Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0LITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department now has six confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.Officials say a female resident who lives in the northwest part of the county with a travel history to Buffalo was tested for COVID-19 last week after being in contact with a positive case at her place of employment.“Her test result came back negative for COVID-19. However, shortly afterwards, she developed a fever, cough and whole-body aches and was re-tested for COVID-19 on March 29,” said officials. “Her test results from the re-test today, revealed that she is indeed positive for COVID-19.”The patient is resting at home and is now under quarantine with her family. Officials say she will be assessed and monitored closely. “The department will conduct a thorough contact tracing investigation, for those individuals that she has been in contact with and the places that she visited,” explained officials. “We continue to ask our residents to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk.”
A gunman suspected of shooting nine people dead at two shisha bars in a southwestern German city has been found dead at his home, police said on Thursday.Another body was discovered at the home of the man in Hanau, a city east of the financial hub of Frankfurt where the shootings happened.”There are no indications that other suspects were involved,” police said in a statement. “One of the two dead people found is highly likely the perpetrator. The investigations into the identity of the victims and the perpetrator are ongoing.” Police raised the death toll to nine after one person succumbed to injuries. Their information suggested the gunman had committed suicide at his home after fleeing in a dark car, but the motive for the attacks is unclear.Can-Luca Frisenna, whose father and brother run one of the two bars attacked by the gunman, said he rushed to the scene after he received news of the shooting.”I heard my father was affected and my little brother, they run the kiosk, I don’t have much to do with it,” said Frisenna. “But then I saw them both – they were horrified and they were crying and everything. So everyone was shocked.”Mass-selling Bild newspaper said the man was a German citizen and that ammunition and gun magazines were found in his car. He had a firearms hunting licence, it added.Topics :
Black Meteors defender, Gideon Mensah, has joined Belgian side, Zulte Waregem, on loan from Red Bull Salzburg.The deal was announced on Thursday after the two clubs worked out all the necessary details.The loan move is the second for Mensah as he spent part of last season at Sturm Graz where he made 15 appearances.Waregem held off purported interest from Celtic who have been on the market for left back after they lost Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.Graz’s next game in the Austrian Bundesliga is against Rheindorf Altach but it unclear if Mensah will be part of the team for that tie.
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds greets a group of youth football players as he goes to practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maurkice Pouncey is eager to talk about something other than his questionable choices in headwear.Like his job, mostly.The Pittsburgh Steelers center began training camp by apologizing again on Friday for being pictured wearing a baseball cap earlier this month supporting former college teammate Aaron Hernandez. Pouncey and twin brother Mike — who played with Hernandez at Florida — wore hats that read “Free Hernandez” during their co-birthday party in Miami. Hernandez is currently in jail in Massachusetts facing a murder charge in the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.No matter the context of the picture, Pouncey understands it was a poor choice.“I know I took a lot of heat for it and I probably should have,” Pouncey said.The incident was enough for Pouncey to have a brief chat with coach Mike Tomlin about the situation. While Tomlin declined to get into details about the discussion, Pouncey left little doubt that he will be focused on becoming the unquestioned leader on one of the NFL’s youngest offensive lines and not any push to clear Hernandez’s name.“I understand it was a serious situation,” he said. “I apologize if I offended anybody. You know what? I’m here to play football.”So are the four players he hopes to line up alongside of this season. The Steelers slumped to 8-8 last year thanks in part to a steady stream of injuries to the line and in the backfield. Pittsburgh finished in the bottom 10 in the league in rushing yards, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns last season while missing the playoffs for the second time since Tomlin took over in 2007.“Not making the playoffs is unacceptable here, everybody knows that,” Pouncey said.It’s one of the main reasons most of the line’s young guns — Pouncey, tackles Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams and guard David DeCastro — spent a lengthy portion of the offseason working out together. The quartet, none of whom are older than 25, understand the ability for the Steelers to bounce back relies largely on their ability to stay on the field.Adams included. The second-round pick in the 2012 draft saw his career jeopardized by a late-night attack outside a Pittsburgh restaurant on June 1. He was stabbed in the forearm and abdomen during the attempted robbery and spent six weeks recovering.Yet Adams was on the field at Saint Vincent College on Friday running alongside his teammates during a conditioning test. He passed with ease and is expected to begin camp as the starting right tackle.