India has only two castes rich and poor Goa CM

first_imgPanaji: India has only two castes — the rich and the poor — and Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to eradicate this difference with his slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday, while speaking at an awards function here. “We have to help develop people of every religion, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christians. Everyone in India, irrespective of caste and creed should benefit from development. Seventy years after India attained independence, political parties preserved differences between caste and creed in the country for their own benefit,” Sawant said.last_img read more

Hello Amit Shah calling… New ministers get calls after PM Modi picks

first_imgNew Delhi: Several leaders of the BJP and its allies received calls from Amit Shah on Thursday informing that they would be part of the new team of Narendra Modi, who is set to begin his second innings as prime minister after leading the NDA to an impressive win in the Lok Sabha elections. Among those Shah called at the end of his meeting with PM-elect Modi are BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, DV Sadananda Gowda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Giriraj Singh, Babul Supriyo, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, according to news agency ANI. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “I received a call from Amit Shah. He said that I should be there at-home office of PM at 5 o’clock and swearing-in ceremony at 7 o’clock. At 5 o’clock PM will have tea with cabinet and other ministerial colleagues and then we’ll go to Rashtrapati Bhavan to take oath,” DV Sadananda Gowda told ANI On Tuesday, the BJP’s Bihar ally Lok Janshakti Party passed a resolution picking party chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan as its representative in the Modi government, putting to rest speculation that his son Chirag Paswan may be inducted this time. The party won all the six seats it contested this time Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The PM Modi-led NDA stormed to power winning 352 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats, restricting the Congress tally at 52. PM Modi and Shah have met twice already for discussions on the government formation, holding a three-hour meeting on Wednesday after four hours of discussions the previous day on the allocation of cabinet positions. The Wednesday meeting between Modi and Shah was followed by one between the latter and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, whose Janata Dal (United), with 16 seats, is the third largest partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). JD (U) was not part of the previous government, but is expected to be this time. The new council of ministers is expected to retain most veterans and speculation is also rife about Shah possibly moving to North Block if Modi decides to induct him in the government. Tamil Nadu’s information and publicity minister Kadambur C Raju said there was a chance of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) getting a berth in the Modi government. The BJP had an alliance with the AIADMK in the Lok Sabha polls, but the latter could win just one of the 38 seats that were contested. Leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, or BIMSTEC, will be present at the swearing-in together with the Prime Minister of Mauritius and President of Kyrgystan. BIMSTEC member-states are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan. Several overseas friends of BJP from 15 countries, including the US, Australia, Germany and the UK, have been invited, along with prominent opposition leaders and chief ministers. Mamata Banerjee, who on Tuesday agreed to attend the event, did a U-Turn on Wednesday, accusing the BJP of trying to score political points by inviting the relatives of BJP activists who allegedly fell victim to violence in West Bengal.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

Bob Woodruffs Stand Up For Heroes Raises 3 Million

first_imgStand Up for Heroes, the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s (BWF) annual benefit event and the kickoff for the New York Comedy Festival, on Nov. 8, 2012, brought together celebrities, service members and their families for a night of laughter and performances from A-list musicians and comedians, as well as wounded veterans, to raise funds for programs that the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps support.Roger Waters performs with wounded veterans from MusiCorps as part of the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s 6th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event The proceeds from the sixth annual event, more than $3 million—bringing to $13 million the total funds raised for all Stand Up for Heroes benefits—will benefit organizations across the country vetted by the Bob Woodruff Foundation for their effectiveness and success.In addition, BWF is now joining the GivingTuesday initiative in order to continue the momentum from the amazingly successful Stand Up for Heroes benefit, which will allow the foundation to fundraise via micro-donations and activating its social media constituency.“We are thrilled with the results from Stand Up for Heroes—the generosity of spirit exhibited that evening from all the honored guests, performers and supporters is quite humbling,” said Bob Woodruff, co-founder, the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “And now with #GivingTuesday, we’re excited to see the spirit of the holiday season kick off in such a charitable way.”For the first time ever this year, the Stand Up for Heroes event was live streamed on YouTube—with performances by Bruce Springsteen (who was joined by his wife, Pattie Scialfa, for one song); John Mayer, who performed an instrumental version of the Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road” on an electric guitar; Roger Waters, who took to the stage with a band of service members. Specifically for this event, Waters enlisted warriors from an organization the Bob Woodruff Foundation funds, the rehabilitation program MusiCorps—along with help from MusiCorps’ founder Arthur Bloom. MusiCorps operates out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.Comedians who took the stage for this year’s 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes event included Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Jon Stewart and Robin Williams.The musical acts, as well as performances by the service members and interviews with celebrities in attendance, are still viewable on Donations can be made on the site, as well, at, or by texting “BWF” to 50555 to donate $10. Follow the Bob Woodruff Foundation on Twitter @ReMIND and take action by participating in the #GivingTuesday movement this season on Nov. 27, 2012.#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give, culminating with a national day of giving on Nov. 27, 2012. The effort harnesses the American spirit and collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.#GivingTuesday will leverage the power of social media to create a better world. In addition to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, founding partners include Blackbaud, the Case Foundation, charity:water, Darden Restaurant Group,, Global Giving, Groupon, Kiva, Mashable, Unilever, United Nations Foundation, United Way and VentureThree Capital.last_img read more

