India trounce Bangladesh for Asia Cup title

first_imgDHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”last_img read more

Prosecutor Gets Permission to Subpoena Sherman, Wotorson, other Bank Accounts

first_imgA disagreement as to whether or not in the absence of a trial a court can subpoena (order) a banking institution to produce bank statements of its customers was yesterday laid to rest, after the Criminal Court A said it has the legal backing to do so.Earlier, Prosecutor and County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, asked the court to issue Subpoena Duces Tecum, ordering eight banking institutions to appear and produce bank statements from January 2010 to September 2010 of Cllr. Varney Sherman, the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm and former Senator Cletus Wotorson of Grand Kru County, named in the Global Witness bribery scandal.The Bank statements requested for also covers accounts of Sable Mining, Western Cluster, Delta Mining Consolidate Ltd, West Africa Exploration, Senator Morris Saytuma, Sumo Kupee, Speaker Alex Tyler, Representative Henry Fahnbulleh, former National Investment Commission chair Richard Tolbert, and Willie Belleh, Chairman, Public Procurement Concession Commission. Although there was no case before the court against the accused, the prosecutor said his request was to assist the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s (LACC) ongoing investigation to enable it to bring criminal charges against them.The banking institutions subpoenaed are Guarantee Trust Bank, Afriland Bank, Ecobank, Global Bank, United Bank for Africa, International Bank Liberia, Access Bank and the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI). However, lawyers for Sherman and Wotorson, in separate defense of their clients, asked the court to deny the prosecutor’s request, contending that it would violate their right to privacy and that there is no matter involving them before the court of law.In determining the merits and demerits of the contentions, Judge Kontoe denied the defense’s request.Consequently, Judge Kontoe said: “The banking institutions are ordered to produce the documentary evidence subject to the subpoena deuces tecum served on them within 24 hours, since they have had prior notice to produce same.”Judge Kontoe added that “the contention of the defendants cannot hold because it is legally permissible for a court of competent jurisdiction to subpoena banks prior to a trial and during trial, in a civil, criminal or regulatory investigation to produce documentary evidence for the use of authorized government authorities.”The Criminal Court Judge said the request from the County Attorney and the LACC for a subpoena to be issued and served on the banking institutions, and asking them to produce account statements of the defendants to assist the Ministry of Justice and the LACC to complete an investigation, is consistent with law; and no right of privacy of the accused is abridged by the government.“Whatsoever documentary evidence subjected to subpoena and asking banking institutions to produce (bank statements) of the accused would be examined at the time they are about to be offered into evidence consistent with the provision of Section 17.2 of the Criminal Procedure Law and at that point they can object, if need be, to the documentary evidence being offered,” he added.Despite Judge Kontoe’s ruling, the defense rejected the decision and announced an appeal to the Supreme Court.Earlier, in their justification to deny the government’s request, defense lawyers argued that because it violates the cardinal principle of notice, the order was not served on the defendants to give them the opportunity to determine whether the application has merit.“The confidentiality of any individual’s account at a bank and his transaction with a bank is one of the underlying basis to banking in Liberia and most parts of the world,” they stated.They added “The confidentiality of the defendants’ accounts with the subpoenaed banks is sacrosanct (untouchable) to section 35, (paragraph 2) of the financial institution Act of 1999.”“It provides that the Central Bank of Liberia shall not, unless lawfully required to do so by law or court of law, relating to any person’s information as to the affairs of any individual customer of the financial institution obtained in the exercise of its regulatory jurisdiction.”They further argued that “the statutory provision of each of the subpoenaed financial institutions has its own internal regulations and provisions with their customers on the security of confidentiality on their customers’ accounts and this confidentiality obligation should not be set aside or violated by the court, unless good cause is shown and unless the account holder has the opportunity to object to the application to this court for disclosure of his account and transaction of his account.”Wotorson’s lawyers argued that it was unlawful, illegal and a complete violation of the law and procedures applicable in this jurisdiction, because there is no case ongoing in the court to which the defendant is a party that requires a bank to appear as witness to produce documents.“The request as issued is in complete violation of the law governing subpoenas, as there is no record with the court of the tendency of the trial in which they are party and during which trial an application was made openly and to the notice of the accused,” they contended.In counter argument, the government said, “when there is a crime allegedly committed the claim of confidentiality cannot be used to protect the commission of the crime; and as rightfully admmitted by the accused, banking information can only be released when lawfully required, and that is the request to the judge,” adding “the subsequent issuance of the writ on the commercial banks constitutes lawful action.”The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former hot-shot Kempes joins Maradona in offering to coach Argentina

