We will form govt. in Odisha, says BJP leader

first_imgBJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav said on Sunday that the saffron party would form the government on its own in Odisha as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies had gained wide acceptance.“The people of the State this time will reject the Biju Janata Dal and install a BJP government,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here. Claiming that the BJD government in Odisha had failed to provide benefits of various Central schemes to the people at grassroot level, Mr. Yadav said: “We are determined to form our government in Odisha and ensure that Central schemes really reach the people here.”Mr. Yadav, however, avoided questions Mr. Modi’s alleged soft stand on the BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his last three public rallies in the State. “This may be your personal observation,” Mr. Yadav said.Spreading the wordThe BJP leader said he would visit different States carrying the message of resolutions of the BJP’s national meet held in New Delhi. “I am travelling to different States to inform people about the hike in MSP (minimum support price), work done by PM and the pro-people initiatives taken by the Central government,” he said. Asked about Saturday’s Opposition rally, Mr. Yadav said: “They are not united and lack leadership. Many of the leaders have past cases of corruption against them. They have joined the Mahagathbandhan as they are feeling the heat from the NDA government.”last_img read more

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In New Hate Crime Incident, Hindu Temple Vandalised In US’ Kentucky

first_imgIn a hate crime, a Hindu temple has been vandalised in the US state of Kentucky by miscreants who sprayed black paint on the deity and walls, and left a knife stabbed into a chair in the main hall.The incident happened between Sunday night and Tuesday morning at the Swaminarayan Temple in Louisville.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

