Altidore leads USMNT past Panama

first_imgJozy Altidore’s second-half goal saw the United States overcome Panama 1-0 to complete a perfect group-stage campaign at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Altidore’s overhead kick in the 66th minute gave USA a third win from as many games in Group D, securing top spot and a quarter-final clash against Curacao.USA made 11 changes to their starting line-up and it showed, but Altidore – having squandered two great chances earlier – stepped up to secure three points in Kansas City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? While they were unconvincing, Gregg Berhalter’s USA did enough to complete the perfect group-stage campaign.With his 42nd career international goal, @JozyAltidore puts the #USMNT up vs. ! pic.twitter.com/dTjCUMubmR— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 27, 2019USA made a lively start as they pushed for an opening goal and it almost came through Altidore in the 16th minute.After Panama turned over possession, Jordan Morris played in Altidore, but the striker pulled his shot wide from an angle from inside the area.Altidore squandered another chance five minutes later, the striker putting a tame shot straight at Panama goalkeeper Jose Calderon after a Cristian Roldan cutback.Jonathan Lewis was denied by an excellent Fidel Escobar block, while Jose Fajardo fired wide for Panama on the counter-attack six minutes before half-time.Both teams struggled to begin the second half, leading to the introduction of USA star Christian Pulisic just after the hour-mark.The opener followed for USA after a corner as Altidore scored his 42nd international goal.The set-piece went uncleared and some poor defending from Panama led to Altidore producing an overhead kick from close range to make it 1-0.That was all USA needed, closing out a narrow victory as neither side created much of note in the closing stages. What does it mean? Job done for USAUSA simply needed to avoid defeat to secure top spot and the easier quarter-final clash, avoiding Jamaica. Berhalter’s side got the job done despite what was an unconvincing display.Changes could hurt USAUSA were beginning to find rhythm in wins over Guyana (4-0) and Trinidad and Tobago (6-0). Still, Berhalter opted to rest what is seemingly his preferred team and it remains to be seen whether that was the right decision.Altidore goal not enoughThe Toronto striker scored, but he also missed two chances in the first half. That is unlikely to be enough to earn him a start ahead of Gyasi Zardes, who has three goals at the tournament.What’s next?Both teams will play in Philadelphia on Sunday. USA take on Curacao, while Panama face Jamaica. read morelast_img read more

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Look south study finds analogues for future climate of US Canadian cities

first_imgWondering what the climate in your city will be like in a few decades?An unusual study published today suggests you should look about 1,000 kilometres to the south.Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland says that’s the average distance between 540 cities in the U.S. and Canada and the closest place that resembles what their climate will become.Fitzpatrick says if nothing changes, Montreal can expect a climate similar to that of Chester, Pennsylvania.Vancouver will feel a lot like Seattle and Calgary’s weather will resemble what folks in Spearfish, South Dakota, now experience.Fitzpatrick acknowledges his calculations are approximate.They don’t take into account extreme weather, for example, and the climate in some cities won’t resemble anything that exists currently.But Fitzpatrick says the idea of climate analogues is intended to help people understand how radically the world is changing.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Trudeau ends threecountry tour with his global reputation alliances intact