first_img“Of course!” he said when asked by current employers ESPN, for whom he works as a commentator, if he would be interested in the job.“There’s a lot of work to do but there’s enough time to come up with a good project to tackle a very interesting challenge, and I’m sure it would win,” said Kempes, Argentina’s star striker during their 1978 World Cup triumph, scoring two goals in the final.His assertion comes just two days after legend Maradona, who lifted the World Cup in 1986, offered to coach the team for free.Maradona spent two years at the Argentina helm from 2008 to 2010 but saw his side crash out of the South Africa World Cup in a humbling 4-0 quarter-final defeat to Germany.The 63-year-old Kempes, though, has not coached since 2002 and his career was hardly glorious, taking in teams in Indonesia, Albania, Costa Rica and Bolivia, as well as lower league sides in Spain and Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Kempes interested in coaching Argentina © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jul 6 – Hot on the heels of Diego Maradona, another Arentine World Cup winner has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next national team coach.Jorge Sampaoli may still be resisting pressure to resign after Argentina’s World Cup debacle and last 16 elimination against France in Russia, but now Mario Kempes has said he wants to take over.last_img read more


first_imgThe community of Carndonagh has been plunged into utter shock this morning, following the double-murder of a couple in their 70’s.Gardaí made the grim discovery this morning, shortly after 9am.Gardaí found the husband and wife lying dead in their own homes. A man in his 40’s has been arrested in connection with the incident, and is currently being detained at Buncrana Garda Station.Detectives are currently preserving the scene, and are waiting for forensic experts to arrive to carry out their investigations into the deaths of the pensioners.The sleepy village of Carndonagh are struggling to come to terms with the shocking news.Simply click play on the video above, to get the reaction from the scene of the incident. DDTV: LOCAL COMMUNITY STUNNED AT DOUBLE-MURDER IN CARNDONAGH was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CarndonaghDDTV: FeaturesDEATHSDouble-murdernewsReactionlast_img read more

Softball Defeats Fordham, 5-2, on Final Day of USF Tournament

first_imgIn the fifth inning, senior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) doubled in freshman Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) to extend the lead to 4-0. Later, Alexander then scored the fifth run executing a double steal with junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.). In Sunday’s win, freshman pitcher Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) earned her third win at the three-day tournament and improved to 4-2 overall. Timmons pitched 6.1 innings and allowed two earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts and just two walks. Senior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) got the final two outs in relief and earned her fourth save of the season. Next Game: Full Schedule Roster TAMPA, Fla. – The Drake University softball team defeated Fordham, 5-2, Sunday afternoon in the final game for the Bulldogs at the 2018 USF Tournament. Drake (10-4) avenged a 5-4 loss to Fordham (1-9) in extra innings on Saturday morning. SEC Network+ Live Stats PDF Box Score at Missouri 3/2/2018 – 5:30 PM Alexander, Johnson and junior Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) each had two hits as the team finished with 10. Senior Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa) drove in Smith with a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run in the second inning. Later in the frame, freshman Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) slugged her first career home run, a two-run shot to push Drake’s lead to 3-0. Preview Watch Live Story Links Drake will visit Columbia, Mo. next weekend, March 2-4, for the Mizzou Tournament. The Bulldogs open the three-day tournament against host Missouri on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. Drake then faces Southeastern Louisiana and former MVC rival, Creighton, on March 3.  Drake closes the tournament with rematches against Creighton and Missouri on March 4. Print Friendly Version The Rams put two runs on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with a one-out, two-run home run, but Timmons settled in and recorded the next two outs. Fordham put runners on first and second with out in the seventh inning, but Smith came in and worked out of the jam to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 record in Tampa.last_img read more

