Arjun Tendulkar grabs five-wicket haul in Cooch Behar Trophy

first_imgBatting icon Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun has been in superb form for Mumbai in the ongoing Under -19 Cooch Behar Trophy and the left-handed fast bowler produced yet another scintillating performance on Tuesday.Arjun grabbed a five-wicket haul in the match against Railways as Mumbai won by an innings and 103 runs.Arjun, a promising left-arm pacer, grabbed 5 for 44 in 11 overs as Mumbai bowled out Railways for 136 in their second innings.He had remained wicket-less in the first innings, returning figures of 0-23, but came back strongly in the second to take five wickets at the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana in suburban Kandivili.Electing to bat, Mumbai had posted 389 courtesy a double century by Yashavi Bhupender Jaiswal in their first innings. They bowled out Railways for 150 with A Vashishtha taking eight wickets for 30 runs.He removed the first four batsmen Railways batsmen and then the ninth wicket to complete his five-wicket haul.Arjun has been tremendous throughout the tournament after having picked up a fifer against Madhya Pradesh three weeks ago, ending with figures of 5-95 in 26 overs in the second innings of the match played at the MCA’s Bandra-Kurla Complex.In the first innings, Arjun had figures of 1-42. The match was drawn and Mumbai took the first innings lead to grab three points.Arjun followed up that performance with a four-wicket haul against Assam.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

FIFA chief wants two more Africa slots in expanded World Cup

first_imgAfrica should be given two more places at the World Cup finals if the tournament is expanded to 40 teams, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino told reporters on a brief trip to Nigeria.Infantino repeated his presidential election manifesto pledge to push for the World Cup to grow by eight teams to 40 and wants Africa to get at least two extra slots from 2026.“I believe for the World Cup 2026– because the 2018 and 2022 finals are already decided – there should be 40 teams… and out of the eight more there should be at least two slots for African teams,” he told reporters.“This is what I declared during my campaign and as you know I’m not a dictator but a democratically elected FIFA president, so I have to speak to everyone and listen to everyone as well,” he added in Abuja.An expanded World Cup was one of the key points in the election manifesto of Infantino, who was voted in as the president of world football‘s governing body in February.The next two World Cup tournaments have a field of 32 teams with Africa having had five places since the last increase in 1998, except for 2010 when, with the tournament hosted in South Africa, there were six African nations at the finals. Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgNext week those who can are encouraged to trade their cars for their bicycles and take part in Sioux City’s Bike to Work Day event on Friday, May 18th.It’s part of National Bike to Work Week, which begins on Monday, May 14th.Michelle Bostinelos of SIMPCO says there are lots of good reasons to pedal your way to work:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………saving commuters money. :06There’s a few other benefits to riding your bike to work in the downtown area next Friday:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..downtown locations. ;11SIMPCO also presented the third annual “Bike Friendly” award to Western Iowa Tech Community College:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……small lake. ;24You may take part in “Bike to Work” activities by registering online at read more

The Mac and Cheese Cookbook

first_imgAllison Arevalo and Erin Wade met by happenstance, when they shared a table with their husbands at a crowded café one Sunday. Arevalo, who worked in marketing, and Wade, who was a lawyer, started chatting about their love of food. It only made sense because Wade had previously worked as a pastry and line cook in New York while Arevalo worked as a server there. The two decided they also had common goals, and opened Homeroom, a restaurant in Oakland, California, dedicated to everyone’s favorite comfort food, macaroni and cheese. Their new tome, The Mac + Cheese Cookbook, takes their favorite recipes from Homeroom, so that everybody from the United States (and the world!) can enjoy the delicious goodness of Homeroom’s macaroni and cheese. The Manual quizzed Arevalo and Wade on the first time they fell in love with macaroni and cheese, how their cookbook came about and the best macaroni and cheese to make on a date.Do you remember the first time you each fell in love with macaroni and cheese?EW: My father made a homemade mac and cheese that just kicked the pants off the stuff in the box and I was addicted to it from a pretty young age.AA: My Italian grandmother was the star cook in our house, and she would make an amazing homemade Italian-style mac and cheese which is the mac and cheese I first fell in love with.Why is it so popular?Can you eat mac and cheese and not have it bring a smile to your face?  The satisfying combination of pasta in a rich and creamy cheese sauce is so comforting, decadent, and nostalgic, it’s hard not to love it.You already own Homeroom, a restaurant in Oakland, California dedicated to macaroni and cheese, why do a cookbook?We had both always been really into food and food writing, and it was a dream of both of ours to write a cookbook.  So when an editor at Ten Speed Press called us and said that they were interested in having us write a Homeroom cookbook, it was almost too good to be true.  We also think that although there are a few mac and cheese cookbooks already out there, that ours is really special because we give you all the details on the basics, and you can riff on it 100 different ways at home.  We’ve also served more mac and cheese than any other restaurant in the world (we’re pretty sure), so we’ve got some really helpful techniques and great recipes we thought would be fun to share.What’s the secret to good mac and cheese?A silky cream sauce and using good cheeses.How did you decide on which recipes to put in the cookbook?At Homeroom we have about 12 macs on our menu at any given time, but we have dozens of recipes we are always waiting to put into the rotation either as a seasonal special or to replace something on the menu.  So luckily the book pretty much wrote itself, since we had most of our recipes already.  There are some recipes though that we developed specifically for the cookbook based on frequent requests we’ve had from customers (i.e. the mac cakes) that were difficult for us to implement at Homeroom for various reasons, but were perfect to round out the cookbook.Why did you decide to include sides and desserts in it?Although Homeroom is a mac and cheese restaurant, we pride ourselves on really making mac and cheese a meal with delicious side dishes, homemade desserts, and beer and wine pairings.  We wanted the cookbook to convey the same idea– that mac can be amazing on its own but that it can also be the centerpiece to a fabulous dinner.What are your favorites?We really do love them all, but if we had to pick favorites we’d go for the classic cheddar (for nostalgia) or the Dungeness crab mac (if we’re feeling fancy).What’s the best mac and cheese recipe for a guy to make for:– A Date: The Truffle Mac or Dungeness Crab Mac — because they are a little fancier and will make a lady feel special.– His Family: The Gilroy Garlic Mac —It is far and away our best seller and a huge crowd pleaser for all ages.– His Guy Friends- The Jalapeno Popper or Chili Mac — We came up with them for a Super Bowl party to feature our favorite Super Bowl party ingredients and these macs definitely have “guys night” written all over them.The Mac + Cheese Cookbook: 50 Simple Recipes From Homeroom, America’s Favorite Mac and Cheese Restaurant, $10.61 at How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now last_img read more

