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Global Gastronomical Delights Entice Foodies

first_imgDevil chicken with angry sauce, rigatroni au gratin washed down with grass jelly fresh milk: the capital’s culinary aficionados are in for a treat with renowned food chains from around the world entering the market and setting the stage for a global food fest.Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican, German, French, American, Greek, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Ethiopian and Taiwanese — you name it and they are here. Offering authentic cuisines made from fresh ingredients, many of which are imported from the home country, the number of such plush restaurants has been steadily rising in the capital and suburban growth centers of Gurgaon and Noida.Several restaurants which claim to offer authentic and not Indianized gastronomic delights have opened in the National Capital Region, more so in south Delhi owing to the large number of expatriates residing in the area.“We believe in offering original recipes made from the freshest and authentic ingredients,” Simona Berzintu, manager of La Tagliatella, an Italian chain of restaurants which has opened its first branch in Delhi and has over 650 outlets across the globe, said.“Many restaurants sell Indianized versions of Italian food but we don’t. Our patrons get to savor the original taste of Italy,” she added.Located in Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, it offers more than 400 combinations of pasta, salads and ice-creams, among others. Rigatroni au gratin, pasta with aubergines and a crispy parmesan topping, is one of the most popular.All its sauces and spices are imported from Italy to ensure authenticity in taste. A meal for two at the plush eatery costs around Rs. 2,000 ($40).Simply Fondue, a US-based chain of restaurants, offers American and Mexican cuisine though the highlight of the restaurant is a Swiss-French-Italian fondue that is prepared at the diner’s table.Shiny silver pots containing piping hot cheese are placed on induction plates built into the tables, while raw vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli and cocktail onions, as also bread and meat is dipped into the cheese and eaten with a fork.“Authenticity is the key to succeed as nowadays there are restaurants aplenty which serve a hybrid of a foreign and Indian cuisine,” Tenzin Delek, manager of the Nehru Place-based restaurant, said.To further raise the levels of authenticity, the head chefs of many of the restaurants belong to the country whose cuisine is on offer.The restaurants have gone the extra mile to cater to Indian customers, many of whom are vegetarians, by altering their menus a bit or introducing new dishes tagged “pure vegetarian” and whose sauces and cheese do not contain eggs.“We knew we would be catering to a lot of vegetarian customers; so we introduced the all cheese vegetarian fondue served with vegetables and fruit,” said Delek.Sharing a similar view, Rahul Parashar, manager of sales and marketing at the Saket-based B Bar, which offers a mix of Asian cuisines including Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese, had to increase the number of vegetarian main course dishes from six to twelve.“We have localized the menu to suit to the Indian palette,” he said.Despite the expensive tag, sales are on the rise with an equal number of foreign and Indian customers visiting such restaurants.But it’s the new generation of young customers who are open to trying new cuisines and are adventurous that are driving the sales.“We get a lot of foreign tourists and expats along with our Indian customers,” Raj Kumar, the manager of Taiwanese tea franchise Chatime that offers teas from around the world.Situated in Noida, the most popular drink with the tourists, many of whom are Asian, is bubble tea. It has chewy tapioca flowers seeds that can be eaten while drinking the tea.“Youngsters are definitely playing a major role in driving our sales as they tend to experiment with new food and that is why metros are seeing a deluge of such restaurants,” added Raj Kumar.For South Africa-based Nando’s (DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj) which serves Afro-Portuguese cuisine and is famous the world over for its Peri-Peri chicken, India’s love for spicy food is reason enough for it to come here.“We foresee India as a market with huge potential which is re-enforced by Indians’ traditional love for spices. In our case it’s different flavors of Peri-Peri ranging from lemon and herb to mild and hot to extra hot,” Natasha Malik, brand manager at Nando’s Delhi/NCR, said.“We believe our menu suits the Indian palette very well,” she added.So, food lovers, grab your forks and knives and get ready to satiate your tastebuds with global gastronomical delights! Related Itemslast_img read more

