Left out of India’s U-17 World Cup squad, Delhi teenager Shubham wants to show his talent with Dynamos

first_imgOn July 2017, Delhi forward Shubham Sarangi was the face of India’s under-17 squad preparing for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October. Sitting alongside midfielder Rahul KP and coach Luis Norton de Matos, the 17-year-old addressed the media here with panache, boasting about his experience in foreign tours and India’s chances in the mega event.A month later, Shubham was left out of the final squad that went on to create history as the first national team to play a FIFA World Cup. Leaving ghosts of that hurtful time, Shubham has begun second inningsof his career with Delhi Dynamos, plying his trade in the Indian Super League.Dynamos announced Shubham’s signing last week after a two-month trial with the club’s academy.”It was a setback in my life as I expected to be selected. Ever since, I didn’t try to look back. I trained for a month on my own before Delhi Dynamos asked me to join the academy for a trial. Now, I am happy to be a part of this big club and I want to make an impact in the ISL,” Shubham told Mail Today on the eve of Dynamos’ home encounter with Kerala Blasters.Dynamos, as Shubham said, is a perfect platform for him to prove his worth, something that was overlooked a few months ago. “Well, of course I have a point to prove. I am seeing my former teammates playing for Indian Arrows and I am happy for them. They have been doing well but I think about the opportunity I have. It’s obviously a huge thing to play in the ISL, though I understand it will be tough for me to find a place in the first XI. I think I’ll learn a lot in next three months,” said Shubham, who was an unused substitute in team’s 2-2 draw against Chennaiyin FC.advertisementCompeting with the likes of Lallianzuala Chhangte and Jeroen Lumu on the flanks, Shubham might have to sit his chance for a while but the Delhi lad said he would welcome any chance that comes his way.”Yes, of course, it’s a challenge for me. There are really good players playing in the same position as me and I am aware that it won’t be easy. I think whatever chance I get, I need cash in on it and make sure I help the team whichever way possible,” he suggested.Shubham also draws confidence from being the only player from Delhi in the Dynamos side, news that was well received by his family and friends.”I am proud for the fact that I am playing for Delhi. My parents were very happy when I signed for the club, more so because I am just 17 and going to play for one of the big clubs in India. This gives me anextra dose of confidence to perform well for the team,” he said.Impressed by coach Miguel Angel Portugal’s policy to hand youngsters a chance to showcase their talent, Shubham is eager to don the Lions’ jersey and lift the momentum in an otherwise lowly season for the Capital side.last_img read more

Dedication and Commitment

first_imgBy Julian BuckmasterNo two words better exemplify and embody the performance of the Australian open teams’ successful return of the Trans Tasman trophy to these shores following a 12-month sabbatical across the ditch. It was swift and sweet but it was grit and toil and a large dose of dedication and commitment at the heart of Australia’s stunning and emphatic 3-0 series win over New Zealand.But while the Australian players, coaches and support teams demonstrated these key attributes in spades over the Anzac weekend in Mudgee to secure the silverware, and notably with an exclamation mark on the eve of 2015 TWC, it’s often the unsung heroes who don’t strive for medals or titles. But, significantly, are no less deserving while putting in the hard yards and delivering quantity with quality in the service of our great sport.Immediately following the close of this successful series and on field presentations at Glen Willow Stadium in Mudgee, the Australian teams bunkered down for a breather to reflect on their achievements at a special closed ceremony to recognise and award their great achievements. To the winners the spoils and awards assigned to those very deserving. Not the least the elusive Trans Tasman trophy happy to be back on the continent and on proud and prominent display to all who contributed to its belated return. And, significantly, awards presented also to those whose efforts beyond the stripe often go unheralded and unrewarded.TFA CEO Colm Maguire, paid special tribute to the teams and staff in light of above, but fittingly to one TFA staff member, a special tribute and award, to suit.The Phil Smith Medal is presented annually by TFA to recognise a tireless worker and performer that personifies the effort and drive and service of like individuals; much like the medal’s namesake, one of Touch Football’s true pioneers.Whether it’s posting, or tweeting or researching, reporting or photographing, no one in the sport is more dedicated and committed to the task of informing the world of the world of touch and all it’s tales and travails from TFA Central.Lauren Pritchard, whose talents are well known at TFA and in the Touch Football fraternity, but typically goes about her work with a smile and the minimum of fuss and exposure, was rightly recognised by her peers in the Australian teams’ contingent as this year’s worthy medal recipient.Her tireless efforts and often sleepless nights bears testimony to her own brand of dedication and commitment providing great social/media coverage of this and several other events in years past.It’s these attributes and Colm’s reference of dedication and commitment that so clearly reflect and resemble “Pritch”; and to which the sport and the team at TFA all truly admire and are forever grateful.Befitting the team work and selflessness that highlighted the Australian teams 2014 campaign, Lauren shared the Phil Smith Medal on equal votes with another tireless performer and invaluable volunteer, Steve Cunningham.Fresh from physio and flag bearing duties, Steve joined Lauren on stage to receive the medal and the generous applause from all in attendance.The late Phil Smith could be no prouder of these two and their unstinting support of the sport, in honour of his name and his like contribution.To these winners, the spoils.Related LinksPhil Smith Medallast_img read more

