Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first round

first_imgMaria Sharapova has the second-best record among active players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart at the Australian Open.The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena on Monday and needed only 63 minutes to advance.In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she’s acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player’s title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova’s double-faults.That was the only real blemish in Sharapova’s stats: She hit 20 winners and won five of her five points at the net.Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.Asked if she felt sorry for her young, beaten rival, Sharapova, who lost in the first round at Wimbledon last year, said: “There’s no time for that when you’re playing the first round of a Grand Slam.”Among players who’ve played at least 10 majors, only 23-time major winner Serena Williams (.986) started the tournament with a better ratio.advertisementUp next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.Among the other seeded players advancing were No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, who beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-1, 6-4, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Sharapova was one of five Australian Open titlists to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1. Rafael Nadal, who won his only Australian title in 2009, was set to play James Duckworth, followed by 2016 winner Angelique Kerber against Polona Hercog.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki was scheduled to play Alison Van Utyvanck to start the night session, followed by six-time Australian champion Roger Federer’s match against Denis Istomin.Also Read | Tennis going to be hot at Australian OpenAlso Read | Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie MauresmoAlso Read | India do not have the system in place to produce singles players: Prajnesh Gunneswaranlast_img read more

Butland out of England v Germany with broken finger

first_imgEngland Butland breaks finger to add to England injury woes Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 06:49 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JackButland - cropped Getty Images England Germany Friendlies England v Germany The Stoke City goalkeeper was reportedly set to start the Three Lions’ friendly against Germany but will instead sit out with an injury England’s Jack Butland has withdrawn from the squad for Friday’s friendly against Germany after suffering a broken finger in training.The Stoke City goalkeeper had been widely tipped to start the game against the world champions at Wembley but now adds to a lengthy injury list for boss Gareth Southgate.England 12/5 to draw with Germany Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tottenham trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks, Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson have all withdrawn from the squad through injury since being selected.Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater declined a call-up on fitness grounds.Southgate has announced Eric Dier will captain the Three Lions in the absence of his Spurs colleagues.bit of luck wouldn’t go a miss, but can’t keep me down for long! be back soon— Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) November 9, 2017Butland, who has returned to Stoke to be assessed by his club’s medical staff, sustained a broken ankle when England faced Germany in March 2016.That injury and multiple further complications kept the 24-year-old out of action for more than a year but he has been an ever present for Mark Hughes’ side in the Premier League this season.last_img read more

