Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Arrested in Paris over Rape Accusations

Rabat – French police arrested Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Islamic scholar, on Wednesday after two women filed complaints against him last year, accusing him of rape.Ramadan was taken into police custody by the Paris police as “part of a preliminary inquiry” into the rape and assault allegations,confirmed RTL radio, as reported by the France Agence Presse.The Oxford professor denies the allegations, claiming that they are part of a”campaign of lies launched by [his] adversaries.” For years, many French writers, journalists, and theologians have been skeptical of his influence and have pointed out the flagrant disparities between Ramadan’s speeches in Europe and the Muslim World, accusing him of a double discourse. Elsewhere, however, Ramadan enjoys admiration from his many followers. His debates have been viewed millions of times on Youtube, very rarely appearing to lose arguments with his opponents. The professor, fluent in French, English, and Arabic, often preaches about a future “Euro-Islam,” building bridges between Islam and the West.He has been a member of various major cultural institutions, including the British Foreign Office and Oxford University where he has been teaching since 2009, and his books have received glowing reviews in international publications like the New York Times.But soon after the rape accusations surfaced, Oxford University issued a statement that “by mutual agreement and with immediate effect,” Ramadan would take a leave of absence from his position as Professor of Contemporary Islamic studies. Ramadan was accused of rape by author and former Salafi Henda Ayari, who accused him of raping her in 2012 on the sidelines of a congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France. Another woman stepped forward shortly thereafter and claimed she was raped by the Swiss scholar in a French hotel in 2009. read more

Zimbabwes cholera crisis worsens as number of dead infected climbs – UN

20 February 2009The mounting death toll from Zimbabwe’s devastating cholera epidemic has reached almost 3,800, with more than 80,000 people infected, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Some 3,759 people have now died from cholera since the outbreak first hit the besieged southern African country in August last year, with all 10 of Zimbabwe’s provinces having been affected by the water-borne disease, which has spilled over to neighbouring countries.WHO noted that South Africa, which has a relatively strong health care system, has been able to limit the number of fatalities to below one per cent of people infected by the deadly disease, compared to four per cent in Zimbabwe last December and between one and two per cent in recent weeks.A high number of cholera cases have also been reported in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, all countries where the disease is endemic. There are 365 cholera treatment centres operating in Zimbabwe and WHO has set up a Cholera Command and Control Centre in the capital, Harare, with its partner agencies to provide technical support in the areas of epidemiological and laboratory surveillance, case management, social mobilization, logistics, and infection control and water sanitation in treatment centres.WHO warned that containing the rate of infection remains a significant challenge given the country’s dilapidated water and sanitation infrastructure and a weak health system. Its priorities now include decentralizing the emergency response, particularly to areas with no active non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and strengthening social mobilization within communities to improve access to health services and earlier treatment. The agency will also focus on resource mobilization and greater involvement of partners in the field. read more

SecretaryGeneral to head to US capital this week

During his 4-5 June visit, he will meet with United States Vice-President Joseph Biden and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.While in the US capital, the Secretary-General will also participate in a dialogue on international affairs at the Brookings Institution, a research organization, on Thursday evening.His last visit to Washington came last month, when he addressed the class of 2009 at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, calling for a special brand of global leadership and a new multilateralism to deal with the complex challenges facing the world today.“Threats spill across borders. Just as the world’s people have become more interdependent, so have the issues. No nation can deal with them alone,” he said in his commencement address.During that visit, he also met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, as well as with some key members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee. 2 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Washington, D.C. later this week, his spokesperson announced today. read more

UK opposition mulls whether to endorse Johnson election call

LONDON — Britain’s opposition parties are deciding whether to back Boris Johnson’s call for an election, or try to put more pressure on the embattled prime minister first.Jeremy Corbyn, who heads the main opposition Labour Party, is speaking to other party leaders Friday about a vote scheduled for next week.Johnson has lost one such vote but plans to try again Monday, saying an election is the only way to break the deadlock over Brexit.The opposition wants to be sure that Johnson can’t take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce agreement. Parliament is in the midst of passing a law that would compel the government to seek a Brexit postponement.Johnson said Thursday he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit.The Associated Press

