Top StoriesPolice Attack On Bihar Judge: Supreme Court Dismisses PIL Due To Insufficiency Of Official Record And Non Verification Of Allegations Nupur Thapliyal13 Feb 2021 7:33 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking for a judicial inquiry into an incident which took place in Aurangabad, Bihar, wherein a District Judge, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Pradhan, was allegedly threatened, abused and chased by a police sub-inspector. A bench comprising of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Aniruddha Bose dismissed the PIL after referring to the counter affidavits filed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking for a judicial inquiry into an incident which took place in Aurangabad, Bihar, wherein a District Judge, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Pradhan, was allegedly threatened, abused and chased by a police sub-inspector. A bench comprising of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Aniruddha Bose dismissed the PIL after referring to the counter affidavits filed by the Bihar Police. According to the bench, neither the factual position could be verified in the matter nor was supported by any official record. Earlier, the bench directed the petitioner to add the concerned police officer as a party in the case. While referring to the response of the Bihar Police, the bench ordered: “This petition has been filed without verifying the factual position nor is supported by any official record, whereas the counter affidavit discloses the true state of affairs and which need no further elaboration or adjudication. The writ petition and other pending applications are dismissed.” On October 21, the senior additional District Judge, Dr. Pradhan, had been allegedly abused, threatened and chased by a police sub-inspector named Pranav of the Town police station in Aurangabad when he was on an evening walk. The SI was accompanied by paramilitary personnel for a flag march at that time. In view of the newspaper reports, a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) was filed seeking a court-monitored inquiry into the incident and measures to ensure the protection of judicial officers. According to the petitioner, “Attack and assault upon the judges and magistrates by police not only lowers the dignity of judiciary but it also leaves the impression in the minds of public that when the judicial officers are not safe from police atrocities than what safety public will aspect.” The petitioner sought direction to register FIR in the matter against the erring/identified police officials under section 307, 511 and 365 of Indian penal Code and other relevant provisions and set up a two-member inquiry commission consisting of sitting High Court judges to inquire into the incident and to submit a report before the Supreme Court. The petition further sought initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against the erring police officer and also against the Director General of Police of Bihar for his alleged inaction. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Chef Jams Conroy, director of prepared foods for Food Circus Supermarkets, with some of the produce department’s assortment of fresh winter greens. Photo by Andy McDonoughFall and winter meals aren’t just about comfort foodby Andy McDonoughWhen the weather turns cooler it’s time to think about all the great cold weather comfort foods, like butternut squash soup, apple cobbler served up warm with a scoop of ice cream and aromatic pumpkin pies with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.But hold on — I may put on a few pounds just writing that sentence. Let’s consider that eating well should not be a seasonal event. The cooler weather has plenty to offer for home chefs past the comfort foods in which we love to indulge, many of which we know are more about tradition than good health.What about salads? Are we done with them at the end of August? No, and not by a long shot. When the summer salad joins our memories of sand and surf is when things start to get interesting in the salad department.It’s true that through the miracles of the modern supermarket produce department we could have lettuce and tomato salads year-round, but if you believe that the summer salad has had its day you’ll welcome the bold tastes and new textures that winter salads have to offer.Winter salads can’t rely on ripe tomatoes and delicate butter lettuce to make them shine. Instead, it’s hearty greens, salty cheese, and crunchy nuts make distinctive winter salads delicious. The tastes are bold and offer lots of interesting combinations to explore. Use the building blocks below to create your own