Irrfan Khan gets candid

first_imgA small-screen actor who worked his way to Hollywood, receiving praise and critical acclaim along the way… Maqbool and Slumdog Millionaire are just a few movies he collected accolades for.To be or not to beMy dream was to learn acting, and attending the National School of Drama (New Delhi), changed my life. It has given me a different way of looking at things and myself. Drama school plays a very important role in an actor’s life, but you should be serious about the craft. If you just want to get popular and become a hero, it’s not for you. If you’re passionate, it gives you the aptitude and the direction you need.The returnsWhen it comes to awards and recognition, my Padma Shri probably means the most to me. It tells me how my fans and well wishers have reacted to me emotionally. It makes me think about how much people care and value my work and how personal it feels for them, that it matters to them.A philosophical sideLife is not 2+2 = 4. Life could be 2+2 = 100. That is why you say yeh saali zindagi! It is not logical or calculated. It is magical – something beyond calculation or comprehension. So dream your dream, and live your life…Hollywood beckonsIf I’m offered a role that gives me the opportunity to explore something new, that is what I look forward to. I am not there to create headlines about what I’m wearing at a premier; that doesn’t matter and I don’t want to get caught in that either. (He is currently shooting for the next franchise of Spiderman that’ll be released next year.)advertisementPlaying sportI hope to catch some World Cup matches if time permits. I like this team and Dhoni. I admire his attitude – I think he is the best captain I have seen after Steve Waugh. He is at such ease with himself, which is why he is so composed with his team. I love Sehwag’s playing style; when he is batting I want to go home and watch his innings. But Dhoni is special; the way he deals with pressure situations; he is fascinating – just super!The family manI try to spend as much time as I can with my family – we fly kites, play football, computer games, swim, sometimes we just get bored together! I also love going out of the city, out in the wilderness, being one with Nature. I try to cook whenever I get the time; to me cooking is like meditation. When it comes to eating, I do watch what I eat; everything in moderation is what I believe in. And I stay away from processed foods.last_img read more

10 Army soldiers in Rio bound Indian contingent

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) When the Indian athletes will be striving to better countrys London Olympics medal haul of six at the Rio Games in August, at least 10 of them would be from the Indian Army. Of the 10 Indian soldiers, three will be competing in the shooting events while seven have qualified for Athletics events. The country has won so far 66 Olympic quota place for the Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21. Indian Army has laid out the road map for a concerted vision for maximum qualifications for the Rio Olympics with the aim of finishing strong at the podium. The training of the qualified sportsperson is being carried out through a scientific approach being planned & executed through Army Sports Institute, Pune and Army Marksmanship Unit, Mhow among other institutions under the flagship initiative of Mission Olympics, an Army official said. Naik Subedar Jitu Rai, the 2014 Asian Games gold medallist shooter, has won the quota in 50m Air Pistol event and is presently training in AMU, Mhow. He had booked the quota place in September 2014, during the 51st ISSF World Championship by winning a silver medal. Subedar Gurpreet Singh, a sapper, had last May during 3rd ISSF World Cup, won the quota in 10m Air Pistol category. Naik Subedar Chain Singh, who has qualified for 50m Rifle 3 Position, is an infantry soldier from JAK Light Regiment, he booked quota place in August 2015 during 4th ISSF World Cup by securing eighth position. Havaldar Sandeep Singh from JAT Regiment will compete in in 50 km Walk. Havaldar Nitender Singh Rawat from Kumaon Regiment, Havildar Kheta Ram from JAT Regiment and Havildar Gopi T from the Regiment of Artillery will all compete in Full Marathon. All four are training at Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune. Havildar Ganapathi will compete in 20km Walk. He is from Madras Regiment and qualified for the Games during National Open Race Walking Championship by wining a silver medal. Another Madras Regiment soldier Havildar Irfan KT qualified last month during the National Open Race Walking Championship by securing fourth position. Havildar Devender Singh from Rajputna Rifles Regiment qualified in 20 km Walk at at the same event by securing sixth position. PTI SAP AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Modi announces smart city in Pune: All you need to know about the ‘Smart Cities’ project

