BJP’s Khordha zone president shot dead Odisha’s Khurda

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image2.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG11798.jpg" alt="first_img" />Normal life has been hit in Khurda town, about 30 km from here on Monday, as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is observing a bandh in protest against the murder of the party’s zone president Manguli Jena by an unidentified gunman late on Sunday night.The murder took place near the BJP’s party office in the Nabina Bag area of Khurda. The victim was shot at point blank range by a bike-borne assailant as he was about to leave for his home following a day-long campaign. Kalu Khandayatray, BJP candidate for the Khurda Assembly seat, was standing near him but escaped unhurt.Mr. Jena was immediately rushed to the Khordha District Headquarters Hospital where doctors declared him dead. Agitated BJP workers called for a six-hour bandh between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday to protest the killing. Shops remained close and vehicular movement was hit.“We suspect that the attackers had come to eliminate our candidate Mr. Khandayatray. Fearing imminent defeat, the ruling party [Biju Janata Dal] has resorted to violence,” charged Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, addressing a press conference early morning on Monday.“It is extremely sad and shocking to learn about the brutal murder of Manguli Jena, Mandal president of the BJP’s Khordha zone. The deteriorating law and order situation in the State has reached an all-time low. There was a rape and murder of a four-year-old girl child in Jatni on Saturday and now this ghastly murder in Khurda,” said Aparajita Sarangi, the BJP’s candidate for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency.Reacting to the murder, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “There is no place for violence in democracy. I condemn the violence in Khurda and express my condolences to the bereaved family members. I request the Election Commission to direct State police to take the matter seriously and intitiate strong action so that a heinous crime like this does not recur.”<img src="http://image2.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG14383.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8220"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Russell Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double leads OKC past Magic

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2066/IMG1186.jpg" alt="first_img" />Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, passes the ball in front ofOrlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook is on another one of those runs.The dynamic point guard had 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in his seventh straight triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound with 3:33 left in the third quarter. His overall play sparked a 29-10 run that put the Thunder back in front for good. Oklahoma City led 98-92 at the end of the third quarter after making 15 of 24 shots in the period.“We were getting busted the first half,” Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson said. “We just came together, started being aggressive, started making plays.”A steal and 3-pointer by Terrence Ross cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 128-122 with 31 seconds to play, but the Thunder held on.Clifford said the Magic simply stopped doing what was working.“We just — I don’t want to say we revert back or whatever, but we don’t always just stay with it,” he said. “When you’ve got a way to play, especially against a team as good as them, you’ve got to stay with it.”TIP-INSMagic: Reserve center Mo Bamba is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg. … Gordon was called for a technical in the fourth quarter. … Gordon fouled out with 36.6 seconds left. … Fournier fouled out with 29.6 seconds to play.Thunder: Westbrook was called for a technical foul in the first quarter. Coach Billy Donovan was called for one in the second. … Oklahoma City is 14-6 this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double.STAT LINESGeorge scored at least 37 points for the fifth straight game. He is averaging 38.4 points in those contests and has made 31 of 64 3-pointers in that span. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 10 assists.The Magic committed 29 fouls and had two players foul out. George made 15 of 16 free throws.“Well, I think the biggest thing that I’ll watch on the film is the fouling,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “We’re on the road, we score 122 — and that’s with playing a really poor third quarter period. But I thought we played three good quarters, but we’re not disciplined enough when people are driving the ball.”Orlando led 69-62 at halftime behind 15 points from Gordon and 58 percent shooting as a team. George scored 18 in the first half for the Thunder.Orlando stretched its lead to 79-67 early in the third quarter, causing the Thunder to call a timeout. Oklahoma City came back strong in a two-minute span. A lob from George to Grant for a two-handed jam cut Orlando’s lead to 81-78, and the Magic called a timeout.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. HE SAID ITFerguson on Westbrook: “He’s a floor general. He sees everything. He gets everyone involved. You need to stop him to stop us, and that’s hard to guard, especially when he’s in the attack mode like that.”UP NEXTThe Magic play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.The Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook matched the longest triple-double streak of his career with his 20th of the season and No. 124 overall. He is averaging 20.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 14.4 assists during the streak, and the Thunder are 6-1 during that span.With Westbrook leading the way, Oklahoma City is averaging 124.6 points in its last seven games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He is definitely the reason for that,” said Paul George, who scored 39 points against Orlando. “He is the reason we have had the highest (offensive) months in Thunder history. I cannot say enough for the credit he deserves for our offense being at the level it is at.”Dennis Schroder scored 20 points and Jerami Grant had 19 to help the Thunder win for the eighth time in nine games. 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HTC 10: HTC’s best smartphone to date

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Indian Olympic Association bonanza for Asian Games medallist

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b56.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2056/IMG6738.jpg" alt="first_img" />For long, the Indian Olympic Association has been criticised for not doing nothing to support athletes. In a big shift, the National Olympic Committee has decided to reward all medallists who brought the country laurels at the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.This was India’s best medal haul at the Asian Games, 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. “Each individual gold medal winner will get Rs five lakh, silver medallist Rs three lakh and bronze medallist two lakh,” Narinder Batra, president, IOA, told Mail Today on Saturday.He said medallists in team events will also get cash prizes. Each gold medallist in team event will get Rs three lakh, silver medallist Rs two lakh and bronze medallist Rs one lakh. The awards function will be held at a south Delhi five star hotel on Sunday.At a time when many athletes and coaches are beating their chests over missing out on the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award and the Dronacharya Award, the IOA’s decision will lift their spirit.In recent times, the IOA has never presented cash awards to this extent. “We recognise the efforts of our athletes and they deserve these cash awards. India did well, according to our expectations, though a few more medals could have been won,” said Batra.The thinking within the IOA executive committee, which was elected last November, is athletes should get due respect. To be sure, when teams were selected for the Asiad, the IOA had done due diligence to a fair extent. There were instances when the IOA could have been more judicious in team selection, notably relating to teams like handball, sambo and a few more sport.advertisementSome of the top winners on Sunday will be Hima Das, Jinson Johnson, Manjit Singh, Mohammad Anas, Dutee Chand, as they won multiple medals in Jakarta.The men’s and women’s hockey teams, archery teams, table tennis teams and others who won medals will also be rewarded.<img src="http://a40.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2040/IMG13091.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8138"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Report: Crystal Palace 2 Stoke 1

