In Lakhimpur, what’s Left is Right

first_imgCPI(M) candidate Amiya Kumar Handique, 65, received only 2.05% of the votes in the 2016 by-election to the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency. Pradan Baruah of the BJP won the bypoll after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had vacated the seat.The CPI(M) has fielded Mr. Handique again, hoping the Leftist past of the constituency — its eastern half in particular — would catch up with the Rightist present. This half comprising Dhemaji district is almost always the worst hit by annual floods in Assam.Former ULFA bastionThe rest of the constituency is divided among Lakhimpur district, “island” district Majuli, and a part of Tinsukia district that houses Jerai Chokolibhoria, the village of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom’s military chief Paresh Baruah as well as the outfit’s general secretary Anup Chetia.Much of the areas under Lakhimpur constituency sustained the Maoism-inspired ULFA for a long time. The constituency was also responsible for its slide, beginning with the killing of rural development activist Sanjoy Ghose in Majuli in July 1997. The outfit still enjoyed local support until it set off a bomb in Dhemaji town and killed 13 people, including 10 schoolchildren, during the Independence Day function in 2004.The initial resistance to the ULFA, though, was from the United Reservation Movement Council of Assam in the late 1980s. Backed by the CPI(ML), it was led by Ranoj Pegu, a doctor who later formed the Ganashakti party before becoming a BJP legislator two years ago.Several other leaders with a communist past joined the BJP over the last three years.“Communication problems and farm losses due to floods were the main reasons why communism flourished in these parts,” said Manoj Pegu, a tea planter whose shopping complex in Dhemaji town is named after his son Lenin.The BJP has been showcasing two bridges — the 9.76 km Dhola-Sadiya, India’s longest, and the 4.94 km Bogibeel, India’s longest rail-road bridge — completed during “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure” as an example of connecting remote, backward parts of the constituency to the country’s development grid. The two bridges are located within the constituency.Claims, counter-claims“Much of these projects were completed during the Congress tenure,” Anil Borgohain, Lakhimpur’s Congress candidate said, accusing the BJP and its right-wing affiliates of intimidating and attacking him and party workers during the campaign that ended on Tuesday.The BJP’s sitting MP is confident of retaining his seat because of the party’s focus on improved communication. “We have also been addressing the issue of floods,” said Mr. Pradan Baruah.But at Dighiri Chapori, barely 10 km east of Dhemaji town, the likes of 49-year-old farmer Jarman Doley know it would take a lot more than promises to undo the damage done by the Jiadhol, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. Sand deposited by the river over the years has buried paddy fields and houses in six villages in the area. The sand-induced barrenness led to Dighiri Chapori and several other patches in the district.“About 100 of some 240 families have built new chang-ghars (houses on stilts) that are 20-25 ft above the original level. This happened in the last three years. The BJP has promised the rest of us more houses as well as roads,” he said.The other candidates — 11 apart from the BJP’s — too have assured a solution to their perennial problem. They include Hem Kanta Miri of Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Arup Kalita of CPI, underlining the Left Front’s bid to regain lost ground.last_img read more

After her son dies of cancer, Pune woman gets gift of life in his twins through surrogate mother

first_imgThe parents of a 27-year-old man, who died of a brain tumour in 2016, used his cryopreserved semen to have grandchildren through a surrogate pregnancy.The preserved semen of Pune’s Prathamesh Patil was used to fertilise the eggs from a non-family anonymous donor with matching features and the embryo was then implanted in a close relative.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Paris Masters: In-form Juan Martin del Potro reaches quarter-finals

first_imgArgentine Juan Martin del Potro moved a step closer to qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals when he reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Robin Haase on Thursday.The 13th seed converted all his break points against the Dutchman, who eliminated fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the previous round, to set up a meeting with either John Isner or Grigor Dimitrov.Del Potro is hoping to keep up his recent run, when he has contested two finals and a semi-final in his last three tournaments, as he bids to secure one of the two remaining spots for the season finale in London.The Argentine, playing in Bercy for the first time since 2013, needs to reach the semi-finals in Paris to book a ticket for the Nov. 12-19 ATP Finals.World number one Rafael Nadal, chasing his maiden title here, takes on Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas later on Thursday.last_img read more