Government Introduces Seventh Consecutive Balanced Budget

first_imgNova Scotia’s seventh consecutive balanced budget was tabled at Province House today, April 29, by Finance Minister Michael Baker. The $8.4-billion budget confirms government’s commitment to debt management and includes measures to ensure Nova Scotia is the best place in which to live, invest, raise a family and do business. “This budget keeps the priorities of Nova Scotians in mind, and our fiscal house in order,” said Mr. Baker. “Our spending choices are strategic, they are good for Nova Scotians, and they will help secure a bright future for our province.” Total revenues for 2008-09 are estimated to increase by $448.2 million to $8.466 billion, mainly as a result of income tax, HST, and offshore petroleum revenues. Expenses are estimated to increase by $392.8 million to $8.333 billion, with targeted investments in economic development, post-secondary education, health care, crime prevention and infrastructure. Nova Scotia’s economy has experienced moderate growth in the past year, and real GDP growth is expected to stay flat at 1.7 per cent for 2008. This underscores the importance of sticking to the province’s fiscal plan. The province’s forecasted surplus of $189.7 million will go to the debt, and at least 70 per cent of potential Crown Share dollars owed to Nova Scotia, for the years up to and including 2007-08, has been committed to debt reduction. In 2008-09 and beyond, any funds attributed to Crown Share will also go toward the debt. “We remain committed to reducing the debt,” said Mr. Baker. “It’s not an easy thing to do, given the range of priorities of Nova Scotians, but it will be worth it in the long term.” Debt-servicing costs have dropped significantly, thanks to government’s commitment to debt reduction. In 1999, 18 cents out of every dollar went to servicing the debt. This coming year it will be down to 10.7 cents per dollar. The province of Nova Scotia will hold the line on corporate taxes, proceed with promised tax reductions and introduce new tax relief in 2008 and 2009. These measures will save Nova Scotians $97 million in 2008 and $138 in 2009. A new Transit Tax Credit will encourage Nova Scotians to use public transit, and the Healthy Living Tax Credit for sport and recreational activity registration fees will be extended to all Nova Scotians. Government has also revamped the measures necessary to help Nova Scotians stay warm in the winter months. Changes made to the Your Energy Rebate program will limit the rebate on electricity to the portion of electricity used to heat homes. This means a cost reduction of roughly $28 million. Government will use part of that savings to introduce the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, a new $10-million program targeted to help low-income Nova Scotians struggling to heat their homes. In other areas, a further investment of $18.6 million (of which $10.7 million is provincial funding) will bring broadband high-speed Internet access to every area of the province by the end of 2009. New dollars for economic development will stimulate research, development and innovation within small and medium-sized business. An additional $1.5 million will help manage the increase in provincial inmate population, while $8.2 million will help to hire 70 additional police officers this year. Investments in education, including a recent $180 million commitment to freeze tuition, will bring the cost of education for Nova Scotians to the national average by 2010. A new investment of $2 million will help revitalize rinks and arenas around the province. For further budget information, see the Department of Finance website at .last_img read more

Delhi govt suspends outdoor activities for students

first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking cognizance of the heatwave in Delhi, the Education Department of the Delhi Government directed the schools to suspend the summer sports and yoga coaching camps, saying “it is not feasible for the students to continue the activities in these extreme weather conditions”.In view of the prevailing heat, the Delhi government has issued an advisory for school students and discontinued the summer sports and yoga coaching camps for them. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe advisory directed the heads of all government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools under the Directorate of Education (DoE) to sensitise the students regarding heatwave-related illnesses in the morning assembly or in classrooms by the nodal teachers, designated to carry out activities related to raising awareness on heatwave-related illnesses in schools. “Keep yourself updated regarding the local weather forecast to know if a heatwave is on the way in the coming days by means of radio, TV, newspaper etc. Even if you are not thirsty, you should drink sufficient water as often as possible, especially while working outside under high temperature,” the advisory said. It also said lightweight, loose and porous clothes should be worn and protective goggles, umbrellas or hats, shoes or chappals should be used while going out in the sun. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIt said one should stay hydrated and ORS, homemade drinks like lassi, rice water, lemon water, buttermilk etc. should be taken. “Be aware and recognise the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, heat hyperpyrexia, heat-cramps, heat syncope etc. such as weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, sweating and seizures etc. Do not go outside in the sun, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm,” it said. The advisory also said one should avoid cooking during peak hours and people should not consume tea, coffee, carbonated soft drinks, which dehydrate the body. It also advised against consumption of stale food and food with high protein content.last_img read more

Federal government announces 1 million in funding for Acadian cultural projects

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The federal government is spending $1 million on dozens of projects that celebrate Acadian culture in Atlantic Canada.Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was in Moncton, N.B., to announce funding for 59 projects for National Acadian Day events in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.The projects include the Festival acadien de Caraquet in New Brunswick and Grand-Pre 2017 in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.Joly says the money is part of the Canada 150 Fund and will give Acadian communities the chance to showcase their culture during National Acadian Day celebrations.Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey says his riding has one of the country’s most intact Acadian villages in Cumberland County at Beaubassin, where a park will open later this year.National Acadian Day is celebrated on Aug. 15 and dates back to the late 1800s, but was enacted by the federal government in 2003.last_img read more

