Warm water Blob may be sending salmon forecasts awry

first_imgFisheries researchers say the appearance of a warm water anomaly in the northeast Pacific Ocean likely added a new wrinkle into recent predictions of Alaska salmon runs that are used by commercial fishing industry for the upcoming season’s planning. Because of the variability of West Coast salmon populations, a simple cause and effect may be impossible to pin down.A seiner fishing for salmon off the coast of Raspberry Island in July 2009. (Public domain photo courtesy of NancyHeise)Biologists admit they’re still not sure exactly how the warm water Blob is affecting salmon up and down the West Coast.“The thing that we need to think about is that warm water in Alaska is really different than warm water in California,” said Brian Beckman, a research fishery biologist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.“Warm water in California can be so warm that it is actually injuring the fish, whereas warm water in Alaska just means that it is abnormally different and maybe the ecosystem is different. But it’s still a comfortable place for fish to be,” Beckman said.Beckman was one of the organizers of March’s Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting in Juneau, which featured biologists and researchers from California to Alaska.Because of differences in the life cycles and migration patterns of the five Pacific Ocean salmon species, Beckman said it’s impossible to immediately determine how The Blob is affecting salmon abundance, run timing, growth, forage habits and complicated predator-prey relationships.“It’s really hard to talk about salmon runs all across the coast in any one single focus because they all kind of do different things,” said Beckman. “The Blob does not have one specific effect across all salmon stocks.”Why would any of that information be important? The $414 million answer to that question comes from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That’s the dock price paid for all salmon harvested last year. In addition, the McDowell Group of Juneau says Alaska’s salmon fisheries generate $845 million in income for 18,400 direct jobs.Joe Orsi, fisheries research biologist at NOAA’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute at Auke Bay, explained why they research salmon biology, and do modeling or run simulations to predict Alaska salmon abundance, run timing and even size of the fish.“Basically, you confront the stakeholders and say this is what we think is going to happen, and you interact with the industry people,” Orsi said. “This is when the decisions are made.”They include decisions by state fisheries managers who plan the timing and length of the openings, the processors which dispatch tenders and hire outside help to work in the plants and the fisherman who must budget his or her expenses and figure out how many deckhands to hire.Pink salmon, plus an occasional silver and red, congregate in a pool above the Auke Creek weir before spawning. The males will put on displays and fight with other males as part of the competition for mating females which have already started a nest. (Photo by Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau)Orsi said they’re not sure if it was The Blob’s presence in the northeast Pacific that upended their modeling for last year’s salmon runs. Overall, last year’s pink harvest in Southeast Alaska fell well short of predictions with runs in the southern part of the Panhandle doing poorly.Another big question is whether El Niño or equatorial warming has encouraged other species to wander north.“Of course, we have unknown ecological impacts of the subtropical fish species that were occurring in the Gulf of Alaska: tuna, sunfish, thresher sharks,” Orsi said. “We don’t know if there’s going to be increased competition or predation as a result of those.”In order to get a better handle on what is happening, researchers have created a coast wide database that is intended to show how The Blob is affecting various salmon runs. Bryan Burke, research fishery biologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, helped design it.“This could be a good way to summarize when and where did The Blob impact salmon,” Burke said. “The fact is that we don’t know yet because a lot of the salmon that were in The Blob have not returned yet.”Some of those fish that have not returned yet are mature Copper River reds. Those fish are usually harvested during the very first commercial fishery of the year. It could kick off as soon as mid-May.last_img read more

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New California law could jeopardize Alaskas ivory market