first_imgLONDON – Justin Trudeau is heading home from a lengthy, three-country foreign tour in which the prime minister appeared to recapture his international mojo and reassert several key alliances, but didn’t sign off on any big deals or declarations.When the 10-day trip to Peru, France and the U.K., with a quick stop in Ottawa, started last week, one of the top questions was whether Trudeau could rediscover his footing on the world stage after recent controversies in China and India.This time, there were no eye-catching outfits as Trudeau stuck to tried-and-true business suits and, on occasion, his patented button-up shirt and rolled-up sleeves as he met with world leaders, industry representatives and students.There were no noticeable gaffes or tensions as the prime minister pushed his progressive trade agenda, women’s rights and ocean protection while issuing warnings against rising authoritarianism and inequality around the world.Mixed with those higher ideals were closed-door discussions — first in Peru with Mexico and the United States about the North American Free Trade Agreement; and then in the U.K. about Russia, Syria and cybersecurity.The prime minister didn’t make it easy on himself, either, as he flew briefly back to Ottawa from Peru to meet with the premiers of Alberta and B.C. on the Trans Mountain pipeline, and then onto France, rather than directly to Paris as originally planned.Yet that stop back home may have represented the most concrete outcome as Trudeau announced plans to draft legislation affirming federal jurisdiction over the pipeline and negotiations with Kinder Morgan for financial support for the project.In Peru, just hours after meeting Trudeau, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence did predict a new NAFTA within several weeks. In Paris, Canada and France agreed to co-operate and push other countries to honour their commitments under the Paris climate agreement.In London, the prime minister also joined his counterparts from Britain, Australia and New Zealand to reaffirm their tight-knit global security alliance.And Trudeau reportedly used every opportunity to promote Canada’s G7 priorities and bid for a UN Security Council seat. That included in meetings on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Peru and a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London with leaders from Chile, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and the Caribbean.However, there were no significant business deals, despite a high-profile address to industry leaders in Peru and several meetings in Paris and London. There were minor foreign-aid announcements.Trudeau did have some bold moments, such as when he used his speech to the French National Assembly to make the case for the Canada-EU free trade deal — to the anger of some French MPs and approval of others.He was also unapologetically tough on the Venezuelan government, which he described as a murderous, authoritarian regime. And he was critical of the Commonwealth — or at least some of its members — for not championing LGBTQ rights.But the prime minister was ambiguous in a variety of other areas, including his plans to fight plastic waste in oceans and whether Russian hackers were a threat to average Canadians.And despite touting democratic ideals, there was no mention of human rights as he met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been accused of growing authoritarianism. He also veered away from any significant criticism of Cuba.Trudeau did, however, demonstrate that he still has drawing power, such as when foreign journalists packed his final news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Peru. He even made the front page of the prestigious Financial Times in London with a picture of himself taking a selfie with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a roomful of students.But he also played it relatively low key in some respects: missing, for instance, were his favoured fancy socks, replaced by fashionable but inconspicuous alternatives.Supporters would likely cheer the trip’s successes in terms of meeting key allies and advancing Canada’s interests on a number of fronts, including trade, security, gender rights and the environment.Trudeau’s Conservative critics, however, were unimpressed.“It is interesting how an average trip by the prime minister looks so good after the terrible embarrassment caused by the India trip,” said foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole.He called out Trudeau for using the trip “to discount the importance of the resource industry in Canada at a time of national crisis over the Trans Mountain pipeline.”During his final news conference in London on Thursday, Trudeau was asked for his own assessment.“Here in London and in France and in Lima, we were very much engaged in promoting Canada’s interests and creating opportunities for greater trade, greater relationships that are going to benefit Canadians and benefit the world,” he said.“We know that government and governance and serving Canadians is a process that stretches out over time and we focus every day on defending and advancing the interests of Canadians — whether there’s a headline in it for you guys or not.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Nasser Zefzafi Calls for March to Honor Mouhcine Fikris Death

Rabat – Hirak Rif (Rif Movement) leader Nasser Zefzafi, serving to 20 years in prison, has called for a march to honor the 3rd-anniversary of Mouhcine Fikri’s death.Zefzafi’s call for march came in a letter he dictated to his father on the phone. He addressed the letter to all Rifians living in Europe, calling on them to gather in Paris, on October 26.In his letter, Zefzafi told the Rifians to not let “despair control them and obstruct their way. Our path to freedom is long and difficult.”  He added that “patience and hope is the weapon to fight their struggles until achieving their purpose.”“Our people (Rifians) are going through difficult times which can be overcome and fought by leaving aside all that leads to division and discord,” Zefzafi wrote.The Hirak Rif leader, who is serving time in Ras Lma prison in Fez, recalled that “the victory of their ancestors over colonialism started from leaving tribal conflicts and uniting ranks because the interest of the Rif region is above everything else.”Read also: Hundreds Rally in Rabat in Solidarity with Hajar RaissouniThe death of Mouhcine Fikri was the catalyst for the Hirak Rif movement.Fikri, an informal sector fishmonger, was crushed to death in a garbage truck in October 2016 while attempting to retrieve his goods. Local authorities had seized and disposed of his merchandise in the truck.Many activists, led by Nasser Zefzafi, were arrested for conspiracy against the security of the state after they protested the living conditions in Al Hoceima in 2016 and 2017.Fikri’s death caused a surge in protests in Al Hoceima and the surrounding areas. Chanting social slogans, the protesters decried social disparities in the region and called on the government to establish infrastructures such as roads, universities, and hospitals.The sentencing of the activists also prompted protests. The Hirak movement came to Rabat, with protests outside parliament calling for the immediate release of the activists. read more

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Brock researcher Jennifer Rowsell renewed as Canada Research Chair

