1 Mar

Daoism’s ongoing influence

first_img“The Norton Anthology,” that classic college volume that students have long lugged to and fro in all its backbreaking weight, has expanded its oeuvre.“The Norton Anthology of World Religions,” spanning more than 4,000 pages, is out this month from W.W. Norton & Co., and with a major Harvard connection. Editor Jack Miles tapped James Robson, professor of East Asian languages and civilizations, to edit the Daoism volume of the anthology, which also features volumes on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.Robson began studying Daoism in the 1980s. The texts of the ancient Chinese religion, and its most influential text, the “Daode Jing,” said Robson, “have seduced readers, both then and now, with romantic notions of the power of passivity, the mastery of skills through effortless action. And they entertained with their stories of immortals with square pupils who breathe through their heels, gather mystical mushrooms, and can enter water without getting wet, or enter fire without getting burned.”Over time in the West, Daoism inspired Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar Wilde and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and even, said Robson, Ronald Reagan: “As president, Reagan began his final State of the Union address by weaving in a passage from chapter 60 of ‘The Scripture of the Way and Its Virtue’: ‘History records the power of the ideas that brought us here those seven years ago — ideas like the individual’s right to reach as far and as high as his or her talents will permit; the free market as an engine of economic progress. And as an ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-tzu, said: “Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish; do not overdo it.”’”Daoism’s influence on 20th-century thinkers was tenuous for a while. The religion was on the verge of extinction following the Cultural Revolution in China, said Robson.“I took up this project in order to honor a very small but extremely dedicated group of scholars and translators who have brought this religious tradition back into the light. And I tried to include material from the earliest texts that allow us to say something about Daoism all the way up to the present spread of Daoism to unlikely places,” he said.“I included RZA, of the Wu-Tang Clan, and George Harrison, since they are fine examples of the ways that ideas about Daoism spread around the world from the 17th century to the present day,” he said. “RZA was turned on to Daoism by reading the ‘Daode Jing,’ and the name Wu-Tang Clan itself is also derived from the name of one of Daoism’s sacred mountains, namely Mt. Wudang. The Beatles song ‘The Inner Light’ was Harrison’s attempt to put Chapter 47 of the ‘Daode Jing’ to music.”James Robson and Jack Miles will give a talk tonight at the Harvard Book Store, followed by a screening of “Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” at the Brattle Theatre. Find more information here.last_img read more

24 Sep

Fortune aiming to become Manchester United manager

first_img “Look, I [may] have to go out and learn somewhere else and become a manager. But the dream, the ultimate dream, is to come back and be the manager of Manchester United. From what I’ve been through, I’m going for the highest level.” While the issue of institutional racism has been thrust into the public consciousness in recent weeks, with critics pointing out just four of England’s 92 clubs are managed by a black man, Fortune wants to be given a role because of his qualities and not because of his race. “I want to be given the job because of my ability,” said the 43-year-old Fortune. “I want to always be judged because of my character and what I can bring to the team, not because of the colour of my skin. “When you look at the game, you see a lot of black players but why are there not many black managers? I don’t know what the reason is. I think if I go too deep into that it will block my way of thinking. read also:Legends’ Charity Match: Kanu lauds Petrolex, other sponsors for successful event “I like to think I am going to work as hard as I can, get all my qualifications, prepare myself and not let that barrier stop me. And if there is a system put in place, great, but regardless of that I’m going to go and work anyway.” Manchester United recently returned to action with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham and next face Sheffield United in the Premier League on Wednesday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Manchester United player, Quinton Fortune, has set his sights on one day becoming the manager at Old Trafford. Loading…center_img A utility player in his playing days, the ex-South Africa international moved to the Red Devils in 1999 and spent the next seven years at the club, playing 76 times and scoring five goals in the Premier League. After hanging up his boots after a career that started in Tottenham’s youth system before making a move to Mallorca and Atletico Madrid, he has earned his coaching badges but does not have any experience as a first-team manager. Undeterred, the 43-year-old wants the top job at Old Trafford one day as he identified his main ambition. “I thought about that question yesterday for some reason and my first thought was to become the manager of Manchester United,” he told the Manchester United podcast. “That’s my dream. Of course, I’m starting now with the Under-23s and I’m learning a lot and I want to learn as much as possible because management changes so much in the game today.Advertisementlast_img read more