Solution to Western Sahara Requires More Than American Political Will

Washington D.C. – The Wall Street Journal’s report on the Trump administration’s stance on Western Sahara has brought the issue back to the front of international consciousness, three months after the Security Council adopted Resolution 2468. The resolution renewed the United Nations mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, for six months until October 31, 2019.The last three months have been marked by a stalemate in the political process, especially after the resignation of Horst Kohler, the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Western Sahara.The most important point in the Wall Street Journal report is the US government’s refusal to establish an independent state in southern Morocco. Although the report’s author did not explicitly mention which US entity stressed Washington’s opposition to the establishment of a new state in southern Morocco, what he said dispels the fears Morocco has had since the appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser to the US president. Bolton can’t effectively oppose MoroccoBolton’s positions on Western Sahara are well-known. He supports resolving the conflict through a referendum on its status, and he helped draft the 1991 settlement agreement leading to the ceasefire and the 2001 and 2003 proposals of the Secretary-General’s personal envoy, James Baker. Given this, observers in Morocco were concerned that the UN-sponsored political process would witness an unprecedented shift in favor of Algeria and Polisario.However, almost 18 months after John Bolton‘s appointment as national security adviser, events proved that no matter how strong a US official’s personality and positions on any issue may be, they cannot go it alone or take positions contrary to US interests. Neither can they make decisions without the traditional interagency review, involving agencies like the State Department and the Department of Defense.The US decision-making process on foreign policy is complex and subject to checks and balances. Any major foreign policy decisions should align with the general orientation of US foreign policy and the country’s strategic interests.In an analysis published in September last year, I had stressed that Bolton’s appointment would not adversely affect Morocco’s interests and its consistent position on the Sahara issue. I argued that the White House is not the only player in the decision-making process, and that this process is subject to lengthy internal debates involving many stakeholders within the US government: the White House, the State Department, and the Department of Defense. And we cannot forget the influential role of Congress.In the case of Morocco, given the country’s strong relations with the US and its role in maintaining the stability of North Africa and the Sahel and in combating terrorism and extremism, it is unlikely that the United States would make a decision that could undermine Morocco’s position on Western Sahara.US fears instability in Western SaharaThe prevailing impression of many US observers is that the creation of a state in southern Morocco could destabilize the region, making it even more exposed to the threat of terrorism, possibly jeopardizing US interests in North Africa, the Sahel, and sub-Saharan Africa.Behind the scene deliberations in the Security Council over the past 18 months have shown that Morocco has not only been able to prevent any development contradicting its consistent position, but has also been able to achieve new gains. The most important achievement has been the inclusion of Algeria in recent Security Council Resolutions 2440 and 2468 and the Security Council’s gradual shift to considering Algeria as a key party in the conflict.Morocco has also maintained the support of the US House of Representatives despite it being under the Democratic party’s control following the November 2018 elections.Read Also: Washington Won’t Support Creation of State in Southern Morocco: WSJGiven the position that successive US administrations have taken on Western Sahara, including those of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal’s report should not be regarded as a new breakthrough, but as reflecting an established fact.In an interview with Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan in April, former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz pointed out that the United States and Europe do not support the idea of a state between Morocco and Mauritania. He said that behind the scenes, negotiations over the dispute are in Morocco’s favor.How the US views the Autonomy PlanA declassified US State Department document, prepared by the Moroccan ambassador and made public in recent months, asserts that the United States was behind the decision to shelve a self-determination referendum and had asked Morocco since 1999 to elaborate an autonomy proposal for Western Sahara under Moroccan sovereignty.A diplomatic correspondence dated March 2, 2006, from the US embassy in Rabat shows how William Jordan, then director of the US State Department’s Office of Near Eastern Affairs, said during meetings with officials of the Moroccan ministries of foreign affairs and the interior in February 2006 that the United States was waiting, with great interest, for Morocco to unveil its autonomy plan and present it to the Security Council.During the same meetings, the official explained that the US, like many other countries, believes that the establishment of a state in Western Sahara “was likely unviable and that a more realistic settlement was one that accorded the Sahrawis a significant measure of autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.”Jordan clarified that, after the resignation of UN envoy James Baker, the UN political process entered a new phase and that the US “looked forward with eagerness to Morocco’s autonomy plan so the focus could shift to negotiations.”This was the context that paved the way for Morocco to submit its Autonomy Plan to the Security Council in April 2007. Since then, the United States has on many occasions expressed its support for the Moroccan Plan considering it “serious, credible and realistic.” The US position did not change even in the most difficult times of Morocco-US relations during President Obama’s second term.However, while expressing this tacit support for Morocco over the past 10 years, the US has not translated it into an official policy.Can the US effectively back Morocco?The question one should ask is if the US was willing to provide unwavering support to Morocco, would it be able to make the Autonomy Plan the basic framework for the UN political process? Based on the past, this goal would be difficult to achieve as the US cannot impose its own views on the other permanent members of the Security Council.The US’ failed attempts over a decade ago to turn the Moroccan Autonomy Plan into the basis of negotiations gives us a glimpse into what would happen if the Trump administration decided to unambiguously support to Morocco.In 2007 and 2008, the Bush administration tried to make the Autonomy Plan the basis of the political process. However, then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s efforts, prior to the adoption of Resolution 1754 in April 2007 and Resolution 1783 in October 2007, were opposed by Russia, the United Kingdom, as well as Spain in its capacity as a member of the Group of Friends of Western Sahara. Rice’s third attempt to impose Morocco’s proposal in April 2008 had the same outcome.If the Trump administration tries to impose Morocco’s proposal, it would face the same hurdles.Russian oppositionAssuming that France will support any US decision in favor of Morocco, it is very unlikely that this position would receive Russian backingt, for two important factors: Russia’s friendship with Algeria and opposition to the US.Russia and Algeria share strong relations, especially at the security, military, and energy levels. Despite all the efforts Morocco has made in recent years to strengthen its ties to Russia, including King Mohammed VI’s visit to Russia in March 2016, Russia is still closer to Algeria.Relations between Moscow and Algiers grew stronger since President Valdimir Putin’s visit to Algeria in March 2006. During that visit, Russia agreed to write off Algeria’s $4.7 billion debt to Russia on the condition that Algeria spend the same amount on Russian military equipment and services. As a result, Algeria signed a $7.5 billion agreement to buy Russian military hardware. The agreement was regarded as the biggest military contract in Russia’s history since the collapse of the Soviet Union.Between 2006 and 2007, Algeria’s military purchases from Russia totaled $15 billion. In 2011, Algeria signed another defense contract worth $13 billion. According to the Stockholm International Center for Peace Research, Algeria is the biggest Russian arms importer in Africa, absorbing 50% of Russian exports, and was the third in the world between 2007 and 2016. According to Algerian news outlet Tout Sur l’Algérie, 80% of military imports come from Russia.In addition to the defense sector, the two countries are also linked by an array of cooperation agreements in the fields of trade and investments, the fight against terrorism, nuclear energy, and gas. Algeria and Russia worked hand in hand to stabilize the price of crude oil following the collapse of its price in 2014.The second factor that will prompt Russia to oppose any US endeavor in line with Morocco’s stance is Russia’s keenness to revive the US-Russia rivalry of the Cold War. In this sense, Russia will thwart any US plan to impose its agenda in areas where Russia seeks to play a key role.Russia’s commitment was clear when it delayed the vote on Resolution 2414 in April 2018. The draft resolution favored Morocco and sought to hold Polisario responsible for fueling tensions in the region of Guerguerat and the buffer zone. By delaying the vote on the draft resolution, Russia tried to make Morocco share responsibility for the tension.Russia also abstained from voting on the resolution which, for the first time, called on the parties of the conflict to “to achieve a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution to the question of Western Sahara based on compromise.” Russia adopted the same position on Resolution 2440 and Resolution 2468, which were the first times a Council resolution mentioned Algeria and called on it to play its role in the political process.It’s up to Morocco and AlgeriaDue to the politics inherent to the Security Council, the opposing interests of its five permanent members, and their eagerness to defend the interests of their allies, the chances that the United Nations will eventually broker a political solution that meets the aspirations and demands of all parties are very slim.It is a foregone conclusion that the solution to this conflict is in the hands of Algeria and Morocco.As long as Algerian leaders have no political will to turn the page and lay the building blocks for a strong Maghreb Union which offers opportunities for economic integration and sustainable development, there will be no realistic solution to this dispute.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis.,Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis. read more

