Double century and double trouble

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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, May 11, 2018

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. Here are a few stories published this week by other news outlets.Tropical forestsA look at what goes into caring for tapirs in Malaysia (The Sun Daily).The peace deal in Colombia could be the reason behind a spike in deforestation in the country’s slice of the Amazon (The New Scientist).Students convince a Colombian court to give new rights to the Amazon rainforest (Living on Earth/PRI).Could a loss of dust from the world’s deserts pose a threat to the Amazon (Cosmos Magazine)?Researchers complete the first survey of Manipur’s elephants in India (The Sangai Express).Lemur survival may depend more on the size of forest fragments than their connections with other lemurs (PLOS/EurekAlert).New research suggests that diverse forests are more productive than monocultures (Technical University of Munich/EurekAlert).Civil society organizations in Ghana are urging the government to pass stronger protections for wildlife and forests in the West African country (Ghana Web).No country has more mangrove cover — or is losing it faster — than Indonesia (Forests News).A look at how jaguars are faring in “the Age of Humans” (The Atlantic).Palm oil use in biofuels is driving demand (New Scientist).Could a surge in “climate refugees” lead to more human trafficking (The Revelator)?Progress on a superhighway project through Nigeria’s forests has stalled (Construction & Civil Engineering News).Other newsForest protection needs to account for people’s needs, research finds (SciDev.Net).Helping smallholder farmers rise out of poverty in Nigeria (Devex).Why are threatened predators turning up in odd places (Duke University/EurekAlert)?A study finds that we might not be doing as much good as we think we are when we buy “eco-friendly” (New Scientist).Scientists find a 33-million-year-old bat fossil (Reuters).Homeowners in California will have to integrate solar into their homes (BBC News).Marine protected areas could fall short of keeping critical ecosystems safe from climate change (The Atlantic).Scientists are experimenting with seismic technology to monitor elephants (Pacific Standard).Pakistan mulls biodiversity protection for its first marine protected area (Urdu Point).Red wolf pups born at a museum in North Carolina, even as scientists warn that the world’s rarest wolf could be less than a decade from extinction (The Revelator).A year on, the EPA still hasn’t brought its climate change website back online (The Washington Post).Scientists find see around 150 critically endangered right whales on research cruise (The Guardian).Global travel is responsible for around 8 percent of carbon dioxide emissions (The Hindu).Hawaii bans reef-harming sunscreens (Honolulu Star Advertiser).Video: How pollution is changing the Andes (The Pulitzer Center).A mass migration restarts in Botswana (National Geographic News).Could ride-sharing companies help cut emissions (Pacific Standard)?Slow down ships to save whales and carbon emissions, a new study finds (News Deeply).Hunters will soon take aim at Idaho’s grizzly bears for the first time in more than 40 years (Reuters).Cities ignite speedy evolution in animals (National Geographic News).To avoid disease, migratory birds take flight (The Conversation).Fishers and researchers are working together to manage invasive lionfish (News Deeply).Veterinarians from the U.S. are in Madagascar helping to save thousands of endangered tortoises (Reuters).The Trump administration cuts off funding for NASA’s research on greenhouse gases (BBC News).A water filter that could boost the efficiency of desalination plants rests on the work of mathematician Alan Turing (Nature).Young white sharks are being snagged in fishing nets off the West Coast of the U.S., a new study finds (National Geographic News).Banner image of a Malayan tapir by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update last_img read more

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Cavenagh sets early Safari Rally pace