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Hot And Cold

first_imgOver 22 million Indians have migrated to different parts of the world, but there’s another migration that’s taking place and few people have realized just how momentous it is. The mass migration of millions and millions of samosas, kachoris, dosas and idlis – made in India and quick frozen – delivered to your door in California, London or Dubai, almost as fresh as those made by your dear Amma!Who would have thought that there would be a virtual kitchen in your freezer? It’s indeed a Cold Revolution – walk into any Indian grocery store in the United States and you will be amazed by the variety in frozen dinners with everything from gourmet specialties like Paneer Hariyali to Malai Kofta to Uttappam.Some of the major manufacturers and distributors of frozen Indian food in the United States include Deep Foods, headquartered in New Jersey, House of Spices and Rajbhog Foods in New York, Raja Foods in Chicago, Dishanka Gourmet Imports in Texas and Kostos International in California. Each is doing its bit in getting frozen ready to eat dinners, ice-creams and snacks to hungry and harried South Asians across America – and some are even winning over converts from the mainstream. And they are certainly Each isringing it up at the cash register – frozen foods are a cash cow.While the Indian frozen foods comprise just a small part of the multibillion-dollar American frozen food industry, the sales figures are quite respectable. According to Neil Soni, vice president of House of Spices, “Wholesalers to retailers, it’s possibly a $15 million market, while for the retailers it could be a $25 million market. It’s a good component with lots of growth opportunities.”Soni believes that with the tight scheduling of working families, time is at a premium and so the Indian market is evolving into what the mainstream consumers already expect from their supermarkets.Few mainstream customers would go to a supermarket to buy flour to make bread from scratch; in the same way many Indian consumers are skipping the raw material to get the ready-made chappatis and naans because everyone’s so time-deprived. House of Spices is a major distributor of several brand names from India, including products like Vadilal frozen vegetables as well as ready-to-eat dinners like Vadilal’s Sarso ka Sag, Bhindi Masala, Dum Alu, Punjabi Chole, Dal Makhani and Navratan Korma. It also imports frozen snacks like samosas and kachoris under its own brand name Lakshmi, and the Lakshmi line is expanding to include more South Indian snacks, because Soni feels there is a big demand from the South Indian community which hasn’t been met.Probably the biggest player in frozen foods is Deep Foods, which actually manufactures most of its frozen items in the United States. Pressed on the magnitude of the demand frozen foods, Deep’s Archit Amin says, “You’re still going to have more basmati sales than frozen foods, there’s no doubt about it. The groceries are still the No. 1 product that people go to these stores for. What we do see a pick up in is in entrees, not as much as we’d like to see, but we do see a lot of potential there.”  Indeed, it must be hard for Indian families to give up the cultural tradition of cooking fresh food every day, but in this new world you don’t have the retinue of servants nor do you have the time to always whip up an elaborate meal from scratch, weeping as you chop the onions.Amin is quick to defend the benefits of frozen food: “Most Indian people have the impression that frozen food is not fresh and that’s the biggest misconception. I can’t emphasize that enough.”   He challenges people to offer Deep’s Malai Koftas along with restaurant malai koftas in a blind taste test to guests. “Then just be honest, have them tell you which one they picked. If you do that you would know what I’m talking about.”He says the freshest food you’ll find in the market is frozen unless you’re going to prepare it yourself. He adds, “Think of what frozen really is, it’s actually time-trapped and frozen. Frozen in time and you’re not going to get anything fresher then that.”For most manufact-urers of frozen food, that probably is the challenge, to convince Indian consumers that they can get a premium dish for a few dollars instead of goiing to a good restaurant for that taste. In its light hearted advertisement, Deep Foods has tried to convey that message: you see a bachelor eating a frozen dinner and as he takes each successive bite, the room is transformed into a fancy restaurant and he morphs every step of the way as he gets five star treatment. As Indian families adapt American lifestyles with both spouses working and the children involved in scores of extra-curricular activities, there’s less time to prepare food. Says Amin, “Most households that I talk to are eating more out than not; it doesn’t have to be that way. There is an in-between way and you don’t have to spend that kind of money nor do you have to spend time cooking.”Deep Foods has a 100,000 square feet facility in Union, NJ, where it produces several lines – Mirch Masala, Deep and Curry Classics, as well as the Green Guru International Cuisine line. It also distributes other frozen food lines such as Maharani and Kawon Malaysian parathas.The company first started its frozen foods business by manufacturing Reena Cce Cream with such Indian flavors as pistachio and mango. Amin recalls, “The Indian community was growing so we realized there was a need.We recognized that more and more couples were working and had less time to spend in the kitchen.Now we get so much fan mail saying that these meals are a lifesaver.” The company, which was started in 1977, today churns out 20,000 frozen meals in each shift. “One of the newest things we are doing is we’ve actually put up a facility in India for making items that are hand-made and we are proudly employing about 300 people in Gujarat,” says Amin. So now we have the outsourcing of samosas! He says the products made in their manufacturing facility in India are imported into the United States, but are also produced for consumption in the homeland. We use the same USDA and FDA guidelines since Deep has been in the U.S. business for over 20 years. We use only Bisleri water- bottled spring water in our plant in India and fresh Indian flour. It’s been a great experience and the people are simply wonderful there.” Another big player is Raja Foods, based in Skokie, Ill, a suburb of Chicago. The company has been in business since 1992 and imports frozen foods from India under the Swad label. According to Swetal Patel of Raja Foods, Swad has the largest variety of frozen vegetables in the market, especially ethnic products like tindora, papdi lilva, valor papdi, chauri and tandal jo ni bhaji, which is a leafy root vegetables which is a part of traditional Gujarati cuisine. These come fresh from the farms in Gujarat and are much easier to prepare since they are already cleaned and cut.Says Swetal Patel, “All you need to do is heat your oil, put the vegetables in and ten minutes later, and it’s done. For people who are looking to make authentic dishes this is great. Fresh produce may be available here, but only in certain seasons and may be more expensive.”Another example he gives is that of drumsticks, which if fresh, could go for about $4.99 a pound, since they have to be flown in from the Dominican Republic; the frozen drumsticks from India retail from $1.39 to a $1. 99. He says, “The price point is very attractive. There are certain cities were fresh is not so easily accessible and frozen products become a solution.”The owners of Raja Foods also have a chain of Indian grocery stores and five restaurants in Illinois, and the chefs formulate many of the entrees for the frozen line. He says, “If you had the Swad Dal Makhani and restaurant Dal Makhani, you’d probably pick ours over it.  And at $1.99 you can’t go wrong – it takes five minutes to make.”Asked to identify the best-selling the products in Chicago, Patel lists the Swad frozen samosas, kachoris and the Asian Indian spring rolls – people tend to stock up on them as Diwali approaches. Currently Raja Foods is making more shelf-stabilized dinners than frozen, but will be adding several new products in a month.  Says Patel, “Other players often job it out to people but we have our own facilities in India. Our best bread is going to be something we discovered in Delhi, called the Papad Paratha, a paratha with papad inside it. Trust me, it’s unbelievable!We’re also coming out with paneer and potato wraps. These will be great for people on the go, like college students and the taste is really good. It’s solid Indian paneer which tastes delicious.”Another player in the frozen food business is Rajbhog, Inc., established in New York, and whose name is synonymous with sweets and snacks. Sachin Mody, one of the owners, says, “For us, the frozen foods was a new line we started about two years ago, but it has significantly increased. The demand is there, basically both husband and wife are working. The younger generation has grown up and they are all working, and even the ones who are married are both working. So for them, this is a fast way to eat.” Rajbhog manufactures about 45 frozen items from matter paneer to Punjabi chole to party samosas, and all their frozen entrees and appetizers are manufactured in New York in an 18,000 square foot factory and are shipped all over the United States.Modi emphasizes that companies are also doing a lot of volume on raw frozen vegetables from India. “We sell about 16 varieties of frozen vegetables, like cut okra, tindora, papri lilva and blocks of methi and everything is cut and cleaned already.” He says the vegetables, immediately after being picked on the farms, are cut and flash frozen.Undhiyu, a traditional Gujarati item that is an authentic mix of Indian vegetables and many different beans, is one of Rajbhog’s dishes. Says Mody, “There are people who like Undhiyu, but their wives don’t know how to make it. Our whole concept when we started making frozen food was like bringing mother’s food back into your home.” Rajbhog is also marketing another line of frozen foods, Bombay Kitchen, which is geared to the health conscious and mainstream taste. The entrees like baigan bartha and navratan korma are low fat, low sodium and low spice and will be available shortly.Out in California, Kostos Internat-ional entered the frozen foods arena seven years ago with its Vegis brand of parathas, which until then had only been available in the form of Malaysian parathas. Vegis Homestyle Gourmet Foods include specialized breads like naan, Toast-A-Roti, paratha, chapatti, poori and flaky parathas. While some of the Vegie breads are made in an automated bakery in California, the majority of the products come from India. The lineup includes five types of naan – garlic, onion, Sher -e-Punjab, tandoori and roghani.This is a truly global world and Pillsbury, the American company, is actually making naans in India, and Kostos International is national distributor for the Pillsbury line. So why is Pillsbury’s Doughboy, usually busy with cakes and pastries, making frozen naans and parathas? Says Kostos Vice President Jay Parikh, “Pillsbury has many ethnic lines, and one of them is Indian. Though it’s an American company, the outfit which manufactures the frozen flat breads is completely Indian. They have a factory near Bombay and they have the experts in the field of Indian food and that’s how they developed the recipes.” Pillsbury has seven frozen products coming into the United States – a ready to puff roti, spring onion parathas, layered Malabar parathas, Adraki Alu parathas, tawa whole wheat parathas, stuffed spicy alu masaledaar naan and a paneer-filled naan.That’s more variety than you see in the breadbaskets of many Indian restaurants! Kostos International distributes to 1,300 stores nationally, mostly Indian and Pakistani, and some Middle Eastern stores. Says Parikh: “We have a few mainstream outlets at the moment. Indian foods are not as famous as Chinese and other foods, but are getting known, and the frozen samosas and spring rolls are very popular.”So America is finally waking up to the joy of zapping a microwave button and retrieving sizzling malai koftas in minutes! Why so late in the day in the United States, when the Brits have long made Indian food a national favorite, available in the frozen and chilled sections of mainstream stores like Mark and Spencer’s and Selfridges?“Well the American market is only 30 years old,” says Neil Soni. “The English market has been around ever since England occupied India. They’ve been exposed to the Indian culture so that market is almost a 100 years old. On top of the millions of South Asians in the UK who are eating Indian food consistently, there is a 100 million population where 50 percent of the people are exposed to Indian food. There may be a demographic of 50 million people who like Indian food.”He points out that even in a cosmopolitan city like New York there might be many affluent Americans who don’t know about Indian food and don’t want to try it because they’ve never been exposed to it. He says: “I think there’s a very big opportunity, but it has to be marketed properly. Right now I find that only the younger, college educated Americans – from the ages of 18 and 25 have the most potential to try Indian food.”Swetal Patel of Raja Foods says of the chilled foods that are such a rage in London:“More than frozen, they have what is called chilled foods. When you go to the deli here in American stores you really are finding a lot of the same products you found 30 or 40 years ago. It hasn’t really evolved but in London because of the Indian influence these foods are readily available.”He says that the Indian influence hasn’t been here that long while Chinese and Italian foods have been here much longer. “Italian food finally made it to the deli counter about seven years ago and Chinese food is slowly making its way – so it’s going to be some time before Indian food make it to the chilled section.You’ve got to remember England is about the size of Illinois so to distribute food like that is simple. There’s no complication. Here’s it’s a monster, we have four time zones!”  Indeed, the thought of massive amounts of vegetables traveling from farms in Gujarat and ready to eat entrees from factories in the heat of India all the way to America is mind-boggling, for the product has to be frozen at all times to maintain its quality. So what are the logistics of getting this food to consumers? Swetal Patel of Raja Foods says: “It’s not the infrastructure in India as that of the European shipping companies. They have hrefrigerated containers, so it’s produced frozen, packed frozen, shipped frozen, delivered frozen.”He finds that in India the frozen trend has not yet caught on with consumers and people tend to eat fresh. One of the stores he visited had just one small freezer while as he explains, all the Patel Brother grocery stores in the United States are equipped with large freezers: “As a company we’ve invested the most amount of money in freezers. Any new store we open, we put in $100,000 worth just in freezers.” The appropriate equipment is vital to the success of the business and as Archit Amin of Deep Foods says, “We have huge freezers that take the temperature of the product down to negative 40 degrees in 45 minutes. We do about 20,000 trays in a shift daily and 50 foot freezer trailer trucks take it across the country to the distributors.”The frozen food revolution is happening mainly because of great transportation, but a huge infrastructure is needed in this country as well. Swetal Patel says that a lot has to be invested in the freezers and they have 6000 sq foot freezers in both their facilities in Chicago and New York: “The initial investment in the units isn’t that much, but the cost to run them on a monthly basis can be $6000 a month.”So with all the costs and transportation, is it worth all the trouble, bringing frozen foods in from India? Says Swetal Patel, “Oh, yeah, why not? Everyone’s still making a profit. Trust me, it would have been dead in the water if it weren’t profitable!”Has he thought of selling to the mainstream? He says, “Raja Foods is a company which sells to many supermarkets in the country – Whole Foods, Jewel and AP. However the whole frozen aspect as a business is new to us and selling frozen to supermarkets isn’t as easy as everyone thinks. It costs more to do business with supermarkets.” Sagar Patel of Asianfood company.com, an Internet wholesaler and retailer in Houston, has taken the frozen foods online, sending out frozen foods throughout the United States and to countries like Canada and the U.K. “What we try to do is target the market from both sides with mostly Indian products but also mainstream products, ranging from bagels to desserts.”The company has warehouse and freezer facilities and partners with various distributors selling every brand from Ashoka to Deep Foods and Pillsbury. The main alliance is with Dishaka Gourmet Imports in Houston, who are the manufacturers and distributors of Chirag brand of food items.  “We’ve been around for just one and a half years and the majority of my clients are non-Indian, ” says Sagar Patel. “We recognized that the only reason mainstream customers do not buy Indian products is because they don’t know what to do with them.So we’ve developed a process where people can contact us off our website and we have people on our staff who will actually walk the customers through the ingredients and the processes in which they can use the foods.”  The frozen products are sent out to retail customers by Fed Ex, using dry ice and specially manufactured containers. Has the demand gone up with Indians? Says Sagar Patel, ” I would say so, definitely, but the Indian market is a little bit harder for us to break in.I think there will still be time needed for the adaptation process to happen, because there are so many grocery stores for Indian products in American cities now.”Asianfoodcompany.com finds more potential in the affluent mainstream market that chooses to look at Indian food as gourmet. Patel says that in the course of a year, business has grown risen ten fold. He adds: “We see a lot of business for frozen food, currently it accounts for 40 percent of what we send out. It’s popular with the mainstream; they’ve had Indian food in restaurants and they’d like to be able to recreate it at home but if they can’t, the next best thing is to be able to buy it.”Presently most of the frozen entrees are vegetarian but Deep Foods’ Curry Classics line has several chicken entrees too, including chicken curry, pad thai, basil curry, samosas as well as Tandoori chicken with spinach. Considering that India has such a vast variety of non-vegetarian and seafood dishes, the surface has barely been scratched in replicating these for the frozen sector.Interestingly enough, all the large manufacturers that Little India spoke to have the second generation involved in the family business – and surely these American born and educated entrepreneurs will be all the more receptive to innovative ideas and new challenges.So the next time you’re on deadline and have no time to cook and don’t have the desire to eat yet another turkey sandwich or slice of pizza, holler for your invisible personal chef. No need to chop and cut; all the exercise your fingers have to do is open up the boxes and zap the microwave button.Huge succulent samosas stuffed with cheese and jalapeno peppers, plates of steaming daal makhani, palak paneer and an array of crisp parathas, rotis and naan. Or perhaps you’d prefer fluffy idlis, golden dosas, uttampams and some spicy rasam? No problem, it’s all in the box.Spread out your fit for a king feast on the dining table and then say a silent prayer of thanks to your Indian grocer! Related Itemslast_img read more

