Franchise owners reject PCB proposal for women cheerleaders in PSL

first_imgThe six franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have rejected a proposal of the Cricket Board to have women cheerleaders for the fourth edition to be played in the country and UAE.According to a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board, the PSL secretariat had suggested to the franchise owners that if they were willing to shell out USD 14000 each, it could hire women cheerleaders to perform during PSL 4, which begins from February 14.”The franchise owners rejected the proposal firstly objecting to them having to shell out USD 14,000 dollars and secondly because they felt the presence of cheerleaders would not be helpful in enhancing the popularity and following of the league,” the source said.He said some franchise owners had also raised the point how women cheerleaders could be allowed in the PSL given the conservative culture of Pakistani society.”The franchise owners were assured the women cheerleaders would be wearing proper eastern dresses and would not wear anything objectionable and they would perform in one corner of the ground where the matches are to be held,” he said.The source said the franchise owners did not go for the PCB proposal as they were already struggling to make profits from the league and have been under pressure to also submit bank guarantees to the Board before the start of the tournament.The source said the PSL officials felt it would be a good idea to follow the example of other leagues, which have women cheerleaders, and introduce the concept this time in the PSL.advertisementIn the first three PSL editions, the PCB had relied on male dancers and performers to entertain the crowd between overs.Also Read | Pakistan Cricket Board disappointed with Sarfraz Ahmed’s ICC ban over racial slurAlso Read | ICC suspends Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for 4 matches over racist tauntlast_img read more



Padre Azul Tequila Is the Lovechild of an Austrian Banker and a Mexican Distilling Family

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One Padre Azul 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenders The No.1 rule of tequila is that it must come from Weber agave and Tequilana agave plants, native only to Mexico. So how in the world did the Austrian co-founder of Padre Azul Tequila, H.P. Eder, go from being the son of a Schnapps distiller to creating his own Mexico-based tequila label?Love.Eder was working in Heidelberg, Germany, in the banking industry when Adriana Alvarez Maxemin (his future wife) studied there. They fell in love and, eventually, it was time to meet the parents — or, in Adriana’s case, a huge Mexican family that brought 300 people to a welcome party. Eder’s future father-in-law sat down and had a tequila with him — the first, real tequila of Eder’s life.“It was the most delicious spirit I had ever had,” Eder tells The Manual.Now, Padre Azul (Spanish for “blue father”) is a family business in every sense of the word, pulling from Eder’s own distilling roots and digging deep into Mexican spirits and culture. We sat down with Eder to talk Vogelbeerschnaps, the best hidden restaurants in Mexico, and the exact temperature to chill your Padre Azul.The Manual: What was it like growing up distilling as a boy?H.P. Eder: I grew up in Rauris, a small village in the middle of the Alps. My parents have a farm and small hotel there and I grew up in the rhythm of nature. One crucial part of our calendar was making Vogelbeerschnaps, which is a typical handcrafted spirit made in this region. It is made of rowanberry, which grows on trees. Harvesting starts in September and all of our family members, uncles, and aunts were involved for more than four weeks during harvest. After harvesting the fruit, you have to split the berries from small branches then crush them and put them in big barrels for fermentation. The mash then rests more than five months in the barrels and is twice distilled. This was always a big family event.Padre AzulTM: Vogelbeerschnaps is your father’s claim to fame in the spirits world. How did he create it?HE: Every distiller in this region has his secrets and my father’s Schnaps always turned out to be one of the best, selling out before the others. One bottle is more than $120 and is treated like gold. My father distilled strictly according to a more than fifth-generation family recipe.TM: What happened after you tasted real tequila for the first time?HE: I was really amazed and wanted to bring this quality to Europe because people needed to taste it. Since I grew up distilling with my father, I was very keen on how it is produced and made. I was and still am fascinated by the friendship-orientated culture and Mexican way of life. It is such a big contrast to our time-focused culture, and one thing is almost always present: tequila.TM: How many members of your family are involved in Padre Azul?HE: My father-in-law Francisco Alvarez manages our production. He actually gave us the idea to distill our own tequila. And Erika Sangeado, my wife’s cousin, is our master distillerPadre AzulTM: As a man who shaped his life around Mexican culture, what are your insider travel recommendations?HE: I love Adriana’s hometown, Tlaquepaque. It’s a typical Mexican village with lots of restaurants and handcrafted shops. Make sure to have some traditional food at Casa Luna or Casa Fuerte, and a nice boutique hotel is Hotel Quinta San Jose. Don’t miss a trip to Tapalpa in the countryside and on Thursdays, be sure to go to Tonala, where there is a big market. I also love Chipas and San Cristobal de las Casa and doing a hike to San Juan Chamula.TM: Favorite hidden restaurants in Mexico?HE:Quintonil, Mexico City (high-end Mexican food)Casa Oaxaca, OaxacaLobster and bean tacos in RosaritoPalReal, Guadalajara (modern traditional Mexican food)TM: Back to tequila: How would you describe the taste of Padre Azul?HE:Silver: The first smells are the cooked agave, vanilla, and coconut. Then you get citrus such as grapefruit and lemon along with vapors like English mint, finishing with fruit compote, cherry, peach, and pineapple. In the mouth, it’s velvety and intense.Reposado: The first impression is a balance between distillation and the flavors given by the barrel such as fruit compote, pear, banana, and dried orange. You’ll then notice the cooked agave and delicate hints of raw agave, which smells slightly herbal. Vanilla, caramel, coconut, and white chocolate result from resting in barrels.Añejo: The flavors developed in the barrel like coffee, burnt caramel, vanilla, and caramelized nuts are very expressive. Sweet hints of dried fruits such as cherry, apricot, and cooked agave. It is complex, sophisticated, and balanced. You will taste flavors like vanilla, caramel, and dried fruits. It is silky, sweet and has a long finish.Padre AzulTM: How do you recommend drinking Padre Azul?HE: For silver, we recommend first chilling to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, then letting it air out in the glass for about 20 minutes to get the most flavors and aromas. Reposado, enjoy at around 64 degrees Fahrenheit and let it air out in the glass for about 20 minutes. And añejo the same, but chill to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.TM: You age your añejo longer than usual. Why and how long?HE: It is aged for 18 months. This is because it gets smoother the longer it’s in the barrel and also can extract more flavors like coffee, burned caramel, caramelized nuts, and dried fruits.TM: Many people associate tequila with cheap brands and cringe-worthy aftertastes. Is there a luxury tequila revolution taking place?HE: I had the same experience. I wasn’t familiar with such a high-quality tequila when I first visited Mexico. Certain brands destroyed the reputation of tequila completely and that’s why we started our endeavor —to be a part of the tequila revolution! We are discovering the true value of tequila as a luxury spirit and we are bringing our product around the world. I truly believe luxury tequila is the next big thing in the spirits business … Which other spirit do you know of where the original plant grows for eight years? 1 of 6 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Padre Azul Previous Padre Azul Padre Azul Next Padre Azul Padre Azul Padre Azul last_img read more


