Twitter Sells #BCS Chatter to the Onion

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The college football championship bowl game between Auburn and Oregon will be played Monday in Arizona and though the serious media coverage is sure to be intense – the trending topic on Twitter has been sponsored by the comedians at The Onion. Specifically by The Onion’s new sports video show Onion SportsDome, which will launch the next day as a prime time show on Comedy Central.“Yes, Onion Sports Network and #SportsDome now own #BCS. Take that, Tostitos” is the text of the sponsored tweet that will sit on top of Twitter conversation about the game tomorrow. The Frito-Lay Tostitos brand corn chips are the official sponsor of the Bowl Championship Series. If it’s a social media world, the college football establishment may have just gotten upstaged.In a profile of SportsDome, NPR’s Mike Pesca says the TV show will be “is not for the easily, moderately, or even rarely offended.” Baratunde Thurston, Director of Digital at The Onion, called the sponsored trend campaign “#Badass” on Twitter tonight. Can the Onion do sports? For the show to launch with a promotion like this on Twitter bodes well. It also bodes well for the sense of humor in the Twitter advertising department.When Twitter launched its sponsored trends advertising product in June, we called it a brave new type of advertising. Not every potential advertiser will feel comfortable calling attention to free-form Tweets that could say anything about them. Apparently if you don’t buy a trend about your organization or event, though, The Onion might buy it themselves.Disclosure: This post’s author is an Oregon grad, but will be cheering for The Onion durring the big game. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#humor#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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YouTubers Break Out Of Virtual World To Sell Out Real Stages

first_imgTags:#YouTube China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Success What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… YouTubers In The Real WorldJohn and Hank Green are by no means the first YouTube act to find an audience in the real world. A little more than a year ago, YTF, YouTubers Ryan Higa and six friends – including one American Idol contestant – sold out a concert hall in Hawaii. Higa and company, regularly creating some of YouTube’s most popular videos, were given star treatment complete with fawning interviews in the local press, and a “YTF day” declared by the state’s governor in honor of the group’s show.Early last year, seven YouTubers including four musicians and popular Web skit writers MeekaKitty, Nanalew and LiveLavaLive, went on a full-blown tour of the United States. I saw their variety show at House of Blues in Chicago, along with a couple hundred or so screaming teens and 20-somethings. Their parents may not get it, but they did.Photo courtesy of YouTube. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture fruzsina eordogh Related Posts Making a living on YouTube is a tough business. It takes real entrepreneurial spirit. Most YouTubers make money wherever they can: from the ads that run on their mostly homemade videos and merchandise (like bobble head dolls).The big news is that few of the more intrepid YouTubers are making real money by taking their acts beyond of the virtual world and onto physical stages.  And they’re actually selling out big concert halls.The latest case in point: John and Hank Green of the Vlog Brothers’ sold-out show at Carnegie Hall last Tuesday night. It drew the kind of crowd that many an indie band would blow up a drummer for. So much so that it caught the attention of the The New York Times. Let’s hope the Greens possess an “any publicity is good publicity” attitude. The Times described their Carnegie Hall performance as “a goofy variety show” with the “the polish of a really good high school talent night.” (The show, which featured live readings, skits and a few musical numbers, can be viewed here.)last_img read more

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San Antonio lines up $8 million in 2017 smart city projects

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Digital Divide#IoT#San Antonio#Smart Cities#smart city How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… San Antonio is ramping up its smart city efforts in 2017 with a focus on digital services, transportation, and sustainability.The Texas city is earmarking $8 million in its 2017 budget for nine smart city projects.This is a result of the city’s decision in 2016 to escalate from trial projects to aligning tech projects with its broader organizational missions.San Antonio’s smart city framework was a product of its larger innovation-focused strategy SA Tomorrow.Out of that strategy, the city chose to focus its smart city efforts on transportation and environmental sustainability. As well, its smart city projects will enhance “digital connected living” which seeks to fight the digital divide and boost the amount of digital city services.The digital living aspect is emblematic of the growing trend of city governments around the world that are working to improve citizen experiences.“We didn’t want another smart city plan that was just going to sit on the shelf,” said San Antonio Chief Innovation Officer Jose De La Cruz. “We wanted to ensure there was going to be action behind it and so aligning it with our planning efforts looking into the future made the most sense. The construct of those plans really came from the community input we received.”San Antonio’s rapid growth is the fuel Donal Powercenter_img Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …last_img read more

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Internet of Things in Retail: What’s in it for Retailers

