India Today 35 anniversary: Urvashi Butalia on gender equality

first_imgUrvashi ButaliaIt was 35 years ago that a small group of women and a man conspired to hold a press conference to reveal the findings of a landmark study they had just completed. Eminent educationist J.P. Naik encouraged members of the Committee on the Status of Women, to summarise their,Urvashi ButaliaIt was 35 years ago that a small group of women and a man conspired to hold a press conference to reveal the findings of a landmark study they had just completed. Eminent educationist J.P. Naik encouraged members of the Committee on the Status of Women, to summarise their report for the press. Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, was busy with political problems. Naik knew that if the government got wind of the conclusions of the report, it might never see the light of day. And so it was kept secret and revealed partially to the press and tabled in Parliament.The landmark report, Towards Equality, revealed that women had fared badly in education, workplace conditions and rights since Independence. Together with Shram Shakti, an equally path-breaking report on women in the unorganised sector by Ela Bhat, the documents recommended safeguards for women, changes in law, establishment of statutory bodies and reservation in Parliament.The fifth Five-Year Plan (1974-79) for the first time acknowledged women as actors in development rather than beneficiaries of welfare. The sixth plan (1980-85) had a separate chapter on women. In 1985, the Department of Women and Child Development was brought within the fold of Ministry of Human Resource Development; it later went on to become a full-fledged ministry by 2006. The National Commission for Women was set up in 1992.Legislative action followed. Sex selective abortions were made illegal in 1994. The Supreme Court passed guidelines regarding sexual harassment in 1997 (Vishakha vs the state of Rajasthan case) followed by the Domestic Violence Act of 2005.advertisementActivists agitating for better implementation of labour laws in Delhi.But the measures have proved to be insufficient. A recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau says that there has been a 792 per cent rise in rape cases in the last 40 years! And yet, women have managed to carve a space for themselves. Take the 73rd and 74th amendments for example. The last 20 years have shown that 1.2 million women in elected posts can, and do, make a difference. At the village level, countless women are exercising what has come to be known as ‘gentle power’ and are making contributions for betterment of schools, sanitation and health facilities. These contributions go a long way in creating conditions for removing poverty.Women are now finding themselves in new roles as taxi drivers, petrol pump attendants and sales personnel. They are doing well in glamorous fields like business and finance, films and sports. Given the opportunity, women can overcome the most difficult of odds.The coming decades will decide if we can provide equal space to the fairer sex. If that happens, we will not need to leak data to the press and will have a real success story to tell.last_img read more

Hands-on: Asus ZenFone 2 Laser can shake budget camera phone segment

first_imgAsus launched as many as three new smartphones in India on Thursday at its ZenFestival event held in New Delhi. While the ZenFone 2 Deluxe and the ZenFone Selfie each look very promising on paper it’s the company’s third offering, the ZenFone 2 Laser that is particularly interesting.Also Read: Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe, Laser and Selfie variants break-down: Everything to know In a nutshell, the ZenFone 2 Laser aims to become the new hot favorite of buyers looking for a ‘good’ camera phone at a budget. How? By bringing in a camera gimmickry that was well until now limited to high-end premium phones like the LG G4 and very recently the OnePlus 2 (a mid-range phone) to the affordable segment. We are talking about laser autofocus technology.Not to mention that Asus likes to take a fair bit of inspiration from LG from time to time, be it in the design department or now the camera. But, the fact still remains that both the ZenFone 2 and now the ZenFone 2 Laser cost peanuts in comparison to LG’s high-end smartphones.Moreover, the ZenFone 2 Laser is the only phone in its segment to offer laser autofocus technology, which makes it quite a killer deal on paper if you’re looking for a good camera phone at a budget.Also Read: First impressions: Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe  The ZenFone 2 Laser starts at Rs.9,999 for the lower-end model that comes with a 5-inch 720p display, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 (quad-core) CPU with 2GB RAM and 2,400mAh battery. The second variant with a 5.5-inch 720p display has been priced at Rs.13,999 and comes with the same Snapdragon 410 CPU, but with 3GB RAM and 3,000mAh battery.advertisementThe third variant of the ZenFone 2 Laser has a 6-inch FullHD display and has been priced at Rs. 17,999. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and has a 3,000mAh battery.We played around with the 5.5-inch variant of the ZenFone 2 Laser and here are our first impressions?To begin with, the ZenFone 2 Laser has exactly the same design as that of the ZenFone 2. In fact, all the three smartphones launched by the company have the same design contours. The ZenFone 2 Laser, being the cheaper one of the lot is built rather ‘cheaply’ in comparison. Not that it’s bad, but you can make out the difference in the quality and craftsmanship which is slightly on the lower end of the spectrum.The front is still characteristic ZenFone-like with the familiar metallic strip on the front lower end featuring concentric semi-circles. The screen comes aided with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is nice.The back is plastic with a slight matte finish and still houses the LG G2-like volume rocker. The power button – much to our disappointment – is still on the upper edge (like the ZenFone 2) which means using it on a 5.5-inch phablet is still a frustrating affair.The 5.5-inch variant of the phone comes with an HD 720X1280 pixels resolution and 294ppi density which translates to a decent screen, with a decent output and adequate viewing angles. Brightness levels could have been slightly better though.The phone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 processor with 3GB RAM. In our brief usage we found the processor pretty nippy and multitasking was handled pretty well too, but we still need more time with the device to give out a final verdict. At this price it competes with the likes of the Motorola Moto G (Gen 3), the Xiaomi Mi 4 (and the Mi 4i) among others. We reviewed the new Moto G recently and that thing was smooth as butter. The Mi 4i, not so much, but the Mi 4 is pretty fast and smooth as well.The ZenFone 2 Laser runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s ZenUI on top, which is pretty responsive, however it comes loaded with bloatware, which we did not like.The ZenFone 2 Laser sports a 13MP rear camera with laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash along with a 5MP camera on the front.The laser autofocus system to adjust the focus of the handset’s rear camera over regular autofocus is the phone’s key marketing gimmick. Whether or not it is able to excel in real-world usage is yet to be seen.In layman’s terms, the laser autofocus gimmickry is supposed to help in low light conditions, meaning better low light photos.We clicked some photos with the phone (in low light) and the results were a mixed bag. That said, some of the photos clicked with the phone’s rear camera came out pretty good, with good detail and colours that were punchy and almost true to source. There was some noise. More on that later.advertisementThe ZenFone 2 Laser uses a 3,000 mAh battery and supports 4G LTE. Our first impressions of the ZenFone 2 Laser are mostly positive, more so because the price at which the company is selling this phone seems quite well put out. It has the same processor as the new Moto G (but more RAM) which is nice. This doesn’t mean it’s smoother than the Moto G though, but considering that the original ZenFone 5 that was launched at a similar price point sold like hot cakes, chances are this one may see similar response. The camera gimmickry seems well put out too (unlike the Xolo Black where too much technicalities killed the fun).Also Read: Asus globally announces ZenFone Max with 5,000mAh battery in Indialast_img read more

