Mehbooba to take up Sharda temple issue with PM

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday assured a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits that she would place before Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday their long-pending demand to reopen the Sharda temple in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Ms. Mehbooba met the delegation, headed by All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) chairman Vinod Pandit, at her residence, the organisation representing Kashmiri Pandits said in a statement here. They raised with the chief minister their long-pending demands for reopening the Sharda temple in PoK and creating a welfare board for Kashmiri Pandits. The chief minister responded positively and assured to take up the matters with the prime minister tomorrow, the statement read. Sharda Peeth, an abandoned Hindu temple located in Sharda village, is situated along the Neelam River in PoK near the Line of Control. It was a major centre of learning at par with the ancient seats of learning Nalanda and Taxila.last_img read more

Chito Victolero, Magnolia ‘stay positive’ ahead of Game 7

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beermen hold off Hotshots to force Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES “They dominated us in second chance points and offensive rebounds,” Victolero said.The Beermen hauled down 53 rebounds as compared to the Hotshots’ 40 while also scoring 31 second chance points.“We just try to stay positive. The Xs and Os will be secondary [come Game 7]. I told my players let’s just enjoy the game.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “It boils down to one game. Do-or-die game on Wednesday. We’re still positive,” he said after a 98-86 loss to the Beermen at Araneta Coliseum. “We know that it’s not going to be easy. Good thing is we have another opportunity.”“I love our effort we were down by 18 and trimmed it down to six. It’s just that the lead was too big and it’s hard for us to win like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsVictolero attributed the loss to his team’s inability to control the boards a crucial department of the game that San Miguel dominated thanks to its reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.Fajardo dominated the paint, finishing with 23 points and 18 rebounds, 11 of which came on the offensive glass. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero stayed upbeat despite the Hotshots’ loss to San Miguel Beer on Sunday that paved way for a Game 7 in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.Victolero said he still liked what he saw from his team when it came back from 21 points down in the first half that threatened San Miguel Beer entering the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Court allows ED for Lalit Modis transfer from UK

first_imgMumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) A special PMLA court here today allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to send a Letter of Request (LR) to the British government for execution of a non-bailable warrant against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and his transfer to India for facing probe in a money laundering case.The ED, in its application filed on November 8, prayed the court for issuing LR for the execution of NBW against Modi. The agency sought necessary steps to be taken by the competent authorities in the UK for locating him.The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court today allowed the prayer.”The LR order will now be sent to the External Affairs Ministry, which will forward it to the competent authority in England for further action,” said special ED counsel Hiten Venegoankar.The agency is probing the case against Lalit Modi in connection with a 2008 deal between World Sports Group (WSG) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) for television rights worth Rs 425 crore for the Indian Premier League.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had registered a case in Chennai in connection with the 2008 deal. This was followed by a case by the ED.So far, three LRs have been issued against Modi by the same court to authorities in Singapore, Mauritius and UAE.The court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the high-profile former IPL boss, believed to be in the UK, on August 6 last year.In 2008, after BCCI awarded IPL media rights for 10 years to WSG for USD 918 million, the WSG entered into a deal with Multi Screen Media to make latters television channel Sony the official broadcaster of IPL.advertisementWhile BCCI alleged irregularities and breach of contract in this deal, ED started a probe in 2009 under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to investigate allegations that payment of Rs 425 crore towards facilitation fee by MSM- Singapore to WSG Mauritius was made in illegal manner. PTI AVI NP SK SKlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 6 first flash sale crosses 10 lakh pre-registrations

