500th Test: Virat Kohli’s Indian team on dry fruit diet, New Zealand cricketers gorge on biryani

first_imgIf Virat Kohli has his way, he will double up as Team India coach. Relax Anil Kumble, this has nothing to do with the cricketing stuff! It’s just about Virat’s fitness mantra for his teammates – the strict diet regimen that he follows and hopes other Indian cricketers follow too in his footsteps. (Kanpur Test: Boult, Santner reduce India to 291/9 on Day 1)At Kanpur’s biggest hotel, the chefs are busy preparing fat-free food for the Indian players and chicken tikkas, biryani and more mouth-watering dishes for New Zealand. (India’s 500th Test: Proud to pass on the baton to GenNext, says Tendulkar)”I am flabbergasted, really,” hotel’s executive chef Narender Yadav tells India Today. “The Indian players want to have fat free-food and prefer Italian while the New Zealand team is bowled over by the Indian cuisine,” he adds. (Kohli’s double standards: He wants fresh juice for teammates but endorses Pepsi)That the Indian skipper is a fitness freak is no secret. But, it seems Virat’s healthy eating habits and lifestyle are fast becoming a rage with his fellow cricketers too.”Kohli takes almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts  apricots at breakfast. He loves his protein shakes after workouts. For lunch, which we have arranged for the team at the Green Park Stadium during the ongoing first Test, the menu includes grilled chicken, grilled fish, lamb chops and juices. One thing which I noticed was that Virat wants to have a lot of dry fruits. What we serve for the Indian team in dinner isn’t different as most players follow the same diet,” says Yadav.advertisementOn the other hand, New Zealand’s players are gorging on the Indian food served to them.”The New Zealanders are eating Indian food like chicken korma, malai tikkas, biryanis, mutton rogan josh, seekh kababs and also oriental food like chicken chilli, fried rice and hakka noodles. I am very surprised,” Yadav says as he instructs his team to be on their toes in the presence of local food inspectors in the hotel’s ever busy kitchen.The hotel got an advisory from the BCCI earlier in the month asking them to provide specific food for the Indian team during their stay for the first Test in Kanpur. All host associations for the series have been sent a similar communique.Not just the hotel staff but many visitors are also surprised to see Indian cricketers avoid the much-famed Indian delicacies. “Me and my partner have been watching Indian and Kiwi players at breakfast since last couple of days. Indians seem to be very diet conscious. As tourists we were told different things about the Indian food, the recommendations were different. As even the hygiene standards are different than Europe, we were always worried about falling sick. Also, we used to wonder that what do the visiting teams have in India, do they bring their own cook and a dietician along or not. When they come to India, there is a lot of spice and a lot of strong flavours. If they get sick, their game is ruined, right? Really good to see that the Kiwis are enjoying the Indian food a lot, says Kate, a British fan of the Indian team.Spinner Harbhajan Singh had earlier told India Today how his own eating habits have changed drastically after watching Virat’s dietary chart and having “food and fitness” conversations with the Test skipper.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar inspired me a lot, says Rio Paralympics hero Devendra Jhajharia

