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first_imgSharing his views with regards to the investment, Sharing his views with regards to the investment, Mr. Anand Ramachandran, CEO and Co-Founder, Fantain Sports said, “We are delighted that BookMyShow has seen value in the capabilities of Fantains FRM platform and believe that this strategic investment will help BookMyShow to connect and engage with fans like never before. We are also excited to explore new avenues, both across new businesses and new capabilities that widen the base of fan engagement. We look forward to start catering to millions of fans on BookMyShow.” About BookMyShow: BookMyShow, the flagship brand of Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., is Indias largest online entertainment ticketing platform that allows users to book tickets for movies, plays, sports and live events through its website, mobile app and mobile site. Founded in Mumbai (India) in 2007 by three long-time friends, Ashish Hemrajani, Parikshit Dar and Rajesh Balpande, BookMyShow is now present in over 350 towns and cities across India, currently meeting the entertainment demands of over 14 million customers. With support and encouragement from its investors Network 18, Accel Partners and SAIF Partners, BookMyShow continues to innovate in the e-commerce ecosystem of India. For more information, please visit http://www.bookmyshow.com. About Fantain: Fantain offers fan engagement through insights, activation and monetisation to its customers. Fantain believes that professional sports should be conducted like any other well-run business, with a strong focus on building long standing and mutually rewarding relationship with the most vital stakeholder, the fan. It was founded by three seasoned IT professionals, Anand Ramachandran, Vivek Venugopalan and Aravind Ramachandran and has been working with some of the leading sports teams in India. Fantain counts Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad amongst its customers. For more information visit http://www.fantain.com. Media Contact: Arushi Maheshwari arushi.maheshwari@bookmyshow.com +91-8802999023 Kapil Daryani kapil@communicateindia.com +91-9987210099 Source: Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. PRNewswire GSVadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe first American to take charge at a top division club in Europe, newly-appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley insists that he can handle the pressure of the English Premier League (EPL).New Jersey-born Bradley’s first game is expected to be a tough one as Swansea will travel to Arsenal for an EPL clash on October 15.”One thing you learn in management is they can get rid of you any time. The first time I was USA manager I was the interim coach. But we’re all interim managers in football,” Bradley said. (Angry Klopp sparks Liverpool revival at Swansea)”Whether I am judged after one, two, three or five games, it’s no problem. I can take it. But one thing you can’t be is fazed by it when you stand in front of the players. The second they sense you are worried about your job you are finished,” he added.”I’ve been fired five times before. So I get the pressure in football — but I am not fazed by it.”The fact that Bradley has no previous experience of the high pressure atmosphere of the EPL may not go down well with the club’s supporters, specially since the Swansea Supporters’ Trust, which owns 21 percent share in the club and has a place on the board, was not even consulted when he was drafted in from French Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre.Bradley, however, is confident that he will win over the sceptics. (EPL: Aguero leads Man City past Swansea, Liverpool crush Hull)advertisement”The fans are the lifeblood of every team. I remind players every day that when you step on the pitch that you must always understand all of the people who love the club and come rain or shine stand behind the colours.”For me, the number one responsibility you have as a manager and as players is to make the fans feel proud,” Bradley was quoted as saying by the Daily Express on Sunday.”The connection between the club and community, and the passion with the supporters is so important. (Premier League: Controversial Costa scores twice as Chelsea hold Swansea)”I will work hard every single day to make sure we step onto the pitch and remember how much our team means to our supporters,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgEintracht Frankfurt midfielder Gelson Fernandes has revealed that it was his preference to stay in the Premier League in 2009 but Manchester City refused to sell him to a domestic competitor.Fernandes, who scored three goals in 43 appearances for City, looks back fondly on his time with the current champions, but rues the fact that he didn’t get to spend more time in England.With the Etihad side having been bought over by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, City suddenly had copious amounts of cash to spent on new players – and they did with immediate effect. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Fernandes suffered as a consequence, with no less then three players brought in for the same position in midfield.“I will never forget my time there,” the 32-year-old told Goal. “I didn’t want to leave the Premier League, but with Nigel de Jong, Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure, Manchester City signed three new players for my position.