The Red Bluff High School Agricultural teachers attended the 97th annual California Agricultural Teachers’ Association conference at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, from June 19-23. The purpose of the conference is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California, and to strengthen the prosperity of those engaged in this work.On the last night of the conference the association hosted the annual awards banquet held at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. This banquet is put on to …
A day after the Congress petitioned Goa Governor Mridula Sinha seeking a white paper on decisions taken by the government during the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday accused Central ministers of running the Goa government by rotation.Goa general secretary of the AAP, Pradeep Padgaonkar, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Goa was “dysfunctional” and virtually non-existent. “The Goa Ministers are clueless about what was happening on the ground. Local ministers have become bystanders and all dealings are made during visits by Central ministers like Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu, whether it is about Goa’s land or rivers,” said Mr. Padgaonkar.He was referring to the recent visits of Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu over the past one month, when they discussed State-related issues in presence of local ruling legislators and made several key announcements related to the handling of the scenario after the iron ore mining ban and taxi operator-related issues at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport. The Opposition, as well as civil society, have been claiming that governance and administration have collapsed in the absence of Chief Minister Parrikar who is under advanced treatment for a pancreas-related disease in a New York hospital. Mr. Parrikar, who held over 20 crucial portfolios including Home and Finance, has been unable to attend office since February 15, when he was admitted to the State-run Goa Medical College Hospital for stomach pain. He was since twice admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and from there shifted to the US. To run the government in his absence, Mr. Parrikar has appointed a three-member ministerial committee, which takes take decisions related to day-to-day administrative affairs.The AAP on Tuesday also accused the coalition government of cosying up to the influential casino lobby, for agreeing to consider a reduction of casino licence fees while simultaneously increasing fees for essential services and government licence processes. Mr. Padgaonkar said, “The common man is already reeling under the weight of the steep increase in fees of basic essential services. But the government, instead of reducing these fees, is considering reducing casino licence fees.”On Monday, Congress leaders in Goa called on Ms. Sinha seeking to know the latest on Mr. Parrikar’s condition. “We have told her that we have to have an official statement from her on Mr. Parrikar’s health status, which is required in the interest of the State,” Congress legislative party spokesperson Aleixo Reginaldo Lawrenco told presspersons outside Raj Bhavan after a delegation of Congress leaders met the Governor on Monday. Congress president Shantaram Naik also called for a white paper on decisions taken by the government in the absence of Mr. Parrikar.
Serena Williams wins Perth season-opener ahead of Grand Slam tilt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) congratulates guard Austin Rivers (25) after Rivers’ three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Houston. Houston won 113-109. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena.The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LATEST STORIES The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden’s torrid stretch.He has scored 40 points in three straight games and 35 or more in seven straight, the longest streak since LeBron James did it in nine in a row in 2006. The NBA scoring leader’s quest to repeat as MVP is clearly on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionAnd after a poor start, so are the Rockets (20-15). They have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games overall, and are 8-0 at home in December after dropping their first four games at the Toyota Center.Just like Game 6 of the West finals, when they blew a double-digit lead, they will play at Golden State for Thursday’s nationally televised game without Chris Paul because of a hamstring injury. But instead of what had been a shaky season getting worse, the Rockets have surged in his absence because of Harden. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Deandre Ayton will finish his strong December by testing himself against the NBA champions. Then he opens January against a different kind of test — perhaps the toughest in the league at his position.The rookie center squares off for the second time against Joel Embiid on Wednesday when the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers.Luka Doncic might already have too much hype and highlights to be caught in the Rookie of the Year race, but Ayton’s strong play certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. The No. 1 pick scored a season-high 33 points on 16-of-20 shooting and added 14 rebounds Saturday in a 122-118 loss to Denver, after he came into the game averaging 16 points and nearly 12 boards for the month.