first_imgWakiso Giants have hosted their first three leaguw games at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium in Wakiso. (PHOTO/File)KAMPALA – The Uganda Premier League (UPL) Secretariat has confirmed that Wakiso Giants will host their next game at Wankulukuku.The Purple Sharks are slatted to take on Mbarara City FC in their match-day 7 UPL fixture.According to a letter signed by UPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bernard Bainamani on Thursday-September 03rd, the game has been moved from the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium where Wakiso host their games to Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.“The Secretariat has received a letter from Wakiso Giants FC requesting to change the venue for M#51 Wakiso Giants FC vs Mbarara City FC from Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium-Wakiso to Betway Muteesa II Stadium-Wankulukuku because the stadium was earlier booked for another activity by the owners. Read the letter from the UPL Secretariat.“The Secretariat has granted their request and the said match will be played at Betway Muteesa II Stadium- Wankulukuku. Kick-off time and date remain unchanged.”This will be the first time Wakiso Giants FC hosts a game at Wankulukuku.Since the start of the season, they have been playing their home games at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium in Wakiso.In total, they have played three games there, winning two and losing the other. They defeated both URA FC and Tooro United FC at the venue before losing 1-0 to Bul in their latest fixture.However, this will be the second time that they play at Wankulukuku this season.The first came in a 1-1 draw against Bright Stars on match-day four.Wakiso will head into the game desperate for points having lost both of their last two games.After losing to Bul at home, Kefa Kisala’s side went on to lose 1-0 away to Onduparaka FC in their latest league encounter.The Purple Sharks are currently 8th on the league log with 7 points gathered from their first 6 games.Comments Tags: mbarara city fcUganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giantslast_img read more

first_imgA Donegal takeaway was ordered to close after dangerous food safety practices were discovered during an inspection.The Spicy Hut in Carrigart was served with a closure order from the Food Safety Authority in April after the discovery of hygiene issues that presented a ‘grave and immediate danger’.Sewage and waste was observed overflowing from an open drain in the rear yard of the Main Street takeaway, risking a transfer of faecal matter to the kitchen and the risk of contamination of food. A lack of pest control and a lack of effective cleaning and disinfection practices were also discovered in Spicy Hut. The inspector’s report said this failure to ensure food was protected from contamination was “likely to render the food unfit for human consumption or injurious to health”.The report also stated that there was a failure to ensure adequate provision for storage of food waste at the restaurant.“Bins were overflowing, food waste was stored in open containers and items of food were discarded throughout the rear yard of the premises,” the inspector wrote.The closure order was served under the FSAI Act 1998 on 11th April 2019 and lifted five days later. Speaking on the announcement of the latest FSAI enforcement orders nationwide, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, emphasised that some food businesses are not providing adequate regard for their customers if they are not maintaining a clean and hygienic premises.Dr Byrne said: “The Enforcement Orders served in April were mainly due to premises being found to have poor and, in some cases, very low hygiene standards in place. Some of these premises have demonstrated a complete lack of concern for the health of both their customers and their staff who eat at or work in their establishments. These inadequate food safety practices are completely unacceptable in any food business.“I would remind food businesses that the legal responsibility for producing safe food lies firmly with them. It is disappointing to see that some food businesses are failing to operate stringent food safety practices to ensure that the food they are producing and selling to their customers is safe to eat,” Dr Byrne concluded.‘Overflowing sewage and waste’ led to Donegal takeaway closure was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carrigartfood safetylast_img read more

