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A Tennessee Walking Horse By David GrimmFeb. 9, 2017 , 5:45 PM Pat Canova/Alamy Stock Photo It’s unclear how USDA responded to the lawsuit, but reporting by ScienceInsider suggests that the agency conducted an internal review of whether it should continue posting violations related to the Horse Protection Act and the Animal Welfare Act (which regulates the treatment of laboratory animals). Ultimately, the agency decided to keep the records up—a decision confirmed by The Washington Post, which broke the story earlier today.According to the Post, former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said his staff had recommended pulling the records because of fears of litigation, but he did not approve the action because he didn’t have enough time to evaluate the consequences, and because of concerns about transparency. USDA itself vaguely alluded to these actions and the lawsuit in a statement it put out on Tuesday. It reads in part: USDA scrubbing of animal records may have been sparked by horse lawsuit Mindy Patterson, The Calvary Group “The review of APHIS’ website has been ongoing, and the agency is striving to balance the need for transparency with rules protecting individual privacy. In 2016, well before the change of Administration, APHIS decided to make adjustments to the posting of regulatory records. In addition, APHIS is currently involved in litigation concerning, among other issues, information posted on the agency’s website.” During the past eight years, USDA has been infiltrated by animal rights extremists A lawsuit over alleged cruelty to a special breed of horse appears to have prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) move last week to remove thousands of reports and documents relating to animal welfare from its website. The scrubbing has outraged animal welfare advocates—and made strange bedfellows of groups that oppose and support scientific research involving animals, with both sides condemning USDA’s actions. It appears, however, that the agency’s decision had little—if anything—to do with animal research.The lawsuit, filed in February 2016, was brought in part by Lee and Mike McGartland, Texas attorneys who enter Tennessee Walking Horses in various competitions. The breed is famous for its high-stepping gait, which some animal welfare advocates have charged comes from injuring the animals, typically by adding caustic chemicals to their legs and feet—a process known as soring. The Horse Protection Act of 1970 outlawed the practice, and the law is enforced by inspectors employed by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).A negative APHIS inspection can disqualify a horse from competition, even before the owners or trainers can contest the findings in court. As a result, the McGartlands, who have had several horses disqualified from competition because of allegations of soring, charged APHIS with violating their due process rights. In particular, because the inspection reports are posted online and contain the names of the alleged violators, the McGartlands say that USDA has violated the federal Privacy Act, which regulates the dissemination of personal information by federal agencies. 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Marty Irby, the Senior Director of Rural Outreach and Equine Protection for the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C., and the former president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, says the Walking Horse community has long been putting tremendous pressure on the agency to ease its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act, and to remove violations of the act from its website. “They can’t win in the court of public opinion, so they have tried to influence legislators instead.” The turning point, Irby believes, came when the Trump administration hired Brian Klippenstein to lead the USDA transition team. Klippenstein is the executive director of Protect the Harvest, a Columbia, Missouri–based pro-agriculture group that has supported Right to Farm bills, which protect the agriculture industry from certain lawsuits and regulations, including those involving animal welfare. The group has also opposed restrictions on large-scale dog breeding operations—sometimes referred to as “puppy mills”– which are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. USDA’s decision to remove documents relating to violations of both the Horse Protection Act and Animal Welfare Act would be consistent with Protect the Harvest’s policy goals, Irby notes. (Multiple calls and emails to Walking Horse organizations and Protect the Harvest were not returned.)USDA’s move appears to have cheered groups that represent horse owners. “For the last eight years, USDA has been releasing confidential and un-adjudicated information to animal rights extremists and activist organizations,” Mindy Patterson, president of The Calvary Group, a Grover, Missouri–based company that lobbies against legislation it believes targets horse and dog owners, and farmers, writes in an email to ScienceInsider. “During the past eight years, USDA has been infiltrated by animal rights extremists who, with some success, attempted to change the culture within USDA-APHIS from one that is supportive of animal enterprise to one that aggressively bullies and harasses law abiding animal businesses with the ultimate goal of running them out of business.”Strange bedfellowsMeanwhile, USDA’s action has had one surprising ripple effect: Groups that support the use of animals in biomedical research have become unlikely allies of their longtime adversaries in the animal rights and welfare community. When organizations including HSUS, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Animal Welfare Institute condemned the USDA scrubbing, they were joined by Speaking of Research, which defends the use of animals in scientific labs and worries that USDA’s lack of transparency could make the public think that biomedical researchers who work on animals have something to hide. Removing the records from the internet also makes it hard to keep tabs on trends in animal research, according to the Foundation for Biomedical Research, which also supports the use of laboratory animals.To combat that problem, Speaking of Research has begun uploading annual USDA reports to its website, and a website called The Memory Hole 2 says it will republish as many of the missing reports as it can, according to an article in Motherboard.“It is not enough for the scientific community to tell the public that animal research is essential; they must also provide the public with the information showing how and why animals are necessary for medical and veterinary advances,” says Tom Holder, director of Speaking of Research in London, which has staff in the United States and the United Kingdom. “Speaking of Research believes in an informed public who have as much access to the information they need to make up their mind.”*Update, 9 February, 11:21 p.m.: This story has been updated to clarify that the Foundation for Biomedical Research did not condemn USDA’s actions.
