If the fiasco with the kits was not enough, the Indian contingent for the Paralympic Games has come into even sharper focus for the excessive number of officials which have travelled with India’s largest ever Para Games contingent.As many as 20 Indian athletes will be participating in Rio including a guide runner, but together with them as many as 18 officials have travelled with the team.Apart from a Chef-de-Mission as required, 3 coaches, a team doctor and physio, 2 Sports Authority of India and 2 Sports ministry officials are part of the list. Latest information says that a female physio has also been added, which might well be a welcome move. But the real point of debate is the number of so-called ‘escorts’.While there is no official category of an ‘escort’ to accompany a para-athlete, guidelines do allow for officials (category Ao) to accompany athletes with specific disabilities. The International Paralympic Committee’s guidelines clearly state such categories and also add that the ratio of officials with such athletes should 1 official per 3 athletes for each gender.Indian team has 4 such athletes who need an ‘escort’.Amit Kumar Saroha and Dharamvir are F51 category club and discus throw athletes, while Deepa Malik who is a javelin and shot put athlete comes under F53 category. Even if there is one male and one female escort for these three athletes, official ratio dictates there should be only 2 such escorts with the team. Yet as many as 7 escorts have been sent. Ankur Dhama is T11 category 1500m runner also qualifies but he already has a guide runner as part of athletic contingent.advertisementPHYSICALLY-CHALLENGED ESCORTGirraj Singh, a former Indian para-athlete and current executive member of the Paralympics Committee of India, was first included as a coach. After members of the para community complained that he is no coach, he has been included as an escort. But here is the kicker. Girraj is physically-challenged himself.Former president of the PCI, and current Vice-President of the Asian Paralympic Committee, Rajesh Tomar told India Today that he was not surprised by such names coming in the list. “How is Girraj supposed to help para athletes when he is physically-challenged himself? SAI and Ministry might not have known that he is physically-challenged but they should have done more thorough checking. This is a joke. First he was included as coach when he is no coach. Then he was accommodated as escort.”Former Arjuna Awardee Ramesh Tikaram says, “Several athletes are made to say they need a specific person as a coach. They are tutored. This has been happening a lot in India.”We need professional people who can help athletes. But there are coaches with team who have no knowledge of the particular sport,” he added without naming people from the current contingent.
PHILADELPHIA — Asked about the New York Giants’ trash-talking during the week, Jeremy Maclin replied: “27-0. Thank you.”The Philadelphia Eagles answered the Giants with a dominant performance from start to finish on offense, defense and special teams in a 27-0 win Oct. 12.Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy had a season-high 149 yards rushing to help the Eagles earn their first shutout in 18 years.“We played great in all three phases,” coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re pleased; we’re not satisfied. Still a lot of things we can do better.”A rough night for the Giants (3-3) became worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass on fourth down from the Eagles 3 in the third quarter. Cruz, a 2012 Pro Bowl pick, was crying and holding his hands to his face as he was carted off the field with an injury that’s expected to end his season.“Huge loss,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “It wasn’t a good situation, a grim scene.”Wearing all-black uniforms for the first time in franchise history, the Eagles (5-1) stayed tied with Dallas (5-1) for the lead in the NFC East. They hadn’t shut out an opponent since a 24-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at old Veterans Stadium.Foles had 248 yards passing, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the offense had a rare strong start.The defense harassed and pressured Eli Manning often, sacking him six times and preventing New York’s upstart offense from getting on track. The Giants had won three in a row, scoring more than 30 points in each victory.“It’s a good reminder that you just can’t show up on the field and have things go well for you automatically,” Manning said. “We got outplayed, outperformed.”The Eagles entered with 11 offensive touchdowns and seven from their defense and special teams. But Foles and Co. didn’t need much help in this one.Foles tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Zach Ertz for Philadelphia’s first offensive TD in the first quarter this season. Ertz made a diving catch, dragging his feet to stay in bounds.Foles hit a wide-open James Casey for a 26-yard TD pass to make it 17-0 in the second quarter. Sproles had a 15-yard TD run to put the Eagles ahead 27-0. He left the game with a left knee injury and didn’t return.(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
view more view less India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma was disappointed as he walked off the field after being adjudged caught behind in the 6th over of the Indian innings against West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester. Kemar Roach’s inswinger had Rohit in trouble but West Indies had to opt for DRS to get the on-field decision overturned. Akshay Ramesh ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 16:54 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma was adjudged out for 18 vs West Indies on Thursday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma departed for 18 after being caught behind in Kemar Roach’s overWest Indies took a successful review to overturn the caught-behind decisionRohit Sharma was disappointed as he was walking back to the dressing roomIndia opener Rohit Sharma was visibly distraught and was muttering as he was walking back to the pavilion after adjudged caught behind in