first_imgAfter a long wait, Xiaomi announced the most awaited flagship of the year – Mi 6 on April 19. Soon after the launch, the Xiaomi smartphone was made available for pre-orders for its first flash sale set for April 28. However, as of now, the handset will only be available in China. The smartphone has received over 10 lakh (1 million) pre-registration already on 1 million mark is based only on the number of pre-bookings on Jingdong ( However, the Chinese smartphone maker also has a tie up with a few other online retailers carrying out Mi 6 flash sale on April 28. So, if numbers are to be considered, the pre-registration number must have almost crossed 20 lakh (2 million) or even more by now. No confirmation has come on the pre-registration numbers from Xiaomi.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 6: Full specs, price, features and everything else you need to knowXiaomi Mi 6 will be up for flash sale exclusively on, Giztop, and a few more online retail store in China on April 28.  It is just another 4 days to go for the first flash sale for the Mi 6, and the pre-registration numbers are still increasing at a rapid pace. However, a previously leaked report revealed that Xiaomi will only be selling about 80,000 units approx, which means not all the users pre-registering the device will be able to get the device. This information is not confirmed by the company and the number of units may vary accordingly.As per the Chinese retail website —, the Xiaomi smartphone has already been booked by 1,108,192 consumers to be specific. The number is expected to increase, and this is because of the popularity that the smartphone started gaining ahead of its launch and also for the amazing features that it sports, especially the processor. Xiaomi Mi 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, which is also seen on the recently announced Samsung flagships – Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.advertisementAlso Read: With Mi 6, Xiaomi brings iPhone 7 Plus camera technology to massesIn terms of specifications, Xiaomi Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch 1080p display and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – the Snapdragon 835. Further, the smartphone comes with 6GB of RAM and is backed by a 3,350mAh battery. The Mi 6 is available in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. On the camera front, the smartphone features a dual camera setup at the rear with 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, while on the front the device sports an 8-megapixel selfie snapper.As per the pricing, the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes in two variants – one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs 23,500), while the higher-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for CNY 2,899 (approximately Rs 27,000). There is no information on the Indian release as of yet. However, with the overwhelming response by the consumer, Xiaomi may very soon launch the Mi 6 globally. Also, the company is also rumoured to announce the Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus in the upcoming days.last_img read more

Cape Town loss fall out: Is BCCI justified in blaming the team management?

first_imgIt’s not time for a post mortem yet. India is 0-1 down in a country where they have won only 2 Tests in its 18 Test history. But Virat Kohli’s team has gone to a South Africa carrying the burden of being the No.1 ranked team in the world. And given the scrutiny that surrounds the Indian cricket team’s performance for the riches it’s cricketers enjoy, this was always going to be seen as a case study of — if their top billing built on series’ of dominant performances in familiar climes is worth its salt. BCCI mandarins have let rip the all too familiar ‘blame is not on us’ disclaimer, suggesting how it was the team management that did not act on the option to let part of the team train in South Africa early, comfortably overlooking if it was logistically possible.It’s true that a good part of the Indian Test squad was not playing the T20 series against Sri Lanka that began a week before the team left for African shores. An insider related to the development told India Today: “The idea of going to South Africa early or alternatively the option for some players to train in Dharamsala that dished out the lively surface in the first ODI vs Sri Lanka was considered by the team management.”WATCHBut the ideas were dropped due to the unavailability of the Indian team support staff that was attending to the Rohit Sharma-led team against Sri Lanka. It was concluded that batting coach Sanjay Bangar and throw-down expert Raghavendra, popular for his meticulous usage of side arm and others were all needed by the young Indian T20 team in action against Sri Lanka.advertisement”It wouldn’t have been ideal to get just a group of players training in a camp in Dharmshala or Cape town under back up coaches unfamiliar with specifics that a player needed to work upon for the big series,” added the source.Instead players were left to train and gear up on their own before departure with those like Ajinkya Rahane choosing to work with personal coach Pravin Amre and Cheteshwar Pujara with father and coach Arvind. The larger question is: If the yawn of a long home series (3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is) against Sri Lanka ate up into what could have been ideal preparatory time for the whole team in South Africa?It was head coach Ravi Shastri who had first flagged the issue about lack of rehearsal time ahead of the South Africa Test series with the BCCI. Following this, BCCI had expressed helplessness citing per-arranged scheduling but promised corrective measures for the next overseas assignment in England.Interestingly, the Sri Lanka tour of India was announced by the BCCI as late as early October and is learnt that it was mandated by the need to fulfill contractual broadcast obligations to make up for vacancy arising out of no India-Pakistan contests in the current home rights cycle that ends in March. 2018. While BCCI’s administrative priorities may have robbed the team of a couple of practice games, the jury is still out on the team management’s decision to reject the solitary two day practice game, alluding to possibility of poor competition and non-match like pitches on offer. Instead they had alternated it with match simulation sessions ahead of the first Test. The team had also opted not to train on per-match day in Cape Town.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Orioles Club The Yanks, 11-2

