Stronger Protocols for food safety coming for TCI says Minister Ewing

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Apr 2015 – As the planet marks World Health Day today, the Department of Environmental Health and Department of Agriculture teamed up for a food safety workshop; this time on the island of South Caicos. The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Premier Rufus Ewing explained that this theme selected by the WHO is fitting and advised that the country will see stronger protocols for food safety: “…commitment to food safety and the protection of the health of our population will be further demonstrated in the tabling of a food safety bill to the House of Assembly within the next few weeks. This food safety legislation, once enacted will strengthen our capacity to educate and certify food handlers in the safe production and preparation of food, the early detection of potentially contaminated foods and rapid interventions thereby reducing the risk of illness, death and major disease outbreaks that can have devastating health and economic consequences.” According to the World Health Organization, unsafe food and water are linked to the deaths of an estimated two million people annually, including children. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:food safety, premier rufus ewing, world health day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

Water contact closure issued for Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge after rainfall

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Imperial Beach, Weather FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 27, 2018 Water contact closure issued for Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge after rainfall February 27, 2018 South County beaches closedSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — County environmental health officials closed ocean areas near the U.S.-Mexico border to swimming Tuesday and warned people to avoid contact with the water in other areas due to the recent rain.The Department of Environmental Health issued a water contact closure for the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage flows from the Tijuana River. The area from the border to the end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach is affected.The access road to Friendship Park may also be contaminated by the sewage, according to the county.Signs warning against swimming will remain in place until testing indicates the water is safe for recreation.Elsewhere in the county, swimmers and surfers should avoid entering the water for 72 hours after rainfall due to urban runoff that can contain large amounts of bacteria, officials said.A storm system moving through Southern California may mean more rainfall for the San Diego region on Tuesday. The storm is set to move east Tuesday night, but another storm will move through the region Friday and Saturday and bring with it more precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Sue Hendee Receives WOWs 2019 School Staff Recognition Award

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from We’re One Wilmington:Congratulations to Sue Hendee, Shawsheen School Physical Education Teacher, for being selected as the 2019 WOW School Staff Recognition Award recipient. Winners are selected annually from nominations submitted by school staff and WOW members. Winners demonstrate a commitment to community service by going above and beyond the expectations of their job to incorporate the concept of community service into their classrooms or the Wilmington school system.Sue organizes the Wilmington Kids Pan Mass Challenge, which is a huge undertaking. This year alone roughly $20,000 was raised to fight cancer. This is in addition to riding the adult Pan Mass Challenge herself – a rigorous 2-day bike-a-thon.Sue is also well-known as the WHS Varsity Girls soccer coach. In addition to her coaching role, she spearheads a collaborative fundraising effort with Stoneham High School (boys and girls soccer teams from both schools participate), which raises money for Breast Cancer Research.These are just two of many examples of why Sue is so deserving of this award.Thank you to Sue for the countless hours of time spent – above and beyond what would ever be expected – to spread the spirit of community service throughout our school system!Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass. Girls Soccer Coaches Association’s Program Of Excellence AwardIn “Sports”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: District Honors WHS Girls Soccer Coach Sue HendeeIn “Education”Wilmington High’s Diana Hill & Mary Lou McDonough Receive WOW’s School Staff Recognition AwardIn “Education”last_img read more

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal agrees to step down as chairman

first_imgNaresh Goyal of Jet AirwaysReutersIn a major development, Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal has agreed to step down as the chairman of the beleaguered airline. After months of deliberation, the exit of Naresh Goyal would allow the board to go ahead with the debt restructuring plan of the cash-strapped airline.According to Reuters, Goyal’s decision to step down as chairman comes a day after an urgent meeting of lenders with Goyal and Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas. The parties discussed various issues between two promoters as well as lenders and Etihad.As per the plan, a part of debt would be converted to long term equity-like instruments. Moreover, rescheduling of loans is also on cards which would help the debt-laden airline to repay its past loans.The plan also includes an allotment of 11.4 crore shares to the lenders which would eventually make them the largest shareholder. During the meeting, Goyal, who holds 51 per cent stake in the airline, proposed to step down to save one of India’s biggest private airlines. A Jet Airways passenger plane (Reuters)Reuters/Punit Paranjpe/FilesMeanwhile, Eithad, which owns a minority stake of 24 per cent in Jet Airways, continues to be reluctant on infusing funding of about Rs 7 billion to the airline. Since last few months, Jet Airways is burdened with a billion dollars in debt.The airline has defaulted on its loan repayments multiple times recently. As a result, it hasn’t paid its paid pilots, leasing firms and suppliers for months. The non-payment of debt has forced the lessors to ground more than a dozen of its planes this month. In fact in a filing to the exchanges earlier today, Jet informed that six additional aircraft has been grounded for the same reason.Bloomberg has reported the representatives from Jet Airways and Etihad was told by the lenders that they would need to inject equity to maintain their shareholding and stabilize its operations. But minority stakeholder, Etihad proposed stringent terms and conditions which were not acceptable to lenders; the discussion is yet to reach a conclusion.It is to be noted that the debt restructuring plan is still at a nascent stage and would need the consent of at least 66 per cent of the lenders before State Bank of India led consortium can do something substantial.last_img read more

