Everything changes with a Friday

first_imgMumbai: Making her screen debut at the age of 15 and becoming a star in the south film industry before finding space in Hindi cinema which prepared Tamannaah Bhatia about the fickle nature of fame. Born and raised in Mumbai, the actor made her debut with the 2005 Telugu film Sri, followed by her Tamil film Kedi. She achieved success two years later, with Happy Days and Kalloori. “I grew up really fast. I was a sorted and mature individual at that age. I had a strong will to be an actor.” Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die'”I set out to become an actor, ended up being a heroine. I’ve realised stardom is beyond you, it isn’t something you can control. With the kind of extremely loyal fans I have from the south, I feel lucky,” she said. Being driven as a teenager, Tamannaah learned Tamil and Telugu. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to learn two new languages today but when I was 15, I was keen on learning Tamil and Telugu. I would refuse to take prompting on the sets and insisted I learn the language.” Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’Navigating an industry almost alien to her made Tamannaah realise the uncertainty of the business. “It gives me a big reality check that our lives are very much Friday-to-Friday, everything changes with it. Some Fridays are good, some not. But the whole idea is to go to another Friday. To keep going.” The actor continued to feature in hit films like Ayan, Paiyaa, Siruthai, 100% Love and the blockbuster franchise Baahubali but at the risk of being stereotyped as the bubbly girl-next-door. The 29-year-old actor says now her endeavour is to challenge herself with characters she has not done before, such as her latest, Hindi thriller Khamoshi, in which she plays a deaf and mute girl.last_img read more

Spurt in waterborne diseases

first_imgGurugram: With the arrival of monsoon, the number of patients suffering from gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis has witnessed a sudden spurt. According to doctors, there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of patients in July. The doctors said such diseases increase during the monsoon because of warm and humid conditions in which harmful pathogen multiply fast in food. Avoiding eating food cooked in open and drinking only filtered water or boiled water can prevent catching infections. Experts also recommended having a healthy diet to boost immunity as frequent changes in temperature can make the body susceptible to infections. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe increase in the number of diarrhoea cases had prompted the district health department to again inform the citizens to refrain from consuming street food and unclean water. Taking into cognizance of the rise in a number of diarrhoea cases, a major programme on the preventive measures is slated to be launched from July onward when the monsoon starts. In order to cover a wider range of citizens, the public health officials also plan to rope in the services of Anganwadi workers. Medical experts highlight over 30 per cent of the diarrhoea cases in the city were due to the consumption of contaminated food and water. Judging by past trends, there were a large number of minors and infants who were affected by the disease.last_img read more

From tragedy to chief and now Green candidate Fran HuntJinnouchi

first_imgAPTN National NewsFran Hunt-Jinnouchi began her life from humble beginnings.Her mother was murdered on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and she was taken into foster care at a young age.She persevered and not only became chief of her community, but also earned a higher education.Now, she’s running as a Green Party candidate in the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding on Vancouver Island.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

New Zealand crews to reenter mine 8 years after 29 killed

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eight years after a methane explosion in an underground coal mine killed 29 workers, New Zealand’s government says crews will re-enter the mine to better understand what went wrong and hopefully recover some of the bodies.The announcement Wednesday by Justice Minister Andrew Little was greeted with jubilation by family members of workers killed at the Pike River mine, who for years have lobbied for the move.The mine was sealed soon after the November 2010 explosion.New Zealand’s previous conservative government concluded the mine remained too unsafe to re-enter. But after winning power a year ago, liberal Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to re-examine the issue.The plan calls for the mine to first be flushed of methane and crews to re-enter by about February.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Impediments to freedom of speech

