No puja without helmet, temple priests tell bikers

first_imgOver the years, different approaches have been tried to coax, persuade, and threaten two-wheeler riders into wearing helmets — from print and TV advertisements to fines, and awareness campaigns. Now, the Odisha police are trying out yet another: they have persuaded the priests of the highly revered Maa Sarala temple in Jagatsinghpur district to refuse the special puja for vehicles if the owners turn up without helmets.The temple, believed to be more than 1,000 years old, attracts thousands of devotees from Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack and Puri districts. In what has become a prevalent ritual, owners of two-wheelers take their new vehicles (as well as the old ones) to the temple for a special puja and seek the deity’s blessing for safe rides.The Jagatsinghpur police estimate that 10 new vehicles (on special occasions such as Sankranti, this could go up to 50) are brought to the temple every day for puja. Of the total 16,004 motor vehicles registered in the district, 13,203 are two-wheelers. “In view of the high number of road accidents, a meeting was held between priests and the police and it was agreed that the priests will refuse to perform the puja unless the owner of the two-wheeler brings the helmet along with the motorcycle for the puja,” said Jagatsinghpur Superintendent of Police Jai Narayan Pankaj. The temple’s head priest Sudam Charan Panda has said he would make all efforts to ensure the implementation of this new strategy, in close coordination with the police outpost.On Sunday, as part of the Road Safety Week campaign, 60 students of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar, danced to popular Bollywood numbers in front of Bhawani Mall in Bhubaneswar. The dance by the flash mob was accompanied by announcements on road safety, even as students held up placards with catchy slogans on the theme.Road fatalities are a major concern in Odisha.last_img read more

Windfall for Odisha tribals if single-use plastic is banned

first_imgAs the focus is likely to shift to alternative products from single-use plastic that India plans to ban, millions of people, especially tribals residing in Odisha’s forest-rich regions, expect an upturn in their income.Close to five million people in Odisha are currently involved in plate-making using both hand and machine stitching methods. They depend on two major leaves of forest species – sal and siali – for their earnings.“Odisha’s leaf plate and cup market is worth ₹1,500 crore. While 2.5 million people mostly tribals are sal leaf pluckers, 1.5 million are siali leaf pluckers. Around one million are connected with other leaves,” said Chittaranjan Pani, a leading expert on non-timber forest product trade.As soon as plastic products are banned, the focus will shift to degradable materials and leaf plates and cups are one of the obvious choices. In 22 of the 30 districts of Odisha, inhabitants of forest-fringe villages are traditionally involved in leaf-plate making. In some districts, tribal women have already formed federations to get a better deal in the trade.last_img read more

Bali Pure books semis seat with sweep of Pocari

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Alex Mallari proving his worth with NLEX LATEST STORIES Jerrili Malabanan had a game-high 14 points to lead the Water Defenders while Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Jeanette Panaga and Pablo had 10 points apiece to lead the Lady Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Bali Pure was on the receiving end of a freebie when Myla Pablo’s hit went long and that proved to be the last play of the elimination stages. “This is a no-pressure game for both sides because if we lose we still have a playoff against BanKo Perlas and Pocari’s standing won’t even budge,” said Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But, we still won and I’m thankful to my players because I called their attention after we played poorly the past few games.” The Water Defenders suffered back-to-back losses before reestablishing themselves against Adamson University in their penultimate elimination game and those two setbacks deeply hampered Bali Pure’s momentum in the middle of the preliminaries. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Bali Pure Water Defenders. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure made quick work of Pocari Sweat, taking a three-set win, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23, to cap off its elimination round campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Water Defenders locked up the fourth seed with a 4-3 record and, in the process, eliminated BanKo Perlas off the top four while the Lady Warriors, who are also semis-bound, finished the preliminaries with a 5-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Baseball Great Minoso Dead at 90

first_imgCHICAGO — Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game’s first black Latino star, has died, a medical examiner in Illinois said March 1.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso’s age but the Chicago White Sox say he was 90.Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.“We have lost our dear friend and a great man,” White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a release. “Many tears are falling.”Minoso made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949 and was dealt to the White Sox in a three-team trade two years later. He became major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago on May 1, 1951, and homered in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Vic Raschi.It was the start of a beautiful relationship between the slugger and the White Sox.Minoso, regarded as baseball’s first black Latino star, was a Havana native who spent most of his career in left field. He is one of only two players to appear in a major league game in five different decades.He got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0-for-2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox, who tried unsuccessfully over the years to get the “Cuban Comet” into baseball’s Hall of Fame.“When I watched Minnie Minoso play, I always thought I was looking at a Hall of Fame player,” Reinsdorf said in an informational package produced by the team for a 2011 Cooperstown push. “I never understood why Minnie wasn’t elected.“He did everything. He could run, he could field, he could hit with power, he could bunt and steal bases. He was one of the most exciting players I have ever seen.”Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso Arrieta was selected for nine All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves in left. He was hit by a pitch 192 times, ninth on baseball’s career list, and finished in the top four in AL MVP voting four times.Despite the push by the White Sox and other prominent Latin players, Minoso has never made it to Cooperstown.His highest percentage during his 15 years on the writers’ ballot was 21.1 in 1988. He was considered by the Veterans Committee in 2014 and fell short of the required percentage for induction.“My last dream is to be in Cooperstown, to be with those guys,” Minoso said in that 2011 package distributed by the White Sox. “I want to be there. This is my life’s dream.”Minoso, who made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949, hit .298 for his career with 186 homers and 1,023 RBIs. The speedy Minoso also led the AL in triples and steals three times in each category.Playing in an era dominated by the Yankees, Minoso never played in the postseason.“Every young player in Cuba wanted to be like Minnie Minoso, and I was one of them,” Hall of Fame slugger Tony Perez said.“The way he played the game, hard all the time, hard. He was very consistent playing the game. He tried to win every game. And if you want to be like somebody, and I picked Minnie, you have to be consistent.”Minoso appeared in just nine games in his first stint with the Indians, but he took off when he was dealt to Chicago as part of a three-team trade in 1951 that also involved the Philadelphia Athletics.He went deep in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Raschi, and hit .375 in his first 45 games with the White Sox.Minoso finished that first season in Chicago with a .326 batting average, 10 homers and 76 RBIs in 146 games for the Indians and White Sox. He also had a major league-best 14 triples and an AL-best 31 steals.It was Minoso’s first of eight seasons with at least a .300 batting average. He also had four seasons with at least 100 RBIs. “I have baseball in my blood,” Minoso said. “Baseball is all I’ve ever wanted to do.”___By Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer. AP writer Caryn Rousseau contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rohit Sharma rested for India A’s four-day game against New Zealand A

