Dam-hit families say they were caught unawares

first_imgSarovar dam-hit fishermen grapple with altering breeding patterns  Sama, a fisherwoman from Pichori, said, “We venture into waters taking so much risk, and the government plans to bring in contractors from outside to take our water bodies.”Calling out to the government, she announced, “You’ve let our houses go under water, but at least leave our livelihoods alone. We’ve been fishing there for ages and don’t have any alternative occupation.”Meanwhile, Rohit Thakur, a youth member of the NBA, told the gathering, “It’s time the next generation takes over the movement and sustain it. We can leverage social media to mobilise masses and pass information about our struggle to others.”Referring to several riverine islands that had come up after the waters rose, Dadu, of Ekalbara, said, “The way to our fields is blocked now. What was just a kilometre away is now at a distant 18-20 km.”NBA leader Medha Patkar told The Hindu that members of the Prajapati community, who owned brick kilns in Dhar district, had returned to the relief camps as they were assured of a resolution at the district-level. Families hit by the Sardar Sarovar dam project took part in a public hearing in Bhopal as the protests entered the second day on Sunday, explaining how communities were affected after the swelled up Narmada backwaters submerged 178 villages in August.The public hearing was conducted by journalist L.S. Hardeniya, Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha president Jasvinder Singh, Gandhian Dayaram Namdev and former Chief Secretary S. C. Behar outside the Narmada Bhavan and was led by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA).“Instead of following the Supreme Court orders in 2000, 2005, 2017 and the rehabilitation policy, the Narmada Valley Development Authority had let 178 villages submerge,” said Kamla Yadav, a farmer from Chhota Barda in Barwani district.”While the affected in Maharashtra and Gujarat had got a fair share, those in Madhya Pradesh had to do with bread crumbs,” said Pema Bhilala, a farmer from Avalda village in the district.No facilitiesThe government had told the families that they would be alerted six months in advance.“But we were caught unawares … At sites of rehabilitation, drinking water and electricity hasn’t reached yet.”Also Readlast_img read more

SPORT-VCA-PITCH 2LAST

first_imgRanjan Madugalle will be the match referee for the Ranjan Madugalle will be the match referee for the India-New Zealand game while the umpires appointed for it are Richard Illingworth, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong. “The centre square will be used for the game,” the sources said while adding that although it had rained last evening during the match between Scotland and Hong Kong, the forecast for Tuesday was for a rain-free evening. All the tickets for the match in the 44,900-capacity stadium have been sold out, VCA sources said, adding that those who were lucky in the on-line lottery for Tuesdays game were being handed over their tickets today and tomorrow at the VCAs old stadium in the centre of the Orange City. Ticket prices have been kept in the range of Rs 500 to Rs 7,500 for most of the stands barring seats in the hospitality box costing Rs 12,500 for viewing the matches from over the sight-screen, along with enjoying other facilities, the sources said. “In addition we have 35 15-seater corporate boxes each costing Rs 5 lakh for the game,” they added. India defeated Sri Lanka by 25 runs in 2009 in the only T20 game they have played here previously. That was the lone T20 hosted at this ground before the current World T20 event in which it has already hosted six first round mens games and, apart from the India-New Zealand match, is also set to host two other mens Super 10 clashes, along with two womens group matches. PTI SSR SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal bows out in semis of Malaysia Open

first_imgSaina Nehwal’s semi-final jinx continued as she suffered another defeat against her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in women’s singles to draw curtains on the Indian challenge at the Malaysia Super Series Premier on Saturday.Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who has lost to the World No. 9 Tai Tzu seven times in 12 meetings, including a quarter-final loss at the All England championships last month, once again failed to find a way to outmaneuver the Chinese Taipei girl, going down 19-21, 13-21.This was Saina’s third successive loss in the semi-finals after the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and Indian Open Super Series.The World No 8 Indian will next play at the Singapore Open starting from April 12th at Singapore City.Tai Tzu came up with a deceptive game and engaged in some fierce fast-paced rallies with Saina. The Indian, who recently recovered from a nagging ankle injury, was erratic and wasn’t consistent enough to close out the rallies.Playing against an opponent who has always troubled her, Saina once again trailed 0-7 behind and then 6-13 after the break. The Indian did gather some points with her acute angled returns but Tai Tzu was always a step ahead. Saina also committed too many unforced errors.It was Saina’s failure to return a powerful smash from Tai Tzu which gave the Chinese Taipei girl six game points at 20-14.However, Saina didn’t give up the fight and saved as many as five game points with Tai Tzu hitting wide and long. In the end, it was a delectable drop after an engrossing rally which caught the Indian off guard at the forecourt and gave Tai Tzu the opening game.advertisementIn the second game, both the shuttlers moved together till 6-6 before Tai Tzu opened a 11-9 lead at the interval. At 10-13, Tai Tzu challenged a line call and the chair umpire ended up giving her two points, which took some time to be sorted.Saina started with a fine smash after that but Tai Tzu continued to dominate. A few line judgements from Saina saw her concede points. The Chinese Taipei girl moved to a 19-13 lead with a mid-court smash and with Saina hitting long, it was seven match points advantage for Tai Tzu and she sealed it quite comfortably.last_img read more