first_imgRelated Posts Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 9 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writing and Digital Marketing. Internet of Things is transforming and revolutionizing every aspect of our lives. Be it leisure, business, retail or healthcare, almost every industry is settling to adopt new technologies and IoT is no exception. According to McKinsey an estimated of 20 to 30 billion connected devices will be available by 2020 with a total worth of $17 billion.The above statistics clear all the doubts regarding the adoption of IoT in various industries. The growth seems to be undiminished and the overall adoption will be on par. With the competition on the rise, retailers are striving to take necessary steps to offer unique shopping experience and be more profitable, unique and efficient.There is a lot to discuss on IoT in retail, but first, let’s have a brief overview of what Internet of Thing is all about.What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and Use in Daily Life?When we talk about the Internet of Things, it is the term used to describe Machine-to-Machine connectivity, where hardware devices and sensors interact with each other on their settings and whereabouts.Knowingly or unknowingly, many of us have used IoT devices or seen it somewhere. For instance, Nest Thermostat is widely adopted by homeowners to set the temperature at the desired level. After reaching the set temperature, it will turn off automatically, saving you cost on electricity.Moreover, IoT devices have been widely integrated into home appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators dryers, ovens and what not.Talking about the retail sector, IoT allows retailers to track customer behavior and collect data to use it in the future for business decisions. If you are looking forward to implementing IoT in your retail business, make sure to go through this article to know what IoT has to offer to the retailers.IoT in Retail IndustryBefore we discuss what is in IoT for retailers, let’s have a brief overview of benefits reported by early adopters.77% of retailers see IoT as a mean to change the customer’s experience89% of early adopters in retail benefited from the insights about customer preferences and behaviors from an Internet of Things.77% of early adopters of IoT in retail offered better opportunities to interact with new partners in delivering products and services to the customers.Digital Signage to Reach Consumer Device  With the rise in online shopping trend, retail has been largely affected by the way consumers are been affected. People tend to buy more online because the goods are offered at a cheap price. Moreover, comparison-shopping is also one of the reasons to shop online.Due to this, the traditional retailers are prone to a number of challenges. With the ability to save some money, convenience, and comparison-shopping, people still need the help of sales assistant to save some time in researching the goods they tend to purchase.The retail war is increasing at a rapid pace and brick and mortar shop owners have to set the prices to match online prices. This is quite a challenging task for traditional retailers to attract customers to the store.IoT can rescue in resolving this issue. For instance, the traditional retailers can incorporate digital signage that connects with social networks and customers feedback for the customers in the store. It would help customers to view the information about the product instead of using a mobile device.Digital signage as discussed before can also be helpful in displaying related goods, which might be of customer’s interest. Moreover, it can lead the customers in the direction of goods that would complement their purchase.Another aspect of marketing is to understand the customers’ behavior. To attract more customers, an advertisement can be displayed in the mobile phone’s notification bar when they pass the store. Retailers can also use this feature for the customers who are present in the store by displaying the products in real life and introduce them in the best possible way through sales assistant.Sales assistant, on the other hand, can check whether the product is available in stock and complete the transaction seamlessly. This is where IoT can be helpful, offering sales assistant to check the availability of product instore through their smartwatch.The smartwatch is connected to the database of all the products connected to the sensor. Moreover, the sales assistant can also show how the product works using a tablet. In the end, sales assistant could use the same tablet to complete the transaction in no time.Directing Customers to Locate Goods Retailers have to employ staff to assist customers with all that is present in the store. Supermarkets are flooded with products and searching for specific product is not an easy task. This means that customers will have to spend much of their time in the supermarket to search for products they need.However, IoT can help save the time of customers as well as retail owners to save money by hiring extra staff. For instance, by equipping the store with sensors can assist sales person and customer to locate a specific product. Moreover, digital displays with the ability to read sensors can inform the customers about the product description, its benefits and in case of the food item, the nutritional level.In case of food items, many of them have short shelf life. IoT can prove to be helpful by ensuring that the due date is correct before delivering it to the customer.Ecosystem Opportunities Most of the home improvement, general merchandise, and electronics retailers are opting for home automation or smart home sections in their store. Not only IoT is needed by enterprises, but open the opportunities for general consumer as well.Retailers are already availing this opportunity to be players in the ecosystem with service support, sales support and automated orders generated by IoT sensors in consumers’ homes. For instance, Amazon is currently working on the order method of choice for anything you might ask Alexa.Conclusion In this technological era, retailers need to understand the importance of implementing the IoT to stay ahead of the competition, grow revenue and build customers base. However, if you are not well versed in the technology, many IoT Solution providers will help you devise the strategy, plan it and deploy it. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#good#Internet of Things#iot solutions#merchant#o2o#Offline#retail#retailers Follow the Puck Ray Parker Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Cong. MLAs bat for Haryana’s sugarcane farmers

first_imgCongress legislators on Wednesday staged a symbolic protest outside the Assembly complex against the Haryana government, accusing it of ignoring the plight of sugarcane farmers in the State. The MLAs shouted slogans against the State government while holding sugarcane stems in their hands.“Sugarcane farmers are forced to sell their produce in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand because the State-owned and private sugarcane mills in Haryana are not purchasing their produce at the assured price,” alleged Congress leader Kuldeep Sharma.Later in the House, while participating in the debate on the Governor’s Address, Mr. Sharma raised the issue to which Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar reacted sharply, saying that the Congress was trying to create an issue. Separately, Mr. Dhankar said that the government has been working actively for the past three years to develop an international horticulture and vegetable market over 600 acres at Ganaur.last_img read more

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The Third Wife wins best film award at KIFF

first_imgThe Third Wife, a film from Vietnam featuring the story of a 14-year-old girl’s arranged marriage to a married man from an affluent family, won the best film award at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival.The producer of the 96-minute film, Tran Thi Bich Ngoc, received the award presented by KIFF jury members on Saturday at the concluding ceremony of the seven-day film festival.“The film is based on a real-life story witnessed by one of the family members of the crew. At the centre of the story is a 14-year-old who encounters strangers after she is married into a wealthy family,” the producer told The Hindu.Speaking at the concluding event of the festival, director Shoojit Sircar said that the cash award given at the KIFF is one of highest given at any film festival. The award for best director in the international competition category went to Abu Bakr Shawky for the Egyptian film Yomeddine (Judgement Day). The NETPAC (Asian Select) award went to The Sweet Requiem by directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. The film is a drama set within the Tibetan refugee community in India. In the competition for Indian language films, Widow of Silence, a story from conflict-ridden Kashmir directed by Praveen Morchchale walked away with the top honours.last_img read more

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PM invites Zardari, Gilani to watch Indo-Pak match in Mohali

