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first_imgFormer President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary saidFormer President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary said from the day he claimed the Olympic gold medal in 1960, boxing fans across the world knew they were seeing a blend of beauty and grace, speed and strength that may never be matched again.”We saw him courageous in the ring, inspiring to the young, compassionate to those in need, and strong and good-humored in bearing the burden of his own health challenges,” they said.In a tweet, Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump said Ali was the greatest.”Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!” Trump said.”Muhammad Ali was the greatest, not only an extraordinary athlete but a man of great courage and humanity,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offered condolences to the family and loved ones of Muhammad Ali and called him “a champion for peace and justice.” PTI LKJ ZHlast_img read more

Modi inaugurates BR Ambedkar International Centre

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the BR Ambedkar International Centre here and said it would be an important place for research on social and economic issues.The prime minister also unveiled two statues of the Dalit icon at the centre in Janpath.Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State Ramdas Athawale and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel were also present at the event.”The centre will prove to be an inspiration for the promotion of the thoughts and teachings of Dr Ambedkar. The centre will be an important place for research on social and economic issues,” the prime minister said.Modi added that the government had developed five places related to Babasaheb Ambedkar into pligrimage spots.He added that the five pilgrimage spots — in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Mhow and London — were like a homage from the present generation.”I think that this centre is for the youth… where they can see and understand the vision of Babasaheb Ambedkar,” the prime minister said.The centre, he said, was a fusion of Buddhist and modern architecture.He had laid the foundation stone of the centre in 2015. PTI NAB ASG NKS MINlast_img read more

Microchip: AVR microcontrollers now beta supported in MPLAB X

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: RZ/A2M microprocessor for high-speed processing of e-AI imagingNext AAEON: tiny IoT gateway system with UP core Microchip announces the release of MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment version 5.05 which beta supports the majority of AVR microcontrollers. This release will allow designers who traditionally used PIC microcontrollers and developed with the MPLAB ecosystem to easily evaluate and incorporate AVR MCUs into their applications. Support for additional AVR MCUs and enhancements will be added in future MPLAB versions. AVR support will continue to be added to Atmel Studio 7 and Atmel START for current and future AVR devices.  MPLAB X IDE version 5.05 provides a unified development experience that is both cross-platform and scalable with compatibility on Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems, allowing designers to develop with AVR MCUs on their hardware system of choice. The tool chain has been enhanced with support for Microchip’s code configuration tool, MPLAB Code Configurator, making it easy for developers to configure software components and device settings such as clocks, peripherals and pin layout with the tool’s menu-driven interface. MCC can also generate code for specific development boards, such as Microchip’s Curiosity ATMega4809 Nano (DM320115) development board and existing AVR Xplained development boards.More compiler choices and debugger/programmer options are also available when compiling and programming AVR MCUs using MPLAB X IDE 5.05. Compiler choices include the AVR MCU GNU Compiler Collection or the MPLAB XC8 C Compiler, providing developers additional advanced software optimization techniques to reduce code size. Designers can also accelerate debugging and programming using MPLAB PICkit 4 programmer/debugger tool or the newly released MPLAB Snap programmer/debugger tool.The majority of development boards available to evaluate and programme AVR MCUs are supported by the MPLAB ecosystem and MCC. Xplained development boards are compatible with START and are now compatible with MPLAB X IDE. Xplained development boards are cost-effective, fully integrated MCU development platforms targeted at first-time users, makers, and those seeking a feature-rich rapid prototyping board. The Xplained platform includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware to get started.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

Unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing: PCB chief Ehsan Mani

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani has reacted to Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to write to the International Cricket Council and asking the “cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”.The PCB boss said that, “It is unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing. It is never good for any sport.”Ehsan Mani also quoted South African Nobel peace prize winner Nelson Mandela to Sportstar, when referring to India’s call to serve sporting ties with Pakistan.”Let’s paraphrase what Mr Nelson Mandela had once said, ‘the voice [of sports] is far reaching than any politician’. Sports has its own role to play. Politics has its own issues. The two should not mix,” Mani said.When asked if Pakistan received any letter from BCCI or is expecting any letter, Mani outright dismissed the idea, saying, “Why should we receive a letter? Of course, we haven’t received any letter.”There has been a call from former Indian cricketers and Indian politicians about boycotting Pakistan, with Committee of Administrators looking to get Pakistan ousted from the 2019 edition of the ICC Cricket World.Reacting to the developments in Indian cricket, Mani said: “I will not comment anything on that. Let the BCCI or the ICC decide anything, then only we can discuss about our plan of action.””You have to talk to the ICC about that. I won’t comment on what Mr Rai has said. We will discuss our plan of action if we hear anything from the ICC. As of now, there has been no communication.” the PCB chief added.advertisementThe PCB boss was also asked about the International Olympic Committee’s decision to revoke the two Olympic quotas from the 2019 Shooting World Cup to be held in Delhi. Mani advised that the decision should be kept in mind when trying to mix “sports and politics”.”You have seen how the IOC has reacted to this as far as shooters are concerned. I guess it is important that we learn to keep sports and politics separate,” Mani said.Also Read | India-Pakistan World Cup match should be played as per schedule: Sarfraz AhmedAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar backs India-Pak World Cup clash: Would hate to give them 2 pointsAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of AdministratorsAlso Read | India will play against Pakistan in the World Cup if BCCI says so: Yuzvendra Chahallast_img read more

Mou: I’m not going to cry about Pogba

first_imgManchester United ‘I’m not going to cry about Pogba’ – Mourinho backs Manchester United to survive without injured star Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 22:19 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Paul Pogba Southampton v Manchester United Southampton Premier League José Mourinho The 24-year-old remains an injury absentee for the Red Devils ahead of their trip to Southampton, but the Red Devils boss is not overly concerned Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he does not know when Paul Pogba will return, but will not “cry” about the midfielder’s absence.Pogba was forced off injured during United’s Champions League opener against Basel, and has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since September 12. The Red Devils have not put a timescale on the 24-year-old’s injury layoff, and Mourinho was once again reluctant to indicate when the club’s record signing would return.Lukaku 13/5 to score first v Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “No idea,” Mourinho told reporters. “But again, it’s a great opportunity for other players to play and I trust them all.”So I’m not going to cry or count the days for Pogba to return. Until he’s back, I trust my players.”Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedUnited take on Southampton on Saturday, travelling to St Mary’s as they hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season. The Red Devils sit in second place on alphabetical order, behind local rivals Manchester City after winning four of their first five games.Ahead of the clash, Mourinho praised new Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino, who he feels is an experienced replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Claude Puel.”That’s why he is there; experience as a player, experience as a coach and working with a coach who is as experienced as Rafa Benitez,” the 54-year-old said.”For sure, he prepared himself well for this challenge in Spain and Argentina. And Southampton, to be fair, I have played them a lot in my second spell in England; I played them and they had Mauricio [Pochettino], then Koeman and then Puel and now Pellegrino. I don’t see many changes [in style of play].”They’re stable in how they play, the quality of their players. It’s a good team to be a manager of, very good.”last_img read more