Records tumble as Australia smashes Zimbabwe

first_imgHarare, July 3 (AFP) A slew of records tumbled as Australia destroyed Zimbabwe by 100 runs in the Twenty20 tri-series at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday. Australian captain Aaron Finch powered his way to 172, a new world record high score in T20 internationals, and his opening partnership with D’Arcy Short put up 223, another world record. Australia reached 229 for 2, the highest total ever scored against Zimbabwe in a T20I. Finch cracked his first six in the fourth over of the morning, and with his third he brought up a 22-ball half century. That was his fastest in Twenty20 internationals. Australia took 75 from the Powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner. When the team hundred came up halfway through the 10th over, Finch had 74 runs to his name, while Short had managed just 19 from the 24 balls he had faced. Short soon began to find the middle of his own bat, though, and took a brace of sixes off Ryan Burl’s legspin to take his strike rate to over a run a ball.Finch, meanwhile, brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries. Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia’s score to 200, and Finch then moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket. He then surpassed his own world record high score of 156 with his ninth six. Short eventually fell swinging across the line at fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani to be caught for 46, while Finch fell in bizarre circumstances in the final over.advertisement Stretching out to hit a full delivery from Muzarabani, he over-balanced and kicked his own stumps to be out hit wicket. While Muzarabani finished with two wickets to his name, left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro was the only bowler to escape severe punishment. It appeared Zimbabwe might make a fist of their huge chase when openers Solomon Mire and Chamu Chibhabha rushed past 40 in the fourth over, but once they were dismissed regular wickets quickly stalled the innings. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar raced through four overs conceding just 16, while Andrew Tye’s seamers were even more effective. Tye took 3 for 12 as Australia inflicted one last record against the host Zimbabwe, who slumped to their largest-ever defeat in T20Is. Zimbabwe will take on Pakistan on Wednesday in the tri-series’ next match.(AFP) ATATlast_img read more

Sergio Ramos charged with getting booked deliberately vs Ajax Amsterdam

first_imgEuropean soccer’s governing body UEFA has charged Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with “receiving a yellow card on purpose” in the club’s Champions League tie against Ajax Amsterdam earlier this month.Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute of the last-16, first leg tie in the Netherlands, which the holders won 2-1. As a result, the 32-year-old is suspended from next Tuesday’s second leg.UEFA decided to investigate the incident after Ramos told reporters he would “be lying if I said I didn’t force [the booking]”.Although Ramos later said: “I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking.”That’s why I said that I would lie if I said I did not know that I was carrying a penalty, just as I knew that I had no other choice than to make a mistake.”And that’s what I meant when I said that in football you have to make complicated decisions.”Missing the home tie against the Dutch side would reduce Ramos’ chances of possibly missing a more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage.However, if a player is found to have obtained a booking deliberately, he can be banned for two games.When asked if he knew the foul could lead to a yellow card and a ban, Ramos said: “Yes, but I had no choice.”Ramos’ teammate Dani Carvajal was punished by UEFA last season for intentionally getting booked in a group stage game at APOEL Nicosia.advertisementThe full back was suspended for their final group game against Borussia Dortmund and their last-16, first leg tie against Paris St Germain.Ramos’ case will be heard on Thursday.Also Watch:last_img read more

