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  • A Touch of Spice

    first_imgThis year Pantone, the global authority on colors, selected Chili Pepper, a deep spicy red, as the color of the year, for everything from interior design to cell phones. Now vegetarians can eat Veggie Delites’ vegetarian kebabs and chicken“In 2007, there is an awareness of the melding of diverse cultural influences, and Chili Pepper is a hreflection of exotic tastes both on the tongue and to the eye,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, adding that painting a wall in Chili Pepper will stir the appetite in a dining room, spark up a kitchen or add glamour and sensuality in a bedroom.What a sea-change for American palates that could not bear the heat and fire of spicy, flavorful foods. Now chili and spice are a part of the American diet and you see them making their way even into desserts and candy! All good news for Indian food, as it shifts from the margins into the mainstream.The new Packaged Facts report, The U.S. Market for Asian Foods, notes: “One of the fastest-growing and most diverse segments of the U.S. population, Asian Americans, are both driving the growth of Asian and Indian foods through their own spending power and, at the same time, changing the palates of their fellow Americans. A broad spectrum of food products from an increasingly wide range of Asian cuisines is fast finding a place in mainstream grocery channels and on mainstream American tables. Along with Chinese food, American consumers are embracing Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, and other Asian cuisines, as well as Asian-inspired fusion dishes.” Likewise, Specialty Food Magazine recently observed in an article on emerging food trends, “Mirroring the menus, cocktails are enticing consumers with Latin American, Asian and Indian flavors, too.”At long last, the future of desi khana seems assured in America now that Americans have finally got the Indian spice mix into their blood. Thanks to celebrity chefs, Indian restaurants, ready prepared foods and a number of cookbooks, Indian food has infiltrated the country. Maya Kaimal: The people that I know who really love Indian food and who are American, came to love it because an Indian person fed them, not because they ate it in an Indian restaurant or because they bought a bottle of Indian sauce or pickleIndia is also playing a part in food diplomacy, endearing its way into the international community’s heart through its stomach. It started this year with the export of Indian mangoes to the U.S. and continued with a heightened presence at the recent International Fancy Food and Confections Show organized by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT).The Indian pavilion, under the aegis of APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) brought in basmati rice, processed foods and a whole kiosk of fresh mangoes, which were sliced up and fed to the thousands attending.A California chef demonstrated mango and basmati recipes to a receptive audience to generate mango-awareness. India produces over 50 percent of the total world production of mangoes and is vying to grab a major share of the export market. Recipes incorporating mangoes into just about everything from martinis to margaritas are being handed out at trade shows.Indian food products were also a part of the repertoire of companies from countries like Malaysia, Singapore, the Caribbean, South Africa and the UK. Some products are entirely Indian, while others have flavors or spices that Indian traders long ago brought to these countries.American manufacturers also seem to be cashing in on the new fad for Indian food and spices. Three years ago, Amy’s Kitchen in California introduced Indian heat-and-eat cuisine to mainstream audiences through major supermarkets and gourmet stores.Our samosas are finally going mainstream! Celebrated TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor has launched his Khazana line of foodsDafur Pastry Kitchens of New York manufactures samosas as part of its hors d’oeuvres line, which includes Indian “salsa” curry Phyllo triangle – a salsa of toasted spices and tomatoes with paneer (homemade Indian cheese). It also sells curry pastry shells with Indian spices brightening the crispy cup.Kabobs Inc. in Lake City, Ga., offers several Indian products along with many other international ones. In poultry it has Chili Lime Chicken Kabob and Tandoori Chicken Satays. And yes, they offer chicken and vegetable samosas too.American companies are also sourcing their spices from India. Victoria Gourmet, a manufacturer and marketer of spice blends, has introduced new organic Tellicherry Peppercorns. “Black peppercorns are common, but a verified single source is uncommon,” says Victoria Taylor, who acquires the best Tellicherry Peppercorns from a trusted, small co-op farmers in India: “These come from Peermade, India, a plantation town south of the Idukki district with lush pepper vines and ideal growing conditions. They are certified organic.”This year Indian food at the specialty foods fair was very visible from three sources – local Indian American manufacturers, an entire pavilion of manufacturers from India, and manufacturers from the Diaspora.The Cremica Group Company founded by Rajni Bector, already established in Europe, UK, Australia and Middle East, was launched at the fair. It offers a range of Indian products, such as vegetarian mayonnaise, Indian flavored dips and syrups, ketchups, cookies and jams. In India, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, and several airlines are using its products. Will these ubiquitous products catch on in America? Imagine Mrs. Bector as the next Mrs. Fields or Sara Lee! A California chef demonstrated mango and basmati recipes to a receptive audience to generate mango awareness at a New York food trade showThe rising global aspirations can be seen in Clique Exports, a Mumbai based company headed by Manish and Amrita Majithia, which manufactures and exports West Indian, Jamaican, Caribbean and African food, such as Jamaican jerk seasoning, cassava flour, yam fufu and noodles from India.A number of Indian American companies have also jumped on to the Indian food train, manufacturing their own products both in the U.S. and India. All the major Indian American players, like Deep Foods, House of Spices, Raja Foods, Kohinoor and Maya Overseas Foods, are thriving and adding new products to their lines.The new buzzword seems to be “healthy” and Indian manufacturers are starting to capitalize on the trend. Deep Foods has introduced vegetarian masala burgers while Raja Foods is offering spicy veggie chicken nuggets and spicy burgers. Master chef Sanjeev Kapoor, celebrated TV host, restaurant consultant and author of best selling cookbooks, has branched out into processed food with his brand Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana, which