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://B46.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG3647.jpg" alt="first_img" />Crystal Palace 2 Stoke City 1: Late Sakho strike seals comeback victory Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 01:09 11/26/17 <img src="https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/omnisport/33/64/mamadousakho-cropped_accb0tekwrqh1m6i84gmdvdxl.jpg?t=-202699969&quality=60&w=300" alt="mamadousakho-cropped" /> Getty Images Crystal Palace came back from 1-0 down to claim only their second Premier League win of the season against Stoke City. Mamadou Sakho scored in injury time to earn bottom club Crystal Palace only their second Premier League victory of the season in a 2-1 win over Stoke City.After a deadlocked first half, Roy Hodgson’s struggling side went behind when Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri scored a brilliant solo goal, the Switzerland star dribbling the length of the Palace half before coolly converting. Rather than letting their heads drop, Palace surged forward in search of an equaliser and got their reward when Andros Townsend fed Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a dangerous cross and the Chelsea loanee finished clinically from close range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Stoke looked the more likely to clinch the victory and captain Ryan Shawcross missed a gilt-edged chance from point-blank range before the Potters’ three-match unbeaten run was ended at the death by Sakho.The win is Palace’s first since October 14th, when they stunned Chelsea, and gives Hodgson real hope of lifting the club off the bottom of the table if they can continue to play with such determination over the busy festive period. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!! pic.twitter.com/4Zkw6hVPFB— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 25, 2017The home side threatened from the outset, with Townsend jinking his way into the Stoke penalty area after three minutes, but he hesitated over taking a shot and the Potters cleared the danger.Shaqiri, playing despite tweaking his hamstring in Monday’s draw against Brighton and Hove Albion, flashed a shot on the turn past the post as the visitors began to make inroads into the final third.Palace should have opened the scoring when Wilfried Zaha stormed down the left wing and drilled a low pass across the face of goal straight to the feet of Loftus-Cheek, whose first-time shot was blocked by Stoke’s Erik Peters.Darren Fletcher’s raking pass sent Shaqiri clear of the home side’s defence after 23 minutes but he took an uncharacteristically poor touch before shooting straight at Wayne Hennessey.Shaqiri hooked a more impressive attempt just wide from 20 yards 10 minutes later and Stoke remained very much in the game at the break thanks to goalkeeper Lee Grant, who made a one-handed reaction save to stop James McArthur scoring from close range.Hodgson sent on Christian Benteke after half-time but Stoke came out of the blocks quicker and Hennessey had to rush out of his goal to save at Shaqiri’s feet in the first minute of the second half.The game exploded into life after 53 minutes, when Shaqiri collected the ball just over the halfway line and embarked on a superb run through the Palace defence before picking his spot in the bottom right corner of the net and finding it with a left-footed shot.@XS_11official celebrates his goal, but we’re level after Palace’s quick equaliser, a goal that has lifted the hosts (1-1) #SCFC pic.twitter.com/MbnHkfqg6V — Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 25, 2017 Just three minutes later the scores were level again.Benteke’s knock-down allowed Townsend to gather the ball just outside the Stoke box and he whipped in a cross that found Loftus-Cheek, who made no mistake putting the ball into the bottom corner of the net at the far post with his right foot.Off the mark in red and blue… @rubey_lcheek #CRYSTK pic.twitter.com/LJeu297bMc — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 25, 2017 Stoke’s Peter Crouch caused problems for Palace in the closing stages, heading the ball down for fellow substitute Jese to lash the ball just wide of the target with his right foot from six yards out.The visitors continued to press for a winning goal and came agonisingly close when Shaqiri arrowed the ball towards the far post and the on-rushing Shawcross managed to divert it away from goal when it seemed easier to score.But In the 92nd minute, the ever-lively Zaha worked tirelessly down the left and crossed at the second attempt to the far post where Yohan Cabaye’s shot came back off the post and into the path of Sakho, who tapped it in from three yards. Key Opta facts:- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their five Premier League home games against Stoke City, winning four and drawing one.- Mamadou Sakho’s goal was the first 90th-minute winner Palace have scored at home in the Premier League since Clinton Morrison’s strike against Sheffield Wednesday in May 1998.- This was Sakho’s third goal in the Premier League and his first since April 2016.- Xherdan Shaqiri has had a hand in six goals in his last six Premier League games (two goals, four assists).- Shaqiri netted his 10th goal in the Premier League and the seventh from outside the box – only five players have scored a higher percentage of their goals in the competition from outside the area. read more<img src="http://C60.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG7906.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8119"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Dzeko flattered by Chelsea interest

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b58.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2058/IMG2283.jpg" alt="first_img" />Transfers Dzeko flattered by Chelsea interest but ‘Rome is home’ Goal 03:46 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) <img src="https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a0/50/dzeko-roma-serie-a_1d15lcn2mj9lo1hdtc9d86tr71.jpg?t=707495737&quality=60&w=300" alt="Dzeko Roma Serie A" /> Transfers Chelsea Edin Džeko Roma Premier League Serie A Antonio Conte’s side made an attempt to sign the 31-year-old in the January transfer window but he feels comfortable in Rome and is happy to stay Edin Dzeko has admitted he was flattered by Chelsea’s attempts to sign him in January, but could not bring himself to leave Roma.The Blues targeted the striker as they sought a backup option for Alvaro Morata, but their initial bid was deemed “not interesting” by Roma technical director Monchi.After signing Emerson Palmieri from the Italian side, Chelsea remained hopeful of luring Dzeko to the capital until the final days of the transfer window but eventually turned their attention to other options and signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Dzeko confirmed that he held talks with the reigning Premier League champions, but he feels at home in the Italian capital and did not want to move.”It is true that negotiations have been conducted and that is all I can say about this topic,” he told Klix. “There was a lot of speculation, falsehoods and even a few ridiculous stories, and I’m really flattered by Chelsea’s interest, a club that I respect and admire very much.”So many stories have been told about my departure from Rome over the past few weeks, but I am still here. After all, I am happy to stay because Rome has become my home and an indelible part of my life.”From the very first day I was accepted in Rome in an unreal way and I can never and will not forget it, and I have had some of the happiest moments in my life in this city.”For the first time I felt the joy of fatherhood here when my daughter Una was born, and my son Dani was born in Rome. This city is now part of my life and it will always be.”Despite finishing second in Serie A last season, Roma sit fifth in the table after 22 games and 16 points behind leaders Napoli.The Giallorossi have failed to win any of their last six in the league, but Dzeko is sure they can overcome their poor spell.”The fact is that we haven’t celebrated a win for a long time, which is very frustrating for us, but we haven’t had enough luck in several games,” he said.”We’re all working hard to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, but it’s going to be difficult.  We have quality and I’m convinced that it’s a question of when we will end this bad run and find a winning rhythm.”I believe that there are many more beautiful moments ahead of us and we will succeed in achieving all our goals together.”<img src="http://b58.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2058/IMG7413.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8108"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Police looking for tips after cat died when tossed from car in