“There was no room for me there and a transfer within England wasn’t an option because City didn’t want to give me to a competitor. That’s how I ended up in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne.”Nevertheless, Fernandes has good memories of that part of his career, reserving special praise for fellow midfield anchor Dietmar Hamann.“I got to know many great personalities and top athletes during my time at Man City,” he said. “Didi Hamann influenced me a lot.“He was an incredibly clever player, had personality, charisma and was a real leader. He was also very important to me personally because he gave me a lot of tips that helped me a lot in the course of my career.”Gelson Fernandes, Eintracht FrankfurtHaving been at Eintracht since 2017, Fernandes was part of Niko Kovac’s squad that won the DFB Pokal last season. Kovac was then poached to coach Bayern Munich in the summer, but things haven’t been smooth for the 47-year-old.A decent start to the 2018-19 Bundesliga campaign hit the breaks late September with a 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg, followed by two defeats plus another draw in the Champions League. Talk of a crisis at the Allianz followed, although a recent 3-1 win at Wolfsburg and a 2-0 win over AEK Athens has gone some way to relieving some pressure.Kovac still has his doubters, but Fernandes believes his old boss is the right man to get the Bavarians back on track.“A few weeks ago he was still being praised because he had started the season so well,” Fernandes said.“Then he didn’t win four games in a row and already there was a big crisis. I can imagine that the team were at a low point because the preparation was tough.“Nevertheless, I’m sure that they will find their way to their old strength. Kovac knows what he wants and can show the team the right path.“Of course, you don’t get much time at Bayern [if there are bad results], but I’m convinced he can lead the club out of the crisis.”Eintracht host Apollon in the Europa League on Thursday evening, looking to add to their perfect start with two wins from two in Group H.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony wanted New York, and the Knicks wanted him.Now, a little more than three years after the trade that brought them together, Anthony could decide to leave.The Knicks would like him to stay — at the right price — and have told their All-Star forward that. But they also realize he will have some appealing options elsewhere.“As the head coach, I have to be prepared to coach the players that we ultimately have,” new coach Derek Fisher said last week. “I would love to have the opportunity to work closely with Carmelo. I’m looking forward to it and we’ll see if it can happen.”Fisher, team President Phil Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills met with Anthony in Los Angeles on June 13, three days after the Knicks hired Fisher as coach. Jackson had already met with Anthony after the season ended, asking him to consider delaying free agency for a year.However, Anthony is still expected to go through with his plan to opt out of the final year of his contract before the June 23 deadline. That would make him a free agent on July 1, and depending on what LeBron James decides, possibly the best one on the market.Teams such as Chicago, Dallas and Houston have been linked to the two-time Olympic gold medalist, as have the Miami Heat, under a scenario where Anthony would go play with James.Those were all playoff teams this season, and Anthony, who just turned 30, has said his priority is competing for championships. The Knicks, who went 37-45, have to make him think he can do that in New York, even without much flexibility to improve the roster this summer.“We obviously firmly believe that here is that place for Carmelo,” Fisher said, “and we’ll do our best not to convince him or change his mind from maybe a decision that he’s already made, but really just help give him some confidence that with the personalities involved and our commitment to working hard to achieve a certain level of success, that this is the place that he can have what it is he wants.”Anthony believed that a few years ago, pushing the Denver Nuggets to trade him to New York. The deal got done in February 2011 but at a heavy price for the Knicks, who not only dealt away promising young players such as Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov, but also their first-round pick in this year’s draft.Jackson hopes Anthony would take less than a maximum salary to stay, making it easier to rebuild the roster. Or put off the decision by opting in for the last year of his deal, which would pay him $23.3 million. The Knicks would be in a much better position in the summer of 2015 to construct the type of roster Anthony wants — if he’s willing to wait.“He’s great and he deserves that, and so that’s what we want to work to create with him and hopefully we can do it,” Fisher said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgShare on Twitter Cycling Share on LinkedIn Tom Pidcock wins junior world championship time trial in Bergen news Read more Topics Chris Froome Tom Dumoulin wins Cycling Road World Championships time trial – as it happened Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. However Dumoulin never looked in any real trouble, unlike many of the other 63 riders. Poland’s Maciej Bodnar came a cropper on the first bend after skidding on a pot hole at the first turn and coming off his bike, while France’s Alexis Gougeard was in contention for a podium place until his chain came off.The devilish choice confronting every rider beforehand was whether to stick with their time-trial bikes up Mount Floyen, or to change to a conventional and lighter one at the bottom of the climb. The perils of getting it