has 123 Ready to Cook mixes for such dishes as Goan Fish Masala, Methi Chaman Biryani and Chikoo Walnut Kheer, blended masala, chutneys and sprinklers.The globalization of Indian cuisine is opening a new market for new products. A case in point is Narinder Jaisinghani of Veggie Delites and the Kebab Factory, which manufactures ready to eat, frozen vegetarian and non-vegetarian products. One of its exciting new products is Veggie Delites – just heat and eat, but with a difference. Now vegetarians can eat kebabs and chicken, which is so close to the original as to be almost scary! Veg Lolly, spicy vegetable mix on edible bread stick, and vegetable fingers, shami kebabs, paneer rolls, Hare Bhare Kebab and soya kebabs are some of the choices for vegetarians who generally are limited to deep fried samosas and pakoras.Indian food businesses are sprouting up all over the U.S. Taste of Malacca, headed by Susheela Raghavan, offers gourmet spice blends with four product lines. In San Ramon, Calif., the noted cookbook author Laxmi Hiremath has launched Laxmi Delights, which introduces her own creations, including organic Flaxseed Spread with Ginger and Honey, Date Spread with Orange Juice, and sweet, spiced nuts. Kerala curry Brand’s Ann Varkey has introduced Southern ranchers to chicken curryCAS Foods in Charlottesville, Va., offers several products, including Goa Coconut Curry and Madras Masala Curry. Another company Chanteclere Foods has launched a salad dressing, the Indian Curry Mango Dressing, a blend of exotic flavors, which can be used for marinating ingredients as well as dressings for salads. Cinnabar Specialty Foods, founded by Neera Tandon, in Prescott, Ariz., has several products, including Neera’s Urad and Channa Dal Mix and Neera’s Vegetable Chutney. Another company in Los Angeles, Calif., Commissariat Imports Inc., is distributing products under the Bombay Brand label and its Eggplant Pickle was a winner of the NASFT’s best aisle product.Award winning cookbook author Maya Kaimal has introduced a new line of chutneys recently while her line of simmer sauces, Tikka Masala, Coconut Curry, Tamarind Curry, Vindaloo and Classic Korma, hit the market in 2003. The products are hrefrigerated, all natural, vegetarian, preservative-free and made with high-quality ingredients, including fresh curry leaves, freshly ground spices and slowly caramelized onions“The market was already overcrowded with jarred sauces, but sauces were a great way to give people a shortcut to making Indian curries, so to differentiate our line we decided to make it hrefrigerated,” she says. “We were able to occupy a unique niche in the market and at the same time we were able to give Indian food a kind of gourmet cachet, because the part of the store we’d be shelved would it be near high end products like fine cheese, fresh pestos and pasta sauces. It gave us an opportunity to present Indian food as a more gourmet, high end, high quality product.”At the food show, she served the chutneys, which will be launched in October, in innovative ways – as dips, relishes, in salads and on crackers – targeting it as a crossover item. Curious crowds gathered to taste something new served in familiar ways.“Globalization is changing the face of India and Americans are seeing it as a glamorous, sophisticated place,” Kaimal says, which accounts for Indian food’s emerging star status. “There’s now a special appreciation of all things Indian. Indian food is finally being presented in a restaurant form that’s very elegant. This has been going on in the UK for a very long time, but finally in the U.S. you are getting people who are ready to spend a lot of money on a fine Indian meal.”She says that historically people thought of Indian food as inexpensive and couldn’t bring themselves to spend $20 on an entrée, but that’s changing and is hreflected in the rise of celebrity Indian chefs in America and Europe.Cuisine mirrors the fashion world: Designer labels inspire cheaper knock offs and the styles and innovations trickle down to the masses. In much the same way, packaged goods are reaching a larger market, because of the increased appeal of Indian food.“People are seeing many more Indians than they ever have in this country. Chances that people know Indians and have tasted their food, and chances of Americans traveling to India are high now,” says Kaimal. “The people that I know who really love Indian food and who are American, came to love it because an Indian person fed them, not because they ate it in an Indian restaurant or because they bought a bottle of Indian sauce or pickle.”Indian Americans in very personal and intimate ways are introducing Americans to the foods they have known since childhood. By eating a meal in someone’s house or sharing a co-worker’s packed lunch, Americans get to taste an authentic version of Indian food.A remarkable story of creating change at the grassroots is that of Rollo and Ann Varkey, two lone Indians in the small town of Pittsboro, N.C., which has only 3,000 residents. Most of them know about Indian cuisine, thanks to the Varkeys, who are creators of the Kerala Curry brand.“My wife Ann and I used to work for Nortel Networks at Research Triangle Park for over 16 years and started this food manufacturing business in 2002 when the telecommunication industry slowed down,” says Varkey, who is from Kerala. His small company is located in Pittsboro, in rural Chatham County, in a federally inspected USDA plant.“Under the Goodness Grows in North Carolina program, we try to buy most of our ingredients from North Carolina for our manufacturing needs, except spices, which come from Kerala,” he says. The couple use fresh North Carolina chicken in their products and raise Angus cattle on their 100-acre ranch. Starting with one product, a ready-to-eat chicken curry in a can five years ago, they now have 25 shelf stable products, bulk frozen curry products and fresh chilled individual meals in specialty and gourmet stores in over 22 states, including Hawaii. They are introducing a new line of frozen meals in sealed trays this year.Their products are sold at major stores like Whole Foods and a number of cooperatives, where most customers are mainstream Americans. All the products are manufactured in Pittsboro, except for the pappadams, which are imported from India.Yet even in this very rural Southern town, people are buying Kerala Curry. Varkey says all his neighbors love his wife’s chicken curry, and the ranchers wedge it between Southern biscuits and eat it as a sandwich. He says, “One of my neighbors does a lot of barbecue cooking and uses my meat masala on his pork and other meat cuts. Ranchers also use it for their venison meat, rural Southerners really love the curries!”And so, bite by bite and plate by plate, the spice revolution rolls on! Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Man City do not have weaknesses, says Shakhtar boss