Rohingya child refugees suffer malnutrition UNICEF

first_imgFile PhotoMalnutrition, poor sanitary conditions and diseases in refugee settlements is potentially catastrophic for Rohingya children who have fled Myanmar, UNICEF warns.It has found many children both in camps and among new arrivals ‘severely acutely malnourished’.”Some children are close to death by the time they make it across the border,” the UN body said in a news release issued simultaneously from Geneve, New York and Dhaka on Friday.”We are working to get a clear understanding on the extent of acute malnutrition among Rohingya child refugees,” it said.UNICEF mentioned that a nutrition survey is underway which will provide data in November.However, according to its screening at the border on 16-18 October, 33 out of 340 children screed, were found to be severely acutely malnourished. Its purpose was to identify children who needed immediate, life-saving treatment, UNICEF said.Screening conducted on sick children who were brought to a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic reportedly found 14 severely acutely malnourished cases among 103 children.So far, UNICEF and partners had screened 59,604 children among refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh since 25 August, and identified 1,970 as severely acutely malnourished , and 6,971 as moderately acutely malnourished.These numbers roughly correspond to the pre-crisis malnutrition rates – which were already above the emergency threshold – 21.2 perr cent global acute malnutrition and 3.6 per cent severe acute malnutrition, according to a survey conducted in May 2017 in makeshift settlements.In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, malnutrition rates in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, where the vast majority of refugees come from, were also already above emergency thresholds.”Since 25 August, we have had to stop treating 4,000 children with severe acute malnutrition in northern Rakhine because we have had no access,” UNICEF said.last_img read more

Indian Streamer Alt Balaji Notches 20 Million Subscribers in Crowded OTT Market

first_img Lionsgate Play Launching in India With Vodafone Idea Popular on Variety Launched in 2017, Alt has consistently managed to stay within the top percentile in a crowded market of more than 30 OTT players, including Disney’s Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Eros Now, Zee5, Viacom 18’s Voot, Sony’s Liv and the Times Group’s MX Player. Related Indian streamer Alt Balaji has notched more than 20 million paid subscribers as of the end of the first quarter of 2019, building a customer base by keeping prices low and courting viewers outside the big cities.While the top five metropolitan areas account for 55% of India’s OTT users, Tier 1 cities account for another 36%, according to a study released in June by Counterpoint Research. Alt Balaji, a division of Balaji Telefilms, has made inroads in this market, and its subscribers are likely to hit 25 million when its next quarterly results are announced.“We are in mass Hindi-speaking India,” Nachiket Pantvaidya, Group COO of Balaji Telefilms and CEO of Alt Balaji, told Variety. “We want people in Surat, Ranchi, Raipur to watch us. We want people in rural India to watch us.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “We are finding our feet, collecting the data, surviving the initial tough years in a market which is filled with Goliaths who are probably outspending us” by 20 to 1, Pantvaidya said.A recent PwC report projects the Indian OTT market to grow 22.6% annually, more than double the global rate. Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana Share Best Actor Prize at India’s Film Awards Part of Alt’s popularity stems from pricing, in a market that is extremely sensitive to it. A 12-month Alt package costs INR 300 ($4.25), compared to Hotstar and Amazon’s $14. Netflix’s cheapest plan is $2.88 per month. “If you have to address mass India, you have to be as near free as possible,” Pantvaidya said.Alt currently has 41 originals on tap, with 60 more Hindi-language shows in the works being co-created in a recently announced partnership with Zee5, whose 76 million monthly active users will get access to Alt content. Alt’s aim is to reach a critical mass of 100 shows.Men account for 79% of all Indian OTT users, according to Counterpoint Research, in part because their tastes beyond sports and news are not catered to as much on regular television, especially in serialized entertainment. The streamers, including Alt, are trying to fill that gap. (Alt’s parent company, Balaji Telefilms, has had a stranglehold on the female-skewing Hindi-language soap opera market for 25 years, with top soaps on general entertainment channels Colors, Star Plus and Zee.)Inevitably, some of the content for the male market tends to be racy, like Alt’s wildly popular “Gandii Baat,” now in its third season. But Pantvaidya said that raciness was not the show’s point. “If you take ‘Gandii Baat,’ for example, it is stories about rural India,” he said. “Five people sitting in the city will not find it to their taste because it doesn’t appeal to them, but it reflects the real lives of a lot of people. It explores sexuality in a world that typical city folks don’t understand.”Non-racy shows like “Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain” and the gay-themed “Romil & Jugal” are also popular streams on Alt.Alt’s annual production budget ranges between $14 million to $21 million. The group should be in the black this year, and Alt’s aim of breaking even within 36 to 48 months of launch is on track. For further growth, billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, which owns a 24.9% stake in Balaji Telefilms, could prove a powerful ally.last_img read more