Gravity: A Theory in Crisis

first_imgNote: This is **not** a joke.  How could gravity be a theory in crisis?  Isn’t gravity one of the best-understood facts of nature?  Don’t we all avoid jumping off cliffs because of the law of gravity?  Gravity is doing just fine, thank you.  It’s our theory of gravity, and the cosmology built on it, that is in crisis – according to a report on PhysOrg today: “Study plunges standard Theory of Cosmology into Crisis.”    Problems began in the late 1990s when cosmologists found unexpected brightness readings from distant supernovae.  They appeared fainter than expected.  Astronomy magazines were awash in reports that some type of mysterious energy was accelerating the expansion of the universe.  Since no one could observe this energy, it was called “dark” or mysterious.  To this day, no one has figured out what it is (see 05/01/2009, bullet 9), even though most astronomers have been claiming that dark matter and dark energy constitute 95% of the stuff of the universe (09/20/2002, 05/10/2004)    Hiding most of the universe in mysterious unknown stuff has been wearing thin on cosmologists.  It’s not even a solution: the PhysOrg article said, “Even if it does exist, dark matter would be unable to reconcile all the current discrepancies between actual measurements and predictions based on theoretical models.”  The situation appears ripe for a paradigm change.  “Hence the number of physicists questioning the existence of dark matter has been increasing for some time now.”  Are there any other contenders?    A leading alternative would have shocked 19th century physicists.  It’s called “Modified Newtonian Dynamics” (MOND) – suggesting that even the triumph of the great Isaac Newton was not forever. Competing theories of gravitation have already been developed which are independent of this construction [of dark energy].  Their only problem is that they conflict with Newton’s theory of gravitation.    “Maybe Newton was indeed wrong”, declares Professor Dr. Pavel Kroupa of Bonn University’s Argelander-Institut f�r Astronomie (AIfA).  “Although his theory does, in fact, describe the everyday effects of gravity on Earth, things we can see and measure, it is conceivable that we have completely failed to comprehend the actual physics underlying the force of gravity”….    It would not be the first time that Newton’s theory of gravitation had to be modified over the past hundred years.  This became necessary in three special cases: when high velocities are involved (through the Special Theory of Relativity), in the proximity of large masses (through the theory of General Relativity), and on sub-atomic scales (through quantum mechanics).A new report in The Astrophysical Journal is making a convincing case for MOND.  “This is a problematical hypothesis that has nevertheless gained increasing ground in recent years, especially in Europe,” PhysOrg reported.  Some of the problems are that distant satellite galaxies under MOND cannot contain any dark matter (06/30/2001), but are moving too fast to explain with classical (Newtonian) physics. Or one must assume that some basic fundamental principles of physics have hitherto been incorrectly understood.  “The only solution would be to reject Newton’s classical theory of gravitation”, says Pavel Kroupa.  “We probably live in a non-Newton universe.  If this is true, then our observations could be explained without dark matter”.  Such approaches are finding support amongst other research teams in Europe, too.In support of Newton, it could be argued that his law of gravity is being modified, not abandoned.  As with relativity, classical mechanics works for our everyday experience.  It’s only at the extremes of the very small and the very large where adjustments are needed.  Still, relativity in the early 1900s and now MOND in the early 2000s are pointing out fundamental shortcomings in a theory that was considered throughout the Enlightenment as the epitome of scientific achievement – a law that scientists and philosophers for centuries trusted to explain all the motions of the universe.Darwinists often parrot one of their favorite sound bites, “evolution is a fact, like gravity.”  The fact is, Evolution is attacked, like gravity.  The main difference is that undermining theories of gravitation does not threaten the naturalistic worldview that underlies Darwinism.  Therefore, Darwin-doubters are attacked, with gravity [gravity, n., importance, significance, as, the gravity of an offense].    But is it any less grave an offense to fool the public by appealing to mysterious unknown stuff – dark matter and dark energy – for over a decade? (see 02/28/2008 and article on ICR).  Ponder the substance of scientific appeals to imponderable substances.  Cosmologists have been invoking these imponderable or occult (mysterious, unknown) substances with alacrity in their cosmological models.  Think of everything built on top of these assumptions – the standard model of the Big Bang, for one.    Another imponderable substance may be the “force” of natural selection.  Calling a metaphor a force is a farce.  Metaphors bewitch you (07/04/2003).  So do farces, which only have a dark side.  Duct tape is better.  It has both a light side and a dark side, and it binds the universe together.  Enough of this.  Now get some gravitas [gravitas, n.: seriousness or sobriety], and may the Source be with you.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Properly seated – Wringing more room out of less space

