Kingston (Jamaica): Double world under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams could miss next month’s World Championships after reportedly testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). The Jamaican daily The Gleaner said that the 17-year-old initially failed the doping test after the National Senior Championships between June 20-23 where she placed third in the 100 metres to secure a spot in the national team for the World Championships in Doha. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The newspaper said on Tuesday that the ‘B’ sample had reportedly confirmed the presence of the substance. Williams’ representative Emir Crowne said they had not yet received confirmation of the ‘B’ sample and insisted that the sprinter had not done anything wrong. Her team reportedly say that the teenager used a contaminated cold and flu medication — which she had declared on her testing protocol form — as the source of the banned substance. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Our primary position will be that Ms Williams bears no fault in the circumstances and there should be no sanctions levied against her. That will be our primary position,” Crowne told The Gleaner. The medication, which does not list HCTZ as an active ingredient, was subsequently sent by Williams’ team to be tested independently in the USA, where it was confirmed that it was contaminated with traces of the banned diuretic, the newspaper reported. Florida-born Williams was just 16 when she won the 100m and 200m at last year’s World Under-20 Championships in Tampere which gained her nominations for the IAAF Female Rising Start and the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Awards. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is set to name its team for Doha on September 6. Last week, American sprinter Christian Coleman vowed to fight allegations that he missed three drug tests, saying he is confident a September hearing will clear him to compete at the World Championships.
TORONTO – A lively Toronto neighbourhood known for its restaurants and nightlife was the scene of panic and chaos on Sunday night as a gunman fired at unsuspecting bystanders, killing two and injuring 13 others before being found dead. As police work to determine the motive behind the rampage, those who were in the area known as Greektown recounted what they saw and heard.Laurie Gutmann was at Christina’s restaurant on Danforth Avenue when he heard gunshots and scrambled for cover at the back of the room.In a Facebook post, Gutmann said he saw a wounded woman on the patio, screaming for help.“She had been shot in the back of her thigh,” said Gutmann, who had been at the restaurant celebrating his partner’s birthday. “Her blood was all over the ground. Together with some of the staff, we helped bring her safely inside so she could lay down on a bench and we could try to help as best as we could.”Two doctors — a married couple who had been eating at Christina’s — tended to the woman, while one of the servers held her hand, Gutmann said.“I called 911 but the lines were so busy, I couldn’t even get through,” he said.His partner, Jody Steinhauer, was able to contact emergency services through social media, to tell them there was a shooting victim at the restaurant, he said.“A member of Toronto Fire Service arrived and was followed very shortly thereafter by an entire team of first responders including paramedics, police and fire service people (who) put the victim on a gurney and rushed her to hospital,” Gutmann said.Lenny Graf was eating dinner at The Friendly Greek restaurant with his wife, their nine-year-old son Jason and one of Jason’s friends Sunday night and took the kids to play by a fountain in a parkette at Danforth and Logan Aves.“I heard what I thought were firecrackers and then when I noticed that people started to get scared and run away and duck I realized there must be some sort of shooting,” he said. “My first instinct was to try and find Jason and I saw him crouched behind the fountain.” Graf said his son was just three metres from the man who was shooting.As Graf saw the man stop firing and begin to walk away, he grabbed his son and took him through an alleyway, to the back of the restaurant, where his wife and his son’s friend had taken shelter. They stayed in the restaurant until they saw police arrive and were told it was OK to come out.Sara Pearsell was eating dinner with her boyfriend when she saw police flooding into the area.She said she checked Twitter and saw reports of the shooting.