Joel Klatt Has Insane Praise For Oklahoma Coach Lincoln Riley

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing an Oklahoma Sooners visor.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has accomplished a lot in his first two years at the helm. He’s produced back-to-back Big 12 titles, Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, College Football Playoff appearances, and No. 1 overall draft picks.But after leading the Sooners to an easy win at home over the Houston Cougars, Lincoln Riley has gained a new fan as well: Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt.In a recent appearance on The Herd, Klatt gushed over how good Riley is. He went so far as to call the Sooners head coach “the best offensive mind” he’s ever seen. Klatt putt Riley on par with Florida and South Carolina legend Steve Spurrier as an offensive genius.Klatt also pointed to how quickly he was able to get quarterback Jalen Hurts to buy into the system mere months after joining the program. “(His offense) is complicated enough for the defense to look at and not know what’s going on yet simple enough that the quarterback to work through the plays fast. He got Jalen [Hurts] ready to play much faster than he got Kyler [Murray] or Baker [Mayfield] ready to play. Remember Baker and Kyler were both in the program for a while before they played,” Klatt said.”I think Lincoln Riley is the best offensive mind I’ve seen. He’s doing things that are next level.”@joelklatt breaks down why he thinks @OU_Football’s head coach is a “master” at offense.(via @TheHerd)pic.twitter.com/z14day2flV— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 4, 2019Unsurprisingly, Oklahoma emerged from Week 1 as the No. 4 team in the nation, and the highest-ranked school in the Big 12.Though Riley has yet to bring the Sooners to the top of the mountain with a national title, it feels like it’s only a matter of time.last_img read more

Government Taking Strategic Steps to Secure the Country’s Borders

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says there are global issues which affect Jamaica’s safety and security, one of which is the availability of small arms and their importation into the country.The Prime Minister took his message of secure Jamaica, to the Diaspora this week.Speaking to members of the foreign services in Europe at the Jamaican High Commission in London on Wednesday (July 26), Prime Minister Holness outlined strategic steps that have been taken to protect the country’s borders.“We have taken some steps internally to secure our borders by the acquisition of certain assets that will help us to stem the illegal flows through illegal channels, but there is the bigger issue of illegal flows through legal channels such as our ports,” he explained.Prime Minister Holness added that the issue of safety and security is the number one priority of the government. He said the Government is treating national security as a major concern of government as a whole and not a particular ministry.“In the same way we have recalibrated our foreign policy to support economic growth and development, we will do the same recalibration of our foreign policy to support safety and security of Jamaica,” stated the prime minister.Mr Holness underscored the need to protect citizens especially in high crime zones and in areas where public safety is threatened.He stressed that the government will reassert itself in those areas while upholding human rights and the rule of law.last_img read more

MOL Oshima Get AIP for Wind Challenger Design

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MOL Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Oshima Shipbuilding have jointly obtained Approval in Principle (AIP) from ClassNK for the design of a hard sail system.The system converts wind energy to propulsive force with telescopic hard sail, and is a fundamental technology of the “Wind Challenger Project” that the parties are spearheading.Along with other participating organizations, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding have played a central role in research and development on the Wind Challenger Project, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using wind energy. Obtaining the AIP marks the completion of the initial design related to the sail structure and controls, the companies said.MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding will continue to move toward a detailed design and implementation for the Wind Challenger Project, with the aim to launch of a newbuilding vessel equipped with a hard sail. That would reduce the vessel’s GHG emissions by about 5% on a Japan-Australia voyage, and about 8% on Japan-North America West Coast voyage.The long-term goal is to develop a widely accepted solution to achieve the IMO target in combination with other measures to reduce GHGs by equipping vessels with multiple sails.Through this project, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding will establish one of the technological choices for GHG reduction, with the objective of contributing to environmental conservation.The Wind Challenger Project started in 2009 with the “Wind Challenger Plan”, an industry-academia joint research project led by The University of Tokyo, and from 2013, the team has been chosen to receive “Subsidy for Next-generation marine environment-related technology research” by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In January 2018, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding took charge of the plan.last_img read more