Jennifer RowsellAn article in a popular magazine reported recently that excessive video game-playing accounts for boys’ “underachievement” in reading and writing.But Jennifer Rowsell says her research on the use of new media in the classroom tells a different story.“Boys and girls are creative. They’re interested and voracious readers and, what is more, they do so many other sophisticated things that weren’t done a decade ago,” says Rowsell, director of Brock University’s Centre for Multiliteracies, The Reading Clinic and professor in the Faculty of Education.During her five years as Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, Rowsell has pursued a number of projects that explore how rapidly developing technologies and new communicational practices can teach children skills and impart information in new and exciting ways.For instance, with the Minecraft project, a collaborative research project with Rob Simon at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Rowsell came to discover that creating new worlds within this incredibly popular video game has enabled students to gain knowledge and skills.“I interviewed a young man who created a whole art deco world,” Rowsell says. “It required him to do research on the Internet about art deco, about aesthetics in the 1920s, about the historical time period during when art deco flourished.“It may seemingly be that students are playing this video game, but actually they’re going out and doing a lot of extensive reading on the kinds of things that inform design processes that they are engaged in.”She gives another example of a group of girls who used characters from the movie Frozen to write about themselves and conduct research on sibling relationships.“The arguments across all of the research projects is that, when you actually find out what students love and what they do outside of school, and then you use those technologies, then you start to make school more permeable, more of a contemporary space driven by interest,” Rowsell explains. “Students exhibit motivation and interest when they are motivated by what they love.”In turn, Rowsell says educators can capitalize on this interest by “harnessing their interest to schooling topics, such as making short films or bringing Minecraft into the classroom.“So, using the example of the young male student, teachers can say, ‘OK, we will talk about Minecraft, but then we will move over and talk about art deco, and then we’ll move into studying a novel that was written during the age of art deco.’”The federal government’s Canada Research Chairs program announced recently that Rowsell was among those across the country getting their chair positions renewed.“Holding a Canada Research Chair is an incredible gift,” she says. “I feel privileged and grateful at the same time. It’s absorbing – I love it.”In addition to the Minecraft Project, which studied the classroom use of ebooks, iBooks, apps and the Minecraft video game, Rowsell’s other projects include:• Crayons and iPads, documenting the impact of iPad technology on children’s creativity and output (principal investigator is Deb Harwood)• Community Arts Zone, which brings into schools drama, movement, photography, music and play-building, expanding the repertoire of children’s literacy; and• Remaking Families, which studies how families use photographs, Facebook and other technologies to tell their family stories (principal investigator is CRC Andrea Doucet and co-investigator is Diane Collier).During her next five-year term, Rowsell says she aims to take her projects a step further. “I would like to work more actively with the community, with more schools, to bring into the classroom these multi-modal approaches that will range from using iPads to creative expression of the arts.”Rowsell plans to arrange for media professionals to teach students the “nuts and bolts” of various aspects of media. She is also involved in a Western University-led research project to investigate the introduction of iCloud technology into schools.The Canada Research Chairs program invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chair holders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. read more

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Governments to finalize procedures making Kyoto Protocol fully operational

Gathering for the seventh Conference of the parties to the Convention on Climate Change from 29 October to 9 November, the participants will aim to translate the political principles reached at a meeting in Bonn last July into a detailed operational rulebook. They will also address how to increase the flow of financial and technological support to developing countries under the Convention. “The work of translating the Bonn Agreements into a detailed operational rulebook must be completed here in Marrakech,” said Michael Zammit Cutajar, the Convention’s Executive Secretary. “Certainty about the Kyoto Protocol’s rules will further motivate businesses and other economic actors to create the low-carbon economy of the future,” he said. “It will also clear the way for governments to ratify the Protocol and bring it into force. Marrakech should be turning point that enables the Protocol to move into high gear.” With the new funding and rules in place, the Parties to the Convention could start discussing the political issues that are likely to dominate the next few years, including the widespread desire to re-engage the United States in emissions limitation, the second period for emissions cuts under the Protocol (on which negotiations should start by 2005) and the prospects for expanding the group of countries with emissions targets, the UNFCCC said. The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force and become legally binding after it has been ratified by at least 55 parties to the Convention, with industrialized countries representing at least 55 per cent of the total 1990 carbon dioxide emissions from this group. So far, 39 countries have ratified, including one industrialized country, Romania. read more

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Syria UN envoy condemns death of at least 70 civilians in Aleppo

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has strongly condemned the death of at least 70 civilians in Syria’s northern Aleppo province by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters.”The news of aerial bombing by Syrian helicopters on a civilian market area of the Aleppo neighbourhood of Al Shaar deserves the strongest international condemnation,” the Special Envoy said in a statement issued shortly after the attack.According to news reports, at least 70 people were killed and many more wounded in the attack on al-Bab’s busy market on Saturday morning after government helicopters dropped two barrel bombs in quick succession.Many of the victims were blown to pieces or burnt beyond recognition by the blasts, which devastated the market, shops and vehicles. “While it is true that, unfortunately, the UN proposed freeze of heavy bombing in Aleppo did not materialize, it is nevertheless totally unacceptable that the Syrian airforce attacks its own territory in an indiscriminate way, killing its own citizens, as it brutally happened today in Aleppo,” Mr. de Mistura said. “The use of barrel bombs must stop,” he continued. “All evidence shows that the overwhelming majority of the civilian victims in the Syrian conflict have been caused by the use of such indiscriminate aerial weapons.”Mr. de Mistura stressed that the protection of civilians during armed conflicts is a cornerstone of international humanitarian law, and applies in all circumstances and without distinction. read more

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Alleged bandit caught in the act of replacing licence plates after