first_imgDevendra Jhajharia made India proud when he bettered his own world record to win Gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics last month.Devendra won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres, however, he improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium in Rio in September.India finished with four medals at the Paralympics this year, with Mariyappan Thangavelu (Gold in high jump), Varun Bhati (Bronze in high jump), Deepa Malik (Silver in shot put) and Devendra Jhajharia (Gold in javelin throw).In an exclusive chat with Boria Majumdar, India Today’s Consulting Editor Sports, the four stars spoke at length about their journey before and after Rio success.The whole country celebrated its para-athletes’ success with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar calling them “extraordinarily abled” champions.”As an Indian I am extremely proud of all four of you and the other athletes who participated. The whole world calls them differently abled but according to me these champions are extraordinarily abled,” Tendulkar said at a felicitation ceremony.”Sachin Tendulkar is my role model and has always inspired me. I used to think if Sachin can play international cricket for 24 long years then why can’t me? So, people like him have been an inspiration to all of us,” Jhajharia told India Today.”I met him (Sachin) for the first time today (during a felicitation ceremony) and it was a very special moment. He is a very humble and simple person. He even appreciated me for my achievements,” said an ecstatic Jhajharia.advertisement’MEDAL HAS MADE ME MORE RESPONSIBLE’Deepa Malik, who became the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, said life has changed tremendously after the Games. Malik bagged a silver in the Women’s Shot Put F53 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games, clinching the medal with a personal best throw of 4.61 meters.”Life has changed tremendously and definitely for the better. It’s little exhausting right now because lot of felicitation is happening and lot of travelling is involved but a huge thank you to the nation for the support,” Malik said.”I see a tremendous transformation in the entire nation and the outlook towards para-sports. Medals have got equal respect, there has been no disparity and a lot of responsibility has come. My medal being the first medal by an Indian woman, so automatically a lot of responsibility of encouraging more and more women to come forward and join the journey.”THANGAVELU, BHATI CREDIT COACH FOR SUCCESS”We (Thangavelu and I) are good friends but I want to beat him as well. Our coach (Satyanarayan) has strengthened our bond and has played a major role in helping us win medals at the Games,” Bhati said.”When I returned home, my mother was very happy. It was an emotional moment. Coach Satyanarayan helped me a lot, I trained with him for Paralympics. I would like to thank him,” Thangavelu said.last_img read more

Delivery of ULCSs Set to Slow Down in 2016

first_imgBarzanThe steady flow of ultra-large containerships (ULCS) into the Asia-Europe trade will ease briefly in 2016, as the number of new deliveries will slow down temporarily before resuming its climb in 2017, industry analyst Alphaliner said.A total of 37 ships of 13,800-20,000 teu have been delivered so far this year, all of which have been deployed to the Asia-North Europe route. Another 13 ships within this size range are due to be delivered by December, all bound for the same trade.For 2016, deliveries of ships of this size will fall to ‘only’ 37. This number includes 13 units of 19,000-20,000 teu, thereof 11 for MSC’s account.In addition to this, UASC is to receive the last two of its six A-18 ’BARZAN’ class ships of 19,870 teu in the first quarter of 2016, following the delivery of the first four units in 2015.At 19,870 teu, the UASC ships are currently the world’s largest containerships in terms of nominal container intake. Nevertheless, UASC officially only declares them as 18,800 teu units.According to Alphaliner, all 18,000 – 20,000 teu container ships ordered or in service so far, share similar physical dimensions as they feature a breadth of 58.60 -59.00 m, allowing to stow 23 rows of containers on deck and 21 rows in holds.They also have a similar length of 395-400 m, that fits 24 bays of 40’ containers. However, at least one design has opted for an increased hull depth, allowing to stow one extra tier of boxes under the hatches. The difference in nominal capacity however, is mainly due to extra notional deck loads.These can only be fully utilised for carrying empty container stacked up to 11 tiers high on deck. Usable capacity on headhaul legs, when ships are filled with laden containers, stands at around 18,000- 18,500 teu for all designs.However, APM-Maersk’s latest orders for 11 second generation EEE – class units, advertised with an intake of 19,630 teu, differ from other designs ordered so far and feature a scantling draft of 16.50 m, instead of 16,00 m. This would allow for a larger intake of laden containers, likely over 19,000 teu.last_img read more