Conservative MP Tony Clement apologizes for sexually explicit images and video

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Conservative MP Tony Clement is apologizing to his family and colleagues for sharing sexually explicit images and a video of himself to someone he believed was a consenting woman.In a statement sent out Tuesday afternoon, Clement says the recipient turned out to be a person, or group of people, who targeted him for the “purpose of financial extortion.”He writes that he has resigned from his House of Commons committee assignments and has also stepped down from his role was Conservative Shadow Minister for Justice.The MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka goes on to say that he wants to focus on his personal life and family. “I recognize now that I have gone down a wrong path and have exercised very poor judgment,” he writes.“First and foremost, I apologize to my family for the needless pain and humiliation my actions have caused. I also apologize to my colleagues and my constituents for letting them down.”He goes on to say that he is committed to seeking help and treatment to make sure it won’t happen again.Clement says RCMP are currently investigating. In an email to NEWS 1130’s Cormac Mac Sweeny, RCMP confirm they have received the information from the complainant and that the matter is being investigated.Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he has accepted Clement’s resignation as Shadow Minister and his various committee roles.My statement regarding Tony Clement’s resignation from Shadow Cabinet:— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) November 7, 2018“While I’m greatly disappointed with Mr. Clement’s actions, I am encouraged that he decided to seek help and I wish him all the best in doing so,” Scheer wrote in a statement.Conservative Deputy Leader and MP for Milton Lisa Raitt will assume the role of Shadow Minister for Justice effective immediately, Scheer added.last_img read more

Moroccans Condemn Jordans Denial of Visas for Young Moroccan Women

Rabat – A group of Moroccan activists are condemning discriminatory visa policies in Jordan and Egypt after being denied entrance to the countries. The mahram (male guardian) law does not seem to be limited only to Saudi Arabia. In order for Moroccan women between the ages of 18 and 35 to visit Jordan, they need to travel with a mahram.  Mounia Semlali, Kamilia Raouyane, and Asmaa Fakhoury all work for Oxfam, an international organization that says it “mobilizes the power of people against poverty.” The Moroccan women took to social media to voice their frustration and share their concerns when they were denied visas on arrival and prevented from visiting Egypt and Jordan for work.Read Also: UN Report Underlines Discrimination Against Moroccan WomenMoroccan human rights activist Ibtissam Lachgar told Morocco World News that she experienced the same treatment in 2012 when she arrived in Jordan at age 37. After landing, she said that a policeman told her that she could not leave the airport since she did not have a male guardian. The policeman seemed overly concerned that she was Moroccan and did not pay attention to the date of birth on her ID.“I showed him a letter from the Jordanian Ministry of Interior, but they refused to let me in because I look young,” she said.‘You’ll need a mahram for that’Lachgar, the spokeswoman for Moroccan NGO Alternative Movernment for Individual Freedoms (MALI), said that she had gone to Jordan for an event. “He did not let me in until he saw my date of birth. The fact that they take into account the age of women is also a problem. If you are above 35 then you are an old woman; they will care less about you,” she said.Semlali also told Morocco World News that the embassy refused her visa request because she was visiting the country without a mahram.“They told me this verbally.”Read Also: Kuwait Will Not Grant Work Permit to Moroccan, Tunisian Women Without A Male KinSemlali said that she had been in Jordan twice before, but when she recently submitted a visa application to take part in an event on gender issues for work, her request was rejected.“When I argued on the fact that I need a mahram, they told me that I need an approval from the Ministry of Interior in Jordan.”She also wondered why this requirement had not been mentioned before. “The visa procedure should be clear. If they asked me to collect more documents prior to the interview like what usually happens in Schengen visa, I would have made all documents ready without any problems,” Semlali explained.On January 18, Semlali posted her experience on Facebook, calling on the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene against the visa policy targeting Moroccan women.She told MWN that it is “unfair” for Moroccan women to be singled out. Semlali added that after media reported on their case, she received calls from the Jordanian embassy, who asked her to come back to get her visa.Semlali, however, said it was too late to attend her event. “I was going to discuss gender issues in the country. I will not turn the page [and forget it] easily.” Semlali added that it is frustrating how they single Moroccan women out as potential prostitutes. “This phenomenon is everywhere.”Stop the stereotypesAfter her experience, Semlali said she had three questions in mind: “Why must Moroccans between 18 and 35 years old be accompanied by a mahram to have the right of entry in Jordan? Why Moroccans in particular?”She also condemned some countries for lumping all Moroccan women together due to stereotypes.“Do not put everything in the same basket! We are not all prostitutes! And then, the policy must be applied to all countries of the world!”Where is the foreign ministry?Semlali said that she had never experienced such discrimination when she applied for a Schengen visa for Europe. “We submit our files, and we are given a 2-3 year visa with all respect!!!! So?”She then sarcastically wondered of the foreign minister: “Our beloved Morocco, where are you in all of that. Mr. Nasser Bourita, with all my respect, this humiliation of Moroccan women does not bother you??”Read Also: Saudi Airlines to Separate Men and Women on FlightsIn a phone call with Morocco World News, the Jordanian embassy  confirmed that Moroccan women under 35 are not allowed to enter the country. But Jordanian diplomats refused to defend or explain the policy of singling out Moroccan women publicly.MWN also contacted Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask about the department’s response to the policy, but the ministry was unreachable.‘I always wanted a Moroccan second wife’Like Semlali and Lachgar, Oxfam employee Fakhoury also recalled an experience in February 2018, when she had an unfriendly conversation with a policeman in the airport of Amman, Jordan.It was 4 a.m. when Fakhoury had a talk with a policeman in the airport who asked her why she had come to Jordan.She said that the policeman asked her about her age. She said that the policeman took her into his office and winked at other policemen who “had nothing to do” and sat in on the interview.After reading her letter from the Ministry of the Interior, the policeman “pretended to be serious and told me: You are in charge of a program. What is it? A television program? Are you an artist?”She said that she explained that the program focused on economic and social rights for women and youth. “I will participate in this workshop to discuss unemployment issues in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan and social inequalities and poverty,” she explained.She said that the policeman’s response was provocative. He said that she is a “beautiful young Moroccan woman” there without a mahram.Read Also: Royal Air Maroc Bans Moroccan Woman from Flying to Saudi Arabia“Do you know what Moroccan [women] do here in Jordan?” he asked, referring to prostitutes.When she said, “Yes,” his colleagues laughed.He then rhetorically asked her: “What do they do?”Fakahory then said that women work in international organizations and run projects and programs aiming to end poverty. “They travel more than 16 hours to attend workshops but they are insulted because they are Moroccans.”Despite her firm words, the policeman laughed and said “I promised myself that my second wife would be a Moroccan. I like wild women.”Fakhoury then condemned the discriminatory visa policies in Egypt and Jordan because they consider any Moroccan women under 35 years as a “prostitute.”‘We decided not to remain silent’Fakhoury commented that she could not attend a meeting in Egypt because the Egyptian embassy refused to give her a visa. She said that she missed an opportunity to feature her project due to the visa denial.Fakhoury then finished her post, which she shared yesterday on Facebook, by calling all activists and journalists to defend the dignity and rights of Moroccans.“Support us because we decided not to remain silent,” she said.Jordan is not the only country that imposes the restriction on Moroccan women. Kuwait will not give Moroccan, Tunisian, and Lebanese women work permits if they are not accompanied by a male relative.The policies reflect Middle Eastern stereotypes of Moroccan women as promiscuous. read more

