Panaji: Congress leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, who is also the Leader of Opposition, has sought more time to reply to questions by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Goa Police in connection with a disproportionate assets case against him.A senior ACB official told The Hindu that Mr. Kavlekar, who appeared before them after dodging previous summons, was questioned for nearly three hours on Friday. The disproportionate assets case was filed by the ACB last year against him and his wife Savitri, who is also a senior Mahila Congress leader. Before entering the police premises this morning Mr. Kavlekar said he was innocent and would cooperate with the investigation. “I have always said that the charges against me are false,” he added. He was summoned by the ACB on Monday, but skipped it saying he was busy. A trial court has granted him interim relief from arrest till February 12. The FIR filed against Mr. Kavlekar and his wife Savitri accuses the duo of purchasing properties in Kerala between January 2007 and April 2013, during which Mr. Kavlekar held the post of chairman of the Goa Industrial Development Corporation(GIDC), State-owned industry promotion body on three occasions.The Goa Small Industries Association, a body representing medium and small industry, had charged him of committing large-scale irregularities related to allotment of industrial plots when he was chairman of the GIDC.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alexander Tettey makes Norwich plea: I’m scaredby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Tettey admits he has no idea where he stands with Norwich City.The Norway international is a key member of Norwich manager Daniel Farke’s first team system this Premier League campaign. Indeed, Tettey was again a starter for Farke in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.But the midfielder, now 33, comes off contract in June and hasn’t heard from the Canaries about their plans. Tettey admits he’d love to stay at Carrow Road for another season, though concedes his age could work against him.Asked about his contract situation, he told VG: “I have no idea. I have no idea. 100 percent honest. All I know is that my contract expires June 30. After that … either it is a club that is crazy, that will take the chance to have me for a year, or I get to listen to my body.”Indeed, the uncertainty is concerning Tettey, as he freely admits playing football is all he knows. Now in his seventh year with Norwich, Tettey reached the 200 appearances mark for the club in December and remains a firm part of the furniture.However, with retirement now edging closer, the former Rosenborg skipper concedes he’s not looking forward to it.Tettey continues, “I think it’s scary. When you have been contracted since you were 16 until you are 34, it is a pretty long career in sport. You get up every day, have a place to go, a purpose and a meaning, and then … nothing.”I’ve read books that say there are people struggling. It’s scary.” – updated September 23
Man City and Arsenal learn their Women’s Champions League opponentsby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Women’s Champions League last 16.Nick Cushing’s team lost to Atletico in the last 32 of the 2018-19 competition.Women’s Super League champions Arsenal will play Slavia Prague, while Glasgow City will face Brondby.The first legs will be played on 16-17 October, with the second legs scheduled for 30-31 October.Glasgow City (Sco) v Brondby (Den)Barcelona (Esp) v FC Minsk (Blr)BIIK-Kazygurt (Kaz) v Bayern Munich (Ger)Lyon (Fra) v Fortuna Hjorring (Den)Paris St-Germain (Fra) v Breidablik (Isl)Wolfsburg (Ger) v FC Twente (Ned)Slavia Prague (Cze) v Arsenal (Eng)Manchester City (Eng) v Atletico Madrid (Esp) TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Luis von Ahn, the 40-year-old co-founder and CEO of popular language-learning app Duolingo, says one of the challenges of seeing his business grow is having to let go of doing everything. Motivating people and trusting them become important, he says.The Pittsburgh-based startup employs 150 people and has grown rapidly since its 2014 launch. It had more than $40 million in revenue this year and boasts 300 million users worldwide.Von Ahn spoke with The Associated Press after winning the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for inventors who’ve made a positive social impact. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Q: How did you learn how to manage people as Duolingo grew?A: This is probably the toughest thing I’ve done. As a professor I spent most of my time coming up with inventions or new products. With Duolingo it’s been a shift. Over time, you get to a point where you don’t know everybody’s name. You’re not even talking directly to the people who are doing the stuff. It’s about learning how to motivate and direct a large group of very intelligent people. Usually intelligent people have their own will, their own ideas. It’s a balance between letting them innovate by themselves, but also everybody pointing in the same direction.Q: How’d you figure it out?A: Most of it was through trial and error. My approach to most things in life is, “OK, we’re going to try this, as long as you know what the success condition is.” What’s failure, what’s success? As long as you’re pretty good at that, you can try a lot of things. And as long as everyone you’re working with knows you have the company’s best interests