Gareth Southgate backs Raheem Sterling to improve England form

first_imgWinger Raheem Sterling has the determination to replicate his domestic form for the England national side, manager Gareth Southgate has said ahead of Thursday’s penultimate World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.Sterling has scored six goals in nine appearances for Manchester City this season but his international form has been mediocre in recent years, with the 22-year-old scoring the most recent of his two international goals in September 2015.The former Liverpool player was withdrawn at half time in England’s win over Malta last month and played seven minutes in the subsequent fixture against Slovakia.But Sterling, who has 34 caps for England, has been backed by Southgate to raise his game.”I think Raheem is a tough lad,” Southgate told reporters. “That’s one of the attributes I really like about him. He bounces back from disappointments and he goes again.”He is ready, I can see he is ready for the game and looking forward to it. He is in a good place with his club, he is working with a good coach there and we have huge belief in him as well.”We want the crowd to be excited with what they’re watching, and he’s a player who can do that: he can beat people; his goal scoring record is improving, and he works hard for the team, chasing back and tackling. He’s not just a winger.”Sterling could replace Tottenham Hotspur forward Dele Alli in the England starting side after the 21-year-old received a one-match suspension for a rude gesture during last month’s 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley.advertisementEngland, who lead Group F on 20 points, will seal a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia if they beat third-placed Slovenia at Wembley.Southgate’s side travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier on Sunday.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjær fires Manchester United’s long-lost lust for late drama

first_imgManchester United’s impressive run of victories may have come to an end, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjær merely a very successful caretaker manager rather than a record‑breaking one, though the Premier League table as well as the last result suggests the club are back in the late drama business.The season has been rescued and, with a couple more wins likely to take United back into top-four contention, supporters are looking forward to seeing how the rest of the campaign pans out, which was emphatically not the case before the change of manager. features Share on WhatsApp Ole Gunnar Solskjaer The transfer window is a circus – one that is laughing right back at you Manchester United Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook Topics Solskjær himself has just admitted United have bridged the gap to the top four earlier than expected, while denying he set himself any sort of schedule on arrival. “I want to see us in the top four but when I came in that was not the first thing on my mind,” he explained. “I just didn’t see it that way. If you look too far ahead and set yourself goals or results targets I think you are in the wrong process.“I felt I had to come in and start at the other end, talking to the players about their performances, what we expect, what the playing style should be and so on. I think we’ve had some success there, and if we get the playing style right I’m sure we’ll get enough points to be in with a shout at the end of the season.”Should United achieve a top-four finish, which looked unlikely under José Mourinho, the club will face a dilemma. Could Solskjær be packed off quietly back to Norway in those circumstances? Or would a manager who has created a more positive impression than any of his three predecessors deserve the job on a permanent basis?Solskjær is still young and inexperienced, and everyone knows what usually happens when caretakers are given full-time jobs on the basis of a short-term upturn, though it also happens to be true that Solskjær has been pressing the right buttons at United in a way that did not come naturally to Mourinho, Louis van Gaal or David Moyes.While Solskjær is diplomatic on the subject – “We are a team here: it’s not about me at all” – it is not particularly difficult to read his mind. Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten, the joint owners of Norwegian club Molde, certainly seem to have done so.“When I rang them to tell them I had had a phone call from United they wished me all the best,” Solskjær said. “They know this is something I’ve always dreamt about, and to get their backing was fantastic. What they actually said was: ‘Go over there, enjoy yourself, and please don’t come back!’”It goes without saying that Solskjær is enjoying himself, though he would like a more permanent arrangement one way or another in order to be reunited with his family. “That has been the only downside so far, but hopefully later on I can see more of them,” he said.United are at Leicester on Sunday afternoon, with Solskjær wary of underestimating a team that have taken points from Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the last couple of months. “They defend very well and have the pace to break out quickly on the counter,” he said. “In this league it is dangerous to underestimate anyone. You have the biggest teams pressing for the European competitions, but just about anyone from lower down the table is capable of springing a surprise.“When we went to Newcastle and won 2-0 I thought it was a great performance and a massive three points, but everyone said Newcastle were the sort of team Man United should be beating. Then the same Newcastle go and surprise everyone by beating City so it looks like I was right all along to be proud.”center_img Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter By the same token, relegation-threatened Burnley sprang a surprise at Old Trafford in midweek, almost inflicting Solskjær’s first defeat. The caretaker is still keen to stress the positives. “The last 10 minutes against Burnley showed what we are all about,” he said. “The crowd got behind the players to lift them and the players responded. That wasn’t about me or any system I put in place, it was about the whole club working together. That’s what I want and that’s what I’m here to do. My job is to try and make the players perform better, but we are all in it together.” The Observer Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Barney Ronay Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ben Stokes goes from Firestarter to firefighter with dazzling display