The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Dec. 5———CANADIAN ANTI-DOPING ADVOCATE COMMENDS IOC’S RUSSIAN CRACKDOWN: Beckie Scott says she’s encouraged by the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics and allow only clean athletes from that country to compete as neutrals. The former Canadian cross-country skier has been an anti-doping campaigner since her bronze medal in 2002 was upgraded from silver and then to gold because athletes who finished ahead of her were disqualified over failed doping tests. The IOC says Russian athletes have to prove they’re clean in order to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. They can’t wear the Russian flag or hear the Russian anthem played if they win gold. Scott, the chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete committee, says the IOC’s announcement sends a strong message to clean athletes that they’ll be protected.———B.C. SETS MINIMUM AGE OF 19 TO CONSUME MARIJUANA: The British Columbia government has set 19 as the minimum age to legally possess, purchase and consume marijuana in the province. The age for consumption is consistent with alcohol and tobacco regulations, and with the age of majority, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in a news release Tuesday. Retail sales of recreational marijuana will be permitted through public and private stores with more details to be released next year. The wholesale distribution system will also be similar to alcohol as the government’s liquor distribution branch will act as the supplier. Farnworth said the government wants to protect young people, make health and safety a priority, keep criminals out of the industry and maintain road safety. A report released along with the government announcement says many people expressed concern about the impact of cannabis on brain development for those under 25.———TRUDEAU SAYS TRADE WITH CHINA REBUTS POPULISM: Pursuing free trade with China and preserving the North American Free Trade Agreement are part of Canada’s international mission to combat the rising tide of populism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. Trudeau capped the first leg of his China trip in Beijing on Tuesday meeting the country’s powerful president as talks continued to formally kickstart free trade negotiations between the two countries. Xi Jinping welcomed Trudeau with a handshake at a red and gold glittering guesthouse nestled in a manicured compound with ponds and waterfalls. He noted the prime minister had been having busy and productive meetings in Beijing. The prime minister remained hopeful that Canada and China could forge ahead with a full-fledged trade deal that he said would benefit working people in both countries. Trudeau characterized his trade ambitions with China, NAFTA and pursuing other deals in Asia, including a new version of Trans-Pacific Partnership, as part of Canada’s fight against the protectionist tide most closely associated with the Donald Trump administration in Washington.———CHINA NOT JOINING CANADA’S COAL PHASE OUT: Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says getting China into Canada’s international alliance to wean the world off coal power would be a huge win, but says the world’s most populous country cannot make that kind of commitment right now. McKenna is in Beijing this week as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s China trade mission. She tells The Canadian Press she trusts China is committed to climate change, but its reliance on coal is too heavy for it to join the alliance Canada launched with the United Kingdom last month. Coal is considered to be one of the dirtiest sources of electricity and if it is not mostly eliminated over the next decade or so, the world will struggle to meet its goal of keeping global warming to within two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Eighteen other nations signed onto the coal phase-out alliance, but most barely use coal at all, with the biggest users such as China, India, Germany and the United States not part of it.———BUSINESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN IMMIGRATION CASE: A Halifax businessman stood in court Tuesday to admit submitting false records to immigration authorities, a moment of vindication for the Filipino temporary workers whom he had allegedly underpaid. “We’re very happy that after almost five years, he said it,” Jason Sta. Juana, 38, said in an interview outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Sta. Juana is among the several dozen temporary workers — many of whom attended court Tuesday — who assisted investigators from the Canada Border Services Agency in probing the employment practices of 55-year-old Hector Mantolino. The businessman offered his guilty plea to misrepresentation under provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for “false information regarding the employment” of Sta. Juana and at least 25 other workers listed on the federal indictment. The operator of Mantolino Property Services Ltd. was originally charged in June 2013 with 56 counts of immigration fraud following a Canada Border Services Agency investigation. Those charges were rolled into a single indictment in Tuesday’s hearing. Mantolino was accused by the federal Crown of advising foreign workers to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their work permit applications between July 2010 and April 2013.———THALIDOMIDE GROUP ALLEGES INSULTS BY MINISTER: Members of a group of thalidomide survivors dropped a bombshell Tuesday as they accused Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr of belittling them with insulting and degrading remarks during a face-to-face meeting earlier this year. The comments from Hehr came during an Oct. 19 meeting, which the group had hoped would encourage the federal government to make good on its commitment to further compensate those impacted by the now-banned pregnancy drug, said Fiona Sampson, herself a survivor who was at the meeting. The minister said, “‘You don’t have it as bad today as adults as you did when you were kids,’” Sampson quoted the minister as saying, along with, “‘everyone in Canada has a sob story. Lots of people have it bad in Canada — disabled people, poor people, not just you.’” And when Hehr was told about the impact their condition was expected to have on their life spans, Sampson alleges he responded: “‘So, you probably have about 10 years left now. That’s good news for the Canadian government.’” In a statement Tuesday, Hehr flatly denied ever making the latter remark, and described the first two comments as having been “misconstrued.” He also apologized to the group last month after a letter of complaint was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office.———LAURA BABCOCK IS NOT DEAD, ACCUSED KILLER TELLS JURY: A man accused of killing a young woman who vanished more than five years ago told court Tuesday that he believes she’s not dead. Dellen Millard, who is representing himself, told the jury in his closing address that several witnesses have seen or heard from Laura Babcock after July 4, 2012. “I don’t think you’ll come to that conclusion that Laura is dead. Then you have to get into how did she die? Where did she die? When did she die,” he said. “These all have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.” The Crown alleges Millard and his co-accused, Mark Smich, killed Babcock on July 3 or 4, 2012, because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend. Both Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Babcock, whose body has not been found. Prosecutors believe the pair burned the 23-year-old woman’s remains in a large animal incinerator — named The Eliminator — that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont. Millard said he understands that members of the jury might not approve of the way he’s lived his life, or treated certain people, but he’s asking them to put all that aside.———FEDS REJECT FRENCH-ITALIAN WARSHIP PROPOSAL: The federal government is trying to keep its multibillion-dollar plan to build new warships for the navy from capsizing by rejecting a French and Italian consortium’s controversial proposal. Paris-based Naval Group and Italian firm Fincantieri say they can build 15 new ships to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s frigates and destroyers for much less than the $60 billion budgeted for those vessels. But the government says it will not consider the offer because the two companies did not follow the established process for submitting such proposals, the deadline for which fell last Thursday. In a strongly worded statement, officials say accepting such a proposal would be unfair, establish a harmful precedent and ultimately threaten the government’s ability to acquire ships for the navy. The statement also attacks the companies’ claims of being able to build ships at a discount, calling it “far from evident.” The Naval Group-Fincantieri proposal is the latest wrinkle in the largest planned military purchase in Canadian history, which is not expected to result in any ships being in the water until the mid-2020s.———WAR MUSEUM GETS HELP IN BUYING VICTORIA CROSS: A rare medal awarded to a Canadian soldier for extreme bravery at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 will be staying in Canada thanks to the Canadian War Museum — and the soldier’s great-granddaughter. Cpl. Colin Barron’s Victoria Cross was sold Tuesday by an auction house for $420,000, almost a century after Barron crept behind enemy lines at Passchendaele to take out several machine-gun nests. Some feared the medal — sold by Barron’s grandson in Toronto about 30 years ago to support himself and his only daughter, Lesley Barron Kerr — would be bought by a foreign collector. But the Canadian War Museum has confirmed that it successfully purchased the medal with help from Kerr, who donated an undisclosed amount of money to make sure it stayed in Canada. Barron was one of nine Canadians to receive a Victoria Cross for actions at Passchendaele, which has gone down in history as one of the bloodiest and most controversial battles of the First World War.———ATHLETES STAND TOGETHER WITH SEX ASSAULT SURVIVORS: Some female athletes at St. Francis Xavier University have come up with a remarkable response to sex-assault charges against two members of the varsity football team. Soccer players have launched a solidarity campaign with sexual assault survivors, quelling a potential backlash that experts say can arise in the wake of damning allegations against popular male athletes on university campuses. Sarah Bruce, a second-year student on the X-Women soccer team, launched the campaign called We Stand Together to channel her anger and spark social change on the Antigonish, N.S., campus, she said. Fellow teammate Emma Kuzmyk, a first-year student and goalkeeper on the soccer team, wrote a poem and created a video calling attention to sexual assaults on university campuses. The video has garnered thousands of views, while the campaign logo has been widely shared on social media and is now featured on stickers, pins and T-shirts. As accounts of sexual assaults by powerful men surface around the world, the small-town university in Atlantic Canada is facing its own reckoning with allegations of sexual violence. The solidarity campaign appears to have helped stamp out the once ubiquitous victim-blaming tropes that emerge when accusations are levelled against powerful male students on university campuses.———last_img read more

