The United States Congress has passed the $716 billion defence spending bill which, among its many provisions, seeks to strengthen and enhance the country’s defence partnership with India.India was designated a major defence partner in 2016, towards the fag end of the Obama Administration’s tenure.Read it at The Hindu Related Items
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I think China is some kind of underdog like we are because they have not done great results for the national team. They have a lot of pressure on themselves with all the things they invest in football, they hope to be better than what they are and I think it’s an important game for them.”Having coached for three different clubs in China for three years, Eriksson’s knowledge of the Chinese side will come in handy as the Azkals target an upset.“China has some good players and they will play an open style,” said Eriksson.“If you look on the pitch, I think on a good day, we can be equal with China or even beat them. They have some good players, but we have as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The same approach could be used against China, which rallied past Kyrgyzstan, 2-1, in its opening match on Monday. The Chinese need another win to reach the knockout stage.The loss to Korea put the Philippines in a difficult position as the Azkals need to pick up points from their last two matches to reach the Round of 16.But while the Azkals have overachieved in recent years with qualification to this tournament as their biggest milestone yet, the Dragons have struggled to pick up impressive results in the leadup to the tournament.That will make the task even more difficult for his side as the Chinese are under pressure to deliver a victory, according to coach Sven Goran Eriksson.“I think it’s possible (to upset China), but I think it is going to be difficult,” said Eriksson.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “I guarantee you that (8-1) result will not happen again,” captain Stephan Schrock declared shortly after the Azkals pushed giants South Korea to the limit, before falling 1-0 in their Group C opener on Monday.“We have confidence, that’s why we qualified in the first place, and we believe always in ourselves to upset someone and be annoying to the other teams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Azkals will have their hands full against a Chinese side ranked 40 places higher in the Fifa rankings at No. 76.Against the heavily favored Koreans, the Azkals used a disciplined approach in defense, while relying on quick counters through Javier Patino to create opportunities. New age-group tennis season unwraps with Actifit National open The Philippine Azkals prepare for China which they face Friday night in Abu Dhabi. —INSTAGRAMABU DHABI—It will be another David versus Goliath clash when the Philippines tries to keep its Round of 16 hopes alive against giants China on Friday night in the AFC Asian Cup here.The match at 5:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m., Philippine time) gives the Azkals another golden opportunity to create history against a team that handed them an 8-1 beating in a friendly match two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Thursday said he will never compromise on swing at the cost of extra pace.Bhuvneshwar, who is the highest wicket-taker so far in the ongoing edition of the IPL, attributes his success to relentless hard work at practice sessions.”How you practice in nets matters a lot. If you bowl good yorkers in nets and come up with good variation, it helps your on-field performance,” the 27-year-old Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer said ahead of his team’s match against Kings XI Punjab on Friday in Mohali.”In the series against South Africa, my pace had increased but swing was compromised. But this was a turning point for me as I realised that no matter how fast you are, you cannot afford to lose the swing. I worked on this aspect and now I am happy that I have both the speed and swing in my bowling,” Bhuvneshwar said.Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will start as favourites when they take on a struggling Kings XI Punjab.Disciplined bowlers have complemented Sunrisers’ batsmen with Bhuvneshwar (16 wickets) and young Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan (10 wickets) proving their mettle with the ball.Bhuvneshwar also said that he does not think too much about the outcome of a game and only focuses on the process.”I think in T20 things are related to pressure and if you handle it well you are on top of your game. I think about process and not too much about results,” he said.”Actually, I never think that I have to be at top every time. Obviously, I have to do well in every game and series, that’s what I try to do. I try to improve and work on the swing and variation in my bowling.”advertisement”Depending on the format, if I am playing a Test match then reverse swing is something I always want to work on. When I made my debut I was not a reverse swing bowler or my pace was not what it is now,” he added.Bhuvneshwar, rated as one of the best death bowlers, captured his first five-wicket haul in IPL when Sunrisers defeated Kings XI Punjab by five runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad in an earlier game this season.”It is always challenging. I feel if you have to bowl yorkers, your every basic has to be correct. I feel death bowling is the toughest part in short format of the game,” he said.Asked if he feels there are any shortcomings in Sunrisers team which needs to be rectified, Bhuvneshwar said: “As a unit we have done well in every aspect of the game. We want to do well in all the departments of the game.”India’s Champions Trophy squad is slated to be announced soon, but Bhuvneshwar is hardly bothered regarding his place in the team and is only focused on giving his best whenever he gets a chance to play.”Competition is there and it is good. But as a cricketer such things do not remain in the back of our minds. We know when a team is to be selected, there is a pool of bowlers who will be selected. Everyone knows whoever is picked will be on the basis of his performance,” he said.