Italy must do more to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation –

“Italy needs to rekindle its fight to end human trafficking, especially the unabated exploitation of the prostitution of foreign women and girls,” the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said in Rome at the end of a nine-day official visit.“The anti-trafficking measures initiated by the Government require continuing monitoring and evaluation if significant progress is to be made and the vicious cycle broken.” Ms. Ezeilo noted that sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy, and the Arab uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria, have further exacerbated the problem of migrant inflow, smuggling and trafficking in persons for labour and sexual exploitation. “The phenomenon of trafficking in persons in Italy is unfortunately growing in scale and traffickers are getting more daring in exploitation and abuse of their victims,” she said,She recounted the stories of two victims she spoke to. One was a 21 year old Nigerian girl who travelled by plane from Nigeria transiting through Turkey, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia. Not only was she trafficked but was held in debt bondage as her father back in Edo state had put up his land as collateral for the payment of the 60,000 euros illegal contract to bring her to Europe. The young woman was moved from Turin to Milan and Paris to sell her body to repay her debt. She was rescued following a random identification check in Italy where she now benefits from assistance. The traffickers have continued to threaten her family in Nigeria since her disappearance from their radar.In the second case Ms. Ezeilo recalled the traumatized face of an Asian woman victim of trafficking for labour exploitation who was forced to work in a sweatshop sewing all day. She was a victim of violence by her so-called boyfriend who exploited her. She lost her sight and suffered severe injuries on her hand for which she underwent surgery and is now recuperating in a shelter. “Her determination to survive despite her traumatizing experience reminds us of a collective responsibility to bring succour to trafficked persons,” she said.Special rapporteurs are independent experts who report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, which appoints them. read more

South Sudan Concerned about thousands cut off by fighting Security Council urges

In a statement released this evening, the Council expressed alarm at the fighting that broke out on 24 June and has displaced an estimated 70,000 people. Of those, at least 12,000 people are sheltering near the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Wau. The Council expressed its appreciation for UNMISS’s efforts, but stressed that the primary responsibility for protection of South Sudanese civilians remains with the Transitional Government of National Unity – the name given to the government headed by President Salva Kiir with his two deputies, Riek Machar and James Wani Igga. In the statement, the Council notes that the Transitional Government has formed an investigation committee to look into the situation in Wau, and to hold those responsible to account. “Attacks against civilians may constitute war crimes and those involved could be potentially subject to sanctions,” the Council members said, pointing to resolution 2206 (2015) on actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan. The members of the Security Council also expressed deep concern over the ongoing violence throughout the country and called for all actions to restore peace. read more