“We went outside, and the cops were like, ‘Yeah, please stay away, it’s not OK,’” said Pearsall, who has lived in the neighbourhood for about five years, and works at a bar just east of where the shooting took place.“There were five or six ambulances that started zooming in. It was pretty crazy,” she said.When the couple overheard on a police radio that the incident was over, they got their bikes and quickly rode out of the area.“We were like, ‘Let’s just get out of the way,’” Pearsell said. “Where we were standing, like 12 cop cars came rushing around, parked and (officers) came out running … That’s my sign to get out of there.”Ryan Granville-Martin was heading home from a walk with his wife when he heard sirens screeching through his neighbourhood, half a block from Danforth Ave.Police cars, ambulances and panicked bystanders filled the street, he said.“It was a scene that I’ve only seen the likes of on TV or in movies,” Granville-Martin, 43, said. “It was just blocks in both directions as far as I could see lights and emergency vehicles and the whole street shut down and a lot of people around.”It was a shocking, confusing scene, said Granville-Martin, who set about trying to contact friends and loved ones, making sure they were all right.Suzanne Kanso was sitting in her friend’s car at Danforth and Carlaw avenues when, around 9:40 p.m., she heard a pop.Thinking the noise had come from firecrackers, the pair kept chatting until police began to arrive about 15 or 20 minutes later, Kanso said.“All we saw was just one cop car coming after the other,” she said. “We saw people running towards Pape and Danforth from the crime scene … At that point, like a dozen cop cars were there, (police with) big guns.”Dmytro Doblevych was driving home with a friend Sunday night when he saw about five police cars race past.“As we arrived at Pape and Danforth, we saw gawkers, police cruisers flashing (their lights) and Danforth cordoned off both ways,” Doblevych wrote in a Facebook post.Doblevych, who identifies himself on Facebook as a freelance cameraman and editor, posted a video that shows police examining the scene of the shooting.“Can’t believe it happened at Danforth and Logan, where I’ve been so many times,” he said in his post. “Hope there are as few victims as possible.”— Tanya Wilson, whose Facebook profile says she is the owner of Skin Deep Inked Tattoo Studio, posted video of police and paramedics attending to victims in what appeared to be her shop.Another clip showed blood, rubber gloves and other detritus on the floor of the studio.“My heart is hurting for the victims,” Wilson said in a Facebook post accompanying the videos.— By Peter Goffin, Adina Bresge, Allison Auld, Holly McKenzie-Sutter and Kelly Malone
APTN National NewsManitoba’s Attorney General believes the province will become a beacon for restorative justice in North America.Wednesday in Winnipeg, Gord MacIntosh unveiled a plan that has the full backing of Indigenous leaders.The five year plan includes a nine person panel to significantly increase referrals to restorative justice programs.APTN’s Dennis Ward firstname.lastname@example.org
Fostering an inclusive work environment – where leaders seek inputs from everyone regardless of their job responsibilities – can lead to higher satisfaction, innovation, and trust among employees, a study suggests. Researchers from Binghamton University in the US noticed how the nonprofit sector suffers from high employee-turnover rates, low work performance and deficits among the leadership, and wanted to find out what could be done to break this cycle. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainResearchers found that leaders who seek the input of organisational members from all job positions and encourage everyone, regardless of educational background or job responsibilities, to take initiative and participate in work-related processes are more likely to increase feelings of inclusion. This then leads to increased innovation, employee job satisfaction and quality of services in nonprofit organisations. “When nonprofit organization members believe that they are valued for their unique personal characteristics, employee engagement, commitment and retention improve,” said Kim Brimhall, assistant professor at Binghamton University. Implications of these findings have applicability across national settings and for effective management of such organisations internationally.