first_imgThe ivory market in America just got a lot smaller, or at least that’s how it seems. A new law goes into effect today in California that bans the sale of all ivory products, including walrus ivory.Download AudioAn ivory walrus on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome).Alaska Natives are protected under a federal law, but confusion and inconsistency between state and federal legislation has many concerned.John Kokuluk, Sr., is sitting at his carving booth at the King Island Native Community building. He’s an ivory carver and has the hands to prove it.“I try to make a little bit of everything—masks, polar bears, wolves. I’ve carved quite a few walrus teeth,” Kokuluk explains.He’s working on one of those teeth today. Dust flies through the air as he drills tiny holes into the two-inch piece of ivory that he’ll later fill in with baleen.John I. Kokuluk drills holes into a walrus tooth at his King Island carving booth. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome)Kokuluk was born and raised in Nome, but his family is from King Island. When members of the Inupiat community were forced to relocate to the mainland in the 1960s, they brought the longstanding tradition of ivory carving with them.“It’s in our culture. It was passed down long before my time,” Kokuluk explains. “I feel fortunate to have this talent.”Just like Kokuluk, Susie Silook has been carving for decades. She’s originally from the St. Lawrence Island community of Gambell.“I love it. I love ivory carving,” Silook said. We get to say whatever we want with our work.”It’s that love of carving that led Silook to start an online petition opposing California’s new law that bans the sale of all ivory.Section 2 of Assembly Bill 96 defines ivory as “a tooth or tusk from a species of elephant, hippopotamus, mammoth, walrus, whale or narwhal.”“So this is creating this confusion out there that all the materials listed in these laws [are] illegal now,” Silook said.But they’re not. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 makes the interstate sale of walrus ivory legal through its definition of authentic native handicrafts.Gay Sheffield is a biologist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in Nome.Ivory ring carved and signed by King Island carver John I. Kokuluk. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome)“Authentic native handicrafts are defined as items that are produced, decorated, or fashioned in the exercise of traditional Native handicrafts,” Sheffield explains.Sheffield said the handicraft definition includes, but is not limited to, weaving, carving, stitching, sewing, lacing, beading, drawing, and painting.Sheffield said she understands the effort to protect elephant and other tusked animals in Africa from poachers, but they’re not one and the same with the marine mammals she studies in the Bering Strait region.“The general public thinks ivory, elephant, dead elephant rotting in the sun, beautiful elephant with [a] little baby because it’s always on the TV on the documentaries,” Sheffield said. “What they don’t see is walrus ivory, legal harvest, food on the table, economic benefit to rural Alaskans.”It’s that economic benefit that has many worried.Carver Susie Silook said ivory brings much-needed cash into rural communities like Gambell. She remembers a buyer from Southeast Alaska traveling to the St. Lawrence Island community in the mid-90s.“Within three days, he had purchased $20,000 worth of arts and crafts from the people in just one village, and this is just one buyer,” Silook explains.Ivory carvings and masks on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM)But now, buyers are reacting to California’s new legislation. Robert James manages Maruskiya’s, a well-known Native art shop on Nome’s Front Street. He buys from carvers like John Kokuluk, Sr., and sells their crafts in town and on the road.James had planned to stop at this year’s American Indian Art Show outside of San Francisco.“Because of the legislation that passed, I don’t think we’ll ever be back there,” James said. “So, we might have to find a different show.”Back at the King Island carving room, John Kokuluk, Sr., continues to drill tiny holes in the walrus tooth he holds in one hand.He worries about the confusion the new California law will create for buyers, but Kokuluk said that won’t stop him from carrying on the tradition his ancestors have been practicing for centuries.“I feel I’ll be doing this, regardless of what happens, probably till the day I’m gone,” Kokuluk said.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday March 7 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowMushers adjust to deep cold near Manley Hot SpringsBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeDuring the first night of this year’s Iditarod, teams endured frigid temperatures on the Tanana River to reach the second checkpoint of Manley Hot Springs. Teams are adjusting to the deep cold and preparing to push to the Yukon River, where the race will unfold.Ask A Climatologist: What do Iditarod mushers have in store?Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageWe asked climatologist Brian Brettschneider to look into how this year’s cold and snow stacks up to weather records for the segment, Ask a Climatologist.  He said it’s the coldest Iditarod start by far.Hundreds of budget amendments flow through House Finance CommitteeAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauConflicts over the state budget are rising as the spending plan advances through the House Finance Committee.9 hospitalized in Alaska after carbon monoxide exposureAssociated PressNine people in the small Alaska town of Houston have been hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide in a home.Amid buzz on health bill, Murkowski keep quiet Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Two U.S. House committees are due to take up the new Republican health care bill tomorrow (WED), to replace the Affordable Care Act. When the bill gets to the Senate, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski could turn out to be a swing vote. She has said she’s willing to break with her party to keep Medicaid expansion and funding for Planned Parenthood.King salmon sport fishing in Upper Copper River closed this seasonWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Department of Fish and Game announced today (March 7) that all king salmon sport fisheries in the Upper Copper River drainage will be closed this season due to declining salmon returns.Murkowski wants Alaskans approval for future national monumentsElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAlaska has five national monuments — public lands that are given special protections, and Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski doesn’t want anymore of the state added to that list.Preparations underway for Arctic Council ministerial, related eventsTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA U.S. State Department official said planning is well under way for the big, biennial meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations to be held this spring in Fairbanks.From fear to fervor, how this millennial is making the outdoors more inclusiveZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaWhen you open a REI catalog or page through Outside magazine, what do you see? Do the people on the page look like you? Arctic Youth Ambassador Reth Duir is working to make that imagery more representative.last_img read more