Government Moving to Build Resilience of Water Infrastructure to Address Water Crisis

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament last evening (May 15) outlined several measures to improve water production capacity in Kingston and St. Andrew. At present the water levels in the Mona Reservoir is at 27 Percent and the Hermitage Dam, 33 percent. The Government is moving to do major upgrades of the water transmission systems while looking to source new wells and springs and establish a new water treatment plant from Rio Cobre, to assist in alleviating the water shortage in the Corporate Area.Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament last evening (May 15) outlined several measures to improve water production capacity in Kingston and St. Andrew. At present the water levels in the Mona Reservoir is at 27 Percent and the Hermitage Dam, 33 percent.Prime Minister Holness said the major upgrade of the transmission system and the construction of a 15-million-gallon water treatment plant on the Rio Cobre in St Catherine will improve water supply and meet future water needs.The Prime Minister said it will cost some US$160 million to upgrade some water distribution systems in the Corporate Area.“We are nearing completion of the water works along both Hagley Park Road and Constant Spring Road. Once finished, we will see upgraded transmission mains and a more reliable system of distribution in the areas”, stated Prime Minister Holness.Prime Minister Holness expressed hope for rainfall in the coming months to increase the water levels in the storage facilities.“We are hoping that when the heavens do open and the rains come, we will be in a better position to save this precious resource and to improve the conditions of our people. We also urge persons to conserve where possible as this too will help in these difficult times”, said Prime Minister.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness said he is aware of the cries of homeowners and business operators within the Corporate Area and sections of St. Catherine, bemoaning the lack of sufficient supply of potable water.“I am faced with the issues first-hand as my Constituency is one that consistently suffers from the lack of a reliable supply of potable water. We understand the great level of frustration and inconvenience this has caused in affected households and places of business and we appreciate the patience and understanding being experienced by residents”, said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister apologized to the country for the shortage of water that has inconvenienced residents across the Corporate Area for several weeks. Story Highlights Prime Minister Holness said the major upgrade of the transmission system and the construction of a 15-million-gallon water treatment plant on the Rio Cobre in St Catherine will improve water supply and meet future water needs. The Government is moving to do major upgrades of the water transmission systems while looking to source new wells and springs and establish a new water treatment plant from Rio Cobre, to assist in alleviating the water shortage in the Corporate Area.last_img read more


