Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has made it clear that he is not interested in replacing Craig McDermott as bowling coach of the Australia Test side. (Latest Cricket stories)The 41-year-old, known universally as “Dizzy”, was mentioned as a target to join the Australia staff by head coach Darren “Boof” Lehmann after McDermott stepped down the wake of the World Twenty20 earlier this year.Gillespie, however, said he had no intention of abandoning his job at English county Yorkshire, who he has led to successive County Championship titles, and heading back Down Under.”Darren had mentioned on radio in Australia that he’d be keen to get me back into the system over there,” he told the BBC.NOT APPLYING FOR ANY ROLE WITH CA”I was always going to catch up with Darren when he was over here because he’s one of my best mates, but I got stuck into him a bit because he didn’t need to mention my name on the radio.”I informed him I wouldn’t be applying for a role so we can end the speculation. I was not offered a job and I have made it very clear that I would not be applying for any role with Cricket Australia.”Former South African quick Allan Donald will mentor Australia’s bowlers for the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka, while West Australia’s Adam Griffith is in charge for the limited-overs series against West Indies and South Africa that precedes it.
While India bestowed cash rewards, luxury cars and land on their two medallists at the Rio Olympics, another story was unfolding in Kenya, where a Gold medallist came back to her village. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage) When Faith Kipyegon left Kenya to participate in the Rio Olympics, little did she know that her performance at the quadrennial mega-event will give her nondescript village a new lease of life. Kipyegon won the women’s Olympic 1,500 meters after unleashing a devastating burst in the second half of the race that left Ethiopia’s world record holder Genzebe Dibaba trailing in her wake. (Rio heroes honoured, Tendulkar presents BMW cars to athletes) Kipyegon, fastest in the world this year, sat in a pack that virtually jogged the opening stages before she and Dibaba pulled clear with a 56.8-second lap around the halfway mark that scattered the field. But right at the time when the shining 22-year-old was setting the Olympic Stadium in Rio on fire, the little-known Ndabibit Village in Nakuru County – where she comes from – was in complete darkness. (Life for PV Sindhu after Olympic Silver: Cash, cars and land)There has been no electricity in the village since the early 1980s and even her father could not follow the race.The parents of Faith Kipyegon, 1500m Olympic Gold medalist will never miss a moment of glory thanks to Last mile pic.twitter.com/mMIoodRCSz&; CS Charles Keter (@ketercharles) August 26, 2016However, soon after Kipyegon’s victory, her father, Samuel Koech Kipyegon, made a plea to Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta.advertisement”I urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to make sure our village is connected to electricity so that I can see my daughter Faith running and winning medals for Kenya,” Koech was quoted as saying by the Daily Nation.And his players got an instant answer.The Kenyan power team reached the village a day after the plea was made and constructed the power line in record nine days, much to the relief of the residents. Scores of villagers flocked to the Kipyegon resident to witness the switching on of electricity.CS Hon.Keter & PS Njoroge launch the Last Mile Connectivity project in Kilome Constituency, Makueni county. pic.twitter.com/RSjIyL7xiq&; EnergyMin, Kenya (@EnergyMinK) August 24, 2016With electricity, came some goodies for the Kipyegon household. Samsung has promised a flat screen Television set while SuperSport is giving them a decoder.”I only thank God for giving me such a wonderful daughter who has transformed our village and I pray to God to give her strength and good health so that she can win more medals for Kenya,” said a beaming Koech.CRORES FOR SINDHU’S SILVER AND SAKSHI’S BRONZEContrast this what India did for Silver medallist PV Sindhu and Bronze medallist Sakshi Malik. Both girls were heaped with cash rewards, they got a BMW car each and acres of land. Not just the medallists, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in the women’s vaults, bagged a luxury car as did Pullela Gopichand, Sindhu’s coach.In fact, the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments were involved in a bitter battle over who could stake claim over Sindhu, based in Hyderabad.Many in the country have argued that the money spent on rewards for Sindhu and Sakshi could have been spent on training aspiring Olympians. Others believe the two women deserved their riches. But Kenya’s Kipyegon should open the eyes of everyone watching the drama around our Rio heroes back home.
