Indian archers will be keen to make the most of their home advantage when they take aim at glory during next month’s Commonwealth Games.The sport makes a return to the mega event after 28 years and chief coach Limba Ram is eyeing a big haul for his wards.”We have a target of six gold medals out of eight that are up for grabs. If our team can replicate their training form during competition, they have no reason to worry,” Limba, an ace archer himself in his heyday, told Mail Today on Sunday.”We have been building towards the Games for the last two years. Our preparation has been good and all the archers have been in good form,” Limba said. ” All of them are ready for the battle but it all depends on who performs better on the day of the competition.” The coach’s confidence is also boosted by the fact that most of the top nations in the sport will not be in action at the Games.”Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the United States are some of the top teams which won’t be there. But Australia and Canada will pose a strong challenge here while England have a strong women’s team.” Indians are strong contenders in the recurve event, but Limba admits they face an uphill task in the compound section.”Australia should be our only strong challengers in recurve, while they, along with New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and England, are good in the compound events,” he said.advertisementThe experienced Dola Banerjee will once again shoulder a heavy burden and, along with talented teenager Deepika Kumari and L Bombayla Devi, will fly the flag at the Yamuna Sports Complex.Deepika, the 16-year-old from Jharkhand, won the silver medal at the World Cup in Shanghai this month. ” Deepika is young but what she lacks in experience, she makes up in mental strength and I have a lot of confidence in her,” Limba said.”She has been very consistent in top events of late and has beaten top- class opponents.” Among the men, Jayanta Talukdar won a bronze medal at the World Cup Final in Edinburgh recently. He will team up with Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee in the men’s team event.The archery squad is training in two sessions daily – one in the morning and another in the late afternoon – at the Games venue. Limba said the archers’ morale is high.The archery events will take place from October 4- 10 and as the Games draw closer, there is need to keep the squad focussed on the job at hand.”At this stage, the archers should not have any tension in mind or body. They need to be completely relaxed to give their best,” the coach said.”A good performance at home will raise the profile of the sport in India. They need total discipline, good fitness levels and concentration to hit the target,” the 1991 Arjuna awardee, who has won gold at the Asian and Commonwealth level as well as representing the country at three Olympic Games, said.The archery squad had been training at the Sports Authority of India’s Kolkata centre, but Limba admitted that it would have been better had they reached the Capital a bit earlier.”We could have utilised our home advantage by coming here earlier. There had been a lot of rain in Delhi and there was a lot of water at the venue. But there has been bright sunshine for the past few days and we do not face any problem right now,” the coach said.
MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 22 on 10-for-19 shooting for the Celtics, who scored a season-high 135 points one night earlier in a win over Indiana — but were held under 100 for only the fourth time all season, the first since Nov. 17.Irving went to the Heat practice court immediately after the game, shooting for about 30 minutes.“Just good to get some shots up, just release some stress a little bit after a tough loss,” Irving said.Marcus Smart scored 18, and Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each had 17 for the Celtics.Miami outscored Boston 17-4 in the final 3:07 of the first half and took a 61-43 lead into the break — the largest halftime edge for the Heat since November. And an 11-3 run to start the third pushed the lead out to 72-46, which would seem to indicate that Miami was in complete control.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Looks were deceiving.Boston scored the next 16 points, with Tatum getting six of them and the Celtics were right back in the game. Wade made a 3-pointer to stop the run, and scored eight points in the final 3:47 of the quarter as the Heat took an 83-72 lead into the final 12 minutes.Tyler Johnson got a pair of 3s to fall in a 67-second span early in the fourth, and just like that Miami was back up 95-76.