Mark Hughes on brink as Newcastle’s Ayoze Pérez sinks struggling Stoke

first_imgAs the Newcastle fans enjoyed some fun at Hughes’s expense by chanting that the Stoke manager would be “sacked in the morning”, the home team poured forward in search of an equaliser. Diouf saw his acrobatic left-foot volley superbly kept out by Darlow, who then made an even better save from the same player after Crouch had knocked down Charlie Adam’s deep cross, leaving Hughes holding his head in despair.Benítez, in contrast, headed back to the north-east with a spring in his step. Newcastle are up to 13th in the table after collecting seven points from four matches over the festive period, the first of them the 3-2 win at West Ham on 23 December which means they have achieved back-to-back Premier League away wins for the first time since November 2014.“We would have taken what we have got if we had been offered it before Christmas,” Benítez said. “I have been telling everyone that the team have not given up and I am pleased you have been able to see this on the pitch.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Read more Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics Share via Email Mark Hughes storms out of press conference after Stoke lose to Newcastle This was a fifth league defeat in seven matches and leaves Stoke only two points and two places above the relegation zone, with the crucial win over West Bromwich Albion nine days ago already seeming a distant memory. The Stoke board have stayed loyal to Hughes up until now, refusing to give in to growing unrest among the supporters, yet this strayed into the territory of being a defeat too many, not least because of what had happened at Stamford Bridge two days earlier.By in effect sacrificing that game against Chelsea, which Stoke lost 5-0, Hughes put himself under the spotlight and left himself open to the criticism that followed at the end of this defeat. He was unrepentant afterwards, insisting he would do the same thing all over again, yet deep down Hughes must have known that only a victory over Newcastle would have provided vindication for all those changes in west London.Erik Pieters, Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri, Maxim Choupo-Moting and Peter Crouch all came back into the team against Newcastle, along with Kurt Zouma, who was unable to play against his parent club, yet the outcome, if not the scoreline, was the same as Stoke slumped to a defeat that would have been hard to stomach at any time of the season.Although Karl Darlow made some excellent saves for Newcastle, in particular the two instinctive stops that denied Mame Diouf in the final 10 minutes, Stoke were flat for long periods and looked devoid of ideas. Newcastle had the better opportunities in the first half, when Christian Atsu was denied by Jack Butland, and Ciaran Clark filed a contender for miss of the season, and the visiting side looked more and more dangerous on the counterattack in the second half.Dwight Gayle, who had started on the bench as Rafael Benítez made five changes to the side who were held to a goalless draw by Brighton on Saturday, had a penalty shout turned down shortly before Pérez’s goal, when the referee waved away Newcastle’s appeals after Zouma bundled into the striker.Three minutes later Newcastle took the lead with a goal that could not have been more simple. Jacob Murphy accepted the invitation to run into the space that opened up for him on the Stoke left, where Hughes had been forced to withdraw the injured Pieters, and delivered a low centre that Pérez, arriving just behind Geoff Cameron, tucked away from six yards out.center_img match reports Read more Newcastle United Share on Pinterest Mark Hughes is on the brink once again after his controversial decision to name a weakened team at Chelsea badly backfired with defeat 48 hours later at the hands of a Newcastle United side who had won only one of their previous 12 matches. Ayoze Pérez scored the goal that piled the pressure on the Stoke manager and prompted loud calls from some of their supporters for the Welshman to be sacked.Peter Coates was there to witness it all unfold and it was tempting to wonder what was going through the Stoke chairman’s mind when those “Hughes Out” chants broke out in the Boothen end during the dying moments of the game. Boos greeted the final whistle seconds later and the manager cut a forlorn figure as he turned on his heel and made his way along the touchline, drenched and dismayed. Premier League Share on WhatsApp Ragnar Klavan’s injury-time goal clinches dramatic Liverpool victory Stoke Citylast_img read more

Kansas State Police Asking For Help To Identify Fan Who Bumped Jamari Traylor

first_imgKansas State fan bumps Kansas's Jamari TraylorTwitter/K-StateKansas State scored a huge rivalry victory last night over Kansas, but unfortunately, much of the focus following the game has centered on the lack of security during the subsequent court-storming. While most Wildcats fans were respectful of their opponent in celebration, a few went overboard. One, in particular, is going to be in some serious trouble as a result.Kansas State police are asking followers on Twitter if they can help in identifying which fan purposely bumped KU player Jamari Traylor. It’s safe to say that someone is going to know the answer.K-State Police would like help identifying this fan. Send a tip at http://t.co/ZqQti0IAve or call 532-6412 pic.twitter.com/VtBS2dPijl— K-State Police (@KStatePolice) February 24, 2015Here’s video of the incident, if you haven’t seen it.Not cool. Rushing the court after a huge win is an amazing experience, but you have to remember, the players on the opposition have done nothing to you. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.last_img read more

Video: Hurricane Matthew Is Hitting South Carolina, Including Williams-Brice Stadium, Very Hard