    first_imgShakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca claims that Manchester City ‘do not have weaknesses’ as his side prepare to face the Premier League leaders in the Champions League on Wednesday.The Ukrainian outfit were soundly beaten by Pep Guardiola’s charges in Kharviv two weeks ago, City running out 3-0 winners to claim the title as the only English side to win away to Shakhtar in European competition in the process.And Fonseca, acutely aware of the dangers City pose, knows that his team cannot afford any slip-ups when they meet their opponents at the Etihad. 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! “Manchester City do not have weaknesses,” the Portuguese boss told a press conference. “Playing against Manchester City is always very complicated because they are one of the best teams in the world.“We are going to show our strengths and show you game – we have to make sure we don’t make any mistakes against a team such as City.”Despite October’s defeat to the English champions, Fonseca remains a respected figure in the world of football management, having won successive domestic doubles with Shakhtar.When asked if he would one day take up the opportunity to coach in the Premier League, the 45-year-old was unequivocal.“Of course,” he said. “It’s a dream for every coach – it’s a big league, maybe the best in the world.“I would like to come here one day and manage a team. I don’t know when that will be but I believe that it will happen.”Of course, Fonseca had to reiterate his dedication to his current club.“With regards to the team I would like to manage… I’m currently with Shakhtar. This is the team I want to manage.“My heart and soul are with them but maybe in future I’ll consider managing another team.”last_img read more

  • UWI Urged to Help Change Culture of Anger and Violence

    first_img The Minister congratulated the administration of Herbert Morrison Technical for the sterling work they have done over the four decades of the institution’s life. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has challenged the University of the West Indies (UWI) to start playing a more decisive role in helping to change the culture of anger and violence in the society.Addressing the 2017 graduation ceremony of the Herbert Morrison Technical High School at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on July 4, he said that as the nation’s leading tertiary institution, the UWI has been playing a major role in producing well-educated citizens, who must now help to reduce the high level of anger that often leads to violence in the society.While not advocating for any major change to its curriculum, Mr. Bartlett said efforts must be made by the UWI to ensure that persons who are trained there are able to assist in transforming Jamaica into a more gentle society.The Minister congratulated the administration of Herbert Morrison Technical for the sterling work they have done over the four decades of the institution’s life.“Over the past four decades, your school has carved out an enviable niche in western Jamaica as the secondary institution of choice for students sitting GSAT,” Mr. Bartlett told the graduates.“As a co-ed institution, it has been making strides in academics and extra-curricular activities,” he added.The Minister said the school, with an enrolment of 1,200 students, has been producing well-rounded individuals, who, in their senior years, are prepared for the world of work through the specialised skills training they receive from grade 10 up to sixth form.“Your successes reflect the discipline that you have applied to your studies and the hard work of your committed teachers. No doubt, many of today’s graduates will be pursuing higher education, while others of you will be seeking out job opportunities befitting the skills you have acquired,” Mr. Bartlett told the graduates.The Minister said that four members of the class of 2017 have been awarded scholarships through the East Central St. James Education Trust to undertake studies in the field of tourism, starting in September 2017.The scholarships, each valued at $100,000, have been awarded to Ashley Kelly, Chevelle Fullerton, Chantel Artwell and Kerry-Ann James. In addition, the Valedictorians for the class, Kadisha Nelson and John Carl Bryan, will receive education grants ahead of the 2017 academic year. Addressing the 2017 graduation ceremony of the Herbert Morrison Technical High School at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on July 4, he said that as the nation’s leading tertiary institution, the UWI has been playing a major role in producing well educated citizens, who must now help to reduce the high level of anger that often lead to violence in the society. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has challenged the University of the West Indies (UWI) to start playing a more decisive role in helping to change the culture of anger and violence in the society.last_img read more

  • Shipbuilding Industry Set to Pick Up After 2017

    first_imgzoom Despite a marginal deterioration in the growth outlook for the global shipbuilding industry, annualized five-year growth rates for the sector are still forecast to reach a healthy 3 to 5%, before picking up substantially after 2017, according to Castrol Marine Trade Barometer.The barometer predicts that growth will be driven largely by the Asia-Pacific region, but also Latin America and the Middle East. All European nations but the Netherlands face a downward trend until 2017.Mandhir Singh, COO at Castrol, says, “The main growth in shipbuilding will come from Asia-Pacific countries to 2019. These nations are well positioned to supply ultra-large vessels, which shipping companies are increasingly demanding for their fuel efficiency and economies of scale.“Traditional shipbuilding nations, like Germany and the UK, will need to up their game if they’re to compete with the colossal shipyards and deep ports of the Asia-Pacific region.”Based on the report, Hong Kong seems to be the biggest success story, overtaking South Korea and China to become the world’s second largest ship-parts trading nation. It is one of the few top 10 trading nations in the sector to see a rise in forecast growth since the last report.Although China’s forecast annualised export growth to 2019 has dropped from 10.05% to 8.08%, the economic powerhouse has displaced South Korea as the world’s top exporter of ship parts. The dip in growth may be associated with China’s ongoing policy to move away from export-led growth towards domestic consumption.Algeria has jumped straight into the ten fastest-growing ship-parts trading nations at number one, following heavy investment in port capacity, and in wider infrastructure and skills development. The country’s proximity to the EU, soaring energy trade and developing relations with China have also helped.The presence of Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela, a new entry at number seven, in the list of the fastest-growing ship-parts trading nations indicates the rise of Latin America as an important region for the sector in the years to come.“Many Asia-Pacific nations have rapidly developing ports, improving infrastructure, low-cost communications and access to potential new customers via valuable shipping trade routes. This places them in a strong position for growth,” adds Singh.last_img read more