first_imgThe world over, as authoritarian regimes step forward, the right to free speech and expression takes the centre stage. India has just seen its “Pentagon Papers” moment in the Rafale judgment; the US will face its greatest challenge to the First Amendment with the arrest of Julian Assange in the UK and his threatened extradition. Whistleblowers and organisations dedicated to free speech have swung into action to protect the rights of journalists. As the original whistleblower of the Pentagon Papers in an interview from London said if Julian Assange is extradited and charged with espionage, the threat to all journalists the world over is clear. Every journalist is under threat. Also Read – A special kind of bondIt is in this context that the judgment in Rafale must be celebrated. It upholds the right of the press to publish contentious documents obtained by the press, no matter how they have been obtained, provided they are authentic and relevant to a claim of corrupt practices and can help establish that claim. What are the other threats to freedom of speech and expression? The obvious one is the “gag order” obtained by individuals in public life. Not too long ago, Justice Swatantra Kumar, a former judge of the Supreme Court, who went on to become the Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal, obtained a “gag order” from the Delhi High Court, restraining the media from publishing allegations of sexual harassment made by an intern against him. Over 28 lawyers appeared for him. The order stands till today. Another example comes from R K Pauchari, the former director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), who is facing criminal prosecution for sexual harassment by a TERI employee. Pachauri not only filed for a gag order against the press but also against the lawyer for one of the victims. These gag orders are obtained in suits filed for defamation against the author of the allegations and the media. Also Read – Insider threat managementOne such order was obtained by a Lok Sabha candidate for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Tejas Surya from the City Civil Court in Bangalore. Although 49 newspapers, television channels, and other media outlets, including YouTube and Facebook, were restrained from publishing anything defamatory against Surya, none of them chose to challenge the order. It is in this context that the Association for Democratic Reforms filed a public interest petition in the Karnataka High Court, raising the plea of the right of the voter to know all there is to know about the candidate. The High Court was perhaps helpless, but it did interpret the order to neutralise the impact of the gag order. Considering that it was election time and Tejas Surya had held himself out to be a public personality, the argument was compelling that voters had a right to know about his credentials and background before casting their vote. One of the biggest threats that comes to free speech is the threat of a defamation suit. It is one thing to file a suit for defamation and another to obtain a gag order. In a civil suit for defamation, the author of the alleged defamatory article is at liberty to plead “justification” – to argue that the statements are true. In such a situation a gag order cannot be issued at all. That apart, it is in public interest to put information which is true in the public domain about public personalities or talk about issues of great public concern. Such disclosure is not only in public interest but also “necessary in a democratic society”. The petition filed by ADR hence clearly points to the necessity of the voters in a democratic society to know what there is to know about the character and morals of a candidate and the gap order cleared violated the rights of the voter. Hence the High Court resolved the dilemma by saying that the gag order passed by the trial court did not prevent all publications, but those that were allegedly defamatory. For such alleged defamatory publications, there is a remedy and the candidate is free to approach the Election Commission or indeed file a suit for damages. The eventual outcome of the combined orders is that a publication can be made of the fact that the lady in question did allege that he misused his relationship with her since that is true and can be verified from her account and there can be no prior restraint on such publication. The rest is up to him to sue or not to sue her for defamation or to sue the publications for defamation. The real tragedy of the case is that neither the press nor the lady in question chose to challenge the order of the trial court. Perhaps this too can be understood in the light to the heavy costs of litigation, particularly when the candidate is well endowed with money and political clout. (Courtesy: The Leaflet The author is a Senior Advocate at Supreme Court. The views are strictly personal)last_img read more

Indian Sri Lankan officials to meet this month on FTA

India already has a healthy trade surplus in goods with Sri Lanka due to the existing agreement. India exported goods worth USD 5.30 billion in 2015-16 and its imports from that country were worth only USD 0.75 billion.Sri Lanka is India’s major trading partner in South Asia. In October, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had said that the FTA will be broadened further beyond goods to cover services, investments and technology cooperation. In 2003, both sides set up a joint study group to widen the ambit of the FTA. Based on its recommendations, they started negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in February 2005.The negotiations however have not progressed much as Sri Lanka’s services sector has voiced apprehensions over the perceived advantages of the pact for India. (Colombo Gazette) India and Sri Lanka have a free trade agreement (FTA) only in goods. It was implemented in March 2000. Senior officials of India and Sri Lanka will meet this month in the island nation to discuss broadening of the existing trade deal by including services and investments, the Press Trust of India reported.The officials are expected to meet by the middle of this month in Sri Lanka, an official said. read more

Afghanistan UNsupported reconstruction fund reaches 1 billion

The ARTF, established in May 2002 after the ouster of the Taliban regime, is administered by the World Bank under the supervision of a management committee comprising the Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, UN Development Program (UNDP) and World Bank.”The ARTF, operational for over two years now, has demonstrated itself to be a vital mechanism for financing the country’s recurrent budget and supporting priority investment and technical assistance programs in line with the Government’s agreed priorities,” Alastair J. Mckechnie, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan, said.”The fund has now clearly emerged as one of the main instruments for financing this post-conflict country’s recurrent budget deficit. It is expected that it will gradually shift from supporting Government’s recurrent costs to technical assistance and investment support projects,” he added.The fund, which has 24 donors, has been useful in promoting an equitable distribution of international assistance, emphasizing government ownership and leadership of the efforts it supports, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a news release.It has promoted transparency and accountability of reconstruction assistance, helped reinforce the national budget and reduced the burden on limited government capacity, it added. read more