Private Equity investment in realty up 26 to 39 billion in JanuaryJune

first_imgNew Delhi: Private equity investment in real estate rose 26 per cent in the first half of this year to $3.9 billion (nearly Rs 28,000 crore) driven by higher inflow in commercial and warehousing projects, according to property consultant Colliers. PE inflows from foreign investors increased 28 per cent during the first six months of the 2019 calendar year. “During the first six months of 2019, the real estate sector witnessed private-equity (PE) inflows of USD 3.9 billion (Rs 27,767 crore), eclipsing the first halves of previous years,” Colliers International said in a report. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe increase in PE inflow signals rising confidence of institutional investors in India’s premium office spaces, retail properties and warehousing sector, it said. “Foreign funds remain active in the real estate market, with inflows from such investors rising 28 per cent in H1 2019. While foreign funds continue to be active in the commercial office space, they are also investing into the logistics sector,” the report said. “The sector is at an inflection given the 3Rs – Reforms, REITs, and Results of the recently concluded elections. The year 2019 will see the bulls at play, with phenomenal capital influx in the office and logistics space,” said Suresh Castellino, Executive National Director, Capital Markets & Investment Services at Colliers International India. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsMumbai attracted maximum (27 per cent) of the total PE inflows, garnering around USD 1.05 billion of investments. Pune saw 10-fold increase in PE inflow to USD 237 million in January-June period of this year. During the first six months of the year, investments in commercial office assets accounted for 42 per cent share of total investments. Investors pumped in USD 1.2 billion into the retail sector, accounting for 31 per cent share.last_img read more

Wu Xiubo Films PSA For Manta Protection

first_imgMantas are getting a big boost from one of China’s most popular actors, Wu Xiubo, with the release of a new manta protection PSA.Video: Wu Xiubo Manta Ray PSAThe PSA was produced by WildAid and announced by Wu Xiubo at a press conference in Guangzhou.Manta rays and mobula rays are increasingly under threat from overfishing and are listed under CITES Appendix II. Guangzhou is the center of the trade in Peng Yu Sai, a product made from manta ray gill rakers. As many as 150,000 mantas and mobulas are killed each year to supply the city’s markets.Wu Xiubo, speaking at the event explained, “[T]he backdrop of this PSA is in Guangzhou, a city that prides itself on cuisine. I hope that this PSA helps everyone learn that much of this cuisine we enjoy in Guangzhou comes at a great price to the animals that supply it. Mantas are now an endangered species, and I truly hope that our selfish desires do not lead to their extinction. I’m honored to be an ambassador for WildAid to help protect mantas and other wildlife, and I hope we can all work together to save these beautiful creatures.”The gill rakers are made of cartilage and are served in China in a soup as a health tonic despite not being part of formal traditional Chinese medicine. Toxicology tests show that gill plates contained 20x the concentration of arsenic considered permissible by the Pharmacopoeia of China, more than three times the amount of cadmium. Mercury and lead were also found to be present.According to WildAid’s 2014 report, The Continuing Threat to Manta and Mobula Rays, more than half of consumers surveyed were unaware that gill plates came from mantas; only 6% were aware of manta rays’ threatened status; and 99% were unaware that heavy metals are found in the product.These same surveys showed that when given new information, consumers are willing to change their buying habits: 97% of consumers would purchase or consume less given knowledge of heavy metals in the product, and 91% of respondents expressed a willingness to reduce or stop consumption of Peng Yu Sai in support of wildlife protections.“WildAid began our media campaigns in Guangzhou in early 2014 with the help of our media partners such as Southern TV and celebrity ambassador Wu Xiubo. Our recent small-scale surveys show that there might be a leveling off in the consumption of Peng Yu Sai, and even steep declines in several locations. We are going to increase our efforts in 2015 to build more awareness in the public that consuming Peng Yu Sai not only has health risks from heavy metals, but is also threatening this magnificent species.” said Executive Director Peter Knights at the press conference.last_img read more

A Burlington woman dead in single vehicle crash

A Burlington woman is dead following a single vehicle crash on the 403 in Mississauga. Emergency crews were called just before noon to the 403 and 407 split near Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga. A white Jeep was torn apart, the windows smashed. Debris was littered across the highway.The OPP have identified the 28 year old Burlington woman who was killed in a crash on the 403 as Heather Wende, who also goes by “Ashlee” Wende.Friends on social media are sharing their condolences for the 28 year old woman, saying she will be missed and that her memory will live on.OPP have said based on their initial investigation it appears the driver realized at the last minute they were going to miss the exit.The vehicle hit the guardrail and rolled several times. The 28 year old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, also 28, was taken to hospital as a precaution.The 403 was closed at Winston Churchill for several hours while traffic was diverted. The highway has since re-opened and the investigation continues. read more