  • IFLNGs Gas Export Deal with Iran Shelved

    first_imgzoom Iran has decided to put on hold its deal with IFLNG on the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the company confirmed to World Maritime News.IFLNG AS, owned by KGRC, controlled by Kharg Petroleum Company of Iran, and Hemla Vantage AS of Norway, signed a gas sales and purchase agreement with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in October, 2017.Under the contract, Iran was supposed to utilize the CFLNG-barge from Exmar to pioneer LNG production at-shore of the Islamic Republic of Iran.NIOC was supposed to hire the FLNG facility for a period of 20 years to produce gas from offshore oilfields near Kharg Island.Caribbean FLNG, delivered to Exmar by Chinese Wison Offshore and Marine in July 2017, has a capacity to produce around 0.5 million tonnes of LNG per year.Following the criticism from some Iranian MPs, Iran’s oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh announced on February 4, 2018, that the deal is put on hold due to the contractual terms.Namely, the critics claimed that the price of gas bound for the Norwegian side was unacceptably low.“NIOC has requested new options to be negotiated in order to keep the unique position for early export of LNG from the country. Part of this process could be a change in the ownership in IFLNG and its jurisdiction,” IFLNG said in a statement to WMN.The deal was expected to see Iran transform from a traditional gas player to a modern exporter of LNG, especially on the back of the lifting of sanctions against the country two years ago.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

  • Tender Called for Cumberland County Paving Project

    first_imgDrivers entering Nova Scotia in Cumberland County will find a smoother welcome awaiting them because of a paving tender called by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is repaving the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 from the New Brunswick border east for 2.5 kilometres to the railway overpass. Also included in this tender is paving of Fort Lawrence Road and the parking lot of the Nova Scotia Information Centre. “For many people, this section of highway is the first impression they get of Nova Scotia,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It’s important that we put a smooth step forward to welcome them.” The project is scheduled for completion this summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

  • Local Producer Wins Bridge Award

    first_imgLocal producer Chris Turner will be bringing his whimsical romantic comedy Tainted Love to life after being awarded the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award. Mr. Turner will receive $20,000 in equity funding from Film Nova Scotia and an equal amount in broadcast licence and services from CBC to produce his short film. Short-listed participants pitched to a jury of industry experts. This year, the jury had representatives from Film Nova Scotia and CBC as well as established Nova Scotia filmmakers Craig Cameron and Chaz Thorne. “The Bridge Award has created a host of talented and successful producers and I am honored to join their ranks,” said Mr. Turner. “My director Jesse Harley and I look forward to drawing on the resources and knowledge of Film Nova Scotia, CBC and our executive producer David MacLeod as we move our short film from script to screen.” Tainted Love is modern day love story about Cupid. Armed with a magical camera that makes people fall in love with a click of its shutter, he is sent to a wedding reception to target new couples. While making his matches, Cupid loses his magical camera and must recover it at all costs before love shows that it truly knows no bounds. The award helps to cultivate and grow emerging talent in Nova Scotia with a chance to produce a six- to 12-minute short film for Canadian broadcast. “The Bridge Award is a very beneficial program for emerging producers in the province,” said Linda Wood, director, business and legal affairs at Film Nova Scotia. “This award wouldn’t be possible without the support of CBC and we appreciate their dedication to the program. We would also like to thank Craig and Chaz for their support and valuable input.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.last_img read more

  • Rising use and trafficking of illicit stimulants threaten security health in Asia

    30 November 2011The rising manufacture, trafficking and use of methamphetamines in East Asia and Southeast Asia pose a growing threat to public health and security in the region, as transnational organized criminal groups become increasingly involved, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today. In a report UNODC notes that most of the methamphetamines seized in the region are also manufactured there, reflecting burgeoning production over the past five years.“The international community has taken its eye off the ball on illicit drug production and trafficking in East Asia,” said Gary Lewis, the representative of the UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific.“The numbers are heading in the wrong direction. We must be pro-active on all fronts to assist the countries of the region to counteract these threats and prevent East and South-East Asia from again becoming a major illicit drugs hub.”In addition to threats from regional organized crime groups, the report also draws attention to the growing reach and presence in Asia of transnational organized criminal groups from outside the region.Methamphetamine trafficking by African groups has been officially reported by China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Attempts by Iranian groups to establish illicit manufacturing operations for amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) in Japan, Malaysia and Thailand have also been reported, according to the study.ATS rank among the top three drugs of use in all 15 countries surveyed in the region. In 10 of those countries, ATS use increased last year. Only Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea reported stable or declining usage.The use of crystalline methamphetamine has also expanded to countries which had not previously reported it, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. The manufacture and use of ecstasy declined in East and South-East Asia, a development consistent with global trends.“Drug dependence is a chronic relapsing health condition which should be treated in the health sector based on scientific evidence and on each individual’s treatment needs,” said Mr. Lewis. “We need more motivational, cognitive-behavioural and case-management approaches. The vast majority of people can be efficiently treated on an out-patient basis,” he added.Methamphetamine seizures last year reached 136 million pills, a fourfold increase over the 32 million forfeited in 2008. Most pills were seized in China (58.4 million), Thailand (50.4 million), and Laos (24.5 million).Overall, China, Myanmar and the Philippines remain the largest illicit manufacturers of ATS, with significant increase in production reported in Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia, according to the report. read more