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In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The South Korean pair of Kam Alex Kang Chan and Kim Kyu-eun shared the same ice with North Korea’s Kim Ju Sik and Ryom Tae Ok for the first time. Before training earlier this week, Kam and Kim used the same locker room and put on skates early so they had spare time together.Then Kam, 22, proposed taking a selfie together. He called the 25-year-old Kim “hyeong,” a Korean term used to refer to an elder brother or friend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I said something like ‘Hey, Ju Sik hyeong, let’s take a photo together!’” Kam said after training Tuesday. “I posted that photo for fun … and to mark the Olympics.”The photo recalls a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics—something that IOC President Thomas Bach described as a “great gesture.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH North Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, center, practice next to South Korea’s Kim Kyu-eun, front right, and Alex Kam during a pairs figure skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)GANGNEUNG, South Korea—A lot can be contained in a single selfie. The possibilities for peace between two entire nations, even.A selfie taken by smiling North and South Korean skaters and posted on Instagram illustrates yet another moment of reconciliation between the rivals, whose decades-long animosities could easily erupt again after the Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting That was certainly at play Monday when four North and South Korean hockey players who didn’t take part in the session took a selfie and laughed together. Also grabbing attention: earlier photos of birthday parties thrown for two North Korean players, and a dictionary aimed at overcoming a linguistic divide.“Hockey really does bring people together,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray. “On our team, they are just players. You know … there is no North Korean or South Korean. They are all wearing the same jersey. We are all on the same team.”On Thursday, in another unusual spectacle, North Korea’s national anthem was played and its flag was hoisted alongside an Olympic flag during a boisterous welcoming ceremony for athletes from the North. South Korea has strict security laws that normally ban the playing of the North’s anthem and the raising of its flag .A group of South Korean B-boys, or break dancers, twisted their bodies and flipped relentlessly after walking into the center of a group of North Korean athletes. A North Korean band played the Korean folk tune “Arirang.” North Korean athletes hummed to themselves before starting to dance. South Korean dancers joined them, triggering a barrage of camera flashes.“I feel so good,” North Korean figure skating coach Kim Hyon Son said after the ceremony. “I want to see both North and South Korean people being pleased.”The feel-good sparks will peak during the opening ceremony on Friday, when athletes of the Koreas will march together under a single “unification flag” to the tune of “Arirang” instead of their respective anthems. It will be the first such joint march since 2007.It’s unclear what other Olympic moments involving the two countries could make news, particularly because the hockey team isn’t expected to win a medal.“Quite strangely, no medal, no issue,” said Jung Moon-hyun, a sports science professor at Chungnam National University in South Korea. “Whether North Korea does some action that pours cold water on the Olympic (reconciliation mood) is something to think about.”But Jung said even one win by the team will be “very meaningful” news. On Feb. 14, the Korean team faces Japan, which colonized Korea for more than three decades before it split into North and South shortly after World War II.When the Games end, North and South Korean players will be separated, probably for good. Their governments ban ordinary citizens from exchanging phone calls, letters and emails, so they won’t communicate unless they encounter each other in international competitions. Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Similar amicable interactions are visible among the North and South Korean female hockey players, who have formed the rivals’ first joint Olympic team.The team of 12 North Koreans and 23 South Koreans was composed last month as the Koreas agreed upon a package of reconciliation steps following a year of heightened nuclear tensions that triggered fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.Many experts have raised worries about teamwork, and a survey showed a majority of South Korean opposed the joint team. Why? They thought it would deprive South Korean athletes of playing time.At the height of their Cold War rivalry, sports were often an alternate battlefield between the Koreas. North Korean medalists often ignored South Korean competitors who extended their hands for handshakes at podiums. North Korea also boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul.Since the Cold War, though, the countries have sometimes used sports as a way to thaw relations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For now, though, things like congenial selfies will have to be enough. The South Korean media certainly liked the latest one showing Kam and Kim flashing smiles and making peace signs. It was reproduced all over the country.The Seoul-based Kookmin Ilbo newspaper even gave it a memorable moniker, a sign of hope after generations of Korean division: “The icon of new peace.”last_img read more