Blind umpire: Joel Wilson’s Wikipedia page vandalised after howlers in 1st Ashes Test

first_imgUmpiring errors took centre stage in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston and, as is often the case nowadays when an individual is in the centre of a significant sporting event, their mistakes reflected on Wikipedia. While Aleem Dar’s page was seemingly intact, Joel Wilson’s introduction had been altered through the course of Day 5.”Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is a blind international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago. Wilson is currently a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, representing the West Indies. He stands in matches of all the three formats of international cricket – Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is),” the description on Wilson’s Wikipedia page read.The term ‘blind’ was removed soon after but that was not the end of it for Wilson as after that his description started with a line that said: “Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is not an international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago.” The page has since been rectified.Both umpires came in for significant criticism from fans and commentators for the 15 glaring mistakes they made that affected significant parts of the match.Australia beat England by 251 runs to in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Australia have also secured 24 points in the World Test Championship with their thumping win in Birmingham on Monday.It was a remarkable fight back by Australia who were tottering at 122 for 8 on the opening day. But Steve Smith’s heroic 144 and stubborn knocks from Peter Siddle (44), Travis Head (35) and Nathan Lyon (12) ensured the visitors made a respectable 284 in the first innings.advertisementAlso Read | What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Steve SmithAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Joe Root ‘bitterly disappointed’ after England lose 1st TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Australia win 1st Test at Edgbaston in 18 yearslast_img read more

VIDEO: Semi-final five-goal thriller!

first_imgConIFA World Football Cup WATCH: Wild scenes as Northern Cyprus book World Football Cup final place Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy CONIFA Northern Cyrpus 07062018 CONIFA ConIFA World Football Cup Videos Northern Cyprus booked a historic place in Saturday’s CONIFA World Football Cup final after twice coming from behind to see of favourites Padania There were scenes of unbridled joy at Carshalton Athletic as Northern Cyprus booked their place in the 2018 CONIFA World Football Cup final after a dramatic victory. The Northern Cypriots twice fought back from behind to defeat a talented and well-organised Padania side, who were favourites for the tournament.After a cagey first half-hour in which both sides passed well and defended resolutely, the Italians broke the deadlock with a goal from Riccardo Ravasi. Northern Cyprus had looked in control of the game, but Padania seemed to be playing within themselves and the goal came on the counter-attack.HIGHLIGHTS: Watch Northern Cyprus progress to the to the @paddypower #WFC2018 Final – highlights via @fc_video pic.twitter.com/Xdd8i9D3QT— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 8, 2018But the lead didn’t last long, with Player of the Tournament contender Billy Mehmet equalising just six minutes later. Padania gave the ball away down the right and it was fed into Mehmet’s feet by Kenan Oshan. There was still a lot to do for the former Irish under-21 international, but he turned well, held off a defender, and slid the ball home from inside the box. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Again, the joy was short-lived, however, with Padania silencing the lively Northern Cypriot support with a goal from Nicolo Pavan after some outstanding combination play.It was a dreadful blow for the Northern Cypriots, coming just before half-time, and appeared to take the wind out of their sails for some time.TICKETS: You can buy tickets from Eventim up until 2 hours before kick-off for all matches https://t.co/Qx100tMs11 pic.twitter.com/j6bY6n2hru— CONIFA (@CONIFAOfficial) June 8, 2018Padania, marshalled brilliantly by former Lazio star Marius Stankevicius, held out stoically until the 80th minute, when a bit of accidental head-tennis from a corner allowed Halil Turan to nod home the equaliser.The balance of the game was changed in an instant, with the crowd loudly and passionately backing the men in red.All of a sudden, the Northern Cypriots were dominant, and they duly grabbed the winner just four minutes later. Up popped that man Mehmet once again with a cool side-footed finish to secure a 3-2 victory and send his side into Saturday’s final in Enfield.Click here for ticketing details or here to watch the CONIFA World Football Cup tournament online.last_img read more

Photo: Michigan Dorm Lights Spell Out “F— OSU”

first_imgMichigan's dorm spelled out something not very nice against Ohio State.Twotter/@AZunigaOh, rivalry week is alive and well at the University of Michigan.Just check out this Michigan dorm and its explicit message for Ohio State ahead of “The Game.”On the campus of the University of Michigan last night: pic.twitter.com/9ydtsMuMag— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) November 22, 2016This is apparently the back of Markley Hall, a freshman-only dormitory. These kids are getting after it for their first Michigan-Ohio State clash.The buildup for this game has been incredible. We can’t wait for Saturday at noon.last_img read more