  • Calls for action heard as Security Council debates plight of civilians in

    Drawing the participation of some 40 countries, the debate reflected the Council’s continued interest in a subject widely seen as a matter of vital importance for the Organization. In their discussion, the delegates were aided by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report, which examines current trends in several areas of particular concern to the international community. Mr. Annan’s previous report, released in September 1999, contained 40 recommendations for action.Leading off the debate, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette conveyed Mr. Annan’s hope that this meeting would help to move “from words to deeds, and from intention to implementation.” The Secretary-General was travelling today on his way to an African summit in Abuja, Nigeria. “The Secretary-General’s new report urges the speedy ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, and calls for reliable funding of the International Criminal Tribunals and in particular the Special Court for Sierra Leone,” Ms. Fréchette said, noting that there had been “remarkable progress” in efforts to end the culture of impunity for combatants who attacked civilians.The Deputy Secretary-General called for renewed efforts to gain access to vulnerable people in conflict situations and stressed the importance of separating civilians from armed elements in refugee camps. “There, as elsewhere, mixed communities often find themselves under the control of unaccountable armed elements, who may further terrorize already vulnerable civilians, divert needed aid to fighters, and establish bases for cross-border attacks, all of which threatens even greater destabilization and even regional wars.”The Council also heard a statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, who pointed out that her Office’s experience represented “an important pool of practice for this Council.” She cited in particular UN reports by special rapporteurs, field offices and fact-finding missions. Mrs. Robinson also drew attention to the key role of the UN in promoting responsible behaviour by businesses in conflict areas. “My Office is committed to supporting efforts by corporations to analyze the potential impacts of their presence in zones of conflict and to ensure that systems are in place to avoid unintended consequences,” she said.Echoing a widely shared sentiment, the current president of the Security Council, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, called on the participants to offer concrete proposals for effecting change and on “steps that will make a difference.” “It is important that something solid and valuable emerges from today’s debate,” Ambassador Greenstock said, reiterating the need to concentrate on “what the Security Council can do in practical terms.” read more

  • Armed groups in northwest Colombia cause increasingly critical situation – UN

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) repeated its call to all parties in the South American country’s decades-old civil wars to abide by the principles of international humanitarian law, respect the civilian population and guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers. Over the weekend hundreds of people from the Afro-Colombian community of Pogue sought refuge in the town of Bellavista from the fighting and some 7,000 more in Bojaya municipality of Choco Province could be at direct risk of displacement, according to local authorities, in what UNHCR called “the increasingly critical situation.” UNHCR sent a team to Bellavista on Friday. “We will maintain a temporary presence through regular missions to the zone, enabling close monitoring of developments and coordination with authorities in the provision of humanitarian assistance,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva. A further 4,000 indigenous people belonging to the Embera and Wounaan communities along the Cuia and Bojaya rivers are also at grave risk of becoming internally displaced by severe hardship and insecurity caused by irregular armed groups on their land, Ms. Pagonis said. Indigenous people have told UNHCR field officers that the groups have imposed a blockade and prevented food, medicine and other vital supplies from reaching their villages. Some 150 indigenous people who travelled to Bellavista recently to obtain supplies are unable to return to their homes because of the blockade. Others have suffered harassment and intimidation from the groups who fired shots in the air and threatened to kill the men and rape the women. Tensions have risen in recent months as left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and right-wing United Self-Defence Forces (AUC) paramilitaries have been reported to be massing while the Colombian Army prepares an offensive. In the May 2002 massacre, 119 people taking refuge in the church at Bellavista were killed by mortar during fighting between FARC and AUC. Thousands of people left the area then and hundreds of them have still not returned. read more