NMIA Employees to Benefit from Training

first_img Several employees of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) will benefit from training opportunities under the 25-year concession agreement that the Government has signed with Mexican entity – Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B De C.V. (GAP), for the operation of the facility. “We will begin the process of looking for the best professionals in the coming months. Our [intention] is that these professionals will spend at least one year in Mexico [before returning] to Jamaica,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GAP, Raul Revuelta Musalem. Story Highlights Several employees of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) will benefit from training opportunities under the 25-year concession agreement that the Government has signed with Mexican entity – Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B De C.V. (GAP), for the operation of the facility.“We will begin the process of looking for the best professionals in the coming months. Our [intention] is that these professionals will spend at least one year in Mexico [before returning] to Jamaica,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GAP, Raul Revuelta Musalem.He was speaking at the recent signing of the agreement at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).Mr. Musalem said GAP intends to expose the employees to a broad range of training programmes with a view to equipping them with the expertise to operate seamlessly under the NMIA’s new management arrangements.“We really believe in the talent of the Jamaican people, and we believe that [those] who will [manage] the airport’s operations over the medium [to] long term will be Jamaican professionals,” he noted.Mr. Musalem said GAP, which has over 20 years of experience in managing airports, is aware of the social importance of these facilities in spurring economic growth.He noted that the NMIA will be central to GAP’s international business strategy, and that the entity is committed to transforming the airport into a first-class facility characterised by operational efficiency and sustainability that is repositioned as a gateway to new, high-connectivity open markets.The CEO pointed out that GAP will follow seven guiding principles as the NMIA’s new operator.These, he outlined, include developing a strong customer-service culture, incorporating new technologies, boosting overall operations, forging solid public- and private-sector partnerships, increased connectivity between NMIA and other principal global air hubs, and environmental sustainability.Mr. Musalem said GAP, which operates 13 other international airports – 12 in Mexico, and the Sangster International Airport (SIA) in Montego Bay, the latter through a subsidiary since 2003, has invested more than US$1.2 billion in these facilities over the past 20 years.The investment, he pointed out, has positioned GAP as one of the fastest growing airport groups of its size globally, adding that the facilities under its management processed 40.7 million passengers in 2017.The CEO said GAP’s investment of US$191 million to acquire a 74.5 per cent stake in SIA represented the largest for an entity outside Mexico.“This investment showed GAP’s confidence in the long-term potential of the Jamaican economy and our trust in the Government’s policies,” he noted.Under the NMIA concession agreement, GAP will be responsible for improving the airport’s land and air operational efficiency and financing, and completing a modernisation programme, at an estimated cost of over U$110 million.Additionally, the Government will receive a guaranteed percentage of the airport’s gross revenues.GAP, which emerged as the preferred of three bidders, inclusive of two consortia of foreign and local investors, has the option to extend the arrangements by five years.The entity’s selection followed the public opening and evaluation and Cabinet’s subsequent approval in September of the submissions received by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in July.The transaction value for GAP’s bid totals over US$2 billion.Noting that GAP wants to become a “key partner” of Jamaica, Mr. Musalem said the entity anticipates a “solid and long-lasting relationship”, with the Government assured that “we will work with passion for the transformation of the airport into an efficient and modern gateway for Kingston”. He was speaking at the recent signing of the agreement at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).last_img read more

Brazils Neymar out of Copa America after tearing ankle ligament

first_imgBrasilia: Superstar Neymar was ruled out of the Copa America Thursday after tearing his right ankle ligament during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar. “Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will neither be fit nor have time to recuperate sufficiently to participate” in the tournament, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement. The injury to the world’s most expensive footballer is a big blow to the hosts’ preparations for South American continental championship, which begins in just over a week’s time. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun A distraught-looking Neymar was seen covering his face with his hands as he sat on the bench after hobbling from the field in the 20th minute at Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha Stadium on Wednesday night. A large ice pack had been strapped to the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s lower right leg while two members of Brazil’s support staff carried him from the pitch. The injury comes just nine days before Brazil’s opening Copa America game against Bolivia. Minutes after Richarlison had opened the scoring in the 17th minute, Neymar was substituted with the CBF saying he had suffered “a ligament rupture at the level of the right ankle”. With Neymar ruled out, the host nation face an uphill battle to win South America’s continental championship for the first time since 2007.last_img read more

Water crisis DMK warns of jail bharo stir in TN

first_imgChennai: Upping the ante against the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu for “inefficient handling” of the water scarcity in the state, DMK president M K Stalin on Monday led a massive protest here and lambasted Chief Minister K Palaniswami for attempting to downplay the crisis. ‘Yagams’ (elaborate ritualistic worships) that AIADMK leaders are conducting are to save their positions in the government and not to please the rain gods, said Stalin, while also warning of a massive ‘jail bharo’ stir if the government failed to solve the state-wide water crisis. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAIADMK leader D Jayakumar, however, asserted that the protest would get no support from the people. Joining the DMK workers at the protest, Stalin dramatically raised an empty pot and asked, “Kudam Inge Kudineer Enge?” (Pot is here, where is the drinking water)?” “The government has scarcity of funds, schemes, jobs, industries, justice, law and order, now include water. But Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani are not bothered,” the DMK chief said addressing a large group of his party cadres. “This is the situation in Tamil Nadu. The state government, which is on the Centre’s clutches, has not taken any initiative to avert such a situation,” he alleged.last_img read more