Ohio plans workplace classes after racist acts at GM plant

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio officials will spend two days leading civil rights training at a General Motors plant where there have been repeated incidents of racial harassment.All 1,700 workers at GM’s transmission plant in Toledo will be required to attend one of the sessions on Thursday or Friday.A group of GM workers are suing the company, saying it hasn’t done enough to stop harassment that includes nooses, racist taunts and graffiti. Workers say it has gone on several years.The state’s Attorney General’s Office says it offered in January to help the automaker and that GM quickly accepted.The office says it frequently conducts presentations on workplace laws.GM has said it has no tolerance for racist behaviour and that it’s taking steps to drive it out of the workplace.The Associated Press read more

Have mediation skills will travel UNs roaming mediation team termed a success

So far, the Standby Team of Mediation Experts, established last year to help the UN respond more quickly to crises, has been asked to help with the Organization’s peacemaking and preventive diplomacy in nine areas in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, said Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios.“Responding effectively to peacemaking opportunities depends on getting to the field quickly with the right kind of expertise,” said Mr. Menkerios. “The Standby Team is helping us to do just that.”The six-member team “should be used more widely as a resource by envoys in the field,” he said at a luncheon honouring departing members of the team who serve one year terms. During its first 15 months, the Team has helped in Kenya, the Central African Republic (CAR), Comoros, Cyprus, Iraq, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal and Somalia. The experts have also facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and their clients have included not just UN political envoys, but also peacekeeping missions, UN Resident Coordinators and the African Union (AU).The Norwegian Government funded the initial 15 month-pilot phase of the Standby Team and has agreed to provide continued financing. 10 June 2009The United Nations special on-call mediation team has helped respond to sticky problems all over the globe in their first year – and should do more, according to a top official at the world body. read more

Gulf of Guinea needs regional antipiracy strategy UN official stresses

“Gulf of Guinea countries need a united front in order to respond to effectively to the growing threat of piracy along their coasts. Isolated national initiatives are only temporarily, at best, pushing the pirates to shift their criminal operations from one country to the next,” B. Lynn Pascoe, Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said in a briefing to the Security Council.He told the 15-member body that piracy and armed robbery against ships increasingly undermine efforts by States in the Gulf of Guinea region to maintain peace, security and stability and to promote socio-economic development. The threat has become even more alarming as the pirates have become more violent. “While regional States and organizations have carried out initiatives designed to counter piracy and armed robbery against ships at the national and regional levels, the threat not only persists but appears to be gaining ground in a region where the high-value assets the pirates target are abundant,” he stated. Last November Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deployed a team – in response to a request from President Boni Yayi of Benin – to assess the scope of the piracy threat in the Gulf of Guinea and make recommendations for possible UN support in tackling this scourge. The move also followed the adoption of a resolution in which the Council condemned all acts of piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea and encouraged regional bodies to develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle it.The mission found that piracy in the region has become more systematic, with the pirates resorting to sophisticated modes of operations and utilizing heavy weapons, Mr. Pascoe reported to the Council, adding that so far, the attacks have primarily targeted the lucrative cargo onboard the ships rather than taking hostages for ransom – the practice off Somalia. He stated that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea hampers efforts by regional States to engage in peaceful international commerce and to exploit their vast natural resources for the socio-economic development of their countries. Recent reports have suggested for instance that Nigeria is losing an estimated seven per cent of its oil resources to criminal activities, including piracy. “While piracy was largely an unknown phenomenon in the Gulf of Guinea 10 years ago, the number of recent attacks and the damage they cause has reached worrisome proportions.”In 2010, 45 incidents in seven countries were reported to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). Last year, the numbers rose to 64 in nine countries. In only the first two months of 2012, the IMO has already recorded 10 incidents off the coasts of Benin, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. And those just the reported cases, Mr. Pascoe noted. Towards establishing a united front to respond effectively, the assessment mission recommended that the affected countries convene a regional summit as early as possible in 2012 to develop a comprehensive anti-piracy strategy.Mr. Pascoe said various efforts already undertaken by West and Central African States constitute important building blocks that lay the foundation for the convening of the proposed joint regional anti-piracy summit.He also noted that while all Gulf of Guinea countries, both coastal and hinterland, are determined to counter the growing threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea, limited national and regional capacities undermine their ability to do so effectively.“The resources at hand are inadequate and the region lacks a harmonized legal framework in the field of maritime security,” he said. “This, in turn, can undermine effective cooperation to initiate and implement joint and timely anti-piracy activities.”While welcoming the support provided by members of the international community to Gulf of Guinea countries to strengthen their maritime security capacities, he stressed the need to do more in the face of the deepening threat. Significant logistical support is required, in particular, to bolster national and regional maritime capacities, he noted. Representing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Political Director Abdel-Fatau Musah said that piracy is a regional challenge requiring a regional maritime security architecture into which national and bilateral initiatives would dovetail. It is also dictated by regional challenges such as lack of financial and technical capacity and duplication of efforts owing to the lack of a coordination mechanism.“Going forward, therefore, while encouraging the continuation of ongoing limited initiatives, ECOWAS urges all the parties concerned to scale up efforts, beginning with the proposed multilateral forum, to develop a more comprehensive framework involving all the parties concerned to ensure a holistic approach to maritime security, in close cooperation with the UN,” he stated. Florentina Adenike Ukonga from the Gulf of Guinea Commission told the Council that there is no standard, accepted definition of piracy in the countries of the region, with the result that, depending on where they are caught, pirates can escape with little or no punishment.“There is therefore the need to have an accepted, common definition of acts of piracy, attracting the same type of punishment in all the countries of the region and possibly the establishment of a neutral jurisdiction that will try those arrested for acts of piracy,” said Ms. Ukonga. 27 February 2012A comprehensive regional strategy is critical if countries are to successfully combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a top United Nations official stressed today, highlighting the threat posed to the security and economic development of States in the region by the scourge. read more