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Wankhede pitch will be a slow turner, say groundsmen

first_imgContrary to popular perceptions that Wankhede Stadium pitch for the third Test will be a rank turner, one of the MCA groundstaff actively involved with the preparation of the 22-yard strip stated that it is expected to assist slow bowlers only from the third day.”The wicket will be normal. It won’t turn on the first day and it can slowly start turning (assisting spin) from day three,” a source told PTI today.England are down 0-2 in the five-game series after the draw in the series opener at Rajkot and losses in the next two games at Vishakapatnam and Mohali. (Pacers in form, spinners delivering India a complete team: Nasser Hussain to India Today)The visiting team must win the game here in order to have a chance to square the series at Chennai, slated to host the final match from December 16-20.”No special preparations are being made. The World T20 and Ranji matches have happened here. We have to prepare well for an international match and we have done that,” he added.”We got 20 days to prepare the wicket as a Ranji Trophy game was shifted away from the stadium (to another venue). In our opinion, there will be little bit of bounce.””We are watering as per the usual procedure. There was a little dew factor that we had to take into consideration and have done watering accordingly. Because of the dew, we watered it less,” they added.The sources also dismissed news reports that instructions have been received from team management with regards to the preparation of the pitch.advertisementAnother MCA official said that “it will be good wicket” where one can expect good cricket, adding around 60-65 per cent season ticket sales have taken place so far.This will be the 24th Test match at this ground and the win-loss record in favour of the hosts is 10-7.Incidentally, England had won the last two matches they had played here – in 2006 and 2012 – after having lost three Tests on the trot.Their only victory prior to those three defeats was in the BCCI’s Golden Jubilee Test in 1980.The first-ever game between the two teams at this venue, in 1976, was drawn so that the win-loss record stands 3-3 between the two teams out of seven encounters. (India release injured Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul from Test squad)The stadium is hosting a Test match after three years and the last match which it hosted was the 200th farewell Test of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar against West Indies in November 2013.Meanwhile, England will practise tomorrow morning while India will practise in the afternoon. The two teams have had an extended break after the conclusion of the third Test at Mohali.Most of the visiting team members had travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during the break and are scheduled to reach Mumbai tonight.last_img read more

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Jenson Button says Monaco return poses no pressure

first_imgJenson Button says he feels no pressure ahead of his one-off Formula One comeback with McLaren in Monaco this weekend because he has nothing riding on it.”If I get to Turn Two and I feel totally out of my depth, I will drive off into the sunset and not come back,” the 37-year-old Briton told reporters on Monday, smiling as he said it.”So it is fine. It is not a problem. I have no pressure.”The 2009 world champion and former Monaco winner left Formula One at the end of last season, handing over his seat to Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne, and has moved to California where he has focused on triathlon.He is returning for the showcase race as a replacement for Spaniard Fernando Alonso.The Spaniard is missing the race around the streets of the Mediterranean principality in order to compete in the Indianapolis 500 on the same day, with the double champion qualifying fifth on Sunday.McLaren are the only team yet to score a point this season, their Honda-engined car beset by engine problems and lack of performance.But Button did not have to worry about that as he immersed himself in the McLaren simulator at the team’s Woking headquarters.He said negotiating Monaco’s tight and twisty street circuit in the virtual world, which replicates every bump and curve and can be adjusted for different conditions, still had its difficulties, however.”I also fell in the port twice today, and hopefully that’s not going to happen,” he said.advertisement”After Turn One, you go up the hill and I fell off on the right hand side. And rolled. I’ve never rolled in the simulator before – but I rolled. Lucky enough, the impact isn’t as big as in reality but you still get a jolt and a bit of G-force.”Despite McLaren’s problems, Alonso managed to qualify seventh at the previous race in Barcelona and Button saw that as a positive sign that the car could be competitive in Monaco with new updates coming.”What a step forward,” Button said. “He obviously did a great lap but it shows how much improvement the team has made. It is massive.”If Alonso can put it seventh in Barcelona then we should be looking sweet for Monaco,” he said, adding one caveat: “First of all I’ve got to see if I still know what to do when I get in the car on Thursday.”ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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Ajinkya Rahane equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record with fourth successive fifty

first_imgAjinkya Rahane continued his rich vein of form with yet another half-century in One day Internationals. Rahane is making the most of the opportunity at the top of the order and has so far scored fifty-plus scores in all the four ODIs against West Indies in the ongoing five-match series.Rahane has been in a sublime form with scores of 62, 103, 72 and 60.Rahane top-scored for India with 60 off 91 balls but his knock went in vain as the visitors failed to chase down 190 against West Indies, losing the match by 11 runs. India had won the second and third ODIs after the first game was washed out. The visitors lead the series 2-1 with the fifth and final game to be played on June 6 in Jamaica.Rahane’s innings also helped him equal Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin, Suresh Raina and Sourav Ganguly for four consecutive fifty-plus scores.Tendulkar achieved the feat twice in 1996 and 2003, Azahruddin did it in 1990 and 1993, Ganguly in 2002, Kohli in 2010, Dhoni in 2011 and Raina in 2013.Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar and Kohli jointly hold India’s record with five successive fifties in ODIs.Rahane, who was sitting on the bench for whole of the ICC Champions Trophy, said he utilised the time focusing on his fitness and batting. In West Indies he got the opportunity after Rohit Sharma was rested for the tour.”I would like to thank Virat (Kohli) and team management that they gave me this opportunity to bat at the top of the order. When I was in England, I really worked hard on my fitness and I am happy all that hard work is paying off here,” Rahane told ANI last week.advertisementlast_img read more