Duchess of Sussex embraces acting roots to bring Christmas cheer to retired

The Duchess was all smiles as she met the retired actors Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire  “She was so chatty with all of them. She made an effort to actually in every room to say hello to absolutely everyone.”It really made everyone’s day. It really brought smiles to their faces.” Mr Cooper said: “The timing of the visit is fantastic as it comes a few weeks after the Royal Variety performance which she attended with Prince Harry.”And it comes after her wedding, which all the residents here were watching. We had the television on, Union Jack bunting up and a party atmosphere – so it’s nice to have the bride here.”Among famous entertainers who have been cared for at the residential home are Sir Norman Wisdom, Dame Thora Hird and EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham.  Among the residents she met were Richard O’Sullivan, star of 1970s sitcoms Man About The House and Robin’s Nest, and Mona Hammond, who played Blossom Jackson  in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.In the dining room of the Edwardian house, with decor evoking a mix between a seaside hotel and an old theatre, the Duchess was introduced to the 83-year-old former EastEnders actress and was told that she won an OBE for championing black actors. Spot Meghan’s bauble #notaeuphemism— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) December 18, 2018 Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph “She mentioned the video – that was the key to it – it made her say ‘I want to go and see that’.”It was the fact of being amongst entertainment people and actors. Holding court: Meghan Markle was a hit with the pensioners  Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Royal Variety style #DuchessofSussex— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) December 18, 2018 When the former West End star asked how she was feeling, the Duchess replied “Very good” before asking: “Do you have kids?””No I don’t, I had a career,” Ms Gordon replied, before Meghan told her: “Yes… that I understand.”Giles Cooper, Chairman of the Royal Variety Charity, said: “There’s a care home in LA that she [Meghan] used to visit and when she saw the video at the end of the Royal Variety Performance she said it reminded her of that.”In LA it brought feelings of being amongst your own.”She was very much at home with them and put a smile on their faces, but she was enjoying it as well. Meghan Markle was all smiles as she met the retired actors  Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph  Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph The Duchess of Sussex has returned to her acting roots as she visited a home for retired entertainers, mingling with older stars including Richard O’Sullivan for a morning of showbiz.The Duchess, who is due to give birth to her first child in the spring, admitted she was “feeling very pregnant” as she charmed residents by chatting about her pregnancy and her life.She brought Christmas cheer to the residents of Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London, which is funded by the £600,000-a-year proceeds of the Royal Variety Performance and 15p from every telephone vote in Britain’s Got Talent.The Duchess, 37, spoke fluent Spanish to one resident and told the actors how she had visited a similar home for artists in Los Angeles many times, remarking much it felt like they were all part of one big family. Credit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph “Oh my goodness. That’s amazing,” she said. Meghan holding court with the pensioners Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph When she moved across to talk to retired West End theatre actress Josephine Gordon, the talk quickly moved to the baby.“I’ve been reading about you in the papers,” Ms Gordon, 87, said.The Duchess look down and patted her bump. “I’m feeling very pregnant,” she said. The Duchess is a former actress who is best known for her role in the hit US legal drama series Suits, in which she played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane.Sign up for our weekly Royals newsletter, Your Royal Appointment read more

The Best Funko Pops With Sweet Rides

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops You’ve seen you could collect some of the more famous rides out there as well? We’re talking the Crystal Ship from Breaking Bad, and even Wonder Woman’s invisible jet! These transports are some of the coolest companion items you can get out there for your Funko Pops, so they’ve always got a way around. Check out some of the most awesome ones below!View as: One Page Slides1/101. Baby And DeanOne-half of our favorite demon hunting brother team and here he is with their king of the road!Currently $78.90 at Amazon. Buy It Here.2. The Invisible Jet and Wonder WomanWonder Woman’s invisible jet is awesome even if you can’t see it. Currently $28.65 at Amazon. Buy It Here.3. The Crystal Ship and JesseJesse and Walt needed a place to cook, and boy did they get it. Currently $34.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.4. Ecto-1 and HoltzmannHoltzmann’s just cruising around in the Ecto-1. No big deal. Currently $20.39 at Amazon. Buy It Here.5. Hogwarts Express and RonChoo-choo! All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Yer a wizard now!Currently $22.47 at Amazon. Buy It Here.6. Lola and ColsonDirector Colson rides again! And this time it’s in style. Currently $48.98 at Amazon. Buy It Here.7. Turtle Van and MichelangeloCruise around in style eating pizza in the Turtles’ Van. Currently $41.90 at Amazon. Buy It Here.8. Deadpool’s Chimichanga TruckWho called for delicious chimichangas? Deadpool’s got ’em!Currently $22.71 at Amazon. Buy It Here.9. 1970 Charger and DomThis car is also part of the family. Currently $59.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.10. Jake-Car and FinnThat’s right, Jake turned himself into a car. Move along. Currently $20.74 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Quique Sanchez reveals why he joined Shanghai Shenhua