The intercepted vehicle that was reportedly used in the robberyA 28-year-old suspected bandit, who allegedly committed a robbery about 10:00hrs on Tuesday on a Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident, was subsequently arrested by police after he was found in the act of changing his vehicle’s licence plates on the Railway embankment.According to information from the police, the ECD victim allegedly withdrew a sum of cash from an ATM in the area when he was ambushed by three men, who stole the money and made good their escape in a Toyota Spacio motorcar.The matter was immediately reported to police who responded promptly and were able to intercept the car.INews was told that the driver -identified as a South Ruimveldt, Georgetown resident- was found alone, changing the licence plates.However, none of the stolen money was recovered.Investigations continue as a search for the other two suspects is ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZeelugt vendor assaulted in attempted robbery on homeJuly 10, 2018In “Crime”Fish depot robber lands in Court again …remanded for illegal possession of firearm, ammoAugust 14, 2017In “ammo”Police disarm Triumph gunman following Freeman St robberyOctober 2, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Epiroc Murray Roberts Cementation set for South Africa manganese mine ramp up

first_imgEpiroc has won a significant mining equipment order from contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation, with multiple drill rigs and bolters set to be delivered to the Kalagadi manganese mine in the Northern Cape of South Africa.The equipment, which includes Boomer 282 face drilling rigs and Boltec 235 bolting machines (one pictured), will be used for the underground production build up at Kalagadi, where Murray & Roberts Cementation is the contractor.“The machines will ensure that the mine is operated with enhanced productivity, safety and cost efficiency,” Epiroc said.The orders total more than ZAR160 million ($10.9 million), of which more than half was placed in the September quarter.In addition to the drilling and bolting machines, Epiroc will supply rock drilling tools, spare parts and on-site service support to back up Murray & Roberts Cementation.According to a Business Day report from earlier this year, the Kalagadi mine is expected to generate 3 Mt/y of ore to convert into 2.4 Mt/y of sinter at full capacity.last_img read more

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Tech Tours tapping into Vancouvers hidden tech workforce

first_imgIt might have looked a little like speed-dating.Stationed in Vancouver bars and offices Tuesday evening, people traded quick handshakes, introductions or business cards. Mark Tishenko, president of local cybersecurity firm Edge Networks, held down a table at Main Event Sports Grill. Barely above the volume of sports on TV, he said he was “getting to meet a lot of great people.”“It seems like a lot of them are technology focused, which is great,” he said.The night was Vancouver’s debut tech tour, a meet-and-greet for tech companies and prospective employees. Sponsored by the Technology Association of Oregon, it’s a popular annual event for companies on the south side of the Columbia River. But on Tuesday it was Vancouver’s turn to showcase 19 local companies scattered across the downtown area and talk with a combined 100 registrants, per local organizers.As software development, advanced manufacturing and other high-tech industries take on greater prevalence, many believe Clark County is already positioned for the future. But even with a wealth of talented programmers and advanced manufacturers, many feel the community has been too loose-knit. So, Tuesday seemed to be a matchmaking for the two sides of the Vancouver tech scene – workers and companies.“I’ve always felt that there’s got to be a bunch of people in tech here,” said Cary Fender, a Vancouver resident who works from home for a Chicago-based maker of payroll software. “I mean, how many people go over the (Interstate 5) Bridge every day?”New initiativesExecutives such as Eric Preisz of Graham Software Development and Dave Barcos of The Bridge Incubator hope to lead the effort to keep more technology workers in Clark County. They helped orchestrate the event alongside WorkSource Southwest Washington.last_img read more

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Which way forward for politics in The Gambia

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYThe nation is divided. The objective of the transition was to unite all political forces to focus on building the foundation of a new Gambia. Now the power struggle has commenced. Presidential aspirants have started to build their political platforms and are continuing to intensify their criticism of other political aspirants. Some are engaged in partisan propaganda, others in gender propaganda and still others in age propaganda.The transitional objective of building the instruments, the institutions, the norms and values of a sovereign republic, managed by a sovereign people is becoming illusive. Insults, are beginning to replace policies and the economic, social, cultural, environmental concerns of the people is no longer taking front seat. Party colours and symbols are now replacing coalition symbols.Since politics is about the people the future political life of this country is now in the hands of the people to determine. The type of Gambian we have will determine the type of Gambia we are going to build from henceforth. What is your vision of The Gambia? You should now decide so that you can stand and be counted. Foroyaa wishes you good luck. Aluta continua!!!last_img read more