Republican Senator Jeff Flake’s Scathing Denunciation of Trumpism

first_imgArizona Sen. Jeff Flake delivered a scathing denunciation of Pres Donald Trump on the floor of the U.S. Senate, in a speech announcing that he would not seek reelection.Flake, who has clashed publicly with Trump, denounced the “reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified,”Flake criticized the “coarseness of our dialogue with the tone set up at the top,” arguing, “We must never accept the deadly sundering of our country. The personal attacks, threats against principles and freedoms and institutions, and flagrant disregard for decency.”Transcript of Sen Jeff Flake’s SpeechAt a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles. Let me begin by noting a somewhat obvious point that these offices that we hold are not ours to hold indefinitely. We are not here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking office. And there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles.Now is such a time.It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret, because of the state of our disunion, regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics, regret because of the indecency of our discourse, regret because of the coarseness of our leadership, regret for the compromise of our moral authority, and by our — all of our — complicity in this alarming and dangerous state of affairs. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end.In this century, a new phrase has entered the language to describe the accommodation of a new and undesirable order — that phrase being “the new normal.” But we must never adjust to the present coarseness of our national dialogue — with the tone set at the top.We must never regard as “normal” the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country – the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. If we simply become inured to this condition, thinking that this is just politics as usual, then heaven help us. Without fear of the consequences, and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe or palatable, we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal.Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as “telling it like it is,” when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength — because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit, and weakness.It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? — what are we going to say?Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough. We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes normal. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now, we all know better than that.Here, today, I stand to say that we would better serve the country and better fulfill our obligations under the constitution by adhering to our Article 1 “old normal” — Mr. Madison’s doctrine of the separation of powers. This genius innovation which affirms Madison’s status as a true visionary and for which Madison argued in Federalist 51 — held that the equal branches of our government would balance and counteract each other when necessary. “Ambition counteracts ambition,” he wrote.But what happens if ambition fails to counteract ambition? What happens if stability fails to assert itself in the face of chaos and instability? If decency fails to call out indecency? Were the shoe on the other foot, would we Republicans meekly accept such behavior on display from dominant Democrats? Of course not, and we would be wrong if we did.When we remain silent and fail to act when we know that that silence and inaction is the wrong thing to do — because of political considerations, because we might make enemies, because we might alienate the base, because we might provoke a primary challenge, because ad infinitum, ad nauseum — when we succumb to those considerations in spite of what should be greater considerations and imperatives in defense of the institutions of our liberty, then we dishonor our principles and forsake our obligations. Those things are far more important than politics.Now, I am aware that more politically savvy people than I caution against such talk. I am aware that a segment of my party believes that anything short of complete and unquestioning loyalty to a president who belongs to my party is unacceptable and suspect.If I have been critical, it not because I relish criticizing the behavior of the president of the United States. If I have been critical, it is because I believe that it is my obligation to do so, as a matter of duty and conscience. The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters – the notion that one should say and do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is ahistoric and, I believe, profoundly misguided.A Republican president named Roosevelt had this to say about the president and a citizen’s relationship to the office:“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.” President Roosevelt continued. “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”Acting on conscience and principle is the manner in which we express our moral selves, and as such, loyalty to conscience and principle should supersede loyalty to any man or party. We can all be forgiven for failing in that measure from time to time. I certainly put myself at the top of the list of those who fall short in that regard. I am holier-than-none. But too often, we rush not to salvage principle but to forgive and excuse our failures so that we might accommodate them and go right on failing—until the accommodation itself becomes our principle.In that way and over time, we can justify almost any behavior and sacrifice almost any principle. I’m afraid that is where we now find ourselves.When a leader correctly identifies real hurt and insecurity in our country and instead of addressing it goes looking for somebody to blame, there is perhaps nothing more devastating to a pluralistic society. Leadership knows that most often a good place to start in assigning blame is to first look somewhat closer to home. Leadership knows where the buck stops. Humility helps. Character counts. Leadership does not knowingly encourage or feed ugly and debased appetites in us.Leadership lives by the American creed: E Pluribus Unum. From many, one. American leadership looks to the world, and just as Lincoln did, sees the family of man. Humanity is not a zero-sum game. When we have been at our most prosperous, we have also been at our most principled. And when we do well, the rest of the world also does well.These articles of civic faith have been central to the American identity for as long as we have all been alive. They are our birthright and our obligation. We must guard them jealously, and pass them on for as long as the calendar has days. To betray them, or to be unserious in their defense is a betrayal of the fundamental obligations of American leadership. And to behave as if they don’t matter is simply not who we are.Now, the efficacy of American leadership around the globe has come into question. When the United States emerged from World War II we contributed about half of the world’s economic activity. It would have been easy to secure our dominance, keeping the countries that had been defeated or greatly weakened during the war in their place. We didn’t do that. It would have been easy to focus inward. We resisted those impulses. Instead, we financed reconstruction of shattered countries and created international organizations and institutions that have helped provide security and foster prosperity around the world for more than 70 years.Now, it seems that we, the architects of this visionary rules-based world order that has brought so much freedom and prosperity, are the ones most eager to abandon it.The implications of this abandonment are profound. And the beneficiaries of this rather radical departure in the American approach to the world are the ideological enemies of our values. Despotism loves a vacuum. And our allies are now looking elsewhere for leadership. Why are they doing this? None of this is normal. And what do we as United States Senators have to say about it?The principles that underlie our politics, the values of our founding, are too vital to our identity and to our survival to allow them to be compromised by the requirements of politics. Because politics can make us silent when we should speak, and silence can equal complicity.I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit.I have decided that I will be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself from the political considerations that consume far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles.To that end, I am announcing today that my service in the Senate will conclude at the end of my term in early January 2019.It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, and who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican party — the party that for so long has defined itself by belief in those things. It is also clear to me for the moment we have given in or given up on those core principles in favor of the more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment. To be clear, the anger and resentment that the people feel at the royal mess we have created are justified. But anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.There is an undeniable potency to a populist appeal — but mischaracterizing or misunderstanding our problems and giving in to the impulse to scapegoat and belittle threatens to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking people. In the case of the Republican party, those things also threaten to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking minority party.We were not made great as a country by indulging or even exalting our worst impulses, turning against ourselves, glorying in the things which divide us, and calling fake things true and true things fake. And we did not become the beacon of freedom in the darkest corners of the world by flouting our institutions and failing to understand just how hard-won and vulnerable they are.This spell will eventually break. That is my belief. We will return to ourselves once more, and I say the sooner the better. Because to have a heathy government we must have healthy and functioning parties. We must respect each other again in an atmosphere of shared facts and shared values, comity and good faith. We must argue our positions fervently, and never be afraid to compromise. We must assume the best of our fellow man, and always look for the good. Until that days comes, we must be unafraid to stand up and speak out as if our country depends on it. Because it does.I plan to spend the remaining fourteen months of my senate term doing just that.Mr. President, the graveyard is full of indispensable men and women — none of us here is indispensable. Nor were even the great figures from history who toiled at these very desks in this very chamber to shape this country that we have inherited. What is indispensable are the values that they consecrated in Philadelphia and in this place, values which have endured and will endure for so long as men and women wish to remain free. What is indispensable is what we do here in defense of those values. A political career doesn’t mean much if we are complicit in undermining those values.I thank my colleagues for indulging me here today, and will close by borrowing the words of President Lincoln, who knew more about healing enmity and preserving our founding values than any other American who has ever lived. His words from his first inaugural were a prayer in his time, and are no less so in ours:“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Indians Make up Highest Number of Professionals on Wait List for Green Card