If Indian captain M.S. Dhoni is wondering what could be the reason for his team’s rotten luck in the ongoing Test series in Australia so far then the answer perhaps lies with coach Duncan Fletcher.Fletcher has not enjoyed the best of series Down Under so far. For all the praise and admiration the Zimbabweans got in the cricketing world for his technical wisdom, Fletcher’s record in Australia is as abysmal as it gets.As the coach of England, and now of India, Fletcher has lost 10 of the 11 Tests he has been involved in Australia. In 2002-03 Fletcher’s English team suffered a 4-1 drubbing in Australia. The 2007 visit down under was worse as the hosts whitewashed England 5-0.Fletcher’s only overseas Test success with India was the 1-0 win in West Indies in 2011.The painful memories of England are still too vivid when India were humiliated 4-0 by the hosts the last summer.Now the question comes, is Fletcher too soft on some of the senior players in the team? What can he do to shake these prima donnas out of their comfort zone?India seem to have wasted the gains made during the era of Gary Kirsten when they were ranked No 1 in both ODI and Test formats.Clearly, time is running out for Fletcher and it is high time he cracks the whip to prevent sixth successive overseas Test loss. It is now or never for Fletcher.
New Delhi, Sep 29 (PTI) In an embarrassing development, current India U-19 player Manjot Kalra has been instructed to undergo another round of age verification test by the DDCA despite being cleared by parent body BCCI.The DDCAs Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by former cricketer Madan Lal were also left embarrassed as Delhis U-19 team for Cooch Behar Trophy, which was selected yesterday with Kalra as the captain, was first uploaded on associations website and then pulled down after multiple complaints of age-fudging.DDCA administrator Justice Vikramajeet Sen has ordered that all eligible U-19 cricketers would again undergo medical test for age-verification.Left-handed batsman Kalra, who recently scored a hundred against England U-19 in a youth Test in England, is considered to be a certainty for next years junior World Cup in New Zealand.Along with Shubhman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, Kalra is considered to be among the best from the current U-19 crop of players training under Rahul Dravid.In a three-page letter, Justice Sen has admitted that even BCCI has cleared Kalras recorded date of birth of January 15, 1999. The cricketer has also provided his CBSE class X certificate, copy of passport, pan card which corroborates the same.In his notification, Sen has also clearly stated: “BCCI has informed the undersigned that they have accepted the age of Manjot Kalra as 15-1-1999 after verification done by them.”However, it was learnt that a few disgruntled parents have provided separate documents which state Kalras date of birth as 15-1-1998 with another set of documents from his school Lancers Convent School, Rohini.advertisementIn 2015, Delhi Police had registered an FIR on complaint from former Delhi captain Kirti Azad.Sen in his parting note wrote: “It cant be presumed at this stage that the documents submitted by Mr Kalra are incorrect. “It is indeed a matter of regret that FIR No 312/2015 regarding age verification complaint is still pending. It does not advance the cause of sport in general and cricket in particular. Since FIR has been pending for sometime, DDCA has been left with no alternative but to conduct their own investigation. It is deemed appropriate, that Mr Manjot Kalra will be asked to undergo a medical test.” PTI KHS BS BS
This blog post was originally published for TheCityFix on September 9, 2015.Andrew Steer, WRI’s President and CEO, is in Brazil for the Mayor’s Summit and Congress this week. Here he answers four questions about the event and his expectations for it.1. More than half of world’s population now lives in cities, where emission levels and stress rates are the highest. What can city leaders do today to mitigate climate change?Andrew: Any solution to global climate change must put cities at its core. Cities today produce 75 percent of the world’s carbon pollution. But they are also centers of economic activity, innovation and creativity.City leaders can do many things to drive down carbon emissions. Fortunately, these actions are also just good ideas to improve city design and efficiency.First, cities need to measure their carbon greenhouse gas emissions every year. They need to have a plan to reduce their carbon emissions and they need to have a clear set of actions that would help to reach their target. They need to publish their results each year, allowing the public to know if they are making progress.They can immediately put in place new building codes, and immediately start switching from private, car-based transportation to public-based transportation. Then, they will very quickly look again at their energy mix. They will start to demand more renewable energy, shifting away from fossil fuel energy that leads to air pollution and causes health problems that drain productivity.City leaders can start today. And many mayors are doing just that.2. Most developing countries, including Brazil, face difficulties in bringing people, municipal managers and other stakeholders together to work for a better urban future. What do you believe is the first and most important step to break down these barriers to positive urban change? Why?Andrew: It seems to me that the starting point is to ask citizens: Are you happy with the way that life and the economy of the city work? Are you happy with the fact that we lose productivity due to congestion, and more income is lost to air pollution, which also makes people less healthy? Are you happy that it takes people two, three or more hours to get to work and that this eats away at income?The former Mayor of Curitiba Jaime Lerner has said that if you can set a clear vision of where you want to go, are able to communicate with your citizens and have a decent ability to implement your actions, you can change a city’s direction in the political lifetime of a mayor.3. WRI’s long-term goal has been to turn ideas into action for a more sustainable world. To this end, what are the main goals and opportunities