first_img(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the upcoming June 20 issue of Forbes magazine, British historian Paul Johnson attacks the fundamentalism of Darwinists, and predicts its demise:Of all the fundamentalist groups at large in the world today, the Darwinians seem to me the most objectionable.  They are just as strident and closed to argument as Christian or Muslim fundamentalists, but unlike those two groups the Darwinians enjoy intellectual respectability.    Darwinians and their allies dominate the scientific establishments of the West.  They rule the campus.  Their militant brand of atheism makes them natural allies of the philosophical atheists who control most college philosophy faculties.  They dominate the leading scientific magazines and prevent their critics and opponents from getting a hearing, and they secure the best slots on TV.  Yet the Darwinian brand of evolution is becoming increasingly vulnerable as the progress of science reveals its weaknesses.  One day, perhaps soon, it will collapse in ruins. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The entire article has been reprinted by the Discovery Institute.For all his worthy tirade against the Darwinists, Johnson seems to accept the big bang theory and cosmic time with uncritical gullibility.  Then he adopts a front-loading design philosophy, misreading Newton as having taught an impersonal Force.  Then, apparently after assuming the front-loaded design produced human beings, he inserts a divine intervention at the origin of language.  These strange thoughts diminish an otherwise interesting prophecy about the fall of Darwinism.    Johnson also seems to know little about fundamentalism other than the yellow-journalism stereotype.  He defines it as stridency and closed-mindedness.  That is not what the term meant when Christian scholars like J. Gresham Machen used the word.  They were identifying what Biblical doctrines, what “fundamentals,” could not be compromised without cutting into the flesh of Christianity.  Would Johnson walk into many “fundamentalist” Christian churches today, he would see the opposite of stridency and closed-mindedness.  He would not see the image of Muslims toting AK47s and burning flags, screaming death to America.  He would not see the image of Darwinians censoring any opposition.  He would likely see humble and joyful people, singing praises to God, welcoming the stranger and asking, “How can I pray for you?”last_img read more

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first_imgPune: Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare hinted at launching another agitation to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government’s failure to appoint the Lokpal, even after being in power for three years.Speaking to reporters at his native village, Ralegan Siddhi, in Ahmednagar district on Wednesday, the septuagenarian activist said he would announce the date of the agitation in a letter to Mr. Modi soon.He said his decision to begin the agitation was conveyed to the Prime Minister in a letter sent on Tuesday. However he remained vague on the date of the agitation. Mr. Hazare has withdrawn proposed agitations against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central government in the past.He said, “I was silent for three years, but time has come to relaunch the agitation against corruption. Non-implementation of the Lokpal is a great insult to the sentiment of people.”Mr. Hazare said he still received numerous graft complaints from people across the country. He also attacked the Centre’s for it’s apparent indifference towards weeding out corruption and said that political parties are scared of losing power to the Lokpal.“I do not accept the reason given by the government to explain the delay. It has said that the committee to select the Lokpal cannot be constituted as the post of the Leader of Opposition, who is to be a member of the selection committee, is still vacant in the Lok Sabha. However, if the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) can be appointed in the absence of the LoP, then why can’t the Lokpal be selected?” Mr. Hazare said.Lokayukta appointmentsHe added that Lokayuktas should have been appointed in all the States by now, even if the Lokpal could not be appointed in the absence of the LoP.“But even in the States where the ruling BJP is in power, the Lokayuktas have not been appointed. These [State] governments would have certainly followed the Prime Minister’s order, had such directives been issued,” Mr. Hazare said.Since Mr. Modi’s ascension to power in 2014, the anti-corruption crusader has locked horns with the Union government over several issues, threatening indefinite agitations and fasts. In 2015, Mr. Hazare cancelled his proposed foot-march from Wardha to Delhi in protest against the controversial ‘anti-farmer’ clauses in the Land ordinance Bill, due a drought in Wardha that year. The activist had differed with the Prime Minister over the legislation.He also attacked Mr. Modi over the delay in implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) for defence personnel, by joining ranks with former servicemen in their agitation.last_img read more

first_imgSpurs regard Real Madrid bigger pull for Pochettino than Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham see Real Madrid as a bigger threat to keeping hold of manager Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Manchester United.The Irish Independent says United have made Pochettino their No 1 target to succeed Jose Mourinho as the next permanent manager.The Old Trafford club are prepared to pay a world-record compensation fee to tempt Spurs to release Pochettino, and are hopeful they can convince him to take on the biggest job in English football.But sources close to the north London club claim Tottenham believe Real are a bigger threat to their hopes of keeping Pochettino if the La Liga giants choose to make another managerial change at the end of the season.While there is a recognition that United would be an attractive proposition, Tottenham insiders feel Pochettino would be torn over quitting to immediately join another English club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img The project, entitled ‘Construction and Improvement of Police Buildings’, is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security. The Government will be spending $1.2 billion to construct and renovate police stations and other buildings. Story Highlights The Government will be spending $1.2 billion to construct and renovate police stations and other buildings.The project, entitled ‘Construction and Improvement of Police Buildings’, is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.As outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the money will go towards the construction and expansion of the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC) building’s second floor; the acquisition of land and completion of building design for the accommodation facility in Montpelier, St. James.It will also go towards the construction of an autopsy suite in Kingston; and construction of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Divisional Headquarters in Port Maria, St. Mary and Port Antonio, Portland.The project is being financed from the Consolidated Fund and is slated for completion in March 2022.The Estimates will be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House from March 4 to 5. As outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the money will go towards the construction and expansion of the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC) building’s second floor; the acquisition of land and completion of building design for the accommodation facility in Montpelier, St. James.last_img read more

