Khris Davis makes spring debut, A’s rotation battle gets clarity

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Khris Davis was Major League Baseball’s home run king in 2018 and has homered more than any player in baseball over the past three seasons.The A’s know what they have in Davis. Nothing he does in spring training can change that. But it is still nice to actually get a look at him before the real games begin.After a left calf strain since the start of spring had limited to just taking at-bats over at minor league camp, Davis finally appeared in his first Cactus League game. The …last_img read more

Qantas goes back to the future for its 95th

first_imgAustralian airlines have a fatality free safety record for jet operations. Qantas has unveiled its second retro colour scheme on a Boeing 737-800 painted in vintage 1960s livery as the national carrier celebrates 95 years of flying.Retro Roo II (VH-VXQ) has the same livery that featured on Qantas’ first Boeing 707 jets from 1959 to 1961 – when the flying kangaroo helped revolutionise long-haul travel.World’s safest airlineRetro Roo delivery flight The B707 represented a step-change in aviation and Qantas was the first carrier outside the United States to operate the jet. In 1959, Qantas used it to become the first airline to operate regular passenger jet services across the Pacific Ocean, connecting Sydney and San Francisco.Qantas was also the first airline to offer a round-the-world jet service with the B707. The flying time was 70 hours compared to 127 hours with the Super Constellation aircraft that the B707 replaced..Welcoming the freshly-painted jet into a hangar with more than 300 employees, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce described the vintage livery as a flying tribute to the airline’s history of innovation.“None of the past 95 years would have been possible without all those who have worked for Qantas with such commitment and passion. Tens of thousands of people have dedicated their whole careers to the national carrier and many who work here today are the third or fourth generation in their family to do so,” he added.“As we celebrate our 95th birthday today, I hope this livery inspires a sense of pride in what our national airline has achieved during all those years of taking Australians around the world and bringing them safely home again,” said Mr Joyce.“A large part of the national pride people feel towards the flying kangaroo comes from the fact it has been responsible for so many innovations in global aviation.“We were the first airline to introduce business class, we have operated record breaking endurance flights throughout our history and we’ve helped pioneer many breakthroughs in aviation technology.Retro Roo II is the second Qantas 737 aircraft in vintage livery. Retro Roo I was launched last November, featuring the livery of 1971-1984, and regularly appears on social media as passengers photograph it at airports across the country.last_img read more

SA praised for fight against malaria

first_img29 January 2013 South Africa plans to eliminate the spread of malaria within its borders by the year 2018, President Jacob Zuma said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday. He was speaking at an African Union at which South Africa received the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) award for excellence in impact and implementation in the fight against malaria. Zuma also confirmed that South Africa would continue to use controlled indoor spraying of Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) insecticide as part of its malaria control programme. In 2006, the World Health Organisation (WHO) did an about-turn on the use of DDT to fight malaria, citing South Africa’s successful anti-malaria programme as evidence that controlled indoor spraying of the insecticide was not only safe, but “one of the best tools we have” against the killer disease. In 1996, South Africa had stopped using DDT against malaria following pressure from environmental groups. Zuma said this resulted in huge increases of malaria cases in the country, from a baseline of approximately 10 000 cases in 1995 to 64 622 in the year 2000. “The cause of this increase was mainly due to the particular species that transmitted malaria, which was once eradicated with DDT, had reappeared and was resistant to other types of insecticides.” The Department of Health returned to the use of DDT in 2000. Subsequently malaria cases decreased to 26 506 in 2001, with progressive decreases in subsequent years to 9 866 cases in 2011. Other recipients of the AU award were Cape Verde, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland and Zambia. Zuma said South Africa and other SADC countries had initiated a process to eliminate malaria, in keeping with the call from the African Union in its 2007 malaria declaration. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Watch for mid-season pests