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Four men sentenced over 500 hours community service for 2015 walrus killings

first_imgFour Point Hope men have been sentenced for the 2015 illegal killing and waste of walruses on the Arctic Slope.Listen nowThe announcement came yesterday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Adam Sage, Jacob Lane, Guy Tuzroyluk, and Michael Tuzroyluk Jr. were charged with violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act.The men made two trips to Cape Lisburne on the Chukchi Sea coast in September 2015. They illegally shot and killed several walruses at a haul-out.They then salvaged only the animals’ ivory tusks, leaving the carcasses to waste.The men were sentenced to three years probation. They also have to pay one-thousand dollars restitution to be used for walrus conservation projects on refuges.They must perform 500 hours of community service. And lead presentations on hunting ethics in Point Hope and nearby villages.They are not allowed to hunt walrus for one year. But, they must hunt for the subsistence needs of Elders in the community.They will also have to apologize to local leaders for their actions.last_img read more

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For some Native corp shareholders cultural role outweighs the economic

first_imgSasha Soboleff discusses the role of Alaska Native corporations at the his home in the Mendenhall Valley in November. (KTOO video still)The mission of Sealaska Corp. is to strengthen people, culture and homelands. It pays its shareholders cash dividends and supports Alaska Native culture through the Sealaska Heritage Institute and other programs. But do Alaska Native corporations like Sealaska help their shareholders climb the economic ladder?Listen nowSasha Ivan Soboleff was 26 when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, or ANCSA, was signed into law on Dec. 18, 1971.“I was teaching in Kake at the time, and I signed up on Kake Tribal, so I have 100 original shares and I was on the original board of incorporators for Kake Tribal,” Soboleff said. “I also belong to Sealaska Corp., because that’s the large regional corporation.”Sealaska is one of 12 for-profit regional Alaska Native corporations the legislation created. It also created many village corporations, including Kake Tribal. Alaska Natives at the time, like Soboleff, enrolled as original shareholders.Sitting in his small apartment in the Mendenhall Valley, Soboleff said he doesn’t think Native corporations can help with economic mobility.“The business nature of ANCSA corps., which is the formation of an economic vehicle called a profit-making business, is not the way the culture of Southeast Alaska Natives … thinks, or exists,” Soboleff said.Sasha Soboleff was born in Juneau in 1945. That was five years after his parents, Walter and Genevieve Soboleff, moved back to Juneau from the Lower 48. He said his parents instilled in him the value of hard work.“They came back here and they ran into terrible racism. They weren’t allowed to rent. They weren’t allowed to apply for jobs, but to their persistence, they started making it, and so the Soboleff family has always followed that mold,” Soboleff said.Soboleff is a retired school teacher and principal. He’s the grand president of the Alaska Native Brotherhood. He said the Native corporations fail to support the culture, and the distributions don’t make up for it.“I barely even recognize except a couple of times a year when they give out one or $200,” Soboleff said. “It doesn’t set the standard for making a culture come alive. … It doesn’t recognize where you live, the lands that your clans and your family has had for years where you pick berries or you go fishing, or where you dry the foods that are going to be due, or you have seaweed. It doesn’t do any of that.”Rosita Worl disagrees. She is also an original shareholder and recently retired from being a board member of Sealaska Corp. after 30 years. She said the purpose of the corporation is more than just monetary.“In addition to our economic responsibilities, through employment and dividends, we also have a host of other responsibilities, and things to meet our mission objectives, like scholarships, things to grow, help out shareholders so they could lead a healthy lifestyle.”Nathan Soboleff, Sasha’s nephew, received one of those college scholarships and an internship with Sealaska. Now he manages grants at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, where he has his own office.Nathan Soboleff got a few shares of Sealaska and the village corporation Kootznoowoo from his father. Financially, they’re not worth much.“I think I received a shareholder check of like $5 before,” Nathan said.What matters more to Nathan is the connection to the land.“Not having some kind of ownership to that land is sad, and a lot of people do have strong feelings about having some kind of ownership, even if it’s not in the modern sense of private ownership … but knowing that it’s still Haa Aaní, it’s still our lands, is important,” Nathan said. “And if you don’t have any of that shared ownership in there, there’s something missing.”Nathan Soboleff has three young children and looks forward to passing some of his shares along to them.“They are growing up being raised Tlingit-Norwegians, and they culturally know who they are, and where they’re from, and in the near future, you know, within the next six or seven years, I will give them some of my shares,” Nathan said.Rosita Worl said she’d like to see Sealaska develop that connection to the land further by advocating for more subsistence rights for its shareholders.“I’m not saying that we have to go back to a hunting and fishing economies, but I want to see us … moving forward in a way that brings us into the 21st centuries but also allows us to sustain our traditional cultures,” Worl said.Rosita Worl, and Sasha and Nathan Soboleff are just three voices among tens of thousands of shareholders in more than 200 Alaska Native corporations.last_img read more