wrong were illustrated by the first rider of the day, Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan, who struggled to get his feet into the pedals after changing bikes and lost around half a minute after needing several pushes to get moving again.Dumoulin, however, decided to stick with his time-trial bike throughout – as did Froome – and was rewarded for his choice. “I was doubting for a long time actually,” he said. “But I took the decision not to risk it. It was the right one, I think.”No one would dispute that. Dumoulin’s overwhelming dominance on the day, however, rather made it academic.center_img Read more Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Chris Froome pushed his weary body to its limit in the pursuit of his first world time-trial championship, but on a day of sunshine and showers in Bergen there was no rainbow jersey – or gold medal – awaiting him at the end of it.However the 32-year-old Englishman took immense satisfaction in a spirited effort on the final climb, which pushed him into bronze, behind the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who obliterated his rivals on the 31km course to win in 44min 41sec – 57.69sec ahead of the Slovenian Primož Roglič in second, with Froome 25sec further back. Share via Email Since you’re here… Afterwards Froome, smiling but spent, admitted he was delighted with a second medal of the championships, alongside a team time-trial bronze with Team Sky on Sunday. “Of course it would have been nice to be fighting for gold, but I have no regrets,” he said. “I gave it absolutely everything I had.”However he conceded that a combination of driving rain and weary legs from his victory in the Vuelta a España, had made for a hard shift in the saddle. “The weather conditions were tough,” he added. “It started raining halfway round after my first lap, and those corners were pretty slippery. I heard quite a few guys crashing as well. I wanted to stay upright but there was a hard balance between going too fast and being too conservative.”By the time Froome began his time trial, at 5pm Norwegian time, the gun-metal skies and damp roads that had greeted the early riders had given way to brighter skies and much easier conditions. However he was perhaps overly cautious to start with and at the 11.5km checkpoint was 13.66sec down in eighth place.He had improved one place as he approached the final part of the course, up Mount Floyen, a 3.4km mini-beast of a climb with a gradient of 9.1% and 19 hairpin bends. But Froome gritted his teeth, got his pedals moving and was able to improve from seventh going into the final climb to make the podium by 7.27sec.But he was a long way behind the pre-race favourite Dumoulin, who had targeted this race even before his surprise victory in the Giro d’Italia this year. The 26-year-old, who won the Olympic time-trial silver medal in Rio last year and also won the team time-trial with Sunweb on Sunday, was simply a class apart.“I thought my power meter was off because it was so high,” Dumoulin said. “I felt really, really good. It started raining and I needed to take the corners really slow, especially in the first kilometre of the climb with all the twists and turns – on every corner my back wheel was slipping as I had the TT tyres on because I thought it was going to be dry.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgArgentina star Lionel Messi has admitted that he is unsure if he will be able to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Messi will be 34 when the tournament kicks off, with Argentina still in search of their first World Cup title since Diego Maradona led them to glory in 1986. The Barcelona forward has won all there is to win at the individual and club level in his career, but is still chasing an elusive major senior trophy with his country.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Messi has endured a frustrating run of final appearances with Argentina, losing in the Copa America final on three occasions and in the World Cup decider in 2014 against Germany. The 31-year-old will have another chance to finally win a major trophy with his country this summer when the Copa America takes place in Brazil. And Messi has said that he still hopes to win a first major trophy with the Albiceleste before he retires.”I want to finish my career having won something with the Argentine national team, or if not having tried as many times as possible,” Messi told Fox Sports Argentina.   “I do not want to be left with the feeling that it did not happen and I let opportunities pass by.”An opportunity to win the next World Cup could pass Messi by, though, as he’s confessed that he doesn’t know if he will make it to the tournament in Qatar. “I do not know if I will reach the World Cup in Qatar,” Messi said. “God will decide whether it is given to me or not. “Today I feel great, very well physically, but I’m [almost] 32 years old and I don’t know how it’s going to go. “A lot of things can happen, I hope I don’t have any serious injuries.”Messi is coming off another brilliant individual campaign with Barcelona, having scored 51 goals in all competitions. Barca’s season fell short of perfection, however, as the Blaugrana won La Liga but lost to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final and fell to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final.Argentina kick off their Copa America campaign on June 15 against Colombia, before closing out group play with games against Paraguay and Qatar.last_img read more