UN launches 13 billion appeal for humanitarian needs in Somalia

The United Nations today launched a $1.3 billion humanitarian appeal to address the immediate needs of the Somali people over the next year and enhance resilience in the country, which has for decades been mired by conflict, drought, floods and food insecurity.The appeal, which is part of three-year strategy, will go to 369 humanitarian projects targeting 3.8 million Somalis in need, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The strategy will be implemented by 177 national and international non-governmental organizations and UN agencies operating in Somalia.“While the humanitarian situation in Somalia remains critical, the improvement in the food security situation and the new security and political landscape present opportunities to break the cycle of recurring crises brought on by drought and conflict,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Stefano Porretti. “By strengthening Somalis’ ability to cope with droughts and floods we can prevent future shocks from developing into a humanitarian catastrophe.”After decades of factional fighting and lawlessness, the East Africa country has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with a series of landmark steps in past months that have helped to bring an end to the country’s nine-year political transition period.However, it is still facing one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, with 1.1 million people who have been internally displaced and more than one million that live outside the country as refugees. “The road to resilience will be long and difficult,” Mr. Porretti said. “There is an absolute imperative to continue supporting the humanitarian work in Somalia. The new three-year humanitarian appeal allows for greater continuity in programming and aims at responding to the existing emergency needs of the population in crisis in a sustainable manner.”The 2013-2015 appeal, which was launched in the capital, Mogadishu, was presented by Mr. Porretti, along with the Minister of Interior and National Security Abdikarim Hussein Guled, who is responsible for humanitarian affairs.“This is a humanitarian event, not a political one. It is the first humanitarian gathering in Mogadishu for over 20 years. Somalia and its people are happy that the humanitarian community is presenting the strategy to us on our home soil,” Mr. Guled said, according to OCHA.The 2012 humanitarian appeal for Somalia has been 57 per cent funded, the humanitarian agency added, with over $668 million provided out of $1.1 billion requested. read more

Florida States Scare And The Worst Opening Weeks For Preseason No 1s

Florida State was the nation’s preseason No. 1 college football team, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), a computer-generated power rating designed to measure the relative strength of each team in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision. But the Seminoles faced an early test Saturday in 25th-ranked Oklahoma State. It was an exam FSU would barely pass; while the FPI would have predicted an 18-point victory, the Seminoles squeaked out a mere six-point win that caused their FPI to drop by two points.ESPN’s Stats & Info Group has computed FPI back to the 2005 season, and Florida State’s was the fourth-worst Week 1 performance by a preseason No. 1 in terms of FPI points lost in the subsequent set of rankings:The three games resulting in bigger FPI losses for preseason No. 1s were all wins against extremely weak competition, by margins deemed unacceptably low according to the pre-game power ratings. By contrast, the best performance — Alabama’s 41-14 dismantling of Michigan in 2012 — was a rout against an opponent considered to be strong by the FPI.FSU’s win Saturday belongs to yet a different category. Oklahoma State is in a rebuilding phase, returning just eight starters from last season’s 10-3 squad, but it also carried an FPI rating implying it’d be roughly a two-touchdown favorite against an average FBS school. Among opening opponents for preseason No. 1s, only the Michigan team Alabama crushed in 2012 came into the game with a stronger FPI rating.There are worse ways to begin a season than beating an opponent of that relative quality. FPI is geared for maximal predictive accuracy, so a six-point win against a team with a rating of 14.1 points per game above average is still considered more indicative of success than scheduling a cream puff for the opener and only beating them by 40. read more

