first_imgVeteran anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare was admitted to a hospital in Pune’s Shirur taluk on Tuesday after he complained of cold and a feeling of fatigue.The 82-year-old activist, who had been suffering from cold, cough and resultant tiredness since Monday, was taken from his residence in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district and admitted to the Vedanta Criticare Multispecialty Hospital on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway.He was examined by a team of doctors there and later admitted. The doctors, whilst advising total rest, have said there is no cause for alarm.“It was a routine check-up. Doctors at the Vedanta Hospital have said there is no cause for worry and have advised him to take complete rest. Anna has been admitted as a precautionary measure,” said a close aide of Mr. Hazare, adding that the activist is likely to be discharged by Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, in an interview given to a vernacular daily, the activist censured the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for admitting ‘tainted’ leaders into their fold, stating that the party was risking being defamed if it continued this way.Mr. Hazare further urged the public, especially younger voters, to teach a lesson to parties that fielded candidates with tainted backgrounds.In July this year, the anti-corruption activist had hit out against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre for passing amendments to the Right to Information Act, remarking that the government’s introduction of the regressive RTI Amendment Bill was akin to “deceiving the people of the country”.At the time, he had further said that while he no longer had the strength to lead new agitations, he would certainly participate in a demonstration against the weakening of the RTI Act if the youth and the general public took the lead.last_img read more

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGetting into a skirmish with Von Pessumal had never crossed Kiefer Ravena’s mind ahead NLEX’s meeting against San Miguel on Friday.To everyone’s surprise, things got a little rough between the former longtime teammates in the highly-physical match that ended in the Beermen’s favor, 109-98.ADVERTISEMENT Despite the emotional ending, the 24-year-old playmaker hopes that Pessumal would hold no grudge on him.“Von and I go way back. Things like this, hopefully, don’t become too personal. I have no intention to shame or hurt anyone, especially him. Win or lose, I have to take it in stride,” he said. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View comments Pessumal on Ravena shove: I’m not here to make friends Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ravena was on the receiving end of a shove from Pessumal at the 9:50 mark of the fourth quarter. The former ended on the floor while the latter received a flagrant foul penalty one.READ: Pessumal on Ravena shove: I’m not here to make friendsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis was after Ravena blocked Pessumal’s fastbreak attempt and capped it off with a staredown.“I did not expect that at all,” said the second overall pick. “If you watched the game, when that fastbreak happened, which was the same exact possession that I challenged him, I looked at him. After that, everything happened there. But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ravena said he didn’t mean any harm with staredown on Pessumal, saying it was just done in the “heat of the moment.”“It’s just two players wanting to battle it out and help their team win. And probably that started all the commotions during the end game,” he said.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEXThe scuffle kicked up the tension between two teams a notch which led to the ejections of NLEX big man Michael Miranda and San Miguel guard Chris Ross in the last five minutes of the game.“With that, the team got fired up and it worked for them. Even though it was a flagrant foul called on Von, it worked for them. Everybody got fired up and that’s when they made their run,” said Ravena moments after the Road Warriors to succumbed to their third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgSHARE File photo of ace Badminton player Saina Nehwal and coach Pullela Gopichand.   –  The Hindu File photo of ace Badminton player Saina Nehwal and coach Pullela Gopichand.   –  The Hindu Saina had parted ways with Gopichand after a quarterfinal exit at the 2014 World Badminton Championships in Denmark. That was the first time that the duo had split.In 2011, Saina started training with Baskar Babu but within three months returned to Gopichand, regretting her decision. In 2012, she bagged the bronze medal at the London Games under Gopichand’s guidance. The 27-year-old champion shuttler had split with the national coach Gopichand before the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, deciding to hone her skills under Vimal Kumar in Bangalore. “I’m also very thankful to Vimal sir for helping me for the last three years. He helped reach world no.1 in the rankings and also helped me win two world championships medal silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017 along with many super series title,” Saina wrote.Happy to be back in her home town Hyderabad, Saina requested her friends to continue to support her. “I m very happy to b back home and train in Hyderabad. keep supporting friends,” she further wrote on her twitter handle. And also helped me win two world championships medal silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017 along with many super series titles ..— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) September 4, 2017 London Olympics bronze medal winning shuttler Saina Nehwal has resumed her partnership with former coach Pullela Gopichand with an aim to achieve her “future goals”. Saina today announced the decision on her twitter handle.“For a while I’ve been thinking about moving my training base back to the Gopichand academy and I had a discussion about this with Gopi sir and I am really thankful to him for agreeing to help me again,” Saina tweeted. “At this stage in my career I think he can help me achieve my goals,” she added. September 04, 2017 COMMENT ×center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL For a while I’ve been thinking about moving my training base back to the Gopichand academy and I had a discussion about this with Gopi sir— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) September 4, 2017 I m very happy to b back home and train in Hyderabad keep supporting friends— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) September 4, 2017 Saina had parted ways with Gopichand after a quarterfinal exit at the 2014 World Badminton Championships Published on I’m also very thankful to Vimal sir for helping me for the last three years. He helped reach world no.1 in the rankings ..— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) September 4, 2017 and I am really thankful to him for agreeing to help me again . At this stage in my career I think he can help me achieve my goals .— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) September 4, 2017 COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgBhubaneswar, Feb 18 (PTI) The four SIMI activists who were arrested at Rourkela during a joint operation with Telangana police had local contacts who arranged houses for them on rent and facilitated their stay in Odisha, according to preliminary probe by the state police. The four SIMI activists and mother of one of them, who was also held, meanwhile, refused to take legal aid to fight for them in the court of law, as the Special Task Force under Crime Branch of Odisha Police today began interrogation of the operatives.An eight-member STF team led by Crime Branch IG Arun Kumar Bothra arrived at Rourkela after the local police took the five persons on a seven-day remand.The STF also moved the local court seeking 30 days remand for the five persons as they were involved in a series of crimes in multiple states.”Our people have started interrogation of the five persons at Rourkela. We will like to ascertain their activities in the state and their associates who helped them stay in the state as well as arrange fake documents,” said Crime Branch Special DG B K Sharma.Preliminary investigation have so far shown that the operatives of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had local contacts who arranged houses for them on rent and facilitated their stay in the state, Sharma said. Besides Rourkela, they had also taken shelter in Bhadrak district for some time.”We would also like to ascertain which crime they were involved in and what were their plans in the state. The police from different states like Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra and Uttar Pradesh are likely to interrogate the five persons who took shelter in Rourkela,” Sharma said.advertisementSharma said the STF would like to share information with other state police.”We believe, joint interrogation will help to reveal more facts,” he said, adding IG Arun Bothra has already been camping at Rourkela to oversee the interrogation of the five persons.Director General of Odisha Police B K Singh said the personnel from NIA and IB may also interrogate them.The four operatives who had escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh in 2013 were arrested from Rourkela yesterday following an exchange of fire with security personnel. The mother of one of the operatives was also arrested along with the four.The four arrested men have been identified as Mohammad Aijajudden, Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussein and Mahboob Guddu. Additional Public Prosecutor Satya Sharma, who was appearing for the government in the case, said the operatives and mother of one of them refused to take legal aid to fight for them in the court of law. “They turned down legal help,” he said. PTI AAM CR SRY GSN GSNlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous ams shows why ‘Sensing is life’ at CESNext ROHM: ultra-compact contactless current sensor featuring minimum power loss MACOM Technology Solutions announced the first entries in its new portfolio of wideband, ultra low phase noise amplifiers. Available in 2.8 x 1.73 x 0.1 mm bare-die and 5x5mm, 32-lead AQFN packaged formats, the new MAAL-011151 is ideally suited for use as a low phase noise amplifier stage for signal generation applications spanning a host of system designs targeting test and measurement, EW, ECM, and radar.Phase noise is a critical specification in defining the frequency stability of a signal source, with significant implications for receiver sensitivity performance. MACOM’s MAAL-011151 minimizes phase noise contribution in providing LO signal gain, enhancing spectral integrity for T&M and communications systems, target acquisition for radar, and aerospace and defense (A&D) applications.The MAAL-011151 will provide 16 dB of linear gain across the 2 to 18 GHz frequency band, 17.5 dBm of P1dB and 5 dB of noise figure at 10 GHz with input and outputs that are fully matched to 50 Ω and are DC blocked. Amplifier control is available through the use of a control circuit or by direct bias injection. The MAAL-011151 is fabricated using a low phase noise HBT process which features full passivation for enhanced reliability. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has warned his players to expect a reaction from relegation-threatened Fulham following the departure of Claudio Ranieri.Fulham, 19th in the standings, sacked Ranieri as manager on Thursday following a dismal run of results and appointed Scott Parker as his caretaker replacement.”Usually, when there is a change of coach, there is a reaction. And so we have to front the reaction,” Sarri told reporters on Friday.”Then it’s difficult for us to prepare the match to know their new systems and ideas. They also have opportunities to save themselves, so we’ll have to play a very difficult match, a derby.”The game on Sunday is Chelsea’s third in eight days after their penalty shootout defeat in the League Cup final by Manchester City and Wednesday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.”On Sunday, we played for 130 minutes and 95 minutes on Wednesday. So we need to value the recovery because we ran for 15km on Sunday on average, and the average in the last match was 12km,” Sarri added.Sarri said striker Gonzalo Higuain needed to improve his fitness to get back to his goal-scoring best, recalling the Argentine’s form at Napoli under his management when he equalled an Italian Serie A record 36 goals in a season in 2015-16.”He [Higuain] needs more acceleration because now he is a little more resistant, without the acceleration that he had in Naples, for example,” Sarri said.”He needs to improve his physical condition, especially for the acceleration, and then he will be able to score, of course.”advertisementChelsea are sixth in the table, two points behind fifth-placed Manchester United but with a game in hand.Also Watch:last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Facebook Reuse this content Rio Ferdinand has experienced terrible loss in recent years. In 2015, his wife and the mother of his three children, Rebecca Ellison, died of cancer aged 34. Then in 2017 his mother, Janice St Fort, died from cancer too, aged 58. Now, he says, he is doing anything he can to ensure he and his children are not prematurely bereaved again.So perhaps it is not surprising to find the former footballer promoting a DNA kit that claims to pinpoint the personalised exercise and nutrition needed for a longer life. Ferdinand is 40 now, and looks even stronger than he did when he was one of the best defenders in the world, an imposing, beautifully balanced ball-playing centre back who won 81 England caps and six Premier League titles with Manchester United. He is certainly bigger – 16kg (2st 7lb) heavier, a brick wall of a man, with arms like surfboards.He may have been a supremely fit athlete, but now he says that throughout his playing career he was so skinny, he often felt weak. “You could see the fibres in my body when I was walking about when I played ’cos I was so lean.” The first thing he wanted to do after he quit football was bulk up – not least because he fancied becoming a professional boxer. He was refused a licence last year and gave up on that ambition.There isn’t much that Ferdinand has not tried his hand at since he retired. He made a desperately moving documentary about life after the death of Rebecca, Being Mum and Dad; wrote an equally moving book about it with the journalist Decca Aitkenhead; started a clothing line; became a football pundit; campaigned against leaving the EU and knife crime; visited schools and prisons.As well as the campaigning side, Ferdinand has always had a touch of the Del Boy about him. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between Rio the crusader and Rio the wheeler-dealer. And today is such an occasion. He is flanked by a member of his sports management team and a publicist representing DNAFit, a nutrigenetics company that has created a simple saliva swab test it claims will transform lives. Nutrigenetics is an emerging – and as yet largely unproven – science that studies the interaction between genes and nutrition, with the hope of preventing disease.We are in a small, claustrophobic office near London Bridge. Ferdinand seems to fill the room by himself. He is long and languid, tanned, with an immaculately strimmed beard. Suddenly, the room is even more crowded, as we are joined by a verbose businessman who speaks faster than anybody I’ve ever met.