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia struggled for the second straight start, and the former ace’s spot in the New York Yankees’ rotation is in doubt following an 11-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on March 18.Manny Machado had an RBI double and Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer in the first off the 35-year-old left-hander, who allowed seven runs — four earned — and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. His ERA rose to 7.36.Sabathia, speaking softly and with frustration in his voice, said he is not worrying about the situation and added that he’s “not wired like that” to change his approach in his final two spring training starts.“I’ve never been a good spring training pitcher, so it is what it is,” he said. “I feel healthy and I’ll be ready to go.”Baltimore scored three unearned runs in the fourth, including Machado’s two-out, two-run single that ended Sabathia’s night after 63 pitches. Trumbo got his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single off Andrew Miller.Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said before the game that “there’s six pegs and only five holes” for the rotation. Ivan Nova is in the mix to start if Sabathia is dropped.“It’s going to be a tough decision,” Girardi said. “I thought he pitched better than the numbers indicated, but he made some mistakes. I saw progress, but (he) needs to be more consistent.”Sabathia has had control issues the past two starts with his changeup, and switched from a two-seam grip back to four on his fastball.“I was playing with my grips tonight and just didn’t have it,” Sabathia said.Sabathia was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA last year, when he was slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. Using a tighter brace, he went 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts.“He’s been the guy that shoulders the biggest responsibilities on any team he’s been on,” Girardi said. “He’s expected to be the ace. He’s the guy you want out on the mound. It’s definitely different for him.”Machado drove in his fourth run on a sixth-inning single.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cobra disrupts England cricket team’s practice session in Sri Lanka

first_imgAfter rain played spoilsport by varying degrees in the first two one day internationals in Dambulla, the England Cricket team moved base to the picturesque Kandy in central Sri Lanka.But things did not turn out pleasant for the day’s practice when the English team reached the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, as they were greeted by a surprise visitor.Snakes invaded England’s latest training session, as the England Cricket team’s official twitter posted a video of the same with the caption, “A surprise visitor to training this morning…”A surprise visitor to training this morning… Cricket (@englandcricket) October 15, 2018In the short video, the groundsmen can be seen trying to contain the ‘Cobra’ using pipes and sticks, as onlookers in the vicinity record the whole ordeal on their smartphones.In the previous ODI, half-centuries by skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root set up England’s win over Sri Lanka via the DLS method in a rain-hit encounter.READ – 2nd ODI: Chris Woakes stars as England beat Sri Lanka via DLS in rain-hit clashEngland made 278-9 in 50 overs, and Sri Lanka was 140-5 when rain stopped play after 29 overs. Sri Lanka was 31 runs short of what it needed under the D/L calculation, so England won by 31 runs.READ – Rain washes out 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and England in DambullaThe first ODI on Wednesday was rained out after only an hour’s play. England leads the five-match series 1-0.The third ODI is slated to be on Wednesday, 17th October at Kandy.advertisementlast_img read more

Seaman: I learnt more about goalkeeping with Graham

first_imgPremier League Seaman: I learnt more about goalkeeping with Graham than Wenger Chris Wheatley 17:00 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal The former Gunners shot-stopper admits working under the Scot helped him get the most out of his career Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says he learnt more about goalkeeping under former Arsenal manager George Graham than with Arsene Wenger.The Gunners’ legendary shot-stopper was signed by Graham in 1990 for a then record British transfer fee for a goalkeeper.Seaman was 26-years-old when he joined Arsenal and says that it was Graham and Bob Wilson who taught him more about playing between the sticks than French tactician Wenger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I don’t know how he’s treated but he [Graham] should always be remembered for the trophies he won at Arsenal. I think one of the biggest parts of it is the win at Liverpool but also the way he trained the back four – they didn’t become great by chance. A lot of hard work went into that and George was the mastermind behind that.“I was 26 when I joined Arsenal. I won the league in my first season then the two cups and European cup with George. Then I went on to win a lot more with Arsene. I think I learnt a lot more through George with goalkeeping.“Not just about shot stopping but sweeping the defence and finding people with my kicks. It’s difficult to say who got the best out of me. I had Bob all the way through. He was even my coach at QPR once a week and he put in a good word for me with George.”Wojciech Szczesny, Juventus, Serie A, 09122017Wenger sold highly-rated goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to Italian giants Juventus In the summer after the Pole was cast out at Arsenal due to smoking in the changing room showers at St Mary’s stadium three years ago.Seaman knew the shot stopper well from his previous coaching stint at the club and admits he was disappointed with how his time in north London came to an end.”I was a little bit disappointed if I’m honest because he was young while I was coaching at the club with Tony Roberts,” said Seaman. “Wojciech had broke both his wrists messing about in the gym so he was training with us. I saw a really good goalkeeping talent in him but he was a bit erratic sometimes and I felt that could easily go away with him become more a mature player. He wasn’t given a chance in the end but he was a good goalkeeper. I felt the same about Lukasz Fabianski and Tony Roberts when he left the club.”There’s more emphasis on the goalkeeper playing out from the back now. I always remind myself we are goalkeepers. We don’t play regularly with out feet and we do make mistakes. The prime example was Bravo at Manchester City who was fantastic when he had the ball. Players learn how to close you down then we’re in trouble as we’re not used to playing with our feet as much as the outfield players.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Clemson Insider Reveals What’s Happened Since White House Visit

