Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation accepting scholarship applications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) is offering several college scholarships available to beef industry youth. All scholarships recognize beef industry youth for academic effort, community service and career interests that utilize agriculture to enhance our quality of life through service education or research. Since the OCF was established, the number of available scholarships has increased due to the growing number of worthy applicants and committed supporters.Among the various scholarships, the most recently added is the Cattlemen’s Gala scholarship funded by the celebration and fundraiser event. The inaugural event raised $27,000 in its first year to be awarded to deserving youth.Established in 1995, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation’s (OCF) mission is to advance the future of Ohio’s beef industry by investing in research and education programs. OCF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, public charitable organization and is governed by a board of trustees with Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) leadership experience. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law and support the mission and programs of the Foundation. Financial support for the Foundation comes from individual donors, agricultural organizations and corporations / foundations.Any eligible applicant may download the applications and find more information at www.ohiocattle.org. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31.last_img read more

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Meet Makaranda Muduli, the ‘people’s candidate’

first_imgMakaranda Muduli, 46, withstood both the ‘Naveen’ and ‘Modi’ waves to end up becoming the lone Independent to enter the Odisha Assembly.The grassroots-level tribal social worker defeated fancied opponents to win the Rayagada Assembly seat. He was pitted against former State Minister Lal Bihari Himirika of the Biju Janata Dal, Basant Ulaka of the BJP and Apalswami Kadraka of the Congress. Securing 52,752 votes, Mr. Muduli defeated his nearest BJD rival by a margin of 4,839 votes.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had campaigned for the BJD candidate, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had sought votes for the BJP, but Mr. Muduli’s deep personal connections forged over years of social work helped him overcome the odds.The new Rayagada MLA, according to the affidavit filed by him during nomination, has assets worth only ₹15,000. He owns no agricultural land or a two-wheeler. He claims even the clothes he wears have been bought by friends and well-wishers.A postgraduate and law degree holder, Mr. Muduli says his electoral campaign was financed by former classmates and supporters and paled in comparison to the resources deployed by candidates of the major political parties. Even his borrowed motorcycle’s fuel expenses were borne by his supporters, he says, and villagers themselves put up posters and banners for him.No political noviceMr. Muduli, however, is no political novice. He had unsuccessfully contested the Laxmipur Assembly seat on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket in 2004. In 2008 he joined the Congress and contested the 2014 Assembly election from Rayagada, but lost by a narrow margin. This time, when he was denied the Congress ticket, his supporters urged him to contest as an Independent and promised to take charge of his campaign. Not for nothing does Mr. Muduli call himself the “people’s candidate”.Mr. Muduli’s priority as MLA is to push for Scheduled Tribe status for the Jhodia community of Rayagada district.last_img read more