The World Cup 2019 has not just been about individual landmarks, breathtaking performances or nervous finishes but also about some awkward on-field moments.Be it about Jason Roy crashing into the umpire after his century or Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field, cricket fans have got plenty of funny moments to pick their favourite from.However, when it comes to the Pakistan team in particular, the players seem to be offering their fans a reason to laugh at in every game. Pakistan vs South Africa Live ScoreDuring Pakistan’s do-or-die clash against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday, Fakhar Zaman tried to play an unorthodox shot that added to another moment of madness at the ongoing World Cup.In the 15th over of the game when Imran Tahir bowled a full lenghth delivery to Fakhar Zaman, the Pakistan opener walked across to the off side in order to scoop it but he failed miserably as the ball jumped off his gloves only to land in the hands of Hashim Amla at slip.Fakhar too, looked disappointed with his awful shot as he smashed his bat on the ground in frustration after his 44-run innings came to an end.Though Fakhar gave a solid start to Pakistan but he failed to save himself from the social media trolling for his failed paddle scoop.Fakhar Zaman Talent… Hats off pic.twitter.com/Jk8aVfBXU3(@MoinAhmed7) June 23, 2019Fakhar zaman choosing shot for getting out : #PAKvSA #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/xVOt3wNrMnS e s k y (@Sarcastifieded) June 23, 2019When You watch Lagan Movie many times#fakharzaman pic.twitter.com/qKF6GpmsRWadvertisementArsalan maymon (@MaymonArsalan) June 23, 2019#PAKvSAScientist Fakhar Zaman Failed During A Shot-Invention Against Imran Tahir pic.twitter.com/qcsTJeszA5SUSPENDED ACCOUNT (@ThenameisRK) June 23, 2019When Fakhar Zaman is playing very well, and Gets out On Shot like that.#PAKvSA #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/0Ns4xw2yJA(@ImRida) June 23, 2019Fakhar zaman be like #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/Wc2AFXYptUDiwakar Singh Sikarwar (@DiwakarSinghSi4) June 16, 2019Fakhar Zaman getting outFans: #CWC19 #PakvSA pic.twitter.com/0VaFveLE6uUsman Ramzan (@usmanpak55) June 23, 2019Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman forged an opening 81 run stand to set the tone for the game following which Babar Azam played a magnificent a 69-run middle order innings. Haris Sohail then smashed 89 off 59 balls to power Pakistan to 308 for 7 in 50 overs after they opted to bat first. For the Proteas, Lungi Ngidi picked up 3 wickets for 64 runs while Imran Tahir bagged two wickets.
Germany Unstoppable Germany look ruthless on way to retaining World Cup Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 05:10 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Getty Germany Germany v Norway WC Qualification Europe Opinion Die Mannschaft recorded a resounding victory over Norway to move within one point of qualifying for Russia, where they can win back-to-back titles COMMENT With young stars like Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Paul Pogba, France have been widely tipped as the winners of the 2018 World Cup. The bookmakers’ odds reflect that, with Didier Deschamps’ side favourites to win the competition outright. Sunday’s shock 0-0 draw with Luxembourg has seen the odds wobble slightly, as Germany come into contention in the betting market as one of the most likely to lift the trophy in Russia next summer.France’s young talent have broken transfer records the last couple of seasons, grabbing headlines and the attention of football fans and pundits in the process. While all this was going on, Joachim Low continued to develop his side, picking up the pieces after a disappointing semi-final exit at Euro 2016 to Les Bleus, turning them into football’s most finely tuned international side.Thanks to Monday night’s commanding victory over Norway, Germany are just a point away from joining hosts Russia and Group H winners Belgium at the 2018 World Cup. Low’s men have gotten this far in ruthless style, winning all eight of their qualifiers so far with 18 different players getting on the scoresheet throughout the campaign. 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 A late goal by defender Mats Hummels was needed to secure a win away to the Czech Republic on Friday, but that was the only time Germany failed to put their opponents to the sword after starting the campaign brilliantly with 3-0 wins over Norway and the Czechs to lay down a marker.Whereas other teams have a core team of players, Germany’s strength in depth is extraordinary. Low picked a host of fringe players and young talent for June’s Confederations Cup, and many expected Die Mannschaft to do well but ultimately be undone by a lack of experience in the competition. Euro 2016 winners Portugal brought a strong roster, led by captain Cristiano Ronaldo, while Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal were included in Chile’s squad.Portugal’s panel was full of international veterans, with Ronaldo and Nani both in the 100-cap club before the competition, while Joao Moutinho reached that landmark during the group stage. Similarly, Chile had four players with over 100 international appearances, and two more who had played 90 times for their country. By contrast, Germany’s captain and most capped player was Julian Draxler, whose 30th cap came against San Marino just a week before the tournament kicked off.Going into the tournament, Low even tempered expectations, saying that his hope was for the young players to get experience at the highest level and for a small handful of the squad to play themselves into contention for next year.”The 2018 World Cup, and winning the title again, that is the vision,” Low told reporters.”A mission on the way is participating at the Confed Cup with the goal that three or four players will be able to put pressure on our established stars, when it comes to 2018. We want to lift players to a new level — achieving that is what matters to me. I already know I have 12, 13 World Cup winners with a lot of experience and class, but they need competition for their places.”Low’s young squad did more than just impress themselves on the manager: They topped their group before smashing Mexico in the semi-final, and then lifted the trophy thanks to a 1-0 win against Chile in the final. All that without the vast majority of their key players.Some of those names returned for this week’s qualifying double-header, with 2010 World Cup Golden Boot winner Thomas Muller captaining the side due to Manuel Neuer’s recent injury. The world’s best goalkeeper was left out for the two international games, but Low has numerous capable deputies between the posts, including Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen.Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was one of those experienced names returning to the team, and put in an excellent performance as Germany routed Norway with a goal and assist in the first 17 minutes. Captain Muller provided assists of his own with a clever flick and pinpoint cross for Timo Werner’s two goals to help put Die Mannschaft further ahead. As he does so often for Real Madrid, Toni Kroos shone in the middle of the park with Low’s mix of youth and experience blending perfectly.RB Leipzig’s pacy forward Werner was retained in attack and rewarded his manager with two well-taken goals, taking his international tally to seven goals in nine appearances. The 21-year-old is yet to play in the Champions League, but will get more practice against the best defenders in the world when Leipzig compete in Europe’s elite competition for the first time. Germany looked so comfortable at half-time that Low was able to take off Muller and bring on Schalke’s exciting 22-year-old Leon Goretzka, who made an immediate impact from the bench with the fifth goal.At the back, Hummels partnered Chelsea’s summer signing Antonio Rudiger, but Low’s bench boasted an impressive array of defensive talent as Niklas Sule and Benjamin Henrichs watched an impressive rearguard showing. By completing another 90 minutes at right-back, Bayern Munich’s versatile Joshua Kimmich has now played 21 complete games in a row for Die Mannschaft — only Berti Vogts has a longer streak. Germany’s defence has conceded just two goals so far in qualifying, and this week did not have the experience of Juventus’ Benedikt Howedes or Bayern’s Jerome Boateng.Germany still have to welcome back Neuer, Howedes, Mario Gotze, Ilkay Gundogan and Andre Schurrle, leaving Low with a whole host of selection headaches for his tournament squad. With qualification likely to be secured after the game with Northern Ireland in October, he can use the second match of the double-header against Azerbaijan to assess his fringe players further. But with such talent at their disposal, expect Germany to win both games with ease regardless of which XI takes to the field.March’s friendlies with Spain and Brazil will provide tougher tests as all three sides hone their squads in the months leading up to the World Cup. For Julen Lopetegui and Tite, it will help them decide on who to include in their final 23-man squads, but for Low, his decision is tougher: Which players does he want to pick up winners’ medals next summer?
Today we speak to creative and influencer, Harry Bee.I’m from Queens, New York originally, but currently live in Downtown Manhattan. I started out studying graphic design at the School of Visual Arts, and got my first job in advertising at Ogilvy and Mather where I worked on brands like IBM, Sprite, Kodak, and AmEx. After a few years there, I joined Berlin Cameron as Creative Director to work on influencer and celebrity-driven campaigns for Vitamin Water, Coca-cola, Lincoln, Ford, Belvedere, Boost Mobile, Heineken and Heineken Light, with everyone from 50 Cent to Vincent Gallo to Terry Richardson to Lebron James. In 2010 I saw an opportunity in the digital space, and founded The 88, a digital agency initially focused on launching brands, in a bare-bones office in SoHo (named after our street address). We launched our first client, Kanon Organic Vodka (a Swedish brand), exclusively online, collaborating with bloggers and amplifying with events. At that time this wasn’t really being done, which set the stage for us to do innovative digital and social media-driven campaigns for clients. Over the past six years, The 88 has grown from a three person experiment to a 50 person agency, servicing the needs of clients like adidas Originals, Bloomingdale’s, Coca-cola, Men’s Wearhouse, ZICO Coconut Water, SUNO, CFDA, amfAR, Roc Nation, and Bacardi. We create well-crafted, strategically-driven content for brands’ social channels, and then drive conversation through campaigns that leverage offline and influencer-driven content. We’re agile, smart and visually-driven – everything we do has to look beautiful. We have a cultural contemporary lens that guide all our work. Throughout my career, I’ve focused a lot on building relationships with people, and incorporating them into my client work. At The 88, we’ve collaborated with a wide variety of influential people – The Man Repeller, Jessica Alba, Pharrell, Alexander Wang, Facehunter, 13th Witness, Mark the Cobrasnake, The Glamourai, ASAP Rocky, Jeremy Scott, We Wore What, Aimee Song, Casey Neistat, Daniel Arsham, Phillip Lim, ASAP Ferg, and Casey Neistat. When I’m in NYC I’m hanging out with my two month old son Lorenzo, meditating, snap chatting and taking photos. I have the luxury of traveling a lot for work and exploring so check Instagram and Snapchat out to see what I’m up to. (My handles on both Instagram and Snapchat are @harrybeeenyc). Jeans: Black Acne jeans Shirts: For button downs, Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen button downs. For my comfy boy style, Quality Peoples t-shirts from Hawaii. Pants: Black Acne pants Suits: Joseph Abboud custom suit Shoes: Adidas by Raf Simons and Blue Stan Smith Adidas Accessories: Apple Watch with a leather band I got from Etsy Outerwear: Fingers Crossed bomber is my every day, but for the cold a grey Canadian Goose Favorite Cologne: Doesn’t exist Your favorite App: Foursquare is what I use to find coffee and food when I travel, and Snapchat is what I use to broadcast my every move. Favorite piece of technology: My Leica MP is always with me. Obsessed with the new Sonos Play1 speakers – they have pretty epic bass for the size. Next tech purchase: I’m considering the iPad Pro / iPencil. Photograph courtesy of Venus Tong. Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay
A sum of $27.8 million has been earmarked for the ‘Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform’ project in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.The objective of the project, implemented in September 2017, is to support the Government of Jamaica’s efforts to improve the performance of the education sector by assisting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to improve coordination across the system.The funds allocated for the new fiscal year will support interventions at the early-childhood level, teachers’ colleges, and provide technical support to the Department of School Services (DSS).At the early-childhood level, a consultant will be engaged to identify and develop a plan of action for the strengthening of partnership between the Early Childhood Commission and the National Parenting Support Commission, while training workshops will be conducted to benefit various stakeholders.For the teachers’ collages, consultants will be hired to undertake improvements to the internal quality-assurance systems of 10 institutions.Focus will be placed on building capacity for teacher education in numeracy and science, including provision of resources to support instruction and improve the ability of training institutions to screen students.The support to the DSS will see experts being engaged to support the Alternate Pathway for Secondary Education (APSE), and staging of workshops to aid in the implementation of new approaches.The project is being jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and is slated to end in March 2020. The funds allocated for the new fiscal year will support interventions at the early-childhood level, teachers’ colleges, and provide technical support to the Department of School Services (DSS). A sum of $27.8 million has been earmarked for the ‘Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform’ project in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives. At the early-childhood level, a consultant will be engaged to identify and develop a plan of action for the strengthening of partnership between the Early Childhood Commission and the National Parenting Support Commission, while training workshops will be conducted to benefit various stakeholders. Story Highlights
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation has received a green light from its board to move forward with the fleet renewal plan announced late last year.Under the plan, Yang Ming will order the construction of ten 2,800 TEU containerships and charter ten 11,000 TEU containerships.“The price and the counterparty will be announced in accordance with the provisions after the contract is signed,” Yang Ming said on Monday in a regulatory filing.The new ships will replace the vessels which are about to be off-hired or retired in the next 2 to 3 years.Investment in new tonnage comes on the back of the company’s cash-raising initiatives from last year.At the end of November 2017, Yang Ming said it was preparing to launch a second private placement, targeting around USD 87 million.The first private placement was announced in February the same year when the company set out to collect USD 54.8 million in an effort to strengthen its finances under the recovery plan.Furthermore, in 2017 Yang Ming secured a cash injection worth USD 200 million from a rights offering.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license UK’s port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with digital logistics enabler Marine Transport International (MTI) on exploring the implementation of blockchain technology to improve port connectivity.ABP operates 21 ports across the UK, handling 25% of the country’s seaborne cargo. As such, being able to transfer all types of cargo quickly and smoothly through its ports is critical.“We handle almost 100 million tonnes of cargo across all sectors every year so we are a significant gateway for our customers’ supply chains,” said Jens Skibsted Nielsen, Commercial Director at ABP. “This MOU with MTI is a demonstration of our commitment to technical innovation and finding new ways to improve the UK’s supply chains.”As part of the agreement, ABP will participate in MTI’s blockchain solution in pilot shipments. Currently, each party in a supply chain, from shipper to haulier and from port operator to carrier, uses different systems, which do not all talk to each other efficiently. MTI’s technology could offer a way to securely link these disparate ways of working and could bridge the silos to reduce time spent on manually re-entering data, ensuring a single version of the truth.“Blockchain is the buzzword of the logistics industry at the moment,” said Jody Cleworth, founder and CEO of MTI. Blockchain-enabled technology has the potential to provide a transparent, secure and accurate way of capturing and sharing data with key parties, but for MTI the critical part is interoperability – it has to be able to openly connect with existing systems. The logistics industry is awash with proprietary technology that forces users to work in a certain way – with blockchain, we can connect all those systems to ensure data is accurately and quickly shared, helping speed-up and simplify the flow of trade in and out of the UK.”
A turkey dinner with all the trimmings is a time-honouredtradition at this time of year. In addition to thinking about howmuch food to provide and how to set a festive table, however,Nova Scotians are being reminded to make food safety a primaryconcern in the meal’s preparation. “By following a few simple food safety tips your family willreduce the risk of foodborne illness and enjoy a safeThanksgiving meal,” said Gary Moulton, food safety educator, NovaScotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Buying a TurkeyTurkey can be purchased either fresh or frozen. Either canprovide a wonderful holiday dinner.– Make sure when purchasing a turkey that you buy from anapproved source. — A frozen turkey may be purchased at any time and can bestored in your freezer for up to one year.– A fresh turkey should be purchased from one to two days beforecooking.