first_img“Review and approval processes specific to Fort St. John are now underway,” she added.Shopland said that this week, the City received approval for several water main projects: on 111th Ave. north of C.M. Finch School, 113th Ave. at 103rd St., and 77th Ave. at 90th St.He added that the only project awaiting approval from the health authority is the Local Area Service extension to the Tahltan Road, though he said that project had only recently been approved by Council. Northern Health spokesperson Andrew Palmer said that the engineer position, which is based in Prince George, has been open since the spring and will remain open until filled by a qualified applicant.She said that recruitment for the engineer position is ongoing, though all health authorities in B.C. consider the position “difficult to fill” since it is a professional engineer position.Palmer explained that Northern Health has been collaborating with other professional engineering services and other health authorities, using their engineers to help fill the gap and get projects approved.Despite this, approvals since the departure of the engineer have slowed. Shopland said that the City received approval for only one project – the water and sewer replacement along 92a St. – in the spring.In a post on his Facebook page last week, councillor Byron Stewart stated that City Council stressed to Northern Health that the current outsourcing meant that the limited time devoted to the City’s files created a serious backlog in construction projects in town.Palmer said that due to the backlog in permits, Northern Health has resorted to employing external contractors and prioritizing outstanding permits in order to get permits reviewed as quickly as possible. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health says that it is working to ease the backlog of pending water main construction permits from the City of Fort St. John that grew after the health authority’s engineer left earlier this year.Fort St. John’s General Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, explained that any time the City installs or replaces a water main, it must apply for a permit with Northern Health.The application is reviewed by the health authority’s engineer, who looks at such things as the main’s separation from sanitary or storm sewers, and ensures that the correct processes are laid out in the construction plans.last_img read more

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2-1The semifinal game between England and Japan ended in heartbreak for Britons, with an own-goal in stoppage time ending the Lionesses’ run. [ESPN FC] 600 feetComet 67P, where the European Space Agency sent the Rosetta probe and harpooned a lander, is littered with massive sinkholes 600 feet deep. I’m pretty sure this renders the “drillers have to become astronauts to dig 800 feet into an asteroid” plot of “Armageddon” effectively moot. Finally, science standing up to a Michael Bay movie. [The Los Angeles Times]$45 millionThe campaign of Hillary Clinton raised about $45 million since its launch, which is a stack of dough the size of an incumbent president’s. At press time, Iowa local TV news station owners were presumably checking if a shiny new Doppler radar is eligible for Amazon Prime. [ABC News]$935 millionOne side effect of all those comic book movies we keep seeing is that comic book sales are bananas again. Last year they hit mid-1990s sales levels, after adjusting for inflation. About $835 million came from physical sales of comic books and graphic novels and another $100 million from digital sales. [Comichron]$1.9 billionPuerto Rico paid the $1.9 billion debt service payment it owed Wednesday, averting a deeper fiscal crisis in the U.S. territory that owes $73 billion total. [CNBC] 5.3 percent“Magic Mike XXL” is out in theaters, and you should see it both because Channing Tatum has abs that can probably open jars, and because “Magic Mike” was actually a pretty accurate look into a crucial sector of the American economy. The strip club industry derives 5.3 percent of its revenue from women. [FiveThirtyEight]44 yearsSonia Manzano has played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, but that tenure is coming to an end. She announced that she’s going to retire from the beloved children’s television program after this season. [The AV Club] 250 studentsSweet Briar University, a private all-women’s college in Virginia, was saved from closing after a dedicated alumni campaign. Still, the premature closing announcement meant that only 250 students will be returning to campus this fall, down from 561 students last year. [Bloomberg] Saturday is Independence Day in the U.S. and tomorrow is a company holiday, so we’re off and you’re without a newsletter. Have a good holiday weekend everybody, be cool around the fireworks and don’t do anything too stupid. See you on Monday. If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. 54 yearsThe U.S. is going to have an embassy in Cuba again, and vice versa, after 54 years of no diplomatic ties. [USA Today]67 percent It’s the United States versus Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this Sunday. According to our model, the United States is favored to win the match and the tournament with a 67 percent chance of victory. Still, don’t get too cocky: Japan should still win this game one out of three times. If you want a primer on the team, definitely check out Allison McCann talking to current members of the squad from earlier in the tournament. [FiveThirtyEight] If you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me, @WaltHickey. read more