Prince William and Boris Johnson back first national memorial for emergency service

Theresa May said: “I’m proud to support this National Memorial. The men and women of our emergency services are there for us when we need them most. As a nation, we are indebted to them for their courage and their sacrifice and it is absolutely right that we should honour their incredible service in this very special way.”David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major have also offered their full support.Mr Cameron said: “These selfless men and women work day in day out, and I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than a national memorial, serving as a constant reminder of their tireless dedication to others.”Mr Blair said: “A national memorial would be a fitting tribute to honour all they do for us, their unwavering commitment and selfless acts of heroism.”Mr Brown paid tribute, saying: “Our Emergency Services are the finest in the world. These are extraordinary, selfless men and women who think only of others and often risk their lives to keep Britain safe.” Both the health secretary and the home secretary, among a number of dignitaries, are also backing the project.The national memorial will require a mammoth fundraising effort while a site for it – the preferred location is Hyde Park Corner in central London – is being negotiated with the Crown Estate, the mayor of London’s office and the Duke of Westminster, who is the largest private landowner in the centre of London.The 999 statue is the brainchild of Tom Scholes-Fogg, a 28-year-old volunteer police sergeant, who was inspired to campaign for the memorial after his grandfather showed him an oak tree planted in memory of a female police officer killed on duty. His grandfather told him: “We don’t look after the emergency services in this country the way we should.”Mr Scholes-Fogg, chairman and founder of the national Emergency services memorial, said: “We have plenty of memorials in this country but it is amazing that we have nothing to commemorate all the emergency services together. I just want to do something for the 7,000 ‘999’ people who have been killed on duty.”Mr Jackson, who has more public statues in London than any sculptor alive or dead, said he was delighted to accept the commission. He has spent the past month producing a maquette – a preliminary model – of a firefighter for the memorial. His plan, unveiled to the Telegraph, is for five figures on the monument as well as a dog accompanying the lowland rescue team. Each figure will be eight foot high when the monument is completed. If all goes to plan and the money can be raised, Mr Jackson intends to have it cast in bronze by 2021. Boris Johnson said in backing the memorial: “It takes a very special kind of person to put your life on the line for a complete stranger. Yet that is what we see day in, day out from the remarkable men and women of our emergency services.” A £3 million fundraising campaign has been launched to get the memorial built The first national memorial for thousands of emergency service workers killed in the line of duty is being launched with the support of the Duke of Cambridge, the Prime Minister and five of his predecessors.Plans for the ‘999 statue’ are unveiled today exclusively in The Telegraph at the launch of a £3 million fundraising campaign needed to get it built.The bronze monument is being designed by Philip Jackson, a sculptor to the Queen and widely considered Britain’s greatest living sculptor.The National Emergency Services Memorial will commemorate the lives of more than 7,000 people who died while serving in police, fire, coastguard and search and rescue services but will also celebrate the work “and dedication of over two million serving in our emergency services today”.Prince William, a former air ambulance pilot, will be given a private audience to see the plans in the coming weeks but has already given his approval for the first national monument for the emergency services.The Duke told The Telegraph: “As a society, we owe our wellbeing, and indeed our lives, to the men and women in our emergency services who work tirelessly to protect us in some of the most difficult circumstances. It is only fitting that we should recognise the vital role that they play, and pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities.” Mr Jackson also created the Bomber Command memorial in central London that was funded by donations from Telegraph readers. Mr Jackson said the Bomber Command memorial had helped to change public perception over the crucial role it played in the Second World war.“Prior to Bomber Command statue, people associated it  only with the bombing of Dresden and it attracted a negative response. After the memorial was built, the narrative changed overnight.” Has a member of the emergency services changed your life? Send your experiences of getting help after calling 999 to  to be featured.  Sir John Major said: “The Emergency Services have a long and distinguished role in helping and protecting people in dire circumstances, often at great risk to themselves. I strongly support the case for a Memorial to honour the many members of the Emergency Services who have lost their lives in seeking to save others.” A £3 million fundraising campaign has been launched to get the memorial builtCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph  Philip Jackson is widely considered Britain’s greatest living sculptor Philip Jackson is widely considered Britain’s greatest living sculptorCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Decmil adds EPC capability

first_imgDecmil Group has acquired the business assets of Scope Australia. Scope Australia specialises in the delivery of study, project management, engineering and design consultancy services to a range of industry sectors including mining, resources, government and construction.Decmil intends to use Scope Australia to expand its business by entering the EPC market and to deliver turnkey process infrastructure solutions to the minerals sector. Decmil has a successful history as a construction contractor and the addition of Scope Australia will enable it to deliver broader and more integrated services to its customers.Decmil has acquired the business assets of Scope Australia for A$1.68 million on a cash free and debt free basis. For the financial year ended June 2015 Scope Australia generated approximately ~A$7.3 million in revenue and generated normalised EBITDA of ~$1.5 million.Approximately 40 engineering professionals will transfer with the business, which will continue to trade under the established name of Scope Australia.last_img read more

Naturhouse La Rioja signs Pablo Cacheda

ASOBALbalonmanola riojaNaturhouse La Riojapablo cacheda Apart from the stars that La Rioja signed so far, they’ve also presented another signing – the young and hot prospect – Pablo Cacheda. Pablo Cacheda joined BM Valladolid last season and was touted as one of the main players for the past season, but the player got injured and had to be away from the court for seven months. He returned before the end of the season, only to see his club relegate, and as of recently disappear due to financial problems. He is happy at the possibility of playing in the Champions League, and hopes to regain his high level of handball he had before his injury. ← Previous Story Rafa Baena moves to Puente Genil Next Story → Momir Ilic is best Serbian and Ex-Yu player of the Year! read more

Concern that ambulance review outcome has already been decided

first_imgCONCERNS HAVE BEEN raised over leaked information that details a plan to remove Dublin’s ambulance service from Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) by 2015.It emerged yesterday that the plan, which was seen by the Irish Times, was drawn up before the announcement last month that the HSE and Dublin City Council was to review the capital’s ambulance service.ReviewNow SIPTU members in DFB have said they are “extremely concerned” at the proposal and the union has called for a fully independent review of the service. Here’s what the review will involve SIPTU Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said that the emergence of this document raises concerns that the outcome of the review “has already been decided”.It strongly indicates that this review is merely to provide a fig leaf to the HSE and Dublin City Council in their apparent plans to remove this service from Dublin Fire Brigade.He said that SIPTU members are also concerned that there has only been one additional ambulance provided to the DFB ambulance fleet over the last 20 years, despite the increase in population.DFB SIPTU representative, Glen Ellis, said that DFB has been able to provide a level of service which is above the national average and compares favourably to best international standards, despite the holding up of ambulances at hospital accident and emergency units.This is achieved by the internationally recognised fire based Emergency Medical Service which is provided by DFB. DFB receives 7 per cent of the total National Ambulance Service budget despite having to respond to 40 per cent of all ambulance calls nationally. This is done through the provision of 12 DFB ambulances, supported by the Dublin Fire Service.center_img The union wants the management of the HSE to concentrate on “providing the necessary resources for our colleagues in the National Ambulance Service” prior to placing a focus on the DFB.Read: Ambulance cover ‘needs to treble’ to boost response times>Read: Cost, quality and scale of ambulance services in Dublin to be reviewed>last_img read more