Changing the Game with Warstic Wood Bats

first_img SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Editors’ Recommendations 7 Summer Date Ideas that Are More Creative than Just Grabbing Drinks Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The 13 Best Stephen King Books, Ranked Is it truly possible to improve upon a tool as elemental as a baseball bat? Ben Jenkins, the founder of Warstic Wood Bats doesn’t think so. “Baseball bats aren’t rocket science,” Jenkins says, “To be honest, all bat companies have been using the same models and specs for years.”So then, how does a brand manage to stand out from the rest?“That’s the trick,” Jenkins explains, “it’s kind of like car racing. If one car is performing remarkably better than the rest, you know something is up.”And it’s that kind of level playing field among the competition that drew Jenkins into the bat making business. A former college and minor league baseball player, Jenkins founded his own design and branding firm, One Fast Buffalo, in 1999. He was looking for a new challenge, and created Warstic as a way to merge his passion for baseball with his expertise in branding and design.“I saw that no one was raising the bar design-wise,” Jenkins says, “so I thought I could do it myself.”Through his experience as a minor league player, Jenkins knows firsthand what baseball players are looking for in their bats—feel. Warstic offers bats that are made out of ash (the most flexible and traditional bat-making wood), maple (the hardest and most trendy), and birch (a more affordable alternative to maple). Being around the game for so long helped Jenkins when he formed his bat company; he was able to easily source out and locate the best wood suppliers for products that fit both professional and semi-professional level players, as well as amateur and high school and college level players. Plus, as a player he already had a working knowledge of the sounds he wanted to hear from a good piece of wood, as well as the grain count.Currently, Warstic is not being used by any Major League Baseball players—their bats needs to be MLB approved, which involves a lot of insurance paperwork and payments. That is fine with Jenkins, since he believes that if he can’t sell and make a quality baseball bat without the help of endorsements, then he really isn’t doing his job. If the opportunity for player endorsement does arrive in the future, he wouldn’t turn his back on the opportunity; though it would have to be the right player.“We’d need a workingman’s player. Guys that we know will always play the game right.”For now,  Jenkins is making sure that Warstic’s bats are top of the line and meeting the market demands.“People still want bats with big barrels and small handles like our WS243, which is a leftover from the 90s home run era. But players are getting smarter now. They want bats with more balance, with even handles and barrels. Bats like our WS19 or WS110.”In the next year, Jenkins is determined to grow the brand. He wants to be smart and grow the brand slowly, while expanding into other areas outside of baseball bats, such as equipment bags, training gear and other baseball apparel.“We know we have a brand that people enjoy and want to be a part of and we want to make sure we give these people that love the game what they want.”Its Jenkins’ combination of branding experience and deep appreciation for baseball that help make Warstic bats a home run. Is This Modern-Day Lumberjack Competition the Coolest Sport in the World?last_img read more

Curriculum for Persons with Disabilities Expanded

first_imgThe Abilities Foundation, a division of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, has expanded its curriculum to better cater to the needs of persons with disabilities.In addition to garment construction, furniture making, office administration, housekeeping, ornamental horticulture, and landscaping, the facility now offers courses in design and décor, computer repair, data operation, and crop production.Managing Director at the Foundation, Suzanne Hamilton, told JIS News that the aim of the facility is to fully equip special needs students with the requisite skills, so that after graduation, they can find their place in the society.“We liaise with employers in both the public and private sectors, in an effort to assist students with job placements, so that they can support themselves. We also go into the organizations and host sensitization sessions with employers about how to communicate with persons with disabilities. For example, writing on paper or sending text messages, as means of communication for deaf persons,” she said.She informed JIS News that the courses taught at the Foundation are lifelong skills that prepare students for the world of work, whether it is in the form of entrepreneurship or employment in any given organization.“We are working to reach out to more persons with disabilities, because we have noticed that when most of the students graduate, acquiring employment is a challenge. We are trying at the ground level, step by step, to offer as many courses as possible, to make them more marketable, so that they can contribute to nation building,”Miss Hamilton said.She pointed out that the computer repair course will commence in September, three times per week, and is open to the public.“We realize that there are a lot of unattached youth in the surrounding communities, so to a large extent, the course will provide them with a skill, and enable them to become productive citizens,” Miss Hamilton noted.She explained that the programmes offered are a joint initiative between the Ministry and the HEART Trust/NTA, after which a National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQJ) certificate is issued at the end of each course.The Foundation currently caters to persons aged 17 to 65 years, who have hearing and visual impairments and physical and intellectual disabilities.CONTACT: JENEVA GORDONlast_img read more