OSU then-sophomore Taylor White (21) makes a catch during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State softball team (15-7) opens Big Ten play this weekend with a road series against Maryland (7-20-1).The Buckeyes enter conference play battle tested after a 22-game nonconference schedule, which included seven games against current top-25 teams. OSU saw victory in just one of those games — a 10-2 win over No. 25 North Carolina — but the difficult schedule will help the team in the long run, sophomore outfielder Bri Betschel said.“I think it helps us know the ability we have with our team,” she said. “We’ve not always come out with what we’ve wanted, but at the end of the game we know that we can compete with these teams and that we can win the big games.”Though the Buckeyes are just 1-6 against ranked teams this season, they have taken care of business against inferior opponents thus far, losing just once to an unranked team with that lone loss coming to Louisville, which received votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.The same cannot be said of Maryland. The Terrapins lost 20 of their first 28 games, and 14 of those losses were against unranked opponents.Despite its lackluster record and bad losses, Maryland has proven itself dangerous, even to the nation’s top teams. Earlier this season, the Terrapins handed top-ranked Florida its only loss of the season on its home field.Since it’s a conference matchup, the Buckeyes will face off against Maryland in a three-game series this weekend, which is a change of pace from what OSU has seen so far this season. Previously, the Buckeyes have played each team just once.“Weekend series definitely have a different feel,” OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said. “It’s a little bit more of a chess match and paying attention to the small details you might be able to exploit.”Maryland is just the first of eight series the Buckeyes face as part of their Big Ten conference slate. Though OSU is not slated to face No. 8 Minnesota or No. 21 Wisconsin during the regular season, the team does have one ranked opponent left on its schedule: No. 18 Michigan.Obviously, OSU wanted to do well during nonconference play, but now that Big Ten play is beginning and conference records and standings will start to count, there’s a little more to play for.“I think every game is important to us as a team,” Betschel said. “But going into Big Tens, it’s a little bit more intense.”The Buckeyes will look to channel that intensity into wins this weekend before playing at home for the first time on Wednesday when they host Wright State. read more

first_imgManchester United must keep Anthony Martial at the club says Wayne Rooney.The French forward is reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford but Rooney insists the club must make sure he doesn’t leave. Rooney believes Martial is one of the best players in the league provided his manager can get the best out of him.The 22-year-old signed for United from AS Monaco in 2016 going on to have a stellar campaign with 11 goals whilst also leading the team to FA Cup glory. But his form seems to have dropped since then.Martial is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer after his agent publicly declared his client wanted out of the club.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….With Chelsea and Tottenham lurking around the French striker, Rooney believes his old team must keep him.“I think Martial ability-wise is incredible but how do you get the best out of him.” He said via talkSPORT.“I think it’s difficult to get to know him as a person but once you can do that you’ve to keep him happy.”last_img read more

first_imgNacho Fernandez has revealed plans to see out his playing career at Real MadridThe Spanish full-back has been on the club books since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut in a 6–3 away win against Valencia in April 2011.Since then, Nacho has made 161 appearances in all competitions for Real and was a valuable member of the squad last season that sealed the Champions League title for a third season in succession.Like past greats, such as Francisco Totti and Paolo Maldini, the 28-year-old intends to remain a one-club player by seeing out the remainder of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.“My plan is to finish my career at home,” he said in an interview with GQ, via Marca.“In the career of any athlete there are stages where you do not do everything you would like, fortunately I’ve had two spectacular years on a personal and professional level and there is no better place for me than Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The demand is the highest, but my idea is to keep the pace and finish my career at home.”Nacho missed out on Spain’s golden era that saw the national side claim the World Cup title in 2010, as well as back-to-back European crowns in 2008 and 2012.The left-back made his debut for the national side in September 2013.“I would like to get rid of the thorn of the last World Cup and win an important tournament with Spain,” he said.Nacho currently has under two years left on his current contract at Real.last_img read more