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Elaine Welteroth Departs Condé Nast

first_imgElaine Welteroth has stepped down as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and is leaving Condé Nast, bringing an abrupt end to a six-year run that saw her rise from beauty editor at Glamour to the youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast history.“We talked to Elaine about a number of different opportunities but ultimately she decided to go in a different direction,” reads an official statement given to Folio: by a Condé Nast spokesperson. “She was instrumental in the successful launch of the Teen Vogue Summit and [we] know that she will carry that same passion and enthusiasm into her next venture. We wish her all the best in what we know will be an incredible career.”The revelation comes days after Condé tapped CNN’s Samantha Barry as the next editor-in-chief of Glamour, ending a four-month search for Cindi Leive’s successor. Welteroth, who shifted over to Teen Vogue from Glamour in 2012, was widely speculated to be among the frontrunners for Leive’s old job, although the company never publicly identified any candidates. The obvious choice to lead Teen Vogue going forward is Philip Picardi, currently digital editorial director for both Teen Vogue and Allure, who co-ran the brand with Welteroth until her elevation to editor-in-chief last April.Teen Vogue shuttered its print edition in December while Condé Nast indicated plans to invest further in the brand’s growing digital presence—largely the fruit of Welteroth and Picardi’s work shifting the brand’s coverage to focus increasingly on social and political issues as well as fashion and celebrity content, the brand’s historical bread and butter.No word yet on what’s next for Welteroth, but for what it’s worth, The Hollywood Reporter added minutes after Fashionista first broke the news that she has signed with talent agency CAA.last_img read more

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Alaska Legislature shutters offices on Friday afternoons

first_imgThe Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)As a cost-saving measure, 22 legislative information offices around the state are shuttered starting this Friday afternoon.Listen nowThe offices will be closed every Friday afternoon while the legislature is not in session. The legislature’s in-house administrative council voted the action through 9-1 on Thursday.The Legislative Council’s vote, which also included a reduction in payroll for support staff that work irregularly, is expected to cover a $298,000 cut in the legislature’s operating budget for the current budget year.Some legislators on the council expressed an appetite to cut further and close the offices for the entire day on Fridays.Sen. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, chairs the council and said that could still happen down the road.“I can accept a half-day closure on Fridays to see how it works. It saves us enough money. And in the future if we find that’s still not enough, when there are additional cuts, then maybe we should be going to a full day on Friday. But I think this is a step towards solving our problem,” he said.The information offices are staffed by nonpartisan employees of the Legislative Affairs Agency.Those employees facilitate teleconferencing for Alaskans to remotely attend legislative meetings. They also serve as a public point of contact and as interpreters of what’s often an arcane lawmaking process.Sue Cotter, who manages the legislature’s information and teleconferencing, told the council that in some of the remote offices, her staff also help process Permanent Fund dividend documents.last_img read more

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Restaurants worry as homedining services take eating out off the table

first_imgDecking up, gathering some friends and going to a fancy restaurant that serves mouth-watering dishes equals a Sunday well-spent. On the other hand, eating out is also a hot option for people who get hardly any time to cook due to severe pressure from work and personal life.While visiting a nice restaurant still wins hands down, in-house consumption of equally mouth-watering delicacies for a lot less than what the restaurant charges is slowly catching people’s fancy.Bengaluru, which sees a huge influx of people from other states of India every year, has many such home-chefs whose businesses are flourishing.Advertising professional Pramod Shankar and his wife Lakshmi, serve a delightful five-course breakfast to guests. It consists of traditional items seen in a Kerala breakfast: a variety of puttus with kadala curry, appams with vegetable stew, papads fried in coconut oil, “adai” – a steamed banana dish, and “sulaimani” – a Malabar-style black tea with lime and mint.To enhance the feeling of eating at home, the couple plays old Malayalam film songs in the background, and has decorated the living room with lamps and jasmine bouquets, Bangalore Mirror reported.Originally from Cochin, Pramod and Lakshmi started their business with food stalls at the Sunday Soul Sante flea market in 2009. Then, hosting a wedding sadya a few years ago, where everyone praised their cooked dishes, the couple got the idea of a home-dining business.Since last year, the couple has hosted five such breakfasts, but look forward to expand the business once they move into their new and larger house in Koramangala.While Bengaluru is still in the early stages of this business compared to Mumbai and Delhi, several home-dining chefs are coming forward, generating a lot of interest.There are several platforms that are trying to bring home chefs in direct contact with customers. Califormia-based “Travelling Spoon” (TS) is one such platform, which has tied up with home chefs from around the world.”Our goal is to offer a high-quality curated selection of vetted hosts who offer travellers exceptional experiences. We feature our hosts online and allow travellers to book those experiences directly,” said Aashi Vel, one of the founders of TS.Telecom professional Archana Rajesh and homemaker Asha George are the only two chefs in Bengaluru with whom TS has tied up. Although neither of them has hosted a meal at home yet, Vel said Archana has already planned her menu: a traditional Gowda meal costing Rs 1,000-1,200 per person.Interestingly, TS screens home chefs before giving them a chance to serve their delicacies. For example, Archana had to provide extensive details after applying for the TS job that appeared in a travel magazine, then give a Skype interview and finally host a TS person at home.Outside of India, other countries have also taken up this business.For instance, in Paris, an Italian family runs the business at their small flat. Their menu includes aubergine pancakes, a kind of Neapolitan potato pie and meatballs with three kinds of pasta. The wine is carefully picked out, BBC reported.Dining out would cost more than €80 in a normal Paris restaurant, but the Italian couple charge guests only €25 each.This trend of diners around the world choosing home-cooked delicacies over an expensive visit to a restaurant is making eateries jittery over sales, as they are rushing to call it “illegal”.Didier Chenet, President of the main Paris restaurateurs’ union “Synhorcat”, has appealed to the French government to take action against home chefs and stop them, claiming bistros and brasseries are putting them out of business.”Today, many restaurants in France are on a knife-edge because of the economic crisis. Losing just half a dozen customers can spell disaster,” he said.”There are people out there offering a service which is identical to restaurants: a choice of starters, main courses, desserts, wine, the works. But they pay no rent, no staff, no taxes — it is completely illegal,” he added.Synhorcat estimated that there are 3,000 home-chefs in France. It put up two arguments against them: first, that home-dining business is a part of the black economy, and second, hygiene and safety rules are being broken.”If the government doesn’t do something to stop the underground restaurants, it will be a disaster,” said Chenet.last_img read more

