WASHINGTON, D.C.—With human cases of H7N9 avian influenza piling up, Chinese authorities have ordered the closure of live poultry markets in three eastern cities in a bid to stem transmission of the virus. So far, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinese CDC) says it has not detected sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus. But experts see no reason to breathe easy. If H7N9 were to acquire that ability to spread, warns Chen Hualan, director of the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory in Harbin, China, “it will be a disaster.”So far in January there have been 105 confirmed human cases, according to the Chinese CDC, compared with 144 in all of 2013 after the virus emerged in China last February. Scientists concur that poultry harbor H7N9, and some suspect that quail may be the primary reservoir. But confounding surveillance, the virus does not cause discernible symptoms in poultry. While some human infections are mild, Chen notes, the mortality rate reached nearly 30% of hospitalized cases in 2013. The mortality rate has tapered and in 2014 cases is running around 20%, according to the Chinese CDC.The timing of the uptick in cases is worrisome: Tens of millions of Chinese are about to embark on an annual migration to their hometowns to celebrate Lunar New Year, a weeklong holiday starting on 31 January. As a preemptive measure, authorities in Zhejiang province have ordered the immediate closure of all live poultry markets in the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo, and Jinhua, according to the state news agency Xinhua. 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Her team and others reported last year that some H7N9 strains can be transmitted through airborne droplets from infected to naive ferrets, an animal used to model the spread of influenza in humans. “I’m pretty sure there has been human-to-human transmission in Zhejiang,” Chen told the meeting. She clarified afterward to ScienceInsider that she was referring to news reports of three infected people from the same family in Zhejiang.Other researchers point out that the evidence for human-to-human transmission is tenuous. “There are a couple family clusters” in which investigators could not rule out limited human-to-human transmission, says George Gao, director of the Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. But exposure to live poultry in those families could not be ruled out either, he says. “It is too early to say anything at the moment,” he says.An H7N9 pandemic could be grim indeed. The high mortality rate is a chief concern; another is that H7N9 presents a formidable challenge for vaccinemakers. The virus is stealthier than other flu strains, “capable of evading human cellular and humoral immune response,” reported a team led by Anne de Groot of the University of Rhode Island, Providence, in the May 2013 issue of Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics.“We will keep watching” for signs of sustained human-to-human transmission, Gao says, “and take a close look at every single case.”
The Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed three close relatives of National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah “to prove their house detentions” after the police denied detaining them since the August 5 decision to revoke J&K’s special status. Dismissing a petition challenging “restraints and house detention” by Dr. Abdullah’s brother Mustafa Kamal, sister Begum Khalida Shah and nephew Muzzaffar Shah, Justice Ali Mohammed Magray observed: “The petition is not maintainable and is unnecessary after communication submitted by Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar stated that petitioners have neither been put under house arrest nor their liberty has been curbed.”The petitioners’ counsel had submitted to the court that the trio had been kept under house arrest at their residences in Srinagar since August 5.“The petitioners are at liberty to prove their arrest before the proper forum and in appropriate proceedings,” the court observed. In its extraordinary writ jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, a writ court is neither to hold an inquiry into the allegations made in a petition, nor take oral evidence, the court held.“A fact is to be supported and proved by authentic documentary evidence,” Justice Magray said in his order. “Press cuttings cannot be relied upon as authentic documentary evidence,” he added. A writ court cannot hold an inquiry into disputed facts. Once facts are disputed, the writ petition is rendered not maintainable, the court added. In his response, Mr. Shah said the media was witness to the manner in which two sitting Members of Parliament of the National Conference party were not allowed to meet the three relatives of Dr. Abdullah at their residences. “I have produced newspaper clips of the same,” said Mr. Shah, adding that he had video evidence too. “We have also a video of it. I will take this matter to the Supreme Court. This is a shame for a democracy that people were being locked up. Why do they [administration] have no guts to say we were detained? My mother was a freedom fighter. Do you think she will lie and they will speak the truth,” he asked.