first_imgThe former Real Madrid footballer is now coaching in the Chinese Super League for the first time.Quique Sanchez Flores played for Valencia, Real Madrid, and Zaragoza from 1984 to 1997.The former Spain international became a coach in 2001, and since then he has been around.He has coached the Real Madrid youth team, Getafe, Valencia, Benfica, Espanyol, and Atletico Madrid in his native Spain.He has also managed Al-Ahli, Al-Ain, and Watford.And since the summer of 2018, he’s been in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua.“I’m still dedicated to my profession with the same passion and with the idea, now, of broadening my horizons,” he told Marca.“My affiliation with this club, Shanghai Shenhua, had to give sooner or later since they came to find me at my home in Madrid four years ago.”“We’ve never been able to join up and now we’re here. I’m really hungry for this adventure,” he commented.“There is and there will be. But they must give projects. I only value certain leagues, not all; and I want to train certain teams, not all.”Report: Gareth Bale’s move to China blocked by Real Madrid board Manuel R. Medina – July 28, 2019 According to many media outlets, Gareth Bale’s proposed move to the Chinese Super League has been called off by his own team.“Wherever I go, I have the desire to improve myself and that the clubs enjoy being with me, with my team,” he said about the chance to coach in the Spanish La Liga once again.“Then, there is space and there will be, but right now I want to take up their opportunity in China.”“In each of the clubs I have been, they have explained the project to me,” he continued.“I dedicate a lot of time to this and the clubs have to respond. If I haven’t spent very long at a club, it’s because the club has changed the project.”“It’s not the coaches that change. We are in a moment of enormous instability in our profession,” he said.“The result is very evident. Almost nobody evaluates the job at the end of May like it should be. There is tension in clubs and this generates anxiety. Therefore, it’s not the coaches that feel the pressure but the board, who are often incapable of living with the pressure and keeping a coach.”Day 8 in Marbella— Shanghai Shenhua FC (@shanghaishenhua) January 13, 2019last_img read more

Falling TV kills Richland toddler

first_imgRICHLAND — Child Protective Services is investigating the death of a 18-month boy in Richland who was hit by a falling television.KEPR reports that the boy suffered significant head trauma Sunday afternoon and died before reaching a hospital.Police say the boy’s mother, boyfriend and a neighbor were in the apartment at the time but not in the room when the TV fell.last_img

Entomologist tracks the year in Alaska bugs

first_img“Bumblebee @ wisteria lane” (Creative commons photo by Miroslav Fikar)Bugs of various shapes and sizes are part of life in Alaska, and it can be easy for them to escape notice.Listen nowAnecdotally, this year seems light on one of Alaska’s most prolific insects, the mosquito. Despite the fact that Alaska is home to nearly forty species of the insect, there just don’t seem to be as many around as in some years. Derek Sikes is an Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Insect Curator at the Museum of the North. He said populations of various types of bugs can vary widely from year to year.“The population cycles of some insects are really dramatic in Alaska,” Sikes said. “We sometimes get years with very little of seeing certain species, then huge outbreaks.”While the specific causes for each boom or bust of bugs aren’t often known, Sikes said there are some general rules.“When it’s a wet spring and lots of rain during the summer, you expect to have a lot more mosquitoes because they’re aquatic,” Sikes said. They need standing water for their larvae to develop. Conversely, a dry summer is usually very good for yellow jackets—a dry spring, in particular.”Sikes said this year is a little odd since both mosquito and yellow jacket populations seem to be low.One type of insect that does not seem to have population issues is Alaska’s 20-plus native species of bumblebees. Sikes said that sets Alaska apart from much of the Lower 48.“Research that the museum was involved with, that was an international collaborative effort to look at bee populations over a hundred year time period in North America and Europe, found that bumblebees are moving northward on the southern parts of their range, but they’re not moving northward on the northern parts of their range,” Sikes said. “So, their range is just shrinking.”In particular, one species of bumblebee being considered for endangered species status in the Lower 48 seems to be doing fine here, according to Sikes.“The western bumblebee does occur in Alaska, and it seems to be doing fine here, whereas it’s practically nonexistent in the Lower 48, where it used to be more abundant.”American Dog Tick – Dermancentor variabilis, Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, Aden, Virginia” (Creative Commons image by Judy Gallagher)Sikes said while current numbers seem steady UAF plans to continue monitoring the western bumblebee.An abundance of pollinators like bumblebees is generally viewed a good thing. One type of bug whose increased presence is more concerning is ticks. Sikes said Alaska is home to seven native tick species, though most people are unlikely to encounter them.“We’ve always had ticks,” Sikes said. “They’ve been on the snowshoe hairs, and on the seabirds and some other wildlife, but those native ticks almost never interact with people and our pets.”That’s because the native ticks are host-specific, meaning they only feed on a single type of animal. The potential problem is with ticks not native to Alaska that can and do feed on dogs and humans. Sikes said recent research has shown that there are American dog ticks present in Alaska. While that’s not unusual for animals who have been outside of the state, he says it’s concerning that some animals who have not left the area have come up with the invasive ticks.“What that means is we have evidence of ticks on dogs that have no travel history, meaning these ticks got onto the dog from Alaskan vegetation,” Sikes said. “They were probably breeding in Alaska and are establishing.”Sikes advises that anyone traveling outside of Alaska with pets take precautions to prevent bringing ticks back home. In addition, he said it may become necessary in the future for Alaskan pet owners to take preventative measures for the parasites even for pets who will never leave the state.last_img read more