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Arun Jaitleys personal wealth declined by Rs 6 crore in FY16

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s personal wealth declined by Rs. 6 crore to Rs. 60.99 crore in the financial year 2016, said data released by the government. It was Rs. 67.01 crore in FY2015. The other ministers are yet to file their financial assets for the year.Jaitley’s financial details included both his movable and immovable assets. The decline in wealth was mainly on account of reduction in his bank balance and number of vehicles owned.Movable AssetsThe minister’s liquidity, under three savings accounts at HDFC Bank and another at SBI, were reduced collectively by Rs. 2.52 crore to Rs.1 crore in 2016. Jaitley’s cash in hand too fell by Rs. 30 lakh to Rs. 65.29 lakh in the same fiscal. The total value of his four cars – two Mercedes, a Toyota Fortuner and a Honda Accord – in FY2016 was Rs. 1.93 crore; lesser by Rs. 86 lakh worth BMW he owned in 2015.His movable assets such as loans and advances stood Rs. 20 lakh more at Rs. 9.34 crore in FY2016. He had also given out more advances for properties worth Rs. 75.6 lakh this year (2016).Jaitley owned gold (5.6 kg), silver (15 kg) and diamonds, which were worth Rs. 1.35 crore, Rs. 5.54 lakh and Rs. 45 lakh, respectively. The quantity and their values have more or less remained the same since 2015.The minister held Rs. 9 crore and Rs. 8 crore as company deposits in Empro Oils and DCM Shriram, respectively, same as that declared in 2015. His public provident fund amount was Rs. 3 lakh more at Rs. 25.69 lakh in 2016. Immovable AssetsJaitley’s immovable assets, like his residential and commercial properties, had the same market valuation in both assessment years. He owned six residential properties (jointly with his wife) in Delhi, Gurgaon, Amritsar and Gandhinagar, apart from land in Haryana, and commercial properties across cities.last_img read more

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IPL media rights Full list of companies who have purchased BCCIs tender

first_imgFormer BCCI president Shashank Manohar, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla and current BCCI president Anurag Thakur during a press conference in New DelhiIANSWhich of the companies will bag the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the 2018 edition of the cricket league? That remains the major question as of now. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as many as 18 companies have bought the ITT (Invitation To Tender) document made available for purchase by the cricket board from September 19 to October 18.The deadline for the submission of the bids is October 25.Facebook, Twitter, Reliance Jio, Sony Pictures Network India and Star India are some of the major companies who have picked up the tender document. While the broadcast rights for the Indian subcontinent is for 10 seasons (from 2018 to 2027), the IPL digital rights are valid for five seasons (from 2018 to 2022). The international media rights too are valid for five seasons.”This is going to be a historical moment for Indian cricket. I am pleased to see the overwhelming response from the media and technology companies for IPL Media Rights,” said BCCI president Anurag Thakur in a statement. “With the global trends of showcasing content on multiple platforms becoming increasingly important – TV, Internet and Mobile rights are up for grabs together this time.”To have as many as 18 prospective bidders in the fray reinstates the faith of market forces in Indian Premier League.”According to various reports, the two frontrunners to bag the IPL broadcast rights are Star India and Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI). It could also turn out that the one of these two major companies could pick up all the three media rights as the BCCI, according to sources, is willing to accept a “consolidated bid” from the TV broadcasters, where they need to put forward a one-bid figure for all three rights packages.Full list of companies who have bought the tender documentStar India Pvt. Ltd.Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd.Followon Interactive Media Pvt. Ltd.Taj TV India Pvt. Ltd.Sony Pictures Networks Pvt. Ltd.Times Internet Ltd.Supersport International (Pty) Ltd.Reliance Jio Digital Services Pvt. Ltd.Gulf DTH FZ LLCGroupM Media India Pvt. Ltd.beIN IP Ltd.Econet Media Ltd.SKY UK Ltd.ESPN Digital Media (India) Pvt. LtdBTG Legal ServicesBT PLCTwitter Inc.Facebook Inc.last_img read more