Adams in Washington for postHaass talks

first_imgSINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams is in Washington today for a round of talks with Obama administration officials on the state of the Northern Ireland peace process.Renewed efforts on re-starting the stalled negotiation process to settle issues like the past, parades and flags are beginning this week, in the wake of last weekend’s local and European elections.Speaking last Friday, former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass said he would not be involved in the fresh efforts.A process chaired by Haass stalled at the start of the year, after his proposals were rejected by the DUP, the Ulster Unionists and the Alliance party.Speaking as he departed for Washington, Adams said his proposals offered a way forward for the North.“Outstanding elements like a Bill Of Rights, Acht na Gaeilge and other issues such as dealing with the past, parades and flags, must be delivered upon,” the Sinn Féin leader said. Martin McGuinness will meet with all political leaders in the North to seek to avail of the small window of opportunity that exists for progress between now and the Orange marching season.“Further delay on these issues would inexcusable.”The Northern Ireland peace process will also be top of the agenda at a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore and NI Secretary of State Theresa Villiers in Dublin later today.Read Haass will not be involved in Northern Irish talksRead Tánaiste admits ‘on-the-runs’ controversy has ‘derailed’ progress in the Northlast_img read more

More than half of you wash raw chicken and thats really dangerous

first_imgTHIS WEEK, BRITAIN’S Food Standards Agency issued a warning about the dangers of washing raw chicken.In Britain, 44% of people wash raw chicken before they cook it, but figures from Safefood for the Republic of Ireland show that more than half – or 57% – of Irish people do the same.Not surprisingly, two thirds said they do it because their mammies (or families in general) have always washed it under the tap, while one in five said they do it because they saw it on TV.The respondents in this survey were those who said they were responsible for cooking at home and 94% of them said they would describe themselves as “confident” in their cooking skills.Well, they’d want to listen up now, because our own Food Safety Authority has said they recommend the same as their counterparts in the UK.Jane Ryder of the FSAI told that those who wash raw chicken are “just splashing all of the campylobacter and germs from the chicken all over the kitchen”.Campylobacter is the main cause of food poisoning in Ireland and the number of cases peaks in the summer months.Last year, 2, 388 people became ill because of it with the majority of these cases being in the 0-4 years and 20-24 years age ranges. For most people, it means a couple of days with a dodgy tummy, but babies, the elderly and other vulnerable people could become seriously ill because of the bacteria.It can also cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can leave victims paralysed.“Cooking kills campylobacter but when you’ve splashed it all on your counter, you’re not going to cook your counter afterwards,” Ryder said. “No one thinks about getting food poisoning from it.”Her advice is to avoid cross contamination by cooking your raw chicken directly from the container or bag it came in, use separate utensils and cutting boards for chicken and other foods and wash those hands.Debunked: Is it better to keep bread in the fridge or a bread bin?>Read: Investigation into which businesses were supplied by ‘illegal slaughter plant’>last_img read more

Windows 8 early build leaks

first_imgMicrosoft deciding to release early code to trusted partners is always going to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it allows for valuable feedback and bug identification on software before it gets released to consumers and business users alike, on the other, it’s an opportunity for the less scrupulous among us to share that early code with everyone.Windows 8 is no exception to this rule. A day after screenshots of the Windows App Store leaked, it seems a complete early build of the operating has now been released.AdChoices广告The version that has appeared for download is an ISO carrying the name 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us. It’s a 2.45GB download suggesting this is a full OS release, although we suspect much of the code will be Windows 7 with features from 8 being used on top of that base. The screenshots that have appeared backup that suspicion with the system information identifying it as Windows 7 Enterprise.This is a leaked operating system that is already getting a lot of attention on file-sharing networks, but really isn’t something you want to install to work with. It’s Windows 7+, with Windows 8 not expected until early next year, meaning there’s still a lot of Microsoft to add.Read more at Beta Archive, via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionI doubt Microsoft will be too concerned about this leak as the version is not really Windows 8. It’s Windows 7 in transition and probably has a lot of broken elements. I would also be surprised if there isn’t some security checking in there blocking important updates or eventually turning off functionality.Microsoft did a great job of sharing Windows 7 in the run up to its release. I am hoping it does the same with Windows 8. That way these leaked builds become pointless as an official preview version is available instead. Microsoft also benefits from their use as it helps identify problems and get them fixed pre-launch.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton rules out a rematch with Trump in 2020

first_img By AFP Image: PA Images 45 Comments Mar 5th 2019, 12:12 PM Image: PA Images 19,388 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 12:12 PM Hillary Clinton rules out a rematch with Trump in 2020 Clinton added that she’s “not going anywhere”. Share270 Tweet Email HILLARY CLINTON HAS for the first time ruled out running for president in 2020.“I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe,” Clinton said Monday in an interview with News 12, a local TV channel in New York.Clinton was the frontrunner in 2016 but ended up losing to Donald Trump.“I want to be sure that people understand I’m going to keep speaking out,” Clinton said.“I’m not going anywhere. What’s at stake in our country, the kinds of things that are happening right now, are deeply troubling to me.”Clinton has held meetings with some of the Democrats who are now vying for the party nomination or considering a run.CNN has reported that they include former vice president Joe Biden, who has not yet said if he is running.“I’ve told every one of them, don’t take anything for granted, even though we have a long list of real problems and broken promises from this administration that need to be highlighted,” Clinton said.Asked if she would run again for some kind of public office, she seemed to avoid ruling that out.“I don’t think so, but I love living in New York and I’m so grateful that I had the chance to be a senator for eight years and to work with people across our state,” said the former secretary of state and senator for New York state.- © AFP 2019last_img read more