“This is Avi,” says the publicist. “He’s here to explain all the technical stuff.” It suddenly feels as if I’ve been interview-bombed; I have a funny feeling that Avi is going to try to make this all about him.Avrom Lasarow is a 43-year-old entrepreneur. His fulsome Wikipedia entry states that he left South Africa for the UK “where he began his career which ultimately led to a string of multinational companies”. Last April, DNAFit was bought by a Hong Kong-based genetics company, Prenetics, for $10m (£7.8m), and it appointed Lasarow CEO of Prenetics International. But enough of Avi. For now.Ferdinand tells me of the enormous benefits he has reaped since being DNA tested. When he was trying to bulk up, he soon reached a ceiling, he says, and it was only after getting the DNAFit results that he realised he was doing everything wrong. “I wanted to gain weight, gain muscle mass and retain it. But I quickly hit a ceiling. I was knocking my head thinking: what’s going on?”So what did he discover? “I was eating huge carbs and not enough protein and now my diet is much more balanced. Now I’m 101kg (15st 13lb), but comfortable. When I was playing I was 85kg (13st 5lb).” He also started to do more power than endurance work in the gym. I’m no expert, but surely you don’t need a DNA test to tell you a protein boost and lifting weights is an effective means of muscling up? Share on Messenger Facebook Share on WhatsApp Twitter Many scientists believe we simply don’t know enough about nutrigenetics for companies such as DNAFit to deliver on its promises. Prof Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and a world leader in personalised nutrition, says: “Although this is an area of research that has potential, it is unclear whether the science is already there and thus far there is no evidence that it works.” But Ferdinand is convinced if he’d had this information when he was playing, he would have had an even more distinguished career. “Trust me, I would have been able to play longer, I would have got 100 caps.”How else has the DNA test helped him?“ Alcohol,” he says. “If you’re doing it in moderation … ” He looks at Lasarow. “What is it, a drink a day?”“A glass of wine a day is good for you,” Lasarow says. “For instance, in Rio’s case he has a certain genome type, so alcohol in moderation increases good cholesterol.”Ferdinand says that while he and his fiance, the former Towie star Kate Wright, like to set a good example to his kids by eating healthily, he has in no way become a food fascist. “I go to a kebab shop on a Friday and I like a pint of Guinness, a whisky or whatever.”How much Guinness can he get through on a good night? He grins. “I used to get through a load when I was younger.” How many pints? “I could probably do eight, nine, 10.” He pauses. “Then I’d move on to the vodkas.” He giggles. “I could go through loads. I could go all day drinking, then wake up and go again when I was younger.”Blimey, you were drinking all that as a professional footballer? He nods. “I always say to people who ask if I have any regrets about playing, I wouldn’t have drunk alcohol.” Did he drink more than most footballers? “No.” He quickly changes his mind. “When I was younger I did. I was a lunatic. When I was at West Ham … elements of my career are a blur. People talk about performances and results at certain times in them games and I just sit and nod my head. I haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about. I don’t remember.”Would he drink on a Friday night? “No, that would be after a game. Saturday or Sunday. It was a different culture. Crazy. The culture I was in at West Ham was a drinking culture. Football and drinks and nightclubs, that’s the way it was. And that’s the way I lived at that time.”When he went to Manchester United, he says, he pretty much stopped drinking during the season. But he would make up for it in the off season. “In the summers I’d drink for two weeks. Bang. Just keep drinking.”He could so easily have destroyed his health and career. Does he look back and think he was lucky? “Yes. I was lucky. I had a natural ability that could get me through that period of my life. But I got to a point where I had to make a decision to be more professional.”Ferdinand’s boozing confessions are certainly a good example of a life lived less healthily, but Lasarow is keen to get back to DNAFit.“Have you ever done preventive testing?” he asks me. I tell him I’m not proud of this, but I’m more of the less-you-know-the-better school. Ferdinand says he used to be the same. What changed him? Simple, he says – the loss of his wife and mother to cancer. “I’ve got a young family who have seen more than enough trauma for anyone’s lifetime, and I want to be best placed to help prevent anything like that happening if I can. I want all the information I can get from the DNA kit for myself so hopefully my kids won’t have to see any more trauma earlier than they should.” I ask Ferdinand if he would fancy going into politics. “No.” Why not? “It’s a murky world. I’ve got no faith or trust in politicians so to be one – I’d find it difficult.” Has there ever been a politician he has trusted? “I like Gordon Brown. I’ve met him a few times. There was a sincerity about him I really liked.”“Simon, we’ve got a couple of minutes left,” says his publicist.Ferdinand was part of an England squad known as the golden generation – supremely gifted individuals who underachieved as a team. How did he feel when he saw a more prosaic England team reach the semi-final of the World Cup last year? “There’s no sour grapes, if that’s what you’re alluding to.” No, I say, I’m just interested that they achieved more with less ability. “It doesn’t matter how good you are. You look at our team, we had probably the best bunch of midfielders in the world at the time – Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard, Beckham, Hargreaves, Carrick etc – but we didn’t have a manager who could find the formation that could fit them in and get the best out of each and every one of them. We played a very rigid 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1, and that was the most intricate it got after Glenn Hoddle. Then we got beat by teams with not as good players, specially in tournaments. So you’ve got to be coached right, and the players have got to believe in what they’re being coached, which this group of players do.”“We helped the Egyptian team to get to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years,” Lasarow says proudly. “I’m not saying genetics is everything, it certainly isn’t … ” Egypt lost all three games they played at the 2018 World Cup.In the past, Ferdinand has said that as a player he prided himself on his iciness. Does he think he has changed since retiring? “I’m still quite an intense person but I’m a lot more open. I had the blinkers on. I didn’t see a lot of things emotionally to do with relationships, with friends or family.” I tell him how refreshing it was to see him weeping openly about Rebecca in the documentary and talking about panic attacks – a good example to all the boys and men who suppress their feelings. “Yes, that’s a big thing that came out of it. Everyone’s had a mental health problem in some shape or form, it’s just identifying it and then hitting it head on and meeting it, but again, it’s a cultural shift.”I ask Ferdinand what he thinks of himself as now, primarily – a football pundit, entrepreneur or campaigner? “I’ve never been anyone who’s wanted to be pigeon-holed. So, for instance, when I did ballet, all my mates from the estate took the piss. But I wasn’t fazed by stuff like that. I’ve been comfortable in my own skin since I was young so I never really cared about what anyone had to say. That’s why, as a footballer, I was comfortable creating a digital magazine, getting a restaurant, going into different fields.”You were also one of the few footballers prepared to say what you think. “Well, you’re taught not to, that’s the problem.”Was he pleased that the England international Raheem Sterling recently talked about the racism he has experienced. “Yes, it’s been hard work for him but he’s hitting the right notes, not only on the pitch … ”But Lasarow has had enough of the football talk. “My mission today is to make sure you leave with a DNA test,” he tells me. He turns to Ferdinand. “I think you want to wrap up now, don’t you?” Share on Pinterest Rio Ferdinand and DNA devotee Avrom Lasarow. Photograph: Courtesy of DNAFit Twitter Pinterest Ferdinand in Peckham DNAFit and Ferdinand began their campaign in Peckham, a deprived district of south-east London where the former footballer grew up on a council estate. “We went into a couple of schools, and all the children said: I’d love my parents to do this.” (You have to be 18 or over to do the test.) I ask Ferdinand if it is affordable, but Lasarow answers on his behalf. “How much do you spend a month at the gym? You might go to the gym and pay your fees for six months but not get the right results because you’re not doing the right things. Of course, there’s a price because it’s a science; there’s a commercial aspect. There’s a small price to pay.” How much? “£99.”Ferdinand remains a hero in Peckham, where he had a fascinating childhood. As well as the football, he was a