  • Child sexual abuse and exploitation UN event sheds light on the unthinkable

    According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), globally, as of 2014, at least 120 million girls under the age of 20 – about one in 10 – have been forced to engage in sex or perform other sexual acts. Millions more, including millions of boys, never tell anyone about being abused, for fear of stigma or reprisals.Furthermore, the UK-based independent think-tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI), estimates that the global economic impacts and costs resulting from the consequences of physical, psychological and sexual violence against children could be as high as $7 trillion – a figure cited at the meeting by Ms. Mohammed. This massive cost is higher than the investment required to prevent much of that violence. “Every day, across all countries and levels of society, millions of girls and boys face the alarmingly common childhood experience of sexual abuse and exploitation,” said Amina J. Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General in her opening remarks for the event, co-organized by the World Childhood Foundation, the Swedish Mission to the UN, the UN Office of Partnerships and other non-profits. “Faced with growing evidence of the impacts and the emergence of the internet in facilitating the sexual exploitation of children, governments have started to act,” noted the deputy UN chief.Target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls on all countries to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against, and torture of, children” by 2030.“All over the world, governments are updating their laws and policies to more effectively criminalize child sexual abuse and exploitation. Governments are also building systems to better protect and care for child victims. Civil society, the media and industry are key allies in these efforts,” said Ms. Mohamed.During the event, a benchmarking tool developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit was officially launched. Known as “Out of the Shadows”, it covers 40 countries and assesses how effectively nations are addressing issues of child sexual abuse across four categories: the safety of the environments in which children evolve; the legal frameworks in place; the level of government commitment and capacity to address the issue; and the level of engagement of the private sector, civil society and the media.  We see younger and younger kids. And the younger the kids are, the more violent the abuse, especially for boys – Björn Sellström, INTERPOLThe Index reveals that the wealthiest countries tend to have the highest rankings, but even so, their scores reveal critical gaps in terms of achieving all the necessary protective conditions for children.Much of the sexual violence is being widely shared over the Internet. “In terms of trends, and this is of course worrying, what we see in terms of online sexual abuse, is that a vast majority of the children we’re looking at are ‘white’ children…coming from the Western part of the world,” said Björn Sellström, Coordinator for Crimes Against Children for the inter-governmental crime-fighting organization INTERPOL.“We see younger and younger kids. And the younger the kids are, the more violent the abuse, especially for boys,” he explained, adding that the majority of the materials depict pre-pubescents or toddlers, which points to the fact that perpetrators are often well-known to the victims. The UN deputy chief noted that thanks to data collected over the years, we now have a deeper understanding “of what works to make society safer for children”, insisting on the need for multi-sectoral and multi-partner approaches, within the UN and at the national level.The Out of the Shadows tool was created to allow an easy collection and sharing of best practices worldwide, a reliable identification of gaps, and widen discussion of a subject that remains taboo in many societies.Ms. Mohammed concluded: “Preventing violence and exploitation of children is everyone’s business, everywhere, at all times. We must address this challenge and break the silence.” read more

  • University Challenges genderbalanced questions backfire as contestants fail to answer them

    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. The student, 20, from St John’s, Cambridge, said she hopes the questions will spur the general public to learn about women in academia. She said: “I would hope that any initial increase in difficulty would be offset by the greater awareness of these women created by their being mentioned on the show, which would hopefully lead people to learn more about them and therefore be better equipped to answer those questions in future.” Additionally, contestants faced a music round on Marin Alsop, the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, and bonus questions on Byzantine historian and princess Anna Komnene.Previously in the series, there have been bonus rounds on “prominent women”, including writers, pilots and golfers, as well as “women born in the 1870s and 80s”, and female philosophers Mary Midgely, Philippa Foot and Iris Murdoch.A University Challenge spokesman said: “When deciding on the questions to set, we continue to look at how best they reflect all people of achievement and historical importance, and try and ensure that they are challenging, entertaining and cover an appropriately broad range of subject matter.” Thomas Benson, University Challenge’s questions editor,  has confirmed that there has been an effort to equalise the gender imbalance in the quiz. “About three years ago, a viewer wrote in to point out that a recent edition of the programme had contained very few questions on women,” he told the New Statesman.“We agreed and decided to do something about it.”That was notable during the final,  which featured a round on female artists and a series of questions about noted US author Willa Cather. When University Challenge realised that the bulk of their questions related to prominent men, they decided to rectify the situation by ensuring a better gender balance.However, contestants say that the admirable decision had the unintended consequence of making the already notoriously difficult quiz even harder, because fewer people have heard of the prominent female academics and artists to which the questions refer.ITV Studios, which produces the BBC show, confirmed it had been attempting to make questions more diverse, but said contestants should not find them any more difficult as they all fall within the range of academic general knowledge.But one finalist team said that a round relating to female philosophers was more difficult than if it had been about famous male philosophers. They passed on every question.Rosie McKeown, from the winning team told The Telegraph: “I know our team did badly on the round about female philosophers, and I think we would have had more names to draw on in order to make an educated guess if the questions had been about men.” read more