“They really, really shot it and made big ones when we came back in the second half to stymie that,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “But that’s a result of being comfortable all night.”TIP-INSCeltics: Boston trailed for 4:04 in its last four games, combined. It trailed for 4:14 in the first quarter alone Thursday. … Boston has now lost three straight to Miami, the first time that’s happened since 2012.Heat: It was Miami’s 400th consecutive home sellout. … Winslow wore “RIP Sammy Farkas” on his sneakers, a tribute to a Miami Beach teen who died in a fall earlier this week. … Jones made a 40-footer to end the first half, and had a 60-footer to end the third quarter hit the rim and bounce off. … James Johnson got rave reviews from teammates for dunking on Irving in the opening minutes. “Definitely nice,” Tyler Johnson said.HELLO, AGAINBoston and Miami didn’t play each other in 2018 — the last meeting between the clubs, before Thursday, came on Dec. 20, 2017. The Celtics played every other NBA team at least once in 2018; the Heat played every team besides Boston and Golden State, who they last faced on Dec. 3, 2017 and won’t see for the first time this year until Feb. 10 in Oakland.NOTHING EASY Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket against Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade knew the Boston Celtics would make a run.He also decided when it should end.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The game’s first free throw came more than 17 minutes after tip-off, when Winslow got to the line for Miami. Boston didn’t take a free throw until 10:31 remained in the third quarter.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Orlando on Saturday. Boston is 7-2 in its last nine games against Orlando.Heat: Host Memphis on Saturday. It’ll be the 41st game — the midpoint — of Miami’s season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Las Vegas police seeking Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA in rape case Wade scored eight of his 19 points in a third-quarter spurt that saved Miami from what was starting to look like a freefall, and the Heat went on to defeat the Celtics 115-99 on Thursday night. Miami led by as many as 26 shortly after halftime, then saw the Celtics peel off 16 unanswered points before Wade helped quickly restore order.“I’ve been on this train with him for a long time,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He has a way of making all of us look a lot better. … Sometimes this league is just about having great players in those important moments, swing moments during the course of a game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJosh Richardson scored 18 points for Miami, which set season highs with 18 3-pointers and 33 assists. Derrick Jones Jr. scored 14, and Justise Winslow scored 13 points and added a career-high 11 assists for the Heat.“We’re trying to move up. We’re trying to continue to get better,” said Wade, who helped the Heat even their record at 20-20. “You want to be able to win some of these games against the top teams.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Rishabh Pant on Saturday became the first Indian batsman to open his Test cricket account with a six.Pant, who was handed his Test debut in the third Test of the five-match series at Trent Bridge, smashed leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a straight six on only his second ball of the innings to get off the mark.Pant is the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.Pant, who came into the Indian side as an replacement for injured Dinesh Karthik, became the 291st Test player for India after captain Virat Kohli handed him his debut cap before the start of the match.He got his Test cap in the morning and now becomes the first Indian batsman to open his account with a six!Oh hello @RishabPant777!#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/DhU9EF1fMbBCCI (@BCCI) August 18, 2018Pant walked in to bat after Kohli was dismissed on 97 by Rashid. It was only the second time Kohli was dismissed in 90s in his Test career.While Kohli missed out on another Test century, the captain’s knock helped him set yet another record.England vs India 3rd Test, Day 1: LiveOn his way to 97, Kohli became the highest scoring Indian captain in away Tests. He surpassed Sourav Ganguly, who had scored 1693 runs in 43 innings at an average of 43.41.As a captain, Kohli has scored 1731 in 30 innings at an average of 59.68.advertisementKohli also stitched a 159-run stand with Rahane which is the highest 4-wicket partnership at Trent Bridge by Indians. Rahane scored 81 before falling to Stuart Broad.Virat Kohli misses hundred by 3 runs but sets another record in Test cricketIt is Rahane’s first fifty-plus score since he scored a century against Sri Lanka in August 2017. It was also his 13th half-century in Test cricket. Rahane had only managed 149 runs in the next 13 innings since scoring 132 against Sri Lanka in the first innings of the second Test of the away series last year. He averaged an abysmal 11.46 with the bat during this period.