Rabat – As Muslims woke up to the news of Israeli forces breaking into the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, two mosques in the German cities of Kassel and Bremen witnessed acts of wanton vandalism on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9. The perpetrators broke into the Bremen mosque and ripped up 50 copies of the Qur’an.Shredded copies of the Qur’an littered in the mosque’s toiletsAccording to the Dutch news agency DutchTurks, the first witness on the scene following the incident found dozens of copies of the Qur’an thrown into the Bremen mosque’s toilets. Copies of the Muslim’s holy book, the Qur’an torn into shredsAnother mosque in the city of Kassel also witnessed an attack, where the perpetrators broke windows, leaving the place in ruins. It remains unclear how many vandals were involved as the suspects have not yet been identified.One of the two broken windows of the MosqueSeyfettin Eryörük, chairman of Kassel Central Mosque Foundation, said that the suspects had thrown rocks at the mosque, shattering two windows.As investigations into the incident by the Kassel Prosecutor’s Office are underway, local authorities stated that the unidentified perpetrator stormed the mosque on Saturday at around 2 p.m-4 p.m. when the mosque is usually open to the public.Likely driven by religious or political hatred, the attack speaks to the recent rise of Islamophobia in Germany, where dozens of mosques faced similar attacks every year.Islam IQ, a German-speaking news outlet on issues pertaining to Islam, has reported an alarming number of mosques being vandalized in recent years. It reported that between 2015 and 2019, there have been 139 cases of attacks on Islamic places of worship, which included vandalism, acts of defacing, graffiti, fire, and pig heads.To document the incidents, Islam IQ marked every mosque attacked on a map, with descriptions of the individual incidents.Muslims living in the cities have expressed indignation at the incidents, calling on authorities to take immediate action against anti-Islam rhetoric. The attacks follow an incident that took place less than two weeks ago when a man stabbed a 16-year-old in Bremen city. The attack was religiously motivated as the perpetrator launched into anti-Islam slur before carrying out the stabbing.
In a reflection of the growing momentum for disarmament in Afghanistan, over 500 former fighters laid down their weapons in a 48-hour period, a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) said today.Between Friday and Saturday, 588 Afghan soldiers and officers handed over their arms to Afghanistan’s New Beginnings Programme, Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in Kabul. So far 26,569 members of the Afghan Military Forces have disarmed.In another development, a UNAMA-backed 16-month training programme for the Afghan Judiciary wrapped up today. “The program involved over 450 judges and prosecutors, around 150 of them from Kabul, the remainder from the provinces,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said, adding that about a third of the participants were women. Each trainee received 300 hours of practical instruction on such topics as civil, commercial, administrative and criminal law, as well as codes of conduct for the judiciary.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General hailed Mr. Girvan as “one of the most distinguished Caribbean scholars of his time.”“He was particularly devoted to the promotion of regional integration in the Caribbean and Latin America. This commitment earned him the respect and admiration of the entire region,” said the statement.Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude for Mr. Girvan’s contribution to the UN good offices process between Guyana and Venezuela. At issue is the disputed Essequibo region, which since 1899 has functioned as a territory administered by Guyana but is claimed by Venezuela.“The progress achieved during his tenure was acknowledged by the Heads of State of Guyana and Venezuela and is part of his impressive legacy.”
Opening the 2014 session of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF), which will focus on the theme ,“Bringing the future of development cooperation to post 2015”, Martin Sajdik called on participating representatives and experts to be “bold, challenging and focused” during the Forum’s two-day meeting. He called the Council a platform that brings everything together for a unified dialogue on sustainable and inclusive development. The 54-member body is the principle UN organ for coordination and policy formulation on all three pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. Meeting every two years, the Forum reviews trends in international development cooperation, promotes greater coherence among the development activities of different development partners and helps to promote policy integration and to strengthen the normative and operational link in the work of the UN. The Forum gives voice to a wide range of stakeholders, including developing and developed countries as well as civil society, parliamentarians, audit institutions, local and regional governments, philanthropic organizations and the private sector. The body also encourages participatory multi-stakeholder dialogue on major development cooperation issues.In his remarks on the Forum’s theme, Mr. Sajdik stressed the need to find solutions to the multiple dimensions of poverty that are inclusive of all development actors. That must occur through open dialogue, sharing of knowledge and experience, guided by analysis of recent trends and progress in development cooperation. Throughout the two-year preparatory process for the 2014 DCF, the Council has advanced an inclusive, global approach to development cooperation that fits both the scale and scope of action required for the post-2015 era. Working towards the UN’s 0.7 per cent official development assistance (ODA) target remains critical, he told the Forum. Yet, even if met, ODA commitments would still fall far short of what will be needed to support implementation of the global development agenda. Other sources of financing must be explored, he urged members. Domestic resource mobilization, a renewed global partnership for development and the participation of the business sector are essential. A renewed partnership for development must bring together the Monterrey [2002 International Conference on Financing for Development] and the Rio+20 [United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development] tracks. Looking ahead to the post-2015 era, Mr. Sajdik said the Forum will be well-positioned to review the development cooperation aspects of a renewed global partnership for development and to continue reviewing national mutual accountability and transparency. The next two days are the last occasion to look back on the role of various stakeholders in development cooperation before the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Financing will each conclude their work, he said.