HMM Sets Sights on Arctic Shipping

first_imgzoom South Korean container shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is reviewing Arctic shipping opportunities as it eyes cost savings resulting from the shorter trip duration between Asia and Europe via the route.According to the Pulsenews, a trial operation is being planned for 2020 with the deployment of 2,5000 to 3,500 TEU ships.A HMM Spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News that the Arctic voyage is being considered as a new idea.However, the specific dates and reported vessel specifications could not be confirmed, as the company “has nothing definite yet”.Should the plans move forward, HMM would become the first South Korean container carrier to transit the route.The Arctic vessel traffic more than doubled as sea ice retreated over the past 40 years, with expectations that the traffic volume might triple by 2020.Nevertheless, shipping in the region poses a number of risks such as lack of hydrographic study of specific areas of the Arctic Ocean, a year-round ice factor and the need for qualified personnel.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Wine Experience at Info Centres

first_imgTourists can now pick up a bottle of Nova Scotia wine when they stop for information at the Yarmouth, Amherst and Port Hastings visitor information centres. The centres are among 10 owned by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Nova Scotia wines are being sold in their gift shops which are operated by Island Beach Company. “This is an excellent way to promote Nova Scotia products that are part of the visitor experience,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Food and wine are among our visitors’ key interests. Making the products easier for tourists to buy in our visitor information centres helps provide the authentic Nova Scotia experience they’re looking for.” Wines from Jost, Grand Pré and Lunenburg wineries are on the shelves in these gift shops. Products from other Nova Scotia wineries may soon be sold as well. “Having local wines available in gift shops at visitor information centres makes the fact that we have a wonderful growing wine industry in Nova Scotia more real to tourists and it’s already stimulating sales for us,” said Hans Christian Jost, owner of Jost Vineyards in Malagash. “We know of many tourists who speak to travel counsellors in the centre, then browse through the gift shop where they find Nova Scotia wines, and return to the travel counsellors to get more information about visiting our wine region.” During the second annual Discover the Wines of Nova Scotia Tour, which started in September, visitors can stroll through vineyards, sample wines and learn about pairing wine with food. Events are happening at vineyards and restaurants across the province until Oct. 27. Dates and locations are listed on the Nova Scotia Wineries Association’s website at www.winesofnovascotia.ca . Last summer, the department ran a pilot project with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and Island Beach Company to test the sale of Nova Scotia wine, beer and liquor in the Yarmouth visitor information centre gift shop. The wines were the most popular choice among visitors. Island Beach Company was awarded a contract to operate the three gift shops in Yarmouth, Amherst and Post Hastings in 2007.last_img read more


Canadas health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain UN

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.That’s the conclusion of the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras. He wrapped an 11-day visit to Canada Friday.He says most Canadians enjoy a good standard of care but barriers remain for Indigenous peoples, the poor, undocumented migrants and other vulnerable groups.Puras says Canada has yet to fully embrace the notion that health care is a human right, despite signing onto international declarations on the subject.Puras also says Canada should stop providing foreign aid to countries with mental health systems that rely on over-medication and coercion.A summary of Puras’ findings was contained in news release issued Friday; his full report is due in June.last_img read more


More Canadians are saying the countrys housing is unaffordable regardless of income

OTTAWA — Feel like a house in your city is unaffordable? Apparently, you’re not alone.A new poll suggests that just over two in five Canadians believe housing in this country is not affordable for them, a finding that cuts almost evenly across income levels.The poll by EKOS Research appears even more bleak in some of Canada’s hottest housing markets, where only a small sliver of respondents said they believe homes are affordable.The data closely lines up with more formal benchmarks the federal government uses to measure affordability, as well as other data about the cost of housing, whether purchased or rented.The Trudeau government has promised a national housing strategy to help Canadians find and afford suitable housing, part of a larger strategy to reduce poverty. But the poll suggests the government is also dealing with public fears about affordability.Mortgage rate hike looms as Canadians hit near-record debtHas Poloz been more hawkish than people think? The July 12 rate decision will offer up some clues“It’s a deeply troubling finding that in certain portions of Canada, either geographically or societally, that this is a crisis level,” said Frank Graves, president of EKOS Research.The poll found about half of respondents who consider themselves poor or working class believe that the cost of local housing is beyond their means. The rate was 38 per cent and 37 per cent, respectively, with respondents who consider themselves middle or upper class.Looking at cities, only six per cent of respondents in Toronto and two per cent in Vancouver said they believe housing was affordable. In Calgary, the number was 11 per cent; in Montreal, 22 per cent.The results of the telephone poll of 5,658 Canadians, conducted between June 1 and 19, are considered accurate to within 1.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.The federal government hopes to halve the number of the hardest-to-help homeless, lifting tens of thousands out of “core housing need” — meaning they spend more than one-third of their before-tax income on housing that may be substandard or doesn’t meet their needs.The Liberal government believes the biggest impact could be on renters who are stretched financially in many of Canada’s biggest cities.Research from the University of Calgary’s school of public policy finds that affordability crunch is most acute in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto, where a low-income family can spend upwards of half their income on the lowest-priced apartments.Different situations in different cities make crafting a national housing strategy a challenge, because it must account for regional variations in incomes and costs, the school says in its June research note.Municipal leaders are asking the government to prioritize federal spending on repair existing and construct new affordable housing units to deal with chronic shortages and deepening poverty in Canada. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is also recommending the government provide direct housing support newcomers to Canada and provide more help for indigenous peoples living in urban centres.The recommendations are part of a submission to the Liberals’ anti-poverty strategy consultations.The Canadian Press read more