perfect winter salad or try out the recipe at the end of this article.It’s an easy and distinctive Radicchio Hazelnut Blue Cheese Salad, perfect to accompany a hearty cold weather meal or stand on its own.Start With Hearty Greens, Chicories or Cabbages – Avoid the wilted lettuces and mesclun mixes in plastic bags or flown in from around the globe. Go instead with the hearty greens, the crunchy chicories, or the crisp cabbages that flourish in the fall and through winter. Your wondering, what a chicory is, right? Belgian endive, escarole, and radicchio are all chicories. Related to, but bolder than lettuces, chicories have sturdier leaves and a more assertive flavor famous for its bitter edge. Use their distinctive flavors to add a bright, bracing element to your salads. Best of all, they are a fall and winter crop and are available fresh locally when lettuces are not.Speaking of alternatives to lettuce, many of the greens you may be used to cooking (chard and kale in particular) are delicious raw and make for great salads. Buy small-leafed versions or cut larger leaves into bite-size pieces or ribbon-like shreds.Add a Hit of Salt – Heart greens and chicories can handle a lot of flavor, including plenty of salt if you’re so inclined. Feta, cojita, and blue cheeses are all great matches for winter salads – just crumble them to taste. Olives, either whole pitted, or pitted and chopped, are also good bets. You can even create your own Green Olive Dressing mixing in some minced green olives. Don’t overdo it with mixing salty players. Pick one and let it stand out.Toss In Something Crunchy – Winter greens have a lot of body and textures of their own, so feel free to add some serious crunch if you are so inclined. Nuts, seeds, croutons, slices of radish, pieces of fennel, slim cuts of uncooked carrot – anything that will give that crunchy element to the dish.Don’t Forget the Sweet Option – The bitter edge that underlies winter greens and chicories can benefit from a little bit of sweetness. Roasted beets and apples are good to use for balance, as are winter fruits like pears, oranges, kumquats or dates. Dried raisins, cranberries, blueberries and other fruits can add distinctive texture and sweetness, too.Or, Lose the Leaves Entirely – Don’t forget that some of the very best summer salads, like a Marinated Green Bean Salad, don’t always involve leaves. Some of the best possible winter salads don’t involve greens of any sort. Roasted beet salads, Celery Red Onion Salad, Celery Root Salad, or Lentil Salad are great and don’t need a leaf.Here is a versatile gem of a salad is crisp and boldly flavorful. It’s easy to put its few key ingredients together in minutes, but tasty enough to impress.Radicchio Hazelnut Blue Cheese SaladThe secret to this salad is the balance of its three strong players: the standout taste of radicchio; the bold, salty flavor of blue cheese; and crunch from the hazelnuts. If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, substitute a cheese you like or just leave it out. The radicchio and hazelnuts are a great combination and can carry this dish on their own. Nut allergy? Then, by all means, loose the nuts. The strong flavors of radicchio and blue cheese balance each other nicely, but you don’t leave out the crunch entirely. Try it with sunflower seeds or pepitas (pumpkin seeds).Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutesYield: 4 servingsIngredients:1 head radicchio1 shallot (optional)2 Tbsp. agrodulce or 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar plus 1 tsp. sugar2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oilSalt1/2 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts1/4 cup crumbled blue cheesePreparation:Trim and chop radicchio. Wash and dry and set aside. Meanwhile, mince the shallot and put it in a large salad bowl. Add agrodulce (a traditional sweet and sour sauce in Italian cuisine) or vinegar and sugar and let sit 5 to 10 minutes, whisk in olive oil and add salt to taste.Add radicchio to salad bowl and toss gently but thoroughly until leaves are evenly coated with the dressing. Now you can either add the hazelnuts and blue cheese and toss everything together, or divide the radicchio evenly among 4 salad plates and sprinkle with its share of the hazelnuts and blue cheese for a more elegant presentation.
For the second year in a row Babe’s Pizza captured the Northwest Travel League’s 65+ Senior Softball Championship. Babe’s finished its 2018 campaign with a 24-5 overall record. Babe’s headed into its championship weekend last weekend on Sep. 22 and 23 needing to beat the Oregon Crabs twice to secure the championship. Babe’s did so, besting the Crabs 26-13 and 15-10.