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi has kickstarted the ‘Smart CityMission’ in Pune involving 83 projects across 20 cities in India. Modiannounced the project himself at Pune’s Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex oneyear after it’s announcement. PM Narendra Modi said that “Cities canfight poverty and it is necessary to strengthen their capacity to fight thepoverty.”Here are some key facts about the ‘Smart Cities’ project: 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.  9.  10.  Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Neymar shines on PSG debut, Radamel Falcao inspires Monaco

first_imgNeymar lived up to expectations as he showed his class on his Ligue 1 debut on Sunday, scoring one and setting up another goal in Paris St Germain’s 3-0 win at En Avant Guingamp.The Brazilian, who joined PSG for a record-shattering 222 million euros ($262.47 million) from Barcelona this month, found Edinson Cavani with a perfectly-timed, defence-splitting pass after the break and the Uruguay striker added to Jordan Ikoko’s own goal.Cavani returned the favour with a perfect cut back and Neymar poked the ball home eight minutes from time.The record attendance at the tiny Roudourou stadium was broken as 18,378 fans attended the much-anticipated debut of the Brazil forward.Neymar regularly made himself available and his neat passing in small spaces gave PSG several chances, his relationship with Cavani looking particularly promising.In the 35th minute, he scooped a delicate cross above the defence but Marquinhos’s header crashed onto the bar.Karl-Johan Johnsson then tipped Cavani’s free kick over his bar as Guingamp held firm.Neymar continued to treat the crowd to some delicate turns, but it was a rookie mistake that put the visitors ahead seven minutes into the second half, when Ikoko’s pass back to his keeper ended up in the net.The Brazilian was more decisive on the next goal as he set up Cavani, the Uruguayan scoring with a low shot after he collected his new team mate’s long pass in the 62nd minute.Twenty minutes later, Neymar was at the receiving end of Cavani’s work to wrap a near-perfect debut.advertisementPSG are second on six points, behind Olympique Lyonnais on goals scored with Monaco, who thrashed Dijon 4-1 away earlier on Sunday, in third place also on six points.Despite Monaco fans’ concerns that French prodigy Kylian Mbappe might be leaving, they know they can still trust Radamel Falcao after the Colombian striker hit a treble.France international Mbappe was left on the bench amid speculation that he wants to join PSG but he was not needed as Monaco equalled the record of 14 consecutive wins in the French league.Falcao scored twice before the break and once after to take his tally to four goals in two games while Jemerson netted another.Earlier, Lille were beaten 3-0 at promoted RC Strasbourg, conceding all three goals after striker Nicolas de Preville took over as goalkeeper following the sending off of Mike Maignan in the 63rd minute.last_img read more

APM Terminals to Sell Container Terminal in Izmir

first_imgIzmir Container Terminal; Image Courtesy: APM TerminalsMaersk’s APM Terminals has reached agreement to divest its container terminal in Izmir, Turkey to its current partner State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).As part of the sales agreement, APM Terminals will continue managing the terminal. In the new structure, operating company Petlim will be fully owned by SOCAR Turkey, and managed by APM Terminals.The terminal, to be named Petlim Container Terminal, located in Aliağa, is the largest container terminal in Turkey’s Aegean region, and the third largest in Turkey, with a capacity of 1.3 million TEU per year.“We believe that SOCAR will further develop the terminal which has not only achieved excellent safety standards, but also the highest berth productivity in the area,” APM Terminals said announcing the deal.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to finalize in the coming months.last_img read more

Lowpressure trough to bring more rain till Thursday

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted light to moderate rainfall in various South Bengal districts, including the city, till Thursday.The weather office said that a low-pressure trough has formed over West-Central Bay of Bengal and it would gain some strength before advancing towards the South Bengal. It would bring moderate to heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of the state. An alert has already been issued to the coastal district administration. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea as the sea may remain turbulent till Thursday. The city may receive scattered rainfall in the next 72 hours. Various South Bengal districts received scattered rainfall on Monday, while the city and its adjoining areas mostly stayed dry. According to the weather office prediction, the situation will improve from Friday. It is also predicted that a strong breeze measuring around 45-50 km per hour may be sweeping through the coastal districts of East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas. There may be thundershower in the Western districts in the evening hours of Tuesday and Wednesday. All the North Bengal districts may also receive considerable amount of rainfall in the next 48 hours, predicted the weather office.last_img read more