Toronto stock index pulls back amid lower oil prices tensions in Middle

Toronto stock index pulls back amid lower oil prices, tensions in Middle East TORONTO – The Toronto stock index slid moderately today amid weakening oil prices and growing tensions in the Middle East.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 32.97 points to 15,409.78, with nearly all sectors finishing the session in the red.The July crude contract pulled back 26 cents at US$47.40 per barrel, while the Canadian dollar gained 0.12 of a U.S. cent to an average price of 74.17 cents US.Oil prices slumped as Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar over its support for Islamist groups and its relations with IranIn New York, all three main indexes retreated from a two-day streak of record highs.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 22.25 points to 21,184.04, the S&P 500 index shed 2.97 points to 2,436.10 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 10.12 points to 6,295.68.In commodities, the July natural gas contract dipped two cents at US$2.98 per mmBTU, the July copper contract lost two cents at US$2.56 a pound and investors sought the perceived safety net of bullion, driving the August gold contract up $2.50 to US$1,282.70 an ounce. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2017 9:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bevin says rivals education ad a scare tactic

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Latest on Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates trading attacks on education funding (all times local):2:15 p.m.- Advertisement – Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has defended his record of supporting public education in response to a new TV ad hitting him on the issue.His Democratic challenger, Andy Beshear, debuted a statewide ad Monday that claims budget cuts backed by Bevin could devastate rural schools.Bevin calls the commercial a “scare tactic.” The governor says that during his tenure, teachers’ pensions have been fully funded, per-pupil public education funding has risen significantly and 100% of lottery funds are going toward education.Related Article: Bevin: Special session ‘coming up sooner than later’Bevin also ripped into the Kentucky Education Association’s leadership. The governor has feuded with the KEA and other education groups. The governor made the comments during a press conference outside the Governor’s Mansion.___10 a.m.Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear shares the spotlight with running mate Jacqueline Coleman in a new TV ad promoting their support for public education.In the ad airing statewide starting Monday, Beshear warns budget cuts he claims Republican Gov. Matt Bevin supported could devastate rural schools. It’s a direct attack as Kentucky’s governor’s race heats up, less than two months before the election.Beshear’s campaign says the attack is based on Bevin’s budget proposals to shift millions in transportation and health insurance costs to school districts and erase an outlay for textbooks.Bevin’s campaign says during the governor’s tenure, teachers’ pensions have been fully funded and per-pupil public education funding has risen significantly.The ad shows Beshear and Coleman talking to voters in Coleman’s hometown in Mercer County. Coleman is an educator. read more

Poland Vive Kielce again easily deals with Piotrkow

cupicKielcelosertmusapiotrkowstrlekszmal In the return match of the Polish League play-offs, Vive Targi Kielce beat at home Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski 36:24. The first game was won by Kielce 45:25 so the return match seemed to be just a mere formality. The hosts began confidently, leading 3:0, and were leading until the very end. It was not the best game of Kielce’s offence, while both goalkeepers, Venio Losert and Sławomir Szmal, gave quite good performances. Polish Champions could allow themselves to pull in their horns a bit having encounters against Metalurg Skopje for the Champions League Final Four in prospect. Nevertheless, Kielce won grandly and has reached play-off semi-finals. The top scorers for Kielce were Croats: Ivan Čupić, Manuel Štrlek and Željko Musa (5).TEXT: Martyna Usnarska ← Previous Story “Hajra Veszprem” before crucial week (VIDEO) Next Story → HCM Constanta defend title in Romania! read more

Convicted child rapist who assaulted girl for two years until she became

first_img Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share40 Tweet Email This happened when I was six because I know my numbers.The fourth sister was aged between seven and eleven when the man sexually assaulted her. She told gardaí she didn’t know what sex was.John Kelly SC, defending, said his client had an intellectual disability and a low IQ. Counsel said he has lost all his friends as a result of these offences.“He has become a social pariah. He lives a very isolated and lonely life,” Mr Kelly said.Read: ‘Significant risks remain’ at hospital despite maternity improvements after eight baby deaths >Read: Friday night’s Late Late Toy Show is this year’s most-watched Irish programme > 45 Comments A WEXFORD MAN who raped a teenage girl for two years until she became pregnant at the age of 13 has been jailed for 11 years.The 76-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victims, also sexually molested the girl’s three younger sisters.The Central Criminal Court heard three of the children had developmental problems including learning disabilities. Their mother knew the man and she would take him to the family home on weekends from his isolated rural home.The man began abusing the 11-year-old girl in 2004. In 2006, her teacher noticed she was putting on weight and became suspicious that she was pregnant.AbuseThe abuse of all four girls emerged during the subsequent inquiries. The first victim told gardai that the man would rape her in the family home and outside in a field.She said she hated him and he was not nice and he was cross with her. “It was disgusting and sore. He told me not to tell anybody or he’d hit me,” the court heard she told gardai.During one incident the girl’s brother observed the man raping the victim. She also described frequent incidents of molestation.The man was charged with 18 counts each of rape, oral rape sexual assault. The DPP accepted a plea of guilty to one sample count of rape on the basis of the full facts of the allegations being heard.The man also pleaded guilty to sample counts of sexual assault of the sisters on various dates between 2001 and 2006.ShockingJustice Patrick McCarthy said that the house in which these offences occurred was for those four children a “house of horrors”.He said that the fact that one of the girls had become pregnant by the accused man at the age of 13 years old was a “shocking feature” of the case.He also noted that three of the four children were of limited intellectual capacity, making them exceptionally vulnerable. He said this was a “grave aggravating factor”.Justice McCarthy imposed concurrent sentences totalling eleven years. He said he had to take into account the man’s age as well as his guilty plea and admissions.In 2005, the man molested one girl when she was aged just nine. She later told gardaí that this abuse made her feel sad.Another sister was aged six when the man molested her. He was aged 63 at the time. She told gardai: By Declan Brennancenter_img 27,889 Views Dec 5th 2016, 7:08 PM https://jrnl.ie/3121665 Image: PA Archive/PA Images Convicted child rapist who assaulted girl for two years until she became pregnant jailed for 11 years The man also sexually assaulted the victim’s three sisters. Monday 5 Dec 2016, 7:08 PMlast_img read more