first_imgpresident trump at the white house dinnerWASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 14: (AFP OUT) U.S President Donald Trump presents fast food to be served to the Clemson Tigers football team to celebrate their Championship at the White House on January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)Clemson’s football team ate what was arguably the most-memorable meal in college football history on Monday night.The Tigers visited the White House to celebrate their college football national championship.President Trump, with part of the government shut down, opted to buy Clemson dinner out of his own pocket. He ended up getting a ton of burgers and fries from McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, along with some pizza.The meal went incredibly viral on social media, with many finding it cool and others suggesting the fast-food spread was insulting.One Clemson football insider says another notable meal for the Tigers could be coming.Clemson has reportedly received “a half-dozen offers” for special meals since visiting President Trump at the White House.Alinea, a fine-dining experience in Chicago, has offered to host Clemson’s team. They’re reportedly not the only major restaurant to do so.Was told Clemson has received roughly a half-dozen offers similar to this one since visiting the White House.(My unsolicited advice: Take it! Alinea reservations ain’t easy. 🍽)— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) January 16, 2019It’s a good time to be a member of the Clemson Tigers these days, especially if you enjoy eating, it seems.last_img read more

Former Sites of Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens to be Park Green

first_imgSydney-area residents can look forward to a new park, sports field, outdoor stage, pedestrian bridges, trails and more, part of a plan for the future use of the former Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites, announced today, Oct. 28. The government of Canada and the province have awarded up to $17 million in contracts to build the park and green space. Successful bidders include Municipal Ready Mix Limited, Sydney, and Denko Mi’Kmaq Enterprises Limited, Eskasoni. “These contracts will generate more economic opportunities for businesses in the Sydney area and more good jobs,” said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. “The province is proud to support this work to transform these sites into a place where we want to be, where we recognize the history of our people and our land, and sow the seeds of change for future generations.” The Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup has delivered 48 contracts to businesses and more than 1,100 full-time equivalent jobs. It has provided meaningful training and employment opportunities for the people of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia, benefitting First Nations communities, African Nova Scotians, women in trades and technology, and many others. “Our government remains focused on what matters to Canadians – jobs and economic growth,” said federal Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt, on behalf of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works. “In addition to the environmental and health benefits of remediating this site, the final land use construction will continue to build on the project’s economic benefits locally and build a foundation for future economic growth in Cape Breton.” The community liaison committee for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens remediation had an important role in developing the plan for the future use of the land. “It is extremely gratifying to see the park area and green space taking shape on the former steel plant property,” said Alastair MacLeod, committee chair. “With green grass already covering much of the site, the final transformation is at hand, and the revitalized land will be returned to the people of Sydney.” Construction on the final land use projects began this month and is scheduled for completion in August 2013. The clean-up project remains within its $400 million budget, cost-shared between the federal and provincial governments. The project is on schedule for completion by March 2014. An artist’s rendering of the future park space on the former south and north tar ponds, and green space on the former coke ovens site, is available on the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency website at under Focus on the Future.last_img read more

Province Cooperating Fully with RCMP on Englishtown Ferry Incident

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is co-operating fully with the RCMP which is investigating the tragic incident that occurred last night on the Englishtown Ferry. On Monday, March 25 at about 9 p.m., a car plunged into St. Ann’s Bay off the ferry. “My first thoughts are for all involved at this difficult time,” said Maurice Smith, Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Along with the RCMP, we are following through with our own standard protocols that includes an internal investigation on what happened.” An internal investigation includes interviews with crew members working at the time and an inspection of the ferry. The Englishtown Ferry is out of service until further notice. It is one of the province’s newest and busiest ferries. The ferry went into service in 2008.last_img read more