Highlights of Tuesdays British Columbia budget

first_imgVICTORIA – Highlights of British Columbia’s 2018-19 budget presented Tuesday:— Effective Wednesday, a tax on foreign homebuyers increases by $5,000 to $20,000 and expands from Metro Vancouver to include homes in the Victoria-area, the Fraser Valley, the central Okanagan district in the province’s Interior, and the Nanaimo Regional District.— A new speculation tax will be introduced in the fall aimed at foreign and domestic homeowners who don’t pay taxes in B.C., affecting properties in Metro Vancouver, the Victoria area, Fraser Valley, Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.— The property transfer tax on homes with a fair market value of more than $3 million increases to five per cent from three per cent.— More than $6 billion will be spent over the next 10 years to create 114,000 housing units for families, seniors, students and women and children escaping domestic violence.— Medical service plan premiums will be eliminated on Jan. 1, 2020, saving an individual up to $900 a year and families up to $1,800 annually.— Starting Jan. 1, 2019, employers with payrolls of more than $500,000 will pay a new employer health tax, which is forecast to raise $1.9 billion in revenue in 2019-20.— Beginning April 1, funding will be provided to licensed care providers to provide a $350 a month cut in the cost of a child care space.— A new affordable child care benefit will start in September providing up to $1,250 a month per child.— An additional $1 billion will be spent over the next three years to expand access to licensed child care, which the province says is part of its plan to create more than 22,000 new spaces.— Fares will be frozen on BC Ferries’ three major routes and fares will be cut by 15 per cent on small routes.— A forecast surplus of $219 million, with projections for surpluses to continue through the 2020-21 fiscal year.— The government estimates it will spend $53.6 billion in the next fiscal year, up from an updated forecast of $51.8 billion for 2017-18.— Economic growth for 2018 is forecast at 2.3 per cent, down from 3.4 per cent in 2017.last_img read more

Celebrity Experience Auctions Help The Red Cross

first_imgMusic fans interested in sitting in a VIP suite with Ryan Seacrest at Wango Tango, or getting a signed bass guitar from Motley Crue now have the chance to access these experiences with!You only have until April 26th to make a bid and support The American Red Cross.Experiences also include the chance to meet or attend sold-out performances with A-list luminaries across the sports, comedy and dance worlds offered exclusively via to the above experiences are here with more details:· See Shakira, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Christina Aguilera, and More at Wango Tango- Enjoy this amazing concert in Carson in a VIP suite with Ryan Seacrest, five of your friends and a gang of celebrities. Access the auction here.· Tickets to Motley Crue’s Farewell Performance- Attend this coveted performance in Irvine and experience one of Motley Crue’s final concerts and get signed bass guitar. Access the auction here.· Private Piano & Voice Lessons with A Great Big World. – Join the band known for their hit single “Say Something” and enjoy a private piano and voice lesson in LA with your closest friend. You will get one hour with the band in LA plus a digital piano to take home. Access the auction here.There are many more experiences with your favorite stars – including Justin Timberlake, Shania Twain, Chelsea Handler, Lionel Richie and many more – up for auction. Click here to see more.last_img read more