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Western Alaska still has states highest rate of reported felony sex crimes

first_imgFrom the Crime in Alaska Supplemental Report on felony level sex offenses (Alaska Department of Public Safety)Western Alaska has had the highest reported rate of felony level sex offenses in the state for the past three years, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.Listen nowThe recently released 2017 Felony Level Sex Offence Supplemental Report compiles law enforcement data from around Alaska. It aims to provide a clearer picture of sexual violence. This is the third year the state has published its findings.The western region includes Bristol Bay and is comprised coastal areas from the Aleutian Islands to the Northwest Arctic Borough. The department’s data shows the rate of reported felony sex offenses in these areas is more than twice the statewide rate.The most common victim age in Western Alaska was 13, two years younger than most common victim statewide. In 259 of the 321 offenses reported in the region, the victims were Alaska Native.While the report presents statistics, it does not provide explanations for the patterns it describes.“I think that the report exists to help folks sort of understand what the reality is on the ground for folks in many of these areas, but it doesn’t answer the questions of why their rates are what they are,” DPS communications director Jonathan Taylor explained. “This perhaps serves as a starting point to start conversations and investigation and research into why these rates are what they are in different areas of the state.”(Alaska Department of Public Safety)Across Alaska, the department found that the number of incidents decreased by 4 percent over the last year. However, the number of victims increased by more than a quarter. More detailed reporting by law enforcement agencies could contribute to the apparent increase in victims. Taylor said agencies that in previous years only submitted the number of incidents reported may now be specifying how many victims were involved in each case.Most incidents reported across the state occurred in a home and most did not involve a weapon. In more than 97 percent of cases the victim knew the suspect.If you or a person you know is a victim of sexual violence, help is available. If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. In Bristol Bay, SAFE provides shelter and advocacy for victims of sexual and domestic violence. You can contact them at 907-842-2320 or 1-800-478-2316. To report child abuse, contact the Office of Children’s Services at 1-800-478-4444.last_img read more

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Prayers mark the Dalai Lamas 84th birthday

first_imgDharamsala, July 6 : Donning traditional dresses, hundreds of Tibetans on Saturday joined the 84th birthday celebrations of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the main temple Tsuglakhang here. The Dalai Lama, revered by the Tibetans as a “living god”, attended the prayers and blessed the gathering, which also included Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan-government-in-exile. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “Special prayer sessions were held for the long life of His Holiness,” a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) spokesperson told IANS. Releasing a statement on the occasion, the Tibetan parliament thanked the Indian government and its people for extending assistance to the Tibetan people. The statement said it had been 60 years since Tibet was forcefully annexed by China, resulting in the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans fleeing into exile. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “The government and people of India with whom Tibet had deep cultural ties since ancient times have been most generous in extending every possible assistance and facilities to the Tibetan people during this difficult time,” it said. Born on July 6, 1935, at Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. Advertise With Us He fled Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959. Since then, he has spent his time in exile pushing for autonomy for Tibet. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent campaign for democracy and freedom in his homeland. However, the Chinese view him as a hostile element bent on splitting Tibet from China. India is home to around 1,00,000 Tibetans.last_img read more

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ZP chairperson takes part in Swachh Bharat

first_imgMedak: ZP Chairperson Hemalatha Shekar Goud participated in Swachh Bharat programme organised at Datarupalli village in Toopran mandal on Sunday. Later she attended the membership drive held at Rangayapalli village in Manoharabad mandal. As per the instructions from the Chief Minister KCR, the ZP Chairperson met the TRS leaders of Gajwel constituency for courtesy. She met AMC Vice chairman Srisailam Goud, V Shiva Goud, Mallikarjun Goud, G Prashanth Kumar, Bhagyaraj, Saibaba, Nooruddin, Praveen, Imran and others.last_img