The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) includes the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Women, and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). “One hundred years is too long to wait, and we must all work together to make equal pay for work of equal value a reality,” said Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the ILO, noting that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the ILO Constitution of 1919. Median monthly earnings for women in 2014 were on average 17 per cent below those of men, according to OECD. In addition, in many countries, the higher the level of earnings and skills, the larger the differences in pay between men and women. Equal pay for women translates into lifelong benefits for them as well as their families, ILO said in a press release, boosting career prospects and lifetime earnings, greater independence, and higher investments in their children’s education and health. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, said “there is no justification for unequal pay for a woman when her job is of equal value to a man’s. This injustice has been unseen for too long, and together we are changing that.” In addition, equal pay empowering women, impacts other key goals, such as promoting inclusive societies, reducing poverty, and creating conditions for decent work and gender equality, EPIC will “bring together a diverse set of actors at the global, regional and national levels to support governments, employers and workers and their organizations, and other stakeholders, to make equal pay between women and men for work of equal value a reality,” according to the press release. The aims tie in to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the target under Goal 8, which calls for equal pay for work of equal value by 2030.
Thousands of Audi luxury cars sold in Britain are to be recalled amid the continuing scandal over ‘fake’ emission results.Owners of the German car giant’s top end estate, saloon and SUV models will be asked to return them so the engines can be fitted with new software to reduce the amount of pollutants they emit.The move is part of an attempt by Audi to avoid its cars being caught up in proposed bans of diesel cars from German cities, following the scandal over Volkswagen falsifying its emission results.Earlier this week Mercedes-Benz announced that almost every one of its cars sold in Britain will have to have their diesel engines adjusted to reduce pollution levels.The move will affect three million cars across Europe and hundreds of thousands in the UK and cost the firm around £195 million.Now Audi has issued a similar ‘voluntary recall’ of up to 850,000 cars fitted with six-cylinder and eight-cylinder diesel engines, mainly sold in Europe.Also included in the recall are Porsche and VW vehicles fitted with the same type of V6/V8 TDI, EU5/EU6 engines.Audi said it was unable to say at this stage how many of the engines were fitted to vehicles sold in Britain, but it is thought to run into thousands. The firm’s announcement came just days after the government in the German state of Baden-Württemberg agreed to abandon plans to restrict diesel engines if older cars could be adjusted to produce fewer pollutants. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. But Audi UK said it did not yet know when its customers would be contacted to take their cars to an approved dealer or garage for the adjustments to be made.At the same time Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, is facing legal action alongside VW, Seat and Skoda from more than 35,000 British motorists affected by the 2015 emissions scandal.This followed Volkswagen’s admission that it equipped vehicles with illegal software that meant they passed emissions tests, only to exceed limits in everyday driving.Mr Rügheimer said the recall was not directly related to the scandal, but acknowledged that the fallout had severely damaged the reputation of diesel cars, leading to growing calls for them to be banned.“The public perception is that diesel is bad, so for this reason we are trying to go further than the existing emission limits and improve emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements,” he said. Audi spokesman Udo Rügheimer said: “Audi intends to reduce overall emissions, especially in urban areas. We are convinced that this program will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines.“We aim to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for our customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality.”Work to adjust the engines takes around an hour and will be carried out free of charge for customers.
He was joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who returned to the five-day meeting of the C of E in York following the Royal Christening in Windsor on Saturday.In his seminal sermon, Mr Welby encouraged members of the York congregations and the General Synod to recognise a crisis of division, highlighting the assualt of a lesbian couple on a London bus last month.“We appear to be stuck in our divisions,” he said.“The passion of different positions is good, to express it is the privilege of democracy, a hard won, wonderful privilege that we enjoy, but the hatred we have seen is not good, especially directed at minorities, other faiths, at a couple of women who love each other on a bus, at a bus driver who looks Muslim, and wasn’t, at people walking in the streets, at synagogues, at foreigners and people who even ‘look like foreigners’”. New contactless collection plates have been used in York Minster for the first time as the Church of England General Synod met for a Sunday service delivered by both the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York.At the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York, better known as York Minster, four bronze digital plates were offered to the congregation before, during and after the morning worship, attended by hundreds.It offered the congregation the opportunity to give to the Church in denominations of £5 and £10 by contactless card donations, alongside their typical offerings of cash.The official launch of the plates, designed in bronze metal to resemble traditional offertory, follows a wider roll out of contactless payments across English at special events such as weddings and Christenings, which has led to 97 percent more donations.Similar technology has also increased charitable revenue at institutions like the Natural History Museum in London.During the Sunday morning worship, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu delivered his final General Synod Service before his retirement next year.Ahead of the blessing, Dr Sentamu encouraged a prayer ahead of the IICSA hearings this week and offered a thought for any survivors of abuse. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Earlier this month we uncovered news that HP were set to launch a webOS tablet in March of next year. Apparently our source must have been on the right track as Fox News has discovered yet more, first hand evidence to back this up, including a mock drawing of what it will look like. Spec sheets have been uncovered by Fox as well, and it seems that there will be quite a bit of excitement over the release of not one, but four different models.All of the devices will feature an adapted version of webOS (2.5.1) which is a spin-off from the never-released HP Slate. The fourth version of the tablet will be aimed at students (sporting an 8.9″ screen and will have access to a university’s internal educational software, plus specs specifically requested by the institution) but this won’t be shown off at CES.For the three main tablets HP is more than likely to break the tablets down into business and consumer categories. The consumer version will run on Sprint’s 4G network and the rest of the specs will be nearly identical to Apple’s 9.7″ screen iPad (which is a good thing). However, it will likely feature a few more additions such as a USB 3.0 port, a mini HDMI port, a 1.3MP front and 3MP rear camera, both with LED flashes. In terms of dimensions the PalmPad – as it will most likely be called – is a little bit thinner than the iPad and weighs in at 1.25 lbs.HP’s Todd Bradley told shareholders:You’ll see us with a Microsoft product out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011. The company plans to make the PalmPad available in March 2011. Read more at Fox News
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the possible Centenary of Anzac 2015 events that could be held would be a symbolic re-creation of the Anzac Association Football (they referred to it as soccer then) games on Lemnos in October and December 1915.All sorts of sports were played by the Anzacs in WW1 – rugby, cricket, tennis, Australian Rules football. There is evidence that Australian Rules and rugby were played on Lemnos in 1915 but Association Football is the only sport played on Lemnos for which we have documentary and photographic evidence.There are three photographs kept by the Australian War Memorial relating to football on Lemnos in 1915, all relating to the Anzacs.The first is a photograph of British sailors arriving at Sarpi Camp for a football game in October 1915, with the Australians we presume, given that Sarpi was the principal Anzac rest camp on Lemnos in 1915.There are two other later photographs of a game being played between the sailors of the Royal Navy’s HMS Hunter and Anzacs of the 6th Battalion in December 1915. This was held as the evacuation of the peninsula was underway, the disastrous Gallipoli campaign coming to its end.I have been unable to find any documents stating the results of these matches.It is possible that the dates are wrong and that the photographs all relate to a single game played on December 25, 1915, as part of the Christmas celebrations on the island.Lance Corporal William Dalton Lycett did record in his diary that his Unit (the 4th Field Ambulance) played Association Football against a team from the Royal Scots Territorials on Thursday 23rd December 1915. As he writes, “we got beat 6 goals to 0”.*Jim Claven is a historian and secretary of Melbourne-based Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee.
There are a lot of exciting new things about the upcoming Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. They are entirely new takes on the original Pokemon Yellow Kanto region. They are the first core Pokemon RPGs to debut on a home console, the Nintendo Switch. They are compatible with Pokemon Go. And they can be controlled with a replica Poke Ball Plus controller.As cool as that controller is though, transporting you into the world by Pokemon by having you literally throw a Poke Ball at the screen, it seems very tiny. Granted, of course, a device meant for a child would seem small in adult hands, but even for kids it seems like it could use a bit more bulk.However, even though it won’t control your game, if you’re looking for a Poke Ball big enough to carry food in, check out this Poke Ball Lunch Case ($20) from ThinkGeek. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Pokemon never really went away, but it still feels like it’s about to come back in a big way. While you’re waiting in line for Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee keep your snacks in this Poke Ball lunch case. And for more on Pokemon check out this Snorlax Kigurumi as well as our thoughts on other franchises that should rip off Pokemon Go.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The mechanics of Poke Balls have always baffled me. Do they like shoot lasers that turn Pokemon into energy? And then store Pokemon in like a hologram of their natural environment? Even just the way they bounce against the creatures seems wild. This Poke Ball lunch case is much less confusing. It’s just a plastic sphere shaped and colored like a Poke Ball with a handy little handle. Press the button and it opens up revealing enough room to easily fit a lunch for a child or frugal adult.You don’t even need to limit it to food. While it’s too big for anymore except basketball players to comfortably palm, you could still load it up with Pokemon toys for some dynamic cosplay. The Eevee plush we highlighted is too large, but you could definitely jam the big boy Detective Pikachu amiibo in there, as long as you ignore the fact Pikachu doesn’t go in a Poke Ball.
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has pinpointed two defensive mistakes made by the club during their 2-2 draw with Manchester United.The Gunners traveled to Old Trafford on the back of an unbeaten streak which has lasted more than 15 games across all competitions.Unai Emery’s men took the lead twice through Shkodran Mustafi and an own-goal from United defender Marcos Rojo but defensive lapses which led to goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard ensured the hosts got a share of the spoils.Adams said, according to Mirror:“The first mistake, they didn’t follow it in.”“It is something you are taught as a defender, we used to say these things before a game – ‘make sure you follow the ball in’.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Adams continued: “The second is when you take the lead, and I used to do it regularly as a captain but Ramsey is off the pitch.”Someone has to go ‘come on, let’s concentrate, next five minutes, let’s be solid.“The ball comes in, Sokratis is rolled and it is 2-2.”The Gunners legend was also critical of the team’s approach after going ahead for the second time.He said: “Arsenal, with a bit of concentration when we went 2-1 up, should have seen it off and got all three points.”“But it is 20 games now, they are gathering momentum and it is still a difficult place to come.”
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man suspected of entering a cargo area at the San Diego International Airport without permission Friday was arrested by Harbor police officers.Around 5:15 a.m., Harbor police responded to reports of trespassing at the Delta cargo facility on the airport grounds.The man was confronted by several airport workers, who kept an eye on the suspect until Harbor Police came to detain him, San Diego Regional Airport Authority spokesman Jon Graves said.How and why the man entered the facility was not immediately known. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 29, 2018 June 29, 2018 Man arrested for entering cargo area at San Diego International Airport Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
A pallet of raw surimi at UniSea’s plant in Unalaska. UniSea planned to export about 500 tons of raw surimi to Russia this season. (Photo by Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)When people think of Alaska seafood, salmon and halibut come to mind. But the state also produces a lesser-known fish product sought after all around the world: surimi, the base for imitation crab.Listen nowNow the guy who helped establish surimi in America — more than 30 years ago — is on a mission to improve how it’s made.Tyre Lanier is a food scientist at at North Carolina State University, where he’s been since the 1970s. He has a background in the science of hot dogs.So, working on seafood initially was a bit of a stretch for him.“I started off trying to make hot dogs out of fish believe it or not,” Lanier said. “Then I heard about surimi.”Or as Lanier refers to it, “the hot dog of sea.”For thousands of years, surimi seafood has been part of Japanese cuisine. Sometimes referred to as kamaboko, it comes in a variety of flavors and shapes.You probably know it as the fake crab meat in most California rolls. But until just a few decades ago, you could scarcely find surimi seafood in the United States.Lanier says there were a few reasons why early 1980s America seemed ready to adopt a version of the food. One of them was the king crab fishery in Kodiak was on the verge of collapse, and the food industry was in a race to supply an alternative.“So they said, ‘OK, here’s this imitation that looks very much and tastes very much like king crab. We can’t get king crab. Let’s bring this stuff from Japan and flood it into that market.’” Lanier said.There was also huge potential to produce surimi domestically from pollock in the Bering Sea. But first, the state’s fisheries would have to come on board. Lanier visited Alaska to talk about the possibility.Surimi didn’t get a warm reception.Tyre Lanier says fish bologna also didn’t work out. So he turned to surimi. (Photo courtesy of North Carolina State University)“It was basically like ‘what is that stuff?’ and ‘we’ll never do that in the United States’,” Lanier said. “And I knew that it was going to be done here because we were buying all this imitation crab from Japan and it was taking off like a rocket.”Eventually though, companies came around to Lanier’s way of thinking. And the first surimi processor opened in Kodiak in 1985. Lanier credits the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation for taking an early lead.And now, decades later, Lanier has another big idea for Alaska. He says surimi plants are losing profits down the drain, literally. Around 40 percent of the soluble protein — from the surimi making process — winds up in the water.“Whether it’s good or bad for the environment, I’m not qualified to say,” Lanier said. “But whether or not it’s good for food waste? It’s terrible.”Lanier says that wasted product could account for upwards of $60 million dollars of savings each year.Then, there’s the impact on the ocean. According to Alaska Sea Grant, the surimi wash water can form an “oxygen-depleted goo” and “smother marine life.”“You can look at Google Earth and look down on the vicinity of any surimi plant, and some of these are quite large, and on a given day you’ll see a big white cloud in the water,” Lanier said.So, to reduce waste, he helped develop a technology to recapture the solids.“Imagine making cheese. You make cheese and you get curds and whey, like Little Miss Muffet” Lanier said. “Well, we’re doing the same thing. We basically have surimi whey.”And that “surimi whey” can be turned into a lower-grade surimi product. Lanier says the water that filters into the ocean would run crystal clear.Trident Seafoods has already shown interest.Lanier thinks, for surimi producers, this technology is a win-win.“It solves many problems and it creates much more product for them,” Lanier said. “For the same amount of fish, the same amount of money they’ve spent catching those fish, they can now make more product.”Lanier doesn’t think America’s love affair with imitation crab will go away anytime soon, and now there’s a more efficient way of getting it to market.
BCLAt least 20 students, including four Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists, have been sued in connection with the attack on the office of Dakhshin Surma College in Sylhet, reports UNB.Following an order of the college principal, office assistant Monraj Kanti Chowdhury filed a case with Dakhshin Surma police station on Sunday afternoon.The accused include Ataur Rahman Sunny, college unit BCL general secretary, four BCL activists – Lavlu, Tanim, Nayeem and Shimul – and unnamed 15 students, said Khairul Fazal, officer-in-charge of the police station.Earlier, on 26 December, a group of students attacked the office and snatched away important files and papers and locked the office.Later, on information, police recovered the files and papers.
