Bhubaneswar: Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal on Sunday invited Naveen Patnaik, who led the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to an emphatic victory in both Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Odisha, to form the next government in the state.Set to be sworn in as the chief minister for a record fifth consecutive term in Odisha, Patnaik met the governor and staked claim to form the government after being elected the leader of the BJD legislature party. The BJD won 112 of the 146 seats in the recently concluded assembly polls. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”After being satisfied that the BJD commands majority, the honourable governor extended invitation to Naveen Patnaik to form the new government,” a Raj Bhavan spokesman said. Earlier, Patnaik was chosen the leader by the newly elected MLAs during a 45-minute meeting at the party headquarters here, BJD sources said. At the meeting, Patnaik said the new government will work hard to ensure speedy development of the state and welfare of its people. The swearing-in ceremony of Patnaik is scheduled to be held on May 29 at the Exhibition Ground here, party sources said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsOvercoming a Modi wave that swept the country, the Patnaik-led BJD has scripted history with a landslide victory to form the government in Odisha for a record fifth term in a row. The BJD won 112 of 146 assembly seats which went to polls. While the state has 147 assembly segments, polling in Patkura was postponed twice following the death of a candidate and then due to cyclone Fani. . The BJD also won 12 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the general elections, which was held simultaneously with the assembly polls. The BJD had secured 117 assembly seats in the 2014 assembly polls. The BJP, which had won 10 seats in the previous assembly poll, has made substantial gains this time with its nominees clinching 23 seats. The Congress has bagged nine seats while the CPI(M) and an Independent have bagged one seat each. The saffron party is now poised to replace the Congress as the main opposition in the state. State Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar called on the governor and handed him over the Gazette Notification issued by the Election Commission notifying the names of the newly elected members of the assembly, the Raj Bhavan spokesman said. With this notification, the new Odisha Legislative Assembly deemed to have been constituted with effect from May 25, 2019, he said.
VANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a woman who claimed to have been arrested by fake police officers in a fraud scheme exaggerated her report.Police now say that the woman was never physically approached by people claiming to be officers, but detectives have confirmed she was scammed out of $6,000.The department issued a warning on Thursday, saying there was a new twist to the so-called Canada Revenue Agency scam and that it involved fake RCMP officers arresting a woman and taking her to a Bitcoin machine to deposit money.Police say the 58-year-old woman was embarrassed that she fell for the scam, panicked and exaggerated her story.Const. Jason Doucette says in a news release that this Canada Revenue Agency scam was no different than other telephone fraud reported in the past.Police say the word needs to get out that the Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t threaten people with arrest, won’t send police to collect the funds and doesn’t accept Bitcoin or gift cards as payment.
TORONTO — A new book purporting to tell the truth about the fall of Patrick Brown offers a rare glimpse into the machinations inside the Ontario Progressive Conservative party following the abrupt resignation of his abrupt resignation as leader amid sexual misconduct allegations he denies.In his new tell-all biography — titled Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown — the former Tory leader portrays himself as a victim of a conspiracy led by senior party officials opposed to he calls a moderate brand of conservatism with help from his most trusted aides.However, the book also pulls back the curtain on what went on during the leadership race following Brown’s resignation in January, including allegations of bargaining with former prime minister Brian Mulroney about the political career of his daughter — now Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.Brown, who is now the mayor of Brampton, Ont., alleges that Brian Mulroney promised him a place at the “centre” of his daughter’s government if the ousted Tory leader pledged his support to help her become party leader, and eventually premier.The alleged negotiations took place during a late-night meeting in a downtown Toronto hotel’s presidential suite where the then-resigned Brown met with Brian Mulroney and his daughter Caroline’s husband Andrew Lapham.The group met to discuss Brown potentially swinging his political support and organizational power to Caroline Mulroney, who at the time was a Tory leadership candidate but did not attend the meeting.