Cap personal income tax rate at 25 to boost demand India Inc

first_imgNew Delhi: The maximum personal income tax rate in the country should move towards 25 per cent to increase disposable income, thereby boosting demand in the economy, the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) said Wednesday.The industry body, in a statement, said liquidity infusion, job creation and low cost export finance would be crucial at this juncture to revitalise the economy and accelerate it to a higher growth trajectory. The maximum personal income tax rate presently stands at 30 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe government must expedite liquidity infusion through gradual reduction in CRR from the current level of 4 per cent to 2 per cent and in SLR from 19 per cent to 15 per cent, PHDCCI President Talwar said. Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is the portion of the deposits which banks are required to park with the RBI, whereas SLR or Statutory Liquidity Ratio is the portion of funds which banks are required to park in treasury bills and other instruments. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefWe appreciate the recent cut in repo rate by 25 bps and expect that the repo rate would be reduced by 125 bps gradually from the current level of 5.75 per cent to 4.5 per cent in the coming quarters, Talwar said. The transmission of policy rate cut by the banking sector in terms of reduced lending rates would be crucial to boost liquidity and induce demand in the country, he added. Besides, he said, creation of jobs in the economy would require structural reforms in the labour laws. The low hanging fruit at this juncture is to promote labour intensive manufacturing by enacting law for fixed term employment in all sectors and making the labour laws simpler by converting 44 labour laws into 4 labour codes, Talwar said. In a separate statement, Assocham Deputy Secretary General Col Saurabh Sanyal said labour and land reforms would go a long way in attracting new investment not only from within the country but also overseas. “Given a huge political capital at his command, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be able to bring in these reforms with a wide political support as also goodwill from other key stakeholders. “Such reforms would send a very positive message across the world about India unleashing an investor-friendly regime, making the country the best bet among the emerging markets,” Sanyal said.last_img read more

Christmas trees offered to get rid of invasive spruce trees in 2

first_imgEDMONTON – Christmas trees are available for free in Saskatchewan or by donation in Alberta this weekend — and it’s for a good cause.The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting tree harvesting events on Saturday in central Alberta and near Saskatoon in an attempt to get rid of invasive spruce trees.In Saskatchewan, the trees aren’t native to the Saskatoon area and their presence could actually damage the habitat for other plants and animals.“We purchased this land a few years ago now,” said Matthew Braun, manager of conservation science and planning with the organization in Saskatchewan. “We develop a management plan for each property that is specific to the area that it’s in.”Anyone can go and cut down a free “Charlie Brown” trees at a property near Saskatoon that is owned by the conservancy.“Because these are not growing where you would normally expect them to grow, they are not doing great,” he said. “Some of them look great and some look kind of sad and lonely, but it will spruce up somebody’s room.”The Alberta harvest is already complete so people are invited to a property in the Red Deer River area to pick up a Colorado blue spruce tree. A limited number of pre-cut trees are available by donation.The tree harvest comes as holiday shoppers face higher costs for natural Christmas trees at retail outlets due to a shortage south of the border and an increased demand for real Christmas trees.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the trees were free in Alberta.last_img read more

Canadians sure love their bacon 8 per cent love it more than

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — You might be forgiven if you’ve confused today’s National Bacon Day with International Bacon Day, that took place in August, but the pork industry is hoping you won’t mind the redundancy.Quebec pork producer duBreton even released a survey conducted among bacon-loving Canadians which highlights the irrational obsession some people have for the cured delicacy.They say 98 per cent of those surveyed identify bacon among their favourite foods and eight per cent confess to liking bacon more than their spouse. In Ontario, that number jumps to a greasy 47 per cent.Take those claims with a grain of salt, warns Dalhousie University food researcher Sylvain Charlebois.“Most of the time these campaigns are used to promote a product that may need some attention and bacon is certainly one of them,” he says.Charlebois thinks many people have abandoned bacon because of the health risks associated with high sodium and fat as well as a dire warning from the World Health Organization which says eating processed meats is as dangerous as smoking.Cutting back may be good for our arteries, but there could be some fallout for the economy. Canadian producers grow between 15 to 17 million hogs each year, many of them destined for export says Charlebois.“Whatever happens to bacon means a lot to a very significant economic sector of ours,” he says.The bigger picture though is the impact pork products, especially bacon, has on the environment.It takes a lot of water, food and energy to grow a pig and the smoking process involved with creating your favourite breakfast companion means there’s an extra layer to the impact bacon has on the planet.“For someone who’s looking at making choices around food that could reduce the carbon footprint of the food you eat, bacon probably wouldn’t be a good choice,” says Charlebois.last_img read more