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Read Next Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESStar capped off Kia’s horrendous showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 128-81 drubbing Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Hotshots, who are on their way to the quarterfinals, improved to 6-4 while the Picanto failed to win a single game in the conference and signed off with a 0-11 card.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Star put Kia on a vice grip, holding down the Picanto on a paltry 32 percent shooting, 30-of-95, while shooting on a better 60 percent clip, 48-of-80.The Hotshots also outrebounded the Picanto 62-41.Kristoffer Acox led the Hotshots with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Jio Jalalon and PJ Simon had 15 and 13 points, respectively.Marc Pingris added 12 points and nine rebounds and upped his career total points to 5,001 on a fast break dunk with 7.7 seconds left in the game in what became as the match’s final field goal.Gerron Johnson had 29 points on 9-of-28 shooting to lead Kia.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The second quarter was essentially one big scoring run for the Hotshots, who overpowered the Picanto 33-12 to take a 65-36 lead in the second half.Despite handing Kia its worst loss in franchise history, Star head coach Chito Victolero downplayed their dominance said the game just went into their favor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Actually those kinds of things just happens,” said Victolero. “We have a good mindset and we play together as a team. Both the offense and defense were rolling tonight.”“We needed this game very badly in order for us to have a slim chance for the top four and we know that Kia won’t give this game that easily.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
The euphoria of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup may have raised the bar for cricket. But the latest season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has failed to keep viewers hooked.With two new teams joining the bandwagon this year, the fourth season of IPL was expected to be a bigger event than the previous three. However, the tournament has opened to the lowest average television viewership ratings (TVRs) since it started four years ago.According to the data released by TAM Sports, an agency that measures TV viewership, the first 26 IPL matches of this season recorded a TVR of 4.30, while the third season of IPL saw an average of 5.52 TVR. The ratings are for six metros.”Yes, the IPL ratings are a source of concern. Even the ratings on weekends have dropped. Winning the World Cup was the highest point or say the peak for an Indian cricket fan, so I feel IPL turned out to be a low. But at the same time we feel as the time goes by the ratings will pick up,” said Punitha Arumugam, group chief executive officer (CEO), Madison Media.TOO MUCH CRICKETWith two new teams joining the IPL bandwagon, the fourth season was expected to be a bigger event, but IPL4 has opened to the lowest average TV viewership ratings (TVRs) in 4 yrsIndustry sources fear that if the ratings remain low, it might affect the broadcaster SET MAX’s potential to charge a premium for the matches ahead besides the next seasonThis is also a major concern for advertisers as well, who have invested heavily to connect with the consumersMany big-screen owners, that had screened the World Cup matches, have also not broadcast the IPL matches due to lack of response from viewersIndustry sources fear that if the ratings remain low, it might affect the official broadcaster SET MAX’s potential to charge a premium for the remaining inventory as well as the next season.This has, of course, been a concern for advertisers as well, who have invested heavily just to connect with the consumers.According to industry sources SET MAX is charging around Rs 5 to Rs 5.7 lakh for 10 seconds of ad time.Indian cricket fans were still basking in the World Cup glory when the glitzy IPL followed. An overdose of cricket seems to have affected the viewership of the much-hyped IPL. Or is it the absence of the lavish yet controversial Lalit Modi, the mastermind behind IPL, which has hit the tournament? FROM THE MAGAZINE:Brands betting big on cricket Cricket gear may be in short supply Caught and bowled “The viewership has gone down but we can still see stadiums full in Mumbai and Kolkata. I feel the viewership will pick up. In fact, it has started picking up and will bounce back in a week or two. The Cup fever is dying and IPL fever is seeping in,” said Anand Yalvigi, president, Ignitee Sports.Ignitee Sports has a three-year contract with Maxx Mobile to handle the on-ground implementation and execution of the ‘Maxx Mobile Strategic Time-Out’ and ‘Play Off sponsorship’ for IPL. “I feel the response has been great and the brand will benefit from this,” Yalvigi added.The IPL 4 followed close on the heels of the World Cup, and India’s victory made it a much bigger event than it would have been. Many big-screen owners screened the WC matches but the same does not hold true for IPL. “We had screened all the matches last IPL and received average response throughout but the semi-finals and finals received great response. This year, as of now, we are not screening the IPL matches since the viewer interest is not strong enough,” said Milan Saini, MD, Cinepolis India.Courtesy: Mail Todayadvertisement