first_imgIndians account for the highest number of highly skilled professionals waiting to get the permanent legal status or the green card in the United States, according to recent figures released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), PTI reported.As of May 2018, there were 395,025 foreign citizens who were waiting for the green card under the category of employment-based preference. Out of this total number of foreign nationals, 306,601 were Indians, the figures by USCIS showed. This, however, did not include counts of dependent beneficiaries who were associated with the immigrant petitions which had been approved, USICIS stated, as per the agency.China follows India, with 67,031 Chinese people waiting for the green card. There are no other countries with more than 10,000 people in queue for the green card. The rest of the numbers are made up by El Salvador (7,252 nationals), Guatemala (6,027); Honduras (5,402); Philippines (1,491); Mexico (700) and Vietnam (521), according to the USCIS figures, the reported added.A large number of Indian Americans, most of them highly-skilled workers, come to the United States primarily on H-1B work visas. They are among those who suffer the most under the present immigration system since it imposes a seven per cent per country quota for allotting green cards or permanent legal residency.The U.S. green card grants permanent residence in the country to the holder, who can then live and work in the United States legally. It is also the first step toward getting U.S. citizenship.The waiting period for skilled Indian workers who are EB-3 applicants is more than 10 years, according to a report from the Republican Policy Committee of the United States. The number of green cards issued to people directly based on their skills, experience, and education and on the needs of the employers in the United States is closer to 6 percent of the overall total, the report that was released on Feb. 6 stated.“More than 80 percent of all employment-based green cards were issued to people already in the country who were changing from a temporary visa to permanent residence – a process called adjustment of status,” it said.Highly qualified young Indian American professionals who have applied for permanent residentship in the United States could have a better chance of receiving the green card if a new draft proposal for immigration goes through. The proposed changes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will have negative repercussions on immigrants who seek any kind of government welfare benefit. Related ItemsGreen CardUnited StatesUSCISlast_img read more

BCCI willing to reconsider use of Decision Review System: Anurag Thakur

first_imgFor the first time in years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is making all the right noises on the contentious Decision Review System, that it has so far refused to accept. (Anurag Thakur rules out 15-day window between IPL and domestic calendar)A few days after India Test Captain Virat Kohli suggested there should be a rethink on the technology, BCCI president Anurag Thakur  said that the Indian board is open to it.Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the Kolkata Test against New Zealand, Thakur said that BCCI would take a call on it after the October meeting of the ICC and they will take into account what the captain and coach Anil Kumble feel about it. (Watch: Kohli, Thakur set an example for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan)”I will be attending the Cape Town meeting in the second week of October. We’ll again have to look into the performance of DRS. If that is satisfactory, BCCI is open to use the DRS. It all depends on the outcome of the latest trials and the feedback of the DRS technology,” he said.The International Cricket Council (ICC) had earlier this year commissioned the MIT — one of the world’s leading technology institutes — in its bid to zero in on a uniform decision review system. The MIT was asked to give a report by studying the various systems in place around the world like those for edge detection and ball tracking.DRS STILL NOT FOOL-PROOFadvertisement”The only issue is whether the technology is 100 per cent.  Are your sure the decision made using DRS is 100 per cent correct? There are shortcomings and that’s why we have told the ICC Cricket Committee to look into the DRS and MIT was supposed to give a report. “I attended the Edinburgh meeting and they could not come to a conclusion whether they are fully satisfied with the DRS technology. Now I’ll be attending the Cape Town meeting in the second week of October. We will have a re-look at the performance of DRS. If that is satisfactory then BCCI is open to use DRS. It all depends upon the feedback and outcome of that meeting,” Thakur said”Today we have Anil Kumble, who represents BCCI at ICC Cricket Committee. Virat is the captain while Anil is the coach. They can discuss it among themselves and with the BCCI because we left to them in the past to come up with various suggestions. After the October meeting, we will take a call on that.”Thakur revealed that the MIT has been asked to review the technology and they have asked for more time.But as far as the BCCI is concerned, this is for the very first time that they are taking a more open stance on the use of the technology but still harp on the issue of 100 percent accuracy.”There are issues which we all are aware of. All I want to say is if we are satisfied, we are open to use it. There is nothing that is stopping us in using technology. We believe in the 21st century and in the digital age, you want something close to perfection if not perfect.”last_img read more

Sensational Saina trumps Sindhu for Nationals title

first_imgNagpur, Nov 8 (PTI) Saina Nehwal dug deep into her reservoir of experience and upstaged fancied P V Sindhu, quite incredibly, in straight games to clinch the womens singles title in the Senior National Badminton Championship today.The 27-year-old Saina, a former world number one, got the better of Sindhu, the Olympic and World Championship silver medallist, 21-17 27-25 in a pulsating summit clash that lasted 54 minutes.”I am surprised with the way I played today. I moved well and picked Sindhus difficult shots,” an elated Saina said after the win.Second seed H S Prannoy, who achieved a career-best World No. 11 ranking last week, saw off top seed World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth 21-15 16-21 21-7 in a 49-minute battle to win the mens singles title in the 82nd edition of the tournament.It was double delight for Ashwini Ponnappa, who claimed two titles — clinching the mixed doubles with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and womens doubles with N Sikki Reddy.Second seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy bounced back from a game and three-match point down in the second game to beat top seeds Satwik and Chirag Shetty 15-21 22-20 25-23 and win the mens doubles title.The excitement reached a crescendo when Saina and Sindhu made it to the finals here. The whole stadium reverberated with cheers of Saina Sindhu India as both the players engaged in some exciting rallies at the Divisional Sports Complex.The duo split the initial 10 points before Saina started putting the shuttle in difficult positions. She pushed it at the back court, came up with some bodyline returns to lead 10 -7. A powerful smash then helped her grab a 11-9 lead in the first game.advertisementSaina moved to a 17-12 lead after the interval before Sindhu reeled off four points to keep breathing down her opponents neck. However, unforced errors came back to haunt Sindhu as she hit out thrice and also found the net once to allow Saina pocket the opening game.The second game went down to the wire with both the shuttlers battling it out till the last point.It was Sindhu, who raced away to a 5-2 lead, but Saina slowly constructed her points by making Sindhu crammed for space. She clawed back at 6-6, but Sindhu ensured she had the advantage at the break as she led 11-8.The 22-year-old lanky shuttler extended her lead to 14-10 and maintained that till 18-14. Sindhu, however, committed series of unforced errors to allow the London Games bronze medallist draw parity at 18-18.With Sindhus smash going out, Saina held a slender lead. Sindhu again went wide with a backhand lift to hand over one match point to Saina.However, Sindhu saved a match point and some excruciating long rallies ensued, which had the packed crowd on their toes.With the lead changing hands too frequently, it was Saina who eventually broke the deadlock when Sindhu failed to retrieve a return.The final between Srikanth and Prannoy also turned out to be an exhilarating one as the duo displayed their repertoire of strokes and athleticism during their fast-paced rallies.Srikanth and Prannoy had played four times in their international career but it was the former who had the last laugh in the last three occasions. The only time Prannoy had beaten Srikanth was way back at the 2011 Tata Open.Srikanth has been in the form of his life as he clinched four titles after reaching five finals this season but the statistics didnt matter on this day as Prannoy snapped his opponents 13-match winning streak.”It means a lot. It came at the right time for me. I have been playing this event. It is great that I could beat Srikanth in the final. I have been playing well before this tournament and hope to do well in future,” Prannoy told PTI.Ashwini and Satwik, who decided to pair up just six months back, showed their prowess by beating top seed and World No 16 Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy 21-9 20-22 21-17 to clinch the mixed doubles crown.Later, Ashwini combined with Sikki to dump Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant 21-14 21-14 to notch up the womens doubles title. PTI ATK AH AHlast_img read more