EU Operation to Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

Marrakech- A Europe-wide operation, backed by Italy, which has the European Union presidency, was proposed in an EU memo dated 10 July 2014. The document calls for a joint police operation “Mos Maiorum” or “Our Ancestors”. The operation is now being put into effect.The Italian Ministry of Interior is leading the operation with the Italian border police and the EU Border Agency FRONTEX. It is a continuation of previous EU actions against illegal immigration, according to the EU memo. It calls for apprehending illegal immigrants on European territory and the gathering information so that action can be taken against criminal human trafficking organizations. The police operation will coordinate the enforcement of border checks and surveillance and an update of the general status on illegal immigration.Human rights organizations have pointed out that many migrants are asylum seekers fleeing death and persecution in their country of origin, as well as economic migrants who cannot find work in their own country.The island of Lampedusa in Italy is one of the areas swamped with illegal immigrants arriving by boat. Spain and Morocco have also been under pressure for some time by immigrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar.The data collection will involve migrants’ details, including nationality and date and point of entry into the EU. The goal is to create an up-to-date picture of people trafficking and the continuing abuse of the victims.Morocco has recently introduced a process to regulate the presence of African migrants in Morocco, so that some of them can become legal in the country, allowing them to work. read more

Canadas economy stuck in low gear

OTTAWA — The pace of Canada’s economic growth held steady in the second quarter, supported by business investment but kept in check by weaker exports and a softer housing sector.Gross domestic product rose 0.5% between April and June, matching increases in the previous two quarters, Statistics Canada said Friday.On an annualized basis, GDP was up 1.8% in the second quarter, the same pace as the first previous quarter and slightly stronger than the 1.7% growth in the United States.That increase nearly matched the forecast by the Bank of Canada, and beat economists’ calls for a 1.6% annualized increase in the second quarter.Business investment in plants and equipment grew 2.3%, the strongest increase in a year, the federal agency said, “continuing a string of consecutive increases that began in 2010.”Corporate spending in machinery and equipment was also higher, rising 1.8%, compared with an increase of 1% in the first quarter. Much of that investment was in transportation equipment and industrial machinery, the agency said.Consumer spending rose 0.3%, up slightly from 0.2% in the January-to-March period. Still, that was down from growth of 0.7% in the fourth quarter.By industry, the advance in GDP was led by goods production, up 0.9%, and services, up 0.3%. “Mining and oil and gas extraction, and construction were the main contributors to overall growth,” Statistics Canada said. “Gains were also recorded in manufacturing, agriculture, wholesales trade, the finance and insurance sector and professional services.”The retail and utilities sectors declined in the second quarter.Meanwhile, housing investment slowed to 0.2% after a 2.5% jump in the first quarter, reflecting recent data showing the residential market is beginning to cool.Export growth was also weaker, rising just 0.2% in the second quarter, compared to a gain of 1% in the previous quarter and marking the slowest pace since the third quarter of 2011.Imports, on the other hand, rose 1.6% after rising 1.3% between January and March.For June, GDP was up 0.2% from the previous month, beating economists’ expectation of a 0.1% gain.Not surprisingly, government spending declined 0.1% in the second quarter amid public-sector cost-cutting measures.In a speech last week to the Canadian Auto Workers union, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney said that despite a slowing global economy, Canada’s output is “roughly in line with growth of the economy’s production potential” and is expected to pick up in 2013.“Consumption and business investment are expected to be the primary drivers of this moderate growth, reflecting very stimulative domestic financial conditions,” he said.“While Canadian exports are projected to improve, they are likely to remain below their pre-recession peak until the beginning of 2014.”The central bank has held its key interest rate at a near-record low of 1% since September 2010 in an effort to stimulate the economy coming out of the recession. read more