“That’s where I’m at right now,” he said.It’s also what the Steelers had in mind when they cut veteran Willie Colon in March in a cost-cutting move and let Max Starks walk during free agency. Now the “old guy” on the line is 27-year-old Ramon Foster, who made the team five years ago as an undrafted free agent but has finally worked his way into a starting role.Not that Foster is ready to say that he’s arrived.“It’s one of those things you can’t relax on,” Foster said. “In my position, it’s one of those things where I’ve got to keep the chip on my shoulder.”Foster will be the only starter not taken in the first two rounds of the draft. The four guys who will surround him have been tasked with keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright. That was an issue at times last season, as Roethlisberger missed three games with a rib injury that sent the Steelers spiraling to a 2-5 finish.Though the ribs are no longer a problem, Roethlisberger continues to have what Tomlin called “discomfort” in his right knee. He underwent what the team termed a “minor” procedure on the knee on June 5 and Tomlin declined to describe the discomfort as a setback.Roethlisberger will practice when the team holds its first session of training camp on Saturday. He’ll do it behind a center only too happy to trade a baseball cap for a helmet and a more vocal role in the meeting room and on the field.“I think I’m going to do a good job of it,” Pouncey said. “I think the torch has been passed to me (from the) older guys here helping me along my way and we’ll see how things turn out this year.”__NOTES: Tight ends Heath Miller and David Johnson (knee), linebacker Sean Spence (knee) and nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. … Gilbert passed the conditioning test Friday but spent several minutes on the ground after completing the exercise. He was carted off the field but was sitting upright. … Tomlin has opened his own Twitter account @CoachTomlin. Tomlin said he is venturing into the social media platform because “I spend a lot of time talking to our guys about what to do, what not to do. It might be time for me to show them.” … Defensive end Brett Keisel arrived in camp with a mini-Earth mover. The 12-year veteran also donned a hard hat because the Steelers are “under construction.”
Comments Saturday May 13Buddu 0-0 MawogolaSunday May 14Kooki 1-0 KabulaMawokota 1-2 ButambalaBusiro 1-2 BuvumaBuwekula 0-0 GombaBusujju 0-2 SsingoBugerere 2-1 KyaggweBuluuli 1-1 BulemeeziMasaza Cup champions Buddu started the defence of their title on a drub note playing out a dour draw at home to Mawogola at Masaka Recreation Grounds. Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who graced the match would have wished for a goal to coat the game, but that was not to be.The defending champions, who missed a host of chances, failed to capitalise on the numerical disadvantage over Mawogola who had Alex Vvubya sent off at the hour mark. Buddu coach Steven Bogere, who has pledged to the fans that he will defend the title, couldn’t replicate the performance of last season that saw Buddu beat Mawogola 3-0 when these sides faced off on the same ground.Other resultsIn other results, Allan Kabonge’s Buweekula registered a goalless draw with Gomba, Shafiq Bisaso’s Ssingo were 2-0 winners against Busujju courtesy of Steven Mukwaala”s brace. Buvuma, coached by Farouk Kigongo, picked their first Masaza Cup win against Busiro in Ssentema, Mawokota lost to Butambala in a game played in Buwama. The 2006 champions Kooki were won their tie against Kabula, while Bugerere beat Kyaggwe in Kayunga and Buluuli and 2012 champions Bulemeezi ended in a 1-all draw.Past Winners2016 – Buddu2015 – Ssingo2014 – Gomba2013 – Mawokota2012– Bulemeezi2011– Buluri2010– [Not Held]2009– Gomba2008– Kyadondo2007– Mawokota2006– Kooki2005- Mawokota2004- Gomba
18 July 2008South Africans have reason to thank Nelson Mandela not only for his role in their country’s liberation from apartheid, but also for the part he played in ensuring that the world’s greatest sporting showpiece, the Fifa World Cup, comes to Africa for the first time in 2010.‘Against doctor’s orders’Mandela reportedly went against the orders of his doctor, who told him he could not attend the 2010 Fifa World Cup host country announcement ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland in May 2004.When South Africa was announced as the host country, overwhelmed with joy and emotions, tears could be seen streaming from Mandela’s eyes.There are many extraordinary photographs of him, but one that captured the spirit of South Africa’s foremost sporting achievement is of a beaming Mandela holding onto the Jules Rimet Trophy.Reconciliation through sportDuring his presidency, Mandela, who was an avid boxer in his days, lifted more trophies than any other South African leader, and has widely recognised the importance of sport in helping to promote reconciliation.Sporting a Springbok rugby jersey and cap, he presented the coveted Webb Ellis Trophy to the then South African skipper Francois Pienaar to the delight of the capacity crowd at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on 24 June 1995 after the hosts beat the New Zealand All Blacks.South Africa had been a country divided for