first_imgA flooded gas station.Twitter/@WeatherNationCharleston flooding is serious, and even Columbia is being hit hard as Hurricane Matthew makes its way through South Carolina.Many projections expected Hurricane Matthew to turn east from the South Carolina coast. Instead, it has hit the entire state pretty hard on Saturday morning. Charleston, which expected to take the brunt of the storm in the state, is experiencing flooding.Hurricane #Matthew hammering #Charleston – Market & Church Streets flooding now. pic.twitter.com/DRxarsS4UI— Rob Marciano (@RobMarciano) October 8, 2016NEW VIDEO: Charleston, SC seeing flooding conditions early this morning from heavy rainfall #SCwx #HurricaneMatthew pic.twitter.com/7Q8fePgDDo— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) October 8, 2016Flooding at the Market in #Charleston during #HurricaneMatthew @postandcourier #Matthew #chsnews pic.twitter.com/rF040GjJEK— Fred Rindge (@SCpigskin) October 8, 2016Certainly flooding and high winds down on the Market in Downtown Charleston #chswx pic.twitter.com/xdf1Ynu7vN— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) October 8, 2016Hurricane Matthew has had an effect on local college teams. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports that College of Charleston’s men’s basketball team is practicing in upstate South Carolina at Bob Jones University, after evacuating ahead of the Charleston flooding.College of Charleston basketball team is taking shelter in the upstate of South Carolina during Hurricane Matthew. Campus and school closed indefinitely on the 4th. Team is currently practicing at Bob Jones University on Friday and Saturday and Furman University on Sunday — both located in Greenville, S.C. Began first day of practice at CofC on the 3rd and evacuated on the 4th/5th.The storm has affected cities farther inland as well, however. Based on video of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium, which was originally set to host the Gamecocks vs. Georgia today, it seems like a very wise decision to move this game to tomorrow.Williams Brice Stadium right about now………Nope. pic.twitter.com/lKBPE81Mn7— Andrew HammondAP (@ahammsportsgeek) October 8, 2016That game is scheduled to be played at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. We wish everyone affected by these storms the best over the next few days. Stay safe, everyone.last_img read more

Vale to Offload Its Remaining Valemaxes for USD 1.1Bn

first_imgzoom Brazilian mining giant Vale SA plans to dispose of its remaining 11 Valemaxes though a lease-back deal estimated to be worth around USD 1.1 billion, the company announced on Friday at an investors conference in London.The move comes as Vale pushes to cut transportation costs between Brazil and Asia in an already challenging market which has seen iron ore drop to below USD 40 per tonne on the spot market.The major driver for Vale in this transaction is to get competitive freight rates on the lease-back agreements, Vale’s CFO Luciano Siani disclosed at the conference.Without disclosing potential buyers of the ships, Siani said that there continues to be a lot of interest in the ships.According to Peter Poppinga, head of Vale’s ferrous metals division, the ships are also expected to reduce its carbon footprint as Valemaxs burn 35 percent less fuel per tonne of ore moved.The iron ore carrying giants have been priced by Vale at USD 110 million each within efforts to offload its 35-vessel fleet.Valemaxes are among the biggest iron ore carriers ever built, boasting 1180 feet in length and from 380,000 to 400,000 tonnes in carrying capacity.The announcement comes on the back of a recent dam collapse in Samarco, Brazil that has flooded the area releasing mine waste into the local communities and destroying thousands of local homes and killing at least 15 persons. Vale is working together with Samarco Mineração SA and BHP on relocating the local population to new homes and damage control.The Brazilian government has filed a USD 5.2 billion civil lawsuit against the three over the dam disaster.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Safety Improved at Peggys Cove

first_img The Sou’Wester Restaurant will also install rock barriers around the parking lot to guide visitors towards warning signs. “I think these measures strike the right balance between improving public safety, while maintaining public access and the natural beauty of this beloved destination,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “We hope these changes will help people better understand how they can stay safe while enjoying their visit.” Almost half a million people visit Peggy’s Cove every year. Incidents where waves have swept people off the rocks are both tragic and rare. “Increasing education and the interventions available to prevent people from getting into trouble is key to the Lifesaving Society’s work,” said Paul D’Eon, director of Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service. “When reviewing options, the task team focused on awareness and safety. “We didn’t want to put people who do not have proper training at risk, and the recommended options will help people better understand coastal safety.” One of Nova Scotia’s iconic and most visited landmarks will be safer as a result of improvements that will be made at Peggy’s Cove. Based on recommendations made by a task team of members from the community and local organizations, government will make the following improvements: new and enhanced safety signs will be installed in the coming weeks a video warning message will be played at the visitor information centre tourism staff will improve communications with visitors and tour operators interpretive panels will be installed describing the strength of the ocean a social media safety campaign at the start of this tourism seasonlast_img read more