First victim of London tower fire named as search for the missing

first_img Jun 15th 2017, 11:05 PM Italian couple Marco Gottardi, 27, and Gloria Trevisan, 27, were both missing, feared dead, according to one of their fathers.The two architects had moved to London three months ago for work.“At the moment there are two of our citizens who are confirmed as missing,” an Italian foreign ministry official told AFP.An Italian newspaper, Il Mattino di Padova, said Gottardi had been on phone with his father and told him the smoke was rising before the line suddenly cut.The paper said the couple lived on the 23rd floor.Business graduate Source: Rachael Burnett/PA ImagesMariem Elgwahry, 27, lived on the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower, where she is reported to have lived with mother Suhar.Family and friends told the Independent that they had searched local hospitals, but had found neither women.Elgwahry’s online profile said she was a senior marketing manager at cashback website Quidco, having graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2011 with a degree in business management.‘Very, very scared’ Girls have photos of missing Jessica Urbano on their t-shirts near scene of the massive fire in Grenfell Tower. Source: Alastair Grant/PA ImagesJessica Urbano, 12, has not been traced since talking to her aunt Sandra Ruiz at around 1.40am.“She was with a group of people in the fire escape, in the fire stairs, they live on the 20th floor,” said Ruiz, while appealing for information.“She would have been in her bed clothes and she will be very, very, very scared. We’re just desperate to find her.”Oldest missing personSheila Smith, 84, is the oldest of those to be declared missing so far.Her son Adam, who describes himself as a tech entrepreneur, launched an appeal on Twitter, writing “my Mum is missing – Sheila, 84 years old, 16th floor Grenfell Tower.”Rania Ibrham, 30, uploaded a distressing Facebook Live video as she pleaded for help from a smoke-filled corridor before going back into her flat. She has not been contactable since.© – AFP, 2017London fire: ‘There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody’London fire: Theresa May orders full inquiry, as death toll rises to 17 Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 11:05 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,431 Views Short URL Great-grandad Tony Disson, 65, made a series of phone calls from his flat, saying he was trapped in his bathroom.The ex-market trader’s phone stopped responding around 4am after he told a friend to “tell my sons I love them”, according the Sun newspaper.His eldest son Lee, 47, posted a Facebook message reading: “If anyone has seen my dad, Tony Disson, could they let us know. My heart goes out to all the people at Grenfell tower.”Six-month old missingFarah Hamdan, her husband Omar Belkadi and their six-month-old daughter are still unaccounted for, according to Farah’s father, Rkia.“We’ve been to all the hospitals and we’ve been searching all day but we still haven’t found them, we just want to know they are safe,” he told The Sun.Her other two daughters, aged six and 10, were eventually found in hospital.Italian architects An acclaimed photographer, a six-month-old baby and a pair of Italian architects are among the dozens reported missing in the London tower block fire.Seventeen people have been confirmed dead, although police say they believe the toll will rise.Around 35 appeals to find lost loved ones have so far been made in the press and on social media, including the following residents of the 24-floor Grenfell Tower:Acclaimed artist Source: InstagramPhotographer Khadija Saye, 24, recently had her work shown at the Venice Biennale, writing on Facebook that: “It’s been a real journey, tears shed, highs and lows, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting at the Venice Biennale and the blessings are abundant!”She was believed to have been living in the tower with her mother, Mary Mendy, who is also missing.Saye has known Labour MP David Lammy for a “number of years,” and the politician led the appeals on Twitter, calling her a “beautiful soul and emerging artist”.“We grow more sad and bleak at every second,” Lammy told BBC radio.‘Tell my sons I love them’ THE FIRST VICTIM of the Grenfell Tower fire has been named as Mohammed Alhajali, as families search for their loved ones in hospitals and community shelters.The first victim of the Grenfell Tower fire has been named as Mohammed Alhajali.He was a Syrian refugee who came to the UK in 2014 and was studying civil engineering.His brother, Omar, told the BBC that he became separated from his brother during the evacuation. 55 Comments Source: Pierfrancesco Loreto/Twitter Gloria Trevisan and her boyfriend Marco Gottardi had come to London only 3 months ago and she would have gone back home tmrw #GrenfellTower— Pierfrancesco Loreto (@pierloreto) June 15, 2017 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: BBC Breaking News/Twitter Share3 Tweet Email1 Man who escaped London Fire breaks down talking about how his brother is its first confirmed victim #GrenfellTower— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 15, 2017 By AFP First victim of London tower fire named as search for the missing continues Mohammed Alhajali has been named as the Grenfell Tower fire’s first victim. last_img read more