“…you’ll be at the centre of her government,” Brown alleges the former prime minister promised him, calling it a “handshake deal.”Brown also alleges that months earlier, he offered Caroline Mulroney to run for Tory nomination in Toronto, but she turned it down. She also turned down an offer to run in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding, he writes, and her father was opposed to her running in Burlington, Ont., because he felt “it was a swing seat.”Caroline Mulroney ended up winning the nomination — and a seat in the legislature — in the York-Simcoe riding northest of Toronto. Neither Caroline Mulroney nor her father responded to a request for comment late Wednesday.During his tenure as leader, Brown and the party came under criticism for voting irregularities that were alleged to have taken place at a number of nomination meetings across the province. After Brown’s resignation the party overturned the results of six disputed nominations.Police continue to investigate allegations of voter fraud at a Tory riding nomination meeting in Hamilton West-Ancaster Dundas in May 2017.Political parties in Canada operate as private entities, so the public rarely gets to see the manoeuvring that takes place behind the scenes, said Cristine de Clercy, a political science professor at Western University.“So it is pretty rare, in my experience and in the canon of books about politics, to have accounts of leadership selection mechanics written by people who were leaders or who were at such an elite level as Mr. Brown,” she said.While it’s not surprising that Brian Mulroney would help his daughter’s political career, the fact that the Ontario election saw so much overlap between federal and provincial politics is unusual, de Clercy said.“We tend often in Canada to keep the federal politicians at the federal level and the provincial politicians at the provincial level, but this past campaign we saw a lot of interlacing of federal politicians interested in the provincial race, running in the provincial race, wanting to run in the provincial race,” she said.University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman said what stands out about Brown’s book is his “exceptional bitterness.” There appears to be little political strategy behind the release of the tell-all other than to “throw boulders”, he said. “It puts Patrick Brown’s name back in the news cycle for a day,” he said. “But what will it accomplish for Brampton or for him or for the Conservative party? Nothing. It’s good news for the Liberals and NDP.”Shawn Jeffords and Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Shirley Dorin, 86, said she and her husband had decades of frustration after allowing an oil well to be drilled on their property near Didsbury in central Alberta in 1970.There was constant flaring that lit up their house, she said, and she developed Parkinson’s disease.Production equipment was eventually removed a few years ago but the site, which has had several owners, still remains.“We didn’t know what it was like to have your life controlled by an oil company and we really didn’t know what we were in for, that’s for sure,” Dorin said. CALGARY, A.B. – A coalition of Alberta landowners, researchers and former regulators say it could cost as much as $70 billion to clean up more than 300,000 orphan oil and gas wells in Alberta.The Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project released the numbers Monday in Calgary.“Fiscally and environmentally, this is a ticking time bomb,” lead researcher Regan Boychuk told a news conference. “We want it gone.”Her son, Mark, is president of Dorin Land and Oilfield Management and is a member of the coalition.“We can’t develop our land,” he said. “Albertans simply can’t afford to wait another four years for variable solutions as the mess continues to grow.” “They sit idle and they may look harmless, but they’re not. All wells leak eventually and that’s why it’s so important they are plugged and reclaimed properly.”Boychuk said it’s not too late to make well clean up a campaign issue before the April 16 provincial election.“This is the moment when politicians are the most receptive,” he said. “The day after the election is when politicians are the least receptive to public concern. That’s why we are making this data public today to try and influence this debate.”He said most political parties are talking about boosting Alberta’s resource sector but not about the environmental costs involved.“We can either spend money on drilling more wells or spend money on cleaning up.”Boychuk said about $200 million is being held by the Alberta government as a deposit to pay for the cleanup of unreclaimed wells. The problem gets worse once the additional costs of tailing ponds, mines and pipelines are included.