New Gender Identity Option for Birth Certificates

first_img Mr. MacLellan also introduced amendments to the Change of Name Act. The changes will shorten the time a person born outside of Nova Scotia has to live in the province before they can legally change their name. The residency period is being reduced to three months from one year, which aligns with other jurisdictions. All changes are expected to come into effect January 2019. Amendments announced today, Sept 19, to the Vital Statistics Act introduce X as an option for gender identity on the Nova Scotia birth certificate and make the display of the sex field optional. “Introducing these changes to the birth certificate is another example of how Nova Scotia is recognizing and supporting all persons in their right to have their gender and identity recognized and respected,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Adding X to the birth certificate will allow people who don’t identify exclusively as male or female to more accurately reflect their gender identity.” The fee to change the sex indicator on a birth certificate will be waived at the same time the changes come into effect. There will still be the option to have M or F on the birth certificate. A child’s sex will still be recorded as M or F at the time of birth on the birth registration. “The proposed changes take many important steps toward meeting the needs of Nova Scotians who do not wish to be identified by sex,” said Shae Morse, non-binary teacher and community advocate. “Providing Nova Scotians with additional options to identify themselves or their children removes a significant barrier facing the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. While there is work left to do to remove barriers for our community, passage of this legislation will truly be worth celebrating.” X has been added as an option for gender identity in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Saskatchewan and Ontario have the option to not display the sex field on the birth certificate. The federal government uses X on passports. Additional amendments to the Vital Statistics Act that support a more inclusive birth certificate process include: Prior to making these changes, broad consultation occurred with individuals from the 2SLGBTIQ+ community from across the province. Other amendments to the Vital Statistics Act include: removing the requirement for anyone 16 years of age and older to get a statement from a professional to change the sex indicator on their birth certificate providing Nova Scotia residents born outside the province with a means of getting documentation that reflects their gender identity allowing all parents the same rights to register the birth of their child with any surname of their choice providing Nova Scotians with the most secure and cost- effective access to online birth, marriage and death certificates by creating the ability to restrict third party vendors selling these services online.last_img read more

Anantnag terror attack JK guv expresses grief over loss of CRPF men

first_imgSrinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed deep anguish on Thursday over the loss of CRPF men in Wednesday’s terror attack in Anantnag district as floral tributes were paid to the slain personnel at a function held at Humhama. Condemning the cowardly attack, the governor said his heart went out to the departed soldiers and their families, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said. “Whenever successful attempts are made by the security forces to either conduct peaceful elections or continuous elimination of terrorists, the masterminds of terrorists from across the border order them to carry out fidayeen (suicide) attacks on forces and yesterday’s attack in Anantnag district was also a fidayeen attack,” Malik said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He added that the terrorists and their handlers should know that “our resolve to eliminate this menace (of terrorism) is unshakable”. A wreath-laying ceremony was held for the five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who were killed in the attack at Anantnag’s Khanabal on Wednesday evening. Governor’s advisor K Vijay Kumar led officials from the CRPF, police and other security agencies in paying tributes to the slain personnel.last_img read more

CM Fadnavis announces Rs 5 lakh for kin of deceased

first_imgMumbai: Three bodies, including that of two minors, were pulled out from the debris on Wednesday morning taking the death toll in Mumbai’s building collapse to 13. Many are still feared trapped and nine others are injured in the crash.The ground-plus-four-storey ‘Kesarbai’ building, located in a densely populated narrow lane in Dongri’s Tandel Street, came crashing down just before noon. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into the incident with residents claiming that the collapse was triggered by repair work in the basement godown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayKesarbhai Mansion was constructed in 1934, and the portion that collapsed is said to have been added in the 1980s. The building was unauthorised, officials of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) said, adding it was not under its supervision.The difficult access to the site prevented ambulances and earthmovers from being deployed, and rescue workers, including residents, used bare hands to remove concrete chunks, door frames and household items. Ambulances had to be parked some 50 metres away.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Sensex down 140 points amid poor global cues