2 December 2013 Charl Schwartzel clinched his third victory at Leopard Creek on Sunday, capturing the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship by four shots to rocket to the top of the Race to Dubai standings. It was a back-to-back win for the South African ace in the Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned event after a dominating 12-shot victory in 2012. He won his first European Tour title at Leopard Creek golf course, situated near the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province, in December 2004. The victory lifted Schwartzel, South Africa’s highest ranked golfer, back into the world top 20. It was his ninth win on the European Tour, with six of them coming in South Africa, half of them in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It also earned him places in the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions, which takes place at the Durban Country Club from 9 to 12 January, and the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions, which tees off late next year.Leopard Creek successes With four runner-up finishes to go with his three titles at Leopard Creek, Schwartzel would no doubt wish he could wrap the course up and take it with him. “This tournament has been very good to me. I’ve had lots of seconds here as well. Probably for the rest of my golfing career this will always be a special one. I don’t think that will change,” Schwartzel said after securing victory. He began the tournament terribly, however, with a double-drop on the first hole. He also bogeyed the 17th, but seven birdies gave him a first round of four-under-par 68. He didn’t drop a shot the rest of the way, adding rounds of 68, 67 and 68 for a total of 17-under-par 271.‘Pretty much flawless’ “I had that hiccup in the first round through 17 and the first hole, and after that [was] pretty much flawless with no bogeys from there on in,” Schwartzel told the European Tour website afterwards. “Most of the time if you play 60 holes or whatever it may be without bogey then hopefully you’ll win.” His final round was keyed by a superb approach at the par-three fifth, which left him with a short putt for his first birdie of the final round. England’s Richard Finch tried to chase Schwartzel down, but his challenge fell apart on the 14th where he made a double-bogey after firing the ball across the green from a bunker. It was, nonetheless, an encouraging showing from the Englishman, who claimed second on 13-under 275, ahead of his compatriots Simon Dyson and Ross Fisher, who shared third with France’s Romain Wattel on 10-under-par 278.Second South African Warren Abery tied for ninth and was the second South African on the leaderboard on seven-under 281, while English amateur Garrick Porteous showed he is ready for the professional ranks with a five-under-par total of 283, which was good for a share of 14th. Denmark’s Moren Orum Madsen, who won the South African Open at Glendower the previous week, shone with a first round seven-under-par 65, but after a 71 in the second round his challenge fell apart as he carded a 79 in the third round. He ended with a 69 to finish on four-under-par 284 and a share of 16th place. Schwartzel previously successfully defended the Joburg Open in 2010/11, which makes him one of only seven players to successfully defend two or more European Tour titles. The others include Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Mark James.Sun City The focus next shifts to Sun City where the Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place at the Gary Player Country Club from 5 to 8 December. The tournament, now into its 32nd year, will feature a new format, with an elite 30- man field competing for a prize purse of US$6.5-million (approximately R66.2-million). LEADERBOARD Charl Schwartzel (SA) 271 (-17) 68, 68, 67, 68Richard Finch (Eng) 275 (-13) 68, 70, 67, 70Simon Dyson (Eng) 278 (-10) 72, 69, 70, 67Ross Fisher (Eng) 278 (-10) 72, 65, 72, 69Romain Wattel (Fra) 278 (-10) 70, 69, 68, 71Soren Hansen (Den) 279 (-9) 72, 65, 71, 71Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 280 (-8) 70, 72, 72, 66Simon Wakefield (Eng) 280 (-8) 74, 68, 70, 68Warren Abery (SA) 281 (-7) 73, 71, 69, 68Danny Willett (SA) (-7) 69, 70, 73, 69
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the latest Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Report Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s PFR Location Lead, is in the field for a feekes 3 topdress application of wheat. In order to determine nitrogen needs we’re asking questions like, “What are the tillering counts per square foot?” and “How many units of nitrogen should we apply based on tiller counts? Watch the video to learn more and be sure to check back during the growing season to see how things are progressing with our winter wheat studies.