Video: Clemson Fan Cries After Getting Orange Bowl Tickets For Christmas

first_imgA Clemson fan gets Orange Bowl tickets.clemson fans orange bowl ticketsClemson, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, hasn’t had the chance to play for a national title in a very long time. As such, we imagine that the gift you’ll see below is a popular one in Tigers fans’ homes Friday morning.The Piedmonts apparently came up with a clever way to give a member of the family her Christmas present. When she opened an orange bowl, it signified that she’d be attending next week’s Orange Bowl contest between Clemson and Oklahoma. Of course, tears flowed.The video was posted by Greg Piedmont on YouTube. Check it out:Will there be more tears of joy after a win? We’ll find out in less than a week.last_img read more

My life isn’t interesting for a biopic: Sunil Gavaskar

first_img Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 15:47 IST Sunil Gavaskar said no one would be want to watch his story on-screen (India Today Photo)Sunil Gavaskar, one of India’s iconic cricketers, says his life is not interesting enough for a biopic.With biopics on cricketers like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev gaining popularity in Bollywood, does he foresee a movie on his life?”I am really not interested in making a biopic on me. I have a very regular, normal routine life. As an audience, even I do not want to watch it on-screen. Why would people do that then? I was approached with the proposal of a biopic a few times, but I think my life is not interesting for a biopic,” Gavaskar told IANS.Kabir Khan is making a film on India’s first ever victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, in which Gavaskar was a part of the winning team.Asked if he met the filmmaker, he said: “Yes, I met Kabir and the kind of conversation that we have regarding the making of the film was more to do with the era of that World Cup Tournament… The journey of the team up to that match. We had a conversation on that regards.””But I think we will meet again to share inputs little later,” added Gavaskar, who is the first batsman known for scoring 10,000 runs in Test Cricket.Talking of the controversial incident involving cricketer Hardik Pandya from the chat show “Koffee With Karan”, when was punished by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for making a misogynistic comment, Gavaskar said that stardom is tough to handle at the beginning of one’s career.advertisementHe said: “I have to mention that it (stardom) is quite a tough thing to handle at the beginning of your career… When you have to constantly improve your game and at the same time match up the expectation of the people as a celebrity or icon.””The attention that you get outside, and then focusing on the game so that you can maintain the attention. That is why it is important that senior players should mentor and guide these youngsters who have already gone through that phase.”Talking about how the relevance of Test Cricket has changed in an era when T20 format is celebrated, Gavaskar said: “Even youngsters know that a cricketer will be remembered in the history based on his performance in Test Cricket. That is classic, that is ultimate.”But because the new generation is playing a lot of T20 and 50 over (ODI) format we are scoring more runs, and test matches have become more result oriented than draws, that used to happen earlier.””That also made a test match more exciting to watch,” said Gavaskar, who is considered to be one of the greatest opening batsmen in the history of Test cricket.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri receive Padma Awards from President Ram Nath KovindAlso Read | On this day: Sachin Tendulkar scores 100th hundred, Herschelle Gibbs smashes 6 sixes in an overFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow BiopicFollow 1983 World CupFollow Indian cricket team My life isn’t interesting for a biopic: Sunil GavaskarSunil Gavaskar, who is arguably one of the greatest ever to play cricket, said that his life is very regular and no one would be want to watch his story on-screen.advertisementlast_img read more