for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities?Andrew: WRI’s focus on sustainable cities draws on the foundation of its urban mobility program, EMBARQ. For more than a dozen years, WRI has had staff on the ground in cities in Mexico, Turkey and Brazil, and we have worked with city leaders for success. EMBARQ has been a creative force for clean and healthier transport options, like the bus rapid transit systems that now operate in more than 160 cities.Recognizing that cities are the heart of today’s sustainability challenges, we are building on our mobility work to look at entire cities. This includes looking at urban form and land use planning and understanding the connections between fiscal policy and governments at the local and national levels. We also have improve water and energy systems. We understand that in order to create sustainable cities of the future, we need to look at cities in a holistic way.That’s what WRI Ross Center aims to do. We want to build upon the deep expertise we have in transport and the growing understanding of urban design to help city officials create cities that are better for people. We want cities that are compact, connected and efficient. We are identifying new approaches and then we are working with local partners — in government, the private sector and civil society — to bring urban solutions to scale.4. The Mayors Summit and the Cities & Transport International Congress will gather public managers, decision-makers, technicians and NGOs to discuss ways to turn ideas into action. What are your expectations of these events?Andrew: Brazil brings together all of the opportunities and challenges of urban development. Yes, you can have urban poverty and unrest. But you also find the vibrant hubs of creativity and innovation and vision. The Mayors Summit and Congress will bring together city leaders and officials to explore the ideas that are at the heart of sustainable urbanization. We will engage in vigorous discussion, uncover new ideas, as we bring together many of today’s top urban thinkers in Brazil and around the world.These events also offer an opportunity to highlight the tremendous contributions of EMBARQ Brasil, which has become one of the most recognized and respected actors in urban mobility in the country and beyond. Over the past decade, EMBARQ has embraced the challenge of urban mobility and now, combined with our staff in WRI Brasil, this organization is looking to take the next step to tackle sustainable cities. Our Brazilian team has done the hard work in organizing the Summit and Congress. I’m just happy to play a small part in what will be an extraordinary few days focused on creating sustainable cities.Watch the livestream of the Mayors’ Summit here.
6) Nascar now, and the rather spicy overtaking move from Jimmie Johnson that took out the entire field and allowed Johnson to win the race. “I’m very remorseful,” said Johnson afterwards, protesting a teensy bit too much. “I’m probably more remorseful than any driver in the field when stuff like this happens. I don’t crash people to win races…absolutely I’m remorseful.”Our favourites from below the line last week1) Parkour madness, right here.2) Aussie rules, but not as you know it.3) With them in the FA Cup fifth round, revel in Doncaster’s calamitous 1997-98 season.Spotters’ badges: BlackCaeser, GrahamClayton, MSJMGuardian YouTube football channelDo subscribe if you fancy.Guardian YouTube sport channelDo subscribe if you fancy. Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Share on Twitter 3) Aaron Ramsey is off to Juventus, continuing a brief but proud tradition of Welshman to have donned the Bianconeri jersey. Of course, there was the very good of John Charles, a thoroughbred of a footballer if there ever was one, and the not-so good of Ian “it was like living in a foreign country” Rush. The Liverpool legend certainly looked a little unnerved when he first pitched up at the Stadio Comunale and highlights of his time in Turin were few and far between. Let’s also not forget honorary Welshman Giorgio Chinaglia, who after serving his football apprenticeship at Swansea City returned to his homeland in 1966 where he’s most fondly remembered for a seven-year spell with Lazio.4) To Serie B, where Salernitana goalkeeper Alessandro Micai elbows Jordan Pickford out of the way and installs himself as the red-hot favourite for the Best Helping Hand of the Season award with this calamity in the 1-0 defeat by Benevento.5) Tony Romo takes a detour to the hospitality stand on the 15th in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A bogey at least, right? Nope. A delicate chip to within a couple of feet sets up a birdie. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics YouTube archive Share on LinkedIn 1) Farewell, then, Gordon Banks. Where else to start than The Save? Or, A Version Of The Save. Here he is keeping Denis Law out at Wembley in 1967, beating the looping deflection in style. The Pathe news report on 1966 is always worth a look, not least for some jaffas of saves by our man. No patriotic conviviality a few years later when he saved a penalty from Geoff Hurst in a broiling League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham. Enjoy a compilation of his top stops, soundtracked by some delicious 1960s lounge jazz. Certainly more appropriate than Sabrina Vaz (us neither) to go with this clip of the last game Banks played before the car crash that effectively ended his career as a top-class goalkeeper, although as you can see in this Channel 4 interview, he declared the loss of his right eye “not too bad.” Finally … go on then, here it is.2) It’s the rugby league World Club Challenge this weekend, as Wigan take on the Sydney Roosters. Here’s the first official edition of the game, when Widnes turned over Canberra in 1989. And regard the time Wigan won it for the third time, a belter against Brisbane in 1994, featuring the British national anthem as played on a toy Stratocaster. The 2010 edition was a bit weird: Melbourne Storm won the game, beating Leeds Rhinos 18-10 (first half, and second here), only for them to be stripped of the title due to financial irregularities, but rather than give the crown to Leeds it was just…left in the ether. Reuse this content Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Pinterest James Dart (@James_Dart)Tony Romo’s going to carve it into the hospitality stand and then wedge it stiff from there pic.twitter.com/9Gbdxjt4RzFebruary 9, 2019 features Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Sport