Transport Minister Says Re-Election to IMO Council Will Facilitate Expansion into Maritime Industry

first_img Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says Jamaica’s re-election to the influential Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will facilitate the country’s expansion into the shipping industry.“I feel reinvigorated because it’s important for us to be on the top list of countries in the maritime industry,” he told JIS News.Minister Henry pointed out that the expansion of the Panama Canal has made the movement of larger ships into Jamaican waters possible, noting that this is an important step towards the country becoming a logistics centre.He said the re-lection was timely, as the Government was serious about developing Jamaica’s maritime industry to facilitate critically important investment milestones, which the country, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, intends to achieve.Jamaica secured a place on the Council, following its successful election at the 30th Session of the IMO’s General Assembly held at its headquarters in London on December 1.Jamaica received 120 of the 159 valid votes cast in the highly competitive elections to join 19 other member States that were elected to Category ‘C’ of the Council for the 2018-2020 biennium.The Council is the executive arm of the IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the organisation. Category ‘C’ comprises 20 States that have special interest in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic regions of the world.Jamaica’s membership in Category ‘C’ enhances the country’s capacity and that of the region to contribute to major policy decisions, rule-making and the development of standards. Minister Henry pointed out that the expansion of the Panama Canal has made the movement of larger ships into Jamaican waters possible, noting that this was an important step towards the country becoming a logistics centre. Transport and Mining Minister Hon. Mike Henry says Jamaica’s re-election to the influential Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will facilitate the country’s expansion into the shipping industry. He said the re-lection was timely, as the Government was serious about developing Jamaica’s maritime industry to facilitate critically important investment milestones, which the country, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica intends to achieve. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Arab nations should invest oil revenues in agriculture says senior UN official

4 March 2008The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today urged Arab countries to invest oil profits into boosting agriculture in their region, which has to tackle with such challenges as food insecurity, land degradation and water scarcity. “Investment in agriculture, from both domestic and external sources, remains low in most countries of the region,” Director-General Jacques Diouf told those gathered in Cairo for the 29th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East.He stressed the need for “ambitious policies” to address the decline in overall external assistance to the agriculture sector in the Near East region which has been falling since 1995.“It would also be desirable for the countries of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which contribute 17 per cent of total regional aid to the agricultural sector, to increase their support by allocating more funds to agriculture,” he added.According to FAO, hunger and undernourishment are on the rise in the region, and some 13 countries are currently facing emergencies, caused by natural disasters, conflicts and trans-boundary animal diseases such as avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease. In addition, the agency noted that water will be among the major challenges facing the agriculture sector in the years to come. “With less than two per cent of the world’s freshwater resources but 11 per cent of its population, the region’s food security is dependent on extracting extra output from each drop of water. Despite improved water use and more effective irrigation thanks to advances in technology, results remain inadequate,” he said.FAO is assisting countries in dealing with these and other issues, including through technical support, the provision of tools and seeds, and techniques to rationalize the use of water and land resources. read more

American clothing retailer Express to back out of Canada will shut down

TORONTO — Express Inc. says it’s closing its 17 Canadian stores in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.The American clothing retailer says it will discontinue its Canadian operations through its subsidiary, Express Fashion Apparel Canada Inc.Store closing sales will begin in the middle of the month.With only 3% market share, Canadian discount grocers have ample room to grow: reportHow Canadian retailers can give U.S. competitors a run for their money: CommentThe company’s CEO David Kornberg said in a statement that the challenging Canadian retail environment and unfavourable exchange rates prevented the company from meeting its expectations in Canada when it entered the market in 2011.Back then, the company planned to introduce more than 50 Canadian stores over five years.During the company’s last financial year ended Jan. 28, Express Canada recorded net sales of about US$34 million and contributed a US$6 million net loss to Express Inc.Express operates 635 stores in the U.S. and several locations in Puerto Rico.The Canadian Press read more