18 Sep

The Latest: Poland to allow soccer fans starting on June 19

first_imgA new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12. The Latest: Poland to allow soccer fans starting on June 19 May 29, 2020 Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.___ The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention. J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders. The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___ Associated Press Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month.Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

21 Dec

O’Meara ready for title defence

first_imgSteve O’Meara will aim to stay on course for a shot at a major title when he faces Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Wednesday night.It will be O’Meara’s first defence of the southern area light-middleweight belt he won with a stunning first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.The 27-year-old hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year and expects to see off Thamesmead boxer Weise, whose last fight was, ironically, a draw against Toms.“All the training’s done and the weight’s never been a problem for me, so I’m ready to go,” O’Meara told West London Sport.“I’ve seen a bit of Weise and he seems decent. He looks like a boxer rather than a banger and has a good left-right combination.“But if I’m going to get to where I think I can be, I need to be getting past fights like this and that’s what I intend to do.”Weise, also 27, has a record of 7-1-2 and will be the underdog against O’Meara (14-2), who could face British champion Brian Rose in 2012.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, was touted as a future opponent for Prince Aaron before the 6ft 3in Mancunian lost the Lonsdale belt when he was beaten on points by Rose last month.“Funny enough that fight went exactly as I believed a fight between myself and Aaron would have gone,” said O’Meara.“Fair play to Brian Rose, though. He got there first and went in there and did what I’d have looked to do.“I just have to make sure I do the business on Wednesday. I want to move forward and don’t want any slip-ups.”www.twitter.com/davidmcintyre76Related stories:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’Mearalast_img read more

21 Dec

San Francisco landmark: Giants community gathers to remember McCovey

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thirty two years ago, Willie McCovey stood on the stage on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, New York and spoke about his family.At a Hall of Fame ceremony designed to commemorate McCovey’s career and honor his on-field accomplishments, the San Francisco Giants first baseman turned the tribute around and shined the spotlight on those he felt closest to.“Like the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars, I’ve been made to feel like a landmark too,” McCovey said with …last_img read more

17 Dec

Field work wrapping up for 2016 Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.We are down to the last 80 acres for strip-till. It seems like the later we go the nicer it gets. We’ve got some gorgeous strips we have made in the last week or so. The nice weather is making us want to do more work. I think we are going to throw the tile wheel back on the tractor and try to take advantage of some more nice weather. It looks like it may turn cold but we’ll stay dry so we could maybe get in another 40 or 80 acres of tile. We’ll also do a little bit of touching up on some corn stalks if we have fields that are rough from recent tile projects to level things with some light tillage.We sprayed the majority of our acres in the fall this year. We are moving more towards that. We haven’t been getting the good control with perennials by just spraying in the spring. We did the majority of our bean stubble and wheat stubble acres with either Roundup or Roundup and Brash to try and tackle some thistle and some dandelion issues to keep them at bay. It seems hard to kill those in the spring.We stick to a pretty locked-in rotation and don’t let the market dictate us. We try not to adjust the rotation based on markets because by the time you harvest it, the markets may have moved the other way on you anyway.We have locked in some basis for spring delivery but we have done very little locking in of actual price. We will probably do the majority of that from February to May on our 2016 production.I am kind of ready for snow so I can call it a year.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.last_img read more