Annan calls on Israel to cease West Bank settlement expansion

“The Secretary-General expresses strong concern over reports of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank, through the Government of Israel’s recent publication of tenders for construction of new housing units,” a statement issued by his spokesman said.Such activities “clearly contradict Israel’s obligations under the Road Map” which unequivocally calls for a freeze on all settlement activity, the spokesman noted, pointing out that this also covers what is called “natural growth,” namely the construction of housing within the existing boundaries of a given settlement.The Secretary-General called on the Israeli Government to cease this settlement expansion and to fulfil its Road Map obligations.The Road Map, sponsored by the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States, calls for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two States living side-by-side in peace by the end of next year. read more


Water resources a reason for cooperation not conflict Ban tells Security Council

“The need for coordination in water management is especially compelling for the more than 260 international rivers and at least that many transboundary aquifers,” Mr. Ban told a Security Council debate, which was open to non-Council members.According to a concept note issued by Senegal, the Council’s President for November, in the same way that disputes over oil and land have led to conflicts now and in the past, disputes over water could lead to confrontations in the future, if nothing is done. The debate is an opportunity to showcase successful experiences and mechanisms for cooperation and mediation with a view to strengthening one of the UN’s weaknesses – conflict prevention. “Access to water can exacerbate communal tensions,” the UN chief said, citing hostile competition for scarce water resources in Darfur and Afghanistan as well as protests and violence against extractive companies by local communities in Peru.On the other hand, shared water has historically – and sometimes rather improbably – brought adversaries together, and served as a crucial confidence-building measure in both inter-state and intrastate conflicts, Mr. Ban stressed, noting that in the second half of the 20th century, more than 200 water treaties were successfully negotiated. In addition, he said, international river agreements have enhanced security and stability in river basins, such as the 1960 Indus Waters agreement between India and Pakistan, which has famously survived at least two wars and numerous clashes and diplomatic crises. In the Nile Basin, last year’s signing of a Declaration of Principles by the Governments of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, followed more recently by various formal and informal dialogues, has been a vital confidence-building measure. And in the Senegal River Basin, riparian States including Mali, Mauritania and Senegal have had a long history of benefit-sharing, providing a cornerstone for regional stability and peace. With at least one in four human beings likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water by 2050, the UN has actively promoted the potential of water for cooperation, the Secretary-General said.The work of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) on “hydro-diplomacy” is one notable example. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Water Convention is now open for accession to all UN Member States, offering the opportunity to create a global framework for dealing with transboundary water issues. The Department of Political Affairs and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have published a useful guide containing best practices in this area. A dam in Um Baru, North Darfur, which, during the rainy season, increases water storage, supports frequent irrigation of agricultural lands and reduces the risks of floods. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam The Laghman River, one of Afghanistan’s many waterways, is essential to agriculture and other development in this largely rural eastern province. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Mr. Ban also stressed the central role of women in local water management, the negatively compounding impact of climate change on these challenges as well as the holding of water resources as military strategies.“Despite these serious challenges, we must also recognize the potential for cooperation around shared water resources,” he said. “And let us commit to invest in water security as a means to ensure long-term international peace and security.” Today’s debate was also addressed by Danilo Turk, Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace; Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee on Red Cross; and Sundeep Waslekar, Strategic Foresight Group President. read more