Fouryear sentence for Lankan guilty of smuggling migrants to Canada

His wife and six-year-old daughter, who was born in Canada, sat in the gallery near the prisoner’s box where Christhurajah was seated alongside an interpreter. Wedge cited two previous cases in which three Chinese men were sentenced to four years in prison for their part in bringing illegal migrants to the West Coast in 1999.Unlike in that case, Wedge said Christhurajah and his family experienced the same conditions as the other passengers on the cargo ship that had one hold and an inadequate number of washrooms for hundreds of people.“That’s an important distinction in my view,” she said of the 2001 sentences. “These Chinese nationals were not asylum seekers.” “Mr. Christhurajah was himself an asylum seeker, as were all of the other passengers,” Justice Catherine Wedge said during sentencing, adding they embarked on a “dangerous” journey aboard a dilapidated vessel that left Thailand six weeks earlier.“The evidence does not establish he was a mastermind or leader on the voyage,” she said. Wedge said the evidence showed Christhurajah was not out to make a profit but was one of the owners of the ship, was involved in arranging accommodation for some migrants in Thailand and also used a false name to conceal his identity.He provided migrants with bus tickets to get to Thailand, where they boarded the MV Sun Sea, and was seen using a satellite phone on the ship, she said, adding that while the evidence suggests money changed hands, there’s nothing to suggest Christhurajah received any of it.The Crown asked for an additional 11 years behind bars after time already served, saying the smugglers preyed on desperate people who paid thousands of dollars to escape Sri Lanka after a civil war that ended in 2009 when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were defeated by government forces. A mistrial was declared in Christhurajah’s first trial in January when a jury failed to reach a verdict but acquitted three other men who had been accused of human smuggling. Christhurajah, who has been out on bail since February, was found guilty by another jury in May. He was convicted in May of being involved in the smuggling of 492 asylum seekers, who arrived on British Columbia’s coast aboard the MV Sun Sea in August 2010. A Sri Lankan man found guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to Canada won’t serve any more time in prison, despite being handed a four-sentence on Monday, CTV News reported.Kunarobinson Christhurajah, who has already spent seven years behind bars awaiting trial, smiled as he stood before a British Columbia Supreme Court judge. Wedge cited several letters of reference on Christhurajah’s behalf from people who had extensive contact with him while he was detained at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge, B.C.She said they all establish there’s virtually no risk of Christhurajah reoffending and that his character and conduct suggest he was a model prisoner.A chaplain said in a letter that he spent hundreds of hours speaking with Christhurajah and people he interacted over seven years, and also observed the man’s behaviour and attitudes.A worker with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which checks detention conditions and communicates with detainees, described Christhurajah as a “gentle, hard-working and articulate man” who was repeatedly identified as the most responsible participant in a work program at the facility, Wedge told the court.She said the worker wrote that Christhurajah’s most troubling concern was about his wife and child, adding he had no contact with his daughter for the first six months of her life.Christhurajah and his lawyer, Casey Leggett, declined to comment outside court. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN report identifies reforms to help private sector flourish in developing world

Prime Minister, Paul MartinMr. Martin said one of the keys to reform was to create partnerships between governments, businesses, civil society organizations and others to stimulate private enterprise. He said entrepreneurship was on display in the world’s poorest countries, even at the village level, as people found ways to eke out a living despite the difficult circumstances. He said this “huge potential” could be harnessed domestically if the economy and regulatory environment is stable. “No one solution for economic growth, no one model fits all countries, fits all situations…Nevertheless what most developing countries do have in common is an entrepreneurial spirit that is strong and is local,” he said. Kofi AnnanMr. Annan welcomed the report, saying the UN has so far “only sporadically tapped the power that can be drawn from engaging the private sector” in developing countries. At a press conference, he said he was “heartened that the launch of the report will be followed by a plan of action and a set of initiatives, to be developed further as catalysts for actions on the Commission’s main recommendations.” Video of the press conference [1hr 6mins] From small measures such as cheaper fees for registering businesses to large steps such as liberalizing financial and capital markets, there are many potential ways to unlock the private sector in poorer countries, the authors of a landmark United Nations report said today. Canada’s Prime Minister, Paul Martin, and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, co-chairmen of the Commission on the Private Sector and Development, presented their report – Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor – to Secretary-General Kofi Annan at UN Headquarters. Ernesto ZedilloMr. Zedillo said “go to any shantytown or village in a developing country and you will find small entrepreneurs working hard to provide for their families.” He added that such examples are normally constrained to largely operate “in very small markets…and consequently they are unable to harvest the rewards of productivity and competitiveness that stem from economic specialization in the wider marketplace.” The report, requested by Mr. Annan last year, also calls for governments to do more to enable private companies to flourish, including by providing better-targeted subsidies and tax incentives and legal systems for protecting property rights that are internationally regarded as credible. read more