Earlier at this year’s Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung Display unveiled four display styles for their upcoming smartphones. The new display designs are meant to avoid a conventional notch while accommodating the front camera in the conventional position. While the New Infinity display design is the ultimate style every manufacturer wants to adopt, the designs with the visible cutouts are more affordable to manufacture and easy to accommodate on existing designs. Huawei has been in the run to challenge Samsung in this regard and eventually might excel in beating Samsung in their own game if the leaks are to be believed.A leaked poster obtained by GSMArena gives out hints regarding the upcoming flagship smartphone from Huawei expected to flaunt a display with an ‘O-shaped’ cutout. The poster states – “One Step Further. See the Future.” The poster also mentions a launch date sometime in December 2018. The background shows a render of the universe with a black hole. It doesn’t take one to be a scientist to decipher that the black hole represents the ‘O-shaped’ cutout for the display. Previously, rumours have been going around on the Internet, suggesting a smartphone under the alias of Huawei Nova 4. This alleged smartphone has been previously spotted in the wild sporting a display with the new cutout and extremely slim bezels all around. The leaked photos had also shown the interface wrapping itself around the cutout without leaving out on content.Another leaked render of the device confirmed a familiar Huawei P20 Pro-esque rear panel design with a triple camera setup and a gradient finish. The render also showed a very slim chin at the front along with the earpiece cleverly stuffed on the edge of the forehead. The front camera peeps from the left corner stuffed inside a small hole.advertisementThe Nova 4 could end up in the market sporting a 7nm Kirin 980 SoC, which is Huawei’s flagship chipset for its smartphones. The triple camera technology could be lifted off straight from the P20 Pro or could be an optimised version of the same for catering to the budget segments. Rumours of the presence of an LCD panel could eventually mean we could expect fairly noticeable bezels around the sides.ALSO READ | OnePlus 6T McLaren edition will flaunt 10GB of RAMSince Samsung is expected to unveil one of the new display designs on their premium Galaxy models early next year, Huawei has a very good chance of beating the Korean tech giant in their own game. As more smartphone start adopting this technology over the course of the next year, the days of the display notch seem to be over pretty soon. But will it offer a more immersive viewing experience than the conventional notch? We will have to wait in order to find out.
Maybe I’m just jonesing for some football after the bye week, but I really loved this week’s cinematic highlights. As I’ve noted, one of my favorite things about these is the behind-the-scenes look you get at Mike Gundy and Co. That starts early with his pregame speech.“Remember, play together as a group,” said Gundy. “Great effort. We have a lot of depth. It’s going to be a physical game. They’re going to try to hit you in the mouth. You have to turn around and hit them right back. We have to start fast and go.”How bad, by the way, was the throw by Howard on the pick in the fourth quarter? My gosh. Also, we’re going to kill Dave Hunziker. He’s not going to make it through the year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
U17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: Luis Norton – India must understand what they want for the future Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 04:37 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anselm Noronha/Goal U17 World Cup India U17 v United States U17 India U17 United States U17 The Portuguese coach believes that India are still some distance away from competing against the likes of Spain and Brazil… Luis Norton de Matos, the India Under-17 coach, opines that the county needs more competitions for age group teams in order for them to progress and develop.The biggest difference between the Indian team and the others participating in the Under-17 World Cup is that while the former has been playing practice games for the last two years or so, the latter have a lot of competitive action at club level under their belt.“I think it’s a gift for Indian football to have this World Cup. The Indians must be proud of the quality of this team in India. After the World Cup, all these players will be new for the people but they must continue. This World Cup should be the first step to grow football in India. There should be regular competitions at U-13 and U-16 levels across the nation,” he told Goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “I don’t believe that we cannot find a lot of good players in the whole country and such competitions can reveal them,” he added.Norton pointed that it’s vital to scout and train the players as per the profile for each position which must be consistent across all national teams, something which India coach Stephen Constantine too mentioned a few months back.The idea being that there is a smooth progression from scouting to training in age group teams to the senior national side.“When the player is of 10 years, you have more time to build a uniform programme for him across all the teams, who would work in the same way starting from the grassroots. What we do now must have some benefit for the future.”He admitted that even though he didn’t have enough time with the India Under-17 side, seven months to be precise, the team certainly lacks in match experience.“Even these (India U-17 World Cup squad) players have good experience in Europe and other countries, which is very good but I must say that it is better than nothing. From the time I took over the team in March and now, the tactical and physical organization is completely different.“It is still not enough time of working with experience but I accept the conditions and it’s very important to continue with this programme after the World Cup. I hear about the possibility of these players with a mix of U-19 players to play in the I-League. I think it’s good. This generation of U-19, U-17 and U-15 boys in four years for me is the basis of the senior team eventually,” he mentioned.The former Benfica ‘B’ coach believes that India needs to have a long term target with regards to what they wish to achieve. According to him, targeting a strong finish in Asian competitions in something which must be th immediate aim“The first competition India should be interested in should be at the Asian level. Don’t think that you can play the quality of Spain or Brazil (right away). I am very positive but I’m also being realistic that there is a huge gap.“In Asia, if you have a good programme, you can start. If you want to win now or in five-to-six years – this is the main question for the development of football – to understand what you want for the future.”