Special weather statement issued for the BC Peace

first_imgThis was the second such incident of a funnel cloud being photographed near Fort St. John in the past month after another such cloud was photographed over Charlie Lake on the July long weekend.Erven explained that funnel clouds are much more common than tornadoes, adding that while the region’s weather pattern means that if such clouds touch down to become tornadoes, they are often much weaker than those seen on the Great Plains, causing little damage. Erven explained that the region could see rainfall totals of between 40 and 80 millimetres over the next two to 3 days. Communities along the eastern slopes of the Rockies such as Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge are likely to see those higher amounts.However, she said that communities like Fort St. John and Dawson Creek won’t be immune from seeing over 40 mm, as the system will cause bands of moisture to wrap around the area of low pressure, bringing rain and possible thunderstorms to the area from the southeast.Erven added that areas of higher terrain, which includes the Pine Pass could see total rainfall amounts exceed 100 mm.Erven said that the ridge of high pressure that has brought high temperatures to Southern B.C. and Southern Alberta over the past few days will increase the likelihood of more thunderstorms developing over the region for the duration of the weather system.That doesn’t preclude the possibility that Fort St. John might not see some wild weather, such as a funnel cloud that was photographed during Tuesday night’s storm. UPDATE: Environment Canada has upgraded the special weather statementFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Meteorologists have issued a special weather statement for the B.C. Peace Region as an upper-level low pressure system is slated to bring heavy rain to much of Northeast B.C.Meteorologist Lisa Erven with Environment Canada says that the system is forecast to move down from the Gulf of Alaska to the central part of B.C. over the next few days before moving into the Prairies by the weekend.last_img read more

Huge volunteer support for Old Fort Residents

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Support filled the foyer at the Evangel Downtown Church last night as volunteers signed up to assist with those displaced from the Old Fort landslide.A wide range of services is being offered to help those in need, such as free meals to free legal services.Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament, and Jeff Garrison are looking to build a team of 400 volunteers to help assist those trying to move items from their homes.As of October 15, 15 boats are available for rescue and the Fort St. John Fire Fighters’ Association is committing 20 volunteers for manpower.“Everybody’s got something they can do for somebody”, stresses Garrison.Zimmer says the list will be handed over to the Peace River Regional District Emergency Operations Centre to determine where volunteers are needed most.If you wish to help out in any way possible, call 250-784-3200.last_img read more

Petro boost Alberta to invest 1B in eight years on bitumen upgrading

EDMONTON — Alberta is investing $1 billion in oilsands bitumen upgrading to get a bigger bang for the buck on its oil.Premier Rachel Notley says the money will be used for loan guarantees and grants to attract anywhere from two to five partial oil upgrading facilities — resulting in $5 billion of private investment.The project will begin in 2019 and last for eight years.The goal is to have Alberta’s thick bitumen upgraded in the province so that more of it can flow through pipelines, leading to an increase in volume and sales.It’s expected to free up 30 per cent of pipeline capacity at a time when bottlenecks are causing Alberta crude to sell at a steep discount on the North American market.The decision follows a recommendation from the government’s energy diversification advisory committee. read more

Watchdog issue warning over TV licence fraud after more than 2500 complaints

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. A TV licence fraud warning has been issued, as phishing watchdog says that scammers are mimicking emails to dupe BBC licence-fee payers.Action Fraud, the UK national fraud reporting centre, has warned of a recent surge in scam TV licence refund messages sent to thousands of email addresses.From September to October this year, more than 2,500 complaints were sent to Action Fraud notifying them of the scam. Nearly 800 of these reports occurred between September 1 and 20 – an average of 40 complaints a day.The fake emails, sent by scammers in a bid to steal bank account and personal details, claim that TV Licensing have been trying to get hold of individuals regarding a refund for an overpayment, but due to invalid account details it has not been paid.The fraudsters include links to convincing-looking cloned TV Licensing websites designed to harvest bank account and credit card details.Victims who fall for the email are asked for a lengthy list of personal and financial information, including full name, date of birth, address, phone number, mother’s maiden name and bank details.Consumer group Which?, who are monitoring the situation, has warned that scammers often add details to a ‘suckers lists’ of people who are liable to fall for a future scams, commonly sold on the dark web.A spokesman for Which? said: “It’s unclear why there has been such a sharp increase in these scam emails, but we will be keeping an eye on the situation.”If you’ve entered personal details, you need to be extra vigilant.“If you receive any suspicious emails or odd postal messaging going forward, ignore them – they could be from a scammer hoping you’ll fall for their next scam.”Keep an eye on your credit report and bank accounts – scammers can use personal information to steal your identity and open new accounts or take out credit.” read more