Summer Solstice: What It Is and Why it Matters

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Andrew Dunn/Wikimedia/CommonsWhat exactly is the summer solstice?In short, the summer solstice — which occurs at 6:07 a.m. on June 21, 2018 — marks the official astronomical beginning of the summer season for the Northern Hemisphere (in meteorology, the season begins a bit earlier on June 1). The solstice happens when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. From Earth, this is when the sun reaches its northernmost position in the sky.Because the solstice increases sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere and ushers in the heat of summer, you may reason that this is when the sun is closest to this region of the Earth. In fact, the solstice has nothing to do with Earth’s distance from the sun — the key factor is the Earth’s tilt on its axis. Because of the way our planet sits on its north-south axis, more sunlight reaches the Northern Hemisphere at solstice time than at any other point in the year. For the Southern Hemisphere, which is tilted away from the sun this time of year, our summer solstice marks their winter solstice (when December rolls around, the opposite will be true as we move into our official winter season).Why Does the Summer Solstice Matter?It Has Both Historical and Modern-Day SignificanceWhile you may not mark the summer solstice with a dedicated celebration every year, it has had tremendous influence on different cultures throughout human history. One of the most notable examples of this is Stonehenge, whose design is such that if you stand at its center during the solstice, you can watch the sun rise over the Heel Stone and perfectly hit the center of the Altar Stone. Of course, no one knows for sure why Stonehenge was originally created, but its layout seems so deliberately designed to embrace the solstice that it must have played some role. To this day, thousands of people gather at Stonehenge each year to celebrate the moment of solstice and marvel at the precision of its design. The design of The Great Pyramids in Egypt also seems to have taken the summer solstice into account; to this day, if you view the solstice sun from the Sphinx, you’ll see it set directly between two of the pyramids.Summer Solstice at Heel Stone Andrew Dunn/Wikimedia/CommonsWhen you consider exactly what the coming of the summer solstice means — especially for agriculture — it’s no surprise that ancient cultures would have seen it as an important time of year. To this day, the solstice is still a critical time of year for American farmers because of its significance in the growing season. As daylight hours slowly wane post-solstice, crops begin to mature and farmers begin preparations for harvest. While we may no longer build monuments to celebrate the coming of the summer season, it continues to play a vital role in our survival and our traditions.There are still some communities in the United States that mark the solstice with ceremonies and celebrations. In Fairbanks, Alaska, where the solstice can bring up to 22.5 hours of straight sunlight, the event is marked each year with a late-night baseball game (a tradition that has been going strong for over 100 years). In New York, yoga enthusiasts gather to strike poses in Times Square under the extended daylight hours. In Seattle, an annual Solstice Parade takes place on or near the day of the solstice. In Northern Europe, the beginning of the summer season is even more heavily celebrated, with festivals, bonfires, and beautiful floral decorations. What a great excuse to take that European vacay you’ve been dreaming of!It’s Something We All ExperienceThe summer solstice is a rare and remarkable moment of global continuity: because it occurs precisely when the sun sits over the Tropic of Cancer, it happens at the exact same time all over the world. In addition to connecting all us Earthlings in one specific moment, solstices are something we share with our solar system neighbors.Illumination on Earth by Sun on Summer Solstice Day in northern hemisphere. Commons/WikimediaThese planets experience similar events — in fact, in a rare case of astronomical coincidence, Mars experienced a solstice within just a few days of our own in 2008. Uranus also experiences solstices, though they’re much more extreme than ours. Each pole on the planet experiences 42 years of sunshine followed by 42 years of darkness. For other planets, like Jupiter, the position of their poles relative to their orbits makes solstices almost imperceptible.It Means Summer is ComingThough our daily schedules may make us inclined to view the solstice as taking place in the middle of summer, it serves as a great reminder that summer is just beginning. Just as May and June are winding down, the solstice ushers in the true heat of the season. Because we tend to think of May as the beginning of summer, the solstice’s reminder is almost like getting a whole second wave of the season.The arrival of the summer solstice can also give you some key insights into astronomical phenomena heading your way. The further north you are during the solstice, the more sunlight you’ll get, and if you happen to live within 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the sun will never set for you at all during the solstice. While most places don’t experience their earliest sunrise or latest sunsets exactly on solstice day, it’s still a good indicator of when your area will experience these extremes. Earliest sunrises typically take place a few days before the official solstice, and latest sunsets a few days after. Even though solstice day may not be your earliest sunrise or latest sunset of the year, that doesn’t mean you won’t get extra rays. For everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, in the sense that it’s the day with the most hours of sunlight. That means if you time it right, you can enjoy the sunny outdoors (or maybe just the view of them from the safe confines of your A/C) for longer on solstice day than any other day of the year.The solstice also lets you know that you can look forward to the doggiest days of summer several weeks (or months, depending on your location) afterward. This is due to the delay in how long it takes the planet’s oceans and land masses to warm up after receiving their peak dose of sunlight. Ocean water is especially slow to heat up, so areas that are close to water can expect the hottest day of the year to hit later in summer – in August or even September.If you’re a fan of twilight (no, not the sparkly vampire series), you might appreciate that the solstice results in extra light before sunrise and after sunset. Be sure to stay safe, though — the UV index skyrockets during solstice time, which means it can be a lot easier to get a sunburn even early in the morning or late into the evening.So, while you might not be able to make it to Stonehenge for this cosmic celebration, it’s still worth an early rise this Thursday, June 21 to soak up some extra sun and appreciate exactly what the event means for our history, our planet, and our seasons. Who knows, maybe you can even start your very own summer solstice tradition. 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Tertiary Level PATH Students to Benefit from $100 Million in Bursaries

first_imgStory Highlights The Government of Jamaica is providing $100 million in bursaries, under the PATH Tertiary Bursary to assist these students. Some 1,000 tertiary level students from Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) households across the island are to benefit from scholarships to complete their studies.The Government of Jamaica is providing $100 million in bursaries, under the PATH Tertiary Bursary to assist these students.Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, on Wednesday, November 13, signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with representatives of the 18 institutions, through which the bursaries will be offered, during a ceremony at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston.Mr. Kellier said the programme represents a significant investment not only in the youth of Jamaica, but also in the development and growth of the country as a whole.The initiative is also in keeping with the Government’s strategic priority for fiscal year 2013/2014, aimed at enhancing social protection for the most vulnerable and providing educational advancement for all citizens.“[This] investment ensures that some of the nation’s brightest and most innovative minds are not left behind because of poverty,” Mr. Kellier stated.“Any national development strategy that engages the private sector, civil society and academia, especially in relation to our youth, is sure to increase the prospects for national success,” he added.Mr. Kellier also commended the tertiary institutions that have come on board, pointing out that their participation is a “sign of confidence” in the promise that if properly trained, Jamaica’s wide-ranging human resource, will be able to meet the needs of the labour market.He encouraged the beneficiaries to seize the opportunity by giving of their best. He also implored them to adopt an attitude of volunteerism, by investing their time and talents in the development of their communities and country.“I implore you to do this, if only because you have a responsibility to your country by helping to uplift yourself and your family,” he said.Students under the programme will receive $100,000 each towards tuition fees, boarding costs or book expenses.For a student to qualify for the PATH Tertiary Bursary intervention, he or she must have received a PATH benefit while in secondary school; be enrolled in their second, third or fourth year in any tertiary level institution accredited by the University Council of Jamaica during fiscal year 2013/14; and attained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above in their first year of study.They can apply for the bursary through their institutions and payments will only be made to the school after a submission is made to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security by the institution.Director of Social Security in the Ministry, Denzil Thorpe, said a major objective of the tertiary bursary intervention is to assist members of PATH families to become employable.He noted that since the inception of PATH, there has been significant investment in primary and secondary education. However, the ability of the programme to realistically reduce the inter-generational cycle of poverty is affected by the fact that some families have been unable to fund their children’s education beyond the secondary level.Mr. Thorpe said the government’s goal is to sustain the gains made by PATH by assisting families to complete tertiary education thereby making them employable and self-sustainable.Now in its 11th year, PATH has positively impacted the lives of more than 400,000 Jamaicans in approximately 130,000 households across the island, through the provision of cash transfers, and interventions geared toward developing human capital.A 2012 targeting assessment of the programme highlighted that it has been successful in providing benefits to Jamaicans, who are in need of social protection.The assessment indicates that targeting of households for PATH benefits has been fairly accurate, with over 80 per cent of households being below the national food poverty line. The initiative is also in keeping with the Government’s strategic priority for fiscal year 2013/2014. Some 1,000 tertiary level students from PATH households across the island are to benefit from scholarships to complete their studies.last_img read more