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If Air India bid fails IndiGo may buy stake in Jet Airways

first_imgIndiGoIndia’s low-cost carrier, IndiGo is considering investing in Jet Airways if it fails to acquire a stake in Air India. With this move, the carrier aims to expand its international footprint, Mint reported.InterGlobe Aviation– the parent company of IndiGo– run by aviation entrepreneurs Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal, was the first to show interest in Air India on the same day the government decided to sell a stake.IndiGo has a great chance to crack the Air India deal with new foreign direct investment (FDI) policy on aviation in sector in place. The new FDI policy says that rule allowing foreign airlines to invest up to 49 percent in an Indian airline does not apply to Air India, which rules out all the possibilities of a foreign airline buying into India’s national carrier, the business daily reported.A senior official, who was briefed on IndiGo’s strategy, told Mint that the airline will take the organic route if it can’t acquire a stake. But the process would be slower, he added.Currently, the foreign airlines fly about 65 percent of international passengers in and out of India. The rest is mostly carried by the state-owned Air India and Jet Airways.Given the circumstances, IndiGo would go all out to get Air India’s international business as the state-owned carrier has international flying rights and slots, the official said.Another alternative could be Jet Airways. IndiGo “sees an opportunity there” in a year, he said. Earlier in 2013, Jet sold 24 percent stake to Etihad.In case, neither of the options work out, IndiGo would like to start international operation on its own by buying bigger planes from Airbus or Boeing. But that will be a “very slow process” and it will be the last resort for the airline, he said.With a fleet of 139 planes, IndiGo is currently the largest domestic airline in India. To build managerial bandwidth IndiGo has roped in several experts from the US and other markets in departments such as finance, commercial, airports and flight operations.last_img read more

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Quader castigates BNP for complaining to foreigners

first_imgBangladesh Awami general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said BNP has nothing other than complaining to foreigners after its failure in both the election and its movement, reports UNB.He also described the remarks of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir over the national election as ‘delirium of a failed politician’.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters before a joint meeting of Awami League presidium members and the party’s different associate bodies at its Bangabandhu Avenue office.”They (BNP) couldn’t wage a movement over the last 10 years. We thank them as they joined the national election. But they utterly failed in the election, too,” he said.Quader further said, “What can be their (BNP’s) resort now as they have failed in its movement and the election? Now they’re complaining to foreigners and it’s their old habit.”He said the Awami League was more united during the 11th parliamentary election than in the past. “We achieved a massive victory as we could show a stronger unity through excellent coordination under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina.”The Awami League general secretary said their president Sheikh Hasina’s strong stance against evil and communal forces also helped the party get an unforgettable victory in the election.The minister said their party will celebrate the victory through a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 19 January.At the beginning of the meeting, one minute silence was observed paying homage to party former secretary general Syed Ashraful Islam.Four days after being elected an MP of the 11th parliament, Awami League presidium member and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam died of lung cancer at a hospital in Thailand on Thursday night at the age of 67.last_img read more

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Deport Them Arpaio Departs From Trump On DACA Recipients