Prince Harry warns about dangers of unconscious racism in candid interview for

The Duke and Dr Goodall, one of the world’s most famous campaigners and primatologists, conducted a sit-down interview at the Duke’s home, with questions and answers printed in the September issue of Vogue approved and edited by his wife, Meghan. The Duchess is the first biracial woman to marry into the Royal Family, and was widely praised for embracing her dual heritage at her St George’s Chapel wedding and speaking out about diversity. Her critics have often been accused of both racism and misogyny. While she has chosen not to speak out directly on the subject recently, tactfully avoiding a question on a live Q&A panel earlier this year, her husband has now offered his impassioned views on a society in which people’s beliefs are “taught”. “What I love about your work is that you focus on the younger generation,” the Duke told Dr Goodall. “When you start to peel away all the layers, all the taught behaviour, the learned behaviour, the experienced behaviour, you start to peel all that away and at the end of the day, we’re all humans.” The Duke and Duchess of SussexCredit:Recx The Duchess of Sussex, who edited British Vogue Harry said: “But again, stigma is handed down from generation to generation, your perspective on the world and on life and on people is something that is taught to you.“It’s learned from your family, learned from the older generation, or from advertising, from your environment. “And, therefore, you have to be able to have a wider perspective. “Going back to my questions, how has what you’ve learned from chimpanzees impacted how you feel about people?” The Duchess also includes a “personal favourite” poem by Matt Haig, written about body confidence from the perspective of a beach which advises: “Let it all wash over you. Allow yourself to be just as you are.”Likely to be interpreted in part as the Duchess’ own views on heeding external criticism, it includes the line: “I am a beach. I literally don’t give a f***”. – The full interview is published in British Vogue, out on Friday, August 2nd. In an interview with Jane Goodall, the conservationist, the Duke gave frank insights into his views on the destruction of the planet, his plans for future children, and how young people are “taught to hate” after being born without prejudice.  The Duke will be having “two children, maximum!” he saidCredit:Rex The Duke and Duchess of Sussex The Duke also signalled his commitment to the environment in a light-hearted aside about his family planning, saying he would be having “two children, maximum” in the face of pressures on the planet.“What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now. We are already living in it. We are the frog in the water and it’s already been brought to the boil. Which is terrifying.” Dr Goodall told him: “That we have lots of instincts. From studying the chimps and seeing all the similarities it was obvious to me that we have inherited aggressive tendencies. “When you look around the world, they’re everywhere. They’re not learned. They’re just…there.“You get angry. But with our brain we mostly control them.” Dr Goodall replied: “Happening and happened. It is terrifying. Especially as you’ve just had a baby.”“I know,” Harry replied, laughing. “It does make it different. I think, weirdly because of the people that I’ve met and the places I’ve been fortunate enough to go, I’ve always had a connection and a love for nature.  Dr Goodall replied: “Especially if you get little kids together, there’s no difference! They don’t notice, ‘my skin’s white, mine’s black’ until somebody tells them.” The Duchess of Sussex’s issue of the magazine also includes a telling insight to her personal passions, from charity Smart Works to Commonwealth fashion designers and an article on “how to ride out the hurts of social media”. In a piece about SmartWorks, one of her patronages, the Duchess disclosed she had asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw and her designer friend Misha Nonoo to  design a capsule collection of workwear.It will be sold on a “one for one” basis, with an item donated to the charity for every one bought. Further details will be released in the autumn.A “wellness” page about the power of breathing notes that “breathing too much or too little, in any situation, will limit performance and have negative effects on health”, and advertises a £4,398 workshop to help.  “I view it differently now, without question. But I’ve always wanted to try and ensure that, even before having a child and hoping to have children…”“Not too many!” Dr Goodall interjected.“Two, maximum!” the Duke said. “But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed. And, surely, as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation.”The interview, in which both the Duke and Dr Goodall spoke of their hopes for the next generation, also saw the Duke echo his father, the Prince of Wales, and sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge on the importance of “nature as medicine”, warning that more people are now being brought up “disconnected” from the natural world.  The Duke of Sussex has spoken candidly about the effects of “unconscious bias” on racism, warning people must understand how their upbringing and environment causes them to be prejudiced without realising it.The Duke, writing in the Duchess of Sussex’s guest edited issue of Vogue magazine, put forward an impassioned explanation of how stigma is “handed down from generation to generation”, saying too many people fail to acknowledge their own bias. Speaking of “unconscious bias”, which he described as “something which so many people don’t understand, why they feel the way they do”, the Duke said: “Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say ‘what you’ve just said, or the way you’ve behaved, is racist’ – they’ll turn around and say, ‘I’m not a racist’.“‘I’m not saying you’re a racist, I’m just saying that your unconscious bias is proving that because of the way that you’ve been brought up, the environment you’ve been brought up in, suggests that you have this point of view – unconscious point of view – where naturally you will look at someone in a different way.’ And that is the point at which people start to have to understand.” “I always think to myself, whenever there’s another natural disaster,  a huge increase in volcano eruptions or earthquakes or flooding, how many clues does nature have to give us before we actually learn, or wake ourselves up to the damage and the destruction that we’re causing?” the Duke asked.   The Duke will be having "two children, maximum!" he said Prince Harry and Jane Goodall at a conservation event in July Dr Goodall said: “I think some of these people at the top know. But for them, the immediate profit, the immediate gain… it’s just greed. And then, there are the people who feel there’s nothing you can do about it anyway, so ‘eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die’. “That’s why it’s so important to get this new fighting atmosphere. That’s why my great hope is in the youth.” Prince Harry and Jane Goodall at a conservation event in JulyCredit:PA The Duchess of Sussex, who edited British VogueCredit:Vogue read more