Closet Full of Dreams is a photo-series that highlights what it’s like to be a woman in Egypt where 99.3 per cent of women are sexually harassed, according to a 2013 UN Women report.Roger Anis is the man behind these brilliant yet shattering pictures, which show women standing next to the clothes they want to wear but seem to lack the courage.The outfits shown in the pictures have been locked away in the depths of their closet because they find it difficult to wear them again.While we all know the struggle of walking down the road and getting catcalled by total strangers and creeps who stare at us shamelessly. These women have their own ordeal to share.Anis’ work will be showcased at the Delhi Photo Festival 2015, scheduled to take place from October 30 to November 8 in New Delhi.About the project he says, “In Closets Full of Dreams I’m opening many girls’ closets, showing girls dreams and fears and their own stories in a society where women are facing danger, sexual harassment and oppression in the street every day.””It is a true story about almost every Egyptian girl or women I know that you will always find something in her closet that she will never wear or wore it once and never did again because of what she faced in the street or even among her own family and friends,” Roger said while addressing the issue.”The idea,” he says, “came to me after so many stories and complaints that I hear from a lot of close female friends about their dreams of wearing dresses and their sadness in storing their nice clothes and not wearing it because of the fear of the street and society.”advertisementAleya Adel, 20I love colours and wearing niqab doesn’t mean you only wear black or dark colors, I wear anything as long as it’s loose fitting clothes and I’m covering my face. One time I was wearing this dress with butterflies on it and a man riding his bicycle stopped to tell me: ‘Is it the real Islam to wear colors under your Niqab?’ and then he spat at me and went away. Hana Elrakhawy, 22 I shaved my head some time ago and it was very hard to walk in the street due to all the harassment but I didn’t care. The most common word I used to hear was “hey, boyish girl” and I don’t bother anymore. Since I was young, I always loved to wear the folkloric Egyptian clothes and walk around in the streets and I didn’t really care about what people think. The only thing that I always loved to wear–but I can’t really do it freely nowadays–are the T-shirts with the revolutionary signs on them, because now you can get arrested immediately if you wear any of these in the street. Heba Elkholy, 26 One of my dreams is to wear a dress and big earrings. If only I can wear this for few minutes and walk around the street, I will be happy that my dream came true and be satisfied to get back to the normal clothes I’m used to wearing. Unfortunately, all the clothes that are available for the veiled girls in the shops are ugly. They make it seem like to wear a “Hijab” Headscarf you have to be untidy and hideous. Maha Monieb, 27 I always hear a lot of silly comments about my body in the street because I’m fat. I started to go on a diet and do some sports not just because the society refuses my body but also I was doing it for myself. One of my dreams is to be able to walk around the streets wearing nice dresses but I can never do this when I have that much weight. I used to cover my hair but I am slowly getting rid of my headscarf, but of course (I’ll do that) gradually because I can’t just do it, I will have to convince my parents and family first. When I look into the closet of one of my dear friends, I find the dresses I dream to wear when I’m in better shape. I am really looking forward for this moment to come. Eman Helal, 30 I wait for the wedding of any of my friends to wear a dress and be like a real girl, but of course I can’t go out alone wearing it, someone has to be with me and preferably a male friend or relative. I’m waiting in vain for the next wedding to wear this dress. advertisementShery Morkos, 33My mother used to buy me a lot of lingerie, so that I can wear them after I get married, just like a lot of mothers do for their daughters here in Egypt. I am not allowed to wear any of this stuff (now). My mother will be so angry at me if I do so because it’s saved for after I get married. I’m 33 and single. What if I didn’t get married? Eglal Mahmoud Raafat, 74 Forty years ago, every girl used to wear whatever she wanted and there was freedom and respect for women. Now all the girls are wearing a headscarf. I have a black dress that I remembered few days ago and I told myself I wanted to wear it but I will have to wear something over it to cover my arms. Karoline Kamel, 29 Recently, I started to ride a bicycle in the streets of Cairo. It is hard to move with a bike in the street, because of the traffic, the harassment or the looks. To do this, of course, I have to wear loose fitting clothes, but I still dream of wearing whatever I want, like shorts and a nice shirt and move freely in the streets. Amira Mortada, 33 I’m a tomboy. I bought a pair of pants, which seemed very normal to me but I was surprised when I got harassed verbally while wearing them. I was annoyed and shocked to know that it happened because of the colour of my pants. In the street, a girl becomes like merchandise. I decided since then never to wear it again.
