TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Thursday morning, media insider John Ourand revealed ESPN is making a significant change to its College Football Playoff national title game broadcast from last year and college football fans are not happy – to say the least.One of the highlights from last year’s title game revolved around the “Coaches Film Room” where current and former head coaches broke down the action. ESPN will reportedly replace the “Coaches Film Room” with the “MNF Film Room” featuring Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Jason Witten and Todd McShay.Here’s the news from John Ourand.Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Jason Witten and Todd McShay will call Monday’s Alabama-Clemson CFP Championship on ESPNews. The “MNF Film Room” will replace the “Coaches Film Room” this year. ($) https://t.co/0tmWpQe209 ($)— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 3, 2019ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew drew heavy criticism during the NFL season, so it’s not surprising to see college football fans show their angst with the Worldwide Leader’s latest decision.Alabama and Clemson will meet in the title game yet again. The Tigers sport a true freshman quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, while the Tide take the field with the Heisman Trophy-runner-up Tua Tagovailoa.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday night.
Guests at many of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Parks can learn more about the province’s diverse landscape, natural history, and culture through this year’s parks education program. “We encourage Nova Scotians and visitors to stay at our provincial parks and participate in programs that showcase our province’s natural environment,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “This is also a great chance to enjoy opportunities for outdoor recreation. We want to make sure that guests of our provincial parks have an unforgettable experience.” The purpose of the parks education program is to strengthen the connection between park visitors and their natural surroundings by raising awareness and appreciation of Nova Scotia’s natural environment. The program is meant to increase interest in environmental stewardship. This summer, parks education programs are planned for 16 camping parks throughout the province. Guests staying at provincial parks and members of surrounding communities can take part in a variety of programs related to natural resources and cultural history, outdoor skills and healthy pursuits. The programs include wildlife, geology, nature walks, hikes, stargazing, survival skills, Mi’kmaq and Gaelic culture, and geocaching. The following provincial camping parks will hold parks education programs: Amherst Shore, Caribou-Munroes Island, Dollar Lake, Five Islands, Porters Lake, Smileys, Blomidon, Ellenwood Lake, Graves Island, Rissers Beach, The Islands, Thomas Raddall, Valleyview, Battery, Mira, and Whycocomagh. Information on parks education programs including locations, dates and times for events, is available in the education events section at www.novascotiaparks.ca .
New Delhi: Apple plans to set up up to three brick-and-mortar outlets in India besides an online store as the iPhone maker looks to further cement its position in one of the world’s largest smartphone markets.According to sources privy to the development, Apple has conveyed to the government its plans to set up physical as well as an online store, in line with its ‘global experience’ centres for Apple-branded products.The move comes at a time when global smartphone manufacturers have reiterated their commitment to the Indian market and are looking to significantly ramp up their manufacturing capabilities in the country. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalApple, which works with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron in India, currently makes iPhone 6S and 7 here. One of the sources said Apple is looking at assembling more models in the country. Apple did not respond to a query on this issue.In a major push to single-brand retail, the government last week had relaxed FDI norms, offering players more flexibility on local sourcing norms. It also did away a provision that required companies to mandatorily set up a brick-and-mortar store before getting into online retail trading. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFollowing the announcement, Apple had said it is keen on offering online and in-store experiences to Indian users that are at par with its global standards and aims to open its maiden retail store in India.While the company has remained mum on the locations of its stores, reports suggest that Mumbai could become home to India’s maiden Apple retail store.India is looking to galvanise smartphone manufacturing and position itself as a global hub, dishing out incentives to sweeten the deal for international brands. Amid growing concerns around US-China trade war, India now has an opportunity to woo companies that had so far concentrated their manufacturing operations in China.The government has been engaged in a dialogue with key players to understand their concerns and requirements.A recent report by industry body IAMAI had pointed out that India’s mobile manufacturing lacks scale and depth despite its ambition to become global production hub, and the country needs to “think big” by manufacturing at scale, producing high-end phones, and incentivising exports.The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) report had also noted that the global handsets market is worth about USD 467 billion (about Rs 32 lakh crore), and this demand is being met almost entirely by China, Vietnam, South Korea and Taiwan.The same report stated that in 2018-19, India exported mobile handsets worth USD 1.4 billion compared to USD 2.7 billion in 2012-13.The production of mobile handsets had reached 225 million units in 2017-18 and India has the potential to manufacture one billion handsets annually, it had said.