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The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather finds perfect way to say goodbye to boxing

first_imgFloyd Mayweather did exactly what was expected of him when he outclassed mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor in their crossover bout on Saturday to secure a final victory in an illustrious career that ends with an unmatched 50-0 record.The 10th round technical knockout not only enabled to Mayweather to depart boxing on a winning note but allowed the American to pull clear of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark for most wins without a loss or draw.History has been made. 50-0! #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/mBKtbeNxHt- MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) August 27, 2017The 40-year-old was lured out of a near two-year retirement for the fight and a shot at the record with what could amount to a $200 million payday but Mayweather was adamant that no amount of money would tempt him back into the ring once more.”Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day,” Mayweather said in a post-fight interview. “This was my last fight tonight. For sure.”I didn’t have to come back.”We do foolish things sometimes but I am not a dam fool. If I see an opportunity to make $300 million in 36 minutes why not. I had to do.”But this is the last one, you have my word on it.”AP PhotoThe victory over McGregor was the culmination of a 21-year journey that took Mayweather from the grit and grime of Grand Rapids, Michigan to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, and from childhood poverty to a billionaire lifestyle.advertisementIf the pay-per-view projections are accurate and Saturday’s fight becomes the most lucrative of all time, Mayweather will pocket $200 million to put him among the world’s highest paid athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.”I come from poverty, I come from the inner city,” explained Mayweather. “Now when I get with my billionaire buddies, I don’t get with them and say ‘I am happy to hang in your house’ or ‘I’m happy to ride in your jet’.”I say ‘teach me how you did it so I can have the same thing’.”Now the student is ready to become the teacher with Mayweather saying the next chapter of his life will be as a trainer, like the father who taught him.Along with his real estate investments and Las Vegas gentlemen’s clubs, he will spend time focusing on his boxing business and uncovering the next Floyd Mayweather to groom for super stardom.”I just want to help young fighters,” he added. “My dad is a trainer he taught me the sport. Everything he taught me from day one is still with me.”Trainers help make fighters better and teach fighters about becoming a superstar, not just in the ring but outside.”Hopefully I can find the next Floyd Mayweather.”Nothing but #Respect #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/Vp1KA7ELHe- UFC (@ufc) August 27, 2017Much respect between these two. @FloydMayweather & @TheNotoriousMMA put on a show #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/Q2nek4jpC8- UFC (@ufc) August 27, 2017last_img read more

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World Cup hosts Russia held to 1-1 draw by Iran in friendly

first_imgWorld Cup hosts Russia needed a second-half equaliser from Zenit St Petersburg striker Dmitry Poloz to secure a 1-1 draw against Iran in a friendly in Kazan on Tuesday.Russia fell behind when Iran striker Sardar Azmoun beat back-up goalkeeper Andrei Lunev in the 57th minute after Mehdi Taremi powered through the Russian backline.Russia, however, hit back in the 74th minute, with Poloz sliding in to get a touch on cross by Alexander Samedov, beating Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.Russia came into the game on the back of a confidence-boosting 4-2 win against South Korea at the weekend, when they were aided by two own goals from South Korean defender Kim Ju-young.As World Cup hosts, Russia have not had the opportunity to measure themselves against Europe’s best in qualifying.The friendly against South Korea was Russia’s first international test since they exited the Confederations Cup at the group stage in June, which added to a long list of recent failures.Russia also made an early exit at both the 2016 European Championship and the 2014 World Cup, failing to win a match in both tournaments, and they are eager to avoid embarrassment at next year’s finals.Iran, three-times Asian champions, finished first in their qualifying group for the World Cup. They will be making a fifth World Cup appearance next year.The World Cup finals run from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.last_img read more

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Croatia ends Spain’s 12-year unbeaten run at European finals

first_imgBORDEAUX, France (AP) — Spain’s 12-year unbeaten run at the European Championship ended Tuesday when Croatia came from behind to stun the two-time champion.The 2-1 defeat relegated La Roja into second place in Group D and set up a mouthwatering round of 16 game between Spain and Italy, a repeat of the final four years ago. Ivan Perisic’s 87th minute winner also ended Spain’s unbeaten run at the tournament that stretched all the way back to 2004.A draw would have been enough for Spain to secure first place in the group and a potentially easier second round game.Now it will have to face the Italians at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Monday — a repeat of the 2012 final that Spain won 4-0. Croatia will play one of the third-place teams in the northern French city of Lens on Saturday.“It’s not the best path for us, but you never know where the danger will be,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said. “We wanted to advance in first place but we are prepared to overcome this.”It had all started so well for Spain, when striker Alvaro Morata put his side ahead in the seventh minute, redirecting the ball into the net after a shot by midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Nikola Kalinic equalized just before halftime when he steered a Perisic cross into the Spain net with a nice back-heel flick.Spain had a chance to retake the lead, but defender Sergio Ramos saw his penalty saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the 72nd minute.It proved to be a costly miss when Perisic finished off a fast counter attack with a low left-foot shot that beat Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post.Croatia’s Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)Both teams had entered the match at the Stade the Bordeaux guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. However, both teams wanted to win especially as the runner-up in the group will meet Italy. That was evident in the starting lineup that Del Bosque picked — the same 11 that won its first two games.“We have to get over this,” Del Bosque said. “Now we have to prepare well.”The result ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten streak at the European Championship over two tournaments. It also ended the team’s run of seven straight games without conceding a goal. The last time it had conceded was in a 1-1 draw against Italy in its first group match in the 2012 tournament — 734 minutes ago.“It’s better to lose now than on Monday (against Italy),” Spain striker Manuel “Nolito” Agudo said. “It will be harder now, but you have to beat everybody to be the champion. We still depend on ourselves. We will be ready to play Italy.”Croatia’s surprise victory came despite playing without star midfielder Luka Modric and forward Mario Mandzukic, both out with muscle injuries.“The team spirit helped us and we were fighting until the last minute,” Perisic said through a translator. “I think we can go far now. If we play like this we can go to the very end.”Croatia hadn’t beaten Spain since a 2-0 result in friendly in Valencia in 1994. The teams had also met in the final group game at Euro 2012, when La Roja ran out 1-0 winners.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Realme 2 Pro, OnePlus 6T, iPhone XR: Best phones to buy in November