first_imgAirlines and seat manufacturers are far wiser about their seats these days than they used to be. For the most part gone are the days when – as was the case in some coach seats – a metal plate barely embedded in the back cushion would bother some passengers’ backs. Contrary to conventional wisdom, today’s seats – even some economy seats – are more comfortable than ever. It’s the spacing of those seats that annoys passengers. Seat pitch in the back of airliners the world over seems in perpetual retreat as carriers have seen fuel prices skyrocket in the past few years. One way to ease that problem is to add more seats, to squeeze more revenue out of each flight. The trick is how to do that without cutting into a passenger’’ perceived space.Better Than You Think Economy ClassFirst, some perspective. Economy Class ‘seat sets’ (usually three seats to a set) sell for between US$7,500 and US$15,000 absent the in-flight entertainment, or IFE. Despite all the focus on the front of the aircraft, where business class seats cost carriers from US$100,000 to US$150,000, airlines and seat manufacturers are investing heavily in re-working economy class.Some deal with shrinking seat pitch by adding articulated, moving ‘seat-bottom pans.’ They contend the idea seat comfort is automatically linked to seat recline is wrong. Robert Funk, Zodiac Seat US’s vice president of sales and marketing says data show as your seat reclines, if that bottom pan is fixed and doesn’t move, the angle “between where your waist opens up from your thighs” increases. “As that angle opens more and more, it actually becomes more uncomfortable.” That’s why many seat manufacturers use seat bottom pans “that will move a little bit,” dropping down to render the angle comparatively comfortable.With the goal to “own” the economy class seat segment of the airline industry, TIMCO Aerosystems is focusing on airlines that want to improve the comfort of flyers in the back of the aircraft. “The good news for passengers,” says TIMCO Aviation Services Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Leonard Kazmerski, is “there’s a greater emphasis on [seat] comfort and aesthetics.” Despite all-consuming fuel costs and the mandate to cut aircraft weight, Kazmerski believes the pendulum is swinging from “[airline] financial guys who are much more interested in [cutting back] immediate capital costs” and toward marketers, who want to put more paying passengers in more comfortable seats.Most seat manufacturers spend a lot of time up front on ergonomics, ‘pressure mapping’ precisely where seats and passengers meet. That’s where you determine weight distribution of various types of people – short and tall, slim and not-so-slim. Sensors detect where the “hot spots” are says TIMCO Aerosystems President Rick Salanitri. “It’s an amazing science.”One particularly bothersome hot spot lay at the leading edge of the seat cushion, which can rub up against the back of the knee. On longer flights that can be a problem. It would seem simple enough to shave off a bit of seat cushion foam. The issue is, how to do that without violating regulatory requirements regarding cushion flotation capabilities.Violating a larger passenger’s lap space can be a problem too. TIMCO, like many seat manufacturers, sees it customer base as global. Seats have got to accommodate passengers ranging from tall, lanky Scandinavian males to petite Asian females. In testing earlier seat/tray combinations, “Larger passengers found…seat trays sitting on top of their laps,” says Kazmerski. “That can be very uncomfortable.”In response, the company designed a tray table a little bit more elevated. “At the same time, we addressed the cushion height of the seat…[so] the smaller passenger’s feet are not left dangling.”Tweak, tweak, tweak – and, on occasion – compromise. Kazmerski says, “There are always going to be compromises at some level [in] such a confined space.”What Southwest Airlines manifestly didn’t want to do in designing its new Evolve interior was compromise passengers’ personal space. Yet the airline was able to add another full seat row to its Boeing 737-700s without, it says, cutting into it passengers’ living room. “The objective of Evolve wasn’t to see how many seats we could cram into the cabin,” contends Angela Vargo, the airline’s manager of product innovation. “We just wanted to improve the seat.”Southwest’s old bottom seat cushions were too fat, the victim of weighty flotation diaphragms. The carrier removed the old cushions and put life vests under every seat to meet regulatory requirements. As a result, each of its refitted jets shed 635 pounds of weight, saved fuel and boosted the seat count from 137 to 143. In the process it shaved an inch off overall average seat pitch. What was 32 inches is now 31. Still, Vargo asserts “the cubic space around your body actually increased.”Southwest did that by substituting a slimmer bottom cushion, one that “provides more personal space,” she says. “Because all of a sudden you’re sitting further back in the seat.”A couple of added advantages flow from that. First, you now actually feel the lumbar support. The old cushion masked it, because it was simply too plump. You’re also now far more engaged with the armrests. Before, you had to scrunch down to properly reach them. You also had to crane down your neck to see out of the