BRUMADINHO, Brazil — My first day covering the devastating dam collapse in southeastern Brazil, I was on the phone with my editor when a crying woman approached me.“Sir, sir, can you help me to find my son?” she asked, looking at me with glassy eyes that seemed empty. “Do you know where my son is?”I didn’t know what to say. Then I remembered the support centre that authorities had set up downtown and told her to go there. She said she had already been there.Another son of this woman then approached, and the two walked off.As I watched them go, I wished I had reacted differently, thought of something better to say, but I didn’t know what.___EDITOR’S NOTE — Photographer Leo Correa travelled to Brumadinho on assignment for The Associated Press on the day that a mining dam collapsed. He spent nearly a week documenting the tragedy.___This family was like hundreds of others, needing to hope that a loved one was still alive while fearing the worst.The Jan. 25 breach of the dam, at an iron ore mine owned and operated by the giant Brazilian company Vale SA, unleashed tens of thousands of pounds (kilograms) of reddish-brown mud over a wide area in Brumadinho.It buried a Vale lunchroom, where hundreds of employees were believed to be eating, and also clobbered several other company buildings and parts of the city, including an inn. Authorities have recovered more than 120 bodies so far, and more than 200 people remain missing.Shortly after the encounter with the woman, I went to an area where a fresh produce market had been plastered with mud. Rescuers were removing a body so badly crushed it fit in a basket used to carry fruit.It was humid (it’s summer in Brazil), and the mounds of mud, laden with discharge from the mine, produced a stench that reminded me of blood.Two days later, I went to an area called Corrego do Feijao, which got the brunt of the deluge. Rescuers had found a bus with an unknown number of bodies inside.About 20 firefighters treaded carefully over the mud, several yards (meters) deep, so as not to get trapped themselves. Helicopters hovered above, lowering tools to the men who used them to cut open smashed metal. After about eight hours, they removed the first body.While watching the operation, I saw several helicopters fly by, each carrying one body. I stopped counting at 10.The mud again smelled like blood, but now there was also a strong stench of decomposing corpses.The following day, at the support centre, I saw the woman from the first day.Malvina Firmina Nunes, a 61-year-old house cleaner, had four adult children. She was still trying to locate her son, Peterson Nunes Ribeiro, 35, who had been working in equipment distribution at the mine complex.At the centre, two women tried to calm Nunes.“I called him on the phone, but he didn’t answer me,” she said. “I want to talk to him, but he doesn’t answer. Where is my son?”This time, I cried.The son who I had seen with Nunes that first day, Fernando, 29, told me they still had no news of his brother.The next day, I visited their home, which sits in a neighbouring village called Tejuco, where another mine operates.Nunes told me about Peterson, who had finally gotten a job at the mine complex in Brumadinho nine months ago after being unemployed. He had three children and a longtime partner.Now, everybody in the family fears mines, particularly the one next to their home. Their grief was painful to watch.“Take me in his place, Lord, take me!” Nunes said, standing by the window. “I have already lived too much. I don’t want to live anymore.”In another moment, Nunes got down on her knees and began praying while Fernando looked on, crying.That day, I accompanied Fernando to an area destroyed by mud that he had gone to before in search of his brother. He wanted to see if rescuers had found him. They had not.Together, we watched another recovery operation, another body being pulled out by helicopter.“I will find my brother,” Fernando said.He called Vale “murderers.”Vale’s chief executive has acknowledged that its safeguards fell short.When we returned home, Fernando put his mom in bed.“Leo, stay here,” Nunes pleaded as I was about to leave. “Why don’t you sleep here, stay with us in our home? I lost one son. But who knows, perhaps today I have gained another son?”Two days later, Fernando told me his brother’s body had been found.___Leo Correa on Twitter: twitter.com/Leo_CorreaPhotographer Leo Correa travelled to Brumadinho on assignment for The Associated Press on the day that a mining dam collapsed. He spent nearly a week documenting the tragedy.Leo Correa, The Associated Press
Rabat – An employee at the kingdom’s consulate in Düsseldorf, Germany, received a letter containing suspicious powder Monday, which gave him a rash.The incident was reported by the German news outlet Westdeutsche Zeitung (WZ). Police rushed to the consulate to investigate and to determine the nature of the powder in the letter.The envelope also included a CD. According to WZ, the employee was taken to the hospital. It is unclear what the powder was.
The men gave no reason for blocking the relocation when staff with UN High Commissioner for Refugees and its aid partners attempted on Tuesday to begin boarding the refugees on trucks bound for Kounoungou, one of 12 camps the agency operates in the region, UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told reporters.“This is deeply concerning and we are making every effort with the Chadian authorities to get these refugees moved quickly,” she said. “The situation is so serious that our representative in Chad is now at the border trying to find a solution to this problem.”As many as 8,000 people – mainly women and children – have crossed into the Birak and Koruk areas of Chad following deadly militia attacks on three towns in West Darfur last week, and nearly all are currently living in makeshift conditions near the border.Ms. Pagonis warned that the refugees are “extremely exposed and vulnerable. The area is highly insecure, with roaming armed groups posing a real threat to the refugees and aid workers.”Notorious militia groups allied to the Sudanese Government and known as Janjaweed have been attacking villagers across Darfur since 2003 when rebels took up arms against the Government in the arid region. In the fighting since then more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced.UNHCR said it has several trucks ready to begin the relocation process but is now awaiting approval from central authorities in Chad.Ms. Pagonis said the agency faces “tough logistical challenges” in moving the refugees away from the border. In the meantime, basic items such as sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans and soap will be distributed, along with tents and food.Meanwhile, UNHCR is also preparing to start the first transfer of Chadian refugees from a site just over the border in neighbouring Cameroon to a better equipped site about 30 kilometres away in Maltam.The refugees, who fled recent fighting in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, have been living temporarily at a transit centre in Kousseri, close to the border. As many as 7,000 to 10,000 are living in the open there, while thousands of others have found shelter in schools and churches in Kousseri.About 1,000 refugees are expected to be transferred tomorrow to Maltam, which can host up to 50,000 people at full capacity. UNHCR and its partners have begun building schools, health centres and latrines at the site and also started erecting tents. 15 February 2008Unidentified gunmen today blocked attempts by the United Nations refugee agency to move 179 Darfurian families away from the volatile border region and into formal camps in eastern Chad, sparking concern among humanitarian officials.