How To Fix The Extra Point

For several years, NFL higher-ups have been a bit sour on the extra point. It slows down the game; kickers make them so often that they’re not really exciting, or even tense; and even if one is missed, it’s less “OMG, did you see that?” and more “WTF, kickers are terrible!”In preseason games, the NFL has experimented with narrowing the goal posts and/or moving back the spot of the kick on attempts. It is rumored to be considering eliminating the extra-point option entirely.That’s one way to encourage two-point conversions. But it’s not as exciting as the idea that the Indianapolis Colts are offering. This week, the Colts caused some buzz by making a crazy-sounding suggestion to the NFL’s competition committee: If a team converted its two-point attempt, it would get a shot at an additional point by attempting a 50-yard field goal.Considering that kickers now make 50-yard attempts about two-thirds of the time, this essentially means that successful two-point tries would be worth 2.66 points. That would clearly affect coaches’ strategy after a touchdown — or at least it should. Currently, a team needs to be able to convert a two-point attempt 50 percent of the time to make it a better option (barring tactical reasons) than an extra point. But in the Colts’ extra-extra-point scenario, a team would only have to convert its two-point attempt from scrimmage about 38 percent of the time.In 2014, teams made 48 percent of their attempts, which is just about in line with how they’ve done for the past decade. So under the proposed change, going for two would probably be right in most circumstances. (That’s a small sample size, though. It’s unclear exactly how good teams really are at converting two-point attempts because they are taken so rarely and teams don’t take them with equal frequency.)Even if the Colts’ rule came to be — and that’s a very unlikely prospect — the coaches wouldn’t necessarily catch on even though the math would be in their favor. Many coaches still kick field goals on fourth and goal from the 1, and that is generally a much worse mistake.But suppose for a second that the strategy did catch on. It would likely have a big ripple effect. Having a kicker who can convert from 50 yards consistently would become a lot more valuable. Also, knowing that teams could come back from nine points down on a single possession might make coaches play more aggressively in a number of different situations.The competition committee has already rejected the idea, meaning that it’s unlikely to be adopted any time soon. (It will still be offered up to the owners next week, but without the committee’s endorsement.) But that leaves room for my alternative: How about any time that a team converts a 2-pointer, it can either take the two points or take one point and try again? Then no lead would be safe. read more

The Finsbury Park Mosque radical hotbed transformed to model of community relations

first_imgFinsbury Park mosque was once notorious for its links to extremist preacher Abu Hamza, but has since worked hard to turn itself round to be a thriving centre of the local Muslim community.The Egyptian hate preacher was imam at the five-storey red brick mosque from 1997 until 2003 and under his leadership it became synonymous with Islamist extremism in the UK.As Hamza attracted a circle of extremist acolytes to the mosque, he also strengthened his grip by bullying and excluding anyone who did not support him. Sheik Abu Hamza al Masri, the infamous leader of the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London speaks to his congregation during Friday prayers.Mr Hamza spoke of the release of pictures of Iraqi's being tortured by U.S troops and of the ongoing crisis in the city of Falluja,praising the current insurgency in Iraq Abu Hamza al Masri speaks outside the mosque to his congregation during Friday prayersCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Around 1,000 worshippers attend the mosque each Friday for prayers. The mosque says: “People can see a change has taken place and that’s why they are coming back.”Yet the Hamza years have continued to haunt the mosque.Earlier this year it won an apology and damages from a news and financial information company after it was wrongly included in a global risk database linking it to terrorism.The Thomson Reuters database compiled for banks and finance companies placed the mosque in a “terrorism” category based on outdated information and old press reports, the High Court heard.The designation led HSBC to close the mosque’s account and other banks refused to take its business.Thomson Reuters agreed to pay £10,000 in damages plus legal costs as well as making a statement of regret. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img A number of terrorists were linked to the mosque, including shoebomber Richard Reid, who attempted to detonate explosives on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami in 2001.In January 2003, police raided the building as part of a major investigation into an alleged plot to produce ricin poison. They sealed the mosque and returned it to the trustees.But even though he was denied a base, Hamza continued to preach outside the gates every Friday in a stand-off with the authorities. The mosque’s website describes the period after 2005 as “the new era”, with a “new management team, new Imams, a new name and new ethos”. Hamza’s grip was only broken by his arrest for terrorism offences in 2004 and the mosque’s new management have since worked hard to dispel his shadow.The building finally reopened in 2005 under new management and has since been widely regarded as a success story.last_img read more