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All weather country

first_imgOptions in other seasons for these states.Himachal pradesh Himachal Tourism Directorate. Block No. 28, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla; tel: (0177) 262 5924; 1800 180 8077 (toll free); e-mail: tourismmin-hp@nic.in; tourism@hp.gov.in www.himachaltourism.gov.in Spring for adventure sports: From mountain cycling, trekking, rafting, paragliding, heli skiing to angling Himachal offers all the active sports you could ask for. Rafting is excellent on the Spiti and Pin rivers, while In Manali there is the option of heli skiing and Billing is perfect for paragliding. www.himachalpradeshtourism.org.Autumn for Dussehra: When everyone in the country is wrapping up Dussehra celebrations, Kullu comes alive with the festive spirit. They begin their celebration on Vijaya Dashami, the 10th day. Some 360 deities from villages in Kullu valley are brought down to Kullu town. The processions are accompanied by trumpeteers, drummers and dancers. This year, the celebrations begin on October 6.Winter aboard the Kalka Shimla Railway: One of the best ways to reach Shimla is to take the Kalka-Shimla toy train which takes six hours to cover a distance of 93 km. It chugs through breathtaking valleys, 103 tunnels and countless bridges. During the winter season it is that much more beautiful.KarnatakaDepartment of Tourism, #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2235 2828; e-mail: info@karnatakatourism.org; www.karnatakatourism.orgMonsoon at Hampi: A broken city amidst giant boulders, the ruins of the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire show that it was designed as a showpiece of imperial splendour. The temples are replete with elaborate ornamentation, stately pillars, carved stone wheels and panels that portray stories from Hindu epics. About 365 km from Bangalore.Autumn at Nagarhole and Bandipur: Nagarhole is one of the best managed wildlife sanctuaries in India while Bandipur, home to both the tiger and the elephant, is much known for its scenic beauty. Nagarhole is 95 km from Mysore; Bandipur is 80 km from Mysore.Winter at Chikmagalur: The lush greenery of Chikmagalur district has more often than not prompted even the most unromantic to spew poetry. Rolling hills, jungles, coffee plantations and splendid views at every turn… This will be one unforgettable journey.250 km from BangaloreNagalandDirectorate of Tourism  Opposite Indoor Stadium, Raj Bhavan Road, Kohima; tel: (0370) 224 3124; www.tourismnagaland.comSpring at Dzukou Valley: Also called the Celestial Valley of Charm, the scenic Dzukou Valley is a two-hour trek from Khonoma. The hills around are covered with a unique variety of bamboo shrub to give it a fairytale green carpeted look; the whole valley is coloured red, white, pink, yellow by wild flowers as the season progresses and is blanketed by frost in the winter. 30 km south of Kohima; hire a guide from the tourism department.Winter for Hornbill Festival: To see Nagaland at its most colourful and traditional best, make it to the Hornbill Festival, held every December. Morungs (Naga dormitories) are built in the varied architectural styles of the 16 tribes for the authentic feel of a village, and there’s much dancing and music along with traditional Naga food. 12 km from KohimaSikkimSikkim Tourist Information Centre; M.G. Marg, Gangtok; tel: (03592) 222 1634; http://sikkim.nic.inSpring at Yumthang Valley: The idyllic and peaceful valley of flowers in Sikkim, Yumthang will delight nature lovers. The best time to visit is in the months of April and May, when the whole place is a riot of colours. Just walking around the Yumthang Valley is a pleasure–an experience you will not forget easily. Adventure enthusiasts can opt for different levels of treks. About 140 km from Gangtok.Autumn for the lakes: Sikkim is famous for its high-altitude lakes. For a picture perfect break, visit the sacred Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, which lies high up in the mountains, 18 km from the Chinese border. Also not to be missed is West Sikkim’s Khecheopalri Lake whose jade waters are guarded by pine forests and colourful prayer flags. Changu is 40 km from Gangtok; Khecheopalri is 33 km from PellingWinter at Rumtek Monastery: Experience the sombre calm of Buddhist prayer ceremonies at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Kagyu or Black Hat order. Soak in the atmosphere as the rhythmic chanting rises to a crescendo around you, while swirls of incense thicken the air. Afterwards, you may just be served some butter tea. About 45 km from Gangtok.UttarakhandUttarakhand Tourism Development Board, 3/3 Industrial Area, Patel Nagar, Dehradun; tel: (0135) 272 2323Spring at Corbett National Park: India’s first national park is a wildlife experience that never loses its appeal. It is a great place to spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, black bears and some 580 bird species and more than 20 reptile species. Spring is a great time to visit as the animals come out after the winter season. The park is open from November 15 to June 15. Visit www.corbettnationalpark.in.Autumn for tea tours: The verdant tea gardens in the state have become an added attraction and tea tours take you through Gorakhal, Champawat, Nauti-Garisen in Chamoli district, and of course Kausani that ranks numero uno in terms of both its brew and its beautiful landscape. Organised on request by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Nainital; tel: (05942) 231 504; www.kmvn.gov.in.Winter for snow walking: Yes, snow walking is simply walking over the mountain sides carpeted with snow, and it can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the idea of trampling through soft, newly fallen snow. You set out with snow shoes attached to your regular boots and two balancing poles in hand, taking wider steps than usual–and the fun begins! Snow walking at Auli and Dhanaulti are great options. Call Himalayan Frontiers Adventure Tours, Manali; tel: (01902) 253 946, 250 384.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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IPL has made cricket a career option for children: Kapil Dev