2 held over fake blood reports

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested two persons on charges of delivering a fake diagnostic report to a patient, where the test was not conducted in the first place. On the basis of the complaint lodged by one Azhar Alam Ansari, a resident of Rajabagan, police have arrested the accused from Nadial on Tuesday night. The arrested persons are Vijay Kumar Jha and Santosh Kumar Shaw. Police arrested Jha. During interrogation, Jha told police that he used to supply the blood samples and other details to Santosh Kumar Shaw. Santosh Kumar Shaw was then arrested last night. Blank slips of Medical Life Diagnostic Centre and City MED Diagnostic Centre were recovered. They used to give diagnostic test results without actually performing the tests. They have been remanded to 2-day police custody.last_img

Delhi Day celebrated on Thursday

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Delhi Day’ by lighting the lamp at Hamsadhwani Theatre in India International Trade Fair. A grand cultural programme was organised to mark the occasion.Renowned singer Kailash Kher gave live performance and won the hearts of thousands of people and visitors of the fair in the event.Kejriwal also recited his favourite song “Insan ka insan se ho bhai chara, yahi hai paigham hamara,” with the audience also joining in.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary K K Sharma, Principal Secretary and Commissioner Industries Chetan B Sanghi and MD, DSIIDC Sanjeev Ahuja were also present for the occasion.last_img

District administration will go all out to ensure peaceful polls S Dinajpur

first_imgBALURGHAT: With the dates being announced for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Sunday by the Election Commission of India, District Magistrate (South Dinajpur) Deepap Priya P organised a press meet on late Sunday evening at Balurghat Circuit House and said the district administrative officials would leave no stones unturned to ensure peaceful elections in the district, which is slated for April 23.According to her, sufficient Central Reserve Police Force personnel will be deployed in polling stations across the district covering seven Assembly segments, namely Itahar, Kushmandi, Kumarganj, Balurghat, Tapan, Gangarampur and Harirampur. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseShe said in the press conference that there are a total of 1,305 polling stations under the Balurghat seat. “Anyone can lodge specific complaints by dialing the toll free number 1950,” she said. Since South Dinajpur has three-sided border areas, according to an administrative official the department has recently conducted meeting with police personnel and BSF where they agreed to deploy sufficient police force in tense areas and urged BSF officials for sharp lookout as a part of vigil in the unfenced border areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources said that the district administration would also arrange for every possible communication facilities like mobile phones and internet in every polling booth. Notably, the concerned administrative officials have already talked to service providers on how communication could be facilitated in the remote areas where electricity, mobile phones and internet are yet to reach. Polling is scheduled to take place in the district on April 23, while the counting will be done on May 23. A total number of 14,27,567 voters would be participating in the polls this year. Additional District Magistrate Pranab Kumar Ghosh, along with District Information and Cultural Officer Santanu Chakraborty, took part in the press meet.last_img read more