in mind, they allow you to try things.Q: How did you let go from being involved in everything?A: It’s been very difficult. One of the reasons why Duolingo was successful early on was because I was very detail-oriented. I was on top of every single thing. It was psychologically difficult for me to let go. It was a tough realization when the product didn’t get any worse when I stopped being on top of it. But eventually you get through it because you have to. It is now literally impossible for me to be on top of everything we do. I just can’t. It’s available in multiple platforms, multiple languages. I can’t test everything myself.Q: Is it any easier to grow a tech company in Pittsburgh than in San Francisco or New York?A: Probably the biggest difference is the amount of time each person stays in the company. People come to Duolingo and very rarely leave. We have much less churn of employees. On the flip side, there’s just not that many people in the ecosystem. We put a billboard on U.S. 101 in San Francisco that says, “Own a home, work in tech, move to Pittsburgh.” We’ve gotten a ton of applicants.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — An influential Democratic congresswoman wants to know why the Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with state regulators when they considered whether to issue a key permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota.Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum, a critic of the project who chairs a House subcommittee that oversees the EPA, says it’s “remarkable” that the EPA did not formally weigh in before the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the final water permit last month.McCollum was responding this week to questions from environmental group WaterLegacy. Paula Maccabee, the group’s attorney, says documents obtained from the state agency show that regional EPA staffers told the agency last fall that they had “substantial questions” about the water permit.EPA officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Odisha Parba 2019, a three-day mega celebration in the heart of India’s national capital New Delhi received overwhelming response by the visitors. Many visitors including foreigners relished the authentic taste of Odisha and experienced the essence of rich cultural ethos of Odisha at this event. Lakhs of visitors were thrilled with joy to witness Odisha’s magnificent journey from the ancient maritime era to the illustrious contemporary times and a vision for future of Odisha. Organized by Odia Samaj, New Delhi Odisha Parba 2019, a celebration of Odisha’s Culture, Tradition, Heritage & Cuisine was inaugurated on 15th March 2019 at India Gate Lawn No-5, New Delhi. In the valedictory ceremony of this event, Draupadi Murmu, Governor of Jharkhand was the chief guest and Dr Arijit Pasayat, former Judge, Supreme Court, Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh, MP, Rajya Sabha and Odisha Dance Exponent graced the occasion as Guests of Honour and Odia Samaj President, Sidhartha Pradhan, Trustee Hiranya Mohanty were also present at the occasion.
Kolkata: A primary school in remote Sagar block in South 24-Parganas has set a precedence in creating greenery and curbing pollution.The students of Chowranghee Primary school are using the leftover food of mid day meal and other waste products and converting them into organic fertilizers and they are using it for growing trees on the school campus. The students have also been able to store excess water of deep tubewell by preventing it from flowing outside the school and have successfully cultivated seven rare varieties of food grains. This project of cultivation of foodgrains is being supervised by noted environmentalist Amalesh Mishra. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We are giving special emphasis to environmental studies and are imparting lessons to our students on the conservation of greenery. We are using waste to convert them into organic fertilisers. We are also storing drinking water that is wasted,” said Tapas Mondal, headmaster of Chowranghee Primary School. The school, at present, has 156 students and six teachers. Midday meal is provided to the students of these schools on a daily basis as per norms of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe vegetable waste and the leftovers of food are being stored by the students themselves. “We have three separate waste bins. A red bin is used for dumping of waste paper, pen, pencil and similar educational equipment. A yellow bin is being used for storing vegetable waste and food waste while a green one is being used for plastic waste. The plastic waste is being recycled for making greetings cards,” Mondal said. The rice starch is being mixed with cow dung collected from some adjacent houses in the neigbourhood. Then earthworms are released into the mixture. In three months, it is converted into fertilisers. This is being used for growing plants that have medicinal value such as basak, tulsi and kalmegh. The entire work is being done by the students and teachers of the school. The school has come up with a reservoir for storing rainwater and tubewell water, which is usually wasted. This water is being used for cultivation of seven rare food grain varieties such as Mugai, Chapakusi, Gosba, Hangra, Taldi to name a few. However, none of these food grains are being sold commercially. In future, the school has plans to encourage local residents to adopt similar practices.