1464 unidentified bodies found on railway tracks in over 3 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Since 2016, as many as 1,464 unidentified bodies (UIDB) were found on the railway tracks in the National Capital. Police said that the bodies were discovered in the jurisdictions of seven police stations including New Delhi, Old Delhi, Anand Vihar, Hazrat Nizamuddin.According to Delhi Police data, in 2016 as many as 432 bodies were found whereas in 2017-345 bodies were found across the railway tracks in Delhi. Last year, Delhi Police recovered 416 bodied whereas in the current year (till August 15) as many as 271 bodies were found. “In some cases, mutilated bodies were found,” said Delhi Police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, no identity cards were recovered from the bodies. “During the investigation, we gather clues like a birthmark, scar, tattoo mark, tailor mark on the clothing of the body,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Dinesh Kumar Gupta said that several steps are taken for the identification of the body. “We write to other states police to inform them about the unidentified body. We also distribute and paste Hue and Cry notices with the photograph of the deceased,” said DCP Railways. Adding further, DCP Dinesh Gupta said that they preserve the body for 72 hours. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe data further revealed that since 2016, as many as 1,317 unidentified bodies were recovered of men while nearly 147 women bodies were found from railway tracks. “In the current year, as many as 249 male bodies and 22 bodies of women were recovered from tracks,” data added. The highest numbers of bodies, which were around 493, were recovered from the jurisdiction of Old Delhi railways police. From New Delhi railway police jurisdiction, as many as 258 bodies were found. Last year in July, an investigation by the Delhi Police Railways unit in the case of an unidentified woman body led to the arrest of her husband. The 40-year-old woman was strangulated to death by her husband inside a Delhi-bound passenger train. Police had recovered the body from Old Delhi railway station. According to police, after killing his wife, the husband thought that like any other case of the unidentified body, police would close the case. The accused had also lodged a missing case of his wife. For further updates, the accused went to the Old Delhi police station and when he showed his wife’s photo to cops, it surprisingly turned out to be one of the bodies kept under police custody. Later the accused was arrested.last_img read more

He said he would always come home says spouse of officer killed

first_imgConst. Robb Costello would often tell his spouse that no matter what happened to him on the job, he would always come home.On Friday, the Fredericton officer didn’t return.Instead, police showed up at Jackie McLean’s home to tell her the 45-year-old was among four people killed in a shooting that took place in a quiet residential neighbourhood.“This is the first day he did not come back home,” McLean, Costello’s common-law partner, told The Canadian Press in an interview. “I am having a really hard time envisioning my life without him.”Costello and Const. Sara Burns were the first officers to arrive at the scene of the early morning shooting. They were shot as they rushed over to two people lying on the ground.McLean said Costello, a 20-year veteran of the force, had left early for his Friday morning shift, which began at 7 a.m.“He is always really prompt and on time, and he always says that if you are not early you are late,” said McLean, adding that her partner would always leave for work with a smile.“He loved being a police officer and he lived for being a police officer,” she said. “He is the only police officer who I have ever known who could write someone a ticket and have the person thank them after.”Costello had two daughters from a previous relationship, but McLean said he was also a role model for her own two children.“He is phenomenal as a father, he is very generous with his time and loved my children just as though they were his own,” she said. “We were very close to one another, we spent all of our free time together.”Police Chief Leanne Fitch said the force is struggling to cope with the loss of Costello and Burns, a 43-year-old mother of three.Burns told a newspaper in 2015 that she saw policing as a demanding career.“(Policing) is something that I think challenges you physically, mentally and socially; you need to be aware of those components,” she told the Journal Pioneer newspaper. “It’s a really challenging field and to survive you need to keep all of those in check.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Costello and Burns for their bravery.“They did not think twice about what they had to do to keep their fellow Canadians safe,” Trudeau said in a statement. “We will not forget the two fallen police officers whose sacrifice no doubt saved lives and prevented even greater tragedy.”McLean said Costello had planned to retire in the next six to seven years.“We were looking forward to building years with just the two of us,” she said. “I still am in complete shock, and I don’t really quite know how to process it.”Family members were flying in to Fredericton from across Canada on Friday, she said. Wives of other police officers had reached out to offer their support, while others had stopped by with food and coffee, she said.McLean said she didn’t know yet when a funeral might be held but she knew what Costello would want.“Robb was very adamant … that if something was ever to happen to him he did not have a sad funeral,” she said. “He wanted to have a true Irish Wake and wanted to have a party with lots of laughs and happy memories.”last_img read more