India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester.Rohit Sharma was looking in fine touch after having smashed a six and a boundary in the first 6 overs after India opted to bat. However, he was in trouble when Kemar Roach got one to swing into the right-handed batsman. West Indies went up in appeal for caught behind as it seemed Rohit had got an inside-edge onto the wicketkeeper.However, on-field umpire Richard Illingworth wasn’t interested and ruled it not-out only to see West Indies captain Jason Holder send it upstairs for a DRS call. Holder, bowler Roach and the fielders in the slip-cordon appeared confident that the ball had taken the edge but Rohit wasn’t.Replays, it is safe to say, were inconclusive. The Snicko had spikes on it as the ball crossed the bat but it wasn’t providing conclusive evidence as to whether the ball brushed the bat or Rohit’s pad. Nonetheless, after only a couple of replays, third umpire Michael Gough ruled it out.In case of tight calls, the third umpires generally take a long look at the visuals but Gough’s decision to rule it out helped raise quite a few eyebrows, including that of Rohit’s wife Ritika Sajdeh who was watching the proceedings from the Old Trafford stands.On-field commentator Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out that there could have been bat but the visuals didn’t prove anything conclusive.advertisement”I would have taken a little bit of time to be absolutely sure. The batsman didn’t think so. The bowler was absolutely confident. There was definitely pad involved but was there any bat at all?” Sanjay Manjrekar said during his commentary duties for Star Sports.Michael Atherton added: “West Indies bowlers were equally convinced, absolutely clear gap between bat and pad, the problem with the third umpire is that the ball passes the bat and pad almost simultaneously. The on-field decision is key there and you have to be absolutely convinced to overrule it.”The cricket fraternity on social media weren’t convinced with the third umpire’s decision either.How unlucky you’re?Rohit Sharma :#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Aid5bgs7MZSai Swaroop Bedamatta (@swaroop560) June 27, 2019That review against Rohit ,definitely was not conclusive as the umpire mentioned on air…. soo… much for technology ??????? #INDvsWI #CWC19subramani badrinath (@s_badrinath) June 27, 2019Shocking decision from third umpire hard luck Rohit and team India #INDvWI #StarSports #StarNiAduguVenuGopala Rao (@IMVenuGopalRao) June 27, 2019I just think the 3rd umpire was in a real hurry. That was not out. It was pad, not bat. In anycase surely not conclusive enough to overturn on field decision.#CWC2019 #INDvWI #drsHitchy (@hitchwriter) June 27, 2019That was #NOTOUT , bat pad close together , no confirmation that ball hit bat, no snicko, on field decision was #NOTOUT , so how did 3rd umpire give it out ? ??????#cwc19 #cwc2019 #indvwi #indvswi #wc19 #wc2019Ashutosh Paibhale ????( Mr PredictKar) (@astutetosh) June 27, 2019What an absurd decision by the third umpire. The ball looked more like hitting Rohit Sharma’s pads than his bat. #INDvWIBhakt Tippler (@MrTippler) June 27, 2019Ball clearly hit the pad and there was a gap between the ball and the bat when there was a spike. 3rd Umpire didn’t even take a second look, just went ahead with it. Shocking decision. #CWC19Sripad (@falsewinger) June 27, 2019Rohit Sharma’s wife is disappointed soon after his dismissal against West Indies in #Cwc19 . They both are looking to eachother.#INDvWI #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/UtFuYJvZhYEngr. Farrukh (@farrukhzx) June 27, 2019Shocking decision from third umpire hard luck Rohit and team India #INDvWI #StarSports #StarNiAduguVenuGopala Rao (@IMVenuGopalRao) June 27, 2019hope mrs sharma isn’t reprimanded for visible dissent against that umpiring decision #INDvsWI #CWC19Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) June 27, 2019Full sun on the ball, in the picture, on the right frame. Ball has hit the pad not the bat. Technology making the world a clearer picture, NOT!Rohit has to accept the umpires decision, ctrl+alt+delete!#cwc2019?? https://t.co/FXRgzrFcMvBrad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) June 27, 2019Also Read | Nasser Hussain’s question to Pakistan fans for India vs England puts him in a spotAlso Read | Congratulations to our team for a great comeback: Imran Khan after Pakistan winAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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New Delhi: Plunged into an existential crisis with Rahul Gandhi setting the seal on his decision to resign as party president, there was disquiet in the Congress ranks on Thursday with many pushing him to change their mind as they looked anxiously at the viability of a Gandhi-free future.A day after his candid four-page letter formally and firmly stating that he was no longer Congress president, Gandhi appeared before a Mumbai court in connection with a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. Outside, Congress workers demonstrated, clamouring for him to take back his resignation. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A smiling and confident Gandhi told reporters he will engage in the ‘ideological fight’ with the BJP and the RSS with 10 times more vigour than he did during the last five years. But that did little to dispel the uncertainty in the Grand Old Party that is gripped with a leadership crisis and is struggling to get back on its feet following two successive Lok Sabha election defeats. The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision making body, will meet soon to resolve the issue. The Congress party’s future will be chalked out at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision making body of the party, which is likely to meet early next week. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The Gandhi family is integral to the Congress. The two cannot be separated. We look forward to their guidance in the coming times,” said party leader Jitin Prasada. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also refused to contemplate a Gandhi-free Congress. “We will bounce back and Congress Party would continue to defeat the fascist forces under Rahul ji’s dynamic leadership,” he said, expressing the hope that Gandhi would lead the party with the “same zeal and spirit”. With assembly elections to states like Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Delhi approaching, many in the party feel the Congress has been thrust in a “blind spot”. Is it time for a Gandhi-free Congress to rise like the proverbial Phoenix from the ashes of electoral defeat, analysts and party leaders wondered Some commentators said Gandhi’s decision will augur well for a party that needs to reinvent itself and present a clear vision to again emerge as a credible alternative. “The Congress faces an existential crisis in the absence of clear leadership and such a situation does not bode well for the party which faces assembly elections in three states just a few months later,” said a party leader. Political commentator Sushila Ramaswamy, who teaches in Delhi University, said the Congress needs to come out of the Gandhi family shadow. “To think that without the Gandhi family, the party cannot hold ground is unacceptable. Everyone has the right to go to the top and it seemed that the Congress was currently under monarchic rule. All this is bad and does not augur well for the oldest political party in the country,” she said. Sanjay Kumar, director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies,said it is not fair to think that the Congress will face a crisis if the party president is not from the Gandhi family. “The party might get a new form with his resignation. He should continue to remain active in the party, which will help him emerge as a popular leader in future. “It is hoped that the Congress accepts the new leader who might give new shape to the party’s future,” he said. However, Ramaswamy said the entire Gandhi family should step aside and bring in new leadership. “People get fed up of seeing the same faces in a democracy and alternatives need to be given just as in other evolved democracies in the world,” she said.
Intracoastal City (US): Authorities warned of heavy rain and possible tornadoes throughout Saturday as major storm Barry buffeted Louisiana, though there were few indications of widespread flooding. After briefly becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, Barry was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall — but it nevertheless packed a serious punch as it moved inland. All flights in and out of the airport in the state’s biggest city New Orleans were cancelled, thousands had evacuated their homes, tens of thousands had lost power and first responders were poised for action. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingFears that the levee system in New Orleans could be compromised had eased after the Army Corps of Engineers voiced confidence that it would hold, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged residents not to be complacent. “We are not in any way out of the woods,” she said, adding that flash flooding could still occur into Sunday. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the storm would intensify into Sunday, with many areas seeing more rain overnight than they had during the day. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”Don’t let your guard down thinking the worst is behind us,” he told a press conference. At 10:00 pm (0300 GMT), the storm was packing winds of 50 miles (85 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said, and was located southwest of the city of Alexandria, moving north-northwest at eight mph. “Barry is still very much a dangerous storm with impacts only increasing through Sunday,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet. The storm was expected to chug north across inland Louisiana into Sunday, while tornado warnings were issued for areas of New Orleans and parts of the neighboring state of Mississippi. Rainfall estimates had been lowered to between eight and 15 inches (20 to 38 centimeters) but an AFP journalist said rivers and canals across South Louisiana were full. The heavy winds had scattered tree branches across roads and knocked over road signs, and in St. John’s Parish next to New Orleans, local television footage showed some areas under two or more feet (60 centimeters) of water. The eye of the storm made landfall at Intracoastal City, a speck of a town with a few houses and businesses. Part of the main road was flooded Saturday afternoon, as were some waterfront businesses, with water rising by the minute. News footage showed localized flooding, swollen waterways, and downed power lines and trees across south Louisiana as rivers overtopped their levees in several locations, including part of coastal Terrebonne Parish where authorities had issued a mandatory evacuation notice. The Atchafalaya River had swallowed the waterfront pedestrian promenade in Morgan City, which was entirely without power, as about 10 members of America’s Cajun Navy citizen rescue group assembled under a highway overpass. “We’re just neighbors helping neighbors,” John Billiot, 39, the group’s president, told AFP. They have been conducting volunteer rescues since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and were equipped with five flat-bottom rescue boats, a high-clearance, military-style truck and 86 boats staged in the region in preparation for the latest storm. “We’re still waiting. Barry is playing peek-a-boo with us,” Billiot said. For many, the storm and potential for large-scale flooding revived unpleasant memories of deadly Hurricane Katrina. Thousands have packed up and left their homes as floodwaters hit low-lying areas like Plaquemines Parish, where road closures left some communities isolated. Others hunkered down to ride out the squall, despite mandatory evacuation orders and the risk of dangerous storm surges. “Category one, I’d say, is not much to worry about. A one? That’s a thunderstorm. I’ll be back to work Monday,” William Manuel, a maintenance worker living in Bayou Vista, not far from Morgan City, told AFP. Louisiana is facing an extraordinarily dangerous confluence of conditions, experts say.