  • Cricket Ireland perform uturn and reveal plans for new national stadium in

    first_img By Ryan Bailey Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO “What we can say is that experience of developing the playing surfaces at Malahide tells us that we have to wait a good two years for the pitches to properly bed down, so it’s unlikely we’ll be bowling the first ball there for a good three years or so.”Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland has approved a budget of €9 million for this year, representing its largest ever annual operational expenditure ahead of a busy summer which includes a historic first Test match against Pakistan in May.Malahide will host Ireland’s inaugural Test as well as the Twenty20 series against India in June.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Feb 28th 2018, 4:21 PM Ireland paired with reigning world champions and England in tough World Cup draw PLANS TO DEVELOP an international ground at Malahide have been shelved, with Cricket Ireland today announcing its preference for a purpose-built playing and training facility in west Dublin.Malahide, which has hosted the majority of Ireland home games in recent years, was originally identified as the location for the development of a new €6 million national stadium, but Cricket Ireland has performed a u-turn on those plans.With the recommendations of an external expert, who found drawbacks in developing Malahide as an international ground due to planning and zoning restrictions, Cricket Ireland’s board last week endorsed the development of a new permanent stadium in Abbotstown.To be situated on Sport Ireland’s National Sports Campus, the new stadium will be separate to the €600,000 high-performance training facility which is nearing completion after 15 months of construction.The announcement is part of Cricket Ireland’s wider strategy to develop a larger network of international standard grounds to meet the added demands of international and first-class cricket, as well as Ireland’s Full Member and Test status awarded last year.At present, only four grounds in the country — Malahide, Clontarf, Bready and Stormont — hold the necessary accreditation to stage international fixtures.“It has been no secret that our initial thinking was based around a redevelopment and expansion of Malahide Cricket Club,” Cricket Ireland CEO, Warren Deutrom, said.“However, the report informed the Board’s deliberations around a number of important issues around venue access and future-proofing.”“When we selected Malahide as the location for our main stadium in Dublin a decade ago, Irish cricket was in a very different position with a much smaller fixture list. By achieving Test status and joining the FTP [Future Tours Programme], we’ve had to ask ourselves the tough question of whether that decision is still fit-for-purpose.”“Fundamentally, if we are to request substantial sums from Government, we need to be sure we can deliver on our programme of cricket matches at permanently-constructed venues which are commensurate with our new status.” Malahide CCC was initially identified as the location for Ireland’s national stadium. Source: Rowland White/Presseye“It was a decision the Board did not take lightly. Every member of the Board acknowledged the emotional ties we have developed with Malahide – particularly after some of the big games of recent years – and the decision should not in any way be seen as a reflection on the club.”“In fact, Malahide’s members and volunteers have been superb to deal with over many years, but our entry into the FTP will place requirements for availability on the club that will be unrealistic for members who will understandably want access to their main pitch to play their own fixtures.”The next step in the process is engaging with Sport Ireland and the Government over the procurement of funding, with Deutrom adding that it will be some time before the facility is fit for use but Cricket Ireland wants to set the wheels in motion as soon as possible. Share11 Tweet Email2 19,261 Views Cricket Ireland perform u-turn and reveal plans for new national stadium in west Dublin The new purpose-built facility will be on the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. center_img Ireland play their first Test match this May in Malahide. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO He told The42: “There’s a lot of ground to cover around design and planning let alone commencing discussions with Sport Ireland and the Government on the financial, legal and technical elements. 10 Comments Short URL Follow us: Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 5:33 PM Ireland play their first Test match this May in Malahide. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • A challenge to replace injured players Marcus Sorg

    first_imgThe Germany national team second assistant coach talked about the German footballers ahead of the team’s next two matchesThe Germany national team has two very difficult matches in the following dates.They will visit the Netherlands and France as part of the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League A Group 1.And the Nationalmannshaft has many players injured, which has been a real challenge according to the team’s second assistant coach Marcus Sorg.“It’s a big challenge to replace a lot of injured players in such a short space of time. But we have shown in the past that we can deal with this kind of situation,” the former footballer told the nation’s official website.“The players that we have here are all still high-class ones. We will find ways of setting up the team to get some good results.”Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.He also talked about the current situation with the Bayern Munich footballers.“It’s normal that the players are experiencing their current situation. They are still so experienced and they know how to deal with success and failures,” he explained.“It’s massively important to have this kind of backbone to our squad, especially considering how tough the Nations League is.”“The pots for the Euro qualifying will also depend on the Nations League important, so we need to perform well,” he added.“We need the experience to fulfill our high expectations. For the Bayern players, it’s a good opportunity to get away from their daily routines and try and improve their situations. I am sure that they will use this chance and will be determined to be successful with us.”last_img read more

  • Huawei reportedly punishes workers for tweeting from official account on iPhone

    first_imgHuawei doesn’t let social media snafus go unpunished, according to reports. Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Huawei may have overtaken Apple as the world’s second largest phone vendor in 2018, but at least two of its workers seem to prefer the iPhone.The Chinese phone maker tweeted “Happy 2019” from its official account at 11:31 p.m. on Dec. 31, with a “Twitter for iPhone” stamp, the South China Morning Post reported Friday.Huawei deleted and replaced the tweet, but not quickly enough to stop people from getting screenshots of the original. Three cameras and a bonkers charging trick? Meet the Huawei Mate 20 Pro See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Share your voice $999 Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1:11 See It Sprint Phones Internet Services FBI director slams Huawei and ZTE phones Tagscenter_img Post a comment Boost Mobile The company blamed an agency it hired for overseas social media, but also punished the two employees who oversaw ties to that agency, according to Bloomberg. It reported that an internal memo indicated they’d had 5,000 yuan ($730) cut from their monthly salaries and were demoted a single level. The memo apparently revealed that one was head of Huawei’s digital marketing team, and noted that the error “exposed flaws in our processes and management.”In addition, Huawei’s digital marketing director will get their pay rank freeze for 12 months, 9to5Mac reported. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Huawei Apple $999 57 Photos Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors The incident came days after Huawei broke internal records by shipping more than 200 million smartphones in 2018. It also followed shortly after company CFO Wanzhou Meng was detained in Canada, with the possibility of extradition to the US over charges the company violated sanctions by doing business with Iran.President Trump may also issue an executive order limiting US wireless carriers’ ability to purchase network gear from Huawei and other foreign companies deemed to pose national security risks.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: An elite phone with the looks to match.A strong second for Huawei: It knocks off Apple to become No. 2 phone seller 0 reading • Huawei reportedly punishes workers for tweeting from official account on iPhone See All Apple iPhone XS $999last_img read more