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Shivakumar meets rebel Congress MLA Nagaraj in Bengaluru asks

first_imgBengaluru: Amid ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka, Congress leader D K Shivakumar visited the residence of Congress MLA and state minister MTB Nagaraj early on Saturday morning to convince him to take back his resignation. Hoskote MLA Nagaraj and Chikballapur Congress MLA Dr K Sudhakar resigned from the Assembly on July 10. Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had ruled out accepting their resignations “overnight”. “Two MLAs Dr K Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj have resigned from the Assembly. I have not accepted any resignation, I cannot do it overnight like that. I have given them time on 17th. I will go through the procedure and take a decision,” Kumar had said on July 10 while speaking to media persons in Bengaluru. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Meanwhile, on Friday, the Supreme Court took up the pleas of 10 dissident MLAs and directed the Speaker to maintain status quo on their resignation and disqualification till July 16. The 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week.last_img read more

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Annavaram temple gets 113 crore income

first_imgRajamahendravaram: The number of devotees thronging to the sacred shrine ‘Ratnagiri’ popularly known as Annavaram for the darshan of Sri Anantha Lakshmi, Satyavathi Devi Sametha Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy are increasing year by year and the income has also been increasing. For 26 days during this Ashada masam the earnings of the deity is Rs 1.13 crore. In general, there will be less number of devotees for Ashada and Jyeshta masams to the temple. However, the number of devotees increased this year for the period. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us According to temple EO MV Suresh Babu, of the total earnings of Rs 1.13 crore, the amount received through hundis is Rs 1,05,48,989, coins- Rs 7,57,675, with 90gms of gold, 1,200 gms silver, 330 American dollars, 40 Bank of England Pounds, 8 Singapore dollars, 40 Saudi Arabia Authority Rials, 11 Malaysian Rials, 900 Central Bank of Omen Raisam 10 Australia dollars, five Central Bank of Sudan pounds, 20 Canada dollars, 20 United Arab Emirates Central Bank Deenams and 20 Philippines Currency. The temple management decided to give special treatment to the donors and a special counter also will be arranged adjacent to the office of EO in this regard. The management is giving top priority to provide hassle free darshan to the devotees and also taking care to arrange necessary facilities to them, he said.last_img read more

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1st Century BC Buddhist cave found at Dhanamkonda hill

first_imgVijayawada: A huge Buddhist rock cut cave is noticed at Dhanamkonda hill in Mogalrajpuram of Vijayawada datable to the 1st Century BC during the survey conducted by Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, Buddhist archaeologist and CEO of Cultural Centre Of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA) on Sunday as part of the awareness campaign ‘Preserve Heritage for Posterity’ launched by the CCVA. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Dr Reddy along with Subhakar Medasani, a Buddhist heritage activist and president of AP Society for Preservation of Buddhist Heritage identified a cave cut into the hill at a height of 200 feet from the ground level. The cave measurements are 15 feet in length, 16 feet in height and 8 feet in depth. He said that the rock cut cave was hewn in two stories. The lower one was used as rainy retreat (Varshaavaasa) of the Buddhist monks and the top floor was carved with a stupa motif measuring 5 feet x 5 feet. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The rock cut cave which could be accessed through a flight of steps cum a ramp opposite to Boyapati Madhavarao Street in Mogalrajpuram in the city. The cave and the stupa motif devoid of any artistic decor resembles the similar one located at Bojjannakonda (Sankaran) near Anakapalli in Visakhapatnam district also hewn during the Satavahana times, said Sivanagireddy. Advertise With Us He added that this rock cut cave belongs to the Theravada monks who used it as a retreat during the four months of the rainy season. Based on the historical importance of the Buddhist caves, Dr Reddy and Subhakar Medasani appealed the AP Tourism Authority to include it on the Vijayawada Buddhist circuit. Towards the east of the rock cut cave, they have spotted a natural cave in the same hill which was also used as rainy retreat by the monks in their survey. Dr Sivanagireddy sensitised the local hill dwellers on the archaeological and historical significance of the Buddhist cave and the need to preserve it for posterity.last_img read more

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Amit Shah to take primary membership in TS unit of BJP

first_imgHyderabad: BJP national president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will take party primary membership as well as active membership in the party from Telangana. Addressing the media here, Telangana BJP president K Laxman said Amit Shah is expected to visit State on August 17 as part of the Telangana Liberation Day celebrations. He said the party working president J P Nadda would visit the State on August 18 for the first time after his elevation as the working president of the party. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us On this occasion, some former TDP MLAs, MPs, and other leaders of that party from across the State along with 20,000 of that party cadre would be joining in BJP, he added. Laxman said the party has so far enrolled 10 lakh membership in Telangana and the remaining target of eight lakh new members would be enlisted by August 20. Taking a dig at TRS working president K T Rama Rao, Laxman said people in the State were unhappy over the TRS joining hands with the Majlis and remaining a silent spectator despite the AIMIM leaders giving provocative speeches hurting and insulting Hindus. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Criticising the KTR for talking on national integrity and democracy, he said the BJP was in power in 18 states in the country. The TRS which is hand-in-glove with the Majlis was not in a position even to pay tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who integrated Nizam State into the Indian union, he said. He ridiculed the TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy for his comments and advised him to realise importance of national security.last_img read more

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BJP leader Gadila Srikanth Reddy donates 15 lakh for urs

first_imgPatancheru: Former ZPTC member and BJP leader Gadila Srikanth Reddy on Wednesday announced a donation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the urs celebration of Hazrat Mahbub Subhani Dargah.He made the announcement when members of the Madina Youth Association, one of the organisers of the urs, called on him and extended an invite to participate in the event slated for August 29 at Kyasaram village. Among those present in Reddy’s camp office were party activists Govardhan Reddy, Madhukar Reddy, Kyasaram Ward Member Dhanraj, association members Ameer, Jakir, Azeez, S R K Yuvasena Members Nizamuddin Baba, Narender, Shakeel, Sai, Srikanth, Dasarath Datta and Jahangir.last_img

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BSE closes points 7767 down on September 25

first_imgNew Delhi, September 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 77.67 points down to stand at 19842.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.95 points down to stand at 5870.50. BHEL and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 5.75% along with Apollo Hospitals and Sobha Dev with an increase of 4.82% and 4.56% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies and MCX with a decrease of 9.92% and 4.60% along with JP POWER and HPCL with a decrease of 4.43% and 3.74% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 9.70 points at 11,180.22 while the banking sector is down 103.74 points at 11,494.18 and the realty sector is down 9.88 points at 1,217.68. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 62.53 per dollar.last_img read more

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Growth bite for pet industry

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): To own a pet especially a dog was once considered to be an elite affair. But today it has become crucial; from a big business tycoon to a celebrity and even a common man, everyone owns a pet. And it’s no surprise that this reason has made the pet food market boom in a very short period of time. According to estimates, the pet industry in India has revenue earning potential of 56.5 million USD, out of which, around 40.3 million USD is contributed only by pet foods. With franchising entering the pet domain, the industry has witnessed unprecedented growth. And this growth has also given the sector new concepts.last_img

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IndiaMyanmar struck insurgent bases along eastern border while IAF demolished terror camps

first_imgSoldiers of the Indian Army [Representational Image]Wikimedia CommonsIn a joint operation code named “Operation Sunrise,” the Indian and the Myanmar Army are said to have struck about a dozen insurgent operating bases and camps along the eastern border of the country. Officials reportedly said that the move was made to help curb any threat to the Kaladan transit and transport project in the region that has been taken up to increase connectivity in the Northeast.Operation Sunrise was carried out from February 17 and March 2 and saw the deployment of more than 12,000 Indian troops for the purpose. However, senior officials of the army specified that the forces did not cross the border and that the strike was carried out in coordination with the Myanmar Army.”We operated in coordination with the Myanmar army and our main aim was to prevent these elements from moving into India,” Hindustan Times quoted an official as saying on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, another official added that the rebels have been creating more issues for Myanmar than India and hence the neighbour was willing to carry out the joint operation.”We don’t need to cross the Myanmar border because there is a mutual understanding on both sides and the Myanmar army largely obliges with whatever we ask them for,” the official explained.”The Myanmar rebels have been creating more problems on their side than ours. At their request, we had killed 5 of their rebels and captured 8-10 on our side in 2017. Thus, the Myanmar army, too, struck the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khalang) HQ in Taga on our behalf.”While one soldier of the Myanmar army was reportedly injured, the Indian Army has debunked reports that two Indian jawans had lost their lives. The armies of the two nations also have decided to work together and India is said to have shared radio sets with the Myanmar Army for “ease of communication and to prevent incidents of friendly fire.”Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport ProjectRelations between India and Myanmar remained strained until 1993 due to issues of drug trafficking, but the two nations have maintained healthy relations since. The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project has been undertaken to connect the seaport of Kolkata with Sittwe seaport in Myanmar by sea. It will also link Sittwe seaport to Lashio in Myanmar via Kaladan river boat route and from Lashio on to Mizoram in India by road.The project was scheduled to be completed by 2014, but has been marred by several delays.Meanwhile, Operation Sunrise was carried out when all eyes were on the Balakot strike carried out by the Indian Air Force on February 26. The strike is said to have lasted for about 20 minutes, during which the IAF had demolished several terror camps, killing scores of terrorists.However, Pakistan had said that the IAF violated its airspace early on Tuesday, February 26, morning but returned after facing a “timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force.” Pakistani Major General Asif Ghafoor announced the “violation” on Twitter and said that the IAF could cause no damage to the nation.Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back,” Major General Ghafoor’s Tweet read. “Details to follow,” he added. Speaking of the bomb that the IAF had released in Balakot, Ghafoor said: “Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.”Indian sources later told ANI that Pakistan did scramble a few of its F-16 jets, but they eventually returned after seeing the size of the IAF’s formation.last_img read more

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry banished from royal family to live in

first_imgMeghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesHas Queen Elizabeth disowned and booted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the royal family as she cannot take any more defiance from the couple?This was the cover story on this week’s National Enquirer. The magazine has also claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been banished to Malta.The supermarket tabloid has claimed that due to their behaviour, disregard for protocol and the ongoing tension with Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Queen decided to keep them away from the Buckingham Palace. The outlet has maintained that they were the only magazine to know about the Majesty’s decision.Apparently, both Meghan and Harry “got the shock of their lives” when they learned about the Queen’s decision. A palace insider has revealed to the tabloid paper that both Prince William and Kate Middleton agree with the Queen’s decision of throwing them out.Sources have revealed to the paper that after hearing the news, Meghan was so angry that “she threw her ring at Harry.” The media outlet further correlates the above quote by pointing it out how Meghan’s diamond engagement ring was not on her finger during her recent visit to London’s Canada House. Citing this, the source concluded that the couple are “headed for the rocks.”The article goes on to state how Prince William and Prince Harry have vowed to never speak again and even Prince Charles, it claimed, scolded his youngest son and booted him saying, “You’re not a part of the family anymore.”However, Gossip Cop has ridiculed the above story and put forward several instances which go on to prove that nothing of that sort has ever happened in the royal family. Recently, at the Commonwealth Day service inside Westminster Abbey, both Harry and William were seen chatting with each other, it said. Even Kate Middleton greeted the Duchess of Sussex with a kiss on the cheek, added the report, debunking the gossip.What will happen in the coming few weeks is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be moving out of Kensington Palace to stay at Frogmore residence. There is no more to it, assert reports.last_img read more

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Mukesh Ambani endorses Milind Deora for Mumbai South Lok Sabha constituency

first_imgMilind Deora, Mukesh Ambani and Nita AmbaniTwitter [Representational Image]Congress has received a massive boost for the Lok Sabha elections as business magnate Mukesh Ambani and billionaire banker Uday Kotak have expressed their support to Mumbai South constituency candidate Milind Deora.A former UPA minister, Deora will lock horns with Shiv Sena’s Arvind Ganpat Sawant in a fierce battle for phase four of the elections. He has shared a video on Twitter where the top industrialists were seen praising him.He posted the video by saying, “From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business. We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.”In the video, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “Milind is the man for South Mumbai. Having represented South Mumbai for ten years I believe that Milind has in-depth knowledge of social, economic and cultural ecosystem of the South Mumbai constituency. Both micro enterprises and large businesses can thrive in Mumbai. So that attractive new employment opportunities can be created for our talented young women and men.”From small shopkeepers to large industrialists – for everyone, South Mumbai means business.We need to bring businesses back to Mumbai and make job creation for our youth a top priority.#MumbaiKaConnection pic.twitter.com/d4xJnvhyKr— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) April 17, 2019Endorsing Deora, Kotak Mahindra Bank Managing Director and CEO Uday Kotak said, “Milind truly represents Mumbai ka connection. I genuinely believe Milind understands and relates to a Mumbaikar. His family has been associated with Mumbai for a long time.”The video also features small entrepreneurs, businessmen and traders praising and backing Milind Deora for the general elections. The Mumbai South constituency will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 29.last_img read more