Standard Of Gambia Refereeing Growing Says Bajo As World CupBound Papa

first_imgBy Sulayman BahLevels of Gambian referees is on an upward trajectory says football boss Kabba Bajo as arbiter Papa Gassama is given farewell ahead of his departure for the Russia World Cup.Voted thrice Africa’s best man with the whistle, Gassama is one of referees picked by FIFA from the continent for the games in Moscow.‘The Standard of refereeing in the Gambia is growing steadily hence the feat acquired by Papa because if football is not developing well, refereeing will not also be doing well,’ Kabba told the gathering at the Yundum Goal Project where a party was being thrown for the policeman-turned arbiter.‘I challenge you to also come up well so that there is more representation from the Gambia just as in other countries. By now, Papa should be going with his Gambian panel to officiate matches and that is what CAF is advocating for,’ he continued.Papa GassamaThe 39-year-old had looked destine clutching the Confederation of African Football referee gong for the fourth straight time before Ahmed Ahmed opted to deduct the accolade from the African football awards event.With the tournament teeing off next month, it will be Papa’s second appearance in the World Cup after the first in 2014 when Brazil hosted it.last_img read more

Abandoned house in Southwest MiamiDade catches fire

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An abandoned house caught fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.Smoke rose from the roof near Southwest 102nd Avenue and 175th Street, Wednesday.Parts of the house were left charred.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Fire Officials Leave The Fireworks To The Professionals This 4th Of July Season

first_imgSTOWN, MA — “Last year, several people lost fingers and suffered serious burns lighting off illegal fireworks in Massachusetts,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Have a fun but safe Fourth of July and leave the fireworks to the professionals.”4th of July No Holiday for FirefightersWhitman Fire Chief Timothy J. Grenno, president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, said, “The Fourth of July holiday is a busy time for firefighters. We are supervising the professional displays so that they are conducted properly and safely for the viewing public; we’re busy responding to all types of fires and medical emergencies. In fact, the week of July 4 is one of the busiest times of the year for fires.”State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This year, set a good example for your children. Just as children know where you keep the matches and lighters, they know where you stash your illegal fireworks.” He added, “Children imitate adults. If you use fireworks, children will copy you, not realizing how very dangerous fireworks are.” Forty-seven percent of fireworks-related burn injuries reported by hospitals to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in the last 10 years (2008-2017) were to children under age 18. A fifth of the victims, (20%), were children between the ages of five and nine, eleven percent (11%) were under five years old, and the youngest child injured was just six months of age.On July 1, 2017 at around 3:00 p.m., a firework exploded in the hands of a teenager in Mattapan as he was driving.On July 3, 2016, an 8-year old Lawrence boy received burns to his chest. A firework hit him in the chest while he was watching illegal fireworks being set off at a neighbor’s house.On July 4, 2016, a 4-year old Lawrence boy received burns to his forehead and chin when an illegal firework hit him in the face.On the night of July 9, 2016, the Boston Police Department responded to a Dorchester apartment when a 10-year old boy lost four fingers due to illegal fireworks.On July 15, 2017 at 7:33 p.m. a fire was started when a child attempted to ignite some fireworks. The father tried to extinguish the fire but the Nahant Fire Department had to be called. The damages from this event were said to be around $1,000.Over 780 Major Fires & Explosions from FireworksIn the past decade (2008-2017) there have been 784 major fire and explosion incidents involving illegal fireworks reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS). These incidents caused 10 civilian injuries, four fire service injuries, and an estimated dollar loss of $1.9 million. This is quite a substantial amount since most fireworks related fires are outside brush fires and do not usually have high loss figures, but can tax firefighters and tie up firefighting resources for an extensive amount of time.On July 9, 2017 at 8:34 p.m., a fire started on the roof of “Brennan’s Smoke Shop” due to the use of illegal fireworks. The New Bedford Fire Department responded and the damages from the incident were said to be around $25,000.On July 10, 2017 at 12:28 a.m. fireworks ignited a sofa on the porch of a Boston 2-family home. The fire spread to the neighboring home, resulting in $5,000 dollars of damage to each building.On December 12, 2017 at 1:31 p.m., EMS and the fire department responded to a call about a Quincy man who had lost his hand after a firework (M-80) exploded while he was holding it.A majority of firework-related fires and injuries occurred during the week of the Fourth of July holiday.On June 3, 2017 a 37-year old man from Plymouth experienced partial amputations to some of the fingers on his right hand along with injuries to his left hand after a shell exploded in his hands. He also had burns on his chest from the fireworks. He had to be Med-flighted from his local hospital to a Boston hospital for treatment.On July 3, 2017 at 11:15 p.m., a fire started in a North Attleboro home. The owner of the home had set off around $1,500 worth of fireworks earlier that day and had put some of the shells from these fireworks in his recycling bin. Hours later, the shells ignited and started a fire, with the wall of the home catching fire along with the bin. Damages resulting from this incident were around $1,000.On July 4, 2017 at 10:15 p.m. a consumer grade firework went off in the hand of a woman who was at a playground near Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield watching a sponsored fireworks show.On July 4, 2017 at 9:45 p.m. in Quincy, a 32-year old man was severely injured by fireworks and potentially lost some of his fingers after a firework he was holding exploded.On July 4 2017, at 9:08 p.m. the drapes in a second floor window of an apartment in Hull caught fire from fireworks. The estimated damage amounted to $2,000.On July 5, 2017, at 4:09 p.m. fireworks in the garage of a home in East Longmeadow ignited and a fire began. Estimated damage costs from this incident were $200,000.All Fireworks Are Illegal in MassachusettsThe possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes Class C fireworks which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane” fireworks. Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Sparklers burn at 1800ºF. It is illegal to transport fireworks into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere. Illegal fireworks can be confiscated on the spot.On May 11, 2018, the State Police Bomb Squad recovered a box truckload of illegal fireworks from a Rockland mobile home.On May 31, 2018, 1500 lbs. of commercial fireworks were confiscated from a vacant bank-owned home in Westfield. The investigation lead to confiscation of an additional cache of illegal fireworks in a home where children reside.For more information on the dangers of fireworks, go to the Department of Fire Services webpage Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals.(NOTE: The above press release is from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFire Officials: Leave The Fireworks To The Professionals This 4th Of July SeasonIn “Police Log”Fire Officials Urge The Public To Leave The Fireworks To The ProfessionalsIn “Government”Fire Officials Urge The Public To Leave The Fireworks To The ProfessionalsIn “Government”last_img read more