promising gymnast and ballet dancer, attending the Central School of Ballet for four years. “I went one day as an adventure, and then I was there four years – two days a week, then three days.” Could he have become a professional dancer? “No. At the end they said my hamstrings are not long enough.” Did it improve him as a footballer? “One hundred per cent yeah. Balance, fluidity in terms of my movement, 100%.”Ferdinand went to Blackheath Bluecoat, the secondary school attended by Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack at the age of 18. Did he know Lawrence? Yes, he says. He was four years younger than Lawrence, but because he was a big, confident boy he played football with him and his best friend Duwayne Brooks, who was also attacked on that night in Eltham. “It’s mad what happened. When it happened it was like your life just comes to a standstill. I’d always seen knives or people get shot or whatever, but a young boy at school getting stabbed to death … it’s like, fucking hell. When the news came the first question I had was: where was it, where was it? Then we heard it was in Eltham. The first thing all of us were saying was: what the fuck is he doing there, in that area, at that time – it’s a racist area, don’t go there at that time.”When given the chance, Ferdinand talks touchingly and honestly about his past. But even in these moments, Lasarow is keen to intervene. “Simon, sorry to deflect away from that,” he says. “You were saying you’d promise your partner you’d go for a checkup – if you don’t and, God forbid, you fell ill, the burden on her is increased because the associated costs of being ill would have to be taken take care of … ” I’m not sure how to respond, so I don’t.Did Lawrence’s murder give Ferdinand a sense of how precarious life could be? “It made me aware that if you get into a problem it could be a big problem. But I was aware of that already. I was used to seeing violence.”Maybe it was inevitable that Ferdinand would go on to campaign about knife crime, and was vocal about racism in football. (After John Terry allegedly racially abused his football player brother, Anton Ferdinand, on the pitch, Rio stopped talking to Terry, even though they were defensive partners in the England team. Terry was banned for four matches and fined by the FA.) But he says his values, his willingness to speak out, came more from his parents than his experiences. “My mum and dad are really community-driven people.” He still sometimes talks about his mother in the present tense. “That’s probably the reason me and Kate are the way we are with the kids because my mum and dad were doers. They didn’t have to tell me a lot about being part of the fabric of the community and being vocal about things. They did it, and I’ve seen it, and that’s why I am the way I am.”Ferdinand also campaigned for the UK to remain in Europe. How does he feel about Brexit now? “I don’t know man, she [Theresa May] needs a new deal man.”Lasarow jumps in. “The great thing about genetics,” he says, “and what we’re doing is it can impact anybody or anyone, anywhere, Brexit or no Brexit.” I look at him, gobsmacked.“Wow, Avi,” I say, “that is the most random intervention I’ve ever heard.”Even Ferdinand’s agents can’t help laughing at his attempt to steer the conversation back to DNA. Look, I say, we’ve talked loads about DNA, but an interview with Rio also involves talking to Rio about Rio. Topicscenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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first_img 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Today we interview grill master, Russ Faulk.I grew up in Wisconsin and studied art at Washington University in St. Louis. My career has traveled a winding path: first in information design for an educational research and development firm; then as design director for a medium-size graphic design shop; next I arced through user experience consulting as web businesses boomed; then in management consulting, helping companies find competitive advantage through delivering superior customer experiences. Something remarkable happened in 2005, and my life-long love of grilling merged with my life-long love of design. Since May of that year, I have been working as part of a talented team of people to build Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet into the recognized leader in outdoor cooking. Along the way I took the reins as chief designer. It has been a fantastic experience reinventing our grills and pizza ovens. I also enjoy the roll of grillmaster, authoring hundreds of recipes for We will release the second edition of the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet cookbook later this year.Related: How to Grill the Ultimate BurgerStepping outside of my profession, my other passion is designing and flying kites. I have been fortunate to travel the world as part of the Chicago Fire Kite Team. When life was a little simpler, I have been known to spend time sitting at the potter’s wheel. What I enjoy most is creating things, whether it is a multi-year team effort to launch a product like the new Gaucho Grill, or something simple like a new recipe for sliders.As for my personal style:Jeans: You won’t find me in skinny jeans or anything like them. Proving, perhaps, that I am not fashionable, but do have a style, I wear boot-cut jeans. A number of pairs of Lucky Brand 367 Vintage Boot are in rotation.Shirts: I wear a lot of clothes from Kühl because I love the fit and like the style. Many of my shirts are Kühl plaid. Out of the office, you’re likely to find me wearing an embroidered work shirt from one of my favorite craft breweries, including Odd Side Ales, Greenbush, Bell’s and Stone.Pants: Always jeans, unless I’m wearing Kühl Ambush Shorts.Suits: Hickey Freeman Traveler, but really only for weddings and funerals.Shoes: Cole Haan Vartan Sport Oxfords at work or OluKai Mia Ola when I’m out of the office.Accessory: I am fond of well-designed pocket knives, and I carry one nearly all the time. My current favorite is the Andre de Villiers Mid-tech Butcher. The fit and finish are impeccable, and the flipper action is so refined you want to open and close it all day long.Outerwear: Fjällräven Sarek Trekking JacketFavorite Cologne: I don’t really wear cologne, but my Dude No. 1 Beard Oil is scented. Your favorite App: My favorite app is Google Sky Map because it is so fun and educational.Favorite piece of technology: I always carry  the latest version of the Google Nexus Phone.Next tech purchase: The next version of the Google Nexus. The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Editors’ Recommendations Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region last_img read more

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Today we speak to Curtis Brown, founder of Kicks to the PitchI’ve been lucky to experience a host of cultures and experiences. I was born in Fullerton, California (North Orange County) and grew up in Southern California but spent some of my high school time on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, as well as some of my college days in Laie on the North Shore of Oahu. I grew up loving sneakers, basketball and Hip Hop.  