first_imgRohit Sharma has been rested for India A’s first four-day match against New Zealand A starting November 16. India A will play three unofficial Tests against New Zealand A and also three one dayers.The ‘A’ team includes Test regulars as the small tour is being seen as warm-up to the Test series for Australia, which starts December 6.Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side that features the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari, and Parthiv Patel from the squad that will play Australia.Rohit was originally named in the India A squad for the first unofficial Test in New Zealand but was advised rest by the BCCI medical team keeping in mind his workload.”Mr Rohit Sharma, who was originally named in India A’s squad for the first four-day match against New Zealand A, has been advised rest by the BCCI Medical Team in consultation with the team management and the All-India Senior Selection Committee. The decision was taken keeping in mind his recent workload,” BCCI said in a statement.”He will now travel with India’s T20 squad that will leave for Australia on November 16, 2018 from Mumbai,” the press release added.Rohit is also part of the India squad to face Australia in a four-match Test series starting December 6.Rohit was in the side when India toured South Africa in January for a three-match series. He was preferred over Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI but was dropped from the team after poor show in the first two Tests.advertisementAlso read – Rohit Sharma should go out and express himself in Australia: Sachin TendulkarHe also did not find a place in the squad for a one-off Test against Afghanistan in June and five-match series in England in August-September.He, however, continued to play impressive cricket in the limited-overs formats and recently notched up his fourth century in Twenty20 Internationals.”I am not thinking about the Test match. I am someone who doesn’t think too far ahead. All I am thinking is going back, taking few days off, and take the flight to Australia. If I try and stay in present, it works for me,” Rohit said while addressing the media after India thrashed West Indies 3-0 in the T20 series.READ – Rohit Sharma says he is not thinking of Test return after call up for Australia seriesRohit has played 25 Test matches since making his debut in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series in 2013. He has scored three hundreds and 9 fifties but has lacked consistency.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests and three ODIs.Also watchlast_img read more

ATK rope in former Portsmouth midfielder Baker

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: ATK rope in former Portsmouth midfielder Carl Baker Last updated 2 years ago 14:10 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carl Baker Morecombe 09252007 Getty Indian Super League Portsmouth ATK The Kolkata franchise have confirmed their fifth foreign signing for the Indian Super League (ISL) season 4 ATK have completed the signing of English attacking midfielder Carl Baker for the fourth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).After Robbie Keane, José Egas dos Santos Branco, Conor Thomas and Jussi Albert Jääskeläinen, Baker becomes the fifth foreign signing at the club.Baker spent his youth career at Liverpool and has primarily spent his senior club career with English Championship and League One outfits such as Coventry City among the well known. Having clocked almost 500 minutes with near to a hundred goals to his name, this will be the first time the 34-year-old will play for a non-English club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina We welcome @CarlBaker7 to the #ATK family! #AamarBukeyATK— Atlético de Kolkata (@atletidekolkata) September 4, 2017Welcoming the attacking midfielder, who can also be used as a winger, the principal owner of ATK Sanjiv Goenka said, “We welcome Carl Baker to be a part of the ATK family. I am sure his experience of playing top tier leagues in England will help ATK in the forthcoming season of the ISL. We are already on our way to consolidate our team and the coaching staff is making some worthy choices to form a strong side.””It feels great to sign for a champion side like ATK. I am eager to experience Indian football which is going through some exciting times with ISL gaining popularity. I have heard about the fans who are passionate about this beautiful game and hopefully I can give them enough reasons to rejoice by the end of the season,” Baker commented on his move.last_img read more