KTR condoles demise of Sushma Swaraj

first_imgTRS working president KT Rama Rao condoled the demise of former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj. Taking to his Twitter handle, KTR remembered her support to the statehood cause. “You will be missed by all Madam. RIP Sushma Swaraj Ji. Heartfelt condolences on the demise of former Union Minister #SushmaSwaraj Ji. Telangana people will forever remember her support to the statehood cause. RIP Chinnamma,” tweeted KTR. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Heartfelt condolences on the demise of former Union Minister Smt #SushmaSwaraj Ji. Telangana people will forever remember her support to the statehood cause. RIP Chinnamma 🙏🙏— KTR (@KTRTRS) August 6, 2019 Recalling her services as External Affairs Minister, KTR said, “Every time I met her, came out with more admiration for the warmth she exuded and grace of her reception. A true leader, who gave the confidence to Indians in distress anywhere in the world that help was just one tweet away.” Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Every time I met her, came out with more admiration for the warmth she exuded & grace of her reception. A true leader, who gave the confidence to Indians in distress anywhere in the world that help was just one tweet away 🙏You’ll be missed by all Madam. RIP #SushmaSwaraj Ji— KTR (@KTRTRS) August 7, 2019last_img read more

iPad Mini 5 Hits New Low Price

first_imgPrime Day may be over, but Walmart’s Big Save event now extends through the weekend. The big-box retailer will continue to offer Black Friday like deals another 48 hours. Walmart still has the Editor’s Choice 2019 Apple iPad Mini 5 on sale for $359. That’s $40 off its regular price and $10 cheaper than its Prime Day price. (Amazon mirrors this deal). It packs a 7.9-inch Retina Display, an A12 Bionic chip, Touch ID, and 64GB of storage. The one thing we don’t like about the new iPad Mini is that it sports the same dated, big-bezel design of the iPad mini 4. It also has the same Lightning port, rather than adopting USB-C connectivity like the new iPad Pro.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.comTV Shows That Premiered in 2018 & Are Worth Catching up OnForbes.comUndoAdvertisement Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2019Which laptop brand is best? We’ve ranked every major player from Apple to Huawei based on review scores, tech support, innovation and more.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0001:3001:30Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:07How to Find Your MAC Address in Windows 1001:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display关闭  Buy the Apple iPad Mini for $359 ($40 off) at Walmart In our iPad Mini review, we loved its speedy performance, vibrant display, and Apple Pencil support. It’s the most powerful and versatile small tablet you can get.  On a positive note, the new iPad mini 5’s A12 Bionic chip enabled it to juggle multiple apps simultaneously in our lab. We also enjoyed fluid gameplay while playing Injustice 2. Battery-wise, the iPad Mini 5’s built-in rechargeable power source went beyond expectations. Although Apple promises up to 10 hours of runtime, in our Laptop Mag battery test, it endured at 12 hours and 40 minutes. In a nutshell, the iPad Mini 5 is the king among small tablets.  Apple mini 2019 ReviewBest Tablets of 2019last_img read more