I am of the Latter-day Saints faith and practice up to this day. My faith is one my biggest motivations and keeps me on track with my daily grind.About 12 years ago I had the idea to start my own sneaker boutique in Whittier right outside of Los Angeles. During that same time I co-created Dunkxchange, the first buy, trade and sell sneaker convention in the world. I have always been a secret fan of soccer and it was always a dream to go to a World Cup, so in 2010, my brother and I decided to take the trip to South Africa. While I was in Johannesburg I started to see how many people loved the culture that I came from but also loved football/soccer. I came home from South Africa with a new idea but no time to execute the new concept.In 2014 I was able to go to the World Cup in Brazil and test my “new idea.” I worked with the world’s largest sneaker and street based art exhibitors, Sneaker Pimps, where I hosted a small art exhibition pairing Adidas World Cup team jerseys with Adidas sneakers and Monster Headphones that matched each team. That was the day soccer/lifestyle hybrid creative force Kicks to the Pitch was born. Kicks to the Pitch is now a leader in the world of soccer culture and has branched out to add a soccer specific creative agency named “The Pitch Creative Group” located in downtown LA. We have executed numerous global events and activities for Major League Soccer and international soccer teams with the intent of fusing the global game of soccer with urban and youth culture. Our mission is to bring the beautiful game to every head on every street corner of the world.As for my personal style:Jeans: Levi’s 511sShirts: I am big fan of soccer jersey tops and I love basic blank Dri-Fit NIKE SB shirts. The fewer the graphics, the better.Pants: I like chino pants and the fit of the Levi’s 511 chinos.Suits: This is a tough one. I don’t wear suits at all, so I couldn’t really give a solid answer on this one.Shoes: My absolute favorite sneaker is the NIKE SB Koston 1, then the Air Jordan 1 in black/red and black/blue and the Air Jordan 11 in any color. Cole Haan or a basic set of Sperry Topsiders are my other go-to non-sneaker options.Accessories: I love head wear. New Era is my day to day for a fitted cap and I love Mitchell & Ness snapback hats. I am always in a hat because, frankly, I’m too lazy to do my hair!Outerwear: Living in So Cal, outerwear is not that common for me. I love hoodies and lightweight jackets. My NIKE US Soccer jacket is my favorite – I get to rep my country and it’s all around nice. A win-win.Favorite cologne: I used to really like Eternity for Men, but my skin is sensitive so I don’t use cologne anymore!Your favorite app: I live in LA, so Waze is my most-used and favorite app. And of course, Instagram.Favorite piece of technology: My iPhone is my absolute favorite piece of technology. I use it almost every second of the day. It’s one of those things that I feel incomplete without. I almost stopped using my laptop because of my iPhone.Next tech purchase: I am in need of a new laptop, so I think my next purchase will be the new MacBook Pro. Or the iPhone 7 when it drops. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Editors’ Recommendations Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakaharalast_img read more

first_imgThe Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq asked a U.S. court on Monday to dismiss seizure order of 1 million barrels of disputed crude oil and allow the cargo to be freely delivered in Texas, Reuters reports.The idle United Kalavrvta pending unloading amid cargo ownership dispute has clocked up nine days anchored off Texas.The oil tanker was prevented from unloading by a Texas judge, who subsequently withdrew seizure of the vessel for lack of jurisdiction. Nevertheless, if the oil tanker were to enter U.S. territorial waters the order would enter into force immediately.Chemicals firm LyondellBasell confirmed to had purchased a certain amount of Kurdish oil, hinting that the cargo has been caught up in a legal dispute. However, it did not specifically indicate whether this amount relates to that onboard United Kalavrvta.Kurdish leadership has encountered numerous obstacles in their attempts to sell oil independently.Two more tankers loaded with Kurdish oil had experienced similar issues, the United Leadership, which has been anchored off Morocco for almost two months and United Emblem, which managed recently to unload its cargo into another tanker in the South China Sea.All three tankers are managed by Piraeus-based Marine Management Services M.C.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, part of South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, revealed that it has completed the world’s first very large crude carrier fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system which meets the IMO’s 2020 Sulfur Cap requirements.The supper large tanker, boasting 310,000 in dwt and a length of 336 meters, features a SOx scrubber, which can reduce sulfur oxide emissions to less than 0.5 pct from the existing 3.5 pct, according to the shipbuilder.The gas cleaning system is 11 meters high and 8.3 meters wide and uses seawater to clean the exhaust gas waste.The VLCC, named Almi Atlas, is also described as highly energy efficient mainly due to the high-tech rudder and propulsion technology installed onboard.Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries hosted a naming ceremony for the green tanker on Tuesday, March 13. It is the first of two ships ordered by Greek shipowner Almi Tankers in August 2016.The shipbuilder believes the gas cleaning technology would enable it to become the preferred builder of green vessels of the future that would need to replace the outdated vessels in order for shipowners to comply with the 2020 Sulfur cap.Estimates from Clarkson Research indicate that about 10 percent of the total of 92,000 of world’s vessels which will be 20-years old in two years would have to be replaced with environmentally-friendly units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgBengaluru: Girish Karnad, a Jnanpith winner, multi-lingual scholar, master playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and a colossus in India’s cultural landscape, passed away at his residence here on Monday, an official said. He was 81. “Karnad died at his home at around 8.30 a.m. due to age-related symptoms,” an official in the Karnataka Chief Minister’s office told IANS. The veteran artist is survived by his son Raghu, a writer and a journalist. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist According to a family source, Karnad succumbed to multi-organ failure at his residence on Lavelle Road in the city’s upscale locality near the famous Cubbon Park. The state government declared a day’s holiday on Monday as a mark of respect to Karnad and a three-day mourning will be observed across the state till June 12. “The scheduled state cabinet expansion on Wednesday has also been postponed to a later date,” said the official. “Karnad will be cremated with state honours in the city as per Hindu rites,” the official added. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda have mourned Karnad’s death and offered their condolences to his family members and relatives. “Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted Modi. In addition to the Jnanpith Award in 1988, he was also honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, apart from four National Film Awards and a Sahitya Akademi honour. He was a reputed scholar who raised his voice on socio-political issues. In a career spanning six decades, Karnad acted in Kannada, Hindi and Marathi films, which were both mainstream and parallel cinema. He also featured in television serials, including the famous “Malgudi Days”, based on the works of renowned Indian English author, R.K. Narayan. He also bagged four Filmfare awards, including three for best director of “Vamsha Vriksha” in 1972, “Kaadu” in 1974 and “Ondanondu Kaladalli” in 1978 and one for best screenplay for “Gadhuli” in 1980 along with another noted Kannada film director B.V. Karanth. Karnad, who straddled the worlds of theatre and cinema in various languages, was born on May 19, 1938 in Matheran. He graduated from the Karnataka University, and was a Rhodes Scholar in the University of Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics. He was celebrated internationally for his plays such as the first acclaimed “Yayati” in 1961 while he was at Oxford in Britain, historical “Tughlaq” (1964) and “Agni Mattu Male” and three seminal works “Hayavadana” (1971), “Nagamandala” (1988) and “Taledanda” (1990). “These works link folklore, mythology, and history while tackling the contemporary crisis of the modern man,” a Kannada literary critic said. Karnad used creativity in merging folk and historic references to modernism, capturing changes in India’s cultural, social and economic changes since independence in 1947. His plays were translated into English and various Indian languages. “Samskara”, based on a novel by famous Kannada writer U.R. Ananthamurthy, won the first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema in 1970. He wrote its screenplay and played the lead role in it. For television audiences, Karnad may be best remembered as Swami’s father in the much-loved “Malgudi Days” or as the presenter of Doordarshan’s science show “Turning Point”, while for Hindi movie audiences, his roles in “Manthan”, “Nishant”, “Pukar”, “Iqbal”, “Dor” and “Ek Tha Tiger” left an impact. Karnad also directed films and wrote scripts for dialogues in Kannada and Hindi films and plays. He was the seventh recipient of the Jnanpith in Karnataka and 34th across the country for rich contribution to Indian literature. Karnad also served as director of the state-run Film and Television Institute of India (1974-1975) at Pune and was Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi and National Academy of the Performing Arts (1988-93). The multi-faceted author and playwright hosted a weekly science programme on state-run Doordarshan titled “Turning Point”. Featuring Indian scientist Yash Pal, the award-winning show explained complex, modern scientific discoveries in simple language. Even as Karnad aged, he participated in panel discussions and literature festivals to discuss his work.last_img read more