We all need to stand up to hate Taoiseach condemns New Zealand

first_img Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Mar 16th 2019, 6:15 AM Short URL TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has condemned the attacks in New Zealand and called the killings an act of cowardice, stating “we all need to stand up to hate”. Speaking to reporters in Chicago, on the second leg of his St Patrick’s Day trip to the US, Varadkar said Muslims should not be afraidAt least 49 people were killed yesterday at two mosques, when a man opened fire on people while videoing the massacre. One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand.It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.“I condemn the act of terrorism that occurred in New Zealand. It was an act of terrorism. Also an act of cowardice because it targeted children and people who were at prayer.“We’ve expressed through our embassy and our diplomatic channels our solidarity and support  for the people of New Zealand and the government of New Zealand at what is a very difficult time for them.” 44 Comments By Christina Finn Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM 7,275 Views center_img Taoiseach Leo Varadkar condemns New Zealand terror attack— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) March 16, 2019 ‘We all need to stand up to hate’: Taoiseach condemns New Zealand terror attack At least 49 people were killed yesterday at two mosques, when a man opened fire on people while videoing the massacre. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images The Taoiseach then moved to reassure Muslims in Ireland, stating that they have nothing to fear. “To our Muslim community in Ireland, all 70,000 of them, to Muslim communities all around the world, I think “That we don’t allow the terrorists to win by changing our lifestyles or changing the way we look at each other because of what was a terrible act.”An Garda Síochána said yesterday that it has a productive and positive relationship with the Muslim community in Ireland built up over many years.Community gardaí will be visiting mosques provide support to the country’s Muslim community following the mass shootings in New Zealand. Share580 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Réchauffement climatique une menace directe pour les tortues deau

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : une menace directe pour les tortues d’eauPrésentés le 3 Juillet à Glasgow durant la conférence annuelle de la Société  de biologie expérimentale, des travaux australiens montrent l’impact physiologique et comportemental direct d’une augmentation des températures sur certaines tortues aquatiques d’Australie, particulièrement menacées, donc, par le réchauffement climatique. Elusor macrurus, la tortue de la rivière Mary, est endémique d’un unique bassin fluvial d’Australie. Or, les scientifiques s’inquiètent des effets prévisibles du réchauffement global sur cette espèce : après avoir incubé des œufs de cette tortue à différentes températures – 26, 29 et 32 °C – et observé les jeunes issus de leur éclosion, des biologistes de l’Université du Queensland ont observé, chez ceux couvés 32 °C,  une capacité de natation réduite et une préférence pour les eaux peu profondes.À lire aussiLa tortue luth cache la bouche la plus effrayante au monde”L’eau plus profonde, non seulement fournit aux jeunes tortues une protection contre les prédateurs, mais c’est aussi là que se trouve leur nourriture. Les jeunes présentant des capacités de natation médiocres et s’attardant près de la surface sont incapables de se nourrir et sont très susceptibles d’être capturés par les oiseaux. Ces résultats sont préoccupants, car les prévisions sur les changements climatiques pour la région suggèrent que des températures de 32°C, pour les nids, sont susceptibles d’être atteintes durant les décennies à venir”, explique le Dr Mariana Micheli-Campbell.Déjà considérée comme en danger par l’UICN à cause de la collecte de ses œufs pour les animaleries et l’introduction dans son milieu de prédateurs tels que chiens et renards, la tortue de la rivière Mary serait particulièrement sensible au réchauffement du climat, à cause de la faible profondeur de ses nids, comparativement aux tortues de mer, par exemple. Mais d’autres espèces pourraient être dans le même cas.Le 10 juillet 2011 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Stonier school bill passes state House

first_imgFormer teacher and current state Rep. Monica Stonier kept granola bars in her classroom for students she knew weren’t getting enough food at home.“Teachers do that all the time,” Stonier said. “The problem is that’s not a system-wide approach to ensure they aren’t hungry at school.”But this week, the Democrat from Vancouver championed a measure she hopes will make it easier for students to focus on their education rather than a grumbling stomach.“We have so many kids unable to focus on their school work because they are food insecure or homeless,” Stonier said.House Bill 1508 would allow students who arrive late to school and miss breakfast to still access food. It’s up to the district to implement the program, so they could do it by having a kiosk with available snacks or by providing a snack basket in classrooms. It would also allow for students to eat at their desks to ensure instructional time isn’t being missed. The measure expands the breakfast after the bell program and focuses on those schools that have a high percentage of students who qualify for free-and-reduced priced meals.“Kids are hungry at school. They don’t have food at home. Some would say that’s not the responsibility of the schools, (but) we’re responsible for educating,” she said.last_img read more