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani (left) and President Asif Ali Zardari to watch the World Cup semi-final at Mohali.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to invite the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to watch the India vs Pakistan World Cup match at Mohali with him marks yet another dogged attempt by him to push the India-Pakistan peace agenda.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirmed that Singh wrote identical letters to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani.The text of the letters to the Pakistani leaders says: “I propose to be at Mohali to watch the World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan to be held on 30th March.There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket, that will be a victory for sport. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Mohali and join me and the millions of fans from our countries to watch the match.” Cricket has had a chequered role in the diplomatic history of the two countries, and has been used to facilitate dialogue and bring about bonhomie. But ever since the Mumbai attack of November 2008, India-Pakistan relations have been in a trough, despite Singh’s valiant attempts to revive them. This cast a shadow even on cricket ties. The two sides have had just two cricketing encounters since 26/ 11, both in ICC-sanctioned events. And India has not welcomed any Pakistani player in the IPL tournament for two years.advertisementSince it was not certain till Thursday night that there would be an India-Pakistan World Cup encounter at Mohali – that was known only after India beat Australia – the invitation to the Pakistani leaders has quite clearly not been thought through. Sources said that the invitation caught the ministry of external affairs unawares, emphasising the PMO’s control over India’s Pakistan policy. A senior official’s tart comment was ” What will be the impact of the decision will depend on how it plays out.” Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao confirmed the PM’s announcement through her twitter account.” PM Manmohan Singh has invited President Zardari and PM Gilani of Pak to witness World Cup semifinal btw India and Pak at Mohali, Mar 30,” Rao wrote. Gilani has responded positively to the invitation, though the big question remains: Will it yield the kind of dividends that some past cricketing meets between the political leaders of the two sides did? Conversations of top functionaries of the government, made public in candid WikiLeaks cables, show there are divisions in the government on the question of the dialogue with Pakistan. In one cable, US ambassador Timothy Roemer cited M. K. Narayanan as describing the PM as a ” great believer” in talks and negotiations with Islamabad. And of allegedly telling Singh in jest after he referred to India’s ” shared destiny” with Pakistan that, “You have a shared destiny, we don’t.” Experts are divided over the PM’s initiative in inviting Zardari and Gilani for the Mohali match.Ex- foreign secretary Salman Haider said: ” It’ll give momentum to talks. This shows that there is an intention to talk and take things forward. It speaks of India’s desire to take things forward.” However, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy is sceptical of the purpose of the invitation. ” Relationship should have substance than symbolism. This invitation is meaningless as decisions in Pakistan are taken by its army and not by Gilani,” Parthasarathy noted.Former deputy national security adviser all dialogue getting Why Expressing former said, dialogue seems 26/ Kashmir Mumbai who There Pakistan socalled Former adviser Satish Chandra said, ” I am all for dialogue. But is this dialogue going anywhere? Are we getting anywhere with this dialogue? Why this signal?” Expressing similar sentiments, former Army chief Gen V. P. Malik said, ” There was no need for the dialogue at this stage. Nothing seems to have improved since 26/ 11 – the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and inaction against Mumbai attackers. We all know who runs the show in Pakistan.” There are divisions on the Pakistan side too, between the socalled doves and the hawks. Former Pakistan diplomat Shahryar M. Khan said that with cricket emotions running high, this was the right time to create positive energy between the sides. His enthusiasm was not shared by a former minister Sheikh Rashid.Circumspect about the gains that could come from cricket diplomacy, he asked, “Where is the peace and friendship that such visits were supposed to create?” However, efforts have continued to be made to mend the relations.advertisementAt a bilateral meeting at Thimphu in February, Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir decided to revive the dialogue to discuss ” all issues”. They are expected to meet again in June before the meeting between the foreign ministers here in July. Next week, before the India- Pakistan match, the home secretaries of the two countries will meet in New Delhi and later, in April the commerce secretaries will hold talks.Softening its stand after it suspended the composite dialogue called had revive encouraged meeting Zardari Russia Singh Sheikh Then, Gilani sidelines Thimphu taken meetings secretaries the following 26/ 11 and vowed to resume it after the perpetrators were brought to book, the government last February announced that the countries had agreed to hold talks on all issues including counter- terrorism and Kashmir. In view of the domestic political sensitivities, the process will not be called a ‘composite dialogue’. After the Mumbai attack, there had been various attempts to revive the peace process, encouraged by the US. It began with a meeting between Singh and Zardari at Yekaterinburg in Russia in June 2009 and later between Singh and Gilani at Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt in July 2009.Then, in April 2010, Singh and Gilani met again, this time on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Thimphu where the decision was taken to resume structured meetings between the foreign secretaries and the foreign ministers of the two sides.Cricket diplomacy hasn’t clicked in past- FEBRUARY 1987 Then Pakistan President General Zia- ul- Haq flew in to Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh stadium, inviting himself to watch a Test match between India and Pakistan- The visit came against the backdrop of escalating tension after the Indian Army conducted the Operation Brass Tacks manoeuvres close to the Pakistan border, and Pakistan mobilised its forces. However, the situation was defused- “Cricket for peace is my mission,” Zia had said after arriving at the Jaipur airport from Delhi, where he dined with late PM Rajiv Gandhi- The Indian team was led by Kapil Dev and the Pakistani side by Imran Khan. The Test resulted in a drawAPRIL 2005 Then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf visited India to watch the last ODI in the Indo- Pak series at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.- This was his first trip after the fiasco of the Agra summit with then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001. Musharraf had a summit meeting with PM Manmohan Singh during the visit. His constant refrain was ” peace between India and Pakistan” and the requirement of ” soft borders “.- The Indian team was captained by Rahul Dravid and the Pakistani side by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan won the match and the series Both visits failed to have a lasting impact on bilateral tieslast_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: In-form Virat Kohli up for Australian challenge