17 Dec

Soggy Sandhills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Ranchers in the Nebraska Sandhills have struggled to put up hay because of too much moisture. As a result, many in the region are faced with either buying feed or culling their cow numbers to try to trim feed costs, according to those familiar with the situation.This is the latest production-related issue Nebraska ranchers have faced following a wet 2018 and severe-weather-related challenges so far in 2019.MEADOWS UNDER WATERThe Nebraska Sandhills is a unique region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes in the north-central part of the state, making up about a quarter of the state. The Sandhills sit atop the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides a natural water source for both the grass and livestock.The main source of hay for many ranchers comes from sub-irrigated meadows between the dunes where groundwater is close to the surface. The constant supply of water allows these meadows to yield abundant forages during the growing season. However, during times of too much moisture, these meadows are often underwater and ranchers are not able to bale them.Jay Jenkins, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension educator located in the northern Sandhills in Cherry County, told DTN it has just been too wet to put up hay in these lower areas.“It’s like a bowl — there just is nowhere for the moisture to go,” Jenkins said.The Nebraska Sandhills has seen nearly double the amount of precipitation this year, according to DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Mike Palmerino.Valentine, the county seat of Cherry County, has had 26.79 inches of precipitation this year, 9.32 inches more than the normal 17.47 inches. In 2018, the region received 25.74 inches of precipitation, he said.Palmerino said that, farther to the southwest, North Platte has picked up 26.37 inches of precipitation year to date compared to the normal 17.39 inches. Last year, the area saw 19.55 inches of precipitation.And the situation doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon, he said.“December to February are the driest months, with normal precipitation amounts of a little over an inch,” Palmerino said. “I would think that there is the possibility of at least doubling that 1-inch amount this winter.”PROBLEMS STARTED LAST YEARThe situation in the Sandhills region actually began last growing season, Jenkins said. Some ranchers couldn’t put up hay in their sub-irrigated meadows then because it was just too damp.The increased moisture continued into this growing season, he said. The region saw severe winter weather during the spring calving season, and nearly the entire state saw the effects of the “bomb cyclone” in mid-March.All the rain has caused severe flooding in the area. Several times this summer, U.S. Highway 83 was closed because of flooding.Frank Beel, who ranches with his family near Johnstown in both Cherry County and neighboring Brown County, said the area has flooded three times this year alone. The first time was in March, then again in May and September.“We were pretty dry in mid-August, but the rains came back in September,” Beel said. “We had areas get anywhere from 6 to 10 inches in middle of the month.”Jenkins said that, as a result, many ranchers tried to graze these meadows, as they couldn’t get in with hay equipment. Some also attempted to put up hay on the hills. The continuous rains didn’t make either situation ideal, as cattle couldn’t graze grass under water, and putting up hay in the hills was often not possible.Ranchers in the region are still attempting to put up hay several months after when it’s normally ideal to bale it. At this point, they might get some hay, but the quality is going to be lacking, Jenkins said.Beel said he has seen some decrease in hay production this growing season. He estimated his meadows in Brown County should yield just slightly less than normal thanks to the cooperative topography. However, his hay ground in Cherry County might yield only about half the number of round bales he normally harvests.The good news for Beel is, thanks to some hay carryover from last year and some forage grown under center pivot irrigation, he should have enough feed for the cow herd this winter. But other ranchers in his region are not as fortunate, he said.Farther to the southwest, Casey Cooksley said hay production is expected to be lower. The Broken Bow rancher puts up mainly alfalfa hay. He said both tonnage and quality will be down this year because of the excessive amount of moisture.“First and second cuttings both got rained on pretty regularly,” Cooksley said. “We are still on the third cutting, and usually we would have been done weeks ago.”LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF SURPLUS MOISTUREAll of the extra moisture is forcing adjustments in herd management for Sandhills ranchers. They are faced with the questions: Do I keep cows number the same and purchase hay/supplemental feed, or do I aggressively cull to avoid high feeding costs?Jenkins said many local ranchers are planning on doing both, almost the same type of decisions they would face in a drought situation. He said he talked to a rancher recently who was going to buy millet hay for the first time in his ranching career.Others who don’t want to buy hay have decided to cull cows. While there could be some hay in the area, the quality will be lower, requiring the purchase of more supplemental feed, Jenkins said.“One of the local sale barns around here stopped taking consignments for an upcoming sale because they were already full,” Jenkins said.Beel said when he took some bred cattle to his local sale barn back in June, cattle numbers heading to town were fairly high at that time. Many ranchers were anticipating the lack of hay even then, he said.Cooksley said his local sale barn was expecting more cull cows this fall not only due to the lack of feed but also because of poor breeding percentage. That’s a direct result of tough winter weather and the bomb cyclone, he said.“Cows have been through hell since Mid-March, and they still haven’t recovered,” he said.What could help Nebraska ranchers this winter would be fairly open weather that would lessen feed needs somewhat.Beel said he normally weans spring calves and runs calves and cows separately on his meadows. That probably won’t happen this fall, he said.“We will have adjust and run more on upland pastures,” Beel said.Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/ SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