India Today Web Desk DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 12:28 IST IPL 2019, DC vs KKR broadcast channels (BCCI Photo)The first week of the Indian Premier League has seen some nail-biting encounters and one team that has ensured edge-of-the-seat entertainment is Kolkata Knight Riders. Having won both their games so far, they have come here to take on the Delhi Capitals in their third game of the 12th edition of the cash-rich league at the Feroze Shah Kotla.While KKR have been on a roll, Delhi Capitals have had a mixed fate. While they thrashed Mumbai Indians in their opening game, they lost to Chennai Super Kings at home in their second game. Going into their third game of the season, DC will want to put the campaign back on track and avoid getting stuck like in the last few seasons.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders on?All IPL 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Kolkata from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR?advertisementYou can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between DC vs KKR?Delhi Capitals: Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Tewatia, Rishabh Pant (wk), Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Colin Munro, Jalaj Saxena, Harshal Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Bandaru Ayyappa, Ankush Bains, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane RutherfordKolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Shubman Gill, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Yarra Prithviraj.Also Read | Trent Boult on Mankading incident: We should play in the right spiritAlso Read | IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How, Where to watch KXIP vs MI Live StreamingAlso Read | You destroyed my day David: Sanju Samson tells Warner after SRH thrash RRFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow DC vs KKRFollow DC vs KKR broadcasting channelsFollow Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi CapitalsFollow DC vs KKR broadcast tv channel IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How, Where to watch DC vs KKR Live StreaKKRngDC vs KKR IPL 2019 broadcast channels list: In the 10th match, Delhi Capitals will host Kolkata Knight Riders as they look to improve their home ground advantage at the Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday.advertisement
On behalf of all Nova Scotians, Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Aug. 3, offered condolences to the family and friends of the late Cpl. Christopher Jonathan Reid of Truro, who was killed today while on duty near Kandahar, Afghanistan. “All Canadians are mourning the loss of this fallen soldier, but it hits very close to home when we learn he was a Nova Scotian,” said Premier MacDonald. “We offer to his family, his friends and colleagues our sympathy and prayers while they absorb this tragic loss. May they know that all Nova Scotians are so proud of Cpl. Reid’s service to Canada in which he selflessly and bravely worked to bring peace to this troubled country.” Out of respect for Cpl. Reid, the premier announced that flags at both Province House and the provincial buildings in Truro will be lowered to half-mast.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have arrested a woman who with his paramour killed her husband in Samaypur Badli area of Outer North district. The investigating agency said that the accused strangled the person with nylon rope.According to police, on September 9 at 7:09 AM a PCR call was received in which caller told them that someone had killed his brother. A team was sent to the spot which was near a temple in Badli village. Body of the man was found lying on the first floor of the house. The deceased was later identified as Sonu (24) who lived with his family in Samaypur Badli. “There were strangulation marks on the neck of the deceased. A case under section 302 (murder) of IPC was registered,” said police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma, elaborating more about the case, said that during investigation it was found that the deceased had gone for sleeping in the room with his wife and minor daughter in the night. ” The probe further revealed that the wife of the deceased was having an extramarital affair with a local boy and accused identified as Sagar alias Balwa. Both were planning to run away with each other,” added DCP Outer North. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding further, DCP Gaurav said that on the intervening night of September 8 and 9 at about 2.30 am Sagar alias Balwa came to the house of the deceased on the first floor from roof side and with the help of wife of deceased strangulated him with a nylon rope. During the investigation, both the accused were arrested and they have confessed their crime. Accused Sagar (26) is the native of village Badli.”A nylon rope used for strangulation haze been recovered. There intimacy and relation have established through CDR’s. Further investigation is going on,” DCP Outer North.
TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government has missed an opportunity to create a competitive recreational marijuana market with its plans to restrict sales to provincially run stores, according to a new analysis from a think-tank.The analysis by the C.D. Howe Institute, to be released Wednesday, faults the province for its refusal to allow the private sector involvement in pot retailing.“More competition between businesses would constrain operating costs and keep prices low,” the institute says in its report. “Lower prices in the legal market would make it more likely to be competitive with the existing black market.”The report also faults the province for its plans — once the federal government actually legalizes recreational cannabis likely this summer — to severely restrict the number of outlets that will be selling pot. The province has said 40 stores will be in place initially, with a total of 150 by 2020.The result, the institute says, will be inconvenient access for many people leading them to stay with the black market.“Recreational consumers are highly unlikely to switch their dollars to the regulated market if there isn’t easy access,” the report states. “This means that there will be significant opportunity for the black market to continue operating in all the areas without enough legal stores to meet market demand or that are convenient to access.”The report notes that Alberta, for example, is making privately run stores responsible for marijuana retailing although even a mixed model of licensed establishments operating alongside government retail stores could deliver better market coverage faster than the province could on its own.Additionally, the study proposes changing the way alcohol is taxed to applying taxes to the level of alcohol content rather than on volume.Overall, the report by Benjamin Dachis — called “Fiscal Soundness and Economic Growth: An Economic Program for Ontario” — argues that the province is on an “unsustainable” fiscal course.It takes aim at government spending that is out of line with its ability to raise revenues, saying the government should adopt a long-term fiscal policy that requires surpluses, not just balanced budgets.Among its various ideas, the study argues for keeping health-care costs under control by limiting payments to family doctors, making free drug programs for those under 24 and seniors income-tested rather than universal, and slowing increases in the minimum wage.The general minimum wage in Ontario jumped to $14 an hour this year from $11.60, and is set to rise to $15 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019. Some have argued the increase will hurt small businesses and lead to job losses.The study also calls for scrapping rent controls and transfer taxes as a way to curb dramatic increases in housing costs.“The government’s policies have focused mostly on curtailing the demand of housing,” the report states. “In contrast, the actions so far for boosting housing supply have been largely limited to minor rebates on some types of development charges and taxes for multi-residential units.”Ontario voters are expected to go to the polls June 7.