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

first_imgA British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand is suing Elon Musk, alleging that the Tesla CEO falsely accused him of being a pedophile.Diver Vernon Unsworth, who lives north of London, contends that Musk made the false allegation on Twitter and then repeated multiple other falsehoods after the dramatic rescue of a dozen youth soccer players and their coach in July.The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations. Tesla did not respond to requests for comment Monday.Musk called Unsworth a “pedo” in a tweet to his 22.5 million followers after Unsworth criticized Musk in a July 13 television interview with CNN about the rescue.Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn’t used and in the interview, Unsworth called it a “PR stunt” and said it wouldn’t have worked to free the boys who were trapped in the flooded cave. He also said Musk “can stick his submarine somewhere where it hurts.”The lawsuit alleges that Musk, apparently angered by Unsworth’s remarks, began a campaign to destroy his reputation “by publishing false and heinous accusations of criminality against him to the public.”In a series of tweets July 15, Musk, who personally delivered the submarine to the cave, wrote that he never saw Unsworth and challenged him to show a video of the final rescue. “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it,” Musk tweeted. Later on Twitter, Musk wrote “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”Later Musk deleted the tweets and apologized after being criticized by shareholders, the lawsuit alleged, stating in a tweet that his words were “spoken in anger” and that the sub was built out of kindness according to specifications from the dive team leader.But on Aug. 28, Musk tweeted about Unsworth once again, writing: “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me? He was offered free legal services.” The lawsuit states that with the tweet, Musk sought to tell the average reader that Unsworth’s failure to sue at the time was evidence that Unsworth is a pedophile.Two days after the Aug. 28 tweet, Musk emailed a BuzzFeed News reporter, suggesting that the reporter investigate Unsworth and “stop defending child rapists,” according to the lawsuit, which is 65 pages with exhibits.“He’s an old, single white guy from England who’s been travelling or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years,” Musk wrote, adding that Unsworth moved in Thailand “for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time,” according to the lawsuit.Then in a second email to BuzzFeed, Musk accused Unsworth of being a liar and said he wasn’t on the cave dive team.“Mr. Unsworth is not a pedophile. Mr. Unsworth has never engaged in an act of pedophilia. Mr. Unsworth is not a child rapist,” the lawsuit stated, adding that Unsworth has never been married to a minor.Unsworth has a “significant other” in Thailand, a 40-year-old woman with whom he shares a house, according to the lawsuit. He first started going to Thailand in 2011, where he explored and mapped caves, the documents stated.The lawsuit explains Unsworth’s role in the rescue, saying that on June 23, when the soccer players became trapped, several Thai officials called and asked him to go to the cave as soon as possible. He was the first foreign rescuer to arrive.He recommended that the Thai government seek help from divers in the United Kingdom, and Unsworth called friend and fellow diver Rob Harper. Harper, who had just returned from exploring Thai caves with Unsworth, brought two other divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, to help with the rescue.The boys, ages 11-16, were found July 2 by Volanthen and Stanton, according to the lawsuit.The last soccer player was rescued July 8. “Together with Mr. Unsworth, Mr. Harper, Mr. Volanthen, and Mr. Stanton put together the dive portion of the rescue plan that ultimately saved the boys,” the lawsuit stated. It concedes that Unsworth was not involved in the final planning stages of the rescue because he didn’t have enough experience to make the dive.The lawsuit was filed by lawyers led by L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta attorney who has represented plaintiffs in several high-profile libel cases including the family of homicide victim JonBenet Ramsey and security guard Richard Jewel, who was accused in media reports of being a suspect in a 1996 bombing during the Olympics in Atlanta, a crime committed by anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph. The documents said a separate lawsuit would be filed in England.Unsworth will not do interviews, Wood said, but the attorney said in a statement that Musk’s wealth “cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law.”Unsworth’s British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said that “Twibels (Twitter libels) show that falsehoods by the rich and powerful can circulate round the globe to their 22.5 million followers and to the media before the truth can pull its boots on.”“The truth has now got its boots on and Elon Musk is being brought to account for repeatedly attacking and taunting the good name of an ordinary spelunker: Vernon Unsworth who answered the call and (with others) put his life on the line to help rescue the 13 trapped in the caves in Thailand,” he said.Stephens did not say when Unsworth planned to file a claim in the British courts.___Krisher reported from Detroit. Jill Lawless contributed to this report from London.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon invites US President Bush to attend UN climate change debate

17 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today invited United States President George W. Bush to attend a high-level United Nations debate on climate change to be held this fall. “On climate change, which is a very important issue for all humankind, I appreciate President Bush’s initiative, during the Heiligendamm G-8 Summit meeting,” Mr. Ban told reporters after his meeting with the US leader in Washington, DC.The two men discussed a number of global hotspots, including Sudan’s Darfur region and the Middle East.Regarding the situation in Iraq, which the Secretary-General characterized as “the problem of the whole world,” he pledged the UN’s continued support to the country’s Government and people.“We are going to help with political facilitation as well as economic and social reconstruction,” he said.The International Compact process – a five-year plan for peace and development – as well as the expanded foreign ministers meeting will “provide a good opportunity for the Iraqi people and the international community to work together for peace and security in Iraq,” he noted.The Secretary-General welcomed the developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where this weekend UN inspectors verified the shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor.“I hope that the parties concerned, including DPRK, will take necessary measures to implement this joint statement to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as soon as possible,” he said.Mr. Ban held his first-ever meeting with World Bank President Robert Zoellick, and conferred on the importance of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a series of targets to slash social ills by 2015.He also met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with whom he discussed the work of the Middle East Quartet, whose principal members – the UN, US, European Union and Russian Federation – are meeting in Lisbon later this week. read more