Kareem AbdulJabbar Blasts Stereotype All Athletes are Cheaters Amid

(Wikimedia Commons)Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has heard about the Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloé Kardashian. He’s also heard people say that Kardashian should have seen it coming due to his athlete status and he wants folks to know that’s the wrong way to think.The retired NBA star explains the issue with boxing athletes as cheaters in a Monday, April 16 essay for Cosmopolitan, saying it’s still bad even if it doesn’t compare to making a sexist joke or buying into racist stereotypes.“This is a pervasive opinion people have of pro athletes — and not even the worst one,” he wrote of unfaithful pro-players. “But that doesn’t make it true or acceptable. Imagine how different the response would be if the comment were, ‘He’s Black.’ But athletes are expected to accept the insulting stereotypes, shut up, and dribble.“This offensive characterization is in no way on par with the much worse stereotyping of women, people of color, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community,” he continued. “But when we allow any prejudice to pass unchallenged, we endorse all prejudice. That smarmy joke about dumb blondes that a colleague tells at lunch demeans all women. That ‘observation’ about smart Asian students or gay flair or rapist immigrants endorses an environment of lazy thinking that carries over into other decision-making that is ultimately detrimental to society. When we hear casual stereotyping and say nothing, we collude in the detriment.”After acknowledging the role confirmation bias plays into pushing forward the notion that athletes are all cheaters, Abdul-Jabbar also admitted that sports stars from all kinds of games have had their share of indiscretions.“What makes the Khloé Kardashian situation more poignant — and more ripe for tabloid fodder — is that this is not the first time she’s been publicly cheated on, not even the first pro athlete to cheat on her,” he said, possibly referring to Rashad McCants, who claimed the cheating story was made up for TV.“Certainly, wealth, power, and fame give athletes, politicians, musicians, actors, and filmmakers more opportunities to be unfaithful to their spouses,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “But availability is no excuse for availing. Nor is it okay to use the bad behavior of some to characterize all. I’m not here to defend or condemn Tristan Thompson’s actions. If people feel the need to judge him, let them do so based on his behavior, not his profession or gender.”Meanwhile, folks on Twitter have been giving their take on the 71-year-old baller’s essay.“Right, so it’s our fault this stereotype persists, we make them cheat by our micro-aggressions,” someone said. “Got it. It’s a form of stereotyping, therefore a form of #racsim and so on, blah, blah, blah.”“Well they need to stop cheating so they aren’t stereotyped… if the shoe fits, buy a matching shirt,” someone else said.“Lol, but why isn’t this stereotype pushed on actors, musicians and politicians too?” someone else wondered. “They cheat just as often? Why not criticize the home wreckers, groupie, and gossip sites that take advantage of often false rumors to defame celebrities?” read more


Off the Ball 5 announce new partnership with the Irish Times

first_imgUpdated 12.25THE ‘OFF THE BALL 5′ are back.Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan — the team formerly behind Newstalk’s award-winning sports show — have confirmed their return to broadcasting in a new partnership with the Irish Times.The new “Second Captains @ The Irish Times” will be a weekly show free to stream and podcast worldwide every Tuesday.The announcement brings an end to weeks of speculation following the team’s high-profile departure from Newstalk.The quintet surprised listeners in early March when they resigned en masse following “fundamental differences of opinion” with station management regarding the show’s scope and time slot.Reports suggested that a return to radio or a possible cross-over into television were in the pipeline, but the team were required to serve out two months of “gardening leave” before announcing their next move.“This month, the only place to hear the Second Captains is with irishtimes.com,” a statement this morning read, wording which suggests that the team may branch out into further projects either collectively or individually in the near future.Off the Ball has since continued in its nightly 7pm-10pm slot on Newstalk, anchored by one of the show’s original creators Ger Gilroy and co-presenter Joe Molloy.11 ways the world has changed since the Off The Ball 5 were last on the airlast_img read more


Push to extend Greeces tourism period

first_imgBudget European airliner EasyJet has approached Greek tourist officials in an attempt to have the country’s tourism season extended, after it saw numbers to north African destinations drop as a result of increased terror attacks.The company – founded by Athens born Cypriot Stelio Haji-Ioannou – wants the period to run March to November, compared to the current May to September months.Flights to Tunisia have been scrapped after two separate terror attacks in the coastal town of Sousse and the Tunis’s Bardo National Museums killed dozens this year.“There’s a lot more unrest in places like Egypt and North Africa than we’ve seen,” UK regional director Sophie Dekkers said. “Where we probably would be piling on a lot more capacity, at the moment we’re being a bit more cautious because the consumer is being more cautious.”It would like to see the extended period operate from 2016. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Alcool la population des Pygmées Baka en danger depuis louverture dun bar