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c61.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2061/IMG9422.jpg" alt="first_img" />PARRY SOUND, Ont. – Police are asking for the public’s help after a cat was thrown from a moving car and died.Ontario Provincial Police say someone tossed an orange and white cat from the passenger side of a car around 5 p.m. Monday in Parry Sound, Ont.They say the cat died from its injuries after it hit a concrete retaining wall.Police are treating it as an animal cruelty case.They say a witness said the vehicle may be a dark-coloured Honda.Police say the cat had no name tag, but was wearing a pink and yellow collar.<img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG10854.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8034"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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BC spotted owl breeders hoping for new chicks as fertile eggs ready

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c61.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2061/IMG9992.jpg" alt="first_img" />It takes fake eggs, sterile incubators, some trickery and years of trial and error to breed Canada’s almost extinct northern spotted owl in captivity.Researchers at British Columbia’s Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program centre in Langley say their fingers are crossed this spring as they delicately tend to at least one fertile egg, due to hatch within days.“We’ve learned a lot,” said spotted owl specialist Jasmine McCulligh, the centre’s program co-ordinator. “We’ve seen a lot of good behaviour from our (breeding) pairs. We’ve just had a really good season. I’m hoping it will be our best year ever.”Breeding success will boost survival chances for the owls that are listed as endangered and near extinction, said McCulligh.No northern spotted owls have been released since the breeding program’s inception in 2007.“We want to have a good captive population and a surplus of owls before we start releasing them into the wild,” said McCulligh.There are five breeding pairs at the centre and the goal is to double that before releasing between 10 and 20 offspring annually, McCulligh said.When that time comes, she said they plan to release their first owls in the Bridge River-Seton watershed area near Lillooet.But until that day arrives, the breeders will be wearing lab coats, gloves and masks as they attempt to raise newborn chicks from fragile eggs.McCulligh said the process involves removing the fertile egg from the nest and replacing it with a robotic egg that collects data during the 32 days it takes for the real egg to hatch. The female owl sits on the fake egg while the real egg is placed in an incubator, said McCulligh.“They are very delicate,” she said. “They could get cracked accidentally. We don’t want to risk a talon going through an eggshell, any bacteria on the nest.”Once the egg hatches, the breeders feed and monitor the chick for at least 10 days before placing it back into the nest, where the owl continues parenting as if nothing unusual has occurred, she said.“She’s expecting it to be 32 days sitting on this egg and then it’s going to hatch and be this tiny little 30-gram chick,” McCulligh said. “The timing is a lot off, but she doesn’t seem to mind.”She said they’ve also discovered the breeding pairs are open to adoption.“They’ll take back any chick,” McCulligh said. “It doesn’t have to be their biological chick. We’ve had a chick … who was found in the wild and she was three weeks old. We gave it to a female who had never seen a chick in her life and she and her mate took care of the chick.”And if having to sit on a robotic egg for 32 days or raising a chick from another owl isn’t enough, the breeders also attempt to trick the females into producing more eggs each breeding season.McCulligh said the breeders employ a so-called double-clutch technique where the female lays eggs twice during the breeding season. She said they immediately remove the first egg from the nest, which usually results in the female laying a second egg days later.If all goes well, the centre plans to set up a camera and live stream the owl chick and its parents in the next several weeks.Northern spotted owls once thrived throughout old-growth forests ranging from B.C.’s southern Interior to California. The B.C. Forest Ministry said at one time there were up to 1,000 owls in the province, but habitat loss and competition from the barred owl have reduced the population to less than a dozen.In an effort to resurrect the population, the province protected 325,000 hectares of the owl’s habitat, embarked on a cull of barred owls in spotted owl territory and launched the captive breeding program.Protection of the owls fuelled long-running disputes between environmental groups and forest companies as their fate was often tied to saving old-growth forests where they live.The environmental group Wilderness Committee said more than 70 per cent of the spotted owl’s old-growth habitat, from northern California to B.C., has been logged.Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press<img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG11374.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8026"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Ban deplores attack on UN helicopter in DR Congo

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>27 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting attack on a United Nations helicopter on Thursday in Dongo in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that left three peacekeepers, a civilian pilot and one member of the Congolese national police wounded. Personnel with the UN Mission in DRC, known as MONUC, have been tasked with assisting the Government to protect civilians affected by the violent clashes in the village of Dongo in Equateur province that have displaced tens of thousands of civilians, and left scores of villagers and policemen dead since late October. “The Secretary-General calls on the Government of the DRC to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack against MONUC are held accountable,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban also encouraged the Government to take steps to peacefully resolve the issues underlying these clashes, and pledged MONUC’s assistance in this regard. The fighting, thought to be over disputes based on farming and fishing rights in Dongo, have not only displaced an estimated 14,000 people inside DRC, but have also sent over 38,000 people fleeing into neighbouring Republic of Congo.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7965"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Toys R Us ends Canadian stores auction with Fairfax as only bidder