How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home To be an elite, award-winning bartender today, it takes a bit more than being able to pour some rum in a glass and topping it with cola. Hell, you need to be able to know more than your basic Old Fashioned and Manhattan recipes as well.What you need, it’s becoming ever clearer as the move toward craft cocktails becomes less of a trend and more a way of life, is artistry. You need to be able to embrace both the art and the craft of bartending. Don’t believe us? Well, then listen to Schulyer Hunton of Tiger Mama in Boston, who won the Most Imaginative Bartender Competition 2016, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire for his cocktail “Breakfast in Bombay.”So, it’s one thing to be an award-winner, but how do you get there? To Hunton, being aware of the myriad ways inspiration can strike was the key to starting.“Inspiration comes from many different outlets, be it new ingredients, flavor combinations, visual inspiration like art, and as cheesy as it sounds I’ve even dreamed of a cocktail before and had to make it,” he said.From there, practice and repetition with refinement were key to building what would become an award-winning cocktail. It wasn’t just “one and done.” It was almost completely the exact opposite of that. For the syrup alone, Hunton said he made between ten and fifteen different iterations before trying three or four different builds of the cocktail per syrup. He wanted it, he said, to be “the best, most honed cocktail I could make.”Making it the best he could translates to a lot of practice cocktails, mainly in the form of trial drinks for him, for his friends, and for the people that wouldn’t bullshit him when it came to what they really thought.“No one has ever gotten better at what they do by always being told they are perfect, so I like to know when something’s not right cause then I can try to fix it,” Hunton said.Finally, after countless trials, Hunton reached an iteration of the drink he was proud of. With the ingredients in check, the next part, the presentation (the hardest part, according to Hunton), loomed.“Most Imaginative Bartender is a completely different animal compared to other competitions. The presentation and creative side of the cocktail is miles above and beyond other competitions’ requirements.”Hunton credits his girlfriend Michelle with helping him hone the presentation of his cocktail and prepare the verbal portion as well.“She must have heard that presentation a couple dozen times from front to back,” he said.With those two parts in check and ready, Hunton did his best before multiple panels of judges, finally being crowned the tenth winner of the Most Imaginative Bartender competition.Check out Hunton’s award-winning cocktail below, and stay tuned to see who will be crowned this year’s Most Imaginative Bartender.Breakfast in Bombay 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make 2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin.75 oz Compound Grapefruit Earl Grey Oleo *.5 oz Lemon Juice.5 oz Egg WhiteMethod: Garnish with a spritz of Adam Elmegirab Teapot Bitters in the center of the cocktail. Combine all ingredients in a shaker, hard shake and double strain into a coupe glass.*Earl Grey Oleo: Weigh the peels of 8 grapefruits, then use the same weight of white sugar and muddle these ingredients together. When the sugar has turned to syrup, add another of the same measurement of sugar and add 4 ounces of grapefruit juice. Muddle this again and once the sugar has dissolved strain out the peels. Take one cup of syrup and add 3 tablespoons of earl grey tea. Heat the syrup and tea and let steep for 10 minutes, strain out the tea syrup and then stir it back into the remaining syrup. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather
zoom The BC Ferries Commissioner has approved BC Ferries’ application to convert its two largest vessels, the Spirit of Vancouver Island and the Spirit of British Columbia, to dual fuel, as well as to proceed with the mid-life upgrades of the vessels. By using LNG instead of marine diesel fuel, as well as making some hull modifications, BC Ferries expects to save approximately CAD 9.2 million (USD 8.16m) per year over the remaining 27-year life cycle of the two vessels.“This is a huge step forward to help address fare affordability, as using LNG will greatly reduce our operating expenses on these two vessels,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering. “LNG also offers significant environmental benefits, cutting carbon emissions by about 25 per cent, sulphur oxides by almost 100 per cent and nitrogen oxides by 85 per cent, which translates into much cleaner exhaust emissions than diesel fuel.”In addition to converting the two Spirit Class vessels to LNG, BC Ferries is also building three, dual fuel intermediate class vessels scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017. These ships will operate in the Southern Gulf Islands and on the Powell River — Comox route.BC Ferries spent CAD 126 million (USD 111.8m) on fuel last fiscal year and the two Spirit Class vessels consume approximately 15 per cent of the fleet total. BC Ferries claims that converting these ships to LNG will reduce their cost of fuel by approximately 50 per cent.The Spirit of Vancouver Island’s LNG conversion and mid-life upgrade is planned from the fall of 2016 through the spring of 2017. The Spirit of British Columbia’s project is planned to occur from the fall of 2017 through the spring of 2018.BC Ferries is presently conducting a worldwide procurement process to select a prime contractor and the dual fuel propulsion equipment supplier. The company plans to make a selection not later than the second quarter of 2015.Press Release
zoomSource: Pixabay The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has classified residues arising from exhaust gas cleaning systems as toxic industrial waste (TIW).Therefore, the authority said that ships planning to dispose of these residues, classified as TIW under Singapore’s environmental public health regulations, need to engage toxic industrial waste collectors (TIWCs).Under the rules, TIW must be collected and managed by licensed toxic industrial waste collectors.“Ships that wish to dispose of exhaust gas cleaning residues in Singapore are required to engage a licensed TIWC for the collection and disposal of such residues,” MPA said.TIWCs can arrange for the residues to be offloaded in packaged form or in intermediate bulk container tanks directly to trucks and MPA licensed harbour craft for ships at berth and at anchorages, respectively.