first_imgAlcool : la population des Pygmées Baka en danger depuis l’ouverture d’un barDéjà victimes de la déforestation, les habitants de Moange-le-Bosquet, au Cameroun, sont en train de voir leur taux de natalité chuter de manière vertigineuse depuis 7 ans. Les travaux d’un directeur de recherche au CNRS montrent que l’installation d’un bar dans le village pourrait être responsable de ce phénomène.   L’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé, on le sait. Mais ce que l’on sait moins c’est qu’il représente  un véritable risque pour la survie de l’espèce humaine. A plus de 4.000 km de Paris, dans le sud du Cameroun, un peuple est en train de disparaître. Et pas n’importe lequel. Celui des Pygmées Baka, l’un des derniers de notre planète à vivre de la chasse et de la cueillette. Et l’ouverture d’un bar n’y serait pas étrangère. Un paléontologue Made in France a mené l’enquêteDirecteur de recherche au CNRS, Fernando Ramirez Rozzi a passé de nombreuses années à étudier les Pygmées Baka, un peuple forestier vivant essentiellement au Cameroun et au Gabon. Leur population est estimée aujourd’hui entre 30 et 40.000 personnes. Ce chiffre pourrait dramatiquement baisser, comme l’a constaté le paléontologue dont les récents travaux ont été publiés, le 18 juin, dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (les comptes-rendus de l’Académie nationale des sciences des États-Unis d’Amérique).C’est en examinant des statistiques concernant la population (800 habitants) du village-capitale de Moange-le-Bosquet, au sud du Cameroun, qu’il a remarqué une très forte baisse de la natalité, depuis 2011. Des données qui n’ont pas été aisées à récupérer. En effet, dans les sociétés nomades et de chasseurs-cueilleurs,  il est rare que les naissances soient répertoriées dans des registres. Mais en croisant les archives des religieuses qui se sont installées dans un dispensaire médical et ses propres annales, Fernando Ramirez Rozzi a pu mener à bien ses recherches. Entre 2007 et 2010, les femmes avaient en moyenne 8,8 enfants. Mais depuis 2011 et jusqu’en 2017, ce chiffre est tombé à 5,6 enfants par femme. Une chute qu’a bien évidemment voulu comprendre le chercheur. Après avoir examiné d’autres causes probables qui auraient pu impacter le taux de natalité, comme une hausse de maladies pouvant entraîner des problèmes de fertilité, il n’a pu que se rendre à l’évidence. Seule l’ouverture d’un bar, en 2010, dans le village pouvait expliquer cette baisse.Un bar qui sert un dangereux mélange Tenu par une femme parlant la langue Baka, le bar est devenu « The place to be » du village où hommes, femmes et même enfants se retrouvent. Mais Chez Djeny, on n’y sert pas que des sodas et du jus d’orange. Un dangereux cocktail à base de méthanol (un produit toxique qui sert de combustible) et d’éthanol (un alcool utilisé dans les dissolvants)  est proposé dans des pochettes pour 0,09 dollars (environ 8 centimes d’euro). Un prix attractif qui pousse malheureusement à la consommation d’alcool.À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolCette dernière, comme l’ont prouvé plusieurs études nuit à la fertilité féminine … et masculine. Le bar continue de servir ce mélange toxique alors que le gouvernement camerounais l’a pourtant interdit en raison de ses conséquences sur le système nerveux et le développement de certains cancers. Depuis 2011, l’intoxication alcoolique est l’une des premières causes de décès chez les Baka. « Cette baisse spectaculaire de la fertilité met en danger les chances de survie de ce peuple. [La consommation de ce mélange] peut avoir des conséquences  sur la mortalité infantile, alerte Fernando Ramirez Rozzi. Même de très jeunes enfants suçotent les dernières gouttes qu’ils trouvent dans les sachets abandonnés au sol » Lorsque le paléontologue du CNRS a averti les femmes du village des dangers que cela représentait « ellesont été très, très inquiètes quand on leur a parlé de la chute du taux de fertilité ». Peut-être militeront-elles pour que Chez Djeny ferme ses portes ou modifie, au moins, sa carte des consommations.  Par M.M À lire aussiAlcoolisme : les signes à ne pas ignorerL’OMS reconnaît l’addiction aux jeux vidéo comme une maladieLe 19 juin 2018 à 14:29 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more


Technology outages compound DMV inefficiencies and wait times

first_img Posted: August 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Sasha Foo takes a closer look at recent technology outages at local DMV’s, that combined with inefficiencies and long wait times, have made the problems with California DMV’s even worse. August 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo Technology outages compound DMV inefficiencies and wait times Sasha Foo, last_img read more


Davie family displaced after fire express gratitude for 7News viewers donations

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida family is giving thanks after receiving a generous gesture from 7News viewers, days after their home went up in flames.Davie homeowner David Cohen and his family received donations from kind 7News viewers on Sunday. Those viewers provided school supplies and clothing.Cohen said the family’s air conditioning unit caught fire, Wednesday, and destroyed their home, located near Southwest 39th Court and Davie Road.The heartbroken family is now homeless. “It really hurts. It really, really does, man,” David told a 7News crew on Saturday. “I’ve been here all my life, but in this house, I’ve been here 25 years.”RELATED: Davie family displaced after fire destroys homeThe family said, without homeowners insurance, it’s impossible for them to rebuild on their own.A family member has set up a GoFundMe page to help the Cohens during this difficult time. If you would like to make a donation, click here. You may also call David at 863-212-3631 or Rudy at 954-638-4882. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Sterling Highway Shoulder Widening Construction Project Starts Monday