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn insects we may see in July are European corn borer and new to northern Ohio the Western bean cutworm. See your Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for images and scouting suggestions.If you are in continuous corn, watch for Western corn rootworm. This pest has reappeared in areas of the central Corn Belt in continuous corn situations, apparently overcoming the Bt insect protection trait. Let us know if you see unexpectedly lodged corn later this summer.Last year we had Northern corn leaf blight and Gray leaf spot appear later than normal and then get slowed by dry weather. With our wet weather, I think I am seeing gray leaf spot already on susceptible hybrids. The watch in soybeans is Frogeye leaf spot. We have too many bean-on-bean acres so look for this disease and read these comments from Anne Dorrance: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AC-53.Watch the Crop Observation & Recommendation Network newsletter for reports of disease and insect appearance across the state: http://corn.osu.edu.last_img read more

Infant killed by monkey in Agra

first_imgInfant killed by monkey in Agra (Eds: Recasting intro) Agra, Nov 13 (PTI) A 12-day-old baby died after a monkey snatched him from his mother and left him bruised and bitten on the terrace of a neighbour’s house in Mohalla Kachhera area here. According to the family, Sunny’s mother was feeding him on Monday evening when the monkey snatched the infant and ran away with him. Sunny’s family members chased the monkey and later found the baby lying blood-soaked on a neighbour’s terrace. The baby was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the family members said. Not ready to believe it, the family took him to another hospital, but to no avail. Eco-activist Shravan Kumar said monkeys are turning aggressive as their natural habitats have been destroyed and green cover is steadily shrinking. Residents said the monkeys loot, snatch and attack people, particularly women and children in Agra. “People do not dare to go to their terraces. Those who do have sealed their homes with iron mesh cages. You cannot leave your door open or sit in the sun,” a resident of Vijay Nagar colony Seema Gupta said. PTI CORR DIV DIV 11131419last_img read more

Photo: N.C. State’s Abdul-Malik Abu Kept His Promise To Chapel Hill Shooting Victim

first_imgAbdul-Malik Abu at a friend's wedding.N.C. State freshman forward Abdul-Malik Abu was very close with Deah Shaddy Barakat, one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting earlier this month. In the wake of the tragedy, Abu posted a touching tribute to Barakat, his wife and her sister on Instagram. At Barakat’s wedding in December, Abu vowed he would beat UNC and Duke for his friend, a die-hard N.C. State fan. Barakat posted this photo to remind Abu after the Wolfpack upset Duke last month. “I’m gonna beat Duke and UNC for you as my wedding gift” @malikabuA photo posted by @arabprodigy0 on Jan 11, 2015 at 12:47pm PST On Tuesday, N.C. State stunned rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Abu made sure to let his friend know that he had fulfilled his promise, even if he was no longer alive to see him do it. Thanks Deah for being a special person to all of us. This one was for you your family and and the wonderful people of #WPN !!!!! Love you man #RIP #WeDidIt  #iPromisedYouManA photo posted by Abdul-Malik Abu (@malikabu) on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:07pm PSTWhat an awesome way for Abu to keep his friend’s memory alive.[ SBNation ]last_img read more

BJP organic entity not an assembled one PM

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP is an “organic” entity and not an “assembled” entity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the ruling party lawmakers here as he asked them to remain active as ground workers even after becoming ministers or legislators.”The BJP is an organic entity and not an assembled entity. It has reached here because of its ideology and thoughts not because of one family’s legacy,” Modi told the BJP MPs during a two-day training programmes for them. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The party worker in you should remain alive always even if you become a minister or an MP. Irrespective of your age, always remain a student so that learning process goes on,” Modi was quoted as saying by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. The PM was addressing the BJP lawmakers at a two-day training programme for them that began here on Saturday. During the training programme, the party MPs will also be addressed by Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and party working president JP Nadda. The training programme, “Abhyas Varga”, is being organised at Parliament and issues like the party’s ideology and Parliamentary procedures will be discussed at length.last_img read more