Sri Lankan consulate denies claims

“Most of those seeking to exit the Kingdom are runaway and illegal workers, who have come to us just for out-passes so they can leave the country. We are trying our best to complete the process before the end of the grace period, but the authorities here are facing a heavy load and are taking time to complete the process,” he said.Many of these undocumented workers tell us that they can manage their own tickets, Dr. Adambawa said.“There, however, is a issue that we cannot resolve. Those seeking to leave the country but have come to Jeddah for that purpose from Riyadh and Dammam, will need to go back to the place of origin,” he said. Dr. Adambawa was responding to complaints by a few Sri Lankan workers published in a section of the Arabic press that the mission in Saudi Arabia is refusing to provide them air-tickets. He explained that the SLBFE takes care of the interests of only legal foreign workers. An insurance agreement signed in Colombo in March this year covers all legal migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia. The insurance scheme not only looks after the workers but their employers as well by covering possible losses incurred in case of wrong doings by the worker.The consul general said, “We have issued 9,500 out-passes for those who are seeking to leave the country, and are assisting them to get fingerprinted on the allotted day — Monday — so they can proceed on their onward journey.” The Sri Lankan Consulate in Saudi Arabia has denied allegations that it had failed to assist Sri Lankans in distress in the country.Sri Lanka’s  Consul General Dr. Adambawa Uthumalebbe told the Saudi Gazette that the consulate has helped many legal workers in distress from the insurance scheme, which was implemented by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) in partnership with the International Social Security Program (ISSP). The Saudi Gazette reported that a dozen Sri Lankan workers are camping out in front of their consulate, seeking to rectify their status before the end of the amnesty. “The bureau insists on insurance for every legal worker, from which we can claim the ticket money if any Sri Lankan needs it to travel back home,” Dr. Adambawa said, adding, “We have used this recourse for many and have been helpful to all workers who have come for our help.” read more

Early deployment of troops essential to ending suffering in Liberia UN envoy

Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Jacques Klein, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s new Special Representative for Liberia, painted a grave picture of the current situation in and around the country’s war-torn capital city. Looting and robbery are widespread and reports of human rights violations are persistent, he said.Highlighting the dramatic deterioration of what was already one of the world’s worst humanitarian situations, Mr. Klein said that since fighting reached Monrovia early last month, at least 250,000 people had been displaced and were now scattered among at least 80 makeshift settlements around the capital. Desperate people, suffering form diseases like malaria and cholera, were unable to even forage for food because they fear for their lives.”The situation calls for quick and concerted international action to address the human suffering,” said Mr Klein. “The first step is obviously the reestablishment of secure conditions in which humanitarian agencies can operate, so the key is the early deployment of the advanced guard of West African troops.”Mr. Klein said United States President George W. Bush had assured the Secretary-General during meetings held in Washington earlier in the week that he is committed to helping in what would clearly be a “sequence process” to restoring order in Liberia.”The American side is looking to ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States] to go in first,” he said, adding that once sufficient West African troops are on the ground, there could then conceivably be a US presence, at which point Liberian President Charles Taylor would leave the country, “hopefully for Nigeria.””Then over the next two months or so, we hope that a safe and secure environment could be established so we could then set up a peacekeeping mission sometime later this fall, said Mr. Klein, noting that he was now in the process of assembling the team to carry out a basic assessment of what sized civilian, military and police restructuring components such a mission would require.Asked if “two months or so” of transition meant the US would stay only for that long, Mr. Klein said he did not know, because the US had not made a commitment yet to actually go. “ECOWAS needs to move quickly,” he said, “that is the key.” ECOWAS units had been trained and should be ready. The US would not make their decision before ECOWAS troops were deployed.Responding to several question about the projected departure of President Taylor, Mr. Klein said it was his understanding that he would leave the day the US arrived. Hopefully he would go to Nigeria, where he would play a “less visible” role. The danger was, however, someone with a cell phone in Nigeria still manipulating things abroad. That would not help stabilize the situation in Liberia. “Real constraints would need to be in place,” he added.Mr. Klein said Liberia’s Vice President was expected to take charge and there would be an interim government for a period of time. There were many people in the diaspora who would like nothing more than to return and aid in the process of reconstruction. It would take some two years to rebuild Liberia’s infrastructure in terms of political parties ahead of eventual elections, which would allow the Liberian people, for the first time in many years, to determine their own future. read more