– When purchasing a turkey (or any other raw meat) select itlast and keep it separated from other foods to prevent its juicesfrom running and cross-contaminating other foods. Thawing a TurkeyThawing a turkey properly is important to ensure food safety.Proper thawing prevents bacteria on the turkey from increasing tosuch a level that cooking may not effectively destroy. There arethree recommend methods to defrost turkeys:– In the refrigerator. This is a safe and slow method. You mustplan ahead. It takes about 24 hours for every 2.3 kg (fivepounds) of turkey to thaw. The turkey should be placed on a largeplatter to prevent juices from dripping on to other foods, andplaced on the lowest shelf in the refrigerator.– Submerged in cold water. The turkey should be wrapped in aleak-proof plastic bag. Change the water every 30 minutes toensure it stays cold. It takes about 30 minutes per 500 g (onepound) to thaw.– In a microwave. The turkey should be cooked immediately afterthawing. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the minutesper kilogram or pound and power level to use for thawing. Preparation for RoastingProper handling of the raw turkey during preparation for cookingis important to reduce the rick of cross-contamination andprevent the likelihood of foodborne illness.– Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw turkey.– It is preferable to cook stuffing outside of the turkey.However, if cooking it in the turkey, it should be moist andloosely placed -180 mL (3/4 cup) per 500grams (1 pound) -in thecavity. The turkey should be stuffed just before putting it inthe oven.– If the turkey has been washed or thawed in a sink, the sinkmust be cleaned with soap and water and sanitized using one and ahalf teaspoons of household bleach per litre of water.– After placing the turkey in the oven, thoroughly clean andsanitize all utensils and work surfaces that were in contact withthe raw turkey. Cooking the TurkeyProper cooking of the turkey to safe temperatures will ensure thedestruction of bacteria that could cause a foodborne illness.– The turkey should be completely thawed before cooking. — Set the oven temperature to no less than 164 C (325 F). Neverput the turkey in the oven at a lower temperature to slow cookovernight.– A meat thermometer should be used to check the internaltemperature of the turkey to ensure it is done. The temperaturein the thigh should reach 82 C (180 F) or 74 C (165 F) in thestuffing.– When properly cooked, the juices should run clear and have notrace of pink.– When turkey is cooked to a safe temperature of 82 C (180F), aschecked by a meat thermometer, a slight pink colour may stillexist in the meat. This is caused by such things as oven gasesand the age of the turkey, but the meat is safe to eat. Approximate Cooking TimesThe following are approximate cooking times for fresh orcompletely thawed turkeys in a 164 C (325 F) oven. These timesshould be used in conjunction with a meat thermometer. 3.6kg – 5.5kg (8-12 pounds) — 2.75-3 hours (unstuffed) 3-3.5hours (stuffed)5.5kg – 6.4kg (12-14 pounds) — 3-3.75 hours (unstuffed) 3.5-4hours (stuffed)6.4kg – 8.2kg (14-18 pounds) — 3.75-4.25 hours (unstuffed) 4-4.5hours (stuffed)8.2kg – 9kg (18-20 pounds) — 4.25-4.5 hours (unstuffed) 4.25-4.75 hours (stuffed) LeftoversWhile it is tempting to leave turkey out for snacking after ameal, this is dangerous and can lead to foodborne illness.Inadequate reheating of leftovers can also contribute tofoodborne illness.– Cut the turkey into small pieces, refrigerate the turkey andstuffing separately in shallow containers within two hours ofcooking.– Use leftover turkey and stuffing within three to four days;gravy within one to two days.– Reheat turkey, stuffing and gravy thoroughly to a temperatureof 74 C (165 F) or until hot and steaming.– Leftovers may be frozen. Cooked turkey can be frozen up tofour months; gravy and stuffing for one month.– Soups and casseroles using leftover turkey should be madewithin three to four days, and may be kept frozen for four to sixmonths. For more information see the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/foodsafety . AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES -Food Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Weekend
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday directed the senior officials to take all possible effective measures to ensure that residents of Delhi do not face any inconvenience due to water logging during coming Monsoon days. The Chief Minister’s direction came during the programme to launch the Flood Control Order report for the current year, in presence of his cabinet colleagues and all the top officers of the Delhi government and civic agencies. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkKejriwal directed the Chief Secretary Vijay Dev to ask all the concerned departments to provide a list of all the already identified vulnerable water logging points across Delhi within next seven days, along with the status report of what has been done to prevent water logging and problem areas, if any, before the Monsoon sets in. “All departments do a good job in implementing flood control measures in Delhi, but let us be clear that there are shortcomings in tackling water logging during Monsoon. Vulnerable water logging points are known and it must be ensured that the problem does not occur in the already known points. If for any reason like a structural defect at any point, water logging can’t be prevented, then it should be clearly recorded,” the CM said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsKejriwal lauded the efforts of various departments and inter-departmental coordination in tackling floods in the Yamuna Flood Plain areas and other low lying areas during Monsoon, particularly when water is released in Yamuna from neighbouring states and river breaches the danger mark. Chief Secretary Vijay Dev directed the officers of the concerned departments to ensure that no ugly pictures of water logging bring a bad name to Delhi during Monsoon. “Ugly photographs and visuals of water logging are simply not acceptable”, the Chief Secretary said. Dev said accountability and responsibility of each and every officer under whose jurisdiction the respective areas fall will be fixed in case water logging happens. He said every concerned department and officer will be monitored for the work during Monsoon. Monsoon is expected to reach Delhi in the first week of July. Waterlogging is a recurrent problem every year in Delhi. Agencies in the national capital blame each other for the same.