first_img2018 has been an incredibly busy year for smartphones, a lot of which have been mighty impressive. With just two months to go before the year comes to a close, pretty much all the major launches have been done and dusted. We don’t expect any significant announcements to take place over the next two months, unless HMD decides to finally announce its 2018 flagship smartphone.Every month, we take a look at some of the best phones available in the market to help you decide which phone is worth your money. Our November list is going to be pretty definitive in that the phones mentioned here offer the best value for money and are likely going to stay that way until year-end. Here’s a look at some of the best phones you can buy this month.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Realme C1: Rs 6,999Realme recently launched the Realme 2 Pro in India. But while this is a mid-range smartphone, the company surprised everyone by announcing an entry-level Realme C1 as well. The company has been quietly shaking up the market by offering some segment-first features. The Realme C1 is one of the cheapest phones you can find with a notched display. It bears a lot of similarities with the Realme 2 right from the chipset to battery, but at a much more satisfactory price point.The Realme C1 sports a 6.2-inch notched display, Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It houses a 4,230mAh battery similar to the Realme 2. The entry-level smartphone comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing sensor. It ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.1 on top.advertisementRedmi Note 5: Rs 9,999Xiaomi has a pretty dominant position in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment and there are a few reasons for that. One is the Redmi 6A which is one of the best entry-level phones you can buy right now. The other is the Redmi Note 5 which is s an impressive all-rounder that offers good performance and battery as well as an 18:9 FHD+ display.The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Similarly, it comes in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot. The device sports a 12MP rear camera with dual LED flash and PDAF.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Realme 2 Pro: Rs 13,990Realme has had a solid start this year with four unique smartphones, some of which have been segment-disrupting. The Realme 2 Pro may not be grabbing headlines like the Poco F1, but there is no denying that it is quietly shaking up the affordable mid-range segment. This is because it brings a number of segment-first features such as a waterdrop display and Snapdragon 660 chipset for under Rs 15,000. At Rs 13,990, the phone brings a mix of style and power that is not a common sight to see at this price point. Powering the Realme 2 Pro is an octa-core Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset with Adreno 512 GPU. This is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM for smooth and swift multitasking experience. The company is also touting a great gaming experience thanks to a powerful mid-range chipset. The phone will be offered with up to 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Realme 2 Pro houses a 3,500mAh battery that will deliver a full day of battery life. It also supports dual 4G and dual VoLTE. The phone also offers 16MP sensors for all three cameras on board.Nokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 15,999HMD has had a busy year, launching close to a dozen smartphones, most of which have made their way to India, including the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Launched a couple of months ago, the 6.1 Plus is one of HMD’s most value for money offerings as it brings an all-glass design, notched display and powerful hardware. The icing on the cake is that HMD managed to price the device competitively as well.The Nokia 5.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port. Notably, the Android One phone got updated to Android 9 Pie, making it an even sweeter deal for anyone looking for an affordable smartphone with Pie.advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 30,000Poco F1: Rs 20,999Xiaomi sub-brand Poco trolled OnePlus this week after the launch of the OnePlus 6T in India. Reason? Because the OnePlus 6T costs Rs 37,999 while the Poco F1 is priced at Rs 20,999 and both offer the same Snapdragon 845 chipset. Whether Poco’s digs are justified or not is a debate for another day. But that’s the Poco F1 for you – a phone that is easily the most surprising and disruptive smartphone of 2018. It continues to be the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered phone right now, and will likely hold that title till the end of 2018.The Poco F1 brings a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery to take you through a good day and a half. Recently, it was confirmed by the company that the Poco F1 will get Android 9 Pie as well as Android Q in the future.Asus ZenFone 5Z: Rs 29,999Asus has shown that it is capable of taking on some heavyweights in the smartphone world this year. Not only did it launch the budget ZenFone Max Pro M1, but it also launched an affordable Snapdragon 845 phone with the ZenFone 5Z. It’s quite an underrated phone and probably does not see the kind of hype that it should.The ZenFone 5Z brings a tall 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and the base variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The ZenFone 5Z houses a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support, supports stereo speakers and High-Res audio, among other things. The phone runs Android Oreo-based ZenUI and Asus says it has cut down on a lot of bloatware, keeping things cleaner and simpler. The dual camera setup includes a primary 12-megapixel sensor with large 1.4um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis OIS and EIS. The secondary camera comes with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor for depth of field shots. Up front, the ZenFone 5Z sports an 8-megapixel sensor and the cameraBest phone(s) under Rs 40,000OnePlus 6T: Rs 37,999OnePlus announced its newest flagship, the OnePlus 6T earlier this week in India. The phone succeeds the OnePlus 6 and is now the only OnePlus phone available in the market. The OnePus 6T is an iterative update over the OnePlus 6. It brings an updated design such as a bigger display with a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor, while keeping most of the internals the same as its predecessor.advertisementThe OnePlus 6T sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. The glass on the front and back is also upgraded to Gorilla Glass 6. The 6T also loses to features – a physical fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, the OnePlus 6T gets an in-display fingerprint sensor that will unlock the device in 0.34 seconds. The 6T houses a 3,700mAh battery with Dash Charge support and ships with Android 9 Pie.The cameras remain the same as well with the rear module getting a 16MP + 20MP setup with f/1.7 aperture and OIS + EIS support, and the front getting a 16MP sensor. OnePlus is touting a new Nightscape feature that uses HDR algorithm to improve low-light photography.Best phone(s) that money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,900In the super premium segment we have the trinity – Samsung, Google and Apple. These brands make some of the most high-end phones and usually set the stage for other brands to follow. The Galaxy Note 9 is perhaps the best flagship Samsung has created in a while. In fact, it is by far Samsung’s best Note phone in a while. It brings everything we love about a Note device but takes it up a notch as well. Not only does it bring a taller and gorgeous display, but it also packs some serious performance and a battery life worthy of a Note.The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Infinity display. It is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with the base variant getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery, which is a major bump from the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy S9+. The device runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature that has won the Galaxy S9 phones a lot of praise. The front camera is also similar at 8-megapixel and F/1.7 aperture.Google Pixel 3: Rs 71,000After Samsung, we have Google with its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagships. The phones went on sale in India on Thursday and among them the Pixel 3 makes the most sense for consumers in the country. Not only does it come at a lower price point compared to the Pixel 3 XL, it also does not come with a distracting notch. The rest of the Pixel 3 right from hardware to cameras are the same as the Pixel 3 XL.The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, while the Pixel 3 XL offers a taller 6.3-inch FHD+ (2960×1440) display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a very deep notch. They are powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s paired with 4GB of RAM. The Pixel phones are offered in two storage options – one with 64GB of internal storage and another with 128GB of internal storage.As for the cameras, Google has included two 8MP front-facing cameras, one of which offers a wide-angle lens for group selfies. On the back, both the Pixel phones come with a 12.2MP dual pixel sensor with 1.4 micron pixels, autofocus, dual PDAF, OIS + EIS and f/1.8 aperture. The regular Pixel 3 houses a 2,915mAh battery while the XL model gets a bigger 3,430mAh battery. iPhone XR: Rs 76,900We end the list with an iPhone, because no list is really complete without looking out for iOS fans. You may wonder why we haven’t listed the iPhone XS or XS Max, and the answer is pretty simple – As great as those iPhones are, they come at ridiculously high prices. The iPhone XR is the perfect iPhone for most consumers looking to upgrade from an iPhone 8 or older iPhone. While it comes with a few downgrades like an LCD display instead of OLED, and single rear camera instead of dual cameras, these aren’t significant. The iPhone XR is a fantastic iPhone that comes with a sharp and vivid LCD panel, capable cameras and perhaps the best battery life on any iPhone yet.In terms of size, the iPhone XR slots between the iPhone XS and XS Max. It gets a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina HD display (1792×828). It is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset and brings 3GB of RAM. The iPhone XR also supports Face ID and ships with iOS 12. The single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back comes with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. The front sees a 7MP TrueDepth camera similar to the other two iPhones.last_img read more