first_img Share Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a Donald Trump campaign rally on Aug. 31, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz.Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff from Arizona, announced this week that he will run for the U.S. Senate to help advance President Trump’s agenda.But he’s breaking from the president on people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.“Deport them,” Arpaio told NPR’s Morning Edition in an interview airing Thursday morning.“When we come across these kids, or some are older than just kids,” Arpaio said, “then deport them. You deport them back to the country they came from.”Arpaio, 85, is someone who has devoted his career to cracking down on immigrants in the U.S. illegally and used highly controversial tactics toward that goal — sometimes in defiance of federal court orders. He instructed his deputies, for example, to detain Latino residents and ask them about their legal status. He then ignored a federal judge’s order to stop.He was convicted of criminal contempt for that last year. But President Trump pardoned him.The immigration firebrand’s entrance into the Arizona race could have far-reaching consequences for the party, as Arpaio’s views will likely receive an outsize megaphone. It will likely mean that immigration — and conservative hard-line views on the subject — will dominate a Republican primary in a state that is now almost a third Latino and in a country where Hispanics are gaining increasing clout politically nationally.DACA recipients as ambassadors, like the Peace Corps?Under President Obama, after the House did not pass the comprehensive immigration bill that garnered 68 votes in the Senate, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children were allowed to stay in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, executive order.Trump rescinded DACA last year and is letting it expire by March. Trump’s decision is now hung up in the courts, but he said this week that he wants a “bill of love” that allows the some 800,000 DACA recipients to stay. That, however, comes with conditions that Democrats don’t appear ready to accept, including funding for a wall along the Southern U.S. border.Arpaio told NPR that DACA recipients should be sent back in this controversial way:“They can do a lot of good in those countries. They have education here and help out and be good ambassadors from the United States to their country. That’s just my idea.”He likened it to the Peace Corps and indicated he’d be open to them returning later to the United States legally.“Should we deport all the people in Chicago?” But asked about the risks many could face going back to dangerous countries, places some of these DACA recipients have never been or where they don’t speak the language, Arpaio pushed back.“We have danger here, so should we deport all the people in Chicago with all the shooting and murder?” Arpaio asked. “If they want to get out and go to another country, should the other countries welcome them? I don’t think they would.”He continued: “It’s unfortunate there’s problems in other countries, but that’s … you live in those other countries, you have to do something there whether it’s through the political system in those countries to try to alleviate the problem.“We pumped a lot of money into these foreign countries — tons of money to help their security, law enforcement, and that’s OK, but you have to do it right.”“Make sure you get the right people to come into our country”Asked if he would close all of U.S. borders to migrants, Arpaio adamantly said no.“Just make sure you get the right people to come into our country,” he contended, noting that his parents came from Italy. “I have a personal interest in that situation.”Of course, when Arpaio’s parents came from Italy, there were far fewer restrictions, and immigration was most certainly not “merit-based.” Italians at the turn of the century and into the mid-20th Century, like people in other countries today, were escaping poverty, war and famine.It wasn’t the doctor from Milan heading to America.A history of controversyIn the 1990s, Arpaio controversially also set up an outdoor Tent City jail in the blistering Arizona sun. It was criticized as inhumane by activists, and his successor said there was no evidence it made people less likely to commit crimes.It began to be torn down last year and was closed in October.Arpaio was also closely linked to the “Birther Movement,” which peddled the falsehood that President Obama was not born in the United States.That’s how Arpaio and Trump got to know each other.How Arpaio’s run could affect politics in Arizona and nationallyBecause of his reputation, Arpaio would be a highly controversial figure running in the Republican primary. But his candidacy might cut a couple of different ways.On the one hand, he will draw unwanted attention for the GOP nationally.On the other, Arpaio could unwittingly help establishment Republicans’ preferred candidate get the nomination. It’s possible he splits the vote with another hard-line conservative, Kelli Ward, and opens an avenue for Rep. Martha McSally, who is expected to announce her candidacy Friday.In fact, a poll, paid for by a local TV station in Arizona, out Wednesday showed exactly that — McSally with 31 percent, Arpaio at 29 and Ward with 25.National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner, the senator from Colorado, declined Wednesday to explicitly rule out throwing the NRSC’s support behind Arpaio if he wins the primary.“It’s too early to speculate who’s going to win, who’s not going to win,” Gardner said on MSNBC, adding, “I think that is a conversation much further down the road.”Gardner was publicly critical and refused to support controversial Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women, many of whom were teenagers at the time of the allegations. When it came to Arpaio, Gardner declined to take the same stance.“It’s difficult to compare what happened in Alabama to any other state,” Gardner said. He seemed willing to let the primary play out instead: “Is he going to be the nominee? I can’t tell that; you can’t tell that, only the people of Arizona can tell that. That’s why we have campaigns; that’s why we have primaries and races. That’s not my choice. That’s not my decision to make at the senatorial committee.”Arpaio’s candidacy will almost guarantee immigration will again be elevated in an election year, something that has not benefited Republicans in the past.“Right now, that’s what we need– is some leadership,” Arpaio told NPR, “and get this problem solved.”It’s the one issue that has galvanized and fired up the most ardent in the conservative base — and made Latinos reliable Democratic voters in the past few elections.Immigration’s potential dominance in this race could have broad potential consequences for the party in the age of Trump and as Arizona and the country continues to become browner.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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VIDEO The Ohio State football teams dunk contest was more entertaining than

first_imgThis year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest was a dud. There were too many misses, too many drones, and there was zero electricity in the building without Zach LaVine.The Ohio State football team got a fresh shipment of the new LeBron’s and held their own dunk contest this week. It put the sorry-ass NBA product to shame.Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes stable of 5-star athletes showed they’re more than capable of attacking the rim when they’re not beating Michigan repeatedly.The dunk quality wasn’t quite on the NBA level, but the atmosphere during the contest is incredible, with the entire team circled tightly around like an Oklahoma circle drill. It’s Fight Club. Linebacker Malik Harrison took the crown by jumping over a teammate for an authoritative spike. He got mobbed for his efforts.Helluva show by the Buckeyes. Look for Jim Harbaugh to hold a three-point shootout next week at a waterslide park.Ohio State football team had a dunk contest! pic.twitter.com/mNKTIV3KWf— Athlete Swag (@AthleteSwag) March 2, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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