first_imgScotland national team have called up Jack Hendry to replace Michael Devlin.The Aberdeen defender pulled out of the latest squad for the matches against Albania and Israel due to injury.Hendry, who plays his club football for Scottish Premiership champions, Celtic, has been called up as a replacement by national team head coach Alex McLeish, according to Stv.Devlin has struggled with an injury he sustained during Aberdeen’s league win over Hibs on Friday night and had been rated as a doubt for Albania clash on Saturday evening.However, the decision was made to release him back to his club after further assessment of his injury.The injury is the latest blow to hit the Scottish national team, as they prepare for two matches that could offer a route into the playoffs of the next UEFA European Championships in 2020.Celtic goalkeeper, Craig Gordon along with Charlie Mulgrew, Stephen O’Donnell and Kevin McDonald have all withdrawn from the original squad, which was already missing the attacking duo of Steven Naismith and Leigh Griffiths among others.Scott Bain, Scott McTominay, David Bates and Ryan Jack were all called up to the national team as replacements for the absentees, only for Jack to pull out after struggling with an injury.last_img read more

first_imgThis area gets busy during the height of sockeye season, but you can still find all fish species native to the Kenai River, according to Refuge officials. This area is unique because it is one of a very few places where anglers can fish for sockeye without having to be in the water. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has announced the opening of the Upper Moose Range Meadows fishing boardwalk for fishing starting yesterday, July 18. The Refuge is advising anglers to “Please be careful as the high water is a bit hazardous.” The Upper Moose Range Meadows is located down Redoubt Ave. (and behind the Fred Meyer) in Soldotna. The boardwalk sits roughly 5 to 10 feet  above the water so anglers will need to use a heavier weight to ensure their fly reaches the right depth quickly enough, and will not be able to use a very long leader.last_img read more