window. Over the course of a long flight that can, quite literally, be pain in the neck.Passenger perceptions of the seat have been “positive” says Vargo, although she concedes, “It’s hard to overcome the [shrunken seat pitch] perceptions people come on board with. It can influence how they feel about the seat.”To see a video of Southwest mechanics fitting a 737 with the new seats click here: to that pain in the neck for a moment. British Airways is attacking the problem by installing hammock-style neck rests in place of traditional neck rests in its World Traveller economy cabin. “The design decision was a direct result of comfort trials with customers,” says Kathryn Slack, BA’s cabin development manager.Pure Premium EconomyBA’s also battling it out in the next higher tier, increasingly popular premium economy. It’s laying on more seat pitch, seat width and – yes-recline in World Traveller Plus to fashion what Slack says is more “living space in a smaller, more intimate and quiet environment.”Don’t mistake some offerings as “true” international premium economy cautions Zodiac Seats US’s Robert Funk. “There are airlines which offer an expanded coach class product, when they identify as ‘premium.’…But all they’ve done is take a standard coach seat and increase the pitch.”True premium economy usually offers about 38 inches of pitch, gives you in a wider seat, and offers more recline – while easing that annoying angle Funk alluded to by employing a movable seat pan. But seat pans are not necessarily the whole answer. Remember, all passengers are not created equal with it comes to physical stature.Funk says designers need to consider the consequences of that forward-moving seat pan. You don’t want “the front edge of the pan lifting your feet off the floor. Because then it will cut off the blood into your legs by bighting into underside of your legs.” That can help trigger Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), blood clots that can form in your legs. The consequences can be very bad indeed.Premium economy seats are largely mechanical – as opposed to the larger, more luxurious, electronically-actuated seats in business class. Premium economy seats cost carriers anywhere from US$20,000 to US$30,000 per seat set (two seats usually).Direct-Aisle Access Business ClassUp beyond the curtain lies business class, the place where dreams come true. It’s also where carriers make a significant amount of their money. That’s why they’re willing to invest so much in their premium product. Ben Orson sums it up best. Business class seats are “far more than something just to take your weight,” says the managing director of London-based JPA Design, a high-end travel design house. They’ve got to be bedroom, office, theater and restaurant – all “in one carefully managed space.”What’s popular just now is direct-aisle access. Window seat business class flyers hate having to stumble over their seatmate in the middle of the night to get to the lavatory. Zodiac’s Cirrus seat is arrayed so you don’t have to climb over the person next to you. The seat was designed by JPA for Zodiac. Its true genius lies in “how you [arrange] the’‘deck chairs’,” says Funk, “whether you point the feet together, whether you angle the feet out.” The result is a 1x2x1 set-up that makes the most of scarce cabin space. Zodiac Seats US’s marketing vp says direct aisle access now “comes up [in] virtually every conversation we have with customers when talking about business class seats.”Orson says the direct-aisle access concept “has gone on to be one of the giants in terms of seat design.” It’s flying on Cathay Pacific, American, Delta, EVA and Air France and Orson says, “there are multiple other customers coming down the pipeline.”First Class – the Final FrontierFirst class suites, fully enclosed and very private, have come of age. Exploring the pleasures and perks of these most preeminent of airline seats is a story in itself, one better saved for another time. Singapore Airlines helped pioneer the concept back in 1998, fitting its 747s with its then breathtakingly new Singapore Suite.It’s in first class that Orson says passenger comfort and national pride meet. Suites are “overtly luxurious,” reflecting both the airline brand and the country from which the airline comes, all in the same instant.Regular RebirthAirlines, the really competitive upper-tier ones, renew their cabins every five to seven years. The focus is firmly on the seat. Perhaps on the way two to three years from now, says Orson without being terribly specific about it, could be seating arrangements that accommodate groups of passengers. “Middle Eastern carriers will tell you that they have a fairly high percentage of families who travel business class; while Asian airlines will tell you [their passengers] place a high priority on privacy.”Orson says JPA is looking at ways to give the former “a chance to enjoy group experiences” such as “dining or watching a movie together”– while nearby passengers particularly partial to privacy get some work done or sleep.And so it is that seat design is a matter of creative compromise – combining smart space management with subtle sex appeal. “I think,” says Ben Orson, “there’s always an appetite on the part of [passengers] to walk into a cabin and say, “Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this before!”last_img read more