15 Dec

Jimmy Wales To Silicon Valley: Grow Up And Get Over Your Age Bias

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#ageism#Cloudera#entrepreneurship#Jimmy Wales#Kauffman Foundation#MIke Olson#Silicon Valley The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos All of us in Silicon Valley—business people, investors, reporters, but especially impatient young entrepreneurs—fetishize start-ups today. We obsess about technology and products. We tell the Steve Jobs story, the Mark Zuckerberg story, the Bill Gates story, over and over again. We forget about Tim Cook and Sheryl Sandberg and Paul Allen. We look at success and see only the short half of the picture. Matt Asay We forget how important it is to grow up.Not that age is not without its problems, as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings points out: “[I] started Netflix DVD rental when I was 37… and first streaming when I was 47… so maybe not too bad after 35 except that all-nighters are definitely harder.” The premise of the question is wrong.  A better question might be: How can we in the tech community make sure that unusual success at a very early age is not mistakenly thought to be the norm?“Unusual”? “Mistakenly”? Well, yes. According to data compiled by Wadhwa, the average age of a successful entrepreneur in high-growth industries such as computers, health care, and aerospace is 40. Twice as many successful entrepreneurs are over 50 as under 25. A whopping 75% have more than six years of industry experience and 50% have more than 10 years when they create their startup. And according to data from the Kauffman Foundation, the highest rate of entrepreneurship in America has shifted to the 55–64 age group, with people over 55 almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34. Indeed, Kauffman highlights that the 20-34 age bracket has the lowest rate of entrepreneurial activity. Hardly a youthquake. Life Begins At 40Indeed, one of the benefits of age is that you actually have lived long enough to appreciate serious problems, and have an idea of how to fix them. Some of what Silicon Valley’s youthful entrepreneurs create tends to be somewhat silly, solving problems that only a 20-something person with no kids or other encumbrances could have. (“How DO I get that beer bong delivered in minutes, not days???”).For every Zuckerberg at Facebook, there are dozens of old codgers starting other companies. Like Mark Pincus, 41 when he started Zynga. Or Reid Hoffman, who was 36 when he founded LinkedIn. Or… the list goes on: Marc Benioff (35), Salesforce; Robert Noyce (41), Intel; Robin Chase (42), Zipcar; Irwin Jacobs (52) and Andrew Viterbi (50), Qualcomm; Craig Newmark (42), Craigslist; etc.Or even Michael Arrington, who famously argued that entrepreneurs peak at 25, didn’t start Techcrunch until he was 35.So youth can be good, and it can be bad. But it’s not a prerequisite. More often than not, age offers the best foundation for success.Which is why Mike Olson, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Cloudera, argues that the young should wait to get old:You play for high stakes when you decide to start your own business. Whenever you can, you should cheat to turn the game your way… Grow up more slowly. Stay in school, show up at class, take the full book of final exams. Hang out late at night in the lab with the rest of the crew. Then, go get a job for a regular company. Watch and learn…. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Forty is generally the age at which people are jokingly derided as “over the hill.” In youthful Silicon Valley, however, irrelevance comes much sooner. Citing youthful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, tech entrepreneurs tend to think of themselves as past their prime if they aren’t worth a billion dollars by the age of 35, or even 25. But according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and other successful tech entrepreneurs, this thinking is as wrong as it is dangerous.And Jimmy Wales should know.Silicon Valley’s Age BiasAccording to data from Payscale reported by Quentin Hardy, the median age of tech workers is young indeed. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show an overall median age of 42.3 for American workers, tech workers skew much, much younger. Only six of the tech companies reviewed by Payscale had a median age (equal number of people above and below a number) above 35.And only one—HP—came in above 40. The youngest companies in the Payscale data—Epic Games (26); Facebook (28); Zynga (28); Google (29); and AOL, Blizzard Entertainment, InfoSys, and Monster.com (all 30)—are also some of the industry’s most successful. As Hardy points out, only shoe stores and restaurants have workers with a median age less than 30. I suspect most people would prefer the upside of Facebook to Foot Locker.This bias toward youth often translates into an ageism that is often understood but not overtly spoken. Except by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who noted at a Y Combinator event: “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical. Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30?”Smarter. Willing to work for pizza and the promise of untold riches. That’s the myth of the youth movement in Silicon Valley.If only it were true. Entrepreneurship’s Dirty Secret: It’s An Old Person’s GameOne of the blessings and curses of youth is that you have no clue what’s actually reasonable. Youth can therefore deliver real innovation because a young entrepreneur may not appreciate just how difficult it is to develop a new technology or start a new company. And so she plows ahead, succeeds and hires more people like her.Sometimes it works that way. But as Duke professor and Stanford fellow Vivek Wadhwa opines, “It is the role of the old to implement [ideas that a young entrepreneur may hatch]. After all, great ideas by themselves don’t lead to breakthrough technologies or successful companies. Ideas are a dime a dozen.” Lest we think this is just one old codger justifying his old age from a university desk, it’s useful to hear what successful tech entrepreneurs think.Like Jimmy Wales.Asked what people in Silicon Valley should do once they’re 35 and officially “over the hill,” Wales responded:I turned 35 the year I founded Wikipedia.  38 the year I founded Wikia (now ranked #30, quantcast).last_img read more