decades by the apartheid regime, but thanks to the unyielding willpower of this statesman the whole country came together to unite behind the Springboks.Barely a year later, Mandela would take to the podium again to present Africa’s most sought after football trophy, the African Cup of Nations, to the then Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey. As with the Rugby World Cup, Nelson Mandela was sporting a Bafana jersey and cap.In honour of Madiba, who reportedly said: “I feel like a young man of 15” after hearing the announcement, South Africa and South Africans alike should work together to make the hosting of the World Cup a successful event.Preaching the spirit of UbuntuProbably one of the most recognisable men the world over, with all the accolades and awards under his belt, Mandela has remained rooted to the ground, ever-so-humble and preaching the spirit of Ubuntu to those who are willing to listen.Even after South Africa was announced as the World Cup host nation, he reportedly said: “South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal.”As South Africans celebrate the man affectionately known as Tata, it is important to heed his call for humility and treat the occasion as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Celebrate Africa’s Humanity and use the tournament to unify, encourage and develop South Africans – and ultimately Africans.In another 2010 milestone, Nelson Mandela returned to Robben Island, where he was incarcerated for 18 years, to mark his 89th birthday last year.The celebrations featured a star-studded line-up of about 50 past and present football superstars who took part “90 Minutes for Mandela” match at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on 18 July.Power to bring people togetherAccording to Madiba, football on Robben Island was more than just a game. It was seen as a sport for survival. “It helped uphold the values of tolerance, of inclusiveness and reconciliation, and of non-racialism and peace that are still dear to all of us today.”“Today is indeed an extra special birthday for me, as I have been given this wonderful gift of a football match played in my honor,” Mandela said in a recorded message before the match. “This match is more than just a game – it symbolises the power of football to bring people together from all over the world, regardless of the language they speak or the colour of their skin.”South Africans have a history of rising to the occasion – and of all the challenges the country has faced in the past, none is greater than those the country has already overcome.In 2010, Madiba will be 92, and staging a successful World Cup will certainly go a long way to celebrate and thank him for the human being that he is.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nitrogen stabilizers have been used for years in an effort to keep the farm sustainable by keeping fertilizers where they are best utilized in the field, but as Dow AgroSciences’ nitrogen stabilizers product manager Kenny Johnson explains, these products are very useful for keeping the environment sustainable as well. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growing up in agriculture, Madison County farmer Christie Wilson thought she wanted nothing more than to get away from the farm when she became an adult, but fate had other ideas. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Wilson for the latest Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, as she planted soybeans along State Route 40 to visit about planting progress and how the operation has grown with the help of her innovative husband John.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt WildeProgressive Farmer EditorDES MOINES (DTN) — More than 100 people from across the nation recently got an up-close look at the latest in conservation practices aimed at improving water quality from Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico.Participants on the day-long Conservation in Action tour, hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), learned how a bioreactor under construction on the Bill and Nancy Couser farm near Nevada, Iowa, will remove nitrates from water before it leaves the property. It was one of many conservation practices showcased that improves water quality and soil health.Tour attendees climbed on a pile of woodchips, some even picked up a handful to smell, as Keegan Kult, executive director of the Ag Drainage Management Coalition, explained how the wood refuse will help people and the environment.The project is still being built, but woodchips will eventually fill a 20 foot-by-120 foot plastic-lined excavated chamber that will be covered with dirt. Water drained from a nearby field by tile will be directed into the pit and treated before it flows into the waterway that’s part of the Skunk River Watershed, which will eventually make its way to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. Microorganisms on the woodchips will convert the nitrates in the water into nitrogen gas that is released into the atmosphere.