On World Maritime Day UN official urges tribute to seafarers

Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, the Secretary-General of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), used his message for World Maritime Day to draw attention to the maritime workers, whose efforts, he said, went largely unacknowledged.He said that in selecting the theme for this year’s Day – “2010: Year of the Seafarer” – IMO’s intention was to use it as an opportunity “to reassure those who labour at the ‘sharp end’ of the industry – the seafarers themselves – that those of us who work in other areas of the maritime community, and yet whose actions have a direct bearing on seafarers’ everyday lives, understand the extreme pressures they face and approach our tasks with genuine interest and concern for them and their families.” Mr. Mitropoulos urged members of the shipping industry to maintain high standards; enshrine best practices; embrace corporate social responsibility; provide a clean, safe and comforting workplace; recognize and adequately reward those worked for them.In addition, he called on political leaders to work towards the ratification, entry into force and implementation of all the international measures that have a bearing on seafarers’ safety and security.Legislators and law enforcers should strive to treat seafarers fairly, while port and immigration authorities had the responsibility to treat them with respect.“To the 1.5 million seafarers of the world: the entire maritime community appreciates you and your indispensable services; is aware of the conditions under which you operate; shows compassion for the sacrifices you make; does care for you; and works to ensure your safety and security, praying that you always have calm seas, fair winds and a safe return home,” Mr. Mitropoulos said.While IMO celebrates World Maritime Day every year, the exact date is left to individual Governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September. The Day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO’s work.The Day is being celebrated at the agency’s London headquarters today. In addition, Argentina will host this year’s 2010 IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event, with celebrations in Buenos Aires on 7 and 8 October, including a seminar on the first day, followed by the unveiling of a Plaque in Honour of the Seafarer on the second. 23 September 2010The head of the United Nations agency mandated to ensure the safety of the shipping industry today urged the world to recognize the important role played by seafarers in international maritime trade and make efforts to improve their unique working lives. read more

From wine ice cream to maple water here are 5 products from

This undated product image provided by Drink Maple shows the Drink Maple Pure Maple Water. The Concord, Mass. company says its Maple Water is tapped straight from maple trees. The company says it’s sold in about 800 stores throughout the Northeast, including at select Whole Foods and small health food stores. (Drink Maple via AP) From wine ice cream to maple water, here are 5 products from big NYC food show by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2015 8:15 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn’t quite fulfil its destiny.Those were some of the alternate-universe products at this week’s 61st annual Fancy Food Show. Many have limited distribution and aren’t easy to find, but could signal coming trends.Buyers for places like supermarkets milled about the trade show at the sprawling Jacob Javits Center in New York City, tasting the treats on display and stuffing bags with free samples.“It’s like a secret wonderland of food,” said Louise Kramer, a spokeswoman for the Specialty Food Association, the trade group that puts on the show. The expo, which featured more than 100,000 products, is not open to the public.Here are five potential foods of the future exhibitors were showing off:___WINE ICE CREAMInstead of a glass, this wine can be served in a cone.Mercer’s, a dairy in upstate New York, was offering tastes of its “wine ice cream,” which has up to 5 per cent alcohol. The ice creams come in eight flavours including “Strawberry Sparkling” and “Chocolate Cabernet.”Roxaina Hurlburt, a co-owner of Mercer’s, said the dairy has been making traditional ice cream for 60 years and started packaging the wine ice cream in 2008. She said it’s sold online and in a couple of hundred locations around the country, including places like casinos and wineries.___MAPLE WATERIs maple water the next coconut water?Drink Maple, based in Concord, Massachusetts, sells bottles of maple water it says is tapped from maple trees.It’s the same stuff that’s boiled down into maple syrup, but don’t expect a thick and sticky drink. The clear liquid has the consistency of water and a lightly sweetened taste, with a 12-ounce bottle labeled as having 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar. The product also seems to hit on all the prevailing dietary trends: the company’s website notes maple water is “low calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO.”It also says “no trees are harmed” in the collection process.The company says it’s sold in about 800 stores throughout the Northeast, including at select Whole Foods and small health food stores.___“SEXY” SNACKSHolding a bag of chips with the word “Sexy” in big letters can cure shyness. At least that’s what Sexy snacks founder Robert Ehrlich told visitors to his booth.“When you hold a bag, you are sort of empowering yourself,” he says.The most notable aspects of the snacks may be the name and Ehrlich, whose claim to fame is his founding of Pirate’s Booty. Ehrlich says the snacks are a way for people to brand themselves, as they might with sneakers or handbags. The company, based in Sea Cliff, N.Y., says its products are sold in about 1,500 locations.The popcorn comes in flavours like “Bangin’ Cheddar” and “Brazilian Coconut,” and the chips in flavours including “Spinach & Matcha Tea.”___HALF-POPPED KERNELSDo you think those half-popped kernels at the bottom of the popcorn bag are the best part? Now two companies are selling bags of just those bits.HalfPops and Pop’d Kerns offer the snacks in different flavours, with a one-ounce serving containing between 130 and 160 calories, depending on the flavour.HalfPops, based in Bellevue, Washington, says it uses a proprietary process to cook the kernels. Six-ounce bags of HalfPops are available online and at about 2,000 locations, including some Whole Foods and Wegman’s, said Mike Watts, the company’s vice-president of marketing.___BROCCOLI BITESA prevalent theme at the expo was snacks made from unusual ingredients; think bags of roasted chickpeas, cheese puffs made out of beans, and chips made out of seaweed.Another example that fell into that category was Broccoli Bites from Rhythm Foods, which also makes kale chips. Before they’re dehydrated, the broccoli is tossed in a dressing made with seeds, herbs and spices to add flavour and prevent crumbling. Each 1.5-ounce bag has 150 calories.Even though kale has surged in popularity in recent years, Rhythm Foods CEO Scott Jensen said he expects the broccoli snacks to be a lot easier to explain and sell to buyers.And he’s already working the next vegetable snack: cauliflower.___________Follow Candice Choi at read more