1 Dec

Madhya Pradesh yet to form tiger protection force

first_imgHaving resolved to constitute a Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) more than seven years ago, Madhya Pradesh is yet to constitute the battalion, even as the State has registered the most number of tiger deaths due to poaching since 2012. According to an agreement, the State Forest Department was supposed to raise, arm and deploy the force in the reserves within two years of the agreement. However, in the absence of an independent elite unit to protect tigers in the State, 30 deaths due to poaching have been reported between 2012 and 2018. The causes of 16 of the total 141 deaths, including natural and unnatural ones, reported in the State during the period are being investigated, according to the NTCA. This year, one case of death due to poaching has been reported of the 14 deaths in the State. Out of the 14 deaths reported in the State this year, one case was due to poaching.Asserting that the State hasn’t failed in protecting its tigers, U. Prakasham, State Chief Wildlife Warden, said, “We have constituted a special armed unit called Tiger Strike Force that other States don’t possess. It operates in Hoshangabad, Sagar, Satna, Indore and Bhopal divisions and has been able to bring down restrict poaching.”Famous as the ‘Tiger State’ at least until 2006 when it boasted the most number of tigers with an estimated 300 in its six reserves, Madhya Pradesh lost out to Karnataka in 2010 and fell behind Uttarakhand too in 2014, according to the Status of Tigers in India report. “Unlike these States which have contiguous forests, Madhya Pradesh has a patchy cover running through fragmented reserves and human habitations, and therefore it’s a challenge to protect tigers and prevent man-animal conflicts here,” says U. Prakasham, State Chief Wildlife Warden.He says more than 50% of the deaths in the State categorised as deaths due to poaching happen outside reserve limits. “Often, tigers get electrocuted upon contact with high tension wires laid by farmers to protect their fields from wild boars,” he says.“Usually, poor tribals living along the fringes of the reserves are made scapegoats for an incident of poaching,” claims wildlife activist Ajay Dubey. “The main obstruction to tiger corridors and natural habitats is caused by big landlords whose encroachments in the form of resorts and farmhouses have been altering the lives of tigers and tribals alike.”The conflict management of the forest department is in shambles as its strike force has failed to sensitise villagers on tiger conflict, identify sensitive corridors and kill and deter poachers, says Mr. Dubey. “It is a cosmetic entity without teeth that was constituted under an executive order and operates post facto. “Besides instilling fear among poachers, the STPF, once set up, will have a larger remit and help put an end to illegal mining and tree felling as well, that affect tiger habitats. After Maharashtra and Karnataka deployed the force in their reserves, tiger mortalities due to poaching there have come down significantly,” says Mr. Dubey.Apart from the two States having the with STPFs, which are partially funded by the Centre, on July 1, Assam constituted a Special Rhino Protection Force on July 1 comprising 82 constables, trained over 43 weeks, to tackle rhino and tiger poaching in the Kaziranga National Park. The 2012 tripartite agreement also states that a significant part of the force should consist of locals residing around reserves. Mr. Dubey says, “Youth from local tribes like Saharia and Baiga should be recruited in to the force as they have a better intelligence network and are fearless. Their dignified participation in wildlife conservation can deter them from joining the ranks of poachers.”Stating that during a review meeting with the Forest Department 10 days ago he had directed it to expedite the formation of the STPF, State Minister for Forests Umang Singhar said, “We’ll emulate the Gujarat model of wildlife conservation wherein locals have been roped in and mortalities have been successfully brought down.”last_img read more