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Economic Benefits Analysis of Jamaica’s Forests Suggested

first_imgUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap, is suggesting an analysis of the potential ecomonic benfits to be derived from the country’s forests.Dr. Kashyap, who is also the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Jamaica, notes that the economic potential of forests are often not recognized by countries blessed with these resources. In noting Jamaica’s fairly extensive forest coverage, he contends that sustainable management strategies could yield practical solutions to minimize the frequency with which the country is impacted by adverse weather conditions, such as drought.Dr. Kashyap says Jamaica could also potentially benefit from significant revenue inflows totalling as much as US$30 billion through its forests, under the UN’s programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).“It is now timely and an imperative that Jamaica gradually begins the process of accrediting economic values to as many forestry goods and services as possible,” he contended, while addressing a Forestry Department forum at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston, on March 21, to mark the UN’s International Day of Forests.Meanwhile, Director General in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Sharon Crooks, who represented Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, praised the Forestry Department’s work, in its effort to preserve the island’s forests during the agency’s 75 years of existence.She highlighted the Department’s Private Planting Programme initiative that promotes sustainable use of the forest, as well as its instrumentality in establishing some 13 Local Forest Management Committees (LFMCs).“It is noteworthy that you are partnering with communities to demonstrate how they can actively pursue income-generating activities and increase their economic benefits without harming our critical forest reserves,” the Director General said.She pointed out that several communities have successfully implemented projects, focusing on nature and eco-tourism; agro forestry; woodcraft and furniture production; and bee keeping and honey production, “all of which have contributed to the improvement of their livelihood.”Conservator of Forests and the Forestry Department’s Chief Executive Officer, Marilyn Headly, underscored the imperativeness of a designated day to recognise and acknowledge the importance of trees to countries’ ecosystems.In this regard, she said the forum was indicative of the Department’s cognizance of the need to heighten national awareness through public education initiatives. “We still have a long way to go (in effiorts to heighten awareness). We really would like the public, the decision makers, the political representatives, (and) more so the private sector, to take a serious look at forests, to see their importance,” she said.Ms. Headley said the results of forum’s deliberations will serve, among other things, chart effective responses to new and evolving forestry related challenges and opportunities.In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that March 21 be observed annually as the International Day of Forests. This milestone decision marked the culmination of a 42-year process to gain formal recognition of the invaluable benefits of forests. By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Loblaw recalls chicken nuggets over salmonella concern

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. – Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) says it is recalling select packages of chicken nuggets out of what “an abundance of caution.”The grocery chain says some packages of President’s Choice pub recipe chicken nuggets may expose consumers to salmonella if the nuggets are improperly handled.Loblaw says the recalled nuggets bear a best-before code of “2018 MR 15” and were sold prior to Wednesday in most of the country at Loblaw stores and at affiliated outlets such as No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Dominion, Provigo and others.According to Health Canada guidelines, salmonella can be avoided if consumers properly follow cooking instructions and cook frozen raw, breaded chicken products to an internal temperature of at least 74 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit).Loblaw says all affected products have been removed from store shelves.Customers can return the product to any store where President’s Choice products are sold for a full refund, with or without a receipt.last_img read more

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Natasha Bedingfield To Release Song In Support Of Mental Health And Wellbeing

first_imgphilosophy, the women’s wellbeing beauty brand, is collaborating with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield on an exclusive, original song to spread hope to women everywhere.The song, “hope,” penned by Natasha and a new writing and production team made up of Matt Robinson, David Saw and Ryan Freeman, was written to draw attention to the mental health needs of women and further the message of the hope and grace initiative — an unending commitment by philosophy to support community-based mental health organizations. Releasing simultaneously with the product launch of renewed hope in a jar, “hope” will be available for download on iTunes on January 13th with 20% of the net proceeds from iTunes sales benefitting the hope and grace initiative until 2016.By encouraging and promoting the idea of hope when faced with any adversity, this original song clearly captures the spirit of philosophy. For over 18 years, philosophy has been devoted to bringing women products that inspire them to live better lives. Most recently, in July 2014, philosophy launched the hope and grace initiative, the cornerstone of the brand’s philanthropic mission wherein 1% of philosophy product sales across all retailers support community-based organizations working to empower women through the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues.“At philosophy, we believe that it is important to nurture the skin as well as the soul, and music offers a powerful way to lift spirits and spread a message,” says Jill Scalamandre, Senior Vice President, philosophy and Chief Marketing Officer, skin care for Coty. “The philosophy of renewed hope in a jar is ‘live with optimism, renew with hope,’ a sentiment that not only ties perfectly to this beautiful song, but also to the hope and grace initiative’s mission of helping lift the stigma that surrounds mental health.”“philosophy understands the power of words, and as a songwriter this resonates deeply with me,” says Natasha. “I was thrilled to collaborate with philosophy on the song and to help raise awareness about mental health, particularly among women. This song is about how powerful hope is and that we all need to be reminded sometimes of how even the darkest nights become bright mornings, and hope can carry us through any hardship.”To celebrate the release of “hope,” which is named for its reimagined iconic product, renewed hope in a jar, philosophy will host a special event where Natasha will perform “hope” live for the first time. The performance will be simulcast via Livestream as part of a larger digital media campaign that will further promote the renewed hope in a jar product and the hope and grace initiative.Changing the landscape of philanthropic efforts in the beauty industry, the hope and grace initiative established the hope and grace fund as a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501c3 public charity dedicated to supporting innovative and effective public interest projects. With guidance from an advisory board made up of committed and notable leaders in the mental health arena, philosophy will annually award multiple grants with an average amount of $25,000 through the hope and grace fund to support hundreds of qualified organizations around the world.In its first year, the fund plans to target organizations that work with women in the United States who are currently underserved by mental health services by providing grants to community-based mental health organizations. These unsung heroes of the mental health field include those organizations that are working to overcome the barriers and stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health issues, providing access to mental health treatment, and fostering support networks for women with mental illness.Join the movement at hopeandgracefund.com.last_img read more