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 9 – Speed merchant Alastair Cavenagh took the overnight lead in the first day of the KCB Safari Rally during the first competitive section at the Uhuru Park.Driving his Mitsubishi Evo 9, Cavenagh enthralled the crowed that turned out in huge numbers, completing the 1.19km spectator stage in 1 minute, and 07 seconds.Coast based Peter Horsey in Mitsubishi Evo 10, settled for second spot, one second behind Cavenagh, followed by Ian Duncan in third. Earlier the more than 80 rally drivers were flagged off at its tradition starting point the Kenyatta Conference Centre.The atmosphere was as expected with pomp and colour lead by the chief guest Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports James Waweru who flagged off Ian Duncan first off the ramp.Speaking before ushering the celebratory mood that marked the first of the three day Safari, Waweru acknowledged the development of the legendary rally.“I note with appreciation the many local drivers who have entered the event this year. But more gratifying is the growing number of the growing of the all female teams who will be participating. I wish to see in the future more men and women competing side by side.”Waweru also noted the economical pluses the Safari has benefited to the country.“The KCB Safari Rally has continued to help diversify Kenyan sports and bring in foreign exchange through sports tourism. Its has continued to put Kenya on the map of leading sports destinations in Africa. The more than 80 cars participating in this years event attests to the popularity of the rally.”LADY TEAM BATTLEIt was a breath of fresh air with the return of the years past veterans Michelle Van Tongeren, who team up once again with her navigator Safina Syed Khan.Van Tongeren whom together with Safina have been on a eight year hiatus, noted the huge entry of lady teams unlike it was back in their days.“its really great to see so many ladies out there. When we were rallying there was no one else and so to come back to seeing all this new faces, to see all so many other ladies crew is really a great thing.She added she missed the thrill of being in a rally car.“I definitely missed being in a rally car, having the speed, having the thrill and its just lovely to be back.The other ladies teams include Haraka Mamas’ Joan Nesbitt and Tamara Jones alongside the Rally Queens, KTN Rally Team of Anne Ngugi and Joy Doreen Biria, Warembo Bila Make Up which has Stella Macharia and Helen ShiriaAfter day 1 yesterday (Friday) the crews move on to Leg 1B of the schedule tomorrow (Saturday) which will see them tackle a competitive distance of 184.16km and transport road section totaling 172.69km.Day 3 Sunday the action will have a competitive mileage of 138kilometers and a transport distance of 173 kilometers with the rally coming to a conclusion later on in the afternoon.DAY 1 LEADERBOAD-CS1MAIN CLASS1. Alastair Cavenagh (EVO9) 1:072. Peter Horsey (EVOX) 1:083. Ian Duncan (EVO9) 1:094. Mohammed Essa (Zambia) 1:104. Raaji Bharij (EVO9)1:104. Carl Tundo (EVO9) 1:107. Baldev Chager (Subaru N16) 1:117. Izhar Mirza (EVO9) 1:119. Azar Anwar (EVO9)1:129. Ronald Sebuzi (UG-EVO9) 1:1211. Giancarlo Davite (Rwa-Subaru ) 1:1311. Anwar Pandya (Subaru 10) 1:1311. John Nganga (Subaru) 1:1311. Manvir Baryan (Subaru N16) 1:1311. Imran Mogul (Subaru N10) 1:1316. Duncan Mubiru (UG-Subaru N14) 1:1416. Quentin Mitchell (Subaru N16)1:1416. Onkar Rai (Subaru N16) 1:1416. Charles Hinga (EVO7) 1:1416. Galib Hajee (EVOX) 1:1421. Jassi Chatthe (EVO9) 1:1522. Don Smith (Subaru) 1:1623. Dr. Ashraf Mohammed (Subaru)1:1726. Tejvir Rai (N16) 1:1827. Frank Tundo (EVO9) 1:2028. Paras Pandya (Subaru N10) 1:2229. H. Rehsi (EVO9) 1:2329. Hapz Sagoo (N10) 1:2331. Farhaaz Khan (Subaru N8)1:2532. Waita Nzioka (Subaru N10) 1:3933. Sudesh Hirani (Subaru N10)1:45CS1 SUPPLEMENTARY CLASS1. Alex Horsey (Datsun) 1:092. Simon Sharpe (Platz) 1:113. Hussein Malik (Subaru) 1:134. Ben Muchemi (EVO6) 1:145. Jaswinder Chana 1:156. John Muigai (Subaru) 1:167. Noor M. (Subaru) 1:188. Nish Lakhani (Land Rover 1:209. Jonathan Somen (ford Escort) 1:2010. Alasdair Keith (Subaru) 1:2111. Mahesh Halai (subaru) 1:2312. Aslam Khan (Porsche911) 01:2513. Joel Muchiri (Subaru gc8) 01:2514. Samira Khan (Ford escort) 01:2615. Rob Hellier (Datsun 160J) 01:2816. Issa Amwari (Subaru) 01:2817. Jasmeet Chana (Toyota Celice GT4)01:2918. Michelle Van Tongeren (Subaru) 01:2919. Stanley Thuo (Toyota Celica GT4) 01:2920. Ramesh Vishram (Subaru) 01:3021. Rajesh Maini (Range Rover) 01:3322. Rashid Kabi (Subaru) 01:3623. Andrew Muchemi (Subaru GC8) 01:3724. Stella Macharua (Subaru gc8) 01:3725. Edward Maina (Toyota Celica)01:39CS1 2WD1. Adnan Suhail (Daihatsu) 01:172. Gurmit Thethy (VW Golf) 01:233. James Kirimi (VW Golf) 01:243. Sammy Nyorri (Vitz) 01:243. Fred Wampamba 01:244. Jagjit Liddar (Golf) 01:254. Dennis Mwenda (Golf) 01:255. David Kioni (Levin) 01:276. Joan Nesbitt (Toyota Tercel) 01:287. Jitu Davda (Toyota Marino) 01:298. Victor Okundi (Toyota Vitz)01:308. Rajbir Rai (Golf) 01:309. Gedeon Kimani (Levin) 01:3410. Leo Varese (VW Golf)01:3511. Patrick Kibaara (Levin) 01:3812. Dalbir Thetht (Toyota)01:3913. Nadeem Kana (Subaru) 01:480Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FIFA sponsors ‘accelerate’ China’s World Cup chances