Celebrating Women Concert in New Glasgow

first_imgDoris Mason comes home to New Glasgow on Saturday, March 6, toheadline a concert in celebration of International Women’s Day. The Pictou County Celebrating Women’s Committee and Nova ScotiaAdvisory Council on the Status of Women are producing theconcert, which will highlight local talents and celebrate theachievements and contributions of 12 Pictou County women. “The advisory council works with community organizations to helpadvance women’s issues,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Ministerresponsible for the advisory council. “It’s a pleasure to workwith these organizations whose mandate is to help women in need.” Performers at the concert will include the Carillon Singers,Cheryl Layes, North Nova Education Centre Senior Jazz Ensemble,the Williams Sisters, Linda Little, The East Boyz and EdnaPeppard with Fleur Mainville. “The concert is an important fundraising opportunity for thePictou County Women’s Centre and the Tearmann Society for AbusedWomen,” said Bernadette MacDonald, Pictou County Women’s Centre. Major concert sponsors are CBC, the advisory council, GlasgowSquare, Kimberly Clark, CUPE, The New Glasgow Evening News, CKECRadio, Advocate Printing and Via Rail. The event takes place at Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow.Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Big Al’s on Trenton Road, New Glasgow,Dobson’s Stationery in Stellarton and the Women’s Centre, 35Riverside St., New Glasgow. International Women’s Day, March 8, is a time to reflect on andcelebrate women’s accomplishments. The United Nations officiallyrecognized the day in 1977, although its labour movement rootsare much older. Programs to mark and celebrate the day across the province can befound on the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website at,www.gov.ns.ca/staw .last_img read more

Province Kicks Off New Marketing Campaign

first_img The province is pitching Nova Scotia as the “perfect road trip” in an aggressive marketing campaign to increase first-time visitors and boost overall tourism. “The province’s new tourism direction and marketing campaign will allow us to compete as a top travel destination,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “We want to give Nova Scotians a chance to preview our new campaign, which will inspire more first-time visitors to come to Nova Scotia, travel more of the province, and explore everything we have to offer.” The new campaign, Take Yourself There, uses extensive consumer research to create an emotional connection with first-time visitors. It portrays Nova Scotia as place where diverse, vibrant landscape and culture, combines with friendly and engaging locals, and accessible seacoast and communities to create the spirit of a perfect road trip. First-time visitors, who spend 42 per cent more and travel further throughout the province, make up 19 per cent of Nova Scotia’s 2 million annual visitors. The number of first-timers has been declining, which the campaign aims to change. “We will focus our advertising investment in the areas where we have the highest potential to attract first-time visitors,” said Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. “If we get them here once, our research shows that they come back again and again. “It’s up to every Nova Scotian to contribute to the unforgettable experiences that turn first-time visitors into repeat visitors, and compel them to share their positive experience with family and friends.” The new campaign, which includes television, newspaper, billboard and online advertising, will run in Ontario and, for the first time in three years, in Quebec in English and French. The province is also marketing in the mid-Atlantic and New England areas in the United States, and overseas in the United Kingdom and Germany, in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, the Canadian Tourism Commission and others. “We’re excited about where this new campaign can take us,” said Donna Hatt, marketing and development manager at White Point Beach Resort. “We believe that visitors’ journeys are just beginning when they arrive in Nova Scotia, and that adventure will unfold around every corner. This campaign will provide a great platform for industry to communicate that message and can help to get visitors moving through all regions of the province.” The province will also expand its online presence with a multi-year digital marketing plan. Highlights include a refresh for novascotia.com this year with a completely rebuilt site for 2014. The plan will build on successful social media engagement through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. Beginning March 18, visitors will also be able to download a new tourism app from iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry devices. The 2013 Doers’ and Dreamers’ guide is available now, in English and French. For the first time, the travel guide was printed on high-quality Nova Scotia stock from Port Hawkesbury Paper and will be available digitally for download to mobile devices, beginning March 18. Nova Scotia’s tourism industry is an important contributor to the economy, directly employing more than 24,000 people and generating annual revenues of $2 billion. Nova Scotia spends about $5 million on its advertising campaign to market Nova Scotia in key areas. For more information on the province’s tourism marketing campaign or to view the television ads, visit http://novascotia.com. NOTE: A list of campaign highlights follows this release. A social media version of this release, with hi-res, downloadable photos, video and audio clips will be available later today, March 13, at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-03-13-Tourism-Campaign/.last_img read more