McDonalds struggles in China Japan persists following foodquality scares

FILE – This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, file photo, shows a McDonald’s fast food restaurant sign in Chicago. On Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, McDonald’s said that a key global sales metric fell 1.8 percent in January, continuing to be weighed down by struggles in Japan and China. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2015 6:21 am MDT McDonald’s struggles in China, Japan persists following food-quality scares AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OAK BROOK, Ill. – Food-quality scares are hurting McDonald’s in China and Japan, where weakness contributed to a key global sales figure falling 1.8 per cent.The world’s largest hamburger chain said sales dropped 12.6 per cent in January at locations open at least 13 months in the division that includes the Asia region. That overshadowed a 0.4 per cent rise at U.S. locations and a comparable 0.5 per cent increase in Europe.McDonald’s shares fell $1.27, or 1.4 per cent, to close Monday at $92.72.McDonald’s Corp. said its performance in Asia was hurt by customer perception issues in Japan, where a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects have been found in its food. In China, McDonald’s is trying to recover from the ongoing fallout from another food-safety scandal.Over the summer, an undercover TV report in the country showed one of McDonald’s major suppliers repackaging meat that was alleged to be expired. The claim has not been publicly confirmed by the supplier or the government. But the plant stopped operations, and many of McDonald’s restaurants in the country were left unable to sell burgers, chicken nuggets and other items. The chain’s reputation took a hit as well.Chief Financial Officer Peter Bensen said during a January conference call that McDonald’s estimates it will take at least three to six more months for its business in China to return to normal. He said worsening perceptions are expected to hurt Japan’s results for “the foreseeable future.”Back in the U.S., McDonald’s said breakfast items performed well but that it was offset by tough competition. The chain is dealing with competition on a number of fronts, including convenience stores that are selling more food and smaller chains such as Chipotle that market themselves as being of higher quality.The rise in Europe reflected strength in the U.K. and Germany largely offset by softness in France and Russia.As it struggles to fix its business, McDonald’s Corp. said late last month that it was replacing CEO Don Thompson with Steve Easterbrook, its chief brand officer.The announcement came after McDonald’s reported a drop in its fourth-quarter earnings and sales and said it was making major changes in 2015 to win back customers.The company said it will cut down new restaurant openings in certain markets. It’s also simplifying its menu and looking to offer customers more ways to customize their burgers and giving them multiple ways to order, such as at a self-order kiosk or with a mobile device.McDonald’s has more than 36,000 locations in more than 100 countries. read more

Health experts at UN meeting press for action to address double burden

Undernutrition occurs when people do not get enough to eat, resulting in conditions such as wasting, which is when a child becomes dangerously thin. On the other hand, people who are obese have body fat levels that may impair their health.The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa calls these two issues “the double burden of malnutrition.”Together with diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, they are leading to “catastrophic costs” for citizens, communities and national health care systems across the continent.A 2016 study showed an estimated 59 million children in Africa were stunted, which is when a child is too short for their height: another condition caused by undernutrition.Additionally, 14 million children suffered from wasting, which the WHO Office said is a strong predictor of mortality among children under five.Meanwhile, 10 million Africans were overweight, which is nearly double the number from 2000, while a 2014 report estimated that five per cent of men and 15 per cent of women over 18-years-old were obese.“Improving nutrition sustainably requires consideration of how to produce, deliver, and ensure access to healthy diets and essential nutrients, not just greater quantities of food,” said Dr. Felicitas Zawaira, Director of the Family and Reproductive Health Cluster at the WHO Regional Office.In 2015, Heads of State adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to bring about a more just and equitable world for all people and the planet by 2030.SDG 3, which focuses on good health and well-being, calls for achieving universal health coverage by this deadline, among other targets.“Tackling all forms of malnutrition for the achievement of [universal health coverage] and the health-related SDGs requires remedial actions from multiple sectors and on many fronts,” Dr. Zawaira stated.Measures include implementing policies and action to control the marketing and consumption of unhealthy foods, or to promote consumption of healthy foods through taxation and subsidies. read more