Mabels Labels scores Walmart deal

HAMILTON, Ont. — Mabel’s Labels, a startup founded by four moms in a Hamilton, Ont., basement, have scored a deal to sell their personalized children’s labels in Canadian outlets of the world’s largest retailer.The company’s first product called Write Away! Labels — which allow parents to create their own identification labels for everything from backpacks to water bottles — will now be available at Walmart Canada stores.The online “mompreneur” business has grown since it began in 2003 to sell 50 million labels in more than 97 countries. The business women now have a 14,000 square foot facility in Hamilton, with 40 employees.Still, the business women say a partnership with Walmart is especially exciting.“Mabel’s Labels has built an incredibly loyal customer base online, but a retail presence with Walmart Canada provides a convenient new way for parents to experience and access our products,” said company co-founder Julie Cole.The company — whose products have been featured on The View and — creates and sells dishwasher/laundry and microwave-safe labels, personalized with a child’s name, choice of colours and icon.The term mompreneur has come to refer to women who are launching small businesses while  raising their families and have been particularly successful in the online realm.The Canadian Press read more

Brock tops big research schools in NSERC grant renewals

Brock scored high on recent NSERC grant renewals, topping some of the country’s biggest research schools. Brock University scored an 88 per cent success rate for established researchers renewing their grants in the latest round of National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding, topping such heavyweights as the University of Toronto and McGill University.NSERC announced last month the 2013 competition results for its Discovery Grants, Discovery Accelerator Supplements, Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships.Twelve Brock researchers were awarded $375,693 in Discovery Grants per year, making a total of $1.87 million over the five-year funding period. In addition, one of the 12 was awarded a Research Tools and Instruments one-year grant of $149,468.“This is very clear evidence of something we’ve known for a long time, that our researchers are among the very best in Canada,” says Joffre Mercier, Associate Vice-President of Research – Sciences.The 12 awardees are:• Karen Arnell, Psychology: Individual differences in attention: Behavioural and electrophysiological investigations• Stephen Emrich, Psychology: Decoding the contents and attentional states of visual short-term memory representations, and their effect on behaviour• Babak Farzad, Mathematics: Algorithmic and computational graph theory and game theory• Frank Fueten, Earth Sciences: The geological history of Valles Marineris, Mars• Tomas Hudlicky, Chemistry: Program in chemoenzymatic synthesis: Morphine and amaryllidaceae alkaloids, chiral building blocks, and design of new asymmetric protocols and reagents (Hudlicky was also awarded a Research Tools and Instruments grant to purchase a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry system)• Fereidoon Razavi, Physics: Magnetic and electronic properties of polycrystalline and thin films of ceramic oxides• Miriam Richards, Biological Sciences: The ecology and evolution of sociality in carpenter bees and sweat bees• Sidney Segalowitz, Psychology: ERPs and the dynamics of adaptive attentional control in the prefrontal cortex• Adonis Skandalis, Biological Sciences: Evaluation of adaptive significance of alternative splicing by phylogenetic conservation• Theocharis Stamatatos, Chemistry: Towards the synthesis of multifunctional molecular magnetic materials displaying dual physical properties• Craig Tokuno, Kinesiology: Human balance control• Paul Zelisko, Chemistry: Silicon biotechnologyNSERC’s Discovery Grants (DG) Program supports ongoing programs of research conducted by individuals and teams. The program aims to promote and maintain a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities, as well as a diversified base fostering research excellence and providing a stimulating environment for research training.Discovery Grants are awarded for one to five years.Brock’s graduate students also fared well in NSERC competitions. Awardees in the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships category are:• Kevin Mulvihill, Psychology: Pharmacologically induced 50 kHz vocalizations in the rat: Acoustic analysis• Leslie Nash, Biotechnology/Applied Health Sciences: The production of a ‘green’ catalyst for silica processing via mutagenesis• Jeffery Scull, Applied Health Sciences: Intervention with beetroot on nitric oxide signaling and bone metabolism in ovariectomized rats• Martin Zaback, Applied Health Sciences: The effect of fear on conscious control of balanceIn the Postgraduate Scholarships (PGS) Program:• Matthew Green, Psychology: Social stress in adolescence alters the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system and the rewarding properties of social behaviour in adulthood• Michelle Przedborski, Physics: Static and dynamical properties of domain walls in unconventional superconductors• Yue Wu, Biotechnology: Purification and characterization of copper chaperone involved in SA perception”Both categories netted a total of $238,000.“We are very proud of the success of our students in these highly competitive awards,” says Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “This is a measure of excellence and recognition of the scope and calibre of work that our students pursue as they create their distinct identities as the researchers, scholars, and leaders of tomorrow.” read more