Joanna Lumley claims her famous Avengers photo was an example of sexist

The photograph was a result of snatching the stockings off a woman inside the Dorchester, Lumley claimedCredit:Peter Cade/Central Press/Getty Image Joanna Lumley – with her famous Purdey haircutCredit:Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Joanna Lumley – with her famous Purdey haircut The photograph was a result of snatching the stockings off a woman inside the Dorchester, Lumley claimed “There was a dull roar from the press gang and they said ‘if you’re not wearing stockings we won’t cover the occasion and we won’t take any pictures.” The famous photograph in which it was revealed Joanna Lumley was to play a starring role  in ‘The New Avengers’ was actually an example of sexist ‘upskirting’, the actress has claimed.Although the character Purdey was her breakthrough role, and she was able to choose her hairstyle and some of her clothes, she said she faced misogynistic attitudes while fighting to make the character more progressive.Lumley revealed she wanted her character in the 1976-7 television series to portray a more feminist image, and thought she should be in tights and flat shoes instead of stockings and high heels.Against the wishes of producers and the press, Lumley wore tights to the photocall to announce her part in the show – but was told the event would not be covered unless she quickly changed into stockings.The Absolutely Fabulous star described a scene she thought of as indicative of the attitudes towards women at the time, telling the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “When we launched it and were about to say ‘ladies and gentlemen, the new Avenger girl will be Joanna Lumley’ it was outside the Dorchester, and we’d got a great big Rolls Royce, they’d got all the accoutrements, an umbrella, they’d got a bowler hat, they’d got all the things that looked a bit Avenger-ish and they said ‘Joanna if you could just come up in the Rolls Royce and hoik up your skirt and show us your stockings’ and I said ‘but I’m wearing tights!’  “Luckily the world loved it and I became the patron saint of hairdressers. Suddenly the Purdy haircutbecame fashionable and hairdressers were thrilled with me.” Lumley is due to set off on her first ever live tour, ‘It’s All About Me’, which begins on October 6, and will answer questions from the audience – revealing new stories from her decades-long career. However, she added that she loved playing the role, especially the combat scenes in which she relished being able to practice her kick.The actress played a spy working for British Intelligence in the popular television series, alongside Patrick Macnee and Gareth Hunt.She put her own stamp on the role, choosing the character’s distinctive short hairstyle herself – asking the hairdresser to cut it to look like a “prep schoolboy.”She told the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2012: “They said they had never had a heroine on screen with short hair. If they didn’t like it, I’d have to pay for a wig and wear it throughout the show. She then claimed she had to run into the Dorchester and “ripped the stockings off” an “oldish woman” in exchange for a five pound note.However, because the lady was significantly shorter than her, the stockings only came up to just above her knees – and they weren’t a pair.Lumley explained:  “So one had a huge thing at the top, one had a little thing, and they only came up to just above my knees, I stood there and they said ‘put a gun in your stocking’, I put a gun there. They would only take a picture of me – talk about upskirting – if I had stockings on and a gun in my stocking.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Vancouver man charged in federal hacking case in Alaska

first_imgA Vancouver man has been charged in federal court in Alaska for allegedly hacking into and damaging multiple computers.A grand jury indicted Kenneth Currin Schuchman, 20, with two counts of knowingly causing the transmission of a program, information, code, and command, and, as a result of such conduct, intentionally caused damage without authorization to protected computers, according to an indictment filed Aug. 21 in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.From August 2017 through November 2017, Schuchman hacked into and damaged 10 or more protected computers, the indictment states.He was arraigned Aug. 31 during which time he entered not-guilty pleas, court records show. Trial is set for Oct. 29 in Anchorage.Schuchman lives with his father in Vancouver and is on Social Security disability, according to a motion filed by his Seattle attorney, Barry Flegenheimer.last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 1723 January 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 17 and 23 January 2019 were:Havas opens wellness lounge for 2,000 London-based employeesFarnell Clarke to launch six-hour working days and unlimited holidayNomura International and Adidas UK named Britain’s healthiest workplacesAccenture and Transport for London recognised as top workplaces for maternity leaveAldi increases minimum rates of pay for 8,000 store assistantsEXCLUSIVE: Reed Business Information opens wellbeing hub for 800 UK staffGlasgow City Council reaches agreement in principle with trade unions for equal pay claimHistoric Royal Palaces staff strike in pensions disputePinsent Masons and Fujitsu recognised among 2019’s most LGBT inclusive employersAdidas, Nestle and Schneider Electric recognised on 2019’s gender equality indexlast_img read more