Van Dijk: I don’t care about being booed

first_imgVirgil van Dijk says he does not really care when opposing fans boo him in the wake of jeers from England supporters in the Nations League.The Dutch centre-back was booed every time he touched the ball in the Netherlands’ Nations League semi-final victory over England.That victory pushed the Dutch into the finale, where they fell 1-0 to Portugal on Sunday thanks to a Goncalo Guedes goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Van Dijk was again signalled out in Porto as a number of England fans were again in attendance in the hope that they would see their side in action.But he insists it not something that bothers him on the pitch.”I don’t really care, if somebody boos me or boos the team, we’re trying to win the game,” he said following Sunday’s defeat.”We know we have a lot of support behind us anyway and at the end of the day it’s us players who have to do the job, and it doesn’t affect me at all.”Sunday’s defeat was a diffiuclt one for the Dutch, who bounced back from missing the 2018 World Cup by making the finale of the new UEFA tournament.Van Dijk and team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum were hoping to cap off a spectacular season that saw Liverpool lift the Champions League title with yet another trophy on Sunday, but it was not to be as the Netherlands fell short in a tournament final once again.”Well, yeah, obviously we wanted to win, that’s the main thing,” he said.”We have to keep our heads up high, recover from all of this, learn from this whole experience, because we have a young group, and make sure we qualify for the Euros. He added: “It’s a total different team we faced. I think they wait for our mistakes, they sit back a little bit and let us have the ball, and I think the pace of the game was not high, especially the first half, but I don’t think they had too big chances, and were a bit luckier in the end than we were.”Looking ahead, towards Euro 2020 qualification, the defender says he feels the Dutch side is in a better place than it once was, and he believes the Nations League run will be a springboard to bigger and better for this group “I think before this tournament if someone said we would be in the final, we would beat France, Germany, England, then somebody would say you’re crazy, so we have to be proud of ourselves,” he said.”We made big progress as a team, in and out of the pitch, so we have to keep going and make sure we qualify for the Euros.”last_img read more

World Cup 2019: What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?

first_img India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 00:00 IST World Cup 2019 semi-final qualification scenario (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan will be hoping New Zealand beat England on Wednesday in Chester-le-StreetEngland are currently sitting 4th with 10 points and Pakistan 5th with 9 pointsIndia and Australia are the only 2 teams to have qualified for World Cup 2019 semi-finals so farIndia beat Bangladesh by 28 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday to get their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign back on track. Virat Kohli’s men became the 2nd team after Australia to seal a spot in the semi-finals.With the Birmingham win, India also ended Bangladesh’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals.As of July 2, only 2 semi-final spots are up for grabs and five matches are remaining in the group stages of World Cup 2019.Only 2 of them can influence the semi-final line-up and the remaining are dead rubbers. Hosts’ England’s clash vs New Zealand on Wednesday, July 3 in Chester-le-Street and Pakistan’s big-ticket match against Asian rivals Bangladesh in Lord’s on July 5 are the ones that matter.Pakistan fans, who were disappointed with India’s loss to England on Sunday, will be watching Wednesday’s match between New Zealand and England keenly.Here’s how the World Cup 2019 semi-final qualification scenarios look like as of July 2 (after India’s big win over Bangladesh in Birmingham) India Today PhotoAustralia: QualifedIndia: QualifiedNew ZealandMatches to play: England on July 3New Zealand are currently sitting on the 3rd spot of the 10-team points table with 11 points from 8 matches. They have a positive net run rate of +0.572.A win over England on Wednesday will help them seal their place in the semi-finals. However, a defeat will make things interesting.If England beat New Zealand, the hosts will make the last four. If New Zealand lose badly (by more than 200 runs) and Pakistan beat Bangladesh by a big margin, then Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men can pip the Black Caps into the semi-finals.EnglandadvertisementMatches to play: New Zealand on July 3England are sitting on the 4th spot with 10 points from 8 matches. A win over New Zealand will help them seal their place in the semi-finals.England can qualify even if they don’t beat New Zealnad on Wednesday but for that to happen they will have to hope Bangladesh beat Pakistan at Lord’s on Friday.PakistanMatches to play: Bangladesh on July 5Pakistan will be hoping New Zealand beat England on Tuesday. If that happens, all Pakistan need to do is beat Bangladesh and make the semi-finals.However, if England beat New Zealand on Wednesday, their chances take a massive hit.For Pakistan to qualify even after an England win, New Zealand need to lose by a huge margin on Wednesday and Pakistan need to beat Bangladesh by as big a margin.Keep in mind, Pakistan’s net run rate is -0.792, well below New Zealand’s.Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and South Africa have lost out on semi-final chances.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as India beat Bangladesh to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli in furious argument with umpires after losing reviewAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 87-year-old fan cheering for Team India is becoming an internet sensationAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Bangladesh vs IndiaFollow Qualification scenario Next World Cup 2019: What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?Pakistan would be hoping New Zealand beat England on Wednesday. However, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men can qualify even if England beat the Black Caps. Here’s how.advertisementlast_img read more

First ministers meeting could be most contentious political summit for Trudeau so

first_imgMONTREAL (NEWS 1130) – Political tensions have been running high in Montreal, as the prime minister and the premiers sit down for the First ministers meeting.It is a testy day of talks. Premiers have a long list of contentious issues to address with the prime minister. Rumours are flying that Ontario’s Doug Ford may even walk out of the session, which is focused on his key topic.“The job-killing carbon tax, that’s an important issue,” Ford said.”Everything’s going alright” says Premier @fordnation during a break in the first Ministers Meeting. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 7, 2018In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the plan and even took a veiled shot at Ford by praising Quebec’s cap and trade system, which Ford abolished in Ontario.“Right here in Quebec, the cap and trade system has proven to be a successful market-based approach to reducing pollution.”Opening remarks by Justin Trudeau. He praises Quebec for cap and trade. Sore point for Ford and other Premiers who are challenging the feds in court— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) December 7, 2018The meeting was supposed to be focused on inter-provincial trade, but has been more about the carbon tax, oil crisis, and pipelines.Meanwhile, Alberta is demanding federal action over critically low oil prices. “[It is] huge contributor to our GDP — hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.”Trudeau vows to support those affected, “whether they are oil and gas workers in Alberta, hit hard by the price differential or GM workers in Oshawa.”Manitoba’s premier is concerned too many topics have been added to the agenda, and fears not much will be accomplished.last_img read more