first_imgCricket World Cup 2019 Quick guide Catch of the day Photograph: Tom Jenkins Back in 2016, Stokes called his autobiography Firestarter. These days, though, he seems more like a firefighter. Eoin Morgan had warned his team, more than once, that this would be a particularly strange and challenging game for them.“The first match of a World Cup always feels different from any other game,” he had said earlier in the week. “Everyone is going to feel that anticipation and excitement.”And those nerves showed. Their usual routine was upset by all the opening-match carry-on, a parade of flags and balloons and acrobats, a speech by Prince Harry that seemed to drag on slightly too long.England had been waiting for this for at least a week now – “we just want it to start,” Morgan said once after the last warm-up game against Afghanistan on Monday and again at the opening ceremony on Wednesday. Now it was finally here, these last few minutes seemed to stretch on forever, and one could feel the players growing tense and on edge. Share on LinkedIn South Africa cricket team In the circumstances Joe Root was a wonderfully reassuring presence and his innings soothed all that nervous tension like a prescription medication until, on 51, he was caught at backward point.It was Stokes who replaced him in the middle. And here, in all the confusion and panic and worry of the moment, he set himself to taking on Root’s work. He got busy turning singles this way and that, nudging, nurdling, ambling along, ever so calm, at less than a run a ball while Morgan, who had only just succeeded Jason Roy, also a half-centurion, blazed away at the other end.Stokes had 16 runs off 25 balls, and not a four or six among them, then accelerated, gently, to 52 off 50. Morgan came and went, so did Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali, but Stokes batted on, deep into the final overs.If this England team have a problem, it is that they often let the best be the enemy of the good and fall in a heap reaching for a score above 350 when they might have got away with 75 runs less. But Stokes judged this one right. He finished with 89 off 79 balls, his highest for England in any form of cricket since that night in Bristol.In the field, though, Stokes unleashed himself. That catch off Adil Rashid to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo was the moment of the match.Stokes, at deep midwicket, took off as if he had just stepped on a pin, twisted and stretched his right arm high to take the catch almost as he was turning backwards. There was a bullet throw in to Morgan, too, from the same corner of the field, that ran out Dwaine Pretorius, and then those two tail‑end wickets.It was the kind of game little kids who love cricket daydream of playing, and perhaps – though we would never admit it – a few of us big ones still do, too. Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Messenger Cricket Stokes and Archer star as England beat South Africa in Cricket World Cup Ben Stokes’s feat joins a long list of contenders for the title. Among English cricket’s other finest recent catches:Paul Collingwood England v Australia, third ODI, Jun 2005As Matthew Hayden produces a powerful cut, Collingwood soars high, arched back, and holds the ball tight. Hailed as one of the best catches of all time. Andrew StraussEngland v Australia, fourth Test, Aug 2005 Adam Gilchrist pushes at an Andrew Flintoff delivery, Strauss flings himself to his left and clings on. England win by three wickets and edge a stunning series 2-1. Sarah TaylorEngland v Australia, third ODI, Aug 2013 Wicketkeeper Taylor spots Jodie Fields attempting to reverse-sweep Dani Hazell and moves to right, sticking out a glove at full-stretch. A stunning take. Chris JordanWest Indies v England, first Test, April 2015 Having already taken one fine catch, Jordan throws himself to his right to take another off Darren Bravo when it appeared the ball had gone past him. Ben StokesEngland v Australia, fourth Test, Aug 2015 The moment that created the social media meme #Broadface. Stokes soars almost in slow motion to take a stunner. Bowler Stuart Broad is left astounded. James TaylorSouth Africa v England, third Test, Jan 2016Hashim Amla flicks a leg glance towards short-leg and Taylor, staying low, clings on just before the ball hits the ground. He takes another fine catch later on. Ben FoakesSri Lanka v England, second Test, Nov 2017 Short-leg Keaton Jennings anticipates batsman Adil Rashid’s flick behind square, dives to meet it one‑handed and parries it back towards Foakes. Was this helpful? Hide England cricket team Whether it was deliberate or not, South Africa’s captain, Faf du Plessis, had cooked up a cunning little plan that was perfectly pitched for exactly this situation. He and his team had decided England’s adrenaline-flushed batting lineup could not be outfought but could, perhaps, be out-thought, and his bowlers served up 50 overs of slippery slower balls, all awkward angles and odd lengths, flicks, tricks and cutters, all meant to disrupt England’s freeflowing rhythm and to discomfort their batsmen.Du Plessis opened the attack with his Tiggerish leg-spinner Imran Tahir, which was something like starting a prize fight with an elaborate feint. It is a trick Du Plessis had used only twice before and, whatever else England were expecting, it was not this. Jonny Bairstow seemed completely foxed by it.He was caught off the second delivery, out for a golden duck playing inside the line of a ball that took his outside edge. England, then, were one for one, and for a sudden heart-stopping moment there came a rush of flashbacks to all those past disasters, the collapses and other calamities they have endured before. Facebook Share on Facebookcenter_img Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this content According to the ICC the average age of people who have bought tickets for this World Cup is 40, but one would never have known it on Thursday morning. It felt as if there were 25,000 children spilling out of the tube stations and pouring up Harleyford Road towards the Oval.Everyone who cares feels a bit like a little kid again on days such as this, especially now England have a team worth getting childishly excited about. So the stands rang with that very particular sound, unique to a cricket ground, the happy chitter‑chatter of people who have escaped adult life for the day and are waiting for the start of play.They were treated to a superhero turn from Ben Stokes, who made 89, took two catches – one of them so utterly preposterous that it seemed to have already become a meme by the time the next batsman came in – made a spectacular run-out and took the two match-winning wickets in back-to-back deliveries. This could be a career-defining summer for everyone in this England squad, but, if Stokes plays like this again, he could win himself the sort of folk heroism that Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff enjoyed in their playing days, and from a public who mostly know him, right now, for an incident outside a nightclub. Sportblog Show Share on Pinterest Read more Ben Stokes Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Twitter features Ben Stokes takes an incredible diving catch to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo during England’s 104-run victory over South Africa in the World Cup. Photograph: Stu Forster/IDI via Getty Images Pinterest Twitter Support The Guardianlast_img read more