Make mine Darjeeling Locally identified foods promote sustainable development UN study finds

The report analyzes the economic impact of Geographical Indication registration in nine case studies: Colombian coffee, Darjeeling tea (India), Futog cabbage (Serbia), Kona coffee (United States), Manchego cheese (Spain), Penja pepper (Cameroon), Taliouine saffron (Morocco), Tête de Moine cheese (Switzerland) and Vale dos Vinhedos wine (Brazil). For example, it reveals that by registering Penja pepper – grown in the Penja Valley’s volcanic soil in Cameroon and the first African product to receive the label – local farmers have increased their incomes six-fold.“The process – from setting standards to registration and promotion – has benefited not only local farmers, but the whole local area in terms of revenues, productivity, the growth of other connected industries, and importantly, the inclusion of all stakeholders,” said  Emmanuel Nzenowo, from the Penja Pepper producers’ association.Gains from labeling surpass finances alone. The practice can also stimulate public-private sector dialogue, the report notes, as authorities are often associated closely with the registration and certification process.While each country defines its own laws for registering their labels, they are regulated and protected under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, an international legal agreement among World Trade Organization members.The report also recognizes potential pitfalls. Some small-scale or traditional producers may be excluded, for example, if specifications are overly complex.  Environmental impacts must also be weighed and minimized.  But overall, the study finds, geographic labeling has had significant positive effects on prices of the trademarked goods, whether  long-established or recently registered.“The unique linkages of these products with their natural and cultural resources in local areas make them a useful tool in the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular by preserving a food heritage and contributing to healthy diets,” said Florence Tartanac, Senior Officer in the FAO Nutrition and Food Systems Division. Food products with trademarked geographical labels, which have specific qualities or reputations tied to their place of origin, already account for annual trade of more than $50 billion worldwide, according to the report, Strengthening sustainable food systems through geographical indications, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.        The concept is not new: products from Bordeaux wine to Parmigiano cheese have had protected labeling for decades or centuries. But the idea is spreading and such products are taking off throughout developing countries and regions.     “Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environment considerations at the heart of the value chain,” said Emmanuel Hidier, Senior Economist in FAO’s Investment Centre.“They can be a pathway to sustainable development for rural communities by promoting quality products, strengthening value chains, and improving access to more remunerative markets,” he added. read more

Kadris status up in the air Maple Leafs looking to regroup in

BROWSE Nazem Kadri | toronto maple leafs Nazem Kadri was actually doing a decent job of keeping his cool.There was the on-ice wrestling match that ended with the Toronto Maple Leafs centre getting punched in the face by Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.Kadri was then felled by a knee-on-knee hit — again from DeBrusk — that resulted in him limping off before he eventually returned to the fray.But a third incident in the Bruins’ 4-1 victory inside a deafening TD Garden on Saturday night that knotted their first-round playoff series 1-1 saw Kadri snap in yet another moment of post-season madness.After watching DeBrusk chase down Toronto’s Patrick Marleau and slam the 39-year-old into the curved glass at the end of the bench, Kadri unleashed a vicious cross-check to DeBrusk’s face, resulting in a major penalty and game misconduct.The NHL’s department of public safety tweeted it had offered Kadri an in-person hearing, giving the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.That session is set for Monday afternoon in New York, just hours before the Leafs and Bruins are scheduled to renew hostilities in Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena.“You have to play real hard and look after yourself, but you can’t cross the line,” Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said on a conference call with reporters Sunday. “Any time you do, you leave decisions in someone else’s hands and it’s not within your control.“In anything in life, you want to be in control and you’ve got to own everything. You’ve got to own your play, you’ve got to own your discipline, you’ve got to own what’s going on for you. In the end, Naz has someone else making a decision whether he’s playing or not.”Kadri, who was not made available to the media Saturday, was banned three games for boarding on Bruins winger Tommy Wingels in the opener of last year’s seven-game defeat to Boston.The 28-year-old has been suspended four times for a total of 14 games in his career, including that trio playoff contests. He’s also been fined on three occasions — twice for diving/embellishment and once for an inappropriate throat-slashing gesture — making this the eighth instance where he’s been tapped on the shoulder by the NHL to explain himself.And all four of Kadri’s previous suspensions also involved him targeting an opponent’s head, a no-no in today’s game.Babcock’s options as replacements for his third-line centre include Marleau and William Nylander, but neither scenario is ideal.“It’s disappointing for Naz, it’s disappointing for our team,” Babcock said. “We’ve just got to move on.”The Leafs will be looking to rebound Monday following a physical and emotional Game 2 that saw the Bruins come out swinging — literally and figuratively — following a sub-par performance in Toronto’s emphatic 4-1 victory in the opener.Boston hit everything in sight, jumping out to 3-0 lead in the second period before Kadri scored midway through the third, about four minutes before his cross-check on DeBrusk.“They had a push and we weren’t really ready for it,” Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin said after the game in the visitors locker-room at TD Garden. “It’s our turn to come out with a push.”While the Leafs will be in tough minus Kadri, one of the team’s grittier options at a time of year when the games get harder and officials tend to let more go, they’re also in better shape than at this time 12 months ago.Boston outscored Toronto 12-4 in winning the first two games of the 2018 series, with Kadri driving the head of a vulnerable Wingels into the boards late in the opener after he hit Mitch Marner up high.This time around, the Leafs have Auston Matthews and John Tavares down the middle ahead of Kadri. Last spring, Tomas Plekanec and Dominic Moore — both no longer NHL players — lined up as options behind Matthews.Toronto got on top of Boston’s defence in Game 1 with its speed. It also kept the Bruins No. 1 line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak off the scoresheet at five-on-five.But the tables turned Saturday as the home side came out flying before a raucous crowd as the Bruins pressed hard in the offensive zone and took away the Leafs’ time and space.“Their level of urgency, as much as we talked about it and prepared for it, we didn’t match it,” Babcock said. “We made a couple of key mistakes early. We’ve got to be much better, we understand that, we know that.“Now we’ve got to do something about that.”But almost certainly without Kadri — and in all likelihood for an extended period of time. read more