OTTAWA — Conservative MPs say a Liberal-dominated committee’s half-hearted report on the burgeoning problem of rural crime is an insult to Canadians.New Democrat MPs on the House of Commons public-safety committee say the report fails to take into account the troubling issues highlighted by witnesses.The majority report of the committee, recently tabled in the Commons, acknowledges that crime in rural areas is a growing concern to people who live outside Canada’s cities.It encourages provinces to spend more on emergency-response services and dispatch centres, and says the RCMP should look for ways to partner with other police agencies.That falls far short for Conservative members of the committee, who filed their own report calling for tougher action against repeat offenders, greater use of electronic monitoring for those on release and clearer self-defence laws.The New Democrats make their own suggestions, including better training of young Mounties assigned to rural communities and universal access to 911 emergency service everywhere in Canada in both official languages.The Canadian Press
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Darjeeling: The Trishakti Corps observed 59th Raising Day at Sukna, near Siliguri on Friday.Trishakti Corps was raised in 1942 and had participated in the Burma Campaign during World War II. The Corps was subsequently demobilised after successful completion of the task at Rangoon in May 1945. The Trishakti Corps was again reinstated at Shillong on May 10, 1960, by Lieutenant General Umrao Singh and moved to Sukna in 1962. Over the years, the Corps has successfully safeguarded the Indian borders and thwarted all threats, both external and internal in a steadfast manner. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlways living up to its motto of “Aadi Anant Ajeya”, the Traishakti Corps has produced a large number of war heroes. Since 1960, the Trishakti Corps has played a significant geo-strategic role based in the strategically located Siliguri corridor also known as the “Chicken’s neck” the thin strip of land connecting the North Indian states to the Indian mainland. The troops of Trishakti Corps had played important roles in the 1961 war of Liberation of Goa and in the Nathula-Chola standoffs of 1967. During the 1971 War, the Corps played a pivotal role in the “Liberation of Bangladesh.” On the occasion of this historical day, Major General Rajeeva Kumar, YSM, SM, Chief of Staff, Trishakti Corps laid the wreath at the War Memorial, in the honour of the valiant soldiers, who have made the supreme sacrifice for the safety, integrity and honour of the Nation. A military band played military tunes at the war memorial to commemorate the occasion.
The United Nations refugee agency, concerned that thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia could be at risk of arrest, detention or deportation as a crackdown on illegal migrants got under way today, reported that a mixed picture was emerging.“So far, we are encouraged by early reports showing that Malaysian law enforcers, especially RELA – a volunteer corps – and the police, have released people carrying UNHCR documents,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.“However, some 29 persons with documentation have been arrested by immigration authorities and sent to immigration detention centres. We have quickly responded by sending staff to the centres to ensure the refugees are not deported,” he added.UNHCR last month received assurances from the highest levels of the Government that people of concern to the agency would not be affected. They number some 35,000, including ethnic groups from Myanmar, people fleeing from Indonesia’s Aceh province and Cambodians.More than 300 people crowded outside the UNHCR’s main office in Kuala Lumpur today, hoping to secure its assistance to remain in the country, some having camped outside the compound since the previous night. The office is trying to register asylum seekers on an urgent basis and counselling them accordingly.Almost half a million enforcement personnel from immigration and a civil volunteer corps called Ikatan Relawan Rakyat (RELA) and the police started moving in small groups across the country after midnight, to round up an estimated 400,000 illegal workers and their employers.UNHCR, which last week already voiced concern over the impending crackdown, today received and accepted an offer from RELA to accompany their raids against illegal migrants and do an immediate verification of those of concern to the agency.It had already set up a 24-hour operations room with three hotline numbers to ensure that the authorities can check whether an individual is registered with UNHCR or is of concern to the office.
“Cohesion and coordination are key factors in ensuring political traction in the future months,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Humanitarian, Reconstruction and Development Affairs in Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, told the fourth Donor meeting of the International Reconstruction Trust Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI) meeting on the shores of the Dead Sea.“This process has begun and is one of the success stories,” he added, calling aid coordination, in conjunction with fiscal reform and good budgetary management, crucial ingredients towards regaining the confidence of the international community, as well as prospective private investment.“At the same time, the international community must be more responsive to Iraq’s needs as the Iraqis see them. There has to be more flexibility in utilization of funds in order to tackle emerging priorities,” he added. He stressed UN willingness to reallocate unused funds toward top Iraqi priorities in collaboration with donor countries, especially those that are required for short-term impact.Turning to lessons learned from past experience, Mr. de Mistura said the first lesson – the terrorist attack against UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 – was the most difficult.“It was the realization that despite being a humanitarian organization and mediator for peace, we were no longer immune to attack,” he declared. “That was the hardest lesson we faced as an organization, one that no other here really had to experience. It was the first time in our 60-year history that the organization was a direct target. This single act changed the way we did business, probably forever.”He emphasized, however, that the UN commitment to the Iraqi people remains unchanged in its continued support for the country’s drive toward democracy, peace, and security from within and outside, highlighting UN assistance in the constitutional and electoral processes.“The UN continues to plan, assess and review what we have achieved to date,” he concluded. “Our expectation from this exercise is that we will have information to direct effectively our future efforts, while also helping Iraq focus on policy areas that will support Iraqi progress. The better informed we can all be, the better equipped we are to address the difficulties now facing the Iraqi people.”The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that since 2004, in collaboration with the Health Ministry, it had developed a four-year reconstruction plan. It pinpointed a host of challenges, ranging from essential medicines and maternal and child health care to communicable disease control and the short-term priority of access to safe water and food to curb typhoid and cholera.“The UN’s strength lies in its broad mandate and technical competencies,” WHO said in a news release. “Despite the limited presence of international staff, the UN is present with hundreds of national employees. The UN’s relations with the Iraqi authorities provide a solid basis for on-going institutional development and capacity building.”As an example, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) highlighted the world body’s support in a recent massive polio vaccination campaign targeting nearly 5 million children across the country as part of a series of initiatives aimed at bolstering the population’s health.
