first_imgSome of the possible MH370 debris in French satellite images New satellite images showing 122 objects, some 23m long, will give the international team scouring the southern Indian Ocean for MH370 new intelligence to refine the vast search area 2500km south-west of Perth. The image taken on March 23 by the French was provided to the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency.Some are bright, possibly indicating solid material such as part of a wing. Acting Malaysian Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Bin Hussein said that “this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.”The new image is the fourth positive sighting from satellites and shows debris located 2557km southwest of Perth between the original Australian image taken on March 16 and that take by the Chinese on March 18.Shot through broken cloud, the images shows debris spread over a very wide area of 400sq km according to the acting Malaysian Transport Minister.Some of the pieces are very large such as 22.5m by 6m, 11m by 4m and 23m by 10m in size.The large pieces are likely to be wing or tail sections. Smaller item are more likely to be from the cabin of the 777.Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is expected to send out planes to new coordinates to get verification.HMAS Supply and the Chinese ice breaker Xue Long are in the area searching for debris and are expected to be redirected to the new co-ordinates.The three Chinese warships the Kunlunshan, the Haikou and the Qiandaohu have also arrived in the search area.MH370 Tribute Pagelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No matter what meeting room, restaurant or hallway was home to conversations at the recent Commodity Classic held in New Orleans, it is certain that at some point the presidential race was being discussed.“There is no doubt that the presidential election has been a hot topic in every meeting and hallway conversation. We all have our opinions and like to pontificate about who is going to win and what it is going to mean,” said Jack Irvin, with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “We all need to do our homework and take a hard look at all of the stances that these candidates have and remain engaged. With less than 1% of the population being involved in agriculture, if we are not out there sharing our thoughts and trying to shape opinions, no one else is going to do it. There are so many federal laws and regulations that affect our farms we have to be at the table in the discussions.”That philosophy, in short, is the main reason corn, soybean, wheat, and sorghum farmers from around the country gathered in New Orleans for the 21st annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show where the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers set their policy on a variety of important issues pertinent to U.S. agriculture.In terms of policy, future profitability was top of mind for every farmer present and, with that, the importance of trade.“The biggest thing is how pressing the need is for continued expansion of our markets. There is a lot of concern about the long term profitability of our farms,” Irvin said. “Their ability to produce has been outstripping the demand from the market side and it is paramount that we develop and expand markets. That is why we continue to push for important trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”Another important, and very timely, legislative priority at Commodity Classic was the topic of labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. While the details of the legislation are far from set, the recently introduced Senate bill establishes national standards for foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to avoid a confusing patchwork of different state labeling mandates. The law would require that labels are based in science while share factual information. This national debate has strong ties to the Ohio Soybean Association that first introduced the need for addressing this problem in 2012.“The Ohio Soybean Association was really at the front edge of this issue when we came to Commodity Classic in 2012. One issue we saw on the horizon was GMO labeling. We knew we needed to come up with policy at that time because it was going to be very front and center in the next few years. At that time there wasn’t any other national organization with policy on this issue and it was critical for us to get involved,” said Adam Ward with the Ohio Soybean Association. “There has been some additional policy added in at the back end of it, but really the original policy hasn’t changed since then. The bottom line is that we knew we wanted to sit down with the food companies, the trait providers, and other stakeholders and come up with something. We crafted policy to include those folks and help bring science on this issue into the policy book of the American Soybean Association.”Since then, ASA and other national commodity groups have been working with legislators to address the problem of state-by-state differences in labeling requirements.“We have been involved throughout the process. The central part of this is to maintain the ability to have safe, affordable foods for people of all income ranges. Our policy has been central to what was introduced in the House and the Senate in the last two congressional sessions,” Ward said. “I think we are going to see a pretty quick turnaround in the Senate. There will be a vote maybe in the next 10 days in the Senate and that will force a debate on the Senate floor about what this legislation will look like. Then you’ll have to go through the conference committee situation to work out the differences between the bill from the Senate and what the House already passed. I think we’ll see some kind of agreement in the Senate that everybody can live with and they will move forward from there.”The timing on the labeling bill is critical because the first of multiple state-approved labeling rules goes into effect this July.“This summer, Vermont’s new regulations will come into play. Vermont’s population is smaller than that of Columbus, Ohio and there will be a mandated label for that population impacting food production in the entire country — that is kind of scary,” Ward said. “We are excited to see some progress on a plan that will be a fit for the whole country.”Commodity Classic attendees also got to hear from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who delivered a message of optimism despite the current tough economic situation for agriculture. Recent USDA numbers show a 170% increase in agricultural productivity with 26% less land and 22 million fewer farmers and relatively flat inputs since 1950, Vilsack said.“I am in the presence of the greatest group of farmers that the world has ever seen. That is one reason I am optimistic. Even in tough and difficult times, American agriculture continues to succeed,” he said. “It was farmers who fought the Revolution, it was farmers who built the early agricultural economy, it was farmers who fed the workers as we built our manufacturing base, and it was farmers who created the opportunity for everyone in the country to dream of being something other than a farmer. It is farmers who are the lynchpin of this great country. We are the greatest nation on earth because we have the greatest farmers on earth.” Leaders of the commodity groups gathered on a panel to discuss policy priorities. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Commodity Classic attendees got to enjoy some New Orleans jazz while in town to set policy.last_img read more

first_imgDefending champions Chennaiyin FC may have been left with nothing to defend after ATK handed them a 3-2 defeat in an Indian Super League tie at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Sunday.Chennaiyin, who were handed their seventh loss from 10 matches, have teams who are doing worse than them. FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos are still below them but never before has a defending champion looked so out of sorts.A screamer from former Chennaiyin FC winger Jayesh Rane (14′) gave ATK the lead which was cancelled out by Thoi Singh (24′). Manuel Lanzarote then converted two penalties in either half (44′, 78′) to make it 3-1, while Isaac Vanmalsawma got a late consolation (88′) for Chennaiyin FC.The result took ATK to the fifth spot with 15 points, the same as Jamshedpur FC just ahead of them.The match got off to an energetic start with both sides threatening early in the game. However, the scoring woes of both teams came to the fore as those chances were spurned.ATK, however, opened their account in the 14th minute when Hitesh Sharma found Rane in space down the middle. With nobody closing him down, Rane let fly a sumptuous strike from 30 yards out that whistled into the top corner.ATK continued to test the Chennaiyin defence on occasions but the defending champions hit back in the 24th minute against the run of play.Isaac did well to keep a ball alive near the byline before feeding Mailson Alves inside the box. The Brazilian laid it off to Thoi who sent an arrowing shot into the far corner to level scores.ATK, though, kept on searching for a second goal and it came two minutes before the half-time whistle. Manuel Lanzarote did brilliantly to get to the byline and cut a pass back to Hitesh whose shot hit the arms of Eli Sabia. The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty which Lanzarote coolly converted.Penalties cost Chennaiyin FCAs expected, ATK sat deep and focused on maintaining their defensive shape in the second-half. The pace of the game died down a bit but Chennaiyin did have an opportunity a few minutes before the hour mark. Isaac picked out Jeje Lalpekhlua at the far post but the striker’s header from point-blank range was straight at Arindam Bhattacharya and Thoi could not turn in the rebound.The home team kept pressing for an equaliser but were dealt a body blow in the 77th minute. A goalmouth melee saw second-half substitute Carlos Salom use his hands to block a goal-bound ball. The referee awarded another penalty and booked Salom and Laldinliana Ralte for dissent. Up stepped Lanzarote who sent the goalkeeper the wrong way again to make it 3-1.At the other end, the tale of wasted chances continued with Thoi Singh missing a sitter after Isaac had picked him out with a cross.Isaac bundled a Thoi Singh cross late on to spark some interest in the game but it was ultimately not to be as Chennaiyin’s title defence stands on the verge of a collapse.advertisementAlso Read | Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany to face Netherlands, Portugal handed tricky drawAlso Read | Premier League: Liverpool and Arsenal win dramatic derbieslast_img read more

first_imgCongress sources have confirmed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not accept Pakistan’s invitation for the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor. Earlier, the Pakistan government had on Monday extended an invitation to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor that is scheduled to be held on November 9. “We would like to extend an invitation to former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration function of Kartarpur Corridor. He also represents the Sikh community. We will also send him a formal invitation,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The inauguration ceremony will take place three days before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.India has asked Pakistan to “reconsider” its decision to charge USD 20 as service charge from pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan. Initially, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit daily from India but later 10,000 pilgrims will be allowed per day, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian side of the border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border is being built by India. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe four-lane highway connecting the Zero Point of the corridor up to National Highway-354 is being constructed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Besides, a passenger terminal is also under construction. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.(Inputs from read more