Sandvik supplies 12 steel belt cooling systems for coal liquefaction

first_imgSandvik Process Systems has supplied 12 dedicated steel belt cooling systems for coal liquefaction to China’s largest coal producer, the Shenhua Group. As noted in IM’s May issue, coal liquefaction technology is likely to become increasingly important in China. The country started an investment program in the 1970s to use local coal stocks for electrical power generation and direct coal liquefaction (DCL). Development of this coalfield and operation of the entire plant, which is China’s single biggest investment since the Yangtze dam, Sandvik reports, is handled by the Shenhua Group.As part of the DCL process used in China a liquid residual – the Coal Slurry – is produced containing a high heating energy. The slurry is delivered from the DCL process at viscosities of about 100 mPa-s and temperatures up to 310ºC and for economic and environmental reasons is then converted into solid form. Pilot productions demonstrated that the optimum process would be solidification in the form of flakes via a steel belt cooling system.In 2006, Sandvik and Shenhua signed a contract for the turnkey supply of 12 steel belt cooling systems, each with a solidification capacity of 15 t/h, as part of the first step of the total investment.The coal slurry is fed onto a continuously running, 1.5 m wide steel belt, which is cooled from beneath with sprayed water. The coal slurry cools and solidifies as it travels the length of the steel belt and at the end is available as a uniform layer. Depending on the quality of the coal and the process parameters the solidified product can show very different physical properties, from brittle to tough through to sticky. Therefore, different discharge and breaking devices are installed at the end of the steel belt before the product is discharged for storage.Design of the units takes into account the very harsh climatic conditions of the site in Inner Mongolia. Here ambient temperatures can range from -30° C to + 40°C with the likelihood of heavy sandstorms. This challenge was further compounded by the requirement to install the systems in the open air, without any shelterlast_img read more