NEW YORK — Kendall Graveman got more than a win April 20 in his first outing at Yankee Stadium. He even took a couple of surprise swings at the plate.Graveman tossed three-hit ball into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high eight, pitching the Oakland Athletics to a 5-2 victory over the slumping New York Yankees.Following an injury to third baseman Danny Valencia, the A’s relinquished their designated hitter and put Graveman in the cleanup spot. With two runners on in the fifth, he fouled off a 97 mph fastball but struck out on three pitches.“I didn’t show up to the park thinking I was going to get an at-bat,” Graveman said. “I hadn’t stepped in the box in eight years.”Billy Burns had three hits, Khris Davis delivered a two-run single and Oakland stayed perfect in five road games this season. The only major league team that’s unbeaten away from home, the A’s have won four straight overall following a four-game slide.Burns and Chris Coghlan hit consecutive doubles off Nathan Eovaldi (0-2) to start a three-run fourth. Josh Reddick had an RBI single and Stephen Vogt added a sacrifice fly, but Valencia strained his left hamstring when he was cut down at the plate on Aaron Hicks’ rocket throw from medium-deep left field.“Felt it when I popped up after the slide,” Valencia said. “He has to make a perfect throw — almost unheard of throw — to get me there and he did.”The laser from Hicks, also a top-notch pitching prospect in high school, was clocked at 105.5 mph by Statcast, the fastest the system has recorded by an outfielder, according to Major League Baseball.Without a backup infielder on his four-man bench, Oakland manager Bob Melvin moved Coghlan from second base to third and put designated hitter Jed Lowrie at second. That forced Graveman into Valencia’s cleanup slot.So with a runner on second and two outs in the fifth, the Yankees intentionally walked Reddick to bring up Graveman for his first big league plate appearance — making him the first starting pitcher to bat at the current Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.On the mound, Graveman (1-1) worked his way out of a first-inning jam and gave up only Didi Gregorius’ solo homer in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander was obtained from Toronto in the November 2014 trade that sent reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays.“I didn’t throw the fastball for a strike a lot. We saw that I was off the plate with that, but the cutter and the curveball really played well off each other tonight,” Graveman said.Gregorius also made an error at shortstop and a baserunning blunder that bothered Manager Joe Girardi and cost the Yankees at least one run as they were trying to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the seventh.“It was a really bad read,” Gregorius said. “Stupid baserunning. … I tried to do too much.”Carlos Beltran homered in the eighth, the only hit off A’s reliever Ryan Dull in 8 1/3 innings this season. Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.New York, struggling mightily with runners in scoring position, has dropped six of seven and mustered only 15 runs during that stretch.“We have to focus on doing the little things. Every at-bat is life or death. Got to relax, get a good pitch to hit and hit it,” said Alex Rodriguez, called out on strikes with the bases loaded to end the first.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
New Barcelona signing Arturo Vidal is dreaming big after “stepping up a level” in his career.Vidal, who signed a three-year deal with Barcelona on Monday, said that he wants to win three Champions League titles in three years with his new club.Barcelona last won the Champions League in 2015, beating Juventus in the final. Incidentally, Vidal was a part of the Juve team that lost that night. Following that, Real Madrid have won it in each of the three seasons since, twice knocking out the Chilean while at Bayern.”I don’t have accounts to settle with anybody, just my objective, which is to win the Champions League, not settle scores with Real Madrid,” said Vidal.”I hope to win three Champions Leagues in the three years I will be here.”@kingarturo23: “I am really happy to be at Barça” #EnjoyVidal pic.twitter.com/5SdNl8HjjhFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 6, 2018Barcelona signed Vidal from Bayern Munich for a reported fee which could rise to 21 million Euros and was officially presented on Monday at the Nou Camp.”To arrive at Barcelona is a much bigger step than Bayern,” Vidal told reporters.”I hope to be an addition who can help to win all the titles. With the confidence that the people have given me, I want to win it all. At 15 I promised my mother I would be one of the best. I’ve played for a lot of teams and now I’m arriving at the best in the world.”Dear @kingarturo23, welcome to your new home!#EnjoyVidal pic.twitter.com/CQtLBK54PHadvertisementFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 6, 2018Vidal, who won Serie A with Juventus four times between 2012 and 2015, and the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons at Bayern, has never lifted the European Cup.
Women’s World T20: team-by-team guide to the action in West Indies The game was played on the same pitch where India beat New Zealand in the tournament opener earlier on Saturday (AEDT).The form team headed into the tournament, Australia aim to reclaim the trophy they won three times straight between 2010 and 2014 but dropped in 2016. Cricket Topics The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Women’s cricket Australia sport Alyssa Healy has claimed four dismissals and hit a rapid-fire 48 to help Australia to a 52-run victory over Pakistan to start their women’s World Twenty20 campaign in Guyana.After she helped power Australia to 5-165 with the bat, Healy kept tremendously to the spinners on a low, turning wicket as Pakistan were held to 8-113. Women’s World T20: Australia beat Pakistan by 52 runs – as it happened “But every staff member stepped up and thrown me balls at one point. And I’ve been putting a lot of hard work in there. So hopefully I can do the spinners justice.”Sohail and Bismah Maroof (26) had provided the only resistance for Pakistan, who were looking to pull off their biggest successful run chase in T20s.Healy and fellow opener Beth Mooney had earlier put Australia in control of the game when they whacked 0-58 from the opening six-over power play against the spinners.Both scored 48, with Healy’s coming from just 29 balls as she hit powerfully through the leg side and struck a massive six straight down the ground in the game’s opening over before falling to seamer Aliya Riaz at long on.Captain Meg Lanning then closed the innings with 41 from 34 balls, while Ashleigh Gardner chipped in with 13 off 10. Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Australia women’s cricket team The effort behind the stumps equalled the record mark by an Australian woman in an international T20 and was the third time Healy had reached the milestone.Tournament favourites Australia were at times sloppy in the field but Healy had no such concerns as she claimed catches off Sophie Molineux (1-21) and Georgia Wareham (2-18) as well as a stumping off Wareham.Her last dismissal was then more good fortune than anything else as a ball from Megan Schutt (2-13) rebounded off Healy’s pads and onto the stumps while Pakistani tailender Nashra Sandhu was out of her crease.The 28-year-old also helped finish off the tight run out of Umaima Sohail (20) off the arm of Delissa Kimmince, taking the throw and whipping off the bails.It all came as Healy gets used to life without Aussie wicketkeeping coach Tim Coyle, who moved on recently.“I’ve been pretty poor behind the stumps the last couple of months,” Healy said.“Been working my butt off ever since getting here to the West Indies. Every single coach, support staff, has been helping me.“Obviously had a big loss in Tim Coyle not in the group anymore. So don’t have a specialist keeping coach. Read more Share on Messenger news Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
Stoke City have sacked manager Gary Rowett after just eight months in charge.Rowett left Derby County to take over at the bet365 Stadium in May, with Stoke having been relegated from the Premier League.However, things have not gone as planned for the 44-year-old, and the Potters have failed to win any of their last four games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The final straw for Rowett came following the disappointing 1-1 draw with League One side Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.Stoke were only saved from a humiliating exit by a 78th-minute Peter Crouch goal.The club have stated they intend to appoint Rowett’s replacement ‘as swiftly as possible’ but have placed Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy in charge of first-team affairs in the interim.A club statement read: “Stoke City have terminated the contract of manager Gary Rowett.”Members of his immediate coaching staff have also left the bet365 Stadium.”The club would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months.”It has been a subpar showing from Stoke for much of this season, and they immediately struggled adjusting to their first campaign back in the Championship for a decade, taking just two points from their first four games.Yet results improved through October and November, leading to renewed hope at the Bet365. A disappointing December and early January, however, has seen the former Birmingham City receive the sack.Stoke sit 14th in the Championship, eight points adrift of the play-off places and 14 away from a spot in the top two.The Potters were one of the pre-season favourites to gain promotion, and with established names such as Jack Butland, Joe Allen and Ryan Shawcross many have been shocked by the extent of their troubles this campaign.Next up for a Rowett-less Stoke is a trip to Griffin Park to face Brentford on Saturday, before they host Shrewsbury in the FA Cup replay three days later.As for Rowett, he is left looking his fourth managerial job in as many years. His first senior coaching position came with Burton Albion in 2012, before moving to manage Birmingham.He helped steer the Blues as high as seventh in the table before being sacked in December 2016. A few months later he took up the reigns at Derby. He managed the East Midlands club for 14 months and left after a Play-Off semi-final defeat to Fulham in May 2018.
VANCOUVER — A Crown lawyer says a Vancouver Island father stabbed his young daughters dozens of times before attempting to kill himself on Christmas Day in 2017.Clare Jennings delivered her opening statement to a B.C. Supreme Court jury in Vancouver at the start of the trial for Andrew Berry, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.Jennings said the girls’ mother, Sarah Cotton, went to the Oak Bay police detachment on Dec. 25, 2017, after the father failed to return their daughters by noon as required by a court order.She said police went to his apartment and found six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry dead, lying on beds in separate bedrooms with multiple stab wounds to their bodies.Jennings said police found Andrew Berry naked in the bathtub with a black eye and stab wounds to his neck and throat, and he told first responders, “Kill me,” and “Leave me alone.”The defence has not yet had an opportunity to deliver its opening statement or to call witnesses.Jennings said one police officer initially responded to the home and saw a girl dead on a bed before he closed the door and called for another officer to join him.By the time that officer arrived, it was about 6 p.m., and she said the officers had to use flashlights because Berry’s power had been shut off. They saw blood on the floor and walls throughout the apartment, she said.Firefighters and paramedics responded to provide first aid to Berry in the bathroom, where he asked them to kill him, Jennings told the jury. He was taken by ambulance to hospital.Another paramedic assessed the two young girls in the bedrooms, where they were wearing bloody pyjamas, had bloody hair and were stiff and cold, she said.“They had been deceased for some time.”Berry was treated in hospital and underwent surgery to repair a serious injury to his throat or neck, she said.While in hospital, he never once mentioned his daughters or asked how they were doing, Jennings said. Instead, she said, he had a series of complaints about his parents and the girls’ mother, and how they had treated him.Forensic identification officers went to his apartment and photographed a knife on the floor near the bed where Chloe Berry was found, Jennings said.They also found a note on Andrew Berry’s living room table addressed to his sister, in which he also sets out a number of complaints about his parents and Cotton, she added.She said the jury will hear that an autopsy found Chloe Berry was struck in the head at least once, hard enough to fracture her skull, and she was stabbed 26 times in her chest, back, arms and wrists. Aubrey Berry was stabbed 32 times, also in her chest, back arms and wrists, Jennings said.Some stab wounds were inflicted before the girls died and some were inflicted after, she said.Jennings also said a neighbour will testify about hearing a loud noise from Andrew Berry’s apartment around 8 a.m. on Christmas Day. Neither of his daughters was seen or heard from at all that day, she added.Jennings said a court order in May 2017 set out the parenting schedule between the two parents, with Cotton taking custody 60 per cent of the time and Berry the remaining 40 per cent.Also in May 2017, Berry quit his job with BC Ferries. He struggled financially and by December his power had been shut off and he was due to be evicted because he was behind on rent payments, the Crown attorney said.Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