(A teepee is sitting at the foot of Parliament Hill, not where organizers wanted it further up towards the Peace Tower, in the heart of Canada 150 celebrations.) Mark Blackburn APTN National NewsAs rain poured down, Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail addressed the media outside a teepee set up at the foot of Parliament Hill, on unceded Algonquin territory, the day after a run in with RCMP and Hill security staff.“You have been speaking for 524 years,” Wabano-Iahtail told the reporter, and to Canadians. “It’s our turn to talk and it’s time for you to listen.”At times, Iahtail is having to speak over rehearsals on a giant stage set up for the Canada Day concert set for Saturday up at the top of the hill, where the group wanted to erect the teepee.Moments before Wabano-Iahtail’s interview, her group abruptly ended a news conference after being “disrespected” by a member of the national media, and where she declared a state of emergency over the state of Indigenous communities in Canada.“We’re declaring a state of crisis in what’s happening here in what you know as Canada, that there is a hunt taking place on our Indigenous human beings,” she said. The agenda of the news conference covered water, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and Canada’s 150 celebrations.(Johnny Wabigwan, from Thessalon First Nation, is in handcuffs at a detainment tent on Parliament Hill. Photo: Jorge Barrera/APTN)Most on the podium at the news conference went face to face with the RCMP and Parliament Hill security Wednesday night and into the wee hours Thursday as they marched onto the Hill to set up the teepee.For a couple hours the teepee poles were physically stopped by Parliament Hill security officers, who are now overseen by the RCMP.The Hill security officers clung to the front end of the poles held aloft by supporters of the Bawating water protectors who drove down from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., to launch the ceremonial action.Ten people were arrested during the clash.(Brendan Nahwegezhic outside the teepee on Parliament Hill. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN) “We had to fight to celebrate our traditions,” said Brendan Nahwegezhic from Batchewana First Nation, near Sault Ste Marie. “I had to explain this to the RCMP. We were met with conflict … we did not mean any harm. I hear about equality all the time, but where is it? People in our communities are living in poverty.”On Saturday at 4 p.m., as hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood downtown Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day, the teepee is going to be moved.“With hundreds of thousands of people, settler people in this area, it’s going to be really dangerous to be Indigenous on Canada day,” said Freddy Stoneypost from Sagamok Anishnawbek. “Especially in downtown Ottawa.”Officials have not told the group that there are threats – Stoneypost said as a group they felt it was best to leave Parliament Hill.He said it will be replaced.“It’s called a Die-in,” he said. “It’s kind of like a human installation, human performance art.”(Candace Day Neveau at a news conference on Parliament Hill Thursday. “How can I celebrate Canada 150? She asked. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN) Candace Day Neveau, who was part of the group who fought to get the teepee on the hill, said the government had an opportunity to get the Canada 150 celebrations right by making reconciliation a big part of July 1 celebrations.“How can I celebrate Canada 150 when our children live like they do?” asked Day Neveau. “Celebrating Canada 150 is hard because of what has happened to our people … we will be celebrating Indigenous people who are pushing back.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on Prince Edward Island Thursday.The push to get a teepee on Parliament Hill comes a week after the federal Liberals announced that it is taking the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to federal court to “clarify” rulings ordering the government to comply with its demands to fix the First Nation child welfare system.Speaking at a curling rink packed with Islanders, Trudeau said he recognizes that Indigenous Canadians may not be celebrating in the same way as others across the country.Trudeau told the crowd in Montague that “the history of the last 150 years for Indigenous peoples has not been as positive.”A ceremony is planned for Thursday 6 p.m. at the teepee.-with files from the Canadian Press
“Almost 60 countries – most of them in Africa – face such critical shortages of health workers that they cannot provide basic health care to all their people,” Mr. Ban said at the Global Forum for Human Resources in Health, which expects over 1,000 government leaders and experts to meet under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO).In his statement to the gathering, Mr. Ban emphasized the crucial part that health care plays in economic development and in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to reduce extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015.“I appreciate that the issues are complex,” he said, maintaining that the crisis in the world’s health workforce requires different stakeholders to take action in a range of areas – migration, development, education, finance and more. However, he pointed to renewed momentum throughout the international community to tackle large challenges in health care, as well as advances in knowledge. “We have the resources and the know-how,” he concluded: “Let us work together, with coherent and coordinated action, to translate commitments into protected livelihoods and saved lives.” The first Global Forum for Human Resources in Health will run through 7 March. 3 March 2008The time has come to focus on supporting and retaining health workers – “the true lifesavers in the society of every nation”– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the first-ever world forum on the topic, which convened in Kampala, Uganda, today.