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Will Smith was terrified of playing Genie in Aladdin thanks to Robin

first_imgWill Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the premiere of AladdinInstagramIt is not surprising that Will Smith was fearful of playing Genie in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. Considering how he had to fill the late actor Robin Williams’ shoes, the task was no piece of cake. However, once he started shooting songs for the film, all the childlike silliness flowed through the actor!In an interview with SlashFilms, Smith opened up on dealing with the pressure of playing Genie, which was originally Robin Williams’ jam. He said, “Disney magic is real. This is my first Disney movie, and there’s something that Walt Disney did in the design of these stories and at the core of these stories is something that shocks the inner child within you and forces it to come alive and smile and appreciate the moment. For me, coming into this, first starting with fear – what Robin Williams did with this character was…he didn’t leave a lot of room to add to the Genie – so I started off fearful. But then when I got with the music, it just started waking up that fun, childlike, silly part of me.”Prince Ali songYouTubeHe further continued, “The song that got me over the hump of, ‘Yes, I can play Genie’ was ‘Friend Like Me.’ I went into the studio the first day and I really wanted to play with it to see if I could add something to it. Literally thirty minutes in the studio, starting to play with it, finding that 94-96 bmp (beats per minute) range, we were playing around in there. Ultimately I think it was a little bit faster than that, but that 94-96 bmp range is right old school hip-hop. So I grabbed The Honey Drippers’ ‘Impeach the President,’ which is a really classic old school hip-hop break beat, and I had them throw that break beat under there. I messed with that, and I messed with Eric B. and Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ under ‘Friend Like Me,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m home. I’m home.’ I started playing with the hip-hop flavor and the Genie was really born in my mind from the music.”Another interesting fact that Will Smith revealed during his interview was the truth behind his spotless blue Genie. Turns out the Genie in Aladdin is actually 100 per cent CGI! “A lot of people don’t even recognize this, but the Genie is 100% CGI. People look at it and think it’s my face blue, and it’s my body. The Genie is 100% CGI. There’s none of me in the Genie. It’s like the work was so good, that they don’t even get credit for it…I would just be on set, we’d run the scenes and everything, and I could improv on set because I knew it wouldn’t necessarily be in the movie. Then we’d do the first round of the CGI work and we could go again and work it. Then Guy watched the whole movie, and I had another chance to go back and we could play with lines and make adjustments because [the visual effects people] were going to create it anyway. So for me, there was tons of improv,” said Smith.Recently, a premiere of Aladdin was held where Will Smith’s family appeared. The whole family including Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow, Trey and Jaden were present to support Smith. Aladdin releases today, May 24.last_img read more

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Viacom says its board has not had access to Redstone

first_imgViacom Inc said on Saturday its board members have been unable to meet with controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone because his daughter Shari is blocking access to the media mogul.Viacom’s criticism of Shari Redstone comes a day after Sumner Redstone, 92, removed Viacom Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams from the seven-person trust that will determine the fate of Redstone’s $40 billion media empire that includes Viacom and CBS Corp in the event of his incapacitation or death.”It is clear that Shari Redstone has isolated her father and put his residence on lockdown, which provides clear evidence of her exercise of undue influence,” a spokesperson for Viacom said in a statement.Many attempts by Viacom’s board to meet with Sumner Redstone have been denied, Viacom said.In response, Shari Redstone said in a statement on Saturday: “I fully support my father’s decisions and respect his authority to make them.”Reuters reported on Tuesday that Redstone, who turns 93 next week, had the power to remove certain members of his trust, including Dauman.Sumner Redstone removed Dauman and Abrams as trustees and directors of his privately held movie theatre company National Amusements Inc after he expressed concerns about Viacom’s performance to them and received no response, according to a statement from Michael C Tu, a lawyer representing Redstone.Viacom, like other media companies, has suffered from falling ratings at its cable networks as younger viewers migrate to online and mobile video.A spokesman for Dauman on Friday called the steps to remove him from the trust “illegal and invalid.”The move by the elder Redstone is a victory for his daughter, who is also on the trust and vice-chair of CBS and Viacom, giving her more certain control to determine the fate of her father’s empire.Shari Redstone and Dauman have clashed in the past. She opposed his elevation to the post of executive chairman of Viacom in February, a role her father supported.The Sumner M Redstone National Amusements Inc Trust owns about 80 percent of Redstone’s privately-held National Amusements Inc, which in turn owns 80 percent of the voting rights in both Viacom and CBS.After Sumner Redstone dies or is incapacitated, the trust will determine all matters that come to a shareholder vote at both companies, including potential mergers or acquisitions.With the removal of Abrams and Dauman, Shari Redstone will have majority support among the trust’s members, who include Shari’s son, lawyer Tyler Korff, and David Andelman, another lawyer who is on the CBS board.The trust’s other members are Norman Jacobs, Sumner Redstone’s divorce lawyer, and Leonard Lewin, an attorney who represented Redstone’s first wife, Phyllis, in her divorce from Sumner.last_img read more

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