first_imgMumbai: The Sensex fell by 140 points during the early trade on Friday, dragged by finance and banking stocks. All the sectoral indices except pharma stocks traded lower. Metal and IT stocks came under heavy selling pressure during the early trade. Besides, markets are awaiting a stimulus package and relief for foreign portfolio investors from the super-rich surcharge announced in the Budget. At 9.56 a.m., the Sensex traded 140.29 points lower or 0.38 per cent at 37,171.24. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The broader Nifty also traded lower at 10,975.95, down 53.45 points or 0.48 per cent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Ministry officials on Thursday, which gave way to hopes of market-friendly announcements soon. However, global markets are under tremendous pressure ever since the US treasury bond yield curve inverted for the first time since 2007, a sign of an imminent recession in the US. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Global growth concerns are already disturbing as the German and the UK economies have contracted and are on the brink of a technical recession. Also, trade data from China and the US is far from encouraging. An economy is said to have fallen into a recession if it logs two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Although the Indian economy is far from a recession, but some of the sectors like auto and manufacturing have seen negative growth. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs), meanwhile, have turned buyers in a positive development. FIIs bought Rs 1,614.63 crore worth of shares while Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) purchased scrips worth Rs 1,619.82 crore.last_img read more

Officials flagged 900 food items from China with problems over two years

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records.The document provides an inside look at imports from China that caught the attention of officials for appearing to fall short of Canadian standards — from gum balls with “extraneous” metal, to three-minute chow mein that contained an insect, to spicy octopus feet flagged for a “non-specific hazard.”The list, compiled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, was obtained through access-to-information law.Its release comes at a time of significant public interest in Canada about cross-border food inspections, especially those involving China.The scrutiny of agricultural goods has been central to a diplomatic dispute between Canada and its second-biggest trading partner. Bilateral frictions have intensified since the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver and China’s subsequent detention of two Canadians on espionage allegations.The governing Liberals have come under pressure from rival Conservatives to respond by taking a harder line when it comes to Chinese imports.In recent weeks, China asked Canada to suspend all its meat-export certificates to the Asian country after Chinese customs inspectors detected residue from a restricted feed additive, called ractopamine, in a batch of Canadian pork products. A statement by China’s embassy in Ottawa said the investigation uncovered at least 188 forged veterinary health certificates and argued the Canadian system had “obvious safety loopholes.”Chinese authorities have also blocked imports of Canadian canola seeds, alleging they found pests in some shipments. The federal government says it has tried unsuccessfully to send a delegation of inspectors to China to examine the evidence.The economic consequences of China’s trade actions on Canadian food shipments, as well as the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are widely seen as attempts by Beijing to pressure the Liberal government into releasing Meng.The list from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shows it’s not uncommon for inspectors to raise concerns about imports from China.Between Jan. 1, 2017 and Feb. 29, 2019, agency officials “detected problems” with 889 food or food ingredient imports into Canada from China, according to the document.Only four food shipments, however, from China were refused entry into Canada over that period, CFIA’s quarterly reports show.An agency spokeswoman said CFIA investigates concerns to determine if it’s a hazard or fails to comply with Canadian standards. When necessary, she said officials take action — including minor label corrections, recalls, product seizure, entry refusals and the cancellation of licences.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in an emailed statement that the issues in the CFIA list do not necessarily correlate to a particular problem with imported food products from foreign countries.“This is a list of cases reported to the CFIA that informs operational and follow-up activities to verify compliance and take any appropriate actions, in accordance with laws and regulations,” Bibeau said.“The Canadian food safety system is strong and recognized as one of the best in the world and the government is confident in all products approved by the CFIA as safe for local consumption as well as for export.”The list only provides numbers for China and does not include comparable numbers for Canada’s other trading partners.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer recently called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up inspections on all products from China and to consider slapping tariffs on imports.Bibeau’s office has said Canada has no intention of increasing inspections on Chinese imports.Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, an expert in agri-food trade and policy, wrote in an email that Canada would likely take a long time before implementing actions against Chinese imports.“Canada will always play to the rules and exhaust all democratic channels available through international trade agreements such as (the World Trade Organization),” wrote Afesorgbor, an assistant professor at the University of Guelph.“Any retaliatory action may result in trade war and that may negatively affect the two countries.”Glenford Jameson, a Toronto-based lawyer with expertise in the food sector, said the CFIA list provides an extra level of detail that’s usually omitted from public documents. He added that none of the concerns flagged in the document are highly unusual.“This list is a list that wouldn’t be surprising from any country, including the United States, and is really just a byproduct of having a stringent food-inspection and food-regulatory system,” Jameson said.“No food commodity is traded at 100 per cent perfect compliance all the time.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SETH ROGEN TAKES A JAB AT GAME OF THRONES EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS IM