U.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd could have a job waiting for her in the NFL when her soccer playing days are done. The USWNT midfielder stopped by Philadelphia Eagles practice on Tuesday and took her turn trying to knock down field goals for the 2018 Super Bowl Champions. It turned out to be an impressive display from Lloyd, who knocked through several attempts with room to spare. Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The highlight of the day was the 37-year-old burying a 55-yarder, a distance that can be trying for even the best in the NFL. Now that we have your attention, here’s a 55-yarder! pic.twitter.com/7k2WeQNUso — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2019 And to her credit, she did not hit an upright, which is more than many NFL kickers can say.What did you expect? She’s a World Champion. @CarliLloyd | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/kIwHOABMKa — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2019 Lloyd, who also plays for Sky Blue in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), spoke about her experience after practice. “I’m really impressed with all these guys,” she said in a video on Twitter. “It’s awesome to be here, looking forward to the season and fly Eagles fly!” #FlyEaglesFly at the @USWNT parade #FlyEaglesFly at today’s practice @CarliLloyd knows pic.twitter.com/vUwGtFYWX6 — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2019 Lloyd is a two-time Women’s World Cup champion, a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist. She sits joint-eighth in all-time Women’s World Cup goals with 10 over the course of her sterling career. But this was not her first time at an NFL training camp. Back in 2015, when Lloyd was playing for the Houston Dash, she famously went to Houston Texans training camp as well. At the time the Texans were being featured on the HBO series “Hard Knocks”, with Lloyd making a cameo for a kicking competition with now-retired defensive lineman and a man not known for his kicking abilities, Vince Wilfork. World Cup Champion @CarliLloyd vs. 325lb @Wilfork75 .Field Goal Contest?!Yup. It happened. #HardKnocks http://t.co/tWcUh5M5SK — NFL (@NFL) September 8, 2015 Lloyd and Sky Blue have had their struggles in league play this season and will be hoping to turn things in the right direction when they take on her former team Houston on Saturday.
Ramen, glorious ramen: The food that sees us through the good, the bad, the lean times, the lazy times… When in Japan, indulge in as much ramen as you can because it’s a truly spectacular meal when done right. But leave some room; there’s a secret dish, still somewhat unknown outside of Japan, that all food lovers must try: tsukemen. And there’s only place to go to get it: the basement of the Tokyo train station.Like all great things, ramen’s origins are a bit mysterious, but according to Hiroshi Osaki, a man with perhaps the greatest job title ever — “Ramen Expert” —the first truly specialized ramen shop opened in 1910. It wasn’t until 1958 that we got instant ramen noodles and college kids everywhere were saved from starvation. Turns out the 1950s were a big decade for ramen. Kazuo Yamagishi invented tsukemen at 17 while apprenticing at a ramen restaurant in Tokyo in 1951. The story goes that Yamagishi saw a man dipping some noodles into a cup of soup and a culinary event was sparked. By 1961, Yamagishi added his new dish to his menu but called it “special morisoba,” which consisted of a bowl of cold soba noodles and a bowl of hot soup to dip them in. Tsukemen differs from traditional ramen in two big ways: the noodles and soup are served separately, and the broth for tsukemen is thicker to better coat the noodles dipped in it. Yamagishi’s creation was a massive hit. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Editors’ Recommendations At first some ramen purists balked, but tsukemen has only grown in popularity, in no small part thanks to Ryosei Mita, who studied under Yamagishi. Mita opened Rokurinsha in 2005 and it wasn’t long before he was dealing with lines wrapping around his tiny shop, patiently waiting their turn for a bowl of thick, savory soup and a bowl of either warm or cold noodles. Eventually, Rokurinsha needed to move to accommodate its legion of hungry fans and ended up in Ramen Street in the Tokyo Station basement. This little 12-seat restaurant is smack in the middle of a massive concourse of ramen options and still it has a line for the food. You’ll be able to use that time to choose your meal so you’re ready to tap it into the automated ticket machine at the entrance. Do you want hot or cold noodles (hot noodles help keep the soup warm as you dip, but it’s personal preference), want a normal serving or the extra large (normal is fairly substantial), and what toppings do you want — a boiled egg or shredded pork? You really can’t go wrong, even if you get to the machine that’s completely in Japanese and panic, glancing at the snaking line waiting behind you. Push any one of the pictures of tsukemen on the machine and you’ll be in gastro-heaven. Conveniently enough, you can use your subway card to pay. Rokurinsha’s tsukemen broth is simmered for 13 long hours, using a secret recipe that includes things like pork, chicken bones, fish, like dried mackerel, and veggies. It blends together to form a thick, flavor-packed liquid designed to perfectly coat the plump, chewy noodles. In addition to any toppings you might’ve ordered, you’ll get a bamboo shoot and, floating delicately on top, a piece of seaweed holding powdered fish. Maybe some of these ingredients sound unusual or you’re not sure how it’ll all come together, but boy does it. It’s been described as umami and that’s the closest word. The noodles are specially designed for tsukemen and are heaven in their own right. They have to be, since they’re essentially the main event in this dish; the broth is more of a dipping sauce to compliment the Chinese-style noodle. They have their own rich, sweet, delicious flavor, so try a few sans broth. There is some etiquette to enjoying