Lahore: The issue of the teenage Sikh girl, who was allegedly abducted and converted to Islam before being married to a Muslim man in Pakistan’s Punjab province, has been “amicably” resolved between the two families, Provincial Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has claimed. The issue snowballed into a controversy after the family of the girl, Jagjit Kaur, in a video message that went viral on Friday, claimed that she was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. Her family says she is 18 years of age. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ An FIR was registered against six people in the case and one of the suspects named Arsalan, a friend of the prime accused Mohammad Hassan who married the Sikh girl, was arrested. However, the girl, who is the daughter of a Sikh priest in Nankana Sahib, some 80 kms from Lahore, has maintained that she married Hassan of her locality with her own free will. She was shifted to Darul Aman (shelter home) on a court order. The girl had on Saturday also rejected Sarwar’s plea to return to her family citing threat to her life. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K In a video tweet on Tuesday, Sarwar, along with the fathers of both Kaur and Hassan, said that the issue has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of the families concerned. He thanked both the families for coming to the Governor’s House on his request. Great news for Pakistani and Sikh communities across the world. Issue of Nankana girl was amicably resolved to the satisfaction of the concerned families. The girl is safe and in touch with her family. We shall continue to ensure the rights of minorities in Pakistan, the governor in the tweet. Sarwar also requested Hassan’s father to speak in the video. We withdraw from the case and we will have no objection if the girl, Jagjit, goes with her family, Hassan’s father said. However, Kaur’s father and brother did not speak. The girl could not be produced before a special judicial magistrate on Monday due to security issues. The Lahore High Court on Monday granted protective bail to Hassaan till September 7. Hassan’s counsel told the court that the FIR against him and others was lodged by the girl’s family under pressure as she married him with her own free will. “Kaur embraced Islam without any coercion and was given Muslim name Ayesha before nikah (marriage) of the couple was solemnized. She has already recorded her statement before a judicial magistrate concerned denying the charges of abduction and forced conversion to Islam,” he said. The police also detained 10 relatives and friends of Hassan on Saturday in connection with the case. There are reports that after the agreement between the two families at the Governor’s House, the police have set free the detained relatives and friends.
Young kids, who grow up in homes with limited access to nutritious foods are more likely to experience poor overall health and developmental problems, says a new study. However, these kids are not at higher risk of developing obesity, the research added. For the findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers analysed data from 28,184 racially and ethnically diverse children between one to four years primarily from low-income households in five US cities that participated in Children’s HealthWatch, an ongoing network of pediatric and public health researchers that monitors how economic hardships relate to the healthy development and growth of children. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We did find, however, that growing up in a low-income community – typically with a lack of access to healthy grocery stores, an overabundance of fast food chains, and few safe areas to play outdoors – increased a preschooler’s risk of developing obesity regardless of food security,” said study leader Maureen Black, Professor at University of British Columbia. “This is quite alarming and indicates a significant public health issue,” Black said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardData were stratified by every year of age from birth to one year and up to four years of age, the study said. According to the researchers, about 27 per cent of the children in the study lived in households that had food insecurity, including more than 13 per cent in extremely deprived households with child food insecurity. The vast majority of households in the study qualified for federal and state food assistance programmes that provided supplemental nutrition. The researchers identified food security based on interviews, using a standard questionnaire, with mothers of the children conducted by the Children’s HealthWatch. While the study did not find a link between food insecurity and obesity risk, it did find that food insecurity was associated with significantly increased risks of a child being in poor health and experiencing a developmental delay, with the odds increasing with a child’s age up to age four.