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>TORONTO — Toys “R” Us’s Canadian operations have found a safety net months after the retailer’s demise in the U.S. and overseas.Documents filed in a Richmond, Va. bankruptcy court on Monday revealed the retailer will be cancelling an auction for its 82 Canadian stores and seeking approval on Tuesday to sell them to Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.The auction was triggered by a recent $300-million stalking horse offer Fairfax made that allowed others to make competing bids for the Canadian operations until Monday at 10 a.m. EST, but court filings showed no bidders other than Fairfax registered an offer.Fairfax agrees $300 million deal to keep Toys ‘R’ Us Canada openToy company bids $890 million for Toys ‘R’ Us stores in Canada and the United StatesToys ‘R’ Us is a shell of its old self. How it got this way is a lesson for retailFairfax’s successful bid signals an end to the uncertainty that has followed the beleaguered company’s Canadian arm since September, when it filed for creditor protection and its U.S. division sought bankruptcy protection. The moves, said to be the product of heavy debt and the rising popularity of e-commerce and electronic-based toys, prompted disappointment from toy lovers and investors alike.Among the most upset by the company’s demise was Isaac Larian, the executive behind California-based, Little Tikes- and L.O.L Surprise!-maker MGA Entertainment Inc.He and investors he refused to identify made a bid for the retailer’s Canadian operations, which are run separate from its U.S. dealings, outside of the now-cancelled auction in March, calling Toys “R” Us’s Canadian arm a “good business.”“They run it efficiently, and have good leadership,” he said. “At the right price, it makes economical sense.”When rumours suggesting Larian’s bid had been rejected started circulating last week, he at first said it was “disappointing,” but as more details about Fairfax’s bid emerged, he appeared to have taken on a new outlook.“As long as Toys “R” Us and jobs are saved, I’m happy. That’s what #SaveToysRUs was and is about,” Larian said in a statement.“In regards to Toys “R” Us USA, the fight to save it is just beginning.”For Larian, that fight has largely centred on a crowdfunding campaign he launched on Mar. 21 in hopes of raising $1 billion to salvage the business’ 70-year-old U.S. operations.He chipped in $200 million himself, but as of Monday at noon, had only raised an additional $62,000 from 2,043 toy lovers. The donors were being enticed to give with promises of #SaveToysRUs bumper stickers, special edition toys, invites to a reopening block party and opportunities to tour the oldest toy factory currently operating in the U.S. depending on the amount they give.Larian also vowed to give 10 per cent of proceeds from Little Tikes purchases made between the campaign’s launch and its May 28 end date to the plot.When the campaign launched, Toys “R” Us’s bankruptcy documents showed Larian was facing plenty of competition. There were 20 interested parties vying for the U.S. business, which includes 740 stores.Fairfax has not said whether it will vie for the U.S. operations, but the business, owned by billionaire Prem Watsa, has been on a recent spending spree.In February, it acquired part of infrastructure services company Carillion Canada, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, and in November, it increased its stake in Torstar media company, which holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7939"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Doubles success playing key role for Ohio State mens tennis

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Senior Kevin Metka prepares to hit the ball during a match against Purdue on April 12 at the Varsity Tennis Courts. OSU won, 4-0. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo EditorOhio State men’s tennis has hit its stride with five wins in its past five matches.Now with that hot streak on the line, the No. 11 Buckeyes have just two matches remaining on their regular-season slate.The Buckeyes suffered their most recent loss at Illinois on March 29. Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach said OSU is looking forward to finishing the season strongly with a trip to Iowa on Friday followed by Nebraska on Sunday.“Since we lost the game to Illinois that was kind of like a downer for us … So after that game we said we have to come back out (and) finish strong,” Steinbach said.OSU sits at second in the Big Ten with an 8-1 conference record. This year’s Big Ten tournament is set to be held in Urbana, Ill.The Buckeyes could be looking at a rematch against the Fighting Illini on their rivals’ home court once again, but they have to focus on the regular season before shifting attention to the postseason, coach Ty Tucker said.“It’s important definitely to finish out this season and get ready for the postseason, but we need to be ready for a tough Iowa team and a good Nebraska team,” Tucker said.Throughout the season, the Buckeyes have relied heavily on getting the doubles point in many matches. OSU boasts two ranked pairings with No. 4 redshirt-senior Kevin Metka and Steinbach and the duo of redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-junior Chris Diaz ranked at No. 80.Tucker said OSU’s focus on winning in doubles won’t go away just yet.“Very important to get the doubles point, it all starts in doubles,” he said. “Focus a good amount of practice (on doubles), especially the two days leading up to the match.”Steinbach said the whole team understands how important doubles play is.“That’s what we talk about a lot before every match,” he said. “We need the doubles point. We are all good doubles players and the coaches always rely on us.”The Buckeyes will try to wrap up the season with two more wins this weekend before postseason play. Friday’s match against Iowa is slated to start at 7 p.m. and the match against Nebraska is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7893"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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MVM FINAL 4 Who will fight for the trophy

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>← Previous Story Veszprem’s Iman Jamali to miss Final Four in Cologne! Next Story → Piotr Wyszomirski to Pick Szeged! PapP Laszlo Sport Arena keep the secret about the new Women’s EHF Champions League winner, but also historical fact about the best team of the first MVM EHF F4. Four teams will fight for the trophy, among them two last Champions, Gyor and ZRK Buducnost, one strong team full of worldwide stars as ZRK Vardar and power from the North – FC Midtjylland.Here ar the schedule for Saturday:Semi-final 1: Györi Audi ETO KC vs FC Midtjylland – throw off at 15.00 Semi-final 2: WHC Vardar SCBT vs Buducnost – throw off  at 17.30   Sunday 4 May 2014   3rd/4th Placement match – throw off at 14.30 Women’s EHF Champions League Final – throw off at 17.00 (all times local) Should Nora Mork finish handball career? YES NOView Results Budapest  Loading …<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7857"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Adams thinks Kenny should leave government not be discussing future coalitions