first_imgFormer captain Kapil Dev on Monday doffed his hat at the rise of cricket as a career option for youngsters, saying that parents now encourage their children to take up the game to earn a living.”Now a cricketer can earn Rs 10 crore for playing 40 days only (in the IPL). It is just fantastic. Cricket is a career option now,” Kapil said during his address at the 7th Global Sports Summit organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).”Times have changed and the thought process has changed. (Rahul Dravid likely to mentor Delhi Daredevils) “Now parents say to their children ‘if you do not want to study you can at least play cricket and become a Sachin Tendulkar or a Rahul Dravid’,” the 1983 cricket World Cup-winning captain said.Kapil asked the government to provide the required sports infrastructure, including playing fields, and reduce tax on sports goods and equipments. (Sachin Tendulkar offers to help drought-hit Maharashtra village) “The corporate has done their part by way of sponsorship and media have done their part by making sports, especially cricket, big. I think the government will have to do its part by giving sports infrastructure if India wants to produce champions,” he said.”The government will have to provide the sports infrastructure. Reduce the tax on sports goods and equipment.”I heard that shooters have issues importing their equipment and ammunition. The government will have to make it easy to bring in sports goods and equipment by reducing taxes on these,” he said in the presence of Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav.advertisementHe also said that every school in the country should have enough playing fields.”Schools are the places from where talent will come and if there are not enough fields, how will the country produce world champions. Forty per cent of the premises of all schools should be playing fields,” said Kapil.Responding to Kapil’s plea, Yadav said that because of the limited budgetary allocation for sports, it’s difficult for his ministry to provide all the facilities and it needs help from the corporate sector to build infrastructure.”The budget allocation for 2015-16 is just Rs 835 crore, whereas it should be at the range of Rs 6000 crore. With a limited sports budget we cannot give all the infrastructure and we need a bit of help from the corporate sector,” Yadav said.Yadav informed that the Finance Ministry has accepted that sports infrastructure building by corporates will get concessional finance from the government. He said it was a good beginning though short of the corporate sector’s demand to give sports the status of an industry.”We had a meeting with the Finance Ministry a few days back and the government has accepted that sports infrastructure building (by the corporate sector) will get concessional finance and this is a good news for the corporates,” he said.When queried by FICCI sports director Rajpal Singh whether the acceptance by the Finance Ministry would mean that sports will fully be given the status of an industry, Yadav said, “No, it’s not full acceptance. Sports infrastructure building, training academies will be included for concessions but not the competition structure and coaching etc. They are not included for concessions.”But it is a good beginning. We can start at least with something,” he added.He said he will take up the issue of provision of state-of-the-art sports facilities at the smart city project of the government.”You can’t have smart cities without state-of-the-art sports facilities. I will take up the matter with officials of the Urban Development Ministry.”But you will need at least Rs 500 crore to build a sports complex in such smart cities while at the district headquarter, the amount could be Rs 150 crore at least,” said the sports secretary.Yadav also said that the School Games will be promoted in a big way from the 2016-17 financial year.”We are looking at two tiers of talent grooming. First, from the 2016-17 onwards, we are going to promote School Games in a big way. Another is to revamp competition structure at the university level so as groom the talent identified at the school level.”last_img read more

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Evening Newswrap June 4

first_imgModi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurate India-built damThe Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, is a landmark infrastructure project undertaken by the Indian government on river Chist-e-Sharif in Herat province of Afghanistan.Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sign for Manchester United: Sources Manchester United are finalising a one-year deal with Ibrahimovic and the Sweden striker could join the club before Euro 2016, according to Sky Sports.Iraivi review: Karthik Subbaraj’s film is subtle yet hard hitting The story of Iraivi is about the victimisation of the females in the film by the malevolent arrogance of their respective not-so-better halves.Syrian army enters Raqqa in offensive against Islamic State The Syrian army has crossed the boundary of Raqqa province after advancing in a major Russian-backed offensive against Islamic State militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the war, said on Saturday.last_img read more

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Parliament approves amendment to UAPA Amendment bill