21 April 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert today commended Egypt’s efforts to combat human trafficking, while highlighting several challenges that need to be tackled, including a lack of awareness about the full extent of the problem and an absence of accurate data. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, presented her preliminary findings at a news conference in the capital, Cairo, as she concluded her 11-day mission to the country. The absence of accurate data on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children, which has made it impossible to measure the magnitude of the scourge in Egypt, is among her “issues of immediate concern,” according to a statement issued today.Ms. Ezeilo, who visited Cairo, Alexandria and Sharm el-Sheikh during the mission, added that the forms and manifestation of trafficking in persons are not well understood and there is a “general lack of awareness and knowledge” about the problem.“There is a growing trend of sexual and economic exploitation of young Egyptian girls by their families and brokers, who execute marriages that are also popularly known as ‘seasonal or temporary’ marriage,” the statement noted. “These types of marriages sometimes provide a smokescreen for providing sexual services to foreign men.”Common forms of trafficking in Egypt also include child labour, domestic servitude and other forms of sexual exploitation and prostitution. Although the country has been described as a transit country for trafficking, it may also be a source and a destination country, said the statement.Among the other issues raised by the Special Rapporteur are the lack of infrastructure and services specifically designed for assisting and rehabilitating trafficking victims, such as shelters and hotlines, and limited participation of and consultation with civil society organizations in formulating anti-trafficking policies and programmes.Ms. Ezeilo makes a number of preliminary recommendations to the Government, including providing programmes to enhance knowledge and awareness of human trafficking, developing a comprehensive national action plan to combat it, and tackling the root causes of trafficking such as poverty, unemployment, and gender discrimination.On the positive side, she congratulated the Egyptian Government on the adoption of the Law on Combating Trafficking in Persons and called for its full implementation, voicing her hope that the law “will contribute in particular to the eradication of trafficking in persons for the purposes of temporary or seasonal marriages.”She also noted the high level of political will to combat human trafficking, as reflected by the Government’s ratification of numerous international treaties on the issue and steps taken at the national level, as well as the “visionary” leadership of the First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak, in raising public awareness and mobilizing the Government, the corporate sector and civil society organizations in the fight. During her fact-finding mission, Ms. Ezeilo met with representatives of the Government and the judiciary, as well as international and civil society organizations involved in combating human trafficking.The Special Rapporteur, who works in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present her report to an upcoming session of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
The commencement of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Community Outreach Programme for residents in sugar-dependent areas did not go as planned, as workers accused the former Wales Estate Manager of lying and stormed out of the meeting. However, they were later placated and rejoined the meeting.Sugar workers at the Wales Community Centre, West Bank Demerara during GuySuCo meetingThe series of outreaches began on Thursday at the Wales Community Centre, West Bank Demerara.The aims of the outreaches include creating awareness on the need for employees to show up to harvest cane; and mobilising community leaders and other stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, Government, private and civil society sectors, around the importance of improving attendance on all Estates.Former Estate Manager Dave Kumar was addressing the workers and encouraging them to attend work at the Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara. He told them that the Wales Estate is not closed, but rather ‘diversified’. However, the workers would have none of that. They tried to dispute his statements, but this only enraged him; thus, in retaliation, they stormed out of the meeting.The workers, some 375 of them, will lose their jobs if they fail to show up for work, Chief Industrial Relations Officer at GuySuCo, Deodat Sukhu, has said. He claimed that many of these workers have not worked during the first crop, and he made those statements at the meeting on Thursday.Sugar worker Michael Chotoo told this publication that the meeting with GuySuCo officials was convened to inform them that vacancies exist for their services at Uitvlugt Estate, but GuySuCo officials were unable to give them an answer when they demanded to know what benefits they would be afforded if they chose to take up the employment.He related that Uitvlugt Estate Manager Yudhisthira Mana came prepared to sell the Uitvlugt jobs, as he showed them Powerpoint photos of the work done in regard to the Uitvlugt Estate Improvement Programme. Chotoo added that the workers are not contemplating taking up employment at Uitvlugt Estate, but are demanding they be given their severance pay.