Governments everywhere say they use science to manage wildlife, but newly published research questions whether they actually do.“We were surprised by the overall pattern,” said Kyle Artelle, lead author of a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. “We certainly weren’t expecting it to be such a low score.”Artelle, a biologist with Simon Fraser University and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, noticed something odd a few years ago when studying bear management in British Columbia. Although the province said its approach was based on science, Artelle found basic scientific tenets — measurable objectives, clear evidence, transparency and independent review — were missing.How common was that? he wondered.He and his colleagues began looking around. They surveyed 667 management plans for 27 different species that are either hunted or trapped in 62 states, provinces and territories in the United States and Canada.They looked for 11 different indicators that those four basic principles were being used. Clear evidence, for example, would be information such as population numbers. A description of how those numbers were derived would demonstrate transparency.The results were disconcerting.Almost two-thirds — 60 per cent — of management programs demonstrated fewer than half the indicators. The average across all 667 plans was 4.6.Measurable objectives were found in 26 per cent of the plans. Evidence on hunting rates was present about 80 per cent of the time, but about half the programs offered no data on populations.Just over half described how population numbers and trends were set and only 11 per cent described how hunting quotas were determined.Only nine per cent had any sort of independent review.There was little difference between U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions. Artelle did find more evidence of scientific thinking in management of big-game animals.The point is not that wildlife is necessarily being poorly managed, or even that management decisions should be based solely on science, said Artelle.“Managers have to balance the interests of a whole bunch of people, budgets, political realities. We don’t expect every decision is going to be driven entirely by science. It’s not possible.“A lot of the decisions that need to be made science can’t answer.”Science can tell us how many deer there are and what might happen if more are hunted. It can’t tell us if that’s a good idea.“These are value decisions,” Artelle said. “What’s important is that we separate out the science from the values.“In a lot of ways, that doesn’t yet happen.”Science ends up becoming a fig leaf for how decisions are really made, he said.“Agencies will just say, ‘It’s based on science.’ Full stop. Of course there are other considerations and we expect them to come into play.“But it’s all about transparency and saying, ‘This is what the science tells us and this is what we’re going to do with it,’ instead of saying the whole thing is science-based and masking the value judgments or the other political or economic judgments that come into play.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitter
MONTREAL — The Hells Angels are “very good guys,” Quebec comedian Mike Ward says during the latest episode of a popular podcast hosted by American media star Joe Rogan.So good, in fact, that the biker gang “protected” Ward after outraged Quebecers threatened to kill him over a joke about a missing girl, the comedian told Rogan.“The only corporate gigs I’d ever do were shows for military, police officers or the Hells Angels,” Ward said on the profanity-laced show, which was uploaded Wednesday and already has more than 308,000 views on YouTube alone.“And then I realized,” Ward continued, “that when you talk to a group of cops or a group of Hells Angels — they’re the same guys. They have the same mentality.”Rogan replied, “The only difference is that you can call the cops — they’ll come help you. The Hells Angels won’t do (anything.)”Not true, Ward said.Ward, whose dark and abrasive style has landed him in trouble in his home province, told Rogan that in 2008 he joked about the disappearance of Cedrika Provencher — a nine-year-old girl who had vanished a year before — and Quebec’s revenue agency.Revenue Quebec had frozen Ward’s bank accounts, and Ward shared with Rogan the joke he told at a festival gala about the relentless tax collectors: “If you owe them eight dollars, they’re going to kidnap your little kids. They are the ones who have (Cedrika)!”Three weeks later, Ward said, a popular Quebec television host called Cedrika Provencher’s grandfather live on air and informed him that Ward had made a joke at his granddaughter’s expense.Before long, Ward’s manager was receiving threatening messages. “My manager calls me, and he’s like: ‘There are people who are going to kill you,’ ” Ward told Rogan.Ward said he looked out his window one day and saw people lined up across the street from his home.He said he learned two or three years later that the Hells Angels had stationed people at each end of his street to keep an eye on protesters. “They had told their dudes … to watch the people who want to kill Mike Ward,” he said. He marvelled, “the Hells Angels protected me.”Rogan mused that “a lot of Hells Angels are probably good guys.”Ward replied, “It’s the same with the Mafia guys. If you don’t owe them money, they are good guys.”The Hells Angels are considered an outlaw motorcycle gang by federal and provincial authorities. A war between the Quebec branch of the Hells Angels and the rival Rock Machine during the 1990s and early 2000s left more than 150 people dead, including an 11-year-old boy.Ward is no stranger to controversy.He was fined $42,000 by Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal in 2016 for making a joke considered in poor taste about a disabled boy.Ward contested the decision, and the matter is still before the courts. He told Rogan the entire legal ordeal is likely to cost him about $200,000.“I’m going to be 97 years old by the time I get the verdict,” he joked.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
The Elders express their condolences at the death of South African anti-Apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid following the imprisonment of her then husband, Nelson Mandela. Praised for her courageous defiance during a brutal period of state terror in apartheid South Africa, her resolve – even in the most difficult personal circumstances – inspired many to continue. Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders said, “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a voice of defiance who refused to be silenced. Her life was a testament to both the strengths and weaknesses of the human character. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s courage and resilience inspired a generation of activists, both in South Africa and around the world.”