OSU sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a free throw in a game against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 82-74. Credit: Maria Martello | Lantern PhotographerIn Ohio State coach Thad Matta’s head coaching career, he has stood on the sideline for 531 games.He has won 403 of those, while dropping 128. But in none of those 531 contests has his team had more losses than wins in the record column.That will change on Tuesday, as the Buckeyes (2-3) are set to welcome No. 10 Virginia (5-1) to the Schottenstein Center for a 7:30 p.m. matchup as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.OSU’s season started off without any noteworthy results, grabbing 20-plus-point victories over a pair of unspectacular opponents. The wheels came off from there, however, as consecutive home losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech dropped OSU to .500, before an overtime loss to Memphis in Miami gave Matta a losing record for the first time in his career.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said having a losing record comes as a shock when a player comes to a school like OSU, but the team has to keep its composure and keep getting back on track.“None of us expected to be 2-3, but we’ve just got to stay the course,” Tate said. “We have to learn how to grow, how to improve every week in practice.”Tate and fellow sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop each offered the same two culprits for the Buckeyes’ struggles: turnovers and poor free-throw shooting.“We’re not losing games by a lot. They’re close games. It’s just the turnovers, we have to cut back on those, and make our free throws,” Bates-Diop said. “We could be getting different questions right now if we’re doing that.”The Buckeyes are turning the ball over 16.2 times per game, ranking 323rd in the nation out of 346 qualifying Division I schools. Virginia, on the other hand, ranks second with just 7.5 turnovers per game.Matta said the praise for the Cavaliers’ efficiency lies with coach Tony Bennett, who is now in his seventh season in Charlottesville, Virginia.“I think Tony Bennett has done a tremendous job in terms of coming in and establishing that program … I don’t think Virginia gets the respect of other schools, but they’re as good as any of them, that’s for sure,” Matta said.For the Buckeyes, Tate said it is never easy to snap a losing streak, and the team is unlikely to get any help against a team like the Cavaliers. Still, he said the team is trying its hardest to keep its focus one game at a time.“Any loss will have an impact on your confidence, but coach is doing a great job telling us to stay the course,” Tate said. “Teams go through losses all the time, it’s just how you bounce back the next game.”A glance at the CavaliersVirginia comes into Tuesday night’s matchup 5-1, with the lone loss coming in a second-game hiccup at George Washington.While the quality of its other five opponents hasn’t been the strongest, Matta said he has been more than impressed with what he’s watched.“They’re as good of a basketball team as I’ve seen this year … They’re such a great blend of the positions, inside, outside,” Matta said. “It’s definitely a veteran basketball team that’s going to be a great challenge for us.”Virginia — which earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament a season ago but was ultimately upset by Michigan State in the Round of 32 — uses a balanced offensive attack rather than relying on a go-to scorer.Redshirt senior guard Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 16.7 points per game. The 2014-15 AP All-American Second-Team recipient has also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.The Cavaliers have shot exceptionally well this season, shooting the ball at a 51.7 percent clip from the field while holding opponents to 39.1 percent. Those marks rank 13th and 74th in the nation, respectively.“They’re a great defensive team,” Tate said. “They run a lot of offense through their post, so post defense will be really key. We’ve just got to execute and take care of the ball.”Up nextAfter the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes are set to resume action on Saturday against another school from the 10th state — Virginia Military Institute. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State junior blocker Madison Smeathers (4) taps the ball to Michigan State on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team returns home on Wednesday to face No. 9 Nebraska. The team will enjoy a home-field advantage for six of its 10 remaining matches. Nebraska is heading into the game with a record of 15-5 and 6-4 in Big Ten play, losing four of its past five matches. The Buckeyes stand at 12-10 and 3-7 in the Big Ten. Nebraska leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes 13-7, dating back to 1978. Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston said the team is working on making improvements after lackluster Big Ten play.“We are constantly trying to re-evaluate what we need to do,” Carlston said. “In terms of personnel, I think we have the best unit out there, so it’s a matter of being the best at what we can do.”The Buckeyes have 1,077 kills this season compared with the Cornhuskers with 955.Nebraska’s freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 1.64 blocks per set. Carlston said matchups like this against Nebraska is a good way to grow for his team.“Our young players are maturing, but they’re trying to learn and grow in the middle of the best conference in the country,” Carlston said. “We have a good group across all ages, learning how to compete on the road in a pretty hostile environment. Our kids want to win, and we want to win, but it’s a balance.”Ohio State sophomore setter Becca Mauer voiced the same focus for the Nebraska match and the rest of the season: decreasing the number of errors.“One of the biggest things for us to focus on is making the other team make the mistakes,” Mauer said. “A lot of times we are making the mistakes for them. If we limit the errors on our side of the net, the matches, the games, the sets will all go a lot differently. We aren’t giving ourselves a chance to play ball.”The Buckeyes have 438 attack errors, 193 serve errors, 111 serve reception errors and 44 block errors this season, while the Cornhuskers compare with 335 attack errors, 173 serve errors, 67 serve reception errors and 53 block errors. “Our Achilles’ heel is our passing errors,” Carlston said. “We want to be able to put the ball away.”Mauer is determined to make that happen.“The setters kind of run the offense,”Mauer said. “One of my main goals for the rest of the season is putting my hitters in the best situation possible. This past week we couldn’t really get our hitters going.”Ohio State will play Nebraska at St. John Arena at 7 p.m on Wednesday.
The World Cup came to an end before it even started for Dani Carvajal – he limped off and has most likely sustained a hamstring injury in last night’s win over Liverpool at the Champions League final.Just minutes after Mohamed Salah was subbed due to shoulder problems, Carvajal was already in tears as he realised his World Cup dreams have been shattered, according to Goal.He tried to backheel but this led to an injury, tears and leaving the field – all of this with 10 minutes remaining of the first half.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Carvajal is famous for his muscle problems – an injury prevented him from participating in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid back in 2016. Due to this same injury, he was forced to miss even the Euro 2016.The Spaniard also had to take a break twice in the 2017/18 season, with the first being due to chest pain, which turned out to be pericarditis, and a hamstring injury as well.
Tianjin Quanjian forward Alexandre Pato believes Milan pulled off a masterstroke by having Leonardo return.He also admitted he is ‘waiting’ for a call from his fellow Brazilian. Leonardo managed Pato at Milan between 2009-10 campaign and ever since then has returned to San Siro as the club’s general manager, prompting hype from the striker.“Leonardo has the vision, competence and authority to give the club a new approach,” the 28-year-old told Tuttosport and quoted in Football Italia.“I’m not only talking in a technical sense. I imagine that at the club, there’s been some loss: many people have left in just a year and a half, so Leonardo can give security to the whole club.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He’s the right person at the right place at the right time: he’ll do a great job. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for his call… after that we’ll see!Pato also shared his thoughts about Elliott Management’s takeover of the Rossoneri.“It seems to me that in a few weeks, the new owners have moved decisively with regards to the club’s organisation,” he added.“That’s good for Milan and their future. The club deserve to return to the top.”