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a29.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2029/IMG18034.jpg" alt="first_img" />Gerry Adams in Castlebar this evening. Source: Orla Ryan/TheJournal.ieWHEN ASKED ABOUT the possibility of a Sinn Féin Fine Gael coalition, Gerry Adams laughed and said it was “most unlikely”.Earlier today Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to rule out such a union after the 2016 General Election.Speaking in the same building in Castlebar – the count centre for the Midlands North West constituency – just a few hours apart, the pair seemed to have different views on any possible alliance.On the contrary, Adams said that the election results indicated it was time for Fine Gael to leave government.“Enda, It’s time to go. You were elected on an entirely different mandate from the one that you and the Labour party have implemented. I think it would be a most unlikely alliance. His is a party of conservatism, of austerity. Sinn Féin do want to be in government, of course we do … but we need a mandate in the first instance and then we need to negotiate a programme for government.“It’s a decision our Árd Fhéis would make if we came to that point but I can’t see any real common ground between us and the Fine Gael leadership on any issue, except maybe Mayo for the All Ireland.”“Hungry for change”Referencing recent comments made by the party’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty, Adams noted: “We’re hungry for change but we’re not hungry for government. We need the terms right. We’re not going to leave our principles at the door just to go into government … it’s obvious that’s what Labour did.”“Fine Gael are a conservative party but they made a lot of promises as well that they didn’t keep and they can’t excuse it. That’s what I found on the doors, what people were offended by was the way they were taken for granted.As Pat Rabbitte said famously: ‘That’s the sort of thing you say during an eleciton campaign.’ I think people were very offended by that.Adams said it was wrong to dismiss the gains of his party and independent candidates as “a protest vote” or a “scolding or a rap on the knuckles” for the government.“This is no such thing. it is deeply rooted. It is a seismic shift in the political landscape here. It’s been dominated in this state by the two big parties – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, and occasionally Labour being appended to that, but now Sinn Féin’s here and Sinn Féín’s here to stay.”Peace process and the Adams arrestAdams said the party remains focused on the peace process, adding that he will be meeting with senior politicians in Washington this week about “the need to get the proposals by Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan into advancement as quickly as possible”.“One of the good things that came out of my arrest was that the governments were forced to acknowledge that there were difficulties in the peace process. Now that they’ve acknowledged it, we’re looking to the Taoiseach, we’re looking to the British prime minister to do something about it.”Adams said his party’s success this weekend was the result of “a lot of very, very hard work by a lot of good people”.Euros 2014He said he was confident about the chances of Lynn Boylan, (Dublin) Liadh Ní Riada (South) and Matt Carthy (Midlands North West) all secuting European Parliament seats.Carthy said that exit polls and tallies were indicating “conflicting” outcomes but said he was ”fairly relaxed”.He noted that it was a “massive weekend” for the party, but added: “We can’t take anything for granted.”Enda Kenny refuses to rule out coalition with Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil>Gerry Adams: We didn’t have enough candidates to capitalise on Sinn Féin’s popularity>Check out our Elections 2014 LiveBlog, keeping you updated><img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG10990.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7848"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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iPad Newspaper The Daily Set To Launch For 1 A Week

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c65.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2065/IMG10677.jpg" alt="first_img" />eReaders and tablets have turned the book publishing industry on its head, and now they may be doing the same thing for newspapers. At least, if News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch has anything to say about it.Murdoch’s long coming, oft-delayed iPad exclusive newspaper The Daily finally has a release window and a price. The daily paper will cost a surprisingly low $0.99 a week, and should be available to download soon.AdChoices广告“It should be launching in the next two weeks, I hope,” News Corp executive James Murdoch said at a press conference. The digital paper was originally supposed to launch on January 19, but you can keep your eyes on the official site to stay up to date.Via Yahoo News<img src="http://a28.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2028/IMG7070.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7844"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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The Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class at Amelia Island demonstrates spicy variety