Steams Most Popular Game is PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

first_img Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’ The last thing the internet needs is yet another piece of content on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Over these past few months, citizens of the web have proven they can’t stop playing (or watching other people play) this online multiplayer shooter. If you somehow don’t know, the premise is 100 poor souls drop onto an abandoned island and horrifically stalk and kill each other with scavenged weapons until only one remains.Count me among those (somewhat) enthralled. I have some issues with the game, mostly centered around the frequent down time and seemingly randomly deaths if you aren’t good enough, but I also totally get why the concept is so novel. Besides, the game is too early and admittedly unfinished to “review.” However, after playing some more, my reaction towards the game crystallized in a way I thought would be worth discussing. PUBG is the Dota the shooters.Just compare their origin stories. Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene made his alias one worth remembering thanks to his beloved battle royale PC mods for 2013 survival shooter DayZ, which itself was a mod for 2009 military shooter Arma 2. Battlegrounds is a distillation of the concepts (along with some residual Euro-jank) Greene and his growing team at Bluehole were exploring but finally presented as its own standalone game.Meanwhile, Dota began as a mod for Blizzard’s real-time strategy game Warcraft III. It became so popular that rival PC juggernaut Valve hired key Dota designer IceFrog to help develop a sequel for Steam. Even more so than PUBG, Dota strips away elements of its ancestral genre and reworks them into something entirely new and more competitive. Both games also have a fondness for silly cosmetic items.While their basic mechanics of shooting enemies and clicking hero units seem simple enough, PUBG and Dota both require players to wrap their heads around a lot of assumed, arcane knowledge either through hours and hours of practice and/or learning from a team of masters. In a way, both games are also sort of like Monster Hunter or the Souls series. Both games wring a lot of divergent gameplay possibilities from generally static starting points. Currently, both games only have one map and always involve the same number of players, 100 players solo or in squads in PUBG and two teams of five in Dota.In Dota, you’re not just going to naturally intuit things like jungling and last hit and how certain heroes and their abilities fare against each other without an explanation. And in PUBG, with each new match you’ll gain a better understanding of how the guns fire, how to deal with your initial parachute landing, how bullets drops, how the vehicles behave, how the death circle and red zones constrict around the map, and how the map and terrain look and work in general. Plus you have to find out what all this “chicken dinner” talk is about.Both games are even typically referred to by their four-letter acronyms, although Dota 2 officially doesn’t stand for anything since Valve can’t acknowledge famous legal Blizzard property “Defense of the Ancients.”Games like this naturally foster a sense of community. By fighting each other, we’re all helping each other learn and improve. Hearing the mindless chatter of other players in the opening PUBG plane ride gets you pumped to murder them, but in the end, we’re all the same half-naked Hunger Games contestants in this together. Also, the frequent, quiet, suspenseful anticipation leaves room to crack inside jokes to relieve tension. So it’s unsurprising that PUBG has become a huge streaming phenomenon, dominating platforms like Twitch and Facebook Live (thanks to a recent exclusivity deal) as well as the general gaming mind share in a way arguably beyond what Dota once did. It even stole away some Dota streamers.To this day Valve still holds Dota tournaments with $1,000,000 payouts so if just a fraction of that success is in PUBG’s future the game should be just fine. It’s already on track to have a similar seismic impact on its own genre and spawn legions of imitators just like all the post-Dota MOBA games (League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Heroes of Newerth). Heck, PUBG might be even bigger, especially once it’s finished and starts hitting consoles beginning with Xbox One this fall. Its influence could be on the level of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which is fitting since this fall marks the ten-year anniversary of Infinity Ward’s landmark shooter that couldn’t be further away from PUBG when it comes to pacing and attitude toward death.Is this comparison a little reductive and unfair? Yeah, probably. If anything, I think I’m doing PUBG a disservice by comparing it to Dota since I think PUBG is a much, much better game. For all of the weirdness surrounding its high skill-ceiling, PUBG still works as an enjoyable and somewhat approachable mainstream multiplayer shooter. Whether you play it alone hiding in a cabin with a shotgun for 20 minutes or exploring, killing, and having slapstick antics with your squad mates until you die, no way to play is invalid. Dota’s gameplay is much stranger, stricter, singular, and full of dogma. Plus I still resent it and its ilk for replacing the real-time strategy games I actually like.Maybe my thoughts will all change if keep playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Maybe I’ll realize it’s actually the Super Monkey Ball of shooters or the Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge of shooters. As a shooter, something like Overwatch (also increasingly influential) probably has more explicit Dota elements, but I think PUBG embodies more of the spirit of what made Dota so original and beloved in the first place. So right now, when I think of PUBG, the other four-letter word I think of is Dota.View as: One Page Slides1/51. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a online multiplayer shooter that’s taking the internet by storm.2. In terms of streaming popularity and potential impact, PUBG is beginning to rival past hits like Dota.3. Like Dota, PUBG is a spin-off to a mod of another PC game.4. PUBG and Dota both also have lots of arcane knowledge for players to learn through practice and talking to friends.5. But whereas Dota is a strange and singular thing, PUBG is also a fun and approachable multiplayer shooter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Bills aim to lift legal age to buy tobacco, vapor products to 21