Lima  –  Morocco called, on Wednesday in Lima, for a new world order concerning climate on the basis of the principles of equity in sustainable development and “climate justice”.Speaking at the Lima Climate Change Conference (COP20), Minister Delegate for Environment Hakima El Haiti said there should be a differentiation between commitments to decrease CO2 emissions by industrial states and the voluntary reduction by developing countries, stressing the need for supporting these states at the technical, financial and capacity-building levels in a way that is conducive to achieving MDGs.The Moroccan official also highlighted the importance of incorporating the gender appproach in efforts to curb climate change. The meeting was also an occasion to brief the audience on the efforts led by Morocco in the last decade in favour of the setting up of an institutional, judicial and financial framework that is geared to enable environment-friendly socio-economic development.In this respect, light was shed on the national strategy for human development to which Morocco has earmarked 2% of its GDP.On the same occasion, El Haiti announced Morocco’s candidacy to host the 22nd conference of the parties to the UN Convention on climate change (COP22) in 2016. read more

TORONTO — What will become Canada’s largest private sector union now has a name. The new group — which brings together the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada and the Canadian Auto Workers — will be called Unifor. Its logo will be a red U on a white shield.Union brass made the announcement in Toronto, bringing the merger one step closer to completion.The CEP and CAW voted last year to join forces, a move they hope will boost the national labour movement.The new union would represent more than 300,000 workers across roughly 20 sectors of the economy.Most of the membership would be concentrated in manufacturing, communications and transportation. But the new union would also represent some public sector employees working in health, education and transit roles.The Canadian Press read more

The driver and passengers in the van managed to escape as soon as it caught fire.Police are investigating the cause of the fire which is initially believed to have been as a result of some technical fault in the vehicle. A van caught fire along the Southern expressway early this morning, the police said.The police said that a dolphin van caught fire near the 52nd mile post while it was heading to Akuressa.

It was another heated day at Toronto City Hall with Mayor Rob Ford at one point appearing to charge a heckler and knocking down a city councillor in the process. It all happened as Toronto City Council debated a motion that could reduce the Mayor to a figurehead and nothing else. And just before this newscast council voted overwhelmingly to hand many of Ford’s duties to the Deputy Mayor. Mayor Rob Ford called the council’s actions a “coup d’etat.’ Scot Urquhart has the details.It started out calmly enough, although councillor Giorgio Mammoliti insisted that the motion to further limit the Mayor’s powers was insupportable: “I will not play part of this illegal meeting.”Despite the objection, the meeting moved slowly forward, proposing to delegate all of the Mayor’s powers not covered by provincial statute, severely slashing his operating budget, and redirecting much of what remained, stripping the Mayor of his role as head of the executive council.In the chamber, two lawyers representing Ford who were reportedly looking for grounds to sue the councillors that might vote in favour of the motion.After repeated reassurance from the City’s own legal council that elected officials were facing no more risk than they would face with any other bit of city business, debate on the motion nudged forward again. That’s when councillor Doug Ford took the offensive: “This is not a democracy.”At this point the Mayor decided to go for a stroll around the council chamber, greeting supporters and shaking hands.And that’s when everything started to fall apart.Toronto City Councillor Frances Nunziata: “10 minute recess. Shame, shame.”Hecklers began to shout at the Ford Brothers from the gallery. Supporters and opponents went head to head in the public gallery.And as the sharp heckling grew louder, the Mayor seemed to lose his cool. Ford charged towards the gallery like a middle linebacker, knocking councillor Pam McConnell flying as he went. She was unharmed but for the moment, the move to shackle the Mayor ground to a complete halt.Mayor Ford’s decision to go glad-handing in the midst of this meeting was not uncalculated. The strategy seems to be that if you can’t win the debate, then divide, divert and disrupt, the proceedings. After all, delay is better than defeat. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Responding to developments in biotechnology, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today publication of a new set of guidelines to determine if a living modified organism (LMO) poses a hazard to plants. “Internationally accepted guidelines will help countries to reduce the risks of releasing LMOs that are weedy and could seriously harm our crop and plant ecosystems,” said Niek van der Graaff, Chief of the FAO Plant Protection Service said. Some 130 countries have adopted this unique international standard on how to assess the risks of LMOs to plants, FAO said. With some LMOs there is a potential risk of introducing a gene that could cause a normal plant to become a weed, it noted. The guidelines also cover other LMOs that may be harmful to plants, such as insects, fungi and bacteria. A commission of the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention, which helps to stop the spread of pests and diseases affecting plants, adopted the guidelines in April. The new guidelines will help countries assess the risks of LMOs and determine whether some should be considered as weeds or other organisms that damage plants. Their introduction could then be regulated in order to protect crops and ecosystems.The guidelines harmonize and standardize the way countries analyse risks that LMOs may pose to plant health. They can be used to determine which LMOs pose a threat and, if necessary, can subsequently prohibit or restrict their import and domestic use. This is of particular value to developing countries, which can now use the same risk analysis criteria as developed countries. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Burger King on Wednesday became the first major U.S. fast-food chain to pledge that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.The move by the world’s second-biggest burger chain helps it satisfy growing demand among customers for humanely produced fare and adds fuel to an industry-wide shift to consider animal welfare when purchasing food supplies.“There’s no question in my mind, especially on the heels of pink slime and BPA, that everyone in the food world is very concerned about consumer reaction,” said food industry analyst Phil Lempert, referring to the beef-based food additive and the chemical used in plastic bottles and canned food.“Even if you’re buying a burger, you want to buy it from someone you like and respect,” said Lempert, who writes a daily industry newsletter. “It’s proven that consumers are willing to pay a little bit more for fairness, whether it’s to humans or animals.”Conventionally raised eggs come from hens confined in “battery cages,” which give them roughly the same space as a sheet of standard notebook paper. Most pork comes from sows confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates.The hens would still be housed in a barn, but they have room to roam and perches and nesting boxes. Sows are also held indoors, but they would not be confined in the cramped crates while they are pregnant.Egg and pork producers have argued that easing confinement standards for animals raises production costs and makes those who adjust their practices less competitive.Animal welfare groups applauded Burger King’s decision.“So many tens of thousands of animals will now be in better living conditions,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, which has been pushing Burger King and other companies to adopt similar policies.“Numerically, this is significant because Burger King is such a big purchaser of these products,” he said.Burger King uses hundreds of millions of eggs and tens of millions of pounds of pork annually and its decision could be a game-changing move in the supply business as a huge new market opens up for humanely raised food animals.Already 9 per cent of the company’s eggs and 20 per cent of the pork served at its 7,200 restaurants are cage-free. In the European Union, all eggs are already of the cage-free variety.The Miami-based company has been steadily increasing its use of the eggs and pork as the industry has become better able to meet demand, said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, chief brand and operations officer. Fitzpatrick said the decision is part of the company’s social responsibility policy.In recent months, other companies have announced similar policies.Chipotle, with just over 1,200 restaurants, made a splash during the Grammy Awards in February with its viral commercial detailing the company’s commitment to humane treatment of animals and healthy food. After the commercial created so much buzz, other companies were quick to announce new policies, Lempert said.“Everyone wanted to say: ‘We all have good intentions,’” he said.So far this year, McDonalds and Wendy’s, the No. 1 and 2 burger chains, said they asked their pork suppliers to outline plans for the elimination of gestation crates, but didn’t set a timetable. Also, Smithfield Farms and Hormel committed to ending the use of the crates by 2017.Wal-Mart and Costco have transitioned their private-label eggs to 100 per cent cage-free. Unilever, which uses 350 million eggs a year in its Hellmann’s mayonnaise brand, is switching to 100 per cent cage-free. Others, such as Sonic, Subway, Ruby Tuesday chain restaurants, and manufacturers, such as Kraft Food and ConAgra Foods, are incorporating some percentage of cage-free eggs in their products.“This is an issue that just four to five months ago was not on the food industry’s radar,” said Paul Shapiro, the Humane Society’s vice-president for farm animal protection. “Now, it’s firmly cemented into the mainstream in a way that I think few people would have imagined.”The egg industry’s largest trade association, the United Egg Producers, has teamed up with the Humane Society in seeking federal legislation this year that would double the size of the battery cages in which 90 per cent of the nation’s 280 million laying hens are confined. And last month, the pork industry’s trade magazine noted that public opinion is evolving and “on the issue of gestation-sow stalls, at least, it’s increasingly apparent that you will lose the battle.”HSUS has been pushing for more than a decade for large-scale purchasers of animal products to ensure that they are raised humanely. The organization owns stock in 52 companies so that it can attend shareholder meetings and submit proposals for improved animal welfare policy. It also has used undercover operations to show the conditions some food animals endure.In 2007, Burger King became the first major fast-food chain to incorporate animal welfare into its purchasing policies when it began sourcing at least some of its pork and eggs from cage-free suppliers.While some companies responded to consumer demand by incorporating some cage-free eggs into their orders, the landslide passage in 2008 of California’s Proposition 2, which will ban chicken cages and gestation crates by 2015, caused buyers and suppliers nationwide to take notice.Since then, studies have shown that shoppers are willing to pay more for products they believe are produced to higher animal protection standards. Some estimates show raising hens cage-free adds 1 cent to the cost of each egg. It’s unclear how much more it will cost to raise pork outside of gestation cages.