Unpredictable sinkhole in Nova Scotia takes bite out of parking lot

first_imgOXFORD, N.S. – A large sinkhole that has swallowed trees and picnic tables in a Nova Scotia park has now taken a bite out of a parking lot, as the natural phenomenon continues to capture the attention of geological experts and curious onlookers alike.The Town of Oxford said Friday the unpredictable sinkhole had remained relatively inactive Thursday.But it said the muddy hole has been “undercutting” the pavement of the nearby Lions Club parking lot, and pieces of pavement are now falling in.Amy Tizzard, a geologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines, said the sinkhole was 37 metres by 29.8 metres on Friday, up from 34 metres by 29 metres on Tuesday.She said the sinkhole’s growth has slowed.“However, it’s still unpredictable,” said Tizzard. “So we’ll continue to monitor the area.”Tizzard has said the likeliest cause is an underground cavern caving in the soft gypsum rock that’s common in the region.Todd Ventura, a professor in the geology department at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, said sinkholes usually form over limestone, and it’s less common to have a sinkhole formed from gypsum, which is an evaporite — a mineral resulting from the evaporation of water.“We’re quite intrigued by this, because these are much more rare events,” said Ventura. “It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens here. How much more it will grow? Are there others around?”Ventura said gypsum is not hard like limestone, and behaves almost like a wax under pressure.“It can move. And so as you’re dissolving the gypsum, instead of the gypsum then creating typically a cave, it just sort of creates a slump,” said Ventura, a geochemist.“Imagine that you had a matchbox but there were no matches in it, and you cut a small circle on either side of the matchbox, and you stuck on either side a tube of toothpaste and started squeezing — you’re filling in the empty space with toothpaste.“That’s more or less, when you think in terms of geology, how that gypsum would behave as a rock under pressure if part of it had been erased by groundwater or other types of events.”Venutra said sinkholes happen when the roof of an underground cave becomes so unstable it essentially collapses. All the rock, soil and sediment above will also collapse and fall down to fill the void below, he said.He added that there’s not much one can do to stop a sinkhole from growing: “This is nature.”“The one thing about sinkholes is no one knows when they will happen or where they will happen,” he said.“You might get some clues — cracks in the ground — but more often than not, they just surprise people and hopefully there isn’t too much property damage or loss of life.”A nearby playground was removed after officials found hairline cracks on the pavement near the equipment.Tizzard said she has been measuring the hole daily, as well as surveying reference points across the parking lot to look for “subtle changes” in the surface.She has also been recording and measuring cracks in the pavement and surrounding forest to see if the cracks are growing.The spectacle has been drawing curious onlookers to the small town, located roughly 30 minutes from the New Brunswick border.Officials said the influx of visitors has caused a few fender-benders, and even a collision in which someone was injured.Linda Cloney, a deputy clerk with the town, said the sinkhole is not visible from the road because of the perimeter that has been set up, so people should refrain from slowing down when driving by.Tizzard added: “The public has to stay their distance and stay safe.”Police are asking people to use caution when travelling near the sinkhole, situated near a giant statue of a blueberry with cartoonish eyes and a smile — a mascot for a town that promotes itself as the “blueberry capital of Canada.”— By Aly Thomson in Halifaxlast_img read more

Thunder Bay inquest into death of students reopening old wounds

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a stressful time for the students at staff at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay.Seven First Nation students died in various circumstances while attending the school.Now people are bracing for more painful revelations as a coroner’s inquest into their deaths resumes this week.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story from Thunder Bay.last_img

Residents urged to be cautious with rising fire danger rating

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the Peace Region was exempt from the province’s campfire ban, the Prince George Fire Centre is still issuing residents to use caution when having a fire.With the fire danger rating climbing between moderate and high in the Peace Region, any unattended fires could lead to something much worse.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that with rising temperature there is potential for lightning hold over fires. “There is always the potential for lightning hold over fires but were not anticipating lightning in the next couple of days,” said Reynolds.Reynolds added that lightning hold overs occur when an area experiences hot temperatures and gets struck by lightning, causing a blaze.Reynolds went on to say that there are no new fires in the Fort St. John area and if residents are careful there won’t be for an extended amount of time.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia.last_img read more