LOS ANGELES — After one year of broad legal sales, California’s marijuana marketplace remains in transition, as companies adapt to new rules and illegal operators continue to flourish. A snapshot of the emerging legal economy:— Estimated 2018 sales at licensed dispensaries and delivery services: $2.5 billion.— Breakdown of sales at dispensaries, by category: buds, 39 per cent; concentrates, 33 per cent; edibles, 16 per cent; pre-rolled, 8 per cent; topicals, 2 per cent; accessories, 2 per cent.— Number of cultivation licenses: 4,795— Number of retail storefronts: 531— Distributors: 996— Testing labs: 52___Sources: BDS Analytics; California Bureau of Cannabis Control; California Department of Food and AgricultureThe Associated Press
Darjeeling: Four persons arrested in connection with illegally entering a government building were produced at a Darjeeling Court onThursday. One of the arrested has been remanded to police custody. The GNLF, BJP and GJM (Bimal faction) leaders and supporters had entered the old party office of the GJM in Singamari on the Lebong Cart Road and put up party flags in the building on Wednesday afternoon. In 2017, the district administration had taken over the building stating that it was government land that had been illegally occupied and converted into a party office. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police initiated a suo moto case naming Niraj Zimba, the BJP candidate, Manoj Dewan, BJP president, BP Bajgai, GJM (Bimal) spokesperson and others for forcefully entering a government building, putting up flags and shouting slogans. Four persons namely— Govind Rai and Anand Gurung of Happy Valley Tea Estate along with Kiran Thapa and Sunil Gurung of Pragati were arrested. They have been charged under Sections 448, 186, 353, 379, 325, 189, 307 of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Arms Act. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”In the FIR it has been stated that four civic volunteers were roughed up as the accused persons made forceful entry. One has sustained injury and is hospitalised. The police prayed for remand of the four for recovery of the arms. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling has remanded Govind Rai to 3 days of police custody. The other three have been sent to judicial custody” stated Pankaj Prasad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. With Assembly By-polls in Darjeeling the political environment has turned fluid in the Hills. On Thursday Niraj Zimba the BJP candidate alleged that his vehicle was vandalized and he was attacked by GJM (Binoy faction) in Happy Valley Tea Estate while he was campaigning. He lodged an FIR naming Radin Gurung and Anil Rai. Radin Gurung in turn lodged a counter FIR stating that his bike was vandalized by the GNLF and BJP supporters.
Geneva – Morocco’s national football team has moved up two positions to 62nd according to the latest FIFA world rankings of internationals teams released on Thursday.Argentina holds on to top spot ahead of Belgium in the latest update to the FIFA World Rankings.Argentina is ahead of Belgium, with Colombia, Germany and Chile completing the top five. Morocco jumped two places in comparison to last month’s ranking.The July ranking will show major changes, as it will factor in Euro 2016, the Copa America Centenario and African Nations Cup qualifiers.
And questions were asked As was the ‘black market’ Experts had their say Clearly the #Marmite struggle is real for someone riding my train this morning! #Brexit #Marmitegate pic.twitter.com/SXH8HyfCGE— Phill JD (@Digital_PhillJD) October 13, 2016 Here’s how the internet reacted I may have to go to a supermarket and photograph the Vegemite/Marmite/Promite section for my poor suffering UK comrades…..— Deth Invictus (@DethInvictus) October 13, 2016 Brexit was mentioned When you look in the back if the food cuoboard and find something you can sell in the black market and be rich #Marmitegate pic.twitter.com/NDGoDsN1TM— Byron (@byronb1986) October 13, 2016 @tgoodmanh vegemite pic.twitter.com/pvujC5aagn— Grace Dent (@gracedent) October 12, 2016 Marmite fans were worried “Is that Australia? I need some unlabelled Vegemite quick. Will pay any price.” #Marmitegate pic.twitter.com/sQx659wPBF— Zorro P Freely (@banalyst) October 13, 2016 Britons were urged not to make any rash decisions I’ll start the bidding at £1,000.00… #MarmiteGate 😂 pic.twitter.com/1wLkwJEj0y— Michelle Carpenter (@MeeshWUFC) October 13, 2016 Will this impact on twiglets as well? #marmitegate— Geraldine Graham (@GeraldineG3) October 13, 2016 @Simon_Cullen @SoVeryBritish “Let them eat Vegemite” Marie Antoinette.— Mark Colvin (@Colvinius) October 13, 2016 People of Britain, don’t despair about #Marmitegate. We’ll just have to eat Innovative British Jam on our toast instead.