Iakwahwatsiratatie Language Nest in Kahnawàke hopes to spread language lessons after infusion

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsAlex Tekonwahkwen:ni Cross always wanted to learn her Mohawk language but never really had the opportunity.Now that she’s the mother of a five-month old, she enjoys her time in the Language Nest – where every word is in Kanienke’Ha.“Everyone here is supporting each other and they are helping each other and right down to your child,” she said.“I am sitting there and trying to learn someone might come in and hold your baby for you while you are learning and give it back to you so it is very supportive here.”The Language Nest launched four years ago to address the loss of Mohawk as a first language.“It is a natural environment right, a home environment but there is also some structures implemented throughout the day to help the parents as second language learners,” said Tatum Leronhienhewi McComber.“So it is very important to have the natural environment for the children to learn the language as their first language because the parents are learning as a second language they get the grammatical structures.”The program just got a big financial boost from the federal government.The Department of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism is providing $275,558 over two years to “preserve and promote the Mohawk language.”Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to Crown-Indigenous Relations, and a Mohawk speakers, said this is a step toward a path for promoting Indigenous languages.“With great respect for the efforts that people have made to preserve the language to struggle and hopefully the struggle will be lessen the next few years as we engage in a path which a lot of people is quite difficult but very important but a path of mutual respect that includes promotion of indigenous languages,” he said.Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton said it is not the responsibility of the Canadian government to preserve the language – but they have to support it.‘’It is not their responsibility it is ours but it is the responsibility of the government of Canada as well as other institutions to ensure that they support these activities.“It is the oppression it is all of the things that were done to us historically to take away that language now we are bringing it back and it is time for the government to support what we are doing that is the way I look at it’’For Cross, the dream of having her daughter speak Mohawk as a first language is coming true.“Sometimes when you leave here I am thinking in Mohawk but I do not know what these words mean,” she said.“But I know that it is starting to sink in and it is starting to work you know.”The federal government announced $89.9 million over three years on Indigenous languages and culture across the country.It also promised to introduce legislation to protect languages in law.20 consultation sessions were held to hear from people across the country.According to Canadian Heritage, the legislation is scheduled to be tabled in the House of Commons by the end of the read more

EUs new support To Morocco new sign if Its commitment towards

first_imgBrussels  –   The new 176.9 million Euro extended to Morocco by the European Union reflects anew the EU commitment for Morocco and its social development, said the European commission.These funds come to support the new government which will need to apply a series of reforms, the release says, pointing out that it is part of the 2013 work program meant to back Morocco’s gradual anchoring to the EU and support the Moroccan education strategy launched in 2008.A part of these funds, worth 87 million Euros, will go to the “succeeding the advanced status” program meant to support the Kingdom’s efforts to adapt its legislation to the EU’s for gradual integration with the European market. The 89.9 million Euro-worth backing to the education strategy seeks to secure fair access to basic education nationwide in order to improve the quality and governance of education.last_img read more

Slovenias new asylum law could jeopardize refugees – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today said new legislation in Slovenia could jeopardize people in need of international protection.“We are disappointed over the Slovene Parliament’s vote on Monday in favour of amendments to the country’s asylum law,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The agency has warned that there was a “real danger” that they could lead to persons in need of international protection being deported to countries where their life or freedom is threatened, which is contrary to international law.Slovenia is the latest country to downgrade its standards in the asylum law along the lines of the minimum standards in the European Union qualification directive, according to UNHCR. “When this directive was issued, UNHCR warned about the danger that EU countries would interpret it as setting the maximum standards whereas, in fact, it only sets minimum norms which member states are free to exceed,” Mr. Redmond said, urging all 25 EU countries to instead raise those standards as they adjust national laws to meet regional standards. read more

Half of Central African Republics people need aid Security Council discusses peace

Addressing the Security Council alongside CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous lauded the efforts of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in helping to pave the way for the gradual stabilization and restoration of State authority.“As MINUSCA illustrates, when peacekeeping has the right leadership and capabilities, it can play an irreplaceable role in supporting national efforts, and with international partners, promote and support reforms that are essential to the sustainable resolution of a country’s conflict.”Mr. Ladsous noted the security and operational efforts in the city of Bambari have loosened the armed groups’ grip, and led all of the main 14 armed groups to join a national committee on disarmament.The move is important for a nationwide disarmament programme, without which, Mr. Ladsous noted, MINUSCA peacekeepers will be unable to provide security by force in a territory the size of France. To further such progress, the World Bank has said that it would provide $30 million for social reintegration of fighters in a national programme on disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation. Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Central African Republic (CAR), Michel Yao. Photo: OCHA A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Central African Republic. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “Let us not leave Central African Republic to become a forgotten or neglected crisis by the international community”, said the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao, alongside the Minister of Humanitarian, Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua, at a briefing session for donors yesterday in Yaoundé, Cameroon.The UN and its humanitarian partners had appealed for $399.5 million to aid CAR as part of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan. To date, only five per cent of that amount – roughly $19 million – has been raised. Mr. Yao warned that without adequate funding, the country risks plunging into an acute humanitarian crisis.The situation is particularly concerning because aid workers deliver much of the basic social services. For example, more than half of the health infrastructure is managed by the humanitarian community. Among other issues he raised, Mr. Ladsous called on the international community to follow through on $2.2 billion worth of pledges made at the Brussels conference hosted by the European Union in November. Supporting development to build peaceIn addition to peacekeeping efforts, the Council was briefed today on the peace building programs, including the work being coordinated by the UN, the European Union and the World Bank. These three organizations are working to, respectively, support peace, review the social contract between the population and the Government, and promote economic recovery. In his address, Omar Hilale, the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, who briefed in his capacity as the Chair of the CAR Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, announced that he would visit CAR “soon” to discuss the main challenges and ways to optimize the international community’s support.The Peacebuilding Commission works between the Security Council, the General Assembly, whose membership includes all 193 Member States, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which works with the 14 specialized UN agencies, to address root causes of conflict in a country and try to stabilize it before conflict breaks out or help it restabilize after fighting.Half of the country in dire need of aidCAR also faces an immediate humanitarian crisis. The upsurge in violence since last September has left roughly 2.2 million people – half of the population – in dire need of aid, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today announced. In addition, the fighting since the upsurge in fighting last September, one in five Central Africans are either displaced or a refugee in a neighbouring country. read more