DAngelo Russells 32 lead Ohio State mens basketball to 58point win

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) passes the ball during a game against Sacred Heart on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 106-48.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball game against Sacred Heart was delayed for a matter of minutes because of a lighting conflict, but it didn’t keep the Buckeyes from lighting up the scoreboard once the game tipped off.The Buckeyes shot 56.4 percent from the floor in the first half and didn’t let up as they defeated the Pioneers, 106-48, Sunday night.The Buckeyes were led by freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who scored an OSU season-high 32 points, coming up eight points shy of the school freshman single game scoring record.Jared Sullinger holds the freshman record with 40 in a game against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in December 2010.Russell said after the game he wasn’t trying to make up for only scoring six points against Marquette.“The last game was behind me at the end of that game. I didn’t think about it at all. The beginning of this game, I just tried to prep for it,” Russell said. “I didn’t honestly know who the opponent was, I just prepared the best way I could and I just told myself whoever was guarding me, I was going to destroy him.”Russell executed his plan well, as he added nine rebounds and shot 57.1 percent from the floor.Senior guard Shannon Scott, who compiled 25 combined assists in his first two games of the season, recorded a double-double and broke the OSU single game assist record as he tallied 16 helpers to pass the previous record of 15 set by Aaron Craft in 2011.After the game, Scott said that the record isn’t significant if the Buckeyes don’t continue to win games.“It doesn’t mean a lot, I mean it’s good to say that you have it, but I can’t really hold my head on that,” Scott said. “We want to win a lot more games and you can’t really focus on just having a record right now. We want to be the best team that we can be. We can kind of put the game behind us now and get ready for the next one.”OSU had 24 assists as a team, which coach Thad Matta said he was pleased with.“We did a great job of sharing the basketball,” Matta said after the game. “Shannon, 16 assists and whatever he had the other night, he has got a great command right now in terms of his demeanor and finding guys.”Matta put it as simple as he possibly could after the 58-point win.“That was a heck of a performance by our starting backcourt tonight,” he said.The Buckeyes never trailed as they opened up a 25-point lead at halftime as Russell, sophomore forward Marc Loving and senior forward Sam Thompson all scored in double figures in the opening 20 minutes.Thompson got the crowd of 12,941 at the Schottenstein Center out of their seats early with a trio of alley-oop slams in the first half, the last coming at the first-half buzzer off a lob from Russell.Russell said he gets just as much, if not more, excitement when his teammates make a play as compared to when he does.“They are both a crazy feeling. Sam is a crazy athlete,” Russell said. “Just throwing it up to him, knowing he is going to dunk it, I think it is more exciting when he is dunking the ball than me (scoring).”Thompson finished the night with 12 points on six-of-eight shooting.OSU shot a sweltering 56.9 percent for the game from the floor as all nine Buckeyes that played scored at least four points.Redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee got his first career start as a Buckeye with senior center Amir Williams sitting out Sunday’s game with a sore right knee. Lee finished the night with six points and four rebounds.Matta said after the game that Williams was held out as a precaution, but could have played if needed.“It’s just been a lingering problem. I felt like we probably needed to hold him out one more night. He told me during the game, ‘Just so you know, I am playing on Wednesday,’” Matta said. “It’s nothing structural or anything like that. We have just been monitoring it and thinking big picture for him.”Senior center Trey McDonald led all players with 14 boards and added eight points in extended minutes with Williams out.Sacred Heart freshman center Filip Nowicki led the Pioneers with 10 points to go along with nine rebounds.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Wednesday against Campbell University. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_imgPARTING SHOTSo, this is terrifying……and it’s meant to be.French child advocacy group Innocence en Danger has created a series of posters featuring human emoticons with the aim of highlighting the dangers posed by internet predators.First posted at 7pm. [Image: Photocall Ireland]IRELANDFinance Minister Michael Noonan (above) said CRC top-up money should be paid backSolomon Soremekun, the toddler killed in a lift accident in Galway, was laid to restThe ASTI and TUI decided to ballot members on junior cycle non-cooperationGardaí launched an investigation into the death of a teenager in BlessingtonAnti-war campaigners vowed to continue their campaign in support of Margaretta D’ArcySearches for missing John Gear in Waterford continuedThe upgrading of Ireland’s credit rating by Moody’s was broadly welcomedProtests were held over Advance Pitstop JobBridge adsEirgrid said it would still accept pylon submissions, despite the deadline passingIrish Water said disruption was ‘unavoidable‘ during the installation of meters Updated at 8.41pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…center_img Concerns were raised over messages on an anti-Muslim Facebook pageWORLDTributes are left at Ferry Gait Crescent in Edinburgh [Image: : Danny Lawson/PA Wire]#SCOTLAND: The mother of 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular is being questioned by police after the toddler’s body was found in Fife#MIDDLE EAST: The deeply divided Syrian opposition has agreed to enter renewed peace talks next week#CAR: Fresh fighting has broken out in the Central African Republic#INDIA: The autopsy of the body of an Indian minister’s wife has shown she suffered an “unnatural death”INNOVATIONGoogle has confirmed it’s testing a “smart contact lens” that may help people with diabetes [BBC]What’s the deal with 3D printing — and how long before I have a printer in my house? TheJournal.ie takes a look…And, ever wondered what lurks in Facebook’s ‘other’ inbox? Click, if you dare… last_img read more

11000 raised for Childrens Hospital

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For nearly ten years now, the Ithacan Philanthropic Society “The Ulysses” has taken part in the Good Friday Appeal raising much needed funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital. This year, the society raised their biggest amount with $11,000 and promises next year to top this milestone.“We’ve had a couple of children of membes who have had proceduers at the Royal Children’s Hospital over time,” says Peter Paxinos, secretary, Ithacan Philanthropic Society “The Ulysses” on why the society takes part in this fundraiser. Organised by executive committee member Kristalenia Collins, she ensures there is a function every year on Good Friday with raffles and donations to raise funds for the appeal, and at the society’s annual picnic in February, donations are taken from the members.last_img read more

Air Force Completes Replacement of Firefighting Foam

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force last month completed its shift from legacy aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) — the source of widespread concern about the safety of drinking water supplies in communities outside more than 100 active and closed installations — in fire vehicles and stockpiles across the service to a more environmentally responsible firefighting agent. Officials marked the completion of the Air Force’s move to replace legacy foam following a changeover on June 14 at King Salmon Air Force Station, Alaska. In total, 176 bases transitioned to the new firefighting foam.The step marks an important milestone for the Air Force as its effort to identify and respond to past AFFF releases continues, reports the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Legacy AFFF contains PFOS and PFOA, two kinds of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that persist in the environment and the human body. The new foam is PFOS free, only contains trace amounts of PFOA and meets the military specifications for firefighting.To further protect the environment, the Air Force limits the use of the new foam to emergency responses, treats all releases as hazardous spills and takes immediate action to ensure containment and removal. In addition, the Air Force will replace AFFF contained in aircraft hangar fire protection systems in conjunction with hangar renovations. Those projects are expected to be finished by the end of 2018. Air Force photo by Shannon Carabajallast_img read more