IT issues 17point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to seize illegal cash, the Income Tax Department has issued a 17-point checklist to tax commisioners across the country to track those who deposited unaccounted cash during demonetisation. In a directive to the Principal Chief Commissioners of Income Tax and Principal Director Generals of Income Tax, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said that in conitinuation of the handling of cases related to demonetisation, a verification checklist of cash deposits has been prepared to assist the assessing officers so that deviant cases can be taken up for further study. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe CBDT move is aimed at spreading the department’s net wide and deep to catch those who deposited unaccounted cash during demonetisation. In this latest directive to tax officers, a 17-point checklist has been created, which has to be updated on the department’s server for further action. All unaccounted cash deposits made between November 9, 2016 and December 31, 2016 will be examined as part of this plan. The checklist also says that if a taxpayer disputes the amount, the correct amount has to be mentioned after checking with the bank. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe particulars in the checklist are — return filing compliance, total income of the taxpayer in 2016-17, gross total income (including exempt income) of the taxpayer in FY 2016-17 and percentage of cash deposit to gross total income (including exempt income). The assessing officers will have to check on the checklist with regard to the nature of deposit on assessment of the explanation provided by the taxpayer and the quantum of unaccounted deposits as determined by the assessing officers. On the response side, they have to file if the explanation was acceptable, partially acceptable or not acceptable. The nature of the deposit option could be sale or advance for sale of land or any other capital asset, gift, repayment of loan and cash in hand. Some other verification check points are whether the quarterly VAT return is revised in the post demonetisation period, if small part of the cash is deposited in or withdrawn from the bank despite having huge cash in hand, if there are large changes in the purchase and sales figures between the original and the revised VAT returns and if the changes are for genuine reasons. The assessment procedures as per the checklist are — if the books of the accounts have been rejected, if additions have been made u/s 68 to 69D and if tax is calculated as per section 115BBE and if penalty u/s 271AAC has been levied. The examination of monthly cash sales and cash deposits lists the period from April 2015 to November 8, 2016. On November 8, 2016, the Government of India had announced demonetisation of all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes. It also announced the issuance of new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 banknotes.last_img read more

DAPL developer says no January 1 deadline looming despite report on controversial

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline says there are no contractual obligations tied to the beginning of 2017.And Energy Transfer Partners expects a different take on the construction of the controversial pipeline once President Elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20th.Earlier this month, a report called “The High-Risk Financing Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline: A Potential Stranded Asset in the Bakken Region of North Dakota” was released.The report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and Sightline Institute states that the project has a deadline before losses will be felt.“DAPL faces a looming financial deadline,” researchers wrote. “The pipeline’s principal backer, Energy Transfer Partners, has conceded in court proceedings that is has a contractual obligation to complete the project by January 1, 2017. If it misses the deadline, companies that have committed long-term to ship oil through the pipeline at 2014 prices have the right to rescind those commitments and may well exercise that right.”And according to media sources in the United States, Sunoco Logistics Partners has announced a nearly $20 billion merger with Energy Transfer Partners.In an email to APTN, Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson Vicki Granado said is false.“There is nothing contractual tied to the January 1 date. That was an initial in-service target date. The contractual dates are further out and pose no issue to the project.”Granado said the company has no worries that investors will start pulling out of the project. The company currently has equipment on site and ready to drill under the water to complete the North Dakota portion of the four-state pipeline. The company is capable of drilling even during a harsh North Dakota winter.The company currently has equipment on site and ready to drill under the water to complete the North Dakota portion of the four-state pipeline. The company is capable of drilling even during a harsh North Dakota winter.The Army Corps of Engineers has hit the pause button on the project while it continues its discussions with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The prospect a re-route was mentioned by United States President Barack Obama. But the company says it is not interested in a reroute and has filed a lawsuit alleging there is political interference at play.The prospect a re-route was mentioned by U.S. President Barack Obama. But the company says it is not interested in a reroute and has filed a lawsuit alleging there is political interference at play.The IEEFA report also makes the case the regional oil transport infrastructure is overbuilt already and suggests DAPL is superfluous.The Dakota Access Pipeline Limited has resulted in violent clashes between heavily armed police and National Guard forces and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of Native Americans and First Nations people who have come together to support them.To date, hundreds of people have been arrested and injured during clashes with police.An eviction notice was issued by USACE for Dec. 5. The Corps then clarified it would not forcibly remove people.  That was followed by Executive Order by ND Gov calling for the camp to be evacuated.dward@aptn.calast_img read more