Recovery of global shipping industry will take more time finds UN report

20 December 2010While the hard-pressed shipping industry is recovering from recent declines, it is still being hindered by fragile global economic conditions as well as depressed freight rates and an oversupply of vessels, says a new United Nations report. The Review of Maritime Transport 2010, produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), shows that international seaborne trade contracted by 4.5 per cent in 2009 to 7.94 billion tons, which is below 2007 levels. It had climbed to an all-time high in 2008.Although a global recovery is currently under way, it is uneven, slower than the recoveries that have followed previous recessions, and subject to numerous uncertainties and to the fragile global economic conditions, according to the report, an annual publication that provides important information on this vital sector.“Signs show that the shipping industry and seaborne trade are recovering, but it will likely take some time for the industry to return to its 2009 levels,” UNCTAD said in a news release.Maritime transport is the single most important transport mode, with around 80 per cent of the market share in the global movement of goods. In some developing countries this percentage is much higher, due to cumbersome cross-border procedures and an underdeveloped land transport infrastructure.The report notes that seaborne trade in dry bulk commodities – such as iron ore, grain, coal, bauxite/alumina and phosphate, which represent around one quarter of seaborne trade – actually grew by an estimated 1.4 per cent in 2009. However, this figure masks fluctuations by commodity type, it adds. The supply of new vessels, the report points out, showed no signs of abating. At the beginning of 2010, the world merchant fleet reached 1,276 million deadweight tons (dwt) – an increase of 84 million dwt over 2009. Despite this increase, the combined effect of a downturn in demand and an oversupply of vessels meant that freight rates for many vessel types remained depressed.The report also details recent developments in maritime legislation, such as steps by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) regarding the scope and content of an international regime to control emissions of greenhouse gases from international shipping. Every year the report has a regional focus and this year it is on Asia since 2007, when UNCTAD last reported on the region. The report notes that recovery in the region – where gross domestic product (GDP) growth decelerated to 4 per cent in 2009, its lowest level in eight years – remains fragile and is subject to downside risks. read more

Magistrate summons Dhammika Ranatunga over complaint

The journalists were taking visuals of Dhammika Ranatunga at the court premises yesterday when he had arrived to attend a court hearing into the arrest of his brother Nishantha Ranatunga. Dhammika Ranatunga was seen intimidating one journalist at the court premises before he went inside the building. The Colombo Chief Magistrate today issued summons on the chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dhammika Ranatunga to appear in court on March 24 over a complaint filed by some journalists.A group of journalists yesterday filed the police complaint against Ranatunga claiming that he had threatened them when they were doing their duty outside the Colombo High Court. The journalists filed a complaint with the Keselwatta police over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

UN chief alarmed by violations of UNbacked ceasefire in Libya

Violence escalated in the city in August, with rival militias fighting and with tanks and heavy artillery deployed into residential neighborhoods. News reports indicate that, to date, over 100 Libyans have been killed in the violence and dozens more injured.The Secretary-General extended his condolences to those who have lost loved ones and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured as a result of the continuing violence.  In addition, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), hundreds have been displaced by these recent clashes.Tripoli has been at the center of Libya’s seven-year conflict, following an uprising that led to the overthrowing and killing of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.On 4 September, a ceasefire agreement was signed by the armed groups in Tripoli under the auspices of UN Special Representative, Ghassan Salamé, and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).The Secretary-General urged “all parties to the conflict to respect the ceasefire and refrain from any actions that would increase the suffering of the civilian population”.  He emphasized that “anyone responsible for the violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law must be held responsible”. read more

NFL draft Gareon Conley selected 24th overall by the Oakland Raiders

The Buckeyes celebrate as redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) intercepts the ball during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAmidst accusations of rape that were reported Tuesday, former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley has been selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 24th pick in the first round.On Tuesday, Conley was accused of raping a woman in the Westin Hotel in Cleveland on April 9, and decided after the accusations were made that he would not be attending the draft. The investigation is ongoing and no charges or arrests have been filed or made.Conley is the second OSU cornerback taken in the draft, coming 13 picks after former teammate Marshon Lattimore was selected with the 11th pick in the first round. Conley originally declared for the draft on Jan. 3, a day after former teammate safety Malik Hooker declared and eight days before Lattimore announced his intentions to enter the draft.The junior cornerback played all three years he was eligible at OSU without redshirting in any season. He only played in nine games as a freshman in 2014, but was a starter in 2015 alongside current New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple.In 2015, he played all 13 games and totaled 49 tackles and seven passes defended, two of which went for interceptions and five were just broken up. As a junior last season, he again played in all of the team’s 13 games, racking up 26 tackles with 12 passes defended (eight broken up and intercepting four). Conley and Lattimore helped the Buckeyes own one of the most airtight passing defenses in the NCAA last season. OSU allowed the seventh fewest passing yards last season (172.2 ypg). The unit also picked off 21 passes last season, fourth most among Division I schools, and returned a Division I-leading seven of them for a touchdown. At the combine, Conley participated in six of the seven events outside of the 60-yard shuttle, placing within the top-10 finishers among defensive backs in four of the six. He finished seventh with a 37-inch vertical jump and completed the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds (11th best).The Raiders allowed the ninth most passing yards last season (4,120) and were tied for the 10th-most passing touchdowns allowed (27).Conley and the Raiders will play in their first game of the NFL regular season on Sept. 10 when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans. read more