Global Goals on poverty and hunger require 265 billion annually – UN

President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Kanayo F. Nwanze, addresses the opening in Rome of a conference focused on finding innovative ways to finance rural development. Photo: IFAD The conference comes at a critical time with political changes and humanitarian crises – such as war, migration and natural disasters – reshaping global priorities and potentially diverting money away from development.The majority of these poor and hungry people live in rural areas of developing countries. Investments need to be targeted to transform rural areas into vibrant places that offer all people the opportunity to have decent jobs and lead dignified lives free of poverty and hunger.Mr. Nwanze stressed that the financing needs for development are enormous, but so are the opportunities. “Agri-food is already a $5 trillion sector, and it is growing,” he said. “It holds tremendous promise for the private sector and for producers in developing countries.”Co-organised by IFAD, the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Brookings Institution and the University of Warwick, the conference brings together development agencies, governments, philanthropic organisations, the private sector, academia and farmers’ organisations to look at innovative ways to mobilise money and smarter ways to spend it. IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, it has provided about $18 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached some 462 million people. “The need is urgent,” Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said at last night’s opening of a conference, titled “Investing in inclusive rural transformation: innovative approaches to financing,” held in Rome, Italy on 26-27 January. “Despite decades of commitments and considerable effort to end poverty and hunger, nearly 800 million children, women and men still go hungry every day, and an almost equal number live in extreme poverty,” he added, stressing the need to be more creative in using public resources and mobilise financing.He also emphasized the need to make it easier for the private sector and philanthropists to invest in rural areas, where rates of poverty and hunger are highest.Speakers agreed it cannot be left up to governments alone. In 2015, Official Development Assistance (ODA) was approximately $192 billion and only $9 billion of that was earmarked for agriculture. read more