first_imgIt’s the business end of ICC World Twenty20 2016. Five teams are now fighting for the remaining two spots in the semi-final. And on Sunday, India and Australia will face-off in a virtual quarter-final at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. Both teams, after losing their opening clashes to New Zealand, would be ready for each other.In-form Indian batsman Virat Kohli though believes that the series win over Australia Down Under earlier this year will give them an edge over their fierce rivals in tomorrow’s clash. (Also read: Dangerous Australia stand between India and semi-finals) “Australia series was the catalyst for our consistent performances in this season. We can focus on the positive things we did against Australia,” he said. (India vs Australia will be an open game, says Sachin Tendulkar)However, the star batsman warns against complacency and says the team can’t take anything for granted when they play against a top-quality T20 side.”We can’t take anything for granted. It’s a virtual quarter-final for us. If we play to our potential we can beat Australia again,” he said. (Australia and India would be ready for each other, says Steve Waugh)Kohli also said that his team was wary of Australia’s skipper Steve Smith who has a staggering record against India across the formats of the game.It was Smith, under Michael Clarke’s captaincy, who hit a calm and composed century (105 from 93 balls) in the 2015 World Cup semis and helped his team knock India out of the tournament.advertisement”Steve Smith has been a very important player for Australia. He gives them the solidarity in the middle order. He is someone who can play least number of dot balls and keep the scoreboard ticking,” Kohli said.The batsman also had a tip for Ashwin & Co. to see the back of Smith. “It’s all about the mindset. It all depends on how much you believe you can get your opponent out. It all boils down to that,” he said.The Delhi batsman said his style of cricket is very similar to that of Australia’s and that he enjoys playing against them. “Australia is a very strong side, they play with a lot of passion. I believe in playing the same way,” he said.Kohli has been a consistent performer against top-quality sides and Australia is no exception. The star batsman scored 199 runs from three matches including three half-centuries in the highly successful T20I series in Australia. #WT20 Men: Straight from the coaching manuals – @imVkohli in the nets #Indhttps://t.co/1a8N6pBfag BCCI (@BCCI) March 26, 2016However, Kohli admits that it is difficult for him to go out and score against Australia every time. ” I have always enjoyed playing against Australia. That doesn’t mean that you’re going to end up scoring every time. You have to assess the situation, you have to respect the opposition bowlers and plan accordingly.”Kohli also said the Indian team was ready to battle pressure in big matches. He praised skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for remaining calm under pressure in the crunch tie against Bangladesh and helping them win a closely-fought contest on Wednesday. (This is how MS Dhoni is chilling ahead of crucial game vs Australia)”Dhoni’s biggest quality is that he remains calm and composed in pressure situations. If there are people around who get very excited then we need 2-3 people who remain calm.”Experience is very important in big games. Dhoni has captained India in many big games. He has finished many big games which builds a self assurance and self confidence over a period of time,” he said.#WT20 Men: The #Ind Captain is here and so is that sweet sound from his willow – @msdhonihttps://t.co/ToJqSWyTai BCCI (@BCCI) March 26, 2016Kohli also said playing crunch games in big tournaments has boosted his confidence.  He recounted the experience of playing in front of big leaders and a massive crowd when India and Pakistan played the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup in Mohali.”One thing I learnt was, if you play well in the semi-final and final of World Cup, you become more confident as a player. You need to take up challenges rather than being nervous about them.”It was my first World Cup. I was 21 years old then. The occasion was too overwhelming for me. I have never seen Prime Ministers from both the countries on the ground. I did not expect the energies to be so high,” he said.Kohli also maintained that he was not concerned about critics blaming the team for lack of dominant performances at this year’s World T20. He was optimistic about India chances of winning their second T20 title. (Also read: Pre-tournament favourites India not really good enough yet)advertisement”We obviously want to win the tournament. We are working very hard to achieve that. You need to draw the line to keep the negative stuff away.  We are trying to use the positive for our good,” he said.last_img read more

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Garbine Muguruza stuns Serena Williams to win French Open

first_imgGarbine Muguruza won her first Grand Slam title by beating defending champion Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 at the French Open on Saturday, denying the American her record-equalling 22nd major trophy.The fourth-seeded Muguruza, a 22-year-old from Spain, used her big groundstrokes to keep No. 1 Williams off-balance and overcame signs of nerves in the form of nine double-faults to pull off the surprise.Muguruza also managed to deal with Williams’ dangerous serve, breaking three consecutive times from late in the first set to early in the second.This was Muguruza’s second major final; she lost to Williams at Wimbledon last year. But Muguruza has won her past two matches against Williams on the clay of Roland Garros, including in the second round in 2014.IN PURSUIT OF STEFFI GRAF RECORDFor Williams, whose timing was not exactly right much of the afternoon, Saturday’s loss delayed yet again her pursuit of matching Steffi Graf with 22 Grand Slam singles championships, the most in the Open era, which began in 1968. Margaret Court holds the all-time record of 24.Williams got No. 21 at Wimbledon in 2015, her fourth major title in a row. But since then, she has been beaten in the semifinals at the US Open by Roberta Vinci last September, in the final at the Australian Open by Angelique Kerber in January, and now by Muguruza. This is the first time in Williams’ career she has lost back-to-back Grand Slam finals.This year’s visit to Paris hardly could have started off more inauspiciously for Muguruza: She lost the very first set she played in the tournament, against 38th-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.advertisementAGGRESSIVE MUGURUZABut, oh, how Muguruza turned things around from there. She won the next 14 sets she played, displaying the deep groundstrokes and take-the-ball-early aggressiveness that flustered Williams.The final began under a slate ceiling of clouds, but at least there was none of the heavy rain that led to flooding in Paris and a temporary shutdown of the Louvre museum. All those showers jumbled the tournament schedule, forcing Williams to be in action for a fourth straight day in the final.Muguruza won the prematch coin toss and let Williams serve first, a fascinating choice given that Williams is widely regarded as the best server in the women’s game, perhaps ever. And the decision seemed only more dubious as Muguruza managed to put the ball on play on only one of the first six points Williams served. On one early point, Muguruza whiffed completely on an attempted backhand return of an 89 mph (143 kph) high-kicking second serve.And yet, it all wound up working out. And how. Muguruza broke a total of four times, twice in each set.After saving two break points herself to get to 2-all, Muguruza nosed ahead first, when Williams combined three errant backhands with a double-fault to hand over the lead.An additional dose of confidence arrived in the next game, despite beginning with two-double faults to create a love-30 hole. Muguruza quickly pulled herself out, taking the next four points to go up 4-2, capped by a down-the-line forehand winner on the 11th stroke of the exchange.Muguruza won all six points of 10 shots or more in that opening set and, indeed, there was no junkballing on this day. Both women hit hard, quite hard, trading bold forehands and backhands from the baseline. Seemed unfair to characterize nearly anything as an “unforced error,” considering the way each made things so tough on the other.STRUGGLING SERENABut it was Williams who had more difficulty putting shots right where she wanted, an unusual sight. She wound up with 39 forced errors, 18 more than Muguruza.Still, Williams broke to 4-all, and they were at 5-all when Muguruza regained control. She hit a backhand winner, then drew two miscues by Williams. When Muguruza smacked a backhand winner on her third set point, she was one set from the championship.She then broke in Williams’ next two service games, as well, enough of a lead to make her first seriously significant shakiness – three double-faults in one game, including on the last two points – to become irrelevant.Muguruza held four match points while leading 5-3 as Williams served. But it would not end right then and there. Williams, resilient as they come, staved off the full quartet, forcing Muguruza to try to serve for the victory. And that she did, converting her fifth match point, the last she would need, with a delightful lob that landed right on the opposite baseline.Maybe stunned by that shot, maybe stunned that she was now a Grand Slam champion, Muguruza turned toward her coach and other supporters in the stands with a blank expression. Soon, she was flat on her back, caking her dress and arms with the rust-colored clay she will never forget.advertisementlast_img read more

