known for years on both sides of the river for its fresh, seasonal and traditional German cuisine with a little bit of Northwest influence. Gustav’s bar serves exclusive cocktails and a wide selection of German and local craft beers and wines.What I tried: My dining companion and I started our meal with the famous Rheinlander Fondue, which combines deliciously creamy cheeses into a warm dipping sauce for an assortment of rye, sourdough and white bread cubes. We found it to be the perfect beginning to our meal and noted the cheese sauce was not too rich nor too filling.I settled on the Bavarian meatballs served with house-made German potato salad and fresh greens. My dining companion had the sauerbraten, which comes with spatzle and red cabbage.The pan-fried meatballs are made of veal and pork and sit atop a Spaten Optimator pepper cream sauce. The dark brew gives the sauce a rich flavor that complements the meat. Although they are meatballs, they appear more like meat patties, and the flavor and consistency was somewhere between meatballs and meatloaf. I thought they were very appetizing. The warm German potato salad was the perfect pairing for the meatballs, and the greens provided a garden-fresh element well suited for the entree. The sauerbraten is made from select cuts of beef that are marinated for 5 days. The sauce is a close second to the flavor of the marinaded meat and adds just a touch of sauer to the overall profile. The meat reminded me of all those wonderful spices associated with the holidays. The spatzle and red cabbage completed the dish in tasty, German fashion.last_img read more

Workers comp insurance wont rise in 13 LI says

first_imgVancouver — The Department of Labor and Industries will not impose an overall increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums in 2013, the state agency said Friday. This is the second year in a row that L&I has held overall rates flat.Individual employers may see their rates go up or down, depending on their recent claims history and changes in the frequency and cost of claims in their industry, L&I said in a news release. The new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2013.An accord has been reached to buy 32 fighters in addition to the 63 already on contract, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters Friday.last_img

Wilmington Educational Foundations Joanne Benton WEF Walk Raises 10000

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Educational Foundation’s 2018 Joanne Benton WEF Walk was a tremendous success.On Halloween, students and staff at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center, Wildwood Early Childhood Center, Shawsheen Elementary School, Woburn Street Elementary School, North Intermediate School, and West Intermediate School participated in the popular fundraiser.Hundreds dressed in costumes and paraded around their school buildings, taking a 30-minute break from the classroom to enjoy some exercise and fresh air. Many students received pledges from family and friends leading up to the walk.“We raised approximately $10,000,” announced WEF Vice President and WEF Walk organizer Jen Mason. “They proceeds will go towards supporting requests from Wilmington’s teachers and administrators through out grant programs.”Mason noted the WEF Walk was recently renamed in honor of the late Superintendent Joanne Benton. Benton was instrumental in the launch of the fundraiser.The Wilmington Educational Foundation shared dozens of photos from each school’s walk on its Facebook page.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch PSA On Joanne Benton WEF Walk Set For This HalloweenIn “Videos”PHOTO OF THE DAY: Wilmington Education Foundation’s Halloween Walk Raises Nearly $15,000In “Photo of the Day”Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Joanne Benton WEF Walk Returns This HalloweenIn “Education”last_img read more

Yukon subsistence fisherman get first targeted opening for Yukon salmon in 5

first_imgSubsistence fishermen on the Yukon are getting some rare gillnet openings during the middle of the summer season, and will be allowed to keep any king salmon they catch.Download Audio“Chinook salmon, Yukon Delta NWR.” Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Via Flickr Creative Commons.Targeted openings for Yukon king salmon have not occurred in more than 5 years, though occasionally subsistence users are allowed to keep kings taken as bycatch in the summer chum fishery.Fish and Game Yukon River Summer Season Manager Holly Carroll said the idea of allowing gillnets during the heart of the summer run has been developing since the end of the 2015 fishing season, when subsistence users up and down the Yukon repeatedly criticized managers for not enabling people to meet their subsistence needs.When it came time to discuss the 2016 management plans last winter, Carroll said that subsistence users and fishery managers came to a consensus.“We told them that we would rather, if the run looks strong enough, provide a little bit more subsistence harvest than last year,” Carroll said. “And most people gave us feedback on how they would want that. They want it soon enough to be able to dry their fish. They want it before all of the kings are old or unusable upriver. They also wanted chums when they were fresher, for the people that harvest chums. Basically at those meetings, we present our management strategy, and then we take all of the feedback we are given, and try to incorporate what say they actually want.”The openings are being timed to fall after a large second pulse of kings moves upriver, in order to minimize the impact that the more efficient gillnet gear could have on the struggling king salmon stock.The 2016 king run appears to be similar in size to last year’s run, when over 85 thousand kings crossed into Canada – almost twice as much as required by a treaty between the U.S and Canada.Fish and Wildlife Service Yukon River In-Season Manager Fred Bue acknowledges that managers achieved that high level of escapement, in part, by virtually eliminating subsistence fishing time. But this year, Bue said, managers want to provide better subsistence opportunities on the river.“There’s no way we are going to meet people’s needs,” Bue said. “But we do hope to get a little bit of fish for people to use, and we hope to have it not right on the back end of the run when the quality of fish kind of deteriorates. It’s not as good as those first, fresh fish. If you are going to harvest a fish, we would like you to get the maximum benefit out of it.”A series of 18-hour openings utilizing gillnets with a maximum mesh size of 6 inches have occurred in lower river districts 1 and 2, and similar opportunities will be afforded to middle and upper river districts over the next few weeks.A 6-inch mesh restriction for gillnets is intended to select the smaller males, while allowing spawning females to escape.Middle and upper river fishermen are more likely to harvest kings as the runs separate, and chum turn off into tributaries to spawn.The Pilot Station sonar estimate for kings on Tuesday was just over 91 thousand fish – about 18 thousand fish above the 10-year average for that date. Managers attribute some of that high number to the early run timing this year.last_img read more

Sensex to End the Year at 26900 Yuan Devaluation to Weigh HSBC

first_imgGlobal brokerage firm HSBC has kept its Sensex target for calendar 2015 unchanged at 26,900, saying China’s yuan devaluation could have a “domino effect” on the rupee, triggering heavy capital outflows. The firm has revised its target to 26,900 in May this year, down from 30,100. The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 27,931.64 on Wednesday, 100 points above its Tuesday close.HSBC has cautioned over recent offloading of shares by foreign investors in Indian markets. Overseas investor had pulled out $500 million from Indian equities, marking the highest weekly outflow in 74 weeks.”Continued logjam in Parliament combined with the devaluation of the yuan led to a sharp spike in outflows from India,” The Economic Times reported, citing a note by HSBC’s Jitendra Sriram and Vikas Ahuja.The Modi government failed to pass the land acquisition bill and the goods and services tax (GST) bill in the recently-concluded monsoon session of Parliament, as the Opposition disrupted both the Houses over the Lalit Modi row.”The delay in passage of key legislations such as GST and the Land Bill has kept investor sentiments subdued,” said the analysts.The depreciation in rupee as a result of yuan devaluation by Chinese authorities is also weighing on the domestic stock markets.The rupee has fallen by over 2% against the US dollar since China’s announced its currency devaluation move last week.Besides, global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday trimmed its growth estimate for India to 7% in the current fiscal year ending March 2016 from a previous forecast of 7.5%, citing lower-than-expected monsoon rainfall witnessed so far across the country.last_img read more