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Seth Rogen (Todd Williamson/JanuaryImages/Shutterstock) BILLY EICHNER, SETH ROGEN RECALL MEETING BEYONCÉ FOR THE FIRST TIME AT ‘THE LION KING’ PREMIEREBilly Eichner and Seth Rogen may co-star in the new “The Lion King” with Beyoncé, but they didn’t meet Queen Bey until the world premiere of the movie earlier this month in Hollywood.“She was really lovely,” Eichner told me when he and Rogen sat down for this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “We happened to be backstage together. Seth and I were the first ones backstage waiting to go and then Beyoncé was the next person. Seth and I were just in the corner not knowing what to do or say. She came right up to us, introduced herself and gave us all hugs.” READ MORE SETH ROGEN & BILLY EICHNER ON ‘THE LION KING’ AND FAVORITE DISNEYLAND RIDESWith director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King now playing in theaters, I recently sat down with Seth Rogen (Pumbaa) and Billy Eichner (Timon) for an exclusive interview. During the brief but fun interview, they talked about why being able to record together helped their performances, if Disney gave them free annual passports as a thank you for being in the film, what’s their favorite rides at Disneyland, and more. READ MORE SETH ROGEN TAKES A JAB AT ‘GAME OF THRONES” EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: ‘I’M WILLING TO SHOW MY FACE’The stars of “Game Of Thrones” tried to put the series finale controversy behind them during a panel on Friday at Comic-Con, but Seth Rogen just brought it up again.Seth Rogen, producer of “Preacher”, and the show’s stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Julie Ann Emery and Mark Harelik took the stage at Hall H to talk about the final season of their comic book adaptation, the moderator asked Rogen if “Preacher” or “Game Of Thrones” would have a better ending. READ MORE Twitter Facebook SETH ROGEN & BILLY EICHNER INTERVIEW: THE LION KINGThe Lion King’s dynamic duo of Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) stole the show for many captivated viewers this week. With updated jokes and improvised riffs that will soon become brand-new classics, they took Hakuna Matata to the next level. The established comedians shared a little about their recording experience with Screen Rant, as well as divulging which scene had them the most worried. READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

UN relief agency for Palestine refugees receives King Hussein humanitarian prize

The prize was presented in Amman to UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan on behalf of the trustees of the King Hussein Foundation, which is chaired by Her Majesty Queen Noor, wife of the late King. The award recognizes individuals, groups and institutions which have demonstrated exceptional humanitarian leadership in their efforts to advocate for sustainable development, human rights, tolerance, equity and peace. In granting the award to UNRWA, the Foundation’s selection committee cited the Agency’s “relentless effort in rendering humanitarian services to Palestine refugees and its tireless efforts in promoting peace in the area.”Accepting the honour, Mr Hansen said the prize came at a time when events in the occupied Palestinian territory had brought the Agency closer than ever to the refugees it served. “I am truly proud of the way our courageous staff members have often risked their lives to go out into the field and provide immediate sustenance to the often frightened refugees,” he said. “I am sure the Foundation shares my gratitude for their selfless devotion to duty.”The accompanying $50,000 prize will be used by the Agency for its programme of trauma counselling for children psychologically affected by the recent violence in the occupied Palestinian territory. UNRWA, which was established by the General Assembly following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, now provides basic services to 3.9 million refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. read more

UN health agency urges greater government action against noncommunicable diseases