first_img0Shares0000Vivo Senior Vice President Ni Xudong and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samouraon hold a framed football jersey during an event on Beijing on May 31, 2017, to announce Vivo’s sponsorship of the FIFA Football World Cup © AFP / STRBEIJING, China, Jun 7 – China’s footballers may be struggling on the pitch but its companies are proving to be a big player, signing sponsorship deals with FIFA as the giant Asian nation looks to boost its chances of hosting the World Cup.In the space of a year, football governing body FIFA has gained three major Chinese sponsors in conglomerate Wanda, Hisense — the world’s number three television manufacturer — and smartphone maker Vivo, who concluded a deal just a week ago. The new partnerships came as a welcome relief to football’s governing body after FIFA’s image and reputation was battered in recent years by a slew of corruption allegations involving former president Sepp Blatter.Sony, Emirates, Castrol, Continental and Johnson & Johnson all declined to renew their sponsorship deals, leaving FIFA struggling to find new backers.“Vivo was very well received by FIFA, which was why (the deal) was concluded very quickly,” said Mark Gao, CEO of the agency Momentum Sports, which brokered the sponsorship agreement. “Negotiations were tough on the amount, but lasted less than 100 days.”The Vivo deal comes 18 months after e-commerce world leader Alibaba signed a partnership with the FIFA Club World Cup, lending further ammunition to those who believe China will bid for the 2030 World Cup.When Wanda became a sponsor of FIFA at the beginning of 2016, its chief Wang Jianlin, known to have Beijing’s ear, said the partnership “would increase the chances” of a Chinese World Cup.Gao says he too is now “convinced that the arrival of Chinese sponsors will promote and accelerate a Chinese bid for a World Cup”.– ‘Rules cannot change’ –The Chinese national team currently ranks 82nd in the FIFA world ranking, just behind the tiny Faroe Islands and Benin.But that has not stopped the Asian giant’s president Xi Jinping, a devoted football fan, from dreaming of glory and pushing for his country to host a World Cup in the future.Next year’s World Cup is in Russia, who are part of UEFA, and 2022 will be in Qatar, part of the Asian Football Confederation, making China ineligible to be a host until at least 2030 under FIFA rules that stipulate tournaments must alternate between continents.Chinese Football Association Vice President Zhang Jian, a member of the FIFA Council which devises the institution’s global strategy, said last year he would back a Chinese World Cup in 2030.However, not everyone shares China’s enthusiasm to play host at the first opportunity.Last week UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told the BBC that “the World Cup should go to the country that has the best bid”, adding that he favoured a European host for 2030.“We cannot just sell the World Cup to the ones who want to pay the most… Rules cannot change just because we have some big sponsors,” he added.Sebastian Chiappero, Geneva-based director of sponsor consulting firm Sponsorize, does not believe there is a link between sponsorship and World Cup hosts.“Sponsors are primarily interested in promoting their products and they do not in theory have any influence over who hosts the World Cup. Otherwise the United States would have hosted it many times thanks to McDonald’s and Coca-Cola,” he told AFP.“FIFA rules prevent any conflict of interest. In practice, we don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”– Perfect hosts –However, it is difficult to dismiss the possibility of a Chinese World Cup, says Marcus Luer, CEO of TSA, a Singapore-based sports marketing agency.“The voting process and internal workings of FIFA are very complex and not always that transparent. It (Chinese sponsorship) will help to show that China is eager to host the World Cup and has companies to support that effort,” he explains.It is already in with a shot of bagging the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup after Qatar was forced to withdraw over difficult playing conditions in its boiling summer heat.According to Luer, China would be “a perfect country to host a future World Cup”, noting its passion for the game, its decent facilities, the support the tournament would receive from the government and its experience in hosting world-class events, such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics.“China will host a FIFA World Cup,” said Luer. “It’ a matter of when not if.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Jamie Vardy reveals what he’s been talking to Tottenham’s players about