LAS VEGAS — ESPN viewers will soon start seeing a lot more of casino giant Caesars Entertainment.The companies announced Tuesday a partnership that designates Caesars as the network’s official odds data supplier on TV and digital platforms.The companies say Caesars’ data and branding will be added to ESPN’s programming in the coming weeks.ESPN has also agreed to build a studio at the Caesars-owned Linq casino-resort in Las Vegas. Sports betting-themed content will be produced there starting next year.Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.This isn’t Caesars’ first deal since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting a year ago.It previously announced a Bleacher Report-branded studio will be built inside Caesars Palace casino-resort. It also became the NFL’s first-ever official casino sponsor.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Visa will be the presenting sponsor of the player of the match award at the Women’s World Cup in France, agreed to a five-year sponsorship with the U.S. Soccer Federation and is launching a campaign with outspoken American star Megan Rapinoe.The company, a FIFA sponsor since replacing MasterCard in 2007, announced its plans Thursday, eight days before the start of the premier tournament in women’s soccer.Its global advertising campaign “One Moment Can Change the Game” centres on elevating female athletes. Visa’s new U.S. ad features Mallory Pugh, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle, Jessica McDonald, Abby Dahlkemper and Adrianna Franch.Among the international athletes working with Visa are Christine Sinclair (Canada); Lucy Bronze, Fran Kirby and Nikita Parris (England); Eugenie Le Sommer (France); Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany); Laura Giuliani (Italy); Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway); Alexia Putellas (Spain); and Kosovare Asllani (Sweden).Visa also will be the presenting sponsor of the SheBelieves Cup, an annual tournament in the U.S. that started in 2016.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada signs deal to build, operate 900-megawatt Ontario power plant TORONTO – The Ontario Power Authority announced Monday it had signed a contract with TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) to own and operate a gas-fired generating station near Kingston that was originally planned for the Greater Toronto Area.The 900-megawatt facility will be located near Ontario Power Generation’s Lennox Generating Station property in Napanee instead of Oakville, a move the Liberal government said would cost taxpayers $40 million.However, the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats accuse the government of hiding the true cost of cancelling the Oakville power plant and another one in nearby Mississauga.“It’s an ongoing story of Liberal waste and Liberal self-interest and a reminder to people that there’s a good reason to have the legislature open: we need to be able to dig into this,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.“And we certainly shouldn’t be accepting of a the Liberals’ $40-million figure.”The opposition parties estimate the combined figure for the two cancelled power plants in Liberal ridings is around $1 billion, not the $230 million the Liberals admit.The Tories and NDP say they would have found out the real cost if Premier Dalton McGuinty had not prorogued the legislature just hours before public hearings into the failed projects were to begin.“Independent estimates suggest the cost to cancel and relocate this gas plant ranges anywhere from $800 million to $1.3 billion, the bulk of which will be passed on to Ontario ratepayers,” said PC energy critic Vic Fedeli.“When I was sitting at committee, I witnessed the Liberals fight tooth and nail to keep the auditor general from looking into the Oakville cancellation. Now we know why.”The Tories also wanted to know why Ontario was building a new power plant just two kilometres from the “under-utilized” Lennox generating station owned by OPG.“That 2,000-megawatt facility runs at just five per cent of its capacity,” said Fedeli.“How does this help address the power needs in the southwest GTA where the power was deemed to be needed in the first place?”The cancellation of the two gas plants — which the opposition parties called a “Liberal seat saver program” — led to a rare contempt of Parliament motion against Energy Minister Chris Bentley over the government’s initial refusal to release documents on the projects, which it was eventually forced to do by the Speaker.However, despite more than 56,000 documents being released, the Tories and NDP still insist they hadn’t been given all the information they were entitled to have.A legislative committee dominated by the opposition parties was about to start public hearings into the costs of the gas plants, and the contempt motion, when McGuinty surprised everyone Oct. 15 by proroguing the legislature and announcing his resignation.“Dalton McGuinty knew he was in deep trouble, that the more that came out about what was really going on here the worse things would look for him because in fact they behaved improperly,” said Tabuns.The Mississauga gas plant, construction of which was well underway when the Liberals cancelled it two weeks before the Oct. 6, 2011 election, will be relocated to the Sarnia area.Construction had not started on the Oakville gas plant when the Liberals decided to cancel it after well-funded local opponents brought in famed environmental activist Erin Brokovich to speak against the project.TransCanada said Monday that the new Napanee plant will create about 600 construction jobs as well as long-term employment for about 25 people with $4 million in annual salaries and benefits. The plant will operate under a 20-year power purchase arrangement with the OPA.TransCanada currently operates the 683-MW Halton Hills Generating Station, has a 50 per cent ownership in the 550-MW Portlands Energy Centre in Toronto and has agreed to purchase nine Ontario solar plants that would produce 86 MW of clean energy. It also owns a large portion of the Bruce Power nuclear facility — 49 per cent of Bruce A and 32 per cent of Bruce B. by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 2:57 pm MDT