Cadbury Fairtrade choc now in South Africa

first_imgChocolate lovers who choose the newFairtrade-certified Dairy Milk bar can restassured that they are doing their bit tohelp small-scale farmers in Africa.(Image: CHEF! magazine)MEDIA CONTACTS • Susan BrunnerPR manager, Cadbury South Africa+27 11 253 4232 or +27 83 779 6803Christel JordaanFor the first time ever, South Africans will be able to indulge their love of chocolate, and at the same time know that they are helping small-scale farmers and communities to improve their living conditions.Global food manufacturer Cadbury has introduced its Fairtrade-certified Dairy Milk chocolate slabs onto South African shelves.The launch of the product coincided with the country’s first National Fairtrade Week, which took place from 14-20 November. The success of the inaugural event has convinced the organisers, Fairtrade Label South Africa, to make it an annual campaign.The availability of Fairtrade chocolate followed an announcement in June 2011 from Kraft Foods South Africa – owner of the Cadbury brand – that Cadbury Dairy Milk had earned Fairtrade certification, becoming the first chocolate slab in South Africa to to do.Making the announcement, marketing director Mike Middleton expressed the company’s pride in its achievement, and said that the accreditation meant that all cocoa used in the making of the popular confectionery will be sourced from certified Fairtrade producers.“Now, thousands of West African farmers will receive internationally agreed Fairtrade prices for their product.”Commitment to fair pricesSouth African consumers, who snack on 14-million plain chocolate bars every year – that’s over 4 000 every day – should look out for the distinctive blue, black and green Fairtrade logo on packaging.The Fairtrade label will be carried on Cadbury’s plain Dairy Milk slabs and bars, in the 20g, 35g, 100g, 145g and 200g sizes.Greg Banach, Kraft Foods South Africa’s category leader for chocolate, stated, “We are proud to be the first major business to achieve Fairtrade certification in this country. It demonstrates our commitment to fair prices and improved living standards for farmers and their communities.”The Faitrade partnership, he said, will help ensure a sustainable supply of top quality cocoa, and please the country’s millions of chocoholics at the same time.Importantly, Fairtrade certification will guarantee that Africa’s cocoa producers will receive at least US$2 000 (R16 000), or world market price if this is higher, per ton of cocoa beans.Producers will also receive $200 R1 600) per ton for a compulsory investment into economic, social or environmental projects that will benefit their communities.Raising consumer awarenessSouth Africa’s inaugural National Fairtrade Week aimed to increase consumer awareness around Fairtrade locally. The theme of the accompanying campaign, Taste the Change, encourages all consumers to learn the benefits of Fairtrade and how it is changing the way of doing business in South Africa and in Africa.The campaign also intends to create a positive change and foster a better understanding between farming communities and the consumers who ultimately eat their products.Established in 2004, the Fairtrade movement is a non-profit association of 25 member and associate member organisations. Members include South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Ireland and Belgium.Fairtrade International’s mission is to secure better living and working conditions for the 75-million small-scale farmers and workers in 60 developing countries around the world, while aiming for the sustainable supply of raw materials.last_img read more

Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a debate in Seoul, South Korea. Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has been elected chair of the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission. In his acceptance speech Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)LIMA, Peru — As soon as he got the job, the new ethics chair of the International Olympic Committee received an earful, as well.Former U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon was elected to his new position Thursday — handed the task of restoring credibility to an organization that, according to its own members, is getting “hammered” by an onslaught of unsavory scandals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In his acceptance speech, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.” After he was done, and the floor was opened for questions, IOC members took turns accentuating the challenge he faces.“Quite frankly, we’re getting hammered every day … to the point where there’s a perception out there, not just from the media, but from average people who feel almost betrayed by what they see as continual acts of corruption by high people in international sports,” said Richard Peterkin, the IOC member from Saint Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis week’s IOC session was highlighted by the dual award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles. Sharing those headlines have been almost-daily developments about Brazilian IOC member Carlos Nuzman , who is under investigation for his alleged role in a $2 million vote-buying scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.Earlier this week, IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee was awaiting word from Brazilian authorities before determining next steps. There are IOC members, however, who think the committee should act more decisively. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “The trouble is, presuming innocence is fine, but how long does it take?” New Zealand IOC member Barry Maister said in an interview with The Associated Press shortly after he, too, expressed his frustration during the Q&A with Ban. “It takes an age, and in that time, we just get hammered. It makes it look like we’re pushing the issue under the carpet.”Nuzman isn’t the only IOC member in trouble.—Last month, Patrick Hickey resigned his spot on the IOC executive board, a year after being arrested in Brazil in a ticket-scalping investigation.—Absent from this week’s meetings is IOC member Frankie Fredericks, who was previously removed from the committee’s inspection team for Paris and Los Angeles in the wake of allegations he was caught up in the vote scandal involving Nuzman.—The former head of track and field’s governing body, Lamine Diack, is also involved in the vote-buying scandal; he resigned his IOC position in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  —Another IOC member, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait, did not show this week. He has been implicated in a FIFA bribery case in the United States, and resigned from FIFA in April, but has not left his IOC post.The IOC is seeking improvements in its ethics operation as part of Bach’s “Agenda 2020” reforms. Among the measures: establishing a new chief ethics and compliance officer’s position and creating a new ethics hotline that anyone can use to report violations both on and off the field of play.“I think we’ve made it clear that credibility for us is extremely important,” Bach said. “Because credibility in sports doesn’t only apply to sports competition, but to sports organizations, as well. This is what we addressed expressly with Olympic Agenda 2020.”But the changes take time, and meanwhile, the critical headlines keep coming.“There comes a certain point when you’re taking all this (crap), and you have to come out of the bunker and say, ‘What are we not doing that’s affecting the credibility of the IOC?’” Canadian member Dick Pound said.Maister said the combination of IOC members’ problems, along with the steady stream of medals being reallocated in an ongoing doping crisis, undermine fans’ confidence in sports.“Where are we on a crisis scale? We’re not off the scale. I wouldn’t put a figure on it,” Maister said. “But these are issues that need to be addressed, for sure.”last_img read more