Speaking at the launch of the WHO’s Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014, the agency’s Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, announced that by investing anywhere from $1 to $3 per person per year, countries could dramatically reduce illness and death from NCDs. “In 2015, every country needs to set national targets and implement cost-effective actions. If they do not,” Dr. Chan said, “millions of lives will continue to be lost too soon.”According to the report, nearly half of premature NCD deaths are preventable. In fact, 16 million of the 38 million lives lost to NCDs, or 42 per cent, could be saved through ramped up government policies targeting tobacco use, the harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, and providing universal health care.In Brazil, the report notes by example, the NCD mortality rate is dropping 1.8 per cent per year due, in part, to the expansion of primary health, in direct contrast to the global trend, which saw the rate of NCD deaths rise by 9.6 per cent between 2000 and 2012. Despite Brazil’s successes in reducing NCD mortality, however, the WHO is calling for more action to be taken to reduce the epidemic which is particularly widespread in low- and middle-income countries where NCD deaths are overtaking those from infectious diseases. In addition, the rate of premature deaths is especially impacting those countries’ efforts to alleviate poverty and achieve specific development goals. From 2011 to 2025, cumulative economic losses due to NCDs for low- and middle-income countries are estimated at $7 trillion. As a result, the UN agency has outlined a nine-point voluntary action plan which, it says, would address key NCD risk factors including tobacco use, salt intake, physical inactivity, high blood pressure and harmful use of alcohol and seek to reduce the number of premature NCD deaths by 25 per cent by 2025. “Our world possesses the knowledge and resources to achieve the nine global NCD targets by 2025,” explained Dr. Oleg Chestnov, the WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. “Falling short of the targets would be unacceptable.” Among its suggestions, the report also provides so-called ‘best buy’ or cost-effective, high-impact interventions which encompass all forms of tobacco advertising, the replacement of trans fats with polyunsaturated fats, restricting or banning alcohol advertising, preventing heart attacks and strokes, promoting breastfeeding, implementing public awareness programmes on diet and physical activity, and preventing cervical cancer through screening. “If we miss this opportunity to set national targets in 2015 and work towards attaining our promises in 2025, we will have failed to address one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century,” concluded Dr. Chestnov. read more

Jackson Johnson spark Grambling past Niagara 7468

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Devante Jackson and Lasani Johnson combined to score 31 points and Grambling knocked off Niagara, 74-68 in a Fort Myers Tip-off game Friday.The Tigers, now winners of two straight, take on the winner of a game between St. Francis-Brooklyn and IUPUI Saturday at Niagara.Johnson’s jumper with 1:11 left in the first half gave Grambling a 44-32 advantage, but the Purple Eagles surged back and Marvin Prochet’s 3 with :28 remaining cut the deficit to 44-37.Niagara twice got within five, 71-66 in the final minute, but could get no closer.Jackson finished with 16 points for Grambling (3-2), with Johnson adding 15 points and Ivy Smith Jr. 12. The Tigers shot 27 of 55 from the field (49.1 per cent), including 6 of 14 from distance.Prochet finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Niagara (2-2), which shot 22 of 66 from the field (33.3 per cent) and was just 3 of 22 from distance. Dominic Robb added 15 points.The Associated Press read more

Treat Easter Island Moai statue at British Museum like human remains says international

The Easter Island dispute follows several other claims the British Museum face, including returning the Elgin Marbles to Greece and the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria.Ms Zarate, who studied her doctorate in international law at the University of Oxford, said: “You can say that the Greeks are attached to the Elgin Marbles, that the Nigerians are attached to the Benin Bronzes, but it’s not the same degree of attachment as it is for the Easter Islanders.“Out of all the 900 Moais built by the Rapa Nui people, this is the finest of all.”Felipe Ward, Chile’s National Treasures Minister, said: “I do agree that this moai is so much more than an object. A long time ago, when someone important died, it was built by the Rapa Nui community even with the physical features of the deceased.“I am confident that this campaign and also the conversations that we had with the British Museum authorities, are heading in the right direction.”The British Museum said it hoped to  develop positive collaborations with the Rapa Nui community. Easter Island’s Moai statue should be “treated like human remains”, an expert in international law has said.The Moai statue, named the Hoa Hakananai’a, has been in the possession of the British Museum since around 1870, after it was taken to England from the Chilean island by Richard Powell, captain of HMS Topaze.But the indigenous population of Easter Island, known as the Rapa Nui, have requested it is returned.The British Museum are only considering a temporary loan of three to five months as they believe “there is great value in presenting objects from across the world” in London.Paz Zarate, a legal practitioner in public international law who has experience of cases before the International Court of Justice, said: “The case of the Easter Island Moai statue is different from other cases British museums are facing. What distinguishes it is that it’s a claim being made by indigenous people.“For them, this is not an object or a statue. For them this is a grandfather and it’s full of spirit needed back in the island to care for the people. This is family for them and it helps explain their emotional reaction.“This case should be treated like we are dealing with human remains, not just a statue. In Western culture, we treat human remains with reverence because this is how we honour the past of our ancestors. In other cultures, they have other ways of honouring the dead. For them, this is their way.” 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. read more