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Army has no order to enter Dera premises in Sirsa: official

first_imgSirsa (Har), Aug 26 (PTI) The Army has not been given any order so far to enter the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Paramjit Singh Chahal said today, even as the defiant followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh stayed put at the campus.”There is still no order for the Army to enter the campus. They are only ensuring enforcement of curfew in the area,” Chahal said.The Army along with the police and paramilitary forces has put up barricades at entry points of the Dera Sacha Sauda premises.Chahal said that a high-level meeting between the Army and the state authorities was underway this afternoon.An estimated one lakh people, including women and children, were present in the sect headquarters. The Army and district authorities have been appealing through loudspeakers, asking those inside to leave the premises.Fifteen Dera followers have been arrested since last night here, police said.”We will not spare those who have taken the law in their hands. We will take strict action against then,” IG (Hisar) A S Dillo said outside the Dera headquarters.Sources said th Army was last night provided with the map of the sprawling dera campus, which is spread over nearly 1,000 acres and is a township on its own, with schools, sports village, hospital and cinema hall. PTI BUN PLB RTlast_img read more

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‘India outbowled Australia, hosts taking a risk with green pitch in Perth’

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan has backed India pacers to continue their good showing in the second Test and warned Australia of the chances of a green Perth pitch backfiring on them.Vaughan opined Indian pacers outshone their Australian counterparts, saying the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami bowled with more discipline for longer periods than the hosts’ pace battery.Notably, Indian pacers picked up 14 of the 20 Australian wickets and set up India’s 31-run win while Australian fast bowlers managed only 11 wickets. Nathan Lyon looked the most threatening Australian bowler on a sluggish Adelaide Oval track.Vaughan’s comments come on the eve of the second Test, which will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth. ]While the now-defunct WACA wicket was known for its pace and bounce, the curator of the new stadium has insisted that there will be enough assistance for the pacers in Australia’s newest Test venue, which wore a thick layer of grass on Thursday.”Certainly from seeing the Indian attack in England and at the Adelaide Oval, Bumrah (Jasprit), Shami (Mohammad) and Sharma (Ishant) will be going to bed tonight thinking thank you,” Vaughan told Fox Sports.”The actual three quicks of India out bowled the three quicks of Australia. They were outstanding. It’s a big, big risk that Australia are taking.””They clearly need a pitch that they feel they can get at the Indian batsmen but I just look to the game at Adelaide Oval, it wasn’t the pitch, it wasn’t anything to do with the conditions. It was just that India produced more discipline for longer periods.”advertisementA lot has been said about Mitchell Starc’s underwhelming performance in the Adelaide Test and Vaughan believes the ordinary show from Australia’s premier fast bowler proved to be the difference between the two sides.”Unfortunately for Australia one of their quicks didn’t quite get the radar right and I would say that went a long way to India just nipping over the line in that Test match,” he added.India named their 13-man squad for this Test, with R Ashwin and Rohit Sharma ruled out owing to injury concerns.There is a chance that India will go in with a four-pronged pace attack for only the third instance in their Test history, after Johannesburg (2018) and Perth (WACA, 2012) but Vaughan believes the consistency of a finger-spinner Ravindra Jadeja could be helpful.”Jadeja’s a wonderful cricketer as well. He’s someone that I’d want in the team. He bats well, he’s an incredible fielder, he will create something in the field and with his bowling he’s just going to keep bowling,” Vaughan said.”You look at your three quicks and Ravi Jadeja, as a captain I look at it and you think you’ve got an end tied up against left and right-hand, and if it does start to spin like it did in a Shield match a few weeks ago, he’ll come into his own,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara will be key on green Perth pitch: Mohinder AmarnathAlso Read | India will be undisputed No.1 in the world if they beat Australia: Mark Butcherlast_img read more