first_imgLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy has revealed that he has been talking to a selection of Tottenham’s players whilst on international duty with England.The Foxes star is currently away with the Three Lions, taking a break from leading the line for the Premier League leaders.After 31 games, Leicester currently sit top of the table, having picked up 66 points.Closest rivals Tottenham are on 61 points from the same number of games, and it is expected that it will be these two clubs fighting it out for the title come the end of the campaign.Vardy is joined in the England squad by a host of the Spurs squad, and given their rivalry at club level, it would not be a surprise to see some back-and-forth between the Tottenham and Leicester contingent.However, Vardy has revealed that, whilst the players have talked, they have avoided any discussion about club football and the title race.The Premier League record setting striker said: “We have had a chat but not about anything football-wise. We have been talking about England and Call of Duty.“We have not all played on it together yet, but I got informed earlier that one of the lads just camps in a corner and waits for someone to run past him so he can get him.”England take on Germany this weekend and the Netherlands on Tuesday, as Roy Hodgson continues preparations for the European Championships in France this summer. 1 Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURE OF THE DAY

first_imgDONEGAL FOR SAM – MAYO FOR SARNIESWRITES LAURA O’DOHERTY: “This is my co-worker Jacqui Boyle who works in the deli @ centra in Moville.]“Her husband works away and always uses Donegal Daily, it would be great if you could put this on your page for him to see it!”There you go Mr Boyle. You can send your pix to info@donegaldaily.com COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURE OF THE DAY was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL IRELAND COUNTDOWNGAAmovillelast_img read more

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Dine or Dash? Epcot’s Food and Wine Booths (Part 3)