“People can expect a 30% to 60% nitrate load reduction from a bioreactor,” Kult told the tour group. “It’s one of the more cost-efficient practices for nitrate removal the public can invest in.”A bioreactor costs $8,000 to $12,000 to build. Landowners can often receive government cost-share dollars to offset the cost of edge-of-field and in-field conservation practices. A bioreactor typically services 30 to 80 acres for about 12 years before woodchips need to be replaced.CTIC promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable, productive and profitable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife. The West Lafayette, Indiana-based organization, funded by agribusinesses, commodity groups and individuals, hosts an annual tour to bring people together from across the country to learn and talk about conservation practices and issues they don’t see every day.“People get a chance to see bioreactors, saturated buffers and cover crops …things they can touch, feel and see,” said Mike Komp, CTIC executive director. “Officials from industry, conservation groups and all levels of government come together to talk with farmers and each other about conservation to tackle challenges in agriculture.”TOUR STOPSThis year’s expedition in central Iowa stopped at farms owned by the Couser family, Lee Tesdell near Slater, and the Iowa chapter of the Land Improvement Contractors of America near Melbourne. The group also toured New Century FS in Melbourne to learn about nutrient and chemical application and best management practices.Each farm stop featured conservation practices designed to meet the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, a science-based plan approved in 2013 to reduce nitrate and phosphorus loads entering waterways by 45% from point and nonpoint sources. Other states in the Mississippi River Watershed have similar strategies with the ultimate goal of improving water quality and reducing the hypoxic or “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico that’s largely void of aquatic life.Komp said it was the perfect time to visit Iowa to learn how various conservation practices affect the environment and cropping systems during adverse weather.Massive flooding occurred in the state this spring. Persistent precipitation delayed planting. Now, some parts of Iowa are abnormally dry or experiencing a moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.Conservation experts and farmers told tour participants how wetlands and cover crops helped hold back water and nutrients in the spring from already full rivers. In addition, a combination of conservation tillage and cover crops builds organic matter and improves water retention.“If I could control the weather, I would have this business whipped,” Bill Couser told the group. “But I can’t. That doesn’t mean I won’t continue to find a way to do it.“I’m representing the American farmer here,” he continued. “A lot of innovative things are going on. We want to be good stewards so the land is available to the next generation.”The Cousers, who farm with two sons, recently created a 220-acre AGvocacy Learning Farm in partnership with Bayer and other partners. It has six fields that reflect common farming landscapes throughout Iowa. A few conservation practices being studied include:— Cover crops: Crops, such as cereal rye, planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent erosion, increase soil organic matter and sequester nutrients.— Saturated Buffer: Water from a field tile is intercepted and discharged into an adjoining riparian buffer/filter strip via a lateral tile line. Studies show nitrate removal of 22% to 44%.— Bioreactor— Automated drainage water management: The water table is managed using control structures in the tile system. More water can be retained in the soil profile when needed. Studies show it can reduce nitrate and dissolved phosphorus discharge by 33% and 50%, respectfully.Conservation measures will be monitored and benefits quantified. Results will serve to advance the state’s nutrient reduction strategy and promote acceleration and adoption of practices.“It’s our data, but it will be shared with everyone,” Couser said.INFORMATION PUT TO USEDavid Meyer, who works in predictive agriculture for Corteva Agriscience, wanted to see how conservation practices interact with different cropping systems so farms can become more sustainable.“Our company is all about solving problems,” Meyer said. “We look at what issues farmers face now and in the future to offer seed, technology and crop protection tools to help farmers and consumers.”Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, the North America nutrient strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy, said the organization has conservation projects in half the states. She attended to garner new ideas to keep nutrients on farmland and out of drainage tile and waterways.That’s why CTIC will continue the annual conservation trek, Komp said. “We want participants to learn from each other and go back across the country and make a difference,” he added.Matthew Wilde can be reached at [email protected] Matthew on Twitter @progressivwilde(PS/BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus to slap in immediate bid for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are pushing Arsenal to cough up Aaron Ramsey this month.Off contract in June, Ramsey has already settled pre-contract terms with Juve, according to Italian media sources. However, Juve chief Fabio Paratici wants to bring the deal forward and sign the Welshman immediately.Corriere dello Sport says Juve intend to offer €5m to Arsenal to convince them to sell.But Gunners manager Unai Emery could prove an obstacle as he doesn’t want to lose Ramsey until the end of the season.“I want him in the present with us,” said Emery on Thursday.“At the end of the season is the moment he can go to one team or another team.”