29 Nov

Kevin Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back NASCAR wins

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Harvick led 144 of the first 160 laps and comfortably won the first two stages. He was fourth out of the end-of-stage caution after Stage 2, with Joey Logano getting in front with an exceptional pit stop.But Harvick reclaimed the lead off another restart with 73 laps to go after Kurt Busch wrecked along with Chase Elliott. Harvick emerged from his last pit stop with a three-second lead on Brad Keselowski, and Busch couldn’t catch up.Here are more things to know about the race on the Strip:DOING RECON: For the first time, NASCAR is returning to Vegas in the fall for a second race, which will also be the playoff opener. Teams used this trip to gather data and information for the return trip in September, although the temperature could easily be 50 degrees higher than the balmy 53 degrees at Sunday’s race. “The adjustments we made today are going to help in the fall,” Kyle Busch said. “(Although) I think the track is going to be a lot slower with the heat.”KUBU CAN’T DO: Kurt Busch’s career-long victory drought in his hometown continues. Busch lost control and ran Elliott into the wall shortly after a restart early in the final stage. The crash necessitated a long caution for fluid cleanup. The 39-year-old Busch has never won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which was built while he grew up in town. Kurt Busch failed to win the Cup race in Vegas for the 17th time. He has started on the pole twice, but has only one top-five finish here despite calling it a top priority in his career.WINNING BIG: Harvick was even more dominant in Vegas than Truex was last year. Truex led all three stages and 150 laps last year on his way to a victory that propelled him into his championship season.THREE STRIKES: The car chiefs for Jimmie Johnson and Ross Chastain were ejected after their cars failed inspection three times during the pre-race checks. Johnson had to start at the back after his chief, Jesse Saunders, got the gate. Johnson also will have practice time taken away next week in Phoenix. The seven-time champion still rallied to finish 12th.COMEBACK STORY: Josh Frankos, the tire-changer on Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Richard Petty Motorsports team, injured his hand while preparing for the Vegas race and was sent to a hospital on Sunday morning. Michael Hubert filled in for him on pit road. The injury couldn’t keep Frankos down, however: He returned to the track for the race. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Harvick raced to his second straight NASCAR Cup win with a dominant performance in Vegas on Sunday, earning his 100th career win across the three national series.“There was no catching that 4 (car),” second-place finisher Kyle Busch said. “He was on rails, and lights out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarvick followed up his stellar performance last weekend in Atlanta with another victory in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. He led a track-record 214 of the 267 laps, won all three stages and capably held off Busch’s late hometown charge to win in Vegas for the second time in four years.“These last two weeks, we’ve just hit on everything we needed to,” said Harvick, who cruised home 2.9 seconds ahead of Busch. “My (team has) done their homework on a number of things. 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(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — From his dynamic opening laps to his comfortable cruise to the checkered flag, Kevin Harvick was the safest bet in Sin City this weekend.Harvick’s air of inevitability increased with each lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, and the rest of the NASCAR Cup field must be a bit worried about how they’re going to catch up this year.ADVERTISEMENT Busch got close to his second career victory in his hometown with his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, but couldn’t overcome the dominant leader. Kyle Larson finished third after winning the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, while defending champion Martin Truex Jr. was in fourth and pole-sitter Ryan Blaney in fifth.Harvick has already matched his Cup win total from last season in three races — and he’s headed to Phoenix, where he has won five times since 2012.Harvick also took a moment to savor a milestone. Only Richard Petty, Kyle Busch and David Pearson have won more races across the three national circuits than Harvick, the 42-year-old Californian with plenty of good years left on his tires.“It’s been a lot of years accumulated with a lot of great race teams and people and situations,” Harvick said. “When you tag that triple-digit number to it, it really lets you realize that you’ve been fortunate to accomplish a lot of things.”Not many wins are more emphatic than Harvick’s 100th.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more