“We need out severance pay! The Personnel Officer, Dexter, tell us that we must photocopy our ID cards and bring it and we will get our severance pay, and that if we owe Sugar Welfare, Courts or the Bank, then they will take it out of the severance, and we agree,” he related.“But at this meeting now, he (Dexter) and Kumar telling we that harvesters and transporters can’t get no severance…We need somebody big to come in and help we get we money, so we can get on with our lives,” he added.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes had in March visited the community of Wales and met with the workers. The workers were promised their severance pay, but to date that has not materialized for some of them, according to Chotoo.“We are not here to simply make things written in stone. We are going to take all of that…and we are going to take it to the relevant authorities; and one of those big authorities is Cabinet. I rather suspect that all that we have seen here is going to be taken back with the sentiment that major decisions would have to be made,” Ramjattan told the workers.Chotoo informed that sugar workers are planning to seek an audience with Minister Ramjattan again, for him to provide an update on the position of his promises. The workers also took a jab at their union, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), for its failure to inform them on the court proceedings against GuySuCo.However, when contacted, GAWU President Komal Chand said there is no update for the workers, since the case has not yet been called. He added that the union would provide updates as the matter progresses, and noted that if the workers ask, they are informed of the status.“We are in the process of completing a petition and getting the workers to sign, so we can take it directly to the President so he can look into the matter,” Chand said.Since closure of the Wales Estate in December of 2016, some 1700 workers have been directly affected, and thousands of persons in Wales and surrounding communities have been indirectly affected. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIf 40,000 tonnes target not met Uitvlugt Estate will incur a loss- ManagerJuly 6, 2017In “latest news”GuySuCo again snubs protesting sugar workers on severance pay issueFebruary 14, 2017In “Local News”Fmr Wales Estate workers decry non-payment of severance at Job FairFebruary 1, 2018In “Business”
After signing of Marta Mangue, Serbian champion, HC Zajecar proved quality at the EHF CL pre-qualification Tournament in Slovakia, where Serbian team won easily three games against opponent from Turkey, Slovakia and Czech Republic. One of the best player of the last weekend in Slovakian Mihalovce was Romanian goalkeeper, Teresa Pislaru, who came from Romanian Oltchim this summer:Did you expect three easy wins?– Of course, we were the favorites even before, so this three wins can’t surprise anyone. We were serious, done everything on high level…How was this two months in Zajecar?– It was very good for me. I find very strong team and I worked a lot. I hope that we will qualify for the EHF Champions League. I am happy that I am No1, because in Oltchim I didn’t have chance to prove. That is now history, I am just doing my job and trying to be bettter and better.Next rival in the Qualification semifinal is Romanian Cluj.– They are vice-champion of Romania, not such a good team. There is a big difference between Oltchim and Cluj. I hope that we will win.And find Danish Viborg or Russian Rostov in the Final?– It will be Viborg. They are better than Rostov, they are TOP team, totally complete, covered on all positions. We will give all we have to win. How to say, ” ball is also in our hand”. ← Previous Story TOP 10 transfers of summer 2011: “Nikolaj Markussen – dangerious Giant” Next Story → Partizan won’t play SEHA – Project in danger HC ZajecarTeresa Pislaru
Milorad KrivokapicRK Vojvodina Novi Sad Serbian champions RK Vojvodina Novi SAd looking for a solution on the right back position. SEHA member and EHF CL qualifier wasn’t satisfied with Montenegrian left-hander Nemanja Grujicic who came from RK Metaloplastika this summer. He is released from the team, but only six days before the first match of the season against MVM MKb Veszprem at the start of SEHA season (August 27).RK Vojvodina want Milorad Krivokapic, experienced ex Hungarian and Serbian NT member. A 34 years old lefthander has huge experience of playing for TOP teams as Pick Szeged or Cimos Koper… ← Previous Story VIDEO: Macedonian derby in 100 seconds! Next Story → KANJIZA CUP 2014 – DAY 1: Szeged VS Gorenje, Vardar against Tunisia