The glutenfree movement is ruining the worlds love for pasta

first_imgRelated posts:Study shows honey has same health effects as high-fructose corn sweetener Seaweed can help feed the world. But will we eat it? Recipe VIDEO: This is how you cup coffee Health officials testing first two cases of Ticos who could have the chikungunya virus WASHINGTON, D.C. – Behind closed doors, dinner tables are getting less doughy. Grains, still ubiquitous in diets around the globe, are losing favor as a result of a growing fear that they might be adding inches to our guts, or discomfort to our stomachs. And there is, perhaps, no better example of this phenomenon than what’s happened to one of the world’s favorite foods: pasta.Simply, people are eating less of it. The data show that the cheap and easy meal hasn’t disappeared from diets, but diners aren’t consuming it with the gusto they once did.The trend can be seen in the North America, where sales of dried pasta have fallen by 6 percent since 2009, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor. A report published in April by Mintel projects that the U.S. decline will continue through at least 2019 for the pasta category.It can be seen in Australia, too, where the market for pasta has contracted by almost 8 percent since 2010.The popular Italian food is also losing its luster in Europe, where several countries have scaled back in recent years. In Germany, dried pasta sales have dipped by 12 percent since their peak in 2008. In Greece, they have fallen by 15 percent over the same period.Even in Italy, the birthplace of pasta, people are growing wary of the carb-heavy food. Sales of dried pasta have plummeted by more than 25 percent since 2009 in Italy. “Italians – particularly women – increasingly see pasta as fattening, boring and time-consuming,” the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2013.Long the staple of so many diets around the world, pasta is losing its appeal. The reasons are many: the rising popularity of carb-free – or at least carb-light – diets; growing sentiment that pasta offers little in the way of nutrition; and a new reality that a horde of healthier alternatives exist.Few trends have been as problematic for pasta as the villainization of carbs.The shift away from breads, potatoes, and, yes, pasta, began with Dr. Atkins, whose popular fad diet scared an entire nation. But carbs have been maligned by more than merely one fleeting diet – they have been victim of most dietary trends since the late 1980s. Dr. Atkins’ “New Diet Revolution” books on sale at the Castus Low Carb Superstore in California, in 2005. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFPThe South Beach Diet, which didn’t disallow carb intake entirely, still made people wary of the reality that there is such thing as a good carb, and a bad carb, epitomized by the difference between whole-grain wheat and processed white bread. The Paleo diet, meanwhile, which is arguably the most popular eating rulebook du jour, has flipped conventional nutrition on its head, encouraging fat intake and discouraging the eating of any carbs at all.“What all these fad diets have done is identify what’s a good carb and what’s a bad carb for people,” said Seifer. “The problem for pasta is that we found out that things like pasta are part of the bad group.”“It’s not just pasta,” Simone Baroke, a food industry analyst at Euromonitor added. “It’s affecting bread and potatoes, too. It’s affecting all sorts of carbohydrate staples.”The anti-carb fad has become an international phenomenon. Italians are increasingly fearful that their favorite food might be adding to their waistlines too. The share of women in their late twenties who believe pasta is fattening jumped by more than 25 percent, between 2008 and 2012, according to a Nielsen. For men in their late twenties, the share increased by more than 16 percent over that period.Even Pope Francis is being advised to scale back on pasta to better preserve his health.“For the longest time, people thought fat was what added to their waistline,” said Seifer. “Now it’s carbs [that] everyone blames.”The gluten-free movement has all contributed to the trend. Gluten-free is less concerned with avoiding carbs than gluten, which many feel can cause great gastrointestinal discomfort. Some 20 million U.S. consumers now say that eating it causes them distress. One hundred million people in all, meanwhile, say that they are actively working to eliminate gluten, the protein that gives pasta its chewiness, from their diet. The concern is echoed elsewhere in the world.“A lot of people are really watching their intake these days,” said Darren Seifer, food and beverage analyst at market research firm NPD group. “That’s definitely making a dent in pasta sales.”It doesn’t help either that protein, which pasta has very little of, is so gauche these days. More than half of people in the U.S. say they want more of it in their diet. The desire has been a boon for the protein shake business. So too has it been for the protein bar market, which was valued at more than $500 million in 2013.“You can’t discount the trend towards protein-rich foods,” said Baroke. “It’s probably the most impactful in the United States, but the same is happening over here in Europe.”Fresh foods have also forced shoppers away from the middle of the supermarket, where most pastas are sold. Many grocery store goers likely enter and leave without ever having looked down the pasta aisle.And finally, pasta has never been as replaceable as it is today. The rise of alternative grains, like quinoa, which are similarly filling but far richer in protein, have gained popularity at the expense of spaghetti. So too have certain vegetables, which, when cut into thin, long strips, and spiralized, approximate the experience of eating pasta. Spaghetti squash, which was named for its pasta-liked texture when cooked, has become exceedingly popular.“As these grains and other alternatives become more popular, they will only become more threatening to pasta,” Seifer said.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals have fought tooth and nail t