Les ministres des provinces et des territoires sont déterminés à offrir des

first_imgLes ministres des provinces et des territoires responsables des Services sociaux se sont réunis aujourd’hui 31 juillet à Halifax pour discuter des principaux enjeux en matière de politiques sociales, notamment : la sécurité du revenu pour les Canadiens et la réduction de la pauvreté; l’amélioration du bien-être des enfants et des jeunes autochtones; l’amélioration du soutien offert aux familles et aux enfants ayant un trouble du spectre de l’autisme. Les ministres ont souligné l’importance de fournir des services sociaux efficaces et novateurs aux Canadiens pour répondre à leurs besoins particuliers. La réunion était une occasion pour les provinces et les territoires de discuter de la meilleure façon de continuer à collaborer dans les domaines d’intérêt commun. Les ministres provinciaux et territoriaux ont discuté en profondeur de leurs approches et de leurs initiatives respectives pour prévenir et réduire la pauvreté. Les ministres ont convenu que bien que leurs approches diffèrent, ils ont la même vision d’un Canada où toutes les personnes sont incluses, peuvent réaliser leur plein potentiel et participer pleinement à la vie sociale et économique. Les ministres ont approuvé la déclaration ci-dessous au sujet de la réduction de la pauvreté : « Relever le défi : déclaration des provinces et des territoires sur la réduction de la pauvreté ». Les ministres ont pris note de l’intention du gouvernement fédéral de mettre en place une stratégie fédérale de réduction de la pauvreté. Les ministres sont impatients d’en examiner le contenu afin de voir comment elle s’harmonise avec les efforts provinciaux et territoriaux existants de réduction de la pauvreté. Les ministres sont tous engagés à transformer le bien-être à l’enfance pour améliorer le bien être des enfants et des jeunes autochtones. Le changement est en cours et ceci exigera du temps ainsi que des efforts soutenus et intensifs de la part des provinces, des territoires et de leurs partenaires, notamment des dirigeants, des communautés et des familles autochtones. Les ministres maintiendront un dialogue ouvert et sont résolus à faire participer leurs partenaires inuits, métis et des Premières Nations respectifs aux travaux en cours au sein de leur gouvernement pour s’attaquer à la surreprésentation des enfants et des jeunes autochtones pris en charge par les services sociaux. Les ministres attendent plus d’information de la part du gouvernement fédéral sur ses projets d’élaboration d’une loi fédérale sur les services aux enfants et aux familles autochtones et les mesures qu’il compte prendre pour satisfaire aux exigences du principe de Jordan. Il est essentiel de veiller à ce que les orientations fédérales s’intègrent aux initiatives provinciales et territoriales déjà en cours. Les ministres ont souligné l’importance de respecter les responsabilités de chaque ordre de gouvernement, et plus particulièrement les responsabilités constitutionnelles et fiduciaires du gouvernement fédéral à l’égard des peuples autochtones. La réunion a été présidée par Kelly Regan, ministre des Services communautaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « J’ai été ravie d’accueillir mes collègues des provinces et des territoires en Nouvelle-Écosse, souligne Mme Regan. Nous avons eu une excellente occasion de discuter des questions qui touchent nos collectivités, nos familles et nos enfants. Nous avons été en mesure d’établir une compréhension mutuelle des manières dont ces questions touchent nos gouvernements et de préparer le terrain en vue de tenir d’autres discussions et de collaborer davantage. Je suis enchantée des progrès que nous avons faits ensemble sur des questions telles que le soutien aux enfants handicapés et à leur famille, le soutien aux familles touchées par un trouble du spectre de l’autisme, les interventions auprès des enfants, la réduction de la pauvreté et la sécurité du revenu. Nous avons convenu d’une déclaration de vision commune sur la réduction de la pauvreté et reconnaissons que nous ne pouvons pas résoudre les problèmes auxquels nous nous heurtons en agissant de façon isolée. Nous pouvons apprendre beaucoup les uns des autres, de partenaires gouvernementaux et communautaires et tout particulièrement, des personnes ayant vécu ces expériences. Je suis impatiente de poursuivre les travaux avec mes collègues des provinces, des territoires et du gouvernement fédéral pour veiller à répondre aux besoins des familles canadiennes. » -30-last_img read more

If a car hits your vehicle as youre buckling up your kids

first_imgSURREY (660 NEWS) – When you put your child in their car seat in BC, you need to leave the car door open to be able to do it. But it turns out you may be found at fault if another vehicle hits your door.Kirsten Chalmers, a mother of three in Surrey, was found 100 per cent at fault, after a van’s mirror hit her open door.Kirsten and her mom were in the parking lot of a shopping centre, making sure her kids — aged 10 months, two, and five — were buckled in.“I had already put my 10-month-old into her car seat — she’s in one of those bucket seats that you just move into the car. I was buckling in my oldest daughter on the passenger side. It was my mom who was on the driver’s side, buckling in my son.”That’s when the van parked next to them backed out.The van’s mirror hit her car’s open door, but she never thought she would be found at fault.“In the Motor Vehicle Act, it states something along the lines of ‘the car door being opened for a period of time to get a passenger in and out.’ What is considered a safe period of time? Well in my opinion, whatever time it takes to properly buckle a child in.”The other driver is not seeking damages, which means Kirsten’s premiums won’t be affected. But she still wants answers.“I still feel like I’m deserving of some type of explanation. If you’re going to tell me that I can’t open my door to put my child in and that I’ll be found at fault for that, what if she had requested damages?”In an emailed statement to our partners in Vancouver, ICBC says the door was “opened further” into the moving van, which is why Kirsten was found at fault.According to the Motor Vehicle Act, a person must not open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so.In this case, the vehicle door was partially open but then the door was opened further into the side of the moving vehicle. The responsibility for the impact lies with the door opener.Kirsten claims she never stated to ICBC that her mother further opened the door. “I think I would have been more accepting of a 50-50 type thing. But to just be told ‘You’re 100 per cent at fault’… I was blown away.”She says a manager told her it was “more of a he said, she said thing.”“That [the other driver is] actually claiming that… my car door was not open when she started backing out and that my mom actually would have had to come between the moving vehicle and my parked vehicle and opened the door with a two-year-old in her arms while she was already in the process of backing out. I’m not sure who would ever do that, especially not with a child.”She says it’s impossible for a parent to buckle their children without opening the door. “It’s not always a very quick procedure to get them into the car.”What should parents do in this situation?Kirsten wants to know what should be done to ensure this doesn’t happen to her — or another parent — again.“Are you recommending that if I’m in the process of buckling my kids and I hear a car start that I should actually stop what I’m doing, move out of the way, close the door, and let that person back out? I would like to know what I should do in the future.”In ICBC’s statement, the insurer says:Parking lots are very busy places. The key tip is to be aware of the vehicles around you when parking or returning to your parked vehicle and continue to watch for other drivers as you and your passengers enter and exit the vehicle. Don’t leave doors open longer than necessary and check before opening any door further. If an incident occurs, try to find an independent witness if possible.“This is crazy. This defies common sense,” said Kris Sims with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a longtime critic of ICBC’s monopoly on car insurance.She thinks many cases like Kirsten’s go under the radar.  While Sims admits she’s no expert on ICBC cases, she believes many come down to “he said, she said” situations.“Unless you get witnesses. Say, there’s a collision… say it’s in an intersection or something. Then you still need to usually get witnesses for things like that.”Sims argues if there was insurance competition, Kirsten could move to another insurer if she was unhappy with how she is treated.“I’m going to go up the street, I’m going to go online, I’m going to shop around because as a consumer… In British Columbia, you can’t do it. The only recourse is to make an issue of it.”last_img read more