Nett Technologies BlueMAX 300D SCR system verified by the EPA

first_imgNett Technologies’ BlueMAX™ 300D Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system has been verified as the first of its kind by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is an emission control system that has been designed to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by at least 80% from medium- and heavy-duty diesel engines between 75 and 560 kW in portable and stationary applications like diesel generator sets, pumps and compressors. The system also has the added benefit of reducing criteria emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC) by at least 90% and particulate matter (PM) by at least 25%.The BlueMAX 300D uses a urea control strategy that relies on NOx concentration measurements by a sensor. Based on the sensor signal, in combination with an engine mass air flow (MAF) sensor and temperature sensor, the necessary urea dosing rate is calculated by the control algorithm.NOx is reduced by the SCR catalyst through chemical reactions with ammonia produced by the decomposition of urea. The urea solution is injected upstream of the SCR catalyst with the assistance of compressed air which helps improve urea atomization. Mixing of urea with exhaust gases is further enhanced through a static mixer upstream of the catalyst. Through a combination of thermal and catalytic processes, urea decomposes producing ammonia, which is available for reactions with NOx. Ammonia that is not used in the reaction is oxidized by a downstream ammonia slip catalyst.The system incorporates a notification alarm box providing error code information related to basic functionality of the SCR as well as a data logger recording system providing SCR inlet temperature, inlet/outlet NOx concentration, urea dosing rate, intake MAF, urea tank temperature and error codes for low urea quality and low NOx reduction. The data logger also alerts the operator when the urea tank requires filling. This system will function at temperatures below 11ºC, which is the freezing point for urea, with the aid of an included heating system.The installation is made simple and efficient due to a preassembled modular kit that can be lifted into place by a forklift onto the stationary engine, providing easy access and maintenance.last_img read more

McNuggets in Japan and Starbucks dragged into outofdate meat scandal

first_imgTHE SCANDAL INVOLVING expired meat sold by a Chinese unit of US food supplier OSI Group has spread to Japan, as McDonald’s confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants.Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant — a supplier to McDonald’s and KFC in China — for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station.A Tokyo-based spokesman for McDonald’s Japan told AFP the restaurant chain had sourced about 20 percent of its McNuggets from the Shanghai factory, and had suspended sales of its product since Monday.Around 500 of McDonald’s restaurants in Japan, a sixth of the total, had temporarily stopped selling McNuggets while the company obtained alternative supplies, he added.Questioning employeesChinese police were questioning “several” employees of the OSI subsidiary, which is called Shanghai Husi Food Co., in the case, the Shanghai Daily newspaper said. Police could not be reached for comment.Separately, the China Food and Drug Administration had ordered an investigation of OSI’s factories nationwide, according to a statement.OSI’s Shanghai factory, set up in 1996, has more than 500 workers with five production lines for items including pork, beef and chicken, according to the group’s website.OSI is a long-time supplier to McDonald’s in China, starting from 1992, it said. KFC is alleged to also have been supplied with expired meat. Source: AP Photo/Ng Han GuanThe US company said on Monday that it was “appalled” by the allegations while announcing it had formed a team to investigate.McDonald’s in China said it had “immediately” stopped using the factory’s products while restaurant operator Yum said separately its KFC and Pizza Hut establishments had also halted use of meat from the Shanghai plant.US coffee chain Starbucks confirmed it was supplied chicken by the factory, but had removed the product from 12 provinces and a major municipality in China. Burger King, another customer, said it had removed the meat from its restaurants.In an editorial, China’s Global Times newspaper took aim at McDonald’s and Yum for failing to supervise their suppliers. A couple walks past a McDonald’s restaurant in Beijing. Source: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan“Famous international brands have not adopted a dedicated attitude toward Chinese consumers,” said the newspaper, known for its nationalistic editorial stance.“Perhaps they believed the Chinese market is a rough place, and that service that is ‘just good enough’ can work in China.”The official Xinhua news agency accused OSI and foreign fast food chains of having double standards towards food safety.“The out-of-date meat was given firstly to the Chinese market, sparking doubts over double standards on food safety among the supplier, or maybe fast-food tycoons,” it said Monday.China has been rocked by a series of food and product safety problems due to lax enforcement of regulations and corner-cutting by producers.One of the worst incidents occurred in 2008 when the industrial chemical melamine was found to have been illegally added to dairy products, killing at least six babies and making 300,000 people ill.Foreign milk powder and other overseas food brands have gained sales in China since consumers believe they are safer and subject to stricter standards.But China has in the last year taken aim at foreign companies in several sectors, ranging from pharmaceuticals to infant formula, over their high prices and other business practices.- © AFP, 2014Background: ‘Expired’ beef and chicken supplied to McDonald’s and KFC in China >Read: Horses that may have entered the food chain are now being abandoned and dying – ISPCA >More: Simon Coveney says rotting meat claims are wrong and have been ‘hyped up’ >last_img read more