A new New Deal houseThe “New Norris House” was designed to mark the 75th anniversary of a model community originally built in 1933 by the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of the Norris Dam construction project. The house is a team project of the University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design.It’s small (just 1,008 sq. ft.) and relatively inexpensive ($180,000), and it sits on a tiny lot (one-third of an acre).According to its designers, the modeled energy use for the house is 7,123 kWh of electricity per year, less than half of the average energy use of homes in the region. It uses no fossil fuels and has a HERS rating of 49.The house is heated and cooled with a three-head ductless minisplit heat pump. Mechanicals also include an energy-recovery ventilator and a solar hot-water system that preheats water for a tankless electric water heater.The house was built off-site in two sections. The designers said that advanced framing techniques reduced lumber consumption by more than 17%, and that off-site prefabrication reduced construction waste by 70%.Other features of the New Norris House include:A ventilated rainscreen.Wall insulation that includes R-21 batts and 1 in. of rigid polyisocyanurate.Salvaged white oak flooring.Low- and no-VOC glues, paints, and finishes.A flexible first-floor design that can be configured as open space, a one-bedroom space, or a two-bedroom space.Universal design that includes a ramped entry.Versatile pieces of furniture that can be deployed in more than one way.There were 500 Norris houses built between 1932 and 1934, most of which are still standing, according to designers of the New Norris House. “The scale, character and durability of the houses and town’s walkability (especially for seniors and schoolchildren) provide enduring lessons. The New Norris House leverages and enhances these characteristics.” In California, a home for a familyThe other residential project that was honored this year is entirely different. It’s nearly four times the size, at 3,800-sq. ft., and cost almost ten times as much to build ($1.7 million). And it’s in the affluent California beachfront community of Venice.Brooks + Scarpa submitted the design, which is called Yin Yang House. “Part private home and part business, the house is meant to serve as a place to entertain and a welcoming space for clients and teenagers,” the designers said. The owners remain anonymous.The project was described as a “nearly net-zero” project with a very tight building envelope and a 12-kW photovoltaic array.Designers said the house is organized around a series of courtyards. The building is one room deep to make the most of natural light and ventilation. The living room, designed for entertaining, includes — wait for it — a 50-ft. long sliding glass door.The designers said that a variety of features contribute to the home’s low energy consumption. The house exceeds the requirements of California’s Title 24 energy code by 42%, while its energy use intensity (EUI) was 94% lower than that of a typical single-family home. The house has a HERS rating of 62.Other building features include:Interior materials selected for high recycled content and low chemical emissions.FSC-certified wood for cabinets and flooring.Blown-in cellulose insulation.Low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets, plus a system to capture and filter rainwater before it’s returned to the ground.Incorporation of an existing 1,200-sq.-ft. “tear down” in the renovated and enlarged structure, more than tripling the size of the original house with a net increase in lot coverage of less than 800 sq. ft.Drought-tolerant plantings and permeable ground coverings, along with a green roof and an artificial lawn that requires no water. This year’s top 10 sustainable designs selected by the American Institute of Architects include two houses and several commercial and institutional buildings: a student apartment complex, a school expansion, and 67,000-sq. ft. inner-city warehouse redevelopment project.The AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) recognized this year’s winners at the organization’s annual convention, which was held from June 20 to 22 in Denver. (The winners were originally announced on Earth Day in April.)The AIA declared that the competition “recognizes projects that successfully integrate exemplary aesthetics, advanced performance, community connection, social responsibility and stewardship of the natural environment.”Most of the projects are large public buildings. The Federal Center South Building 1202, for example, is a $65 million, 209,000-sq. ft. regional headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. But the list also includes two residential projects: a private home in Venice, California, and a new version of a house originally designed as part of a model community in Norris, Tennessee in the 1930s.
Today we continue our series, “Insights from a Military Parent,” an ongoing discussion in which Rhonda, National Guard spouse and mom of two young boys, responds to questions that arose from her telling of her family’s experience living through two deployments with two young children during our webinar presentation, “Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Parents.”In today’s post, Rhonda describes some of the military behaviors that took a while for her husband to shed after returning to home life, and how those behaviors were perceived by others, including the boys’ teachers. Awareness, communication and patience, Rhonda explains, are the keys to supporting military families (particularly Guard and Reserves) who are experiencing reintegration.Question: You’ve said that reintegration is a process that can take a while. What advice would you give a teacher/provider who wants to support that parent as he or she reconnects to the child’s daily life, including school/child care, in ways that are sensitive to his or her adjustment?The two most critical times for our family were the months during pre-deployment and post-deployment. These are the times when routines are disrupted, finances are being juggled, family roles are evolving and revolving, and dad is acclimating – either to leaving or returning.Try to connect with both parents before the actual deployment if possible. This will help lay the groundwork