Arsenal have welcomed Aaron Ramsey back to training as they prepare for their mouth-watering Premier League encounter against Manchester City, according to Goal.The midfielder is understood to have overcome a calf injury that ruled him out of Arsenal’s final two preseason friendlies against Chelsea and Lazio.The Wales international could play some part in Unai Emery’s first competitive game as manager of Arsenal.There has been constant speculation surrounding Ramsey’s future at the Emirates leading up to Thursday’s England transfer deadline.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Ramsey currently has a year left on his Arsenal deal, and reports suggest the player wants around £300,000 a week deal to stay at the club.The 27-year-old was linked with moves to Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona but with the transfer window closed in England the player will remain at the Emirates for the time being.Arsenal are expected to be without the defensive duo of Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny for the game against City on Sunday.Kolasinac picked up an injury during the club’s International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly against Chelsea while Koscielny continues his recovery for a serious injury he picked up towards the end of last season.
Juventus have reportedly joined the race for the battle of Isco’s signature due to his uncertain Real Madrid futureUnder new coach Santiago Solari, Isco is yet to start in any of the Argentine’s seven games in charge of Real.The last time Isco started a game for Real was in their disastrous 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on October 28, which saw manager Julen Lopetegui lose his job afterwards.In a press conference on Wednesday, Solari defended his stance on Isco by stating that there are no undisputed starters in his team.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Now Calcio Mercato claims that Juventus have been alerted to the possibility of Isco’s availability and are plotting their move.Manager Massimiliano Allegri is understood to have been an admirer of the Spanish midfielder for quite some time.However, the Old Lady are not the only ones interested in Isco with several other European giants eyeing a move for the 26-year-old.Isco has made 10 appearances in La Liga this season with half of those coming from the bench.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 22, 2017 – Nassau – The unrelenting surge in violent crimes in The Bahamas led to an urgent meeting being called and the National Security Minister announcing the establishment of new initiatives which he hopes will not only give communities a stake in their safety but end the increase in murders.On Friday alone, three murders were recorded – one on Hospital Lane, another in Fox Hill and a third on Kemp Road. Minister Dames said the new arm will empower citizens to assist with patrols on foot and in vehicles and he told the country in a media debriefing after that meeting, that there will be a structural review.Police do not know how much manpower they need per division, and the review will find that out and a pilot of his new structure will be run, said Dames to determine its effectiveness. Getting intel on and reports of major crimes faster is another goal of the new Minister, he said a dismantled measure will be reinstated.The #CentralDetectiveUnit will be decentralized to give residents swifter response, a measure stopped under the PLP, Minister Dames said. There was also a promise that known drug houses will be shut down, that firearms trafficking will be disrupted and even the gangs themselves will be a focus as Police become more assertive. The new National Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch Council of the Royal Bahamas Police will be headed, for now, by Senior ACP, Stephen Dean.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Scientific American has major plans to reconstruct and grow Scientific American Medicine, a comprehensive professional medical database it first published in 1981.The subscription-based medical product, primarily used by industry professionals and medical students, is a continuously updated educational resource that covers all subspecialties of internal medicine in addition to women’s health, neurology, emergency medicine, genetics and psychiatry.Diane McGarvey, associate vice president of Business Development for Scientific American, notes that a goal of the database refresh is to create a more comprehensive resource.“We’ve given the editors of Scientific American Medicine unfettered access into our complete archives going back over 165 years,” says McGarvey, “to go through our archives, get familiar with our content, see where there may be holes in some of the material or where they may want to elaborate.” From 2004 to 2013, Scientific American Medicine was known as the American College of Physicians Medicine. Rebranding went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 and will continue to be rolled out over the entire product line throughout this year.Concurrently, under the Scientific American Medicine umbrella, a series of new titles, beginning with Scientific American Emergency Medicine and Scientific American Neurology, will launch in 2014.“Those titles are under this whole rubric of Scientific American Medicine and it’s up to the editors of those individual products to decide what of Scientific American’s content might help to enhance them,” says McGarvey.As the readers of Scientific American, a consumer publication, are not necessarily the core users of Scientific American Medicine, a professional medical reference resource, decisions concerning the usefulness of the archived content are at the discretion of the editors for each publication.Scientific American has signed a licensing agreement with Canada-based Decker Intellectual Properties, Inc., publisher of ACS Surgery, to assist in reestablishing Scientific American Medicine. Decker will provide the database subscribers with customizable RSS feeds of Scientific American content and a trial subscription to the magazine.“This is the only agreement we have in the professional medical space,” McGarvey says. “For Scientific American, we looked at this relationship as an opportunity to educate.”