Planet from Outside Milky Way Discovered

first_imgScientists have discovered around 500 planets thus far. Until now, however, all have originated within the Milky Way galaxy. For the first time ever, scientist discovered a planet from another galaxy. It’s not really that straightforward, however–while the planet and its star originated in another galaxy, it was subsequently cannibalized by our own.The star, called HIP 13044, is roughly 2,000 light years away. It is part of the Helmi stream, a dwarf galaxy that was cannibalized by the Milky six to nine billion years ago. The planet–the first discovered that originated in another galaxy–is 20 percent larger than Jupiter. HIP 13044 is actually a dead star, having used up all of the hydrogen in its core. It expanded to a massive size and has subsequently conctracted. It’s a rare instance of a planet surviving the death of its host store.last_img read more

Trail Mix At an Iditarod checkpoint the snowbank is the studio

first_imgTrail Mix is Alaska Public Media’s trail reporters inside look at covering the Iditarod sled dog race.Emily Schwing knows a lot more than I do about reporting on thousand-mile sled-dog races. Like, vastly more. At all kinds of levels. So I’m trying my best to heed her recommendation that the best place to voice the audio for a radio story is outside. In the quiet cold. Preferably behind a snow bank, to absorbs all those extra sounds.Bush planes parked Wednesday on the river near the Takotna checkpoint. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)I didn’t know before I started working in radio newsrooms that to get that natural, informal sound from the field (think, “I’m standing in a tropical rainforest, as macaws bellow boisterously across the lush canopy overhead” Cawwww, cawwww). In fact, we say all those words in the silent safety of studio booths, way after the fact. It might be a little contrived, but it really helps you feel like you’re there in the jungle. Or, in this case, bustling checkpoints along the Iditarod trail. Begging the question: at 3am, in a inn/school library/camp filled with snoring sled-dog fans, where do you go for some proper quiet?Outside. I watched Schwing set her laptop on a snowmachine seat, jostle her gear into position, and voice her story for the next morning like a real pro. It was about 9 degrees. When I tried, I was cold and hungry, eager to give in for the night. The chill air dried my throat out, made my flesh and muscle feel all constricted and small. Listening back the audio track, I felt like I could hear bits of those sensation trickling in through the headphones, chief among them: hurried frailty. And I love it when you can hear sensation in the wobble and warble of a sentence–but not when it’s a shivering rush for a story about 24 hour rests along the trail. The style and content there just plain don’t match.Today, for a separate story, I walked a few hundred yards past the school in Takotna into the woods. I thought I’d find a good snow bank back there. And possibly be shielded from the yapping strings of dogs and cutting whine of small planes overhead. Which I sort of achieved, but only by post-holing through snow up to my thighs, filling both boots with fine, icy snow. I stood behind what I believe was a birch tree, laptop balanced on the crook of my elbow, snow up to my inseam, microphone clutched up to my mouth. And it sounded ok. But I’m still not convinced Schwing’s methods are superior to the tried-and-true “getting under your sleeping bag” model. She says it sounds muffled. I think it comes across as cozy. Definitely less snow in the boot. Luckily there are seven days left to find a solid method.last_img read more