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG8258.jpg" alt="first_img" /> The classic Volkswagen Beetle is a sensational blank canvas 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Classic Cars Convertibles Concept Cars Performance Cars Coupes Car Culture Volkswagen Tags Post a comment “This is lovely. That is crazy,” says Jennifer McLeod, a second-year volunteer at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. As she walks down the row of entrants that make up the concours’ Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class, her “lovely” comment is directed at the 1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 1 Concept Car. This one-of-a-kind showstopper, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and owned by Volkswagen of America, not only ranks among the best-looking cars ever to wear a VW badge, it’s one of the most fetching car designs I’ve ever seen. Her “crazy” quip is aimed at what sits next to the Karmann Ghia: the 1969 Volkswagen Wedding Beetle. Also part of the VW Collection, the see-through, wrought-iron-bodied Bug is a curious abomination compared with its next-door neighbor. In fact, it looks like something an unhinged hoarder would somehow build from stacks of wrought-iron patio furniture sitting in his backyard. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice More From Roadshow McLeod’s reaction speaks volumes about the original Volkswagen Beetle’s versatility. Here are two cars, and although they’re built on the same chassis (albeit lengthened a little for the Karmann Ghia), they couldn’t be any more different. Also, when you consider that Volkswagen’s Type 2 Bus was also derived from the Beetle platform, you get an even grander picture of how versatile that chassis was. Today, more than 80 years after the first Beetle was built, Volkswagen is introducing its modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform; another versatile architecture that can spawn anything from the beyond-lovable I.D. Buggy show car all the way to the endearing I.D. Buzz Cargo van. Now, let’s have a look at some of the featured coachbuilt Beetles showcasing the bandwidth of the iconic Bug platform at this year’s 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Enlarge ImageChalk this up to one of the greatest car designs that never made it to production. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow 1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 1 Concept Car After being in production for 10 years, the Beetle-based Karmann Ghia was ripe for a redesign. Giorgetto Giugiaro, who at the time was working for Carrozzeria Ghia, was the designer behind this concept’s incredibly modern lines. Despite being a convertible, this car still uses window frames, which would have kept costs down if this second-gen Karmann Ghia had made it to production. Unfortunately, it didn’t, making this car one of a kind. If Volkswagen ever does resurrect the Karmann Ghia, it should look to this design for primary inspiration. Among all the vehicles showcased in the Coachbuilt Beetle Class, this car is my favorite by a country mile. <span><img src="https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/eXp4fSvZqJv0OJctn8vmROcXzhY=/2019/03/18/d28ffea4-ff9b-4d47-9529-c116ad8e66bc/1969-volkswagen-wedding-beetle-122.jpg" class="" alt="1969 Volkswagen Wedding Beetle"></span>Enlarge ImageIt’s perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had driving a painfully slow car. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow 1969 Volkswagen Wedding Beetle I was lucky enough to drive this car not long after it was displayed at the Ritz-Carlton’s Golf Club of Amelia Island. What a riot! It’s like a Meyers Manx and distasteful patio furniture had a love child. It’s perfect, and I am totally going to ask Volkswagen if I can borrow it for my wedding … whenever that happens. Only six of these were hand-built in Mexico, and each one came with a bespoke wrought-iron pattern. Out back lies a 1.5-liter, flat-four engine, good for a whopping 53 horsepower. That’s 13 more horsepower than the 1964 Volkswagen Beetle I drove just an hour before taking the controls of this car, but because of its heavy wrought-iron bodywork, this Bug feels just as slow. Of course, with no windshield, you wouldn’t really want to do more than 25 miles per hour, anyway. <span><img src="https://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/img/EgJ0JCCgfJE0LZ-y4qSkJUM0BNQ=/2019/03/18/b342acb1-ee8f-428a-982f-9b0cb4a1d049/1953-volkswagen-rometsch-taxi-037.jpg" class="" alt="1953 Volkswagen Rometsch Taxi"></span>Enlarge ImageIt’s 7 inches longer than a regular Beetle, but thanks to masterful coachwork, it retains the iconic roofline. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow 1953 Volkswagen Rometsch Taxi The Beetle-based Rometsch Taxi was the product of a much more frugal German economic climate post-World War II. In Karosserie Rometsch’s early days, the company was known for building opulent taxis derived from the chassis of various German automakers. After World War II, an economical taxi such as this was much more appropriate for a nation in recovery. Despite its frugality, there’s a wealth of cleverness in the Rometsch Taxi’s design. Designer Johannes Beeskow was able to keep the roofline undistorted, despite the car being more than 7 inches longer than the donor vehicle. That extra length, of course, means there’s more room for back-seat passengers who enter through the rear suicide doors. This taxi transformation required a brief four to six weeks to complete, adding just 55 pounds in the process. Throughout the Rometsch Taxi’s two-year production run, it’s estimated that merely dozens were built. Six units remain in 2019, two of which are located in the US. <span><img src="https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/lhWaixVICghfVFoEedAhNB5Xe_4=/2019/03/18/0d01acc8-6d34-460b-9d6a-9ddd92143124/1954-volkswagen-rometsch-beeskow-coupe-021.jpg" class="" alt="1954 Volkswagen Rometsch Beeskow Coupe"></span>Enlarge ImageThis well-preserved machine kind of looks like a more elegant Saab 92, doesn’t it? Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow 1954 Volkswagen Rometsch Beeskow Coupe Prior to 2017, it was believed that just five Rometsch Beeskow Coupes were left in existence. Two years ago, that total was increased to six, when this sophisticated machine was found dismantled on pallets in a Swedish garage, having sat for more than 30 years after an early-1980s disassembly. Once this Beeskow Coupe was discovered, it was put back together, but only the engine’s Judson’s supercharger was restored. The rest of the car was left alone, aside from the headliner and carpet that had to be replaced owing to the ravages of time. In other words, with the exception of one restored and two replaced parts, you’re looking at a survivor that sits pretty much the same as it did when the second owner permanently parked it in 1972 after driving it for only four years. Could’ve fooled me. <span><img src="https://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/img/HuDV1b7css-Y6M0d5JMFsEN9G0E=/2019/03/18/1fe5ffd2-8938-4cd3-87ce-c533397ea91f/1953-volkswagen-dannenhauer-stauss-cabriolet-062.jpg" class="" alt="1953 Volkswagen Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolet"></span>Enlarge ImageNope, not a Porsche 356, but it’s just about as pretty. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow 1953 Volkswagen Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolet In contrast to the Rometsch Beeskow Coupe above, this Porsche 356 lookalike is the product of a lengthy restoration that began in 1990 and did not end until 2006. It was a worthy undertaking, however, as this car is one of 19 Dannenhauer & Stauss Cabriolets to survive from 65 produced. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a Porsche. This coachbuilt special uses many Porsche-derived parts; namely the headlamps, taillights, a 50-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine and brakes to match the extra power. Aside from those mods, plus suicide doors and a custom steel body, the rest of the car is Beetle-derived. <span><img src="https://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/img/yThi1KLlBIxv9DsqxCQ4YCukzbw=/2019/03/18/b8322790-8f11-4556-b7d8-0c6545378d8f/1957-volkswagen-rometsch-lawrence-convertible-072.jpg" class="" alt="1958 Volkswagen Rometsch Lawrence Convertible"></span>Enlarge ImageIndeed, there is a Beetle underneath that American-looking bodywork. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow 1958 Volkswagen Rometsch Lawrence Convertible “It’s like going back in time. I get in it, you hear this old engine behind you, and yeah, it’s like you just lost 40 years,” says Ned Gallaher, owner of this 1958 Rometsch Lawrence Convertible. “I love taking it to a thing like this, and everybody walks up and doesn’t know what it is. That’s the best thing, and again, [hard] to believe that’s on a Beetle chassis.” But, indeed, it is. It may look American, but it’s all German underneath, although it did take 1,200 hours just to craft the all-aluminum bodywork. Penned by Bert Lawrence, a furniture designer, this attractive shape could stand proud with any Ford Thunderbird of the time. Only 13 of these were made, and only five exist to this day, this car being the earliest surviving example. Just three years after this car was made, the building of the Berlin Wall would cause Rometsch to cease car production, because 70 percent of Rometsch employees lived in East Germany, while the workshop was located in West Berlin. <span><img src="https://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/img/v14LMa3vBy9l5TWgynOXryfDzv0=/2019/03/18/8628bac0-5031-450a-801d-f42a7c0eba52/1956-volkswagen-beetle-by-dick-troutman-216.jpg" class="" alt="1956 Volkswagen Beetle by Dick Troutman"></span>Enlarge ImageBeetle on the outside, pink-slip-stealer on the inside. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow 1956 Volkswagen Beetle by Dick Troutman If you were to line up all these coachbuilt Beetles for a drag race, the undisputed winner would be this ’56 Dick Troutman fire-breather. Under the rear hatch sits a 1.7-liter flat four from an Elva Porsche race car. Even by today’s standards, the engine’s 183 horsepower is impressive. That prodigious power is sent through a Porsche 911 transmission to move a machine that weighs only 1,782 pounds thanks to a liberal use of aluminum body panels. If you’re wondering the weight-to-power ratio, it’s 9.7 pounds per horsepower, which is superior to cars like the new Toyota Supra (10.1) and the Nissan 370Z Nismo (9.9). I wonder how many of today’s boy racers would cry when losing to this classic Beetle. 0 77 Photos Volkswagen<img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG15862.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7721"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Museum Experts Sift Through The Arctics Second Largest Butterfly Collection