Huile de palme les Français en consomment trop et sans sen rendre

first_imgHuile de palme : les Français en consomment trop, et sans s’en rendre compteFrance – Les industriels et professionnels de l’agroalimentaire sont accusés aujourd’hui d’user massivement de l’huile de palme (trop grasse et participant à la déforestation), sans prévenir les Français de sa présence dans leurs produits.Le ministère de l’Alimentation révèle que si l’huile de palme ne s’achète pas en bouteille, comme l’huile d’arachide ou d’olive, les Français en auraient tout de même consommé 2 kilos par personne en 2008, sans forcément s’en rendre compte. L’huile de palme est en effet présente dans les plats préparés, les chips ou encore les gâteaux, sans pour autant être signalée.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Findus France a mené une étude sur le sujet et révèle qu’un Français moyen consomme 57 grammes d’huile de palme par mois sans le savoir. Un chiffre qui explose chez les adeptes du grignotage et des plats préparés explique l’AFP. Mais si l’huile de palme est si mauvaise pour la santé, pourquoi est-elle encore utilisée ? La réponse est simple : parce qu’elle est rentable pour les industriels. Un goût neutre, une capacité à remplacer le beurre, un prix faible et une grande capacité de conservation, voilà ses nombreux atouts. De nombreuses associations et organisations dénoncent également l’huile de palme en raison de son impact nuisible sur l’environnement.Pour Nathalie Hutter-Lardeau, directrice d’Atlantic Santé, le constat est simple : “Le consommateur recherche des aliments forts en goût. Or le goût passe par le gras, puisque c’est lui qui transporte les molécules olfactives. Et le gras pas cher, c’est la palme”.Le 22 septembre 2010 à 15:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Naufrage de lErika la procédure judiciaire pourrait tomber à leau

first_imgNaufrage de l’Erika : la procédure judiciaire pourrait tomber à l’eauLa procédure judiciaire qui a fait suite au naufrage de l’Erika, le 12 décembre 1999, pourrait être annulée par la Cour de cassation si elle décide de suivre l’avis de l’avocat général. Selon lui, la procédure n’a pas été prononcée par une juridiction compétente.C’est un retournement inattendu. Dans le document qui a été transmis aux parties civiles entrant en jeu dans le procès de l’Erika on apprend que l’avocat général de la cour de cassation M. Boccon-Gibod conclut “à la cassation sans renvoi de l’arrêt attaqué en ce qu’il a été prononcé par une juridiction incompétente”. En effet, selon lui l’Erika, au moment du naufrage, le 12 décembre 1999, était “un navire étranger se trouvant en zone économique exclusive”, c’est à dire hors des eaux territoriales.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueLa cour de cassation doit se prononcer le 24 mai prochain sur sa décision mais le conseil régional des Pays de la Loire a indiqué qu’elle possédait encore un autre document crucial pour l’audience. Celui-ci irait dans le même sens que celui de l’avocat général, ce qui inquiète grandement le président du conseil régional, Jacques Auxiette. A cela, s’ajoutent les conclusions du ministère public qui tendent aussi à “balayer le préjudice écologique”. Autant d’éléments qui annoncent que les choses sont bien mal engagées. “Pour nous cela signifie que la cour de cassation s’apprête à annuler purement et simplement le jugement”, indique-t-on au conseil général. “C’est une situation invraisemblable de retour à la case départ”.Pourtant, la cour d’appel de Paris avait confirmé, le 30 mars 2010, au plan pénal, les condamnations pour pollution maritime à l’encontre de la société de classification Rina, ainsi que du propriétaire et du gestionnaire de l’Erika. Rappelons que 37.000 tonnes de fioul s’étaient déversées en mer et avaient entraîné une marée noire catastrophiques pour les côtes bretonnes et vendéennes. Total SA avait dû payer une amende de 375.000 euros pour imprudence dans la mise en œuvre de sélection du navire. Le groupe a formé un pourvoi en cassation pour contester cette condamnation au pénal. Au plan civil, la cour a par ailleurs estimé que la responsabilité de Total ne pouvait pas être engagée.Le 6 avril 2012 à 12:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Playmates Brings Back Classic Voltron