Kevin Love Is Only Following The Same Rubric As Six Decades Of

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love made news Monday when he endorsed Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA MVP race. Now, normally that wouldn’t be much of a story — we’ve made the case for Westbrook ourselves — except for one not-so-tiny detail: Love picked Westbrook over his own teammate, LeBron James.Asked to choose between Westbrook (Love’s old college teammate at UCLA) and James by Dan Patrick on his eponymous radio show, Love said:They’re both having an MVP-type season, but I’m going to go with Russell Westbrook because … every single night you’re looking at his stat sheet, they’re fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs. … I think Russ is arguably having the better season.The supposed slight between teammates was later downplayed by James (“Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that.”). But to some, it added to the speculation about a growing rift between the two superstars — and what it could mean for Love’s future in Cleveland. If he chooses to, Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.Then again, maybe Love was just following the same rubric that MVP voters have adhered to for over a half-century. Several years ago, Justin Kubatko (then of analyzed historical patterns in NBA MVP voting, attempting to create an algorithm that would predict the front-runners for the award in-season. After going through a variety of statistical combinations, he found that four categories had by far the most influence on MVP results: team wins, points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.That research forms the basis for’s MVP tracker tool, which currently gives Westbrook about twice as good a shot at the award as James. While James’ team has been better, winning 64 percent of its games — compared with 58 percent for Oklahoma City — Westbrook’s edges over James in points, rebounds and assists per game are traditionally more than enough to offset the difference in team records. The Thunder’s winning percentage would have to drop to 48 percent for Westbrook and James to have the same MVP probability per the model.(For what it’s worth, the metric also lists Houston’s James Harden and — especially — Golden State’s Stephen Curry as overwhelming MVP favorites, with Curry garnering a 41 percent probability of taking home the hardware. So it’s still unlikely that Westbrook or James will win the award.)In other words, Love isn’t necessarily going out of his way to disrespect James here. Perhaps the homer pick — publicly backing one’s teammate despite evidence to the contrary — is still a customary gesture of solidarity among colleagues. But by picking Westbrook instead, Love was at least highly consistent with the way media members have voted for players since the first MVP was handed out. read more

Igloo ice cream parlour opens at Stabroek

A customer enjoying an Igloo ice cream cone from the new location.Local ice-cream pioneer, Sterling Products Ltd. (SPL) has opened a new outlet to make its premium Igloo Ice Cream available to customers near Stabroek Market Square in the heart of Georgetown.The new outlet was launched on March 1, 2019 and is strategically located on the upper-story of the KFC fast-food restaurant adjacent to Stabroek Market.It provides a cool, clean and comfortable getaway where customers can enjoy delicious, refreshing Igloo ice-cream above the hustle and bustle of the market square.CEO of SPL, Mr. Ramsay Ali said the new outlet is part of the company’s ongoing expansion in order to meet customers’  demand for Igloo ice cream. He added that the new branch will serve an extended range of top-quality ice creams, including exciting new flavours and variants to delight both adults and children.He noted that the array of ice cream flavours available at the Stabroek parlour is intended to deliver the best quality value to a broad spectrum of customers, catering for those who are inclined to stick to old favourites, as well as those who are tempted to try out tantalizing new varieties.While the Stabroek outlet will be fully stocked with standard ice cream flavours, it will also offer newly-created varieties including pistachio, strawberry-cheesecake, cherry-vanilla, mint-chocolate, midnight-cookies-and-cream, maple-almond, marshmallow, fudge brownie and piecrust.He added that the company is constantly seeking to add value for customers by creating new flavours and enhancing the taste, all under the strictest hygienic conditions. He disclosed that SPL invested about US$1M in the last half of 2018 to enhance quality and expand production.Additionally, Sterling Products Ltd. continues to conduct customer service training to its employees to ensure that visitors to Igloo outlets are pleased with all aspects of the service offered. Employees are paid competitive salaries and enjoy comfortable working conditions, so that they are happy to work with the company, Ali asserted.Sterling Products Limited was established in Guyana some 62 years back (1954) under IS0 9001 quality management.The Igloo ice cream continues to move from strength to strength in the Guyanese market by producing a high-quality product that is unmatched for sheer accessibility and ease of purchase, like the newest outlet above KFC near Stabroek Market square overlooking the Demerara River.Prior to the launch of the Stabroek Market branch, SPL launched a branch at Enmore branch in 2018. [Extracted and Modified from Sterling Products Press Statement] Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSterling Products Limited takes Ice-cream magic to EnmoreNovember 7, 2018In “Business”Igloo Ice Cream donates footwear to Wakapoa studentsSeptember 7, 2014In “Local News”Huge profit losses due to Essequibo power outagesDecember 12, 2013In “Local News” read more