ICC rankings: Kane Williamson likely to dethrone Virat Kohli as No. 1 Test batsman

first_imgICC rankings: Kane Williamson likely to dethrone Virat Kohli as No. 1 Test batsmanKane Williamson, with a career-best 915 rating points, is just seven points of India captain Virat Kohli, who leads the ICC Test batsman rankings.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 13:18 IST Virat Kohli is on top of the ICC batsman rankings with 922 rating points, 7 more than Kane Williamson (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKane Williamson reached a career-high 915 rating points after a double ton vs Bangladesh in HamiltonWilliamson is just 7 points away from Kohli and the New Zealand captain has two more Tests to play against Bangladesh Virat Kohli, who is leading India against Australia in ODIs, will not play Tests until after the World CupNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson has an opportunity to end the home summer as the top-ranked Test batsman after his double century in their innings win in the first Test over Bangladesh in Hamilton.Williamson, with career-best 915 rating points, is just seven points behind India captain Virat Kohli, who leads the ICC Test batsman rankings. With two more Tests to go against Bangladesh, Williamson has an opportunity to topple Kohli from the top.Kohli, who is currently leading India in a five-match ODI series against Australia at home, will not play Tests until after the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Williamson became only the second New Zealander to cross 900 points in the rankings, after Richard Hadlee, who had reached 909 points among the bowlers.Neil WagnerTom LathamTamim IqbalFind out who else made gains in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Players Rankings! (@ICC) March 4, 2019Meanwhile, Neil Wagner, the New Zealand pacer, and Tom Latham, the opener, rose to No.11 in the bowling and batting charts, respectively, in the ICC Test rankings.Latham has had a fine home summer, and his 161 against Bangladesh helped him move up by one spot in the batting charts. Meanwhile, his opening partner, Raval, scored his maiden Test century and jumped five spots to No.33.Wagner was another of the home players to have a memorable outing. He picked up five wickets in the first innings and added two more in the next to move up to No.11 in the bowlers’ rankings.advertisementNew Zealand dominated Bangladesh in the first Test in Hamilton, securing an innings-and-52-run victory on Sunday, 2 March. The hosts’ top order, comprising Latham, Jeet Raval and skipper Kane Williamson, all reached triple digits as New Zealand posted a record 715/6 declared.Meanwhile, there was cheer for Bangladesh as well after Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar, all centurions in Hamilton, moved up in the batting charts.Iqbal made significant gains, moving up 11 places to No.25 after his brisk 126 in the first innings. Elsewhere, Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh stand-in captain, climbed up 12 spots to No.40, while Sarkar jumped a massive 25 places to No.67 after their 235-run partnership in the second innings helped Bangladesh delay New Zealand’s inevitable victory.Colin de Grandhomme, the big New Zealand all-rounder, whose 53-ball 76* piled the misery on Bangladesh, has moved up six places in the batting charts and is currently at No.60.Also Read | ohammed Shami is going to be the biggest asset for India at World Cup: Ashish NehraAlso Read | India vs England: Smriti Mandhana becomes India’s youngest T20I captainAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICC Test rankingsFollow Virat KohliFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow India cricket teamlast_img read more

Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA

first_imgThe world of India Pale Ales (IPAs) is constantly diversifying and expanding. One of the iconic brewers in this genre is Dogfish Head. The Delaware brewery’s 60 Minute IPA brand is a standard bearer for the quintessential American take on malt and big hops and continues to be a best seller.Dogfish Head’s flagship 60 Minute IPA is joined by big brother beers 90 Minute IPA and 120 Minute IPA with increased alcohol by volume (ABVs) and expectations. The number-loving brewery also released the more experimental brews 75 Minute IPA in 2011 and Sixty-one in 2013 to round out the crew. Never one to rest on its laurels, Dogfish Head has an all-new IPA to add to its roster and the word “minute” is nowhere in its title.Flesh & Blood IPA is a completely different animal from its flagship IPAs, and Dogfish Head has made that known not only with a fresh naming pattern but luscious new packaging as well. The Flesh & Blood bottles still sport the classy embossed Dogfish Head logo, but the label and box art is a whole new beast. These bottles stand out with a matte overall print highlighting the major beer ingredients and a die-cut sticker.Related Post: Business Secrets of Dogfish Head CEOBut the additives really make Flesh & Blood IPA something special. The “blood” in the title comes from its utilization of blood oranges. Blood orange IPAs are the new hotness, with breweries from Georgia to California getting in on the craze. Despite the relatively high number of comparison beers, Dogfish Head’s entry easily stands at the top of the pack. The additional element of lemon flesh (see “flesh” in the title) takes it to a different realm for a tart-but-refreshing quencher of an IPA that measures a respectable 7.5% ABV.Dogfish Head knows a thing or two about fruit beers, from the successes of Aprihop and Hellhound on My Ale and the aforementioned Sixty-one. Those collective years of learning and experimenting have paid off big dividends with Flesh & Blood IPA, making it the must-try new beer of the summer.Photo courtesy Dogfish Head The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly last_img read more