Godavari surges at Dowleswaram in Rajamahendravaram

first_imgRajamahendravaram: The flood water in River Godavari is rising slowly due to heavy rains in its catchment area along with its tributaries Indravati and Pranahita rivers. Water from the two tributaries reaches Dowleswaram in 24 hours. At present, the water level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowleswaram is 11 feet and officials of water resources department (WRD) are releasing one lakh cubic metre of water into the sea from the barrage. Only 300 metre of width is available at the cofferdam constructed at Polavaram project owing to which the flood water from the upstream of Polavaram is coming towards Dowleswaram slowly. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the district administration directed all the tahsildars and other officials in the downstream of the barrage to take steps to prevent any damage because of the ensuing floods and asked them to be ready to face any challenge due to floods. According to officials of WRD, first warning will be issued at 11.75 feet level, second warming at 13.75 feet and third warning at 15.75 feet at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage. All the 175 gates in Dowleswaram, Rally, Maddur and Vijjeswaram of the barrage are working properly. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Flood related material such as ropes, sand, battery lights, bamboo, etc., are kept ready to use depending on the necessity. The department engineers were also directed to check the river bunds. First warning will be given at 43 feet level at Bhadrachalam, second warning at 48 feet level and third warning will be issued at 51 feet level.last_img read more

Volkswagen confident it will make amends following emissions test rigging

first_img Volkswagens US head said on 21 September in New York he was confident the German carmaker would take the necessary steps to restore customer confidence after it totally screwed up by rigging emissions tests of diesel-powered vehicles in the United States.Michael Horn vowed to make amends at a lavish event in New York to promote the 2016 Passat saying the German carmaker is committed to do what must be done and to begin to restore your trust.The CEO of our parent company Martin Winterkorn said yesterday Volkswagen will fully cooperate with the responsible agencies and much much more important as I see it, he stated that he was personally and deeply sorry for this, that Volkswagen has broken the trust of our customers and the public here in America, said Horn.And lastly he stated that this matter, and I think this is common sense, now is the first priority for him personally and for the entire board of management. So lets be clear about this, our company was dishonest with the EPA and the California air resources board, and with all of you, and in my German words, we have totally screwed up. We must fix those cars and prevent this from ever happening again and we have to make things right with the government, the public our customers, our employees and also very important, our dealers, he added.The comments from Horn, chief executive of VWs US unit, came after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on 18 September that Volkswagen, the worlds biggest carmaker by sales, used software that deceived regulators measuring toxic emissions and could face penalties of up to $18bn (£11.62bn).Volkswagen shares plunged nearly 20 percent on Monday after the carmaker admitted it had rigged emissions tests. German government officials have expressed concern that the scandal could damage the reputation of its car industry, and the US Department of Justice began a criminal probe of the effort to game the emissions tests, according to press reports. German officials urged Volkswagen to fully clear up the matter and said it would investigate whether emissions data had also been falsified in Europe. Closelast_img read more

Trial Of Santa Fe High School Alleged Shooter Moved To Fort Bend

first_img 00:00 /00:36 Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP, PoolThis file photo shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis being escorted by Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputies into the jury assembly room for a change of venue hearing at the Galveston County Courthouse. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img X Listen The trial for Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting, has been moved to Fort Bend County.Pagourtzis, who is now 18-years-old but was 17 when he allegedly committed the crime in May 2018, is accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 others. He has been charged with capital murder and attempted murder.In a brief three-minute hearing held on Friday, a Galveston County judge issued his decision on where the trial will be held.The judge granted a change of venue request to defense attorneys back in February.Attorneys for the alleged shooter made their case that they wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial in Galveston county.The trial is scheduled to begin early next year.last_img read more