HALIFAX – Ottawa used the platform of a G7 ministers meeting Thursday to announce it will gradually eliminate most plastic waste from government operations, as corporate leaders spoke of how they’re eager to turn waste into profitable material.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said at the Halifax gathering that the federal government will ditch unnecessary plastics throughout its operations.“We’re going to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics throughout government operations. So this includes straws, cutlery, packaging, cups, bottles,” McKenna said.She said Ottawa aims to collect, reuse or recycle at least 75 per cent of its plastic waste by 2030.Meanwhile, the CEOs of a number of large companies said they’ll sign the ocean plastics charter that Canada has been promoting.The Canadian-led plastic charter’s provisions call for national governments to set standards for increasing the reuse and recycling of plastics rather than trashing them.It also calls for businesses to take responsibility for production methods that eliminate waste — an approach referred to as “extended producer responsibility.”Five of the seven G7 nations and the European Union signed on to the charter at the recent G7 leaders summit in Charlevoix, but the United States and Japan still haven’t endorsed it.McKenna announced Thursday that Jamaica, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, and Norway are signing on to the plastics charter.Also Thursday, a group of companies and non-government groups announced a coalition dedicated to finding ways to use plastic rather than throwing it away.Unilever Canada, Walmart Canada, Ikea Canada and Loblaw were among firms joining with non-governmental groups to support the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. The term circular economy refers to manufacturing processes that involves recycled materials and waste is eliminated or reused elsewhere.Some firms, including Ikea, have already promised to eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.There have been a wide array of corporate anti-plastic pledges in recent months: hotels including the Marriott and Holiday Inn Express have dumped their complimentary tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles in favour of larger containers that are attached to the bathroom wall.Montreal became the largest Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags this week, and Prince Edward Island is gearing up to become to the first province to do the same.Paul Polman, the chief executive of Dutch-British multinational Unilever — a massive consumer products firm — attended the morning session of the G7 meeting and told the ministers those that haven’t signed on are falling behind a world trend led by consumers.He referred to the Canadian-led ocean plastics charter as a starting point for all nations to commit to.“You’ve put a stake in the ground of what the minimum is that the whole world should adhere to, even though I realize there are some countries still hesitating to sign,” he said.“I can only tell you, you’re out of line of where the consumers are.”He said people around the world want to help end the flow of plastic into the oceans, in part because of powerful images of sea life that is dying due to swallowing plastic waste being dumped into water.“It’s drastically changing the consumer’s perspective,” he said.McKenna also said during her news conference that Ottawa is starting a $12 million fund for innovations in plastics aimed at finding ways to avoid the material entering the waste stream.However, McKenna has said the Liberal government’s wider approach to setting out a national strategy to reduce plastic waste and encourage reuse is still being worked out, as she plans to meet with provincial counterparts.Mark Butler, the director of Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, said while the voluntary commitments of companies and the international charters are useful, stronger legislation is needed to eliminate throwaway plastics and commit companies to recycling and reuse.“Voluntary is great, but we need mandatory,” he said. “The basic approach is if it can’t be recycled, we shouldn’t be using it.”Butler also said there are still serious problems with the ocean plastics charter, including its use of terminology that would allow for plastic waste to be burned — thus contributing to greenhouse gases.The Canadian-led conference didn’t appear to convince a representative of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to consider signing the plastics charter.As he prepared to depart Halifax, Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the United States intends to follow its own domestic plans to reduce plastic waste.Wheeler said most plastic waste comes from southeast Asia.“As I said in the meeting today after the press left, we have to be aware of the fact that 60 per cent of the plastic waste comes from five countries that are not represented by us,” he said in an interview.“The G7 needs to do a better job of outreach to those countries if we’re going to solve this problem internationally.”Masaharu Nakagawa, the Japanese minister of the environment, declined a request for an interview on why his country is not signing the plastics accord, but signalled the matter will be discussed further at the G20 meetings.He said in a speech earlier in the day that Japan is currently considering a domestic strategy referred to as the “plastic resource circulation strategy,” and this new strategy will include the points listed in the Ocean Plastic Charter and “aims to be even more ambitious.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna incorrectly said the Seychelles had joined the plastics charter.