“Sexual violence against women is not cultural, it’s criminal. It’s not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. It’s for both men and women to make sure that women have the right to their body,” Margot Wallström, a Swedish politician with a long history in defending women’s rights, told a news briefing in New York, citing the need to end impunity as a priority area. “Women carry half the sky, so they have to be valued that way.”Ms. Wallström was introduced by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro who said the new appointment was “a major step” towards protecting civilians subjected to sexual violence not only in conflict but also in post-conflict situations.“Ending sexual violence in conflict situations remains a top priority for the Secretary-General who has called for increased actions by the international community to prevent violence, to protect individuals, to punish perpetrators, and to provide redress to victims,” she added.Today’s presentation came just a day after the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that more than 8,000 women were raped in the DRC during fighting between warring factions last year. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told the briefing that such abuse was occurring not just in the DRC. “In most of our missions we have this extremely serious question of sexual violence,” he said.In the DRC the UN is combating the scourge by developing a greater presence on the ground, escorting women going to market or fetching firewood or water, developing early warning systems, and working with local mayors.“At the same time, it is not enough,” he added, noting that UN peacekeepers in all DRC numbered 20,000 soldiers while just the two war-torn eastern Kivu provinces, where most rapes occurred, had a population of 10 million people. “We cannot be behind… [every] tree.” Ms. Wallström said the DRC would be one of the first places she would visit, but cautioned that her main challenge would be living up to all the expectations put in her given the breadth of the mandate and its limited length of only two years. “We’ll also have to create some success stories if you ask me,” she added. “It is also obvious where the hotspots are, where everybody expects us to be present and to do as much as we can. Of course, the DRC is the obvious example…“I will never be able to live up to all these expectations,” she said. But, she added, “of course I feel honoured and humbled and excited. It’s a tough task and the mandate is short, two years, but it is mission irresistible to me at this moment.” 9 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict promised today a more coherent and effective battle against the scourge, citing recent mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and calling her new task “mission irresistible.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – An optimistic outlook for holiday spending from Macy’s is sending the stock market back to record levels.Macy’s led other retailers higher with a 9 per cent surge after reporting a quarterly profit that blew past Wall Street expectations. Bed, Bath & Beyond, J.C. Penney and Nordstrom also rose.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 71 points, or 0.5 per cent, to close at 15,821 points Wednesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,782. Both are record highs. It’s the 34th all-time closing high for the S&P 500 this year and the 36th for the Dow.The Nasdaq composite index gained 45 points, 1.2 per cent, to 3,965.Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2013 2:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strong holiday spending outlook from Macy’s lifts US stocks; Dow, S&P 500 back at record highs
“The Secretary-General urges all political actors to reject all forms of violence and intimidation and refrain from any action that can further disrupt the democratic process and stability in the country,” a statement issued by his spokesman said, reaffirming the UN’s commitment to continue supporting the consolidation of democracy and stabilisation in Haiti.“He strongly urges all stakeholders to work towards the peaceful completion of the electoral process without delay, through the forging of a consensual solution that will allow the people of Haiti to exercise their right to vote for the election of a new President and the remaining representatives of the new Parliament.”Tensions have been simmering since the first round of the elections in October, and Jovenel Moise from the governing party and former government executive Jude Celestin, the two top vote getters then, were set to face each other in the run-off, originally set for 27 December.According to press reports, this second round was again postponed on Friday amid violent protests and the opposition’s refusal to participate.The transfer of power to a new president is constitutionally mandated to take place on 7 February.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping operation, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), since 2004. With more than 4,500 troops and police deployed currently deployed in Haiti, its mandate has evolved over the years from supporting a transitional government to embracing earthquake recovery and facilitating the political process.