Unalaska artist featured on BBC series

first_imgA cropped version of Touching Fire, see the full image below.CREDIT CAROLYN REEDWhen writer and historian Ray Hudson was contacted by a BBC producer and asked to select a work of art from Alaska to write an essay about, he chose Unalaska artist Carolyn Reed’s drawing “Touching Fire.”Ray Hudson’s essay was included in a five-part series by the BBC called Art in a Cold Climate.  The series featured five authors writing about the significance of a work of art to their homelands.  Other essays examined art from Norway, Greenland, Iceland, and Canada.  Hudson said he chose “Touching Fire” because it is an iconic image of life in the Aleutian Islands and it allowed him to discuss more general aspects of Alaska while staying centered in the Aleutians.  His essay used the drawing to consider how Alaska is caught between the fire and the sea: between the state’s innate beauty and the effort to exploit its wealth in natural resources.Artist Carolyn Reed told KUCB that she has been using fire as a theme in her art since 1997. She said it’s challenging to recreate fire in a work of art:“When you look at fire, say at a bonfire, there are no borders.  Borders or ‘lines’ are based on drawing houses or hills.  To be able to draw fire and let the edges quietly merge or dissolve into other areas through color and intense shadow/contrast, well, it is extremely difficult thing technically to do. Most of the time, these fire drawings on paper exhaust me. I can only work on them a few hours in the studio at a time. And when I do, they are incredibly challenging for me as an artist but also inspiring due to the mysteries of what might happen.”If you’re in Unalaska, Carolyn invites you to come see the piece in person.  You can find it on display in her shop in the Intersea Mall across from Unisea’s Harborview Bar and Grill.Ray Hudson’s essay is available on demand on BBC’s website.CREDIT CAROLYN REEDlast_img read more

Africas largest economies feel the heat

first_imgAfrica’s largest economies feel the heat184 viewsAfrica’s largest economies feel the heat184 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Africa’s largest economies feel the heat184 viewsBusinessSouth Africa’s parliament descends into chaos. Protesters stormed the building, demanding President Jacob Zuma pay back some of the taxpayers’ funds used for a $23 million upgrade of his rural home.Ventuno Web Player 4.50South Africa’s parliament descends into chaos. Protesters stormed the building, demanding President Jacob Zuma pay back some of the taxpayers’ funds used for a $23 million upgrade of his rural home.last_img

Karnataka rebel MLAs move SC for urgent hearing of plea against disqualification

first_imgSupreme Court of IndiaThe Supreme Court of IndiaA plea filed by the disqualified MLAs from the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka was mentioned before a Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, August 13.  The MLAs had approached the top court challenging the former Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision to reject their resignation and disqualify them.The issue was mentioned before a single bench of Justice Arun Mishra by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who urged the apex court to list the hearing for August 19. Justice Mishra said that the plea will be examined by the registrar.The disqualified lawmakers from Congress – Pratap Gouda Patil, BC Patil, AS Hebbar, S T Somashekar, Roshan Baig, Anand Singh, MTB Nagaraj, Dr K Sudhakar, Shrimanth B Patil, R Shankar, BA Basavaraja, Muniratna, Ramesh Jharkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli – had filed their petitions on August 1 through Advocate Subhranshu Padhi.The JD(S) lawmakers AH Vishwanath, KC Narayanagowda and K Gopalaiah had also filed separate petitions over the decision to revoke their assembly membership.The disqualified MLAs argued that the former Speaker’s decision was “wholly illegal, arbitrary and malafide”. They said he had erratically rejected their resignations and the decision was made in haste and was unjustified. They also said that their resignations were genuine and voluntary. Karnataka’s rebel MLAs who are camped in MumbaiscreengrabKarnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar had declared 17 disgruntled legislators from the coalition not efficient to continue as MLAs for the 15th legislative assembly and had expelled them on July 28.The disqualification was made under the provisions of the Tenth Schedule of Constitution (anti-defection law) after the Congress-JD(S) coalition and would last till the end of the term of Assembly on 23 May 2023.The disgruntled MLAs claim that their termination from the Assembly was unconstitutional as it was against Article 361-B of the Indian Constitution.”The impugned order is not in consonance with the provisions of Rules 6 and 7 of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly (Disqualification of Members on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1986, inasmuch as, they were not given seven days’ notice before the matter was taken up for hearing,” Deccan Herald quoted the MLAs as saying.last_img read more