Approximately 2.5 million children experience homelessness every year and many kids’ birthdays happen while they are in a shelter, making it hard to celebrate.Maddie and Mackenzie ZieglerThat’s why DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change has teamed up with Johnson & Johnson for a campaign called Birthday Mail.Video: Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler + DoSomething.org Birthday MailBirthday Mail encourages young people across the country to make blank, handmade cards to send to children in homeless shelters to ensure that every child can celebrate their special day. Beginning today through June 30, young people can sign up at DoSomething.org/BirthdayMail to find a shelter near them where they can mail their cards. Young people who sign up for the campaign and upload a photo will also be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship.As another way to support the Birthday Mail campaign, people can download the Donate a Photo app available on the App Store and in Google Play. For every photo taken in the app before June 30, 2016, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to DoSomething.org to provide materials for a young people to make birthday cards for kids experiencing homelessness.“Everyone has a birthday and it’s something that you look forward to all year, especially when you’re a kid,” said Aria Finger, CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org. “Birthday Mail helps make sure that the millions of children experiencing homelessness have a way to celebrate their special day too.”Multitalented dancers/actresses Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler known for their roles in the award-winning series Dance Moms, recorded a public service announcement encouraging their fans to create birthday cards for youth experiencing homelessness.“We are so excited to be a part of the Birthday Mail campaign! It’s such an easy and fun way to give back,” said Maddie Ziegler. “Mackenzie and I really love making cards for our friends and family and think everyone should be celebrated on their birthday.”Maddie will next take on the role as So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation’s newest judge, while Mackenzie will drop her second album later this year.For more information about the Birthday Mail campaign, visit: DoSomething.org/BirthdayMail.
Dubai – Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing, processing and packaging, logistics and materials handling exhibition, will feature a ‘live’ meat factory when it opens its doors at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) for a three-day run from 7 November, 2016.Germany’s United Food Technology Equipment (UFT) will build, equip and operate the ‘meat factory’ – complete with cold and dry stores, injection, tumbler, grinding and chopping machinery – in a bid to demonstrate how leading meat product companies can optimise their own facilities to save cost and generate revenue.UFT’s General Manager in Dubai, Werner Muller, says there’s more to turning a profit in the industry than just buying in the latest technology. “Acquiring the latest meat processing technology is always done with pre-defined expectations, specifically that new technologies will produce products exactly the way the customer wants it, allowing companies to instantly monetise their investment. This, however, is easier said than done.“Selecting and purchasing the equipment is only the first step – it is correct equipment usage, product recipe development, targeted price point, margins and product yields where clients differentiate themselves from other competitors.”Differentiation-in-action will be the core theme at Gulfood Manufacturing’s UFT Meat Factory where the company’s own Master Butcher will demonstrate the finer art of how to maximise return-on-investment.“This will be done by demonstrating how to combine the correct usage of the latest meat processing technology with product development, yield optimisation and commercial skills,” added Muller. “Apart from the demonstrations we will have experts on hand to advise on meat processing challenges and investment plans.”DWTC, the Gulfood Manufacturing organiser, says the show is more than just a product showcase.“Suppliers are going well beyond the traditional exhibition displays and turning their attention to all aspects of the industry supply chain. Innovation and automation are watch words among this year’s exhibitors and Gulfood Manufacturing is an academy for food professionals who recognise the need to stay abreast of the rapid changes within the sector,” explained Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions and Events Management, DWTC.“At the show the region’s food and beverage processing industry will be able to connect with suppliers from 52 countries showcasing the very latest manufacturing business improvement tools. Over 1,500 global suppliers of the latest ingredients, processing, packaging and logistics solutions will be on hand to help solve production, capacity and automation challenges. These are solutions that can save producers money which can then be reinvested into product diversification, research & development and marketing.”Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 is an impressive 20 per cent larger than last year’s event and will see international food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers fill 13 DWTC halls.The show comes as Alpen Capital, one of the region’s leading research providers, predicts a positive outlook for regional food producers with a high reliance on imports reflecting the need for an advanced food processing industry.“While Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the hubs for processed foods in the GCC region, other member nations are also investing in developing their processing capabilities,” says the Alpen Capital report.Gulfood Manufacturing will be split into three specialist areas across more than 77,000 square metres of exhibition space: Ingredients Middle East, featuring fine and functional ingredients and the latest bulk and commodity ingredients, innovations, tastes and flavours; ProPack Middle East covering automation, processing equipment and packaging machinery; and Logistics Solutions Middle East for firms involved in materials handling, transport, IT and technology solutions, warehousing and facilitators and service providers.Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 will feature exhibitors from 52 countries including 29 official national pavilions including production machinery leaders Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The show will also welcome first-time pavilions representing Indonesia, Ireland, Russia and South Africa. DWTC says it will also roll out its most extensive Hosted Buyer Programme for the show which will be sponsored by Tetra Pak. More than 2,000 of the most prominent industrial buyers from across the Middle East and Africa are being invited to the event and supported with complimentary flights, accommodation and transport to and from the show.The show will also host a series of specialist conferences, including the Food Logistics Forum – the region’s only F&B specific logistics event to probe critical issues shaping the future profitability and sustainability of the entire food value chain.