Less fatalities more safety for Alaskas commercial fishing industry

first_imgCommercial fisherman Ryan Fry sets up crab pots outside the F/V Farrar Sea in Unalaska. (Photo by Annie Ropeik/KUCB)Commercial fishing in Alaska was once known as one of the deadliest professions. It’s still pretty dangerous, but the number of fatalities each year is trending downward.The U.S. Coast Guard announced in October that over a recent yearlong period, not one commercial fisherman had perished at sea while working.The Coast Guard says that’s the first time the industry has had a spotless record. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that in the 1980s, an average of 31 fishermen died at sea each year. But starting in the 1990s, the number of commercial fishing deaths started declining, by 67 percent from 1991 to 1999.And between the first of October 2014 and Sept. 30 of 2015, there was not one casualty, according to Coast Guard data. That’s even including the six commercial fishing boats that sank last summer; all crew members were rescued.A Coast Guard fishing vessel safety expert, Scott Wilwert, says safer management practices have made all the difference.Once derby-style halibut and crab fisheries were done away with, the death toll diminished. Instead, crab rationalization and fishing quotas – or IFQs – meant the fishing wasn’t packed into short openings with hundreds jockeying to catch the most fish in overcrowded grounds.And, new policies were put in place, directing the Coast Guard to conduct inspections before fleets left port.“The crab fleet out in the Bering Sea has the reputation as the deadliest catch. And reality, real reality, is that hasn’t been since 1999,” Ted Teske of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said. “Prior to 1999 there was an average of eight fatalities a year in the fishery. Then in the 1999, the U.S. Coast Guard started doing dockside stability checks before the boats left the dock. And just like flipping a switch, they went from an average of eight fatalities a year to less than one a year.Teske is a NIOSH health communications specialist.   He and Samantha Case, a NIOSH researcher based in Anchorage, visited Dutch Harbor in October to survey fishermen about current use of life jackets, or PFDs.“Anecdotally, it seems like more guys are wearing life jackets, at least in this fleet in Dutch Harbor,” Teske said. “Man overboard fatalities are the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide. Of the over 500 fishermen that have died from falls overboard since 2000, not a single one of them was wearing a life jacket when they drown.”Teske and Case said it seems these days more fishermen are wearing PFDs.“If you look at what is actually the cause of death when you fall in cold water, a lot of people say, oh, you’re going to die from hypothermia. But really what gets you long before hypothermia is what they called swimming failure. Where basically the water is so cold that your body is trying to keep your organs and your brain warm and so it’s moving all the blood out of your extremities and you lose the ability to tread water,” Teske said. “So if you can float, if you can float you don’t have to worry about that at all. And it takes actually a long time for you to slip into a hypothermic condition. That can take a half-hour to an hour or more, which is plenty of time for the vessel to spin around and come grab you, if they know you are in the water and you are floating.”The decline in commercial fishery deaths can also be attributed to improvements in PFD design, making them less bulky and difficult to work in.Click here to see the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s recent article on the decrease in commercial fishermen fatalities.last_img read more

Apple puts user privacy first through new ad campaign in India

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:46Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Researcher finds way to hack iPhone X face ID Privacy and protection of user data have been one of the major concerns of the government in this fast processing internet world. Apple Inc. has taken its second initiative to promote user privacy and protection, globally on all iPhone variants, through outdoor media, television commercials, and social media.The campaign scheduled to start in India on July 28 will point out Apple’s longstanding focus on the privacy of its consumer data and iPhones. The campaign is designed to inform Apple users that they can have smart devices and compelling services without compromising privacy.According to The Economic Times, the privacy campaign will be promoted through different verticals across out of home platforms like Bengaluru, Gurugram and Mumbai. The Cupertino-headquartered company will convey their campaign through a privacy feature film on YouTube, a person familiar with the campaign details was quoted as saying by ET. iPhone to improve data privacyMozilla blogApple took towards the growing issues of insecure user data and its monetisation by organisations, apps and social media platforms. The company boasts that iDevices have the most secure operating systems that do not allow phone recording through any additional app nor does it allow the third-party apps to have access to messages.With the privacy of data becoming the centre point of discussion between governments, Apple is trying to build devices that do not allow data stalking. The company is focusing on allowing its users control their own data by introducing features like compulsory verification through Apple ID to open a device, Just Once feature limiting the user with their location search till they wish and by reducing the number of applications that do not meet the company norms on security and privacy. Apple Inc. logoReutersWith recent news releases about the online trackers lining up about 100 third party applications including the Ad-blocks, Facebook, Google browser, and Mozilla; Apple has plans to block cookies from websites to block the data scavenging by the machine learning technology embedded in the virtual links.The campaign comes as the first initiative from a global tech company at the time when the government is struggling with its Data Protection Bill passed for the first time to secure the database of India. The bill focuses on localisation of personal data in India.The Data Protection Bill regulates the processing of personal data of individuals by government and private entities incorporated in India and abroad. The Bill allows exemptions for certain kinds of data processing, such as processing in the interest of national security, for legal proceedings, or for journalistic purposes. The Bill requires that a serving copy of personal data be stored within the territory of India. Certain critical personal data must be stored solely within the country.center_img Closelast_img read more