— Richard Francis (@LinguaFrancis) October 13, 2016 There was a Vegemite debate Went to see the boss today to ask for a pay rise. He said “Is it #Brexit?” I said “No, Marmite”#Marmitegate @Tesco @Unilever— George Sabapathy (@mutantteenager) October 13, 2016 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. Good people of Britain. No matter how terrible this Marmite war becomes, we must not go to the dark side…..Vegemite #marmite #Marmitegate— Ben Fogle (@Benfogle) October 13, 2016 Stockpiling for Marmageddon #Marmitegate pic.twitter.com/K5PEhWAhlu— Ash Bhardwaj (@AshBhardwaj) October 13, 2016 MPs condemned Unilever, saying the company was using Brexit as an excuse to exploit consumers, and warned it may be damaging its brand.Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth said: “I think it will be very damaging to the reputation of Unilever if they seek to use the fall in the pound to exploit the consumer.”Clearly products which are not dependent upon imports into the United Kingdom will not be affected by the fall in the value of the pound.”Consumers will switch to other products where companies aren’t seeking to fleece the consumer.”Earlier this year, lovers of Britain’s best-loved biscuits breathed a huge sigh of relief thanks to the end of the great ‘biscuit drought’ of 2016.While an avocado shortage recently fuelled a ‘black market’ crime wave in New Zealand. Products made by UnileverCredit:PA While others just saw the funny side Other Unilever brands at risk include PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Persil and Pot Noodle.Unilever reportedly demanded a 10 per cent price rise due to the falling value of sterling. Love it or hate it? How appropriate that Marmite has become the symbol of #Brexit.— Ryan Nelson (@RyanJohnNelson) October 13, 2016 Only at the Sevenoaks branch of Tescos…#Marmitegate https://t.co/L8bPfsoESX— George Ruskin (@georger52743956) October 13, 2016 Truly saddened by #marmitegate. Damn you Brexit!— Beth H (@beznee) October 13, 2016 “Stockpile Marmite” – Jeremy Cook @World_First #Marmitegate #Brexit pic.twitter.com/VeP64SmvDS— World First UK (@WorldFirstUK) October 13, 2016 Come on people. Just accept that #vegemite is far superior to #marmite— Rachel Cairns (@cairnsrachel) October 13, 2016 I don’t want to live in a world without @marmite… #MarmiteGate #crumpets pic.twitter.com/Ab8PWvjHBq— Holly Anthony (@HollyWoozle) October 13, 2016 If Theresa May causes a tea bag shortage. This government will fall. #HardBrexit #innovativejam #Marmitegate— Emma Daniel (@huxley06) October 12, 2016 Our love of Marmite leaves us weak. Frankly, I think we’re toast. #Marmitegate— Mark Braggins (@markbraggins) October 13, 2016 Beware @Tesco & @TescoIrl, @LiamNeesonActor is on the case! #Taken #marmitegate pic.twitter.com/lTwIPos7mT— stagparty.ie (@stagpartyie) October 13, 2016 After Tesco pulled Marmite from its online store #MarmiteGate soon became one of the biggest trends in the UK.The supermarket giant stopped selling Marmite to online shoppers amid a Brexit price row with its biggest supplier Unilever.
The BBC’s problems came to a head in 2014, when it received “relentless complaints” – eventually numbering more than 2,000 – about mumbling in Jamaica Inn, a Daphne du Maurier adaptation starring Jessica Brown Findlay with a thick Cornish accent. The BBC has pledged to reexamine sound levels on its latest Sunday night drama, after viewers complained of inaudible mumbling which left them switching on the subtitles.The corporation conceded it must “look at” the sound levels of SS-GB before the next episode airs, insisting it takes audibility “seriously” despite a string of programmes which have left viewers in desperation.The show, a fictional “alternative history” of life in London after the Battle of Britain was lost, was beset by audio difficulties, with viewers claiming mumbling English actors were less intelligible than their German-speaking colleagues.Viewers took to social media to lament their difficulties in hearing dialogue, while others embarked on the formal BBC complaints procedure. Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth in SS-GB Happy Valley also drew complaints over mumbling The sound seems a bit dodgy on SS-GB. Everyone mumbling. Have put the subtitles on. @BBCOne #SSGB— Gareth Philips (@GarethPhilips) February 19, 2017 One viewer said: “So far in SS-GB I’ve found it easier to understand the Germans than anyone mumbling in English.”Another added: “SS-GB impossible to hear a word they are saying. Mumble mumble growl growl. No patience for this on a Sunday night.” “10 mins into SS-GB and had to resort to subtitles,” said a third.On Monday, a spokesman for the BBC said of SS-GB: “We take audibility seriously and we will look at the sound levels on the programme in time for the next episode.”The show was also criticised by fans for historical inaccuracy, with some eagle-eyed amateur historians spotting a Spitfire Mk IX, introduced in 1943, being used in an opening sequence set in 1941. In 2009, then-BBC One controller Jay Hunt announced an “audibility project” involving a 20,000 strong panel of viewers and listeners, which resulted in new best practice guidelines.In 2011, former controller of television Danny Cohen suggested “more emphasis” on planning for sound quality could help eradicate some of the problems.And in 2013, director-general Lord Hall admitted: “Actors muttering can be testing.“I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old man but I also think muttering is something we could have a look at.” What is with the bloody mumbling on the BBC dramas? SS-GB another mumblefest.— Wend’s (@weebod) February 19, 2017 So far in SS-GB I’ve found it easier to understand the Germans than anyone mumbling in English— Allan Smith (@AllanSmith80) February 19, 2017 The BBC’s Charlotte Moore has spoken of how difficult sound is to get right It is understood the BBC received dozens of complaints, totalling “less than 100” by Monday afternoon.The show received 6.1million viewers, with that figure likely to grow once iPlayer has been taken into account.The series had been hotly-anticipated, with pictures of a bombed Buckingham Palace draped in swastikas piquing the public’s curiosity ahead of broadcast. A spokesman said programme-makers had been “unable to source” the rarer 1941 spitfire, instead choosing “the most suitable alternative available” with owners who would allow its wings to be temporarily removed for filming purposes.It is the latest “mumbling” row for the BBC, which has also had problems with dramas including Jamaica Inn, the crime series Quirke, and Happy Valley.For years, executives have been pledging to fix the issues, acknowledging viewers’ frustration at not being able to understand their output. The programme filmed in the Mall Then, the problem was variously blamed on actors failing to enunciate properly, and on modern flat televisions which place more emphasis on picture quality and leave speakers at the back of sets.Afterwards, programme-makers were advised to watch their series on a normal television at home, eschewing high-tech headphones and big screens to check how the show would translate to ordinary people. But issues have continued, with Happy Valley last year blighted again by accusations of “too much whispering and mumbling” and Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, this year leaving viewers frustrated.Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content, said last year: “It is incredibly hard to get to the bottom of where things go wrong.”It is often several different problems coming together. Sound is a very exact science.” A CGI version of Buckingham Palace The show, based on a Len Deighton novel of the same name, stars Sam Riley as detective in Nazi-occupied London, who becomes embroiled in the resistance.The show is directed by Philipp Kadelbach and stars several German actors who spoke their native language on set and on screen. 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.
Source: Dublin BusDublin Bus are encouraging bus users to create “their own personal Hot Stops” across the network. You’ll then be able to upload a photo or video onto Noel’s Network Map “with an accompanying story outlining why this stop is ‘Hot’”.And there’ll be prizes! You could win a smartphone – at least, that’s what Noel is promising over on Facebook.More: If you live in Dublin you’re one of the least romantic people in Ireland>Here’s what really happens when you ignore an Irish ‘chugger’> Source: InstagramThere is a dedicated page on the Dublin Bus website for the six-week campaign, including an interactive map…… with designated points where Noel will share stories on his favourite bus stops- ‘Noel’s Hot Stops’.In case you were wondering, yes, Noel has a Dublin accent: He’s already got his own Facebook. There’s also an Instagram account where he reveals his full name and background – Noel Anthony Kinsella – and posts ‘Noelfies’.(That’s a Noel selfie, obvs.) Source: FacebookMEET NETWORK NOEL.He’s Dublin Bus’s new mascot. As the official press release says: “First there was Tony the Tiger, then there was Fido Dido and now there’s Network Noel.”Noel is a football on a stick, but he’s not letting that stop him. He’s here to help customers get to know the Dublin Bus route network.Noel wants to interact with customers and will be the face of a campaign to encourage greater interaction between Dublin Bus and its customers.