“Our attitude is, our producers believe in consumer choice and, if that’s what their consumers want to buy, they’ll produce cage-free eggs for the marketplace provided the customer is willing to pay the additional cost,” said Gene Gregory, president of the United Egg Producers. Burger King becomes first national chain to pledge cage-free pork and eggs by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 5:22 pm MDT read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal energy regulators improperly allowed widespread access to a sensitive document that outlined specific locations where the nation’s electric grid is vulnerable to physical threats, a government investigator said Wednesday.The document created by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should have been kept secret as a national security matter, Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman said. Instead the information was provided in whole or in part to federal and industry officials in uncontrolled settings.The Wall Street Journal reported last month that a federal analysis indicated that a co-ordinated terrorist strike on just nine key electric transmission substations could cause cascading power outages across the country in each of the nation’s three synchronized power networks.The report followed a comment by former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff that an April 2013 attack on a California electric substation was terrorism. The FBI has said in repeated statements it had found no indications to back that up.The attack, which involved snipping fiber-optic phone lines and firing shots into a PG&E substation near Metcalf, Calif., caused power outages. Millions of people were asked to conserve energy after power lines were damaged.Wellinghoff called the incident about 15 miles south of San Jose “the most sophisticated and extensive attack that’s ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge.”A March 13 story in the Wall Street Journal said federal officials had concluded that co-ordinated attacks in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power network to collapse. Knocking out nine key substations could plunge the country into darkness for weeks, if not months, the newspaper said, citing the federal analysis.Sens. Mary Landrieu and Lisa Murkowski, the top two leaders of the Senate Energy Committee, asked Friedman to investigate the “apparent leak” to the newspaper.Murkowski, R-Alaska, called release of the information dangerous and irresponsible and said it “could provide a road map to those who wish to harm the United States.”Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, called the leak reckless and said it “put lives in danger.”Landrieu chairs the Energy Committee and Murkowski is the panel’s senior Republican. The committee is holding a hearing on the issue Thursday.In a three-page “management alert” Wednesday, Friedman said at least one power-grid related presentation — prepared by FERC in response to the Metcalf incident — should have been classified as secret and protected from release. Commission employees who viewed and handled the presentation may not have had security clearances “and thus were not fully aware of their obligations to protect the information,” Friedman said.The commission does not appear to have “adequate controls for identifying and handling classified national security information,” he wrote.Cheryl LaFleur, FERC’s acting chairwoman, said in a written statement that the agency was co-operating with Friedman, adding that she would follow his recommendations to improve handling of secure information“It is vital that the public have confidence that all sensitive energy infrastructure information is protected. I am committed to taking any and all needed action to strengthen FERC’s information security processes,” she said.LaFleur is likely to face questions from senators on FERC’s security policies at Thursday’s hearing. She is the first of 10 witnesses called to testify.___Follow Matthew Daly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDC by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2014 3:55 pm MDT Government watchdog says regulators should have classified document on power grid threats read more