Ohio State careful of possible trap game against Indiana

OSU coach Urban Meyer yells towards the referees after a penalty on the Buckeyes during the first half of the game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSince taking over the job in 2012, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has had his team tested against perennial Big Ten bottom feeder Indiana and coach Kevin Wilson. Meyer’s first game against Wilson and the Hoosiers in 2012 ended in a 52-49 nail-biter that came down to an onside kick in the final minute after Indiana scored 14 points in under a minute. In 2014, Indiana had the lead in the third quarter before Jalin Marshall scored four touchdowns, and last season came down to the final play in a 34-27 victory.Indiana pulled off the upset at home against then-No. 17 Michigan State last week, giving the Hoosiers confidence heading into Columbus. After a Hoosiers win, Meyer said he believes Indiana might be quite the challenge to his team.“I think they got an excellent coaching staff and you can see some really positive, really good things on videotape,” Meyer said. “Their game Saturday, that was a great win for that program.”Indiana’s offense has given OSU trouble in the past, and that could be the same in this week’s matchup. But what compelled Meyer to make such a statement was the overhaul of the Hoosier defense. In the offseason, Wilson hired Tom Allen as the team’s defensive coordinator, who coached a University of South Florida defense that ranked first in its conference last season, allowing 19.6 points per game.The Ohio State offense has been nearly unstoppable in the early going this season, averaging 57 points and 576 total yards per game. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is looking to add to his career passing touchdowns record that currently sits at 59, and has the opportunity to break the program record for total touchdowns responsible for, sitting just four shy of Braxton Miller’s record.Barrett didn’t play in last year’s victory over Indiana, but he vividly remembers the 2014 game that had OSU trailing in the second half. He said Indiana was one of the games of his redshirt freshman season where he took off his shoulder pads after the game and thought, “(I’m) glad that’s over.”“The first two series (Indiana) was in kind of base coverage, and then after a while they started they started throwing everything at us and it was like, ‘Woah my, where did this come from?’” Barrett said. “They always play hard against us and they’re going to come after us.”Although they will not acknowledge it, the Buckeyes have a game in two weeks in Madison, Wisconsin, that greatly affects the realm of college football and the state of the College Football Playoff. Meyer has always been a one-game-at-a-time coach, but to think OSU is not looking at the Wisconsin game on Oct. 15 would be naive. Oklahoma was seen as the Buckeyes’ first test this season, but Wisconsin provides a different style of play that Meyer and his team haven’t faced in 2016, and OSU has a history of being in close games at Camp Randall.One similarity between Indiana and Wisconsin is their rushing attack. Junior running back Devine Redding is averaging 103 yards per game on the ground, ranking second in the Big Ten behind OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber. Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley played with Redding at Glenville High School in Cleveland, and complemented his downhill style of attacking the first line of defense.Worley said that the team needs to focus even more on Indiana this week than previous seasons because of a change in the Hoosiers’ offensive attack.“I think this year they’re more run-minded. The last few years, I believe they have been more of a passing offense,” he said. “It’s a little bit of a transition for them, but it’s something we have to get used to.”OSU has the pressure each week of donning a giant target on its back, one that every challenger wants to hit dead-center. While OSU has withstood that pressure thus far, Indiana has given the Buckeyes a scare in past years, and there’s room to believe that could be the same story on Saturday.“This is by far their best team,” Meyer said. “And that is being very respectful of the other teams we’ve played against. For four years in a row it’s been a swing as hard as you can.” read more