For me the interest in writing about sport is nearly always about

first_imgIT IS OFTEN said that Citizen Kane is about so much more than a guy who runs a newspaper and it seems equally disingenuous to suggest that Barcelona versus Real Madrid is just a football match.It also is about two different footballing philosophies, about Messi versus Ronaldo and ultimately, Spain versus Catalonia. With the possible exception of Celtic versus Rangers, no footballing occasion is more hate-fuelled or rife with political connotations.Therefore, the task of documenting the history of the games involving both these great sides is an undoubtedly arduous one. Yet few journalists seem better suited to this challenge than Sid Lowe.For over a decade, Lowe has written about Spanish football for a number of publications, including ESPN and The Guardian, so he is no stranger to El Clasicos. Moreover, even prior to undertaking research for his just-released new book, Fear and Loathing in La Liga, Lowe already possessed an extensive knowledge of Spanish history.He has previously written a PhD on the political history of the Catholic youth movement and the Foundation of Francoism between 1932 and 1937, which was subsequently turned into a book. And Lowe says that while his academic background doesn’t necessarily give him any advantages over other journalists most of the time, in this instance, it certainly helped.“In this particular case, I think [it was beneficial], because of the political and the historical element, because I come to it with that sort of understanding anyway.“If this was a book about another Spanish club, perhaps not, but because it’s about these two and because of the Spanish Civil War and the fact that it plays such a big part, I think it probably has made a significant difference and it does help and mean that perhaps this does have a focus that might not otherwise be the case.”So suffice to say, Fear and Loathing in La Liga is not your stereotypical football book. Indeed, considerable sections of narrative, in attempting to understand the socio-political backround from which the Real-Barca rivalry emanated, barely mention football at all. Yet, as Lowe tells, it was always his intention to look deeper than the games themselves. “For me, the interest in writing about sport is nearly always about human endeavour,” he explains. “It’s almost always about triumph over the odds. It’s nearly always the case that the narrative of sportswriting is about the redemptive qualities of sport. But in this even more so, because I don’t think Madrid and Barcelona as a rivalry can be understood without that socio-political component.“So I was very determined from the start that this had to be done with an eye on the societal impact, on the political impact, on the historical impact of the rivalry. And then, I wanted to tell some stories about the people involved and what it was like for the really big, historic moments for people on either side.”Nowadays, the rivalry is more popular than ever, attracting millions of TV viewers worldwide — and its increased prominence partly inspired Lowe to undertake the project in the first place.“I think the obvious prompting point was that run of four clasicos in 18 days in 2011 and the sense at the time that this had reached some kind of peak,” he says. “It had been impossible to imagine that a game between two Spanish clubs could dominate not just their domestic football, but European football as well.“And through that, that sense there were certain issues, talking about what the two clubs represent, what their identities are, how they’ve come to reach that point. And I think, how they’ve reached this point was the question. What’s the human experience been? That interest in the historical and political dimension.”(Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, third right, clashes with FC Barcelona’s Carles Puyol, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou — MANU FERNANDEZ/AP/Press Association Images)The book is epic in almost every sense of the word, so it’s no surprise it took the Madrid-based British journalist over three years to complete.“Maybe I’m an idiot for imagining that it would be anything other than this. You talk about taking on the history of the two biggest clubs in the world and by definition, that’s going to be huge — to the extent that it’s a long book, I think it’s about 550 pages, despite the fact that from the first draft to the final version, we probably lost about a third of it.“So we cut out maybe 50 or 60,000 words. And that’s because you start to talk about one era and you start to find elements of it interesting. And that effectively forces you to settle. You’re always wanting more. You’re then hoping to find out about another, so you go and talk to another player, so the process was very long and I was determined from the start that while there was the possibility to write the book from my knowledge and my experience of covering the two clubs over the last 10 or 12 years — and that that might be enough for a British or an international audience, I was determined that if I was going to do it, I was going to do it properly. “Perhaps it wasn’t a kind of stated desire, but in my own mind, I had to say to myself, this has to be a book that will be worthwhile for Spanish audiences as well. It’s not enough to tell just a few basic truths about Madrid and Barcelona that everyone in Spain knows. I wanted to tell stories that even people in Spain might not necessarily know.”Celtic-Rangers and United-Liverpool are often perceived as being unique, but Lowe believes no other rivalry in football is quite as special as Madrid-Barca.“In a way, Celtic-Rangers is the one that gets closest because of its political and societal significance, because of the symbolism and it’s that symbolism that’s really important.“And put in very basic terms, I think you could make the case that Real Madrid-Barcelona is a club game that’s effectively an international match because it has that importance in terms of national identity, because of Madrid being seen as representatives of the whole of Spain and Barcelona clinging to that identity of being the unofficial Catalan national team, which [former Barcelona president] Joan Laporta calls them. So I think that makes it bigger. The sheer size of the two clubs makes it bigger.“The fact that they’re democratic clubs theoretically owned by their members is very significant. And that they’re the eponymous clubs of the two big cities in Spain — cities that seem to be in permanent conflict. Even if the conflict isn’t as prevalent as it sometimes can look, people are part of this apparently permanent conflict, so that’s significant.”(Lionel Messi, in many ways, is said to epitomise the strengths of the current Barca side — MANU FERNANDEZ/AP/Press Association Images)He also believes that, in recent seasons, the fact that El Clasico has featured, by most accounts, the two best players in the world — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi — has helped to further spice up this rivalry.“They’re brilliant in different ways and seem to embody what the clubs are about. They’re dependent on each other to really measure their success and you add to that the fact that they’re also at the best two clubs in the world and that’s what’s really changed the last five or six years. They’re both at the very top at the same time — that’s very unusual.“But they’re there because of each other. They egg each other on. They need each other to continue to strive towards that excellence and that domination.”More often that not these days, Barcelona-Real Madrid games are increasingly heated, with red cards a familiar sight. Does he consequently believe that the hostility between the two clubs has intensified in recent years, or has such enmity always been prevalent? “It wasn’t just from Barcelona to Real Madrid. It was from Barcelona, someone who represented the club and wore the captain’s armband and won things and embraced Catalonia. It just knocked everybody sideways and it is as possible to imagine it happening now as it was then.”And speaking of animosity, Lowe himself has encountered plenty of it, given that he has well over 100,000 followers on Twitter. His sometimes spiky replies suggest he is not altogether comfortable with such attention, and he concedes that there are pros and cons to attracting it.“It was Oscar Wilde who said ‘give the man a mask and he’ll speak the truth,’ and it feels to me that that can be adapted to the Twitter age to say ‘give the man a username and he’ll act like a twat’.“So sometimes it feels like that, but of course, the problem is that it’s very easy for us when we sit under attack to focus always on the negative. But actually, there are some really fascinating people out there. You just feel like you sometimes have to sift your way through [bad people] to get there.”While these words concern the social networking site, he could just as easily be talking about the Madrid-Barca rivalry. For like Twitter, as this fascinating new book illustrates, it encompasses both the best and the worst aspects of humanity.Fear and Loathing in La Liga by Sid Lowe is published by Yellow Jersey. More details here.Here are the thoughts of Spanish football expert Sid Lowe ahead of this evening’s Barca-Real clash>Ever hear the story of the Irish manager who saved Barca during the Spanish Civil War?>center_img “One of his teammates once said to me that the facts don’t matter, what mattered was the lie. I think Figo does feel guilty about that, but what happened was the astonishing reaction from the Barcelona fans actually helped to convert him. It made him think ‘well, you know what? I shouldn’t feel guilty, because look at the way they’re treating me’.“When it first happened, he felt outmanoeuvred and ultimately put in a position where there was no way out. As he himself said, it starts with a moment’s hot-headedness and it ends up being a reality.”Nowadays, such a high-profile player moving directly between the clubs seems inconceivable, but as Lowe points out, it felt equally improbable at the time.“On the face of it, I’d say no, we won’t see it again, but the problem with that is we never expected to see it then either. One of the reasons why it was so huge is because he was arguably the best player in the world at the time. And because he was so important to Barcelona — emotionally, he was seen as a real leader, he was seen as someone who understood Barcelona, who got what they were about. And that really did have a massive impact on the situation, because of the move. “It’s hard to judge that because the way emotions are expressed and externalised changes over time — the depth of media coverage, the internationalisation of the rivalry, the importance of things like social media, particularly Twitter, has changed the outward side of the rivalry but not necessarily changed the internal emotions and feelings between the two clubs.“There are times when you think it can never get worse. Then it does and then it settles. But it’s also cumulative, so everything that happens before feeds into what’s happening now. It’s a very historically aware rivalry, and when they play each other, there’s a very keen sense of that, but all of those other 200-plus games between them, it’s as if all of those are somehow informing this game as well.”The antagonism between the two sides is not helped by the fact that both Barca and Real Madrid have local newspapers, such as Sport and Marca, which are unapologetically biased in their team’s favour.“It’s a reflection of society,” Lowe explains. “It both reflects and enhances society and has a really big impact on it. So no, I don’t think it’s healthy at all. But it is inevitable and it is something that is there whether we like it or not.”YouTube credit: jotancsOne of the most notorious incidents between the clubs in recent memory was the shock €60million transfer of Luis Figo from Barca to Real Madrid and the subsequent furore it provoked.Figo had signed a lucrative deal with Florentino Perez agreeing to move to Madrid if the latter won the club’s presidency, which no one expected him to do at the time.The Portuguese winger, however, publicly vowed that he would never leave Barca for their arch rivals, yet following Perez’s shock presidential election victory, Figo could not go back on his original agreement and thus, was consigned to life at Madrid.As a result of his move, the star was public enemy number one at Barca. During a subsequent meeting between the sides, a pig’s head was thrown in his direction from a supporter at Camp Nou, thereby epitomising the level of hatred that the Catalan club’s fans felt towards him back then.last_img read more