first_img*Beef Empanada (Pictured)*Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree*Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula ChimichurriTwo of the dishes, the Grilled Beef Skewer and the Roasted Verlasso Salmon, made my Ten Best Returning Items list, and I’d highly recommend them as a surf and turf meal. The beef empanada is good, but with the inclusion of a Jamacian Beef Patty at the new Islands of the Caribbean booth, this offering now seems redundant. I’d try the newer dish and skip this one as a result.Poland *Roasted Pork Lettuce Wrap with Kimchi (Pictured)*Vegan Korean BBQ with Steamed Rice and Cucumber KimchiKorean-style BBQ Beef with Steamed Rice and Cucumber KimchiI’m not sure whether it is great or not that this booth features the same dish twice–once with beef and once made vegan-friendly. Either way, my favorite of the offerings is actually the roasted pork lettuce wrap. Don’t let preconceived notions of kimchi scare you from this booth. The kimchi here is “fresh” tasting and very mild in flavor.Wine and Dine Studio *Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herb Sour Cream*The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats (Pictured)Lamb Stew with Neeps and TattiesI am glad that I got a chance to try haggis last year–and I’m not heartbroken that it has been replaced with lamb stew (still with the neeps and tatties–turnips and potatoes). It may not be as traditional, but it will appeal to more people. No surprise that the Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon is back–it’s a festival favorite. I’m a little surprised that the Tipsy Laird is back. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best dessert I had.South Korea *Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs (Pictured)*Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney*Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara DumplingFun fact: The mussels dish here is the only dish that I threw away without finishing out of everything I tried at Food and Wine last year. Don’t let that scare you off it, though–I simply don’t like mussels, and this dish did nothing to change my opinion. If you like them, you’ll enjoy the dish. The other two offerings, both returning from last year, are solid offerings. They aren’t my first choice, but they are far from my last. The chutney with the Lamb Meatball isn’t horrifically spicy, so it can be enjoyed by almost everyone. For those who are curious, kumara is a type of sweet potato, and goes very nicely with the venison. Some people complain about venison being gamey at times, but the quality of the venison and the sauce take away any gamey flavor.Patagonia Barbacoa Enchilada: Corn Tortilla filled with Beef Barbacoa, covered with Oaxaca MoleTaco de Camaron: Battered Shrimp served over a Flour Tortilla with Crispy Purple Cabbage and Chipotle Mayonnaise (Pictured, but slightly changed this year)Flan de Chocolate AbuelitaAll new menu for Mexico this year, and it will take a few margaritas to help me get past the loss of the sweet corn cheesecake from the menu. On the other hand, I’m thrilled to see a mole dish on the menu. (For those who are not familiar, this is a savory and generally slightly spicy sauce made with chocolate. The flavor is really rich, and not at all like a melted Hershey’s bar–seriously.) Speaking of chocolate, the Flan de Chocolate Abuelita may surprise some people with its cinnamon flavor. The shrimp taco this year is slightly different from the version last year, but only marginally so (swapping out pico de gallo and pickled onions for purple cabbage). It was delicious last year, and I expect it to be good this year as well.Morocco Share This!Some say that bad things happen in threes, but I’m a mojito-glass-half-full kind of person. When it comes to booths at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, a review in three parts is far better than one. So it is with great irony that I start off with the booth that has the one food I will absolutely positively not be eating at Food and Wine. (Oh, and if you missed part 1 or part 2, feel free to catch up before diving into this one.)*Indicates item returning from last year.JapanGrilled Spicy Edamame tossed with Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, and Chili PowderSpicy Sushi Roll: Tuna and Salmon with Kazan Volcano SauceMarinated Shrimp sautéed with Garlic and Butter, Served Over RiceI’m very fortunate that I have outgrown many of the food allergies I had as a child, but one still causes me an anaphylaxis reaction–concentrated amounts of soy, like those found in tofu or in edamame. As a result, because I value my life, I’ll be skipping the Grilled Spicy Edamame. I know my husband will be more than willing to take one for the team and try it, as this sounds like a great snack option. I’ll likely skip the sushi roll–if I want sushi, there’s so many good options at Walt Disney World to have a seat for a full sushi meal. On the other hand, I’m excited about the shrimp dish. My only hope is that the shrimp will have the tails already removed, so I can chow down without having to juggle a knife and fork.Mexico *Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (Pictured)Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki SauceChocolate BaklavaIn the commentary about that Hawai’i booth, I mentioned that when you’ve got a good thing, it’s smart not to mess with it. Somehow this idea did not make it to Morocco. The baklava at the Morocco pavilion has always been exceptional, whether during Food and Wine or not. The addition of the chocolate sauce seems like two great tastes that shouldn’t be put together. Seeing this made me realize just how many dishes are being prepared with chocolate this year. In a battle of chocolate dishes, the baklava would simply lose out–it doesn’t need it. Just like I gave the Greece booth a bit of ribbing about offering nachos, I have to comment about the Spicy Hummus Fries here. The description made me think “Figaro Fries, now with Moroccan Flavors”. I’m sure they’ll be good because almost anything can taste good fried. It just isn’t my first choice to represent the cuisine of Morocco. At least my ol’ Kefta Pocket standby is back. Good stuff.New Zealand *Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream (Pictured)Pork-Stuffed Cabbage in Tomato SauceGrowing up, my mom made cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and smothered in tomato sauce–and I hated it. Thus, it will take some pretty strong pixie dust for me to expect to enjoy the Pork-Stuffed Cabbage in Tomato Sauce. If anyone can make me like it, it’s Disney. The Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi is a returning favorite. I still wonder why Poland gets a booth every year instead of some other countries in that area, though. Maybe someone just really likes pierogi?Scotland *Trio of Artisan Cheese (Pictured)Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragout and Zinfandel ReductionSeared Scallop with Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild MushroomsTechnically, this booth is new because “and Dine” was added to the Wine Studio, along with two more substantial offerings beyond a cheese plate. Each sounds very luxurious, but I think that the flavors with the scallop will win out over the ragout for the pork. I enjoyed the cheese plate last year, but I’m not sure I’d buy it again. The flavors are wonderful, but you do pay a lot for those bite-size pieces of cheese.There are a few other places that get in on the Food and Wine spirit, such as Intermissions Café in the Festival Center, a lone kimchi hot dog offering at the African Outpost, and Sweet and Sour Chicken at the Refreshment Port, but these often feel like afterthoughts.So there you have it — a quick rundown of the new and returning foods at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Are there any booths that you plan to rope drop? Any that are on your “must skip” list? Feel free to sound off in the comments.last_img read more