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will begin the process of widening the shoulders of the Sterling Highway from MP 97 to 118 starting on Monday, March 25. DOT will be working to widen the highway shoulders and install four large diameter culverts. This project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. Drivers should expect minor delays in the area during the duration of the project. Construction for the 2019 season will primarily occur at Slikok Tributary, Crooked Creek, and Clam Gulch. The Coal Creek culvert will be replaced as a part of improvements, and the adjacent areas revegetated and restored. Construction work includes pavement removal, unclassified excavation, embankment, grading, paving, stream diversions, stream channel construction, stream bank construction, culvert installation, signing, and striping.last_img read more


Proposed criminal justice reform bill under scrutiny

first_imgSenators are working on a bill that would overhaul Alaska’s criminal justice system. The measure would reduce arrests and prison time for nonviolent offenses. It also would help prisoners re-enter society.But victim’s rights advocates and some legislators have raised concerns about the legislation.Download AudioThe bill draws on recommendations from the 13-member Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. It spent more than a year considering ways to reduce recidivism while taking pressure off of the need to build more prisons.Bill sponsor North Pole Republican Senator John Coghill said the bill would reduce the state’s prison population by 21 percent over the next 10 years, saving the state more than $400 million.Coghill also has worked to include input from victim’s rights advocates, who are worried that the bill would make life easier for offenders at victims’ expense.Emily Haynes testified in Juneau that a man who sexually assaulted her could be released soon due to the bill. That’s because he accepted a plea bargain that reduced the severity of his conviction.“I oppose this bill,” said Haynes. “It’s going to have a direct impact on my life. Five years ago I was a victim of a violent sexual assault and the offender will be eligible for release immediately under your proposal. For the past five years, I’ve been fighting this case.”And Butch Moore of Anchorage asked that the bill be changed to require those convicted of murder to have minimum sentences at least as long as those convicted of rapes. His daughter was killed in 2014.The bill’s been changed to carve out people convicted of sex crimes and domestic violence offenses from those who could be released from prison early.Chugiak Republican Senator Bill Stoltze supported more changes to the bill yesterday (Tuesday).While the commission included a police officer and heard testimony from victims’ rights advocates and corrections officers, Stoltze said law enforcement and victims didn’t have enough input on the legislation. He chairs the Senate State Affairs Committee.“Well, I think the rights have victims have been improved. I don’t think they were really that well considered through the commission process,” Stoltze said. “I think they were invited but not that welcomed there. And the Office of Victim Rights, which has very in-depth expertise, really didn’t get meaningful input until the bill got to this committee.”The Senate State Affairs Committee amended the bill to require the Department of Corrections to notify victims of offenders who are eligible for release under the bill, as well as contact information for the body that will decide whether to release the prisoner. The committee made a series of amendments and voted to release the bill.Supporters of the legislation have credited the Pew Charitable Trusts with providing much of the research and national expertise that supported the commission’s work.But Stoltze said the nonprofit foundation has had two much influence over the bill.“I haven’t fallen under the talismanic influences of the Pew Charitable Trusts,” said Stoltze. “I am interested in the fiscal savings. But I think the public has not been well enough informed of the details about that crime bill.”But supporters of the bill are concerned that some of the changes are weakening the bill.Grace Singh, assistant to the president at the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, criticizes a provision that requires that those who’ve had their convictions suspended still have their charges listed on the website CourtView.“This significantly discourages self-sufficiency, and it puts them in a more desperate position, which will not discourage crime or recidivism,” Singh said.The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the bill next.last_img read more