first_imgNinety-five percent of smokers first lit a cigarette before celebrating their 21st birthday. And research shows most young people who make it to age 21 without smoking will never pick up the habit.Cancer advocates, state health officials and the attorney general hope proposed legislation that would increase the legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21 will mean more youth will reach that milestone smoke-free.“Raising the minimum legal age for the sale of tobacco and vaping products to 21 is the single most important policy we could adopt to protect the health of our kids and prevent unnecessary premature deaths,” Sec. of Health John Wiesman said during a Feb. 1 Senate Labor and Commerce Committee public hearing.The state Attorney General’s Office and Department of Health requested legislation to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, sponsored House Bill 1054 last year. Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, sponsored its companion, Senate Bill 5025, three years ago. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate this year — Senate Bill 6048 — by Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue.While the bills stalled in past years, Attorney General Bob Ferguson is optimistic about the progress the legislation is making this year.In the past, the fiscal impact to the state budget has been an obstacle, Ferguson told The Columbian editorial board on Jan. 31. Revised budget numbers, however, show the impact to be $2.6 million for this biennium — much lower than previous, double-digit estimates. Those lower numbers seem to be earning the bills more supporters.last_img read more

South Florida teen suffers fatal allergic reaction after eating Chips Ahoy cookie

first_imgWe take allergens very seriously. Chewy Chips Ahoy! made w/ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups packaging clearly shows that it contains peanuts through words and visuals. Package color indicates Chewy, Chunky, or Original. Consumers should always read the label for allergy information.— Chips Ahoy! (@ChipsAhoy) July 14, 2018Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – A Weston teen suffered a fatal allergic reaction after accidentally eating Chips Ahoy peanut butter cookies, and her mother said more could have been done to show the difference between the regular and peanut butter cookie packaging.In a Facebook post on Thursday, Kellie Travers-Stafford described the events leading up to her daughter’s allergic reaction.Stafford’s mother posted a photo of both the Chewy Chips Ahoy packaging: both red and only a Reese’s logo in the top right corner to differentiate the two types of cookies.“There was an open package of Chips Ahoy cookies, the top flap of the package was pulled back and the packaging was too similar to what we had previously deemed ‘safe’ to her,” wrote Travers-Stafford.The 15-year-old ate one of the peanut butter cookies, and her mother said she began feeling a tingling sensation in her mouth. Her daughter returned home, but her condition worsened.“She went into Anaphylactic shock, stopped breathing and went unconscious,” wrote Travers-Stafford. “We administered 2 epi pens while she was conscious and waited on paramedics for what felt like an eternity.” Her mother said that Stafford died within an hour and a half of eating the cookie.Now, Travers-Stafford is calling for awareness to Chips Ahoy’s packaging.“The company has different colored packaging to indicate chunky, chewy, or regular but NO screaming warnings about such a fatal ingredient to many people … It’s important to us to spread awareness so that this horrible mistake doesn’t happen again,” wrote Travers-Stafford.Chips Ahoy has responded to the situation and wrote in a statement, “We take allergens very seriously. Chewy Chips Ahoy! made w/ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups packaging clearly shows that it contains peanuts through words and visuals. Package color indicates Chewy, Chunky, or Original. Consumers should always read the label for allergy information.”last_img read more