More on this topic People On The Move | 2.6.13 People on the Move | 3.13.14 Management Shuffle at Hearst Magazines Digital Hearst Takes Digital Ad Sales Global Hearst Magazines UK Names Anna Jones CEO PopSugar’s CRO Kristine Shine Jumps to The San Francisco ChronicleJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Michael Kuntz, now former Popular Mechanics publisher and chief revenue officer, has left Hearst Magazines to become the vice president of sales at Gawker Media, an interesting pickup for the online media company that typically hires Condé Nast staffers for its sales team.Gawker founder Nick Denton tweeted about the onboarding of Kuntz, noting it was the “first big get from Hearst” for the company.Most recently, Gawker’s Studio@Gawker advertising division made a splash managing the digital lead up to partner Jaguar’s “Good to be Bad” Super Bowl XLVIII advertisement celebrating movie villains. The digital pure-play launched a dedicated blog for the campaign and posted regularly in the run-up to event day garnering between 5,000 and 35,000 impressions daily.Kuntz’s second stint at Hearst was relatively short-lived, only spending one year in his position at Popular Mechanics, starting in Feb. 2013 and leaving last week. He previously worked as director of sales for another Hearst brand, SmartMoney, from 2006 to 2009. In between, Kuntz joined Rodale in 2010 as associate vice president of digital sales.
The Air Force’s recent creation of an office dedicated to developing privately financed, large-scale clean energy projects marks a transition to a more comprehensive approach to meeting the service’s energy goals that balances the need for cleaner sources of energy, a competitive cost and energy resiliency, according to officials.“The core principles — resiliency, cost-competitive, and clean — will continue to characterize Air Force energy projects, but with an increased focus on meeting multiple objectives within single projects,” the service’s public affairs office stated in response to emailed questions. “In short, energy projects should move toward the ‘sweet spot,’ or meeting all three principles wherever possible.”Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the establishment of the Office of Energy Assurance during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in March. Previously, Air Force energy projects focused on “cost savings and goal achievement resulting in a fragmented and/or siloed approach,” the response stated.The office will leverage all existing tools and authorities to procure large-scale energy projects, including power purchase agreements, direct funding and enhanced use leasing.“We will also look to partner with our sister services to maximize our opportunities. The Air Force anticipates a significant level of partnering with local utilities to identify and develop potential projects,” according to the public affairs office.The office is aiming to have 10 viable projects of at least 10 megawatts in service or procurement over the next 20 months.The Air Force did not add any new headquarters personnel or manpower to create the office. Instead, the service is using Air Force Reserve and Guard personnel to start the new activity. The service will transition to using civilian personnel for three-year assignments this summer.Last month, the Office of Energy Assurance and its Army counterpart entered into a formal partnership allowing the two organizations to share resources. The memorandum of agreement the two service signed calls for the offices to share support staff, business processes and best practices. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Shahidul AlamPhotographer Shahidul Alam has been shown arrested in a case filed under ICT Act.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman told Prothom Alo on Monday that Shahidul was shown arrested in a case filed with Ramna police station.Police official said DB’s north division inspector Mehedi Hassan filed the case against Shahidul on charge of “misguiding people circulating fake information in connection with the ongoing student protests and conducting anti-government propaganda on various social media like Facebook”.The Detective Branch (DB) of police, meanwhile, on Monday sought a 10-day remand for Shahidul, also managing director of Drik Gallery and chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, for interrogation in a case filed under the ICT Act.On Sunday night, according to his friend Rehnuma Ahmed, a group of plainclothesmen introducing them as members of Detective Branch of police picked up Shahidul from his residence in Dhanmondi.Quoting security guard Md Jalal, Shahidul’s colleague ASM Rezaur Rahman told Prothom Alo that at least 15 vehicles took position near Shahidul’s residence on Dhanmondi 9/A Road around 8:30pm on Sunday.A Hiace microbus entered the garage of the building forcefully and some plainclothes got down from the vehicle, claiming to be members of DB, he added.Rezaur also said they went to Shahidul’s flat at the 3rd floor, picked him up and took him away by the microbus.