SeaIntel Reliable Carriers Are More Profitable

first_imgzoom Schedule reliability for deep-sea carriers has positively impacted their financial results, according to a statistical analysis conducted by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.SeaIntel tested the hypothesis on whether the relative profitability of a carrier is independent of their reliability relative to their competitors. The correlation coefficient between relative profitability and reliability across 14 quarters was calculated for all of the major carriers that publish their financial results on a quarterly basis.Taking into consideration data in the period Q1 2014-Q1 to 2017-Q2, SeaIntel said that, from a statistical perspective, the hypothesis that there is no link between profitability and reliability can be rejected with 94.3% confidence.In less statistical terms, this means that carriers that are more reliable than their competitors are also more profitable than their competitors. What the data does not show is precisely where the added profitability stems from.“It could be from a commercial upside related to higher rate levels or more loyal customers. But it could also stem from lower operational costs as more reliable services lead to less exception handling. And finally it should be noted, that correlation does not imply causality, and what we may be witnessing is in fact the reverse, that more profitable carriers are more likely to be on time,” Alan Murphy, SeaIntel CEO, said.last_img read more

Not One More Community vigil to be held in wake of teen

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – As a Cape Breton community struggles with a string of recent teen suicides, a vigil is being organized to give youth in the region hope and resources, organizers say.The Salvation Army Sydney Community Church is organizing the event, called Not One More, which starts with a walk through the town and ends with a vigil at the church.“With three suicides so close together, we feel that it’s a crisis now,” says Nicole MacLean, community ministries co-ordinator with the Salvation Army. “These are kids. Their lives haven’t even begun yet.”She says the community gathering will not be political or religious in nature, but is intended to impart a message of hope, love and acceptance while shedding light on a situation that needs more attention.“We need to take a stand and not sweep this under the rug,” MacLean says. “There is something serious happening here that needs our attention.”Sandra Gates, a Salvation Army soldier, or volunteer, says organizers want to gear the event towards youth.Rather than candles, she says participants will be given glow sticks and information cards with local resources for youth struggling with bullying or mental health issues or families in need of support.“We want them to know it gets better,” says Gates, a Grade 5 teacher. “To them, the issues they are facing today are really huge and all consuming. We want them to know it will get better and make sure they have practical information for who they can call and resources that are there for them.”She says the recent suicides have been “devastating” to the community.“It’s almost like we’re all walking on eggshells wondering if it will happen again,” Gates says. “Everyone is on edge.”Gates says she’s not against social media, but that she says she thinks parents give their children too much privacy.“I think you should have all your children’s passwords and know what they’re saying to others and what they are being told,” she says.The walk will start at Centre 200 in Sydney at 8 p.m. on Friday and end at the Salvation Army Sydney Community Church.Mental health expert Dr. Stan Kutcher arrived in Cape Breton on Monday to gather information about the mental health needs for young people in the community.On behalf of the province, Kutcher is expected to hold private talks with families in Sydney Mines and Sydney who are dealing with recent tragic losses.He will also talk to school staff, community partners and the public to help determine what initiatives can help address mental health concerns on the island.last_img read more

Exclusive: UNSG Imposes Unusual Blackout on Annual Report on Western Sahara

New York – The much-anticipated annual report of the United Nations Secretary General on Western Sahara is due to be submitted to the Security Council in the coming days.Based on the recommendations of the report, the 15-member body will decide whether to renew the mandate of the UN Mission in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO. The mandate will come up for renewal on April 30, 2017.Sources acquainted with the matter told Morocco World News that a draft of report has already been submitted to the office of the UN chief Antonio Guterres. But unlike during the two terms of the former UN chief Ban Ki-moon, Guterres has decided not to share the draft report with Morocco or France, the same source added.The same source said that unlike most reports for other UN missions, which get published before being submitted to the concerned parties, Morocco has therefore received special treatment for many years.This will be the new UN chief’s first annual report on the conflict since he was inaugurated on January 1, 2017.Unprecedented tensionThe release of the UN report comes against the backdrop of unprecedented tension between Morocco and the Polisario in the region of Guerguerate, in the buffer zone between Morocco’s Western Saharan borders and Mauritania.Tension arose in mid-August when Morocco dispatched its security forces to rid the region of smugglers of all sorts and pave the three-kilometer road linking the region to Mauritania.The Polisario responded quickly to Morocco’s decision and sent 36 armed militants to stop the project. The move prompted the then UN chief, Ban Ki-moon to express “his deep concern” about the tension between the two parties.Tension reached alarming levels in in December and January when the Polisario militants started obstructing the traffic of Moroccan trucks carrying goods to Mauritania and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa.This action, which violates the 1991-ceasefire agreement, prompted King Mohammed VI to hold a phone conversation with the UN chief on February 26. During the conversation, the Moroccan monarch called on Guterres to take the necessary measures to “put an end to an unacceptable situation seriously threatening the UN-brokered ceasefire and jeopardizing stability in the region of Guergarat.”Two days later, on February 26, Guterres issued a statement calling on the two parties to withdraw unconditionally from the buffer zone.The UN chief expressed concern about the situation in the Guerguerate and called on Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario, to show maximum restraint and avoid taking any measures that could further escalate tension in the region.The UN chief urged “the parties to unconditionally withdraw all armed elements from the Buffer Strip as soon as possible, to create an environment conducive to a resumption of the dialogue in the context of the political process led by the United Nations.”While Morocco immediately withdrew its security forces, the Polisario has decided to keep its armed elements in the region in defiance of the cease-fire agreement signed in 1991 and of the call made by the UN Secretary General. read more

UN chief to take part in aid effectiveness forum in Republic of

23 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart on Monday for Busan, Republic of Korea, where he will participate in a high-level forum on aid effectiveness, as well as pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the Korean War. Mr. Ban will be among some 2,000 delegates convening in Busan for the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which will review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid. Its outcomes will also inform the discussions on international development cooperation at the major UN conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) to be held next June and beyond. The Secretary-General will also have a range of bilateral meetings with leaders attending the forum, from both the public and private sectors, according to his spokesperson.In addition, he will visit the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea, in Busan, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the Korean War, marking the first visit to the cemetery by a UN Secretary-General.Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro arrived today in Lebanon, where she will chair the 15th Regional Coordination Mechanism for the Arab States. These meetings, held in various regions, focus on enhancing collaboration among UN system organizations so that they can be more effective and efficient in delivering results for UN Member States.The meeting in Beirut will focus on regional preparations leading up to the Rio+20 conference, the summit on sustainable development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June next year. Ms. Migiro will also hold bilateral meetings with Lebanese Government officials, as well as with UN staff based in the country, before returning to New York on Sunday. read more

Lankans in Jordan hospitalized with food poisoning

The women were taken to three hospitals in Amman after receiving first aid, he said.The women had taken refugee at the Sri Lankan embassy after rows with their employers and were awaiting repatriation or a settlement to return to work. (AFP) One hundred and thirty Sri Lankan domestic workers who had taken refuge at their embassy in Jordan have been hospitalised with food poisoning, a security official said.Colonel Farid al-Sharaa, in a statement, said their condition was “stable” after having fallen ill from food ordered from a restaurant.

UN human rights chief appeals for release of kidnapped aid worker in

Mr. Ramcharan called on “all those who are in a position to assist to act expediently to obtain” the freedom of Arjan M. Erkel, a 34-year-old Dutch national who was abducted on 12 August 2002 by three armed men in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a Russian republic. Mr. Erkel had been working with the non-governmental organization, known in French as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), since 1994 and Mr. Ramcharan made his appeal at a meeting in Geneva with Thomas Linde, Director-General of MSF-Switzerland, and Laure Delcros, MSF Delegate to the United Nations, who asked for his good offices. The Acting High Commissioner recalled that in August 2003, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1502 on the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers. That text calls for adherence to international law on protecting relief personnel and urges that crimes against them do not go unpunished. read more

Five things to know about the loonies value over the years

Five things to know about the loonie’s value over the years Canadian dollars are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. The Canadian dollar bobbed above and below the 77 cent US mark on Friday. The loonie has been falling steadily since the Bank of Canada announced it was cutting its key rate earlier this week, and is now at its lowest level since March 2009, in the midst of the recession. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2015 11:08 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar bobbed above and below the 77 cent US mark on Friday. The loonie has been falling steadily since the Bank of Canada announced it was cutting its key rate earlier this week, and is now at its lowest level since March 2009, in the midst of the recession. Five things to know about the value of the Canadian dollar historically:The dollar’s rise since 2000: Since 2002, the dollar steadily gained value against the U.S. dollar as well as other international currencies. Lately, it’s been fuelled by the price in oil, which is why it’s now considered a petro-currency. When oil prices began plummeting last year, so did the value of the loonie.Highest level ever: While Canada’s currency soared to US$2.78 three years before Confederation when the U.S. temporarily abandoned the gold standard, its highest post-Confederation level was on Nov. 7, 2007, when it reached a high of US$1.0614.The dollar’s long slide in the 1990s: During the tech boom of the ’90s that was centred primarily in the U.S., the Canadian dollar steadily slumped in value against the U.S. dollar throughout the decade and beyond. On Jan. 21, 2002, it traded for as little as US$0.6179 before high oil prices began to buoy it.Fame and fortune: In 2007, the Canadian dollar surged, soaring 23 per cent in value throughout the year. On Sept. 28, 2007, it closed above the American buck for the first time in 30 years. Due to its soaring value and record highs, the Canadian dollar was named the Canadian Newsmaker of the Year for 2007 by the Canadian edition of Time magazine.Petrocurrency? In the 1980s and ’90s, energy’s share in trade hovered around the five per cent mark. But by 2014, energy’s share had nearly tripled to about 15 per cent. “As long as oil exports remain a strong component of Canada’s exports, oil prices will influence the value of the Canadian dollar. If the share of oil and gas exports increases further, the link between oil prices and the exchange rate may become even stronger,” said Werner Antweiler of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia this spring.(Source: The Bank of Canada, CP archival material) read more

Gin boom has created imitations that do not meet definition of the

The Gin Guild has gone to war against ‘fake gins’, arguing that the popularity of the drink has lead to the market being flooded with bottles of drink that do not meet the criteria.Because of the “gin boom”, leading to a record number of distilleries opening in England, dozens of companies have sprung up hoping to capitalise on the nation’s growing love of the drink.According to new figures from HMRC, export sales in of British gin reached a record £612 million in 2018,  meaning that they have doubled in value since 2010, and increased by 15 per cent on last year. British people consumed 66 million bottles of the spirit, which is a 41 per cent increase on last year.The Gin Guild has reported scores of bottled spirits calling themselves “gin” or “gin based liqueur” to Trading Standards. To count as gin, the drink must be at least 37.5 per cent ABV and taste strongly of juniper. Many drinks on sale as “gin” are as low as 18 per cent ABV and taste mainly of an ingredient that is not juniper, including chocolate and marshmallow.Nicholas Cook, director general of the Gin Guild, told The Telegraph: “They aren’t gins at all, the problem is that gin has become incredibly popular but the problem with that is a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon. “This means people are sticking the word gin on any liquid that they fancy because gin is sexy and it sells.”They sell the product in the full knowledge that it isn’t gin but it misleads the consumer, who thinks it is gin.”Customers find out when they buy it and take it home and it’s 18 per cent ABV and tastes very sweet and it’s not gin.”He said that Trading Standards was “frankly a bit overwhelmed” by the number of “fake gins” which have flooded the market.Around Valentine’s Day, sweet “gin” drinks are sold in the supermarkets in pink bottles. However, Mr Cook argued that these flavoured drinks are not gin. He said: “It’s supposed to taste predominantly of juniper.  There are some brands out there where juniper is mainly hidden. “They are a flavoured spirit drink and if they are a low ABV they are a juniper spirit drink. That is as far as you can go – you cannot use those three magic letters ‘G.I.N’ on a product that is not gin.”I have reported all these very odd products to trading standards but they are always cropping up.” 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