tsukemen. At Rokurinsha, you’ll place your order and pay at the automated station, then will be shown to a seat. A glass of water will appear, a bib (you will definitely need it), and moments later, your two bowls: broth and noodles. Slurp — and slurp loudly — as you eat, though try your damnedest not to spray the people around you. Slurping is a compliment to the chef. In between bites, however, don’t stick your chopsticks into your noodles in lieu of using the holder; this resembles a funeral ritual involving rice. Once you’ve finished your noodles, if you have any broth left, you can ask for soup-wari, which a lighter broth used to dilute the concentrated broth so you can eat every craveable bite. Don’t linger; as soon as you’ve finished, head on out so the next person in line can finally eat.Rokurinsha is far from the only place in Japan to get tsukemen, but it’s unequivocally some of the best in the country. They have other locations now, like in Tokyo Skytree, but there’s something about enjoying a world-class dish from a world-class restaurant in the bottom of a busy train station. Only in Japan… Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in all its forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is calling for increased private investments, as the Government continues to maintain proper fiscal management that will facilitate growth in the economy.Speaking at the Jamaica Flour Mills plant rededication ceremony at the facility, 209 Windward Road, in Kingston, on October 10, Mr. Holness said steps have been taken to ensure macroeconomic stability and fiscal sustainability.“We are changing the environment… the change is happening in Jamaica,” the Prime Minister noted, adding that these changes have resulted in ongoing debt reduction, low interest rates and low inflation.“We have reduced our debt-to-GDP ratio from 141 per cent, and by the end of this year, we will be below 100 per cent. All Jamaicans should take great pride in saying our interest rates are now at record low,” he said.The Prime Minister said that employment is growing at such a rate “we have never seen before in the history of Jamaica.”Mr. Holness said he is “pleased” with the findings of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Confidence Survey for the third quarter, as it shows that consumer confidence is “very high.”“It means that consumers are likely to not just spend more but invest more, and it means that businesses will continue to invest. There is a very high level of optimism in Jamaica,” he said.The Prime Minister noted too that the Jamaica Stock Market continues to grow at an “amazing pace,” and that Bloomberg cites it as being one of the fastest growing stock markets in the world.Mr. Holness said the Government is building on the level of confidence that is being shown, “making investments in the infrastructure (new roads)…not just the hard infrastructure, but we are putting in place the regulatory environment.”He noted that improved service delivery and reduction in the bureaucratic culture in the public sector will positively impact the business and investment climate in Jamaica.“The public sector is there as a service to the citizens of the country and to the businesses and entrepreneurs of the country, to make it easier for them to do business and to grow their business, so that we can get more taxes and pay the public sector better. It’s not my intention to scare anymore, but rather to encourage more investments,” he said.In the meantime, Mr. Holness said national security remains a priority for the Government, and that strategies will continue to be implemented to tackle the issue. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is calling for increased private investments, as the Government continues to maintain proper fiscal management that will facilitate growth in the economy. Speaking at the Jamaica Flour Mills plant rededication ceremony at the facility, 209 Windward Road, in Kingston, on October 10, Mr. Holness said steps have been taken to ensure macroeconomic stability and fiscal sustainability. Prev 1of3 Next Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), unveils plaque in commemoration of the Jamaica Flour Mills (JFM) 50th anniversary at the facility located at 209 Windward Road, in Kingston, on October 10, during the JFM plant’s rededication ceremony. Others sharing in the moment are: Managing Director, Jamaica Flour Mills, Derrick Nembhard (centre), and President, Carbohydrate Solutions, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Chris Cuddy. ADM is the parent company for Jamaica Flour Mills.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), unveils plaque in commemoration of the Jamaica Flour Mills (JFM) 50th anniversary at the facility located at 209 Windward Road, in Kingston, on October 10, during the JFM plant’s rededication ceremony. Others sharing in the moment are: Managing Director, Jamaica Flour Mills, Derrick Nembhard (centre), and President, Carbohydrate Solutions, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Chris Cuddy. ADM is the parent company for Jamaica Flour Mills. Story Highlights “Murders are down 20 per cent and we will continue to work very hard to ensure that we keep that particular index of security heading downwards,” he added.The Prime Minister lauded the Jamaica Flour Mills and congratulated them on achieving their 50-year mark.For his part, Managing Director of the Jamaica Flour Mills, Derrick Nembhard, thanked the partners, customers, distributors, suppliers and employees who have contributed to the company’s longevity.He said the company is aware that consumers are looking for new options in carbohydrate solutions, and have been using indigenous crops to process and market value added products for the local and export markets.“We are also far advanced in making available to consumers gluten-free flour, which we are now testing to ensure that we have a functional product which can be marketed to bakers for speciality products. We have also completed the reformulation of our mixes to reduce the sugar content, so that we can be in alignment with the Ministry of Health’s thrust to reduce the sugar intake of Jamaicans,” he said.He noted too that most of the packaging materials are biodegradable, thereby minimising the impact on the environment.