Urban Meyer adds familiar faces Voltolini Pantoni to administrative staff

New Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer added two members to his coaching staff Monday, both of whom worked under Meyer during his coaching tenure at Florida. Brian Voltolini will serve as the program’s director of football operations and Mark Pantoni will serve as the director of player personnel. “I am really pleased that Brian Voltolini and Mark Pantoni wanted to be a part of the football program at The Ohio State University,” Meyer said in a press release. “I have spent considerable time working with each and I certainly appreciate the passion and the effort that both bring to their positions every day.” Voltolini, an Idaho native, has worked with Meyer dating back to 2001 when Meyer was coaching at Bowling Green and followed him to Utah and eventually to Florida. As director of football operations, Voltolini will manage the football program’s budget, scholarships, team travel, housing, camps and clinics. “Brian not only has a sharp awareness of what needs to be done for an efficient, fluid operation of a football program,” Meyer said in the release, “but he also has that keen sense of knowing what the program needs from an operations perspective. And I appreciate that greatly.” Pantoni, a Florida native, will mostly be involved in helping the program in its recruiting efforts. He spent the past five years working for Florida including the previous two years as the Gators’ recruiting program coordinator. During his time at Florida, Pantoni helped Meyer put on Friday Night Lights, a summer recruiting showcase in which invited players competed at night and under the lights. Friday Night Lights was considered an instrumental recruiting tool and many have speculated Meyer would bring a similar idea to OSU. “Mark has proven abilities at organizing recruiting efforts and in building relationships with prospects and their families,” Meyer said. “I have seen how well he understood recruiting in the state of Florida and nationally, and I am certain his efforts are going to be well-received in the state of Ohio. He is one of the hardest working people I have been around.” read more

Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) – Coronado restaurant Nicky Rottens is holding a fundraiser today for the Quitasol family who lost five of their loved ones in the tragic dive boat fire near Santa Cruz island.Nicole Quitasol worked as a bartender at Nicky Rottens before she tragically passed away. Now the restaurant is helping raise money for her family.The event is from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Nicky Rottens in Coronado. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 5, 2019center_img Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire September 5, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Nicole Quitasol FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Politico Takes Next Step In Euro Expansion Buys News Site

first_imgReporting to editor-in-chief John Harris, Matthew Kaminski will head the day-to-day editorial operations as executive editor, overseeing a staff of more than 30 journalists in Brussels and in capitals across Europe.Product offerings will include a website, weekly newspaper, live events and a European version of subscription service, Politico Pro. The latter product, priced at $7,500, generates a third of the company’s revenues, according to a report by The Financial Times.Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, owner and publisher of European Voice, will become managing director of Politico’s European outlet and oversee business operations.”Our ambition is clear─to be Europe’s leading publication on politics and policy, with a newsroom that will be headquartered in Brussels and with a reporting team whose footprint will extend across the continent,” says John F. Harris, Politico’s co-founder and editor-in-chief. “This shared ambition is what makes the POLITICO-Axel Springer partnership such a natural team. And it is what made Matt Kaminski and Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson such natural choices for this assignment.”It’s the latest move in string of recent expansions for Politico. The company has acquired and relaunched the Capital New York brand, and launched a print magazine since last fall. Politico and Axel Springer made their first major move since September when they announced they’d be partnering up to create a European version of the D.C.-focused political news and analysis site.The group has acquired European Voice, a website and weekly newspaper based in Brussels, and intends to relaunch the title in the spring with a new name: Politico. Terms weren’t disclosed.last_img read more