for the post-deployment interactions. My husband joked at our pre-deployment teacher/parent meeting that he was just there to model his uniform. Ok, I was the one doing all the talking. However, we did talk about post-deployment issues in that pre-deployment meeting and his presence was important. He and I have discussed his post-deployment return to civilian life and reflected on how much our lives have changed. We anticipate that we will evolve again when he returns this time.Post-deployment is different for everyone. What we expected from reading the books and literature on post-deployment were insomnia, nightmares, aversion to crowds or large social gatherings, being in a state of high alert, and adjusting to family life. Sometimes we joked about going through a checklist of behaviors or situations that were outlined in the books.As a Guard family the transition from active duty in the war zone back to home is far more abrupt than for full-time military. He goes from being in a full-time military environment where everyone is in uniform, procedure and protocol are the norm, and everyone is on high alert – into a civilian world where people invade your personal space in the check-out line, honk their horns less than a second after the light changes, and debris on the road is really just debris. Every instinct and reaction, honed through military training and reinforced in the war zone, is still active, but the environment is more benign.As a family we had to help him bring out his civilian persona. Some adjustments are comical and others are a bit more stressful. For the first few weeks I felt like I was living with a teenage girl because he would stand in front of his closet with his hands on his hips staring at his clothes, then declare he had nothing to wear. After suggesting several different combinations of shirts, pants, shorts, etc. I left the room frustrated. He emerged ten minutes later back in uniform. This went on for several days until we went shopping so he could buy khaki cargo shorts and plain t-shirts in black, gray, and white. It took a few months to help him transition to a more varied wardrobe, but he still wears combat boots most days.Dressing wasn’t the only thing that went through a period of adjustment. He also switched his field of work. He could no longer work indoors in an office setting. He became a communications and cable installer which kept him physically active and constantly on the move. He had the right mix of human interaction and physical labor to keep him focused and at ease. This helped considerably with re-establishing a routine and adjusting to the routine of family life.Friends, colleagues, and teachers also experienced a period of adjustment with us. The first few times he picked the boys up at school it was a “mission” and they were his “packages.” He was in uniform, moved briskly, didn’t speak, and barely made eye contact. When I picked the boys up a few days later I was updated on all the upcoming activities that were posted on the doors and on flyers that dad didn’t acknowledge. One of the teachers tentatively asked me if he was upset with the school. I was confused until she described his demeanor when he picked up the kids. I smiled and explained that he was doing the same thing at home. I shared with her what I had learned from the books about the process of going from a military to a civilian mindset, and that it would take time. Within a few months he was greeting folks, retrieving flyers, and exchanging pleasantries with other dads.The teachers and I worked together to make sure important notices weren’t overlooked or forgotten. One morning they called me at work to ask if i knew it was picture day. I dropped my head to my desk as I recalled what the boys were wearing that morning. You know it wasn’t good if they called. I asked how long I had to get them a change of clothes, hung up the phone, and raced to a Target. Luckily, I was only a few miles from the school and store and found suitable clothes for both of them. When dad picked them up that evening our oldest put his hands on his hips and snapped, “You forgot picture day! Mommy had to get us clothes and we do not like them!” Dad bought them ice cream. Guess who the hero is in our house!One other vestige of deployment that raised alarm with me and the teachers was dad’s tone. For the first few weeks his tone of voice was harsher and louder than prior to deployment. Again, this is the result of being in a war zone and interacting with other adults in tense situations. I would remind dad that we weren’t troops and that he was being really loud, or overly sensitive, to minor infractions. These were conversations best handled by me in private. If you encounter this with a recently returned military parent, take it up carefully with the home-front parent. Odds are it is already a topic under discussion in the home. If it isn’t, there may be an opportunity for helping the home front parent.Finally, be patient and be observant. Stay in communication with the home-front parent and don’t be surprised if certain events or activities are skipped or only attended for a brief time. Music programs, graduations, and other group events were difficult at first. I sat, he stood, in the back of the room and usually left right after the boys were done with their part. As time went on, he mellowed and actually sat through an entire event. Reintegration is different for everyone and it can take months, sometimes years, to find balance and harmony._________________________________________________________________Rhonda will be sharing more insights and recommendations about the reintegration process during our webinar, “Getting to Know You (Again): Helping Young Children Adjust to the Return of a Military Parent,” on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 2:00-3:00 EDT. This link will take you to the page where you can log in – no registration is necessary. The webinar will also be recorded and available at the same link approximately 2 days after the live event.Part 1: The Power of Hearing Their StoriesPart 2: Understanding Parenting DecisionsPart 3: Why I’m Reluctant to Talk to YouPart 4: Responding to Misbehavior with Compassion__________________________________________________________________This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.