Lily Tomlin, the 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient, has added another title to her list of accolades – children’s literacy advocate.The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online (storylineonline.net), sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has released its newest video featuring the five-time Emmy Award winning actress, producer, and singer reading Hey, That’s My Monster, written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam.Video: Hey That’s My Monster read by Lily TomlinStoryline Online streams free videos featuring acclaimed actors including Kevin Costner, Allison Janney, Christian Slater, Ed O’Neill and Mary Steenburgen reading children’s books alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. With over 12 million views every month, Storyline Online has brought the love of reading to hundreds of millions of children, and is available 24 hours a day at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. Each video comes with supplemental curriculum for both home and school, aimed at strengthening verbal, written and comprehension skills in children grades K-5th grades.The sequel to Scholastic Book Club Selection I Need My Monster, Hey, That’s My Monster tells the story of Ethan and Emma – two young siblings who bond over their experience dealing with the world of monsters residing under their beds. The Storyline Online video library also includes Noll’s original I Need My Monster, read by 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno, with almost 8 million views.“We are incredibly grateful to Lily Tomlin for donating her time and talent to Storyline Online. Her reading of this colorful book is going to be watched by millions of children in classrooms and homes all over the world,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “Lily’s love of story and character shines through when you watch her bring these children and monsters to life though her animated voicing and narration. We just added one of the most talented performers of our time to the Storyline Online library and we couldn’t be more excited to release this video just in time for the SAG Awards.”At the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 29, Lily Tomlin will become the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, which honors acclaimed performers for encouraging the exemplary values of the acting profession. With Hey, That’s My Monster, Lily joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Rita Moreno, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White and James Earl Jones on Storyline Online’s growing list of readers. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is the benefiting charity of the annual SAG Awards. Proceeds from the annual show and auction series support the Foundation’s programs including Storyline Online.To watch Lily Tomlin read Hey, That’s My Monster and to view all of the Storyline Online videos, visit storylineonline.net. Several new videos will be released in 2017.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement “Hey Shomis,” said Shomi general manager David Asch. That jingle marked the start of every team meeting at the jointly-owned Rogers-Shaw streaming service, but former Shomi employee Cassandra James, noted something different in his voice that afternoon.“It was almost like he told us that our pet had died,” she remembered. She strolls into our meeting with her hands in the front pocket of her hoodie. After she reaches across the table to shake my hand, she recalls the day she found out that Shomi was shutting down.“I actually left. There’s this thing with my anxiety that I don’t like people witnessing my emotions,” said James. She left the room immediately after hearing the news and headed to the washroom to wipe away the tears and splash cold water on her face. Upon leaving, she noticed several colleagues lined up outside the bathroom for what she presumed to be the same reason.If content rules, Netflix is King At this point, Shomi had been operational for two years and was the first English-language streaming service to launch in Canada after Neftlix. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter
China and India are to take part in a joint military exercise in Sri Lanka next month, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) reported on Friday quoting the Sri Lankan military as saying.The joint annual Field Training Exercise (FTX), ‘Exercise – Cormorant Strike VIII – 2017’ organized by the Sri Lankan army will see the participation of 2675 army, navy and air force troops, including 62 foreign military participants and observers. The exercise is to be coupled with simultaneous mock seaborne and airborne operations of the navy and air force, and is slated to further enhance special operation capabilities of the army mechanized infantry columns, backed by naval troops to maintain combat readiness at all levels. (Colombo Gazette) The military exercise it to be staged from 3 September to 24 September 2017 in the eastern part of the country, Major General Amal Karunasekara, Chief of Staff of the army said. This year’s Exercise ‘Cormorant Strike’ has been designed on a new conceptual notion of the Commander of the army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake under the close supervision of the exercise director and a special committee.The Exercise transmits and shares the sea of experiences the Sri Lanka army has had gathered in the world’s biggest and most successful humanitarian operation before May 2009 when Sri Lanka defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels after 30 years of war. Using special operational tactics, 2108 infantrymen, including largely the commandos, special forces and mechanized infantry regiment troops of the army, 370 sailors and 197 airmen, together with those foreign military men and observers from Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Russia, USA, Brazil, Sudan, Iraq, Israel, Oman, Turkey, Iran and Kenya would formally join the mega exercise.
The International Committee for Support to the Transition in DRC held its first meeting yesterday in Kinshasa at the headquarters of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to discuss its working methods and the support it can provide to the follow-up committee for the Global and Inclusive Agreement.The Agreement, signed last December and endorsed on 1 April in South Africa, paves the way for the creation of a comprehensive power-sharing administration and new transitional constitution in the DRC.In addition to MONUC, Committee members include the five permanent members of the Security Council, Angola, Belgium, Canada, Mozambique, South Africa and the European Commission.