“You can feel game-to-game he is getting better,” coach Igor Kokoskov said last week. “He is working on his game. He is a very dedicated player. It was just a matter of time.”That improvement has helped the Suns go 5-4 in their last nine games — one more victory than they had during a brutal 4-24 start.After facing Golden State on Monday, it’s on to his second matchup with Embiid, one of the league’s biggest talkers who was already chirping about Ayton even before he’d played his first game. After the former Arizona star was compared to him in June, Embiid wrote on Twitter: “Don’t compare Ayton to me either. I play DEFENSE.” He then told ESPN in a preseason interview that Ayton was “about to get his (butt) kicked.”Embiid had 33 points to Ayton’s 17 in the 76ers’ victory in Philadelphia in November.___ “Somebody said the other day that we can only win if he scores 40. OK, that’s kind of a bad thing, but the good thing is he can score 40 every night, so we’re OK with that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.“Tell him to keep going.”NEW YEAR, OLD HOMEKawhi Leonard’s first trip of the new year is to his old home.The Toronto Raptors visit San Antonio on Thursday for what became one of the most anticipated games of this NBA season this summer when the Spurs gave Leonard the exit he had been seeking, trading him to the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP when the Spurs won their last championship in 2014 and had become one of the league’s most complete players by last season. But he was limited to nine games because of a quadriceps injury and his relationship with the organization became strained.The Spurs dealt him along with mainstay Danny Green to Toronto, getting All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan back.Leonard led Toronto to the best record in the league for most of the season and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence has shown on the Spurs’ defense, long one of the league’s best but well back in the rankings now.While the game Thursday is the most newsworthy, it’s not the most important of the week for Toronto. The Raptors follow it Saturday by visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have inched ahead of them for the NBA’s best record and have won both meetings this season.OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK:Orlando at Charlotte, Monday. Magic coach Steve Clifford returns to face the team he coached for five seasons.Oklahoma City at Lakers, Wednesday. Chance for Californians Russell Westbrook and Paul George to put on a show for the fans back home.Atlanta at Milwaukee, Friday. Mike Budenholzer’s move from Atlanta to Milwaukee couldn’t look much better.Dallas at Philadelphia, Saturday. The reigning Rookie of the Year (Ben Simmons) against the player (Luka Doncic) who could succeed him.AYTON IN ACTION Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The Lady Tamaraws’ No. 2 shirt is iconic for the sole reason that Bernadeth Pons was the last one to wear it.Criticisms may have come Ebon’s way for wearing Pons’ old number, but the young outside hitter isn’t putting too much thought into that negativity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Ate Pons just told me that the No. 2 is just a number and that’s all I think of,” said Ebon in Filipino in FEU’s four-set win over National University, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“I don’t mind what the outsiders tell me or say about me because they don’t know what transpired on our side.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Game changer: Tim Tebow enters Mets camp ‘all in’ on baseball MANILA, Philippines—She may be a rookie but Lycha Ebon is carrying Far Eastern University’s No. 2 jersey with a pride that can even resemble that of its previous owner.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ebon also seemed to have channeled the abilities of Pons, who was an MVP candidate in the past two UAAP season, when she topscored for the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points.The rookie’s performance also earned the praise of head coach George Pascua and team captain Jerrili Malabanan.“It’s possible that Ebon will eventually carry our offense because she also plays the same position as Pons’,” said Pascua in Filipino.“I’m proud of the way my teammates performed especially Lycha, it was her first game but she didn’t play like a rookie,” said Malabanan who finished with 10 points.Ebon said that she originally wanted to wear No. 7 but fellow rookie France Ronquillo beat her to it.ADVERTISEMENT “I really wanted the No. 7 shirt but it was already taken and No. 2 was the only one available so I had no choice,” said Ebon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner believes Christopher Schindler’s dismissal influenced defeat to Burnley.The Terriers lost 2-1 as Schindler was sent off before halftime.Wagner, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The sending off was the big decision that went against us, even if I thought it was the correct decision.”We started the game well and took the lead. We take this result on the chin. We have our own plan and schedule of what we have to do.”Statistically 100% we are relegated because no team has survived with 10 points after 21 games but this doesn’t change that we have something in our mind of what we will do.”We beaten lot of statistics in the past. We know what we have to do. We have our plan to follow and this plan is independent of where we are in the table.”