first_imgThe challenge of needing to find a new job every few years is a significant burden for military spouses, but there are strategies that can make their plight easier.To avoid extended gaps in their employment history, spouses should consider taking advantage of volunteering opportunities, said Shonte Gonzalez, an Airmen and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist who counsels job hunting spouses at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.“It’s not paid, but it’s a job,” Gonzalez told the Dayton Daily News.“Their gaps in employment are probably one of the biggest things that are stressful to them,” she said. Many Dayton area employers, however, understand the work history gaps that may accompany military life as a spouse.Gillian Russell, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation associate with the Hiring Our Heroes program, emphasized the need for military spouses to highlight the contributions they make outside of the workplace.“They might not be working, they might have flaws in their resume, but what they are doing is they are volunteering, they are helping to run the bases, they’re helping to make sure that families are looked after while service members are away, and all of these skills make them absolutely fantastic employees,” Russell said.Military spouses have organizational and leadership skills that employers seek, said Chris Phillips, a PNC Bank diversity specialist who recruits military spouses.“They’re the caregiver, they’re the ones that manage the household so they’ve very loyal to an employer and it makes good business sense to us,” Phillips said.To be sure, military spouses face a number of hurdles to find a job, according to the story. A 2013 study found that 90 percent of female spouses of active-duty service members were underemployed, or had more education and experience than needed for their jobs, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.“That was the biggest finding and probably gave a broader picture of the employment situation of a military spouse,” said Rosalinda Maury, the institute’s director of applied research and analytics. “It’s not just unemployment, it’s underemployment.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgA man walks past a Tata sign outside their offices in London, Britain March 30, 2016.Reuters fileTata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran has started consolidation at the Tata Group by clustering all defence businesses under one company in order to make the business leaner from a loosely held conglomerate, and also tap opportunities arising from India’s growing defence spends.The group is also considering consolidation in its financial services businesses spanning corporate and retail lending to mutual funds and insurance, besides creating a larger infrastructure vertical by bringing all related companies under one umbrella. Some infrastructure businesses include Tata Realty and Infrastructure and consultant Tata Projects, The Economic Times reported on Monday.Tata’s defence businesses are presently dispersed across multiple units. Tata Advanced Systems, Tata Advanced Materials and Tata Industrial Services are standalone defence and aerospace businesses. The rest are part of companies such as Tata Power, Tata Motors, TAL Manufacturing Solutions, Tata Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel, Tata Elxsi and Titan.Tata’s defence businesses clocked in revenues of Rs 2,650 crore in fiscal 2016, an increase of 7.5 percent from the year earlier. In the last five years, the group’s revenues from defence and aerospace has grown at a CAGR of 18 percent.”All companies working in security and defence will be brought under one umbrella. The thought has been there for three years. It is now finally moving ahead,” a senior official familiar with the matter told ET. “This will help them big for larger defence projects with a higher net worth,” he added.The consolidation exercise will first look at merging unlisted companies in related businesses under one umbrella and later repeat the similar exercise in the listed companies.Soon after becoming the chairman of group’s holding company Tata Sons in February, N Chandrasekaran recruited several investment bankers, pointing to mergers and acquisitions as a key theme for the future. He appointed ace investment banker Saurabh Aggarwal in May as Tata Sons chief financial officer.”The Tatas are getting into defence in a big way. Bringing all the companies together will bring synergies, coherence and avoid duplication. More importantly, they would need scale to benefit from the government’s new ‘strategic partnership’ policy,” a consultant told to ET.”They need to have one holding company in defence that can then in turn have special purpose vehicles and joint ventures (with foreign players) to participate in strategic partnership programme,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comThe wasteland of fresh food shopping options has pushed some residents east of the Anacostia River to take measures into their hands. Those who live in D.C.’s Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities have been complaining for years about the access to adequate grocery stores, so many are now empowering themselves to end the food desert dilemma.Food deserts are described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as  “an area where people have limited access to healthy and affordable food.”   As recently as 2016, there were only 49 supermarkets in D.C. and the average number per ward was six. Currently, Ward 7 and Ward 8  have just three combined full-service grocery stores serving 148,000 residents.Residents in Wards 7 and 8 are finding solutions to end the food desert problem in their area. (Courtesy Photo)According to a report posted by the Greater Greater Washington website D.C.’s food deserts have led to many “social entrepreneurs” who are increasing food access despite limited resources.Farmers markets, which sell produce grown by local urban farms, are now accessible to the citizens who live in Wards 7 and Ward 8. Many of  these markets which are making a difference in the east of the river communities through what is known as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  The CSA program offers residents an opportunity to pre-order an entire season’s worth of produce and pick it up each week during the growing season.Six community groups run urban farmer’s markets benefiting  Congress Heights and other Ward 8 residents. They accept federally subsidized programs such as SNAP/EBT Food Stamps, WIC, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers.  Several other programs extend those benefits through partnerships with community initiatives.Markets run by Arcadia Foods’ Mobile Markets and Community Foodworks work in conjunction with FRESHFARM and offer a “DC Fresh Match” program that was formerly known as “Bonus Bucks.”  The program doubles the purchasing value of the federal benefits. For example customers using their EBT for $5 get $10 worth of produce. More than 300 residents benefit from the program at Community Foodworks’ Minnesota Avenue market location alone.Local farmers face hurdles to meet the supply and demand challenges in satisfying customers though.  They must navigate through outdated District laws that make it difficult for them to open food based businesses or use public space to grow fresh produce. In 2013, D.C. passed the “Cottage Food Law” which allows people to prepare food in their homes to sell at farmers markets and public events.  However, many experts and analysts feel the law is too restrictive and more outdated than for any other “state”.However, local owners and the passion for community entrepreneurship continues to drive urban farmers who are partnering with local groups to make their freshly grown produce available to a larger consumer market. Community Foodworks has been expanding its food distribution model through its “Pop Up Food Hub” program. It boosts demand and increases the profit margins for local farmers and vendors by connecting them with institutions like early childhood centers, senior residences, health clinics, and the YMCA, who are looking for high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables to keep them in business.last_img read more