Drainage overflow rankles commuters

first_imgGachibowli: The drainage overflowing at Babukhan Lane in Gachibowli is causing inconvenience to the residents and commuters. The residents said that it has been three weeks that no GHMC staff turned up to resolve the issue so far. They alleged that though there were several complaints to GHMC officials, nothing has done to clear the issue.The drainage water is overflowing onto the road causing severe inconvenience to the motorists and the commuters. Adding to this, the overflowing drainage leads to traffic congestion in the area. It has become difficult for the pedestrians to walk in this area.last_img read more

France Germany to sign socioeconomic deal

first_imgFrench president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel will sign a treaty in Aachen in Germany on Tuesday, 56 years after the two countries’ deal inked back in 1963 focusing on reconciliation, reports UNB.While the first treaty was about reconciliation, the new one focuses on convergence, on bringing closer their socio-economic models and on joint positions in the international fora, in the context of the European integration.The representatives of the European Union institutions will also be present, according to a joint press statement of the embassies of France and Germany in Dhaka.In addition to the treaty between the two governments, an agreement will be signed between the Bundestag, the German parliament, and the Assemblee Nationale, the French parliament, creating a 100 members strong French-German Parliamentary Assembly.In a volatile international and European context, France and Germany recall, in the solemn form of a treaty between the two States, their shared commitment to values as the rule of law and multilateralism as well as their joint responsibility to build a sovereign and united Europe.On 22 January 1963, France’s president, the General de Gaulle, and Germany’s chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, signed in Paris the Elysee Treaty on cooperation between the two countries that marked the beginning of an era of friendship and cooperation between Germany and France after more than a century of tensions and wars, which led to the 20th century’s two world wars that involved so many countries and provoked millions of casualties.It took the great leadership of both Heads of State and Government to create the conditions of the reconciliation and cooperation 18 years after the end of the war, said the statement.last_img read more

You wont believe what this Carnival Cruise Line exec just tattooed on

first_img Share Tags: Carnival Cruise Line Monday, May 15, 2017 Posted by You won’t believe what this Carnival Cruise Line exec just tattooed on his armcenter_img Travelweek Group NEW ORLEANS — Nothing says you’re committed to a relationship like branding yourself with a permanent tattoo. But unlike the names and faces of sweethearts that most lovestruck people opt to brand themselves with, Adolfo Perez’s tattoo honours not just one person but a whole group of people: travel agents.The adventurous vice president of sales and trade marketing at Carnival Cruise Line permanently etched the words ‘Travel Agents Rock’ on his arm last weekend while on the New Orleans’ stop of Carnival Cruise Line’s six-city Agentpalooza bus tour. The tour, which takes place from May 11-18, plays up the theme of travel agents as rock stars.It’s obvious that Perez channeled his own inner rock star by going through with the tattoo. And though he said it wasn’t his idea, reports Travel Weekly, he didn’t hesitate when Jordan Lipton, creative director of Sapient (the ad agency that helped carry out the Agentpalooza concept), proposed the idea to him.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksSo what do you think? Is this dedication and commitment enough for you? << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rail Plus first package tours

first_imgRail Plus has released new packaged Australian rail tours, due to the overwhelming demand for bundled ticket and accommodation holidays by travel agents. Five package deals, each combining a rail voyage with hotel accommodation, meals and sightseeing excursions are available for purchase through Rail Plus’ customary booking channels. Prior to the introduction of the new packaged trips, Rail Plus only sold individual journey tickets. Experiences include luxury coach journeys, crocodile jumping river cruises, canyon tours, wine region exploration, desert crossings and travel aboard The Ghan and The Indian Pacific. “Travel agents can now sell Great Southern Rail’s five most popular, fully-commissionable domestic rail packages… and do so in the knowledge that our expert consultants are, as always, available for support and advice,” Rail Plus national sales and marketing manager Greg McCallum said. The package itineraries range from five to thirteen nights and include journeys such as Perth and Margaret River, The Territory Complete, Rock and Rail, Three States-Two Trains and a Taste of the Top End. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