Wenco Mine Performance Suite 6 reimagines dispatching and analytics

first_imgWenco International Mining Systems announces the release of Wenco Mine Performance Suite 6. The culmination of several years of research and development, the sixth version of the Wenco Mine Performance Suite pushes the boundaries of mine software. It moves Wenco beyond traditional dispatch systems, incorporating user interface enhancements and across-the-suite integration for improved insights, safety and performance.System 6 builds on Wenco’s 30-year history in mining systems with several step-changes to its suite of solutions. This version includes a complete reimagining of flagship Wencomine Fleet Management System that enable customers to gain even more performance from every shift. Expanded data exchange and interoperability across the Wenco suite – including machine guidance, collision avoidance, maintenance, and business intelligence offerings – empower customers to leverage their data to extract even more value from their mines.Revolutionary changes in the user interface – such as tight integration of the maps and dispatch interfaces and a complete redesign for the automated dispatch configuration – provide dispatchers a more efficient and intuitive way to monitor and interact with their mobile fleet. “We have received great feedback from our beta site users which indicated this was a major step forward towards improving efficiency and reducing pressure on dispatchers,” said Andrea Blazenko, Product Manager, Wencomine Fleet.Taking Wenco’s pioneering innovations in dispatch automation a step further, the Wencomine Dynamic Dispatch algorithm now completely automates routine activities, such as shift changes, breaks, and fuelling. These advances further reduce the demand on dispatch and optimise truck activity for efficiency.Wenco has focused extensive effort on offering mines more value and insight from data. System 6 helps dispatchers and managers gather more insights in real-time – and over the life of the mine – with improved dashboards, data cleansing, and business intelligence support. New Wenco dashboards deliver real-time insights, displaying payload compliance percentage, wait times, bucket-by-bucket loading, hourly progress to production target, and more. These dashboards make it easy to identify and assist underperforming production before the shift is complete.Extensive upgrades to haul cycle analytics give users and managers the confidence of knowing precisely how dispatch automation is performing independent of other factors, encouraging greater insight, confidence, and user adoption. Advanced data cleansing prepares data for storage, ensuring simplicity and clarity when building reports or connecting to business intelligence applications to extract broader insight.Leveraging its interoperability enhancements, the Wenco Mine Performance Suite 6 introduces two highly anticipated solutions:• Avoca BI — a powerful data warehousing and mine intelligence application• ReadyLine — a predictive maintenance planning and condition monitoring solution“Our customers are starting to look closer at how to unlock hidden value in data collected across their operations. There is also a tremendous opportunity with predictive maintenance solutions to significantly increase component life and prevent catastrophic failures for more predictable availability,” said David Noble, Vice President, Research and Developmentlast_img read more

The Best Missing a football match to help a leukemia patient

first_imgGerman footballer Lennart Thy might have saved a life after missing one Eredivisie game to donate stem cells in MarchWhen a fan thinks about footballers, they always think about fame and fortune. Many people believe this football stars are out of reach and don’t care about the fans.But German footballer Lennart Thy has shown everybody otherwise.In March of this year, the VVV-Venlo striker missed an important Dutch Eredivisie clash with PSV Eindhoven.The reason? He went to the hospital to donate stem cells and try to help a leukemia patient.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…This unselfish reason has made him the winner of the FIFA Fair Play Award 2018 in The Best Gala Awards.Past 10 FIFA Fair Play Award Winners: 2009: Bobby Robson – England 2010: Haiti Women’s national U17 team 2011: Japan Football Association 2012: Uzbekistan Football Association 2013: Afghanistan Football Association 2014: World Cup volunteers 2015: Football organizations supporting refugees 2016: Atlético Nacional – Colombia 2017: Francis Koné – Togo 2018: Lennart Thy – GermanyCongratulations, Lennart Thy 👏Winner of The FIFA Fair Play Award 2018 🏆#TheBest #FIFAFootballAwards— #TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 24, 2018last_img read more

Dembele Everyone will be very motivated to play against City

first_imgTottenham Hotspur player Mousa Dembélé has urged his teammates to remain focused during Monday night’s Premier League game against Manchester City.The top of the table clash is set to define the fate of both teams this season according to Dembele.Man City have continued from where they left off last year as they remain unbeaten going into the game at Wembley, having only dropped points against Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers.And Moussa Dembele sees Monday’s clash as being of great importance for both sides.“Obviously it’s an important game – everyone knows how important it is,” he told the club website.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“For us, we know it’s just as vital as any other game, so we need to be focused to try to get the win.“Everyone will be very motivated to play against them and I think this could be an important game for both teams’ seasons.”“I think we are doing well this season in the Premier League, but we have to finish games off much more quickly,” the Belgian international admitted.“I think in the Premier League we are winning games and we need to continue in that spirit.”last_img read more