Backpack Emergency Medical Grab Bag saves lives underground and in remote mining

first_imgA unique backpack emergency medical kit, which holds all the key components needed to monitor and stabilise a patient’s condition in an emergency, has been developed by Wales-based OMI. The ‘OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag’ has been designed by the company’s MD Dr David Irons, and is based on his great experience of practising medicine and dealing with emergencies in remote locations all around the world – from Argentina to Borneo. He distilled this experience into the unique design of the Grab Bag whilst reviewing the medical services of one of the largest multinational mining companies in the world. The highly durable bag is an ideal piece of equipment for every mining site – giving on-site personnel the opportunity to provide life-saving treatment whether being guided by telemedical services on a satellite phone or being used by paramedics or doctors; it works on every level of expertise. Over the last few years, his range of medical emergency packs have become the first choice in medical support on hundreds of ocean-going vessels. Now all that experience has been concentrated into a single, all-purpose piece of kit that can be used in a wide range of land-based locations – including deep and open-pit mines.The OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag weighs in at 19kg (41.8lb) and can be carried as a backpack or in three separate sections – which also makes it easier to stow away when space is restricted. Waist and chest support straps distribute the weight evenly and the broad, padded straps make it surprisingly comfortable to carry.It quickly zips open into three easy stages to give you almost every essential piece of medical kit you could need to monitor, resuscitate and stabilise a patient – including drugs, sutures, bandages, oxygen, even a defibrillator. The most important items are available immediately to hand, and everything is in logical order.  Every aspect of the contents has been thoroughly thought through – from a head torch to work in the dark to easy-to-follow ‘panic instructions’ in simple words and diagrams.Moreover, clients can subscribe to a 24-hour remote backup from anywhere in the world, giving access to experienced medical staff should they be needed to talk through handling a medical emergency.The OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag has been extensively tested in the harshest wet weather and humidity conditions, it is fire retardant and anti-fungus/bacterial, and also very heavily padded to take knocks. Notify RMI each time a piece of equipment or consumable is used and a replacement can be shipped.For major clients there are customised training sessions and videos. And while standard OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bags have instructions in English, these can be supplied in any language.The standard OMI Remote Emergency Medical Grab Bag is in a conspicuous, bright blue colour, but OMI will discuss specific requirements with clients – including branded and ‘high vis’ materials. It can also customise the contents.last_img read more

CSIRO and Gekkos OLGA receiving good reception at Queensland gold mine

first_imgField trials for the CSIRO-developed Online Gold Analyser (OLGA) are showing such positive results at a Queensland gold mine that the technology is expected to be ready for market this year, the research organisation reported recently.OLGA is an X-ray fluorescence-based technology capable of detecting gold in slurry with around 1,000-times better accuracy than conventional methods – and in real time, according to CSIRO.#The analyser, which will be available through technology and services company Gekko Systems, detects gold (and other elements) contained in a continuous process stream.OLGA can detect gold in slurries at 10 parts per billion using a pair of X-ray lenses that greatly magnify the slurry’s fluorescent gold signal as it passes through a tank.“Normally you take samples from a stream and send that sample to a laboratory,” CSIRO Research Group Leader, Yves Van Haarlem, said. “If you’re lucky the lab is onsite, but even then the turnaround time for analysis can be 10 to 12 hours. That’s probably too late to do something about it. With OLGA you can act on what you’re seeing almost immediately.”Conventional X-ray Fluorescence is already a well-known tool in the base metals industry for the monitoring and control of concentration plants, but they tend to have less accurate detection limits – usually in the tens to hundreds of parts-per-million (ppm) range, precluding their use in precious metal concentrators, according to CSIRO.Richard Goldberg, Gekko’s Head of Innovation and Collaboration, said that other means of detecting gold have been lacking in accuracy and/or the timely availability of results. “We’ve never had the ability to directly monitor gold flows through a plant in real time before,” Dr Goldberg said. “We know that gold grade can vary over relatively short periods and that it will do so between the samples taken as part of traditional process control regimes. As the results from those samples are also delayed, they are unlikely to accurately reflect the changes occurring in the process stream.”Dr Goldberg said OLGA’s value stems from its ability to provide important information in near real time. In effect, the operators of a plant will no longer be blind to changes in its performance, according to CSIRO.Andrew Dixon, Gekko’s Performance Consultant Manager, said the new system is proving its triple bottom line credentials. Economically OLGA allows the processing plant to be controlled to allow maximum efficiency of gold recovery, he said.“This has environmental benefits as well. It will allow you to optimise reagent additions and to reduce any emissions from the plant that may have to be detoxified or treated to be made safe,” he said.This means a plant will end up with less reagent chemicals in the tailings.“It’s also more sustainable – the efficiency improvements will have an effect on the stability of the operation,” Dixon said. “A more stable gold processing operation is always going to be more efficient.”Dr Goldberg said the reaction from gold mining companies that have seen OLGA work in laboratory conditions has been extremely positive and have seen considerable interest in the technology.“We’re currently conducting field trials to ensure it’s a solid product before we fully release it to the market. To date, the trials have been extremely positive,” he said.Dr Van Haarlem said Gekko has been the ideal partner for CSIRO on this technology. “Gekko engineered the whole structure around the analyser so that the slurry can be easily analysed, validation samples can easily be taken, and to provide the robustness required for plant installation,” he said.OLGA is not just about detecting gold concentration. It’s about providing information, according to CSIRO.“You could, for instance, put OLGA on the feed stream and one on the tailings,” Dr Van Haarlem said. “You could then look at what went in and what went out. If there’s too much gold in the tailings compared to the feed then the plant knows immediately that it’s losing gold. All this can then be acted upon.”Dr Goldberg said there has been interest from potential buyers from as far away as Africa, Europe and South America. A fully supported product should be available for these regions later this year, CSIRO said.Dr Van Haarlem said the X-ray optic system is now being tested on platinum and can be used for other metals. Its application could be much more widespread, such as for detecting toxic elements in food and water.Yet, he believes OLGA’s future rests in its potential to revolutionise gold processing plant strategies and to refine logistics.“It will provide a lot of data on real time gold and slurry density, which can then be correlated with other plant parameters,” he said. “It might turn out that if you don’t mill the ore sufficiently, gold recovery suffers. It’s going to show us correlations we didn’t even know were happening. This information can help us to optimise the entire production circuit.”last_img read more