Zimbabwe hang on to clinch tworun thriller

Zimbabwe 196 (Taylor 89, Raza 60, Rashid 3-38, Mujeeb 3-49) beat Afghanistan 194 (Shah 69, Nabi 51, Muzarabani 4-47, Raza 3-40) by two runsA match that swung one way and then the other several times boiled down to an incredibly tense finish in Bulawayo, where Afghanistan’s last wicket slowly whittled away at the target set by Zimbabwe. The Zadrans – Dawlat and Shapoor – had added 17 in 8.1 overs for the final wicket, bringing the equation down to three needed off four balls. But the half hour of unbearable tension finally ended in joy for Zimbabwe, as Brian Vitori drew the edge from Shapoor and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor took the catch to seal a two-run victory.Rashid Khan caught Tendai Chatara short of his ground ( IDI/Getty photo)The result left Zimbabwe well placed to progress from Group B, having won two out of two matches along with Scotland. Afghanistan, on the other hand, suffered their second defeat in as many games, and can afford no slip-ups against Nepal and Hong Kong if they are to make the Super Sixes.The possibility of a Zimbabwe victory seemed remote after they had been dismissed for 196 in 43 overs. And more so after Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi steered Afghanistan to 156 for 3 in the chase with a 98-run partnership.Blessing Muzarabani gave Zimbabwe a small opening, trapping Shah for 69, and then Sikandar Raza turned the game on its head by striking three times in the 37th over. His dismissals of Nabi, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Rashid Khan reduced Afghanistan to 169 for 7. And when two more wickets fell cheaply, the visitors had lost 6 for 21 and all seemed lost.Dawlat and Shapoor came together for the tenth wicket with Afghanistan needing 20 off 53 balls. They went about their task slowly, playing out plenty of dots as they eked out run after run, and victory – once so improbable – now was within sight. They stumbled eventually, only three runs from victory. Muzarabani’s four-wicket haul was his career-best performance.Before the Afghanistan collapse, Zimbabwe had been on the back foot for most part of the match. Electing to bat, they were set back immediately, losing their top three for just 17 in seven overs. Brendan Taylor and Raza revived the innings with counter attacking half-centuries and a 98-run stand.Taylor smashed seven fours and three sixes in his 88-ball 89 before being the fifth wicket to fall. Then Rashid, Afghanistan’s stand-in captain, dismissed the in-form Raza – he was coming off a century against Nepal – for a 68-ball 60. That triggered the innings’ second collapse.Barring Graeme Cremer, who stuck around to make an unbeaten 19, the other four lower-order batsmen quickly fell prey to Rashid and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Both these spinners finished with three wickets apiece. In total, Zimbabwe lost 7 for 118 to spin, while fast bowler Dawlat Zadran took two wickets.As many as four Zimbabwe batsmen, including opener Cephas Zhuwao, who had made a belligerent 23-ball 41 against Nepal, were out without scoring. Their total of 196 seemed inadequate, until Afghanistan suffered a spectacular collapse of their own. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRashid Khan, top order give Afghanistan 4-1 series winFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”Holder named captain of WC Qualifiers squadMarch 27, 2018In “Sports”Trial by spin awaits Windies in key SuperMarch 19, 2018In “Sports” read more

Chase says West Indies ready to fight back against India

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies hope Sabina magic will spark team in decisive India TestAugust 30, 2019In “latest news”Reflections on Windies Cricket in 2018 Part 1 …Gabriel, Dowrich top Test performers in 2018December 28, 2018In “latest news”Chase bags century for Windies in mixed fortunes on day 2October 13, 2018In “latest news” West Indies batsman Roston ChaseHYDERABAD, India (AFP) — West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase said Thursday the West Indies were looking to come back fighting in the second Test against India after their crushing defeat in Rajkot.“We didn’t play well in the first game but are looking to fight back in the second,” Chase said a day ahead of the game in Hyderabad.“Had a bit of nervous energy in the first one but guys are good to go in the second,” said Chase, top scorer with 53 in his side’s 181 all out in the first innings in Rajkot.A hapless Caribbean side, led by opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, went down to hosts India by an innings and 272 runs in Rajkot to trail the two-match series 1-0.Prithvi Shaw, 18, became India’s youngest player to score a debut century and his country’s second youngest in all Tests after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, notching up a sparkling 134.“That youngster Shaw took us apart early in the first game, so hope we can learn from our mistakes and move on smartly in the second game,” Chase said.A boost in the second Test for the West Indies will likely come from the return of fast bowler Kemar Roach after he missed the first Test to return home for a funeral.Skipper Jason Holder, recovering from an ankle injury, might also be back. India have retained the 12 they had announced for the first Test.“It is always good to have the captain back, but I am not sure what the line-up will be for the next match,” Chase said.“I can’t say who’s playing but it’s good to have Kemar back as well, he is a senior player and brings a lot of experience to the team,” he added.Both Holder and Roach have played 82 matches between them and remain the team’s most experienced players.Holder has captained West Indies in 26 of his 34 Tests. Roach has taken 163 wickets in 48 matches. read more