December 07 2018

first_imgDecember 07 , 2018 U.S.: California storms won’t damage avocado crops … FDA inspects Del Monte facility after vegetable tr … Come to The New York Produce Show and Conference and learn from the best and brightest. Be part of building a brighter future… for yourself, your organization and the industry at large.You can register right here.Request a hotel room hereThe website can be found hereAnd feel free to email with any question right here.With a Thought-Leader Panel like this, you can count on the opportunity to SOAR ahead. You might also be interested in Global Grape Summit wrap-up part three: What is ne … From the pages of Jim Prevor’s Perishable PunditEach year, it is our privilege to unveil a unique group of industry leaders. Some are from the local market, some from across the country and some from around the world.It is truly a gathering of thought- and practice-leaders who are committing of their time to share ideas with the broader industry in the hope of making this industry stronger.It is with great pleasure that we unveil the Perishable Pundit’s Thought-Leader Panel for The New York Produce Show and Conference 2018:MEG BUCHSBAUMC&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.Hatfield, MassachusettsMeg is a classically trained chef who began her career as a food photographer and stylist. Her career in the food industry has taken her from working as a chef in Italy, to a Culinary Chef Instructor in NYC, to a Produce Buyer. She was a Local Forager for Whole Foods Market and a frequent guest on the Food Network. Her passion for food was developed early in life by growing up on the family farm in the Berkshires. On summer weekends you can find her tending her vegetable garden where she grows over 22 varieties of tomatoes. She is also is a bee keeper producing delicious wildflower honey. Currently she is the National Produce Merchandiser for C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. At C&S she takes care of hundreds of independent customers across the country, where she helps create ads and promotions to grow their sales.MARC GOLDMANMorton WilliamsBronx, New YorkMarc started his career at Waldbaums in 1978, where he worked for 10 years until opening his own foodservice wholesale business. Eventually, he took a position with Food Emporium, where he worked for three years. Marc joined Morton Williams for the first time as a produce manager more than 15 years ago. In 2006 he went to Wakefern as a supervisor for the SRS stores. He returned to his current position at Morton Williams eight years ago.KELLY DAVISAllegiance Retail ServicesIselin, New JerseyA produce industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in procurement and category growth within the supermarket industry. Kelly currently serves as the Director of Produce and Floral for Allegiance Retail Services. Her responsibilities at Allegiance include managing sales, coordinating advertising, merchandising and operations activities, and managing a procurement team and merchandising team. She began her supermarket career at Wakefern Food Corporation where she served 31 years honing her skills in a variety of departments including Grocery, Commercial Bakery and Produce. In her 18 years in the Produce Division, she was a Category Manager and successfully managed a multitude of commodities and was instrumental in the yearly growth of sales for the Division. Kelly was also a Regional Sourcing Category Manager in South America, South Africa and California where she became a seasoned expert in field agriculture. Kelly is a graduate of the Kean University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing.STEVE OROSZLANYWakefernElizabeth, New JerseySteve began his produce career at the age of 16 and in 1990 became a produce manager. He left Foodtown to join King’s Supermarkets as a manager in 1996. Steve came to Wakefern as a produce merchandiser in 2006 and joined the procurement staff in 2011 as a category manager. Steve was promoted to Procurement Manager for Produce and Floral at Wakefern in October of 2017. He lives in Bloomingdale, NJ, with his wife Kristen and daughters Kaitlin and Lauren.VIC SAVANELLOFresh MarketGreensboro, North CarolinaVic joined the fresh-focused grocer, The Fresh Market, Inc., in April of 2018, based out of their corporate offices in Greensboro, NC, where he oversees management of the company’s seasonally fresh produce departments across all 161 stores in 24 states. Vic’s extensive supermarket, produce and management career spans more than 35 years across the retail and produce sectors. Before joining The Fresh Market, Inc., he was senior director of produce and fl oral at Iselin, NJ-based Allegiance Retail Services for more than a decade, in which capacity he led all produce and floral operations and functions, including sales management, advertising, merchandising and product procurement for almost 100 stores in three states under the Foodtown, D’Agostino’s, Brooklyn Harvest and Market Fresh banners. He also previously worked for more than two decades at another grocery cooperative in New Jersey, Wakefern Food Co., holding the role of produce category manager for 15 years, serving the Shop Rite and Price Rite banners. Vic has served two terms as president of the Eastern Produce Council (EPC), on whose board he has served since 2006, as well as chairman of the New York Produce Show, EPC Strategic Planning Committee and Eastern Produce Council Golf Outing committee. Vic previously sat on the PMA Fresh Summit committee and is a member of the Southeast Produce Council and the New England Produce Council. He is a graduate of William Paterson University and is married to his wife Maria for 27 years and they have two children, Dante and Mia.TONY STALLONEPeapodLake Zurich, IllinoisTony comes from a long line of people passionate about food. Tony’s family goes back over 100 years in the produce industry. His great-grandfather was one of the largest buyers and sellers of lemons and oranges in the US. Some say he was bigger than Sunkist at the time. Tony’s fresh food history began at age 