A man who grows giant vegetables spent almost a year cultivating a six-stone cabbage only for a chef to cut it up and serve it to hotel guests just a week before a competition.Dale Toten had nurtured the cabbage since planting it in his vegetable garden at the 36-acre luxury hotel and restaurant Ston Easton Park, Somerset, in October 2015.Despite chefs being briefed that they should only select the regular vegetables to serve guests and avoid the prized giant varieties, the message failed to get through to one staff member.Father of two Mr Toten, the hotel’s senior gardener, was horrified to discover a large portion of the cabbage shredded and awaiting to be turned into confit of cabbage in the fridge after being cut off by an over-eager chef. The 34-year-old, who was “near tears”, launched into an angry tirade against kitchen staff until the chef who cut up the cabbage came forward.Mr Toten, from Ston Easton, said: “I had planted it back in October last year and was due to pick it next week to take to the show. It was literally just days away.”I went out to water it and I spotted a huge part had been hacked off. I tried to think what could have happened, but there was no other explanation.”So I walked straight to the kitchen and looked in the fridge and there it was. I had hoped to enter it in the competition, but it probably won’t happen now. It’s a bit of a mess.”My heart sank. But then I lost my temper at anyone who was there at the time. Some chefs bore the brunt of that. They were very sorry. But I have not forgiven them yet. They will be banned from the garden.”They should all know [not to touch the giant vegetables]. Really it’s just common sense. The staff who have been here a while know how things work but some are new and obviously don’t know.” Sous chef Aaron Marsh is responsible for sourcing some of the agency cooking staff, one of whom took the knife to the cabbage.He said: “I supply the agency staff and it was one of my guys that did it, so I do feel somewhat responsible.”When Dale started talking about all of the prize money he was now not going to win due to this I thought ‘I hope I don’t get the bill for that’.”I was there when a red-faced Dale came in demanding to know what happened to his cabbage. He was pretty miffed.”Eventually the person responsible owned up. He thought he was saving time by taking a chunk of the big one rather than having to get a few smaller ones.”It has become known as cabbage-gate here. We laugh about it now. I think Dale might see the funny side now everyone has said sorry a lot.”From now on I think I will take new chefs for a walk around and show them what not to touch.”The irony is that the leaves of the giant cabbage were really bitter and we had to work very hard with it to make it right. So it’s not even like it was worth it.” The giant cabbage patch at Ston Easton Park Hotel in SomersetCredit:Dan Regan/Mercury Press Dale nearly throttled the chef. He was very upset that morning. He was close to the point of tearsNick Romano, hotel operations director Sous chef Aaron Marsh, who is responsible for sourcing some of the agency cooking staff, said he felt ‘somewhat responsible’Credit:Dan Regan/Mercury Press Mr Toten said he grows most of the vegetables that supply the restaurant, but in each patch is one or two of the giant variety that he takes to a competition at Malvern Autumn Show on September 24.The cabbage was shredded and made into confit of cabbage by adding salt, pepper, butter and white wine for the luxury country house hotel’s award-winning The Sorrel Restaurant.The hotel’s operations director, Nick Romano, 50, said: “Dale nearly throttled the chef. He was very upset that morning. He was close to the point of tears.”When he has nurtured it the whole year, it’s like having a child as it’s gone from seed to this giant monster.”But [the chef] hacked off a large part of it. He has apologised, he didn’t mean it, he just didn’t understand. But he won’t be doing it again.” 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.
PrimatecQDA will demonstrate technology for operational monitoring, commissioning management and induction management on Stand 4714 during AIMEX, September 6-9. The software from PrimatecQDA’s cognyxSuite of applications will include cognyxMES, which is described as “a complete production intelligence solution”; cognyxCMS, for controlling a project commissioning program and associated documentation and cognyxIMS, a web-based induction management system for tracking contractor and employee details.cognyxMES includes production and downtime reporting features, decision support, BI (Business Intelligence) cube analysis and OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency), inventory and quality management, asset health and dashboarding, and environmental and energy management PrimatecQDA general manager (cognyx) Joel Vogt said.“From the plant floor to the board room and beyond, cognyxMES is ready to provide clarity to operations through an industry-leading combination of live information display, intuitive interfaces and proven data capture techniques,” he said.“cognyxCMS offers improvements in workforce productivity and quality by structuring workflows and automating record collection.”Highlights of the system include inspection, test plan and punch-list generation, auto scanning and update of daily results, documentation and drawing management, and progress dashboards and reports.cognyxIMS can manage site personnel inductions, qualifications and competencies, produce barcoded contractor cards, and provide on-site touchscreen sign-in, sign-out and messaging. A mobile interface also allows access out in the field.“With cognyxIMS, you can track and be alerted to potential site safety issues before they can occur, cutting down administration time, assuring compliance and delivering a safer work environment,” Vogt said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will be in Melbourne next month as part of the Wheeler Centre’s ‘festival of questions’, The Interrobang. The crowd-sourced program was curated from over 1,000 questions submitted online and will be answered by one of the ‘Brains Trust’ appearing at the festival.Questions range from big and small, controversial, funny, insightful and thoughtful, and deal with everything from religion, beauty and the future of food to capitalism. The question being posed to the former SYRIZA minister is, not surprisingly, political in nature: ‘Why marry capitalism with democracy?’Varoufakis will be joined on the panel by news presenter, Mary Kostakidis who will be asked to present an answer to the same question.The program is comprised of 26 events and includes group discussions, storytelling, snap lectures, intimate conversations and live quiz shows.The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions will take place from 27 – 28 November. www.theinterrobang.wheelercentre.com
Bluetooth Fitness Google 21 Photos Testing smart fitness techMirror, the Peloton Bike and the Peloton Tread were installed for me by professional dealers sourced by Mirror and Peloton. Mirror charges an extra $250 for the delivery and installation; Peloton includes it with your purchase, which is good because the Tread, in particular, weighs over 450 pounds (over 200 kg). After each installation, it was my turn to download the Mirror app or access the Peloton touchscreen display to create my account, sign up for classes and start exercising. ClassPass Live was the only service out of the four that had a simple do-it-yourself installation process. It involved connecting the Google Chromecast to my TV and making sure the ClassPass app was functioning properly. From there, testing was all about trying out a bunch of different classes and seeing how well the app, TV screen or display made it for me to follow along, improve my technique and stay motivated. Value also plays a large part here, since the products I tested ranged from the $79 ClassPass Live service with a $19 monthly fee to the $3,995 Peloton Tread with a $39 monthly fee. Here are some questions I routinely asked myself: Would I really use this? Is there enough variety in these classes? Does this cost too much? How does this product/subscription compare to the competition? Does it motivate me as much as being in a studio gym class? How much space would this smart gym equipment take up in my home? ClassPass Live offers the best overall value and has my favorite classes (both in terms of variety and how they’re filmed). Mirror has the best heart-rate monitor integration via its easy-to-read screen. Both Peloton products are well-designed and keep you motivated by displaying real-time competitive rankings every time you take a class. There’s no overall winner here because each product or service offers something different. There’s a lot more smart fitness tech out there, too — from electricity-generating treadmills to home boxing systems — we’ve just barely scratched the surface. 2:59 8 Tags Workout better at home with ClassPass Live Peloton Bike brings smart indoor cycling home Peloton Tread makes running at home much better All the gadgets for getting healthy at CES 2019 Smart fitness reviews Smart fitness tech bridges the gap between a personal trainer or instructor-led studio exercise classes and winging it on your own with dumbbells or cardio. Through apps, built-in touchscreen displays, remote classes, free weights and more, you can stay motivated even when you’re working out at home. In my search for the best smart home gym, I specifically tried out ClassPass Live, the Mirror, the Peloton Bike and the Peloton Tread, but you can find others with a variety of fitness levels out there now, and plenty more health and fitness products on the way. All four of the fitness kits I reviewed offer something a bit different, so I’ve put together descriptions of each one below, including where they excel and where they need some work. Let’s get started. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Read more: Peloton, Daily Burn and more: The best workout video apps This smart fitness tech replaces a gym membership Smart Home Sport and Outdoors Fitness Now playing: Watch this: Originally posted January 19. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Fitness equipment that’s clever enough for your smart home Comments 14 Photos Share your voice ClassPass Live Editor’s note, May 22, 2019: ClassPass Live is now only available to ClassPass subscribers and is included with the monthly membership fee.ClassPass Live costs $79 up front and has a $19 monthly subscription service. For your initial $79, you get a Google Chromecast and a Wahoo Tickr heart-rate monitor. ClassPass says you need that specific heart-rate monitor to see your stats on the screen. Connect the Chromecast to your TV and stream exercise classes from the ClassPass mobile app. The good stuff At $79 with a $19 subscription, ClassPass Live is by far the most affordable thing I tested. The classes are shot from a variety of angles and feature multiple participants (beyond just the instructor). That means you can see the workout routines from different angles and try the exercise modifications other studio participants use if you want to take it a little easier. Not only are the classes shot well, but there are a lot of classes and fitness levels to choose from — strength training, high intensity interval training, yoga, cardio and more. The not-so-good stuff The heart-rate monitor never connected successfully during my testing, even after extensive troubleshooting of the device. While the ClassPass app is full of great classes to help you get fit, it’s weirdly designed and somewhat glitchy. Read my full review of ClassPass Live. See it at ClassPass Mirror is, well, a mirror, that doubles as a screen and walks you through workout classes. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Mirror The Mirror is a $1,495 full-length mirror. It’s also part LCD screen. Pay $39 per month to access live and on-demand fitness classes that play on the mirror while you also watch yourself. Mirror offers classes in different disciplines, and with different lengths and fitness levels. It comes with the mirror, a Bluetooth heart-rate monitor and six fitness bands. The workouts are “body weight” exercises so you don’t need additional equipment like dumbbells. It’s only available in the continental US. The good stuff The heart-rate integration worked seamlessly, from connecting the monitor in the app to viewing my heart rate in real time on the Mirror’s screen. The Mirror’s display provided a lot of helpful information — how many segments there were in a workout, how much time was left in each segment (and in the total workout), and more — without looking clunky or cluttered. The not-so-good stuff The Mirror doesn’t have an Android app; it currently only works with an iOS device. You can’t watch workouts on the app, so forget about exercising with the Mirror when you’re travelling — or otherwise away from the mirror. The mirror part of the Mirror is supposed to help you check your form while you exercise, but it isn’t full-length enough for you to see yourself during floor exercises (rendering it somewhat useless when you aren’t standing). Read my full review of Mirror. See it at MirrorChannel your inner cyclist with Peloton’s spin bike. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Peloton Bike Peloton’s $2,245 Bike is a spin bike designed to mimic what it’s like to ride on the road. It has an adjustable seat and handle bars and features a 21.5-inch touchscreen display. Use the display to participate in live and on-demand classes from home — this feature costs an additional $39 per month. (It’s £1,895, plus £39 per month, in the UK. It’s not yet available in Australia.) The good stuff The Peloton Bike is sturdy and whisper-quiet with room for two water bottles in the front and two hand weights in the back. You get access to a ton of cycling and noncycling classes with your $39 monthly subscription and excellent motivational tools like performance rankings so you can compete with other participants in real time. The not-so-good stuff It’s expensive. $2,245 plus the $39 monthly fee is a definite investment. Look Delta-compatible spin shoes and cleats are a must if you want to clip into the Peloton pedals. They aren’t hard to find, but they’re less common than the standard SPD shoes and cleats you use in a typical spin class. The water bottle holders are plasticky and a bit flimsy. Read my full review of the Peloton Bike. See it at PelotonRunning is hard, but Peloton’s Tread makes it a lot more fun. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Peloton Tread The $3,995 Peloton Tread is a smart treadmill. Pay $39 per month to access Peloton’s live and on-demand Tread classes. Train for a beginner 5K or participate in an advanced high intensity class alongside other seasoned runners. The Tread features a 32-inch touchscreen display, too, so you can easily follow along with whatever guided classes you select, access your profile settings and view your stats, including calories burned, from each workout. (It’s not yet available in the UK or Australia.) The good stuff The Tread is beautifully designed from its slatted belt and zippered storage compartments to its 32-inch touchscreen display and sturdy stand with enough room for two water bottles, your phone and snacks. Like the Peloton Bike, you get access to a ton of running and nonrunning classes with your $39 monthly subscription and excellent motivational tools like performance rankings so you can compete with other participants in real time. The not-so-good stuff At nearly $4,000, the Tread is extremely expensive. Tack on the $39 monthly fee and you better be sure you’ll use this treadmill (a lot) before you buy. Read my full review of the Peloton Tread. See it at Peloton
Hyderabad: Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekhar Rao desired that well known director and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, Vishwanath, who made several classic movies with lot of good values in Telugu, should make another classic film, which will be useful to the society at large. The Chief Minister said he was ready to produce the film if Viswanath decides to direct it. CM KCR went to the residence of Viswanath on Sunday at the Film Nagar here. Viswanath, his wife Mrs Jayalakshmi, his son Ravindranath, Daughter in law Gowri, Director N Shankar have accorded a warm welcome to the CM. Sri KCR has felicitated Viswanath and his wife with shawls. Viswanath’s family members have also felicitated the CM. Along with the CM, Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Whip Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLC Seri Subhash Reddy, TRS general secretary Sravankumar Reddy and others visited. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us In the meeting interesting discussions took place on films, Telugu language and literature between the CM and Viswanath for about half an hour. “I am your fan. I loved your films since my childhood. I saw each and every film that you have made. I watched Shankarabharanam film for about 25 times. I saw your film repeatedly. Every time I watched your film I felt like meeting you personally. My desire is fulfilled today. Each film that you make is like a poem. You make films with dedication and like Tapasya. Every department, whether it is selecting the actors, dialogues, language that used, every scene, songs, picturisation, art excel in all aspects. Your films can be watched by the entire family sitting together. This is precisely the reason why I watch your films even today whenever I find the time. My affection towards you has brought me here. I think I am fortunate to have met you personally and talked to you. You have not made any film for the past ten years. Now a days we are not getting good films which are message oriented. You have to make a film again. If you agree to make the film with the help of your assistants, I am ready to take care of the production part of it. Please make a plan for this,” the CM requested Viswanath. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us “With your visit our house became pious. You, yourself are visiting our house, is our good fortune. When you called me up yesterday night and said you will be visiting my house, I thought that somebody mimicking your voice. But later when I found that you have spoken to me I did not sleep till 12 midnight. I have been watching your good work and your basic nature of working hard for the people I came to know through reports in newspapers on TVs. I am personally meeting you for the first time. Once Tamil Nadu CM MGR came to my house and now you have graced my house for which I am happy,” Viswanath said. Advertise With Us When the CM enquired about his health, Viswanath said, “My health is fine. But I have knee joints pain. Doctors say they will perform the replacement operation but I am scared of operation. I am scared of hospitals. Even in my films I never put Hospital scenes. I am scared of watching blood. Then how will I undergo operation? I will continue and manage like this,” Viswanath said. Viswanath also complimented the CM by saying, “You have a wonderful grip over the Telugu language and literature. You have organised the World Telugu Conference on a grand scale. You are a great orator and have liking over the Arts.” On asked from when the CM got the taste of Telugu language and literature, KCR replied that he got it from the company of his great teachers. Speaking to the CM, Viswanath’s wife Jayalakshmi said, “You have built Kaleswaram project on a large scale. Farmers’ problems will be solved with this. I could see happiness in your eyes when water coming from the Kaleswaram. I am sure your aim of giving irrigation water in the state will be successful.” To this, the CM said there is availability of water in both the Krishna and Godavari Rivers, both the Telugu states should utilise them for the welfare of farmers. Both the States government are on the job, he said. Viswanath asked on how the CM was able to withstand the criticism despite the fact that he was constructing the projects with lot of hard work. To this, the CM replied,” These things have become habitual for me in politics. I am not taking any conginsance of the baseless criticism as I am working with the aim of bettering the lives of people. Viswanath blessed the CM and said that for all the good work undertaken for people’s welfare God will have his blessings to it. KCR said that there is a lot scope for the film industry develop further in Hyderabad and added that the government would come out with a new policy on the film industry.
UN acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Knut Ostby. Photo: UNBUN acting Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Knut Ostby has expressed deep concern over new reports of fighting between the ‘Arakan Army’ and Myanmar security forces causing civilian casualties and displacement of communities in Rakhine State, reports UNB.Ostby urged all sides of the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians, resolve differences through peaceful means and uphold their responsibilities under International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, including the preservation of sites of cultural heritage.He called for effective humanitarian access to populations in need of aid, particularly the children, women, elderly and other affected people.”The United Nations is in contact with Myanmar authorities and stands ready to continue with the humanitarian support to the affected civilian populations,” reads a statement issued on Tuesday.