Bell Equipment leadership succession finalised

first_imgBell Equipment’s board of directors has announced the appointment of the company’s Chief Operational Officer and executive director, Leon Goosen, as Chief Executive Officer designate to succeed Gary Bell upon his planned retirement. The appointment follows an extensive internal, local and international search process by an external service provider to identify candidates, who were assessed by a sub-committee of the board. Leon, aged 45, was a partner at Deloitte & Touche in South Africa and Namibia prior to joining Bell in 2007. He has held the position of executive director since January 2009 and has been COO since December 2014.Bell Equipment Ltd chairman, John Barton, said: “We are delighted to be able to appoint at the helm of Bell Equipment a successor of Leon’s calibre. As Chief Operating Officer Leon has worked very closely with the Board and Gary over the past eight years, and has made a considerable contribution to the strategic direction of the group. By announcing the successor now we will have the benefit of a smooth handover in the Chief Executive’s office during the transition period. My board colleagues join me in wishing Leon every success during this transition phase and in his new role as Chief Executive of Bell Equipment Ltd.”Bell Chief Executive Officer, Gary Bell, added: “In the past years Leon has stepped up to his operational role and his knowledge and understanding of what is a very complex business has developed particularly well, and the executive team at Bell is very supportive of his appointment. “I take this opportunity to congratulate Leon on his appointment and I have every confidence that he will lead the business to greater heights in the years ahead as we roll out our agreed plans. In an effort to ensure a smooth transition and retain the Bell family linkages it is envisaged that I will continue to play a meaningful role on the Board and, along with Ashley Bell’s presence on the Board, we can steer the business and retain the all important family culture and sentiment that is core to the Bell business today.”In response, Leon said: “It’s an incredible honour to be appointed as CEO designate and I thank the Board, management and Bell family for this opportunity, and for the trust and confidence that they have shown in me. This is an exciting time in the company’s history and I look forward to the support of the larger Bell family and stake holders as we continue to adapt to market influences and grow our great brand.” A date for the final appointment to the CEO position will be taken in due course.last_img read more

Kindle lapplication dAmazon est disponible pour les smartphones Android

first_imgKindle : l’application d’Amazon est disponible pour les smartphones AndroidDéjà disponible sur les BlackBerry et les iPhone, la bibliothèque numérique Kindle d’Amazon débarque sur les smartphones Android.L’application Kindle est disponible depuis lundi pour les smartphones Android. Elle permet d’accéder à une boutique proposant plus de 620.000 titres numérisés. Après avoir investi les Blackberry et les iPhone, Amazon ne pouvait pas passer à côté du système d’exploitation mobile de Google. Le géant de la recherche sur Internet a annoncé récemment que ce sont quelque 160.000 téléphones fonctionnant sous Android qui s’écoulent chaque jour dans le monde.À lire aussiCes deux modèles de smartphones sont maintenant interdits en France, voici pourquoiGrâce à la synchronisation d’un appareil à un autre proposée par l’application Kindle, il est désormais possible de commencer la lecture d’un ouvrage sur un Kindle ou un iPhone et de la poursuivre là où on l’a laissée sur un smartphone Android, comme sur n’importe quel autre terminal équipé du logiciel d’Amazon.Par ailleurs, Amazon a ajouté à son application Kindle pour iPhone et iPad une nouvelle fonctionnalité audio et vidéo. “Les lecteurs peuvent dès aujourd’hui trouver certains titres avec des clips audio/vidéo, comme le livre de recettes ‘Rose’s Heavenly Cakes’, avec illustrations vidéos, ou ‘Bird Songs’, avec des clips audio”, a expliqué la directrice d’Amazon Kindle, Dorothy Nicholls. Et d’ajouter : “Ce n’est qu’un début, nous nous réjouissons de voir ce qu’auteurs et éditeurs créeront pour les clients Kindle grâce à cette nouvelle fonctionnalité”.Le 29 juin 2010 à 16:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

iPhone 7 Plus teardown shows us what replaced the headphone jack

first_imgMany a phone has been sacrificed on the altar of iFixit so we may know what is inside them, and the latest device to be torn down is the iPhone 7 Plus. There are usually a few little tweaks inside the new iPhone to obsess over but this time we’ve got a more pressing question to answer. What took the place of the headphone jack? It turns out there’s a little chunk of plastic in there now.Apple said at the iPhone 7 announcement that it took the headphone jack out to make room for other components. Its characterization of this decision as “courageous” has been rightly mocked. Instead of getting audio through a headphone jack, you have to use an adapter or Lightning-equipped headphones.When iFixit opened up the new iPhone 7 Plus, it found the phone has more glue around the case than past models, which is probably related to the new water-resistant design. At the bottom of the phone where the headphone jack used to be is a larger Taptic Engine that adds vibration feedback to the home button. They even took an x-ray of the taptic engine in action, which is pretty neat.Where the headphone jack used to be is now an external grille that looks like a speaker, but it actually houses the microphone. The inside space where you used to have a headphone jack there’s a small piece of molded plastic that fits around the mic (see top). The most likely explanation for this component is that it channels sound to the mic and reduces wind distortion. We don’t actually know, though. It might have something to do with the Taptic Engine as well. I’m no engineer, but it sure seems like you could have made room for a headphone jack in there.In the end, iFixit gave the iPhone 7 Plus a surprisingly good repairability score of 7 out of 10. It gets a headphone jack-having score of 0 out of 10, though.last_img read more