I was taken by the fact that hes such an outsider Adrian

first_imgIN THE UPCOMING documentary, Rough Rider, about Irish journalist and whistleblower Paul Kimmage set to be screened on RTÉ One on 28 July, there are two Paul Kimmages that emerge.On the one hand, there is the cerebral, uncompromising and unapologetically blunt individual eager to expose the cynics and doping apologists who have heavily contributed to the sport’s inextricable links with corruption for so long.Conversely, we also see the softer side of Kimmage. The family man who still feels “like a little kid” when watching the Tour de France.Kimmage loves and loathes the world of pro cycling in equal measure — a point that is very much hammered home in the new work directed by Irish filmmaker Adrian McCarthy. “I knew a little bit about Paul and I was very interested to know about his journey to date as such an outsider, a whistleblower,” McCarthy tells “As somebody who had cycled himself as a pro, he knew what he was talking about.“It was interesting to see how he treated cycling very differently to a lot of the other sports he wrote about because he was very passionate about it. Just from meeting him and doing a bit of homework, I was taken by the fact that he was such an outsider.”The first part of the documentary takes a look at Kimmage’s background — how he fell in love with cycling and cultivated a bittersweet career in the sport, before establishing a reputation as a controversial journalist intent on exposing all its ills.Following this concise snapshot of his rise to fame (or perhaps infamy), the film then takes us to last year’s Tour de France, following Kimmage as he observes proceedings through a journalist’s gaze and asks difficult questions about the state of cycling following USADA’s game-changing revelations. Source: ©INPHO(Paul Kimmage pictured in 1986 after a mountain stage in the Tour de France)One of the most challenging aspects of this somewhat improvisational style of filmmaking, McCarthy says, is of course that both Kimmage and his crew had little idea what obstacles lay ahead of them.“We didn’t know that there was going to be legal issues with him and the UCI. We didn’t know that was going to happen. And a good chunk of those things happened before we had any funding in place at all.“[The producer] Tony Whelan and I were out in Paul’s house. I was doing the filming myself. That was, by coincidence, the week that the UCI had taken action against him. We had no idea that would be happening, so as things evolved, we just had to go with it, we had to keep going.”Moreover, the issue of funding the film was similarly precarious.“Initially, we got some development funding from the Irish Film Board, which was great. It wasn’t a lot of money, but it allowed us to start filming some bits and pieces, and we also got funding from RTÉ. But one of the problems with this job is that we have never had enough funding to make this documentary. Therefore, through it, we’ve always had to pull in a lot of favours from people and ask the crew to either work for nothing, or close to nothing, or half their rates.“It’s a labour of love and a lot of people haven’t got paid a penny to do this. In a way, it’s a ridiculous thing to do, but that’s just the way that it fell.”However, while cash was not exactly free-flowing, McCarthy and his colleagues compensated for these issues through a sheer passion for and belief in the project.“All documentaries are different, but with this one, there was a lot of pressure. You go the extra mile when you’re a director and producer because it’s your baby. Sometimes you can’t expect the rest of the crew to do the same thing, because it’s not their baby, even though they will take some ownership over it. So that became quite difficult, but the majority of people bought into it.” Source: Wildfire Films/VimeoAnd notwithstanding the film being primarily about Kimmage and his fight against the liars and the dopers that have tarnished the image of professional cycling over the years, it is by no means a glowing tribute to him.Although McCarthy says Kimmage was happy with the finished product because “he feels it captures him,” the 52-year-old journalist had no say in the creative direction of the film.Furthermore, while Kimmage’s wife, father and brother all feature at various points in the documentary, unanimously issuing their support for the work he’s undertaken in the process, people who he’s on less friendlier terms with also give their side of the story, including former Irish pro cyclist and Tour de France winner Stephen Roche. The pair famously fell out after a controversial Late Late Show interview, in which Kimmage was reluctant to answer questions about the venerated cyclist, who he had grown up alongside and at one point effectively idolised.Yet despite his strained relationship with Kimmage, Roche was more than happy to contribute to the documentary.“When I did track him down, I explained what I was doing, and we spoke about the fact that their friendship isn’t great, they don’t really talk. Perhaps it would have been easier for him to say ‘thanks but no thanks,’ but he agreed to do it and we filmed him one of the days at the Tour. I admire and respect him for doing that, because he didn’t have to as he knew what the documentary is about.“Because of the subject matter and the sport we’re talking about, it’s fair to say some people ducked and dived [to avoid taking about it], but Stephen didn’t.” Source: Cyclefilm – Cycling Media Production/YouTubeYet one person who isn’t as prominent as some people might expect is Lance Armstrong — the disgraced American cyclist who was exposed partially thanks to journalism undertaken by Kimmage among others.“At the start, we thought that perhaps the Lance story would be a bigger part of it,” McCarthy explains. “The Lance part of the story is important, but the more we got into trying to tell it, the more we realised that it’s a much bigger story than just Lance. He’s the name though, and the amount of people who say ‘oh you’re making the Lance Armstrong documentary’… But when I’m in the cutting room with my editor Mick Mahon, I make those decisions and that’s the way it worked out.”Yet while Armstrong was the most famous person to invoke Kimmage’s wrath, he was by no means the first or the last. As McCarthy concisely puts it, there’s a “bit of that marmite thing to him”.“Sometimes Paul is black and white in his view, but cycling is full of grey. He’s the first one to admit it, he can’t help himself, it just means too much to him.”This list of enemies includes other journalists, some of whom, as McCarthy bluntly puts it, “don’t like him,” owing to his willingness to criticise them publicly and their supposed failure to live up to the high standards he expects of both himself and others.In addition, even McCarthy and his film crew at times bore the brunt of Kimmage’s frustration.“We had our moments, which is not unusual, just because of the pressure we were all under. I was doubling up as a director and a sound man. We had Tony Whelan, who was the producer and also the driver, and did other stuff. And Ronan Fox who doubled up as cameraman and driver. Every night when you finish work, you’ve got hours more work to do because you’re copying across all the footage, getting it ready for tomorrow. And at six o’clock in the morning, you’re on the road again driving for another two hours.“But one of the reasons I find Paul very interesting is that he shoots from the hip. That’s not going to suit a lot of people, a lot of the time. One thing you get from the story is that friendships have been lost between former colleagues.“He speaks his mind and that’s what makes it interesting. He calls it as he sees it. One of the things, more and more so in today’s world, is that people hold back… He’s very passionate.“Paul was an interesting character to spend time with because he has all those edges to him.” Source: Brian Patrick/YouTubeYet there are instances in the film where, behind this ostensibly intimidating persona, there is a determined humanist obsessed with retaining the purity of cycling and ensuring there are no more tragedies.There is thus one particularly pertinent moment, where Kimmage visits Mont Ventoux — the site of the death of British cyclist Tom Simpson during the 1967 Tour de France.“He’s talking about the Simpson memorial and all those young guys who have died from what was rumoured to be EPO. I thought it was a very powerful moment because it gave an insight into what was going on — the bigger picture. A lot of the younger guys had lost their lives to the sport.“A lot has happened in the sport and most people knew it had been going on for years. Nobody shouted stop. If enough people who were respected in the world of cycling were brave enough to stand up and acknowledge what was happening… If enough people had done that, maybe it wouldn’t have happened. But like so many areas in life, the majority do nothing. The majority keep their heads down.”You can watch ‘Rough Rider’ in full on RTÉ One on 28 JulyConor McGregor is going to write a book about his life ‘in and out of the Octagon’>How MMA fighter Ronda Rousey gets down to her fighting weight>last_img read more