Tremor felt in Dhaka

first_imgA short and minor tremor has been felt in capital Dhaka and its surrounding areas.The tremor which occurred at 10:55am on Tuesday was measured 4.1 on Richter scale, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department.Shamsuddin Ahmed, director of the department, told Prothom Alo that the tremor was felt only for two seconds and its epicentre was near Gazipur.last_img

Full Show MeToo In The Workplace And HSPVAs New Campus June 28

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:13 center_img On Thursday’s Houston Matters: With Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, we take a look back at his 30 years on the bench. His votes in landmark rulings range from LGBT rights, to abortion, to the death penalty. We examine how cases Kennedy was involved with affected Houston.Also this hour: Is a changing culture affecting gender discrimination and sexual harassment claims in Houston? We talk with local harassment lawyer Shane McClelland about discrimination and harassment cases he’s encountered and what is in store for the future of Houston’s businesses.We learn about a Houston researcher’s work on Zealandia, a massive landmass submerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean. And we take a tour of HSPVA’s new downtown campus.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Xlast_img read more

Teens Invent Smart Straw to Combat Date Rape

first_img Tenn. Police Warn of ‘Meth-Gators,’ Urge Users Not to Flush DrugsChild Finds $40,000 Worth of Meth Inside Lego Box Stay on target Date rape is a serious problem—particularly on college and university campuses.According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), women aged 18 to 24 are at an elevated risk of sexual violence.But a simple drinking straw could help defend against those threats.Three teenagers have developed a “Smart Straw,” which detects common date rape drugs in drinks.The tube features two chemical test strips that turn navy blue when they come in contact with substances frequently used for “drug-facilitated sexual assault,” like GHB and Ketamine.Miami-based high school students Carolina Baigorri, Susana Cappello, and Victoria Roca want to help people “gain more awareness of their surroundings”—at a bar or party, consuming alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks.“We want to inspire young people as well as lower the rapes that occur at social scenes,” the Smart Straw site said.via Smart StrawWinners of the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge High School Track, Smart Straws are easy to carry and inexpensive to produce. Plus, they’re super accessible for bars, sororities and fraternities, and other student organizations to stock and hand out.The girls “discussed and researched issues important to them during the ideation part of their Entrepreneurship class,” their Gulliver Preparatory teacher, Daniela Brenha, told the Herald. “They have designed the straws and are perfecting the formula, and we are very proud of them.”Since their launch last month, the trio has already attracted nationwide attention, even catching the eye of actor and investor Ashton Kutcher. Interested consumers can look out for the Smart Straws Kickstarter campaign.Nearly 100 high school teams entered the 19th annual Business Plan Challenge—mostly with ideas for social-impact apps. Runner-up Micki’s is a mobile application that enables restaurants to advertise real-time flash sales on specific meals when business is slow.VetNet, an app to help veterans combat issues like unemployment and limited resources, came in third, and honorable mention went to LocatED, a community emergency response program.last_img read more

Package of cocaine found on Riviera Maya beach

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A package of what police say is cocaine, has been found on a beach area of Riviera Maya.Members of the state police of Playa del Carmen reported finding a package of cocaine Monday on a beach area at kilometer 307 of the federal highway in Riviera Maya.Staff from the secretariat of national defense accompanied state police in transporting the package from the beach to the office of the attorney general.The city of Playa del Carmen says police found the package of drugs marked X6 while conducting a surveillance tour of the area.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img