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to consider BSP supremo Mayawati’s plea challenging the EC’s 48-hr campaign ban on her and expressed satisfaction over the poll body’s action against leaders making hate speeches. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Mayawati’s counsel to file a separate appeal against the poll panel’s order. Taking note of the EC action, the court said it seems the poll body has “woken up” and barred various politicians from poll campaigning for varying hours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that no further order was required for now. The Election Commission on Monday imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Adityanath for 72 hours and on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Mayawati for 48 hours from Tuesday for their “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. A 72-hour campaign ban has also been imposed on Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan for his alleged “khaki underwear” jibe against actor-politician Jaya Prada, who is his rival BJP candidate in Rampur Lok Sabha seat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Yoga teacher based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeking a direction to the EC to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on caste and religion in the media in the run up to general elections. The all-India ban on all four leaders — two from the ruling BJP and two from opposition parties — came into force from 6 am Tuesday. While Adityanath, Mayawati and Gandhi were found guilty of violating the model code, the EC said Khan not only violated the poll code, he also disregarded its November 2013 directive asking politicians to desist from “deeds or actions construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women”. For the first time a pan-India ban has been imposed on politicians, while any restriction on a chief minister and a union minister is unprecedented. Mayawati alleged the order has been passed “under pressure” and it would be remembered as a “black day” in the EC’s history. She has faced action for appealing to Muslims to not vote for the Congress to avoid their anti-BJP votes getting divided. Her alliance partner and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the EC whether it is capable to issue similar directives to the prime minister to stop him from asking for votes in name of the Army. The EC order to bar Adityanath and Mayawati came soon after the Supreme Court asked the poll watchdog about the action it has initiated against them. The apex court had on Monday expressed displeasure over the Election Commission not taking quick action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaigning and decided to examine the ambit of its power following submission that it was “toothless”. The bench had taken the cases of alleged communal speeches of Mayawati and Adityanath and asked the EC about the action taken so far against them while deciding to examine the statutory powers of poll panel to deal with the violation of model code of conduct (MCC). The EC’s counsel had said: “The power of the EC in this behalf is very limited. We can issue notice and seek reply but we cannot de-recognise a party or disqualify a candidate…we can only issue advisories and in case of a repeat offence, register a complaint.” Reacting sharply, the bench had said, “So you are basically saying you are toothless and powerless against hate speeches.” It had then said that besides sending a notice, an advisory and a criminal case can be filed only against such leader. “It is stated by the counsel appearing for the EC that the power of the ECI for violation of the Model Code of Conduct by making hate speeches on grounds of religion, caste etc is circumscribed to issuing of notice and upon consideration of the reply to issue advisories. “Only in case of repeated violation of the advisories, the EC has the power to file an FIR with the Police for initiation of criminal proceedings,” the bench had noted in the order. The apex court, on April 8, had issued notice to the Centre and the poll panel on the PIL seeking direction to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on castes and religions in the media in the run up to general elections.
Rabat – Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso will meet with King Mohammed VI in Brazzaville as part of the international Blue Funds Conference that will take place on April 25 in the Republic of the Congo.“I am pleased to announce the presence of the King of Morocco at the first Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Blue Basin Congo Fund,” said the Congolese leader.The King is expected to arrive on April 23. The summit will convene 16 African leaders who will discuss the implementation of the Blue Congo Basin Fund, a project conceived in part at the COP22 in Marrakech that provides support to the countries of the Congo Basin to create a “shift in their economies from reliance on forest-based resources to much greater use of renewable river and water-based resources,” according to the Brazzaville Foundation for Peace and Conservation.The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the political, social, and economic challenges currently threatening biodiversity and sustainable development in the Congo Basin.The Congo Basin region aims to be an environmental sustainable platform for economic development which benefits the countries and the diverse peoples of the basin. A critically important component of the program is the preservation of the forests within the basin countries.Deforestation is now a priority issue for all nations in the region.The project will also fund hydroelectric projects, water treatment, and irrigation of arable lands.The founding agreement of this fund was signed by twelve countries on March 9, 2017 in Oyo in the Republic of Congo.
