American beaten in Wimbledon semifinal

first_imgLONDON >> The key, for both players, was to deal with the big serve. Marin Cilic did it better.The seventh-seeded Croat advanced to his second major final by beating Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 at Wimbledon on Friday. He next faces Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final at the All England Club.Cilic and Querrey, both 6-foot-6, rode the strength of their powerful serves. Neither even had a break point in the first set.“Sam came out serving huge, hitting big,” Cilic said. …last_img read more

USDA to host 2018 Farm Bill implementation listening session

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.“The 2018 Farm Bill is intended to provide support, certainty and stability to our Nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation,” said Under Secretary Northey. “We are seeking input from stakeholders on how USDA can streamline and improve program delivery while also enhancing customer service.”The listening session will be held Feb. 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at farmers.gov/farmbill by February 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to regulations.gov by February 22, 2019. Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Comments received will be publicly available on www.regulations.gov.“Truly this is a Farm Bill that improves farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and preserves strong rural development and research initiatives. At USDA we are eager to hear from our stakeholders on policy recommendations, so we can start working on implementing these important Farm Bill provisions,” said Northey.For more information on the listening session visit farmers.gov/farmbill.last_img read more

Tourism Stakeholders Urged to Protect the Environment

first_imgStakeholders in the tourism sector have been urged to manage the product in a sustainable manner,  with special focus on the environment, by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill. The Minister, who was addressing a forum to launch an environmental protection initiative being spearheaded by the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA), to focus on climate change issues in the Negril area,  at Couples Swept Away, on November 29, said the entire tourism product must be seen in the protection of the environment along with management of the other offerings. “If we do not manage this product properly, we can be in danger of losing it, as the environment is a very important part of everything we do. Climate change is here, it is a present danger. The  beach as we knew it has changed. There are areas where it has eroded terribly and, we have to protect that beach,” the Minister told his audience. He said the issue should not be seen as just something affecting overseas territories, as climate change, through the increase of storms, floods and fires, have caused serious damage to the  area, mainly the morass. “Here in Negril, we have real issues, but I am proud of the participation of the community. They take pride in issues affecting the community,” the Minister said.  “We all have to look at it from a national point of view, how we are going to deal with the effects of climate change. We have to look at our marine protection, and we have to look at our coastal management,” the Minister added. He said the NEPA plan must ensure that the entire marine environment and the wider area is protected, so that the resort community can continue to provide sustenance to the area and the Jamaican economy. “We now know enough that everything is linked. The beach is linked to the sea, it is linked to the morass, and it is linked to the rivers.  We must address it as one,” Dr. McNeill emphasised.last_img read more

Watch Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped at rally in Gujarat

first_imgHardik Patel was slapped during a public meeting in Gujarat.Twitter/ANINewly inducted Congress leader and Patidar champion Hardik Patel was slapped during a public meeting in Gujarat on Friday, April 19. The shocking incident happened in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district during a Jan Aakrosh Sabha.In the video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, the Patidar leader was addressing the rally when a man went up to him with a paper in his hand and attacked him.The attack on Hardik Patel comes a day after BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao had a shoe hurled at him while he was addressing a press meet at the BJP headquarter in New Delhi.According to reports, the man who slapped him has been detained but he is yet to be identified.#WATCH Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped during a rally in Surendranagar,Gujarat pic.twitter.com/VqhJVJ7Xc4— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019 Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel had joined the Congress a couple of days ago.Twitter25-year-old Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel will contest the Lok Sabha 2019 election from Jamnagar on a Congress ticket after joining the party on March 12.Gujarat will go to polls on April 23. The results will be announced on May 23.last_img read more

SC clears way to deliver graft case verdict in Khaledas absence

first_imgKhaleda Zia file photoThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way to deliver verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case in absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting a leave-to-appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia seeking cancellation of the High Court order clearing the way for continuation of the trial proceedings in the case in her absence.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said now there is no bar to delivering verdict in the case.Earlier on Sunday, the SC fixed today to pass order on the petition.A Special Judge Court installed inside the old central jail is scheduled to deliver its verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case today (Monday).On 14 October, the High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman cleared the way to continuation of the trial proceedings of the graft case against Khaleda in her absence as they rejected a writ petition filed by the BNP chief.On 18 October, a leave-to-appeal petition was filed with the Appellate Division against the High Court order.On 20 September, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka decided to continue the trial proceedings in absence of the main accused.On 27 September, the BNP chairperson filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging a lower court decision.Meanwhile, the special court on 16 October fixed 29 October for delivering the verdict in the corruption case.Khaleda Zia, who has been in jail since her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February, refused to appear before the court during the trial of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on ‘ security grounds’.Later, the government shifted the court to the jail premises to ensure her safety. Yet, she did not appear before the court. The state counsel appealed to the court to continue the trial proceedings of the case in absence of Khaleda Zia. The court accepted their plea.The case was filed by the Anti-corruption Commission with Tejgaon Police Station in August, 2011, accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more