FORT PROVIDENCE, N.W.T. – It’s where elders hunt and children hear their stories by the campfire. And after a deal signed Thursday between First Nations and the federal government it’s likely to stay that way.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and four Indigenous communities from the Dehcho region in the Northwest Territories have agreed to create Edehzhie, an area more than twice the size of Banff National Park where all industrial development will be banned.“It is a place our ancestors used from time immemorial,” said Dehcho Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian.Edehzhie will cover more than 14,000 square kilometres of forest, wetlands and lakes — a wilderness where birds fill the sky, fish teem in rivers and vast caribou herds roam the plains.“It’s a really exciting opportunity,” said McKenna. “It’s a huge area and it’s part of what we’re trying to do, work in real partnership with Indigenous people.”McKenna said Edehzhie will be Canada’s first Indigenous Protected Area, a new classification that offers the same protection as a National Wildlife Area. Such regions will be crucial to Canada meeting its international commitment to protect 17 per cent of its land area by 2020.“They’re extremely important,” McKenna said. “There’s a variety of different ways that we’re going to need to look at how we meet these goals, but certainly Indigenous people are very keen to be part of the solution.”Areas like Edehzhie —also known as the Horn Plateau — have advantages over new national parks, she said.“Parks are limitations from the perspectives of Indigenous people. This allows you to be much more creative.”Ottawa has created several other protected areas with guidance from and managed by First Nations, including Haida Gwaii in the Pacific and Lancaster Sound in the High Arctic.The Dehcho communities of Fort Providence, Jean Marie River, Fort Simpson and Wrigley have been working to preserve Edehzhie since 1988. They took the former Conservative government to court in 2010 after it quietly dropped protection from mining.The Dehcho government agreed to preserve Edehzhie in a vote at its council last summer.“To put it simply, it’s just to protect another piece of our way of life” Norwegian said.She said everyone has memories from the area, including first trips on the land with their fathers and the older men, or afternoons sitting in the sun.“It’s a lot more than just sitting there. It’s living with the land, taking and giving of the land, a relationship with the land.”Edehzhie is known as the “breadbasket” of the Dehcho, a place of abundance when times are tough elsewhere.“It’s a land of plentiful berries, wildlife and medicine plants,” Norwegian said.Edehzhie is closely connected to Dene sprituality as well. Several of its landscapes are associated with the adventures of Yamoria, the great mythic hero and law-giver of the Dene.That island in the middle of Willow Lake? That’s where two giant beavers built a dam while fleeing him.Local people will monitor activities on the land and keep an eye on things. It will be administered by a committee with federal representatives but dominated by the four communities.Environment Canada has committed $5 million over five years for the effort.“It will continue to be used freely for hunting, for any kind of need,” Norwegian said. “We’ll be able to pass it along to our children.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter
Today in “parties I wish I’d been invited to,” Drake just celebrated his 31st birthday with an intimate, yet lavish bash at Toronto’s Casa Loma.The Saturday night festivities started out with a Raptors game for Drizzy and his friends – some of whom sat court side and some of whom were on the court. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, members of Drake’s OVO crew and other close friends then joined the hip hop mogul at Casa Loma’s fancy new BlueBlood Steakhouse for a private dinner. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement READ MORE
Mumbai: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Tuesday underlined the need for sticking to the fiscal roadmap by adopting a commonly agreed expenditure code-based spending plan to address the socioeconomic challenges. He also advocated giving permanent status to the finance commission. The comments from the former-economic-affairs- secretary-turned-central banker assume importance as the government for two consecutive terms have missed it fiscal deficit targets by 10 bps in the outgoing fiscal year. Many analysts fear that even the upwardly revised fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent may be difficult to meet given the massive shortfall indirect tax collection and also shortfall in other budgeted non-tax revenue. Das, speaking at the launch of a book ‘Indian Fiscal Federalism’, by former RBI governor YV Reddy along with GR Reddy here this evening, Das said there is now general agreement about the importance of fiscal consolidation roadmaps both at national and state levels. “While adhering to fiscal deficit targets and debt- to-GDP ratios, it is equally important to undertake a robust expenditure planning based on a ‘commonly agreed expenditure code’ to address the socioeconomic challenges without diluting the goals of fiscal consolidation,” he said. Das, however, said his views do not represent the deliberations or the direction of thinking of the 15th Finance Commission, where he was a member for more than a year. Das said over the past several decades, the successive finance commissions have adopted different approaches with regard to principles of tax devolution, Central grants to be given to the states and fiscal consolidation issues. While at one level, there has to be a framework for fresh and innovative thinking by every finance commission, there is also a need to ensure broad consistency between various finance commissions so that there is some degree of certainty in the fund flow, especially to the states, he said adding this has become more critical