It’s safe to assume that Google makes plenty of money off Android (in one way or another), but Microsoft has done its share of profiting from Android smartphones and tablets as well. How? By striking patent licensing deals with device manufacturers like HTC, Acer, Velocity Micro, and Viewsonic. The HTC deal alone netted Microsoft more income in its first year than the company saw from its own Windows Phone 7 licenses.Back in June, Microsoft’s legal team announced that it was knocking on the door of another top-tier Android OEM: Samsung. Reports indicated that Microsoft was seeking as much as $15 per Samsung device sold. Now, Microsoft has announced that an agreement with Samsung has been finalized. This time, it’s a cross-licensing deal that gives both companies access to each others’ patented tech. Microsoft will, however, still receive royalty payments for each Android tablet and smartphone Samsung manufactures.With Samsung on board, Microsoft now has two of the three biggest Android OEMs in its corner (Samsung and HTC produced more than 50% of the Android phones sold in North America last year). Next up: Motorola Mobility, with whom Microsoft has entered litigation. In their official blog post, Microsoft’s Brad Smith and Horatio Guitierrez took a few sentences to give Google a gentle nudge in the ribs saying that if big shots like Samsung and HTC think signing this type of agreement is a good idea it probably is a good idea.Google, of course, has very publicly decried these patent-related deals because of possible repercussions for Android development and software innovation in general. One thing’s for sure: now that Google has thrown its weight behind Motorola, the showdown with Microsoft is going to be a real doozy.More at Technet
A mock firefight and IED blast: Irish soldiers prepare for Lebanon The troops will be working as part of the United Nations alongside Finnish and Estonian troops. http://jrnl.ie/3039287 Subscribe for more videos By Nicky Ryan 57 Comments Friday 21 Oct 2016, 6:00 PM Oct 21st 2016, 6:00 PM DEFENCE FORCES TROOPS from the 109th Infantry Battalion are putting the final touches on their training ahead of deployment to South Lebanon next month.The troops will be working as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Ireland’s largest current overseas deployment, alongside Finnish and Estonian troops.In the clip above, the troops simulated having to dismount from an armoured patrol after noticing suspicious activity in the treeline.After checking each vehicle, they moved forward on foot, but came under fire while one troop carrier was hit by an IED.The troops hitched up the armoured personal carrier to another and sped off to safety.Irish peacekeepers were first deployed to Lebanon in 1978, and this deployment will bring the number of troops working with UNIFIL to 370.Now watch: This is what it’s like to be an Irish soldier… in virtual reality >FactCheck: Was Willie O’Dea really not aware of concerns over Lariam, while he was Minister? > Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Short URL Share114 Tweet Email3 10,778 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Ruby Tandoh: ‘Food fads are toxic – they erode the faith you have in your appetite’ Former Great British Bake-off contestant Ruby Tandoh has written a book that’s an antidote to stress and pressure over food and eating. She says: eat up and enjoy your food. Do you think that the body positivity movement intersects with your writing in Eat Up?Definitely, but I think we need to go further than body positivity if we’re to really make a difference. Often the ‘body positive’ movement is used to just bolster the supremacy of slim just-a-tiny-bit-wobbly bodies, but that leaves behind so many people whose bodies are bigger, fatter, disabled, whatever.So I want to book to not only be body positive, but fat positive, supportive of people with eating disorders and mental health problems, inclusive of people of all sexualities and genders… all of this stuff plays into a meaningful kind of body positivity that benefits everyone, not just a select few.For women in particular, food can be a loaded topic – how do you address the topic of gender and food this in the book?There’s so much to address when it comes to food and gender, so I almost didn’t even know where to begin! One thing that really struck me though was the gendered nature of appetite, and the ways in which women’s appetites are monitored by women themselves and also the society we live in.There’s an impossible gold standard that you’re expected to meet as a woman: be hungry, but not too hungry – don’t eat too fast or too loud or in public. Eat something ladylike. Yorkies aren’t for girls. All of these messages contribute to a food culture that is, I’d argue, so much more fraught for women and non-binary people than for men. How have your own thoughts about food and your relationship with it changed since your time on GBBO?I’ve definitely settled into my own tastes. I used to be really worried that my tastes and cooking style were rubbish and that I should read every food magazine and always keep up to date with the in vogue foods… but I just don’t care anymore. I’m always hungry for new stuff, but it’s my own appetite and curiosity that I’m following this time, not the dictates of some far-off TV chef. Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 3:00 PM By Ruby Tandoh You’ve been celebrating the little moments that make food great on your Twitter account – why is it important to celebrate these moments?Because I think there’s this tendency to think that good food is a special thing that you have to spend a lot of time or money or effort to get – that it exists outside of the greyness of everyday life. But that’s not true.There’s something amazing about the way golden butter melts and pools on hot toast. The first sip of a good cuppa is life-affirming. All this stuff is special, and it’s right there in front of you to be savoured. Good food isn’t the preserve of the elite.Were there particular food writers that inspired you when writing the book?I love Meera Sodha and her books Made in India and Fresh India. I also love Samin Nosrat, whose book Salt Fat Acid Heat has revolutionised the way I think about food! And Laurie Colwin, who wrote Home Cooking and showed me that writing about food was always about so much more than just the food itself.As you say in your foreword to the book, eating can be ‘so f***ing complicated sometimes’ – do you have moments when eating feels complicated, and when you do, how do you address it?I used to have an eating disorder, so food was definitely complicated then, but I’ve been well and eating up for some years now. But still for me and for most people there will always be the occasional moment when you’re bombarded with a million contradictory messages from chefs, doctors, celebrities, newspapers, friends and families, all telling you what you should or shouldn’t be eating, and it’s EXHAUSTING.We need to be given space to enjoy food again. I hope Eat Up gives people that space.What does food mean to you?Everything. It is the fabric of my body, it is life and politics and art and memory and power, it is taste and sex and caring and charity and goodness. It’s everything.Finally, what’s your favourite food (or foods!)?Ice-cream, all day every day.Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh is published by Serpent’s Tail and out now. Source: Ruby Tandoh/Twitter 2,767 Views hope this guides you gently through your saturday eating. eat some pizza, enjoy a nice crisp apple, be amazed you live in a world that has nutella. immerse yourself in the small stuff— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) February 3, 2018 i wrote Eat Up with my 16 year old, ED-afflicted self in mind and filled it with everything i wish i’d known when I was so ill: no shaming, no moralising, no bullshit. if you have or are in recovery from an ED, i’m here for you. you deserve the whole world 💞 🍔🍍🍦✨ pic.twitter.com/CpueeDEy0r— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) February 8, 2018 IN A WORLD where food can be a complicated thing, writer and Great British Bake-Off contestant Ruby Tandoh wants to make things a bit more simple. With her latest book, Eat Up, she’s moved away from the recipe format and instead to exploring what food means to us, how we can best enjoy our food, and why there’s so much joy to be had in the simple things – like snapping a cold chocolate bar, eating a doughnut, or just buttering a slice of crunchy toast. Here, Tandoh answers our questions on the book, her thoughts on diversity in food writing, and how she has gone from an eating disorder to changing her view of food. What inspired you to write Eat Up – and how does it differ from your previous books?I think what’s really different about this one is that it’s not just about food, it’s about why and how and when and where we eat, and the cultures, emotions and rituals that surround our eating behaviours. In previous books I followed the usual recipe book template, which meant being instructional first and foremost, and concentrating on the nitty gritty of how to cook. This one’s really different in the sense that it’s discursive and descriptive, and not at all a traditional food book!How would you describe Eat Up?In a nutshell it’s a book about our relationships with food. That could mean what you like to eat, or how to (re)find your appetite. It means the recipes your mum or dad passed down, and the food teachings we absorb from the culture that surrounds us. It means picking apart some of the confusing messages we get about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food, and making your own rules when it comes to food and eating. I’ve mixed loads of research and reading with personal stories, love letters to foods and a couple of recipes. It’s a real mix.Do you think the food writing world needs be shaken in terms of diversity, and why?For sure. There’s such an incredible diversity within the cooks working in restaurant and home kitchens – people from all part of the world, people of every size and shape and gender – but that diversity doesn’t always get reflected in the food media. We spend so much time sending white chefs out to places around the world to ‘discover’ those cuisines, when actually there are so many people from those cultures here trying to tell us the exact same stories, but better. We could definitely stand to be a bit less imperialistic!Do you think the food writing world is slow to examine itself in terms of how it could change or become more diverse?Yeah, although no more so than most industries. I think the problem for me lies in the contrast