first_imgWE Day, a powerful series of educational events that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change, announces the full list of speakers and performers attending WE Day Minnesota on November 3, 2015 at the Xcel Energy Center.Alongside partners led by National Co-Title Sponsor Allstate Insurance Company, WE Day Minnesota will bring together over 18,000 students in an inspirational setting, celebrating the commitment they have made to take action on local and global causes they care about.Taking the stage this year is a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites, including Ciara, Darren Criss, Chelsea Clinton, Lily Collins, Nico & Vinz, Natalie La Rose, Rowan Blanchard, Marlee Matlin, Dr. Mae Jemison, Henry Winkler, Kenyan Boys Choir, Kardinal Offishall, Spencer West and more. This star-studded lineup will join international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change and international experiences, and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches.“WE Day is a powerful thing — it brings together young people from across America with the goal of inspiring and empowering them to make a difference,” said Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and producer, Ciara. “I can’t wait to be a part of WE Day Minnesota and learn about the amazing actions students have taken to earn their way to WE Day celebrations.”Joining the lineup above on stage will be local young people with inspiring personal stories, like Pia Phillips and Abbie Nelson. At the age of 14 Pia received her diagnosis of Stage 2A Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and at 13, Abbie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Having spent much of their adolescence in hospitals, the pair knew how therapeutic the comforts of home could be during long hospital stays. The two, along with Abbie’s mom, Martha Dayton, created PAB’S PACKS, a non-profit organization that provides custom backpacks filled with comfort items for hospitalized teens suffering from chronic illnesses. Abbie and Pia are just two of the many young people who will share their story to motivate their WE Day peers.WE Day is an inspirational event like no other, bringing together like-minded individuals and providing a platform for youth to learn about some of today’s most pressing issues and how to be a part of the solution. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me to we — towards acting with intention, leading with compassion and a belief in the power of community. Taking the philanthropic world by storm with 14 stadium events in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., WE Day is one of the world’s largest registered non-profit initiatives on social media, with more than five million followers.“WE Day is a growing movement of young people taking action locally and globally to create a better world for today and the generation of tomorrow,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Day. “The actions youth lead to achieve transformative outcomes is helping the world think more about we and less about me. In just one year, over 197,000 Minnesota students involved in WE Day’s yearlong educational initiative volunteered nearly 700,000 hours of their time and raised more than $835,000 in support of local and global organizations. Today’s youth can conquer anything they put their minds to when provided with the right tools.”More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the yearlong WE Schools program, which provides hands-on, student-led campaigns designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or to spark new ones. WE Schools helps young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the working world and as active citizens. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of global change-makers.You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on local and global causes of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance, thanks to the generous support of partners led by National Co-Title Sponsor Allstate Insurance Company.Find out more here.last_img read more

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $2.70 higher $487.10; Jan. ’18 $2.50 higher $493.80; March ’18 $2.30 higher $500.30; May ’18 $2.30 higher $504.10; July ’18 $2.30 higher $505.60; Nov. ’18 $3.30 higher $483.40; Jan. ’19 $3.30 higher $485.10; March ’19 $3.30 higher $487.80; May ’19 $3.30 higher $487.80; July ’19 $3.30 higher $487.80; Nov. ’19 $3.30 higher $487.80.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Wednesday’s estimated volume of trade: 336,500 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 336,500. read more

“Let me assure you and those of our colleagues who are working in field operations, whether in Afghanistan, Kosovo or Congo, that your safety and theirs is a constant concern of mine and now the General Assembly is taking up this issue,” Mr. Annan told the staff in Geneva, his first overseas visit since the 11 September attacks against the United States. The Assembly is currently considering a set of proposals put forward by the Secretary-General to shore up UN security measures worldwide. In a question-and-answer session which followed, the Secretary-General addressed a range of issues, including Afghanistan, terrorism and the situation in the Middle East.Concerning the humanitarian effort on behalf of millions of Afghans, Mr. Annan stressed the UN was working as hard as possible under very difficult circumstances. “I hope that the military action will be completed as soon as possible so that we can resume our humanitarian work in earnest in an environment which will be more secure,” he said. The Secretary-General also noted that the UN “is likely to be given another major assignment” depending on what happens in Afghanistan. He emphasized that the Afghan parties themselves must reach agreement on a broad-based Government, adding, “I hope that once it is done, we will be able to give them all the technical and administrative support and assistance that we can.” Answering a question of one staff member, Mr. Annan said he was in full agreement with the view that the root causes of terrorism needed to be confronted. “We need to fight [terrorism] on many fronts,” he said, “not just sending in police or intelligence people or military, but we have to make conditions that dissuade people from getting engaged in these sorts of activities in the first place.” In response to a question about the situation in the Middle East, Mr. Annan said the search for peace was being actively pursued. “I, over the months, have been very active behind the scenes, working with the Americans, Europeans and Russians to try and see if there cannot be a collective international effort to break the impasse, and move forward, and press the parties forward, and get them back to the negotiating table,” he said. “The efforts are continuing, and I hope we will see some results.” Also today, the Secretary-General visited the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), where he met privately with Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland for a review of progress in setting up the Global AIDS and Health Fund. They also discussed bio-terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan. The Secretary-General also met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, to discuss the challenges of providing assistance to Afghan refugees. read more