The United Nations peacekeeping in South Sudan is deeply concerned about a new bout of fighting that has forced an estimated 13,000 civilians – many women and children – to seek refuge at the UN base in Juba. “I urge all parties in the fighting to cease hostilities immediately and exercise restraint,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hilde Johnson, said in a statement from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). She has been in regular contact with the key leaders to call for calm, the Mission added. In the meantime, peacekeepers are providing water and basic medical treatment to thousands of people who have fled to the UNMISS compound adjacent to the international airport and at the UN House in the Jebel Kujur area. “We hope the security situation in Juba will quickly normalize to enable the civilians to return very soon to their residential areas,” UNMISS said in a separate news release. It added that UNMISS denies any suggestion that it is harbouring key political or military figures. Fighting in the world’s newest country broke out Sunday evening and is continuing today, according to the Mission. ‹ › Civilians seen here arriving at the UN compound adjacent to Juba International Airport. UN Photo/Rolla Hinedi/George Mindrutadiv>
“The reduction in the reported cases is largely due to the concerted approach to contain the spread of the outbreak through intensified measures to promote hygiene,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva. “For now the situation is improving, but resolving it fully may take several weeks.”The Tanzanian cholera epidemic – spawned by a massive influx of Burundian refugees fleeing their country’s political unrest – has claimed 30 lives this month alone but as of last Thursday no new cases have been reported, according to UNHCR. Meanwhile, in all, 4,408 cases have so far been reported with the number of new cases falling to 100 a day from a peak of 915 on 18 May. The deaths have been in the port town of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika, in the nearby villages of Kagunga and Nyarugusu, and among people being transported by ferry from Kagunga to Kigoma. Since early April, nearly 100,000 Burundians have fled across the borders, seeking safety in neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has joined with 17 partners to launch the Regional Refugee Response Plan.With the situation in Burundi remaining tense and with continued violence reported, aid agencies fear that the number of refugees may double over the next six months. The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the cholera outbreak was, in fact, improving but nonetheless warned that the risk of transmission remained “high due to limited access to shelter, toilets, water and essential medical care.” In a separate press release issued today, WHO Representative for Tanzania, Dr. Rufaro Chatora, observed that “despite significant improvements, especially at Kagunga, the crisis remains dire.”Dr. Chatora, who visited Kagunga, Tanganyika Stadium, and Nyarugusu refugee camp over recent days to assess the humanitarian crisis and identify ongoing needs, added that the pressure had now shifted to Tanganyika Stadium and Nyarugusu refugee camp “where the sudden increases in population have resulted in very limited access to clean water, poor sanitation and inadequate access basic health care services.”“The priority in coming days is stepping up the response including intensifying treatment and prevention of cholera, ensuring adequate supply of medicines and supplies, and improving access to clean water,” he declared.The prompt response by WHO, UN Agencies, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other partners has greatly contributed to reducing the number of cholera cases, the WHO official added, but the crisis is far from over and significant challenges remain ahead.
Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) holds the ball during a game against Wright State on Dec. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-55. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn its last game before opening conference play, the No. 21 Ohio State men’s basketball team flexed its muscle in a 100-55 rout of intrastate foe Wright State.The Buckeyes built on a 47-18 halftime lead, outscoring the Raiders by 16 in the second half, as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell scored 11 points in a less than nine-minute stretch to help propel OSU in the blowout win.The Buckeyes (11-2) scored 22 of their 47 first half points in the paint as the Raiders (8-6) could not stop OSU senior center Amir Williams who posted 11 of his career-high 21 points in the opening frame.Williams said after the game that because of Wright State’s lack of size, he, along with his teammates, were able to take advantage of the size discrepancy.“The guy guarding me wasn’t as tall as I was,” Williams said. “So D’Angelo saw the mismatch right away and gave me a couple of early post feeds and we just played off of that.”OSU coach Thad Matta added that getting Williams involved in the offense early was planned as the Buckeyes head into Big Ten play.“Amir has practiced the last couple days just like he played there (tonight),” Matta said. “It was good to see him get the success and finish around the basket. He did a tremendous job for us.”Williams scored the first five Buckeye points as OSU started the game on a 10-0 run, capitalized by a three-point make from Russell.OSU’s defense stood tall alongside its inside offensive game, as the Buckeyes held the Raiders to just 20.6 percent shooting in the first half and allowed just six points in the paint.The Buckeyes also tallied nine blocks in the contest, four from Williams.Despite his big game, Williams said that whether or not he has the size advantage in a game doesn’t matter to him once the game starts.“I just like playing whether it is a mismatch or not,” Williams said. “Doing what I do in the post or on the defensive end…I think we just do a good job of staying within the offense and finding ways to score.”While it was inside in the first half, OSU used its outside game to its advantage in the second half as the Buckeyes hit seven of their 11 three-point makes in the second frame, three of which came from Russell.Every Buckeye that took the floor scored at least two points, aside from walk-on Jake Lorbach who checked in with less than three minutes to play.Redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee did not play for the Buckeyes as he injured his ankle during OSU’s 93-55 win over the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Dec. 22.Matta said after the game against the Raiders that he is not sure how long Lee will be out.Russell led all scorers with 24, tallying 12 in each half. Russell finished six of eight shooting from the floor and made all of his six three-point attempts.Wright State coach Billy Donlon said after the game that it was Russell’s demeanor that impressed him at first.“What I am incredibly impressed with is, for a freshman, the amount of poise he plays with,” Donlon said. “He has a scoring mentality, but understands how to distribute.”Donlon added that ultimately it was Russell’s shooting that hurt the Raiders and even gave the freshman guard his own title.“His ability to make shots. He made three straight three’s on us in the second half,” Donlon said. “He is an absolute assassin out there.”The Raiders were led by freshman guard Grant Benzinger who scored 12 points to go along with six rebounds.With the first conference game of the season looming, Russell admitted he is not sure of what is coming down the road.