Stars To Attend Race To Erase MS Gala

first_imgThe 23rd Annual Race to Erase MS Gala will take place on April 15 benefiting Race to Erase MS and its “Center Without Walls” program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS.Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring live musical performances by KISS, Jordan Smith, and more. ALEX AND ANI’s Carolyn Rafaelian will be presented with the Race to Erase MS “Medal of Hope” Award. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.Special hosts for the evening include Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and LL Cool J. Additional guests include Mark Ballas, Garcelle Beauvais, Wendy Burch, Francesca Capaldi, Christine Devine, Carmen Electra, Emblem3, Frances Fisher, Clementine Ford, Marg Helgenberger, Allison Holker, BC Jean, Cobi Jones, Larry King, Robert Knepper, Ali Landry, Ross Matthews, AJ Michalka, Aly Michalka, Megan Nicole, Naya Rivera, Johnathon Schaech, Cybill Shepherd, Jojo Siwa, Lea Thompson, Anna Trebunskaya, Aisha Tyler, Louis Van Amstel, Clay Walker, Diane Warren, Dave Winfield, and many more.WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016WHERE: Beverly Hilton9876 Wilshire Blvd.Beverly Hills, CA 90210Find out more here.last_img read more

In post truth era leaders must defend objective independent media UN says

AUDIO: In her call to the authorities on World Press Freedom Day, Sheila Keetharuth, a UN investigator, said the more than decade-and-a-half long detention of journalist Dawit Isaac in Eritrea must end. Credit: UN News In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations today said.“We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark World Press Freedom Day. This year’s theme highlights media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies and builds on the theme ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times.’ The 2017 commemoration comes at a time when “free, independent and pluralistic media has never been so important to empower individual women and men, strengthen good governance and the rule of law, and take forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) said in a statement.The agency is also tasked with defending press freedom and the safety of journalists, and is spearheading the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.“Far too often, murder remains the most tragic form of censorship,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in her message on the Day, noting that 102 journalists were killed in 2016. She noted that “facing a crisis of audience identity, journalism stands before a horizon where old challenges are merging with new threats,” which include the Internet’s blurring of the lines between advertising and editorial material, businesses pushing for profits and private censorship. RELATED: UNESCO award for Dawit Isaak ‘sign of hope’ to free imprisoned Eritrean journalistIn her message, Ms. Bokova cited Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist assassinated in 1986, whose name was lent to the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. He wrote: “Only the independence, the character, the objectivity and the good judgment of the journalist and the media can overcome the terrible storms of the new world that threaten freedom of information everywhere.” Ms. Bokova noted those words, written two years prior to his death, “continue to resonate today, 33 years later.” She called for “original, critical and well-researched journalism, guided by high professional, ethical standards and a quality media education” and for audiences who “have the right media and information literacy skills.” VIDEO: “Defend those that give voice to the voiceless” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres on World Press Freedom Day 2017.Press Freedom is marked annually on 3 May. UNESCO’s main celebration of this year’s edition of the Day will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1 to 4 May.The programme of the four-day conference has been designed to raise awareness of the importance of free and fact-based journalism in promoting peace and justice, and supporting the efficiency, accountability and inclusiveness of institutions, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). The event is organized with the Government of Indonesia and the Indonesian Press Council.During the event, Ms. Bokova will award the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Dawit Isaak, the imprisoned Eritrean-born journalist who will be represented by his daughter, Bethelem Isaak, during a ceremony hosted by Joko Widodo, the President of Indonesia. In Geneva, a UN human rights expert welcomed the granting of the prize to Mr. Isaak, and urged Eritrea to free him. “The Eritrean authorities should stop the practice of arrests and detention carried out without legal basis instantly,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, in a new release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). A special event will be held at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday. read more

Promoting excellence in mining and mineral processing project management

first_imgSinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) to collaborate to promote excellence in project management. In particular, the two organisations will work together on refining SKM’s internal project management development programs and aligning its internal accreditation process with the AIPM Registered Project Manager (RegPM) accreditation.SKM’s internal project management development program incorporates competency-based assessment at regular intervals, and with the assistance of AIPM, SKM is looking to ensure effective development opportunities are provided for its project managers and directors so that they are capable of meeting the established AIPM certification levels. Ongoing internal promotion of project management skills development and the benefits of recognised accreditation will be a key part of this.     “Best practice project management is an essential component of SKM’s continued success, and we welcome this opportunity to strengthen the efficacy of our internal development programs,” said Paul Dougas, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, SKM. “SKM has been a corporate member for some time and through this new agreement we’re delighted to be able to strengthen our commitment to develop and promote excellence in project management.”Commenting on the MoU, Dr Bill Young, National President, AIPM, said, “Partnerships with leading organisations like SKM play a critical role in advancing the profession of Project Management. In strengthening our relationship with SKM I’m very confident we will enhance the career path framework for SKM’s project managers and provide access to continuous professional development at an internationally recognised standard.”last_img read more

Edible super insulating foam protects hand from 7000 degree welding torch

first_imgThe super insulating foam in the video below is very impressive, but so is the confidence of the guy demonstrating it. How many of you would pile some foam up in your hand, then put a 7,000 degree welding torch over it? Not impressed enough? After a 20 second burn, he then proceeds to eat the foam.Typically insulating foams aren’t edible and contain chemicals and fire retardants you never want to release into the environment, let alone consume. The fact this foam insulates so well against both heat and cold, and is biodegradable, makes it a very desirable solution for all types of products.Beyond the video, very little is known about this foam. Based on the sign on the wall, this is a foam developed by the Aarmourtherm Foundation, which already researches and produces fire resistant paints, coatings, and wall insulation. So they clearly know what they are talking about when it comes to stopping heat and cold.The guy happy to torch his hand says he’s been eating the foam in demonstrations for the past 5 years, so it isn’t exactly new and looks to be safe. That 5 years could account for ongoing testing before this becomes a real product.Greenpeace has been campaigning to get harmful chemicals, and in particular fire retardants out of products for a number of years now. The organization regularly highlights the worst offenders in its guide to greener electronics. If this foam can also be used in solid form, or at least added to plastic and metal casings, then it could make our gadgets much more environmentally friendly in the near future.The next major breakthrough is somehow combining this with that superhydrophobic spray so our clothers never need to be washed, help keep our body temperature regulated, and never set on fire.last_img read more