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best Funko PopsToy Tuesday: 11 Coolest Toys of 2018 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img That Voltron show on Netflix is pretty good. It’s not surprising, since two of the show’s executive producers worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender, which stands as one of the best-animated series of the last two decades. They also worked on The Legend of Korra, which was also pretty good despite some downright Bablyon 5 levels of awkward-pacing-due-to-uncertain-production-fates. And Dos Santos also directed G.I. Joe: Resolute, a criminally underrated G.I. Joe animated miniseries written by Warren Ellis. Anyway, yeah, Voltron: Legendary Defender is a darn good show with charming animation and compelling, layered characterization.It wouldn’t exist without Voltron: Defender of the Universe, though. V:LD is a fantastic reboot, but the ’84 Voltron is the real classic. Playmates Toys respects that, which is why they have transforming, combining lions from both series. You can build V:LD Voltron by collecting the Legendary Lion figures, or you can put together V:DotU Voltron with the Classic Legendary Lions. And it just happens that Playmates sent us a full set of the classics to try out.And yes, I know Voltron: Defender of the Universe is based on Hyaku-Juo Goraion. Voltron: Legendary Defender actually takes some names and concepts from the good old Beast King as well as the classic Voltron.All five lions are accounted for, sold separately at $18 for the red, green, blue, and yellow lions and $35 for the black lion (which is both the biggest lion and has electronics for sound effects and voice clips). If you know Voltron, you know the deal: Red and Green form the arms, Blue and Yellow form the legs, and Black forms the head. But before we get to the big robot himself, let’s look at each lion, or at least pairs of them.Red and Green are very similar, as Voltron’s arms. Red’s torso is a bit blockier while Green’s is more rounded, but they have identical leg joints, retractable tails, and connecting points that snap onto Voltron’s shoulders. Since Voltron needs elbows, Red and Green both have hinges on their waists, letting them bend in very bizarre angles in lion form. Red comes with Voltron’s blazing sword, which unfortunately is an unpainted gray weapon. Some translucent red or yellow would really have perked it up. Green comes with Voltron’s shield, which is mostly gray but has gold and black highlights in the center. Their jaws open up and spring closed, and have slots for securely mounting the sword and shield.Blue and Yellow are chunkier and less flexible than Red and Green, which is good because they need to support Voltron as his legs. They both have very similar designs, with heads that rotate forward to form the feet and tails that flip up from their backs. Blue’s head has big robot ears and lots of silver-colored accents compared with Yellow’s simple yellow head with a black stripe, though Yellow has a more interesting back, with red fins and a little pivoting cannon thing.All four of the limb lions come with separate blade weapons they can hold in their mouths and spring-loaded missile launchers that can mount on the lions’ shoulder and hip joints. The weapon designs are all different, with nice details like Green’s launcher being sleek with only one missile while Red and Blue’s have a projectile with three missiles on it. Blue also comes with a second hip-mountable weapon that looks like a cannon or thruster and doesn’t shoot anything, and Yellow has a spiked wheel shield as well.The Black lion doesn’t have any weapons or attachments himself, but he is bigger and has those rad red wings. More importantly, he has electronics that lets him say a bunch of phrases and make different sound effects. He makes blaster and explosion sounds and repeats lines shouted by Voltron’s pilots.Transforming the lions into Voltron is simple. This isn’t a Transformers gestalt with a bunch of different parts to fold and twist. Fold the legs of the limb lions inward, then pull out the connectors on Red and Green’s backs and twist Yellow and Blue’s heads up 90 degrees. The Black lion is a little bit more complicated, since you have to fold his front legs into a compartment, but besides that you just stretch his rear legs down, flip the red wings up and spread them, and flip his head down to show Voltron’s face. Pop Red and Green into the shoulders and Yellow and Blue into the hips and you formed Voltron.Voltron looks pretty cool, standing 16 inches tall with lots of classic details. The original Voltron was a bit before my time, so I never had that toy to directly compare it. It’s modern plastic and no die-cast parts, so it feels a bit cheap for such a beefy-looking robot. The knee and hip joints are a bit tricky if you want to stand Voltron up, but it is possible.He’s clearly the based on 1984 design, but because the lions have similar frames as Playmates’ Voltron: Legendary Defender Legendary lions (they’re alternate versions from the same series), this is a much more svelte Voltron than the huge stompy robot you might have had when you were a kid. It’s a pretty neat Voltron, at least, and while all five lions together cost over $100, they’re still more readily available and less expensive than the hardcore collector versions of classic Voltron, like Bandai’s Soul of Chogokin Voltron, (listed on Amazon for a whopping $700 because it’s so rare).If you want a classic Voltron but don’t want to deal with used toys, eBay, flea market hunting, or searching through comic book stores to spend several hundred dollars on the Beast King Go-Lion, Playmates’ Classic Legendary Voltron is a nice alternative. It hits all the classic Voltron beats and stands respectably tall for placing on a shelf, and the individual lions are fun to play with and have lots of accessories.last_img read more