Costa Rica to host Central Americans seeking asylum in US

first_imgRelated posts:FARC cease-fire could change Costa Rica’s refugee population Deporting 600 migrants back to Africa could be expensive, and impossible More Central Americans seek asylum in Costa Rica  ‘I feel like they cut me down to the roots’: A Salvadoran refugee’s story The governments of the United States and Costa Rica announced Tuesday that Costa Rica would begin hosting Central American refugees applying for asylum in the United States and other countries as part of a protection transfer arrangement with the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, and the International Organization for Migration.As many as 200 refugees at a time from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — the so-called Northern Triangle — will be allowed to stay in Costa Rica for up to six months while they are processed for potential asylum in the U.S. or elsewhere, UNHCR chief in Costa Rica Carlos Maldonado told reporters during a news conference at Casa Presidencial in San José on Tuesday. The U.S. State Department announced the agreement in a news release.Working with the UNHCR and the IOM, the United States will pre-screen “vulnerable applicants” in the region seeking asylum. Applicants in need of immediate protection can then be sent to Costa Rica for processing before traveling to the U.S. or another country.Pre-screened refugee applicants will be housed near or in San José while they are processed and will receive English classes and information about their destination. All costs associated with the program will be covered by IOM and UNHCR.Just two weeks ago, the U.S. State Department’s top official on refugee and immigration matters, Anne Richard, told The Tico Times that the Central American refugee program was “still on the drawing board.” The agreement with Costa Rica to house vulnerable applicants is a breakthrough on one of the key issues holding up the program.One outstanding question is whether six months will be enough time for Central American refugees to be processed for travel to the U.S. Richard said processing refugees for resettlement in the U.S. takes on average 18 to 24 months worldwide.News of the agreement comes a day before the president of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, arrives in Costa Rica to meet with President Luis Guillermo Solís. Asylum applications from El Salvador make up nearly half of the some 1,500 applications Costa Rica has received so far this year.The U.S. also announced Tuesday an expansion of a program that allows Central American minors to apply for protection in the U.S. from their home countries. The program, which began in December 2014, allows a parent who is legally in the U.S. to request refugee status for their child living in a Northern Triangle country so that the child can avoid the dangerous journey north alone or with smugglers.Under the newly-announced expansion, the following categories of people can also be considered for the program when accompanied by a qualifying child: adult children of legal U.S. residents; a biological parent of a qualifying child if the parent is still living in a Northern Triangle country; caregivers of a qualifying child who are relatives of the child’s legal U.S.-resident parents.Hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans have fled gang violence and organized crime in their home countries in recent years. Most seek refuge in the U.S. but many have also fled to Costa Rica. The Northern Triangle countries have some of the world’s highest homicide rates and most pervasive gang presence.According to figures from UNHCR, nearly 150,000 Central Americans are expected to seek asylum in 2016.The agreement announced Tuesday does not apply to African, Asian and Haitian migrants, who have been traveling through Central America in increasing numbers this year to reach the U.S. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

No such thing as a digital detox for mobile addicted Aussies

first_imgAs Australians become more reliant on their mobile devices with each day, the™ Mobile Travel Tracker* uncovers the impact mobile technology is having on the nation’s behaviour when it comes to travel.According to the™ Mobile Travel Tracker, a global study of 9,200 travellers across 31 countries, today’s modern Australian traveller makes three trips a year and stays in a hotel 11 nights of the year. For 7% of Aussie travellers, the hotel becomes their home for a month, spending more than 31 days a year in a hotel room^.Number one travel accessorySixty four per cent of Australians ranked their mobile device as the most important thing to travel with, ranking it higher than taking a best friend or loved one with them (42%).After unlocking their phones on their trips, it appears that Aussies are using their phone to search for restaurants and food markets (57%), followed by using maps and directions apps to get around (54%).Lust drives lovers to book hotelsLust is driving Aussie lovers to hotels, with 20% of those surveyed admitting to having made a same day hotel booking due to a successful date that they wanted to carry on.Twice as many men (8%) as women (4%) admit to using dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr while travelling. Valentine’s Day is the most popular day for a last minute hotel booking at 16%.Social media show-offsNearly half of 18-29 (44%) and 30-39 year olds (47%) primarily use social media on their phones while on holiday – to show off their snaps to friends and family back home.The most popular social media networks to surf while on holiday are Facebook (74%), YouTube (26%) and Instagram (24%).Travel more thanks to mobileAlmost a third of Aussies regularly book their hotel stays on a mobile device (32%) with this number rising to 40% for the 30 – 39 year olds, according to the survey. Short interstate breaks (25%), intrastate short breaks (24%) and short breaks abroad (23%) are the main occasions in which hotel bookings are made on mobiles.Secret bookers – From the bedroom to the bathroomOf all the places where Aussies book hotel rooms, 20% say they’ve booked whilst in bed with their partner. Just over a sixth (16%) of people admitted to booking a hotel on their daily commute and 12% even confessed to booking a hotel whilst sitting on the toilet!How Aussies will use mobile in the futureWith mobile technologies developing at such speed, there’s no doubt mobile usage when it comes to travel will change and evolve this year. The™ Mobile Travel Tracker looked at what activities travellers would be prepared to do in the future on their mobile devices whilst travelling. The most popular future usage requests were leaving an instant hotel review and checking in using their device (33%). has already launched real time reviews, so this technology isn’t far away.Dan Craig, Senior Director of Mobile at said: “We pride ourselves on the booking experience we offer today’s modern traveller through our mobile app. As one of the market leaders in the mobile space, we’re constantly innovating and adding new features to make our app more personal and improve both hotel shopping and the customer experience.”The mobile app is available for IOS, Android, Windows and Amazon Kindle devices, and already has over 50 million downloads worldwide. More insights here *9,200 adults from 31 countries were polled by One Poll, commissioned by in May 2016.^300 Australians were polled as part of the One Poll survey, commissioned by in May 2016Source = Hotels.comlast_img read more