Poet Belal Chowdhury no more

first_imgPoet Belal Chowdhury. Photo: Khaled SarkarEkushey Padak winning poet Belal Chowdhury died at a city hospital on Tuesday. He was 79, reports UNB.The prominent poet breathed his last at 12:30pm at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi, Abdullah Pratik Chowdhury, eldest son of the poet, told UNB.The decision of his burying and funeral will be taken later after consulting with the family members, he added.The poet was admitted to Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi on 27 August. Since then he was admitted at the hospital.The poet was suffering from diabetes and kidney problem for long.Chowdhury served Bharat Bichitra as its editor, published from Indian High Commission in Dhaka. He was also an editor of Shaptahik Sandwip and Krittibas, a Bengali poetry magazine edited by Sunil Gangopadhyay.Belal Chowdhury also has reputation as journalist, essayist and translator. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2014 for his literary contribution. He also received Bangla Academy Literary Award.Belal Chowdhury was born on 12 November 1938 in Sharsdi village of Feni in the then Bengal Presidency under the British rule.last_img read more

CEC hits integrity of an election commissioner Mahbub

first_imgElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder briefs newsmen at his Nirbachan Bhaban office in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Wednesday hit back at chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda for denying the former’s account that there is no level-playing field for all parties in the parliamentary polls.As Huda on Tuesday called Mahbub Talukder’s comment on polls atmosphere untrue, the commissioner termed the former’s denial a blow to the integrity of an election commissioner.In his statement, Mahbub Talukder said, “Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda told a meeting in Rangamati that I’d told a lie by saying ‘I don’t think there’s anything like level-playing field’.”I’m strongly protesting at his statement. Through this statement he has hit the integrity of an election commissioner,” he told newsmen in his office room at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital.Mahbub Talukder made the comments tacitly referring to the attacks on the opposition candidates’ campaign and arrest and filing of cases implicating hundreds of political activists across the country.He said, “The CEC has a few times earlier made adverse statements targeted at me. I’ve never protested at those. I couldn’t but protest at his statement about my comment on ‘level-playing field’.”He mentioned, “In response to queries from newsmen, I said, the journalists will get the answer to whether there is a level-playing field if they ask their conscience.”“I’m still asking the people concerned to ask their conscience whether there is any level-playing field in the elections,” the election commissioner added.In reply to queries from newsmen on 17 December, election commissioner Mahbub Talukder said, “I don’t think there’s anything like level-playing field [for the 30 December parliamentary elections]. The term ‘level-playing field’ has turned into a meaningless word.”Contradicting his colleague’s comment, CEC Nurul Huda on Tuesday insisted there is level-playing field for all the candidates contesting the 11th parliamentary elections.”Mahbub Talukder didn’t tell the truth. Overall, a congenial election atmosphere prevails in the country,” the CEC told a meeting on law and order in three hill districts, held at Rangamati Tribal Cultural Institute.He further said, “All are conducting electioneering. Where is the problem with level-playing field?”Offended by Huda’s comment, Mahbub Talukder, a former civil servant, apparently reminded his colleague that “Everyone should remember all election commissioners including the chief election commissioner are equal.”last_img read more

Blanka is the latest and best limited edition Street Fighter diorama

first_imgBack in 2015 BigBoysToys HK convinced Capcom to let it produce a range of limited edition Street Fighter dioramas, with eight planned in total. These were no ordinary dioramas, though, featuring Street Fighter characters in the midst of pulling off one of their special moves. The characters are positioned on an appropriate Street Fighter backdrop based on stages from the games, and include light and sound effects.The first in the series was Ryu, which cost an eye-watering $89.99. Jump forward to today and we’ve got the latest diorama in the series, and it’s arguably the best so far. It’s Blanka, and he’s right in the middle of performing Electric Thunder. $108 for a light-up figure is expensive, but then devoted Street Fighter fans may not care. I have to admit that owning all 8 of the planned figures would be a great collection to have. Yes, it’s going to cost you upwards of $800, and there’s no guarantee they’ll hold their value let alone increase it, but still…they look great.Play-Asia is currently accepting pre-orders for Blanka with the figure set for release on October 31. Tempted? BigBoysToys have not only made the electricity elements of the figure light up, but also Blanka’s eyes and orange hair. This is also a larger figure than the others in the series, measuring 230 x 170 x 130mm, which may account for why the price has been increased to $107.99. You’re also going to need to buy 3 x AAA batteries to power those light-up effects.The other Street Fighter figures to come before this includes Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Guile. Here’s the Chun-Li and Ken figures in action to give you some idea of what to expect (there’s no video of Blanka yet):center_img <>last_img read more

Boeing Embraer teaming up on military plane

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Boeing says it’s part of a broader agreement including cooperation “in commercial airplane efficiency and safety, research and technology, and sustainable aviation biofuels.”Embraer says it has letters of intent from various nations to buy 60 of the KC-390s. The company hopes to sell 100 of the planes over 20 years.Embraer says the first test flights of the KC-390 will occur in 2014. First deliveries are expected in 2016.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How men can have a healthy 2019 Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and U.S. company Boeing say they’ve agreed to share technical knowledge and market assessments on the development of a Brazilian military cargo plane.Embraer hopes its KC-390 plane will eventually replace Lockheed Martin’s Hercules C130 as the globe’s most widely used military transport aircraft.Financial details of the deal signed Tuesday weren’t released.center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments   Share   last_img read more