Sometimes your biggest time drain can be your existing clients. I am not talking about the time you spend with your clients executing after you made the sale. That is no waste of time! And I am not talking about the time you spend working together on what’s next and pushing their business (and your business) forward. That’s where the action is in becoming a strategic partner.I am talking about the time your client wants to spend making small talk, shooting the breeze, and solving all of the world’s problems.Spending time getting to know your clients on a personal level helps to build the strong relationships you need. It’s important. People buy from people. But you will run across a few clients that want far more than their fair share of your time.Here are some ideas to help you build those relationships without giving up the time you need to make your number.Disclose Your Hard Stop in Advance: One way to ensure that you don’t spend more time than you have with a client that wants to spend time on small talk is to disclose your hard stop time right away. Begin the conversation by saying something like: “I have a hard stop at 2:00 PM, and then I have to rush to the office for a mandatory meeting with my sales manager.” Your clients will be respectful of your deadlines if you disclose them. Especially if you have another meeting.Call These Clients from the Road: Sometimes you need to give these contacts your time and attention. One way meet their needs without losing your sacred time is to call them from the road (hands-free only!). The time you spend driving or waiting for an appointment is time that you can put use taking care of the clients who want to talk about non-work related subjects. You give them the time they need without losing giving up your productive selling time.Put Them On Rotation: Some of the clients that want your time will often request it when you don’t have the time give them. One way to handle these clients is to put them on rotation. Instead of waiting for them to call to get your time, schedule the time in advance. Before you leave a meeting, schedule the next meeting. Maybe schedule it three weeks out. If you contact knows you are scheduled to be there soon, they’ll make fewer demands on your time in between the schedule appointments.Remember, these clients aren’t trying to hurt you. They like you. They like working with you. They are your raving fans, and they are your best references. By establishing a plan to meet their needs and protect your time, you can maintain control of your calendar and protect your most productive sales time.QuestionsHow do you give your clients the time they need for relationship developing without giving up your productive sales time?How do you avoid insulting the clients that want your time?Where else can you get the time you need for needy clients?
Winning an Olympic medal is always an arduous task and for India, a track and field medal is something that still remains elusive.Renjith Maheshwary is aware of the challenges in front of him. While a medal at the Olympics would be the biggest achievement for the triple jumper, Renjith’s personal goal would be to better his own performance and leave the rest to luck.In the last couple of years, Renjith’s performance has gone down, but the Kerala jumper is known to rise to the occasion as he did at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.Coming into the Commonwealth Games, Renjith did not have the best of marks but when at the competition, he leapt 17.07 to bag the bronze medal.Over the past eight years, Renjith has been in the vicinity of the 16m mark, although he did come up with efforts of 17.04m in 2007 and 17.07m in 2010.He qualified for the London Olympics in April this year at the Federation Cup in Patiala with a leap of 16.85m. However, there was not much for him to boast of after that and he hasn’t been part of many competitions after that.At the Olympics, however, the stakes are higher and one small mistake can cost an athlete a medal.At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the gold medal went to Portuguese Nelson Evora with a jump of 17.67m, while Leevan Sands of Bahamas took the bronze with a 17.59m leap.Renjith hopes to cross the 17m mark at the Olympics and according to reports, he says, 17.30m is a possibility with a 22-stride run-up. Only time will tell if that effort will be good enough to get him a medal in London, if he manages to achieve that.advertisementThe triple jumper has been in Italy for some time now and expects to come good when the actual competition begins on August 7.There were questions regarding his preparation and fitness for the Olympics, but Renjith answered them in the best possible way with a 16.45m in mere nine strides this week.Thereafter, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) could not do much but give clearance to Renjith for the London Games. Expecting a medal would be too much of an ask from Renjith, or from any track and field athlete, but an improved performance could pave the way for better things.rahul.rawat @ mailtoday.in