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MISSED SOMETHING LATELY? HERE’S THE LATEST NEWS

first_imgTFA are running an online survey on the NTL package that was shown on Fox Sports. If you would like to participate in the survey (and put yourself in the running for a new pair of ESUS shoes) just subscribe to the TFA email database on the front page of the website. Once you subscribe the survey will be sent out via email at the end of this week. Entries for the survey close on June 17. Well, if you’ve been trying to keep up with the TFA website over the past few days you’ll know it’s been flowing thick and fast with information.As editor of the website I’m having trouble finding both the time to write everything and the space to put it on the website…so I thought I’d save myself and everyone else a bit of time and hassle and summarise all the latest news into one story…sort of like a mini mid-week Sixty Seconds in Touch… This Friday is the dual launch of the Queensland 2006 Touch Football State of Origin Campaign and the new Sandstorm Beach Touch competition in Brisbane. Make sure you’re down at the QSAC Venue at 11:00am. The day will include a demo match with some of Queensland’s leading Origin players and also Natalie Cook, Australian Olympic Beach Volleyball Gold Medallist and Director of the Sandstorm venue and competition, as well as plenty of opportunities for the media to promote the event. The Australian Senior Squads have been announced on the TFA website. The final teams to attend the World Cup will not be decided until later this year. Players may be brought into the squads at any point. For more info call 1800 654 951 and speak to Maree Curran. The online shop was recently opened (and then closed again as we try to work through several teething problems with the new system) but already orders have been starting to come through. The new set up is pretty simple; you hit ‘TFA Merchandise’ on the left hand side of the web page and then browse through the different categories and different items. If the shop is still closed when you want to place an order, just ring 1800 654 951 and place your order online with Rachel Grant.center_img The Australian Open squads have also recently been announced and we will be updating the team lists and profiles on the TFA website soon. NTL DVD’s are selling fast, for just $20 you can purchase the package that aired on Fox Sports. Many coaches, referees and players are also purchasing the second DVD, which contains all of the raw footage and also the referee’s commentary of the Open finals for just $30. This DVD is a great resource, while the Fox package is a great promotion of the sport and very well produced. To order your copies phone 1800 654 951 and speak to Rachel Grant or visit the TFA online shop. That’s it for now, make sure you keep an eye on the TFA website daily, as the information and news is going to keep coming quick and fast! ESUS Footwear (TFA’s new sponsor), are getting ready to sell their new range of Touch Shoes both online and also at upcoming events. ESUS representatives will be heading to the Queensland Junior State Cup, State of Origin and National Under 18 Championships, as well as selling their shoes through the TFA online shop and also retail outlets.last_img read more

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Mentorship Programme for Youth Exiting State Care

first_imgStory Highlights Noting that a few mentors have already been chosen for the programme, Mr. Green appealed to corporate Jamaica for support by organising their staff into mentorship groupings to assist the children. The Education, Youth and Information Ministry will introduce a mentorship programme later this year to guide youth exiting State care. Education Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said these youth will be peered with mentors, who will receive ideas from them and, in turn, provide them with feedback. The Education, Youth and Information Ministry will introduce a mentorship programme later this year to guide youth exiting State care.Education Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said these youth will be peered with mentors, who will receive ideas from them and, in turn, provide them with feedback.Mr. Green was speaking at the third staging of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) National Exiting Care Expo, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on April 26.Noting that a few mentors have already been chosen for the programme, Mr. Green appealed to corporate Jamaica for support by organising their staff into mentorship groupings to assist the children.“Additionally, I believe (this) is a great opportunity to work with our universities (and) other tertiary centres to use their tertiary students to help us develop a mentorship corps to work with our children who are transitioning,” he said.The State Minister assured the 600-odd students in family integration and residential childcare facilities that their progress will be tracked.“Even though a number of you are leaving State care, we do not want you to believe that you have left the family. Despite the difficulties and experiences, we stand here as a family to support you and to provide guidance and to work with you to ensure that you are successful in life,” he said.Mr. Green charged the students to set goals and “write down the steps you will take to achieve your dream, as writing down your dreams works”.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said that her agency believes in the holistic development of the children in its care.She said the purpose of the Expo was to ensure that the children “have a solid foundation as they transition into independent living”.“We (also) want you to be confident about your preparation for independent living. We know that some of you are facing this reality with anxiety and great expectations, and we want to ensure that where there is doubt, we erase that, and where there are fears and anxiety, we will prepare you for taking the next step,” she said.Held under the theme ‘Inspire. Succeed. Win’, the National Exiting Care Expo targets those between ages 17 and 18 for independent living.During the course of the one-day event, the youngsters were exposed to a variety of services from several organisations, as well as information on career planning, self-development, financial management, health and lifestyle and living arrangements, as they transition from State care to adulthood.last_img read more

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CMA CGM, GSL Extend Two Charters at Lower Rates

first_imgzoom French container shipping company CMA CGM has extended the charters of two 2,207-TEU vessels, the Marie Delmas and Kumasi, for a period of up to 3.25 years.The company agreed the extensions for the 2002-built vessels with the UK-based containership lessor Global Ship Lease at GSL’s option.Under the agreement, a revised rate of USD 13,000 per day will apply from August 1, 2016 until the charters’ previous earliest expiry dates in September 2017. Both vessels were previously chartered at a rate of USD 18,465 per day until March 2018, according to data released by GSL.Global Ship Lease has three consecutive option periods, the first of 1.25 years and the second and third of one year each, through December 31, 2020 at a rate of USD 9,800 per day.Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said that the extended terms would increase the company’s “contracted revenue by USD 19 million at a time when much of the container shipping market continues to experience significant distress.”“Additionally, our successive charter options on these two vessels from late 2017 position us to benefit in a strengthening market, while ensuring a base charter rate that is in excess of the current prevailing spot market rates,” Webber added.last_img read more