“I don’t know what to expect. I am just trying to prepare the best way I can for it,” Russell said. “I am definitely looking forward to it. I just don’t know what to expect.”Matta said he has pulled Russell aside to let him know that Big Ten play has arrived.“One of the biggest things for freshmen is they have to learn how to take care of their bodies throughout,” Matta said. “It (Big Ten play) just keeps hitting you. He is going to work on his game.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to open Big Ten conference play Tuesday at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip is set for 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Traditional care homes will be increasingly replaced by luxury developments with spas, hairdressers and beauty salons in a bid to keep pensioners independent for longer, ministers say today.The Government plans will see £76 million invested annually for the next three years in new homes specially designed for those who are frail, elderly or suffering from disabilities.Health officials said the plans aim to keep people independent for longer – with their own front door, but more support on hand, with use of sensors and video monitoring to track the most vulnerable.Housing developers will be able to bid for funds, from the programme which has already seen £315 million allocated to projects which design such homes.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Communities likes these can improve quality of life… and keep the pressure off our health and social care systemCaroline Dinenage, care minister Developments include bungalows tailored to the needs of those with high level autism, with curved walls without sharp edges, with bedrooms built a little below ground level to diffuse outside noise, in one scheme in Bicester.Other projects include homes in London for adults with learning disabilities, with garden areas, substantial communal areas, and staff available around-the-clock.Ms Dinenage said: “There are still far far too many people living in substandard accommodation, faced with stairs they can no longer climb or cupboards beyond their reach. This is not the quality of life we would want for our own mums or dads – or indeed ourselves.” It comes alongside NHS plans to embed smart technology into homes.The Healthy Towns project is working with developers to allow remote monitoring of those with health conditions, with results sent directly to GPs and hospitals.New-build homes will contain movement sensors and other smart technology linked to a tablet computer, meaning health tips can be flashed up on screens if activity levels fall. “Far too often, older people who could have stayed at home for longer are ending up in hospital or residential care. We must do much more to ensure the quality of our housing keeps up with ever-evolving health needs,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Calling for more investment in supported living schemes, she said the Manchester project, developed by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group – which offers flats for sale, rent or shared ownership – is a prime example of the kind of housing which should be rolled out more widely.“We need to encourage far more of these types of developments. Communities likes these can improve quality of life, help more people live in the community for longer and keep the pressure off our health and social care system – something we all want to see,” she said.So far, 3,300 specially designed new homes have been built following previous bidding rounds. One scheme in Manchester is using the funds to develop 135 flats for the elderly which have onsite facilities including a spa, beauty salon and a bistro. The plans also include dementia-friendly design, landscaped sensory gardens and communal function rooms.Caroline Dinenage, care minister, said the schemes aimed to ensure that elderly people were able to live in suitable housing, which helped them to maintain independence.
The future of the environment and the Australian film industry is a little bit more assured this week, with Greek Australian students among the prize-winners at Future Shots – The Sustainability Film Challenge for Young Victorians. Alexis Savvides and Makeba Ofosu-Amaah were awarded ‘Best Film by a School’ for their short film, A Brighter World.Yianni Rowland’s one-minute claymation film, Can Man, was among the top four entries in the under-12 category.The ten year-old told Neos Kosmos he hoped people who watched his film would think more about recycling.“Because you shouldn’t leave your cans on the ground, and if you pick them up people can melt them down and rebuild them,” the grade four student said.The 10 year-old Muppets fan said his father Robbie helped him with the one-minute film, which took about a week to make in their solar-powered “studio” in their home in Melbourne’s inner north.Yianni, whose yia-yia is the Greek Australian short story writer, Xeni Giles, said he is working on his next short film, a comedy about a mixed-up renovation.The Future Shots Sustainability Film Challenge is now in its third year, and received around 130 films from young people around Victoria.The awards were announced at a ceremony at ACMI on Wednesday night, hosted by Fuzzy Agolley from Video Hits, with special guest Chris Judd, who is the Visy Environmental Ambassador and Carlton Football Club captain. The shortlisted films, including Can Man and A Brighter World, can be seen online at http://www.futureshots.com.au/?vote Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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By Mustapha JallowPirang women gardeners have expressed their dissatisfaction on crop losses and other damages caused by stray animals into their gardens, destroying their fields.During a visit of the area by this reporter, women gardeners lamented that the problems they face are as a result of the negligence of goats and cattle by their owners, for failing to take proper control of their animals.Speaking to this medium, one of the victims whose garden was destroyed by the animals, described the biggest challenges faced by them as stray animals, poor roads and lack of enough wells. She highlighted that the deforestation and the depletion of grazing areas for livestock, is also a contributing factor for animals to stray into gardens to look for fodder.Other women who spoke to this reporter on the issue, share the same view but added that Government and all those interested in the empowerment of women, should come to their aid and help them address this and other issues such as fertilizer and water, which are key to their productivity.In a short interview with Agriculture Minister Omar A. Jallow on the concerns of the gardeners of Pirang, he said his ministry will undertake the fencing of a lot of gardens under the NEMA, FASDEP and GCAV projects.‘‘I will make sure that the challenges that the Pirang Gardeners are faced with, is solved”, said OJ. The Minister of Agriculture stated that the projects under his Ministry are not only supporting gardeners with fences but also with boreholes, tanks, power tillers etc. “As we speak, Sukuta garden has already been fenced together with other gardens up-country and all this is part of our modernization and transformation of the Agricultural system’’, he said.Minister Jallow stated that fertilizer is already in the country; that they are trying to develop mechanisms of controlling this properly so that farmers for whom it is meant to benefit, will realize it.Mr. Jallow in conclusion, advised people to focus on farming as it is another source of earning both income and survival. This, he said, is important to the lives of the people; that this is why Government has given agriculture a top priority.Efforts were made to speak to cattle owners without success.