Sonos Narrows Losses as Ikea Revenues Start to Roll In The speaker is also expected to include far-field microphones for voice control, and offer the ability to automatically tune music output to the acoustic qualities of the room they’re placed in — a feature that’s similar to that of Apple’s HomePod and Google’s Home Max smart sound.Sonos executives have for some time talked about their desire to build products that could be used out of the home. Introducing such a portable speaker with Bluetooth support this year does make a lot of sense for the company: Just this month, Sonos rolled out a massive collaboration with Ikea, with the furniture giant selling entry-level Sonos speakers for as little as $100.Thanks to that collaboration, Sonos has a chance to massively expand its potential customer base. These new consumers may have different expectations for Sonos products, and are more likely to compare them to higher-end portable Bluetooth speakers.In addition to the portable speaker, Sonos is expected to announce at least one additional product. It will also be interesting to see how Sonos will price these new devices. Sonos speakers are manufactured in China, and on the company’s most recent earnings call, executives seemed resigned to the fact that they will face tariffs of 10% starting on September 1. U.S. Delays Tariffs on Smart Phones, Game Consoles, Set-top Boxes Smart speaker maker Sonos is getting ready to release its first-ever portable product with Bluetooth connectivity, according to multiple leaks. The speaker was first tipped in a FCC filing late last week, and Zatz Not Funny was able to unearth an image of the device (pictured above) as well.The company has a press event scheduled for later this month, and executives told investors on the company’s most recent earnings call that it would unveil new products in September. Sonos did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.Sonos has long stayed away from adding Bluetooth to its products, and instead focused on Wifi connectivity. Executives have in the past argued that Bluetooth offered a subpar user experience, cutting out when out of reach of a paired device. The new speaker is said to have a switch that allows users to alternate between Wifi and Bluetooth, according to The Verge. This would allow consumers to use Wifi when at home, and then switch to Bluetooth when they take the speaker on the go. Related Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
March 30, 2009 – Carestream Health has won orders to supply a total of 11 DR systems to Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Fife Health Boards, building further on the company’s growth trend in Europe. Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board are currently completing the building of two new, purpose designed Ambulatory Care Hospitals in and around Glasgow – the Victoria Infirmary on the south side of the city and Stobhill Hospital on the north. Carestream Health has received an order to install three KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR7500 systems at the Victoria Infirmary and a further three DR7500 systems and a KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR3500 system at Stobhill Hospital. The new Victoria will be one of the largest hospitals in Scotland and is expected to treat around 400,000 patients annually when it opens later this year, while the £100 million Stobhill Hospital will also provide state-of-the-art health facilities for the people of Glasgow. Both projects are key components of the overall modernisation of Glasgow’s acute hospitals. Fife Health Board will install two KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR7500 systems at the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline and one system each in Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy and the new St Andrews Memorial Hospital in St Andrews. The new-generation KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 7500 is designed to provide both health boards with the ultimate in digital radiography flexibility. Their modular components can operate as a single or dual detector system, and will allow configuration of the DR system to fit space, applications, workflow and budget. 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Comments Share PIONKI, Poland (AP) — Everybody in Poland seems to be against them now: temporary contracts that offer few benefits to their workers, popularly known as “junk contracts.”Until recently it was mainly trade unions and the political opposition that opposed them. Now even the pro-market government is vowing to limit their use as it faces a rising wave of voter anger that seems likely to end its eight years of rule in October elections. Michal Nowocien, 22, has worked on a “junk contract” at a chocolate factory, signing a new contract from month to month and not getting any paid vacation. He was among those who supported Duda.“Civic Platform hasn’t helped us here,” he said from his hometown of Pionki, a small town of 20,000 where low wages and bleak job prospects have driven many to either accept insecure work conditions or flee to Western Europe. He now works on a temporary contract as a welder.The presidency is largely symbolic. But a more important parliamentary election comes in October, and polls suggest that the pro-market Civic Platform, which has ruled for eight years, faces another stinging defeat. Law and Justice has surged ahead with vows to help the poor with more state intervention in the economy.A second win by Law and Justice would mark a significant political shift in Poland, the EU’s sixth-largest economy. The party vows to impose higher taxes on the country’s mostly foreign-owned banks and large retailers.Polish government statistics show that about 1.4 million people are on the temporary contracts with limited benefits, up from about half a million five years ago. Separate EU statistics show that Poland has a larger share of its workforce on temporary contracts than any of the other 27 member states, at 28 percent in 2014. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall In this July 24, 2015 photo, Radek Ciszewski, left, and Marek Bogacki, discuss how far Poland has come since throwing off communism 26 years ago, in Warsaw, Poland. Ciszewki, a consultant, and Bogacki, a director at an insurance company, are among the Poles are doing well thanks to a quarter century of constant economic growth. However, there are still many Poles who remain trapped in low wages and insecure job conditions, creating social frustration that has come to the surface in a year of political elections. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)n Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories Poland is the European Union member state with the highest number of workers on some form of a temporary contract, 28 percent. It is creating a precarious existence for many Poles and deepening divisions between the haves and have-nots in a post-communist country that is otherwise witnessing impressive economic growth.The “junk contracts” were originally intended to give flexibility to artists or other professionals working for multiple employers. They lack many of the guarantees of regular employment contracts in Poland, like paid vacation, employer contributions into the national health and pension funds, and protection from being fired at short notice.“People are really feeling this insecurity on the labor market,” said Dominik Owczarek, an analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw. “Everywhere now there are young people employed on temporary contracts with low pay and high doses of uncertainty, but they make up a big part of the society in Poland.”The frustration of people on such contracts or who otherwise feel left out the Polish economic miracle is suddenly on the political agenda, and is seen as a major reason for the surprise victory of nationalist Andrzej Duda — of the euroskeptic Law and Justice Party — in May presidential elections over a widely favored incumbent from the ruling Civic Platform. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “In the time of transformation this flexibility helped us to attract investors and fight high unemployment,” Gazeta Wyborcza wrote. “At the same time it has brought terrible social consequences.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “I work on one, and I love it,” said Radek Ciszewski, a consultant who benefits from the flexibility of temporary contracts. But critics say the contracts are being abused by employers. Often, people who are essentially full-time, long-term workers are forced to sign new contracts each month.Workers going month-to-month on temporary contracts rarely qualify for mortgages, and insecurity is keeping some from starting families. That, in turn, threatens to exacerbate the demographic time bomb of Poland’s falling birth rate, one of the lowest in Europe at 1.3 babies per woman. New legislation effective next year will limit the use of these contracts, but Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz has vowed to restrict them further as she struggles for political survival.Despite the government promises, a state auditing body revealed recently that there are government ministries where nearly half of the workforce is employed on the “junk contracts.” The one with the most, the Culture Ministry, defends itself by saying it often needs the expertise of outside consultants.Even the country’s main daily paper, Gazeta Wyborcza, which played an important role supporting the transition to a market economy, says the junk contracts represent a deregulated form of capitalism that has gone too far. The paper launched a campaign against them on July 20, saying “they have started to demolish our labor market.” Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Parents, stop beating yourself up