The Government’s decree, which was issued on 26 October, will give Angolan and Liberian refugees 90 days after they have been notified by the authorities to request their permanent resident visa. The decision will affect some 1,681 Angolan and 271 Liberian refugees, representing nearly 40 per cent of the refugee population in Brazil.The measure was adopted by migration authorities following a recommendation by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in January, asking States to pursue local integration or an alternative status for former refugees. By granting Angolan and Liberian refugees residency status, Brazil has become the first country in Latin America and outside the African region to adopt UNHCR’s recommendations, the refugee agency said in a news release. Most Angolan and Liberian refugees in Brazil arrived in the country during the 1990s, fleeing internal civil conflicts that displaced millions of people. In Angola, more than 40 years of armed conflict ending in 2002 displaced over four million people internally and forced another 600,000 in to exile. In the case of Liberia, two civil conflicts spanning from 1989 to 2003, created thousands of refugees. Both conflicts came to an end with the signature of peace agreements involving different actors and stakeholders.According to the decree, refugees will need to comply with at least one of four conditions consisting of: having lived in Brazil as a recognized refugee over the past four years, being currently hired by any private or public company registered with Brazil’s Ministry of Labour, be a qualified worker with formally recognized expertise, or run his or her own business. Refugees who have been convicted of a criminal offence will not qualify for residency.UNHCR added that it believes the majority of former Angolan and Liberian refugees will meet the Government’s requirements to remain in the country. It noted that most of them are already largely integrated to society, mainly in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with many married to locals and with Brazilian children.Brazil hosts around 4,600 recognized refugees. Its main other refugee populations are from Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It was a tough call Sunday with great games across the board, but ultimately it’s Argentina — the second-ranked team in our Soccer Power Index (SPI) — that we want to see play.IN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHArgentina has one of the most storied World Cup histories, winning the championship in 1978 and 1986 (the latter after Diego Maradona’s infamous quarterfinals goal), but then failing to find that level of international success ever since.This year might be different. After the host and favorite Brazil, Argentina has the greatest chance of winning the tournament at 13 percent. Its opponent on Sunday, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has a less than 1 percent chance of being this year’s champion. Their matchup has the Argentines favored to win at 62 percent compared to the Bosnians’ 15 percent — much of which has to do with Argentina’s strong offense.The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero is one of the strongest in the tournament, with an SPI offense score of 2.9 (that means we would expect Argentina to score 2.9 goals against an average team), behind only Brazil and Germany. Still, Bosnia’s offense is strong, too, with an SPI offense score of 2.3, so goals may abound in Sunday’s game.To see who’s more likely to find the back of the net, we looked at each team’s three leading scorers since 2011 and how they’ve been performing at their respective clubs in the run-up to the World Cup (some leagues keep spotty game data; we pulled data from a broad set of league games that had the most extensive statistics — the trends are clear).The projected average goals for each team in Sunday’s matchup are 2.0 for Argentina and 0.9 for Bosnia. And it’s pretty clear how much more dominant Argentina’s three best forwards are compared to Bosnia’s best three: Together, Messi, Aguero and Higuain are better at passing, shots on target, “take ons” (as opposed to passing in a one-on-one situation) and goals per game. Even though Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko scores a fair bit for his club team, Manchester City, his broken-down stats don’t seem very impressive.Messi, on the other hand, sweeps the table in almost every category (except goals per shot). And that’s a big reason why Argentina versus Bosnia is our game to watch — because when we say we want to watch Argentina play, what we really mean is that we want to watch Messi play.YesterdayLed by Andrea Pirlo, Italy’s 35-year old midfield Methuselah, the Azzurri completed an astonishing 92.2 percent of their passes in Saturday’s 2-1 win against England, the highest by any team in a World Cup match since 1966 (the start of Stats & Info’s data set). Italy’s experience and efficiency stood in stark contrast to an England side that was wasteful in attack.The final third actually belonged to the English — at least in volume — especially after Mario Balotelli gave Italy the lead in the 50th minute. England had a 192-117 advantage on touches in the attacking third, but struggled to create chances by passing into the penalty area (two chances created off 8-of-37 passing). One goal on 18 total shots wasn’t enough for England, with Wayne Rooney’s 0-for-3 shooting performance bringing his career drought to 25 World Cup shots without a goal.The most glaring English inefficiency was their reliance on the wings to generate offense while failing to deliver quality crosses. England connected on one of 25 crosses (4 percent) in the match, its lowest cross completion percentage in a World Cup match in 44 years.The Italians opted for quality in their attacking-third approach, especially in the match’s final 60 minutes. Over the last two-thirds of the match, the veteran Italian midfield picked apart the English back line. Italy completed eight of 14 passes into the box, creating five chances and a game-winning assist on Balotelli’s 50th-minute header. Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Daniele de Rossi (16 combined World Cup games entering Saturday) were a combined 5-for-6 in that span. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHNo matter how small the probability, there’s a chance that Argentinian players could have Bosnian souls soles. Tanned horse and cow hides are the biggest single import from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Argentina. Although, they’re only worth $6 million dollars per year.The data, taken from the BACI International Database of trade, shows another surprising reliance between two countries in another of Sunday’s matchups: 28 percent of all French imports to Honduras is packaged medicine (another 4 percent is perfumes, and 3 percent is beauty products).Does Switzerland live up to the assumption that it’s all about the chocolate? Kind of: 22 percent of all exports from Ecuador to Switzerland is cocoa beans, worth a total $34 million. Swiss footballers’ WAGs may also be offered jewelry made of Ecuadorian gold (which makes up 41 percent of all Swiss imports from the South American country and is worth $64 million annually) or one of the thousands of bunches of Ecuadorian cut flowers imported each year (worth $17 million).What about Swiss exports to Ecuador? After chemical products and machinery are Swiss watches, of course, worth $5 million in 2011 alone. — Mona ChalabiFURTHER READINGSpain Is Now an Underdog to Make the Knockout Stage
A THREE CAR crash on the N7 Naas Road is causing major traffic delays.The crash happened approximately two kilometres west of Newlands Cross between Junction 3 and 4.Emergency services are at the scene.There is very heavy traffic on the N7 outbound from the Red Cow and heavy delays on approach.Traffic is being diverted via Saggart Village and is rejoining the N7 at Rathcoole.Motorists are advised to take an alternative route if possible. Gardaí say the delays are both inbound and outbound.Read: Gardaí close Dublin street after van catches fire> DUBLIN: Heavy delays remain on the N7 Naas Rd outbound from the Long Mile Rd past J3 Citywest due to that incident. http://t.co/Oaq2P66WH3— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) July 16, 2014 Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter
Is jailbreaking your iPhone a crime? Right now it isn’t, but that could soon change. In yet another example of legislators not quite knowing how to adapt law to the digital realm, jailbreaking has gained only a temporary legal status. Its fate will once again be determined in 2012.Some manufacturers (including Apple) have claimed that jailbreaking violates a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In 2010, the US Copyright Office said that it isn’t a crime, and granted it an exemption. Unfortunately, that exemption didn’t last long. Unless it’s renewed, it’s set to expire later this year. If that happens, there could potentially be strict penalties for using something like the Absinthe tool to jailbreak your iPhone 4S.It should come as no surprise that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) adamantly opposes making jailbreaking a crime. Wisely, they aren’t limiting their voice to defensive moves. The EFF also wants the exemption to be expanded to tablets and video game systems.We’re pretty sure that George Hotz (aka Geohot) is with the EFF on this one. Sony famously dragged him through courts after he provided a public jailbreak for the PS3. They eventually settled, but only after he racked up considerable legal fees and agreed to an injunction (which meant he had to remove his tools from the web and not hack it again).Software freedom is something that has gone hand-in-hand with desktop and laptop PCs since they entered the market. But when mobile devices and gaming systems entered the digital realm, manufacturers seized the opportunity to establish a new norm: “we decide what can and can’t be installed on this.”In Sony’s case, this stance is completely motivated by concern about piracy. With Apple, though, closing the platform can be traced back to the company’s core philosophy. It’s probably as much of an attempt to uphold a certain level of quality (from Apple’s perspective) as it is an attempt to control the device’s commerce. That alone isn’t a problem; in fact it’s a huge part of what makes Apple’s devices so appealing to millions of users.But why should it be a crime to circumvent the closed platform? Of course we know why manufacturers want jailbreaking to be illegal. Many users jailbreak so that they can pirate content, but many don’t. Many users like the tweaks and customization, while others simply stand behind the principle that they paid for their devices, so they can do with them as they please.Jailbreaking itself has no direct association with piracy; it simply returns the device to a “do as you wish” state. You know, the same state in which you’ll find every Windows and Mac computer that has ever been sold.2012 has already seen several hot button internet freedom issues making headlines, including SOPA/PIPA, the Feds’ Megaupload takedown, and Hawaii’s ludicrous web tracking proposal. If you want to add your voice to the group of citizens who want jailbreaking to remain legal, you can sign this petition, and read more tips from the EFF below.EFF
Naxos has been recognized amongst the world’s top island destinations in three categories, by travelers on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, in its Traveler’s Choice Islands awards 2014.More specifically, Naxos was ranked number six in the Top 10 Islands in the World category, number two in the category Top 10 Islands in Europe, and in the category of Top 10 Islands-Greece, Naxos came in as first. “A spot of white in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the island of Naxos is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture,” travel review site, Tripadvisor, said referring to the largest island of the Cyclades group.“Naxos is the childhood home of none other than Zeus, king of the gods. Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over a causeway to Palatia, where the Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists, stands alone, the symbol of the island. At sunset, the views of the island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking.”In its second year, the annual awards recognize more than 100 islands globally, including top 10 lists for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and the U.S. According to TripAdvisor, Travelers’ Choice Island winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of the most highly-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions listed for each island on TripAdvisor gathered during a 12-month period. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram