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Speaker explores Catholic stance on climate change

first_imgCarolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), spoke of the need for responsibility and action in regards to climate change during her keynote address at the Notre Dame Climate Investing Conference on Wednesday. The conference, which began on Tuesday, focused on carbon energy reduction and opportunities for investing in environmentally-friendly technology.Woo’s lecture was largely concentrated on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical and how businesses have to react in order to align with the Vatican’s stance on climate change. She said people should feel the need to view and care for the Earth as “our common home.”“We are expected to praise God with our own life. To return thanks and return blessings. To acknowledge what we have received from this garden,” Woo said.Woo said the goal of her work at CRS, a non-profit organization, has been to provide for the poor and suffering throughout the world. As a result, Woo said she has seen the effect climate change has on the poor.Woo pointed in particular to the effects of one poor rainfall season in Ethiopia, which threatened the nation’s food supply. An estimated 40 million people will face food insecurity because of this drought, she said.The poor of the world, those who are most dependent on living off the land, will be most affected by climate change, Woo said. For this reason, she said she believes the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor to be “the same phenomenon.”Woo also discussed the role of business in the struggle against climate change. She contested the idea that the pope is against business, instead arguing that he is opposed only to the abuses and exploitation by businesses.“The pope is against idolatry, which is putting profits ahead of people,” Woo said.Woo said she has seen first-hand the effect of this idolatry during her time at CRS, recalling a trip to an Ethiopian flower farm that serviced big box stores in places like the United States.On this farm, the terrible working conditions and the lack of regulations on the air concentration caused workers to develop cancer at an extremely high rate, according to Woo. These types of “unethical predatory practices” by businesses sacrifice the health of the workers for the sake of profits, she said.However, Woo said business and greater environmental consciousness are not mutually exclusive. Business can still be “a noble vocation” if companies can make a conscious effort to create positive environmental change, she said.Woo pointed out the falsity of the common belief that energy use and economic growth are correlated by considering Germany’s recent economic growth without a similar increase in energy consumption. Woo said she believes this will provide an example to businesses, proving that companies can be both climate smart and business smart.Woo said the fight for climate change activists will not always be easy and help may not come from the government or other expected sources.“We don’t have permission to give up,” she said. “We just have to try different ways.”Woo closed by asking people to stop writing off climate change as a problem they can do nothing about.“There is a problem, and it is my problem,” Woo said. “And yes, there is something I can do about it.”Tags: Carolyn Woo, catholic relief services, Climate change, climate investing conference, CRSlast_img read more

Oskar Fröberg – Abios – Take a seat at the esports data roundtable

first_imgThe subject of data in esports and the potential of properly ‘harnessing’ is one which comes up again and again. From usage by teams, to media, to betting companies and beyond the sourcing of accurate, reliable and live data is in increasingly high demand. One company offering this service is Stockholm based Abios. Oskar Fröberg, AbiosOskar Fröberg is the CEO of Abios, formerly the consumer facing Abios Gaming, and is one of the speakers at our upcoming ESI Super Forum on March 22nd. Abios will be hosting an esports data focused roundtable for attendees on the day. We checked in with him ahead of time to see what we should expect from it. ESI: Abios has grown considerably in the past twelve months. Which roles have you been hiring in, and how has the transition been moving out of the ‘start-up phase’? Oskar: Our journey and growth the past twelve months is beyond what we could have imagined a couple of years ago. As you mentioned our team has needed to expand quickly in order to handle the interest in our products and to ensure our continued enhancement and development of our future offerings.Abios is basically made up of three departments: editors, sales and development. In the past 12 months we have been expanding all three departments but mainly expanding development and sales. Going forward we will continue to recruit more to the sales and developer team with an emphasis on finding the right people who fit into our team and culture rather than just recruiting for the sake of expanding.“Clients of Abios range from global giants such as Samsung based in South Korea to the streaming platform Smashcast, local news and community sites like Fragbite, teams like Cloud9 and betting industry companies such as BetConstruct”I am not sure if I would consider Abios as having left the start-up phase yet as the entrepreneurial spirit still characterises us and our work climate. We are a very close team who are all working towards the goal of being the best and largest in esports data. The last 24 months have really proven that there is a high demand for our products which has been an amazing journey and an exciting transition. The perhaps most substantial difference between us and a typical company in the start-up phase is that we are financially stable and we are very excited to see what we can achieve this year!ESI: What can attendees of the ESI Super Forum expect from your data focused round table? Oskar: First of all I would like to say that we are very excited for the round table discussion focused on esports data. We look forward to speaking and it is always great to get the chance to share knowledge about something in a space where many still have a lot to learn.“Attendees can expect to learn more about exploring the esports landscape and the match data supporting the industry”Attendees can expect to learn more about exploring the esports landscape and the match data supporting the industry. We will discuss some of the possibilities and challenges there are with esports data (and ultimately esports odds) as of right now and we will of course open up for discussion and are happy to answer any questions.Some of the points that will be discussed include:– Data availability differs tremendously from game to game.– The challenges of sourcing accurate esports data from tournament providers.– The esports ecosystem.– The live data “problem”.ESI: You package up data differently dependent on the client’s needs, and you work with teams such as Cloud9. In what way do you work with the teams themselves, we assume they’re a lot more demanding and want more intricate detail than most…Oskar: The API is sold in different packages containing very different level of detail in order to cater to all needs and clients of all sizes. The clients of Abios range from global giants such as Samsung based in South Korea to the streaming platform Smashcast, local news and community sites like Fragbite, teams like Cloud9 and betting industry companies such as BetConstruct.The way we work with teams differs from team to team. Some teams simply want to have a match ticker with upcoming matches, live streams and tournament information on their team website. Others want to analyse their  own and their opponents gameplay by diving deep into our Play-by-Play data.ESI: Are you seeing an increase in media focused clientele, do you expect (or hope for) more data driven content on a wider scale going forward? Oskar: The main clientele as of right now is betting related companies as I think they are both able to make money and have a clear understanding of how they intend to generate revenues.We do however certainly hope for a larger increase from the media side and I believe that it will come when the industry has matured further. I know that the media side is huge in football so why should it not be the same for esports in a couple of years?ESI: Stories such as Betway partnering across a multitude of ESL events, and Redeye becoming an ambassador for Luckbox – we can assume these are music to Abios ears. How key is esports betting to your business, and what are the major challenges for it in 2018? Oskar: Esports betting is absolutely key for us as of right now as it is the betting related companies which are our primary source of revenue. Different partnerships across the scene along with large companies entering is absolutely great because it creates a stronger legitimacy around esports. As the landscape grows and becomes more stable we expect that all the companies who have been able to create a strong foundation will prosper. Abios has been around for five years now and I still think that we have only seen the beginning of what esports holds for us.“Esports betting has come a far way since we started and still has a long way to go”If you are interested in some of the many challenges in esports such as providing relevant and live odds then we invite you to come by our round table discussion on the 22nd of March at the ESI Super Forum in connection with Betting on Football.ESI: You launched in 2015, and later shifted away from a consumer focus to a primarily B2B model. With bookmakers one target area, what are your views on the progress of esports betting offerings in the past year?Oskar: We actually officially incorporated and thus founded the company in 2013 on the 15th of March. A couple of months later (August 2013) we released the first version of our B2C website which was a calendar and TV-guide for esports. Around two and a half years ago we pivoted to becoming a world leading B2B provider of esports data and live scores.Esports betting has come a far way since we started and still has a long way to go. The challenges of esports compared to regular sports are many seeing as the games are first of all digital but they also change over time with new updates and patches being deployed. The relevance of old data in esports is far below that of football for example. Challenges like these are among what we at Abios are hard at work with.last_img read more

France take early lead over England

first_img14 May 2016 France take early lead over England It’s first blood to France! The visitors took the honours in the opening session of this weekend’s international with a 2½-1½ win over England in this morning’s foursomes at Formby Golf Club, Lancashire.It was a hard-fought morning, played under sparking blue skies, and three of the four games went to the 18th. The early advantage went England’s way and the team was up in all four matches over the opening holes, but the French gradually made ground and finished strongly.However, the pairings of Josh Hilleard/Scott Gregory and Ashton Turner/James Walker made sure that England stayed in touch before the singles session.Hilleard and Gregory (pictured) secured England’s winning point with a very solid performance which included five birdies and took them to 3up after 14 holes – and which then helped them withstand everything France could throw at them.Their opponents began a fightback in dramatic style on the 15th, where they were lucky to find their ball in deep rough, chipped out sideways – and then holed the shot to the green for a birdie three. The next two holes were also won by France, but the England pair played beautifully on to the 18thgreen and secured a 2 hole win after their opponents bunkered their approach.Turner and Walker halved their game with very gutsy golf. They led for the first 12 holes of the match, but had dropped two behind after 15. But they were far from finished: they won the short 16thwith a birdie, held on for a half on 15 where they completed a remarkable up and down when Walker holed a nasty, downhill six-footer; and won the 18thafter their opponents went out of bounds.In the top game, the writing was perhaps on the wall when the French pair holed a 40-footer on the first for a half. However England’s Alfie Plant and Bradley Moore made a good start to their game and were still all square after 13. But the French closed them out with a run of par, par, birdie and a 3/2 scorelineJamie Bower and Paul Kinnear were involved in an intensely close match and held a one-hole lead after 16 holes. But the French birdied the 17thto get on level terms and won the 18thwith a par after the England ball caught a greenside bunker.“It was what we anticipated,” said England captain Kevin Tucker. “We knew it would be a tight, hard match.”His advice to his players for the singles is simple: “Play your own game, you are well prepared, keep playing as you have prepared.”Image © Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

Invasive Plant Species Crowding Out Native Beachgrass

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SANDY HOOK ­­– The American Littoral Society is asking local beachgoers to rid the beaches of an invasive plant which crowds out the native American beachgrass and other plants which protect dunes from eroding.The grass, Carex kobomugi, or Asiatic sand sedge, originally from Japan, has curly leaves, a long tap root and spreading rhizomes from which new plants grow.Tim Dillingham, executive director of the society, wants those who see the plant on the beaches to notify the group, but not to pull the plant out.He said the area from which the plant is removed has to be replanted with American beachgrass or the sedge will spring up again.American beachgrass, which is long and slender, blocks sand blown off the beach during storms, creating wider and higher dunes. Dillingham said the sedge is much shorter than the beachgrass and therefore doesn’t block the sand, allowing for dune erosion.He said there are currently no public funds available to aide in the removal of Asiatic sand sedge.SedgegrassAccording to Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the society, a group of volunteers from the engineering firm T&M Associates, Middletown, recently removed Asiatic sand sedge from the dunes at Sandy Hook. The dunes will be replanted with American beachgrass in the early spring.Jeff Dement, the chief naturalist for the society, said the American beachgrass had to be planted before March or April so it will be established by the summer.He said it was unclear where the Asiatic sand sedge first came to the Two River area, but that some was planted in Island Beach State Park years ago.There has also been speculation it was used as packing material in cargo from Japan, he said, but that was not confirmed.In addition to being less protective of the dunes than American beachgrass, the sedge also discourages the growth of other plants which serve as habitat and protection for small birds and monarch butterflies. Dillingham said the sedge can block the growth of goldenrod which attracts monarchs to Sandy Hook in the fall during their migration. Goldenrod supplies the butterflies with nectar on their journey to Mexico.“I think the dunes are the best protection we can build,” Dillingham said, to preserve the beaches.He said the society was working with local school systems to enlist interest in protecting the dunes, and relying on media coverage to spread the information about the problems with Asiatic sand sedge.If you notice Asiatic sand sedge at a local beach, contact the American Littoral Society at 732-291-005.This article was first published in the August 3 – 10, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Banner Year for Blue Claw Crabs

first_imgVan Hemmen cited a wide variety of factors which have played a par t in the blue claw crab boom. He said because of this past winter’s mild temperature, the crabs didn’t have to bury into the mud to stay warm. With colder winters comes higher crab mortality.He also noted favorable tides and winds as a secondary reason for the spike.“If a larger number of larvae make their way back into the rivers and the bays,” Van Hemmen said, “you’re going to have more baby crabs.”And just like that, riverside towns like Red Bank have become an epicenter for crabbers to descend upon with their drop lines and long-handled nets.Remaley, the marina owner, said some of the best crabbing in the Navesink hap- pens just past his docks – located along the West Front Street Bridge.The area between that bridge, the NJ Transit train bridge into Red Bank, and the Coopers bridge spanning Middletown and Red Bank, has become the perfect spot for crabs to hide out from the busier waters just up the river, he said.“In this spot, there’s not a lot of boat traffic. It’s smaller boats because the big ones can’t get underneath the bridges,” he said. “The water is not stirred up or murky.”The same can be said for Red Bank’s other premiere crabbing location: Marine Park. Tucked behind River view Medical Center, the public park offers a small fishing pier and spots along the bulkhead to drop lines into the no-wake zone waters.Aberdeen residents Tommy Becker and his dad, Frank, drove down to Marine Park on Friday morning in hopes of catching dinner for that evening. Inside their cooler were about 30 to 35 full size blue claws, which they snagged earlier in the day.The pair of crabbers were using a combination of raw chicken and bunker, two of the most popular crab baits.“It doesn’t matter what you drop,” Tommy Becker said, “they’re going to eat it.”A few hundred feet away, dropping in lines from the fishing pier, was Diana Tauriello, alongside family and friends. Inside their bushel bucket were another 50 or so crabs, set to be cooked in a garlic sauce for a Friday night meal.“Early bird catches the worm,” Tauriello said, with a smirk. “We’re the ones that hit them all because we were out here first.”Both Van Hemmen and Remaley noted that crabbers should be mindful of not over- crabbing. Stay away from undersized crabs, as they could be keepers in less than a month. Also, refrain from taking females, marked by their bright red claws, as it could hurt next year’s crop.With such a bountiful amount this season, “there’s no reason you shouldn’t be catching them,” Remaley said. By Jay Cook |RED BANK – When Keith and Jennifer Kimkowski go on their annual crabbing excursion for Jennifer’s August birthday, the couple packs up three kids and a cooler of food, and ventures to Red Bank, their favorite spot in the state.The Kimkowski family isn’t just driving down Ocean Avenue or coming into town from the Coopers Bridge. They embark on a two-hour drive south to Red Bank Marina from their home in Vernon Township, right at the border of New Jersey and New York.Samantha, Nathaniel and Julia Kimkowski show off their full bushel of crabs after a day spent on the Navesink River.But this year’s trip was different from years past. After docking their rented boat for an afternoon on the Navesink River, they wheeled back an over flowing wooden bushel basket packed with blue claw crabs, claws and legs rustling beneath the wooden cover.“We always come to this spot because we always catch crabs,” said Jennifer, who noted the family caught nearly 50 keepers. “We’ve been coming since (the kids) were little.”This large harvest is far from an anomaly, said Red Bank Marina owner Steve Remaley. In fact, it’s become more of the norm for a season that he dubbed as “the best year of crabbing since Super Storm Sandy.”“I’ve been hearing from the customers that they haven’t caught this much in a short period of time, just as they did many, many years ago,” he said.Known for their sky blue tinted claws and delicate white meat, blue claw crabs have been a regular resident of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers.According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), crabbing is one of the most popular marine activities in state waters. The agency believes approximately 30 percent of all marine fishing comes from crabbing.Per state regulations, all hard-shell keepers must measure 4.5 inches horizontally from tip to tip. There’s no set-in-stone number for catch limits – crabbers are allowed to keep a bushel’s worth.Soft shell crabs, otherwise known as “softies” to seasoned recreational crabbers, must measure 3.5 inches. Softies are commonly found after a full moon once they molt their exoskeletons.Crabbers pull droplines out of the Navesink River, with the West Front Street bridge in the background.The crabbing season, regulated by the state Division of Fish & Wildlife, is open from March 15 through Nov. 30.In the Two River area, the number of blue claw crabs has peaked this season, says Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the American Littoral Society, a local marine environmentalist group headquartered on Sandy Hook.“Crabs come in waves – it’s like a roller coaster,” Van Hemmen said. “This year is a bumper crop.” This article was first published in the Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil

first_imgThe new discovery from China dates back 130 million years on the evolutionary timeline.A few days ago, we reported the discovery of melanin from a fossil bird found in the Liaoning Province, China, that was dated at 120 million years (early Cretaceous) in the evolutionary scheme. Now, another discovery from the Jehol strata of China is said to be 10 million years older: 130 million years.The discovery by Pan et al., “Molecular evidence of keratin and melanosomes in feathers of the Early Cretaceous bird Eoconfuciusornis,” is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Once again, Mary Schweitzer from North Carolina State is listed as a co-author. A laymen’s writeup is on Science Daily, taken from an NC State press release. Schweitzer has been in the thick of reports about soft tissue in dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-era fossils.New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. The work extends the timeframe in which original molecules may preserve, and demonstrates the ability to distinguish between ancient microstructures in fossils.Eoconfuciusornis, crow-sized primitive birds that lived in what is now China around 130 million years ago, are the earliest birds to have a keratinous beak and no teeth, like modern birds. Previous studies argued that the feathers of these and other ancient birds and dinosaurs preserved small, round structures interpreted to be melanosomes – pigment-containing organelles that, along with other pigments, give feathers their color.Electron micrographs and gold-tipped antibodies that bind to melanin were used to make the identification. Another technique clinched the identity of original protein:Finally, they mapped copper and sulfur to these feathers at high resolution. Sulfur was broadly distributed, reflecting its presence in both keratin and melanin molecules in modern feathers. However copper, which is only found in modern melanosomes, and not part of keratin, was only observed in the fossil melanosomes. These findings both support the identity of the melanosomes and indicate that there was no mixing or leaching during decomposition and fossilization.The paper describes how they avoided contamination. The antibody tests confirm that the proteinaceous is original. In modern feathers, melanosomes are “always surrounded by and embedded in keratin.” The scientists demonstrate this was true in the fossil as well.Our work represents the oldest ultrastructural and immunological recognition of avian beta-keratin from an Early Cretaceous (∼130-Ma) bird. We apply immunogold to identify protein epitopes at high resolution, by localizing antibody–antigen complexes to specific fossil ultrastructures. Retention of original keratinous proteins in the matrix surrounding electron-opaque microbodies supports their assignment as melanosomes and adds to the criteria employable to distinguish melanosomes from microbial bodies. Our work sheds new light on molecular preservation within normally labile tissues preserved in fossils.Confuciusornis was clearly a strong flyer. Artist renditions of Eoconfuciusornis (“dawn Confuciusornis“) show it also equipped for flying.So how did “normally labile tissues” last for 130 million years? The researches speculate about needle-like crystals of calcium they found on the fossil:These Ca-concentrated needle-shaped structures are absent in extant feathers. Thus, we hypothesize that precipitation of calcium, possibly mediated by microbes during the fossilization process, facilitated ultrastructural and molecular preservation of the feathers by stabilizing them at the molecular level before they could completely degrade. It has long been known that the association with mineral substrates greatly enhances the preservation potential of biomolecules. Furthermore, it has been proposed that calcium may incorporate into molecular fragments, conferring stability, and that this process may be microbially mediated. Because the surrounding sediments of this Eoconfuciusornis specimen consist mainly of Al silicates, with little or no calcium detected, the source of the calcium observed in these feathers remains unknown.So while the presence of calcium crystals could “possibly” stabilize the proteins (for support, the team references a 1999 paper by Schweitzer), they don’t know where it came from. They propose another stabilizing influence:Another factor that may contribute to the unique biomaterial properties of feathers is the epidermal differentiation cysteine-rich protein. This molecule has the same gene structure as beta-keratins, and is coexpressed with them at certain stages of development in most keratinized tissues of living birds. However, it is only in feathers that this protein continues to be detected throughout life. The greatly elevated cysteine levels in this protein facilitate intramolecular cross-linking, and contribute to the stability and resistance of feathers to degradation. Further molecular recovery of ancient feather materials may allow direct testing of these hypotheses. It should be possible to measure degradation rates of feather keratin and melanosomes due to the presence of calcium or cysteine. But if either of these processes are so efficient, it would seem original feather material should be common in bird fossils, and we should find preserved fossils over a wide range, from recent kills all the way back. 130 million years is a long, long time to have to account for the preservation of original protein material.Creationists are winning this case. Why? (1) Evolutionists did not predict this, and (2) they are scrambling to explain it away. You just heard them call these proteins “normally labile tissues.” Labile means easily altered, broken down or degraded. But the team hollered, It tastes like chicken!Indeed, if both microbodies and matrix are preserved, tests can be conducted to chemically characterize the composition of each. If these bodies are melanosomes, they should be contained within a keratinous matrix; if they are microbial in origin, this matrix should consist of exopolymeric substances secreted by the microbes and subsequently mineralized. To distinguish between these alternative hypotheses, we applied multiple methods, well-established for molecular and chemical characterization of modern materials, to chicken (Gallus gallus) feathers and to preserved feathers of a new specimen of the bird Eoconfuciusornis [Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature (STM) 7-144] (Pygostylia: Confuciusornithiformes) (Fig. 1A) from the 130-Ma Protopteryx horizon of the Huajiying Formation in Fengning, northern Hebei, China. Our results are consistent with the retention of original organic components derived from both keratin and melanin, thus supporting a melanosome origin for these ancient microstructures.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Smriti Irani aide shot dead in Amethi

first_imgA former pradhan considered close to newly elected Amethi MP Smriti Irani was shot dead by unidentified assailants, the police said on Sunday.Surendra Singh, the former pradhan of Bisauli village, had actively campaigned for Ms. Irani.His family members have alleged the murder could be motivated by political rivalry in the context of the 2019 Lok Sabha election and said he had no other personal animosity.Mr. Singh was shot dead while he was sleeping in the courtyard of his residence on Saturday night, police said. His son Abhay Pratap Singh said he was shot in the head. The victim was rushed to Jais but since there was no doctor to attend him he was then taken to Rae Bareli from where he was referred to the trauma centre in Lucknow where he was declared dead.Abhay Pratap said his father was active and “fearless” in the election campaign and suspects that “some Congress supporters, unruly elements” did not like him celebrating the victory of the BJP. “They had a grudge. We do suspect some people,” said Abhay Pratap.The village was one of the Adarsh Sansad Grams and after the victory the pradhan had taken out a vijay yatra. Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P. Singh said so far seven persons have been detained for questioning and some important clues have been found through electronic surveillance.“We are looking at all angles. We have come to know of some old animosity, if there is something political, we are trying to find out that,” said Mr. Singh.The top cop said three teams had been deployed and expressed confidence the case would be solved in 12 hours, a deadline issued by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.IG Lucknow was dispatched to the ground for monitoring. The State has deployed three companies of PAC to maintain law and order in the village. Ms. Irani flew down to Lucknow after which she drove down to Amethi to meet the family of the victim.She attended the funeral procession and even lent a shoulder. Keshav Prasad Maurya, UP deputy CM, said the victim was a ‘good worker’ of the BJP and assured the police would take fast and strict action against the culprits. Pramod Tiwari, former Congress MP, asked the BJP to introspect when it could not save its own worker, how would it protect the common people, despite having governments at the State and the Centre.last_img read more