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New Technology That Raises Security Concerns at the Office

first_imgI’m all about engagement, sharing and oversharing when it comes to social media. I also absolutely love technology. My life is surrounded by it. Not only is it part of my job, but I use apps like Yelp to select places to eat when I’m traveling. I also rent clothing for special events using apps like Rent the Runway. I’m leveraging technology for productivity and life efficiency. My goal is to not go to the store. I absolutely hate it. It’s a complete waste of my time which is why I use websites like Soap.com for online and automated ordering. A day later they deliver everything you need right to your door.WORKPLACE SECURITY & TECHNOLOGYThe percentage of employee’s who are leveraging technology like I am in their daily lives is increasingly at an amazing rate. We are trading privacy for performance and ease of use with tools apps, mobile phones and navigation systems in our cars getting us from point a to point b. Outside of the workplace and corporate environment, technology is changing, growing and evolving at lightening speed. The consumer technology marketplace is booming. Even the post office is testing the use of drone delivery mail service. Our lives will never really be the same.Companies can control and monitor technology use and adoption but only on their own systems. This is the biggest concern and threat as an employer. Cyber attacks and hacking should certainly be a huge concern, but equally important is that security risks and privacy concerns as well as threats that are coming from your own employees.SECURITY CONCERNS FOR EMPLOYERSI don’t believe that these leaks and compromises by your employees are all intentional. Most don’t understand the law, company requirements or how powerful for a competitor access to your proprietary information can be. These unintentional risks are the biggest threat to your company.Self-destructing text messages. Apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat already offer self-destructing messages for users. I’m more concerned about yesterday’s announcement from Apple in that self-destructing text messages will become a standard offering on Apple iPhones with IOS 8. This is a huge concern and risks that companies need to consider as the supreme court considers text messaging similar to email. This likely in direct violation of your company’s data and information retention policies.Connectifier. As a recruiter and sourcer, I absolutely love this tool. Read about it here. It gives me email, phone and social media information of a person when I view their profile on Twitter, Quora and LinkedIn. No more email list buying or wasting time worrying over InMail response rates. I can connect with you all the time anytime. I’ve scared my share of candidates as I’ve been testing the service. If you read the TOS, they are collecting information from any open tab on the browser where the extension is installed. Companies need to be aware of the apps and tools employees are using as they might be compromising the organization and putting them at risk. Your security team should be aware of extensions and different tools employees are using for work and the information those tools are gathering about your company.Wearable tech like Google Glass. Tech like this allows me to shoot video and take pictures either by touching my Glass or by voice. While I don’t have x-ray vision, I am able to instantly upload and record information completely hands free. The current version of Glass is part of a closed beta program. However, it should be available to the general public later this year. The tech right now (seen above) is big and clunky so it’s easy to see. Google recently filed a patent for contact lenses that take pictures and record video. Employers should be aware that in the years at follow, we won’t be able to tell who is wearing wearable tech like Google Glass and if/when big brother is watching.Earful and Anonymous Apps for the Workplace. A new app was released last month for anonymous communication based on the app Secret.ly but exclusively for company employees. Called Earful and available on Apple’s iTunes, employees from an organization can join by downloading the app and can post their workplace secrets and opinions both good and bad anonymously with one another completely oblivious to their employer and management team. Employees verify that they work at a company through LinkedIn, and they can begin sharing with each other anonymously. Managers don’t know that the sharing is happening. It’s the workplace grapevine meets technology meets mobile all in one, and that’s downright scary.The future or technology is driven by demand as well as the desire for information, particularly how we live our lives so that companies can better target us as consumers and citizens in this new global and 24 hour economy. Employers need to stay up to date on technology trends and really sit down and consumer how these consumer and corporate products and services will impact their company’s security, privacy and business strategies.To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

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Pakistan cry foul after losing World Cup kabaddi final to India

first_imgPakistan lost to India 42-45 in the final at Guru Gobind Singh Multipurpose Stadium. (Reuters)After Pakistan hockey team held India responsible for their defeat in Champions Trophy final. This time their kabaddi team captain Shafiq Chisti has blamed umpires of bias towards India in the World Cup Cup final, which Pakistan lost 42-45 to India at the Guru Gobind Singh Multipurpose Stadium.The Pakistan players also accused that the organisers ensured an India win through bias and foul play. For most part of the match, Pakistan were leading but India took off at the end. The Pakistan captain also alleged that the game was reduced by the umpire to facilitate India’s victory for the fifth successive year.”They (umpires) didn’t even allow us to have water and the third umpire also threatened us, asking us to get on quickly with the game,” Shafiq told the media.Shafiq also alleged that the game was immediately stopped after India took the lead. “They also ended the game prematurely,” he added.last_img read more

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Monsoon style: How to get dressed in less than a minute

first_imgSay hello to the rainy July by putting an end to the gloomy sweaty summer with a dash of style. With the beginning of monsoon, you are happily willing to bid goodbye to the scorching heat. Keep the trend going when it comes to your fashion statements. Rainy days, windy breeze and humid weather means soppy, dirty clothes and ruined shoes, agreed. But how about learning some quick style bites on how to dress up in less than a minute? We have the top 5 tricks for a quickie!  Easy-going throw-on dresses  Wear clothes that are easy to put on. Throw on those loose-fitting, asymmetrically cut linen/cotton dresses or cute smock dresses with pockets. And if you don’t have either of the two, don’t worry, pick up shift dresses in bright colours or oversized T-shirt dresses for that flowy fit. These type of dresses are ideal for monsoon and hardly take any time to wear. It’s also a cool idea to wear denim dresses as it is made from a heavier fabric that won’t go transparent. You can also prevent your dress by wearing a trench coat.Apply a pop of bright coloured lipstickWear a bright coloured lipstick, it is the perfect antidote to the grey weather. Keep the make-up simple by applying any light weight, water-resistant, oil-free tinted SPF moisturiser or anything that does not necessarily rub off easily like foundation does.  Slide into that jelly slip-on or gumboots Avoid wearing heels, shoes, flats or anything with leather, suede and similar materials. Bring out those PU or PVC slip-on that comes with raised sole or those jelly slip-on sandals and pool sliders that are funky and come in bright colours. These sandals can be teamed with anything casual and make for a sassy style statement. You can also opt for shiny brogues that are made from PU and have front lace-up closure, if you want to keep your feet covered. Gumboots are the new ‘in thing’, if you want to stand out in a crowd, sport these in neon colours.Here’s how you can incorporate gumboots into your wardrobeadvertisement Top-knot bun never gets oldHair always takes abeating with frizz and dampness. Tame them by using your favourite serum and make a messy top-knot bun or a simple high pony.  Get that see-through PU handbag Don’t go overboard with the accessories like you would on other days. Just a handbag and watch, keep it minimal. Pick one of those see- through PU handbags which will keep your things safe and dry. Also using an acrylic clutch that comes in a variety of neon colours are super quirky and water resistant. Otherwise a polyester baggy bag would do. Just throw in your stuff and you are ready to go. There you go. All set to embrace the rain but don’t forget to carry an umbrella!last_img read more

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