  • Lucas Chess play and train chess

    first_imgLucas Chess: play and train chess by Martin Brinkmann on December 04, 2016 in Games – Last Update: July 16, 2018 – 11 commentsLucas Chess is a free chess training and playing program for Microsoft Windows devices that ships with an impressive set of features.While I do know how to play chess, I was never particularly good at the game. My father taught me the game of kings, but I lost interest in the game and started to explore other gaming options early on.Chess has simple rules that anyone can learn quickly, but it is highly strategic and requires excellent forward thinking capabilities.Lucas ChessLucas Chess is a free, long standing, chess training and playing program for Windows that is suitable for absolute beginners, grandmasters, and anyone in between the two extremes.The chess program ships with 36 different engines ranging from 1300 elo all the way up to 3000 elo. Additionally, it ships with engines designed specifically for young children who pose little challenge but help explore chess in a non-competitive environment (and win likely against the computer early on).The section for children is gamified a bit as well. Children can try to complete animal albums by beating opponents. For each opponent beat in the game, a new animal picture is revealed. You may proceed to the next album once all animals of an album are collected.While you can play against various engines without using the training components of Lucas Chess, this is one area in which the program really shines.If you select competition for instance, you start against a beginning engine. The engine analyses each move you make, and suggests different moves if your move is less than ideal.This may help you get better at the game by analyzing why the tutor suggested a different move.As far as play options are concerned, you can pick an elo rating that you want the engine to emulate, or customize the engine by selecting it from the list of available ones instead.The customization options are impressive. One option that you have is to assign a personality to the engine that you can assign specific opening, mid game and end game strategies for.Training makes up a big part of Lucas Chess. While you may not find all training options useful, like checking your memory on a chessboard or playing blind chess (without seeing the actual pieces on the board, like memory chess), others may be quite useful.You may train end game or mid game positions, play against grandmasters, try to find the best moves, or learn openings by repetition.Closing WordsLucas Chess is a program designed for chess players of all skills. Absolute beginners may use it to play against computer opponents that are relatively easy to beat. The tutoring system with its move suggestion option helps get better at the game over time.Somewhat experienced players may learn new openings, mid or end game strategies, or play against computer opponents that match their skill.Lucas Chess, all in all is an excellent program for anyone interested in chess.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name Lucas ChessOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Trump sued twice in a day over trans military ban

    first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”On Friday (August 25), Trump officially and indefinitely instructed the Pentagon to ban transgender troops from serving in the US Military when he signed a presidential memorandum.The memo gives Mattis six months to implement the ban, by 23 March 2018. Commander in Chief was accused of trying to pass the ban and the pardon Joe Arpaio under the radar while media outlets focus on hurricane Harvey.He was also accused of major hypocrisy after an address he made on Monday night about the US Military in which he said there was “no room for prejudice… for bigotry.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)The first claims that the move to ban transgender military personnel relied on “uninformed speculation, myths and stereotypes, and a desire to harm transgender people”.The second suit claimed that prejudice towards trans people fired the decision to enforce the ban.Joshua Block, an attorney for ACLU said that trans personnel were of more worth than the ban that had been imposed.“Men and women who are transgender with the courage and capacity to serve deserve more from their commander-in-chief,” Block said.Plaintiffs in the case said the policy was “dripping with animus”.The Lambda Legal and OutServe-Service Members Legal Defense Network also claim the ban is “unsupported by any compelling, important, or even rational justification”.Trump tweeted his intention to reverse a policy enacted under Obama that allowed trans people to serve.He wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. One of the largest LGBT+ legal nonprofit organisations will sue Trump over transgender military banTop US General contradicts Trump over transgender military banUS military ‘preparing to accept transgender troops’ after court ruling on Trump banPINK NEWS- Two lawsuits have been launched against Trump and his administration in one day over the trans military ban.The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuits in the US District Court in Western Washington on behalf of all transgender people who want to enlist.last_img read more

  • Israeli peace movement to launch online university

    first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top holiday drink recipes Savir said on Thursday that the new academy, set to go live in September, “can revolutionize relations between young people of the Middle East.”The Yala Young Leaders group has attracted nearly 85,000 members on Facebook since it was launched a year ago. Savir says more than a quarter are young Egyptians.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Comments   Share   JERUSALEM (AP) – Organizers of an online Mideast peace movement say they are launching the Internet’s first university for Israelis and Arabs across the Middle EastFormer Israeli peace negotiator Uri Savir, founder of the “Yala Young Leaders” movement, says the group’s “Online Academy” will offer students courses in government, social networks, communications and skill development. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

  • The number of passengers travelling on cheap fligh

    first_imgThe number of passengers travelling on cheap flights from BAA’s UK airports increased by 0.3 percent during July.Some 10.9 million people passed through the operator’s airports over the course of the month, with 6.7 million people travelling on flights to or from Heathrow alone – making it the busiest ever month at the UK’s largest airport.Sunday July 18th was the busiest day on record at Heathrow, when it accommodated 232,000 passengers.The single biggest source of passenger growth at the London airport came from the European market, with an enlarged capacity contributing to an increase of 9.5 percent.It was a slightly different story at Stansted, where an eight percent fall in capacity resulted in a 7.2 percent decline in passengers.Scotland recorded a 6.6 percent increase in the terms of the number of passengers travelling to and from Europe, a figure that was boosted by additional capacity.BAA announced last month that Stansted Airport had been granted Code F status by the Civil Aviation Authority, which will allow it to accommodate Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 aircraft.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPassengers flock to Heathrow for long-haul flightsPassengers flock to Heathrow for long-haul flightsBAA reveals surge in long-haul flightsThere has been an increase in the number of people taking long-haul flights from the UK over the past year.Stansted crowned king of low cost travelBritain’s third busiest hub, Stansted Airport, has been named Europe’s central departure point for low cost flights.last_img read more