31 October 2007United Nations Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari is set to arrive in Myanmar on Saturday, his second visit to the South-East Asian nation since authorities used force in responding to a wave of peaceful protests that began in August. The 3 to 8 November visit follows Mr. Gambari’s recently concluded tour of Myanmar’s regional partners that included stops in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Japan.“His second visit to Myanmar this time will have to bring substantively different results,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reporters in New York.During his upcoming visit, Mr. Gambari will follow up on his offer to facilitate implementation of the recommendations made to the Government during his last mission.These include immediate steps to address human rights concerns in the wake of the recent crisis and a framework for meaningful and time-bound dialogue between the Government and Aung San Suu Kyi as a necessary part of an inclusive national reconciliation process. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ms. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for four years, and has spent 11 years in detention since her party and its allies won the 1990 election with over 80 per cent of the Parliamentary seats. The goal is “that he will facilitate this dialogue between the Government and opposition leaders,” stated Mr. Ban, who also called for “more democracy measures by the Myanmar Government, including the release of all detained students and demonstrators.”The Special Adviser will also follow up on implementation of confidence-building measures, including the possibility of establishing a participatory constitutional review mechanism and a broad-based poverty alleviation commission.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that Mr. Gambari will consult with a broad range of representatives of Myanmar society, including all the groups which he was not able to see last time. “He looks forward to the continued cooperation of the Myanmar government in this regard.”Prior to his arrival in Myanmar, Mr. Gambari will meet with Mr. Ban on Friday in Istanbul, where they will discuss a substantive agenda and ways to facilitate the democratic process, including the release of detainees, she added.
While one of his two daughters is married and living in India, his wife, another daughter and son have returned to the island already. “I remained here to clear some debts. I have repaid them now and I am now free to return,” he notes. The 48-year old, who has been working as a painter in the neighbourhoods of Vedar Colony in Coimbatore district, is planning to take up fishing there.So does he think that conditions in the island have improved? “I came here with my family in 2006 when there was trouble in my native Trincomallee due to the conflict [civil war]. We fled Sri Lanka by boat and reached Arichamunai near Rameswaram. Now, I hear things have changed for the good. I have already sent my family and I’m going now,” says C. Manimaran. In the next batch of voluntary repatriation, 12 Sri Lankan refugees, living in various camps across the State, would be leaving for Colombo from Tiruchi tomorrow, The Hindu newspaper reported.Their repatriation is being assisted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and financially supported by the German Consulate in Chennai. “I am going because I heard the situation has improved. Five to six more families from this camp have already registered for repatriation and they would return in a few days,” observes Mr. Manimaran. The camp in Vedar Colony has about 300 refugee families.According to the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai Achim Fabig, the Consulate has agreed to assist 420 Sri Lankan refugees living in India with a budget of over Rs. 37 lakh (50,000 euros).The UNHCR has been assisting the voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees. An official of the UNHCR says the German Consulate in Chennai expressed interest in supporting the repatriation and its support is expected to continue till March . With the assistance of UNHCR, 452 refugees returned to the island last year. (Colombo Gazette)
“ICT [information and communications technology] has played an increasingly important role in promoting economic and social development, such as enhancing productivity, facilitating trade, creating quality jobs, providing ICT-based services such as e-health and e-learning, and improving governance,” said Mogens Lykketoft, UN General Assembly President, who convened the conference, known as the WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting, which began Tuesday and wrapped up last evening.Sounding a similar note, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said ICTs could be an engine for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly as this High-Level review came just three months after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. “They can power this global undertaking,” he said.While more than 4/5 of the households in the developed world have Internet access, a critical digital divide remains, noted the Member States, as the majority of households in developing countries are without this access, according to the Outcome Document.“Women are half the global population – yet 200 million fewer women than men have access to the Internet,” stressed Mr. Ban, adding that “we must bridge these divides.”The outcome therefore urged strengthening policy and international partnership to improve infrastructure capacities and increase financing in this regard.Through the review’s outcome, UN Member States also reaffirmed their “common desire and commitment to the WSIS vision to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society,” and pledged to pursue ICT for sustainable development, bridge the digital and knowledge divides, and reaffirmed that “as an essential foundation of the Information Society…that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online.” Meanwhile, new challenges such as cybercrimes, cyberattacks, and the use of ICTs for terrorist purposes have emerged. These threats have alerted governments of the need to step up efforts in tackling national security, together with the important role of international law in building confidence in ICT.Further underscoring the need for active engagement by governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations and other stakeholders, the outcome also decided to extend the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for another decade, calling it an effective platform for relevant discussions.The General Assembly also agreed that it will hold a High Level Meeting on the overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2025.