Paradise Granite ordered to pay 134097 in back wages and liquidated damages

first_imgAlabama-based countertop installation organisation Paradise Granite has been ordered to pay $134,097 (£104,639.91) in back wages and liquidated damages to 22 employees, due to violations of overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).The violations were uncovered by an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Department of Labor, which has also issued the organisation with a civil penalty of $8,097 (£6,318.33).WHD investigators found that Paradise Granite had paid straight time rates to hourly employees when they worked more than 40 hours in a week, rather than paying time-and-one-half for overtime. The employer also paid other workers flat salaries, without regard to the number of hours worked.This practice, said the US Department of Labor, created overtime violations when those employees worked more than 40 hours in a week but were not paid overtime. The department also said the employer failed to record the number of hours worked by some members of staff.Kenneth Stripling, Birmingham district director for the WHD, said: “Employers [that] fail to comply with federal labour laws and short their workers’ pay gain an unfair advantage over employers [that] play by the rules. We will continue to provide tools to employers that help them understand their obligations, and to enforce these laws to level the playing field for employers.”Previously, an investigation into the activity of a related organisation owned by the same employer also uncovered overtime violations.Paradise Granite was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Is Mobile The Next Big Bump For City and Regional Mags

first_imgT.J. Raphael is the Associate Editor of FOLIO:. Follow her on Twitter: @TJRaphael The mobile Web has been a challenge, to say the least, for even the largest content publishers, and when it comes to city and regional magazines, strategies range from exploratory to non-existent. This month’s issue of FOLIO: has put a spotlight on city and regional magazine publishers and their strategies for reaching audiences, and advertisers, in the digital marketplace—our report shows that some publishers in this market are, in fact, responding aggressively to the changing marketplace despite previously held reservations.  “Most city and regional magazines are struggling to grow digital divisions because we’ve been print publications all along,” Ralph Martinelli, publisher of New York-based 55,000-circ Westchester Magazine, told FOLIO: in our April issue. “We’re expanding our digital division into a separate entity—one of our main goals is to do a tremendous amount of daily digital-only content that does not appear in print, and we’ve brought in digital-only editors. From a sales point of view, our digital-only reps partner with the print ad reps to present complete packages that includes print, digital and events.” The mobile, digital advertising market could be the next big thing for city and regional magazines—at least according to a new forecast from BIA/Kelsey, a local media and advertising research and consultancy firm.The firm predicts that mobile local advertising revenues will grow from $1.2 billion in 2012 to $9.1 billion in 2017, representing a compound annual growth rate of 43.9 percent. For the total U.S. mobile ad spending market, the firm estimates this sector to grow from $3.2 billion in 2012 to $16.8 billion in 2017.“This puts locally targeted mobile ads at 38 percent of overall U.S. mobile ad spending in 2012, growing to 54 percent in 2017,” a statement from the company says. While search and display is top of mind, the firm notes that other areas of mobile are also growing:Display advertising applied to apps and mobile Web inventory is estimated to grow from $379 million in 2012 to $2.7 billion in 2017.Search will grow from $704 million in 2012 to $5.7 billion in 2017.SMS messaging will grow from $101 million to $162 million in 2017.Video distributed within apps and mobile Web inventory will grow from $38 million in 2012 to $515 million 2017.Since local mobile ad revenue is estimated to account for a whopping 54 percent of overall U.S. mobile ad spending, city and regional magazines are well positioned to tap the national advertising market in ways they never dreamed of. Local communities not only trust city and regional mags, but these brands have the audience infrastructure and local knowledge to offer national ad partners exciting new options in their quest for local ad messaging.last_img read more

HPMHarveyHeroes Grace Hoover A Volunteer From Canada

first_imgTo find more info about the Giving Hub, visit 611 W. 22nd Street  to see what the center still needs. Many people sit back and feel sorry when tragedy strikes. While thoughts and prayers offer emotional support, some people get the urge to do more.In comes Grace Hoover, who made it her mission to cross international lines and go from Winnipeg, Canada, to Houston, to do whatever she could to help  with Harvey’s aftermath.She and a few friends made their way to the dry goods distribution center the Giving Hub,  on 611 W. 22nd Street, after flying to Dallas, renting a truck, and filling it with supplies. Sharelast_img