YouTube insult generator lets you search for the perfect retort

first_imgThere is something about anonymity on the internet that turns ordinary every day people into lumpy faced trolls. People can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to insulting someone else’s work or opinion. It is enough to make one pull the Ethernet cord from the wall sometimes. Trolling is the dark underbelly of the web.The silver lining in this cloud of anono-hate is that there is always an enterprising soul that has the know-how and drive to try to make things better. To be the anti-troll, perhaps even a unicorn if you will. To be the causality for making something good out of all that negativity. Enter Adrian Holovaty and his YouTube insult generator.With YouTube switching their rating system from a scaled response to a simple thumbs up or down scheme, there are clearly defined sides to a video posting. That means when there is a popular video, there will be a large number of people who like the video, and usually a small grouping of people who were not entertained. These people usually give a thumbs down, which is their right to do.What almost always happens is that people who think the thumbs down votes are insane decide to give feedback that is less than constructive criticism, albeit pretty witty at times. Adrian figured out a way to put those comments to work, by creating a search engine of sorts that will take keywords, search the latest 50 YouTube videos matching your terms, and pull out posted comments that are obvious trolls. A user can use this to find some smart comebacks and retorts to getting flamed, or just for a laugh.You can check out the generator for yourself at the link below. Try out a few different phrases, it will certainly bring a chuckle. Kudos to Adrian for his keen ability to make something constructive like this.Try the YouTube Insult Generatorlast_img read more