DO YOU DRINK a can – or more – of soft drink a day?If so, you could be shocked to hear that your daily soft drink habit could be bad for your health.Imperial College London reports that a new study published in Diabetologia, led by Dr Dora Romaguera at Imperial College London and researchers from the InterAct consortium, shows that your risk of contracting diabetes could rise according to how many soft drinks you consume.The researchers looked at people’s consumption of juices, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially sweetened soft drinks – and found that each 336ml sugar-sweetened soft drink, which is roughly the equivalent to one can, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.People who drank more soft drinks that were artificially-sweetened were also at risk of type 2 diabetes.However, drinking pure fruit juice, or diluted juices, wasn’t associated with diabetes risk.Read: Gum disease sufferers at risk of diabetes and heart disease>Read: Ireland ‘not immune to global epidemic of obesity and diabetes’>
Short URL Share376 Tweet Email As long as the Department of Transport and the NTA (National Transport Authority) remain aloof the more difficult it will be to get an overarching and sustainable agreement. Transport Minister Shane Ross has to date declined to become involved in either the negotiations or the dispute as a whole.When contacted by TheJournal.ie Bus Éireann declined to comment on the draft proposal.Yesterday had seen some progress at the talks, though issues of pay and conditions remained sticking points.While the negotiations are ongoing, most of the country is without bus services as the all-out strike enters its 17th day.In Cork, Limerick and Galway, the strike is being described as hugely damaging.Retailers group Retail Excellence has called for a resolution to the dispute, saying that retail workers are losing out.Earlier this week, over 100 workers at the company lodged a petition with RTÉ calling for “fair and balanced coverage” of the dispute.First published 8amRead: ‘Callous vandalism’: Paint thrown at Glasnevin 1916 memorialRead: Talks aimed at ending two-week Bus Éireann strike to continue Apr 9th 2017, 4:50 PM 41,221 Views By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3331258 Proposal on table to cut jobs of 120 drivers at Bus Éireann While the talks are ongoing, most of the country is without bus services as the all-out strike enters its 17th day. Source: Barry Cronin/APUpdated 16.50A DRAFT PROPOSAL before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) would see 120 driving jobs at Bus Éireann cut.Talks aimed at breaking the deadlock in the company’s strike resumed today after a 12-hour session yesterday.It’s understood that the draft plan would see the 120 drivers exit the company within the next 12 months.Talks have gone on for over 40 hours since unions and management came back to the table at the WRC.“The issue of headcount reduction would not be unusual when talking about efficiencies,”Dermot O’Leary, general secretary with the NBRU, told TheJournal.ie.What is problematic however, is that while on one hand you’re locked in talks, yet other broader issues are at play. 90 Comments Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 4:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview 3 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the AirPods review $210 at Best Buy See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $60 at Best Buy 7 Sprint Tags Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $59 at eBay Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Turo Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See it Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. There is no Dana, there is only Zuul. Oh, wait. There IS a Dana, and she’s coming back to the Ghostbusters universe.Sigourney Weaver, who starred as Dana Barrett in the original 1984 version of Ghostbusters, told Parade magazine in an interview published Friday that she’s excited to reprise that role.”It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Weaver said.The interview is pretty cagey about revealing much, but it does say Weaver will be back as Dana, and that Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd will also return. Harold Ramis, who played Ghostbuster Egon Spengler, died in 2014.The new film is due out July 2020. Chris Monroe/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo $520 at HP TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 $299 at Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile 2019 movies to geek out over Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! 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Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See It Read the Rylo camera preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 77 Photos Comments
Two Catholic hospital chains are merging to create the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, with more than 100,000 employees in seven states.Listen nowProvidence Health & Services of Irvine, California, is merging with St. Joseph Health of Renton, Washington, to create Providence St. Joseph Health.The new entity has 50 hospitals in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington state.The merger was approved by California’s attorney general last month. The agreement required Providence St. Joseph to invest $30 million in providing mental health services in California.On Wednesday, the new chain announced it will invest $100 million in a foundation and institute to look into mental health research, prevention and care around the country.
Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Associated Press The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved a motion to end financial exigency. The vote overturns a declaration that allowed for the expedited elimination of academic programs and firing of faculty, even those with tenure. US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Fairbanks yesterday to gather input on a new plan to reduce local wintertime fine particulate pollution. Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior visited Nome yesterday for an event called “Reclaiming Our Native Communities”, a roundtable discussion on public safety hosted by Kawerak. ‘Nothing survived. It’s just ash.’ In a trickle of information, fire evacuees learn fate of homes Fire managers said this afternoon it will be four to six days at the earliest before residents who evacuated from the McKinley fire can return to their properties. Wildfires crimp Alaska’s major transportation corridor, halting tourist operations, delaying groceries One of the highest placed Alaskans in the Trump administration has resigned. Wildfires in Southcentral Alaska are causing major traffic problems on some of the region’s busiest roads, affecting locals, buses filled with tourists and trucks trying to re-supply grocery stores. Alaska wildfire officials reassess cause of McKinley fire EPA hears testimony on air plan A wildfire estimated at 5,000 acres continues to burn at the edge of the Bristol Bay village of Levelock. At 9:00 p.m. last night, those fighting the fire reported that it had crossed some of the control lines on the west side of the village, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Stories are posted on the statewide news page. You can subscribe to Alaska Public Media’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews University of Alaska regents vote to end financial exigency Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney visits Nome to discuss public safety 5,000-acre fire continues to burn outside Levelock Dunleavy repeats calls for closing budget gap, paying full dividends Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of the McKinley fire, which burned at least 50 structures along the Parks Highway. Elizabeth Harball, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior Governor Mike Dunleavy says next year he’d like to close the billion-plus-dollar state budget gap. The legislature’s attempt to add funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System has been blocked. Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his line item veto power to eliminate $5 million added by lawmakers in the wake of a $40 million cut that could mean long gaps in service. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham
Hyderabad: A snake caused chaos in a Metro rail. Passengers were thrown into disarray after seeing the snake. Passengers complained about a snake in the rail on August 14 at Dilsukhnagar. Later, the train was stopped at LB Nagar and since then the authorities have been searching for the snake. Finally, the members of Snake Society captured the snake on Monday evening. The Metro officials announced it on Tuesday. They said all precautions are being taken for the safety of the passengers.