The work of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission marking the boundary between the two West African countries could be delayed because Nigeria “regrettably” has decided to skip verification of the line in a village in the pilot project, the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said today. “The pilot project is an extremely important endeavour and marks the beginning of the actual demarcation exercise, which has been entrusted to the Mixed Commission. Stalling the process is not an acceptable course of action. The work must continue,” Mixed Commission Chairman and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for West Africa Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said.The procedures for the field assessment had been mutually agreed and laid out in guidelines in February 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria, but had not been adhered to, he said.The Mixed Commission Joint Technical Team’s demarcation of the boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria started on Wednesday last week with the pilot field assessment aimed at identifying pillar sites and verifying in the field the line as drawn on preliminary maps. The maps cover a 60-kilometre stretch of the border near Dumo, according to the delimitation established by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its October 2002 judgement. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Cooking like Martha Stewart is about to get easier.The home goods mogul and cookbook author is getting into the fast-growing meal kit business. Subscribers will get a box shipped to their door with Stewart’s recipes and all the ingredients needed to cook up the dishes at home, including pre-measured raw meat, fish, vegetables and spices.“It is, I think, the way to cook for the future,” Stewart said.The new venture is a licensing deal with existing meal kit company Marley Spoon and brand management company Sequential Brands Group Inc., which bought Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia last year. Financial details of the new partnership were not disclosed.Marley Spoon will be renamed Martha & Marley Spoon in the U.S. and will tap Stewart’s library of thousands of recipes, including shrimp tortilla soup and chicken thighs pan-fried in coconut oil.Ready-to-cook meal kits have proliferated in recent years and have been popular with city folk who want to skip the supermarket and still whip up a meal at home. People around the world spent $1.5 billion on meal kits last year, with less than half of that coming from the U.S., according to research group Technomic. The U.S. market is expected to grow to as much as $6 billion in the next four years, Technomic said.Stewart joins other famous names in the space. TV chef Jamie Oliver appears in commercials for rival HelloFresh and cookbook author Mark Bittman joined vegan meal kit company Purple Carrot last year.Competition has been heating up recently and Marley Spoon hopes adding Stewart’s name will set it apart from Blue Apron, HelloFresh, Plated and many other companies that ship boxes of raw food.Stewart said she tried all the rivals but was “hooked” on Marley Spoon. She began talks with Marley Spoon about a deal eight months ago.The kits may show up on Stewart’s social media accounts, her magazines and TV shows.“We have many ways to promote it,” said Stewart, who is a chief creative officer at Sequential and sits on its board of directors.Martha & Marley Spoon kits start at $48 a week for two meals for two people and up to $140 a week for four meals for a family. Prep and cook time is less than 40 minutes, the company said.Marley Spoon has been operating in the U.S. for a year and has been shipping meal kits in Europe and Australia for about 18 months. It ships in nearly 40 states. The company does not specify how many boxes it ships, but said it’s in the millions annually. Blue Apron and HelloFresh have said they ship millions of boxes a month.For now, Marley Spoon won’t be adding Stewart’s name to its international businesses, but it may in the future.“We’re starting now here in the U.S. because everybody knows Martha,” said Marley Spoon CEO Fabian Siegel. “But why not, in the future, try it out somewhere else? I think that’s something we’ll look at.”_____ONLINE:Martha & Marley Spoon: Joseph Pisani at . His work can be found at . Martha Stewart gets into meal kit business In this photo provided by Marley Spoon, Inc., Martha Stewart poses with ingredients from a meal kit. Cooking like Stewart is about to get easier, as the home goods mogul and cookbook author is getting into the fast-growing meal kit business. Subscribers of the meal kits will be shipped a box to their doors with Stewart’s recipes and all the ingredients needed to cook up the dishes at home, including pre-measured raw meat, fish, vegetables and spices. The new venture is a licensing deal with existing meal kit company Marley Spoon and brand management company Sequential Brands Group Inc., which bought Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2015. (Marcus Nilsson/Courtesy of Marley Spoon, Inc. via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2016 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Subhadra Das, Curator at UCL Culture, said: “Bentham revolutionised our idea of what death is.“When Bentham donated his body for the advancement of science it was considered a social taboo, but his ideas framed the Anatomy Act 1832 that allowed medical practitioners and students to dissect donated bodies.“The memorial rings also help to highlight how attitudes to death and memory have changed over time. The rings and the lock of hair might seem morbid to some today, but it was fairly common practice at the time.“Our modern, western views of death come from the early 20th Century when World War I made grief a luxury and the psychological theories of Sigmund Freud encouraged its repression. I think the Victorians would find our attitude to death rather cold.”Of the rings discovered by UCL, three are engraved with the names of their owners publisher and bookseller William Tait (1793–1814), the Belgian politician Sylvain van de Weyer (1802–72), and the other great utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806–73).Mill’s ring was discovered in a jewellery shop in New Orleans, suggesting the remaining rings could be spread throughout the world.UCL also has an unidentified ring and two others are known to be in the possession of the descendants of William Stockwell, one of Bentham’s servants, while a ring bequeathed to the French economist, Jean-Baptiste Say was recently sold at auction by Christie’s.However, the whereabouts of the remaining twenty rings remain unknown and they are hoping the descendants of the original owners may be able to help. One ring was seen painted on the finger of  José Cecilio del Valle (1780–1834),the Guatemalan philosopher and politician. “We can safely assume that José del Valle received one, as he is featured wearing it in a portrait,” added Dr Causer.“Interestingly, on the bookshelf of that portrait is one of Bentham’s works as well as a Spanish translation of Say’s Traité d’économie politique. It’s a neat, tangible link between Bentham, Say, and del Valle.”Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the rings should contact UCL.The 26 individuals whom Bentham said in his will should receive a ring:         Dr Neil Arnott (1788–1874), Scottish physician and inventor. (Inventor of the Arnott waterbed, and asmokeless fire grate)         Sarah Austin (1793–1867), editor, linguist, and translator, whose husband, John, was the first professor of jurisprudence at the University of London (later UCL)         Henry Bickersteth (1783–1851), first Baron Langdale, law reformer and Master of the Rolls 1836-51         Felix Bodin (1795–1837), French historian and politician         John Bowring (1792–1872), editor, literary translator, and colonial administrator.         Samuel Cartwright (1789–1864), Dentist in Ordinary to George IV, first president of the Odontological Society. (At some point Cartwright had offered Bentham free dental care)         Edwin Chadwick (1800–90), English social reformer, who led the reform of the Poor Law, and of public sanitation. Disciple of Bentham. His papers are in Special Collections         Mary Louise de Chesnel (1797–1865), Bentham’s eldest niece, daughter of Maria-Sophia Bentham and Samuel Bentham (JB’s younger brother).         