in the post-GST scenario. “There has to be continuity and change between finance commissions. Increasingly, it is felt that there is a need to give permanent status to the finance commission,” Das said. According to him, the principle of decentralisation works better when powers and functions are delegated based on which tier of governance is best suited to fulfill that responsibility. Although the Constitution has provided for delegation of certain functions to the urban and rural local bodies, it is seen that there is still a good distance to traverse when it comes to devolution of funds to these local bodies. “It is, therefore, essential that state finance commissions are constituted every five years as well, he said. Das said recent initiatives in fostering cooperative federalism have opened new chapters of cooperation between the Centre and the states, as reflected in the GST Council, which is functioning on the principle of shared sovereignty. “We are, however, a union of states in which both the Union and the states have to be fiscally strong. While this issue has to be addressed by the finance commission, the challenge for GST council is to realise the full potential of GST for enhancing tax-GDP ratio and work on other areas of the economy to enhance competitiveness,” he said. Das mooted that the GST Council can expand its scope and agree to work on other areas of reforms to generate national consensus. But he warned aganist cooperative federalism breeding inertia instead of encouraging competitive federalism.
Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address public rallies in Goa next week to campaign for their respective parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Modi will address a public meeting in Goa on April 12, BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI on Monday. “The venue of the public meeting is yet to be finalised, but it would be in North Goa Lok Sabha constituency,” he said. Besides, Aam Aadmi Party chief Kejriwal will address a rally in South Goa constituency on April 13, AAP’s state convener Elvis Gomes said. The election for the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa and bypolls in three Assembly seats – Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa – will be held on April 23. The BJP has fielded its sitting MPs – Shripad Naik from North Goa and Narendra Sawaikar from South Goa. Both the candidates have already filed their nominations. The AAP has named Gomes as its South Goa candidate and Pradeep Padgaonkar from North Goa.
The Cleveland Cavaliers pose with their trophy after winning Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The NBA Finals has its first “three-match,” courtesy of the King who passed His Airness.LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and another trip to the NBA Finals to meet the Golden State Warriors.Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.Cleveland’s 4-1 series win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise’s first championship.“I wear the number because of Mike,” James said. “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you’re watching Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So, I didn’t think I could be Mike.”It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James, who hit a 3-pointer late in in the third quarter to nudge past Jordan on the playoff scoring list. He quickly flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court.In the postgame trophy presentation backstage, James spent most of it lingering in the background as his teammates celebrated.But there’s no denying that his accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.“The biggest thing is I did it just being me, I don’t have to score the ball to make an impact on the basketball game,” James said. “That was my mindset. If I’m not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?”As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.“He’s been the driving force, this entire playoff run, and all of us have just helped us along the way,” Irving said.Coach Tyronn Lue said they’ve gotten tighter this season.“This team is a crazy team. They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up,” he said. “Now, we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready. As of tonight, I’ll get started.”Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.The Cavaliers basically conceded the East’s top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest their starters in advance of the playoffs. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them a chance in Game 5.Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed tomahawk dunks.It was a very welcome sight in Irving’s case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland’s Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver helped spread out Boston’s defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities.Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.TIP-INSCavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland’s 13 games this postseason. … Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. … The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for a quarter.Celtics: Never led at home in the series. … Finished the playoffs having made at least 10 3-pointers in 16 of their 18 games. … Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.MAKING PROGRESSThe Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn’t there Thursday night.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he’s disappointed with how the season ended, he’s encouraged that no one in Boston’s locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals.“I told our guys, ‘We made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be,’” he said.SHOWING SUPPORTInjured Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was in attendance Thursday night and gathered with his teammates in a huddle before they took the court for pregame warmups.The two-time All-Star was sidelined in Game 2 after aggravating a hip injury.