BEIJING, China – Pursuing free trade with China and preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement are part of Canada’s international mission to combat the rising tide of populism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.Trudeau capped the first leg of his China trip in Beijing on Tuesday meeting the country’s powerful president as talks continued to formally kickstart free trade negotiations between the two countries.Xi Jinping welcomed Trudeau with a handshake at a red and gold glittering guesthouse nestled in a manicured compound with ponds and waterfalls.He noted the prime minister had been having busy and productive meetings in Beijing.“I know that as we look to building a better future for the entire world the friendship between Canada and China will play an important role in setting the tone and the approach that will characterize the 21st century,” Trudeau replied.The prime minister remained hopeful that Canada and China could forge ahead with a full-fledged trade deal that he said would benefit working people in both countries.Trudeau characterized his trade ambitions with China, NAFTA and pursuing other deals in Asia, including a new version of Trans-Pacific Partnership, as part of Canada’s fight against the protectionist tide most closely associated with the Donald Trump administration in Washington.“It’s a time where there is much political space given up in various countries for populism or resurgent nationalism. And Canada stands strongly as a country that is making a case for international trade that benefits everyone. We will continue to do that,” he told reporters before his meeting with Xi.Canada’s tough NAFTA renegotiation was a big part of his dinner conversation Monday night with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, said Trudeau.“We take very seriously the responsibility we have to improve NAFTA to benefit both Canada, the United States and Mexico,” Trudeau said.“Canada is not in the business of trying to create a zero sum game or create winners or losers in trade deals.”After his Beijing meeting with Xi, Trudeau flew south to the city of Guangzhou for the Fortune Global Forum, a major conference of international business leaders.Trudeau said he would not hesitate to raise human rights concerns with Xi, who has become China’s most powerful leader in decades.“The nature of the very strong and constructive relationship between Canada and China right now means that we can have strong and frank discussions about issues that we see differently without endangering the positive relationship we have,” Trudeau said.He said he’s raised specific consular cases, and the inability of Canadian diplomats to visit some Canadians in prison.The meeting with Xi follows Trudeau’s talks on Monday with Li, where they were not able to announce the start of formal free trade talks that would move beyond the current phase of exploratory discussions.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was noticeably absent from at least two public events that three fellow cabinet ministers attended with Trudeau on Tuesday because he was continuing the trade talks with Chinese counterparts.Champagne stayed behind in Beijing instead of travelling with the Trudeau entourage to Guangzhou. His spokesman had boarded the prime minister’s plane and suddenly left while the aircraft was idling on the tarmac and at least two of Champagne’s aides were pulled off the plane at the last minute.Trudeau said there wasn’t one particular issue that held up movement to the next phase but he wants a progressive trade deal that includes addressing issues such as gender, the environment and labour.Trudeau touted the lower-level agreements the two countries inked Monday on energy and the environment, agriculture and education as ways of incrementally moving relations forward as part of his new annual leaders’ dialogue.“Whether there are formal negotiations or simply exploratory talks, we are constantly engaged with our Chinese counterparts.”The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association said the agreement reached Monday could generate $125 million in new beef exports to China in the next five years, while the exploratory free trade talks continue.“We know that they’re working on it. Things haven’t stopped,” John Masswohl, the association’s international relations director, told reporters in Beijing.China imposes a 12-per cent tariff on Canadian beef, while Australia faces a seven per cent tariff that is gradually being phased out through their free trade agreement with China, he said.The agriculture sector’s enthusiasm for free trade with China contrasts with some other 600 businesses, academics and civil society groups who took part in government consultations.Some expressed fears that a free trade pact with China could kill Canadian jobs and reduce their ability to compete against China’s lax labour standards, lower environmental requirements and state subsidies.Masswohl said opening new markets for Canadian beef in China is crucial. “Right now our biggest risk is we ship 270,000 tonnes of beef to the United States, and possibly facing losing that NAFTA agreement with the United States, which I think is a possibility.”Trudeau told a large boardroom of three-dozen business leaders on Tuesday morning that China and Canada are continuing their exploratory discussions on a comprehensive trade deal.The government wants to establish a framework with China that would broaden the talks to include the environment, governance, labour and gender issues before deciding to formally begin trade negotiations.“We know that creating a strong framework in which investments and businesses and the rules that surround the operations of Canadian companies in China, and Chinese companies in Canada will be laid out, and predictable, is something that everyone is looking for,” Trudeau told the business leader off the top of their one-hour closed door meeting.“I know how important predictability and smooth understanding of the context in which we are, is important for business decisions.”The two-dozen participants included Bombardier, Shopify, Manulife, SNC Lavalin, Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank.“The formal free trade talk is a critical point that this mission’s about. We’re optimistic that eventually we’ll get to where we need to, to move forward,” said Preston Swafford, the chief nuclear officer for SNC Lavalin, which is vying for a slice of the clean energy market in China.“They’re still working. The term is: the cake is not baked yet.”