“We must have guarantees from all sides of unimpeded access to affected areas now,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Ameerah Haq told a press conference in Khartoum today. Her call was echoed by local representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Ms. Haq, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, stressed it was particularly important that aid workers have access to the Jebel Moun area of West Darfur – which Sudanese national security forces have granted but the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has denied. Up to 58,000 people in West Darfur remain affected by the recent spike in fighting, according to the latest UN estimates, with whole communities forced to flee after attacks on a string of villages north of the state capital, El Geneina. Dozens of civilians have died and many more were injured. Two inter-agency assessment teams visited the affected area, finding that in the towns of Sirba and Sileah many homes were burned and health clinics, schools, water systems and aid agency compounds had been either looted or destroyed. “The impact on communities is devastating,” Ms. Haq said. “The United Nations in Sudan seeks strong assurances that civilians and their communities will be protected from such indiscriminate attacks. These civilians have a right to protection.” The priorities for aid agencies include food, medical supplies, plastic sheeting and blankets, she added, noting that it was also vital to restore and treat water supplies. UN agencies are especially concerned about the impact of the fighting on women and children, with many children becoming separated from their families or otherwise remaining unaccounted for. Ted Chaiban, a representative of UNICEF, told reporters that it was not yet clear how many children had been separated because many had fled from their schools during the attacks. None of the parties to the conflict had taken steps to prevent the use of child soldiers, he added. Across Darfur’s three states, more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others injured since 2003 because of fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by allied militia known as the Janjaweed. Since the start of this year the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID has been deployed in Darfur in a bid to quell the suffering and violence. 3 March 2008United Nations officials in Sudan are calling on all parties to the recent surge in violence in West Darfur to grant aid workers unhindered access to victims caught up in the deadly clashes in the already war-wracked region.
MCALLEN, Texas – A South Texas police chief said Monday that two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise. But a federal official said later there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer’s credit-card data theft.McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, had used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. Rodriguez said they were used to purchase numerous items at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.“They’re obviously selling the data sets by region,” Rodriguez said.Late Monday, a federal official with knowledge of the case said there currently was no connection between the McAllen case and any ongoing investigation into the Target breach, but would not elaborate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was prohibited from providing details about the investigation.The discrepancy could not immediately be rectified late Monday. Messages left for Rodriguez and his lieutenant Monday evening seeking a response to those comments weren’t immediately returnedGarcia and Guardiola were both being held Monday on state fraud charges. It was not immediately known whether they had retained lawyers.Rodriguez said he did not know whether these arrests were the first related to the Target breach.Asked about the McAllen arrests, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in an email Monday that the investigation was active and ongoing.“I’d have to refer you to local law enforcement there for any questions about their community,” she said.The Minneapolis-based company said last week that it has stopped more than a dozen operations that sought to scam breach victims by way of email, phone calls and text messages.A message left with the U.S. Secret Service seeking more information about the case was not immediately returned.McAllen police began working with the Secret Service after a number of area retailers were hit with fraudulent purchases on Jan. 12. The Secret Service confirmed that the fraudulent accounts traced back to the original Target data breach from December, Rodriguez said.Investigators fanned out to McAllen-area merchants and reviewed “miles of video” looking for the fraudsters, he said. From that, they were able to identify two people and a car with Mexican license plates.With the help of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, investigators confirmed the identities of their suspects from immigration records of when they had entered Texas in the same vehicle, Rodriguez said. Police prepared arrest warrants last week and waited for them to return.On Sunday morning, federal officials alerted police the two were at the Anzalduas International Bridge trying to re-enter the U.S. They were carrying 96 fraudulent cards, Rodriguez said.Investigators believe the two were involved in both the acquisition of the fraudulent account data and the production of the cards.Rodriguez said investigators suspect Garcia and Guardiola were singling out Sundays for their shopping sprees hoping that the banks would not be as quick to detect the fraud.He said he expected Garcia and Guardiola to eventually face federal charges.The Target security breach is believed to have involved 40 million credit and debit card accounts and the personal information of 70 million customers. Federal official sees no connection between arrests and Target probe McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez talks to media next to a dozens of fraudulent credit cards that were confiscated by McAllen police after arresting a man and a woman on fraud charges tied to the December Target credit card breach, Monday Jan. 20, 2014 at the McAllen Police Department in McAllen, Texas. Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, were arrested Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 after arriving at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) MAGS OUT; TV OUT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 20, 2014 10:34 pm MDT