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Quebec man whose daughters death sparked youth protection inquiry denied bail

first_imgGRANBY, Que. — The father of a seven-year-old Quebec girl whose death sparked several probes about the state of youth protection services in the province has been denied bail.Quebec court Judge Serge Champoux ruled today the man, 30, would remain behind bars until there is a resolution to the charges he faces stemming from his daughter’s death.The man and the young girl’s stepmother were charged one day after police found the girl in critical condition in her family home in Granby, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. In the hours following their initial court appearance on April 30, the girl died in hospital.The two accused, who cannot be identified to protect the girl’s identity, have been detained since.The bail hearing took place last week with a publication ban on the evidence.The man faces three charges — failing to provide the necessities of life, child abandonment and unlawful confinement. The girl’s stepmother returns to court June 21 on charges of unlawful confinement and aggravated assault.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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At a cemetery bones tossed like trash and families in pain

first_imgA mass desecration of graves at a Connecticut cemetery has devastated dozens of families while police determine whether to file criminal charges.Authorities say gravestones and human remains at Park Cemetery in Bridgeport were moved to make way for the newly dead.A layer of dirt was placed in some areas to allow for new burials atop old ones. Human bones, casket pieces and old headstones were found in the woods.Relatives estimate more than 100 graves were either disinterred or had new remains buried above them. They’re now trying to restore an oversight board and determine whether everyone is buried where they should be.A state judge ousted the cemetery caretaker last week because of the conditions.Police are investigating, but no arrests have been announced.Dave Collins, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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City staff will ask students about culture in St Catharines

The City of St. Catharines will be doing “man on the street” interviews at Brock next week to ask about the city’s culture.City staff and consultants will ask students a number of questions, including: What arts activities do you or your family participate in in St. Catharines? What aspect of St. Catharines history do you think would make a great museum exhibit? What would you like to see as the first performance at the new performing arts centre?The interviews will take place on Monday in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.The interviews are part of a project that started in November to develop a new culture plan. Residents will express their ideas and local artists will create visual impressions on the city’s culture. read more

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Haiti facing huge shortfall in funds to recover from deadly tropical storm

The amount of clean water being distributed to the population has greatly increased although it is still far short of the volume that a population of 200,000 people would normally require, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Oxfam are working together to restore clean water to some 50 schools and disinfect wells in the area.Due in large part to the presence of a 120-bed Canadian/Norwegian Red Cross field hospital, health care in Gonaïves, in northwest Haiti, is now considered to be better than it was before storms battered the city but the health sector still suffers from a lack of Haitian doctors, a shortage of free medical services and difficulty in replacing epidemiologists who have left the area.Another urgent priority is restoring the destroyed irrigation systems, as the vast majority of Gonaïves’ population depends on agriculture for employment. Much of the reconstruction work is being hampered by lack of funds since only 27 per cent of the requested funds have been received.In a fundraising effort a selection of Brazilian soccer players who won the 1994 World Cup will face off against the current Haitian national team in a friendly match Saturday in Miami to focus attention on the situation in Haiti. Ticket sales will finance UNICEF programmes in Haiti for health, nutrition, education and protection.Haitian authorities have estimated that at least 1,300 people perished and more than 1,000 others were missing from the storm, with most casualties in Gonaïves, Haiti’s third-largest city. read more

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2014 devastating year for Palestinians says UN humanitarian report

“Continued occupation undermines the ability of Palestinians to live normal lives,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the territory, James Rawley, said in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Annual Humanitarian Overview by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Were these factors removed and related policies changed, international humanitarian assistance would not be necessary here,” he added, while acknowledging that last year had been a “devastating” one for Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank. The OCHA report, entitled Fragmented Lives, recalls that 1.8 million people in Gaza experienced an escalation in hostilities during the 2014 conflict between Gaza-based Palestinian militants and Israeli forces, resulting in over 1,500 Palestinian civilian fatalities, including more than 550 children, and leaving some 100,000 residents without a home. In addition, five Israeli civilians, including a child, as well as a security guard were killed. Moreover, it adds, reconstruction efforts in Gaza following the 51-day conflict have been slow, hampered by the continued blockade and the lack of funding, although the temporary Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism has enabled the import of construction material. The ongoing crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory has been overwhelming relief efforts in recent months. Just last month, Mr. Rawley presented OCHA’s 2015 Strategic Response Plan in an effort to raise $705 million required to help the millions of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank with their sharply increasing humanitarian needs. But, he warned, there were also many lingering difficulties. A lack of donor support for the Plan would result in the continued displacement of over 22,000 families while up to 1.6 million people across the occupied Palestinian territory would be deprived of adequate water and sanitation services, and food assistance. Access to basic healthcare and education would also be compromised. In today’s press release, Mr. Rawley added that the problems for the occupied Palestinian territory were not only isolated to Gaza, where the ongoing blockade had placed a stranglehold on the enclave’s economy and restricted movement for its residents, but also spilled over into the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.“A record number of 1,215 Palestinians were displaced due to home demolitions by Israeli authorities, while settlement and settler activity continued, in contravention of international law, and contributed to humanitarian vulnerability of affected Palestinian communities,” he noted. In 2014, according to OCHA figures, the Israeli authorities destroyed 590 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C [over 60 per cent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building] and East Jerusalem causing the highest level of displacement in the West Bank since the Office began systematically monitoring the issue in 2008. The UN has also noted that planning policies applied by Israel in Area C and East Jerusalem continue to discriminate against Palestinians, making it extremely difficult for them to obtain building permits. Nevertheless, despite describing a grim outlook for the occupied Palestinian territory, the OCHA report also suggests a range of actions that would help achieve progress on the ground, including Israel fulfilling its “primary obligations to protect the Palestinian civilian population” and the fulfilment by all parties to the conflict of their legal obligations to conduct hostilities in accordance with international law. read more

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FEATURE Grandpa Oyster offers example of sustainable ocean business