The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25 per cent from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, a United Nations survey released Wednesday has found. “Myanmar has taken important steps to address opium cultivation, especially in South Shan where we are running a programme together,” said Troels Vester, Country Manager of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), emphasizing the importance of sustainable alternatives to opium cultivation. The Myanmar Opium Survey 2017 released by UNODC finds reductions have been most significant in East Shan with a drop of 37 per cent and South Shan with a drop of 29 per cent.However, the report also reveals that while progress has been made, North Shan and Kachin states have seen reductions of less than three per cent and seven per cent, which on the ground amounts to a decrease of only 600 hectares in total. The report reconfirms the link between conflict and opium in Myanmar, and that insecure areas with active insurgencies continue to cultivate and produce at levels similar to 2015. “As long as significant parts of Shan and Kachin remain unstable and basically autonomous from the rest of the country and region, the environment will remain a safe haven for those who run the drug trade,” said UNODC Regional Representative Jeremy Douglas. The decline in opium cultivation occurs against the backdrop of a changing regional drug market that has seen a fall in opium and heroin prices over recent years, as most countries in East and Southeast Asia report a shift toward synthetic drugs and especially methamphetamine. UNODC says there is still a huge amount of work to be done and sustained support will be critical to its efforts. AUDIO: Myanmar peace process and heroin production interlinked: UNODC read more

first_imgLa CBI interdit la chasse à la baleine au GroenlandLa Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) a rejeté la demande faite par le Danemark qui souhaitait augmenter ses quotas de chasse à la baleine.Le Danemark avait fait une demande auprès de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) pour augmenter ses quotas de chasse à la baleine. Le pays souhaitait en effet que les peuples indigènes du Groenland puissent attraper 1.326 baleines entre 2013 et 2018 dont dix baleines à bosse par an, soit une légère augmentation par rapport aux accords précédents datant d’il y a deux ans. Mais la CBI vient tout juste de rejeter cette demande et d’affirmer que la chasse restera même interdite jusqu’à la fin de cette année, une fois les quotas actuels épuisés.Pas moins de 34 autres membres de l’Union européenne ont voté contre le Danemark (25 pour et trois abstentions) essentiellement en raison de l’échec des discussions visant à diminuer le nombre de captures proposées. De plus, les délégués et représentants des associations écologistes s’étaient dits préoccupés par l’augmentation de la vente de viande de baleine au Groenland. Selon eux il s’agirait plus d’une chasse commerciale déguisée que d’une pratique traditionnelle destinée à la consommation indigène, autorisée par la CBI.”Nous allons rentrer à la maison et réfléchir à ce que nous allons faire à l’avenir”, a ainsi déclaré le délégué danois, Ole Samsing, devant la presse après l’annonce de la décision. “Il me semble que certains pays n’ont pas assumé leurs responsabilités. C’est dommage”, a déploré M. Samsing. L’Islande qui, avec la Norvège, pratique ouvertement une pêche commerciale, a carrément estimé que la Commission pâtissait de “dysfonctionnements”. “Je ne sais vraiment pas ce que nous cherchons”, a déclaré le délégué islandais Johann Gudmundssona, qui s’est demandé si cette décision s’adressait “aux gens qui veulent faire des océans des espèces de musées”.Des baleines toujours pas assez protégées ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pourtant les baleines sont aujourd’hui menacées d’extinction. Selon des chiffres présentés par des associations écologistes, plus de deux millions de baleines ont été abattues au XXe siècle par l’industrie de la pêche et leur commerce générerait 2,1 milliards de dollars de recettes par an. Malgré ces chiffres désastreux, la CBI a approuvé mardi des quotas de chasse pour les populations autochtones des Etats-Unis, de la Russie et de Saint-Vincent-et-Grenadines, dans les Caraïbes. Dans le même temps, la Corée du Sud a annoncé sa volonté de reprendre les campagnes de pêche scientifiques, abandonnées depuis 26 ans. Quant au Japon, il a réussi à empêcher la création d’un sanctuaire pour baleines dans l’Atlantique sud.Le 6 juillet 2012 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s funny how things change in the world of video games. It wasn’t that long ago Nintendo was the company with the unclear future. The Wii U has been a disaster, the 3DS is looking old, and we didn’t know what the NX was. Now we know about the Switch and Nintendo has a plan that looks at the very least “promising.” Then there’s Sony, which has the PS4 Pro to tide us over until the inevitable PlayStation 5.As for Microsoft? They don’t know what happens after Project Scorpio.Project Scorpio is basically Microsoft’s version of the PS4 Pro, only it won’t arrive until late 2017 and promises to be “the most powerful console ever.” Even so, it will remain compatible with the Xbox One and Xbox One S and there’s no plans to create Scorpio exclusive games. So it technicall isn’t a new generation, it’s a mid-generation hardware refresh.After Scorpio has been on the market a few years you’d expect an Xbox Two to be announced, but Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, admits there’s actually no plan. Nobody on the Xbox team knows what will follow Scorpio because they don’t know what consumers want next. It is being thought about, but the question isn’t how much more performance can be offered, it’s “Can we hit something that has a meaningful performance characteristic that a gamer would care about?”The Nintendo Switch likely has a hand in Spencer’s thinking here. Switch is not a high performance machine, it’s a hybrid tablet/console that targets 720p/1080p not 4K. If it’s a huge hit like the Wii was, then that could change the course of what Microsoft, and indeed what Sony chooses to do next.2017 is the year of Nintendo Switch, PS4 Pro, and Project Scorpio. Beyond that, what we call a games console could be a very different offering and no longer just a box that costs under $500 and sits under your TV for its entire life.last_img read more