Relive These Wacky Miitomo Creations Before Nintendo Shuts It Down

first_img Putting your Miitomo on your lunch is popular. Image: @shabu2oishii<><> It seems like only yesterday that Nintendo shocked the world by finally announcing its plans for smartphone game development in partnership with DeNA. The first “game” out of the gate was the bizarre social networking app/meme creator Miitomo. But despite a wonderfully weird first few weeks, the app ultimately failed to catch fire, and Nintendo pivoted to developing mobile games starring their beloved characters like Mario, Animal Crossing villagers, and Fire Emblem anime wives.Now, about two years after its launch, Nintendo has announced that Miitomo is soon shutting down. Some functionality has already ceased, like in-app purchases, and on May 9 all features in the app will stop, so salvage all the Miis you can. We’re still in mourning for Nintendo’s other strange, dead, Mii-based social network Miiverse, so we’re not taking the news of Miitomo’s demise very well. That’s why we’re looking back on these wacky Miitomo memes from launch week and remembering a time when we thought this app might last forever.Nintendo’s foray into iPhone apps with Miitomo is fascinating for several reasons. First, the company publishing software on a machine they didn’t make is unprecedented. Second, deciding to avoid any of their iconic characters was a ballsy move. Third and weirdest of all: it’s not a game. If you haven’t played it yet, Miitomo is sort of like a social network, where you link up with friends and share answers to questions, all presented by the cartoonish Mii characters first seen on the Wii.It’s tough to say how much of a lifespan Miitomo will have, but with three million downloads so far, it’s certainly the thing of the moment. People are using the Miifoto feature — which lets you take shots of your Mii and others in a panoply of poses, overlay text, and so on — for some pretty ridiculous portraits. Here’s a gallery of some of the funniest things that went down over Miitomo‘s first weekend. Somehow we doubt that Nintendo predicted many of the Miitomo shenanigans we saw there. As the program grows, new clothes get added, and new features rolled out, we’re sure that the wacky pics will flow like spice. There are more insane Miitomo creations all over the web, from appearances by the Goatse guy right to the insane things we’ve made here at Geek headquarters. Get browsing, and we’ll keep collecting.Ah, these were the days.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more