Napoli president De Laurentiis mocks Juventus, Inter Milan spendingby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken aim at their Serie A rivals.ADL says they can be proud of the way they’ve progressed.“Our objectives are always the same: achieving the maximum, in the League, Coppa Italia and Champions League. We can’t do more than that,” he told Corriere dello Sport.“We’re doing this through intelligent management, which produces a positive balance, because we can’t go in the red.“That’s the reality: we’re not allowed to get into debt. This Napoli have had an international-calibre Coach like Benitez and now one with a universal profile like Ancelotti.“We haven’t missed anything. I’m a football industrialist, like it or not but that’s how it goes.“I have to combine the factors of production with economic ones. With Mazzarri, we got into the Champions League with a wage bill of €35m.“Now we can say it has quadrupled. Juve and Inter got themselves into debt, Milan are on the brink and we’ve always been righteous and competitive.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Professor Pinnock was speaking at a leadership development webinar focusing on the Blue Ocean Strategy, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on Monday (January 7). “We can use the blue ocean shift as a real tool. What we need is not principals who were first-class teachers; we need chief executive officers (CEOs) to run our schools,” he said. President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, is encouraging heads of educational institutions to employ the Blue Ocean Strategy as a transformational tool. Story Highlights President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, is encouraging heads of educational institutions to employ the Blue Ocean Strategy as a transformational tool.“We can use the blue ocean shift as a real tool. What we need is not principals who were first-class teachers; we need chief executive officers (CEOs) to run our schools,” he said.Professor Pinnock was speaking at a leadership development webinar focusing on the Blue Ocean Strategy, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on Monday (January 7).The Blue Ocean Strategy is a management and leadership paradigm that is based on the idea that every enterprise can achieve higher profit by creating new demand in non-competitive markets.The idea is that instead of struggling to survive in the shark-infested “Red Oceans” of vicious competition, entities should move to the “Blue Oceans” where there is little or no competition.Professor Pinnock noted that this strategy has been practised at the CMU over the last 12 years, through the utilisation of transformational teaching and learning to meet industry needs.“We go from industry to classroom as opposed to classroom to industry. As a result, we enjoy the highest placement of graduates in jobs within six months after completion, of which 89 per cent find their way into productive employment,” he said.Professor Pinnock said utilisation of the Blue Economy Strategy has also resulted in student enrolment moving from 289 to 6,000, the staff complement growing from 38 to over 900, and revenue increasing by 6,479 per cent in 10 years.In addition, the CMU moved from offering 14 programmes to now boasting more than 400 programmes.During the event, Professor Pinnock also participated in a panel discussion involving individuals who would have used the Blue Ocean Strategy in their own spaces. The other panelists werePrincipal of the UWI, Professor Dale Webber; President of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Lincoln Edwards; Executive Dean, Caribbean School of Medical Sciences, Jamaica, Dr. Neville Graham; Labour Market Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Fernando Yitzack Pavon; and Chief Executive Officer of the Wisynco Group Limited, William Mahfood.The webinar, held under the theme, ‘Achieving Sustained Organisational Success: the Blue Ocean Perspective’, was streamed live on platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, and targeted the more than 1,000 principals and 26,000 teachers within the education system.It was hosted by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), in partnership with the CMU.
If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see. Send an email to [email protected] FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have received reports that a tanker truck has gone off the road at Mile 55 on the Alaska Highway.It is reported that police are on the scene.We will bring you more updates as soon as information is made available.