first_img We missed possibly reaching 100 degrees Monday due to all the smoke in the skies. It was stifling to say the least. Still, the high as of 5 p.m. was 96 degrees, well above the average high for the date of 80 degrees.The good news is we enter a cooling trend today through Thursday. The bad news is we heat up again for the long Labor Day weekend — into the 90s. At least that was the plan looking at guidance Monday.Our weather is nothing compared to the devastation in Texas from then-Hurricane Harvey. The rain just keeps on coming, it seems. It was predicted that some areas would receive 50 inches of rain before it is over. That is way more rain that falls all year here in Vancouver by a good 10 inches.If we did receive copious amounts of rain at least our cities have some elevation and most would run off into the Columbia River. Some neighborhoods would for sure be underwater and areas by the numerous small creeks in Clark County would be flooded. The relatively flat terrain and proximity to the coast in Texas there adds to the difficulties. Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved in this terrible weather event.The wildfires burning out of control around the Northwest could sure use some of that rain, indeed any rain. Looking a head there appears to be no rain heading our way. September begins on a warm and dry note. Maybe the second week of September will bring some showers, as some extended models hint, but that is a ways out there. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 9, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT NUMBER THIRTY FVE (#35) ON HURRICANE IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT NOON EDT.…IRMA CONTINUES TO POUND THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF CUBA…HURRICANE WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES: ANDROS, BIMINI AND GRAND BAHAMA.  HURRICANE WARNINGS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS.    HENCE THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FOR ABACO , THE BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, CAT ISLAND, SAN SALVADOR, RUM CAY, EXUMA, LONG ISLAND, RAGGED ISLAND, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND LONG CAY, MAYAGUANA, IANAGUA AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING OR CAN AFFECT THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS WITHIN 36 HOURS.AT 11AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 79.85 DEGREES WEST NEAR THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA OR ABOUT 163 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARS BAY ANDROS.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 9 MPH ALONG THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA.    A NORTHWEST TURN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER TODAY WITH A FURTHER TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST TONIGHT OR ON SUNDAY.    ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CORE OF IRMA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA THIS MORNING, AND WILL REACH THE FLORIDA KEYS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.    THE HURRICANE IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF FLORIDA SUNDAY AFTERNOON.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 125 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   IRMA IS NOW A CATEGORY THREE (3) HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.   IRMA IS FORECAST TO RESTRENGTHEN ONCE IT MOVES AWAY FROM CUBA, AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE AS IT APPROACHES FLORIDA.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 195 MILES FROM THE CENTER.TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE NOW OCCURRING OVER ANDROS AND IS  EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO BIMINI TONIGHT AND OVER  WEST END GRAND BAHAMA BY STAURDAY AFTERNOON.EXTENSIVE  FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AS IRMA IS FORECAST TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES.THE COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND LARGE WAVES CAN RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL TIDE.   RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE COAST SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT PARTICULARLY THOSE NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA.  SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE IRMA WILL BE ISSUED AT 3PM TODAY.ISSUED BY:  BASIL DEANlast_img read more

first_imgOn Friday August 10, 2012, at approximately 3:45 a.m., Portland Police were called to cover medical personnel at Mall 205 in the Hazelwood neighborhood on the report of a man who had been dumped from a dumpster into the back of a recycling truck.Officers and medical personnel arrived and talked to the man, identified as 27-year-old Justin Gilpatrick, who told police that he’d been drinking alcohol at a nearby bar when he decided that he was too intoxicated to drive home. Gilpatrick told police that he decided to crawl into a cardboard recycling container to spend the night until he was sober.At some point after Gilpatrick went to sleep, a Waste Management recycling truck dumped the cardboard into the truck and compacted the contents twice before the driver noticed something wrong and found Gilpatrick inside the truck, suffering from minor injuries.Gilpatrick was transported to a Portland hospital where he was treated and released.No criminal charges are expected in this case.last_img read more