between the progressiveness of the beliefs of most food writers etc and the staid structures they maintain. So most foodie people would fully support a food business run by refugees, for instance, but they don’t quite draw the link between that freedom to create, earn and be heard, and the large amount of space that the foodie is taking up in the food world with their musings on those refugees’ culture.There is space for everyone, so it’s not that I don’t want people to explore food from all over the world. I just think we all need to think about when we could step back a little for other people to step into the frame.You write that the book is about how food is “about way more than just what’s on the plate”.Basically it’s just about looking at the fact that, as well as having an impact on our physical health (this much is well-documented, even obsessed over, in our food culture), food plays a vital role in our mental, emotional, social and cultural wellbeing, too. So even if going on a juice only diet did improve your bodily health (which it DOESN’T, for the record), it’d be awful for your social health cos it’d mean you couldn’t eat out with friends, and for you emotional health because you’d be bored out of your mind. This is a big focus of the book.The last few years have seen lots of food fads/movements appearing (and often quickly disappearing) – eg ‘clean’ eating, paleo diet, keto diet. What are your thoughts on how these types of fads/movements can affect people’s beliefs around food and their own bodies?It’s such a shame because each of these fads is bad in its own unique way, but there’s almost no point individually critiquing them because the moment that one is debunked, another just springs up in its place. It’s a toxic industry, and it feeds off the very normal, human anxieties we have about our bodies and our health.And over time, what they do is erode the faith you have in your own appetite and your own cravings/desires/tastes. So you end up feeling hungry for a jacket potato, for instance, but you’ll turn to a book written by someone who’s never met you to see what you should be eating!Eat the jacket potato! Your body is there begging for something. 16 Comments Ruby Tandoh Source: Ruby Tandoh/Twitter Feb 11th 2018, 3:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share36 Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3842858
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As Saturday night, Sept. 14, drew to a close, thousands of Costa Ricans celebrated the coming Independence Day withdesfiles de faroles, or the annual lantern parades.Tico Times correspondent Robert Isenberg spent the evening in Alajuela, north of the capital, where passionate speeches, rousing fireworks displays, and a citizen parade helped ring in 192 years of independence from Spain. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Go back to the e-newsletterHotel Jen is the first international hotel brand to use autonomous Relay robots in Asia. Teams at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway and Tanglin Singapore welcome colleagues, Jeno and Jena, at their respective properties. The duo will deliver amenities and local favourites from the in-room dining menu to guests.“Hotel Jen is proud to be the first brand in the Shangri-La group to introduce this technology. The new “colleagues” will be great team players in getting important things done well and delivered in Jen’s distinctive style. Known to curate playful experiences, Hotel Jen, through the Relay robots, yet again proves that it can surprise and delight urban adventure-seekers,” said Cetin Sekercioglu, Executive Vice President of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.Stationed at the hotel lobby 24/7, both Jeno and Jena are unmistakable in their bright uniforms and Hotel Jen’s brand colours – turquoise and pink – affixed with the signature bicycle image. Inspired by the concept of a butler, Toby Tan (@tobyato) from Band of Doodlers designed a jacket and tie for Jeno, and a scarf for Jena.The pair stand at almost one metre tall and come with the ability to move unmanned around the hotel at a safe speed of 2.5km per hour, half that of the average human walking speed. They can ride the elevators, make phone calls to rooms upon arrival, and are equipped with sensors that know to avoid obstacles in its path.Jeno and Jena are both integrated with a software system that can easily track their to-do list once an order is placed. Need an extra towel or bottle of water? Guests can expect one of the pair to have these delivered within 15 minutes from the time of request. Midnight hunger pangs can be eased from a supper menu featuring local flavours from midnight to 6am.Designed and built by Savioke, Relay is the first fully-autonomous delivery robot that has been deployed in over 70 dynamic environments such as logistics, hotels, office buildings, and high-rise apartments. Using advanced technology to navigate around people and objects, Relay delivers items quickly, safely, and reliably. Since initial commercial deployment in 2014, Relay robots have made over 150,000 autonomous deliveries.Go back to the e-newsletter
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