Airbnb buying Indianfounded background check startup

first_imgAirbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky launches a new Airbnb service in New Delhi on March 19 this year.IANSShort-term lodging rental company Airbnb is buying Trooly, a background check startup co-founded by Savi Baveja, Anish Das Sarma and Nilesh Dalvi, in an effort to protect its hosts and guests from trouble makers using its service.Trooly analyses user data from social media, public records, and various other sources to verify the identity of users and prevent the registration of scammers or other bad actors.The Los Altos, California-based company has been helping Airbnb authenticate user identities since 2015. By analysing data from public records, social media and other sources, Trooly’s technology could help Airbnb track various customer violations, such as side deals between guests and hosts, according to a Bloomberg report.According to the report, Airbnb is expected to purchase Trooly’s intellectual property and engineering team on Monday.”We look forward to welcoming the Trooly team to Airbnb in the coming weeks,” Airbnb spokesman Tim Rathschmidt told Bloomberg, without providing a specific purchase price or other details of the arrangement between the two companies.Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has found the task of whetting fraudulent listings a truly difficult one, as many people have been posing as property owners. Trooly’s data analysis has helped the verification process immensely and the purchase of the company will help Airbnb consolidate host and guest data to make oversight more efficient.In recent years, some Airbnb guests have been reportedly circumventing the service’s system to conduct side deals on social media or offer to pay hosts directly after locating them on the service. The purchase of Trooly should help Airbnb verify the identities of users on its platform more stringently.Airbnb takes as much as a 12 percent fee from its guests. Hosts are charged a 3 percent fee on listings that are booked. In most cases, the company is also required to charge guests a local tax, usually 3 per cent, though the tax rates vary by city, state and country.Founded in 2008, Airbnb raised $1.5 billion in December 2015. In 2016, it reportedly raised $10 million, according to venture capital tracking portal Crunchbase. It raised an additional $1 billion from unnamed investors in a funding round in March this year, expanding its warchest at a time of increased investor interest in fast-growing businesses.Airbnb raised $1 billion as part of the financing round which started in 2016, which had valued the business at $30 billion. Airbnb’s current valuation is understood to be approximately $25.5 billion.Over the years, Airbnb has raised more than $3 billion, and secured $1 billion as line of credit, according to research firm CB Insights. Airbnb, based in San Francisco, is the No.2 most valuable private company in the United States behind Uber, the ride-hailing business, according to CB Insights.last_img read more


Learn to Speak Like a Millennial With 300 New Dictionarycom Definitions

first_img Oxford Dictionary adds new slang, gaming terms, and a verb form of ̵…Adorkable is now a real word in the dictionary Stay on target Colorism: “Differential treatment based on skin color, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter skin tone and mistreatment or exclusion of those with a darker skin tone, typically among those of the same racial group or ethnicity”Whitelash: “A hostile or violent reaction by white people to the advances or influx of other racial or ethnic groups” (first recorded in 1965-70)Other race-based additions—neither term nor phenomena new—include:White guilt: “The feelings of shame and remorse some white people experience when they recognize the legacy of racism and injustice and perceive the ways they have benefited from it”White fragility: “The tendency among members of the dominant white cultural group to have a defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism” (coined by author and academic Robin DiAngelo in her 2011 article “White Fragility”)And in a win for feminism, the dictionary has defined two relevant and provocative concepts:Male gaze: “The assumption in visual and creative arts that the default or desired audience consists of heterosexual males, and inclusion of women in narrative or art should seek to please this audience with the objectification or sexualization of these depicted women” (coined by film theorist Laura Mulvey in her 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”)Toxic masculinity: “A cultural concept of manliness that glorifies stoicism, strength, virility, and dominance, and that is socially maladaptive or harmful to mental health”The list goes on—including technological terms (virtue signaling, crybullies), gullible gags (dad joke, womp womp, brain fart), and cultural curiosities (death cleaning, thirst trap, imposter syndrome).“If our 2019 updates ask us to accept anything,” Dictionary.com said, “it’s that our language—as our times, will never sit still.”More on Geek.com:Collins Dictionary Just Legitimized the Way You Throw Away Your WeekendsOxford Dictionary Adds New Slang, Gaming Terms, Verb Form of ‘MacGyver’QWERTY Effect: How Typing Makes Us Love Certain WOrds, Hate Others Chicanx: “Of or relating to people of Mexican-American design; used in place of the masculine form Chicano and feminine form ChicanaWomxn: “A woman; used as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women” (the earlier term womyn features a similar alternative spelling)“This word [womxn] gives greater voice to gender fluidity and inclusivity in intersectional feminism,” Dictionary.com added.The 2018 blockbuster Black Panther, meanwhile, helped give rise to a number of racially charged terms—for better and worse:Afrofuturism: “A cultural movement that uses the frame of science fiction and fantasy to reimagine the history of the African diaspora and to invoke a vision of a technically advanced and generally hopeful future in which black people thrive” (coined by author and critic Mark Dery in his 1993 essay “Black to the Future”) The times, they are a-changin. And in an effort to keep up, Dictionary.com this week added more than 300 new words and definitions to its repertoire.From Internet slang abbreviations (JSYK and JOMO) to inclusive and empowered identity and cultural terms (aromantic), the online lexicon is jumping feet first into the zeitgeist.“Now, we can’t do a deep dive into every new entrant here, because we only have one article and that would be too great an infodump,” the domain said in a blog post highlighting some of its latest additions. “So, consider this overview an elevator pitch for how our updates are defining the times.”Perhaps the most important enhancements concern visibility of marginalized groups.Three new terms take advantage of the letter “x” in alternative spellings, meant to be inclusive of those who identify as gender non binary:Latinx: “Of or relating to people of Latin American design; used in place of the masculine form Latino and feminine form Latina” (recorded in 2000-05)last_img read more