ICC’s claims on WC trophy belie facts

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday tried to manufacture an elaborate defence of its World Cup trophy goof-up, claiming that the original trophy was intended for only promotional purposes.ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat asserted that the original trophy was presented to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “It is very disappointing that media reports do not represent the fact. India got the trophy which was intended to be delivered to them,” Lorgat said at a press conference in Mumbai.The trophy presented to Australia, the World Cup winners in 1999, 2003 and 2007, was the original one with the names of all the winning nations embossed on the base. By contrast, the replica handed to Dhoni’s conquering team, had a blank base. Lorgat did not explain this difference.File photo of Sachin Tendulkar walking by at the presentation ceremony of the 2003 World Cup final in South Africa. Highlighted area shows the distinguishing feature of the 2003 trophy.Far from owning up to the hoax that had been played on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s world-beating team and the millions of Indian fans – they got only a replica of the World Cup trophy – the ICC claimed that the original trophy, stuck with the Mumbai customs after no one came forward to pay the duty for its release, would have been used for promotional work in Mumbai.However, a senior customs official contradicted Lorgat, saying that ICC officials had haggled over the payment of duty till Friday evening – a day before the India-Sri Lanka final.advertisement”The ICC officials initially did not want to pay up the duty. They claimed that the trophy would be presented at the World Cup ceremony and then taken back. It should not attract any duty, as it had no commercial value. However, when we did not relent they agreed to pay up the duty and were haggling on the amount to be paid. The discussions were on till Friday afternoon. On Friday evening, they suddenly told us that we could keep the cup as they were not going to pay,” said a customs official.The customs team, led by additional commissioner K Premchand had evaluated the trophy at Rs 60 lakh and fixed the duty at Rs15 lakh.Non payment of duty led to the trophy being detained by the customs. By all accounts it seems the ICC decided to present the replica only after the “haggling” over the customs duty failed to resolve the issue.Lorgat’s claim that India got the trophy intended for the winners was challenged by former ICC president Ehsan Mani. Nailing Lorgat’s lie, Mani said the convention was to present the original trophy.”It (the original trophy) should have been in Mumbai and the Indian players should have been given the privilege to pose with the real trophy,” he said, adding that the least the ICC could do was to apologise for the goof-up.Rajeev Shukla, vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), explained that the perpetual trophy which should have been at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday night was not there as it was with the customs. “It would have been better had they got their hands on the real trophy,” he told reporters.Bishan Singh Bedi, former India skipper, told a television channel, “The original trophy has to be with the boys.”Colin Gibson, ICC’s head of media and communications, had an interesting explanation for letting the trophy remain in the customs warehouse. “It was only to ensure its safe keeping,” he said.Established conventions also contradict Lorgat. Original trophies are always presented to the winners at award ceremonies.For instance, this is also done by FIFA, the world governing body of football, and FIH, the world body governing hockey.Cricket too had a running – or perpetual – trophy between 1975 and 1983 when the World Cup was called the Prudential Cup before the insurance company’s sponsorship agreement ended.The World Cup was then organised by the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB), as the English Cricket Board was earlier known as.In 1987 when the World Cup was held in India and Pakistan, the Reliance Cup was presented to Australia. A replica was given later, according to the then Indian team manager PR Man Singh.In fact, Singh was allowed to take the original trophy to India after furnishing a bond of 60,000 on TCCB’s insistence.In 1992, the Waterford Crystal Trophy was presented to Pakistan and in 1996 the Wills Trophy to Sri Lanka. It was only during Jagmohan Dalmiya’s tenure as ICC president that a permanent, perpetual trophy was instituted.advertisementDalmiya presented the new World Cup trophy, with provision to engrave winners’ names on its round base, for the first time to Aussie captain Steve Waugh in 1999. His successor Ricky Ponting won the cup in 2003 and 2007.In 2007, a trophy with a different base and a solitary round golden tablet, was presented to Ponting.This was given to them along with the perpetual trophy. The Cup that was presented to Dhoni didn’t seem to have even a single golden tablet – as visible from photographs.The ICC has not clarified the kind of promotional work it had planned in Mumbai with less than 24 hours for the India-Sri Lanka final.According to Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) spokesman Samanjasa Das, the trophy arrived in Mumbai only a day before the final.”The CBEC would like to clarify that two passengers by the name of Mrs Emma Waite and Mr Rixon Heyder arrived by flight 9W 255 on April 1, 2011, at Mumbai airport from Colombo. They were carrying a trophy in their personal baggage which was claimed to be ‘ICC perpetual trophy’,” said Das.According to CBEC, World Cup tournament director Ratnakar Shetty, had written to commissioner of customs, requesting that the trophy may be held in the customs warehouse till it was collected by the same passengers on their return.The customs department has also to share some of the blame.It is silent on why no duty was levied on the trophy when it was brought to Mumbai exactly a month before the first World Cup match was played on February 19 and was taken to the Bombay Stock Exchange by ICC president Sharad Pawar and Lorgat.There is a consensus among former cricket administrators and sporting legends that ICC had not done enough to get the original trophy to the Wankhede.”I would have my tried my best to make sure that the trophy was there on the ground. And if due to some reasons I couldn’t have succeeded, then I would be upfront and say that I made a mistake and I apologise. They should have ensured that the trophy was there,” Ehsan Mani told a TV channel.Former world billiards champion Michael Ferreira and Bedi lambasted those responsible for the fiasco. “They should own it up. They should apologise. Are they so arrogant that they can’t say we are sorry or we made a mistake?” said Ferreira.last_img read more

WOODBURY COUNTY RANKS HIGH IN “HEPATITIS C” CASES

first_imgA new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows cases of Hepatitis C have shot up nearly 200 percent in Iowa since the year 2000, with many cases here in Woodbury County.The Health Department’s Randy Mayer says the number of cases went from 754 in 2000 to 22-hundred 35 cases in 2015.Mayer says Baby Boomers — those born between 1945 and 1965 — make up one group that has the most positive tests.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/HEP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..other people” ;16The number of diagnoses among those between the ages of 18 and 30 has more than quadrupled since 2009, with 303 diagnoses in 2015.Mayer says drug use appears to be one of the reasons for the rise in the cases among young people.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/HEP2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..that process” :26Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and liver transplants in the U-S. Mayer says those who are older may have contracted the disease and not know it.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/HEP3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….diagnosed soon” :18Hepatitis C can go undetected for years.The public health study found more than 55 percent of Iowans between the ages 18 and 64 who have Hepatitis C live in one of six counties: Polk, Linn, Scott, Woodbury, Pottawattamie, and Black Hawk.last_img read more