Un homme aveugle réussit à voir le braille grâce à un implant

first_imgUn homme aveugle réussit à “voir” le braille grâce à un implantEn utilisant un dispositif révolutionnaire, un homme aveugle est parvenu à lire du braille avec ses yeux et non grâce à son toucher. Inspiré d’un système déjà breveté au Royaume-Uni, le dispositif est composé d’un implant installé au niveau de la rétine et équipé d’électrodes.C’est une première mondiale qui pourrait fournir un espoir à tout ceux qui souffrent de certaines formes de cécité totale ou partielle. Un patient aveugle a réussi à lire du braille sans avoir recours à ses doigts et à son toucher. Comment ? Grâce à un dispositif ingénieux qui a permis à son cerveau de “voir” les lettres en braille et de les décoder. Pour cela, il s’est vu installer à la surface de la rétine de son oeil, un implant composé de plusieurs électrodes et capables de recevoir des signaux envoyés par un émetteur.En vérité, ce dispositif est basée sur une technologie déjà brevetée au Royaume-Uni et connue sous le nom d’Argus II. Elle est composée d’une caméra installée sur des lunettes et d’un implant rétinien incluant une grille de 60 électrodes. Ainsi, la caméra sert à capter ce qui peut être vu et envoie le signal correspondant qui est ensuite transformé en message lumineux. Ce dernier est alors transmis aux électrodes et parvient aux cellules nerveuses, permettant au patient de “voir” les choses comme s’il le faisait avec les yeux. Reste que cette technologie présente quelques inconvénients à savoir que les mots “vus” doivent être écrits gros pour être bien interprétés, être observés de très près et que le processus peut prendre jusqu’à plusieurs minutes.Des lettres en braille recréées avec six électrodes C’est en considérant ces défauts que les chercheurs de la société californienne Second Sight ont eu l’idée d’utiliser le braille. En effet, les caractères de ce système d’écriture sont formés à l’aide d’une matrice à six points disposés sur deux colonnes. Ainsi, les scientifiques ont réalisé qu’il pouvait se passer de la caméra en stimulant directement et uniquement six électrodes dans l’implant. Au cours de l’expérience menée, ils n’ont donc stimulé, chez le patient aveugle, que certaines des électrodes en fonction de la lettre à transmettre. Au final, l’homme a alors été capable de “visualiser” les lettres en braille dans 89% des tentatives réalisées. Et la majorité des erreurs sont survenus à cause de la mauvais lecture d’un seul point, ont commenté les chercheurs.”Au lieu de sentir le braille sur le bout de ses doigts, le patient a pu voir les motifs que nous avons projetés et alors lire les lettres en moins d’une seconde avec une exactitude de 89%. Il n’y a eu aucune entrée excepté la stimulation des électrodes et le patient a reconnu les lettres en braille facilement. Cela prouve que le patient a une bonne résolution spatiale parce qu’il a facilement pu distinguer les signaux sur des électrodes différentes et individuelles”, a expliqué Thomas Lauritzen qui a mené l’étude publiée dans la revue Frontiers in Neuroscience.Sept sur dix mots à quatre lettres lus sans erreur À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Néanmoins, les résultats prometteurs ne se sont pas arrêtés là puisque des tests supplémentaires ont été menés avec des mots de différentes longueurs. Le patient a alors été capable de lire 8 sur 10 des mots à deux lettres, 6 sur 10 des mots à trois lettres et 7 sur 10 des mots à quatre transmis à l’aide du dispositif. Des résultats qui enthousiasment les chercheurs, indiquant que leur dispositif pourrait ainsi, par exemple, aider les personnes aveugles à lire des panneaux indicateurs. Tel quel, ces derniers sont en effet illisibles pour elles, même avec un implant, mais avec l’aide du braille, ils pourraient être lus rapidement et facilement, estiment les scientifiques.Prometteuses, ces conclusions ne font que renforcer l’intérêt que la recherche porte aujourd’hui aux implants pour permettre à des patients de recouvrer au moins une partie de leur vue. “Environ 18.000 personnes au Royaume-Uni utilisent le braille pour les aider à lire, écrire et à réaliser des tâches quotidiennes. Tout ce qui est capable de redonner à certaines personnes la “réalisation visuelle” est une bonne chose et j’espère qu’ils seront capables de valider cette étude avec davantage de personnes”, a commenté pour sa part Pete Osborne du Royal National Institute of Blind People cité par le Telegraph.Le 26 novembre 2012 à 14:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Suspended ACC director Basir sent to jail

first_imgKhandaker Enamul Basir. UNB File PhotoA Dhaka court on Tuesday sent suspended director of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Khandaker Enamul Basir, to jail in a case filed against him on charge of accepting four million taka in bribes.The court of senior special judge KM Emrul Kayes passed the order after rejecting his bail petition, reports news agency UNB.Advocate Kabir Hossain, a counsel of Enamul, filed the bail petition.ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah, also the case’s investigation officer, requested the court to keep the accused incarcerated until the end of the investigation.On Monday, the ACC arrested Enamul from his Darus Salam residence in the city for taking bribe from police’s deputy inspector general Mizanur Rahman.Fanafillah filed the case with Dhaka-1 coordinated district office under the ACC on Tuesday.A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave four million taka to Enamul to get clean chit in a corruption case.Enamul was suspended on 10 June for allegedly leaking information, a breach of his job discipline.Besides, suspended DIG Mizan was shown arrested in the case on 21 July.last_img read more

New Polling Project To Gauge How Houstonians Feel About Immigration Policies

first_img X 00:00 /00:53 Listen Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaIn Houston, thousands of protesters march against anti-immigrant policies, including family separation.The University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs is starting a new polling project in Houston. For the first time, the school will be using “deliberative polling,” which combines polling with policy discussion to challenge how people see an issue. This deliberative polling project will start by calling a representative sample of 1,000 registered voters in the Houston area, asking questions about immigration.center_img A quarter of that group will then gather on June 15 for group discussions with a balanced panel of immigration experts. They’ll be polled again after the discussion to see how ideas may have changed. Pablo Pinto, Director of the Center for Public Policy at the Hobby School of Public Affairs, said this project is aimed at challenging voters to think about the policies behind catchy slogans.“It’s easier to respond with a bumper sticker type of approach to a policy problem,” he said. “It’s very different to identify the trade-offs that you have to face when you’re making informed policy decisions, which is usually what happens.” The poll will focus on four aspects of immigration: public safety, economics, access to higher education and legalizing undocumented people.Findings from the project will be used in analysis identifying how opinions on immigration policy may have changed through the discussion and deliberation. Deliberative polling has been used in the state before to gauge opinions on wind energy. After some deliberative polling in the late 90s, researchers from the University of Texas found Texans were more likely to be willing to pay more for electricity generated by wind and solar energy after group discussions on the issue.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more