PRESS RELEASE Governor urges TCI to prepare for likely impact of Hurricane

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 4, 2017 – Providenciales – “His Excellency the Governor has urged all residents of TCI and visitors to the islands to take all possible steps to prepare for the likely impact of Hurricane Irma which is predicted to reach TCI by Thursday evening. Commenting on the hurricane, the Governor said,‘We are following closely the progress of Hurricane Irma which is due to reach land on the Northern Leeward Islands in the next 48 hours and to continue on a path that will take it to TCI by Thursday evening and into Friday.    It is forecast that Irma will be a powerful Category 4 Hurricane by the time it reaches TCI.    In the light of that, I cancelled a planned trip to the UK yesterday so that I can be on hand to oversee preparations for Irma’s arrival.   While we hope that the islands will escape major damage we must plan for the worst.   This morning I chaired a meeting with the Premier, Ministers, Department for Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and others to assess our state of readiness and to address where steps need to be taken.    I commend all those who are working to protect TCI and its people from the threat we face.    We will continue to meet each day this week to monitor the situation and to try to ensure that all possible preparations are in place.While the authorities are doing all they can, I urge everyone in the islands to make their own preparations to protect their families and property by ensuring that they have stocked up on emergency supplies and that their places of shelter are as secure as can be.    I encourage everyone to follow the advice of the DDME which will broadcast regularly on the radio and on social media.    I, too, will be making a broadcast via Radio Turks & Caicos in the days ahead to up-date everyone in TCI on the situation’.”last_img read more

The Morning Press Marijuana freeholders memorial service

first_imgLicensed marijuana growing and processing businesses will begin operations in Washington shortly before the first sales licenses are issued, possibly by the end of March. The creation of a recreational marijuana sales network in Washington has been slower than it was in Colorado because that state was able to piggyback on its pre-existing regulated medical marijuana dispensary network, which Washington doesn’t have. Check out the local weather forecast here.Here are some of the weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Marijuana legalized: Now what?Judging by the microfilm, Vancouver wasn’t overwhelmed by intoxicated hordes when the walls finally fell and legal sales began for what had once been a forbidden drug.Despite months of arguing over how to tax it, who should be licensed to sell it and what levels of potency would be allowed, the end of alcohol prohibition on Dec. 5, 1933 was a relatively calm affair.Fast forward 81 years, and we find ourselves in an oddly similar situation, this time with marijuana.The economy is sluggish at best, state and local governments are strapped for cash and, in two states at least, legal walls are dropping on a drug that’s been prohibited federally for a long stretch — 85 years instead of the 13 years for alcohol.While possession of certain amounts of marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than a year, there still are no stores where adults can buy it. Colorado opened its first recreational markets on Jan. 1, in what was an overwhelmingly smooth launch with no arrests or serious problems — and $5 million worth of sales in the first week.So what will happen when retail marijuana sales begin in Washington later this year? And where will Clark County find itself in the mix?last_img read more

Congress president election turned into a farce Krishna Saagar

first_imgHyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit chief spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao on Monday said the election of Congress party president has turned into a farce. The entire process reflects the sorry state of affairs of that party. Congress is facing such a crisis that it had not witnessed at any point of time in its 100-year history. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Lack of efficient leadership, irresponsibility etc have contributed and the current crisis of the party is its own making, he added. Earlier, the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had handed over reins of the Congress, which is the largest Opposition party in the Country. Everyone thought that the party would elect an efficient leader to lead the Congress. However, electing Sonia Gandhi as an interim president shows the party lacking leadership and political insolvency. Though BJP wanted a strong opposition, it seems Congress is not in a position to survive. It is just a matter of time that the Congress bubble is all set to burst.last_img read more