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s23.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG15580.jpg" alt="first_img" />This collection of Lepidoptera will be catalogued at the Museum of the North before most of it gets transferred to the Smithsonian. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.The museum is working to catalogue the second-largest collection of Arctic butterflies and moths in the world. It’s the largest private collection of its kind. Eventually most of the specimens will be passed on to the Smithsonian.Download AudioDerek Sikes shows off parts of one of the world’s largets butterfly collections. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)The faint scent of moth balls hangs in the air in a back hallway at the Museum of the North.  In fact the smell was so strong a few weeks ago, some employees left work early. Halfway down the hall, there’s a small, locked lab.“So, we’re in a small room packed, every surface and most of the floor space is covered with the drawers of Kenelm Philip’s butterfly collection,” Derek Sikes, the Curator of Insects at the Museum, said.He usually works on arthropods – hard bodied bugs like beetles and spiders, but lately he’s found himself literally surrounded by stacks of wooden boxes filled with more delicate and graceful Lepidoptera, better known as moths and butterflies.The specimens came from Kenelm Philip, one of the first scientists to start collecting butterflies and moths in the Far North back in the 1960’s.“Almost nothing was known about butterflies in Alaska,” Sikes said.  “Butterflies are a very high profile group.  They’re like the birds of the insect world. So, imagine coming to Alaska and nobody knowing anything about the birds.”Butterflies from all over the world are part of Kenelm Philip’s collection. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)But Kenelm Philip didn’t just catch butterflies. Sikes calls him a ‘scientific Renaissance Man.’“In addition to loving classical music, he had his PhD from Yale in radio astronomy,” Sikes said. “He also published on fractals, he published on microscopes, so he was into the mechanics of microscopy and he also wrote a computer program, a mapping program.”Philip passed away in March, leaving behind one of the largest collections of Arctic Lepidoptera in the world. He kept his specimens in a fire-proof lab he built next to a house filled with microscopes, old computers and piles of field notes, not to mention an endless supply of moth balls – an adventure for someone like Derek Sikes, who was charged with transporting the entire collection to the Museum.“We were just sifting through piles and piles of papers and we would come across weird surprises, like underneath a pile of papers, there’s a jar of cyanide or a bullet, so it’s an interesting problem to work on,” he said.There are at least 83,000 butterfly and moth specimens, but Sikes says they haven’t been counted since the 1980’s. “We don’t really know how many he added to the collection since then.  So, there’s more than 83,000.”Arctic blues are perfectly lined out in one of the drawers Kenelm Philip put together. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks)The diverse array of Arctic butterflies and moths are joined by more exotic specimens from faraway places like Ethiopia and the Philippines. There are some specimens that haven’t been lined up and pinned under glass.  But those that are, are nearly perfect. “You can see here, the arrangement of these drawers is artistic.” Sikes pulls out a drawer filled with rows of small, iridescent blue butterflies.“These are blues, a delicate group of the smallest bodied butterflies,” he said, describing the insects inside. “Of course the blues have this very metallic and gorgeous color.”Their heads and antennae are aligned perfectly.  Their wings are spread wide.  Underneath a glass cover, they float permanently over little squares of paper, covered in fine handwriting.  Each tag notes where and when the butterfly was collected. Some come from Murphy Dome north of Fairbanks. Others come from Philip’s favorite spot on Eagle Summit, 120 miles away. There’s also a row from Inuvik in Canada’s Northwest Territory.“He would align species by their color patterns and geographically so that if there was a change from a northern, to southern part of the range, you’d be able to detect it in the specimens.”This collection holds answers about differences in geography and sex.  A collection that spans as many years may also answer questions about the effects of climate change over time.  Sikes says there is plenty that may come from the collection.“I’m sure there’s treasures we have yet to uncover,” Sikes said.Before he passed away, Kenelm Philip negotiated to transfer 90 percent of his collection to the Smithsonian Institution.  The Museum of the North will house the rest.  Sikes and colleagues will work through the summer to catalogue and photograph everything with funding assistance from the National Park Service and the National Science Foundation.<img src="http://s23.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG10278.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7715"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Unionized Or Not Teachers Struggle To Make Ends Meet NPRIpsos Poll Finds