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Aboriginal leaders hopeful of Plan Nord relaunch

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds of people gathered in downtown Montreal Wednesday for the relaunching of Plan Nord.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard had a clear message for the northern communities.“We have not only talk about new mines in Quebec and new hydro-electric projects, but we have talk about quality of life of northern communities, schooling, day care, manpower training, all these elements are also parts of the project,” said Couillard.APTN’s Danielle Rochette was there and has his story.last_img read more

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The Latest DOJ Lottery not proven its immune from Wire Act

LAS VEGAS — The Latest on recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department that could put $220 million in lottery revenues at risk (all times local):3:30 p.m.The U.S. Justice Department says in a federal court brief that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission has failed to demonstrate that it wouldn’t be immune from 1960s law enacted to crack down on the mob.On Thursday, the Justice Department filed the brief in Concord, New Hampshire, in response to a judge’s order for it to clarify its interpretation of the Wire Act. States fear losing at least $220 million annually in lottery profits if the Wire Act is determined to apply to all forms of gambling that crosses state lines.The department also affirmed any early promise to not prosecute state lotteries or their vendors while it continues to review whether the Wire Act applies to lotteries.In 2011, New York and Illinois asked the Obama administration whether selling lottery tickets online violated the law. The department concluded that online gambling within states that does not involve sporting events would not break the law.The department did an about-face in November, saying the law applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines.That prompted the lottery commission in February to file a federal lawsuit demanding that a judge rule that the law does not apply to lotteries.__10 a.m.A recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department has put a handful of states in danger of losing at least $220 million annually in lottery profits.The states are anxiously waiting on a clarification from the Justice Department about its opinion that could outlaw lottery tickets sold online if strictly interpreted.The uncertainty was created by an opinion on a 1960s law enacted to crack down on the mob.Decades later and with the internet ruling everyone’s lives, New York and Illinois asked the Obama administration whether selling lottery tickets online violated the law. The department in 2011 concluded that online gambling within states that does not involve sporting events would not break the law.The department did an about-face in November, saying the law applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines.The Associated Press read more

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Consul General of Pakistan visits Brock

Pictured from left: Sheila Young, Director, Brock International, Dean Ejaz Ahmed, Faculty of Math & Science, Asghar Ali Golo, Consul General of Pakistan, Brock University President Jack Lightstone and Samir Dossal, President, Canada-Pakistan Business Council.At the invitation of Dean Ejaz Ahmed, Faculty of Math & Science, the Consul General of Pakistan, Asghar Ali Golo along with the President of the Canada-Pakistan Business Council, Samir Dossal visited Brock University Thursday.Following a lunch with Brock VP Finance, Brian Hutchings and Vice Provost and Associate VP Academic, Greg Finn as well as other members of the Faculty of Math & Sciences and Brock International Services, the group met with students from Pakistan in undergraduate and graduate degree studies at Brock. Golo and Dossal were also involved in discussions with Brock researchers from Sociology and Geography actively involved with local communities and organizations in Northern Pakistan, before meeting President, Jack Lightstone Thursday afternoon. read more

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Ohio State aiming to avenge loss to Wisconsin gain revenge against Purdue

As if the Ohio State football team needed more motivation after suffering its first loss of the 2010 season against Wisconsin, its next opponent is a Purdue team that stunned the Buckeyes last season. “I think a lot of guys have had this one circled for a while now,” junior left tackle Mike Adams said. “At Ohio State, we never like to lose games.” Last season, a Boilermaker team that held a 1-5 record entering the game upset the Buckeyes, 26-18. Entering the game, OSU was ranked No. 7 in the nation. In the defeat, the Buckeyes committed nine penalties for 65 yards, compared to Purdue’s one penalty for five yards. For the second time since 2004, OSU had lost to a team that didn’t reach a BCS bowl game. “We didn’t play as well as we could,” junior linebacker Andrew Sweat told the media after Tuesday’s practice. “They played really well.” Adams said the coaches have been using last year’s loss as a motivational tool in hopes of preventing a second straight defeat. “They’re definitely reminding us. We got some posters up all over the place,” Adams said. “It’s something that they’re obviously going to do, and you know, we need to be aware, and we can’t let that happen again.” Sweat agreed that last year’s loss to Purdue motivates the Buckeyes but said neither team is the same as it was a year ago. “You remember it, but that just gives you motivation to do better this year,” Sweat said. “Ultimately, it’s a new year, and you just have to go out and fight.” Aside from avenging their loss to the Boilermakers, sophomore fullback Zach Boren said the Buckeyes are also motivated not to feel the sting of a loss for the second straight week. “It’s one of the worst feelings,” Boren said. “You’re kind of just sitting there in disbelief. You’re just like, ‘Wow, like, that just happened.’” OSU coach Jim Tressel said last year’s loss adds extra motivation for this year’s match-up, but he hopes his team gives the same kind of attention to each opponent on a weekly basis. “What you hope you have full attention of is what you have to do to get better, more so than it being Purdue,” Tressel said. Tressel also said he’s aware of the kind of attention the Buckeyes receive on a weekly basis. “We told our guys countless times that there are 10 teams that want one thing for sure, and that’s for Ohio State not to be the Big Ten champions,” Tressel said. “Now let’s see how you can handle it.” This year will be OSU’s chance to knock Purdue down from atop the Big Ten standings, just as the Boilermakers did to the Buckeyes a year ago. Purdue is in a three-way tie for the conference lead, with Michigan State and Iowa also undefeated in Big Ten play. “We know they’re going to come in here and play hard. We went up there last year and they beat us, so we just got to go out there and get it done this week,” senior safety Jermale Hines said. “Any time somebody beats you, it goes towards motivation.” read more

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Quorn tikka masala recalled due to presence of rubber pieces

first_img Image: FSAI By Aoife Barry Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 1:27 PM https://jrnl.ie/3849644 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share42 Tweet Email6 Image: FSAI 35 Comments Short URL Quorn tikka masala recalled due to presence of rubber pieces Notices will be displayed in stores that sold the batches. Feb 13th 2018, 1:27 PM 14,145 Views A BATCH OF Quorn Tikka Masala has been recalled due to the presence of rubber.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland released the recall notice today, saying that Quorn Foods is recalling the above batches of its chilled Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice due to contamination with pieces of flexible rubber.The batch code on the affected products has the use-by dates of 01 Mar 2018, 02 Mar 2018 and 03 Mar 2018.Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores that sold the implicated batches.last_img read more

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