“The plainclothes men shut down the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and snatched away the DVR box where CCTV footages were kept right after entering the building,” he added.Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma said that the microbus had Popular Life Insurance written on it.According to Rehnuma Ahmed, Shahidul Alam was picked up after giving an interview with Qatar-based news agency Al Jazeera over the ongoing student agitation for safe roads in Bangladesh.
map of khulnaA mobile court in Khulna on Saturday sentenced a local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to one-year jail for stalking a female SSC examinee at Chuknagar in Dumuria upazila, reports UNB.The mobile court led by Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and executive magistrate Shahnaz Begum handed down the verdict at Chuknagar Dibbyapalli Secondary School compound in the noon, said Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Dumuria police station.The convicted BCL leader Ahmed Rony, 26, is the organising secretary of Chuknagar Degree College unit and son of Fazlur Rahman Mollah of Mothbaria village.Atlia union parishad chairman Protap Kumar Roy said Rony used to disturb the girl on her way to the school.
Principal Kelvin Bridges, My Brother’s Keeper task force Chair Broderick Johnson, chef Kwame Onwuachi, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Dr. Joe Leonard, USDA.United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore to announce a new online toolkit aimed at aiding urban farmers in growing and marketing their produce.The toolkit is available at usda.gov/knowyourfarmer. It consists of links to technical and financial assistance, including loans and grants, as well as local food directories. He was also there to view the students’ new community garden and to plant its final tree.“By expanding access to nutritious foods and increasing awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, urban farms are making a real difference in the lives of many, while promising a brighter, healthier future for the next generation,” the Department of Agriculture said in a statement. “Urban agriculture is also bringing new, younger producers to the marketplace. Diverse communities across the country are seeing results with increased access to healthy, local foods, reduced crime, and the development of new opportunities in employment and education.”U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Broderick Johnson, chair of My Brother’s Keeper Task Force join students from Frederick Douglass High School to plant the final tree in the school’s garden.Joining the Secretary of Agriculture was the chairman of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper task force, Broderick Johnson, and celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi, owner of The Shaw Bijou in Washington, D.C. and a “Top Chef” contestant. The attendees discussed the importance of not only the community garden, which the students had started, but urban agriculture and the opportunities it provides to urban communities and their citizens.In 2014 President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Johnson, a Baltimore native, heads up the initiative and serves in the President’s cabinet.“Community gardens are just one part of so many different things that we can focus on to help young people look at things that people might not give them an opportunity to look at like gardening and what that can mean for them today, in terms of their own health.” Johnson said. “It’s kind of improbable that people would think that you can have a garden here at Frederick Douglass High School and students can learn from it, but we’ve shown by being here today working with them that in fact lots of things are possible that people don’t think are possible.”