first_imgNew Delhi: The Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the central government to designate an individual as terrorist and seize his properties. While Lok Sabha had passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 that seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 on July 24, Rajya Sabha approved it after rejecting an opposition-sponsored motion to send it to select committee. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The House passed the amendment to the law with 147 votes in favour and 42 against it. Rajya Sabha also rejected the opposition-sponsored motion to send the amendment to select committee with 104 votes against it as compared to 85 in favour. Replying to a debate on the amendment, Home Minister Amit Shah said a four-level scrutiny has been provided in the amendment and no human rights will be violated. He said declaring individuals as terrorists is required as they float different organisations once an institution is banned. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Individuals can be declared terrorists if they commit or participate in acts of terrorism, prepare or promote terror, he said. The amendment will expedite prosecution in terror cases, he said. Terrorism has no religion, terrorists are against humanity, he said seeking support of all parties to support stringent laws against terrorism. Responding to opposition concerns of the law being misused, he said no one’s human rights will be violated as a four-stage scrutiny with provision for appeal has been prescribed when individuals are declared terrorists. Elaborating on the track record of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), he said out of 278 terror cases registered by the agency, charge sheet has been filed in 204 cases. Of the 54 cases where judgements have come, conviction has been there in 48. Track record of NIA in conviction in terror cases is outstanding, he said.last_img read more

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Duchess of Cornwall Named Royal Patron of Roald Dahls Marvellous Childrens Charity

first_imgEarlier this month, The Duchess of Cornwall invited children and young people from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.The Duchess of Cornwall at the decorating of the Christmas tree at Clarence HouseCredit/Copyright: PrinceOfWales.gov.ukHer Royal Highness is patron of Helen & Douglas House, which helps families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby, child or young adult. The Duchess took up her role in 2007 and this will be the eighth time that families supported by the charity, along with hospice staff, have been invited to decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded more than 25 years ago by Felicity Dahl in memory of the determination of her husband Roald Dahl, the famous children’s author, to improve the lives of those around him.The charity provides specialist nurses for a range of conditions to ensure all seriously ill children and their families receive the support they need and deserve.Working in tandem with the NHS, the charity has now funded 58 specialist nursing posts around the UK, helping more than 12,000 seriously ill children and their families each year.During the festivities, it was announced that The Duchess of Cornwall has been named as the new Royal Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.Jane Miles, chief executive of the organisation, said: “This is absolutely marvellous, The Duchess becoming our patron.”She added: “Anybody who knew Roald Dahl knew he was all about innovation and imagination so we’re trying to look at innovative ways to help these children.“We’re very aware there are so many groups in this country who are underfunded, so if you think about the Roald Dahl stories, they were all about the underdog emerging victorious so that is what this charity wishes to focus on.“With The Duchess of Cornwall highlighting these groups – like sickle cell and rare diseases – it will be great for her to raise awareness so people get to understand more about the adversity suffered by these children.”After the Christmas tree was decorated, the children and young adults were invited to share lunch with Her Royal Highness, which featured Christmas tree-shaped biscuits and mince pies (of course!)Source:PrinceOfWales.Govt.UKlast_img read more

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Ottawa poised to offer financial assistance to newspapers in upcoming budget

OTTAWA — All signs point to print media getting a much-needed financial assist from the federal government in the next budget.The financing is expected to be doled out through the Canada Periodical Fund, which currently assists print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly reportedly discussed the matter during a meeting Thursday with representatives of the Federation nationale des communications, which represents 7,000 people who work in culture and communications.Postmedia records $5.8 million profit for fiscal first quarterPostmedia CEO Paul Godfrey says newspapers will survive but with reduced numbersJoly’s spokesman, Simon Ross, didn’t deny the report and says there will be an announcement in the coming weeks or months concerning the $75-million annual fund, which is currently under review.Ross said the government wants to correct some of the problems with the fund “to adapt it to the digital age” because it was created before the advent of the internet.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Quebec Le Soleil last week he was preoccupied with the financial crisis facing media in Canada and that the decision on federal funding would come in the next budget. read more

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Government says no JF17 deal with Pakistan

Terming the reports as “incorrect,” Mahishini Colonne, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded, saying that “if there arises a requirement for Sri Lanka to procure aircraft of this nature, in keeping with the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to maintain transparency, expressions of interest will be called for, from all concerned.” The Government has denied reports that it has struck a deal with Pakistan for the purchase of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets, The Hindu newspaper reported.“The matter did not even come up for discussion during the talks [with the Pakistani government],” Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Defence Secretary, told The Hindu , adding that his government was still considering the purchase of fighter jets. According to the reports, Sri Lanka has been under pressure from the Indian government not to go ahead. Sections of the press, in the last few months, also carried reports that India had offered to Sri Lanka “Tejas,” a variant of Light Combat Aircraft, to counter Pakistan’s bid to sell JF-17 fighters, which were developed in collaboration with China. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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