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have fought tooth and nail to come out with an even record (2-2) after the first four weeks, but an often-stagnant offense has made wins harder to come by than they needed to be.Before Jay Feely’s 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, the team hadn’t put up a point since the first quarter of the game a week earlier against New Orleans — making for a scoring drought of more than 103 minutes. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I think Carson has played outstanding,” Arians said. “He’s had a couple of interceptions that I’m sure he’d like to have back…Other than that, the greatest thing that he’s done is he’s overcome adversity with our offense and won two games in the fourth quarter.“That’s what you want out of your quarterback. The numbers, they’ll come. Our offense is still stretching to find its identity.”Arians said part of the problem has been pass protection for Palmer, and that any quarterback would have a tough time excelling in those situations.“He’s gotten hit way too much,” the coach said. “I’ve never been around one that liked to get hit, especially coming up the middle.“We feel like overall protection has gotten better, as far as sacks, but some of that is because he’s getting rid of the football too.”The first-year Cardinals coach said the team’s offense has been plagued by making errors in games that aren’t happening in practice. Palmer best explained how Arians has addressed that issue.“I think he wants to go with an approach of being a little more simple — you know, not out-thinking our opponent,” Palmer said. “And that’s something that we need to do a better job of — getting to our spots, getting to our right positions…and just playing faster.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Starting quarterback Carson Palmer said head coach Bruce Arians has specifically addressed the team’s offense in practice this week.“We’ve been close to on the same page, but you can’t be close. You’ve got to have 11 guys on the same page,” Palmer said. “If 10 are on and one is off, it’s probably not going to be a successful play; that’s something that Coach really emphasized this morning.”Palmer has become an easy target of blame for the team’s offensive woes this year. The 10-year veteran has thrown more picks (six) than touchdowns (four), and his completion percentage (57.2) is well below his career clip.“You always want to play better no matter what your passer rating is or how many yards you throw for. You always look at game film and say, ‘I wish I would have hit that one, or I wish I would have gone to this side of the field,’” the quarterback said. “But I’m going to continue to improve. I’ll continue to do that this week, and I expect myself and the players around me to be much more successful this week.”If fans are placing all the blame on Palmer, Coach Arians isn’t buying it.center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arians said those types of errors need to be eliminated and that he thinks they will be this week.“Some of the excuses are over now because it’s not September anymore, but way back I’d said we’d win on special teams and defense as our offense grew,” he said. “It’s time for our offense to grow and show up.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Folk singer Ian Tyson cancels show due to serious