A car is seen among ruins after a tsunami hit Carita beach in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia, 23 December, 2018. Photo: ReutersA tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials and media said on Sunday.Hundreds of homes and other buildings were “heavily damaged” when the tsunami struck, almost without warning, along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said.Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate to higher ground. By 1040 GMT, the disaster agency had raised the death toll to 222 from 168, with 843 injured and 28 missing.TV images showed the seconds when the tsunami hit the beach and residential areas in Pandeglang on Java island, dragging with it victims, debris, and large chunks of wood and metal.Coastal residents reported not seeing or feeling any warning signs, such as receding water or an earthquake, before waves of 2-3 metres (6-10 feet) washed ashore, according to media.Authorities said a warning siren went off in some areas.The timing of the tsunami, over the Christmas holiday season, evoked memories of the Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by an earthquake on Dec. 26 in 2004, which killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.Øystein Lund Andersen, a Norwegian holidaymaker, was in Anyer town with his family when Saturday’s tsunami struck.”I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20 metres inland. Next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and downed cars on the road behind it,” he said on Facebook. “Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground through forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of by the locals.”Debris is seen after a tsunami hit the area in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia, 23 December, 2018. Photo: ReutersEVACUATION WARNINGAuthorities warned residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches and a high-tide warning remained in place through until Dec. 25.”Those who have evacuated, please do not return yet,” said Rahmat Triyono, an official at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election in April, said on Twitter that he had “ordered all relevant government agencies to immediately take emergency response steps, find victims and care for the injured”.Vice President Jusuf Kalla told a news conference the death toll would “likely increase”.Saturday’s tsunami was the latest in a series of tragedies that have struck Indonesia, a vast archipelago, this year.Successive earthquakes flattened parts of the tourist island of Lombok, and a double quake-and-tsunami killed thousands on Sulawesi island. Nearly 200 people died when a Lion Air passenger plane crashed into the Java Sea in October.Rescue workers and ambulances were finding it difficult to reach affected areas because some roads were blocked by debris from damaged houses, overturned cars and fallen trees.The western coast of Banten province in Java was the worst-hit area, Nugroho told reporters in Yogyakarta. He said at least 35 people were reported dead in Lampung in southern Sumatra.The waves washed away an outdoor stage where a local rock band was performing in Tanjung Lesung in Banten province, a popular tourist getaway not far from the capital, Jakarta, killing at least one musician. Others were missing.Around 250 employees of the state utility company PLN had gathered in Tanjung Lesung for an end-of-year event, company spokesman I Made Suprateka told Reuters. At least seven people were killed, and around 89 are missing, he said.Dramatic TV footage showed the seconds when the tsunami hit a concert at the event and washed away the stage where the band, Seventeen, was performing.Bodies of tsunami victims are collected at a local health facility after a tsunami hit Carita in Pandeglang, Banten province, Indonesia, 23 December, 2018. Photo: Reuters”WASHED AWAY””The water washed away the stage which was located very close to the sea,” the band said in a statement. “The water rose and dragged away everyone at the location. We have lost loved ones, including our bassist and manager … and others are missing.”Police officers rescued a young boy who was trapped in a car buried under fallen trees and rubble, according to a video of his rescue posted on Twitter by the Indonesian National Police, who did not give any information as to the boy’s identity.Officials were trying to determine the exact cause of the disaster.Anak Krakatau, an active volcano roughly halfway between Java and Sumatra, has been spewing ash and lava for months. It erupted again just after 9 p.m. on Saturday and the tsunami struck at around 9.30 p.m., according to BMKG.The tsunami was caused by “an undersea landslide resulting from volcanic activity on Anak Krakatau” and was exacerbated by abnormally high tide because of the full moon, Nugroho said.Ben van der Pluijm, an earthquake geologist and a professor in the University of Michigan, said the tsunami may have been caused by a “partial collapse” of Anak Krakatau.”Instability of the slope of an active volcano can create a rock slide that moves a large volume of water, creating local tsunami waves that can be very powerful. This is like suddenly dropping a bag of sand in a tub filled with water,” he said.The eruption of Krakatau, previously known as Krakatoa, in 1883 killed more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunamis.Anak Krakatau is the island that emerged from the area once occupied by Krakatau, which was destroyed in 1883. It first appeared in 1927 and has been growing ever since.Neighbouring Malaysia and Australia both said they were ready to provide assistance if needed.