In an appeal to the authorities to do more to speed up the transfer of vulnerable people to the mainland, Lucio Melandri, UNICEF Country Coordinator in Greece, noted that the number of vulnerable children arriving on the islands in 2018 compared with last year had risen by one-third.Approximately 80 per cent of the 20,500 migrants and refugees now on the Greek islands are being sheltered in “unsanitary, overfilled” centres, Mr. Melandri said.According to UN refugee agency, the majority of the arrivals on the Greek islands so far this year have come from Syria (32 per cent), Iraq (20 per cent) and Afghanistan (19 per cent).More than 5,000 of those in the Greek island facilities are children, and the UNICEF official highlighted particular concerns about the island reception facilities of Moria on Lesvos and Vathi on Samos, which he visited last week. “More children and families arrive every day,” he said. “The directors of the centres, both in Moria and Vathi, repeatedly expressed to us their concerns …due to the threat children face on daily basis. The staff are overwhelmed, services are overstretched.”Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Mr. Melandri insisted that the Greek authorities and people “have done as much as they can” to help the vulnerable arrivals, but they could no longer cope.Other EU States could help by pledging more resettlement places for children and by speeding up family reunification procedures, he added.“With the capacity to host 3,100 people, the center in Moria as of today hosts nearly 9,000 people, including more than 1,700 children,” he said. “The centre in Samos that was built for 650 people, now has 680 children, with a total of more than 4,000 people.”Under Greek law, refugees and migrants should spend a maximum of 25 days at a Reception and Identification Centre, but “despite tremendous goodwill and commitment”, UNICEF said in a statement that some children have spent more than a year completing arrival procedures.“Conditions in these camps are horrible for any single child, and any refugee camps around the world is a horrible situation for the child,” Mr. Melandri said, adding that most of the children he had met had experienced the trauma of war.“Children are exposed to any kind of threat: direct threats; abuse, violence, riots,” he added. “They are exposed to indirect threats in not having opportunity to access basic vital services: access to appropriate nutrition, access to appropriate hygienic conditions, access to education opportunities. So it is really the worst situation in which a child could find itself.”In response to a question about children reportedly attempting suicide at Moria centre, Mr. Melandri replied that he was unable to comment on specific cases, although many were in severe emotional distress.“I can assure to you that cases of self-harming, of violence against children, are unfortunately becoming a possibility, due to the conditions these children experience,” he said.
Information Technology Services will be performing network maintenance on Tuesday 2 Feb. at 6 a.m., and again on Saturday 6 Feb. at 7 a.m., that will affect all Internet connectivity for up to 15 minutes each day.All outgoing and incoming Internet traffic will be intermittently interrupted, including off-campus access to services including the Brock website, email, Sakai, Portal, BrockDB, etc. On-campus access to the Internet will also be affected.