first_imgFolk singer Ian Tyson cancels show due to ‘serious medical situation’ by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2018 1:01 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian folk singer-songwriter Ian Tyson has cancelled his appearance at an upcoming concert after an “unexpected and serious medical situation.”A representative for the 84-year-old Victoria native, who penned “Four Strong Winds” as one half of Ian & Sylvia, said he was admitted to hospital on Monday after recent issues with his heart rhythm.Paul Mascioli, Tyson’s manager, said Friday he expects the musician will undergo a medical procedure in the coming days before he returns to his ranch to recuperate.He’s cancelled all appearances in the meantime and notified fans of the decision.“I’m having some heart problems and the doctors are looking after me,” Tyson said in an email to ticketholders for an Aug. 25 concert in Drumheller, Alta., where he was to share the bill with Corb Lund.“Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and see you soon.”Tyson, who was named to the Order of Canada in 1994, has faced heart problems in the past. He underwent surgery at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital to replace an aortic valve three years ago.Mascioli said the musician has a determination and strong will that he expects will pull him through.“I’ve represented him for over 30 years and he’s had a few hiccups before and overcome them,” he said. “I can’t see why he wouldn’t do this one too.”Lund plans to go forward with the Alberta concert where Tyson was originally slated to appear.“I’m disappointed that Ian and I won’t be able to share the stage at such an amazing venue so close to where we both call home,” he wrote on Facebook.“However, I will be honouring the intended spirit of the evening by continuing on with the show solo, and performing many of the songs — Ian’s and my own — that we had planned to sing together.”Lund said information about ticket purchases and refunds are available through email at or by calling 403-823-2001.Tyson’s storied career began in the coffee houses of Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, where he met Sylvia Fricker.The two formed a relationship both on and off the stage, leading their breakthrough album, 1964’s “Four Strong Winds.”Their careers grew apart and the couple divorced in 1975.Tyson’s self-released 1987 album, “Cowboyography,” became a surprising word-of-mouth hit and rejuvenated his touring career in Canada and the U.S.The same year he won a Juno Award for country male vocalist and five years later he was inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame alongside Sylvia Tyson. He also won a Governor General’s Performance Arts Award in 2003, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.center_img Canadian folk singer-songwriter Ian Tyson has cancelled his appearance at an upcoming concert after an “unexpected and serious medical situation.” Country music legend Ian Tyson attends a ceremony in Calgary, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh last_img read more

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Radja Nainggolan’s long ball forward Argentine Diego Perotti scored the third midway through the second half before missing a chance for a fourth Chelsea coach Antonio Conte looking solemn after the matcha against AS Roma AP "Roma proved to have more hunger more desire more will to fight and to beat us We lacked everything" complained Conte "If we think because our name is Chelsea the opponent is fearful this is not the right way We must have a great desire in every game" The former Italy and Juventus boss took over Chelsea in 2016 winning the Premier League title in his first season But this campaign they are trailing nine points behind leaders Manchester City "What I am most disappointed about is the performance in the second half I believe in the first half we played well" he continued "We then created many chances but we weren’t clinical or ruthless enough to convert them "There is great disappointment for our second half because I didn’t see positive things it was really bad for a team like us" Hunger missing Chelsea can still qualify from Group C as Atletico Madrid were held 1-1 by Qarabag in Madrid Conte’s side are four points above third-placed Atletico and can go through with a win in their next game in Azerbaijan on 22 November "We must find the hunger we showed all of last season and sometimes this season But this season has been up and down We need to find consistency" added the Italian who had expressed his optimism before Tuesday’s game as players were starting to return from injury And in a group where they were considered outsiders Roma are now leaders with two games to go a point ahead of Chelsea and five ahead of the Spaniards A draw in their next game against Atletico would see Eusebio Di Francesco’s side through to the knockout round in his first season at the club he played for during his footballing career The Serie A runners-up have proven solid if uninspirational in the Italian league this season coming off three straight 1-0 victories as they sit fifth But against Chelsea they have let it rip following on from a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago On front of an ecstatic 55000 crowd at the Stadio Olympico El Shaarawy got the Roma party going But despite the perfect start Roma did not have it all their own way as three early chances fell to Eden Hazard who was by far the most dangerous Chelsea player The visitors had two more opportunities before the break from Marcos Alonso and Tiemoue Bakayoko after the hosts had already pulled clear Di Francesco hailed an impressive team performance "We’ve shown that we’re an improving side We mustn’t stop now though We have to push on from here "We need to take this spirit with us in all competitions across the campaign and if we do I am convinced we can achieve something important"

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