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s41.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2041/IMG5377.jpg" alt="first_img" />Lilli Carré for NPRMore than 9 in 10 teachers say they joined the profession for idealistic reasons — “I wanted to do good” — but most are struggling to some extent economically.Those findings come from a nationally representative survey by NPR and Ipsos of more than 500 teachers across the country. The poll was conducted in April amid widespread walkouts in several states, including Colorado, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia, and currently Arizona.While the story in each state is a little different, calls for better compensation and more school funding are common, as is the mood — fed up.We wanted to gauge how widely these sentiments are shared.Here’s what we found:To make ends meet, 59 percent of teachers have worked a second job.46 percent have run up debt to make ends meet, and 36 percent have done so in the last year.More than 8 in 10 have bought school supplies with their own money.And 69 percent say they’ve devoted time in the past year to helping students, even when not on the clock.“I’ve done tutoring, I’ve done babysitting, I’ve cleaned houses, at one point, I did some office cleaning in the evenings,” Dayna Smith, a high school English teacher in Gilbert, Ariz., tells NPR in an interview. “I think all teachers at one point or another have done that.”In addition to looking at teachers’ everyday economic struggles, we looked at the role of unions in their lives.One might assume that with teacher walkouts in the news day after day, that the national teachers unions, like the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, would be growing in membership and reputation and gaining political capital going forward.But they don’t get all the credit for what is happening.In fact, most of the teacher uprisings, with the exception of Colorado, have taken place in right-to-work states, meaning employees do not have to pay dues to a union to be in a workplace covered by a collective bargaining agreement.In these states, as you might guess, unions tend to be smaller and have less power. Teachers have organized within unions and also outside them, using social media and other means. And they’ve often used sick days and other leave to walk out, instead of technically going on strike.“This is not a union strike,” Larry Cagle, of the grass-roots organization Oklahoma Teachers United, told NPR.A little fewer than half of the teachers in our sample belong to a union. This is representative of the teaching workforce nationwide. And what we found was that, not surprisingly, nonunion teachers had lower opinions of organized labor.Fully 90 percent of unionized teachers said they “approve” of their local teachers’ union. Just 44 percent of nonunion teachers approved.Just half of nonunion teachers approved of national teachers’ unions and just 36 percent liked their state teachers’ union leadership; three-quarters of unionized teachers approved of both.Eva Shultz, a fifth-grade teacher in New Haven, Conn., and an AFT member, responded to our poll. “I really appreciate my union — they really do have teachers’ backs,” she told NPR in an interview.We asked teachers whether they believe public school teachers have the right to strike, and 82 percent of our respondents agreed. That number included 81 percent of nonunion teachers, and was higher than the general public we polled last week.But Smith, the Arizona English teacher, stayed at home while thousands of teachers marched through Phoenix last week. She agrees with the reasons behind the strike in her state — but says, “My problem is that we’re public employees. We’re not hurting a nameless, faceless corporation. We’re hurting the people we’re supposed to be here to serve.”Schultz, in Connecticut, supports the teachers who are walking out — but, she says, “It shouldn’t have had to get to that point for these teachers to be heard.” And she said, “it’s going to be difficult for those students.”Just 47 percent of nonunion teachers approve of how their local union handles issues like negotiating salaries and benefits. And just 42 percent approved of their advocating for teachers in politics.When it came to the impact of unions on education in general?77 percent of unionized teachers agreed that teachers unions improve the quality of education.Just 49 percent of nonunionized teachers felt the same way.Finally, we asked nonunion teachers whether they would like to join a union. Just 19 percent said unequivocally yes.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share<img src="http://s41.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2041/IMG8496.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7642"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Costa Rican hot springs makes an awfully nice mantra

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG16571.jpg" alt="first_img" />Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Explore the best of Costa Rica with this two-week itinerary Related posts:Sunset at Corcovado Name that beach Manuel Antonio’s official greeter Blue magic in northern Costa Rica<img src="http://s32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG14127.jpg" alt="center_img" /> If you live in Costa Rica and your employer observes Holy Week, you may be only two days away fromthis.If you don’t have Costa Rican hot springs in your immediate future, we hope life will get you there soon enough. And if any readers out there are on the verge of inventing some sort of teleportation device that can be used for instantaneous travel to La Fortuna (are you there, Dr. Chang?), please let us know about it, because we’re picturing that hot water, maybe a few drops of cool rain, an ice-cold bottle in the hand…Read more about how a trip to La Fortuna can fit into a coast-to-coast Costa Rican trip:<img src="http://s32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG8466.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7528"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Puerto Rico No 1 in public corruption convictions

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG18294.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement<img src="http://s16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG1144.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico had the highest number of federal public corruption convictions for any U.S. judicial district last year.The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that the U.S. territory came in first with 130 convictions. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez says Puerto Rico had come in second since 2002, always trailing the district of New Jersey.The website of the U.S. courts system says there are a total of 94 U.S. judicial districts.<img src="http://s16.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2016/IMG7783.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7524"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Go back to the enewsletter New Yorks JetBlue Airw

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG3527.jpg" alt="first_img" />Go back to the enewsletterNew York’s JetBlue Airways has urged the Trump Administration to make conditions to the future granting of antitrust immunity (ATI) between airlines “more robust”, as the carrier expressed concerns for the tentatively approved joint venture of Qantas and American Airlines.In a submission to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), JetBlue said it “takes no position” on the likely granting of ATI between Qantas and American, but indicated a green light will likely stifle any new competition.“It is undeniable, however, that such a grant will substantially reduce competition in relevant markets and concentrate a huge level of market share and power in the hands of immunised alliances”.JetBlue said that should Qantas and American Airlines be granted final approval, that pact, along with those of Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines, and United and Air New Zealand, will have a combined market share of 86% on US-Australasia routes, and a whopping 93% of capacity on the Los Angeles-Sydney route.“The granting of ATI for these alliances, which are typically led by the largest carriers that already hold the largest market shares, is an awesome governmentally conferred benefit. Therefore, it is essential that the department’s generosity toward the most powerful carriers and alliances be matched by a similar commitment to protecting and promoting competition from smaller carriers that are not a party to one of these immunised alliances,” JetBlue said.The non-aligned US carrier urged the DOT to cap joint venture agreements at five years and subject to a de novo review to determine if the grant should be renewed. The US Government said in its recent draft decision it would require Qantas and American Airlines to carry out a self-assessment after seven years.Further, JetBlue insisted that the ATI bar exclusivity provisions and impose an obligation to provide interline access, as well as assure airport access in the form of suitable gates and slot at commercially viable times of day for new entrants and other airlines competing with the immunised joint ventures.In the meantime, Qantas and American Airlines told the DOT this week that they agree with the regulators detailed analysis of the proposed joint business and its conclusions.“The Parties agree that the Proposed JBA with antitrust immunity will ‘align . . . economic incentives’ of the Parties to open complementary networks and inventory to each other, unlocking hundreds or thousands of connecting flight options that are not available through simple codesharing,” they said.Image credit: Anchorage Daily NewsGo back to the enewsletter<img src="http://s32.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG9337.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7445"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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