Richard Doane (1805–48), Bentham’s amanuensis         Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilber du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), aristocrat and military commander         Albany Fonblanque (1793–1872), journalist         James Harfield (d. 1851), Bentham’s secretary         John Stuart Mill (1806–73), philosopher and civil servant         General William Miller (1795–1861), soldier and diplomat. Fought in the Napoleonic Wars, and later known as Guillermo Miller in Latin America for his service in the Peruvian Legion.         Joseph Parkes (1796–1865), solicitor and legal reformer         Francis Place (1771–1851), prominent Philosophical Radical and social reformer         Jean-Baptiste Say (1767–1832), economist, recently sold at auction by Christie’s.         Thomas Southwood Smith (1788–1861), physician and sanitary reformer. Disciple of Bentham, and oversaw the creation of Bentham’s auto-icon.         William Stockwell, servant boy to Bentham, in the possession of a descendent          William Tait, publisher and bookseller (1793–1864). Published the eleven-volume 1838-43 edition of Bentham’s works superintended by John Bowring.         Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783–1869), politician , Governor of Sierra Leone 1808-10         John Tyrrell, barrister         José Cecilio del Valle (1780–1834), Guatemalan philosopher and politician         Jean-Sylvain de Weyer (1802–74), Belgian politician and de-facto Belgian ambassador to the United Kingdom         Mary Watson (presumably another of Bentham’s servants)         George Wheatley, journalist and author of A Visit (in 1831) Jeremy Bentham on display at UCL Jeremy Bentham on display at UCLCredit:Andrew Crowley  Bentham was a leading philosopher and social thinker of the 18th and early 19th century, establishing himself as a leading theorist in social and economic reform.He was pivotal in the establishment of Britain’s first police force, the Thames River Police in 1800 which was the precedent for Robert Peel’s reforms 30 years later. He also argued for the rights of women, for homosexuality to be legalised.A notable eccentric, Bentham called his walking stick Dapple, his teapot Dickey, and kept an elderly cat named The Reverend Sir John Langbourne.But it was his loathing of the church which he described as ‘nonsense on stilts’ which led him to donating his organs to medical science and insisting his body be placed on public display. 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. The mourning ring The mourning ring It might be considered the ultimate memento mori to have your body wired and stuffed so you can be wheeled out at parties after death.But eccentric philosopher Jeremy Bentham went a step further in ensuring that his friends did not forget him by bequeathing rings containing his bust in silhouette and strands of hair.The social reformer who died in 1832, began making plans for his legacy from the age of 21, insisting his body be preserved as an ‘auto-icon’ and leaving a list of 26 individuals who were to receive a special mourning ring.University College London (UCL) where Bentham’s body remains on display, has managed to track down six of the rings, but is hunting for the missing 20.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The silhouette portraits of Bentham were created by the artist John Field, who at the time was working by appointment to William IV and Queen Adelaide.“The mourning rings were probably commissioned by Bentham in 1822, when he had his silhouette painted by Field,” said Dr Tim Causer, UCL Bentham Project.“We also know that on 2 November 1822 Bentham’s secretary took some of his hair to Field and his partner John Miers for the rings,” said Dr Tim Causer, UCL Bentham Project. read more

first_imgToday, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Mining Indaba, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources stood together to engage with the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI). Collectively, the industry bodies represented say they “are pleased to have had the opportunity to engage with the AMI and to include their views in the discussions taking place at the world’s biggest mining conference. ““We are pleased to be engaging with the AMI and the communities it represents. To enable true engagement in the mining industry and to work towards a sustainable future, Mining Indaba believes in bringing together all stakeholders,” said Mining Indaba MD, Alex Grose.The Mining Indaba, under the guidance of its Advisory Board, has over the past two years spent a lot of time and effort to truly engage with all the mining community. “Our goal is to deliver a world-class event, but also to create a platform for ongoing engagement between different groups,” said Grose. Following the acceptance of the memorandum from the AMI last year, there has been extensive engagement with the organisation. As a result, Mining Indaba has made a number of changes to its agenda. These include sustainability-focused content included for the full duration of the event, with the Sustainability Day given more prominence. Community voices have been incorporated throughout the program. In addition, a group of AMI delegates attended the Sustainability Day yesterday.Grose reiterates the true purpose of the event: “Mining Indaba is a platform for engagement. We value the views of all stakeholders in the industry and will continue to work with all parties to help facilitate dialogue between communities, mining companies, governments, investors and others”.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian media organisations are being urged to recruit more journalists from new and emerging migrant communities in a bid to combat “thinly-veiled racism and misrepresentation in mainstream media”.The recommendation was among a series of actions proposed at the inaugural National Conference on Media, Migration and Integration, co-hosted in Melbourne last month by Africa Media Australia and the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC).“In light of recent statements from new ABC boss Michelle Guthrie to create more diversity at the national broadcaster, it may be the right time for commercial media to realise that it’s imperative for their viability that they address the diversity issue,” said the NEMBC’s chief executive officer, Russell Anderson, adding that diversity in the media is about more than just representation on the screen and in newspapers.“It’s about the stories that get told, the issues that get covered, the voices that get heard. It’s about creating a range of voices, accents, languages, and, most importantly, values,” he said.The two-day event was opened by Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott and featured presentations by some of Australia’s most influential social justice campaigners, including World Vision CEO Tim Costello, chairman of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission John Searle, and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich.Among the recommendations for increasing accurate representation of migrant communities were the appointment of a diversity officer, running regular forums to maintain communication between media and new migrant communities, the creation of social media forums to promote multicultural media representation, and training existing journalists on diversity and cultural competency, among various others.Africa Media Australia’s Clyde Sharady said that while most of the recommendations had been proposed before, highlighting them again would help media bosses overcome “the culture of thinly-veiled racism and misrepresentation” that often clouds their coverage of new and emerging migrant communities, often hindering the perception of them.“Most of these actions have been proposed before, but to have them all laid out as a single blueprint provides a ground-breaking opportunity for media organisations that really care about equality and social justice to start addressing these issues in a coherent way,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more