It has become clear now that the source of iron in the waters off Japan’s Sanriku Coast is the forests in the Russian-Chinese border. Many fishery and ocean experts are expected to participate in the UN Ocean Conference. But it is meaningless to hold the meeting if they forget to discuss the link between the forest and the ocean. It is important to teach children how forests, rivers and the ocean are connectedUN News: Please share your thoughts about the importance of human resource development and youth education.Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: If you don’t share the values with people living in the river basin, the sea will get contaminated. This is not a matter of natural science but a problem created by humans. It is important to teach children how forests, rivers and the ocean are connected. We started educating children one year after our reforestation movement began. We planted trees not only in the mountains, but also in the minds of boys and girls. We have educated more than 10,000 children. UN News: How do you feel about being nicknamed ‘Grandpa Oyster?’Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: I could not use water for two months after the 2011 tsunami. My beard grew unkempt and I probably looked like Colonel Sanders, the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food chain. Elementary school children enrolled in our on-site environmental education programme started calling me ‘Grandpa Oyster.’ Now at 74, I feel I have reached an appropriate age to be called a grandpa.   About 40 years ago, a red tide occurred in the bay. Red tide is caused by human activities on the land side. It does not come from offshore. A shell of oyster inhales 200 litres of water a day. The body of oysters turned red and they were called ‘blood oysters,’ which were not sellable in markets and had to all be disposed of. This incident was the starting point for our fishing community to launch a campaign to regain the blue sea. I also had a first-hand experience that deepened my understanding of the link between forests, rivers and the oceanI also had a first-hand experience that deepened my understanding of the link between forests, rivers and the ocean. One day, a French scholar visited a research facility in the Kesennuma area.  At her invitation, I visited France, a country known for oyster farming. I was very impressed with a variety of seafood produced in the estuary of Loire. There was a huge forest of deciduous broad-leaved trees along the river. I rediscovered the link among forests, rivers and the ocean. A good forest raises a good ocean. The academic world is vertically divided. Forest, river and sea are placed in different academic fields. There were few scholars who can elucidate the relationship between forest, rivers and the ocean in a holistic manner. American scholar John Martin discovered that plankton does not grow in some waters that lack iron. The sea becomes anaemic if iron is not provided. I found that Hokkaido University professor Katsuhiko Matsunaga was also saying that forests grow a rich ocean.  His research gave scientific justification for our movement of planting trees upstream of rivers. Dams stop the flow of iron into the ocean.  Farmers usually do not take the ocean into account when they grow crops. If inhabitants in the river basin do not think about the seas, oyster production sites will vanish. Shigeatsu Hatakeyama speaks to participants at a tree-planting festival. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito Shigeatsu Hatakeyama teaches children about environmental conservation. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito Overview of floating oyster farms in Kesennuma Bay. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito  UN News: What impact did the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 have on your oyster business?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: It was beyond an impact. A 20-metre-high tsunami brought complete destruction and I lost everything, from boats, aquaculture rafts and other equipment like refrigerators. Honestly, I thought to myself ‘my business is over.’ All living creatures disappeared. But by May (about two months after the disaster), living beings started to re-emerge. When a Kyoto University research team came, I was eager to know the status of plankton in the bay as there was speculation that the sea was dead. A member of the research mission said: ‘Mr. Hatakeyama, please rest assured. There are more plankton than oysters can eat.’Hearing that, I was convinced that I could revive my oyster farming business. The researcher attributed the quick comeback of the sea’s condition to the forests upstream. This experience proved the legitimacy of our reforestation movement. In the following year, I received the UN Forest Hero Award. UN News: As a recipient of the UN Forest Hero Award, what kind of outcome do you expect from the UN Ocean Conference to be held in June?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: Research on the relationship between the ocean and forest is progressing. As you know, waters off Japan’s Sanriku Coast form one of the world’s top three fishing grounds. In fishery high school, I was taught that the condition for the fertile waters was created by the collision of Black and Parental currents. But new studies suggest that the forests – five times larger than Japan’s land – around the Amur River, which runs along the border of eastern Russia and northern China, produce iron that does not oxidize. The Amur carries this type of iron into the Sea of Okhotsk, and iron flows via the Bussol Strait of the Kuril Islands into the northern Pacific Ocean, where the Sanriku fishing ground is situated. “I thought to myself my business was over,” says 74-year-old Hatakeyama, who is known as ‘Grandpa Oyster,’ a nickname given by the schoolchildren in his environmental education programme.   To his surprise, however, the conditions conducive to oyster farming in Kesennuma Bay came back quickly.  He believes the recovery can be attributed to the tree-planting movement he and his fishing community initiated decades ago in the upstream of Okawa River that flows into the Bay.              Mr. Hatakeyama is the president of the non-profit organization “Mori wa Umi no Koibito” (The forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the forest), whose activities focus on reforestation and environmental education. He was also one of the recipients of the UN Forest Hero Award in 2012.Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference, Mr. Hatakeyama spoke with UN News and explained how the forest environment is interlinked to marine production. UN News: What led you to start the reforestation movement “The forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the forest?”Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: The movement started in 1989. Oysters grow in areas of brackish waters where a river meets the sea.  You cannot grow oysters just with salt water. Fresh water is necessary. For instance, Hiroshima, a well-known oyster production site, has brackish water areas at the mouth of the Ota River. Okawa flows into Kesennuma Bay, where our oyster farm is situated. Nutrients from upstream forests that a river carries raise phytoplankton, which oysters feed on. Oysters growing in Kesennuma Bay. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito  UN News: What kind of contributions does your movement make to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: Because I am just a fisherman, I cannot say big things. But I say this. The four major civilizations in the world originated in river basins. Civilization will perish if you destroy the river basin environment. In Japan, 35,000 rivers are flowing into the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. However, many river basins are sick. This is not sustainable. We need to restore the original condition. When the ocean gets better, you can reap more fish for sushi. Then, sushi prices will go down. So, it’s good for food security and for the economy of the local communities.UN News: What is your dream?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: My father started our family’s oyster business. My three sons are now running it. If my grandson, who is in high school now, succeeds, our business will have lasted 100 years. This is sustainability to the letter, isn’t it? If the river basin environment is preserved, a sustainable life will continue even in remote seaside areas. I hope to prove that and continue communicating these linkages through my real-life example. read more

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