Knots and stitches

first_imgThe 29th edition of India Carpet Expo showcases more than 275 reputed manufacturer exporters from all over country like – U.P., Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh etc. A record number of 450 overseas carpet buyers from around 57 countries mainly USA, Germany, France, UK, Turkey, Brazil, China, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Korea, European Union Countries etc shall be visiting the expo to generate business for this rural based cottage sector. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event is organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council of India (CEPC) setup by Ministry of Textiles government o?f India. CEPC was established to promote the exports of hand-made / hand-knotted carpets and other floor coverings. CEPC therefore, helps in skill enhancement of weavers, artisans, entrepreneurs, strengthening base in existing markets, identifying potential markets, educating about government policies and its compliances, providing financial assistance for brand building of Indian hand-made carpets, through publicity, participating in world renowned trade fairs and expositions.Where: Hall no. 8- 11, Pragati MaidanWhen: March 27 – 30last_img read more

At 83 Donald Rumsfeld Takes a Shot at App Development

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » All’s fair in politics and war … but what about card games?For Winston Churchill, the same rules apparently applied: #NeverGiveIn.In a bizarre twist, this phrase now serves as the tagline for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s inaugural mobile game Churchill Solitaire, which he created in partnership with a team of coders.Related: 6 Lessons in How to Build a Successful App“I’ve done business, politics, and war,” the 83-year-old wrote in a blog post announcing its release. “Now I’m trying my hand at mobile gaming.”Churchill Solitaire is essentially a more challenging version of the traditional card game. In place of a single deck players use two decks, and work with 10 rows of cards rather than the typical seven. Churchill played the game during World War II to sharpen his strategic thinking skills, according to Rumsfeld. In Rumsfeld’s app, there are varying levels and difficulties as players move up the ranks. Created for the most cunning of minds, a series of rules and limitations make the game especially challenging. For example, if the player doesn’t make a move in 30 seconds, he’s forced to surrender.The game’s “diabolical rules,” Rumsfeld says, are what “make it the hardest game of solitaire — and probably the most challenging and strategic game of logic or puzzle — I’ve ever played.”Rumsfeld said he learned the card game from one of the Churchill’s former proteges, André de Staercke, during a plane ride in the 1970s. Staercke had learned the game from Churchill himself.Until recent years, only a few people knew about the game and even fewer were able to find their way to victory.Inspired to share the tradition, Rumsfeld and his wife worked with a team of developers to perfect the game. The non-profit endeavor took years to build after the Churchill family gave the project their blessing. All profits will go to charity. However, a free version is available in the Apple Store for both iPhones and iPads.The motivation for the app, Rumsfeld wrote, was best explained by Staercke himself.“As my friend Andre de Staercke once put it to me, ‘What one needs in life are the pessimism of intelligence and the optimism of will,’ Rumsfeld wrote. “Play a couple hands of Churchill Solitaire, and you’ll know precisely what he meant.”Related: Lessons for the New CEO From 5 Great Leaders of HistoryA previous version of this story misidentified Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of State. Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense. January 26, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more