Cutlery which delivers an electric shock to change the taste of food could help cut down salt in fast food, researchers have said. Scientists have developed a pair of chopsticks, that can make food taste saltier, sour or bitter without the need for extra seasoning.They are also working on a spoon and fork that could make food taste spicier or sweeter.This “digital seasoning” technology could allow diners to tinker with the taste of their food as they eat so it suits them.It could also help food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce the amount of salt they put into food without compromising taste.The utensils work by delivering pulses of electricity to the tip of the tongue to stimulate the taste buds.Dr Nimesha Ranasinghe, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maine who led the work on the electric cutlery, said:”This technology is aimed at overlaying a virtual taste sensation. Depending on the food or beverage, it will augment the flavor.”For example, when we eat mashed potato by applying an additional layer of electric salt, the overall flavor is enhanced.”Some Chinese takeaway food and ready meals were recently found to contain up to 11 times more salt than a bag of crisps – more than half an adults daily allowance. Salt is known to be linked to serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. 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. Dr Ranasinghe said: “We have some early findings of simulating sweetness, a mint-cool sensation and hot or spicy sensations. But this thermal stimulation requires bulky heat sinks to accurately control.”He added further work was needed before this digital sugar and electric chilli powder could be added to utensils. The technology, which Dr Ranasinghe initially developed while at the University of Singapore, works by installing two electrodes into each chopstick or the end of a spoon.These send a weak current through the tip of the tongue when they touch it to stimulate the taste buds.By controlling the frequency, amplitude and strength of the electric current, the researchers can stimulate either sourness, saltiness and bitterness. They say up to 80% of people experience changes in saltiness and sourness with the devices and 70% can sense changes in bitterness.Dr Ranasinghe, whose work is published in the journal Food Research International, initially developed a fork that could replicate saltiness but has since developed a spoon, chopsticks and a soup bowl that can trigger all three tastes.He said he was also working on ways of replicating sweetness and spiciness by rapidly heating and cooling the tongue.It could lead to a spoon that allows desserts to taste sweet while having lower sugar levels or a fork that can give a curry extra heat without the need for extra chillies. But using a pair of electric chopsticks could help cut salt levels without leaving it tasting bland, said Dr Ranasinghe.
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. “Lots of older people used to cook tinned tuna and mushroom soup in a pasta bake.”She said that canned food may be “unfashionable” now as younger people want “fresh, gorgeous instagrammable envy food to show off to your friends. It doesn’t all have to be organic and perfect and beautiful – it can be functional and fun as well.”“We want to strip back the snobbery and elitism of it as well – the intimidating veneer that is put through in cookery. You can just pop a couple of cans, pour it into a pot, stir it, flavour it and there’s your dinner.“Cooking has become this whole lifestyle thing but it should be fun and I want to make it fun again.” “There’s no food waste as you’re using the entire tin, no plastic waste as you can recycle tins endlessly, and it saves time.”I’ve been living off tinned food while writing this book for the last month and I feel wonderful.”Ms Monroe claims she is the first to write a book of recipes made from tinned food since Ambrose Heath in 1939, who wrote Good Dishes From Tinned Foods.Indeed, many of her older readers have delighted in sending her recipes passed down through their families.She said: “I’ve had lots of recipes given to me from nans who have their own ways of with tins that they’ve cooked over the years. It has fallen out of favour now though. Chefs and cooks are too snobby about tinned food, a writer has said as she prepares to publish the first canned food recipe book since 1939.Award-winning writer and cook Jack Monroe has called on cooks across the country to re-examine the humble tin, arguing that the contents can be just as healthy and delicious as fresh food – and much cheaper.Her new book, Tin Can Cook, is full of surprising recipes made entirely from tinned food and a handful of store-cupboard ingredients including curry powder, garlic paste, lazy ginger and frozen onions.She told the Sunday Telegraph: “There’s a lot of snobbery around tinned food but I want to lift the lid on it and show people you can make really good meals out of it.”We are emphasising that cookery doesn’t have to be this elitist or fashionable thing you’re sold on television.”It’s about looking at what’s in your cupboards and knocking something together – that’s what it’s about for most people.”Recipes she has cooked up include a cannelini bean beurre blanc, which she says is “delicious made with cider if you don’t have wine. The main ingredient is a dash of vinegar and a can of beans.” She also raves about beef bourguignon made with canned stewed steak. Another surprising recipe she tried, which worked, is roasted tinned potatoes. She said: “I roasted tinned potatoes, they’re really nice, they get really fluffy because they’re pre-cooked. You just need to use really hot fat.”The food writer, who became an expert in thrifty cooking when falling on hard times meant she became a food bank user, has a blog that is read by millions who want to know how to cook good, healthy family meals for pennies per portion.She argued: “There’s a lot of myths in tinned food – it’s quite surprising, tinned potatoes are a really good source of vitamin C, and tinned sardines give you your full daily allowance of vitamin B12, tinned fruit and veg is just as nutritious for you as fresh. Tinned tomatoes contain more lycopene. Because of the canning mechanism it retains nutrients.