5, when, after church, Tony and his father would travel to the terminal produce market to repack tomatoes for the Monday morning business (back in those days the first customers arrived just after midnight). Each summer thereafter, Tony worked at the market. The market at that time was a collection of jobbers (or merchants) who sold to independent grocery stores, wholesalers delivering to restaurants, and peddlers who typically sold their products out of the back of their trucks. Tony learned the art of buying produce from his father who would bring him along each morning as he did his daily purchases and working alongside chefs as they honed their trade. Our “Produce Guru” has been in training for more than 40 years! After 20 years in the family business, Tony started his own food consulting fi rm in 1996 with Scotty’s Home Market (online grocer) as one of his customers. Tony helped raise a 10 million investment for Scotty’s from Nordstrom. In 1998, Tony went to work for Scotty’s as the Vice President of Merchandising. In October of 2000, Scotty’s/Streamline was bought by Peapod – Ahold. At Peapod he has helped Peapod grow into the largest most successful internet grocer in America. Tony has standing television segments on ABC 7 in Chicago and is an annual lecturer at Cornell’s Produce Executive Development Program. Food is Tony’s destiny and he truly enjoys sharing his passion with consumers.CAITLIN TIERNEY99 Cents Only StoresCity of Commerce, CaliforniaCaitlin is the Director of Produce for 99 Cents Only Stores, Commerce, CA. Over her 14-year career in the produce industry, Caitlin has gathered a unique perspective of up-and-coming trends such as e-commerce, grocery delivery, prepared foods, packaged produce, discount retail and seed science. Her retail career started as a category assistant to produce for Michigan-based Spartan Stores, where she spent several years as a buyer before joining New York-based Fresh Direct as a senior produce buyer. Prior to joining 99 Cents Only, she was the produce and floral Purchasing Manager for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, and Produce Chain Marketing Manager for Bayer CropScience.MARIA WIELOCHICA GruppenSolna, SwedenMaria is the Senior Category Manager for fruit, vegetables and flowers at supermarket chain ICA Sweden. Since joining ICA, she has held several different positions within the retailer’s fruit, vegetables and flowers business. Before her current position, Maria was the Head of Business Development at ICA, where she looked after issues such as sustainability, among others. Maria graduated in economics and management from Lund University in Sweden in 2004. Before joining ICA in 2008 she worked in the paper and packaging industry for SCA Packaging, which has since become DS Smith.STEPHAN WEISTREWE GroupKoln, GermanyStephan is National Category Director fruit, vegetable, flowers and plants for REWE, one of the leading and most innovative supermarket chains in Germany. He is also Brand Manager for Rewe Regional, the company’s cross-category brand for all regional products. He studied Economics at the University of Cologne (VWA) and is an alumni of INSEAD. Stephan started his career as a trainee at REWE in 1984 and was a buyer for overseas, exotics and organic fruits before moving to Chiquita in the year 2000. As Managing Director, he managed the development of Chiquita’s non-banana business for Northern Europe before taking on total responsibility for Chiquita’s D-A-CH (German-speaking European region) as Business Director. In 2009 he joined Landgard, Germany’s largest produce and flower producing cooperative where he headed up the fruit, vegetable, organic and convenience divisions as Managing Director, while seeing through a successful restructuring period. Stephan returned to Rewe in 2014 and his current role. This summer, Stephan was elected as President of Freshfel, the European Fresh Produce Association, the industry’s representative body in Brussels, Belgium.TIM YORKMarkon Salinas, CaliforniaTim started working in the produce industry more than 35 years ago at H. Hall & Company, a grower/shipper of strawberries and mixed vegetables. In addition to being a founding employee and the current President of Markon, Tim also has held numerous committee and task force positions, including Member, USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Council; Chairman of the Produce Marketing Association (2002); Director of the PMA; Chairman of PMA’s Foodservice Division; Chairman, Center for Produce Safety Advisory Board; and is a founding member of the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops. We owe a great debt to these individuals and their companies that support them in sharing their expertise with the industry. These are people and organizations committed to building a better future for the whole industry and they merit our thanks. Q&A: Hana Group’s Danciger talks foodservice … last_img read more

Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Edmond Robins

first_imgMinnesota Vikings outside linebacker Edmond Robinson, right, tackles Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins in the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals added a linebacker to its roster on Friday, signing Edmond Robinson to the practice squad.Robinson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Vikings, making two starts and playing in 21 games his two seasons in Minnesota.He was also a contributor on special teams and over half of his 20 career tackles have come on kickoff or punt units.The 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker was claimed by the Jets on Sept. 3 and then released Dec. 19 after a stint on injured reserve. Robinson played his college football at Division II Newberry, earning all-conference recognition and an invitation to the 2015 NFL Combine.To make room for Robinson, the Cardinals moved wide receiver Carlton Agudosi to the practice squad injured reserve list. The 23-year-old Agudosi made four catches this preseason for 52 yards. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more