They lived no more than a rod cast apart since Mrs Foster purchased her 17th Century Mill in 2009, and embarked on a project to restore it – including regeneration work on its sluice gates and clearing the waterways.But when she began work, a simmering boundary dispute developed when Dr Pearson, 58, complained she was “damaging the environment by cutting down trees”.The case, concerning Mrs Foster’s rights as the owner of the mill and the fishing rights Dr Foster enjoyed, ultimately reached the High Court – where the mill’s sluice gates, helping to control water flow, became a particular “source of controversy”.Dr Pearson said keeping them open interfered with his fishing rights, and was effectively having a “dramatic effect” on water levels in one of the waterways he was allowed to cast a rod into, as well as the River Frome itself. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. For more than 75 years, a homeowner and his predecessors were able to enjoy the idyllic pastime of trout fishing from their back garden.But for psychiatrist Dr Richard Pearson, the hobby turned into a bitter dispute with his neighbour over claims his longstanding fishing rights were being breached – as he complained she was draining a waterway running through his land.The fish-rich waters of the River Frome flow by his Victorian Gothic Grade-II listed former rectory in the village of Maiden Newton, Dorset, and onto the home of his department store boss neighbour, Lillie Foster, 73. A traditional fingerpost points the wayCredit: Alamy Stock Photo The railway station at Maiden NewtonCredit:Alamy Stock Photo The waterways he claimed rights to were two artificial “leats” which formed as the river approached Mrs Foster’s mill – rights he, and previous homeowners, had apparently enjoyed since the 1930s.He claimed that, on one occasion in 2014, the water in the leat simply “disappeared” and he discovered that Mrs Foster’s sluice gate downstream had been “locked open”.A visitor to his £1.3million home – called Maiden Newton House – had commented the next day that “he was shocked by what he saw”.Solicitors’ letters began to fly and Dr Pearson said he had the right to close the gates himself, although Mrs Foster, understood to own Lilliput’s department store in Bridport, insisted that would be trespassing.She was still working on the restoration project for the mill which she said was “totally derelict and decayed”. Indeed, its wheel – installed in 1840 – and sluice gates were “in an advanced state of decomposition”.She had photographs showing that back in 2009, one of the leats was already empty of water anyway and a judge bore out her account that it was “effectively just a boggy overgrown area of land”.Dr Pearson obtained a temporary court order against Mrs Foster, forcing her to restore water levels in the leat so he could exercise his fishing rights – but the judge said Mrs Foster viewed the order as a “gross intrusion” into her private property rights.She was adamant that, preventing her from opening the gates, caused stagnation, methane gas, pondweed and flooding.Ruling on the dispute the judge said Mrs Foster had not “wilfully or maliciously” locked the gate open. He said there was also evidence that keeping the gates open for long periods “has produced a habitat that is not congenial to fish”.While Dr Pearson’s fishing rights over one of the leats were upheld, the judge said he was not entitled to cast a fly from the eastern bank of the other.There had been no “actionable interference” with his fishing rights, and he was “not entitled” to operate the sluice gates himself.Mr Justice Newey ruled that, given his findings, it was “not appropriate” to award Dr Pearson either damages, or an injunction, against Mrs Foster.
He added: “I remember jumping out on the ice, turning around seeing the two guys in the front trying to kick their door open because that of course was now slightly under the ice.” Our Planet has impressed audiences with its cinematic shots but now Alastair Fothergill, who alongside Keith Scholey produced the series, has revealed it almost cost him his life. Whilst filming for the Netflix series, Fothergill went on location to the Arctic to capture polar bears when the vehicle he was filming in fell through the ice. Lugging heavy equipment required careful planning whilst navigating the terrain of the fragile ice sheets, said Fothergill, who had to consider the weight of himself, the cameraman and the driver. “We worked out the total weight and we worked out a certain thickness of ice that we would need to make sure that that weight would be supported.” The team used drills to map out the depth of the ice inputting it into their GPS system. “After a while we thought we knew pretty well where the thin and thick ice was but we made a mistake.” Fothergill described the harrowing moment at the Hay Festival: “What had happened was the front two tracks of a four track vehicle went through the ice. “The back side of the vehicle where I was, was raised a bit and I could get my door open and I jumped up onto the ice.” Luckily, the two managed to break free and make their escape onto the safety of the ice. “Literally as they came onto the ice the vehicle went through and we never saw it again.” He added: “I have to say it was the most frightening moment of my career as a filmmaker.” With just his Billingham bag that held his passport floating to the surface the team were then marooned with “a male polar bear who was thinking there comes lunch.” A satellite phone also survived the wreckage, enabling them to contact the night team, who quickly came to their rescue. The Silverback Films production, narrated by David Attenborough, was shot in top quality 4k and took a total of four years to make, with 600 crew members filming in 50 countries. Kids riding bikes at about -25C In the second episode of the new series Our Planet, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE negative months in 2013, the number of job opportunities for professionals have increased by 9 per cent in April.However, in comparison to April 2012, the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor found that the number of professional job vacancies available actually decreased of 1 per cent.Professionals looking for new jobs also increased by 5 per cent in April, from 9,980 when compared with the 9,500 searching in March. This represented a slight decrease of four per cent when compared to the same time last year.Karen O’Flaherty, chief operations officer with Morgan McKinley said demand for people in IT and manufacturing are strongest: She added that ‘hybrid’ professionals, with a mixture of experience, are also being sought in the financial services sector for jobs such as commercial analysts or financial accountants.The study also found that longer term contracts are being offered by employers, typically 12-18 months compared to 6-9 months in the last couple of years.Read: Glanbia in €157 million investment for major new dairy facility>More: 40 new jobs to be created in newly-formed E-drive Group> There is significant hiring activity being generated by multinationals and companies that are specifically export led particularly in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods), technology, manufacturing and food industries. Professionals with inventory management, quality control, regulatory and new product development experience are in particularly high demand.The IT and technology market remain strong with an increase in demand for UI (user-intreface), online and digital skills.