Patna: Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s “reluctance” to contest Lok Sabha polls from Begusarai was comparable to a kid refusal to attend school in the event of failing to complete his homework, the CPI candidate from the seat Kanhaiya Kumar has said.”Watched the news on TV and learnt that the BJP minister known for sending off people to Pakistan on free of cost tours is not ready to come to Begusarai for contesting the polls”, Kumar said in a Facebook post late Monday night wherein he did not mention Singh by name. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA firebrand BJP leader, Giriraj Singh had caused a stir ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he said “those opposed to Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan.” He has continued with similar outbursts since then, the latest instance being his threat that those not coming out in support of the Prime Ministers Patna rally on March 3 would be deemed “anti-national” even though he himself ended up remaining absent on account of ill-health. “I have a nephew who, similarly, refuses to go to school whenever he fails to do his homework. But even he never thinks of sending the teacher to Pakistan. Neither does he hate anybody nor he wants to get anybody expelled Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Awardfrom the school”, Kanhaiya Kumar added sarcastically in the post. “This is the real India, vastly different from the shrill debates one watches on news channels”, the former JNU students union president, who first came into limelight upon being booked for sedition in connection with alleged raising of anti-national slogans at a function held inside the varsity premises. Kumars remarks came in the backdrop of Singh expressing unhappiness over his Nawada seat going to ally LJP this time. On Monday, he camped in New Delhi where he is believed to have tried to apprise the BJPs top leadership of his sentiments.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to consider BSP supremo Mayawati’s plea challenging the EC’s 48-hr campaign ban on her and expressed satisfaction over the poll body’s action against leaders making hate speeches. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Mayawati’s counsel to file a separate appeal against the poll panel’s order. Taking note of the EC action, the court said it seems the poll body has “woken up” and barred various politicians from poll campaigning for varying hours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that no further order was required for now. The Election Commission on Monday imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Adityanath for 72 hours and on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Mayawati for 48 hours from Tuesday for their “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. A 72-hour campaign ban has also been imposed on Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan for his alleged “khaki underwear” jibe against actor-politician Jaya Prada, who is his rival BJP candidate in Rampur Lok Sabha seat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Yoga teacher based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeking a direction to the EC to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on caste and religion in the media in the run up to general elections. The all-India ban on all four leaders — two from the ruling BJP and two from opposition parties — came into force from 6 am Tuesday. While Adityanath, Mayawati and Gandhi were found guilty of violating the model code, the EC said Khan not only violated the poll code, he also disregarded its November 2013 directive asking politicians to desist from “deeds or actions construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women”. For the first time a pan-India ban has been imposed on politicians, while any restriction on a chief minister and a union minister is unprecedented. Mayawati alleged the order has been passed “under pressure” and it would be remembered as a “black day” in the EC’s history. She has faced action for appealing to Muslims to not vote for the Congress to avoid their anti-BJP votes getting divided. Her alliance partner and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the EC whether it is capable to issue similar directives to the prime minister to stop him from asking for votes in name of the Army. The EC order to bar Adityanath and Mayawati came soon after the Supreme Court asked the poll watchdog about the action it has initiated against them. The apex court had on Monday expressed displeasure over the Election Commission not taking quick action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaigning and decided to examine the ambit of its power following submission that it was “toothless”. The bench had taken the cases of alleged communal speeches of Mayawati and Adityanath and asked the EC about the action taken so far against them while deciding to examine the statutory powers of poll panel to deal with the violation of model code of conduct (MCC). The EC’s counsel had said: “The power of the EC in this behalf is very limited. We can issue notice and seek reply but we cannot de-recognise a party or disqualify a candidate…we can only issue advisories and in case of a repeat offence, register a complaint.” Reacting sharply, the bench had said, “So you are basically saying you are toothless and powerless against hate speeches.” It had then said that besides sending a notice, an advisory and a criminal case can be filed only against such leader. “It is stated by the counsel appearing for the EC that the power of the ECI for violation of the Model Code of Conduct by making hate speeches on grounds of religion, caste etc is circumscribed to issuing of notice and upon consideration of the reply to issue advisories. “Only in case of repeated violation of the advisories, the EC has the power to file an FIR with the Police for initiation of criminal proceedings,” the bench had noted in the order. The apex court, on April 8, had issued notice to the Centre and the poll panel on the PIL seeking direction to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on castes and religions in the media in the run up to general elections.